Volume CXVIII No. 39
United Nations speechwriter speaks about memoir
By Joe O’Leary Senior Staff Writer
A JACK OF ALL DANCES Ballroom members compete with a diverse collection of sequences.
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A former speechwriter for the United Nations, Gregory Levey, entertained and enlightened students last night in the Student Union Theater as he humorously relived his time in the UN. More than 50 students came to hear Levey speak about his memoir “Shut Up, I’m Talking,” written about his time writing speeches for the Israeli mission to the United Nations. The speech was cosponsored by the SUBOG Outreach program and UConn Hillel. Levey began his talk recounting how he became hired in the United Nations, which he said
involved two weeks of random phone calls and security checks, before later discussing humorous and important events he experienced there. The author centered much of his lecture on what he called “gallows humor,” but also emphasized the humanity of the United Nations; he uses humor to delve into the topics, he said, because “you have these serious events, but underneath the serious events, you have people.” Rohan Saxena, a 7thsemester finance major and vice president for SUBOG Outreach, said, “I thought it was a successful event, everyone we reached out to came and were able to ask their questions. I think they got kind
of a different perspective of what they were expecting to hear from the Israeli government.” The stories Levey told ranged from his first days at the UN, where he was frequently asked to sit in on meetings, to his final days there where he was hired to travel to Israel as then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s Englishlanguage speechwriter. Many were about his humorous early experiences as a novice, one of which he described as “one of my near-misses of causing international incidents.” Levey was able to give many glimpses into the United Nations and examples of “cul-
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Gregory Levey, former United Nations speechwriter, speaks to students about his memoir “Shut Up, I’m Talking.”
Fraternities to host “Open-Mic Night”
UConn could be ineligible for 2012 tournament
By Elizabeth Bowling Campus Correspondent
HUSKIES WAVE THE WHITE FLAG UConn falls to the No. 13 Merrimack Warriors, 5-0.
SPORTS/ page 14 UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS’ “CLOUT LIST” SHOULD BE PUBLICIZED List of admittees given preferential treatment should be disclosed.
COMMENTARY/page 4 INSIDE NEWS: POLICE BLOTTER Arrests made during the week of Oct. 18 to 23.
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According to reports in USA Today and the Hartford Courant, NCAA President Mark Emmert made a proposal to the Knight Commission on Intercollege Athletics that would immediately implement a baseline acceptable Academic Progress Rate (APR) of 900 to be eligible for the postseason. UConn’s APR this past season was 893, and according to the reports, it would be impossible for UConn to reach the 900 benchmark this season, meaning that if Emmert’s proposal is approved, UConn would be ineligible for the NCAA Tournament next March. The proposal, along with several others, could be voted on as soon as Friday.
Dental students run for Give Back a Smile program By Chelsea McGarry Campus Correspondent
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Saturday, Oct. 15, 45 UConn dental students from the School of Dental Medicine ran in the Hartford Marathon to raise money for the American Academy of Cosmetic Charitable Dentistry Foundation’s (AACDCF) Give Back a Smile program. Give Back a Smile program began May 27, 1999, and the organization restores the broken smiles of victims of those who suffered from abuse by their intimate partner or spouse. Each dollar donated is worth approximately 16 times its amount because of the pro bono work done by dental laboratories and dentists, the major catalysts behind this effort. Since the program’s inception, over 1,100 smiles have been reinstated, worth over $10 million. A donation of $200 restores
approximately one smile, and students from the dental school’s American Student Dental Association (ASDA) partnered with the foundation’s mission to heal some of the physical lasting damage of abuse. The ASDA is a national student-run group that strives to instill change to better others and the profession. “As our fundraising and outreach efforts picked up, we started hearing back from members of our own community who had encountered domestic violence within their own lives,” said Stefanie Aquilina, second year dental student and coordinator for the ASDA participation in the event. “As upsetting as it was to hear, it was also a poignant reminder of the change we could evoke simply by telling our friends and family about the program and encouraging donations.” The runners and volunteers fundraised and signed up numer-
ous sponsors from friends, family and other community members. Their goals were to connect with the community, raise awareness and raise money. The UConn ASDA chapter officially achieved their goal as of Wednesday, Oct. 19 when they raised a total of $2,000 to restore 10 smiles during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. “While this program is established more so in other states and the money we raise is not restricted to only Connecticut residents, we hope that with our involvement and support we will raise awareness to the need for development of this program in the state of Connecticut,” said Alyssa McIntyre, ASDA community service chair and third year dental student. Students ran a total of 289 miles collectively, and participated individually and in groups in events such as the full marathon, half marathon, 5k, and a
team relay, which consisted of 5 legs: 5.5 miles, 5.6 miles, 3.1 miles, 6.3 miles and 5.7 miles. Each runner received a neon Miles for Smiles T-Shirt at the event. Many of the participants wore knee high socks to the race that they decorated with the their organization’s name. “Running with a purpose, for a purpose makes a half marathon seem more do-able,” said fourth-year dental student Brittany Sonnichsen. “After we finished this year, a group of my fourth year dental classmates and I said we would love to all come back from our respective jobs or residency programs every year to continue participating in the event. It felt great after finishing the event. I would definitely suggest this event to other student groups.”
The co-ed national honorary band fraternities will be having an “Open-Mic Night” on Tuesday Nov. 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Von der Maden Hall. Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma are service organizations operating under the UConn marching band. The fraternities consist solely of marching band members. UConn sophomore Elizabeth Caron said, “Weekdays are flexible for me so I might go. It would be a good stress reliever and it’d be interesting to find the hidden talents around UConn.” In the past, the service-based organizations have participated in fundraising events like a 5k run for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Now they are bringing their services to campus and inviting the public. Vice President of Service Emma Bietsch said that this is the first time the musically inclined Greek life has put on the event. They wanted to do something to “get the campus involved,” said Bietsch. “We have 300 people in the band but we’re reaching out to get other organizations involved,” Bietsch said. So far, groups like The Rolling Tones have signed up to perform. Bietsch is looking for about 10 more groups or individuals to sign up for a five-minute performance slot. There will be about 24 acts total and Bietsch is hopeful that “Little Brit” will be one of them. “If this is successful it will become an annual event and move to a more central location on campus,” Bietsch said. “Von der Maden is close enough to the center of campus that the location shouldn’t make a difference,” Caron said. The show is free, but donations will be accepted. These donations will either go toward a local band in need or to an Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) cause. “I feel more inclined to go knowing that the donations will go to a good cause. I’d also want to help support the marching band because they do a lot for UConn,” Caron said. UConn junior Kevin Mattheu said, “It seems like a really interesting event. It’s something that students can go to to express themselves and for other students to go and kill some time.” To sign up to perform, go to ucmb.uconn.edu and include a brief description of the act.
What’s on at UConn today.. Some Like It Hot 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Benton Museum of Art Barkley L. Hendricks’ exhibit focuses on the artist’s work created in response to his travels to Jamaica and West Africa.
Coalition for Political Empowerment 7 to 8 p.m. Student Union, Women’s Center All are welcome to join the meeting of this new club, which focuses on promoting social justice through political action.
Flu Vaccination Clinics 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Student Union, Ballroom Students with a valid ID, $22, and insurance card can get a seasonal flu vaccination.
Career Exploration: Environmental Health & Safety 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Classroom Building, 108 This lecture, presented by Attorney Vincent Giordano, GE Environmental Health & Safety Counsel, focuses on career opportunities for CLAS students in the sciences
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ed Liu did not have insurance and his privilege to drive in Connecticut had been suspended. His bond was set for $2,000 and his court date is Oct. 31.
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Trapped 7-year-old boy dies in Conn. house fire
BRIDGEPORT (AP) — A 7-year-old boy who was trapped on the top floor of a burning house died in the early-morning fire in Connecticut. Assistant Chief Dominick Carfi said firefighters arrived shortly after 5 a.m. Monday, responding to a report of a person trapped on the third floor of a three-story house in Bridgeport. The Connecticut Post reports (http://bit.ly/rg4SuA ) that the family identified the child as Carl Jean-Baptiste. Firefighters were initially unable to search the third floor because the fire was too heavy. They found the boy lying next to his bed. The Hartford Courant reports that the child’s mother, grandmother and six others escaped.
Road opens after millions of bees escape in crash SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A portion of an interstate in southern Utah has reopened after a truck hauling millions of bees overturned, freeing the insects. Authorities closed the southbound lanes of Interstate 15 near St. George for several hours Sunday night after the crash. Utah Highway Patrol Cpl. Todd Johnson says the road reopened early Monday morning. The tractor-trailer was carrying an estimated 25 million bees. Johnson says many of the insects dispersed but the truck’s driver and passenger, along with at least two law enforcement officers were stung. No serious injuries were reported. He says beekeepers were brought in to help. The hives have since been moved to nearby pastures in hopes the bees will return. Authorities had been recommending drivers in the area keep their windows closed.
Tropical Storm Rina forms off Honduras coast
MIAMI (AP) — Forecasters say Tropical Storm Rina has formed in the Caribbean Sea off the coasts of Honduras and Nicaragua and it could become a hurricane by the end of the week. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Sunday night that the storm’s center was located about 115 miles (185 kilometers) northeast of Cabo Gracias on the border of Honduras and Nicaragua. It had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (64 kph) and was moving north-northwest at 8 mph (13 kph). A tropical storm watch was in effect on the coast of Honduras from Punta Castilla eastward to the Nicaraguan border. Forecasters expect Rina to gain strength in the next 48 hours and said it could become a hurricane by the end of the week.
Ind. man, 87, stopped in Mich. with cocaine DETROIT (AP) — An 87-year-old Indiana man arrested in Michigan with 104 bricks of cocaine in his pickup truck has told a judge he was forced at “gunpoint” to carry the load. During a boisterous appearance in court Monday, Leo Sharp had trouble keeping quiet. The Michigan City, Ind., man was released on bond, three days after he was stopped for improper lane use while driving alone on Interstate 94 near Chelsea, 60 miles west of Detroit. According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration state troopers with the help of a drug-sniffing dog discovered 104 bricksized objects of cocaine Friday. A criminal complaint signed by a DEA agent is thin on details, and there was no mention in court about Sharp’s destination. Outside court, Sharp told The Associated Press that he’s innocent.
Police: NYC subway derails, no injuries NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say two cars of a subway train derailed in lower Manhattan but no one was injured. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says the derailment occurred at 3:52 a.m. EDT Monday on the northbound No. 6 train between Brooklyn Bridge and Canal Street. Spokeswoman Judie Glave says an empty train backed up to the disabled train and 19 people were safely evacuated. There was no immediate word on the cause. As a result, the Nos. 4, 5 and 6 are running express only in both directions between Brooklyn Bridge and 14th Street. The MTA says commuters should expect extensive delays during the morning rush.
