Volume CXIX No. 72
UConn holds 7th annual Art 4 AIDS event By Samm Roberts Campus Correspondent
SHIMABUKURO PLAYS SECOND CONCERT AT JORGENSEN Full band sound from a ukelele. FOCUS/ page 5
BOWLING FOR A CHANCE UConn needs win to be bowl-eligible. SPORTS/ page 12 EDITORIAL: KENDIG’S SALARY TOO HIGH IN WAKE OF BUDGET CUTS Vice president of communications paid too much in wake of UConn’s budget reduction. COMMENTARY/page 8 INSIDE NEWS: FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR SPEAKS ON IRISH LANGUAGE Ireland native teaches UConn students about Gaelic.
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As part of the 7th Annual “Art 4 AIDS” event during World AIDS Week, Thursday night’s HIV/AIDS vigil was a tremendous success. More than 100 people gathered in room 310 in the Student Union at 7 p.m. for the event, which followed the opening of the art exhibit on Wednesday. The event was hosted by Amy Maladore, a Health Education student worker who had been working on the event since last January, and Joleen Nevers, the Health Education coordinator. Many thanks were given, especially to Planned Parenthood Campus Action and to the Student Union for supplying the room in which to display the artwork. All of the pieces of art inside the room were created to raise awareness about “the reality of the HIV/AIDS pandemic that has affected people around the world,” according to the pamphlets given out at the event. Upon entry, each attendee was given a pink glow-stick bracelet, which seemed like the only color in the darkened
room during the minute-long moment of silence halfway through the event. Also attending were three of UConn’s a capella groups that had volunteered to sing at the event: the Rolling Tones, the Conn Men and A Minor. Each group performed two pieces, with occasional solos in some of the songs. The Rolling Tones performed “Angel” by Sarah McLachlan with a solo by Kaitlyn Witt, and “Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls with a solo by Tyler Delano. The Conn Men performed “Bring it on Home to Me” by Sam Cooke and “Hard Times Come Again No More” by Stephen C. Foster. A Minor performed “Dreaming with a Broken Heart” by John Mayer, and “Sunrise” by Norah Jones. In between each performance, statistics were read about HIV and AIDS in an effort to remind the attendees of the severe impact that the diseases have on many people’s lives. There are currently 33.4 million people in the world living with AIDS, and approximately one in every five people living with HIV
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A piece of artwork hangs on display at UConn’s 7th annual Art 4 AIDS event. The event is held as part of World AIDS Week, a week dedicated to spreading awareness of HIV and AIDS.
are unaware of their infection. One in every four people with HIV/AIDS is between the ages of 13 and 24. Every nine minutes, someone in the U.S. is infected. The best ways to prevent transmission of HIV/AIDS is to get tested and practice safe
sex, or even abstinence. UConn Health Services is located in South campus, and they reminded the attendees that they supplied free safe sex supplies to students. They also reminded everyone that Planned Parenthood also supplies abstinence kits, and that 91 percent of their
services are preventative. The next event for World AIDS Week will be Condoma-thon, taking place during UConn Late Night this Friday.
Eco Madness energy, water conservation Student Health Services plans to competition on campus comes to a close get new building on campus
By Daniel Candella Campus Correspondent The month-long energy and water conservation competition known as Eco Madness has come to an end. Among the winners this year were Sprague, Alsop and Whitney. Sprague remained dominant in the water reduction category since week two, ending up with a 21 percent reduction at the end of the Double or Nothing week. Alsop held onto second place again, closing with 13 percent. As in past years, Whitney finished third and ended with an 11 percent water reduction. Since its beginning in 2006, there has been several contests offered for the students to get involved in a “sustainable-living” movement. One such contest is directly designed for each individual student. The dormitory that saved the largest percentage of energy and water on a per person basis, factored in with the building’s participation points, was used in determining the winners. As in past years, the winning dorm will receive a free Dairy Bar ice cream party for all the residents, as well as an Energy Offset Certificate. Katie Kelleher, a 3rdsemester economics major and intern at the Architectural Engineering & Building Services, was the chief organizer for the “Eco-Madness” competition. She said that reducing our energy use is dependent on “the students living on the floors, getting their peers pumped up.” This year’s competition was between the residential areas Buckley, Shippee, Northwest, Towers, East and West. Students could raise awareness for their floor by volunteering to be an “Eco-Captain.” The captain’s main respon-
sibility was to motivate his or her residence hall in saving energy and water. There were a total of 143 floors in the six participating dorms. This meant that there could have been a potential of 143 captains. Of the prospective 143 slots, “only four captains volunteered,” Kelleher said. That is a two percent participation rate. Kelleher said a “lack of communication” between the hall directors and the AES Building was responsible for this “low turnout rate.” She said she is not deterred by this and that even though the competition officially ended on Oct. 30, “students can actively participate in energy conservation year long.” Alanna Riley, a transfer student from Avery Point, said that there was a “lack of com-
“More energyefficient means of safety could be implemented, such as luminescent strips along the walls or motion detectors.”
-Jake Parsons Batterson Hall resident
munication” and wishes that the organizers in the ASE Building were more “actively visiting the halls, and it would be nice if someone would come personally talk to us.” In response to the twopercent participation rate for “Eco-Captain,” Riley said, “It’s kind of sad because there
could have been more help for advertising.” She said each student can actively do his or her part by being “consciously aware” of day-to-day routines, like brushing their teeth. She suggested students should turn off the water faucet in between brushes. Another problem Riley and Ben Young, both residents of Batterson Hall, noticed that “several” residents leave lights, fans, air-conditioners and TVs on on a regular basis. Jake Parsons, a junior and resident of Batterson Hall, had several concerns and suggestions for his fellow neighbors. He believed students could conserve a considerable amount of water by simply lathering up with soap before turning on the shower and repeating that step, turning on the water only when necessary. The Eco Madness posters located in the dorms state that a typical shower uses five to 10 gallons per minute and the average student takes a 15-minute shower equaling at least 75 gallons per use. Cutting back to a recommended shower time of just five minutes would increase water conservation by 33 percent. Kelleher instructed curious students to log onto UConn’s Energy Services website for a detailed, daily water-flow chart, which shows the total amount of water used in any particular resident hall. The average daily usage for each hall is approximately 5,800 gallons. “This is how we’re able to collect the necessary data to track water and lighting usage in order to determine a winner,” Kelleher said. A concern Parsons had was the hallway lighting and the bathroom lights “are on 24/7.” “It seems wasteful and it’s
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This Nov. 29 photo shows the entrance to Student Health Services. Student Health Services has plans for a new building on campus.
By Katherine Tibedo Senior Staff Writer Student Health Services will continue to be an Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health accredited health care organization and has plans for a new building on campus. An AAACH accreditation means that the facility has passed a thorough review of its practice and facilities. The accreditation, which UConn has held since 1985, serves an assurance of quality for students. The process involves detailed examination of everything from record keeping, staff credentials, laboratory procedurals and building quality. “For us, it assures us that we really are providing high quality care,” SHS Director Michael Kurland said. “For students, it’s like a Good Housekeeping seal.” Furthermore, the accreditation allows SHS to work with Medicare and helps with insurance participation, meaning students pay less out of pocket.
Only 100 to 200 schools nation-wide have an AAACH accreditation, according to Kurland. SHS was found to be sufficiently compliant in all categories with the exception of parking and the quality of the building. “It wasn’t made for today’ standards for a medical facility,” Kurland said. The latest accreditation renewal was issued Nov. 5 and expires Nov. 4, 2015. Kurland said that SHS hopes to address the areas of partial compliance in the near future. “There are plans for a new building,” he said. He added that SHS is hoping to go before the Board of Trustees within the month to apply for approval for the new building. In addition, SHS will be working with the new UConn Health Center branch coming to Storrs. He said that UConn Health Center and SHS will compliment each other, with UConn Health Center serving a larger, more general population.
What’s on at UConn today... Honoring Marilyn Nelson 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. UConn Co-Op Join the English department as they recognize and celebrate Professor Emerita Marilyn Nelson’s lifetime contribution to American poetry.
Piano and String Chamber Ensemble 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. von der Mehden Recital Hall See the Piano and String Chamber Ensemble play at von der Mehden Recital Hall.
Condom-a-thon 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Student Union Come to Condom-a-thon at Late Night to learn more about safe sex in honor of World AIDS week. Students will be able to pick up safe sex supplies, and sundaes will be served.
Men’s Hockey vs. Canisus 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Freitas Ice Forum UConn will play against Canisus at the Freitas Ice Forum.
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Conn. clubs move to slowly snuff out smoking
WATERBURY (AP) — Members-only private clubs are experimenting with non-smoking areas, nine years after the Connecticut General Assembly exempted the organizations from a ban on smoking in bars and restaurants. The Republican American reports (http://bit.ly/Wwxn91 ) that beginning earlier this year, the Ancient Order of Hibernians Club designated nonsmoking during lunch on Saturdays. The Torrington Elks club has designated a smoke-free Saturday once a month. The group tested a few nonsmoking nights over the past two years to gauge whether business would drop. It didn’t and now smoking is prohibited regularly at night. And beginning in May, Waterbury Elks began a nonsmoking time from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays. Terry Ford, president of the Elks in Connecticut, said he’s seen Elks clubs across the state adopt nonsmoking rules slowly.
WCSU: Student info may have been exposed
DANBURY (AP) — Western Connecticut State University is notifying students, their families and others that their personal information may have been exposed to unauthorized access by a computer system vulnerability that has since been corrected. Officials at the Danbury school say they found no evidence records were inappropriately accessed. The vulnerability existed from April 2009 to September 2012 and potentially exposed information, including Social Security numbers, of about 235,000 people whose records were collected by the university over 13 years. The affected group includes students, their families, those who had other associations with the university and high school students whose SAT scores were purchased in lists. The university says it implemented new layers of protection and is offering up to two years of free ID theft protection to those potentially affected.
Fulbright scholar speaks about Irish language By Holly Wonneberger Campus Correspondent Thursday night, the Humanities Learning Community, and others, congregated in the Shippee classroom to hear from graduate student and Fulbright scholar Lisa Nic an Bhreithimh. A native of Ireland, she teaches Irish language courses available to all undergraduates. On Thursday, she sparked the interest of the group by highlighting the political, cultural and linguistic finer points of the Irish Gaelic language. Starting with a short video explaining the significance of the history of the language and why it is making a revival nationally and internationally, Nic an Bhreithimh made the language seem vivacious, not only a living breathing form of communication, but an artifact of Irish history, and a testament to the enduring strength of the people of Ireland. While only 40 percent of all people in Ireland speak Irish Gaelic today, it is becoming more and more prominent among young people and adults looking to learn a language, on a national and international scale. The Fulbright Scholarship program allows about eight to 10 TAs to come to the United States and teach Irish language cours-
es. Currently, Irish language courses are offered at approximately 60 American universities, and this number can only be expected to grow. In Gaeltacht regions of Ireland, there are about 133,000 native speakers of the language. The language is also growing in urban areas, as well as suburban areas looking to achieve what Nic an Bhreithimh refers to as “Gaeltacht status.” “People worry about the future of Irish as a minority language, but with people of all ages learning it, from Ireland to Australia to right here in UConn, I think it’s clear that ‘An Ghaeilge’ has a challenging but also an exciting and diverse future,” Nic an Bhreithimh said. “I thought it was interesting to learn that not all Irish people speak Irish, even though it’s a national language. I also found it interesting that they’re trying to have a revival after the oppression from Britain,” says Greg Contolini, a 9th-semester individualized major. The language faced a significant decline when Ireland was ruled by the British monarchy and was even banned in schools. Children were punished for saying Irish Gaelic words. After the Great Famine of Ireland, 25 percent of the Irish population was lost to either death or emigration,
leaving only about 20 percent of the entire Irish population as speakers of the language. The late 19th century, however, saw what is called the “Gaelic Revival,” when embracing the Irish culture was encouraged, socially and politically. Today, Ireland celebrates “Irish Week” in March, including St. Patrick’s Day, which encourages people to speak Irish every day and to celebrate the culture. The presentation ended with some fun basics of the language. “I liked learning the cultural phrases,” says Samantha Jones, a 5th-semester linguistics major. Irish language classes will be offered this coming Spring 2013 semester, open to all UConn students. The courses fulfill the foreign language requirement and contribute to the Irish literature concentration for English majors. Students who are interested in learning more about Irish culture can also become involved or seek out events sponsored by such on-campus groups as An Cumann Gaelach, UConn Irish and Husky Hurlers. Students can contact lisa. firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about classes and all things Irish on campus.
