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UConn law school honors alums’ successes By Michael Sin Campus Correspondent
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The UConn School of Law honored four distinguished members of the Connecticut legal community. The revered alumni come from many different lines of work, including politics, finance, teaching and jurisprudence, and will receive their awards at the UConn School of Law annual meeting this week. The recipient of the Distinguished Graduate Award went to the Chair of the Financial Restructuring Group at Bracewell & Giuliani, Evan D. Flaschen (’82). An adjunct professor at UConn Law, his main practice revolves around private investment funds, distressed merger and acquisition transactions and out-of-court company restructurings. He has traveled the world to represent his clients, having appeared in courts in over four continents. Flaschen has lectured over 150 times in restructuring and distressed debt making him accom-
plished in the field of research. He has been cited in more than 100 scholarly journals and courts all around the U.S. Former Dean of UConn Law Jeremy Paul received the Distinguished Service Award after his 23-year tenure at the school. He dedicated his time enriching the law school, establishing many programs during his term as dean, including a Center for Energy and Environmental Law, a Doctor of Juridical Science program for foreign students and an initiative to spend a semester in Washington, D.C. As a highly lauded academic and educator, Paul has also taught at Boston College and University of Miami, primarily in constitutional law, property and jurisprudence. The Medal of Excellence was awarded to Former Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court, Ellen Ash Peters. In 1984, she was named chief justice and became the first woman to hold this position. She is now a judge trial referee in the appellate court. A professor at Yale Law School for 22 years, she was a visiting professor at
UConn, teaching a contracts class and a seminar looking at how federal and state laws interact. Current Hartford Mayor Pedro E. Segarra (’85) received the Public Service Award. He was formerly a managing partner of the Law Office of Segarra and Lopez, before being the second openly gay mayor of an American state capital city. In 1991, Segarra was the youngest person to be appointed as corporation counsel for the City of Hartford. He has established a myriad of initiatives for his community – the Hogar Crea Hartford branch (a Puerto Rican institution that helps drug addicts break their habit), the Hispanic Health Council and the Connecticut Latino Achieving Rights and Opportunities (CLARO). He is currently a member of the Connecticut state and federal bars, as well as the Florida bar. The award winners will receive their awards at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville on Oct. 10.
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UConn keeps athletic fundraising secret by using private entities
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Webster Bank signed on this summer to become a major sponsor of University of Connecticut athletics and help build a new basketball training center, but UConn has refused to say how much the bank is spending or what exactly it will get in return for its millions. Though it is a public institution, UConn keeps some of the financial information about its athletic fundraising secret by using private entities. Many universities use private tax-exempt foundations to raise money, but what separates Connecticut from other schools is a measure passed by the state legislature a decade ago that exempts the University of Connecticut Foundation from state freedom of information laws. Also, the state Supreme Court in February ruled the school can keep its lists of donors and season-ticketholders private, saying they amount to trade secrets. Now the school is asserting that it doesn’t have to release the details of marketing deals, such as the one with Webster, because it is not actually a party to the contracts. The deal is signed by Webster and IMG College, a marketing firm that has an agreement with UConn and more than 70 other schools to administer licensing, media rights and content on school athletic websites. “The financial arrangement is between
Webster and IMG College, not us,” UConn spokesman Mike Enright said. UConn last week announced it has $22 million in pledges and cash on hand for the basketball facility and needs $10 million more to break ground. A spokeswoman for Webster, which agreed to the sponsorship deal and made a separate gift for the training center, said it is the bank’s policy not to release details of significant investments. The Associated Press has filed a request to see a copy of the contract between IMG College and Webster under the state’s freedom of information law, which says that any document that is “used, received, or retained by a public agency” is a public record. “It’s not clear to me that simply because UConn has used a subcontractor that it has the right to withhold from the public critical information about how this facility is being funded and built,” said state Rep. Andrew Fleischmann, D-West Hartford, a freedom of information advocate in the legislature. “Based on my understanding of the law this information ought to be available to any member of the public, now.” The school has said it is not certain it even has a copy of the contract, though it said in a news release that the deal “encompasses all aspects of the university, including athletics and the Alumni Association,
and integrates media, hospitality, and venue signage as well as use of university intellectual property for branding, promotions, and affinity marketing.” Charles Davis, an expert on freedom of information issues at the University of Missouri, said it appears to him that the school went to great lengths to structure the deal in such a way as to avoid public disclosure statutes. “It’s like a third-party player that’s acting on behalf of the athletic department,” he said. In states such as Colorado and Nevada, school foundations are subject to open records laws. In other states such as Georgia, only donor names are private, but that is not the case in Connecticut. UConn’s foundation sought and received a specific exemption from state freedom of information laws. Foundation spokesman Arthur Sorrentino said that exemption is necessary to protect the privacy of donors. Making them public, he said, could have a “chilling effect” on school donations. He also disputed assertions that foundation transactions receive little public scrutiny. “The foundation’s transactions are rigorously reviewed by state auditors and by PricewaterhouseCoopers, who the foundation hires every year at its own cost to do a rigorous audit and analysis of its books,” Sorrentino said.
Former UConn basketball player due in court MILFORD, Conn. (AP) — Former University of Connecticut basketball player Bob Dulin is due back in court for allegedly violating his probation a second time in connection with a sexual assault conviction. Dulin is set to be arraigned Tuesday in Milford Superior Court. Probation officials say the 54-year-old Milford resident attended his daughter’s high school volleyball games and a party for eighth-graders at his home earlier this year without getting permission from his probation officer. Dulin was sentenced to 18 months in prison in 2007 for having a sexual relationship with a teenage girl who was on a youth basketball team he coached. He was sent back to jail for 90 days in 2009 for violating his probation by failing to complete sex offender treatment. Dulin declined to comment on the new allegations.
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controlled substance marijuana and possessing a controlled substance or less than four ounces of marijuana. Police observed what appeared to be a drug transaction occurring in a vehicle parked on C Project Service Road. Police then conducted a check of the vehicle and identified one of the passengers as Summerlin. After a brief investigation, Summerlin was found to be in possession of 3.235 ounces of marijuana and a fake driver’s license. His bond was posted at $2,500, and his court date is on Oct. 9. Oct. 3 The items below list charges filed, not convictions. All persons appearing below are entitled to the due process of law and presumed innocent until proven guilty. Individual police blotters will be taken off the website three semesters after they have been posted. Oct. 1 Jake F. Liberatore, 20, of Berlin, was arrested at 11:50 p.m. on C Project Service Road and charged with illegal distribution of marijuana or a controlled substance and possession of a con-
trolled substance or less than four ounces of marijuana. Police conducted a vehicle check on a vehicle parked on C Project Service Road. After a brief investigation, Liberatore, a passenger of the vehicle, was found to be in possession of 14 Clonazepam pills and $610.. His bond was posted at $5,000, and his court date is on Oct. 9. John C. Summerlin, 19, of Newtown, was arrested at 11:50 p.m. on C Project Service Road and charged with forgery in the second degree, illegal distribution of marijuana or a
Alexandra I. Pollio, 20, of Stamford, was arrested at 2:04 a.m. at Carriage House Apartments and charged with a first offense of possessing less than a half ounce of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. During a narcotics investigation Pollio was found to be in possession of various types of prescription pills, which were not prescribed to her, .1 gram of marijuana and various pieces of drug paraphernalia. Her bond was posted at $5,000, and her court date is on October 16.
jected to a series of sobriety tests, which he failed. His bond was posted at $500, and his court date is on Oct. 17. Lyle J. McCombs, 20, of Staten Island, N.Y., was arrested at 12:19 a.m. at Hilltop Apartments and charged with breach of peace in the second degree. Police responded to LaFlesche after a resident called and said that a male and female were involved in a domestic dispute. During the investigation, it was learned that McCombs had spit on and pushed his girlfriend while outside of a residential hall. His bond was posted at $500, and his court date was on Oct. 5. Sasiamarie Jones, 22, of Stratford, was arrested at 1:26 a.m. at Husky Circuit and charged with breach of peace in the second degree. Police responded to LaFlesche after a resident called and said that a male and female were involved in a domestic dispute. During the investigation, it was learned that Jones yelled at, spit on, scratched and pushed her boyfriend while outside of a residential hall. Her bond was posted at $500, and her court date was on Oct. 5. Oct.7
Oct. 5 Zachary A. Cammarano, 23, of Milford, was arrested at 12:12 a.m. on North Eagleville Road and charged with failure to drive right, driving under the influence and traveling at an unreasonable speed. Police stopped Cammarano’s car on North Eagleville road for driving unreasonably fast and failing to drive right. Police suspected Cammarano of being under the influence, and Cammarano was sub-
Richard T. Weiss, 19, of Branford, was arrested at 12:32 a.m. on the UConn campus and charged with criminal mischief in the third degree. Weise was observed damaging a bicycle of another person by the Student Union on Hillside Road. Weiss was issued a summons and released on a non-surety bond. His bond was posted at $500, and his court date is on Oct. 16.
American Airlines CEO acknowledges rough few weeks NEW YORK (AP) — American Airlines’ CEO acknowledges that passengers have had a rough few weeks on the airline but says the carrier is working through its issues. “The operational performance is improving,” CEO Tom Horton said in an interview with The Associated Press on Monday. “We’ll get past this just like other airlines before us have.” The airline, which has been in bankruptcy protection since November, saw its on-time performance drop to 59 percent in September, according to Flightstats.com. In that same period Delta, Southwest and U.S. Airways were all above 85 percent. The airline has blamed the delays on pilots writing up extra maintenance requests as part of an unsanctioned job action. Delays and cancellations snowballed after a federal bankruptcy judge ruled against the airline’s pilots, allowing management to impose new pay and work rules. Pilots started filing more maintenance complaints, sometimes minutes before the scheduled departure time, and flew circuitous routes. The airline has cut flights and added reserve crews and extra planes to cover any lastminute delays. Now that the two sides are back at the bargaining table, Horton says customers should notice more ontime flights. “Unfortunately for a couple of weeks there, it was very difficult on our customers,” he said. He said the company’s operating performance is “not yet back to the level we think our customers deserve and expect from American, but it has improved significantly since the period right after the contract rejection.”
