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Herbst defends University policies Thursday, October 24, 2013
UConn President Susan Herbst rejects idea that UConn doesn’t care about women’s issues By Jimmy Onofrio Associate Managing Editor
‘THE HILL’ DRIVES HOME SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES New Haven described as an intersting and complicated place. FOCUS/ page 5
O-TOWN SHOWDOWN Huskies prep for season’s biggest challenge at UCF SPORTS/ page 12 EDITORIAL: DEBT CEILING ONUS SHOULD BE PLACED ON EXECUTIVE BRANCH Risk of default is too great with current system. COMMENTARY/page 4 Zombies coming to Horsebarn Hill Friday HuskyTHON hosts adventure race to raise money for annual event. NEWS/ page 2
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In response to allegations made Monday that the university has not been doing enough to prevent and respond to sexual violence, President Susan Herbst told the Board of Trustees in a statement during their Wednesday meeting, “I completely reject the notion that UConn somehow doesn’t care about these all-important issues, because nothing could be further from the truth.” Herbst’s statement defended university policies and procedures, mentioning several resources the university provides to both prevent sexual harassment and assault and assist victims of these crimes. Among them, mandatory training for incoming students and staff to help recognize incidents, a Presidential Task Force promoting civility, and a pilot “Men Can Stop Rape” program are intended to ensure that all members of the university community are aware of how to recognize and react to sexual harassment and violence. Responding to an allegation made by former student Kylie Angell that her assailant was expelled, then reinstated without her knowledge, Herbst said, “There are
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The UConn Board of Trustees met on Wednesday. As part of the meeting President Herbst addressed the Title IX complaint filed by seven students who alledge the university did not respond adequately to reports of sexual assault.
circumstances under which the university should notify a student that another student – who may have been suspended or expelled from
campus – will be returning, if they are returning. It is my understanding that this notification did not take place in a case three years ago, and it
USG to examine student opinions on campus culture
New bill investigates if rape culture exists on campus. By Kathleen McWilliams Senior Staff Writer The Undergraduate Student Government unanimously passed a bill last night that would make a definitive statement on the past week’s sexual assault complaint filed by seven current and former UConn students. The legislation, which called USG and the Student Development Committee to investigate student opinion and the necessary subsequent actions to be taken, was written by Student Development Committee chair Hailey Manfredi. The resolve stated that USG, based on a “incomplete understanding of the student body regarding campus culture and efforts to improve it,” would “call on the entire UConn community to work together to ensure the respect and security of all its members, and pledges to act swiftly, diligently, and tirelessly until these goals are met.” The bill proposed that USG collect thoughts and concerns of UConn students and taking action based on the desires of their constituency. The resolve went into a round of questions, where senators could pose questions to the authors of the bill, and then went to a round of debate. During the debate questions of syntax, whether rape culture truly exists on campus and whether or not USG’s response
should be to investigate student opinion or act on the matter went back and forth between senators. “What has been happening this week is unacceptable, we are not going to wait for this to start,” USG president Ed Courchaine said. Senators argued over what the appropriate steps would be in this delicate situation, with ideas ranging from surveying student opinion and taking Stephen Quick/The Daily Campus the necessary action to taking action USG President Ed Couchain speaks at a USG meeting in this file photo. He spoke out against recent events at last nights without questioning meeting. students. Sophomore Sen. ing the bill. David Rifkin was a proponent When it was reintroduced, of USG taking action only after the Senators had changed the thoughtful consideration based beginning of the resolve to be on student input. less accusatory that the proper “The goal of USG is to underactions had not been taken on stand opinion of the student body behalf of the administration. and act on this opinion,” Rifkin “We need to have a reasonsaid. able and measured response,” After a half hour of debate on said Sen. Alvarez. “This is a the bill, McMahon Sen. Joshua response. We don’t need to say Essick made a motion to postwe’re against sexual assault. I pone the vote on the resolve until think that goes without saying.” the end of the senate. The motion After more questions about the was passed and delayed until amendment and further debate, later on in the evening. the bill was passed unanimously. While the senate meeting continued, Senators Rifkin, Essick and Alvarez worked on amend-
should have. That process has been corrected.” Following her statement, Chairman of the Board of Trustees Lawrence McHugh
said to Herbst, “You have our full support.” Asked if she took the allegations personally, Herbst said her experience with issues of sexual assault and harassment throughout her career and her position as a female leader made her feel very strongly about providing the best support for victims. “There is not a single issue I have heard raised this week that I do not have some experience with,” she said, noting that many individuals combating these issues on campus “are also dedicated female leaders of UConn.” Students involved in the lawsuit have claimed that members of the police force made rude or derogatory statements towards them. Police Chief Barbara O’Connor said that conversations between police and potential victims were not recorded unless it was an interrogation situation where charges had been filed, which makes charges of this nature difficult to investigate, especially after a time lapse. People can bring an issue to the attention of the police department through a citizens’ complaint process, which may prompt an internal investigation. O’Connor reiterated that the
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Funding policy for alternative spring breaks changed By Kathleen McWilliams Senior Staff Writer In a busy night for the Undergraduate Student Government changes in funding for alternative break passed and three senators were removed from their positions. Last spring, due to lack of funds, four alternative break groups, out of five that applied, were denied funding. Three out of the four groups that were denied funding applied for emergency funding during the spring semester and received packages. However the funding they received was at a fraction of what they would have received, said Chief of Staff John Giardina. With the new change, USG will allocate $20,000 to alternative break after the fall funding period passes on Oct. 25. This money was allocated by Comptroller Claire Price from USG’s $1.1 million budget. “The lack of funds was caused by an exhaustion of funds to events that were open to all participants, such as on-campus events,” said Comptroller Price. “I took a portion of our $ 1.1 million budget and set it aside to enable students to go.” The changes do not affect other Tier II initiatives apply-
ing for funding and will only be available to organizations that have completed the alternative break training session. Three USG senators were removed from the senate at last night’s meeting for having poor attendance. According to USG’s guidelines, senators are supposed to attend the bi-weekly meetings, with lapses in attendance to over two meetings being grounds for removal by the speaker. The senior class senator, Shawn Chaudhary, was removed, as was Jason Novak and a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Senator, Blake Wright. “The overwhelming majority of our senators do great work,” said Senate Speaker Shiv Gandhi. “The precedent we set today was that we will show up on a daily basis to work for our constituents. USG also granted seven emergency funding requests to student groups such as the Women’s Volleyball Club, UConn Capoeira, UCTHunderaas and the UConn Tap Team. USG also announced that a charter for the new recreational facility is in development and Wi-Fi will be coming to a larger area of the current recreation center within the semester.
What’s going on at UConn today... School of Engineering Career Fair 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rome Ballroom The Career Fair’s primary focus is on engineering students seeking internships and co-op opportunities.
Fall Comedy Series: Michael Blaustein 7 to 8 p.m. Student Union, Theater Come down to the Student Union and hear Michael Blaustein’s enthusiastic and ‘in-your-face’ standup.
Jazz at Lu’s Cafe 7 to 11 p.m. Family Studies, Lu’s Cafe Each Thursday throughout the Fall 2013 semester, Lu’s Café in the Family Studies building presents live music with UConn jazz students. Coffee, espresso and pastries are available.
Despicable Me 2 9 to 11 p.m. Student Union, Theater When Gru is approached by the AntiVillain League to capture the mysterious culprit who just stole a top-secret research lab, the devoted new father must divide his time between saving the world from an super-villain and saving his daughter from total heartbreak. – KATHERINE TIBEDO
Student examines Possible compensation for modern slavery future USG executive officers The Daily Campus, Page 2
By Sten Spinella Campus Correspondent
A UConn student is creating a documentary that exposes the root causes of modern day slavery. RJ Anderson, a 5th-semester individualized double major in international development and human rights, has been researching, compiling information and filming for his documentary since freshman year. His partner, David Pereira, is a 5th-semester Communication Design major. The two met in their FYE Humanities Learning Community class, taught by Cathy Schlund-Vials, an Associate Professor of English and Asian American Studies at UConn and the director of the Asian American Studies institute. Anderson credits Schlund-Vials as a guiding mentor throughout the entire process. “When I was a freshman I was in the Humanities Learning Community. Our professor mentioned there’s money available for undergraduate research. My friend and I said to each other let’s travel cool places and do fun things together,” Anderson said. At first it was not a serious endeavor for Anderson, who said he planned to go to the NEAG School of Education, become a high school history teacher and live a “simple life.” Yet, as he immersed himself in the study of slavery, Anderson found he was too close to the topic to not be fully invested at all times. “My first year I didn’t get much done, but over the summer I read more scholarly work on modern day slavery,” said Anderson. “Once you know the problem with slavery and you’ve interviewed persons who were affected by it, you can’t back out. Those moments were impactful, there’s no point now where I can say I’m going to work on something else. I’m too aware of the inequalities that exist.” Anderson’s perspective on slavery is unique. He asserts that diplomats and humanitarians alike are not necessarily focusing on the key aspects of the issue. “The problem that occurs between political leaders and humanitarians is a divide that is prevalent: the focus is put on the trafficker,” Anderson said. This, Anderson believes, is wrong. His documentary focuses on the larger structural forces at work that lead to horrifying phenomena, such as the trade of human beings. He includes income inequality and poverty as two of the largest proponents of slavery. “Slavery begins with people who are at the lowest rung of the socioeconomic hierarchy,” Anderson said. “The trafficker forms this relationship with their target, and they take advantage of their poverty. There are no opportunities outside the sphere in which they live. What my research looks at is how you take that example of vulnerability and end it, and how nations can move towards this goal.” Anderson and Pereira have been able to touch upon their original goal of “going places and having fun.” Sophomore year, the two researchers were invited to a conference at Yale. They went, and managed to network with several scholars in and out of the area. The second semester of their sophomore year they saw Harvard professor Siddharth Kara give a presentation on slavery. They were able to make his acquaintance, and
will interview him soon. At this point, the two friends decided to look more into making the documentary a reality. Pereira applied for the Idea Grant and Anderson applied for the SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fund) Award. They received both, allowing them 7,500 dollars to work with. Anderson and Pereira went to Switzerland for a week at end of June, where they took advantage of access to the United Nations archives. Next, the jet setting researchers decided to go to California, where they had sent emails to non governmental organizations and garnered many responses. In California, the two went to a shelter for youths and for women under 18. Both dealt with human trafficking victims and other people who shared similar experiences, whether they were homeless, possessed no way out of poverty, were ill, did not have healthcare, were abused by their spouses or were abused by their parents. This experience opened the minds of the two students to the reality of slavery. “Slavery is connected with other larger problems of poverty, vulnerability and disenfranchisement. That changed our thinking. The practical application of getting rid of slavery has not been successful. 30 million people are still held in slavery, depending upon your definition of slavery,” Anderson said. For Anderson, the experience with the documentary has “revolutionized” his college experience. He has shifted his focus from becoming a high school history teacher to a sort of professorial radicalism. “I had the realization that the world is much bigger than this little bubble we call the University of Connecticut. I no longer want to be a history teacher, I want to be a history professor. I want to work in a role where I don’t just critique the world from an ivory tower, I want to critically examine socioeconomic injustice and how these forces shape our privilege,” Anderson said. Anderson has two goals in mind with his research. First, he wants to inform people about the issue. He is of the opinion that the American media sensationalizes human trafficking to the point that it is unrealistic, using women and children as props. As a result, the American public thinks of the Antebellum South as the harbinger of slavery, when that is not the case. As with culture, politics, and any other aspect of society, slavery has evolved. In addition, Anderson wanted to record his personal journey in making the documentary in order to motivate other students. With conviction, Anderson repeated his base theory in his answer to almost every question: “Civil rights get precedence over economic and social rights, including the right to food, housing, shelter, and healthcare,” he says. “Can the free market solve our problems? There is more money to build the state than there is providing people with food and shelter. You can target the trafficker and person who perpetuates this crime, or you can challenge the root causes,” Anderson said. Pereira is going to London next semester to work on the documentary, allowing Anderson time to further develop his thesis. He spoke about his research at The Frontiers Fair on Oct. 23.