Holly.Wonneberger@UConn.edu Mass. man avoids jail time in fake investment plea Guilty NM prankster returns stolen toilet paper
NEW LONDON (AP) — A 79-year-old Massachusetts man has avoided jail time by refunding $35,000 that a Mohegan Sun Casino employee gave him in a bogus investment scheme. Harold Kravitz of Randolph, Mass., pleaded guilty to thirddegree larceny on Wednesday in New London Superior Court. In addition to a suspended one-year sentence, he was banned from casinos. State police say Kravitz persuaded the unidentified casino employee that he could double her money if she gave him cash for an investment in a burglary alarm system company. Kravitz’s lawyer says his client tried to repay the woman with gambling winnings. Kravitz’s wife and other family members helped raise the money to reimburse the woman.
Bridgeport mayor backs proposed marijuana farm
BRIDGEPORT (AP) — Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch says the city’s zoning commission is moving too slowly to promote economic growth and cited its recent rejection of a plan to open a medical marijuana farm. In an interview with the Connecticut Post (http://bit.ly/SfJFD1 ) Finch said the Planning and Zoning Commission should be more pro-business. The commission rejected on Monday a proposal to locate a marijuana farm in a warehouse. Fairfield resident Rob Schulter wants to take advantage of Connecticut’s recent legalization of medical marijuana and grow and sell pot wholesale. The zoning board said there are too many unknowns and raised concerns about security and whether employees could steal the marijuana. Finch said the pot farm is a legal use and that officials should make sure business plans will not stall.
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really annoying getting up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom with all those bright lights,” he said. “The hallway lights are left on for safety precautions,” said Riley. “More energy-efficient means of safety could be implemented, such as luminescent strips along the walls or motion detectors,” said Parsons. During the month of energy conservation awareness, EcoHusky, organized projects and events in coordination with the Office of Environmental Policy, including this competition, took place. The Office of Environmental Policy has several recommendations for students on campus. They said that using less water means reducing the negative impacts on the environment. UConn’s water consumption has previously led to the drying-up of part of the Fenton River. They would therefore like to see students using less power by shutting off their lights and switching from incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent lights. They said that CFLs last up to 10 times longer than incandescent lights and use less energy. The office also warned of the “phantom load.” This is power being used when appliances, such as TVs, phone chargers and computers, are switched off but still drain power. They say the only way to avoid this is by unplugging the appliance. Out of the four captains, three resided in West campus. With points being awarded to each hall for captain-participation, Kelleher said, “it wasn’t looking too good for the rest.”
Mohegan Sun casinos post sharply lower 4Q profit
UNCASVILLE (AP) — The parent company of the Mohegan Sun casinos in Connecticut and Pennsylvania said profit fell by two-thirds in the fourth quarter due to competition, the weak economy and higher interest costs. The Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority said Thursday that net income of $14.8 million was down 68 percent from the fourth quarter of 2011. Revenue of $351.8 million was down 5.8 percent, reflecting a drop in slot machines, table games and non-gambling activities. The authority operates the Mohegan Sun casinos in Uncasville, Conn., and Plains Township, Pa. Part of the decline in net income resulted from higher interest expense due to refinancing $1 billion in debt.
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This Nov. 28 photo provided by Eastern New Mexico University shows an apology letter that was sent anonymously by a New Mexico college graduate to his alma mater. Eastern New Mexico University said Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2012 that it received a box of toilet paper this week along with a Christmas card and written apology note by a former student who admitted stealing toilet paper for a prank.
UConn uses green roofs as part of new experiment in green initiative
By Alexandria Garry Campus Correspondent Laurel Hall’s green roof, developed in 2009 and located next to the Student Union, is the site of an experiment in green initiatives being conducted by the department of natural resources and the environment. The study will encompass all aspects of the green roof system, from whether it will improve the air quality and reduce toxic metal content to whether it will help regulate environmental controls in the building. According to the website of
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, “A green roof system is an extension of the existing roof which involves a high quality water proofing and root repellant system, a drainage system, filter cloth, a lightweight growing medium and plants.” The green roof project at UConn was projected to earn silver ratings from the Leaders in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for reducing water consumption by 48 percent and improving energy efficiency by 47 percent. However, what are some of the tangible benefits of having green roofs? According to a paper written by Jack Clausen, a professor of nat-
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Medical Humanitarian Society banquet to be held Saturday By Joe O’Leary Campus Correspondent
In support of their upcoming international service trip to Guatemala, and to recognize Saturday’s status as World AIDS day, the UConn Medical Humanitarian Society is hosting a banquet Saturday night at 7 p.m. With a general theme of cultural and educational awareness and a focus on global health issues, the banquet will feature presentations by professors Rebecca Aubrey, Stanton Wolfe and Seth Kalichman on, respectively, Guatemalan culture, the importance of promoting health in underserved populations, and malnutrition and HIV/AIDS. The banquet runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Alumni Center’s Great Hall and will count as an event for sophomore honors students.
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NYPD officer’s kind act sparks internet sensation
NEW YORK (AP) — A tourist’s snapshot of a New York City police officer giving new boots to a barefoot homeless man in Times Square has created an online sensation. Jennifer Foster, of Florence, Ariz., was visiting New York with her boyfriend on Nov. 14, when she came across the shoeless man asking for change in Times Square. As she was about to approach him, she said the officer — identified as Larry DePrimo — came up to the man with a pair of all-weather boots and thermal socks on the frigid night. She recorded his generosity on her cellphone. DePrimo, speaking to reporters on Thursday, remembered the night clearly, that even with two pairs of socks on, his feet were freezing. The homeless man “didn’t even have a pair of socks on and I could only imagine how cold that pavement was,” the 25-year-old said, clutching a box containing cufflinks given to him by Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. Foster’s photo was posted Tuesday night to the NYPD’s official Facebook page and became an instant hit. More than 420,000 users “liked” it
as of Thursday evening, and more than 140,000 shared it. Thousands of people commented, including one person who praised him as “An officer AND a Gentleman.” The photo shows the officer kneeling beside the man with the boots at his feet. A shoe store is seen in the background. “I have these size 12 boots
“When I brought out the shoes, it was just a smile from ear to ear.” -Larry DePrimo NY Police Department for you, they are all-weather. Let’s put them on and take care of you,” Foster quoted DePrimo as saying to the man. She wrote: “The officer squatted down on the ground and proceeded to put socks and the new boots on this man. The officer expected NOTHING in return and did not know I was watching.”
DePrimo said buying the boots “was something I had to do.” He tried to persuade the man to get something to eat, but he declined and left. “When I brought out the shoes, it was just a smile from ear to ear,” he said. “It was a great moment for both of us.” DePrimo said he only told his family about the incident at the time, and was surprised when a friend told him the photo was posted on the Internet some time later. Foster, who is a dispatch manager at the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, said she’s worked in law enforcement for 17 years and has never been more impressed. “His presentation of human kindness has not been lost on myself or any of the Arizona law enforcement officials with whom this story has been shared,” Foster wrote on Facebook. She said she never got the officer’s name. DePrimo said he has been on the NYPD for 2½ years. He is assigned to the Sixth Precinct, encompassing Greenwich Village and the West Village, and lives on Long Island with his parents. He said he keeps the receipt from the boots in his bulletproof vest, as a reminder that even when things are tough, some people have it tougher.
Twinkie maker Hostess ready for big bake sale
NEW YORK (AP) — The future of Twinkies is virtually assured. Hostess Brands Inc. got final approval for its wind-down plans in bankruptcy court Thursday, setting the stage for its iconic snack cakes to find a second life with new owners — even as 18,000 jobs will be wiped out. The company said in court that it’s in talks with 110 potential buyers for its brands, which include CupCakes, Ding Dongs and Ho Hos. The suitors include at least five national retailers such as supermarkets, a financial adviser for Hostess said. The process has been “so fast and furious” Hostess wasn’t able to make its planned calls to potential buyers, said Joshua Scherer of Perella Weinberg Partners. “Not only are these buyers serious, but they are expecting to spend substantial sums,” he said, noting that six of them had hired investment banks to help in the process. The update on the sale process came as Hostess also received approval to give its top executives bonuses totaling up to $1.8 million for meeting certain budget goals during the liquidation. The company says the incentive pay is needed to retain the 19 corporate officers and “high-level managers” for the wind down process, which could take about a year. Two of those executives would be eligible for additional rewards depending on how efficiently they carry out the liquidation. The compensation would be on top of their regular pay. The bonuses do not include pay for CEO Gregory Rayburn, who
was brought on as a restructuring expert earlier this year. Rayburn is being paid $125,000 a month. Hostess was given interim approval for its wind-down last week, which gave the company the legal protection to immediately fire 15,000 union workers. The company said the terminations were necessary to free up workers to apply for unemployment benefits. About 3,200 employees are being retained to help in winding down operations, including 237 employees at the corporate level. The bakers union, Hostess’ second-largest union, has asked the judge to appoint an independent trustee to oversee the liquidation, saying that the current management “has been woefully unsuccessful in its reorganization attempts.” Hostess had already said last week that it was getting a flood of interest from potential buyers for its brands, which also include Devil Dogs and Wonder bread. The company has stressed it needs to move quickly to capitalize on the outpouring of nostalgia sparked by its liquidation. “The longer these brands are off the shelves, the less they’re going to be valued,” Scherer said Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of New York in White Plains, N.Y. Last week, Scherer had noted that it was a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” for buyers to snap up such well-known products without the debt and labor contracts that would come with the purchasing the entire company. Although Hostess sales have been declining over the years, they still clock in
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at between $2.3 billion and $2.4 billion a year. Scherer also said a surprising number of potential buyers have expressed interest in most of its three dozen factories. The company’s demise came after years of management turmoil and turnover, with workers saying the company failed to invest in updating its products. In January, Hostess filed for its second Chapter 11 bankruptcy in less than a decade, citing steep costs associated with its unionized workforce. Although Hostess was able to reach a new contract agreement with its largest union, the Teamsters, the bakers union rejected the terms and went on strike Nov. 9. Hostess announced its plans to liquidate a week later, saying the strike crippled its ability to maintain normal production. In court Thursday, an attorney for Hostess noted that the company is no longer able to pay retiree benefits, which come to about $1.1 million a month. Hostess stopped contributing to its union pension plans more than a year ago. Toward the end of the hearing, a man who said he’d worked for Hostess for 34 years stood to give his objections to the wind-down plan, saying creditors shouldn’t be paid when the company hasn’t been making its contributions to workers’ pension funds. “I have traveled pretty far to get here,” he said, noting that many of his co-workers didn’t know how to get to the hearing and speak for themselves. “I just wanted to be heard.”
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Mo. Powerball winner verified; Ariz. winner still a mystery
An unidentified customer walks out of the Trex Mart convenience store, right, while manager Chris Nauerz, left, and son of the owner Baron Hartell stand outside, in Dearborn, Mo., Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012.
