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UConn administrators cite maintenance costs for residence halls as cause By Jackie Wattles Associate News Editor University of Connecticut administrators recently announced a plan to increase housing fees by up to 6.5 percent — a plan that’s elicited backlash from the Undergraduate Student Government. According to UConn’s vice president of student affairs, Michael Gilbert, the increase — which translates to about $500 per student — would cover deferred maintenance costs for the university’s residence halls. “We have a very large housing program,” Gilbert said. “Our physical assets, our housing assets, are nearly half the university’s facilities. Many of them are older, and I’m very concerned that we’re falling behind on doing sufficient maintenance to keep them in good order.” Gilbert proposed the increase at the student fee town
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Students at Wednesday night’s USG meeting. A 6.5 percent increase in housing fees resulted in a possible $500 dollar burden on students
hall hearing last week with Executive Vice President for Administration Richard Gray and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Mun Choi where it garnered the attention of USG office holders.
In response to the proposal, the USG Senate passed a resolution at its Wednesday meeting opposing the fee hike. The resolution alleges the administrators did not provide significant justification for the rate increase.
USG Senator Kevin Alvarez, a co-sponsor of the legislation, said in an interview Monday said he wanted the administration to look into other funding options before choosing to impose the cost on students. “We did not feel there was
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sufficient information provided or even brought into making this decision to justify this increase, particularly one of this size,” he said. The resolution also suggests the administrators failed to factor in the $2.5 billion Next Generation Connecticut fund as a source of revenue to help cover some of the proposed renovation costs. NextGen is a bond package from the state legislature meant to fund capital projects to expand UConn’s science, technology, math and engineering programs. On the NextGen website — uconn.edu/nextgenct — it does include “deferred maintenance” as a line item the funds can be spent on, though it is unclear exactly what it refers to. In an interview Wednesday, Gilbert said NextGen funds have been allocated to build new dorms on UConn’s Stamford Campus and build up technology and science labs on
Student lends an ear, hug By Alban Murtishi Staff Writer
In the hustle and bustle of classto-class transit, Chris Aschmoneit waits, sign in hand, for students that need a hug — or just someone to listen. Aschmoneit, a 2nd-semester civil engineering major, equipped with a cardboard sign — offers a free ear or hug to passersby. Aschmoneit’s therapeutic pursuit began last Thanksgiving while perusing upworthy.com, a website dedicated to publishing human interest articles. After finding an Upworthy post about camping in public areas and offering free conversation, Aschmoneit decided to bring the concept the idea to UConn. “I’ve always liked helping people, and after seeing few Upworthy posts about people trying to get society to talk to each other more it inspired me to help strangers and listen to their problems,”
Internship fair Spring semester budget decided preps students Allocation of funds for student groups discussed By Nikki Cunningham Campus Correspondent The 2014 UConn Internship and Co-op fair was held on Wednesday in the Student Union with companies such as PepsiCo, Northwestern Mutual and United Health Group in attendance. Eager, well-dressed UConn students hoping to find out more information about potential placements flocked to the event. Ashley Pedersen, an internship resources consultant for the UConn Center for Career Development, oversees the fair, and she explained just how useful these types of events are for students. Pointing out the “hands on experience” a student will gain from an internship, Pederson said they are a “great way to explore career options and apply the transferable skills students learn in class.” While an internship is — for the most part — a part-time, unpaid placement, a co-op functions as a step further into the working world. The positions are typically paid and require participants to carry out more “day to day tasks,” as Pedersen put it. Vincent Delisle, a UConn student attending the event, said, “I’ve never done anything like this before, but so far it’s really been interesting.” Attending the event with no prior idea of what to expect, Vincent was one of many students at the fair hoping to find out what was available and discover new opportunities. When asked why it was important for companies to attend events such as this fair, Jodi A. Culbertson — the director of internship development at Northwestern Mutual
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— said it is “a great way to see the local talent, whilst also acting as a good way to give back to the university.” Pedersen explained the importance of following up with the employer and “making face time” after students first introduce themselves at the fair. She illustrated how incredibly helpful events such as the fair are. “This is a great way for any student interested in gaining an internship or co-op to find out more information, but it’s not just this event. There are workshops that run all throughout the year,” Pederson said. She said the Center for Career Development has been a great support system by offering numerous workshops to students who wish to gain more experience with interviews, and student who hope to work out the amount of credits required for a placement in an internship. There is a also a career expedition running on Feb. 28 where UConn students will be able to visit some of the companies that were present at the internship and co-op fair. The center has three options for students who wish to record their internship on their transcript: a One-Credit Internship Course, a Documented Internship Experience or a Co-op CEWP. These course-credit options allow students to show off their experience to future employers. For more information about the UConn Center for Career Development, log on to their website at www.career.uconn.edu. The Internship and Co-op Career Fair takes place every spring semester.
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The University of Connecticut’s student legislative body approved its budget for the spring semester at its meeting Wednesday night, allocating more than $1.5 million in fee revenue to the organization’s branches. Each UConn student pays a $96 fee to USG each year, and this semester the organization will handle $752,942 of that revenue. An additional $817,871.07 of unspent money will roll over from last semester as well, bringing the organization’s coffer to $1,570,813.07. USG Comptroller Claire Price said the rollover is relatively large because of the recent adjustments made to the system by which it allocates money to on-campus organizations. “The rollover is due in part to increased enrollment and our new funding system,” Price said. “It happened a year and half ago and it’s taken time for things to adjust. Groups tend to request more money than they actually spend.” The largest slice of the budget ($876,378.84) will be allocated to the USG funding board for that purpose. Each semester, USG allocates money to student groups that are classified as Tier II organizations. Tier II organizations include club sports and cultural groups, and they can apply for USG funds to help pay coaches salaries, competition fees, host events and cover portions of travel expenses. USG committees will also replenish their budgets, including $145,500 to be spent by the executive committee to continue capital investments the group started last semester. This spring, the executive committee will use $80,000 of
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Claire Price, USG comptroller, speaks at Wednesday nights USG meeting. The budget for spring semester was discussed with a focus on money sent to student groups and re-budgeting Guard dogs. “Just because it’s not currently operating, doesn’t mean we can’t continue to invest in it,” Price said.
that money to renovate a cottage on UConn’s depot campus. The organization plans to store goods there, including equipment it buys for club sports teams. The budget also include $36,480 for Guard Dogs, the sobering rides program USG has traditionally run but shut down this semester for maintenance. USG President Edward Courchaine said the program has gained enough volunteers to open service back up on Saturday’s, but reopening the program will depend on whether or not the organization can get the drivers trained. Price said the funds are meant to pay for a new van to be used when the program does reopen. “Just because it’s not currently operating, doesn’t mean we can’t continue to invest in it,” Price said. The USG General Fund was replenished with $166,971 as well, and Price said USG will look to
replace furniture in its offices and meeting rooms with the funds. Price said they are also in the process of quoting the cost of new computers. The reserve fund — which currently houses $70,000 — is money that is set aside for Tier II organizations that come have unforeseen expenses. Per USG policy, groups can apply for these funds through legislation. Wednesday night, the Senate approved allocating $2,212.75 to two organizations. La Unidad Latina, the Lamda Upsilon Lamda fraternity, was given $1,740.25 to cover additional catering fees for its Noche Dorada event. The event occurs every semester, and the legislation states the group needed to request more funds in order to cover the cost of feeding more than 200 students. Groups are required to submit quotes for
all items funded by USG, and the fraternity received $3,000 for catering during the regular USG funding process last semester. It was unclear why the quote La Unidad Latina submitted was conservative. The UConn Student National Pharmaceutical Association received $472.50 of that money. According to the legislation, the group applied for funding to pay the registration fee for the regional SNPhA conference, because the “national SNPhA organization did not specify that the registration price was per individual instead of per chapter.” The registration fees will total $630 over what the group has already been allocated, but per USG Funding Board policies, it was funded at 75 percent.
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Chris Aschmoneit, above, waits for students who need a free hug, or even just someone to listen. He can be found on the Union quad on warm days, or a bench in the Union lobby on colder days. He is usually free on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 5 p.m.
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Aschmoneit said. Aschmoneit reaches out to strangers from his perch by a tree in the Union quad or a bench in the Union lobby on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 5 p.m. Slumped by his leg is a crude cardboard sign, constructed in less than an hour from cardboard and duct tape, that reads “Wanna talk? I’ll listen. I also give free hugs.” “I kind of like the beat-up sign. It shows you’re not trying to sell anything to people, it’s just completely open,” he said. While listening to students’
problems, the most common topics are stress, school work and family issues. Aschmoneit says he tries to present a neutral stance in these discussions, allowing students to vent and then tackle their problems themselves. “The common trend is that the problems usually fall in the middle of trivial and very dramatic,” he said. On average the conversations last anywhere from one to five minutes, with the occasional halfhour conversation. Some days are slow, and some days are quite
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A U.S. Postal Service worker has been indicted on charges that he intercepted a package containing cocaine and took it to his home. Thirty-seven-year-old Edward Hogan was arrested in November as part of an investigation into the use of mail to send drugs from Puerto Rico to the Waterbury area. Federal prosecutors say Hogan
was a customer service supervisor at the main Waterbury post office when he allegedly intercepted the package on Nov. 9. He has been free on $150,000 bond since his arrest. Authorities say the federal grand jury in Hartford returned the indictment Wednesday on the charge of embezzlement of mail by a postal service employee.
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busy; however, for Aschmoneit, it’s not about the numbers. Since he began his project, he has given more than two dozen hugs and conversed with almost as many. Aschmoneit said he is not the focus of the project. Like the Upworthy post he follows, his goal is to spread the idea of humanity caring for humanity. “I think people care about each other enough,” he said. “I’m just trying to get people to talk to each other and get out of their phones.”
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Educators, students and advocates for sex assault victims testified Tuesday before a legislative committee that is considering a bill designed to improve sexual assault policies on Connecticut’s college campuses. The legislation before the General Assembly’s higher education committee comes in the wake of federal complaints, including a Title IX lawsuit filed last fall, that allege the University of Connecticut responded to recent reports of sexual assaults there with deliberate indifference or worse. The bill would require that schools establish detailed sexual assault response policies; provide more training for faculty, students and staff in how to prevent and deal with sex assaults; and create more services for victims. It would mandate state reporting of the accusations at public and private schools in Connecticut; allow victims to make anonymous complaints; and set up trained sexual assault response teams on campuses to aid victims. “The positive note in all of this today is that we’re here to effect change,” said committee co-chairwoman Rep.
Roberta Willis, D-Salisbury, who noted the legislation has been endorsed by all 54 women in the General Assembly. Some of the most dramatic testimony came from the mother of a UConn student who described the frustration she had in trying to find help for her daughter, who reported she was sexually assaulted last fall at a fraternity party. The mother, whose name is not being used by The Associated Press to protect the identity of her daughter, said she was transferred to seven offices while looking for someone to help her daughter through the medical, emotional and academic issues she was dealing with. “It took more than a week to gain access to a rape counselor on campus, and then she was offered a male counselor,” she said. She also said her daughter was subjected to direct questioning at an administrative disciplinary hearing from the man who attacked her and was told by police that her assailant was “a nice guy.” A UConn spokeswoman noted that the man was later expelled from the university. Michael Gilbert, UConn’s vice president for student affairs, issued a statement
denying “the vast majority of what was asserted” by the girl’s mother. The school has consistently defended its sexual assault policies and the resources it devotes to the issue. Gilbert and Elizabeth Conklin, the school’s Title IX coordinator, outlined for the committee several changes that have been implemented in the last week. Those include the establishment of a support office that will serve as the single point of contact for sexual assault victims. The school also is offering more student education on preventing sexual assaults, including bystander training, something that is part of the proposed legislation. The changes were among the recommendations of a task force on civility that was formed in May by UConn President Susan Herbst. “We believe that the implementation of these recommendations, along with the robust policies and procedures already in place at UConn, demonstrate the university’s commitment to working aggressively to eliminate all forms of sexual violence for our university,” Conklin said.
MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is promoting his proposal to spend more than $134 million on the newly consolidated Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system. The money is part of a multi-year strategic improvement plan, “Transform CSCU 2020.” The goal is to unite the 12 community colleges,
four state universities and the online Charter Oak State College and create a system that better serves students, preparing them to work in the strongest industry growth sectors. The governor appeared Wednesday at Manchester Community College with other officials. He called it imperative to gain support for
the bill, saying 70 percent of the jobs in 2020 will require postsecondary education. The funding, which needs legislative approval, will pay for numerous improvements including, high-tech classrooms, expanded manufacturing programs, teacher training and system-wide credit transfers.
the city has never endured so many broken water mains in the 100-year history of its water utility.
Moline has had 61 water main breaks so far. That’s 10 more than anyone there can remember and a staggering number given that the community has just 240 miles of water lines.
can normally expose a pipe in less than an hour have to scrape and claw for 11 hours or more to do the same job.
