Volume CXIX No. 58
Thursday, November 2, 2012
Energy drinks could prove hazardous to health By Katherine Tibedo Senior Staff Writer
AUDIENCE IN SILENT AWE OF PILOBOLUS Gynastic and art group performs at Jorgensen. FOCUS/ page 5
JUST THE BEGINNING Freshman, Calhoun scores 24 in win. SPORTS/ page 12 EDITORIAL: FEDERAL FUNDS SHOULD BE USED FOR SANDY RELIEF The government should use funds to help speed recovery from the storm. COMMENTARY/page 8 INSIDE NEWS: AIR TRAVEL RECOVERING FASTER THAN CAR TRAVEL IN WAKE OF STORM Airports make a strong post-Sandy recovery. NEWS/ page 2
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Monster Energy may have contributed to the deaths of five people, according to the Food and Drug Administration incident reports recently released. According to a New York Times article entitled “Monster Energy Drink Cited in Deaths, “ the reports do not prove a connection between Monster energy drinks and the deaths. However, the report has brought the topic of the risk of energy drinks into the spotlight. Since the FDA only requires nutrient amounts on food and drink labeling, companies are not required to state the amount of caffeine in a given product on its labeling, according to the FDA’s website. Caffeine found in things such as tea and coffee is considered a natural chemical, and when it is added to foods and drinks, like Monster, it is considered an ingredient, so while it must be listed with the other ingredients, the amount is not required on the labeling. The amount of caffeine in energy drinks varies dramatically, according to Dr. Megan Colletto, a sports nutritionist and registered dietitian at UConn Student Health Services, from 50 mg to 500 mg in a given drink. “Caffeine overload can cause nervousness, cardiac rhythm abnormalities, increased blood pressure, nausea anxiety (13 percent of people experience withdrawals characterized by headache and irritability),” Colletto said in an email. What is listed on the nutrient labels are a string of vitamins. Monster Rehab® Green Tea + Energy list vitamins C, B3, B5, B6, B12, to name a
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Pictured above, cans of Monster energy drinks are available on sale at the Student Union. According to new incident reports from the FDA, Monster energy may have contributed to the deaths of five people.
few. While this may create an illusion that Monster provides a nutritional energy boost, in reality the vitamins contained in most energy drinks to not occur in large enough doses to create an effect. Colletto said, “The ingredients list may contain a large list of hard to pronounce items all claiming to increase energy or may only contain vitamins/ antioxidants. Since ingredients like ginseng are often not included in large enough doses to cause any effects,
Winter classes offer students opportunities
By Olivia Balsinger Staff Writer
There are many different activities students can engage in over winter break. However, one way to get ahead and gain more credits is to take winter intersession classes at the UConn. As stated on their website, winter intersession provides a plethora of opportunities for students to take classes in a very convenient manner. Winter intersession will take place this year from Jan. 2 through Jan. 18. Additionally, students, while still having the option of choosing to take classes at the main campus in Storrs or at the campus closest to them in either Waterbury, Hartford or Stamford. Because of ongoing construction projects, there will be no classes available at the UConn Avery Point campus this winter intersession. There are many benefits to deciding to take an intersession course, whether it is in the winter or summer. Students can begin to fulfill requirements for their majors, catch up or get ahead on credits or even reduce course loads for upcoming semesters. Avi Ghosh, 5th-semester economics major, has taken intersession classes and realizes all of their benefits. “ I really enjoyed and learned a lot during the intersession course that I took,” said Ghosh. “The atmosphere is more relaxed for these classes and therefore, helps you to retain a lot of the information in an easier manner.” “I loved the intersession class I took,” said Erin O’Brien, 5thsemester economics major, who has taken both summer and winter intersession courses.
“The workload was really manageable, because I only took one. You also get one-on-one time with your professor because the classes are a lot smaller. They are also a lot more informal. The class that I took was normally a large lecture hall class, but when I took the intersession course there were about ten of us in the class total,” she added. O’Brien also has a few pieces of advice she would give to students interested in taking an intersession class.
“I really enjoyed and learned a lot during the intersession course that I took.” Avi Ghosh 5th-semester economics major “Make sure you want to take the course and will be committed to taking it, because you are sacrificing some of your break time and free time to take it,” she said. “It was very worth it for me, though, and I got three credits out of it.” For students who would like more information regarding winter intersession class possibilities, visit http://wintersession.uconn.edu/winter. Registration for courses began on Oct. 22, but is still open for students.
and vitamins/antioxidants are found in a healthy diet, caffeine and sugar content are really what we are looking at and what we do not want to go overboard on.” Energy drinks, including Monster, are sold at UConn. Students who turn to energy drinks can do so in a safe manner. Colletto advises keeping to one 16 oz. energy drink a day and cautioned against drinking alcohol and energy drinks, as that as the potential to cause an increase in destructive
behavior, as well as negative physical side effects. What effects these reports will have on Monster drinks is yet to be determined. Ann Taylor, a 3rd-semeseter pre-education major, said the reports will not stop her from drinking Monster. “I know better than to drink a lot, “ she said. “If anything it confirms, to have just one.”
Homeland security chief reviews Conn. Superstorm Sandy damage BRIDGEPORT (AP) — After touring Connecticut’s stormbattered shoreline by helicopter Thursday, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said the federal government will be offering as much help as it can to those who own homes and businesses. “It’s one thing to hear about damage. It’s another thing to see it and to understand the impact on people as they go through this,” Napolitano said at a news conference in Bridgeport at Housatonic Community College after surveying damage in New York earlier. “And some have been through it a couple of times, so that’s really a tough situation.” Napolitano was joined by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and other government officials during her second visit to Connecticut in 14 months. She also toured areas damaged by the remnants of Hurricane Irene in East Haven in September 2011. Superstorm Sandy hit the Northeast hard on Monday. In Connecticut, the storm destroyed houses, knocked down scores of trees and utility wires, flooded neighborhoods along Long Island Sound and left hundreds of thousands of residents in the dark. Napolitano said damage assessments by the Federal Emergency Management Agency would begin in Connecticut on Friday, three days after President Barack Obama signed a major disaster declaration for the state’s four shoreline counties. Malloy said he spoke twice with the president on Thursday. “We will continue to work the
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, right, speaks at a news conference on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Bridgeport, Conn., after touring storm-damaged areas with Connecticut officials.
storm hard,” Napolitano said. “We need to be helping people get back in their homes. We need to be helping communities get restored. We need to make sure that the infrastructure of this state is made whole.” During Thursday’s tour, Malloy urged Napolitano to also extend federal aid to the four northern counties where many areas were without power after trees and wires were knocked down. The amount of federal disaster aid the state will receive won’t be known until after federal officials complete their assessment. Napolitano and Malloy were joined Thursday by Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch and the state’s entire congressional delegation — U.S. Sens. Joe Lieberman and Richard Blumenthal and U.S Reps. Jim Himes, Rosa DeLauro, Chris Murphy, John Larson and Joe Courtney.
Laneice Gamble, a 19-yearold student at Housatonic Community College, said she was glad Napolitano toured the state because it was important for her to see the damage. She said many of her friends are still living without electricity. “They can’t wash or cook or anything,” Gamble said. Many shoreline residents, including Mayor Finch, said this week that they didn’t believe utility companies were responding fast enough. Some people said Wednesday that many trees and wires were still down and they hadn’t seen utility or tree crews. Anthony J. Marone III, senior vice president at United Illuminating, said there have been “at least a few” incidents in Bridgeport where residents have harassed line workers, including one UI employee who is a lifelong resident of the city.
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Conn. state police arrest fugitive wanted in NJ HARTFORD (AP) — Connecticut State Police have arrested a New York woman sought in connection with a double slaying in New Jersey. Authorities say 49-year-old Monica Mogg of Washingtonville, N.Y., was being arraigned on a fugitive charge in Hartford Superior Court on Thursday. New Jersey law enforcement officials had issued a warrant for Mogg’s arrest in connection with the Tuesday killings of two people in River Edge in Bergen County. Connecticut State Police helped locate Mogg south of Hartford on Thursday. Lt. J. Paul Vance says authorities arrested Mogg without incident and were holding her on a $2 million bond before her arraignment. Patricia Dowling, of Fairfield, said she is worried people are putting themselves in danger by driving under trees tangled in utility lines.
Bridgeport mayor faults utility over outages
BRIDGEPORT (AP) — Bridgeport’s mayor says Connecticut’s largest city is poorly served by United Illuminating as nearly 28,000 residents are still without power, days after Superstorm Sandy battered shoreline communities. Mayor Bill Finch said he is “sick and tired of Bridgeport being shortchanged.” He says Bridgeport has the largest number of United Illuminating ratepayers and should be treated better by the New Haven-based utility. Michael West, a spokesman for the utility, told Fox Connecticut that the company does not pick favorites among customers. He says no one wants customers restored faster than does the utility. The Connecticut Post reported that instead of going down, outage numbers in Bridgeport began rising late Tuesday and fell again on Wednesday night, dropping to 27,000 without power. By Thursday morning, the number of Bridgeport customers without electricity was 27,704.
Storm drains Red Cross of blood donations
FARMINGTON (AP) — The American Red Cross says superstorm Sandy has forced it to cancel more than 325 blood drives in 13 states and Washington, D.C., resulting in a shortfall of more than 11,000 blood donations. It says more cancellations and blood donation losses are expected as residents and local officials struggle with the storm’s aftermath. The Red Cross is urging eligible donors to give blood or platelets as soon as they are able. It says about 44,000 blood donations are needed in the United States each day to meet the needs of accident victims, cancer patients and children with blood disorders.
1st commuter train since storm leaves Conn. for NY
HARTFORD (AP) — Commuter rail service between Stamford and New York’s Grand Central Station has resumed, but the first trip after Superstorm Sandy was plagued by delays and other troubles. Passengers left Stamford early Thursday morning. MetroNorth spokeswoman Marjorie Anders said train service was delayed because not all tracks were in service and other stormrelated problems. However, passengers are riding for free. Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo authorized the Metropolitan Transit Authority to waive fares Thursday and Friday to help ease recovery from the storm. Shore Line East commuter rail service, between New Haven and New London, also was set to resume Thursday morning. Amtrak says it also will resume limited service between New Haven and Springfield, Mass.
New Conn. voter registration deadline approaching
HARTFORD (AP) — Eligible voters in Connecticut are facing a new deadline to register to vote in this year’s state and federal elections. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, by executive order, extended the registration deadline until Thursday at 8 p.m. after superstorm Sandy hit the state. People wanting to cast votes on Nov. 6 need to register to vote in person at their town and city offices. Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said she still hopes voter turnout will be relatively high for the presidential election, despite the fact many voters remain without electricity or have suffered damage to their homes.
