Volume CXVIII No. 49
International student center expresses diversity By Loumarie Rodriguez Staff Writer
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This past Friday, Nov. 4, the International Student Organization (ISO) held a meeting to discuss the country of Singapore and encourage students to visit. The meeting also updated students on the organization’s current events. The meeting, held on the third floor of the Student Union, focused on UConn’s international students. Ayesha Ramnath, a 3rd semester environmental science major and international student began the meeting with a presenta-
tion. Showing detailed maps and pictures of Singapore, Ramnath encouraged students to visit, emphasizing the diversity that the small country offers. Ramnath then talked about Singapore’s history. She gave a brief discussion about cultural hot spots and food to try. She stressed Singapore’s diversity, noting how the country celebrates holidays from many religions and cultures. Meetings are held such as these in order to expose students to other cultures, international or not, and to show the ISO’s diversity.
“I think it’s important to be a part of ISO,” said Motun Bolumole, 3rd-semester political science major. “As an international student, you can get lost at UConn since it’s such a large campus. It’s also important to have your culture represented.” The ISO is a newly founded organization, begun just this semester to bring international students closer together. ISO’s main objective is to represent different cultures and help international students adjust and feel at home during their stay at UConn. The group is also affiliated with the International Center and
“It’s also important to have your culture represented.” Motun Bolumole 3rd-semester political science major has about 200 people on their mailing list. There an ISO Facebook group called “UConn
I n te r n a tio n al S tu d en t Organization” that informs all members on the latest meetings and events. ISO plans to collaborate with Late Night on Nov. 11 to display globalthemed activities. ISO will have its own table and will feature cultural games from all over the world. “I’m happy that students are taking the initiative to get to know the International students,” said Ramnath. “Students are finally opening themselves to other cultures and can make more friends along the way.”
Program offers two-way education with Costa Rica
National Acrobats of China stuns scores
By Olivia Balsinger Staff Writer
WHEN LIFE HANDS YOU ORanges UConn beats Orange for fifth straight time, improves to 4-5.
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COMMENTARY/page 4 INSIDE NEWS: ‘60 MINUTES’ COMMENTATOR ANDY ROONEY DIES Voice of life’s small and large absurdities passes away at 92.
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The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China performed for a crowd at Jorgensen Sautday night. Their performance included death-defying acts which test the capabilities of the human body, according to the events page.
Women at the UConn have an excellent opportunity to be a part of a cultural immersion that is coming to campus – the “Women’s Empowerment Exchange Program.” The program is hosted by the campus’s Global Training and Development Institute (GTDI) in conjunction with the University for Peace (UPEACE) in Costa Rica. The program’s main goal is to develop and facilitate a twoway educational program that will last throughout multiple years between young leaders of both the United States and Costa Rica. As stated in the program’s press release, “20 young professionals from Costa Rica and 20 young professionals from the U.S. will receive fellowships to increase their knowledge about how to become effective social change agents using a social change entrepreneurship model.” The program is funded through the U.S. Department of
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Infirmary provides student healthcare
By Amanda Farley Campus Correspondent
Feeling under the weather? Fell off your skateboard and heard a snap? Head down to the infirmary. The infirmary on Glenbrook Road is open to all UConn students registered at the Storrs campus. With over 20,000 students, undergraduates and graduates, it is essential to have a medical facility on campus. The infirmary takes care of over 200 students a day with their medical needs, including injuries, illness, check-ups and immunizations. UConn’s Student Health Services specializes in primary health care, acute care counseling and mental health, inpatient care, laboratory, radiology and pharmacy. “As a health science major, I think it’s really good that we have the infirmary and I think it is absolutely necessary,” said Jamille Rancourt, a 3rd-semester allied health major. Always remember to bring an insurance card to any visit to
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The UConn Infirmary, located on Glenbrook Road takes care of more than 200 students medical needs a day.
the infirmary. To find out if an insurance company will cover a visit to the infirmary, go to the student health services website, where there are links that will explain the process. “Currently, our facility has
participating provider status with the following insurance carriers: Anthem Blue Cross/ Blue Shield, Aetna, Cigna, Healthnet, United Health Care and Aetna Student Health (SHIP),” according to an
online informational sheet on the Student Health Services website. According to a press release on “How to Access Health Care at UConn” by Bradley Hunt and Molly Voytek, even though the infirmary can take walk-in patients, it is less time-consuming for patients and faculty if students call and make an appointment. The student health services building houses doctors, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, dieticians and counseling services. “One thing I didn’t like was when my boyfriend was sick a few weeks ago during the rain storm and a lot of places were losing power, and I couldn’t get a hold of the infirmary because their phones were not working. I thought that it was ironic that the only health facility did not have a full working generator, only had lights on and they didn’t have phones. It is an inconvenience to the student body,” said Rancourt. Confused about whether or not to make the trek down to
the infirmary? Call and speak with the advice nurse on duty. They will assist in the decisionmaking process, you may just need rest, or you should go directly down to the infirmary to get checked out. Call 911 right away if you are having a more serious problem that could end up being life threatening. The infirmary basically takes care of students with acute illnesses. According to the press release, “If you have an acute onset of respiratory illness, open wound, sudden and profound sickness, sports injury, or anything else causing extreme discomfort, come in to our urgent care clinic.” Monday through Friday, there is always someone present: a doctor or a nurse practitioner is available from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and a registered nurse is there 24/7 to help a student out. During the weekends, the staff is available from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
What’s on at UConn today... Udall Scholarship Information Session 12 to 1 p.m. CUE, 134 Sophomores and juniors who are passionate about the environment may be eligible to apply for nomination for the Morris K. and Stewart L. Udall competition.
Graduate Seminar Series 12 to 1:30 p.m. Dodd Center, 162 Rita Kesselring, Visiting Scholar in Anthropology from the University of Basel, Switzerland will speak about her work on Law and Human Rights in South Africa.
Project 35 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The National Acrobats of the P(ICI) hound the world to each select one single-channel video work, culminating in the four-part touring video program that is Project 35.
Husky Ally Safe Zone training 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Rainbow Center The 3-hour workshop offers a highly interactive learning experience about being an ally within and to the lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, genderqueer, pansexual, two-spirited campus community.
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About 20 cats die in State animal refuge blaze
FALLS VILLAGE (AP) — Authorities say at least 20 cats died and two buildings were destroyed in a fire at a Connecticut animal sanctuary. Fire officials in rural Falls Village say high winds helped stoke the blaze Friday night at The Last Post, a refuge for cats whose owners have died or gone into nursing care. The center’s directors were not at the site when it broke out, and no firefighters were injured in the incident. The facility lost power Oct. 30 during the snowstorm that swept the Northeast. Its business manager says they were looking into whether a generator might be to blame for the fire, although the fire marshal says the cause was still being determined.
NC teen dies after fall from window at dorm
WEST HAVEN (AP) — Police say a North Carolina teenager has died of injuries he sustained after falling from a fourthfloor dormitory window at a Connecticut university. West Haven police say 19-year-old Samuel Milano of Cary, N.C., died of his injuries at a local hospital after the incident at the University of New Haven’s Sheffield Hall on Saturday night. The New Haven Register reports he was a sophomore studying criminal justice. Other students told the newspaper that they heard yelling and saw blood on his face while he stood at the window, and police are investigating witnesses’ reports that he might have pulled off the screen and jumped. The university is providing counseling to students in the wake of Milano’s death, and the investigation remained open Sunday.
Woman dies when tree falls on tent at park
LYME (AP) — Connecticut officials say a woman was killed and a man was injured when a tree fell on their tent at an island park. A spokesman for the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says the victim is a 53-year-old woman from Essex. She was pronounced dead at the scene early Sunday in Selden Neck State Park in Lyme. A 59-year-old man from Old Lyme was also injured and was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital, but his condition was not disclosed Sunday. Four other campers were nearby, but were not injured when the tree fell. Camping season ended Sept. 30 on the island, which is on the Connecticut River and is accessible only by boat.
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Tarmac delays an image problem for Bradley International Airport HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The headlines were brutal: “126 Trapped on Plane 7 Hours.” ‘’Another Fiasco at Bradley.” Passengers on at least four planes sat on the tarmac at Connecticut’s Bradley Airport for seven hours or more Oct. 29 when the autumn snowstorm hit the Northeast, marking the second time in less than two years that Bradley has made news because passengers were stranded on the tarmac. Air traffic controllers diverted 28 planes to Bradley because of the storm. Five were able to refuel and take off. For those stuck at Bradley, what waited for them when they deplaned was worse in some ways: Stuck in an airport overnight without heat, no access to luggage carrying clean clothes and toiletries, no security. “The airport was very, very cold and there didn’t seem to be anyone in charge,” said Elizabeth Halasz of Miami, a former flight attendant who was aboard the JetBlue flight. The debacle raised anew questions about whether the smaller regional airport is adequately prepared for future storms, when more planes will surely be diverted. And the delays touched off more national debate, this time about the need for improved communication between airports and airlines, the type of conversations that determine when passengers can disembark. It’s far from the kind of publicity Connecticut officials were seeking for the state’s flagship airport, located about halfway between the capital of Hartford and Springfield,
Mass., as they work to overhaul operations with a new airport authority and attract more business. “All bad publicity is not good. So does it hurt Hartford as an airport? Of course it does, because people will try to avoid it if they can,” said state Sen. Gary LeBeau, a Democrat from East Hartford who’s co-chairman of the General Assembly’s Commerce Committee. “It’s the opposite of what we want, which is good marketing.” The first problem for Bradley
came in June 2010, when about 300 people aboard a diverted trans-Atlantic flight, originally from London to Newark, were marooned for four hours. Some fell ill from the heat. The delay prompted calls to add international travel to a federal rule limiting how long airlines can keep passengers on board. Last weekend, one JetBlue flight from Florida and headed to New Jersey was stranded at Bradley for more than seven and a half hours. It seemed as if the airport lacked enough people on the ground to get the
passengers off the plane, said Elizabeth Halasz of Miami, a former flight attendant who was aboard the plane. While the experience of being trapped aboard the plane more nearly eight hours was difficult, Halasz said the saga worsened once passengers left the plane. They had to camp out on cots inside the airport, which had no heat. Elderly passengers, she said, were freezing, and no one had access to their luggage until early the next morning to pull out extra clothing.
NEW YORK (AP) — Andy Rooney so dreaded the day he had to end his signature “60 Minutes” commentaries about life’s large and small absurdities that he kept going until he was 92 years old. Even then, he said he wasn’t retiring. Writers never retire. But his life after the end of “A Few Minutes With Andy Rooney” was short: He died Friday night, according to CBS, only a month after delivering his 1,097th and final televised commentary. Rooney had gone to the hospital for an undisclosed surgery, but major complications developed and he never recovered. “Andy always said he wanted to work until the day he died, and he managed to do it, save the last few weeks in the hospital,” said his “60 Minutes” colleague, correspondent Steve Kroft. Rooney talked on “60 Minutes” about what was in the news, and his opinions occasionally got him in trouble. But he was just as likely to discuss the old clothes in his closet, why air travel had become unpleasant and why banks needed to have important-sounding names. Rooney won one of his four Emmy Awards for a piece on whether there was a real Mrs. Smith who made Mrs. Smith’s
Pies. As it turned out, there was no Mrs. Smith. “I obviously have a knack for getting on paper what a lot of people have thought and didn’t realize they thought,” Rooney once said. “And they say, ‘Hey, yeah!’ And they like that.” Looking for something new to punctuate its weekly broadcast, “60 Minutes” aired its first Rooney commentary on July 2, 1978. He complained about people who keep track of how many people die in car accidents on holiday weekends. In fact, he said, the Fourth of July is “one of the safest weekends of the year to be going someplace.” More than three decades later, he was railing about how unpleasant air travel had become. “Let’s make a statement to the airlines just to get their attention,” he said. “We’ll pick a week next year and we’ll all agree not to go anywhere for seven days.” In early 2009, as he was about to turn 90, Rooney looked ahead to President Barack Obama’s upcoming inauguration with a look at past inaugurations. He told viewers that Calvin Coolidge’s 1925 swearing-in was the first to be broadcast on radio, adding, “That may have been the most interesting thing Coolidge ever did.”
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commitment to producing good work. As the press release states, “Fellows from both countries will work in teams in a dynamic online environment to plan for the implementation of 10 team-based social change projects located in indigenous and Afro-descendent communities in Costa Rica. These small projects, supported by mini-grants, will empower women to address a variety of health, environmental sustainability and economic development issues.” Another exciting opportunity that UPEACE provides for the women is the opportunity to attend a six-week workshop on social entrepreneurship, where participants are given the opportunity to enhance their own leadership skills and put them to use, by facilitating an orientation session for the U.S. participants upon their arrival to Costa Rica. “ E m p o w e r i n g Women through Social Entrepreneurship” is one of many programs funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in an attempt to bring cultural opportunities to both Americans and people of varying backgrounds.
In this Oct. 30, 2011 file photo, stranded passengers rest on cots a day after a storm inside at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Conn.
‘60 Minutes’ commentator Grant funding project House explodes in central will fund other projects Andy Rooney dies Conn.; 1 dead, 2 hurt
COVENTRY (AP) — Authorities continue to investigate the cause of an explosion that leveled a Connecticut house, killing one person and injuring two others. The home exploded at around 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the small town of Coventry. Coventry police Chief Mark Palmer tells Fox Connecticut News that the house was still smoldering hours after the blast. He says the home was “pretty much total devastation.” It remained under investigation Sunday. Coventry police Sgt. Pete Tanaka tells The Associated Press that two people were hurt in the blast, one of them seriously. He says a third person has died. Coventry is about 20 miles east of Hartford.
Pa. warehouse workers tell paper they endured cold
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A report says workers at an Amazon.com warehouse in Pennsylvania who were subjected to sweltering conditions last summer also say they endured frigid wintertime conditions a year ago. The (Allentown) Morning Call says workers at the warehouse in Breinigsville (BRINE’-igz-vuhl) required medical attention during three fire alarm evacuations in November and December 2010. Federal labor records say some were treated at hospitals for exposure after being outside in below-freezing temperatures. Amazon says it has updated its procedures to re-enter the building more quickly after alarms and distributes hats, blankets and hand warmers. The paper has reported that sweltering conditions inside the warehouse on several days this summer sent a few employees to hospitals, prompting a federal inspection.