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CHICAGO (AP) — This merciless winter is taking a heavy toll on the nation’s pipes and pavement, breaking hundreds of water mains that turn streets into frozen rivers and opening potholes so big they snap tire rims and wheel axles like Popsicle sticks. From Iowa to New York and Michigan to Georgia, the relentless cycle of snow and bitter cold is testing the strength of the steel-andcement skeletons on which our communities are built, the patience of the people who live there and the stamina of crews whose job is to keep the roads safe and the taps running. Even after the weather eases, state and local governments will be left with steep repair bills that could affect their budgets for months to come. In scores of cities, oncesmooth roadways have been transformed into obstacle courses by gaping potholes that can seriously damage passing vehicles but are too large to avoid. New York City crews filled 69,000 potholes in the first five weeks of the year — nearly twice as many as the same period in 2013. In Iowa, a Des Moines official said
Michigan’s top transportation official warned that the icy conditions would create more potholes than “we’ve probably ever seen in our lifetime.” Busted water mains have created the most dramatic scenes — and the greatest challenge for repair crews, who must dig into rock-hard ground to reach pipes that are up to a century old and cannot withstand the pressure exerted by earth that shifts as it freezes.
The repairs are made all the more difficult by dangerous subzero temperatures that freeze soil down to a depth of 3 or 4 feet. “The crews out there, their coveralls are freezing solid,” said Greg Swanson, general manager of Moline’s utilities. At times, their pant legs get so stiff, they can’t even bend their knees. “They get in their trucks to warm up a bit, and they just
“The contractors say they’ve never seen anything like it,” said Doug Dunlap, a village trustee in the tiny Illinois community of Lyndon.
Compounding the workers’ woes are parked vehicles that are difficult or impossible to move because water that rose to their bumpers has turned to ice. “We had tires that wouldn’t spin because they were in a huge block of ice, and we had to chop the ice until they could get out,” said Lenore
A taxi cab is surrounded by water on a flooded street after a water main break flooded several blocks in Detroit. The relentless cycle of snow and bitter cold this winter is testing the skeletons of steel and cement on which communities are built.
On Tuesday, a broken water main in Detroit flooded several blocks, trapping cars that included a taxi. The cab driver had to be plucked out by rescue workers. “The fireman came and got me out — put me on his shoulder,” Michael Hooks said. “Thank you, Detroit firemen.” The western Illinois city of
stay with it,” he said. Because the ground is so rigid, leaking water often does not escape directly above the busted pipe, but travels hundreds of feet before finding a soft spot or an opening, occasionally shooting into the air like a geyser, Swanson said. Not only that, but the ground is so hard that the same digging machines that
Joseph, describing a row of cars on her Chicago street that looked like so many bugs trapped by flypaper. Far less dramatic but especially aggravating are all the potholes, which form after water seeps into cracks in the pavement, turns to ice and expands. Chicago’s potholes are mul-
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College athletes: student or employee CHICAGO (AP) — A federal agency kicked off the first in a series of hearings Wednesday on whether to approve a bid by Northwestern University football players to unionize, and both sides acknowledged the key question was whether college athletes can be considered employees. During a National Labor Relations Board hearing in Chicago, lawyers for the proposed union and the university agreed that if college football players qualify as employees, they can legally form the firstof-its-kind union and if not, they can’t. “That is the key threshold issue,” university attorney Alex Barbour said. If the union, called the College Athletes Players Association, or CAPA, eventually gets the green light, advocates say it will provide athletes a vehicle to lobby for financial security and improved safety on the field. This first attempt is being closely watched, with the expectation that, if it succeeds, other college teams nationwide could quickly follow suit. The players’ attorney, John Adam, argued his clients met the definition of employees because they put in 40-hour workweeks during the season, are managed by coaches and receive payment in the form of scholarships. “They are entitled to be represented by a union ... to bring a voice” to their grievances, he
said. Barbour disagreed. He told the hearing scholarships aren’t divvied out as wages. “Scholarships are for getting an education,” he said. “It is not a form of compensation for playing football.” Supporters stretch the definition of employees too far, he argued. And he said it would raise other questions, including whether walk-ons without scholarships could be in the union. Wednesday’s hearing was meant to identify main points of contention, not to thrash them out in detail. That happens next week with three days of testimony. A decision on whether CAPA can organize could come soon after. One witness who will testify next week for those petitioning for the union will be the Wildcats’ outgoing senior quarterback, Kain Colter. Colter and former UCLA linebacker Ramogi Huma, CAPA’s designated president, announced the formation of the union last month. United Steelworkers said it was footing the legal bills. For now, the push is to unionize athletes at private schools, like Northwestern. Public universities, which are subject to different regulations, could follow later After Wednesday’s hearing, which lasted less than an hour, Northwestern distributed a statement reiterating its opposition to the union at the Evanston, Ill.-
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Attorney for the College Athletes Players Union John Adam speaks to the media after a National Labor Relations Board hearing on the request by Northwestern University football players to unionize
based school. “We do not regard, and have never regarded, our football program as a commercial enterprise,” said Alan K. Cubbage, the vice president for university relations. But Adam told reporters after
the hearing that football players generate hundreds of millions of dollars for schools annually. So, he said, universities’ insistence on calling them “student athletes” was inaccurate. “This is a myth that we intend to demolish,” he said.
out of a budget that allotted 1,300 hours for the entire year. Michigan State Transportation Director Kirk Steudle said an extra $30 million, a third more than budgeted, is needed to pay for the near-constant snowplowing. The cost and usage of salt has doubled in just a year. The proliferation of potholes exposes what experts have long said: Many of the nation’s roads are in such poor shape that they are more vulnerable to crumbling. “Many cities have ignored
the minor cracks and potholes, and now they’re getting big,” said Steve Schlickman, executive director of the Urban Transportation Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Not only that, but the rapid repairs may actually make conditions worse. Munir Nazzal, an assistant professor of civil engineering at Ohio University, led a study that found patching asphalt only stays in place for a matter of weeks, days or even hours before traffic scatters it. And snowplow blades can actually
fill potholes with snow, where it melts, seeps into the road surface and freezes. “They’re not solving the problem at all,” Nazzal said. Art Cabello has seen that for himself. “It’s really bad out there,” said Cabello, manager of a Chicago tire shop that is welding far more broken rims than he can ever remember. “The other day I welded a rim and 20 minutes later the customer drove by and hit” another pothole right in front of the shop. The axle broke, and the car had to be towed away.
ties to keep power on “during emergencies” and repairing roofs and decks at Hilltop Apartments. These projects were laid out by a team that included Residential Life members, according to Gilbert. Student Body President Edward Courchaine said USG would be reasonable about its demands, but he did not yet see a reason to let rates climb by 6 percent. “It’s not that the entire 6 percent is unjustifiable,” Courachine said, acknowledging adjusting for inflation and fringe benefits is necessary. “There’s always going to be an increase, but 3 percent would be a realistic expectation.” Once factor both Gilbert and the student government are concerned with is where there fee increase will put UConn in relation to its peers. With
the university’s affordability already in question by the state legislature, many feel increasing attendance costs should be taken with extreme caution. According to data gathered by the administrators who proposed the housing rate increase, UConn currently ranks ninth out of the 12 peer institutions it was compared to — with one being the most expensive — in terms of rent for a double room. It’s in the bottom quartile for single rooms as well, though Gilbert said it fares somewhere in the middle of the pack for apartment and suite rates. The administrators are planning to bring the proposed rate increase to the Board of Trustees for approval at its Feb. 26 meeting. The resolution passed by the USG Senate calls for the board to deny the request, and asks the
UConn Student Fee Advisory Committee — which includes undergraduate and graduate student representatives — to continue investigating the need for a rate increase. “The student body opposes any housing rate increase at this time, until the (administration has) taken steps to ensure that the University of Connecticut exercises fiscal responsibility before passing a large economic burden onto the students of this school,” the legislation reads. USG Vice President Kara Googins said Gilbert plans to meet with USG members next week regarding the proposed fee increase.
Snow removal does more harm than good tiplying by the thousands. In just the first six weeks of this year, the transportation department said crews — working around the clock — have dumped some 2,000 tons of patching material into more than 125,000 potholes. The city is almost certain to fill more than the 625,000 potholes patched last year. The cost of the extra works mounts quickly. In Moline, for example, the team that handles the water mains has in just the last two weeks clocked 300 hours of overtime
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campus — but not to renovate existing dorms in Storrs. He said 2 to 3 percent of the increase is meant to cover standard cost increases that are addressed every year — including inflation, wage increases for residence hall staff and maintenance and rising costs of providing health care to those employees (called fringe benefits). Gilbert said this increase is based on guidance by the university’s budget office, which communicates with state government officials to determine the foreseeable cost increases. The other 3.5 to 4.5 percent increase is meant to cover a laundry list of “capital priorities,” totaling $19,040,000. These include renovating bathrooms, installing a generator in Residential Life facili-
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(AP) — A Canadian study that many experts say has major flaws has revived debate about the value of mammograms. The research suggests that these screening X-rays do not lower the risk of dying of breast cancer while finding many tumors that do not need treatment. The study gives longer followup on nearly 90,000 women who had annual breast exams by a nurse to check for lumps plus a mammogram, or the nurse’s breast exam alone. After more than two decades, breast cancer death rates were similar in the two groups, suggesting little benefit from mammograms. It’s important to note that this study did not compare mammograms to no screening at all, as most other research on this topic has. Many groups have not endorsed breast exams for screening because of limited evidence that they save lives. Critics of the Canadian study also say it used outdated equipment and poor methods that made mammograms look unfairly ineffective. The study was published Wednesday in the British journal BMJ. Breast cancer is the leading type of cancer and cause of cancer deaths in women worldwide. Nearly 1.4 million new cases are diagnosed each year. Many studies have found that mammography saves lives, but how many and for what age groups is debatable. It also causes many false alarms and overtreatment of cancers never destined to become life-threatening. In the U.S., a governmentappointed task force that gives screening advice does not back mammograms until age 50, and then only every other year. The American Cancer Society recommends them every year starting at age 40. Other countries screen less aggressively. In Britain, for example, mammograms are usually offered only every three years. The Canadian study has long been the most pessimistic on the value of mammograms. It initially reported that after five years of screening, 666 cancers were found among women given mammograms plus breast exams versus 524 cancers among those given the exams alone. After 25 years of follow-up, about 500 in each group died, suggesting mammograms were not saving lives. The similarity in the death rates suggests that the 142 “extra” cancers caught by mammograms represent overdiagnosis — tumors not destined to prove fatal, study leaders concluded. The work was immediately criticized. The American College of
Radiology and Society of Breast Imaging called it “an incredibly misleading analysis based on the deeply flawed and widely discredited” study. Mammograms typically find far more cancers than this study did, suggesting the quality was poor, the groups contend. In a letter posted by the medical journal, Dr. Daniel Kopans, a radiologist at Harvard Medical School, described outdated machines and methods he saw in 1990, when he was one of the experts asked to review the quality of mammograms used in the study. “I can personally attest to the fact that the quality was poor,” he wrote. “To save money they used secondhand mammography machines” that gave poor images, failed to properly position breasts for imaging, and did not train radiologists on how to interpret the scans, he wrote. The study leader, Dr. Anthony Miller of the University of Toronto, said it was “completely untrue” that inferior equipment or methods were used. Still, the study highlights the fact that mammograms are an imperfect tool that lead to many false alarms, needless biopsies and treatment of many tumors that would never threaten a woman’s life. “Overdiagnosis is not an anomaly in the study from Canada. This has been compellingly demonstrated in research from the U.S. and Europe,” said another study leader, Dr. Cornelia Baines of the University of Toronto. Dr. H. Gilbert Welch, a professor of medicine at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice in New Hampshire, spoke on the issue at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium in December. “Screening is a choice, not a public health imperative. There are trade-offs here,” he said. “The people who stand to gain the most from screening are the people at greatest risk of the disease” — older women who are more likely to have breast cancer and those not too old that they are likely to die of something else, he said. Death rates from breast cancer have fallen mostly because of dramatic improvement in treatments, he and other doctors have said. “The better we are at treating clinically evident disease, the less important it becomes to find it early,” Welch said. A big caveat: The Canadian study was on routine mammograms to screen healthy women. No one doubts the value of diagnostic mammograms — more detailed X-rays when a problem is suspected or after a lump has been found.
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — Firefighters have nearly extinguished a blaze at a Connecticut power plant where a 2010 explosion killed six people and injured dozens. Authorities say the fire at the Kleen Energy Systems plant in Middletown on Wednesday morning was confined to one of the plant’s two turbines. No injuries were reported. Middletown officials say the fire apparently began when oil from the turbine leaked during a malfunction and ignited.
A message seeking comment was left for Kleen Energy Systems officials. Six workers were killed in February 2010 when crews building the plant were using natural gas at high pressures to clean out pipes and something sparked an explosion. The state later banned the “gas blow” practice. Several companies involved in the construction were fined $16.6 million for workplace violations after the explosion.
