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$mart $tart aims to close gender wage gap
Town council to revisit roommate limit Volume CXX No. 77
With foreseeable housing shortage, some are hoping to expand off-campus options By Domenica Ghanem Staff Writer Mansfield town council members plan to revisit a controversial housing ordinance affecting University of Connecticut students after a discussion during Monday’s council meeting raised questions. The ordinance, a housing restriction that limits the number of unrelated individuals who can rent in a dwelling to three, has been a point of contention between UConn students living offcampus and the town of Mansfield for some time. Violators of the ordinance are cited for “blight.” During public comment, a Mansfield resident asked Deputy Mayor Paul Shapiro to clarify his definition of blight — Shapiro mentioned at a previous meeting that his goal was to reduce “blight.” Shapiro responded with an example of UConn trying to act as a landlord and in doing so “sucked everything it could get (into its property) without concern for the community.” Shapiro said when the university “tries to do things
that are removed from its educational mission, such as run a commercial block,” it creates problems. Councilwoman Betty Wassmundt asked for clarification. Shapiro responded by saying he had heard many concerns during his campaign for councilman about houses with significant numbers of occupants damaging the quality of life for the residents of those neighborhoods. However, some UConn student leaders believe the restrictions are increasing costs for students. “With an increase of demand for off-campus housing, the supply of housing remains the same and limiting the number of people who can rent in one house increases the cost of renting,” Mark Sargent, chair of the external affairs committee of the Undergraduate Student Government at UConn. Sargent added that treating related and unrelated household members differently in the eyes of town law creates an unfair discrepancy. But Sargent’s concerns about town efforts to limit off-campus housing for students are not new. In 2010,
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Town officials gather at Mansfield Town Hall for a meeting and public forum in this 2012 file photo. At Monday night’s meeting, a comment from a Mansfield resident probed the town council to reconsider its law capping the number of unrelated people who can live together.
the town council considered an ordinance to limit parking in town, which would have negatively affected students living off campus. Then-USG President Thomas Haggerty called the town’s actions “a
transparent attempt to reduce student housing.” With UConn foreseeing oncampus housing shortages in the coming years, the issue will become all the more relevant in the coming months.
As a result, the Mansfield Town Council plans to continue discussion of the issue with members of the UConn community in future meetings.
A University of Connecticut employee was arrested Monday and charged with disorderly conduct. Gary Kirsch, a member of the professional staff in UConn’s Community School of the Arts, turned himself in to police Monday after a warrant was issued for his arrest by Rockville Superior Court. According to the arrest report, the warrant stems from a Jan. 21 incident of alleged disorderly conduct involving another UConn employee. The report states Kirsch was transferred to Rockville Superior Court yesterday for presentment. His bond was set at $2,500. Kirsch’s office is located on UConn’s Depot Campus in Tolland. The Community School of the Arts, where Kirsch was employed, provides musical and visual arts instruction to students of all ages throughout Eastern Connecticut — according to the department’s website. Kirsch made an annual salary of $50,500 as a public employee as of 2012, according to open records.
Dining halls adjusting dish disposal Transpo puts new
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By Nick Poirier Campus Correspondent
UConn’s dining halls have been experiencing problems with conveyor belts all across campus, preventing students from placing their trays on the moving belts. With no place to stash dirty dining ware, students have complained about the dishes piling up in the eating area. Buckley and Putnam have struggled with the issue recently. Dennis Pierce, Director of Dining Services, acknowledges the issue and says his program is currently in the process of addressing it. “We’ve had challenges with what they call the return dish belt,” said Pierce, who took the opportunity to have lunch at Buckley and observe the damage. According to Pierce, the belt motors have died due to their old age. “I’m going to say that belt has been in there for probably about 20 years (...) and there was no way to rebuild the motor,” Pierce said. In the meantime, a curtain has been set up at Buckley to separate the view of the kitchen from the outside. Michael White, Assistant Director of Dining Services, refers to this tactic as “pipe and drape.” “We’ve considered a different method for the window until we get that whole thing straightened out and repaired,” White said.
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UConn Transportation has activated ten new GPS units, which has allowed the bus tracker app to resume, clearing up much of the recent confusion amongst students. Due to “big time problems with the GPS system over the last couple of semesters UConn transportation had to replace a lot of the units over winter break,” Janet Freniere, Manager of Transportation Services at UConn, said. The new systems, however, were not the instant fix that many hoped for. According
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In this 2013 file photo, UConn students grab a meal at Putnam Dining Hall at Hilltop Suites. Recently, dining halls have experienced problems with its dining ware disposal system and the Assistant Director of Dining Services said there are plans to revamp the system.
Putnam is facing a similar situation with the conveyor belt issue, but instead of a curtain, the staff has set up a wall made of two-by-fours and sheetrock, according to White. However, the repairs in Putnam are being postponed for a later date, as the dining hall is expected to go through a major renovation in the months to come. There is no set timeframe yet for when the renovations will be
complete. According to Pierce, they are still in the “designing stages.” In addition to the problems faced in Buckley and Putnam, belts in other dining areas, such as Northwest and Towers, have seen malfunctions. Erik Bell, a freshman chemistry major, eats in Towers dining hall on a regular basis. “Last semester it broke a few times,” Bell said. “It’s more of a hindrance, not more of an
issue.” Pierce insisted that the staff is taking “necessary actions” to get the problem fixed. “This doesn’t happen frequently,” said Pierce. “It’s just right now it seems like it’s all happening at once.” Pierce said costs for repairs would remain unknown until quotes from a vendor have been received.
to Freniere, “the old systems were with AT&T but we didn’t realize that the new ones were with Sprint.” Due to this switch, UConn Transportation was forced to go through “quite a process,” as Freniere describes it, before the new systems could be activated. This is the root of the cause for many of the troubles students have been experiencing since the start of the spring semester. Although many students expect UConn Transportation to stay up to date with replacing their GPS units, it turns out there is no set time for
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Canceling school: how admin makes the decision By Nicholas Shigo Campus Correspondent
The storm on the night of Feb. 4 brought the UConn campus 10 inches of snow and a day off for its students. Text and email notifications were sent out to students that afternoon alerting them that the following day’s classes were cancelled Feb. 5 marks the second time that UConn cancelled classes for snow this academic year. The storm brought almost the entirety of February’s aver-
age snowfall, just over 11 inches, according to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, with still almost three weeks left in the month. When a snowstorm is predicted, a committee representing several university offices meets on a conference call to discuss whether or not to close school, according to Stephanie Reitz, the university spokesperson and a member of the committee. Other members of the com-
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breach of peace in the second degree. Police arrested the man after allegedly observing him engage in a physical altercation with another individual on King Hill Road. His bond was set at $500 and his court date is Feb. 18.
ASSAULT Feb. 3 A woman, 18, of Avon, was arrested at 1276 Storrs Road and charged with assault in the third degree and disorderly conduct. Police determined the woman was involved in a physical altercation with her boyfriend in Buckley Hall, and the argument allegedly resulted in injuries. Her bond was set at $1,500. Later in the day, police conducted a wellbeing check on the woman and was allegedly found to be with the man she was involved in the altercation with, violating her terms of release. She was arrested again, charged
with violation of conditions of release in the second degree. Her bond was set at $10,000 and her court date was Feb. 4. Feb. 3 A man, 21, of Storrs, was arrested at 1276 Storrs Road and charged with assault in the third degree, criminal violation of a protective order and disorderly conduct. Police arrested the man at Buckley Hall where he was allegedly involved in a physical altercation with his girlfriend that resulted in injuries. The man was also allegedly in violation of a protective order and was arrested under domestic violence protocols.
Initially, his bond was set at $2,000. However, when police conducted a well-being check later in the day, he was found to be in violation of his conditions of release and was charged again with criminal violation of a protective order and one count of violation of conditions of release in the first degree. His bond was set at $100,000 and his court date was Feb. 4. DISTURBANCE/ DISORDERLY CONDUCT Feb. 8 A man, 19, of Ashland, Mass. was arrested at King Hill Road and charged with
Feb. 9 A man, 22, of Sagamore Beach, Mass., was arrested at King Hill Road and charged with breach of peace in the second degree. Police arrested the man after allegedly observing him engage in a physical altercation with another individual on King Hill Road. His bond was set at $500 and his court date is Feb. 18. DRUGS Feb. 5 A man, 22, of Simsbury, was arrested at Perrageaux and charged with a first offense of possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and possession of narcotics. Police responded to a noise complaint at Celeron Square Apartments and identified the man as being involved in an argument. During the
investigation, police allegedly found the man to be in possession of drug paraphernalia containing marijuana residue and a prescription bottle of Adderrall, which he allegedly did not have a prescription for. His bond was set at $2,000 and his court date is Feb. 18.
Buy a house, travel, invest, buy a car – these were just some of the suggestions of what the room full of two-dozen women who gathered for the $tart $mart workshop would do with $1.2 million. $1.2 million is the estimated sum that women will miss out on over the course of their lifetimes due to the gender wage gap, a gender wage gap that the $tart $mart initiative hopes to end. These workshops were started by the WAGE project (WAGE which, in this case, stands for Women Are Getting Even) in 2007 with the objective “to end discrimination against women in the American workplace” and to do so by “inspiring and helping women to take the steps needed so that every woman is paid what she’s worth.” Sponsored by the Women’s Center and the African American Cultural Center, the three-hour interactive workshop took steps towards achieving WAGE’s objective by arming women with the tools they
need to close the gender-wage gap and end salary inequality between women and men, namely teaching women about salary negotiations. This is where the workshop became interactive. Attendees of the workshop were taught how to research the average salaries for specific jobs at the WAGE website and how to judge themselves against that average when preparing to negotiate salaries. The young women then took part in role-play exercises to practice negotiating salaries and boost their confidence to do so in the future. Valerie Pare attended the event because, for her, the practice will be put into use soon. “I expect to have to go through these sort of negotiations in the near future so I came hoping to gain skills in that area,” Pare said. “The workshop gave me some concrete negotiation dialogue to work with.” Having a college degree, as Pare does, is less of a buffer to wage inequality than one might think. Most of the workshop attendees were undergraduate
said that her job driving school vans becomes more difficult with snow. “UConn specifically urges faculty to respect the decisions of commuting students who decide not to travel to classes, and provide options for them to make up missed work,” said Reitz. In a time where classes have a greater digital presence, some students don’t think missing class is that big of an issue. “I feel like it shouldn’t affect the overall class. Teachers can email students the assignments. There shouldn’t be an issue. A lot of teachers put the notes online, too,” said Matthew Cassidy, freshman accounting major. UConn classes also suffered a significant number of cancellations in 2011 when Connecticut was hit by the Halloween snow storm, and again in 2012 when Hurricane Sandy made landfall.
A woman, 21, of Waterbury, was arrested at North Eagleville Road and charged with evading responsibility, failure to drive in the proper lane of a multi-lane highway and operation while under the influence. Police pulled the woman over while investigating a motor vehicle accident and determined her vehicle had left the scene of the accident without taking responsibility. The woman also failed a series of field sobriety tests. Her bond was set at $500 and her court date is Feb. 24.
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Kathy Fischer, who lead the $mart $tart workshop Monday, discusses wage disparity issues with students. The $mart $tart inititive estimates women are paid $1.2 million less over their lifetimes than men.
students who became all too aware of the way this wage gap affects college graduates; research carried out by the American Association of University Women shows that only one year out of college, women working full-time get paid 82 cents of what their male counterparts earn. A large part of the cause of
this is reluctance on the part of women to negotiate their salaries, an issue the workshop leader Kathy Fischer hopes to help young women with. “We know from research that women get paid 77 cents to every man’s dollar but also we know that we are not socialised in a way that empowers women to advocate for themselves,”
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and email messages to students alerting them to the closing, and Facilities Operations workers start the long process of plowing the streets and clearing sidewalks. According to their website, Facilities Operations clears the roads and sidewalks on a priority basis, focusing on the areas with the most traffic. Inclement weather and the hazardous driving conditions that accompany it can often cause problems for UConn’s commuter students. The university makes allowances for those unable to make the drive due to weather, but missing classes can still put them behind. “It’s not really a problem for people who live on campus,” said Rebecca Edwards, a sophomore pre-education and math major. “It’s more of a problem for people who need to travel to get to campus.” Edwards, also a student employee with Transportation Services,
Fischer said. “The goal is to hopefully empower women to do that.” To find out more about upcoming events at womenscenter.uconn.edu and to learn more about $tart $mart and the WAGE project, students can visit wageproject.org.
Closing campus after snow is a group decision mittee include employees of the police department, facilities operations, the provost’s office, emergency services, student life, and communications. “When a storm is forecast to arrive overnight, we schedule a conference call at 4 a.m.,” said Reitz. “We always try to communicate our decision by 5 a.m. so students and employees can plan their day accordingly.” The committee considers conditions across the state in regards to the school’s commuter student population, as well as walking conditions around campus. The committee’s main priority is the safety of the students and faculty on campus, but also maintaining the effective research and teaching operations of the university, according to Reitz. Once a delay or cancellation is FILE PHOTO/The Daily Campus announced, the university comIn this Feb. 5 file photo, UConn students sled down Horsebarn Hill. In a recent interview, a UConn offical opened up about how administration makes the decision on whether or not munications office sends out text to canel classes due to inclement weather.
