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SUBOG will be holding elections for two brand new executive board positions, vice president of finance and administration and vice president of outreach. These elections are being held in preparation for the Fall 2012 semester. The two positions were recently created to better organize the groups within SUBOG. The vice president of finance and administration
will oversee the SUBOG budget as finance manager. The vice president of outreach will oversee the outreach council, marketing, recruitment, retention, social media and relations with other organizations and clubs. SUBOG is looking for fulltime students who are committed to the group and have plenty of enthusiasm according to the application. There is no prior experience needed for the positions and students have the opportunity to serve the UConn community.
SUBOG has five executive positions with three of them already filled; the presidency, vice presidency and vice presidency of policy. There will be another set of elections in the coming weeks. These elections will be for the chairs of the 13 committees within SUBOG. “SUBOG is a very good way to meet people and is a very good leadership experience,” said Jamille Rancourt, a 4thsemester allied health major. She is also the chair of recruitment and retention and is the SUBOG president elect for the
2012-2013 school years. “If students aren’t interested in the board positions anyone is welcome to attend the weekly meetings of any committee they are interested in.” With many of the board members graduating, there is a need to fill the various positions. These executive positions oversee about 200 members that participate in SUBOG, with the concert being the largest committee. These positions need to be filled by the end of the semester to help plan in advance for
St. John’s shocks UConn, 99 home win streak comes to end
By Ryan Tepperman Staff Writer Saturday was supposed to be a special night for UConn senior Tiffany Hayes. The 5-foot-9 guard, who was playing arguably the best stretch of basketball in her career (19.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists over the past seven games), was honored for Senior Night prior to No. 2 UConn’s (24-3, 11-2 Big East) matchup with unranked St. John’s (18-8, 10-3 Big East). Then, Red Storm guard Shenneika Smith hit her fourth 3-pointer of the season with seconds to go, and Hayes experienced a loss at home, for the first time. “You never expect to lose, especially at home,” Hayes, sitting slumped in a chair, said after the game. “It’s still a loss, so it’s going to feel like another loss no matter what.” The loss snapped the Huskies’ NCAA record 99-game home winning streak and their 28-game win streak over St. John’s. It also marked the first time UConn fell to an unranked opponent at home since February 1993. “There’s probably a lot of teams that are ranked right now that are not as good as St. Johns,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. Red Storm coach Kim Barnes Arico expressed a similar sentiment, adding that she thinks her team has been “one of the best” in the country since forward Da’Shena Stevens and point guard
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Nadirah McKeneith returned from their injuries. “Our kids believed all year long that they’re a great team. The rest of the world didn’t get to see it because we weren’t healthy,” Barnes Arico said in the postgame press conference. Stevens and McKeneith didn’t play together for the first time until Dec. 31, when St. John’s beat Boston University 75-38. The Red Storm have gone 10-2 since then, racing to the No. 3 spot in the Big East rankings behind just UConn
and No. 4 Notre Dame. “I think once we got Da’Shena back in the mix, it just gave a tremendous amount of confidence to everybody else,” Barnes Arico said. “Her presence, just being out on the floor, and just being able to rebound, and being able to lead and being able to defend just made the rest of them so comfortable, and able to relax and take a breath. And I think since she’s been back we’ve taken off. “If [anyone] looks at how we’ve been since we’ve been
healthy… you can’t tell me we’re not one of the best teams in the country. You think there’s 30 better?” Unexpected upperclassmen steal the show on Hayes’ Senior Night Da’Shena Stevens was among the most highly rated recruits in Connecticut as a high school senior in 2008, before the Stamford native committed to play basketball for St. John’s over the likes of Notre Dame and Rutgers.
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the fall activities, according to Rancourt. “SUBOG plans all the fun and exciting events,” Rancourt said. “It’s really essential that we create a really good team for next year. We are looking forward to a great coming year.” Applications are due by Feb. 24 and interviews for the positions will take place the following week. The term officially begins on May 1 for those elected into the positions.
Conn. university: competition for free tuition
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Four years of tuition at the University of New Haven’s business school? About $120,000. A chance to get it free? Priceless. UNH’s new business school dean, a former MasterCard executive responsible for its “Priceless” advertising campaign, has issued a challenge to the university’s incoming freshmen: Bowl me over with your entrepreneurial idea and win free tuition for your undergraduate degree. Larry Flanagan calls it an opportunity to draw the kind of creative students that the University of New Haven wants and to help carve out the small private school’s niche in higher education circles as an incubator for innovative business education. “We have to zig where other schools zag and to find different ways of positioning ourselves,” said Flanagan, who became UNH’s business dean in June. The unusual contest is also an example of new approaches that some former corporate executives are bringing to their new roles as business and management school deans. Flanagan is among several who’ve made the switch from the boardroom to academia in recent years, including business deans now at the helm at Pace University in New York, Boston University and North Carolina’s Wake Forest University. Flanagan knows his program at UNH is smaller than many against which it competes to lure good students — and that’s where his marketing instincts and unorthodox full-tuition competition come in.
Nursing School offers new BS to DNP program
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By Courtney Robishaw Staff Writer Nursing students at UConn now have more options when seeking advanced degrees. Students with a bachelor of science in nursing, rather than the previously required master’s degree in nursing, will be able to enter the doctor of nursing practice program in the School of Nursing. This “bridge” program takes four years for full-time students and is expected to have its first class graduate in May
2016. It is the only BS-DNP program in Connecticut, according to a UConn Today press release. The BS-DNP program will allow registered nurses to focus on advanced clinical practice while earning their advanced degrees, rather than research which is the primary component of a nursing Ph.D. program, according to Sandra Bellini, coordinator of the DNP program in a UConn Today press release. “Being able to go from a BS to a DNP program is a great way to continually chal-
lenge the minds of nurses and make them more active in the clinical setting,” said Alyssa Gersten, a 6th-semester nursing major. “With higher education and more experience nurses would be able to gain respect from other healthcare providers and be seen as a key part in a patient’s healing process,” she added. Susie Goch, a 4th-semester nursing student, said “Clinical experience is one of the most important aspects of a nurse’s training. A program grounded in clinical practice really prepares the nursing student for
life after college.” UConn’s program offers several different focuses for nursing students, including specialization in different career paths, like neonatal nurse practitioner, adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner, according to a UConn Today press release. To be eligible to become an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, as endorsed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing in 2004,
students must hold a DNP degree rather than just a master’s degree. UConn’s School of Nursing program change comes in response to this recommendation. “Being a nursing student at the University of Connecticut, I plan to continue my studies and go on to be an advanced practicing nurse,” said Gersten. “This program will help many more who also want to achieve their goals and assist in making healthcare the best it can be.”
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Contest to find singer for submarine force ball
GROTON (AP) — A committee planning the Southeastern Connecticut Submarine Force Birthday Ball is taking inspiration from television talent shows. It is putting on a contest at the MGM Grand Hotel at Foxwoods Resort to find the best singer to perform the national anthem. The winner will sing at the group’s 112th birthday ball in Groton on April 14. Submarine school instructor Barry Williamson says organizers are hoping the contest will stir interest in the event. The contest is open to all active-duty military and retirees as well as the general public. Auditions are scheduled for March.
Administrative leave for a state school principal
NORWICH (AP) — The principal of a Norwich public high school has been placed on paid administrative leave. Norwich School Superintendent Abby Dolliver on Saturday announced the move against Thames River Academy Principal Edward Derr. Dolliver did not specify what triggered the decision, telling the Hartford Courant that it was “for a non-criminal personnel matter.” Derr’s wife, Amy Derr, confirmed the decision to The Associated Press and said that the principal will not comment on the decision at this time.
Man to appeal conviction for girlfriend’s slaying
NEW BRITAIN (AP) — A man sentenced to 60 years in prison for stabbing his former girlfriend on Valentine’s Day 2009 will appeal his murder conviction. The New Britain Herald reports Friday (http://bit.ly/wvJCOS) that the attorney for 31-year-old James Carter of Bloomfield said his client is seeking the appeal. A judge granted public defender Christopher Eddy’s request to waive Baker’s appeal fee and appoint an appellate lawyer. Eddy argued during trial that Baker had an extreme “emotional disturbance” when he killed Tiana Notice outside her Plainville apartment. Prosecutors said Carter was upset after he and Notice broke up in December 2008 and she obtained a restraining order against him. They said he waited for the 25-year-old University of Hartford graduate student to get home and stabbed her 18 times The case helped influence changes to Connecticut’s domestic violence laws.
Desk from FDR’s office days heads to his NY estate
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Franklin D. Roosevelt, insurance salesman? While the future 32nd president of the United States didn’t hawk policies, he did spend most of the 1920s working for a Maryland-based insurance company. After his failed attempt to get elected vice president in 1920, the position allowed him to mine the political and financial contacts he would need when he next ran for public office. Now, the wooden desk that FDR worked at during his eight-year stint as a business executive is being donated to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum in New York’s Hudson Valley. “This desk is what FDR used to maintain his public connections,” said Bob Clark, supervisory archivist at the FDR presidential library in Hyde Park, 75 miles north of New York City. “We’re delighted to have it.”
NM woman heads to trial for stealing $2 pumpkin
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 23-year-old college student from New Mexico is scheduled to go to trial for allegedly stealing a small pumpkin worth two dollars. KOAT-TV in Albuquerque, N.M., reports that Lauren Medina will go before a jury and Moriarity Magistrate Judge Steve Jones on Tuesday. She is accused of taking the pumpkin in October 2011 from McCall’s Pumpkin Patch in Moriarty. Her sister, Annette Atencio, says Medina spent $75 on food that day but forgot to pay for the pumpkin she picked up as she was leaving. Atencio says her sister offered to pay but was refused and then handcuffed. Atencio says she’s in disbelief that the theft charge against her sister was not dropped.
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Murphy hopes to avoid primary in Senate race SEYMOUR (AP) — U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy is pitching himself to Connecticut’s Democratic faithful as the candidate to be united behind in the race for the U.S. Senate seat, especially if they want someone who has already raised a sizeable amount of money and is prepared to battle Republican Linda McMahon, the wealthy former wrestling executive who spent $50 million on her last Senate bid. While two other Democrats — former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz and Stamford state Rep. William Tong — are also vying for the party’s endorsement, Murphy made it clear to members of the Seymour Democratic Town Committee last week that he’d like to avoid a primary, warning them that McMahon wants nothing more than to see the Democratic candidate bloodied before the general election. “I hope that we don’t go through a primary. I think that Linda McMahon is crossing her fingers and hoping that our party spends the better part of the spring and summer arguing amongst ourselves and spending our resources,” he told the group. “So I hope the candidate that comes out of the convention strongest is one that we can rally around. I think that we’ll be that campaign.” Bysiewicz and Tong, however, say not so fast. Both said they plan to remain in the race after the May 12 state convention. “It would be a tremendous shame to disenfranchise primary voters by somehow suggesting that everyone should get behind one candidate when there are three distinct perspectives,”
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said Bysiewicz, adding how Democratic voters she has spoken to expect a primary on Aug. 14. For the second Senate election cycle in a row, Connecticut finds itself with an open Senate seat and intense competition to fill the job. This year, candidates are hoping to replace the retiring U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn. Tong, who trails his rivals in fundraising, said none of the three Democrats will ultimately be able to match McMahon when it comes to financial resources, given her personal wealth. However, he maintains all three will have the resources to compete and get their message out
Santorum questions Obama’s ‘world view’ CUMMING, Ga. (AP) — Rick Santorum on Sunday condemned what he called President Barack Obama’s world view that “elevates the Earth above man,” discouraging increased use of natural resources. The GOP presidential candidate also slammed Obama’s health care overhaul for requiring insurers to pay for prenatal tests that, Santorum said, will encourage more abortions. A day after telling an Ohio audience that Obama’s agenda is based on “some phony theology, not a theology based on the Bible,” Santorum said he wasn’t criticizing the president’s Christianity. “I’ve repeatedly said I don’t question the president’s faith. I’ve repeatedly said that I believe the president’s Christian,” Santorum told CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “I am talking about his world view, and the way he approaches problems in this country. I think they’re different than how most people do in America,” he said in the broadcast interview. The former Pennsylvania senator said Obama’s environmental policies promote ideas of “radical environ-
mentalists,” who, Santorum argues, oppose greater use of the country’s natural resources because they believe “man is here to serve the Earth.” He said that was the reference he was making Saturday in his Ohio campaign appearance when he denounced a “phony theology.” When pressed by reporters after he made the initial remark, however, Santorum made no mention of the president’s environmental policies. Instead, he suggested that Obama practices one of the “different stripes of Christianity.” Santorum walked back those comments on CBS Sunday morning. But later in the day, he again criticized Obama’s “theology” — with no reference to his environmental policies — while speaking to more than 2,000 supporters gathered at a suburban Atlanta megachurch. The president is “trampling on a constitutional right,” Santorum said of the Obama administration’s recent decision to allow employees of religious schools and hospitals to have birth control covered by their insurance policies.
after winning the primary. “We’re not electing a fundraiser. We’re electing a U.S. Senator,” he said. “It’s important to keep that focus in mind.” As of December, federal records show Murphy had raised nearly $3.4 million; Bysiewicz $1.5 million; and Tong $873,348. Besides his ability to raise cash, Murphy points to the numerous endorsements he has received from top Democrats and unions; the grassroots political organization he has built over the past six years; his record of winning in Republican districts; his efforts to help manufacturers with legislation encouraging the purchase
of American products, and his record of public service, first winning a state House seat at the age of 25. “(McMahon) is going to run a better race than she ran in 2010, and we have to make sure that we nominate a candidate who is not only ready to the do the job on Day One, will fight for our values, but who can win in November,” Murphy told the Democrats in Seymour. Steven Kulas, chairman of the Seymour Democratic town committee, said he expects the Republicans will put up a strong fight, even though it is a presidential election year and a Democratic incumbent president will be at the top of the ticket. Kulas is not convinced McMahon will ultimately be the GOP’s choice. He said former U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays, who represented the 4th congressional district from 1987 to 2009, appeals to many traditional Republicans in the state. Several lesser-known Republicans are also running. Kulas said he believes Murphy, who currently represents the GOP-heavy 5th congressional district, is the best candidate to beat whichever Republican candidate emerges. “He’s got the money. I think he’s got the experience to run in very difficult times against very strong Republican candidates,” Kulas said. “I think that’s what makes him very attractive, because he’s gone against the grain and won. And that somewhat resonates here because we are a Republican town and as Democrats, we like candidates who do well against Republicans in Republican strongholds.”