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Big quake follows increase in Oklahoma rumblings SPARKS, Okla. (AP) — Clouds of dust belched from the corners of almost every room in Joe Reneau’s house as the biggest earthquake in Oklahoma history rocked the two-story building. A roar that sounded like a jumbo jet filled the air, and Reneau’s red-brick chimney collapsed and fell into the roof above the living room. By the time the shaking stopped, a pantry worth of food had been strewn across the kitchen and shards of glass and pottery covered the floor. “It was like WHAM!” said Reneau, 75, gesturing with swipes of his arms. “I thought in my mind the house would stand, but then again, maybe not.” The magnitude 5.6 earthquake and its aftershocks still had residents rattled Sunday. Two minor injuries were reported from Saturday’s quakes by the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, which said neither person was hospitalized. And, aside from a buckled highway and the collapse of a tower on the St. Gregory’s University administration building in Shawnee, no major damage was reported. But the weekend earthquakes were among the strongest yet in a state that has seen a dramatic, unexplained increase in seismic activity.
$9M richer, informant unmasks himself at NY trial NEW YORK (AP) — The most bankable star witness at the trial of an ex-Soviet officer known as the Merchant of Death was a former drug dealer turned U.S. government-sponsored actor who became one of the highest paid informants in history. Carlos Sagastume, 40, earned more than $9 million over 15 years by convincing drug dealers and a weapons merchant that he was as bad — if not worse — than they. Collecting evidence against Viktor Bout was another major achievement in a remarkable career for Sagastume. He posed as a member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, also known as the FARC, to coax Bout to travel from Russia to Thailand in March 2008 to arrange to send deadly weapons to Colombian rebels to fight Americans. The monthlong trial in federal court in Manhattan ended Wednesday with Bout’s conviction on conspiracy charges. The arms dealer, an inspiration for the character played by Nicolas Cage in the 2005 film “Lord of War,” faces a potential life sentence. Sagastume made most of his millions through the State Department’s Narcotics Rewards Program, collecting $7.5 million from two rewards for work he did for the Drug Enforcement Administration. Another $1.6 million was earned through work on 150 investigations, though some of
This Nov. 16, 2010, file photo, provided by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), shows Russian arms trafficking suspect Viktor Bout, center, led by DEA officers off a flight From Bangkok to New York after his extradition to face terrorism charges.
the money covered expenses. He was paid $250,000 for the Bout probe. In all, the State Department has paid more than $62 million in rewards since Congress established the program in 1986 to reward individuals who provide information to help arrest and convict drug dealers. Myrna S. Raeder, a Southwestern Law School professor, said she found it interesting that Sagastume had lived a life of disguise for so long. “One would think that one’s cover would be blown much
Occupy Atlanta plans 2nd attempt to camp at park
ATLANTA (AP) — Occupy Atlanta organizers said Sunday that they plan to again try to camp at a city park, setting up yet another showdown with police a night after 20 people were arrested during a rally that spilled into the streets. The group will hold its general assembly meeting Sunday evening, then march back to Woodruff Park downtown, said organizer Tim Franzen. Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos said police would continue to enforce the law. Anti-Wall Street protesters across the country have been arrested in recent weeks, most for curfew violations. Some of the most intense confrontations between demonstrators and police have been in Oakland, Calif., where two Iraq War veterans have been hurt in separate clashes with officers. In Atlanta, 19 people were arrested on charges they refused
Amy Barnes protests as police move in to clear a downtown street during an Occupy Atlanta demonstration late Saturday, Nov. 5.
to leave the park after curfew or blocked city roads, police said. Franzen said they would be released from jail Sunday. He said one other person charged with aggravated assault and obstruction likely won’t be bailed out until sometime this week. Before Saturday’s 11 p.m. cur-
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earlier,” she said. “This sounds like fodder for a movie with that kind of background.” Thomas Pasquarello, a former DEA special agent who headed the Bout probe in Thailand, said Sagastume was among the DEA’s best informants. “If you’re looking at big fish, you need big bait,” he said. “That’s what guys like Carlos are good at. They’re pros at what they do and they have deep connections.” A good informant risks his life and can fake underground connections to reassure some-
one like Bout that he’s authentic, he said. “Look at Viktor Bout. He wasn’t going to fall for a rookie informant. Guys like that could see through a rookie undercover in five minutes,” said Pasquarello, now chief of police in Somerset, Mass. The Guatemalan-born Sagastume did not seem a likely candidate to be a prosecutor’s best friend when he began transporting drugs — after he finished a five-year stint in Guatemala’s Army, where he
specialized in gathering intelligence on subversive activity and guerrilla activists. Speaking through an interpreter —even though he could be heard on taped conversations speaking English — he testified at Bout’s trial that he was paid $450,000 for helping transport up to 3,000 kilos of cocaine and $3 million in cash for drug organizations. He said that after he was kidnapped by federal police in Mexico and a $60,000 ransom was paid to free him, he contacted the DEA in Guatemala, looking for a new line of work. By 1998, he had moved to the United States and was steadily delivering successful results in DEA investigations. In January 2008, he was summoned to join a sting operation designed to catch Bout, who was known as a supplier of weapons that fueled civil wars in South America, the Middle East and Africa. His clients ranged from Liberia’s Charles Taylor and Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to the Taliban government that once ran Afghanistan. Sagastume was assigned to pose as a FARC member who wanted to buy 100 surface-to-air missiles, 20,000 AK-47 rifles, 350 sniper rifles, 5 tons of C-4 explosives and 10 million rounds of ammunition, among other weapons. He teamed up with Ricardo Jardenero, 52, a Colombian-born informant who posed as “The Commandant,” a commanding officer in the FARC, classified by Washington as a narco-terrorist group.
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few, a crowd of several hundred protesters had set up tents at Woodruff Park, the scene of about 50 arrests of demonstrators last month. Organizers had said they planned to stay overnight despite warnings from the mayor and police that anyone there past closing would be arrested.
CAMDENTON, Mo. (AP) — Nearly every year, Patsy Riley has gotten unsolicited offers for her house on Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks with its spectacular views of tree-lined bluffs and its ample shoreline, but she never wanted to leave. Now, she and hundreds of her neighbors wonder what will become of their homes after a federal agency declared that many structures built close to the lake may have to go. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, citing restrictions on private developments around dams, says thousands of residences, decks, patios and boathouses appear to encroach on land belonging to the hydroelectric project in violation of federal regulations. The announcement has triggered panic in the area’s lakefront communities and led to a
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Cameron’s progressive stance on aid impressive
ritish Prime Minister David Cameron is threatening to cut U.K. aid to nations that impose laws banning homosexuality. He said he wants the recipients of British taxpayers’ money to “adhere to proper human
rights.” The Brits, unlike the Americans, have long prided themselves on not attaching strings to their aid. Not anymore. Leaders of powerful nations making bold, strong pronouncements the way that Cameron has are, unfortunately, rare occurrences in modern politics. We should celebrate Cameron’s conviction and progressivism while also pressuring homophobic countries to accept, respect and protect all of their people, regardless of sexual orientation. Homosexual acts are illegal in most of the African countries that receive aid from nations including the U.K. and the U.S. Many people see it as violating religious and cultural beliefs. So now it seems as if Cameron’s government faces the prospect of its money finding no takers in Africa where leaders seem determined to protect their societies’ “moral fiber” from “corrupting influences.” And they are not alone in their anger. Christian groups—among them the U.K.’s Christian Voice— are offering moral support, apparently in order to ensure that Africa’s young people are protected from bad influences from “broken” societies bent on “exporting Western depravity.” This could generate more anti-West sentiment among nations who already resent Western values being forced upon them. However, Cameron’s intimidation can be an effective longterm approach and is likely to change the attitudes in those countries. Cameron conceded that he does not expect countries to change overnight. During the fight for changing governmental attitudes however, it is the people who may suffer the consequences. Many in the developing world will resent the fact that this issue may take precedence over life-threatening issues such as extreme hunger, yet for many homosexuals in these countries, this is also a matter of life and death. It’s important to note, however, that this threat would not actually reduce the overall amount of aid to any one country, as it only applies to one type of bilateral aid—general budget support. Cameron may sound foolish to many today, but with sustained pressure, it is only a matter of time before we see gay rights marches on the streets in Africa. The Daily Campus editorial is the official opinion of the newspaper and its editorial board. Commentary columns express opinions held solely by the author and do not in any way reflect the official opinion of The Daily Campus.
To the guy in Husky Talk: it’s Space Jam, not Spaceballs. Michael Jordan would be very disappointed. That awkward moment when the Syracuse fan section was louder than the UConn student section. If McEntee fell out of a boat, he would not be able to hit the water. Today my roommate was playing The Sims. I watched him watching his sim watch television. It was like a horrible MC Escher painting. CL&P said 99 percent of customers will have power restored by Sunday night, since I still don’t have power does that make me part of the 1 percent everybody’s been talking about lately? That moment where you realize how weird ears look from behind and its all you can pay attention to during lecture. Am I the only one relieved that the Giants validated all of my drunken smack talk about Brady and the Patriots this weekend? Thank you Daylight Saving Time for being Hangover Appreciation Day! Dear UConn football team: the student section gets no pleasure out of booing our own players. Thanks for stepping up and showing some real fight in the 2nd half. That awkward moment when you’re wearing your cousin’s panties. I think I may be the only person in the world that like the taste of popcorn lightly burnt. By taking part in No-Shave November, you’re also participating in No-Swag November by default.
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What we can learn from Fort Hood tragedy
wo years ago, on a quiet November afternoon, a man in uniform entered the Soldier Readiness Processing Center on the Fort Hood Military base located just outside of Killeen, Tex. He took a seat at an empty table and bowed his head for several seconds before suddenly shouting, “Allahu Akbar” and drawing two semi-automatic pistols. He opened fire on unarmed soldiers, and for approximately 10 minutes, attempted to kill any uniformed personnel he could see before finally being put down. When the By Tyler McCarthy firing stopped, 214 Weekly Columnist rounds had been shot, 30 people, including the shooter, were wounded and 13 were dead. Among those 13 was Francheska Velez, who was pregnant at the time of her murder. This marked the worst mass shooting on a military base in U.S. history. Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the shooter, was shot during the rampage and is now paralyzed. He is currently awaiting trial for his actions, that were considered by some to be among the most devastating terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, second only to 9/11. However, this title may be a bit extreme, for evidence shows that Hasan was likely acting alone. Although he’d had correspondence with Anwar al-Awlaki, a man that the FBI deemed to be heavily associated with al-Queda, the FBI dismissed the correspondence as legitimate medical research. At the time, Hasan was working as a psychiatrist for the army at the Soldier Readiness Processing Center,
where soldiers are evaluated both prior to and after deployment. Not long before the shooting, Hasan received news that he would be deployed to Afghanistan soon. It is believed that the fear he’d acquired during his time working with army men and women in the Soldier Readiness Processing Center manifested itself as an anti-American sentiment, leading the already unstable man to do what he did. None of this information is meant to excuse the monstrous crimes that Hasan committed. It is simply an important distinction to make, even two years later. Following the tragedy at Fort Hood, Americans had a choice to make. Was this to be labeled an isolated incident or a premeditated act of terrorism? To this day, the answer to that question is still a little murky in the public’s national consciousness. On the one hand, Hasan exhibited anti-American tendencies by opening fire on unarmed soldiers. However, evidence shows that he was not being backed by any particular organization. Despite things being unclear, the public, for the most part, was willing to accept the facts of the case and rule it a tragedy, not an act of war. A lot of things came out of the aftermath of the Fort Hood shootings. The most devastating part was the injuries sustained by U.S. soldiers as well as the 13 lives lost and the child that was deprived of entering the world. Two years later, our hearts should go out to the families of those men and women. In
addition, each year that this story is brought to the forefront of the nation’s minds, it is important to keep a cool head. The ultimate tragedy would be for Hasan’s actions to be used as a tool in a witch-hunt against all Muslim Americans who wish to serve in the military. Following the shooting, Anwar al-Awlaki praised and tried to take credit for the shooting, but no evidence of his prior knowledge has been found. Furthermore, before his death by a U.S.-launched predator drone in 2011, al-Awlaki encouraged other Muslim Americans serving in the military to follow Hasan’s example. These kinds of ideas are like bombs waiting to explode. Such things could easily be used as evidence that there are sleeper cells within the U.S. military just waiting for an episode like Fort Hood. Were such a thing to happen, almost every Muslim American serving in the United States Armed Services would suddenly become a suspect. Not too long ago in our history, this would have been a farfetched concept. Now, each year it could be triggered again. With the second anniversary of the Fort Hood shootings here, on the eve of soldiers’ return from overseas, with a new election approaching and an unstable economy to deal with, it is very easy to let fear take control. As for Major Nidal Malik Hasan’s motivations for his actions, nothing is clear. What we allow his actions to mean, however, is still very much in our control.
“...it is very easy to let fear take control.”
Weekly Columnist Tyler McCarthy is a 5th-semester journalism and English double major. He can be reached at Tyler.McCarthy@UConn.edu.
