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All Dems. win in Mansfield Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Chair of Democratic Town Committee called victory before results were in Voters in Mansfield headed to the polls across town on Tuesday to choose who should run the town for the next two years. Just hours after voting ended, town registrar officials were able to determine that every Democratic candidate won for each position on the ballot. Mark LaPlaca, chair of the Mansfield Democratic Town Committee and an incumbent candidate who won re-election on the town’s Board of Education Tuesday night, sent out an email confirming a victory before officials results were in. The email declared “All Dem[ocratic] candidates have
won and won handily! Official results will be available soon, but not a single Republican finished ahead of any Democrat.”
In the email, LaPlaca ended by thanking all their supporters “for all your hard work.” He later said at the town hall
as the official results were counted that they based their unofficial numbers on counts
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut’s fundraising organization has paid $660,000 in cash to buy a house in Hartford for university President Susan Herbst’s occasional use to court donors and conduct business, it said Tuesday. The UConn Foundation said it raised $750,000 from donors who contributed specifically to help buy the house. The purchase was endorsed by the university’s Board of Trustees, which has instructed Herbst to focus a “substantial amount of her time and energy” on working with the foundation to increase
private giving to the university, the foundation said in a statement. No money designated for student, faculty, academic or other support at the university will be used for owning and maintaining the residence, the foundation said. The foundation will continue to raise money to build for a permanent funding source to cover annual operating costs, which foundation spokesman Arthur Sorrentino estimated at about $40,000 a year. Herbst may spend about six nights a month at the house depending on her schedule, he said. She and her family live in the president’s house near the school’s flagship
Storrs campus. The seller was a former insurance company executive, according to The Hartford Courant, which first reported on the house Tuesday. Buying the home, described by the newspaper as a 12-room, 87-year-old house in Hartford’s upscale west end, also will establish a greater presence in Connecticut’s capital city that the foundation expects will strengthen community relations. UConn is leaving its West Hartford campus and is set to re-establish a downtown presence in 2016 or 2017.
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Foundation buys Hartford house for Pres. Herbst
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The UConn Foundation bought a $660,000 house for President Susan Herbst to host donors and conduct business
Student hosts resume building seminar
Bill de Blasio elected mayor of New York; first Democrat to win since the 1980s
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Pres. Council of Foreign Affairs holds call for students
Dr. Richard N. Haass spoke about his “American Grand Strategy” on foreign policy to UConn and other colleges/universities across the United States Tuesday afternoon. Haass, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, gave a short lecture then fielded questions from students and faculty relating to United States foreign policy. The Council on Foreign Relations, or CFR, is a nonpartisan think tank. Members range from journalists, such as Fareed Zakaria, to former government officials, like Madeleine Albright. Member and journalist Brian Williams calls it: “A repository, a reference shelf, on everything going on in the world.” One of CFR’s goals is to engage a younger generation,
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Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio embraces his daughter Chiara as he talks to the media after voting, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 in the Park Slope neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York. His son Dante is at left. De Blasio ran against Republican candidate Joseph Lhota.
Approximately 100 students learned how to blow employers away with effective resumes at a seminar held by the Center for Career Development last night. Hosted by Peer Career Advisor Samuel Weil, a 7thsemester finance major, the seminar covered topics including proper formatting, strong objectives and relevant skills. “A resume is really just a marketing tool to highlight what skills you have,” said Weil. “If your resume doesn’t look good no employer is going to take you as a candidate.” Weil stressed the importance of keeping a resume professional, from using consistent formatting throughout the resume to listing an appropriate email address that doesn’t contain drug, sex or alcohol references.
Students were told to write their objective in the following format: “Seeking a (position description or title) position in (field, industry or company) utilizing (three transferable skills).” Transferable skills, sometimes known as soft skills, are skills that can be transferred from one type of career to another. They include communication, leadership and teamwork, as well as analytical, organizational and innovative skills. Students looked at examples of objectives and improved them by ensuring that they weren’t too vague, and that they listed what the applicant could bring to a job rather than what he or she wanted from a job. A good, non-specific objective for a job fair would be something like the following: “Seeking an internship in the field of engineering, demon-
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What’s going on at UConn today... Screening of The Celluloid Closet 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. SU 403 Based on Vito Russo’s groundbreaking 1981 work of film history, The Celluloid Closet gathers clips from dozens of mainstream Hollywood films to illustrate how the movies have dealt explicitly and implicitly with gay and lesbian themes.
Internship Search Boot Camp 5:30 - 7 p.m. BUSN 211 In this 90-minute Internship Search Boot Camp, you will be introduced to an internship search framework that will help you approach your search in a strategic manner.
NYC Alumni Networking and Dean’s Reception 6 - 8:30 p.m. New York, NY The University of Connecticut School of Business cordially invites you to attend the School’s alumni networking reception in Manhattan hosted by Ian S. Bradley ‘95 MBA, ‘97 JD, Partner and Americas Director of Quantitative Services at EY
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strating strong analytical, organizational and problem solving skills.” Weil also went over the specifics of education listings. He advised students not to list their GPAs if they are below a 3.0, and to only include impressive high school information if the students are freshman or sophomores. He also recommended that students list relevant 2000level or above coursework, study abroad experience and a thesis title. Weil suggested that students list computer, language and laboratory skills, as well as CPR or First Aid certifications, but that they do so only if they are very confident in those skills. Under experience, Weil said that students should use bullet points to highlight certain successes. These statements should begin with strong active verbs.
“You want to articulate yourself in a way that says not only what you did but what skills you used,” said Weil. Students should aim to answer three questions: What did you do? How did you go about completing it? For what purpose did you do it? Weil said that students should use specific data when possible. “It shows a really tangible, physical result,” said Weil. Weil advised against using templates, as they often look really obvious to employers and can distort content when being emailed or submitted online. Undergraduate students should have various versions of a one-page resume, and each resume they submit should be tailored to a specific position and employer. Lastly, Weil reminded students that they needed to proofread their resumes and encouraged them to have their
resumes critiqued by the Center for Career Development, located in room 201 in Wilbur Cross. Resume critiques generally take 20 minutes, and are offered from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students can also use firstcome, first-serve individual appointments with CCD to receive advice about choosing a major, searching for a job, and having a successful internship. Tonight, CCD will host an internship search bootcamp at 5:30 p.m. in Room 211 in the School of Business. Tomorrow night, CCD will host an interview preparation seminar at 5 p.m. in Laurel Hall Room 302. Both events are open to students from all colleges on campus. For more information about CCD events or services, visit career.uconn.edu.
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Approximately 100 students attended the resume building seminar offered by the Center for Career Development.
Dining halls plan for Nov. themed meals and specials
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On Tuesday, the Undergraduate Student Government hosted a hot chocolate station on Fairfield Way to promote same-day voter registration.
In the cold, dark month of November, themed meals are a fun way for students to break their monotonous routines and try something new. November is full of themed meals, beginning with tomorrow’s Happy ThanksVegan Dinner at Whitney Dining Hall. This annual feast will feature maple baked acorn squash, vegan bread stuffing with cranberries and apples, vegan pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, hot mulled cider and of course a winter-spiced vegan cutlet with vegan herb gravy. McMahon Dining Hall will also be switching things up tomorrow with a S’Mores Bar. According to Dining Services assistant director Mike White, the s’mores bar is more of a “monotony breaker” than a themed meal. Before each semester, every dining hall plans three theme meals or monotony breakers. However, not every theme meal
or monotony breaker is planned by Dining Services. On Nov. 20, the Nutrition Club will be hosting a yogurt bar during lunch in North Campus Dining Hall. They will be serving vanilla and strawberry yogurt, accompanied by blueberries, strawberries and nut-free granola. For students who are pining for a taste of New York City, Gelfenbein Commons will host a “Men in Black”/New York Food Truck Dinner on Nov. 14. This idea was inspired by Gelfenbein’s spaceship-like appearance, as well as the growing popularity of food trucks. Each food station in Gelfenbein will be set up as a New York Citystyled food truck. Among these food trucks are “Asian Persuasion,” which will offer spring rolls and Asian noodle salad, “Eat like a Greek at Efstratios!,” which will serve spanakopita and pork souvlaki, and “Shlimiels on Wheels,” where students can pick up a hot pastrami on rye or Kosher pickles.
Many students welcome these themed dinners and monotony breakers as a chance to break out of their routines. “I think they’re awesome,” said 1st-semester nursing major Gabby Young. “They give us a chance to try new things, and they help us get into the fall season.” Students especially enjoy holiday dinners. “They make me feel like I’m part of a family here,” said 1st-semester computer science major Aaron Huang. Although theme dinners are often the brainchildren of dining services, White says that they can also form from collaborations with hall directors, residence assistants or any students with good ideas. These ideas can come from holidays, current events or trends. Students with fun ideas for themed dinners or monotony breakers can send their ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CCSU defends lockdown set off by costume
HARTFORD(AP) — Officials at Central Connecticut State University on Tuesday defended the police and school response to reports of a masked man with a gun and sword a day earlier, when law enforcement swarmed the campus and buildings were locked down for three hours. The man turned out to be a student dressed in an apparent Halloween costume and carrying a steel sword and a BB handgun, police and school officials said. No one was harmed, but many people were frightened, they said. Classes resumed Tuesday at the school in New Britain, about eight miles southwest of Hartford, and counseling was offered. Campus police said the student, 21-year-old David Kyem, was arrested for a second time on Tuesday because he was found on campus after being warned not to return until meeting with school officials.
University President Jack Miller said in a statement Tuesday that the responses to Monday’s reports were appropriate. “All potential threats must be taken very seriously, and the response must be a reaction to worst-case scenarios,” Miller said. “Behavior that causes widespread fear among our students and staff cannot and will not be tolerated.” Kyem, a senior from Newington, set off the chain of events while walking on campus wearing a mask, a sword strapped to his back, camouflage pants, a black-hooded sweatshirt and a black vest with what appeared to be a handgun sticking out of a pocket, police said. Local, state and federal authorities responded to several 911 calls about a masked and armed man. Authorities sent in SWAT teams and police dogs
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while a state police helicopter flew overhead. Kyem, whose father is a geography professor at the university, was charged with breach of peace and posted bail Monday. He didn’t return a phone message Tuesday, and it wasn’t clear if he has a lawyer. Peter Kyem said his son had attended a party at the University of Connecticut for three days without a change of clothes and returned to campus Monday still wearing his costume. “He made a stupid mistake,” Peter Kyem said Tuesday. “I don’t blame the police for what they did. They did what they had to do.” After Kyem’s arrest Tuesday, he was charged with criminal trespassing, and told to appear for court Nov. 14. Kyem was already facing a hearing on a breach of peace charge related to Monday’s commotion.
In this Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 photo provided by Central Connecticut State University senior David Kyem, 21, son of CCSU geography professor Peter Kyem is seen outside a campus building in New Britain, Conn.
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and they’ve been attempting to do that through their conference call series. According to CFR’s website, “CFR’s Academic Conference Call series provides students the opportunity to interact with a CFR fellow, Foreign Affairs author, or another expert in an hour long teleconferenced discussion. Calls take place every other week during each semester and are dedicated to different topics related to international affairs and U.S. foreign policy.” Haas has been CFR president since 2003, written numerous novels, and was the Director of Policy Planning at the State Department as well as the principal advisor to former secretary of state Colin Powell. Haas began the call by defining three aspects of American policy abroad, these being “grand strategy,” “foreign policy,” and “national security.” A grand strategy is what is put into place to promote national security, both beyond domestic borders and within them. Foreign policy is simply what a country does abroad. National security encompasses foreign policy, but it is much bigger. It is also what a country does at home, involving economics, society, education, and infrastructure. The grand strategy outlined by Haass is a careful, nuanced, and sensible one. Haass believes that the United States has the necessity of focusing on the domestic side of the coin. He cites a lack of economic growth, which is now at half the rate of the post WWII era, and he points out that the United States is: “no longer setting an example of a functioning political system at home.” To compound the need to address these domestic difficulties, Haass reasons that there is currently no international power that constitutes an existential threat to the United States. While Haas thinks “we need to spend a little bit more time and energy here at home,” he is not an isolationist. He qualifies his beliefs by saying that the United States should dial down involvement in the Middle East, but should not cease it entirely. In fact, he is of the opinion that there should be a small troop deployment in both Iraq and Afghanistan, despite the fact that this is not the case. Haas believes that the U.S. should not promote democracy in places such as the Middle East, saying that the country no longer has the resources or moral backbone to do so, and adding
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The photo above shows the president of the Council of Foreign Affairs, Richard Haass, who held a conference call on Tuesday for colleges and universities as part of a goal to educate younger generations.
that the United States should be more “humble” about what it can do in that realm. Instead, he urges that the U.S. focuses on the Asia-Pacific region, which, he says, is where “much of 21st century history will be written.” He also believes the U.S. should strengthen relations with Canada and Mexico, noting that there is potential to both accelerate growth and improve the quality of life with added attention on those three countries. After speaking for fifteen minutes, the floor was opened to questions from different schools, including Carnegie Mellon University, Penn State University, Texas A&M University, Tuskegee University, the University of Kentucky, and others. Topics included foreign aid, an intellectual grappling with international moral responsibility, and the inefficient and ineffective bureaucracy the United States has in place that deals with matters of foreign policy. As with most aspects of policy, Haass has a thoughtful and
a grand strategy, his answer was surprising. “I apologize, but this is going to be a disillusioning answer,” Haass said “We don’t have a construct or doctrine in place, and have not since the Cold War. We are not consistent… There is no place in the U.S. government where the two sides of the national security coin come together. Most parts of American national security are decided in compartments: Economic policy worked is out in one place, defense in another, and etcetera.” In that same vein, Haass mentioned that: “A lot of universities need to think about how they organize themselves. Universities are organized in departments, but the world isn’t.” Haass emphasized a need to “step outside your discipline.” The call ended with a statement from Haass applauding the people listening to him. “The mere fact that you’re on the call…I’m not worried about the future.”
