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Two researchers in the Neag School of Education’s Center for Behavior and Research Education have received grants totaling more than $6 million. Professor of Educational Psychology Sandra Chafouleas and Associate Professor of Educational Psychology Michael Coyne received grant money to expand on previous research focused on early classroom intervention to prevent future problems. Chafouleas is looking to address behavior problems, and Coyne is examining ways to lessen the literacy gap found in kindergarten students. Chafouleas’ research focuses on Direct Behavior Rating (DBR), something she co-created with an earlier grant. Her current $2.3 million grant is to expand the distribution of DBR into more classrooms. DBR is a system of rating
classroom behavior to assess students with behavioral problems in elementary and middle school. The system consists of scales akin to the pain scales common in medical practices. At the end of class, the teachers fill out the rating scale for a specific student’s behavior. Over time those ratings are collected and plotted onto a graph with a solid line representing the ideal behavior rating. Teachers are then able to visually see the fluctuation for a student’s behavior and how it compares to the ideal behavior rating. From the graph, teachers are able to determine the factors behind the student’s behavior problem. “It’s easy data, and an easy way to figure out the what, where and even the why it’s happening,” Chafouleas said. The goal is to catch and address behavior problems early to avoid the need for special services when the child gets older. Children whose behavior problems are untreated as
youths are more likely to experience problems throughout their lives. For example, their behavior can lead to issues such as not graduating school, or jail time as a teenager or adult. Catching behavior problems early makes a large difference. “If students have behavior problems, they could become chronic and require special services,” Chafouleas said. Beyond evaluation, DBR can also be used as an intervention technique. By having a student with behavior problems tracking his or her own behavior in the classroom, they are able to monitor themselves, actively seeing areas where they may improve. The long-term goal for the DBR is to have it widely used throughout the education system. Currently, the research involves over 200 teachers, but the DBR website has received more than 2,000 people expressing interest in the rating system. Coyne’s research is similar
to Chafouleas’ in that it also focuses on early intervention, though his focus is on literacy. Coyne is seeking to address the literary gap in students entering kindergarten. This gap, he explained, means that some children are starting kindergarten with a solid knowledge of reading and writing. Others are coming in without that foundation, and it puts them behind the curve. As the children progress through school, that initial literacy gap increases, meaning those children who started behind continuously fall further behind their peers. “Sometimes what we’ve done is assume that kids [who are behind] will catch up, but what we know is that that doesn’t happen,” Coyne said. Coyne’s current $4 million grant is going toward closing the literacy gap. His research involves identifying children who are behind or struggling and providing them with intensive literacy education, usually in small groups. By address-
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Panetta defends military budget plan
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is defending his department’s slimmed-down, $614 billion budget plan, telling Senate members it is time to step up and show they are serious about reducing the deficit. Panetta says budget cuts will hit all 50 states, and he says the reductions were planned carefully so there is little room for change. His warning came in testimony for Tuesday’s Senate Armed Services hearing and was obtained by The Associated Press. Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, can expect to meet resistance from Congress members who have expressed reservations about eroding U.S. national security. The proposed 2013 defense budget includes $525.4 billion in base spending and $88.5 billion for the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, $32 billion less than this year’s budget.
Committee addresses campus appearance
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ing problems of literacy, young children are able to catch up with their peers, rather than always being behind. In some ways, he said, his research is not all that different than what has been done in the past. Its focus on kindergarten students, however, sets it apart, as many studies have focused on slightly older children. “These kids need this kind of intensive attention early,” he said Coyne’s goal for his project is to understand effective methods for bridging the literacy gap before distributing these methods into the education system. “We want to be confident that what we recommend to teachers really works,” he said. Coyne’s and Chafouleas’ research is on-going. For more information about Neag’s Center for Behavioral Education and Research center, visit its website at www.cber.neag.edu.
Last Monday, the Campus Appearance Committee released a report evaluating the UConn Storrs campus, recommending further actions to improve its appearance. The Campus Appearance Committee was created by President Susan Herbst and Vice President Barry Feldman to seek feedback about the appearance of the campus, to determine what needs improvement and how to do so. The committee consists of 21 members: four students, eight faculty and nine staff. The report covers topics discussed over five meetings held during the fall semester, and focuses on several different areas of improvement surrounded by the idea that the appearance of the school’s campus reflects the quality of the university and the students’ pride in
it. Therefore, improving the appearance will create a sense of ownership among the university community. The report outlined what “creating a sense of ownership” would entail with four main points: advice on and supporting the Access Management Plan, recommending priorities for ground maintenance work, developing guidelines for the posting of notices and flyers, and developing an “education/communications” plan to get the university community actively involved. The Access Management Plan is an ongoing mission by the university to improve service access to portions of campus and reduce traffic. Areas of campus this plan will address include access to the Student Union, Homer Babbidge Library, C.O. Gentry and CUE. The committee supports this plan and recommended a communication campaign to be implemented. The report also stressed
the importance of pedestrian safety and the effect the traffic and delivery vehicles have on the look of campus. The second goal of the committee encompasses a much larger spectrum of campus appearance issues. Several recommendations were made as to what should be made priority for grounds crews, including cost-effective recommendations, and creating “learning landscapes” and “notable destinations.” The cost-effective recommendations include eliminating Mobile Building No.1 and Mobile Building No.2, having students design attractive ash urns to eliminate cigarette butts, repair the stairs behind Garrigu’s Suites, removal of chain link fencing and better signage along Rt. 195 for a more welcoming entrance to campus. The committee also proposed improvements to the Dairy Bar parking, outdoor seating, signage and creating sidewalks where footpaths have
emerged. They also suggested improvements to the landscape surrounding the Fine Arts building and areas around campus where former students, faculty and staff may be honored. “I really like that they are planning on paying attention to where paths have formed from people walking across the grass on campus when making new sidewalks; people walk there for a reason and putting up a fence won’t do much to stop them,” said Anna Brennan, an 8thsemester women’s studies major. The committee offered several options as to how to create what they called a learning landscape which actively involves students with the physical landscape of the campus. Suggestions such as offering outdoor community service projects, re-instating Campus Service Day where students participate
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Police stopped Lopez’s car after observing him drive through a stop sign on King Hill Road and cross a double yellow line on North Eagleville Road. Police suspected Lopez to be intoxicated and subjected him to sobriety tests, which he failed. His bond was set at $500 and his court date is Feb. 27.
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Gampel chosen as NCAA first-round host for 2013
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut’s Gampel Pavilion has been chosen as one of the 16 sites that will host the first and second rounds of the 2013 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament. It will be the 18th time UConn has hosted the tournament. The Huskies are 30-2 in NCAA tournament games played on campus. Gampel is not hosting the tournament this season. Instead, firstand second-round games will be hosted by Fairfield University and played at the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport. That arena also played host to the first two rounds of the tournament in 2004 and 2008 and in 2006 was the site for the NCAA Women’s East Region championship.
Conn. senators criticize delay in sub construction
GROTON, Conn. (AP) — Members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation are raising concerns over a proposal by President Barack Obama to push back the construction of a Virginia-class attack submarine. They say the president’s budget request postpones the purchase of one sub by four years to 2018. The president’s plan still calls for nine Virginia-class subs to be built under a multi-year contract between 2014 and 2018. Senators Joseph Lieberman and Richard Blumenthal and Congressman Joe Courtney said in a statement Monday that the delay could have a negative impact on the industrial base and submarine force structure. The spending is detailed in a spending plan that seeks to achieve $4 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade. The Virginia-class submarines are built in partnership between Groton, Conn.-based Electric Boat and Newport News Shipbuilding.
UConn to introduce Manuel as new athletic director
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — University of Connecticut officials will be introducing Warde Manuel as the school’s new athletic director. A news conference is scheduled for Monday on campus. Manuel’s hiring was announced Sunday. Manuel has been the athletic director at the University of Buffalo for the past six years. He succeeds Jeff Hathaway, who retired in August amid problems with the men’s basketball team including NCAA sanctions and declining academic scores. UConn officials say Manuel will sign a five-year contract with a base salary of $450,000. He’s also eligible for a $100,000 performance incentive if certain goals are met and another $100,000 in deferred compensation after five years. The 43-year-old New Orleans native attended the University of Michigan, where he played football and ran track.
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from COMMITTEE, page 1 in clean-up projects, and the creation of outdoor classrooms were all discussed. Also mentioned were offering students design projects such as the ash urns or murals to mask construction sites. The committee also discussed future projects to create more “notable destinations” around campus such as a better entrance, a plan for the use of the former faculty houses on Gilbert Road, a more memorable appearance of the Lodewick Visitor’s Center and general improvement of larger grassy areas. The committee’s third goal of creating guidelines for posting flyers and notices was suggested as a means of tidying the look of work areas. It was suggested that posting policies similar to those of the library
and school of business be applied. In the fourth goal, the committee advised the development of an education/communications plan to promote a sense of ownership of the campus among our community. Incentives under this plan would include presentations during new student orientation and staff and faculty orientation on UConn’s history, traditions and accomplishments, public serve announcements to keep the campus clean, and recognize student organizations and departments who support beautification efforts. Other efforts would include “coming soon” signage with architectural drawings to inform the public what is in the works, and a biannual evaluation of the path tour guides take to recognize any unattractive areas. “The visual appeal of a cam-
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MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Mitt Romney is telling Arizona Republicans that his experience running businesses and the 2002 Winter Olympics makes him best qualified to be president. The former Massachusetts governor told more than 2,000 people at an outdoor rally in Mesa, Ariz., on Monday that his chief GOP opponents have spent too much time in politics. Romney notes that Ron Paul was a doctor before entering Congress. But he says that “the other guys” have spent their lives entirely in government. He’s referring to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Sen. Rick Santorum. Romney says the economy is weak partly because President Barack Obama has no business experience. The Arizona GOP primary is Feb. 28.
NEW YORK (AP) — Marc Jacobs, always the showman, turned his New York Fashion Week show into a mystical forest Monday night, presenting his fall collection amid an old-school fairy tale, complete with characters wearing oversized fur hats and embellished big-buckle shoes. There were hints of Victoriana, with bustles tacked on to some of the dresses, and a sequined faux-fur coat that appeared to be covered in snowflakes. Nearly hidden amid the onstage drama unfolding at the Lexington
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pus plays a critical role in the prospective student’s college decision making process,” said Michael Kirk, Senior Media Relations Specialist, University New and Information. UConn’s main campus in Storrs is architecturally interesting with state of the art facilities gracing a beautiful environment. Our efforts to continue to improve the campus appearance will be noticed by prospective students and influence their decision to apply to UConn.” The committee’s report concluded with the recommendation of a four-to-six member Campus Appearance Working Group to implement their recommendations. “The continuation of the work of the committee would be left up to the President and Vice President to make these appointments. This smaller
group will be working more on implementation and follow-up. My sense is that anyone could be a part of the group,” said Steve Kremer, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Committee Chair. It is now up to President Herbst and Vice President Feldman to determine what to do with the recommendations outlined in the report and how best to improve on UConn’s appearance. “Both President Herbst and Vice President Feldman have enthusiastically welcomed the report. President Herbst met with the committee for a two hour in-depth de-briefing of the report. She has a strong interest in this area, and has many of her own keen observations about the campus,” Kremer said.
Lottery director speaks about industry
NEW YORK (AP) — Betsey Johnson is taking her fun and funky persona back to the 1960s. Johnson revealed her fall collection Monday at New York Fashion Week as tunes played from the Beatles, Dusty Springfield and The Supremes. Her nearly four dozen looks had names like “Eleanor Rigby,” ‘’Quadrophenia” and Laugh-In.” But as with all Betsey Johnson runway shows, the designer is the star. The 69-year-old wore a silver sparkly long-sleeve shirt as she turned her signature cartwheel and added the splits. Then in true Johnson style, her models marched down the runway marching-band style, dressed as cheerleaders wearing silver miniskirts and carrying pom-poms.
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Tom Trella, Connecticut Lottery director of games, gave a presentation at the Marketing Society meeting on Monday, speaking to students about the challenges of marketing and branding in the lottery industry. “There’s a lot of changes going on in the lottery world,” said Marketing Society president Jesse Rifkin, a 4th-semester political science and journalism double major. “He’s seen so much and he had a lot of interesting things to say.” “Marketers working with the CT Lottery face an unusual challenge in that they are selling a product with unique qualities,” Trella told the Marketing Society. He described the different types of lottery games: draw games, where the winning numbers are announced at a given time, and instant games, where the winnings are
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Andrew L. Lariviere, 22, of Somers, was arrested at 12:48 a.m. at Hilltop Apartments and charged with failure to drive right and driving while intoxicated. Police stopped Somers’ car at the entrance of Hilltop Apartments, suspected he was driving while intoxicated and subjected him to sobriety tests, which he failed. His bond was set at $500 and his court date is Feb. 27.
uncovered on scratch cards. The most popular of these games is Powerball, he told the audience. “Powerball is a game where you play for a very large Jackpot,” Trella said. “This game is a big fundrasier and adds a lot of revenue to the bottom line.” Trella shared his marketing techniques with the audience, explaining the strategies the lottery employed to sell its tickets. One such technique was the use of point-of-sale materials to encourage people to buy lottery tickets while waiting at checkout lines. “Our product is almost an impulse buy,” Trella said. “Other aspects of the Connecticut Lottery’s advertising campaign included radio and television commercials,” Trella said. “Our advertisements usually feature people because we want the viewer to want to be that person who wins the jackpot.” However, Trella’s experiences extended beyond the realm of the lottery. As a UConn graduate himself, Trella has had 25 years of experience in advertising agencies through-
out Connecticut. While the focus of the lecture was on lottery marketing, Trella shared anecdotes from a variety of industries ranging from casinos to tourism. “Working at the lottery is a unique challenge,” Trella said. “You’d be hardpressed to find a company that sells a billion dollars of anything to the people of Connecticut.” He also said that the Connecticut Lottery also generated revenue for the general funds, which was rewarding in itself. “This guy brings in millions of dollars to be used for fire departments, schools and helpful things for the state,” Rifkin said. “He is trying to sell his product and his product in turn helps educate our students, pay for police departments, pave our roads and repair our bridges. This is terrific work that this man does and I hope that’s the thing that people get from this meeting more than anything else.”