Blind American patriotism not in best interests for nation
ormer Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has stated that, if the U.N. accepts Palestine’s bid, the U.S. will cut all funding to Palestine and may consider doing so for the U.N. as well. The U.S. government has already cut funding to UNESCO for recognizing Palestine, where the U.S. formerly committed a quarter of all total funds. These actions reflect absurd By Christopher Viering the belief that Staff Columnist the American way of life is the only way and demonstrate patriotism at its worst. This is not mutually exclusive to America. Patriotism is what drove the British to resist Indian independence and eventually to partition the nation into borders designed to create conflict. Patriotism drove the Japanese Empire to conquer enormous sections of East Asia prior to World War II. Patriotism is a powerful idea, one that has united people of different communities, ethnicities and even faiths under a common banner for a common cause. Patriotism has overthrown ruthless monarchs and seen the rise of strong and
prosperous countries. Now it is obsolete. For every gain made in the name of one’s country there has been a devastating loss. Every revolution has seen the rise of an empire or destruction by another one. A prime example of this process is the UNESCO funding issue. UNESCO provides educational aid to numerous poor and underdeveloped countries, and has lost much of its funding for recognizing a single state running against American national interests. One could argue a moral reason for the withdrawal if UNESCO didn’t already recognize the membership of states such as North Korea and Saudi Arabia, which continually commit gross violations of human rights and yet are not in American interest to censure. As the United States declares unconditionally that it will not accept Palestine as a new sovereign territory, the European Union is discussing how to resolve the debt crisis of several member countries, most prominently Greece and Italy. While every European country remains a sovereign nation and most have powerful patriotic sentiment, the Union is a clear
example of where humanity should head. Both the EU and the UN exist to allow peaceful cooperation between nations and involve nations having to sacrifice their sovereignty. Furthermore, in contrast to the nationalist view to never surrender their sovereignty in any situation, the EU member nations benefit greatly from giving up sovereignty. The Euro agreements over open borders and economic aid to Eastern European member states all require a surrender of sovereignty. The result is an economically strong and influential entity. As separate nations competing against the enormous resources of Russia, China, and the United States, much of Europe would have become irrelevant in the modern world. History suggests this is the logical step in the progression: Feudalism fell to nation-states, which, in turn, will fall to supra-national unity. There are certainly good patriots who believe in their nation but are willing to criticize its faults and who don’t regard other nations as inferior. The common metaphor is that of the nation as a family: Its members look out for each other and put each other first while not
bringing other families down. Nations as they stand are, however, far too powerful to be thought of as families. To do so gives governments too much leeway in foreign relations. A powerful nation, looking out for its own interests, can and often does act to the detriment of others. Others would argue for the sovereignty angle that no nation should be expected to surrender its own sovereignty. However, this would seem to apply only to powerful nations such as the United States. Thefts of sovereignty from other nations, for nationally beneficial reasons, are rarely attacked in this way. This leads back to the idea of patriotism only for one’s country. The United States will suffer if it is a nation of patriots, according to the contemporary sense. As a people, we understand the basic principles of human rights, freedom and prosperity. Hoarding these things in the name of our country need not be the case. Staff Columnist Christopher Viering is a 5thsemester history and English double major. He can be reached at Christopher.Viering@UConn.edu
“C ongress was hard at work yesterday . T hey voted 396-9 to reaf it firm ‘I n G od W e T rust ’ as our national motto . I still don ’ t know why we would trust G od after what he did to K im K ardashian and K ris .” –J immy K immel
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Horoscopes by Brian Ingmanson To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) -- Today is an 8 -- There’s passion in the air today. It could be an artistic awakening, calling you to create. Or it might be a more personal connection. Words come easily. Indulge. Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 6 -- Don’t hold back. You have no trouble getting the message across. Express your deepest feelings. Leave your money in the bank. You won’t need it anyway. Gemini (May 21-June 21) -- Today is an 8 -- Be careful what you wish for. Others want to do what you ask. Now’s a good time to consult with your partner. Someone’s sharing kindness. Spread it around. Cancer (June 22-July 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Stop putting it off, and get what you need for your home! You’ve been making do, and it’s time to break down and get it. Direct action is called for. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is a 9 -- Send support to someone on the front lines today. Even simple words of encouragement go a long way. Whatever the battle, let them know you’re on their side.
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Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Listen to your core values. There could be a big change at home. The money will come for what you need. Let your community know, and put it in action. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- You may not like to admit it, but you are probably avoiding responsibility somewhere. Check what your true commitments are. Prioritize those. Reschedule the rest. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 9 -- It’s a good time to ask for money. How’s that marketing campaign going? Express the value. Get very clear about it. Do it all for love.
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Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is an 8 -- Let go of a presupposition, and abandon yourself to romance. What if you had no idea how it was going to be? Embrace the mystery. Discover harmony. Rockin’ Rick
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is an 8 -- Love is in the air (and not only in a romantic way). Bring passion and creativity to your work, and to your play. What you have to say is important. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 9 -- A new collaboration with a family member is possible, even if it requires some time to work things out. Set up a long-term plan. Words come easily now. Write a love letter. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 9 -- Your finances are on the upswing. If you play the game and choose your next moves well, you could also move ahead in love through open and clear communication.
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Initial agreement reached in Greece power-sharing
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s embattled prime minister and main opposition leader agreed Sunday to form an interim government to ensure the country’s new European debt deal and oversee early elections, capping a week of political turmoil that saw Greece facing a catastrophic default and threatening its euro membership. Greek leaders had been anxious to end a severe political crisis with some positive result before Monday, when the country heads to a meeting of eurozone finance ministers in Brussels. The initial agreement, which will see Prime Minister George Papandreou step down, came after a week of drama sparked by his announcement he was taking the debt deal to a referendum. He withdrew that plan Thursday after intense opposition from European leaders and his own Socialist lawmakers, many of whom called for him to resign. Papandreou “has already stated he will not lead the new government,” the statement from the president’s office said. He is to meet again Monday with opposition leader Antonis Samaras to seek agreement on who will head the new government and who will be included in its Cabinet, the president’s office said. A planned meeting with the leaders of all political parties represented in parliament, which was to take place Monday evening, was canceled after parliament’s two leftist parties refused to attend, the office said. The statement came after a late-night meeting between Papandreou and Samaras called by President Karolos Papoulias to end a two-day deadlock. Direct talks had failed to get off the ground as Papandreou had agreed to step aside but only after power-sharing talks settled
Antonis Samaras adresses the media after meeting Greek president Karolos Papoulias, at the Presidential Palace in Athens on Sunday, Nov. 6. The conservative leader of the main opposition party said that no talks between the two parties were taking place and Samaras also reiterated his stance that Prime Minister Papandreou must resign before any coalition discussions can take place.
on a new government makeup, and Samaras insisted he wanted snap elections and would not start negotiations unless Papandreou resigned first. An opposition conservative party official said Samaras’ party is “absolutely satisfied” with the outcome of the talks and that party officials were to hold meetings late Sunday night with Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos and his advisers to discuss how long it would take to finalize the new debt deal and when elections could be held. “Our two targets, for Mr. Papandreou to resign and for elections to be held, have been
met,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the process. The crisis was sparked after Papandreou’s shock announcement on Oct. 31 that he wanted to put a new European debt deal aimed at rescuing his country’s economy to a referendum. That plan caused an uproar in Europe, with the leaders of France and Germany saying any popular vote in Greece would decide whether the country would remain in the euro. European officials also said the country would not receive the vital €8 billion euro installment of its existing €110 billion bailout until the uncertainty in Athens
Former general leads polls for Guatemala president
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalans chose Sunday between two right-leaning presidential candidates: a former general who promises law and order and a tycoon-turned-political populist whose proposals include more social programs. The two candidates competing in a runoff after garnering the most votes in the first round Sept. 11 each lobbed accusations during the vote, which seemed to draw a low turnout. Polls showed Otto Perez Molina, 61, a retired general and former military intelligence director running for the rightwing Patriotic Party, at least 10 to 15 points ahead of Manuel Baldizon, 41, of the Democratic Freedom Revival party. But many predicted the results would be much closer. Perez accused Baldizon in a news conference of offering gifts, including zinc sheeting, in exchange for votes, while Baldizon urged voters not to elect someone with “blood on his hands” for Perez’s involvement the military during the country’s 36-year civil war. Current President Alvaro Colom, who can’t run for reelection, urged both sides to respect the results from the electoral tribunal “to avoid violence and illegal acts.” Colom said 106 people had been detained nationwide on suspicion of violating of various election laws. The voter turnout could be 15 percent lower than in the September election, said Manfredo Marroquin of the non-governmental organization, Mirador Electoral, or Electoral Observer. “The low participation is one of the indicators that worries us because it shows that the people don’t support or feel represented by the political options,” he said. Baldizon barely registered in the polls when campaigning began six months ago and has risen dramatically since. The businessman has made many promises that some considered
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oldiers patrol the streets of Guatemala City, Sunday Nov. 6, 2011. Guatemalans returned to the voting booths Sunday after the September elections resulted in a presidential runoff.
outlandish, including that he would take Guatemala’s soccer team to the World Cup. But other promises are appealing in a country with rampant poverty and crime, including giving workers an extra month’s salary a year, reinstating the death penalty and televising executions. More than half of Guatemalans live in poverty in a nation 14 million overrun by organized crime and Mexican drug cartels. President Alvaro Colom has had
to send troops to retake some provinces from the Zetas drug gang, including Baldizon’s home state of Peten bordering Mexico. Guatemala has one of the highest murder rates in the world, a product of gang and cartel violence, along with the legacy of its 1960-1996 civil war in which the army, police and paramilitary are blamed for killed the vast majority of 200,000 victims — most of whom were Mayan.
was over. Papandreou’s announcement also spooked international markets, leading stock markets to tumble and led to calls in Greece for Papandreou’s resignation — even from among his own Socialist lawmakers and ministers — with many saying he had endangered Greece’s bailout. The prime minister withdrew the referendum plan on Thursday, after Samaras indicated his party would back the new debt deal, which was agreed upon after marathon negotiations in Europe on Oct. 27. Greece has been surviving since May 2010 on its initial bailout. But its financial crisis was so
severe that a second rescue was needed as the country remained locked out of international bond markets by sky-high interest rates and facing an unsustainable national debt increase. The new European deal, agreed on by the 27-nation bloc on Oct. 27 after marathon negotiations, would give Greece an additional €130 billion ($179 billion) in rescue loans and bank support. It would also see banks write off 50 percent of Greek debt, worth some €100 billion ($138 billion). The goal is to reduce Greece’s debts to the point where the country is able to handle its finances without relying on constant bailouts.
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — After a weekend of violence and fear, U.S. officials warned Sunday that luxury hotels frequented by foreigners and Nigeria’s elite may be bombed by a radical Muslim sect as the death toll from attacks in the country’s northeast rose to more than 100. The warning by the U.S. Embassy shows how seriously diplomats take the threat posed by the outlawed Islamist group known locally as Boko Haram, which previously bombed the United Nations headquarters in the capital, Abuja, killing 24. The unusually specific warning from the U.S. Embassy identified possible targets in Abuja as the Hilton, Nicon Luxury and Sheraton hotels. With popular restaurants and bars, the hotels draw diplomats, politicians and even reformed oil delta militants. The embassy said an attack may come as Muslims in the oil-rich nation celebrate the Eid al-Adha holiday and that its diplomats and staff had been instructed to avoid those hotels. Still, Nigerian officials continued to downplay the threat posed by the militants, hoping to reassure Africa’s most populous nation that everything remains under control in a country often violently divided by religious and ethnic differences. “We’re all expected to live in peace, but as a nation, we have our own challenges,” President Goodluck Jonathan said in a speech televised nationally. “During this holy period, we still have incidents happening here and there,” added Jonathan, a Christian, who appeared wearing a prayer cap and the traditional robes of the country’s Muslim north.
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Apollo’s Fire illuminates audience Craft beer hits TV By Joe Pentecost Staff Writer
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Countertenor Phillippe Jaroussky and members of Apollo’s Fire, an orchestra from Cleveland, performed baroque opera by composers Handel and Vivaldi Sunday afternoon at the Jorgensen Center for Performing Arts under the direction of conductor and harpsichordist Jeanette Sorrell. Jaroussky’s falsetto has earned him a 2005 nomination for France’s “Classical Artist of the Year” and the award for “Lyric Artist of the Year” in 2007.
By Ariel Brand Campus Correspondent French countertenor singing sensation Philippe Jaroussky and the distinguished Cleveland orchestra Apollo’s Fire demonstrated their devotion to the emotional spirit of baroque music Sunday afternoon at the Jorgensen Center for Performing Arts. In a program titled “Handel and Vivaldi Fireworks,” they performed a gamut of works written for the renowned opera singers of the 18th century. The performance featured Vivaldi’s “Concerto in G minor for Two Cellos” and Jeanette Sorrell’s arrangement of “La Folia,” among several more of Vivaldi’s more obscure pieces alongside the well-known work of Handel. In 18th century London and Venice, as the public demanded that more operatic works be churned out, composers and singers listened, vying
for larger crowds. To ensure success, Italian operas needed to star at least one prominent male singer, called a castrato, the rock star of the baroque era. Castrati date back to the late 16th century when papal decree first established them in order to sing the high vocals in cathedral choirs. “We no longer have castrati among us,” said Director of Jorgensen Rodney Rock. It was no surprise when Jaroussky opened his mouth and shared his voice with the room that the audience heard something heavenly. At 33 years old, Jaroussky has already set himself apart as a singer with incredible range and remarkable sensitivity to the intricacies of early music. He has been nominated for “Classical Artist of the Year” in France in 2005 and won “Lyric Artist of the Year” in 2007, the French equivalent of a Grammy award. Professional singer Julia
Jaffe of Boston explained that countertenors such as Jaroussky require a great deal of skill. “Countertenors use a falsetto voice, which is developed. To make it sound rounded and projected, it’s very hard to do. [Jaroussky’s] sound is rounded,” Jaffe said. Without an orchestra, an opera would lose its fiery soul of love and rage. Under the artistic direction of conductor and harpsichordist Jeanette Sorrell, Apollo’s Fire has garnered national attention and awards, acclaimed by The Boston Globe as “one of America’s leading baroque orchestras.” After its 2010 at Wigmore Hall in London, the ensemble was commended for its “seductive vision of musical authenticity… guided by a shared commitment to honest emotional expression” (BBC Music Magazine). In the first half of the program, Apollo’s Fire delved into the dramatic narratives
of Vivaldi’s “Allegro from Concerto Grosso in D,” “Concerto in G minor for Two Cellos,” Handel’s “Parnasso in Festa,” “Oreste,” “Imeneo,” and “Ariodante.” The pieces displayed Apollo’s Fire’s distinct characteristics such as sinuous phrasing, rich harmonies and rhythmic vigor, while the supple voice of Jaroussky soared. Following the intermission, Apollo’s Fire stood up to play Vivaldi’s “La Folia” from memory, where Olivier Brault and Johanna Novum engaged in an invigorating conversation of violins. The piece describes a mad dance that girls took part in around a fire. Scholars believe that as the frenzy progressed, the rhythms swelled to parallel the “tension of courtship and seduction” (Sorrell’s program notes). The concert culminated to Vivaldi’s “Tito Manilo,” which illustrates Tito’s rescue from a tempest at sea. Afterward, the
crowd gave a standing ovation. Just as in the time of Handel and Vivaldi, the ensemble and singer accepted the praise and played two brief encores. Even with the caliber of performance, a number of seats were left unfilled. “It’s such a rare opportunity to see an ensemble like this with a singer like this…” said Lance Arnold of Ashford. “It’s sort of a shame that there aren’t more people here…. It’s wonderful performance. I’ll walk out of here floating.” Glastonbury High School junior and Jaroussky fan Becca Lundy took advantage of the rare occasion. After the performance, Lundy sneaked backstage to snag an autograph from the famous countertenor. “You can only get so much out of a recording, but to see him live is a better experience. You can feel the emotion,” Lundy said.
