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WVU to the Big 12 not a done deal MORGANTOWN, W.V. (AP) — No decision was made by the Big 12 to add West Virginia, Louisville is still a candidate to replace Missouri in the conference and a decision about expansion is not expected before next week, a person with knowledge of the Big 12’s discussions told The Associated Press. The person spoke Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the Big 12’s internal discussions are being conducted privately. West Virginia appeared to be the choice of the Big 12 presidents after a Monday board of directors’ meeting, but now Big East rival Louisville is back in the picture. The person said “no real decision was made on Monday” and the Big 12 is not committed to any school. Missouri is likely leaving the Big 12 for the Southeastern
Conference. The person said Big 12 officials are not holding out hope that Missouri will stay, but said West Virginia and Louisville should not be considered finalists to become the Big 12’s new 10th member. “Those two certainly have been discussed a lot,” the person said. “And I wouldn’t rule out other schools just yet.” BYU also has been considered as a potential new member of the Big 12. The person said no meetings have been set up with Big 12 officials and schools outside the conference. “We’re still discussing among ourselves,’ the person said. Big 12 leaders have been considering possibly expanding back to 12 members, the number it had before Colorado and Nebraska left after last season and Texas A&M announced earlier this month that it was moving to the SEC. The Big 12
has already replaced the Aggies with TCU, a move that hurt the beleaguered Big East. TCU was set to leave the Mountain West Conference to join the Big East in 2012, but was instead diverted by the Big 12 to reunite with former Southwest Conference rivals Texas, Baylor and Texas Tech. But the person said it is unlikely the Big 12 would go that route and invite both West Virginia and Louisville in the process. There were media reports that Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell reached out to Big 12 officials to lobby for Louisville and that helped put the brakes the move to invite West Virginia. “There’s been outside influences for every school,” the person said. “Everybody’s politicians are calling. I don’t mean that in a negative way. They’ve all been positive and no one has tried to coerce anybody into anything.”
West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller, who is chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, which has oversight of sports, released a statement Wednesday saying that he, too, is involved. “The Big 12 picked WVU on the strength of its program— period. Now the media reports that political games may upend that. That’s just flat wrong. I am doing and will do whatever it takes to get us back to the merits,” he said. West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, in a statement emailed to the AP, said an investigation might be in order. “If these outrageous reports have any merit—and especially if a United States Senator has done anything inappropriate or unethical to interfere with a decision that the Big 12 had already made—then I believe that there should be an investigation in the
Could you handle being buried alive?
Now What? Lecture focuses on Middle East
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Brianna Jackson, a 1st-semester anthropology major, braved The Last Ride, a burial simulator brought to UConn by the SUBOG Daytime Committee yesterday.
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U.S. Senate, and I will fight to get the truth. West Virginians and the American people deserve to know exactly what is going on and whether politics is interfering with our college sports,” he said. Meanwhile, the Big East continues to try to rebuild a football conference that has already lost two of its longest tenured members, Pittsburgh and Syracuse (to the Atlantic Coast Conference), along with member-to-be, TCU. The league has been trying to add six schools—Boise State, Air Force and Navy just for football and Houston, SMU and Central Florida in all sports—to its existing six of West Virginia and Louisville (at least for now), Connecticut, Rutgers, South Florida and Cincinnati to become a 12-team football league. Now it might be in the market to replace another member, though for which one remains unclear.
By Christine Peterson Staff Writer When someone dies, they’re put in a coffin and buried in the ground, but at least they won’t be alive to experience it. On Wednesday, the SUBOG (Student Union board of governors) hosted “The Last Ride.” This virtual experience takes the participant, or victim in some cases, through the process of being buried alive. A true-to-life coffin was set up in Student Union Rm. 104, but it is more than just a coffin. It is hooked up as a ride, so whoever is in the coffin, has every sense assaulted; zero visibility, the smells of roses, dirt and decay all around, and the movement and sounds of the coffin being taken to the grave and
then lowered in, finally to be covered with dirt. For all intents and purposes, the participant feels as if they are being given their “last ride”. This is the first year for the event on campus, put on by the Party Vision company, and paid for by SUBOG. “We were looking for something different for Halloween, and we wondered what it’d actually be like to be buried alive,” said Markie Theophile, a member of SUBOG, and the organizer of the event. “My advisor actually told me about it. I did some research on it, and it looked really cool,” Theophile said, who also joined the students brave enough to take the ride. For the ones too scared to get in the coffin, there were candy apples,
brownies and drinks available, and they could watch on the Casket CAM as coffin’s occupant takes their disturbing trip to the cemetery, and watch their reactions. Participants are given a rose to hold as the lid is shut. Inside the casket, you are still alive, but the animated voices of the Cockney gravediggers treat you like you are dead. They can hear them say, “Well this one’s a portly one,” as they lift you into the hearse to be driven to the graveyard. Participants rock back and forth as their coffin is shaken by the reckless driving of the hearse-driver. In the coffin you can smell the smell of the car as they make their way to their fate.
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Professor Daniel Kurtzer of Princeton University gave a talk, entitled “Now what? Prospects for Peace and Democracy in the Middle East,” on Wednesday, Oct. 26th at 4 p.m. at the Konover Auditorium in the Dodd Center. The former ambassador to Egypt and Israel discussed the state of affairs in the Middle East, and did not try to act as a fortuneteller. “The region is pretty dynamic and a lot is changing. It would be arrogant of us to think we could forecast what could happen in the coming months, given everything that has happened in the past year,” Kurtzer said bluntly, referencing the revolutions that have swept across the Arabic world. Professor Jeremy Pressman found Kurtzer well informed on the subject of Middle East politics, and as “having wide breadth of knowledge on a range of subjects.” Pressman also noted Kurtzer’s fairly blunt and direct approach to the topic at hand. “We see these revolutions happening on the television, getting updates from Twitter and other social networking sites, but Kurtzer goes against this pacing,” Pressman said. “He understands that although we get this information at such a high rate, there is no way of us being able to use all of this knowledge to predict what happens next. It takes time.” Ben Kulakofsky, a 7th-semester anthropology major, shared similar sentiments, saying, “Kurtzer was really pragmatic in his approach. The fact that he was not an idealist showed me views that are usually lost in highly politicized debates on policy in the Middle East.”
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Man pleads guilty to 8 robberies in Del., Conn.
DOVER, Del. (AP) — A New Castle man has pleaded guilty eight counts of robbery and other offenses in crimes against merchants in Delaware and Connecticut. Fifty-one-year-old Ronald Brockenbaugh waived indictment and entered the plea this week. According to a plea deal, Brockenbaugh will be sentenced to 15 years in prison in February. According to court documents, Brockenbaugh robbed six businesses in Delaware and two in Greenwich, Conn., between December and March. At the last crime in Connecticut, a witness saw the license plate of a car Brockenbaugh was driving.
Man charged with gutting deer in Conn parking lot
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — A 37-year-old Connecticut man has been charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly gutting a deer in a Middletown parking lot near Wesleyan University. The Middletown Press reports (http://bit.ly/uwjEe4 ) that Lawrence Massey of Berlin was arrested Monday after witnesses reported that he was using a hunting knife to “field strip” the deer in an apartment complex parking lot near the Green Street Arts Center. Massey told police he had found the carcass on the side of Route 9, loaded it into his minivan and was showing his sons how to prepare the carcass. Police say Massey was holding a knife and had both arms covered in blood. They say he cleaned up the mess and loaded the remains into his minivan. He’s due in court on Nov. 11.
Police ID Conn. construction worker killed in fall
Authorities have identified the construction worker who died after falling more than 50 feet at a Stamford construction site. Stamford police identified the man as 36-year-old Javier Salinas of Danbury. He was working on a roof at the Chelsea Piers sports complex when he fell Tuesday afternoon. He landed on pavement and died at the scene. The Advocate of Stamford reports (http://bit.ly/uZzL9A) that police Capt. Richard Conklin said preliminary interviews with witnesses indicate Salinas did not wear a harness or straps while on the roof. Police say federal workplace safety officials have shut the site as they investigate.
Senate passes UConn lab bill
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Senate has passed legislation authorizing nearly $219 million in bonding to help build a $1.1 billion research laboratory at the University of Connecticut in Farmington. The bill passed the Democratic-controlled Senate Wednesday along party lines, 21-14. Republicans urged Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to renegotiate the deal with The Jackson Laboratory of Maine, arguing the state had not done its due diligence to make sure the taxpayers are financially protected. Jackson, a nonprofit, independent organization, has promised 320 jobs over 10 years, for a total of 661 over 20 years. The GOP has questioned the number of estimated long-term and indirect jobs — 6,900 — and the decision to ultimately turn the lab over to Jackson.
Conn. protesters seek to recruit college students
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Protesters in Connecticut who are angry at corporate America hope to mobilize support in colleges and universities with a rally at the state Capitol. The Hartford Courant reports (http://cour.at/tLqFEz ) that students are expected to walk out of class at 2 p.m. Thursday and meet with Occupy Hartford protesters. Paul Talbot, who has been involved with the protests, says protesters want to get the attention of the legislature and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Protesters say issues may include tuition increases, student debt and the lack of jobs for college graduates. Talbot says Occupy Hartford has sent invitations to several colleges and universities, and has received interest from students at Central Connecticut State University, Trinity College, University of Hartford, University of Connecticut and Wesleyan University.
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Countdown to commenecement kicks off By Louisa Owen Sonstroem Campus Correspondent Hundreds of UConn seniors crowded the doors of Rome Ballroom Wednesday afternoon, collecting navy blue t-shirts, handouts and advice for the post-college years. The Countdown to Commencement event was organized by the Senior Transition and Engagement Programs (STEP), UConn Co-op and Alumni Association. The event, STEP director Dan Doerr said, was designed to both celebrate and assist seniors as they work toward and beyond graduation. Countdown to Commencement is “an opportunity to recognize seniors, and a chance to get seniors to start thinking about life after college,” he said. Students browsed more than 20 tables spread around the room, collecting information and giveaways while conversing with the representatives of various organizations. An estimated 1200 seniors were expected to be in attendance. Free items and food were plentiful. In addition to the senior t-shirts available at the entrance, students could pick up free senior buttons. The buttons were meant to display senior spirit, but they also provide access to special benefits at events such as the Midnight Breakfast and One-Ton Sundae. Dining Services hosted a cooking demonstration, complete with samples, to educate seniors about preparing meals. Refreshments were also available at the center of the room, and students sat at tables, chatting and eating. Dunkin’ Donuts gave away free samples. Groups of friends posed at a photo booth in a back corner; the photos were
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made into picture key chains. Alexa Styrczula, a 7th-semester English major, and Morgan Maneely, a 7th-semester economics major, sat together at a table. Styrczula attended the event, “for the t-shirts and the free food,” she said. “You get to see everyone,” Maneely said. Styrczula nodded and looked around. “I didn’t realize it would be so crowded. The line was out the door,” she said. The STEP table offered complementary books entitled “Life After Graduation: Your Guide to Success.” These books included tips on finances, employment and post-graduation college resources. The table also gave out information about the Senior Year Experience events and course. UConn Alumni Association representatives spoke with students about the Senior Year Access Pass, available for $30, which provides
members with a series of benefits, both for senior year and beyond. “I’m just so excited that seniors are seeing the value that the Alumni Association can offer, preand post-graduation,” said Cynthia Bidorini, director of membership for the Alumni Association. Bidorini stressed the importance of the Association, which “represents the 225,000 alumni” who are part of the Husky Alumni Network, and who “are all here to help current seniors.” These alumni are available to mentor, answer questions, and assist in networking. The Registrar’s, Bursar’s and Financial Aid Offices were each represented, supplying logistical information and advice in their respective areas. Wellness and Prevention Services provided advice and handouts for those seeking optimal health and wellbeing. Career Services had giveaways and information about their résumé and interview critique services as well as their career
counseling services. Tables also covered the UConn Foundation, Off-Campus Student Services, Hartford Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs (HYPE), Nutmeg Yearbook, Senior Portraits and Jostens class rings. The Co-op table offered information about cap and gown ordering, and representatives of UConn’s Graduate School were present to answer questions. Kaplan Educational Centers, People’s United Bank and Liberty Mutual provided information about their services. Both Bidorini and Doerr said that seniors who were unable to attend Countdown to Commencement could still take advantage of many of these resources. Bidorini said that seniors can visit the Alumni Center to obtain senior access passes, and Doerr advised seniors to watch out for STEP’s Senior E-News. In addition, Doerr said, there will be a similar event in the spring.
Students taught by NEAG alumni score higher on CMT
By Katherine Tibedo Campus Correspondent A recent study showed students taught by Neag School of Education alumni score significantly better on the math section of the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT). The study preformed by Mary Yakimowski, director of assessments for the Neag School of Education, and Mary Truxaw, an associate professor in mathematics education, examined the CMT results of 12,047 students in grades three through eight from five districts in CT. The findings were based on five ways of looking at the scores: the total raw score, the domain scores, the strand scores, the proficiency level scores and the vertical scale scores. In all areas, students taught by Neag alumni had higher average scores than those taught by teachers educated at other schools. For example, proficiency scores are broken up into five categories: below basic, basic, proficient, goal and advanced. The No Child Left Behind Act looks to see if the majority of students statewide are achieving a score within the proficient proficiency level. Results from this study showed that in Connecticut, 91.2 percent of students taught by Neag alumni score within the proficient level verse only 80.2 percent of students taught by teachers educated at other schools. More over, 39.8 percent of students taught by Neag alumni had a score within the advanced proficiency level verses only 27.2 percent of students taught by teachers educated at other schools. “I think they do better because Neag better prepares them to teach students, they’re prepared to meet a classroom,” Ann Taylor, a 1st-semester pre-education major said about the results.
Yakimowski and Truxaw were further able to isolate students’ performances based on whether or not they were taught by Neag alumni by using a vertical scale. A vertical scale looks at students’ scores over time allowing the researchers to control for previous math education, focusing only on the students’ education from that year’s teachers. Domain and strand scores provided further evidence of how student taught by Neag alumni preformed better. Domains refer to five skill sets tested on the math CMT. Strands refer to subcategories within each of those domains. “What we found is that across all strands in mathematics, the pupils of UConn alumni were equal to, but most likely exceeding, the scores of pupils of teachers educated elsewhere,” Yakimowski said. Yakimowski credited the high performance of students taught by Neag alumni to the hands-on approach in the Neag program that puts students out in the classroom as early as junior year, thus providing students with the opportunities to be in the schools to see how teaching is done. She discussed how this method was part of focusing on teaching Neag students how to teach, rather than just teaching them the subject they will eventually teach. The results from this study will be used to further assess the Neag curriculum. While Yakimowski said she is pleased with the verification of the strength of the Neag program, the study also revealed areas that need improvement on. “We have an assessment culture within the Neag school,” she said. A key characteristic of this assessment culture is ‘continuous improvement.’ In this study, we found our teacher education program to be very effec-
tive; but, we’re not satisfied. We will always look for areas in this program to further improve..” The results of the study will affect Neag in different ways Shawn Kornegay, Neag director of Marketing and Communications, said while about the study. She explained how the study will make alumni proud, because it shows additional validity of the program and highlights their teaching skills and the strength of the education program offered at the school. Prospective and current students will also be able to hear and learn about the study at college and major fairs, as well as on Neag’s website, Twitter, and Facebook. “It just shows that we have a quality program and having research… to verify that, helps support that we have a very strong program, with how the teachers themselves are prepared,” said Kornegay. While the math section of the CMT’s was the focus for this first study. Yakimowski is currently applying the techniques of this study in a new study on the reading CMT scores of students taught by Neag alumni verse students taught by teacher’s educated elsewhere. At the moment, the CT Board of Education has only approved vertical scales for math and reading, thus hindering further studies in other subjects. Also, Yakimowski recognizes the CMT test is only one aspect of a pupil’s education. “We know that a test only gives you one indication of pupils’ performance, and there are other aspects of it,” she said. Yakimowski hopes to continue this research agenda by examining other performance measures that look beyond test scores.