Marc Jacobs' runway lands in a mystical forest Avenue Armory were beautiful pieces of outerwear and chic cocktail clothes. The palette had rich tones of purple and bottle green, with a good dose of celebratory silver sparkle. Jacobs continued to push fashion forward with fabrics that included sequin holograms and tinsel tweed. And his Shetland wool stoles turned into a trend for fall before the audience walked out the door. Jacobs is known for incredibly original and dramatic Fashion Week presentations, but as the
undisputed fashion star of New York, he'd have the crowd's attention no matter what he did. So it's almost as if he puts on the inventive shows for his own amusement. With Jacobs' reputation for influential fashion hits, he can risk theatrics on the runway in a way that a designer who's still trying to prove himself never could, observed Hal Rubenstein, fashion director of InStyle magazine. "There's a set, there's an enormous sound system, great lighting. This is what a fashion 'show'
is supposed to be," he said. Among the celebrities in the audience was actress Rose Byrne ("Bridesmaids") who described the show as "a kind of Grimm's fairy tale" and "Tim Burton-y," "unique and beautiful." Rubenstein said Jacobs "plays a game "with the audience. He wants to know, can you see what you need to see? It's overtly overstyled on purpose because he gets a rush from it. He's going to give you a great dress when it's on its own, but he's not going to give it to you on its own."
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Independent group inspecting Apple suppliers NEW YORK (AP) — Apple said Monday that an independent group, the Fair Labor Association, has started inspecting working conditions in the Chinese factories where its iPads and iPhones are assembled. Amid growing criticism over labor and environmental practices —especially in China— Apple, last month, disclosed a list of suppliers for its popular gadgets for the first time. The FLA team began the inspections Monday morning at Foxconn City in Shenzhen, China, Apple said Monday. The complex employs and houses hundreds of thousands of workers. Foxconn, a unit of Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. employs an estimated 1 million to 1.1 million people in China at a series of huge factory campuses. Foxconn assembles iPads and iPhones for Apple, Xbox 360 gaming consoles for Microsoft and other gadgets for companies including HewlettPackard and Dell. In 2010, there was a rash of
suicides at Foxconn's Shenzhen plant. Plant managers installed nets to prevent more people from committing suicide by jumping from the roof. A May explosion at the company's Chengdu, China, plant killed three people and injured 15. A New York Times story published Jan. 26 reported on accidents and long hours in Foxconn factories, based on workers' accounts. Foxconn disputed allegations of back-to-back shifts and crowded living conditions. Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple has been conducting its own audits of working conditions at factories where its gadgets are assembled since 2006. A month ago, it took the additional step of joining Washington-based FLA, a group of companies and universities focused on improving labor practices. Apple, the most valuable company in the world, is the first technology company to become a member. It committed, at the time, to have the FLA inspect its suppliers, who have pledged full cooperation. The FLA plans to interview thou-
sands of employees at several Apple suppliers about working and living conditions. The audits will cover facilities where more than 90 percent of Apple products are assembled. The FLA's findings and recommendations will begin to be posted on www.fairlabor.org in early March. Apple's sales have zoomed even as working conditions at its suppliers have drawn more attention. In the October to December quarter, it sold 37 million iPhones, 15 million iPads and 15 million iPods. Consumer activism site Change.org gathered 200,000 signatures for a petition to ask Apple to protect workers around the time of new product releases, when the workload spikes. Activists hand-delivered printouts of the signatures to Apple stores last week, but the group has stopped short of arranging protest gatherings or calling for a boycott. Meanwhile, investors keep bidding up the company's shares in the wake of the company's staggering sales and profit over
In this Feb. 9 file photo, Sarah Ryan, left, and Shelby Knox, with Change.org arrive at the Apple store at Grand Central to deliver petitions asking Apple to change its manufacturing practices and to address criticism of worker conditions at manufacturing partners operating in China, in New York.
its holiday quarter. Apple's stock surpassed $500 for the first time Monday, giving the company a
market capitalization of $465 billion. Exxon Mobil Corp., which has been trading the No.
1 position with Apple since last summer, has a $400 billion market cap.
Washington gov. signs gay marriage bill into law
OLYMPIA, Washington (AP) — Gov. Chris Gregoire handed gay rights advocates a major victory Monday, signing into law a measure that legalizes same-sex marriage in Washington state, making it the seventh in the nation to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed. Gov. Chris Gregoire signed the bill surrounded by gay rights supporters. Gay marriage is already legal in New York, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Washington, D.C. "I'm proud our same-sex couples will no longer be treated as separate but equal," she said. It's a historic moment for the state, but same-sex couples can't walk down the aisle just yet. The law takes effect June 7, but opponents on multiple fronts already are preparing to fight. Opponents filed Referendum 73 Monday afternoon. If they collect the more than 120,577 valid voter signatures by June 6, the law will be put on hold pending the outcome of a November vote. Separately, an initiative was filed at the beginning of the legislative session that opponents of gay marriage say could also lead to the new law being overturned. Gay marriage supporters said that while they are ready for a campaign battle, they are allowing themselves to celebrate first. "You have to relish this moment," said 31-year-old Bret Tiderman of Seattle. The state reception room at the Capitol was packed with hundreds of gay rights supporters and at least 40 lawmakers from the House and Senate. Sen. Ed Murray, a Seattle Democrat who is gay and has sponsored gay rights legislation for years, told the cheering crowd: "My friends, welcome to the other side of the rainbow.
Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire, seated, raises her arms as legislators and supporters cheer behind her after she signed into law a measure that legalizes samesex marriage Feb. 13.
No matter what the future holds, nothing will take this moment in history away from us." As the Democratic governor signed the legislation, a man shouted, "Do not betray Christ!" However, his voice was overwhelmed by gay-marriage supporters who cheered and spoke loudly during his outburst. Bob Struble, 68, was removed from the room and said he was given a warning by security. Struble said he believes the state will halt gay marriage in a public vote. "We'll be doing everything we can to overturn this unfortunate law," he said. Meanwhile, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, who opposes gay marriage, was in town
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speaking with conservative voters. Santorum also planned to meet with Republican lawmakers at the Capitol later Monday. Gregoire's signature comes nearly a week after a federal appeals court declared California's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional, saying it was a violation of the civil rights of gay and lesbian couples. A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals gave gay marriage opponents time to appeal the 2-1 decision against Proposition 8 before ordering the state to allow same-sex weddings to resume. The judges also said the decision only applies to California, even though the court has jurisdiction in nine Western
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Melanie Deziel, Editor-in-Chief Ryan Gilbert, Commentary Editor Tyler McCarthy, Associate Commentary Editor Michelle Anjirbag, Weekly Columnist Chris Kempf, Weekly Columnist Jesse Rifkin, Weekly Columnist
NCAA should grant UConn waiver for postseason ban
nder current league policies, UConn is barred from the 2013 men’s basketball tournament, due to NCAA penalties for past players failing to meet newly enacted academic standards. A waiver request was rejected last Friday by the NCAA. The university is appealing to the NCAA Committee on Academic Performance’s subcommittee on appeals. This subcommittee should grant UConn the waiver. First, some background. Under the revised standards, teams will be ineligible to compete in the postseason upon failing to meet one of two academic progress rates. One rate is a fouryear average rate of 900, and UConn’s four-year average was 893, slightly below the required threshold. That leaves the alternative benchmark, a two-year average rate of 930. This is where things get tricky. UConn’s 2010-11 rate was 978, well above the requirement. However, their 2009-10 score was 826, enough below the requirement to drag the two-year average below the 930 necessary for tournament play. It is unfair for the NCAA to apply such rules retroactively. This holds true not only for UConn, but for any institution. One past player’s “senior-itis” could mean a future freshman’s postseason ineligibility. More specifically for UConn, only one current player (junior Alex Oriakhi) was even on the 2009-10 team that decreased the average rate. Besides, the team was already punished for the low APR score by the loss of two scholarships – is that not enough? Make no mistake: this postseason ban would hurt UConn not for one season, but many. The Hartford Courant wrote, “The ultimate decision figures to affect UConn’s roster, with players such as Andre Drummond and Jeremy Lamb weighing the possibility of leaving school for the pros. Other players could transfer, and recruits could cross UConn off their lists. And [Coach Jim] Calhoun, who has won three national titles, could decide it’s time to walk away.” In the waiver, UConn self-proposed alternative sanctions to allow for the possibility of postseason play. “Collectively, the university’s proposal will clearly send the message that the institution fully accepts the responsibility for past failings,” the school wrote. “It will result in the economic equivalent of a postseason ban without harming the very students the NCAA is trying to protect.” Yet the NCAA still rejected the waiver request, a reasonable and fair attempt on the university’s part. We agree that academic standards are necessary, but retroactive punishments are not an appropriate means of enforcement. The appropriate means are through methods UConn and the athletic department have already enacted. University President Susan Herbst said, “What is not being considered is the fact that our team’s academic performance improved tremendously in 2010-11, and in the fall 2011 semester. We have also developed a new long-term academic plan for our team, and it has already shown positive results.” The NCAA should grant UConn the requested waiver right away. The Daily Campus editorial is the official opinion of the newspaper and its editorial board. Commentary columns express opinions held solely by the author and do not in any way reflect the official opinion of The Daily Campus.
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Fighting fire with fire leaves world colder
ate is a strong word. I was in elementary school the first time someone said this to me after I said I hated vanilla ice cream. I was told that I should instead say that I don’t like things, because a part of hating something means that we will never give it another chance ever again. But the lesson we all could use alongside being careful of what we hate is how to face hate and answer it without perpetuating it. I think the best example that we can use is one given by a young boy. By Michelle Anjirbag Huffington Post Weekly Columnist blogger, Columbia University faculty and founder of EqualShot Barbara Becker recently wrote about her eight-year-old son’s answer to a swastika sprayed on a billboard in his neighborhood. He understood what it meant not only as a symbol of anti-Semitism, but as a sign that the person who did it hates him, even though he doesn’t even know him. He covered it with a heart that reads, “Choose Peace.” Of course, not every travesty can be covered up with construction paper and tape, but what Becker’s son did is something that most people, including myself, often do not have the courage to do. He decided to put something good over it, even though at first he wanted to cover it up with black paint. The difference means
little aesthetically, but it is still the difference between continuing to destroy something, or choosing to create something that, though small, is still something good that adds to the larger world. We take in a lot of hate everyday, whether it is through discrimination, making value judgments of other people or feeling judged in turn. We swallow the bitterness, ignore it or react vocally in violence or through protest. When we do respond, we respond with a sense of righteous anger, but we never aim to heal. That is what we need to do if we want to actively change the many, often inbred, injustices we all face on a daily basis. We need to think of responding to hatred and acts of hatred and discrimination as a form of talk therapy. If we look to forgive first, then we can look at the real problem – which is often rooted in some form of education – and find a real way to solve it. But we need to engage in a communal, cultural conversation first. If we could find the right way to talk about discrimination, then we could possibly find a way to breach the seemingly imminent threat of war between Israel and Iran; a war that will destroy anyone even tangentially involved because at its heart, it is a war fueled by generations of misunderstanding and indoctrinated hate. We could find a better way to address terrorist threats within this country, because we would not take people at face value alone in our evaluation of who is safe and who is not. We could end the political discourse of class warfare and engage in practical, real welfare instead. We could address the problems at the heart
of gender and sexuality-based discrimination. But we need to find the rightsized paper heart to do so first. For the problems that are not scrawled in paint on a billboard, this means engaging in collective discourse on difficult, loaded topics while avoiding divisive rhetoric. Repeating rhetoric of any kind does not constitute education initiatives, and without education that changes the way we look at the world, together, we are facing a lot of bad news in the near future. Look at Greece, Syria, Egypt or even Israel and Iran. Look at the way the people of these countries are becoming little more than objects in a fight between out of touch politicians. Look at the amount of teen and child suicides in response to bullying in this country. We need to change something, because the usual methods are no longer helping anyone. Answering wrong or hateful acts with anger, however righteous that anger may be, is not a productive solution. This is not about emulating Gandhi or Martin Luther King Jr., and “turning the other cheek.” This is about recognizing the limits of anger to build a positive solution to the many horrible things we all face in life. It is not an easy path – it is much easier to break things apart or black things out than to build something new and positive. But we will all be in a much better place if we can face our problems with understanding, and not hatred.
Weekly Columnist Michelle Anjirbag is an 8th-semester English major with a creative writing concentration and an anthropology and indigenous studies double minor. She can be reached at Michelle.Anjirbag@UConn.edu.
Research should be easily accessible to all online
Conn is a research university. To many students, that means nothing. The happenings of the hallowed halls of academia are often shrouded in mystery, occasionally summarized or sensationalized by media outlets and often referenced by politicians to support whatever agenda they may have. I had an informational interview at a UConn Health Center research institution early this month. “What I’m concerned about,” explained my interviewer, “is how much of the work we are By Devin O’Hara doing is actualStaff Columnist ly reaching the public.” Research and academic papers are published in peer-reviewed journals. The process is long and vigorous. Each paper is anonymously vetted by experts in the field, a process which culls out methodologically poor and intellectually stagnant work and allows innovative and important papers to rise to the top. The work is then published, typically after several revisions and put out for scholars to build upon or tear down. Interestingly, the information and research contained in these journals is not immediately available to the general public, unless of course people pay the subscription fee or are affiliated with a university library. The rea-
son for this is that journals can’t afford the lengthy publication and peer-review process unless people pay. More often than not, the research within each publication becomes public after a set length of time, or another issue is released.
“Privileging research and intellectual thought has become a necessary evil ...” This process has begun to break down with the advent of internet publications. The publishers are slowly shifting toward an open-access, digital format. The change is exciting, but poses a number of unique problems. Possibly the most important one is monetary. While a journal cuts costs by not having to print a physical edition, open-access forces it to rely strictly upon institutional support, advertisement and donations. These alone don’t seem to bear the overhead that the review and publication process need. I think there is a case for increased support for these academic publications because the benefits to the public having total, open access are overwhelming.
