Volume CXIX No. 72
UConn budget slashed by $15 million
By Kim L. Wilson and Katherine Tibedo
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Rolling the raiders Huskies crush Colgate with balanced attack. SPORTS/ page 12 EDITORIAL: FLORIDA EARLY VOTING PROCEDURES SUPPRESS THE MINORITY VOTE Suppression of early voting rights could change election outcomes.
UConn is facing an approximate $15 million budget cut after Gov. Dannel. P Malloy announced that Connecticut spending will be reduced $170 million across state agencies for the upcoming fiscal year. The budget cut is the first step in a plan to close Connecticut’s $365 million deficit in the current year’s budget, according to The Associated Press. A press release issued by the office of President Susan Herbst to UConn students and staff said, “Painful cuts will have to be made to many non-academic areas, but we will absolutely not allow them to endanger the work of our faculty or the academic success of our students, which are, after all, the reasons we exist.” According to University Spokesperson Stephanie Reitz, the university is still unsure what nonacademic areas and programs will have their budgets cut. “We are still actually figuring out specifics and what that would be,” Reitz said. “It’s still relatively new to us, too.” USG officials said UConn’s ACC rejection and budget cut has been a hard hit to the university.
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UConn’s ACC aspirations rejected By Tyler Morrissey Associate Sports Editor The Atlantic Coast Conference has extended an invitation to the University of Louisville to become the conference’s 14th member, denying UConn the chance to leave the Big East and join the ACC. ACC presidents and chancellors awarded Louisville entrance into the conference when the school received three-fourths of the vote necessary to earn the invitation. Louisville will replace Maryland, who recently left the ACC for the Big 10 conference. The Cardinals are expected to begin conference play in the ACC in 2014. However, Louisville will soon begin the process of negotiating with the Big East to allow them to leave the conference early and bypass the 27 month notification period. The Big East waved the 27-month notification rule for Syracuse and Pittsburgh when they left for the ACC, but required the two schools to pay stiff fines of $7.5 million dollars for exiting the conference early. The Big East has since raised that fine to $10 million, according to the Associated Press. Tom Jurich, Vice President and Athletic Director at Louisville, said in a statement on Wednesday that he is excited to join such a prestigious con-
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In this Nov. 19, 2012 file photo, UConn plays Louisville at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. Although UConn beat Louisville in three overtimes, Louisville beat out UConn for the No. 14 ACC spot.
ference like the ACC and is appreciative of what the Big East has done for Louisville athletics over the years. In a statement yesterday, ACC commissioner John Swofford said that the addition of Louisville will enhance the conference that already has a proud history. “With its aggressive approach to excellence in every respect, the University of Louisville will
7-Eleven opens in Storrs Center
INSIDE NEWS: 7-ELEVEN HOSTS GRAND OPENING Students said they look forward to having a 24-hour convenience store located at the nearby Storrs Center. RACHEL WEISS/The Daily Campus
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24-hour convenience store franchise 7-Eleven opened at Storrs Center Wednesday. The store offered customers free coffee and Slurpees during the day and students . See the story on page two for more information.
UConn student will study in the UK with awarded Marshall Scholarship
By Abby Mace Campus Correspondent When Ethan Butler first arrived at UConn in 2008, he joined Engineers Without Borders, a small, loosely organized group of students with a common interest in math, science, building things and solving problems. Little did Butler know that his decision to become part of this organization would drastically impact his future career. Now Butler is a UConn graduate and one of just 34 college graduates nationally to earn the Marshall Scholarship. His active role in Engineers Without Borders helped him earn the prestigious honor. As a Marshall Scholar, Butler will receive a fullyfunded graduate education at his choice of institutions in the United Kingdom. Butler has his sights set on the Imperial College London, a university that excels in his fields of chemical engineering and innovation, entrepreneurship and management. Imperial College London has made several noteworthy contributions to the field of science, including the discovery of penicillin, the creation of fiber optics and the development of holography. The Marshall Scholarship Program, established
in 1953 by the British Parliament, was designed to express Britain’s gratitude toward the United States after they implemented the Marshall Plan in 1948, which helped to rebuild Europe’s economy after World War II and protect the weat from Soviet Communism. In addition to seeking the most highly qualified scholars, the selection committee looks for students who understand the importance of British and American relations and would be able to build upon this connection in the future. Butler’s leadership ability made him a perfect candidate for the Marshall Scholarship. After all, the current state of UConn’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders-a thriving organization of more than 40 members, backed by upwards of 50 supporting organizations and contributing individuals-would not have been possible without Butler’s leadership. “[Butler’s] most significant contribution was restructuring the group when he first became president. This allowed our organization to grow in size and capability. He was also very successful in building connections that help EWB develop its projects,” said Andrew Silva, the current president of UConn’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders.
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the ACC to be the 14th member of the conference, but the ACC declined to invite either school. When Maryland first announced they were leaving the ACC, UConn emerged as a leading candidate to fill the void, based on the success of UConn’s sports teams as well as the New York television market that the Huskies would bring to the table.
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USG debates fairness of funding university organizations By Katherine Tibedo Senior Staff Writer
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enhance our league’s culture and commitment to the cornerstones we were founded on 60 years ago,” said Swofford. “The University of Louisville is an outstanding addition to the Atlantic Coast Conference and I commend the Council of Presidents for continuing to position our league for the longterm future.” UConn and the University of Cincinnati made strong cases to
An alternative spring break organized by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life will not receive funding from Undergraduate Student Government due to questions of the fairness of funding a closed event planned by a university department, not a student organization. USG Vice President Jigish Patel said, “Equality is the question here, not the merit of the trip.” He later added, “We need to make sure we are not making this fair for 10 percent of the student body at the expense of 90 percent.” OFSL submitted the funding request for $3,100 outside of the normal process via an act put forth by USG President Stephen Petkis and Comptroller Edward Courchaine. Petkis, a 7th-semester political science and human rights major, explained that since 2009, the USG executive committee has funded 50 percent of the participation costs of alternative breaks planned through Community Outreach. He said since OFSL had worked closely with Community Outreach, their alternative spring break fell into a similar category. “This is a CO trip, that is being managed by a different department,” he said. “I do believe the  agreement was made with this in mind.” Debate, however, centered on the process OFSL used to ask for money. While all sorority and fraternities are Tier II organizations and thus can apply for funding through the Funding Board, there is no process established for university departments to apply for USG funding. External Affairs Chair Michael
Daniels, a 5th-semester political science and economics major, said that the group had the wrong way of applying for funding. He said that the new funding policies set in place would allow those involved in the OFSL spring break to apply for funding next semester when the rest of the student body had access to the same funding process. Concern also arose over the potential for USG to develop a reputation as a bank to be used by both the students and university departments. “Because of this legislation we have become a bank,” Patel, a 7th-semester history, political science and chemistry major, said. “Is this where we want to go, to hurt our reputation,” he said. CLAS Senator Ian Schofield, a 7th-semester political science major, disagreed. He said that the fact OSFL was the first department to seek funding this way, was not grounds to deny them that funding. He said, “It’s not Greek life’s fault that they’re pioneering this.” Still, the fairness of funding on university department was discussed. Senator Ozzie Gooding stated that no other department knew that this was a way to receive funding and funding OSFL was unfair to the rest of campus. Northwest Senator Kevin Alvarez, a 1st-semester political science major, said in relation to the debate over fairness, “It’s not fair. It’s not representing the student body, which is what we’re elected to do.” Ultimately the act failed 17-5, with five abstentions.
What’s on at UConn today... UConn ECE HDFS Workshop 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. SU, Ballroom UConn Early College Experience and UConn’s Human Development and Family Studies department invite all certified UConn ECE HDFS instructors to attend the annual professional development workshop.
CHIP Lecture Series 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Video Conference Rm. 204, 2006 Hillside Road Juan C. Salzar, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Head of Pediatric HIV/AIDS Program at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center will give a talk about HIV/AIDS education in public schools.
HIV/AIDS Vigil 7 to 9 pm. SU Room 310 - Art Gallery In honor and remembrance of those who have lost their lives to HIV/AIDS, those living with HIV, and those who have been affected by HIV/AIDS, UConn is holding a candlelight vigil.
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7-Eleven hosts grand opening
By Michael Corasaniti Associate Managing Editor UConn’s Storrs Center continued its expansion yesterday, when the new 7-Eleven in Storrs Center opened its doors to the public for the first time. 7-Eleven is the newest and only 24-hour option for food and other necessities on campus, store manager Quazi Quasem said she is excited to work with the UConn community as it continues to expand. “We’re looking forward to doing business here because the students here don’t have that 24-hour option anywhere on campus,” Quasem said. “I’m hoping that we’ll do very well here and I look forward to working with the students here.” The store, located in between FroyoWorld and Moe’s in the new Storrs Center, sells everything from sodas to DVD’s to hot dogs, not to mention essentials such as bread and milk. “We are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year serving our taquitos, slurpees, anything you name it that a student here needs,” Quasem said. The store celebrated its grand UConn opening with free coffee, slurpee and soda giveaways for customers. According to Laura Muro, a 3rd-semester human development and family studies major with a coffee in
Inmate may face death in cellmate’s slaying
VERNON, Conn. (AP) — A jury has convicted a Connecticut inmate of capital felony, meaning he could face the death penalty for killing his cellmate at a state prison. The Hartford Courant reports the verdict came Tuesday after a prosecutor testified that 25-year-old Jose Jusino was eligible for the capital felony charge because he was serving 30 years for an earlier killing. The jury convicted Jusino last week of strangling 22-year-old Reynald Robles at the Northern Correctional Institution in July 2009. Jurors will take up the penalty phase on Wednesday, deciding if Jusino should be sentenced to death. Connecticut abolished the death penalty for new cases this year, but it is still in effect earlier crimes.