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The items below list charges filed, not convictions. All persons appearing below are entitled to the due process of law and presumed innocent until proven guilty. Individual police blotters will be taken off the Web site three semesters after they have been posted. Oct. 18 Thomas J. Cunningham, 18, of Mansfield, Mass., was arrested at 12:59 a.m. in the quad of North Campus and was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of alcohol by a minor and possession of a controlled substance or less than four ounces of marijuana. Police observed Cunningham smoking in the quad. After a brief investigation, Cunningham was found to be in possession of 17 grams (0.6 ounces) of marijuana. Cunningham also had two glass smoking pipes containing marijuana residue, a marijuana grinder, a vaporizer containing marijuana and several bottles of alcohol. His bond was set for $1,000 and his court date is Oct. 25. Brian J. Cunningham, 19, of East Greenwich, R.I., was arrested at 7:40 p.m. at Wilson Hall in South Campus and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia near a school, illegal manufacture, distribution and selling of a controlled
substance, illegal possession of a narcotic with intent to sell near a school and operating a drug factory. Police executed a search and seizure warrant in Wilson Hall. This residence is located within 1,500 feet of E.O. Smith High School and a daycare center. Cunningham was found to be in possession of one gram of marijuana, many small baggies, a digital scale and $814. His bond was set for $10,000 and his court date is Nov. 1. Oct. 19 Alan V. Oktavec, 18, of Higganum, was arrested at 6:06 a.m. at UConn Police Headquarters and charged with two counts of engaging the police in a pursuit, assault on a police officer and several motor vehicle violations. These violations include failure to yield to a pedestrian in the crosswalk, failure to drive in the proper lane, failure to display plates or inserts, failure to obey a stop sign, failure to drive right, failure to obey a control signal, improper passing, six counts of failure to signal when making turns, making an improper turn, operation of a motorcycle without a license, operation of a motor vehicle without a license, reckless driving reckless endangerment in the first degree, speeding, violating a learners permit, and disobeying an officer’s signal. The incident occurred on Sept. 4. Oktavec
turned himself in. His bond was set for $15,000 and his court date was Oct. 19. La’JaJuan M. Dancy, 28, of West Haven, was arrested at 2:35 p.m. at Milford Court and charged with assault in the third degree, burglary in the first degree, criminal mischief in the third degree, disorderly conduct, home invasion, larceny in the fifth degree, robbery in the third degree, threatening and unlawful restraint in the second degree. Dancy was visiting somebody at UConn. Dancy was found to have struck the victim and then did not leave when told. He stole personal items and physically restrained the victim from leaving the residence. His bond was set for $75,000 and his court date was Oct. 20. Kai-Chiang Liu, 21, of Ellington, was arrested at 10:47 p.m. on Bolton Road and charged with failure to drive in the proper lane, no insurance, operation with a license that was suspended or revoked, operation while under the influence, reckless driving and traveling at an unreasonable speed. Police responded to a car accident on Bolton Road and Liu along with three passengers were there. Officers suspected Liu was under the influence. Liu was subjected to a series of field sobriety tests, which he failed. DMV records indicat-
Jury selection in Mass. terror case begins BOSTON (AP) — As a Massachusetts man charged with conspiring to support al-Qaida went on trial Monday, potential jurors were being quizzed, likely about the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Osama bin Laden and electronic surveillance of private conversations. Tarek Mehanna, 29, of Sudbury, an affluent suburb west of Boston, is accused of plotting to get training in a terrorist camp and to kill U.S. troops in Iraq. Prosecutors allege that after Mehanna was unable to get into a terror training camp in Yemen, he began seeing himself as part of the “media wing” of al-Qaida, and started translating and distributing text and videos over the Internet in an attempt to inspire others to engage in violent jihad. Mehanna’s lawyers say he went to Yemen to seek religious study, not terrorist training. They argue that his online activities amount to free speech protected by the First Amendment. Jury selection in the high-profile trial is expected to take at least several days. U.S. District Judge George O’Toole Jr. began Monday by outlining the charges for a pool of 60 people called for jury duty. He then asked a series of general questions such as whether they or anyone close to them has ever worked for a law enforcement agency, been a victim of or accused of a crime, or served in the U.S. military over the last 10 years. O’Toole then began questioning jurors individually in his chambers, with only Mehanna, his lawyers and prosecutors present. The judge rejected a request from news organizations to witness the individual questioning, so it was not clear exactly what questions were being asked. But in court documents filed last week, Mehanna’s lawyers asked the judge to question prospective jurors about whether they have any family or close personal friends who were directly affected by Sept. 11 and if they attended any memorial service commemorating Sept. 11. The defense also asked for prospective jurors
Oct. 21 Gregory M. Hennessey, 19, of Branford, was arrested at 1 p.m. at the Co-op and charged with larceny in the sixth degree. Someone from Co-op Loss Prevention witnessed Hennessey conceal a calculator in his backpack and left the store, triggering an alarm. Hennessey went back and paid for the calculator. The calculator was valued at $109.99. His bond was set for $500 and his court date is Nov. 1. Oct. 22 Maegan A. Biscia, 20, of Danbury, was arrested at 10:45 p.m. at the parking lot of Store 24 and charged with failure to have headlights lit and operating a vehicle while under the influence. Biscia was pulled over for her headlights and police suspected she was under the influence. Biscia failed a series of sobriety tests and was arrested. Her bond was set for $500 and her court date is Oct. 31. Oct. 23 Michael K. Roos, 18, of Salem, was arrested at 11:48 p.m. at Towers Loop Road and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, illegal manufacture, distribution and selling of a controlled substance and possession of more than 4 ounces of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia in a drug factory. Police were called to LaFayette Hall for the reported order of marijuana. Michael Roos was found to have 4.74 ounces of marijuana, packaging material, one glass marijuana smoking pipe, a digital scale, a grinder and rolling papers. His bond was set for $25,000 and his court date is Oct. 24.
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This file booking photo provided by the Sudbury, Mass., Police Dept. shows Tarek Mehanna, of Sudbury, after he was arrested and charged with conspiring to plot terror attacks.
to be questioned about whether evidence that Mehanna greatly admired bin Laden would make it difficult for them to be impartial. Mehanna’s lawyers also want the judge to ask jurors whether they could be impartial after hearing evidence that Mehanna, an American-born Muslim, supported the destruction of the World Trade Center. Prosecutors focused their proposed questions on attitudes about how some evidence against Mehanna was collected. They asked the judge to question jurors on whether they believe the use of electronic wiretaps is unfair and would make them unable to be impartial in evaluating the evidence against Mehanna. The government also wants the judge to ask if jurors have any “fixed feelings or impressions” about Arabs or Muslims that would make it difficult for them to listen to the evidence with an open mind.
ture clash” he experienced there. For instance, Libyan diplomats were not allowed to make eye contact with Israeli diplomats, while in another story, he told of a time when he was supposed to sit next to an Iranian diplomat during a meeting, a situation he could only describe as “awkward.” Many of Levey’s stories, however, were more humorous, speaking of one incident where he was told by a boss, “We need a speech about science,” and his difficulty with the vague topic. Another featured a situation where he had to translate a statement from another country using an online translator because he didn’t know the language, only to discover the unsure translation hitting news services immediately after he had finished. Esti Nof, a 2nd-semester pre-medical student, said, “I thought it was very special that they brought an actual UN diplomat to UConn and we were lucky to have a speaker like that. He revealed to us in a humorous way that the UN isn’t just a structured body, it’s just made up of people who sometimes make mistakes.”
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Dr. Herbert Hauptman, Nobel laureate, dies BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Dr. Herbert Hauptman, who won the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1985 for his work uncovering the structure of molecules, has died. He had worked into his 90s at the research institute in Buffalo that now bears his name. He was 94 when he died Sunday. He recently had a stroke, a colleague said Monday. Hauptman, who saw beauty in mathematics, received the Nobel Prize nearly 40 years after setting out to solve a problem other scientists had given up on: how to determine molecular structures using X-ray crystallography. He used mathematical equations to interpret the patterns formed by X-rays scattered from crystals. “All I had to hear was here was a problem that no one could solve. Not even that, but was even impossible to solve on principle,” Hauptman said during a 2008 documentary on his life produced by WNED-TV of Buffalo. “Once I heard that, there was no letting go.” Born in New York City, Hauptman began his research at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington but left for Buffalo during the Vietnam War after feeling pressured to develop anti-missile and other war-related technology, something he was morally opposed to after serving in the Navy during World War II. “The big lesson you learn from being
in a war situation is that life becomes very cheap,” he said in the documentary, recalling how he got through his 18 months overseas by reading from one of his favorite books, “Advanced Calculus” by Edwin Bidwell Wilson, and working on problems. Playing with mathematical calculations was a habit he’d gotten into as a young boy, even as his brother and others his age were out playing ball. In Buffalo, Hauptman continued his research at the Medical Foundation, which eventually became the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute in recognition of Hauptman’s contributions, along with the Woodward family, which supported the work. Hauptman’s methodology “allows us to make three-dimensional representations of drugs so that we understand what they look like in space and can understand how they work,” said Eaton Lattman, chief executive of Hauptman-Woodward. “I don’t think there’s a single pharmaceutical that’s been developed in the last 30 years that hasn’t been studied using derivations of what Dr. Hauptman and his colleagues won the Nobel Prize for.” The Nobel was shared by research partner Jerome Karle, a physical chemist. But Hauptman never sought out a national stage after the honor, remaining in Buffalo to nurture the institution and its researchers, who continue to work toward developing new tools for scientists at a time when applied research focused on specific illnesses gets more
In this 1985 file photo, Dr. Herbert Hauptman, Buffalo’s Nobel laureate, poses in Buffalo, N.Y.
attention. He also focused on fundraising. “We have to figure out, and I think we know, how to continue the kind of science that he created here,” Lattman said. “In the end, if you shut off the pipeline at the beginning, stuff will run out for a while and then it will stop.” Hauptman earned a master’s degree in mathematics at Columbia University and a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Maryland.
Conn. cuts casinos’ security costs
HARTFORD (AP) — Connecticut has yielded to requests from American Indian tribes seeking a larger law enforcement role at two of the country’s largest casinos, slashing the amount the resorts will have to pay the state back for the services of state police troopers and other security agents, officials said Monday. The assessments for state police, liquor control agents and auditors at the casinos have been reduced by a combined total of about $4.5 million, Colleen Flanagan, a spokeswoman for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, told The Associated Press. The assessments for the 2010-11 fiscal year were $7.3 million for the Foxwoods Resort Casino and $6.8 million for Mohegan Sun. Flanagan said the cut reflects a commitment on the part of the state to shift some responsibilities to the tribes, which operate the casinos on sovereign land in rural southeastern Connecticut. She said both sides are still working out the details. “We want to both demonstrate our respect for their sovereignty while ensuring protection of the state’s significant interests in the operation of the casinos and
the safety of their visitors,” Flanagan said. She added that the adjustment will allow the state to “use its resources more efficiently elsewhere.” The two casinos, which receive tens of thousands of daily visitors, are required to reimburse state security expenses under compacts signed with the state in the 1990s. But tribal authorities said they developed internal capabilities that allow them to fulfill the same duties as state agents — and often at a lower cost. Tribal officials said Malloy, a Democrat who took office this year, was the first governor in years to welcome a review of stateprovided services. Talks began in August with officials representing the casinos, which have seen gambling revenue decline for several years due to the weak economy. Mayor Peter Nystrom of Norwich, a city that borders the Mohegan reservation, said the administration’s decision reflects a willingness to work with large businesses affected by the economy. “This tells me our new governor is acknowledging the economic forces out there better than others,” said Nystrom, a Republican. Mohegan Sun is training
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more tribal police for casino patrols, and visitors will not notice any change in security, said Chuck Bunnell, the chief of staff for external affairs for the Mohegan Tribe, which owns the casino. He said the tribe can do the same work more cheaply because it does not have the same overtime issues as state police, who are unionized, and the transition will allow the state to put more troopers on the road. “We’re very grateful to the administration and for their willingness to sit down and have a healthy discussion for the betterment of the state and the tribes,” Bunnell said. Bunnell said tribal police officers, like troopers, are certified by the state’s Police Officer Standards and Training Council, and they already patrol the casino in far greater numbers than state police. Many tribal officers are law enforcement veterans who work at the casinos following their retirement from state or local police departments. Bill Satti, a spokesman for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, which operates Foxwoods, said in an email that the tribe feels the Malloy administration is the
first to respect “Government to Government discussions.” He said the tribe believes that is important as they work on other issues of mutual interest. The two casinos rank among the biggest in North America — Mohegan Sun posted $719 million in slot-machine revenue alone in the last fiscal year, compared with $650 million for Foxwoods — and few venues in Connecticut rival their level of security. State police have special units inside each casino that patrol around the clock, responding to thefts, assaults and other crimes inside the gambling areas and elsewhere on tribal lands. Five liquor control agents each are assigned to Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun. Government auditors are also involved in reviewing the books at the casinos, which contribute 25 percent of slot-machine revenue to the state general fund. State Rep. Stephen Dargan, the chairman of the House public safety and security committee, said he is pleased the state was able to reach a deal. He said the tribal police are qualified and he does not expect any letdown in security.
Richard Shenkman, center, and as his attorney Hugh Keefe, right, listen to the testimony of witnesses during Shenkman’s trial at Hartford Superior Court in Hartford.
Conn. jury mulls man’s fate in hostage-arson case HARTFORD (AP) — A jury began deliberating Monday after closing arguments in the trial of a former Connecticut advertising executive charged with kidnapping his ex-wife and holding her hostage for nearly 12 hours before burning down the house they once shared in July 2009. The six-member jury began its discussions after a prosecutor told them that Richard Shenkman was mounting an insanity defense not because he was mentally ill but because he wanted to avoid prison time. But Shenkman’s lawyer said two prominent psychiatrists testified that Shenkman was psychotic during the series of events, and Shenkman had been diagnosed with mental health problems years before. Prosecutor Vicki Melchiorre, who presented state-hired experts who testified that Shenkman wasn’t insane, urged the jury not to “buy” Shenkman’s “act.” “Fear of going to jail is not psychotic,” Melchiorre said, “especially when you’re a 60-year-old, short, out-ofshape guy with an annoying disposition. It’s not something that would make him popular in jail.” Melchiorre said the real reason Shenkman kidnapped his ex-wife, attorney Nancy Tyler, in Hartford, and burned
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The Daily Campus Editorial Board
Melanie Deziel, Editor-in-Chief Arragon Perrone, Commentary Editor Ryan Gilbert, Associate Commentary Editor Michelle Anjirbag, Weekly Columnist Tyler McCarthy, Weekly Columnist Jesse Rifkin, Weekly Columnist
University of Illinois’ “clout list” should be publicized
he Chicago Tribune in 2009 exposed corrupt admissions practices at the University of Illinois. Perhaps the most notable finding was a “clout list” kept by the university, which granted advantages in the admissions process to hundreds of students based on connections and contacts. The newspaper is currently in court to obtain the grade point averages and ACT scores of “clout list” students. The university’s lawyers argue that the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act prevents the release of such numbers. Meanwhile, the newspaper’s lawyers contend that “the documents are not education records under the federal law, but rather records of questionable conduct, so the public’s right to know should prevail,” according to a recent New York Times article. Such a “clout list” should not exist in the first place. Merit should be the predominant priority in college admissions decisions, whether at Illinois, UConn or anywhere. However, if such a list does exist, Freedom of Information laws should constitutionally override the privacy laws. For one thing, it brings more suspicion upon the university if such a list is privatized. An impression is created that such students were granted admission with complete disregard to qualifications or credentials. At this point there can be no denying on the university’s part that such students were given precedence based on connections. However, releasing a list which proves that their scores were top-notch as well would at least diminish the blow. (That is, if the scores were actually top-notch.) Privacy laws exist for a reason, as confidential information should not just be released on a whim or without reasonable justification. However, the grades whose publication are sought are not just anybody’s grades, but belonging to a specific subset of students whose very acceptance likely constitutes immoral activity by public officials that should be brought to the public light. This lawsuit actually connects back to the UConn. The scandal caused in 2009 by the Chicago Tribune exposé led to the resignation of Illinois’ president, B. Joseph White. This is turn opened up the position, which was filled in 2010 by Michael Hogan, who left his position as president of the university to do so. Such a clout list should never have been instituted in the first place. However, given the fact that such a list was in fact compiled, the relevant information should be made public as the Chicago Tribune requested. Grade point averages and ACT scores, while doubtless qualifying as “personal” information, are nonetheless relevant to the case at hand, and should thus be released. The Daily Campus editorial is the official opinion of the newspaper and its editorial board. Commentary columns express opinions held solely by the author and do not in any way reflect the official opinion of The Daily Campus.