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United States missile defense increases chances of nuclear war
he U.S.S. Donald Cook arrived in its new permanent home today at NATO Naval Station Rota in southern Spain yesterday. It is a stateof-the-art Missile Destroyer and is the first of four new vessels to carry the high-tech Aegis ballistic system, which allows the ship to track and destroy intercontinental ballistic missiles. Additionally, the Pentagon announced plans last Friday to appeal Congress for a $4.5 billion cash infusion in order to build a new homeland defense radar in Alaska and to expand the current stockpile of 30 CE-I/II missile interceptors, all ostensibly with the intent of countering the nuclear programs of Iran and North Korea. The stark reality of both programs is that they are actually defensive weapons meant to counter the nuclear threat of Washington’s main geopolitical rivals. However, rather than providing protection, they drastically increase the probability of nuclear war. Lieutenant Colonial Robert Bowman, former director of advanced space programs development for the U.S. Air Force, explained in an interview with William Engdahl that the U.S. anti-missile defense system is “the missing link to First Strike.” Nuclear-arms analyst Bruce Gagnon elaborated by pointing out that the Pentagon acknowledges its missile defense systems are woefully inadequate at preventing a first strike, but are far more successful when used to destroy retaliatory launches. Regardless, North Korea can hardly get its missiles off the ground, let alone across the Pacific Ocean and Iran has yet to attain 20 percent enriched uranium–but China and Russia feel justifiably threatened by Washington’s anti-ballistic systems. For its part, China has the smallest declared arsenal of offensive nuclear weapons at somewhere between 20-60 missiles, a severely outdated fleet of 1960’s-era bombers, an inoperable nuclear submarine and their liquid fuel missiles are kept separate from the actual nuclear warheads–drastically increasing launch time. Chinese military strategists are also keenly aware of the danger that US nuclear missile batteries in Japan and Taiwan pose to the mainland. Washington hardly pretends to not be destroying Russia’s nuclear deterrent; faced with anti-missile systems across Europe as well as Alaska, in addition to US nuclear batteries in Turkey and Germany it is no wonder Putin wants to abandon the SALT nuclear reduction treaties. The potential for nuclear obliteration at the hands of Washington has driven both China and Russia to call for a dramatic increase in their nuclear stockpiles over the next decade, as well as exploratory development in hypersonic missile delivery systems in what has become a resurgence of the nuclear arms races of old, all thanks to our new “defense” systems.
Gov’t intervention not necessary to raise wages
uring President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address last month, the president mentioned Punch Pizza, a restaurant with eight locations in Minnesota’s Twin Cities. Obama commended Punch Pizza founder and coowner John Soranno for raising the minimum wage for all employees at his stores to $10.10 per hour. Soranno attended the event with Nick Chute, a dough maker at of the restaurant who benefited from the increased wages. As President Obama explained, “he makes dough, and now he’s making a lot more of it.” Soranno made his decision to increase his staff ’s wages in early By Gregory Koch December, shortly after Weekly Columnist President O b a m a announced his support of a bill that would raise minimum wage to $10 per hour nationally. The President naturally seized upon this opportunity to again call for Congress to raise the minimum wage. However, the reality of the situation paints a different story. Government intervention is not necessary to get businesses to pay their workers fair salaries. According to an interview with Edgar Linares of WCCO radio, Soranno’s decision had nothing to do with President Obama’s statements on minimum wage. According to John Puckett, the other owner of Punch Pizza, “My business partner [Soranno] and I decided to invest in our people because we are growing our
company in the Twin Cities. We really believe to have the best quality product and service. It’s the right thing to do.” The owners of Punch Pizza recognize that happy workers make good workers, and good workers have good customer service. This good customer service will keep customers happy and encourage them to come back in the future. This in turn makes the restaurant more money and more than compensates the increased expense of the higher wages. There is a concept in economics called the efficiency wage. This theory states that employers have an incentive to pay their workers higher wages because it will increase their productivity and efficiency. Higher wages will also reduce the risk of high turnover, which is important in businesses where it is expensive to search for and hire new employees. Additionally, by paying wages higher than the minimum required by law, companies are more likely to attract better employees. These better employees produce better products, thus driving business to the company. This means that companies have an incentive to compete with each other by offering higher wages to attract the better workers. All other things equal, any pizza chef would rather work for $10.10 an hour at Punch Pizza than $7.25 somewhere else. This means that the best pizza makers will wind up working for Punch Pizza, while the other restaurants get whoever is left. This allows Punch Pizza to produce a better product and generate more sales. About a month after raising its employees’ wages, the magazine Food & Wine ranked Punch Pizza at number 15 on its list of top pizza restaurants in the country. Celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern, a contributing editor to the magazine,
went a step further by saying he thought it should be ranked in the top five. Punch Pizza is clearly managing to attract the best staff in the Twin Cities area to produce one of the best pizzas in America. In order to maintain the staff quality needed to do that, it is necessary to pay a high wage relative to the competitors. If Punch Pizza’s competitors were to raise their wages to $10 per hour, either voluntarily or because the minimum wage was raised, they would be able to attract employees of the same quality as Punch Pizza’s. Furthermore, if Punch Pizza wanted to be able to produce the same quality food and customer service, they would be forced to raise their wages again. Businesses have an incentive not only to provide a fair wage to employees, but to provide a wage higher than their competitor. Punch Pizza’s decision to voluntarily raise the wage of all its employees shows that businesses do have incentives to pay their workers more than the bare minimum required. As more companies start doing this, they will compete with each other for the best workers. However, suddenly raising the minimum wage for everyone to $10 per hour will be like hitting the reset button. We will be back where we started with everyone making only minimum wage. Both businesses and employees will benefit in the long term if the government takes no action and instead lets the free market take its course.
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Stray dogs: Is Russia as Russia-like as everyone thinks?
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s the Olympics endure and the world continually recognizes Vladimir Putin’s tragic facade of a friendly, stable Russia especially bred for the games, dogs on the streets of Sochi are evaporating by the thousands. While this is only becoming world news now, the slaughter’s been in the making for a while, dating as far back as last spring. By Steve Friedland In April, S o c h i Staff Columnist authorities were, according to The Independent, offering upwards of 1.7 million rubles ($49,300 USD) to groups willing to eradicate 2000 dogs and cats between 2013 and 2015. Documents were recently released to CNN regarding the city of Sochi agreeing to pay a local pest control firm called Basia Services for less than 1/16th of the price at 99,450 rubles in May ($2,800 USD). Efforts to kill the strays have been noted since October. Quoth the owner of the firm, Alexei Sorokin, “These dogs are biological trash.” Don’t get me wrong, it tugs at my heartstrings, but I think we need to think about this as objectively as we can, and that, unfortunately, may require us extending the
slightest inklings of sympathy to Russia and the disciples of Basia; in order to get it done, we have to better understand the cognitive disconnect between us and them. The question which permeates our minds so ardently is “How can they live with themselves as they murder innocent animals en masse?” The International Olympic Committee maintains that only sick dogs are being killed while the healthy ones are being sent to a “sanctuary” upon capture, with spokesman Mark Adams saying, “It would be absolutely wrong to say that any healthy dog is being destroyed.” If there were hordes of rabiesinfested varmints running amok through the streets of Sochi, thousands of Olympic attendees — athletes, diplomats, civilians — run the risk of getting bitten and dying. We sometimes forget that dogs are essentially domesticated wolves. Besides, Russia is not the only country committing dog holocausts because of the threats they pose; countries such as Indonesia, Egypt, Malaysia and Kenya also have long-running stray extermination programs. Much of it has already garnered the attention of organizations like PETA, who have since enacted things like the
“Urge Egypt to Stop Cruel Cull of Dogs!” campaign. This isn’t new, but I think it’s overwhelmingly easy to feel sympathy for the animals. We raise dogs as pets. We give them souls. Something else to consider is the lack of animal control policies present in Russia: the whopping presence of stray dogs in Sochi and the rest of the country is obviously attributed to the fact that there are absolutely no laws requiring spaying or neutering in pets. This is the opposite of the United States, where cities like Los Angeles have created relatively punitive laws (community service and fines of up to 40 hours and $500, respectively) which require the neutering and spaying of pets before the pets are four months old and how most states don’t allow adoption from a shelter without sterilization. While not every animal shelter in the United States glistens like a Mr. Clean commercial and has courtyards for everyone to play in, I think it’s safe to infer that they’re in better shape than the ones being overrun in Sochi, where shelter workers were literally told by authorities (as told to the New York Times), “Either you take all the dogs from the Olympic Village or we will shoot them.”
So, regardless of any prior pseudo-justification, what they’re doing in Sochi is terrible. Whether sick or healthy, dogs are not dying humanely; they’re shot and often poisoned with strychnine-laced meat, which results in convulsions and severe pain and can take up an hour to kill the animal. Sochi natives like Yulia Krasova have corroborated this to sources like CNN, additionally filming videos of the poisoned dogs on their cell phones. Sad as it is, though, it isn’t cost effective to euthanize all of the strays. If we take the 2,000 dogs Sochi planned to eliminate in 2 years and assume the rates for pet euthanasia in the United States (on average, between $50-200, according to veterinarypracticenews. com) are relatively the same in Russia, that’s $100,000 USD on the lenient side, which turns out to be the equivalent of $3,479,633.79 rubles; more than the 1.7 million proposed. It breaks my heart, but if Sochi wants to accomplish what it feels compelled to do with as little money as possible, this is the way to do it.
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Artist Afarin (meaning “to praise” in Farsi) Rahmanifar provided insight behind the creation of several of her pieces that are displayed at the Benton Museum’s, during an art talk on Tuesday afternoon. The pieces contribute to the exhibit “Persepolis: Word and Image,” a show centered on the graphic novel and coming-of-age memoir that it lends its name to.
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Artist Afarin (meaning “to praise” in Farsi) Rahmanifar provided insight behind the creation of several of her pieces that are displayed at the Benton Museum’s, during an art talk on Tuesday afternoon. The pieces contribute to the exhibit “Persepolis: Word and Image,” a show centered on the graphic novel and coming-of-age memoir that it lends its name to. Just past noon, participants in the art talk trickled into the second gallery on the top floor of the Benton. They wandered, examining all the pieces of the exhibit before gathering for the talk. Rahmanifar’s work was presented on one side of a wall that stands independently in
the middle of the square gallery. Everyone in the room sat in front of the eight pieces the artist created, a combination of two sequences. The two series are titled “Recess of a Journey” with parts one and two. They include depictions of women, curtains, calligraphy and words in each mixed media painting. Rahmanifar began by introducing herself and telling the audience a little about her background, which plays crucial roles in her work. Born in Iran and graduate of the Masters of Fine Arts program at UConn, Rahmanifar specializes in painting and mixed media as well as illustrating Persian miniature, taking her work all over the world and gaining international recognition. Carla Galfano, curator of the exhibit, said Rahmanifar
How to ace an interview By Carles Lopez Campus Correspondent The first thing to do after getting an interview is research the company, according to Michael Petro, the assistant director of employer relations from the center for career development. Petro presented a seminar called “Acing the Interview” on Wednesday, Feb. 12. The question “what do you know about my company?” is very common, and “after less than half an hour of research,” Petro said, it’s an easy question to answer. Marketing yourself is the most important thing to do during an interview. “I see you have a need, I can fill that need” said Petro, demonstrating how you should act during an interview. Practicing interview questions, as well as organizing and focusing on what you have to offer to the company is key to succeeding in an interview. Practicing is important, but you should be careful not to over-practice questions and answers, because it can make you sound mechanical. Petro said you should practice life stories that relate to different interview questions and have them on queue when being interviewed. This will make the whole interview seem more natural and show the employer you are the right person for the job. “Don’t forget you are a full time student, speak about leadership positions you hold, instead of just saying you worked at dining ser-
vices, tell them how that experience helped you with management skills” said Petro “Results get you jobs.” When explaining leadership positions you should focus on what you accomplished. Another point emphasized was how to present yourself during an interview. “A student one time came into the CCD office and said he really needed help. The student said he had an interview, went ten minutes early and sat down and checked ESPN on his phone,” said Petro, “after one minute of being there someone sat next to him and after nine minutes, this person got up and said ‘Hi, I’m Mike, your interviewer.’’ Non-verbal communication is very important. One looks more confident by sitting with a good posture, keeping hand gestures controlled and bringing a notepad to write down your interviewers names. Another tip Petro gave was to say things like, “That’s a great question, let me think about it for a minute” or “I had never heard that question before” to unexpected interview questions. The Center for Career Development has many different resources to help students get their dream job after they graduate, including practice interviews, career expeditions and a database with hundreds of employers from all fields.
attended an open house and was interested in displaying her work for the exhibit. “Persepolis: Word and Image” opened in January along with “Making the Movement Move: Photography, Student Activism, and Civil Rights.” The graphic novel is an autobiographical story by Marjane Satrapi. It focuses on Satrapi’s coming-of-age story in Iran during and after the Islamic Revolution. Like Satrapi, Rahmanifar was born in Iran and shared a similar biographical background as the author, providing a connection between the artist, her work and the theme of the exhibit. Rahmanifar explores the differences between East and West culture, especially the portrayal of women, but chooses to embraces the similarities and
differences rather than criticize them. Having gone through the dilemma of identity and finding a sense of belonging, Rahmanifar puts a lot of her own experiences and soul into her work. All the pieces hold significant meaning from all parts of her life - from old texts she saw as a child, to paintings that she found beautiful and incorporated into her work. She visualizes the relevance of physical and emotional life by representing the body as a vessel and the mind creates for experiences. The two series on displayed concentrated greatly on anxiety caused by separation. What Rahmanifar finds powerful about her work is the fact that she can speak out and connect with her audience without having to be vocal. People who view her work take away their
own meanings while retaining the emotion put into and emanating from the works. Rahmanifar explained about the motivations and movements behind her work, but loved to hear others’ interpretations. She asked the crowd for their opinions and bounced ideas off the experiences that individuals shared, including information about traditional women and culture before periods of Westernization. Rahmanifar will return to the Benton during the next Salon, which will take place on Feb. 28 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Titled “Herstory and Memory,” it will feature panelists Kathleen Holgerson and Rahmanifar, and the discussion will be led by Professor Cathy Schlund-Vials.