The move would begin to tear down the veil of mystery, which has become associated with academia by giving citizens a look at exactly where their money is going, how it is being spent and what good is coming from it. Michael B. Eisen’s January op-ed in the New York Times, “Research Bought, Then Paid For,” summarized this argument well, suggesting that institutional libraries put primary support toward journals, which share their information openly to the public. But I think that more must be done to make this information actually valuable to the public. What good is research to a public who can’t understand it without somebody to explain its significance? Do we risk the intellectual conclusions reached in economic, scientific and philosophical fields being misinterpreted? I think the risk is real and important to address— Sarah Palin’s 2008 comment on the perceived futility of fruit-fly research comes to mind. So how do we prevent this? An important first step is a stronger emphasis on fields like logic, statistics and general research methods, in addition to using primary research documents in the classroom more often. As one professor put it to me, students need to become “knowledgeable consumers… of research,” enabling them to measure the
importance of each study or paper by themselves. A public that is able to understand and interpret this wide array of information available for free will be better able to make informed choices about the most controversial topics of our time and of the future: global warming, stem-cell research, various economic policies and reproductive health, just to name a few. I don’t intend to suggest that there are black and white answers in these texts, but that the information laid out in them allows readers to get facts, which are a mutual common-ground which we can agree on build off of. Privileging research and intellectual thought has become a necessary evil within academic publications in order for them to stay afloat. But, when you realize that this is the work that has allowed us to progress as a society scientifically, morally, and artistically, giving only a few the ability to access it and the tools to use it seems ridiculous. While increasing public funding to these research publications is obviously more expensive, it will simultaneously make the money we are spending on research more efficient by giving more people access. Staff Columnist Devin O’Hara is an 8th-semester English major. He can be reached at Devin.O’Hara@UConn.edu.
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The Daily Campus, Page 5 I Hate Everything by Carin Powell
#hashtag by Cara Dooley
Classic Stickcat by Karl, Jason, Fritz and Chan
Classic Froot Buetch by Brendan Nicholas and Brendan Albetski
Horoscopes by Brian Ingmanson To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) -- Today is a 7 -- A productive morning leaves space for a romantic evening; make what you will of it. You can have whatever you’re willing to stand for: Love is worth it. Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 7 -- Expand your mind and heart with an adventure, perhaps a rendezvous at a secret spot, followed by a puzzle to untangle or an art project to enjoy. Gemini (May 21-June 21) -- Today is a 9 -- Complete tasks earlier in the day. You’re a powerhouse. Later, reward yourself with relaxation and delicious food. Remember that pampering works best when it goes both ways. Cancer (June 22-July 22) -- Today is an 8 -- You’re busy and getting busier at work, and that could interfere with your love life. Communication is key. Travel could be slow. Research holds crucial clues.
Editor’s Choice by Brendan Albetski
Monkey Business by Jack Boyd
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is a 7 -Don’t overspend on luxuries. Who needs them when you’ve got love? Celebrate with dear ones, and be flexible about how it looks. Your true love holds you to your highest. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- You’re just on fire. New pathways are revealed. Plan to indulge the places where your heart is. Your confidence is quite attractive. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- There could be a clash between love and money. It’s not a good time to get extravagant. Don’t push yourself too hard. You have super study power. Share kindness.
Side of Rice by Laura Rice
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 9 -- Your capacity to listen makes you more alluring. Stay in contact with loved ones. You’re getting more powerful, so you might as well raise the stakes. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is an 8 -- It all works out (if you’re willing to do the work). You’re in top gear, and improving, but remember that Valentine’s Day is not all about you. Share. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is a 7 -- Plan a special day together with a loved one. It doesn’t need to be expensive. Go ahead and give your word. It’s okay to be quiet, too. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is an 8 -- A boost of energy helps you complete projects, but it could also wear you out by the end of the day. Make time for being social later. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 7 -- Step into the emotional limelight. “Respectful” and “willing to be of service” get you the farthest. If the recipe falters, add a dash of “love.”
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Greece faces further Guatemala says it's weighing drug legalization obstacles in bailout deal GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — U.S. inability to cut illegal drug consumption leaves Guatemala with no option but to consider legalizing the use and transport of drugs, President Otto Perez said Monday, a remarkable turnaround for an ex-general elected on a platform of crushing organized crime with an iron fist. Molina said he will try to win regional support for drug legalization at an upcoming summit of Central American leaders next month. He got his first public support on Monday at a security meeting with El Salvador President Mauricio Funes, who said he too is willing to consider legalization. "We're bringing the issue up for debate. Today's meeting is intended to strengthen our methods of fighting organized crime," Perez said with Funes. "But if drug consumption isn't reduced, the problem will continue." In just a month in office, Perez has transformed himself from one of Latin America's toughest advocates of military action against drug cartels to one of the region's strongest voices for drug legalization. His stance provoked strong criticism from the United States over the weekend, and intense discussion inside the country, where Guatemalans argued for and against his proposal in the streets and on radio talk shows. One analyst said Perez's aboutface could be designed to pressure the U.S. into providing military aid, currently banned by the U.S. Congress because of past human rights abuses. "This is kind of like a shot across the bow, saying if you don't help us, this is what we can do," said Anita Isaacs, a Guatemala expert and professor of political science at Haverford College. But Perez's backers said the change grew out of the realization that if demand continues in the U.S., the small country, which has become a major drug transit point, will never have the resources to fight the flow of illegal drugs from producers in South America
to the world's largest consumer market in the U.S. "Are we going to be responsible to put up a war against the cartels if we don't produce the drugs or consume the drugs? We're just a corridor of illegality," Eduardo Stein, a former Guatemalan vice president who headed Perez's transition team. "The issue of drug trafficking and consumption is not on the North American political agenda. The issue of drugs in the U.S. is very marginalized, while for Guatemala and the rest of Central America it's very central," he added. U.S. President Barack Obama would cut funds to fight drug trafficking in Latin America in 2013, according to his budget proposal released Monday. While the Obama administration has promised to shift anti-drug resources from law enforcement and military intervention to treatment and prevention, funding would be restored to slightly higher than 2011 levels in the proposal after suffering a cut in 2012. A growing number of former Latin American leaders have come out in favor of legalization, saying the U.S. efforts to fight drug trafficking in Latin America have only caused more violence and sucked up resources. Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos has said he would be open to legalization if the entire world agreed. "It's a theme that must be addressed," Colombia's Foreign Minister Maria Holguin told reporters in Cartegena Monday. "The war on drugs definitely hasn't been the success it should be and it's something the countries should discuss." Honduras, another major transit country that with Guatemala and El Salvador suffers one of the highest murder rates in the world, has never formally considered legalization. Mexico President Felipe Calderon has said it wouldn't make sense to legalize drugs in the region as long as they remain illegal in the U.S. Perez, 61, was elected in
November and took office last month on a platform of cracking down on the country's rampant crime, a product of gang and cartel violence, along with the legacy of a bloody 1960-1996 civil war. Army, police and paramilitary are blamed for killing the vast majority of 200,000 victims, most of whom were Mayan. More than half of Guatemalans live in poverty in a nation of 14 million overrun by organized crime and Mexican drug cartels. Perez's predecessor, former President Alvaro Colom, sent troops to retake some provinces from the Zetas drug gang. Perez, the first former general to be elected president since peace accords were signed in 1996, also took office with the mission of ending a long-standing U.S. ban on military aid imposed during the civil war because of concerns over human rights abuses. Close advisers say he supports meeting the conditions set by various U.S. congressional appropriations acts for restoring aid that was first eliminated in 1978, including reforming a weak justice system and prosecuting war criminals. But both U.S. and Guatemala officials agree that a reverse on the ban won't happen any time soon. Among other reductions, Obama's budget proposal cuts military aid to the region for fighting drugs by $5 million. Perez first made his proposal over the weekend. The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala issued a statement Sunday saying that legalizing drugs wouldn't stop transnational gangs that traffic not only drugs, but also people and weapons. Guatemalan Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez said Perez is not contradicting his "iron fist" approach to crime. "The president is breaking a political taboo," he said. "Our jails are filled with people held for the simple act of possessing drugs. It's something that generates corruption and doesn't solve the problem."
BRUSSELS (AP) — Greece faces further hurdles and delays before it can receive a second, euro130 billion ($171 billion) bailout despite its lawmakers voting through more austerity measures in the face of violent protests. The European Union's EconomicAffairs Commissioner Olli Rehn on Monday called the Greek Parliament's approval of a further round of budget cuts a "crucial step forward," but Germany insisted it would still take some time before the second bailout is delivered. Germany, which as Europe's biggest economy pays the largest part in bailout deals, said it wouldn't give its final approval for the new aid payments until early March — after it becomes clear how many banks and investment funds are willing to take losses on their Greek bonds and the parliament in Berlin votes on the new measures. Pushing the new bailout back for several weeks underlines the amount of distrust that has built up against Greece over the past two years, when many promised cuts and reforms were passed in its Parliament but never actually implemented. But it also means that Greece, its citizens, and the rest of the world economy won't know for several weeks whether the country can avoid a potentially disastrous default. A bankruptcy could force Greece out of Europe's euro currency union, drag down other troubled eurozone countries and further roil global markets. The uncertainty over European Union financial reforms and the region's weak economic outlook led the rating agency Moody's Investor Service to downgrade its credit ratings on Italy, Portugal and Spain, while lowering the outlook for its ratings on France, Britain and Austria to "negative" from "stable." Moody's also cut its ratings on the small-
er nations of Slovakia, Slovenia and Malta. "Germany is trying to get the best deal it can by putting pressure on Greece now," said Ben May, European economist at Capital Economics in London. The idea is to "give Greece a bit more of an incentive over the next few weeks to speed things up and get things moving." But delaying the final approval of the bailout is not without risk. Uncertainty over the new rescue money could dissuade some of Greece's private investors from participating in a separate bond swap deal, May warned. A hitch in getting the bailout package through national parliaments in the eurozone could also push Greece perilously close to missing a euro14.5 billion bond redemption on March 20, he added. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble stressed that Europe was doing everything to help Greece avoid bankruptcy, "but Greece itself of course must want that." He told German public broadcaster ZDF that if Greece were to default on its debt, Europe "is better prepared now than two years ago." Greece's political leaders scrambled over the weekend to get new far-reaching austerity measures through Parliament ahead of a meeting of the finance ministers from the 17 euro countries on Wednesday. The drastic cuts debated on Sunday included axing one in five civil service jobs over the next three years and slashing the minimum wage by more than a fifth. As Greek lawmakers voted on the new cuts, the streets of Athens and other cities were rocked by violent protests. In Athens, at least 50 buildings were burned while dozens of stores and cafes were smashed and looted. Police arrested at least 79 pople and detained a further 92, while in several cases they had to escort fire
crews to burning buildings after protesters prevented access. However, the Greek Parliament's vote hasn't brought an end to the uncertainty. Apart from some technical decisions, several key issues remain: —It is unclear whether the new spending cuts, the debt relief deal and the new bailout will be enough to bring Greece's debt load down to 120 percent of economic output by 2020 — the maximum its international creditors perceive as sustainable. Several weeks ago, the EU estimated that there was still a financing gap of around euro15 billion ($20 billion) and an EU official on Monday could not say whether the gap has since decreased. There is hope that the European Central Bank, which also holds a significant amount of Greek debt can help close that gap by forgoing profits on those bonds. —Greece's debt sustainability depends on whether enough private investors participate in a bond swap designed to slice some euro100 billion ($132 billion) off Greece's euro350 billion ($464 billion) debt pile. Athens wants banks and other investment funds to exchange their old Greek bonds for new ones with half the face value, lower interest rates and longer repayment deadlines. But the deal will only work if almost all private bond holders take part. If not enough of them sign up, Greece could still pass new legislation that could force holdouts to participate. —Athens still needs to spell out how exactly it plans to cut an extra euro325 million in spending this year. The sum was included in the austerity package that passed through parliament, but Greece hasn't said where the money will come from. An EU official said Monday that much of the euro325 million could come from further cuts to Greece's defense budget.
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French twist, lots of brass
» THE DOG EAR
A couple hard-cover romances
By Alyssa McDonagh Campus Correspondent
JONATHAN KULAKOFSKY/The Daily Campus
Robert Barney, a 6th-semester music performance major, plays the bass trombone at a combined recital Monday evening. The concert was held at von der Mehden recital hall, which is located near the Nafe Katter Theater.
Music students reflect through complex concertos and sonatas By Joe Kirschner Campus Correspondent Elaine Steele and Robert Barney showcased their talent Monday night in von der Meden auditorium. Playing about 40 minutes each in a junior half recital, both musicians played wonderfully as their brass horn instruments glimmered in the stage light. Playing in front of a small crowd, Steele, a 6th-semester French horn performance major, started the show sitting down wearing a black evening gown. She sported a purple wristband that said “cancer sucks” on it in mem-
ory of her late grandfather, who recently died of pancreatic cancer. Steele played the Horn Concerto No.1 in E-flat Major by Richard Strauss (1864-1949) with the tempo order of Allegro, Andante and Allegro. She also played the Horn Concerto No. 2 in E-flat Major by W.A. Mozart (1756-1791), again with three different tempos called Allegro maestoso, Andante and Rondo. Steele, who has been playing the French horn since the sixth grade, said she loves von der Meden because of its ability to make the French horn sound great. Robert Barney, who is a
6th-semester student and the only bass trombone major on UConn’s, campus played the bass trombone portraying the pieces by Alexey Lebedev’s (1924-1993) Concerto in One Movement and George Handel’s (16851759) Sonata in F Major in Adagio, Allegro, Largo, Allegro tempo order. According to Barney, a bass trombone is different than a normal tenor trombone because of its larger bore, deeper and darker sound, and its G Flat valve, which allows access to notes not able to be reached on a regular tenor trombone. Barney,
» CUPID’S BUTTHOLE
A kaleidoscope of opinions for the annual day of love
By Jason Wong Staff Writer
Valentine’s Day is perhaps the only holiday that is simultaneously adored by some and reviled by others. On one hand, we have the pessimists and cynics who view it as a time to disparage the holiday and/or criticize its obvious commercialization. On the other, we have the romantics and optimists who view the holiday as a time to either celebrate their relationship status or find a special someone. This article is here to suggest activities for both groups to try to make their Valentine’s Day an enjoyable one. For the (Single) Pessimist: There are many activities for an available individual like yourself to do. Sure, you could do the whole mopey thing, or the death glare at the happy couples thing, but honestly, who is that helping? Instead, let’s channel that emotion into something more productive. Get dressed up and go out for a “night on the town” – you never know who you might meet at the local club or bar. If that seems like too much effort, try throwing stale band candy at the happy couples. Guaranteed some other single will find that hilarious and ask for your number. For the (Single) Optimist: As much as some would like Valentine’s Day to be an aphrodisiac in and of itself, sadly, you’re about as likely to get lucky today as any other day. The only difference is, today there are some activities that
can be done that might be considered socially inappropriate any other time of year. Try dressing up as Cupid and shooting the person you find cute with a plastic heart-shaped arrow. This would probably work best if that person isn’t just that cute guy/girl at the gym, and is perhaps a friend you’ve been crushing on. Otherwise, I suggest transitioning from the “subtle” glances you throw his/her way to actually having a conversation. Bring up neutral topics like cheese, Switzerland and neutrons. For the Cynic: Look, it doesn’t take a genius to see that Valentine’s Day does have an element of commercialism – why ruin it for people? Instead, find ways to entertain yourself. Make a drinking game out of a sappy romantic comedy. Draw something obscene somewhere on a good-natured, nonsingle friend’s body. For the (Taken) Romantic: There’s not much to say to someone who’s pretty much got plans for today. But hey, if your significant other likes spontaneous romantic stuff, try something like this. Suggest you go stargazing, and ignore all complaints about the weather – just tell him/her to meet you in your room. On arrival, your significant other finds that you’ve put up Christmas lights on your ceiling. BAM! Romantic. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!
who is skilled in several musical instruments, said he likes playing the trombone because he’s played it since the fourth grade, its fun and it allows him to play a variety of different genres of music. Being the only one in his major, Barney plans to use his degree to find performance gigs and to pursue a career path in education. Proving their talent on stage, Steel and Barney were accompanied by the talented pianist Allan Conway. The piano sat in the middle of the stage at von der Meden, with the bright lights shining down on the otherwise baron
stage. When they were done performing, all three musicians stood and took bows while receiving applause from the audience. Both musicians played a great show and really demonstrated how professionals work on and around the stage. Robert Hoyle, a French horn professor at UConn, was especially proud of Steele, saying, “She did a lot of hard work and it really paid off.” Mary Bartolotta, a 6thsemester music education major who attended the event, said, “Bob and Elaine rocked it.”