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each hand, the store’s opening created greater selection for students on campus. “It definitely creates another great option, especially for late nights when you’re looking to get something. It makes things a lot easier,” said Muro. Since the closing of Tedeschi, formerly known as Store24 (a former UConn late night staple), Storrs lacked a singular place on campus open past 3 a.m. 7-Eleven has changed that. “With Tedeschi gone, I’m glad there will again be somewhere I can pick up Ginger-Ale or a pack of gum whenever I see fit,” said Jay Garrish, a 3rdsemester social studies education major and former Shippee resident. “It’s definitely exciting for campus and especially that part of campus.” Students living in either the Bucklee or Shippee residence halls are somewhat further removed from the center of campus than other dorms, making the Storrs Center project and especially the 24-hour 7-Eleven even more enticing. “Bucklee can be so far away from everything on campus sometimes,” said Olivia Crable, a 1st-semster biology major and Bucklee resident. “We can get everything here now that we used to have to walk all the way to the Union for.” As well as providing a new, convenient option for students
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Louisville beats out UConn for 14th ACC spot
but we need to focus on the When the ACC presidents and fundamentals of academic succhancellors came together to cess across the university and in vote on who would be awarded our athletic program as well,” the invitation to join the confer- said Herbst. “We are winners ence, only four schools sup- we win, we like to win and we ported UConn’s inlusion into will continue to play the best the ACC, according to NBC possible opponents. We will be Connecticut’s Kevin Nathan. athletically successful, regardThose four schools were Wake less of our conference, because Forrest, Duke, North Carolina of our successes in NCAA competition.” and Virginia. UConn Athletic According to Director Warde The Hartford Manuel also Courant the decisaid that consion not to extend ference realignan invitation to ment will conUConn was based tinue to be more on “pera prominent ceived football national issue. superiority” than Manuel also on the academic said that the athissues and NCAA letic department violations surwill continue to rounding the men’s the sitbasketball team. Susan Herbst monitor uation and will UConn President UConn President make choices in Susan Herbst the university’s said in a written best interest as statement that the they moving forward. Huskies will continue to succeed based on its strong athletic traditions. “I know this may seem like a tough moment for our fans,
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“We are winners - we win, we like to win and we will continue to play the best possible opponents.”
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Students flocked to the newly opened 7-Eleven to check out the new store and get free coffee and Slurpees.
on campus, Quasem also hopes that the opening of her store will provide a positive contribution to the overall UConn community. “We take care of our people very well here, we treat them
Budget cut to affect UConn programs
as guests so that they feel welcome here,” said Quasem. “I look forward to the community here treating us equally as well.”
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“It was more than we were expecting. We’re still gathering our thoughts about it,” said USG president Stephen Petkis, a 7th-semester political science and human rights major. “Rest assured, we will be involved.” Other USG members were disappointed by the budget cut. “It says a lot about where we are going as a university,” said USG External Affairs Chair Michael Daniels in reference to both ACC rejection and budget cut. “It’s been a very disappointing day at UConn,” Daniels said. Connecticut is slated to be $1.2 billion in debt at the start of the new fiscal year, which begins on July 1,
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In addition, Butler’s ability to collaborate and strengthen relationships with other cultures using his engineering background proved especially attractive to the scholarship selection panel. While he was president of Engineers Without Borders, Butler completed two major projects: a road restoration in Nicaragua and a water purification technology development in Ethiopia. To complete the Ethiopian task, he specifically researched the concept of the Forward Osmosis Membrane to learn how to filter out water contaminants, such as heavy metals. Both projects required him to effectively communicate with group members, organization supporters and Ethiopian and Nicaraguan citizens. While a member of in Engineers Without Borders, Butler focused on vital issues such as sustainability and assistance for the impoverished the primary focus of his projects. “He is very good at conveying EWB’s message of helping the poorest of the poor in a sustainable manner,” Silva said. He also developed leadership and management skills that make him a prime candidate for such an award.” Butler made the most of his experience as a
student at UConn, both inside and outside the classroom. He reached UConn’s most distinguished academic level as an Honors Program student and University Scholar, which was matched with comparable success in leadership pursuits as the recipient of UConn’s Global Citizenship Award, the Udall Scholarship, the National Council Portz Fellowship and the Newman Civic Fellows Award. Butler was also involved in EcoHusky, a campus environmental policy group and Tau Beta Pi, an honors society for engineering students. Butler’s undergraduate career, which was marked by unrivaled academic achievement, strong leadership and an excellent sense of environmental and humanitarian awareness, won’t go unnoticed by his peers, especially with a Marshall Scholarship to substantiate his success. “When I was a freshman, Ethan’s involvement in Engineers Without Borders inspired me to become an active member of the organization and motivated me to become a leader,” Silva said. “I think his acceptance into the Marshall Scholarship Program will encourage other UConn engineers to get involved, work hard and reach for the stars.” AP
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Florida early voting procedures suppress the minority vote
or the many Obama supporters here on campus and across the nation, there was a sense of relief and satisfaction immediately following the news of the president’s re-election earlier this month. Understandably, that result alone was enough cause for jubilation. However, for the sake of democracy and for the electoral process, the finer details of the 2012 election deserve inspection because they reveal insecurities and injustices that have largely escaped scrutiny these past three weeks. The former Chairman of the Florida Republican Party, Jim Greer, commented this week that his state’s reduction of early-voting hours in the weeks preceding the Nov. 6 election was a strategic attempt on the part of Republicans and Governor Rick Scott to swing Florida’s electoral votes in favor of Mitt Romney. In many states with early voting – including Florida – traditionally Democratic constituencies who would otherwise be unlikely or unable to vote on a Tuesday in early November cast the vast majority of pre-Election Day ballots. In Florida, those voters are predominantly non-white. From a purely statistical point of view, suppression of just a portion of the early vote would be enough to change the outcome of the statewide election, given the closeness of the election predicted by opinion polling. Earlier still in the year, moreover, draconian voter registration laws threatened punitive state action and huge fines in response to minor clerical oversights, potentially bankrupting community organizers who wished to enroll voters. Republicans in Florida have indicated that if black voters cannot be convinced during the campaign to support GOP candidates, they should be denied the vote altogether. What is remarkable about this story is that we did not need the confessions of Jim Greer or Charlie Crist, who insisted before the election that voter suppression was in the works in Florida, to realize that our nation’s troubled history of suppressing the civic participation of minorities, especially blacks, has not ended with the election of Barack Obama. Gone are the days of literacy tests and poll taxes, to be sure, but those same racist and anti-democratic principles have merely taken on kinder and gentler forms. Cutbacks on early voting and strict photo-ID requirements are now used as measures to fight the imaginary scourge of voter fraud. Strip away the deceptive rhetoric and behold Jim Crow lurking behind the façade. Voter suppression makes for good electoral politics for Republicans where they choose to suppress the vote. But this is true only because it so often goes unchallenged by Democrats and Republicans alike. Supporters of Mitt Romney in this month’s election, to be sure, have a responsibility to disavow this strategy wherever Republicans employ it, but the responsibility for supporters of Obama is far greater: to challenge these racist laws wherever they are enacted and enforced, even in spite of the distraction a political victory like the one witnessed on Nov. 6 might provide. The Daily Campus editorial is the official opinion of the newspaper and its editorial board. Commentary columns express opinions held solely by the author and do not in any way reflect the official opinion of The Daily Campus.
I really want to curse the ACC, but I still believe that our invitation is just around the corner. Because I mean come on, who doesn’t wanna party with us? So apparently you can’t submit Youtube videos to the InstantDaily...awk. Unfortunately, UConn was once again left out of the latest version of this conference realignment mess. On the bright side, we can now drown our sorrows on the matter in delicious 7/11 slurpees. The sex and the university article makes me feel so judged... Remember that UConn is a great university overall, while Louisville is nothing more than a minor league athletic program masquerading as a school. I already miss Twinkies. Prez Herbst, instead of cutting non-academic areas of UConn’s budget how about you and all other over-paid professionals take a pay cut, reduce tuition, and stop wasting money on repaving a side walk that was JUST REPAVED?! -sincerely, every UConn student Well, apparently the ACC doesn’t want to party with us.
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Colorado students set firearm example
his rant begins earlier this month at the University of Colorado, where a staff member with a permit to carry a concealed weapon at Anschutz Medical School of Dental Medicine accidentally shot a co-worker while showing off her gun. This foolish incident made firearms the number one concern for the administration of the university in a state that is already quite sensitive to gun violence. The end result was a ban, in August, on all firearms in the campus’ dorms. However, not By Tyler McCarthy looking to trample Commentary Editor on the rights of any student with a concealed carry permit, that is, a student who has demonstrated his or her responsibility with firearms, the university designated a special dorm for those over 21 who wish to keep their firearm with them. Three months after that decision, the University of Colorado has had no one opt to live in these firearm friendly dorms. To that I say – good. There are a number of reasons why students in Colorado don’t wish to relocate, especially since most of the students with a concealed carry permit are in their senior year. Not the least of which is that they might not feel comfortable advertising the fact that they insist on keeping their gun in their dorm or living in a concentrated area of those who do. In short, it would appear that no student finds their attachment to their firearms strong enough to uproot their
college experience. It is my personal belief that firearms have absolutely no place on a college campus. There is far too much else to worry about in college without guns being an issue. For most people, living on campus is their first experience living on their own. The university and state should do everything in their power to guarantee residents’ safety and taking special care to allow guns on campus is a backward way of doing that, especially when it only applies to upperclassmen. I don’t mean to discourage gun enthusiasts or to paint them in a bad light. I believe that shooting is a fantastic sport and those who practice it are, by and large, safe, responsible and hold no ill will toward anyone. In fact, I view Colorado as an achievement for the overall image of gun enthusiasts in colleges. None of the students saw fit to make their right to firearms a big issue if those around them felt unsafe. Here at UConn I’ve lived with two people who shot for sport, both of whom were adamant about not keeping a weapon with them on campus, and I’ve learned first-hand the vast amount of safety and control permit carriers need to demonstrate. I believe in the Second Amendment but I also believe in logic, reason and safety. While men and women with concealed carry permits have demonstrated an ability and responsibility with firearms, if tragedies like Columbine, the Aurora shooting, the Virginia Tech incident and countless other gun related crimes have taught us anything it’s that one bad apple can spoil the bunch. With so many people living in a high-stress environment, why invite the risk that firearms bring? Here at UConn firearms haven’t been allowed in dorms for quite some time.