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these devices to expire. “It’s kind of hit or miss. Some of them have lasted the full three years we’ve had them while others have had a variety of different issues,” Freniere said. These GPS units, one located in each of the thirteen buses, are what connect the UConn transportation vehicles to the Bus Tracker app that many students use to plan their day to day trips across campus. If the unit in a specific bus is not operating, the bus will not show up on the app and therefore students will not be able to know when or if it is even coming. With the many GPS problems early in the semester, this problem was occurring all over campus. If the bus tracker isn’t working, there are other resources available to students. UConn transportation utilizes their facebook page, phone system and website to keep its users informed. “We use the facebook page to send messages about buses that are shut down or route changes,” Freniere said. There is a set bus schedule that can be found at bus. uconn.edu. “It is usually pretty accurate, although traffic can cause delays just as it can for anyone else,” Freniere said. The buses run within five or 10 minutes of the same scheduled time everyday, disregarding any accidents or shut downs. If students are using the online schedule, it is good to keep in mind that “the blue and red lines are the two loops that usually have the most delays during the day,” Freniere said. “They are the two routes we didn’t change when we redid all the other routes a few years ago. The bus roots used to be big loops but now they back track on themselves, which is a lot more efficient.” Freniere also urges students to ask the driver if you are afraid you’re getting on the wrong bus. Dispatchers are also available by phone. The recording will give you updates about the buses that are running and option 0 will allow anyone to speak directly to a UConn Transportation dispatcher. GPS troubles are not the main cause for many of the routine delays or bus shut downs that occur throughout the semester, however. C u r r e n t l y, UConn Transportation employs 90 student drivers that tend to work between 10 and 20 hours a week, according to Freniere. “There are too many open shifts, it would be optimal to have 120 to 130 drivers if they are going to work 10 to 15 hours,” Freniere said. If the buses are to be running at their maximum efficiency, UConn Transportation needs more drivers. Driving buses is the highest paying student job on campus. UConn Transportation is hoping by next fall they will have 120 drivers. If a student is interested, online applications can be found at bus. uconn.edu/employment.
$mart $tart aims to close gender wage gap By Jennifer Macchia Campus Correspondent
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State business group opposes min. wage hike HARTFORD (AP) — Connecticut’s largest business organization said Monday it will fight a proposed increase in the minimum wage and seek changes in some state unemployment insurance rules. The Connecticut Business and Industry Association said at a media briefing that high taxes and regulations make it harder for the state to attract business. The group outlined spending, tax, energy, environmental and other policies it says will make Connecticut more competitive by 2017. “Connecticut is perceived as not a place to do business,” said Bonnie Stewart, vice president of government affairs. One proposal the business group will target is Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposed increase in the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017, which would make Connecticut’s the highest in the nation. Connecticut’s minimum wage just increased from $8.25 to $8.70 on Jan. 1. A second increase to $9 is scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, 2015. The CBIA opposes Malloy’s latest plan, saying raising the minimum wage again will reduce hiring into entry-level jobs. Eric Gjede, assistant counsel at the CBIA, said the poor are not in the workforce and would not benefit from an increase in the minimum wage. In addition, a high unemployment rate among teens who typically are paid the minimum wage when they enter the labor force, would be wors-
ened with a higher minimum wage, Gjede said. The state Department of Labor reported an unemployment rate of 23.2 percent last year for workers between the ages of 16 and 19. “There would be less jobs for some with slightly more pay for a few,” Gjede said. Gjede also said he has suggested to Sen. Cathy Osten, Senate chairwoman of the legislature’s Labor and Public Employees Committee, that to stem the rising cost of unemployment insurance the state should raise the threshold of wages from $500 currently to $2,000 to qualify for unemployment insurance. He said the change is intended to update the qualifying threshold that’s been in place since 1990. He also suggested a task force including business, labor and the state Department of Labor to review ways to make job searches by unemployed workers more effective. Osten said she does not necessarily oppose Gjede’s proposals, but it’s the committee’s decision to advance legislation. She said she’ll schedule a public hearing to solicit comments on changes to the state unemployment insurance law. Eric Brown, associate counsel at CBIA, said the business group will work with lawmakers to codify into law provisions of an executive order issued by Malloy last October. The order says the state will review outdated, ineffective or burdensome regulations and consider whether an additional regulation is necessary.
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Rubio proposes higher ed. plan MIAMI (AP) — Possible presidential contender Sen. Marco Rubio called Monday for overhauling the nation’s higher education system to close an “opportunity gap” between Americans with and without advanced degrees. The Florida Republican said the reforms should include state-accredited alternatives to four-year colleges, incomebased terms for repaying college loans and new standards for accrediting free Internet courses. “Those with the right advanced education are making more money than ever. But those who are not are falling farther and farther behind,” Rubio said at an education forum at Miami Dade College. “The result is an opportunity gap developing between haves and have-nots, those who have advanced education and those who do not. And if we do not reverse that trend, we will lose the upward mobility that made America exceptional.” Rubio’s proposal comes as Republicans seek an alternative to President Barack Obama’s agenda to bolster the middle class, some of which touches on the same higher education issues. The affordability and access plan also is part of the GOP’s effort to step past the elitesounding tone of some of Mitt Romney’s statements during his 2012 presidential bid. At the height of that race, footage was released showing Romney suggesting that 47 percent of Americans view themselves as victims who won’t take responsibility for themselves. The price tag for tuition and fees at public four-year colleges is up 27 percent beyond
In this Jan. 8, 2014 file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Amid a renewed Republican focus on poverty, Rubio is calling on Congress to overhaul the country’s higher education system, proposing a series of changes that he says will make college more affordable and bridge a “skills gap” in the American economy.
overall inflation over the last five years, according to the latest figures from the College Board. The average annual cost for a full-time student at a four-year public college is now $18,390, including room, board and tuition. Subtract grants and tax benefits, and it drops to $12,620. More than 70 percent of the national college class of 2012 had loan debt at graduation, and their debt averaged $29,400, according to the most recent figures from the California-based Institute for College Access and Success. Rubio is touting several private-sector solutions. At the heart of his proposal are alternatives to a four-year college degree. Free online courses — evaluated and overseen by an independent accrediting board —would be transferable to traditional schools
and eligible for federal aid. Workers could also use their skills to earn certifications or degrees outside traditional institutions by passing new standardized tests. “I want to add more options to the menu. And the more options we have, the more affordable it will be and the more people we’re going to be able to empower,” he told the AP in an interview before the conference, presented by National Journal. Education experts have raised questions about the credibility of free online courses and for-profit colleges. Rubio, who often notes that he still owed more than $100,000 in student loans when he became a senator in 2011, said college students should be offered cost-benefit analyses comparing how much they can expect to earn in a particular
field to how much they will owe after earning a degree in the subject. The Obama administration is also exploring whether to include salary data in a new ratings system of colleges that it wants to tie to financial aid. Critics in the higher education community say such evaluations are unfair and compromise schools’ autonomy. In addition to federal loans, Rubio called for the creation of “student investment plans.” Private investment firms would cover tuition costs that could be repaid later as a fixed percentage of a graduate’s income for a set number of years, regardless of whether that amount covers the total debt. The Republican lawmaker also called for simplifying the federal aid process and making income-based loan repayment mandatory.
ened when the law both supports all families and protects the freedoms of conscience and belief.” The organization is teaming with a pair of Salt Lake City attorneys to represent the progay marriage case. Utah state attorneys filed their opening argument in support of banning gay marriage last week, saying the optimal environment for raising children is with a mother and father. The state contends that redefining marriage poses “real, concrete risks to children” because not having a mother or father leads to emotional damage. The state said its duty is to look out for the longterm interests of children who can’t defend themselves. Attorneys for three gay and lesbian couples in Utah who brought the lawsuit against Utah will file their response by Feb. 25. Organizations who want to send in arguments in support of the couples have until March 4. The couples’ attorneys have scoffed at the notion that gay and lesbian couples make inferior parents, saying there is no scientific evidence to back that claim. They also have pointed to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling last summer striking down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act as backing in this case. In that decision, the justices wrote
that limiting marriages to a man and a woman relegates gay marriages to second-class status and “humiliates tens of thousands of children now being raised by same-sex couples.” A hearing has been set for April 10 in Denver. The court will then decide if it agrees with a federal judge in Utah who in mid-December overturned the 2004-voter passed ban, saying it violates gay and lesbian couples’ rights to due process and equal protection under the 14th Amendment. The appeals court also is reviewing a similar decision about Oklahoma’s ban, and a hearing on that case has been set for April 17. The arguments in support of Utah’s gay-marriage ban, passed by two-thirds of voters in 2004, trickled in Monday. Attorneys general from Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma and South Carolina filed a brief that said same-sex marriage is not part of the country’s roots and traditions. “Traditional marriage is too deeply imbedded in our laws, history and traditions for a court to hold that more recent state constitutional enactment of that definition is illegitimate or irrational,” Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller wrote.
Religious groups join fight for gay marriage in court SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A coalition of religious organizations has come together to urge a federal appeals court to uphold same-sex marriage bans in Utah and Oklahoma, saying unions between a man and woman are best for children, families and society. The argument was made in a 42-page brief filed Monday afternoon to a Denver-based court reviewing cases that could reverse gay-marriage bans in Utah and Oklahoma. Lawyers for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops wrote the brief, which was signed by the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. “Our respective religious doctrines hold that marriage between a man and a woman is sanctioned by God as the right and best setting for bearing and raising children,” it says. “We believe that children, families, society, and our nation thrive best when husband-wife marriage is upheld and strengthened as a cherished, primary social institution.” The coalition struck back at the notion that opposing gay marriage makes one anti-gay, irrational or bigoted.
Opponents of gay marriage show their support during a rally at the Utah State Capitol Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Salt Lake City. A little more than a month after a surprising federal court ruling overturned this conservative state’s ban on gay marriage, the battle over the issue reached the Capitol building Tuesday as hundreds of opponents and supporters of same-sex marriage held twin rallies.
“The accusation is false and offensive,” it says. “It is intended to suppress rational dialogue and democratic conversation, to win by insult and intimidation rather than by reason, experience, and fact.” They say they have no ill will toward same-sex couples, only “marriage-affirming religious beliefs,” supported by sociological facts, saying holding on
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Australia prioritizes coal production over Great Barrier Reef
n Jan. 31, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) approved plans to dredge 3.3 million tons of seabed sediment along the Abbot Point port in northern Queensland, Australia and dump the excavated material into the ocean area surrounding the Great Barrier Reef. The dredging will allow for a 70 percent increase in ships able to reach the Abbot Point port, which is part of the Australian government’s plans to expand coal exports from its current 265 million tons a year to 868 million tons by 2030. This growth is fed by booming demand in India and China, the latter of which has recently reduced domestic coal production investment - as the emerging economic titans continue to undergo rapid industrial development, which proponents of the plan claim will produce $28 billion in coal development projects alone. Unfortunately, the dredging will inflict catastrophic damage upon what is left of the Great Barrier Reef, a system of over 3,000 tropical reefs and 900 coral islands, that comprise the largest living organism on Earth. Two Indian companies, Adani Group and GVK, are the principal funders of the expansion project, though Australian billionaire Gina Rinehart’s company Hancock Coal will oversee the actual coal production at three of the six new port terminals due for completion in 2016. The GBRMPA board of directors countered a claim by Greenpeace contending that the sediment dumping would cause widespread destruction of the reef system by citing a series of 16 environmental studies that posit the ecological damage will be minimal. It is worth noting, however, that Tony Mooney and Jon Grayson – both members of the GBRMPA board – are under investigation for conflict of interests, as both men work for mining companies that would benefit from the expansion project. Opponents of the Abbot Point expansion project point out that even though the sediment will be dumped in an area devoid of any reefs, the ocean current will undoubtedly carry the loose material over the reef, which will blot out much needed sunlight. Additionally, the noise pollution caused by a large influx of ships will contribute to a drastic increase in the flight of whale, dolphin, and dugong populations. For evidence, one need not look any further than the consequences of the liquefied gas terminal project on Curtis Island, in which sediment deposits plumed out of their containment area killing unknown thousands of local species and even incited a toxic algal bloom that further contributed to mass marine death. In addition to exterminating one of Earth’s seven natural wonders, the Abbot Point expansion project may also, coincidentally, deprive Queensland of the $4 billion in tourism the Great Barrier Reef generates annually.