centered stance on foreign aid. While he thinks it is important, and even necessary in certain locations, he admits that it can sometimes backfire. He also mentions its relatively small role in U.S. economic and foreign policy ventures. When a student from Tuskegee University asked if the U.S. can focus on cultural and ideological differences in other countries, Haass posed an invigorating hypothetical situation. What if the United States was dealing with a country in hopes that it would help target and eliminate its terrorism, but that same country has reprehensible child marriage customs? There is a tradeoff in this situation that is difficult to find an answer to. “There are certain principles and human rights that ought to be universal,” Haass said, “but there are things to consider, like what cost are you willing to bear?” When a faculty member of George Washington University asked Haass to address the process at which the U.S. arrives at
ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie was re-elected with ease Tuesday, demonstrating the kind of broad, bipartisan appeal that will serve as his opening argument should he seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. With 83 percent of precincts reporting, Christie had 60 percent of the vote to Democratic state Sen. Barbara Buono’s 39 percent, putting him en route to become the first Republican in a quartercentury to receive more than 50 percent of the New Jersey vote. This, in a state that President Barack Obama carried a year ago by more than 17 points, his biggest margin in the nation. “Thank you, New Jersey, for making me the luckiest guy in the
world,” Christie said in a victory speech late Tuesday in the shore town of Asbury Park. After a campaign that centered more on his record and personality than his agenda for a second term, he told supporters that he has big plans for education reform and tax cuts, among other issues. “I did not seek a second term to do small things,” he said. “I sought a second term to finish the job. Now watch me do it.” Buono told supporters in her hometown of Metuchen, on the fringes of the New York area, shortly after polls closed that she had called Christie to congratulate him. She noted they had their differences but added, “when it comes down to it, we’re
from each of the four voting districts but did not include absentee ballots or electionday registration. As results came in, the anticipation was that Democrats would maintain a majority on the town council. For at least two decades, Mansfield Democrats have been able to continuously win each election. LaPlaca said the results confirm “our belief that that residents in town...have again expressed their support for Democratic leadership” on every council and commission in town. The town council candidates who received the most votes -- all Democrats -- in numerical order are Alex Marcellino (1647), William Ryan (1661), Paul Shapiro (1649), Peter Kochenburger (1617), Elizabeth “Betsy” Paterson (1558) and Toni Moran (1570). Paterson, who is currently the mayor of Mansfield, said she thinks the results validate what Democrats do and what they’ll continue to do in town which includes “continue to support the downtown project...continue to support education and quality of life in the town of Mansfield.” Since the town council is nine seats and allows for a 3 seat minority representation, the three Republicans
who won the most votes were also elected to the town council. These three are Virginia Raymond (1373), Stephen Kegler (1330) and Betty Wassmundt (1311). Tony Lent, Mansfield Republican Town Committee chair, said he is “disappointed that we didn’t take over the [town] council but we’re... pleased that our vote increased over previous years.” Besides the town council, other positions Democrats won were on the Mansfield Board of Education, Regional School District Board of Education, Planning & Zoning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals and Board of Assessment Appeals. A new effort for elections that went into place on Tuesday, known as same- or election-day registration (EDR), allows for residents to register on Election Day and subsequently vote afterwards. Andrea Epling, the Mansfield Democratic Registrar of Voters, said they began EDR this year to test it for any flaws before the upcoming 2014 midterm elections. Epling said she thought “it went pretty smoothly.” In total, there were 42 people the registered and then voted on Election Day. Of those, it is estimated that upwards of 20 or more were UConn students.
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42 people registered to vote on Tuesday; upwards of 20 of them were UConn students.
Chris Christie re-elected governor of New Jersey
Republican incumbent New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie answers a question after he voted in Mendham Township, N.J., Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. Christie is facing Democratic challenger Barbara Buono in Tuesday’s election.
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just two parents who want to see the best for our children’s future.” Christie performed strongly across the political spectrum. Interviews with voters as they left polling places found Christie re-elected with broad support among whites, independents, moderates, voters over 40 and those opposing the health care law, among others. He did well among groups that typically lean Democratic, carrying a majority of women and splitting Hispanics with Buono. And Christie improved on his share of the vote among blacks in 2009 by more than 10 percentage points. The interviews were conducted for the AP and televi-
sion networks ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and Fox News by Edison Research. Backed by soaring approval ratings for his leadership after Superstorm Sandy, the tell-itlike-it-is governor built a winning coalition by aggressively courting constituencies that often shun the GOP: minorities, women and even Democrats, who outnumber Republicans among registered voters by more than 3 to 2. Christie, who is openly considering running for president, has said his success offers a template for broadening the GOP’s appeal after the disastrous 2012 election cycle and the party’s record-low approval ratings following the recent government shutdown.
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United Nations will cooperate on asteroid warning system
he United Nations General Assembly gave the green light to initiate a program to eliminate a dire threat to humankind the last week. The program was initiated to defend the earth from oncoming catastrophic asteroids. According Discovery News, the United Nations is in its early stages to set up an “International Asteroid Warning Group.” This collaborative program coordinates data from member nations. Information about hazardous space rocks would be gathered and a plan to intercept them would be directed to at least cripple the incoming asteroid, according the United Nations. This plan, however, is due to be formally adopted as a resolution by the Generally Assembly in November. This International Asteroid Warning Group is made up of scientists, observatories and space agencies across the globe. When an asteroid is deemed a threat, scientists from different countries and agencies would work together to formulate a plan to eliminate catastrophe, according to the L.A. Times. According to Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Schweickart, currently the only method of responding to an asteroid threat is to detect it early and alter its orbit enough to miss the planet However, there are several hypothetical methods to alter an asteroid’s orbit, such as robots, rockets and gravity tractors. According to National Public Radio, the international asteroid warning group would attempt to deflect the asteroid by utilizing a fleet of robot spacecraft to intercept and slam into the asteroid. By slamming into the object, the projected orbit of the asteroid would shift, in hopes of missing planet Earth. This program, however, comes with a hefty price tag, estimated to be around $2.5 billion, which includes the “kamikaze robots.” However, this price tag would be shared mutually by member nations. The objective of this program is not to search for monstrous asteroids, like that in the movie “Armageddon”, in which an asteroid the size of Texas was headed towards Earth; instead, it’s the smaller asteroids the United Nations is worried about. According to NPR, it is asteroids larger than 490 feet across have the potential create catastrophic damage. Asteroids of such size are able to pass through the earth’s atmosphere, and still have devastating consequences. The initiation of this new program comes after a meteorite hit Chelyabinsk in Russia during the summer, resulting in over 1,000 injuries and over $30 million in damages. It was estimated that this space rock was only a mere 60 feet in diameter, according to NASA.
A dissent of American exceptionalism
he phrase “Dissent is the highest form of patriotism” is often attributed to Thomas Jefferson, but no one truly knows where it came from. Regardless of its origin, the sentiment of the statement is what truly stands out and is something that we don’t find often enough in our own country. Since its founding, America has always had a notion of exceptionalism from the image of “the city on the hill” to our current efforts to be the leader and role model for the rest of the world. We see ourselves as world leaders and as having qualities that not only By Kayvon Ghoreshi make us different than other Commentary Editor nations, but also make us a sort of indispensable nation. While this nationalism is great, it can also be harmful. By spending all of our time being so star-spangled awesome, it becomes much easier to push our shortcomings under the rug. As we saw in last year’s presidential election, candidates loved to talk about the greatness of America, particularly, to quote Herman Cain, “having the biggest, baddest, greatest military on the planet.” It is true that the United States has the largest military in the world, but is that what should define a country’s greatness? In education, we are woefully inadequate compared to other developed countries. According to the Pearson glob-
al report, the United States is 17th among developed countries in education, ranking behind the likes of Finland, Germany, the UK, and Poland among other countries. American students also didn’t fare better individually in math, science or reading in the last worldwide evaluation of students’ performance. According to NBC, the U.S. placed 25th, 17, and 14 respectively. Even some of the quintessential ideas of American excpetionalism, such as the “American dream” and being able to climb the social ladder are no longer something to put on a pedestal. According to The New York Times, 42 percent of American men raised in the bottom fifth of incomes stay there as adults. This is significantly higher compared to countries like Britain (30 percent) and Denmark (25 percent). In Canada, 16 percent of men raised in the bottom tenth of incomes and 18 percent raised in the top tenth stay in that income bracket as adults, as opposed to 22 percent and 26 percent of Americans respectively. While we like to think of ourselves as the best place for social mobility and pulling yourself up by your bootstraps, reality shows that it isn’t quite that easy. Education and social mobility aren’t the only places America tends to drop the ball. According to The Atlantic, we are 37th in infant mortality, 61st in environmental performance, 37th in life expectancy, and even just 15th in “happiness.” If you also factor in obesity, gun violence and the wealth of other issues, it’s hard to argue that America is number one outside the scope of military spending. American exceptionalism also contributes to somewhat of a double standard when interacting with other countries. Look at the current outing of spying on
countries like Germany and France or even our criticized use of drone strikes. If the tables were turned and another country was heavily spying on us or sending unmanned drones into our borders we would likely be up in arms. But from our perspective, we are the exception to the rule. We also tend to hinder learning from other countries’ actions. Australia passed sweeping gun control reforms in response to a mass shooting and hasn’t had one since. Canada has passed tighter bank regulations and has had the soundest banks in the world for six years in a row according to the World Economic Forum. Yet, when we are struck with comparable situations of a mass shooting or financial banking collapse, we look at these international examples and act like a stereotypical adolescent talking about how no one else can understand us. Even though the United States has cultural and legal differences, consistently seeing ourselves as the exception and failing to draw from the efforts of other countries is only going to hurt us in the long run. A country will only continue to have shortcomings without dissent, which is why the opening scene of HBO’s “The Newsroom” is arguably one of my favorite moments on television. It isn’t because of the writing or even Jeff Daniels’ fiery deliver. Rather, it’s the push to challenge the often unquestioned idea that America is the greatest country in the world. Because the first step to resolving any problem, is admitting there is one.
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Israel must dismantle apartheid regime to avoid condemnation
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n Jan. 29, 2013 Israel became the first country ever to boycott the United Nations’ Human Rights Council review concerning inhumane state policies. After being threatened with severe diplomatic backlash by German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, Israel chose to end its boycott and make itself available to the Human Rights Council for the third Universal Periodic Review on Oct. 29. Israel’s indignation stems from By Dan Gorry the fact it Staff Columnist feels disproportionately castigated for human rights abuses compared to other states and that the charge it runs an apartheid regime within the occupied territories is grotesquely untrue. The reality of the matter is that Israel does in fact operate a system of apartheid against the Palestinian Arabs within the occupied territories, and Israel must dismantle this inhumane regime if it truly wants to be recognized as a legitimate state. In 1961, Hendrik Verwoerd, the then South African Prime Minister and principle architect of South Africa’s apartheid system, responded to Israel’s vote in favor of a U.N. condemnation of South Africa by saying, “The Jews took Israel from the Arabs
after the Arabs had lived there for a thousand years. Israel, like South Africa, is an apartheid state.” After the SixDay War in 1967, Israel came to occupy the vast majority of the West Bank, the Golan Heights and the Gaza Strip; by invoking U.N. Resolution 242, which calls for regional recognition of secure boundaries, Israel has extended its temporary control of these areas into a permanent occupation. Israel’s apartheid policies were elaborated upon at length by international experts during the Oct. 29 Universal Policy Review. Rima Khalaf, the Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, stated that beyond Israel’s illegal annexation of 70 square kilometers of Palestinian land to build a Greater Jerusalem, Israel also employs excessive force which has resulted in the murder of 268 Palestinians, 42 of them children. Of the 4,762 Palestinians languishing in Israeli prisons, including 180 children, 87 percent are denied bail while another 12 percent suffer in solitary confinement. The Oslo Accords allowed Israel to temporarily break up the West Bank into three Areas–A, B, C–so as to better facilitate a transfer of control to the Palestinian Authority. But instead, Israel has spent the last 20 years dividing Palestinians up into
what former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon called, “Bantustans.” Area C constitutes around 60 percent of the West Bank and contains some 150,000 Palestinians divided into 270 unique communities. Secretary Khalaf continues on to point out that after the Oslo Accords, Israel revoked 250,000 Palestinian residency permits, and this provides the “legal” justification for the illegal detentions as well as the forced eviction of 3,815 Palestinians in 2012 alone. Nearly 40 percent of Palestinian land has been confiscated by the Israeli government, and 386 square miles of this stolen land has been given to the Israeli settlement councils, which is arguably a form of ethnic cleansing. The West Bank Separation Wall, which began its illegal construction in 2002, has severely hampered Palestinian access to natural resources within their own land. According to the United Nations Environmental Programme, the separation wall concentrated 89 percent of water resources into the hands of the 344,779 illegal Israeli settlers who are allowed to use 450 liters a day compared to only 70 liters for Palestinians. The wall also runs right through Palestinian farmland, which resulted in the destruction of thousands of olive trees, a main source of income for agrarian Palestinians–and a 60 percent
reduction in livestock population. No aspect of Israel’s regime in the occupied territories is more blatantly discriminatory than the continued construction of Israeli settlements on land stolen from Palestinians. Even now, as Netanyahu’s Israeli coalition negotiates a two-state solution with Abbas’ PLO, Israel approved the construction of an additional 3,500 settler homes. The settlements are only open to Jews, and the settlers are prone to acts of violence against the Palestinian population which usually involves vandalism of Palestinian farmland. These acts of vandalism, compounded with a drastic reduction in available resources have resulted in an unemployment rate that sits around 18.3 percent, a horrifically high amount even when compared to Israeli blockaded Gaza’s 32.2 percent unemployment. Israel must acknowledge the fact that its designation as a Jewish state has inadvertently turned it into an apartheid regime which has resulted in massive human rights abuses against the Palestinian population, and until Israel addresses its crimes against humanity, it will remain the object of international condemnation through the United Nations.