‘Lala Salama;’ author shares ‘Tanzanian Lullaby’
By Jason Wong Staff Writer The UConn Co-op hosted author Patricia MacLachlan for a reading of her book “Lala Salama: A Tanzanian Lullaby” Saturday afternoon. Patricia MacLachlan is the celebrated author of many books for young readers, including “Sarah, Plain and Tall,” winner of a Newbery Medal. “Lala Salama: A Tanzanian Lullaby” is a picture book that MacLachlan was inspired to write during a visit to her son and his family living in Tanzania, where her granddaughter Ella was born. “Lala Salama” means “sleep well/ safe” in Swahili. Before reading from her book, MacLachlan showed pictures of the things and people that have inspired her to write her books, such as pictures of her dogs, her son and her daughter. One particular picture of her son shows him holding a chimpanzee of which he took care in Africa. After the brief introduction into her writing process, MacLachlan began to read from her book. The story is narrated by a Tanzanian mother to her child in the form of a lullaby; she details the events of a Tanzanian family’s typical day leading up to bedtime. The
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Patricia MacLachlan, winner of a Newbery Medal for “Sarah, Plain and Tall” and author of popular series “The Boxcar Children,” shared her new book, “Lala Salama: A Tanzanian Lullaby” with an audience at the UConn Co-op Saturday afternoon.
illustrations of the book are by Elizabeth Zunon. MacLachlan described working with Zunon as fantastic, adding that “the colors are completely accurate.” Following the reading,
MacLachlan went through a list of her other books and provided the audience with anecdotes that inspired each one. First were “Once I Ate a Pie” and “I Didn’t Do It,” both of
which were inspired by the antics of the many dogs in her life. Next was “Waiting for the Magic,” inspired by the children in her life. “The True Gift” is about the loneliness of a white
cow that lived across the street from her and was saved by the arrival of a brown cow. “Before You Came” is a book about the birth of her granddaughter and Mother Nature. It ends with the line, “I used to think I had everything, and now I do. I have you,” which the audience greatly appreciated. MacLachlan stated that she has written 13 books this year. She says she writes every day, but admits she has also played over 197,000 games of Solitaire on her computer. She has a prequel to the “Boxcar Children” series planned as her next project. “I was so surprised to see Patricia MacLachan come to UConn. She’s such a big name in children’s literature,” said Rose Murphy, a 5th-semester secondary education and English major. “It was a wonderful opportunity to hear from an author who has had such success in her field. MacLachan gave a lot of insight into her creative process: I never knew, for example, how much of her own life is mirrored in her books. It was inspiring to see how creatively she used ordinary events to shape new stories.”
With the rapid increase in sales of craft beer, it’s no surprise that some television shows and movies have started to depict craft beer in the mainstream media. Though the levels of exposure have varied quite a bit, it’s certainly indicative of the overall trend in microbrew popularity. It should only be natural that one of the first prominent places for beer to show up on TV was in the context of a cooking program. Craft brewers such as Starr Hill (Crozet, Va.) and Brooklyn Brewery (Brooklyn, N.Y.) have popped up on the sets of cooking competition TV shows such as “Top Chef” on Bravo. Several local craft beers have been spotted in many of the “behind the scenes” shots in different iterations of the series. It’s no secret that great food deserves to be paired with great beer, and luckily the chef contestants on the show are of this mindset as well. But beer got an even bigger spotlight in the culinary world when it was featured as a secret ingredient on the world-renowned “Iron Chef: America” on The Food Network in 2008. The beers available for use by the chefs ranged from Belgian Saison and Hefeweizen to smoked beer and pale ale. Though some of the dishes were criticized by the most strict beer enthusiasts for their lack of beer-infusion, some of the creations wowed the judges – in particular, a chili blackberry cake made with Brooklyn Brewery’s Black Chocolate Stout. Coincidentally, one of the judges in the episode was none other than Garrett Oliver, head brewer at Brooklyn Brewery and one of the premier faces and authors of the craft beer world. With his help, the other judges were able to get up to speed on many of the terms and nuances used in the world of craft beer. Fortunately, craft beer has seen more time on TV than just on reality-based shows. In season two, episode five of AMC hit “Breaking Bad,” tough-guy DEA Agent Hank Schrader is woken up in the middle of the night to an odd popping sound. Arming himself with his gun, Hank follows the noises to his garage to investigate, only to find his homebrewed beer bottles exploding in the silence of the night. Hank had fallen victim to a classic mistake of using too much priming sugar or being too impatient during the fermentation process before bottling. Nevertheless, this was perhaps one of the most inventive incorporations of brewing culture into a mainstream television show to date. If you haven’t realized it by now, it’s safe to say that craft beer is here to say. This means that the pop culture presence of craft beer should continue to rise in the coming years as the popularity of the beverage continues to grow. The good news is that the growing consumer base will support this rise in volume and the increasing amount of microbrew options will be able to reach more hands (and mouths)! Cheers!
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1. FOX World Series GAME 7 (FOX) - 14.7 2. NBC Sunday Night Football (NBC) - 13.8 3. FOX World Series GAME 6 (FOX) - 12.7 4. NCIS (CBS) - 11.9 5. 60 Minutes (CBS) - 11.7 6. Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick (NBC) - 10.2 7. Dancing with the Stars (ABC) - 11.2 8. NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) 9.8 9. Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 9.1 10. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - 8.9
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Ratings from TVbytheNumbers.com Week ending Nov. 1
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A still from “In or Out” the second episode from season two of HBO’s “How to Make It in America,” featuring Victor Rasuk (left) as Cameron ‘Cam’ Calderon and Bryan Greenberg (right) as Ben Epstein.
1. Ravens/Jaguars (ESPN) - 9,275 2. Walking Dead (AMC) - 6,095 3. WWE Entertainment (USA) 4,923 4. NASCAR Sprint Cup (ESPN) 4,923 5. Wisconsin/Ohio State (ESPN) 4,547 6. WWE Entertainment (USA) 4,501 7. Spongebob (NICK) - 4,467 8. Spongebob (NICK) - 4,429 9. MIchigan State/Nebraska (ESPN) - 4,335 10. Spongebob (NICK) - 4,156 Numbers from TVbytheNumbers.com Week ending Nov. 1 (Numbers of viewers x 1000)
What I’m watching “Parks and Recreation”
NBC Thursday, 8:30 p.m. “Parks and Recreation” is without a shadow of a doubt the new NBC hit following the departure of Steve Carrell from “The Office” last season. The cast of “Parks and Recreation” includes former sexual deviant Rob Lowe as a mainstay character in this fourth season, and his positive energy amplifies the show into a clever battle of the sexes. Amy Poehler, who many critics feared could not carry a show of her own after she left “Saturday Night Live,” holds her own on the screen as a grown up version of that overachiever in high school who rubbed everyone slightly the wrong way. With its dedication to address anything taboo, the show has found a home among great NBC comedies including “The Office” and “Community” on the Thursday night lineup. - Nick Rondinone, News Editor
Escape drama with some latenight gems
By Tom Texiera Staff Writer With the final season of HBO’s hit series “Entourage” in the rear-view mirror, the cable network is looking for an emerging series, “How to Make It in America,” to fill its Sunday night void. In another attempt to cater to the 18-26 year old audience, executive producers Mark Wahlberg and Rob Weiss have put together a show trailing the lives of working-class men as they try to make it big. Last season, New Yorkers Ben Epstein (Bryan Greenberg) and Cam Calderon (Victor Rasuk), two best friends with ambitions miles higher than their job titles, founded the fashion label CRISP with financial help from Ben’s investment banker friend David Kaplan (Eddie Kaye Thomas) and Cam’s uncle Rene (Luis Guzman). Friend Domingo (Scott Mescudi, aka Kid Cudi), a well-connected drug-dealer/ professional dog walker, helps
the guys introduce CRISP to the world of models, fashionistas and hipsters. By the end of the season, CRISP has gotten compliments but has failed to help the recently unemployed Ben and Cam pay their bills. The second season follows Ben and Cam’s quest to sell their brand to the people who can place their clothes in the windows of New York’s hottest shops. They seek the help of a middle-aged, elite fashion representative named Nancy (Gina Gershon). After designing Nancy’s kid’s middle school graduation shirts, Cam and Ben realize that this rep won’t take them seriously. But by the fifth episode, Nancy, in a round about way, helps CRISP land their first order and shortly afterwards, takes Ben back to her place. “How To Make It” isn’t all business. The characters’ romantic and sexual interests provide sub-plots to the CRISP brand’s story. In the second sea-
son, Ben has gone from happily involved with an attractive, successful young woman to single and obsessed with his ex from the first season and sleeping with a fashion rep 20 years his senior. Plot twists like this, though quirky and backwards, give the show the same dramatically comedic feel as “Entourage.” The season’s wellbalanced blend of drama and comedy are what bring viewers back to their TVs every Sunday night. The second season complicates not only Ben’s social life but everyone else’s as well. Domingo becomes romantically involved with Rachel (Lake Bell), Ben’s long-term ex-girlfriend whom he still sees constantly. Cam becomes involved with a fiery shop owner named Lu-Lu. Rene makes a touching attempt to repair his damaged relationship with his girlfriend as his business venture, energy drink Rasta Monsta, finally starts to succeed. In a move that
came as a shock to most, Rene supports his girlfriend’s daughter’s homosexuality despite her mother’s scorn and, in doing so, shows an open-minded and empathetic side of his character that remained previously untapped. The first five episodes set up the last three for serious drama on the show’s social and business fronts. Thus far, the second season of “How to Make It in America” is fast paced and presents compelling characters, complicated relationships and high stakes, as Ben and Cam’s CRISP brand and Rene’s Rasta Monsta both become successful endeavors. With the social lives of all the show’s characters hanging in the balance of a messy and entangled web of relationships, the show’s final three episodes should continue to surprise and satisfy.
“Frank Reynolds’ Little Beauties,” the third episode, was just as madcap in one of Danny Devito’s best performances on the show yet. Frank accidentally agrees to put on a beauty pageant in Paddy’s, only to realize his cohort is, as he says, “a kiddy-diddler.” Devito shines as the episode goes on, and between seeing him in what basically amounted to his Penguin costume from “Batman Returns” and the two (two!) musical numbers in the episode, it was an instant classic. Unfortunately, after a whitehot start, “Sunny” fell off the rails for a few weeks. “Sweet Dee Gets Audited” should have been funny, as the IRS tries to go after Dee (who is claiming the surrogate baby she had last year as a dependant), but the plot was just too basic to be very humorous. While “Sunny” is willing to go dark, the dead baby funeral plot “Audited” brings into play feels too cruel. Though it had promising commercials, “Frank’s Brother” was terrible; it was easily the worst of the season, and quite possibly bottom-10 for the entire series. The episode large-
ly eschewed the Paddy’s gang in favor of a flashback to the 70s, where a creepy young Frank and his brother battle over a dancer at their club, Shadynasty (pronounced Sha-dynasty). Unfortunately, the name was easily the best joke of the episode, as the change of setting killed much of what makes “Sunny” so good. Hanging an episode off a new character was a gamble, and Frank’s brother wasn’t interesting enough for the move to be successful. Thankfully, the show escaped its rut for a triple-whammy of great episodes. In a plot similar to many of our own lives back in August, “Storm of the Century” had a huge hurricane bearing down on Philly. The guys are distracted by the new newscaster while Dee and Frank, in the basement, accidentally shoot off one of Rickety Cricket’s fingers. The return of Cricket was hilarious, especially when Frank refuses to take him to the hospital during the storm. The punching bag of a character is always welcome when we see how much further he can fall, and apparently he’ll never hit rock bottom.
While last week’s “The Anti-Social Network” was great, featuring the return of my favorite joke in the series, Frank’s fake doctor character Dr. Mantis Toboggan, “Chardee MacDennis: Game of Games” became this season’s second classic episode. Though it’s a bottle episode, taking place solely in Paddy’s, the drinking game that the gang made up out of thin air is hilarious, and the characters interact with each other perfectly. Whether Charlie and Mac were chanting “no puzzles” every time they drew a game card (which makes me wonder how bad the puzzles could be), Dennis and Dee were performing a Maori war-chant between rounds, or Frank was eating the ingredients of a cake (before baking) to get out of “jail,” the madcap insanity of the episode made it a front-toback hilarious ride. “Sunny” has six more episodes to go this year. If it stays at its current pace, this could be one of the best seasons yet of the fantastic comedy.