When I killed a fly that had been in our room for a couple of days, my roommate responded with this, “You killed the fly! That’s like killing Satan!!!” I swiped into north dining hall today just so I could walk across to get to northwest dining hall. That awkward moment when you look at a squirrel and it makes two fists at you. Having to choose what processed greasy fatty food to eat while drunk at 2 am. #firstworldproblems 2% of body weight receives 25% of total body glucose utilization; occupy BRAINS! Today I started to search “Rosa DeLauro” on Google and was given “Rosa DeLauro hipster” as a suggestion. I would lie and tell people that the InstantDaily messaged me back, but no one would believe me anyway. To the people giving me weird looks as I walked by: No, I’m not drunk, I’m just going out of my way to step on crunchy leaves. That pathetic moment when you realize you just ate a four-pack of pudding in one sitting rather than doing any homework. I found it. A tomato. On my side of the room. Under my bed. I don’t eat tomatoes... The day that I go on a diet for the first time would be the day that I receive a gigantic care package of all my favorite snacks.
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Stepping back to move forward
hough I am addicted to my phone, iPod and laptop, I am a strong supporter of the idea that technology has a time and a place, and that it is over-heralded as the savior of American education in the elementary and high school classroom. In an age when students measure progress in education through their access to technology, an elementary and middle school in the epicenter of American technological advancement is stepping away from the screens in favor By Michelle Anjirbag of a more handsWeekly Columnist on approach. The Waldorf School of the Peninsula may just have the right idea about primary education. This school in Silicon Valley is one of 160 schools of its kind around the country. Subscribing to the ideology that technology is not necessary in grammar school, this school does not allow anything more technologically advanced than pens, paper and books, and tries to discourage the use of anything but these at home as well. This philosophy has existed for a long time, contrary to the path of American public education. But what proves that it is a philosophy worth consideration is the bastion it holds in Silicon Valley. The children of computer engineers and Google, Yahoo, Hewlett-Packard and Apple employees are learning to be frustrated with a culture that no longer knows how to interact without an elec-
tronic interface. The classic argument in education is that if students are not given access to technology, they will not have enough time to catch up in the future, and so, will be at a disadvantage. But if the trend in hi-tech families in Silicon Valley, San Francisco and similar places is to eschew early access to technology, it is negligent for policy makers and educators across the board to not at least listen to why these parents, within the technology business, feel that their young children would be better off without the screen time ubiquitous with living in the 21st century. Speaking to the claims that their children will be behind others, Waldorf parents have pointed out that picking up modern computer skills is relatively easy in this era. Odds are that in the future, using computers will become more intuitive and easier still. What are not intuitive, however, are things such as basic mathematics, literacy and general people skills – all areas in which this country is falling far behind. By focusing on these things through hands-on experiences, children are becoming well-rounded people who are then capable of learning to use technology proficiently. As someone who has worked with leadership and adventure education, or experiential education programs, and is simultaneously addicted to my phone, I can say that I prefer moments when the technology is in that out-of-sight, outof-mind place. Tactile learning experiences are wonderful opportunities for both teaching and self-discovery on the students’ part. Moments that tie together a cerebral lesson with a physical act – whether tossing a ball around while playing a memory game, or as a study tool
to recall facts, or using treats to learn fractions – can reinforce what is learned in a classroom in a much different way than the idea that if a skill or fact is not learned now, it can be Googled later. I will admit that once children become used to learning through a screen, it is very hard to make learning from a book appealing. However, I have also been in situations where the most attentiondeficit, distracted, cell-phone dependent teenagers can be persuaded to stop checking the phones, and starts looking at the real world, and they gain something from the experience. When technology becomes the focus of a learning experience, instead of something that has the potential to aid a larger theory of a learning experience, we essentially choose a road of easy access to engaging extra-curricular content, rather than demanding that education itself remains engaging. That we have inherited a classical education system speaks to the fact that the computers are not a necessity in the classroom, especially with regards to elementary and middle schools. Young students learn so much more than basic math, writing and reading. Patience, focus and people skills are intuitively mastered when having to rely on the brain, rather than a calculator. If we do not make education the focus of education, and regard technology as tangential to a process that has succeeded for many centuries without it, we will only cripple future, machine-dependent generations.
Weekly Columnist Michelle Anjirbag is a 7th-semester english major with a creative writing concentration. She can be reached at Michelle.Anjirbag@UConn.edu.
America’s education system is like an assembly line
he primary purpose of education in an industrial society such as ours is to prepare children for a lifetime of labor, consumption and conformity with social norms. As an instrument of socialization, the school accustoms students to the demands that society makes of citizens. Think about your experience in high school. You By Chris Kempf woke up Staff Columnist early enough every day to make it to school on time. When the bell rang in at the end of one of your classes, you habitually moved to your next one without delay. You ate lunch in the room you were told to eat in, at the time you were told to eat at. You only left school when you knew a certain time had arrived at which it was permissible to leave. And if you decided not to do any of these things, you did so knowing that you would be punished. Thus it is clear that there is no more powerful means of preparing young citizens for the conformity and obedience which will be demanded of them in life than to have them
repeat the same mechanistic routine thousands upon thousands of times. I do not question the necessity of compulsory attendance at school, for what would become of our society without it? But this human mass-production process is not limited to our physical behavior – what we learn in school is also prescribed and pre-ordained. I am absolutely astounded by the fact that regardless of our abilities or curiosities, the progress of our education is basically planned out all the way from kindergarten. Connecticut’s State Board of Education, for example, mandates that all first grade students within the borders of this state must “solve word problems that call for addition of three whole numbers whose sum is less than or equal to 20.” Eighth graders must “use verbs in the active and passive voice and in the conditional and subjunctive mood to achieve particular effects”. While I don’t doubt that the people who conceived and approved of these standards had nothing in mind but the development of Connecticut’s children, they may not have realized that their exhaustive
and overbearing efforts will do more harm than good. I propose that we recognize that the relationship between teacher and student is as sacred as that between doctor and patient, and as few regulators as possible should exist between the two. A government that has any semblance of respect for the personal integrity of its citizens should refrain from dictating what a child is to learn and when and should not take up months or years of that child’s educational life to determine what he or she has learned. Thus I believe that the whole idea of standardized testing and standardized curricula is an abominable one. To demand that every student learn exactly the same things at exactly the same times is to interfere with and encumber each student’s natural desire to learn. To be certain, government does have a role to play in providing free public education (at the point of delivery) to all Americans. It is right for government to build schools. It is right to make transportation and sustenance available to those who need it. It is right to ensure that teachers are competent and passionate. But it is not right for a politician or a bureaucrat to
assume the role of teacher. Ralph Waldo Emerson delivered the following words in an 1837 speech: “I believe that our own experience instructs us that the secret of education lies in respecting the pupil. It is not for you to choose what he shall know, what he shall do. It is chosen and foreordained [by his nature]…by your tampering and thwarting and too much governing he may be hindered from his end and kept out of his own.” We have learned little in seventeen decades: the tampering and the thwarting proceed at a record pace today. The time has come to recognize that the best person to determine what a child shall learn, in what ways and at what pace, is his teacher, not his government. Students shouldn’t be treated as replaceable parts. By mandating adherence to a fixed curriculum and countless hours of tests and test preparation, we only succeed in alienating more people from the power of learning and from the bright future which they deserve. Staff Columnist Chris Kempf is a 3rd-semester political science major and geography minor. He can be reached at Christopher.Kempf@UConn.edu
was on this day in 1867 that the U nited S tates bought A laska from the R ussians . A nd about six months from now , we ’ ll prob ably be selling it to C hina .” –C raig F erguson
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
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Horoscopes To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging.
by Brian Ingmanson
Aries (March 21-April 19) -- Today is a 9 -- Relax and let others support you. Listen carefully for a valuable insight. Pay special attention to your relationships. It’s not a good time to take risks. Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 7 -- Discuss an upcoming purchase and plan it in the budget, while keeping your bucks in the bank. Focus instead on filling your hive with honey. Wait for a good sale. Gemini (May 21-June 21) -- Today is an 8 -- One who loves you sees you bigger than you see yourself. Adopt their view, even temporarily. You can learn a lot from children, who aren’t afraid to tell the truth. Cancer (June 22-July 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Take on more homework, even if it complicates things. In the end, the extra effort will be worth it. You may even find a hidden treasure in the details. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is a 6 -- Still no gambling allowed, except regarding affairs of the heart. You can create a new reality as long as you’re not attached to the outcome. Why not go for it?
Monkey Business by Jack Boyd
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 9 -Tear it down to rebuild. Starting over can give a stronger foundation. Avoid going against your core values, and doublecheck everything. Work with another. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Your sense of harmony and selfconfidence are especially appreciated today. Lead by example for a fruitful phase. Your energy’s contagious, and many hands make light work. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 7 -- It’s okay to think about it for a while. Don’t push yourself (or your luck). Remember that cash isn’t everything, and count your blessings instead. The money will come. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 6 -- Conversation with a friend helps clear your mind. Sometimes you have to let the current take you, rather than fight it to exhaustion. You could end up at a better destination.
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Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is a 7 -- There’s more to the situation than simply facts and logic. Look for options in less tangible factors. Follow a strong recommendation, and revise plans as needed. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is an 8 -- Previous barriers have dissolved, so take advantage to wrap up old business. Outrageous dreams now seem possible. Take on more responsibility, and rely on your team. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 7 -- You may find yourself confronting an authority. Be respectful, and talk politely. They may actually listen. There could be a test. You’re up for it.
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Rustling costs Stocks reach highest level since August ranchers millions in poor economy
NEW YORK (AP) — Stock indexes closed at the highest point since the U.S. debt limit showdown in August Monday. The market was driven higher by a round of big corporate takeovers and reports that Europe’s bailout fund will be larger than originally thought. The Nasdaq composite turned positive for the year. Netflix Inc. plunged 22 percent in after-hours trading after the DVD-by-mail and video streaming company forecast a sharp drop in fourth-quarter profits. Investors are still waiting for a resolution to Europe’s debt problems. European leaders said they made progress at a weekend summit and plan to unveil concrete plans for containing the crisis by Wednesday. The Dow was up about 40 points in the first hour of trading but moved steadily higher through midday following reports that Europe’s takeover fund will be greatly expanded. It finished with a gain of 104.83 points, or 0.9 percent, at 11,913.62. “The market is expecting that there will be some kind of deal worked out Wednesday,” when European financial ministers are scheduled to meet, said Uri Landesman, president of Platinum Partners. “If there’s not a deal by then, the market is going down significantly.” Even with concerns about Europe, U.S. companies are
still reporting bigger profits. “Although there is a good deal of economic and political uncertainty in the world, we are not seeing it much in our business at this point,” Caterpillar Chief Executive Doug Oberhelman said. The maker of construction equipment reported a 44 percent surge in income, more than Wall Street analysts were expecting, thanks to strong growth in exports. The company said it expected the global economy to continue recovering, albeit slowly. Caterpillar jumped 5 percent, the most of the 30 companies in the Dow. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose to 1,254.19. That is just 3.45 points, or 0.3 percent, below where it started the year. It’s the highest close for the S&P 500 since Aug. 3, just as Washington was resolving a showdown over raising the country’s borrowing limit. If the S&P 500 finishes the year with a gain, it will be its biggest turnaround since 1984. The Nasdaq composite rose 61.98, or 2.3 percent, to 2,699.44. The gains turned the Nasdaq positive for the year. The S&P 500 is the only major market index that remains lower than where it started the year. The Russell 2000 index of small companies rose 3.3 percent as investors moved money into higher-risk assets. Netflix sank 21.6 percent
Specialist Christopher Culhane, left, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
post-market trading after forecasting fourth-quarter income that was far below what analysts were expecting. Through Monday’s close the stock had plunged 59 percent since July 12, when it raised prices and announced a plan to break its DVD-by-mail business into a separate company. The company abandoned the plan after it triggered a revolt among subscribers. Other major U.S. companies due to report earnings this week include UPS Inc., Ford Motor Co. and Procter &
Gamble. Analysts expect companies in the S&P 500 to report earnings growth of 14 percent for the third quarter, according to data provider FactSet. They expect a 10 percent gain in revenue. Expenses are also expected to climb. Higher costs for raw materials helped drag down income 8 percent at KimberlyClark Corp., which reported results Monday. The stock fell 5 percent. The company is a major consumer products maker whose brands include Huggies and Kleenex.
