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Conference Chaos Day Four

Boston College fans weigh in on UConn and ACC Some fans favorable of UConn potentially joining ACC, others adamently opposed

AUTHORS GIVE INSIGHT ABOUT NEW BOOK Libal and Hertel discuss human rights in America. FOCUS/ page 7

CINDERELLA MAN Johnny McEntee’s journey from walk-on to starter. SPORTS/ page 14 EDITORIAL: NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT AN AFFRONT TO OUR VALUES. Legislation would give government power to detain U.S. citizens indefinetly. COMMENTARY/page 4 INSIDE NEWS: LECTURE EXPLORES HOMOSEXUALITY IN LITERATURE The Rainbow Center held its final Out To Lunch lecture. NEWS/ page 2

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is not unanimously in agreement with the school administration’s view that UConn must be kept out of the ACC at all costs, and the reasons for people’s views vary widely.

By Mac Cerullo Managing Editor CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. –­ On Nov. 12, Boston College fans gathered in Chestnut Hill on a beautiful autumn day for the final home game of the season. Coming into the game, the Eagles stood at 2-7 and were in the midst of the program’s worst season in over a decade, but for the fans in attendance, the home schedule would end on a high note. Led by the efforts of junior linebacker Luke Kuechly, who recorded 18 tackles including nine in the final 13 minutes, the Eagles were able to hold off NC State to win 14-10. After the game, members of the Gridiron Club, a prominent BC fan group, gathered outside the stadium for the final tailgate of the season. During the postgame festivities, two Gridiron Club members named Rich Pano and Rich Callahan got into a debate over UConn, the merits of the school potentially joining BC in the ACC and the possibility of a rivalry budding similar to that of UConn and Duke. “When you compare UNC to Duke, the BC-UConn rivalry is not at all close to that,” Pano said. “People might think that they’re comparable, but lets be honest, UConn just moved up to D1 how

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Boston College fans tailgate in the parking lot before the game against Army in Chestnut Hill, Mass., Saturday, Sept. 10, 2005. The Eagles defeated the Cadets 44-7.

many years ago?” “They’ve been in a BCS bowl,” Callahan responded. “They went to a BCS bowl, but lets be serious,” Pano said. “They definitely have the advantage in basketball, but at the same time they can’t com-

pete yet in football.” “Why do you figure they can’t compete?” Callahan said. “They’ve been to a BCS game. They’re more successful than Boston College at this time.” “In the Big East,” Pano said. “In the Big East? What against

powerhouses like Duke?” Callahan said. The debate raged on, and it continues throughout the BC fanbase. Whether the issue is recruitment, market dominance, perceived superiority or sheer spite, what is evident is that the community

Nobel Laureate Williams to come to UConn By Liz Crowley Interim Associate News Editor The Undergraduate Student Government wrapped up its fall semester Wednesday by announcing that Nobel Laureate Betty Williams is coming to UConn in the spring. ConnPIRG is bringing the organization Peace Jam to Storrs next semester. The group’s mission is to get college students involved in civic engagement and activism. Ethan Senack, External Affairs Committee chair, said Peace Jam’s annual conference will be held on campus, inviting K-12 and UConn students to work with Williams to learn how to create positive change throughout the world. “UConn will be the third campus where the student body is the driving force of the conference,” said Barry Felson, Peace Jam’s Northeast director. Felson said Peace Jam brings Nobel Laureates and students together to learn from each other and work in conjunction with one another. Williams won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976 for her work to end violence in Northern Ireland as cofounder of the organization Community of Peace People. Sen. Colin Neary said during public comment that he is starting a petition to freeze the Board of Trustees’ salaries. Included in that petition will be another proposal to freeze lowering how much the state will take from UConn’s budget, and reduce it from a 10 percent loss to an eight percent loss.

“We wanted to be the New England team.” It’s no secret that the Boston College administration is adamantly opposed to the thought of UConn joining the Atlantic Coast Conference. In a Boston Globe article that ran on Oct. 9, BC athletic director Gene DeFilippo said so, point blank. “We didn’t want them in,” DeFilippo told the Globe. “It was a matter of turf. We wanted to be the New England team.” When the ACC formed its expansion committee to explore adding new teams, the two schools initially targeted were Syracuse and UConn, thanks in large part to their geography and their success in basketball. But while Syracuse was welcomed with open arms, DeFilippo, who was on the 12-man expansion committee, objected. According to the Globe, BC argued that Pittsburgh would be a better fit with their long-standing tradition in football and a great basketball program of their own.

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Group says pick a President, not a party By Jimmy Onfrio Staff Writer

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USG’s Academic Affairs Chair Grace Collins addresses members of USG at Wednesday nights meeting. USG announced that they will be bringing Nobel Laureate Betty Williams to campus next semester and ConnPIRG will be

He said he thinks student fees are climbing very high, and the cost of a public education is very expensive. While the cost of going to UConn is rising, he said faculty members are still getting raises, and the school is still putting up new buildings. “My general concern is that there are certain people at this university who are not suffering the costs of these budget cuts as much as others,” Neary

said. “Not enough people are getting a proper opportunity to higher education, especially when students in cities like Hartford are being denied a public education.” Comptroller Dan Hanley announced at the Senate meeting that he redistributed money for the fall semester so the Funding Board will have enough to give to student organizations for the final timeframe of funding for the fall.

The Executive Committee, External Affairs Committee, Judicial Committee and Student Affairs Committee all lost some funding while the Funding Board and Academic Affairs both gained some money. Syed Naqvi, Funding Board chair, said his committee had a successful semester because they did not run out of money

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Americans Elect, a nationwide nonpartisan nominating process, is gearing up for the 2012 election season and is recruiting students to join the effort. The slogan of the nomination is to “pick a President, not a Party.” The Americans Elect ticket requires that the presidential candidate choose someone from a different party as a running mate. The idea is to break the gridlock in Washington and bring new leadership into the government. The group is unaffiliated with any parties or political ideologies. The nominating process is very voter-oriented, with voters choosing the questions for debates, voting on the issues they see as most important and interacting with delegates both online and faceto-face. As part of the process, the group is reaching out to college campuses across the country. UConn is one of 120 colleges participating so far. Stephanie Blasnik, campus leader for Americans Elect at UConn, said in a Daily Digest release that the campus group is looking for 250 students to sign up by the end of the semester. Students who sign up to participate will become part of the dialogue for choosing a candidate for next year’s election. Members of the campus team will also help

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What’s on at UConn today... Stress Down Day 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Towers Dining Hall The semester is over, but now it is time for final exams. Learn to relax and stay focused so you can do your best both physically and mentally during a stressful exam week.

University Symphony Orchestra 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. von der Mehden Reccital Hall General admission is $7, but the concert is free for students and children. The concert will feature concerto competition winners performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 conducted by Cheung Chau.

Giving tree All Day Event SU, First floor, by ATMs The Graduate Students of Color Association is hosting a giving tree for the holiday season. Visit the giving tree and choose a present to purchase for a family in the local community.

Eldercare Support Group 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. SU, 320 Are you currently taking care of an elderly family member or friend? Come join us for our Eldercare Support Group. It meets every second Thursday of the month and is facilitated by Marion Donato from Senior Resources.

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East Haven woman jailed for selling Oxycontin

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A 69-year-old East Haven woman has been sentenced to a year in federal prison for illegally selling Oxycontin pills that had been paid for with money from Medicare. Maureen Gulianello used forged prescriptions to obtain the pain killers at various pharmacies, kept some for herself and sold some to others. She pleaded guilty to one count of health care fraud in October 2009 and was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport. Authorities say Gulianello and her son, David Deloughery, received money from Anthony Buono of Wallingford to buy the Oxycontin and later repaid him in addition to supplying him with a quantity of pills. Buono was sentenced to 18 months in prison on a drug trafficking charge. Deloughery has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute

Police: Janitor left gun in preschool classroom

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — Police say a school janitor in Connecticut has been arrested after leaving his loaded handgun in a preschool classroom. Police say 25-year-old Cody Willette of Woodbury was charged with reckless endangerment and failing to properly store a firearm after the incident Monday at Bucks Hill Elementary School. The Republican-American of Waterbury reports two workers found the gun in a holster on a counter in a classroom where Willette was replacing ceiling tiles over the weekend. Police say they traced it to Willette through its registration. Administrators say the gun was discovered before the school day started and children weren’t in danger.

Conn. man resigns local office his father sought

DERBY, Conn. (AP) — A Derby man wrongly elected to public office for which his father was nominated has resigned, paving the way for local officials to appoint a successor. The New Haven Register and Connecticut Post report that James J. Butler resigned Tuesday from the Board of Apportionment and Taxation. He was sworn in days earlier to the post that his father, James R. Butler, had sought in a re-election bid Nov. 8. A typo on the ballot led to the election of the son. He said Tuesday he would like to believe he was elected, but that he was not the candidate nor was his face featured on campaign brochures.

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New Southern Conn. State president being named soon

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut State University System trustees are set to select a nominee for the presidency of Southern Connecticut State University. The CSUS board is scheduled to pick Thursday from two finalists for the position, which was sought by 73 applicants. The recommendation then goes to the state Board of Regents of Higher Education. The finalists are Stanley Battle, SCSU’s interim president since early 2010; and Mary Papazian, provost and senior vice president at Lehman College in New York. James McCarthy, provost at Baruch College in New York, was a third finalist but recently withdrew from consideration.

Conn. educators praise superintendent reform ideas

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A slate of school reform proposals that include eliminating open-ended teacher tenure, providing preschool and all-day kindergarten statewide and eliminating grade levels drew interest Wednesday from Connecticut education leaders, who are preparing their own reform ideas for lawmakers. Members of the state Board of Education and state Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor used words such as “tremendous,” ‘’bold” and “long overdue” in their reactions to the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents’ proposals.

Conn. ‘likely’ to seek No Child waiver

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s top education administrator says the state might seek a waiver in early 2012 to some parts of the No Child Left Behind law. Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor told state school board members Wednesday that it is “likely, but not yet determined” that Connecticut will apply, as several other states already have done. The second round of waiver applications must be submitted to federal officials by mid-February in time to be reviewed next spring. The Obama administration is letting states request to waive some basic elements of that Bush-era school reform act if they prove their standards are more rigorous and push toward students’ constant improvement.

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Lecture explores homesexuality in literature By Christine Peterson Staff Writer Yesterday, the Rainbow Center held its final Out to Lunch series lecture of the semester. This final segment featured John Whittier Treat, a Yale professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures, as well as the chair of Yale’s LGBT Studies program. Treat’s lecture focused on the existence of homoerotic and homosexual literature as the gateway for modern Korean and Japanese fiction. Treat instead used the term homosocial to describe his thesis, a word which he actually coined in Korean. Before the 1880s and the birth of the modern novel in Japan, the country had existed with centuries of same sex eroticism throughout its history. “There was same-sex sexuality in art, literature. It had gone on for a long time,” Treat said. According to Treat, it was only during the decades leading up to the 1880s that Japan began to try to change its culture as it began to modernize. The Japanese thus tried to follow the heteronormative culture of other countries. In the 1870s, sodomy for a brief time was made illegal. However, in the 1880s, with the appearance of modern fiction, homoeroticism began to come back strongly throughout the culture. Before this comeback, Treat argues that this homosexual literature was thought of as embarrassing and the Japanese tried to snuff out their homoerotic origins. Korea (in this aspect) was different and the evolution of the Korean novel followed a different path. The country did not have centuries of examples of same sex eroticism. It wasn’t until 1909 when one of the most influential stories toward modern fiction was written.

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John Whitter Treat, professor of Yale’s Department of Eastern Asian languages and Literarure, speaks to students at the Rainbow Center about the theme of homosexuality in Asian literature.

Treat gave his lecture surrounding the story written by Korean writer Yi Kwang-su, who published his story “Maybe Love” at 17. The short story, beyond its content, caused a lot of unrest in Korea due to being written in Japanese. This was of course during difficult relations between the two countries. The short story, as Treat shared, is about a Korean schoolboy named Mungil attending a school in Japan, and illustrates his crush on a Japanese schoolmate named Misao, who was also a boy. This story, while being considered by many scholars to be the “milestone work in the rapid development of Korean prose literature in the 20th century,” is rarely touched by Korean scholars for its awkward theme; the story of a Korean boy’s unrequited love for a Japanese schoolmate. The story was not even translated into Korean until 1981.

This is the point at which Treat begins his own thesis. he claims that in fact, Mungil, the main character in Maybe Love, actually desires Misao, not primarily in a sexual way, but in a racial way. Mungil desires Misao because Misao is Japanese, Treat explained. “Homosocial describes what binds Mungil to Misao. It is a mimetic desire, the desire to be something else. He models his desires after the model,” Treat said. This is his key point because Treat claims that ethnic discourse in these two countries is more prominent than samesex discourse, which is why “Maybe Love” pioneered the broad expanse of modern fiction. “I thought it was really interesting. I’m focusing more on LGBT in the middle east, so its interesting to hear about other places where I haven’t studied yet,” said attendee and Rainbow

Center worker Mick Powell. “It was obscure, and it was interesting. I always knew there was homoeroticism in Japan, but I never knew how much it covered,” said Roberto Sanchez, a 7th-semester english major. “It was hard to interpret but I liked how passionate he was about his topic and how he tried to help us understand, like when he’d translate all of his slides,” said Natasha Mathus. Treat’s Powerpoint was in English, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean. Treat definitely gave the audience a different topic and the Rainbow Center for the most part seemed pleased with the final guest speaker for this semester’s Out to Lunch lecture series.

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Obama warns GOP not to tie pipeline to tax cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama warned congressional Republicans that he would reject any effort to tie extraneous issues to an extension of the payroll tax cut, including the approval of a controversial oil pipeline between the U.S. and Canada. “If the payroll tax cut is attached to a whole bunch of extraneous issues not related to making sure that the American people’s taxes don’t go up on Jan. 1, then it’s not something I’m going to accept,” Obama said Wednesday following a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Obama stopped short of issuing a veto threat, saying he did not believe lawmakers should let it come to that. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and other Republican leaders have pushed for Obama to approve the pipeline project, saying it would create muchneeded jobs in the U.S. And they’ve suggested adding a provision to a payroll tax cut bill that would be designed to speed construction of the pipeline. The payroll tax cuts are due to expire at the end of the year. If the cuts are not extended, the White House says the average

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Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, left, listens as U.S. President Barack Obama speaks following a meeting at the White House in Washington on Wednesday, Dec. 7.

family would see their taxes increase by $1,000. As with the payroll tax cut extension, the Keystone pipeline has become a heavily contested political issue for Obama, who risks angering environmental supporters — and losing re-election contributions from some liberal donors — if he approves it. The State Department, which has been overseeing the review process, decided last month to delay a decision on whether to proceed with the pipeline until 2013, after the presidential election. The delay is intended to allow the project’s develop-

er to figure out a way around Nebraska’s Sandhills, an ecologically-sensitive region that supplies water to eight nearby states. The move was poorly received in Canada, which views the project as critical to its economy. Labor groups in the U.S., as well as Republican lawmakers, also want the pipeline, and see it as a way to create U.S. jobs. With Harper by his side, Obama denied the delay was tied to politics, and said it was important for Canadians to understand the need to make sure all questions regarding the

pipeline project were properly understood, especially the environmental impact and the health and safety issues. “I assured him we will have a very rigorous process to work through that issue,” Obama said. Harper has been critical of the delay, and has previously suggested that American politics may be at play. But standing alongside Obama at the White House Wednesday, Harper was more measured. He showed no sign that their talks had yielded any progress on the issue. “Barack and I have discussed that on many occasions. He’s indicated to me, as he’s indicated to you today, that he’s following the proper process,” he said. “I take that as his answer and you can appreciate that I would not comment on domestic politics on this issue or any other issue here in the United States.” The Keystone XL pipeline would carry an estimated 700,000 barrels of oil a day, doubling the capacity of an existing pipeline from Canada. The 1,700-mile structure would carry as much as 700,000 barrels of oil a day from tar sands in Alberta, Canada, to refineries in Texas, passing through Montana, South Dakota, Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma.