Seventh season stays ‘Sunny’ By Joe O’Leary Senior Staff Writer It’s hard to believe we’re at the halfway point of the seventh season of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” already, if only because it’s been as good as ever. Though we still won’t get a perfect season this year, as two of the seven episodes so far were just plain bad, the others’ quality ensures that “Sunny” remains the best mature-rated sitcom on TV. The last time we saw the gang, Frank tried (and failed) to marry a hooker. The second episode involved a trip to the Jersey Shore, where Dennis and Dee accidentally smoked angel dust with some Jerseyites, while Charlie finally got a date with the Waitress, his dream girl (because she was high on psychadelics) and Mac and Frank became lost at sea after getting drunk off a “rumham.” This episode had some amazing jokes, from the dozens of mangy stray dogs roaming the beach to a party boat full of hard-partying Italians who rescue Mac and Frank from a watery grave.
As I was watching TV this week, it dawned on me that I have never written about late-night shows. I mean, not every one of these shows is exactly worth writing about, but there are some hilarious comedies that you should catch. They are a nice break from all of the other dramafilled series that have taken over the television and never seem to end. First on this list is “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Broadcast on ABC, “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” debuted in 2003. While roaming around Facebook a few days ago, I saw a hilarious clip that someone had posted from one of Kimmel’s shows. The clip features parents videotaping their children’s reaction after telling them that they ate all of the Halloween candy. Suffice to say, there was a lot of crying, screaming and rolling on the ground. With over 1,600 episodes, “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” has become a strong contender with other late-night shows such as “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Show with David Letterman” and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” These other shows are also hilarious, especially if you are having a bad day or are just in the mood to laugh and relax. Speaking of late-night comedies, “Saturday Night Live” is the king of them all. “Saturday Night Live” began in 1975 and features a parody of current American politics and culture. The show has featured numerous noteworthy actors such as Tine Fey, Kristen Wiig (from “Bridesmaids”), Amy Poehler, Jimmy Fallon and Will Ferrell. “Saturday Night Live” is one of the longestrunning television series in the history of the United States and has won numerous awards, including 21 Primetime Emmy awards, a Peabody award and three Writers Guild of America awards. Furthermore, many of the show’s sketches have been turned into feature films. If you are ever bored at night or want to take a quick study break, tune into “The Colbert Report.” The show airs Mondays through Thursdays on Comedy Central. The main star of the show is Stephen Colbert, who plays a satirical newscaster who goes by the same name and provides hilarious interpretations of U.S. and global events. The highly successful show has been nominated for numerous awards, including the Emmys, Television Critics Association Awards and the Satellite Awards. “Chelsea Lately” is a less well-known late-night show that airs on the network E!. The show is hosted by comedian Chelsea Handler and features a panel of guests who, along with Handler, talk about current events in pop culture. Even though the show has few viewers, it attracts more female viewers than “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Stay tuned next week for some awesome talk shows that you have been missing.
Monday, November 7, 2011
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Bodies found, Drama continues on ‘Boardwalk’ ‘secrets’ unravel as finale approaches
By Jason Bogdan Senior Staff Writer
It has only been three episodes since Enoch “Nucky” Thompson delivered that powerful declaration of war to his former allies in the current season of “Boardwalk Empire” – “I will ruin you. All of you.” That pivotal line of dialogue now, however, feels like a distant memory after all that’s happened by the season’s halfway point. If there is one character who is given the biggest focus (and stress) this season, it’s undoubtedly the Commodore’s son, Jimmy. The first few episodes essentially had Nucky’s former protégé in his father’s pocket as he developed the new face of Atlantic City. Then, in one of the more shocking plot developments of the series, the old man had a stroke that put him in a vegetative state. In wake of this, Jimmy has been thrust into the commanding position of the anti-Nucky group of alcohol smugglers, which would turn any other lesser-willed person to chaos. But because Jimmy has the violent nature and assertiveness to prevent him from easily groveling before his money lenders, he fits into the leader role in quick fashion. And yet, the cautious look of disbelief on his face after making a deal with crafty New York gangsters in a scene stained with blood perfectly showed how unprepared he is once things get more drastic. Even though the Commodore no longer poses a threat to Enoch, the latter still isn’t any closer to escaping the deep end. He’s still under threat of the law, leading him to swallow his pride as he sets up a double jeopardy involving hookers, and ask favors to his pigs of political friends. At the same time, he constructs a new smuggle ring that can get him in the upper echelon again. But things are far worse in his personal life. His brother, Eli,
By Loumarie Rodriguez Staff Writer
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Enoch ‘Nucky’ Thompson (Steve Buscemi) and Chalky White (Michael Kenneth Williams) in “Ourselves Alone,” season two, episode two of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.”
had the nerve to betray Nucky by teaming up with Commodore, but begrudgingly found himself crawling back after running away from Jimmy’s reign with questionable actions. The scene where the two siblings confront each other, with Nucky slamming Eli in the dirt with cold words that led to a raw fistfight for the sake of letting out their hatred, was several minutes of pure, tragic, televised brilliance. It feels like all the main characters have been facing wellwritten despair over the past six episodes. Richard was on the verge of suicide this season
because of his facial deformity, but was given a raison d’être when Jimmy began depending on him more than ever and having an epiphany during a day off in the woods that was tearfully touching. There were also great moments with Chalky, as he’s dealing with the countless complaints from his community and living with his children who don’t appreciate the economic strife where their father came from. Then there’s Agent Nelson. Part of what makes Nelson a fascinating character is how utterly unpredictable he is. With every
new challenge he’s facing here, from subordinates who notice his scandals to taking care of the woman he impregnated, there’s a prolonging sense of terror about where it goes from here. This is the man who killed his own partner for not being on the same, religious-abiding wavelength. His plans of keeping Lucy prisoner until she gave birth were harrowing. Now that his wife knows of his devious nature – who responds lividly – and his child is born, it’s terrifying to even ponder what will happen next.
There is trouble already in “The Secret Circle” as an episode opens with the circle worried about witch hunters still after them. To make matters more complicated, there is a blame game being played by the circle concerning whose fault it was that these hunters were coming after them. Many fingers point to Cassie, the newcomer of the group, as she messed with dark magic in the previous episode and lit someone on fire. All the while, another newcomer to the group of friends, Jake, pretends to help them, but in reality is plotting with the witch hunters to take down the circle. No one realizes his treacherous plans. The group goes to Faye’s grandparents’ lake house in hopes of finding Cassie’s missing grandmother, Jane. As usual, the group doesn’t realize that Faye’s mom and Melissa’s dad, Charles, have Jane and are attempting to erase her memory with a magic crystal they took from her. At the lake house, a game of truth and dare begins and becomes heated as certain members realized that there are feelings left over from previous relationships. As Cassie is kissing Jake on a dare, Faye snaps at her and blames all their trouble on her, but Cassie tells her off, causing Faye to run off. Faye gets to her car and is about to drive off when she sees an unknown little girl standing in front of her car. The girl runs off to the woods, but Faye follows. Cassie then goes outside to try to reconcile with Faye, but she sees the little girl. In trying to fol-
low the girl, Cassie finds Faye freaking out. Faye tells Cassie that the little girl is her and that she remembers coming to the lake house years ago and almost drowning. She cannot figure out why the memory of her is running around in the present. Faye is beginning to lose her sanity as she runs to the woods trying to find her younger self. The other group finally comes outside to see the commotion, and they follow Faye down to the lake. Once there, Faye attempts to jump into the lake and is going insane trying to find the little girl. The guys try to stop her as she tries to throw herself into the lake but Cassie goes off to the docks and sticks her hands in the water. The lake begins to bubble and a body suddenly surfaces which turned out to be Faye’s grandfather—the body that Charles had tried to hide earlier in the episode. It turns out that the younger version of Faye was only a memory trying to steer the group toward the hidden body. After all the chaos of finding the dead body, Cassie finally finds her grandmother back at her home but has no recollection of the past day. Supposedly she was at the lake house as well but the grandmother claims she doesn’t recall ever being there. The oddity of the situation is Cassie did find her scarf in the lake house. Tune in this Thursday to the CW to catch the season finale of “The Secret Circle” as the chaos continues with the witch hunter finally putting his plans in action.
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Monday, November 7, 2011
Bieber, Gaga dominate MTV awards in Belfast
Actor David Hasselhof, left, announces winner of the Best Female act award Lady Gaga at the MTV European Music Awards 2011, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011.
LONDON (AP) — The MTV Europe Music Awards turned into a celebration of Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga Sunday night as the two picked up a number of top prizes, including best male and best female act. Gaga, striking in several outfits throughout the evening, also won for best song and best video for "Born This Way." Bieber picked up best pop act as well. Their live performances captured the differences between the two ascendant mega-stars: the teenage Bieber, wholesome and almost impossibly cute; Gaga challenging and aggressively sexual in her approach. Other awards went to Bruno Mars, Eminem and Katy Perry
while the band Queen received the "Global Icon" award, in effect a lifetime achievement award to the now-graying rockers, who closed the show with a spirited set of their classics, including "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions." It was a rousing end to the awards show, a highlight on the European music calendar that also draws A-list stars from the United States. It was held in Belfast, Northern Ireland, for the first time. Queen guitarist Brian May said the show focused attention on how Belfast had found "true peace" after years of sectarian violence. "It's wonderful to be in
Belfast," he said. The show also included a video tribute to the late Amy Winehouse, who died earlier this year in London. But the evening was dominated by Bieber and Gaga, the two crowd favorites. The casually dressed Bieber said modestly that he had voted for competitor Kanye West and thanked his fans and family for his first award. "Never say never, right?" he said, waving his trophy in the air. After he won his second award, for best pop act, he praised his fans for staying with him despite "a lot of crap on the Internet," an apparent reference to unsupported allegations that he had fathered a child after a
brief liaison. Bieber took the stage a few minutes after Gaga accepted her award in characteristic style. "Thank you so much, I love you so much. I'm so grateful. I'm really smiling right now, but I know you can't tell," said Gaga, wearing a bizarre silver dress with an oversize tilted hat that completely covered her face except for tiny holes that allowed her to see. She joked that she had had a lot of Botox treatment. Gaga, who has enjoyed a year of spectacular commercial success, triumphed over a strong field that included a resurgent Jennifer Lopez, Adele, Katy Perry and Beyonce. She later won awards for best
video and best song for "Born This Way." She thanked her "little monsters" for their support and said she regarded "Born This Way" as her most important work to date. She also won an award for having the best fan base. Earlier, Perry — dressed in a mostly pink jacket and miniskirt — won the best live act award, and the American band Thirty Seconds to Mars won best alternative act and best world stage. American rapper Eminem was named best hip hop act and Linkin Park took the prize for best rock band. The show featured performances by headliners Bieber, Gaga, Bruno Mars — who won
for best newcomer and for "best push" — Coldplay, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Snow Patrol and other top acts. Chris Martin, the Coldplay frontman, joked that the band was just "warming everyone up for Justin" on his way into the awards ceremony, which was hosted by Bieber's girlfriend, the actress and singer Selena Gomez. She admitted she was nervous about her performance while being photographed on the red carpet just before the show. The awards, which were set up in 1994, have previously featured performances by stars including U2, Paul McCartney, Take That, Beyonce and Jay-Z.
» FINE ART
'Misfits' show power U. Mich. rediscovers rare Chinese art
By Jason Wong Staff Writer Last Sunday saw the premiere of the third season of “Misfits,” a British television show about a group of young offenders who gain superpowers after a mysterious lightning storm. The third season sees off Nathan Young, played by Robert Sheehan, and the introduction of Rudy Wade, played by Joseph Gilgun. Before the season premiere, a 10-minute webisode was posted online detailing the circumstances of Nathan’s departure. In it, he uses his new ability to perform “magic” to earn a fortune at a Las Vegas casino. Nathan is caught and thrown into jail, unbeknownst to the rest of the group. All in all, the webisode was fairly entertaining, sending out a well-loved character in a hilarious and fitting way. The season premiere introduced us to each of the characters’ new powers. Curtis has gained the ability to change his sex, Alisha is clairvoyant, Simon has precognition, and Kelly has the brainpower of a rocket scientist. Unfortunately they get mixed in with Rudy, who has the power to create a physical manifestation of his emotional stress. We learn a bit more about Alisha’s past and how it relates to Rudy’s. The gang ultimately ends up getting put back in community service
after getting caught in a car that Rudy stole. Overall the season premiere introduced the new characters fluidly and was able to renew interest in the show after the hiatus. The next episode focuses primarily on Curtis’ ability to change his sex. He decides to use his power to run, despite being banned from running after being caught for drug possession. Spending so much time in female form gives Curtis a unique privilege in being able to understand what it is to be a woman. Curtis experiences the unwanted and often creepy advances of many male characters in the show. I wholeheartedly agreed with the feminist overtones of this particular episode – so many times in popular culture a man’s unwillingness to give up pursuing a love interest is colored as romantic and determined, when, in reality, it can be a scary and unsettling experience. The new season of “Misfits” has delivered nearly everything it promised. The “funny guy” character has been replaced rather seamlessly, and the storylines for the individual episodes continue to be well written. Continuity remains something of an issue, but previews for the rest of the season imply that this season is poised to wrap up unexplained events of the previous seasons nicely.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Propaganda pieces produced in China four decades ago during the Cultural Revolution have been unearthed in a storage room at the University of Michigan — a rare find in either the U.S. or its country of origin, experts said. The rediscovery of the 15 poster-sized papercut images illustrating the political upheaval of the era is a pleasant surprise to scholars studying a society that was largely closed off from the West. The images are cut out of red paper in the same way that artists customarily create decorations for Chinese New Year celebrations and other festivities. They include glowing portrayals of late Chinese leader Mao Zedong and Red Guards burning books and trampling on a Buddhist statue. The handmade images were stored at the university's Center for Chinese Studies, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Carol Stepanchuk, the center's community outreach coordinator, found them while sorting through boxes in its storage room. She said the collection of 15 framed images "stood out." The frames weren't in great shape, but the images were in "remarkably good condition," she said. Stepanchuk took them to her office and brought the find to the attention of faculty members, who marveled at the rarity
In a photo provided by the University of Michigan News Service, "Chairman Mao is the Reddest Sun in Our Hearts," is shown in a Chinese papercut recently discovered at the Center for Chinese Studies at the university during a cleaning of a storage room.
and quality of an entire set that tells a coherent story. The late scholar Michel Oksenberg, who taught at the university for two decades, collected the papercuts while doing research in Hong Kong in the early 1970s and donated them to the center when he left in 1991 to lead the East-West Center in Honolulu. Ena Schlorff, the center's program coordinator, remembered the donation.