DEARBORN, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Lottery officials on Thursday verified one of two tickets that matched all six numbers to split a record $588 million Powerball jackpot, but that ticket holder — and another in Arizona — remained a mystery, even as neighbors and co-workers lamented their losses and gossiped about who may have won. The tickets were sold at a convenience store in suburban Phoenix and a gas station in Dearborn, Mo., just off Interstate 29, the highway linking Kansas City to the Canadian border. Missouri lottery officials said they verified a ticket that was presented to them Thursday and set a news conference for 11 a.m. CST Friday at North Platte High School, near where the ticket was bought. Lottery Chief Operations Officer Gary Gonder couldn’t provide any details, including whether the ticket was bought by someone from Missouri. Speculation had many of Dearborn’s 500 residents buzzing about who had won. Cashiers Kristi Williams and Kelly Blount greeted customers with big smiles and questions about whether they had bought the winning ticket. No one had come forward to claim the prize by late Thursday morning, Missouri Lottery officials said. “It’s just awesome,” Williams said. “It’s so exciting. We can’t even work.” Karen Meyers, a server at the Cook’s Corner Cafe, where the daily special was roast beef and potatoes, said she didn’t believe it at first when she heard the winning ticket had been sold nearby. “I think it’s wonderful! I hope someone local won it, not someone just passing through,” she said. “It’s a small town where everyone is really nice.” Kevin Bryan bought his ticket at the Trex Mart and made an extra trip to his mother’s home in Dearborn to verify that the ticket he left on her counter wasn’t, in fact, the winner. “When I heard it was sold here in Dearborn I about fell
over,” Bryan said, as he hung Christmas lights outside his mother’s home. He said the only other local lottery win he could remember was when an area farmer won about $100,000 in scratch-off game years ago “and bought himself a combine.” The winning ticket sold in Arizona was purchased at a 4 Sons Food Store in Fountain Hills near Phoenix, state lottery officials said. Customers poured into the store, to check their tickets and share in the big moment. “I think it’s crazy, and I also think it’s great,” said Bob Chebat, who manages the 4 Sons. “I’m glad that all that work yesterday wasn’t for nothing.” The store was swept up in a nationwide ticket-buying spree preceding Wednesday’s drawing, with the big money enticing many people who rarely, if ever, play the lottery to buy a shot at the payout. Clerks at 4 Sons sold 986 Powerball tickets Wednesday, which Chebat said was well above average. Baron Hartell, son of the owner of the Missouri store, said if the winner isn’t a local resident it might have been a truck driver. Interstate 29 connects Kansas City to the Canadian border, so it’s a busy thoroughfare in both directions. “Even the truck drivers who come around, we see them every day, so they all feel like all locals to us,” he said. Store manager Chris Naurez said business had been “crazy” for Powerball tickets lately and that the store had sold about $27,000 worth of tickets in the last few days. “This really puts Dearborn on the map,” he said. Kenny Gilbert, the general manager of Trex Mart, suggested his staff would be sharing in the $50,000 bounty that the store will be awarded for selling one of the winning tickets. “The response from the owner was, ‘I guess we’ll be able to give out Christmas bonuses,’” Gilbert said.
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Tickets sold at a rate of 130,000 a minute nationwide — about six times the volume from a week ago. That pushed the jackpot even higher, said Chuck Strutt, executive director of the Multi-State Lottery Association. The jackpot rolled over 16 consecutive times without a winner. Bob Kangas realized Wednesday night that one of two winning Powerball jackpot tickets had been bought in Arizona, but he didn’t immediately check his numbers. “I didn’t want to look because I just wanted to dream about being rich,” Kangas said Thursday while checking his tickets at the 4 Sons store where he bought his tickets — and where the winning ticket was sold. “I just wanted to dream all night,” he said, breathing a heavy sigh as he realized his tickets were not winners. In a Mega Millions drawing in March, three ticket buyers shared a $656 million jackpot. This remains the largest lottery payout of all time.
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Shimabukuro creates full band sound on ukulele Waste-toenergy still wasteful
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Jake Shimabukuro played his second show at the Jorgensen Theater on Thursday night. The audience was impressed with his energy and full sound, despite the small instrument.
By Emily Herbst Campus Correspondent Ukulele player Jake Shimabokuru graced the Jorgensen theater last night, as he turned a mini instrument into a maximum-sound machine. Without any introduction, Shimabokuru played three smoothly flowing songs, all with intricate rhythms, plucking and more. His passion was apparent from the start- his movement like any electric guitar master. Each tune flowed seamlessly, the chain creating a near-medley. Soon after was his rendition of Adele’s ultra-familiar power ballad “Rolling in the Deep,” which he strummed verbatim. What was astounding was the diversity of sounds that came from the ukulele. It was not simply a uke, but a percussion set as well. Complete with foot-stomping, rhythmic beats and other exciting accessories, Shimabokuru’s songs left no audience member unimpressed. After playing four songs straight, Shimabokuru
spoke to the audience, explaining his involvement with the hugely famous Alan Parsons well-known for producing albums with the Beatles and Pink Floyd. He discussed the evolution of his success, which started with a casual YouTube video that went viral. Leading into his next song, Shimabokuru told the audience a story of losing one of the four strings on his ukulele, and his determination to create a piece using just three strings. Shimabokuru next song was dedicated to his favorite show, “Hawaii Five-O,” a tune which he called “Ukelele Five-O.” The toe-tapping masterpiece had an upbeat tempo with a hint of Hawaiian flair. All of the songs varied in melody and flavor, but the single most consistent aspect of the concert was Shimabokuru’s passion. At one point he even hooked up the uke and went electric with a jawdropping song called “Dragon,” overlapping melodies and borrowing styles from Jimi Hendrix and other guitar legends.
Not your ordinary Thanksgiving dinner By Michelle Golliday Campus Correspondent “Is Uncle Will going to be there?” I asked my good friend from home (our hometown being Cary, N.C.) on the phone the day before Thanksgiving. “No,” he replied. I was unaware at the time that he was lying through his grinning teeth. My good friend is Michael Portanova, and his uncle is Will Ferrell. Michael and I went to high school together in our hometown, which lies right outside the state capital. If you’ve ever seen the HBO television show “Eastbound and Down” (produced by Ferrell), you may already know it is filmed right on the coast of North Carolina. This Thanksgiving, however, I spent right here in New England with Michael and his very Swedish family- in Needham, Mass. When I finally found my clumsy way to the doorsteps of Michael’s grandparents’ home, I was yawning, trying to go over in my head how I would greet those of Michael’s family visiting from Stockholm (“Trévligt att rå´kas” means nice to meet you). I walked into the unlocked home to be greeted by a few very tall Swedes, who instantly assumed I speak Swedish, because I must be some niece that they never knew about or something. I needed to find Michael. This was far too much Europe this early in the morning. Meandering my way into the kitchen, my eyeballs nearly explode. A man I have grown to idolize, adore and laugh with was standing in the kitchen- comedian Will Ferrell, with a fully-grown mustache he has been taming for Anchorman 2. I still barely believe I broke bread with this guy- so if you don’t believe me, I’m almost right there with you. “Hi, I’m Will,” he said shyly, hand out. We shook hands- and although when I first saw him, I wanted to tear out my vocal chords, as soon as he spoke, I felt comfortable. The reality is he’s one of the most down-to-Earth people I have ever met- there might even be a couple Saturday Night Live gigs where you can pick up on this particularly aura. But I don’t think one film character he has played will ever give you a taste of the real Ferrell. We had an incredible dinner- Michael, who attends culinary school in Austin, Texas, made an awesome Thanksgiving dinner to feed 30 adults and many kids. Ferrell’s two oldest sons, Magnus and Mattias, serenaded our ears with some music
“Blue Roses” was played towards the end of the concert. The song was dedicated to a friend’s grandmother who had hallucinations while ill in a hospital. Recounting her visions, Shimabokuru called the song “Blue Roses.” The piece was soft and soothing, much like that of a lullaby. In addition to his original creations, Shimabokuru did several covers, one of which was Sting’s “Fields of Gold.” Covers included classic rock masterpieces such as Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” Following a heartfelt tribute on his newborn son, Shimabokuru introduced us to “Gentle Mandolin,” an original that was inspired by the chords mimicked from a mandolin. Ultimately Jake Shimabokuru put on a multisound performance that made us wonder just how many other instruments were hiding in that ukulele.
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on the piano. Shortly after, black smoke began filling the house- a towel and candle merged forces and there was a fire. Outside, Michael, Will and I were humming along to the Talking Heads’ 80’s hit, “Burning Down the House.” Thankfully, the fire was put out quickly, and we were able to finish pigging out, believe it or not. The Needham firemen were very pleased to meet the comedian, take pictures with him and ask questions about his upcoming film, the sequel to Anchorman. He signed one autograph: “I need a friend. Will you be my friend? Milk was a bad choice –WF.” Now, although Ferrell is seemingly quite a shy and observant guy, he opened up after he was filled with some good red wine. We spoke about what comedian celebrities he has minimal respect for (Seth MacFarlane being one) and which ones he has a decent relationship with (Adam Sandler,
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The Connecticut Repertory Theatre told a tale of forbidden love last night in its rendition of Shakespeare’s classic tragic play of “Romeo and Juliet.” “Romeo and Juliet” has a slightly modern spin, with one of the main characters walking onto stage with headphones in his ears. He had clothes that were partially relevant to the times, but mixed with jeans. The whole play was structured so the audience wasn’t too sure whether they were trying to make it modern or stick to the time period. The play jumped right into the action, with sword fighting between many of the Capulets and the Montagues. Another unusual modern twist was the Capulet ball scene where Romeo and Juliet first meet. They added classical music with modern beats and a few hip-hop dance moves. Despite some of the modern twists here and there, however, the play stuck to the classic Shakespeare language. The women of the play weren’t the only ones wearing a lot of sparkle. Some of the guys one in glittery attire and even punkish accessories. There were a lot of silly puns and dirty jokes that only people familiar with the Shakespeare language could laugh along to. However, despite some of the fun humor, “Romeo and Juliet” still had dramatic scenes as the feuding families takes its toll on many of the characters. The play eventually led up to the ending
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Romeo (Will Haden) in a scene with Juliet (Hannah Kaplan) from Romeo and Juliet.
many are familiar with poor timing and tragic deaths. “I thought it was wonderful,” said John Haney another Mansfield resident. “I wish I had recently read up on ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ Then I could follow along with the dialogue better. They [the actors] delivered their lines beautifully. Always expect the puns and double meanings from Shakespeare.” “I thought it was very good,” said Mary Francis of Mansfield. “I have seen it many times, the show, and I thought the acting was excellent and had great intonation. The sword fighting was excellent.” Francis did express her confusion on the odd modern twists the play had. “They had a nod to modern times, but they need to keep to the time period,” said Cheryl Pomerantz, a Mansfield High School teacher. “The acting was great.” Pomerantz explained that she plans to bring her class of students who are currently reading “Romeo and Juliet” to the production. “I can’t wait to see their reactions,” Pomerantz said.
The Connecticut Resource Recovery Authority, the state’s major handler of recyclables and waste, proudly boasts that 80 percent of the refuse it collects is burned in one of the state’s waste-to-energy plants and converted into electricity. The CRRA notes that burning trash (which leaves only ash to be landfilled) saves 90 percent of the space that would have been taken up in landfills without burning. The state has wholeheartedly adopted this process, and the CRRA proclaims on its website that “when the WindsorBloomfield landfill closes, which could happen as soon as 2015, Connecticut will be the first state in the union with no active garbage landfills.” But is burning garbage truly a way to go green? There is certainly great potential for trash as a national energy source. According to an article published last year by CNET, every U.S. citizen produces nearly one ton of trash after recycling per year, which some experts have speculated would translate into enough electricity to run 8 million homes. In some states, burning trash is even classified as a renewable energy source, because the inflow of rubbish from towns and cities is never-ending and constant. Europe has taken this view and has bounded ahead of the U.S. in constructing wasteto-energy plants, with about 400 plants already completed (compared to only 87 in the U.S.). However, many environmental groups have expressed opposition to the construction of new waste-to-energy facilities. Investing in these projects may divert money and time away from developing sophisticated recycling and composting systems. Laura Haight, senior environmental associate with the New York Public Interest Research Group, explained in a 2010 New York Times article: “Incinerators are really the devil. Investing in garbage as a green resource is simply perverse when governments should be mandating recycling. Once you build a waste-to-energy plant, you then have to feed it. Our priority is pushing for zero waste.” Others argue that reducing waste should not be targeted at the end of a product’s lifecycle, but instead manufacturers should be pinned with the responsibility for designing products that can be easily recycled or biodegradable. In addition to these concerns, burning garbage inevitably contributes to air pollution; releasing compounds such as mercury, dioxin, and sulfur and nitrogen oxides. Still, advocates argue that new technologies have greatly reduced the amount of air pollutants released by wasteto-energy plants, and that the plants are still far cleaner than traditional trash incinerators. In densely populated areas like the East Coast, they may become our only option as open space for landfills disappears.