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Thursday, October 24, 2013
By Miles Halpine Campus Correspondent
A new proposal that would provide compensation for future executive officers is now being considered by a USG officer. Shiv Gandhi, the current USG speaker, said he is just starting to look into possible forms of payment – not necessarily actual monetary funds – to compensate executive officers for their work each week. “I am exploring the idea of potentially considering a model for executive compensation in some capacity; not necessarily monetary. It can be academic in nature,” Gandhi said, “And I want to...clearly stipulate that any such compensation wouldn’t be implemented until years down the line because we would not be giving ourselves a raise or anything like that.” Gandhi also said, “It’s not even necessarily going to be money. If it’s academic credit...we’d have to talk to...the necessary deans and so forth and if that’s something that’s even possible.” According to Gandhi, USG has not moved as an organization on this idea and isn’t taking it up. “There’s no ad hoc committee of the legislative body. The president
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Shiv Gandhi speaks at a USG Senate meeting in this file photo. Gandhi has proposed that future USG executive officers receive some form of compensation.
isn’t working on it. This is completely me...as a senior member of the organization considering the idea.” At a recent senate meeting, Gandhi said he mentioned if any
member was “interested in pursuing the idea of something like this, please let me know.” Carles Lopez, a 3rd-semester political science major, USG senator representing East and cam-
pus correspondent at The Daily Campus, said the “committee is asking for the executive members to get some sort of pay. However, they are doing it so that they won’t be paid, but future members will.” Lopez said he thinks it is a good idea for future executive officers to be paid because “they work quite a lot and move things around [on] campus.” While Lopez is showing interest in this possibility after hearing about it at the senate caucus, Gandhi said, “Carles probably wants to do something but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s moving in any capacity. There’s no committee [and] we’re not petitioning the Board of Trustees.” Comparatively, at the University of UMass campus in Amherst, executive officers already get paid. Lindsay Vitale, secretary of finance for the UMass Student Government Association in Amherst, said the SGA president, vice president and speaker get paid for 20 hours of work each week. Vitale herself gets paid for 10 hours each week. Their attorney general and several other secretaries and officers, are all paid on an hourly rate of $8.
Students display their research accomplishments at Frontiers By Sten Spinella Campus Correspondent
Students from a variety of academic disciplines displayed their thought provoking research in the Wilbur Cross building Wednesday night. The Frontiers in Undergraduate Research event is “the annual poster exhibition of student research, scholarship, and creative projects,” UConn’s Office of Undergraduate Research said. Yesterday marked the 16th annual Frontiers event, with the 17th to come in spring 2014, with applications available beginning in February 2014. The researchers who participate in the Frontiers event display their “findings, methods, and conclusions,” to an openhouse audience. The event is the largest of its kind at the University of Connecticut, and it is sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research, Research Enrichment programs and the Honors Program. The different projects ranged from hard sciences to the humanities. Krisela Karaja, a 7th-semester English and Spanish literature major, is working on research for her professor, Guillermo Irizarry, an associate professor of literature, culture and languages. The focus of her work is on Hispanic and Latin American transnational narratives, which will contribute to a book currently being developed by Irizarry on the war and violence such narratives speak to. Her painstaking work took an entire semester, though Karaja admits Irizarry could have completed it sooner. “He could have done this in three weeks, but hey, I learned
how to correctly research,” said Karaja. “I learned I needed to be more efficient in my years at UConn, and this project was a great learning process.” Karaja took texts related to her topic and broke them down systematically. She also mentioned that the Frontiers showcase is a part of the requirement for being awarded undergraduate research funding. She received a $1,500 stipend from the Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts Research Experience (SHARE) Award. Students Daniel Gifford, a 7th-semester chemical engineering major, Marta Chlus a 9th semester chemical engineering major and Zachary Rom, a 7th-semester chemical engineering major, were at the event presenting research they had been working on in class. “We expanded on research already established in the Chemical Engineering field,” said Chlus. “Basically, we took plastic material and heated it up into a vapor.” “We changed a monomer to a polymer, using a ultraviolet light that forms free radicals (ion, atom, or molecule with unpaired electrons),” Gifford said. “It went from the vapor phase to the solid phase, eliminating the liquid phase.” The group used the chemical hexyl acrylate, developing their research through their senior chemical engineering lab under the supervision of Aravind Suresh, a resident assistant professor in chemical and biomolecular engineering. The group did not receive a grant for their research, as it is a part of their class, but they were asked to display their work for the Frontiers program. There was a wealth of grants, awards and funds in the Wilbur
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Members of the UConn community visit the Frontiers Fair on Wednesday and listened to students speak about research projects they have done over the past semester.
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Storrs’ Center store celebrates a Sweet one year anniversary The Daily Campus, Page 3
By Miles Halpine Campus Correspondent Sweet Emotions Candy, a business in the Storrs Center development, is celebrating its one year – technically thirteen month – anniversary since opening in the fall of 2012. Sweet Emotions Candy doesn’t just sell the basics. With more than 400 variations with which to indulge any person’s sweet tooth, the store provides a wide variety of different choices and options. For example, while most customers tend to walk around inside and take a look for themselves, Sweet Emotions Candy gives people the choice to simply drive up to the curb outside of the store and have their candy be given to them without having to get out of their car. Another option, which is commonly used for orders of Chinese food or pizza, is delivery. Through Sweet Emotions’ website, customers can order many things, including candy bouquets and the candy of the month. Barry Schreier, owner of Sweet Emotions Candy, said the store “[has] the largest candy counter in Connecticut...and on [the] back wall, we have 120 different candies.” Of the numerous selections available at Sweet Emotions, some are vegan, gluten-free, kosher, international, fair-trade and organic. Amongst the walls of candy, the shop also has two dozen flavors of jelly beans and “fine chocolates from seven different chocolatiers,” Schreier said. The store also sells chocolate shot glasses and chocolate body paints.
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Sweet Emotions, shown above, celebrated its one year aniversary this week.
Besides selling candy, Schreier said, “we [also] sell personality...we always greet folks, we always have a trivia question, we give away free candy on our Facebook every single night.” The store additionally tries to sell local items. Their fudge comes from a company in Hamden, the soda sold in their store is from New Britain and the toffee is from Old Saybrook. Schreier also said he “[does] a lot of work with a chocolatier in... Rhode Island.” “We also just value ourselves as being part of the community.
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So we give a lot to charities,” Schreier said. “We donate a lot of things to UConn organizations, and that’s important to us as well.” There was a rumor at the beginning of the year that talked about businesses struggling in Storrs Center, Schreier said, but “here we are thirteen months later and we’re doing – so far – awesome.” Of the current businesses open in Storrs Center, Sweet Emotions Candy is the only one that was not part of the former building before construction began.
In terms of celebrating the 13 month anniversary, as opposed to the store’s one year anniversary, Schreier said “the actual anniversary of the shop corresponded with the festival on the Green and the Grand Opening of Storrs Center, so we decided to do ours on a different weekend.” The store is located on Dog Lane one block up from Storrs Road on the south side of campus, near UConn’s Music Library and Drama Arts building, as well as Buckley Dining Hall.
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use her identity as a woman to claim a personal stake in the issue and then attack the claims made by the students in the complaint. Figueroa and Monisha Rao, a 7th-semester journalism and women’s studies major, facilitate a group called Greeks Against Sexual Assault. When asked if she feels safe on campus, Rao said, “I carry pepper spray with me everywhere I walk.” Students were frustrated at what they felt was a lack of opportunity to be heard by the administration. “I care about these issues and I really, really want to make this campus a safer place, and take action against those who are assaulting other people […] and seeing the administration not listen to their students and really not take a stand and cover up behind these legal conversations and this task force that doesn’t really address the issues, it’s really disheartening and it makes me disgusted at my university,” Figueroa said.
Students frustrated with UConn officials
police force is committed to students’ safety on campus, but her statement took on a defensive tone when she said, “We never want to have an adversarial process with the students, and that’s sort of what this lawsuit feels like.” Some UConn students who were in attendance for Herbst’s statement and the question and answer session felt that the statement was more image than substance. “I think her statements were a nice way to cover things up and not talk about things,” said Jose Figueroa, a 7thsemester women’s gender and sexuality studies major. “She questioned the motives of the people who filed the complaint, so if you’re trying to work through this issue and trying to make the campus safer, why even bring it up in the first place?” Caryl Nuñez, a graduate student in political science and women’s gender studies, agreed, saying, “The way that President Herbst is presenting her position is very much about defending UConn.” Nuñez said Herbst shouldn’t
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Zombies coming to Horsebarn Hill Friday
By Alban Murtishi Campus Correspondent
This Friday at 5 p.m. Horsebarn Hill will be the setting for a large scale zombie invasion in which participants will either run for their lives or not be living at all. In order to raise funds for this years Huskython Dance Marathon, the board of special events for Huskython, co sponsored with UConn Recreation, will be hosting the Zombiethon Dash of the Dead. The 2.5 mile adventure race will feature two competing teams of zombies and humans. Over 150 zombies will be chasing an even larger group of human racers who must avoid the horde by traveling from safe zone to safe zone. Humans will be equipped with flag belts that, when grabbed by a zombie, signal another victim of the zombie horde. “Over the past couple of years we’ve really picked up on the popularity of adventure races, as well as the popularity of the Walking Dead television show,” Vice President of Fundraising for Huskython Joe Calitri said. The event came about this summer as Huskython was making preliminary plans for a fall fundraiser. Research on the event type was conducted by Lauren Haggerty, coordinator of special events for Huskython. Adventure races of this genre, such as “The
Little piece of history in UConn forest By Annie Pancak Staff Writer
The UConn athletics department operated a ski slope on campus for 11 years in the 1960s and 70s, according to a website called the New England Lost Ski Areas Project. Traces of the rope tows and warming tower still remain behind the forested area of Horsebarn Hill at the spot that used to be known as “Husky Hill.” The director of Building Services and Landscaping at UConn, Dave Lotreck said the university still owns the property, but he has not heard of any plans to reinstitute it. According to a Dodd Center archive opening day for the slope was Feb. 7 1967. The university president at the time was Homer Babbidge, director of recreation was Lloyd Duff and president of the student government was Lee Greif. The NELSAP website cites several sources who were around UConn during the time of the ski area. Mark Vining wrote that he was a student at UConn when the slope was in use, and his father was the ski patrol director. “You drove down an access road between a polo arena and a sheep barn down a small hill where the road opened up into a large parking area. Skiers skied down hill from the top and took one of two rope tows back up,” wrote Vining, “There were two slopes (one beginner and one main expert) each serviced by its own rope tow. There were also three trails through the woods to the bottom of the main slope.” The slope was free for UConn
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Walking Dead Escape from New York,” have been envisioned before, and have combined similar elements and themes as the Huskython event. “It really came as perfect fit because we needed a fall event, and the zombie theme worked perfectly with October and Halloween coming up,” Haggerty said. In order to provide make-up for the estimated 150 zombies, UConn recreation and Huskython have hired five professional makeup artists from Darkest Art. In addition to the Zombie Dash, Huskython will also be hosting a Zombiethon after party in which food and drinks will be served to participants and spectators. Those interested in racing can sign up ahead of time at huskython.uconn.edu. There is a fee of $25 dollars to join the race, and it also includes free food at the Zombiethon after party. Walkins will also be accepted at the Hicks Arena starting at 2 p.m. for zombies and 4 p.m. for humans, however it is encouraged to sign up ahead of time in order to guarantee receiving a t-shirt. “Five years down the road, after we make a name for this event, we can maybe see it grow to over 1,000 participants,” Calitri said.