St. John’s Shenneika Smith shuts down red-hot Hayes from HEADLINE, page 1 Her coach thinks that day was one of the turning points for their program.
“I think if she’s not Defensive Player of the Year in our conference, it would be criminal.” Kim Barnes Arico St. John’s coach “She could’ve gone to many other teams in our league, and she said, I want to go to St. John’s, and I want to… make that mark, and make a difference and put this program on the map,” Barnes Arico said. “And then Nadirah [McKeneith], Shenneika [Smith], [Eugeneia McPherson] followed, and those kids believed in us when nobody else in the world did.” Stevens, a First Team AllBig East member in 2010, led the Red Storm to a 34-32 halftime lead, scoring 13 points
and grabbing four boards in 18 minutes of action. Her effort helped set up Smith’s go-ahead 3-pointer, which she drained with just eight seconds to go. “She was gutsy. She wanted it, too. She wanted me to call that play,” Barnes Arico said about Smith, who was just 3-for-22 from long range entering Saturday. “She’s had a tremendous year, and I think a lot of people don’t realize it because she does so much on the defensive end. But tonight she wanted the ball at the end of the game. She asked for the ball and she made the big play.” In addition to her 11 points and the game-winner, Smith helped shut down the red-hot Tiffany Hayes, forcing the senior guard into an eight-point, seven-turnover performance. “I think if she’s not Defensive Player of the Year in our conference, it would be criminal,” Barnes Arico said. “She has just locked up every single best player, every guard she’s played this year. She’s really made it her mission, and she’s done a tremendous job at it. And I think she showed that tonight.”
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Muslim students across Northeast monitored by NYPD
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department monitored Muslim college students far more broadly than previously known, at schools far beyond the city limits, including the Ivy League colleges of Yale and the University of Pennsylvania, The Associated Press has learned. Police talked with local authorities about professors 300 miles away in Buffalo and even sent an undercover agent on a whitewater rafting trip, where he recorded students’ names and noted in police intelligence files how many times they prayed. Detectives trawled Muslim student websites every day and, although professors and students had not been accused of any wrongdoing, their names were recorded in reports prepared for Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. Asked about the monitoring, police spokesman Paul Browne provided a list of 12 people arrested or convicted on terrorism charges in the United States and abroad who had once been members of Muslim student associations, which the NYPD referred to as MSAs. Jesse Morton, who this month pleaded guilty to posting online threats against the creators of “South Park,” had once tried to recruit followers at Stony Brook University on Long Island, Browne said. “As a result, the NYPD deemed it prudent to get a better handle on what was occurring at MSAs,” Browne said in an email. He said police monitored student websites and collected publicly available information, but did so only between 2006 and 2007. “I see a violation of civil rights here,” said Tanweer Haq, chaplain of the Muslim Student Association at Syracuse. “Nobody wants to be on the list of the FBI or the NYPD or whatever. Muslim students want to have their own lives, their own privacy and enjoy the same freedoms and opportunities that everybody else has.” In recent months, the AP has revealed secret programs the NYPD, built with help from the CIA, to monitor Muslims at the places where they eat, shop and worship. The AP also published details about how police placed undercover officers at Muslim student associations in colleges within the city limits; this revelation has outraged faculty and student groups. Though the NYPD says it follows the same rules as the FBI, some of the NYPD’s activities go beyond what the FBI is allowed to do. Kelly and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg
In this Wednesday, Feb. 15 photo, a person walks on the University at Buffalo campus in Buffalo, N.Y. The New York Police Department monitored Muslim college students far more broadly than previously known, at schools far beyond the city limits.
repeatedly have said that the police only follow legitimate leads about suspected criminal activity. On Sunday, the mayor’s office referred any further comment to the NYPD. But the latest documents mention no wrongdoing by any students. In one report, an undercover officer describes accompanying 18 Muslim students from the City College of New York on a whitewater rafting trip in upstate New York on April 21, 2008. The officer noted the names of attendees who were officers of the Muslim Student Association. “In addition to the regularly scheduled events (Rafting), the group prayed at least four times a day, and much of the conversation was spent discussing Islam and was religious in nature,” the report says. Praying five times a day is one of the core traditions of Islam. Jawad Rasul, one of the students on the trip, said he was stunned that his name was included in the police report. “It forces me to look around wherever I am now,” Rasul said. But another student, Ali Ahmed, whom the NYPD said appeared to be in charge of the trip, said he understood the police department’s concern. “I can’t blame them for doing their job,” Ahmed said. “There’s lots of Muslims doing some bad things and it gives a bad name to all of us, so they have to take
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Community College and St. John’s University. All of those colleges are within the New York City limits. A person familiar with the program, who like others insisted on anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss it, said the NYPD also had a student informant at Syracuse. Police also were interested in the Muslim student group at Rutgers, in New Brunswick, N.J. In 2009, undercover NYPD officers had a safe house in an apartment not far from campus. The operation was blown when the building superintendent stumbled upon the safe house and, thinking it was some sort of a terrorist cell, called 911. The FBI responded and determined that monitoring Rutgers students was one of the operation’s objectives, current and former federal officials said. The Rutgers police chief at the time, Rhonda Harris, would not discuss the fallout. In a written statement, university spokesman E.J. Miranda said: “The university was not aware of this at the time and we have nothing to add on this matter.” Another NYPD intelligence report from Jan. 2, 2009, described a trip by three NYPD officers to Buffalo, where they met with a high-ranking member of the Erie County Sheriff’s Department and agreed “to develop assets jointly in the Buffalo area, to act as listening posts within the ethnic Somalian community.”
For the Marines who served with Sgt. Manuel Loggins Jr., it would have been an injustice to stay quiet. So in a move that broke with the military’s tradition, Loggins’ commanding officer at California’s Camp Pendleton publicly rebuked civilian authorities in neighboring Orange County for their handling of the investigation into the fatal Feb. 7 shooting by a deputy of the highly esteemed Marine. Many Marines have been investigated by police and had their behavior publicly dissected by civilian prosecutors in high-profile cases. Only weeks before Loggins’ death, a former Camp Pendleton Marine was arrested in the killing of four homeless men in Orange County. While Marines have each other’s backs on the battlefield, when they get into trouble back home off base, the military tends to step aside while police investigate. But Marines say this time was different. The death of Loggins has rocked the tight-knit Marine Corps community. Fellow troops describe him as a devout Christian man who was dedicated to his pregnant wife and
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Proposal for red light cameras violates several civil liberties
proposal by State Representative Antonio Guerrera of Rocky Hill has reignited a debate in Connecticut that continues to rage across the country: the debate over the legitimacy and feasibility of installing and operating red light cameras at busy intersections. Guerrera’s proposal would permit 19 cities and towns – those with populations exceeding 48,000 – to legalize the use of those cameras by law enforcement for the first time in Connecticut’s history. If the bill passes both houses of the General Assembly, it is all but guaranteed to become law, owing to Gov. Dan Malloy’s support of the idea. The operation of red-light cameras imperils some of the rights and liberties which we hold dear and implies an unwelcome expansion of needless bureaucracy. One of the rights infringed upon is the right of the accused to face his accuser. A human driver cannot meaningfully “face his accuser” when that accuser is a computer-driven machine, and when that machine’s testimony is accepted as infallible. Furthermore, a red-light camera cannot determine whether a driver is merely being reckless or whether he or she is accompanying a funeral procession. A police officer may be able to discern this, but a computer clearly cannot. If Rep. Guerrera’s proposal becomes law, thousands of UConn students who either live in or commute to one of the 19 cities and towns will be at risk of being unfairly ticketed due to a red light camera’s operation at an intersection. The bill is especially troublesome for those who do not own the vehicle that they drive – since the cameras rely on license plate numbers for driver identification, many innocent car owners may face expensive fines as a result of the mistakes of whoever drove their car. Thus our constitutional guarantee of “due process of law” may be at risk from the overreach of surveillance. While the legalization of the cameras would enable greater revenue collection by the state government and may have a deterrent effect on the dangerous crime of running red lights, we feel that the costs of enabling the expansion of a decentralized regime of computer surveillance greatly outweigh the benefits and urge that the proposal as it is currently formulated be rejected. 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.
I will do anything and I mean ANYTHING to get Maya and Kemba back. Every time I post to the InstantDaily, I never check the paper the next day, so I never know if I get in. The women’s basketball team still got 100 straight home wins… the 100th was when they won my heart. I prefer to think of Angry Birds as “reverse civil engineering.” I miss the days of strong male role models like Eddie Vedder. Pearl Jam forever! Just updated my facebook so that it says I’m a commentator for the InstantDaily...I figured that’s what you do once you get in 17 times and have no other job prospects. Does the Instant Daily sass people who ask dumb questions? I feel like the InstantDaily isn’t as competitive as people make it out to be... It’s almost 9 p.m. and I’m still extremely hungover. What did I do to deserve this?! I want to pitch a reality tv show where I promise deadbeat dads a vacation to somewhere nice and then we fly them to my studio and confront them about why they’re doing frivolous things while their kids and ex-wives have no money. More booze, more problems, more instant gratification? I’ve been working on my pickup lines. Here’s one: Do you work at Subway? Because you just made me a foot long. I hate those signs at the gym. No one is watching people swimming in the pool.
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Religion is too prominent in politics
few weeks ago, it seemed almost certain that the 2012 race for the presidency of the United States would be between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. In the past week, however, GOP candidate Rick Santorum has been gaining momentum. He’s risen so high in the polls that he is not only nipping at the heels of Romney and the nomination but he’s also gotten the attention of the Obama campaign, which are now forced to take him seriously as a candidate. Santorum does not go out of his By Tyler McCarthy way to hide the Associate Commentary Editor fact that he is a Catholic. His religious beliefs are his to have. He is an American citizen, and freedom of belief is guaranteed to him. That being said, I’m forced to ask why I keep hearing about it in a presidential race. One of the reasons that the Obama campaign responded to Santorum was over his recent accusations that the president is not a Christian as he claims to be. I’m not exactly one to shy away from a chance to criticize Barack Obama, but arguing that he isn’t being guided by the Bible is a bit of a stretch. The religious outcry comes in the wake of Obama’s latest decision to require employers who provide healthcare to provide con-
traceptive coverage as well. Many private business organizations, particularly those with a Christian backing, feel that this is a direct infringement on their freedoms. Thus, Santorum’s attack on Obama’s religious values were something that needed to be responded to and it propelled Santorum to a newly discovered place of legitimacy in the 2012 race. I’m not here to specifically criticize Obama’s latest decision. I’m much more interested in criticizing the direction that the American people are allowing themselves to go in. I understand why a presidential race is so dense with religious undertones – it’s because today’s issues are as well. Abortion rights, gay marriage and dealing with the religious controversy of the Middle East — all of these issues boil down to non-secular philosophical differences. As a result, the lines governing a separation of church and state in our beloved country are blurring more and more each day. A candidate’s religion is not only a major platform for their campaign, it’s also relevant to how they plan to run the country. This is a dangerous road that we’re traveling on. A quote from one of my favorite movies, “Charlie Wilson’s War,” is, “America doesn’t fight religious wars, that’s why I like it so much.” While this quote refers to an entirely different kind of religious war, it still holds up today. Our country is in a strange place. Our issues have no right or wrong answer, depending on who you are. We’re flying by the seat of our pants when it comes to policy, and many have turned to religion to guide
them. That’s fine for the occasional morally conflicted man or woman, but those who want to run the country are supposed to maintain a separation of these beliefs from their policy making and their campaigning. GOP candidates, not just Santorum, should not be able to run on a religious platform. In addition, Obama should absolutely be held accountable for his actions and policies, but not by the Bible. Every second we spend on religious debates is a second we don’t spend solving the issues. Our country is staring down the barrel of a major shift in the way we view ourselves and our tolerance of religion. It may seem cold and calculating to abandon religion in debates on gay marriage or contraception but it’s what we need to do. We cannot let religion dictate who we are - that’s not who we are. These questions need to be answered, but the governing principles behind them should not be the Christian view of the Bible or any other non-secular set of rules. American policy always has been, and always should be, governed by freedom. We must ensure that everyone’s freedom is being taken care of to the best of our governing abilities. While I still consider myself a true Republican, I can assure you that my vote will go to whoever can demonstrate the ability to think like an American, not like a theologian.
Weekly Columnist Tyler McCarthy is a 6th-semester journalism and English double major. He can be reached at Tyler.McCarthy@UConn.edu.