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Jobs plans play key role in Conn. Senate race
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — Republican Linda McMahon and Democrat Rep. Chris Murphy talk a lot about their dueling plans to increase jobs as they seek votes in a tight race for Connecticut’s open U.S. Senate seat. But many of their ideas have been floated by others during this year’s campaign season, and it is doubtful their entire proposals would become law after either is elected Connecticut’s new junior U.S. senator. Like Murphy, Rep. Shelley Berkley, the Democratic Senate candidate in Nevada, says she’s “fighting to rebuild America’s manufacturing base while ending unfair loopholes and taxpayer giveaways that encourage U.S. companies to ship jobs overseas.”
Much of UConn’s athletic fundraising is secret
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Webster Bank signed on this summer to become a major sponsor of University of Connecticut athletics and help build a new basketball training center, but UConn has refused to say how much the bank is spending or what exactly it will get in return for its millions. Though it is a public institution, UConn keeps some of the financial information about its athletic fundraising secret by using private entities. Many universities use private tax-exempt foundations to raise money, but what separates Connecticut from other schools is a measure passed by the state legislature a decade ago that exempts the University of Connecticut Foundation from state freedom of information laws. Also, the state Supreme Court in February ruled the school can keep its lists of donors and season-ticketholders private, saying they amount to trade secrets.
13,000 steroid shots; risk uncertain
NEW YORK (AP) — As many as 13,000 people received steroid shots suspected in a national meningitis outbreak, health officials said Monday. But it’s not clear how many are in danger. Officials don’t how many of the shots may have been contaminated with meningitis-causing fungus. And the figure includes not only those who got them in the back for pain — who are most at risk — but also those who got the shots in other places, like knees and shoulders. There was no breakdown on the number of back injections, said Curtis Allen, a spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those injected in joints are not believed to be at risk for meningitis, he said. The number of people sickened in the outbreak reached 105 on Monday. Deaths rose to eight, with another fatality in Tennessee, the CDC said. Tennessee has the most cases, followed by Michigan, Virginia, Indiana, Florida, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina and Ohio. Investigators suspect a steroid medication made by a specialty pharmacy may be to blame. About 17,700 single-dose vials of the steroid were sent to 23 states. Inspectors found at least one sealed vial contaminated with fungus, and tests were being done on other vials.
The first known case of the rarely seen fungal meningitis was diagnosed last month in Tennessee. The steroid maker, New England Compounding Center of Framingham, Mass., recalled the drug, and over the weekend recalled everything else it makes. “While there is no indication at this time of any contamination in other NECC products, this recall is being taken as a precautionary measure,” the company said in a statement. Meningitis is an inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord, and a back injection would put any contaminant in more direct contact with that lining. Symptoms on meningitis include severe headache, nausea, dizziness and fever. The CDC said many of the cases have been mild and some people had strokes. Symptoms have been appearing between one and four weeks after patients got the shots. A Michigan man whose wife’s death was linked to the outbreak said Monday that he, too, was treated with steroids from one of the recalled batches. “Not only have I lost my wife, but I’m watching the clock to see if anything develops,” George Cary said, as friends and fam-
ily gathered for his wife’s wake in Howell, 60 miles northwest of Detroit. His wife, Lilian, 67, had been ill since late August, but meningitis wasn’t detected until Sept. 22, her husband said. She died Sept. 30. Michigan officials have not released the names of two people who have died in the outbreak in that state, but did say one was a 67-year-old woman. Fungal meningitis is not contagious like the more common forms. The two types of fungus linked so far to the outbreak are all around, but very rarely causes illness. Fungal meningitis is treated with highdose antifungal medications, usually given intravenously in a hospital. The steroid is known as preservativefree methylprednisolone acetate, which the compounding pharmacy creates by combining a powder with a liquid. Doctors should contact any patient who got doses from any of the recalled lots, and should look back at their records as far back as mid-May, CDC officials say.
Ex-Peace Corps worker faces sentencing for abuse
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A former Peace Corps volunteer is facing sentencing for sexually abusing four young girls while serving in South Africa. Jesse Osmun is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Hartford. He pleaded guilty in June to traveling from the United States to engage in illicit sexual conduct with children. Authorities say the victims were 3 to 6 years old at the time. Federal prosecutors say Osmun should get a sentence of more than 17 to 20 years in prison. They say he preyed on children at an AIDS orphanage who are among the poorest in the world.
Good Samaritan dies in 35-foot Conn. highway fall
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut State Police say an 83-year-old Maryland man fell 35 feet off an elevated highway and died while trying to help a driver whose SUV had rolled over. Troopers say Richard Herron, of Elkton, Md., jumped over the center median of Interstate 84 in Hartford early Monday morning to avoid a tractor-trailer that was nearing the accident scene. Police say Herron probably didn’t realize there was a large drop. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital. Authorities say the SUV’s driver, 45-year-old Sheila Jenkins of Hartford, was traveling too fast around a curve on the wet highway and lost control of her vehicle at about 3 a.m. State police say she was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.
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Marijuana legalization proposal is a leap in the right direction
his summer, Uruguayan President Jose Mujica made headlines by proposing nationwide marijuana legalization. Stating concerns over escalating violence among drug traffickers and increasing use of harder drugs such as paco, a cocaine-based paste, he announced a bold plan to allow adult citizens to purchase and consume marijuana. Under his proposal, the Uruguayan government would have a monopoly over the production and sale of the drug. In an effort to prevent “drug tourism,” only citizens would be able to purchase marijuana from the state-run retailers, and they would be limited to a maximum of 40 grams per month. President Mujica and his allies in Congress presented the bill on Aug. 8, and it is currently being debated. The president’s administration says they are not rushing things, hoping to address all concerns before passage in order to ensure its success. We believe that, while far from perfect, Mujica’s proposal is a leap in the right direction. If passed, Uruguay would become the only place in the world where it is legal to purchase and consume marijuana. This business, estimated to be worth around $40 million per year, will be moved out of the black market and into the open. As Mujica claims, this promises to decrease the use of harder drugs, including paco and heroin. While the “gateway theory” has been thoroughly debunked, the prohibition of marijuana leads casual users to be exposed to harder drugs, as the people they’re buying from are often peddling a wide variety of substances. With sales in storefronts instead of back alleys, users will be able to purchase marijuana without being pressured into trying more harmful drugs. Another probable effect of this policy not mentioned by Mujica will be to decrease marijuana use by youth. When it comes to decreasing teen drug use, setting age limits is much more effective than criminalization. We have seen this strategy succeed with cigarettes in the United States, where teen tobacco use is at a 30-year low while teen marijuana use is at a 30-year high. Perhaps the most positive thing about this proposal is how it was presented. The bill drafted by Mujica states that marijuana is only mildly addictive, unlike “cocaine, alcohol, tobacco and psychotropic drugs.” Due to its lack of serious health effects, the bill states that one of its goals is “the normalization and full social acceptance of marijuana use,” treating it more like alcohol than heroin. It is refreshing to see elected officials talking about marijuana in such an honest and reasonable manner, drawing a stark contrast to the fearmongering often seen in the United States. However, the bill does have some flaws. Government monopolies are almost always a bad idea, as they tend to decrease efficiency and lower quality. A better solution would be a private market with strict government regulations. Also, only allowing citizens to patronize the government stores will likely create a small black market for non-citizens hoping to purchase marijuana. As marijuana use is not linked to violence, fears over drug tourism are unfounded, and such tourism would actually be a positive for the country’s economy. 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.
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Murphy’s experience an asset, not a liability
n Sunday, Congressman Chris Murphy and wrestling executive Linda McMahon faced off in the first debate for Connecticut’s open Senate seat. It was a refreshing break from the battle on television airwaves, which McMahon is dominating due to her seemingly infinite campaign treasury. This event made it clear that when put on a stage together and asked to talk about the real issues, rather than bicker about who was more irresponsible with their old mortgage, Murphy is By Sam Tracy indisputably the Weekly Columnist better candidate. Over the course of the debate, Murphy was finally able to address the allegations made by McMahon on an equal playing field. He shut down her accusation that he has no plan, showcasing his long record in Hartford and Washington. Murphy explained how the claim that he cut Medicare funding by $700 billion was simply Republican spin. And he drew attention away from the unimportant statistic of missing committee hearings, pointing out that he has a 97 percent attendance rate for actual votes. McMahon’s criticisms fell apart when Murphy was given a chance to respond. As for the style of debate, it was clear that McMahon had rehearsed heavily, but she came off as having memorized entire paragraphs of arguments rather
than truly grasping the issues. At one point, she was cut off while criticizing Murphy, and during her next turn to speak, she completely ignored the question and picked back up a few sentences before where she was cut off, repeating what she had said word for word and finishing her statement. It came off as fake and heavily scripted, much like the wrestling shows she made her millions off of. Eventually, one major theme became clear: McMahon does not understand public policy. When asked about samesex marriage, she hesitated and finally said, “Well, I live in Connecticut and I absolutely support, uh, America’s law for, you know, same-sex marriage.” Of course, there is no such thing. The only federal law concerning same-sex marriage is the Defense of Marriage Act, which forbids same-sex couples from obtaining federal benefits, even if they are legally married in their own state. It was clear that this was not a question she had rehearsed for. The post-debate narrative of each campaign was telling. After the debate, Murphy told reporters, “Linda McMahon wrestled with the issues this morning and the issues won,” and his campaign later sent out an email claiming victory and saying, “It’s no wonder Linda McMahon ignored our campaign’s request–and several thousand petition signatures from Connecticut residents–to immediately kick off the general election with a series of debates on jobs.” McMahon’s campaign made no such claims of victory, clearly recognizing that the debate was a setback for her candidacy. Her post-debate email just repeat-
ed her old talking points, saying, “We don’t need another career politician in Washington. We need someone who will fight for you — who believes America’s best days are ahead and not behind.” Her accusations that Murphy is a career politician are true. He has been in office since 1999, first as a state representative, then as a state senator, and now as a congressman. But Sunday’s debate showed that this is an asset, not a liability. Murphy’s experience has given him an impressive understanding of the countless issues affecting the people of Connecticut, and a proven record that lets voters know he will do what he says if elected senator. As demonstrated at the debate, Linda McMahon has no such understanding of the issues. She has no political record to back up her claims that she will break with her fellow Republicans on important issues like same-sex marriage or abortion access. When seen live during a debate, rather than in a commercial prepared by her well-paid campaign staff, it is clear that McMahon will not serve Connecticut well if elected senator. The second debate of the campaign is scheduled to take place right here at UConn, Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Jorgensen Center for Performing Arts. Students who want to see the actual candidates, rather than the images they have created for television, should make every effort to attend.