In 2010 there was a calm protest by the UConn Pistol and Rifle Club to raise awareness for the Students for Concealed Carry on Campus (SCCC), a group that advocates allowing students to carry their guns on campus under the constrictions that they be hidden from plain view. Many who stand with the SCCC feel that exercising their second amendment rights is something to fight for and that they feel significantly safer when carrying their guns. To them I ask, why? Why is the world of academia an appropriate place to exercise your right to bare arms? Why do you only feel safe carrying a weapon? And why is my sense of personal safety worth sacrificing for yours? I’ve heard the very ignorant argument that had anyone else besides James Holmes in the Aurora theater shooting been carrying a weapon, he might have been put down with limited loss of life. While I respect permit carriers, I think most of them would agree that their permit does not equate to tactical training or grace under pressure. If anything, what you’d have been looking at in the theater is more friendly-fire and confusion for police. The only true safety comes from citizens looking at guns as their hobby, not their protection. For that reason, I’m pleased to hear that students in Colorado have not decided to make this a bigger issue and I’m pleased that students at UConn and most schools across the country have kept to the logic of keeping firearms out of our dorms. It’s simply not worth the risk.
Commentary Editor Tyler McCarthy is a 7thsemester journalism and English double major. He can be reached at Tyler.McCarthy@UConn.edu.
Congress rightly holds BP responsible for its actions
n Sunday BP announced a settlement with the US Department of Justice totaling $4.5 billion over the Deep Water Horizon oil spill. It’s the largest financial penalty in US history, and considering the magnitude the spill, it’s fitting. BP should be held fully responsible for their actions. On April By Kristi Allen 20, 2010, the Deepwater Staff Columnist Horizon oil rig exploded about 40 miles off the Louisiana coast, killing 11 workers and injuring 17 others. The rig burned continuously for two days and then sank. Around the same time, an oil slick was noticed on the water where the rig had been. A damaged wellhead at the bottom of the ocean was leaking an estimated 62,000 barrels of oil per day, which it continued to do for the next three months. The spill ravaged local ecosystems as well as marine life and created an 80 mile “kill zone” around the well. Almost 206 million gallons of oil had been leaked by the time it was capped on July 15. BP spent those three months displaying their incompetency and unpreparedness in dealing with
the damaged well. As if that wasn’t bad enough, they lied in a testimony to Congress, saying only 5,000 barrels of oil per day were leaking from the well when the actual figure was about 12 times that. There have been tens of thousands of individual claims filed against BP, and they have already paid $36.3 billion to settle those and other criminal fines, as well as cleanup costs. The new $4.5 billion fine is a penalty for obstruction of Congress, manslaughter and misleading investors, and the company could still face up to $30 billion more in fines when their violations of the Clean Water Act and Oil Pollution Act go to trial. Part of the reason the fines are so high is because BP’s actions were deemed “gross negligence,” something the company fought hard against. The massive ecological harm, property damage, 11 deaths and subsequent obstruction of Congress absolutely should be enough to be considered “gross negligence”, and the company’s attempts to deny this are ridiculous. Unfortunately, oil companies often get their settlements from spills greatly reduced. The fact that the Department of Justice isn’t letting BP off the hook is good news.
What’s even more unique is that three individuals have been indicted in the case. Two BP drilling rig supervisors who were in charge of the Deepwater Horizon rig have been charged with manslaughter and a former BP vice president has been charged with obstruction of Congress. It’s rare for corporate executives to be criminally liable for their actions and prosecuting them sends the right message. If we want to prevent oil spills, there needs to be something at stake for these companies. After the Exxon-Valdez oil spill in 1989, one of the worst environmental disasters in history, the company paid about $2 billion in cleanup and $1 billion to settle civil claims. In addition, Exxon was ordered to pay $5 billion in punitive damages but they appealed the decision five times. They took their case all the way to the Supreme Court, where it was ruled that they would pay $507.5 million, about 10 percent of the original sum. The definition of punitive damages is to punish or deter the defendant and others from engaging in actions similar to those that caused the lawsuit in the future. Since 1990, there have been at least ten accidental oil spills of a mil-
lion gallons or more throughout the world. Just this year in January, an Exxon-Mobile tanker collided with a barge outside of Port Arthur, Texas, spilling 450,000 gallons of oil. For the last 20 years, there has been an average of about 1.5 million gallons of oil spilled into the world’s oceans every year. Clearly, the penalties that have been brought on oil companies in the past have not done the job. While we’re still dependent of fossil fuels, it will be difficult to hold them fully accountable for their actions. Most companies would have their business licenses revoked for multiple manslaughter charges and obstruction of justice, but that’s simply not going to happen in this case. Oil companies have shown that profit is their main concern, so we have to make it completely unprofitable for them to be reckless and irresponsible. The Department of Justice’s new resolve to hold both individuals and corporations fully responsible for their actions is not only what they deserve, it’s a good step in preventing spills. Staff Columnist Kristi Allen is a 1stsemester pre-journalism major. She can be reached at Kristi.Allen@UConn.edu.
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The dogs are back in town
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Therapy dogs make their first stop at the Rainbow Center Writing
By Jason Wong Senior Staff Writer
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Pictured above is Codie, the two-year-old pit bull that visited the Rainbow Center during their “Therapy Dog Study Break.” Codie is a therapy dog in training, much like the ones that visit UConn’s library during finals week. The “Therapy Dog Study Break” was organized by students Jenn Donnelly and Jessica Malboeuf. It was the third in a series of Rainbow Center stress management events, which will continue during finals week.
By Jason Wong Senior Staff Writer The Rainbow Center hosted the third segment of its series on stress management, “Therapy Dog Study Break,” on Wednesday afternoon. The first two parts of the series included a massage class and aromatherapy. The event was organized by Jenn Donnelly, 7th-semester psychology and women, gender and sexuality studies double major, and Jessica Malboeuf, a 7th-semester animal sci-
ence major. Students were able to enjoy the company of Codie, a two-year-old pit bull in training to become a therapy dog. The event was separate from the therapy dogs that are taken to the library during finals week to help students to unwind. “It was real nice to have a dog to pet and play with,” said David Furnes, a 7thsemester computer science major. “I have my own dog at home and I miss her sometimes, so it was nice to see one.”
“I think it would be a great idea for Student Health Services to have therapy dogs available to students year round,” said Jonathan Huang, a 7th-semester chemical engineering major. The Rainbow Center will continue its series of stress management events during finals week by bringing fresh-baked cookies to the library.
New Focus Feature: QR Codes! We’re introducing a new feature in Focus, starting today: from now on, every music-related article will have a QR code run alongside it. If you’re reading an article or a review and you want to check out an artist’s music, these QR codes link to music (largely through Youtube videos, playable on most smartphones). These new additions will make it easier than ever to check out new music, without even turning the page! Just download any of Android or iTunes’ QR reader apps to check it out!
Decorating your dorm room for Christmas
By Loumarie Rodriguez Senior Staff Writer
Despite the fact that dorm rooms at UConn have been compared to jail cells (depending on which hall you live in), students still find ways to deck them out and make them look somewhat decent for the year. However the holiday season is upon us and although there are only about two and a half weeks left in the semester, it doesn’t hurt to show some holiday spirit by decorating your room for the occasion. Decorating a dorm room is very easy, especially for the holiday season, since every convenience store has been selling decorations since the beginning of the school year. Also, decorations are cheap and can go a long way in making the dorm room festive. Even the Dollar Store
has decent garland to hang on the walls if you want to keep it low budget. If you’re buying from the Dollar Store try to stay away from their Christmas lights and stick to the simple garland. Remember: you get you what you paid for and dorm fires can be very dangerous. So stay with the basics if you’re buying from the Dollar Store. As garland and maybe a few door, wall or window decorations can go a long way. Although dollar stores do have interesting finds, their stock can obviously be limited. Garland of every color and length can be found at your neighborhood Wal-Mart and Target. Garland may be simple but it can really spruce up a dingy dorm room during the holiday season. Walking into bright colors reminds us that the giving season is upon us
Jake Shimabukuro coming to Jorgensen
By Focus Staff After dropping jaws and rocking Jorgensen’s audience last fall, Hawaiian ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro returns to UConn for a repeat performance tonight at 7:30 p.m. After starting to learn the instrument of his native land when he was 4 years old, Shimabukuro has become one of his four-stringed, two-octave guitar’s finest performers, according to a Jorgensen press release. “Everyone plays in Hawaii,” Shimabukuro said in the press release, “but I became obsessed with it.” Shimabukuro first reached major prominence in America after a YouTube recording of his cover of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” in Central Park went viral in 2006; it currently stands tall with more than 11 million views. Since then, Shimabukuro has per-
formed on “The Late Show with Conan O’Brien,” “The Today Show” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and has joined forces with other artists including Les Paul, Levon Helm, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones and Jimmy Buffet. Shimabukuro is touring behind his new album “Grand Ukulele,” which features original songs and traditional Hawaiian tracks all the same, including one called “Missing Three” performed on only three strings. Alan Parsons, famous for helping create classic albums “The Dark Side of the Moon” by Pink Floyd and “Abbey Road” by the Beatles, collaborated with Shimabukuro, introducing orchestra and rock rhythm sections to his music. “Grand Ukulele” also features songs like the artist’s YouTube covers, including “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele and “Fields of Gold” by Sting. Tickets for the show are only $10 for UConn students with ID, and regular admission tickets begin at $34.
can really lift the mood as we head into exam time. If you really want to be festive, go for Christmas lights because they can really brighten up the room. Although multicolor lights are fun, try something different, such as single color lights (and I don’t mean just the white lights, because those can be blah). Wal-Mart, Target and CVS offer a variety of lights to choose from of every shape, size and color. You too can be bold, try purple with the large bulbs, which can make your room standout, or even mix colors as well. Try green lights with pink or blue and green with round bulbs rather than the standard bulbs. Decorating a room with lights is fun but hanging lights can be a pain, so be sure to use either duck tape to hold them up or
cheap hooks that can be found at the Co-Op. Command hooks are easy to put on and very simple to take off without damaging the wall. Your door can also be decked out for the holiday season by making a large bow out of ribbon, which will always come out unique depending on the pattern you pick for the ribbon. Bows are very simple to do since you have been tying your shoelaces for years, but if you want to get fancier, a quick Google search can teach you to tie a nicer bow. Unfortunately, you can’t frost your windows for the winter look with instant snow-in-a-can. However, you can stick gel decorations on the window, which, again, is cheap and simple to put on and peel off. Hanging simple stars or ornaments from the ceiling is also fun; how-
By Brian Richman Campus Correspondent
parks in Boston which contributed to both their rise and popularity and helped change the reputation classical music had as being for only the rich and sophisticated (a reputation which Fiedler hated). During July 1935, the orchestra produced its first recording, which included a full performance of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” This recording was the first contributing factor in what would result in the Boston Pops selling more records than any other orchestra in the entire world. Another contribution Fiedler brought to the Pops was the annual tradition of the Fourth of July Pops concert and fireworks on the Esplanade (the same park where the Promenade Concerts were performed). This show is one of the best attended Independence Day celebrations in the country with an estimated attendance of 200,000-500,000 people. After Fiedler’s death in 1979 noted film composer John Williams
ever, be sure they are far from the sprinklers. Also, sometimes convenience stores offer UConn holiday apparel and decorations, such as Christmas stockings, and usually for a cheaper price. Be sure to be on the lookout for these items as well so you can mix festivity with UConn pride. The holiday season is here only once a year and a good portion of the season is spent at school. Yes, finals are around the corner, but that doesn’t mean you have to be a miserable Scrooge during your long study sessions. Spruce up the room with some holiday cheer this season. Make sure to play some holiday tunes while you decorate!