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Floods render NYC hospitals powerless
NEW YORK (AP) — There are few places in the U.S. where hospitals have put as much thought and money into disaster planning as New York. And yet two of the city’s busiest, most important medical centers failed a fundamental test of readiness during Superstorm Sandy this week: They lost power. Their backup generators failed, or proved inadequate. Nearly 1,000 patients had to be evacuated. The closures led to dramatic scenes of doctors carrying patients down dark stairwells, nurses operating respirators by hand, and a bucket brigade of National Guard troops hauling fuel to rooftop generators in a vain attempt to keep the electricity on. Both hospitals, NYU Langone Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital Center, were still trying to figure out exactly what led to the power failures Thursday, but the culprit appeared to be the most common type of flood damage there is: water in the basement. While both hospitals put their generators on high floors where they could be protected in a flood, other critical components of the backup power system, such as fuel pumps and tanks, remained in basements just a block from the East River. Both hospitals had fortified that equipment against floods within the past few years, but the water — which rushed with tremendous force — found a way in. “This reveals to me that we have to be much more imaginative and detail-oriented in our planning to make sure hospitals are as resilient as they need to be,”
In this Oct. 29 photo, medical workers assist a patient into an ambulance during an evacuation of NYU Lagone Medical Center Monday evening during Superstorm Sandy.
said Irwin Redlener, director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. The problem of unreliable backup electricity at hospitals is nothing new. Over the first six months of the year, 23 percent of the hospitals inspected by the Joint Commission, a health care facility accreditation group, were found to be out of compliance with standards for backup power and lighting, according to a spokesman. Power failures crippled New Orleans hospitals after Hurricane Katrina. The backup generator failed at a hospital in Stafford Springs, Conn., after the rem-
nants of Hurricane Irene blew through the state in 2011. Hospitals in Houston were crippled when Tropical Storm Allison flooded their basements and knocked out electrical equipment in 2001. When the Northeast was hit with a crippling blackout in 2003, the backup power at several of New York City’s hospitals failed or performed poorly. Generators malfunctioned or overheated. Fuel ran out too quickly. Even where the backup systems worked, they provided electricity to only some parts of the hospital and left others in the dark. Afterward, a mayoral task force recommended upgrading testing standards for generators
and requiring backup plans for blood banks and health care facilities that provide dialysis treatment. Alan Aviles, president of New York City’s Health and Hospitals Corp., which operates Bellevue, said that after a scare last summer when Hurricane Irene threatened to cause flooding, Bellevue put its basement-level fuel pumps in flood-resistant chambers. It still isn’t clear whether water breached those defenses, but when an estimated 17 million gallons of water rushed through loading docks and into the hospital’s 1-million-squarefoot basement, the fuel feed to the generators stopped working. The floodwaters also knocked out the hospital’s elevators.
Air travel recovering faster than car travel in wake of storm NEW YORK (AP) — Planes are getting up to speed faster than trains and automobiles in the storm-stricken Northeast. All the region’s major airports were open once New York’s LaGuardia resumed flights Thursday morning. While there were additional canceled flights and the tri-state air space was still relatively empty, flying was closer to normal than moving by rail, subway or car. By midday, about one-third of all scheduled departures from LaGuardia and nearly one-third from Newark, N.J., had been canceled, according to tracking service FlightStats.com. There were 192 canceled departures at LaGuardia, 188 at Newark, and 82 at John F. Kennedy International, or about one in every seven scheduled takeoffs for the whole day and evening. That’s nothing compared to earlier in the week, when the airports were virtual ghost towns. Airlines scrapped nearly 8,000 flights on Monday and another 6,500 Tuesday. Thursday’s cancellations were about 1,000, according to FlightStats, bringing the total from Superstorm Sandy to more than 20,000. Travelers like Kate Childs were just happy to be heading home. She works for Random House and was in New Orleans for a launch party for a book release. After two cancellations by Delta Air Lines, she was looking at a flight home Friday. But her company’s travel department managed to snag her the last seat on a Delta flight Thursday night.
It was a middle seat. “I would take anything at this point,” Childs said. “You could put me in the storage container, I’d be fine.” Cancellation numbers were smaller at airports outside New York. Reagan National outside Washington had 29 canceled departures by midday; Boston-Logan Airport 26; and Philadelphia 19. There were just five at Baltimore-Washington International Airport and nine at Dulles in Northern Virginia, according to FlightStats. A spokesman for the Washington Metropolitan Airports Authority, which operates Reagan National and Dulles airports, said most of their cancellations were flights to and from the New York area. The situation was the same in New England. “We’re in great shape other than to-and-from New York,” said Matthew Brelis, a spokesman for Boston-Logan operator Massport. Service to the New York City area accounts for about 15 percent of the airport’s traffic, he said. There were still some hiccups. For instance, JetBlue moved 13 flights originally scheduled to depart LaGuardia to JFK, leaving some travelers scrambling. But overall, travelers seemed happy to be finally moving once again. “They were just opening up JFK and I thought it was going to be a nightmare,” said Bryan S. Neft who was flying from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia and had the misfortune of connecting
in New York. “I was pleasantly surprised that everything went very smoothly.” Neft’s Delta flight landed in Philadelphia 30 minutes early.
“We’re in great shape other than to-and-from New York.” Matthew Brelis Massport Spokesperson As for other modes of transportation: — Intercity buses were possibly the best option. Greyhound, MegaBus and Bolt Bus were running nearly normal schedules. MegaBus, part of Coach USA, had canceled more than 550 trips, affecting 27,500 customers across 14 states in the Northeast and Midwest. On Thursday, 95 percent of its routes were restored and full service was expected Friday. Greyhound, Bolt Bus and Peter Pan were all running full schedules with the exception of storm-ravaged Atlantic City, N.J. — Amtrak ran trains Thursday between Boston and New Haven, Conn., and from Newark, N.J., to Washington and other points south. By midday, water from one of two flooded tunnels under the
Hudson River had been pumped out. The first train into New York City was expected at 8:45 p.m. Thursday. There was no estimate on when service to the north would resume. — Commuter trains from the north and east of New York City also crept back to life but on limited schedules. — Most of New Jersey’s mass transit systems remained shut. — Those who couldn’t take mass transit were stuck on clogged highways and in long lines at gas stations. — Cruise terminals in Manhattan and Brooklyn remain closed. Several ships diverted to Boston, including at least one that rode out the storm at sea. Passengers aboard the Norwegian Gem reported 40- to 50-foot waves rocking the ship and people vomiting in the hallways. Those trying to travel within New York City faced major challenges. Police peered into the window of every car trying to enter Manhattan to ensure that drivers where following emergency carpool rules. It there weren’t at least three people in the car, they were ordered off bridges and highways. Once on the island, they faced massive gridlock. The subway — which handles 5.3 million passengers on a typical workday — wasn’t running south of midtown or out to Brooklyn. They left many commuters waiting for the few seats on temporary shuttle buses into Manhattan.
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Mayor says NYC marathon won’t divert resources
New storm could hit East Coast in wake of Election Day WASHINGTON (AP) — Another messy — and wintry — storm may cause post-Election Day problems for an already weatherweary East Coast, forecasters say. But meteorologists add that it’s six days out, so that’s rather early to get too worried. The forecast could change before it hits late next week. The National Weather Service’s forecast center in College Park, Md., which watches winter storms, put out a long-range notice Thursday saying a nor’easter was possible for mid-Atlantic and New England states by Election Day through next Thursday. Forecaster Bruce Sullivan said it wouldn’t be as bad as Superstorm Sandy and isn’t tropical. But it could include snow in interior New England and New York, beach eroAP
Workers assemble the finish line for the New York City Marathon in New York’s Central Park, Thursday, Nov. 1.
NEW YORK (AP) — The blue and orange finish line is in place in Central Park, no superstorm debris in sight. Little else is normal with the New York City Marathon. The course will be the same since there was little damage but getting to the finish line could still be an adventure for runners from outlying areas. Such is life in Sandy’s aftermath — disrupted trains, planes, buses and ferries, flooded buildings, blocked roads and knocked out power. Mayor Michael Bloomberg saw none of this as insurmountable and defended the decision to hold the race, insisting resources wouldn’t be diverted from storm victims. He noted Thursday that electricity was expected to be restored to all of Manhattan by race day, freeing up “up an enormous number of police.” “This city is a city where we have to go on,” he said. City Council member Domenic Recchia Jr., however, called plans to hold the race “just wrong” in light of the ongoing misery among residents with no food, shelter or electricity. The marathon brings an estimated $340 million into the city. Organizers will also use it as a backdrop to raise money for recovery efforts. New York Road Runners, which operates the event, will donate $1 million to the fund and said more than $1.5 million in pledges already had been secured from sponsors. Some runners will take ferries to the start on Staten Island as in past years. After the storm, organizers initially planned to use only buses, but the city wanted the ferry to be involved. Bloomberg expected full ferry service to resume by Saturday. Runners from Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island and New Jersey, with trouble reaching Manhattan, will be bused directly from those areas to the start. Organizers planned to release complete details on transportation Friday. Many of the nearly 30,000 out-of-town entrants were still scrambling to get to New York, aided somewhat by the reopen-
ing of the area’s three major airports. NYRR President Mary Wittenberg predicted more than 8,000 of the 47,500 entrants originally expected won’t make it. Wittenberg said runners who had to cancel did not seem concerned about losing their entry fee, per race policy, but were simply relieved they would be guaranteed a spot in the popular race next year. Kenyan runners, including men’s favorites Wilson Kipsang and Moses Mosop, flew from Nairobi to London to Boston, then drove to New York, arriving late Wednesday. Favorites in the women’s race include Olympic gold medalist Tiki Gelana of Ethiopia, bronze medalist Tatyana Arkhipova of Russia and world champion Edna Kiplagat of Kenya. The course winds from Staten Island to Brooklyn, then Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx and back into Manhattan for the finish in Central Park. The park was still closed Thursday, but will be ready by Sunday. The route has never included areas hit hard by flooding, such as Coney Island and Lower Manhattan Meantime, many locals prepared for the race while coping with the messes Sandy left behind. Latif Peracha was evacuated from the Lower Manhattan neighborhood of Tribeca. While his building is flooded, his sixth-floor apartment is fine, but he can’t move back for at least another week. On Thursday, he walked across the Williamsburg Bridge from where he is staying in Brooklyn to collect his running gear from his apartment. He knew his first marathon was going to be special; now he believes it’s so much more. “I think it’ll be a great testament to the city’s resilience,” he said. Dave Reeder was supposed to fly from Denver to LaGuardia on Thursday with his wife and two children. Then they saw the photos of the flooded airport. Should they still try to make the trip? The race felt a bit “frivolous,” he said. Hearing Bloomberg on TV convinced him to try and he
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hoped to volunteer in relief efforts while in New York. His family planned to watch from three points along the course, but subway closures may prevent it. If they can’t, it has practical implications for Reeder: He has type 1 diabetes, and his wife carries supplies he might need during the race. Reeder, who is running as part of Team JDRF to raise money for diabetes research, said from the Denver airport Thursday night that his flight was a go. Julie Culley of Clinton, N.J., was stranded in Arlington, Va., when the storm hit. It turned out to be a blessing because she had power and could train. An Olympian in the 5,000 meters, Culley is making her marathon debut. Her parents own a vacation home on Long Beach Island on the Jersey shore, which was rocked hard by Sandy. “I think our family probably escaped the worst of it,” said Culley, whose parents were in Clinton when the storm hit. “I’ve seen terrible pictures of houses uprooted out of their foundations and houses completely knocked out.” Her parents told her if Long Beach Island is open Sunday, they’ll go there and watch her on TV. “Now that we know for the most part what the damage is and the storm’s over,” Culley said, “and we can put everything behind us and focus on the recovery effort in the state, I think now it’s time to shift focus toward the marathon again.” Molly Pritz, the top American woman in last year’s race with a 12th-place finish, knew her Tuesday flight out of Detroit would be cancelled. But her solution had a hitch: She’s 24 and too young to rent a car. (25 is the minimum age at most agencies.) So her mother drove her Sunday. What should have been an 11-hour ride took nearly 14 because of two accidents in Pennsylvania. But as they came into New York, the weather was clear and the roads empty. “That’s because no one else is an idiot driving into the hur-
sion and high winds for areas hit by Sandy and moderate or heavier rainfall. Winds could be about 30 to 40 mph. “I wouldn’t get too alarmed yet,” Sullivan said. “But it’s something we’re going to be watching over the next few days and fine-tuning. Anything that could hamper cleanup efforts is something that could be watched.” The same European computer model that first noticed and correctly called Superstorm Sandy a week in advance has forecast this potential nor’easter to come along the East Coast and then hit, Sullivan said. Another computer model also said the same thing, but then lessened that chance, he said. Unlike Sandy, this doesn’t have a tropical component. This would
US stocks rise on strong economic data
In this Friday, Oct. 26, 2012 photo, trader Christopher Lotito works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York.