Happy Valentine’s Day! In my opinion, I think Valentine’s Day is a cute idea despite those who disagree. My enjoyment of this holiday probably stems from my appreciation of love stories. Whether the novel is solely romantic or if there happens to be a relationship brewing alongside the main storyline, I can’t resist. If you are looking for any novels to get into the Valentine’s Day spirit, here are some recommendations. “The Time Traveler’s Wife” by Audrey Niffenegger is a love story that is uniquely written. As you can tell by the title, time traveling is involved and is a major reason why Niffenegger puts the book together in a particular way. The novel tells the story of Henry and Clare, a married couple. Henry has a genetic disorder that causes him to involuntarily travel through time. As a result, he meets Clare at all different points in their lives and is constantly leaving her. The chapters alternate between each character’s point of view, but the chapters are also constantly changing between time periods. When together, the characters are frequently different ages, affecting how they act toward each other. For example, when Henry meets Clare, she is six and he is an adult. While the continuous switching seems confusing at first, it is necessary for the plot of the novel. It reveals Clare’s emotions when she is left alone and shows Henry’s love for his future wife when she is a child. Sweet and emotional, “The Time Traveler’s Wife” shows how two people in love can even defy time to be with each other. Sticking with the style of alternating chapters, “Will Grayson, Will Grayson” by John Green and David Levithan tells the story of two boys, each named Will Grayson. Green wrote the odd-numbered chapters and Levithan wrote the even-numbered chapters, each from a different Will Grayson’s point of view. In the beginning of the novel, the characters have never met each other, but as the novel progresses, their lives become entwined.
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Classical triad brings strings and keys to UConn
Photo courtesy of Jorgensen
(From left to right) Sara Sant’ Ambrogio, Erika Nickrenz and Susie Park comprise the Eroica Trio, which will be playing on campus tonight.
By Purbita Saha Focus Editor The world-famous Eroica Trio will be returning to Jorgensen for the second time in the past few months to play a special concert for Valentine’s evening. The classical group includes pianist Erika Nickrenz, violinist Susie Park and cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio. The trio
has won multiple international awards and was nominated for a Grammy in 2010. It is famously known for performing Beethoven’s “Triple Concerto.” The Eroica musicians previously visited Storrs in November to play alongside the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. Tonight, however, they will be commandeering the stage by playing legendary sequences by Gerswhin,
Bernstein and others. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $7 for UConn students, $10 for non-UConn students, $28 for general mezzanine and $30 for the general floor. Additionally, Dr. Alain Frogley from the UConn music department will be lecturing at Jorgensen at 6:45 p.m.
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MOVIES Upcoming Releases February 14 This Means War All Things Fall Apart February 17 The Secret World of Arrietty Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Thin Ice February 24 Wanderlust Act of Valor Gone Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds
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Young, restless, forgetful and in love By Kim Halpin Staff Writer Another romantic love story to confirm the idea of being destined for love arrived just in time for Valentine’s Day. Though it stars two likely suspects, Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum, it’s not another Nicholas Sparks’s novelmade-movie. “The Vow” instead is refreshingly based on a true story of Kim and Krickitt Carpenter, a couple whose lives were upturned by an accident where Krickitt lost her recent memories, including their wedding. In the movie, Paige (McAdams) wakes up in the hospital after being in a car crash with Leo (Tatum) and can’t remember the past five years. Clearly a lot has changed in those years, as she can’t fathom why her apparent husband has never talked to her family and why she can’t find anything decent to wear in her closet. She is forced to work out on her own why she gave up a life of law school and her parent’s money to move to the city and become an artist. It is at least comforting to know that there is no easy fix
Brilliance gone to the wayside
There are only a few downfalls to the film, including unflattering dye jobs for
Underrated: Pink Floyd The Wall (1982)
“Pink Floyd The Wall” is like a perfectly drawn circle. The strange imagery is enhanced by the surreal music. The abstract and visually metaphoric scenes tell a deep and complex story about a man’s descent into madness. It flows perfectly and the dark, heavy atmosphere keeps a tight grip on the experience. The film has a one of a kind style that feels like a cinematographed nightmare that one can’t escape, partially because they don’t want to. It isn’t afraid of its own ambition and never comes off as pretentious. Not to mention, it’s a movie constructed on the basis of what may be the greatest album in the history of music. -Brendon Field
the best movies ever made ripped off other, earlier movies. Sure, “Big Miracle” is walking in the footsteps of every other animal-rescue movie ever made, and it’s clearly not the best. However, it’s got some very decent performances, especially from Krasinski and Bell, and a few scenes that actually succeed in their blatant attempts to tug on heartstrings. Despite all of my attempts to scoff and laugh at its more misguided scenes, by the time the credits rolled I felt pretty happy about Jim Halpert, one of Charlie’s Angels, and Veronica Mars saving those whales. Between the saccharine sweetness and the overstuffed plot, “Big Miracle” has a true soul. Your mom will love it. Mine did.
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to the amnesia that Paige suffers. There’s no second car crash where it all comes back or recollection of selective memories. It adds credibility to the story, which is so desperately needed in these romantic movies.
Remember Denzel Washington? He used to be in really good movies like “American Gangster,” “Malcolm X” and “Glory.” If you look at his four most recent films, however, you’ll notice a trend. Back in 2009, he was in Tony Scott’s incomprehensible remake of “The Taking of Pelham 123” as Mr. Average Joe. Then he joined Mila Kunis for the bananas “Mad Max” meets “The Road” apocalypse flick “The Book of Eli” – three guesses as to which book it actually is. Next Denzel got average on us again with Captain Kirk in another Tony Scott actioner, “Unstoppable, which was surprisingly restrained. Now we have him with Ryan Reynolds in “Safe House.” If you watched all these movies in succession, you would be left with a feeling akin to that when you eat Smarties for all three meals of the day. He is simply resting on his laurels by appearing in these trashy films, relying on his striking smile and weird demeanor to draw in fans. Washington is not the only brilliantly talented actor who has been turning tricks on the streets of Hollywood just for a paycheck lately. Oscar nominations notwithstanding, Meryl Streep has been giving it up for just about anyone these days. This year, it’s for Phyllida Lloyd, director of the pat and boring “Iron Lady,” as well as the grievous “Mamma Mia!” Before that it was for Nancy Meyers’ “It’s Complicated,” which I facetiously argue started the Occupy Wall Street movement with its depiction of rich, aging white people dealing with their “problems” in their lushly appointed mansions. Further back was Streep’s impeccable impersonation of Julia Child in Nora Ephron’s annoying “Julie & Julia.” Streep is the only thing that movie has going for it. Finally, we arrive back at John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt,” in which Streep shouts at people using a gruff Brooklyn accent for two hours. For all these roles, she won many awards and countless nominations. What gives? Although my sample size is quite low, it feels as though we’re gradually returning to the star system of Hollywood. Back in the day, the big studios would cultivate actors and actresses to fulfill a certain image that had a particular set of requirements. For example, Cary Grant became the prototypical gentleman, while Joan Crawford was a glamorous lady who was never seen without at least a pound of makeup on. They made stupid, stupid films that made an embarrassment of riches simply because they were in them. Granted, lots of what Grant and Crawford made were also very good, but for every “Mildred Pierce” there was a “Montana Moon.” I’m not pointing out anything new here (how else do you think Channing Tatum keeps getting work, but what is occurring more and more is that truly great actors are slumming it just to get paid. What if directors started doing this, too? Exciting and promising filmmakers like John Singleton (“Boyz N the Hood”) are now making filth like “Abduction.” I couldn’t live in a world where Martin Scorsese directs an “All About Steve” sequel.
Channing Tatum (left) and Rachel McAdams (right) bring Nicholas Spark’s characters to the big screen in ‘The Vow.’ The film is a bonafide romantic tragedy that is perfectly suitable for Valentine’s Day.
Channing Tatum, Rachel McAdams
I’ll give director Roland Emmerich this: he turns disaster scenes into works of art. The scope, the angles and the blending of carnage and devastation is flawless. Unfortunately, action scenes do not make a movie. “Independence Day” suffers from a formulaic script with clichés as old as dirt. The cast is way too large, which prevents viewer engagement and makes good pacing impossible. It doesn’t help that all the characters are boring stereotypes, there’s no atmosphere and the film seems to lack substance. “Independence Day” feels like a bunch of action scenes that were filmed when somebody remembered a story is needed to connect them all.
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McAdams and an overly ironic favorite bakery called Café Mnemonic. If you are searching for that perfect sob story to cry over, “The Vow” also might not be your best bet. Though there are sincere soliloquies of
love, there’s no major moment to give you the overwhelming need to cry. Ultimately, it gives viewers the sense that personal identity and love are rooted so deeply within us that “moments of impact” that we think define our lives really have very little to do with it. It is intriguing that after losing her memory and essentially starting over as a different person, Kim and Krickitt, or Paige and Leo can still rediscover why they were married in the first place – a very hopeful sentiment for couples this season. Though it’s a quality chickflick, it’s still a chick-flick. McAdams gets to sit and watch the gorgeous guy fight for her affection all over again,
and has an excuse to not reciprocate it. There are almost no scenes where it’s the other way around, which gets old. Girls ,however, will definitely appreciate the casting of Tatum as he plays the attractive brooding character well. There’s not much for guys to appreciate in the film, so if your girlfriend drags you to it, you’ll have to just go along. It was the top grossing film this past weekend, so you will definitely be in good company of other men who’ve be forced into it also. Overall, the film does what it promises. It’s a romantic story with clichés and bittersweet lines, but worth it for a good sappy date.
Whales steal the show in eco-friendly movie
By Joe O’Leary Senior Staff Writer “Big Miracle” seems like a film made by committee solely to please crowds. It’s got a huge ensemble cast from every part of Hollywood, and its plot is simply a tool to show scene after scene of a character realizing he or she is wrong about something and doing the right thing instead. It’s hard to take seriously, considering the script continually holds events so coincidental they don’t really make sense. Yet somehow it still manages to be a decent, very likable movie. All the actors in the film plays their roles as strongly as they can thanks to thanks to the effective directing of Ken Kwapis. Though the film is full of inconsistencies, strange happenings and one especially annoying comic-relief tween, it still manages to derive some sweetness from the situation. That situation is of three whales, one a baby, trapped under the ice at Alaska’s northern-most point as the long chill of an Arctic winter begins in late 1988. An enterprising journalist (John Krasinski, Jim from “The Office”) stumbles upon the whales solely by accident, and his initial TV report leads to global headlines and hundreds of people trying to save the beautiful animals. This plot is loosely based off the real-life “Operation Breakthrough,” though many facts were changed. Drew Barrymore, Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, Rob Riggle, archi-
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The Universal movie ‘Big Miracle’ is loosely based on events that took place just north of Alaska. The story is kid-friendly, but it preaches strong themes like conservation and activism.