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Years later, lawsuit still a sore point for many BC fans from BOSTON, page 1 While schools like North Carolina and Duke, who have thrived together as rivals, didn’t understand the passion in BC’s argument, they accepted Pittsburgh as an alternative, leaving UConn out in the cold. There have been a number of reported reasons for BC’s objection: Bitterness over a 2003 lawsuit, recruiting concerns, media market concerns and simple unwillingness to let UConn gain any more credence. But do ordinary BC fans agree? Turf war In general, the most common objection that fans seemed to have was that UConn could potentially steal recruits away from BC. “Recruiting would be impacted because then a lot of the players who might come to BC could go to UConn,” said Phil Weber, a BC fan who has had season tickets for over 20 years. But Pano had a blunt assessment about the quality of the recruits that UConn would be stealing. “There are no recruits in the New England area!” Pano exclaimed. Callahan agreed, explaining that BC and UConn are already competing for recruits out of the same markets anyway. “It’s not worth fighting for recruits in the New England area,” Callahan said. “Everyone is fighting for recruits out of New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania.” As far as the impact that UConn would have on BC from a media standpoint, the opinions tended to skew towards the extreme: either it would be great for both schools and would foster a healthy rivalry, or it would be horrible for BC because UConn would steal part of the New England market. Matt Moran, a 3rd-semester biology/pre-med major at BC, was in the first camp. “Personally, I think it’d be a good thing to have UConn in the ACC,” Moran said. “I think it would be a good rivalry and it would bring much needed positive press to BC. Eventually one would hope the recognition of such a rivalry could bring good recruits as time goes along.” David Groman, a 3rd-semester com-

munications major, flatly disagreed with Moran’s view. “As much as BC fans hate to admit it, UConn football is growing ever slightly,” Groman said. “Does it benefit us to have UConn take even a small number of college football fans away from BC in an already small New England college football market? No.” The notion that BC should be “The New England Team” is one that is held at all levels of the school community, but the group at the Gridiron Club had their own view. Namely, BC needs to become “The Boston Team” before it worries about being “The New England Team.” “Another major difference is UConn is a state institution, Boston College is a private institution,” Callahan said. “As far as UConn in Connecticut, the Hartford area, you’re going to get support from the entire community, whereas at Boston College it’s more of a centralized alumni-based, communitybased fanbase.” Michelle Curran, also with the Gridiron Club, added that BC faces competition from a whole host of other prestigious schools in the city, most of whose fans are not always fond of BC. “You have colleges all around you,” Curran said. “You’ve got Harvard, you’ve got all these other colleges in the area.” Callahan contrasted the BC fanbase to the fanbases of big state schools down south to emphasize the point. “If Boston College wanted to create rivalries, if they wanted to create that regional interest, it would be more encompassing of the community,” Callahan said. “It would be more welcoming to non-grads. They would expand that base and make it more welcoming for everyone, instead of just making it the Boston College community vs. UConn, or the Boston College community vs. Clemson, or the Boston College community vs. any of the other state schools. I mean if you go to other states, the state schools are such that everyone in the state roots for them. Most of the people who go to a University of Georgia game never went to the University of Georgia, but it was all encompassing. That doesn’t exist here so it’s hard to create rivalries.”

Group advocates political change from GROUP, page 1 recruit other students and host events on campus to raise awareness. At a time when polls show that 80 percent of Americans distrust their government and Congress is less popular than Communism, many organizations like Americans Elect are striving for change in the political process. American Elect wants to provide an alternative to the showmanship of the Republican “debates,” or moderated speeches as some have

called them, where voters have little say in debate material and candidates generally avoid discussing the issues affecting the country. By making the candidate selection process much more accessible to voters, Americans Elect seeks to find a candidate that voters are happy with, rather than one that is just the lesser of two evils. To find out more information or to sign up, visit http://www. americanselect.org/uconn.

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Sour grapes For many fans, the reason for not wanting UConn in the ACC have less to do with concrete competitive or economic reasons and more to do with hard feelings stemming from a lawsuit filed against BC in 2003 shortly after it became involved in the ACC’s expansion plans. The Big East football schools, led by thenConnecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, filed lawsuits against not just BC, Miami and the ACC, but against ACC Commissioner John Swofford, BC President William P. Leahy and Gene DeFilippo personally as well. Eight years later, it is evident that many BC fans have not forgotten this. “UConn should never, and will never be allowed to join the ACC,” Groman said. “When BC underwent the process of becoming a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, UConn took legal action towards BC that the

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again. For the fourth funding time block, they were able to give the exact amount of their available funds to organizations. He said he is pleased they were able to do this because their purpose is to give as much money to organizations as possible. “We brought it right back down to zero, and that’s how it’s supposed to be,” Naqvi said.

The Senate unanimously passed a commendation of the field hockey team, acknowledging how hard they worked and that their ranking as the fifth best team by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, their overall season record of 19-3 and their Big East Regular season title after posting a conference record of 6-0.

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said. “They’re going to have to do a lot of sucking up, and I think there are going to have to be some checks written to cover legal expenses.” With Wednesday’s news that the Big East plans to expand, the immediate future of the Big East appears to be on much firmer ground than it after Syracuse and Pittsburgh announced their intentions to defect. And with a new round of TV contracts for the Big East on the horizon, the main economic driver that caused six teams to leave the conference in eight years could soon be rectified as well. As such, UConn may never have to leave the Big East, and it may never end up sharing the same conference with BC again. But the speculation will likely continue regardless, and even though the BC administration is adamant in its opposition, it’s clear that BC fans have all sorts of different opinions, it just depends on who you ask.

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Melanie Deziel, Editor-in-Chief Arragon Perrone, Commentary Editor Ryan Gilbert, Associate Commentary Editor Michelle Anjirbag, Weekly Columnist Tyler McCarthy, Weekly Columnist Jesse Rifkin, Weekly Columnist

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National Defense Authorization Act an affront to our values

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he U.S. Senate has passed legislation that would require the military to detain a suspected terrorist – an alleged member of al-Qaeda or its “associated forces” – until the government declares “the end of hostilities” within the United States. This leaves the door open to the military indefinitely incarcerating American citizens without the possibility of a trial. Though Congress’ good intentions are not in question, legislation that allows even the possibility of a U.S. citizen being denied due process is an affront to our values and our constitutional rights. The National Defense Authorization Act, the bill’s official name, states that indefinite detainment includes “a person who was a part of or substantially supporting al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners.” The term “associated forces” is troublesome. They could refer to anyone that the government deems to be tied to Al-Qaeda or the Taliban, even if that individual would not associate his or herself with those terrorist organizations. Legislation regarding indefinite detention cannot afford to use vague terminology, and that is precisely what this legislation does. The period of indefinite detention would last until the government permitted a trial or announced “the end of hostilities” against al-Qaeda or the Taliban. Who would determine this “end” is not cited within the text. The War on Terror, as many may know, was not a congressionally declared war, as was World War II for example. If Congress did not declare a war, then it is plausible to expect that it may not declare it over either. This means that the ability to officially end the war falls upon the other two branches of government – the executive and the judicial. Since this legislation concerns indefinite detention, which by definition circumvents the judiciary, declaring the conflict over would probably fall upon the executive branch. Supporters of the bill argue that a recent amendment prevents the military from arresting a U.S. citizen. The legislation says that “the requirement to detain a person in military custody under this section does not extend to citizens of the United States.” What the bill does not say is that “detaining a citizen of the United States under this section is forbidden.” All the amendment says is that the military is not required to detain a U.S. citizen, however it remains legal for them to do so. Therefore, an individual, whether a U.S. citizen or not, can be indefinitely detained until the government, most likely the executive branch, declares the War on Terror over. Through logical reasoning, this gives the president the ability to indefinitely detain anyone, including U.S. citizens. The possibility that the executive branch could arrest U.S. citizens it deems to be an al-Qaeda member or a member of its “associated forces” without a trial for an indefinite amount of time, violates the constitutional right to due process. Politicians ought to reconsider whether the National Defense Authorization Act is really worth this terrible price. 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.

Looks like the Big East has achieved Manifest Destiny. Stop yelling! I don’t care if you’re on drugs. I have a confession to make, last weekend I threw up on an iconic UConn landmark, but now that it rained you will never find out where. HA! Remember I before E, except in Budweiser. To the kid I overheard in the dining hall who was upset about not getting any action: sorry I blatantly laughed in your face, I really couldn’t help it. Did you know that male giraffes use their faces to smack female giraffes on their bottoms, and that forces the females to pee, and then the males drink the pee to find out if the females are ovulating? ‘Twas the week before finals, and all through the town, not a student was drinking, not a frat made a sound. Floral art is my hardest class... Senior problems? So dude, obviously I fixed your computer (you didn’t even lose your essay!) I just have one question; WHY are the last ten searches on bing some varient of “why do I/Should I have so much buttcrack hair”?????? Oh.... oh dear, you aren’t who I wanted to send that to Instant Daily... I apologize for the need for brain bleach now...

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Sandusky blinded by twisted perspective

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erry Sandusky says he’s not a pedophile, but admitted that he “horsed around” with kids and that he “shouldn’t have showered with those kids.” He does not sound insane or delusional, but simply like a man who does not get it. The disgraced former Penn State defensive coordinator came out of hiding a couple weeks back to do a phone interview with Bob Costas on the new NBC TV show “Rock Center.” Why Sandusky’s lawyer let him talk is baffling. This whole collapse of adult By Ryan Gilbert behavior just reinAssociate Commentary Editor forces the tragic truth that, even in our first-world society, there are far too many vulnerable kids. Sandusky’s behavior acts as a tragic reminder that we all must be extra diligent in knowing not only whom our kids hang out with, but also the adults who guide them while we are not looking. In a major blow to Sandusky’s defense, all eight of the boys who were allegedly sexually abused by him are coming forward to testify, ABC News reports. Sandusky’s lawyer had said that one of the boys, named Victim 2 in the grand-jury report, had denied he was abused. Sandusky paints himself as a man who is caught up in one massive series of unfortunate miscommunications; that this whole nightmare is nothing more than what is now a growing list of people who incorrectly interpreted his behavior. Nothing in the approximately 10-minute interview with Costas or the newer interview

with The New York Times is apt to change the public’s perception that Sandusky’s behavior is anything other than amoral, criminal and sick under any code in any society. This is a man who lives in a world of grays on a subject that is strictly black and white. Sandusky told Costas that he “hugged [young boys] and I have touched their legs without intent of sexual contact.” That’s it. The end. Keep him away from kids. Don’t give him the chance to say things differently. There is no “oops” in this area.

“That’s it. The end. Keep him away from kids. Don’t give him a chance to say things differently. There is no ‘oops’ in this area.” Costas was outstanding in his respectful, yet direct, line of questioning to a man who is now universally seen as a monster. “Am I sexually attracted to underage boys?” Sandusky repeated Costas’ question, almost rhetorically. Sandusky waited to respond before answering, “Sexually attracted? No. I enjoy young people. I loved to be around them. But, no I’m not sexually attracted to young boys.” The appropriate response from a normal person to such an offensive question is not only immediate, but most likely would be accompanied by a punch in the face. Sandusky denied the claims from Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary made in a grand jury testimony that he saw

Sandusky rape a kid in the Penn State football locker rooms years ago. Sandusky’s recollection was that the kid had turned all of the showers on, and that they were “sliding across the floor, and as I recall possibly slapping a towel -- horse play.” Sandusky also denied the claims made by a Penn State janitor that he saw him sexually assault another boy. According to Sandusky, he is “innocent of these charges.” To which Costas spoke pretty much for every viewer when he said, “It seems you are the unluckiest and most persecuted man that any of us has ever heard about.” This interview aired on the same day The New York Times reported that an additional 10 suspected victims of Sandusky have stepped forward. Sandusky also said that Penn State coach Joe Paterno never approached him about any of his alleged behaviors. “I don’t know what I can say or what I could say that would make anybody feel any different now,” Sandusky said. “I would just say that if somehow people could hang on until my attorney has a chance to fight for my innocence. That’s about all I could ask right now. Obviously it’s a huge challenge.” For the sake of argument, let us assume that the very worst act Sandusky committed is that he showered with young boys, and that he touched their legs without sexual intent. This is black and white. This is not horseplay. There is no oops. There is no misunderstanding. Get out of the kid’s shower.

Associate Commentary Editor Ryan Gilbert is a 7thsemester journalism major. He can be reached at Ryan.Gilbert@UConn.edu.

God’s name on currency an insult to the divine

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f you have a piece of U.S. currency in your pocket, take it out and have a look at it. You’ll soon notice that the quarter or dollar bill you’re holding in your hand is just like every other in at least one crucial respect: it bears the inscription “In God We Trust.” Thomas Jefferson is looking directly at those words on the nickel (preBy Chris Kempf 2004). On the penny, Staff Columnist it forms a sort of halo around Abraham Lincoln’s head. On every one of the millions of dollar bills printed every year, it assumes a place alongside the denomination and even the name of our country. It’s remarkable that a nation which prides itself on a separation of church and state, and which prohibits establishment of a state religion, prints billions of these messages each year encouraging awareness of and respect for a deity. The United States Court of Appeals determined in the 1970 case, Aronow v. United States, that the use of the motto “is of patriotic or ceremonial character and bears no true resemblance to a governmental sponsorship

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of a religious exercise.” After all, no one honestly believes that putting God’s name on currency is intended to serve as a form of worship. If we purchase or sell something with dollars, it’s highly likely that we won’t even notice that “In God We Trust” is indeed printed on the money that we use. To the court’s reasoning, the motto merely encourages knowledge of and respect for the cultural and philosophical traditions of America’s past – should it actually be noticed – and does not establish a state religion. This all may be true and rational, but America should still think twice about putting God’s name on currency without His approval. The courts have failed to consider that associating God with an institution so insubstantial, morally corrupting and medically unclean institution as the U.S. dollar is hardly the way to show devotion and reverence to the divine. For about the past 80 years, the U.S. dollar has been a fiat currency founded on no absolute standard of value such as gold or silver, but on the whims of the Department of the Treasury. The worth of a cent or a dollar today in relation to those standards thus

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differs from what it had been in the past and what it will be in the future. If we feign to show our trust in God on a piece of metal or paper that is only worth something because we say it is, that sends a message in turn that God is something worthy of trust only because humans created him to be trustworthy.