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Lecture focuses on democracy and peace Last Ride simulates burial from COULD YOU, page 1 from NOW WHAT, page 1 Kurtzer cited an internal assessment of the region by Arab analysts who drew conclusions about the lack of freedom of speech and assembly, along with poor education systems and the lack of women’s empowerment. Moving from what caused the Arab Spring uprisings, Kurtzer addressed what the United States should do in response to the current situation, namely trying to find a balance between stability RACHEL WEISS/The Daily Campus and change, using Egypt as Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer of Princeton University gave the talk, “Now what? Prospects for Peace and Democracy in the Middle East” his example. “When addressing the pro- at the Konover Auditorium yesterday. tester’s situation in Egypt, ∂Barack Obama seemed to The rest of the lecture and Hezbollah in wars and regional players, they have support the people one day was dedicated to the Arab- violent acts were ever increas- thrown the ball into the U.S.’s and Egyptian President Hosni Israeli conflict, where he ing, perpetuating fears that if court. It’s time to act as the Mubarak the other, often con- delved into the prospects for peace was not realized soon third party we are. We can set fusing people, but offering a peace. Going into the story enough, things could get out parameters. We can set behavtelling fact that he was trying of Yitzhak Rabin, prime min- of hand. Both Arab countries iors expected out of everyto promote those ideas of self- ister of Israel, he basically and Israel were also worried body. We need to get serious determination and democracy. described peace as an impor- about Iranian influence in the and decide what kind of role Ideas America was founded tant strategic objective, not region. we want to play in the Middle on, and on the other hand, peace for peace’s sake. The Kurtzer ended the lecture by East.” trying to address the United same thing happened to Saudi presenting a challenge. States’ national security inter- Arabia and other countries in “The United States needs ests and strategic presence in the Arab world. The growth of a strategy, and even though the region.” non-state actors like the PLO peace is ultimately up to Robert.Fullam@UConn.edu
Edwards’ lawyers ask judge to throw out charges
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Lawyers for John Edwards worked Wednesday to undercut the federal government’s criminal case against the former presidential candidate before it ever gets to a jury. Edwards is scheduled to be tried in January on charges that he asked two wealthy campaign donors to provide nearly $1 million in secret payments used to hide his pregnant mistress as he sought the Democratic Party’s nomination for the White House in 2007 and early 2008. In a hearing to consider five motions seeking the dismissal of the case, lawyer Abbe Lowell said his client knew nothing of the checks, cash and private jets used to fly the woman, Rielle Hunter, across the country and put her up in luxury homes and hotels. But even if Edwards did know, Lowell told U.S. District Court Judge Catherine C. Eagles, no laws were broken. “Criminal laws are supposed to be written in Congress,” Lowell said. “They should not be written on the desks of prosecutors who decide after the
fact what is to be permissible.” Eagles asked both parties to return on Thursday for additional questions, but she didn’t indicate whether she intended to rule on any of the motions at that time. Edwards sat quietly at the defense table as his lawyer called the government’s case “crazy.” Lowell argued there is no statute or precedent in federal law where a campaign contribution is defined as money “provided by a third party to another third party” that never went through a campaign account. In Edwards’ case, the money was provided by his national campaign finance chairman, Texas lawyer Fred Baron, and campaign donor Rachel “Bunny” Mellon, a millionaire socialite who at the time was 98 years old. Both had already given Edward’s campaign the maximum $2,300 individual contribution allowed by law. Much of the undisclosed money was funneled to Andrew Young, a close aide to Edwards who left the campaign and falsely claimed paternity of the senator’s illegitimate child.
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Young and his wife invited the pregnant Hunter to live in their home near Chapel Hill and later travelled with her as tabloid reporters sought to expose the candidate’s extramarital affair. “Whether John Edwards is a candidate for president or a guy down the street, there are a lot of people who don’t advertise they’re having a sexual affair,” Lowell said. As an example, he cited former U.S. Sen. John Ensign, R-Nevada, whose parents gave a $96,000 check to his married mistress as “severance” when she left the employment of his campaign. Federal Elections officials later determined the payment was a personal gift, not a campaign contribution. Prosecutors countered Wednesday that they intend to prove Edwards knew full well about the money paid by Baron and Mellon and that he personally directed its use to support Hunter. He was not a cheating husband trying to hide his affair from his wife, they argued, but a public figure who had built his reputation as a family man desperate to keep his campaign from blowing up.
“We have a candidate who asked two donors for money,” said David Harbach II, one of the federal prosecutors, told the judge. “That candidate doesn’t insulate himself from liability because someone else cashes the checks.” Edwards’ defense team also questioned to role of former U.S. Attorney George Holding, who supervised a more than 2-year investigation of Edwards utilizing more than 50 FBI agents and an estimated three-dozen federal lawyers. Lowell said Holding, Republican appointed by President Bush to oversee prosecutions in the state’s eastern district, was motivated by partisan political gain to take down Edwards. Holding also contributed money to Edwards’ opponents in the 1998 U.S. Senate race and in 2004, when Edwards was the Democratic nominee for vice president. Before the “ink was even dry on the indictment” against Edwards, Lowell said, Holding had announced his candidacy for Congress in 2012.
With a screech and a stop, the hearse comes to a standstill, and the coffin is lifted to the open grave. The gravediggers take neigh care and ceremony with them as they toss you six feet into the dirt hole, then cover the casket in dirt, which they can hear hitting the lid. It’s silent now, for a few moments, until the bugs come, and movement at their feet that shocked some people to a scream. Smells of grass and dirt envelops them, completing the experience. The lid then lifts, shining in the bright light, and the ride is over. “It was good; it smelled weird, and it was very claustrophobic,” said Alivia Rhault, the first to enter the coffin. There were some who did not want to get into the coffin, but a lot of people went in and experienced the awesome ride. “It was good; the driver of the hearse was driving like a race car. I thought it was enjoyable,” said John Landock. Then there was the opposite side of the spectrum.
HONOLULU (AP) — Three Hawaii-based Marines accused of hazing a fellow Marine who later committed suicide in Afghanistan will be tried in a general court-martial, the Marine Corps said Wednesday. A trial date for Sgt. Benjamin E. Johns, Lance Cpl. Jacob D. Jacoby and Lance Cpl. Carlos Orozco III has not been set. The three are charged with wrongfully humiliating and demeaning 21-year-old Lance Cpl. Harry Lew, who killed himself April 3. The two lance corporals have also been charged with assault, and one was charged with cruelty and maltreatment. A general court-martial is a forum for the most serious charges in the military justice system. Less serious charges may be addressed in summary courts-martial or a special courts-martial. Lew, of Santa Clara, Calif., was a nephew of U.S. Rep. Judy Chu of California. Brig. Gen. Frederick Padilla, 3rd Marine Division commander, decided the case should go to trial, Lt. Col. Curtis Hill, a spokesman for Marine Corps Forces Pacific, said in an email. “The Marine Corps prides itself on holding its members to the highest levels of accountability. The Marine Corps does not tolerate hazing of any kind,” Hill said. “When allegations
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of hazing are made, they are investigated and if substantiated, appropriate corrective action is taken.” An Article 32 hearing — similar to a civilian grand jury hearing — was held regarding the charges last month. The hearing depicted a squad of Marines actively fighting on the front lines while at the same time trying to cope with a habit Lew developed of falling asleep on watch duty. Lew fell asleep four times in the 10 days he spent at Patrol Base Gowragi, a remote outpost in Afghanistan. Because Lew’s life and the lives of his fellow Marines depended on him being awake and alert, several Marines in his squad grew increasingly frustrated with the dozing. Lew’s leaders tried various approaches to keep him awake, including taking him off patrols so he could get more rest, according to testimony at the hearing. But on Lew’s last night, those efforts escalated into alleged acts of violence and humiliation, according to the charges heard. The Marines are accused of punching and kicking him, making him do pushups and pouring sand in his face. Commanders in retrospect said Lew’s sleeping may have been a symptom that he was suffering from depression or some other medical condition.
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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
College presidents need not resign to cut costs
here are creative ways to save a university money and then there are head-scratching attempts like the one at Sierra Nevada College. Last week, the president of the private liberal arts college resigned, claiming that the school could not afford his salary. “It was clear where reductions had to occur,” President Richard Rubsamen said. “I need to lead by example and practice what we teach.” Though Rubsamen’s desire to sacrifice personal comforts for the university’s well-being is noble, stepping down is not the best financial choice for any college president. At Sierra Nevada specifically, the position of college president won’t be eliminated upon Rubsamen’s departure. The current provost will simply step in and accept a pay cut. Instead of resigning, Rubsamen could have taken a page from our president, Susan Herbst, or his own successor, and cut his pay. This option would have involved a measure of self-sacrifice without forcing himself into unemployment or burdening the school with finding a permanent replacement. Why put the school through the expensive hassle of transitioning from one administration to another? Universities can and should consider whether their top administrators earn excessive salaries. At the same time, they cannot deny the tremendous value that presidents create. A president is more than the university’s public face who leads the campus community – he or she appeals to donors for vital financial support. Without a president working on the endowment as the top priority, a university would fall into financial hardship. Public universities, such as UConn, are struggling with declining state support. In part to counteract the resulting budget crisis, these institutions work on building up their endowments. Having a charismatic president who understands the need for outreach with alumni and other donors is essential in maintaining the quality of higher education. If Rubsamen had his way and the position of president was eliminated, the financial impact would be unimaginable for his small, but growing private college. Furthermore, the burden for reforming university finances should not fall solely on the president. The UConn Foundation Inc. is the primary means through which the university raises private gifts and grants. Other universities, both public and private, should consider establishing similar organizations. However, the fundraising work in which these organizations engage does not at all detract from the university presidents. At UConn, both the Foundation and Herbst focus on raising the endowment, and the absence of either would severely hamper fundraising efforts. Another way for the university to save money without sacrificing the office of president is through staff and administrative cuts. Sierra Nevada College will actually be implementing these changes despite Rubsamen’s departure. According to the college’s communications director, staff and administration workers are accepting a five to 10 percent pay cut. Saving or raising money for the university is a worthy goal, but it’s not solely the president’s responsibility – just as it isn’t the student body’s. No one individual bears the burden of solving the university’s fiscal woes. The president, administrative and staff can all work together to save money without the head jumping ship. 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.
Really? Someone is logged into Connect for Psychology as ‘Kemba Walker’? After a little reasearch, I found that ketchup can be used to make Pruno, or prison wine. I’m on to you, Ketchup Boy. To the girl who walked into class 20 minutes late clomping loudly in heels: way to be subtle. Did anyone else notice Geno tweeted #everyidiothasanopinion to a Notre Dame fan last week? I would be the InstantDaily for Halloween if I got into it on Monday. You know you’re procrastinating when you just keep submitting to the InstantDaily over and over in one sitting. Doing laundry on campus is like trying to meet a girl. You have to try to figure out which ones are available and which ones aren’t, and in the event that none are available, you have to wait and make sure you’re around when one opens up so no one else can put their stuff in before you do. The wheels on the bus go round and round... except Blue 3. I think Pitt just scored again.
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Enrollment ends but is not an endpoint
tep one: Type “go.uconn.edu,” click “StudentAdmin” and fill in the boxes next to “Student ID” and “Password.” That stupid password I had to change at least a thousand times a year. “Hey student! Please choose an absurd password with 17 letters, six numbers and three symbols that you’ll never ever remember. Thanks!” Why did I have to keep changing my password? Was someBy Ryan Gilbert one really going Associate Commentary Editor to devilishly hack into my account and pay my fee bill for me? I’d have been OK with that. Step two: Click “Login” and wait until the little blue box appears. “Self-Service” followed by “Student Center” followed by “Search.” Filling out the search criteria form always energized me. On the other side of that electronic form was my future filled with infinite possibilities and a handful of frustrations. Why did every course I wanted to take meet at the same time on the same day in the same hallway of the same building? Finding the right balance between major requirement courses and electives was an art in and of itself. Step three: University of Connecticut. Course subject? Journalism. Campus? Storrs. Click “Search.” I’d seen the results from entering in this information at least a dozen times before, but I still always hoped for surprises. Maybe my favorite professor would be teaching all
the courses I wanted to take. Maybe new courses were going to be offered. Maybe new professors and advisors were joining the department. Maybe I’d need a permission number for some obscurely named course I’d never heard of before. So many maybes.
“The moment you click ‘enroll’ for the last time will feel like having a submarine lifted off your shoulders...before promptly falling back on top of you...” The activity of clicking through the online course catalog, pouring over the descriptions, selecting classes, filling up my enrollment shopping cart, eagerly awaiting my pick day and time and, at long last, enrolling in courses for a new term has always been one of my favorite things to do as an undergrad. I just did it for the last time. Over the next few days, many of you will be choosing your courses, going to your advisement sessions, getting your bars lifted, filling out your plans of study and talking to your friends about what courses they’re taking. I know a lot of this is going to seem tedious and aggravating, especially to those of you still toiling in the gloom of general education requirements. But
take it from me: The moment you click “enroll” for the last time will feel like having a submarine lifted off your shoulders… before promptly falling back on top of you, smashing you into a million little pieces. It’s too easy to become wrapped up in the letdowns and discontents of plotting out and tidying up your academic path every few months. Try to remember to take the time to recognize the value of doing so. It’s also too easy to take the opportunities we have here for granted. Advisers, professors and researchers who are dedicated to their work and invested our success surround us. Courses, internships, labs and books are at our fingertips. Friends are our closest colleagues and sometimes our toughest competition. I’ve spent the past week planning my last semester at UConn, and preparing for the new reality I will soon face as a college graduate. Many of my close friends graduated last year. Some have moved on to “bigger and better” things, and some have, literally, moved across the country. Some are living at home trying to figure out what they’re going to do next, and some have gone on to grad school. Some have had their confidence shaken, and some are fulfilled by what they’ve accomplished. All of them have different notions of what success is, but they all have similar feelings about how the university prepared them for the challenges of post-grad work and life. Their advice for those of us still plugging away in the academic world, still choosing our courses: “Take your time, ask too many questions, choose wisely and enjoy it while it lasts.”
Associate Commentary Editor Ryan Gilbert is a 7thsemester journalism major. He can be reached at Ryan.Gilbert@UConn.edu.
