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New policies change how election violations are held by Judiciary By Jackie Wattles Associate News Editor
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The Undergraduate Student Government Senate approved changes to its election policies that change how violations are addressed. The updated policies will allow the USG Judiciary to refuse to hear a case brought against a candidate, prevents hearings from taking place during the voting period, and clarifies a few generally practiced rules. USG Chief of Staff John Giardina presented the changes, which were proposed by Giardina and the Elections Oversight Committee throughout the semester, to the senators at their meeting Wednesday night. According to Giardina, the purpose of banning hearings during the voting period is to ensure cases are not brought against candidates solely to inhibit them from campaigning. USG Senator Kevin Alvarez proposed to take out a clause from the legislation requiring that all “campaign conduct shall preserve the spirit and integrity of the Undergraduate Student Government.” His motion to amend failed, but the senate was divided by
By Marissa Piccolo Campus Correspondent
The argument reflected one spurred last spring among senators when the Judiciary determined the race for USG president. Then-USG Comptroller Edward Courchaine won the presidency though he received fewer votes than Senate
This Wednesday, Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut held a conference call with college newspaper reporters from across the state to reach out and discuss the Affordable College Costs Empower Students Success Act of 2013, referred to as ACCESS, which he will introduce in Congress next week. Partnered with fellow Democrat and Hawaii Senator Brain Schatz, Murphy believes it will pass as a stand-alone bill yet hopes it will be adopted and included in the larger all-encompassing Higher Education Authorization Act that will be debated next year. “I think college affordability is the middle class issue of this generation,” Murphy stated, reflecting on how even a large part of his income goes towards past and future college costs. Not only is Murphy one of the few members of Congress still paying back his own student loans, he is also already working to save for his two young sons’
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USG President Edward Courchaine speaks at last nights Senate meeting. The Senate passed legislation clarifying USG election rules and changing how the organization handles violations.
a 10-13 vote and nine senators abstained. Giardina said the clause is not meant to prevent candidates from disagreeing with USG, but to prevent slanderous behavior. Alvarez said he disliked the vague language and feared it gave the judiciary too much
authority in determining election outcomes. “Slander and libel are illegal, you can’t do them anyway. I’m not okay with vague language that opens it up for five people to decide what the spirit of USG is. That’s up to the voters,” Alvarez said.
Chem. professor arrested By Annie Pancak Staff Writer
A UConn associate chemistry professor was arrested by the UConn Police Department after piecing together a warrant issued by the Greenwich Police Department from November. Gabriel Fenteany, 46, has been released from Greenwich Police Department custody on a written promise to appear in court on Monday, Dec. 9, according to a Greenwich Police Department record. After visiting a resident in Greenwich and becoming intoxicated on Oct. 26, Fenteany allegedly walked through parking lots “urinating, spitting, kicking and ripping side view mirrors” off of a BMW, two Audis, two Lexuses and a Honda Civic. He was arrested on three charges of mischief and one of breach of peace. Fenteany is now on administrative leave from UConn and is prohibited to be on campus until allegations are concluded, said university spokesperson Stephanie Reitz. Fenteany was arrested in 2012 on two separate accounts last year related to a domestic dispute and then violating a protective order for his ex-wife and two children. Fenteany stood pre-trial for two felonies and seven misdemeanors at Rockville Superior Court, according to a Daily Campus article from February 2012. According to the Connecticut Department of Public Safety Report from February 2012 quoted in The Daily Campus, Fenteany threw things, hit a female victim and punched a male victim in the face, breaking his glasses. In the second incident, Fenteany was arrested at the East Brook Mall in Mansfield on September 11, 2012 for violating a protec-
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Trans-woman uses her story to fight for LGBTQ rights By Molly Miller Campus Correspondent
Gabriel Fenteany was arrested outside the chemistry building after allegedly vandalizing cars in a parking lot in Greenwhich.
tive order filed by his ex-wife to protect herself and their two minor children. He was charged with risk of injury to child, violation of a protective order, fourth-degree criminal mischief, interfering with an officer, breach of peace, interfering with an emergency call and third-degree assault, according to the same Daily Campus article. After the two 2012 arrests, Reitz told the Daily Campus that the university was prohibited by law from firing employees due to an arrest if there has not been a conviction. UConn is making arrangements for his classes and other responsibilities at UConn, said Reitz. Fenteany is the principle investigator of the Fenteany Research
Group, which currently includes five Ph.D. students, a postdoctoral fellow and an undergraduate who research problems related to wound healing, cancer, and embryonic development. He was scheduled to teach Organic Chemistry II next semester, according to his research web page. Fenteany has worked at UConn since 2006, according to his LinkedIn page, and is a Harvard and University of California, Santa Barbara alumnus. He lives in Vernon, Connecticut. Kathleen McWilliams contributed.
A year ago, 1st semester English major Calliope Wong was just another high school student going through the college admissions process. However, Wong, a transwoman, had to address one concern that many students don’t even have to consider: would Smith College, an allwomen’s college, review her application despite her not being born female? Although she was met with opposition from the college, the roadblocks she faced and the awareness she has raised for transgender issues have led to her being honored in Out Magazine’s annual list of 100 important LGBT people as a transgender teen activist. She is ranked among the likes of the Defense of Marriage Act challenger Edie Windsor, “The Butler” director Lee Daniels and “Big Bang Theory” actor Jim Parsons. Wong says that the process was not “a deliberate political stunt or isolated attempt at getting recognition.” She only wanted her application reviewed by a college she was interested in attending. “I felt connected to the school in a significant way, especially for its reputation as a progressive, pro-femi-
nist school,” Wong said. “I’d heard sort of mixed reports about their admission policies with regards to trans women.” Wong began contacting the Dean of Admissions, whose response she called “very vague and nebulous.” “It stated that Smith College was a women’s college and as such it reviews female applicants only at the time of admission,” Wong said. She was unsure of whether the definition of “female” was decided by the state, the college or her own self-identification. “The Dean of Admissions seemed to indicate that Smith College would be willing to review my application as long as I had my school forms cleared up with the correct gender markers and pronouns,” she said. Although she was skeptical, she gave it a try. The college returned her application with a note stating that clerical errors on her application marked her as male, and therefore it could not be reviewed. “They completely refused to process my application,” she said. “Keep in mind that colleges can for any reason reject a prospective student, but colleges cannot refuse to read a student’s application without just cause.”
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What’s going on at UConn today... HIV/AIDS Vigil 7 to 8 p.m. Student Union Art Gallery Health Education is holding an HIV/ AIDS Vigil. There will be performances by A Capella groups, artwork by UConn students and staff, and a moment of silence.
The Three Musketeers 7:30 p.m. Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre Alexandre Dumas’ classic novel gets an adventurous staging as this tale of friendship and romance follows young d’Artagnan upon his arrival in Paris in search of fame, fortune, and a place among the King’s Musketeers.
Taffeta Punk: A Shakespeare Show 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mobius Theatre Love is poetic, painful, romantic, reckless, and generally all sorts of trouble. Taffeta Punk explores the mystery of love a unique way.
Beethoven’s 9th Symphony 8 to 10 p.m. Jorgensen The UConn Symphony Orchestra and a combined choir 180 singers strong, will join forces with professional soloists in presenting this evening of powerful choral-orchestral music. – KATHERINE TIBEDO
Student UConn email accounts are kept private The Daily Campus, Page 2
By Alban Murtishi Campus Correspondent
Email ownership is not always a simple concept in the world of higher education, and as many students and professionals are coming to find, the answer of who owns your email account is not always obvious. UConn issues email accounts to all current students of all UConn campuses, incoming transfers, early college experience students in high school and even retains email accounts of students who may take time off. However, students can be assured that as long as they remain enrolled at UConn their email accounts are their property. This clarification of ownership is important when considering the chance of a legal proceeding that may require email information as evidence. “Email is considered a personal effect for a student,” said Jason Pufahl, who is responsible for protection of electronic assets of UConn. “You can sort of look at us a middleman. We’ve got access to the data, if there’s a case where we need to actually get at the data, if it’s a case with a student, the primary interaction is going to occur between wherever the lawyers are.” Email ownership is often put into question as many professionals working with a university or company are given company email accounts, only to find that those accounts are actually public records. Under the Freedom of Information Act these email accounts are subject to public inquiry, and this includes any professional working with UConn.
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University email, as shown above, is private if a student email accout. Employees of the university email address however are open to public inquiry.
Students working with the university, such as UITS students, are given split email accounts. They would receive one standard student email, as well as a university employee email, the latter of which is subject to the same public inquiry as above. These student email accounts are contained in the UConn email system until four months after a student graduates or withdraws from the university. “What we want to give the students the opportunity to finish mail conversations.” Josh Boggis, Operating systems programmer at UConn, said.
“Unfortunately some students use UConn email address on job applications, and we definitely don’t recommend that because it will go away.” “There’s discussion about length of time now about whether it should be permanent, or extending the perpetuity of the email accounts.” Pufahl said. Furthermore, UConn email accounts are guarded against any sort of public email listings. Google mail not only provides free services for higher education students, but it also relinquishes data mining privileges of these accounts. “We don’t provide the email
information that makes it easy for someone to mass email students, however someone can still go through the directory phone book.” The UConn email security system even extends more privacy functions such as allowing special students to keep their email hidden from directories through the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA. “In essence students really do have a lot of control, and the university is not giving out email contact information,” Pufahl said.
Decrease time needed to graduation offered as solution to student debt from REFORM, page 1
college educations. This July, a bill was signed into law that aimed to reduce the interest rate of student loans by substituting a system where Congress fixes the interest rates every year with a market-based mechanism that is capped and tied to the government’s cost of borrowing. Although this law has much support, Murphy believes that the policy on higher education cannot begin and end with a debate over the interest rate. Instead, he sought a more comprehensive solution that led to the formulation of the ACCESS bill. ACCESS aims to increase for-profit colleges’ innovation and accountability, making college more affordable and lowering their overall “sticker price.” “It’s taking too long for students to become lawyers, doctors, engineers and teachers,” Murphy asserts, believing that lowering the amount of time it takes to earn a degree would be an innovative way to make college more affordable. It takes six or more years for over half of graduates to complete their degrees; by
reducing the number of years, we can reduce the amount of debt. ACCESS advocates for a college education system not based on time, years, or credit hours, but instead competency. Although he respects students who may want to have a traditional, but also expensive, four-year college experie n c e , Murphy believes t h e r e should be options, such as accelerated prog r a m s and competencyb a s e d degrees, for stud e n t s who want to reduce cost by getting a degree in the shortest time possible. This would be accomplished in the act by “authorizing and funding a new evidence-based competitive pilot program” that will be “rigorously evaluate[d] to ensure students are getting a
quality education. “ The second part of the bill, holding colleges accountable, is much more controversial and may not be well received by colleges that operate for profit. It will condition federal aid to schools based on their quality and affordability. Schools will be incentivized and rewarded for improving affordability and realism, however if they do not deliver results will ultimately lose eligibility for Pell Grant and Stafford Loan funding. The minimum standards institutions must meet to maintain federal funding will be determined by a commission not only of education experts and stakeholders outside of government, but students themselves. The inclusion of college students in this process
“It’s taking too long for students to become lawyers, doctors, engineers and teachers.”
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will include a broad representation and give these standards more legitimacy, and is a very unique and appealing aspect of the bill. Murphy made sure to note that these standards will vary between types of colleges, as there are some accountability factors that are outside of schools’ controls and that vary from situation to situation. He used the example of a community college, where students may have to leave to enter the workforce, versus a more prestigious, private school. Colleges have historically backed away from accountability standards, and their inclusion will be the largest obstacle to the bill passing. However in a time where college debt has eclipsed $1 trillion (second to only mortgage debt), tuition rates are outpacing inflation, Murphy and his colleagues in Congress are preparing to make a tough stance. This is a bill that not only college students should keep on their radar, but also their families and students considering college.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
UConn names Intern of the Year
By Domenica Ghanem Staff Writer
Christina Edwards was named Intern of the Year by the Center for Career Development for her work at Sikorsky Aerospace Services. A manager from Inroads, a foundation designed to place underserved youth in businesses and industries, took note of Edwards’ exceptional customer service skills while she was working at CVS. With encouragement from the Inroads manager, Edwards applied, and after completing a mock interview process, her resume was sent out to several companies. Edwards worked as the lead intern at Sikorsky in human resources. Sikorsky is part of United Technologies, a company that makes products for industry, commercial and military use. She had many duties, among them planning a luncheon for interns to meet with the president of the company. Edwards explained that human resources does all of the behind the scenes work such as making sure employees are satisfied in the workplace and are not breaking the code of ethics. “Sikorsky makes the helicopters and airplanes that the president of the United States uses for transportation,” said Edwards. “You need to make sure the employees are satisfied so they can work to the best of their ability.” As a 5th-semester human development and family studies (HDFS) major, Edwards had to utilize many of the skills she has learned in class to be a better intern. “It’s a very broad major that covers aspects of sociology, communication, and psychology all in one,” she said, “so you have to be well rounded in those areas in order to be in the human resources job field.”
She explained that HDFS deals with day-to-day relationships and situations that people go through which have made her more open-minded, a skill she needed in human resources. “You have to be a sponge and absorb everything you hear and see and learn from the executives,” she said, “and don’t be afraid to ask questions.” Both her supervisor at Sikorsky and her supervisor from Northwest nominated Edwards for this award, where she is a Residential Assistant. She said she was very surprised to hear that she had won Intern of the Year because there are so many students who qualify. “It showed me that I shouldn’t doubt myself or think I’m not as smart as the next person because I worked very hard for this award,” Edwards said. “So I proved myself wrong and learned not to downplay my work. It gave me the confidence to apply for even bigger awards.” After working at Sikorsky for two years, her supervisor has asked her to continue to work there and there is a very good chance that she will be given a job offer when she graduates. “You have to be perseverant because there are a lot of times when you may not get the position you apply for on the first try,” Edwards said. When she first applied through Inroads she did not get accepted into the department of Sikorsky that she wanted, but she motivated herself to keep trying and apply for others. “I ended up getting the internship of a lifetime,” said Edwards. “Just because one doesn’t hire you doesn’t mean that it’s the end for you. You have to have faith in yourself before anyone else can have faith in you, and employers will see that confidence in your demeanor.”
Website helps college students find fair rent By Domenica Ghanem Staff Writer A graduate from Brown University has designed a new web tool to help students find the best deal for off-campus housing. Zoe Chaves, who graduated last May with a degree in Architectural Studies that focuses on urban planning, has been interested in housing issues for a while. Her tool not only keeps track of shared expenses and IOUs between roommates, but it also includes an averagerent and a split-the-rent calculator. “On campus housing is expensive at UConn,” Chaves said, “Huskies can save $2,000 to $4,000 a year by moving off-campus.” She said her tool helps students weigh their options and make a more sensible housing decision. “That could mean getting more roommates, shacking up with a significant other or taking on a part-time job to
afford a one-bedroom apartment,” Chaves said. The tool calculates average prices of housing in a certain area when you enter the zip code you are looking for. It also calculates how much money you would save in a given situation. “I could see the tool being a good jumping-off point for having a tricky conversation with a landlord or even a parent,” said Chaves, “If a landlord is telling you that $600 per bedroom is a good price for the area and you have data telling you otherwise, pointing to the tool is a non-confrontational way to ask them to reconsider their asking price, or throw in a perk like an extra parking spot.” The web tool is located on Splitwise, which asks for feedback from users on this project. Students can direct their comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Hipsters move to Portland for a reason The Daily Campus, Page 3
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Sustainability, community and night life make the Rose City great for young people and families alike By Jimmy Onofrio Associate Managing Editor “Keep Portland Weird” read the bumper stickers and billboards around Oregon’s largest city, a slogan borrowed from Austin, Texas but arguably more true here. Portland has become famous in recent years as a magnet for hipsters, but the culture that attracted them has also produced a great nightlife and food scene. A combination of eccentricity, environmentalism and inclusiveness make Portland a special place. Portlanders take a lot of pride in their community. Their involvement in the city decision-making process coupled with an entrepreneurial spirit has produced a unique and inviting city. “I feel lucky to have grown up somewhere I’m proud of and enjoy living in as a young adult,” said Angela Carkner, 23, a lifelong Portland resident and graduate of the University of Oregon’s planning, public policy and management program. Sustainability Like many places in the West, sustainability is an important part of Portland’s identity. Citywide initiatives like composting programs and a ban on Styrofoam take-out containers are a testament to this, but residents also make sustainability a part of their lifestyles. It is common to see small gardens in homes’
front and back yards and some of them even have chicken coops to produce their own supply of eggs. Community gardens have gained popularity as well. The city has worked hard to build a good biking infrastructure, with designated bike corridors leading out of downtown that are heavily used at rush hour. Public transit such as the surfacerail MAX lines is also popular, if not easily accessible by all residents. Portland’s plan for growth is to concentrate density along these lines so that more people can get around without relying on gas-powered cars and buses. Standing atop one of the city’s vistas such as Rocky Butte, the dense tree canopy will stand out to a visitor from the east coast. For a city of over a half million people, Portland is low-density and still has a lot of green space, even if most of it is in people’s private yards. Feeling close to nature is another important part of life in the West and Portland mixes it well with the cultural capital of an urban center. Planning Almost all cities have a central plan for growth that is used to guide development of business and residential areas, traffic systems, parks and community facilities. In the field of city planning, Portland is hailed as a model for “smart growth,” where the planning agency is very active in promoting sustainable
development around the city. One area where Portland excels is community participation. Reed Wagner, Executive Director of the Multnomah County Drainage District and a former policy coordinator for the Metro Regional Government, said, “People here are serious about community involvement. If you have meetings and ask people what they want out of their community in five or 10 years, they have a lot to say.” Citizen involvement creates an organic and democratic feeling, where residents feel like their suggestions are taken seriously. It also seemed like residents cared a lot about their neighborhoods, keeping up appearances in residential areas and not littering in parks and around commercial areas. Portland has also looked towards European cities as well as other American cities to guide its development, Wagner said. A well-defined growth boundary around the city keeps it from sprawling too far. Concentrating development along “transit corridors” like bus routes and rail lines has been used successfully in cities like Copenhagen. Programs like composting and bans on certain hard-to-recycle materials are also more common in Europe today than in the U.S. Bars and restaurants New places to go out are constantly popping up around
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with Manfredi, pointing to how easily the organization’s reputation could be tarnished if a candidate attacks it. But Senator Carlyle Bethel disagreed. “The pathway to hell is paved with good intentions,” he said. The new policies also change how violations are sanctioned. While candidates were previously disqualified from races for any policy violation, the new rules allow for the judiciary to issue a warning to the candidate and disallow his or her use of USG resources during the campaign before forcing the violator to drop out. Giardina said while the ability to issue a warning will have an immediate impact, USG
does not currently offer candidates enough resources to make seizing the flow of them a threatening sanction. “This is intended to provide a middle ground,” Giardina said. “Currently the only real resources we offer are copies (for campaign flyers). This rule lays the groundwork for future elections and for future EOC members to find a middle ground.” The election policies, which will be put to use for the organization’s elections in the spring, were passed by an 11-9 vote with 12 senators abstaining. In addition to the policy changes, the Student Development Committee
Chair Hailey Manfredi presented her committee’s report on the sexual assault issues on campus at Wednesday’s meeting. According to the report, between June 1, 2011 and July 1, 2013–74 incidents were reported at UConn. No data is yet available to compare this number to peer institutions, but Manfredi said her committee spent a significant amount of time reaching out to UConn students to determine what they think about the university’s culture towards rape. “We employed a variety of ways to get student feedback and got a variety of answers in perspectives in that way,” Manfredi said.
Manfredi said there is no general view on campus, and she received a variety of different assessments of campus safety and security. While some considered the sexual assuault issues to be “undeserved martyrdom,” others celebrated and welcomed the attention the issue is beginning to receive. Going forward, Manfredi said she wants to look into dorm security, campus safety features such as night lighting and increasing the number of emergency “blue lights,” and changing how the issues are addressed during orientation. “Going to need more feedback on this before we have specific steps to take moving
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Speaker Shiv Gandhi, who was disqualified due to campaign rule violations. But Chairperson Hailey Manfredi, a member of the EOC, said she proposed the language intending it to safeguard USG’s reputation from rogue candidates. “I think it’s okay to have clauses that are vague. It’s the purpose of the judiciary to interpret,” she said. “It’s reserved for something completely outlandish that may reflect poorly on the organization and we don’t want (the candidate) to continue to do that.” Senator David Rifkin agreed
forward,” she said. Manfredi said a number of other USG committees will also take up the issue. The report proposes launching a visual awareness campaign that aims to make students cognizant of sexual assault issues, making a flow chart that can guide victims to the various resources on campus. “While there are a lot of great resources, calling the Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Eastern Connecticut should be the first step,” Manfredi said. “They will provide you with a personalized experience and tell you what steps to take from here.”
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Reading day on Thursday of finals week could be better placed
ith the upcoming finals week, the UConn student population will likely be feeling more stressed than usual, rushing to find a spot in the Homer Babbidge library in preparation to study a semester’s worth of material. To help alleviate this stress, many colleges and universities implement a reading day, a day either during or prior to the week of final exams in which there are no exams or classes and instead allows students to study for upcoming exams. UConn has such a day on the Thursday of finals week, but one has to wonder if this really is the best place for it. While there are certainly exams on Friday and during the ensuing weekend, the majority of exams tend to fall on the Monday to Wednesday stretch of finals week. As such, some students are finished with exams before the reading day even comes around, making it rather useless for them. Even students that are able to use the reading day will only be able to do so for their remaining exams, whereas the extra study time may have been more useful for an exam that was already taken. UConn’s reading day is rather unique when compared to other colleges. For example, the University of Chicago reserves the Thursday and Friday before exams as reading days. Students at the University of Washington in St. Louis and Harvard each get a weeklong reading period between the last day of classes and the start of final exams. While there is no need for UConn to give students a full week of no class prior to exams, the way these schools and many others handle their reading day is the same; they all take place prior to final exams. It would make much more sense for UConn to move the reading to earlier in the week, perhaps on Monday of finals week so as to give students a three-day weekend to prepare for exams. Such a change also shouldn’t affect exam scheduling as Thursday would simply become a regular exam day. Overall, moving the reading day to earlier in the exam week not only allows more students to utilize it, but also allows them to better use the allotted time to study for the exams they see fit.
So are we all gonna sit here and act like Glenbrook Road isn’t a huge crosswalk now? Get naked or die tryin’ ... But really why don’t we have a Naked Bike Ride like UVM You were ‘’closed’’ because you had a party to go to? It was my birthday, and I had a date with a term paper. I just laid an egg, and that egg is the last paper of my collegiate career. I get the Daily Campus every day just to read the instant daily’s and finally found the courage to submit my own yet. #1for1 Being at Homer at 4:30am is NOT the dream... in fact it’s the nightmare before Christmas. “I need to get my life together, and the first step is wearing my own clothes” Here’s what’s going to happen: I’m going to shower and my paper is going to be finished when I come out. There should be a section on the iHusky app that tells you the current temperature of all the buildings on campus #freezing. I wish the chairs in Homer were as comfy as the Music Library ones.
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The strange new world of publishing
ver the last decade, the publishing industry and print media in general, have been portrayed as noble, longsuffering victims of digital media that are slowly but surely dying. Publishing is making less and less money every year as digital media floods our culture and readers turn away from books. While it’s true that the publishing industry has been shaken at its foundations over the last 15 years, it’s far from dying. A report released by the Association of American Publishers showed that profits for the publishing industry as a whole (both print and elecBy Kristi Allen tronic publicaWeekly Columnist tions) rose 7.4 percent last year, with total revenue at $6.533 billion. Printed books fell $74 million last year, but ebook sales rose more than $75 million (and it looks like the sharp decline in print sales is slowing down). Book sales rose, industry revenue rose–we’re far from being in the middle of a book apocalypse. In fact, ebooks may be the best thing to happen to print books in a while. A Pew Research study showed that 88 percent of people who have read an ebook in the last year have also read a print book. The study found that ebook readers read more books of all formats. Interestingly, some of the most popular books in the brand new industry of electronic publishing have been around for decades. The Dr. Seuss books “Green Eggs and Ham” (published in 1960) and
“Oh, The Places You’ll Go” (1990) are both on the lists for top 20 bestsellers in print and ebooks (all books, not just childrens’), as is “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card, which was published in 1985. Most notably, “The Great Gatsby” is number six on the list of print books and number seven on Amazon’s list of ebooks. Another interesting aspect of the old books trend is that contradicts the conventional wisdom about television and movies’ negative impact on reading. With so many competing sources of information and forms of entertainment, books should have fallen to the wayside as expensive, cumbersome and archaic forms of entertainment. Instead of movie and TV adaptations replacing the books they were inspired by, they raise interest in books. There are at least seven books on the top-20 bestseller lists for both print and e books that have been have been made into high-profile films or are currently in production. As I mentioned above, they’re not all wildly popular brand new books either. “The Great Gatsby” movie this summer revived interest in a 90-yearold novel, and lesser-known novels like “World War Z” and “The Silver Linings Playbook” are now at the top of the lists. A future where we tell stories across multiple forms of media should be exciting to readers and cinephiles alike. Books have been adapted as movies for decades, but they have usually been perceived as bastardizations of the works they were based on (and many were, of course), but to a degree that perception is changing. For example, “The Hunger Games” is an engaging, well-paced book with an interesting central idea, but it’s far from a masterpiece of language. Many people thought the movie was much better. On the flipside, many people who picked up “The Great Gatsby” after seeing the
movie and thought the book was much better. Both mediums have merits and detractors, and they don’t have to be opposed to each other. It’s true that there’s not much of a silver lining for bookstores in the digital age. Their decline is well documented, but it’s not analogous to the industry as a whole. Borders went out of business because readers were buying books in different ways, not because they had stopped reading altogether. Tracing the failure of these companies to a decline in readership would be similar to claiming that retail is in decline because department stores are going out of business. Newspapers and other forms of periodical print publications have fared much worse because their industry is obviously less suited for print publication than books. In the 21st century, buying a material object that will become worthless the next day just doesn’t make a lot of sense given the other forms of publication now available. But book publishing doesn’t have those same problems because books are meant to be kept for years, and now there’s another option for those who want convenient, mobile reading. Publishing doesn’t have to leave print books behind to come into the 21st century. The publishing industry is still has some issues–the phenomenal success of a few big series like “50 Shades of Grey” and the “Hunger Games” are responsible for a lot of publishing revenue and fewer booksellers, particularly Amazon, control far more of the market than they did before–but both electronic and print books are both here to stay, and that’s the best things for all readers.
Kristi.Allen@UConn.edu 3rd-semester journalism major
No, the president is not above the law
eing unable to accomplish policy goals via normal legislative channels in Congress has left President Barack Obama with an almost “never mind” Congress mentality. He said so himself, on multiple occasions, that “we’re not going to wait for Congress.” To Obama, it matters not what powers the Constitution confers upon him, but what he By Paul DaSilva can do that is most politiStaff Columnist cally expedient, regardless if he steps outside the bounds delegated by Article II. Perhaps the most famous example of an egregious overreach is when, in July 2012, Obama announced that he was ordering the Department of Homeland Security to cease deporting young illegal immigrants who came here as minors. This was, essentially, imposition of the Dream Act, a piece of legislation previously debated in Congress, but which ultimately never passed. It was an unquestionable infringement of the explicit responsibility of the president to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” In fact, the order was precisely the antithesis of “faithfully executing” the laws passed by Congress—it was ensuring that the law not be enforced.
It was a strictly politically motivated decision, designed to ensure that Obama secures the Hispanic vote, after myriad promises to pass comprehensive immigration reform. But in a constitutional republic, where laws are superior even to the branch that carries them out, it cannot be deemed acceptable for the executive to pick and choose only favorable laws to enforce. Obama made another such unconstitutional decision when he unilaterally rewrote the Affordable Care Act on multiple occasions. First it was the delaying of the employer mandate by one year, despite the statute giving no such discretion to the executive. Then it was delaying of a key provision in the law meant to limit out-of-pocket and deductible costs in August. And most recently, due to the inability of the administration’s technology apparatus to thoroughly design the website, the small business exchange has been delayed by one year. Three delays, touching significant parts of the law, have been done without any input from Congress and without the constitutionally required legislative process for passing or amending laws. A principal duty of the Constitution is to limit the power of government by proscribing to it designated and enumerated powers. And
nowhere in Article II does it confer upon the president the ability to rewrite laws, amending them at his choosing; or worse, making a deliberate decision to not enforce provisions of dually passed laws. As a matter of constitutional and legal philosophy, the rule of law has no relevance when it is altogether disregarded by any branch of government, particularly the executive branch—the one most susceptible to autocratic inclination. In a legal system such as the one present in the United States, no person is above the law, and there are particular methods by which the law can be revised. In the aforementioned instances, Obama considered himself above the law, and possessing the ability to avert a gridlocked Congress simply by putting out a press release that provisions of laws will be ignored for a period of time. This ideology was inherent in Richard Nixon’s philosophy on executive power. He famously told David Frost, when asked if the president possesses the ability to do something contrary to law: “Well, when the president does it, that means it is not illegal.” If this is true, then there is no such thing as the rule of law, since, essentially, the president is entirely above it. Nixon, who presided over the most lawless administration in American his-
tory, may not be all that distinct from the Obama administration, who seems to be of the same belief that the president can do as he pleases, without having to “wait for Congress.” Another, and less talked about, abuse of executive power is the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) writing of new regulations on emission standards. A tenet of his inaugural address earlier this year, Obama promised to do more to combat climate change, despite a wholly disinterested Congress. Opposition is mounting, however, and according to The Hill, the top air pollution regulator at the EPA under President George W. Bush, Jeff Holmstead, “predicted that there would be ‘years of litigation’ on the existing power plant rules, involving ‘possibly as many as 50 different lawsuits in every U.S. Circuit Court in the country.’” Once again, this is calculated resolve on the part of Obama to carry out his second-term agenda, even if he has to do it without Congress. Legal challenges must follow, because it cannot be permissible for the executive to continually change or implement laws at his sole discretion.
Paul.DaSilva@UConn.edu 1st-semester political science and economics major
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On Wednesday, the UConn Co-Op at Storrs Center welcomed Pulitzer Prize recipient and New York Times best selling author Gilbert King. King presented his latest work, “Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America.” An intense ride of a narrative, “Devil in the Grove” retells the gripping true story of a court case involving the Groveland Boys: four black boys in the Jim Crow south, whose lives were saved by the relentless justice seeking lawyer Thurgood Marshall. -Kevin Costello
The talented Boston Pops come to Jorgensen
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Since 1995, the Boston Pops have performed over 1,500 concerts and 38 national tours with their conductor Keith Lockhart. Their musical talents have been showcased at Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall and at Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. The show will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday night.
By Kim Halpin Focus Editor The last week of school doesn’t just have to be about finals. Get into the holiday spirit Saturday night when the Boston Pops perform a variety of holiday pieces at
Jorgensen along with the Metropolitan Choral. Since 1995, the Boston Pops have performed over 1,500 concerts and 38 national tours with their conductor Keith Lockhart. Their musical talents have been showcased at Carnegie
Hall, Radio City Music Hall and at Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. Joining the Boston Pops will be the Metropolitan Chorale of Brookline, which has 90 members and is conducted by Lisa Graham. A guest star to the show is bass-
baritone Justin Hopkins. He will be performing “Fantasia on Christmas Carols” and “Mary, Did you Know? Christmas Is A-Comin’.” A fan-favorite, “Sleigh Ride,” will also be performed, and other highlights of the night will include an
appearance from Santa Claus and an opportunity for the audience to join in the singing. The show will begin at 8 p.m. and tickets are available online or at the box office.
As I mentioned in a previous column, Thanksgiving is far and away my favorite holiday of the year for numerous reasons. There’s the food of course, the lack of obnoxious Thanksgiving-specific commercials and the general feeling of goodwill and gratitude. In light of that, I’ve decided to use my last column of the semester to reflect back on my own Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving at my house usually has to feed at least 10 people if not more, so naturally the amount of food that needs to be prepared is substantial. This year, we had so many people coming over that not only did my mother have to start cooking the night prior, but she also had to enlist my help. The Thanksgiving classics that were served included turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie for dessert. Nearly everything else was of a more Asian persuasion, as is usually the case. Funnily enough, my mother also chose to prepare stuffing this year, despite her standard aversion to it. Of course, this was no orthodox, bread pieces and onions type of stuffing. Instead, it was decided that our stuffing would be made out of glutinous rice, Chinese sausage, shitake mushrooms and water chestnuts. The end result was actually quite delicious – and I must admit, even as someone who loves the taste of turkey, there was something incredibly comforting about eating it with a food that was more traditionally “homey” for me. In addition to the turkey, we prepared two other meat dishes: a mutton curried stew and Chaozhou style duck. The stew (if I recall correctly) was tomato-based and relatively thick, as it contained both potatoes and carrots. While it did pack some punch heat-wise, the spice was really secondary to the actual flavor of the curried mutton itself. Honestly, I can see mutton as being an acquired taste, but this was delicious. The preparation of the duck went somewhat less smoothly, as the grocer had neglected to remove the duck’s various internal organs before selling it to my mother. After that was unpleasantly dealt with (intestines just keep going and going and going), the rest of the preparation was surprisingly easy. The sauce was prepared, the duck basted and allowed to simmer for an hour until the meat was falling– off– the– bone tender. For vegetables, we had the aforementioned mashed sweet potatoes, but also cauliflower au gratin and an autumn vegetable roast that consisted of butternut squash, bell peppers, carrots and onions. The cauliflower was both creamy and savory, and thankfully not drowning in cheese. Cheese is good, but it can be overdone. The roast was lightly seasoned with a mix of cumin, cinnamon, ground coriander, cayenne pepper, olive oil and honey, which really let the flavors of the vegetables shine through without being overpowered by the spices themselves. Quite frankly, I can genuinely say that I’m thankful for the “Asian Thanksgiving” that I have every year. I love everything from the less traditional dishes to the days of turkey congee (rice porridge) that follow. It’s the best time of year, and I can’t wait for it to roll around again.
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WHUS Top &5 Soul Most Picks Added Rhythm By Joe O’Leary Focus Editor
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“Singles Collection, Volume 3” by Oh Sees “Queen Thee of the Slipstream” San Franciscan garage rockers serve up a steaming hotVan plateMorrison of rarities and b-sides, with each song fuzzier and scuzzier than the last. Anyone can make psychedelic, gross sounding garage rock, but not many can do “Light as a Feather” it like these guys.
“Light as a Feather” Norah Jones “Island Universe Story Two” by Helado “The Crane Wife 3” Negro Ambient synth pop that thrives on retro synth The Decemberists work and keeps a good balance between the relaxing, lofty tracks and the pulsating, dance oriented “The ones. This is anWife extremely Crane 3” varied album to help get listeners into Helado The Decemberists Negro’s expansive catalog
Of Monsters and Men “Mountain Sound” “Open Season Deluxe Edition” by High Highs Super accessible dream pop from Of Monsters and MenAustralia. These two dudes really encapsulate the feeling of hazy, bubbly bliss through their music. Includes a cover of “A Real Hero” by College “Orion + Dog” from the movie Drive.
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“Foret” by Foret “Thebeautiful Story Idream Heard”pop comHauntingly pletely sung inBlind French. PilotPotentially the best record to listen to while reblogging heavily filtered pictures of the Eiffel “The Story I Heard” Tower during “study breaks” this week.
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“I Can See Your Tracks” Laura Veirs “Shangri-La” by Jake Bugg This sophomore from the UK “I Can Seerecord Your Tracks” native music festival sensation, Laura Veirs produced by the ever-so lovely Rick Rubin, is a super British, punk revival sounding record very similar to Arctic Monkeys.
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Composer Christopher Beck follows up on his brilliant work in Disney’s Oscar Winning Short “Paperman” with an astounding With “Frozen,” Kristen effort here in “Frozen.” Beck’s Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, score is not only perhaps one of the the married songwriting team finest of the “Buffy” composer’s behind the Tony Award-Winning career, one of the best film scores Broadway Musical “The Book of of the year, and the best to feature Mormon,” have provided Disney in an animated Disney film since with the best set of songs featured in Jerry Goldsmith’s efforts in 1998’s one of their animated features since “Mulan.” “The Lion King.” The score, which features clear The record opens with “Frozen German and Nordic influence, Heart,” a shanty of sorts sung by a sounds great whether your listening group of ice sellers. Highly remito a more dramatic piece or a calmniscent of “Fathoms Below” from er medley. The true highlight of “The Little Mermaid,” the song Beck’s score lays in the composer’s sets an epic tone for the remainder utilization of the vocals of a comof the album. plete chorus as seen in tracks such “Do You Wanna Build A as “Vuelie” and “Heimr Arnadlr.” Snowman?” and “For The First Absolutely beautiful pieces, they Time In Forever” are both fantasare undoubtably the high point of Photo courtesy of idolator.com tic numbers performed by former the score. “Veronica Mars” star Kristen Bell. Also of note: those who purThe highlight of the album is “Let it Go,” a powerful number belted out by Tony-winning Bell’s singing voice is fantastic and chase the Deluxe edition of the her performance particularly in performer Idina Menzel. The track has a grand feel to it and after about two-thirds in a soundtrack will be treated to almost “For the First Time In Forever” has brilliant change in the accompanying orchestration lifts the number to even greater heights. two dozen tracks featuring demo a distinct uniqueness to it compared versions of songs featured in the to any similar styled Disney song in belted out by Tony-winning per- First Time in Forever”. film as well as songs that were recent memory. former Idina Menzel. The track has Demi Lovato also has a cover of written but ultimately cut, such as One song, a grand feel to it “Let it Go” on the album, but it’s the excellent “Life’s Too Short” and “Love is an Open from the start and a forgettable number that pales in it’s reprise. Door,” a duet after about two- comparison to Menzel’s jaw dropThe soundtrack to “Frozen” between Bell and Frozen Soundtrack thirds in a bril- ping version. is nothing less than an absolute Santino Fontana, liant change in Songs such as the ensemble triumph, one which I have no Various Artists isn’t exactly poor the accompany- track “Fixer Upper,” Jonathan doubts will at least go platinum. 11/25/13 but its modern ing orchestration Grof’s “Reindeer (s) Are Better Songwriters Kristen Anderson32 tracks style feels distinctlifts the number Than People,” and Josh Gad’s “In Lopez and Robert Lopez, as well as ly out of place with to even greater Summer” are all a series of catchy, composer Christopher Beck, with the more traditionheights. This one charming and humorous tunes than the help of strong vocal perforal Broadway-style is destined to go should provide a lot of laughs and mances by an ensemble led by /10 numbers that condown as a Disney help break the tension some of the Kristen Bell and Idina Menzelhave, stitute the rest of classic. album’s more dramatic fare. crafted a musical album for the the song list. Menzel also Of course, what’s a great series ages. The highlight of the album is gives a great performance in a duet of songs without a great orchestral Alex.Sferrazza@UConn.edu “Let it Go,” a powerful number with Bell on the reprise of “For the score to match?
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Glen Hansard adds to his impressive resume
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sonal favorite of the three remaining tracks because of its femme fatale storyline
can be neither characterized as sad nor as happy. It’s simply pensive and thoughtful.
Glen Hansard shot to fame after starring in the movie musical “Once” in which he played a young vacuum repair man and talented musician who finds love and inspiration in a young Czech musician he meets while performing on the street in Dublin. Little known to most of his fans, Hansard was also in “The Commitments,” a film about a bunch of Irish musicians who explore the connections between their own lives in 90s Europe and the soul music of the 60s. His musical talent may have first blossomed on the silver screen, but his albums also shine as valuable parts of the musical canon. “Drive All Night,” Hansard’s new EP, is based off a cover he performs on the album of Bruce Springsteen’s “Drive All Night.” If you thought that an Irishman couldn’t pull off the husky voice of a Jersey boy you are a sadly mistaken soul. Hansard’s rough Photo courtesy of micanciondehoy.com vocals lend themselves Glen Hansard shot to fame after starring in the movie musical “Once” in which he played impeccably well to the style of Springsteen’s song and a young vacuum repair man and talented musician who finds love and inspiration. it’s easy to imagine Hansard as the Irish Springsteen. He’s joined on the track by “Step Out of the Shadows” Jack Clemons, nephew of and the jazzy bass line. The Clarence Clemons – the E smooth drums and Hansard’s is a country- and folkStreet Band’s original saxo- soulful vocals reminded me inspired tune that only lasts phonist – and Pearl Jam’s of something you’d hear at two minutes. Hansard perEddie Vedder. It’s a veritable a late-night jazz club in New forms a capella the entire celebrity get-together on the York City. I could almost see song with a booming voice the room blue with cigarette that calls the listener to “step track that smoke as Hansard out of the shadows.” When is both fun crooned, “Am I the song ends, and the EP as and a trip fool for sticking it’s the last track, you can Drive All Night down memaround?” almost hear the echoes of ory lane for Glen Hansard “Pennies in the his powerful voice. If you most listen12/2/13 Fountain” is a like Fleet Foxes and have ers. 4 tracks quiet and tender heard the song “Blue Ridge The other piece that has a Mountains,” imagine it withthree songs magical grouping out Robin’s vocals and you’ll on the EP, of melody of har- have a good idea about what “Pennies /10 mony. The lyrics this tracks sounds like. in the Overall this is a solid EP in this songs are Fountain,” from Hansard who already absolutely incred“Renata” boasts an impressive resume. ible as well. “The only way and “Step out of the Shadows” are smooth acoustic, folk- to hold onto love is with an I can’t wait to hear another inspired tracks that comple- open hand,” Hansard sings full length album from him. ment “Drive All Night” and above the soft lilting acousSpringsteen’s signature style tic plucking. The song rises well. “Renata” was my per- and surges in the exposition, developing into a song that Kathleen.McWilliams@UConn.edu
By Katie McWilliams Senior Staff Writer It’s hard to believe that this is my last column until late January, so even though it may seem premature I’m going to break down a top five list for albums and songs released in 2013. I blogged in January 2013 that the year looked promising for music lovers. I even compared it to 2010, my musical high point to date, when Arcade Fire released “The Suburbs,” The National produced “High Violet” and Spoon dropped “Transference.” In January, it was speculated that all three of these bands would release new albums, but sadly on two of the three did. Even more disappointing was that The National’s latest, “Trouble Will Find Me” was a lackluster follow-up to its predecessor. Despite this one let down, 2013 has been good to me. There were new records from Arcade Fire, Franz Ferdinand, Tegan and Sara, Daft Punk, Justin Timberlake and several new releases that simply blew my mind. 5. “Bad Blood” – Bastille If you watched the World Series this year you couldn’t have missed the melodious and victorious melody of
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Movies to watch on Netflix over break Top albums of 2013
By Maurilio Amorim Staff Writer Blockbusters: If you want a big name blockbuster, Netflix has “The Avengers”, “The Hunger Games”, “Terminator 2”, “Thor”, “Skyfall” and “Mission Impossible 4”. Action: Last year’s “Dredd” turned out to be a huge flop. It’s a shame because it’s really a great action movie. With over the top violent sequences and a well written screenplay, “Dredd” surprisingly entertains and is a lot more fun than you may have expected it to be. Set in a dystopian future, two “judges”, cops who execute on sight, find themselves trapped in a large complex ruled by drug den and must fight to escape. Another action film with a bit more substance is “Olympus Has Fallen”. Similarly, “Olympus Has Fallen” involves a disgraced secret service agent (Gerard Butler) trapped in the White House after a North Korean invasion. The agent races against time to save the US President and his cabinet members who have been taken hostage. Both are sure to please a thrill seeking audience. Thrillers: “Dead Man Down” is an underrated crime thriller. The film noir involves a man who has set an elaborate plan to exact
his revenge on the crime lord who had his wife and child killed and left him for dead. His plans become more complicated when his neighbor, a woman disfigured in a car accident, records him murdering a gangster and demands he kill the drunk driver responsible for her accident or else. While a great film, “Oldboy” really does everything Dead Man Down does better. The only reason you haven’t seen or heard of the South Korean cult classic “Oldboy” is due to American Xenophobia. If you can read subtitles and don’t mind an Asian cast then “Oldboy” is one of the most disturbing, chilling and thought provoking thrillers you will ever see. Another thriller available is Christopher Nolan’s “Memento”. “The Dark Knight” trilogy director needs no introduction. “Memento” tells the story of Leonard, a man left with short term memory loss following his wife’s murder. He uses notes and tattoos to remember important details and hunts the man he believes to have killed his wife. Like every other Nolan film, it is both thought provoking and mind blowing. “Pulp Fiction” is an undisputed classic where the lives of several criminals clash together in four stories of
violence and redemption. Tarantino’s crime thriller masterpiece is what made him the famous director he is today and revived the careers of several of its cast members. Whether you’ve never seen it or have seen it before, there is so much in this film that it warrants and demands multiple viewings. Drama: Denzel Washington earned an Oscar nomination last year in “Flight” as an alcoholic pilot whose behavior is called into question after he heroically lands a failing plane. “Flight” was one of the best movies of 2012. Another little known film is the MMA drama “Warrior”. Although it was one of the best films of 2011 by far, “Warrior” did not receive a single Oscar nomination. “Warrior” tells the story of two estranged brothers, a school teacher (Joel Edgarton) and a veteran (Tom Hardy) whose family was torn apart by their mother’s death and their abusive alcoholic father. Years later, the two compete in a mixed martial arts tournament for different motivations and find themselves along with their baggage going head to head. Deep, inspiring and tear provoking, “Warrior” is a film that deserved much more attention than it ever received.
“End of Watch” received some attention and praise upon its release, but not really as much as it deserved. In “End of Watch” the found footage style movie is actually used productively to aim for realism in the depiction of a year in the life of two police officers whose actions eventually make them targets of the Mexican drug cartel. Realistic, thrilling and touching, “End of Watch” is the groundbreaking police drama we’ve been waiting for. Comedy: A great comedy that Netflix has helped gain some attention is “Tucker and Dale vs Evil”. The film is a satire on American youth and horror movies. Two lovable hillbillies go camping in the same woods as a group of college students. While this isn’t at all a horror movie, the students believe it to be and act accordingly. Shockingly, the body count rises, but so do the laughs. Although better than “Borat” or “Bruno”, nobody really gave “The Dictator” a chance. It is Sacha Baron Cohen’s funniest movie where he drops the mockumentary style for a studio film. Cohen’s over the top performance and a great supporting cast make for a really funny movie. Also available is “American Wedding”. Whether or not you have seen the rest of the series, it is sure to entertain and provide some big laughs.
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Bastille’s “Pompeii.” This phenomenal song, recognizable for its intricate harmonies and a capella beginning, has slowly climbed to the top of international charts and the rest of the album is equally amazing. If you like “Pompeii” and haven’t listened to the rest of the album, treat yourself to some new studying music and listen to “Things We Lost in the Fire,” “Icarus” and “These Streets.” 4. “Days Are Gone” by HAIM It’s hard these days to find classic-rock-influenced music that isn’t country. HAIM nailed the balance between new wave, folk, rhythm and blues and solid rock ‘n’ roll on this album. The band, comprised of sisters, has a downto-earth vibe backed with feel good guitar riffs and old school harmonies. If you are in the mood for some excellent slide guitar action listen to “The Wire.” “Save Me” is an ethereal number with a more soulful sound, but still has a detectable bass line that lends for some serious groove. 3. “Pure Heroine” by Lorde Did “Lorde” mean anything to anyone last year? Nope. That’s what makes this album so special. A 17-year-old wise beyond her years, New Zealander took center stage this year with witty rhymes and biting social commentary. Her whole album is jam packed with catchy songs that bring issues such as vanity, the wealth disparity and discrimination to the forefront of pop music. Her breathy vocals lend an almost hilarious innocence to her music, but is validated by their strength and her grace on stage. Off this album, my favorite track is defi-
nitely “Tennis Court” which talks about how people have become so apathetic. Stand outs include “Bravado,” “Love Club” and “Royals.” 2.”Reflektor” by Arcade Fire Given my column last week, it surprising that this album doesn’t come in first for me. However, this album is magnificent because it’s art at its purest form. All it takes is a listen to the title track or “We Exist” to know the artistic energy put forth in the album is sheer genius. Mixing synthetic sounds to create a futuristic feel, the album is dark and haunting in the best of ways, but somehow isn’t subdued. Many of the tracks are upbeat and danceable, but a sinister feeling lurks underneath the happy aesthetic. 1.”Heartthrob” by Tegan and Sara I reviewed “Heartthrob” when it came out this spring and if I’m not much mistaken I think I was initially disappointed with the Canadian duo’s shift from acoustic to electro-pop. Giving it five or six months and seeing the duo in concert gave me a new perspective. This album is my favorite of the year because I could listen to it over and over without getting bored. This is in part due to the fact that the songs are so varied. From the slow and sad “I Was a Fool” to the upbeat “Goodbye, Goodbye,” to the pensive, but driving “I’m Not Your Hero” this album has a track for every mood. It’s a perfect mix of songs put together perfectly and I highly recommend that everybody give it a listen.
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Weak Eastern Conference keeps struggling, Rose-less Bulls in hunt By Spencer Mayfield NBA Columnist Aside from the Indiana Pacers and the Miami Heat, mediocrity has been the theme of the Eastern Conference. An astonishing 12 out of the 15 teams in the conference have a losing record, with the Pacers (16-2), Miami (14-4) and Washington (9-9) as the exceptions. The most disappointing part of the season is what has happened to 7-9 Chicago. The Bulls, who were expected to be able to challenge Miami and Indiana this year, are now forced to deal with the devastating loss of superstar point guard Derrick Rose for the entire season. Seeing Rose go down was a tough moment for the NBA as he is such a respected player for the way he plays the game for his hometown team. The long awaited “return” of Rose was cut short when he underwent surgery to have his medial meniscus repaired in his right knee. Chicago is left trying to put together the pieces and prove that they can be competitive without Rose. The Bulls have to get over the loss of their leader and most important player the city has seen since Michael
Jordan in order to save this season, which is no easy task. Chicago has experience playing without Rose – they did so all of last year – but they lacked a true go-to scorer during clutch moments of close games. The Bulls had point guard Nate Robinson last season who did his best to provide a scoring lift for the team during Rose’s absence. Chicago will once again struggle to score this year without Rose, and a bigger burden will be placed on Loul Deng, Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah. Coach Tom Thibodeau has been criticized for overplaying these players in the past, but once again the success of the team will depend on the trio. Since the injury to Rose, the Bulls have struggled to a 1-4 record. Chicago has started Kirk Hinrich at point guard and he has struggled to fill the void left by Rose. Hinrich has not been shooting the ball efficiently and has reached a high of only 13 points twice since becoming a starter. Chicago has also received virtually nothing offensively from their backup point guards. Mike James and Marquis Teague have scored a combined two points in all five games. Chicago will need better play from the point
guard position in order to be the elite team that they were projected to be this season. Chicago also misses shooting guard Jimmy Butler, who has missed the last seven games with a toe injury. Butler’s injury impacts the team because they are without the 10 points per game that he is averaging this year. Along with the 15.9 points per game that Derrick Rose was averaging, this is a huge loss for a team that likes to play low-scoring, defensive-minded games. Loul Deng has increased his scoring load over the past five games. Deng has been averaging 27.4 points per game since Rose’s injury and he will need to keep up this scoring output in order for the team to be successful. The Bull’s have a big game on Thursday against the Heat and will have the opportunity to turn their season around. Chicago has played Miami tough in the past and a statement win against the Heat would give them the confidence of knowing that their season is not lost without Rose. Chicago will need a big game out of Loul Deng as well as Kirk Hinrich if they want to pull the upset.
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it. Duncan became the oldest player in history to record a 20-point, 20-rebound game on Monday night against Atlanta. That is not even the most impressive part. Duncan also hit the game-winning jumper with .4 seconds left to give the Spurs a 102-100 victory over the Hawks. Duncan’s smooth 17-footer left Hawks fans helpless. He continues to prove the critics wrong in the fact that he ages like fine wine. One of the most intriguing moments of the week that made people laugh was when DeMarcus Cousins refused to shake hands with J.J. Reddick after he threw him to the floor chasing a rebound. Cousins has made it clear to the public that he does not want his teammates shaking hands with Clippers. In fact, he refused to let Isaiah Thomas shake hands with Chris Paul earlier in the week. The main thing to take away from this story is nothing! This is not a rivalry. Cousins has no reason to hate the Clippers. You cannot be in a rivalry if your team is historically bad and cannot win consistently. What are we going to see next, a Bobcats vs. Timberwolves rivalry? It is all for media publicity. If Cousins really wanted to be a leader in
the locker room, he would act like one instead of getting suspended from games every year. One of the most shocking comebacks this week was the Warriors 27-point comeback win over the depleted Raptors. The Warriors were down by 18 points in the 4th quarter until the “Splash Brothers” erupted. Thompson and Curry combined for a total of 49 points and 17 assists in the game. The most amazing number, however, was the number zero. The Raptors collected zero, I repeat, zero defensive rebounds in the 4th quarter! This means the Warriors were making almost every shot and when they missed, they got every rebound. This was possible because they now have size in the paint. Bogut has had a big impact on the rebounding and inside presence this year. Rebounding was the missing piece of the puzzle last year for the Warriors. There were many high points in the NBA this week, but those ones were the most memorable. There were also low points during the week, such as the drink scam Jason Kidd tried to pull to get a timeout, but hey, that is the Eastern Conference.
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Men’s Basketball Tomorrow Maine 7 p.m.
Dec. 18 Stanford 9 p.m.
Today UC Davis 7 p.m.
Dec. 17 Duke 7 p.m.
ball team will honor prior to its Senior Day game against Memphis Saturday.
Dec. 28 Dec. 22 Dec. 31 Eastern Washington Houston Washington 3:30 p.m. 9 p.m. 1 p.m.
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Predicting the BCS shakedown
“I can’t be in that space and I was, so I take full responsibility for that. It’s an inexcusable blunder on my part.” - Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin on his sidelinestepping interference with a play on Thanksgiving.
The number of players the UConn foot-
Jan. 1 Central Florida 4 p.m.
Football (2-9) Dec. 7 Memphis 1 p.m.
Men’s Soccer (12-2-8) 2013 NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals Tomorrow Virginia 7 p.m.
Men’s Hockey (4-5-2) Tomorrow Dec. 7 Niagara Niagara 7:05 p.m. 4:05 p.m.
Dec. 29 Dec. 30 Jan. 3 Sacred UMass/ RIT Heart Quinnipiac 7:05 p.m. 7:05 p.m. TBA
Women’s Hockey (4-10-1) Jan. 2 Princeton 7 p.m.
Jan. 3 Princeton 4 p.m.
Jan. 7 Harvard 7 p.m.
Jan. 10 Vermont 7 p.m.
Jan. 11 Vermont 4 p.m.
Men’s Track and Field Jan. 11 Jan. 17 Jan. 25 Feb. 1 Yale Great Dane Terrier Coaches Invitational Classic Classic Tribute 9 a.m. 12:30 p.m. 10:30 a.m. TBA
Feb. 8 Skykes Sabock 10 a.m.
Manchester United’s Adnan Januzaj reacts after a missed opportunity during his team’s English Premier League soccer match against Everton at Old Trafford Wednesday. The Red Devils fell to the Toffees, 1-0.
Jan. 10 Gotham Cup TBA
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What's On TV
NFL: Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars 8:25 p.m., NFL Network JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars would love a repeat performance against Houston receiver Andre Johnson. The Jaguars held the five-time Pro Bowler to two receptions for 36 yards in their first meeting 11 days ago, Johnson’s worst day in more than a year.
But the Jaguars (3-9) realize there’s little chance it happens again when the Texans (2-10) come to town for the rematch Thursday night.
NBA: New York Knicks vs. Brooklyn Nets 7 p.m., TNT GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Start spreading the news. One of New York’s bumbling basketball teams is about to win! The Brooklyn Nets, who have been terrible, host the Knicks, who are even worse, on Thursday night. A national TV audience can witness just how bad things are in the Big Apple. Or, they can just take it from the people involved.
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The BCS only has one more year in its reign over NCAA football and it looks like it’s going to be interesting. Auburn defeated the bully on the block, Alabama, last week on quite possibly the greatest play in college football without a band on the field. Now, nobody knows who should play in the championship. If Florida State wins, they will be playing in the national championship. They deserve it. The ACC might have been a weaker conference than the SEC, but the Seminoles completely demolished everyone they played this year. This includes a 51-14 thrashing of the Clemson Tigers at “Death Valley” on College Gameday. They also defeated a top-10 Miami team and sport the assumed Heisman Trophy winner barring any legal action, Jameis Winston. So the argument has become whether it will be a oneloss SEC team or Ohio State who would play Florida State in the BCS title game. Ohio State hasn’t played anyone this season outside of Wisconsin and Northwestern who aren’t exactly in the upper echelon of teams in college football. Ohio State also hasn’t been blowing out their opponents like Florida State has. The Buckeyes nearly lost to Michigan this past week in a game that should have gone to overtime if not for the Wolverines going for two at the end of regulation. However, the Buckeyes have gone undefeated the past two years and that has to be worth something, right? Sure, the polls are based on a year-to-year basis, but the Ohio State Buckeyes were held out of the national championship last year due to infractions. Instead, a oneloss Alabama was allowed to dismantle the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. It would be tough to keep the Buckeyes out of the national championship on consecutive undefeated seasons, but I don’t see how they could compete with the SEC teams. Of course, if the Buckeyes can’t take care of business this weekend against the Michigan State Spartans, none of this argument will matter. There are currently two one-loss SEC teams that have a chance to make the national championship and they will play in the SEC Championship this Saturday. Auburn has been the team of destiny these past couple weeks with a miraculous win over both Georgia and Alabama. Their only loss this season was against the No. 6 LSU Tigers earlier in the year. While they have one loss this season, it did come against a top 10 opponent. Ohio State hasn’t faced a top 10 opponent this season. Missouri’s only loss came to South Carolina in double overtime. South Carolina has proven to be a very tough team this year and defeated a highly ranked Clemson last week. Missouri has defeated five ranked teams this season and has out-matched all their opponents handily except for one game this season. So when it all boils down, a one-loss SEC champion should play over the Buckeyes due to strength of schedule alone. Plus, if Ohio State had to play any of these SEC schools, they would probably get blown out. It’s prediction time. Ohio State loses to Michigan State in a heartbreaking game. Auburn beats Missouri handily and plays Florida State in the National Championship where they will lose to the Seminoles by three touchdowns.
UConn has beaten Maryland, Boston College, Indiana, and Florida by a combined five points. They have flaws, including a frail front-court and an inconsistent presence to complement Napier in the scoring column, but the battle-tested Huskies will only benefit from these classic finishes when March rolls around. It’s fascinating to imagine where UConn would be without Shabazz Napier leading the way. Lucky for them, they don’t have to think about that until the offseason. Napier wanted to call Storrs home for a few more years, and that’s all that matters. That, and the fact that he’s playing like a first-team All American. OTHER THOUGHTS Florida’s Casey Prather (led the Gators with 19 points) drew the assignment of Napier on UConn’s final possession. Once Napier split the double-team, Prather took off toward the rim to try and grab the loose ball—the decision left Shabazz wide-open at the free-throw line for the game winner. It’s not bad defense at all on Prather’s part, but it would have been Scottie Wilbekin guarding Napier instead had the point guard not gotten hurt with a little over a minute left. Who knows if Wilbekin would’ve boxed out his man rather than sprinting to the paint? He certainly has a knack for textbook box-outs, as DeAndre Daniels found out in the first half. It could’ve been an entirely different outcome. UConn, who entered the week ranked No. 7 nationally in 3-point shooting percentage, once again had a major advantage from behind the arc. The Huskies outscored the Gators by 24 points on threes, as UConn went 11-24 (Napier was 5-8, and Niels Giffey, Daniels, and Ryan Boatright hit two each) while Florida shot just 3-9 from deep.
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UConn point guard Ryan Boatright takes the ball to the rim on Monday night against the Florida Gators at Gampel Pavilion.
Florida’s space eater, 6-foot-9, 240-pound Patric Young, had his best game of the year (17 points, seven rebounds, only two fouls). Young was able to stay out of foul trouble, played a season-high 33 minutes and showed off his strong arsenal of postmoves that gave the UConn big-men fits all evening. This is what the Gators need from their senior center on a more consistent basis. Suspensions and poorly timed injuries have left Billy Donovan’s team severely thin on the bench. It was announced Monday that Florida plans to redshirt Rutgers transfer Eli Carter, who apparently is still trying to recover from a broken leg suffered last season. This is after setbacks such as prized recruit Chris Walker being ruled ineligible for the fall semester, Mississippi State trans-
fer DaMontre Harris being kicked off the team for acting like a knucklehead and star freshman point guard Kasey Hill sidelined for an extended period of time with a bum ankle. Here’s hoping Wilbekin’s injury was merely a scare. With Ryan Boatright now 9 of 33 from the field in UConn’s last four games and simply unable to get it going so far in the 2013-2014 campaign, it was crucial for DeAndre Daniels to score an efficient 14 points and grab seven big rebounds against a strong Florida frontline. For the Huskies to really make some noise and even dream about making the Final Four at Cowboys Stadium, Daniels has to be Robin, assuming Shabazz Napier is Batman.
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ONE LAST REHEARSAL
Huskies face UC Davis in final tuneup before taking on No. 2 Duke By Matt Stypulkoski Associate Sports Editor
Mike Corasaniti There has been enough talk about UConn’s lastsecond win over Florida Monday night to fill an entire book. Between the press coverage, social media chatter and recaps the day after, it’s already looking like Monday night will go down as one of the most exciting regular season wins for the Huskies in program history. Unfortunately, I had decided to forgo the difficulty of finding a ticket and switched work shifts with a friend instead. I wasn’t there to witness the game, the buzzer beater or any of Shabazz and the rest of the team sprinting off the court after the win. It hurt, but I had missed big games before. More often than not, thankfully, I have chosen to go to the games that have turned out to be great rather than stay back and catch up on homework, but missing this latest event did sting a little more for me considering that I will almost certainly be missing many more great events very shortly. In about a month, I will be boarding a plane to Florence for a semester of studying abroad. I’m excited more than anything, but the possibility of missing any more great moments from this year’s men’s basketball team has still remained my biggest fear. My dilemma isn’t unique in any sense of the word: Countless die-hard fans have undoubtedly missed championships and the like thanks to untimely studying aboard, graduation or other events. Being at one of the greatest basketball schools in the country, leaving for any period of time always leaves you running the risk of missing out on history. And with an 8-0 start and a quick handful of clutch wins, this year is already shaping up to be one fans are going to want to be around for. And behind the blossoming of Napier, Daniels, Boatright and others as leaders for a very deep team, serious success in March and even April is already looking like a possibility (Not to get ahead of myself or anything). My reoccurring nightmare is to be thousands of miles away while UConn goes undefeated, dominates late in the season, or, worst of all, wins a fourth national championship. And of course, it’s all out of pure selfishness. Because at the same time, I still have the same excitement for the potential of this year’s team as if I would be able to be here for every home or road game I could get to. Success rings far and wide beyond Storrs no matter where fans are in the world to revel in it (And all that other “Students Today, Huskies Forever” stuff, of course). My nightmare may be missing out on something great, but my dream is also that UConn can further prove itself as having one of the best men’s basketball programs in college history. So for me and any other Husky fans that may not be on hand for history this spring, here’s to hoping I’ll be missing something.
After a jam-packed November schedule, the Huskies’ slate has slowed to a winter crawl. Next up, just the second of their five December games, is the University of California–Davis. The month got off to a sloppy start for UConn (9-0) on Sunday in Springfield. The end result was a 21-point win over Ohio State in the Hall of Fame Women’s Classic, but the product was less than pristine. “It’s tough,” Stefanie Dolson said after the win. “You get your body and mind used to one schedule and then it will change again.” The rust will only be given a chance to intensify in the coming days, as following Thursday’s game, UConn will have 12 days off to focus on finals. After that comes game No. 4 in the sluggish month: a trip to Cameron Indoor and No. 2 Duke. But in the meantime, they’ll have to take care of business against the Aggies (2-4). The Huskies enter the contest averaging 86.2 points per game–in fact, their 70 points against the Buckeyes was a season low. That doesn’t bode well for UC Davis, which boasts the nations No. 166-ranked scoring defense. Aside from scoring at a rapid pace, UConn has also been remarkably clean on offense from a turnover standpoint. The Huskies have given up possession just 96 times in their first nine games, which ranks third in the nation. Impressively, Saniya Chong has been the most sure-handed player among UConn’s regulars. The freshman guard has turned it over just six times in 202 minutes to begin her career, including four turnover-free perfromances. Tip-off on Thursday is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the XL Center. The game will be televised JESS CONDON/The Daily Campus on SNY. UConn guard Bria Hartley brings the ball up the floor against Oregon in a game at the XL Center on Nov. 20. The Huskies return to Hartford on Thursday night to take on the University of California-Davis. The contest with the Aggies is UConn’s final game before a matchup with No. 2 Duke on Dec. 17.
Cooper Manning doesn’t play, but impacts younger brothers
By Erica Brancato Staff Columnist
The Manning family is one of the most powerful and well-known football families of their time. Some may even argue that they are the “First Football Family” of America. With Archie Manning as the leader of the pack and his two MVP, Super Bowlchampion sons at his side, more often than not Cooper Manning, the eldest of the three sons, is overlooked. My dad and I watched “The Book of Manning” over break and seeing Cooper Manning talk about his football experiences changed my perspective. Many people see him as the lame duck older brother who was never able to make it to the pros, but that is probably the farthest from the truth. Cooper Manning was headed for a shining career at Ole Miss, following in the footsteps of his father. Being the eldest son of the Manning family, he was the leader of the boys especially when it came to football. Cooper Manning first started out like his father and brothers in the quarter-
back position. He was good, but not great. He was placed at third string quarterback on his high school team. It wasn’t until sophomore year that Cooper Manning was able to excel on the field. He wanted more playing time so he switched from the quarterback position to wide receiver. Manning worked relentlessly with his father to become a starter on the team. His hard work paid off considering Cooper did not drop a single pass his entire junior year. He was a vital asset to their high school team, but it became more evident when Peyton Manning came to Isadore Newman High School. Peyton as the starting quarterback throwing to senior Cooper was an unstoppable force. The two worked together to bring their high school to the state semifinals. Cooper Manning was named the teams MVP and All- State wide receiver. He was committed to Ole Miss to play his freshman year, but his football career ended before he could play a collegiate game. Cooper Manning was diagnosed with spinal stenosis, which is the
narrowing of the spinal canal. Spinal stenosis places pressure on the spinal cord and the nerves that control movement throughout the spine. He was told he needed surgery and had to quit football immediately. Manning was fortunate enough to have not been paralyzed due to all of the upper body hits. Although Manning is fortunate to have been able to prevent any further damage it is always tough to not think about the possibilities if he had continued to play football. If Cooper played at Ole Miss things would have definitely changed for both Peyton and Eli. Peyton may have followed Cooper to Ole Miss. The two brothers would relive their glory days of high school. They would have been the dynamic duo of the team. The Manning family would also have dodged the uproar that ensued after Peyton decided to build on his own legacy. Peyton chose his own path and played at Tennessee instead of overshadowing what could have been for Cooper at Ole Miss. Instead Peyton took the jersey No. 18 that Cooper wore in
something special brewing. And Napier, who is undoubtedly an All-American at the moment and averaging 16.4 points, 5.6 assists, and 7.3 rebounds per contest, is the driving force behind it all. With around 35 seconds left and UConn trailing by three, Napier confidently nailed a 23-footer from the left wing—he also drew a foul in the process, swishing the free throw after a timeout and completing the rare four-point play. The Huskies led by one at that point. After the Gators responded with a lay-up by Michael Frazier II, putting them up 1, it was time for Napier to show off the clutch gene once again. It wasn’t your average storybook ending, however. UConn coach Kevin Ollie called for a ball-screen on Napier’s man, which prompted Florida to double him in hopes of an effective trap. Napier split the double (he might have doubledribbled in the process, but there was no whistle) before throwing up a rushed desperation heave
toward the rim. Amazingly, the ball ricocheted off the backboard, deflected off DeAndre Daniel’s hands, and landed back in the hands of Napier with a lone tick on the clock remaining. He buried the jumper from the free-throw line, causing the home crowd to go wild and the Florida five to look around in disbelief. So far this year, Napier’s heroic performances have the UConn faithful thinking back to 2011, when another Husky point guard, Kemba Walker, opened the season by putting his teammates on his back and giving the poll voters no choice but to shoot them up the national rankings. Napier’s two best games have taken place under the brightest of lights: a 27-point masterpiece against Indiana at Madison Square Garden to win the 2K Sports Classic, and now another brilliant showing against a dangerous Florida squad.
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning looks at the scoreboard after throwing an interception during the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday.
high school and still wears it today in honor of his brother. We could sit here for hours and play the ‘what if’ game on Cooper’s football career, but no one would truly ever know what could have happened. All we know is that Cooper’s inability to play shaped the two brothers to become the players they are today, especially for Peyton.
Although Cooper Manning doesn’t fit into the football picture perfectly, in a sense he made a legacy of his own and impacted his brothers’ success. Cooper Manning is a football legend in is own way–he helps tie the Manning family package together.
Shabazz Napier: The man who makes the Huskies go
By Mike McCurry NCAAB Columnist
There’s no such thing as an early season All-America team, but if there were, it’d be impossible to keep UConn’s Shabazz Napier off the list. In the latest exhibit of Napier single-handedly preserving the Huskies’ undefeated record, the senior point guard went for 26 points on 9 of 15 shooting, including the game-winning buzzer beater, to lead No. 12 UConn to a 65-64 win over No. 15 Florida Monday night at Gampel Pavilion. For a guy who contemplated leaving the program after the Huskies received a postseason ban two years ago, only to then flirt with the NBA during this past offseason, it’s starting to make more and more sense as to why Napier ultimately chose to ride it out in Storrs and finish out what is turning into a legendary career. The reason? UConn (8-0) has
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Shabazz Napier brings the ball upcourt against Florida at Gampel Pavilion Monday night. Napier hit a buzzer-beating shot to give the Huskies a 65-64 win.