Human aspect of food is often sorely neglected
oday is an era of unconscious consumption. We no longer have a clear idea of where our high-tech gadgets, clothes or even food come from. We have at least some conception of the poor conditions on farms and in factories around the world, but most of us are ultimately quite ignorant. In the spirit of this past Valentine’s Day, let us today consider one item that few of us can resist – chocolate. Slavery and child labor continue to be commonplace on cocoa farms. In an attempt to understand why slave labor exists on these farms, I did a By Carl D’Oleo- bit of research into the world Lundgren of chocolate. Staff Columnist We should to try to create a culture of conscious consumerism, because when we are unaware of the truth, our consumption infringes on the human rights of desolate workers. To understand why cocoa farms resort to using slave labor, we must first understand the mechanics of the industry. Cocoa is native to the Americas. It is a picky plant, growing only within 20 degrees of the equator. Most of today’s cocoa is produced on small farms in West African countries. Côte d’Ivoire is the largest single producer. Cocoa is far from an essential commodity for rich nations, but it is an essential export for
major producers. There are an estimated five to six million cocoa farms in the world, but 50 to 60 million people depend on the cocoa industry for their livelihoods. The decentralized production base of cocoa and the luxurystatus of cocoa products result in small profit margins for farms. The primary means that farms have for improving profit margins is cheap labor. The prices that farms earn for their dried cocoa beans are volatile, but a pound of dried cocoa beans hardly ever rises above $1. It takes about 12 cocoa pods to produce a pound of dried cocoa beans, and the process of creating dried beans is far from fast or easy. Second, while corporations are sensitive to the fluctuations in market demand, farms have little means of responding in any coordinated manner. They are largely at the whims of buyers when it comes to prices. Price volatility leaves little to no means to farmers to
grow more or less in accordance with market demand, and they are forced both to sell their product at whatever price they can get, and to produce at optimum capacity at all times. The easiest way for farms to achieve maximum output is through slave labor. It’s difficult to imagine a small farm supporting itself when it’s selling the product of a labor-intensive process at less than $1 per pound, especially while trying to pay its workers a regular wage. Most slave laborers are children that were either sold onto farms by their families or kidnapped from neighboring areas. It is not my place to describe the realities of these children on cocoa farms in a column – one can easily find information by sifting through the results a Google search affords. I heartily encourage you to do just that. I won’t make the case for fair trade, nor for free trade,
“I hardly condemn the vending machine downstairs for offering Hershey’s chocolate bars...”
and I certainly won’t try to shame you for having eaten the chocolates your mother sent you for Valentine’s Day. I hardly condemn the vending machine downstairs for offering Hershey’s chocolate bars, and for better or for worse, I partake in Valentine’s and Halloween festivities with as much gusto as anyone. Instead, we as a society simply need to become more cognizant of what goes into the products we consume – both the tangibles and the intangibles. It is an unfortunate reality that the chocolate we all know and love in the form of those delightful Hershey’s kisses was probably made from cocoa that was collected at least in part by the hands of children forcibly put and kept on cocoa farms. It doesn’t stop at chocolate, and it doesn’t stop at food. We all need to stop and think carefully when we consume. Whether you’re buying a chocolate Easter bunny, sparkling diamond jewelry, the newest sneakers or the latest smart phone, I encourage you to see what you can find out about what is involved in the production process – and whether you feel the same about buying something.
Staff Columnist Carl D’Oleo-Lundgren is a 4th-semester political science and international relations double major amd a student ambassador for UNESCO. He can be reached at Carl.Doleo.Lundgreen@UConn.edu.
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To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) -- Today is an 8 -- The next solar month brings a phase of compassion, spirituality and helpfulness. Ride these winds to build positive community structures. Beauty, art and love seduce. Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is an 8 -- Save big bucks by making something beautiful for your home. Balance physical work with social demands. Settle on individual roles. Gain respect and status. Gemini (May 21-June 21) -- Today is a 7 -- With the encouragement of someone you trust, your drive helps your career take off like a rocket. Big rewards usually entail some risk. Keep your promises.
Mensch by Jeff Fenster
Cancer (June 22-July 22) -- Today is a 6 -- Don’t give your money away, even if tempted. Balance studies with socializing. Enjoy a delicious meal. Chocolate figures in the plan.
Nothing Extraordinary by Thomas Feldtmose
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- You’re especially keen for business. Create new opportunities for you and a partner. Add artistic flair to the work. Others are saying nice things about you. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 9 -- Someone’s in love. Add a touch of adventure to your routine. Your creativity’s welcome, even if it doesn’t feel that way. You do great work. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- It’s all about new partnerships until the middle of March. Go out and meet new people. You’re growing more attractive with age. Show respect and gain love.
One Thousand Demons by Bill Elliott and Rachael Pelletti
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 6 -- Being polite gains you extra points. It’s easier to deal with problems. You’re lucky in love. You get more with honey than vinegar. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is an 8 -- Family’s extremely important right now. They can support you in your goals. Love’s getting interesting. Accept an invitation while you can. Find beauty.
UConn Classics: Same Comic, Different Day Rockin’ Rick by Steve Winchell and Sean Rose
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is a 9 -- Keep your eyes open for income opportunities, but don’t get greedy. Others love your ideas, so keep them coming. Be thankful for what you have. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 9 -- Go ahead and chase a white rabbit. Your curiosity gets rewarded in the next four weeks, but you may have to take some risks. Are you ready? Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 6 -- You could rake in a lot of money. Don’t sprint before you’ve warmed up your muscles. You might find some bumps along the romance trail.
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German government, opposition agree on new president BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s government and the two major opposition parties said Sunday they would jointly nominate former East German human rights activist Joachim Gauck to be the country’s next president. The 72-year-old Gauck is a former Lutheran priest who opposed East Germany’s thencommunist regime and became head of a federal agency dealing with the painful past of the Communists’ ubiquitous domestic intelligence service after Germany’s reunification in 1990. Chancellor Angela Merkel said at a hastily called news conference that her center-right coalition government, and the center-left opposition rallied behind Gauck, who was initially proposed by the opposition Social Democrats and Greens. He is not a member of any political party. “What moves me the most, is that a man who was still born during the gloomy, dark war, who grew up and lived 50 years in a dictatorship ... is now called to become the head of state,” Gauck said. “This is of course a very special day in my life.” Merkel, who as Gauck grew up in then-communist East Germany or the GDR, said their life stories strongly connect them. “We have both spent a part of our life in the GDR and our dream of freedom has become true in 1989.” The chancellor stressed that clergymen such as Gauck were at the forefront of the protests that eventually brought down the Communist regime. Christian Wulff, 52, quit as president Friday after prosecutors asked parliament to strip him of his immunity from prosecution over accusations of improper ties to businessmen. The move followed two months of allegations he received favors such as a favorable loan, and hotel stays from friends when
The June 6, 2010 file photo shows Joachim Gauck in Berlin. On Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012 Germany’s coalition government and the main opposition agreed on Gauck as joint presidential candidate.
he was state governor of Lower Saxony. Wulff was Merkel’s candidate when elected less than two years ago, triumphing at that time over Gauck in a messy election. Opposition leader Sigmar Gabriel therefore took a jibe at Merkel at their joint news conference at Berlin’s chancellery, saying “it is now evident that all involved regret that Joachim Gauck failed to get elected (in 2010), therefore it is good that we now have him as joint candidate.” When Wulff resigned, Merkel immediately said she would work with the Social Democrats and Greens to find a consensus candidate to succeed him.
Merkel appeared eager to quickly resolve the troublesome issue, bringing an end to the scandal that had engulfed Wulff, allowing her to refocus on fixing Europe’s debt crisis. The Greens’ leader Claudia Roth said: “Joachim Gauck is someone who is able to restore radiance to democracy.” “Gauck will restore the respect for the office, will restore dignity” after the presidency became tainted by Wulff’s scandal, she added. Gauck urged Germans not to make him out to be a “superman” or a “man without faults,” but pledged to do his utmost to restore a sense of pride to the nation, telling them “that they live in a good country that
they can love because it gives them the wonderful possibility to enjoy freedom in a rich life.” While his name widely circulated as the opposition’s favorite, it wasn’t clear until late Sunday whether the governing coalition would rally behind the candidate. “I’m coming right out of a plane, I was in a taxi when the chancellor called me. I haven’t even washed,” he said at the news conference. He added he was still stunned by the nomination, unable to voice great joy, but “very late tonight, I will also be happy.” Merkel’s coalition seemed shaken by the search for a new candidate as the junior partner,
20 people killed in Iraqi blast BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide bomber detonated his car Sunday as a group of police recruits left their academy in Baghdad, killing 20 in the latest strike on security officials that angry residents blamed on political feuding that is roiling Iraq. Police said the suicide bomber was waiting on the street outside the fortified academy near the Interior Ministry in an eastern neighborhood in the Iraqi capital. As the crowd of recruits exited the compound’s security barriers around 1 p.m. and walked into the road, police said the bomber drove toward them and blew up his car. “We heard a big explosion and the windows of the room shattered,” said Haider Mohammed, 44, an employee in the nearby Police Sports Club, about 100 yards (meters) from the academy’s gate. He described a horrific scene of burning cars, scattered pieces of burned flesh and wounded people flattened on the ground. “Everybody here knows the time when the recruits come and go from the academy,” Mohammed said. “This is a breach of security.” Five policemen were among the dead; the rest were recruits. Another 28 recruits and policemen were wounded. Officials at three nearby hospitals confirmed the casualties. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information. Iraq’s police are generally considered to be the weakest element of the country’s security forces, which are attacked in bombings and drive-by shootings almost every day. The last big assault on police came in October, when 25 people were killed in a string of attacks that included two bombers slam-
Security forces prepare to tow away a destroyed car after a car bomb attack outside the fortified academy near the Interior Ministry headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Feb. 19.
ming explosives-packed cars into police stations. Recruits, too, are a favorite target. Suicide bombers killed scores of young men lined up for security jobs at training centers in Baghdad and the northern city of Tikrit in recent years. The public outcry that followed from lawmakers and residents after those attacks spurred the government to bolster training and recruiting centers with better protection. But, as Sunday’s attacks showed, extremists are easily able to sidestep security measures. At Baghdad’s police academy, recruits generally are escorted out of the compound to ensure their safety. But once they get to the street outside, they are on their own. It was at that point that the
bomber struck on Sunday. The group of recruits had left the compound’s barrier gates and were crossing the road to hail a taxi or bus ride home after finishing a two-week training course. Shiite lawmaker Hakim alZamili, who sits on parliament’s security and defense committee, said the academy’s officials should have been more careful about letting the recruits go at the same time every day. He said that was a pattern that insurgents easily noted. “This was negligence by security officials in charge of academy security,” al-Zamili said. Al-Zamili blamed al-Qaida for launching the attack but raised the possibility that it aimed to ramp up bitterness among Iraqis already exasperated with
ongoing political fighting that has consumed the government for weeks. “The political feuds are contributing to such security violations because they are demoralizing the security members,” he said. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing, but suicide attacks are a hallmark of al-Qaida. The terror group’s potency in Iraq has waned since its heyday five years ago, when the country teetered on the brink of civil war. But last week, Iraqi and U.S. officials acknowledged alQaida remains a viable threat, noting fears that local fighters in the Sunni-dominated insurgent network were shifting to Syria to aid forces opposing the regime of President Bashar Assad.
the Liberals, broke the government’s ranks earlier Sunday by announcing that they would endorse the opposition’s Gauck. “It appears to have been the case that the governing coalition almost broke up over the issue and that Miss Merkel therefore changed course,” the Social Democrat’s Gabriel told public broadcaster Phoenix. “But whatever, I believe it is a good decision.” Germany’s head of state holds a largely ceremonial role. The incumbent typically uses his moral authority, standing above party politics, to influence debates in society and politics. Gauck, born in 1940 at the beginning of World War II, grew up in East Germany where he was not allowed to become a journalist because he refused to join organizations affiliated with the Communist Party. Instead, he studied theology and became a Lutheran priest, later becoming a prominent voice in the run-up to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Immediately after the reunification in 1990, Gauck became the head of the agency that preserves and facilitates investigation into the archives of East Germany’s former communist secret police, or the Stasi. Gauck led the federal agency for 10 years. The new president will be elected by a special assembly next month, tentatively planned for March 18, but with crossparty backing, the process should be a formality. Merkel’s center-right coalition, which is prone to infighting, only had a wafer-thin majority in that assembly, and not seeking a compromise candidate with the opposition would have been a risky move. The only party represented in the parliament’s lower house opposing Gauck is the Left party, an offshoot of East Germany’s former communist party.
Official: 44 dead in Mexico prison riot
MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — A fight among inmates led to a prison riot in northern Mexico that killed 44 people Sunday, a security official said. Nuevo Leon state public security spokesman Jorge Domene Zambrano said the riot broke out at about 2 a.m. in a high-security section of a prison in the city of Apodaca outside the northern industrial city of Monterrey. Several inmates attacked others, and the fighting then spread and blew up into a riot, Domene said. Forty-four people died before authorities regained control of the prison a couple of hours later, he said. Families of the prisoners gathered outside the prison pushing at the fences and shouting at police to demand word of the victims. Deadly fights happen periodically in Mexico’s prisons as gangs and drug cartels stage jail breaks and battle for control of penitentiaries, often with the involvement of officials. Some 31 prisoners died in January during a prison riot in the Gulf coast city of Altamira in Tamaulipas state, which borders Texas. Another fight in a prison in the Tamaulipas border city of Matamoros in October killed 20 inmates and injured 12. In July, a riot at a prison in the border city of Juarez killed 17 inmates. Mexican authorities detained the director and four guards over that clash. Surveillance video showed two inmates opening doors to let armed prisoners into a room where the slain victims were reportedly holding a party. Twenty-three people were killed in a prison riot in Durango city in 2010, and a 2009 riot in Gomez Palacio, another city in the northern Mexican state of Durango, killed 19 people.