"We were storing them for future consideration," said Schlorff, who had been Oksenberg's personal secretary. "It took the newer faculty ... to realize the current importance of this collection." Associate history professor Wang Zheng said the collection was produced at a small, folk art institute in the southern province of Guangdong, and it most likely wasn't commissioned by Communist
Party leaders. She said it shows how young artists at the time understood and related to the decade-long Cultural Revolution, and she plans to use one of the images in a book she is writing. "They did not have embedded interests in the establishment, and the Cultural Revolution was to smash the establishment," Zheng said. "The young ones who didn't have power ... likely identified with it."
Monday, November 7, 2011
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Lack of offense sinks Huskies vs. BU
By Tyler Morrissey Campus Correspondent
The UConn women’s hockey team failed to score a single goal this weekend in backto-back shutout losses to the Northeastern Huskies. UConn lost both games by the score of 3-0, with the first loss coming on Friday night in Boston, followed by the second game in Storrs on Saturday afternoon. In Friday’s contest the Huskies were outshot by Northeastern 32-23. On Saturday the offense faired a little better as they came out with a lot of ener-
gy and outshot Northeastern 11-6. However, Northeastern’s offense came alive after goals from junior forward Rachel Llanes and sophomore Katie MacSorley. Meanwhile, UConn’s offense remained dormant as they were outshot 30-24 when the final whistle blew. UConn has struggled offensively so far this year. The Huskies are scoring just 1.9 goals a game compared to their opponents, who average 3.2 goals. This season, UConn has scored 19 goals on 210 shots in the 10 games they have played. The Huskies’ scoring offense is
ranked last in Hockey East play. Northeastern is ranked first with 34 goals on the season. The power play is usually a chance for a team to score with the main advantage; however UConn’s power play is ranked sixth in the eight-team Hockey East conference. On the power play, the Huskies have netted 7 goals on 56 chances, which puts their efficiency at 12.5 percent. This past weekend, the Huskies went 0-7 on the power play with seven shots between both games. UConn still has 22 games remaining which include 17
against Hockey East opponents. The Huskies currently sit in a tie for sixth place with Boston University. In order for any chances of success in a highly competitive conference UConn’s offense will need to start working together and put points on the scoreboard or they may find the cards stacked against them in the hunt for a Hockey East title. UConn faces off with Hockey East foe Providence on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 1:00 p.m. at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum.
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Stephanie Raithby and UConn couldn't get anything going on offense this weekend.
Jets take care of Bills, 27-11
Shonne Greene runs past a Bills defender during the Jets' win to move them to 5-3.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bart Scott and the New York Jets are accustomed to playing the role of villains. So the linebacker didn't feel any pangs of regret for putting a big dent in the Buffalo Bills and their feel-good start. "Everybody loves Cinderella stories," Scott said, referring to the Bills. "We've always been portrayed as the bad guys, but we relish in that role." And just like that, the big, bad, brash-talking Jets are back after Scott was part of a stifling 27-11 win in a key midseason AFC East showdown on Sunday. Rex Ryan's defense forced three turnovers and twice stopped
the Bills on fourth down. The slow-starting Mark Sanchez-led offense finally got into gear in the second half to help New York win its third straight and improve to 5-3 and catch Buffalo and New England in the standings. "It's totally attitude," said defensive tackle Sione Pouha, who had a team-leading seven tackles and forced a fumble. "Jet-i-tude is the way we look at it. Today we displayed what Jet football is all about." Having done away with Buffalo, the Jets were already looking ahead to another AFC East showdown against the Patriots next weekend. It's a game
Sanchez is already calling the "divisional championship." Sanchez overcame a pair of first-half turnovers to finish 20 of 28 for 230 yards and an 8-yard touchdown to Santonio Holmes. LaDainian Tomlinson and John Conner scored on 1-yard plunges as the Jets got their first road victory and handed the Bills their first home loss (4-1). The Bills looked nothing like the team that rolled through its first seven games in attempting to get off to a 6-2 start for the first time since 1993. They instead looked more like a team that's now lost four straight and six of seven against the Jets.
"We just couldn't get anything going," quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said. "They kept us frustrated all day and didn't allow us to do what we've been doing all year." Fitzpatrick finished 15 of 31 for 191 yards and two interceptions. He produced a mean-nothing 7-yard touchdown pass to David Nelson with 3:14 left, and the quarterback then ran the ball in for a 2-point conversion. Through their first eight possessions, they had as many turnovers — three — as they did first downs while also being held to under 20 points for the first time this season.
ready for a lateral. "I guess he just didn't see me," Johnson said. Now the Bengals head into the toughest part of their schedule two wins ahead of their total of last season. Cincinnati faces the Steelers twice and the Ravens once in its next four games. "We're at where we want to be now, and that's in the thick of things in our division," said Bengals rookie receiver A.J. Green, who caught seven passes for 83 yards.
Bengals win five straight for first time in 23 years NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Cincinnati Bengals are on a roll unlike anything seen by this franchise since 1988 with five straight wins, and coach Marvin Lewis says it doesn't matter. "Half of these guys weren't even alive 23 years ago," Lewis said. Rookie Andy Dalton threw for three touchdowns and 217 yards, and the Cincinnati Bengals rallied from a 10-point deficit and beat the Tennessee Titans 24-17 Sunday for their fifth straight victory.
The Bengals (6-2) last won five in a row in 1988 when they took the AFC championship and went to their second Super Bowl. They also improved to 4-1 on the road with the rookie quarterback leading the Bengals to 17 unanswered points as he tossed TD passes to three different receivers. "Our quarterback has done a nice job," Lewis said. "It was loud out there, louder than we expected. I think he's done a nice job of handling that. He doesn't get unnerved, he just
keeps coming back and just held the ball just 4 minutes, 38 seconds of the fourth quarter playing. Tennessee (4-4) has lost two in what coach Mike Munchak of three to wrap up a three-game called a very disappointing loss. "We didn't make a play the homestand. Chris Johnson had whole second half, 110 yards from scrimand then the defense mage, but the Titans took their turn and we blew a 17-7 halftime 24 couldn't make a stop," lead when the offense Bengals shut down in the sec- Titans 17 Munchak said. ond half. Cincinnati came in Tennessee managed with the fourth-stingijust 95 yards in the final 30 est defense in the NFL, and the minutes with 30 on the final Bengals helped shut down the play that came up well short of Titans in the second half. Carlos the end zone. The Titans also Dunlap had two sacks, and Nate
Clements stripped the ball for the lone turnover. Clements forced Titans tight end Jared Cook to fumble at the end of an 8-yard gain to give Cincinnati the ball at the Tennessee 20 with 3:49 left. Mike Nugent kicked a 36-yard field goal for the final margin. Tennessee got the ball back with one last shot, but struggled with two 10-second runoffs and no timeouts. Lavelle Hawkins was tackled after a 30-yard gain to the Cincinnati 32 after time expired with Johnson nearby
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Aaron Rodgers was at his best, throwing lasers where only his receivers could catch them and finding four different teammates in the end zone. Yes, Rodgers had a lot to do with the Green Bay Packers remaining undefeated with a crazy 45-38 win over the staggering San Diego Chargers on Sunday. So did Philip Rivers, whose miserable run of turnovers continued with three critical interceptions, two by Charlie Peprah. Peprah and Tramon Williams returned pickoffs for touchdowns in a span of six plays in the first quarter, and Peprah's second pick in the closing seconds sealed the win for the Packers (8-0). Rodgers completed 21 of 26 passes for 247 yards and ran his NFL-leading total to 24 TD throws. He had scoring passes of 5 yards to Jermichael Finley,
16 to Jordy Nelson, 21 to James Jones and 4 to Greg Jennings. "I think Aaron has a lot of strengths. His decision-making is clearly the highest level that I have personally been a part of," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said of his Super Bowl MVP quarterback. Rodgers, who lives in the upscale San Diego suburb of Del Mar in the offseason, seemed more impressed with the high percentage of cheeseheads in the sellout crowd than being the NFL's only perfect team. "The crowd was incredible," Rodgers said. "When you're on the road and up by seven and it's late in the game and they have to go on a silent count, that's pretty impressive. I have to give a lot of credit to our fans the way they travel. It says a lot about the kind of fans we have." Jennings couldn't emphasize enough how much Rodgers
means to the Packers. "He is a special, special, special, special player," Jennings said. The Chargers (4-4) have lost three straight games, including road collapses at the New York Jets and on Monday night at Kansas City, when Rivers inexplicably fumbled a snap in the final minute of regulation. Rivers also threw four touchdown passes Sunday to tie his career high, three of them to Vincent Jackson. "We're fighting through a rough time right now," said Rivers, whose 14 interceptions and 17 total turnovers lead the NFL. "These tough times, you find out a lot about guys, a lot about yourself." Rivers was 26 of 46 for 385 yards. It was the first time in his career that he threw three interceptions in a game. The Packers led by 21 points early in the fourth quarter before Rivers threw touchdown passes of 5 and 29 yards to Jackson in the span of 1:07 midway through the quarter. San Diego had a final chance to tie it, starting a drive at its 32 with
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1:05 remaining and no timeouts left. Aided by a pass interference call against Charles Woodson, Rivers moved the Chargers to the Packers 41 before putting up a deep ball that Peprah easily picked off and returned 76 yards to the San Diego 6. The Packers took a knee to end the game. Rivers threw two pick-6s that gave the Packers a 21-7 lead. Desmond Bishop tipped a pass intended for tight end Antonio Gates and Peprah intercepted. He broke four tackles during his 40-yard return and got a big block by Clay Matthews. On the next Chargers possession, Williams jumped a route for an interception and 40-yard TD return. "On the first one, the guy made a great play," Rivers said. "The other one, they just fooled me." Peprah said the Packers still have a lot of work to do on defense. "We're a pressure defense, so we're going to give up some big plays. But we feel we're going to make some, too," he said. "I wouldn't trade a perfect defense for a win, so I'll take the W and we'll clean up that stuff later."
Dick: Carson Palmer is not performing well for the Raiders from FANTASY, page 14 issue of greater strategy or simply better personnel? It’s all a question of statistics. This is a pass-happy league, and the Colts don’t have the secondary to keep up. Many people have been mentioning the Colts’ chances at securing Stanford’s quarterback Andrew Luck, the answer from on high to quarterbacking in the NFL, as long as he doesn’t flop—which he will if this defense returns as-is next season. Offense wins games; defense wins championships. The Colts’ Super Bowl team of 2010 won an awful lot of games in their run. They
failed to bring home a second Lombardi trophy because the defense was injured and, in all honestly, not that good. If the Colts want to return to the days of NFL glory, more than Peyton Manning is necessary. They have to revamp the defense and recruit a stronger running game. Maybe it is a reflection of Peyton Manning’s extreme talent that allowed him to erase all the flaws in the organization with a great pass attack. Broncos vs. Raiders Sunday’s game between the Denver Broncos and the Oakland Raiders is a showdown between two Heisman
Trophy-winning quarterbacks with a great deal left to prove in the NFL. Carson Palmer, recently traded to Oakland from the Bengals after threatening to retire if he wasn’t, needs to prove that he is still the elite passer he was touted as when he left college. Tim Tebow needs to prove that he is the elite passer that no one except him believes he is. In this case, Tebow isn’t. He brings out a win by being, frankly, less mediocre than Palmer. He threw for 124 yards and rushed for 117 in a win that makes his detractors believe yet again that his skill set is suited more for a halfback than a quarterback. A win always makes
you look good, but there isn’t any NFL coach or team that has a desire for a quarterback who is nothing more than a glorified game manager. Carson Palmer threw three interceptions in his first start as a Raider. This paired with the three that he threw last time he came out in a black jersey, is a demonstration that he’s not capable of being an elite passer anymore—if he ever was. If Jason Campbell started that game, the Raiders would have won. The turnovers, as they always do, made the difference.
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Lamb leads way in final exhibition game
By Colin McDonough Associate Sports Editor
HARTFORD- The two exhibition games the No. 4 UConn men’s basketball team plays are designed to help prepare the Huskies and their opponents for the regular season. After beating AIC last week and CW Post yesterday at the XL Center, Jeremy Lamb proved he is the go-to scorer on the team. Lamb scored 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting in the 91-61 win over the Pioneers. He also led the team in scoring against the Yellow Jackets on Wednesday. “I guess you could say I want to,” Lamb said. “I’m trying to step up into that role. The exhibitions really help not just me but us as a team.” Off the Rim Brendan Allen saw action for the second straight game, play-
ing point guard during some of time on the court. This could be his minutes. Allen scored three an area the Huskies will need to points, grabbed two rebounds and strengthen. turned the ball over once. “I’m not worried about inside “I definitely feel comfort- right now,” Calhoun said. “I’m able,” Allen said. “It’s just bas- worried about our perimeter play.” ketball, no one plays perfect Walk-ons Kyle Bailey and Ben basketball.” Stewart played the final two minRyan Boatright and Niels Giffey utes of the game. P.J. Cochrane both were in street clothes on the also played the final 1:15 in the bench. Boatright remains ineligible second half. while Giffey was out Kevin Freeman after hyper-extending was named his knee during pracAssistant Director tice on Friday. Coach of Men’s Basketball Jim Calhoun said that Administration on unless something Saturday. Freeman changes, fans could was a member see a similar lineup of UConn’s first in the season opener national championNotebook against Columbia on ship team in 1999. Friday. He was also captain “The guys you saw tonight, as of the Huskies in 2000 and is of this moment, are the guys who UConn’s leader in games played are going to dress and play Friday with 140 career appearances. night,” Calhoun said. “I am thrilled to have Kevin join With Boatright’s absence, Allen, our staff here at UConn,” Calhoun who played 16 minutes against said in a statement. “Kevin was CW Post, could continue to see one of the great warriors we have
ever had play for us and is just the type of person that all our current [players] should aspire to be like and be around.” There were three Connecticut connections on the CW Post roster: starting guard and Hamden native Tobin Carberry; former Southern Connecticut guard Jon Schofield; and Vince Rosario, a former guard from Central Connecticut Jaspreet Mankoo made a half court shot during a timeout in the first half to win an opportunity to go to Disney World. Makoo banked in the shot taken from the middle of the Husky logo. Mankoo is a 2011 graduate of UConn and said he participated in contests before, but never made the half court shot. “I play a lot of basketball to be honest,” Mankoo said. “When I’m shooting around I’ll take a lot of half court shots. It’s something I’ve done before.”