It’s only been a day, but November on Wall Street is already looking a lot better than October. Strong economic data and corporate news converged Thursday to give U.S. stocks their best day since mid-September. Positive signs about the job market and higher auto and retail sales reports pushed stock futures up before the market opened. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 100 points the first half hour of trading. At 10, two more strong reports came out and pushed the Dow up as much as 177 points. It fell back some, but held a steady gain for the rest of the day. The Dow closed up 136.16 points, or 1 percent, at 13,232.62. It was the best day since Sept. 13. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 15.43 points, or 1.1 percent, to 1,427.59. The Nasdaq composite index added 42.83, or 1.4 percent, to 3,020.06. All three indexes fell in October, their first monthly losses since May. The 10 a.m. surge came after the Institute for Supply Management said factories are seeing more orders and increased production. The index has shown growth for the first two months of this quarter, an encouraging sign about the health of corporate America. Before that, manufacturing had decreased for three
straight months. The Conference Board said Americans’ confidence in the economy surged last month to the highest level in nearly five years. Many were encouraged by an improving job market, the group said. Traders watch manufacturing and consumer confidence because factories and consumers are crucial players in the economic recovery. Manufacturing lifted America out of recession, and the resurgent car industry has supported the economy during recent periods of weakness. Consumers, meanwhile, account for about 70 percent of economic activity. If they’re not confident enough to spend, no one else has the buying power to take up the slack. Manufacturing growth tends to signal higher corporate earnings, said Doug Cote, chief market strategist at ING Investment Management. U.S. companies are midway through reporting their third-quarter earnings, which have been relatively weak. If factories keep boosting their output, Cote said, earnings are more likely to bounce back this quarter. “What you want to see is advancing corporate profits, broad manufacturing growth and strong consumer spending,” Cote said. Cote said those factors set the tone for the market. Before trading began, the government said applications for unemployment benefits fell 9,000
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last week to a seasonally adjusted 363,000, a level consistent with modest hiring. Separately, payroll provider ADP said businesses added 158,000 jobs in October, more than economists had expected. Another major piece of economic news comes out at 8:30 a.m. Friday, the Labor Department’s October jobs report. That report will be watched closely by traders to see how well the U.S. economy is recovering. If the number is especially good or bad, it also could influence the outcome of next week’s presidential election. It was the second day of trading after Superstorm Sandy ravaged New York and forced markets to close on Monday and Tuesday. Companies that had postponed earnings announcements rushed to release their results. Thursday’s upswing started with strong sales results from retailers and automakers. Chrysler had its best October in five years, with sales rising 10 percent, despite the three-day disruption caused by the storm. Exxon Mobil beat the financial expectations of analysts surveyed by FactSet, but reported lower production of oil and gas. Its stock rose 43 cents to $91.60. Kellogg Co.’s net income edged up in the third quarter as its acquisition of Pringles chips earlier this year paid off. Kellogg leapt $1.18, or 2.3 percent, to $53.50.
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be a normal wet storm coming through land in the Southeast U.S. and going into the water, combining with cold air coming south from the Great Lakes and then curving back into the mid-Atlantic, Sullivan said. The same high pressure system that blocked then-Hurricane Sandy from heading north and east out to sea like most tropical systems is likely to be part of the steering system that would take this storm inland to the same area Sandy struck, said Jeff Masters, meteorology director for the private service Weather Underground. The fact that it’s six days out means “there’s room for optimism,” Masters said, but he added: “From what I’m Iooking at, there’s a concern.”
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A fallen tree, damage from Hurricane Sandy, rests in the graveyard across from the Chemistry building on Nov. 1.
by Tom Bachant and Gavin Palmer I Hate Everything by Carin Powell
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Royalty Free Speech by Ryan Kennedy
Horoscopes Aries (March 21-April 19) -- Today is an 8 -- Channels are open for harmony at home and work. You’ve got the energy and confidence to make it all happen. It’s a good time to ask for money. Smile.
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Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 5 -- Don’t listen to the monkeys out there, or the ones in your head that try to put you down. Don’t lose faith. Keep looking and find what you love. Gemini (May 21-June 21) -- Today is a 7 -- Your friends are there for who you are, not for what you have. Set priorities within your budget. Don’t get lost in the material. Phone a relative. Cancer (June 22-July 22) -- Today is a 7 -Service is the secret to your success. The more you give, the more you receive. Emotional balance and communication come easily. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Send support to someone on the front lines. Extra work is paying off, so pay it forward. Write down directions, and explain. Let your conscience be your guide. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- You feel reassured, and overcome obstacles with ease. The right words come easily now. You’re convincing and charming. Make that pitch. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 9 -Others have more to provide than you know. Open a new partnership opportunity. Together you can solve an old puzzle (and invent new ones).
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is an 8 -- Your capacity to get things done quickly and efficiently earns you major points. Fire up your financial engines, and use that creativity to bring in cash. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is an 8 -- A match in love is available now. Write a romantic poem or letter, and seal it with a kiss. Money looks better, but avoid spending what you don’t have. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is a 7 -- An investment in your home is okay. Figure out clever ideas to get what you need for the best use of resources. You love the results. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 9 -- You can find almost everything on your list today. Money’s coming in, and you’re having fun. Find incredible bargains today, and save a bundle. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 9 -- The two of you shine. You’re in action, and it’s coming up roses. An abundant harvest lets you share generously. Give thanks all around.
THIS DATE IN HISTORY
BORN ON THIS DATE
1947 The Hughes Flying Boat embarks on its first and only flight. It is the largest aircraft ever built and could carry 700 men to battle.
Audience in silent awe of Pilobolus Friday, November 2, 2012
1755 - Marie Antoinette 1795 - James K Polk 1966 - David Schwimmer 1974 - Nelly
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Pilobolus, a unique performance group, came to Jorgensen to display their mixture of gynastic dance, intriguing bodily poses and vibrant costumes.
By Zarrin Ahmed Staff Writer Not a sound was heard throughout the Jorgensen auditorium during the performance of Pilobolus on Thursday night as audience members watched in awe. Based in Washington Depot, Conn., Pilobolus is a dance company whose primary goals are to make dances, spend time with people they admire and have fun. The company was founded in 1971 and welcomes a growing succession of creative minds that are curious about human relationships and their physical expression. In their note to the audience, they describe themselves as a “community of artists who view the world as playfully as we possibly can.” Pilobolus, like the fungus the group takes its name from, has continued to grow by expanding its methods of creative collaboration to create a repertoire of over 100 choreographic works. 2012 marks Pilobolus’ 41st year, and in those years the company has performed live
shows in 64 countries and received prestigious awards like a Primetime Emmy Award and the Berlin Critic’s Prize. In addition to performing, it strives to build communities through art by teaching its creative process to performers and non-dancers through educational projects and programs. Before the dancers began their performance, the show started with the first of many videos that were displayed on the screens in the theater. Fittingly, “Pilobolus is a Fungus” was the title of the video that was a prelude to the performance of “Rushes.” It was performed by Shawn Fitzgerald Ahern, Benjamin Coalter, Matt Del Rosario, Eriko Jimbo, Jordan Kriston and Nile Russell. The dance contained the use of chairs as props, orchestral violin and piano duets, transitions incorporated as acts of dancing and a dreamlike sequence in which the performers glided across the stage. As the lighting constantly changed, it either diverted or focused attention on parts of the stage and the dancers. The
dancers themselves evolved with the music, speeding up or slowing down their dances with the tempo. “Traffic,” a compilation of things being blown up in slow motion with a score by Crystal Castles, was the next video before the performers took the stage with “All is Not Lost,” which was created last year. Created by the band OK GO, the performance included an elevated glass platform and a video camera placed on the floor underneath it. As the dancers danced on and off the platform, audience members were able to see them create visual illusions in front of the camera. With a screen displaying the view from underneath the glass platform, the dance created a juxtaposition of the dancers performing in real life and their two dimensional figures on screen. The next piece, called “Gnomen,” was dedicated to the memory of Pilobolus’ friend and colleague, Jim Blanc. Performed by Ahern, Rosario, Russell and Chris Whitney, the dance
began with the four clumped together in a ball rolling onto stage. The majority of it consisted of a 3-to-1 pairing where the solitary dancer was either tormented or helped by the other three. The end of this dance led into intermission. The final two dances of the night were “Duet,” created in 1992, and “Day Two,” created in 1980. The former was dedicated to the memory of Rebecca Jung and was based on medieval songs from Norway. “Day Two” contained some female nudity and contained bass driven music. At the end of the show, the dancers created a slip-and-slide with a covering they used for the final dance. While they played in the water, they waved and splashed the audience as well. They received a standing ovation as they took bows and resumed spinning in the water.
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Mayme (Briana Maia) with Esther Mills (Khetanya Henderson) in a scene from Intimate Apparel, by Lynn Nottage.
By Jason Wong Senior Staff Writer Connecticut Repertory Theatre opened Friday night in the Studio Theatre with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynne Nottage’s “Intimate Apparel.” The play takes place in 1905 Manhattan, following the story of 35-year-old African-American seamstress Esther Mills. Esther is concerned about her prospects for marriage, as she considers herself not only physically unattractive but also past the age where one is likely to get married. Though she develops a friendship with her fabric merchant, an immigrant Jew, she eventually weds a West Indian laborer whom she has been exchanging letters with over the months. “Intimate Apparel” is advertised as exploring racial, social and cultural divides. Esther is friends with both a prostitute from New York’s most popular red-light district and a socialite who lives on Fifth Avenue. Mayme the prostitute is played by Briana Maia, a junior BFA actor. She was able to bring something new
to the concept of the “whore with a heart of gold.” Her portrayal of the character gave her depth and complexity that such roles seldom have. The socialite, Mrs. Van Buren, is played by Alyson Danielczuk, also a junior BFA actor. Her performance was believably oblivious to the nature of racial and class divides for the majority of the play, though the twist on her character in the second act confused me. It seemed to come out of nowhere, moreover, was never elaborated or explained further after the scene. Harrison Howard Haney, a junior BFA actor, and Colby Lewis, a second year MFA actor, played the parts of Esther’s love interests. Haney played the part of Mr. Marks, a Jewish fabric merchant who develops a close friendship with Esther is never able to explore the idea of more, but because of his religion. Lewis played the part of George Armstrong, the laborer who wins Esther’s heart in the first act with his letters. Haney’s portrayal of Marks’s awkwardness around Esther was very well done, and Lewis’s performance was suitably dramatic. The part of Esther’s closest friend and landlady, Mrs. Dickson, was played by sophomore BFA actor Whitney Andrews. Mrs. Dickson doubled as a mother figure and Andrews was able to showcase the genuine concern of 18 years of friendship. Esther was played by Khetanya Henderson, a 2nd year MFA actor. Though she stumbled over a few lines, Henderson successfully portrayed Esther as an otherwise confident, competent woman whose only insecurity lay in her physical appearance. “I thought the actors did a good job,” said David Furnes, a 7th-semester computer science major. “But I didn’t really like the play itself. The plot was slow and there were times where I didn’t feel the characters reacted to situations in believable ways.” Ultimately, “Intimate Apparel” is a character-driven play that relies heavily on the interactions between its characters to entertain. The drama fits nicely with the background setting and it does address the issues that AfricanAmericans and women faced at that time in history. If you like social history and theater, I recommend you see CRT’s production of “Intimate Apparel.”
