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Tuesday, October 23, 2012
‘UConn Blooms’ flower shop expands, provides students incentives to buy By Shirley Chen Campus Correspondent
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The new renovated floriculture building transformed their small, open patent flower shop to a bigger, more attractive plant and flower store. Jim Palmieri, the manager of UConn Blooms and a professor of floral arts classes, has two missions: to teach horticulture students how to run and maintain a flower shop, and to generate more plant and flower interests in students at UConn. Most of the flowers sold in the flower shop are grown here in the Floriculture Center, such as, the big bright daisies. The flowers range from Hypoestes Polka Dot Plant to Beaucarnea recuroata “PonyTail Palm” to Boston Ferns to cactuses and succulents. “We sell easy care flowers and plants here,” said Palmieri. With the knowledge that most students in UConn have busy schedules with the balance of their schoolwork load and extracurricular activities, he said, “They are all suitable to grow in dorms. After every student purchases a flower or plant, we give them information on how they should care for it. It’s not hard to take care of these flowers and plants at all and most of them can live for a good period of time.” “Flowers are a really nice dorm decoration,” said Doris Lin, 5th-semester accounting major. “They are also a good gift for every occasion. Having a flower shop on campus is very convenient in case I need to buy flowers for someone.” Yezmin Crespo-Adorno, a 3rd-semester physiology and neurobiology major,
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UConn’s newly renovated floriculture building is now home to the flower shop UConn Blooms. The store sells easy care flowers and plants for students to purchase and use as they please. The shop will be hosting a competition where the winner wins a dozen roses on Valentine’s Day. The goal: keep a plant alive until the last day of class.
said, “Flowers bring positivity to our life. Waking up in the morning and the first thing I see are flowers brightens up my day.” According to a flyer in the Floriculture Center, “Research from Rutgers University shows that the presence of flowers has an immediate impact on happiness and increases enjoyment and life satisfaction.” To further promote the purchase of flowers, UConn Blooms is also hosting
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There’s a new expert in town, and she’s ready to pull her students into the Middle Ages. Fiona Somerset, a well-known teacher from Duke University, joined the UConn staff this semester. “I think the students are more friendly and outgoing,” she said, “and interesting.” Which isn’t to say she didn’t have great students at Duke as well: they were just a different sort of student. “On this campus, if you have anything that you’re carrying or that you’re doing, everyone wants to jump in and help. Grad students, undergrads, professors… people want to help,” she said. She said she is enthralled by what she calls the “culture” of UConn and the difference between the people here versus at Duke. “I would say that a really interesting difference in campus culture is that when, say, I’m carrying heavy things around here, people offer to help me out and open doors for me,” she said. “And they never did that at Duke.” She said that moving in has been busy and that she’s excited to be in such a wonderful environment as UConn has been for her so far. “I really like the campus community. There’s more of a sense of that community,” she added. “There’s more of a participation and there’s more of a sort of cooperation.” That participation will prove
crucial to her classes, in which she seeks to involve students more than they might be used to. “If they’re English majors, they’re already used to using history to ask questions about things they think they know,” she said. But, she said, she’s had many non-English majors before as well, such as engineering majors, and knows that teaching Chaucer and other works to people not very familiar with his work is tricky. “The first move that any eighteen or twenty year old should make when they get told to believe something is true in the world is to say ‘Really?’ and check it out,” she said. “I try to teach that kind of skeptical curiosity and that wish to question what you’re being told as a way of life.” Nothing is to be gotten from letting others pull the wool over yours eyes, she also said, so she wants to encourage her students to think for themselves and learn to question everything around them. She wants them to decide what to believe because, as she phrased it, that is the “basis of what you learn.” In her classes, she wants to teach students to look closer at texts and ask questions that challenge what they already know, the way she does when pondering over a historical work of fiction. “One way that I ask questions is by studying the past. But I think that there are lots of ways, from me and from other professors, to learn this inquiring attitude. To be always asking,” she said.
a contest called “Keep It Alive.” The goal is to keep the plant purchased at the flower shop alive until the last day of classes. There are seven species of plants to choose from in this contest. The plant that grows the best will win the Best of Species award in each of the seven categories and those seven plants will be entered into the Best of Bloom competition, where the winner will win a dozen roses (valued at $50) that will be received on Valentine’s Day.
Within the next month, a survey on the purchasing habits of students of this generation will be presented to the students at UConn with the intention of receiving information on the incentives of the students to buy flowers and improving UConn Blooms’ choices. UConn Blooms will also be selling small pumpkins with flowers in them in the Student Union on Wednesday, Oct. 30.
Final debate: Challenging each other face to face
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — President Barack Obama sharply challenged Mitt Romney on foreign policy in their final campaign debate Monday night, saying, “Every time you’ve offered an opinion you’ve been wrong.” The Republican coolly responded, “Attacking me is not an agenda” for dealing with a dangerous world. Romney took the offensive, too. When Obama said the U.S. and its allies have imposed crippling sanctions on Iran to halt nuclear weapons development, the Republican challenger declared the U.S. should have done more. He declared repeatedly, “We’re four years closer to a nuclear Iran.” The president and his rival found agreement, as well, AP as they sat at close quarters 16 days before the end of an Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney shakes hands impossibly close election cam- with President Barack Obama before the start of the third presidential debate on Monday, paign. Each stressed unequiv- Oct. 22, 2012, in Boca Raton, Fla. ocal support for Israel when asked how he would respond if after a listless performance in final two-week whirlwind of campaigning. The president is the Jewish state were attacked their first meeting on Oct. 3. by Iran. But there was no mistaking slated to speak in six states dur“If Israel is attacked, we have the urgency. The two men fre- ing a two-day trip that begins their back,” said Romney — quently sniped at one anoth- Wednesday and includes a moments after Obama vowed, er even on issues where they night aboard Air force One as it “I will stand with Israel if Israel agree, and reprised their cam- flies from Las Vegas to Tampa. is attacked.” paign-long disagreements over Romney intends to visit two or Both also said they oppose the economy, energy, educa- three states a day. Already four million ballots direct U.S. military involve- tion and other domestic issues ment in the brutal attempt to despite ground rules that stipu- have been cast in early voting topple Syrian President Bashir lated the debate cover interna- in more than two dozen states. On the Middle East, Romney Assad. tional affairs. The event produced none of Obama and Romney are said that despite early hopes, the finger-pointing and little locked in a close race in the ouster of despotic regimes of the interrupting that marked national opinion polls. The in Egypt, Libya and elsewhere their debate last week, when final debate behind them, both » DEBATES, page 2 Obama needed a comeback men intend to embark on a
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Debates between rivals come to an end
GOP’s McMahon ad targets Conn. Obama voters
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — GOP Senate candidate Linda McMahon is courting ticket-splitters in a new ad in which four supporters of President Barack Obama, who has a double-digit lead in the state, say they also will cast ballots for her. Her campaign strongly denied she was writing off Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, saying she supports the former Massachusetts governor “100 percent.” “Linda McMahon will work with President Obama and I believe he’ll work with her,” says one of the voters in the ad, David Cole, a disabled veteran who said he plans to vote for the Republican on the independent line in November. McMahon’s name will appear as both the Republican and the Independent candidate. Nonsense, said Rep. Chris Murphy, the Democrat in the race once thought to have a better shot at winning. “This is one of the strangest political ads I have ever seen because we know that Linda McMahon is going to oppose President Obama on everything that he stands for. She’s told us that, over and over again,” said Murphy, referring to the Republican candidate’s calls to repeal and replace Obama’s health care legislation and her opposition to his positions on energy reform and tax policy. “I mean, there is almost nothing Linda McMahon agrees with President Obama on, which makes this ad absolutely deceitful.”
Conn. teen seeks to avoid jail for fatal accident
NORWALK, Conn. (AP) — A state prosecutor has agreed to a plea deal with no prison time for a teenager who struck and killed a jogger in Norwalk last March while driving and surfing the Internet on her cell phone at the same time. The Hour of Norwalk reports that prosecutor Suzanne Vieux (VIEW’) told a state judge Monday that the state and victim’s family have agreed to a suspended prison sentence for 17-year-old Brianna McEwan of New Canaan under Connecticut’s youthful offender program. The program for teenage, first-time offenders seals their cases from public view. Police said McEwan was viewing the New Canaan High School website on her phone when her SUV struck 44-year-old Kenneth Dorsey, who was jogging along New Canaan Avenue.
Former Conn. higher ed chief returns $25,000
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut education official who resigned earlier this month amid an outcry over secret pay raises for his staff has paid back $25,000 from an expense account that was allowed as part of his contract. Robert A. Kennedy stepped down as president of the Board of Regents for Higher Education after it was revealed that he awarded $250,000 in pay raises to staff without the board’s permission or knowledge. He had been receiving a $340,000 salary in addition to other compensation including an unvouchered expense account. Board spokeswoman Colleen Flanagan said Monday that Kennedy returned the $25,000 last week. She included a note in which he said he was returning the money because his employment had been terminated.
2 men shot in New Haven, 1 dead
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — New Haven police are investigating a fatal shooting and another that injured a man. Police responding to a 911 call to an apartment building on Sunday night found a man in his 20s who had been shot. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say the unidentified man appeared to have been shot while inside the building and is believed to be a resident. Minutes later, a shooting victim with a leg injury arrived at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Police say the man, who also was unidentified, was shot in the leg and is in stable condition. Pollice are investigating the possibility the two shootings were related.
Pediatrician faces sentencing for child porn
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A pediatrician is facing sentencing for possessing and distributing child pornography. Todd Parrilla of Stonington is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Hartford. The 48-year-old doctor pleaded guilty in June to receipt and distribution of child pornography. Parrilla had a pediatric practice in southeastern Connecticut. Authorities say there was no evidence any of his patients were depicted in the child pornography. Parrilla was arrested last year following the execution of a search and seizure warrant at his home. Prosecutors say an analysis of the seized computers and hard drives revealed more than 100,000 images and more than 10,000 videos depicting child pornography.
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McTiernan a short distance from the damaged vehicles. After a brief investigation, police determined McTiernan was responsible for damaging the vehicles. His bond was posted at $1,000, and his court date is on Oct. 29. Oct. 20 Andrew Grocki, 22, of Newington, was arrested at 2:25 a.m. in South Parking lot and charged with failure to display two headlights and driving under the influence. Police stopped Grocki’s vehicle for failing to display two headlights. Grocki was suspected of being under the influence and was subjected to a series of sobriety tests, which he failed. His bond was posted at $500, and his court date is on Oct. 29.
over the past year has resulted in a “rising tide of chaos.” He said the president has failed to come up with a coherent policy to grapple with change sweeping the Middle East, and he added ominously that an al-Qaida-like group has taken over northern Mali. Anticipating one of Obama’s most frequent campaign assertions, Romney said of the man seated nearby, “I congratulate him on taking out Osama bin Laden and taking on the leadership of al-Qaida. But we can’t kill our way out of this. ... We must have a comprehensive strategy.” Obama said he had ended the war in Iraq, was on a path to end the U.S. combat role in Afghanistan and has vowed to bring justice to the attackers of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi last month — an assault that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans. He also jabbed at Romney’s having said during the campaign that Russia is the United States’ No. 1 geopolitical foe.
United Nations planning peacekeeping force for Syria
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations is already planning for a peacekeeping force in Syria should a cease-fire in that country take hold and pending a Security Council mandate, the U.N. peacekeeping chief said Monday. Herve Ladsous said, however, it was still too early to say how many peacekeepers might be deployed in such an eventual force. “I would confirm that, of course, we are giving a lot of thought to what would happen if and when a political solution or at least a cease-fire would emerge,” Ladsous told reporters at a U.N. briefing. U.N. and Arab League envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi met with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus on Sunday as part of his push for a cease-fire between rebels and government forces for the Eid al-Adha holiday, which begins Oct. 26. Syria’s state-run news agency SANA said Damascus supports the truce proposal, but would not commit to halting fire during a four-day Muslim holiday until Western countries and their Gulf allies stop supporting rebels and halt their weapons supplies to the anti-regime fighters. Brahimi told reporters, following a closed-door meeting, that he also had held talks earlier with opposition groups inside and outside the country and received “promises” but not a “commitment” from them to honor the cease-fire. Brahimi replaced Kofi Annan as envoy to Syria after the former U.N. secretarygeneral resigned last August, frustrated by a lack of progress. Under Annan’s peace plan the U.N. sent a 300-strong unarmed observer mission to Syria to oversee the cessation of violence but the team was forced to withdraw
In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad, left, greets U.N. and Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi prior to their closed-door meeting in Damascus, Syria, Sunday Oct. 21, 2012.
in August because of escalating fighting which has continued until today. “It’s a shocking fact that everyday 150 to 200 civilians are killed and it has almost become part of the background noise and it is simply unacceptable,” Ladsous said. Diplomats say that Ladsous has told Brahimi he could put together a force of up to 3,000 peacekeepers in the event a longer truce took hold. But Ladsous said, “it certainly would be
premature to mention a figure because it would depend on the situation.” The deployment of any U.N. peacekeeping force would be contingent on the approval of the 15-member Security Council, which has long been deadlocked over the issue of Syria. Permanent members Russia and China have to date vetoed three resolutions on Syria because they threatened sanctions against Assad’s government.