Daniel.Gorry@UConn.edu 7th-semester political science
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1962 The United Nations General Assembly adopts a resolution condemning South Africa’s racist apartheid policies.
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Benton exhibit explores music videos as important sector of fine art and culture
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The “Cross Talk- Music” exhibit at the William Benton Museum of Art explores music as fine art content. The exhibition will be housed at the Benton until Dec. 14 and features the art of Janet Biggs, Clinton Walkins and others.
By Zarrin Ahmed Staff Writer The Contemporary Art Gallery in the Art Building opened a new exhibit on Nov. 4th called Cross Talk–Music as Content in Contemporary Art, and will feature the works of four internationally renowned artists in the coming weeks. Each week, a different artist’s video, featuring music as fine art content, will be displayed in the gallery. The artists include Jesper Just, Janet Biggs, Clinton Walkins and Complaint Choir Tokyo.
The gallery currently consists of two rooms. The first room is set up with posters by artist Bruce Pavlow and the second room is set up like a theater: dark with video projected onto the back wall and surrounding audio. Pavlow’s posters will remain in the first gallery while the featured videos will change weekly. This week’s work, Jesper Just’s “No Man is an Island II” contributes to Just’s exploration and challenging of traditional representations of masculinity in Hollywood films. Tying in with
Human rights activist discusses post-apartheid South Africa
By Kevin Costello Campus Correspondent On Tuesday, a fully packed room in Laurel Hall gave their attention to Mr. Barry Gilder, a human rights activist. Brought to campus by the Office of Global Affairs, Gilder spoke about his new book, Songs and Secrets: South Africa from Liberation to Governance. The book describes his personal experience of the liberation struggle out of apartheid and the immense challenges South Africa now faces in the postapartheid era. Pages written in memoir fashion follow Gilder, a white, highranking officer in secret intelligence, through military base camps, underground operations and the climb to power in a new government. A South Africa native, Gilder experienced first-hand the harsh reality of apartheid. Raised in a Jewish home, he was taught by his parents about the horrible crimes acted upon Jewish people in Germany, which he attributes to his sensitivity to such topics at an early age. He says, “I realized that the blacks in South Africa were the Jews of Germany.” As a quick refresher, apartheid was a form of racism that was systematic and legal. It was similar to American segregation in that blacks could not use the same water fountains and sat in worse sections of restaurants. Blacks were also denied the chance to learn, work and live fairly. These unjust laws caused Gilder to become frustrated with his home country, and in 1976 he went into exile. During his time away he attended anti-apartheid events across Europe and the world. But Gilder is not all talk;
he used actions to make a difference. While in Europe, he underwent military and intelligence training with the African National Congress (ANC) and served with the ANC until returning to South Africa in 1991. There, he worked in the democratic South African government in a number of ways; as deputy head of both the South African Secret Service and National Intelligence Agency, as Director-General of the Department of Home Affairs and the country’s Coordinator of Intelligence. Much of the book is dedicated to talk about post-apartheid challenges, such as the inability of the government to bring school education to the entire population and the complex issue of affirmative action. In attendance were several students that are going to South Africa in the spring to study abroad. One of them, Junior Journalism Major Ken Klemens, says his experience hearing Mr. Gilder speak changed his outlook. “He definitely opened my eyes to the complexities of apartheid and post-apartheid, and the establishment of democracy. As an intern for the Cape Town Argus, it is going to be interesting to see the social outlook the people have on the issue.” The recurring theme of the afternoon was overflowing wisdom. Every word spoken was thought out, with years of personal experience at its foundation. Although Gilder did not have all the answers; when asked his opinion on what the first step to ridding racism for good is, he says, “I can’t think of a clever way to answer this, so I say, read my book.”
“He definitely opened my eyes to the complexities of aparthied and post-apartheid, and the establishment of democracy.” - Ken Klemens
the theme of the exhibit, his works include music, which plays a prominent role. He draws on a breadth of inspiration ranging from American doo-wop and classical opera, to the Finnish Men’s Screaming Choir. “No Man is an Island II” takes places in a strip club, where a young man begins to sing and is joined by four other men in Roy Orbison’s love song, “Crying.” There aren’t any women in the video, though. Just explores the psychological striptease of the heart and
mind. Its commentary on the male emotional engagement alongside the feminist movement and reinterprets “dominant” and “dominance.” He feels that during the fight for women’s rights, men have forgotten to find their own place. Jest’ video supplements Pavlow’s posters, which focus on music over the past three decades; specifically on Britney Spears, Michael Jackson, Culture Club and Nirvana. These posters contain images that have been reimagined and recreated by “tweens, tweens
and twenty-somethings.” It includes bumper stickers from the internet and craft and toy stores. Each is a personalized narrative and represents the thoughts and desire of characters and culture. Pavlow employs the use of colorful and childish stickers to represent young stars that had to pay the price for stardom, using double entendre of clever phrases and tragic fates. The exhibit will run until the end of the semester, Dec 14.
Untangling Vine’s success in the social media industry
Vine, a social media site owned by Twitter, allows users to document videos in six seconds. Released earlier this year the app has over 40 million users.
By Tyler Crouse and Mike Sivo Campus Correspondents
Social media is changing the world we live in, but one particular app has been increasing in popularity as of late and has brought the next wave of Internet celebrities with it. Vine, a social media app owned by the ever-popular Twitter, allows its users to shoot six seconds of multiple video moments and then fuse them together with looping to create a strand of the segments that have just been shot. The app has been all the rage since its release earlier this year. What separates Vine from its other partners in the app world is its level of interactivity. Never before have people been able to produce videos as rapidly and post them to the connected with the world as easily as Vine allows them to. Vine passed the 40 million user mark in August and shows no signs of slowing down. Vine’s easiness to use brought a lot of attention to it early on in its existence, and along with it came Vine-famous users. Similar to Twitter’s verified accounts, Vine has verified accounts as well that symbolize celebrities who use it. However, Vine also includes ultra-famous users who have gained a large
following to also be verified, creating a new wave of Internet celebrities. One of the more notable users is college student Eric Dunn, who has risen to stardom quickly. “I started early,” said Vine celebrity Eric Dunn, talking about his sudden rise to fame. “I downloaded the app in March and made a bunch of funny videos before anyone even knew what the app was. After I made a video that went viral, everybody was asking ‘What app is this?’ and I noticed my followers increase by the thousands.” Dunn, who is a 20-yearold student at Florida Atlantic University, became popular by doing cartoon voiceovers of “Spongebob Squarepants” and other childhood shows, replacing the cartoon dialogue with some adult humor of his own. In addition to the over 2 million followers he has on Vine, Eric says he has seen more people recognize him in public. “I’m not going to lie,” Dunn stated, “it gets annoying sometimes because people are awkward when they approach me, but I love the popularity. You just have to learn how to handle it.” Although his popularity has grown exponentially over a
short few months, Dunn is staying focused in school to get his degree. “Vine isn’t a priority for me like it was in summer…I’m back in school now, so my focus is on going to class, turning in work on time and getting good grades.” Overall, Dunn is grateful for what Vine has done to his life, and is intrigued by the app itself. “Vine has brought out the creativity in people,” Dunn said. “Six seconds is a short time, so you have to be able to get others’ attention quick. There really are no apps like it.” While Vine has amassed millions of followers, the trend is still new around campus. One of the users on campus, Ryan Halloran, says that he uses Vine to watch quick and comical videos. “I love seeing how creative people can be in only six seconds,” Halloran said, “My favorite part of Vine is seeing people mash-up pop culture references into their everyday lives.” Some of these pop culture references, such as songs, have helped make the app popular. For example, the song “Wop” by J. Dash was released on YouTube in 2011. Roughly two
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Dipping the pen in company ink
By Imaani Cain Campus Correspondent We’ve all heard the phrase “don’t dip your pen in company ink”, but sometimes it’s difficult not to. Sometimes there happens to be a person that you just seem to click with at work, and they happen to be cute as well. Sometimes it seems purely worth it, because even though you’re co-workers, they solidly remain in the category of “Work Friends”—people whose company you enjoy but don’t actively seek out outside of the workplace. It
“A positive outcome of starting a sexual relationship with your co-worker is that their is no friendship to ruin.”
seems like a feasible concept: two people with a little in common, with a spark of sexual tension between them that could easily lead to both parties feeling satisfied. But is it a good idea to act upon? A positive outcome of starting a sexual relationship with your co-worker is that there is no friendship (lifelong or otherwise) to ruin. Since your interaction with them is limited, you are free to conduct yourself however you please. It might be easier for you to set limits with them because you don’t feel as if you owe anything to them. Ideally, they are someone that you see every so often, but don’t work with every day. It can also provide a casual sexual relationship that you might be looking for. Negative outcomes, however, must be paid attention to. There is the case of one of you growing feels for one another, and wanting something more. This can complicate things if it’s not reciprocated, and cause the work environment to become uncomfortable. You should take special care with entering a sexual relationship with a co-worker, especially if they are someone that you are working closely with. It should go without saying that it’s a poor idea to entangle yourself with someone that you are subordinate to (apart from the power dynamics, which have the potential to become very messy, there is the chance that either you or the coworker could lose their job). Check if inter-work relationships are allowed at all, or if your job could be endangered. I believe it’s best to go with your gut here. It’s better to examine yourself and find out what you’re looking for. Are you the type to hop from relationship to relationship, or do you just need a rebound? Would it be appropriate at all? I think it’s a poor idea to engage in casual sex with anyone if you’re simply feeling lonely, or hurting from a relationship that has just ended. It’s best to be careful with yourself, and sort out what you both want and expect from each other.
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MOVIES Focus Favorite “Chip’s Challenge” “Chip’s Challenge” is a puzzle/adventure game first created in 1989, but most famously released in the Microsoft Entertainment Pack for Windows. The game is played top-down and stars Chip as he searches for the exit of each playable level. At his disposal are various tools such as ice skates and snorkeling equipment, which enable him to walk over different types of tiles and grab keys in order to progress further. Unfortunately for Chip, many of the levels are filled with monsters, or are timed so everything is not quite as easy as it would at first seem. “Chip’s Challenge” is one of the most underrated PC games of the past few decades, and although an official sequel was developed, it was never released due to disagreements between the developer, Chuck Sommerville, and the copyright holder. Today it’s pretty difficult to get your hands on a legitimate copy of “Chip’s Challenge,” but if you ever find yourself in the position to do so, make sure you take advantage of the opportunity. -Zach Lederman
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‘NBA2K14’s’ restrictive game play an upset after previous installment By Michael Jefferson Campus Correspondent
In 2012, the makers of “NBA 2K13” gave gamers the type of offensive mechanics that ball hogs dream about. Jump shots were automatic, the Euro step was king and defensive rebounding was like that really hard math question on the SATs, omitted. And if you don’t believe me, ask my roommate. The guy just started playing the game and he can’t miss with Carmelo Anthony. It’s almost impossible. That is what made “NBA 2K13” so great, you could just pick up the controller and play. The controls were easy, the dribble moves were great and honestly, you really couldn’t miss. In “NBA 2K14” however, the jump shot is a myth. Even Stephen Curry, the same guy who went into Madison Square Garden and rang in 11 threepointers can’t even make one in “NBA 2K14.” It’s depressing, like “Toy Story 3” when they end up in the incinerator kind of depressing. Think about that for a second… I’m tearing up. Maybe the end of ridiculous jump shots is a good thing for the franchise, but did the developers have to suck all the fun out of the game? You can’t even dribble anymore. Ball-handlers like Chris Paul end up getting stripped just by driving to the basket, which by the way, is the only way to score in “NBA 2K14.” The right analog stick has been reduced to nothing but cheap lay-ups and lame onesteps to the hoop. This raises the question, what’s the point of playing basketball if you can’t
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rebounding have trumped ball handling and unearthly scoring, so if you’re a Bulls fan I guess that’s something to celebrate. Unfortunately, the My Career feature falls short once again leaving gamers to suffer from a lack of teamwork – the opposite of what you’d expect in any sports simulator. Plus, Association Mode is the same as it’s always been with its outlandish free-agency demands. But if I had to pick
the worst thing about “NBA 2K14” it would be how the A.I. still finds a way to destroy your soul in the final minutes of a close game. That being said, I think it’s fair to give “NBA 2K14” a 7 out of 10, and if you want my advice, save your money, make ridiculous shots with Carmelo Anthony in “NBA 2K13” and pray you don’t blow a 10-point lead. Or just buy “NBA Live 14” on Nov. 19. It’s been a while since “NBA Live 10;” you know you want that old thing back.