What about the Boston Pops?
The Boston Pops are coming to Jorgensen for their annual winter concert on Saturday night, with the show beginning at 8 p.m. However, you may not know much about the famous orchestra. Let’s start from the top. The Boston Pops Orchestra was founded by Henry Lee Higginson out of a desire bring concerts of a lighter type of music to Boston which culminated in their first performance in 1885. Until 1990 their concerts were called “The Promenade Concerts” and they did well to tie light classical music and more popular and accessible tunes together. This started the path for the Pops that they still follow today. In 1930 Arthur Fiedler became the first official conductor of the Pops and was largely responsible their widespread popularity. Free concerts were performed in
took up the conductor’s baton. He further expanded the popularity of the Pops to wider audiences as he incorporated his own wellknown stock of film scores into their repertoire and also initiated the annual “Pops-on-the-Heights” concerts at Boston College. In 1995 Keith Lockhart became principal conductor. During his tenure he has incorporated many pop-music acts into the performances of the Pops such as Ben Folds, Guster and My Morning Jacket. In 2002 he also conducted the Boston Pops in the pre-game show of Super Bowl XXXVI in New Orleans which marked the first time an orchestra has played such an event.
Since this week’s “Writer’s Desk” is my 13th, I’ve decided to discuss the task of writing horror. To be honest, I’ve never been much of a horror fan. Most horror movies that are coming out and have come out in recent history seem to me like great examples of lazy writing, where gory death and cheap “jump-out” monsters pass for good plot points and well-written suspense. I take this as almost a personal affront, especially when horror has so much more to offer as a genre. In my opinion, the best kind of scare is not the kind that pops up and elicits a short-lived yelp of terror, but the almost lovingly rendered grotesqueness that results in a cringe that shudders through the entire body; or better yet, remains a thought in the back of your head that comes out for a visit when it gets dark and you’re alone. That is to say a psychological horror is one where the imagined terror is on par with the actual reality. How can a writer accomplish something like that? One way to create memorable horror is to take a common fear, say, fear of the dark, of spiders or the unknown, and add a twist. The familiarity of the fear will make it stick in readers’ minds, and the twist will give them the desired goosebumps. Some great examples are the clown in Stephen King’s “It” and the creature in the Doctor Who episode “Midnight.” It can be difficult to think of a good twist for a potential fear. Try thinking about what makes that fear so indescribably scary, and then exaggerate it. Another way to create memorable horror is simply by making use of the bizarre. This is practically the complete opposite of the previous approach, where you choose something familiar. In this case, the horror is frightening because it is so alien and unfamiliar. That doesn’t mean you have to think of something out of this world. The best examples I can think of are instances where insanity plays a role in the work of horror. Insanity is frightening because it is illogical and unpredictable; an enemy that cannot be outsmarted because it simply doesn’t think the way a normal person does, if at all. Many a well-loved psychopath villain falls under this category, but don’t think that a good horror villain need be amoral. As a final note, I just want to say that horror does not need to stick to just the end goal of scaring its audience. The horror need not eclipse a potential drama – it should work alongside a well-written plot and make the story that much better by its inclusion. Nor does horror need be campy or so awash with blood that the reader becomes desensitized to the gore. In my opinion, the perfect horror should treat death as nearly all other genres treat it – a significant detail and turning point, not just a throwaway paragraph.
“Sleigh Ride” Boston Pops
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Album Of The Week
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Sufjan Stevens Christmas compilation brings cheer
“Get Free” Major Lazer
By Billy Lambert Staff Writer
“Diamonds – Remix” Rihanna, Kanye West
“Just What I Am” Kid Kudi, King Chip
“Jah No Partial”
Major Lazer, Flux Pavilion
“Walking on a Dream” Empire of the Sun
Silver & Gold
Sufjan Stevens is comin’ to town with a Christmas album compilation filled to the brim with gifts to prepare you for the upcoming holiday season. “Silver & Gold,” the title of his compilation (and instant holiday nostalgia trigger for any 90s kid with a Game Boy Color), includes five separate albums under its banner, totaling a stocking-stuffing 58 tracks. If that seems like an overwhelming blizzard of music to sift through, fret not: The albums are ordered chronologically, spanning from the years 2006-2010, a period that saw Sufjan gradually trade in the banjo solos and angelic orchestral build-ups of albums “Illinoise” and “Greetings From Michigan” for the chaotic soundboard and ubiquitous autotune of his most recent true studio album, “Age of Adz.” Because of this, the opportunity to isolate Sufjan’s aesthetic transition into yearly increments is an interesting one, although his signature lyrical essence of lightheartedly serious spiritual contemplation remains largely untouched. “Gloria,” the first album in the collection, finds Sufjan at his most fundamental in this latter regard. “Carol of St. Benjamin the Bearded One” and “Barcarola (You Must Be a Christmas Tree)” are the two standouts in this vein, the former
“I’ll Be Home for Christmas” Sufjan Stevens
“We Own the Sky” M83
Sufjan Stevens 11/13/12 58 tracks
riding a beautiful flute and violin overture into tenderly understated lyrics such as “Oh be kind to me/Oh Benjamin, who keeps his hands inside his sleeves” to the flowery strum of a single guitar. Minimalism is the heart of Sufjan’s music at this stage, certainly the softest listen of all the albums. “I Am Santa’s Helper” is the most adorably named album here, its implicit innocence jiving well with the various instrumental fragments which make up the album. Many of these run between 50 seconds and two minutes, and although it is pretty wonderful to see an artist dedicate several songs to just jamming out on the track, their unpolished nature can make for tedious listening at times. “Mr. Frosty Man,” however, is one complete work which stands up well amidst the vast collection, if only for the opportunity to hear Sufjan do his best Velvet Underground impression. “Christmas Ultimate Voyage,” though, marks the first signal of Sufjan’s current affinity for more electronic instrumentalism. The generous 15 minutes given to “The Child With the Star On His Head” is an exhibition of Sufjan’s anti-commercialism in relation to the more genuine and simple feelings he sees as necessary to the Christmas season. After wonder-
By Julie Bartoli Senior Staff Writer
I know the year isn’t over yet, but it’s essentially the countdown. So, with 2013 right around the corner (sort of), here’s a list of lyrics that made 2012 musically brilliant.
Photo courtesy music.sufjan.com
The cover of Sufjan Stevens 58-track Christmas album compilation, “Silver & Gold.” The compilation is a follow-up from Stevens “Songs for Christmas,” released in 2006.
ing aloud what “the trust we put in things/and small IDs/and engineering” can really fulfill, the empty space is occupied by a boisterously static guitar riffs while the flute, prominent only two albums before, now relegated to the background. The last two albums, “Let It Snow” and “Christmas Unicorn,” offer a stronger devotion to electric tones which so permeated “Age Of Adz.” The eponymous closing track Christmas Unicorn, in fact, shares many characteristics with the ultra-long distorted symphony that is “Impossible Soul” on “Age of Adz,” starting with the gentle string of a harp and ending on a bittersweet rendition of Joy Division’s
“Love Will Tear Us Apart.” The song really is the perfect end to a set of albums united by their search for something deeper in the mad consumerist dash which is Christmas. With repetitive lyrics such as “I’m the Christmas Unicorn/You’re the Christmas Unicorn” over a nebulous electronic loop, Sufjan makes even the simplest, most absurd things stand out amidst the chaos. While no music may be able to save you from a traffic jam on the way to Aunt Greta’s in Ohio, it wouldn’t hurt to let him try.
Songwriting is the issue on Soundgarden’s new album
“Die Young” Ke$ha
By Stephen Skudlarek Campus Correspondent
“Express Yourself” Diplo feat. Nicky Da B
“To the World Kanye West, R. Kelly
“The Wave” Miike Snow
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Upcoming Shows Jorgensen Center 11/29 Jake Shimabukuro 7:30 p.m., $10 XL Center, Hartford 12/6 Rick Ross, Meek Mill and 2 Chainz 7 p.m., $50-$200
I was a pretty big fan of Soundgarden when I was in high school. I became interested in their music long after they had broken up, and I always longed for the band to reunited and create new album. This album was not what I had been looking for. Soundgarden’s first full-length album in 16 years, “King Animal,” falls short of being a good album. It’s a decent first attempt at getting back onto the music scene, but there’s just not a lot special about this album. There are only a couple of tracks that I can really say I enjoyed at least somewhat on “King Animal.” “Halfway There” is an interesting song about reaching your goals. This is more upbeat than most of the album, with a catchy chorus and a nice mix of acoustic and hard rock. “Been Away Too Long” is one of the best tracks on the album, for what it’s worth. It showcases good vocals by frontman Chris Cornell, and some truly excellent guitar work by lead guitarist Kim Thayil. I haven’t heard anything the band has done while touring during the past couple of years or so, but Thayil has clearly been keeping up with his guitar abilities over the years since the band’s last album so long ago. Thayil is honestly at the top
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What 2012 taught us
“It will never get old, not in my soul Not in my spirit, keep it alive We’ll go down this road ‘til it turns from color to black and white” – Frank Ocean, “Thinkin Bout You” “You’ll see I am no criminal I’m down on both bad knees I’m just too much a coward to admit when I’m in need” – Passion Pit, “Take a Walk” “Love, we need it now Let’s hope for some So, we’re bleeding now, I belong with you, you belong with me” – The Lumineers, “Ho Hey”
“Space around me where my soul can breathe I’ve got body that my mind can leave Nothing else matters, I don’t care what I miss Company’s okay Solitude is bliss” – Tame Impala, “Solitude is Bliss”
“Don’t be listening to your friends cuz they talk too much Think I know just what we goin’ through, to make it right I pray you understand this ain’t over night I’ll be on the next flight on my way back home I promise I won’t stay too long so leave the porchlight on” – Big Krit featuring Anthony Hamilton, “Porchlight”
“Breathing out, hoping to breathe in I know nothing’s wrong but I’m not convinced No, I know, I know how far it’s gone myself Maybe I’ll believe it from somebody else” – Local Natives, “Breakers” Photo courtesy q98.com
Members of Soundgarden, celebrating the release of their first studio album in sixteen years, “King Animal.” In the first week of its release, “King Animal” landed a No. 5 spot on the Billboard 200 chart.