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Warm beverages to fight off the cold By Tom Texieria Staff Writer Snow covers the ground and finals are looming; winter has nearly arrived. Our clothing, footwear, exercise patterns and most other aspects of daily life all change with the temperature. The foods we eat and beverages we drink are no exception. While the chill of iced tea or soda may seem a turn-off when the mercury drops, there are plenty of cold weather beverages to quench your thirst, warm your bones, put a zip in your step or merely satisfy your palette. If you’re looking for something rich, warm and satisfying, reach for a mug of hot cider, hot chocolate or a flavored coffee drink. All of these serve as winter’s version of an ice cold Coke. They’re filling, sweet and serve as a refreshing contrast to the at times uncomfortable conditions outdoors. Caffeinated beverages thrive in winter conditions, and most of the beverages that provide natural energy happen to be hot. All coffee beverages, all flavors and forms of green and black tea and even drinks made from chocolate naturally contain caffeine. A cup of coffee contains between 100 and 150 milligrams of caffeine, while a cup oftea can range from 30 to 60 milligrams depending on the strength and variety of the leaves. A cup of hot chocolate can provide up to 15 mg of caffeine per cup. Decaffeinated versions of coffee and tea, as well as hot ciders and herbal teas, are perfect options for those needing a warm beverage before sleep or during the late hours of the night. Chamomile, mint and lemongrass are all popular varieties of herbal tea that are devoid of caffeine. For a more traditional tasting tea, naturally caffeine-free and loaded with antioxidants, try rooibos, a nettle variety from South Africa. A wide variety of hot, winter beverages exist
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to fill every need and desire. Without the sugar of many traditional summer drinks, many of these winter choices provide low or no calories, health benefits and energy boosts that taste great. For those of legal age looking to unwind after a long week of studying, a number of alcoholic beverages are best served during cold weather. Breweries often release seasonal varieties in winter that are darker in color, richer in flavor, and higher in alcohol content. Many of these beers are often best served warm, or rather around 50 degrees. Guinness and other stout varieties, while not seasonal, already adhere to common characteristics of ‘winter’ brews. Many local breweries also offer beers stronger in terms of both taste and potency. This winter, push up the temperature and paint your pint black. With colder temperatures comes an increased demand for a warmer wine. Red wines are almost always served at room temperature and will satisfy desires for warmer drinks. Riojas, wines hailing from the La Rioja region of Spain, combine sweet tasting grapes, cinnamon-spice flavors, and an oaky rinse resulting from them being stored in whiskey barrels before being bottled. Produced and imported year round, Riojas are a great winter wine for any budget. Choosing a winter liquor a bit tougher. While anything high in proof is guaranteed to warm your gut, whiskey seems to be the winter liquor due to its strong earthy taste and color. Peppermint schnapps will satisfy a craving for something festive, and cream liqueurs mix well with coffee for a sweet, warm and rich drink. Whether in need of a pick-me-up or something more relaxing, the beverage world has plenty of offerings perfectly suited for winter temperatures, festivities and moods.
Struggling for skin hydration in winter By Julie Bartoli Staff Writer Winter months tend to dry out even the healthiest of skin. Between wind whipping against you on the walk to class (and, let’s face it, this campus is a wind tunnel) to indoor heating that leaves your face feeling tight and dehydrated, there’s nowhere safe. However, there are ways to protect your skin from drying out, or even worse, chapping, flaking and peeling. Here’s a list of ways to help combat the elements working against you: 1. Sunscreen. Snow glare and sun can still damage skin, even in cold weather. To avoid sun damage, you should apply at least 20 SPF to your face and neck every morning. If sunscreen isn’t ideal, use a moisturizer with SPF (ex. Aveeno tinted moisturizer, SPF 30) or a pressed powder with moisturizer (many Physicians Formula products are 20 SPF or higher). 2. Layer moisturizer. Like clothes, you need to layer moisturizer in winter. That means you should apply some immediately after your post-shower towel dry and again before you step outside. I suggest using a carrier oil (i.e. apricot oil, avocado oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil - all around $10 for 16 ounces on Amazon except jojoba oil, which would be about $10 for 4 ounces) after your shower, and patting any excess off with your towel. Before
leaving the room, use a more easily absorbed moisturizer (right now I’m into NZ Fusion Botanical’s Manuka Honey, Rosehip Oil and Plant Squalane Botanical Moon Crème, $14.60 on Amazon). 3. Drink water. Keeping skin hydrated is a process that works from the inside out. You should drink at least two liters of water a day, throughout the day, to keep skin from becoming parched. As an added bonus, water will help flush out toxins so they don’t show up as blemishes. 4. Lukewarm showers. I know how good a hot shower feels after a long day in the cold, but keep in mind- it may feel good, but it won’t look good. Hot showers break down the lipid barriers your skin needs to keep moisture in. 5. Sleep. This is usually the first thing we sacrifice to accommodate our busy schedules, and it really shouldn’t be. Sleep deprivation makes it more difficult for skin to stay hydrated. This leads to dark under eye circles and heavy bags the next morning. In the long term, it can create sallow skin and fine lines. I know eight hours a night is unrealistic for some people- especially with finals week right around the corner, but you should aim for at least six hours a night. That’s two sleep cycles, and ideally just enough to keep you glowing even while it’s snowing.
Hughes mixes comedy and cards By Brendon Field Campus Correspondent In the sixth and final SUBOG-sponsored comedy event of the semester, comedian and magician Derek Hughes entertained a crowd of students Thursday evening in the Student Union Theatre. Hughes’ material was a mix of stand-up incorporated with rope and card tricks, as well as several bits of rope and card magic. Hughes took classic illusions such as changing the lengths of rope and recurring individual playing cards, and added a level of sardonic wit. He also interacted frequently with the audience, bringing multiple students on stage and making sure their comedic contributions did not cease with the trick. Toward the end of his show, Hughes brought a skeptical audience member on stage, surprising him with a chosen card placed into a sealed envelope half an hour prior. “I like how he took a skeptic up. I thought it was very smart, and made for a better trick,” said James Erisoty, a 5thsemester business management major. Hughes claimed he had the ability to read minds, or as he called, channel the collective unconscious, which he displayed by correctly guessing the names students were thinking of. His non-magical comedy included jokes about real-
ity television, his home in Minnesota, and roller coasters, and how Americans needed them to get a sense of danger and thrills. “There’s no Six Flags Baghdad” was one of his quips. Hughes was unafraid to include explicit sexual humor, stating “The Bachelor” would be much more entertaining if one of the twists was that several of the women had herpes. This was not Hughes’ first performance at UConn. Nick Brigis, a 3rd-semester business management major and head of the SUBOG comedy committee, said, “We had him open for Bo Burnham last year. He only had 30 minutes, and the crowd really seemed to like him. So we thought we would have a good turnout, and if he was successful once, he would be successful again, more so because he had more time.” Student reaction to Hughes was very positive. Glenn Murphy, a 1st-semester electrical engineering major, said, “His mannerisms were the perfect supplement to his personality and performance. Also, ‘fly zipper up…FLY ZIPPER DOWN, WE’RE GONNA MAKE HISTORY!’ Murphy is referring to Hughes’ finale, in which he made a card vanish midair, and soon after reappear in the back of his pants, a move Hughes energetically stated would make him famous.
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Comedian and magician, Derek Hughes, impressed a UConn student audience once again with his card tricks interspersed with humor.
Magical time at the most magical place on Earth By Alex Sferrazza Campus Correspondent While Walt Disney World is the world’s most popular vacation destination year-round, the absolute best time to visit is from mid-November through the end of December, when the entire resort is decked out in Christmas decorations and special presentations. After all, Walt Disney himself referred to Christmas as, “That Disney time of year.” Without further adieu, these are the top five things to check out if you are visiting the Walt Disney Resort during the holiday season. Enjoy the décor- If there’s any place on the planet that truly decks the halls in preparation for Kris Kringle’s annual visit, it’s Disney World. Every inch of the Magic Kingdom and Epcot parks are coated in tinsel during the
Christmas season. In particular, make sure to witness the beauty of the lights on display on Main Street U.S.A. leading up the iconic Cinderella Castle, which is coated in holiday “dreamlights” at the Magic Kingdom. Do yourself another favor and stroll around the decked-out World Showcase pavilions at Epcot. The decor doesn’t stop at the parks however. Most Disney resorts truly decorate spectacularly for the holiday season. Even if you aren’t staying on the property, make sure to check out the decorations at The Grand Floridian, Wilderness Lodge and Yacht Club resorts. Tired of that annoying neighbor who’s always over doing the light decorations on his house? Trust me, he will eat his words if he ever lays eyes on the annual “Osbourne Spectacle of Lights” over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Witness the faux
side streets of San Francisco and New York decked in blindingly bright Christmas lights. It’s not to be missed! On the pricier side of things, a true treat for all ages is the special event, “Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.” Offered on select nights at the Magic Kingdom, the event grants you admission to the park after hours. Among the Disney touches added for the event are a special parade, exclusive merchandise, a stage show with Mickey Mouse and a spectacular fireworks display, not to mention the complimentary hot chocolate. However, the icing on the cake is the “snow” (foam flake) machines that lightly coat Main Street USA. It all makes for beautiful holiday scene. A simple, yet personal favorite, is the bakery on Main Street USA at the Magic Kingdom, which features classic holiday sweets. Whether it
be a peppermint cupcake or a simple gingerbread man, these fresh-baked goodies are irresistible. While for the most part this is an unranked listing, the absolute most spectacular thing you can do at the Walt Disney Resort if you are fortunate enough to be visiting during the holiday season is the special holiday presentation of the Epcot fireworks spectacular, “Illuminations: Reflections of Earth.” Taking place on the waters of the World Showcase lagoon as the illuminated pavilions of nations surround you, the usual show is spectacular in its own right. Yet the extra few minutes added to the holiday presentation make this hands-down the very best outdoor presentation (barring Fantasmic) that you’ll find in an American Disney Park.
Success for Skulls stems from skate culture Everyone has his or her own definition of the American Dream. Usually, this dream consists of family status, economic wealth and some sort of career aspirations. Look through your high school yearbook and see how many graduating seniors had listed goals like the generic “to be successful.” Defining your own personal success can take on a different look every day. Skulls is a brand rooted in making quality, fun, and unique pieces, most notably whimsical and well-crafted five-panel hats. For Ivan Jimenez, the creator of the brand, success and “making it” in America came in the form of a motivated, unique, and one of my personal favorite fashion and lifestyle companies. I had the pleasure of speaking with Jimenez directly to get some details and facts about the foundation of Skulls. The vision of this company is rooted in the skateboarding culture of the 1990s. In 1991, Jimenez began shooting skateboarding pictures of himself and his friends after watching the movie “Gleaming the Cube.” After the initial success and publishing of some of these photos in his native country of Spain, his stake in the scene became much more interactive and hands-on. In 2000, Jimenez moved from Barcelona to California, transforming his former hobby of skating and photography into a job. His first major step into the fashion world came in 2004, when he was hired by Nike SB in Spain and Portugal to be a part of the original European team. In 2007, his ideas turned into reality, when he launched a brand of tees called Worldwide that sold in many major U.S. accounts. Many start-up brands focus on T-shirts as their foundation, but Skulls took a different approach. While traveling the world from around 2004 to 2011, Jimenez always looked for five-panel hats as personal souvenirs. New Era hats and snapbacks just didn’t fit correctly, so five panels were the natural choice to produce. Skulls was started around 2011 fueled by Ivan’s vision to create products that he would wear, what he wanted to see on shelves and to create crazy prints from his ideas. Among the previous prints that the Skulls brand has featured on hats include peppers, puppies, lighthouses, orange and pink camouflage, turtles and many more that are featured online at the Skulls blog and webstore. Jimenez has said that there is no real process in picking fabrics and designs for the hats. It’s an organic process, which Jimenez said that is completely related to his personal connection to the materials and prints. He has used fabric from vintage stores in Ohio, to fabric that he found traveling in Peru. The state of fashion in both Europe and the United States changes daily. This difference between the two areas has allowed creative freedom for Ivan and the Skulls brand. He has said that the United States allows more acceptance to change and innovation. France and Paris especially are rooted in old-fashioned values and are wrongly classified as the focus of the fashion scene in Europe. Fashion and styles in Europe are static, with little to no development over time. Jimenez has said that the main reason he is here in American is because anyone can be as bold as they want, and there will always be someone to tell you that they love what you do.