“Associating God with...the U.S. dollar is hardly the way to show devotion and reverence to the divine.” Respect – or disrespect – for God through our use of currency is also shown by the way we use those objects bearing the name of the divine. In this regard, I think Americans have many sins to repent for. It is estimated that 90 percent of American paper currency contains trace amounts of cocaine, and just under half of the one dollar bills are rumored

to have also reposed temporarily in the undergarments of strippers. On the level of government and business, too, money is spent – unknowingly in the name of God – to wage war, finance greed and corrupt the innocent. Every day, so many billions of those dollars bearing the infamous national motto are used by Americans to finance the continued practice of the seven deadly sins that the United States must certainly lose more and more favor in the eyes of God with every passing hour. If the government of the United States wishes to uphold both the Constitution and a reverence for the divine – which it holds to be an American tradition – it should not be in a position to confuse coins with crosses. Therefore, in the (modified) words of Jesus in the Gospel according to St. Matthew, let us render unto Uncle Sam those things which are Uncle Sam’s, and unto God whatever has not yet been smeared with sweat and cocaine. Staff Columnist Christopher Kempf is a 3rd-semester political science major and geography minor. He can be reached at Christopher.Kempf@UConn.edu.

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Aries (March 21-April 19) -Today is a 7 -- There could be elements to the puzzle that are hidden from view. Because of this, avoid expensive purchases or big decisions today. Those elements get revealed later. Taurus (April 20-May 20) -Today is a 9 -- When you’re feeling good, it’s possible to lose perspective of the world around you. Be considerate of others. Spread the love and the good fortune. Gemini (May 21-June 21) -Today is a 5 -- A lucky hunch could turn quite profitable. You have the confidence to make your plan work: Put your back into it! Try again at something you failed at before. Cancer (June 22-July 22) -- Today is a 6 -- Find a trustworthy friend to help you solve any dilemmas. Don’t take it all so seriously. Not everything that glitters is gold. Inject a sense of humor. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Stifle your crazy side for a moment. Complete unfinished business (and impress others in the process). Attention to detail comes in handy. Figure out what you really want.

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Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -Today is a 9 -- The adventure continues, and there’s more work on the way. Don’t be misled by fantasy. Check your oil and tire pressure, and bring a sack lunch. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Business interferes with fun. Don’t goof off! Plan a trip, and research the best tickets. Then focus on productivity to pay for it all. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -Today is an 8 -- Respect the people that helped you get where you are, and show some appreciation. Be careful not to lose what you have in order to get more, even if you’re busy.

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Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -Today is a 9 -- As you get lost in the maze today, don’t forget your goal. Don’t be afraid if you don’t know the way. Use your network: Call someone whose view is wider. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is a 9 -- Don’t worry about the money. Conserve resources anyway. There’s plenty to keep you busy, and more work coming in. Stay focused. It all works out. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is an 8 -- Make sure what you build is solid. Fantasies fade in the sunlight. Romance is a growing possibility. Choose substance over symbolism, and have fun. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is an 8 -- Don’t let anyone push you. It’s your life. Get into a homebody phase. Think about your roots, and where you came from. You choose where you’re going.

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(AP) — A look at results from selected companies in the video games business: Oct. 20: Microsoft Corp. says revenue from the Xbox 360 products and services grew 7 percent, led by higher revenue from the Xbox Live service and offset by decreased revenue from video games and fewer consoles sold. Microsoft says video game revenue decreased because the same period a year ago had strong sales of “Halo Reach.” Microsoft says it shipped 2.3 million Xbox 360 consoles during the latest quarter, compared with 2.8 million a year ago. Oct. 27: Nintendo Co., maker of the Wii game console and DS handheld, reports a larger net loss and reduces its full-year forecast, battered by the strong yen and weak software sales. The company says a price reduction has lifted sales of the 3DS handheld, which offers 3D gaming without special glasses. One title, “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D,” sold more than a million units, but the company acknowledged that the 3DS “has yet to have many hit titles.” Wii console sales for the latest six-month period fell to 3.35 million units from 4.97 million units a year ago, while software sales declined to 36.45 million units from 65.21 million a year earlier. Electronic Arts Inc. takes a hit despite solid results after the video game publisher failed to raise full-year guidance as some had expected. Its quarterly loss expanded from a year ago because of higher costs, but revenue grew. The company says such titles as “FIFA 12,” ‘’Madden NFL 12” and “The Sims Social” performed well, while “Battlefield 3” was off to a good start. Nov. 2: Sony Corp. reports an 8 percent revenue decline in the game business because of a price reduction in the PlayStation 3 console ahead of the holiday season. THQ Inc., a maker of video games, says it lost more money

in the latest quarter than a year ago, as the company spent more on development, marketing and other expenses. But its revenue grew and surpassed expectations. The company’s upbeat forecast for the all-important holiday quarter, however, lifted its stock sharply. Nov. 8: Activision Blizzard Inc. raises its full-year outlook on the day its latest “Call of Duty” blockbuster goes on sale. The game is expected to break industry records set by its predecessor a year ago for metrics such as first-day sales and overall dollar sales. The company also says its third-quarter net income nearly tripled thanks to strong demand for its video games. Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., which develops and sells video games including the topselling “Grand Theft Auto” and “Red Dead Redemption” series, reports a net loss in the latest quarter. Its revenue fell 56 percent from a year earlier because of a dearth of big product launches. Nov. 11: Market researcher NPD Group reports that U.S. retail sales of video game hardware, software and accessories rose 1 percent to $1.08 billion in October, helped by sales of “Battlefield 3.” Hardware sales, which include game consoles such as the Xbox 360 and the Nintendo Wii, rose 6 percent from October 2010 to $296 million. Sales of software, or the video games themselves, rose 3 percent to $621 million. Nov. 17: GameStop Corp., the world’s largest video game retailer, says earnings declined slightly in the latest quarter as higher revenue was outstripped by rising expenses. GameStop’s net income fell to 39 cents per share, from 36 cents per share a year ago. The company says it spent about 3 cents per share on long-term investments in new businesses during the quarter. These include digital sales, “iDevice” trade-ins and its gaming tablet business.

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s military rulers said Wednesday the next parliament will not be representative enough to independently oversee the drafting of a constitution, and they will appoint a council to check the influence of religious extremists on the process. The announcement followed a surprisingly strong showing by Islamist groups who took the overwhelming majority in the first round of parliamentary elections. The outcome caused concern among the liberals who drove Egypt’s uprising and the military, which took power from ousted leader Hosni Mubarak. “We are in the early stages of democracy,” said Gen. Mukhtar Mulla, a member of the ruling military council. “The parliament is not representing all sectors of society.” In theory, the new parliament will be entrusted with forming a 100-member constituent assembly to write the new constitution. But Mulla said the new council will coordinate with parliament and the Cabinet to ensure the assembly is representative of all religions, professions, and political parties. The new constitution will determine the nature of Egypt’s post-Mubarak political system. Liberal groups and the military— a secular institution that has traditionally controlled access of Islamists to its ranks — are concerned that religious extremists will exert too much influence and could try to enshrine strict Islamic law, or Shariah, as the only guiding principle for state policies. Voters chose both parties and individuals in the complex electoral system. The Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamic fundamentalist group that was the best known and organized party, and the more radical Al-Nour party — ultraconservative Islamists known as Salafis — took about 60 percent of the vote for par-

ties together, according to official results. Late Wednesday, the electoral commission released results for 48 individual seats decided in the first round. The Brotherhood won 30, Al-Nour won six and the third-place liberal Egyptian Bloc took six. The rest went to smaller parties. The vote —which is being held in three stages — was the freest and fairest in Egypt’s modern history. The final two rounds are not expected to alter the Islamists’ dominance. The result was a devastating blow for the mostly secular and liberal youth who drove the uprising. And though they have been highly critical of the military’s rule and recently staged a new wave of protests demanding the generals hand power to a civilian authority, the ground has shifted with elections. Some liberals

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a surprise move with election-year implications, the Obama administration’s top health official overruled her own drug regulators and stopped the Plan B morning-after pill from moving onto drugstore shelves next to the condoms. The decision by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius means the Plan B One-Step emergency contraceptive will remain behind pharmacy counters, as it is sold today — available without a prescription only to those 17 and older who can prove their age. The Food and Drug Administration was preparing to lift the age limit on Wednesday and allow younger teens, who today must get a prescription, to buy it without restriction. That would have made Plan B the nation’s first over-the-counter emergency contraceptive, a pill that can prevent pregnancy if

taken soon enough after unprotected sex. But Sebelius intervened at the eleventh hour and overruled FDA, deciding that young girls shouldn’t be able to buy the pill on their own — especially since some girls as young as 11 are physically capable of bearing children. “It is common knowledge that there are significant cognitive and behavioral differences between older adolescent girls and the youngest girls of reproductive age,” Sebelius said. “I do not believe enough data were presented to support the application to make Plan B One-Step available over the counter for all girls of reproductive age.” The move will anger a pivotal part of Obama’s Democratic base, and Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, a member of the Senate leadership, quickly asked for Sebelius to explain her decision. The White House said

Sebelius, who is very close to Obama and worked on his 2008 presidential campaign, decided on her own. But the move also could help Democrats make their case to independents, whose support will be critical in next fall’s presidential election, that Obama is not the liberal ideologue Republicans claim. It followed Obama administration reversals this year on some environmental and other issues that irked Democrats. It was believed to be the first time that the HHS has publicly overruled an FDA decision. It was the latest twist in a nearly decade-long push for easier access to emergency contraception, and the development shocked women’s groups and maker Teva Pharmaceuticals, which had been gearing up for over-the-counter sales to begin by month’s end. “We are outraged that this

administration has let politics trump science,” said Kirsten Moore of the Reproductive Health Technologies Project, an advocacy group. “There is no rationale for this move.” “This decision is stunning. I had come to believe that the FDA would be allowed to make decisions based on science and the public’s health,” said Susan Wood of George Washington University, who served as the FDA’s top women’s health official until resigning in 2005 to protest delays in deciding Plan B’s fate. She said, “Sadly, once again, FDA has been overruled and not allowed to do its job.” But the decision pleased conservative critics of the proposal. “Take the politics out of it and it’s a decision that reflects the concerns that many parents in America have,” said Wendy Wright, an evangelical Christian activist who has helped lead the opposition to Plan B.

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Egyptian protesters clash with security forces near Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Nov. 23. Egyptian police are clashing with anti-government protesters for a fifth day in Cairo.

US: No to over-the-counter morning-after pill

may find solace in the military’s attempt to protect the constitution from overzealous Islamist tendencies. “Many of the liberal forces, which were before against interference of the military, will not object whenever there are attempts (by Islamists) to alter basic civic rights,” said Ammar Ali Hassan, a political analyst. But the battle over the constitution could deepen an already polarized Egyptian society as the military reasserts its grip on power. Speaking to a small group of mostly American reporters, Mulla made clear that the ruling military council, as the executive, will maintain ultimate authority over the functioning of the new parliament and government. Asked whether the new council is an attempt to limit the influence of the hard-line Salafis, who want

to impose strict Islamic law on Egypt, Mulla said: “Absolutely. ... The Egyptian people won’t allow this to happen.” “There will be standards agreed upon by all the Egyptian people,” Mulla said. “This is not out of mistrust of the parliament. What we are seeing is free and fair elections ... but it certainly doesn’t represent all sectors of society.” He said he did not think anyone would object to the need for a representative constituent assembly. But a previous attempt by the ruling military to interfere caused a backlash from both Islamists and liberals alike. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces has previously floated the idea that it would name 80 of the 100 members of constituent assembly and tried to enshrine in the constitution a political role for itself in the future.


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Authors give insight about new book Libal and Hertel discuss human rights in America

Boost your brainpower for finals

power through your final exams. Next Tuesday, Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg will release their collaborative album “Mac and Devin Go to High School.” The album has already produced a hit with “Young, Wild, and Free” and could prove to be winter break’s most popular release. Dec. 20 should be a busy day for fans across the country. GOOD Music’s Common will release “The Dreamer, The Believer,” while Young Jeezy will release “Thug Motivation 103.” Both albums boast impressive, yet very different track lists. Common’s album will feature production by No I.D. and contributions by Maya Angelou, Nas and John Legend. Jeezy will get some assistance from Jay-Z, Andre 3000, Devin the Dude and Snoop Dogg. Wu-Tang Clan member and hip-hop heavyweight Raekwon will wrap up the month of December with the release of a mix-tape on Christmas day called “UnExpected Victory”. Though December is overflowing with quality hip-hop releases, January is void of anything noteworthy. Big K.R.I.T. is rumored to be releasing his studio debut “Live from the Underground” next month, but an official date has yet to be announced. A rapper, as well as producer K.R.I.T., has been known to sit on an album indefinitely unless he is completely satisfied with it both lyrically and musically. It would be no surprise to see “Live From the Underground” remain six-feet under for another month or two. Kid Cudi, along with Dot Da Genius, will break a four-week music silence with the release of “WZRD” on Jan. 30. It will be Cudi’s first release since 2010’s “Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager.” “WZRD” will also be Cudi’s first album since he overcame a cocaine problem, stopped smoking marijuana permanently and began his acting career on HBO’s “How To Make It in America.” Though January looks like as bleak a month as ever for fresh music, a flurry of December releases should be enough to carry music fans through the winter break. If you find yourself snowed in with nothing new to listen, skip the holiday jingles and return to some of our generation’s classic albums. Despite their age, albums like OutKast’s “Aquemini,” The Red Hot Chili Pepper’s “By the Way,” Jay-Z’s “Reasonable Doubt” or Lauren Hill’s “The Miseducation of Lauren Hill” somehow never get old.

This coming week will undoubtedly be the worst one you spend here at UConn. Endless studying, eating complete crap for six days straight and sitting on your butt for hours at a time - it all adds up to feeling gross and lethargic. When you don’t feel your best, your studying is inevitably going to be affected. Instead of eating three cheese bagels from Bookworms throughout the day, consider choosing something that is meant to boost your brain power. They’re easy to find and easy to make, and they’ll keep you bright and alert so that finals are easy as pie. Omega-3 fatty acids are a key ingredient to increasing your memory, and the good news is that on Tuesdays, the Fireside Rotisserie in the Union serves it with a lemon dill butter sauce. Salmon is just one type of fish that is high in this healthy fat. So even grabbing a pre-packaged sushi or tuna salad will be beneficial. I always seem to see people noshing on trail mix or canned nuts when I wander aimlessly through the library around finals (which shows how well my studying goes), and there’s a good reason for them to do so. Almonds are famously the healthiest nut out there, but they all contain a chemical called phenylalanine, which has been shown to improve cognitive performance. Eating a quarter cup of nuts (a small handful) is a single serving, so be careful not to go overboard. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: always make sure to eat breakfast before you head over to the library to set up your study-cave. Breakfast wakes up your brain and metabolism, and will make you less hungry throughout the day so that you’re less focused on your rumblingtumbling stomach and more on the Table of the Elements. Instead of grabbing a muffin and running out the door, however, try to sit down and eat some scrambled eggs and whole grain toast. Eggs have choline, which is essential in brain development, and whole grains contain Vitamin B12, which gives you energy and promotes focus. Whole grains also are high in fiber, promoting blood flow and allowing nutrients to reach the brain more easily. Isn’t food science fun? If you really need a boost, coffee has been shown not to be the horrible devil-drink that it once was made out to be, and the caffeine can actually be a good stimulant so you can carry on studying a little longer. Energy drinks have way too much caffeine and even more sugar, and you’ll end up crashing later, despite product claims that you won’t. Grab some tea if coffee’s a little much, but for the love of God, stay away from the energy drink called Cocaine. Eating right during this week of terror will be a crucial element to how you perform on your finals. If eating right makes you feel better when you work out, there’s no reason why it won’t work when you’re exercising your brain, either. Eating well this week will also help ensure that you don’t get sick the week after finals, which is a notorious period of illness since you’re coming down from a stressful few days. Be cognizant of your food choices and you’ll reap the benefits later.