After DOMA: The buck doesn’t stop here
onsidering the repeal of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which prevented federal recognition of homosexual marriages, to be the crown achievement of the LGBT movement neglects the further challenges remaining to societal sexualilty standards. The structuring of marriage equality as the primary objective has made us play into conservative and upper class ideals of what the LGBT community should look like. By doing so, we have represented LGBT as a happy loving community–which it very well is and can be– and neglected By Victoria Kallsen the other side Weekly Columnist of the coin for LGBT rights: LGBT divorce, sexual experimentation, and sex positivity. We’ve presented the “Mitch and Cam” model of a white upper class couple who have the funds and means to marry and adopt while not addressing the concerning number of homeless LGBT youth in America today (between 320,000 and 400,000 according to the Center for American Progress). Isn’t it wonderful and amazing that homosexual partners can now marry? Absolutely; but if we don’t continue to push for equality in other arenas, we will be stunted. Let’s get real here: monogamous marriage is practically the ultimate goal of social conservative ideology. It means all your body parts are now reserved for one human being (which is cool and all), and you’ll now file all your taxes together. Huzzah! Does marriage have a
lot of emotional importance? Sure, but only because we as a society decided that marriage means something more than a party and a signed paper. Like “Voldemort,” words and names only have the power we afford to it. Truly, how liberal is it to demand rights to one of the oldest traditions and institutions out there? Marriage has also been linked to further the economic and social divides in this country. As Andrew Cherlin of Johns Hopkins University said to the New York Times, “It is the privileged Americans who are marrying, and marrying helps them stay privileged.” The same article also reports that “scholars have said that changes in marriage patterns - as opposed to changes in individual earnings - may account for as much as 40 percent of the growth in certain measures of inequality.” The frightening correlations between marriage and economic divides can only mean one thing: that marriage equality may not stipulate economic equality. With the spotlight elsewhere, it’s easy to forget about other important LGBT issues. For the sake of brevity, we’ll only cover unemployment and homeless youth with a statistic dump. From the Williams Institute, of all LGBT employees, 27.1 percent were subject to any form of discrimination including harassment or job loss; 37.7 percent of “out” employees faced similar acts. For transgender employees, 78 percent had encountered it. According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, homosexual individuals make up 20 percent of the homeless population, even though they only comprise 10 percent of the youth population. Once they are homeless, they are 7.4 times more likely to be the victims of sexual violence than their heterosexual counterparts. They are also twice as likely to commit suicide. With this in
mind, can we continue to ignore these important challenges? Shouldn’t support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) be just as boisterous as the rejection of DOMA? Shouldn’t you change your profile picture in recognition of the hundred thousands of LGBT youth without home or hearth? By demanding marriage equality, we’ve been liberals on conservative terms. We’ve tried to strip away the “sexual deviant” label when we should be saying “it sure ain’t immoral to enjoy sexual activity,” especially to those who use the Bible as their chastity belt. Homosexuality can and is often about the love between two people, but it can also be about the lust between two people. Are we really going to neuter ourselves and continue to stigmatize against any sort of sex positivity? Should we really apologize for enjoying an orgasm? Marriage equality is great. It will forever mark an important step in the crusade for LGBT rights. Yet, understanding how it plays into class divides and conservative ideals of marriage is vital to realizing we can do so much more. Much like the decision of Roe vs. Wade, we have years and years ahead of us defending this decision, much less trying to gain more ground. Let’s not forget about the further struggles ahead of us such as LGBT homelessness and workplace discrimination. Reflect on combating further homophobia and transphobia. Don’t make marriage equality the greatest achievement of the movement; make it merely the first step on the road to challenging economic inequality and sex-negativity.
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American media should focus less on entertainment
It’s all fun and games until you get out of bed. College Dropout dropped 10 years ago today. Just a point of cultural history to keep in mind as you attend class, do homework and whatever else you’re doing to prepare for never being as successful as Kanye West. UConn-Notre Dame women’s would be SO good this year “The Summer Olympics is many different kinds of athleticism, but the Winter Olympics is just 48 different kinds of sliding.” “I mean, they probably have a professional beer pong team at Yale too. With an endowment, 25 iMacs and their own building...” Today, Tuesday, is the day where I finish my 10-day run of antibiotics. This calls for one thing only: TO THE BAR! Seriously, the bus app and GPS tracking... I can’t even (get to class on time).
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he criteria for “breaking news” is slowly moving away from important and relevant pieces of information toward the type of news that garners viewers. This explains why MSNBC’s news anchor, Andrea Mitchell, was prompted to interject during Congresswoman Jane Harman’s interview on the NSA and individual By Jesseba Fernando p r i v a c y to report, Staff Columnist “Breaking news out of Miami … Justin Bieber has been arrested on a number of charges.” The need for an increase in ratings and viewers has called for desperate measures, some of which may compromise the primary focus of a news outlet: to inform the minds of the inquiring public. The coverage of Kate Middleton and Prince William’s wedding as well the birth of their child became the obsession of the news media during the summer of 2013. Despite the increasing attention on the Royal Family, there was a less-thananticipated response after Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, made one of his most powerful speeches
regarding climate change. His warning that climate change is “the greatest risk we have ever faced” falls flat with the news media. Regardless of this heartfelt call to action, U.S. news coverage continues to show 92 news segments on the Royal Family while only 12 news segments are shown on climate change. Likewise, national news on ITV, after being extended a half hour to show the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with the new prince outside the hospital, had an average audience of 6.9 million and 7.5 million at its peak. CNN portrays the top stories in the sidebar of the front page. Here we find that the article “U.S. debating targeted killing of American terror suspect overseas” has received 1,900 Facebook likes while the article “Nobody Liked My Selfie and Now the Country is Going to Hell” received 6,200 likes on Facebook. Through social media, our country is displaying what grabs our interest and the media takes that into consideration when preparing their reports. Given that the news media controls what stories to focus on, one would expect the priorities of “breaking news” to be independent of the profit margins of news networks.
Unfortunately, journalism is not a non-profit career. This often leads to incidents such as CNN giving higher priority to the report of quarterback Tim Tebow being cut from the New England Patriots followed by a feature of summer movie failures over the verdict coming in about a gang rape of a student by students. Another prime example would be the Trayvon Martin case. A controversial court case with racial implications is a field day for journalists. However, five days after the verdict on July 18, the media continued to cover the verdict rather than turn the attention to the municipality of Detroit declaring itself bankrupt. To this day, it remains the largest city to declare bankruptcy. CNN’s news anchor, Don Lemon, has been noted displaying his frustration with his news network’s increasing attempts to gain viewers and increase ratings. When a story on the potential tuition and expenses of Hogwarts’ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry was being reported, Don Lemon interposes saying the amount would total to $0 “because it doesn’t exist. … I could have done the calculations for you.” During a story on the heat wave in Canada, a man dressed in a
Devil’s costume was interviewed regarding his opinion while the statistic “22 dead due the heat” streams across the banner. While the “Devil” playfully joked that it was “a little warmer up here than what (he’s) used to” Don Lemon states that it is “nothing to joke about. It is dangerous.” Jon Stewart defends Don Lemon by stating, “See, it turns out that reporter Don Lemon prefers reporting such stories as the uprising in Syria, breach of trust in British journalism, or even some simple local interest stories.” Unfortunately for Don Lemon and others similarly frustrated by news outlets, it all comes down to the bottom line. Cost per mille (CPM) refers to the advertising cost per thousand views. This explains the need for millions of page views for the news networks to be profitable. News networks use supply and demand when televising and posting stories online and on TV. The more viewers and CPMs, the more successful they are. In the end, it is our own interest as a nation that fuels the news media shown. Jesseba.Fernando @UConn.edu 4th-semester biology major
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University of Connecticut alumnus Daniel Blanchard has achieved a great deal of success since the days of his undergrad years. The author of a new teen self-help series, the first two books titled “Granddaddy’s Secrets: Feeling Lucky and Granddaddy’s Secrets: Feeling Good,” talked with me in a phone interview, where we discussed the hard work behind his book series and his main principles for success. DC: In what ways would you say your education at the University of Connecticut helped you with your future career as an educator and author? DB: “A UConn education is very fortunate. It broadens your horizons and you are exposed to how different people think and behave. To be honest, it was a little scary! I wasn’t the rock star like I was in high school being a successful high school athlete. UConn really represents the whole world and it really taught me that you have to work hard to create something special. Graduating from UConn is something I am very proud of. It was a great experience for me.” DC: What would you say your strongest personal trait is that led you to the successes that you have had today? DB: “I would say my strongest trait is my ability to work hard. Many, many times I have thought that I haven’t been the most gifted. But, I ‘ve always managed to work very hard whether that means getting up early, or working late into the night. When I was young that hard work is what helped me become a great athlete, it helped me get my seven degrees and become a successful author and speaker. Putting in more hours and hard work on a daily basis, someone can become successful no matter what their upbringing was.” DC: If one of your students were to approach you with a problem or concern, what would be your ultimate piece of advice to them? DB: “Rarely is anything as bad as it seems, especially for kids. Kids tend to worry and don’t have the life experience behind them to realize things they worry about may not even happen, or be that great of a concern. My
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Daniel Blanchard has successfully completed 12 years of college and has earned seven degrees. He teaches social studies in Connecticut’s largest inner-city high school.
advice would be don’t make [a problem] bigger than it is, you can be proactive in the meantime to better prepare yourself for problems when they do happen. In my first book I spent a lot of time trying to redefine the word ‘lucky.’ Lucky should mean hard work that leads to opportunity. When hardship comes about, they will be able to handle it.” DC: What was your main source of drive and encouragement to write a book series? DB: “My students! Over a period of ten years, I had my students telling my I should write a book. I was never a good writer or a top student, to me it seemed like an impossible project that I would never finish. After about a decade of students telling me I should write a book, I thought maybe these guys are seeing something that I’m not. If my books help one kid, then I’ve
done something good. I had no idea this thing would actually get published and now here I am, author of a couple books! My fuel for moving forward was my students!” DC: Were there any tips you highlighted in your book that helped you get through your own personal struggles? DB: “In all my books I talk about CANDI – Constant And Never-ending Deliberate Improvement! I created this acronym, which means trying to prove oneself by putting in the daily effort. People should always be doing something to deliberately improve every single day. You will be in a drastically better position than you are today by doing so. I am always preaching the CANDI principle.” DC: What are your future plans? Are there any more books in your future?
DB: “I have a third book for the Granddaddy series in the works. It’s pretty much done. I just have to finish editing it. I’ve just started writing the fourth book for the series as well. I have six books in my head. I’ll eventually have six books of the Granddaddy’s series in total. On the educational side, I am writing a thesis on evaluating professional development for schoolteachers. Eventually, this will be put into book format and it will be a way for adult educators to evaluate themselves on how they are developing. “ DC: Would the book be of value to more people than just teens? Such as adults or kids? DB: “I wrote the series for teens, but there have been quite a few times I’ve received emails from parents who have read my books and newspaper columns and said it’s just as much for
them as for their kids. It definitely fits for adults. Parents even have told me they share it with their younger children as well and read a little bit of it to them each night before bed. The success principles in the stories I write about are pretty much universal.” DC: Where can one purchase the book if they are interested? DB: “Barnes and Noble, Amazon, granddaddyssecrets. com – all major book retailers have it. I also do some speaking at annual teen conferences, so I am available for lectures as well.” Daniel Blanchard is currently a social studies teacher at New Britain High School and lives in Mansfield, Conn. with his wife and five children.
By Jimmy Onofrio Associate Managing Editor
Hand in hand with the bike infrastructure is the network of parks downtown and along the riverfront. “To me Austin is unique because it puts such an emphasis on walkable urbanism and the development of green spaces throughout downtown,” said Bili Yin, an Austin native and 8th-semester finance major at Rice University in Houston. “I do think that it is more people-friendly (than Houston). … Austin puts an emphasis on shared spaces, which makes it easier to interact with people.” However, this city of nearly a million people has no surface or subway rail transit in its core area (a commuter line serves the northern suburbs). Downtown Austin seems well-served by its bus system, Capital Metro, which just inaugurated a new limitedstop service, MetroRapid, along its busiest corridor. MetroRapid buses will use geolocation to tell traffic lights when they are approaching, helping to keep service on schedule. “Getting around without a car in Austin is possible but not preferable,” said Jackie Wattles, a lifelong resident of Austin and associate news editor at The Daily Campus. “It takes a lot of planning to get around solely on public transport if you live out in North Austin like I do.” She said expanding bus routes to surrounding communities would be of more short-term benefit than adding a metro line, which could take years to complete. Capital Metro is in the planning stages of its first metro line, and the community engagement process is
Howard Stern turns 60 Spotlight on Austin, TX
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By Alex Sferrazza Staff Writer Howard Stern, the self-proclaimed “king of all media” turned 60 years old on Jan. 31. As controversial as he is successful, the radio shock jock has made a name for himself by doing things on air that have never been done before. The following text from a famous Apple ad fittingly describes Stern’s career. “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the
square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” From Hollywood’s biggest stars to his merry band of misfit guests
(such as “Yucko the Clown”), Stern has quite literally done it all in radio. Forbes’ 2nd highest celebrity earner for 2013 (behind Simon Cowell) is still working hard, doing his signature radio show five days a week in addition to his duties as a judge on “America’s Got Talent” on NBC, which Stern will return to for a third consecutive season. Fittingly, on the occasion of his 60th birthday, the man was given a celebration unlike any other. On Jan. 31, New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom was jam packed with a
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When most people think of vibrant American cities that are models for the 21st century, the first two cities that come to mind are Portland, Ore. and Austin, Texas. A few months back, I wrote a column for The Daily Campus about quality of life in Portland. After visiting Austin, I found many similarities between the two – though Austin has more of a cowboy flair that serves as a constant reminder that you are in fact in Texas (think hipsters in cowboy boots). As the capital of Texas and home to the University of Texas’ flagship campus, the core of Austin’s economy is built on education, government services and, in recent decades, the tech industry. Like Portland, the city has a long tradition of active citizenship: the creation of a new master plan for city development from 2009-2012 involved over 25,000 residents, according to the National League of Cities. The result is a metro area respected for its quality of life and home to cultural institutions like South by Southwest (SXSW) and Austin City Limits music and arts festivals. Though the city is more spread out than a comparable metropolitan area in the Northeast, it still receives high marks as a walkable and bikeable city: Bicyclist magazine ranks Austin at No. 11 on its “Most Bike-Friendly Cities” list, and daily bike commutes have increased by 60 percent over the last decade. The international bikeshare program B-cycle has also recently expanded into Austin.