International Women’s Group holds Valentines’ Day event By Darragh McNicholl Campus Correspondent
People of diverse nationalities came together to make Valentine’s Day picture frames and share in the social experience together at an event held by the International Women’s Group at McMahon Hall this week. Twice a month the International Women’s Group holds events like this one with the goal of offering international students and their families a place to socialize and have fun. These events usually involve craft making, exercise or a number of different activities, but the safe environment and opportunity to meet people from different cultures is what matters most. The events give people who feel isolated by being in another country a place to meet people dealing with the same issues and find help simply by interacting with one another. Those that feel lonely can rely on the International Women’s Group to accept them and their culture, “that’s why we developed the group,” said Laurie Tompkins, the administrator for the group. “Communication, a
smile, sharing, gestures, it cussions or demonstrations. helps with the loneliness.” The center also offers trips Although the group works to across the New England area make everyone feel welcome as well as local ones for peoregardless of the language ple who do not have transbarriers that may exist, portation to go shopping or everyone is encouraged to enjoy events off campus. practice their English with The safe environment anyone at the center. and social opportunities In addition to the bi-week- make this group stand out. ly events, the International The International Women’s Wo m e n ’s Center will Group cenmake you feel ter is open comfortable Twice a month e v e r y d a y. while allowIn fact most the International ing you to meet people that Women’s Group new people visit the holds events like this from all over. center do According so daily to one with the goal to Laurie interact with of offering internaTompkins, people from anyone can tional students and different culjoin. You do tures, make their families a place not need to friends or do to socialize and have be an internahomework. tional student fun. to enjoy the center and you Opportunities always will feel welcomed no matabound for people to meet ter what. Stop on by some others at the International time and meet the wonderful Women’s center. A particu- people of the International larly favorite event is Coffee Women’s Group. Hour every Wednesday from 3 to 3 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to come to Coffee Hour and enjoy coffee, tea and snacks while meeting new people. Some weeks involve planned dis- Darragh.McNicholl@UConn.edu
Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, a holiday designed for happy couples to celebrate the love that they hold for each other, often by exchanging gifts and going out for a nice dinner. In my experience, singles generally stay in with some takeout and watch a crappy romantic comedy or a favorite Disney film with other single friends. Foodwise, I think both groups have something to celebrate. Couples can justify dropping a significant amount of cash on pricier food, and singles need not avoid certain food groups that can ruin a date. The nicest places on or near campus to eat out are probably Chuck & Augies and Geno’s Grille. As far as I’m aware, they’re the only places nearby where you can get a cut of beef that’s not well-done. More traditional fare aside, there are many foods that have been considered aphrodisiacs — substances that increase sexual desire — by many different cultures. Though none of these foods have a basis in science for their reputations, some of them are certainly a possibility on a dinner date, and — after all — it can’t hurt. Red wine is at the top of the list for potential aphrodisiacs and is widely available at most sit-down restaurants for patrons over 21. If you can handle it, spicy chili peppers also have a reputation for getting people hot and bothered in the lustful sense. Oysters have also been considered aphrodisiacs, though mainly for men. Asparagus has also been traditionally used as a romance-setter. Of course, the most popular food consumed on Valentine’s Day is chocolate, a food that almost everybody loves, and — incidentally — is considered an aphrodisiac by some. That being said, there are definitely some foods to avoid on a dinner date. Foods that make heavy use of garlic or onion are at the top of this list because of their tendency to stay on the breath. Coffee should probably be avoided for the same reason. Beans, cheese and fizzy drinks are also probably best avoided, because they can cause bloating and other gas-related issues that can kill the mood. Finally, curry and other food like it should probably be off the table as well. Singles, of course, get to enjoy all of those foods with impunity, though maybe eating something that increases sex drive might not be the best choice on potentially the loneliest day of the year. On the other hand, it might just give a person the push they need to approach that crush they’ve been nursing for the past couple of weeks. This might be the economics major in me talking, but I think having an anniversary on Valentine’s Day would be extremely efficient.
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Eric Church came back, fists swinging with his new single titled “The Outsiders” and his new album, which carries the same name does not fail to pack a punch either. Released Feb. 11, ‘The Outsiders’ proves to embody Eric Church’s classic rebellious country sound. Church has always been known to “keep it country,” avoiding that curious blend of countrypop that many ‘purist’ country fans cringe at the thought of. The release of the album’s single “The Outsiders” set off a flurry of excitement for many of Church’s fans that were highly anticipating what the album had to offer. Especially considering it was following his previous album ‘Chief’ which was full of top summer hits such as “Springsteen” (which is still in the top 25 most played songs in my iTunes!), “Creepin’” and “Drink In My Hand.” I can already see “The Outsiders” single with its catchy chanted chorus that of screams carefree rebelliousness becoming an instant summer staple for parties, tailgates and long road trips. The beat is steady and commanding. You will be nodding your head to the beat and singing along without a second thought. Other songs on the album include the soft ballad “A Man Who Was Gonna Die Young.”
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The release of the album’s single “The Outsiders” set off a flurry of excitement for many of Church’s fans that were highly anticipating what the album had to offer.
This gentle, mournful song Back My Hometown” bursts highlights the classic twang in with glory and pride. It is an Church’s voice indicative of easy sing-along with an upliftthe country genre ing message and his natural as Church style. The soft reflects on his acoustic guitars own youth and The Outsiders strum a sweet upbringing. Eric Church melody supportS o m e 2/11/14 ing the somber other favor12 tracks storyline that ites on the Church sings. album includ“Give Me Back ed “Broke My Hometown” Record” and /10 is another song “ Ta l l a d e g a ” on the album that which also I enjoyed quite a emphasized bit. Another country summer Church’s down-home theme anthem contender, “Give Me and country pride.
Now, I am not in any way a country music fanatic, but I have always looked past the negative hype country often receives from other music enthusiasts and found appreciation for the genre. Whether it be the carefree, upbeat songs that infuse the summertime radio or the meaningful ballads with the slow strum of guitar, Eric Church’s new album embodies all of my favorite aspects about the genre and ties them all together seamlessly.
‘Crosses’ provides great Band of Horses live moments followed by album emulates Nirvana awful sounds By Jingyuan Fu
consistent between Deftones and Crosses, the tones that he provides for each are entirely different. He presThe new album by †††, ents intensity, conflict and pronounced crosses, is a harmony, but the music in rollercoaster in quality and Crosses is much more somtonality, but spectacular in ber than fiery. moments. The album begins on New to the name? a strong note with “This Familiar with Deftones Is a Trick,” mixing electhough? Crosses is a side tronic and heavy metal project created by Deftones sounds to produce a unique singer Chino Moreno in blend of melodies. It even 2011. Working with guiincludes some of Moreno’s tarist Shaun Lopez, from screaming, which I believe the band Far, and musienhanced the song. The next cian Chuck Doom, Moreno began recording music sepa- song took on a sort of 80’s rately from his usual tone in sound intertwined it with heavy bass backgrounds and Deftones. According to an echoing vocals. Though a interview with Noisecreep lot of fuss had been made Moreno described the projof “Bitches Brew,” the song ect as “minimal and soothsounded like a mediocre ing and it’s sort of like version of a Deftones song, the stuff I like listening to with inferior when I’m not lyrics. screaming my The beginhead off.” ning of The band’s “Thholyghst” first recorded Crosses blew me away. album was Crosses It begins released in 2/11/14 incredibly 2011, but softly, picksince then 15 tracks ing up only a they’ve continy bit with tributed a song keyboard keys to the game /10 and Moreno’s “Batman: voice, like a Arkham City” lullaby. I think andcovered Moreno’s singRob Zombie’s ing shaped “Dragula” most of this song in a good which Zombie put on his way. album Mondo Sex Head. Not many other songs Interestingly, the musistand out on the album. The cal style of Crosses is often referred to as “witch house,” album was held up solely by Moreno’s voice, and but Moreno described the when he didn’t perform music to be far from religious or cult-like in anyway. well the song tanked. When Moreno’s singing and the Quite true, I’d equate the general feel of the music music to Deftones’. Though came together in perfect ridden with heavy drums harmony, the music emphaand a metal sound, Moreno sized and accompanied sings about love and the Moreno’s voice, making the world in a slow and sultry moments captivating. voice. Songs to listen to: This is The worst parts of the album were when the drums a Trick, Thholyghst and music dragged in monotonous crying, pulling the rest of the song behind it. To be fair, the album has a lot of those parts. Though Zarrin.Ahmed@UConn.edu Moreno’s voice remains
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“Marry Song,” as Band of Horses works through selected songs. There does not Live albums are tricky seem to be any discernible beasts — far too often, the thematic arrangement to the sound is either too similar performance order: “Marry or too different from the Song” is followed the beaumusic found in a band’s tifully rendered “Slow Cruel studio albums. However, Hands of Time” from the if a live album does man- 2012 album “Mirage Rock.” age to tread that thin line, The third song, “Detlef it can exceed fans’ expec- Schrempf,” features the bass tations. Perhaps the best very prominently, and the example of this is Nirvana’s recording is intricate enough live MTV Unplugged album that it captures every crackfrom 1999, which contained le in the instrument. When a sound quality that was a listening to the song, you stark contrast to their typical almost get the sense that style but managed to retain this concert is not a concert the thematic quality of their at all, but a more intimate event like a classical recital. previous work. The performances are “Acoustic at the Ryman,” the new live album released indubitably stellar throughby the indie rock group out “Acoustic at the Ryman,” Band of Horses, attempts to but unfortunately the stylisemulate the triumph of the tic shifts may not be enough Nirvana album. Their effort to keep the attention of nonfans. The major issue lies is slightly hamin the fact pered by the that all Band fact that the of Horses did band’s music was build on has an inherent Acoustic at the Ryman performancfolksy feel, but Band of Horses es that were the result is rel2/11/14 already pheatively success11 tracks nomenal and ful regardless. polish some Recorded in of the roughNashville, the er edges. album is rife /10 The penultiwith Southern mate song of musical conthe album, ventions — “Funeral,” though Band is their most of Horses originally began in Seattle, it now works popular single, and it was in North Carolina, and the well performed with hauntinfluence of country music ing piano and cello music Bridwell’s is prominent in their per- supporting formance. The album is a vocals — but, like the rest loose compilation of their of the songs, brings nothlast four studio albums. ing substantially original to “Marry Song,” a single from the table. “Acoustic at the the 2007 album “Cease to Ryman” offers alternative Begin,” opens the perfor- performances of some of mance with its easily rec- the band’s most well-loved ognizable piano arpeggios. songs and was recorded at Warm vocals and acoustic the finest quality, but — in instruments bring about an the end — it may be more incredible sense of closeness suitable for the band’s existto the piece, and the band’s ing fans. lead singer — Ben Bridwell — finishes with a “thanks, y’all” and is greeted with enthusiastic applause. The rest of the album possesses a similar feel to Jingyuan.Fu@UConn.edu
There used to be this oddly romantic concept of creating a mix tape for your crush or significant other. A mix tape told them how you felt about them in a sequence of songs and would have been played and replayed by the lucky recipient. While the concept has died with the digital age– goodbye cassettes with the hand written track listings– what is to say that the romantic notion of sharing feelings through music is really dead? Everybody knows how to feel when he or she hears “(Don’t You) Forget About me” by Simple Minds. We all know it as the theme from the end of “The Breakfast Club” and we all feel that bittersweet, romantic feeling. This brings me to the crux of my argument today. Movie soundtracks are the last existing remnants of mix tapes. A well-crafted soundtrack, not a musical score, stands as a perfectly arranged complement to the mood of the movie. Each song tells you how to feel and what to expect in the film, often heightening the experience. “Whip It” has one the best soundtracks–mix tapes if you will– out there. Mixing together songs from Tilly and the Wall “Pot Kettle Black,” and .38 Special’s “Caught Up In You” the soundtrack is a superb mix of edgy and quirky tunes. The album perfectly combines what it is like to be a repressed teenager in a diverse mix of songs. Much like “Whip It” has an angsty feel to the soundtrack, “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” has an incredible mix of one night stand type love songs. Each song is sweet and misguided, much like the characters. The vibe of the soundtrack is cute and gives you the impression of what it like to be longing for someone while pursuing another relationship. What makes these soundtracks so much like a mix tape is that they combine different styles and artists to create a new sound. It’s interesting and more fun to listen to than a single band’s album. Whoever received the mix tape will find meaning in each song, not just the entire album, and you get the privilege of exposing someone you care about to new music. For those celebrating Valentine’s Day, a mix tape might be a good way to show your significant other how you feel. Mixing your favorites songs together and adding some new ones will spice up the standard roses and chocolate. My suggestions for great songs for a Valentine’s Day mix tape include “Au Revoir” by One Republic and “Before It gets Better” by Earlimart. Other classics include, “Atlas” by Coldplay and “Caring Is Creepy” by the Shins.