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By Jamie Dinar Campus Correspondent This Wednesday afternoon, Kathryn Libal and Shareen Hertel welcomed a full crowd at the Co-op to discuss their new book entitled “Human Rights in the United States: Beyond Exceptionalism.” The cover of the book shows simple plain text in front of a brick wall, which symbolizes the four fundamental freedoms – freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear – that Pres. Franklin Roosevelt’s proposed in his “Four Freedoms” speech. Each chapter explores a different theme, including advocacy on rights for people with disabilities, the indigenous, single-mothered families, incarcerated children, gay and transgendered people, the economically unstable, and people who were affected by natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina. In 2009, a multitude of law professors from across America attended a conference where they volunteered their services to write a contribution for this book. Libal said that the book is important because it addresses the “lack of awareness of the U.N. system by the American Population in general.” She hopes her readers will “start with a lack of understanding, but hopefully it will help inform them.” Not only did the two authors talk about multiple ways to appreciate and respect our civil rights laws, they also went into detail about groups that resist

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Shareen Hertel, co-editor of “Human Rights In The United States: Beyond Exceptionalism,” spoke to students about human rights in America at the Co-op on Wednesday.

human rights. For example, Hertel explained how “domestic violence has human rights concerned that the United States has not picked up in a robust way.” “There is a resistance to use civil rights laws because of concerns of a backlash,” Hertel said. She further explained how some could think it is too “socialistic” for domestic violence to legally count as a civil rights case. One of the contributors of

the book commented on how the “U.S. welfare state is like a battleground.” Other contributors fought the recent healthcare reform bill, asking how it can improve our international standards. The chapters details almost all the different human civil rights group. “And it’s not just in academic centers and upperclass organizations talking about human rights,” Hertal said. “It is also grassroots organizations and mainstream companies that

are now hiring groups of lawyers for this… Sophisticated groups, newer groups and even students are starting to become aware.” Although American discrimination has decreased over the centuries, Libal and Hertal think it is still a big problem. Because of our budgetary priorities, we do not have the money to support all our civil rights expectations. Also, each state needs to focus on its own civil rights issues. This book

aims to have these problems noticed. When asked what other topics Libal and Hertel would like to address in a second book, both agreed they would like to see more on immigration issues and issues for those who do not have equal access to education. “Rights in the United States: Beyond Exceptionalism” is now available in any local bookstore.

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New sports show ‘The Music during the winter is not at its best Dogfight’ will air on UCTV By Tom Teixeira Staff Writer

By Joe O’Leary Senior Staff Writer Haven’t tuned into UCTV in a while? Are you a fan of sports? Well, Sean Soltys wants you to tune into student programming, and he has a good reason: his new sportsthemed panel show, “The Dogfight.” Presented in a debate format, Soltys hosts the program with two regular panelists, Mike Ferrigno and Eddie Fitzgerald. The three discuss various sports and non-sports news alike in a fun, personable way. “The Dogfight” begins weekly with a series of three debates, in which the three discuss recent sporting news, including UConn football and basketball topics and developments in professional and collegiate sports nationwide. “‘Pardon the Interruption’ and ‘Around the Horn’ were big influences and inspirations for us,” Soltys said. The show also features special segments to break up the action, including a “buy or sell” section, in which Soltys said he presents Ferrigno and Fitzgerald with a question such as “Is Bobby Valentine a good hire for the Red Sox?” and the two decide whether they agree or disagree with the decision. Other segments include an “over and under” section, where Ferrigno and Fitzgerald debate whether, for instance, Jeremy Lamb will score more or less than 16 points in a UConn game. Soltys said an especially popular segment of the show

consists of the hosts making picks on five games of interest, including UConn games, and added that the show keeps a scoreboard of each panelist’s picks and keeps score each week. “I know a lot of people have been tuning in for our picks segment just to choose the opposite of what Mike and Eddie choose,” Soltys said. The show also has a Twitter account, @DogFightUCTV, where Soltys said anyone can tweet the show with comments or questions, which don’t have to be sports-related. “Dogfight” features the best tweets in a section at the end of each episode called “Twitter Barkouts.” The show also has occasional trivia giveaways on the account, with prizes including UConn basketball tickets. Soltys said the show differs from other UCTV sports productions because “we try to have a relaxed atmosphere on the show. We try to goof around with each other while at the same time argue about sports.” “The show’s timeslot is 6:30 p.m. on Fridays, when a lot of people are just starting their nights. So I think it’d be a great time to flip it on. Most games start at 7 o’clock, so it’s a good thing to lead up to games as well,” Soltys said. The show tapes on the Wednesday before its Friday timeslot, which means it can remain current. The show will run every week next semester on top of its four episodes this fall and will film in full high

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Good music is almost never released in December. Record companies often take advantage of the season and rely largely on the sales of holiday-themed albums to maintain steady revenue flow. With cash from Christmas music flowing in, labels save their more impressive releases for later in the year. Artists rarely release highly anticipated works in December or January to avoid being overlooked by the yearend award shows. Kanye West learned this lesson the hard way in 2011, when his late November release “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” didn’t get a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year despite large sales numbers and great reviews. The threat of short album release lists for December and January, teamed with the impending winter break, cold weather and holiday season, provide a perfect climate for a miserable six-week asylum of music mediocrity. The first week of December generally serves as music’s last gasp before the holiday season’s arrival. This year, the first week of the month flaunted an impressive lineup for fans of all music genres, as The Black Keys, Amy Winehouse and The Roots all released highly anticipated studio albums last week. Though the lists for December and January look short again this year in terms of overall releases, hip-hop releases are surprisingly plentiful during the six-week hibernation that is college winter break. If you’re into another genre, it unfortunately looks to be a boring two months. To get the break period started, hip-hop superstars B.o.B and Lupe Fiasco both released surprise mix-tapes last week. “EPIC” and “Friend of the People” are both solid efforts worthy of a listen. “EPIC’s” upbeat production and wellfinessed lyricism make it the perfect tape to listen to while taking breaks between studying. With “Friend of the People,” Fiasco takes his already impeccable lyrical skills to entirely new heights. Lupe spits straight fire without sacrificing content on a number of “Friends’” tracks. The Roots kept up the string of December releases with “undun” last Tuesday. Many people are calling “undun” an incredible work of art despite its dark, dreary themes and sounds. Though a definite bright star among the blackness that is music’s apparent winter hiatus, it might not be the most inspirational album for helping you


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The Roots’ concept album has listeners in love For almost two decades, The Roots have been the most popular and accomplished hiphop “band” in the genre. Led by Black Thought on vocals and ?uestlove on the drums, The Roots have produced consistently strong music and introspective records. Most recently, The Roots have been known for their position as the house band on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” Though individually a group of accomplished instrumentalists and musicians, it’s been over a year since The Roots have collectively put out an album. Just when they were seemingly on the verge of fading into obscurity, the legendary Roots crew comes out of the shadows of Fallon to release a new album. Not just a new album, “undun” is the first concept album that The Roots have recorded. Usually, just

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This Day in Music 1961 The Beach Boys first single ‘Surfin’ was released on Candix Records, a small label based in Los Angeles.

1968 Singer and guitarist Graham Nash left The Hollies and started work with David Crosby and Stephen Stills who went on to form Crosby Stills and Nash.

1995 Courtney Love appeared on the ABC TV show ‘10 Most Fascinating People’, telling the presenter that she wished she had done ‘eight thousand million things differently’ to have prevented the death of her husband Kurt Cobain.

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The Roots, the house band for “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” released their latest album on Dec. 6.

voice of Stephens throughout the record, laying a foundation for his character’s life of crime. Thought rhymes, “I’m never sleeping like I’m on meth-amphtamines Move like my enemy ten steps ahead of me” on the track “Kool On.” The character of Redford is really perceived as a good guy doing bad things just to get by. There isn’t one stand-out track on “undun,” as the transition between each song moves cohesively as a new act of the musical screenplay depicting the life of Redford Stephens.

Some of the best instrumental work in The Roots’ long career is featured on “undun”. Check out ?uestlove’s flawless work on “The OtherSide” and “Tip the Scale.” The last words we hear spoken on “undun” come from Dice Raw: “The scales of justice ain’t equally weighed out, only two ways out, digging tunnels or digging graves out.” The same problems Stephens face on this album are reflective of many troubled people in America: early death or prison. The most unique aspect of

Where’s the ingenuity, the creativity, the post-punk sensibility I was promised upon The Cure’s reunion in 2010. It’s been nearly two years since the original lineup got back together, and in that time Smith announced that the band was working on a follow-up to “4:13 Dream” and an iTunes exclusive release. However, that material has yet to be seen. Instead, the Cure did the one thing anyone could have predicted: they released their fourth live album, “Bestival Live 2011” on Tuesday. I respect the art of the live album. I like the raw energy, the sound of the crowd, and the opportunity to hear an artist out of their element. But a fourth live album is somewhat indulgent, and releasing it before offering any new material is plain selfish. “Bestival Live 2011” plays like a greatest hits album with a handful of random choices to make it seem like something other than a greatest hits album. It’s an “MTV

Unplugged” episode, not a heartfelt presentation by a band that loves furthering their sonic expertise. Everything about the LP is safe, from the insipidly familiar vocals to the kitschy cover art. I wish it was about the

ally having anything new to offer. “Plainsong” is boring. “Fascination Street” is predictable. “Friday I’m In Love” has been done one too many times before. And throwing “10:15 Saturday Night” into

money. At least then, there’d be some explanation, but all the album’s proceeds are being donated to the Isle of Wight Youth Trust. Which means “Bestival Live 2011” is the spawn of ego and laziness. It’s the product of The Cure trying to get their foot back into the music industry without actu-

the encore is a novice attempt at variety. I expected more, Smith, but I guess it’s back to tried-andtrue singles sung in the same style and jaded manner. And that sucks, because I really wanted this to work.

track of the album, which kicks off with the lyrics “Gotta bring it back to the start/Love begins with a beat of a heart” in female vocals. The truth quickly makes way for Field’s soothing voice, coupled with the classic R&B cymbals that are a recurring theme throughout the album. “ E v e r y Little Gift” shows us the change one lover tries to make in order to make his wrongs right. “You just need to relax…you just need to kick back” is the main message of “Start From Scratch,” which also contains group singing parts. “Hold Her Tonight” is more upbeat than most of the other songs, and has a Michael Jackson groove to it. “If This Wasn’t Perfect”

and “The Dreaming” sport mellow tunes that I found myself swaying to. The album concludes with “Fate,” a slowtempo song with an ethereal feel to it. Though each song carries similar melodies and back beats, they are anything but repetitive. The characters and scenes of the songs change; each track inspiring a unique feeling. However, all of the songs stimulate even the most stubborn of us to consider whether or not we’re living the life we want to live. The album is about taking time to look at where you are in life and encouraging everyone to change it if it’s not what you want. From “Givin’ It All You Got,”

which urges listeners to avoid complacency and routine no matter how comfortable it is, to “Just How It Goes” and “Two Lovers” which both deal with lovers who decide to take the chance and be with each other, almost every track revolves around making changes that your heart begs you to make. Even though old habits die hard and change is hard to make, “Conquest of Happiness” focuses more on the beginning the journey than the journey itself. This motivating message paired with a groovy ‘70s themed beat and syncopated drums makes for a very chilled out but catchy album. Regardless of any musical taste readers may have, I suggest at least a quick listen to this album. Lucas Field has promising talent and potential that you should get a sneak peek at.

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the idea of a concept album will deter listeners from even giving a new album a shot. However, “undun” is both special and unprecedented. On “undun” we meet Redford Stephens, a fictional drug dealer and hustler who is brought to life through the voices of Black Thought, Big K.R.I.T., Phonte and a few others. This album is the very detailed story of the rise and fall of Stephens. When listening to an album like this, it would be unfair to try and compare it to any conventional release. I don’t recommend listening to this album in fragments, because it would take away from the total scope of the story being told. The story of Stephens begins retroactively with the intro track “Dun.” Done. Finished. The end. A flatlining EKG machine is the first sound we are presented with as listeners. Symbols of death foreshadow the dark story that lies ahead. Black Thought plays the main

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Album after reunion is less than expected By Julie Bartoli Senior Staff Writer “Know what’s terrible about this relationship?” “Everything.” “No! Well, yeah. But more specific.” “What?” “We’re boring.” “I never would have guessed.” “I’m being serious! We used to be interesting! We used to be introspective and original and cool. Now we just sit around telling the same pointless anecdotes, watching the same E! True Hollywood Stories, eating the same microwave pizza bagels and having the same old mediocre sex. Doesn’t that bother you? The fact that it’s become so predictable? We need something new, something exciting, something that takes us out of our comfort zone.” “Enthralling. Can you move? You’re blocking the television.” So where is it, Robert Smith?