Oil price rises above $91 on signs of growth
NEW YORK (AP) — Oil prices jumped more than 4 percent Monday, reaching the highest level in more than two months, on signs of economic growth in the U.S. and Asia. After bracing for a possible recession in the U.S. and Europe, analysts say investors have changed course. They’re now trading with the expectation that Western economies will keep growing this year — albeit slowly. As the economy strengthens, demand for oil rises to run factories and fill drivers’ gas tanks.
“The market was being held back by fear” of a recession, PFGBest analyst Phil Flynn said. “We haven’t seen stellar economic numbers so far, (but) they haven’t been recessionary.” Benchmark crude rose $3.87, or 4.4 percent, to finish at $91.27 per barrel in New York. Prices haven’t been above $91 per barrel since August 5. Brent crude rose $1.89 to end at $111.45 a barrel in London. Prices rose after news of a string of acquisitions and a better profit forecast from Caterpillar sparked a rally on Wall
Street. The Dow jones industrial average and the S&P 500 were up about 1 percent. The Nasdaq was up more than 2 percent. HSBC said that China’s manufacturing sector continues to expand. The bank’s measure of industrial production showed Chinese manufacturing activity increased from last month. Energy demand tends to rise as factories crank into a higher gear. Analysts took the report as a sign that China, the second biggest oil consumer behind the U.S., will continue to drive increases in world oil demand this year.
Schools brace for more budget cuts
LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Educators are bracing for a tough reality: As difficult as budget cuts have been on schools, more tough times are likely ahead. Even in a best-case scenario that assumes strong economic growth next year, it won’t be until 2013 or later when districts see budget levels return to prerecession levels, said Daniel Domenech, executive director of the American Association of School Administrators in Arlington, Va. That means more cuts and layoffs are likely ahead. “The worst part is that it’s not over,” Domenech said. Already, an estimated 294,000 jobs in the education sector have been lost since 2008, including those in higher education. The cuts are felt from Keller, Texas, where the district moved to a pay-for-ride transportation system rather than cut busing altogether, to Georgia, where 20 days were shaved off the calendar for pre-kindergarten classes. In California, a survey found that nearly half of all districts last year cut or reduced art, drama and music programs. Nationally, 120 districts — primarily in rural areas — have gone to a four-day school week to save on transportation and utility costs, according to the National Conference of State Legislators. Others are implementing fees to play sports, cutting field trips and ending after-school programs. Districts have little choice but to put off buying textbooks and technology and training teachers, said Rob Monson, a principal in Parkston, S.D., who is president of the National Association of Elementary School Principals. On a recent day at Abraham Lincoln Middle School in Lancaster, teenage girls in ponytails and boys in long athletic shorts dashed across the gym, pausing their game of indoor tennis to motion “Y-M-C-A” with their arms as the Village People’s song blares from the loudspeaker. It’s a scene happening less frequently these days. Budget cuts and teacher layoffs have forced the school to cut some P.E. classes,
reduce library hours and eliminate small literacy classes for struggling readers and Spanish for sixth- and seventh-graders. Principal Josh Keene says he’s worried — not just about offering electives next year, but whether class sizes in core subjects will jump from around 25 to 35 or 40. His district received $6 million less from the state this year, which meant six staff positions in his school were cut. Even if state funding remains the same next year, the district expects to have from $5 million to $7 million less because of increased pension obligations and other expenses. “I’m scared to death. As we continue to look at fewer and fewer non-classroom positions that are there, at some point it’s going to impact core classroom positions and that’s a very, very scary thing,” said Keene. Recognizing the reality districts face, President Barack Obama included $30 billion in his $447 billion jobs creation package to save teachers’ jobs. The Senate rejected the jobs package as well as a separate measure focused on saving the jobs of teachers and emergency responders. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has said the plan resembles “bailouts” that haven’t proven to work and only perpetuate economic problems. Not everyone sees all doom and gloom in schools’ budget woes. Some say many districts haven’t wisely spent tax dollars or didn’t adequately prepare for the end of the $100 billion in federal stimulus dollars for schools. And that while the number of students per teacher in America dropped from 22.3 in 1970 to 15.3 in 2008, according to the National Center For Education Statistics, they say the reduction hasn’t made a noticeable difference. Karen Hawley Miles, executive director of Education Resource Strategies, a nonprofit based in Watertown, Mass., that helps urban districts develop ways to more effectively use resources, encourages districts to use this time to make changes they have been reluctant to do. They include strategically raising class sizes to refocus on teacher quality and chang-
Cindy Labezius, a library assistant, replaces a book on the shelf at Washington Elementary School in Lancaster, Pa.
ing teacher compensation to be more tied to performance, she said. “In tough days when it’s incredibly urgent, sometimes these conversations can take place in a different frame. We see districts really thinking about how they can really do things differently and really focus in on their priorities,” she said. In Pennsylvania, at the urging of Gov. Tom Corbett, the legislature slashed public-education spending by roughly $900 million, or more than 10 percent, to avoid a state budget deficit for the year that began July 1 without raising taxes. Seemingly overnight, thousands of education jobs in the state were lost. A survey of school districts by the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators and the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials found that leading into this school year, 44 percent reduced elective course offerings and 70 percent increased class sizes. More than 30 districts said they either reduced or eliminated full-day kindergarten or pre-K programs.
The cuts hit many of the poorer districts harder because they are more reliant on state dollars. In York, Pa., about a 30-minute drive from Lancaster, full-day kindergarten was saved when administrators and teachers agreed to a pay freeze. But art, music, and physical education teachers in elementary schools were eliminated, forcing classroom teachers to incorporate the electives in their classroom teaching, said Kim Schwarz, 45, a teacher and president of the York City Education Association. High school class sizes now are in the upper 30s, she said. Schwarz said the changes are tough for kids who really shine in art or physical education and it’s been hard on the morale of teachers. “The district has scrimped and pulled and did everything they could to find additional funds ... and I think the teachers are doing an absolutely phenomenal job of educating the students and giving them the attention that they need given the circumstances, which just adds more to the stress and the level of exhaustion that we’re all feeling,” Schwarz said.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Even with cattle theft rampant in much of the nation’s midsection, Oklahoma rancher Ryan Payne wasn’t worried about anyone messing with his cows and calves. By his estimation, his pasture is so far off the beaten path “you need a helicopter to see it.” That changed last month when Payne, 37, checked on his livestock and found a ghoulish scene: Piles of entrails from two Black angus calves he says thieves gutted “like they were deer.” They made off with the meat and another 400-pound calf in a heist he estimated cost him $1,800. “Gosh, times are tough, and maybe people are truly starving and just need the meat,” he said. “But it’s shocking. I can’t believe people can stoop that low.” While the brazenness may be unusual, the theft isn’t. High beef prices have made cattle attractive as a quick score for people struggling in the sluggish economy, and other livestock are being taken too. Six thousand lambs were stolen from a feedlot in Texas, and nearly 1,000 hogs have been stolen in recent weeks from farms in Iowa and Minnesota. The thefts add up to millions of dollars in
losses for U.S. ranches. Authorities say today’s thieves are sophisticated compared to the horseback bandits of the rugged Old West. They pull up livestock trailers in the middle of the night and know how to coax the animals inside. Investigators suspect it’s then a quick trip across state lines to sell the animals at auction barns. “It almost has to be someone who knows about the business, including just knowing where to take the cattle,” said Carmen Fenton, a spokeswoman for the 15,000-member Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, formed in the 1870s specifically to combat cattle rustlers. “It’s crazy to think we’re still in business.” There’s no clearinghouse that tracks thefts nationally, but statistics among certain states are staggering. In Texas — the nation’s biggest cattle producer — and to a lesser extent Oklahoma, some 4,500 cattle have been reported missing or stolen this year, according to Fenton’s group. The association’s special rangers managed to recover or account for $4.8 million in stolen ranch property each of the previous two years, most of it steers, bulls, cows and calves.
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During the Battle of the Leyte Gulf, the Japanese deploy kamikaze (“divine wind”) suicide bombers against American warships for the first time.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
A jack of all dances
Ballroom members compete with a diverse collection of routines
By Elmira Fifo Staff Writer
There are clubs at UConn for nearly every student interest, but there is one club that is great no matter who you are: Ballroom Dance. Yes, while there are flashy costumes and spray tans involved, the club at UConn is much more than that. It’s a community of people enjoying dance. The great thing about ballroom dancing is that students don’t need any experience to join. On Monday nights from 7 to 9 p.m., students go into the Student Union Ballroom and are taught different styles of dance by coach Mick Malek. The dances range from cha-cha, rumba and tango to waltz, quickstep and foxtrot. As I watched the students pile in on Monday, I noticed an easiness and enjoyment from trying something new and challenging. Malek broke down the steps for cha cha from the girls and the boy’s perspective. Afterwards, he demonstrated it with one of the more experienced dancers and then everyone practiced the steps. Every guy picked a partner began to dance immediately. This is the fascinating thing about ballroom dance. As Vice President Lauren Arrow, a psychology major explained, “It is a very social sport and teaches you many dances that you can use at socials. Everyone is very supportive here.” Individually, you have a repetitive motion and sequence of steps, but, together, the dance becomes a relationship and connection between the part-
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Above, a pair of Ballroom Dancers take part in a competition in 2010. The organization has an instructor that teaches students a variety of dances, such as salsa, fox trot and swing. The club is a medium for physical activity, education and socializing.
The past two years have made Kevin Smith a pariah in the film world. When his first movie-forhire (his first film done only for a paycheck), “Cop Out,” was reviled by critics and audiences, Smith reacted by shucking the studio system and setting forth into the world of independent cinema. Amidst threats that he’d quit directing entirely after it, his newest film, “Red State,” has finally been released (though Smith skipped a conventional theater release, opting to tour it around the country before releasing it onto DVD and Netflix). Despite all of the controversy surrounding its release, “Red State,” an offensive, gory shootout of a film that attacks a very real target, is a visceral horror-thriller full of suspense and loathing. It’s been said that real life sometimes holds more horrors than the movies, and Smith has backed it up. “Red State” begins with a teenage male and his mother passing by a funeral of a bullied gay teen who took his own life. The funeral’s being picketed by the Five Points Church, a radical
Christian sect-based off the reallife Westboro Baptist Church, and its leader Abin Cooper. Through circumstances too raunchy and disturbing to reveal, the teen (Michael Angarano) and two of his friends (Kyle Gallner and Nicholas Braun) are kidnapped by the Five Points Church to be killed for supposedly being gay and
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Nook talk: technology or paper? By Alessandra Petrino Campus Correspondent
To Nook or not to Nook? That is the question. If you are an avid reader of this column (first let me thank you), you may remember me saying I prefer physically owning books and being able to hold them, than using any technology to do so. Now here’s where I explain the reasons as to why I’m not a promoter of the Nook or any other eReaders. Last week I was sitting in an English class when a classmate pulled out her Nook. Immediately those sitting around her began to ask how she liked the device. Her response was, “It’s great, I mean I have about 250 books on here, so its like I’m literally carrying around 250 books in my backpack without actually having to carry them around.” Now, that may sound all fine and dandy to some people and I understand why, I have many family members and friends who own a Nook themselves and love it. Not having to strain yourself by carrying multiple books or having the ability to just click a button and be able to read a different book without worrying about whether you remembered to grab it before you left your room or not is a definite plus of any eReader. But let me remind you that one of the joys of reading is physically holding the book. What I am referring to is the feeling that comes with putting a bookmark in a book and seeing how far you’ve gotten through and how much more you have to go. Sometimes it’s a feeling of accomplishment and sometimes a feeling of sadness knowing that soon you will be finished with the book and you don’t want it to end. It’s a different emotion than you get from reading alone. Of course I understand the appeal of eReaders. Books are a lot cheaper on these devices and sometimes they even offer free books to their customers. Saving money is a huge plus. Some friends of mine have even said that the Nook pays for itself with the amount they’ve saved on buying books. They are lightweight and convenient for a person who reads as many books as I do, but still I choose to stick to real books. Physically holding a real book, feeling the pages and being able to flip the page with your fingertip is only one of the many joys that come with reading. I love everything about books, the feel of them and the smell of them. They give me a comfort that technology doesn’t and for those reasons alone, it is enough for me to dismiss the thought of Nooks. Perhaps down the line, when I run out of room for all the books I own, I will be forced to conform to the masses and buy a Nook, or other eReader, and if I do, hopefully the things I’ve spoken about and imagine missing about real books won’t hinder my need to read.
nerships. In the moment, that partnership becomes instant, but that is the fun part about it. One participant, Ryan Tallcouch, a 7th-semester inter-
disciplinary major talked about how it was a fun activity to try and to get involved in. “It upped my game for social interaction because I was really shy,”
Tallcouch said. Many of the participants agreed that it was something they always wanted to try. The president of the club, Chris Whitten, joined in his
senior year of high school at the suggestion of a friend and has continued here at UConn.
become embroiled in a quicklyescalating standoff with the ATF. The film twists and turns as it delves deeper into the conflicts at Cooper’s Dell, whether it’s the problems between devout mother Sara (Oscar-winner Melissa Leo, getting wild in her first post-win role) and questioning daughter Cheyenne (Kerry Bishe) or the standoff that spirals wildly out of control for ATF head agent Joe (John Goodman in a very grounded role). Each new plot development that occurs pushes the film further into a horrific sequence of events, yet Smith’s always-humorous casual dialogue removes some of the tension, never making “Red State” too hard to watch. Smith’s approach to tackling the Westboro Baptist Church and secular religion is both realistically disturbing and a bit disappointing. He makes outright reference to the group midway through the film, but the Five Points Church’s darker anti-homosexuality creeds are placed front and center. There’s a lot of irony to be mined from such a topic, and Smith does an excellent job with it; in a sermon Abin Cooper (Michael Parks in a commanding performance)
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Pilots, Taking Back Sunday, The Wallflowers, Macy Gray and many more. Killingsworth is based in New York but can also be found in Los Angeles and Nashville. One of the club’s goals is to get some of its artists consistent with the organization to record with Killingworth. Alex Tsuji, a 5th-semester political science major and chief financial officer of Husky Records, said there are plans to collaborate with Late Night at the Student Union this coming November by having a couple of Husky Records’s artists perform. They will be playing for four hours in order to earn a little extra money for the label. There are more plans in the works for another big outdoor concert during the spring semester of 2012. Next month Husky Records plans to have an outdoor concert near the Student Union on Nov. 2 in order to get word out of the organization and more of its upcoming events.