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the Dark Knight’s head attracting assassin’s from all over the world to try and take him out. The story is solid for a Batman title and while its focus occasionally dips, in the end its a fairly entertaining tale. While “Batman: Arkham City” effectively offered a new twist with its open world design style (in comparison to the Zelda-esque hub that comprised “Arkham A s y l u m ” ) , “Origins” replicates the same style seen in “City.” Again, nothing wrong here but nothing impressive to see either. It feels like the game is retreading ground yet again. While the world is bigger and there are more things to do this time around, side quests run so abundantly that you’ll soon find yourself not caring about them as much as in past titles. Combat is also copied directly from its predecessors; however, the notable addition of the “shock gauntlet” items make combat far too easy and upset the game’s balance. The boss fights are a nice surprise in the title. While none are truly spectacular, the game really makes an effort to make each and every major encounter distinct and entertaining. Despite the loss of iconic voice actors Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy, the voice over work is still solid with Troy Baker, (a.k.a. the James Franco of video games this year) delivering a fantastic performance as the Joker in his own right. The game’s focus on some of Batman’s lesser known rogue’s gallery while interesting for long time fans, simply
After seriously missing the mark during the 2008 holiday season without the release of a major title, Nintendo incredibly repeated their errors the following year. E3 2009 was almost as disastrous as the previous year, with Nintendo flat out embarrassing themselves once again with the introduction of new Wii accessories such as the “Wii Vitality Sensor” (which alas, never saw the light of day) and the “Wii Motionplus” accessory, which essentially gave the Wii remote the true 1:1 control it was designed to offer. Despite the announcement of a few major titles in “Super Mario Galaxy 2,” “Metroid Other M” and “New Super Mario Bros. Wii,” Nintendo had once again failed to captivate the press or their core audience. Nintendo had a bit of a resurgence in 2010 when their E3 conference was packed with fan pleasing announcements from “Donkey Kong Country Returns,” to new “Goldeneye” and “Kirby” games. However these select few titles were far from enough to compete for the loyalty of hardcore gamers who at this point had either started considering it a secondary console or had given up on the system all together. Not only was Nintendo not putting out the types of games their fans buy their hardware for at an acceptable rate, third party support for the system was next to non existent. While the powerful HD consoles, such as the PS3 and 360, were treated to a cornucopia of fantastic third party software including the “Mass Effect” trilogy, “Red Dead Redemption,” the “Batman Arkham” games and countless others, the Wii had to make due with its small first party line up, yearly installments of music games, halfbaked “Call of Duty” ports and mediocre mini game cash ins to stay afloat. After the 2010 holiday season, Nintendo left their once prized console for dead. 2011 saw the release of a series of classic titles each considered to be among the best of all time. The only one of these to make an appearance was (the admittedly fantastic) “The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword,” which finally at the end of the console’s life cycle made Nintendo’s vision of a hardcore title that could be played with true 1:1 motion control ( i.e. even slight gestures of the Wii remote are replicated in game with Link’s sword) a reality. Indeed, by 2011 a full five years after the system’s launch, this was far too little, too late. And so here we are two years later and Nintendo has ended production of the console in Japan, no doubt with other territories to follow in the near future. While the Nintendo 3DS is still a huge moneymaker, the Wii U has been plagued by the same lack-of-software problems that affected its predecessor. It’s almost too easy to forget that just a few short years ago, Nintendo found itself back atop the gaming world. Love it or hate it, the Nintendo Wii changed the face of gaming as we know it. From the Playstation Move to the Xbox Kinect, motion gaming has become a permanent trend as a direct a result of the Wii’s initial runaway success. Microsoft even copied the console’s popular “Mii” interface with Xbox avatars
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“NBA2K14” is a game built for basketball enthusiasts to dabble in the fast paced game. However, this installment of the popular game hinders players’ ability to take advantage of the free range style of play.
do amazing crossovers and then rub it in your opponent’s face? You’d think that a game categorized as a sports simulation would have the one feature tons of fans love to see, the art of ankle breaking. However, these are just a few of the major changes in “NBA 2K14.” If you want to get real nitpicky about it, then by all means, let’s do so. On the upside, the graphics are amazing and defensive mechanics in the game are much better. Blocking and
“NBA 2K13” 7/10
It simply comes ‘Arkham Origins:’ Nothing different from past games down to the hats By Zachary Lederman Staff Writer
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It’s rare for an online game to maintain a consistent community past a few years. Only the best games are able to bring back millions of players year after year, sometimes over ten years after they have been released. “Team Fortress 2”–commonly abbreviated to “TF2”–appears to be one of those games. Originally released with Valve’s “Orange Box” back in 2007, “TF2” has maintained a steady player base for over six years. It is a first-person class based shooter, focusing upon the battles between two teams: Red and Blu, as they vie for domination over various control points and karts. What makes this especially fascinating? Past the regular free updates–including new weapons, maps and cosmetic items (hats!)–there has only really been two major updates: The Mann vs. Machine mode, and the free-to-play update; the former adding an entirely new co-op mode, and the second makes the then four-year-old game free for all users. So what is it about “TF2” that makes it so endearing to just about everyone who plays it? There’s no one response that can cover all the bases. “TF2” is just different somehow from all of the FPSs that we have today. It’s not just another gray, war-themed shoot ‘em up (I’m looking at you, “Call of Duty Battlefield”), and nor is it trying to be. “TF2” is something different altogether, and it knows and relishes in that fact. The thing that I think really endears people to “TF2” is that while it is just as bloody, violent, and difficult as those other games, it has something they
don’t: a complete disregard for any of it. “Team Fortress” does not care about being serious or intense. It doesn’t care about immersing the player in a virtual battlefield where they feel their very lives are at stake. No, “TF2” only cares about making sure that its players are having fun. The most obvious example of this would be the degree of character customization that Valve has implemented in the game. The game contains hundreds of different hats and miscellaneous items that each character can wear, ranging from the standard (a simple bowler hat) to the quite strange (traffic cones, a cardboard robot head, or an apple resting on your head). Most cosmetic items are paintable and combinable as well, so there’s no limit to what you can achieve. Want to turn your head into a pink bird while throwing “Jarate” (Karate in a jar) at your enemies, all with floating hearts circling around your head? You can do that. The game also has masterful, and quite silly, voice lines that the various classes will scream at each other from time to time. Many of these have inspired popular Internet memes that you might be familiar with. For example, “Spy sappin’ mah sentry!” or “Bonk!” This really gives each class their own personality, different from the standard classes most players are used to in any other standard shooter, where they’re all the same. All of these things create a wacky, unique and memorable experience that as of now, no other game has been able to match or beat. So come and join the crazy community today. You won’t regret it.
I’m sorry but I have to call the title out on this. “Batman: Arkham Asylum” was named so because the game actually took place at Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane, an iconic landmark in the Batman mythos. The sequel 2011’s “Batman: Arkham City” followed suit because the game actually took place in a section of Gotham City’s slums designated “Arkham City.” “Batman: Arkham Origins” however has nothing to do with either location or anything at all relating to the usage of the term “Arkham.” Therefore, not only is the title incredibly stupid, but it can be misleading to customers possibly expecting to revisit a location from one of the previous titles. From a marketing standpoint, the title is baffling. Does Warner Bros. Interactive honestly not expect consumers to recognize the iconic “Batman” brand name? The game could have easily been titled “Batman: Origins.” Conflict avoided. Anyway, “Batman: Arkham Origins” is a prequel to Rocksteady’s incredible games “Batman: Arkham Asylum” and “Batman: Arkham City.” While a new development team has taken the reigns, everything you loved about the original games is present here, but to be quite honest, it feels like deja vu all over again. Set five years before the events of “Arkham Asylum,” the game features a younger Batman still new to the cape and cowl. On Christmas Eve, crime lord Black Mask places a $50 million dollar bounty on
“Batman: Arkham Origins” 7.5/10
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isn’t as entertaining as the Dark Knights’ encounters with his more memorable villains were. Multiplayer has also been inexplicably added to the package this time around and it stands mostly as a throw away. Players can play as members of rival gangs or as Batman and Robin. It’s worth a look but shouldn’t keep your attention for very long. If you’re content with dropping your hard earned cash on a game you’ve played before be my guest. But unfortunately, this “Batman” title has fallen victim to the underwhelming sequel syndrome that plagues so many franchises in the industry today. I can’t say I’m surprised considering that a new developer took over from Rocksteady but I’m still a bit disappointed. It’s an underwhelming experience when compared to its predecessors but if you loved those titles, you might just enjoy this one.
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‘Star Wars: Racer Revenge’ hardly A final for belongs in Watto’s proverbial junkyard eulogy the Wii
By Max Engel Campus Correspondent
“Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace” was a train wreck. A train wreck not only for Star Wars, or for science fantasy, but for storytelling and film-making in general. But despite its great shortcomings in characterization and writing, the movie had very impressive mechanical designs such as in the “podracers” featured in a scene depicting an intergalactic death race. These chariots with jet engines in lieu of horses came in a myriad of designs and operators and required great reflexes to avoid smashing into rock formations at the speed of sound. LucasArts saw potential to make videogames out of this idea and thus released Star Wars Episode I Racer for the Dreamcast, Nintendo 64 and PC. Although the podracers were never seen in the other prequel films, that didn’t stop LucasArts
(AP) Marvel Comics is bringing Ms. Marvel back as a 16-year-old daughter of Pakistani immigrants living in Jersey City named Kamala Khan. The character — among the first to be a series protagonist who is both female and Muslim — is part of Marvel Entertainment’s efforts to reflect a growing diversity among its readers while keeping ahold of the contemporary relevance that have underlined its foundation since the creation of SpiderMan and the X-Men in the early 1960s. Writer G. Willow Wilson and artist Adrian Alphona, working with editor Sana Amanat, say the series reflects Khan’s vibrant but kinetic world, learning to deal with superpowers, family expectations and adolescence. Amanat calls the series a “desire to explore the MuslimAmerican diaspora from an authentic perspective” and what it means to be young and lost amid expectations by others while also telling the story of a teenager coming to grips with having amazing powers. “I wanted Ms. Marvel to be true-to-life, something real people could relate to, particularly
young women. High school was a very vivid time in my life, so I drew heavily on those experiences — impending adulthood, dealing with school, emotionally charged friendships that are such a huge part of being a teenager,” said Wilson, a convert to Islam whose previous comics work includes the graphic novel “Cairo” and series “Air” from Vertigo. “It’s for all the geek girls out there and everybody else who’s ever looked at life from the fringe.” This Ms. Marvel can grow and shrink her limbs and her body and, Wilson said, ultimately, she’ll be able to shape shift into other forms. The idea came after a discussion with senior editor Stephen Wacker as he and Amanat, a Muslim-American, compared stories about growing up. From there it germinated into a “character for all those little girls who are growing up now the way you are growing up,” she recalled. Wilson was brought on board to write the series and the team quickly got approval from Marvel’s creative committee to move forward. DC Comics last fall
from revisiting the idea of podracing, and publishing “Star Wars: Racer Revenge” for Playstation 2 in 2002. In some ways, it’s even better than its predecessor, but it’s not without faults. “ R a c e r Revenge” features an older Anakin, similar to his appearance in “Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones,” as well as his rival from “The Phantom Menace,” Sebulba. Both have updated racers and a grudge to settle, hence the title. The game features thirteen courses between five planets, from the aquatic Mon Calamari to the industrial Sullust. There are also eight racers to choose from with ten more to unlock. In addition, there are five secret characters with challenging but not overly difficult unlock criteria, such as beating the best lap times on
every course. The gameplay is relatively simple: like many other racing games, the name of the game is to get a podium finish. The racers are much more durable than in Episode I Racer, where if you grazed a wall the wrong way you would crash. H o w e v e r, in Episode I Racer, you would respawn on the track quite quickly, but if you get knocked out in “Racer Revenge,” you are immediately disqualified, and must restart the race from the beginning. It’s a very fun game mechanic. In fact, if you’re skilled enough, you can knock out the entire competition and be the winner because you’re the only one left. Junkyard dealer Watto even offers you extra credits to upgrade your racer if you
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knock out more opponents in each race. Some racing game fans, however, may take issue with the fact that the frame rate of “Racer Revenge” is only 30 frames per second, in contrast to the breakneck speed of 60 frames per second in Episode I Racer. As a result, the speed also feels more modest than its predecessor, likely due to the lack of respawns. Furthermore, there are less tracks and selectable racers than in Episode I Racer. There’s also an omission of small details; for example, the turbines on Teemto Pagalies’ podracer do not rotate in “Racer Revenge,” but they did in Episode I Racer. However, the game is still worth playing, and most fans of Episode I Racer will still find the game quite enjoyable. This game definitely isn’t, as Sebulba said, “Bantha poo-doo.”