Weekly Columnist Sam Tracy is a 7th-semester political science major. He can be reached at Samuel.Tracy@ UConn.edu.
Separation of church and state should continue to be respected
ne of the popular idioms of this election season has been a return to constitutional politics. “Back to basics” has become a buzzword in this election, but one of the most basic pieces of this country’s structure–the separation of church and state–is being By Kristi Allen ignored. This is Staff Columnist not only unlawful but detrimental to the country as a whole. The U.S. has a long and complicated history of the separation of church and state. America was founded “under God,” with the freedom of religion being one of its most central tenets. This conflict has continued for almost 250 years, and religion will continue to have a place in this country. Anyone has a right to express their beliefs and voters have a right to choose a politician who they feel comfortable with. The question is: When does religion in politics cross the line into the creation of laws? It has. Over the past few years, religious dialogue has increased dramatically, to the point where politicians are citing religious texts and doctrines as cause and defense for laws. President George W. Bush’s primary point
for the opposition to gay marriage is that it is subversive to a tradition “honored and encouraged by every religious faith.” President Barack Obama used Jesus’s sermon at the Mount as a model for his economic policies in a speech he made at Georgetown University in 2009. Mike Huckabee has credited some of his political success to “the same power that helped a little boy with two fish and five loaves feed a crowd of 5,000.” Michelle Bachmann, an early Republican candidate for this year’s 2012 presidential election, claimed in 2009 that she would run for presidency if God called her to do it. The fact that some of our leaders are elected on the promise of doing “God’s work” is a terrifying prospect. One of the fundamental pillars of our political system is freedom of religion. In fact, it’s the reason this country was founded. Our government exists for the facilitation of civil concerns alone. In the same way that it is not allowed to prevent the practice of any certain religion, it is not allowed to promote another. It is Bachmann, Huckabee, Bush and Obama’s right to express their faith, but it is not the right of the government to say which faith
ought to inform the rules that the country will live by. On a larger scale, the increase of religious thought in politics promotes violence and intolerance among the public. A certain religious doctrine being given special attention in law can lead to the conclusion that it’s more right or wrong than another. Violence against Muslims spiked dramatically after the U.S. declared its War on Terror, centered unapologetically around radical Islam before any other kind of terror. A bill was proposed in Tennessee to actually outlaw adherence to Sharia, Islamic Law, under the claim that it was serious danger to the state. A similar bill in Oklahoma was actually approved by voters. The measure was struck down by U.S. District Court Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange, who stated that it violated “the very foundation of our country, our Constitution, and particularly, the Bill of Rights.” Religion and faith are uncompromising ideals that don’t always tend toward logic. It’s hard for there to be respect, understanding and compromise among people who believe that their position is on the side of a supreme being, and that adherence to it should be compulsory. The majority of examples I
have cited are from the right wing. I am not deliberately trying to single out Republicans and Christianity as the main perpetrators of this phenomenon. In a country that’s predominately Christian, Christianity can be expected to have the loudest voice. I’m not intentionally singling out Republicans either they did that themselves. From the 2012 Republican Party Platform: “The provision of the first amendment concerns freedom of religion. That assurance has never been more needed than it is today, as liberal elites try to drive religious beliefs – and religious believers – out of the public square. The Founders of the American Republic universally agree that democracy presupposes a moral people and that, in the words of George Washington’s Farewell Address, ‘Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.’” It may well be that America could use some morality. However, according to the Constitution that the Founding Fathers wrote, that isn’t the government’s place to say. Staff Columnist Kristi Allen is a 1st-semester pre-journalism major. She can be reached at Kristi.Allen@UConn.edu.
city council here in L.A. voted 11-2 to overturn the ban on medical marijuana dispensaries . I t ’ s great news for the thousands of people who suffer from fake back pain , fake neck pain , and fake sleep disorders .” –J immy K immel
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FroyoWorld a great stop to indulge your sweet tooth
By Ariel Brand Campus Correspondent
Sometimes you can’t help but give in to your sweet tooth. But if you’re looking for a treat without the guilt of consuming loads of calories, “indulge yourself,” as the FroyoWorld motto states, in a healthy dessert alternative – frozen yogurt. FroyoWorld is a self-serve frozen yogurt lounge that sells 100 percent natural and low-fat or non-fat products, packed with probiotics, or microorganisms that help to maintain balanced immune and digestive systems. With the vision to establish Connecticut’s first self-serve frozen yogurt place, William Bok launched Froyoworld in New Haven near Yale University in 2010. Since then, the company has been rapidly expanding within and outside state lines, bringing in about two dozen already existing and prospective franchises. Stores have sprung up in Middletown, North Haven, Westport, Mystic and several other towns across Connecticut. There are also locations in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Puerto Rico. I stopped in last Sunday for my first FroyoWorld experience. For a gray, moody afternoon, the store was relatively busy. Families and students sat along the white booth and chairs with tree-like backs. This froyo heaven exudes a joyful charm – vibrant turquoise and pink walls, little vases with flowers near the front window and mosaics coating the wall around the frozen yogurt dispensers. In the back, a smiling yellow globe
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FroyoWorld, a ‘frozen yogurt lounge’ offers an array of frozen yogurt flavors and a variety of options of toppings, including fruit, candy and chocolate.
stands on top of a circular table with his arms out wide as if to invite you to grab a cup. Once you’ve selected a cup size, you can choose from 12 different frozen yogurt and sorbet flavors. While eight of the flavors always remain the same, the other four vary every two to three weeks. In addition to the names of the flavors, an electronic monitor displays the nutritional information. If you have trouble deciding which flavor(s) to pick, you can always ask for a sample. A variety of
toppings are offered, including freshly chopped fruit, chocolate candies, crunchy treats and other tasty goodies. Your cup is then weighed at the counter. The retail price is $0.49 per ounce. I opted for the original tart and Thanksgiving pumpkin pie, topping them off with slices of mango, strawberries and a handful of mochi (tiny rice cake balls). Both flavors were milky good. The pumpkin one conjured up that all the warm, homey feelings of this windy, leaf-color-changing time of
year. The original tart, however, won my heart a bit more, making me yearn for more. There’s something about frozen yogurt that I find utterly delectable, especially when the tartness of the yogurt lingers after each bite. FroyoWorld has this part down cold (pardon the pun). Bbased on my other frozen yogurt experiences, I still would give Pinkberry an edge over Froyo in overall yogurtness, but they come quite close. Next time I return to Froyo, I would choose the raspberry tart.
Sometimes with fruit-flavored products, only a hint of the fruit can be detected. Despite how strange this sounds, all of Froyo’s flavors are “true to taste,” as their website claims. Some flavors can be overpowering after a while, like Dutch chocolate and red velvet. They’re not for everyone. For those who pine for something that will send your taste buds on a high, I recommend birthday cake mix. It’s too sweet for my palate, but one of the Froyo workers who gave me the samples said it’s a popular choice. It is no wonder they’ve been doing so well. Clearly a lot of enthusiasm, dedication and support has gone into the operation. Cec Amado, manager of the Storrs Froyo, prides the business on their strict cleaning regulations, newly prepared fruit from top-quality markets and off-the-record recipes. Mel Reid, a 1st-semester neuroscience major, said, “It had a great atmosphere – familyfriendly, hip and open… All the samples I tried were very good. I would go here every day if I could.” I would if I could, too. Even though the remaining warm days are dwindling and the increasingly chilly weather may keep you indoors, it’s hard to say no to those sweet cravings that hit us all once in a while. Consider heading over to FroyoWorld, 1 Dog Lane, for a delightful treat. The store is open all year-round, Monday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to midnight.
‘Emergency’ art exhibit targets Jim Lehrer: No regrets stigma around reproductive rights for debate moderating and gender justice
Moderator Jim Lehrer looks over his notes before the first presidential debate at the University of Denver, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, in Denver.
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A ‘This is an Emergency’ poster used to spread awareness of the event and the issues it tackles.