students and a season pass for the public was $5, said Vining. It cost $3 to rent poles, boots and skis. Skier Susan Murray remembers there also being ski lessons. The slope owned a snowcat and snow packer for the no more than 150-foot vertical slope, but there was no snow making, so the number of days it was opened depended on the season. Vining remembers it only being open for eight days one season, while Murray said when there was a lot of snow; her brothers and she went to the slope every day after school. It was also open for night skiing, wrote Vining. It closed in 1977 due to a lack of natural snow and financial issues, said Vining. UConn alumnus Matthew DeAngelis, who went to UConn after the slope had closed in the early 1990s, wrote about the slope when he was on campus: “It was a hot spot for sledding and mountain bike riding for the residents of Towers and the AG dorms… you would never know it was there unless you knew it was there.” NELSAP is run by Jeremy Davis and chronicles over 670 lost ski areas in New England and elsewhere including stories, pictures and facts. The website is www.nelsap.org. According to the UConn photo collection, old photos of the ski slope can be found in box 69 at the Dodd Center, said university archivist Betsy Pittman, and more information can be found in the President’s Records and the Office of Public Information files.
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Thursday, October 24, 2013
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Debt ceiling onus should be placed on executive branch
ongress raised the debt ceiling last Wednesday night, with help from all five Connecticut representatives and both senators. Failure to complete this simple task would have meant defaulting on our national debt payments, which would have not only lowered our credit rating but in turn raised interest rates and cost taxpayers lots of money. This was essentially a repeat of the virtually identical August 2011 fiasco, in which the debt ceiling was raised with less than 24 hours to spare. And it’s looking like the exact same near-catastrophe will occur again on or near February 7, the next time this mess is scheduled to come up. That’s less than four months away. How to solve this problem? Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has a proposal that the Obama Administration actually supports as well. Under current law, Congress has to vote to authorize raising the debt ceiling, even though virtually every economist agrees that this really shouldn’t even be up for debate. McConnell’s idea is that the president would gain the authority to raise the debt ceiling instead. The role of Congress would not be eliminated, though – rather, the legislative branch would have the opportunity to vote against the raise. As Ezra Klein explained in the Washington Post, “In other words, the debt ceiling vote goes from a vote where a majority of Congress needs to vote in favor of it to a vote where up to two-thirds of Congress can vote against it.” This idea makes sense for several reasons, the most obvious being that we would finally end these ceaseless partisan battles over the debt ceiling that have defined Congress the past three years, and likely next year as well. Another benefit is that the quintessentially American idea of checks and balances among the branches of federal government is preserved, even while changing up the roles a little bit. Lastly, it would signal to world markets that the threat of Congress failing to raise the debt ceiling is off the table, eliminating the possibility of the American economy wreaking havoc on the global economy this way. Not to mention that the most prominent Senate Republican (McConnell) and the most prominent Democrat (Obama) both support it. Nothing quite exemplifies contemporary congressional polarization and partisanship like the debt ceiling battles. Nothing would exemplify bridging that gap than leaders of both parties coming together to forever end those exact same debt ceiling battles.
Depot Campus holds secrets of the past
o most students, the Depot Campus is a strange and relatively unimportant corner of the UConn world. Many know about the vacant buildings there and its past as a mental institution, but few know the whole story. Those buildings are some of the most interesting at UConn and their story is fascinating, historic and possibly illegal. The disused, crumbling buildings at the Depot Campus were once the Mansfield Training School Mental Hospital, and 60 of them are on the National Register of Historic Sites. That law, and its state counterpart, the Environmental Policy Act, are supposed to protect historic sites from the neglect the Training School buildings have received By Kristi Allen since they came Weekly Columnist under UConn ownership. The buildings currently receive almost no maintenance. Most of them are vacant and falling apart quickly. Some have holes in their roofs, many more are missing windows and are constantly exposed to the elements. Even the ones experiencing minimal use (usually for storage) are dangerous. The university specifies that anyone going into what was once the Knight Hospital has to have mold and asbestos awareness training and wear protective gear ranging from a dust mask to a full body suit. In its heyday, the center’s buildings were state of the art. The oldest Training School buildings are more than 100 years old, and the oldest building on the 350-acre property is a cottage
built in 1848. According to the National Register of Historic Places, the center was established in 1909 as the Connecticut Colony for Epileptics. Later, the Connecticut School for Imbeciles was moved there and the two centers were merged in 1917 into the Connecticut Training School for the Feebleminded. The last part of the title was later dropped and the center became the Mansfield Training School and Hospital. The history of the Training School provides a fascinating look at the treatment of mental illness over the last century. When the center was built, epilepsy was considered a mental ailment, and while the patients were segregated by gender, epileptics and mentally ill patients lived together. Farm work was thought to be beneficial to those with epilepsy, so the Spring Manor Farm adjacent to the property was worked by many of the patients. The farm provided the center with almost all of its food. The children at the center (many born to unwed mothers, who were often institutionalized at that time) hand molded the concrete blocks used to build the barns on the farm. The Training School grew to house 1,609 residents and employ 875 full-time staff members by 1969. In 1993, the center was closed amid lawsuits from former patients. All of this history is currently rotting away under the supervision of the University. The historical significance isn’t the only thing being neglected, safety is also a huge issue with the buildings. While regular citizens are forbidden from entering, the buildings are far from secure. It’s widely known among Mansfield high schoolers and many UConn students that the buildings are accessible. I know several people who’ve been inside and said there were beer bottles and empty cigarette packs scattered around. A quick Google search of the Depot Campus turns up hits on urban exploration and ghost hunter blogs.
Clearly, safety isn’t a major priority. If the university doesn’t intend to preserve any of the buildings’ historic value, they should be demolished. As time goes on, they will only become more difficult and expensive to remove as they decay. Even minimal preservation work, such as covering the roof holes and windows would slow the rate of decay and make it much cheaper when the university does decide to tear down the buildings. In the meantime, the neglect of the old Training School could be illegal. The National Historic Preservation Act tasks State Historical Preservation Offices with implementing a comprehensive preservation plan to assist in maintaining historic places, and states that any sites on the registry must go through a review process before they can be altered or demolished. Connecticut also has a preservation act. The Environmental Policy Act states that sites on the National Register are to be “maintained in a way that considers their historic, archaeological, architectural and cultural values.” Provisions 22a-15 through 22a-19 allow for cases to be brought against the state if they are deemed “applicable to the unreasonable destruction of historic structures.” UConn Master Planner and Architect Laura Cruickshank said in a letter that the university has no immediate plans for the Training School buildings and did not address questions about the above laws. If safety and preservation were the university’s main concerns, their options would be to demolish the decaying buildings or secure them from trespassers and fix major problems to prevent further decay. Unfortunately, neither of those considerations seem to be a priority.
Kristi.Allen@UConn.edu 3rd-semester journalism major
Affordable Care Act debut raises problems
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he rollout of the Affordable Care Act has been an embarrassment for the Obama Administration, and a particularly significant one, as it contributes to the perceptions held by Americans that the federal government is incapable of revolutionizing one-sixth of the U.S. economy. But the technological flaws are only the beginning of the innumerable problems set to come. When President Barack Obama and fellow Democrats were campaigning for the law in 2009, they stated that the law would have two fundamental purposes: first, to expand insurance coverage to include every American; and second, to reduce the average cost of health premiums. It appears now, however, that neither of those central objectives will be met. By Paul DaSilva The ACA, as it turns Staff Columnist out, will likely only extend health insurance coverage to approximately 25 million Americans, leaving a projected 31 million uninsured over the next decade. And moreover, the notion that insurance premiums will be lower under the healthcare law is inconsistent with countless studies that
have been conducted by policy analysts. In order for the law to be even mildly successful, it must attract 7 million Americans to sign up through the exchanges. But the basic methodology of the law would require the young and healthy to sign up as well, in order to subsidize the elderly and those with preexisting medical conditions. Thus far, based on data from the administration, less than a half million Americans have created profiles–not necessarily selected insurance coverage–on the ACA exchange website. And it is probably fair to assume that the sick would have been most inclined to have signed up at this point, while younger Americans are contemplating whether adding an extra monthly bill in a sluggish economy is worth it, considering the penalty for not participating in the exchanges would be far less than the actual cost of a premium. The effect that the ACA would have on the overall cost of insurance has been researched. For instance, The Manhattan Institute, a New York-based libertarian think tank, released a study last month on the projected cost of premiums. According to the study, insurance rates for young men will rise by 99 percent, while younger women will see an average rate hike of 58.5 per-
cent. North Carolinians will experience significant rate shock, with individual-market rates estimated to triple for women and quadruple for men. On average, in the 13 states where sufficient governmental data has been provided, the Institute concluded that there would be an average rate hike of 24 percent. And in states–typically ones that already have heavily regulated insurance markets–where average premiums are set to decrease, new evidence shows that may not be entirely the case. The exchange rates in Illinois, for example, are in fact lower than prior to the law’s implementation. However, an analysis conducted by the Chicago Tribune earlier this month indicated that in Cook County (the second-most populated county in the U.S.), “21 of the 22 lowestpriced plans offered…have annual deductibles of more than $4,000 for an individual and $8,000 for family coverage,” thousands of dollars more than someone who receives insurance through their employer. Kelly Sullivan, a spokeswoman for the Illinois insurance marketplace deemed the rates “quite reasonable,” considering the burdens imposed on insurance companies to indiscriminately accept whoever applies for coverage. This is coupled with brand new revelations that hundreds of thou-
sands of Americans are receiving letters informing them that their health insurance has been cancelled. This is directly contrary to promises made by the President five years ago, where he repeatedly claimed “If you’re one of the more than 250 million Americans who already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance.” According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, a non-partisan foundation dedicated to health research, “some receiving cancellations say it looks like their costs will go up; despite studies projecting about half of all enrollees will get income-based subsidies.” The administration is left now to defend a law that is making House Democrats increasingly vulnerable politically, and a law that will likely not achieve any of its stated objectives. Not one Republican voted for the law, and it was rushed through via a parliamentary tactic by the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in 2009. The countless problems that will arise from the federal government’s interference into the healthcare sector as a result of an ill thought-out law will continue to burden Democrats politically in the near future.