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By Matt Gantos Staff Writer
Despite the absolute blowout on the Super Bowl scoreboard, there was still plenty to talk about concerning the half-time show. The show was two-thirds Bruno Mars and one-third Red Hot Chili Peppers and– as a Super Bowl protocol insists–the performances would be pre-recorded and then “mimed.” Since the technical difficulties in recent Super Bowls, this was a nonnegotiable term–and at first the Red Hot Chili Peppers weren’t too thrilled about the idea. According to bassist Flea, “The Red Hot Chili Peppers stance on any sort of miming has been that we will absolutely not do it. The last time we did it (or tried to) was in the late 80’s, we were thrown off of ‘The Top Of the Pops’ television program in the U.K. during rehearsals because we refused to mime properly.” This time they were quite over-the-top. It was hard to believe that they could be playing their complex nuance-filled music while rocking out as hard as they did. When it came out that they weren’t actually playing, it wasn’t that surprising or offensive. Certain sections of the Internet community were incredibly offended and pictures upon pictures came out showing the unplugged guitar and bass with disparaging criticism. The guitar and bass may have been unplugged but it seemed that the guys were still playing what they normally would have for the most part.
The vocals, however, were live. The band wanted to maintain at least some integrity. “We take our music playing seriously. It is a sacred thing for us, and anyone who has ever seen us in concert (like the night before the Super Bowl at the Barclays Center), knows that we play from our heart, we improvise spontaneously, take musical risks and sweat blood at every show. We have been on the road for 31 years doing it,” Flea said The point here is that the Chili Peppers have nothing to prove to anyone. Thirtyone years of playing live shows full of energy is an indisputable résumé and if your band gets asked to play the Super Bowl you don’t say “no.” “We had given this a lot of thought before agreeing to do it, and besides many a long conversation amongst ourselves. I spoke with many musician friends for whom I have the utmost respect, and they all said they would do it if asked, that it was a wild trippy thing to do, what the hell,” Flea said. These quotes are all from a public statement issued by Flea on the band’s website. Flea felt he needed to respond to all of the criticism on the web. He wanted the fans to know that he and the rest of the band knew what they were getting into and even though they weren’t absolutely on board with the idea of “miming”– it wasn’t a negotiable deal. They understood the situation of everything needing to go perfectly, he said.
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It’s hard to overstate the significance of The Beatles’ first appearance on American television back on Feb. 9, 1964. Not only did it mark the true beginning of “Beatlemania” here is the States, but it served as the catalyst for the so-called “British Invasion.” On Sunday, CBS, the network which broadcasted “The Ed Sullivan Show” — where The Beatles made their first U.S. television appearance 50 years ago — aired a tribute on the anniversary that featured Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney. “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles” was a two and a halfhour salute to arguably the most influential and successful musical group that has ever existed. Part tribute concert and part retrospective documentary, the special was a thoroughly enjoyable television event full of can’t miss moments for any Beatles fan. Performances included “All My Loving” and “Ticket to Ride” by Maroon 5, “We Can Work It Out” by Stevie Wonder, “Don’t Let Me Down” by John Mayer and Keith Urban, and “Revolution” by Imagine Dragons. Each act was introduced by a celebrity who briefly described what “The Beatles” meant to them, including Jeff Bridges and Johnny Depp. While some of the tribute acts — including Dave Grohl and Jeff Lynne on “Hey Bulldog” and Alicia Keys and John Legend on “Let It Be” — were quite enjoyable, a few efforts weren’t nearly as impressive (Katy Perry’s ren-
dition of “Yesterday” comes to mind). Of course every tribute performance was a warm-up to the main act. While John Lennon and George Harrison have long since passed, Starr and McCartney were eager to take the stage again. Starr was first, starting off with “Matchbox,” “Boys,” and “Yellow Submarine.” McCartney followed with “I Saw Her Standing There,” “Get Back,” “Birthday” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” The pair then performed “With a Little Help From My Friends” together before finishing off the evening with “Hey Jude,” a fitting if somewhat predictable finale. Spliced between the musical acts were segments of a David Letterman interview of McCartney and Starr in the Ed Sullivan Theater, the site of both The Beatles’ historic broadcast half a century ago and the home of Letterman’s “Late Show.” In these pieces, the two music legends reminisced about returning to New York and their memories of the studio. Additionally, footage from the actual broadcast of “The Ed Sullivan Show” was aired along with short interviews with members of the studio audience from the historic performance. If the special proved anything, it’s that The Beatles still strike a special chord with audiences over half a century after their arrival. From generation to generation, across the universe, their legacy lives on.
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Music to play on Valentines’ Day By Angie Boratgis Campus Correspondent When it comes to music culture, themes like romance and intimacy will forever remain prevalent. From same-sex marriage to rape and violence awareness, the lyricism of this generation’s expression of love is being revolutionized. The emergent result sounds a bit like this: 1.“The Book of Love” by Peter Gabriel – Peter Gabriel starts us off with a perfect illustration of love through music. He even says about love, “..in fact, that’s where music comes from..” 2.“Good To You” by Marianas Trench ft. Kate Voegele – Two distinctively superior voices, Josh Ramsay of Marianas Trench, and rising singer/songwriter Kate Voegele join in perfect harmony to explain the grittiness and the run of emotions of new love. 3.“Love the Way You Lie” by Eminem ft. Rihanna – This iconic union of two of today’s biggest sensations, tackles many elements of the modern relationship. The song sheds much needed light on how close love and violence be. 4.“Until You” by Dave Barnes – This track may not go down in history as very popular however, it epitomized the feeling of finally finding the right type of love in a single human being. 5.“It’s So Easy” by Zooey Deschanel – This quirky and seductive artist has been rising quickly in television and music. She recorded this blissfully optimistic song as a feature on a compilation of various artists, all singing about the topic of the month–love. 6.“Fidelity” by Regina Specktor – The concept of fidelity has been constant in every era. So when this dangerously eclectic artist created such a personal composition of how difficult being faithful can be, it was a sure addition to this list. 7.“We Belong Together” by Gavin Degraw – A folksy spin on new-age rock yields quite a traditional take on love through nature, rendering it almost transcendental. 8.“Feel So Close” by Calvin Harris – A youthful and innovated artist who is musically wise beyond his years, produces a modern techno tune infused with an edge of piano. 9.“The Man Who Can’t Be Moved” by The Script – With the deep and personal rock of this Irish-based band, this track came as no surprise to listeners when it moved many upon release in 2008. 10.“Wildest Moments” by Jessie Ware – The U.K. stuns us again with a vocalist who managed to capture the soulful confliction of long-time love and how perfect in its obscurity it really can be. 11.“You and Me” by Ben Rector
– A rising songwriter of creative roots claimed a truly gut-wrenching ballad that, while saddening most listeners, is undeniably relatable. 12.“Marry Me” by Train – A veteran group combines realism and idealism so gracefully that many couples have since added the song to their wedding playlists. 13.“Same Love” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis ft. Mary Lambert – Through deeply detailed beats that stem from narratives, this year’s new and innovative artist remains a symbol for anti-violence, marriage equality and antidiscrimination. Macklemore and Mary Lambert’s invention easily births a new vision for love and life. 14.“Shine Out” by Colour of London – This fairly new and little known group hit a goldmine with this track, as they let the topics of fervent daily struggle, racism and love all sing together in unison like “sisters and brothers.” 15. “The Wine We Drink” by Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors – This song easily made the cut by seamlessly personifying the quiet nobility of modern domesticity in a way that no other artist has been able to capture. 16.“Speechless” by Lady Gaga – Exploring the concept of holding in love, “Speechless” levels the average relationship with relationships surrounded by fame, glamour and audacity (such as the artist’s). Even with six albums produced and major awards won, Lady Gaga experiences love in the same dysfunctional and sometimes acquiescent way as everyone else. 17.“We Belong” by Everly – This creation is a fierce attempt to half carry on with, half defend love, while aptly attributing it to a raging storm. 18.“Poison and Wine” by The Civil Wars – Confliction is a clear theme in this well-crafted duet. Though they joined forces for only a small compilation, it sparked an outrageous success for these two artists, and this melancholic track is one that helped make it all happen. 19.“Who You Love” by John Mayer ft. Katy Perry – “Who You Love” is a recent radio sensation from two perfectly matched artists. It has undertones of marriage equality and it puts at ease some of the emotions gone through in new relationships. The song has a calming and reassuring demeanor for listeners who need it. 20.“I and Love and You” by The Avett Brothers – This slow piece is the perfect way to embody how universal and intensely static ‘love’ is. It becomes the hardest thing to admit, but the hardest to deny as well. In the artists’ words, “All exits look the same.”
Valentines’ Day celebrations
By Kathleen McWilliams Senior Staff Writer Whether you’re single and ready to mingle, newly in a relationship or celebrating your eighth Valentine’s Day with your partner, there is always an excuse to celebrate this week. While celebrating a holiday about love can be challenging if you’re transitioning from a relationship or just enjoying being single, remember that love isn’t just between romantic partners. If you don’t have that special someone yet, most of us don’t, Valentine’s Day can be an excuse to make special plans with friends. Don’t sit around your dorm room commiserating about being alonegather your friends and head down to Storrs center for a nice meal and a post-dinner trip to Sweet Emotions’ candy counter. If eating out isn’t on your budget, fire up Netflix and order take out. If each of your friends brings a blanket and pillows you can snuggle up and binges watch “The Office” for hours on end. For the more ambitious, I suggest hosting a “Galentines Day” or whatever the male equivalent would be. Invented by Leslie Knope on “Parks and Recreation,” “Galentines Day” celebrates those who are always there for you- your girlfriends. Eat a nice meal out, swap homemade gifts and enjoy that long discussion you haven’t been able to fit in around midterms. Be crafty and creative with planning. If you and your friends are coffee addicts, head over to Cafémantic in Willimantic for an authentic coffee shop experience. It’ll be fun and, more importantly, memorable. If you and you friends are into exercise- take a Bodywise class together and celebrate with a trip to Froyo World for a welldeserved treat. Valentine’s Day can also pose a problem to couples on a bud-
get. While most restaurants in the area cater to the college budget, the added expectations and expenses for gifts can make the evening a financial burden. It’s a bit late for crafting a homemade present at this point, unless eleventh hour crafting is a skill of yours, but a simple, inexpensive present does not have to be completely time consuming. A care package filled with your significant other’s favorite foods, candies, a UConn shirt and a memento memorializing your relationship can be a thoughtful and easy gift for a significant other. The Co-Op sells high quality picture frames for under $20 and you can print photos at CVS in Tolland for as little as 49 cents. This gift is inexpensive and will be loved by whoever receives it. If you’re feeling super crafty, get your Elmer’s Glue ready and craft a collage of pictures of significant moments in your relationship. You can mount the collage on poster board from the co-op for an inexpensive and wow-worthy gift. After the gift is taken care of–if you even need a gift, spending time together is a gift in itself–you can easily have a romantic meal on a budget. While dining halls are best to be avoided for a romantic setting, ordering in Indian food from Wing’s Express or getting Chinese take out from Chang’s Garden can be a delightful meal in a cozy setting. Set up a min-restaurant in your dorm room where you can be free of social pressures and focus on being together. Add some fairy lights into the setting and who needs to go out? Valentine’s Day doesn’t need to be a romantic comedy level of extravagant to show your loved ones how much you care. Do what makes you happy on the day of love, but be sure to tell someone who is important to you that you care–it will brighten their day.