By Zarrin Ahmed Staff Writer The Student Union Gallery is now hosting the “This Is an Emergency” art exhibit. Sounds urgent? The exhibit challenges the stigmas affecting women, queer-identified and transgendered people. A combination of 17 posters and a hand-sewn zine in a portfolio, the exhibit was coordinated by Meredith Stern, a Providence-based artist who is also a member of the Justseeds Cooperative and a printmaker. She coordinated the project, which focuses on reproductive rights and gender justice. The “emergency” is the onslaught of proposed bills restricting access to abortion services and contraceptives. With the near-defunding of Planned Parenthood, the passage of 80 new laws that prevent people from accessing abortion and state amendments that reject same-sex marriage, the project brings urgency to reproductive rights and gender justice. The collection serves as a
response to this issue, highlighting the visual and oral expressions of women and LGBTQ people who feel their voices are underrepresented. Visual art was submitted by artists Melanie Cervantes, Thea Gahr, bec Young, Favianna Rodriguez, Mary Tremonte, Molly Fair, Ian Cozzens, Kristina Brown, Delia Kovac, Emmy Bright, Lois Harada, Erin Rosenthal, Katrina Silander Clark, Arlet Rose Torsone, Sam Merritt and Olivia Horvath. There are 125 copies of this project, which have been distributed to different organizations and institutions. The written portion of the project in the hand-sewn zine includes a number of interviews and is intended to share experiences and stories that have gone untold. These include experiences working for equality through political and grassroots movements. These interviews take an inter-generational approach, where people in their twenties and thirties interview their elders and mentors. Stern, for example, interviewed her
mother for this part of the project. The purpose of these interviews with older women is to demonstrate how an older generation of women learned about sex and reproductive health. “People in college are getting ready to go out and be the next leaders,” said Austin Poor, a 1stsemester biology major. Poor thought the exhibit was a strong political statement for women, but a valid one. Among the 17 posters are prints that focus directly on women’s rights on abortion and contraceptives and others depicting doctors that have fought for the same cause. The institutions and organizations that received copies of this project are allowed to reproduce the images for campaigns, display them at events or in offices, use the images on websites, newsletters or other materials or sell the posters as fundraisers for their organizations.
NEW YORK (AP) — Jim Lehrer said Monday that he accomplished precisely what he wanted to while moderating the first presidential debate: get Mitt Romney and Barack Obama talking to each other. The former PBS anchor said last week’s confrontation, viewed by 67 million people, will be remembered as a watershed moment because it was a real debate instead of simultaneous interviews of the candidates. He took some heavy criticism on social media for his light hand, letting the candidates talk and generally asking open-ended questions designed to encourage them to explore differences. It was a new format approved over the summer by the Commission on Presidential Debates. Lehrer said the differences were not explained well to the public in advance. The commission issued a statement Friday backing Lehrer. “I may be seeing something that’s not there, but I can’t imagine emerging from this experience — I’m talking about myself — with any permanent scars,” said Lehrer, who has moderated 12 presidential debates since 1988. “I’m very upbeat about it, and I don’t have
any second thoughts.” Lehrer planned to divide Wednesday’s debate into 15-minute sections divided by topic areas. But that quickly went off the rails. “The first few times I said ‘let’s move on’ and they wanted to keep talking, the inclination of course is to stop them so I could cover all the subjects I wanted to cover,” he said. “But I’m sitting there thinking, ‘Wait a minute, they’re talking to each other, leave ‘em alone.’ So I backed off.” He’d get much harsher criticism if he prematurely stopped discussions, he said. “Not only that, but I would have deserved it,” he said. “It would have been different if they were talking about tiddlywinks or baseball, their favorite color or something like that,” he said. “They were talking about the things that really matter.” He said he was surprised to get criticism from political pros and fellow journalists, people he said should have seen what he was trying to accomplish. Among the critics were Dan Abrams of ABC News, Michael Tomasky of The Daily Beast and Rachel Maddow of MSNBC.
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Of fonts and nonfiction
When I read, I always notice the different fonts used in books, newspapers and magazines and enjoy when different fonts other then the norm are used. Although I noticed the fonts, I never realized the amount of thought and time it takes to create one. “Just My Type” by Simon Garfield changed that. It is an entire book, 341 pages, about fonts. While this seems like an extremely dull topic, the book took me by surprise, especially since I’m not a fan of nonfiction books. I rarely read them. Adventures and magical places are my preferred topics, not cold, hard facts. However, this was an exception. “Just My Type” taught me that there is a lot more to a font than meets the eye. In my opinion, the average person who starts to write using Microsoft Word hardly ever thinks of the components a font consists of. The spacing between the letters, the size of the letters and their weight are a few of many aspects type designers must think about. I was taken aback by the complexity font design involves. One quote summed up my thoughts precisely. Matthew Carter, famous for designing fonts such as Veranda and Georgia, says that people “don’t realize any human agency is involved, because fonts for them are part of the software ether that appears mysteriously on their computer. They are very astonished when they hear people do this.” Since people don’t often think about fonts, I loved Garfield’s unique style of bringing fonts to life beyond their textual context. His description of Cooper Black as “the sort of font the oils in a lava lamp would form if smashed to the floor” is just one example of how he skillfully describes different fonts. To him, fonts have a distinct life of their own besides being simply one of many options someone can pick from a dropdown menu. The life of fonts is emphasized in the “Fontbreak” section after each chapter. Garfield describes the birth of new fonts, the life of their creators or just interesting facts about a particular font. Basically, “Just My Type” is one big factbook about something in our everyday lives that normally doesn’t merit our attention. When you set out to write a paper, you hardly ever change the font to something other than Times New Roman. It’s the standard font for schoolwork. I wouldn’t dare turn in an assignment in Chiller or Papyrus. It’s just not done, a social faux pas. After exploring this book, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to think about fonts the same way again. “Just My Type” also changed my way of thinking about nonfiction books. First though, I must be honest and say I didn’t read this book cover to cover. I read the first half and then skipped around the second half to read things that were of particular interest to me. This wasn’t because the book wasn’t well-written but because I found it to be a book better read sporadically than all at once. There was only so much information about fonts I could handle at one time. When I realized what I was doing, I also realized what I should have been doing with nonfiction books all along. While I would never skip around in a novel, I learned that nonfiction books need to
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original path. The animation is what we would expect from Burton. Human appearances are exaggerated, with enormous eyes and gangly limbs. Burton isn’t afraid to hit us with grotesque and even unpleasant imagery at times. While not always pleasing to the eye, it is always interesting, refreshing and sometimes adorable; I can’t quite explain how, and I don’t think anybody but Burton can. The lack of color works surprisingly well, and “Frankenweenie” as a whole is a unique stylistic entry in the genre. Most kids today know horror films as slasher rampages, zombie takeovers and demonic possessions. “Frankenweenie” is a really clever, humorous and heartwarming way to introduce them to the golden age of horror and all the monsters it spawned. I’m very happy this movie exists, especially after seeing it.
There are certain types of movies that I’m sick of seeing pop up in theatres. Moronic family comedies, moronic teen romance films, but most of all, moronic sequels. Looking at the box office records of the past three years, or even the past three decades, sequels have done incredibly well among mass audiences. What angers me is not only have many of these sequels been terrible, but most of them shouldn’t have existed to begin with. Just to be clear, when I say sequels, I don’t mean film series that tell one story over the course of several movies, such as “Star Wars,” or “Lord of the Rings.” These I don’t have a problem with. One movie I do have a problem with is “Taken 2,” which debuted this past weekend and raked in $50 million at the box office. I liked the original “Taken,” and I’m glad it gave a new spark to Liam Neeson’s career. But did anybody walk out of that movie saying, “Wow, I really want to see a second part of that.” For the most part, the answer is no. “Taken 2” is one of those movies made for the sole purpose of making money, and history has shown those movies tend to be lazy rehashes of the original. But on the outrage meter, “Taken 2” doesn’t fall nearly as high as some other film series that just refuse to die. Let’s take a look at the “Resident Evil” movies. The first one was passable, and it did set itself up for a sequel. It did not set itself up for a six-part series that gets more mundane with every installment. I don’t know what annoyed me more, sitting through the boring shooting gallery that was “Resident Evil: Retribution,” or watching it beat out the re-release of “Finding Nemo” at the box office. The fifth part of a terrible series outgrossed a Pixar movie, that’s a crime against humanity. Then there’s the “Final Destination” series. The first film had a very clever idea. A bunch of people survive a tragic accident that should have killed them, and then start dying one by one. How do we ruin that idea? By doing the same thing four more times but only making the plot more and more contrived. I find it kind of hilarious that people who created the original premise are the same people who turned it into a stupid cliché. Some series just don’t know when to die. I was a big apologist of the “Saw” series, and I will unashamedly say that “Saw II” was one of the best movies of 2005. And while they tried to keep a flowing and interesting story throughout the series, they reached the point where they did not know how to tie it all together. The result was a rushed, poorly thought-out and very disappointing final chapter. I understand that when people see a movie they love, they want more of it, and I’m like that too. But there are ways to do it right. The best example is the “Die Hard” series. Each movie has an original story and is carefully cast, and it also helps that they don’t come out in consecutive years. There is one thing powering the never-ending sequel train, and that’s money. Box office tickets are the only thing keeping every series alive, and all we need to do is stop turning out to see mediocre versions of things we can rent for a fifth of the price. “Paranormal Activity 4” comes out in a few weeks, I urge you to give that one a pass.
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Over/Under Overrated: The Last Samurai (2003)
‘The Last Samurai’ was nominated for four Academy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards. I’m not sure exactly why. First of all, the story of how a Westerner learns to love the culture he meant to destroy is trite, and this movie did nothing to add flavor. Second, it romanticized said culture beyond redemption. For one thing, By Alex Sfazzarra most Correspondent samurai that opposed Campus the Meiji reformation did so not for altruistic reasons, but because they did not wish to lose their privileged place in society. ‘The Last Samurai’ did nothing to counter the trope of Asian men as martial arts masters, nor the trope of Asian women as delicate geishas.
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Fat Amy, left, played by Rebel Wilson, alongside Beca, right, played by Anna Kendrick. ‘Pitch Perfect’ opened in wide release last Friday.
By Joe O’Leary Focus Editor It’s an interesting time for women, comedy and film. After last year’s “Bridesmaids” came out of nowhere to become one of the highest-grossing comedies ever, and the highest-grossing comedy starring women, it raised the question: “Are women funny?” I am nowhere near qualified to answer that question, but Universal Pictures, the distributor that took a risk on “Bridesmaids” (and reaped a large pile of money as their reward), has decided to strike while the iron is still pretty warm with the new woman-dominated, college a cappella comedy “Pitch Perfect.” When it comes to comedies made and targeted to girls, I don’t have much experience, what with my Y chromosome, but I do know that “Mean Girls” is one of the best. Is “Pitch Perfect” on that movie’s level, what with its Glen Cocos and trying to make “fetch” happen? No, but it does a remarkably good job at coming close.