Egypt: Nominations for president to start March 10
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court said Sunday the nominating period for presidential candidates will open March 10 and last four weeks, but stopped short of announcing a date for the election. Farouq Sultan, the head of the court committee overseeing the vote, told reporters that a decision is expected soon on when Egypt will hold presidential elections, adding that balloting will take place over one or two days. But he said the announcement of the winner — even from a potential run-off — would be declared by the end of June, which would suggest the vote could be held no later than early June. The timing of the presidential elections has been a highly divisive issue in Egypt. Activists who have been critical of the military’s handling of the country’s transition to democracy want the ruling generals to hold the elections earlier than June and hand over power to a civilian administration immediately. However, the military rulers still have the support of a broad spectrum of the Egyptian public who see them as the only viable leaders able to run the country until a president is elected. Several leading figures already have expressed an interest in running for president. Ex-Arab League chief Amr Moussa, a former foreign minister under Mubarak and a popular figure, has already begun campaigning, as has Ahmed Shafiq, a former air force pilot who served as prime minister at the height of the anti-Mubarak protests. He would likely be looked on favorably by the generals. Mohammed Salim El Awa, a lawyer who has written a book on the concept of Islam and governance, is also expected to submit his nomination.
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Dancers double donations, all ‘for the kids’
By Jamie Dinar Campus Correspondent This year, HuskyTHON, an annual 18-hour dance marathon held by UConn to benefit the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, managed to raise $304,375.24, almost doubling 2011’s donation of $188,558.51. Excluding the HuskyTHON 2012 Management Team, who raised $21,941.74, the sorority Delta Zeta donated the highest amount, raising $21,199.39. The sorority Delta Gamma followed by raising $17,721.47. This event is not exclusive to Greek life. Teams could be formed by any organization, such as sports teams or learning communities, or could even be formed by a group of friends. In total, there were 1,156 dancers who committed their time, 6 p.m. on Saturday to Sunday at noon, to constantly stay on their feet. In addition to this, there were 155 moral captains, who kept enthusiasm high throughout the night, and 25 management team members who helped organize the marathon. Staying on your feet for 18 hours straight, with absolutely no sitting, may seem easier said than done. With help from 291 student volunteers who did not have to stay the full eighteen hours, a great staff and free food from such sponsors as Wendy’s, Wally’s Chicken Coop and DP Dough, the night was a success. Along with help from nine
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Students dance during HuskyTHON, a yearly fundraiser to benefit the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Charitable students must raise funds by dancing for 18 hours straight without sitting; this year’s total nearly doubled last year’s with over $300,000 raised.
alumni, students were able to raise the money needed to help support kids who could not represent and dance themselves. “I am so happy my team [the Global House] was able to raise so much money,” said Becky Pritchard, a 4th-semester biology major. “It’s so sad to see these kids that had to struggle with something as serious as battling cancer at such a young age. I just hope we can help others in similar
situations.” Children ranging from the ages of 5-15 were present, all who were survivors of cancer or other serious conditions, and were assigned a team. The team played with their new friend, showing them that there will always be thousands of others who want to help them, and that others who suffer from disease live a normal, sickness-free life. “Seeing the kids and hearing their stories is the hardest
part of the night,” said Rachel Nickse, a 4th-semester undecided business major. “It’s hard staying awake and on your feet for 18 hours, your feet really hurt. But in the end it’s worth it when you see how you made how your effort made each kid’s day.” Many are not aware of the efforts HuskyTHON makes to help CCMC. With this year’s donation increase, UConn is now one of the top 10 dance marathons in the country, and
is also now the number 2 donor to CCMC. A three-year-old girl personally told the entire audience in the last hour of HuskyTHON that was born with only half a heart, and donations made to CCMC by groups and events like this helped save her life. After three heart operations, she was able to live and tell her story to those who helped save her life.
How you’ll wish you were there
The Pink Floyd Experience rocks Jorgensen Friday saw the opening night performance of the Pink Floyd Experience (PFX), a premier American Pink Floyd tribute band, at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts. Before the band members even began their performance, PFX’s careful attention to detail was clear. A quick inspection of the gear on stage revealed the correct models of guitars, amps and keyboards used by Pink Floyd on their recordings and tours. The ground floor of the Jorgensen was completely filled with hundreds of people, with very few seats left in the mezzanine as well. The show started with the complete 45-minute performance of Pink Floyd’s 1975 album “Wish You Were Here.” A giant projection screen was set up behind the musicians and their equipment, surrounded by lighting equipment. Fog was released all around the stage, to dramatically highlight the accompanying light show and background images. Surround sound speakers were set up throughout the house to fully immerse the audience in the audio samples frequently featured in numerous Pink Floyd songs. PFX’s rendition of “Wish You Were Here” was almost indistinguishable from the original studio recording. The only differences were minor changes due to practicality, since studio-style fade-ins and
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Beer in Brooklyn
By John Tyczkowski Associate Focus Editor
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fade-outs were not an option in a live show, or style, such as a saxophone solo added to the usually synthesizer-only outro on the title track “Wish You Were Here.” After a 20 minute intermission, PFX dove into a set of well-known singles and album tracks, as well as B-sides, from all Pink Floyd eras, from the Syd Barrett years to the Gilmour and Waters ‘70s and early ‘80s and the Gilmouronly late ‘80s and early ‘90s. Songs included “Time,” “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun,” “Learning to Fly,” “Echoes,” “Hey You” and “Comfortably Numb.” During the performance of the last two songs, “Run Like Hell” and “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2,” a large pig blimp was released over the audience, inspired by the iconic album cover art of 1977’s “Animals,” featuring a giant pig floating over Battersea Power Station in South London. The light show and images on the projection screen stayed true to the psychedelic and showy nature of Pink Floyd shows, without overshadowing the music at the heart of the concert. Each song had a specific image theme, such as cogs, gears and men in business suits for “Welcome to the Machine” and space for “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun.” Each song tended to stick to a specific color scheme. “Money” tended to be painted in greens and coppers reflective of currencies, whereas “Hey You” featured a dull
grey palette reflecting the isolation from other people and colorlessness of a depressed and lonely life reflected in the song’s lyrics. Throughout the evening there was lots of cheering from the audience during the start of each song, as well as when a particularly wellknown riff or solo was duplicated flawlessly. There were numerous standing ovations throughout the night after especially famous songs such as “Comfortably Numb.” The audience also sang along to “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2” while clapping and cheering in approval of both the pig blimp overhead and the concert in general. “I have witnessed the music of the universe,” said Michael Barnett, a 4th semester geoscience major. “My life is complete.”
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While playing the full “Wish You Were Here” album and plenty of other classics, the Pink Floyd Experience performed two concerts at Jorgensen over the weekend.
Manhattan is always praised for its bright lights, big city life and, of course, its beer and food destinations—all too often leaving its little brother, Brooklyn, in the dust. Over the last few months, speaking to many locals and tri-state area beer fans revealed that in many instances, the options in Brooklyn are far preferable to those on the island. Let’s take a look at all of the craft beer options available on the other side of the bridge. Most famous, perhaps, is Brooklyn Brewery. Located in the Williamsburg section of the borough, Brooklyn Brewery has been a staple of the local beer scene for more than two decades. Though their beers are now distributed up and down the east coast, customers can stop in for a tour and taste beers at the source seven days a week (Mon-Thurs by reservation only). In addition to a number of beers available on tap, Brooklyn offers a number of bottles available for purchase, vintage and limited releases included. If you’re looking for some grub and a fresh pint, it will be worth your while to make the trip to Fette Sau to get some of the best BBQ on the east coast. Fill up a baking tray with pork belly, brisket, ribs and all the sides to share with some friends at the neighborly picnic table seating. Luckily, the beer menu is a perfect complement to the array of rich food; the tap list is populated with fresh local pilsners, kölschs, brown ales and porters, all relatively low alcohol styles that pair nicely with rich proteins. Take a stroll across the street after your hearty meal and you will find the legendary Belgian-style beer bar named Spuyten Duyvil. Roughly translating from Dutch to “Spinning Devil,” this Brooklyn destination has consistently ranked among the best bars in the United States for several years among beer enthusiasts for their eclectic selection of imported bottles from all around the world. During the warmer months, their outdoor patio is the perfect place to share a bottle of Belgian lambic and charcuterie plate with friends. If you’re looking for a bit more excitement, a few blocks away is Barcade. Don’t worry, it’s exactly what it sounds like: a bar and an arcade. With more than two dozen craft beers on tap, and walls lined with an equal number of all of your favorite arcade games from the ‘80s and ‘90s, it’s safe to say that you’ll be spending a couple of hours here. Ultimately, these spots are just some of the beer attractions in Brooklyn and there is still much more to be discovered. During the summer, many beer spots are in comfortable walking distance, with a number of street venders, fresh local produce markets and restaurants on the way. On your next trip to New York, do yourself a favor and skip the big city hubbub of Manhattan to spend some time exploring the charming beer spots in Brooklyn. Cheers!
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1. The Grammy Awards (CBS) - 21.7 2. NCIS (CBS) - 12.8 3. American Idol Wednesday (FOX) - 11.0 4. American Idol Thursday (FOX) - 10.5 5. The Voice (NBC) - 10.1 6. NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) 10.0 7. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - 9.7 8. Person of Interest (CBS) 9.1 9. The Mentalist (CBS) - 9.1 10. 60 Minutes (CBS) - 8.9
Top 10 Cable
1. The Walking Dead (AMC) 8,102 2. Jersey Shore (MTV) - 5,423 3. Pawn Stars (HIST) - 5,185 4. Gold Rush (DISC) - 4,845 5. Pawn Stars (HIST) - 4,807 6. WWE Raw (USA) - 4,800 7. The Lion King (DSNY) - 4,713 8. Swamp People (HIST) - 4,653 9. WWE Raw (USA) - 4,438 10. SpongeBob (NICK) - 4,234 Numbers from TVbytheNumbers.com Week ending Feb. 12 (Numbers of viewers x 1000)
What I’m watching “Regular Show” Cartoon Network Monday, 8 p.m. Remember those cartoons your parents wouldn’t let you watch when you were a kid? Their spirit is alive and well on Monday nights on Cartoon Network with “Regular Show.” Along with its sister show “Adventure Time,” (which just ended its third season), “Regular Show” doesn’t hold back in its attempts at slacker humor. The show follows two 23-year-old park groundskeepers, who happen to be a 6-foot-tall blue jay and a sentient raccoon, as they get into misadventures while doing anything in their power to avoid doing their jobs. With a great cast of supporting characters, including their boss Benson (a talking gumball machine), the duo fights monsters and supernatural evils as they strive to keep their jobs, as long as they can avoid actually doing them once the danger’s out of the way. With references to classic video games, 80s movies and even current culture like hipsters, “Regular Show” is keeping the spirit of “Ren and Stimpy” and “Rocko’s Modern Life” alive. - Joe O’Leary
‘Merlin,’ ‘Who’ fun British fantasies By Hima Mamillapalli Staff Writer
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Jared Padalecki as Sam and Jensen Ackles as Dean in a picture from Supernatural’s season six episode “And Then There Were None.” The show’s most recent episode, “Repo Man,” flashed back to the show’s fourth season, but couldn’t match the quality of the show at that point.
By Steve Szkudlarek Campus Correspondent With its Leviathan plotline seemingly stalled at the moment, “Supernatural’s” writers are switching up tactics. This episode, titled “Repo Man,” begins at some point in the past during the events of seasons three and four, when the show’s protagonists, Sam and Dean Winchester, were attempting to hunt down the demon Lilleth. The idea of a flashback intrigued me, since this season has been seriously dragging compared to previous ones. The Leviathans are an uninteresting and horribly explained enemy– not exactly the best thing when they’re the main antagonists. Aside from a quick, but heavily-recycled, conversation at the beginning of the episode where the brothers realize they have no leads, the Leviathans aren’t mentioned at all. Trust me, that’s a good thing. This isn’t the most interesting “Supernatural” episode I’ve
seen, but it’s not a bad one either. have never watched the show, Though demonic possession has Sam is stuck with visions of the been a staple of Supernatural devil after the events of the fifth since the end of the first season, and sixth seasons. I thought it has never been shown quite the visions were interesting at like this. One of the charac- first, but they never seemed to ters was actually a survivor of go anywhere. Lucifer is really demonic possession, and had his supposed to be a comedic charlife ruined. The demon kid- acter, I guess, but his appearnapping his body forced him to ances are usually so contextually kill several women, dark that it’s just and he was psychonot funny. Plus, Supernatural logically shattered it’s all been done The CW by the incident as a before; anyone 9 p.m. result. In a surprise who has watched twist, this character the fifth season has become a serial of “House, M.D.” killer in the years will see a much following his posmore developed session, and wants to and more intersummon his demon in order to esting take on a character’s achieve “maximum potential” as descent into madness. This time a murderer. This is an interest- around, the formula is a bit difing take on something that has ferent. Lucifer takes on the been used commonly used in the role of Sam’s subconscious, and show’s past. eventually helps him solve the Speaking of new takes on mystery of a string of demonic familiar plot devices, Sam’s murders. This also happened in visions make a return from their “House” to some extent (without hiatus. For fans who aren’t Lucifer being involved), but it’s caught up, or for people who still interesting to see this done
in “Supernatural.” All in all, this was a decent episode. It began interestingly enough, and had some high points, but ultimately did not live up to my expectations. My advice: don’t flash back to a previous season without using any of its major characters in the episode–this is a surefire way to disappoint fans. When the flashback took place, I had high hopes that characters like Ruby, Meg, Lilleth or maybe even Bela Talbot would all make appearances, but instead, none of them did. Again, this wasn’t a bad episode, but it could’ve been so much better if the writers had decided to bring in these characters at some point, if only during the flashback. The way this season is going, “Supernatural’s” strengths are in its past, not in its future.