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Have you ever read a book expecting it to turn out one way but the more you read, the more you realize how wrong you were? That’s how I felt when I read “The Paris Wife” by Paula McLain. The description on the back cover hinted that this would not be the sappy love story I was looking for so I can’t say I wasn’t warned. Nonetheless, the romantic in me proceeded to read, searching for the happy ending I wanted to put me in the Valentine’s Day spirit. After all, Paris was involved. With a reputation for being one of the most romantic cities in the world, I was hoping for a love story that matched the image I held in my mind of being in Paris with a loved one. Walking hand in hand by the Seine River, stealing a kiss at the top of the Eiffel Tower while the lights sparkle around you, eating crepes at café… this image is especially enticing if it means escaping all of the snow that has been plaguing Storrs. While my Parisian fantasy would have been ideal, it could not have been farther from the events in the novel. “The Paris Wife” is a work of historical fiction about Ernest Hemingway’s life before his writing career began to soar. Hemingway is only 21 when the novel begins and completely enamored with Hadley Richardson. They meet through a mutual friend and jump into marriage quickly. For anyone familiar with Hemingway’s relationships, the degradation of his marriage to Hadley won’t come as a surprise. However, I knew nothing about Hemingway’s personal life so I found myself surprised and disappointed the more I read. Although the man could write, he couldn’t do right in his relationships—and not just with Hadley. This is not the book to read if you’re looking for encouragement that love won’t end. The majority of the chapters conclude with a sense of foreboding and dread. Despite the downward spiral of Hadley and Hemingway’s marriage, the beginning chapters that describe their new relationship are uplifting. It proves that you never know when or how you’ll find that one person who will change your world. This book exemplifies the unknown that comes from meeting people and forming relationships, romantic or platonic. Relationships are important to Hemingway who uses various connections to launch his career. Some people he meets become friends, others critique his work or become business associates and some turn into lovers. We meet a countless number of people in our lifetime. Only time will tell who will stay in our lives and under what circumstances. It’s those that remain, despite seeing us through our absolute best and worst times, who are true to us. It’s the people who have seen you dressed up but stay by your side when you’re covered in dirt that deserve a place in our hearts. Those are the ones who will continue to care even as time passes. This Valentine’s Day, realize that you might have been wrong about your expectations but that being wrong doesn’t have to mean a bad outcome.
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This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows characters, from left, Emmet, voiced by Chris Pratt, Wyldstyle, voiced by Elizabeth Banks and Batman, voiced by Will Arnett, in a scene from “The Lego Movie.”
By Darragh McNicholl Campus Correspondent For over 50 years Lego bricks have instilled a sense of creativity in both children and adults, but “The Lego Movie” was the first time they have done so as a feature-length motion picture. Every child that has ever owned a Lego set understands the desire to create that comes with it. Some kids follow the instructions to build fantastic sets while others follow their imaginations to build completely original toys, but both types of builders without a doubt had fun. “The Lego Movie” is all about this difference in builders, proving that no matter how you play, the most important aspect is having fun. “The Lego Movie” stars Chris
Pratt as Emmet, a generic Lego construction worker who happens to stumble into a prophecy marking him as “The Special.” Tasked with saving the world from becoming completely glued together by President Business (Will Ferrell) and being the most interesting and awesome person in the world, Emmet immediately runs into the problem that he is not a Master Builder. Every other main character falls under the category of Master Builder, meaning that they can create anything simply through their understanding of the Lego pieces around them. Emmet’s journey takes him through many Lego environments, teaching
him that all it takes to be special is to believe you are. The story is heartfelt, funny and surprisingly emotional, but what “The Lego Movie” strives at is having fun with the subject material. A dynamically interesting world is the core of this film, and it is all based on the idea of kids playing with Legos. Every second of screen time displays a stunningly vivid world interacting with itself strictly through Lego bricks. Puffs of smoke, a sea of waves, explosions, giant rock faces and entire cities are all made out of. “The Lego Movie” takes every great idea ever put into a Lego stop-motion film and simply enhances it to a detail far beyond our wildest
The Lego Movie 10/10
imagination. No film could have grasped this level of Lego fun better than “The Lego Movie.” Everything about this movie embodies what it means to play with Lego even down to the cast of characters including but not limited to: Batman, Superman, both ninja turtle and artist Michelangelo, Gandalf, Shaq, and a flurry of original characters. This film brings together some of the greatest Lego designs, the most detail-oriented animation and some of the funniest things Morgan Freeman has ever said on screen. “The Lego Movie” creates a world of Lego so full of life that it instills the same desire to create and imagine that only playing with Lego magically can.
‘The Monuments Men’ disappoints with lackluster performance and story Darragh.McNicholl@UConn.edu
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With a cast as chock full as “The Monuments Men,” and a subject matter so innately intriguing as stolen art in World War II, moviegoers would expect nothing less than a stellar experience. Unfortunately, that was not the case. In the opening scenes of the movie, you can’t help but feel like you might be watching a fourth “Ocean’s Eleven” installment. George Clooney is tasked with completing a nearly impossible feat and assembles a team with Matt Damon one by one to complete it. And while they’re not in the world of Las Vegas Casinos, he is stealing (or stealing back), millions upon millions, just in the form of precious art. Most of the movie also leaves you unsatisfied because it seems like the group of seven is not actually doing
anything. Clooney’s character sends a pair to a ravaged city to see what they could find. Were they honestly expecting to search the entire city by themselves? And if they found anything, how were the two of them expecting to do anything about it? Another frustrating scene was watching Huge Boneville attempt to save the Modona and Child sculpture inside a church. As a lone soldier, he takes one shot at a Nazi officer who’s stealing the sculpture. His quest to save the art was heroic, but it’s hard to watch a so obviously hopeless situation. There are poignant moments in the film that make the audience reflect on the atrocities committed by the Nazis, such as stealing nearly all property held by Jews, especially valu-
able private art collections. The vastness of the stolen property is astounding, as are the razed European landscape and the deaths of soldiers that hit close to home. However, these moments came too few and far between to establish the right tone. One thing that this movie was good for was deep poetic speeches. George Clooney has mastered the art of heartfelt and profound speeches, and when projected via a 1940s radio transmitter, the classic vintage sound fit well within the movie. However, the movie opened with a weighty speech, had one in the middle and then ended with another. There is only one word for that: overkill. I was however, pleasantly surprised by Bill Murray’s and
The Monuments Men 5/10
John Goodman’s performances. It was difficult to see how these typically comical actors could pull off such a serious and historic film, but they did so seamlessly. Murray’s soulful character really shined through as he listened to a recording of his family back home. I was glad to see a different side of both men that can’t normally come through in their typical genre. Unfortunately, Damon’s character was in a completely isolated plot line for a good portion of film. When they all came together, though, the team chemistry was at the very least, entertaining. If you’re on the fence about going to see “The Monuments Men,” my recommendation is to wait for it to come to Red Box or Netflix.
I think it’s safe to say that for the first decade of the millennium, Disney Animated Features were in a slump. Their first ventures into digital animation fell well short of the standards set by Pixar and Dreamworks. Their traditional films also failed to meet the expectations set by themselves in the 1990s. But their last two major releases, “Tangled” and “Frozen” (“Winnie the Pooh” was a minor effort that won’t be considered here), have been financial and critical successes; with “Frozen” still raking in over $6 million on its 12th weekend of release. The consensus seems to be Disney has found its stride again. But I wasn’t overly fond of either “Frozen” or “Tangled,” and I think both are strong examples of how Disney is running out of steam. The first problem with both is the animation. Not to say that either film looks bad, both have scenes that are gorgeous. But what sets Disney beneath other digital animation studios is the way it design people. All the human characters are designed to look like dolls, probably because most are intended to be sold as dolls. Because there is no acting presence in animation beyond the voice, the character designs should convey as much personality as possible. When given designs of generic beauty, the characters of “Frozen” and “Tangled” don’t give off much of an impression. Designing characters that are seamless and perfectly cut is what Disney has been doing for decades, but it works much better in the smoother and more expressive realm of traditional animation. That is why all the characters in “The Princess and the Frog” were superior than the casts of “Frozen” and “Tangled.” Both “Frozen” and “Tangled” are adaptations of the classic fairy tales, “The Snow Queen” and “Rapunzel,” respectively. But when Disney adapts the classic story, it always has to throw in a basket of clichés, which are more prominent in the two films of discussion than most of Disney catalogue. Both rely heavily on misunderstandings, which Disney uses far too often to turn its heroes against each other only to learn the truth and reconcile later. It’s aggrevating that none of the characters have a shred of insight. I refuse to believe that nobody could communicate to Anna that Elsa was isolated because she has magical powers that are dangerous. Rapunzel had a sheltered childhood and wants more out of life than what she has, just as Ariel, Belle and Jasmine before her. Additionally, “Frozen” also, completely unnecessarily, utilizes the dead parents cliché, and both have the obvious false death. The other issue is the music. Disney scores are always made with the intent to sell as many soundtracks as possible. I own several, so I’m certainly not above the show tune. But the music for “Tangled” and “Frozen” is nothing more than super polished, bland, boring, pop. In the past Disney at least fused in other musical styles. “The Lion King” had the over the top stylings of Elton John, “Robin Hood” had rustic folk and “Hercules” had gospel, for some reason. While all Disney music falls into the genre of pop, it at least always
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Chick flicks for guys By Randy Amorim Staff Writer
This image released by Focus Features shows, from left, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan and Zac Efron in a scene from “That Awkward Moment.”
By Brendon Field Staff Writer For a film as light and unimportant as it is, “That Awkward Moment” left me feeling surprisingly conflicted. I won’t deny that sitting through it was a pleasant experience, and I laughed enough to deem the movie funny. But at the same time, there’s an arrogance and lack of humanism to it that rubbed me the wrong way. Zac Efron, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan star as three 20-somethings in New York City, each trying to meet their relationship goals while maintaining their close friendship. Efron, who unfortunately has fallen back into the pretty-boy type, plays Jason, a bachelor who thinks he knows a deal more about relationship psychology than he actually does. He falls for Ellie (Imogen Posts) despite his commitment to his friends to stay single. Teller, who comes off as a skinny Jonah Hill, has the so-clas-
sic-it’s-cliché conflict of dating a longtime friend without telling his guy friend. Jordan, who probably wishes more people saw him in “Fruitvalle Station” than this, is going through a rather unmotivated divorce with a relatively small emotional burden. The plots take every predictable turn, and the clues for what will become in the third act could be pointed out by a gradeschooler. But “That Awkward Moment” seems to be aware of how thin its stories are, and practically ignores them for most of its run time. A good hour of the film’s 90 minutes is spent in this idealistic bubble where absolutely everything goes right for the characters and the film’s few actual awkward moments are resolved almost instantly. The atmosphere becomes akin to “Before Sunrise,” albeit much less intel-
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ligent. There’s a warm sweetness to it, and had it endured to the credits, I may have liked the movies a lot more. But eventually that bubble has to pop and we are treated to contrived devices to restore conflict and equally artificial resolutions. The movie solves Efron’s arc by literally complimenting its own screenplay, and that’s what ultimately spun my opinion in the unfavorable direction. All of the characters fall into the realm of having distinct enough personalities to blend into one without coming across as cartoony. The three central guys have their charms and a lot of chemistry, aided by sharp dialogue that bounces between them like a ping ong ball. But at times it’s a little too much; the level of bromance becomes almost sickening. I also find difficult to identify with characters in a
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movie about relationships when they are all played by people in the 95th percentile of attractiveness. The humor is where the film most is most relatable. It consists largely of bar and bedroom shenanigans. The characters mock each other’s quirks with obvious affection, and many of the laughs that occur I can picture taking place between myself and my personal friends. Although it is strange for all the drinks we watch them consume, no one ever appears drunk and drunken humor would have fit perfectly here. “That Awkward Moment” succeeds in parts but fails as a whole. It’s a carefree picture that puts most of its effort into making the audience laugh, but then forgets comedy needs a sufficient vehicle. Relationship arcs with as much substance as tween sitcoms is not sufficient enough.