Friday, November 30, 2012
Ferrell hints at Anchorman 2
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Mark Walberg and for example). We spoke about his unforgettable mustache, and he gave us a couple teasers on his upcoming film. Not to give away too much, but Ron Burgundy in Anchorman 2 must get used to the change in journalism to 24-hour news coverage, and it’s a little too much for him. The thing I really liked about Ferrell is how much of a family guy he is. He made a toast at dinner to Michael and his accomplishments at culinary school and to his beautiful Swedish actress wife, Viveca Paulin. As I briefly mentioned before, he’s quite observant. He preferred asking questions to answering them.
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He hung out with us for the majority of the weekend, and left on Saturday morning to return to Los Angeles to make it to the University of Southern California-Notre Dame football game (Ferrell is a USC Trojan alum). I have an open invitation to visit him if I’m ever in the area- so I will need to take him and Viveca up on that offer, won’t I? And I will sign off with a quote from the man of the hour: “Here’s the deal, I’m the best there is. Plain and simple. I wake up in the morning and I piss excellence.”
Ex-NBC Universal head Zucker named new CNN chief
Empire State Building surprises NY with new lights
NEW YORK (AP) — In the middle of the night, as most of New York slept, something big and bright lit up the Manhattan skyline for just seconds — a tightly kept secret to all but a handful of people. It was a tiny test for the huge public surprise four days later: the flipping of a switch at the Empire State Building to turn on its dancing new LED lights. They burst from the skyscraper while synchronized with R&B star Alicia Keys singing “Empire State of Mind” on nationwide radio. The LED system has “16.7 million color possibilities, in digital combinations of ripples, sparkles, sweeps and strobes,” says Phil O’Donnell, of Burlington, Mass.-based Philips Color Kinetics that’s responsible for the system and worked with a resident lighting designer. “It’s the sum of all possibilities — a huge palette.” The old lights came in only 10 colors. From Manhattan and the Bronx to Staten Island and even New Jersey, “there were hundreds of thousands of people on the streets looking up, filming and videoing, clustered on street corners,” when the new lights came on, said Anthony Malkin, whose family controls the iconic Art Deco building. In an interview with The Associated Press at his office, he glowed with pleasure describing Monday night’s inaugural light show. Keys also sang “Girl On Fire” from her new CD. After all, the 102-story skyscraper “has always been a symbol of what’s possible in New York, and all the dreams that can come true in this city that never sleeps,” Keys, a New York native, said before her performance, which was ready on tracks while she watched from a Manhattan studio. Malkin and his technical team wanted to test the new lighting system with as few people noticing as possible and chose early Thanksgiving morning. Good luck, in the middle of Manhattan, with people walking around even at 2:30 a.m. That seemed the best moment, after most bars close and before dawn. “We decided to do it facing west, in very short bursts between 2:30 a.m. and 3 a.m., because we knew we didn’t have a camera trained on us from there,” Malkin said. Apparently, the secret test worked. No images of the Empire State Building alight that night appeared anywhere, as far as Malkin knows. To stage the show, he worked with Clear Channel radio, which has 239 million monthly listeners in the United States. The lights are part of a larger effort to modernize the 81-year-old edifice that is undergoing a more than half a billion-dollar renovation that
On Thursday, CNN named former NBC Universal chief Jeff Zucker as its new top executive, searching for a way to turn around the original cable news network as it has lagged behind rivals Fox News Channel and MSNBC.
Top floors of New York’s Empire State Building are lit in gold, red, blue and white light after they being switched on by Alicia Keys.
includes making it “green.” The computerized LED system will cut energy consumption by more than half, while delivering light and vibrancy superior to the old floodlights, which have huge timpani drum-size lenses that had to be changed every so often, O’Donnell said. They may still have nostalgic value to some who watched them light up New York City for every special occasion from Christmas to the Fourth of July. They were part of “the grande dame of the New York skyline, now state-of-the-art, but still stately,” says Malkin, adding that the light show was “a gift we gave to the world, these lights. We don’t get paid for this.” On a sunny Wednesday afternoon, with a spectacular view of the new World Trade Center and New York Harbor, a vacant space under reconstruction on the building’s 72nd floor was filled with the retired floodlights, sitting side by side in long lines, veterans of years of New York weather.
NEW YORK (AP) — Incoming CNN President Jeff Zucker said Thursday that he intends to make the network more “vibrant and exciting” while broadening the programming on television’s original but struggling cable news outlet. The former NBC Universal chief’s long-rumored selection as CNN president was announced Thursday. He’ll start in January and report to Phil Kent, who runs all the Turner networks for parent company Time Warner. Zucker will lead a large and profitable news organization with 23 separate businesses worldwide that has come to be defined by problems at the flagship U.S. network, particularly in prime time. CNN has never been able to solve the conundrum of how to keep viewers on quiet news days, while Fox News Channel and MSNBC have passed it by with combative programming that appeals to political partisans. “The key is that CNN remain true to its ideals of great journalism but at the same time be vibrant and exciting,” Zucker said. “Just because you’re not partisan doesn’t mean you can’t be exciting.” He said it was premature to offer specifics. Although he said it was his goal to beat Fox and MSNBC in the ratings, it was important to note that he sees the television competition more broadly. “News is not just about politics and war,” he said. CNN this summer said it was developing a program fea-
turing celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, and Zucker cited it as some of the new thinking he’s hoping to see. Kent said it was essential for CNN to build a base of hardcore fans who will stick with the network no matter the news of the day. Both Kent and Zucker said CNN has no plans to retreat from its stance of unbiased reporting. “CNN does not have an identity problem,” Kent said. “CNN knows what it is and what its identity is. If anything, CNN has an execution problem.” During this election year, CNN is averaging 763,000 viewers in prime time on weekdays, up 2 percent from 2011, according to the Nielsen Co. Fox is averaging 2.5 million, up 13 percent from last year, and MSNBC is at 1.1 million, a 22 percent increase. Anderson Cooper is CNN’s best-known news anchor, with a news show that airs at 8 and 10 p.m. Eastern time. Piers Morgan hosts a nightly talk show modeled after Larry King’s. Wolf Blitzer, Erin Burnett, Candy Crowley, Soledad O’Brien and Sanjay Gupta are among the network’s most popular personalities. Kent said he was seeking someone with news and television management experience who could be a magnet for talent. Zucker shot to fame in TV as executive producer of the “Today” show at the start of its morning dynasty in the 1990s. He was less successful as NBC’s entertainment president. As chief of NBC Universal,
he couldn’t turn the flagship company around but oversaw a profitable and growing stable of cable networks. Zucker replaces Jim Walton, who announced this summer that he was leaving. Zucker said he took note of the opportunity after Walton’s announcement but didn’t inquire about it until being contacted by Kent after Labor Day. Their discussions grew more serious during the past few weeks, he said. While familiar with CNN, he said in an interview that “I have watched it with a slightly different eye more recently. Obviously, there’s a tremendous amount of fantastic work that goes on here.” Zucker was behind the illfated move of Conan O’Brien to the “Tonight” show, with Jay Leno’s brief and disastrous stay in prime time. But an unorthodox Zucker personnel decision — recruiting Meredith Vieira to replace Katie Couric on “Today” — was a big winner. A brash and opinionated executive, Zucker rubbed many people in the Hollywood power structure the wrong way. But Kent said he was interested only in Zucker’s news experience. “Whether Jeff Zucker was the best leader for NBC’s entertainment division was irrelevant to me,” he said. Since leaving NBC Universal after its purchase by Comcast Corp., Zucker has helped Couric launch a daytime talk show. Couric said she was excited for Zucker’s opportunity “and equally excited for CNN.”
Friday, November 30, 2012
The Daily Campus Editorial Board
Elizabeth Crowley, Editor-in-Chief Tyler McCarthy, Commentary Editor Jesse Rifkin, Associate Commentary Editor Chris Kempf, Weekly Columnist John Nitowski, Weekly Columnist Sam Tracy, Weekly Columnist
Kendig’s salary too high in wake of budget cuts
id you know we have a vice president of communications? His job consists of managing an office of around 30 people to manage news and information, marketing, multimedia, Internet and design services. His name is Tysen Kendig, a Northeast native. He will begin his job in mid-January at an annual salary of $227,500. That’s right, to oversee a staff of 30 people to manage the University’s public relations, Mr.Kendig will receive a salary of over two-hundred grand. President Susan Herbst said in a news release, “How aggressively we communicate about ourselves and tell our story as an institution is one of the essential components of our success as a top public university. Tysen is without question the right person to lead this critical effort in the years to come, and I am thrilled that he will be joining us here at UConn.” That’s all well and good. But the man is getting paid over $200,000 to do PR at a time when the university’s budget was just cut by $15 million. Kendig is the former vice president for strategic communication at the University of Iowa. He was chosen after a nation-wide search for someone who could help the university “reposition its public message for the digital age, aggressively pursuing new strategies in multimedia content and social media as well as more traditional platforms.” Or to put it more simply, Kendig is going to be in charge of managing a staff of people to work on the internet to advertise UConn and bring more students (and more tuition) to the university. To say that Mr. Kendig doesn’t deserve the money, which the university claims is based ON national standards, would be erroneous. We are sure Mr. Kendig works hard and will improve the university’s image. We also know that there is already a massive faculty (focused on professors, not administrators) hiring initiative aimed at making class sizes smaller for a more intimate learning environment. To hire new faculty and staff requires more money, which means either more students have to come in (at an exponential rate) or tuition has to go up. People like Mr. Kendig are in charge of bringing more students to the university, but as for the rest of us, tuition is already skyrocketing. In the wake of a budget slashed by $15 million and planned tuition hikes, is conforming to “national standard” salaries that we simply can’t afford the best idea? 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’ll tell you what, I ate seven slices of pizza today. One day I’ll look at my grandchildren with sad eyes and say, “Grandchild, when I was your age, water was complementary in the Student Union.” And they’ll just laugh and think I’m crazy. Christmas people. It’s almost here. How does one get shin splints when they haven’t been to the gym in seven months? Getting reduced fat cream cheese by accident and getting carded for a lighter at 7-Eleven in one day #gradschoolproblems So wait, did Panda Express close? Or did they just shrink their hours even more? If I could write poetry, I would serenade all of you. Alas, I’m just a chem major. I feel like I’m a little behind the times, is UConn still in the Yankee Conference? Dear President Herbst and AD Manuel: Please give Coach Ollie a long-term contract now and help him so he can recruit, build a great future for men’s basketball, and sell and represent this university in the outstanding way he does every day. #takethestairs Am I the only that gets confused every time they see “Calhoun” in the stats section? Happy weekend Huskies!!!!