‘Walking’ to redemption
By Jason Bogdan Senior Staff Writer In many ways, the recent mid-season premiere of “The Walking Dead” is what I’ve wanted from this series since the second season began. “Nebraska” didn’t lead to a new story arc, but this episode’s brought the cold, beating heart back to the series. What made this episode so enthralling was how it brought back a sense of reality. Ever since the group first entered Herschel’s somehow zombierepellant farm, the despair and terror of the apocalyptic world was covered in a bottled-up blanket of bickering soap opera. But now that the barn full of Walkers has been disposed of some spectacular drama has unfolded. Herschel, for example, was no longer ignorantly hoarding the undead in a false sense of justice. Just watching him go into a drunken slump in a bar instantly redeemed him–you can’t help but feel sorry for his tragic existence. Carol’s speech, about how her daughter Sophia was poetically heartbreaking. Even T-Dog had a few lines that made his character feel important, as well as Glenn taking his relationship with Maggie more seriously. But the star in this episode was unquestionably Rick. After Shane made the heroic choice in taking action against the walker-infested barn, we
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A still from the mid-season premiere of “The Walking Dead” entitled “Nebraska.” The episode kept the momentum of November’s cliffhanger, as the survivors deal with the aftermath of the zombie barn massacre.
weren’t sure if Rick was really cost. the leader. As Herschel brilThis episode wasn’t comliantly pointed out, his lack of pletely deprived of the show’s responsibility was his down- previous faults. Well, not fall. But after taking the ini- quite. As much as I like how tiative in killing Shane has become the two, seemthe anti-hero to The Walking Dead ingly threatening Rick, he largely AMC new survivors, spent this episode 9 p.m. annoyingly barkhis answer to ing out negative this has become theories to a point clear: there’s no where his rage lost room for comreason. promise and Also, the writers pity in the world which he now lives. All that’s really do need to make Dale a left is survival, no matter the lot less aimless. For the sake
of preventing a long, swearinduced rant, I’ll just say that I’m disappointed how Lori’s tendency to cause unnecessary conflict has become abhorrent. With this episode, I was expecting that the series would move on from the stagnant Herschel’s farm arc into something more interesting. But “Nebraska” did something even better: it redeemed both the arc and most of the characters in it.
If you are a fan of European TV shows, then you should check out “Merlin” and “Doctor Who.” “Merlin” is a British fantasy series that is based on the medieval wizard Merlin and his relationship with Prince Arthur. Influenced by Superman and specifically the series “Smallville,” “Merlin” has become a huge hit all over Europe and it is slowly finding its way over to the United States. “Merlin” stars Colin Morgan as the talented young wizard Merlin whose destiny is to protect Prince Arthur. The show begins with Merlin and his mother arriving in the kingdom of Camelot only to find that magic has been banished. Merlin soon encounters a mythical creature (the last known dragon in the kingdom) who tells him that he is destined to use his magical powers to protect King Uther’s son, Prince Arthur. Although Merlin’s first impression of Arthur was that of a rude and arrogant person, Merlin nevertheless follows the dragon’s advice and tries to befriend the young prince. Season one of “Merlin” focuses primarily on the relationship between Merlin and Arthur as these two boys learn that first impressions are not always accurate. The second season of Merlin focuses more on the side characters such as Morgana, King Uther’s ward (and his illegitimate daughter), Gwen who is Morgana’s best friend and her maid, Gaius (Camelot’s own court physician), and finally King Uther who is often portrayed as a cruel and bitter man that never truly moved on from his wife’s death. If you like fantasy and adventure shows, then “Merlin” is something that you would definitely enjoy. Another European show that has seemed to gain more popularity than “Merlin” in the United States is “Doctor Who.” As you may have already guessed, “Doctor Who” is a science fiction series that features an alien time traveler known as the Doctor. According to the Guinness World Records, the show is the longest running science fiction drama series in the world. The first version of the show had 26 seasons and ran from 19631989. Since then, “Doctor Who” made a comeback in 2005 and has since had six very successful seasons. “Doctor Who” initially came out on BBC as a Saturday morning family series that was intended to be an educational experience about history and science. As the series progressed, the show dumped its emphasis on history and instead decided to focus its attention on science fiction. As you can tell from the title, the main character in “Doctor Who” is the Doctor. The role of the Doctor has been played by 11 different actors and is currently played by Matt Smith who stared in other shows such as “Secret Diary of a Call Girl” and “The Sarah Jane Adventures.” Both “Merlin” and “Doctor Who” can be found on Netflix. Stay tuned for next week’s column on Belle de Jour, also known as Brooke Magnanti, a European scientist/ prostitute largely responsible for the hit series “Secret Diary of a Call Girl.”
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By Chelsie Labrecque Campus Correspondent Viewers that are familiar with competitive elimination shows, such as “Ink Master,” “America’s Next Top Model” or “Iron Chef” will instantly recognize the format of “Face Off.” Each season starts off with a dozen or so makeup artists who must compete in a series of weekly Spotlight Challenges in which the least impressive contestant is sent home. As one would expect, the winner of the competition is awarded fabulous prizes; in this case $100,000, a 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid and $25,000 of makeup. What differentiates “Face Off” from similar series, however, is its unique premise. Rather than testing its contestant’s skills in mundane activities such as singing or cooking, it tests their ability to create Hollywood level make-up and special effects. Each week, competitors are faced with the challenge of creating an entire character based on a certain theme in just three days. This includes creating prosthetics, designing outfits and applying the make-up on models. The second season pushes contestants’ abilities even farther. Not only do they have to make their make-up look convincing, but they have to withstand increasingly difficult scrutiny. The judges, who are all famous Hollywood make-up artists or producers, minutely inspect each model, prodding the prosthetics for any faults. Furthermore, the competitors have been forced to spend the night in an abandoned mental hospital and once had to do waterproof make-up as their models were submerged in water. All in all, season two of this SyFy original series has gone above and beyond the first season by increasing the risks and prizes. While it does seem a little repetitive, especially since it does follow the cookie-cutter format of similar series, watching the creatures they create come to life is both fascinating and chilling.
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A four-person panel of seniors judged ice cream flavors submitted by other seniors Friday and selected “Peanut Butter Cookie Swirl” as the official ice cream of the Class of 2012. The flavor contains vanilla ice cream with cookie dough chunks and a peanut butter swirl. The flavor will be available at the Dairy Bar beginning in April.
‘Monologues’ of pain and laughter By Jamie Dinar Campus Correspondent Most people laugh when they pass a sign advertising UConn’s annual show, “The Vagina Monologues,” mostly because the word “vagina” is posted on a public forum. They, however, are ignorant to what “The Vagina Monologues” really stand for. No longer does the term V-Day represent Valentines Day, but rather it represents a growing movement to end violence against women around the world. With a strong presence in over 140 countries, including Europe, Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and all of North America, V-Day plays an active role in educating millions of people about the realities of violence of women and girls. Every year, the movement increases awareness by singling out a struggling group. This year, the campaign focuses on females in Haiti, who have experienced significantly higher levels of sexual violence since the 2010 earthquake. All funds raised by this event will be used to support women in need in Haiti to supply aid through advocacy, safe shelter, art and legal services. “The Vagina Monologues” is a book written by Eve Ensler, and is also an HBO film, an offBroadway spectacle. Now smaller, more inclusive performances include the three shows played in the Student Union Theater last Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Although at first you might be distracted by the color, language
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“The Vagina Monologues” was performed on Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the Student Union Theater. Proceeds from the performances will be used to support Haitian women, who have been put at higher risk of sexual violence after an earthquake ravaged the country in 2010.
and focal points, the message is clear there are woman out there that need support. Alicia Fischer, the sixth act to perform, reenacted the sketch entitled “The Flood.” It was one of the more sentimental, hardto-forget stories of the night. She played an elderly woman who reminisced of a troubling time in her youth. Whenever she would become slightly sexually active, whether it was a kiss or something more, a strange liquid would flow out of her vagina. It would happen over
and over, and again and again it would ruin her relationships. “I did it again,” she would say, clear disappointment seen on her face. It kept her alone for many years, until she finally got it checked out. It was cervical cancer. Not all sketches were as disheartening. Others discussed pubic hair, some were describing what clothes their vaginas would wear, and some were simply stating your favorite names for your vagina.
In each case the skit somehow, directly or indirectly, had to do with a woman’s vagina. “I thought it was funny,” said Kelsey Hahn, 4th-semester sports management major. “It was a little uncomfortable at first, but once you get used to hearing the word over and over, you get used to it and can laugh at the funny ones.” Although most of the acts were humorous, the points they are trying to get across were not. As said in V-Day’s mission statement: “An orga-
nized response against violence towards women. A vision: We see a world where women live safely and freely. A Demand: Rape, incest battery, genital mutilation and sexual slavery must end now…” Along with women in Haiti, the UConn “Vagina Monologues” benefit Opportunities Industrialization Center of New London County, Inc. and Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Eastern Connecticut.
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Digital switch daunts historic movie houses BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The license plate on movie projectionist Arnie Herdendorf's Buick is 35MM MAN, a nod to his work in the booth at the 1925 Palace Theatre, with its velvetdraped stage and chandeliered mezzanine. When he drove recently to a multiplex to watch as its film projectors were swapped out for new digital ones, the sight of old 35 mm workhorses "stacked up like wounded soldiers" had him wondering how long his title — or job — would be around. The questions are even bigger for historic movie houses themselves. With the future of motion pictures headed quickly toward an all-digital format played only on pricey new equipment, will the theaters be around? Or will they be done in by the digital revolution that will soon render inadequate the projectors that have flickered and ticked with a little-changed technology for more than 120 years? "Our guess is by the end of 2013 there won't be any film distributed anymore," said John Fithian, president and chief executive of the National Association of Theater Owners. The Hollywood studios' industry-wide conversion from
35 mm film to digital satisfies modern-day demands for crisp clarity, cost savings and special effects like 3-D. And for big-budget theaters where new releases occupy multiple screens, installing digital projectors is a no-brainer. Already, about 60 percent have converted in the United States, at a price of $70,000 to $80,000 a screen, Fithian said. But for the community-owned Palace and other small and historic movie houses, the merging of nostalgia with high-tech is a dauntingly expensive proposition. Yet one, most agree, that is critical if they are to keep attracting audiences to their light bulb-studded marquees. The cost is more than double the price of a top-of-the-line film projector. "The Riviera Theatre is listed on the historic register, but we are not a museum," Executive Director Frank Cannata said from the 1927 theater north of Buffalo, "so it's important that we stay current ... and staying current isn't always affordable, as we're all finding out." An estimated 500 to 750 historic theaters currently show movies, according to the Theatre Historical Society of America, though it adds no one has formally researched the number
and the estimate is conservative. "This is another major threat to these theaters which were largely rescued and restored by grass-roots local efforts," said Karen Colizzi Noonan, president of the THS, which records and preserves theaters' architectural and cultural history. "It is so sad that after all that hard work and dedication these groups now face another huge challenge just to survive." And survival means doing whatever they can to raise the cash to convert. Supporters of the privately owned Davis Theatre in Higginsville, Mo., are vying for a $50,000 prize in a Reader's Digest contest that would help pay for digital equipment for the 500-seat main auditorium. They were in second place at the start of February, with a month of voting to go. "It's a long haul but it's encouraging to see a town come together," said Fran Schwarzer, who, with her husband, George, was nearing retirement age and sunk their savings into buying the 1934 theater to keep it from closing in 1998. The couple added three screens in 2005 so they could show more first-run movies, always viewing the venture as
Grammy Awards party. No cause of death has been determined. On Saturday, she was mourned at an invitation-only funeral at the church in Newark where she sang in the choir as a child. She was remembered by the biggest names in the music: Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys sang, and industry mogul Clive Davis was among those who spoke, as was Kevin Costner, Houston's co-star in "The Bodyguard." The funeral was closed to fans, who were not allowed within blocks of the church. Still, many came to Newark to take part in what ways they could, some from as far as Miami and Washington, D.C. Fans gathered again near the funeral home Sunday morning,
and some even slowly ran alongside the hearse as it began the journey to Houston's gravesite. Several yelled out "We love you, Whitney" as the hearse, which had a black and white headshot of the star in a window, slowly drove away. Barbara Davis, 53, of Newark, said she had been waiting outside the funeral home since 8:30 a.m., hoping to get a glimpse of Houston's final trip. "To be here at her home-going is an honor and a blessing," Davis told The Star-Ledger of Newark. Also among the crowd was Newark resident Eva Aquino and her two granddaughters, ages 10 and 13. All three stood on a street corner as the hearse passed by, and they used cellphones to snap photos of the procession.
more community service than money-maker in the small town east of Kansas City. "If we had known then what we know now" about the swift onset of digital, "we would never have gone into debt more to put in three more auditoriums," Schwarzer said. The Riviera will show movies with its two carbon arc lamphouses and projectors for as long as it can, Cannata said, while exploring funding for the digital replacements. If it can't, it will have to do away with the popular second-run movies offered at discount rates. While live shows and other programming would keep the Riviera going, other theaters are trying to stave off closing with fundraisers, like the taco supper planned to raise money for the Onarga Theater in eastern Illinois. The 1937 theater that boasts being the first south of Chicago to show movies with sound has invested in its seating, concessions and sound systems in recent years, but can't afford the switch to digital projection. North of Buffalo, the nonprofit, community-owned Palace is looking into loans and grants for a $75,000 digital set up, but it's also going to have to upgrade its electrical system to accom-
modate the new equipment, said Phil Czarnecki, vice president of the board. He can't help but think of all the restoration of the building — a replica of the Paramount Theater in New York City that mixes Art Deco and Italian Renaissance style — that could be accomplished with such an outlay. The small theaters already are feeling pressure from the digital conversions taking place all around them. Instead of waiting three weeks for a modern multiplex to make a movie print available, it now often takes six or seven weeks because there are fewer 35 mm copies in circulation. That's more than enough time for the pool of potential ticket-buyers to lose interest or see the movie somewhere else. It's not just the cost of digital projection that concerns Edward Summer, president of the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival. He worries that once older movie houses make the switch, they'll do away with their 35 mm projectors, something he says would be "a hideous mistake." Summer sees a potential tourism niche in historic theaters showing classic movies — and he worries that existing films that won't be digitized will be forever lost to audiences if the equip-
ment isn't there to show them. "Every motion picture made between 1894 and right this minute is on 35 mm film and those films not only still exist, but those film prints are the only way to see them," Summer said. "It's not either/or," Summer said of the two projection technologies, "it's both/and." The Palace's Herdendorf doesn't own a computer and isn't sure if his 17 years of splicing and dicing reels of film and threading them through a platter projection system will translate to the new technology with its pocket-size hard drives. He knows what to do if film breaks, but not if a computer freezes. The Riviera eventually plans to display one of its 35 mm carbon arc projectors in the lobby, Cannata said, "so people can take a look at how films were shown at one time." The Davis Theatre's Schwarzer jokes that her place's four projectors will become boat anchors. What's important, she said, is that the theater's doors stay open. "We have such wonderful memories of this theater as children," she said. "You kind of like to think that kids that come now will have some of those memories, too."
Whitney Houston laid to rest at private NJ burial
Ceremony marks one week since star's death WESTFIELD, N.J. (AP) — Whitney Houston was laid to rest Sunday at a brief private ceremony in New Jersey, the end of a weekend that saw the pop star's family and friends gather at a star-studded funeral to mourn her loss while celebrating her career. Fans and onlookers gathered in several places along the route the motorcade took from the Newark funeral home to the cemetery about 20 miles away in Westfield, where Houston was buried next to her father, who died in 2003. The 48-year-old singer died Feb. 11 in California, hours before she was to attend a pre-
A long line of limos follow the hearse carrying the body of Whitney Houston arrives at Fairview Cemetery for her burial in Westfield, N.J., Sunday.
The girls were wearing T-shirts and buttons of Houston that their grandmother had bought from
vendors outside the funeral home Saturday. "We came here and bought
all these things of her to cherish the memories," said 13-year-old Nalani Velez of Kearny.
'Riverdance' saying goodbye to North America, for now
NEW YORK (AP) — When Julian Erskine last saw the American touring company of "Riverdance," he had to smile. He was in the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on an October night in Costa Mesa, Calif., watching the high-stepping cast electrify the crowd once again despite more than a dozen years crisscrossing the nation. "To be at the back of a hall with the audience jumping to their feet at the end of the show after all these years, it's just so gratifying and just so pleasing," says Erskine, the show's senior executive producer, by phone from Dublin. Even so, the end of the road is nearing. "Riverdance" is currently on an 82-city farewell North American tour that's winding across the U.S. and Canada and ends in June. This month, the show left Texas, hit the Southeast and next goes to the Plains. "It's certainly emotional to be saying goodbye," says Erskine. The show has been touring continuously in North America since 1996, sometimes with two companies simultaneously. While organizers insist there's still interest in the U.S., new markets beckon in South America, India and China. The touring company includes six principal dancers, 18 troupe dancers, a live five-piece band, flamenco dancer and two American tap dancers, one of whom is also a baritone soloist. Padraic Moyles, one of the principals, is dancing with a heavy heart. He joined "Riverdance" in 1997 and fell in love with his co-star and now wife Niamh O'Connor while in the show. While he has performed elsewhere, he says American audiences are special. "Anybody who joins the show from here on out and doesn't get the opportunity to perform it in America, will be missing something," he says. "I hope that someday, whether its 10 years from now,
it does come back so that people get to experience that reaction again." "Riverdance" opened at Dublin's Point Theatre on Feb. 9, 1995, at a time of renewed Irish optimism and pride surrounding the onset of the booming "Celtic Tiger" economy. Years of relative poverty were disappearing and being Irish had a new cool, thanks to a new generation of athletes and musicians like U2 and The Cranberries. "The timing couldn't have been better. We just picked up on a vibe that was happening in this country and we suddenly felt, 'Maybe it's not so bad being Irish. Maybe we don't have to be the butt of every joke,'" says Erskine. "It couldn't have happened five years earlier. It just wouldn't have happened. I don't think we would have had the cour-
“That pounding out of rhythms I suppose is quite primal. That goes back into all our cores, no matter where we've come from. The beating of drums is how we first communicated.” Julian Erskine Senior Exec. Producer age to have done it." It has since been seen by an estimated 22 million people in 40 countries, from Red Square to the Great Wall of China. It made its American debut in 1996 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, and packed the Gershwin Theatre on Broadway for 18 months in 20002001. Not bad for a show that first premiered on the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest as a seven-minute segment.
In this 2003 image released by Riverdance, Padraic Moyles performs in the Irish dance production "Riverdance." "Riverdance" is currently on a 75-city farewell U.S. tour that's winding across the country and ends in June. The show has been touring continuously in North America since 1997, sometimes with two companies simultaneously.
The two-hour "Riverdance" show is loosely based on the story of Irish culture and mass immigration to
America, the story woven through music and dance styles including flamenco and tap. Most of the danc-
ing is drawn from traditional Irish step dancing, in which the arms and body move little while the feet create the sound and action. Erskine attributes the show's success to the fact that it isn't a cookiecutter experience. It wasn't pulled together to make money, but to blow the dust off Irish folk music and dance, he says, and that purity of creation shines through. Plus, the sound seems to touch a very human part of us. "That pounding out of rhythms I suppose is quite primal. That goes back into all our cores, no matter where we've come from. The beating of drums is how we first communicated," he says. The show has lasted despite losing original stars Jean Butler and Michael Flatley, who also was cochoreographer. Flatley went on to create his own shows, "Lord of the Dance" and "Feet of Flames." Moyles suspects that although "Riverdance" is pure Irish, Americans have embraced it so strongly in large part due to their own immigrant heritage. "Many of them have their own folk dances. They probably see their own heritage within 'Riverdance,'" he says. The final North American tour — at least for now — will take the show to such Irish-heavy cities as Chicago, Kansas City, Philadelphia, St. Louis and Boston, and will conclude at Wolf Trap National Park in Vienna, Va., which will represent the 14th time "Riverdance" has played there. While the show is leaving America, it has tours planned for Belgium, New Zealand and Australia. The show is also going to India in October and plans a 10-week tour of China. There are also dates set in Argentina and Brazil, which excites Erskine because "Riverdance" hasn't been farther south in the Americas than Mexico before. "As we are saying goodbye," he says, "we are also saying hello."
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Trade talks regarding Rondo need to stop By Willy Penfield Staff Writer
Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo reacts to a Feb. 16 loss to the Chicago Bulls. Rondo has recently had to put up with rumors surrounding his future with Boston.
In basketball, the point guard is the floor general, the quarterback, the leader. Without a true point guard, a team is not complete. Just ask the New York Knicks. Before Jeremy Lin became the starting point guard, they were a sub-.500 team. Since “Linsansity” has taken over Madison Square Garden, the Knicks have managed to win all but one of their games. With the point guard being such a vital component of a basketball team, it puzzles me that rumors keep popping up about Danny Ainge trading Boston Celtics point guard, Rajon Rondo. The “Big Three” held the star power for the Celtics ever since they raised banner No. 27 in the rafters of the TD Garden, but there is a new general in town and that is Rondo. Even before Rondo was the best of the Celtics’ players on the hardwood, he was the most important. In the team’s six game series with the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2008 NBA Finals, Rondo averaged 11.25 points, 8.25 assists, 4.75 rebounds and just 1.25 turnovers per game in the Celtics’ four wins. In the team’s two losses, he average just 5.5 points, 3.5 assists,
two rebounds and two turnovers per game. Without Rondo, the “Big Three” will probably never get credit for bringing basketball greatness back to Boston. A true point guard is the key to success in the NBA. Of the past 10 NBA Champions, all but one team had a true point guard, the Los Angeles Lakers.
“It is time to look toward the future and for the Celtics, that future is Rondo.” Willy Penfield Staff Writer The other five teams who have won a championship, the Celtics, the Dallas Mavericks, the Detroit Pistons, the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs, all had point guards who average five or more assists a game in their career. Derek Fisher, the Laker’s point guard, averages just 3.1 assists per game, making them the exception
to the rule. The Celtics may not be realistic contenders this season but they need Rondo now more than ever. With Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen all age 34 and older, the “Big Three’s” time will be up, sooner rather than later, and it will be time to re-build. And the player the Celtics should build around is Rondo. Point guards like Rondo don’t come around too often. Only Steve Nash averages more assists than him, averaging his highest points per game total in his career, 15.2. If Danny Ainge believes the Celtics are a contender this season then it is best to keep the team together. But if he feels they can not compete with the likes of the Heat and the Chicago Bulls in the East, then he’d be wise to try and get maximum value out of Allen, Garnett and Pierce. It may be hard for Celtics fans to deal with the “Big Three” diminishing with every game. If the Celtics are no longer contenders, why hold on to them? So stop with all the Rondo trade rumors. It is time to look toward the future and for the Celtics, that future is Rondo.
Irving lifts Cavs to 93-92 win over Kings CLEVELAND (AP) — Kyrie Irving's two free throws with 0.4 seconds remaining gave the Cleveland Cavaliers a 93-92 win over Sacramento on Sunday night, extending the Kings' losing streak to five games. Irving's foul shots came after DeMarcus Cousins' basket with 2.9 seconds left gave the Kings a 92-91 lead. Cleveland called timeout to get the ball at midcourt. Irving inbounded to Antawn Jamison, who gave the ball back to the rookie point guard. Irving drove into the lane, where he was fouled by Tyreke Evans. The No. 1 overall draft pick then calmly sank both shots to give Cleveland a one-point lead. The Kings had one last chance. After a timeout moved the ball to halfcourt, Evans' alley-oop
pass hit the rim and the game appeared to be over. However, the officials ruled the clock started too early and Sacramento had another opportunity. Evans inbounded to Cousins, whose fallaway shot from the right side caromed off the rim. The game was tied 17 times and there were 19 lead changes. Irving scored 23 points and Jamison added 21. Isaiah Thomas, making his second start, scored a career-high 23 points and had 11 assists for the Kings. Neither team led by more than six until late in the third quarter when Irving started a fast break and threw an alley-oop pass to forward Tristan Thompson for a dunk. The play gave Cleveland a 75-68 lead after three quarters. Cleveland built an 80-70 lead early in the fourth period, but
the Kings rallied. John Salmons' basket tied the game at 82 before Marcus Thornton put the Kings ahead 84-82 with a drive in the lane midway through the fourth quarter. Jamison's 3-pointer gave Cleveland the lead, but Thornton's rebound basket gave the Kings an 86-85 advantage. Irving's layup off a steal put Cleveland up by one. Thomas' scoop shot in the lane gave the Kings an 88-87 lead. Jamison's free throw tied the game, but Thornton's layup off Irving's turnover with 1:28 remaining gave Sacramento a 90-88 lead. Thompson's tip-in off Irving's missed layup tied the game with 35 seconds left. The Kings missed three shots on their ensuing possession and Alonzo Gee was fouled trying to grab the rebound. He missed
BU too much for Huskies
By Matt Stypulkoski Staff Writer
The UConn women’s hockey team came into the weekend needing at least three points to overtake New Hampshire in the standings and make the postseason. But in the end their opponent this weekend, Boston University, proved too much for the Huskies to overcome in their two games, as they remained one point behind UNH in the standings when the regular season came to a close. However, UConn did not go down without a fight, pushing the No. 9 Terriers to the brink in both contests, in large part due to the play of Alexandra
Garcia. Garcia, who started both games this weekend, made 41 saves in a 3-2 overtime loss on Saturday, which was Senior Day for the graduating goaltender. Toward the end of regulation, Garcia stood on her head to keep the game even at 2-2 and force the extra period. But in the overtime, a shot from behind the net hit the back of Garcia’s pad and redirected into the net, giving BU the win. Coach Heather Linstad decided to start Garcia at BU again on Sunday, opting to play the hot netminder in the season’s decisive game. Again Garcia stonewalled the Terriers as she attempted to keep her senior season alive,
recording another 41 saves on 43 shots in the game. But BU’s two goals proved too much for the Huskies to overcome, as they managed to find the back of the net just once in the contest, and fell short of the upset for the second straight day, remaining one point behind UNH for the sixth and final spot in the Hockey East Tournament. With the 82 saves on the weekend, Garcia finished her senior campaign with a .911 save percentage and a 3.03 goals against average in 20 games played, 18 of which she started in.
the first shot, but made the second. After a timeout, Cousins took the inbounds pass from Thomas, drove the baseline around Jamison and scored on an underhand layup. Thornton scored 21 points and Cousins had 19 for the Kings. The Kings are 0-4 on their sixgame road trip. The Cavaliers are 3-3 on their nine-game homestand, the longest in franchise history. The teams were involved in an offseason trade that sent small forward Omri Casspi to Cleveland while power forward J.J. Hickson joined the Kings. Casspi scored six points and had a career-high 12 rebounds while Hickson was scoreless and had four rebounds off the bench. The Cavaliers also received a lotteryprotected first-round draft pick.
Cleveland guard Kyrie Irving goes up against a Sacremento defender en route to a 93-92 win for the Cavaliers.
» WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Perfect Storm for St. John's leads to upset from ST. JOHN'S, page 14 “The kids stepped up to the challenge and showed what kind of team we are and what we are capable of. Isn’t it great for women’s basketball? “ said Arico. “Playing anyone in our league on their home court is extremely difficult. But when I first started coaching, people were losing by 50 points a night against Connecticut. The game is growing. It’s come a long way.” With a minute to go, the game was tied at 54. Gampel was roaring as Stefanie Dolson made a layup from a feed from Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis with only 30
seconds left. With eight seconds to play, Smith hit a three to take the two point lead for St. John’s. For Smith it was merely her fourth three of the season. This one secured the win. “She was gutsy. She wanted it. Should we go for the win or for the tie? Why not go for the win?” said Coach Arico. “She does it a lot for us on the defensive end but tonight she wanted the ball and she made the big play.” St. John’s hit only two threes the entire game. When asked where their three point percentage lies in their skills, Coach Arico laughed, “Last. We are terrible.
But we made the one that counted tonight.”
“St. John’s outplayed us today.” Geno Auriemma Head Coach
At the buzzer, a three-point attempt from Bria Hartley bounced off the rim as the Red Storm slid across the court in celebration, ending the streak. “Winning that many games is hard to fathom no matter what. Ranked or unranked. "We’ve done things that other coaches and programs found incredulous. Yet we’ve done it. But it’s a blessing and a curse. Its great that we’ve been able to put up those numbers consistently in the program day in and day out,” said Coach Auriemma. “But these kids haven’t won a 100 in a row… St. John’s out played us today. It was lousy for us, but a fitting end for them. I don’t care if its 900 in a row, tonight reminded us that you only win when you deserve to win.” Freshman Kiah Stokes and Mosqueda-Lewis led the Huskies in points with a combined 23. UConn is scheduled to take on two road opponents, Pittsburgh and Marquette, before returning to the XL center for a rematch against Notre Dame next Monday.
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Monday, February 20, 2012
» MEN'S HOCKEY
Huskies drop two to end regular season
By Carmine Colangelo Staff Writer The UConn men’s hockey team had an unsuccessful series this weekend as they dropped two consecutive games to conference opponent Bentley. On Friday night the Huskies hosted the Falcons at the Mark Edwards Freitas Ice Forum. The Huskies set the tone early with a first period goal at 18:06 by forward Billy Latta, his eighth of the season. His goal was assisted by forwards Sean Ambrosie and Marcello Ranalo, their 14th and 12th assists respectively. The Falcons would respond however scoring the equalizer in the second period on a power play goal. Both the Huskies and the Falcons had three penalties each in the game, a total of six penalty minutes per team. Neither team would score in the third period, forcing overtime. With 1:17 left in overtime the puck was in the Huskies defensive zone. The Huskies attempted to remove the puck from their zone by sending it off of the glass. The puck landed to the right of the face-off circle in front of Falcon’s forward Alex Grieve. Grieve then passed
Brett Gensler, who passed it to Brett Switzer by the left post for the game-winning score. The Huskies outshot the Falcons 31-28 with Garrett Bartus saving 26 shots. Friday marked the seventh time the Huskies have went into overtime this sea- UConn son. They are 1-3-3 in Bentley extra time this season. On Saturday the Huskies traveled to Waltham, Mass. to play at the Ryan Skating Arena, the UConn Falcons’ home ice. Bentley The home team set the tone of the game early by scoring at 3:31 in the first period. The Falcons had another early score in the second period at 4:48. Down 2-0 in the second, forward Brant Harris would put the Huskies on the board, scoring his 14th goal of the season on a power play. The goal was assisted by Latta, his 17 on the season, a team-high for the Huskies. After that goal however the Falcons would remain in control scoring four unanswered goals en route to a 6-1 victory. The Falcons scored twice more in the second period and scored
another pair of goals in the third. The Huskies were outshot 34-25 on Saturday. Bartus played the first two periods in the net, saving 16 of 20 shots. Matt Grogan came in the game in the third period to replace Bartus. He had 12 1 saves on 14 shots. 2 The Huskies have now lost three games in a row, five of their last six, and have a running four game streak against 1 losing the Falcons. The 6 Huskies record drops 12-17-3 while the Falcons improve to 13-12-7. With the losses the Huskies are now eighth in the Atlantic Hockey Association standings with 24 points and an 11-12-2 record. The Falcons are in a three-way tie for third place with 32 points; they are 13-6-6. The Huskies will play again this Friday and Saturday against conference opponent American International College. This will be the final two games of the regular season for the Huskies as the playoffs start the following week.
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UConn finished their regular season this past weekend by dropping two decisions to Bentley University.
Women's hockey misses playoff spot by one point By Tyler Morrissey Campus Correspondent The UConn women’s hockey team fell just short of completing the upset against No. 9 Boston University Terriers at home on Saturday and on the road Sunday. On Saturday, the Huskies honored the team’s three seniors, defensemen Sami UConn Evelyn, goaltender Alexandra Garcia and BU defensemen Rebecca Hewett. UConn came out strong in the first period when freshmen forward Kayla UConn Campero scored her BU seventh goal of the season off a pass from sophomore forward Jocelyn Slattery. BU answered when Marie-Philip Poulin scored
to tie the game at one. The Huskies outshot the Terriers 8-7 at the end of the first period. In the second period BU peppered the UConn goal with shots, recording 24 in the second period alone, but Garcia held her ground and did not allow a BU goal in the period. The Huskies struggled to record just three shots but fresh2 men forward Emily made one 3 Snodgrass of those shots count when she beat BU goalie Kerrin Sperry top shelf and glove side for her ninth 1 goal of the year. 2 The Terriers tied the game up at the 14:27 mark of the third period when junior Isabel Menard netted her 16th goal of the season. Garcia went on to
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Women's hockey lost twice this weekend, putting them behind UNH for a playoff spot.
make a few more key saves in the third to force the game into overtime. Poulin would score the game winning goal when she shot the puck from behind the back of the net off Garcia’s pad and in to the goals giving the Terriers the 3-2 victory. Garcia ended the day with 41 saves for the Huskies. Meanwhile the University of New Hampshire lost in overtime to Maine, which meant UConn’s playoff hopes were still alive heading into Sunday’s contest. Head coach Heather Linstad did not keep her team updated during the game about what was happening in Maine. “What we do for 60 minutes is what determines the outcome of our game,” said Linstad. On Sunday UNH dropped their final regular season game to Maine by the score of 2-1, meaning UConn just had to
defeat BU to make the playoffs. The Huskies jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead when junior Kelly Horan scored on the power play at the 4:28 mark of the first period. BU answered at 9:23 when Louise Warren scored her sixth goal of the season. Tara Watchorn scored the eventual game winning goal for the Terriers as they would shut down UConn for the rest of the second and third period. Garcia recorded 41 saves for the second time this weekend in her last game as a Husky. The loss officially eliminated the Huskies from the playoffs as they finished the season just one point behind UNH for the sixth and final playoff spot. UConn finished the season with an overall record of 4-23-7 and 3-15-3 record in Hockey East play.
Agabiti: ESPN has long way to go UConn unable to finish
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their words, yet chose to say or write them anyway. Something else needs to be done. As a society, we like to pat ourselves on the back and pretend that we are doing well as far as racism goes. But are we? The Jeremy Lin/ESPN incident proves that we still have further to go than we think.
I would contend that we haven’t so much addressed racism, as we have done a better job of shutting people up. People still have racist tendencies, but acting on them has become frowned upon and carries severe consequences for one’s reputation, so people simply prevent them from reaching a public forum. How do I know this? Well, I’m writing this column, so
something isn’t working. We might look clean, but the problem still very much exists. So then, how do we eradicate racism? Well, that’s the million-dollar question, isn’t it? We had better start talking. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DanAgabiti
“It was immature,” Napier said. “At the same time, the refs could close their eyes, close their ears.” Williams said the technical foul was key for his team to regroup and stop UConn’s momentum. “I thought they were playing at a very good clip at that time,” Williams said.
UConn kept within striking distance but could never climb over the hump. With 5:14 remaining in the second half, Todd Mayo missed a shot and the rebound was tipped out of bounds. The refs allowed Marquette to keep possession. After the replay was shown on the scoreboard, a chorus of boos flooded down from the fans in the XL Center. Crowder then hit
another big shot to make the score 70-59. Lamb made a 3-pointer on the next possession and the Huskies got a stop, but a missed hook shot by Drummond ended hope as the Golden Eagles closed the game out on a 9-2 run.
NEW YORK (AP) — Derek Stepan scored 22 seconds into overtime, and the New York Rangers overcame a late tying goal by Columbus and one disallowed on their side in a 3-2 victory over the Blue Jackets on Sunday night. Stepan took a pass from Michael Del Zotto, who faked a shot and scored into a wideopen left side of the net. Columbus captain Rick Nash, the subject of trade rumors — including those involving the Rangers — got the Blue Jackets even at 2 with 1:33 left in regulation. That prompted chants of “We don't want you” from the disappointed Madison Square Garden crowd. Artem Anisimov snapped a 1-1 tie in the second period for the Eastern Conferenceleading Rangers, who got back to their winning ways following a 4-2 loss at home to Chicago on Thursday. New York (38-14-5) has won five of six and nine of 12 (9-21), and leads second-place Boston by nine points. The Blue Jackets, who lost 6-1 at home to Chicago on Saturday, are last in the NHL with 41 points. Columbus had
alternated wins and losses the previous six games. Brad Richards gave the Rangers a first-period lead, and Derick Brassard tied it in the second. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 21 shots to earn the victory after taking a day off against Chicago. Steve Mason made 32 saves for Columbus (17-35-7). Nash could be on the move before next week's NHL trade deadline, and the Rangers are a potential destination for the high-scoring forward. He declined to say before the game whether he would like to be dealt or if New York is a team he wants to join. Anisimov used a fortuitous bounce to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead with 6:47 left in the second. Dan Girardi fired a shot from the right point that sailed high and wide of the net and slammed off the end boards. While Mason scrambled to locate the puck, it kicked back out front to Anisimov, who scored his 11th of the season from just in front of the left post. Mason was down on his stomach in the crease as the Rangers celebrated.
For the second straight period, the Blue Jackets spent most of the final two minutes on a failed power play. Columbus escaped danger in the final second of the second when the Rangers appeared to stretch the lead to 3-1. New York got control of a loose puck in the Blue Jackets' end, and Del Zotto fired in a shot as the buzzer sounded. The officials huddled around the scorer's table as a video review ensued in Toronto. Unofficial television replays, that superimposed the dwindling clock against the replay of the goal, showed that the puck entered the net with 0:00.1 seconds left. However, it was determined in Toronto that time had run out before the puck crossed the line. Referee Don Van Massenhoven was showered with boos when he made the announcement that the official video showed time expired, and those grew much louder when the television replay was displayed on the arena video board. Van Massenhoven explained the ruling to exasperated Rangers coach John Tortorella before he left the ice for the dressing room.
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Stepan's OT goal lifts Rangers over Blue Jackets
New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist makes a stop en route to a 3-2 Rangers victor over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
TWO Monday, February 20, 2012
What's Next Home game
Feb. 28 Providence 7 p.m.
March 3 TBD Pittsburgh Big East Noon Tournament
Women’s Basketball (24-3)
» That’s what he said AP
» Pic of the day
Tough one to swallow
TBD Feb. 25 TBD Feb. 27 Big East Marquette Notre Dame Big East 5 p.m. 9 p.m. Tournament Tournament
Men’s Ice Hockey (13-17-3) March 3 March 10 March 16 Feb. 24 Feb. 25 Atlantic Hockey Atlantic Hockey Atlantic Hockey AIC AIC 7:05 p.m. 7:05 p.m. First Round Quarterfinals Semifinals
Men’s Swimming & Diving March 9 NCAA Zone Diving All Day
Women’s Swimming & Diving March 9 NCAA Zone Diving All Day
Baseball (1-2) Feb. 24 Xavier 1 p.m.
March 2 March 2 Feb. 25 Feb. 26 Charleston Rhode Island Lipscomb Mississippi St. 5 p.m. 11 a.m. 2:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
Softball (1-2) March 2 Wisconsin 9 a.m.
March 2 Kansas 11 a.m.
March 3 Charles 11 a.m.
March 4 Kansas 1 p.m.
March 9 San Diego St. 2:30 p.m.
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“What do you think of the outlook for the rest of the men’s basketball team’s season?”
UConn women’s basketball Head Coach Geno Auriemma reacts to the Huskies’ stunning 57-56 loss to St. John’s on Saturday night. The loss ended to women’s 99 game home win streak.
Yankees trade Burnett to Pirates for minor leaguers NEW YORK (AP) — A.J. Burnett’s rocky tenure in pinstripes is over. The Yankees and Pirates completed a trade Sunday that sends the much-maligned pitcher to Pittsburgh for a pair of minor leaguers. New York is also giving the Pirates nearly $20 million to cover most of Burnett’s hefty salary in a deal that clears the way for the Yankees to sign Raul Ibanez. The teams agreed to the trade Friday but it was subject to Burnett passing a physical, which he did Sunday at Pirates camp as pitchers and catchers held their first workout of spring training in Bradenton, Fla. Commissioner Bud Selig also had to approve the deal because of the money involved. Burnett goes from a perennial World Series favorite to a club coming off its 19th consecutive losing season, a record for the four major pro sports in North America. “Having played in New York, I can say that playing in Pittsburgh is ... I wouldn’t say easier, but just the pressure and everything that comes along with it is less,” said Pirates right-hander Jeff Karstens, who also pitched for the Yankees. “That should make his tran-
sition here a little bit easier. Anytime you can add a quality arm like that to the staff, it’s going to make us better.” The Yankees get 25-year-old right-hander Diego Moreno and 20-year-old outfielder Exicardo Cayones, both lowlevel prospects. Pittsburgh will pay $13 million of the $33 million salary due Burnett for 2012 and 2013, a person familiar with the negotiations said Friday, speaking on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made at that time. Both teams announced the deal Sunday night, though neither disclosed the amount of cash involved. “A.J. Burnett is a solid, veteran starting pitcher with an above-average pitch repertoire and potential to provide us with significant quality innings from our starting rotation,” Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. New York plans to use the money saved to sign a designated hitter following Jorge Posada’s retirement. The Yankees already have been negotiating a major league deal with Ibanez, who spent the past three seasons in Philadelphia.