Valentine’s Day is this Friday. That being said, a lot of guys may be stuck watching romantic movies they have no interest in. We’ve all seen “The Notebook.” Yes, it is touching and sad, but nobody needs to re-watch it 47 times. Here are some suggestions on date movies you can watch this Valentine’s Day that you guys won’t be miserable viewing. “The 40-Year Old Virgin”: The comical story of a middle aged man on a quest to lose his virginity is more of a date movie than you might think. The story of a lonely middle aged man (Steve Carrell) in search of sex, but really the right girl, is sure to entertain both men and women with its crude and raunchy humor. The love story aspect should be enough to have it considered for date night. “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”: Jason Segel stars in what is essentially the funniest “chick flick” ever made. After his celebrity girlfriend (Kristen Bell) dumps him, Peter (Jason Segel) tries to take a Hawaiian vacation to escape his depression. Unfortunately for Peter, his ex is staying at the same resort with her new rock-star boyfriend (Russel Brand). Luckily Mila Kunis is around. The story is basically a love triangle, but the movie is one of the funniest, dirtiest and crudest R-rated comedies ever made. I don’t understand why anybody would rather watch “The Notebook.” “Basic Instinct”: I suppose this one is cheating since it’s more of an erotic mystery thriller than a love story, but it can make for an interesting date. A detective (Michael Douglas) investigates the brutal murder of a rock star, but finds himself falling for the key suspect (Sharon Stone) in one of the sleaziest and most controversial movies of the ‘90s. Fun fact: The scene where Sharon Stone crosses and uncrosses her legs exposing herself has been said to be the most
paused moment in any movie ever. “Bridesmaids”: This movie was hyped up to be the male answer to chick flicks, but don’t let the advertising fool you. “Bridesmaids” is 100 percent chick flick. That being said, a hysterical cast and a lot of funny moments make it entertaining enough to fit a guys’ night in, let alone a date night. Kirsten Wigg leads an all-star cast in the story of two bridesmaids competing to be the maid of honor. If only all chick flicks could be this vulgar, funny and entertaining. “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”: This is the only straight up romantic movie making this list. I’d like to think of this as the “Inception” of chick flicks. Jim Carrey plays Joel, a man devastated by his breakup. When he learns that his ex underwent a procedure to have their relationship erased from his memory, he decides to do the same out of spite. Both Joel and his ex begin to realize that maybe this is not what they wanted. Both moving and intellectually stimulating, this unconventional and original love story is sure to please both genders. “The Ugly Truth”: You’re probably seeing a pattern by now. The best chick flicks for men to enjoy are usually the ones told from a male point of view with real male characters rather than the prince charming types we so often see in “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” - like movies. A morning show producer (Katherine Heigl) finds her false ideas about men and relationships are tested when a vulgar man (Gerard Butler) is assigned to her show to give relationship advice by explaining how men and women really are begins to test his theories in her personal life. “The Twilight Saga”: This is a joke. Avoid at all costs. Don’t even think about it. Dump your significant other if they recommend it.
Stern still cool at 60 Austin, a unique city
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who’s who of big name celebrities turning up for the event, fittingly from every major entertainment medium including musicians Steven Tyler, John Mayer, John Fogerty, Jewel, Dave Grohl, Adam Levine, Jon Bon Jovi and Slash in addition to various television and movie stars such as Robert Downey Jr., Sarah Silverman, Bryan Cranston, Lena Dunham, Heidi Klum, Barbara Walters, Katie Couric, Fred Armisen, Louis C.K., Tracy Morgan and John Stamos. Other attendees included N.J. Governor Chris Christie and the infamous “Tan Mom.” The entire four-hour extravaganza was broadcast live over Sirius XM Satellite Radio, which Stern has called home ever since leaving terrestrial airwaves (and FCC regulations) behind in 2004. The biggest surprise of the night, and the one seemingly most appreciated by Stern, was an appearance
by David Letterman. A longtime friend of Stern’s (and fellow Jay Leno critic), Letterman’s appearance was exceptionally rare. The “Late Show” host is famous for refusing interviews and is rarely seen making public appearances. Yet, he stopped by and chatted with Stern for well over 20 minutes, far longer than any other interviewee that evening. Dave’s appearance was in addition to those of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” host Jimmy Kimmel (also the evening’s master of ceremonies) and Jimmy Fallon who will take over “The Tonight Show” on Feb. 17. Who else but Howard Stern could get the three hosts of each major television network’s flagship late night talk show to share the same stage in a single evening? Stern called the evening “the most incredible night of my life.”
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exposing a rift between the planning committee and some groups of citizens. The huge University of Texas campus sits just north of the downtown core, and the initial proposal called for the transit line to be built on the east side of campus, serving both Texas Stadium and a new, planned suburban community on the site of an old airport. However, many students and young people live in the West Campus neighborhood and would prefer the line to be built along Guadalupe Street, the west border of campus. The new line will help connect campus and the northern parts of the city to the area east of downtown, like the popular shopping strip along South Congress, and Sixth Street, the center of Austin’s nightlife. Similar to Memphis’ Beale Street and Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Sixth Street becomes pedestrian-only after a certain hour, allowing pedestrians
to safely roam the blocks-long strip of bars, clubs and restaurants. Many spots have rooftop bars and stages, and nearly every establishment features live music, contributing to Austin’s title as the “live music capital of the world.” Like the Pearl District in Portland, East Sixth Street (formerly Pecan Street) in the 1970s was a declining area of warehouses and small businesses just east of the downtown core. Low rents and historic architecture inspired a rebirth into the vibrant cultural mecca that the street is today. Areas like Sixth Street coupled with green space and large institutional employers have established a reputation of high living quality that has made Austin one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country. “I think people who live there find there’s no place quite like it when they leave,” said Wattles.
Does Disney Germany shows its support for gay rights its team uniforms at Olympics still have it? through to represent a new, democratic By Carles Lopez from DISNEY, page 6
had a lot of flavor. Now not only is the music as flavorful as black coffee, it all the sounds the same. “Let It Go”, which I think is the only good song in “Frozen,” stood out because of Idina Menzel’s performance, not the music itself. If you want proof, listen to the Demi Lovato version. I wanted to like “Frozen,” and “Tangled,” I really did. Disney movies have brought me a lot of joy, and I hope to walk out of all of their films beaming and uplifted. But they’ve been using the same storytelling devices for so long it’s a distraction, and their focus needs to be more on the film, not how much money they can make off of merchandise. Many may think they have witnessed the dawning of Disney’s next golden age, but I’m still waiting for it.
The 2014 Winter Olympics taking place in Sochi, Russia have triggered a lot of controversy, as Russia is one of the only countries from the developed world that maintain openly anti-gay laws. Russia’s government has received a lot of criticism towards its latest legislation, which banned “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations.” Since the laws passed, many Russian gay rights activists have been arrested and hate crimes towards homosexual minors have increased. However, there have been many different types of support for human rights in the midst of the controversy-filled Winter Olympics. Germany’s Olympic team uniform featured a rainbow design, which many understood as a symbol of gay rights activism. The designer of the uniforms, Willy Bogner, described the design as a representation of “the great atmosphere” of the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, during an interview for USA Today. The games of 1972 were meant
Germany, instead of the Berlin 1936’s Games, which took place during the Nazi regime. The German uniform is supposed to represent the German improvement towards human rights between their two Olympic games. Google also portrayed its sympathy towards human rights in their Winter Olympics doodle. The doodle encompasses different winter sports under the backdrop with the colors of a rainbow flag, which has been adopted by the gay community as their symbol for gay rights. The Google homepage also had an excerpt from the fourth paragraph of the Charter’s Fundamental Principles of Olympism.” “The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play,” Google used this excerpt in order to express that the Olympics were founded on human rights. Even during the opening ceremony of the Olympics them-
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The German Olympics team sends a clear message with their brightly colored uniforms.
selves, there were hints of human rights support during the speech of International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach. “The Olympic Games are a sports festival embracing human diversity and great unity,” he said. “Therefore I say to the political leaders of the world, … please respect their Olympic message of goodwill, of tolerance, of excellence and of peace.” Bach addressed all the political leaders of the world and reminded them that the Olympics are about tolerance and human diversity. The Sochi games have sparked a lot of attention and criticism towards Russia’s anti-gay policies, which will hopefully bring further international action.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
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West Virginia upsets No. 11 Iowa State 102-77 MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — It was tough to tell what Remi Dibo enjoyed more: being the centerpiece of West Virginia's 3-point show against No. 11 Iowa State, or clamping down on Big 12 scoring leader Melvin Ejim. Dibo scored a career-high 20 points to lead the Mountaineers to a 102-77 victory Monday night, the Cyclones' most lopsided loss of the season. Dibo went 6 of 8 from beyond the arc as West Virginia tied a season high with 13 3-pointers. A native of France who finished his high school career in southern West Virginia and played last season at Wyoming's Casper College, the 6-foot-7 Dibo made his fourth straight start and fifth overall. "I think my teammates did a great job of finding me," Dibo said. "I think it's been a while. They've been doing a good job finding me and I was not responding. But I did today." Juwan Staten added 19 points and Eron Harris and Terry Henderson each had 16 points for the Mountaineers (15-10, 7-5 Big 12).
Iowa State (18-5, 6-5) had five players in double figures, led by Georges Niang's 17 points. But Ejim, coming off a Big 12-record 48 points and a career-high 18 rebounds against TCU, was guarded by Dibo and held to six points — 12 below his average — on 1-of-9 shooting. "We just knew we couldn't let him score 40 points on us," Dibo said. "We had to make an effort on him." The Cyclones fell behind by double digits midway through the first half and trailed by as many as 32 points late in the game. It was the most lopsided loss for Iowa State since a 23-point setback at Texas in January 2011. "It was pretty much, start to finish, just a poor effort on our end," Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg said. West Virginia shot 54 percent (35 of 65) from the field, hit a season-high for points and improved to 2-1 amid a stretch of four straight games against ranked opponents heading into a matchup Saturday at No. 19 Texas. Iowa State's outside scoring
was virtually nonexistent until it was too late. The Cyclones were held to 37 percent shooting (26 of 71) in losing their fourth road conference game. West Virginia coach Bob Huggins called it "by far the best" defensive effort from his team this season. Dustin Hogue added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Cyclones while Deandre Kane had 14 points, Matt Thomas 13 and Monte Morris 10. Kane, a Pittsburgh native, had more than 50 relatives and friends in attendance. He went 1-2 against the Mountaineers while he played at instate rival Marshall and was booed and taunted whenever he touched the ball. "Tonight we just didn't have it," Hoiberg said. "I don't know what it was. This group has been very focused and given everything all year." West Virginia's lack of bench scoring had stood out in a double-digit loss to No. 7 Kansas on Saturday. On Monday, the Mountaineers' reserves outscored Iowa State's 27-15. "We had pretty much the same shots against Kansas, but we didn't make them," Huggins
said. "Today, we made them." Trailing 52-33 at halftime, Iowa State put together its best stretch and closed the gap to 58-44 5 minutes into the second half before West Virginia again pulled away. The Cyclones went 4 minutes between field goals after that, and West Virginia got a big boost from its bench to keep the pressure on. Freshman Nathan Adrian made two baskets and two free throws, and Kevin Noreen doubled his season scoring average with a layup and two free throws. Dibo's 3-pointer with 6:53 left gave the Mountaineers their largest lead, 86-54. "We just stuck to the game plan," Dibo said. "We couldn't let them make a run to come back. We knew from the past every time we had a lead, we had let teams come back, and we knew we couldn't let that happen." The only drama for West Virginia came when Harris was ejected for a flagrant foul with 4:25 left. After the game, West Virginia's players went into the student section to celebrate.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Going to Wyoming has always been the least-favorite road trip for San Diego State's basketball team. Two years ago, the Aztecs chartered a plane to Laramie with nightmarish results — it took 20 hours because the plane was grounded overnight in Utah by a snowstorm. Last year, the Aztecs scored only 9 points in the first half of a 58-45 loss in Laramie. So if the Aztecs can extend their winning streak to 21 games by beating the Cowboys in Laramie on Tuesday night, it will be a school record wellearned. "We'd like to, yes," coach Steve Fisher said Monday. "More importantly, we'd like to stay undefeated in league play." The Aztecs (21-1, 10-0) have tied the school record for consecutive wins set by the 2010-11 squad. That team was denied a 21st straight victory by Jimmer Fredette and BYU, but it went on to finish a school-record 34-3 after reaching the Sweet Sixteen for the first time after recording the first two NCAA tournament victories in school history.