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Thursday, October 24, 2013
‘The Hill’ drives home social justice issues
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By Ellie Hudd Campus Correspondent
Flmmaker Lisa Molomot describes the city of New Haven as a very interesting place and a very complicated place in her moving film “The Hill.” Molomot’s film certainly brought out the complexities of what seemed to be a simple school renovation project. While on the surface the new John C. Daniels Magnet School was a huge coup for both New Haven and for the nearby Yale Hospital, Molomot was driven to show that all was not as it seemed. Molomot’s film depicts the struggle faced by residents of one subsection of the “Upper Hill” area of New Haven as the city exercised eminent domain in order to replace a crumbling old magnet school with a brand-new building. Molomot used the film medium to convey the racial and social implications of the rebuilding project through interviews and stunning footage of a neighborhood in a final fight for survival. Her hour-long film packed both an emotional and academic punch. While the statistics of the story are stunning – 123 housing units were demolished and 94 families relocated in the building of the school – it is the human stories at play in this dynamic that truly make the film remarkable and, at times, provoke intense viewer reactions. For example, when it was revealed that four people interviewed in the documentary have since passed away – many at relatively young ages – there were several audible and emphatic expressions of sadness and surprise throughout the audience. The event itself – hosted by UConn’s urban and community studies program – was also well done, if perhaps catered toward students enrolled in the program. Professor Brian Rosa of the urban and community studies department framed the discussion after the film, tying in academic content from his courses and the program overall with some of the more visceral, provocative details addressed in the film. Rosa noted that, “when a city wants to demolish an area, they need to portray it as a ‘slum.’” This did seem to aptly sum up the city’s actions throughout the demolition project,
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Filmmaker Lisa Molomot calls New Haven, CT a very interesting and complicated place in her film ‘The Hill”. Molomot’s film depicts the struggle faced by residents of one subsection of the “Upper Hill” area of New Haven as the city exercised eminent domain in order to replace a crumbling old magnet school with a brand-new building.
at least as they were portrayed in the film. Molomot, for her part, gave impassioned yet eloquent responses as part of a small questionand-answer session after the film, and several students posed very insightful and nuanced ques-
tions. While most of the audience was taking part in the event as a requirement for urban studies courses, the emotional impact of the event went above and beyond the traditional social science curriculum. Sevasti Jalanis, a 7thsemester urban and community
studies major and criminal justice minor, commented that, “you don’t often see [Molomot’s] level of passion in documentaries,” and was pleased to see that “she spoke to the residents face to face.” Jalanis went on to emphatically praise the film’s impact on her and
her peers. “Social justice is such an important issue,” she said, “and I feel like everyone here definitely got something out of this.”
Underwood to star in TV adaptation of ‘The Sound of Music’
NEW YORK (AP) — The end of the year looks busy for Carrie Underwood, and she couldn’t be happier. The six-time Grammywinning singer will host the Country Music Association Awards for the sixth time. You can see her singing the opening on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.” And for one night in December, she’ll star in a live television version of “The Sound of Music.” The 30-year-old star told the Associated Press on the red carpet Tuesday night at the TJ Martell Foundation gala, where she was one of the night’s honorees, that she is nervous doing something she’s never done before. But then she realized, “None of us have. This is a live show on TV. So this is definitely a challenge for all of us.” She said the live singing and acting was like “going to a Broadway show, but you’re in your living room.” “The Sound of Music” airs Dec. 5 on NBC with Underwood playing Maria alongside “True Blood” vampire Stephen Moyer. He portrays Captain von Trapp. Broadway veterans — and Tony winners — Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti and Christian Borle round out the cast as Mother Abbess, Elsa and Max. While the Nashville, Tenn.-based Underwood is no stranger to performing before millions of people on live television — she won the fourth season of “American Idol” — she felt she needed more prepara-
From left, Tony Martell, Carrie Underwood and John Sykes attend the T.J. Martell Foundation 38th Honors Gala, on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, in New York. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP)
tion, so she showed up in New York three weeks early. “I wanted to be here and have all my lines memorized and everything and be ready for it. It’s been real-
ly wonderful,” Underwood said. “Audra and Laura are incredible. Stephen’s great. It’s nice to be surrounded by that much talent.” Before doing that show,
the multiplatinum-selling artist returns to her hosting duties on the CMAs. She’s nominated for three awards, including album of the year and song of the year. While
she and co-host Brad Paisley have it down to a science, she doesn’t see the experience as old hat. “You never know what’s going to happen with us hosting,” Underwood joked. She added: “I think being nominated — especially when hosting the CMAs — you just never know.” The CMAs take place Nov. 6 in Nashville. Underwood also spoke about recording the opening number this season for “Sunday Night Football.” She claims doing it was a no-brainer. “It’s a lot of fun. I grew up watching football. I’m from Oklahoma, it’s what we do,” she said with a big smile. The conversation then turned to hockey and her husband Mike Fisher’s team, the Nashville Predators. “They got off to a little bit of rocky start, but definitely getting some momentum. I feel like my husband right now. I know what he feels like now. I feel there’s some really great, new young talent,” Underwood said. And what about the team’s star center? “My hubby, he’s been out for the past couple of games with a foot fracture thing. But he’ll be back on the ice, ASAP. I hope he does, because that’s the only way I get to see him, other than iChat.”
One major thing that cities around the world share is a certain brand of street food. Philadelphia boasts its famous cheesesteaks, Brighton has its fish and chips and I have personally sampled and loved the satay and curry of Kuala Lumpur. Of course, there’s also bad street food. One hot dog from a New York City vendor and you’re likely to spend the next couple of hours having a ball of grease sit in your stomach as it slowly seeps into your bloodstream. However, that’s not to say that New York doesn’t have any good street food. The last time I was there, I had the good fortune to sample what Madison Square Eats, a semi-annual culinary pop-up market had to offer. Madison Square Eats is a collection of food trucks operated by some of New York City’s most popular restaurants and well-respected chefs. It is located just outside Madison Square Park and the Flatiron Building – the perfect lunch or dinner spot for many New Yorkers. Furthermore, it offers a wide range of food styles, having everything from burgers, pizza and grilled cheese to Mexican, Korean and Mediterranean style food. The first time I went, I tried a spicy pork bibimbap bowl at the Seoul Lee Korean Barbecue truck. I did not find the spicy pork too spicy ¬– it had a nice kick to it but wasn’t overpowering – and the pickled vegetables were nice and crunchy, not soggy and soft as pickled vegetables can sometimes be. The rice was well cooked and everything in the bowl came in good proportion. The next time I dropped by the market I tried a “Pollo Asado” burrito from the Calexico truck. It features marinated grilled chicken, avocado sauce, beans (black or pinto), Monterey Jack and pico de gallo, all wrapped up in a warm tortilla wrap. Quite frankly, it was delicious, and definitely worth spending an extra dollar for the “crack” sauce (chipotle). If you’re feeling something more exotic, try a hotdog from Asiadog. They top their hotdogs with all kinds of tasty Asian toppings. For example, the “Ginny” dog comes with kimchi and seaweed flakes, giving it a salty, spicy flavor, and the Vinh dog comes with aioli, pate, cucumbers, pickled carrot and daikon (radish), cilantro and jalapeno, giving it a cool, refreshing texture. The “Sidney:” Thai style dog is topped with relish with mango, cucumber, red onion, cilantro, crushed peanuts and fish sauce, giving it a sweeter taste. In addition to many other delicious entrees, you can get all kinds of dessert at Madison Square Eats as well. The Doughnuttery features miniature donuts and warm apple cider, the Melt Bakery has ice cream sandwiches and cookies to die for, and the Macaron Parlour offers everything from candied bacon to maple cream cheese frosting, s’mores and red velvet.
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‘PRISM’ appeals to loyal Katy Perry fans
Rhythm and Soul: Female Empowerment
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By Katie McWilliams Senior Staff Writer
I’m comfortable enough in my masculinity to admit that I love Katy Perry. She’s an extremely talented singer/songwriter, and I will boogey with the best of them whenever her songs come on. Needless to say, I was quite excited when her newest album, “Prism” was released earlier this week. The album features 16 songs, including her recently released hit single “Roar” leading the pack. It’s no wonder why either, as it’s probably the best track on the album. Overall, her choice of songs are pretty diverse, although there is definitely a heavy leaning towards the romantic aspect of Perry’s personality, with over half of the songs on the album focusing, in some way, on love and heartbreak. This isn’t really too surprising though, considering she was going through a nasty divorce with Russell Brand while writing the album. Her pain is quite evident in songs like “It Takes Two,” “Double Rainbow,” and “Unconditionally,” but it seems as though she will Photo courtesy of idolator.com overcome it in powerful tunes like “Roar,” “By the Grace of God,” Perry’s new album isn’t as innovative as fans hoped for and not as good as ‘Teenage Dream’, but the album is still sure to please her “Spiritual” and ‘Dark Horse’. loyal fan base. Other than these, it’s pretty much standard Katy Perry fare, remixing as there has been in like “Firework” from “Teenage in “Dark Horse,” which to me including “This Is How We Do” some of Perry’s earlier work, like Dream” that really stuck out as seemed almost like an anthem celwhich will like“Teenage Dream.” different from the rest of the music ebrating S&M and control. ly be the party As a result, her world. So overall, this is a great album, anthem of 2014, voice really shines And of course, no review of but it’s a lot more of the same stuff PRISM ‘International through, and it is Katy Perry’s work could go with- we’ve come to expect from Katy Smile’ a song Katy Perry fabulous. Even if out acknowledging the rampant Perry. If you’re already a Katy about how 10/22/13 you’re not a fan of sexual innuendo present in nearly Perry fan, this album will obvifun it is to be her work, it’s hard all of her work, but I think that’s ously be a must-own for you. To 16 tracks famous and to deny that Perry’s one of the reasons we love Katy anyone who isn’t a fan yet, you travel the world, voice is anything Perry. She doesn’t dance around can probably give this one a miss and ‘Legendary but beautiful and the kind of stuff that, frankly, most and just pick up “Teenage Dream” Lovers’ which is /10 harmonious. teenagers are either participating instead. The experience will be more or less a One thing I had in, or intensely curious about. She pretty equivalent. standard teenage hoped was that doesn’t pull any punches, so to love tune. this album would be a bit more say, like a lot of other singers these The best thing about this album innovative. There were no songs days. This is especially prevalent Alex.Sferrazza@UConn.edu is that there’s not nearly as much
When I originally planned my column for this week I decided to highlight my favorite kinds of world music. However, in light of the recent sexual assault complaints I thought I might shift gears and look at some music that is particularly empowering for females. The wonderful thing about the late 20th century is that it churned out strong female lead singers such as Linda Ronstadt, Carly Simon, Patti Smith and Joni Mitchell. These women sang about revolutionary concepts, including pre-marital sex, drugs and social problems, paving the way for modern day strong females such as Amy Winehouse, PJ Harvey, Florence Welch and Norah Jones, who take equally powerful approaches to female issues. These women have helped other women for decades to get through the most trying times in life and continue to have resounding values today. Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain” is an enduring anthem for women who feel like musically trashing their exboyfriend. Its subdued start escalates into a passionate chorus about how selfabsorbed the subject of the song is – he even thinks this song is about him. If old school female empowerment is not your scene, Amy Winehouse takes a bold approach to female empowerment in her song “Tears Dry on Their Own.” In pop culture, women can often be portrayed as needing a man to help cheer them up after heartbreak. Amy Winehouse clearly breaks away from this tradition and sings about how she is in control of her rebuilding process and she lets her tears dry on their own with no help from anyone. PJ Harvey is another female singer who truly brings strength to the forefront of her music. “Rid of Me” has often been interpreted as feminist with lyrics such as “Tie yourself to me, no one else, no, you’re not rid of me.” While these lyrics might come across as a little stalkerish, they really highlight how a woman who gets cheated on plays her revenge. She basically argues, and rightly so, that women aren’t just objects you can “get rid of.” This was reminiscent of Gloria Allred’s assertion at the press conference on Monday about the sexual assault complaint, that “These are not potted plants – these are young women. They have a right to be treated with respect and dignity.” I think Allred and Harvey might have a thing or two in common. Patti Smith essentially redefined the woman’s role in the music world. Until the late 60s, when Smith became active, women were the coiffed soul singers in immaculate mini-dresses, or the backup singer with a tambourine. With the rise of Janis Joplin and Joni Mitchell the culture shifted towards women writing their own music and having “controversial” values, but Smith was the one who broke down the barrier, marrying art, punk and social issues into one fierce musical canon. Smith’s “Piss Factory” or “Glitter in Their Eyes” may not be the most musically perfect pieces – in fact, they are far from genius – but they exhibit a social consciousness that women hadn’t expressed in music. It revolutionized the woman’s role and options in the music world, lending flexibility to later acts in the modern period.
