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UConn football player hospitalized By Scott Carroll Campus Correspondent
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Martin Hyppolite, a senior running back for the University of Connecticut football team, remains hospitalized after being involved in a car accident in Durham, N.H. that left one driver dead on the scene. Bruce Larson, 74, was struck headon by the vehicle of Ryan Marchant, 22, and was pronounced dead on the scene. Larson was a former judge who once served in the New Hampshire Circuit Court. Merchant was transported to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, and is reported to be in critical condition according to the associative press. The accident occurred near the University of New Hampshire on Route
4 in the town of Durham. Hyppolite was a passenger in the car of Merchant. While his injuries are unknown, he is listed in serious condition in the intensive care unit at Portsmouth Regional Hospital Monday afternoon and is expected to be released in the next few days, according to The Hartford Courant. While no charges have been filed yet, an investigation is ongoing into the accident that occurred. Recent investigative findings have suggested that Marchant’s 2004 Chrysler Sebring struck Larson’s 2000 Buick while passing a car on a two-lane highway just before 9 a.m. Hyppolite’s football career has been called into question as some wonder if he will ever take the field again. Once a standout high school player in
Wakefield, Mass., Hyppolite ran for 1,639 yards and 29 touchdowns as a senior. Hyppolite would then committed to the University of Connecticut after the departure of Donald Brown in 2008. Hyppolite served as the back up to Lyle McCombs during the 2012-13 season after redshirting the 2009 season and missing the entirety of 2011 due to injury. Hyppolite’s most notable moment as a Husky came against the Buffalo Bulls last fall as he took a sweep down the sideline for a 50-yard rushing touchdown, leading the Huskies to the win. Hyppolite would finish his season as the back-up full back, rushing for 69 yards on 19 carries.
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Senior running back Matin Hyppolite, above, was involved in a car accident and is currently hospitalized.
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UConnPIRG seeks restoration of student funding By Kyle Constable Campus Correspondent After losing funding at the end of the 2011-12 academic year, UConnPIRG completed one of the final steps to have its Tier III status and funding restored Friday. The Student Activity and Service Fee Advisory Committee (SASFAC) heard from the University of Connecticut Public Interest Research Group (UConnPIRG) Friday afternoon as the organization presented its case to have its Tier III status and the $5 student fee previously in place reinstated for the 2014-15 academic year. “Right now, we pay a proportionate amount of [ConnPIRG’s] bills,” Allison Schilling, the organization’s president, said to the committee when asked about how budgeting would change. “Instead, we will be contracting with ConnPIRG . . . on certain campaigns.” Four representatives of UConnPIRG testified before the 10-member committee, including Schilling, Vice President Laura Pendergast, Secretary Anita Reddy and one of the organization’s campaign directors, Kelsey Schultz. Nearly two dozen students showed up to support UConnPIRG’s effort to receive funding again. Specifically, three students addressed the committee, including Dean Walston, Vice President of the Residence Hall Association. “I feel like it’s one of the few organizations that’s preparing us to be global citizens, thinking outside of just UConn,” Walston said in his statement. “Something that UConn needs to start priding itself more in is how to affect communities.” In addition, two UConn faculty members expressed support for the reinstatement of funding. Tom Deans, a professor of English,
addressed the committee in person, stating that the organization has provided a means for some of his students to have “writing and research opportunities that fit within the academic parameters of my courses.” Steven Wisensale, a professor of Public Policy, submitted a letter to the committee in support of the organization, stating that he believed “their activities not only engage, challenge and benefit the students on campus, but they also do much for the state of Connecticut as well.” One student, Michael McGuigan, a 2nd-semester economics major and Daily Campus employee, acting of his own accord, spoke in opposition to the reinstatement of funding. McGuigan’s comments primarily addressed whether or not funding the organization again would be financially responsible. UConn students will have the opportunity to decide whether or not to restore funding to UConnPIRG in a vote currently scheduled to take place in just less than two weeks, from March 7 to March 11. Schilling described these next two weeks as “the exciting part.” Members of the organization will be out in force to try to gain the support necessary to have funding restored. “We’re gonna kick it into high gear,” Schilling said. “We’re gonna be wearing t-shirts. There’s gonna be buttons. It’s gonna be exciting.” UConnPIRG lost its Tier III status and funding at the end of the 2011-12 academic year after concerns were raised in their annual audit. Pendergast described it as being “little things” that resulted in the loss of funding. Whether it was taking better minutes or trying to determine how money was being distributed, confusion surrounded the organization at the end of the
year, resulting in the loss of fund- rest of the leadership hope, will ing. result in more clarity as to where “‘Hey, it looks a lot like you’re the money ultimately ends up. sending all of your money to an The organization initially hoped off-campus source,’” Schilling to have funding reinstated for the said of the concerns mentioned 2013-14 academic year, as its proin the audit. “Moving forward, posed budget for the year indicated we’re just tryover $207,000 in ing to make it planned expendivery clear that tures. However, we’re actually as the committee not doing that.” made clear, the Since the earliest funding start of the curcan be restored is rent fiscal year, the 2014-15 acathe organizademic year. tion spent over Some confusion $164,000, with during the hearalmost $65,000 ing came from going to what the distinction the organizabetween the terms tion reported “UConnPIRG” as dues and and “ConnPIRG,” an additional which were used $19,000 being Dean Walston i n t e r c h a n g e allocated to ably at times. VP of RHA F u r t h e r m o r e , contractual services. These mentions of U.S. expenditures PIRG only further resulted in many questions being complicated the understanding of asked about how much of the the hierarchy. money spent was actually benefitSchilling explained that U.S. ing UConn students. PIRG is the national organizaIn the past, funds directed to tion that supports ConnPIRG, a UConnPIRG were given in a lump statewide entity with three chapsum to ConnPIRG, some