val TV news footage of the real Sarah Palin, a really bad Reagan impersonator and many more join Krasinski to help free the whales. Melodrama is the name of the game, and the movie heaps it on at every opportunity, throwing subplot after subplot at the wall to see if anything sticks with the audience. Does the
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cute Inuit kid learn respect for his elders? Does “Big Miracle” really name its whale protagonists Fred, Wilma and Bam-Bam – leading to an unintentionally hilarious eulogy scene? Will Krasinski’s journalist go to LA with the TV reporter (Bell) or stay behind in Alaska with his eco-crazy Greenpeace worker ex-girlfriend (Barrymore)? Does the film cheaply sell itself out by exaggerating the positive effect the three whales’ potential survival had on the American people? All of these, and even more really obnoxious and blatant questions, are answered. If you’ve seen any movie ever made, you probably know the answers already. But then again, film professors like to say that there are only 36 original plots in the world. Even
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A billion bucks for a two-hour reel By Zachary Fox Campus Correspondent The “Billion Dollar Film,” while once the milestone against which all blockbusters could be measured, is fast falling into obscurity in a cinematic world of increased ticket prices and 3D. Back in 1997, James Cameron – the go-to connoisseur for scifi action – pulled the cat out of the bag. “Titanic,” the director’s first foray away from his mastered territory, shocked the world in breaking the 10-digit mark for the very first time. Such a feat, once plainly impossible was then, as outlined by filmophilia.com, considered as “simply an aberration, never to be repeated.” Fast-forward 14 years and nine films have followed in “Titanic’s” glacier-breaking path, with no less than five of them coming in the last two years alone. The question to ask now is why? And, if the “Billion Dollar Film” is now not so much mission impossible as it is mission improbable, does it continue to be a culturally relevant target for filmmakers? The answer it seems may lie with Cameron’s latest record– ruining turn: “Avatar”. Adding nearly a whole extra billion on top of “Titanic’s” $1.8 billion mountain, the socio-political action extravaganza is a living testament to the persuasive forces of technology and inflation. As with “Titanic,” “Avatar” wowed audi-
ences worldwide with its revolutionary visual effects and, of course, its much-marketed stereoscopic 3D. What it proved, if any more proof be needed, is that a film marketed as revolutionary will, in conjunction with ever more expensive ticket prices, hit the jackpot. More importantly however, it exemplified the commercial powerhouse that was 2011’s favorite buzzword: 3D. Of the five films to reach the billion–dollar mark in the last two years, three of them – “Alice in Wonderland,” “Transformers 3” and “Pirates of the Caribbean 4” – all share three notable properties: all are sequels, all received poor critical reception (scoring 53, 48 and 45 on Metacritic, respectively) and all made use of 3D. Is it reasonable to think then that, with films of questionable quality hitting heights once upon a time thought to be impossible, that films in general are being devalued? The simple saturation of numbers in this paragraph goes some way to providing an answer. “I think it is still a fantastic achievement. ‘Billion Dollar Films’ are still in the minority after all, the label would still attract me,” Justin Lacy, a sixth-semester accounting major, said. “However I think that in the modern day, where everything is more expensive, it’s harder to identify yourself with numbers.” Inflation has been influential in explaining the recent glut of memberships to the Billion
Dollar Club and, in such a fragile economic environment, it will only keep on rising. It speaks volumes that more than three-quarters of the top 20 earning films of all time are children of the 21st century, where ticket prices have raised continually; an escalator with no destination. It is a situation that has helped transform 3D from 2010’s “gimmick” to 2011’s go– to money-maker. “Brand identity is definitely important,” Lacy said. “That’s why ‘Alice’ and ‘Pirates’ did so well. People don’t really care about reviews if they’re already invested in something.” So what can be expected next? Monitoring current trends, wherein production companies are less willing to take risks should they lose money, it seems as though films will continue to stagnate, focusing on traditional tropes and relying on technology to help rack up their numbers. For every “Hugo” and its lauded use of 3D, there will be another two “Clash of the Titans” sequels. As a result, the magic of the “Billion Dollar Film” has, at least in regards to the industry, long faded into obscurity. In continuation of his untouchable reputation, it seems highly likely that James Cameron will once again set the renewed “impossible target” when, come winter 2014, his “Avatar 2” will be released. Five billion dollars? It is more than a possibility.
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(Top) Asa Butterfield from ‘Hugo’ searches for a key in director Martin Scorsese’s CGI-created world. (Bottom) The special effects and costumes in ‘Clash of the Titans’ produced a hefty budget for the film’s creators.
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover: Kate Upton NEW YORK (AP) – She’s a Florida girl who’s comfortable in a bikini, and now 19-yearold model Kate Upton is on the cover of the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.
She wears a tiny red-andbrown, sparkle-covered string bikini with a view of the waters of Australia behind her as she poses for the magazine cover, which is scheduled to be
unveiled on TV Monday night on “Late Show with David Letterman” on CBS. “That was one of the first photos from the first shoot,” she said in a telephone interview before the big reveal. “It was my favorite swimsuit. ... I felt sexy in it but confident.” Upton, 5 feet 10, was born in Michigan but raised in Florida. Her hometown is Melbourne, on the state’s east coast.
“In Florida, people walk around in their flip-flops, bikinis and jean shorts, so I’m very comfortable in a bathing suit,” she said. The 2012 magazine cover is her second time appearing in the annual SI issue that’s the equivalent of the Super Bowl for models. Last year, when Irina Shayk was on the cover, Upton was chosen as rookie of the year.
Jedis and Sith Lords require a 3D facelift
By Purbita Saha Focus Editor It’s hard to give an epic title such as “Star Wars” a bad review. But due to false marketing and poor decision making, it is inevitable: “Star Wars: Episode 1-The Phantom Menace 3D” is one of the most worthless remakes to ever grace theaters. The re-release of George Lucas’s famed “Star Wars” films is evidence that 3D just makes Hollywood richer and moviegoers cough up more money. For the next six years, Twentieth Century Fox will be formatting each part of the series with stereoscopic imaging and then setting it loose on the box office. The sequence will go in chronological order, with one film being released per year.
the designated glasses. It is actually favorable to do so since the eyewear dims the movie out and makes some of the scenes look as though they were filmed in a dark attic. The bulk of the 3D add-ons are used at the beginning of the film when the Jedi knights rescue Queen Amidala and her delegation from the conniving Trade Federation, and when Qui Gon Jinn starts to get acquainted with the young Anakin Skywalker. The 3D effects were particularly favorable when applied to the pod race, during which Skywalker competes against a motley crew of non-human convicts by flying a podracer that he made by himself. This extended scene is one of the pinnacles of the film. It turns out to be even more entertaining when the flames from the engines and the noses of the vehicles appear to emerge from
Star Wars: Episode 1-The Phantom Menace 3D
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Many “Star Wars” fans were more than happy to experience the souped-up version of “Episode 1: The Phantom Menace” this past weekend. Unfortunately, there is a lot of disappointment coming their way. While the film is marketed to be 3D, the majority of the scenes are not enhanced to exhibit depth. Over half of the film can be seen without
the screen. Most importantly, the supplementary dimension allows the audience to follow Anakin’s skillful flight around the track with more diligence and validity. It is surprising; however, that the film’s technicians did not take advantage of the action sequences in the second half of “The Phantom Menace.” Death matches involving light sabers are prime candidates for 3D makeovers. The acrobatic wielding of the laser swords coupled with the hideous scowl on Darth Maul’s face could have been made to be even more fascinating if they were projected from the screen with finesse and success. Some may argue that it is better not to tamper with such classic confrontations. But scenes like these have the potency to indulge fans when enhanced by stereoscopy. It is possible that the “Star Wars” resurrections are off to a slow start. “Episode 1” and “Episode 2” are the weakest pair of films in the series, and they suffer due to a lack of constant action and critical story lines. It may be wise to take a break from “Attack of the Clones” when it comes out in theaters next year, and instead watch the rise and fall of Skywalker from the comfort of home.
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Grammy embrace of Chris Brown draws criticism
(Left) Chris Brown accepts the award for best R&B album for "F.A.M.E." during the 54th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday. (Right) Singer Rihanna performs on stage at the V Music Festival in Hylands Park, Chelmsford, England. Events from past years have caused public disapproval of Brown, despite the fact that he has a successful recording career.
NEW YORK (AP) – The Grammy Awards' warm embrace of Chris Brown three years after his assault of Rihanna has drawn the ire of viewers who claim the controversial R&B star shouldn't have been rewarded with such attention. Brown was front-andcenter three times during Sunday's Grammys. He won best R&B album for "F.A.M.E.," he performed a single from his upcoming album, "Turn Up the Music," and he opened a dance tribute to "Soul Train" creator Don Cornelius. The imagery of Brown's Grammy glory was striking because it was, literally, a return to the scene of the crime. On the eve of the 2009 Grammys, Brown beat his then-girlfriend Rihanna, for which he later pled guilty to a charge of assault and was sentenced to five years of probation and six months of community labor. Since then, Brown has worked to repair his image, undergoing domestic violence counseling and rediscovering popularity with his hit album "F.A.M.E. (Forgiving All My Enemies)." Last year, his restraining order was eased. The for-
mer order required Brown to stay 50 yards away from 23-year-old Rihanna, but the restriction was reduced to 10 yards if they were at a music industry event. On Sunday evening, Twitter was abuzz with questions of Brown's significant role in the proceedings. Many critics argued against the Grammys' decision to celebrate Brown and endorse his comeback. New Yorker music critic Sasha Frere-Jones called Brown's return "one of the Grammys' weirdest choices ever," and cited R&B singer Drake as the more deserving star in the genre to celebrate. In an op-ed, Valerie Strauss for The Washington Post said that while people deserve second chances, "That doesn't mean they deserve a chance to strut around the Grammy stage a few years after being convicted of felony assault." Jeffrey Goldberg for The Atlantic tweeted: "I don't look for the Grammys for moral clarity, but, really? Do the words 'felony assault' mean anything at all?" On Monday, Neil Portnow, president of The Recording Academy, defended Brown's role in the telecast, say-
ing the Grammys ultimately proceed out of the academy's voting. "That's really where the judgment comes from: music professionals listening to the music of other professionals," said Portnow. "Clearly, our voting membership rated highly Chris' musical work this past year. "If we're going to get in trying to personally evaluate artists in terms of their personal lives, that's a slippery slope that we wouldn't want to get into," he added. On Monday's "CBS This Morning" Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich said that he was "kind of rooting" for Brown. "I just believe people deserve a second chance," said Ehrlich. "The year he had this year, really brought him back into the public. He really deserved a second chance." Rihanna, who also performed Sunday, did not complain about Brown's attendance. She has said she's glad to see him succeed again. Certainly, there are many fans of Brown – "Team Breezy," as he calls them – and they, too, took to social media to defend Brown. But some of those tweets were
also held up as examples of questionable taste. The site Buzzfeed gathered 25 tweets from Brown fans with lines such as: "I don't know why Rihanna complained. Chris Brown could beat me anytime he wanted to." The feminism blog Feministe cited such reaction as evidence that "we as a society have a lot more work to do" to educate on domestic violence. Rita Smith, executive director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, also questioned the message the Grammys were sending. "If an awards show is going to highlight an artist, what an awesome message they could send if we got an update somehow about how that artist had changed in a positive way," said Smith. "Otherwise, the message becomes wait for a period of time and go on with business as usual." Brown, who didn't attend last year's Grammys even though he was nominated for three awards, has sometimes portrayed himself as embattled. On Sunday, he tweeted, "Team breezy we have come (a long) way ...
No matter what anyone says ... WE MADE IT!!" In his acceptance speech and performances, he made no mention or gesture to his last, abbreviated trip to the Grammys. But he did tweet – and then delete – the message: "People who make mistakes and learn from them are ROLE MODELS too. I'm just happy to inspire growth and positivity." Rihanna also performed Sunday, singing her hit "We Found Love" and transitioning into a duet of "Princess of China" with Coldplay's Chris Martin. Rihanna was nominated for four awards, including best album for her disc "Loud." She shared in the wins for best rap/sung collaboration and best rap song for Kanye West's "All of the Lights," with Kid Cudi and Fergie. But many performers watching at home questioned Brown's involvement. "Are Chris Brown's mom and dad CBS and Grammy Brown?" sarcastically wondered Eric Stonestreet of "Modern Family." The singer Michelle Branch tweeted: "Trying not to go off on a rant but ... Chris Brown ... (bites tongue) have we forgiven him?"
Authorities: Houston was underwater in tub
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – Whitney Houston was underwater and apparently unconscious when she was pulled from a Beverly Hills hotel bathtub, and she had prescription drugs in her room, authorities said Monday. Two days after her death, Houston's body was taken to a small, Los Angeles-area airport to be flown to New Jersey, where her family was making arrangements for a funeral at the end of the week. An autopsy was done Sunday, and authorities said there were no indications of foul play and no obvious signs of trauma on Houston's body. It could be weeks, however, before the coroner's office completes toxicology tests to establish her cause of death. The 48-year-old singer had struggled for years with cocaine, marijuana and pills, and her behavior had become erratic.
Houston was found Saturday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel by a member of her staff about 3:30 p.m., just hours before she was supposed to appear at a preGrammy Awards gala, police Lt. Mark Rosen said. She was pulled from the tub by members of her staff, and hotel security was promptly notified, Rosen said. She was pronounced dead about a half-hour later. "As of right now, it's not a criminal investigation," Rosen said, refusing to release further details. "We have concluded our portion of the investigation at the hotel." Los Angeles County coroner's assistant chief Ed Winter said there were bottles of prescription medicine in the room. He would not give details except to say: "There weren't a lot of prescription bottles. You probably have just as many prescription bottles in your medicine cabinet."
The coroner's office released the body to the family Monday morning. Later, a police convoy accompanied two vehicles into a Van Nuys Airport hangar, and a private, twin-engine jet rolled out of the hangar and took off shortly after 3 p.m. PST. Two people who spoke with Houston's family said the singer would be taken to New Jersey. The two, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak for the family, said Houston's relatives raised the possibility of a wake Thursday and a funeral Friday at Newark's Prudential Center, an arena that can seat about 18,000 people. Houston was born in Newark and raised in nearby East Orange. She began singing as a child at Newark's New Hope Baptist Church, where her mother, Grammywinning gospel singer Cissy Houston, led the music program for many years.
The White House said President Barack Obama's thoughts and prayers were with Houston's family, especially her daughter. Press secretary Jay Carney paid tribute to the singer's "immense talent" and called it a tragedy to lose somebody so gifted at such a young age. Houston's death is a sad rewind of what befell Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse. It took three months for a London coroner to rule that Winehouse drank herself to death last July. A powerful anesthetic was quickly linked to Jackson's June 2009 death. Three months ago, Jackson's doctor was convicted of involuntary manslaughter. Houston's death tinged the Grammy ceremonies with sadness. It also probably boosted viewership, which was 50 percent higher than last year, with nearly 40 million viewers tuning in to the program on CBS.
A sensation from her first album, Houston was one of the world's best-selling artists from the mid-1980s to the late 1990s, turning out such hits as "I Wanna Dance With Somebody," ''How Will I Know," ''The Greatest Love of All" and "I Will Always Love You." But as she struggled with drugs, her majestic voice became raspy, and she couldn't hit the high notes. Mourners left flowers, balloons and candles at the wrought-iron fence around the tall brick Newark church where she got her start. It sits near an abandoned housing project and the train line leading to New York City. "She was an inspiration to everybody," said Gregory Hanks, an actor who grew up in the neighborhood and who dropped off a bouquet. He saw Houston perform in New Jersey years ago. "I grew up listening to her as a little boy, and to hear her sing, you knew she was special," he said.