Unease about Germany’s unchecked gold reserves
BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s central bank has failed to properly oversee the country’s massive gold reserves, which have been stored abroad since the Cold War in case of a Soviet invasion, independent auditors say. The central bank must renegotiate its contracts to gain the right to inspect its gold bars, which are worth tens of billions of dollars and are stored in the United States, Britain and France, the Federal Auditors’ Office said in a report to lawmakers obtained by The Associated Press on Monday. The report says the gold bars
“have never been physically checked by the Bundesbank itself or other independent auditors regarding their authenticity or weight.” Instead, it relies on a “written confirmations by the storage sites.” Most of Germany’s gold reserves — some 3,400 tons worth an estimated $190 billion at current rates — have been kept in the vaults of the U.S. Federal Reserve, the Bank of France and the Bank of England since the postwar days, when Berlin worried about a possible land war with the Soviet bloc. The auditors maintain that
the central bank must be able to at least inspect samples of its gold bars in regular intervals to verify their book value. The report acknowledges that such inspections might be logistically complicated, but it stresses that “this cannot discharge from the necessity to carry out an inventory.” The central bank said in a reaction to the report that was also sent to lawmakers Monday that it sees no reason for a physical inspection of the bars. “There is no doubt about the integrity of the foreign storage sites in this regard,” it stated.
The debate on most of the gold reserves being held by foreign authorities has caused some inevitable conspiracy theories questioning their very existence, but several German politicians have also voiced unease. Philipp Missfelder, a leading lawmaker from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centerright party, has asked the Bundesbank for the right to view the gold bars in Paris and London, but the central bank has denied the request, citing the lack of visitor rooms in those facilities, German daily Bild reported.
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Market waits for election; earnings disappoint
Trader Michael Zicchinolfi, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Monday, Oct. 22, 2012. A weak forecast from heavy equipment maker Caterpillar and other poor earnings results weighed on the U.S. stock market in early trading.
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market is waiting for the presidential election as much as anyone. The U.S. stock market struggled for direction Monday. Stocks waffled between small gains and losses, but by mid-afternoon it seemed they would finish solidly lower. The Dow Jones industrial average fell as much as 108 points before rallying in the late afternoon to finish two points higher. There wasn’t any obvious catalyst for the turnaround, other than general indecision on the part of investors. Earnings reports from toymaker Hasbro, cloth-
ing maker VF Corp., regional bank SunTrust and other companies were underwhelming. The overhang of the presidential election in two weeks didn’t help either. Investors are wary of making big moves before they know who’s going to be the next president. “They need to know the playing field before they get out there and play,” said Jeff Savage, regional chief investment officer for Wells Fargo Private Bank in Portland, Oregon. David Katz, principal and senior portfolio strategist at WeiserMazars Wealth Advisors in New York, said it matters more that the election
is wrapped up than who is elected. “One could say the markets will rally stronger if the Republican candidate becomes president,” Katz said. “But one way or another, the markets will have direction, and the markets like direction.” The Dow Jones industrial average ended virtually flat. It inched up 2.38 points, or 0.02 percent, to close at 13,345.89. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was also little changed, edging up 0.62 point to 1,433.81. The Nasdaq composite index rose 11.34 to 3,016.96. Besides the election, an economic report due Friday also has the markets in a holding pattern. That’s when the government is supposed to report how much the U.S. economy grew in the third quarter. But already, company reports are signaling that consumers, who drive the bulk of economic growth, are far from healed. Hasbro, the toymaker behind brands like My Little Pony and Transformers, said that sales for boys’ products and preschool toys weakened. The stock slipped 66 cents to $38.39. Clothing maker VF Corp., whose brands include Timberland and Wrangler, missed analysts’ revenue estimates. The stock slid $7.31, hitting $159.46. SunTrust Banks also slipped. Its third-quarter earnings jumped, but that was largely because the bank sold shares it owned in Coca-Cola. The Atlanta-based bank wrestled with higher expenses as well as low interest rates, which can crimp the profit banks make from lending out money. The stock lost 96 cents to $27.67. Shares for Caterpillar, the world’s largest construction and mining equipment company, gained $1.22 to $85.08. But the company warned that it expects lower profit and revenue for the rest of the year.
Wife told court Wisconsin spa shooter terrorized her
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Wisconsin man terrorized his wife for years, threatening to throw acid on her face, dousing her car with tomato juice and slashing her vehicle’s tires before finally going to the spa where she worked, opening fire and killing her and two others. The shooting spree stunned the middleto upper-class Milwaukee suburb where it happened, but court records show the conflict between Radcliffe Haughton and his wife had been escalating for years. The 45-year-old former car salesman ultimately shot seven women at the spa before turning the gun on himself. Three remained hospitalized Monday. Haughton, of Brown Deer, was charged with disorderly conduct last year after police officers responding to a 911 call saw Haughton point what appeared to be a gun at his wife, Zina, from a window at their home. Officers took cover, and a 90-minute standoff ensued. Brown Deer police said Monday the standoff ended peacefully, and they were never able to confirm a gun was involved because Zina Haughton wouldn’t allow them into the couple’s home. The charge against Radcliffe Haughton was dropped when a police officer failed to appear in court. Police said the officer asked the prosecutor to reschedule, but the prosecutor refused. A call to the prosecutor Monday evening rang unanswered. According to court records, Zina Haughton told police when she called 911 that her husband had thrown her clothes and bedding into the yard and poured tomato juice on her car. Ernest J. Polk, who lives across the street from the Haughtons’ home, said they were friendly to him but he saw signs of turmoil. “There was always confrontation over
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BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts pharmacy linked to a meningitis outbreak that has claimed 23 lives around the country was cleared by state regulators following an inspection last year. The May 24, 2011, inspection wasn’t the result of any complaint against New England Compounding Center. It was required because the company was planning to update its facilities and move into new space within its facility in Framingham.
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Most women can wait three to five years between checks for cervical cancer, depending on their age and test choice, say guidelines issued Monday. Many medical groups have long recommended a Pap test every three years for most women. The new advice from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says that’s true for women ages 21 to 29 whose Paps show no sign of trouble. But for healthy women ages 30 to 65, the preferred check is a Pap plus a test for the cancer-causing HPV virus, the group concluded. If both
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She said when she drove to work after picking up items from her home, she found her husband waiting for her in a car outside the spa. He leaned out of the vehicle and, in front of her and two coworkers, slashed her vehicle’s tires. He was later arrested. Radcliffe Haughton appeared in court Thursday, when a judge issued a four-year restraining order and told him to turn in all firearms to a county sheriff. It’s not clear whether he turned in any weapons. He bought the .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun used in the shootings on Saturday, Brown Deer police said in a statement.
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there, but I never thought it would come to this,” he said. “... It was mostly verbal. I didn’t see anything physical.” Zina Haughton told police last year that her husband didn’t own any guns, but she was concerned enough about her safety to get a police escort when she went to the house earlier this month to pick up a few items. Zina Haughton wrote in restraining order request filed Oct. 8 that her husband had threatened to kill her if she ever left him. He also, at various times, threatened to throw acid on her face and burn her and her family with gas. “His threats terrorize my every waking moment,” Zina Haughton wrote.
Last week, Microsoft, General Electric and McDonald’s also reported third-quarter results that disappointed the market. To be fair, most companies are reporting better-than-expected profits. But investors want to know how companies are faring on revenue. Revenue can give a more accurate picture of how a company is performing, because profits can vary widely on items like accounting charges and cost-cutting. Katz described companies’ third-quarter revenue results as “fair” and said the U.S. economy is “slow and steady.” “It is at a snail’s pace,” he said. “But it’s certainly better than what we had.” Of the roughly 100 companies in the S&P 500 that had reported third-quarter results as of last week, 70 percent have beat analysts’ estimates for profits, according to John Butters, senior earnings analyst at FactSet. But only 42 percent have beat estimates for revenue. That’s the lowest since the first quarter of 2009, when the stock market hit its Great Recession lows. Company profits so far this quarter are down 2.3 percent compared to a year ago. Revenue is down an average of 0.6 percent. One stock that jumped was Ancestry.com, the genealogy website, which announced it will be bought by European private equity buyers. The stock popped $2.26 to $31.44. The buyers had offered $32 per share. Apple also jumped, rising $24.19 to $634.03. The company is expected to release a smaller iPad on Tuesday, to compete with Amazon.com Inc.’s Kindle Fire and Google Inc.’s Nexus 7. In other trading, the yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 1.81 percent from 1.76 percent late Friday. The euro was worth $1.3045, up slightly from Friday. Energy prices fell. Crude oil lost $1.32 to $88.73 a barrel.
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Kennedy right to resign from state Board of Regents
obert A. Kennedy, the president of the state Board of Regents for Higher Education, resigned last week under pressure from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, the state legislature and almost any state resident who cares about the quality of higher education in Connecticut. That includes us here at the Daily Campus, who support his leave after he single-handedly approved raises for 21 employees totaling $262,206 without the legally required approval from the rest of the board. The board was created in 2011 as a budget saving measure, consolidating the leadership systems of the state’s four Connecticut State University campuses (Western in Danbury, Eastern in Willimantic, Southern in New Haven and Central in New Britain), the state’s 12 community colleges, plus the online Charter Oak College. UConn is the only component of public higher education excluded from the consolidation. Kennedy, the former president of University of Maine, was hired on a five-year contract to lead the new system, which collectively includes around 100,000 students. The true problems began when the Connecticut Mirror first disclosed the illegal raises approved by Kennedy and not shared with the other board members – not even the second-in-command, Executive Vice President Michael P. Meotti. Meotti himself resigned a few hours after Kennedy. The problems only compounded when the Hartford Courant disclosed that Kennedy was paid in full for nine weeks this past summer, but he left Connecticut completely and lived in his Minnesota summer home. Kennedy’s annual salary is $340,000. Leaving the state for a weekend of vacation is sometimes necessary to rest and recharge. But to disappear for over two months on full pay – when you have been in the job for less than a year and your job is so important to so many people – is irresponsible. As for the part about the single-handedly approved raises, that is beyond irresponsible: it is illegal. Taking over Kennedy’s position as an interim replacement during this time of controversy is none other than UConn’s own former president, Philip Austin. We support this hire of the man who led the university for 11 years from 1996 to 2007, the longest stretch a person stayed in the position since Albert Jorgensen stepped down in 1962. He seems to handle the whole “interim” thing quite well: in the last two years alone, he served as interim UConn president for a year in 2010-11 after Michael Hogan left for University of Illinois and served as interim head of the UConn Health Center earlier this year for a few months. Clearly, he is committed to higher education in Connecticut. And we doubt he will bail out in the summers to a second home in Minnesota. The Daily Campus editorial is the official opinion of the newspaper and its editorial board. Commentary columns express opinions held solely by the author and do not in any way reflect the official opinion of The Daily Campus.