The plot is pretty simple; imagine UConn’s great a cappella groups, and now have them perform in intricate national championships, except with more vomit. This is where Beca, played by Anna Kendrick, finds herself as she progresses through her freshman year at a fictional New Jersey college. Kendrick is 27-years-old in real life, by the way. Good one, Hollywood. As the film retreads familiar territory, the quality of the work has to shine through the actors and actresses. Luckily, “Pitch Perfect” manages to collect an eccentric, frequently-funny troupe of singers that are slightly stereotypical but reasonably intelligent. Rebel Wilson runs away with the film as Fat Amy, an Australian ball of energy who steals every scene she’s in. Having made a splash in “Bridesmaids,” Wilson’s character clearly has the DNA of Melissa McCarthy’s character from that movie. At face value,
she seems to be the “overweight actress that everyone makes fun of” but quickly becomes not only a fully-fleshed out character but the film’s high point. Kendrick is less amazing, but perfectly serviceable, as the lead. The extensive ensemble ensures good vibes, though, as everyone has fun with the material. As the rockstar leader of the fake Jersey school’s national champion a cappella fraternity, Adam Devine from “Workaholics” demolishes his immature material. He may still be playing his character from that Comedy Central show and by effect maybe himself, but he’s hilarious in doing so. Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins are also great as snarky, hateful TV commentators. Brittany Snow, a guy who looks like Bruno Mars but somehow isn’t and other colorful characters round out the cast. The music of an a cappella movie is a key point, and “Pitch Perfect” gets about a B. Despite
Pitch Perfect 7.5/10
some retroactively terrible dialogue and choices (the movie shot last fall, so a plot point about the indie qualities of top ten hit “Titanium” fall flat), most of the music is acceptable at worst. It’s better than “Rock of Ages,” at the very least. Finally, where the movie really shines is its slightly off-color humor, which earns most of the movie’s credit. The jokes come rapid-fire, and almost half of them connect, which is a surprisingly good ratio. And they’re well setup, too, with a good amount of snark. Some are especially brutal, but they finely shape its twisted heart. Did I love “Pitch Perfect?” No. Did I like it enough to give it props? Totally. It’s a fun little success of a low-budget project. Plus, it’s original enough, and surprisingly funny enough, to more than earn its keep. “Mean Girls” is still on top, but “Pitch Perfect” is close behind.
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Underrated: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
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Victor Frankenstein, voiced by Charlie Tahan, marvels at his success in resurrecting his dog Sparky. The film is entirely stop-motion animated and black and white.
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As far as I’m aware, this movie is considered the weakest of the three original Indiana Jones films. Even Steven Spielberg agrees. I admit it lacks some of the luster that ‘Raiders’ had, but I think there are some elements of it that deserve praise. For one thing, ‘Temple’ involves a mine cart chase. For another, ‘Temple’ still features badassery on the part of Harrison Ford. And it did dodge a bullet when it didn’t pick Nazis as the main villains. Yeah, I’m sure every criticism of it is valid. But it’s still a nostalgic and entertaining watch. – Jason Wong
When it comes to Tim Burton, there is a clear pattern in the quality of his films. Whenever his works are original (“Ed Wood,” “Big Fish,” “Edward Scirssorhands”), they’re usually pretty good. Whenever he tries to retell a familiar story, (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Planet of the Apes”) he reaches varying levels of bad. His newest film “Frankenweenie” mostly fits into the latter category, but thankfully, it breaks the trend. As one would guess, “Frankenweenie” tells the story of “Frankenstein,” but instead of a mad scientist and a monster, we have a boy, Victor (Charlie Tahan) and his faithful dog, Sparky. After Sparky is hit by a car and killed (yes, this scene will make you cry), Victor uses electricity to revive him, but then has to hide him from his parents and townsfolk. The relationship between the two
is well-established and developed, and the scenes of a reincarnated Sparky wandering around the town make for great comedy. And Victor is made out to be more than just the generic school kid with affection for his companion. The movie has a very playful, lighthearted tone about it, so it’s a lot of fun, with the emotional draw played at just the right level. The character set in “Frankenweenie” is enormous, and they play off of each other very well. They include an enjoyable Igor-like character named Edgar (Catherine O’Hara), an obese child named Bob (Robert Capron) and a crazed-yet-fascinating science teacher. Most of the characters are stereotypical, but very colorful and enjoyable. The size does appear to work against it at times. There is a female character, Else (Winona Ryder) who seemed to be Victor’s love interest. But she is given so
little screen time nothing really develops. The film pays homage to not only “Frankenstein” but many classic monster movies, and there are mountains of references, from a character with the surname Van Helsing to the fact that the crazed science teacher is voiced by Martin Landau. These are fun to pick out and give something extra for the adult audience. Unfortunately, the references eventually take control of the plot, causing it to fly off the handle toward the third act. The film had a small, sweet story going for it, and out of nowhere, it transforms into a more traditional monster film, with Victor and Sparky almost forgotten. While it does become very entertaining, and I’m glad I got to see it, the film would have been better if it didn’t divert from its
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be approached differently than fiction. Nonfiction books can wear you down in their depth, making your eyes glaze over as you read. In order to really appreciate them and open yourself up to a new genre, read the topics you feel like reading. Unlike a novel, if some things get skipped, there is no plotline that will be ruined. Also, don’t force yourself to read. Read however much you want whenever you want.
You’re probably wondering why on earth there is a “Taken 2.” I assumed I was in for one of those cheap sequels that exists only to make me $10 poorer. That’s exactly what I got. Is there any reason in the world of “Taken” for the story to continue any farther than the end of the first “Taken?” No, but it opened with $50 million dollars this past weekend, so that’s why it exists. “Taken” was a fast-paced action thriller that also had a real story and meaning. It was very subtle. It may have seemed like it was about Liam Neeson getting his daughter back and killing everyone in his way, but what it really was about was the European sex slave and human trafficking business. The film showed us how everything worked and how deep it all goes, very subtly. It brought to light to these serious issues and raised awareness without most of the audience even knowing they
Reading factual information for hours just to say you’re reading isn’t conducive to learning and exhausting yourself. It also is the wrong way to approach books. Books contain so much factual and practical information that extends beyond the text that is waiting to be discovered. It’s up to you to find the books and commit to the read that will take you there.
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Bryan Mills, played by Liam Nesson, takes aim at his next victim. ‘Taken 2’ took in $50 million at the box office.
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were doing so. Seeing Neeson kill or beat up everybody in France was just a bonus. “Taken 2” does not tell an interesting story and is not about anything bigger than an hour and a half of Neeson once again trying to get his family back in the kind of role people got sick of Harrison Ford playing years ago. Each plot point is just event after event that happens only to give Neeson another chance to beat people up. On top of that, none of it is believable or seems plausible. When I was 15, I got jumped after school one day, and I still look over my shoulder walking back from work at night. Kim Mills was abducted, drugged and sold into the European sex slave trade and her best friend overdosed after being used as a sex slave. She was destined for the same fate until her father blew up and murdered half of France to get her back. It’s been a year since the first film and she does not seem at all appre-
ciative or traumatized or even understanding about why her father is concerned about her safety. Even for a spoiled rich girl, that’s unlikely. She fails her driving test three times, but when she’s in Europe and forced to drive a stick car she’s suddenly doing professional driving stunts that, with all my years of driving, I wouldn’t have the slightest idea how to do. The obvious answer is her stunt double did the driving, but when we’re watching a movie we don’t want to be aware of that. The film has plot holes so big that Kim figuratively drives through them. I will admit watching Neeson kick butt again is the one redeeming thing about this. However, this film lacks that edgy PG-13 that the first one had. Rather, it has been “PG-13ified.” There were some scenes where the camera changes so fast to hide any violence that I wasn’t even sure how the bad guys died. I’m
Taken 2 5/10
pretty sure at one point Neeson just touched someone’s face and they died. People get shot and angles frantically switch until they are lying on the ground. This happens during fight scenes too, which is extremely annoying. If you’re going to make a silly action movie just to make a sequel, at least give us the hard PG-13 or some of that action that we all came to see. While the movie lacks everything that made the first “Taken” the unexpected hit, America’s clear love for Neeson punching people may be enough to keep audiences somewhat interested throughout. Some of the action is cool, but most of it is poorly edited and so unrealistic, ruining the one thing you may like. Don’t watch this if you don’t have to. Go rent the first “Taken” or watch “The Grey” and anything else Neeson is in. Trust me.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mitt Romney may want to reconsider his campaign strategy involving the pint-size voters of tomorrow. The Republican presidential candidate skipped the chance to take part in Nickelodeon’s “Kids Pick the President” special that includes President Barack Obama, said Linda Ellerbee, the show’s host and executive producer. The decision “disses” children, she said. During last week’s presidential debate, Romney vowed to cut federal funding for PBS while acknowledging it’s the home of popular “Sesame Street” character Big Bird. “Kids Pick the President: The Candidates,” with videotaped questions for the candidates from youngsters nationwide, debuts Oct. 15 on the children’s channel. Afterward, an online poll asks kids to make their pick. Romney’s campaign said “he simply didn’t have time. He couldn’t fit it in his schedule,” Ellerbee said Monday. His decision is disappointing because “answering kids’ questions directly shows respect for the several million kids who will vote in
Nickelodeon’s ‘Kids Pick the President’ campaign,” she said. “That’s several million kids who actually want to get involved in the democratic process,” Ellerbee said. “They don’t deserve to be dissed. But former Gov. Romney also blew off Letterman and Big Bird, so I guess we’re in good company.” The Romney campaign did not immediately respond to email and phone requests for comment. Since 1992, when Nickelodeon began airing the Q&As, only two other candidates have declined to take part, Ellerbee said: Democratic contender John Kerry said no in 2004, which prompted President George W. Bush to withdraw. Bush participated in 2000. The online kids’ polling has gotten the outcome right five out of six times, including Bush’s re-election in 2004, Ellerbee said. Democratic contender Al Gore was the children’s pick in 2000. For the special, Obama fielded questions regarding gun control, jobs, illegal immigration, same-sex marriage and bullying.