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Project Runway: A democracy of identity
his autumn, I greatly enjoyed the tenth season of “Project Runway,” the reality design competition hosted by Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, though perhaps not for the usual reasons. Most television programming is so vapid and artificial that extended viewing dulls the senses, but at least from watching “Project Runway” one can get a sense both of an individual’s design aesthetic and of the process and technique by which that artistic world-view can be translated into a tangible product, all to the tune of Tim Gunn’s erudite banter and advice. By Chris Kempf The final result of Weekly Columnist the season’s competition was thereby the triumph of process over concept, of the meticulous construction of garments over a bold avant-garde vision. But whatever the decision the judges have made, this conceptual dialogue is an important one. “Project Runway” has, in this way, done much to reveal fashion design to national and international audiences alike as a compelling form of artistry capable of serving as a forum for this and other artistic debates. What distinguishes this forum from others, though, is its accessibility to the masses. Fashion is unique in that it has a utilitarian design (pardon the pun) – the goal is to create garments that will actually be worn. Of course, the industry produces its fair share
of unfeasibly intricate objets d’art, but the general appeal of a piece of clothing is the likelihood that it will be worn. Thus, fashion must appeal to all functional needs and artistic tastes. Fashion, as Tim Gunn points out, is a form of semiotics. Identities are reflected and constructed by the clothes that we choose to wear, and an ability to understand and enhance those identities lies at the core of the industry. That is why it is particularly troubling to see fashion and design so often conflated with preconceptions about sexuality and gender. It is a rarity to see more than a trivial number of heterosexual men represented as contestants on “Project Runway” – and it is even rarer to see those men in the audience of the popular TV program. I happen to count myself among those latter few, but I fail to see why my attraction to women should preclude me from having an appreciation for fashion as an art and a business. Just as we generally regard sculptors, photographers, musicians and composers without this sort of preconception, so too should we look on designers. How, then, to reconcile masculinity with a field so stereotypically effeminate? Perhaps we should not. The fear of having one’s sexuality or masculinity called into question is not merely a contemporary problem, for it has infected the culture and history of American and most other human societies for thousands of years. But if masculinity cannot be made to accommodate the possibility for all forms of creative or artistic work, then it deserves to be discarded outright. A world in which people of all genders and sexual orientations with an eye for design and, yes, a passion
» LETTERS TO THE EDITOR “Puerto Rico and the U.S. House of Representatives” In Monday’s the very interesting and erudite article on the possibility of statehood for Puerto Rico, it mentioned that Connecticut could lose seats in the U.S. House of Representatives if Puerto Rico became a state. The possibility exists because the current U.S. statute law sets the size of the U.S. House at 435 seats. Thus, Puerto Rico’s new House seats would have to come from the existing House apportionment. Although Connecticut could currently lose a U.S. House seat, it wouldn’t. The 2010 Census has the population of Puerto Rico at 3,725,789 individuals, which is slightly larger than Connecticut. But, of the five U.S. House seats Puerto Rico would receive, none would come from Connecticut’s current five U.S. House seats. Instead, California, Florida, Minnesota, Texas, and Washington would all lose one seat; the rest of the states would retain their current apportionments.
There are certainly very good arguments for Puerto Rican statehood, but these five states would be hard pressed to provide it at their own expense. And, these five states represent almost 31% of the current U.S. House. As such, the politics may currently be stacked against statehood for Puerto Rico - regardless of how they voted. – Jeffrey W. Ladewig Associate Professor, Associate Editor, Polity, UConn Department of Political Science
Re: Why Sex Positivity Doesn’t Work I am writing in regards to the article “Why sex positivity doesn’t work” by Imaani Cain in the 11/28/2012 issue of The Daily Campus. This article is both completely ridiculous and harmful. This article details how outrageous the writer views certain BDSM kinks including raceplay, roleplay rape, and humiliation. The first sentence is “The idea that ‘all kinks are good kinks’ is remarkably faulty”. Attitudes such as these cause people to be ashamed.
for fashion could feel free, even encouraged, to get involved in this field would also be a fairer and a more productive one. However, given that so much work remains to be done in our society to secure a democracy of work and cultural emancipation for women and for the various transgender identities approximated by the acronym LGBT, this goal, alas, must be a far more distant one. When women and homosexuals and transgender people can take their rightful places at the construction site and in the corporate boardroom, then we can trouble ourselves with the paucity of heterosexual men in the fashion industry. So until that point, “Project Runway” will have to suffice as the proving ground for a projected dialogue and synthesis of identities and sexualities. The relative stability of these socially-determined roles and hierarchies from a historical perspective is not likely to change anytime soon, but at the very least the TV program can demonstrate for us that identity and expression through all media matters, that they need not be predetermined or repressed, and that it is possible to be a peacock in a world of pigeons. And I think that the “Project Runway” mentor Tim Gunn, a former champion swimmer, a librophile, a student and a teacher of design and a proud gay man, demonstrates this potential perfectly. Given identity, social constraints and personal ambitions, his advice has scarcely been more apt: make it work.
Weekly Columnist Chris Kempf is a 5th-semester political science major. He can be reached at Christopher.Kempf@UConn.edu.
How many readers of the Daily Campus have private fantasies that you have degraded and insulted? This writing causes them to be ashamed of their own fantasies, which ARE private and stay in the bedroom. Specifically- rape roleplay and humiliation fetishes are incredibly common in the population. Your representation of them and as BDSM as a whole seems to be of one person unilaterally pressing their fantasies onto someone else. This is not BDSM and you are not qualified to write on this topic. BDSM is consensual, and with all of the fetishes you mentioned- BOTH partners consent to and enjoy them. One partner is not humiliating the other while the other suffers in silent agony. It is consensual, and they both enjoy it. This is the point of the scene and a point that you seem to have overlooked. The article states that even though these acts occur in the bedroom, they influence society as a whole. You are attempting to legislate morality and what people can and can not consent to, because you do not approve of their fetishes. The participants consent and enjoy their activities, they are not repressing them or forcing them onto others. (Sidenote: your insults
only serve to force people to repress their sexual fetishes, which creates a more repressed and harmed society than sex positivity). Towards the end of the article, you state “to truly be sex positive, we must realize what our desire are communicating, not only to the person were with but to society as a whole.” This sentence reeks of you deciding which sexual acts are moral and acceptable and which others should be thrown away and shoved under the rug. Once again you marginalize your readers who have fetishes that you have insulted. To be sex positive and participate in BDSM, you understand your desires and find a partner who you will mutually enjoy your time with. You both consent, express yourselves sexually, and enjoy. In summary, I believe this article is incredibly shameful and in no way should have been allowed to run in a column featuring sex advice. If this is purely a discussion column, well, I hope you consider how your point of view hurts people and displays a lack of understanding of activities different from your own. –Anonymous
Blue Versus White Two writers argue their points of view on separate sides of the same issue. See the debate on page 9 in this issue of The Daily Campus.
This week: “Do critics on Twitter have too loud of a voice?”
» GO TWITTER NATION
Trendings allow for greater range of public conversation
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t’s that little hashtag with the accompanying TV show or film title popping up on the bottom of your screen as you’re watching #TheVoice or #TheWalkingDead. It’s the verified celebrities, like at @ladygaga, or the official twitter accounts for your favorite shows, like @parksandrecnbc. I think this By Victoria Kallsen is wonderStaff Columnist ful, but then again, I’m writing a commentary article; of course, I adore having people reading my opinions, so I adore having a hashtag to relate it to. Isn’t that what Twitter or any social networking site is about, having people forcing to deal with your opinions? Promoting that hashtag and offering critiques aspect is often the only way to get someone to pay attention to the presidential debates (#debates), and has many noted benefits for marketing. Let’s look at how hashtags work for television. What pioneered this trend was the #TrumpRoast watermark during a March 15, 2011 premiere of the Donald Trump roast on Comedy Central, used by 27,000 people in an hour. Seeing the appeal, they heavily promoted #SheenRoast for their following Charlie Sheen roast. This has led to a mass influx of official hashtags for television shows, with probably one of the more prominent examples being “The Walking Dead”. One of the ways that this show appeals to its massive audience, who are only more and more intrigued by the plot complexities as the saga goes on and thus eagerly posting their opinions on twitter, is by offering them the hashtag #TheWalkingDead for conversation in the corner. A more important way that the
show promotes Twitter involvement by its fans is by having entire sections of “Talking Dead” devoted to it. This spinoff is a half-hour live show that follows the encore presentation of The Walking Dead with its host Chris Hardwick and guest stars, who either work on the show or are huge fans, as they discuss the plot of the night’s episode. What is noteworthy is that Hardwick appears in the first commercial break of the Sunday 9 p.m. airing of “The Walking Dead” to give a hashtag related to the episode like #OneLeggedHershel or #TeamPrision. Any questions about the episode’s specific hashtags can be addressed during related “Talking Dead” section. What is the draw for a television show, award show or even UConn campus group to having a social networking account? It’s all for publicity. Saying you get so many tweets per minute during your show or having a trending hashtag is a huge way in measuring your popularity (and getting future advertisers). It’s such a huge deal that Twitter has a guide to this topic on its website. During the presidential debates, there was much speculation over who would have the most tweets about them and at what point tweets would spike. The debate coverage further fed into the hype by live airing tweets regarding the debate (with #debates of course) on the bottom of the screen. Turning to the UConn campus, there is a huge attempt to garner more publicity. It’s why organizations like SUBOG and HuskyTech have social media or marketing chairs who hastily update their Twitter with upcoming events or a “HuskyTech Fact of the Day”. Both are excellent ways to reach out to UConn students and to get them aware of
these services on campus. My opponent will complain that groups are adding fuel to the fire by promoting official hashtags, asking their viewers to follow the judges of “The Voice”, or informing them that Jeff Probst is live tweeting “Survivor” right now. Yet people are already drawn to Twitter. This past February they hit 500 million users, according to Media Bistro. Furthermore, Americans love to complain and critique. They’ve been doing so for centuries, and now we just have more outlets. If you can get people more involved with your show or organization just by making a Twitter account, why not immediately exploit that? It’s all in the name of good promotion, so take advantage of it. Noting the significant number of #lizanddick tweets on my newsfeed critiquing Miss Lohan’s n e w e s t entry in the Downward Spiral Saga this past Monday, my attention was drawn to this concept in the first place. Our society is one that loves to feed off exciting “Walking Dead” revelations, cool SUBOG events and disastrous Lohan acting. We’re gonna tweet about it anyways, so why not benefit from the madness and put a hashtag in the bottom left of your show?
» SLOW DOWN TWEETERS
Hashtags are not a license for everyone to be a critic
hey say bad news travels faster than good news, and though I believe this to be true, a bunch of people complaining about a television show on social network sites hardly counts as news. People love to be By Chynna Davis included, Staff Columnist whether if it’s in the news, having their voice heard over the radio or even just being included in what to choose for dinner. However, nowadays, more and more people are squirming their way into the news world, and they want to be heard. The use of blog sites, Twitter and Facebook has become vastly popular and even highly valued. B u t there’s a point where it gets a little ridiculous. That’s how I feel about some of these television shows inviting open debate about their shows on these social networks. There is a hotly popular show on the American Movie Classics (AMC) channel called “The Walking Dead” that is currently in its third season, and I’ve never seen my Facebook news feed so congested with the same topic since Michael Jackson’s death. I don’t necessarily have a problem with this. People can talk about whatever they
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Staff Columnist Victoria Kallsen is a 2nd-semester mechanical engineering major. She can be reached at Victoria.Kallsen@UConn.edu.
want. But what I don’t like is that this show has a Twitter hash-tag that pops up on the screen during the show that encourages people to go on Twitter and basically complain about what they liked or didn’t like about the episode. The fact that this TV show is encouraging this, in my eyes, isn’t ethical because it is human nature to talk bad about something rather than talk good about it. Even if there are some positive remarks about the show during the show itself, it usually doesn’t contain anything of real importance, just remarks on how much they love the show and they’re so scared and blah, blah, blah. Most of the time, when there is a positive response to an event, there are always other people who just love to criticize that and point out the bad they see in it. Don’t get me wrong, “The Walking Dead” isn’t the only show that provides a hashtag at the bottom corner of its showings, but there are other shows like “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad” and a new show starring Lindsay Lohan called “Liz and Dick” that displays a Twitter hash-tag in the corner of the screen as well. Comedian Dane Cook tweeted about the show “Liz and Dick”, saying, “I just realized Liz & Dick is on. No, I wasn’t watching it, but I can literally smell it.” There is an exception for comedians to blatantly criticize the show, because we as a society look to them for comedic relief. When normal people that have no status whatsoever attempt at these one-punch liners on Twitter, it
can become really annoying. Nick Moscato a relatively unknown Twitter user, tweeted, “Just turned on #LizAndDick after the Walking Dead. The walkers have more charisma and screen presence that Lindsay Lohan.” I would laugh, but who are you again? Everyone is trying so hard to be a comedian nowadays and trying to make their opinion important, but that’s just not how the world works. I don’t appreciate television shows encouraging this internet phenomenon of group conversation with a bunch of strangers about things that don’t matter. Facebook even has a new feature where certain topics will pop up on your news feed under a category of a specific name, almost like a Twitter hash-tag does. In addition to everyone trying to be a comedian, everyone is making it his or her job to be a critic. A lot of people just watch these shows to criticize it and then make snarky scathing Twitter or Facebook statuses. Again, it’s okay if a comedian like Patton Oswalt does it, and he did, because he’s a comedian. The new media feedback trend on social media sites is comedic gold for someone like Oswalt, but everyday people should just stop and get a life.