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Former Low vs Diamond frontman Lucas Field successfully holds his own in his debut album “Conquest of Happiness.” Field began his career in music with the band he formed during college. He gathered a group of classmates from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2002. Low vs Diamond released a debut EP, “Life After Love,” in 2007. Since then, they’ve released a studio album named after the band and three singles. However, Field began his own work recently and he’s done what many frontmen have tried to do: magnificently put out a well-structured solo album. “Conquest of Happiness” is Field’s debut album. It explores old-school R&B rhythms and background female vocalists. “Let it All Begin” is the first

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Cheers to the end of the semester, cheers to the holidays and cheers to the last stop on my intercontinental trek for finding new music. Last week I touched on the northern tip of Asia but failed to make it down to the tropical coasts on its southern edge. Some of the most populated countries in the world are located here. A large number of people equals a lot of fan power, and that ultimately results in a hefty amount of fame for the celebrities and musicians in the area. That power is well deserved considering that these media figures are highly influential in their respective countries. I hate to include Girls’ Generation on my list of musthear Asian musicians. The band is everything I hate about pop music: high-pitched voices, synchronized outfits and corny music videos. But the truth is, Girls’ Generation is one of the biggest cultural phenomena on the other side of the Pacific. The nine-member group has taken over the singles’ charts in South Korea and Japan. All of their goods, ranging from their CDs to their promotional posters, sell out the instant they hit the market. Despite my prior protests against mindless, mainstream entertainment, I have to admit that Girls’ Generation has some performance power. The singles “Chocolate Love” and “Oh” are full of energy and quirky choruses. What’s even more amusing is that the singers pepper their verses with English phrases that hold no context to the rest of the lyrics to appease their youthful audiences. Asia, being the expansive continent that it is, has plenty of room for niche artists. The perfect example of a happy indie band that hasn’t been discovered by the States yet is my little airport. The group is primarily a duo of a whispering vocalist and a song-writing keyboarder. Occasionally, my little airport’s music is off-tempo and ragged. But the duo exudes charm and warmth, even while it’s singing about political controversy and economic sovereignty. The songs are all composed in “Hong Kong English.” This slang language incorporates atypical spellings and grammatical trends that aren’t used in the Western world. Meanwhile, DJ Lomaticc is an expert at mixing and covering both Hindi and Western songs. Some of his most famous combinations include “Saxodub,” which is “Mr. Saxobeat” fused with an original beat, and “Picture Perfect,” which is “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” blended with Indian bhangra rhythms. He often collaborates with Pakistani artist Imran Khan and the South Asian group Culture Shock. Lomaticc’s performance on campus last semester earned rave reviews from those in attendance. He drew a large crowd and raised donations on behalf of the Pakistanti Community at UConn (PCUC). He is currently touring in New York and New Jersey area and will be heading to Toronto to participate in an annual music festival. Metal is a genre that can be found in every single one of the earth’s hemispheres. The group Tantrum, which originated in Sri Lanka, is one of the leading heavy

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Black Keys return to the rock The Soundbite: End of the year track countdown n’ roll scene with ‘El Camino’ By Ronald Quiroga Campus Correspondent

By Jamie Dinar Campus Correspondent

The Black Keys re-entered the world of rock n’ roll in a big way, skyrocketing to the top spot on iTunes’ Top Albums list with “El Camino,” released Tuesday, Dec. 6. The duo have definitely grown musically since their album debut, “The Big Come Up,” in 2002, which was recorded in drummer Pat Carney’s garage in Northeast Ohio. As their seventh album, “El Camino” deters slightly from their signature grungy blues-rock sound, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The album’s first single, “Lonely Boy,” is catchy, head bobbing and very pop. It stays true to their consistent lyrical themes bad mouthing an ex-girlfriend and is currently resting at a comfortable No. 50 on the Hot 100 music list. Besides the chorus that you will never be able to get out of your head (“Oooh Oooh Oooohhhh I got a love that keeps me waiting”), perhaps the most addicting part of this song is the music video, featuring Derick T. Tuggle, an aspiring actor, musician and part-time body guard. He dances for three full minutes in a way that is very similar to Carlton of “Fresh Prince of Bel Air.” This song is perhaps the greatest example on “El Camino” demonstrating the Black Keys musical metamorphosis. With some psychedelic undertones, “Lonely Boy” starts off with a guitar riff that sounds as if it came straight off a Beach Boys album from the ‘60s. “Gold on the Ceiling,” performed on Saturday Night Live on Dec. 3, is likely to be their second

single from El Camino. This song is more true to their blues roots and contains multiple rip-roaring guitar riffs. Reminiscent of Steppenwolf’s “Born to Be Wild,” “Gold on the Ceiling” is much darker, deeper and harder than “Lonely Boy,” and is already scheduled to appear in various summer 2012 movies, including one starring Megan Fox. “Black Submarine,” which is surprisingly only at No. 157 on the iTunes Top 500 songs, starts off slow and folky. Don’t let that fool you, though, because while the beginning sounds slow and sappy (“Everybody knows a broken heart is blind”), guitarist Dan Auerbach brings it all together with a surprising guitar riff that alters the entire mood of the song to energetic and pure rock n’ roll. Other songs feature the Black Keys new retro sound, El Camino such as “Sister,” The Black Keys “Money Maker” 12/6/11 (a song witting11 tracks ly about prostitution), “Dead and Gone,” and five other /10 tracks, which act as a time capsule to what rock n’ roll used to be. “El Camino’s” album cover depicts a run down 1994 minivan that is perhaps very symbolic to their improved vintage sound. Since this Tuesday, the album is available on iTunes, Amazon, the Official Online Store and at any local record store. Also available is the Black Keys’ “Live in NYC” from a performance at Webster Hall earlier this year. The Black Keys intend to tour America this March. They are hitting TD Garden in Boston March 7, 2012, then traveling to Madison Square Garden March 12. To access tickets, visit theblackkeys.artistarena.com (username “elcamino,” password “ticket”).

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from ROOTS, page 8 this album is the conclusion. The last four tracks are all instrumentals, substituting the vocal story being told for a more musical emphasis on the life of the main character, Redford. “Redford” and “Possibility” feature angelic pianos turning into transitive violins. This serves as the “calm before the storm.” Listeners will certainly be confused, because at this point “undun” is no longer just a rap album. “Will to Power” features furious drums and chaotic pianos, almost certainly signaling the climactic death sequence of our main character. “Finality” brings back a

somber violin sound, marking an end to the drama, which has been “undun.” Musically, this album is one of the most cohesive and unique projects that I have heard in a very long time. This album is not one meant for the hip-hop traditionalist or the average listener. “Undun” has a very unique sound and should be judged for exactly what it is: the story of the dramatic downfall of a troubled man searching for happiness within the pressures of his environment. The Roots set out to tell a story with this conceptual album, and they certainly delivered a musical novel on “undun.”

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from DOWNBEAT, page 8 bands in South Asia. It has won multiple awards and contests with its three-piece guitar line and everchanging arrangement. Tantrum just released its first full-length album last year. Critics have embraced the 11-track record and have said that the singles are innovative for the entire metal genre. The band may, however, be changing drummers again. This is problematic considering that the most recent one, Tharaka Seneviratne, is integral to the complex dynamic within the group.

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1) Lana Del Rey- “Born to Die” She is the perfect blend of beauty, talent and strategy. Subtly introduced into the music scene during the late summer, Lana Del Rey teased us with a slow trickle of singles and a flood of subsequent remixes. With the conclusion of her first big show in Manhattan’s Bowery Ballroom last Monday, we’ve come to realize that she is no fluke. Her debut album is slated for an early 2012 release. Del Rey’s hype and the anticipation of her fans, and the blogosphere, are palpable. “Born to Die” could not be more of an ideal way to end the year; it’s dramatic, epic, beautiful, sad and refreshing. To be cliché: it’s a hairraiser. Del Rey is coming in at a moment of transition and producing art at a level that many of her peers, and possibly idols, were unable to reach in 2011. 2) The Weeknd“Initiation”/ “Shake It Out” Remix The renaissance of rhythm and blues is by no means a hyperbolic way of describing the influence that Drake associate Abel Tesfaye has manifested with his genre-warping mixtapes. It’s beyond my explana-

tion how “House of Balloons” was released as a free album! With a sublime vocal range and a choice of dark, moody beats, The Weeknd has moved far and away from what most people consider the all-toomature genre of R&B. With the thumping, sensual “Initiation,” Tesfaye demonstrates his range in both in production and ability, speeding up and slowing down his singing tempo. In contrast, he remixes Florence and the Machine’s “Shake It Out,” eclipsing the original by emphasizing the gorgeous voice of Florence Welch while juxtaposing it with a slow grind. It’s untouchable. 3) Purity Ring-“Belispeak”/ ”Ungirthed” CMJ’s Music Marathon and Film festival took place in the New York City over the course of a week this past October. One of the most anticipated and mysterious acts was Megan Carin’s Purity Ring. Selfdescribed as “future pop,” the duo works mainly with heavily digitized instruments, apparitional samples and Carin’s abstract, murmuring vocals, while at the same time winking at artists like The Knife and Salem, who laid out their foundation. “Belispeak” and “Ungirthed,” the group’s only two official releases, show their versatility and musical intelligence, leaving you to scramble

for the repeat button. 4) Supreme Cuts- “Jacy” Easily one of the coolest names in indie music, Chicago’s Supreme Cuts was a bottomless pit of good, DIY electro-sampled soul. Their standout track, among a heavy repertoire of great music, was “Jacy.” With a slow, building start and soothing vocals, it sets you up for an unexpected snare breakdown that transforms the track into a burst of light. As the sample denotes, “maybe I’ll see it clearer.” The simplicity makes it genius. 5) M83- “Midnight City” One of many amazing tracks off of M83’s seismic LP “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming.” Just the first few enormous, clean-channeled synth notes will make the hairs on your arm stand on their own. I was not the only one who believed this was something special, check out their Jimmy Fallon performance or their Victoria Secret ads. Typically characterized as “shoegaze,” M83 really avoids being pigeon-holed into a genre with this track and their album. Conceptually and musically it is much too large to be simply filed away as another onedimensional record. French musician Anthony Gonzalez and company find themselves in fine form at the end of 2011.

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'MythBusters' cannonball rips through house SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Zany experiments testing scientific theories in real-world settings have earned the TV show "MythBusters" a devoted following, but a stunt gone awry met with an unhappy audience when an errant cannonball went shooting through a California family's bedroom. Sheriff's deputies are still measuring how, exactly, the cannonball flew from a bomb range in the rolling hills flanking a suburban San Francisco Bay area neighborhood and rocketed into the front door of a home and through its master bedroom before landing in a neighbor's parked minivan. Hosts for the Discovery Channel show fired the cannonball Tuesday as they filmed an episode testing whether other types of projectiles shot from a cannon would pick up the same speed and have the same impact as the steel ball. Later, the production team plans to film flying stone cannonballs at a rock quarry in Northern California. Instead of hitting a string of water-filled garbage cans, however, the cannonball passed over the barrels, crashed straight through a protective cinderblock wall and careened off the hill behind it, said Alameda County Sheriff's Department spokesman J.D. Nelson. "It missed the target and took kind of an oddball bounce," Nelson said. "It was almost like skipping a rock on a lake. Instead of burying it into the hill it just went skyward." No one was injured, and the home's residents didn't even wake up until the broken drywall settled on top of them, Nelson said.

The show's co-hosts planned to go to the neighborhood to speak with those affected Wednesday afternoon, and a meeting was called with the entire production staff to understand what went wrong. "We are really, really grateful and glad that no one was hurt," co-host and executive producer Adam Savage said in an interview. "Discovery is committed to making this right and making sure that everything that has been damaged is as good or better as before this started." Producers have used the cannon they built at the county's bomb range, which is tucked in a valley in the suburb of Dublin, more than 50 times without incident, said Nelson, the department's liaison to the show. Once it was launched, the cannonball traveled about 650 yards, bounced in front of the home, then tore through the front door and exited through a wall on the back of the house. The projectile then bounced at least once more and crossed the road before smashing the window and dashboard of a gold minivan, where it came to rest. Jasbir Gill, who owns the minivan, said he and his children had just gotten home. "It's scary," Gill told the Contra Costa Times (http://bit.ly/umCZnD). "I was in the van five minutes before this happened." "Mythbusters," which is produced for Discovery Channel by the San Francisco-based Beyond Productions, issued a statement through publicist Katherine Nelson on Wednesday saying all proper safety protocol had been observed.


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Italian premier attends La Scala season opener Baldwin apologizes to Walters said

MILAN (AP) — Italian Premier Mario Monti took a short culture break from promoting his package of austerity and growth measures to attend La Scala's gala season premiere of "Don Giovanni" on Wednesday — a presence that La Scala's general manger hopes bodes well for the future of culture in the country that invented opera. Conducted by Daniel Barenboim and directed by Robert Carsen, the modernist and sexually charged production of Mozart's classic was enthusiastically received by an audience filled with cultural, political, fashion and business figures. Carnations showered on the performers while the audience applauded for 10 solid minutes. But this year, as Italy moves to confront a deepening financial crisis, just as important to Milan's famed opera house as the success on the stage was the presence in the audience of the head of government, head of state and four Cabinet ministers — which was taken as a signal that culture is taking center stage. "This was a moment of great happiness for me because finally in this theater all of the leaders of this country ... were present," general manager Stephane Lissner said back stage. "Maybe this has a symbolic to say in this place that has always had a unique history, that maybe tonight you felt a new unity, a new departure." Monti and Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, who last month tapped the former European commissioner to try to rescue Italy from its debt crisis, received a standing ovation when they took their seats in the royal box alongside their wives. "Long live the president," a male voice shouted from the audience after the orchestra played the national anthem — praise that could equally be shared by Napolitano or Monti, whose official title is the president of Italy's Council of Ministers. Monti, long a La Scala aficionado whose wife holds season tickets, has been spending most of the last three weeks meeting European partners and Italian policymakers to draft measures to revive Italy's stagnant economy — taking a rare public break to attend one of the most glittering events on the European culture calendar held every year on the day that honors Milan's patron St. Ambrose. Though Italy's president and premier are invited each year to the gala opening, this is the first time in nearly 15 years that both have accepted at the same time. Former Premier Silvio Berlusconi, who stepped down to make room for a technical government, attended just once while in office, on the occasion of La Scala's reopening after renovations in 2004. Symbolically at least, general manager Lissner said the shift of Italy's political center from Rome to Milan, the center of finance and fashion, for an evening centered around music sends and important message about the role of culture in society. "It is a fundamental good, even more now given what we have to overcome in the next years," he said. Lissner said La Scala will finish 2011 with a bal-

anced budget for the seventh straight year, thanks to cost containment measures, additional private donations and new funds released by the previous government last spring. But he said the next two years promise to be even more difficult. La Scala is about two-thirds self-funding, a rare level of autonomy by Italian opera house standards, but Lissner in a recent interview with Radio 24 asked the government to release more funds. Italy, though, is struggling to contain its huge debt, prompting measures that are long on new taxes and spending cuts and short on new expenditures. Carsen's "Don Giovanni" is spare, sensual and full of humor. The sets mimic the famed theater itself, with the trademark red velvet curtain and golden tassels forming moveable backgrounds, while the performers move from stage to theater, singing from the front row and even the royal box, blurring the line between reality and theater. Costumes, mostly modern, were critical to setting the mood and became props in themselves. The production oozed eros, Don Giovanni unremittingly tracked his female prey, at one point subtly undressing a chorus member dressed as a hotel maid as the two pretend to watch the rest of the cast on stage within the stage. At the end of the scene, the maid exits completely naked, turning back for something she had forgotten, not the dress, but a mock La Scala program for Don Giovanni — part of Carsen's revolving-door humor. Carsen said his staging — which received just a smattering of boos — was not meant as a provocation. "This is who Don Giovanni is. We know this," Carsen said. And the reception was overwhelmingly positive. "It was a beautiful cast. I liked it. A beautiful opening," said Dominique Mayer, conductor of the Vienna Staatsoper. "Who can be offended?" Anna Netrebko, in the role of Donna Anna, was the star of the evening, along side Swedish baritone Peter Mattei, who did his first Don Giovanni for Lissner more than a decade ago. Mattei's Don Giovanni gamely sought the affections of Donna Elvira, performed by Italian soprano Barbara Frittoli and Zerlina played by Anna Prohaska, as his faithful servant, Leporello, sung with tremendous comic presence by Bryn Terfel, tried to keep him out of trouble. Tenor Giuseppe Filianoti, who lashed out at La Scala after he was removed from the gala opening night of "Don Carlo" in 2008 due to mistakes in dress rehearsal, sang the role of Don Ottavio. Barenboim, who has had a regular presence at La Scala for the last five years, made his debut as the theater's musical director. The position has been vacant since Riccardo Muti's acrimonious departure from La Scala in 2005 amid bitter controversy over artistic and programming differences. "I am very happy, because I feel loved, admired," Barenboim said backstage.