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Horoscopes Aries (Mar. 21-April 19) -- Today is a 9 -Consider the money, but don’t get stopped by a lack of it. Don’t spend yet. Focus on basics. Continue taking action; this pays in satisfaction
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and future gold. Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is an 8 -- Keep decreasing random spending over the next few days. Don’t fall for a trick. Finish your project away from distractions or those who would impede your progress. Gemini (May 21-June 20) -- Today is a 7 -- Continue to increase your holdings and your self-confidence. Save for a rainy day. It takes an open and creative mind to solve the puzzle. Travel complications could arise. Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- Today is a 9 -- New data disrupts old routines. You’re gaining influence, so use it to improve your environment. Acknowledge kindness in others. It’s not a good time to shop. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is a 6 -- Study your past performances to discover where the room for improvement is. Notice the gap between fantasy and reality. Adjust your aim after measuring gaps and try again. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is an 8 -Read the manual to discover new features. Protect your interests this week. Postpone expansion for later. You’ll be doing better, and it will take less effort. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is an 8 -Don’t try to buy love. Relax with friends, and it will come naturally. Compassion is an essential component. For about two months, you’re spurred to take action. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is an 8 -- Continue to increase your status this week, with the help of a partner. Conditions are a bit unsettled, so keep your treasure hidden. There’s a surprising
reaction. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 6 -- Taking less risks over the coming week is a good idea (unless you like surprises). When all else fails, do what worked before. Put yourself in another’s shoes. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is an 8 -- You can’t buy love (except with love). Take on more personal responsibility, and increase profits. Keep costs under control with a budget. False hopes get shattered. Stay unattached. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 7 -Imagine specific success, then act. Help your team find important data over the next six weeks. Avoid distraction. Don’t rock the boat, as tempers are short. Correct errors. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 9 -- Your determination compensates for any possible disappointment. Get back on the horse and ride better than ever, surprising even your critics. Send love letters to your fans.
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UConn still tied with Syracuse atop Big East By Erica Brancato Campus Correspondent As the second half of the season heats up, the Big East competitors have been put to the test. This past weekend, seven games were played between the six teams, resulting in big wins, upsets and tough losses. The No. 6 Georgetown Hoyas lost both of their games this weekend, rounding out their season with an overall record of 2-12. On Friday, No. 5 Rutgers beat Georgetown 5-1. Although Georgetown’s Annie Wilson scored the first goal of the game, the Hoyas couldn’t hold on to the lead. The Scarlet Knight’s Lisa Patrone had a hat trick, while Alyssa Bull added in two goals. Rutgers outshot Georgetown 23 to 8 and out cornered them 13 to 3. On Sunday, the Hoyas continued their streak losing 3-1 against Cornell. Cornell’s Brittany Thompson scored the first goal a mere 28 seconds into the game giving Cornell
the upper hand. Wilson helped Georgetown stay alive, scoring their only goal of the game. Although Georgetown outshot Cornell 11 to 8, the Hoyas weren’t able to convert. No. 4 Villanova also had a tough weekend, losing both games to bring their season record to 6-8. On Saturday, Villanova’s game against Liberty seemed to be evenly matched. The first half was a back-and-forth battle. Leah High got Villanova’s only goal off a penalty stroke, but the Wildcats couldn’t hold on to win the game. Sunday, the Wildcats were defeated 3-0 by the Richmond Spiders. Rebecca Barry, Kerrie McDonald and Christina Amorose scored goals to help the Spiders to their victory. Richmond’s powerful defense was the key factor in the game, allowing Villanova only one shot on goal the entire second half. The No. 2 Louisville Cardinals played two games this weekend, losing their first match but coming back to win the second. On Saturday,
Louisville lost 2-1 to our own UConn Huskies. Louisa Boddy scored both goals of the game for UConn, making it 10 goals this season. The Cardinal’s Becca Maddock kept Louisville in the game scoring a goal at 49:36. After their defeat earlier in the weekend, Louisville was eager to prove their dominance as a team. On Sunday, the Cardinals defeated Iowa 2-1, breaking their seven-game winning streak. Freshman Victoria Stratton scored her first collegiate goal at 56:36 to break the tie and win the game for the Cardinals. Syracuse, still tied for the No. 1 spot with UConn, defeated the No. 3 Providence Friars 3-0 Saturday afternoon. The Orange’s goalie, Leanne Stiver, continued her streak of shut-outs with 381 consecutive minutes in the net without a goal being scored on her. Sept. 16 was the last time an opponent managed to squeeze a goal by her. Leonie Geyer, Kelsey Millman and Stephanie Hussey each scored a goal to help Syracuse keep
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The Huskies are tied at the top of the Big East standings with rival Syracuse, as both are unbeaten in conference play. Louisville and Providence following UConn and the Orange in third and fourth place, respectively.
their undefeated season. Syracuse remains UConn’s top competitor for the Big East Championships. In order to
Pitching key to Huskies weekend success against Quinninpiac, Eastern Connecticut from COOL, page 12 out the game, finishing with an impressive seven strikeouts and one walk. Freshman Alyson Ambler came on as the relief pitcher for the final two innings, retiring the first four batters she faced and ending the game by catching a comebacker to throw out the runner on first. “I felt good,” said Saveriano. “It’s always interesting having to come out in the fall and get restarted and play games. When we played [Quinnipiac] last season, it was towards the end of the season and I think I was probably a little bit burnt out at that point. This time I
think I was definitely more in it mentally.” In the second game against Quinnipiac, junior Katelyn Callahan took the mound, pitching 5.0 innings and giving up two earned runs. The other two runs scored were unearned. Callahan also recorded three strikeouts while surrendering only one walk. In the sixth inning, sophomore Lauren Duggan came in as the relief pitcher, retiring the side in the sixth and finishing the game strong, only giving up two hits in the seventh. The Huskies’ offense in first two games was impressive. Against Eastern, the
team put up strong offensive numbers, with junior Audrey Grinnell going four-for-six with a walk and junior Andrea Huelsenbeck and sophomore Emily O’Donnell going threefor-six, each with a walk. The offense, however, was not as strong against Quinnipiac, with the entire team mustering only nine hits between the two games. Senior Kim Silva was the brightest spot in the offense during the two games, going three-for-five and reaching on an error. Huelsenbeck also managed to go three-for-six in the series. “I thought we made some young mistakes,” said Mullins. “We weren’t as strong at the
plate [against Quinnipiac], making the adjustments we needed to.” Even with the lackluster performance in the final game of the weekend, the team still walked away with an overall strong performance. The team’s next challenge will be to face off with regional rival University of Maine in a double header on Sunday in the final games of the fall season, since the originally postponed games with the University of Albany have been cancelled.
shut this powerhouse down, the team will need a ruthless offense and a dedicated defense. With hard work,
perseverance and skill, the Orange can be defeated.
Young Huskies stand out during Quinnipiac Inviational By Carmen Angueira Campus Correspondent The Huskies’ freshmen stood out the most in this weekend’s flight invitational. The men traveled to Hamden for the 10th annual Quinnipiac Invitational, at the QU outdoor tennis courts on the Mount Carmel Campus. Mark HoSang from Bedford, N.H. brought home a championship for the Huskies, taking the "D" singles flight over Bryant University's Guilliamue Sabourin. Before reaching the finals, HoSang sailed through the first rounds of his flight. In the semifinals, he earned a victory over Matt Dean a fresh-
man Sacred Heart Pioneer, 6-3, 5-7, 10-5. In doubles play, the outstanding tandem made up of freshman Andrew Ginzberg and junior Teddy Margules reached the finals in the "B” flight. The duo took the opener match 8-5 over the pioneers, later defeating Hofstra, 8-7 and reached the finals by beating the Bryant Bulldogs, 8-6. UConn then fell to another duo from Sacred Heart, 8-5 in the championship match. The Huskies will receive their intrastate rival, the Quinnipiac Bobcats, in Storrs this Wednesday at 2 p.m.
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Jozy Altidore left off roster for WC qualifiers
Altidore, shown here after a friendly against Italy in February, was left off the latest US roster.
NEW YORK (AP) – Jozy Altidore was dropped Monday from the U.S. roster for a pair of critical World Cup qualifiers after disappointing U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann in games and practice over the last year. Klinsmann instead selected Seattle's Eddie Johnson and San Jose's Alan Gordon to join Clint Dempsey, Herculez Gomez and Landon Donovan as attacking players on his 24-man roster for games at Antigua and Barbuda on Friday and home against Guatemala on Oct. 16. Seeking their seventh straight World Cup appearance, the Americans face likely elimination unless they get at least four points. The U.S., Guatemala and Jamaica all have 2-1-1 records with seven points, and only the top two teams
Men's cross country finishes top-10 in New England Championships By Abby Mace Campus Correspondent The Connecticut men's cross country team concluded their first championship race of the season, the New Englands, on Sunday at Stanley Park in Westfield, Mass. with a top-10 finish in a competitive field of 37 teams and 261 athletes. The New Englands were also UConn’s first race with the entire top-seven roster competing. In a meet that showcased New England’s top talent across all athletic divisions, Division I teams dominated the top four spots, as Dartmouth claimed the team title with 83 points, followed by Boston College, Yale and Boston University. Yet Division III powerhouses No. 11 Tufts, No. 23 Bowdoin and No. 8 Williams broke up the pack of Division I squads with fifth- sixth- and eighthplace finishes, respectively, while American International was the sole Division II program in the top10 in seventh. The final spots in the top 10 belonged to Northeastern and UConn. Once again, Ryan McGuire championed the pack with his 17th-
place finish, narrowly missing a top-15 performance and coveted All-New England status. The performance, however, was a personal record and best showing at the New Englands for McGuire, as he covered the eight-kilometer course in 24 minutes, 48.15 seconds. “I’m happy, but not satisfied. I can’t be too upset with a PR [personal record] but being so close to All-New England is frustrating,” McGuire said. Behind McGuire were Magath and Chavez with 55th- and 69thplace efforts. Chavez, a freshman, reacted well to the big-meet environment in what was only the second eight-kilometer race of his career. “[Chavez] really stepped up in this championship,” Coach Rich Miller said. “He’s made leaps and bounds this year.” The rocky, narrow Stanley Park course proved advantageous for middle distance specialists Bennatan and Clark, who were able to apply their racing tactics on the track to the cross country course to record top-125 finishes. Daniel Murnane (138th) and Stephen Vento (175th) rounded out the top seven spots for the Huskies.