Love stories can contain a few thrills from A COUPLE, page 7
Throughout the novel, most of the characters find romance in their lives. What makes this book so unique is that not only are there malefemale relationships but also male-male energy as well. In all the books I’ve read, I haven’t stumbled upon a book that included same-sex relationships just as much as relationships between the opposite sex. The novel provides readers with a new perspective on relationships—relationships with friends as well as romantic ones– and adds to the genre of young adult fiction by equally including all sexualities. The two authors have both written excellent novels on their own but when they collaborate in one book, humor and creativity are abundant. Given the extensive relationship dynamics, the novel is filled with extremely genuine, thought provoking quotes about life, love and friendship. Most of you have probably heard of Nicholas Sparks. Known for his plethora of love stories (one novel is published each year) Sparks’ books are entertaining reads and are often tearjerkers. He has written 18 books, seven of which have been made into movies. As a big Nicholas Sparks fan, I have read most of them. My personal favorites are “The Notebook” and “Dear John.” Yes, both of these books have been made into films but I suggest you read the books first before watching the movie since some parts are different. Both books involve love and loss but each one approaches the theme in a different way. While some people may think that all of Sparks’ novels are basically the same, if you read some of his lesser known novels, you will see that his writing skills extend beyond a cookie cutter plotline. For example, “The Guardian” shows that while Sparks can write a very good love story, he can incorporate suspense to create a thriller. Hopefully you all have an enjoyable Valentine’s Day. Whether or not you spend the day with your valentine, I suggest you treat yourself to one of these novels and relax to celebrate the holiday. Don’t forget that a book can also make a great gift.
Whitney Houston's body headed home to NJ
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Whitney Houston's body was headed home to New Jersey late Monday for a funeral to be held at week's end, said two people who have spoken with her family. The two people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak for the family and because funeral arrangements hadn't been completed. Houston's family raised the possibility of holding a wake Thursday and a funeral Friday at Newark's Prudential Center, which hosts college and professional sporting events and seats about 18,000 people. City officials were awaiting the family's arrival to complete the funeral planning. A picture of Houston appeared Monday night on the electronic board outside the arena, one of the nation's busiest entertainment venues, with a New Jersey Devils game Friday night posing a logistical challenge to a planned funeral that day.
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Bobcats lose 15th straight game CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Lou Williams scored 23 points off the bench as the Philadelphia 76ers built an early lead and held on to send the Charlotte Bobcats to their 15th straight defeat, 98-89 Monday night. Thaddeus Young added 20 points on 6 of 9 shooting, and Jrue Holiday chipped in with 19 points for the 76ers (20-9). Williams was averaging 19 points over the previous four games. He stayed hot Monday night, making several big shots including a 3-pointer with 6:11 remaining after the Bobcats had pulled within 71-69. He also hit a 3-pointer in the final minute to seal Philadelphia's second straight win. Corey Maggette scored a season-high 22 points for Charlotte, which fell to 3-25 on the season. It's the worst record in the NBA and drops the Bobcats' winning percentage below that of the 197273 76ers, who finished with the worst record ever in the NBA at 9-72. Kemba Walker added 21 points and Reggie Williams chipped in with 14 for Charlotte. The game took on a familiar theme early on for the Bobcats. For the third straight game, they shot less than 34 percent from the field in the first quarter and found
themselves behind by double digits. They had a similar start in two previous blowout losses to the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Clippers over the weekend. It didn't turn out that way this time, though. Holiday scored Philadelphia's first eight points of the game after hitting his first four shots from the field as the 76ers jumped out to a 28-17 lead. But the 76ers were not able to distance themselves from the Bobcats. Despite having the secondbest defense in the league — and facing the worst offense in the league — the 76ers couldn't put together a run in the second or third quarters. The Bobcats cut their lead to 69-67 late in the third quarter behind 18 points from Maggette. However, the 76ers refused to surrender the lead. The Bobcats again climbed to within two with 6:11 left in the game after back-to-back 3-pointers by Walker, but Williams knocked home a 3-pointer from the wing to quell the rally. The Bobcats never mounted a challenge after that as the 76ers outscored the Bobcats 18-10 down the stretch. Once again, the Bobcats were dominated in the paint, where the 76ers scored 42 of their points.
Kemba Walker drives to the hoop last night in the Bobcats' 15th straight loss.
James, Heat finally get by Bucks, 114-96 MILWAUKEE (AP) — LeBron James scored 35 points and the Miami Heat finally found a way to beat Milwaukee, using a thirdquarter surge to beat the Bucks 114-96 on Monday night. Dwyane Wade scored 22 and Mario Chalmers added 13 for the Heat, who were 0-2 against the Bucks coming into Monday night's game. James scored 16 of his points in the third quarter as the Heat outscored the Bucks 35-24 to take control of the game. Carlos Delfino scored 24 for the Bucks, who were coming off a loss to Orlando on Saturday night. With the win, Miami ran its record to 22-7 — equaling the franchise's best start after the first 29 games of a season, set in 199697 and again in 2004-05. Leading 55-50 after two quarters, the Heat put together a 14-4 run out of halftime. It started right away, as Chalmers stole the ball from Brandon Jennings and cruised down the court for a fastbreak layup. The Bucks then began to struggle on offense — including one sequence in which Milwaukee's Drew Gooden had the ball swatted away from him twice on a single possession by Miami's Joel Anthony. Gooden was called for a
technical foul immediately afterward. Later in the run, James stole the ball from Jennings, then finished with a powerful one-handed slam to give the Heat a 69-54 lead. James went on to score 16 in the quarter, including another monster dunk in the final seconds. With the clock running down at the end of the quarter, James took advantage of a defensive lapse and ran uncontested down the lane, finishing with a one-handed dunk with 4.2 seconds left in the quarter. Miami took a 90-74 lead into the fourth quarter. The Bucks beat the Heat 91-82 in Miami on Jan. 22 — then beat them again in Milwaukee on Feb. 1, a 105-97 victory in which the Bucks trailed by 18 points in the first half. The Bucks haven't swept the Heat since the 1990-91 season. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra acknowledged before the game that the Bucks' previous two victories got his attention. Spoelstra said that the Bucks' physical defense "made us uncomfortable" in the first two games, saying the Heat had to win what he described as the high-effort "fistfight battles" on the court this time out.
FCC urged to end sports blackout rule
WASHINGTON (AP) — Most people weighing in on a sports blackout rule are urging the Federal Communications Commission to scrap it. Monday was the deadline for public comments on a petition by the Sports Fans Coalition to rescind the rule, which bars cable and satellite systems from carrying a sporting event that is blacked out on local broadcast television stations. The rule has effectively reinforced the NFL's own policy, which blacks out games in home markets that aren't sold out 72 hours ahead of time. The agency has received about 140 comments, and an overwhelming majority favors the petition. That doesn't count nearly 3,500 the Sports Fans Coalition also sent in from people clicking an email on the group's website urging that the rule be repealed. The FCC grouped all of those in one filing, under "individual comments from fans." Many of those urging the FCC to eliminate the rule argued that taxpayers have helped pay for the stadiums and should not have their home games blacked out. Five Democratic senators filed com-
ments with the FCC Monday urging it to reform the sports blackout rule. "These blackouts are ruining the experience of rooting for the home team and are unjustly hurting fans," wrote Sens. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Tom Harkin of Iowa, Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan. "That many of these stadiums were constructed or remodeled using taxpayer dollars underscores the disservice done to fans by blackouts." They called the NFL's blackout policy "a relic of a different time" and said it was time for it to end. Several comments came from fans of the Buffalo Bills, who had three of their seven games in Buffalo blacked out last season. Patricia Rebmann of Gowanda, N.Y., complained that residents in that area help pay for maintaining the stadium through taxes but often cannot watch the home games on TV. Rebmann said that she and her husband are senior citizens and find it nearly impossible to attend games with her husband's physical condition. "Please, please, please do whatever it takes to lift the NFL's blackout rule
so we can reap a few hours of entertainment for our tax dollars," she wrote. Brandon Bulkley, a self-described Kansas City Chiefs fan from Roeland Park, Kan., urged the FCC to "side with the little man for once, because without us there would be no moneymaking Goliath called the NFL." One of the few people in support of the rule, Peter A. Nigro, urged that the cutoff for blackouts be reduced from 72 hours to 48 or 24. "I think without a blackout rule of some kind ... that stadium attendance would be affected somewhat by it," he wrote. The NFL said in its filing Monday night that the sports blackout rule "supports contractual provisions that are fundamental to broadcast television and thereby enable universal distribution of high quality content, including NFL football, to all Americans and to our fans — all at no cost to those fans." "Sports blackout policies, supported by the FCC's sports blackout rule, promote live attendance and thus improve the stadium experience," the league said.
The National Association of Broadcasters said in its filing that while it sympathized with fans frustrated over blackouts, elimination of the rule "would hurt local broadcasters and their viewers and could accelerate the migration of popular sports programs from free to pay TV." In its filing with the FCC Monday, the Sports Fan Coalition and other groups called the sports blackout rule "a regulatory backstop to an obnoxious and outdated league policy ... At a time of persistently high unemployment, sluggish economic growth, and consumer uncertainty, the sports blackout rule supports blatantly antifan, anti-consumer behavior by professional sports leagues." The Sports Fan Coalition receives money from Verizon, which provides pay TV, and has received funding from Time Warner Cable in the past, but insists it is "driven by fans." The number of NFL blackouts has decreased steadily over the years: 50 percent of games in the 1970s (after the 1973 law), 40 percent in the 1980s, 31 percent in the 1990s, and 8 percent in the 2000s. Last season's 6 percent was the fifth-lowest, according to the
NFL. But some teams still have high numbers. The Cincinnati Bengals had six of their eight home games blacked out last season, for example, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were blacked out five times. The NFL's own blackout policy, which applies to broadcast TV, is much less restrictive than it once had been. Until 1973, the NFL blacked out all home games, whether they were sold out or not. That year, President Richard Nixon signed a law preventing blackouts of games that were sold out 72 hours ahead of time, and when the law expired, the NFL agreed to make it a league policy. Last week, The Associated Press reported that in 1972, the NFL turned down a deal from Nixon in which the league would allow playoff games to be televised in the hometown city, and the president would block any legislation requiring regular-season home games to be televised as well. The story was based on a previously unreported tape recording, now in the National Archives, of a telephone call between Nixon and Attorney General Richard G. Kleindienst.
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No. 2 Syracuse escapes No. BC beats BU in overtime for Beanpot title 24 Louisville with a win LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Freshman Chane Behanan rallied Louisville late. Even he wasn't sure exactly how it all slipped away. Behanan had 16 points and nine rebounds, but No. 2 Syracuse scored the final six points of the game to beat No. 19 Louisville 52-51 on Monday night, snapping a seven-game losing streak against the Cardinals. "The turnover at the end of the game; a couple of missed assignments on defense," Behanan said. "We're already upset that we lost, we're upset, I don't know, we should've won. That's what I'm trying to say." Louisville (20-6, 8-5 Big East) had plenty of chances, using a 15-2 run to erase an eight-point deficit. But the Orange (26-1, 13-1) held the Cardinals without a point over the final 3½ minutes and C.J. Fair hit the goahead layup with 2:11 left. Fair finished with 13 points and Fab Melo scored 11 points for Syracuse as the best shooting team in the Big East overcame a 34.4 percent effort, including 1 of 15 from 3-point range, to win for the sixth straight time since losing at Notre Dame. "There are no moral victories," said Louisville coach Rick Pitino, who wore his cream-colored suit as part of a whiteout at the KFC Yum! Center. "We are crushed with this loss — absolutely crushed. We didn't get the job done when we should have. We were both having trouble scoring against each other which is a credit to both defenses."
Louisville guard Chris Smith finished with 10 points, while Gorgui Dieng had 10 rebounds and five turnovers, including a costly one late for the Cardinals, who shot 34.7 percent from the field and went 12 of 21 from the free throw line. Dieng committed a turnover instead of trying a 15-foot jumper, throwing it away and Smith missed a reverse layup with 57 seconds left. "Plays like Gorgui not shooting that shot that bothers me because we work on that every single day for 45 minutes. I don't care if our guys miss shots," Pitino said. "When they're open, they've got to shoot the ball. That kind of thing irks the hell out of me." Dion Waiters missed a layup with 30 seconds left, giving Louisville a chance at the last shot, but Dieng couldn't handle a pass from Peyton Siva in the paint and Waiters stole it after it bounced off Triche. Kyle Kuric, who finished 1 of 8 from the field, was open on the wing. "I just made the wrong decision," Siva said. "I didn't see Kyle open in the corner. I won't make that mistake again." Louisville trailed 44-36 with 7:31 to play before Behanan sparked a 15-2 run. On one sequence, he grabbed an offensive rebound for an easy dunk off Kuric's missed 3-point attempt, stole a pass into the low post from Fair and fed Dieng for an assist on a three-point play that made it 46-all with 4:57 left.
BOSTON (AP) — Bill Arnold scored with 6.4 seconds left in the first overtime to lead No. 3 Boston College to a 3-2 victory over No. 2 Boston University in the Beanpot on Monday night and give the Eagles the area's college hockey bragging rights for the third consecutive year. It was the fourth straight time BC (19-101) has beaten its Commonwealth Avenue rival in the tournament. Pat Mullane and Chris Kreider also scored for the Eagles, and Parker Milner stopped 32 shots. Garrett Noonan scored twice and Kieran Millan made 44 saves BU for BU (17-10-1). Luke Greiner scored a short- BC handed goal in the third period and Steve Michalek stopped 24 shots and Harvard beat Northeastern 3-2 in the consolation game earlier Monday. BC led 1-0 and 2-1, but both times Noonan tied it — the second during a 5-on3 advantage in the third period. The teams played a spirited overtime and seemed headed for another when Arnold wristed it over
Millan's glove for the game-winner. Arnold skated toward the center of the ice and flopped onto his belly. He was soon covered by BC teammates who came swarming over the boards to celebrate a feat no other Eagles team had accomplished since 1963-65. It was BC's 17th Beanpot title in all — still short of the 29 that BU has won as it came to dominate the tournament. The Terriers are still 27-14 against BC in the Beanpot, including 12-9 in the title game. BU had not gone three years without winning the Beanpot 2 since 1983-85. 3 Harvard has not won since 1993 and Northeastern last won in 1988. BC, which beat Northeastern last year 7-6 in overtime in the championship game, put the Huskies out in the first round this time 7-1. BU advanced with a 3-1 victory over Harvard. Boston College took a 1-0 lead when Mullane moved left to get around BU
defenseman Max Nicastro and put the puck in the net with 11:06 left in the first period. The Eagles had a chance to extend their lead with a 1 minute, 51 second 5-on-3 late in the second, but Millan made a handful of saves to keep BU close. Then, when the Terriers went on a power play soon after, Matt Nieto connected with Noonan on a cross-ice pass to set up the game-tying goal. It was still 1-1 when, with BC on another power play, Johnny Gaudreau dug the puck out from behind the net and hit Kreider at the right faceoff circle. He slid into the middle and wristed it into the net to give BC a 2-1 lead with 1:18 left in the second. It stayed that way until BU earned a 5-on3 of its own early in the third. Noonan was camped to the goalie's right when he got a pass from Adam Clendening and deflected it off Milner's right pad and into the net to tie the game with 12:48 left in regulation. In the early game, Alex Killorn and Alex Fallstrom also scored for Harvard (8-7-10). Robbie Vrolyk scored and Clay Witt made 36 saves for Northeastern (11-14-3).