Linda McMahon wrong to oppose military cuts
he race for Connecticut’s open seat in the United States Senate continues to rage on. Once virtually tied, candidates Linda McMahon and Representative Chris Murphy are starting to separate in the polls. The three most recent polls all have Murphy leading his Republican opponent, by margins ranging from two to six points. This is likely due to his superior performance in the four senatorial debates and voters’ increasing awareness of where each candidate stands. This campaign has been dominated by a few major issues, namely jobs By Sam Tracy and reproductive Weekly Columnist rights. But there are many other topics that have come up in the debates and campaign commercials that have not received as much attention. One of these is military spending, and on this issue, Linda McMahon could not be more wrong. Linda McMahon supports increasing the government’s fiscal responsibility by cutting spending. That is by no means an outrageous proposal. With an annual deficit of over one trillion dollars, and a national debt that recently passed 16 trillion, it’s clear that we need to get our budget under control. But, as with any deficit reduction plan, the important stuff is in the details, and that’s where McMahon’s plan falls apart. Specifically, McMahon has stated that she supports cutting federal spending by one percent, but would shield the defense
budget from any cuts. This is an unreasonable promise to make, and would prove disastrous if actually followed through. The defense budget makes up about nearly one-fourth of all federal spending, and takes up over fifty percent if only the discretionary budget is looked at. The discretionary budget is about 40 percent of the overall budget, and excludes entitlements such as Social Security. While deficit reduction almost surely needs to address entitlements, they are much more difficult to change, as citizens have been paying in to them their entire lives with the expectation of certain benefits. As it only includes the expenditures that Congress has greater control over, the discretionary budget is more useful when talking about how Congress can decrease federal spending. Therefore, McMahon is proposing substantial cuts in federal spending, while refusing to even consider cuts in the area that takes up over half of the discretionary spending. To defend this extreme position, she frequently cites the need for a strong national defense. Unfortunately for her, this does not adequately support her plan. It’s true that providing for national defense is one of the most important roles of government, however, we are currently spending far more than is necessary to protect ourselves from foreign enemies. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the United States currently spends $711 billion per year on its military. This makes up a whopping 41 percent of worldwide military spending. It also drastically exceeds the spending of any country that could be seen as our rival, let alone our enemy – China spends $143 billion per year on its military, and Russia only spends $72 billion. While there is
some tension with these two countries, it is highly unlikely that we will go to war with either of them at any point in the near future. The other top ten military spenders are the United Kingdom, France, Japan, Saudi Arabia, India, Germany and Brazil. Each of these nations are either friendly with us or our close allies. Further, it’s highly unlikely that we’ll be going to war with a country any time soon. Recent trends indicate that most of our future military conflicts will be with smaller, non-state actors. Our current levels of spending made sense during the Cold War, but are now one of the most prominent examples of government waste. Congressman Murphy also supports reducing federal spending but is on the record saying that military spending should also be included. While this may lead to a reduction in military-related jobs in Connecticut, all spending cuts will inevitably lead to some pain, and we can’t keep running up the nation’s credit card for the sole purpose of maintaining jobs that are unnecessary for our national defense. Also, cuts in the Pentagon’s most expensive programs, like the F-35 jet with the trilliondollar price tag, will affect other parts of the country more than Connecticut, which is also known for producing helicopters and submarines. McMahon claims to be an independent thinker, but her unwillingness to support any cuts in military spending shows that she is simply embracing the Republican party line.
Weekly Columnist Sam Tracy is a 7th-semester political science major. He can be reached at Samuel.Tracy@UConn.edu.
How franchising hurts originality in gaming and film industries
This is my 300th InstantDaily. I’ve probably made at least a few of you reading this laugh over the last 3 years. You’re welcome. When life gives you lemons, make PINK lemonade! I’m a political science major taking a course on the presidency, so I have a binder full of presidents... and Mitt Romney probably won’t make it in there. Will I #bleedblue if I gouge my eyes out from the pain of watching UConn football this year? More and more do I miss AIM profiles. 25% of Snapple Facts are made up as well as 40% of InstantDailies. Can you tell which ones are genuine? Got yelled at for having my door open with tv on last night, how do they expect me to survive with the heat set to 105°!? No more debates? Thank God. I wish more aspects of my life were like Grab and Go. Class would go SO much faster. Something about Mitt Romney just makes me want to accuse him of being an alien. I just want to nap. But then I won’t be able to fall asleep later. Is there anything worse than my dilemma?? Strange, my essay for tomorrow isn’t writing itself...
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he entertainment industry was founded on originality with different mediums to express a wide variety of ideas. However, the industry has started to revert and is now destroying originality by design rather than fostering its growth. There has been a By Kayvon Ghoreshi shift in both the eyes of Staff Columnist the consumers and producers that has lead to an enormous amount of franchising, especially in the film and video game industry. If you look at the movies that have been dominating the box office the past few years, you’ll see that a lot of them are sequels or have a sequel on the way. Marvel alone can represent the amount of franchising that happens in Hollywood nowadays. The studio is already set on releasing “Iron Man 3,” “Thor 2,” and “Avengers 2.” There is no telling if there will be even more sequels following those releases. Of course, Marvel isn’t the sole culprit in franchising. Look at “The Hangover,” “Taken,” “Paranormal Activity,” “Die Hard,” “James Bond,” “Shrek” and the ongoing number of other movie franchises and soon to be franchises such as “Avatar.”
Sequels aren’t the only way originality is being pushed aside in favor of profits. Movies are also turning to remakes and reboots. Over the summer the “Spiderman” franchise was rebooted and there have been others such as “Total Recall,” “Dredd,” and even the upcoming “Man of Steel.” And frankly you can’t blame Hollywood for doing this. As movie goers we become attached with certain characters and story lines, and associate them with franchise titles. As unnecessary as another “Dark Knight” or Batman movie would be, masses of people would still buy a ticket to see it on opening night. Why, then, would Warner Bros risk a new original idea over a franchise guaranteed to make nice profit? The same “sequel syndrome” can be seen in the video game industry. Nintendo has been doing it for the past 15 years. The “Legend of Zelda,” “Mario,” and “Pokemon” franchises have always been guaranteed money-
makers and no one ever seems to get tired of them. Only now have Sony and Microsoft caught on and started to milk their fan favorite franchises. Microsoft has already released multiple “Halo” sequels, prequels, spinoffs, and will continue to do so due to the astronomical sales numbers the game puts up with every release. Sony has also done it with their go-to franchises such as “God of War,” “Uncharted,” “Killzone,” and “LittleBigPlanet” to name a few. The same can be said about third party franchises such as “ A s s a s s i n ’s Creed,” “Need for Speed,” and a little known game by the name of “Call of Duty.” The game industry also has two other factors that hurt originality. One is the way it treats new Intellectual Property (IP)s. Most of the time they are overlooked, but every now and then a new IP breaks through like “Borderlands,” “Infamous” or “Dead Space.” These games are then immediately franchised and
“Sequels... reboots...frankly you can’t blame Hollywood for doing this.”
Chynna Davis, Staff Columnist
are turned into another money maker for the developers. The aforementioned games have all already received sequels and will likely receive more. The other factor is that developers will add in features that are popular even if they aren’t necessary. For example, multiplayer has been put into many recent games just to say they have it. This kind of mindset creates a shift where game development becomes less of a creative endeavor and more of a procedural checklist of game elements that are currently popular. This is something that has been going on in both industries for years now. We all have assorted connotations with our favorite franchises. This in turn makes us trust a game or movie with a slapped on franchise name because we know there is a greater chance we are going to enjoy it. As much as I love my franchises and understand why they are so abundant in the industry, I can’t help but notice this continuous motif of “more of the same.” It has caused originality to take a back seat to profitability, frankly to the detriment of the industries as a whole. Staff Columnist Kayvon Ghoreshi is a 1st-semester molecular and cell biology major. He can be reached at Kayvon.Ghoreshi@UConn.edu.
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Tips and tricks for studying abroad
By Jamie Dinar Campus Correspondent If you are a UConn student planning on going abroad next semester then I believe a congratulations is in order, as I am sure you got your acceptance letter last week. As cliché as this may sound, you are about to venture on a journey that will forever change your life. Investing four months in another country’s culture will be mildly shocking at first, but an amazing opportunity to culturally expand your worldview. Whether you are visiting Europe, Africa, South America or elsewhere in the world, here are some helpful tips to make sure your abroad experience is as optimal, and safe, as possible: Educate yourself. Read up on books on your destination country and check online (try the state department at travel.state. gov). Nothing is trickier than adapting to a different culture than stepping into it blindfolded. But not only that, it is important to stay up to date on that country’s news, crime rates, alerts, etc. Read the newspaper and go online to get in touch with your location. Learn which areas to avoid, where crime is high and where you wouldn’t want to walk around alone. Remember there is a currency exchange rate. It’s difficult to adjust to a new form of currency—there’s nothing more dangerous than wasting it all away in the first few weeks! Try setting a weekly budget to help adapt to the new exchange. This will help you avoid overspending and will limit unnecessary purchases. And on a side note, try to save the souvenir shop-
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ping for later on in your trip. Everything will seem a lot more exciting at first, but soon you will realize most of the available souvenirs are dumb. Yes, I am a victim of this. Learn the Basics. Try to pick up small phrases or even just words before your travels, such as “bathroom,” “taxi” and common salutations such as “hello,” and “thanks.” If your program offers a class to help further your bi-lingual education, definitely take it. Be careful around others. Sure, that guy you met at the club may seem cool, but don’t
jump to make any rash decisions. A good way to avoid these sticky situations is by developing a buddy system. When you are going out at night, whether it is to a bar, club or even just a walk around town, make sure to stay with at least one other person. And I hate to say this, but especially if you are female. Girls typically appear more vulnerable than their male counterparts. As for traveling solo during the day, just use common sense. Be smart. Get overseas insurance. Or at least make sure your existing insurance plan comes with over-
50 years of Bond, James Bond
Author Ian Fleming was the creator of arguably the single most iconic pop culture icon to emerge from Britain in the latter half of the 20th century. His creation? None other than British Secret Agent 007 Bond, James Bond. Fleming’s Bond novels were wildly popular upon their release, beginning with “Casino Royale” in 1952, but it wasn’t until production began on the now iconic film series that the character became one of the world’s best and most beloved. Fifty years ago in 1962, “Dr. No” was released into theaters starring Sean Connery as 007. Arguably the most memorable role to be played by the acclaimed actor, Connery would go on to reprise the role in five additional films, as well as in a non-canonical sixth “Never Say Never Again” in 1983. The role was most likely the highest contributing factor for him being selected by “People” as the sexiest man of the 20th century. After the release of “Dr. No,” James Bond became a world-
‘Gatsby’ remains relevant
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Leonardo DiCaprio will star as Jay Gatsby in the 2013 summer blockbuster film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby.’
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(Clockwise from top left): Daniel Craig, Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Pierce Brosnan, Roger Moore and Timothy Dalton as super spy James Bond. The newest film, ‘Skyfall,’ will be released in American theaters on November 9.
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seas benefits. You never know when you will take a nasty fall or even if you catch a flu that lands you in the hospital. In any situation, it is always smarter to be covered, especially when your parents or guardians are across the globe. Protect your personal information. Keep your passports (and copies of your passport, which you should have in case you lose the original) in a safe spot where no one but you can find them. In addition, while you are out and about, make sure to keep your bag or purse tight and close to you. I would suggest carrying
it around your chest and at your side so to avoid pick pocketing. And I know it’s not the greatest example of high fashion, but a fanny pack works too. Travel. Need I say more? Get out there and explore nearby cities, villages and even other countries. In most cases it will be relatively cheap, so get out there. If available, take advantage of student discounts. These can save you money anywhere, from museums to tourist attractions to transportation to shopping outlets and even movie theaters. Many hostels work deals out too with ISIC (International Student Identity Card) holders. So make sure to do your research and purchase this financial life savor. Bring your own food. I know I can’t live a day without a spoonful of Nutella or peanut butter. But in many other countries, you are going to have a hard time scoping out these American comfort foods. Make sure to bring a small supply of these to last you, just in case you don’t approve of your new country’s alternatives. Act like a local. We’re not ignorant; we know most other countries think of Americans as loud and obnoxious. Of course, this is just a stereotype, but don’t add more fuel to the fire. Learn to blend into your abroad destination’s cultural and societal norms, adapt to their behavioral cues, and blend in with their fashions and mannerisms. You can even go as far as learn how to love their food (although that may be a difficult, albeit necessary, task.)
wide icon. 007 has always had the most unique gadgets, always got the most beautiful women, took his cocktails “shaken not stirred”, and has maintained certain affinity for Aston Martins over the years. Bond, as well as his villains and their clichés, have been parodied the world over, as have many of the Bond girls themselves, often in regards to their inappropriate names (i.e. “Pussy Galore”), most notably in Mike Myer’s “Austin Powers” films. The role would be played by an additional 4 actors throughout the 20th century including George Lazenby, Timothy Dalton, and more notably, Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan. After 20 films in the highly successful franchise and a wildly popular Bond actor in Pierce Brosnan, fans were shocked but not altogether that surprised to hear that the next Bond film would be a reboot of the franchise. Another in a long series of “re-done” film franchises with a new continuity, a trend popularly started by Chris Nolan’s “Batman Begins,” the next Bond would be quite different from the
rest. Younger and brasher than any of his recent counterparts, Daniel Craig’s performance in 2006’s “Casino Royale” left critics wild with praise. And so the true Bond of the 21st century was born. The “James Bond” series is as wildly popular as ever these days, as evidenced by the spectacular box office returns from “Casino Royale” and “Quantum of Solace.” Even a character around for over half a century still manages to surprise us today what with his appearance at the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games. Arguably the most memorable part of the games’ opening ceremony was the faux helicopter parachute jump into the Olympic Stadium by Craig’s Bond and Queen Elizabeth II herself. The 23rd Bond film “Skyfall” opens in US theaters Nov. 2. After an agonizing production delay, Craig’s Bond will return along with a theme song performed by Britain’s new national treasure pop singer Adele. Here’s to another 50 years of 007.