of his game for this album. His riffs are simply amazing, and a great aspect of the band’s sound. I’ve always enjoyed his mix of hard rock and Indian and Middle Eastern riffs. This album is no exception to this technique, as it’s present for most of the songs. The rest of the band performs very well most of the time, but Cornell’s voice tends to wear out at times. At these points, he is not particularly pleasant to hear. I know that Soundgarden has a traditionally edgy and hard sound, and while Cornell can usually sing to match this, sometimes he isn’t able to perform well on some of the earlier tracks. Honestly, the
“Been Away too Long” Soundgarden
band should’ve played more to his strengths while writing the songs. His voice is at its best when it isn’t utilized in a strident capacity all the time. Some of the songs on this album have him yelling quite a bit, which just doesn’t work sometimes. Again, it’s kind of on a case-by-case basis here–it’s fine sometimes, but when it’s not effective, he seems to clash with the rest of the band, or his voice sounds really strained. It may seem like I’m nitpicking with this comment, but these issues were practically nonexistent when Cornell was with Audioslave. Both bands were fantastic, but Cornell seemed to work perfectly with the backing in that case. Maybe he’s just not used to working with Thayil and the rest of Soundgarden. It’s not a terrible album. A good amount of the songs are actually pretty decent, and the band plays well on all of them. It’s mainly
the songwriting that I have an issue with. Some of the songs are interesting, and a couple of them are even pretty good. There’s just nothing here that’s really memorable. None of the songs attracted my attention enough to remember them after I moved on to the next track. I’ll give credit to the band for their skills, but the songwriting is really lacking. It’s worth noting that while each band member has written songs for this album, Cornell’s are predictably the best. This doesn’t make them necessarily good, but they’re still better than everything else on the album. If the band is able to write more memorable material for their next release, it could be great. If you’re a fan of Soundgarden or Grunge in general, “King Animal” might be worth checking out, but I wouldn’t recommend it to most people.
“Darling, you’ve got a lover’s start You’ve found another heart I said you’ve got a better thing I said you’ve gotta let my heart heal” – How to Dress Well, “& It Was U”
“Know that I adore you Oh, love ain’t never looked so good on ya Put it on baby Let my love adorn you” – Miguel, “Adorn”
“All the saint’s in the shadows, hear them present remedies Forget all your enemies It’s been a season in hell, baby don’t you know A season in hell Doesn’t dawn look divine?” – Dum Dum Girls, “Season in Hell”
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Himanshu Suri’s new album is ‘a great collection of music’ By Joe O’Leary Focus Editor
Himanshu Suri is a complicated dude who I can’t even begin to comprehend. He’s a genius, as he graduated from Wesleyan University in 2007 with a degree in economics and worked as a headhunter on Wall Street for two years. He’s also one of the most prolific up-and-coming rappers in the game, as his rap group, Das Racist, has been getting buzz ever since they dropped the obnoxiously repetitive, obnoxiously fantastic “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell” in 2008. Through 2011, Das Racist released a few big mixtapes and
Wild Water Kingdom Himanshu Suri 11/16/12 16 tracks
their fantastic debut album “Relax,” but 2012 has been the Year of Heems. In January, he dropped “Nehru Jackets,” his first mixtape, and it was fairly awesome. My favorite track, “Womyn,” is simultaneously a parody of popular rap songs about women that repeat the same genericisms equating them to objects instead of people and a tempered look at gender relations. And that’s nothing compared to “NYC Cops,” which began as a cover of The Strokes’ “New York City Cops” but became a protest song railing against the New York City Police Department for the decades of atrocities committed against minorities in the city (inspired by Himanshu’s Indian heritage.) What I am trying to say is that the dude is deep. He’s got a lot to say and he knows how to do it. After a two-week Hurricane Sandy-based delay, the rapper from Queens dropped his second mixtape of the year, “Wild Water Kingdom,” on Nov. 16. The closest I can get to an opinion about its 16 dense,
complicated tracks (with an intro) is that they’re just as good, if not better, than what’s found on “Nehru Jackets.” While it doesn’t get as deep as the more provocative songs on that tape, that means it’s a great collection of music to have on in a variety of places; studying, driving, chilling. It’s versatile. The clear standout on the tape is “Deepak Choppa,” which has an absolutely fantastic beat that builds on itself produced by LE1F, and Heems starts out with a lot of Das Racist-esque zingers combined with amusing throwaway lines like “Himanshu, I’m so crazy / One thing I’m not, m*****f*****, is lazy.” The lines pick up with the beat, as Heems eventually takes on the persona of a corrupt immigration officer, threatening “We can send you back at any given time, it ain’t like money that you stack / Not like money for a lawyer, that’s the money that you lack,” before he finally goes on a diatribe. That’s just one song, but it shows how skilled Heems is; it’s a song that’s
sludge metal opus beaming with life and swarming with micro yet haunting surprises. The Belgium five-piece band has been creating precise, reverb soaked sludge metal since 1999. “Mass V” is the product of years of hard work and the nurturing of a densely packaged take on sludge metal. What separates Amenra from their contemporaries is how well they build lush walls of quiet restraint before obliterating them with animalistic shrieks and thick bulldozers of guitar distortion. The opener, “Dearborn and Buried,” shakes with raw guitar chords, and blooms into an earthquake of pounding drums and Colin H. Eeckhout’s forceful bark. Eeckhout’s screaming is more reminiscent of hardcore bands such as Converge or the mathcore shrieks of the Locus rather than the guttural
shouts typically found in sludge metal. Eeckhout has got some range, though, eerie spoken-word refrains (“Boden”) and ghostly choir chants (“A Mon Ame”) where the band collectively takes a deep breath and walks through graveyards creates an expansive listen. These segments of minimal guitar work and slow build-ups of lush drums create a tension that enforces the harsher side of Amenra. In the likes of black metal and drone, “Mass V” is about creating mood rather than metal music, demonstrating how chaotic the genre can be. The four songs (all of which exceed the nine minute mark) that encompass “Mass V” are never flashy in their musicianship or song structures but show how the contrast between slow build-ups and earth-shattering guitar riffs can cre-
initially goofy turns deadly serious, changing tempos twice, and it feels completely cohesive. While not all of the songs are that ambitious, they can mix many feelings together into something great. Some other standouts: “Tell Me,” which has a nice back-and-forth between Heems and a guest appearance by Childish Gambino (though I can’t get past the Trayvon Martin namedrop) and “Soup Boys,” which samples the huge international hit “Why This Kolaveri Di?” I can really recommend half of the album as standouts, though; “Killing Time,” the title track, “Combat Jack Show Freestyle,” for instance. Rap fans should definitely check this one out, especially because it can be downloaded for free at LiveMixTapes. com. It’s a lot of fun.
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8.5 ‘Mass V’ brilliant metal music /10
By Zach Fisher Campus Correspondent As the fall semester dies down and music websites, journalists and the tastemakers of the industry compile lists of the best music of the year, there is an unsurprising yet aggravating lack of major albums released. The “important” albums are on the cusp of or have already been ranked on the iMac of elite critics, whetting their lips as they “define 2012 in music.” It’s honestly hard to contest the upcoming release calendar on Metacritic–the respectable review compiling website–contains only four new albums including Alicia Keys’ “Girl On Fire,” and to that, I say “God, no.” Hidden in the dark crawlspaces of this week’s releases lies Amenra’s fourth full length, “Mass V,” a gritty
ate a disturbing experience. Where Converge’s “All We Love We Leave Behind” and the Chariots’ “One Wing” demonstrated the best visceral brutality of heavy music in 2012, Amenra is memorable for its restraint, the ability to push boundaries by making less noise at times. Patience in Amenra’s case breeds an epic release in “Mass V,” a disturbing singular event and one of the year’s best metal releases. It might not reach any “best albums of 2012” lists but will most likely hang on to the listener’s skin for months.