Huskies start and finish strong in final non conference contest from OVER, page 14 The Huskies came in allowing opponents to shoot only 29.6 percent and average 44.4 points. Hayes had two layups, stealing an outlet pass in between, to spark a string of eight straight points that restored Connecticut’s lead to 45-30 after Oklahoma had pulled within striking distance down the stretch in the first half. After that, the Huskies merely kept the Sooners at arm’s length.
Mosqueda-Lewis turned away an Oklahoma comeback bid by hitting consecutive jumpers before Hayes’ fastbreak layup pushed the lead to 51-35 with 13:10 remaining. The Sooners again got within single digits with a run of seven straight points finished by Hand’s free throws with just under 6 minutes left, only to have the Huskies answer it a few moments later. Dolson scored from the right block, Mosqueda-Lewis hit a 3-pointer and Hartley converted a fastbreak layup
to draw a timeout from Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale. Many in the crowd drawn for the annual “Pack the Place Pink” breast cancer awareness game headed out with 2:16 remaining and Connecticut leading 66-50. UConn took a 19-4 lead before two-time NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant even made it to his seat near courtside, just over 7 minutes into the first half. Dolson scored with her left hand under the basket to make it a 17-point lead with 11:57 to go before halftime,
and the Huskies seemed to be on their way to duplicating last season’s 41-point blowout last season in Hartford. Hand scored the next seven points in what would become an 11-0 run, and the Sooners quickly got themselves into the bonus by drawing three fouls against MosquedaLewis in an 82-second span. Jelena Cerina’s layup in the final minute of the first half got Oklahoma within 33-28 before Connecticut scored the final four points before halftime.
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UConn grabs four victories in NYC By Mike Corasaniti Staff Writer The UConn men’s and women’s track and field teams needed strong performances this past weekend as they prepare for the championship season, and that’s just what they got. The men’s team competed in New York City Friday and Saturday at the Armory, where they grabbed four victories and top-five finishes in the majority of the events at the Ryder-Lafayette Invitational. Those who won their events included junior Joe Clark, who won the 1,000m with a time of 2:24.94, senior captain Kyle Duggan, who leapt
to 5.10m in the pole vault and senior Mike Alleman who dominated the shot put with a launch of 16.78m. Freshmen also made their mark in the field events, including Mark Fuller (first place in the high jump), John Wlasuk (second in the shot put), Treval Hatcher (third in the triple jump) and Amanze Williams (fourth in the long jump). The women’s team also had a huge weekend competing at the Valentine Invite in Boston, and was able to grab three first-place finishes and several more top-five spots. Leading the way for the Huskies were junior Ilva Bikanova and sophomore Natasha McLaren, who tied for first place in the high
jump. Also finishing first was junior Brigitte Mania, who grabbed the top spot in the 500m with a very fast 1:12.21. Also performing well for the women’s team was sophomore Madalayne Smith, who took fifth in the 60m hurdles, sophomore Tiffany Daley, who ran 56.01 en route to a top-five finish in the 400m and senior Heather Wilson, who took second in the 500m. With the regular indoor season done, the men’s and women’s teams are now solely focused on the Big East Championship this weekend and the rest of the championship season that will be following.
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The UConn women's track team grabbed three first place finishes in Boston this past weekend at the Valentine Invite.
Pub 32 provides shot at glory By Dan Huang Campus Correspondent
A shot at glory was what 32 teams play for. No, I’m not talking about the NFL season. I’m talking about the Pub 32 Beer Pong Tournament. The four-hour event, held this past Saturday, featured a variety of competitors, including locals and UConn students. When it was all said and done, the duo of Mike L. and Dave Zajac took home the title, as well as free entry and hotel stay at the World Pong Tour Championship this summer in Atlantic City. Saturday’s tournament was held at Pub 32, formerly known as the Stonewall Tavern, and was sponsored by the World Pong Tour. The tournament was open to anyone ages 18 and over, since the cups were filled with water.
However, competitors 21 and over were more than welcome to enjoy any of Pub 32’s impressive line of 32 draft beers. In the preliminary round, each team played four matches. At the conclusion of the round, the 16 teams with the best records advanced to a single-elimination playoff. The winners, Mike L. and Dave Zajac, actually had the worst preliminary record out of the 16 teams, going 2-2. “We figured there’d be a lot of teams,” Zajac said. “We just wanted to come and show up some college kids.” The duo had previously played together in various tournaments around Connecticut and are sponsored by the Waterbury-based entertained company, Zero Class LLC. The tournament was a good time even for those who did not win. The runners up, Kevin Clay and Adam Delventhal, students at
Manchester Community College, agreed. “It was sick,” Delventhal said.” “We expected to win two games." The duo did not leave emptyhanded, and was rewarded with free entry into the Atlantic City tournament this summer. Sam Pines, CEO and commissioner of the World Pong Tour, was happy by the turnout. “We welcome anyone who wants to play.” The business, now in it’s seventh year of existence, blossomed from a local tournament into a national one. They hold qualifiers in various locations around the East Coast, culminating with the championship held in Atlantic City in June. The business also has some UConn roots. Leonard “Lenny” O’Rourke, the director of operations, attended UConn from 2006-11 and majored in business. However, he dropped out to pur-
sue a career in this relatively new sport, and was even ranked No. 1 in the world for eight months. Lenny started playing beer pong at parties at UConn and has not looked back. Last year, over 240 teams competed in the World Pong Tour Championship in Atlantic City. This summer, Pines and O’Rourke expect over 600. The remarkable increase in participation shows the rise of beer pong from a college drinking game to a legitimate sport. The tournament will be held between June 24 and 26 and will cost $50 per player. There are also various packages that include entrance fees and hotel stay. For more information, go to www. WORLDPONGTOUR.com
Huskies lose to Black Knights in season opener
By Carmen Beatriz Angueira Campus Correspondent The UConn women’s tennis team had its season opener this weekend in West Point, N.Y. where it faced Army. The Huskies fell to the Black Knights 7-0. The top tandem of Jennifer Learmonth and Maxene Weinberg who had an 8-5 overall score in the fall season, fell to Army’s top duo 8-4. UConn’s No. 2 group Alexa Gregory and Lucy Nutting also lost 8-4. The Huskies’ third tandem lost its match 8-6. In singles action, No. 1 Gregory fell in straight sets, as did No. 2 Wienberg, No. 3
Nutting and No. 6 Gargiulo. Attempting to come back, No. 4 Abby McKeon had a rough first set, losing it 6-0, but brought herself back into the match in the second set, winning it 6-3. But she came up short in the third set, losing 6-0, 3-6, 6-2. Also struggling to take a win over the Black Knights was No. 5 Lauren Wilmarth, who dropped the first set 6-1. She fought back in the second set, forcing the set to go onto a tie-breaker at 6-6, but lost in a 7-2 tie-break. The women will travel to Wisconsin this weekend to open Big East play against Marquette and West Virginia.
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Cecco and McCauley earn spots in Big East championship By James Huang Campus Correspondent
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The UConn men's swimming team had a diver qualify for the Big East championship.
The UConn men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams competed this past weekend in the Big East Diving Championship in Pittsburgh. Both teams were very successful in their competitions for this meet. Two members of the women’s team also won prestigious awards. For the men’s swimming and diving team, there was one diver who successfully qualified to compete in this year’s Big East Diving Championship. Junior Grant Fecteau from Delmar, N.Y. competed against 20 other divers from eight other schools in the Big East conference. These eight schools were Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Louisville, Georgetown,
Providence, Seton Hall and Cincinnati. For the Championship, all of the divers had to compete against each other in the men’s one-meter event, which included three stages: the preliminaries, the consolation and the final. All divers competed in the preliminaries first, and depending on their scores would advance to either the final or the consolation stages. Fecteau placed in fifth in the preliminaries with a score of 270.50 points. This was enough for him to get to the final, where he also placed fifth with a score of 273.15 points. Thus, he was able to help the men’s team get fifth place overall in the team standings with 26 points. For the women’s team, there were two divers who successfully qualified to compete in this year’s Big East Diving Championship.
Junior Danielle Cecco from Hicksville, N.Y. and senior Kelly McCauley from Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. competed well this past weekend. Both had the challenge of competing against 25 divers from seven other schools in the Big East conference. These seven schools were Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Louisville, Providence, Rutgers and Villanova. For the championship, all of the divers had to compete against each other in the women’s three-meter event. Like the men’s competition, there were the same three stages. Both Cecco and McCauley were able to move past the preliminaries. Cecco placed second in the preliminaries with 288.80 points and advanced to the finals. McCauley placed 14th in the preliminaries with 215.15 points and advanced to the consolation stage. Both fol-
lowed up their performances in the preliminaries with better performances in their respective stages. Cecco placed second in the finals with 309.95 points, and McCauley placed 14th in the consolation with 215.35 points. They helped UConn get fourth place overall with 47 points. In addition, Cecco and coach John Bransfield won prestigious awards. Cecco won the 2012 Big East Women’s Most Outstanding Diver award, while Bransfield won the 2012 Big East Women’s Diving Coach of the Year award. The teams will compete next in the Big East Swimming Championship, which begins on Wednesday and will conclude with the finals on Saturday.
UConn women compete with each other in academics
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Eight Connecticut basketball players are among 346 UConn student-athletes being honored Saturday for their achievements in the classroom. Five members of the women's team and three members of the men's basketball team are among those who achieved grade-point averages of at least 3.0 during the fall semester. Stefanie Dolson, Caroline
Doty, Heather Buck, Kiah Stokes and Kelly Faris will join the other student athletes in a ceremony at halftime of Saturday's women's basketball game against Georgetown. Junior Alex Oriakhi and senior walk-ons Kyle Bailey and Ben Stewart will not be at the ceremony because they have a road game at Syracuse. Interestingly enough, the ceremony will be held a day
after the NCAA turned down Connecticut's request for a waiver that would allow the men's basketball team to play in the 2013 national championship tournament. UConn doesn't qualify for the tournament because of below-standard academic results. University President Susan Herbst said she's disappointed by the decision of NCAA staff to reject that proposal, but said
Burnett to Pirates deal progressing
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees and Pirates have made progress toward a trade that would send much-maligned pitcher A.J. Burnett to Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh would pay at least $10 million of the $33 million Burnett is owed in the final two seasons of his $82.5 million, five-year contract, a person familiar with the discussions said Monday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because talks are ongoing. The exact amount of money involved in the trade depends on the quality of the prospects the Yankees would receive, the per-
son said. Burnett, a 35-year-old righthander, has struggled to a 34-35 record and 4.79 ERA during three seasons with New York and went 11-11 with a 5.15 ERA last year. His average of 3.98 walks per nine innings is second in the AL and fifth in the majors during that span among pitchers with 400 or more innings, according to STATS LLC. New York appears to have an excess of starting pitchers after acquiring Michael Pineda from Seattle in a trade and agreeing to a one-year deal with free agent Hiroki Kuroda. They join hold-
overs CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova, Phil Hughes and Freddy Garcia. In addition, the Yankees think highly of four starting prospects, right-handers Adam Warren, Dellin Betances and David Phelps, and left-hander Manny Banuelos. All are likely to start the season at Triple-A. Burnett would join a rotation that includes newly signed Erik Bedard and returnees James McDonald, Kevin Correia and Jeff Karstens. Charlie Morton is recovering from hip surgery in October. When Morton is available, Karstens could return to the bullpen and spot starts.
the school will appeal. "I want to be clear that during my entire career as a scholar and a teacher, I have been in full support of high academic standards in collegiate athletics," she said. "However, in this case, there are good students who could be penalized for the problematic behavior of students who have not been enrolled for years. Educators and parents need to do what is right for their
students, and not allow them to be caught in the dynamics of public relations." Meanwhile, the women have quietly excelled in the classroom. The men's basketball team scored an 893 last year on the NCAA academic progress report, which measures academic achievement. The APR measures classroom performance of student-athletes on
every Division I team. Teams scoring below the 925 cutline in one year can face immediate penalties. Those scoring below 900 or with low scores for several years face tougher historical sanctions. Jim Calhoun's team lost two scholarships this season as a result of their low APR. But the school has said the scores are improving.
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Next Paper’s Question:
“Who is the Big East favorite: UConn women or Notre Dame?”
–Trey James, 6th-semester communications major.
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– UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma.
Feb. 20 Villanova 7 p.m.
Feb. 26 Syracuse 9 p.m.
Feb. 28 Providence 7 p.m.
Women’s Basketball (21-2)
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The new Warden
Home: Gampel Pavilion, XL Center
Today Feb. 13 Georgetown Oklahoma 4 p.m. 9 p.m.
Feb. 18 St. John’s 7 p.m.
Feb. 27 Feb. 20 Pittsburgh Notre Dame 9 p.m. 7 p.m.
Men’s Ice Hockey (13-14-3) Feb. 17 Feb. 18 Bentley Bentley 7:05 p.m. 4:30 p.m.
Feb. 24 AIC 7:05 p.m.
Feb. 25 AIC 7:05 p.m.
AHA Playoffs TBD
Women’s Ice Hockey (4-21-7) Feb. 18 Boston University 2 p.m.
Feb. 19 Boston University 3 p.m.
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Home: Gampel Pavilion, XL Center Feb. 18 Marquette Noon
The Daily Question Q : “Who is the better team: Kentucky or Syracuse?” A : “Syracuse because of their superior depth and experience.”
“We think we’re the best defensive team in the country.”
Men’s Basketball (15-9) Tomorrow DePaul 7 p.m.
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Hockey East Playoffs TBD
Men’s Swimming & Diving Feb. 15, 16 Big East Diving Championships All Day
Women’s Swimming & Diving Feb. 15, 16 Big East Diving Championships All Day
Warde Manuel smiles during a news confernce announcing him as the new athletic director for the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Conn.