By Alyssa McDonagh Campus Correspondent
J.K. Rowling isn’t the only author who has released a new book this fall after a substantial time lapse without any new material. We are lucky that a few more of the authors who were prominent in our childhood haven’t stopped writing. It is a sign that the books we treasured growing up will still be around in our future and that the authors haven’t forgotten about their readers. Lemony Snicket, author of the popular 13-book “A Series of Unfortunate Events” saga has started a smaller series of books as of Oct. 23. “Who Could That Be at This Hour?” is the first installment out of four in his new “All the Wrong Questions” series, a prequel to “Unfortunate Events”. While Snicket is the narrator and occasional character in “Unfortunate Events,” he is the main character in “All the Wrong Questions,” telling the story of his life as a member of a secret society. “Who Could That Be at This Hour?” references characters and places from “Unfortunate Events” in what seems to be an attempt to answer questions that were still left wide open at the conclusion of “The End.” However, as readers know, Snicket never seems to reveal everything. Readers are kept in a constant state of suspense and annoyance at simply wanting to discover the answers to the mysteries he introduces. While Snicket is peppering his readers with more questions, Lois Lowry has concluded the “Giver” series this month. “The Giver” was first published in 1993 and was a book ahead of its time. Today’s bookstores are filled with dystopian novels, but in the 90s, this genre had barely begun. Lowry was one of the first to include dark topics such as death and oppression in a book touted for chil-
dren. Now it’s rare to read a book without dark thoughts. “Son” is the final installment in the series, presenting a unique and disturbing topic to readers. In this dystopian world Lowry has created, girls have babies but are denied any contact with them. Protagonist Claire has the unheardof desire to see her son and to get him back. Readers are sent on an emotional quest with Claire in the hopes of reuniting mother and child. “Son” should be a huge hit with today’s readers who are growing up with books such as “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent.” The author we relied on when we were kids to give us chills is back in time for Halloween. Known for the “Goosebumps” series, R.L. Stine released “Red Rain,” a horror story for adults, earlier this month. If “Goosebumps” wasn’t scary enough for you or if your childhood-self read them so many times that you are no longer affected by the scariness, “Red Rain” should provide you with the thrill you’ll need. Orphaned on an island after a hurricane, twin boys are taken in by a travel writer, who brings them back home to join her husband and two children. The twins become troublesome as their true colors become apparent. Murders take place, leaving everyone befuddled as to what is happening. “Red Rain” should provide readers with a new level of horror to enjoy this Halloween season. October was a popular month for new book releases, especially by these authors we grew up with. If you were fans of these authors in the past (or even if you weren’t), I encourage you to read their new novels. The years since their previous books shouldn’t make readers forget about these authors. As the saying goes, “good things come to those who wait.”
Everyone knows that farming is heavily influenced by climate. Environmental factors like precipitation, soil health and temperature determine which crops will grow and how big yields will be. What may not be so instinctive is the notion that the climate itself is heavily influenced by agriculture. However, this certainly is the case, and the relationship between farming and climate is being highlighted right now by a controversy over the U.S. farm bill. In a recent New York Times article, writer Mark Hertsgaard explains: “The farm bill is not only the centerpiece of United States food and agriculture policy, it is also a de facto climate bill.” He goes on to say that the summer of 2012 “should have set off alarm bells. The hottest July on record and the worst drought in 50 years – both driven partly by global warming, scientists say – have parched soil and withered crops across the Farm Belt. Yet America’s lawmakers aren’t even remotely addressing the issue in a piece of legislation that will affect the climate profoundly for years to come.” The proposed bill does nothing to help American farmers make their businesses more eco-friendly, and offers no aid in preparing for the effects of climate change. This is a disastrous oversight, as agriculture is estimated to contribute roughly one third of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. In fact the proposed House and Senate bills encourage many practices that are actually detrimental to the environment, such as offering subsidies for huge monocultures of wheat, rice, soybeans, cotton and corn (“the big five”). Growing monocultures is not only unhealthy for the environment, but it also poses a major threat to our food security. Growing just one crop-type means that all of the plants will have the same environmental and disease sensitivities, and the risk of losing the entire crop due to changes in climate is much greater. The federal farm bill has been renewed every five years since 1949, but this year it expired on Sept. 30 and Congress failed to renew it. Some are hopeful that it will be passed when Congress returns in mid-November (and works until around Christmas). Although Connecticut is largely a services economy, agriculture is a part of our heritage and is still very important to our economy. The outcome of the U.S. farm bill will most certainly have implications for how farming is done in our state. What if instead of accepting the destructive policies handed down to us from Washington, we fought for a bill that rewards organic growing practices? That helps farmers access solar and wind energy, and other renewables? This is certainly something that the citizens of Connecticut could achieve, and with our recent drought and rising temperatures, perhaps it’s time we got started.
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Ambitious films worth the experience Coming off of “Cloud Atlas,” one would be hard pressed to find a film more ambitious. However, there are several films that come very close, each presenting a one-of-a-kind picture that may not work as a whole but is sure to deliver interesting, memorable experiences. Here are a few unique films that, love them or hate them, are worth seeing. “The Tree of Life,” Terrence Malick’s latest picture, has gone down as one of the most polarizing movies ever made. Some saw it as a symbolic masterpiece and the epitome of visual storytelling, others saw it as a pretentious mess that made no sense. The film explores the ideas of the forces of grace and nature and it is told by a young child torn between the philosophies of his two parents. It also, for some reason, shows the development of the universe. Almost the entire film is told through montage, and its atmosphere is so unusual, I can’t put it to words. It’s a film everybody will interpret differently, both in terms of theme and quality. Charlie Kaufmann’s “Adaptation.” is a movie about Kaufmann trying and failing to write a movie and instead, writes the movie you are watching. Trust me, it makes sense. “Adaptation.” presents not only one of the most unorthodox structures for a film, but also, great insight into the creative process, particularly how maddening it can be. The movie mixes common fact with uncommon fiction and acts as a strong commentary on how we as an audience want and expect stories to be told. “Waking Life” is a very cerebral picture about everything that makes a movie cerebral. The focus (and I use that term loosely) is on a man trapped in his dream and the various people he encounters within it. The film contains a lot of monologues and discussions of psychological, subjects, primarily dreams; but also free will, the meaning of life, authority and selective memory. It’s unafraid to go into advanced parts of its subject matter, which is why the first time I saw it gave me a headache and nearly put me to sleep. But the second time around it was an immensely enriching experience and almost changed the way I look at the world. I can’t say the same for any other film. One of the first and strangest allegories in film, “The Man Who Fell To Earth” tells the story of a humanoid alien (David Bowie) who comes to Earth seeking water for his home planet. It shows the effect of society on the unexposed mind and Bowie’s slow transformation from alien to human. Its quiet, solemn atmosphere will either bore you or wash over you. Science fiction has long been the genre of stories with deeper meaning, and “The Man Who Feel To Earth” stands as the most artistic entry.
By Imaani Cain Campus Correspondent
A decade after George Lucas said “Star Wars” was finished on the big screen, a new trilogy is destined for theaters after The Walt Disney Co. announced Tuesday that it was buying Lucasfilm Ltd. for $4.05 billion.
By Alex Sferrazza Campus Correspondent In what has to have been the only possible news that could have taken people’s minds off of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, The Walt Disney Co. announced that they are acquiring Lucasfilm Ltd. from retiring filmmaker George Lucas late Tuesday evening at a cost of over 4 billion dollars. Of course, this makes the mouse house the owner of the “Star Wars” franchise. As if that wasn’t big enough news in its own right, Disney also announced the production of a third “Star Wars” trilogy, beginning with Episode VII scheduled for release in 2015, despite Lucas’s statements that no more films would be made (although at this point anything said by George Lucas should be taken with a grain of salt). Aside from the obvious and seemingly never-ending flow of cash provided by the “Star Wars” toy line and inevitably the future films, Disney has even more fish to fry. While the two companies have partnered in the past to create a few “Star Wars” theme park attractions, Disney now has free reign with the IP and who’s to say they won’t build a massive “Star Wars” themed park or land in the mold of Universal’s “Wizarding World of Harry Potter?” Also, since Disney is the owner of ABC,
it’s not implausible to imagine the long-gestating live action “Star Wars” TV show finding a home on the network, and Disney’s boy-centric TV channel Disney XD is a highly likely landing spot for future seasons of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” (currently airing on Cartoon Network) and the upcoming animated comedy series “Star Wars: Detours.” Of course, when you acquire what is arguably the world’s biggest family entertainment property with the exceptions of the Disney brand itself and possibly “Harry Potter,” a few comparatively minor acquisitions are sure to be forgotten. Don’t forget that Disney now owns the “Indiana Jones” franchise as well, and while not as successful as “Star Wars,” it remains just as beloved and still stands as one of the most successful film franchises in its own right. Another major acquisition by the mouse house as part of the merger is the ownership of Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light and Magic special effects production division and Skywalker Sound. The former has not only provided the groundbreaking special effects to all of Lucas’ “Star Wars” films since 1977, it is the major special effects company used by most Hollywood blockbusters today. From “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Transformers,” “The Avengers,” “Harry Potter,” “Jurassic Park” and countless other,
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ILM has been the genie behind all of those films special effects magic. In addition, the studio produced its very first animated film in 2011, the Oscar-winning “Rango,” adding the studio’s talents to Disney’s trove of animation talent from PIXAR and the Walt Disney Animation Studios. Disney has also been ramping up its game development interests lately and once the deal is closed they will have purchased one of the world’s major game development companies, Lucasarts. Know lately for their games based on the “Star Wars” property, including the upcoming “Star Wars 1313” and the highly anticipated rumored sequel “Star Wars Battlefront: III”, the division was once the developer of (and retains the rights to) some of the greatest point-andclick adventure games of all time including “Full Throttle,” “Maniac Mansion,” “Grim Fandango” and the “Monkey Island” series. The “Monkey Island” series is comprised of not only some of the absolute best (and funniest) games ever created, but for years has held a position as a tantalizing property begging to be adapted into a film, quite possibly an animated one. And yes, in case you were wondering, this does technically make Leia a Disney Princess.
The aftermath: ‘X-Play’ and ‘AOTS’ canceled, G4 to end By Alex Sferrazza Campus Correspondent
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Julie Tierney enjoys a homemade hula hoop that was given to her as holiday present.