On Oct. 11th, the UConn Reads Program selected F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” as its official selection for the 20122013 school year. Students are encouraged to pick up a copy of the novel at the Co-op and join in on the campus wide discussions on one of the most prolific pieces of American literature. A reading guide is available online, through the UConn Read’s website (www. uconnreads.uconn.edu), as well a link to UConn Associate Professor of Art History and Women’s Gender and Sexuality studies Anne D’Alleva’s blog. Her blog, focusing solely on her reading of Gatsby and other UConn Reads programs, has many interesting posts, including one titled “Rereading Gatsby.” For many students, this will be their second, third, or 40th time reading “The Great Gatsby,” and new insight could be helpful in a proper reading. This year, fittingly, is the 90th anniversary of Gatsby’s fictional exploits and is being celebrated by UConn and a nationwide summer 2013 movie release. Culture vultures, book worms and film junkies across the board have been anticipating the release of the new movie, given the all-star cast and progressive vision of director Baz Luhrmann. When the trailer for the newest “Gatsby” was released earlier this year, it drew a lot of attention thanks to its striking visuals and sweeping visions of New York City. The movie stars an aging but none the less dashing Leonardo DiCaprio as the eponymous Gatsby, the sweet
and fittingly independent Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchannan, and Joel Edgerton as her husband Tom. Tobey Maguire rounds out the cast as Nick Carraway. These three actors alone have the potential to make this movie a success. If you are a tried and true Gatsby fan, you may want to focus on the word “adaptation” when watching the trailer. From the scenes presented by Luhrmann in the two minutes and twenty eight seconds, it is apparent that the swinging ‘20s culture is going to be eclipsed by a much greater force. In the trailer, at least, the setting seems to be pure and unadulterated ‘20s style, but with modern twists, such as a gargantuan light up billboards and a soundtrack consisting of “No Church in the Wild” by Kanye West featuring Jay-Z, and a Jack White cover of U2’s “Love is Blindness.” The only potential downside to the film, is that it is being released in 3D. While some may argue the upgrade to the new, more expensive format is a poor choice for a classic drama, Luhrmann’s striking visuals may become even more beautiful with the extra dimension. As with Luhrmann’s other classic adaptations, the 1996 adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet” comes to mind, the message and the power behind the stories always lingers and is joined by extreme glamour and beauty. With this in mind and the 3D element, Gatsby is set up to be an experience, and only time will tell if it will be positive or negative.
After encouraging everyone last week to reread classic novels to give them another chance, I began to wonder what makes readers want to return certain books. There are so many books in the world and for me, my “Books to Read” list is perpetually growing. With these circumstances in mind, why would anyone want to take the time, when it seems as there is always not enough, to reread a novel? What makes some books ‘rereadable’ and others just a one read only? What is it about certain books that make you want to revisit their characters and plot time and time again? Everyone may have their own theories on this matter, but here are my opinions for what makes a book eligible to be part of the exclusive reread club. 1. The author “gets you”. These books are the ones where it seems that the author’s words make up the thoughts floating around your head. The storyline either mirrors your past or present or it outlines what you want your future to be. You see yourself in story and seamlessly relate to everything that is occurring. The characters share your opinions and feelings when it appears that no one else does. Some of the author’s sentences hit you with a great force. You realize that the author was able to give you words for thoughts you haven’t been able to describe. These are the lines that make you take a step back and evaluate everything around you. You have to reread this book because it provides you with a rare opportunity to connect with emotions that are similar to yours and discover pieces of yourself without sharing anything in response. 2. The story has become a part of your life. This is the story that you were introduced to or discovered at a young age. Maybe it is considered a children’s book but it is a book that continues to capture your attention as you become older and older. You’ve grown with the characters and by rereading the story, it’s like seeing old friends again. As you get older, you see yourself in the characters and wonder if the characters are genuinely similar to you or if you have become similar to them because of your deep connection to the story. You think about the characters and the life lessons the author slipped throughout the story even when you are done reading the book. When you look back to when you first started reading the story, you realize that despite the many years that passed, you’ve never become tired of world the author created. You’re also surprised at the amount of time that has passed and wonder how this story managed to stay in your life when so many other things have passed on through. 3. The book has a personal significance that goes beyond the text. These are the books that when you originally read them, you were at a certain point in your life that led you to establish an external connection with the book. When you read them, you are reminded of someone or something. You feel compelled to reread because it takes you back to that moment in your life, allowing the reread to
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Kathryn Newton stars as Alex in the fourth installment of the ‘Paranormal Activity’ franchise. She is pictured here videochatting with a boy when the camera gets shaky and a mysterious long-haired figure appears behind her.
By Zach Lederman Campus Correspondent
Finally, after a year of waiting, “Paranormal Activity 4,” the latest installment of the popular ‘Paranormal Activity’ series, has been released. I managed to get myself a ticket on opening night, unable to wait any longer than was absolutely necessary. Let me premise by saying that for anyone who has seen the first three films in the series, this review will be absolutely free of spoilers for the fourth film. For everyone else who hasn’t seen them, you might want to look away now. You’ve been warned. Paranormal 4 finally continues the story that was started in the original “Paranormal Activity,” back in 2009. It’s not a prequel like the previous two films, but rather a direct sequel, taking place six years after the original film and “Paranormal Activity 2” and starring a new cast of characters. As the film starts, Katie and Hunter are still missing, but the focus of the
movie is actually 16-year-old Alex, her boyfriend and her family. Her life is as perfect as a young girl’s can get, until a mysterious woman and her son move in across the street. When the woman is rushed to the hospital one night, Alex’s mother offers to take in the young boy, Robbie, until she recovers. As with all of the previous installments of the series, mysterious (one might say, paranormal) events soon begin occurring within the house, and everything in Alex’s life takes a turn for the worse. Alex, fearing for her and her brother’s safety, sets up cameras within her house using the various computers throughout the house. You didn’t really expect a multi-million dollar series to suddenly risk everything and drop its selling point, did you? As far as movies in the series go, this would probably score in my top two. The scares you’ll
get out of this are about the same that you would in any of the others: enough to get you to jump out of your seat, but not nearly frightening enough to give you nightmares. What I really like about this is that we’re finally seeing the series progress. I’ve had enough prequels! I’m ready to unlock more of the mystery surrounding Toby and the Coven. U n f o r t u n a t e l y, this might also be “Paranormal’s” biggest problem with the series, currently (for some folks, anyway). The simple truth is that the movie has become more of a mystery-horror, rather than straight up horror series. Now, is this necessarily a bad thing? No, it isn’t at all. The only problem is that it makes the wait for the next movie incredibly frustrating, and frankly, although “Paranormal 4” did answer quite a few questions that I had from previous movies, it opened up even more doors,
Paranormal Activity 4 9/10
which might leave you feeling a bit lacking in the closure department. Fear not, however, as Paramount Pictures has confirmed that development of both Paranormal Activity 5, as well as a Latino-themed spin-off of the series, due to be released in October 2013, and Spring 2013 respectively. Hopefully, this will be enough to satiate our paranormal mystery-solving lust. If you haven’t seen any of the other “Paranormal” films, chances are, this isn’t the movie for you. You’ll have a very tough time trying to decipher what’s happening, as the story has just gotten too complex to start with off the bat. I suggest you go and rent the first film, and continue from there. If you have seen the other three, I encourage you, for the sake of your own movie-watching existence, to keep up with the series. The mystery is deepening with each new installment, and I couldn’t be happier with it.
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Tyler Perry stars as Alex Cross, a cop pushed to his limit in a hunt for an insane serial killer. Tyler Perry is already negotiating a deal to make a sequel based on the second novel of the titular series, ‘Double Cross.’
By Maurilio Amorim Campus Correspondent
Tyler Perry has always been towards the top of my most hated celebrities list. I saw “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” when the joke of him dressing up as a woman was new and didn’t care for it. Needless to say, this plot device has become sorely overused. Perry’s films have been criticized by many in the Hollywood community for creating negative stereotypes of black actors. I have always agreed with this notion. With this in mind, I went into Alex Cross wondering what Perry’s role would be here. An hour and a half later, I am removing Tyler Perry from that “most hated celebrities” list I mentioned earlier. Tyler Perry successfully pulls off being the lead actor in an action movie. Perry brings his own interpretation to the role of Alex Cross, once played by Morgan
Freeman, and boy is he good! Not only is Perry at the top of his game, but Matthew Fox also gives us an almost Oscar worthy performance. I loved ‘Lost’ and Fox’s character Jack was always my favorite character. Fox may have been keeping a low profile since the hit TV show ended in 2010, but now he’s back with full vengeance. After five minutes of screen time, I found myself hating his character so much that I was truly terrified by his portrayal. Fox’s performance is one of the best things about this film, but it is both frustrating and brilliant. It’s brilliant because it’s so good and terrifying. It’s frustrating because he is so close to Oscar territory, but we never really get to see enough of his character’s inner psyche. We see just enough to be creeped out and say, “good job Matthew
Fox.” Why are we not developing him more and seeing more into this psycho? This brings me to my biggest complaint with this movie: the directing. You may know director Rob Cohen from “XXX” and the first “Fast and the Furious.” While I love both those movies, I’ll admit they are poorly directed and the actors and plot are what saved them. Unfortunately, this also happened here. Alex Cross had potential to be a great movie, but instead it’s a good movie. Perry and Fox give us performances nobody knew they could and the rest of the cast follows their lead. A good director would have worked more with the script, given us more development and not have rushed the plot. Also, at times the camera work is intentionally shaky because of a trend in Hollywood lately that believes shaking a camera during action
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scenes creates suspense. It doesn’t. Moving a camera constantly during an action scene only annoys the audience and makes it difficult to see what is going on. I never thought I’d say this, but even Tyler Perry could have directed this better. Alex Cross is a fun movie. It’s got a good story, amazing acting and isn’t just the kind of cliché detective movie your probably expecting it to be. Perry and Fox deliver and the rest of the cast makes up for a bad director and rushed script. All they needed to do was hire a different director. Maybe then we wouldn’t get the “PG-13-ified” moments (where the obvious R rated subject matter is barely explored), rushed development and shaking cameras. Alex Cross is so close to being a really good movie. Instead it is just a good movie, but at least worth a watch at that.
Movies are one of the, if not the most, difficult forms of art to produce. Between writing, filming, editing and marketing, the process is enough to drive one man, or even an entire crew, insane. And that’s before even worrying about quality. Filmmaking takes a lot of time, talent and most importantly, money. A lot of aspiring filmmakers in college often find themselves bound by their budgets, and stories have to be written to accommodate. If anybody is looking to make a feature with only a few thousand dollars on hand, here are some low budget films you can take some lessons from. “Clerks:” The definitive shoestring hit that launched the career of Kevin Smith is a handbook for cheap filmmaking. It gets every use out of its single location, it has well disguised actors play multiple roles, and it uses basic cinematography to develop a mood. It’s a film completely powered by its screenplay, which was full of memorable characters and an endless supply of wit. It shows that if you’re a decent comedic writer, you can do a lot with a little. “Claire’s Knee:” Speaking of screenplays, “Claire’s Knee” contains one of the best ever written. It’s a French film from 1970 about a man who gets the desire to caress the knee of a girl he encounters, but most of the story involves various people discussing different facets of love. Romance is a popular source of drama, and “Claire’s Knee” displays how much depth and engagement can be made by a few characters discussing romance while lounging near a lake. It shows that a good movie doesn’t need to be story driven, rather just subject driven. “American Movie:” No matter how badly you want to make a movie, there’s a man out there who wants to make one more than you, and his name is Mark Borchardt. “American Movie” is a documentary about Borchardt’s three year struggle to make a short film. It’s a great insight into the filmmaking process and shows all the problems as well as some of the solutions young filmmakers will run into. It displays all the drama that can occur both on and off a set and how far one should follow their passion before it begins to damage their personal life. It’s also as funny and heartwarming as it is informative. “Be Kind Rewind:” Actually, this movie cost $20 million to make, but it’s about people trying to make not one low budget film, but hundreds. After a video store loses all of their tapes, the staff decides to remake the movies themselves, from “Ghostbusters” to “Indiana Jones.” It’s a spectacle on cheating special effects and making low budget look high budget through sheer creativity. Perfect for anybody looking to add some action or even fantasy to their film. “The Blair Witch Project:” Yes, I’m aware that it began the found-footage horror film craze which has long overstayed its welcome; but I can’t write a column on this subject without mentioning the most profitable movie ever made. It cost $22,500 and raked in nearly $250 million at the box office. What did it contain? A couple college students with a handheld camcorder walking through a small town and running from unseen monsters in the woods. Mull over that.