Staff Columnist Chynna Davis is a 9th-semester photography and journalism dual major. She can be reached at Chynna.Davis@UConn.edu.
» TOTALLY RAD/TOTALLY BAD So much snow. So little class cancellation.
Christmas: T-Minus 25 Days
Looks like we should get cozy in the Big East
Totally saw it coming
A bowl game on the horizon?
What is your favorite Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade float? – By Jon Kulakofsky
“Leonard Nimoy” Alex Shragis, 3rd-semester engineering and physics double major
“Greenland, and then I would rename Greenland Iceland” Kristen Magyar, 7th-semester economics and political science double major
“Mordor, so that Mordor is a real place”
Walker Miller, 3rd-semester biomedical engineering major
Hassan Zaidi, 5th-semester mechanical engineering major
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» MEN'S HOCKEY
Huskies look to continue their hot streak
By Tim Fontenault Staff Writer
The UConn men’s hockey team will be looking to build on its historic sweep over Air Force last weekend when it hosts Canisius in an Atlantic Hockey Association weekend series in Storrs. The Huskies (4-5-1, 3-4-0 AHA), despite the absence of Coach Bruce Marshall due to medical reasons, have won four of their past five games and have shown a marked improvement after starting the season 0-4-1. UConn got its biggest win of the young season last Saturday, when captain Sean Ambrosie netted his third goal of the season 35 seconds into overtime to give UConn a 3-2 win over Air Force, completing a weekend sweep of the Falcons, the first time the Huskies have completed a season sweep of their rival in program history. “I think this is one of those weekends that we might look
back on three months from now and say this was a turning point weekend,” said assistant coach and interim coach David Berard after Saturday’s win. “I think we’ve played really good hockey over the last five games. We’ve strung together games in a row. I think beating this team in this fashion, in the way that we did, will give us a huge amount of confidence going into next week…This weekend’s only good if we take care of the next three games.” The sweep over Air Force also served as revenge for UConn’s early exit from the 2012 AHA Tournament. This weekend, the Huskies will have to prevent Canisius from extacting its own revenge. The Huskies defeated the Golden Griffins in the first round of the tournament. This weekend is also important from a positional standpoint. UConn and Canisius are tied with Robert Morris for sixth place in the AHA, with six points
each. Both Robert Morris and Canisius have a game in hand on the Huskies, so winning both games this weekend would help UConn gain an advantage over both teams. “We expect to have it be a really competitive weekend,” Berard said. “I think they’re going to come in obviously motivated to beat us. We have to continue to play to the way that we’ve played the last five games and hopefully be even better. We don’t want to take any step back. You know, after a big weekend like that, you have to come back with a good effort the next Friday night and that’s what we’re focused on.” Against a team that is as defensively sound as Canisius, who is third in the conference in total goals against, the Huskies must be prepared for a tough, physical weekend that will likely end with two very close results. UConn is no stranger to close games. Four of the first 10 games have been decided by either a
goal or ended in a tie, and in two other games the difference between a one-goal and two-goal game was an empty net goal as a team tried to equalize. For a team that relies heavily on freshmen and sophomores, Berard sees this barrage of close games as a positive thing. “It’s been a big part of our mental psyche, to find a way to finish,” Berard said. “Early in the year, we struggled with that. It was kind of like the same old beat from last year. But more recently, we’ve found a way to finish. I think every time you do that, the guys get more and more confidence that when they’re in that situation again, they’re going to respond the same way and they’re going to find a way to win.” Friday and Saturday’s games will both begin at 7:05 p.m. at the Freitas Ice Forum. The games can be listened to on WHUS, 91.7 FM.
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UConn senior forward Sean Ambrosie hits the puck during a UConn men's hockey game. This weekend, UConn will face Canisius.
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UConn looks to turn it around with win
By Joseph Crisalli Campus Correspondent
Following a 6-1 loss to Quinnipiac University in the Nutmeg Classic, the UConn women’s ice hockey team will look to get back on track against 3-9-2 Vermont in a two game series this weekend. “We have to play for 60 minutes,” Coach Heather Linstad said. “When we’re up that’s a great thing, and we have played well, but we have to build up our intensity and keep them where they’re at.”
In their previous game against Vermont this season, the Huskies fell 5-1. The Catamounts jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period, and held UConn to 23 shots compared to their 41. Sophomore forward Sarah MacDonnell scored the lone goal for the Huskies. UConn had not lost a game to Vermont since before the 2008-09 season. The Huskies were 9-0-2 versus the Catamounts up until their 5-1 loss to them this season. “We waited to see how they
were going to play and they Linstad said the need for took advantage of us,” Linstad holding their own defensively said. “We need to start fast while on the penalty kill is a and get them on their huge key to coming heels and take it to out on top. them.” “We need smart UConn has had line changes, so they trouble keeping the don’t capitalize puck out of the net on power plays,” lately, as they have Linstad said. “Shift allowed 31 goals in after shift, wave their last six games. after wave, every They have surrenline has to play well, dered 10 of those » Preview and we have to cregoals in their last two ate the momentum games, five of which for ourselves, and they have surrendered while we have to get the energy shorthanded. level up so that our players
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Pasqualoni: Cincinnati will be a tough one
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UConn's Nick Williams runs down the field past Pittsburgh defenders during a UConn football game played at Rentschler Field in Hartford. If the Huskies win Saturday, UConn is eligible to play in a bowl game.
from BOWLING, page 12 Then UConn traveled to Louisville to face the Cardinals at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. When the dust settled and overtime was finished, UConn came out on top 23-20. Not only did UConn win, but it was kicker Chad Christen who sealed the victory for the Huskies, bouncing back from UConn’s loss to Temple on Oct. 13 in a game in which he missed four field goals. Now, it’s the last day of November and UConn is a win away from being bowl eligible. Although nothing looks different, everything has changed. The Huskies are still, for the time being, in the Big East, despite all that’s changing around them. Pasqualoni said Tuesday that the conference realignment hasn’t been too big of a distraction for his players. He
said that UConn football just wants to take care of its own business. But he does believe that the dust is going to settle soon. UConn’s defense is still stifling. Despite the statistical anomaly that occurred back on Oct. 19, when UConn gave up 40 points to Syracuse, UConn’s defense is still one of the 20 best units in the country statistically. The Huskies are giving up just over 18 points per game. The Huskies still don’t look good when winning and are sketchy when they have a lead. Even when UConn goes up big early, like the Huskies did against Pittsburgh, it still feels dangerously like the opponent could mount a comeback. Against Louisville, UConn was winning 10-0 going into the fourth quarter. With 3:01 to go, the Cardinals took the ball down 10-3 and were able to score with the little time they had and force overtime.
UConn won, but it wasn’t pretty. The Huskies are still ranked among the worst in the nation in rushing yards per game and the offense is far from what anybody would call “explosive.” Even with all that, here it is. The Huskies have a chance at making a bowl game. Only 9-2, 4-2 Cincinnati stands in the way of a storybook finish for this year’s seniors. Tuesday, Pasqualoni admitted that the Bearcats are dangerous and that the Huskies have their work cut out for them. On defense, the Huskies have the challenge of stopping the talented George Winn, a back who has accumulated over 1,100 yards this season. “This is probably going to be the best all around back that we’ve seen this year,” Pasqualoni said. UConn had better bring its A-game.
play for 60 minutes.” UConn is 1-5 in conference play thus far, with a 3-2 overtime victory against Maine being their lone victory. Freshman forward Michela Cava currently leads the Huskies with 12 points, and is tied with sophomore forward Kayla Campero with 53 total shots taken. The games this weekend will be Vermont’s first contests in almost two weeks, as they finished with a 2-2 tie versus Providence in their last game on Nov. 18. UConn is more than ready
for Vermont this time around, Linstad said. “We’ve got the chance to make changes in our attitude and our approach to the game, we’ve reviewed the film, we know the mistakes that we made, and we have to rectify the mistakes we’ve made against them,” Linstad said. The puck will drop at 1 p.m. on both Saturday Dec. 1, and Sunday Dec. 2 as the Huskies take on the Catamounts.
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What's Next Home game
Dec. 7 Harvard 7 p.m.
Dec. 6 Penn State 7 p.m.
Dec. 17 Maryland Eastern Shore 7 p.m.
Dec. 21 Fordham 7 p.m.
Dec. 29 Washington 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 19 Oakland 7 p.m.
Dec. 22 Hartford 1 p.m.
Dec. 29 Stanford 4 p.m.
Football (5-6) Tomorrow Cincinnati 3:30 p.m.
Men’s Soccer (17-3-1) Dec. 2 - NCAA Quarterfinal Creighton University 1 p.m.
Men’s Track and Field Jan. 5 Winter Opener All Day
Jan. 9 Jan. 10 URI URI Heptathlon Heptathlon All Day All Day
Jan. 18 Jan. 12 Great Dane Yale Invite Classic All Day All Day
Men’s Hockey (4-5-1) Dec. 7 Tomorrow Today 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) Tomorrow 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
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The number of games in which the UConn soccer team has allowed more than one goal in a game.
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Women’s Basketball (6-0) Dec. 3 Maryland 7 p.m.
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MIAMI (AP) -- The San Antonio Spurs will be punished by the NBA for their decision to send four top players home and not make them available to play in Miami against the Heat on Thursday night. San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said the decision to rest Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green - the core of the Spurs - was in the team’s best interest. The league wasn’t happy about it, and Commissioner David Stern promised that San Antonio would be penalized. ‘’I apologize to all NBA fans,’’ Stern said. ‘’This was an unacceptable decision by the San Antonio Spurs and substantial sanctions will be forthcoming.’’ Stern’s statement was released roughly the same time as tip-off in Miami for a nationally televised game. Before the game, Popovich said he decided to sit his core when he saw how challenging this particular part of the schedule was for his team. Thursday’s matchup ended a six-games-in-ninenights swing for the Spurs, who won their first five on the trip. ‘’Everybody has to make decisions about their schedule, about players playing and back-tobacks and trips and that sort of thing,’’ Popovich said before the game. ‘’In our case, this month we’ve had 11 away games, after tonight. We’ve had an eight-day trip and a 10-day trip, and we’re ending it with four (games) in five nights here. I think it’d be unwise to be playing our guys in that kind of a situation, given their history.’’ It’s not unlike other moves Popovich has made before; in fact, not only did he give Duncan, Parker and Ginobili time off together toward the end of last season, which was condensed by a lockout, he actually flew home to San Antonio with them and took a two-game, pre-playoff sabbatical. This time, when Duncan, Parker, Ginobili and Green flew home - reportedly on a Southwest Airlines flight on Thursday from Orlando, where the team played one night earlier - Popovich stayed with the Spurs for the trip to Miami. Duncan is in his 16th NBA season, Parker his 12th and Ginobili his 11th. Green is a kid compared to those guys - 25 years old and a veteran of only 110 NBA games - but Popovich said he chose to rest him as well because Green has played a lot. Green leads the Spurs with 496 minutes played this season, which was 44th-most in the NBA entering Thursday’s games. The Spurs aren’t expected to practice Friday, then they face Memphis on Saturday in San Antonio. ‘’Perhaps it’ll give us an opportunity to stay on the court with Memphis on Saturday night,’’ Popovich said. ‘’Historically, when you’re on a long road trip, that first game when you come home is really tough. And Memphis is one of the AP best teams in the league. They’re of much more Connecticut’s Ryan Boatright drives against New Hampshire during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game concern to us than playing four games in five in Hartford, Conn. nights. It’s pretty logical.’’ Colin Kaepernick
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UConn one win away from College Cup
By Tim Fontenault Staff Writer The UConn men’s soccer team will be looking to earn its first trip to the College Cup in 12 years when it hosts Creighton in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament Sunday at Morrone Stadium in Storrs. The Huskies (17-3-1), the No. 4 overall seed in the tournament, were put to the test in the third round last Sunday against No. 13 New Mexico. The Lobos took a 1-0 lead in the first half and defended that lead for most of the second half. UConn’s leading goal scorer, Mamadou Doudou Diouf, tied the match with 14 minutes to play, heading in his 15th goal of the season. In overtime, freshman Nicholas Zuniga netted his first career goal, getting on the end of a through-ball from senior captain Carlos Alvarez, poking the ball just out of the reach of New Mexico goalkeeper Victor Rodriguez to send UConn into the quarterfinals. The Huskies are in the final eight for the second straight season. In 2011, UConn was eliminated from the tournament by way of a penalty kick shootout against Charlotte at Morrone Stadium.