“I feel we’re out on top within the tier-two clubs on campus,” said Tsuji. “We are only getting bigger from here on out.” One of the main purposes of the club is to help students get connected and have a lot of exposure by providing students opportunities to perform live. Many of the concerts allow students the chance to show off their talents. Risa Duff, a 1st-semester preeducation major and rap artist with Husky Records, said, “I think that Husky Records will make a lot of progress in the future. It will become the go-to organization for music.” With a lot of exposure, many students past and currently have been offered contracts from small, big and even underground recording labels. For more information on husky records be sure to find them at www.uconnhuskyrecords.com.
Their mother Julie, and her boyfriend Dennis just moved into a new house with the two girls when strange occurrences start happening. Dennis believes they are somehow connected to Kristi’s seemingly imaginary friend, Tobey, so Dennis sets up cameras around the house hoping to catch some evidence. The family soon realizes that
whatever is in their house, it isn’t anything like “Casper the Friendly Ghost.” Though the “Blair Witch Project” was the first of fake “found-footage” film, the first “Paranormal Activity” had no trouble gaining popularity and earning first place on the box office. Combined, the first and second cost about $20 million to make,
and averaged a profit of $95 million each. The latest one broke the box-office record for the biggest fall opening with an estimated $54 million debut. Not too shabby for a third, low-budget, candidand-creepy-camera movie. What made the movie worthwhile, in my honest opinion, was the performance of the littlest stars in the movie: young Katie played by Chloe Csengery, and young Kristi played by Jessica Brown. Couple the talent of two girls with great effects, realistic reactions, the absence of creepy music (which immensely builds anticipation) and unwavering but suspenseful camera angles, and you have a perfect Halloween movie.
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Movie depicts real- Students work together to make dream life religious strife careers in the music industry come true
By Joe O’Leary Senior Staff Writer
Pablo Picasso – 1881 Bobby Knight – 1940 Katy Perry – 1984 Ciara – 1985
Michael Parks, Melissa Leo Directed by Kevin Smith
gives to his congregation, there’s both powerful fury and ironic foaming at the mouth. However, Smith dulls the blade as the film continues; some characters act very unrealistically and the overall tone is muted as these problems slowly mount.
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Not many universities have their own music label. UConn’s Husky Records, however, has managed to create a special network for students trying to make it in the music industry. Husky Records is a tier-two club that is highly involved with the music scene, finding ways to make student musicians better known around campus and elsewhere. Husky Records has its own state-ofthe-art recording equipment that has allowed students to create professional sounding demos and CDs. The organization is an independent, student-run group. Husky Record’s main mission is to promote students of different genres. Recently, it has collaborated with a label company in New York called Killingsworth Recording Company. Killingsworth has produced artists such as Stone Temple
‘Paranormal’ series still making stomachs churn By Zarrin Ahmed Campus Correspondent
It’s difficult for many people, including myself, to find a movie that successfully delivers frights when two of its kind have already been seen. But Paranormal Activity 3 surpassed these doubts and hesitancies. The story is a prequel to “Paranormal Activity 2,” which is mostly a prequel to “Paranormal Activity 1.” The first and second “Paranormal Activities” follow the lives of Kristi and Katie Rey, both of whom are women in relationships and beginning their own families. The third “Paranormal Activity” focuses on the lives of young Katie and Kristi and takes place in California in 1988.
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There was a fond part of my early adolescence during which I enjoyed watching risqué movies with British characters farcing James Bond. Unfortunately for Rowan Atkinson, those times are long gone and those movies were all “Austin Powers” films. “Johnny English Reborn” is not the resurrection of this type of film as the name might suggest. The original “Johnny English” didn’t necessarily call for a sequel. The film came out eight years ago to relative success but mixed critical reception, and hasn’t been discussed much since. This shows how truly desperate Hollywood is for ideas. “Reborn” follows the same basic premise as the original. Atkinson (most recognized for his portrayal of “Mr. Bean”) reprises his role as the clumsy and mishap-prone Johnny English. He has to foil an international plot to kill a Chinese diplomat, with his own mishaps causing him more trouble along the way than his enemies. Many nonsensical and outlandish plots transpire, but nothing brings more than a weak chuckle out of cheap slapstick humor. It’s a poor performance for Atkinson, who before now was well known for his light-hearted and humorous approach to acting. In his previous appearances, including “Bean,” “Rat Race” and “Love Actually,” Atkinson had been praised for his ability to steal a film with little dialogue, making people laugh with solely his peculiar smile and odd-shaped head. Perhaps this was on purpose; most of the lines in this film are either highly predictable or just not funny, with Atkinson’s delivery falling flat on its back. The biggest flaw of the film, however, is just how boring it is. It feels tedious to sit and watch the plot develop. Everyone in the
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theater with me, all three of them, knew that the film was going to end in some ultimate shootout and over-the-top chase scene, just like every spy parody does. When the moment arrives, it’s full of groinkicking and superfluous CGI,
which by the third act is completely played out and lackluster. It’s not clear if this film ever had hope, and Atkinson certainly did not care to put any effort into being funny. The same is true of the writers and
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While ‘Three Musketeers’ is full of seasoned actors and actresses, the film falls short when compared to previouslt made versions. It is tiring to watch as it consolidates too many themes into a less-than two-hour time span.
Three heroes fail to recreate Dumas’s classic on screen
By Elmira Fifo Staff Writer
If anyone is considering a trip to the cinema this week, do your best to avoid “The Three Musketeers.” A profound interest in Alexandre Dumas’s original story may be just enough to get you to the theater, but it is not worth spending $10. The “one for all, all for one” camaraderie of the main characters Athos, Porthos and Aramis is one that is easily relatable and perhaps the reason why so many enjoyed Dumas’ novel in the first place. The movie made a decent attempt at bringing this story to life, but fell flat in recreating the depth of the characters.
Rowan Atkinson, who is beloved for his role as Mr. Bean in the popular British comedy, makes a shoddy comeback in ‘Johnny English Reborn.’ The movie uses jokes that are elementary and lacks an intriguing script.
Reading the “Three Musketeers” movie review made me think of another cinematic adaptation of a classic adventure novel. This one of course, is much less serious and much more frivolous. Princess Buttercup is in love with Westley. But after Westley goes missing Buttercup finds herself in depair. Her love for him is only rekindled when she is kidnapped by a sword master, a giant and a trickster. Westley takes on the guise of the Dread Pirate Roberts and tracks the princess to the castle of Prince Humperdinck. There he encounters a machine that destroys happiness and a man who refuses to ever give up in battle. Sounds like a corny fairy tale right? Wrong. “The Princess Bride” is fresh and witty. Here we have fantasy at its finest.
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many waffling directions. The fight scenes and action sequences were its only redeeming qualities and even these were littered with immensely distracting slow motion that served absolutely no purpose. In this adaptation, the three musketeers join forces with the seductive Milady played by Milla Jovovich. With her help, they capture the secret plans for a war weapon that would be perilous for France. Not unexpectedly, Milady deceives the three musketeers and they set out to retaliate against her several years later with the support of D’Artagnan. The plot line isn’t very different except in providing the audience a heavy helping of Jovovich’s wily and seductive beauty to distract from the bland dialogue. Furthermore, the attempts at witty humor are lost in the fight sequences and ever changing camera angles. Paul W.S. Anderson, who directed the film, did make great use of the mainly superb cast which included Christoph Waltz in the role of Cardinal Richelieu. Waltz, who won a best supporting actor Academy Award for Inglorious Bastards, played the villain perfectly. Besides Waltz’s performance, the movie was hardly epic. There were off beat one liners and there was a seemingly lack of energy despite it being an action comedy film. If you are looking for a great sophisticated action movie, this was not it. It left me waiting in anticipation for the story to get better and it never quite lived up to the original French story by Dumas. The lavish costumes and historical setting made for a movie rich in color and vibrant sets that seemed to only be there for visual enjoyment. You are better off waiting for another ‘Pirates’ film
What’s the first thing you think of when you read the name “Stephen King”? Probably “horror” (you may also think “verbose” or even “hit by a car” but that’s besides the point). His novels and short stories have provided the bases for countless film adaptations, both good and bad. Here’s a list of seven that you should make sure to watch this Halloween. 1. “Carrie” (1976). We already knew that high school could be horrible, but not in this way. This film version of King’s first novel succeeds on a combination of Brian de Palma’s aggressive direction and Sissy Spacek’s gofor-broke performance in the lead role. And you also get to see John Travolta die. 2. “The Shining” (1980). Stanley Kubrick transformed King’s spooky novel into a truly terrifying film. The director kept the original premise–the caretaker of a haunted hotel goes bananas–and changed nearly everything else, for the better. The film is eerily memorable in a variety of ways, like the bloodfilled hallways and spooky twin girls, but perhaps the most indelible impression is made by Jack Nicholson (“Here’s Johnny!”). 3. “The Dead Zone” (1983). King’s story of a man who goes into a coma only to wake up with psychic powers is brought vividly to life by director David Cronenberg. Whereas the supernatural aspects of King’s stories tend to be over the top, Christopher Walken’s performance is so sympathetic that the film feels uncomfortably real. 4. “It” (1990). If you weren’t already terrified of clowns before you saw this miniseries, you will be afterwards. While it is confusing and even hokey at times, what makes this adaptation of King’s gigantic opus so effective is Tim Curry as Pennywise the Clown. In spite of the series’ unevenness, patient viewers will be rewarded. 5. “Stand by Me” (1986). One thing the 80s got right was the coming-of-age story, possibly best exemplified by this film. While it may not be the most thematically subtle movie ever made (Nostalgia! Friendship!), it has a dynamite cast and is emotionally resonant in a way that many stories by King are not. Rob Reiner’s gentle direction makes you long for the days of your childhood, and Kiefer Sutherland reminds you of how bad bullies could be. 6. “Misery” (1990). Two words: Kathy Bates. She plays Annie Wilkes, the obsessive fan of a series of romance novels starring the title character, Misery Chastain. After rescuing the author, Paul Sheldon, from a car accident, she is horrified to realize that he plans to kill Misery off in the latest novel, therefore cutting the series short. What follows is a maelstrom of violence, tension and dread, directed by–oddly enough–Rob Reiner. Bates won an Oscar for her frightening performance. 7. “The Shawshank Redemption” (1994). While it is certainly not a horror film, Frank Darabont’s adaptation of the King short story is quite simply one of the best movies ever made. While the plot may be rather cliched, its nofrills presentation and compelling work by Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman that make it so great.
While the actor who portrayed d’Artagnan did a decent job of capturing the character’s naiveté and determination to become part of the Musketeers, it was hardly enough to maintain interest for the duration of the film. His act-
ing was that of a pretty boy action hero not quite as refined in pulling it off, and as Orlando Bloom is in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise. A combination of history, science fiction, action and comedy shoved the movie in too
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directors. From start to finish, the film is mailed in. You’d think that you could go into a mindless comedy expecting to laugh out loud more than once. But, from what I recall, I laughed exactly once. English falsely thinks that someone is impersonating the Queen of England and proceeds to beat her in the head with a serving tray. For what it’s worth, I’m not sure if I was laughing at the scene or the fact that I just sat through what had to be one of the least funny comedies I’ve ever seen. Skip this one if you can.
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Club creates niche for dancers from BALLROOM, page 7 “The group is a collective of people who dance in partnerships,” Tallcouch said. “Despite being all split into people who prefer and focus more on different dance styles, it’s still an awesome crew of people who all work really well with each other and are great to have as a team traveling to compete elsewhere.” Besides the social aspect, ballroom dance has a competitive team who compete in Ballroom Competitions in New England. The competition is split into smooth/standard and rhythm/Latin sections. Each of these divisions harbors different styles of dance. Smooth and standard have dances such as waltz, tango, foxtrot and quickstep. The rhythm and Latin dances consist of cha cha, rumba, samba, jive, swing, mambo and paso doble. These dances are specific to each of those four categories. In the general club practice, students learn all of the basic steps for these dances. For instance, when explaining waltz, Malek described the specific differences between the dances. He said waltz isn’t as rhythmic and sharp. You are trying to emulate the sound you hear with your body. The senses are all connected because the girls
have to be sensitive to where the guy will go, and the guy has to be clear and readable in his movement. There has to be body language communication in order for a dance to work.” As students continue to practice and familiarize themselves with the movements, they will improve. This learning process is part of the enjoyment. The challenge is inevitable in ballroom dance, and that is where competitions are great to partake in. Kayla Cardin, a member of the team and a 5th-semester music education major, asserts that she loves dancing because it is enjoyable and challenging. “Working with a partner is a great way to learn routines. When we start to put our own style… it’s interesting to see how differently we all interpret the music.” In a competition, one moves up the levels depending on the placement of each dance in each category. It starts with newcomer, then goes up to bronze, silver, gold, pre-champ and champ. As Cardin and many of the team members compete, they continuously support each other. Above all, as Arrow pointed out, the best part about ballroom is the friends you make.