Thursday, February 13, 2013
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Today's Birthday (02/13/14). Mercury backs retrograde into Aquarius today, launching your next year with a month of reinvention. Dive into research and practices to grow your health and performance. A spring-cleaning provides the backdrop for a new romantic stage around the June 10 eclipse. Adventure calls; pursue those with friends and a fun game. Service to others provides greatest satisfaction. Seek love and find it. To get the advantage, check the day's rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) -- Today is an 8 -- Group projects go well now and for the next three weeks with Mercury in Aquarius. Don't sweat the small stuff right now. Cuddle up with a loved one and make some magic. What could you create together? Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 7 -- Resume your leadership role. Schedule more carefully for the next three weeks, as tests and challenges can arise with Mercury in Aquarius. It's easier to get distracted. Maintain an active social schedule, and stay in communication. Gemini (May 21-June 20) -- Today is an 8 -- Increase the level of organization. Discuss philosophical ideas and make long-range plans. The communication style could change abruptly. For about three weeks with Mercury in Aquarius, you'll be good at finding ways around problems.
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Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- Today is a 9 -- Financial planning provides power. Figure out prices, and send invoices. Track your earnings and revise your budget. Review statements for errors. For about three weeks with Mercury in Aquarius, discover new sources of revenue. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is a 9 -- Ask for counsel from a master. Team communication reaches a new level. For about three weeks with Mercury in Aquarius, let your partner take the lead. Negotiate creatively. Many views give a broader picture. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Put technology to work in new ways over the next few weeks. Discussions take on a more logical form. For three weeks with Mercury in Aquarius, your work gets more interesting, and your cleverness shines. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Work on creative writing, art or music over the next three weeks with Mercury in Aquarius. You'll learn new games and computer programs quickly. Study with talented friends. Play together, and gain new chops . Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is an 8 -- Make up a list of intended improvements. Make choices around style, color and size or scale. For three weeks with Mercury in Aquarius, you'll do your best thinking at home. Communicate virtually, rather than traveling. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 9 -- Things seem easier to understand for the next few weeks, with Mercury in Aquarius. Writing flows. You get fascinated by complexities, and entranced in analysis. Review the stats. Consider how they affect business. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is an 8 -- Thoughts become more logical, and there's lots of money to be made over the next three weeks, with Mercury in Aquarius. Devise an earning strategy, and plot your course. Move ahead confidently, with bold action. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 9 -- You're more objective over the next three weeks with Mercury in Aquarius, and learn quickly. Begin a logical, rational cycle. Tell your personal story. Get your partner involved. Discuss the direction to move forward. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 9 -- Take more time for quiet contemplation over the next three weeks, with Mercury in Aquarius. Completion is top priority. Your dreams are trying to tell you something. Take notes on realizations and insights. Meditate.
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Thursday, February 13, 2014
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NCAA proposes rule change to slow up-tempo offense
(AP) Not so fast, college football offenses. A proposed change by the NCAA football rules committee would prohibit offenses from snapping the ball until at least 10 seconds had run off the 40-second play clock, slowing down the up-tempo, no-huddle attacks that have been making defenses dizzy. The rule allows defenses time to make a substitution without the offense changing players — as is currently required — and with no fear the ball will be snapped before 29 seconds are left on the play clock. An exception will be made for the final two minutes of each half, when the offense can snap the ball as quickly as it wants. "This rules change is being made to enhance student-athlete safety by guaranteeing a small window for both teams to substitute," Air Force coach Troy Calhoun, chair of the football rules committee, said in a statement Wednesday. "As the average number of plays per game has increased, this issue has been discussed with greater frequency by the committee in recent years and we felt like it was time to act in the interests of protecting our student-athletes." The committee also proposed a change to the targeting rule that would eliminate the 15-yard penalty when instant replay officials overturn an ejection. Last year, when a targeting penalty was called, the 15-yard penalty stood even if the replay official determined the player should be allowed to stay in the game.
Both proposals need approval from the playing rules oversight panel, which is schedule to consider them on March 6. The proposal to slow down offenses will have a hard time passing if the many coaches who run up-tempo these days have anything to say about it. "It's ridiculous," said Arizona's Rich Rodriguez, who has been at the forefront of the fast football trend with his spread offense. "For me it goes back to the fundamental rules of football. The offense knows where they are going and when they are going to snap the ball. That's their advantage. The defense is allowed to move all 11 guys before the ball is snapped. That's their advantage. "What's next? You can only have three downs? If you play that extra down you have more chance of injury." Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze said he found about the proposal when he got a phone call from Auburn's Gus Malzahn, a fellow advocate of uptempo offense. "I said, 'Y'all are kidding me. That's not true,'" Freeze said he told Malzahn. This is a non-rules change year for the NCAA, but exceptions can be made for rules that affect player safety. There was much discussion about the pace of the game last season, with some coaches — most notably Alabama's Nick Saban and Arkansas' Bret Bielema — questioning whether something needed to be done to slow down offenses. Safety concerns were cited because of the increased number
of plays in a game. The fastest-moving teams — such as Arizona and Ole Miss — average more than 80 plays per game. Texas Tech led the country with 90.3 plays per game last season. Arkansas ran 64.7 plays per game, 121 out of 125 FBS teams. Alabama was at 65.9, 116th in the country. Freeze said he was skeptical of the health risks presented by up-tempo offense because he's never seen any data to support the claim. "I would think they would have some type of study that proves that," he said. Rodriguez has been pushing the pace with his teams for more than two decades and doesn't buy safety concerns. "If that was the case wouldn't every team that went fast in practice have more injuries?" he said. The committee said "10 seconds provides sufficient time for defensive player substitutions without inhibiting the ability of an offense to play at a fast pace. Research indicated that teams with fast-paced, no-huddle offenses rarely snap the ball with 30 seconds or more on the play clock." Freeze and Rodriguez both said their offenses rarely get plays off within 10 seconds of the ball being spotted. "If they say it's not occurring anyway, why put in a rule?" Freeze said. "''I just don't really understand what we gain from this other this rule other than a chance to create more chaos."
In this Nov. 23, 2013, file photo, LSU head coach Les Miles reacts to a touchdown call for Texas A&M that was later overturned on replay during the second half
UConn's defense plays huge part in the drumming of the Bulls
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“Everyone tries to move the ball, that’s something that coach drills every day in practice – we’ve got to move the ball,” Facey said. “So we pass up a lot of shots to get other teammates great shots, so that’s pretty much what I think what accounted for everyone chipping in and doing their part in this win.” In the dominating effort, Shabazz Napier scored seven points, matching his second-lowest total of the season. But the senior etched his name deeper into the UConn history books, passing both Donyell Marshall (1,648 points) and Khalid El-Amin (1,650) to move into 10th place on UConn’s all-time scoring list as he brought his total to 1,654 for his career. “It’s been great (playing with Napier),” Lasan Kromah said. “He’s one of the best guards in the country. He’s been here nearly four years and he’s accomplished a lot…It’s real good playing aside of a guy that has accomplished so much.” At first, Napier and Ryan Boatright saw reduced minutes because of early foul trouble. But because of the way UConn ran away with the game, Ollie was able to rest his two star
guards and the rest of his starters for most of the second half. Napier ended up playing only 18 minutes, and Boatright, who finished with nine points, exited the game with 8:54 to play after playing 20 minutes, remaining one point shy of 1,000 career points until Saturday’s game against Memphis. The abbreviated playing time for the starters meant more playing time for the players that have not seen much time this season, players like Facey and Terrence Samuel were able to make an impression on the game. All 12 players that dressed for UConn played at least five minutes, each scoring at least two of UConn’s 83 points. “I keep telling these guys, ‘Be patient. Work while you wait,’” Ollie said. “And that’s what we’re trying to do. Just keep working while you wait and you’re going to get your opportunity. And they got their opportunity, and they made the most of it.” The bench effort included five minutes each from walk-ons Pat Lenehan and Nnamdi Amilo. Playing in his seventh game of the season, Lenehan scored his first career points for the Huskies, making a foul shot and hitting a 3-pointer to finish with four points.
Amilo’s chance was a result of an injury to walk-on Tor Watts. Amilo made his debut for UConn Wednesday night, scoring two points from the foul line and grabbing two rebounds. “Just looking down the bench, you could tell he was a little nervous,” Kromah said. “But he went out there, got two rebounds, two points, and he felt comfortable. I was on the bench looking at him…He looked like he’d been there before.” After a dominating win, UConn turns its attention to No. 20 Memphis, a team the Huskies beat in Tennessee on Jan. 16. Since then, the Huskies are 5-2 and playing some of their best basketball heading into the home stretch.
“All the little things we really need to buckle down on,” Kromah said. “Just the way we’re playing defense I think is good, because we’re going to play Louisville, Cincinnati and Memphis again, so we need to be prepared for those games.”
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(AP) The winter storm and icy conditions moving through the South caused teams to postpone games scheduled for this week, including Wednesday night's showdown between No. 8 Duke and North Carolina. Less than two hours before the announcement, school officials had said the game would be played. However, North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham said in a statement that Duke's bus could not get to the Blue Devils' Durham, N.C., campus to pick up the team for the 11-mile ride to the Tar Heels' arena in Chapel Hill. Cunningham said the move was the "best decision to make at this time." The game was rescheduled for Feb. 20. Atlantic Coast Conference policy states games can go on as scheduled despite bad weather as long as the teams, game officials and operations personnel necessary to run the contest are on site. Georgia Tech officials, like their ACC brethren in North Carolina, had said Tuesday that their game against Boston College on Wednesday would be played because the Eagles and the officials were in Atlanta. But as the storm worsened, the game was postponed until Thursday with officials citing safety concerns. Some schools didn't wait long before deciding the winter conditions were too severe to play games. The Georgia Tech women's basketball game in Atlanta against Virginia scheduled for Wednesday night was called off earlier in the day. Virginia officials expressed weather-related travel concerns and the game was postponed until Friday. In South Carolina, the men's basketball game between Vanderbilt and the Gamecocks at Columbia that was scheduled for Wednesday night was also postponed until Thursday. South Carolina officials announced the delay, citing safety concerns. The contest will be played at 4 p.m. Thursday. South Carolina coach Frank Martin brought his family to work with him Wednesday, not wanting them to be at home should their neighborhood lose power. "My son is shooting baskets right now," Martin said of 6-year-old Christian. "I might put him in at practice." Vanderbilt arrived Tuesday and is staying at a hotel near campus until Thursday's
game can be played. The Commodores even squeezed in an extra practice Wednesday afternoon. Some schools took extra measures to get games in. The Georgia women's team left Tuesday morning — some 57 hours before tipoff — to play at No. 14 Texas A&M on Thursday night. Georgetown moved its Wednesday night women's game to a noon start and lost to Seton Hall, 72-71. Still, the weather affected several college games in the region scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday: — In Georgia: Georgia State called off a doubleheader with its men's and women's teams scheduled to host Texas State; Georgia Southern postponed its home game with UNC Greensboro that was to be played in Statesboro, Ga. — In North Carolina: High Point postponed its men's game with Charleston Southern from Thursday to Monday. — In South Carolina: Stetson's game at USC Upstate in Spartanburg, Davidson's contest at The Citadel in Charleston and Elon's matchup with Furman in Greenville were all postponed. Football practices Wednesday for Friday night's College All Star Bowl for draft-eligible seniors at Furman also were cancelled. — In Tennessee: Chattanooga postponed its home contest with Western Carolina. The region's NBA teams were all out of town and far from the storm Wednesday except for the Orlando Magic, who are hosting the Memphis Grizzlies. The forecast for Orlando, though, was 81 degrees. No NHL games are scheduled to be played as the league took three weeks off during the Sochi Olympics. The storm did delay several of Friday's opening Division I college baseball games throughout the region. Teams from the North typically travel South to start the season but several schools, including South Carolina, Wofford, Wake Forest and USC Upstate, pushed games back to Saturday. It's the second time in two weeks a winter storm has disrupted the Southeast. Areas from Texas to the Carolinas had slick roads, hundreds of thousands were without power, and a wintry mix fell in many areas. The Mid-Atlantic region also was expected to be hit as the storm crawled north and east.