The Huskies have been eliminated from the NCAA Tournament by penalty kicks three years in a row. The only thing separating UConn from an elusive spot in the College Cup is a rematch from the 2008 NCAA Tournament against the Creighton Blue Jays. The Blue Jays, the No. 12 seed in the tournament are looking to reach the College Cup for the second straight season. After defeating Michigan in the second round, Creighton pulled one of the shockers of the third round, defeating No. 5 Akron, one of the major favorites to win the national championship, in a penalty kick shootout. Freshman goalkeeper Jeff Gal will lead Creighton defensively. Despite splitting time with sophomore Alex Bolowich during the season, Gal has emerged as the No. 1 keeper in the NCAA Tournament. Against the Zips, he made eight saves, including on a penalty kick in the first period of overtime. Creighton will be without defender Jose Ribas. Ribas was sent off in Sunday’s win over Akron after picking up his second yellow card of the match. Creighton only put one shot on net against Akron, but it resulted in a goal. UConn will need to rely on the continued
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UConn junior Mamadou Doudou Diouf kicks the ball during a UConn soccer match against Villanova played at Morrone Stadium.
strong play of defenders Flo Liu, Max Wasserman, Sergio Campbell and Michael Mercado, as well as goalkeeper Andre Blake. UConn has only allowed more than one goal in a season one time this season, in a 3-2 loss to Marquette. The Huskies are third in the nation in goals against average, allowing only .51 goals per game, which could prove to be an issue for Creighton’s 39th-ranked offense, which has
scored 1.73 goals per game. UConn and Creighton have not played each other since Nov. 29, 2008, when the Blue Jays defeated the Huskies 2-1 in overtime of a third round game in the NCAA Tournament. Sunday’s match kicks off at 1 p.m. at Morrone Stadium and can be heard live on WHUS, 91. 7 FM.
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Club hockey takes the ice
Friday, November 30, 2012
BOWLING FOR A CHANCE UConn needs win to be bowl-eligible
By Jack Mitchell Campus Correspondent The UConn men’s club ice hockey team has a pair of games on its end of the week slate, with one tonight against Northeastern and another tomorrow evening versus Boston University. The Huskies, through 14 games, hold a record of 12-2-0, putting them in a tie for second place in the Northeast Collegiate Hockey Association standings. The puck for the Northeastern game will drop at 8:30 p.m, and UConn will take on BU at 9 p.m. on Saturday. “Both games will be a battle,” first year Head Coach Chris Myers said. “Northeastern has a very good record and are ranked fifth in our region, so they will be a nice test for us. If we stay out of the box and play five-onfive hockey, I think we have a good chance.” UConn’s first offensive line has been a well-oiled scoring machine all season long. Forwards Miles Winter (22 points), Paul Cinquegrana (19 points), and Rui Encarnacao (18 points) have led the way for the Huskies in terms of putting pucks in the net, and each have played a key role in the Huskies’ success. “Our top line has contributed the most this season,” Myers said. “Miles, Paul, and Rui are all having great years. I’ve also been impressed with the play of Brian Sarosky as well.” While UConn has dominated the first half of its schedule, the road will not be getting easier any time soon. The Huskies still have a number of away games and matchups with tough teams yet to come, but Coach Myers is confident in the overall ability of his precocious young team. “We’re a great transition team,” Myers said. “We have a lot of skilled defensemen and forwards which allows us to attack on the rush. We also do a great job winning battles in the offensive zone corners, which leads to a lot of scoring opportunities.” The Huskies will square off against Central Connecticut on Dec. 8, their final game prior to the winter break. The UConn women’s club polo team has its sixth match of the season this Sunday. The team will take on Skidmore College at Horsebarn Hill Arena at 1 p.m. The team, coached by Jon Nicholson, currently holds a record of 1-4. Two of the losses come by just one point each. The season is meeting expectations with both the men’s and women’s teams,” Coach Nicholson said. “Both teams play hard and are dedicated. They are both gaining in experience and they are continuing to learn the game.” In what has been a developmental year, Nicholson has been impressed with the performance and continued improvement of a handful of his players. “Nora Young has continued to lead the women’s team in scoring and overall play,” Nicholson said. “Three other women’s players – Kara Googins, Audriana Finny, and Emily Anyzeski – all have shown tremendous growth. All except Nora are first year players.” This Sunday will be the women’s polo team’s last matchup prior to the winter break. Both the men’s and women’s teams will resume play in late January.
By Dan Agabiti Sports Editor
Many thought UConn’s season would not come to this. It was all but assumed — especially by UConn fans themselves — that the Huskies were dead in the water. Back on Oct. 19, the Huskies were manhandled in every way possible by the Syracuse Orange over in the Carrier Dome. The loss put UConn at 3-5 on the year and the Huskies needed to win three out of 8-3, 4-2 their next four games to make a bowl game. The rest of the schedule looked daunting. Of the teams UConn was yet to play, the list included Pittsburgh at home, Louisville on the road and Cincinnati at home. 5-6, 2-4 Only the South Florida Sat., 3:30, SNY game on Nov. 3 down in looked easily winRentschler Field, Tampa nable. Hartford, Conn. The Huskies lost 13-6. Things were sliding downhill quickly. UConn needed three wins in as many games just to reach .500 and make a bowl game, but the offense didn’t show any signs of life. Many were calling for coach Paul Pasqualoni and offensive coordinator George DeLeone’s jobs. What a difference a month makes. The Huskies crushed Pittsburgh in the first half, and despite a sloppy second half, beat the Panthers 24-17.
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UConn cornerback Dwayne Gratz makes a tackle against Pittsburgh during a UConn football game played at Rentschler Field in Hartford.
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Huskies win close one against Wildcats By Thomas Souhlaris Staff Writer It certainly won’t be remembered as one of the prettiest games the UConn men’s basketball team will play this season, but Coach Kevin Ollie doesn’t feel remorseful that the Huskies were able to escape the XL Center with a victory last night against the University of New Hampshire, 61-53. “I’m not going to have a pity party, that’s not who I am,” Ollie said following the victory. “We got a good win and I’m not going to apologize for it.” UConn (6-1) struggled
mightily shooting the ball against UNH, going 21-57 (36.8 percent) from the floor. The Huskies also failed to match their long-range barrage from their previous game against Stony Brook, as the team shot 1-14 from distance, with junior guard Shabazz Napier knocking down the team’s lone three in the second half. Sophomore guard Ryan Boatright led the team with 19 points, while freshman guard Omar Calhoun chipped in with 16 points and eight rebounds. Ollie expressed disappointment in the team’s shot selection. “We didn’t make shots today, and they were contested shots,” Ollie said. “They weren’t the clean shots we were getting off good penetra-
tion in the Stony Brook game. But at the end of the day we made enough plays [to win].” Luckily for UConn, UNH (2-4) was even more of an offensive disaster. The Wildcats went 19-62 (30.6 percent) from the field in the game, and missed nearly half of their free throws (8-14). UNH’s sole offensive bright spot was center Chris Pelcher, who scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to net a double-double. Shooting woes aside, the Wildcats didn’t falter and were within two possessions for a majority of the game. After a beautiful bounce pass from Boatright led to a reverse layup by junior forward Tyler Olander to put the Huskies up 46-40 with six minutes left in the game, the Wildcats bounced back via a Ferg Myrick three-pointer to make it a one-possession game.
The Huskies then went on an 11-3 run in the next fourand-a-half minutes, capped by a Calhoun three-point play to give UConn a 57-46 lead with just 1:42 remaining on the clock. It appeared to be the dagger the Huskies desperately needed, and some of Husky supporters even started making their way toward the exits. The Wildcats clawed their way back, however. Pelcher hit two free throws, then UNH forced a turnover on the ensuing inbounds play that led to a Jordon Bronner triple from the right corner with 1:22 left. UConn turned the ball over on their next possession on a shot-clock violation and Pelcher made an uncontested layup out of the UNH’s halfcourt set to bring the score to 57-53 with just 36 seconds left. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, time was not on
their side. UNH was forced to foul Boatright on UConn’s next inbounds. Boatright knocked down both of his free throws. UNH had a chance to bring the game closer, but was unable to convert late free throws and contested jump shots. Calhoun sealed the victory, swishing two from the charity stripe with 21 seconds on the clock. “We’re going to get everybody’s best game, and they came out and performed,” Ollie said about UNH. “Our guys didn’t perform the way we wanted to perform, but we came out with the win.” UConn’s next game will be next Tuesday against the No. 19 NC State Wolfpack in the annual Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
It wasn’t pretty, but UConn pulls out the win By Peter Logue Staff Writer That is the sentiment echoed by Coach Kevin Ollie and the UConn men’s basketball team after a night in which they were far colder than the bitter air surrounding the XL Center. The Huskies shot 1-14 from behind the three-point line, but were able to get enough stops to fend off the upset-minded New Hampshire Wildcats and hang on for the 61-53 victory. Fortunately for UConn and their dismal shooting night, UNH was even worse, knocking down only 30.6 percent of their shots from the field and falling to 2-4. They had previously lost to Bryant, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Holy Cross,
and Coach Bill Herrion knew season long and were withthat his team missed an oppor- out their leading rebounder, tunity to erase all of that Tyler Olander, for much of with what would have been the game as he was plagued a resounding with foul trouble. upset. Despite only 16 min“For a team utes from Olander, at our level to UConn succeeded in beat a team outrebounding UNH of this level, by a margin of 43-40. you need some “I like [Calhoun’s] guys to step rebounding, and that up and make is how he is going shots,” said to stay on the court,” Notebook Herrion. “We said Ollie on playjust didn’t ing Calhoun for 38 make that big shot that we minutes. “I like his aggresneeded.” siveness, I like him getting For the Huskies, freshman 16 points and getting to the Omar Calhoun was impres- free throw line. He still has sive yet again, scoring 16 to play a lot better, though, points and, more impor- because the competition in tantly to Ollie, pulling down the Big East, as everyone eight rebounds. UConn has knows, is tough.” struggled on the glass all In addition to Calhoun’s
16, UConn benefitted from 19 from Ryan Boatright, who led the team in scoring on 5-10 shooting from the field and 9-11 from the free throw line. The two guards helped to compensate for an off night from fellow backcourt mate Shabazz Napier, who entered the game averaging 20.2 points but was held to just 5 on Thursday night on 2-9 shooting. Despite his lackluster statistics, Napier and the rest of the team were able to make plays down the stretch to hold off a lategame surge by UNH. “My guys didn’t perform the way that we wanted them to perform, but we found a way to get the win,” said Ollie. “Our point guards have to do a better job, I have to do a better job as a coach, our
coaching staff has to do a better job, and we all are going to get better. I’m not going to have a pity party, because that’s not who I am. We got the win and I’m not going to apologize for it.” The Huskies will need a much more impressive night shooting the basketball when they are next in action on Tuesday night. In one of the most highly anticipated contests of their schedule, the Huskies will be travelling to Madison Square Garden to take on North Carolina State as part of the Jimmy V Classic. That game starts at 9 p.m.