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Students from the ART 1010 class creafe kolams outside of the UConn Art Building. Kolams are abstract or semi-abstract symmetrical designs created in India with flour, and are made at dusk or dawn to invite fortune into homes and businesses. The art students substituted chalk for flour to construct their drawings.
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most effective and scary when seen from beginning to end
from PARANORMAL, page 7 Though it may not be the last of the “Paranormal Activity” franchise, this movie summed up what was left unsaid in the previous two. So although it’s probably enjoyable without watching the others, it’s definitely better to have watched all three, which is bound be a topic for discussion. I still replay the scenes in my head when I’m alone and get the chills thinking about it. That’s
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what a makes a good horror movie: images that stick with you even after you leave the theater. I rate the movie a 7.5 out of 10 because the concept itself wasn’t groundbreaking but the way the events unfolded (the events themselves actually) tied in so well to the overall story while encouraging me to hold my friend’s hand throughout the whole movie.
Things fall apart a bit by the ending, though Goodman keeps the film together with anguished pain as the standoff grows more deadly and violent by the hour. Smith’s attempt at an ending apes the Coen Brothers’ “Burn After Reading” a bit too much; while it’s frequently laugh-out-loud funny, it undermines the tense hour that precedes it. However, the film ends on a final shot that’s satisfying and funny, almost too perfect for words. The gory thrill-ride that preceded it, as well, feels strong and is worth a watch, especially around Halloween.
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Will Ferrell wins top prize in humor
WASHINGTON (AP) – Will Ferrell, who refined his impersonation of President George W. Bush on “Saturday Night Live” and later took his presidential act to Broadway, was awarded the nation’s top humor prize Sunday night. The TV star went on to make movies and co-found the popular website FunnyorDie. com in a career that won the 44-year-old the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. It was the Bush impression, though, that might have made the Washington crowd laugh – and cringe – the hardest Sunday. “Washington is not a city
much known for its comedy – at least not the intentional kind,” said PBS news anchor Gwen Ifill, who mentored Ferrell on his journalistic skills for the movie “Anchorman.” She introduced a clip of Ferrell playing Bush in “You’re Welcome, America: A Final Night with George W. Bush” on Broadway. Dressed in a flight suit under a banner that read “Mission Accomplished” in a mock Oval Office he explained how Morocco had sent a special unit of 2,000 trained monkeys to fight terrorism “and make children laugh.” With that kind of comedy, Ferrell had accomplished something amazing, Ifill said.
“He got Democrats to pay and see and applaud George W. Bush,” she said. Conan O’Brien, Jack Black, Matthew Broderick, Ben Stiller and Billie Joe Armstrong from the rock band Green Day performed Sunday in Ferrell’s honor, joined by Molly Shannon, Tim Meadows and Andy Samberg from Ferrell’s “SNL” days. The show was taped for broadcast Oct. 31 on PBS stations nationwide. Black opened the show with a song-and-dance routine for his friend and tried to lead the crowd in chanting “Will, Will, Will, will rock you.”
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Improving Steelers bracing for “Prove it” weeks PITTSBURGH (AP)—The Steelers’ lengthy preseason is over. Finally. True, the defending AFC champions improved to 5-2 after a 32-20 win over Arizona on Sunday. Yet even they admit they haven’t exactly been dominant against a largely mediocre schedule. For an organization that lives by the mantra, “the standard is the standard,” there is a definite sense the Steelers aren’t quite the Steelers yet. “It’s good to get the wins, especially going on the road like this and to win, but for us on offense specifically, we want to continue improving,” quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said after throwing for 361 yards and three scores. “We are not satisfied with where we are at. We feel like we can still improve and that’s good. We need to have that mentality.” They better. Pittsburgh begins a daunting two-week stretch on Sunday against rested New England (5-1), which is 6-1 against the Steelers when Tom Brady is under center. For an organization that likes to save its
best football for December and beyond, there’s a sense of urgency in late October. “I’ve been here for most of those losses, (Brady) has had our number,” linebacker Larry Foote said Monday. “We have to try and correct that this Sunday.” Particularly if the Steelers want to put to rest the “old, slow … over” mantra that’s dogged them since a season-opening loss to Baltimore, which comes to Heinz Field on Nov. 6. Pittsburgh has righted itself with solid if not always spectacular play. And while it’s hardly complaining about a three-game winning streak, the Steelers also know the next two weeks are a significant step up in quality. New England and Baltimore have combined for nine wins. The five teams the Steelers have beaten have combined for just six victories entering Monday. It’s why coach Mike Tomlin didn’t get too high even after watching his team take command late in the third quarter after the Cardinals closed to within 17-14. Pittsburgh scored the game’s next 15 points to put the game away.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) scrambles under pressure from Arizona Cardinals linebacker Sam Acho (95) during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday in Glendale, Ariz. The Steelers won 32-20.
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UCLA’s Neuheisel knows his seat is heating up
UCLA's head coach Rick Neuheisel, center, talks on the headset during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against Arizona at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Ariz., Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011.
LOS ANGELES (AP)—For better and worse, not much is slick about Rick Neuheisel these days. The UCLA coach is no longer the flashy young offensive mastermind who engineered big victories and endured messy departures from his previous top jobs at Colorado and Washington. Neuheisel is now a profoundly earnest 50-year-old man in an old-fashioned sweater vest with a small Bruins helmet embroidered on the breast, looking very much like a direct coaching descendant of John Wooden, one of his idols. Slick Rick, the nickname once slapped on him by envious opponents and supporters alike, no longer fits a coach who has strived to do everything by the book at UCLA—and who might be five games away from losing his dream job anyway. “I don’t think that this is the end by any stretch of the imagination,” Neuheisel said Monday while the Bruins (3-4, 2-2 Pac-12) began preparations for California. “As a matter of fact, I look at it as a beginning, and look at it as a fantastic challenge that we should embrace. Adversity is nothing more than an opportunity camouflaged.” Neuheisel began his fourth season by acknowledging he’s on a hot seat, and his Bruins haven’t done much to cool it down in the last three months. After an embarrassing 36-point loss at Arizona last week punctuated by a brawl and six suspensions, Neuheisel might be nearly out of time to show enough progress to keep his dream job. Yet Neuheisel’s optimism is indefatigable. Even with four of his top receivers and two key linemen suspended, he spent the long weekend figuring out how to beat the Golden Bears on Saturday. “I’ve made it clear to everybody I
work for, I’m not going to give up,” Neuheisel said. “There is absolutely zero in the way of a throw-up-your-handstype mentality if you’re asking about me and anybody that works for me. I am committed. I am still as positive as ever. This is nothing more than camouflaged opportunity, and we are going to find a way to get this thing done right.” Neuheisel knows his 18-26 record at UCLA has alienated many fans and alumni who were confident the local boy would make good. Even his biggest detractors acknowledge Neuheisel has been a remarkable advocate for his school, running a largely clean program and landing three elite recruiting classes with his heartfelt sales pitches about the wonders of Westwood. None of it has translated into football success for UCLA, which hasn’t managed a significant conference victory in Neuheisel’s tenure. The Bruins finished no higher than eighth in the Pac-10 standings in his first three seasons, and they’ve alternated narrow wins with blowout defeats for most of this fall. UCLA’s 48-12 loss at Arizona was the lowest point yet, and not just because of the suspensions resulting from a fight that broke out when officials became distracted by a streaker. The Bruins returned from their bye week looking thoroughly unprepared to face the 1-5 Wildcats, who had just fired Mike Stoops. “I believe wholeheartedly that we can fix the things that were broken the other night,” Neuheisel said before obscurely citing “pad level on the defensive front” among the first corrections he hopes to make. A year after UCLA’s passing offense ranked among the NCAA’s worst, resulting in offensive coordinator Norm Chow’s expensive departure, the Bruins
have made only small improvements. UCLA is 11th in the Pac-12 with just over 211 yards per game despite trailing in several games, and the Bruins are 10th in the conference in total offense while alternating quarterbacks Kevin Prince and Richard Brehaut, who’s now out with a broken ankle. Neuheisel’s dedication to UCLA comes through in his plans for quarterback Brett Hundley and receiver Devin Lucien, two of his highestprofile recruits. Both are redshirting this season, and Neuheisel so far has resisted the urge to throw two major talents onto the field before they’re ready in a bid to save his own job. Lucien is almost certainly keeping his redshirt on, even though the Bruins could use all warm bodies at receiver this weekend. Hundley might get to play in the last few games, but only if Neuheisel thinks he’s “100 percent ready.” “I can’t make these decisions based on what’s best for my career,” said Neuheisel, a former UCLA quarterback himself. “I’ve got to make them based on what’s best for Brett and for UCLA. I’m excited to have him play, but I want to know he’s ready to play. I put Richard Brehaut in there too early a couple of years ago. I have too much respect for the young man and his family, and too much respect for the position to put him in there early.” Athletic director Dan Guerrero has sent mixed signals about his plans for Neuheisel, although the growing outcry from his alumni base is impossible to ignore. Guerrero repeatedly has said he didn’t hire Neuheisel for a shortterm job, and he insists he’ll wait until after the season to evaluate the coaching staff, ruling out the possibility of a midseason firing.
Cowboys RB Murray savors record rushing day
IRVING, Texas (AP)— Cowboys rookie DeMarco Murray ran himself into the record books and into an appointment with Tony Dorsett on Tuesday. His 253-yard performance against the Rams on Sunday drew a series of tweets — and a phone call—from Emmitt Smith, plus so many more calls and texts that more than 24 hours later Murray hadn’t even checked them all. “It’s crazy,” he said Monday afternoon, stepping out of a running backs meeting and into a series of media obligations. Murray had the kind of breakout game every player dreams of and few ever get to savor. In his sixth NFL game, and the first he was expected to have a big role, the third-round pick from Oklahoma ran 91 yards for a touchdown on his first carry of the afternoon. It was his first career touchdown and the second-longest in franchise history. He cracked 200 yards and passed Dorsett’s best day on his 22nd carry, then a few handoffs later outran the best day by Smith, the leading rusher
in NFL history, and any other Dallas player. His total was ninth-best in NFL history, behind a list of greats such as Walter Payton and O.J. Simpson, and current stars such as Adrian Peterson and Jamaal Charles. He also replaced Jim Brown for the most yards ever gained against the Rams, erasing a mark that had stood since 1957. When he got home, Murray didn’t even watch it, preferring to stick with the replay in his head. After watching the game film Monday, he emerged with this review: “There were some good runs, but there are definitely a lot of things I need to clean up.” The asterisk to Murray’s performance is that it came against the Rams, who already were ranked last in the NFL at stopping the run. Many of the holes he ran through were so big that Dorsett or Smith might’ve racked up more than 100 yards even at their current age and physical condition. So the challenge for Murray is having another strong performance, even “just” 100 yards,
against a better defense. And then there’s the real hallmark of the careers of Dorsett and Smith— doing it again and again, month after month, season after season. Smith alluded to as much in this tweet Monday: “In order to be the best, you must be consistent for a long time. Hopefully this is the start of things to come.” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett hit on the same theme in his dayafter review. “I think he ran hard,” Garrett said. “He certainly made some good cuts. His vision was good and he was able to stick his foot in the ground and run through some tackles. The other thing with a guy who hasn’t carried the ball that much to carry it 25 times in a game for that many yards, to have the endurance that he had throughout the ball game. … It’s just a sign of hopefully things to come. That’s not to suggest that he’s going to have these kinds of days. But the first opportunity he got to get the ball like he got it in college, he took advantage of it. Now he’s just got to keep taking the next step week to week.”
Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) cuts around St. Louis Rams middle linebacker James Laurinaitis (55) during the first half of the NFL football game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Sunday.
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UConn takes third and 19th at Head of the Charles Regatta
By Jimmy Onofrio Staff Writer
The UConn women’s rowing team raced two boats in the Club Eight division on Saturday at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston. The Huskies placed third and 19th out of 28 competitors. “Our goal that we set at the beginning of the fall for this race was to get top three, so were very happy to achieve that goal,” said coach Jen Sanford-Wendry after the race. The Head of the Charles was UConn’s first competition of the fall after weather conditions affected two other regattas. UConn’s first boat benefitted from the leadership of sophomore coxswain Charlotte Kelley, said Sanford-Wendry. Steering a
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good course was important in reaching the top 3 finish that the team sought. Saturday marked the best finish ever for a UConn boat in the Head of the Charles. According to coach Sanford-Wendry, the second boat rowed a strong course for the first two miles, but slowed down over the last mile. “We’ll walk away from that building off the good of the first two miles and trying to build that to three good miles next week,” she said. The Huskies will compete in their final race of the fall before entering winter training this weekend. The Head of the Fish Regatta in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., will pit UConn against teams from across New York and New England.