‘Love in Portofino’ is a Linda Thompson delivers a familiar but amazing album great live experience By Evan Goad Campus Correspondent The widely revered Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli released “Love in Portofino” yesterday. This album, following its release as a part of the PBS concert-video series “Great Performances,” released last March, puts Bocelli’s classical roots on hold for an orchestrated celebration of culturally diverse music. The live performance was shot and recorded in Italy’s Portofino resort village at a beautiful waterfront venue in August of 2012 (the audio CD is available for purchase in a bundle with the DVD in yesterday’s re-release of the concert,) to showcase songs from Bocelli’s most recent studio album, “Passione.” Accompanied by his music director and keyboardist, David Foster, and a 40-piece orchestra, – who infuse Brazilian, Cuban and Portugese rhythms into his set – Bocelli explores his diverse musical background by sharing his many influences on stage. His warm but powerful vocal quality serenades the audience by way of six different languages throughout the entirety of the program: English, French, Italian, Neopolitan, Portugese and Spanish. The convergence of expert musicians Bocelli chooses to perform with on “Love in Portofino” (Chris Botti on trumpet in “Cinema Paradiso” and Caroline Campbell on violin in “Anema e cora,” to name a few) and songs he chose to cover while recording “Passione,” speak to the great variety of genres heard on his latest live release. The quality of content produced by this whirlwind of pristine musicianship produces an almost elevator music-esque sound, but not one which can be ignored or easily forgotten; no, it demands the emotional attention of its listener. The world-renowned ballads
written, covered and even translated by Bocelli for “Love in Portofino” (both on-record and live) maintain the attention of the audience and allow them to not only listen, but feel as if their personal culture has contributed to Bocelli’s inspiration. Nat King Cole, Doris Day, Celia Cruz and other monumental pop-artists (in their respective genres) have all paved the way for his rendition of “Quizás, Quizás, Quizás,” for example. The fully immersed listener can find and exploit a void in the artist-listener boundary which goes far beyond the physical confines of a fan’s headphones or speakers or recording devices used by Bocelli and his sound engineers. This rarely found acoustic ecstacy, apart from an actual first-hand concert experience, allows for a calming atmosphere and communal sense of connection to Bocelli’s live production. Frank Sinatra’s “My Way,” Elvis Presley’s “Love Me Tender,” and Neil Diamond’s “September Morn” were all adapted and translated into different languages for “Passione” and are covered by Bocelli during the show. There is a strong influence from the American jazz movement, when coupled with the Latin and Hispanic rhythm of Bocelli’s compositions for each, allows for neither a Western or Eastern feel, but a completely unique one of his own: one that completely enthralls the classical or ethnic music aficionado. Despite his retreat from the classical niche, Bocelli cements his legacy of passionate love songs by performing them on stage with other famous artists like Edith Piaf in “La Vie en Rose,” and even his own fiancé, Veronica Berti during their rendition of “Something Stupid.” Other notable songs performed include “Senza fne, Perfidia, Champagne” and “Tristeza.”
complex as Linda’s previous albums “Fashionably Late” or “Versatile Heart” nor is the atmoWhen I first began listening sphere as potent. But the more to the music of Richard and simplistic production gives the Linda Thompson, I was treated music a more raw and traditional to some of the most vibrant and feel, which suits the lyrical subgorgeous British folk tunes I had ject matter well. It’s reminiscent ever heard. After their personal of Simon and Garfunkel albums and professional split following in that the sound is so pure one the acclaimed “Shoot Out the can’t even tell whether its studio Lights,” Linda has worked infre- recorded or live. One track is live, quently, but still with astonishing and I didn’t realize until applause quality. Every song crafted metic- erupted at the end. ulously and delicately, and nearly At the center of it all is Linda’s forty years after the genesis of her weighty vocals, sliding through career her vocals are no less rich octaves with unbroken elegance. or powerful. No song of hers is ever light on Her newest effort “Won’t Be emotion, from the jubilant, string Long Now,” is no stylistically dif- laden “Mr. Tams” to the somferent from her previous works, ber “Never Put To Sea Boys.” and there’s nothing wrong that. The best display of which is It’s another “Blue Bleezin’ Blind collection of Drunk” where she homely and performs unaccomvisceral folk panied telling a somWon’t Be Long Now songs. It’s ber tale of a woman Linda Thompson almost entirewho can only deal 10/22/13 ly acoustic, with her abusive 11 tracks with only the husband with alcovivacious “As holism. That track, Fast As My like all the others on Feet” being the album, is filled /10 driven my with powerful lyrics electric guiand striking imagtar. The rest is ery. The rhymes fall acoustic guitar, every chord punc- into place seamlessly and Linda’s tuated and distinct, but the melo- voice is versatile to suit any dies are smooth as velvet, mixed character. “Father Son Ballad” is appropriately with violin, fiddle, the most vivid of the set, dourcello and banjo. What makes ly describing the horrors of the “Won’t Be Long Now” special is world. But by far the best song the slew of accompanying musi- is the title track, which closes cians, all drawn from British folk out album, where Linda album circles, it practically makes the making the most of life before a album a festival. It includes John nearing death. It’s a song of such Doyle, Martin Carthy, his frequent mixed emotions I didn’t know collaborator Dave Swarbrick, whether to smile or cry. Amy Helm and a number from This as an outstanding collecthe Thompson family, includ- tion of tunes without a single ing her ex-husband Richard with lapse in musicianship or fluctuawhom she reunites in the glori- tions in quality. I can’t quite say ously melancholy opening track, it’s Linda Thompson’s best work, “Love’s For Babies and Fools.” but that is only because much of It’s another shining example of it borders on perfect. their Celtic blues. The instrumentation isn’t as Brendon.Field@UConn.edu
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Alec Baldwin gives honest opinions of the movie industry NEW YORK (AP) — In “Seduced and Abandoned,” Alec Baldwin and James Toback present a portrait of today’s movie business and an elegy to what it once was. In person, Baldwin’s even more candid, venting on tasteless studio executives, the pay for actors and the “fetid septic tank” of the movie business. Baldwin and Toback knocked around the Cannes Film Festival last year, documenting the humbling process of Hollywood deal-making and trying to get financing for a film. Baldwin, whose movie career has largely taken a back seat to TV (he has followed his Emmy-winning run on “30 Rock” with his recently launched MSNBC talk show, “Up Late With Alec Baldwin”), calls making the film — a blitz of celebrity interviews and yacht visits along the French Riviera — “one of the best times of my life.” Currently playing in select theaters before airing Monday on HBO, the film is timely, coming amid a year of much debate about the state of moviemaking. In an interview, Baldwin had plenty to say on the subject. AP: Though you have several films in the works, you’ve suggested before that you may be done with the movies. Are you? Baldwin: You wind up not having any faith in it, in terms of having a career at it. Everyone wants you to turn to a speech that Lucas and Spielberg gave — two very, very seasoned people in the business who talk about the business model of studio movies collapsing. What I want to say is: The business model in terms of actors making a living at it is collapsing because you can’t get paid to make a movie. Everybody does TV because you’re not out there having to kill yourself to get an audience the way you do
In this May 21, 2013 file photo, director James Toback, left, actor Alec Baldwin, right, and Baldwin’s wife Hilaria Thomas pose for photographers during a photo call for the film “Seduced and Abandoned,” at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France. “Seduced and Abandoned” airs on HBO on Oct. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)
in the movie business. People I work with, they want you to become their partner in raising money. They want you to become their partner in collapsing their fees. They want you to become their partner, now, in selling the movie. They want you on a plane going to festivals and you’re on the phone with reporters all the time. The amount of work outside the shooting of the film has become absolutely unconscionable. ... All the fun of it is gone. You talk it to death. AP: “Seduced and Abandoned” comes at a time of great handwringing over the future of cinema. Baldwin: It was tough financially. Then it was very tough financially. Then it was
unbearable financially. And now it’s unbearable financially and creatively. For the most part. There are exceptions. “12 Years a Slave.” There are movies that come along that are wonderful films. The movie “Gravity” is a box-office success. “Captain Phillips” is a good movie. There are good movies that come along. It just seems that the opportunity to make a good movie, if you do get to make one, takes an extraordinary amount of luck or an extraordinary amount of fortitude. AP: “Blue Jasmine,” the Woody Allen film in which you co-starred, was excellent. Baldwin: But Woody’s in his own universe. When what you’re starting off with is “written by Woody Allen,” you have a leg up on everyone else.
AP: What needs to change? Baldwin: The principle reason movies fall apart is that you don’t have a good director. The most anemic guild in all of the business is the Directors Guild. There are thousands of good actors out there waiting for a job. There are so many unproduced scripts that are good. The real dilemma in the business today: There are not enough good directors. There’s an ocean of mediocre directors. AP: Did you learn anything new about the film business making “Seduced and Abandoned”? Baldwin: You see in the business this fetid septic tank filled with all these people, and then you turn around and there’s Bertolucci, there’s Scorsese. They don’t let that get in their way. They have
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Idan Raichel, a name now known around the world, is once again bringing his music to the Jorgensen Theatre at UConn. His collaboration of musicians labeled the “Idan Raichel Project” visited UConn last February and is now returning as a part of Daniel Pearl World Music Days. The Daniel Pearl World Music Days are in honor of Daniel Pearl, a journalist that “was captured and killed by terrorists in 2002” according to the organization. The organization promotes tolerance and respect for differences, which is also what Raichel tries to accomplish with his music. In his home country of Israel, Raichel and his band have extensively broken sales records, selling over half a million copies worldwide. In spite of the conflict between Israel and surrounding Arab nations, Raichel’s songs preach togetherness and inspire people to unite rather than dispute. His songs are not only sung in Hebrew. Songs feature many other popular and exotic languages including Spanish, Arabic, Swahili and Amharic. But it is not only the lyrics. The musical style is an original blend of Middle-Eastern with African, Latin American and Caribbean influences. As a symbol of cultural acceptance, Raichel had the opportunity to play in front of Pres. Obama on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Though they may come with a strong message, musical talent is not sacrificed. Each musician in the group draws on a very unique background and style that drives the music into being truly one from around the world. Tickets are available to UConn students for $15 for either mezzanine or floor. Tickets for nonUConn students are $15 for mezzanine, or $25 for floor. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.