“Dearborn and Buried” Amenra
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Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 9 -- Organization is not only key, it also comes easier for the next four weeks. Get your ideas in order and meet with key people. An old flame may reappear. Gemini (May 21-June 21) -- Today is a 9 -- For the next month, your partnerships will be your great strength. Continue your studies, and with the encouragement of others, your career takes off. Cancer (June 22-July 22) -- Today is an 8 -- For the next month, there’ll be plenty of work. Find balance at home. Housecleaning and preparation leaves you ready for a peaceful evening of relaxation. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Get ready for four weeks of romance. Your artistic sensibility is appreciated. Invent new opportunities and make them real. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 9 -Rethink everything you thought you understood about money. Your focus shifts to domestic matters for the time being. Buy something for home. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Start the day with some poetry. The next four weeks are great for learning. Your team’s gaining strength and can create some real change for a better world.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is an 8 -- Finances open up for the next month. Bring it on home; you’re reeling in a fish that you’ve been dreaming about. Don’t hold grudges. Stay active. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is an 8 -- Mercury goes into retrograde, so back up computers beforehand. Stick to goals, but make big decisions later. You’re the star this month. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is an 8 -- Use the next month to finish or discard old projects, clothes, papers and possessions. Put those things that you don’t need in the giveaway pile. Such freedom. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 9 -- Team projects go especially well these days. A female has a lot to offer. You’re stepping into greater leadership (and the spotlight). Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 9 -- It’s easier to complete old business, finish what you promised and tie up loose ends. Do what worked before. Use imagination.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
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» NCAA BASKETBALL
Memphis: A bear of an opponent Miami upsets No. 13 Spartans
By Eddie Leonard NBA Western Conference Columnist The NBA season started a month ago and the Memphis Grizzlies are at the top of the power rankings in the Western Conference. Are they having a hot streak like the Knicks had? Are they going to cool down in a couple games? No, not at all. The city of Memphis will soon be known for its hoops team in addition to its music scene. The Grizzles are the hottest team in the NBA. They were a young team on the rise for several years and everyone has been waiting for them to have a breakout season. The wait is over. The Grizzles, 10-2, have the second best record in the NBA. They did not earn this record by playing bad teams. The Grizzlies have beaten the most elite teams in the NBA, including the Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, NY Knicks and the LA Lakers, with decisive victories. The Grizzlies can play with anyone. They have a talented roster. They are the Thunder from last year, in laymen terms. They are one of the youngest, fastest, biggest and most talented teams in the NBA. The Grizzlies’ starting five are ages 31, 30, 27, 26 and 25. They all have speed and can run the floor in transition. Point guard Mike Connelly averages almost 15 points and 6.5 assists per game. Tony Allen, their shooting guard, is one of the best shut down defenders in the NBA and averages almost eight points per
game. Rudy Gay, probably the most talented shooter on the team, scores about 20 points per game and tends to come through in the clutch. The Grizzlies successfully separate themselves from other teams becuse their two star players are both able to rebound and score in and out of the paint. At 6’9” and 260 pounds, power forward Zach Randolph is a freight train down low, netting 17 points and grabbing 13 rebounds per game making him third in the league in rebounding. Marc Gasol, a 7’1” center, shoots 90 percent from the line, and averages about 15 points, seven boards and five assists per game. He’s an all around fantastic player. The Grizzles are dangerous mostly because of their starting five. They do not need to rely on one or two players to have that big night because their scoring is even across the board. Four players on their team average at least 15 points per game and another five players coming off the bench average five to eight points a night. The Grizzlies gained lot of respect in the NBA as the season progressed. They were ranked ninth in the preseason but quickly shot up to No. 1 in power rankings at one point. They have one of the loudest arenas in the league, the FedEx Forum, an arena where no one wants to play. The Grizzlies are difficult to beat because Gasol and Randolph dominate down low and will either score or get fouled. When
fouled, they shoot for a combined 82 percent from the charity stripe. If a team finds a way to shut them both down, they kick the ball out to their snipers on the perimeter: Gay, Conley and Allen. And if their shots don’t fall (but they normally do), then Gay and Conley can create their own shots by driving to the hole. In addition to their exceptional offense, they are all great defenders. The team is ranked third in points allowed per game. The Grizzlies have been waiting for this breakout year for a long time. However, they are not coming out of nowhere. They were the fourth eight-seeded team in NBA history to defeat a No. 1 seed in the first round of the playoffs. They beat the No. 1 seeded Spurs in six games two years ago. They almost made it to the Western Conference Finals that year, but they lost a nail-biting seven game series to the Thunder. They regrouped last year but were again knocked out by the Clippers in seven games. However, Zach Randolph was injured much of the year. But he's are back. They are angry, young, strong, fast and hungry for a shot at the title. They are ready to make a lot of noise in the playoffs for the third straight year. Pressure does not affect this group of young players, which would have been the only argument against them. Good luck to any team that has to face them down the road.
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — The Michigan State Spartans have battled early season injuries, and Wednesday night's loss was part of the healing process. With two players back from recent ailments, coach Tom Izzo wrestled with how to alter his substitution pattern, and the 13th-ranked Spartans lost 67-59 to Miami. "That was a hard game to coach," Izzo said. "I didn't know how to approach it, and I probably didn't do a Miami great job. It's going Michigan to get better once we get our rotation down. I still like where I think we've got a chance to go, but I sure don't like it right now." Gary Harris returned from a shoulder sprain and scored 12 points in 25 minutes. Travis Trice was back from a concussion and had nine points in 12 minutes. Even so, the Spartans' offense sputtered, and their point total was a season low. "It's going to heal because we're going to get healthy," Izzo said. "There were bright spots with those two guys back." Keith Appling had 15 points for the Spartans (5-2), who lost
for the first time since the season opener against Connecticut. Senior Trey McKinney Jones scored a career-high 18 points for the Hurricanes (4-1), who held Michigan State without a field goal for a pivotal 5½-minute stretch in the second half. McKinney Jones went 5 for 7 from 3-point range, including a basket that capped a 14-2 run to start the second half that put them ahead 41-33. The lead grew to 57-45, and they went 67 8 for 8 from the free St 59 throw line over the final 2:11 to seal the victory. Miami held the ball in the final seconds to run out the clock, and students then stormed the court, hoisting at least one player and the team mascot onto their shoulders and chanting, "A-C-C." The game was part of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. "I was thinking, 'This is what college basketball is all about,'" coach Jim Larranaga said. "In fact, what I was really thinking was, 'This is what being a college student is all about.' Your greatest memories don't come in the classroom. They come at events like this that you'll remember
years down the road." The Hurricanes' second-year coach has worked hard to boost attendance, dispatching his players to dormitories to distribute pizza and chicken wings. But Larranaga knows winning is the best way to create a bandwagon. "This was November's highlight," he said. "Now we need to get some December highlights." The Spartans cut down on their turnovers — they had 12 after totaling 20 in each of the past two games — but they still struggled with their half-court offense. They stayed in the game only because they had 16 offensive rebounds. "We've got to get a get a couple of guys playing harder, and we've got to get a couple of guys playing better," Izzo said. The Spartans trailed 48-42 with 10 minutes left, then went without a basket until Branden Dawson scored to cut the deficit to 57-47 with 4:55 left. Shane Larkin and Durand Scott scored 15 points apiece for the Hurricanes, who went 9 for 16 from 3-point range and had only nine turnovers. Reggie Johnson had 10 points and 11 rebounds.
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Thursday, November 29, 2012
What do you think of UConn’s failure to get into the ACC? By Rachel Weiss
“We should have gone to the ACC ... The Big East is falling apart. Moving would give us more money, more resources, and improve UConn’s reputation. ”
“I think we need more competitive opponents.”
“We weren’t invited because our women’s basketball program would dominate, we’d be competitive in the men’s, and with better leadership our football program would be competitive too. Nobody wants to compete with us.”
“We should go to the ACC. It would make a lot more kids want to play here.”
Connor Bergen, 7th-semester political science and economics major
Briana Jackson, 3rd-semester anthropology major
Sarah Kavulich, 7th-semester history major
Kevin Walkley, 3rd-semester kinesiology major
Maryland up next for women's basketball Callahan: Sorry, UConn from ROLLING, page 12 couple weeks ago, we’re going to miss her [when she graduates]. But not yet.” The duo also tied for the team lead in assists with five apiece. Despite being overshadowed by their teammates’ breakout performances, Dolson and freshman Breanna Stewart each managed double-digit points on the night and led the Huskies to a staggering 50-2 advantage in points in the paint. The lone Raiders’ interior points came with 10:20 remaining in the second half, when Catherine Lewis finally managed her squad’s first layup. Despite missing sophomore Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis because of a concussion she sustained Sunday against Purdue, the Huskies managed to continue their streak of shooting over 50 percent in
each game. UConn also finished the night at 45 percent from the three-point range. Auriemma balanced the playing time among his players so no one player spent more than 25 minutes on the floor. Even senior Heather Buck, who averaged just 4.4 minutes per game prior to Wednesday, found herself on the court for 10 minutes. A fan-favorite, Buck elicited the loudest cheer of the night when she scored a layup with 1:50 remaining in the game. “It was awesome. Heather is also one of those people that you are just always happy for,” Dolson said of her fellow center. “You know, she’s from Connecticut, so everyone here is always cheering for her.” UConn season’s record is now 6-0, while the loss dropped Colgate to 2-4. The Huskies’ next test will come Monday night when
UConn travels to Texas
After a tough, third-place finish two weeks ago at Virginia Tech, the UConn men’s swimming and diving team will travel to Austin, Texas for the USA Swimming Winter Nationals. The Huskies faced this season’s most challenging competition last weekend against Virginia Tech, South Carolina and William & Mary. The team walked away beating William & Mary, but falling to Virginia Tech and South Carolina convincingly. The latter two teams bested a combined 10 competitors who competed in the Olympic trials. Even with many of UConn’s swimmers and divers boasting some of their strongest performances of the season, it still was not enough. The team is now bracing itself for another difficult weekend in what will likely be the most competitive event on its schedule this season. Coming off two consecutive losses, the team is hoping simply to stay afloat in a meet filled
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Caroline Doty pushes the ball up the floor against Colgate last night at the XL Center.
they face Maryland in the Jimmy V Classic. Auriemma is hopeful to have Mosqueda-Lewis back for that contest, but said her status depends on if she is able to practice over the weekend.
The game will be televised on ESPN2. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m at the XL Center.
extra time to needlessy travel to Texas to compete regularly in field hockey, volleyball, baseball, softball and other sports. I’m sorry the athletics here are going to take a significant hit, which will spill over into academics because the money to fund their advancement won’t be as easy to come by anymore. I’m sorry that Big East commissioner Mike Oresco is using Tulane's undefeated football season from 1998 as a reason their a positive addition. By that logic, UConn should get into any conference they want because men’s basketball is winning its first national championship in thrilling fashion next year! I’m sorry for anyone who has to listen to conference or school bureaucrats go on about how things are swell for the Big East or UConn athletics. I’m sorry UConn’s next chance to join into another conference will ultimately start with a domino
falling in either the SEC, Big 12 or Big 10 that will make them want to pluck another team from the ACC. I’m sorry that the opportunity to gain national prominence, rankings and respect is made much harder for Huskies everywhere who now must compete amongst minor leaguers. I’m sorry the pathetic Big East carries on. I’m sorry for the good people here that deserve better. I’m sorry for the worst day in UConn sports history. It will soon be time to move on. No one knows how long we’ll push forward mired in this mess. By my estimation, it’s probably going to be quite some time before things get better. But I don’t really know much, except that as of this moment, the sun has set for good. And I have no clue when it will rise above the Atlantic coast again. For that, UConn, I’m sorry.
» WOMEN'S SWIMMING
» MEN'S SWIMMING By Kyle Constable Campus Correspondent
from UCONN, page 12
with the nation’s best competitors, including several individuals who competed in this summer’s Olympics in London. The format differs from most of the competitions that the swimming and diving team traditionally competes in. Most prominently, the meet lacks diving events, allowing only swimmers with qualifying times to enter the pool. Therefore, the level of competition is much higher than what swimmers typically face in Big East competition. Only the NCAA Championships offer a similar level of difficulty for the competitors. The meet begins today in Texas and will continue through Saturday. This is the Huskies’ last competition before the winter intersession. The team will spend the time off preparing for the Big East rivals they will face next semester. Their return after break will be at home against Seton Hall in the Wolff-Zackin Natatorium on Jan. 26, 2013.