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NBA's Western Conference becoming a 'dogfight' By Eddie Leonard NBA Columnist
The six best teams in the Western Conference are going to have a dogfight on their hands in April. Each team has a chance of advancing to the finals, regardless of their current seed. Records can be deceiving because matchups are everything in basketball. Take a look at the strengths and weaknesses of the top teams in the Western Conference. Thunder- Keys to Success- Kevin Durant not deferring the basketball to other players on his team when he is hot. The Thunder also need their perimeter players — Derrick Fisher and Jeremy Lamb — to knock down shots when Westbrook or Durant drives in order to spread the floor. Vulnerable- The Thunder is human when the leadership role between Westbrook and Durant is uncertain. They need Durant to continue being the alpha dog he has been recently. Spurs- Keys to Success- Distributing the basketball and spreading the floor. The Spurs are second in the league in assists because they have so many weapons that can score. Tim Duncan will have to shut down Aldridge and Griffin
if they want to advance. VulnerableRebounding and injuries are the two things that work against the Spurs every night. They are 22nd in the league in rebounding and they almost never have a completely healthy lineup during the regular season. Trailblazers- Keys to Success- Portland is the best rebounding and scoring team in the league. They have a dynamic forward in Aldridge that provides excellent post presence. They also have lethal three– point shooters that keep the defense honest. Vulnerable- Portland gives up 103.4 points per game. That is 26th in the NBA. If you want to beat Portland, you have to beat them in a shoot out. Clippers- Keys to Success- The transition game is a huge part of the Clipper offense due to the great court awareness of Chris Paul and his high–flying big men, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. The Clips also love to score the ball. They are second in the league in scoring at 106.7 points per game. VulnerableWhen the game slows down in the post season the Clippers are a below average half court offense. There are not many alley-oops in the half court game. That is where Doc Rivers comes into the picture with his great play–calling skills.
Houston- Keys to Success- Rebounding the basketball and shooting perimeter shots are huge parts of the Rocket offense. The Rockets score the ball efficiently when Harden and Howard can dish the ball out to Chandler Parsons, who shoots almost .40 percent from downtown. Vulnerable- Unlike the Spurs, the Rockets struggle with distributing the ball. They rely way too much on the pick and roll game between Howard and Harden. Houston only averages 20 assists a game, which puts them at 24th in the league. Warriors- Keys to Success- The Warriors are a great rebounding team this year with the Lee and Bogut combination in the post. They both average about 10 rebounds a game which helps create second chance opportunities for Curry and Thompson. Vulnerable- The Warriors are vulnerable if they cannot shoot you out of the building. If an opponent can prevent the second chance points and not allow Curry and Thompson to get free around screens, then they stand a good chance against Golden State.
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, right, works the ball in against Portland Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews during the second half of an NBA basketball game
Mid-season awards for NBA's Eastern Conference By Spencer Mayfield NBA Columnist
New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts after getting called for his fourth foul during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat Saturday, Feb. 1.
With the NBA All-Star break festivities taking place this weekend, it is time to give out some mid-season awards for the Eastern Conference. Most Valuable Player: At the half waypoint, the most valuable player in the Eastern Conference is LeBron James. No player is able to do more for their team than the reigning two-time MVP and best basketball player in the world. James once again has out of this world production but what stands out the most is his 57 field goal percentage. LeBron has clearly made an effort to improve his post-presence, which has resulted in efficient scoring that looks almost effortless at times. Most Improved Player: The most improved player award goes to Andre Drummond of the Detroit Pistons. Drummond has taken a significant leap from his rookie season. He has increased his scoring from 7.9 points per game to 13.0 points per game while also
Point/Counterpoint: Should LeBron soar? from LeBron, page 12 What will do so is winning more NBA titles. The NBA season is a grind and LeBron is better off resting up for the final stretch and playoffs than practicing dunks and risking injury for contest title that is insignificant compared to his other accomplishments. Dalton Zbierski: I don’t
say it often but that’s a phenomenal counterpoint. It is true that winning a Slam Dunk Contest is a little in the shadow of a League MVP award or an Olympic Gold Metal and the risk of injury is enough to justify not participating. That said All-Star weekend is becoming more monotonous by the year. It’s growing difficult to watch. In the words of Drake, the game needs
change and LeBron could be the cashier. The NBA needs as much attention as it can get. For the sake of the game James needs to participate. The dunk contest used to be special. Right now the act is getting tiring. LeBron could make All-Star weekend special again and he needs to do so.
becoming a force on the boards. Drummond has been grabbing 13 rebounds per game up from 7.6 rebounds per game. He has taken advantage of his increased role in the offense and shown that he has the talent to one day be a premiere center in the league. Drummond, however, still needs to work on his free–throw shooting. Drummond shoots only 40 percent from the line, which he needs to improve in order to help his team in late game situations. Biggest Disappointment: There have been so many disappointments so far this season that it is hard to decide on just one. However, both the play of Iman Shumpert of the Knicks and Kyrie Irving of the Cavaliers will leave you scratching your head. There has been the underwhelming play of Iman Shumpert, or the Knicks as a whole for that matter. However, anybody who watched Shumpert help bury the Boston Celtics last post season saw a player with immense potential finally hitting his stride. That version of Shumpert has not shown up this season. Shumpert has looked out of sync on the offensive end throughout most of the season and has struggled with
his jump shot. Shumpert has also been in trade rumors throughout the season and has seemed to be on a short leash with Coach Mike Woodson for unknown reasons. The situation in New York as a whole has turned into a mess. They do not look like a team ready to compete for a playoffs spot. Kyrie Irving was expected to lead Cleveland to a playoff appearance this season. Many even believed Cleveland was in position to court LeBron in the offseason. The exact opposite is happening to this team, and some of the blame has to fall upon the shoulders of their young point guard. Irving has the most talent on the team and with that comes the responsibility of being a leader. Irving’s stats have not decreased too much this season, but in his third year he was expected to start leading his team to victory–the stat that matters the most. Cleveland is currently in 11th place and is giving up 102.3 points per game, not ideal qualities for a team that was supposed to take a step in the right direction this season.
Brancato: your guide to curling from CURLING, page 12 and decrease the amount of curl. There are two sweepers that control the movement of the stone down the ice, while another teammate is called the skip. The skip is the coordinator or director of the stone. The skip stands on the other end of the ice closest to the house you are aiming for and directs
where to sweep on the ice and when. The skip applies a method to the madness by leading the team and giving it direction. Curling is like golf or baseball. It can be slow at times, but it requires skill and technique. A staple part of the winter Olympics is watching the most random sports along with a few normal ones like hockey and speed skating–so curling fits
right in. Curling is one of the calmest competitive sports there is, which is fascinating and confusing at the same time. Even though it looks like bocce and shuffleboard on ice, curling comes around every few years–so enjoy it while you can.
Yankees star Jeter to retire after 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — To Derek Jeter, it was just another day to get ready for spring training. On a minor league field at the New York Yankees' complex in Florida, he took batting practice, fielded grounders and chatted with teammates. And then he drove away in his Mercedes, offering no hint that the countdown to his retirement had already begun. Hours later, Jeter alerted the sports world: This will be his final season. "I know it in my heart. The 2014 season will be my last year playing professional baseball," Jeter posted Wednesday in a long letter on his Facebook page. "I have gotten the very most out of my life playing baseball, and I have absolutely no regrets," the shortstop wrote. While it was no secret the team captain was getting close to the end of his brilliant career as he neared 40 — especially after injuries wrecked him last season — Jeter's announcement caught many by surprise. In fact, some people wondered whether his account had been hacked. But it was quickly confirmed that one of the greatest players in the history of baseball's most storied franchise was serious. A 13-time All-Star shortstop who led the Yankees to five World Series championships, Jeter was the last link to the powerful Yankees teams that won three straight crowns from 1998-2000. Longtime teammates Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte retired after last year. "Derek Jeter is Mr. Yankee of his era," Yankees co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner told The Associated Press. "He was the face of one of the greatest teams ever." Jeter was limited to 17 games last
season while trying to recover from a broken left ankle sustained during the 2012 playoffs. He hit only .190 with one homer and seven RBIs. "Last year was a tough one for me. As I suffered through a bunch of injuries, I realized that some of the things that always came easily to me and were always fun had started to become a struggle," Jeter wrote. "The one thing I always said to myself was that when baseball started to feel more like a job, it would be time to move forward." "So really it was months ago when I realized that this season would likely be my last. As I came to this conclusion and shared it with my friends and family, they all told me to hold off saying anything until I was absolutely 100 percent sure," he wrote. "And the thing is, I could not be more sure," he wrote. His agent, Casey Close, said Jeter wanted to declare his intentions before the Yankees start spring training later this week so that his future status wouldn't be a distraction. The Yankees open camp for pitchers and catchers on Friday. Jeter has said he's healthy and ready to go — at 39, his next birthday is in June. "Derek called me this morning to tell me that he planned to retire following the season," Yankees Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner said. Said Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, a former Jeter teammate: "I'm excited for him. It's kind of nice to see him go out on his own terms." Jeter is the Yankees' career hits leader with 3,316. He's ninth on the alltime list; a 200-hit season would put him in fifth place. Jeter is a lifetime .312 hitter in 19 seasons, with 256 home runs and 1,261
RBIs. He has scored 1,876 runs, stolen 348 bases and is a five-time Gold Glove winner. Added up, his numbers put him among the greats in Yankees history, with fans often invoking the names of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle when mentioning Jeter's legacy. But No. 2 is defined by so much more than his numbers. His backhanded flip in the playoffs, his diving catch into the stands, his speech to close old Yankee Stadium and his home run for career hit No. 3,000. An October presence for so many years — Jeter is a career .321 hitter in seven World Series — he also became Mr. November in 2001. His winning, 10th-inning homer came shortly after midnight in a Game 4 that began on Halloween. Jeter was the AL Rookie of the Year in 1996, the season the Yankees won their first World Series since 1978 and re-established themselves as a major force. He was the MVP of the 2000 World Series. Commissioner Bud Selig said during his tenure, "Major League Baseball has had no finer ambassador than Derek Jeter." A staple for so long in the Yankees' lineup, Jeter missed the first 91 games last year. He felt pain in his right quadriceps when he returned July 11 and again went on the disabled list. Jeter came back for three games but strained his right calf. In early September, he was done for the year. The Yankees will open the 2014 regular season on April 1 in Houston. Their final game is scheduled to be at Fenway Park, against the longtime rival Boston Red Sox.
In this July 9, 2011 file photo, New York Yankees' Derek Jeter hits a solo home run for his 3,000th career hit off of Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price
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Stat of the day
» That’s what he said
Men’s Basketball Feb. 15 Memphis Noon
Feb. 20 Temple 9 p.m.
Feb. 19 UCF 7 p.m.
Medal count update
“The 2014 season will be my last year playing professional baseball.” - Derek Jeter on his retirement
Feb. 23 SMU 2 p..m.
March 1 Cincinnati 12 p.m.
Feb. 26 USF 7 p.m.
Women’s Basketball Feb. 16 USF 4 p.m.
The number of lanes at the world’s largest bowling alley in Inazawa City, Japan.
» Pic of the day
Feb. 25 Houston 8 p.m.
Feb. 22 Houston 5 p.m.
4 4 4 3
Feb. 24 Sacred Heart 7:05 p.m.
Softball Feb. 21 Hofstra Noon
Feb. 22 Maine 2 p.m.
Feb. 28 Hockey East Quarterfinals
1 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
Feb. 28 AAC Champ. 9 a.m.
March 1 AAC Champ. All day
Canada 10 2
March 1 AAC Champ. TBA
March 8 ECAC Champ. 10 a.m.
10 9 4 9
France 3 0
Poland 1 0
Slovakia 1 0
South Korea March 7 IC4A Champ. TBA
Pang Qing and Tong Jian of China compete in the pairs free skate figure skating competition at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
49ers stadium progressing ahead of schedule
Women’s Track and Field Feb. 15 Brown Invitational TBA
Feb. 15 Feb. 16 Indiana Auburn State Noon 11:30 a.m.
Women’s Hockey (9-19-2)
Feb. 14 Ohio State 5 p.m.
Feb. 14 Feb. 15 Feb. 21 Feb. 22 Holy Cross Holy Cross Army Army 7:05 p.m. 7:05 p.m. 7:05 p.m. 7:05 p.m.
March 1 Rutgers 4 p.m.
Men’s Hockey (15-9-4)
Feb. 16 Feb. 21 Feb. 15 Northeastern Northeastern Maine 2 p.m. 2 p.m. 2 p.m.