Irish Chamber Orchestra coming to Jorgensen By Katie McWilliams Senior Staff Writer On Sunday, Oct. 27 at 3:00 p.m. the world famous Irish Chamber Orchestra will take the stage at the Jorgensen Performing Arts Center, joined by the world’s most renowned flutist, Sir James Galway, and his wife, equally esteemed flutist Lady Jeanne Galway. Based in Ireland, the orchestra is a part of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick, and contains 22 permanent members and up to 16 additional musicians. Formed in 1970, the group makes efforts to promote civic engagement through music. It established a series of free music programs in areas of Limerick undergoing regeneration, using music as a tool for developing valuable life skills. They are known for combining energy and unique styles of musician ship to classical favorites. Sunday’s performance will include pieces by Mozart and Mendelssohn. The Chicago Tribune called the orchestra a “razorsharp, fully seasoned ensemble, a worthy ambassador to represent the home country in a year when Culture Ireland.” The concert will be preceded by a “Concert Talk” given by Alain Frogley, professor of music at UConn. Tickets are $10 for students, $15 for children under 18, and between $40 and $47 for adults. A cash bar will be available during the show, as well as an assortment of cakes and coffee for purchase.
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So really, the opportunity is there. The Rent is literally inviting students and fans to what could be a huge party, but it’s being denied when students can’t simply stay the entire game. And that’s not to say that I’m not fully aware of the factors behind wanting to leave early. Rentschler Field being a half hour west of Storrs, for one, is enough to make any student at least consider leaving in the fourth quarter to get home at a reasonable time. But that’s also not to say that UConn fans don’t enjoy getting involved. Every student in the Dog Pound knows to swing their arms back and forth and yell “Stick it in,” over and over whenever the Huskies make it to the red zone and to bring out their keys for some extra “Welcome to the Jungle” intimidation when opponents are stalling on third downs. But there could easily be so much more. Maybe we just need to take a page out of West Virginia’s
playbook and find a good song (other than the fight song or alma mater) that represents love for Connecticut. Unfortunately, maybe there just isn’t a catchy enough song about Connecticut. One option I’ve always laughed about considering was adopting the state’s official song, “Yankee Doodle”. Maybe it sounds ridiculous, but how intimidating and strangely satisfying would it be to be among 40,000 screaming a song as ridiculous as Yankee Doodle after a UConn win? Alright, maybe a little too ridiculous, but you get where I’m coming from. What it all comes down to is that any good new traditions would be welcome at Rentschler Field on Saturdays to complement the ones that have already established themselves. But the distinction for new tradition needs to be this: It needs to develop naturally. In a Jan. 28, 2011 article for the UConn Blog, Andrew Porter talked about how some
of the best UConn traditions are “organic,” rather than sponsored, forced, or pre-packaged. The “Stick It In” chant and “Welcome to the Jungle” processes work so well because they feel natural and students actually have fun participating in them. So how hard or, rather, inorganic would it be to develop a new tradition simply by staying for the entire course of games? UConn fans are proud, want to be involved and flourish when participation is encouraged to get the crowds going. There is just so much more potential for a greater claim to pride that schools like West Virginia, who call their school and state “almost heaven,” already have. Because to me, there’s nothing closer to heaven than being a UConn Husky. And it’s not that I think fans have an issue showing that, it’s that showing it doesn't have to end just when the game does.
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UConn's student section, "The Dog Pound", is packed and loud when games get going, but it also tends to clear out well before the final whistle blows.
Upsets taunting college football fan bases By Scott Carroll NCAA Football Columnist
Last week in college football meant misery for many fan bases across America with some huge upsets happening around the nation. With that being said, let’s have some fun and rank the most miserable fan bases in the nation. 5. Louisville Louisville ruined their entire season last week against UCF. They “accidentally washed my jeans with my cell-phone in the pocket” ruined it. Louisville already plays in the American, one of the weakest conferences in college football, and needed to absolutely demolish every team in front of them to show the big time schools that they deserve a shot at the Championship. The loss to UCF will act as an unforgivable fault on Louisville’s BCS application, which will no doubt be
denied. The only reason that the Cardinals aren’t lower on this list is because they just won the National Championship in basketball. So keep dancing Cardinals, basketball season is only a week away. 4. UConn UConn should be No. 1, but just as Louisville has a tremendous basketball season to look forward to, so do the Huskies. The Huskies return Shabazz Napier at point guard as he looks to improve on an already tremendous college career with his right hand man Ryan Boatright. The front court is the only question mark as standout juninor DeAndre Daniels looks to assert himself on the post and rising Phil Nolan looks to be a dominant rim protector. As long as UConn sticks to the hardwood and doesn’t pay attention to any sports that involve end zones or goal posts, the future should prove
to be fairly bright for the reeling Huskies. 3. Texas A&M The looks of shock and horror when Johnny Manziel went down Saturday can only be matched by Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone. The star quarterback fell to the turf with a hurt throwing shoulder on Saturday, but was able to return. However, it was too late for the Aggies to halt the momentum of the rambling Auburn offense as they fell 45-42 as a desperation “Johnny Football” moment proved futile. This is the second heartbreaking loss the “12th Man” of College Station has had to endure over the season. The Aggies also fell to Alabama Crimson Tide earlier this season in similar late game fashion. 2. Florida Florida has gone from first to worst in the SEC this year. The Gators were heavily favored in the Sugar Bowl
last season as they took on the Louisville Cardinals, a member of the much weaker Big East. Not only did they lose convincingly to the Cardinals, but they also lost their star quarterback Jeff Driskel earlier this season. Florida has lost three games this season, all to rivals. First was to in-state, extremely-hated rival Miami, to whom they lost 21-16 for their first loss of the season. Their next two losses came to LSU and Missouri. Any Florida football fan will tell you that not only do they hate losing, but they find it to be unacceptable. 1. Clemson Your heart really had to hurt for the Tigers last week. Everything was going Clemson’s way. They came into the game undefeated, ranked No. 3 in the country, and looking to compete for their first championship in over 30 years. College Gameday had made its second visit to Clemson, S.C. this season and the crowd looked
hyped. The stadium was rocking as the Tigers were ready to take on their second top five opponent at Death Valley this season. The crowd roared as their Tigers ran down the hill and took the field. This would be the last time any of the Clemson fans would have anything to cheer about as they were completely and utterly destroyed by Florida State. The misery would come early and often as the Tigers fumbled the football within the first eight seconds off the game. The Heisman frontrunner and normally trustworthy Tahj Boyd was intercepted twice, while Florida States’ Jameis Winston threw for 444 yards and three touchdowns. The usually deafening Death Valley crowd was reduced to scatterings of fans as time ran out and the Seminoles began to celebrate their 51-14 beat down of the Tigers.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The UCF coaching staff is hoping the Knights continue to play offense with the confidence they displayed during the upset of Louisville last week. The late-game 75-yard touchdown drive against the Cardinals not only wound up being the game-winner, but was a huge growth-spurt for a young offense in its on-going maturation process. For the 21st-ranked Knights (5-1, 2-0 American Athletic Conference), coach George
O'Leary said that will be particularly beneficial for junior quarterback Blake Bortles the remainder of the season. UCF hosts winless Connecticut on Saturday. "I think basically he takes things in stride," O'Leary said. "He's not a kid that ever gets too high or too low. I think the South Carolina game he started feeling sorry for himself in the second half. And that's something I spoke to him about. You go as your quarterback goes. You can't be having that
broke-jaw thing on the sideline. It doesn't work." Bortles threw for a seasonhigh 358 yards against South Carolina, but had two costly interceptions that helped the Gamecocks hang on for a 3-point win. "I think he's improved since then," O'Leary said. "He'll never be a captain. Quarterbacks are captains. They're the leaders of your team. I think that last drive he took down the field against a very talented Louisville team basically was a
thing of beauty." Where some young quarterbacks often become reliant on a favorite receiver or two, Bortles continues to spread the ball around to his receiving corps. Seven different receivers caught passes against the Cardinals. Bortles said his pass selection is less by design and more attributable to their success in making the most out of the Knights' schemes. "It just goes to show how talented they are and how versatile our offense can be," Bortles said. "It's play-specific, read-specific, and it shows how good they are that we can plug any guy in there.
They can possibly get the ball on any play and they know that." UCF offensive coordinator Charlie Taaffe said that's why the final drive in the Louisville games sticks out for him because though Bortles was the catalyst, the entire unit contributed. "The communication was good, the guys executed extremely well in crunch time," Taaffe said. "Obviously your quarterback is the leader. The quarterback's kind of the barometer for the offense. If he's panicking and freaking out and there's no poise, then the other guys are going to pick up on that.
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Rob Gronkowski says he no longer wants to discuss his health. After making his season debut Sunday against the New York Jets, catching eight passes for 114 yards in the Patriots' 30-27 overtime loss, Gronkowski finally is ready to put behind him all those questions he was asked about injuries and timetables. "You always get the jitters the first game back and everything. It's just football now," he said. "This is my fourth year. I've got to just go out there and do what I've got to do, listen to the coaches, listen to the players and just practice to the best of my ability so I can be ready for Sunday, and keep a rhythm going every single week." Gronkowski missed the first six games of the season following surgeries on his back and broken left forearm, but made an immediate impact against the Jets. He was targeted a team-high 17 times and nearly made a spectacular onehanded grab that likely would have led to a touchdown. He said Wednesday he was a bit tired during his first substantial game action since Dec. 30. "Just every week, out at the practice field just trying to improve my game, and by improving your game it's improving your condition, improving your strength, improving your routes, improving your blocking," Gronkowski said. "Every week just going out there working hard, working to the best of my ability to get where I need to be for that Sunday." Gronkowski sported a large, black brace along most of his left arm Sunday and said he plans to wear it for the entire season. "I wear it in practice. Got to get used to it," he said. "It's second nature. The brace is there and I'm used to it, so it's cool." Quarterback Tom Brady clearly looked in Gronkowski's direction more than his other receivers Sunday, and was asked Wednesday about the potential dangers of doing so.
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Rex to Belichick: 'Not true!'
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Rex Ryan pushed back at Bill Belichick. The New York coach vehemently denied the New England coach's claim that the Jets used similar push techniques on field goals against the Patriots on Sunday. "That's not true!" Ryan said Wednesday. During a conference call Tuesday with Boston reporters, Belichick was asked if he was bothered by a report that said the Jets alerted officials to the Patriots pushing on field goals. New England was called for the penalty — the first time it had been called in a game — to set up New York's winning field goal in overtime Sunday. "Well, I mean, since they were using the play themselves, I don't even know about all that," Belichick said. "But, basically we're just moving on here." Belichick was apparently referring to a play during Stephen Gostkowski's 44-yard field goal with 16 seconds left in regulation. Quinton Coples appeared to extend his right arm and slightly push teammate Muhammad Wilkerson from behind toward the Patriots' formation. There was no call on that play, but it was also not as evident as what the Patriots did in overtime when Nick Folk was wide left on a 56-yarder, but had the miss was negated when New England's Chris Jones was called for unsportsmanlike conduct on a 15-yard penalty. Jones was penalized for pushing his teammate "into the opponents' formation."
Huskies to battle in Piscataway from RUTGERS, page 12
Continued contributions from senior Jennifer Skogerboe, redshirt junior Julie Hubbard and junior Riley Houle have also served to keep the Huskies offense afloat in their conference schedule. “We do have a lot of (offensive) options,” Ribeiro said. “A lot of people are scoring, not just me, so that’s good for the team.” UConn is 15-2-4 against Rutgers all-time, with the team’s most recent win coming last season in a 3-1 victory in Storrs. However, with the Scarlet Knights’ two places above the Huskies in the conference standings, earning a win tomorrow will mean much more than just UConn’s 16th all-time victory. The game will start at 7 p.m. in Piscataway and live coverage will be broadcast on 91.7 WHUS throughout the contest.