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Jeremy Lamb dribbles the ball during the Huskies' win over CW Post yesterday.
UConn splits weekend, loses to Pitt on Senior Day By Aaron Kasmanoff-Dick Campus Correspondent
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Allison Nickel hits the ball in the Huskies' win over West Virginia on Friday.
The stands were close to capacity, with 315 eager fans present for UConn Volleyball’s final home game against Big East Rival Pittsburgh on Sunday. The game, a tough 1-3 loss for the team, marked the final home game for seniors Jordan Kirk and Allison Nickel, both of whom were honored before the game. The Huskies’ defense, usually the strongest portion of UConn’s game, struggled to stand up to Pitt’s attacking outside hitters, who put exceptional velocity on the ball when spiking. “We had trouble setting up the block early,” said head Coach Holly Strauss-O’Brien. The weak block set up junior
Kelsey Maving, usually an outstanding defensive player, for failure. “They out-dug us by 10,” O’Brien added. She struggled the whole match to make key plays, especially over the middle, which lead to fewer offensive opportunities for UConn, which managed to produce almost 20 points over each of the four games of the match. O’Brien added, “We had full control over this game, it was the little unforced errors that allowed Pitt to make runs and gave up points.” Serving errors especially were a source of disappointment for Husky fans, who saw eight on the night. There were some bright spots. After a tough loss in game two, the team hit the locker room, and managed to make some adjustments in their game plan that resulted in a different-looking team in game
three. “We came out and attacked, and were aggressive and made fewer errors,” said O’Brien. The rally seemed to last into the beginning of the fourth game, but the team creeped back to its sloppy play after giving away several easy points to Pittsburgh. “The little passing breakdowns gave away points,” said O’Brien. Kelsey Maugle had an exceptional game for the Huskies, recording a double-double (14 kills and 10 digs) on the match, and showing her leadership skills in game three to a great extent. Seniors Jordan Kirk and Allison Nickel made their offensive presence felt in their last home game in Storrs, knocking down 10 and eight kills respectively. Pittsburgh was led by Senior captain Kiesha Leggs, whose hard hitting proved tough for the
Huskies’ defense to handle; she recorded 14 kills and two digs on the match. Sophomore Monica Wignot added 13 kills and six digs. Freshman Jessica Wynn put in a match-high 15 kills and nine digs in the match, and was a vocal leader of the Pitt team on offense. The loss puts the Huskies at 14-13 overall and 4-8 Big East. It also marked the snapping of a four-game winning streak, the longest of the season. The Huskies will be back in action for their final two games of the season at Rutgers and Seton Hall in a key weekend for the team. Coach Strauss-O’Brien said the keys to victory in the last two games of the year are to “eliminate opponent runs and stop committing unforced errors.”
Huskies overcome sloppy first half to beat rival Cuse UConn outscored 6-0 on weekend
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“I was just tracking the release of the receiver,” said Moore, who returned after suffering a shoulder injury earlier in the game. “I had to be patient and let him break.” “I thought the break on the ball on that interception was a great play,” Pasqualoni said. UConn’s defense stopped the Orange on fourth down and six with 1:31 left to seal the game. Kendall Reyes deflected a Nassib pass at the line and Johnny McEntee took three knees to end the contest. “I think everybody stepped up and made big plays,” said McEntee, who threw one touchdown on 113 yards and two interceptions. Lyle McCombs tied the game at 14 late in the third quarter on a three-yard touchdown run. McCombs ran for 152 yards, including a 63-yard scamper in the first half. “[Lyle] was outstanding today,” McEntee said. “I think
that has a lot to do with the line and receivers blocking.” Syracuse broke a 7-7 halftime tie at the 10:31 mark in the third quarter. Nassib did a play fake that fooled the defense and he found a wide open Nick Provo in front of the
“The wives, the kids, this is a victory for everybody.” Paul Pasqualoni UConn head coach end zone. Nassib hooked up with Alec Lemon on a 20-yard touchdown with 1:48 to go in the first half to tie the game at seven. The Huskies committed five turnovers in the first half while the Orange lost the ball twice. Nick Wiliams,
who compiled 123 yards on three kick returns, returned the opening kick 61 yards. It set up UConn’s first scoring drive. McEntee found John Delahunt and the tight end dragged Syracuse defenders five yards to the goal line. Pasqualoni didn’t share many feelings on beating his former team. “My feelings on Syrcause is the great relationships with the coaches and players that played there... It’s really not about me at all,” Pasqualoni said. He said it was a win for the players and also commended his coaches for working hard while their families didn’t have power due to Winter Storm Alfred. “The wives, the kids, this is a victory for everybody,” Pasqualoni said. The Huskies are idle this week before hosting Louisville on Nov. 19. UConn will try to remain in bowl contention. “We’re down, but we’re not out,” said Moe Petrus.
By Tyler Morrissey Campus Correspondent The UConn women’s ice hockey team was swept by Hockey East rival Northeastern this weekend in a home-and-home series. The Huskies played in Boston on Friday night and at Storrs Saturday afternoon. In Friday’s contest, UConn was outshot by Northeastern 32-23. Freshman Kendall Coyne found the back of the net UConn for Northeastern in BU the first period, followed by a second UConn period shorthanded BU goal form Junior Casey Pickett. Coyne then added her second goal of the game, an empty netter, which would seal the victory. Senior goaltender Alexandra
Garcia made 29 saves for UConn in the 3-0 loss, while Florence Schelling recorded her third shutout of the season with 19 stops. Things did not improve for the Huskies on Saturday as they lost again by the score of 3-0. This time it was junior forward Rachel Llanes and sophomore Katie MacSorley who lit the lamp for Northeastern with an empty net goal from Kendall Coyne. This was Coyne’s third goal 0 of the weekend Alexandra 3 series. Garcia got the nod 0 between the pipes she made 27 3 as saves off 30 shots. N o r t h e a s t e r n ’s Florence Schelling stopped all 24 shots she faced. With the two losses this weekend, UConn falls to 1-9-2 overall with a Hockey
East conference record of 1-3-0. Northeastern is now 8-1-0 overall and is undefeated in Hockey East play. These two losses have greatly affected UConn’s rank in Hockey East. Coming into this weekend, the Huskies were tied for third. They are now tied with Boston University for sixth place. With 17 Hockey East games remaining on UConn’s schedule, they will need to start putting up more wins to stay in contention for the Hockey East title. UConn will host Providence next Saturday; the puck drops at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum at 1 p.m. The Huskies will try to get back on track agains the Friars, another Hockey East opponent.
Agabiti: Houston, UCF are siblings with a lot to prove Napier records double double, dishes 13 dimes from NEW, page 14 While Navy and Air Force aren’t the sexiest choices for teams to add to a football conference, they certainly aren’t bad ones. Both teams have very niche offenses and run them extremely well. Their programs are steeped in tradition and both schools have excellent gameday environments. These are two of the classiest programs in college sports, but watch out, they can pop you in the mouth if you don’t come ready for them on Saturdays. SMU: “The troubled kid who had to change schools because he got involved in a bad fight.” His parents are divorced and he’s been having trouble in school ever since he beat the mess out of that kid in his geography class a couple of years ago. Now he’s leaving his mom to go live with his dad in the hopes that a new setting will be best for him. Before all that junk with the fight, he was the best football player their town has ever seen. Now, he’s on the upswing and looking to make a comeback.
Ever since SMU had NCAA’s death penalty imposed upon it, nothing’s been the same. That school used to pack its home stadium and not just play in big games but win them. Sadly, they got into it pretty deep with heavy recruiting violations and had to pay the price. Back in 2009, the Mustangs made their first bowl appearance in over 20 years and won the Hawaii Bowl. SMU wants get back to its glory days and the Big East could do that for them. Though the Mustangs aren’t very dangerous now, five years from now, they could be. Houston and Central Florida: “The youngest child of five who’s got a lot to prove.” These kids, though they’re not related, definitely understand one another’s pain. Their oldest brother is in the MLB, their parents were both college basketball coaches and their other brother is the best tailback anybody’s ever seen. These kids are good, but not as good as their siblings are. As a result, they’ve got a bit of a chip on their shoulder and always feel like they have something to prove.
Houston comes into the Big East hidden in the shadows of the powerhouses in the state of Texas (Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Baylor and TCU) and they want a shot at proving they can compete on the level of their in-state counterparts. Central Florida is in the same position, but comes from a different state. UCF has to compete with the likes of Florida, Florida State and Miami, and a major conference like the Big East gives them the best shot at proving their worth. Both schools are more talented than they appear, and adding Texas as a pipeline state, as well as increasing the Big East’s presence in Florida, certainly can’t hurt. After doing this breakdown, I’m not sure if this looks more like a solid football conference or a great series of plot lines for NBC’s “Community.” I guess only time will tell. You can follow Dan on Twitter: @danagabiti.
from HUSKIES, page 14 Napier had a near triple double with 14 points, 13 assists and six rebounds. “My job as the point guard is to pass first, and it’s not hard to do that on this team,” Napier said. Aside from the three walkons who entered late in the game, all nine Huskies scored. DeAndre Daniels had 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting, and Tyler Olander added 10 points and five rebounds. Alex Oriakhi and Roscoe Smith had eight rebounds apiece. The Pioneers outscored UConn 40-37 in the second
half. Vaughn Allen led the team with 14 points, and CW Post’s leading scorer, Stefan Bonneau, added 11 points. Connecticut native Tobin Carberry led the Pioneers with seven rebounds and 10 points. Tyuan Williams added nine points and five boards. UConn led CW Post 54-21 at halftime. It was a balanced effort by the Huskies as all nine players that entered the game made field goals. Lamb led the team with 15 points on 7-of10 shooting, while Napier and Daniels both added 10 points apiece. Vaughn Allen had eight points for the Pioneers. “The first half was tremen-
dous. We didn’t let up,” Napier said. The Huskies jumped out with a 17-5 lead seven minutes into the first half. UConn’s first basket was a dunk by Drummond with one second remaining on the shot clock. Napier fed Drummond with a chest pass from the top of the key. The freshman center received the ball on the right side of the basket and finished with a twohand slam. The Huskies open the regular season Friday night at Gampel Pavilion against Columbia.
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The Daily Question far do you think the UConn women’s basketball team will go in the Q : How NCAA tournament this year? A : “They are going to the Olympics.” –Nick Rondinone, News Editor.
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- Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady after Sunday’s loss to the Giants.
Dec. 3 Cincinnati 12 p.m.
Home: Gampel Pavilion, XL Center Nov. 11 Columbia 7 p.m.
Nov. 14 Wagner 7:30 p.m.
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Men’s Basketball (0-0) Nov. 17 Maine 7 p.m.
Nov. 24 UNC Asheville 7 p.m.
Nov. 20 Coppin St. 1 p.m.
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Women’s Basketball (0-0) Home: Gampel Pavilion, XL Center Nov. 9 Pace (exhibition) 7 p.m.
Nov. 25 Nov. 21 Nov. 13 Nov. 15 Fairleigh Stanford Holy Cross Pacific Dickenson 2 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m
Men’s Soccer (16-2-2) Friday Big East Tournament semifinals Louisville, TBA
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Men’s Ice Hockey (3-4-1) Nov. 12 AIC 7:05 p.m.
Nov. 16 Sacred Heart 7:05 p.m.
Nov. 19 Yale 7 p.m.
Nov. 25 Air Force 7:05 p.m.
Nov. 26 Air Force 7:05 p.m.
Women’s Ice Hockey (1-9-2) Nov. 12 Providence 1 p.m.
Nov. 19 BU 3 p.m.
Nov. 20 Vermont 2 p.m.
Nov. 25, 26 Nutmeg Classic 4 & 7 p.m.
Men’s Swimming & Diving Nov. 18, 19, 20 Pitt Invite All Day
Nov. 12 Penn Noon
Women’s Swimming & Diving Nov. 12 Penn Noon
Nov. 18, 19, 20 Pitt Invite All Day
Volleyball (14-13) Nov. 12 Rutgers 2 p.m.
Nov. 13 Seton Hall 2 p.m.
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Nov. 21 NCAA Champs. TBA
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Nov. 21 NCAA Champs. TBA
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UConn football coach Paul Pasqualoni walks on the sideline during the Huskies 28-21win over Syracuse on Saturday. Pasqualoni was the head coach at Syracuse for 14 years before being fired. It was his first win over his former team.
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Child sex charges, possble cover up rocks Penn State
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — The Penn State board met in executive session Sunday following the weekend announcement that criminal charges were filed against former retired defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky that accused him of sexually abusing young boys. Two top university officials — Gary C. Schultz, the university’s senior vice president for finance and business, and Penn State athletic director Tim Curley — also were charged in the case, announced Saturday. About half the board members were present late Sunday night while others joined in by phone. Sandusky is accused of sexually abusing eight boys over 15 years. Schultz and Curley were both charged with failing to report to state and county officials that a witness told them he saw Sandusky sexually abusing a naked boy in the showers of a team practice facility. They also face a perjury charge. Lawyers for all three men said they are innocent. Earlier Sunday, Pittsburgh lawyer Thomas J. Farrell, an attorney for Schultz, said the Pennsylvania law requiring some school officials and others to report suspected child abuse does not apply to a Penn State administrator.