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Great horror isn’t cliché
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An alien from the sci-fi/horror film ‘Alien,’ directed by then-unknowns Ridley Scott and James Cameron.
By Maurilio Amorim Campus Correspondent As Halloween approaches many of us are looking to watch a good, old-fashioned horror movie designed to elicit screams and cause nightmares. However, finding a decent horror movie to watch is a task in itself. Many are formulaic and rely on clichés and they almost always have unknown actors who bring nothing to the project. If you’re in the mood for something more frightening and less laughable, here are some good films you should check out, in no particular order. “The Shining.” It’s a classic, one you most certainly have to see before you die. Jack Nicholson’s character Jack Torrance takes his family up to a seasonal hotel with the hopes of maintaining it throughout the winter. However, the place is haunted by ghosts and all other kinds of supernatural being. Jack loses his mind, and unfortunately for his family they’re the only ones there to take the blame. This is a must-see. “Disturbia.” Somewhere there is a line between thriller and horror and “Disturbia” crosses it. When a high school student is placed on house arrest, he starts spying on his neighbors to pass the time. He soon realizes his
neighbor may be a serial killer. Every killer lives next door to somebody, right? It may be an update of Hitchcock’s “Rear Window,” but it makes the story its own. The film is simply disturbing and will give you that thrill you’re searching for in a horror movie. “The Thing” (1982). “The Thing” is another classic on this list. Imagine a creature that could take the form of any being that it had touched and killed. Now, put that creature in an Antarctic research station, where it has taken the shape of one if the expedition members, and see what happens as it tries to take over everyone and get off the continent. Crazy stuff. “Alien”/“Aliens.” If you are one of the few people who have not seen these two classic films, you should make every attempt to remedy that immediately. “Alien” is probably one of the greatest sci-fi, action and horror movies ever made, next to the sequel, Aliens. Both directed by then-unknown legends Ridley Scott and James Cameron respectively, these are two films are guaranteed to give you nightmares. “The Cabin in the Woods.” You can’t really tell anyone why they have to see this film without spoiling it. However, what I will
say is if you have ever liked any horror movie ever made, then you will certainly like “Cabin in the Woods.” It’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen. It’s a perfect blend of horror and comedy that mocks itself along with the genre. The last 45 minutes of this movie will blow your mind, and you’ll struggle to pick your jaw up off the floor. I’ve already said too much. You have to see it to believe it. “Silent Hill.” Video game movie adaptations are generally disappointing, but “Silent Hill” manages to be the exception of the rule. The “Silent Hill” series is known for being (or it used to be) some of the scariest games out there. The movie manages to capture that general feeling of terror the game had and to bring you into that dark exploration of the other world that is Silent Hill. After a car crash, a cop and a woman awake in a small town run by a cult that is not of this world. The woman’s daughter is missing and they navigate in this dark world filled with monsters, demons and horrifying people to find her. If you don’t value your sleep, this is definitely worth a watch.
Ellen DeGeneres to receive top humor prize in DC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of the nation’s top comedians hailed Ellen DeGeneres as a trailblazer Monday night as she received the nation’s highest humor prize. The Kennedy Center is awarding DeGeneres the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The show will be broadcast Oct. 30 on PBS stations. On the red carpet before the show, DeGeneres said she doesn’t see herself as political with her comedy, even though she’s been a trailblazer. “I just want to make people happy and make people laugh,” she said. Coming out on TV 15 years ago feels like another life, she said. “I did it because it was the right thing for me to do,” said DeGeneres, who is being honored as the nation’s top comedian 15 years after nearly losing her career . “It was the right thing for me to do to not live
with shame. I happened to help a lot of people, and it happened to create a ruckus.” Jimmy Kimmel called it a milestone. “For a lot of people, Ellen is their only homosexual friend,” he said. “She’s there in their living room every single day.” Sean Hayes said DeGeneres made his former show, “Will and Grace,” possible. He said her “fearlessness” was her biggest contribution. “She’s the one who went in there with a machete” and cleared the way for other shows with gay characters such as “Glee,” said “Glee” star Jane Lynch. “Look where she is today,” Lynch added. Kristin Chenoweth said DeGeneres has always remained kind. “She’s not a mean girl comic,” she said.
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become a disguised form of nostalgia. While we use bookmarks to help us remember where we are in the text, books themselves can serve as bookmarks in our lives to help us recall what was happening at that time. These certainly aren’t the only reasons why people reread books but in my reading experiences, they are the main reasons for me. If a book can make me feel something, really feel something, whether it’s for the characters or the thought provoking words the author writes, it has a good chance to be reread. You’ll know the minute you finish the book for the first time if it will become one of the lucky ones.
Disney defends new Hispanicinfluenced princess Alyssa.McDonagh@UConn.edu
This undated publicity photo released by Disney Junior, shows the character Princess Sofia, right, who stars in a TV animated movie titled “Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess,” airing Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 (7:00-8:00 p.m., ET/PT) on the Disney Channel.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Walt Disney Co. is defending its newest princess following a backlash over her Hispanicinfluenced ethnicity. A new character named Sofia will star in the TV movie “Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess” airing Nov. 18 on the Disney Channel and Disney Junior. Hispanic advocacy groups have questioned whether the fairskinned, blue-eyed young princess is an accurate representation of the Hispanic population and wondered why Disney isn’t doing more to promote its first princess with Hispanic-inspired roots. “They seem to be backpedaling,” said Lisa Navarrete, spokeswoman for the National Council of La Raza. “They’ve done such a good job in the past when they’ve introduced Native American, African-American and Asian princesses. They made a big deal out of it, and there was a lot of fanfare, but now they’re sort of scrambling. It’s unusual because Disney has been very good about Latino diversity.” Craig Gerber, co-executive producer of “Sofia the First,” clarified in a Facebook post on
Friday that Sofia is “a mixedheritage princess in a fairytale world.” He said her mother and birth father respectively hail from kingdoms inspired by Spain and Scandinavia, though Sofia was born and raised in Enchancia, a “make-believe ‘melting pot’ kingdom” patterned after the British Isles. Sofia is voiced by Caucasian “Modern Family” actress Ariel Winter, and her mother is played by Hispanic “Grey’s Anatomy” actress Sara Ramirez. The film and a subsequent TV series will follow the young princess as she adjusts to royal life after her mother marries the king of Enchancia. “Sofia considers herself a normal Enchancian girl like any other,” said Gerber. “Her mixed heritage and blended family are a reflection of what many children today experience.” Inez Gonzalez, executive vice president of the National Hispanic Media Coalition, said Monday that the organization wanted to meet with Disney to discuss “Sofia the First.” “Sofia’s world reflects the ethnically diverse world we live in, but it is not our world,” said Nancy Kanter, senior vice presi-
dent of original programming for Disney Junior. “It is a fairytale and storybook world that we hope will help spur a child’s imagination. It’s one where we can have flying horses, schools led by fairies, songs that have a Latin beat and towns with markets like those found in North Africa.” Kanter added that the “Sofia the First” series set to debut next year would include storylines about a holiday called Wassailia, which is reminiscent of a Scandinavian Christmas; and the characters would go on a picnic in Wei-Ling, an Asianinspired kingdom. Marcela Davison Aviles, president of the Mexican Heritage Corporation, said that calling Sofia a Latina princess is “not an accurate use of the term as many in our community understand its meaning.” Davison Aviles has worked with Disney on the TV series “Handy Manny,” which features a bilingual Hispanic handyman character. She added that “Disney leadership embraces the complexity, diversity and beauty” of the Hispanic community.
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The UConn Indian Student Association celebrates its Night of Garba on Oct. 6. in the Student Union. Shapes by Alex Papanastassiou Kevin & Dean by Adam Penrod
Vegetables and Fruit by Tom Bachant and Gavin Palmer
Horoscopes Aries (March 21-April 19) -- Today is a 7 -Too much of a good thing could cause problems ... appreciate what you’ve got, even as you put on your power suit to go get more. Personal transfor-
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mation renews romance. Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is an 8 -- The answer, for now, is negative. Don’t let a minor disagreement mess up all your plans. Compromise can be a useful tool. As Einstein said, “The only failure is giving up.” Gemini (May 21-June 21) -- Today is a 7 -- There’s not as much as you hoped, and not as little as you feared. Substitute ingredients. Use a simple recipe, and make enough to go around. Cancer (June 22-July 22) -- Today is a 7 -- It could feel chaotic, and some things you try won’t work. Get expert help if you get stuck. Discussions about revolution and change inspire. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- If you get stuck in the morning, reschedule meetings and get organized. Clean something and think. Messages about freedom stir you, but don’t launch just yet. Hold off and polish. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is an 8 -Don’t believe everything you hear (or even read in the newspaper). Big stories are exactly that. If you get stuck in a romantic misunderstanding, go directly to the source. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 7 -Express your love in a letter, or a song. Romance rules the day, as long as you’re willing to be flexible. It’s not a good day to travel, so stick close to home. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 7 -- Get busy at home creating a space that you love, that supports your dreams. Your trash could become someone else’s treasure. Friends and finances don’t mix well.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 7 -Find a quiet place to spend some time reading or writing. Connect with your optimistic side. What do you have to lose? Entertain patience because the alternative is unpleasant. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is an 8 -- Don’t spend what you haven’t earned yet. Today may be a good day to move things around to improve efficiency. Or you may just have to change your perspective. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is an 8 -Obstacles are coming your way, but you perceive them as opportunities. Don’t waste your energies on trivial issues. Solve the big problems. You can. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 6 -- It may require extra will to get moving and productive. Travel and work could be frustrating. You may decide to clean house instead. Choose love over money.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
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Pats have more issues than record indicates FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- The game was just six minutes old and the New England Patriots already were getting booed by their own crowd. As Shonn Greene crossed the goal line for a 1-yard touchdown run on the New York Jets' first series on Sunday, the home fans jeered. They were upset about a 76-yard drive in which the Patriots' shaky secondary allowed two long completions, for 24 and 26 yards, and was flagged for holding. By the time the game was over - and the Patriots had avoided a second straight loss in which they coughed up a double-digit, fourth-quarter lead - those same fans were cheering. But that noise after a 29-26 overtime win that came down to the last play couldn't drown out the critics, including coach Bill Belichick. ''There are a lot of things we need to work on,'' he said. Start with the pass defense. It allowed Mark Sanchez to complete five passes of from 21 to 26 yards. One week earlier, he threw for a total of just 82 yards. So far this season, the Patriots
have allowed 35 completions of at least 20 yards, an average of five per game. Tom Brady has just 20 covering that distance. ''No comment,'' starting cornerback Kyle Arrington said of those big gainers. ''We'll go back, see what we can improve. It's all about getting better from here.'' The Patriots were shorthanded with both starting safeties Patrick Chung and Steve Gregory sidelined on Sunday. Devin McCourty, who has struggled at cornerback, moved to safety and played better. ''There's no defense that's designed to give up 50-yard pass completions or anything like that,'' Belichick said Monday. ''That's really the worst thing that can happen defensively, is for the offense to get all their yardage or score on one play and not make them drive the ball and execute a number of plays.'' The offense has had its own problems, despite leading the NFL in total yardage. It's scored just two touchdowns in each of the last two games. It's settled
for too many field goals that left three games to be decided in the final seconds, including a 24-23 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the Patriots previous game after they led 23-10 in the fourth quarter. Tight ends Rob Gronkowski (offseason back surgery) and Aaron Hernandez (sprained ankle) have been playing at less than full strength, and Brady completed just one pass for six yards on Sunday to Brandon Lloyd, signed in the offseason as a deep threat. ''It really wasn't our best day in terms of execution,'' Brady said after finally getting the offense going on its last two possessions against the Jets. Each covered 54 yards and led to the tying and winning field goals by Stephen Gostkowski. ''We have to nail those things down,'' Brady said. ''A lot of those inconsistencies, you don't score points.'' Inconsistency also was a problem on special teams, specifically the play of kickoff returner McCourty. He took one back for a 104-yard touchdown
after Greene scored, and the Patriots tied the game 7-7. Then he lost a fumble bringing back a kickoff after Nick Folk had tied it at 23 with 2:06 left in the fourth quarter. But the Jets managed just another 43-yarder by Folk with 1:37 remaining. ''My teammates saved my life,'' McCourty said. ''I just have to do a better job on holding the ball.'' Despite the concerns on offense, defense and special teams, the Patriots (4-3) lead the AFC East and are one of just three teams in the conference with a winning record. On Sunday, they'll reach the midpoint of the season when they face the St. Louis Rams (3-4) in London. Then they'll have a bye to regroup for the second half, the time of the season when they excel. They were 16-0 in that stretch the past two years after going 11-5 in the first half. In Belichick's first 12 years as coach, the Patriots were 76-20 in the second half and 63-33 in the first half.