March 9 ECAC Champ. All day
What's On TV NCAAB: No. 13 Louisville vs. Temple, 7 p.m. ESPN Defending National Champions Louisville will take their talents into the city of brotherly love Thursday to take on the Temple Owls. Louisville’s 15th ranked offense lead by Russ Smith will look to dice up the Owls all night. The 6-16 Owls will look to keep pace with the defending champs while also looking to pull off the upset. AP
NCAAB: Minnesota vs. No. 21 Wisconsin, 9 p.m. ESPN This Big Ten rivalry will pit the land of Vikings versus the “Cheeseheads”. The Wisconsin Badgers are coming off a huge win against Michigan State by a mere 2 points. The Badgers have a stout defense that is currently ranked 31st in points allowed. Minnesota already beat Wisconsin by 13 points this season and will look to see if lightning strikes twice and pull off the upset yet again. AP
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Some 50 piles of gravel sit in the middle of what this spring will be the first makings of a grass field inside Levi’s Stadium. In April, staff will conduct a “superflush,” a mass simultaneous flushing of the toilets to simulate the potential overload on the sewage system with a large crowd. The San Francisco 49ers’ $1.2 billion home is 80 percent complete, with about half of the red seatbacks already installed in a lower bowl that will hold 45,000, or two-thirds of stadium capacity — the largest first level in the NFL. There will be roughly 18,000 seats in the upper deck. “We’re right at 80 percent and we increase that 2 to 3 percent per month,” project executive Jack Hill said Wednesday while leading a media tour. “We’re right where we wanted to be, right where we expected to be.” Team COO Al Guido hopes for a late July finish ahead of the San Jose Earthquakes’ MLS match against the Seattle Sounders on Aug. 2 to open the venue. The 49ers, who lost in the NFC title game to the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, are expected to play a Week 2 nighttime home opener based on the original stadium construction completion schedule. San Francisco’s preseason schedule is expected to feature home games in the second and third weeks. Offices will begin to house 49ers staff in the new stadium in April, though the team is working with the
Baylor makes 16 3-pointers in win
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Brady Heslip and the Baylor Bears city to make sure the fire alarms and know their best chance to get into other safety mechanisms are fully the NCAA tournament is win every operation. “They can take their safety gear game they have left on their schedoff at their desks but it will still be an ule. Heslip helped them take a first active construction site,” Hill said. “We’ve got a good three months of step toward that, scoring 24 points while making eight of Baylor’s seamoving people over.” He said there are still concession son-high 16 3-pointers as the Bears areas to complete, and the 49ers’ led throughout in a 91-58 victory locker room and training area are still over TCU on Wednesday night. “We just came back and taking shape. regrouped and said we have eight “Think about it like it’s a house games left, and we’re just going to where the walls and roof are up,” Hill said. “It looks like you could try and make history,” Heslip said. almost move furniture in and have an “We started a one-game winning streak. Everybody played really event next week.” The Bandera Bermuda grass is well, everybody played together. We slated to arrive in late March with executed, we played tough defense, installation set to begin as soon we rebounded. We need to bring that as April 1. It is being grown at total effort every game now for the a sod farm outside Livingston in last seven.” The Bears (15-9, 3-8 Big 12) California’s Central Valley. scored the game’s first eight points “It’s something hearty and will in less than 2 minutes, with Royce rebound,” Hill said of the natural O’Neal and Heslip hitting 3s before grass. All club levels look out to the field Isaiah Austin converted a TCU turnin one direction and the surrounding over into a jumper. Baylor had lost seven of eight area in another. It’s 35 rows up to the games since beating its instate rival first club seating area, while Row 1 of the stadium is about 10 feet off the a month and a day earlier. At that field. With the addition of temporary point, the Bears were 13-2 and seating in the northwest and south- ranked No. 7 in the country. “Hopefully, we’ve got some shots west plaza areas, Levi’s Stadium will go from approximately 68,000 left in us for Saturday,” coach Scott to 73,000 for the 2016 Super Bowl. Drew said. “We’ve been working Guido, who worked to open the real hard and it doesn’t seem like Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium we’ve been rewarded. It’s good that from 2007-09, figures it will take the guys can feel good for a night.” They shot 53 percent overall two to three weeks to train 1,000 (31 of 58) and 59 percent on their in the guest services staff who will 3-pointers (16 of 27). work throughout a stadium spanning TCU (9-14, 0-11) never got closer 1.8 million square feet.
than six points after that opening stretch. Rico Gathers had 14 points and 11 rebounds for Baylor. Austin added 14 points, including a 3-pointer for the 7-footer, while Royce O’Neal and Cory Jefferson each had 10 points. The Bears had a 45-18 rebounding margin, with their 19 offensive rebounds one more than TCU’s total. That was similar to the previous meeting, an 88-62 victory when Baylor had a 54-25 edge and had 24 offensive boards. Kyan Anderson had a seasonhigh 29 points for the Horned Frogs, the fourth time he has scored at least 20 points in the last six games. Amric Fields had 10 points. “He needs help,” TCU coach Trent Johnson said of Anderson, who showed no ill effects from a sore shoulder. “A game like that doesn’t really necessarily matter. ... I want us to win every game,” Anderson said. “To me, I felt like I could have done more to come out with the win.” Down 49-38 at halftime, TCU had the opening possession of the second half. The Frogs had a turnover that led to Jefferson’s dunk on a pass from Austin. When Austin blocked a shot by Anderson with about 9 minutes left, Kenny Chery got the rebound on a break and got to the freethrow line with a teammate ahead of him. Chery instead passed back to Heslip, who made a 3-pointer with Chery already getting back on defense before the ball even went through the hoop.
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A beginner’s guide to curling
Thursday, February 13, 2014
BULLS BLOCKED BY BRIMAH USF only scores 14 in first half of UConn blow out By Tim Fontenault Sports Editor
Erica Brancato Last semester, a guy in my public speaking class gave a speech on curling. Before his speech, he explained the sport and I really didn’t think anything of it. Now that the winter Olympics is upon us, I became more invested in curling. Most people write off curling as more of a pastime than an actual sport, but after watching it and figuring out the rules–I realized curling is more than meets the eye. I’ll admit, in previous winter Olympics I had no idea what the point of curling was. I’d watch it for a few minutes because I was amused by the way it looked, but once you take a little time to watch the sport the only thing that’s complicated is the terminology. Curling itself is pretty simple. The object of curling is essentially to slide your stone closest to the button, or the center of the target of circles that looks like a bull’s–eye on the ice. Each team of four players throws, or slides, two stones alternating with the opposing team down a 142foot long sheet of ice toward the house (the target of circles at the opposite end). Unlike other sports that have halves or quarters, curling has ends. Similar to an inning in baseball, after each team throws eight stones, the end is completed. Typically there are about ten ends total in curling. Points are awarded after each end based on the final positions of the stones in the house. The team who has the stone closest to the button gets a point and one additional point for every stone closer to the center than the opposing team’s stones. The surface of the ice is “pebbled,” which means it is sprayed with water droplets that freeze and give the ice a rough surface unlike a hockey rink. This is where the brooms come into play. When a team member releases the stone after sliding on the ice for 20 to 25 yards, they intentionally spin it in one direction or the other. The sweepers sweep the ice to control the distance and lateral movement of the stone. The sweepers are there to create friction on the ice to keep the stone traveling and
» BRANCATO, page 10
HARTFORD – Before anyone in the XL Center could blink Wednesday night, the No. 24 UConn men’s basketball team was out in front of South Florida by double digits. In the first half of the Huskies’ 83-40 win over the Bulls, UConn made 16 of 25 shots, grabbed 19 rebounds — 16 on the defensive end — and had eight blocks and six steals en route to a 45-14 halftime lead. “We came out and established ourselves early,” head coach Kevin Ollie said. “Amida had two blocks in the first two minutes, five points, a couple great passes. And we just kept it rolling.” USF’s 14 points were the third-fewest points in a half by a UConn opponent since 1980. The Huskies only surrendered 11 to Providence on Feb. 5, 2002, which stands as the record. Manhattan and Yale each scored 13 in 1982 and 1996 respectively. “Our defense was definitely on point today,” junior guard DeAndre Daniels said. “Everybody was great at communication and rotations. That was our main focus.” Daniels led UConn with 12 of the team’s 83 points, the fewest points scored by a leading scorer for UConn this season. Only one other player reached double figures – a 3-pointer with 6:28 to play gave Kentan Facey a career-high of LINDSAY COLLIER/The Daily Campus 10 points.
Amida Brimah (35)flies high over the USF Bulls defense to finish off a huge slam as the Huskies would pull off the victory in front of a home corwd in Hartford 83-40.
» DEFENSE, page 9
Bulls struggle offensively, Huskies shine By Mike Peng Senior Staff Writer With 3:51 left in the first half, USF’s Martino Brock caught nothing but air on one of his free throw attempts. That about summed it up for the Bulls Wednesday night, as the No. 24 UConn men’s basketball team dismantled its visitors by the score of 83-40 at the XL Center. The Huskies led by as much as 47 at one point in the game and the win was their second 40-plus points victory margin of the season, with the last one coming against Detroit on Nov. 14, 2013 by the score of 101-55 at Gampel Pavilion. “It was a great game,” UConn coach Kevin Ollie said. “We came out and established ourselves early… and we just kept it rolling.”
The Huskies began the guys to get in the game.” game with an 8-0 run within USF has not shot well this the opening three minutes season with a 42 percent and a Kromah breakaway shooting average from the dunk at end the first half to field and 25 percent from put the Huskies up 45-14 all 3-point range coming into but sealed USF’s fate. the contest. As a result, Led by junior the Huskies forward DeAndre focused on Daniels’ game-high protecting the 12 points, all 12 paint and held players who played the Bulls to for the Huskies just 24 perWednesday night cent on 12-forgot on scoreboard, 50 shooting including walk-ons We d n e s d a y Notebook Pat Lenehan and new night. addition Nnamdi “I just Amilo. tell the guys to bring their “Everybody that stepped locks,” Ollie said. “That’s on the court got a basket kind of our motto right now. and I think that’s amazing,” We want to be on lockdown Ollie said. “It’s great to see defense. Hopefully guys are Pat scored finally, because buying in. I see how they he does a great job for us. transfer from practice over He’s selfless. We got Pat’s to the game, and they’re folname back on his jersey, so I lowing the game plan and like that. I’m happy for those details and that’s what I like
to see.” The 40 points by the Bulls are tied for the lowest amount the Huskies have allowed since their 77-40 win over Holy Cross on Dec. 18, 2011. UConn scored a total of 28 field goals in the game, with 24 of them coming off assists. Lasan Kromah had seven of them to lead the Huskies. “We are just having fun getting out on fast breaks and guys getting open running the floor,” Kromah said. “We just played team basketball.” Senior guard Shabazz Napier scored seven points in the contest, surpassing former UConn greats Donyell Marshall and Khalid El-Amin to move up to 10th place in the program’s alltime scoring list with 1,654 points.
Sophomore guard Omar Calhoun and senior forward/ center Tyler Olander did not play on Wednesday night. Calhoun suffered a concussion in the team’s game at UCF last Sunday while Olander sat out due to flulike symptoms. “Omar is improving each and every day,” Ollie said. “We don’t know if he will be ready for Memphis, but hopefully he is, and if he’s not, we’ve just got to keep praying for him that he gets back and keep everybody ready to go.” UConn will return to the XL Center on Saturday to host No. 20 Memphis. The Huskies topped the Tigers on the road, 83-73, in their previous meeting on Jan. 16.
Should LeBron take his talents to the NBA Dunk Contest? Of course he should
By Dalton Zbierski Campus Correspondent
Should LeBron James fly high...
Lights, cameras, action and the spotlight – These define NBA All-Star Weekend. Many events make the All-Star Weekend special but some could argue that the Slam Dunk Contest outdoes all of them. The dunk contest provides rising players with a chance to be remembered. And it provides superstars with the opportunity to lay down the next brick in what will be remembered as their legacy. LeBron James is one of those individuals. Considered the greatest player on the face of the Earth there is little LeBron has yet to accomplish. Winning a slamdunk contest would only add to the legacy of one of the greatest players we’ve seen on the court.
» POINT/COUNTERPOINT Dan Madigan: Although the dunk contest is very popular, it is nothing like it used to be. The dunk contests of yesteryear featured superstars such as Michael Jordan and Vince Carter. More recent dunk contests featured Jeremy Evans and Terrence Ross, two dunk contest winners unknown to the average fan. Simply put, James has nothing to gain from competing against lesser competition and is best suited focusing on winning titles that matter, such as NBA titles and gold medals, to build his legacy. Dalton Zbierski: Dunk contest or not, LeBron is one of the greatest players we’ve ever seen. It’s inarguable. Four-¬time league MVP, two-time NBA Champion, two-time NBA Finals MVP, two-time All-Star Game MVP and two-time Olympic Gold
Medalist, there isn’t much James has yet to accomplish. NBA Slam Dunk Contest Champion is one of the few accolades he cannot claim. Speaking of legacy, LeBron seems dead-set on becoming the greatest player ever. If he wishes to do so, he must follow in the footsteps of Jordan and win a dunk contest. The one challenge he has yet to conquer, winning a dunk contest would elevate LeBron’s brand to a level no one has ever seen. Dan Madigan: There is no doubt about LeBron’s greatness, but it’s hard to compare a dunk contest title to those prestigious titles and awards. Although the dunk contest is exciting, winning one will not make him a more accomplished player than Jordan.
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By Dan Madigan Campus Correspondent
As the NBA All Star Weekend approaches, many fans will be anticipating this year’s dunk contest on Feb. 15. Although the field has budding stars like Paul George and Damian Lillard, superstar LeBron James will once again not be participating. This decade-long debacle has no end in sight, as James says he has “never been a dunk contest guy” and doesn’t see himself participating in future contests. Although he is a great dunker, not participating is a smart decision for his overall career and brand.
... or sit among the crowd this Dunk Contest