In Marvel Comics, Ms Marvel returns as Muslim teen
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This comic book image released by Marvel Comics shows character Kamala Khan , second left, with her family Aamir, father Yusuf, mother Disha and friend Bruno, from the “Ms. Marvel” issue. The new monthly Ms. Marvel is debuting as part of the Company’s popular All-New Marvel NOW! initiative.
relaunched its “Green Lantern” series with Simon Baz, an Arab American and Muslim. The character reflects writer Geoff Johns’ Lebanese ancestry and his upbringing in the Detroit area. There have been a few others: Marvel Comics has Dust, a young Afghan woman whose mutant ability to manipulate sand and dust has been part of
This rendering released by MGM Resorts International on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, shows the proposed new Las Vegas sports arena in Las Vegas. Construction on the $350 million privately financed arena is expected to start next April or May.
Resorts’ New York-New York and Monte Carlo resorts, visible from the Interstate 15 freeway. “The arena will be an extenson of The Strip’s high energy,” said architect Brad Clark, Populous senior principal. “Our job with the design was to stay authentic to that spirit.” Populous designed London’s O2 arena, Berlin’s O2 World arena and Kansas City’s Sprint Center, among other projects. The Las Vegas arena design calls for an 85-foot-high atrium and exterior balconies on an energy-efficient building. That structure will serve as a centerpiece of a 12-acre outdoor pedestrian mall featuring restaurants and retail shops stretching from Las Vegas Boulevard to Frank Sinatra Drive. AEG and MGM are paying for the arena with private third-party financing from as-yet unnamed sources. Dan Beckerman, AEG president and chief executive, said
a few years back. And despite other consoles’ advances in digital game sales, and DLC, nothing can match the impressive backlog of classic titles Nintendo made available for download via their impressive “Virtual Console” service for the system. In a time when critics kept complaining that video games were becoming too complex, casual titles like “Wii Sports” and “New Super Mario Bros. Wii” that could be enjoyed by families of all ages together made them a fixture in the living room once again. And don’t forget that the Wii was the console that gave us a series of titles consistently considered among the best ever made including “The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess,” “The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword,” “Super Smash Bros. Brawl,” “The Metroid Prime Trilogy” and most significantly “Super Mario Galaxy” and “Super Mario Galaxy 2,” which arguably stand as the two most all around entertaining titles of the past console generation. For Nintendo fans it may not have always been a smooth ride, but you can’t deny that the Nintendo Wii has forever changed the way we play video games.
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MGM Resorts, AEG release Vegas Strip arena images
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Casino giant MGM Resorts International and a development partner, entertainment company AEG, released renderings Tuesday of a gleaming new 20,000-seat indoor arena planned for the Las Vegas Strip. Construction on the $350 million privately financed arena is expected to start next April or May, with a projected opening in spring 2016, said Tim Romani, president and chief executive of Denver-based ICON Venue Group, the project manager. The facility designed by the Kansas City, Mo.-based firm Populous is expected to host concerts, boxing, mixed martial arts, awards shows and other events. Planners hope to lure professional basketball and hockey events, although no pro team commitments have been announced. The renderings show a sweeping 12-plus story glass and steel structure with a light-emitting display on 5.4 acres between MGM
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the Las Vegas arena should compare with other AEG facilities including STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, London’s The O2 and Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. Las Vegas has several other arenas, including the Thomas & Mack center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. It opened in 1983 and has a capacity ranging from under 19,000 for basketball to about 19,500 for boxing. MGM Resorts’ Mandalay Bay Events Center can seat 12,000 people, the MGM Grand Garden Arena opened in 1993 with a capacity of just under 17,000 spectators, and the Orleans Arena opened in 2003 with a capacity of about 9,500 for boxing. UNLV officials also want to build a 60,000-seat stadium on campus to replace aging Sam Boyd Stadium for Rebels football games, and attract events such as NFL exhibition games.
the popular X-Men books. DC Comics in late 2010 introduced Nightrunner, a young Muslim hero of Algerian descent reared in Paris. The creative team said that Khan’s backstory, growing up Muslim, is an element of the story, but not the critical foundation, either. “Kamala is not unlike Peter
Parker,” said Marvel Editor-InChief Axel Alonso of the teenager turned wall crawler. “She’s a 16-year-old girl from the suburbs who is trying to figure out who she is and trying to forge an identity when she suddenly bestows great power and learns the great responsibility that comes with it.”
AUGSBURG, Germany (AP) — It started with a routine check by German tax inspectors — and resulted in the discovery of an art hoard so vast and spectacular that no one yet knows how the story truly ends. On a high-speed train from Zurich to Munich on Sept. 22, 2010, Germany’s briskly polite officialdom was on the lookout for customs and tax cheats. Thousands of German citizens had bank accounts in Switzerland, many of them undeclared, and the route from Zurich was a prime target for those carrying substantial sums of cash. One elderly man on the train raised their suspicions and prosecutors launched a preliminary tax probe against him. Two years later, in February 2012, the trail led to the man’s apartment in a wealthy district of Munich. Once inside, inspectors found a far more glittering prize than smuggled cash or evaded taxes: a huge collection of hidden artwork that sheds new light on some of the 20thcentury’s master painters and reawakens painful memories of Germany’s Nazi past. The paintings, drawings, engravings, woodcuts and prints numbered more than 1,400 in all and were created by an all-star roster of modern art: Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Oskar Kokoschka, and leading German artists Otto Dix, Max Liebermann, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. At least one older work was in the trove: a 16th-century engraving of the
Crucifixion by Albrecht Duerer. Some pieces — ones by Matisse, Chagall, Dix — were previously unknown, not listed in the detailed inventories compiled by art scholars. Investigators’ excitement at the find was tempered by a disturbing question. At least some of the works had apparently been seized by the Nazis — so who were they taken from and who now are their rightful owners? At a news conference Tuesday in Augsburg, Germany, prosecutors wouldn’t identify the elderly suspect, citing tax secrecy laws and the ongoing investigation. They did say he hasn’t asked for the artwork back and that they were not currently in contact with him. Prosecutors are probing whether he improperly acquired the works, but no charges have been filed and prosecutors say there may not be any. Although prosecutors didn’t name the suspect, heirs of the late Jewish collector Alfred Flechtheim issued a statement saying the case raised “justifiable suspicions” that some works the Nazis had taken from him might have been bought by Hildebrand Gurlitt, an art dealer who acted for the Nazis. A Max Beckmann painting that once belonged to Flechtheim was sold two years ago through the Lempertz auction house in Cologne. A legal adviser for Lempertz, Karl-Sax Feddersen, told The Associated Press that the seller was Gurlitt’s son Cornelius. The German magazine Focus
years later, a six-second audio clip of the song made it onto Vine. During the summer of 2013, hundreds of vines were posted, each of the creative renditions of the audio clip (a Google search would attest to the plethora of vines created). Overall, Vine has introduced an entirely new form of social media. Despite the short frame length, people from all over the world have been able to flex their creative muscles for a video lasting mere seconds.
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German art hoard held unknown Chagall, Matisse
also reported that Cornelius Gurlitt was the man under investigation. Neither Cornelius Gurlitt nor his lawyer could immediately be reached for comment Tuesday. The mystery now turns to the art. The 121 framed and 1,285 unframed works found in one room at the apartment were “professionally stored and in a very good condition,” said Siegfried Kloeble, head of the customs investigations office in Munich. He said it took a specialist company three days to remove the paintings; officials refused to say where they are being kept now. Investigators, aided by a leading art historian, are trying to establish the artworks’ legal status and history. So far, officials said they have done at least preliminary research on only about 500 of the pieces. It’s unclear how many of the works might be subject to return to pre-World War II owners. Speaking at the news conference, prosecutor Reinhard Nemetz said investigators have turned up “concrete evidence” that the find includes both works that the Nazis classed as “degenerate art” and seized from German museums in 1937 or shortly after, and other works that may have been taken from individuals. The Nazis often forced Jewish collectors to sell their art at pitifully low prices to German dealers or simply took them.
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Today's Birthday (11/06/13). Follow love this year. Write down a dream, and schedule it. Living conditions improve over the next seven months, with Neptune direct. Creative projects come alive. Harvest art and romance this autumn, and things will bloom anew in springtime. Partnerships flower when you express your passion. Share your work with the world next summer. To get the advantage, check the day's rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging.
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Classic Shapes Aries (March 21-April 19) -- Today is a 9 -- Look beyond your own self-interest. What by Alex P. can you provide for your community? Your leadership skills are in demand and get tested. Read the manual or consult an expert when needed. Pass with flying colors. Make your family proud.
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Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 7 -- Your research flourishes. Build a strong foundation for the future. The small steps you take now will benefit you tenfold later. Invest in energy efficiency. Find ways to conserve resources. For the next month, travel is easy. Gemini (May 21-June 20) -- Today is a 9 -- You're on fire when it comes to finances. Consider new elements, or ones you'd forgotten. With organization and discipline you can't be stopped now. Partners hold the key. Look for what's missing, and provide that. Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- Today is an 8 -- This phase is good for compromise. For example, stick to your budget. Really listen to your partner and to your own words, so you don't say something you don't mean. Keep or change your promises. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is a 9 -- Creativity floods your zone. Dive into imagination and discover something you didn't know about yourself. Take care of your physical body. You're asked to assume authority. Your willingness to stand firm helps. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Shift your approach from the analytical left brain to the creative right. Love continues to be part of the big picture. Friends help you keep priorities straight. Repurpose something that would have been tossed. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 9 -- Add enthusiasm and inspiration to your projects by looking for the heart connection. Use what you know and what you feel. Can you hear the sound of love? Fill your home with space and lightness. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is an 8 -- Confront what you think you know. Watch what you take for granted. The prize is not in the answer but in the questioning. Make an important longdistance contact. Take care of a friend. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 9 -- New opportunities for making money keep showing up. Revise your budget, planning for the long term. Don't forget to consider expenses. Everything's easier when you love your work. If you don't, look for the silver threads. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is a 9 -- You're surrounded by love these days. Add extra doses of self-confidence to the equation, and the result can be explosive. Take charge of your destiny without breaking the rules. Get creative. Involve someone fun. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 9 -- Find the time and space for quiet contemplation. Disconnect from social media or other distractions for a while. Focusing on a personal passion project could yield surprising results. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 8 -- You're inclined to play, and that's fine. But don't let it distract you from accomplishing your goals. In fact, use your playfulness to increase your productive output. Your friends are a big help.
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49ers LB Aldon Smith vows to stay healthy, clean SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Aldon Smith believes he is on the path to being sober for good. Part of the process for the San Francisco 49ers' All-Pro linebacker to rejoin the team following a five-week stint in rehab included a verbal commitment to the NFL that he would stay out of trouble and keep clean. "I think any time we could all look into our lives and find something we need to work on," Smith said Tuesday, seemingly relaxed. "I've taken my time and I've done that." A clean-cut Smith — hair trimmed from his previous long, curly cut — returned to the 49ers' locker room after his long absence and five missed games to cheers from teammates who chanted his first name. Everybody knows what he means to this franchise and defense — and the 49ers are hopeful he is as healthy as he looks and ready to return to the field as soon as Sunday's home game with Carolina. "I'm getting there. Every day's just a step closer to getting to where I want to be," Smith said at his locker after practice. "I've gotten a lot of support, from my family, friends, organization, teammates and everything. And it really says a lot that people care about me outside the field and they care
about me as a person." Smith had been on an indefinite paid leave of absence before being activated to the 53-man roster Thursday, two days after he turned himself in to Santa Clara County authorities on weapons charges. He met last Wednesday with team officials. The fearsome pass-rusher is in shape despite a couple of extra pounds gained during his stint at an in-patient treatment center for substance abuse. He was at a facility outside California, he said, while declining to offer further details. He said he returned to the Bay Area on Oct. 28 after entering rehab in late September — and he was away for his 24th birthday Sept. 25. Defensive teammate and fellow linebacker Patrick Willis is among those who sent periodic text messages to Smith during his time away. "Aldon has been a guy since he came in who has been very productive for our defense, has been a playmaker for our defense," Willis said. "To get him back is a good thing, then, too, with his absence we were able to develop some depth with some of the other guys. It's really going to be a strong point for us. When you have a guy such as Aldon with his talent, the biggest thing we can do for him is just
let him know we're here for him, let him know that we're his teammates, but the main thing is just let him grow on his own." Smith played in a 27-7 home loss to the Colts on Sept. 22 and had five tackles just two days after he was arrested and jailed on suspicion of DUI and marijuana possession. He apologized for his behavior after the game then later announced he would leave for treatment. San Francisco (6-2) has won five straight games in impressive fashion without him. Also in September, Smith and former teammate Delanie Walker were named in a lawsuit filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court by a Northern California man who said he was shot at a party at Smith's house on June 29, 2012. Smith, selected seventh overall in the 2011 draft out of Missouri, had previously been arrested on suspicion of DUI in January 2012 in Miami shortly after the 49ers lost in the NFC championship game. Now, Smith is moving forward. He's thrilled to be reunited with not only his team but also his 10-month-old son, Aulis. "He looks good, man," running back Frank Gore said. "I'm a big fan of Aldon, a young guy who has the potential to be one of the best
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith fields questions in the NFL football team's practice facility Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, in Santa Clara, Calif. Smith missed the past five games while undergoing treatment for substance abuse.
at the position. I'm happy he's back with the family. I know he can help our team, so that's great." While Smith is scheduled for court appearances each of the next two Tuesdays, he expects to be in practice. Smith was charged Oct. 9 with three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon, stemming from that party at his home in June 2012. "Of course, I didn't want to be
away from the sport I love. But it was good for me to get away and get my mind together and work, like I say, just to get to the positive spot I need to be at," he said. "I caught some of the games, some that were broadcast over there. So I was able to keep up with the guys and chime in here and there and wish them good luck." Smith had a franchise-record 19 ½ sacks last season for the NFC champions. He has 4 ½ sacks and
18 tackles over three games in 2013. "I'm just taking it one day at a time, getting back here, being around the guys and just getting my life back at home," Smith said. Also Tuesday, leading 2012 wideout Michael Crabtree was cleared to resume practicing following May surgery to repair a torn right Achilles tendon. The 49ers now have three weeks to activate him.