passengers, not airline

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alec Baldwin issued an apology Wednesday to fellow passengers on an American Airlines flight that was delayed by his refusal to stop playing a cellphone game — but stopped short of apologizing to the airline or the flight attendant he later mocked on Twitter. The "30 Rock" actor's note, posted to the Huffington Post (http://huff.to/sENHR2 ), instead lamented the state of modern air travel. Baldwin noted the financial struggles of airlines, saying the result is that air travel has devolved into an inelegant experience, akin to riding a Greyhound bus. Baldwin said the level of service on U.S. carriers has deteriorated. "Filthy planes, barely edible meals, cuts in jet service to lesstraveled locations," Baldwin said. Baldwin writes that increased security on commercial airplanes post-9/11 has resulted in a "paramilitary" aura around air travel. "September 11th was a horrific day in the airline industry, yet in the wake of that event, I believe carriers and airports have used that as an excuse to make the air travel experience as inelegant as possible," Baldwin writes. Baldwin's letter is the latest volley in a dustup with American Airlines, with the airline taking to social media Wednesday to maintain it was following federal regulations when it booted an "extremely vocal customer" from a flight for refusing to shut off his cellphone. The airline, which earlier cited passenger privacy in declining to discuss the matter, said on its Facebook page it decided "to provide the actual facts of the matter" after Baldwin stated publicly he had gotten kicked off the flight. The company never cited the "30 Rock" TV star by name. Baldwin took to Twitter after Tuesday's incident at Los Angeles International Airport, saying he was asked to leave a New York-bound plane after a "flight attendant on American reamed me out" for playing a game on his cellphone. Baldwin said he was playing "Words With Friends" while the plane sat at a gate. American said on Facebook Wednesday that Federal Aviation Administration regulations require that cellphones and other electronic devices be turned off as soon as the airliner's door has been closed. The company said Baldwin refused to comply. "The passenger ultimately stood up (with the seat belt light still on for departure) and took his phone into the plane's

lavatory," American Airlines said. "He slammed the lavatory door so hard, the cockpit crew heard it and became alarmed, even with the cockpit door closed and locked. They immediately contacted the cabin crew to check on the situation." The airline added that Baldwin was "extremely rude" to the flight crew, calling people "inappropriate names" and using offensive language. Baldwin's spokesman, Matthew Hiltzik, said Wednesday it was the flight attendant who acted inappropriately. He said other people on the plane were violating the regulation and that Baldwin was singled out. "The plane was already delayed half an hour at the gate when Alec was playing 'Words with Friends,'" Hiltzik told The Associated Press. "Other passengers who tweeted flagrantly violated these rules without any repercussions — proving that they were obviously selectively enforced." Airport police have said they did not respond to the incident. Baldwin deactivated his Twitter account and all of his previous tweets were removed. Hiltzik said that was because the actor was setting aside his Twitter activity to concentrate on "30 Rock." At least one other celebrity came to Baldwin's defense on Twitter. Boxing great Oscar De La Hoya, who was on the same flight, tweeted that he thought the flight attendant overreacted. "(at)AlecBaldwin was doing nothing wrong but playing 'words' on his phone," De La Hoya said. Baldwin boarded another American Airlines flight to New York after Tuesday's incident, but said he wouldn't fly with American again. In the tweets that have since been removed, Baldwin mocked American Airlines as a company "where Catholic school gym teachers from the 1950's find jobs as flight attendants." He also called "Words With Friends" an "addicting" game. Players compete online to score the most points by building words with tiles on a Scrabblelike game board. Baldwin plays the role of the vain executive Jack Donaghy on the NBC sitcom "30 Rock" and played an amorous ex-husband to Meryl Streep in the 2009 romantic comedy "It's Complicated." He also is featured in a series of comical TV ads for Capital One credit cards. In one spot Baldwin strolls through an airport and luxuriates on an airplane while surrounded by a coterie of assistants.

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Syrian trip frightened her

NEW YORK (AP) — President Bashar Assad's first interview with a Western television journalist since a March uprising was a coup for Barbara Walters and ABC News, but not entirely for Assad. In excerpts aired by ABC Wednesday, Assad denied ordering a violent crackdown on residents and denounced the United Nations when Walters asked about the U.N.'s claim that there had been widespread killings and torture of protesters in Syria. Walters confronted Assad with pictures of civilians brutalized by his regime. When she asked him on camera about the torture of children, he said, "I don't believe you." She talked on Wednesday of Assad's "disconnect" with what is going on within his country and his own role, an attitude that may have extended to her discussions with him in his Presidential Palace. "He was very happy with the interview," she said "He likes the confrontation. He likes the tough questions. When it was over, he smiled and thanked me and he was happy. I don't know if it did him any good." Walters said in an interview that she was apprehensive about going Syria because the U.S. government had warned her not to leave her hotel room. Adding to the concern, a Jordanian airline booked for the last leg of her trip delayed its flight because it did not want its pilot to stay in Syria overnight. But her fears dissipated by the time she arrived in Damascus from an airport about 18 miles away. She even wandered through some outdoor markets and talked to people, although she was accompanied by a government minder. Walters said she had met Assad twice before, which cut down any fear she may have had of him. While in the Middle East several years ago, she said Assad's wife called and asked Walters for an off-the-record meeting with the couple in Damascus. Walters also traveled to Syria three years ago, hoping for an interview, but it didn't happen. She thought this interview wouldn't happen, either, after Assad canceled one get-together two weeks ago, presumably because it was to happen around the time the Arab League was condemning Syria. Then word came that Assad was willing to talk. Assad hand-picked Walters for the interview. "I can't tell you why he requested me," she said. "I can only tell you that I have met him twice before." ABC News, under its new division president Ben Sherwood, has made newsmaking interviews a priority. Within the past year, "World News" anchor Diane Sawyer has interviewed Jaycee Dugard and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, and "This Week" host Christiane Amanpour talked with former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak and late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Sawyer and Amanpour are more closely identified with breaking news; Walters, as cohost of "The View," a daytime talk show largely for women, is seen more in terms of entertainment than news, despite her long and laudatory history as news reporter, anchor and interviewer. She may not have been the obvious choice for the Assad interview. When ABC seeks newsmaking interviews, it generally offers prospective subjects a choice of potential interviewees. One critic, Affen Chowdhry of the Toronto Globe and Mail, wrote Wednesday that if the Syrian government had expected a "soft" Walters interview of the type reserved for movie and pop stars, "it ended up getting something very different." When ABC arrived in Damascus, an Assad aide first said that government cameras would be used to record the interview, but Walters rejected this. Two Assad assistants also asked for the right to look at the tape after the interview. ABC refused.


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McEntee a rare example of a walk-on starting QB from CINDERELLA, page 14 Straight Outta Servite Johnny McEntee grew up in Fullerton, Calif., roughly 3,000 miles away from Storrs, where he attended Servite High School. “He’s a California kid in every sense of the word,” said junior wide receiver Nick Williams, who is also McEntee’s roommate. “He’s not one of those intense, in your face kind of guys, he’s just kind of goes with the flow, calls out the play and doesn’t really add any ad libs. He’s just a regular, calm and relaxed guy in the huddle.” Running back D.J. Shoemate, who was teammates with McEntee at Servite, used similar words to describe him in the huddle, adding that he had a certain vibe about him, both on and off the field, that made people want to follow him. “Johnny was well liked in high school,” Shoemate said. “He had a lot of friends, he had a lot of people that wanted to be around him.” Shoemate said that McEntee had a way of bringing people together and making mundane things like going bowling an event. He also talked about how he and McEntee used to throw toilet paper at houses and trees back in high school, and about how McEntee always used to give himself away because he’d use really nice, quilted paper. “He couldn’t buy the cheap stuff,” Shoemate said. “He used to give it away with that.” After graduation, the pair went their separate ways. Shoemate was a highly regarded, four-star prospect who earned a scholarship to USC. However, McEntee was not as popular with scouts as he was with his peers. Since he had no scholarship offers, he wound up looking into Curry College, a small Division III school in Milton, Mass. “I saw that place, and like, the coach was nice but it was Division III,” McEntee said. “I had bigger dreams.” Michael Cerullo, a program aide in the UConn football program who was a former assistant coach at Curry, said the difference between UConn and Curry football is like night and day. “[At UConn] you have 10 full-time coaches, two graduate assistants, next year there are going to be four graduate assistants and program aides and everybody else as a support system,” Cerullo said. “And at Curry College you had the head coach who was a fulltime employee, two coordinators who were full-time, and everyone else who was either a volunteer or a stipend coach.” As luck would have it, McEntee got a call from a UConn coach while he was visiting Curry asking if he wanted to visit. He made the trip down I-84, liked what he saw, and was offered a spot on the team as a walk-on. In the summer of 2008, McEntee became a Husky. He redshirted his freshman year, but for the next three years under former head coach Randy

Edsall, he toiled in obscurity taking reps with the scout team. But one cold, wintry day, McEntee’s life would change forever. A fun little video The trick shot video begins with a student reading a football booklet in a Burton Family Football Complex meeting room, when the camera pans back and reveals McEntee throwing a football, knocking the booklet out of his hand. “What’s up? This is Johnny McEntee representing UConn football,” McEntee says to the camera in the next frame. What follows is an incredible array of trick throws, including one where he throws a football into a trashcan from over 50 yards away, several where he hits live receivers while blindfolded, one where he “skeet shoots” plates in a parking lot, one where he hits the Dominos sign off the top of a moving van and numerous others where he makes baskets from all over Gampel Pavilion. The trick shot video went viral immediately after it was uploaded to YouTube. The video was subsequently featured on numerous prominent programs and major websites, such as Yahoo! and Pardon The Interruption on ESPN. “That was pretty crazy,” McEntee said. “It was a fun video but it wasn’t that cool, it’s not worth 6 million views. Me and my friends were really excited seeing it go everywhere. My family back home was loving it so that was pretty fun.” McEntee said he got the idea after Caroline Doty of the women’s basketball team made one, so he came up with all of the throws, got some friends together and filmed it in one day. “Honestly, I did not think that this video would blow up anywhere near as huge as it got,” said editor Kyle Campbell, a 7th-semester visual sciences major. “I predicted maybe about 50,000 views or so. Johnny told me at least 100,000-200,000.” Today, the video has more than 6.3 million views on YouTube. “I bet him lunch at the Union that it would not get that big of a response,” Campbell added. “Needless to say, I had to get him quite the lunch.” The response to the video generated a lot of attention in the locker room among his teammates, who were suddenly hearing his name all over the news. “The locker room is a pretty close knit community I guess you could say. So we make fun of each other,” Williams said. “When that came out, first everyone was real happy about it but then we gave him stuff about it for weeks.” “I wish he would’ve asked me to be in it, I definitely would have run the routes for him,” Shoemate said. “I thought it was a phenomenal, a great little thing. It was very unique and it was very catchy and a lot of people ran with it and loved it.”

After the video’s release, many people jokingly suggested that McEntee should have gotten more playing time, since he could hit his receivers with his eyes closed while UConn’s previous quarterbacks often struggled to complete passes. But with former head coach Randy Edsall now at Maryland, former starting quarterback Zach Frazer graduating and no obvious starter going forward, the position was wide-open, and for the first time, McEntee had a genuine opportunity to earn the job. From walk-on QB to starting QB When the 2011 spring practices began, four quarterbacks sought the starting job: McEntee, sophomore Michael Box, redshirt freshman Scott McCummings and freshman Michael Nebrich. In August, Box fell out of the running and started taking snaps with the scout team, and ultimately he transferred to Division II Indiana University in Pennsylvania. The remaining three kept battling, but when the season began, none of them had been given the job. McEntee started each game, but was rotated out for McCummings and Nebrich regularly. But on Sept. 24 at Buffalo, McEntee completed 12 of 21 passes with two touchdown passes and no interceptions in a 17-3 win. After the game, the coaching staff announced that he would be the starter for good. According to quarterbacks coach Joe Moorhead, there wasn’t any one moment where the coaches looked at each other and said “Yep, he’s our guy.” Rather, the decision to name McEntee the starter was a culmination of factors that all came together around the time of the Buffalo game. “As it progressed we felt that based on our pro-style system that Johnny was the best combination of pocket-passer with accuracy,” Moorhead said. “We evaluate every practice, and obviously the games played a huge part in that process as well, and it was a decision that was based off of both of those things.” Moorhead said that after Frazer graduated, the decision was made to explore every option available to find the right person for the new offensive system. As a result, McEntee started off at the same level as his three scholarship competitors, and from there the battle took off. “It seemed like nobody could really separate themselves all spring, and even in the summer, it just kind of kept dragging on,” McEntee said. “It seemed like the harder we each tried to separate ourselves, the more mistakes we kept making, but eventually it kind of worked itself out.” McEntee said that he thinks the fact that he is older and more experienced than his younger counterparts helped give him the edge. Both Moorhead and Williams said McEntee’s biggest advantage wasn’t his expe-

Callahan: Good things await UConn sports, LSU football and Boston Bruins in 2012 from A LOOK, page 14 to return this season to what garnered them a winning culture in the first place: defense. Stopping opponents will carry them through to the Finals, where they’ll have to confront the evildoers of the East. Once here, you can count on a lot of Durant vs. LeBron talk, but bet on the Thunder winning the battle of the benches. There will lie the reason that Oklahoma City parties like it never has before, after six pulsating games. LSU finishes in top three of the next two final BCS polls Regardless of which team claims victory in the title game one month from now, the team better off for 2012 is undoubtedly, LSU. The Tigers return more than half their starters and there are rumblings they could be even better come next season. After graduation and the NFL Draft takes Alabama

out of the picture, LSU will reign again. Hanley Ramirez takes home NL MVP The former most valuable fantasy player endured a year to forget, also marred by injury. Next season, he’s going to make sure no one forgets about the stat line he puts together with Jose Reyes now hitting ahead of him. There will be no stopping a Han-Ram in his prime. Not to mention any lucky fantasy owner. NHL gives a lockout a shot again… just because everyone’s doing it. OK, I’m kidding– take two: Boston Bruins return to Stanley Cup Finals; lose to Western conference rep My glass ball gets a little foggy as to who lifts Lord Stanley when it’s all said and done out on the ice. However, the last two western teams to reach the Finals, Chicago and Vancouver, appear to safe bets

for the moment. I will confess to hoping it is Chicago so I can keep hearing and repeating myself “The Sedin twins: Two girls, no Cup,” UConn men’s soccer triumphs in NCAA college cup Speaking of elusive cups, next year will be the year for UConn men’s soccer. I don’t care how many times these penalty kicks have ripped your heart out, 12 months from now Morrone will don more championship decorations. Few teams in college soccer will be able to boast the loads of talent and experience the Huskies can. But only one will get to gloat about being the one left standing–UConn. Only two of these predictions will have come true when I look back 364 days from now And boy, do I hope that this isn’t one of them.