Aided by the course’s flat terrain, the race started out at a clip, as American International freshman Mike Biwott surged to the front and never looked back. Although Biwott separated himself from the field early, a lead pack formed behind him in which McGuire stayed throughout the race. “After the second mile there was a pretty big surge by the pack. I was able to hang on to the back of this pack and let them pace me through a lot of the race,” McGuire said. The Huskies’ performance Sunday was especially notable, considering that each athlete improved upon their previous performances, and the team will continue to concentrate on what it takes to be at their best. After all, the championship portion of the season is only just beginning, and Sunday’s competition was the first with the top seven athletes on the starting line. “I feel like each week there’s a sense of unknown in what we can do and where we’re at,” Miller said. “But we’re just going to pay attention to what our team needs to do.”
in the group advance to next year's regional finals. ''I communicated with Jozy that I was not happy about his latest performances with us, maybe even over the last 14 months,'' Klinsmann said during a conference call from Miami. ''I think Jozy can do much, much better, and the reason why he's not coming in is mainly about the performances in Jamaica and at home, also in training. Also certain things that went on through the May-June camp.'' Klinsmann also said Donovan's left knee injury sustained Saturday while playing for the Los Angeles Galaxy did not appear to be serious and that midfielder Jermaine Jones' left ankle injury was minor. The decision to drop Altidore was the most significant. The
22-year-old has nine goals in 10 games this season for AZ Alkmaar in the Netherlands and is tied for the Dutch league lead with eight goals. But he was ineffective in the home-and-home games with Jamaica. Altidore has 13 goals in 51 international appearances but none since November's exhibition at Slovenia. He arrived late at the May-June camp when his club cited FIFA regulations and blocked him from reporting on time. ''Obviously I'm disappointed in the decision,'' Altidore said through the U.S. Soccer Federation.''At the same time, I fully support the team in their efforts to get six points from the next two games so we can advance to the final round. My
goal continues to be to do everything I can to help the team be successful.'' Altidore could return in the future. ''This is a decision as of today, for these two games, so the door is always open,'' Klinsmann said. ''We hope to see a positive reaction from his end and put more effort and more commitment into this whole approach.'' Klinsmann also had been critical of Altidore in an espn. com interview that ran Sept. 28. Altidore, according to multiple reports, posted a tweet, which since has been removed: ''Love when people try to blame others for their own short comings and incompetence.'' Klinsmann said he wasn't sure the comment was directed at him.
Colangelo: Valentine turned Fenway's 100th anniversary into a bad memory from RED SOX, page 12 third baseman Kevin Youkilis for not giving his all when he played. He felt Youk was not “as physically or emotionally into the game.” Youkilis was flabbergasted and second baseman Dustin Pedroia responded by saying “that’s not how we do things around here.” Two and a half months later Youkilis was traded, after an underwhelming start to the season. Valentine would apologize for that statement soon after the incident and again on his final day. It was nearly impossible to take him seriously as a manager. Valentine tried to make everything a joke. There’s nothing wrong with kidding around. Humor is a great way to lift the spirits, however when you cannot have a serious moment with your players, they will not take you seriously as a coach. On Sept. 5, during an interview with WEEI radio host Glenn Ordway, Valentine said that he wanted to punch him
in the face. Managers do not do that. He was a clown and turned a respectable franchise into a three-ring circus. But, what should I have expected out of a guy who was ejected from a game and tried to sneak back in, donning a fake moustache as a disguise. When the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus were not in town, there was enough drama to shoot two seasons of “All My Children.” On Aug. 1, rookie third baseman Will Middlebrooks had a poor defensive outing. After a few errors, Middlebrooks was greeted in the dugout by Valentine saying, “nice inning kid.” Good one, Valentine, those were just the perfect words of encouragement for a manager to say to his rookie. That incident prompted an unknown source, either a player or coach, to tell the owners, getting Valentine in trouble. He had no control. Players held meetings, no one sat near him on the bench and they had public displays of disrespect, like when pitcher Alfredo Aceves
did not hand Valentine the ball during a pitching change. All Valentine could do was put his foot in his mouth and make bad coaching decisions. In his final days as a Red Sox manager, Valentine told the media that he felt that he was undermined by his coaching staff. When asked about that he responded by saying, “I had just a feeling. I don’t have any facts, just a feeling once in a while that we weren’t all on the same page.” That's interesting. Instead of assuming responsibility, he points fingers. Way to put the “man” in manager there, Bobby. This year was the 100th season in Fenway Park’s history, and this is how Red Sox fans get to remember it. Thanks a lot, Bobby V, you will not be missed.
TWO Tuesday, October 9, 2012
What's Next Home game
Oct. 19 Syracuse 8 p.m.
Nov. 3 USF TBA
Nov. 9 Pittsburgh 8 p.m.
Nov. 24 Louisville TBA
Oct. 17 Seton Hall 7 p.m.
Oct. 20 Pittsburgh 7 p.m.
Oct. 24 Providence 3 p.m.
Oct. 27 Providence 4 p.m.
Oct. 21 Princeton 1 p.m.
Oct. 27 Syracuse 1 p.m.
Oct. 21 Pittsburgh 1 p.m.
Oct. 27 Rutgers 2 p.m.
Nov. 2 Niagara 7:05 p.m.
Nov. 3 Niagara 7:05 p.m.
Field Hockey (13-0) Oct. 13 Georgetown Noon
Volleyball Oct. 12 Cincinnati 4 p.m.
Oct. 18 Boston College 7 p.m.
Oct. 14 Stanford 1 p.m.
Oct. 14 Louisville 2 p.m.
Oct. 19 USF 7 p.m.
Men’s Hockey (0-0-0) Oct. 12 UMass 7 p.m.
Oct. 26 Holy Cross 7:05 p.m.
Oct. 27 Union 8 p.m.
Women’s Hockey (0-2-1) Oct. 12 Colgate 7 p.m.
Oct. 13 Colgate 4 p.m.
Oct. 20 Maine 2 p.m.
Oct 21. Maine 2 p.m.
Oct. 26 Syracuse 7 p.m.
Women’s Cross Country Oct. 12 Oct. 19 Wisconsin CCSU MiniInvitational Meet 11 a.m. 3:30 p.m.
Oct. 26 BIG EAST Champ. TBA
The number of goals scored by the UConn men’s soccer team over 12 games
» That’s what he said
so far this season.
James Huang’s Quick Hits
Field Hockey: The No. 3 Huskies defeated the Louisville Cardinals with a score of 2-1 Saturday afternoon in Louisville, Ky. With the win, the Huskies AP – Redskins coach Mike Shanahan on QB Robert Griffin III’s improved their season record to 13-0 and 4-0 in the Robert Griffin III Big East. Graduate student defender Louisa Boddy memory after sustaining a concussion during Sunday’s game. scored her 9th and 10th goals of the season. Football: The Huskies lost to the No. 22-ranked Rutgers Scarlet Knights with a score of 19-3 this past Saturday afternoon in their Big East opener in Piscataway, N.J. With the loss, the Huskies currently have a season record of 3-3. Softball: The Huskies competed against the Eastern Connecticut Warriors this past Friday in Willimantic and competed against the Quinnipiac Bobcats this past Saturday at home as part of their fall schedule. Men’s Cross Country: The Huskies came in 10th place at the 2012 New England Championships on Sunday afternoon in Stanley Park in Westfield, Mass. Junior Ryan McGuire finished in 17th place with a time of 24:48.15 to lead the team. Women’s Cross Country: The Huskies came in 19th place at the 2012 New England Championships on Sunday afternoon in Stanley Park in Westfield, Mass. Freshman Emily Durgin finished in 25th place with a time of 18:00.26 to lead the Huskies. Men’s Ice Hockey: The Huskies opened their 2012-2013 campaign with an exhibition match against York University. They ended up tying them in a 3-3 game at home in the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum on Saturday. Women’s Ice Hockey: The Huskies lost to the RPI Engineers with a score of 5-3 this past Saturday afternoon in Troy, N.Y. Junior defenseman Kiana Nauheim, sophomore Sarah MacDonnell and freshman Michela Cava scored for the Huskies. Junior goalkeeper Sarah Moses stopped 27 shots. Men’s Soccer: The No. 2 Huskies lost to No. 9 Marquette with a score of 3-2 in a tight game this past Saturday night in Milwaukee, Wis. With this loss, the Huskies now have a record of 10-1-1 for the season and a record of 3-1-0 in the Big East. Senior midfielder Jossimar Sanchez and sophomore midfielder Adria Beso scored for the Huskies. Women’s Soccer: The Huskies lost to the South Florida Bulls with a score of 1-0 in an extremely close game this past Friday night at home in Morrone Stadium. The Huskies then tied the No. 20 Marquette Golden Eagles 1-1 in a double-overtime game Sunday afternoon. Junior Jennifer Skogerboe scored on a penalty kick to tie the game. The Huskies are now 7-6-2 for the season and a 3-4-1 record in the Big East. Men’s Tennis: The Huskies performed in the Quinnipiac Invitational this past weekend at home in Storrs. Women’s Volleyball: The Huskies lost to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish with a score of 3-0 this past Saturday afternoon in Notre Dame, Ind. The Huskies then played the DePaul Blue Devils AP and defeated them with a score of 3-1 this past Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky will be sentenced Tuesday for sexually abusing 10 boys in a scandal Sunday afternoon in Chicago. The Huskies are now that rocked the university. Sandusky faces the possibility of life in prison for his crimes. 12-8 on the season and 3-2 overall in the Big East.