The Patriots have sturggled on both sides of the ball to begin the season and have had problems holding onto leads, leading them to an uncharacteristically poor start.
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Sooners gearing up for showdown with Notre Dame
Oklahoma will face off against the No. 5 Fighting Irish at home in Norman this Saturday.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -Oklahoma's first marquee game of the season on Owen Field ended up being a flop. One month later, there's an opportunity for the eighth-ranked Sooners (5-1) to climb onto the fringes of the national championship debate if they can find a way to beat No. 5 Notre Dame on Saturday night. The Sooners' results in bigtime games have been mixed of late. They've been dominant in the Red River Rivalry against Texas but lost to Missouri two years ago when they were the No. 1 team in the BCS standings and dropped Top 25 showdowns against Baylor and Oklahoma State last season.
After winning their past three games against Big 12 competition by a combined margin of 156-48, the expectations are high once again - maybe even more so than over the past two seasons, when various rankings had them pegged as the No. 1 team in the country. ''I think maybe as a unit we're playing better. I think we have more confidence right now going into games for sure than I think there's ever been around this place, just knowing what we can do and what we're capable of,'' quarterback Landry Jones said Monday. The starting defense has allowed only one touchdown over the past three games, and not a
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single point over the past two weeks. The offense has seemingly found a new gear after struggling through a three-turnover outing in the 24-19 loss to Kansas State. ''That's our goal every week is keep getting better,'' center Gabe Ikard said. ''We've been improving in practice every week since that K-State loss and just been building in a really positive way. ... We're not peaking but we're definitely on an upslope. ''We just can't be satisfied with the way we've played and we're facing the biggest challenge of the year so far, when it comes to their defense.'' Led by standout linebacker Manti Te'o, the Fighting Irish (7-0) have been stingier than
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anyone in the country except defending champion Alabama this season. That has the attention of Jones and the rest of the Oklahoma offense. Jones said he believes his improvement in recent weeks is due to trusting his new set of receivers more, allowing him to go through his normal progressions instead of trying to make plays that aren't there. ''I've been playing a lot better. Just obviously after games like Texas Tech, Texas and last week against Kansas, you're going to have higher confidence,'' Jones said. ''And I think everybody on this team is going to have higher confidence just the way that we've been playing.''
and Learmonth was matched up with Caroline Koladzyn and Monica Yajima of Fairfield. In a fight to the finish, McKeon and Learmonth came out on top in a 9-7 victory. Advancing to the Round of 32, the pair was competed with Elizabeth Epstein and Hannah Yu of Yale. Epstein and Yu played the stronger match and bested McKeon and Learmonth in a quick 8-1 win. UConn’s second tandem, composed of junior Lucy Nutting and Weinberg, was pitted against Nevena Selaković and Amber Washington of St. John’s. Selaković and Washington battled hard and defeated Nutting and Weinberg in an 8-4 win. The fall season started out with signs of promise for the Huskies but ended with a much more sullen tone. The team saw some significant success early on at Quinnipiac and Army, but rain delays plagued the scheduling of the entire season. After three weeks off the court, the Huskies returned to play at the New England
Championships, unable to defend last season’s victory and placed second. “Consistency is a big thing [for the team to work on],” said Weinberg, reflecting on the fall season. The slide continued through the next week in the team’s only dual match of the fall, against UMass, where they were swept in singles and doubles. Now, with the Huskies finishing off the season with a weak performance at the admittedly competitive Regional Championships, it will certainly give the team a lot to think about and work on over the winter hiatus before picking up their rackets again in the spring. “We all have our good days and bad days,” said Learmonth. “But I think if we continue to work hard at the level that we’re working we can’t not improve.” Overall, though, this fall season with its strong wins and tough losses certainly proved to be more than just a rainy affair for the Huskies.
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012
UConn, Syracuse will meet to decide Big East title By Erica Brancato Campus Correspondent As the field hockey season begins to wind down, the competition is getting hotter than ever. It all comes down to the last few games to determine which teams make it to the Big East and which ones miss out. The Providence Friars secured the third spot along with Syracuse and UConn, leaving teams to battle it out for the one spot that remains. This week’s games resulted in big wins, terrible losses and upsets that will make or break teams. The No.5 Villanova Wildcats were defeated 4-0 by Indiana on Sunday. Indiana’s Morgan Fleetwood secured the first goal of the game only 5:32 into the contest. Villanova’s intensity picked up in the second half, but by that time it was already too late. Indiana was leading Villanova 4-0 by halftime. The Wildcats were outshot 22-16,
leaving their overall record to 6-11. No. 4 Rutgers lost 2-1 to Brown on Sunday despite their shot advantage throughout the game. The Scarlet Knights held a 36 shot lead compared to the Bears eight shots, but Rutgers couldn’t secure the win. Brown’s Megan O’Donnell scored two unassisted goals to win the game for Brown and left Rutgers with an 8-9 season record. The No. 3 Providence Friars played the No. 4 Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Friday. Providence scored two second half goals to come back and defeat Rutgers 2-1. Providence’s Henni Tietze and Danielle Bernasconi each scored a goal to help the team prevail. Despite the Friar’s 2-1 overtime loss against University of New Hampshire on Sunday, Providence secured one of the two remaining spots in the Big East tournament along with Syracuse and UConn. The No. 2 Louisville
Cardinals played the No. 5 Villanova Wildcats on Saturday. After a big loss against Rutgers, Louisville was eager to prove their dominance in the conference. The game was evenly matched at first, resulting in a scoreless first half. But after halftime, Louisville came out on top. With 1:39 into the second half, the Cardinals Erin Schneidtmiller scored the first goal of the game. Page Monsen and Alyssa Voelmle helped Louisville win the game 3-1. The Cardinals outshot the Wildcats 18-4. With a win under their belt, Louisville remains eligible for the last spot for the Big East tournament. The No.1 Syracuse Orange played two games this weekend against Georgetown and Boston College. Friday, Syracuse beat No. 6 Georgetown a biting 7-2. The Orange’s Lauren Brooks scored two goals while Emma Russel, Jordan Page, Leoni Geyer, and Laura Hahnefeldt also scored goals to help
Syracuse in their victory. At halftime, Syracuse was up 5-1. The Orange held a 34-7 advantage in shots, and had 15 penalty corners compared to Georgetown’s five. Syracuse continued their winning streak on Sunday, defeating Boston College 4-2. The Orange’s Gillian Pinder and Emma Russell scored two goals each to help Syracuse in their victory. The Orange outshot the Eagles 20-11 but their penalty corners were evenly matched with six each. With their wins this weekend, Syracuse continued their home game winning streak to 35 matches. The Orange have not lost at home since 2009. This will be the biggest threat to UConn as they travel to Syracuse to play on the 27th. As proven by UMass, Syracuse is beatable. UConn must play their best game to prevail.
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The UConn field hockey team is tied atop the Big East standings with Syracuse. The two teams play this weekend in a game that will decide the Big East title.
Rare Barry Sanders trading card could help couple have a baby HOUSTON (AP) -- Barry Sanders knows that his trading cards are bought and sold every day. When the Hall of Fame running back learned that a Houston couple desperate to have a baby was auctioning off one of his most rare cards to fund one last attempt at in vitro fertilization, he was stunned. Now the former Detroit Lions star is helping spread the word about the sale of the card signed by both he and Walter Payton so Todd and Ula Nelkin can raise $20,000. It's hard for Sanders to imagine one of his cards helping bring a child into the world. ''It would be very, very special,'' Sanders said in an interview with The Associated Press. ''I'm not sure that I
even have the words, but it will be very special if I were able to help. Obviously we know there are no guarantees, but I will do as much as I can.'' The 1999 Donruss card has a picture of Sanders and his signature on one side and Payton, who died in November 1999, is seen on the other side with his autograph. It is the only one of its kind rated a 10 by the Beckett grading service. The Nelkins are auctioning it off this week on eBay. ''I would love to keep the card, but I would rather have a kid,'' Todd said. ''It's a wonderful card. You daydream that maybe 30, 40 years from now, our son or daughter will find out where the card is and what happened to it.''
The Nelkins are huge sports fans and own a sports memorabilia shop in Houston. The met on an online dating site and had their first date at a Houston Rockets game before being married at another one. ''We're two big kids at heart,'' Ula said. ''Whenever we go to an outing, whether it be a movie or a symphony or a musical we think: 'We just can't wait to bring our little one to this.''' They've both always wanted kids, but the 45-year-old Todd and the 42-year-old Ula met later in life and when they decided to have children they learned her eggs were no longer viable. They've been trying to have a child for about three years and already spent about $40,000 on IVF with donor eggs, only to have both
rounds end in heartbreak. Ula had to have emergency surgery after the first try resulted in an ectopic pregnancy. On the next round she never became pregnant. They say their credit cards are maxed out, so they started thinking about their next step. The Nelkins, who are also looking into adoption, say they're financially stable but don't have another $20,000 for when the doctor says Ula is ready for the next procedure. They hope their intention to use the proceeds of the sale of the card to have a baby will make it more valuable. ''That adds something to the legacy of the card,'' Ula said. ''Maybe this card will be known as the baby maker.'' The couple, who donned Lions shirts while talking
about the auction, couldn't believe it when Sanders reached out to them on Twitter. They've since texted with and spoke to Sanders by telephone. ''That's a scream-in-yourcloset type of thing,'' Todd said of Sanders' offering to help. Sanders said he has his ''fingers crossed'' that the Nelkins are able to raise enough money for the procedure and that it's successful this time. Their story touched him because of the joy his children have brought him. ''Part of why I was willing to get involved is because it is a real unique privilege and something that's very important and precious and like nothing else you'll ever do,'' he said of parenthood. ''So
the fact that I can maybe lend a small hand to a couple in this way, is a very unique privilege that I don't take lightly. I certainly feel for them. I know how much my kids mean to me, and I know that sometimes couples have problems with that, so I just wanted to do what I could to help them.'' Ula gets emotional when talking about the failed IVF attempts, and that prompts Todd to interrupt her to provide encouragement. ''She would be a wonderful mother,'' he says, patting her hand. Todd's parents and Ula's mother are all elderly and they hope to give them a grandchild before it's too late. ''This is our last shot,'' Ula said.
Jaguars lose Jones-Drew in heartbreaking loss to Raiders
Maurice Jones-Drew hobbled off the field on crutches Sunday after injuring his left foot on the first play of the game. Jones-Drew finished the day with two carries for six yards.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars had two huge setbacks in Oakland. They lost star running back Maurice Jones-Drew early and a 14-point lead late. How they handle both could determine whether the Jaguars (1-5) recover from the one of the worst starts in franchise history. Jones-Drew injured his left foot on the first play of Sunday's 26-23 loss to the Raiders in overtime. He wasn't able to play through the pain and spent the second half on crutches and wearing a protective boot. Coach Mike Mularkey said Monday that Jones-Drew will be sidelined at least for Sunday's game at Green Bay, maybe longer.