MIAMI (AP) — The NFL Players Association said it will insist on a fair investigation for all involved in the Miami Dolphins harassment case, including suspended guard Richie Incognito. The league is investigating the relationship Incognito had with teammate Jonathan Martin, who left the team last week because of emotional issues. Incognito was suspended indefinitely by coach Joe Philbin for his treatment of Martin. "As the representative organization of all players, the NFLPA will insist on a fair investigation for all involved," the union said in a statement Tuesday that included no condemnation of Incognito's conduct. Instead, the union said accountability rested with the Dolphins. "We expect that the NFL and its clubs create a safe and professional workplace for all players, and that owners, executives, coaches and players should set the best standards
and examples," the union said. "It is the duty of this union to hold the clubs ... accountable for safety and professionalism in the workplace. ... We will continue to remain in contact with the impacted players, their representatives and player leadership." Incognito, speaking publicly for the first time since his suspension Sunday, was interviewed briefly by a reporter for WSVN-TV. "I'm just trying to weather the storm right now," Incognito said before getting into his car. "This will pass." Dolphins officials didn't respond to requests for comment. The team practiced Tuesday for its game Monday night at Tampa Bay, but had no media availability. Incognito's harassment of Martin included text messages that were racist and threatening, two people familiar with the situation have said. The 6-foot5, 312-pound Martin, a secondyear pro, is biracial. Incognito,
a guard in his ninth NFL season, is white. The case leaves the 30-yearold Incognito's career in doubt, and an associate professor at the University of Miami School of Law said he could face criminal charges. "This can be pursued as an extortion case," Tamara Lave said. "It could also be pursued as making some kind of threat against the other player's life. ... This particular cultural moment is one in which people are very upset about bullying and hazing. ... I think that prosecutors may think it's important for them to do something. And the fact that you have a 300-pound man who feels so threatened and uncomfortable that he leaves, that's an indication of how serious it was." No criminal investigation has been disclosed. Meanwhile, the NFL must decide whether the Dolphins failed to enforce the guidelines for workplace conduct included in the league's player policy manual. "All NFL players and prospective players have the right to work in a positive environment that is free from any and all forms of harassment, intimidation and discrimination," the manual says. Every player receives a copy during training camp. Coach Joe Philbin said he was unaware of any harassment between the players until after Martin left the team. The Stanford graduate is with his family in Los Angeles for counseling, and it's unclear whether he'll rejoin the team this season. Also unclear is how other players would receive Martin after he complained about a teammate and abruptly left while Miami was mired in a four-game losing streak. The Dolphins shored up their depleted offensive line by signing David Arkin off the Dallas Cowboys' practice squad. "I hope that Martin doesn't have any backlash from this from the rest of his teammates," said Arizona linebacker Karlos Dansby, who played for the Dolphins from 2010-12. Dansby said he was puzzled that Martin's teammates didn't put a halt to any harassment. "We're like family. So why would we do something to hurt our family? I don't understand it. Definitely you have to step in and say something. Unfortunately the guys didn't step in down there. You got to have leaders step and up and control that kind of situation." Around the league, a handful of players had harsh words for Incognito, long considered one of the dirtiest players in the NFL. Some players defended the tradition of hazing, while others said it needs to change. Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll supported the latter view. "We don't allow hazing here," Carroll said. "In the past, yeah, I've seen it. It's just an oldschool way of thinking and a way of operating. We know better now."
Women's hockey heads to Boston to face BU Union monitoring probe of Dolphins harassment By Ryan Tolmich Campus Correspondent
Fresh off of a three-goal third period comeback, the UConn women’s hockey team is back in action as the Huskies ship up to Boston to take on conference foe Boston University. UConn enters their matchup in Beantown coming off of a momentum-boosting tie; the Huskies took advantage of four third period scores to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat last weekend in Maine. The Huskies are currently 5-5-1 in first year coach Chris MacKenzie’s inaugural voyage in Storrs, and the program has already matched its win total from last season’s campaign. However, the Huskies are
0-1-1 in the conference so the team will be looking for its first victory in Hockey East play. Boston University will be a tough test for the young Huskies on Wednesday’s matchup. The Terriers enter the contest with an impressive 6-1-1 record, and the team is already atop the Hockey East standings with three victories. Boston is led by Brian Durocher, who is in his ninth season as head coach of the Terrier program. The 36-yearcoaching veteran has been with the Terriers since the program’s inception and has led the team to three Hockey East titles. On the ice the Terriers are led by senior captain Louise Warren, whose seven goals and two assists are best on the roster. Another leading force is Sarah
Lefort, who has contributed five goals, including a game-winner, to the Terrier cause. In all likelihood, UConn will see starting goaltender Kerrin Sperry between the pipes; the senior has started all but one game so far, posting a .954 save percentage to go with a 1.39 goals against average. If not Sperry, the Huskies will take on backup Victoria Hanson, a freshman who has posted a very respectable .923 save percentage. The Huskies will take on Warren, Sperry and the rest of the Boston Terriers Wednesday night as Chris MacKenzie’s bunch look to pick up their first conference victory in Beantown.
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NFL midseason playoff picture and breakdown By Mike McCurry NFL Columnist
If the NFL season were to end today, who would be in the playoffs? Seeing that there are still eight weeks remaining, does your favorite team at least have a shot at postseason glory? Are they very much in the hunt or in one of those “contender by default” situations? If you are not sure which group your squad falls under, or if you just want a midseason reset, I suggest you educate yourselves and keep on reading. I now bring forth the Midseason Playoff Picture—current records and seeds, a peek at the remainder of the slate, and projections on how the standings should appear come Dec. 29, also known as the final day of the regular season. AFC Playoff Picture (as it currently stands) 1. Kansas City Chiefs (9-0) 2. New England Patriots (7-2) 3. Indianapolis Colts (6-2) 4. Cincinnati Bengals (6-3) 5. Denver Broncos (7-1) 6. New York Jets (5-4) Still Very Much Alive: San Diego Chargers (4-4), Tennessee Titans (4-4), Miami Dolphins (4-4) Hanging on by a Thread: Cleveland Browns (4-5), Baltimore Ravens (3-5) Stick a Fork in ‘Em: Buffalo Bills (3-6), Oakland Raiders (3-5), Pittsburgh Steelers (2-6), Houston Texans (2-6), Jacksonville Jaguars (0-8) Breakdown: There has been a good deal of talk in football circles lately that the Chiefs are the worst 9-0 team in the annals of the league. Nevertheless, there’s a 100 percent chance that they currently have a better record than your squad, hence why they hold the No. 1 slot in the AFC. Cue the debate over the NFL seeding rules which reward a higher seed to a division winner over a wild card participant
regardless of record. Does New England deserve to be No. 2 over Denver even though they have one more loss? I don’t think so, but rules are rules—I have a much bigger problem with the Bengals potentially hosting a January matchup against the visiting Broncos, which could easily happen between the punch line that is the putrid AFC North (even without Geno Atkins, Cincinnati should cruise to a division title) and the juggernaut that is the AFC West (Denver still has two dates remaining with KC). Denver could have the clearcut superior record over Cincy but would be forced to play in unfriendly confines on Wild Card Weekend. If you don’t think it matters, look up what occurred when the 11-5 Saints had to fly cross-country to Seattle to take on the 7-9 Seahawks in 2011. We already witnessed one epic, entertaining meeting between Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck. Is it too much to dream up the second date between the two in the playoffs? In fact, I’m even going as far as predicting that that game will determine the AFC Champion. Not to keep harping on it, but the AFC North is suddenly the NFC East of the AFC (you still with me?). Neither Baltimore, Cleveland, nor Pittsburgh pose any legitimate threat to the Bengals, who I predicted would finally win a postseason game this year. Then again, that’s before Atkins, one of the top defensive performers alive, tore his ACL Thursday in Miami. Even if Cincinnati does host Denver, they would probably get blown out of their own building. Their only hope would be to jump the Colts, steal the No. 3 seed, and pray for the Jets to come in at No. 6. They beat the Jets by 40 just last weekend. The same people that may or may not have an argument proclaiming Kansas City the worst 9-0 team ever would most definitely
support the notion that Denver is the scariest wild card squad to date. I, however, predict that the Broncos will win both of their head-to-head meetings with the Chiefs and eventually leapfrog their way to the top overall seed gaining home field advantage until the Super Bowl. After falling to Indy, everyone was quick to dismiss the Broncos as the best team in football. Breaking news: they are the best team in football. And if you try to tell me that Alex Smith will go shot-for-shot with Mr. Manning when they go head-to-head, you might as well keep going on your deceitful tandem and tell me Richie Incognito isn’t a bully. How bout them Jets? Their remaining slate consists of a single team with a winning record (Carolina), and they’re coming off a win over the Saints. The Chargers schedule, meanwhile, is more complex than a double major at Stanford or Yale—they face the Chiefs and Broncos a total of four times over the course of the next two months. At the onset of the year, did you ever imagine a scenario where the Texans wouldn’t even be in playoff contention? My Forecast of Dec. 29 AFC Playoff Picture: 1. Broncos 2. Colts 3. Patriots 4. Bengals 5. Chiefs 6. Jets NFC Playoff Picture (as it currently stands): 1. Seattle Seahawks (8-1) 2. New Orleans Saints (6-2) 3. Detroit Lions (5-3) 4. Dallas Cowboys (5-4) 5. San Francisco 49ers (6-2) 6. Carolina Panthers (5-3) Still Very Much Alive: Green Bay Packers (5-3), Chicago Bears (5-3), Philadelphia Eagles (4-5) Hanging on by a Thread: Arizona Cardinals (4-4), Washington Redskins (3-5), New York Giants (2-6)
Stick a Fork in ‘Em: St. Louis Rams (3-6), Atlanta Falcons (2-6), Minnesota Vikings (1-7), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-8) Breakdown: In August, I believed the NFC would make a mockery out of the AFC. Now, the AFC is stacked due to the meteoric rise of the Chiefs, the Saints coming off a not-soclose setback to the Jets and the Seahawks nearly losing to the miserable Bucs at home. One cannot underestimate how special Russell Wilson has been this season, but it would be hard to tell him because he is often running for his life behind a bangedup, underperforming offensive line. The following statement is getting repetitive, but it is a somewhat ballsy prophecy either way: if Seattle is able to wrap up home field advantage, the only way they don’t reach the Super Bowl is if Colin Kaepernick somehow overcomes his kryptonite and thrives at CenturyLink Field. New Orleans was rolling until they stumbled against two AFC East foes, further proof that the AFC is the big brother in the NFL in 2013. As previously indicated, I think Saints head coach Sean Payton would rather be suspended for a year again than travel to face the Seahawks for a playoff game. The funny part about that is, New Orleans can make great strides towards locking up the No. 1 seed—and therefore not having to travel to Seattle in the postseason— by defeating the Seahawks in that dreary, rainy city on Dec. 2. Hold up, the freaking Lions control their own destiny in the NFC North? You heard that right, peeps. Aaron Rodgers has a broken left collarbone, Jay Cutler has a groin injury (fitting, eh?) and, at last glance, the Vikings were discussing with the NCAA whether Johnny Manziel could play for A&M on Saturdays and Minnesota on Sundays. In all seriousness, though, Detroit
Fantasy Football advice for Week 10 By Matthew Kren Fantasy Football Columnist Player to Start- Zac Stacy (Running Back St. Louis Rams) Drafted in the 5th round of the previous NFL draft, this rookie has emerged in the last couple weeks, mirroring the performance of Alfred Morris of the Redskins last year. In the preseason Stacy was behind Daryl Richardson and Isaiah Pead, figuring to be last on the depth chart after a bad start. After only 214 yards on the ground and 45 yards receiving with one touchdown through 7 weeks, things were not looking promising. Stacy has come up huge lately having 134 yards at home against the stingy Seahawks and a very impressive 127 yards running with touchdowns and 51 yards catching versus the Titans. Over the last two games he has had 26 and 27 attempts on the ground and is averaging 4.95 yards on the ground. In his Week 8 performance, 90 of his 134 yards came
before contact as the line play has helped create holes for him to run. Stacy is a heavier back which allows him to hit the holes hard, but he is also very nimble which allows him to cut and find the holes quickly. Look for Stacy to have another good week, not 29 fantasy points, but within the 15-20 range on the road versus the Colts. Player to Bench- Colin Kaepernick (Quarterback San Francisco 49ers) Ranked 32nd in the league for passing yards per game, Kaepernick is enduring the sophomore slump with 189.9 yards per game. The 49ers are a run first team which they have proven by becoming ranked first in the league with 153 rushing yards a game. After a great first game in which he threw for 412 yards with 3 touchdowns, he has not thrown over 300 yards in any other game this season, coming closest in Week 7 versus the cardinals. In fact, other than those two mentioned games, Kaepernick has not amassed over
200 yards throwing in the other 6 games. This season he has a 57.1 completion percentage, 9 touchdowns and 5 interceptions with a 87.6 passer rating. Coming off the 2012 campaign where he posted a 62.4 completion percentage, 1,814 yards and a 98.3 passer rating, Kaepernick has taken a step back. His running game has not fared well either, although his attempts per game has risen from 4.8 to 6.1; his average per rush has dropped from 6.6 to 6 yards a rush. On the schedule for Week 10 are the Carolina Panthers who have only allowed 7 passing touchdowns through eight games and hold opposing quarterbacks to 9.6 fantasy points a game. Player to add- Keenan Allen (Wide Receiver San Diego Chargers) Another rookie with a promising future, Keenan Allen is only owned in 41.6 percent of ESPN fantasy league, as he is a wide out who should garner some attention following his Week 9 performance. He has had at least
six targets in each of the past four games with a career high nine receptions in Week 6 versus the Colts and eight receptions in week nine versus the redskins. With a 15.2 yards per catch average and his best performance in Week 9, eight receptions for 128 yards and a touchdown he can be a nice pickup. His next two games are against the Broncos who are ranked 22nd in total defense and the Dolphins which are ranked 21st. The Broncos are even worse against the pass ranked 30th in the league giving up 2554 yards this season while the Dolphins are 20th, giving up 2179 yards so far. With Phillip Rivers progressing over the course of the season, Allen is ranked third on the team in receptions, targets and yards as well as fourth in receiving touchdowns. With Michael Floyd out for the season, look for Keenan Allen to step up for the Chargers over the remainder of the season.