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Men’s Soccer (10-1-1) Today Iona 7 p.m.
Stat of the day
‘I knew when he didn’t know the quarter that the chances of him coming back were zero.’’
Football (3-3) Oct. 13 Temple 1 p.m.
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» MEN’S SOCCER
Nov. 9 NCAA Regional 11 a.m.
Men’s Swimming and Diving Oct. 13 Oct. 20 Homecoming- Fordham And Alumni Meet Bucknell Noon TBA
Oct. 26 Army TBA
Nov. 3 Rutgers, Villanova and Georgetown 4 p.m.
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The UConn men’s soccer team takes on Iona at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Huskies are looking to rebound from their first loss of the season after falling to Marquette 3-2 on Saturday. UConn is currently ranked No. 6 in the country by Soccer America and 10-1-1 on the year. The Gaels come into the matchup at 3-7-0 on the season.
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P.11: Men’s soccer takes on Iona at Morrone / P.10: Altidore left off US WCQ roster / P.9: Huskies, Orange tied atop BE standings
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
It breaks your heart
Softball wins three out of four against intrastate rivals
By Kyle Constable Campus Correspondent
As a Mets fan, I will be the first to admit that the idea of a second Wild Card team initially sounded appealing to me. I mean hey, the idea of fewer teams not making the playoffs definitely helped New York’s chances. And when July hit, I will admit that I was still a fan. The Mets were not dominating anyone, but they were sticking around the top of their division, and with an additional playoff spot, it seemed that sticking around the top was all the team would need. So I will admit that maybe I am a little hypocritical when I say that as soon as the Mets let their season go to waste, I realized just how ridiculous baseball’s new Wild Card format really is. How in the world can a league with six months of play, where games are played at least six out of seven days a week, let the playoffs for some teams end after three hours? It’s heartbreaking. “It breaks your heart. [Baseball] is designed to break your heart,” said Bart Giamatti, the seventh commissioner of Major League Baseball and a man that is much smarter than I. Giamatti was of course discussing how baseball lines up with seasons (with its blossoming coinciding with spring’s and its ending coming around the time of the first snow) and the new Wild Card game; but he may as well have been. The most heartbreaking situation this year had to indeed come from the Atlanta Brave’s Wild Card match-up with the St. Louis Cardinals. Take away the fact the Cardinals deserved to win the game, take away the ridiculous infield fly call, take away my hatred for the Atlanta Braves, and you have an 88-74 team moving on to the next round of the playoffs past a 94-68 team. That’s heartbreaking. Let’s look at playoff situations for some of the other sports leagues. In the NFL, teams face single elimination throughout the playoffs after a regular season of only 16 games, making the playoffs last as long as – for a team eliminated after one game – about six percent of the regular season. Compare this to the NBA and NHL, which both have 82-game seasons (in a world where lockouts don’t exist). Playoffs could end for a team after four games, or about five percent of the regular season. The Major League Baseball season lasts for 162 three-hour games. That means for two teams under the new Wild Card rule, the playoffs last 0.6 percent as long as the regular season. So the question of how to fix the current system then goes to the question of whether or not expanding the one-game Wild Card series to three or five games would be a solution. But then things get complicated with over-resting the other teams and the whole idea goes out the window. Which, if it did, would also be heartbreaking. Because in theory, allowing more teams into the playoffs is a terrific idea. It keeps more teams and their fans excited about August and September baseball, given the fact that there are simply more teams eligible for a playoff spot. But to get more fan bases excited for months before the playoffs, just to rip everything away after possibly less than a three-hour fluke of a game? Well, I guess that would be baseball. And if that happened to my Mets, that would break my heart.
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UConn took three of four games against intrastate rivals this weekend, winning both games against Eastern Connecticut on Friday and splitting a doublheader with Quinnipiac on Saturday.
After competing against two in-state rivals, the UConn softball team walked away from this weekend winning three out of their four games in what proved to be several very strong performances for the team. The Huskies competed against Eastern Connecticut and Quinnipiac in double headers on Friday and Saturday, respectively. The team managed to shut out Eastern in each of the seven-inning games, winning 14-0 and 7-0. Against Quinnipiac, the team split the double header, winning the first game 2-1, but falling short in the second game 4-3. Winning three of four games this weekend, though, was certainly enough to satisfy Head Coach Karen Mullins, who has been coaching the team for nearly three decades. “We played very well,” said Mullins. “We shut [Eastern] out both games and played just real strong ball.” The team used all four starting pitchers, giving them each the opportunity to pitch and have their performance evaluated. In the first game against Quinnipiac, senior Kiki Saveriano was on the mound, pitching 5.0 innings and giving up only one earned run. Saveriano’s control was in question near the beginning of the game, as she gave up a home run to the first batter and hit the second batter with a pitch in the second inning. However, her control continued to grow stronger through-
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Red Sox fans won’t miss Bobby V By Carmine Colangelo Staff Columnist It took every ounce of selfcontrol for me to not to celebrate during the middle of my African history class last Thursday. Bobby Valentine, the bane of my existence for the past year, had finally been fired by the Boston Red Sox. A text alert from ESPN confirmed it at around noon on Thursday. The Bobby V era was no more. Not since the days of Grady Little had I felt such discontent with a manager. Maybe Red Sox fans were spoiled with Terry Francona as our manager, arguably the best in Red Sox history. His departure was upsetting, untimely and unfortunate. After John Farrell left to manage Toronto and Theo Epstein took over in Chicago, the Red Sox were left with few options, so they settled on Valentine. From day one, the hiring of Valentine was a questionable call. Prior to coming to the Red Sox, Valentine had man-
aged 15 seasons in the MLB. He spent eight seasons with the Rangers and seven with the Mets. Over those years he has a winning percentage of .510 and one N.L. pennant, where he would eventually lose in the 2000 World Series against the Yankees. In one year with the Red Sox he went 69-93, the lowest winning percentage in Red Sox history since Billy Herman went 62-100 in 1965. It was also only the second time in the last 80 years that the Red Sox finished last in the A.L. East. Although Valentine stunk more than spoiled milk as a manager, his task was far from easy with this Red Sox team. He took over a team that was left in shambles. Francona had lost control of this team. Francona had won them two World Series in the last eight years and had lost his job over fried chicken and beer in the bullpen. With team chemistry at an all-time low and a lack of direction, enter Bobby V. Not only was Valentine put
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine was fired after just one season at the helm on Thursday. His firing came just one day after the conclusion of a season long struggle for Boston, as they won just 69 games on the year and missed out on the playoffs.
in a rough situation to start with, the 2012 Red Sox were the most banged-up team in their history. A franchiserecord 56 players appeared in games because 27 different
Red Sox players accounted for 34 stints on the disabled list. That was the most of any team since 1987. That being said, I personally hold him 90 percent responsible for the
atrocity that was this season. On April 10, just ten games into the season, Valentine called out former Red Sox
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Huskies struggle at New England Championships
By Jackson Mitchell Campus Correspondent The UConn women’s cross country team competed in the New England Championship meet on Sunday afternoon, finishing in 19th place overall out of 37 total teams with a final total of 531 points. The race, held at Stanley Park in Westfield, Mass., was the Huskies’ fourth on the year, and marked the halfway point of the 2012 season. The meet featured an amalgamation of teams from Divisions I, II and III, as well as several of UConn’s Northeast region rivals, namely Boston College, Dartmouth, Quinnipiac, Yale and Vermont. The Boston College Eagles
took home the victory, finishing with a team total of 45 points. The top finisher for the freshman-heavy UConn roster was Emily Durgin – the lone Husky to finish inside the top-25 – who finished 25th overall with a time of 18:00. Following Durgin was fellow freshman Laura Williamson (18:38, 70th), sophomore Terra Briody (19:07, 117th), freshmen Katerine Vodopia (19:20, 135th) and Emily Lewson (20:03, 184th). Despite a relatively low team finish, Coach Andrea Grove-McDonough remained positive and even pleased with the performance of her youthful lineup in what was a lessthan-critical race in the grand scheme of the season.
“I’m not upset in any way about the result,” GroveMcDonough said. “I actually thought it was kind of a fun day, and I think the girls had fun as well. It was a bunch of freshmen who are all coming from 800-meter backgrounds, who are all mid-distance kids, so they’re getting out of their comfort zone by running in these longer distance races. I actually looked at the results almost as an afterthought, just to see where we were.” It had been GroveMcDonough’s plan from the start to use the meet as a way to give the younger members of the UConn roster – especially those runners who hadn’t had much cross country or longer distance experience – a chance to experience a
Division I college race firsthand. Those types of chances, Grove-McDonough believes, provide vital confidence and self-assurance from which runners can draw down the road. Grove-McDonough was especially impressed with the performance of freshman Emily Durgin, a Maine native whose resilience and speed has been impressive so early on in her UConn career. “It was good to see that finish from her,” Grove-McDonough said. “She’s a kid we normally would be taking to [the Wisconsin Invitational], but she’s had some setbacks and some bad races, so we still wanted to give her something. I always say you get a lot out of a race by being at the front,
at reminding yourself, ‘Hey, I am one of the best runners out here.’ I expect to see her in the lineup again, now that we’re into championship season.” Most, if not all, of the runners who competed for UConn in the New England Championships will now shift gears to prepare for winter track, while the “A-team” will continue on to the Wisconsin Invitational next weekend and then kick off championship season the following week. But if the UConn women’s cross country team is to qualify for the NCAA Championships in Louisville, their journey will begin at Wisconsin on Saturday.
Published on Oct 8, 2012