By Michelle Golladay Campus Correspondent Let’s face it: in this lackluster economy, holiday shopping is not something to look forward to. If you’re like me, you want to give something to all of your friends and family – and you want your gift to be used. Let me address another problem with the changing of the season: holidays mean we’re all
gaining weight (unless you’re weird and hate comfort food). Thanksgiving brings turkey, mashed potatoes, casseroles, endless consumption of carbohydrates and doing absolutely nothing but watch football. Christmas is about the same (and if you’re like me, you’ve got Hanukkah as well as Christmas, so add fried potato pancakes to the list). This sounds like heaven, sure, but
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Earlier this year, it was announced that the television network G4 would go off the air in an effort to rebrand the gaming/tech focused channel into one that is all-encompassing of “men’s lifestyle” in the mold of magazines such as “GQ” and “Esquire.” The extent of the changes, however, is now known; G4’s two longest running and most popular programs, “X-Play” and “Attack of the Show,” will be cancelled by the end of the year, marking the complete end of the G4 era and bringing a period in the lives of many tech geeks who have been watching the channel for years to a close. “X-Play” has been a staple of videogame television since the premiere of its current incarnation in 2003. The show has covered major videogame news and events, as well as provided game previews and reviews, not to mention their famous comedic segments, but will be cancelled after the end of
2012. The show, once touted as “TV’s most watched video game show,” has been losing much of its steam as of late. Much of this can be attributed to the departure of longtime host Adam Sessler, who has been with the program since it was known as “Gamespot TV” back in 1998. Following a contract dispute with G4, the Sess abruptly left the program this past spring. While longtime co-host Morgan Webb remains with the program, Sesser’s departure upset many of the show’s fans. “Attack of the Show,” which has followed X-Play since its premiere in 2005 and is considered to be the G4 network’s flagship program, will also be cancelled. Known for featuring comedy skits, gadget reviews, and interviews with both entertainment personalities and tech industry analysts, the show was the go-to destination for “all the news you care about”. Notable for launching the career of actress Olivia Munn, who co-hosted the program
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From B-movie horrors to more avant-garde psychological thriller films, directors have found some sort of way to make even the most gruesome scenes “sexy.” This tactic is most likely used to keep the audience interested, and to give them a “break” from all of the gore. Perhaps the directors don’t even consider it to be a brief interlude, and it’s merely included because the audience is already used to coupling a sex scene with their scary movies. However, the inclusion of these scenes only serves to display an even more terrifying dynamic in movies that sex is used as a vicious, power struggle solely to control other people. In the 2007 version of “The Hitcher,” Sophia Bush’s character waits for her boyfriend to come back in a dark motel room, only to be interrupted by a hitchhiker barreling into her room. He trails a hand slowly up her hips, and the camera seems to almost slow down a little, as if to highlight the raw sexuality. It immediately turns into a ferocious struggle on the bed, with him trying to pin her down in order to make her submit. This struggle to make the victim (who is almost never male) bow down to the aggressor is becoming increasingly problematic; it is using the victim’s right to be a sexual being against them, as if it deserves punishment. Even in horrifically awful movies like “Troll 2,” there is an effort (though a feeble one) to insert a sort of sexuality there. The camera pans over to character Holly, who is lifting weights in her room and wearing a tight bodysuit. It remains on her for a good five minutes, highlighting her torso and breasts. This is in addition to the much longer introduction of Holly to the audience, where it zooms in (entirely unnecessarily) on her chest, only to have a later scene concentrated on Holly dressed in a childish cartoon shirt adorned in soft baby colors. The director can’t seem whether he wants to hypersexualize her or to infantilize her, which is an indecision that occurs frequently in horror and psychological thriller movies. Another example of this would be Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan,” wherein the protagonist uses her new found sex appeal to display dominance over the other cast of characters. She starts in a girlish sort of innocence that is clearly served to titillate; half of her “sexual awakening” occurs in her pink and stuffed animal-covered bedroom. Both Holly and the main character from “Black Swan” are stuck in a confusing meld of prepubescence and hard, focused sensuality. Even if there isn’t a sort of physical violence being used with it, their sexuality is used against them—they aren’t shown in calm, confident possession of it. It is instead used as a destructive device.
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Springsteen pays tribute to Inexpensive and useful homemade holiday gifts storm-damaged NJ coast
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coupled with eating more because it’s absolutely freezing outside, I pose to you a holiday gift idea that takes care of your wallet and your weight. Hula hoops. That’s right. I make hula hoops because they have a personal touch, the materials are relatively cheap (many of them are probably already around your house) and they keep you and the gift receiver in shape. If the person you give a hoop to doesn’t use it, not to worry. Unless the hoop you’ve made is repulsive to look at (which is hard to do), it will make for a great decoration, if nothing else. Here’s what you need, and how (in)expensive it is: ¾” or 1” PVC irrigation tubing = range $9.95 $18.95 for 100 feet (that’s a good investment, as it only takes about 12 feet to build one generously large adult-sized hoop) ¾” or 1” tubing connectors = no more than $5 (come in ten-packs, and can be found right under the tubing) Saw (for cutting the tubing; you or your parents should have a saw around the house. If not, there are tubing cutters sold for about $13) Electric tape = $11.95 on Amazon (for a variety pack of 10 colors. I recommend buying via Amazon, because it can cost up to $7 for just one roll of tape from a regular hardware store) Boiling water or a hairdryer Before I go into how you make the hoop, let me reassure you that these hoops are not the childish, plastic, overpriced toys you find at a Walmart. PVC tubing is heavy-which is what makes hula hooping an effective abdomen-intensive workout.
When I went to Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in the summer of 2009, I sold each hoop for $25 and offered a simple acrobatic lesson for $5 extra. If you have ever been to a music festival, you’ve probably seen a hippie like me doing the exact same thing. Make The Hoop 1. The first step is obtaining your materials and finding a nice open space to sprawl it all out. 2. Take your tubing and measure it from the ground up to just under your ribcage (make a mark on the tubing so you know where to cut or saw). 3. Thirdly, cut the tubing with a saw or something sharp. 4. Fourthly, get some water boiling. While you’re waiting, put a connector into one side of the tubing. 5. Once the water is boiling, turn the heat off and dip that side of the tubing into the water (this melts the plastic all together, like glue would). Put the other connector on once it has cooled. Some people also use a hair dryer to melt the connectors to the tubing (I normally do this). 6. Once your connectors are secured, start decorating with your colorful electric tape! You’ll run out of tape quickly if you are using minimal colors, so be wary of that. The End Result What is the result of all this work? Gloriously happy faces, tight tummies and a gorgeous hoop for you and at least eight of your friends. As they say, ’tis the season to be jolly.
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Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi of New Jersey and Billy Joel of Long Island are scheduled to appear at NBC’s benefit concert for victims of Hurricane Sandy.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — In a heartfelt performance tinged with sadness over the destruction caused by superstorm Sandy, Bruce Springsteen paid tribute to his native, storm-battered New Jersey coast. Springsteen and the E Street Band performed Wednesday night in the upstate New York town of Rochester, a concert that had been postponed from Tuesday because of travel difficulties caused by the storm. “We’re a band you can’t
separate from the Jersey shore,” Springsteen said. Springsteen spoke as the band began their song “My City of Ruins,” which he dedicated to his hometown of Asbury Park. The coastal town was among those in New Jersey hit hard by severe flooding, power outages and community damage. “There’s just been terrible disruption all along the coast we grew up on,” said Springsteen as he paced back and forth across the stage.
from 2006-2010, the show remained popular until the departure of long-time host and creator Kevin Pereira earlier this year. The final cancellation of “X-Play,” “Attack of the Show,” and the entire G4 network has been a long time coming. Virtually all of the network’s original programming has been canceled, air time has mostly consisted of re-runs of “Cops” and “Cheaters” (both of which have nothing to do with the channel’s original intent of gaming and tech related shows) and the scaling back of “X-Play” and “Attack of the Show” from airing five nights a week down to three and four, respectively, is no less upsetting. There once was an idea to have a TV channel dedicated to gaming and tech culture. While G4 has failed, it is an idea that could still attract legions of viewers if executed properly.
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Federal funds should be used for Sandy relief
he past few years have seen a rise in support for and engagement with a libertarian, small-government political philosophy most clearly symbolized by the Tea Party. Millions of people in this country now take Ronald Reagan’s admonition to heart that “the nine most terrifying words in the English language are ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’” Political debate is focused intently on reducing the size of the government, cutting public spending and allowing the private sector and individual state governments to assume a greater responsibility for the well-being of the people. But on a week when a powerful hurricane strikes at the heart of the nation’s economy and livelihood, leaving millions in the Northeast without power, bringing an early end to the lives of dozens and causing $20 billion in direct damage, this philosophy rings rather hollow. It is the proper role of the federal government, we contend, to coordinate and provide comprehensive disaster relief to the millions of people who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy. If it is wrong for the government to do this, then nothing is right. As we now know, Hurricane Sandy most directly and severely impacted the state of New Jersey. But the storm also flooded Pennsylvania and New York, thrashed Delaware and Connecticut with violent winds, and buried West Virginia and Maryland in multiple feet of snow. This was truly an interstate natural disaster, deserving of an interstate response. It would be a disservice to those affected to ask their state governments to bear the burden of hurricane relief alone, negotiating from various points of weakness with contractors, builders and insurance companies. A federal response, on the other hand, cannot only mobilize the resources of the entire nation both in the immediate clean-up and the long-term rebuilding effort, but indicates clearly to all Americans who is in charge, who to look to for guidance and leadership and who to blame if things go wrong. Things have gone wrong, especially in the response by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to Hurricane Katrina seven years ago. The lessons to be learnt from that debacle, however, have to do with the expertise of the leadership of disaster responses and with the proper level of preparedness and efficiency necessary to conduct a large-scale disaster relief effort. The proper lesson is not, as some conservatives have suggested, to privatize it or devolve it to the states. A tragic moment like this is one of the best opportunities we may ever encounter to unite a nation in care for those of our fellow Americans impacted by Sandy. It should not encourage a division or a weakening of those efforts.
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What is the point of UConn having bus trackers that are completely inaccurate? My favorite Halloween moment was going to a party dressed as the feminist icon Rosie the Riveter...and some guy asks me if I’m a sexy housewife. So this basketball team thing... If the bartender hits on me is he into me, or does he just want a tip? I feel like the answer might hurt my feelings. If you’re trying to go to Ted’s this weekend instead of studying say yay. Note to McMahon dining hall: none of us are fans of the basil forests growing on the top of the pizza. Asked professor for permission number because I’m taking a prerequisite concurrently. She emails me the final for the prerequisite class saying that I need to score an A...Is that even allowed? I’m not saying I’m Batman, I’m just saying no one has ever seen Batman and me in the same room. What if Gangnam style is a giant rain dance and we brought this hurricane on ourselves?? What if Gangnam style is a giant rain dance and we brought this hurricane on ourselves?? If you’re reading this and you don’t have power, bark like a dog, if only to keep yourself from crying. Although those tears would be your first shower in a week.