Knicks’ stars to return soon
NEW YORK (AP) -- Amare Stoudemire watched Linsanity from Florida, a welcome break as he grieved the death of his brother. Carmelo Anthony had a front-row seat right in New York, where he couldn’t escape fears he was eventually going to mess things up. Both superstars will return soon, but the question is no longer whether they can coexist. Now, it’s how do they fit on Jeremy Lin’s team. Linsanity entered its second week Monday, with the Knicks on a roll they feel can keep right on going behind their surprising point guard, who coach Mike D’Antoni said has given the team a “spirit” and a “swagger.” “You go into every game thinking you’re going to win, and it changes everybody’s mood,” D’Antoni said. Lin was chosen as Eastern Conference player of the week after averaging 27.3 points and 8.3 assists in his first four starts. The Knicks have won five in a row heading into Toronto on Tuesday, turning things around after an 8-15 start. The Knicks used words like “fun” and “exciting” to describe the last week as they met with an enormous media contingent for a mid-February practice. Lin sat out practice to rest, but Stoudemire was back on the floor after leaving the team last Monday after his older brother, Hazell, was killed in a car crash. “The only positive for us during that whole week was we were watching the basketball games and we were watching Linsanity and my family was getting a kick out of it,” Stoudemire said. “That’s the only smiles really they had all week.” Plenty of others were watching. The Knicks said Saturday’s victory at Minnesota was their highest-rated game on MSG Network since Anthony’s Knicks debut last Feb. 23 against Milwaukee, and that ratings are up 70 percent over their season average since Lin became a starter. “It’s more exciting than anything, just to see the buzz that he’s created here in New York, here in the NBA as a whole,” Anthony said. “I just want to get back there and be a part of it.” But amid all the good feelings around the Knicks, there was the question that won’t go away until the whole team is together in a game. Anthony, who has battled injuries much of the season, strained his right groin just six minutes into Lin’s starting debut against Utah last Monday, and the Knicks hope he’ll be back at the end of this week. He’s never seemed a natural in the pick-and-roll offense, given his preference to isolate and take his man 1-on-1. That’s created questions of how — or if — he will adapt to playing with Lin.
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No. 13 Vols blow out No. 7 Kentucky KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell is surprised the seventh-ranked Wildcats didn’t get docked two losses for the way they played against No. 13 Tennessee on Monday night. Even with the poor shooting and defensive struggles, the 91-54 loss to the Lady Volunteers only counts once. That means Kentucky will remain in control of the Southeastern Conference. “It probably should count as more than one loss, but it only counts as one,” Mitchell said. “We are leaving town in first place, and we need to find some way to get it together and see if we can earn a victory. We’ll have to see what we’re made of and see if we can bounce back.” Tennessee (18-7, 9-3) never trailed. The Lady Vols shot 59 percent while holding Kentucky to 33.3 percent and held a 45-27 rebounding advantage. Meighan Simmons hit consecutive 3-pointers to make it 10-2 and blocked a 3-point attempt by Keyla Snowden at the other end, one of six rejections by Tennessee in the first half. The Wildcats (21-4, 10-2) pulled within 21-16 on a steal by Azia Bishop and a transition layup by Bernisha Pinkett with 9:20 in the first half, but they wouldn’t get any closer. The loss marked the first time this season Kentucky has lost consecutive games. Vicki Baugh scored on a putback and was fouled by Bishop. She missed the free throw but charged through the lane and converted the rebound that put Tennessee up 29-18. Those baskets launched a 14-0 run by the
Lady Vols across a 3:21 stretch. During that time, Kentucky missed two free throws and two shots from the field and turned the ball over four times. “When the ball wasn’t going in the basket, I feel like as a team we got discouraged,” guard Bria Goss said. “We needed to see that as adversity, which we go through every day, and fight back stronger. We just needed to bounce back.” Tennessee led 46-28 at halftime after shooting 60 percent. Both teams had 10 turnovers in the first half, but the Lady Vols had scored eight more points off giveaways than the Wildcats. The 18-point halftime deficit was Kentucky’s largest of the season, but it only grew worse in the second half, with Tennessee’s lead reaching 40 points with 4:37 to play. Simmons led Tennessee with a season-high 25 points. Shekinna Stricklen scored 18, and Glory Johnson added 10. Goss led the Wildcats with 15 points, and Pinkett finished with 10. A’dia Mathies, who scored 34 points in the last meeting with Tennessee, had 12 points before taking an elbow to the face and leaving the game with 9:26 to play. “We’re just checking to see if anything’s in bad shape,” Mitchell said. “Hopefully that’s not too bad, and hopefully she’ll be able to bounce back. She’s a pretty tough kid.” Kentucky hadn’t played since a 61-51 loss at LSU on Feb. 5 snapped a 10-game winning streak but remains alone in first place in the SEC with two weeks left in the season.
Tennessee is one game behind in second place and would have had a shot at pulling into a tie with the Wildcats but lost 93-79 at Vanderbilt on Thursday. Kentucky snapped Tennessee’s 36-game SEC winning streak with a 61-60 victory in Lexington on Jan. 12. That game turned out to be part of an uncharacteristic 5-4 stretch for Tennessee. After losing to the Wildcats, the Lady Vols dropped games at Notre Dame and Vanderbilt and lost to South Carolina at home, their first SEC home loss in nearly four years. “You can look at how we played those two (SEC losses) and see how we played against Kentucky and wonder, ‘What team is this?’” associate head coach Holly Warlick said. “That’s the team we’re confident we need to see all the time, and that’s the team that can be there. They’ve just got to carry over the things we do in practice to the game.” During that stretch, Stricklen, a preseason All-America and Tennessee’s leading scorer for the season, has shot just 41.8 percent while the usually sharpshooting Simmons has shot just 37.2 percent. This time, Simmons was 10 of 17 from the field and had three 3s, while Stricklen was 8 for 12. “When we run the ball, it gives us energy, it gives us a lot of confidence,” Warlick said. “When Shekinna Stricklen’s sprinting down the floor and we shoot layups, and Glory Johnson’s shooting layups, we’re a great team. It starts with our defense, and I thought our defense started everything for us and got us playing.”
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Lets Go! Lets go, where?
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
OVER SOONER RATHER THAN LATER No. 2 UConn controls pace at Oklahoma
Matt McDonough I’ve said it. You’ve said it. We’ve all said it. “Let’s Go!” When our team scores a big basket, we yell: “Let’s go!” Fans on television in student sections across the country scream the same thing into the camera: “Let’s go!” When we are on a team and make a big play, we cry: “Let’s go!” Chris Brown likes to say: “Leggo.” But why? Where are we going? When are we going? And if we are going now, why do we have to leave so fast? Why do we yell, “let’s go?” I wish I knew the answer. Instead of repeating “let’s go,” shouldn’t the fans say: “let’s go Huskies” or “go UConn?” When a player makes a big shot, shouldn’t they say something else instead of “let’s go?” Shouldn’t Chris Brown stick to dancing and not try his hand at rapping? I understand when fans yell “Let’s Go” that they are cheering on their team and trying to will them to victory. In a tie game, when a player drives baseline, gets hit and still makes the shot, chances are that a lot of people in the crowd are screaming: “Let’s Go!” But what is the team saying to each other when there is a chance to complete a critical three-point play at the foul line? “We say ‘good job’ to whoever made the and one and tell them to hit the shot,” said sophomore forward Tyler Olander. “We talk about what defense to get into and to keep playing hard.” What does the team do when the opposition calls a timeout after a big run? “During the timeout we try to keep everyone engaged in what we are doing and what’s working,” Olander said. “[We want] to keep working hard and talk about what we are not doing and what we need to do.” So when the crowd is going nuts and egging on Big Red, it’s all business for the Huskies during a timeout. But even Olander admitted that after a big dunk, when the bench erupts, they are even yelling, “Let’s Go!” “We really scream and yell ‘Let’s Go’ to get everyone pumped up,” Olander said. Niels Giffey said it’s best to play with emotion. “We definitely need that,” Giffey said. “We need a lot of emotion on the court, not only when we’re playing good but we need it more when we’re playing poorly.” That’s the meaning behind the saying: “Let’s Go.” It’s to get everyone pumped up and keep the excitement going. This season, the UConn men’s basketball team is lacking excitement right now. It’s not the time to keep the run going; it’s time to start a run. The Huskies are running out of time. They have to figure things out tomorrow night against DePaul. But there is one thing that I still can’t figure out. Why do players feel the need to yell “and one” after they get fouled? Instead of yelling that, they should just concentrate on making the shot after getting fouled. Then it’d actually be an and one. Most of the times when they yell “and one,” they end up missing the shot. That’s not an and one, it’s an “and two.” Follow Matt on Twitter @ McDTwin1.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Tiffany Hayes scored 23 points, Bria Hartley added 20 and No. 2 Connecticut beat Oklahoma 73-55 on Monday night for its 12th straight victory. The Huskies (24-2) never trailed on their way to moving to 10-0 all-time in the series, which is becoming an annual tradition around Valentine’s Day. Kaleena MosquedaLewis and Stefanie Dolson contributed 10 points apiece, and Connecticut built a commanding lead in the first 7 minutes before withstanding a series of rallies by Oklahoma (16-8). Whitney Hand scored 18 points while playing 40 minutes but she was the only one of the Sooners who could score with regularity against the nation’s top defense. Oklahoma cut an early 17-point deficit to five before halftime but was never closer than seven points in the second half. Aaryn Ellenberg, once the Sooners’ most dangerous scorer, continued a prolonged slump by missing eight of her first nine shots. She has shot 16 for 75 ( 21 percent) over the last seven games — a stretch that has included two games against top-ranked Baylor and this one against an even more stingy defense.
Bria Hartley drives to the hoop against Oklahoma last night during the Huskies’ 73-55 win over the Sooners. Hartley scored 20 points.
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No. 6 Eagles sweep Huskies in Storrs By Tyler Morrissey Campus Correspondent
pulled in the third period after stopping 23 pucks and allowing five goals. Senior goaltender Alexandra Garcia made nine The UConn women’s hockey saves in relief. team was swept this past weekAfter Saturday’s home loss, end, in a home and home series the Huskies traveled to Boston, by No. 6 Boston where the Eagles College. jumped out to a In the first game quick 4-0 lead in the of the two game set, first period. UConn the Huskies were shut with a goal UConn 0 answered out 5-0 at the Mark of their own in the 5 waning seconds of the Edward Freitas Ice BC Forum. The Eagles second period when Friday scored two goals in captain and senior the first period, which UConn 2 defenseman Sami included a power lit the lamp BC 6 Evelyn play goal from Emily for her sixth goal of Field. BC tacked on the season. She was Saturday three more goals in assisted by freshmen the second period, Emily Snodgrass who including a second power play recorded her 20th point of the goal off the usually dominant season. UConn cut the BC lead Husky penalty kill. Sophomore to two when sophomore defengoal tender Nicole Paniccia was seman found the back of the
net on an unassisted power play goal. However the Eagles added as two insurance goals to seal the 6-2 victory and complete the season sweep of the Huskies. Even with the two losses, UConn caught a break in the Hockey East playoff race, after UNH lost both of its games to Providence. The Huskies are still only one point out of sixth place and with two games remaining on their schedule, there is still a chance that UConn can make the post season, with at least one victory and some help from UNH this weekend. UConn returns to action this Saturday when the Huskies take on Boston University for senior day, followed by their last regular season game on the road on Sunday in Boston.
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Rachel Farrel skates with the puck against New Hampshire in recent action. The Huskies still have a shot at the Hockey East postseason.
ESPN doesn’t give hockey enough coverage By Matt Stypulkoski NHL Columnist Call me crazy, but I love hockey. In fact, it’s my favorite sport. Now, living in New England, a hockey hotbed, many of you may not think this is crazy. But according to the good people in Bristol, this opinion is downright Linsane and yes, that is a horrible joke, but ESPN uses it about 50 times a day so why not? Deadspin, a leader in mocking the “Worldwide Leader,” produces a statistical breakdown each Monday of the past week’s SportsCenter episodes. In their analysis, they look at the 11 p.m. edition of television’s most popular sports news program, and dissect the amount of time spent on various sports, athletes, teams, etc. Well, let’s just say ESPNers are apparently not the biggest hockey fans. In 283 minutes of airtime between Feb. 3 and Feb. 9, the
NHL was given approximately 5.75 minutes of coverage, or five minutes and 45 seconds. That’s two percent of the 283 minutes analyzed. Amazingly, that’s a higher percentage than was devoted to hockey coverage the week prior, when it got 1.75 percent. In fact, golf got just 30 seconds less than the NHL during the analyzed span, which only includes the first day of this past weekend’s tournament at Pebble Beach. So somehow, one day of a mid-level tournament managed to get golf nearly as much coverage as an NHL season that is in full swing and in the midst of a playoff race. I simply don’t understand. Last Monday, after the Super Bowl, SportsCenter anchor John Buccigross took to the web to make his case for hockey – and why it should be more popular – in his NHL column space on ESPN’s site. While he remained witty and downright strange in true Buccigross form, throughout
the column it seemed apparent that there is a question that Buccigross, like myself, can’t seem to answer. Why don’t more people like hockey?
“Why don’t more people like hockey?” Matt Stypulkoski NHL Columnist
America loves football, that’s pretty evident considering over 111 million people were estimated to have watched this year’s Super Bowl. Hard hits, speed, and a propensity for the unbeliev-
able play make football a fan favorite in this country. But hockey has all of that too. Hitting is routine in hockey to say the least. In fact, if you have the puck, you expect to get hit. It’s that simple. Players like Scott Stevens made their living in the league pounding people into the boards and delivering bone-crushing, open-ice hits, in similar fashion to the Ray Lewis and James Harrison types in the NFL. Not only can you hit people with your body, but in hockey, you can hit them with your fists too. Legally. Some good old-fashioned fisticuffs costs you all of five minutes in the penalty box; there’s no other sport – other than MMA and boxing of course – where you can watch two grown men throw haymakers and not be removed from the arena. Speed? Well, there is a difference between the two sports there. Hockey is faster. Skaters move far faster than runners, and the pace of the game is quicker too. In foot-
ball, the average play takes about six, seven or maybe eight seconds, and then 40 seconds are put on the clock before the next play has to be run. In hockey, there is no such stoppage – play continues until there is a whistle – and that can go on for minutes at a time. As for eye-popping, jawdropping plays, go search YouTube for some of Pavel Datsyuk’s goals, you’re sure to be blown away. A friend recently told me that he thinks part of why hockey isn’t more popular in this country is because so many people have never played it. But I don’t think that’s true. Never once did I play organized football or basketball, but I still love both. To me, it’s just a matter of people giving the game a chance. Especially the people at ESPN, because hockey deserves more than two percent of their attention.
Published on Feb 14, 2012