"Not many people in America, including us, have won 21 in a row," Fisher said. "Not many have won 20 in a row. And yet there are a couple this year that have won more than that. That's what we would hope to do. But we're more intent on winning the game than we are getting a record for the win streak. But it is neat that we are 21-1. It's a pretty amazing accomplishment. We're proud of that fact." The Aztecs kept the streak alive by rallying from 14 points down last week for a 67-65 victory at Boise State. Now they go to Laramie, which "presents a whole series of unique issues when you travel there," Fisher said. There's the difficulty of getting there, the 7,165-foot elevation and the crowd at ArenaAuditorium. "But more importantly, opponent," Fisher said of the Cowboys (14-9, 5-5). "They're good. They're playing very good basketball. They play everybody close, they play a style where it doesn't matter what you do, you're going to have a hard time getting in the mid-60s. And you might have a hard time getting
into the mid- 50s. "A year ago, there, we had nine points at halftime. And I don't think I need to say anything more about the difficulties they present when you play them." Part of the reason the Aztecs struggled at Laramie last year was that star point guard Xavier Thames missed the game with a back injury. He's carried the Aztecs offensively all season and is averaging 18.1 points per game. Forward JJ O'Brien said he doesn't really remember specifics about scoring only 9 points in the first half at Laramie last year, "just that the effort really wasn't there. We weren't that great on defense and we really could not put the ball in the hole at all. Shots weren't falling, but it mainly was just our effort. Our effort wasn't really there that game." Fisher said he doesn't want his players to use altitude as an excuse. The Aztecs have depth this year and he said he might go to the bench quicker than normal, if necessary. As the wins pile up, Fisher has been able to keep his team
playing at close to the same level. "You sometimes can put yourself in position where you play not to lose rather than play to win, and you can't have that," Fisher said. "You can't be a scoreboard watcher every two minutes to see what the score is and how much time's left and those sorts of things. Sometimes if you're not careful that can happen. You have to focus on, 'Let's play as hard as we can, and if we play as hard as we can, we have a chance.' I anticipate every game we play going down to the last four or five minutes with either team having an opportunity to win regardless of the record of either team, home or away. So you can't get shocked when you say, 'Are we only two points ahead? Are we three points behind?' "I've also said that pressure's good if it's channeled the right way. I think if you put pressure on yourself to perform and to play well, that's good. But it can't be either fear of failure or fear of winning that you're getting your pressure from."
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The loss of Brandon Ashley to a foot injury sent Arizona scrambling. The sophomore forward was one of the second-ranked Wildcats' best and most versatile players, so making up for his contributions was going to put players in new roles and require everyone on the team to do just a little more. Two games is a small sampling size, but Arizona seems to be doing just fine without Ashley so far. "We're not going to be able to replace Brandon," Arizona coach Sean Miller said. "We're going to have to do it as a team and there are things that we have to try to emphasize more now that he's not a part of what we're doing and maybe emphasize some things less. We're working through that as a coaching staff and a team." Arizona was a nearly unstoppable force with Ashley in the lineup, setting a school record with 21 straight wins while spending two months at No. 1. Ashley injured his right foot while going up for a rebound early against California on Feb. 1 and the Wildcats went on to lose that game, along with the No. 1 ranking two days later. Arizona (23-1, 10-1 Pac-12) had some jittery moments in its first game without Ashley last Thursday against Oregon, playing a bit disoriented offensively without the sophomore forward. The Wildcats managed to pull out the 67-65 victory behind their defense, forcing the Ducks into a big turnover and a difficult tying shot attempt in the final minute. Arizona looked much more free and easy against Oregon
State on Sunday, again playing solid defensively while finding its shooting touch. The Wildcats shot 50 percent for the first time in six games, dominated the paint 40-12 and shored up a recent concern by Miller and the coaching staff by out-rebounding the Beavers 39-24. Arizona also had a 15-4 advantage on the offensive glass, leading to 13 points in the 76-54 victory at McKale Center. "I thought the Oregon game was the best thing that could have happened to us because we didn't have as much confidence as we did tonight," Miller said after the win over Oregon State. "It feels different to be out there that first time and we fought and we scratched and we made some big plays, and everybody had a different role, it seemed like. It was almost like once we got through that game, had a couple days to talk about it, to me we were a much more confident group tonight." One reason Arizona has had success without Ashley has been attitude. With Ashley, the Wildcats were considered among the front-runners to win a national championship. Once he went down, they were lumped in with the rest of the good teams, their national title hopes supposedly all but done. But even without Ashley, Arizona still has a talented team and the players took umbrage to the skepticism about their chances, using it to their advantage. "I don't think we had any doubts, but I know a lot of people from the outside doubted us," said point guard T.J. McConnell. "And that moti-
vated us a lot more." Losing Ashley has forced Arizona to change things around a bit. While Ashley was in the lineup, Aaron Gordon started at small forward, a position he's more comfortable with. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had been the sixth man when Ashley was playing, primarily coming in at small forward. He's since been moved into the starting lineup and been forced to play power forward more than he ever has. They have both played well, combining for 53 points and 28 rebounds in the two games, and both Gabe York and Elliott Pitts have played well in their expanded roles. The other big adjustment on the offensive end is the style Arizona plays. With Ashley on the court, the Wildcats had a full lineup of players who could create their own shots. Long-armed and athletic, Ashley could score off the dribble, at the rim and from the perimeter, and was a good offensive rebounder. Now that he's out and players have shifted into new roles, Arizona has had to be a little deliberate with its offense, making sure the Wildcats run the plays and get players into the right positions to be able to score. "With Brandon, they can play more as a group because you have four, even five players who can score," Miller said. "Without him, I think we have to control some things a little more on offense." Arizona has done well without Ashley for two games. Now, the Wildcats just have to keep it going.
West Virginia's Juwan Staten (3) dunks during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Iowa State, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Morgantown, W.Va.
No. 5 San Diego St. looking for 21st straight win
San Diego State forward Winston Shepard slams in a basket during the second half of a 73-58 victory over Nevada on Saturday in San Diego.
Howard, Rockets top Minnesota No. 2 Arizona doing fine despite absence of Brandon Ashley MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Dwight Howard had 18 points and 15 rebounds, and the surging Houston Rockets used a fourth-quarter push to hold off the Minnesota Timberwolves 107-89 Monday night for their sixth consecutive victory. Chandler Parsons had 20 points and James Harden scored 19 for the Rockets, who have won six straight for the first time since taking seven in a row from Jan. 13-23, 2012. Back after missing one game with a bruised left
quadriceps, Kevin Love led Minnesota with 31 points and 10 rebounds. Chase Budinger had 15 points and Alexey Shved scored 11 off the bench for the Timberwolves, who have lost four straight and six of seven. Love's strong game — including a career-best 23 first-half points — was needed because Minnesota played without starting guard Kevin Martin (broken thumb) and center Nikola Pekovic (right ankle bursitis). Timberwolves coach Rick
Adelman also was absent due to personal reasons. He is expected back Wednesday. Assistant coach Terry Porter filled in for Adelman. After its 15-point lead had dwindled to four, Houston scored the first 11 points of the fourth quarter to push its lead to 93-78. Parsons had a pair of fast-break layups and a dunk to spark the run. This time, the Rockets did not let Minnesota counter with a run, outscoring the Timberwolves 25-11 in the quarter.
BOSTON (AP) — Patrick Brown scored the tiebreaking goal with 5½ minutes left and added another in the closing seconds, lifting Boston College to its school-record fifth straight Beanpot championship with a 4-1 win over Northeastern on Monday night. The Eagles (22-4-3) extended their unbeaten streak to 15 games (14-0-1) on the same day they took over the No. 1 spot in the national rankings. Johnny Gaudreau, the leading scorer in the country, extended his nation-best point streak to 24 games with an empty-net goal and an assist. Kevin Hayes had the other goal for BC. John Stevens scored for No. 12 Northeastern (16-10-3), and Clay Witt made 37 saves. The annual tournament, which dates to 1952, pits the Boston area's four Division I hockey programs against each other on the first two Mondays in February. Boston College won its 19th Beanpot, second-most behind Boston University with 29.
Northeastern was looking for its fifth Beanpot title — by far the fewest among the four schools — and first since 1988. BC and BU have combined to win every one since 1994. Boston College's five-year streak is the second-longest in Beanpot history to the run of six in a row by rival BU from 1995-2000. This was the second straight year BC and Northeastern played for the championship. Boston College won 6-3 last year. Brown, who was battling in front of the net with Stevens, tipped defenseman Isaac MacLeod's shot from the point a split second after he fell to his backside, reaching his stick to his right and tipping the shot with the blade. The puck changed direction and slid inside the right post. With Northeastern trailing 1-0 late in the second period, Kevin Roy intercepted a pass from defenseman Scott Savage near the right circle and broke in alone. BC goalie Thatcher
Demko made a pad save, but Stevens backhanded the rebound past his glove inside the left post at 18:36. Demko made 29 saves. Boston College grabbed a 1-0 lead 8:40 into the first period when Hayes beat Witt with a wrister between the pads from the slot. Gaudreau broke in down the right wing and centered a pass that linemate Bill Arnold tipped back to Hayes. Gaudreau has 25 goals and 33 assists. Witt made a couple of stellar stops in the opening period, dropping for a pad save on Hayes' clean breakaway late in the period. He also waved his stick across the crease, knocking Gaudreau's shot just wide at the last second before it appeared to be heading inside the left post. The Huskies appeared to gain a spark from Witt's strong play, registering 11 of the final 14 shots on goal in the first. Harvard (7-12-3) won the third-place game 6-2 over Boston University (8-16-3).
No. 1 Boston College beats No. 11 Northeastern to win Beanpot
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Tuesday, February 11, 2014
First openly gay NFL player to face hurdles
(AP) – Michael Sam will face a daunting set of challenges that most rookies don't have to deal with when making the already formidable jump from college to the NFL. The SEC's co-defensive player of the year is about to find out if America's most popular sport, rooted in machismo and entrenched in locker room hijinks, is ready for its first openly gay player. First, he'll have to find a team willing to put up with the media circus that will surround him. Then, he'll have to find acceptance like he did at Missouri, where his sexuality was a non-issue during a 12-2 season. Only now, he'll face opponents and their fans who know he's gay. He might even face cheap shots and teammates hesitant to shower alongside him or undress in his presence. While several teams and coaches said Monday that Sam's sexual orientation wouldn't affect his draft status, former NFL punter Chris Kluwe, who contends his championing of gay rights led to his release from the Minnesota Vikings last year, wasn't so sure. "The majority of players will be supportive of Michael Sam or just won't
care," Kluwe said. "You'll have isolated guys here and there who might try to make a fuss about it, but players by and large are very much, 'Hey, we're here to do a job, we're here to go out and play football.' "In terms of the coaching/front office side, I think there's where issues are going to arise because they are going to look at this like, 'Hey, is this going to cause a distraction for the team?' And by distraction, they mean, 'We're not really OK with having a gay player on our team, we can't come out and say that, so we're going to use the word distraction,'" Kluwe added. "And unfortunately, those are the people who determine if you're employed or not." John Elway has a unique perspective running the Broncos' front office now after a Hall of Fame playing career, and he said Monday he'd have no problem drafting Sam. "We will evaluate Michael just like any other draft prospect: on the basis of his ability, character and NFL potential. His announcement will have no effect on how we see him as a football player," Elway said. "Having spent 16 years in an NFL locker room, the bottom line is that it's about treating oth-
ers with respect and earning that respect. By all indications, it appears Michael has done just that throughout his football career." Several coaches said if a player is accountable and a winner, being gay is a nonissue. "If anybody can come in and help us win games and be successful — black, white, yellow, straight, gay — I don't think it matters," said new Green Bay quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt. Before Sam revealed his sexual orientation, the passrusher was projected as a mid-round draft pick. Kluwe said reports that Sam's draft stock could drop because he revealed his sexual orientation "basically could have been lifted from any American sporting paper in the 1940s when Jackie Robinson was about to enter Major League Baseball. It's like we've been here before. Why do we have to keep doing the same thing?" Sam will likely face even more scrutiny from opponents' fans than Chargers linebacker Manti Te'o did after getting fooled by a hoax involving a fake girlfriend while at Notre Dame. What will help Sam is landing on a team with strong veteran leadership, something that was lack-
In this Jan. 3, 2014 file photo, Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam warms up before the Cotton Bowl against Oklahoma State. Sam hopes his ability is all that matters, not his sexual orientation. The All-America came out to the entire country Sunday night.
ing in Miami, where tackle Jonathan Martin walked away at midseason, alleging guard Richie Incognito led daily harassment with racial, aggressive and sexually charged comments. Incognito was suspended for the final eight games and Martin's career was thrown in limbo. Former Redskins tight end Chris Cooley said Sam's performance on the field and as a teammate should quickly overshadow any stereotypes about sexual orientation.