Red Sox undecided on starters BOSTON (AP) — Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell hasn't decided on his exact pitching rotation beyond Game 2 of the World Series. Farrell said before the opener against the Cardinals on Wednesday night that Clay Buchholz and Jake Peavy will pitch Games 3 and 4 after the Series moves to St. Louis. But he's not sure what order they'll go in. Buchholz gave up five runs in eight innings and two runs in five innings in his AL championship series starts; Peavy gave up seven runs in three innings in his only ALCS start. Asked before the World Series opener whether Buchholz had an injury, he said, "Not to the point of keeping him out of starting." Farrell said he wanted to see the Cardinals in the first two games; it also could be influenced by whether it looks as if the Red Sox would need their Game 3 starter to come back for a potential seventh game. Jon Lester started against St. Louis' Adam Wainwright in Game 1, with John Lackey scheduled to go for Boston against Michael Wacha in Game 2 on Thursday night at Fenway Park. St. Louis is expected to start Joe Kelly and Lance Lynn in Games 3 and 4.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Huskies grounded in UCF approach from FOOTBALL, page 12
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UConn redshirt sophomore running back Max DeLorenzo (44) carries the ball up the field against USF. The Huskies travel to Orlando to play UCF Saturday.
“There’s a selfishness that comes into programs that can happen if you allow it,” Weist said. “If you allow a player or other players allow players to be selfish and go their own way and not focus on the team, that can happen easily in this situation. “So I’ve had to keep the team together, we’ve had to keep the team together and make sure every player is bought in and every still into us focusing to win the next game…it can’t be like, OK, we win, now everybody’s back in. It can’t be that way.” For their part, Weist says players have responded well in that regard and have stayed committed to the team concept. As for the coaches, who are amidst a time of uncertainty – in whether or not they will remain in Storrs beyond this season or whether coaching changes will be made – staying focused has been an easy task. “It’s our career,” Weist said. “Our careers and our fami-
lies are in the hands of 18-to23-year-olds. It’s not just a job for us, it’s not just a game for us. It’s a game for the players – they go to school and they play the game. “For us, this is getting to work every day and I get a paycheck and I pay bills and if I’m somewhere else, I’ve got to move my family, coaches have to move their family. They’ve got to tell their wife and kids we’re going, we’re getting out of school and you’re going to a new situation and who knows where it’s going to be.” Simply put, the coaching staff knows it is fighting for its survival over the final six games and will try everything it can to remain intact at UConn, Weist said. Change in command Motivation from the coaches and players is far from the only thing necessary for the Huskies to get into the win column. A dose of sober reality is in order as well. “We have to be honest with ourselves, we have to be
straightforward with them,” Weist said. “We have to tell them when they do bad, we have to tell them when they do good. We have to be positive with our team. “At the same point in time, we have to be brutally honest about how we play on the field because that’s what matters.” That assessment included Weist’s reflection on his own performance, which has led to a change in the Huskies’ playcalling strategies going forward. Instead of Weist, who began the season as offensive coordinator, handling the playcalling duties, quarterback coach Shane Day, offensive line coach Mike Foley and running back coach Kermit Buggs will pitching in. “The truth is, our offense isn’t doing very good,” Weist said. “I’ve been the coordinator since I’ve been here and we’re not very good. I talk about being honest, that’s being honest.”
Sox and Cards begin even series a spilt at Fenway in the first two games – this is very possible with Wainwright and Wacha pitching. Coming home in Game 3, the Cardinals will have Joe Kelly,
and the Cardinals go together, look for them to capture another Oakes: It is definitely worth title in six games. noting that the Cardinals’ offense Oakes: The Cardinals are a is overlooked, but the Red Sox serious threat to the Red Sox simply have the star power and I wouldn’t be surthat the Cardinals cannot prised if this series goes match. David Ortiz is one to a Game 7. With that of the greatest, most clutch being said, the Red Sox hitters in the history of seem to have the “it” postseason baseball. Mike factor that will get them Napoli has finally found over the top. This over97-65 97-65 his swing and is a threat achieving team continues to go deep at any moment. Game 2 - Thur., Oct 24, 8:07 p.m. to defy the odds and any But the bat the Cardinals preseason predictions. should be most afraid of is Game 3 - Sat., Oct 26, 8:07 p.m. The Red Sox have 21-year-old rookie Xander received outstanding perBogaerts. Bogaerts fin- Game 4 - Sun., Oct 27, 8:15 p.m. formances from their bullished the ALCS with a pen and will need a repeat Game 5* - Mon., Oct 24, 8:07 p.m. performance in order to .667 on-base percentage. Kren: Being a Yankees capture their third World fan, it is hard to admit that Game 6* - Wed., Oct 26, 8:07 p.m. Series title in nine years. the Red Sox look awfully for the smaller name Game 7* - Thur., Oct 27, 8:07 p.m. Look talented this postseason, guys in the lineup to be *If necessary huge (Bogaerts, Gomes, but the Cardinals have too much talent and intangibles to who had a 2.69 era this year, and Saltalamacchia etc.), and for the bet against. In order to win the Lance Lynn, who posted a 2-1 Red Sox to finish this series in series, the Cardinals need to get record this postseason. October Boston in Game 6.
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Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara, rear, and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia celebrate the Red Sox 5-2 win over the Detroit Tigers in Game 6 of the ALCS.
Fans shrug off extra World Series security
In wake of bombings, Bostonians appreciate police presence BOSTON (AP) — Fans eager to see the Red Sox take on the Cardinals in Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday shrugged off stepped-up security in a city still recovering from the bombings at the Boston Marathon. Ticket-holders were asked to leave backpacks at home, and security personnel used metal-detecting wands to screen fans entering the historic park. Boston Police stood on every nearby corner, sizing up the faces of fans as they gathered in the crowded streets surrounding Fenway. No significant problems were reported and some fans
thanked officers standing outside the park — and expressed sympathy that they wouldn't be able to watch the game. "I'm good with the security," said Dan Griggs of Boston, who came to the game with his wife Ardeth. Griggs said he was more concerned about the Cardinals' pitching staff than he was about his personal safety at the World Series. "It's the World Series. You can't live your life that way," he said. Still, the precautions were a palpable reminder of the April 15 bombings that killed three and wounded more than 260 near the marathon finish line.
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Earlier in the week, Boston Police Superintendent Daniel Linskey said police had also spoken with bar owners in the neighborhood to get their cooperation in diffusing any postgame violence. "Please help us to keep you safe and don't allow anyone to tarnish the image of Boston Strong," Linskey said, using the phrase that came to identify the city's recovery from the bombings. He said there will be an enhanced law enforcement presence around Fenway for the first two games of the series — and again if the series returns to Boston after three games in St. Louis.
Over the course of the season, victims of the attack were honored at Red Sox home games. Players visited the injured in hospitals. A gargantuan "B Strong" logo was cut into the grass in the outfield. The team also gave Boston something else to think about: winning. "Something like that, it kind of shocks you to the foundations," said Joe Addesa, a sausage vendor who was setting up his booth outside Fenway Wednesday as the first fans began to gather. "This is just a sport, but sometimes it's amazing how sports can transcend everything else." While the bombings still
come to mind from time to time, Addesa showed up to work Wednesday with his thoughts on two other things: a Sox victory and brisk sausage sales. He had reason to be optimistic about the latter: Tampa Bay fans just nibble, fans from Midwestern cities like St. Louis pack it away, he said. As for the Red Sox, Addesa wasn't taking any chances. He wore the same scuffed up sneakers he wore for opening day back in April — even though they now have a large hole. If he broke in a new pair now, he said with a grin, he might jinx it for all of Boston. "I'm superstitious," he said.
TWO Thursday, October 24, 2013
What's Next Home game
Nov. 8 Louisville 8:30 p.m.
Stats of the day
The number of times the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox have now met in the World Series.
» That’s what he said - Aledo (Tex.) high school football coach Tim Buchanan on accusations that his team bullied its opponent (Fort Worth Western Hills) in its 91-0 victory last week.
Nov. 16 SMU TBA
Nov. 23 Temple TBA
Nov. 30 Rutgers TBA
As Stern preps exit, NBA Finals format changed AP
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Yaz we can!
Men’s Soccer (7-2-5) Oct. 26 Cincinnati 7 p.m.
“Basically, there were no grounds for bullying during the game, prior to the game or after the game.”
Football (0-6) Oct. 26 UCF TBA
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Nov. 2 SMU 7 p.m.
Women’s Soccer (10-7-0) Oct. 24 Rutgers 7 p.m.
Oct. 27 Memphis 7 p.m.
Field Hockey (13-2) Tomorrow Old Dominion Noon
Oct. 26 North Carolina 1 p.m.
Nov. 2 Temple Noon
Tomorrow Cincinnati 7 p.m.
Oct. 27 Louisville 1 p.m.
Nov. 1 Houston 8 p.m.
Nov. 3 Yale 2 p.m.
Nov. 3 SMU 2 p.m.
Nov. 8 USF 7 p.m.
Women’s Hockey (1-4-0) Tomorrow Oct. 26 Rensselear Rensselear 2 p.m. 2 p.m.
Nov. 1 Vermont 2 p.m.
Nov. 3 Maine 2 p.m.
Nov. 6 BU 7 p.m. AP
Former Boston Red Sox Carl Yastrzemski throws out a ceremonial first pitch before Game 1 of baseball’s World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, in Boston.
Men’s Hockey (0-2-0) Nov. 2 Tomorrow Nov. 1 Sacred Union Army Heart 7:05 p.m. 7:05 p.m. 7:05 p.m.
Men’s Basketball Nov. 4 Oct. 30 Southern CT Concordia 7 p.m. 7 p.m.
Nov. 8 Maryland 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 15 Nov. 12 Holy Cross Bentley 7:05 p.m. 7:05 p.m.
Under radar, field hockey performs
(0-0) Nov. 11 Yale 3 p.m.
Nov. 14 Detroit 7 p.m.
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NEW YORK (AP) — David Stern’s NBA owners gathered one last time, toasting the outgoing commissioner before he leaves after 30 years on the job. They also changed back one of the earliest changes Stern made. Leaving with Stern is the NBA Finals format he implemented in his first full year on the job, one that alleviated travel concerns but critics felt also gave an advantage to the lower-seeded team. Beginning with the 2014 finals, the higher-seeded team will host Games 1, 2, 5 and 7. The lower seed gets Games 3, 4 and 6, following the same format the NBA uses in all other rounds. The NBA for the previous 29 years has used what’s referred to as the 2-3-2 format, in which the higher seed hosts the first two games, then goes on the road for three straight. The 2-3-2 format was instituted in 1985 in part to ease the amount of cross-country travel with the Celtics and Lakers frequently meeting for the championship. But some felt it also worked against the team that should have the advantage. “There certainly was a perception ... it was unfair to the team that had the better record, that it was then playing the pivotal Game 5 on the road. So this obviously moves that game back to giving home-court advantage to the team with the better record if it’s a 2-2 series,” Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver said. The unanimous vote to approve the 2-2-1-1-1 format came Wednesday during Stern’s final preseason meeting with his board of governors. Owners also voted to add an extra day between Games 6 and 7. The league’s competition committee had recommended the change last month back to 2-21-1-1, which was used in all but one finals from 1957 to 1984. Stern has often said he was acting on advice — or complaints — about the travel from former Celtics boss Red Auerbach when the finals format was switched. But with commercial flights long since replaced by charters, teams didn’t have the same difficulties now with the number of trips. Instead, the ones who had the higher seed found it more inconvenient, Stern said, to be on the road for as many as eight days in a row when the opponent hosted the middle three games. Silver, who will become commissioner after Stern retires Feb. 1, is a proponent of the 2-2-1-1-1 format, though he said Stern and other league executives all thought it was time for the change. “It reached a crescendo where basketball people thought it was important and the business people stood down and said it was no longer necessary for the convenience of transportation or the media,” Silver said. Beyond the re-election of Spurs owner Peter Holt as chairman, there was little other business for the owners, who toasted Stern during dinner Tuesday night. Stern said there was a video tribute voiced by Bill Russell, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, along with “some speechifying” and “a series of totally embarrassing photos of me over the last 36 years.”