Panthers hand Canadiens sixth straight loss
Florida Panthers' Scottie Upshall, right, celebrates his goal against the Montreal Canadiens with teammates Dmitry Kulikov, left, and Jason Garrison during NHL hockey action Monday in Montreal.
MONTREAL (AP)—Jacob Markstrom got his first NHL victory and Scottie Upshall scored 5:02 into the third period to help the Florida Panthers extend Montreal’s losing streak to six with a 2-1 win over the Canadiens on Monday night. Markstrom made 40 saves in his second career start. Tomas Fleischmann scored a powerplay goal in the first for the Panthers, who won their second in a row to improve to 5-3. Montreal fell to 1-5-2, continuing its worst start in 70 years. It is the deepest the Canadiens have gone into a season with only one win since 1941-42, when they got off to a 1-10-1 start that included a pair of losses to the Brooklyn Americans. Erik Cole scored on a power play 3:08 in for his first Montreal goal. Backup Peter Budaj stopped 29 shots in his
Canadiens debut. Upshall deflected Dmitry Kulikov’s shot in midair, redirecting the puck past Budaj to give Florida its first lead. A video review upheld the goal. Both teams had new players picked up in trades in their lineups. Marco Sturm made his Florida debut after he was acquired along with Mikael Samuelsson from Vancouver on Saturday in a deal that sent David Booth and Stephen Reinprecht to the Canucks. Petteri Nokelainen played his first game for the Canadiens, who acquired him in a trade with Phoenix on Sunday. Cole got his first Montreal goal 3:08 in with a power-play tally that was originally credited to Max Pacioretty. The puck struck Cole in front of the net on its way past Markstrom after Pacioretty deflected Yannick Weber’s shot from the point.
Tepperman: Red Sox front Jets head into bye with winning feeling again office reeling at this point from BORING, page 14
New York Jets' Plaxico Burress (17) makes his second touchdown catch during the third quarter of an NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP)—Darrelle Revis strolled into the New York Jets’ locker room wearing a knitted hat decked out with dreadlocks and smiling from ear to ear. But, Halloween’s a week away. What’s with the costume party? “I’m celebrating it early,” the All-Pro cornerback said Monday with a laugh. “This is my Halloween outfit.” Ah, yes. Happy days are here again. Just like that, the Jets (4-3) have gone from gloom and doom to fun-loving again. Two wins in a week can do that sometimes, and Rex Ryan’s team is feeling loose and confident as it heads into the byeweek break on a two-game winning streak. First was a 24-6 win over Miami last Monday night, and then a 27-21 comeback victory over San Diego on Sunday. “The way we’re playing, the style of football that has been successful for us, we’re getting back to that,” safety Jim Leonhard said. “This is how we win. This is our blueprint.”
All of that talk about the season possibly spiraling out of control for the Jets has been replaced by the spunk and swagger that appeared to be missing just a few weeks ago. And, as usual, it all starts with Ryan. The mouthy coach took an inadvertent swipe at Chargers coach Norv Turner last week, and later apologized. But it was enough to create a coast-tocoast stir. Then, Ryan defended his secondary on Monday after San Diego tight end Randy McMichael said the Jets’ defensive backs aren’t “anything” and that the Chargers beat themselves—and had nothing to do with New York’s play. “Stay classy, San Diego,” a smiling Ryan said, stealing a line made famous by Will Ferrell’s character, Ron Burgundy, in the movie “Anchorman.” Jets players weren’t as low-key in their responses to McMichael’s comments, but were equally amusing. “When you’re up by 11 points in the fourth quarter and you can’t even finish the game up,
that shows what kind of team you are: a team that can’t finish,” said cornerback Antonio Cromartie, a former Charger. “And that’s been San Diego the whole time.” Added Leonhard: “He’ll have fun watching the tape today.” The Chargers blew an 11-point third-quarter lead, helped by 13 penalties and the Jets’ defense holding them to 1 for 7 on third downs in the second half. As for McMichael, he finished with three catches for 45 yards. “Nobody was worried about McMichaels,” Revis said. “Whatever his name is. McMichaels, McMichael. I don’t know his name.” Yep, this is once again the team the rest of the NFL has loved to hate the last two years, when the Jets rubbed people the wrong way all the way to two consecutive AFC championship games. “If we play like that,” Ryan said of the win over the Chargers, “we’re going to be tough to beat.” And even tougher to quiet. Ryan is known for making bold statements and outrageous proc-
lamations, and projecting a confident and cocky attitude that the team gravitates around. “I know there’s a coach that was saying (the players) don’t believe what I say,” Ryan said without identifying the coach. “Really? Oh, OK. I wonder who you talked to. No one in this locker room. It might not be the truth, but I tell them what I believe to be the truth. There’s a difference. But, I’m telling you what I think is a fact. “Sometimes, it doesn’t always work out that way.” Such as those Super Bowl guarantees Ryan has made before each of the last few seasons. In fact, Turner got back at Ryan for his swipe by issuing a playful jab of his own, asking if the Jets coach had the rings he would’ve won if he were the Chargers coach with the ones he has promised in New York. “I will no longer say the word `rings’ anymore, because of the `kiss Belichick’s rings’ stuff and the rings here with San Diego,” Ryan said jokingly. “I’m not going to use that word anymore.
McDonough: UMass needs to spend some for football from COLONIALS, page 14 is distance. They traded accessibility for a market. Amherst, a Western Massachusetts town in Hampshire County, is across the state from Foxboro. The home of the Patriots, spelled either Foxborough or Foxboro, is between Boston and Providence. Foxboro is certainly not the capital of Minutemen Country. According to Mapquest, the two best routes to drive from Amherst to Foxboro takes one hour and 55 minutes or two hours and 17 minutes. I wonder how many people are willing to make that drive from campus six Saturdays a year. Gillette Stadium holds over 68,000. They better have the tarp they use to cover seats at Revolution games ready. It makes me feel lucky that Rentschler Field is between 32 and 35 minutes from Storrs. The 10 extra minutes getting
into Hartford would’ve probably made the UConn faithful arrive later and leave earlier than they already do. But at least it isn’t a two-hour ride back to campus. This plan could backfire on UMass. Temple, who also competes in the MAC football conference, plays approximately 16 minutes from campus in Philadelphia. The Owls play at the Philadelphia Eagles’ stadium, Lincoln Financial Field. The only time they get over 15,000 people at a game is if they play Penn State or crosstown rival Villanova. I forsee this being the same with UMass. People in Metro Boston aren’t concerned with a UMass versus Buffalo game at Gillette. Heck, only 22,000 showed up to the Colonial Clash. There will be over 40,000 empty seats at most of their games. People in Boston care more about Boston College football
than UMass. And at this point, who really cares about B.C.? “New England’s team” in the ACC is 1-6 overall and 0-4 in the conference. The Eagles have dropped three straight, with their only win on the season a 45-17 win over the Minutemen. All the while, Gene DeFilippo, the delusional director of athletics, still thinks his team and athletics program as a whole is better than UConn’s. I have no fear of facing unemployment after graduation anymore because I’m expecting that Gene and I will face it together. And I’m sure Jeff Jagodzinski is saving Frank Spaziani a seat in the unemployed coaches’ line as well. “Big-time” programs make changes when teams are doing lousy. And I’m sure the administration isn’t pleased with how the football program has plummeted from obscurity to futility this season. Changes should be afoot. That is, if any-
one in Chestnut Hill has their head on right. Anyway, UMass may be known more for alumni in other sports (Jon Quick, goalie for the Los Angeles Kings, Marcus Camby and Julius Irving), but they do have a rich football tradition. The Minutemen won the 1998 Division 1–AA national championship, remains a competitive football school in the FCS and will make bowl games someday at the FBS level. They, however, dropped the ball on this one. Playing all their home games in Foxboro is a bad move. On their athletics website, a logo is featured ringing in the latest addition to FBS football. It reads: “UMass. Together We’re One. FBS Football.” Together, they will be one. As long as everyone is willing to fork over some extra gas money.
(Quick side note: why are the Cowboys considered to be “America’s Team?” I don’t know a single casual fan that doesn’t dislike them.) There was one quote that came to mind immediately after the game. Granted, I don’t consider Barstool Sports the go-to website for sports analysis, but I do think Jerry Thornton’s “Knee Jerk Reactions” segment is both entertaining and informative. And during his rant following the Pats’ Week 3 debacle against the Bills, there was one comment in particular that I thought was on the money: “Just once I want to see them win a game when Brady isn’t Superman. When he’s just Batman or Flash. …Or God forbid, Aquaman. The rest of them are so accustomed to him being Superman, if he gets a little Kryptonite slipped into his drink, the other units on the team are utterly incapable of carrying the load.” Well, last Sunday Thornton got his wish. Brady was far from Superman (he had a 2/2 touchdown/interception ratio, his QB rating was just 82.3 and he got sacked three times), and the offense could only muster 13 points before the fourth quarter. But, when Dallas got the ball back leading 16-13 with 3:36 to play, the defense was able to force a monster three-and-out. That set up Brady’s eventual game-winning drive, where the future Hall of Famer went 8-9 with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Hernandez. Now I’m not saying the defense is completely fixed based on shutting down a Tony Romo-led team in the fourth quarter. After all, the secondary has some holes and the team still struggles getting pressure on opposing quarterbacks. But for the first time this season – and really, that I can remember – the defense bailed the offense out and actually led the team to a victory over a quality opponent. That’s called progress. Boston Bruins: what’s causing the early season struggles for the defending champs? Anytime a professional team wins a championship, experiencing some sort of early season hangover isn’t uncommon. But a 3-5-0 start for the B’s? While it’s still far too early to be concerned, considering the recent Sox collapse, well let’s just say people in Boston are short with their panic buttons right now. I have three hypotheses on why the Bruins are struggling: No. 1: The team is still tired and banged up from the physical and emotion roller coaster that was last postseason. On top of an 82-game regular season that is grueling in and of itself, the B’s played three seven-game series during the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs, en route to capturing the franchise’s first title since 1972. Add in the fact that the players had just three months of
offseason before training camp began (Game 7 was June 15, camp began Sept. 15 … think about that) and it makes some sense that they’re a bit sluggish out of the gate. No. 2: The team lacks that same sense of urgency it had last year. After back-to-back disappointing finishes in 2009 and 2010, coach Claude Julien – along with players like Zdeno Chara or Tim Thomas, who returned from hip surgery to win back his starting spot last year – had a lot to prove in 2011. With a championship under their belt, the players and coaching staff might not be quite as motivated, at least not yet. No. 3: Championship hangover. Literally. It was well documented how hard several of the Bruins players (including a certain underage one) partied after they won the Stanley Cup. Maybe the players are still recovering? Regardless of the reason for the early struggles (my money is on No. 3), the Bruins will be fine. They return with nearly every key player from last year’s Cup-winning team, and guys like Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand (if and when they’re sober) should be even better. They’re far from locks to repeat, but come the 2012 playoffs, the B’s will be right back in the contender mix. Boston Celtics: umm? Get back to me when there’s a new CBA in place. Boston Red Sox: from bad to worse I was hoping not to have to talk about this team again until the offseason, but I can’t let the whole Boston Globe story go without commenting. Aside from the obvious problem – that the entire thing was based on anonymous sources – I can’t help but be disgusted with what was written about Terry Francona. Bringing Tito’s personal issues (most notably his struggling marriage his usage of pain killers), which may or may not have been related to the Red Sox’s collapse, into the article was completely unprofessional. This ownership has a history of trashing people on their way out the door. They did it to Nomar Garciaparra, arguably the greatest shortstop in Red Sox history, when he got moved at the deadline in 2004. They did it on an even greater level to Manny Ramirez in 2008. And while he deserved a lot of criticism for the way he handled himself that season, it was still excessive for a guy that helped lead the team to two World Series titles. But trashing the best manager in Red Sox history? The guy who helped break the curse, was a class act and even after his team quit on him refuses to throw any players under the bus? Inexcusable. Anyway, that’s all I have for this particular column. Hopefully there will be a bigger issue (aka I don’t write it last minute) to talk about for the next one.
TWO Tuesday, October 25, 2011
The Daily Question Q : “Will UConn women’s basketball finish the regular season in the Top 5?” A : “Is the Pope Catholic?” –Andrew Chan, 5th-semester economics major.
» That’s what he said “I’ll keep playing. I just need teams to call me. I can’t go play in the backyard by myself.”
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Volleyball (11-12) Oct. 29 Notre Dame 2 p.m.
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Nov. 12 Rutgers 2 p.m.
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Chile’s Esteban Salinas celebrates holding a man dressed as Leo, one of the Pan American Games mascots, after defeating the Dominican Republic during the men’s handball bronze medal match at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, Monday.