''I was just disappointed that he didn't get a chance to really show his stuff out there because I felt like that he was going to have a good game for us,'' Mularkey said. Mularkey said the injury is serious enough that it could keep MJD sidelined for an extended period. Mularkey said team doctors haven't ruled out the possibility of a Lisfranc injury. ''That's the initial diagnosis on it,'' Mularkey said. Jones-Drew leads the team with 414 yards rushing. Rashad Jennings will start in his place against the Packers. Quarterback Blaine Gabbert, meanwhile, could be back after leaving Sunday's game with an injured non-throwing shoulder.
Gabbert completed 8 of 12 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown before leaving the game. The Jaguars were mostly inept after Gabbert left the game. Backup Chad Henne completed 9 of 20 passes for 71 yards and was sacked three times. Jennings, meanwhile, ran 21 times for 44 yards and a touchdown. Henne played about like he did in training camp and the preseason, creating more questions about what general manager Gene Smith saw to give the former Miami Dolphins starter a two-year contract worth $6.75 million in March. With Henne directing the show, Jacksonville managed less than 60 yards. ''Sporadic, basically like our
offense,'' Mularkey said. ''We were very inept yesterday in a lot of the things we did. A lot of frustrating things offensively. We've got to protect him obviously better. He had some chances finally to throw the ball down the field and he got real clean runners right at him where he had no chance. ''It's hard to give a guy a grade when the protection is not up to the standards that we need to win.'' Despite all the offensive problems, the Jaguars built a 20-6 lead in the third quarter. Jacksonville took advantage of a muffed punt and an interception to go up early. Another fumble in the fourth quarter led to a field goal and a 10-point lead.
Padres' to move in fences at Petco Park Simpson sees no need to ban belly putters SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The vast outfield at Petco Park will no longer be a place where long fly balls go to die. The San Diego Padres said Monday that work will begin this week to bring in the fences in right field and left-center, and to move the visitor's bullpen from right-field foul territory to behind the home bullpen beyond the fence in left-center. After years of angst by their sluggers, the Padres said it was time to change the extreme nature of the downtown ballpark - which some people derisively called Petco National Park - to one that plays more fairly. ''We want the park to play the right away for players and for the fans,'' Padres president and CEO Tom Garfinkel said. ''That was driven first by baseball operations in terms of the right way to construct the dimensions to make it more fair for players. Players know what's fair and what's not. When they crush a ball that would be out in 29 other parks, and it's not out here, they know that it's not fair. We wanted to make it more fair from that standpoint.'' For the fans, the changes might
result in fewer boring games. From the right-field porch to the right-center gap, the fence will be moved in from 402 feet to 391 feet and lowered to match the rest of the outfield wall. The out-of-town scoreboard on the right-field wall will be relocated to a new spot above right field as part of seating modifications. In left-center, the fence will be moved in from 402 feet to 390 feet to allow for the visiting team's bullpen to be relocated, mostly for safety issues. The dimensions will remain the same down the left-field line (336 feet), right-field line (322) and straightaway center (396). The changes are good news to sluggers like Chase Headley, and even pitcher Tim Stauffer said he's OK with them. ''Any way that they can make a ballpark play a bit more fair is a good thing,'' said Headley, who won the NL RBI title with 115 and set career bests with 31 homers, 173 hits and 95 runs scored. ''I definitely like a variation among the stadiums, but when you have a stadium that plays so drastic to one side, anything that you can improve the consistency of for both sides is
a positive.'' ''I'm not going to say I'm going to hit more home runs than I did this year, because I don't know what's going to happen,'' Headley said. ''I think more than anything, when you hit a ball that you know probably should be a home run, it will reward you. Having something at least less drastic, I think, is going to improve everybody's approach and confidence. You're not going to be walking back to the dugout after hitting one that's a home run in 29 other ballparks saying, 'This is dumb.' It's not going to turn it into a hitters' park, but most of the balls you've really hit well, you'll be rewarded for.'' Headley hit 13 homers at Petco and 18 on the road. When Petco Park opened in 2004, then-general manager Kevin Towers joked that the Padres had made it Barry Bondsproof, since the San Francisco Giants slugger always tormented San Diego. Bonds later quipped that the Padres had made Petco Park ''baseball-proof.'' Bonds hit his 755th homer at Petco Park on Aug. 4, 2007, tying Hank Aaron with an opposite-field shot to left-center.
SOUTHAMPTON, Bermuda (AP) -- U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson isn't worried about a potential rule change that would ban long putters, and he's already practicing with a conventional putter. That doesn't mean he agrees with a change, saying Monday that larger drivers have affected golf far more than putters anchored to the body. The U.S. Golf Association and Royal & Ancient Golf Club are discussing a possible change to the rules of golf that would keep players from anchoring the putter to their body, such as the belly or the chest for the broom-style putters. Three of the last five major champions have anchored their putters - Simpson, British Open champion Ernie Els and PGA champion Keegan Bradley. Simpson and Bradley are at Port Royal for the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, a 36-hole exhibition for the four major winners which starts Tuesday. Bradley is filling in for PGA champion Rory McIlroy. ''I'm friends with a lot of
the R&A guys and the USGA guys. It's nothing personal and I know they are trying to do it for the betterment of the game,'' Simpson said. ''But I don't think it's a good decision.'' Simpson said the PGA Tour's new putting statistic, known as ''strokes gained,'' shows no discernible advantage for players using long putters. ''If the USGA bans it, I think it's going to be a whole other ballgame if the PGA Tour bans it,'' Simpson said. ''It's going to be tough if they do ban it. It's going to be tough for a lot of people. Not players, I think it's going to be tough for the committees to really have their stance on it. If you look at the facts, last year there was no one in the top 20 of strokes gained category that anchored a putter.'' ''So the argument of, 'It's an advantage', you have to throw that out there,'' he said. ''There's a bunch of arguments going around but I haven't heard a good one yet.'' Golfweek magazine reported USGA executive director
Mike Davis met with the PGA Tour's policy board last week at Sea Island to let it know it's getting widespread support for a potential ban. Davis has said he expects to announce a decision by the end of the year, though he has stressed the USGA and R&A have not decided anything yet. Simpson switched to a belly putter in 2004 and said he felt the club made him more consistent, something he believed would ultimately give him a longer career. ''What I found was that I just became a more consistent putter,'' he said. ''I don't get hot quite as much, I don't get cold quite as much. With the short putter I was a real streaky putter. The best players in the game, who have had long careers, have been steady players, which is why I switched. ''But I'm not worried about it. I'm ready, and if they do it for next year, I'll be ready.'' If there is a rules change, it likely would not be made until 2016. The Rules of Golf only make permanent changes every four years.
TWO Tuesday, October 23, 2012
What's Next Home game
Nov. 9 Michigan State 5:30 p.m.
Nov. 4 UMassLowell 1 p.m.
Nov. 7 Holy Family 7 p.m.
The number of shots taken by the men’s soccer team so far this season.
» That’s what he said –Pat McQuaid, president of UCI, cycling’s governinc body.
Nov. 16 Wake Forest 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 13 Vermont 7 p.m.
Women’s Basketball (0-0) Nov. 3 Indiana Univ. (PA) 7 p.m.
Stat of the day
James Huang’s Quick Hits
“Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling, and he deserves to be forgotten in cycling.”
Men’s Basketball (0-0) Nov. 1 American International 7 p.m.
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Nov. 11 Nov. 18 College of Texas Charleston A&M 1:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m.
» Pic of the day
So long to seven
Nov. 22 Wake Forest 6 p.m.
Football (3-5) Nov. 3 USF TBA
Nov. 9 Pittsburgh 8 p.m.
Dec. 1 Cincinnati TBA
Nov. 24 Louisville TBA
Men’s Soccer (13-1-1) Tomorrow Providence 3 p.m.
Oct. 27 Providence 4 p.m.
Oct. 31 Big East Tournament
Field Hockey (16-1) Oct. 27 Syracuse 1 p.m.
Nov. 2 BIG EAST Semifinal 5 p.m.
Volleyball Oct. 27 Rutgers 2 p.m.
Oct. 28 Seton Hall 2 p.m.
Nov. 2 BIG EAST Semifinal 7:30 p.m.
(14-10) Nov. 2 Marquette 8 p.m.
Nov. 4 Syracuse 2 p.m.
Nov. 7 Georgetown 11:30 a.m.
Men’s Hockey (0-1-0) Oct. 26 Holy Cross 7:05 p.m.
Oct. 27 Union 8 p.m.
Nov. 2 Niagara 7:05 p.m.
Oct. 27 Syracuse 3 p.m.
Nov. 2 Northeastern 7 p.m.
» NFL Nov. 3 Niagara 7:05 p.m.
Nov. 9 Sacred Heart 7: 05 p.m.
Women’s Hockey (1-5-1) Oct. 26 Syracuse 7 p.m.
Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and given a lifetime ban from cycling by the UCI on Monday.
Field Hockey: The No. 4 Huskies lost to the No. 2 Princeton Tigers by a score of 4-1 this past Sunday afternoon in Princeton, New Jersey. With this loss, the Huskies now have a record of 16-1. Football: The Huskies lost to the Syracuse Orange by a score of 40-10 this past Friday night at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY. With the loss, the Huskies currently have a season record of 3-5 and are 0-3 in the Big East. Women’s Cross Country: The Huskies came in 8th place at the CCSU Mini-Meet on Friday afternoon in Stanley Quarter Park in New Britain, Connecticut. Women’s Ice Hockey: The Huskies defeated the Maine Black Bears by a score of 3-2 in overtime this past Friday night in Orono, ME. The Huskies got their first victory of the season. The Huskies then played the Maine Black Bears for a second straight game and lost by a score of 3-2 this past Sunday afternoon in Orono, ME. The Huskies now have a record of 1-5-1 for the season and a record of 1-1-0 in the conference. Women’s Rowing: The Huskies performed in the Head of the Charles competition this past Saturday and Sunday in Boston, MA. Men’s Soccer: The No. 4 Huskies defeated the Pittsburgh Panthers by a score of 2-1 last Saturday night in Pittsburgh, PA. With this victory, the Huskies improved to a record of 13-1-1 for the season and 5-1-0 in the Big East. Women’s Soccer: The Huskies defeated the Providence Friars by a score of 3-2 in a double overtime game this past Saturday afternoon at home. The Huskies now have a record of 8-7-2 for the season and 4-3-1 in the Big East. Men’s Swimming: The Huskies defeated Bucknell by a score of 175-125 and Fordham with a score of 191-105 in a dual meet to open its 20122013 season this past Saturday afternoon at home in the Natatorium in Storrs, CT. Women’s Swimming: The Huskies defeated Bucknell by a score of 186.5-113.5 and Fordham with a score of 164.5-125.5 in a dual meet to open its 2012-2013 season this past Saturday afternoon at home. Men’s Tennis: The Huskies performed in the Regional Championships this past weekend away at Yale University in New Haven, CT and competed against the Boston University Terriers this past Sunday afternoon away at Boston University in Boston, MA. Women’s Tennis: The Huskies performed in the Regional Championships this past weekend away at West Point, NY. The team sent four members to compete in the championships. Women’s Volleyball: The Huskies defeated the South Florida Bulls by a score of 3-2 this past Friday night at Tampa, Florida. The Huskies then defeated the Pittsburgh Panthers with a score of 3-1 this past Sunday afternoon at Pittsburgh, PA. With these victories, the Huskies now have a season record of 14-10 and are 5-4 in the Big East Conference.
Nov. 3 Nov. 10 Northeastern Providence 3 p.m. 3 p.m.