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Money shouldn’t beat charm in election
inda McMahon, the Connecticut Republican nominee for the US Senate, will have spent approximately $80 million over three years trying to convince the voters of Connecticut to support her on Election Day by the time her second campaign for Senate ends next week. In her loss to Richard Blumenthal two years ago, she spent over $100 for every vote that she received. It is a ludicrous display of financial excess, but it is hardly a new development in American politics. Even before the Supreme Court’s decision was handed down in the Citizens United case, the Constitution was interpreted to permit individuals to spend limitlessly on their own campaigns. Coupled with the newly derived ability of so-called “super-PACs” to exercise First Amendment rights in this way, political campaigns now seem more like By Chris Kempf auctions than meaningful clashes of perWeekly Columnist sonalities and ideologies. If it is possible to transform one’s image as quickly and effectively as McMahon has, then there is no personal flaw or indiscretion which a candidate cannot suppress and a candidate may effectively recreate himself to meet the demand of the electorate. But we need not bemoan this perceived decline in our political culture. It is possible to defeat financially well-endowed candidates not by joining the fight with an equally large campaign warchest, but indeed by an excess of frugality, charm and self-deprecation. After I wrote last week’s column – a cautionary tale of demagoguery, with British politician George Galloway as its principal villain – I felt that I wasn’t telling a complete truth in my analysis. That is why I wish to turn now to the remarkable example of Fred Tuttle as a humble and unpretentious political hero to show that virtue and earnestness need not always go unrewarded in politics. Frederick Herman Tuttle was a World War II
veteran, high school dropout, Vermont dairy farmer and octogenarian candidate for the US Senate. He was the star of a local independent film, “Man with a Plan,” which depicted the hapless and innocent Tuttle seeking election to Congress to pay off outstanding debts and save his failing dairy farm by way of the office’s six-figure salary, navigating a turbulent campaign replete with unscrupulous, muckraking reporters and voice coaches attempting in vain to soften Fred’s impenetrable New England accent. The film’s producer and director, John O’Brien, who also was Fred’s neighbor in the small Vermont town of Tunbridge, devised an ingenious publicity campaign: make Fred into a real-life candidate for the US Senate in 1998. But Fred’s campaign for Senate was more than a mere publicity stunt: it was a protest campaign against the coronation of the presumptive Republican nominee, Jack McMullen. In the political parlance of Vermont, McMullen was a “flatlander,” a recent transplant to Vermont’s affluent resort town of Warren looking to “buy up a cheap Senate seat,” in O’Brien’s words. When the two of them met for the one debate of the primary campaign in September 1998, Tuttle, the fourth-generation Vermonter and hardy dairy farmer, seized the opportunity to ask of his effete rival, “How many teats has a Jersey cow got?” In incorrectly answering “six” instead of “four,” McMullen indicated that he had grossly underestimated the agrarian and traditional culture of the state he was running to represent. If a voter desired to choose the candidate in the 1998 Republican Primary with the vision for the future needed to enable Vermont’s economy and government to benefit from revolutions in communication and the globalization of markets, unquestionably he would have chosen McMullen. It was not hard for McMullen to deliver a far more effective statement than Tuttle on defense or foreign policy, especially when the latter’s knowledge of world events was essentially limited
to experiential knowledge of the events of World War II, gathered at that point over 50 years in the past. To be a senator, undoubtedly, it is not enough to say on these matters, “we should do something, I don’t know what,” as Fred did. Fred Tuttle had no specific policy proposals, no strong stances on issues and no real understanding of the workings of modern politics. But Tuttle soundly defeated McMullen in the Republican primary because of his quirky style, his utterly unpretentious manner and his quiet heroism in unwittingly defending a way of life under threat from social transformation. Tuttle was, of course, defeated by the popular Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy in November 1998. On his campaign, he spent $251 – one dollar for each of Vermont’s towns – which he largely raised through a nickel-a-plate fried chicken dinner. Tuttle marginalized his own campaign, even when charming the audience of the Tonight Show, urging voters to support his opponent and emphasizing his hatred of Washington DC. And yet, despite his countless quirks and idiosyncrasies, Tuttle represented – and likely still represents, even after his death in 2003 – something larger to residents of Vermont. The Vermont he represented valued practical, pastoral living, tradition and grassroots and personable politics, and his presence on the political scene was a form of staunch opposition to the development, tourism and foreign-ness that McMullen represented to so many. Tuttle was the ever-unwilling Cincinnatus of Tunbridge, Vt., called from his farm to serve his state as a political candidate at the request of the people. The decency and honesty of this common man made of him a political hero of uncommon stature.
Weekly Columnist Chris Kempf is a is an 5th-semester political science major and geography minor. He can be reached at Christopher.Kempf@UConn.edu.
There is no such thing as a wasted vote
he election is five days away and I’m still not sure who I’m voting for. The only thing I am sure about is that I’m not happy with either of the two major party choices. When a friend asked who I was voting for, I responded that I wasn’t sure, but I didn’t think it would be Romney or Obama. He responded that it was pointless that I was even voting. Am I wasting By Kristi Allen my vote by not Staff Columnist casting it for a politician who has any realistic chance of winning? I don’t think so. Casting a vote for a politician you don’t believe in is extremely counterproductive, even if it’s more a statement about his or her opponent. No matter what, someone you don’t support will be in office. The “lesser of two evils” approach does make some sense in the short term. You can vote the greater evil down and keep him or her out of office, but the lesser evil will still be there. So why not choose a third party and vote them both down? The answer is simple: because one of the “evils” will almost always end up in office anyway. Third party candidates have almost no chance in
major elections right now. But that could be changed. The widespread dissatisfaction with Congress and increased access to information could make third party candidates real contenders, but it won’t happen overnight. They have to build up their bases just like any other politician, and that will happen through support over time. While a major party vote could keep someone unappealing out of office for a term, it will hardly change what’s going on in politics as a whole. They and their party will still be around next election with all the same ideas, and next time they might win. Voting third party may not lead to an election victory, but it keeps the chance alive that there could be better choices in the future. Furthermore, feeling compelled to vote for one of two people is giving in to the advertisement that both major parties want you to believethat they’re the only option. It has given them an unbelievable amount of leeway in their work. After almost 250 years, America generally accepts that many of its politicians will take loads of special interest money, raise their own salaries, consider themselves above the law, vote only on party lines, go back on campaign promises, debate
like small children, manipulate numbers and words and often still be considered re-electable. Both parties are equally guilty of these things, and they get away with it because they’re no better than each other. Congress’s 75 percent disapproval rating confirms that people know and understand the flaws in our political system. But the idea of electing someone else never even enters the debate. There’s a stigma that if you’re serious about politics, you’ll vote for a “serious” candidate. Major party candidates have serious financial backing, serious media endorsements and serious image, but the two major party candidates in this election do not seem to be serious about their ideals or their campaign promises. Those are two pretty big shortcomings, but it won’t stop one of them from becoming president. Many people will pick the “lesser of two evils.” That makes sense if the issues that divide these candidates are the ones that are important to the voter, but that’s not always the case. For all the talk about an ideological divide, both parties agree on some huge issues. The animosity and derision between the two parties is hyped as a campaign
ploy. It’s hard to sell a candidate to any electorate, but it’s much easier to make their opponent look like a villain. You don’t have to like a candidate to vote for them, you just have to fear the alternative. The likelihood of the United States becoming a backwards conservative theocracy or the Socialist States of America within the next four years is low, but the race is still being fought as though the fate of the country were at stake. There are definitely differences between the two major party candidates, but no matter who gets elected, there are a lot of things that won’t change. Both support the deregulation of campaign finance laws, the continuation of the war on drugs, increased oil drilling in the US, the Patriot Act, the National Defense Authorization Act, the continued use of unofficial military force abroad and many other things that have become accepted in politics. If any of these are important issues to you, I strongly encourage you to consider voting for a third party. Staff Columnist Kristi Allen a 1st-semester prejournalism major. She can be reached at Kristi.Allen@UConn.edu.
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Anti-gay rhetoric in wake of Hurricane Sandy awkward
urricane Sandy has swept the Northeast, leaving streets flooded, millions without electricity or running water and a good handful dead. It’s obvious that the ones to blame for this natural devastaBy Chynna Davis tion are the Staff Columnist homosexuals and the presidential running candidates, right? Extremist right-wing Christian preacher John McTernan said in his blog that all of the world’s recent natural disasters are God’s way of letting us know that he is fed up with our ways with living in sin, particularly, our acceptance of homosexuality in America. When I first heard of this absurd accusation, I laughed in disbelief, but when I actually went to McTernan’s blog
site, I was mildly impressed by his data. Although the numbers and dates that have supernatural significance that miraculously match up through the eyes of McTernan and his Christian followers, it’s all still a bunch of conspiracy and he is running away from the facts. I guess McTernan never took a science class, or maybe he never really paid attention, but I’ll recap on how a hurricane is formed. Hurricanes require the ocean waters to be at a warm temperature. This is how the hurricane gets its fuel for disaster. The water molecules and evaporation must then combine with heat and energy in order to form into a hurricane. Lastly, there must be a wind pattern to spiral this conglomerate of heat, evaporation and energy inward, thus creating a disastrous hurricane. Now, unless I missed the part
where there were gays tinkering around with the oceans temperature settings, I’m pretty sure that the LGBT community has nothing to do with why hurricane Sandy came to visit us. I’m all for people expressing their opinions and everyone has the right to do so in any medium you can think of, whether in the form of blogs, Twitter status updates or paintings, but there is a point where lashing out verbally against certain groups of people can be very hurtful, disrespectful and just plain ignorant.
If you head to McTernan’s blog website, you can see underneath his outlandish blog post there is a plethora of comments from Christian people responding in support of his nonsense. These Christians shouldn’t be in support of the criticism attacking a whole community when, according to the Bible, only God can judge. Who is McTernan to blame others? If the LGBT community was at fault for this hurricane, why didn’t McTernan go out to the ocean’s shore with a Bible to
“... there is a point where lashing out verbally against certain groups of people can be very hurtful, disrespectful and just plain ignorant.”
rebuke Sandy in the name of the Just McTernan’s jumpy nature Lord? Oh, that’s right: because on topics in his original blog the power went out. post showcases his blatant igno“The storm is projected to rance. If he’s going to insult come right over my house, so the LGBT community, then he it might curtail the prayer meet- needs to stick to that and not ing if the power is knocked attempt to bring in the presiout,” stated McTernan on his dential candidates because it’s website. relevant, at the very least. I have been under the impres“This election is a perfect picsion that you could actually ture of how the church has lost pray in the dark perfectly fine. the fear of God. It is so clear Hurricane Sandy and the LGBT and obvious,” stated McTernan community seem to have a lot of in his second blog post titled power over McTernan’s prayer “Hurricane Sandy and the sessions. Election.” Midway through McTernan’s No, his fear was lost to blog post, he focuses on why Hurricane Sandy when he stated it’s Barack Obama and Mitt that he would stop prayer to Romney’s faults that this hur- God, if his power were knocked ricane happened due to their out. That is obvious. support of homosexuals. To go even further, McTernan wrote a second blog post solely focusing on the presidential running Staff Columnist Chynna Davis is an 8th-semeste mates and their incessant sup- photography major. She can be reached at port for homosexuals. Chynna.Davis@UConn.edu.
» TOTALLY RAD/TOTALLY BAD Campaign season is almost over.
We can smell the turkey already. That basketball game was scary for a second.
Totally saw it coming
Hair getting caught in belt loops. We hope everyone is safe after Hurricane Sandy.
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What did you do during Hurricane Sandy? – By Jonathan Kulakofsky
“Not lose power.”
“I baked cookies!”
“I played video games.”
“I worked from home.”