By Erica Brancato Staff Columnist This week I’m going to change it up a bit and talk about something different. Normally, from week to week I focus on a specific game or team in the professional world, but this week I want to concentrate on more of an unknown sport. The UConn field hockey team is one of those teams that is truly underrated. This may partially be because no one really understands the sport. I get it. It’s confusing, a rather slow and low-scoring game and it’s overlooked and masked by other fall sports around campus. If I hadn’t grown up watching my sister play and played myself for six years, I would have been in the same boat as the majority. I will be the first one to admit that playing this sport is much better than watching it, but the UConn team puts on a great performance. The Huskies are 12-2 this season and have defeated numerous highly ranked teams including the defending nation-
al champions of the NCAA Tournament. This team makes winning look easy. Before I get ahead of myself, let me talk about the basics of the game. There are two 35-minute halves. There are 11 players per side on the field including the goaltender. There are four basic positions: forward or attack, midfield, defense or back and goal. There is a flat side and a rounded side on the field hockey stick. The ball must be passed or dribbled with the flat side of the stick only, so it differs in a sense from ice hockey. The only way to score a goal is if you are in the striking circle. The striking circle is essentially a half circle that connects with the end lines; the goal cage is on the end lines, so unlike lacrosse, which has a small circle surrounding the goal, players must go inside of the circle to score.
A penalty corner occurs when the defense creates a foul in the circle. The set up of a penalty corner is quite bizarre. On penalty corners, four defenders join the goaltender inside the goal cage. The team on offense has one player on the end line who passes the ball to teammates positioned around the striking circle. The offense has an open opportunity to score, however before they take a shot on goal the ball being passed must go just outside of the striking circle and completely stopped before a shot is taken. Typically outside the circle one offensive player will be positioned lower to stop the ball with the stick, while another offensive player is close next to her ready to hit the ball at the goal. To make this open shot on goal more of a challenge, one of the
“Field hockey is one of the best teams at UConn. Covering the team for two seasons now has only reinforced this belief.”
four defenders in the goal rushes the ball in attempts to stop the play, while the other three mark the offense. The most typical complaint by those who watch field hockey is that too many fouls are called and slow the game down. I’ll admit the rules of the game are very specific which allows more room to fouls to be called. The most common fouls include advancing the ball in any other way besides using the stick (typically hitting the ball with your feet), hitting, hooking or interfering with an opponents stick, obstructing or shielding the ball from an opponent with your body or hitting the ball above the knee. These rules seem too specific and picky, but the more advanced teams have less fouls called, making the game a bit more smooth and competitive. Field hockey is one of the best teams at UConn. Covering the team for two seasons now has only reinforced this belief. They are No.5 in the nation. The Huskies are also undefeated in their conference, making them a dominant force in the league. Although their season is almost over, you should check out one of their games. I can guarantee you it will be better than watching our football team.
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Thursday, October 24, 2013
The Rent’s postgame invitation
Huskies prep for season’s biggest challenge at UCF By Matt Stypulkoski Associate Sports Editor
Mike Corasaniti It’s no secret that UConn knows how to tailgate. Just look around at the thousands scattered around the Rentschler Field parking lots – what used to be landing strips for an airport – and you’ll realize that fans take their pregame very seriously. After all, it’s pretty simple. Friends, good food and appropriate beverages and the backdrop of looming football provide a feeling that can’t be replicated. UConn knows how to handle the beginning of a game. But one issue that needs to be addressed is something that has been bringing down the vibes at The Rent for as long as I can remember: How UConn handles the postgame, the football game’s after party. It’s sadly no secret that when the final whistle blows at the end of the fourth quarter, there are often noticeably large portions of the crowd missing from the stands of The Rent. Not only is this frustrating for the simple fact that fans should make attempts to root for their Huskies for as long as possible, but because it negates any possible new postgame traditions from flourishing in East Hartford. One great example of the kind of ideal postgame tradition I’m thinking of can be found in West Virginia, where the entire football stadium locks arms and belts out John Denver’s “Take Me Home Country Road,” at the end of games. “Almost heaven, West Virginia,” begins the ode to the state’s natural beauty, sending the 60,000 fans that pack Milan Puskar Stadium into a collective swoon. Another example can be found in Madison, Wis., where fans stick around after each Badger home game for what’s essentially a giant dance party led by their marching band called the “Fifth Quarter.” Win or lose, thousands of Badger fans stick around after the end of the game to celebrate what was originally just the band providing music for fans as they left the stadium. Now, this all isn’t to say that similar traditions don’t already exist at UConn. At the conclusion of each home game, the football team gathers over near the UConn Marching Band to sing the fight song in the direction of the stands. Although some players are more into it than others, no player leaves the field until every last word is sung. After that, the marching band retakes the field for a postgame show.
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UConn football head coach T.J. Weist walks along the sideline with a referee in an Oct. 12 game against USF at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. Weist believes Saturday’s game against UCF in Orlando will be UConn’s biggest challenge of the year.
Prior to the start of the season, UConn football fans and players alike pointed to a showdown with No. 8 Louisville at Rentschler Field as possibly the biggest game of the season. But now, eight weeks into the college football season, a game in Orlando against UCF could just usurp that title. In fact, interim head coach T.J. Weist dubbed this Saturday’s contest the “biggest challenge of the year” for the Huskies. Of course, the Knights look far more daunting after beating Louisville in its own stadium this past week. The come-from-behind victory last Friday night shot UCF (5-1, 2-0 American Athletic Conference) into both polls – No. 21 in the AP Poll and No. 25 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll – and has thrust it into a tie for first place in the American Athletic Conference standings. Still, the winless Huskies (0-6, 0-2 American Athletic Conference) feel they have a shot to begin a turnaround. “We feel like if we can do things right and not turn the football over,” Weist said, “play solid football and make the plays we need to make, we have the talent to beat any team on our schedule. We just have to put that together.” The Huskies have struggled to turn in a full 60-minute performance this season, however, especially on the road. In two away games – at Buffalo and at Cincinnati – UConn is 0-2 and has been outscored 82-28. Staying motivated Despite the fact that this season has strayed far from the original plan and bowl eligibility looks unlikely, Weist says he and his players refuse to give up on the final half of the schedule.
» HUSKIES, page 9
Huskies to face conference foe Rutgers By Kyle Constable Staff Writer
The UConn women’s soccer team will face Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J. tonight in a crucial game for the Huskies as they make a late season push for a strong finish in the American Athletic Conference. For coach Len Tsantiris, the message is simple: “We have to win.” The Huskies (10-7-0, 4-3-0 American) have had a rollercoaster of a season in the American, starting it off with two wins at home and then following up their commanding start with two devastating losses in Florida. UConn bounced back and won their next two, but could not hold a 2-1 lead against Louisville last Sunday to earn their third conference loss. The final two games of the regular season will take
» COLUMN, page 9
the Huskies to Rutgers and Memphis, two games the team has to win if they hope to finish with a high seeding in the conference tournament and a chance to return to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2010. Thursday night’s game against Rutgers (11-3-2, 4-2-1 American) will feature a Scarlet Knights squad whose three-game win streak was broken on their Florida road trip last weekend, where they fell to Central Florida and tied South Florida. With only three losses this season, two of which came against nationally-ranked teams, Rutgers will prove to be the most significant challenge to UConn in the team’s final two games. The Scarlet Knights’ offense is led by the trio of junior Stephanie Scholz, redshirt senior Jonelle Filigno and freshman Madison Tiernan.
Scholz leads the team with nine goals while Tiernan has five assists this season. With an additional seven goals and three assists from Filigno, the Rutgers offense has been strong enough to hold the Scarlet Knights to only three losses on the season. UConn’s offense has been led by freshman Rachel Hill, whose 10 goals and five assists are the best on the team. Although Hill has not scored in the last four games, her three assists in the last three games have been crucial for the Huskies. Sophomore Stephanie Ribeiro has been even more important down the stretch, scoring five goals in the last four games. Ribeiro scored the overtime game-winner against Cincinnati last Thursday and netted two against Louisville on Sunday.
» RUTGERS, page 10
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Senior midfielder Jennifer Skogerboe (10) heads the ball in an Oct. 17 match against Cincinnati. The Huskies will play on the road today against Rutgers.
Which team will win the World Series?
St. Louis Cardinals
By Matt Kren Campus Correspondent
Will St. Louis win its 11th World Series...
Seeking a 12th World Series championship and a second in three years, the St. Louis Cardinals look to extend the National League winning streak in the Fall Classic to four straight. The Cardinals are very similar to the New York Giants in the respect that when they make it to the postseason they have the ability to make a run to win it all. The Cardinals, who won in 2006 and more recently in 2011, win with exceptional pitching and timely hitting. This postseason the play of rookie pitcher Michael Wacha has been the key, as he has posted a 3-0 record with a 0.43 ERA.
» POINT/COUNTERPOINT Kren: The Red Sox did just beat one of the best pitching staffs in baseball, but they run into another great staff in this series. Wacha has been perfect this postseason, and their No. 1 starter, Adam Wainwright, has been equally as good. He won 19 games during the regular season and comes into this series with a 2-1 postseason record, a complete game and a 1.57 ERA. Both of these pitchers will prove hard to hit for the Red Sox. Oakes: The Cardinals pitching staff is one of the best in the league. But I do believe that the Red Sox can match up with them. Jon Lester will be getting the nod in Game 1 and he is one of the hottest pitchers in the majors since the All-Star break. Game 2 will feature
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John Lackey who has also been exceptional, especially during the playoffs. But just as important is the offensive side of the field, where the Red Sox have a clear advantage. Kren: With Allen Craig coming back as the DH in Games 1 and 2 at Fenway, the Cardinals are beefing up their lineup. He is batting a major-league-high .454 with runners in scoring position. MVP candidate Yadier Molina and 2011 World Series MVP David Freese lead the overlooked offense which has produced 42 runs, 75 hits and 38 RBIs. The Red Sox in comparison have 45 runs, 77 hits and 40 RBIs, very similar numbers while St Louis have spent $42 million less.
Although the Cardinals have been a consistent threat to win the World Series whenever they reach the playoffs, I believe that this year’s champions will be the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox have been one of the best teams in baseball all year long and have showed no signs of slowing down during the playoffs. Even at times when it seemed they could not handle the Detroit pitching, they managed to find a way to come out on top. Also, what was overshadowed during the ALCS is just how dominant the Red Sox pitching can be. The starters were able to stick with the Tigers’ starters inning for inning.
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Published on Oct 24, 2013