"I don't think he faces any challenges as a player. I don't think he faces a lot of challenges as a person," Cooley said. "I think once he establishes himself as the kind of teammate he's going to be, I think everybody will accept it fine." Eagles All-Pro guard Evan Mathis said Sam will face obstacles no matter what. "NFL players shouldn't judge Michael Sam based on his sexuality but some guys will. MLB players shouldn't have judged Jackie Robinson
based on his skin color but some did," Mathis said. "Whether or not the NFL is ready for it, it needs to happen. There are still people on this Earth who lived through the prohibition of alcohol and the Civil Rights movement. They can look back and reflect on how primitive those times were. "Current generations will look back at marijuana prohibition and gays having to fight for equal rights and think how primitive those times were."
2009. "I think that defense is something that this team generally wants other people to do," McCallie said. "We don't get into defense. We're playing defense to get the ball back on offense. ... Our transition defense has been awful. The difference in the game was transition defense." Fellow freshman Allisha Gray added 24 points — including three three-point plays in the final 8 minutes — for the Tar Heels (18-6, 6-4). Xylina McDaniel finished with 17 points for North Carolina — which never trailed, hit 12 3-pointers, built three separate double-figure leads in the second half and finally made the third one stand. The Tar Heels snapped a threegame overall losing streak, and a seven-game slide against their fiercest rivals by claiming their first win at Cameron since 2008. "In the end, the players did it. They said, 'We're going to make a statement and we're going to make a statement tonight,'" UNC associate head coach Andrew Calder said.
Alexis Jones had 15 points and 11 assists for the Duke, which twice in the second half trailed by double digits but closed within one possession. Liston pulled the Blue Devils to 63-61 with her free throw with 8:13 left. DeShields then swished a 3 from the left corner on the Tar Heels' next trip downcourt — holding her right hand in the air for a few extra seconds. Gray got behind Haley Peters for a fastbreak layup through contact and hit the ensuing free throw to push the lead to 69-61 with 7:42 left. Gray added another threepoint play about 2 minutes later, and her 3-pointer with just under 5 minutes left put North Carolina up 75-64 — its third doublefigure lead of the half. This one stuck: Duke didn't get closer than seven the rest of the way, and taken with last week's 88-67 loss to the Fighting Irish, now has its first losing streak at Cameron since it lost to Virginia and Clemson in January 1994. "We weren't getting the stops to tie or go ahead," Liston said. DeShields eclipsed her previous high of 28 set against
Arizona State in November and became the first player to put up 30 on the Blue Devils since James Madison's Dawn Evans (31) on Dec. 18, 2009. "Winning here is not easy. Winning here is not common," DeShields said. "To be a part of that group of winners who come in here and do the job against great Duke teams, it's always a great feeling. ... That's part of history. I'm proud to be a part of it." DeShields and McDaniel helped the Tar Heels dominate the first half. They led 45-36 at the break after repeatedly pushing their lead to 12. DeShields had 15 points and McDaniel had 12 at halftime against a Duke team that hadn't allowed more than 44 points in any first half all year. McDaniel's 3-pointer about 15 seconds into the second half made it 48-36, but Duke temporarily made it a game again by reeling off 11 straight points over the next 2½ minutes.
No. 3 Duke women fall to No. 17 North Carolina
North Carolina's Diamond DeShields (23) and Duke's Tricia Liston (32) chase the ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. North Carolina won 89-78.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie figures the losses won't stop until her players figure out how to stop their opponents. No. 17 North Carolina became the latest team to come into Cameron Indoor Stadium and score at will, beating the thirdranked Blue Devils 89-78 on
Monday night. The Tar Heels, No. 1 Connecticut and No. 2 Notre Dame each rolled up at least 83 points in a double-digit win on Duke's home floor. "Our team's got to want to play defense," McCallie said. "If we don't, this will happen again." Elizabeth Williams had a
career-high 28 points on 12-of23 shooting and blocked five shots, and Tricia Liston added 20 points for Duke (22-3, 9-2 ACC). But in losing consecutive home games for the first time in two decades, the Blue Devils allowed a 30-point scorer — UNC's Diamond DeShields, who had 30 — for the first time since
(AP) – Even Larry Brown was young the last time SMU was ranked. In their second season under the 73-year-old Hall of Fame coach, the Mustangs moved into the Top 25 for the first time since the next-tolast poll of 1984-85, a season when they reached as high as No. 2. SMU (19-5) moved in off a 76-53 victory over then-No. 7 Cincinnati, a win that snapped the Bearcats' 15-game winning streak. It was the Mustangs' third win over a ranked team in a
seven-game span since they moved back into a renovated Moody Coliseum five weeks ago. Before the streak SMU hadn't beaten a ranked team since December 2003 and the last time the Mustangs beat more than one ranked team in a season was 1984-85 when Jon Koncak was the star player and Dave Bliss was the head coach. SMU's other wins over ranked teams this season were then-No. 17 Connecticut and then-No. 22 Memphis, like Cincinnati, all American
Athletic Conference games. "I think I'm happy for all of (the players) because they've been talking about this since the beginning of the season," Brown said Monday. "And we've had some chances to get ourselves in that position, but to finally get there and when you look back and see that we were able to beat Memphis, Temple and Cincinnati in a week. If you look at those three programs and what they've been able to accomplish over the years, that's a huge step for us."
Southern Methodist ranked for first time since 1985
After knocking off then-No. 7 Cincinnati, the SMU Mustangs became the fifth ranked team in the American Athletic Conference.
Miami knocks off Florida State 77-73 Georgetown holds off Providence TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Donnavan Kirk scored 16 points as Miami earned a rare Atlantic Coast Conference win with a 77-73 victory against rival Florida State. The win was just the third in conference play for the Hurricanes and the second on the road against the Seminoles in eight attempts. Rion Brown finished with 14 points for Miami (12-12, 3-8) while Tonye Jekiri chipped in 15. Ian Miller scored 13 for Florida State (14-10, 5-7) in his first game back from an ankle injury. Devon Bookert scored 17 and Aaron Thomas had 16 in the loss. The Seminoles have lost 6 of 8. The Miami victory was just its second in its last eight games while the 77 points were the most scored since an 84-69 win against Texas Southern in
the fourth game of the year. "That's the best game we've played on both ends of the court," Miami coach Jim Larranaga said. "I thought our defense was really strong." The early moments of the first half looked like a meeting between teams with seven combined ACC wins. Neither could put the ball in the basket as Miami started 3 for 13 from the field while Florida State was 2 for 10. The Seminoles didn't match the physicality inside, but the 3-point shot got both teams rolling. Miami's five first-half 3-pointers helped extend its lead to 12 points before Miller caught fire. Miller buried a pair of back-to-back 3-pointers and added a pull-up jumper with 37 seconds left to keep the Seminoles within single digits at halftime. The Hurricanes extended
its lead to a game-high 13 after a 5-0 start to the second half that featured Florida State several blunders. Michael Ojo was called for a technical foul, Montay Brandon missed two free throws and Thomas fouled a 3-point shooter. The Seminoles answered with a 16-6 run that saved themselves from being run out the building. Florida State needed stops down the stretch, but the two teams traded baskets for too long before the Seminoles were forced to foul each possession in an attempt to cut the lead. The Hurricanes shot 47.9 percent from the field after entering the game shooting 38.8 percent in ACC play. "Total team effort tonight," said Miami guard Garrius Adams, who scored 12 points. "We definitely stepped up in a lot of areas."
WASHINGTON (AP) — D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera scored 22 points, including his first successful 3-point attempts in more than two weeks, and Georgetown overcame a scoring spree from Bryce Cotton on Monday night to pull away for an 83-71 win over Providence. Smith-Rivera had missed 17 consecutive 3-pointers entering the game, but he went 2 for 4 from long range against the Friars, including a crucial 3 that gave the Hoyas a 65-59 lead with 3:52 to play. Markel Starks added 14 points for the Hoyas (15-9, 6-6 Big East), who have won four straight to complete a climb back to .500 in the conference. Georgetown shot 47 percent and committed only five turnovers. Cotton scored 31 points to lead the Friars (16-9, 6-6), who have lost three in a row. Cotton scored 19 of his team's final 21 points of
the first half after the Friars had fallen behind by 12, but he had trouble finding open looks after halftime. Cotton, Kadeem Batts (14 points) and Tyler Harris (13) accounted for 58 of Providence's 71 points. Cotton finished 8 for 14 from the field, including 5 for 6 from 3-point range. He had a man on him far from the basket and was occasionally drawing double teams beyond the 3-point arc in the second half, but the Friars often couldn't convert when he found an open man with a pass. Leading by one with 5:25 to play, Georgetown took control with an 8-2 run that including Smith-Rivera's 3-pointer and another 3 by Jabril Trawick. The Friars were trailing 27-15 in the first half when Cotton took off. He scored the next nine points with a pair of 3-pointers sandwiched around three free throws from getting fouled while taking a
3. He put an incredible amount of spin on a layup that gave the Friars their first lead, 30-29, and ended the first half with a buzzer-beater deserving of figure skating style points for the way he had to contort his body just to get off the shot. While Cotton was scoring those 19 points, Georgetown was managing just five — all on free throws. The Hoyas' last field goal of the half came on SmithRivera's jumper with seven minutes remaining, and they trailed 36-32 at the break. Cotton cooled down in the second half, and Georgetown regained the lead on two free throws from Smith-Rivera that made the score 45-43 with 13:54 to play. Cotton created space for himself to hit a 3-pointer that put Providence back in front, and his two free throws gave the Friars a 54-47 lead, but the Hoyas responded with a 9-0 run and kept Cotton quiet the rest of the way.
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Men’s Basketball Tomorrow USF 7 p.m.
Feb. 15 Memphis Noon
Feb. 23 SMU 2 p..m.
Women’s Basketball Feb. 16 USF 4 p.m.
Feb. 19 UCF 7 p.m.
Feb. 26 USF 7 p.m.
Medal count update Canada 7 AP
I believe I can fly!
Feb. 14 Today Feb. 15 Feb. 21 Feb. 22 Army Army Providence Holy Cross Holy Cross 7:05 p.m. 7:05 p.m. 7:05 p.m. 7:05 p.m. 7:05 p.m.
Women’s Hockey (9-19-2)
Baseball Feb. 14 Ohio State 5 p.m.
Softball Feb. 21 Hofstra Noon
Feb. 28 Hockey East Quarterfinals
Feb. 15 Feb. 16 Indiana Auburn State Noon 11:30 a.m.
Feb. 21 Wichita State 4 p.m.
Feb. 22 George Mason 5 p.m.
(0-0) Feb. 21 DePaul 2 p.m.
Feb. 22 College of Charleston Noon
Feb. 22 Feb. 23 UMass Illinois State 2 p.m. 11 a.m.
Men’s Track and Field Feb. 14 Feb. 22 Lafyette/ Alex Wilson Ryder Invitational Invitational 12:30 p.m.
Feb. 28 AAC Champ. TBA
March 1 AAC Champ. TBA
Feb. 28 AAC Champ. 9 a.m.
March 1 AAC Champ. All day
March 8 ECAC Champ. 10 a.m.
March 7 IC4A Champ. TBA
Georgetown forward Aaron Bowen (23) jumps over the scorers table as he chases after the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Providence Monday night in Washington, D.C.
March 9 ECAC Champ. All day
EPL: Chelsea vs. West Brom, 3 p.m. NBC Sports After a 3-0 win over Newcastle and Liverpool’s 5-1 beatdown of Arsenal, Chelsea is back on top in the Premier League. It has been a solid run of form for the Blues, who defeated title contender Manchester City last week on the road. On the flip side, West Bromwich is struggling to climb out of the relegation battle. At the moment, the Baggies are in 18th place with 23 points.
Men’s Basketball: Oklahoma State vs No. 19 Texas, 7 p.m. ESPN2 Oklahoma State will be without star player Marcus Smart for three games after Saturday’s incident in which he shoved a Texas Tech fan. As big of a loss as Smart is, his absence becomes even more difficult to deal with as the Cowboys begin his suspension with a trip to Austin to take on one of this season’s most surprising teams. Texas burst into the national spotlight during its seven-game win streak in the Big 12 that ended Saturday at Kansas State.
Germany 2 0
Switzerland 0 0
Slovakia 1 0
Canada off to slow start in curling
What's On TV
Women’s Track and Field Feb. 15 Brown Invitational TBA
March 1 Rutgers 4 p.m.
Feb. 22 Maine 2 p.m.
Men’s Hockey (14-9-4)
Feb. 16 Feb. 21 Feb. 15 Northeastern Northeastern Maine 2 p.m. 2 p.m. 2 p.m.
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Feb. 25 Houston 8 p.m.
Feb. 22 Houston 5 p.m.
“I think I’m happy for all of (the players) because they’ve been talking about this since the beginning of the season.” -SMU men’s basketball coach Larry Brown after the Mustangs earned a spot in the Associated Press poll Monday afternoon
Feb. 20 Temple 9 p.m.
Since announcing its move to Hockey East for the 2014-15 season, the UConn men’s hockey team is 2-2-0 against Hockey East teams.