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» WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Huskies begin their season with IUP
By Matthew Stypulkoski Staff Writer
are stronger and bigger, so I think that’s just one of the main things I think of between high school and college.” Coach Geno Auriemma believes that learning curve will apply to the whole team, as they look to shake off some rust and get The Indiana University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball into game shape at the beginning of the season. team visits Storrs on Friday night as the UConn women’s basket“The same thing you see every exhibition game,” Auriemma ball team begin their 2012-2013 campaign. said. “You know, there’ll be some great stuff that UConn enters the season No. 2 in the AP Poll we do that people will say, ‘Wow, I can’t believe behind Baylor, who was unanimously selected the they’ve only practiced for 10 or 12 days, whatever top-ranked team. the heck it’s been.’ And then there will be times Though the Huskies return eight players from last when, you know, you look like – I remember one year’s squad, they will rely heavily on freshman this exhibition game I think we turned the ball over like season, particularly Breanna Stewart, the nation’s top42 times.” rated recruit. Despite knowing that his team will not be in peak In addition to Stewart, Moriah Jefferson and Morgan condition in the contest, Auriemma said he expects Tuck should see plenty of playing time this year, as the team to look good, as they have been performing Notebook both were top-five prospects in the Class of 2012. well in practice. Despite being such a highly-touted recruit, Tuck As of Thursday, Auriemma was unsure of what his believes there will be a bit of a learning curve when she takes entire starting lineup might look like, but had an idea of a few the floor for her first college game players that would likely be on the court for tip-off. “You know, the pace of play will be faster,” Tuck said. “People “The exhibition games are a great opportunity to maybe just
kind of mix and match and throw some people out there together and see what happens,” Auriemma said. “Stefanie [Dolson], Kaleena [Mosqueda-Lewis] and I think Kelly [Faris] would be really good starters for three and then tomorrow I’ll just pick two names out of a hat and go with that.” No matter who Auriemma decides to play, the Huskies will almost definitely have a big height advantage over IUP, as the Crimson Hawks’ tallest player is 5' 11'', while UConn sports four players 6’ or taller. IUP is a Division II school based in Indiana, Penn. The Crimson Hawks compete in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, where they posted a 17-5 record last year while going 23-7 overall. A year ago, the Huskies won the Big East Tournament and managed to reach their fifth-straight Final Four in the NCAA Tournament before falling to Notre Dame for the second straight season. UConn finished the 2011-2012 campaign 33-5 and posted a 13-3 mark in the Big East.
Marquette and Syracuse this weekend for UConn
By Tim Fontenault Staff Writer With a chance to clinch a trip to the Big East Tournament at stake this weekend, the UConn women’s volleyball team will be in Wisconsin today to play Marquette and will then play at Syracuse on Sunday. The Huskies (16-10, 7-4 Big East) are riding a four-game winning streak and are currently in a tie for fourth place with Cincinnati in the Big East standings. Both teams are two games ahead of St. John’s, Seton Hall and Villanova, who hold the final three tournament positions. Therefore, the Huskies could need as little as one victory this weekend to secure a berth in the conference tournament later this month. Today’s opponent, Marquette (21-4 overall), has already secured a spot in the tournament, sitting in a three-way tie for first with No. 12 Louisville and Notre Dame, at 10-1 in the conference. Despite their impressive record, the Golden Eagles find themselves on the outside of the Top 25 rankings, finishing 28th in voting this past week.
Marquette has shown complacency against teams in the middle and bottom of the standings this season. South Florida, Rutgers and Seton Hall have all taken Marquette to five sets this year. Notre Dame also took the Golden Eagles to five sets and Louisville defeated them in four. Last time Marquette played the Huskies, they handed UConn a 3-1 defeat. But if the Huskies continue playing the gritty and determined game they have been playing, they can pull off a sensational upset. After today’s match, the Huskies will head to New York to take on Syracuse at the Carrier Dome. The Orange (10-16) have struggled to a miserable 2-9 record in conference play, and sit in 14th in the Big East standings. This season has been quite a different one than the 2011 season for the Orange, who defeated UConn 3-0 last year en route to an 8-6 conference mark. After Sunday, the Huskies have two regular season games left: next Wednesday at Georgetown and next Friday against USF.
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UConn senior outside hitter Mattison Quayle goes for a hit during a UConn volleyball match at Gampel Pavilion. This weekend, the Huskies have two road matches.
» FIELD HOCKEY
Field Hockey ends regular season with 2 losses By Erica Brancato Campus Correspondent
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UConn freshman midfielder Roisin Upton pushes the ball up the field for UConn during a field hockey game played against Yale.
The UConn field hockey team ended its 2012 regular season on a positive note. With only two losses and countless numbers of victories against top-ranked opponents, the Huskies are proud of their accomplishments. “This group of players worked relentlessly to improve as a team throughout the season,” head coach Nancy Stevens said. “They held the nation’s No. 4 ranking for most of the season and finished with the second most wins in Division l with 16.” The team’s great success wasn’t handed to them though; six of their best players graduated last year and their top recruiter was out with an injury for the whole season. The Huskies had a lot going against them at the beginning of the season, but with hard work, dedication and practice the team was able to shine. “Our team spent a great deal of time on pressing and out-letting schemes and these two facets of the game have become a real strength,” Stevens said. “Also, the players have worked on their attack penalty corner options each
» MEN'S HOCKEY
Niagara to play UConn twice By Tim Fontenault Staff Writer The UConn men’s hockey team travels to upstate New York for a two-game series today and tomorrow with Atlantic Hockey Association foe Niagara. The last time the Huskies took the ice, they shocked many college hockey spectators by controlling play and having a larger physical presence on the ice than No. 8 Union, a 2012 Frozen Four participant, as UConn managed a 2-2 tie at the Freitas Ice Forum. The Huskies had the lead with less than 10 minutes to go, but Union was able to equalize on a rocket of a shot from the blue line, forcing the game to an overtime in which UConn held off the
Dutchmen. The tie against Union was UConn’s first positive result of the season. The Huskies first two games were losses to UMass-Amherst and Holy Cross, UConn’s first AHA game of the year. Now into November, the Huskies are entering into a schedule dominated by AHA play. With five months of hockey remaining in the 2012-13 season, only five of UConn’s upcoming games are against teams from outside the AHA. UConn will be looking to improve on last year’s conference campaign, during which the Huskies finished 8th in the conference and were eliminated in the conference tournament quarterfinals. Their opponents for the weekend, Niagara, fin-
ished second in the conference standings last year, but were eliminated by Rochester Institute of Technology in the tournament semifinals. One thing that UConn will be looking to improve going into this weekend is special teams, particularly the power play. Against Union, the Huskies failed to get off a shot on any of their three attempts with a man advantage. However, head coach Bruce Marshall is not particularly concerned. “Those things are streaky,” Marshall said after Saturday’s game against Union. “You could get three [power play goals] one night and all of a sudden your power play percentage goes from nine to 18 [percent]. A good power play is like 25 percent or 20 percent and that’s 1-5.
So that’s still four times you got snuffed on it during the night. It’ll come. I thought they moved the puck well. I thought we contained it in there well and they created some stuff and if you do that you’re making teams a little nervous, so I thought we got better on that than as opposed to last night.” In last season’s two-game series between the two teams in Storrs, the Huskies swept the Purple Eagles, winning the two games by a combined total score of 6-2. Niagara is 2-2-3 on the season. Their only AHA game so far was a 2-1 win over Mercyhurst. Both games begin at 7 p.m. and can be heard live on WHUS 91.7 FM.
day, which has made our penalty corner a scoring threat in every game. There are always areas that need improvement and we have a few more weeks to work on those things.” UConn’s eagerness and determination to continue to improve and be the best team its can be has helped its team thrive in the long run. Syracuse, UConn, Louisville and Providence will play in the semifinal games this Friday at Trager Stadium in Louisville, Ky. to determine who will continue on in the hopes of becoming the Big East Champion. “Going into the Big East Championship, our goal is to play our best hockey of the season,” Stevens said. “All the teams know each other very well by now, so we have been working on adding new attacking and defending schemes to our playbook.” UConn hasn’t won the Big East Championship since 2009, but hopes to bring home the title this year. Louisa Boddy, Marie Elena Bolles and, Chloe Hunnable are the leagues top three scorers, with a total of 96 points combined. With their aggressive offense and defense, UConn will be a major threat in the championship.
No. 2 UConn will be playing No. 3 Louisville at 7:30 pm for their semifinal game. “We match up well with Louisville and feel our offensive and defensive schemes will be successful,” Stevens said. “However, we will have to overcome the challenge of playing on the their home field, something we were about to do four weeks ago.” This season, UConn traveled to Louisville in early October and beat the Cardinals 2-1. Louisa Boddy scored both of the goals for the Huskies off of penalty corners assisted by Vicki Arthur and Chrissy Davidson. With such familiarity, the Huskies feel comfortable with their skills and strategies going into this game. “It is a matter of identifying what has worked during the season in terms of practice duration and intensity,” Stevens said. “Teams perform better if you keep their training routines somewhat consistent.” The team looks forward to the challenge in the Big East and hopes to prevail and make it to the Championship game on Sunday, Nov. 4.
TWO Friday, November 2, 2012
What's Next Home game
Nov. 9 Michigan State 5:30 p.m.
Nov. 13 Vermont 7 p.m.
Nov. 7 Holy Family 7 p.m.
Nov. 16 Wake Forest 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 17 Quinnipiac or Iona TBA
Nov. 18 Texas A&M 2:30 p.m.
Nov. 11 College of Charleston 1:30 p.m.
Nov. 22 Wake Forest 6 p.m.
Football (3-5) Tomorrow USF TBA
Nov. 9 Pittsburgh 8 p.m.
Dec. 1 Cincinnati TBA
Nov. 24 Louisville TBA
Men’s Soccer (14-2-1) Tomorrow Villanova/Seton Hall 7 p.m.
Field Hockey (16-2) Nov. 4 BIG EAST Final 1:00 p.m.
Today Louisville 7:30 p.m.
Volleyball Today Marquette 8 p.m.
Nov. 4 Syracuse 2 p.m.
Nov. 7 Georgetown 11:30 a.m.
Nov. 9 USF 7 p.m.
Nov 16 Big East Quarterfinal TBA
Men’s Hockey (0-2-1) Today Niagara 7:05 p.m.
Tomorrow Niagara 7:05 p.m.
Tomorrow Northeastern 3 p.m.
Nov. 9 Nov. 10 Sacred Merrimack Heart 7 p.m. 7: 05 p.m.
Nov. 10 Providence 3 p.m.
with fewer yards per game than UConn.