Farrell said he will seek to have the charge dismissed. Farrell told The Associated Press that the mandated reporting rules only apply to people who come into direct contact with children. He also said the statute of limitations for the summary offense with which Schultz is charged is two years, so it expired in 2004. The explosive charges are surprising both for what they detail and their contrast to the image of Penn State’s football program. Under the leadership of Joe Paterno, who’s won more games than any coach in Division I history, the Nittany Lions have become a bedrock in the college game. For more than four decades, Paterno’s teams have been revered both for winning, including two national championships, and largely steering clear of trouble. Paterno is not implicated in the case. “Joe Paterno was a witness who cooperated and testified before the grand jury,” said Nils Frederiksen, a spokesman for the state attorney general’s office. “He’s not a suspect.” Frederiksen called questions about whether Paterno might testify premature and speculation.
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Giants beat Patriots in final seconds FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Super Bowl or midseason game, Eli Manning is the master of last-minute comebacks against the New England Patriots. Leading the New York Giants 80 yards in just over a minute, Manning hit Jake Ballard for a 1-yard touchdown with 15 seconds left for a 24-20 win on Sunday, repeating a come-from-behind victory similar to the 2008 title game between the teams. The Giants won that one, 17-14, on Manning’s 13-yard scoring pass to Plaxico Burress with 35 seconds remaining. But on Sunday, it looked like the Patriots would win with a comeback of their own when Tom Brady threw a 14-yard pass to Rob Gronkowski, making it 20-17 with 1:36 to go. But the Giants (6-2) had enough time. And they had Manning. They were helped by a 20-yard pass interference penalty against safety Sergio Brown of the Patriots (5-3) that put the ball at the 1 with 30 seconds left. Three plays later, Manning found Ballard in the back left corner of the end zone. The loss put New England into a threeway tie for the AFC East lead with the Bills and Jets, who they visit next Sunday night. After a scoreless first half, the Patriots took their first lead, 13-10, on Stephen Gostkowski’s 45-yard field goal with 7:08 to go. Manning then led the Giants on an 85-yard march to a 10-yard touchdown pass to Mario Manningham with 3:03 remaining, putting the Giants on top 17-13. The Giants won for the sixth time in seven games despite injuries that kept their top rusher, Ahmad Bradshaw, and leading receiver, Hakeem Nicks, from making the trip. But New York’s defense pressured Brady much of the game, coming up with two sacks and two interceptions. New England also lost two fumbles. Manning completed 20 of 39 passes for 250 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Brady was 28 for 49 for 342 yards and two touchdowns. Both quarterbacks struggled throughout the first half. The offense was so bad that fans booed when Brady threw an incompletion toward Danny Woodhead with 8:30 left in the third quarter. They cheered on the very next play when Aaron Ross fumbled Zoltan Mesko’s punt and Rob Ninkovich recovered at the New York 33. But the Patriots managed just a 32-yard field goal by Gostkowski that cut the lead to 10-3.
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Giants at Pats doesn’t disappoint, Dolphins get first win at Chiefs By Darryl Blain Campus Correspondent Game of the Week: New York Giants vs. New England Patriots There was plenty of hype surrounding this 2008 Super Bowl rematch, and it did not disappoint. The game started slowly with a scoreless first half, but the Giants came back out of the locker room with the hot hands, earning a 10-0 lead. The Pats answered with 13 points of their own, followed by another Giants touchdown to make it a 17-13 game. Tom Brady then took the Patriots down the field late in the fourth quarter to put New England up 20-17 with a mere 1:36 on the clock, but much to the dismay of Patriot nation it looked just like Super Bowl XLII from then on. Eli Manning marched the offense up the field and threw a touchdown pass to tight end Jake Ballard with only 15 seconds left to seal the deal. Final score: Giants 24, Patriots 20. Big Letdown: Chiefs dominated by winless Dolphins The Kansas City Chiefs started off the season poorly, losing their first three games and only scor-
ing a combined 27 points during that losing streak, but the Chiefs came right back and won their next four. Yesterday it looked like they reverted right back to their old ways. Kansas City’s four-game winning streak was snapped by the Dolphins, who have looked absolutely abysmal until this game, with a one-sided score of 31-3. The Chiefs didn’t appear to have such a bad game on paper, as they had no turnovers and one more first down than Miami did, but they were sacked five times while they failed to reach Matt Moore once and went a staggering 2-6 on fourth down. Wish We Were There: Green Bay remains undefeated in San Diego It was a wild one in southern California as the Packers improved to 8-0 by a final score of 45-38. The two elite quarterbacks in Phillip Rivers and Aaron Rodgers combined to throw for eight touchdown passes and 632 yards in this highscoring affair.
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Monday, November 7, 2011
New Kids on the Block
Dan Agabiti It looks like the Big East might have some new kids in class. All of us have watched enough movies and T.V. shows or at least remember enough of our earlier school days to know some of the stereotypes of new kids. Here’s a breakdown of the programs that could be entering the Big East and which new kid stereotype they would fit into if they joined the conference. Boise State: “The incredibly popular kid that moved crosscountry because of a parents’ job situation.” This kid’s a beast at football and financially loaded. His dad owned the state’s largest potato packaging company, but now the potato business just isn’t what it used to be. The factory has come upon hard times and he has to change jobs. This kid’s family really could have gone anywhere they wanted, but for whatever reason, they chose Providence, R.I. This kid shows up and makes a lousy high school football team a state champion. He’s that good. The Broncos have won BCS bowl games, have a first-class coaching staff and can recruit as well as anybody in the country. They desperately want to enter a conference that will provide them with an automatic bid into a BCS bowl game and they’ll get that with the Big East. If there’s going to be a savior for the Big East, it’s going to be Boise State. The Broncos have become quite the football powerhouse over the last five years and the Big East really needs some serious football talent after losing Pitt, WVU and Syracuse. Navy and Air Force: “The military brats.” This set of twins has traveled the country and probably the globe thanks to your parents’ hard-earned coin. The both of them are very academically sound and never take short cuts in class. They are entrenched in tradition and are by far the most disciplined people you are ever going to meet. Who tucks in their T-shirts, irons their pants daily and keeps both of their No. 2 pencils perfectly sharp and the exact same length? These guys do.
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The Colts are losers
By Aaron Kasmanoff-Dick NFL Columnist The Indianapolis Colts are losers. Most people might look at the loss of their superstar quarterback, Peyton Manning, and say that their 0-9 record proves that the Colts are a one-man team. They’re not. The Colts are losing because of far greater and more overreaching issues than the loss of Manning. In a listing of all 32 NFL teams by yards allowed per game on defense, the Colts rank 31. In a list of the amount of touchdowns scored against the defense, Indy ranks 32 (dead last). Defense is the game changer in an NFL game, and Peyton doesn’t play defense. The key is to stop the other team from scoring, and if you can’t do that, it doesn’t matter who’s under center. That’s why teams like the Patriots and the Packers, who both give up massive yards per game, are still successful: They don’t let other teams score. Some might say that it’s not Jim Caldwell or Bill Polian who should be blamed for the issues in Indianapolis. It points back to a basic dispute in football strategy that goes back to when Bill Walsh and Bill Parcells were fighting it out in the 1980s. Is winning football games an issue of greater strategy or simply
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Huskies post easy victory over Pioneers
By Matt McDonough Sports Editor
HARTFORD– The UConn men’s basketball team wrapped up the preseason in dominating fashion, defeating CW Post 91-61 at the XL Center on Sunday. Jeremy Lamb led the Huskies with 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting. Lamb, who said he consistently makes 350 shots a night while working on his mid-range and outside shooting at Gampel Pavilion, was 2-of-3 from 3-point range. As a team, UConn was
7-of-12 from behind the arc. Andre Drummond was 8-for10 from the field and finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds. “I think you’re seeing him scratch the surface right now,” said CW Post coach Chris Casey. Drummond felt much more at home in his second college contest. In the second half, Drummond led a fast break and gave the ball up to Shabazz Napier. Napier rewarded the big man for running the floor with a pass off the backboard. Drummond caught it off the glass and dunked it. “He’s an amazing, amazing
athlete; he really is,” said coach Jim Calhoun. With over 16 minutes left in the second half, Drummond dunked from outside the paint, fully extending his right arm to latch onto the rim. The play made the score 64-29 UConn. On the other end, Drummond blocked a shot, keeping the ball in play and igniting a fast break that ended with a Drummond lay-up. “The things I saw today I can’t really explain... I don’t know; I’m just speechless,” Napier said.
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Andre Drummond tries to block Stefan Bonneau during UConn’s 91-61 win.
WHEN LIFE HANDS YOU ORANGES... UConn beats Orange for fifth straight time, improves to 4-5 on season By Matt McDonough Sports Editor
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EAST HARTFORD– The UConn football team kept its slim bowl hopes alive, beating Syracuse 28-21 Saturday at Rentschler Field in front of 38,769 fans. Scott McCummings ran for 59 yards and two touchdowns to help lead the Huskies over the Orange. UConn improved to 4-5 and 2-2 in the Big East. Syracuse dropped to 2-2 in the conference and 5-4 overall. “We feel fortunate to win the game and we’re proud of our team,” said coach Paul Pasqualoni. The Huskies came back and rallied from a 21-14 third quarter deficit. McCummings tied the game less than one minute into the fourth quarter with a 10-yard touchdown run along the sideline. “I saw the pylon and I just tried to get in,” McCummings said. With 4:51 remaining, McCummings found the end zone again, this time from seven yards out, to give UConn the lead for good. The game-winning drive started after Ryan Nassib, who threw two touchdowns and two interceptions, was picked off by Sio Moore. Moore, who jumped the route, played the pass to perfection and gave the Husky offense the ball at their own 38-yard line with 9:05 remaining.
UConn quarterback Scott McCummings scores the game-winning touchdown Saturday in the Huskies’ 28-21 over Syracuse at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. Ryan Griffin celebrates McCummings’ second touchdown run of the day as UConn rallied in the second half to beat the Orange for the fifth straight year.
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McEntee and McCummings both used in win By Colin McDonough Associate Sports Editor Sometimes, it really does take two. In a game where the UConn football team turned the ball over five times in the first half, it took Johnny McEntee, and then Scott McCummings under center, to keep up with Syracuse and beat the Orange 28-21 at Rentschler Field. In the first half, the Huskies missed chances to extend a 7-0 lead, as McEntee threw two interceptions and McCummings lost a fumble. Syracuse tied the game heading into halftime, and UConn had a clean slate in a tie game. In the second half, coach Paul Pasqualoni used both McEntee and McCummings. McEntee, who
threw a touchdown pass to John Delahunt in the first half, completed all three of his passes for 50 yards. McCummings ran the ball 13 times on the day for 59 yards and two touchdowns. Both touchdowns came in the second half. His second was the difference in the game. “It’s hard on the defense because you have to defend a whole other concept,” Pasqualoni said. “It was effective for us –Scotty’s a big guy when he’s running with the ball, we just felt like it was a good time to do it, just a gut feeling.” “It was just great to be out there,” McCummings said. “The coaches showed a lot more confidence in me then the past couple of weeks and I wanted to rise to the occasion.” On the one-pass play the coach-
es called for McCummings, he run against Louisville on Nov. 19. held onto the ball and got hit as “If it’s going great, sure you can he threw it. Fortunately for the do it,” Pasqualoni said. “I really Huskies, UConn recovered the believe in this game. You’re capafumble and retained possession. ble of running any offense you can “Whatever works,” teach. I think we have McCummings said the expertise on our when asked if he’d coaching staff to teach rather run or pass. “I’m this stuff.” going to do what’s called to the best of my Bowl Prospects abilities.” With the win, the Lyle McCombs ran Huskies move to Notebook 4-5 on the season for 157 yards and a touchdown. McCombs and 2-2 in the Big said McCummings helps the run- East. UConn needs two more ning game. wins to become bowl eligible “The defense has to worry about and three wins in its last three the offensive line coming at them games to secure a bowl bid. with two running threats in the The Huskies have made a bowl game,” McCombs said. game for four straight seasons Pasqualoni will have two weeks and haven’t had a losing season to decide how the offense will be since 2006. McCombs said the
short span is one of the most difficult things to do in sports, and the Huskies learned this the hard way on Sunday afternoon, falling to Syracuse 3-2 in the conference championship game at Syracuse. To reach the championship game, the Huskies first had to get past Louisville. The Cardinals gave tournament’s No. 1 overall seed all that they could handle, but a late goal by Cara Silverman capped a come-from-behind 3-2
victory for UConn. Syracuse won its semifinal game against Villanova by a score of 3-0 to seal the rematch from the classic game two weeks ago in Storrs. The Huskies quickly found themselves in an unusual hole, as their stingy defense allowed two goals in the first 3:59 of the game. Things went from bad to worse when Martina Loncaria capitalized on a penalty stroke to give the Orange a 3-0 advan-
streak will be in the players’ minds in the last weeks of the season. “We’re definitely going to take pride in that going into these next three games,” McCombs said. Isiah Moore has played in a bowl game every year he’s been at UConn. “We know it’s like the playoffs right now, so we must win out in order to have a successful season,” Moore said. His teammates echoed that sentiment, knowing a third-straight surge in the second half of the season will ensure them a bowl bid. “If we want to have a chance of a bowl game, we know we have to win out,” said Moe Petrus.
UConn falls to Syracuse in Big East final By Peter Logue Staff Writer
After defeating No. 5 Syracuse in a double-overtime thriller on Senior Day on Oct. 23, the No. 4 UConn field hockey team knew that they were likely on a collision course with the Orange for the Big East Championship game. Beating a good team twice in a
tage at the 18:59 mark. The Huskies would mount a furious comeback in the ensuing minutes on a pair of goals by Anne Juete, her 12th of the season, and Rayell Heistand, her fourth. Both Jeute and Rayell were All-Big East First Team Selections. Neither team was able to find the net again. The Orange hung on for the 3-2 win and the Big East Championship. Joining Heistand and Juete
on the Big East First Team for UConn are Jestine Angelini, Marie Elena Bolles, Chloe Hunnable, and Sarah Mansfield. In addition, Angelini was named the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year, Hunnable the Rookie of the year and coach Nancy Stevens was honored as the Big East Coach of the Year for the seventh time.