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Maybe the men’s Olympic curling tournament won’t be such a procession for Canada, after all. After becoming the first team in Canada’s storied curling history to go through Olympic trials unbeaten, Brad Jacobs’ rink was justifiably regarded as the overwhelming gold-medal favorite for the Sochi Games. It’s not turning out that way. On a sobering opening day of action at the Ice Cube Curling Center, the Canadians only scraped past unheralded Germany 11-8 and followed that with a surprise 5-4 loss to Switzerland in the evening session. “We didn’t curl well at all and got what we deserved,” Canada player Ryan Harnden said. “We’re not sharp, not in a rhythm, not making our shots.” The Canadians’ struggles have given renewed hope to their rivals — not least Sweden, which tops the standings with a 2-for-2 record. “I’m a little bit surprised,” Sweden player Fredrik Lindberg said. “But they have never been abroad to play a championship and that’s something to consider. And they are expected to win and obviously it has to be a big pressure on them. “If they get a tough start, maybe it starts getting to
them.” And it doesn’t get any easier for Canada — its only match on Tuesday is against Sweden in a repeat of the 2013 world championship final. The Swedes won that in Victoria, Canada, in April. “We can put a lot more pressure on them,” Lindberg said. Sweden’s two wins have come against two of its fiercest rivals in Europe. A tense 7-5 win over Switzerland — the reigning European champion — was followed by an 8-4 victory against Britain. The Ice Cube was one of the hottest tickets in Sochi on Monday. Bagpipers led the teams on for each session and there was a regal feel to proceedings, with Prince Hakan of Norway, Princess Anne of Britain and Prince Albert of Monaco watching from the stands. Joining Sweden in making a good start to round-robin play was Norway, the 2010 silver medalists who have become much more popular for their fashion sense than their curling. The Norwegians were the talk of the Vancouver Olympics in 2010 for wearing a range of funky, diamondprinted pants during their games. They are continuing the trend here, and emerged for their first game — against the United States in the eve-
In this April 6, 2013, file photo, Canada skip Brad Jacobs celebrates scoring 3 in the sixth end during a semifinal draw against Scotland at the men’s world curling championship.
ning — with another snazzy pattern on their pants. This time, they donned the Ice Blocks range — a mixture of red, white, blue and gray squares and rectangles. “We have so many things going on in the closet right now,” Norway curler Haavard Vad Petersson said. “We just have to try to get through them all.” Curling’s kings of cool proved too strong for the U.S., taking a 5-1 lead after three ends and winding up a 7-4 winner to go 1-for-1. Britain, China and Denmark
all finished the day with one win to their name. Russia is 0-for-2 after losing to Britain 7-4 and Denmark 11-10 after an extra end, disappointing the horn-blowing, thunderstick-clapping home fans who created a lively atmosphere throughout the day. So much so that some curlers found it tough playing through the din and struggled to get their commands heard. The Canadians didn’t use that as an excuse — they had plenty of their own problems to worry about.
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The state of UConn hockey
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
A LITTLE FORESHADOWING Huskies take on future Hockey East rival Providence By Scott Carroll Staff Writer
The state of UConn hockey is strong. UConn makes its way to Providence Tuesday night for its last non-conference game of the season; but more importantly it is a preview of a Hockey East matchup next season. The Huskies will make the leap into hockey’s elite showcase this summer. The announcement of this move in 2012 has allowed UConn to start building. This season, the Huskies are 14-9-4, thanks in part to the contributions of some talented freshmen, freshmen recruited with an eye on the elite level of Hockey East, not Atlantic Hockey. In fact, one of these freshmen has already made UConn history. Defenseman Ryan Segalla was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, the first UConn player ever taken. Segalla’s name being called was no accident, as he, as well as Finland native Joona Kunnas, have had an immediate impact on UConn’s defense, which has been difficult to beat this year. The Huskies will continue loading up with the freshman class that will join UConn next season. Although the program is unable to discuss recruits at this time, the Huskies have reportedly landed commitments from two teammates – defenseman Johnny Austin and forward Spencer Naas from Benilde-St. Margaret’s in Minnesota. Both were preseason candidates for the coveted Mr. Hockey award in Minnesota, awarded to the state’s top high school player, and Naas is a finalist for the award now. At the start of the 2012-13 season, the program was in a state of flux. After an 0-5-1 start, coach Bruce Marshall stepped aside to deal with personal matters. Assistant coach David Berard stepped in and after some struggles got UConn to the AHA semifinals. That paved the way to this season and the beginning of a new era. Last spring, Warde Manuel named the man to lead the Huskies into the future as Mike Cavanaugh, the longtime assistant head coach at Boston College under legendary coach Jerry York. Before coaching a game for the Huskies, it was clear that Cavanaugh had the credentials to be a program shaper at UConn. Like Jim Calhoun and Ray Reid before him, Cavanaugh brings a history of success: four national championships, Hockey East titles and countless NHL players that he helped to develop after recruiting them to Boston College. Cavanaugh has had early success at UConn. The Huskies are in position to make a run through the AHA tournament and potentially clinch a berth in the NCAA tournament as a result. He knows the game inside and out, and that is made obvious in every postgame interview. On Berard we used to say, “Say to him, ‘So you played hockey today,’ and he will talk for 15 minutes, breaking down every moment.” Cavanaugh’s answers may not be 15 minutes long, but they are vivid. Listening to him respond to questions is like watching an analyst on a postgame show. Before backing out as a candidate for coach last spring, former Denver coach George Gwozdecky, one of the all-time winningest coaches in college hockey, said that UConn would be hanging banners within five years. Some called him crazy, but the pieces are all there for UConn to become a successful program in Hockey East quickly after it joins next season. When I started covering UConn back in 2012, I did not think it looked like a Hockey East-bound program. But going into Tuesday’s game on the road against the 12thranked team in the nation, I think a soon-to-be former Atlantic Hockey program has a chance to make a statement in Rhode Island.
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UConn sophomore forward Joey Ferriss collects the puck during the Huskies’ 3-0 win over Bentley Friday night at the Freitas Ice Forum in Storrs. The Huskies take on Providence College Tuesday night in Rhode Island. UConn will join the Friars in Hockey East next season.
The UConn men’s hockey team will get a look into its Hockey East future tonight as they take on the No. 12 Providence Friars in Rhode Island. The Huskies faced their first Hockey East foe earlier in the year when they played Boston University. UConn was bested by the Terriers 4-1, as Brant Harris was able to score the lone goal that was assisted on by Kyle Huson and Sean Gaffney. The last time the Huskies took the ice against the Friars was almost a decade ago during the 2004-05 campaign. History will not be on UConn’s side, as the Huskies were handed a 4-3 loss at home. Brad Smith was a star in net for the Huskies, making 29 saves in the effort while his teammates Chris Uber, Bill Magnuson and Matt Scherer were able to find the back of the net. Providence comes into the matchup currently ranked No. 9 according to USHCO Poll, but is 3-5-2 in its last 10 games and is on a two-game losing streak that has seen them drop consecutive games to UMass-Lowell and Boston College. Providence gets most of its offensive firepower from junior Ross Mauermann, who leads him team with 16 goals and 15 assists, adding up to a team-leading 31 points. Sophomore Nick Saracino is the second leading assist man for the Friars, compiling 14 assists and five goals while classmate Mark Jankowski is the secondleading goal scorer with nine goals and eight assists. Jon Gilles has started a majority of the games in net for the Friars as he has started 22 of the 27 games this season. He is 12-5-4 on the year and has a .927 save percentage. The Huskies come into this match-up after splitting a pair of games against conference rival Bentley. The Huskies are currently tied for third with Air Force in the Atlantic Hockey Conference. This will be UConn’s final year in the conference before moving on to Hockey East where they will begin facing Providence each year. The puck drops in the Schneider Arena in Providence, R.I. at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday night.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic continues to put on a show
By Robert Moore Soccer Columnist
I’ve been asking myself this one question lately: why am I so captivated by Zlatan Ibrahimovic? It may very well have been a four-goal performance by Zlatan Ibrahimovic against England on Steven Gerrard’s 100th cap celebration. Granted, Joe Hart’s clearance was quite poor, but the piece of mind to immediately thrust his body into the air and bicycle kicked the ball into the back of the net was sublime. Zlatan is great – and he knows he’s great, and he makes the world know it. While he may not have the accolades or Balon d’Or to prove he’s up with the likes of Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, he completely understands he’s up there with the best. He’s cocky, he’s arrogant and he’s down right entertaining. Ibra has even sent Ronaldo a “Dare to Zlatan” t-shirt for his birthday, to which Ronaldo so kindly responded, “Thank you for the present. It will look better on me than you though.”
Talk about showmanship. While some footballers and supporters may call him an arrogant something-or-other, it’s just Ibra being Ibra. The Swedish international can get away with the snarky remarks and back-heels. Just as Ronaldo, and we’re talking Brazilian Ronaldo, carved up defenses and beat nearly every goalkeeper he came up against, Ibrahimovic appears to be doing the same. Quite simply, he’s making Ligue 1 look like child’s play. Even his agent, Mino Raiola, pleaded for Ibra to slow down in the magnificent goal production but, unfortunately for him, it would appear Paris St. Germain’s superhero will not stop at any cost. Equally important, the fire in Ibrahimovic’s eyes is electric. It appears the Swede can tally at will, in whichever league he decides to take his talents. Ibrahimovic excelled with AC Milan, handled defenses with ease during his Ajax years and even appeared on Barcelona – quite a feat in and of itself. But Ibrahimovic does not stop
with the comments he makes about his eccentric soccerstyle. Unlike many soccer players around the world who seem to settle for a goal or two during the run of play, Ibrahimovic makes something out of nothing. The bicycle kick or, one of the most memorable goals, his back-heeled flick in Ligue 1 in which he knew exactly what he was doing. The goals Ibrahimovic scores would seem outlandish to the average soccer supporter, but to a fanatic he’s pure genius. A maestro, a striker’s-striker and ultimately a ticket-seller. People travel far and wide to see what he will do next and luckily for them, I’d imagine even Ibra isn’t quite sure what he’ll do next – but it sure will be entertaining. Yet that is why so many sank their heads in dismay as Cristiano Ronaldo single-handedly punched Portugal a ticket to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Back and forth the two nations went. As Portugal went ahead early in the second half, Ibrahimovic’s eyes lit up. He tied the game off of a trademark header and just stared at Portugal’s defense, with a stone cold glare in
Paris Saint Germain’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates after scoring against Bordeaux during their French League One soccer match on Jan. 31 at Parc des Princes in Paris.
his eyes. Unfortunately, however, the Swede will be watching the festivities from afar, rather than on the pitch in Rio. They say a good striker is lethal with the ball anywhere within the penalty area. As for Ibrahimovic, this man is a presence who is lethal when the ball isn’t even on his foot. The Swede attracts defenders attention left and right and while Sweden may not have been the most formidable powerhouse in world soccer over recent
years, they have Zlatan. And so he continues with the commercials. Depicted as swimming in below freezing temperatures as he prepares himself for the next challenge ahead. Although Ibrahimovic could not carry his country to Brazil this summer, I’d expect the man to do brilliant things over the course of this season.
same faces as last time. Zach Parise, Dustin Brown and Ryan Suter have retained their leadership roles. However, this is a much different team. This year’s team is built primarily on pure grit and determination. The decision to leave star scorer Bobby Ryan off the roster sent a message: This is a team that’s looking to win ugly. The U.S. team will rely on defense, goaltending and pure heart in Sochi. Goaltenders Ryan Miller and Jonathan Quick will have to bring their best night in and night out, as this year’s field is as strong as ever. There are the Swedes, who will rely on superstars Henrik Lundqvist and the Sedin brothers to lead them to Olympic glory. There are the Russians. The hosts field a team of stars, led
by Alexander Ovechkin, who are playing for much more than a shiny medal. They are playing on their home soil in front of Vladimir Putin and thousands of Russian faithful. And, as always, there are the Canadians. Our neighbors to the north boast a roster so star studded, its fathomable to say the players that they decided to cut would be favored for a medal. The United States has a task at hand. They will be facing teams more talented, more attacking and more clinical. However, this United States team is playing on more than talent. They are playing on heart. They are playing on pride. And, most importantly, they are playing to erase the pain of a game that has haunted many for four years.
American hockey team out to avenge 2010 loss By Ryan Tolmich NHL Columnist
After watching Sidney Crosby and Canada celebrate in Vancouver, the United States men’s hockey team looks to redeem itself in 2014.
Fewer things leave a bad taste in your mouth quite like a heartbreaking loss. Sleepless nights follow. “What if?” questions float in your head. Regret, pain and anguish are the norm. Four years ago, the United States hockey team lost to North American rivals Canada in overtime in the Olympic gold medal game. It was a heartbreaker. The USA fought valiantly, but an overtime goal from Sidney Crosby crushed the American’s dreams of a gold medal. Four years later, here we stand. Another tournament, another medal on the line and, most importantly, another chance to ease the pain of bad memories. This team features many of the
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