Rondo ejected, Nets top C's
BOSTON (AP) — Joe streak. Johnson scored 18 points, The Nets led by eight after Andray Blatche had 17 points one quarter and scored 19 of the and 13 rebounds, and the first 25 points in the second to Brooklyn Nets beat the Boston make it 47-26. Boston cut the Celtics 95-83 on Wednesday deficit to 14 points and trailed night after Rajon Rondo was by 16 when Garnett took an offejected following a fight. balance jumper from the right The Celtics point guard was baseline and Humphries levertossed after he shoved Kris aged him to the floor with his Humphries to retaliate for the left arm. Nets forward's hard Rondo trailed the foul against Kevin play with a two-handGarnett. Humphries ed shove that sent and Brooklyn forward Humphries into the Gerald Wallace were Brooklyn 95 courtside seats, and also ejected for their Boston 83 Wallace soon entered roles in the secondthe fray by shoving quarter skirmish. Garnett. While the Garnett had 16 points and 10 rest of the players remained rebounds, and Paul Pierce added by their benches, coaches and 14 points for Boston. Rondo officials tried to break up the had three assists before he was skirmish. kicked out, ending his streak at The referees went to the 37 games with double-digits. scorer's table to watch the inciThat is tied for second-longest dent on replay, and their verdict in NBA history. was announced over the public The Nets led by 21 in the address system: Two technical second half and never less than fouls for Humphries, one for nine in the fourth quarter. Wallace — his second of the Brooklyn won for the ninth game, ending his night — and time in 11 games while snap- one for Garnett. ping Boston's two-game win Rondo was simply ejected.
Huskies finish middle of the pack at Virginia Tech
By Erica Brancato Campus Correspondent The women’s swimming and diving team held its own in competition at the Virginia Tech Invitational. UConn came in third overall out of five teams competing in the three-day event. “As a team, I think we performed really well,” senior swimmer Mary deMarrais said. “The team placed third overall, which we were all excited about. It’s really hard to go up against big schools like South Carolina and Virginia Tech because their teams are so much bigger in size that they are able to get more swimmers in the finals. But everyone really stepped up and was able to score points.” Despite their disadvantage in
numbers, the Huskies are exactly where they want to be. “I think we could have gotten more people on the team to final but we will learn from our mistakes and know what to work on” diver Danielle Cecco said. “This meet is in the first semester and we are still working on a lot of things so considering that we did fine.” The three-day meet prepared UConn for their upcoming conference meets in second semester. “One of the strengths that our team had is our ability to stand behind each other as a team,” swimmer Jordan Bowen said. “The meet can get very long considering it goes on for three days. It is important to keep the energy up and cheer for your teammates and the rest will fall into place.”
UConn’s next meet is not like the typical meet they compete in; it is another three-day event in Austin, Texas, but it is reserved for the swimmers. “The USA Swimming Winter Nationals is different from any other meet that we swim at,” deMarrais said. “First of all, anyone who has qualifying times is allowed to go which means that there are people all over the country competing at this one meet. There will be ages ranging from young age group swimmers to college swimmers to Olympians competing against each other. It is also different because it is more individually based which means the results show who is the fastest swimmer in that event.” This meet will be a challenge not only for the UConn swim-
mers, but also for all competitors in each event. “It is not like other meets because of the size of the meet and the speed of it,” Bowen said. “You have to have a certain time to qualify for the meet and be allowed to compete there.” This atypical meet will put pressure onto the Huskies to perform to the best of their abilities and shine. “My expectation going into the meet is to just to race really hard and try to place as high as I can,” said deMarrais. “Also, it is fun when you get to compete against some of the top names in swimming and swim against people you have never competed against.”
TWO Thursday, November 29, 2012
What's Next Home game
Dec. 4 N.C. State 9 p.m.
Dec. 17 Maryland Eastern Shore 7 p.m.
Dec. 7 Harvard 7 p.m.
Dec. 6 Penn State 7 p.m.
The number of years since Louisville last won a national championship in basketball.
» That’s what he said -Texans linebacker Connor Barwin on Ndamukong Suh’s controverial kick towards Houston quarterback Matt Schaub.
Dec. 21 Fordham 7 p.m.
Women’s Basketball (6-0) Dec. 3 Maryland 7 p.m.
Stat of the day
Dec. 19 Oakland 7 p.m.
Dec. 22 Hartford 1 p.m.
Dec. 29 Stanford 4 p.m.
Men’s Soccer (17-3-1) Dec. 2 - NCAA Quarterfinal Creighton University 1 p.m.
Men’s Track and Field Jan. 18 Jan. 12 Great Dane Yale Invite Classic All Day All Day
Men’s Hockey (4-5-1) Dec. 7 Dec. 1 Tomorrow Canisius Army Canisius 7:05 p.m. 7: 05 p.m. 7:05 p.m.
Jan. 4 Dec. 29 AIC Penn State 7:15 p.m. 7:05 p.m.
Women’s Hockey (2-12-2) Dec. 1 Vermont 1 p.m.
Dec. 2 Vermont 1 p.m.
Jan. 2 Princeton 7 p.m.
Jan. 3 Princeton 7 p.m.
Jan. 8 BU 7 p.m.
Men’s Swimming & Diving Today USA Swimming Winter Nationals All Day
Nov. 30 USA Swimming Winter Nationals All Day
Women’s Swimming & Diving Today USA Swimming Winter Nationals All Day
Nov. 30 USA Swimming Winter Nationals All Day
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Dec. 1 Cincinnati 3:30 p.m.
Jan. 9 Jan. 10 URI URI Heptathlon Heptathlon All Day All Day
UConn-Syrcause: 6 OT game
» Pic of the day
Jan. 5 Winter Opener All Day
Where are they now?
“I just thought it was very Suh-like to give a little extension there at the end,”
Men’s Basketball (5-1) Tonight New Hampshire 7 p.m.
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By Nick Danforth Campus Correspondent
With the news that Louisville is the latest school to spurn the Big East in favor of the ACC, the once-powerful conference looks to be falling apart. With the Big East in shambles, consider this article an ode to the players involved in one of the best moments in Big East basketball history, the UConn vs. Syracuse six-overtime thriller in 2009. Connecticut and Syracuse came into the Big East quarterfinal matchup ranked No. 4 and No. 20, respectively, in the nation. Almost four hours and six overtimes later, the Orange escaped with a 127-117 win in the longest game in Big East history. The following are three UConn players who had memorable performances in this historic game. Stanley Robinson, a high flyer that seemed to never reach his potential, was always exciting to watch at UConn. Although he only averaged 8.5 points and 5.9 rebounds a game in 2009, Robinson scored 28 points and grabbed 14 rebounds before fouling out in one of the overtimes. After UConn, Robinson was drafted No. 59 overall in the 2010 NBA draft by the Orlando Magic. However, he was waived before the start of the season and currently plays for the Iowa Energy in the NBA D-League. Hasheem Thabeet, the tallest player to ever play for the Huskies at 7 feet 3 inches, was a game changer on the defensive end. In 2009 he was named the co-Big East Player of the Year as well as National Defensive Player of the Year. During the six-overtime game, Thabeet collected 19 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks. After the season, Thabeet declared for the NBA draft and was taken No. 2 overall by the Memphis Grizzlies. Later that season, Thabeet became the highest drafted player to ever be sent to the NBA D-League. Since then, he has also played for the Houston Rockets and Portland Trailblazers. Thabeet now plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder and on Nov. 26, he recorded his first career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds against the Charlotte Bobcats. A.J. Price had an eventful career at UConn to say the least. He missed his freshman season due to a life-threating battle with AVM, which caused bleeding in his brain. On top of the illness, Price was suspended after being arrested on charges of trying to sell stolen laptops. Price, UConn’s leading scorer during the 2009 season, finished with 33 points and 10 assists in a ridiculous 61 minutes played against Syracuse. Price was drafted No. 52 overall in the 2009 NBA Draft by the AP Indiana Pacers, and now plays for the Washington
San Antonio Spurs’ Tim Duncan, left, knocks the ball from the hands of Orlando Magic’s Nikola Vucevic (9), of Montenegro, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, in Orlando, Fla.
» NCAA FOOTBALL
Fantasy conference realginment
By Scott Carroll NCAA Football Columnist Conference re-alignment reared its ugly head once again yesterday, with Louisville taking it’s talents to the ACC. This has happened after Rutgers and Maryland left their respective conferences for the Big 10 in recent weeks. As dominoes continue to fall, it has become apparent that it is no longer about geographic position and classic rivalries, but instead about making money and just pooling together the best teams you can find. Some of these conferences don’t even make sense anymore. Rutgers and Nebraska are in the same conference now as well as Connecticut and San Diego State. There are approximately 3,000 miles in between Storrs and San Diego. This is absolutely ridiculous. So why not make things even more ridiculous? Jim Boheim, head coach of Syracuse basketball, proposed his own idea, “Maybe they should just have a draft, each conference should just draft teams” He may have been just kidding around, but what if the teams were to draft different colleges for their new conferences? Which teams would go in the first round? I believe that these would be the first five teams to go off the board in the first round:
1. Notre Dame Notre Dame is the first team off the board in the first round of the College Football Realignment Draft. After years of teams drooling over the storied program, they have been forced to join a conference. Along with the storied program comes the millions of fans that stretch past the nation’s borders. Let us not forget they sold out a game that took place in Dublin. Not to mention the television deal they have with NBC that shows all of their games. 2. Texas Texas comes off the board with the second pick. Despite having a couple down years in football and basketball, they are still the biggest team in one of the most sport loving states in America. They have their own television network and their overall brand is something that cannot be touched. With their huge and passionate fan base, Texas has got to be a no brainer. 3. Oregon With the No. 3 three pick, the third commissioner of our draft has selected the Oregon Ducks. Despite having a practically irrelevant basketball team, the Nike endorsement factor is too much to resist. Nike is one of the most lucrative businesses in the world and any conference would be smart to align themselves with them. Nike has made Oregon into the team that it is today, so the
Notre Dame is headed to the national championship this year backed by a huge fan base.
third pick, has to be the Oregon Ducks. 4. Penn State With the fourth pick, any reasonable commissioner would have to select the Penn State Nittany Lions. Even with one of the most disgusting scandals in recent history, facts are facts. Penn State is one the largest universities in the U. S. with hundreds of thousands of alumni. Their academics are superior to many other states schools. Any conference would be lucky to have them once they’ve worked themselves out of this scandal. 5. Florida Florida becomes the first and
only SEC school to come off the board in the first round of our draft. It’s a clear choice for the commissioner, as both Florida’s football and basketball programs have been powerhouses for some time now. In 2009 they became the only school in the history of collegiate athletics to hold both a basketball and football championship concurrently. They say football has been driving the ship for most of this conference realignment, so the clear choice here would have to be the Florida Gators.