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Former Yankee slain in his home
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- Former major league pitcher Pascual Perez, who had a troubled 11-season career –Penn. Attorney General Linda Kelly on the Penn St. scandal. that included two suspensions for drug use, was killed at his home in the Dominican Republic in an apparent robbery, police said Thursday. Perez, who last played in the majors for the New York Yankees in 1991, was found with a severe head wound in a town west of the capital, Santo Domingo, and there was evidence at the scene to suggest that whoever killed him had been searching for money, said Joel Valdemiro, a prosecutor who is involved in the investigation. No one was in custody and authorities did not reveal whether they had any suspects. Police said there were several assailants and that the house in the town of San Gregrorio de Nigua appeared to have been ransacked. ‘’It’s an act of criminality, unfortunately,’’ Valdemiro said, adding that there is evidence the killing might have been premeditated. Perez’s brother Carlos, a former left-handed pitcher for the Dodgers who spent six years in the majors, confirmed his death. Perez’s ex-wife Maritza Montero found his body about 8:30 a.m. Thursday and investigators said he appeared to have been slain about eight hours earlier. The precise cause of death has not been determined but officials said Perez, who had suffered severe kidney problems in recent years, had a fractured skull from blows to the head. Melido Perez, mayor of San Gregorio de Nigua and a right-hander with nine professional seasons, including four with the Yankees, mourned his brother’s death. ‘’It is horrible what is happening in this country,’’ he said. ‘’You’re not even safe at home.’’ Perez, 55, played 11 seasons of in the majors and compiled a lifetime record of 67-68 with the Braves, Pirates, Expos and Yankees. But he was in and out of trouble for much of his career. ‘’We were shocked to hear the news of Pascual Perez’ death earlier today,’’ said Braves president John Schuerholz in a statement. ‘’Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during the aftermath of this tragic event. Pascual left his mark with the Braves organization and will always be remembered fondly by Braves fans.’’ Perez pitched for Atlanta from 1982-85. He was 15-8 in 1983 and 14-8 in 1984. The right-hander was first signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates in January 1976 as an amateur free agent, according to Baseball-Reference. com, an online sports information site. His career was a rocky one. In 1982, Perez helped Atlanta win the National League West title with a 4-4 record. But in August of that season he missed a start because, as he later explained, he missed a AP highway exit sign and spent almost two hours This Oct. 12, 2012 file photo shows Connecticut’s Shabazz Napier being introduced at the men’s and women’s basket- circling Atlanta Stadium. AP
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Despite tough start, Huskies pull through against AIC from NEW, page 12 In what most expected to be a wipe-the-floor type of blowout, AIC outplayed UConn in an ugly first half that saw both teams turn the ball over 10 times apiece. UConn started lethargically, scoring only four points in the seven-and-a-half minutes of the game. Out of the gate, it appeared that AIC was going to do whatever it wanted against UConn. A Ricky Hudson backdoor lay-up and a transition basket from Spencer Braithwaite helped AIC get out to a 12-4 lead. UConn was able to claw its way back into the game and cut the deficit to one, keyed by a Napier three with eight seconds left in the half. AIC led UConn 29-28 at halftime. The second half was a completely different story, however. The Huskies traded baskets early in the half, but then Boatright took over. The Aurora, Ill. native scored 11 points in a three-minute stretch when the Huskies went on a 16-0 run to put them up 46-33 and effectively end the game. The game’s lone lead change happened when UConn forward/center Tyler Olander hit two free throws to give the Huskies the lead, 35-33. The Huskies never relinquished the lead
after that. Head coach Kevin Ollie, who is in his first season as UConn’s main man, attributed the dominant second half to “getting back to the basics.” “We had ball movement, we started making shots and I think Boatright started getting us going with his ball pressure,” Ollie said. “Nobody said it was gonna be easy. I praise AIC for coming out there and giving us a great game.” Boatright echoed Ollie and thought the underwhelming first half was due to a lack of experience. “We just had to get the jitters out,” Boatright said. “We got a young team and in the first couple minutes everybody just tried to do too much, too fast. We just had to relax and play our game.” The game was the first of two home exhibitions for the Huskies against the Northeast-10 Conference. UConn’s next contest is against UMass-Lowell at the XL Center on Sunday at 1 p.m. “This is a process,” Ollie said. “We’re going to go out there and play with effort. They did that in spurts [tonight]. We’re going to have to do it for 40 minutes and try to sustain it.”
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UConn sophomore guard Ryan Boatright drives toward the hoop during a UConn exhibition game played against AIC on Thursday night.
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JUST THE BEGINNING
Freshman, Calhoun scores 24 in UConn win
By Miles DeGrazia Staff Writer The No. 6 UConn men’s soccer team begins its march to a Big East Conference Tournament title at home, Sunday at 1 p.m., when they take on Villanova University. After securing their 12th regular season Big East Conference title last week with a 2-0 win over Providence College, UConn now enters the second phase of the season, the Big East Tournament. UConn has won the Big East Conference Tournament seven times before, the last time coming in 2007. This season UConn earned the top seed in the Big East Conference Tournament and a bye into the quarterfinals on the back of their Big East Blue Division title, a campaign that saw them earn a 6-2-0 record. In the quarterfinals UConn will play the No. 4 seed from the Red Division, Villanova. Villanova earned a berth in the quarterfinal Thursday afternoon when they defeated the No. 5 seed from the Blue Division, Seton Hall, 3-1. In the first round match Villanova took the lead in the 10th minute and then doubled their advantage in the 51st. Seton Hall clawed one back in the 72nd minute but a third Villanova goal in the 88th minute effectively ended the match. Villanova has had a lackluster season in Big East regular season play, earning a 3-3-2 record. Two of Villanova’s Big East wins were over DePaul and Pittsburgh, who combined have one win, one draw and 14 losses. The one stand-out result for Villanova is the 0-0 draw they earned with St. Johns, who are also in the Big East Conference quarterfinals. UConn, on the other hand, dominated St. Johns 3-0 when they came to Joseph J. Morrone Stadium, making Villanova’s strongest result against a top side less noteworthy. In last season’s Big East Conference Tournament UConn was forced to play in the first round match after losing its final regular season match 1-0 against Seton Hall. In the play in match UConn crushed DePaul 4-0 before moving on and beating Rutgers 3-1 in Piscataway, N.J. in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey, UConn squeaked by Louisville 1-0 before falling in heartbreaking fashion to de facto home side St. John’s 1-0 in extra time. UConn has done everything right so far this season to set itself up for a deep run in both the Big East and NCAA tournament. But head coach Ray Reid knows the hoodoo his team faces if a match goes to penalty kicks. The last three seasons UConn’s season has been halted due to spot kicks, and despite their recent struggles Reid welcomes the challenge this season. “We will win a knockout game this year on penalty kicks, I’m telling you right now, either in the Big East Tournament or the NCAA Tournament, we will win a knockout game this season on penalty kicks,” Reid said. The winner of Sunday’s game moves on to the semifinals at Red Bull arena.
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Although the book is officially closed on the Jim Calhoun era, it appears another Calhoun’s book is just beginning. The UConn Huskies men’s basketball team was able to overcome a sluggish start and a onepoint halftime deficit to defeat Division II side American International College (AIC) 78-63 in their first exhibition of the season at Gampel Pavilion on Thursday night. Freshman reserve swingman Omar Calhoun led all scorers with 24 points, 21 of them coming in the second half. “Omar’s a natural scorer and he’s got a lot of confidence,” said sophomore guard and captain Ryan Boatright, who had 14 points. “You can expect that all year coming from what I’ve seen him do.” Calhoun missed his first two shots of the game, but that’s about as cold as things got for him. He seemed to flip a switch in the second half and ended up going 8-14 from the field and hitting 3-6 of his three-point attempts in the game. “In the first half I was a little jittery,” Calhoun admitted. “I was able to pick it up in the second half. I’m looking forward to getting better every day.” Shabazz Napier was the third and final doubledigit scorer for the Huskies, as he scored 11 points to go along with six assists.
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New UConn basketball coach Kevin Ollie directs his team during the Huskies’ 78-63 win against AIC Thursday night. UConn plays again Sunday.
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Ollie brings different coaching style from Calhoun
By Danny Maher Staff Writer For the first time in 26 years, Jim Calhoun was not the lead man on the UConn sidelines. Thursday marked the first exhibition game of the season and the beginning of the Kevin Ollie era. Ollie and Calhoun have vastly different coaching styles, but neither liked the fact that American International College stunned the Huskies and jumped out to a 12-2 lead. Instead of calling immediate timeouts and substitutions, Ollie stuck with his starters and trusted his offense. “This is a process. We’re going to keep building, we’re going to keep playing the right way, we’re going to respect the game, this great university and we’re going to go out there and play with effort,”
Ollie said. comers, three freshmen and The players noticed Ollie’s a transfer to the program. positive reaction to the nega- Graduate student R.J. Evans tive start. started 88 games and aver“It’s a lot better because he aged 12.4 points a game in stayed positive with us and four seasons as a Holy Cross just told us to play hard, play Crusader. The Salem, Conn. our game and play UConn native entered the game halfbasketball,” sophway through the omore DeAndre first half with the Daniels said. Huskies down six. Daniels grabbed He immediately nine rebounds and stole the ball and scored eight points darted towards the at power forward. hoop, made the “The mistakes, lay-up and was we would have fouled. Notebook heard about them “R.J. is our rock a lot differently that I look to, and from Coach Calhoun,” sopho- he came in and settled us more Ryan Boatright said. down,” Ollie said. Boatright was second on the Evans finished the game team with 14 points. with five points in 15 minutes. New Kids on the Block The Huskies have found The 2012-13 UConn another talented New York Huskies feature four new- City guard in Omar Calhoun.
He was ranked No. 32 overall and seventh among all shooting guards by ESPN.com. He fumbled the ball out of bounds on his first touch and missed his first two shots. But Calhoun would rebound as he stole the show Thursday night, scoring a game-high 24 points and made 8 of 14 shots from the field, including 3 of 6 from three-point land. “Being from New York, being a Brooklyn kid, it’s just something I was brought up with,” Calhoun said about his confidence on the court. “I’m definitely going to keep pushing it. I’m looking forward to getting better every day.” The newest big man is Phillip Nolan from Milwaukee, Wis. Nolan missed all three field goal attempts, including backto-back lay-ups early in the second half. He did grab a
pair of rebounds, but fouled out after playing only nine minutes. Ollie adds a third German to his squad this year, a 6’8” sharp shooter from Berlin, Leon Tolksdorf. He only played three minutes in the second half and did not record a shot. Looking Ahead UConn’s next and final exhibition is Sunday at 1 p.m. against another NE-10 opponent, the UMass-Lowell River Hawks at the XL Center in Hartford. Former UConn player Souleymane Wane is a part-time assistant at UMass-Lowell. He played at Connecticut from 1997-2001 and is a member of the 1999 national championship team.
UConn still looking for first Big East win
By Dan Agabiti Sports Editor Three games into the Huskies’ (3-5, 0-3) conference schedule and UConn is still without a win. Saturday night in Tampa, UConn will take on South Florida (2-6, 0-4) with the hopes of attaining its first conference win of the season. The last time the Huskies suited up for a game was Friday, Oct.19, when the Huskies were beaten soundly by the Syracuse Orange in the Carrier Dome 40-10. With 3:39 remaining in the second quarter Syracuse was winning 13-10, meaning the game was still well within UConn’s reach. Ryan Griffin had just caught a
touchdown pass for 32-yards The teams worse than UConn from Chandler Whitmer and in this category can be countUConn looked ready to tie or ed on one hand. Only Boston even take the lead. But from College, Idaho, Tulane and that point to the end of the Washington State are averaggame, the Orange outscored ing fewer rushing yards per the Huskies 27-0. game. Throughout the The UConn passyear, the running ing game hasn’t game has been a been much better. As problem for UConn a whole, the Huskies and that night was are averaging just no exception. The 17.9 points per Huskies were only game, good for No. able to run the ball 119 in the country. Preview 18 times and those The lone bright carries resulted for a spot thus far this total of -6 yards. Meanwhile, season has been the UConn Syracuse ran the ball 53 times defense. for 251 yards. With the exception of On the season, the Huskies Friday’s game, UConn’s are averaging only 86.9 rush- defense has stifled opponents ing yards per game, making this season. The Huskies are UConn No. 120 out of the still a Top-25 defense and 124 Division I FBS schools. allow only 19.3 points per
game. The UConn defense, however, has been plagued with injuries this season. Defensive ends Jesse Joseph, Ted Jennings and now EJ Norris, who now out for the season with a shoulder surgery, will not be playing for the rest of the season. UConn coach Paul Pasqualoni only said that Norris hurt himself in an accident. Also this week, it was announced that backup fullback Mike Osiecki will no longer play football for UConn and has left the school. No further information was given from UConn athletics, but the Hartford Courant reported according to Osiecki’s father, Sandy, Mike’s career is over because he has suffered repeat
concussions. The Courant also reported that junior tailback Martin Hyppolite will now play in the backup fullback position to starter Reuben Frank. If the Huskies lose this game Saturday night, their hopes for reaching a bowl game are functionally gone. Over the next four games—against South Floriday, Pittsburgh, Louisville and Cincinnati— UConn needs to win at least three to qualify for a bowl. Of those four teams, only one (South Florida) does not have a winning percentage of .500 or better. Only two of those four games are at home, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati.