Volume CXVIII No. 66
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Conference Chaos Day Two
Recruiting impacted by conference uncertainty
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By Matt McDonough Sports Editor Conference realignment changes the recruiting trail. The conference a school competes in can affect a recruit’s decision, according to players and coaches. With Syracuse and Pittsburgh leaving for the Atlantic Coast Conference and West Virginia heading to the Big 12, the Big East conference’s lanscape as a basketball league will be much different. The reputation of the conference as a tough, physical conference is known around the world. “We heard it was like the hardest and most physical league,” said Enosch Wolf. “That’s probably the biggest thing we heard before. We
heard it was the best conference in the states.” Wolf and Niels Giffey, both sophomores on the UConn men’s basketball team, are from Germany. Even beyond America, recruits know what type of conference the Big East is. Two Huskies shared the same opinion as to whether or not a recruit pays attention to what conference they’ll be spending their college career in. “I think it definitely does [affect a recruit],” said Tyler Olander. “How you play personally, you know how the team operates and the other teams [in the conference] defintely plays a role.” Olander, a Mansfield product, stayed in his hometown to attend college but said the conference affects a player’s
“The thing that recruits want to know is what’s going to happen within the conference.” Charlie Strong
Louisville head football coach choice. Junior Alex Oriakhi, of Lowell, Mass., felt the same way. Oriakhi said a conference’s reputation for certain types of basketball players as well as where its opponents play matters. “I think it mattered a lot because for me I wanted to
stay close to home,” Oriakhi said. “I also loved the Big East because I knew it was also one of the best conferences in the country and real physical. I felt that’s where the best big men played at the time. I definitely think it mattered a lot to me and Connecticut was the perfect fit.” With college football driving the expansion and shifts of conferences around the country, Big East football coaches’ gave their opinion in an Oct. 28 article by the Associated Press detailing how to recruit around conference realignment. Lack of stability in the Big East affects football prospects. “The thing that recruits want to know is what’s going to happen with the confer-
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CHAMPS CLASH IN HARTFORD No. 2 UConn hosts No. 8 Texas A&M.
By Christian Fecteau Staff Writer Sally Reis, a Board of Trustees distinguished professor at UConn, was appointed to the new Letitia Neag Morgan Chair for Educational Psychology. The investiture ceremony for the chair was held on Nov. 17. Reis, a UConn Teaching Fellow in Educational Psychology, said in a press release that she expects that her appointment to the new chair will help support her current research efforts. “I hope to use the chair to continue my research on children of poverty and from working class families, those with disabilities and those with talents that are not often recognized by their teachers,” said Reis in a press release. In addition to her Teaching Fellow status, Reis is also a Distinguished Scholar of the National Association for Gifted Children, according to the UConn website. Reis’s appointment to the newly endowed chair is her most recent accomplishment. The chair position was created by Ray and Carole Neag, who gave $1.5 million to the Neag
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Kia Bolduc, a 7th-semester biology and psychology major, prepares her Christmas tree for the holiday season in advance of finals week.
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ence,” Louisville coach Charlie Strong told the AP at the time. “Who’s all leaving, who’s staying? You’d like to have it [resolved] more sooner than later because we’re going to get into recruiting season and I think that’s how people are going to recruit against you.” Other Big East coaches had the same feelings on the issue. “I hope everything settles down and we can keep playing [in the conference] but I don’t know,” Rutgers coach Greg Schiano told the AP. “I don’t get into it. All I tell them is that I do know who we are and what we are and I’m confident that when all the dust settles we’re going to be in a good situation here at Rutgers.”
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By Jimmy Onofrio Staff Writer As holiday shopping season hits full swing, the Town of Mansfield decided to create a new initiative to promote shopping locally. The “Local First Mansfield” program began Saturday, Nov. 26 and will continue until New Year’s Eve. Featuring local businesses, including on-campus locations like the Co-op, Storrs Automotive and Domino’s, among others, Local First Mansfield seeks to help local businesses by encouraging community members to shop locally rather than visiting large chain stores like Walmart. “The goal of the program is to increase awareness of the
many and varied locally-owned businesses that we have here in Mansfield,” said Kathleen Paterson, special projects coordinator for the Mansfield Downtown Partnership. Paterson said that the idea came out of discussions on how to help small businesses in town. The Town of Mansfield and the Downtown Partnership looked at other similar campaigns and developed a program designed to fit Mansfield. Participating businesses have signs in their windows, and a full list is available on both the Town of Mansfield and the Partnership’s websites. The initiative is also being promoted via social media and press releases. Both the Town of Mansfield
and the Mansfield Downtown Partnership, Inc. maintain Facebook pages. One such local business is Mansfield General Store, located on 195 a few miles south of campus. The store was featured by the Associated Press after being chosen as “Connecticut’s General Store.” Owner Keleigh Shumbo said she thinks the initiative is “excellent for the community.” While Shumbo said she’s noticed a few more people browsing in the store since Local First Mansfield began, her sister Lisa Rich hasn’t noticed much change. Shumbo is firmly behind the idea of the program. “You can find something for everyone on your list” in local stores, she
said. The General Store is part restaurant, part convenience store, part antique shop, and part community center. Accessible by WRTD bus from campus, it has live music every Sunday morning. The General Store is just one example of the kind of businesses that Local First Mansfield is trying to promote. In addition to the economic benefits of keeping spending here in Mansfield, the Partnership is trying to remind residents of the more personal kind of shopping found at local businesses that is generally considered to be absent at national chain stores. “Whether one is shopping for the holidays or just doing day-today errands, our local business
owners are happy to help find the perfect product, give some advice, and make shopping easy, friendly, and convenient!” said Paterson. After the program concludes, the Partnership will seek feedback from owners like Shumbo and Rich, and try to improve the program for next year. Paterson encouraged community members to visit the town’s website at www.mansfieldct.gov to see the list of participating businesses, and special events happening during the initiative. While some local businesses may be inaccessible to students without cars, there are also many on campus that are participating.
What’s on at UConn today... Love146 Krispy Kreme Fundraiser 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Student Union Come support LOVE146, an organization dedicated to raising awareness and resources to help abolish child sex trafficking and exploitation. $1 for one doughnut, $6 for a dozen.
”Funny Business: Putting Humor I am NOT Disabled: An American Sign Language Workshop to Work” 7 to 8:30 p.m. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Student Union, PRLACC 437 Classroom Building, 101 John Morreall, President of Humorworks, comes to campus to share his unique perspective on humor. Open to all students needing a laugh before finals week.
Come learn with your eyes and explore the world of deaf culture and misconceptions affiliated with it. This workshop will be conducted by UConn’s American Sign Language Club.
Global Medical Brigades 9 to 10 p.m. Student Union, 303 UConn Global Medical Brigades travels to Honduras and Ghana in January and May to develop sustainable health initiatives and provide relief with student run clinics in communities where there is limited access to healthcare.
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DAILY BRIEFING Pedestrian fatally struck by Amtrak in Conn.
WALLINGFORD (AP) — A pedestrian has been killed by a train in Wallingford on the Meriden town line. Amtrak spokesman Cliff Cole said the New Haven-Springfield, Mass., train hit the unidentified pedestrian Monday morning. He said service resumed at 1 p.m. after a delay of about two hours. Cole said the 36 passengers and several crew members were not injured. The pedestrian, who was considered a trespasser by Amtrak, was not identified. Other details were not available. Wallingford police did not immediately return a call seeking information.
Ruling: fatal shooting by Conn. officer justified
NEW BRITAIN (AP) — A Connecticut state prosecutor has determined that the fatal shooting of a Stafford Springs man by a Wethersfield police officer in February was justified. The report by New Britain State’s Attorney Brian Preleski includes evidence that 26-year-old Samuel McLeod was fighting with Officer Justin Lord for control of the officer’s gun when he was shot during the traffic stop on Feb. 1. According to the report, Lord was attacked by McLeod after finding drugs during a search of the car and McLeod. Part of the altercation was captured by a camera on Lord’s police cruiser, along with audio of the entire encounter. An autopsy found cocaine in McLeod’s system along with a substance in his liver that is created when cocaine and ethyl alcohol are consumed together.
Jury starts deliberating in Conn. home invasion
NEW HAVEN (AP) — A Connecticut jury deliberated a few hours without reaching a verdict on whether a man convicted of killing a woman and her two daughters in a home invasion should get the death penalty or life in prison. The jury deliberated less than two hours Monday in the sentencing phase of Joshua Komisarjevsky’s (koh-mih-sar-JEV’-skee) trial in New Haven Superior Court. They will restart their talks on Tuesday. Komisarjevsky and co-defendant Steven Hayes were convicted of killing Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, Hayley and Michaela, at their Cheshire home in 2007. Hayes is on death row. Defense attorneys say Komisarjevsky should not be condemned to death, because he was sexually abused as a child and never got proper psychological help. Prosecutors cite the heinous and cruel nature of the crime.
Man charged in attack on ex-girlfriend’s guest
EAST HARTFORD (AP) — East Hartford police say a woman’s exboyfriend showed up unexpectedly at her home and used a hammer to attack a man who was visiting. Twenty-six-year-old Stephen Johnson of Wethersfield was arrested on charges including home invasion and second-degree assault. Police say Johnson, who used to live at the same address, showed up by surprise Saturday night after an argument over the phone and attacked 21-year-old Nicholas Rustic. Rustic said he was struck in the head several times and he was bleeding profusely when police arrived. Johnson was arrested in Wethersfield as he rode his bicycle home. There was no answer at a telephone number listed for Johnson’s address.
The items below list charges filed, not convictions. All persons appearing below are entitled to the due process of law and presumed innocent until proven guilty. Individual police blotters will be taken off the Web site three semesters after they have been posted. Nov. 30 Julia C. Richon, 20, of Sarasota, Fla., was arrested at 12:31 a.m. on Alumni Drive and charged with failure to have her headlights on, failure to drive right and driving under the influence. Police stopped Richon’s car for failing to drive right and for not having her headlights on. Police suspected her to be under the influence and subjected Richon to sobriety tests, which she failed. Her bond was set for $500 and her court date is Dec. 14. Dec. 1 Suyun Lee, 21, of Bethel, was arrested at 12:07 a.m. at McMahon Hall and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to keep drugs in their original containers, the illegal manufacturing, distributing and selling of marijuana or other controlled substance, possession of hallucinogenic drugs or less than 4 ounces of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia in a drug factory and possession of narcotics. Officers investigated McMahon south
after a report of the odor of marijuana. Officers found Lee to be in possession of 5.6 ounces of marijuana, paraphernalia and narcotics. His bond was set for $10,000 and his court date was Dec. 1. Allison L. Nickel, 21, of Pittsford, N.Y., was arrested at 12:54 a.m. at Husky Circle and charged with failure to obey a stop sign, failure to drive right and driving under the influence. Police stopped Nickel for failing to obey a stop sign and failing to drive right. Police suspected Nickel to be under the influence and subjected her to sobriety tests, which she failed. Her bond was set for $500 and her court date is Dec. 13. Chelsea A. Neelon, 19, of Wallingford, was arrested at 4:50 p.m. at the Co-op and charged with larceny in the sixth degree. Police were called after a report of shoplifting. Neelon had taken two T-shirts and a ring worth a total of $42.97. Her bond was set for $1000 and her court date is Dec. 12. Dec. 2 Alex P. Russo, 21, of Wilton, was arrested at 12:11 a.m. on Hunting Lodge Road and charged with interfering with an officer. Police stopped a car that Russo was a passenger in at which point Russo exited the car and approached the police car. Police arrested Russo after he continually ignored their orders.
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NASA finds planet that’s just about right for life
WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA has found a new planet outside our solar system that’s eerily similar to Earth in key aspects. Scientists say the temperature on the surface of the planet is about a comfy 72 degrees. Its star could almost be a twin of our sun. It likely has water and land. It was found in the middle of the habitable zone, making it the best potential target for life yet. The discovery announced Monday was made by NASA’s Kepler planet-hunting telescope. This is the first time Kepler confirmed a planet outside our solar system in the not-too-hot, not-too-cold habitable zone. Twice before astronomers have announced a planet found in that zone, but neither was as promising. One was later disputed; the other is on the hot edge of the zone.
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Marilyn Rivera, 40, of Willimantic, was arrested at 9:15 a.m. on Route 195 and charged with criminal impersonation, interfering with an officer, driving with a suspended license and operating an unregistered vehicle. Police stopped the car and DMV records showed that the registration was cancelled. Rivera intentionally gave the officer the name of someone else to hide her identity, which she said was because she knew her license was under suspension. Her bond was set for $2,500 and her court date is Dec. 12. Dec. 3 Aaron A. Votre, 19, of Woodbridge, was arrested at 1:41 a.m. in a Towers parking lot and charged with breach of peace in the second degree and criminal mischief in the third degree. Witnesses saw Votre causing damage to ceiling tiles in Kingston Hall and police were called. His bond is set to $1,500 and his court date is Dec. 13. Dec. 4 Tyree Darwin, 19, of Far Rockaway, N.Y., was arrested at 3:47 a.m. in Celeron Square Apartments and charged with burglary in the third degree, two counts of larceny in the sixth degree, three accounts of assault
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy speaks during a conference at the Emergency Operations Center.
HARTFORD (AP) — A second Connecticut agency is looking into allegations revealed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy that some state workers may have been among scores of state residents who received federal food aid after Tropical Storm Irene, even though they made too much money to qualify for the program. State Auditors John Geragosian and Robert Ward have begun an initial review into possible fraud involving disaster benefits provided through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program,
also known as SNAP and formerly called food stamps, Geragosian said Monday. The two auditors are appointed by the legislature and perform independent reviews of state agencies’ finances. Malloy first mentioned the allegations Sunday, but didn’t provide specifics on how much aid may have gone to people who didn’t qualify for the low-income aid program. He said none of the allegations has been confirmed, but early reviews found examples of state worker conduct that could, if substantiated, lead to firings and criminal prosecutions.
Ronyandre Charles, 18, of Medford Mass., was arrested at 3:47 a.m. in Celeron Square Apartments and charged with assault in the third degree, larceny in the sixth degree and robbery in the second degree. Police were called after a report of a robbery in Celeron in which three individuals were assaulted and robbed by a group of males. One of them took $81 from an individual. His bond was set for $30,000 and his court date was Dec. 5.
Kurt T. Wehr, 19, of Storrs, was arrested at 11:02 p.m. in Hale Hall and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, forgery in the second degree and marijuana possession. Police responded to a report of the odor of marijuana and found Wehr in possession of 20.6 grams of marijuana, a digital scale, rolling papers and a fake ID. His bond was set for $2,000 and his court date is Dec. 13.
Andrew P. Calo, 20, of Katonah, N.Y., was arrested at 11:09 p.m. in Hale Hall and charged with two counts of failure to keep drugs in their original container and possession of a controlled substance. Police responded to a report of the odor of marijuana and found Calo in possession of 23 Adderall pills and two prescriptions that were not stored in their original containers. His bond was set for $2,000 and his court date is Dec. 13.
Schools wait to accept invitations during widespread conference changes from CONFERENCE, page 1 “There are so many moving parts and there is so much speculation going on,” Cincinnati coach Butch Jones said. “And really, nobody knows.” Schools like Pitt, Syracuse and West Virginia benefit from knowing where they’ll be playing for years to come. “I think that’s very important to sit back and know that we’re going to be competing at the highest level both academically and athletically,” Pitt coach Todd Graham told the AP.
Ex-VP Dan Quayle to endorse Romney
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Dan Quayle is endorsing Mitt Romney for president. Republican officials on Monday told The Associated Press that Quayle plans to announce his support for the former Massachusetts governor Tuesday afternoon Romney has an event scheduled Tuesday in Paradise Valley, Ariz., where Quayle has a home. Quayle served as vice president under President George H.W. Bush. He was a House member from Indiana for two terms and a U.S. senator.
His bond was set for $1,000 and his court date is Dec. 13.
in the third degree and robbery in the second degree. Police were called after a report of a group looting vehicles parked in Celeron Square. Police found Darwin had entered a vehicle and taken a GPS unit. Darwin was also arrested for a robbery that occurred in Celeron in which three individuals were assaulted and robbed by a group of males. One of them took $81 from an individual. His bond was set for a total of $40,000 and his court date was Dec. 5.
Another unsettled issue is if Boise State, Navy, Air Force, SMU, Houston and Central Florida will accept invitations to join the Big East conference. UConn football coach Paul Pasqualoni wouldn’t mind a conference with those schools. “We’d be in the BCS formula,” Pasqualoni told the AP. “[That’s] pretty exciting to me and I think pretty exciting to the prospective student athletes. I think that would be a very positive outcome for the Big East.”
Neag family donates $1.5 million to the School of Education from UCONN, page 1 School of Education at UConn in memory of Ray Neag’s older sister, Letitia, according to a UConn press release. “This gift will help UConn with its goals to get the brightest and the best,” said Ray Neag in a press release, “and Letitia would have liked that.” When considering how to best pay respects to the memory of his sister, Ray Neag said that he thought that creating the chair would be a good way to start a legacy that reflected Letitia’s kind
nature. “Our focus is UConn,” Ray Neag said in a press release. “And in thinking about what to do with some of our good fortune, we thought that because education was so important to Letitia, wouldn’t this be a nice way to honor her?” “I am a teacher at heart,” Reis said. “I have loved my work from the day I started teaching but I especially love doing what that I believe in most – helping children with talents as well as students with special needs.”
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Ohio to seek death penalty in Craigslist slayings Afghanistan to need
CLEVELAND (AP) — A self-styled chaplain suspected in a deadly scheme to rob people who replied to a Craigslist job ad will be charged with murder and attempted murder in attacks on four victims and could face the death penalty, a prosecutor said Monday. The chief prosecutor in northeast Ohio’s Summit County, Sherri Bevan Walsh, said local officials in southeast Ohio and
state and federal officials signed off on an agreement to let her office take the lead against Richard Beasley, 52. Three deaths and the wounding of a fourth man are part of the investigation in the plot to lure victims with the promise of a farm job in southeast Ohio. “In deciding where and how to try this case, our primary concern was doing what is in the best interest of the victims and
their families,” said Walsh, who noted that most of the victims are from the Akron-Canton area. Beasley, who has been jailed in Akron on unrelated prostitution and drug charges, has denied involvement in the Craigslist slayings. Email and phone messages seeking comment were left Monday for his attorney handling the drug case. Beasley was arrested in November after authorities linked him to the alleged Craigslist plot. An acquaintance of Beasley’s, Brogan Rafferty, 16, of nearby of Stow, faces juvenile charges of aggravated murder, complicity to aggravated murder, attempted murder and complicity to attempted murder in the death of one man and the shooting of another. Authorities say the plot’s first victim, David Pauley, 51, of Norfolk, Va., came to Ohio in mid-October after answering the Craigslist ad. A friend has said Pauley was desperate for work and eager to return to Ohio. Police say he was killed Oct. 23, and his body was found Nov. 15. Family members had contacted police concerned they hadn’t heard from him. Timothy Kern, 47, of Massillon, whose body was buried near an Akron shopping mall, answered the ad and was last seen Nov. 13, authorities said. The body of Ralph Geiger, the potential third victim, was found in a shallow grave Nov. 25. A South Carolina man also answered the ad and was shot
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Scientists have found the biggest black holes known to exist — each one 10 billion times the size of our sun. A team led by astronomers at the University of California, Berkeley, discovered the two gigantic black holes in clusters of elliptical galaxies more than 300 million light years away. That’s relatively close on the galactic scale. “They are monstrous,” Berkeley astrophysicist ChungPei Ma told reporters. “We did not expect to find such massive black holes because they are more massive than indicated by their galaxy properties. They’re kind of extraordinary.” The previous black hole record-holder is as large as 6 billion suns. In research released Monday by the journal Nature, the scientists suggest these black holes may be the leftovers of quasars that crammed the early universe. They are similar in mass to young quasars, they said, and have been well hidden until now. The scientists used groundbased telescopes as well as the Hubble Space Telescope and
Texas supercomputers, observing stars near the black holes and measuring the stellar velocities to uncover these vast, invisible regions. Black holes are objects so dense that nothing, not even light, can escape. Some are formed by the collapse of a super-size star. It’s uncertain how these two newly discovered whoppers originated, said Nicholas McConnell, a Berkeley graduate student who is the study’s lead author. To be so massive now means they must have grown considerably since their formation, he said. Most if not all galaxies are believed to have black holes at their center. The bigger the galaxy, it seems, the bigger the black hole. Quasars are some of the most energized and distant of galactic centers. The researchers said their findings suggest differences in the way black holes grow, depending on the size of the galaxy. Ma speculates these two black holes remained hidden for so long because they are living in quiet retirement — much quieter and more boring than their
boisterous youth powering quasars billions of years ago. “For an astronomer, finding these insatiable black holes is like finally encountering people nine feet tall whose great height had only been inferred from fossilized bones. How did they grow so large?” Ma said in a news release. “This rare find will help us understand whether these black holes had very tall parents or ate a lot of spinach.” Oxford University astrophysicist Michele Cappellari, who wrote an accompanying commentary in the journal, agreed that the two newly discovered black holes “probably represent the missing dormant relics of the giant black holes that powered the brightest quasars in the early universe.” One of the newly detected black holes weighs 9.7 billion times the mass of the sun. The second, slightly farther from Earth, is as big or even bigger. Even larger black holes may be lurking out there. Ma said that’s the million-dollar question: How big can a black hole grow? The researchers already are peering into the biggest galaxies for answers. “If there is any bigger black
Richard J. Beasley appears in Summit County Common Pleas Court on drug charges Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, in Akron, Ohio. Beasley is a suspect in the deadly Craigslist robbery scheme.
Nov. 6 before escaping, police say. The murder and attempted murder charges will cover those four men, said April Wiesner, spokeswoman for the prosecutor. No timetable has been set for filing charges, she said. Beasley was a Texas parolee when he returned to Ohio in 2004 after serving several years in prison on a burglary conviction. He was released from an Akron jail on July 12 after he posted bond on a drug-trafficking charge. Texas officials say he never should have been released from jail and that they issued a warrant for his arrest because the charge violated his parole. Beasley appeared briefly in an Akron courtroom last week on the drug charge, wheeled into court after he apparently became ill and said he needed a wheelchair. In a four-page handwritten letter to the Akron Beacon Journal, Beasley has said he has been miscast as a con man when he had helped feed, house and counsel scores of needy families, drunks, drug addicts, the mentally ill and crime suspects for years. “To call me a con man when I sacrificed for others is wrong,” wrote Beasley, who didn’t mention the Craigslist investigation or Rafferty. “To turn their back on me is not following Christ’s example. I gave three full years of my life to that ministry and what I got out of it was the satisfaction of doing the right thing. There was no ‘con’ to it.”
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This undated image provided by the Gemini Observatory via the journal Nature shows an artist’s conception of stars moving in the central regions of a giant elliptical galaxy that harbors a supermassive black hole.
hole,” Ma said, “we should be able to find them in the next year or two. Personally, I think we are probably reaching the high end now. Maybe another factor of two to go at best.”
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BONN, Germany (AP) — Afghanistan will need the financial support of other countries for at least another decade beyond the 2014 departure of foreign troops, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Monday at an international conference. But the conference on the future of Afghanistan in Bonn was overshadowed by a public display of bad blood between the United States and Pakistan, the two nations with the greatest stake and say in making Afghanistan safe and solvent. Pakistan boycotted the meeting to protest an apparently errant U.S. air strike last month that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers along the rough border with Afghanistan. The strike furthered the perception in Pakistan that NATO and the U.S. are its true enemies, not the Taliban militants that operate on both sides of the border. “It was unfortunate that they did not participate,” U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said. “I expect that Pakistan will be involved going forward and we expect them to play a constructive role.” Pakistan is seen as instrumental to ending the insurgency in Afghanistan because of its links to militant groups and its unwillingness, from the U.S. and NATO perspective, to drive insurgents from safe havens on its soil where they regroup and rearm. During the one-day conference, about 100 nations and international organizations, including the United Nations, jointly pledged political and financial long-term support for war-torn Afghanistan to prevent it from falling back into chaos or becoming a safe haven for terrorists. “Together we have spent blood and treasure in fighting terrorism,” Karzai said. “Your continued solidarity, your commitment and support will be crucial so that we can consolidate our gains and continue to address the challenges that remain.” Donor nations did not commit to specific figures but pledged that economic and other advances in Afghanistan since the ouster of the Taliban government in 2001 should be safeguarded with continued funding. A donor conference will be held in July in Japan. “We will need your steadfast support for at least another decade,” Karzai told the delegates, echoing a recent assessment by the World Bank that predicted a sharp budget shortfall as the 130,000 international troops gradually withdraw.
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The United States announced it would free more than $650 million in support for small community-based development projects in Afghanistan, frozen because of financial irregularities in Afghanistan’s key Kabul Bank. Afghanistan estimates it will need outside contributions of roughly $10 billion in 2015 and onward, slightly less than half the country’s annual gross national product, mostly because it won’t be able to pay for its security forces which are slated to increase to 352,000 personnel by the end of 2014. Organizer Germany and the United States had once hoped this week’s conference would showcase progress toward a political settlement between Afghanistan and the Talibanled insurgency that 10 years of fighting by international forces has failed to dislodge. Instead, it became a status report on halting progress on other fronts and a glaring reminder that neither the Taliban nor Pakistan is ready to sign up to the international agenda for Afghanistan. Participating nations pledged their support for an inclusive Afghan-led reconciliation process on condition that any outcome must reject violence, terrorism and endorse the Afghan constitution and its guarantee of human rights. “The entire region has a stake in Afghanistan’s future and much to lose if the country again becomes a source of terrorism and instability,” Clinton told the delegates. Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani later told The Associated Press in Lahore, Pakistan, that his country remains committed to working with Afghanistan to bring insurgent leaders into talks with the government. “I think we have evolved some mechanisms, and we are ready to cooperate,” he said, referring to meetings with Afghanistan’s military and intelligence chiefs on a framework for talks. The Bonn conference’s final declaration outlines a series of “firm mutual commitments” for the decade following the troop withdrawal. Afghanistan commits in the document to do its homework in terms of reform, fighting corruption, promoting good governance and strengthening democracy. The international community, in return, pledged to direct “financial support toward Afghanistan’s economic development and securityrelated costs,” conveying the message that Kabul can count on its partners beyond 2014.
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Use of technology in classrooms should be educational, not for show
ver the last decade, developments in technology have changed the way we work, talk, travel, shop and more. It should come as no surprise that technology is changing the way we learn too. From computers and smart boards in the classroom, to new systems for interacting outside the classroom, technology is altering our experience of learning. Computers and smartphones allow us to consult with teachers and classmates more easily and quickly than ever before. Software helps us to create impressive presentations and reports, and to distribute them to a wider audience with ease. Technology has also evened the playing field, making an education possible despite geographical distance, limited mobility, physical disability and more. The ability to borrow or rent equipment like laptops, iPads and digital recorders has helped to make this technology available to all students, regardless of wealth. Though the advantages of using technology for education are great – and the potential, even greater – it is important that technology be a contributor to our education, and not a substitute for it. Recently, more than 2,000 students in the Union County school district in Tennessee were voluntarily pulled from the public school system by their parents in favor of online education through a company called K12. This private company made a deal with the district, marketing their full-time online program as an alternative to typical in-classroom teaching. This is worrisome for multiple reasons. Without that peer interaction, students may lack the social skills needed for success down the road. More than that, though, this massive withdrawal of students from public schools in favor on online education is dangerous because research has not yet proven that it’s a viable substitute for in-class instruction. In fact, little research has been done on the effects of online-only learning on students. These students, and their parents, are being sold a more cost effective or more convenient alternative to typical public schooling when there is not enough evidence to support the idea that it’s equally as beneficial. It’s important to remember that technology may be convenient, but just because something is available does not mean it is necessary; just because something is more convenient, does not mean it is more effective; and just because a method is new, does not mean it is an improvement. 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.
That awkward moment when you’re getting a meal with a friend, and it takes you five minutes to realize you sat at two different tables, and you’ve been waiting for the other person to find you. The sign at Northwest says I can’t bring a box of cereal to a table because it could be contaminated. Yet it’s alright to eat food there? I wonder where the weekend shuttle goes. Attempted and failed: using water fountain on 2nd floor of library. People witnessed this fail, and then witnessed my roommate coming back with me to help. How am I a junior in college. The bathroom in Monteith still says “The Chamber of Secrets has been opened,” so UConn should let all us Muggle-borns go home before finals. To the thief who stole the Ron Paul 2012 sticker from my door: Ron Paul and I both believe in property rights. The hottest fires in hell are reserved for suite mates who leave no toilet paper in the bathroom. AIN’T NO DAILY LIKE AN INSTANTDAILY CUZ AN INSTANTDAILY DON’T STOP. To the person who wants the UConn mini bike in front of CB, it’s mine...after I hotwire it. Our bathroom is inspected on the same day as my roommate’s 21st birthday. I really hope she has good aim when she pukes.
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Remembering the value of a smile
e debate the value of healthcare, of education, of politics and of freedom on a daily basis, but it takes one glance at any school yearbook or photograph to see that we don’t ever think about the value of a smile. Smiles are ubiquitous; we snap pictures of them for yearbooks and class photos, or to prove that we are having a good time. Smiles from children have come to symbolize hope for future generations, and connote that these kids will fulfill the promise of their By Michelle Anjirbag educations. But a Weekly Columnist short film by director Nick Scott turns all of that around. Entitled “School Portrait,” the film’s premise centers around a school portrait photographer having a bad day, and cynically taking it out on the children he is photographing (don’t worry, no children’s hopes and dreams were truly shattered in the making of this film). It opens with the line: “No, stop smiling. We’re going to do something different today,” and then shows children’s reactions to the most audacious things. Statements such as “banking crisis means I won’t be able to afford a home,” and “university tuition fees” turn cheesy, youthful grins to frowns, until an adorable ginger girl sits down and just will not stop smiling, no matter what this photographer says. In the end, he is the one who reacts to her, breaking into a smile of his own.
It really is a cute video, and anyone who wants to watch it should catch it on the Huffington Post. But it does not just serve the purpose of taking us all on a cheesy, nostalgic trip to our past experiences with school photographers, ridiculous sweaters and lighting too bright to be flattering to anyone. What this short film does that is truly important, is make us smile in the face of the terrible reality that we, and the kids in the film, are sure to face in the next few decades.
“... we have forgotten to value happiness as a marker of a successful life.” An energy crisis, multiple environmental crises and extinctions of endangered species, doubts over whether or not we will be able to afford homes or find jobs and many other things that compromise our dreams of our futures – all of these things are looming over our heads. Many times our options are painted for us as the choice to fight for what we want, or to resign ourselves to the inevitable. But what we forget is that we have the choice in how we face our problems as well. Finding a way to smile
in spite of everything we face may just be what we need to reboot ourselves and find solutions. And I am not naively suggesting that smiles will magically erase every ill in this world. But I do recognize that we have forgotten to value happiness as a marker of a successful life. And while stress from finals and family and life in general can weight everyone down, it really does not take much to pick people back up, if only for a few moments. Smiles, and laughter, are contagious. When used genuinely, it affects everyone in the general area. It is one of the greatest, simple gifts one person can give to another, because it encourages people to be pleasant to others. Comfort, friendship and camaraderie can all be displayed and shared. These things are important, and not just in the holiday season. Times are going to be hard, but that does not mean we cannot find a way to hold onto the joy in life. Smile, no matter what is happening in your life. Channel the little curly ginger girl with a huge grin who will not stop, even when told, “60 percent of marriages end in divorce…one of them leaves you, takes half your stuff…” Smile, because it will help you value yourself, and other people, and maybe even stop the waves of pessimism that would like to have us all believe that we have nothing left to hope for. Smile, because you will feel better, and you may even make someone else’s day better too.
Weekly Columnist Michelle Anjirbag is a 7th-semester English major with a creative writing concentration and an anthropology and indigenous studies double minor. She can be reached at Michelle.Anjirbag@UConn.edu.
Prison time should be used for agricultural education
merica has two major problems: a prison population that is out of control and an intense food security issue. I’ll introduce each one individually. First, America has more prisoners than farmers: 1.9 farmers to 2.1 million inmates. It’s a small gap, but it’s only getting wider. Part of this has to do with the fact that prisons are little more than timeouts. Prisoners are not leaving jail as reformed By John Nitowski citizens. Rather, Staff Columnist most criminals return to prison within only a few years. Meanwhile, our food transportation systems are being stretched thin, our food is all around unhealthy (pizza is not a vegetable) and if anything happens to the oil supply, there won’t be any trucks to bring us food from the Midwest. When I was first introduced to these problems, wheels started turning in my head. Why don’t we put prisoners to work growing some organic vegetables? One of the problems with our prisons is the “time-out” philosophy. Few prisons in the United States focus on rehabilitation. And politicians who claim to be “tough on crime” are only exacerbating the problem.
The reason is that the best solutions are often the most counterintuitive. For example, Norway has the world’s least brutal prison system as well as a recidivism rate only one third of the United States’ rate.
“Prisons could be making enough food to supply themselves and perhaps even make a surplus to export to their own communities back home ...” Prisoners in Norway can look forward to a sound studio, a climbing wall, a jogging track and a two-story house where families can visit and stay the night. The house even has a kitchen – with knives. Stories of being lenient on crime would be unheard of in America. After all, this is the land of the free, but abuse that freedom and your fellow freedom lovers will toss your ass in jail. Then again, your food choices aren’t so free. They’re limited by cost. Cheap foods are often the unhealthiest, leading to epidemic rates of weight gain and diabetes. Food stores such as Whole Foods or Trader Joes often supply better options than mass-produced frozen pizzas or genetically altered
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chicken eggs, but are expensive. Perhaps we should learn a lesson from the Norwegian prison system and concentrate on rehabilitation, rather than retribution. – and then one-up them. What if we started gardening projects in prisons?
Prisons could be making enough food to supply themselves and perhaps even make a surplus to export to their own communities back home (after all, the vast majority of prisoners come from low-income areas where healthy food is virtually absent). In addition to helping out their community while serving a jail sentence, prisoners would learn valuable skills that don’t have to do with shiv-sharpening. It should come as no surprise that recidivism is kept so high because ex-cons don’t have a consortium of marketable skills, so they revert to crime. Imagine the skills that would be produced. Low-income families would not only have healthy foods to eat, but small farmer’s
markets could pop up in places like the Bronx, Hartford, or even Bridgeport. Vacant lots and rundown building could be rebuilt as urban Edens. I’m writing this article for two reasons: first, I think it’s an excellent way to kill two birds with one stone; second, I’d like to inspire you to think differently. Find solutions that cover combinations of problems. See what they have in common, and create something new! Sure there’s problems to work out, but the potential is worth discovering. As a culture, we’re so used to thinking of problems in vacuum-sealed boxes with no overlap. But really, everything is connected. Anthony Weston, philosopher and author of “How to Re-Imagine the World” writes, “Systemic problems trace back in the end to worldviews. But worldviews themselves are in flux and flow. Our most creative opportunity of all may be to reshape those worldviews themselves. New ideas can change everything.” So the next time you think of a problem, try accessing your creativity. You might surprise yourself.
Staff Columnist John Nitowski is a 1st-semester agricultural resources and economics major. He can be reached at John.Nitowski@UConn.edu.
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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 a 9 -- It’s getting easier to step forward. Deep breathing defeats what’s overwhelming. Besides, what you have to say is important. Tap another income source. Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is an 8 -- Your experience helps you avoid a mistake earlier in the day. Reject a far-fetched scheme in favor of a practical solution. Give away something you don’t need. Gemini (May 21-June 21) -- Today is a 5 -- You accomplish more in private. Defer to the budget, and stick tight to your list. There may be temptations! Pay the boring bills first. Consider travel and romance. Cancer (June 22-July 22) -- Today is a 7 -- When your standards get challenged, find support with friends to stand your ground. You can also reconsider; do those standards still serve you? Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is a 9 -- Your career gets a boost for the next couple of days. Important folks watch. Handle your responsibilities and thrive. Dream big, or it could get boring. Shoot for the moon.
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Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- You’ve got it all today. Conditions are good for travel and romance. There’s been a philosophical shift. Make a change for the better. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Avoid distractions, and increase your productivity in private. Discover buried treasure. Get better organized, and handle a thorny obstacle. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is an 8 -- A person who could assist you in getting your house in order is closer than you think. A great partnership can help you see things from a different perspective.
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Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 9 -- Boost the action. Pay bills before you go shopping. Keep track of business expenses. Changes are happening in your career field. Read to stay current. Happy Dance
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is an 8 -- Love and creativity are all around you for the next two days. Complete a contract or other document. Investigate new options. Far horizons beckon. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is an 8 -- Cutting corners could cost you. Clarify instructions before doing the work. Home and domesticity call to you, so get into decorating and coziness. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 9 -- Take care not to double book. Reconfirm appointments, and call if you’ll be late to dinner. It’s easy to get lost in your research since it’s so fascinating.
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Obama prods GOP on payroll tax cut
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama accepted a move by Senate Democrats to scale back his Social Security payroll tax cut extension on Monday, then prodded Republicans to support it despite a requirement for the very wealthy to pay more taxes. Obama also called on lawmakers to renew a program of extended unemployment benefits due to expire on Dec. 31. He said the checks, which kick in after six months of joblessness, are “the last line of defense between hardship and catastrophe” for some victims of the recession and a painfully slow recovery. The president made his remarks at the White House as Republicans and Democrats in Congress said a holidayseason package was beginning to come into focus that could cost $180 billion or more over a decade. Elements include not only the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefit renewals, but also a provision to avert a threatened 27 percent reduction in fees to doctors who treat Medicare patients.
While there are differences over the details of the three principal components — many Republicans are reluctant to extend the tax cut — there is at least as much disagreement between senior lawmakers in the two political parties over ways to cover the cost so deficits don’t rise. Officials said that to offset the two-year, $38 billion price tag of the Medicare provision, House Republicans want to cut funds from the year-old health care legislation that stands as Obama’s signature domestic policy accomplishment. Some Democrats want instead to count defense funds approved but unspent for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — a proposal that many GOP lawmakers deem an accounting gimmick. The Medicare proposal enjoys strong popularity among lawmakers in both parties. House Republican leaders signaled last week they intend to include it in the overall package as a sweetener for members of the party’s rank and file who are unhappy at the prospect of extending the payroll tax cut.
A middle class tax increase countdown clock is seen behind White House Press Secretary Jay Carney as he briefs reporters after President Barack Obama made a statement in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington Monday.
GOP critics say there is no evidence that the current tax cut has helped create jobs, and also say they fear the impact of a renewal on the deficit and on the fund that pays Social
Trump wants say in GOP race, mulls independent bid
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sure, he’s out of the GOP presidential race, but The Donald isn’t content to sit on the sidelines. Donald Trump wants a say in who gets the nomination, so he’s hosting a presidential debate, holding out the prospect of his endorsement and threatening an independent run. All that has some conservatives grousing that Trump’s involvement is tarnishing the GOP’s image and diminishing the Republican presidential field as it tries to field a candidate to beat President Barack Obama next year. “GOP candidates would be foolish to show up at Trump’s clown circus/ debate. Walk away,” Republican strategist Mike Murphy advised on Twitter. Republican strategist Karl Rove, President George W. Bush’s longtime adviser, added on Fox News: “What the heck are the Republican candidates doing showing up at a debate with a guy who says, ‘I may run for president next year as an independent’?” Trump, predictably, is undeterred. On Monday, the TV celebrity met with Newt Gingrich, the latest presidential contender to visit Trump’s New York offices in search of his support, and he released a campaign-style book to offer his views on the economy
and the media in his typically bombastic style. In a round of TV interviews, he blistered many of the GOP candidates, saying that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney “doesn’t get the traction” he needs to nail down the nomination and calling Rep. Ron Paul and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman “joke candidates.” And given the field, Trump added, “I would certainly think about running as an independent.” During one interview, Trump was asked if he agreed with Gingrich’s assertion that there are no role models in the inner-cities. Trump backed up Gingrich; civil rights leader Al Sharpton called the statement offensive and threatened protests if he didn’t retract the statement. Given Trump’s affinity for publicity, it would be welcome. Earlier this year, Trump suggested he might seek the GOP nomination but ultimately decided against it — as he has during past elections. It was around that time that Trump was somewhat marginalized when Obama himself sought to put to rest questions that the Republican had stoked about whether the president was eligible to serve in the White House. Obama released his “long form” birth certificate showing that he was, in fact, born in Hawaii in 1961. Obama also suggested that
Trump could be lumped in with “side shows and carnival barkers,” and he used his appearance at the White House Correspondents Dinner to mock Trump, who was sitting in the audience glowering. Despite that, Trump tried to stoke the “birther” issue anew Monday, saying on MSNBC: “Whether or not he was born here, you know, to me it means something. I guess it doesn’t mean a lot to a lot of people. To me it happens to mean something.” So far, only Gingrich, a former House speaker, has committed to attend the Dec. 27 debate. Huntsman said he wouldn’t be there. “I’m not going to kiss his ring and I’m not going to kiss any other part of his anatomy,” he said. “This is exactly what is wrong with politics. It’s show business over substance,” Huntsman said on Fox News. Paul also planned to skip it, telling CNN that he didn’t understand why candidates were seeking Trump’s support. “I didn’t know he had the ability to lay on hands and anoint people,” Paul said. Romney, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota have met with Trump. Businessman Herman Cain, who ended his campaign on Saturday, and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin also visited with him.
Security benefits. A majority of Republican senators voted last week against a plan backed by their own leadership to extend the cut. But Obama noted House
Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has said that the renewal would help the economy, and said the party’s Senate leaders had made similar comments. “I couldn’t agree more. And I hope that the rest of their Republican colleagues come around and join Democrats to pass these tax cuts and put money back into the pockets of working Americans,” the president said. Obama also added, “I know many Republicans have sworn an oath never to raise taxes as long as they live. How could it be that the only time there’s a catch is when it comes to raising taxes on middle-class families? How can you fight tooth and nail to protect highend tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans, and yet barely lift a finger to prevent taxes going up for 160 million Americans who really need the help?” He spoke as Senate Democrats unveiled revisions that cut the cost of the administration’s proposal by one-third, to an estimated $179 billion. As rewritten, it deepens the current Social Security payroll tax cut and extends it until the end
of 2012, but jettisons Obama’s request to give businesses relief at the same time. Republicans were critical despite the changes. “Frankly, the only thing bipartisan about this latest political gambit is opposition to the permanent tax hike on small businesses to pay for temporary one-year tax policy,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the senior Republican on the Senate Finance Committee. Republicans often refer to the proposal as a tax increase on small business owners in hopes of recasting Democratic claims that it would fall on “millionaires and billionaires.” Advanced by Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., the revised proposal also scales back the surtax on sevenfigure earners that Democrats had originally proposed to cover the bill’s entire cost, from 3.25 percent to 1.9 percent. Also included are higher fees for consumers whose mortgages are from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, as well as a GOP proposal from last week to make sure millionaires don’t receive unemployment benefits or food stamps.
Gingrich meets with Trump, begins first ad in Iowa
Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Donald Trump talk to media after a meeting in New York, Monday.
NEW YORK (AP) — Surging in polls, Newt Gingrich declared confidently Monday that he plans to run a general election campaign in all 50 states should he win the Republican presidential nomination. But he also found himself defending comments he had made about poor children — hinting at the potential troubles and new scrutiny he faces in the race. “I do not suggest children until about 14 or 15 years of age do heavy, dangerous janitorial work,” Gingrich told reporters, seeking to explain previous remarks that rivals have used to criticize him. “On the other hand, there are a number of things done to clean buildings that are not heavy or dangerous.” At issue is a remark Gingrich made last week in which he suggested that poor children
as young as 9 should work at least part time cleaning their schools in order to learn about work. The Republican said his original point had been “distorted” to make him look insensitive, and he twice tried to explain where he stood. The idea, Gingrich said, would be “to get them into the world of work, get them into the opportunity to earn money, to get them into the habit of showing up and realizing that effort is rewarded and America is all about the work ethic.” Trying to show sensitivity on the issue, Gingrich also said he had persuaded Donald Trump — the real estate mogul with whom he met privately earlier in the day — to mentor a group of children from New York City’s poorest schools. “I thought it was a great idea,” said Trump, who hosts the reality show “Celebrity Apprentice.” ‘’We’re going to be picking 10 young wonderful children and make them ‘apprenti.’ We’re going to have a little fun with it.” Gingrich spent the day in New York with a busy schedule of fundraisers and meetings as he looked to solidify his status at the head of the GOP pack alongside Mitt Romney in polls nationally and in Iowa, which holds the first presidential contest on Jan. 3. The former Georgia lawmaker chose the heavily Democratic city to announce he planned to run in all 50 states — not just traditionally Republican or swing states — if he becomes the party nominee. His campaign, meanwhile, debuted a new television ad in Iowa — the first of his campaign. “Some people say the America we know and love is a thing of the past. I don’t believe that, because working together I know we can rebuild America,” Gingrich says in the ad that’s laden with Americana, down to the white picket fence, the Statue of Liberty and the American stars and stripes.
Obama fights for Jewish support amid GOP attacks WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and his Republican opponents are clashing over U.S. policy toward Israel as each side jockeys for support from Jewish voters, who could be critical in the 2012 election. Aiming to cast Obama as unfairly harsh toward Israel and soft on the Palestinians, Republican presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich have called on the president to fire his ambassador to Belgium. The envoy, Howard Gutman, had said that some anti-Semitism stemmed from tensions between Israel and the Palestinians; Romney and Gingrich say his remarks unfairly blamed Israel. The White House says Obama has a strong record on support for Israel, and quickly fired back with a statement condemning “anti-Semitism in all its forms.” The State Department said Gutman would remain in his job. Republicans also challenged Obama’s assertion at a fundraiser last week that “this administration has done more in terms of the security of the state of Israel than any previous admin-
istration.” Romney said Obama has “repeatedly thrown Israel under the bus” — an accusation the Republican National Committee repeated Monday. Firing back, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz called Romney’s comments “outrageous” and questioned his own policies. The fiery debate will likely continue Wednesday when the GOP presidential candidates attend a Washington forum hosted by the Republican Jewish Coalition. Obama campaign officials say they will be ready to respond. And the next day, Jewish leaders will be at the White House for briefings on Israel and a Hanukkah party, followed by an Obama speech next week to an expected audience of nearly 6,000 at a conference of the Union for Reform Judaism. Such attention is all being paid in recognition that Jewish voters, though comprising only 2 percent of the electorate nationwide, are an important part of Obama’s base and could make the difference in battleground states including Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Nevada
in a close election. Moreover, the Jewish community is an important source of donations, and Obama campaign supporters want to maintain that support as much as Republicans want to chip away at it. “This campaign takes the Jewish vote very, very seriously,” said Ira Forman, the Obama campaign Jewish outreach director. “I’m confident this will be the most comprehensive effort in presidential campaign history.” The White House outreach has increased since May when Obama caused a furor by calling for Israel’s 1967 borders, with agreed-upon land swaps, as a basis for resuming negotiations toward a two-state solution with the Palestinians. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected the ‘67 borders as indefensible and largely disregarded Obama’s emphasis on land swaps to account for current conditions. Republicans seized on the dispute. And while Obama supporters say his argument was widely mischaracterized, damage was done. Now the Obama campaign and its
backers say they are determined to respond rapidly to such criticism in future. “We are trying to responsibly respond to all of these unsubstantiated or false allegations, but there are so many of them, and they are so frequently recited despite the fact that the people who are spreading them have to know that they’re false, that it’s hard to keep up with them,” said Alan Solow, an Obama fundraiser and longtime associate. The effort involves using surrogates including Vice President Joe Biden, and use of the president’s own time in public appearances and private talks with donors and religious leaders, such as a conference call between Obama and rabbis ahead of the Jewish New Year this fall. The Obama campaign also is going on the offense against Republicans. In conversations about the Jewish vote, Obama backers are quick to bring up comments by Romney, Gingrich and Rick Perry at a debate last month suggesting they would start foreign aid for all countries at zero. Obama supporters say would imperil funding for
Israel, even though the candidates also sought to affirm their support for the Jewish state. Democratic candidates typically enjoy a big electoral advantage among Jewish voters. Obama won 78 percent of the Jewish vote in 2008, compared with 21 percent for Republican John McCain. But Gallup has found that Obama’s approval rating among Jews has fallen from 83 percent in January 2009 to 54 percent in late summer and early fall of this year. Still, that figure is much higher than his overall 41 percent approval rating, and the drop-off in support was about in line with other voter groups. Sid Dinerstein, chairman of the Palm Beach County Republican Party in Florida, predicted that Obama would be limited to around 60 percent of the Jewish vote in 2012. Obama backers say that won’t happen, but it could mean a potentially decisive difference of tens of thousands of votes in key states. A candidate’s position on Israel may not be the top issue for most Jewish voters, who like others are more motivated
by jobs and the economy. But it’s important to many, and Republicans see an opening, given the consternation over Obama’s 1967 borders speech, his administration’s rebukes of Israel for building settlements in disputed areas, and a recent incident in which Obama was overheard appearing to endorse criticism of Netanyahu from French President Nicolas Sarkozy. “The reality is that the Jewish community understands that on a number of critical issues this administration has undermined not only the U.S.-Israel relationship, but has made Israel more vulnerable,” said Matt Brooks, executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Brooks points to the recent upset in New York’s special election to replace Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner, in which Republican Bob Turner won in the heavily Jewish district. Brooks says this was a warning sign to Obama on his stance on Israel. Obama supporters say other factors were at play, including the heavily Orthodox and more conservative makeup of the district.
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The Irish Free State is declared, ending a fiveyear Irish struggle for independence from Britain.
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Soloists Luci Chaplin, Alexander Gaffney and Ryan Royle take center stage during the UConn Steel Pan Ensemble concert at von der Mehden on Sunday. The student music group played a wide range of music, and invited non-percussion instrumentalists to join them as well.
By Brendon Field Campus Correspondent The UConn Steel Pan Ensemble put on a show at Von der Mehden recital hall Sunday evening. The ensemble, consisting of 17 undergraduate students, and directed by Robert Stephens, performed seven pieces reflecting a variety of musical styles and cultures. The set included “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da,” originally composed and released by The Beatles on their 1968 album of the same name. Also performed was “Jump For Joy,” a song reflecting the genre of SoCa, a cross between Soul and Calypso; originally composed by Austin Lyons and Rowans Lewis. Other pieces included “Meditation on an African Groove,” “Cha Cha Sandwich,” “Morning Dances,” “Bees Melody” and “Mule.” All songs were arranged to be performed on the ensemble’s unique combination of instruments; including not only Steel Pan drums, but keyboard, cello, guitar and bass. Student reaction to the performance was highly
positive. Erin Mounce, a 3rd-semester ecology and evolutionary biology major said, “[The concert] was awesome. It was really upbeat and happy.” Kaitlyn Clarke, a 7th-semester biology major had similar feelings. She particularly enjoyed “Ob La Di, Ob La Da,” saying, “It was a familiar melody and I liked the twists they added to it.” Chris Wasco, a 5th-semester music education major said, “It’s very hard to keep yourself from moving. It was all very catchy.” Erica Melaragno, an 8th-semester accounting major heavily enjoyed the recital. She stated “You can’t help but feel happy when you hear it. It’s not like radio music that you just listen to. It engages the brain and the body.” She declared “Jump for Joy” as her favorite of the night. The concert was presented by the Steel Pan’s president, Lucy Chaplin, who gave a speech regarding the history and facts of the group. The ensemble was founded in 1998 by Dr. Addo. It began as a music class which participated in a music exchange program with local high schools to teach pan music.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) – It’ll be a busy shopping season at next month’s Sundance Film Festival, whose star-studded premieres are up for grabs by potential theatrical distributors. Some premieres usually enter the independentfilm showcase with U.S. distribution already lined up. But festival director John Cooper said all the premieres that Sundance announced Monday will be looking for distributors. “I don’t think that’s ever happened before,” said festival director John Cooper. “It makes for a much more exciting buyer’s market, I think. At least, lively.” Among Sundance’s bigname premieres: Kirsten Dunst’s wedding romp “Bachelorette,” directed by Leslye Headland; Bruce Willis and Catherine ZetaJones’ Las Vegas bookie caper “Lay the Favorite,” from filmmaker Stephen Frears; Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon’s Wall Street saga “Arbitrage,” directed by Nicholas Jarecki; Sigourney Weaver and Robert De Niro in Rodrigo Cortes’ paranormal thriller “Red Lights”; and actor-director Julie Delpy’s “2 Days in New York,” costarring Chris Rock in a follow-up to her 2007 romance “2 Days in Paris.” Sarandon also stars alongside Frank Langella in a second Sundance premiere, director Jake Schreier’s geriatric comedy “Robot and Frank,” which also features Liv Tyler and James Marsden.
LONDON (AP) – A British lawmaker has compared the business ethics of some of Britain’s tabloids to a notorious Nazi concentration camp at a Parliamentary hearing on newspaper excesses. The shocking comparison was made Monday by Conservative Party lawmaker Zac Goldsmith, who testified along with “Four Weddings and a Funeral” star Hugh Grant, comedian Steve Coogan and ex-Formula One racing chief Max Mosley. When asked if judges ruling in libel or privacy cases should consider whether their decisions might lead to the financial collapse of newspapers found to be at fault, Goldsmith said that “immoral or unethical” businesses should either change or go out of business. “No one said that Auschwitz should have been kept open because it created jobs,” said Goldsmith, referring to the Nazi death camp in Poland. As part of an inquiry into phone hacking by Britain’s tabloids, the Parliamentary committee is gathering evidence about the value of privacy laws and the use of legal gag orders that have been accused of stifling the media. Media outlets have expressed alarm at the increasing use of injunctions and so-called “super-injunctions” – court orders which not only ban reporting of details of a specific case, but often forbid any public mention that an injunction exists. Goldsmith’s private life became the subject of tabloid
It was later headed by Stephens, who opened the program to non-music majors. The group has even incorporated high school students. Guitarist Jessica Berner has been in the group for five years, despite only being a UConn freshman. The program is no longer for credit, and the group rehearses entirely on their own time. They rehearse for four hours a week on Wednesdays and Sundays. Chaplin stated students of any skill level are welcome to join. The pans which the group performs with are made from 55 gallon oil drums. Each pan is individually crafted to represent the different voices of the ensemble. The instrument is of an idiophone family of instruments and is the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago. The instruments became widely popularized during the early twentieth century as a product of Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival Percussion groups.
Dunst, Willis, Gere Tabloid’s ethics compared to Auschwitz are Sundance-bound Former “X-Files” partners David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson both have premieres playing Sundance. Duchovny and Vera Farmiga star in Christopher Neil’s father-son story “Goats,” while Anderson is featured along with Clive Owen and Andrea Riseborough in James Marsh’s Irish terrorism tale “Shadow Dancer.” Director Spike Lee, who came to Sundance with his 2009 rock musical “Passing Strange,” returns with “Red Hook Summer,” the story of an Atlanta boy spending the summer with his grandfather in Brooklyn. Cooper said the film is a return to the same urban landscape Lee explored two decades ago in “Do the Right Thing,” with the director reprising the role he played in that film. “It’s very back to his roots, very much in his old style. He’s even playing his old character, Mookie,” Cooper said. “This is the same neighborhood.” Overseen by Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute, the festival runs Jan. 19-29 in Park City, Utah. Sundance opens with four films that were announced last week among the festival’s dramatic and documentary competitions. It closes with one of the premieres unveiled Monday, directors Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal’s literary plagiarism story “The Words,” starring Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid and Olivia Wilde.
scrutiny during the break up of his marriage in 2010 . He told the panel he had previously secured a court injunction to prevent reporting of the fact his email account, and those of his then wife and his sister, had been hacked. The legislator has previously discussed how he took the legal action amid fears newspapers would disclose contents of the emails. Britain’s phone hacking scandal, which has exposed how the private voice mail messages of bereaved parents and celebrity figures were illegally accessed, has led to a raft of inquiries into the country’s written press. Britain’s broadcast media are scrutinized by a national regulator, while the written media has a system of selfregulation facing criticism for being too lax. A government commissioned panel, led by judge Brian Leveson, had already taken evidence from Grant, Mosley and Coogan, all of whom have tangled with Britain’s tabloids and been vocal in their calls for tighter press regulation. Grant told lawmakers Monday that he was only able to stop photographers hassling Tinglan Hong, an actress and the mother of his baby daughter, by taking out a court injunction. The actor said he had first tried to reason with photographers, but was forced to turn to the courts. “I said do you think this is something grown men should be doing, terrorizing a new mother and her baby?
They just said ‘Show us the baby’,” Grant told the committee hearing. Grant told lawmakers his car had been vandalized after he had remonstrated with photographers. “I have been arrested twice and had my car Stanley-knifed over every surface once in retribution,” he said. Mosley and Coogan said they were concerned that the ability to constrain the press through the courts was only open to the rich. Coogan, who starred in movies “Night at the Museum” and “24 Hour Party People,” said he had spent around 20,000 pounds ($32,000) in legal fees in an attempt to prevent a newspaper publishing an article about a family member. A newspaper “was going to publish a story about a member of my family, not about me, that was no way in the public interest,” Coogan said. “The correspondence that led to them not publishing cost me between 15,000 and 20,000 pounds.” Mosley won damages from the now-defunct News of The World tabloid after it wrongly alleged he had participated in a Nazi-themed orgy. In a legal case, Mosley acknowledged the orgy but denied it had any Nazi theme. “I was told if I won, it would cost me tens of thousands of pounds (dollars). If I lost it would cost me one million pounds,” Mosley said. “To put at risk one million pounds is something very few people can do, or would do.”
We are less than a week away from finals, and the stress level is about to increase, but there does seem to be a light at the end of this semester’s tunnel. For myself, that light is knowing that with the end of this semester, along with celebrating the holidays with family and friends, is the added advantage that I will have more free time to read books I’ve been anxiously waiting to read. Outside of finishing the “Stephanie Plum” series, there are several other books I plan to read over winter break. So, if you enjoy reading on a cold winter day, with a nice cup of hot cocoa by your side and a fire keeping you warm, get your pens ready and take some notes. These are two of my must-reads this winter. “The Next Always” by Nora Roberts: Nora Roberts, author of over 200 romance novels, was the first author to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. According to “Publisher’s Weekly” she has written more bestsellers than anyone else in the world. Roberts has even been coined as the creator of her own genre: the futuristic detective romance. Her novels captivate readers and some have even been adapted into “Lifetime” films. “The Next Always,” one of Roberts’ newest novels is sure to hit home with her fans. The novel is Roberts’ first in a new trilogy titled the “Inn Boonsboro.” Like many of Roberts’ novels this one also dabbles in multiple subgenres of romance, having both historical and familial saga aspects. When three brothers and their eccentric mother begin remodeling the historic hotel in Boonsboro, M.D., one brother finds himself yearning for the love of a girl he’s been waiting to kiss since he was 15. After building a new life for her family following the death of her husband, will Clare be able to feel the same way? Whether you are already a fan of Roberts, or are just looking for a good “romance by the fire” type of book, this novel is sure to not let you down. For those that may have younger siblings to read to, my recommendation for a joyful, holiday children’s book: “Merry Christmas, Splat” by Rob Scotton: This holiday children’s book is a part of Rob Scotton’s “Splat the Cat” series, in which a curious young cat hopes he has been good enough to deserve a really big present from Santa on Christmas. In an effort to ensure he will get the present he is hoping for, Splat offers help to his mom, but in “typical Splat fashion” things go awry. When Splat stays awake in hopes to see Santa, he accidentally falls asleep and wakes to believe his Christmas is ruined. Children and adults will love this holiday book. Splat the Cat is a character hard not to love.
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The dance doesn’t fit the penguin By Joe O’Leary Senior Staff Writer
1. Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1: $41.7 M 2. The Muppets: $29.2 M 3. Happy Feet Two: $13.4 M 4. Arthur Christmas $12.1 M 5. Hugo: $11.4 M 6. Jack and Jill: $10.0 M 7. Immortals: $8.9 M 8. Puss in Boots: $7.5 M 9. The Descendants: $7.3 M 10. Tower Heist: $7.2 M From Rottentomatoes.com Ending in week of Dec 2
Upcoming Releases December 9 Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy New Year’s Eve The Sitter Young Adult We Need to Talk About Kevin London River Knuckle I Melt with You Catch .44 My Piece of Pie November 16 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) While every film geek is most likely familiar with Woody Allen’s work in “Annie Hall,” one should be just as accustomed with with “Crimes and Misdemeanors.” Starring Allen, Martin Landau, Mia Farrow and Alan Alda, the plot revolves around the concept of living with guilt and regret. Calling upon Dostoyevsky’s “Crime and Punishment” for its basis, Landau’s character, Judah, must live with the fact that he is responsible for the death of a mistress. His paths cross with Allen and Alda, in a typical, intricate Woody Allen plot. The dialogue is top notch, as usual with anything Allen produces. If you’re into moral dilemmas and Alda’s voice, you will certainly enjoy this film. -- Sam Marshall
In all honesty, there’s only one reason “Happy Feet Two” exists; money. After the first dancing penguin flick hit multiplexes around Thanksgiving 2006, it feasted on slim competition and America’s then-new love of penguins, grossing almost $200 million nationwide. With results like that, of course Warner Bros. would love to dip back into the pool and grab some more green. The problem with that, of course, is that “Happy Feet” wasn’t all that great in the first place. It was cute, sure, but despite its Best Animated Feature Oscar, it wasn’t a huge step forward for the medium. Even worse, it was a self-contained film with no need for a sequel. That’s made exceedingly obvious to anyone seeing “Happy Feet Two,” because it’s boring, unnecessary and not exciting. What’s worse, aside from the stellar animation, the film has absolutely nothing going for it, from its bland plot to its already-dated music. In the sequel, Mumble (voiced by Elijah Wood) has grown up and had a son, Eric. Everything’s peachy in the penguin world, despite the film’s seemingly serious glimpses of global warming and pollution’s effects on their environment, but why worry about that stuff when it was covered in the first movie? Instead, we get a completely neutered plot where the penguins’ home is trapped by a shifting iceberg, and only Mumble and Eric can save them (with a little help from their friends). The biggest issue with this plot? There’s no sense of concern and nothing’s at stake. Sure, the penguins will starve to death if they can’t be rescued, but not only can Mumble and his friends provide more than enough fish to keep them fed, they’re perfectly fine with no other impending worry other than “we must get out of this hole... eventually.” The film crams in what seems like a million subplots to mask
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The sequel for Warner Bros. ‘Happy Feet’ is a poor follow-up to the popular original, which incited a parade of penguin lovers when it came out in 2006. The movie is showing in 3-D in some theaters.
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this lack of anything interesting, but it’s bogged down in childish-at-best humor and uninspired characters. There’s a puffin who says he’s a penguin who can fly, essentially play-
ing the old trope of the snakeoil salesman and scamming the other penguins. Eric wants to fly, and wants to believe he can even though literally everyone tells him he can’t. Mumble
wants to be a good father and is concerned he’s not, even though he’s clearly competent through his interactions with Eric. Robin Williams’ terrible voice acting returns in the form of penguin Ramon, who tries to woo another penguin. He succeeds. There are even complete abandonments of the plot to bring in two krill played by Matt Damon and Brad Pitt, who really just stand around and make awful krill puns (“goodbye, krill world!”) None of these end up being exciting or fulfilling in any way.
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Winter movies for roving imaginations
By Brendon Field Campus Correspondent
December has arrived, and that means it’s the best time to head to the movies. Studios are pushing out big budget holiday releases as well as Oscar bait with the awards season right around the corner. Here are some highly anticipated films to see before the year’s end. “Hugo”: Martin Scorcese is one of the most talented and successful directors in the history of cinema. His acclaimed works include “Raging Bull,” “Mean Streets” and “The Departed.” His newest film “Hugo” is a family adventure film, an interesting departure from his previous gritty, violent character studies. The story follows a young orphan in France who stumbles into a mystery involving his father and George Melies, based on the reallife filmmaker. “Hugo” is laden with special effects and is being called the best use of 3-D since “Avatar.” As for the film’s quality, with Scorcese directing, that’s not even a question. “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”: This thriller is an adaptation of the highly successful Swedish film of the same name released in 2009, which was an adaptation of the best-selling trilogy of novels. The story centers on a journalist (Daniel Craig) and a hacker (Rooney Mara) in their attempt to solve a cold case. The style appears to be very similar to “Se7en,” which was the first film made by the film’s director David Fincher. American remakes of already popular film are hit and miss, but with Fincher at the wheel, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” looks promising. “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”: “Sherlock Holmes” was a box office and critical success, and
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Jeremy Irvine plays Albert, an animal trainer who becomes attached to a British cavalry horse, in the movie ‘War Horse.’ The film is directed by Steven Spielberg, and is being released under the Disney banner on Christmas Day.
the filmmakers were so eager to make a sequel, they announced in the last 15 minutes of the film. The sequel is a similar spiraling mystery, with Holmes’ nemesis Professor Moriarity (Jared Harris) as the villain. Robert Downey Jr., who won a Golden Globe for his performance in the last film, returns along with Jude Law and Rachael McAdams as Doctor Watson and Irene Adler, respectively. This film appears to retain the gritty, paced style of the first film. If all the right pieces fall into place, “Game of Shadows” will prove to be a competent sequel. “War Horse”: This war epic by Steven Spielberg has potential to be the best animal adventure film since Carroll Ballard’s “The Black Stallion.” Based off of a children novel by Michael Morpurgo, the
synopsis of “War Horse” is the journey of a young boy across Europe to rescue his horse after he is sold into cavalry for the Great War. The film appears to rely heavily on visual storytelling and centers on a child character, two aspects Spielberg specializes in. The trailers have hidden a majority of the film’s dramatic and heavily cinematic moments, and the film is yet to be premiered or screened for critics. With much of it a mystery, its combination of war and family adventure a rarity, and Spielberg running the show; “War Horse” looks to be the cinematic gem of this holiday season. “We Bought A Zoo”: Cameron Crowe’s latest film is based on the true story of Benjamin Mee (Matt Damon), a widower going
through a rough patch in his life purchases a house that has a zoo instead of a backyard, much to the excitement of his daughter (Maggie Elizabeth). “We Bought A Zoo” combines emotional drama with lighthearted character humor, previously seen in Crowe previous films “Jerry Maguire” and “Say Anything…” Only this time with 47 different species of animals, which makes filmmaking difficult. The film was a favorite for awards at the beginning of the year, and has remained throughout. It’s always good to see an inspiring, feel good film. “We Bought A Zoo” seems like a perfect fit.
Based on the title of this article, you’d think I would be referring to a new raunchy film by comedy mega-producer and sometime director, Judd Apatow. But you’d be wrong. When I saw “The Muppets” this week, I walked out contemplating not the delightfully anarchic exploits of Fozzie Bear and Animal, but rather how I could smell Apatow’s influence on nearly every aspect of its production. His distinct brand of male anxiety and sensitivity is interwoven throughout the story and script; even the casting exhibits traces of the filmmaker’s guidance. Although the overarching story is not particularly Apitovian, the dynamic between Kermit and Miss Piggy certainly is. An undisclosed time ago, the couple became estranged from one another, possibly due to the demise of “The Muppet Show” and the gang’s subsequent decline from the spotlight. Due to the lack of media exposure, Miss Piggy seems to have become dissatisfied with Kermit, who now lives shut up in a mansion with all of his possessions. Sound familiar? Recall Apatow’s 2005 “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” in which a man cannot connect to women on a sexual level due to his unconquerable introversion. Likewise with this film, Kermit has retreated within himself after the troubling experience of losing what he formerly had. In Apatow’s film, the protagonist, Andy, resigned himself to no longer being able to be successful with women because of his traumatic earlier failures. The trajectory of Kermit’s character over the course the movie is based around his attempts to reconnect with his former flame. Ultimately, he accomplishes this by tapping back into what formerly made Piggy attracted to him in the first place--he restores himself as host and showman of “The Muppet Show,” and the lovers are reunited with a rendition of “Rainbow Connection.” Similarly, Andy is able to connect with Trish because he is honest with her about his virginity. Both of the “men” in these films find that the best way to interact with the women they love is through being true to themselves. See also “Knocked Up” and “Funny People” for similar denouements. In more obvious ways does Apatow’s hand come through the script and casting. Star Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller (director of the Apatow-produced films “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Get Him to the Greek”) came up with the story and screenplay together. Segel came to prominence with his role as the sweetly stupid Nick on Apatow’s “Freaks and Geeks,” while Stoller began his career by writing for the follow-up series “Undeclared.” Their script retains the trademark fourth wall-breaking of “The Muppet Show” while including some bits that are reminiscent of Apatow’s productions, like Rashida Jones’ sly reference to “Benson.”
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Indian star Dev Anand dies in London at 88 NEW DELHI (AP) – Bollywood star Dev Anand, a charismatic and flamboyant Indian film fixture for more than a half-century, has died of a heart attack in London, his family said Sunday. He was 88. Famed for his roles in dozens of movies, including “Jewel Thief” and “Guide,” the veteran actor, director and producer was working up to the last minute, with a new script in the works.
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Anand lived and died on “his own terms,” his nephew and renowned film director Shekhar Kapur said in a posting on Twitter. “He was working one minute. Sat down and smiled. And was gone the next. So much to learn.” Anand died of a heart attack Saturday night in a hotel in London, where he had gone recently for a medical checkup, the family said. India’s prime minister joined Indian film stars and officials in lauding Anand’s achievements and
expressing sorrow for his death. “Dev Anand was a great artist who entertained generations of cinema lovers over five decades,” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said in a statement. “He was an embodiment of long passion for acting and filmmaking. I join millions of his fans in mourning his death.” Born on Sept. 26, 1923, as the son of a Punjab lawyer, Anand studied English literature and law, eventually moving in his early 20s to India’s film
capital of Mumbai, then called Bombay, where he pursued a love of acting. Known for his good looks, melodious voice and success in romantic leads, Anand was considered a superstar within just a few years of his 1946 screen debut in the Hindi-language film “Hum Ek Hain.” Others in his family followed, with his brothers Chetan and Vijay also winning praise as film producers, screenwriters and directors.
A tale of students and saxaphones
NEW YORK (AP) – The Material Girl will be taking the stage on football’s biggest night. Madonna, who has sold more than 300 million records, will perform at halftime of the Super Bowl in Indianapolis. The NFL and NBC announced Sunday during the Detroit-New Orleans game that the Grammy Award-winning singer will highlight the show at Lucas Oil Stadium on Feb. 5.
from THE DANCE, page 8 Though the animation is topnotch, the visuals’ beauty fades somewhat as time goes on, sadly becoming just as bland as the rest of the film by its end. Of course, the creators did get to animate a baby penguin peeing in the audience’s face in 3D, so they’ve got that going for them. Strangely, the film follows in the first’s footsteps in portraying live-action humans interacting with the penguins, but it largely fails as it just appears strange and uncomfortable; it’s nowhere near the synergic levels “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” reached and that film’s nearly 25 years old. “Happy Feet Two” feels like an afterthought pushed into production solely because of the first’s success, and the soundtrack reaffirms this. None of the songs sung were popular after 2007, suggesting a long development time, and it already feels dated. When you’ve got characters singing “Never Gonna Give You Up,” “Papa Oom Mow Mow” (the basis for “Surfin’ Bird,” used in “Family Guy”) and “Dragostea Din Tei” (the “Numa Numa” song), the film feels like it’s already three years old. It tries to do way too much, and vastly overstretches itself, succeeding at none of its goals. Unlike its predecessor, “Happy Feet Two” won’t be winning many awards; in a just world, it wouldn’t win any.
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Ian Jackson presents his saxophone talents on Monday evening at von der Mehden. Jackson shared the show with Harrison Goodale, who plays the bass, during the all-student showcase. Von der Mehden has been a venue for many concerts recently, including choral recitals and holiday ensembles.
Speaking of Jones, she is only part of a slew of celebrities who dominate current comedy that have roles in the film. Additionally present are (obviously) Segel, Jack Black, the ubiquitous Ken Jeong, Donald Glover, Neil Patrick Harris, Zack Galifianakis, John Krasinski and even Sarah Silverman. The adult cast of this movie is almost a who’s who of people who got their start from Apatow-style comedy. If you haven’t seen “The Muppets” yet, do so immediately. It’s brilliant, hilarious, and everything you’d want it to be. But now you’ll be aware of all the ways that the comedic hive mind of Apatow has expanded, even into children’s entertainment such as this.
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Martin Sheen aids man's wrongful conviction bid
NEW YORK (AP) — Martin Sheen shone a spotlight Monday on a prisoner's efforts to get his 1999 murder conviction thrown out, saying the case "cries out for justice." Meeting inmate Jon-Adrian Velazquez at a suburban prison Monday "confirmed my belief that he is an innocent man," the actor said at a news conference later in the day outside a Manhattan courthouse. "I came away inspired. He is a young man on fire with the truth." Sheen's appearance trained some star power on a case that involves a longstanding issue getting new attention from the U.S. Supreme Court: the reliability of eyewitness identifications of suspects. Convicted of fatally shooting retired police officer Albert Ward in an underground betting parlor in 1998, Velazquez is serving 25 years to life in prison. But he and lawyers Robert C. Gottlieb and Celia A. Gordon are trying to persuade Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus. R. Vance Jr. to reinvestigate the case and exonerate Velazquez. Vance's office is reviewing the case, spokeswoman Erin Duggan said Monday. With no DNA or other physical evidence against Velazquez, "this case is strictly the result of eyewitness misidentification" from photo arrays and lineups that weren't properly conducted,
Gottlieb said. Retired from the police force since 1977, Ward, 59, was in a Harlem betting parlor when two men came in and announced a stickup on Jan. 27, 1998, authorities said. Ward pulled his gun and fired, and the robbers fired back, hitting him in the face and killing him, according to authorities. After a witness picked Velazquez's photo out of a police book, that witness and three others identified him in an in-person lineup. Velazquez and another man, Darry Daniels, were charged. Daniels, who pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery and was sentenced to 12 years, testified during his plea that Velazquez was his partner in the robbery and had shot Ward. Daniels wasn't called to testify at Velazquez' trial. Two eyewitnesses have since given Velazquez's lawyers sworn statements recanting their identifications of him, and the other two who identified him now say they aren't sure, his lawyers said. While the suspect was described as a black man with braids, Velazquez is Hispanic and wore his hair short, his lawyers have noted. His mother, Maria, has long said Velazquez couldn't have been involved in the shooting because he was on the phone to her, from his home, moments
before it happened. But "as his mother, I wasn't believed," she said Monday. Eyewitness identifications are a venerable and crucial part of the criminal justice system, but they also have played critical roles in many cases in which people were wrongly convicted and later exonerated through DNA evidence. The Supreme Court heard arguments last month in a case involving a New Hampshire man who was convicted of theft based on eyewitness testimony; he wants to extend judges' power to exclude such testimony in some circumstances. The high court hasn't yet ruled. Since taking office nearly two years ago, Vance – a former defense lawyer – has taken the unusual step of establishing a unit that explores claims of wrongful convictions. It has received about 100 referrals and reinvestigated about a dozen, Duggan said. One case was dismissed before trial; another case is on track for retrial after the initial conviction was vacated, she said. Prosecutors concluded two other convictions were sound; they're continuing to review the other cases. Velazquez's lawyers say they're hopeful prosecutors will reach the same conclusions they have about the case. In the meantime, TV viewers will
Martin Sheen poses for a photograph on Tuesday June, 10, 2008 in Fairfield, Conn. Sacred Heart University was hosting a two day conference on human rights and a performance of the play Speak Truth to Power: Voices from Beyond the Dark by Ariel Dorman.
have an opportunity to judge for themselves; a piece about his case is set to air Jan. 8 on "Dateline: NBC." "I don't think there's anybody who's fair-minded who's not going to be outraged by this,"
Sheen said Monday. He became aware of the case through his own lawyer, who is a friend of Gottlieb's. Sheen said he'd read Velazquez's voluminous submission to the DA's office and part of the trial transcript.
He went to meet Velazquez intending to encourage the inmate not to lose heart, but instead, "he's encouraging us. He's telling us to stick to it like a stamp," Sheen said. "He's telling us that justice will prevail."
Jason Aldean takes home six awards at the ACAs
Jason Aldean accepts the album of the year award for "My Kinda Party" as his producer Michael Knox looks on during the 45th Annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn., on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011.
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — The American Country Awards were Jason Aldean's kinda party. Country music's newest superstar won six awards Monday in Las Vegas, including the night's top honors artist of the year and record of the year for "My Kinda Party." It's true, 2010 has been a nonstop party for Aldean. More than a million fans turned out for his arena tour, his platinum album has spawned four hits so far and the awards are starting to pile up after years of being ignored. "This is getting a little ridiculous now," Aldean said on his second visit to the stage. "I don't know what else to say. It's been a crazy year." Carrie Underwood's fans came through for her again at the fan-voted awards a year after she was the top winner on the inaugural show with six trophies. She picked up three awards this year, includ-
Microsoft to roll out new voice-controlled TV platform
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft Corp. is rolling out a new interface for its Xbox game console, one that allows you to navigate through music, movies, TV shows and games with the wave of your hand or the sound of your voice. The interface, first demonstrated by CEO Steve Ballmer in September, is set up similarly to Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 operating system with a series of large panes showing content options. Xbox owners with the Kinect motion controller can swipe through screens by waving their hand in the air. It also responds to direct voice commands and incorporates Microsoft's search engine, Bing. Windows phone users can control what to watch or hear by tapping on their portable devices. The interface will be available to Xbox users connected to the Internet via a download on Tuesday. In a demonstration for The Associated Press, a Microsoft employee demonstrated how saying, clearly, "Xbox. Bing. 'Iron Man,'" brought up a selection of movies, TV shows, games and soundtracks related to the title. Saying "Xbox. Show. Movies," brought up places to rent or buy the movie, including Microsoft's Zune store, Wal-Mart's Vudu, Netflix or pay TV channel Epix. Separate subscriptions are
required for services like Netflix, and much of the content also requires being a gold member of Xbox Live, a connected Internet service that costs $60 a year. Microsoft expects to have pay TV channel partners, including those supplied by Verizon FiOS. There will be no broadcast partners, so fans of the ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox networks will continue to rely on standard settop boxes or digital rabbit ear antennas for that content. Microsoft says there have been 57 million Xbox units sold around the world and there are more than 35 million users who have logged on to its Xbox Live service at least once in the last three months. It did not divulge how many Xbox Live users are paying gold members. Ross Honey, general manager of Xbox Live entertainment and advertising, said about 40 content partners were expected for the platform. Available apps from those partners will roll out over time. Other partners include the British Broadcasting Company, Hulu Plus, Disney's online ESPN3 service, Ultimate Fighting Championship, YouTube and cable giant Comcast Corp.'s Xfinity on-demand subscription service. Many of the offerings require separate pay TV subscriptions or one-time payments. Honey said that many deals with content pro-
This AP infographic details the evolution of TV and entertainment.
viders are still in the works. "As with any new technology that comes with the
entertainment industry, it takes time," he said. "What we have here is a start."
ing female artist of the year and female single of the year for "Mama's Song." "You guys vote like crazy," Underwood said during her second trip to the stage. As expected, the show's focus was mostly on country music's emerging stars. Thompson Square also won three trophies — blue Fender Telecasters with an embossed silhouette of the U.S. The husband-and-wife duo of Shawna and Kiefer Thompson rode their breakthrough single "Are You Going to Kiss Me Or Not?" to group single, new artist single and new artist video of the year awards. "This is the first time we've won anything, so be patient," Kiefer Thompson joked. Chris Young won two awards, breakthrough artist and single of the year for "Voices," ''American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery was named new artist of the year and Lady Antebellum won a
second straight group of the year. Along with the night's top two honors, Aldean also was named touring artist of the year and won male single of the year for "My Kinda Party" and vocal collaboration single of the year for "Don't You Wanna Stay" with Kelly Clarkson. Alabama won a Greatest Hits Award and Toby Keith was named artist of the decade as the most-played country star on radio over the past 10 years. Blake Shelton won video of the year for "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking." He dedicated the win to his father, Dick, who is in the hospital with pneumonia. He then appeared to tear up at the end of his performance of "God Gave Me You." "I want to say 'hi' to my dad back home," Shelton said. "He's been having a pretty rough couple of weeks. I know he's watching back at home and I love you, dad, and want to dedicate this to you."
Pakistani actress Veena Malik sues over nude magazine photos
NEW DELHI (AP) — Pakistani actress Veena Malik is suing a popular Indian men's magazine for millions of dollars, accusing it of publishing photos she says were doctored to make her appear nude, her lawyer said Monday. Malik's racy images in the December issue of FHM India has triggered a fury across her conservative Islamic country, with one cleric calling them a "shame for all Muslims." The photo essay appears to make light of the military rivalry between India and Pakistan, nuclear-armed neighbors who have fought three wars. In the magazine's cover photo, Malik is shown wearing no clothing, but with her arms and legs discreetly positioned to keep her covered. She has the letters ISI stenciled on her arm, representing Pakistan's powerful spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence agency. In a second photo, she is lying on a camouflage military helmet and in a third she is wearing what appears to be a green ammunition belt and pretending to pull the pin out of a grenade with her teeth. She appears to be topless in those images. Malik's lawyer, Ayaz Bilawala, denied the nude cover photo was authentic and said Malik was wearing underwear throughout the entire shoot. He sent notice to the magazine and was filing papers in the Mumbai High
Court demanding all copies of the magazine be removed from newsstands, he said. The suit was also seeking 100 million rupees ($2 million) in damages. "She has been cheated, and there has been tampering, and the photographs have been morphed," he said. "She has not posed in the manner in which she has been shown." He also disputed the magazine's assertion that it possessed a video of the shoot that would prove the photos were real. FHM India editor Kabeer Sharma insisted the photos were authentic and said he had just come out of a meeting with the magazine's lawyers where they watched the video of the photo session proving his case. "It's a considered decision on our part not to make that video public because of the nature of the video," he said. Sharma said the magazine had received the legal notice. "The allegations are entirely false and we are investigating various options, including a countersuit," he said. Malik courted controversy last year when she participated in India's "Bigg Boss" reality show, where minor celebrities are locked in a house together. Conservative Pakistani clerics lambasted her both for appearing on a show in arch-rival India and for appearing to canoodle with an Indian actor in the house.
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Maple Leafs snap Rangers’ win streak, win 4-2 NEW YORK (AP)—Phil and Joffrey Lupul scored for Kessel had two assists to add the Leafs, who had been on a to his NHL-leading point total, run of facing hot teams. Their and the Toronto Maple Leafs last two games, both losses, snapped the New York Rangers’ were against the Boston Bruins, five-game winning streak with who have won 14 of 15. a 4-2 victory Monday. The Rangers missed a chance The Maple Leafs scored twice to tie the score early in the second in less than two minutes to take period when Sean Avery briefa 3-0 lead early in the ly had an open goal second period, then after Gustavsson left gave both goals back the net and couldn’t in another quick burst Maple Leafs 4 clear the puck. But later in the period. Rangers 2 the goalie was able to Jonas Gustavsson sprawl back in front made 12 saves in the at the last moment to third to preserve the one-goal preserve the lead. margin, repeatedly turning New The Leafs quickly made York away on a power play in it 2-0. After a faceoff in the the final minute before David Rangers’ end, Michael Sauer Steckel scored an empty-net couldn’t clear the puck, and goal with 5 seconds left. Connolly controlled it with his The Rangers had won seven skate and flicked it past Henrik straight at home. Their only two Lundqvist just over five minregulation losses at Madison utes into the period. Square Garden this season are Joffrey Lupul camped out in to Toronto, which also won 4-2 front of the goal to score on a in New York’s home opener on power play 97 seconds later, Oct. 27. with assists from Tyler Bozak Cody Franson, Tim Connolly and Kessel.
Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf (3) checks New York Rangers defenseman Michael Sauer during the second period of an NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Monday.
The Rangers made it a onegoal deficit again with two scores in 92 seconds. Artem Anisimov scored with seven minutes left in the period, with assists from Brandon Prust and Michael Del Zotto. Just over a minute later, New York had a 5-on-3 advantage after Bozak was called for hooking with Steckel already in the penalty box. The Rangers needed only 20 seconds to score, with Marian Gaborik pulling them within one. Gustavsson started in goal for the Maple Leafs after James Reimer returned in their loss Saturday in Boston, his first game since Oct. 22. Gustavsson had 30 saves. The Rangers got a power play midway through the third when Bozak was again called for hooking but couldn’t shake their struggles with the man advantage. Ryan Callahan had the best chance, alone in front of the net, but his shot sailed high.
McCurry: Let us dream of a college football playoff ... from WHAT, page 14 best against the best in order to identify the undeniable, clear-cut national champion? What if there was no such thing as the Harris Poll and stupid BCS percentages? Is it really fair that a computer ultimately decides just two teams who get to play for the opportunity of a lifetime and, without having to worry about pesky underdogs and trap games in the earlier rounds, get awarded a free pass to the finals? Let it be known that I am not an Oklahoma State fan just bashing the BCS for not letting the Cowboys in the title game. While I think OSU is a tremendous football team, I have no problem with the two SEC heavyweights battling it out in the national championship. In fact, I was on the edge of my seat for the entire 60 minutes (plus overtime) on Nov.
5, and I am already drooling over the thought of ‘Bama-LSU Part II. Quite simply. Alabama and Louisiana State University are the top two teams in the country. Isn’t the BCS supposed to be about having a title game consisting of the No. 1 and No. 2 teams? Well, yes, but what about it’s philosophy, “Every Game Matters?” It’s as outdated as ranking Notre Dame in the top-15 to start the year and its irrelevancy can only be matched with the “sport” of NASCAR, Chris Broussard, and Brady Quinn. If every game “mattered,” would LSU really not have been invited to New Orleans, site of the national championship, had they lost to Georgia in the SEC Championship? Or how about UCLA, getting shellacked by USC 50-0 but then getting to play for an automatic BCS bid this past weekend? The system is bogus, corrupt and needs to be
changed immediately. Without a doubt, I am not even close to the only one who feels so strongly about the BCS and its “postseason,” if you can even call it that. Sadly, it’s all about one thing though, and this one thing is something most people don’t have enough of: money. More bowl games equals more tickets and merchandise sold for the stadiums, bowl committees, and schools. It means a fatter wallet for big-time networks like Fox and ESPN, and it’s the closest thing to heaven on earth for companies who can get their name out there by putting their brand in the title. Take the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl featuring powerhouses Florida International and Marshall on Dec. 20, for example. Two schools that we know nothing about, putting their mid-major butts on the line on national television. I’m so excited, I’m going to make the multi-hour
trip to Maryland (the closest Beef ‘O’ Brady’s near me, according to their website) to get the full affect out of this instant classic. I better not party too hard though, because I sure as heck don’t want to miss TCULouisiana Tech in the San Diego Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl the next night! If you didn’t catch the sneaky sarcasm there, consider the fact that I’d rather look like Delonte West than watch the majority of these bowl games. I realize it’s all about money in the end, and one of the goals is to give some of the smaller schools fame and exposure for program morale and recruits down the line, however for the entirety of its existence, the BCS has only brought down the sport of college football. Major controversy every year over the top two teams, schools with a 6-6 record getting a chance to play a sin-
gle playoff game, you get the point. Isn’t it a little sad when, during a weekend that featured four majorconference championship games, in what is supposed to be one of the best and most-watched weeks of the year, the most exciting match happened to be UNC-Kentucky in college basketball? Maybe even a little more than most, I love playing the “what if” game regarding sports. Every year in college football, I come up with my own little playoff bracket of what could have been. Not saying that the tournament would be as captivating and as lucrative as the NCAA Tournament, but it would without question blow away the current BCS system. For now though, and possibly forever, all we can do is play the “what if” card and dream.
Huskies battle defending champs from CHAMPS, page 14 defenses and on breaking their press. I think we can execute it all.” While the Huskies’ full court press has proven to be one of their strongest assets, they will be met with a team whose pressure defense has forced six of its seven opponents into season high turnovers, averaging 24 per game. Texas A&M freshman Kelsey Bone is leading the Aggies with 13.4 ppg. She is one of four Aggies averaging double figures this season. It’s a freshman leading UConn as well, as Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis is averaging 16.3 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. On Monday,
Mosqueda-Lewis earned her third consecutive Big East freshman of the week honor. Sophomore Bria Hartley was named on the Big East weekly Honor Roll after her shooting performance against Towson last week. “We’ve been so focused and intense this past week,” said sophomore center Stephanie Dolson. “We’re heading into a game where the opponent has a lot of fast guards and big post players. It’s going to be tough but we’re excited.” Caroline Doty shares the feeling after leaving the game at halftime last week due to a fall on her head. She sat out for the next two practices. For a moment, she was frustrated but, in routine fashion, kept
her head up. “I realized, calm down. It’s only two days, we have four months ahead of us.” Auriemma noted that Doty has been playing exceptionally well this past week after her brief hiatus. “I’ve been communicating more with the coaches, and finding out from them what they want, rather than trying to read their mind,” Doty said. Tonight will represent a “what could have been” scenario in the 2011 national championship if the Huskies had not fallen to Notre Dame in the semifinals. Game time is set for 7 p.m. and will be televised live on ESPN2 and ESPN3.
Agabiti: Reid is a great coach who deserves proper recognition from I SUPPORT, page 14 kicks in at least five years and had a freshman in net in a door-die situation. It was thrilling. UConn lost in heart-breaking fashion and the streak of big games lost on penalty kicks continued. In spite of all that, I’m really glad that soccer does not get the kind of attention that football and basketball do. Let me explain. If soccer coaches in the NCAA got the same attention that football and basketball ones do, it would be painful to observe. I can just picture it now. The talking heads on television networks, writers on blogs and overly caffeinated morning commuters calling talk radio shows, all of them saying the same thing: “Ray Reid can’t win the big one. Sure he won a title in 2000, but he hasn’t done anything
since and he can’t win in penalty kicks.” All of which is absolute garbage. Since I no longer cover the team, I can say this: make no mistake about it, coach Ray Reid is the right man for the job. He might be stoic, he might be a dreadfully boring interview subject during the regular season and he might come across as cold, but the players respect him, other coaches respect him and I respect him. The man can flat-out coach soccer. Reid handles his team with consistency, always moving his guys forward and always keeping his mind on the goals he has set out to accomplish. He expects greatness and holds his players to that standard. After the conference championship game that UConn lost in overtime, Reid said basically that if the team did not make the Final Four, “The season’s a disaster.” After Sunday’s loss in the quarter-
finals, the follow-up question was too good to pass up and I had to ask if he still felt that way. He basically responded with “yes.” It was the toughest question I’ve ever had to ask a coach. The guy was frustrated and rightfully so, his team was the better one in that game, yet it still lost, and in penalty kicks no less. My UConn bias aside, the Huskies should have won that game and every opportunity to do so. But the reality of the situation is that they didn’t. I really hope that a lot of the guys will be back for next season because as Reid said, “This team has unfinished business.” It certainly does. If the right guys come back next year, the Huskies will once again be a force to be reckoned with and Reid will be at the helm, where he belongs.
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Garrett stands by his costly decisions vs. Cards
IRVING, Texas (AP)—Upon further review, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett still sees nothing wrong with how he managed the end of regulation in a loss to Arizona. He insisted Monday there was no need to call a timeout after getting a first down at the 31-yard line with about 25 seconds left, even though Dallas could have run a few plays in hopes of setting up a shorter field goal. He maintained he “thought it was the right thing to do” in letting the clock wind down and settle for a 49-yard field goal by a rookie kicker who’d already missed from 53 yards, and who’d made a 50-yarder only because of a fortuitous ricochet off an upright. And he considered it “not really appropriate” to think he may have added to the pressure on his kicker by then calling a timeout just before the rookie was trying that 49-yarder. OK, then: How about the decision for Tony Romo to spike the ball after getting the first down that started the wild finish; was that Romo’s choice or Garrett’s? “I don’t have a great answer for you on that,” Garrett said. Asked next about what special teams coach Joe DeCamillis was saying right before Garrett called the timeout, Garrett again said, “I don’t have a great answer for you on that.” Garrett’s usual day-after news conference was unlike any of his previous 19 such gatherings, except for Garrett remaining calm and sticking to his speaking points. His default answer was, “We chose to play it this way and, unfortunately, it didn’t work out for us this time. Hopefully in the future it will.” There were no apologies, no second-guessing. “We don’t use the word `second guess,”’ Garrett said. “You say, `Could we have done this, could we have done that, should we have done this?”’ It is very similar to calling a play. When
a play works, it was a good call, it was a good play. When it doesn’t work, a lot of people say that call wasn’t very good.” That chorus of critics has ranged from TV commentators to fans, including LeBron James, who aired his gripes on Twitter. He punctuated it with the line, “I’m sick right now.” So many others vented via Twitter that he was trending among Dallas-Fort Worth users. Garrett acknowledged he could have done everything suggested by the armchair quarterbacks. He said he didn’t simply because he trusted kicker Dan Bailey, who’d already set an NFL rookie mark by winning four games with field goals in the last two minutes of regulation or later, including the two previous games. “We just wanted to make sure he had an opportunity to kick the game-winner,” Garrett said. “Unfortunately, it didn’t work out for us.” The best clue to Garrett’s train of thought could be the words “an opportunity to kick.” It hints at the risk that while the Cowboys could have gotten closer, they also could have gotten further back and moved beyond Bailey’s comfort zone. Dallas already had been penalized three times on that drive and had a passing play that lost a yard. Romo had been sacked a season-worst five times in the game, and running back DeMarco Murray lost yards on three of his 12 carries. Garrett was asked if those things factored into his decision. His response began to confirm it, then returned to his crutch phrase. “You don’t want to live in a world saying, `Hey, we’re trying not to go backwards,’ but you see those situations happen in the last couple of weeks,” he said. “Four teams in field-goal range got themselves out of field-goal range. The mindset was, `Hey, we’re right here, let’s give him a chance to do
it.’ We gave him that opportunity. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out. “There is nobody I’d rather put in that situation based on our experience this year than Dan Bailey. I think our operation has been outstanding and he has done an outstanding job with every opportunity given him. We just wanted to make sure we gave him that chance. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out. Next time, we’re going to make sure we give him a similar opportunity because we really believe in him and what he’s done for our football team this year.” The Cowboys ultimately lost because they let a screen pass turn into a 52-yard touchdown on the opening series of overtime. Yet the game could’ve been won at the end of regulation, which is why the focus Monday remained on those decisions. Garrett is well aware of how scrutinized all NFL coaches are, especially the leader of “America’s Team.” And he knows that the only thing more popular than rooting for the Cowboys on Sunday is secondguessing them on Monday. “We didn’t get it done, we have to live with that and I have to live with the decisions that I made for our football team and I have to live with what happened as the outcome of the game,” he said. “But, most importantly, we have to put this one to bed and go to the next one.” That brings up the ramification that matters most. Had the Cowboys won, they would have a chance to clinch the division title by beating the Giants at home on Sunday night. The loss means New York could reclaim first place by winning that game. Even if Dallas wins, the Giants could still be in the hunt when they meet two weeks later. All because of one missed kick, and the series of decisions that led up to it.
Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett reacts to a call during a game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011.
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LOS ANGELES (AP)— Blake Griffin is ready to put his off-court pursuits on the back burner and begin making good on teammate Mo Williams’ guarantee that the Los Angeles Clippers will reach the playoffs. Griffin worked out Monday with a handful of teammates ahead of Friday’s scheduled opening of training camp, the prelude to the NBA’s lockout shortened 66-game schedule that begins Christmas Day when the Clippers visit Golden State. Griffin said he found out that a labor agreement had been reached shortly after Thanksgiving. “I couldn’t go back to sleep,” he said inside a Subway restaurant near the UCLA campus in Westwood. “I’ve been good to go since August.” Last week, Williams said that “one thing I can guarantee” is the Clippers will make the playoffs, something the star-crossed team hasn’t done since 2005-06, also the last time they finished with a winning record. They went 32-50 last season, when Griffin emerged as an AllStar, the league’s rookie of the year and winner of the slam dunk contest. “I’m behind him because as a team, we all believe in every single one of our guys. That’s our goal as a team and we have to believe that,” Griffin said of Williams’ boast. “Right now we’re healthy and we got a lot of good pieces and I think we’re confident from where we were last year.” Griffin was the only Clipper to play all 82 games last season while teammates such as Eric Gordon and Chris Kaman lost significant time to injuries. The shortened season will get underway after two exhibition games, with the
Clippers playing both against the Lakers, their Staples Center co-tenants. Griffin thinks the abbreviated schedule could benefit the Clippers. “The more practice and the more time we have together gives us obviously more of an advantage,” he said, “but at the same time being youthful and having all those games in such a short amount of time, hopefully it works to our advantage having fresh legs and younger guys.” Griffin said he was never really worried about whether there would be a season. “Towards the end there, it looked bad, but at the same time I kind of always felt like would play and get something done,” he said. Asked about the deal that calls for players to receive no more than 50 percent of basketball-related income after they were guaranteed 57 percent in the old collective bargaining agreement, he said, “It’s better than the two previous ones the players rejected. I’m glad that it is better, but at the same time, it’s not what we had.” During the 149-day lockout, Griffin mixed a variety of activities with his daily workouts, including shooting commercials and an internship with the Funny or Die website. “Comedy’s over,” he said. “I’m back to basketball. It was fun while it lasted.” His appearance at the Subway restaurant provoked 20 minutes of frenzy among store employees and customers, mostly UCLA students who crowded inside to snap photos on their phones of Griffin spinning a basketball on his right index finger while squirting mustard on 6-inch sandwiches.
In this photo taken by AP Images for SUBWAY Restaurants, Blake Griffin makes subs as part of the chain's Customer Appreciation Month, in Los Angeles, Monday.
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The Daily Question do you think the women’s basketball team will do against Q : “How Texas A&M?” A : “A&M had their 15 minutes of fame. We’ll dominate tonight.” –Andrew Chan, 5th-semester economics major.
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Dec. 18 Holy Cross 1 p.m.
Dec. 22 Fairfield 7 p.m.
Dec. 28 USF 9 p.m.
Dec 31 St. Johns 12 p.m.
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Dec. 21 Dec. 18 Dec. 29 Coll. of Baylor Fairfield Charleston 8:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m 7 p.m.
Men’s Ice Hockey (4-7-2) Dec. 9 Dec. 29 Bentley Army 7:05 p.m. 7:05 p.m.
Dec. 30 Toyota Classic TBA
Women’s Ice Hockey (3-12-4) Jan. 3 Harvard 7 p.m.
Jan. 7 Brown 1 p.m.
Jan. 10 Union 7 p.m.
Jan. 13 Jan. 14 New New Hampshire Hampshire 4 p.m. 7 p.m.
Men’s Swimming & Diving Jan. 21 Seton Hall 1 p.m.
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Johnson: Tulane will play for trophies
Home: Gampel Pavilion, XL Center Today Dec. 9 Texas A&M Seton Hall 7 p.m 7 p.m.
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Fulham’s Clint Dempsey celebrates his goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Fulham and Liverpool at Craven Cottage stadium in London, Monday.
NEW ORLEANS (AP)—Curtis Johnson took advice from his wife and Sean Payton, and wore a pair of championship rings to his formal introduction as Tulane’s head coach on Monday. “I’m really and truly not a ring guy, but if this ring is going to cause a great athlete to come to Tulane, I’m going to wear it all over,” Johnson said as he looked at his Saints Super Bowl ring. On his other hand, he wore a ring commemorating the national title helped the Miami Hurricanes win as an assistant during the 200102 season. Johnson, who will keep his current job on Payton’s staff as Saints wide receivers coach through the current NFL season, is also taking over a Tulane program that has endured nine straight losing seasons since making its last bowl appearance in 2002. Johnson said he appreciates the challenge before him, but also sees himself as fortunate to be able to get his first head coaching job in his hometown and at a university he always admired. “You couldn’t dream this up,” Johnson said. “This is fantastic.” Johnson has been with the Saints since 2006, when Payton was a rookie coach and the Saints had just returned to New Orleans from a season of displacement to San Antonio because of Hurricane Katrina. Payton and his staff quickly transformed the Saints from a rudderless team that had gone 3-13 in 2005 to a contender, and won the franchise’s first Super Bowl four years later. “That was a difficult process and I learned so much,” Johnson recalled. “I definitely can relate some of those difficulties to here.” Payton sat in the front row for Johnson’s introduction. Saints general manager Mickey Loomis and Saints receivers including Marques Colston, Lance Moore, Devery Henderson and Robert Meachem also showed up. “I don’t know how many good decisions Tulane football has made in the past 10 years,” Payton said. “(Running back Matt) Forte was one of them. I’ll tell you this. This hiring of Curtis Johnson will be another one. … That’s an outstanding decision and I’m excited for him.” Johnson, 50, played high school football in suburban New Orleans, then played at Idaho, joking that he “wasn’t smart enough” to go to Tulane. Before joining the Saints, he was a college assistant for nearly two decades, and his specialty was recruiting. He got his start as a college assistant at Idaho in 1987, then moved to San Diego State from 1989-93, recruiting New Orleans native Marshall Faulk to the Aztecs.
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Luck, Griffin, Richardson lead Heisman finalists NEW YORK (AP)—Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Trent Richardson, Tyrann Mathieu and Montee Ball are the Heisman Trophy finalists. The group, announced Monday on ESPN, includes the preseason favorite— Stanford quarterback Luck—and at least one player, Mathieu, who was low profile when the season began. Luck is a finalist for the second straight season, while the other QB on the list, Griffin, is the first Baylor player to get an invitation to the Heisman dinner in New York. The school has never had a player finish better than fourth in the Heisman voting. Richardson is the second Alabama running back to be a finalist in the last three years. Former teammate Mark Ingram won the Heisman in 2009. Ball has scored 38 touchdowns for Wisconsin and needs one more to match Barry Sanders’ NCAA record. Mathieu, the LSU defensive back nicknamed Honey Badger, has made numerous gamechanging plays for the topranked Tigers. The Heisman Trophy will be presented Saturday night. Luck was the Heisman runnerup to Auburn’s Cam Newton last
Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck passes against Notre Dame in Stanford, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011.
year and passed up a chance to be the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft to return to Stanford for his junior season. From the moment he made the decision to stay in school in January, he became the odds-on favorite to win the Heisman this season. Luck had another stellar sea-
son, passing for 3,170 yards with 35 touchdowns while leading the Cardinal to an 11-1 record and a second straight BCS bid. But the competition has been so fierce that it’s been tough for Luck to hold onto his front-runner status. In fact, Griffin seemed to take the lead in the race over the last
month of the season. The quarterback called RG3 by Baylor fans leads the nation in passer rating (192.3), with 3,998 yards and 36 touchdowns. He has also run for 644 yards and nine touchdowns. And much like Luck, Griffin has led a longstruggling program to its greatest success in decades. Baylor is 9-3 this season, its first nine-win season since 1986. The best showing a Baylor player has ever had in the Heisman voting was quarterback Don Trull’s fourth-place finish in 1963. Richardson has been the unquestioned offensive engine for No. 2 Alabama. He’s fifth in the nation in rushing at 131.9 yards per game and tied for fifth in touchdowns with 23. Richardson and the Crimson Tide will meet Mathieu and LSU in the BCS championship game on Jan. 9 in New Orleans. The sophomore cornerback is the second defensive player to be a Heisman finalist in the last three years. Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh of Nebraska finished fourth in 2009. Mathieu, though, is more like Charles Woodson, the do-it-all defensive back who won the 1997 Heisman for Michigan.
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Tuesday, December 6, 2011
I support Ray Reid
CHAMPS CLASH IN HARTFORD No. 2 UConn hosts No. 8 Texas A&M
By Danielle Ennis Staff Writer
Dan Agabiti For those of you who missed the men’s soccer quarterfinal matchup between UConn and Charlotte Sunday night, you really missed something special. The game was back and forth action, hard-fought and, to be honest, the most exciting game in any sport that I’ve ever watched in person. Charlotte came in with a little-guy-complex, ready to play physical—and pretty dirty—and tried to push UConn around. The Huskies did not tolerate it. Shoving was common, players were thrown to the ground and skirmishes seemed to take place after every play. Tempers were high and the stakes were higher. All the while, the referee was totally incompetent and remarkably inconsistent in his calls. It was incredible. Senior Tony Cascio looked as if he was going to end his time at Morrone as a hero. He scored on a long pass from Carlos Alvarez, a pass that went over the top of the aggressive defense, and Cascio knew just what to do with his one-on-one opportunity with the goalkeeper. Just when it seemed like the Huskies had used the 49ers aggression against them—the Huskies were getting into the 49ers’ heads—and it seemed like UConn had Charlotte against the ropes with eight minutes to go; Charlotte tied the game just a few minutes later. The game went into overtime and the physical play continued, but neither side was able to do anything to break the tie. Then came the penalty kicks, and the story lines were abundant. Charlotte brought in a seemingly cold goalkeeper just for the occasion, UConn hasn’t won in penalty
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What if: BCS Playoff Edition By Mike McCurry NCAA Football Columnist I think we all love to play the “what if” game every so often, especially when it comes to sports. It gives us an opportunity to daydream about what could have happened differently on a certain play, in a certain game or over the course of a season. Take this past weekend for example, and consider the following “what if” questions that have drifted across the minds of many a spectator. What if Jason Garrett actually used his head and didn’t ice his own kicker? If LSU got spanked by Georgia, would Oklahoma State be playing in New Orleans? What if Verne Lundquist said something other than “My Goodness” after every decent play? While these queries all have the potential to light a huge flame under Skip Bayless’s debate desk, they pale in comparison to the ultimate “what if” question: What if, instead of having an insane amount of unwarranted bowl games composed of undeserving teams brought to you by a sponsor that we’ve never heard of, college football implemented a playoff system, pitting the
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UConn and Texas A&M will meet tonight for their first matchup in program history. The defending champions could prove to be the Huskies’ toughest challenge so far in the highly anticipated nonconference clash. The game is part of the weeklong Jimmy V Classic, an event Coach Geno Auriemma is honored 7-0, 0-0 to attend. “Jimmy V and Connecticut have always had a strong connection,” Auriemma said. “I am so thrilled to be part of it … I’m happy to be part of the legend.” The No. 8 Aggies 6-1, 0-0 were undefeated until 7:00 p.m. they faced Purdue on Sunday night and sufESPN2 fered a 60-51 away XL Center loss. Prior to the defeat, they had been averaging 80 points a game, winning each of the six by an average of 24.5 points. The Huskies, standing at 7-0, have had nearly a week to practice after playing four games in six days. When faced with Stanford, their only other true legitimate opponent, the Huskies were able pull ahead with the win. “I think we’re ready,” said guard Tiffany Hayes. “We’ve been working on different
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Senior guard Tiffany Hayes drives during UConn’s 74-28 win over Farleigh Dickinson at home at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs on Nov. 25.
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» WOMEN’S HOCKEY
Power play earns UConn ties on the road
By Tyler Morrissey Campus Correpsondent
The UConn women’s hockey team tied Vermont twice by the same score of 2-2 in a weekend series on the road. In Saturday afternoon’s contest the Catamounts grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second period after a goal from junior Jenny Walsh. UConn answered when senior captain Sami Evelyn found the back of the net off a pass from sophomore Maggie Walsh. With just over a minute left, Vermont retook the lead off a goal from sophomore Kellie Dineen. The Huskies would tie the game when freshmen Kayla Campero scored her second goal of the season. At the end of the third with the score tied at three the two teams would skate in a five min-
ute overtime period the equalizer from where neither team senior Kailey Nash could score. UConn when they pulled the outshot Vermont in goalie with 1:15 left the overtime period to play in the game. 3-1. Senior goalten- UConn 2 In the overtime perider Alexandra Garcia both teams would Vermont 2 od made 33 saves for record two shots on the Huskies while goal, but for the secSaturday sophomore Roxanne straight game 2 ond Douville turned aside UConn neither team could 26 shots for Vermont. Vermont 2 light the lamp in the On Sunday, extra frame. Garcia Sunday Campero scored two stopped 26 out of the power play goals, 28 for shots she faced her first coming in the first for UConn while Douville period with assists by Maude made 31 for the Catamounts. Blain and Rachel Farrel. It was After this weekend, UConn Campero again in the second stands at 3-12-4 overall with period as she scored her sec- a 2-5-2 record in Hockey East ond goal of the game with the play. The Huskies return to man advantage. action when they face ECAC Vermont would respond Hockey opponent Harvard when senior Chelsea Rapin University on Jan. 3 at the Mark found the back of the net at Edwards Freitas Ice Forum. the start of the third period. The Catamounts would score Tyler.Morrissey@UConn.edu
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Freshman forward Sarah MacDonnell skates with the puck during UConn’s 2-0 loss to Providence on Nov. 28 at home at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum in Storrs.
» MEN’S BASKETBALL
UConn nabs No. 9 in newest AP Poll
Junior forward Alex Oriakhi reacts in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Arkansas in Hartford, Saturday. UConn won, 75-62.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Harvard is in The Associated Press’ Top 25 for the first time. The Crimson are 8-0, with a victory over then-ranked Florida State. They are one of four teams to join the men’s college basketball rankings, but Georgetown, Creighton and Illinois have all been regulars compared to No. 25 Harvard. Kentucky (8-0) beat North Carolina on Saturday and holds the No. 1 spot for a second straight week. The Wildcats received 47 first-place votes Monday from the 65-member national media panel. Ohio State (8-0) had the other 18 first-place votes to remain second. Syracuse, which beat Florida last week, moved up a spot to third. North Carolina, Louisville and Baylor are fourth through sixth, each advancing a place. Harvard is the first Ivy League school to be ranked
since Princeton cracked the top 10 late in the 1997-98 season. The only other Ivy League school to be ranked since 1970 was Penn, which was last in the poll in January 1995. Brown is now the only Ivy League school not to make the poll. The Crimson’s stay among the basketball elite might not last long — they play at No. 9 Connecticut on Thursday. Duke, which lost to Ohio State, dropped from third to seventh and was followed by Xavier, Connecticut and Missouri. Georgetown (7-1) moved into the rankings at No. 18, one place ahead of Creighton (7-0). Illinois (8-0) is 24th, one place in front of Harvard. Georgetown and Illinois were both ranked last season. Creighton’s last appearance in the poll was the first two weeks of 2006-07. Marquette was 11th followed
by Florida, Kansas, Wisconsin, Pittsburgh, Alabama, Mississippi State, Georgetown, Creighton and Michigan. The last five ranked teams were Memphis, Texas A&M, Gonzaga, Illinois and Harvard. UNLV and Saint Louis both fell from the rankings after a oneweek appearance while Vanderbilt and California also dropped out. UNLV (8-1), which beat thenNo. 1 North Carolina, fell out from 18th after losing at Wichita State on Sunday. Saint Louis (7-1) dropped out after losing at Loyola Marymount. Vanderbilt (5-3) was No. 7 in the preseason Top 25 but has been playing without center Festus Ezeli, whose right knee injury should keep him about two more weeks. The Commodores lost to Xavier and Louisville, both in overtime. California (6-2) was 24th before losing to San Diego State on Sunday.