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Johnny McEntee surveys the Rutgers defense at Rentschler Field on Senior Day. McEntee finished 10-16 with 90 yards on the afternoon.

rience, but the fact that he was the best drop-back quarterback, which is essential in the type of pro style offense Pasqualoni runs. Williams said that the coaching change helped McEntee’s cause as well. “Under Edsall he was buried in the depth chart. He was the walk-on quarterback who was taking reps with the scout team,” Williams said. “[Pasqualoni] came in and they opened up the competition, and that gave him even ground. Whereas before, if the old staff was still here, he’d still be thought of as the walk-on quarterback who takes reps with the scout team [and] who has never really had the pressure of handling the mental side of actually being quarterback and going through the week and all the preparation.” Williams said that it’s tough for a walk-on player to move up in the ranks because the program isn’t as invested in them financially. The thinking is that “why would we go with him when we’ve invested more in this guy?” he said. “When you think of his story and how he became the starter, it’s pretty impressive,” Williams said. “It’s not very often you’ll see a walk-on quarterback being the starter in a high-level program.” Shoemate agreed. “You reap what you sow and Johnny’s worked hard, his shot came and he took advantage and he’s a success story,” Shoemate said. “He’s a Cinderella man. It’s a great story. He’s worked his butt off so I don’t take anything away from him.” McEntee finished the season

5-7 as the starter with 2,110 yards passing, 12 touchdown passes and eight interceptions in 12 games. His best games came against Western Michigan, Buffalo and Rutgers, when he helped lead UConn to a decisive 40-22 win. His worst; the Syracuse game, in which he threw two interceptions, was sacked three times and missed receivers enough times to be booed by the crowd. After the game, people speculated that McCummings should get the nod going forward. McCummings’ playing time did increase, and even Nebrich began to see some game action in the season finale against Cincinnati. With highly touted recruit Casey Cochran coming in next year, McEntee’s status as the starter is not guarenteed. “At the level that we’re at, every day is basically like an interview for your position,” Williams said. “People say in other jobs that you have to perform like the other person is trying to steal your job and is breathing down your neck. But for us, the person behind you is literally breathing down your neck, he’s standing right behind you and he takes the rep right after you take it.” Coach Moorhead wouldn’t go into specifics about McEntee’s status for next season because the coaching staff hasn’t sat down to discuss it yet, but he did explain what it would take for McEntee to keep the job. “He has to be the best guy to help us win games,” Moorhead said. “As long as that continues to be the case, that’s the guy who we’re going to put at the quarterback position, the guy who gives us the best chance

to win.” “I don’t really think about it too much,” McEntee said of the coming season. “I just do the best I can and I know the coaches will put the person out there who gives the team the best chance to win … Every day I just try to do the best I can, and that’s what I’m going to continue to do.” Whatever the future holds, one thing is certain. Johnny McEntee has made it further than he was ever expected to, and despite the criticism he has received, his numbers stack up well against each of UConn’s other quarterbacks since McEntee’s arrival in 2008. In their best seasons, Zach Frazer threw for 1,461 yards with 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions, Cody Endres threw for 1,354 yards with six touchdowns and four interceptions and Tyler Lorenzen threw for 869 yards with three touchdowns and eight interceptions in 2008, McEntee’s freshman year. Whether he keeps his starting job or not, McEntee will graduate in the spring of 2013 with a degree in sociology having fulfilled his dream of becoming a Division I quarterback. And after that, he said he plans on returning to California to start a new journey. “I really have no idea [what I’m doing next],” McEntee said. “I’m definitely going back home if I get a chance, I have too much family in California, plus the weather, what else do I need? You know?”

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Drug tests in, HGH Herbst: UConn not talking unclear for NBA players to other conferences

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Los Angeles Lakers point guard and NBA players' union president Derek Fisher speaks with reporters before practice last Friday. JIM ANDERSON/The Daily Campus

President Susan Herbst speaks at a University event this semester. She partook in efforts earlier this year that explored the possibility of UConn joining the Atlatic Coast Conference, though those talks have since ceased. UConn will remain in the Big East.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst says the school is thrilled with the westward expansion of the Big East and is not in discussions about joining another conference. In a statement Wednesday, Herbst said Connecticut welcomes the five schools that were introduced Wednesday as new members of the conference. Central Florida, Houston and Southern Methodist are joining as full members. Boise State and San Diego State will become members for football. Herbst said the geographic diversity of the conference is not a major issue for Connecticut. "We welcome it, in fact, and will work on our schedules to minimize travel costs and ensure success for Husky fans and our school," she said. "Since UConn is an international university, we see the geographic expansion of the Big East as a way to showcase

our academic excellence in an even more sustained way — far and wide. We look forward to Husky teams playing in different parts of the country, exposing our student-athletes to new regions and new experiences and to broadening our fan base." Herbst expanded on her statement in response to an email from The Associated Press which asked if Connecticut is still talking to other conferences or had committed to stay in the Big East. "UConn is not in discussion with any other athletic conference officials at this time," she said. "We have not, in my time at the Big East, discussed any time commitments for institutions." Men's basketball coach Jim Calhoun told reporters Wednesday that it was clear the conference needed to add football programs with "quality teams that show they can get into bowls." But, Calhoun said he also would like to see

one or two more major basketball schools join — including Temple. "In basketball, I don't think we'll truly replace West Virginia, Pittsburgh and Syracuse," he said. "But Houston has a chance and a few of those other schools have a chance to be pretty good." Connecticut football coach Paul Pasqualoni had previously voiced his support for adding western schools to the Big East, especially in recruiting rich Texas, where he served as an assistant coach for the Dallas Cowboys. On Wednesday, he issued a statement expressing excitement over about the league's new football members. "All of them have enjoyed national prominence in recent years in terms of national rankings and bowl game appearances," he said. "They also add and reinforce geographical areas that we consider key in recruiting."

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NEW YORK (AP) — NBA players have agreed to additional drug testing, adding offseason screening for performanceenhancing drugs only. Union executive director Billy Hunter sent a memo Wednesday, obtained by The Associated Press, to players detailing these and other changes of a new labor deal and recommended they ratify the agreement. Less clear is a provision for human growth hormone testing. According to the memo, an NBA-NBPA joint committee would study the "possibility of an HGH testing program." NBA spokesman Mike Bass, however, insisted both sides agreed to HGH blood testing, subject to the process being validated by a "neutral committee of experts." It wasn't immediately clear who would be on that panel. Major League Baseball and its players recently agreed to start HGH testing in spring training. The NFL's new labor contract included a provision for HGH testing as soon as this season — but only once the NFLPA approved the process. That hasn't happened, in part because the NFLPA says it needs more information about the

test itself. No matter what, players will face additional testing if the deal is ratified. According to the memo, beginning in the 2012-13 season, players can be tested up to two times during the offseason for steroids and performance-enhancing drugs only. They would not be screened for drugs such as marijuana. Previously, the NBA did not test players during its JulySeptember offseason. The memo said a majority of players will be tested no more than four times throughout an entire year, and that no tests could be given at the arena on the night of a game. Players began voting electronically on the deal Wednesday night and could vote through Thursday afternoon, when owners will hold a meeting in New York to vote. If the deal is ratified by a majority on both sides, the NBA fully reopens for business Friday with the beginning of training camps and free agency. Owners and players reached a tentative agreement on the main issues Nov. 26, and owners soon after opened up the arenas so players could begin workouts without coaches present. In the

meantime, lawyers for both sides continued to negotiate a lengthy list of "B-list" items right into Wednesday. Among the items agreed upon, per Hunter's memo: — A joint NBA-NBPA committee will discuss the age limit, which for now remains 19 years and one year out of high school. — Players with 3 years of service or less may be assigned to the NBA Development League, with no limit on the number of assignments. No player with more than three years of service may be assigned to the D-League without his consent. —There will be a neutral review of any fines imposed by NBA Commissioner David Stern for players' on-court actions. —Upon request, a player will wear a microphone for one nationally televised game per month, one locally televised game per month and up to two playoff games per round. The player must consent before the content can be aired live and can't be subject to discipline for content captured as a result of wearing a microphone. —Neither the league nor a team may discipline a player solely based upon an arrest.

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2011 FIFA squad of the year Huskies prepare to battle Bentley

By Miles DeGrazia Futbol Columnist As 2011 comes to a close, football fans all around the world begin to think back on the year that was and the footballers that made 2011 so special. Certain players made 2011 their year. Whether it be household names or break out stars, this starting lineup is comprised of players that have carved out a little place in history in 2011. Coach: Óscar Tabárez (Uruguay National Team) Óscar Tabárez led his Uruguay side into the 2011 Copa América coming off a World Cup semifinal, and continued his rich vein of form guiding Uruguay to Copa victory. Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer (Schalke 04 / Bayern Munich & Germany) – To say Neuer had an eventful 2011 is putting it lightly. Neuer led Schalke 04 to a Champions League semifinal, and won the DFB-Pokal (German Cup). He also helped the German national team to a perfect 6-0-0 record in Euro 2012 qualifying plus friendly victories over Brazil and Netherlands. Defender: Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United & Serbia) - Vidic’s first season as captain of Manchester United has been a prosperous one. He lifted the Premier League trophy in May, his fourth title in five seasons, and helped Manchester United get to a FA Cup Semifinal, and a Champions League final. Defender: Gerard Piqué (FC Barcelona & Spain) – Piqué helped cement Barça’s defense on their way to a La Liga and Champions League double in 2011. Piqué’s astute technical abil-

ity and passing accuracy make him the perfect bedrock to Barça’s beautiful passing game. Defender: Diego Lugano (Fenerbahçe / Paris SaintGermain & Uruguay) – Before Lugano captained his country to Copa América glory in July, he had already helped Turkish side Fenerbahçe to its 18th championship to pass hated rivals Galatasaray as the most successful team in Turkey. Defender: Thiago Silva (AC Milan & Brazil) – Silva helped AC Milan do what every Rossoneri fan wanted, take the title from cross town rivals Inter Milan. Silva made the AC Milan goal a fortress only allowing 24 goals in 38 league matches. Midfielder: Xavi (FC Barcelona & Spain) – 2011 was another exceptional year for Xavi winning La Liga, the Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup, the Supercopa de España (Spanish Supercup) and he has a chance to win the 2011 Club World Cup where Barça are favorites. Midfielder: Mesut Özil (Real Madrid & Germany) – Özil established himself as José Mourinho’s first choice playmaker at Real Madrid ahead of Kaká, and helped Madrid win the Copa del Rey (Spanish Cup), reach the semifinals of the Champions League, and finish second in La Liga. And Real Madrid is currently three points ahead of Barcelona with a game in hand going into this weekends El Clásico. Midfielder: Andrés Iniesta (FC Barcelona & Spain) – Andrés Iniesta helped Barcelona win La Liga, the Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup, and

the Supercopa de España in 2011. Iniesta also helped the Spanish national team to a perfect 8-0-0 record in Euro 2012, qualifying to advance to the European championships next summer. Forward: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid C.F. & Portugal) – Ronaldo has had to accept that is now the second best player in the world, but some of the numbers he has produced are mind-boggling: 83 goals in 77 games for Real Madrid since 2009. Last season he scored 53 goals in 54 matches to win the Pichichi Trophy (top La Liga goal scorer award) and the European Golden Shoe. Forward: Robin van Persie (Arsenal & Netherlands) – van Persie is in danger of turning Arsenal into a one-man team. Van Persie has scored 31 goals in 30 Premier League matches in 2011 a Premier League record he now shares with Alan Shearer and Gunners legend Thierry Henry. Oh, and he has seven more league matches to play. So far in the 2011/12 campaign van Persie has scored 18 goals in 20 matches. Forward: Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona & Argentina) – Messi is the greatest player on the planet. In 2011 he led Barcelona to win La Liga, the Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup, and the Supercopa de España in 2011. In the 2010/2011 season he scored 53 goals in 55 matches and so far in the 2011/2012 season he has scored 27 goals in 23 matches. The only question that remains: Is if he is the greatest footballer ever?

Miles.DeGrazia@UConn.edu

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Freshman forward Corey Sharib works around an RIT player last weekend at the Freitas Ice Forum. The Huskies split the home series.

By Carmine Colangelo Staff Writer Just before exams begin and the 2011 fall semester comes to a close, the UConn men’s hockey team will play in one more game against Atlantic Hockey opponent Bentley. The Huskies will host the Falcons in their final home game of the semester this Friday. The Huskies’ regular season record stands at 5-8-2 and 3-5-1 in conference after splitting a home stand against conference rival RIT last weekend. In the first game on Friday, the Huskies grinded out a 3-2 victory over the Tigers. Three different Huskies would score in the game as defender Tom Janosz scored

the game winning goal on a slap shot 8:31 into the third period, his first goal on the season. Forwards Brant Harris and Jordan Sims would also score on the night, their 10th and fourth goals respectively. All three goals were assisted by forward Cole Schneider who has a season total of 12 while goaltender Garrett Bartus tallied 29 saves in the night. The second game, however, would not go as well for the Huskies as they fell to the Tigers 2-1 on Saturday night. Harris would score the lone goal for the Huskies after being down 2-0 late in the second period. His season total stands at 11. The Huskies did outshoot the Tigers 29-17, but could only find their way past the goaltender once. Bartus had 15

saves in the game. Now after the weekend split the Huskies are set to take on the Falcons at home. The Huskies are 3-1-0 at the Freitas Ice Forum this year. The Falcons, who are coming off of 2-2 overtime tie against Niagra last Saturday. Their record stands at 4-8-3 this season and they are 3-6-1 on the road. Forward Brett Hartung leads the Falcons in goals this season with five and forward Brett Gensler leads the team with 10 assists. Their goaltender Branden Komm has a goals against average of 2.26 as well as a save percentage of .935. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. this Friday in the Freitas Ice Forum.

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Will the Knicks beat the Celtics on Christmas? from WHO, page 14 too naïve even for a Knicks fan to say, but at the same time it cannot be denied that things are looking up. With Toney Douglas, Landry Fields and 6-foot-6 draft pick Iman Shumpert leading things on the defensive side of the ball, scouts around the league are all expecting a turnaround. With that in mind, the Knicks offense, one of the best in the league last year, will be able to start winning them more games. Yes, Melo (26.3) and

Stat (25.3) playing together last year never really seemed to click, but all that relationship needs is time. And after an offseason together, you can bet they’ll be clicking once it’s time to open up presents. TJ: Yes, New York has to improve defensively, because they have nowhere to go but up. The Knicks, however, made a terrible mistake in the draft by taking Shumpert over former ACC Defensive Player of the Year Chris Singleton, who is even longer

than Shumpert at 6-foot-9. By the way, Shumpert and Singleton both played in the ACC. Do you really trust a rookie in his first game in the NBA, with the spotlight on him in MSG to be able to stop one Paul Pierce, one of the craftiest scorers in league history, late in the game? I surely don’t. Also, there’s no question Melo and Stat can score, but remember that the C’s focus ever since KG arrived has been defense. Boston allowed a league best 91.1 points per game.