Getting a college degree is not a cure to all problems
he College Board reported Tuesday that in-state tuition at public universities has increased 8.3 percent since last year. The story is all too familiar: tuition increased 8.7 percent last year, and since 1978, the price of tuition at colleges has increased over 900 per– 650 By Tom Dilling cent points above Staff Columnist inflation. To put this number into context, the housing bubble, which almost collapsed the world economy, was the result of housing prices rising 50 points above inflation. The ever-expanding cost of college should seriously make people reconsider whether college is the correct path for them. From the age of elementary school, students are often led into college on the promise of financial security. But that security is more at jeopardy now than ever before. According to economist Andrew Sum of Northeastern University, among all 2009 college graduates, 22.4 percent of them are unemployed, while another 22 percent are working jobs that did not require a college education. The story is even worse among humanities majors,
in which a majority (54.6 percent) are either unemployed or working jobs that don’t require a degree. Still, the College Board has ingrained in the minds of parents and students alike that the benefits will always exceed the costs. It promotes the misleading statistic that college graduates, on average, earn $1 million more over their lifetimes than those without degrees. This number hides a lot. It puts all majors in the same boat, when there is a clear difference in income potential depending on one’s area of study. Likewise, it puts all colleges in the same boat, when there is a clear difference in income potential depending on the university a person studied at. Furthermore, there are several unreasonable assumptions in this projection, the most prominent of which is that students will graduate in four years – or graduate at all. This is because 35 percent of students who enter college will drop out in the first year. Moreover, according to The Education Trust, only 63 percent of students who enroll in a four-year university will earn a degree, and it will take them an average of six years to do so. Only half complete it in four years. The remainder will either
drop out or flunk out of their programs, so there is a large opportunity cost and high risks that many people in college are not prepared for. Still, many in political positions push the idea of everyone going to college. President Barack Obama, being one of them, has urged students to pursue a degree in higher education, whether it’s an associate’s degree or a Ph.D. But the absurdity of this is that not everyone in America is even capable of completing high school, much less post-secondary education. This mentality adds to the 35 percent first-year dropout rate. Instead, people should realize that college is not the only option. According to Michael Ellseberg of The New York Times, 80 percent of jobs are filled in the informal market, which is less dependent on strict qualifications, like a degree. Many skills can be selftaught and demonstrated to an employer. The goal of matriculating students has already led to disastrous grade inflation, both in high schools and in colleges. That is, students receive higher grades today without the same competency of the material. Furthermore, there is much less
prestige in holding a degree when the entire population also holds one. As Charles Murray explains, if all you know about someone is that they have a BA, it doesn’t tell you much. According to economist Richard Vedder, using Bureau of Labor Statistics data, 17 million people with degrees work jobs that do not require them. Over 317,000 waiters alone have a college diploma, including 8,000 with doctoral degrees. Unlike many people who question the college degree as an objective of society, I don’t put college dropouts like Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg on a pedestal to exemplify the achievements that can be fulfilled without education. Those are very atypical outcomes. Rather, I question the continued ability of a college degree to act as an adequate filter of qualified ability, and its continued ability for the benefits to exceed the risks. These factors should make parents and students deeply consider whether college is the right path sooner rather than later.
Staff Columnist Tom Dilling is a 7th-semester biological sciences major. He can be reached at Thomas.Dilling@UConn.edu.
badass ninja black president did it again . D on ’ t f ** k with this guy . S o far this year he ’ s killed S omali pirates , he killed bin L aden , he killed al -A wlaki ,, now he ’ s killed G addafi . T he only threat to our way now is from B ank of A merica .” –B ill M aher
Thursday, October 27, 2011
The Daily Campus, Page 5 I Hate Everything by Carin Powell
Side of Rice by Laura Rice
Toast by Tom Dilling
Froot Buetch by Brendan Albetski and Brendan Nicholasw
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 an 8 -- Don’t sweat the small stuff today. Take care of your health with exercise, good food and rest. Talk over miscommunications, and listen for the gold. Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 7 -- Don’t be afraid to ask for directions. There’s no such thing as a stupid question. All is not always as it appears. A little clarification can avoid lengthy delays. Gemini (May 21-June 21) -- Today is a 9 -- Renew connections with co-workers to see the job through their eyes. Complete old projects to make room for new achievements to flourish. Delegate and work together. Cancer (June 22-July 22) -- Today is an 8 -- There could be conflict between your private and public obligations. Strive for balance, and compromise where necessary. Double-check the schedule. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Home is where you belong now, but you can feel at home any place you want. Take careful inventory of your wealth to discover the path ahead. It’s quite clear.
Monkey Business by Jack Boyd
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Someone is being brilliant now. Is it you? Listen for what your ideal client really wants to create a profitable scheme. What you learn now stays with you. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 9 -- Reinvent the way in which you relate to money for a breakthrough in finances. Explore new ideas for a productive phase. Relax now for the busy time ahead. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 9 -- Your charisma has a magnetic pull today. You can attract romance, partnership, funding or the object of your desire. Let your light shine on what you really want. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 7 -- Avoid putting it off. There’s plenty of work to do. It’s best accomplished in private. Don’t forget about previous commitments, and keep your schedule. Study for answers.
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UConn Classics: Back in My Day, Comics Were These Comics Phil by Stephen Winchell and Ben Vigeant
Stickcat by Karl Jason, Fritz & Chan
Based on True Sean Rose by Sean Rose
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is a 7 -- Quiet time spent in thoughtful consideration of all options leads to a sparkling insight that opens an entirely new door. Use patience and persistence. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 7 -- Stay close to home, and, if you need something, get it delivered. Peace and quiet suits you fine. Leave extravagance and boisterous action for another day. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 7 -- Don’t deplete your resources, even if tempted. Ask an analytical person for help. They may know a way to get what you need for free. Proceed with caution, slow and steady.
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JetBlue profit falls as higher costs crimp sales
JetBlue planes, each with distinctive tail art, are seen at the JetBlue terminal at Long Beach Airport in Long Beach, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 25.
NEW YORK (AP) — Higher oil costs overshadowed rising fares and fees in the third quarter for JetBlue Airways Corp., sending its profit down 41 percent. But despite fears that Americans are tightening budgets, JetBlue said it’s not seeing a slowdown in demand. The New York airline said Wednesday that higher fuel costs and Hurricane Irene, which led it to cancel 1,400 flights, hurt its JulySeptember quarter. JetBlue earned $35 million, or 11 cents per share, compared with $59 million, or 18 cents per share, a year ago. Revenue rose 16 percent to about $1.2 billion. Analysts polled by FactSet Research were expecting a profit of 13 cents per share on $1.18 billion in revenue. JetBlue’s average fare was up about 9 percent to $154.88 during the quarter. It also benefited from new efforts to court higher-paying business travelers in Boston. But that wasn’t enough to account for the airline’s rising fuel bill.
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JetBlue said its fuel costs jumped 56 percent in the JulySeptember period from a year ago, while overall expenses rose 22 percent. Maintenance costs rose 35 percent. The airline was one of the hardest hit among U.S. carriers in late August when Hurricane Irene made its way up the East Coast. JetBlue said on Wednesday that the storm cut its operating income by about $8 million in the third quarter. The storm hit ahead of the important Labor Day holiday. At one point, most major Northeast airports were closed. JetBlue’s traffic in the third quarter rose about 8 percent, while the number of its available seats rose by about the same amount. On average, 84.5 percent of seats were filled with paying passengers, almost unchanged from last year. The airline expects its number of available seats will rise by between 8 and 10 percent in the fourth quarter and between 6 and 8 percent for the year. It’s taking deliv-
ery of two new planes before year’s end. In a conference call with analysts, interim Chief Financial Officer Mark Powers said the company is succeeding in its effort to lure more higher-paying travelers. That includes those traveling for business as well as those who select its roomier seats for an extra charge. JetBlue added more of those seats in the third quarter and expects to add more next year, too. It predicts it will bring in about $100 million in total revenue this year from its “Even More Space” seats, which have more legroom and also allow passengers to get on the plane first. Looking ahead to the critical Thanksgiving and Christmas travel periods, JetBlue said its bookings are “shaping up nicely.” The airline is one of the most vulnerable to swings in consumer demand because it doesn’t have as many business travelers as other major airlines. Shares rose 6 cents, or 1.4 percent, to close at $4.42 Wednesday.
Protesters defy calls to quit St. Paul’s cathedral
LONDON (AP) — St. Paul’s Cathedral has welcomed visitors for 300 years, but for almost a week its heavy oak doors have been shut, locked because of an anti-capitalist protest camp outside the landmark building. Church officials say the campsite is a health hazard, and on Wednesday London’s Anglican bishop asked the demonstrators to leave. But hours later, the church appeared to acknowledge that the protesters are settling in for a long stay. The protesters accuse the church of choosing the wrong side in the standoff between capitalism and idealism that has spawned sit-ins from New York to Sydney. “We want this church to open,” said a 50-year-old protest spokesman who gave his name as Akira. “We were shocked that they closed it.” The Dean of St. Paul’s, Rev. Graeme Knowles, said Wednesday evening he was optimistic that the cathedral would reopen Friday following changes to the layout of tents used by the protesters. The cathedral is considering all its options in response to the protest — including legal action — Knowles said, adding that a final decision would be made Thursday on whether St. Paul’s could open in time for a midday service Friday. Business owners, residents and officials in cities where encampments have sprouted up are increasingly complaining about sanitation problems, disruptions to business, and crime. In Glasgow, Scottish police said Wednesday they were investigating reports a woman was raped in a tent in the city’s George’s Square, where protesters have set up camp. In recent days, authorities in several cities around the world have swooped in to evict encampments of anti-corporate demonstrators inspired by New
York’s Occupy Wall Street movement, clashing with demonstrators in some U.S. cities. But London’s campsite has grown since protesters erected tents near the base of the cathedral steps on Oct. 15. They had hoped to camp outside the nearby London Stock Exchange, but were stopped by police. Cathedral officials initially permitted the protesters to stay. The camp, perhaps 100 tents and 500 people strong, has the air of a scruffy village carnival, with banners, speeches, activities — and even, one recent afternoon, a singalong. “Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right,” sang a small but enthusiastic group attempting a Stealers Wheel classic. “Here I am, stuck in the middle with you.” That is a fair summary of how cathedral officials feel. They say they support the right to demonstrate and did not want to shut the building — for the first time since German bombers blitzed London during World War II — but made the decision last Friday because the protesters’ tents, stoves and generators pose a threat to public safety. The closure is costing the cathedral thousands of pounds (dollars) a day — St. Paul’s charges adults 14.50 pounds ($23) for admission, unless they are attending a service — and means disappointment for tourists hoping to visit Christopher Wren’s domed church, one of London’s most famous buildings and the site of the 1981 wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. On Wednesday, Bishop of London Richard Chartres, the third highest-ranking cleric in the Church of England, asked the protesters to go home, saying: “The camp’s presence threatens to eclipse entirely the issues that it was set up to address.” The protesters say they have worked with health-and-safety
officials to make sure the site is safe, and want to negotiate a compromise with the church. The protest is less than two weeks old but has a semi-permanent feel. There is a kitchen dispensing donated food and water, a tent offering free “tea and coffee and empathy,” a technology tent linking the camp to the world via the Internet, a music tent, a meditation tent, a library, a movie theater and a newspaper. There are twice-daily meetings to plan strategy, and nearconstant debates. The activists include many students and veteran protesters, but also, organizers say, doctors, shopkeepers and teachers. Their demands are diverse, ranging from tighter control of banks to the complete dismantling of the capitalist system. But that diversity, the protesters say, is the point. “This is a free space — a free space for ideas, for discussions, for coming together and trying to brainstorm something, as a collective,” said Emma Medoes, a student who works part time in a bar. Similar camps have sprung up across the United States and around the world since activists took over a plaza near New York’s Wall Street seven weeks ago to protest corporate greed and social inequality. Most have withered or been dismantled, sometimes by force. On Tuesday police in Oakland, California, fired tear gas and bean bags to disperse about 170 protesters who had been camping in front of City Hall for the past two weeks. Police in Atlanta also moved in to break up a 2-week-old camp.
Several high-profile protests remain. In the hub of Asian capitalism, Hong Kong, 30 to 40 protesters are camped outside the headquarters of banking giant HSBC.
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Puppet writer comes to UConn Gross talks about puppetry writing By Zarrin Ahmed Campus Correspondent Author Kenneth Gross and co-conceiver Liza Lorwin held an open conversation about puppetry and puppet theater at the UConn Co-op last night. John Bell, director of the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, hosted the event. Bell introduced the duo, which traveled from Rochester, N.Y. to UConn. He spoke of their accomplishments, and how he, along with others, put the conference together. “One of my co-workers,” Bell said, “told me, ‘We have to bring Kenneth Gross because his writing about puppetry is so strong and revelatory.’” Gross is an English professor at the University of Rochester and author of “The Dream of the Moving Status,” “Shakespeare’s Noise” and his latest publication that the conference centered mostly around, “Puppet: An Essay on Uncanny Life.” Gross told his audience that he began as a scholar of English literature. His motivation to write about puppetry took roots in the
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Author Kenneth Gross came to UConn from New York to speak to students about puppetry and puppet theater.
puppet shows he witnessed, and his fascination behind the puppets themselves. He indulged the audience with an excerpt from the first chapter of his book, titled “Madness of Puppetry.” This excerpt focused on the description of a puppet, the life behind them, the language they convey, their animation and the liveliness of inanimate objects. This provided the groundwork for most of the topics he discussed in the conference. He
Pumpkins galore at local farms By Louisa Owen-Sonstroem Campus Correspondent The pumpkin, native to the Americas, has long been a symbol of the Halloween season. This week, pick a bright, round pumpkin of your own at a local farm. Then carve a Jack-o’lantern, and let it illuminate on Halloween night. Several farms in the area have pumpkin patches. These farms frequently offer both pick-your-own and pre-picked pumpkins. Pumpkin Paul’s Farm is located on Rte. 195 in Tolland, about 10 minutes from campus. The farm was founded in 1979, and depending on the season, sells pick-your-own strawberries, raspberries and, of course, pumpkins. Each October, employee Charlie King said the farm sells pumpkins to “a lot of college students. There must be pumpkins all over campus.” King emphasized the importance of buying locally grown produce. He spoke about the “rural flavor,” which farms like Pumpkin Paul’s offers the area. “Whether you buy anything or not, it’s nice to be out,” he said. King said the pick-your-own crop has struggled with pests this year, but customers are still invited to traipse through the field and enjoy the setting. Prepicked pumpkins from a field in Hebron remain available for purchase at the farm stand. Wright’s Orchard, located 20 minutes from campus on South River Road in Tolland, features pumpkins in addition to the acres of apple trees for which it is best known. Costumers can stroll through the orchard, pick apples, visit the dried flower barn and browse the salesroom. Up until this week, customers were invited to pick pumpkins directly from the patch; now, the picked pumpkins are displayed for purchase in a wagon out front. Todd and Joyclyn Wright own the orchard, which was opened in 1981. Over the years, the Wrights have switched to
mildew and disease-resistant varieties of pumpkins so that the fruits are able to hold up late in the season. This year’s hurricanes proved devastating for some area pumpkin farmers, Mr. Wright explained, but “we had a beautiful crop.” Wright emphasized the “quiet, tranquil atmosphere” as a distinguishing attribute of his orchard. “You go behind the stand. You get lost in the valley,” he said. Johnny Appleseed’s Farm is located on Rte. 83 in Ellington, approximately 30 minutes from campus. Set on about 100 acres which reside along a hillside, the farm provides visitors with ample views of autumnal Connecticut. The farm features a pick-your-own pumpkin patch, as well as an extensive apple orchard for which it is best known. The farm offers a corn maze and, on the weekends, free tractor rides that circle the grounds. For those looking to make Jack-o’-lanterns, a few tips can help. Lighter-covered fruits tend to be softer, and thus, easier to carve. However, the harder-shelled varieties last longer. To prolong the life of a pumpkin, keep it in a cool area out of direct sunlight. Once a pumpkin is carved, its life span is severely diminished. Seal cuts with vegetable oil or petroleum jelly to make a Jack-o’-lantern last as long as possible. The tradition of pumpkin carving owes its roots to the Celts, who used turnips and other vegetables to make lanterns. “According to ancient Celtic tradition, the carved face and a burning light inside welcomes home the spirits of our ancestors,” according to the 2005 Halloween issue of BBC Magazine. When Irish immigrants flocked to America during the potato famine of the 1840s, they brought this tradition with them. The pumpkin, native to America, proved perfect for carving. Jack-o’lanterns have been lighting up Halloween night ever since.