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Bucs’ inconsistency leads to close losses TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are running out of explanations for their inability to win close games. The Bucs (2-4) fell short again Sunday, falling 35-28 to the New Orleans Saints after nearly scoring the tying touchdown on the final two plays of the game. Josh Freeman had a career day passing, however his effort to get his team into overtime ended in disappointment when his third-down throw was grabbed by a leaping receiver who landed out of bounds and a fourth-down attempt was caught in the end zone only to be nullified by a penalty for illegal touching. After four losses by a total of 22 points, coach Greg Schiano and his players are growing weary of questions about what it’ll take to get over the hump. Mistakes on offense, defense and special teams all contributed to the latest setback. New Orleans rallied from an early 14-point deficit, with Drew Brees throwing for four touchdowns and a porous Saints defense limiting the Bucs to seven points after yielding touchdowns on Tampa Bay’s first three possessions of the game. ‘’If you look back on all of the games we lost, they were all pretty close. This is just
another one that is sickening. We beat ourselves in situations, and it’s just frustrating,’’ defensive tackle Roy Miller said. ‘’We’ve got to do our jobs better. A lot of those plays weren’t (Saints quarterback Drew) Brees, they were us,’’ cornerback Ronde Barber added. ‘’They’re correctable, but in the immediacy of them it’s very disappointing on our part.’’ Freeman threw for a careerbest 420 yards and three touchdowns without an interception. The Bucs amassed 513 yards total offense, the second-highest in franchise history, and Vincent Jackson had seven receptions for a team-record 216 yards. Yet after the game, Schiano found himself trying to explain why the offense failed to score after Jackson’s 95-yard catchand-run - the longest play in club history - gave Tampa Bay a first down at the New Orleans 1 with the Bucs trailing by a touchdown in the third quarter. The defense yielded TD drives of 80, 80, 79 and 72 yards on four consecutive possessions in the opening half to allow the Saints to turn a 14-point deficit into a 28-21 lead. Then after New Orleans’ goal-line stand preserved the
The Tampa Bay Buccanneers have stumbled to a 2-4 record due to their early inconsistency.
edge, Brees marched the Saints 95 yards for what turned out to be the decisive touchdown. ‘’We made too many critical errors that we haven’t made,’’ Schiano said. ‘’You may whup us one-on-one, and that’s fine. That’s part of the game. But we made errors where we turned some guys loose. You can’t do that at this level, especially with a quarterback like Drew. He’s not going to miss the open man.’’ Special teams miscues included a missed field goal at
the end of a drive lasting nearly seven minutes, as well as a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct that helped the Saints get into the end zone rather than settle for a field goal on their final scoring drive. Only one of Tampa Bay’s six games has been decided by more than seven points, a 38-10 victory over struggling Kansas City two weeks ago. Schiano doesn’t take solace in having a resilient team that’s still learning how to win close games.
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P.11: Bucs’ inconsistency hurts record / P.10: Huskies and Orange face off to decide BE title / P.9: Patriots struggling early in season
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
A DISAPPOINTING END
The binary of seven and sports
Huskies fall season comes to a close in West Point
By Kyle Constable Campus Correspondent
Mike Corasaniti Two inevitable situations crossed Monday in the sports world. One event was exciting and full of potential for something classic, while the other was truly unfortunate and at times, downright embarrassing. The National League pennant was decided after the NLCS’s Game 7 between the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants. As MLB’s own Twitter account quaintly put it yesterday afternoon, “There will be a group of grown men pouring champagne on each other tonight.” No matter what happened, no matter who won or lost the decisive game in California last night, there was celebration, champagne and the excitement for what was to come next. Earlier yesterday morning, the Lance Armstrong Steroid Saga, and its years of accusations and dragging on, finally met its bitter, awkward end. As if they really needed to wait this long to execute the mounting evidence against him, the International Cycling Union, thanks to assistance from the USADA, officially stripped Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles. No matter what happened, no matter who officially came out on top in these court cases and investigations, there was not going to be any celebration, champagne or excitement for what was to come next. At the very least, now we all have a little bit of closure. But what hurts the most about the Armstrong situation is the American standpoint of the scandal. “This is a landmark day for cycling,” said Pat McQuaid, president of the cycling union in a statement. What stood as the downfall of one of the greatest American conquests in sports history is, to the rest of the world, “a landmark day.” But that just goes to show the binary that can be so present in sports. Two unrelated stories in two unrelated sports could have such similarly resounding effects on its fans and critics. With one of the few similarities coming from the Game 7 and the seven stripped titles being that they broke on the same day, it can be amazing what we take from such stories in sports. From the Giants and Cardinals, all we were looking for was a winner. Who would be crowned king of the National League and deemed worthy of facing Detroit for a world championship? But with Armstrong, it seemed that all people were interested in was the loser. Would the union fall to the power of Lance and his incredible power? Or, probably more popularly towards the end, would Armstrong be stripped of everything that gave his fans reason to cheer for his incredible run? Again though, that’s just the binary. Sometimes sports can literally lift you out of your seats while a few hours later it can break your heart. The most amazing part of it is how rarely those two feelings are separated. Baseball is about to enter its newest chapter of championship history while cycling is in the midst of its darkest days. But it’s in that binary that fans should focus their allegiances. To some people, the steroid scandal of Lance Armstrong will go down as the top story of Oct. 22, 2012, while ignoring the dramatic meeting between two teams who simply refused to quit this postseason. But in looking at the binary, the contrasts and the yin and yang of sports, the scandal should always take a back seat when the champagne is flowing.
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The women’s tennis team wrapped up its fall schedule this weekend with a disappointing performance at the Northeast Regional Championships in West Point.
In a disappointing weekend, the UConn women’s tennis team brings their fall season to a close with only one win in the Northeast Regional Championships. The Huskies traveled to the Army academy’s campus in West Point, N.Y. for their final tournament of the season, the Northeast Regional Championships. After just coming off a significant loss against UMass in a dual match hosted on the UConn Tennis Courts, the women were hoping to end their season on a strong note at the Regional Championships. Unfortunately, the five members of the team that made the trek walked away with only one win. The tournament offered both open and qualified singles brackets, giving the Huskies three opportunities to compete. In the open singles bracket, sophomore Maxie Weinberg received a bye in her first round, automatically advancing to the Round of 64. In the second round of competition, Weinberg was slated to compete against Lauren Davis of Boston University. Davis went on to win the match, defeating Weinberg 6-3, 6-0. In the qualified singles bracket, the Huskies walked away without a win, seeing both of their competitors in the bracket fall in the first round. Freshman Srna Stoŝljević was matched up with Crystal Yen of Harvard in the first round. Yen swiftly defeated Stoŝljević 6-1, 6-2. Junior Jennifer Learmonth competed against Kasia Jania of UPenn, who went on to defeat Learmonth without giving up a single set 6-0, 6-0. In open doubles, the Huskies saw some success but were not able to advance deep into the tournament. The tandem of senior Abby McKeon
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Alex Rodriguez has turned into a falling star
By Carmine Colangelo Staff Columnist
Right before a star dies; its core collapses and creates a massive explosion known as a supernova. According to its Wikipedia page, “supernovae are extremely luminous and cause a burst of radiation that often briefly outshines an entire galaxy, before fading from view over several weeks or months.” In many respects, Alex Rodriguez’s career as a baseball star is a lot like a supernova right now. Although he will not explode and fade into space, despite the sentiments of many New Yorkers, the circumstances of a supernova metaphorically represents the disaster that is becoming Rodriguez’s career. Although the vernacular may seem rather harsh, the comparisons are appropriate. Less than a week removed from his pathetic performance in the American League Championship Series, the future hall of famer had been removed from superstar status by his own general manager. In an interview for ESPN New York, Brian Cashman conceded that Rodriguez is no longer a superstar and described him as an “above average third baseman.” Rodriguez is an above average third baseman that the Yankees are paying $275 million for. That hurts,
for both the Yankees and A-Rod. Cashman’s words are both a slap in A-Rods’ face and the organization’s, who will feel the pain in their wallets. Cashman’s words may be throwing salt in a fresh wound, but he’s not wrong. This year was a down season for Rodriguez. In 2012, he had a .272 batting average, hit 18 home runs and drove in 57 runs. Those are good numbers for a run of the mill third baseman, but not for a 14 time all-star. He has not seen numbers that low since he was a rookie for Seattle in 1994. Over the last two seasons, Rodriguez has tallied 119 RBIs, 34 homeruns and has a .274 batting average. In his career, Rodriguez has 9 individual seasons where he has exceeded all three of those amounts. He has 13 consecutive seasons that exceed two or more of those categories between 1996 and 2008. The 2012 postseason was the icing on the cake for Rodriguez. A-Rod had just three hits in 25 at bats, good for a .120 batting average. He hit nothing bigger than a single and scored just one run. In the ALCS he was pinch hit for in game one, benched for game three and came off the bench in game four. The Yankees were swept in the postseason for the first time in 32 years. Rodriguez’s actions in the dug-
out may have been more upsetting for the Yankees than his play on the field. A-Rod did not even look like he wanted to play. Slumps are not an uncommon thing in baseball, but even if you cannot help your team win on the field, at least act like you are a part of the team. He spent more time goofing off than he did cheering for his team or trying to uplift them. During game one of the ALCS, Rodriguez tried to pick up two girls at the game. In the eighth inning, Rodriguez reportedly gave two baseballs to a bat boy, who threw them to two women in the crowd. The baseballs had a note on each of them, asking the women for their phone numbers. Eric Chavez pinch hit for Rodriguez in the same inning. The Yankees are a historic franchise, who prides themselves on their professional attitude and their postseason success. Rodriguez looked like he had no interest in that game whatsoever and would rather flirt with women in the crowd instead of trying to take game one of the ALCS. Professionals do not act like that. Not to mention it was the same game where Yankee captain Derek Jeter had his season and potentially, his career ended with a broken ankle. According to reports, one of the women he threw the ball to rejected the offer. The fans do not want
Alex Rodriguez struggled mightily in the playoffs for the Yankees, leading many to belief his best days are behind him.
him in New York, management does not want him, and even the ladies do not want him. Rodriguez’s fall from grace is a rapid free fall that has anything but grace. Much like a star, Rodriguez’s career seems to have faced a sudden collapse and is beginning to explode. Although this is not a fiery explosion in a faraway galaxy, his recent shortcomings have garnished an explosion of media attention. Just like a supernova, this explosion will outshine a galaxy for weeks and
months to come. A-Rod’s collapse has gained more attention than pitcher CC Sabathia’s elbow injury, which could result in Tommy John surgery. Consider the Yankees a galaxy in this situation, and it all comes full circle. Alex Rodriguez has become an aging star in baseball. He once shined bright, but now it appears his brightest days are behind him, until the spectacle that is Rodriguez’s finally explodes like a supernova.
Women’s Rowing competes at Head of the Charles
By Danny Maher Staff Writer The UConn rowing team had a record three boats compete in the world’s largest two-day rowing event over the weekend. Every year since 1965, over 9,000 of the world’s best rowers from the collegiate ranks to the Olympic level travel to Boston to determine whom the best rowers on Earth are at the Head of Charles Regatta. A total of 20 UConn rowers competed in the Women’s Club Fours, Women’s Club Eights and the Women’s Championship Eights. Led by senior Melissa Soucie, the UConn boat fin-
ished 5th out of 46 teams in the Women’s Club Four. Soucie, Natalie Carlone, Julia Roth, Caitlin Swallow and Elise McCormick overcame adversity when the 3-seat rower, Roth, clashed oars with another crew but followed the Cardinal Rule of rowing, never stop rowing. Roth and her teammates kept rowing and earned a medal with a time of 19:30.93. “While you don’t know the results in a head race right as you crossed the finish line because it is a race against the clock, we knew we had a good piece,” Soucie said. “We felt powerful, moving together as we passed seven other crews that started ahead of us.”
The Huskies finished less than two seconds ahead of rival New England school, Boston College. “It was the perfect end to my Head of the Charles career with UConn, we raced our heart out, passed crews throughout the entire race, and felt great about the race before knowing the results,” Soucie said. The second race Connecticut competed in on Saturday was the Women’s Club Eights. UConn finished 24 out of 34 crews with a time of 19:05.64, just under three seconds behind Merrimack College. “It was overwhelming. There were so many people along the shore and on the
bridges,” said freshman Meg Duva after competing in her first Head of Charles. “But it was really motivating to hear “UConn” being chanted from the bridges.” Duva’s boat hit the first split at 4:16.67, the 16th fastest in the field. Yale University set a blistering pace with 3:52.54 through the first split and clinched first overall in 16:49.64. On Sunday, seniors Charlotte Kelley, Brittany Depoi and Hillary WilesLaFayette led a team of nine in the biggest race at the Charles, the Women’s Championship Eights. It is an honor to even participate in such a high-profile race and the Huskies held tough.
Connecticut placed 36 out of 40 teams and beat Navy, Massachusetts and Lehigh with a time of 19:11.52. Not surprisingly, the Olympic gold medal winning United States rowing team claimed first in just over 16 minutes. The Cambridge Boat Club would have upset the U.S. team but they were docked a 10-second penalty for a buoy violation. Head Coach Jennifer Sanford-Wendry’s squad will wrap up the fall schedule on Oct. 27 at the Head of Fish in Saratoga, N.Y.
The Oct. 23 edition of The Daily Campus.