A four-time MVP, James joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (with streaks of 787 and 508 games), Michael Jordan (866), Karl Malone (575) and Moses Malone (526) as the only players to accomplish the feat. It was the 162nd time during the streak that James has reached 10 points in the opening quarter. James has reached double figures in every game since being held to eight points at Milwaukee on Jan. 5, 2007. He scored 19 at New Jersey the following night. James has more regular-season games of scoring at least 50 points (nine) than nights where he's scored less than 10 (eight). Factor playoff games into the mix, and he's reached double figures 898 times in 907 career games. The Heat have won 12 straight against the Raptors since a 111-103 road loss on Jan. 27, 2010, when Miami forward Chris Bosh played for Toronto. DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with 21 points while Jonas Valanciunas had 18. Rudy Gay had 13 points and 10 rebounds for his second straight double-double.
Leading 78-74, Miami took control by opening the fourth with a 12-0 run as Toronto went scoreless for the first 4:28, a drought that ended when Tyler Hansbrough converted a pair of free throws. Bosh was unavailable following the birth Monday of his daughter, Dylan Skye Bosh. Shane Battier started in place of Bosh, who is expected to return when the Heat host the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday. With Bosh out, Toronto took advantage of Miami's small lineup early. Valanciunas had 10 points midway through the first as the Raptors opened a 17-8 lead. After a Heat timeout, James scored four straight baskets as Miami cut the gap to 25-23 after one quarter. Toronto led 45-34 after Valanciunas made a hook shot at 4:56 of the second, but James scored seven points as the Heat closed the half on a 18-5 run to take a 52-50 lead. Mario Chalmers hit a 3 with less than a second left, giving Miami the lead for the first time. Wade scored 10 points in the third and James had eight as the Heat took a four-point lead into the final quarter.
James scores 35 as Heat beat Raptors 104-95
Miami Heat forward LeBron James drives to the hoop past Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas during an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 in Toronto.
TORONTO (AP) — LeBron James scored a season-high 35 points, Dwyane Wade had 20 and the Miami Heat beat the Toronto Raptors 104-95 on Tuesday for their first road victory in three tries this season. Ray Allen scored 14 points for Miami, which lost at Philadelphia on Oct. 30 and was beaten 101-100 at Brooklyn on Nov. 1.
James also had a season-high eight rebounds and eight assists as Miami topped 100 points for the fifth straight game, extending their team-record run to begin the season. With a putback dunk at 2:31 of the first quarter, James became the fifth player in NBA history to score 10 points or more in 500 consecutive games.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013.
should feel as comfortable with that divisional lead as Greg Schiano does with his future as the Bucs’ coach. I love that Detroit, Chicago, and Green Bay all play each other one more time this season. Only in the NFC East could the Eagles be deemed “still very much alive” and the Giants and Redskins be referred to as “hanging on by a thread.” While these four squads loathe each other, it turns out they’re genuinely nice, as year after year none of them ever want to run away with the title. The Cowboys close out with Philly in Week 17 which also pits the Giants and the Redskins. Recalling what division we’re talking about, it would shock me if the division winner—and the definitive 4-seed in the conference—didn’t come down to the last Sunday. The 49ers, my preseason choice as Super Bowl champions (I said it would be either them or Seattle), are “back” in a sense following their rough 1-2 start. Their remaining schedule is a tad more daunting than Seattle’s is, and a rematch with those Seahawks is set up for Dec. 8 in San Fran. As much as I have a man crush on Kaepernick, I can’t envision
a scenario in which he does a complete 360 and puts together a career day in Seattle in, say, the Divisional Round of the playoffs. Carolina went from almost firing head coach Ron Rivera to suddenly being 5-3 and in contention for a wild-card spot. Their schedule, however, has the power to make you never say “Panthers” and “playoffs” in the same sentence until 2014: two against the Saints, one at San Fran, and one each against the Jets and Pats. It’ll soon be revealed if Cam Newton really is Superman. The Cardinals are going nowhere. Next, I laugh out loud every instance I realize that the Redskins and Giants are nowhere near elimination at this point. I want to see Aaron Rodgers in the playoffs almost as much as I don’t care to watch Jay Cutler in January. That is all. My Forecast of Dec. 29 NFC Playoff Picture 1. Seahawks 2. Saints 3. Packers 4. Cowboys 5. 49ers 6. Lions
Stypulkoski: Fans need to start acting more appropriately from TAKE, page 12 the atmosphere and the “sieve, you suck!” chants after every goal: the disbelief that this time next year, UConn hockey will be stacked against this. Incredibly, in one year’s time, our own Freitas Ice Forum, the tiny little bandbox that sits behind a soccer field and adjacent to the baseball and softball fields, the same arena that I’ve yet to see full,
will be competing with this – one of the best atmospheres you could think of. We may not be a Hockey East school quite yet, but we certainly need to start acting like it. Hockey needs to become part of the university’s culture – and fast – to avoid being laughed at. Take notes, UConn fans. Our Huskies deserve the same support as theirs.
Morgan Tuck leads Huskies in final preseason win from WELL, page 12
ting to be a basketball player–seeing more things other than just seeing shots.” Of the other three starters–Stefanie Dolson, Bria Hartley and Morgan Tuck–it was Tuck that looked most impressive, especially on the offensive end. “I think Morgan’s great,” Auriemma said. “She does all the things that good basketball players do, I’ve been saying that since she got here last year. She passes the ball, she dribbles it, she shoots it, she plays good defense, she rebounds it–I never have any complaints with Morgan.” And he certainly had trouble finding one on Tuesday, as Tuck took advantage of the starting spot vacated by fellow sophomore Moriah Jefferson, who sprained an ankle in the Huskies first exhibition against Gannon Friday night. Jefferson’s tweak was not severe, according to Auriemma, but the Huskies wanted to let the ankle rest to avoid lingering issues in the regular season. The efficiency with which Tuck operated was lethal–she hit seven of nine shots and went 2-for-2 from behind the arc– and led to a 16-point game. “Any chance you get to start and you don’t usually start, I think you have to show that you deserve to be out there,” Tuck said. “You can’t just be out there and not
contribute because then, why start you? So I think I tried to really just prove to my coaches and my teammates that I can be out there on the floor. I want to start.” By the end of the night, 10 different Huskies had gotten in on the scoring – the lone holdout being walk-on Briana Pulido. Fellow walkon Tierney Lawlor hit two free throws with around 1:30 remaining. The shutout was not for lack of effort. Pulido took five shots over the course of her 11 minutes, including four attempts on UConn’s final possession of the game, as the Huskies continued to feed her the ball after each offensive rebound. “They’re out there in practice working just as hard as we are,” Tuck said. “And for them to be out there, living their dream, I think that’s something that puts a smile on all of our faces and we just feel really happy for them.” With the way UConn’s schedule sets up–particularly with a weakened conference slate from years past in the old Big East–that pair could be in line for a decent chunk of minutes, even in the regular season. The regular season, of course, is what comes next for the Huskies. They open their slate with Hartford at the XL Center on Saturday at 4 p.m. That game will be televised on SNY.
TWO Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Stat of the day
What's Next Home game
Nov. 8 Maryland 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 11 Yale 3 p.m.
Women’s Basketball Nov. 9 Hartford 4 p.m.
Nov. 11 Stanford 3 p.m.
LeBron James has scored 10 or more points in.
» That’s what he said - New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle on the Jonathan Martin bullying case.
Nov. 17 Boston University 12 p.m.
Nov. 14 Detroit 7 p.m.
The number of consecutive games
Jeter deal leaves Yanks about $80M before tax
“Was Richie Incognito wrong? Absolutely. But I think the other guy is just as much to blame as Richie, because he allowed it to happen.”
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Nov. 21 Boston College 7 p.m.
» Pic of the day
I heart you
Nov. 15 Maryland 6 p.m.
Nov. 17 Penn State Noon
Nov. 20 Oregon 7 p.m.
Nov. 23 Temple TBA
Nov. 30 Rutgers TBA
Dec. 7 Memphis TBA
Football (0-7) Nov. 8 Louisville 8:30 p.m.
Nov. 16 SMU TBA
Men’s Soccer (9-2-5) Nov. 9 American Athletic Conference Quarterfinals SMU 5 p.m.
Field Hockey (15-4) Nov. 8 Big East Conference Semifinals Temple TBA
Volleyball Nov. 8 USF 7 p.m.
Nov. 10 UCF 2 p.m.
(11-15) Nov. 15 Rutgers 7 p.m.
Nov. 22 Memphis Noon
Nov. 24 Temple 2 p.m.
Women’s Hockey (3-5-1) Today Nov. 10 Boston Providence University 2 p.m. 7 p.m.
Nov. 23 Boston College 2 p.m.
Nov. 19 Brown 7 p.m.
Nov. 24 Boston College 2 p.m.
Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale celebrates after scoring during a Champions League, Group B, soccer match between Juventus and Real Madrid at the Juventus stadium in Turin, Italy, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013.
THE Storrs Side
Men’s Hockey (2-2-1) Nov. 17 Nov. 15 Nov. 23 Nov. 29 Nov. 12 Boston AIC Canisius Holy Cross Bentley University 7:05 p.m. 4:05 p.m. 7:05 p.m. 7:05 p.m. 7:05 p.m.
What's On TV
NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Golden State Warriors 8 p.m., FSN Both teams are coming into Wednesday’s matchup with 3-1 records and are also tied with two other teams atop the Western Conference. The Timberwolves have gotten off to a surprisingly good start thanks to Kevin Love, who has averaged 26.5 ppg and 14.3 rpg. Ricky Rubio also has 9.0 apg. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson continue to lead the Warriors with 22.0 ppg and 22.5 ppg, respectively. Andre Iguodala is coming off a 32-point performance Monday against the 76ers.
MLS: Sporting Kansas City vs. New England 9 p.m., CSN-NE The Revolution took Leg 1 of this Eastern Conference Semifinal matchup with a 2-1 victory on Saturday at Gillette Stadium, but have never won at Sporting Park in Kansas City. SKC, however, has ended each of the last two season with losses at home.
New England goalkeepr Matt Reis has yet to lose a decision this season, posting a 7-0-4 record during the regular season.
NEW YORK (AP) — Derek Jeter’s new contract has increased the Yankees’ luxury tax payroll to $97.71 million for seven signed players next year. That leaves New York with about $80 million to spend on the rest of its roster if the team wants to get under the 2014 tax threshold. Jeter and New York agreed Friday to a $12 million, one-year contract. Major League Baseball determined its value for purposes of the luxury tax is $12.81 million. The Yankees’ captain, injured for most of this year, was playing under a three-year contract with a player option for 2014 that wound up being worth $9.5 million and was replaced by the new salary. Baseball’s luxury tax uses the average annual values of contracts as defined by the sport’s collective bargaining agreement. Determining Jeter’s payroll figure for the tax is complicated by the option and the new salary, and New York may contest his 2014 evaluation. The Yankees want to re-sign free agents Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson and Hiroki Kuroda, and need to fill roster holes after missing the playoffs for just the second time in 19 years. The team figures to be interested in free-agent pitchers and catcher Brian McCann. Managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner has said getting under the $189 million tax threshold for 2014 is a hope but is not essential. “It’s a goal that we have if it’s possible,” general manager Brian Cashman said last month. “There’s a lot of benefits to staying under that, but it’s not a mandate if it’s at the expense of a championship run. It just depends on what the opportunities are before us, and the costs associated with it.” Alex Rodriguez’s payroll impact for 2014 would drop to $2.5 million if arbitrator Fredric Horowitz upholds a 211-game suspension imposed on the third baseman by MLB for alleged violations of the sport’s drug agreement and labor contract. Rodriguez, who is contesting the discipline, has a $25 million salary for next year, and the Yankees would not have to pay him for any period he is suspended. Payrolls for the luxury tax include the entire 40-man roster and a 1-30th portion of the cost of benefits and extended benefits for all major leaguers. That category totals items such as health insurance premiums, pension payments, club medical costs and payroll, unemployment and Social Security taxes. New York has paid luxury tax for every season since the provision was put in place for 2003, a total of $224.56 million. The Yankees will pay again for 2013, when the threshold was $178 million. But there are large benefits if the Yankees get under the threshold in 2014. The team’s tax rate would drop from its current 50 percent to 17.5 percent in 2015, and New York would be eligible to get back a portion of its revenuesharing payments.