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Suh: Ryan’s brief injury was ‘karma’ for Falcons
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ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP)—Amid yet another flap over his on-field conduct, Ndamukong Suh is making some accusations of his own. The Detroit defensive lineman said Monday that Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan’s brief injury against the Lions was “karma” and hinted that the Falcons have been guilty of dirty play. Ryan tweaked a knee when offensive lineman Will Svitek stepped on his left ankle, but he came back in the game a short while later and helped Atlanta beat the Lions 23-16 on Sunday. “To me it’s karma for all the bad stuff they’ve done in the past,” Suh said. “Their offensive lineman hurt their own quarterback.” Atlanta players told the Atlanta JournalConstitution after that game that Suh and fellow defensive lineman Cliff Avril taunted Ryan while he was down. “I had respect for Suh before the game,” center Todd McClure said. “But when Matt was on the ground, the things he was saying and the trash he was talking was definitely uncalled for. There are certain things you don’t do. (He said), `Get the cart’ and several other things that I can’t repeat.” Wide receiver Roddy White said he lost respect for both Suh and Avril. Avril didn’t talk to reporters when Detroit’s locker room was open Monday, but Suh did— an unusual occurrence because he usually talks on Wednesdays. “There’s many, many, many plays that I can go back to on film that I watched all week that their offensive line has done, that they’ve been coached to do, as far as I know,” Suh said. “It’s not anything that’s not been said. It’s not anything that’s new. Those are things that they’re taught to do.” In about a season and a half with the Lions, Suh has already been hit with his share of fines for roughing up quarterbacks. He went on the offensive Monday — with the Falcons as his target. “I can go back,” Suh said. “There’s like a 13-15 play clip reel that we have that shows everything they’ve done. That’s not even counting our game.” Suh wasn’t specific about what he was accusing Atlanta of, but Detroit linebacker Stephen Tulloch went into a bit more detail. “If you watch the film, look across the Falcons’ offensive line,” Tulloch said. “They are late, cheap-shot guys who have been doing it ever since I’ve been playing against them, back when I was with Tennessee. They are chop-block guys. You watch the film and they are a real dirty team when it comes to the offensive line.” Suh also defended himself against the accusations of taunting Ryan.
Browns’ McCoy taking hits
BEREA, Ohio (AP)—One day after his offense scored just six points, Browns coach Pat Shurmur was careful not to criticize Colt McCoy. His quarterback had taken enough hits. On Sunday, McCoy was sacked five times, roughed up several more after making throws and hit during runs when he tucked the ball and took off from pressure in Cleveland’s 6-3 ugly win over the Seattle Seahawks. Shurmur had several players injured in the win. McCoy wasn’t one of them. “He’s fine,” Shurmur said. “I was just with him and he looked good. I didn’t see him run today, but he was walking straight.” Now it’s up to the Browns to keep him that way. McCoy has only been sacked 13 times in six games this season, but according to NFL.com, he has been hit 38 times, a number both he and Shurmur want to keep from growing much larger. It’s no coincidence that three teams whose quarterbacks have been hit most—St. Louis, Seattle and Miami—have been forced to play their backup QBs. Shurmur doesn’t believe McCoy has taken an inordinate amount of punishment. In a violent game where some players’ only objective is to get to the quarterback,
Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy (12) is sacked by Seattle Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday in Cleveland.
getting hit comes with the territory. Shurmur calls Cleveland’s offensive plays, and does so with his quarterback’s health in mind. “When you look around the league, in terms of quarterbacks getting hit, there are quarterbacks getting hit quite a bit,” Shurmur said. “(McCoy) has avoided some sacks. I try to make sure I call keeps and nakeds (bootlegs) to make sure I get him on the run and every once in a while he’ll take one there.
“Yesterday, we had a couple of screen calls where he gets rid of the football and then it’s kind of a glancing deal, so we try schematically to make sure we eliminate that.” McCoy, who ran for 31 yards on eight carries, came up limping after completing a screen pass in the third quarter. He hobbled to the sideline, and for a second it appeared he might be seriously injured. But McCoy came right back in, and showed no obvi-
ous signs of being injured as the Browns (3-3) got to .500 after six games for just the third time since 1999. There’s no doubt about McCoy’s toughness. The rest of his game isn’t so certain. Not surprisingly, McCoy’s play has been scrutinized to the tiniest detail this season. Every throw, every decision and every play have been analyzed ad nauseam. Such is the life of a quarterback, but especially in Cleveland, where fans have endured constant change at the vital position. Last week, Browns president Mike Holmgren was noncommittal when asked about McCoy’s future beyond this season. He said McCoy has his full support and Cleveland’s starting job for this year—only. The Browns will wait until after the season to evaluate McCoy and decide if he’s the future. On Sunday, McCoy said he had no problem with Holmgren’s plan. “I see that as a great thing,” said McCoy, who improved to 5-9 as a starter. “I think that’s how he sees every person on our team and if he wouldn’t have said it, I would have said the same thing. I evaluate myself after every game and especially after every season. You have to go back and look at things that were good and bad.
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Colonials clash for last time
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
HUSKIES WAVE THE WHITE FLAG UConn falls to the No. 13 Merrimack Warriors 5-0 By Willy Penfield Staff Writer
Matt McDonough The UMass football team lost in what was most likely the final Colonial Clash at Gillette Stadium between the Minutemen and New Hampshire. The Wildcats beat UMass for the second straight season at the home of the New England Patriots, this time by a score of 27-21. The rivalry between the schools is over. The Minutemen are coming to the FBS next season and joining the MAC conference. They open next season at Rentschler Field against UConn on Aug. 30. My guess is, although it’s not officially announced, the Huskies will be heading to the Bay State in the next few seasons to play at UMass. It makes me wonder what could’ve been. The Minutemen are not only leaving the FCS, but campus as well. They are ditching their digs in Amherst, leaving the 17,000-seat Warren P. McGuirk Alumni Stadium for greener pastures in Foxboro. It came as a surprise to many that UMass would not upgrade their home stadium to FBS standards, and instead play every home game at the home of the Patriots. The Huskies were once in the same boat. When Connecticut courted the Patriots to move to Hartford in the late 1990’s, UConn was part of the plan. We would’ve shared the proposed 70,000-seat stadium with the Patriots. Of course, the deal fell through, the Pats stayed in Massachusetts and won three Super Bowls. Because all oncampus sites were exhausted and the Patriots didn’t move to the banks of the Connecticut River, the Huskies play at Rentschler Field. A college football team playing in an NFL stadium isn’t the issue. A lot of NCAA teams pay rent at NFL stadiums. But for UMass, the issue
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Boring sports weekend in N.E. By Ryan Tepperman New England Sports Columnist This past weekend wasn’t exactly eventful in the New England sports world. The World Series (ahem, playoffs) doesn’t include Boston, the Patriots had a bye, the Bruins are less than 10 games into their season and aside from Kevin Garnett supposedly ruining labor negotiations with his death stare, no one has much of a clue where the Celtics players are these days. Therefore, with no single major topic to discuss, I’ve decided to discuss smaller issues with each New England team (this may also be my way of compensating for writing this article at the last minute – don’t tell that to my editor, though). New England Patriots: Is the defense getting better? First off, is there anything more disappointing than when your team is on its bye week? Maybe picking classes for the final time and realizing that you’ll be a real person in six months, but that’s about it. On the bright side, this gives us more time to analyze the Patriots’ 20-16, comeback win against Dallas last Sunday, which moved their record to an AFC best 5-1.
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Senior assistant captain forward Marcello Ranallo controls the puck during UConn’s preseason 7-4 win over Ryerson on Oct. 1 at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum in Storrs.
Looking to pick up its third win of the season, the UConn men’s hockey team traveled to No. 13 Merrimack on Saturday for a nonconference matchup. The Huskies (2-2-0) proceeded to get blanked by the Warriors (4-0-0), 5-0 as they failed to score for the first time this season. For the first 40 minutes of the game, UConn kept it within reach, trailing by a score of 2-0 heading into the third period but the Warriors opened it up in the final period. With 4:41 left in the third period, Karl Stollery put the Warriors up 3-0 and then Ryan Flanigan and Brendan Ellis scored a power play goal each in the final minutes of the game to put them up 5-0. Elliot Sheen and Jeff Velleca scored the other two goals for Merrimack. Reigning Atlantic Hockey Association Goaltender of the Week, Garrett Bartus, posted 27 saves as the Huskies were out shot 32-25 in the game. On Thursday night, UConn won an overtime thriller, 3-2, in Nashua, N.H. against UMass Lowell. UConn got out to an early 1-0 lead on a Miles Winter goal assisted by Kevin Tuohy and Corey Jendras, despite being outshot 10-5. Brent Harris put the Huskies up 2-0 on a power play goal in the second period before Michael Budd put UMass Lowell on the board. Early in the third period, UMass Lowell tied the game up to force overtime. Just 1:18 into overtime, Marcello Ranallo scored the game winner to give UConn its second win of the season. Bartus added 39 saves in the win. The Huskies are back in action on Thursday night in the home opener against Holy Cross at 7:05 p.m. at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum.
UConn drops Big East matches 3-1, 3-2
By Matt Stypulkoski Staff Writer
The UConn volleyball team dropped two matches on the road this weekend, falling to Villanova and Georgetown. After getting their first Big East win last weekend against St. John’s, the Huskies hit the road to continue their conference slate hopeful that they could make a push towards the top eight in the Big East in order to gain a spot in the conference tournament. But the Huskies floundered against Villanova in their opening match of the weekend, losing 3-1. Although they fought back to tie the match at one set apiece by beating the Wildcats 25-22 in the second set, the Huskies were unable to get much going throughout the day, dropping the next two sets to end the match. On Sunday, the Huskies jumped out to a two-sets-to-one advantage
against the Hoyas after dropping the first set 25-23 and then taking the next two by identical scores of 25-17. But UConn was unable to hold on to their lead, as they proceeded to lose a tightly contested fourth set 25-20. In the fifth and deciding set, the Huskies once again faltered, falling 15-11, coming up short of picking up a second conference win. The one bright spot on the weekend for the Huskies was that their usual contributors – Jordan Kirk, Mattison Quayle and Devon Maugle – all continued to play well, each posting at least 10 kills in both matches. With the two losses, UConn falls back below the .500 mark to 11-12 on the season, and 1-7 in the Big East. The team now returns home, as they take on Notre Dame and Depaul next weekend.
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Junior libero Kelsey Maving bumps the ball during UConn’s 3-0 loss to Syracuse on Oct. 2 at home at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs.
“Occupy Heinz” gains steam among WV fans
By Matt McDonough Sports Editor The UConn football team might have extra support when they visit Heinz Field and play Pittsburgh Wednesday at 8 p.m. on ESPN. “Occupy Heinz,” a movement started by West Virginia fans on message boards, may cause a stir in the stands. On Oct. 17, a Mountaineer fan posted, “Wonder if WVU fans could “Occupy Heinz” for their UConn game on ESPN next week? There is an “Occupy Pittsburgh” thing here (like Occupy Wall St.), so we could show up for the 1st quarter and cheer with UConn, etc and then walk out together near the end of the 1st quarter,” on BlueGoldNews.com. The poster, identified as John
Hall in an article in fans wear red t-shirts, the Pittsburgh Tribunechanting and unveiling Review, started a a WVU football banner. movement that gained Neither coach Paul popularity on fan Pasqualoni or the forums, Facebook Husky players were and Twitter over the aware of “Occupy Notebook Heinz” at the media last week. Although Hall told the Tribuneluncheon Friday. Review on Oct. 22 that he doesn’t “Are they really doing that? Oh know how many West Virginia that’s funny,” said Johnny McEntee. fans will occupy Heinz Field, he’s McEntee said the fact that there hoping for 2,000 Mountaineer fans are more fans cheering for the to come out in full force in the Huskies and rooting against the Steel City. Tickets were report- Panthers doesn’t matter. edly starting at $1 on StubHub “I think it’s fun, it doesn’t really last week. The motive behind it all affect me too much,” McEntee stems from the “Backyard Brawl” said. “I think it’s pretty funny and rivalry between the two schools I’m glad they’re cheering for us.” and Pitt’s recent acceptance into Other players on offense seemed the ACC. to feel the same way. Ideas for the occupation that “I don’t really care,” said Kashif were thrown around on hailwv. Moore. “If we are playing away, com included having West Virginia we are playing away. It doesn’t
matter whose in the crowd, we don’t really pay attention to that. It’s pretty funny though that they are going to do that, but we don’t really care.” Moore said the game won’t have a neutral-site feel even if there are more fans cheering for UConn. “If it’s just cause it’s West Virginia fans cheering because Pitt is leaving the conference that’s not really true fans,” Moore said. “We’re not really going to pay attention to that.” Center Moe Petrus doesn’t mind extra noise in the Huskies’ favor, even if it’s coming from West Virginia fans. “We played West Virginia already, that game’s done,” Petrus said. “There’s nothing we can do about that now so if they want to come out and cheer for us that’ll be fun.”
When a reporter informed Pasqualoni of “Occupy Heinz,” the coach laughed. “That’s the first I’ve heard about it,” Pasqualoni said. “We’re in favor of every fan we could get rooting for us, regardless of where or who it is, we’ll take it,” Pasqualoni added. The Mountaineers defeated the Huskies at home 43-16 on Oct. 8 and will play the Panthers in Morgantown on Nov. 25. West Virginia is 5-2 (1-1 Big East) while UConn is 3-4 overall and 1-1 in the conference. Pitt, who has the same overall and conference record as the Huskies, drew 43,719 people in their last home game. Heinz Field, also home to the Pittsburgh Steelers, holds over 65,000 fans.