shared his starting point of the book – Pinnochio – and while he revisited the old story, he was intrigued by the exchange of life between a puppeteer and an object, and how the puppeteer lends life and the puppet yields to him or her. He also spoke of his travels and how he witnessed the variety of stories they told, explaining that the book “came not just reading about puppets and literary history, but also speaking to pup-
peteers and their relationships to their puppets.” When recollecting an encounter he had with a young artist in Europe, Gross distinctly remembered that the student said, “I never understood a puppet until I made it and destroyed it several times.” Even that statement provoked an array of thought and contemplation on Gross’ part, pushing him to dive further into the topic of puppetry. He was impressed by the elo-
quence and language of artists. He often referred to puppets as creatures “that can make you feel, make you weep.” Liza Lorwin introduced herself as a writer and producer, not a puppeteer or puppet maker. She is currently adapting Mabou Mines’s “Peter and Wendy,” a theater production that not only utilizes puppets, but actors and actresses as well. She discussed some history of puppetry, including its origins, growth and the different styles. Even though her company decided to use puppetry as a means of getting the narratives out in “Peter and Wendy,” she was very impressed with the puppet shows she had seen. “I’ve been to the Osaka Bunraku, and you feel their emotions,” Lorwin said. “It’s very spiritiual.” Gross and Lorwin admitted that the “creepiness” factor in puppetry often unsettles people, as one member of the audience mentioned. Gross attributed this to the fact that puppets hark back to the objects many played with as children. He explained the specific emotions that are usually masked from puppets when we are children, and that they become unmasked in puppets after we get older (referring to the evil within Pinnochio, and how he killed the cricket). “They don’t have thoughts, but they are like our thoughts,” Gross said.
By Becky Radolf Staff Writer
Hitchens and Taunton debate about Christianity in society Well-known atheist Christopher Hitchens and Fixed Point Foundation member Larry Taunton met in the Konover Auditorium for a debate sponsored by UConn Students for Christ (USC). The debate sought to answer the question: “Is society better off if it is mostly Christian (not a theocracy), or mostly secular?” Taunton spoke briefly before the screening began about why he works with the Fixed Point Foundation. “In a world where rhetoric and soundbites are coming at you from both sides of the political divide, it’s important to keep open dialogue in the picture,” Taunton said. He then listed debates and events that Fixed Point Foundation has sponsored. In addition to debating Hitchens, Taunton has also debated well-known atheists like Richard Dawkins and Peter
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to another person, thus absolving your responsibility, is totally immoral. Taunton countered by saying that moral laws could not exist without a lawgiver. Following the screening, Taunton spoke more about his own views, and answered questions posed to him by the audience. He reaffirmed his belief that a significant Christian presence has a positive influence on society, saying that Western civilization rose out of it. He also argued that much like the Ancient Greeks, we no longer need religion. “It was very interesting,” said Rebecca Albanese, 3rd-semester biology major. “It made me think about my faith, but doesn’t make me change it,” “I thought that Hitchens had very sound arguments, but I was disappointed that Taunton mostly made appeals to emotion and personal anecdotes,” said David Furnes, 5th-semester computer science and psychology major.
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Singer. The screening featured several topics for the two orators to speak about. Among them were religion’s necessity in morality, things done in the name of religion, whether or not all religions are the same, Pascal’s Wager, atheism in the 21st century and the concept of vicarious redemption. Taunton argued that Christians, on average, gave more than atheists, while Hitchens countered with a thought experiment regarding an atheist candidate in Iran. Taunton separated Christianity from other faiths by saying it had grace, to which Hitchens countered by pointing out that different sects of Christianity imply subjectivity. Hitchens stated that Pascal’s Wager was a cheap argument, as it assumes a cynical and foolish God (that is, a God who could be fooled by someone simply saying they believe in him, regardless of actual belief). Finally, Hitchens stated his position that the idea that your sins can be transferred
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The Student Union and Co-op food can get tiring after years and years of eating the same thing, but one thing I think both do really well is the sandwich. It’s the obvious go-to when you’re in a rush to scoot off to class. But after a while, the same panini just doesn’t do it for you anymore, and you’re looking to branch off to some other places. Those of us who spend most of our time meandering around Arjona, Monteith and the HDFS building know that Lizzie’s food cart makes some absolutely amazing sandwiches, both on bagels and regular bread. With condiments like dill scallion sauce and pesto mayo, you’ll pretty much feel like you’re eating at a classy restaurant, even though you’re actually shoving food in your face as you’re booking it to class. The secret’s out on Lizzie’s, but one place I’m consistently amazed doesn’t get more patronage is Sarah’s Pockets. Maybe it’s the location (right above Husky Spirits), the fact that it’s a new type of cuisine (Turkish food) or whatever else the problem may be, but if I had it my way, I’d require everyone to go to Sarah’s Pockets. At Sarah’s Pockets awaits what might possibly be the sweetest married couple waiting to make your dish to order, and if you know what’s good for you, you’ll get the grilled chicken pocket or the falafel pocket. Their Mediterranean food features hummus made from scratch, and while including pitas on the sandwich list may technically be cheating, I consider it close enough. Go to this place once and you’ll find yourself taking your parents here, your girlfriend here, hell, maybe even a first date here because you want an excuse to go back and talk to the man who works there. If you’re heading to a football game, try to stop at Rein’s Deli on your way back for some authentic Jewish sandwiches. Let me tell you: they do not skimp on meat when they make a sandwich for you there. Rein’s pastrami sandwich has made it famous statewide, but what makes their food so great is that they pack as much meat between two slices of rye bread as they possibly can. You get more than your money’s worth when you go here, and while Jewish food may not pop into your brain when you think “ethnic cuisine,” give this place a try. You’ll have plenty of food to take home. Finally, the super-secret hideout in the Tolland county area: Agora. This place is like a miniature and locally owned Cosi, because they specialize in paninis, salads and sandwiches where you choose the ingredients laid out in front of you behind the counter. Besides the fact that the woman who runs the place is an absolute doll of a lady (when I went there with my roommates, we ended up sitting down there to talk to her some more), the paninis are great because the food is fresh. I thought the salads were pretty standard, and the menu changes based on the season. It can be a quick, light lunch or a sit-down meal, but either way you’re spending your money at a stand-up establishment. Mansfield might not be known for it’s huge variety of food, but you can still get some amazing eats if you know where to look. What is so great about the area is a lot of the restaurants use the local farmers, and one of the best ways to capitalize on the fresh produce? The sandwich. Duh.
Christopher Hitchens took part in a debate with Larry Taunton about Christianity in society.
By Jason Wong Staff Writer
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Surfer Blood’s ‘Tarot Classics’ is no more than average
1. “Evanescence,” Evanescence 2. “21,” Adele 3. “American Capitalist,” Five Finger Death Punch 4. “Clear As Day,” Scotty McCreery 5. “Wildflower,” Lauren Alaina 6. “Duets II,” Tony Bennett 7. “Ashes & Fire,” Ryan Adams 8. “Own The Night,” Lady Antebellum 9. “Tha Carter IV,” Lil Wayne 10. “Eleven,” Martina McBride Week of Oct. 29, 2011
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This Day in Music 1970 Black Sabbath played their first ever live show in the U.S. when they kicked off a 16-day tour at Glassboro State College.
1979 During a U.S. tour, Elton John collapsed on stage at Hollywood’s Universal Amphitheatre suffering from exhaustion.
Surfer Blood performed at the Brooklyn Bowl on Nov. 13, 2009 before they went on their 2009 tour for the month of December.
By Julie Bartoli Senior Staff Writer Lately, it seems that indie music has been following a painfully specific formula. Artists enter the scene with unabashed naiveté, and subsequently produce an album that’s earnest, heartfelt and sincere (see: Youth Lagoon, Total Babes, The Twerps). Production is garage-esque. Intentions are pure. The sound is fantastic. The problem? With indie artists gaining a larger audience and Top 100 airplay, the move to major labels is somewhat expected, the idea of more expensive equipment becomes a reality and creating a radiofriendly aesthetic becomes inevitable (Real Estate, Wavves, M83). Point blank, bands are staying in their comfort zones while simultaneously removing their DIY, garage-y overlay, and eliminating future endeavors in experimentation and growth. Surfer Blood’s sophomore EP is following suit. “Tarot Classics,” released Oct. 25, is heartbreakingly average. The EP features 11 tracks: four original pieces and seven remixes of said songs. The opener, “I’m Ready,” is the album’s highlight. The guitar jangle is present, the drumming is tight and it’s reminiscent of the Strokes’ second album. Unfortunately, the band’s famous reverb from “Astro Coast” has been mixed into oblivion. Even more unfortunate, the EP’s single “Miranda” is lackadaisical. With lines
By Purbita Saha Focus Editor Coldplay has been endorsing “Mylo Xyloto’s” lack of encyclopedic sense ever since news of its release surfaced over the summer. Lead singer and songwriter Chris Martin admitted to The New York Times that the album’s title is an invented set
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and wholly unremarkable. And herein lies the current indie pop/rock paradox— bands are becoming complacent, insipid and conventional as their success grows. They’ve released albums that search for no answers, avoid experimentation and ride on the success of their previous releases. I’m not saying this is the case for every
People were anticipating an illustrious, profound confession, yet all they got was “randomness” and a “cool word.” At least the headline “Viva la Vida” has some historical and religious relevance. The fact that this album is named after something insignificant and artificial is a warning sign that it’s going to fall short for most Coldplay fans. “Mylo Xyloto” opens with a
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band. Girls, St. Vincent and The War on Drugs all recently released albums that tested their artistic capacities, and the results were fantastic. But for the most part, there’s a mundane pattern at play in the music sphere. I’m feeling deeply estranged from indie lately. Maybe it’s a temporary thing. Maybe it’s the Lana Del Rey conspiracy. Regardless, I desperately need someone somewhere to create something he or she loves, then further it. I’m aching for music
that’s eclectic, aggressive, raw, impulsive and honest. I want an album to drop that turns everything on its side. And most of all, I want artists to stop making it until they feel the need to fake it. If something isn’t broken, don’t fix it; further it.
‘Mylo’ a random undertaking, not a masterpiece
U2 bass player Adam Clayton was convicted of a drunk driving offence by a Dublin court after being found driving two times over the legal limit.
Lonnie Donegan went to Buckingham Palace to receive his MBE for his services to pop music. Lonnie pioneered skiffle in the 1950s and inspired a generation of teenagers to start bands.
like “We just let each other down/To let each other back in” and a one-word chorus that somehow fails to hook, the piece could have been written and produced by Patrick Stump. “Voyager Reprise” sounds more like a national anthem than a youth anthem. “Drinking Problem” is repetitive, but redeemable with a steady bass and a Morrisey-esque vibe. And of course, the remixes are a handful of useless filler. “Tarot Classics” is conventional, light
of onomatopoeias that he and the band used to describe “the randomness of the universe.” He said that “mylo” is just a cool word, and “xyloto” is the xylophone-like tone that emerges as a result of a full-body musical experience. Martin’s explanation of the title is less than endearing.
brief instrumental bit that runs straight into the second track, “Hurts Like Heaven.” The song is airy and full of lyrical paradoxes that makes it worth listening to. It also serves as an energetic prelude to the album’s premier single, “Paradise.” Although “Paradise” was delivered a few weeks ago, it still
sounds fresh when looped in with the rest of “Mylo Xyloto.” The next few songs on the album’s track list are forgettable. “Charlie Brown” has some tantalizing elements that make it satisfactory. “Major Minus” is a fluff piece that contains all the characteristic Coldplay choruses, but none of Martin’s usual finesse. “Up with the Birds,” meanwhile, is a congested track. The clash between the voices, the string accompaniment and the echoing percussion creates a crush of noise that translates into a mess of chords and melodies. Track 10, “Princess of China,” features Rihanna, which may end up making it one of the more popular singles of “Mylo Xyloto.” The song is overproduced and has a pile of static noise in the background, but Martin has been keen on hiphop collaborations ever since he was featured on Kanye West’s “Homecoming.” His duets with Rihanna on “Princess of China” are impressive and make the song stand out from the rest of the album. In an effort to open its doors to other scopes of music, Coldplay
loses its exclusive, recognizable sound. In “Mylo Xyloto,” the band does some sampling from Sigur Ros on “Princess of China,” and Leonard Cohen on “Up with the Birds.” Both experiments are generally pleasant and appealing, but they’re shallow attempts by Coldplay to overpower categorical limits and come away with a larger audience. With that said, Coldplay hasn’t converted its entire act. The band uses “U.F.O.” as the signature acoustic track on the album, akin to “Strawberry Hill” from “Viva la Vida” and “Til Kingdom Come” from “X & Y.” “Up in Flames” is also a genuine piece, as it is an empowering lullaby and a reminder that Martin is one of the best vocalists among modern rock musicians. “Mylo Xyloto” is a successful album by itself, but it’s not on par with the band’s more prodigous albums such as “A Rush of Blood to the Head.” If Martin and his band decide against a tour in North America, it’d be easy to say that it wouldn’t be the end of the world.
By Ronald Quiroga Campus Correspondent
5) Bok Bok and Tom Trago collaboration album The two proficient producers joined forces on a collaborative six-track EP by the name of “Night Voyage Tool Kit,” set to be released on Oct. 31 via Sound Pellegrino. It’s a clever wordplay on their respective record labels, “Night Slugs” and “Voyage Direct.” On a similar note, the two powerhouse producers will continue working as a unit as they are setting up their own record label to release future projects. 4) Pusha-T and Drake beef, New Pusha Track One half of the Clipse and October’s Very Own have been subtly going at each other for the last couple weeks. First Pusha took on one of Drake’s beats and said some things, while Drake went on DJ Funkmaster Flex’s radio show and also said some things. It is really not much of a surprise, both have highly anticipated albums soon to be released, and they’re both on two of the most competitive and successful labels in hip-hop. Only time will tell who the best MC really is. 3) Caribou Mix Canadian electro royalty Caribou stopped by Rinse FM, a London-based community radio station, and ran a two-hour set with friend Floating Points. Check out the whole thing on Abeano. com or download it and listen to it later at Rinse.FM. It should be a good time - he rarely disappoints. 2) Justice Album Some call them the revivers of electro, and others may just refer to them as a couple of crazylooking French guys with that “D.A.N.C.E.” song. Regardless, they have released a new record. The first since “Cross” in 2007, Justice released “Audio, Video, Disco” earlier this week. Many sophomore releases are put through great scrutiny, and this is by no means an exception. 1) Amy Winehouse Cause of Death The tragic death of Amy Winehouse this past summer left many things in question. One of the biggest mysteries was the cause of her passing. According to Pitchfork.com, after further examination, both coroner Suzanne Greenaway and pathologist Suhail Baithun “gave a verdict of ‘death by misadventure,’” saying that her blood-alcohol level was five times higher than the legal driving limit. Pitchfork continued to report that “while Winehouse had struggled with drug problems in addition to alcohol abuse, drugs did not contribute to her death.”