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– Dallas Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd on New York Knicks sensation Jerermy Lin
Home: Gampel Pavilion, XL Center Feb. 25 Syracuse 9 p.m.
The Daily Question Q : “What do you think of the women’s basketball team’s Final Four chances?” for the Final Four. I think the St. John’s game will be a A : “Iwakelikeuptheircallchances and motivation to finish the season strong.”
“He looks a little bit like Steve Nash out there.”
Men’s Basketball (16-10) Tomorrow Villanova 7 p.m.
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Linsanity rages on in New York
NEW YORK (AP) — Linsanity lives. Forget the off night that had NBA fans worldwide wondering if the Jeremy Lin story was too good to be true. It’s still plenty good, all right. The Harvard sensation was back at his whirling ways Sunday, and the stage couldn’t have been better — against the defending champions on national TV. Lin was Lin, and that was good enough for the New York Knicks to win. Hours after the opening of “Saturday Night Live” spoofed the Lin phenomenon, the point guard had 28 points and a career-high 14 assists to carry the Knicks to a 104-97 victory that ended the Dallas Mavericks’ six-game winning streak. “Looking back, it’s like I was watching them win the championship last year, and that’s obviously where this team wants to go,” Lin said. “This is helpful to us, not just to me but to us, just to be able to see where our team can go and what we can become, and I think that’s the biggest takeaway from tonight,” he said. Lin already owns the highlights and headlines, and now he has some new admirers after bouncing back from a nine-turnover performance against lowly New Orleans by dominating a Dallas defense that made even LeBron James look ordinary in the NBA finals. After the final buzzer, Lin got a hug from a fellow Bay Area product, and someone who knows a thing or two about playing the point — Mavs star Jason Kidd “He looks a little bit like Steve Nash out there,” Kidd said, referring to the two-time MVP of the Phoenix Suns. In a game of wild momentum swings, the Knicks reeled off 17 straight points in the first quarter, fell behind by 12 in the third, then pulled it out to beat the Mavericks for only the third time in the last 20 meetings. “I think they found something in Lin, and they’re starting to piece together a team that can beat anyone,” Mavs guard Jason Terry said. Steve Novak also delivered for the Knicks. He scored all 14 of his points in the fourth quarter, including four 3s. J.R. Smith scored 15 points in his Knicks debut as New York won for the eighth time in nine games. Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 34 points for the Mavericks, who had been playing championship-level defense but became the latest team who couldn’t stop Lin. “I was talking to them before the game and they were saying they had an answer for Lin,” said Knicks center Tyson Chandler, who played for the Mavs last season, “I guess they were dead wrong on their scouting report.” Playing for the seventh straight game without the injured Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks got a huge lift from Smith, signed just Friday after returning from China.
THE Pro Side Mets lose a legend, Lin leads Knicks past Dallas By Darryl Blain Staff Writer Game of the week: Lin strikes again, lifts Knicks past Mavs Jeremy Lin continues to dominate sports headlines, this time by dropping 28 points and 14 assists against the defending champs on national television in New York. The headlines may be getting worn out to some folks, but most of the nation has been captivated by the “Linsanity.” Also of noteworthy performance, newcomer J.R. Smith put up 15 points of his own in his Knicks debut. Moving forward, everything looks to be falling in place for the Knicks, who have won eight of their last nine while waiting for the return of their star player in Carmelo Anthony. Well, at least he was the star player before Lin. Big letdown: Mets’ great Gary Carter passes away Nicknamed “kid,” Gary Carter was most famous for being an integral part of the 1986 World Series victory over the Boston Red Sox. Most notably, he will be remembered for starting the most famous two-out rally in postseason history that ended in a Bill
Buchner error and a game six Mets victory. He was known for his smile and passion for the game, which became very evident as teammates and fans alike remembered him through the media all week. Carter’s health had been declining for a while due to brain cancer, which he fought off for quite some time until the 11-time all-star finally passed peacefully at the age of 57. Wish we were there: Red Wings continue home streak The record number is now 23 straight wins at home as of yesterday, as Detroit surpassed the previous 22-game record set by the Bruins over eight decades ago. The historic win came against the San Jose Sharks by a score of 3-2 and put the Red Wings at an NHL-best 84 points. The team also broke the single-season home streak record of 20 wins on Tuesday. More impressively, all of this was accomplished despite the fact that Detroit’s net minder Jimmy Howards missed the last two weeks with a broken right index finger.
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Monday, February 20, 2012
Get your act together
99 wins but the streak is done
Red Storm halt women’s home win streak By Danielle Ennis Staff Writer
Dan Agabiti Were you on ESPN’s mobile site between 2:30 and 3:05 a.m. Saturday morning? No? Didn’t think so. Since you weren’t, allow me to enlighten you on what you missed. Friday night, the New York Knicks’ Jeremy Lin—who has been the topic of much discussion recently because of his talent, contagious demeanor on the court and Chinese- and Taiwanese-American birth— had his first bad game as a starter. Lin’s nine turnovers cost the Knicks the game to the struggling Hornets, putting an end to the Knicks’ seven-game winning streak with an 89-85 loss. The headline that ESPN went with for its story package was “Chink in the Armor.” Yes, you read that correctly. For just over a half an hour, the self-proclaimed “Worldwide Leader in Sports” had that headline front and center. Two more instances involved an offensive comment. One of them was said on ESPN Radio New York and the other was on ESPNNEWS. The only noun in the entire English lexicon of words describing a problem with armor that couldn’t be used to describe something related to Lin is “chink.” But that’s what this person chose. ESPN did respond by firing the employee responsible for the headline, suspending the ESPNNEWS anchor for 30 days and reiterating that the radio commentator was not employed by ESPN. The company also issued a statement of apology. “We again apologize, especially to Mr. Lin,” the statement read. “His accomplishments are a source of great pride to the Asian-American community, including the Asian-American employees at ESPN. Through self-examination, improved editorial practices and controls, and response to constructive criticism, we will be better in the future.” I have never personally felt the effect of words like that. I’m the poster child for sheltered white boys. I haven’t the slightest idea how it feels to be looked down on because of race. So I asked my Chineseborn girlfriend about the harm that slurs could cause. “When I first moved to Connecticut, I went to a pretty low-level school system and I was called that a few times,” she told me. “It definitely hurt, but the sad thing is that I wouldn’t expect them to know any better. I’m just shocked that somebody who works for a national media organization like ESPN wouldn’t know better than to say something that insensitive.” I am fully in favor of giving people the benefit of the doubt and being graceful when people mess things up in the world of media, but something like this warrants a hefty amount of criticism. One racially insensitive comment is bad, but two is extremely concerning and three is an alarming trend. If there are three comments made by a media beast like ESPN that warrant apology within a 24-hour span, that’s something to be addressed at a deeper level. I hear a lot of people say that building a culture of understanding people’s feelings will put an end to mean and racial comments, but I disagree. These guys at ESPN knew perfectly well what they were express-
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UConn hadn’t lost to an unranked team at home since 1993. They were on the path for their 100th home win. Tiffany Hayes was honored as she took the court for her last time in uniform at Gampel. For the Huskies, and the lone senior Hayes, it would have been another staple in a decorated career. For St. John’s, it was the perfect storm, winning 57-56. “Funny thing is, if you hold a team to 57 points , you’re supposed to win that game. That’s not a lot of points. But we struggled and St. John’s never varied from what they wanted to do. Everytime they needed to make a shot or a play, they made it,” said Coach Auriemma. The Huskies suffered 18 turnovers, double the Red Storm’s nine. Guard Shenneika Smith played phenomenal defense on Hayes, holding her to 8 points, and forcing 7 turnovers from the UConn guard. “She has locked up every guard on every team this season,” said St. John’s head coach Kim Barnes Arico of Smith’s defense. At half-time, the aggressive St. John’s led by two. While the second half started with a three from Hayes, the Red Storm kept their speed, steals and drives at a consistently faster pace than the Huskies. For the first time since the Notre Dame game, the Huskies found themselves racing against the clock and the Big East foe. A sense of urgency was employed, something both the team and the fans are unfamiliar with this season.
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UConn’s Tiffany Hayes drives against St. John’s defense in Saturday’s 57-56 loss to the Red Storm at Gampel Pavilion. The loss for the Huskies ended a 99 game home win streak.
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» MEN'S BASKETBALL
Men pass 2011 loss total, Napier questions team’s heart
By Matt McDonough Sports Editor HARTFORD — Following the Boston Celtics’ 33-point loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 3 of the 1984 NBA Finals, Larry Bird said the team played like a bunch of “sissies.” He added that to fix things, the team would need 12 heart transplants. Boston would go on to win the series in seven. On Saturday, after the UConn men’s basketball team’s 79-64 loss to Marquette at the XL Center’s season finale put the Huskies’ NCAA tournament hopes on the bubble, sophomore guard Shabazz Napier, a Boston native, questioned his teammates’ heart. The jury is still out as to whether Napier’s ploy will work, but the team captain is hoping he could light
a fire under his teammates for give it back to a team when they the home stretch. are taking it to you. “At the end of the game, I told “Some guys don’t want to the guys, ‘I’ve got to questions a give it back, some guys get lot of your guys’ hearts,’” Napier punched and want to throw a said. “We’re not giving it all. pillow at somebody,” Napier I’ve made mistakes. said. “This is basAt the same time, I ketball, you’re learn from my missupposed to go out takes, I make sure and give it your all. I apologize for my This is team basmistakes and I told ketball, it’s not tenthe guys, ‘I’m not nis, it’s not golf.” perfect.’ The only He was also reason I’m speakconcerned with ing out is because UConn’s willingNotebook I’m the captain. At ness to give the the end of the day, I’m the only Golden Eagles uncontested one who wants to speak out. lay-ups and alley-oop attempts Everybody else wants to stay at the end of game. in the locker room and be quiet “It doesn’t look like UConn like we just died.” basketball,” Napier said. “It Napier questioned his team’s doesn’t look like basketball at pride, toughness and ability to all. Where I’m from, you’re not
getting an alley-oop at the end of the game... It looked like we gave up at the end ... For those words to be coming out of my mouth, it’s outrageous.” Napier pointed out that he told the same thing to his teammates in the locker room, before speaking to the media. “I say it to them all the time,” Napier said. “I’m blunt. I tell the guys all the time, what I feel, but sometimes I hold a lot back in.” Napier said he doesn’t understand why his teammates’ take his comments directed towards them so personal, when they don’t do the same for coach Jim Calhoun. He said he’s spoken with Tyler Olander, calling him a great player, but saying he needs to be less timid and shoot more. He said Ryan Boatright’s
technical that halted the Husky rally was ‘immature’ and that the freshman guard and Andre Drummond need to realize that the referees will only see retaliation. Napier reiterated that he still believes this is a good team and that he’d go into any battle with his teammates and be 100 percent behind them. It was Marquette who won the battle in Hartford on Saturday, with Jae Crowder and Darius Johnson-Odom leading the way. Crowder finished with 29 points and 12 rebounds while JohnsonOdom scored 24 points. “You can’t measure heart and in a world where we try to count everything, not everything counts,” said Marquette coach Buzz Williams.
Golden Eagles fly too high for UConn
By Colin McDonough Associate Sports Editor
dagger, scoring 24 points. The Golden Eagles ran up and down the floor at will against UConn, and when they weren’t getting to HARTFORD — The UConn the rim, they made 10 3-pointers. “Marquette did a really good men’s basketball team couldn’t keep up with No. 12 Marquette, job, especially in the first half, of as the Huskies lost 79-64 to the running the court,” said associGolden Eagles in front of 16,294 ate head coach George Blaney. “Their speed and strength almost at the XL Center. The loss dropped UConn to blew our doors off.” Oriakhi, Andre Drummond 16-10 and 6-8 in the Big East. and Roscoe Smith The win improved all picked up Marquette to 22-5 two fouls in the and 11-3 in confirst half. Blaney ference play. Jeremy Lamb UConn 64 brought in Enosch Wolf for three had 19 points and 79 minutes in the seven rebounds Marquette half. Although for the Huskies. Shabazz Napier, Ryan Boatright Marquette had a disadvantage in and Alex Oriakhi also reached size, they still used speed to lead double figures in scoring for by 14 points at halftime. But the UConn, but the Huskies couldn’t Huskies struck back. UConn began the first five slow down Darius Johnsonminutes of the second half on a Odom and Jae Crowder. Crowder had 29 points and 12 15-5 run. After a Lamb 3-pointer rebounds with four 3-pointers. and an Oriakhi dunk the deficit Johnson-Odom hit dagger after was cut to 48-44 with 15:22 left.
Coach Buzz Williams called a timeout after the XL Center went into a frenzy during the Huskies’ final contest in Hartford this season. But the turning point was a technical foul called on Boatright for trash talking to a Marquette player before the timeout. Johnson-Odom hit both technical free throws and on the ensuing possession Crowder hit a 3-pointer. “I thought the technical really changed the game,” Blaney said. “And we didn’t recover from that very well. Blaney said the officials gave him an explanation as to why Boatright picked up the technical, but Blaney would not say what the explanation was. When asked if he thought it was a fairly-issued technical, Blaney said, “No.” Napier thought it was a mistake by Boatright, but also that the officials didn’t need to call it on the freshman guard.
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UConn guard Shabazz Napier drives during Saturday’s game against Marquette at the XL Center in Hartford. The Huskies fell to the Golden Eagles 79-64.
Published on Feb 20, 2012