» INSIDE SPORTS TODAY
P.10: Men’s swimming travels for Winter nationals. / P.10: Rondo ejected, Nets top Celtics 95-83. /P.9: Miami upsets No. 13 Michigan State.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
UConn, I’m sorry
ROLLING THE RAIDERS Huskies crush Colgate with balanced attack By Matt Stypulkoski Staff Writer
It was a cruel, crafted chunk of irony. At around 7 a.m. yesterday, the sun both slowly rose over snow-touched Storrs and speedily set on any dreams UConn had to ditch the dying Big East. The ACC welcomed Louisville as its 14th full-time member with a wake-up call that simultaneously served as a knockout punch to Husky hope. The ACC got together that chilly morning and decided that UConn was to be left out in the cold. At this stage there’s not much left to say about the root cause of arguably the worst day in this school’s sports history. The decision of the school presidents was made. The deal is done. It’s over for the foreseeable future and likely beyond. So, I’ll say something you won’t hear a lot in the coming days: I’m sorry. For everyone involved and to everyone following the multi-year dance, tease and now two-time rejection, I’m sorry. Why? I’m sorry that I truly don’t have a good reason for what’s happened. I’m sorry that when I graduate this spring most of you will remain and receive marketing efforts to get you to spend money on games against lesser Tulane, Houston, SMU, UCF, East Carolina and Memphis. I’m sorry that the additions of those schools are really a disguise for the tapping into the TV markets of New Orleans, Houston, Dallas, Orlando, Charlotte and Memphis. I’m sorry for the folks that remember the old Big East; the group universally known as strong, fierce, bonded and competitive. And now this jumbled mess will have to go by the same name. I’m sorry any semblance of a rivalry UConn had in recent years is gone. I’m sorry this isn’t about the student-athletes anymore, no matter how much school presidents and the NCAA want to champion the phrase. I’m sorry this top-20 public university, top 30 market and remarkably consistent and successful athletic program couldn’t cut it. I’m sorry that one of the bigger reasons the ACC took Louisville is because of the strength of their major sports and facilities: the Cardinals men’s basketball team that can’t boast the same amount of titles or Final Four appearances as UConn in the last fifteen years, the women’s basketball program that’s lost to Husky hoops by an average of 28 points per game since 2009 and the Cardinal baseball club that watched conference foe Connecticut advance to a Super Regional not even two years ago. Oh, and football? I’m sorry that UConn was passed over for a team it’s actually beaten four times in the last six years, during which time UConn has had a comparatively better overall record by the margin of 43-32 to 38-34. I’m sorry that the one time conference realignment wasn’t about money or TV markets, UConn had the bigger bills. I’m sorry that the ACC, one of the most prideful academic conferences in the country uncharacteristically took a school that U.S. News ranked outside 160. I’m sorry to the student-athletes who now have to take
» CALLAHAN, page 10
The points may not have come from the usual suspects, but the final score against Colgate wasmade in typical UConn fashion, 101-41. The Huskies started the game with a 10-0 run and never looked back. By halftime, No. 2 UConn was trotting into the locker room with a comfortable 49-22 lead. Of those 49 points, 43 came from three players. Both junior Stefanie Dolson and sophomore Brianna Banks tallied 14 points and senior Kelly Faris put up 15. The offensive explosion from Banks and Faris was unusual for the Huskies; the pair entered the night averaging a combined 16 points per game. But both players eclipsed that mark with ease. Banks totaled 20 points for the game – a new career-high – while shooting 60 percent from the floor. Faris finished with a season high of 17 points and shot 5-for-6 in the contest, including a perfect 3-for-3 from behind the arc. “You look at her stat sheet today and that’s pretty impressive for someone to be able to do all that,” Coach Geno Auriemma said of Faris after the game. “Like somebody said at practice
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Senior guard Kelly Faris lets go of a three-pointer midway through the first half against Colgate last night at the XL Center in Hartford.
» MARYLAND, page 10
» MEN’S BASKETBALL
Huskies welcome New Hampshire, seek sixth win
By Danny Maher Staff Writer Although some believed that the world was coming to an end with the Atlantic Coast Conference’s decision to replace the departing Maryland with Louisville instead of Connecticut, the sun still rose this morning over UConn Country. Head Coach Kevin Ollie and the UConn men’s basketball team are not worried about the everchanging conference realignment. “I don’t pay attention to it too much,” Ollie said. “I believe and have faith in Susan [Herbst] and Warde [Manuel] that they’ll make the best decision for the university.” The only thing on the minds of the coaches and players is tonight’s game at the XL Center against
the New Hampshire Wildcats at UConn. The Wildcats have been 7 p.m. outrebounded in three of five This is the 117th meet- games and only have two players ing between the former Yankee above 6’6.” Conference foes; Junior Shabazz against whom UConn Napier leads the team has won every game with 20.8 points per since 1983. game and has been For many, UConn’s the Huskies’ leading lack of size has been scorer in every game cause for concern. this year. Napier also The Huskies have holds a desirable 3:1 been outrebounded assist to turnover in all six games this ratio and leads the Preview season by an average team with 12 steals. of 38-30 on the glass. His backcourt “I’ve seen progress,” Ollie said. mate, sophomore Ryan Boatright, “But we still have a ways to go. averages 12.8 points and five We still have to box out consis- assists per game. Boatright, a tently.” vocal leader on the team, reiterUNH appears to be a good ated Ollie’s sentiments regarding match, size-wise, for leading- Louisville’s move to the ACC. rebounder Tyler Olander of “Us as players don’t have any
control over where we go, so there’s no point to worry about. We have to suit up and play no matter what conference we’re in,” Boatright said after practice on Wednesday. Freshman Omar Calhoun rounds out the trio of Huskies with double digit shooting averages. After an impressive preseason (44 points in two games), the Brooklyn guard with an unorthodox shot has averaged 10 points per game. R.J. Evans, who has been sidelined with an injured clavicle, is tentatively set to return for Friday’s home game against Harvard. Statistically, Evans is UConn’s most efficient scorer; in the first five games of the season, he made 63.6 percent of his shots. New Hampshire is the third America East opponent that
UConn has faced this season. The Huskies defeated Vermont 67-49 in the home opener, and used 10 three-pointers to down Stony Brook 73-62 last time out. The Wildcats are 2-3 overall this season but have dropped their last three games to Bryant, NJIT and Holy Cross. New Hampshire boasts four players who average double-figures, including leadingscorer Patrick Konan. He has averaged 13.2 points per game and is 10 for 30 from behind the arc this season. Senior Ferg Myrick has provided a boost of energy off the bench for UNH Head Coach Bill Herrion. Myrick averages 12 points and seven rebounds per game.
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Banks, Faris combine for offensive explosion
By Dan Agabiti Sports Editor With Kaleena MosquedaLewis on the bench with a concussion, there was no question that someone would step up and score a lot of points; it was a matter of who would be the one do so. After the first half, it was clear which two players would rise to the occasion. In the 2011-2012 season, guards Brianna Banks and Kelly Faris scored 3.6 and 6.7 points per game respectively, for a combined total of 10.3 points per game. Last night, during the Huskies’ 101-41 rout of the Colgate Raiders, their combined score was significantly higher. Banks, the night’s leading scorer, finished the game with 20 points, five assists and four steals. Her 20 points helped her reach a new career record, surpassing the 17 points she scored against Farleigh
Dickinson in November of last year. UConn Head Coach Geno Auriemma said after the game that Banks’ improvement between her freshman and sophomore seasons shows that she has a promising career ahead of her. Time and time again, he’s seen that the players who accomplish the most during that time are the ones who will be the most successful. Unlike last season, when Banks was over-thinking decisions and getting nervous when the ball was in her possession, Auriemma said that this year, she’s just going out and playing. It’s not just her coach that sees the improvement. Her teammates are also impressed by her play so far this season. “She’s obviously greatly improved and I’m proud of her for that,” Faris said of Banks. Faris also had a good game on Wednesday night. She fin-
ished with 17 points and added five assists and three steals. After last night’s game, Faris increased her points per game total from 8.6 to 10 points, over three points higher than what it was last season. Auriemma has always been
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outspoken about the advantage that Faris gives the Huskies, even though it hasn’t historically been on the offensive end. “Making shots is just a bonus,” Auriemma said. Stanford series renewed During the game, it was announced that the series with Stanford had been renewed
through the 2014-2015 season. even with the Big East losing On Dec. 29, in Palo Alto, the a lot of its muscle. “We just want to win every two will face off in the last game of a contract that was championship that we can,” Auriemma said. signed back in 2010. He went on to say that the Under the new deal, the Huskies will play Stanford at conference realignment is home for the season opener completely out of the control before facing the Cardinal in of the coach, even the athletCalifornia during the 2014- ic director and the university president. Things like confer2015 season. Auriemma said he always ence affiliation cannot be conloved playing Stanford and has trolled, he said. Auriemma also wanted to immense respect for the program. He’s excited that the two dispel the notion that schools teams will continue to play one can successfully vie for certain spots in certain conferences another. “As long as Stanford wants and that’s where their proto play, we’ll play them,” grams will end up. “That’s not how it works,” Auriemma said. Afterward, he jokingly asked Auriemma said. “You don’t go whose idea it was to schedule on a campaign and get yourself the Cardinal as the Huskies’ into a different situation than home opener in the 2013-2014 the one you’re in now.” season. Conference Instability After the game, Auriemma did not seem at all concerned about the way in which teams are switching conferences, Daniel.Agabiti@UConn.edu
Published on Nov 29, 2012