Colorado Quartet coming to UConn By John Tyczkowski Associate Focus Editor
The Colorado Quartet will come to UConn this week to perform a program comprised exclusively of Beethoven compositions, including three opuses for strings. The Quartet has won both the Banff International String Quartet Competition and the Naumberg Chamber Music Award, and was the first all-women quartet to gain international stature, according to The Quartet’s web site. Both violinist Julie Rosenfeld and cellist Katie Schlaikjer are faculty members of the UConn School of Music. The Quartet will perform on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Jorgensen Centre for the Performing Arts, with a concert talk beforehand at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are on sale from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the Jorgensen Box Office for $28 or $30, with some discounts available for students. Tickets and more information on discounts are also available online at jorgensen.uconn.edu.
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Five Halloween costumes you haven’t thought of yet
By Cara Harvey Campus Correspondent Every year we see the same monotonous, repetitive costumes strutting down Hunting Lodge Road. Sure, some of the male party-goers seem to enjoy the same old bunny and maid costumes, or lack thereof, but Halloween can be so much more exciting if costumes are humorous and original. This year’s most popular costumes include Casey Anthony and Angry Birds, but thinking outside the box ensures you will be the life of the party. As with any costume, originality is key on Halloween, and an exciting costume will always be a great conversation piece. Toss your cat ears, cowboy hats and other lame costume articles, because here are five costumes you haven’t thought of yet.
Pop Culture References - Costumes that are relevant are always a hit. Everyone has a computer and procrastinates on YouTube and Facebook, so a reference to a funny video or website is usually a good choice. Chuck Testa, from the popular YouTube video, would be a funny choice for guys dressing up this weekend. Chuck Testa’s costume is easy; all you need is a camouflage or dark green outfit, and a fake grey goatee. To make it more obvious, carry a fake rifle. When people guess who you are, your reply is obvious: “NOPE! Chuck Testa.” Black Swan has been one of the most discussed movies of the year. No, you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on a costume - just recreate it on your own. Wear a black tutu or fluffy skirt with a strapless black top or corset. This costume is great for girls who don’t like to wear heels because you can wear black ballet flats. Put
your hair in a ballet bun and finish it with a tiara. Get creative with your makeup, and if you really want to scare people, wear red contacts and channel a creepy ballerina all night long. “Angry Birds” was a very popular game this year. “Angry Birds” is an easy costume to recreate for a group. Each bird can wear all black and wear a sheet cut like the birds with their faces drawn on it. This costume is inexpensive and very original. The Costume Girls Will Love - Want every girl in the bar to fall in love? Dress as Cupid and shoot them with your arrow. Tie a small box of rubber darts to a gold ribbon and strap it around your back. Finish off the look by wearing a white sheet or piece of fabric tied around your waist. Draw kiss marks with lipstick on your cheeks, or find another way to get them. Group Costumes - The Spice Girls hardly
ever works, and the Seven Deadly Sins are getting old. Be original with your friends this Halloween. Blue Man Group is a hilarious costume when it is done correctly. Find two friends, and dress in black turtlenecks and black pants. Use blue face paint to cover your hands, face, and any exposed skin. Bald caps, or even swim caps colored blue, complete the look. The best part about this costume is that you’ll be warm. In pictures, never smile - just give a blank, creepy stare like the Blue Men. Whether you make a statement as a group or choose to stand out this Halloween, be creative. Halloween is about being creative and surprising your friends with your outlandish costume, so think outside the box!
Justice comes out with new album after 4 years Shatner’s new album is hilarious and entertaining
By Joe O’Leary Senior Staff Writer It’s been too long since French electronic artists Justice had an album out (their debut, “Cross,” came out way back in 2007), and fans have been salivating at the thought of more of their killer beats. Where “Cross” was a masterwork of electro, taking a little Daft Punk and mixing it with outright dirty house music, their second album seems to be a bit of a different beast. “Audio Video Disco” doesn’t draw many similarities from its predecessor, as Justice has decided to go with a slightly different sound for their sophomore release. But this sound is pretty freaking awesome. Arena rock is the name of the game here, and “AVD” does a fantastic job melding it with Justice’s patented electro-pop sound. The new rocking influence on the album is summed up perfectly with the ninth track, “Newlands.” Opening with a riff straight out of an AC/DC song, coupled with rising verses leading to a bombastic chorus, the song is the epitome of ‘80s excess, and it couldn’t be better. Of course, there’s more to the arena rock influence than just one hard-rock homage. The opening to the first track, “Horsepower” has
a triumphant synth line, almost trumpeting the return of the fantastic group that wouldn’t sound out of place at a Rush or Muse show. Thirty seconds later, it develops into a galloping dance track, which leads into the second song and first single “Civilization,” an attack and protest against war and society itself. With a chorus of “Beating of a million drums/Fire of a million guns/Murder of a million sons/ Civilization,” it lands its blow.
The dreamy trance track “Ohio” follows, which sprawls out over a few minutes of runtime before devolving into a nasty bridge breakdown, featuring a nice mixture of electronica and hard-hitting guitar riffs. All the while, Justice sings “Ohio” over and over again. Yes, one of the only remaining influences from “Cross” is that of the repeating lyric, which has been seemingly inescapable since Daft Punk changed music in 1997 with “Around the World.”
“Canon (Primo)” and “Canon” also impress, as the two complementary songs sound like a “Cross” throwback track. Guitar riffs twist and turn around one another, at times threatening to rip themselves from the song entirely and hit the listener square in the face. “On ‘n’ On” features highpitched vocals and an energetic breakdown, full of satisfying drum blasts. “Helix,” “Parade” and “Brianvision” are also excellent “Cross” throwbacks, though they both feature enough guitars for them to fit right in on the album. The closing track “Audio, Video, Disco,” features an absolutely killer blast of piano and bass that will destroy your ear drums, and make you thank it for the pleasure before setting into another repetitive “Around the World” repetition of the title lyrics. “Audio, Video, Disco” is a satisfying departure from Justice’s earlier works. While some may feel the album detracts from the duo’s earlier electro-dance-pop, it’s obvious that a hard-rocking, danceable album like “AVD” was what they wanted to do all along. There’s a reason their label is called “Ed Banger Records.” Don’t get it? Try pronouncing it with a French accent. Yep, that’s right. Headbanger.
By John Tyczkowski Associate Focus Editor When the name William Shatner comes to mind, most people think of the Enterprise and Mr. Spock, or perhaps more recently, the Priceline Negotiator commercials. But Shatner has a long recording career stretching back 45 years ago to his Star Trek days, and this new album is his
Major Tom, the astronaut from David Bowie’s classic “Space Oddity,” who deliberately cuts off communication with Ground Control to free himself from the bonds of an earthly existence. Using his famous start-stop delivery, Shatner covers many classic songs, such as the aforementioned “Space Oddity,” “Major Tom (Coming Home)” by Peter Schilling, “Rocket Man” by Elton
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fourth in a long line of works. Shatner’s medium is the spoken word, turning songs into impressions of the characters’ feelings and reflections within the lyrical journey that the song tells. Or at least that’s what Shatner hopes to convey. Whether he is successful or not is up for debate, but it’s hard to deny that the end result is often hilarious, sometimes poignant and always entertaining. “Seeking Major Tom” is a concept album that tells the story of
John and the truly unexpected treats of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and Deep Purple’s “Space Truckin.’ The album is also notable for its inclusion of many famous musicians alongside Shatner. For example, Zakk Wylde was brought in to record “Iron Man,” Peter Frampton was brought in for “Spirit in the Sky” and Sheryl Crow records a solo ballad version of “Mrs. Major Tom” during one of the more tender moments of the entire work.
Shatner does a good job of keeping the theme of the album throughout its entirety by beginning and ending some of the tracks with real recorded NASA communications from Apollo-era missions. Additionally, certain Major Tom-themed songs are reprised here and there throughout to help maintain the concept. At the same time, Shatner apparently intended this album to be for those like Major Tom, who are about to embark on an interstellar journey with lots of free time. Both CDs together run over an hour and a half, and it’s a monumental achievement to listen to the entire thing more than once or twice and still appreciate it for art’s sake, rather than just for Shatner’s sake. Essentially, “Seeking Major Tom” features many standout tracks, not only from Shatner’s performances, but also the superb instrumental backings. Those who are fans of Shatner’s distinctive delivery will especially appreciate the album. But the novelty does wear thin after one or two listens, and “Seeking Major Tom” will most likely be an album played mainly as a curiosity, rather than for real contemplative character interpretation and serious artistic enjoyment.
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Waits continues to please listeners over the years By Aaron Burstein Campus Correspondent Artists losing talent as they age is an unfortunate trend in the music industry. It seems that the makers of once-classic material simply can’t maintain their abilities. And that is why it is such a rare treat for an artist to consistently produce quality material well into their golden years. Point
not one ounce of grit or charisma was ever lost on him. “Bad as Me” is Tom Waits’ first studio album since the release of his titanic triple album “Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers, and Bastards” in 2006. It was a long wait, but Waits made it worth everyone’s while. At its essence “Bad as Me” is not significantly different from some of his previous material. It still features all the jazzy, bluesy, spastic gutter tales with hints of carnival music that Tom Waits is known and loved for. The instrumentation Bad as Me feels a little denser Tom Waits than normal, though. 10/24/11 However, this isn’t 13 tracks a bad thing by any means. Everything fits together just right. The opener, /10 “Chicago,” is a good example with the prominent use of horn lines, driving rhythm, and sneak attack guitar lines. Actually, “Bad as Me” as a whole features a strong use of horns, and it works well.
9.0 being, Tom Waits is like honey; he’s good forever. Tom Waits has been recording for almost 40 years and with the release of his latest album “Bad as Me,” he shows that
Of course, despite some of the wilder, hard-hitting tracks, Waits still manages to break things up with some ghostly ballads including “Face to the Highway,” “Pay Me” and “Talking at the Same Time.” These ballads definitely are the kind of thing that only improves with age. Tom Waits’ gravelly voice adds an aura of weariness and experience to already exceptional songwriting and composition. But one of the album’s finest moments is the title track. Never has so much joy gone into a song about life being terrible. Waits careens through manic yelps and intense spoken word segments against the backdrop of powerful horn shouts and sleazy guitar riffs. At the end of the day, this is Tom Waits we’re talking about. Of course it’s going to be terrific. The ballads are elegantly maudlin, the upbeat tracks are a romping good time, and everything about the album simply feels right. “Bad as Me” has earned its stay among a long-standing tradition of great Waits albums. Now go out and have yourself a good ol’ fashioned Tom Waits listening party.
Russian Circles show of craft mastery in newest album By Joseph Katz Campus Correspondent In a genre historically defined by gratuitous excess, Russian Circles has time and time again crafted listenable documents striking a balance between proclivities to riff mindlessly and a post-rock sense of restraint and composure. On their newest full length, “Empros,” the instrumental metal trio doesn’t stray far from their roots, but reminds listeners why they have become regarded as masters of their craft. While eight, nine or even 10-minute long songs may not
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Writer Isaacson on Steve Jobs: 'I just listened' NEW YORK (AP) — Steve Jobs told Walter Isaacson he wanted him to write his biography because he's good at getting people to talk. Jobs, it turns out, didn't need much prodding, secretive as he was about both his private life and the company he founded. "I just listened," said Isaacson, whose book, "Steve Jobs" (Simon & Schuster) went on sale Monday. Jobs, who died Oct. 5 at 56 after a long struggle with pancreatic cancer, was a man full of deep contradictions, a product of 1960s counterculture who went on to found what is now the world's most valuable technology company, Apple Inc. In an interview with The Associated Press Wednesday, Isaacson said Jobs was a compelling storyteller with "fascinating stories." Sometimes, the author would hear him tell those tales two or three times, often with slight variations. But through more than 40 conversations with Jobs, as well as interviews with his family, close friends, co-workers and rivals, Isaacson painted a rich portrait of a complex, sometimes conflicting figure. Isaacson began work on the book in 2009 after Jobs' wife, Laurene Powell, told him that if he was "ever going to do a book on Steve, you'd better do it now." It was just after Jobs had taken his second medical leave as CEO of Apple, in January of that year. His third
leave, which began in January 2011, would be his final one. "He was not sick through much of this process," Isaacson said, when asked about what it was like to be working on the book and speaking with Jobs' family while he was ill. "We took long walks," he said. "Every evening, he would have dinner around the kitchen table with his wife and kids. He didn't go out socializing or to black-tie dinners. He didn't travel much. Even though he was focused on his work, he was always home for dinner." Those who see Jobs as the iconic CEO first might be surprised to read about his devotion to his family. It wasn't always evident. As a young man, Jobs denied paternity of his first daughter, Lisa Brennan-Jobs, for years after Lisa was born in 1978. The two later reconciled. Isaacson said he was most surprised by the intensity of Jobs' emotions. "Sometimes I'd look up and there would be tears running down his cheek," Isaacson said. Jobs told him he was always moved by "artistic purity." Sometimes, it was the design of a product, or even the creation of an advertisement that would move him to tears. Other times, it happened as he talked about a person who meant a lot to him. For his 20th wedding anniversary with Powell, Jobs wrote her a letter that he read to Isaacson from his iPhone. By
the end, Isaacson said, he was crying uncontrollably. "Years passed, kids came, good times, hard times, but never bad times," Jobs wrote in the note. "Our love and respect has endured and grown." Those around Jobs referred to his ability to influence the perception of those around him as his "reality distortion field." Though on the surface it sounds similar, this was far more complex than someone who is lying or deluding himself. As Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak puts it in the book: "You realize that it can't be true, but he somehow makes it true." The "reality distortion field" was Jobs' way of getting people to do what they thought was impossible, Isaacson said. An example was how he'd tell an engineer working on the Macintosh that he could save 10 seconds on the time the computer needed to boot up if he just wrote better code. "And the guy would say 'no you can't,'" Isaacson said. Jobs then asked the engineer if he could do it if it would save a life. And so the engineer did; he wrote better code and he shaved not 10 but 28 seconds off the Macintosh's boot-up time. While writing the book, Isaacson said he came to understand the connection between Jobs' temperamental behavior and his artistic passion. "I have a strong emotional respect for Steve," he said.
"And it helped me put in perspective ... the tales of him being hard on people. Because I knew it was all in the context of getting people to do the impossible. Which he did." Isaacson didn't spend time shadowing Jobs, though he did spend an afternoon at the design studio of Jony Ive, the chief designer at Apple who worked on the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad. It was Ive who came up with the idea of making the first iPod, including its headphones, pure white. In the afternoons, Isaacson said Jobs would walk around Ive's studio and touch all the new prototypes that were laid out there. "He was a very tactile person," Isaacson said. "He loved to fondle the prototypes." Isaacson spent a long afternoon in that studio and doing so "realized what a serene experience it was. Quiet, with new-age jazz playing softly. The leaves from the trees outside casting dancing silhouette shadows on the tinted windows. And even small products like power adapters being lined up for inspections." Can Apple continue to thrive without Jobs? "Yeah, I think that his great creation was not any one product but a company in which creativity was connected to great engineering," Isaacson said. "And that will survive at least while the current people who trained under Steve are there."
Amy Winehouse died from too much alcohol
LONDON (AP) — Amy Winehouse drank herself to death. That was the ruling of a coroner's inquest into the death of the Grammy-winning soul singer, who died with empty vodka bottles in her room and lethal amounts of alcohol in her blood — more than five times the British drunk driving limit. Coroner Suzanne Greenaway gave a verdict of "death by misadventure," saying Wednesday the singer suffered accidental alcohol poisoning when she resumed drinking after weeks of abstinence. "The unintended consequence of such potentially fatal levels (of alcohol) was her sudden and unexpected death," Greenaway said. The 27-year-old Winehouse had fought a very public battle with drug and alcohol abuse for years, and there had been much speculation that she died from a drug overdose. But a pathologist said the small amount of a drug prescribed to help her cope with the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal had nothing to do with her death. Instead, a resumption of heavy drinking killed the singer, best-known for her tall beehive hairdos and Grammy-winning album "Back to Black." A security guard found Winehouse dead in bed at her London home on July 23. "She's made tremendous efforts over the years," said Dr. Christina Romete, who had treated Winehouse. But "she had her own way and was very determined to do everything her way." Winehouse gave up illicit drugs in 2008, but had swerved between heavy alcohol use and abstinence for a long time, Romete said. The singer had resumed drinking in the days before her death after staying away from alcohol for most of July, she said. Romete said she warned Winehouse of the dangers of alcoholism. "The advice I had given to Amy over a long period of time was verbal and in written form about all the effects alcohol can have on the system, including respiratory depression and
death, heart problems, fertility problems and liver problems," she said. Winehouse joins a long list of celebrities who died after fighting alcohol problems, including jazz great Billie Holiday, AC/DC lead singer Bon Scott, film legend Richard Burton, writers Dylan Thomas and Jack Kerouac, and country music pioneer Hank Williams. Witnesses testifying Wednesday said the singer showed no signs she wanted to kill herself and had spoken of her weekend plans as well as her upcoming birthday just hours before she was found dead. "She was looking forward to the future," Romete said, describing Winehouse as "tipsy" but calm when they met the night before her death. That night, her live-in security guard said he heard her laughing, watching television and listening to music at home. The guard, Andrew Morris, said he knew she had resumed drinking, but did not notice anything unusual until he found that she had stopped breathing in bed the next afternoon. Police Detective Inspector Les Newman said three empty vodka bottles — two large and one small — were found in her bedroom. Pathologist Suhail Baithun said blood and urine samples indicated Winehouse had consumed a "very large quantity of alcohol" prior to her death. The level of alcohol in her blood was 416 milligrams per 100 milliliters, he said — a blood alcohol level of 0.4 percent. The British and U.S. legal drunk-driving limit is 0.08 percent. The singer's parents attended the hearing, but did not speak to reporters. In a statement, Winehouse family spokesman Chris Goodman said it was a relief to the family "to finally find out what happened to Amy." "The court heard that Amy was battling hard to conquer her problems with alcohol and it is a source of great pain to us that she could not win in time," he said. Doctors say acute alcohol poisoning is usually the result of binge drinking — the
human body can only process about one unit of alcohol, or about half a glass of wine, an hour. Having too much alcohol in the body can cause severe dehydration, hypothermia, seizures, breathing problems and a heart attack, among other difficulties. There is no minimum dose for acute alcohol poisoning and the condition varies depending on a person's age, sex, weight, how fast the alcohol is drunk and other factors such as drug use. In recent years, the 5-foot-3-inch Winehouse had appeared extremely thin and fragile. Dr. Joseph Feldman, chief of emergency services at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey said Winehouse likely developed a tolerance for large quantities of alcohol after drinking heavily for years. He also said the sedative Winehouse was on, Librium, wouldn't have stopped someone from having seizures if they were in alcohol withdrawal. "It's easier to withdraw from heroin than it is from alcohol ... Withdrawal (from alcohol) can cause anxiety, tremors, hallucinations, the sensation of things crawling all over you," he said. He said those symptoms sometimes push people back to alcohol. "It's possible she could have been saved if she had been found (or treated) earlier," he said. "A lot of treatment is supportive care, like IV fluids and making sure they don't inhale their own vomit." Winehouse's breakthrough "Back to Black" album, released in 2006, was recently certified as the best-selling disc in Britain so far during the 21st century. The updated take on old-time soul also earned five Grammy Awards. Although the singer was adored by fans worldwide for her unique voice and style, praise for her singing was often eclipsed by lurid headlines about her destructive relationships and erratic behavior. Winehouse herself turned to her tumultuous life and personal demons for music material, resulting in such songs as "Rehab."
string instrument sawed ominously, but is quickly overtaken by Dave Turncrantz’s technical and propulsive drumming. “Schipol” starts up in a similar manner, but progresses linearly, and toward a particularly soaring conclusion. It might be unrecognizable as a Russian Circles song – think former Suicide Squeeze label-mates This Will Destroy You, perhaps – except for the layer of sludge and abrasion underneath. The suite of songs the band chooses to end with make a monumental suggestion, however. The epic “Batu” reflects “308’s” flirtation with rhythmic dissonance like that of Touch and
be every audience’s definition of restraint, Circles’ very calculated usage of atmosphere – created through layers of samples, guitar loops and effects – offers dynamic reprieve from the moments of head-banging catharsis which songs within the post-metal subgenre invariably build up to. Album-opener “308” starts big – there’s a lot of crash cymbal and the guitar sounds particularly pummeling – and gets leagues bigger when guitarist Mike Sullivan decides to step on the reverb pedal. “308” devolves at the perfect time and the noisy bass-and-drum, startstop rhythm that gets introduced would not be out of place in the nastiest Shellac songs, perhaps a sub-conscious nod to the band’s Chicago roots. While there may be nothing on “Empros” that comes close to the level of excitement brought by its nine-minute opening track, Russian Circles certainly try. “Atakla” begins modestly, with plucked acoustic guitar and a
Go before exploding into atmospheric, tremolo-picked elation, then crashing back down. It’s the best and most dynamic song on the record, but also the longest – if you don’t feel every second as “Batu”s 11 minutes go by, it may be possible that you’ve ingested an illicit substance. Perhaps you’re waiting for the album’s final piece, “Praise Be Man," to come along. The song, which has quickly ignited the blog circuit as the first by Russian Circles to feature vocals, proves to be a relatively short, relatively pretty, and perhaps inconsequential, bookend for a album’s worth of thoroughly explored heaviness. It also, if nothing else, serves to cement the album’s place in heavy metal – as well Russian Circle’s own discography – as being a highly competent work by individuals with as much stake in unbridled progression as they do in deliberate torch-carrying. This is a solid record.
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Women's XC prepares for Big East Tournament By Krishna Scully Staff Writer
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Members of the UConn women's track and field team compete in a race last season.
The UConn women’s cross country team continues to prepare for the Big East Championships that will take place this Saturday, Oct. 29, at the E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky. Because of an unfortunate dog attack involving Shauna McNiff, the lineup has slightly changed. Yesterday, while running the trails of Mansfield Hallow, the team was approached and attacked by a large husky. Meghan Cunningham was also bit, but only received a minor bruise. McNiff, on the other hand, had to be hospitalized and suffered a season-ending injury to her thigh. Three adults were accompanying the dog on the trail, but none were able to prevent the attack. A police report was filed, and the incident is still being reviewed. As of now,
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Men's soccer defeats Marquette, prevents Golden Eagles from clinching division
from MEN'S, page 14 legs for his second goal of the game and 10th of the year. Diouf leads the Huskies in scoring, while Matheson is second with four. “Matheson is a power forward. He’s strong,” said senior midfielder Tony Cascio. Marquette had a few opportunities to score, but the Huskies defenders had a spectacular game. In the 57nd minute, the ball was moving quickly toward freshman goalkeeper Andre Blake, with Marquette’s Selvaggi and freshman forward C. Nortey in pursuit. Sophomore defender Michael Mercado beat them both, though, to head the ball out of danger. Then, in the 82nd minute, Blake made a save, and the rebound came out to senior midfielder Amilcar Herrera, who fired at the open net. But senior defender Nickardo
Blake got in front of it and blocked the ball with his face. He was temporarily shaken up, but would remain in the game. “I thought the guys did very well tonight,” said coach Ray Reid. “They’re a mature group.” “We’re going in the right direction,” Matheson said. Marquette still holds the first-place spot in the Big East Blue Division with 18 points to UConn’s 17. “Beating them feels good. It just lets us know we’re better than them,” Diop said. Had Marquette won the game, the Golden Eagles would have clinched the division. “If we lost today, they would have celebrated on the field. We can’t let that happen,” Matheson said. “We can’t let anybody else celebrate on our field,” Diop added. With the win, UConn still has a chance to win the blue
division. If on Saturday the Huskies beat Seton Hall on the road and Marquette loses to Pittsburgh, they will take the division title. If UConn loses and Georgetown beats Providence, the Huskies will fall to third place, which would mean no bye in the first round of the Big East tournament and potentially having to travel. The Huskies, however, intend to stay at home as long as they can. “We have fantastic fans,” Diop said. UConn continues to use the idea of “hunting” and not being the “hunted” as the team approach the postseason. “I don’t want to be sitting at home on Thanksgiving,” Diouf said. UConn faces Seton Hall this Saturday at 7 p.m. in South Orange, N.J.
the dog is being quarantined for the next 15 days. McNiff was released from the hospital last night and will be with the team this weekend for moral support. Running in this meet will be Heather Wilson, Lindsay Crevoiserat, Allison Lasnicki, Courtney Dinnan, Kim Moran, Cassandra Goutos, Meghan Cunningham and Lauren Sara, pending a sore hip. The decision on whether or not she will run will be made Saturday. “Shauna would have easily placed in the top 25 along with Lauren, but like any other team, we are faced with obstacles to overcome,” said coach Andrea Grove-McDonough. “Shauna, one of our top three runners, is out for the season, but we will be able to regroup and absorb that blow as we find the answers in our other runners. These kinds of incidents are what test the depth and unity of a team.”
Expectations for the Big East meet remain the same despite the loss of McNiff. GroveMcDonough will now place Kim Moran and Cassandra Goutos with the lead pack, and expects others like Meghan Cunningham to have breakout races. Meanwhile, a heavy burden will be placed on the shoulders of Lindsay Crevoiserat, a talented freshman. Crevoiserat has taken part in the Adidas Dream Mile, as well as the Millrose Games, so she is no stranger to competition. “Shauna and I have already discussed and laughed about the situation. We decided that we will tell people that she decided to take the dog on by herself to save the team,” joked GroveMcDonough. “Pretty soon the story will be manipulated to involve five dogs, Shauna the team hero and a heck of a scar to prove it. In the end, a race is just a race. There will be others
to come. We are just relieved that she is fine and will return for track season. We have no choice but to take the good with the bad as we continue to move forward.” “I really think that our team is very ready for these meets coming our way, and as long as everyone keeps their head in it, we will do what we have to do to accomplish our goals,” Sara said. “Coach GroveMcDonough’s game plan is definitely to have us keep knocking off some of the big-name teams and to help boost our chances of getting into the NCAA’s. “Practice hasn’t been much different from the other weeks of the season because we aren’t tapering for Big East, because our goal this year is focusing on Regional’s and what it will take for our team to get to NCAA’s,” Sara added.
Want to stay up to date on all the latest news? Follow the Daily Campus Sports Department on Twitter @DCSportsDept Zielinski: Cardinal's blunder paves way for Game 6 from BULLPEN, page 14 noted for his late-game matchup expertise, was seemingly guaranteed to bring in right-handed closer Jason Motte to face Mike Napoli. After all, he couldn’t make the mistake of leaving in lefthander Marc Rzepczynski to face southpaw slayer Mike Napoli, could he? Apparently, fate would not allow normalcy on this October night, as La Russa left Rzepczynski in the game to face Napoli, who, undoubtedly holding back his joy, pounded a shot into right field, scoring the game-winning runs. How could this happen? Who was to blame? A simple phone call gone terribly wrong? No, it couldn’t be. Yet in the aftermath of the Cardinals’ bullpen fiasco and eventual loss, the only thing more surprising than La Russa’s blunder was how believable the blunder actually was. Of course, baseball has never seen anything of the sort, but Texas’ ballpark is notorious for its noise level, and the subsequent distractions it causes. To a further extent, the visitor’s bullpen is not visible from the team’s respective dugout, so a simple optical interaction could have never prevented the mistake from happening. In a near poetic fashion, the events of Game 5 seem almost too perfectly intertwined to be blamed on anything but a mistake.
All in all, the bottom line stands as such: St. Louis didn’t hit well enough to win Game 5, and as a result became the victim of a tragic miscommunication. The Cardinals now find themselves in a 3-2 deficit, creating an uphill battle for the remainder of the series. Nonetheless, expect an inspiredbunch of Cardinals to emerge from the disaster, and don’t count them out for a second. Few things can inspire a team more than having a game taken from them for reasons out of its control. Without question, La Russa will be on top of his game for the rest of the series, and one figures his bullpen maneuvering will happen with great conviction. The sports community at large would be wise to learn from La Russa’s mistake, and a much greater emphasis will be placed on future stadium communication, especially for away teams. Likewise, a lesson in humility was also on display, as La Russa defined the proper way for a manager to handle a catastrophic turn of events. He was unwavering in his declaration that the blame was on him, and him alone. If La Russa has one more intelligent move left in him, it would be to find a way to push his team to victory. Otherwise, it will be a very long winter in St. Louis.
UConn Rowing to compete in last event of fall By Jimmy Onofrio Staff Writer
The UConn rowing team will compete in its last event of the fall at the Head of the Fish this weekend in Saratoga, N.Y. After last weekend’s Head of the Charles, where the first varsity boat placed third, the team looks forward to getting both varsity and novice crews in the water for the first time this fall. “It’s exciting to have [the novice crews] get into a racing situation, as the entire fall has been focused on teaching and technique while on the water,” said coach Jen Sanford-Wendry. Since this is the last event until the spring, it is the only chance for these boats to test their skills in competition. The varsity four boats will also see their only competition of the season. Between the poor weather conditions of the first two races and the divisions offered at Head of the Charles, the fours have not had an opportunity to race yet. The Head of the Fish brings together schools from all across New England. Division III champion Williams College, which won both varsity divisions at the event last year, will be a formidable opponent. “The Head of the Charles is in the rear view mirror now as we move forward in our attempt to race up to our level of ability in the last rowing opportunity of the fall,” Sanford-Wendry said. This weekend’s races will provide a final barometer for the team going into winter training.
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Men's hockey faces Holy Cross in home opener
By Gregory Keiser Staff Writer
Coming off a 5-0 loss to No. 9 Merrimack (4,0, 2-0), the UConn men’s hockey team (2-2-1, 1-0) will host Holy Cross (2-1, 1-0) tonight in the team’s first home game of the year. Despite the score, the Huskies actually held their own against Merrimack. The game was scoreless until 1:04 left in the first period, when Merrimack senior forward Elliott Sheen got one past junior goaltender Garrett Bartus. The final three goals were tallied with less than five minutes left in the game, with the Warriors beating sophomore goaltender Sam Marotta. The second, fourth and fifth goals were scored on power-play opportunities for the Warriors. “We just got in a lot of penalty trouble,” said senior forward Marcello Ranallo, the team’s assistant captain. “They are a good team, but we were in the penalty box most of the game.” Looking forward to tonight against Holy Cross, the Huskies will again have their hands full. The Crusaders took down No. 13 Boston University 5-4
Saturday at BU. Sophomore forward Adam Schmidt netted two goals for the Crusaders in the upset victory. Schmidt leads the team in goals with three. “They’re going to come out hard,” Ranallo said. “They work extremely hard.” According to Ranallo, the Huskies spent a lot of time this week watching film to watch for “tendencies” of the Crusaders. After a five-game road trip to begin the season, the Huskies will finally play in the friendly confines of Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum in Storrs, where the puck will drop at 7:05 p.m. The team is excited to play in front of the home crowd. “We’re going to try and get a win at home. Everybody enjoys playing at home,” Ranallo said. “Seeing all the students and fans are great. Being at home, I think we’ll have a bit more energy to us. We want to get the school behind us.” A win for the Huskies in the home opener would be an upset, but the players don’t feel that a victory is out of reach. “We’re going to just go out and work,” Ranallo said.
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Cross country to face tough competition this weekend
By Darryl Blain Campus Correspondent With the Big East Championship on the line this weekend, the men’s cross country team is getting set to face what is likely its toughest competition of the season. Associate head coach Richard Miller, however, still hasn’t wavered in his confidence. “Our expectations have not changed much as we approach the Big East and NCAA Championships,” Miller said after the team’s win in the New England Championships. “We are expecting to continue to improve and are looking forward to the chance to compete.” One possible cause for concern for the Huskies is the fact that last year’s finish in the Big East Championships was less than impressive, as they placed 10th out of 14 schools. Syracuse, the winner of last year’s competition, still has six of eight runners from last year
on its roster, which should provide a large obstacle for the rest of the Big East. UConn’s top runner from last year’s Big East Championships, Dan Francoeur, is no longer with the team, but the Huskies still have plenty of Big East experience left on its roster. Co-captain Nick Aguila will look to lead the team to an improved overall finish from last year, along with fellow captain Scott Johnson. In Boston for the New England Championships earlier this season, where the Huskies got their most impressive win this year, the team performed noticeably well, which coach Miller attributed to “starting the race aggressively holding together as a group.” The Big East Championships will be at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky. on Saturday, Oct. 29. The men’s 8K race will begin at 11 a.m.
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Huskies wrap up season on a strong note at regional championships
By Carmen Beatriz Angueira Campus Correspondent The women’s tennis team wrapped up a very successful fall season on Tuesday at the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships at Yale University. Head coach Glenn Marshall, in reference to the doubles tandem of Maxene Weinberg and Jen Learmont, said, “I look forward to seeing them continue to progress as we begin our Big East season in the spring.” The duo of Weinberg and Learmonth advanced to the second round with an 8-5 victory over St. Peters. Weinberg and Learmonth faced the No. 5 seed from Boston College in a tough match, which concluded in an 8-5 win for BC. The doubles team from BC later advanced to the championship, where they were defeated by their own teammates.
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“They had a close match in the first round and almost knocked off the BC tandem in the second round. It was very close, and the level of play was some of the best I have seen from them all fall,” Marshall said. Also in doubles action were Alex Gregory and Marie Gargiulo, who dropped the opening match 8-1 to Boston College. Representing UConn in singles was Alex Gregory, who obtained a bye in the first round. Gregory then fell in the opening match to St. Bonaventure’s Fayta Amiri by a 7-5, 6-0 result. Also in singles was freshman Maxene Weinberg, who did not obtain a position on the main draw, losing her match to Fordham’s Bella Genkina 6-4,6-4. The women will now train for the upcoming Big East spring season, beginning in February 2012.
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Huskies finish unbeaten at home By Dan Agabiti Senior Staff Writer
said. “If we lost, that meant they would be celebrating on our field, and we can’t let that happen.” For the Huskies, playing at home in the Last night, the UConn men’s soccer quarterfinals of the Big East tournament team defeated the Marquette Golden – should they beat Seton Hall Saturday, Eagles 3-0. The win meant that UConn earning the bye week – would be a huge finished the regular season undefeated at advantage. the friendly confines of Joseph J. Morrone Huskies break out of slump Stadium. In the past five games prior to Wednesday Last game’s 0-0 tie against Georgetown night, UConn had scored just three goals was the only blemish on – two against Providence UConn’s home record this on Oct. 12, and one against season, where the Huskies finPittsburgh on Oct. 15. Last ished the season 9-0-1. night, the Huskies matched The Huskies haven’t lost a that total in one game. game at home since the openComing into the game, the ing round of the NCAA tourHuskies had not scored in their nament last season, when they past 229 minutes of play, datlost to Brown 7-6 in a shootout ing back to the 61st minute of after playing to a 1-1 tie. their game against Pittsburgh. Notebook “It just feels different when Breaking out of a slump like we’re playing at home,” said that was crucial for UConn as junior Stephane Diop. “We have fantastic it starts to near playoff time. fans here who really make a big difference “It gives us more confidence,” said sophfor us.” omore forward Mamadou Doudou Diouf. Marquette entered the game as the top “We want to be the hunter, not the hunted.” team in the Big East’s Blue Division, Before the game, coach Ray Reid told and the Huskies did not want the Golden the players to treat the game against the Eagles to win in Storrs and savor a victory Golden Eagles as if it were a champion UConn’s turf. onship game. By the end of the game, “We could not let that happen,” Diop everybody was going to know which team said. “This is our field and that would be is superior. a shame for our fans.” Scoring the goal early on – the first goal Freshman forward Allando Matheson came in the ninth minute – was crucial in givshared Diop’s feelings about beating ing UConn confidence for the rest of the game. Marquette. “It takes a lot of the pressure off of “This was a big game for us,” Matheson them,” Reid said. “It helps the guys a lot
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Mamadou Doudou Diouf takes a shot against Marquette.
psychologically.” “Early goals help us a lot,” Diouf said. “Sometimes we panic when we don’t score early...In the open field, there is honestly nobody who can stop us.” The Huskies’ next game is Saturday night on the road against Seton Hall. With a win, UConn will secure a bye week and a home playoff game in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament. Saturday’s action kicks off at 7 p.m.
Callahan: Tim Tebow's hype is growing old from THE BOOK, page 14 can be counted as a Tebow hater. In fact, the guy is one of the few on earth who scarcely gives a single reason to genuinely dislike him (then again, perhaps there’s one right there). My fingers press on in selfloathing because this aforementioned whirlwind, this widespread fever, this all-consuming appetite for all things Tebow, is unfounded. It’s an ESPN hype machine that’s running on nothing more than hot air. You see, last Sunday, the Bronco offense led by Tebow was afforded 15 possessions. Ten of those drives combined to average out to less than 12 gained yards. Three of the remaining drives did produce a combined 11 points, yet all began with only roughly 50 yards to the endzone. Only when gifted with a short field was the second-year quarterback able to take advantage. Next, according to advancednflstats.com, when the Broncos found themselves down two scores with 5:23 remaining they had roughly a one percent chance of attaining victory. Following Tebow’s touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas that opportunity doubled to an astounding two percent. After recovering the onside kick, Denver’s winning hopes jumped a mile high to now 12 percent. This means the onside kick executed by the Broncos’ special teams was worth six times more than the pass thrown by Timmy boy. Moving on, when Tebow plunged into the end zone on a 2-point conversion to tie the game up at 15 apiece, the Dolphins defense had called upon their Nickel package. This personnel set features an extra defensive back in favor of a lineman or linebacker and is typically reserved for pass-
ing situations. Now, how in the world do Miami coaches call that when there’s a better chance of the next Rapture coming true than Tebow passing the ball two yards away from the goalline? Or at the very least, how is a not a single player assigned to watch for any sort of draw or QB power run (it ended up being the latter). Finally, when overtime commenced, the teams traded one lousy possession for another before the Dolphins appeared to move in for the kill. Then, DJ Williams strip sacked Miami quarterback Matt Moore and set up the Bronco offense two yards from where Matt Prater knocked in the game-winning field goal. In case you were wondering, the Broncos’ win expectancy from before to then after the fumble recovery jumped from 33 percent to 78. And yes, Tebow and Co. could only gain two yards in the three plays afterwards. So now you know. The wind underneath No. 15’s Superman cape last week was almost entirely due to things he had nothing to do with: fortunate field position, incredible special teams play, Dolphin defensive gaffes and a gem of a play from his own defense. Watching the game again, Tim Tebow made just two throws that entire afternoon worthy of a starting NFL quarterback, even if one was indeed dazzling. Yet, we don’t hear about all this. You and I only are only told about the great Tim Tebow who led his team to victory (after putting them in a hole by going 4-14 with 40 yards passing before that drive with five minutes left). The old expression claims that you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink. Well, according to ESPN as of late, when it
comes to the Broncos, Tim Tebow not only can lead them to water but resurrect them if need be and make them drink ‘til they’re blue. He’s donned the front cover of their magazine before his first start, since been discussed on every TV program of their 24/7 coverage and bulleted as the third online headline of the day, ahead of Albert Pujols’ 3-home run effort in the World Series, critical NBA lockout negotiations and the platonic shifts going on underneath the world of college sports. Not to mention, the Florida alum was even compared to the spirit of an entire city and had his ‘legend’ dissected. First Take’s Skip that everything I say is factually unfounded” Bayless was prompted to debate a LeBron James tweet about Tebow. You’ve simply got to be kidding. Jesus save us, or at least, please send that Rapture already. So, when Stuart Scott opened up a segment of SportsCenter late Monday night asking: “Has there ever been a more hyped game between an 0-5 team and 1-4 club?” you must know that yours truly nearly had a stroke. It’s like me asking you ‘kind reader, has there ever been a paper that talked about the University of Connecticut so damn much?” Why yes, you’re holding it in your freaking hands. It’s also undeniably and solely a result of our work here as employees at The Daily Campus. Now thankfully, there are a select few within the ranks of Bristol who have taken it upon themselves to sift through the hype and hyperbole to search for some truth. Tuesday Morning Quarterback’s Gregg Easterbrook and Grantland. com’s Bill Barnwell each did very well with demonstrating the flaws in attributing
such acclaim to Tebow for Sunday’s result. But they are the exception to the rule; the rule that details those under the ESPN namebrand must simplify for the masses, exaggerate for attention and fulfill nonstop, 24/7 sports coverage. It’s the sad truth and everything wrong with sports media today: too little substance, too little perspective and too few facts. Meanwhile, viewers get whipped into a frenzy by an insufferable amount of overstatement. For, I do like Mr. Timothy Richard Tebow. I really do – he’s a hell of a guy (though I’m not sure how he’d take to my description of him just then). His toughness, will, courage of conviction and care for others are all truly admirable qualities – things that make him both a good teammate and role model for millions. But I can’t stand all this unwarranted fawning and wasting of time. So, let’s refocus and find the real stories out there. Let’s talk about rookie running back DeMarco Murray rushing for 253 yards that same day; let’s talk about the best World Series in a decade; let’s talk about one of the most talent-laiden college basketball seasons in years ready to open up. But first, let’s give our old pal Jay Lovinger a head start on his new book with a quick, perhaps slightly plagiarized passage – Tebow 3:16. “For God so loved the world that he gave them his one and only Tim Tebow, that whoever believes in his goodness and in sport, yet refuses to get caught in the media’s hysteria shall not be fooled but have a good head on their shoulders.” Amen.
Prescott: UConn won't make a bowl game this year from WILL, page 14 even if the offense is not as potent as it was last season. Brendon: Cincinnati is 6-1 on the season. They are having one the best years in program history. Rutgers and Syracuse continue to put up impressive numbers, with both teams’ sitting at 5-2 this season. Cincinnati has scored almost double the amount of points UConn’s offense has scored with 287. This may not be enough for the 29th ranked defense to handle. And while Rutgers also struggles offensively, it has an even better ranked defense than UConn. The Scarlet Knights have given up only 112 points this season, so it is tough for me to believe McEntee and company will stand much of a chance. Danny: Cincinnati is having a great year, but that is only one of the five remaining games. Rutgers and Syracuse are at
home, and Rentschler Field has proven to be a place where UConn excels in front of the home crowd. Also, new head football coach Paul Pasqualoni led Syracuse to nine bowl games in his tenure with the Orange. All this man knows how to do is find a way to make bowl games. Brendon: If you want to put your faith in chance for another season, that is fine with me, but if you look at the statistics, it predicts that UConn will lose at least three out of its last four games. Even if the Huskies beat Louisville at home, if they cannot beat Syracuse or Pittsburg on the road, then I see no hope for them. You’re expecting these guys to pull off a once in a lifetime run for a second year in a row. UConn has to go over .500 in its last five games against harder teams than they played going 3-4. Danny: I would not consider winning three out of five games putting faith in chance. Syracuse’s record is deceiving
after that controversial win over Toledo. Rutgers and Louisville at home are winnable games. And do not count out freshman running back Lyle McCoombs. He may not have the national attention that Jordan Todman received, but he has proven to be a solid ball carrier, well on his way to a 1,000-yard season. With five games left, I would not throw in the towel just yet. Brendon: Rutgers defense has enough talent to shut down the young McCoombs. UConn has had trouble making things happen offensively against almost every team except Fordham. If UConn cannot score any points, the defense will be worthless. This was seen earlier in the season when the Huskies picked off Iowa State quarterback Steele Jantz, three times and still only scored 20 points in the 24-20 loss. UConn cannot continue to have good days on offense, while their defense has bad days and vise versa. They just don’t look as well-rounded this season.
TWO Thursday, October 27, 2011
Home: Rentschler Field, East Hartford Nov. 19 Louisville TBA
Nov. 26 Rutgers TBA
Dec. 3 Cincinnati 12 p.m.
Men’s Soccer (14-1-2) Oct. 29 Seton Hall 7 p.m.
The Daily Question Q : “Will you watch Game 6 of the World Series tonight?” A : “I’ll be watching Modern Family instead.”
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“Is Theo Epstein’s move to the Cubs a good decision?”
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» That’s what he said -St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa on communication problems in the bullpen in Game 5 of the World Series.
» QUICK HITS
Five UConn teams earn perfect graduation marks
Tony La Russa
» Pic of the day
By Mac Cerullo Managing Editor
Getting air time
Big East Tournament TBA
Field Hockey (15-1) Oct. 28 Rutgers 3 p.m.
Nov. 5 Big East Tournament TBA
Oct. 30 Princeton 2 p.m.
Men’s Ice Hockey (2-2-1) Tonight Holy Cross 7:05 p.m.
Oct. 29 Nov. 4 Army Mercyhurst 7:05 p.m. 7:05 p.m.
Nov. 5 Nov. 12 Mercyhurst AIC 7:05 p.m. 7:05 p.m.