THE Pro Side
UConn hosts AAC cross country meet
Kubiak’s health adds on to Texans’ woes
By Dalton Zbierski Campus Correspondent
By Scott Carroll Staff Writer
UConn played host to the first ever American Athletic Conference Championship cross country meets this past Saturday in Madison. The event, held at Hammonasset State Park, featured runners from across the conference. Participants from Texas to Florida flew into Connecticut from around the country to compete in the men’s 8k (4.97 miles) and women’s 6k (3.72) races. UConn’s men’s and women’s teams both earned respectable finishes. Two runners on the men’s side were able to earn top fifteen finishes for UConn. Sophomore Bryan Fowler, a Tolland, Conn. native and captain on the team, earned a 12th place finish at the event. His freshman teammate Mike O’Donnell, from Methuen, Mass., finished 15th. David Cotton, a UConn sophomore and Madison native, was the third UConn participant to finish. The women’s team was able to earn UConn a third place
all around finish. Sophomore Emily Durgin of Portland, Maine and senior Birgitte Mania of Flemington, N.J. both finished in the top ten. Durgin finished the race in 20 minutes and 25 seconds, and Mania finished in 20 minutes and 55 seconds. Sophomore Abby Mace of Maranacook, Maine placed third for UConn with a finishing time of 21 minutes and 23 seconds. Louisville, with a total of 28 points, won the overall men’s event with junior Tyler Byrne (22:57) finishing first and sophomore Earnest Kibet (23:27) finishing second. A pair of Houston runners, junior Yonas Tesfai (23:34) and freshman Brian Barraza (23:36) both finished in the top five. Southern Methodist, with a total of 29 points, took home first place in the women’s competition with freshman Tova Magnusson (20:23) placing second and the fourth place finish of freshman Agnes Sjostrom (20:33).
Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak was released from the hospital Tuesday after collapsing during halftime of Sunday’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts. After the clock ran out on the first half, Kubiak and his team began exiting toward the locker room. It was then that the 52-yearold collapsed and was unable to get up, requiring help off the field on a stretcher. The coach’s condition was diagnosed as a transient ischemic attack, an attack caused by loss of blood flow that causes neurological dysfunction. Kubiak is expected to make a full recovery. A transient ischemic attack is often referred to as a mini-stroke as it shares many of the symptoms without the long lasting effects. Some have wondered if the stress of being an NFL coach could have caused the incident. The Texans have had an overly stressful season as they were seen as favorites heading into the season and have failed to meet those expectations. Since beginning the year 2-0, the Houston Texans have lost their last six games. The Texans’ quarterback situa-
tion has been at the center of the losing streak as their team has featured three quarterbacks this season. The poor play of Matt Schaub early in the year caused many fans to want him benched. The fans got their wish as Schaub was injured in a game against the Rams. The injury was met by cheers from the Texan faithful. Next up as quarterback was TJ Yates who took over for Schaub against the Rams. He threw a pick six that the defense would return 96 yards for a touchdown. Up next for the Texans was Case Keenum, a home grown quarterback who attended the University of Houston. While he has yet to win a game, Keenum proved that he has some talent as he kept the Texans close against two worthy adversaries, Kansas City and Indianapolis. With the fluid quarterback situation and growing losing streak, some were beginning to question the job Kubiak was doing. No one can be sure that this incident is directly in correlation with the stress of being an NFL coach, but it couldn’t have helped. Kubiak has made plans to return to the field.
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Wednesday, November 6, 2013
NO BROTHERLY LOVE
Women’s basketball finishes preseason with 93-28 win over Philadelphia By Matt Stypulkoski Associate Sports Editor
Matt Stypulkoski Saturday night the chant “Let’s go Huskies” pulsed through the building so loud that it could be felt. This wasn’t Gampel Pavilion, not the XL Center, certainly not Rentschler Field. It wasn’t even the cozy confines of Morrone Stadium, Freitas Ice Forum or the Sherman turf field. No, this racket was 86 miles northeast of Storrs and aimed at a different breed of Huskies altogether. For once, UConn didn’t win something– in fact, it wasn’t even close. Man, Northeastern knows how to do hockey right. As Johnny Gaudreau and the Boston College Eagles appeared from the tunnel for warm-ups at Matthews Arena boos rained down and echoed off the wood-plank roof. And then, the Huskies hit the ice. In a word, it was pandemonium. “The Doghouse,” as the student section behind each goal is known, didn’t quiet down for the next 2 1/2 hours. “Let’s go Huskies.” “Go N-U.” “NORTH – EASTERN.” The chants went back and forth across the ice for three full periods. Frankly, it was awe-inspiring. And it was the best hockey game I’ve ever attended. Maybe it was the mystique of the 103-year-old barn in the heart of Boston. Maybe it was the aura of two Top-25 teams battling into overtime. Maybe it was the reunion with old friends for the first time in years. Maybe it was a combination of all those things, but I doubt it. What made the game special were the students and the atmosphere they created. College hockey is full of rabid fan bases: Cornell, Minnesota, Yale–they all have student sections that can shake a rink’s walls. They all have student sections that can make a game worth attending just by their presence, regardless of what’s happening on the ice. Such was the case at Matthews Arena on Saturday night. The students arrived early– every last seat in their sections were filled a half hour before puck drop–and stayed late. Not a single student left before Adam Gilmour’s goal gave BC a 4-3 comeback win. Better yet, each and every one of them was into it. No one was quiet, and everyone knew their place. Each chant was well-rehearsed, wellcoordinated. Each jibe at the Eagles’ goalie was perfectly in sync. As someone that has sat in the front row of just about every men’s basketball game for the past two years, I was impressed. I took videos. Better yet, when the third period ended and the clock ticked down two minutes until the extra period began, every guy in the student section –even some seated in the general crowd–pulled off his shirt. “Shirt-free OT,” they chanted. Awesome. Unfortunately, one lingering thought prevented me from fully enjoying the game,
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UConn’s Moriah Jefferson drives between two Gannon defenders in last Friday’s game at Gampel Pavilion. The Huskies finished their preseason with a 93-28 win over Philadelphia at the XL Center on Tuesday night. UConn will return there to begin its regular season on Saturday against Hartford at 4 p.m.
HARTFORD – There was a 3-2 Philadelphia lead. And then it was gone. A 28-0 run over 10:54 promptly erased that brief UConn deficit, but surely not before a few Rams’ parents could snap a picture of the scoreboard. By the final buzzer, that board read 93-28. With that, the preseason came to a close, much to the delight of head coach Geno Auriemma. “I don’t want to play any more of these games,” Auriemma said. “I’m not crazy about when the NCAA changed the rules about who you can play and who you can’t play. So yeah, I’m anxious, the players are anxious, I think everybody’s anxious for Saturday.” Despite the Division II competition, Breanna Stewart helped the Huskies wrap up the preseason in style. By the halftime break, she had already recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards. She logged just four minutes in the second half, but upped her totals to 14 and 11 to go with six blocks and six assists. Those final tallies put the Preseason AP AllAmerica Team sophomore at 18.5 points and 12 rebounds per game in the two exhibitions. But, as strong as the preseason was, it’s the next 31 games–plus a possible nine in the postseason–and staying steady in her production throughout them, that matter for Stewart. “I would love to stay consistent,” Stewart said. “I mean, the way I played in March and April is how I want to play throughout the entire season and to do that, I need to be a more consistent player than I was last year.” Fellow All-America selection Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis finished the night with a modest 10 points, but added eight assists. “She’s been really good at practice the last week or so,” Auriemma said. “She’s just get-
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Huskies finish preseason in dominating fashion
By Erica Brancato Staff Writer
The UConn women’s basketball team and fans alike will breathe a sigh of relief that the exhibition games are over. As head coach Geno Auriemma said, the final exhibition match-up would not be very different compared to the game versus Gannon on Friday. While Philadelphia put up a decent fight, UConn played well and the Huskies beat the Rams 93-28. UConn led 50-13 at the half. Breanna Stewart had a doubledouble with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Morgan Tuck followed closely behind with 10 points in the first half against the Rams. “I think tonight was very fun. It’s good to play against other people besides our practice players,” Breanna Stewart said. “I mean, they are good, but it’s nice to try your offense and defense against people you’ve never seen
before.” nerves she had shown before her The second half of the game first game and was able to show had the same feel as the first. the team her value. UConn clearly wasn’t backing “She was a lot more comfortdown. The only real threat to able. I mean freshman jitters you the Huskies defense was Philly’s get out there, you are new to the junior Monica Shacker. The game you aren’t really sure what 5-foot-6-inch guard racked up to do,” Mosqueda-Lewis said. 16 points for the “Now that she has a Rams. Despite the game under her belt huge gap between she did a lot better these two teams, the tonight.” Huskies still think Little by little, they could use a bit Chong will feel more improvements. more comfortable in “There’s always the college basketthings we can get ball environment. better on,” said junior Her team has the Notebook forward Kaleena upmost confidence Mosqueda-Lewis. in her. “Maybe not adding things but “I think she looked way more consistency on defense consis- comfortable today than she did in tency on making our offense flow the first game. Everyday at pracmore fluently, that’s definitely tice she’s looked more and more something we can work on.” comfortable. She has had one of Freshman Soniya Chong her best days… since she’s been seemed to have acclimated well here this week in practice. Little after one game with 13 points by little,” Auriemma said. “She in her 27 minutes. She lost the has great basketball instincts.
She kind of sees things and does things that you don’t have to be told all the time. She throws passes that only someone that’s paying attention can throw.” “Now that the final tune up is over with two exhibition wins over the team seems eager to go out and play in the regular season. The Huskies seem excited to prove themselves and defend their title. “I’m anxious. I think the players are anxious. I think everybody’s anxious for Saturday and everybody is anxious for Monday, and then next Friday and Sunday,” Auriemma said. “I think everyone is pretty much ready. Everybody wants those games to come and everybody wants those game to happen quickly.” Although the team is ready to defend their title and most have predicted they have a good shot at winning it again this year, UConn is taking this season in stride. The Huskies are taking
nothing for granted. “I think the toughest thing of being the favorites is not losing the focus and I think our coaching staff helps us stay one game at a time, and that’s how you have to go through your whole season. You don’t want to look ahead until March and April because you still have November and December to get through first,” Stewart said. “I think we as a team are preparing. We know that we have a bigger target on our back. We won last year but at the same time it’s a new year and we are going to refocus and take it one step at a time. “I mean all the accolades and everything is nice but it hasn’t happened yet. We haven’t won a national championship yet. We haven’t won any awards yet, so that kind of all falls in the back because we have to win games to win a national championship.”
Packers QB Rodgers has fractured left collarbone GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Packers’ franchise quarterback is taking a seat. Aaron Rodgers said Tuesday he has a fractured left collarbone and has no idea yet how long he will be out. The 2011 NFL MVP offered details of the injury on his weekly radio show on 540-AM ESPN. He got hurt after getting sacked by the Bears’ Shea McClellin on a third-down play during the Packers’ first series while he was scrambling outside the pocket. He hurt his left, non-throwing shoulder. “I do have a fractured collarbone. That’s a significant injury,” Rodgers said. “We’ll know more about the severity and the timetable later this week.” Rodgers said he was holding out hope he would heal quickly. “In this case, it was considerably more pain than I’ve felt in a long time,” he
added. That collective groan you heard came from the state of Wisconsin. The sliver of good news for the Packers: coach Mike McCarthy indicated that the injury won’t end Rodgers’ season. He sounded much more optimistic than after Monday night’s 27-20 loss to Chicago. “I’m relieved, no doubt,” McCarthy told reporters at Lambeau Field. “With the new information that was given today, everybody felt better about it. How long? We don’t have our hands around a timeline yet, but I know Aaron is very optimistic and he’ll do everything he can to get back in a timely fashion.” So in steps Seneca Wallace, who wasn’t even in Packers training camp this offseason, to take over the offense when the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Wallace was signed
before the week of the season opener after Green Bay jettisoned three other backup candidates. Wallace was ineffective in relief in the 27-20 loss against the Bears, finishing 11 for 19 for 114 yards and an interception. It was his first game since Jan. 1, 2012. The Packers can wait until Friday to officially rule out injured players, but McCarthy said “I’m preparing Seneca to be the starter, that’s the way our game-planning has gone.” Yet he seemed to leave open a glimmer of miraculous hope. “But let’s not kid ourselves, if (Rodgers) walked in your office and asked for the ball on Saturday, what would you do,” he asked rhetorically. “So, we’ll just see what happens.” On a team rocked all season by injuries, Rodgers had been a rock. The Packers had reeled off four straight wins despite
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is sacked by Chicago Bears’ Shea McClellin and Isaiah Frey during an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis.
being without top players like linebacker Clay Matthews (thumb), Randall Cobb (leg) and Jermichael Finley (neck). Losing Rodgers might be the most devastating blow of all. His timing, accuracy and footwork have been typical-
ly top-notch. Protected by an improved offensive line, and complemented by a rejuvenated running game, the Packers looked to be serious NFC contenders again considering guys like Matthews and Cobb were expected to return.