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Home: Gampel Pavilion, XL Center Tomorrow Dec. 18 Seton Hall Baylor 7 p.m. 8:30 p.m.

Dec. 21 Coll. of Charleston 7 p.m.

Dec. 29 Fairfield 7:30 p.m

Jan. 4 West Virginia 7 p.m.

Men’s Ice Hockey (4-7-2) Tomorrow 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.

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Men’s soccer seniors Tony Cascio and Nickardo Blake are among 52 college seniors selected to participate in the 2012 Major League Soccer Combine, which will take place between Jan. 6-10 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Cascio, a midfielder, was a preseason AllAmerican and a member of the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List. He finished the year with five goals and eight assists, ending his career with 24 goals and 25 assists in four years. He was also named to the All-Big East Second Team this season. Blake, a defenseman, arrived at UConn as a transfer two years ago from East Central Junior College in Missouri. He scored one goal and had three assists this season to go along with career totals of two goals and six assists. UConn has had 22 players drafted into the MLS, including six first-round selections. Most recently, the Seattle Sounders selected former UConn AllAmerican goalkeeper Josh Ford in the first round of last year’s MLS Supplemental Draft. In addition to his invitation to the MLS Combine, Cascio also appeared on TopDrawerSoccer.com’s Top 100 upperclassmen rankings. Sophomore defender Andrew Jean-Baptiste was the highest UConn player on the list at No. 7, followed by sophomore forward Mamadou Doudou Diouf at No. 15, junior midfielder Carlos Alvarez at No. 50 and Cascio at No. 53. Last Wednesday, Field hockey head coach Nancy Stevens was named the Dita/NFHCA Mideast Region Coach of the Year. Stevens also earned the honor of Big East Coach of the Year earlier this fall after coaching the Huskies to a 19-3 record and a Final Four berth. Stevens coached four All-Americans this season. Sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Mansfield and senior defender Jestine Angelini were named First Team All-Americans, while senior defender Rayell Heistand and sophomore forward Anna Jeute were named Second Team All-Americans. Angelini was also named the Mideast Player of the Year, as well as the Big East Defensive Player of the Year. UConn field hockey has now produced 23 players who have earned a total of 39 First Team All-American honors, and 25 have earned a total of 28 Second Team All-American honors. On the court, women’s basketball freshman forward Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis was named the Big East Freshman of the Week for the third consecutive week. Teammate Bria Hartley was named to the Big East Weekly Honor Roll as well The more you know.

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Marlins reach deal with LHP Mark Buehrle DALLAS (AP) — The Miami Marlins plucked another free agent prize Wednesday, reaching a deal with four-time All-Star pitcher Mark Buehrle for $58 million over four years. Manager Ozzie Guillen praised Buehrle over and over at baseball’s winter meetings. They were together on the Chicago White Sox this season, and Guillen was eager to have the left-hander on his side next year. “This kid is special,” Guillen said. “He pitched in the big scenarios, big moments, very tough city to pitch. When people love you in Chicago, that means something.” Buehrle’s deal is subject to a physical, which the sides were arranging. The Marlins have been the busiest team by far in the majors this week, spending $191 million on three prime free agents. They previously landed a pair of AllStars: shortstop Jose Reyes and closer Heath Bell. Plus, they’ve been pursuing slugger Albert Pujols and pitcher C.J. Wilson. The 32-year-old Buehrle has been one of the majors’ most

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durable and effective pitchers for more than a decade. He has reached double figures in victories and thrown over 200 innings in each of the last 11 seasons, all with the White Sox. Buehrle was 13-9 with a 3.59 ERA this year and won his third straight Gold Glove. Buehrle is among the fastest workers in the big leagues. It works for him — he’s thrown two no-hitters while going 161119 in the majors, including a perfect game against Tampa Bay in 2009. A workhorse for the White Sox, he helped them win the 2005 World Series when he even made a relief appearance. Chicago offered him salary arbitration last month, but he decided to find a new home after a visit to Miami, where the Marlins will move into a new ballpark next season. “Him moving from the American League to the National League, it’s a big step for us,” Guillen said. “I think he’s comfortable because I know what I’m going to get from him, and he knows what’s going to come from us, and I think that helps,” he said.

McCarver wins Hall of Fame’s Frick Award DALLAS (AP) — Tim McCarver found it a bit hard to offer any analysis after this honor. McCarver, an All-Star catcher who discovered a second career as a folksy announcer known for explaining the game in exacting detail, won the Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence on Wednesday. “I don’t know about talking about my legacy,” he said on a conference call. “I feel a little strange about that.” He did point to two elements for success for any baseball announcer — “being right” and “staying contemporary.” The 70-year-old McCarver has worked for Fox since 1996, and has been an analyst on national television networks for three decades. He also was with NBC, ABC and CBS, and has won six Emmy Awards. McCarver previously was part of the broadcast crews for the Phillies, Mets, Yankees and Mets. He became the second person to win the Frick Award primarily as an analyst, joining Tony Kubek in 2009.

“Tim McCarver has been the face and voice of baseball’s biggest moments on national television,” Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson said. “His wit and intuition, combined with his passion for the game and his down-home style, delivers a trusted insight for viewers.” McCarver will be honored in Cooperstown during the induction weekend in late July. Earlier this week, Chicago Cubs third baseman Ron Santo was elected to the Hall a year after his death. McCarver said he was looking forward to sharing the podium with Santo’s family. McCarver and Santo played against each other for more than a decade in the NL and both blossomed as broadcasters. McCarver said he’d only been to one Hall induction ceremony, when his pal Phil Rizzuto was enshrined. A prep star while growing up in Memphis, McCarver made his major league debut in 1959. Fast for a catcher — he once led the NL in triples — he became a two-time All-Star and helped the St. Louis Cardinals win a pair of World Series titles.


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P.13: Marlins agree to deal with LHP Buehrle. / P.12: UConn no longer talking to other conferences. / P.12: NBA talks wrap up drug testing.

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Fearless forecasts

Johnny McEntee’s journey from walk-on to starter By Mac Cerullo Managing Editor

Andrew Callahan

It’s third down, nine yards to go and UConn is down 31-24 against Western Michigan with about five minutes left to play. The Huskies have possession at their own 21-yard line and need a first down to keep the critical drive alive. Johnny McEntee takes the snap, drops back and searches for an open receiver. He throws a bullet down the middle, but a Western Michigan linebacker gets a hand on it and tips it up. The ball flutters in the air for a few gut-wrenching moments before falling into the hands of UConn receiver Kashif Moore for an 18-yard gain and the critical first down. A couple of days later, sitting in a dull grey study room at the Burton Family Football complex, the quarterback from California said he got lucky on the play. “But that’s the way the ball bounces,” McEntee said. “And sometimes it bounces your way.” The Huskies wound up losing 38-31, but McEntee finished the game with 300 yards passing and a career high four touchdowns in just his second game as the full-time starter. Not bad for a walk on. Considering where he began and how much he had to overcome to become UConn’s starting quarterback, lucky could

A quick heads up – until that big, ridiculous ball drops at 11:59:59 p.m. on Dec. 31, you’re going to be forced to do a lot of looking back. The Year in Review specials, the best of/worst of lists and holiday parties with long-distance relatives, you name it. So for the time being, screw ‘em. Here’s a look ahead to the sports world in 2012 with eight things I foresee coming our way. You know, after our beloved ball drops. UConn men’s basketball reaches Final Four…falls to North Carolina Writing this was about as easy as chewing through a bar of soap, but I’m just not convinced a repeat is in the cards. This season’s tournament will be amongst the most talented we’ve seen in the years, with a bevy of teams worthy of taking the title. My guess is that if there is a team to fell the Huskies, it’s one with good balance and a strong, experienced frontcourt. UNC fits this, almost as well as UConn did the Cinderella slipper last year. Carolina Panthers make the NFL playoffs While the demigod in Denver racks up the headlines, another first-year starting quarterback has quietly put together perhaps the most impressive season of any young player. Totaling 26 touchdowns through just 12 games, Cam Newton has managed to keep Carolina in every contest this season. While running over opponents has captured highlight reels, the kid has also exceeded all expectations through the air, now with over 3,000 passing yards. Even with a 4-8 record, the Panthers aren’t far off now and will be right in the thick of things next season. Currently, five of their eight losses have come by one score ,and their defense has seen marked improvement. With a full off-season to grow within new head coach Ron Rivera’s systems, the Panthers will be scratching out a wild card berth next season. Write it down. Oklahoma City Thunder win NBA championship over the Miami Heat Come this June, one of the youngest teams in the NBA will finally grow from that moniker into a new one – world champions. Captained by all-world forward Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City plans

describe McEntee himself too. He was not highly recruited out of high school and UConn was the only Division I program that offered him a chance, and they did so as a preferred walk-on. Once on the team, he found himself buried in the depth chart taking snaps with the scout team with seemingly no chance to move up in the ranks. But then head coach Paul Pasqualoni took over after Randy Edsall left for Maryland, and he opened up the quarterback competition, giving McEntee a realistic chance of becoming the starter for the first time. Over the next few months he battled three scholarship players for the job. In the end, he came out on top. It’s unlikely there’s another starting quarterback anywhere in Division I who’s had a journey quite like McEntee has. To be sure, his story is still a work in progress. His performance as the starter has been inconsistent, and with several younger quarterbacks waiting in the wings, many fans question whether he should remain the starter. But for now, McEntee is relishing his opportunity. “This is the only place that really gave me a chance to play football,” McEntee said. “I always had a dream of playing Division I football. I had to go where the opportunity was.” And as he said, sometimes the ball bounces one’s way.

» McENTEE, page 11 JIM ANDERSON/The Daily Campus

» MEN’S BASKETBALL

Huskies host Harvard in Top 25 matchup

By Colin McDonough Associate Sports Editor The No. 9 UConn men’s basketball team will have a tough non–conference challenge at Gampel Pavilion tonight when No. 25 Harvard comes to town. The Crimson are ranked for the first time in school history. “Bottom line is, looking at them, 13 out of 13 kids returning, they’re a good basketball team,” said coach Jim Calhoun. Calhoun also said that Harvard is a team that reminds him of Butler, UConn’s opponent in the 2011 National Championship. UConn is 7-1, coming off wins against Florida State and Arkansas, but the Huskies haven’t looked incredibly dominant yet. This may be a tough game for that to happen. “We’re still young,” said Niels Giffey. “We’ve got so much talent, but we just have to buy into

» CALLAHAN, page 11

the team.” that game, and then move on,” game this season. Wright also Harvard won the Battle 4 Boatright said. leads the team with 6.8 rebounds Atlantis tournament, which UConn The Crimson is a balanced and per game. lost to UCF in the semifinals and well-disciplined team coached by “They’re a really good basfinished third. The Crimson ketball team,” said Tyler beat the Seminoles and then Olander. “They run their the Knights in the finals. stuff really well…they If the Huskies can get past don’t turn it over much and Harvard, it would not only they play really smart.” be a quality win over a Jeremy Lamb agreed ranked team, but give with Olander. Both said UConn a victory heading the team, although they into the finals break. didn’t face the Crimson 8-0, 0-0 7-1, 0-0 “They were able to win in the Bahamas, watched the tournament in Atlantis,” some of their games in the said Alex Oriakhi. “They Battle 4 Atlantis. Lamb Gampel Pavilion, 7 p.m. were able to beat Florida and Olander said they have 91.7 WHUS/whus.org State… It’s going to be athleticism. great if we can get a win “They really execute and then rest a little bit their plays and are a good with ten days off.” former Seton Hall and Michigan team,” Lamb said. After Saturday’s win over the head coach Tommy Amaker. Harvard is 8-0, one of 15 Razorbacks, Ryan Boatright said “I think Tommy’s done a great unbeaten teams in the country, and tonight’s game would not be job with them,” Calhoun said. if they beat the Huskies, they’ll overlooked. For Harvard, Keith Wright, be the first Ivy League team to “We’ll take it game by game Kyle Casey and Laurent Rivard start 9-0 in over 40 years. UConn an do whatever is needed for all average over 10 points per holds a 14-2 advantage in the all-

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time series with the Crimson. Last season, the Huskies beat Harvard 81-52 on Dec. 22 in Hartford. “Last year I remember our defense was great,” Oriakhi said. UConn held the Crimson to a shooting percentage of 30 percent in last year’s contest. The previous season, current Golden State Warrior Jeremy Lin scored 30 points and almost led Harvard to the upset in Storrs, but the Huskies held on for a 79-73 win in another early season affair. There were plans to induct Rudy Gay, Caron Butler and Ben Gordon into the Huskies of Honor tonight, but with the NBA resuming, it appears the induction will have to wait. Andre Drummond did not wear a mask at the beginning of practice and Calhoun said Michael Bradley will be back at full speed next week.

Colin.McDonough@UConn.edu

Who will win the Celtics-Knicks game on Christmas Day? Boston Celtics By Michael Corasaniti Staff Writer The Celtics are getting up there in age, but with an extended offseason and a sense of desperation, there’s no way Boston loses this game. The C’s haven’t lost an opener since Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen have been in town, and there have always been one of, if not the best team, in the NBA out of the gate in the last four years or so. There’s no reason this will change in 2011-12, especially after sweeping the Knicks in the playoffs last season.

Will the Celtics continue to top the Knicks...

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» POINT/COUNTERPOINT Mike: At this point in the preseason where still so much can happen, it is tough for even me to see the Knicks surpassing the Celtics in the final Atlantic Division standings. But a Christmas Day W for the orange and blue is all but inevitable. This New York team is hungry, hungry for redemption after a play-off sweep, hungry to prove that the trade for Melo and Billups was the right move (although I still miss my Galinari) and hungry to show that they can beat anyone that comes into their house. After the team was finally able to get some — albeit limited — time to gel as a unit, they are ready to turn that hunger into results. TJ: I agree the Knicks may have the hunger to beat the Celtics, but actually beating them is a completely differ-

ent story. The midseason move acquiring Anthony and Billups made riptides around the NBA, but it still hasn’t paid dividends for New York. The Knicks are 14-8 with the two former Nuggets, with a whopping 0-6 record against the Celtics (including playoffs). Also, the Knicks are returning one of the league’s worst defenses, as they allowed 105.7 points per game, third worst in the NBA. They simply won’t be able to stop Paul Pierce or Ray Allen from scoring late in games. Defense wins games, and the Knicks have proved time and time again they know how to lose them. Mike: To disagree with the fact that the Knicks’ defense was a joke last year would be

» WHO’S, page 12

New York Knicks

By TJ Souhlaris Campus Correspondent

With the return of (at least) three former AllStars–Amar’e Stoudemire, Chauncey Billups and Carmelo Anthony–the New York Knicks are ready to storm out of the gate as a legitimate playoff-caliber team. On Christmas Day, there is not much that is going to be able to stop a Knicks team with a new defensive focus, vengeance on their minds after last year’s disappointing Boston series and a crazed Madison Square Garden.

Thomas.Souhlaris@UConn.edu

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