Women’s Ice Hockey (1-5-2) Oct. 28 Syracuse 7 p.m.
Oct. 29 Nov. 4 Nov. 5 Nov. 12 Syracuse Northeastern Northeastern Providence 4 p.m. 7 p.m. 4 p.m. 1 p.m.
Men’s Swimming & Diving Oct. 28 Oct. 29 Big East Big East Quad Meet Quad Meet 4 p.m. 10 a.m.
Nov. 5 Army Noon
Nov. 12 Penn Noon
Nov. 18 Pitt Invite All Day
Women’s Swimming & Diving Oct. 28 Oct. 29 Big East Big East Quad Meet Quad Meet 4 p.m. 10 a.m.
Nov. 5 Army Noon
Nov. 12 Penn Noon
Nov. 18 Pitt Invite All Day
Nov. 4 Nov. 6 West Virginia Pittsburgh 7 p.m. 2 p.m.
Nov. 12 Rutgers 2 p.m.
Volleyball (11-12) Oct. 29 Notre Dame 2 p.m.
Oct. 30 DePaul 2 p.m.
Oct. 28, 29, 30 Connecticut Championships All Day
Women’s Tennis Oct. 28, 29, 30 Connecticut Championships All Day
Men’s Cross Country Oct. 29 Big East Champ. TBA
Nov. 12 NCAA Northeast TBA
Nov. 21 NCAA Champs. TBA
Women’s Cross Country Nov. 12 NCAA Northeast TBA
Puerto Rico’s Filiberto Rivera, left, shoots over Mexico’s Lorenzo Real during a men’s basketball match at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011.
Nov. 21 NCAA Champs. TBA
Golf Oct. 30, Nov. 1 Kiwah Island All Day
Rowing Oct. 29 Head of the Fish All Day
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“Maybe we need to come up with some ear mikes or something.”
Football (3-5) Nov. 5 Syracuse Noon
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Five UConn athletic programs achieved perfect Graduation Success Rate (GSR) scores, and 15 scored above the national average in the NCAA’s latest GSR report released on Tuesday. The five teams with perfect scores were men’s soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, women’s tennis and men’s golf. The other 10 teams that scored above the national average of 82 percent were women’s ice hockey (95 percent), softball (93), women’s basketball (90), women’s soccer (90), men’s tennis (86), men’s swimming and diving (85), women’s swimming and diving (83), women’s cross country/track and field (83) and men’s ice hockey (82). In a statement, UConn President Susan Herbst praised the high academic marks of the athletic teams. “The University of Connecticut is proud of the academic achievements of all of our studentathletes,” Herbst said. “The fact that we had five teams earn a perfect score and the majority of our others were above the national average or the average for their particular sport is a testament to the value that we put on the `student’ part of the student-athlete here at UConn. I want to congratulate the student-athletes on their success and offer my thanks to the coaching staffs, our academic support areas and the University faculty.” The football team had a 75 percent GSR, ahead of the national average of FBS programs, which is 67 percent. The men’s basketball team’s score was a dismal 25 percent, which is a point that school administrators have made a priority of fixing. GSR scores track the percentage of studentathletes who earn a degree within six years. The most recent scores are based on entering classes from 2001 to 2004. The women’s soccer team concluded its disappointing 2011 season on Saturday after losing to Providence 2-1. The team finished the year with a 7-8-2 record (4-5-2 Big East), and will not qualify for the Big East tournament for the first time since 1993. The Huskies held the lead late after senior Jessica Shufelt scored in the 58th minute, but Providence scored two goals in the last 10 minutes to shock the Huskies. With the loss, the Huskies will likely miss the NCAA Tournament for only the second time ever. UConn has appeared in every tournament since its inception in 1982 except for 2008.
Game 6 of World Series postponed by rainy forecast ST. LOUIS (AP)—Colby Lewis and his Texas teammates casually tossed a ball in left field, trying to avoid the tarp and any anxiety about being so close to the World Series championship. On this day, the only winner was the weather. Game 6 was postponed Wednesday because of an accurate wet forecast, delaying the Rangers’ bid to clinch their first championship. Ahead 3-2, they can close out the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night. It’s likely to be clear with temperatures in the low 50s at Busch Stadium. “We’re not getting antsy, we’re not getting ahead of ourselves. We just have to wait,” Texas manager Ron Washington said. Lewis is set to start against Jaime Garcia. If there’s a Game 7 Friday night, it’ll be Matt Harrison for Texas against, well, no telling. St. Louis manager Tony La Russa playfully mentioned the great Bob Gibson, but ace Chris Carpenter on three days’ rest looms as a possibility. “It’s already been asked about Carp,” La Russa said. “I was told by Carp that he would be ready to go.” The postponement came after a travel day for the teams. This two-day gap is the longest at the World Series since 1989, when the Bay Area earthquake left the Athletics and Giants idle for 11 days. “It’s just a rainout, that’s it,” Texas star Michael Young said. “I don’t know if people think we’re going to sit in our hotel rooms all night biting our nails. We’re going to get something to eat, get some rest and be ready to go.” After a damp season and postseason, Major League Baseball announced the decision about 4 1/2 hours before the scheduled first pitch. At
the time, no drops had fallen at the ballpark. “I’m not even sure why they canceled it,” Cardinals outfielder Lance Berkman said. “This is better than the weather for Game 1. I guess I’m going to lie back on the couch like a big, fat pig and watch a movie.” Maybe Berkman could’ve joined La Russa. The Cardinals manager planned to go see “Moneyball.” By late afternoon, a light mist turned to drizzle and then to steady rain. More showers were on the way throughout the night. This was the first Series washout since 2008 at Philadelphia. That year, Tampa Bay and the Phillies were tied in the sixth inning when rain and snow turned the field into a quagmire, forcing a suspension. It rained the next day, too, and the game finally resumed two days later, with the Phillies winning to take the crown. Because of the debate about how to handle that situation MLB adopted a rule a few months later mandating that any postseason game stopped in progress would be resumed at the point of suspension, rather than being postponed and starting over. This marked the latest rainout at a Series since 1986, when Game 7 between the Red Sox and Mets was pushed back by a day. MLB executive Joe Torre said he alerted Washington and La Russa on Tuesday that a postponement was possible. Rain was in “every forecast we had probably for the last three days,” Torre said at a news conference. “They were all consistent there was going to be rain during the game.” Looking at Commissioner Bud Selig, Torre asked: “Do you want to play in rain?” During the AL championship series, a game between Detroit and the Rangers in Texas was
called because of a predicted storm that never arrived. This time, it came. Busch Stadium has had weather woes in the past. In 2006, Game 4 between Detroit and the Cardinals was called. Rain has hovered over the majors all year with more than 50 washouts, baseball’s highest total since 1997. The bad weather actually started before opening day, as the Milwaukee Brewers and Reds worked out in snow flurries on March 31. Wicked weather intruded earlier in this postseason, too. The opener of the AL playoff series between Detroit and New York was halted after 1 1/2 innings by showers that lasted all night. The game at Yankee Stadium was suspended and picked up the next day at the point when it was stopped. The only other suspension in postseason history was that Rays-Phillies game in 2008. Baseball began the playoffs a week earlier this year than last season, intending to have the World Series conclude before November. MLB also hoped the adjustment could help avoid a chilly finish for the championship. It was in the 40s and raw last week for Game 1. It was in the 70s and clear at Busch Stadium on Tuesday. A perfect night to play, but it was a travel day for Texas and St. Louis. Banged-up Texas star Josh Hamilton took the rainout in stride. “You don’t have to get worked up, hyped up to get into game mode and then shut it down,” he said. “We know early, so we’re able to come out here, get some swings in the cage, throw a bit. And it’s smart for the pitchers, too, they don’t have to get up, get going, have a rain delay, sit down.”
» INSIDE SPORTS TODAY
P.13: Five UConn teams post perfect graduation marks. / P.12: Men’s hockey set for home opener. / P.11: Women’s XC preps for Big East championships.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Huskies outplayed by Pittsburgh
The Book of Tebow
UConn’s bowl hopes fade as Pitt delivers a sold win
Andrew Callahan Ten distant years ago, an old ESPN writer by the name of Jay Lovinger took the time to sit down and hash out a 256page work entitled “The Gospel according to ESPN.” In the decade since the scripture’s publication, Lovinger waved goodbye to the worldwide leader, but now someone needs to call him back. There’s another chapter in need of a being inscribed: The Book of Tebow. Perhaps you’ve heard of him, one Timothy Richard Tebow: current NFL quarterback, former Heisman trophy winner and modern day darling of the media. His 2-4 Denver Broncos just defeated the winless Miami Dolphins in miraculous fashion during one of the ugliest games the NFL’s produced so far this year. Now, let me address early on that indeed by continuing to type on about this insatiable whirlwind currently sweeping up sports media, known as ‘Tebowmania’, I am simply adding to it. And I don’t like this one bit. But, please know any sort of personal disdain isn’t because
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Tino Sunseri threw for a career-high 419 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score as Pittsburgh rolled past Connecticut 35-20 on Wednesday night. The Panthers (4-4, 2-1 Big East) snapped a two-game skid despite losing star running back Ray Graham to a nasty-looking right knee injury in the first quarter. For one night, at least, Pitt didn’t need the Big East’s leading rusher. The Panthers had little trouble moving the ball against the Huskies (3-5, 1-2) behind Sunseri, who made coach Todd Graham’s vote of confidence pay off with the best game of his career. Lyle McCombs ran for 124 yards but UConn could get little going in the passing game when it mattered. Johnny McEntee completed 17 of 33 passes for 193 yards and two scores, but the Big East’s worst offense again struggled to move the ball for long stretches. The Panthers had no such issues even after losing their biggest weapon 4 minutes into the game. Graham crumpled to the ground at midfield after having his right leg pinned awkwardly underneath him while getting tackled by UConn’s Jory Johnson following a 1-yard gain. Graham clutched the back of his leg before being helped off the field, where he punched an equipment table before heading to the locker room. The nation’s second-leading rusher returned to the field in street clothes and is expected to have an MRI on Thursday to determine the extent of the injury.
» CALLAHAN, page 12
Bullpen fiasco epitomizes home field advantage
Pittsburgh running back Ray Graham (1) is stopped by Connecticut defensive back Byron Jones (16) and linebacker Jory Johnson after a 21-yard gain.
» MEN’S SOCCER
Men’s soccer team rolls past Marquette
By Chris Zielinski MLB Columnist
By Gregory Keiser Staff Writer
To this point, the World Series matchup between the Texas Rangers and the St. Louis Cardinals has been worth every penny. From Mike Napoli’s heroics to Albert Pujols’ mammoth Game 3 performance, the headlines have been delivered in abundance. Players on both squads have illustrated how meaningful playoff baseball is, and that winning the series is truly a career-defining moment. However, during the recent, dramatic Game 5, the spotlight found itself outside of the diamond and firmly on the shoulders of Cardinals’ manager Tony La Russa. In a groundbreaking turn of events, the eventual Cardinals’ loss stemmed from a communication breakdown between La Russa and the St. Louis bullpen. La Russa, who is often
wait much longer for a goal, however. In the ninth minute, on the left side of the box, After not scoring in its past two sophomore forward Mamadou games, the No. 5 UConn men’s Doudou Diouf placed a pass for soccer team broke through and Matheson in front of the goal. netted three against Marquette Matheson then put the ball past to keep the Huskies’ hopes of Marquette junior goalkeeper David Check on the ground on winning the Big East the right side of the Blue Division alive. net, and Matheson UConn defeated the celebrated with his first place Golden patented back-handEagles 3-0 at home spring to backflip. UConn 3 at Joseph J. Morrone “Once we get that Stadium. Marquette 0 first goal, everyone The Huskies took relaxes,” Matheson control of the game said. early on. It looked like the Only moments later, in the Huskies were going to take the 20th minute, Matheson stripped lead in the eighth minute, when a Marquette defender at the top redshirt sophomore midfielder of the left side of the box. Diouf Colin Bradley gave a beauticut toward the net on the right ful pass to freshman forward side, and Matheson crossed the Allando Matheson in the box, ball for Diouf, who headed it to but Matheson was immediately the left side of the net to make called offside. The fans didn’t have to the score 2-0 UConn.
» ZIELINSKI, page 11
Almost directly after the goal, Marquette junior forward Anthony Selvaggi stuck his cleat into junior midfielder Jossimar Sanchez’s heel. Junior defender Max Wasserman pushed Selvaggi toward his bench. Play was stopped for a minute or so, and Selvaggi received a yellow card for his actions. In the last minute of the half, junior captain midfielder Carlos Alvarez booted the ball down the field for Diouf, who played with the ball against his defender before coming up short against Check, who cleared the ball. Ten minutes into the second half, junior captain midfielder Stephane Diop kicked a ball about half the distance of the field to Diouf, who picked it up with no one in front of him and shot the ball through Check’s
» MEN’S, page 11
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Tony Cascio takes a shot on goal during the match against Marquette last night.
Will UConn football make a bowl game? Yes they will!
By Danny Maher Campus Correspondent
Will the Huskies make a bowl game...
The defending Big East champions will make a bowl game. UConn needs three more wins to become bowl eligible. Yes, I do know that the record with a game at Pittsburgh on Wednesday is not favorable for the Huskies, but it is a better position for the team then they were in at this point last season. Last year the Huskies were 3-4 with a 0-2 Big East record. Then the Huskies rallied off five wins to make a BCS bowl. With three of the five remaining games at home in front of a Rentschler Field crowd, I cannot see how UConn misses a bowl.
Danny: The first reason why UConn will make a bowl is because of the improvement at the quarterback position. Last year, Zach Frazer somehow led the Huskies to a BCS game while only throwing for five touchdowns and six interceptions. This year’s signal-caller, Johnny McEntee, has already thrown for six touchdowns. Not to mention in seven games, McEntee has thrown for 1,209 yards, and he is on pace to smash Frazer’s mark from last year. He has also grown more accustomed to the quarterback position as the season’s advance. Brendon: While it is true that McEntee is performing adequately overall, the phrase “lightning never strikes twice in the same place” seems to come to mind when looking at the Huskies this season. With a new head coach in
Paul Pasqualoni and a very high percentage of freshmen and sophomores, Zach Frazer’s “remarkable” accomplishment of last year seems a bit more unattainable. It would be extremely tough for the Huskies to rally to a bowl game on an adjustment year in which so many players have yet to hit their stride. Danny: It is true that overall the Huskies as a team are not as experienced as they were in 2010, but three out of the top four receivers from last year’s team are still here. Isaiah Moore, Ryan Griffin, and Kashif Moore are not only a year more experienced, but all of them have already surpassed their reception totals from last season, or at least are well on their way. The defense is 29th in the country in points against,
» CAN, page 12
No they won’t!
By Brendon Prescott Campus Correspondent
Not to be a hater of the Huskies here, but it looks like the dog days of the season have really taken a toll on UConn football this year. With topranked Cincinnati and front runners Syracuse and Rutgers left on the schedule, it appears as though UConn will have to settle with a below .500 record for the season. UConn’s questions with McEntee, the youth of Lyle McCoombs on offense and the unreliability of the defense will cause the Huskies to fall short of a bowl appearance. How are we going to be expected to suddenly come up big five weeks in a row?
... or will they crumble under the pressure?
Published on Oct 27, 2011