of which ters in Connecticut, including was then funneled into U.S. PIRG. UConnPIRG Storrs, the chapter at This process would eventually the Storrs campus of UConn. lead to services being provided to Trying to clear up this confusion UConn students looking for train- and gain the support of the student ing in political activism. body will be the organization’s However, once the funds left goal leading up to the campusthe campus, it became impossible wide vote. to trace whether or not they were Whether they are making their having a direct impact on UConn presentation in a class lecture or students. The questions surround- handing out campaign materials ing this was ultimately the reason on the street, UConnPIRG memthat the organization losing their bers are going to spend these cruTier III status and funding. cial remaining weeks fighting to Because of these concerns, win back their funding. UConnPIRG adjusted its fiscal “You’re going to be seeing a lot policy to prevent them from pay- of UConnPIRG over the next two ing any dues directly, instead, pay- weeks,” Schilling said. ing for contractual services from ConnPIRG and U.S. PIRG. This change in policy, Schilling and the Kyle.Constable@UConn.edu
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Conn. lawmakers debate resurrecting highway tolls
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are hearing mixed opinions about the latest legislative proposals to reinstitute highways tolls. Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi told members of the General Assembly’s Transportation Committee Monday the state needs to find a way to generate revenue to help fix the state’s roads and bridges. Rep. Tony Guerrera, the committee’s co-chairman, agreed the state cannot rely on gas tax revenues given the improved gas mileage of cars. Several bills are under consideration establishing electronic tolls along Connecticut’s borders and on Route 11 in southeastern Connecticut.
2nd suspicious sent letter to Conn. governor
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the second suspicious letter in a week sent to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s office. Andrew Doba, Malloy’s spokesman, said “a green granular substance” was found in a piece of mail opened Monday afternoon. State Capitol Police said Malloy’s constituent services office notified them that a member of Malloy’s security detail had opened the piece of mail. Capitol Police said samples were collected, sent to the state police lab for testing and the matter was under investigation by the Connecticut State Police Major Crimes Unit. Staff dressed in hazardous materials suits from the state police and Department of Energy and Environmental Protection could be seen removing a letter from one of Malloy’s offices on the fourth floor. Capitol Police said the city of Hartford Health Department was also on the scene. A similar letter was found on Feb. 19 after Malloy’s office received a phone call threatening that anthrax was contained inside. That letter containing a white powdery substance was found in the mailroom at the Legislative Office Building. Initial tests determined it was not hazardous.
Conn. lawmakers to discuss death certificate bill
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are scheduled to hear testimony on the last of three bills attempting to limit the release of personal information from death certificates to the public. All three bills stem from the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. The third bill, favored by Newtown Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia, would make sure personal identifying information is not included on death certificates when requested by members of the public not associated with the family, the funeral home making arrangements or the deceased parents. It will be the subject of a public hearing before the legislature’s Public Health Committee on Wednesday. But unlike the other two bills, which address death certificates, this bill would also apply to marriage certificates.
5 Conn. nursing homes file for Ch. 11 bankruptcy
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Five Connecticut nursing homes have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization after the U.S. Supreme Court denied their management company’s request to delay a court order to reinstate 600 striking workers. HealthBridge Management LLC announced Monday that the homes filed Chapter 11 papers in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Newark, N.J., Sunday. Patient care won’t be affected. The Parsippany, N.J., company cited “unsustainable” pension and medical benefit costs for workers with District 1199 of the New England Health Care Employees Union. Union President David Pickus says the bankruptcy filing is intended to avoid legal obligations to the workers. The five nursing homes are Long Ridge of Stamford, Newington Health Care Center, Westport Health Care Center, West River Health Care Center in Milford and Danbury Health Care Center.
Newtown Supt. says she plans to take new job
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — The head of the Connecticut school district where a gunman killed 20 elementary school students and six faculty members reportedly intends to take another job. Newtown Schools Superintendent Janet Robinson tells The News-Times of Danbury (http://bit.ly/XX3FKz) on Monday she intends to accept an offer from the Stratford School District to become its new superintendent as of July 1. Robinson said the Stratford school board is scheduled to meet Wednesday to formally offer her the job, “and I will accept.” She was speaking from California, where she’s attending a national conference of school administrators.
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The items below list charges filed, not convictions. All persons appearing below are entitled to the due process of law and presumed innocent until proven guilty. Individual police blotters will be taken off the website three semesters after they have been posted. Feb. 20 Emilio A. Flores, 18, of Wethersfield, was arrested at 12:56 a.m., at Storrs Road and charged with criminal mischief in the fourth degree, drug paraphernalia, illegal distribution of a contraband substance and possession of drug paraphernalia in a drug factory. Police discovered 0.2 grams marijuana, $310 in cash, packaging materials, scales, Tupperware containers with numeric weight measurements on them and other drug paraphernalia while conducting an investigation in Flores’s dorm room. It was also discovered that Flores has tampered with the room’s smoke detector. His bond was posted at $5,000 and his court date is March 5. Feb. 21 Hiram J. Cardona, 26, of Hartford, was arrested at 12:12 a.m., at UConn Police Headquarters and charged with larceny in the fifth degree. Police took Cardona into custody on an active arrest warrant stemming from the theft of university apparel from the Field House. His bond was posted at $1,000 and his court date is March 5. Feb. 22 Cory R. Martin, 20, of Coventry , was arrested at 9:30 p.m., at North Eagleville Road and charged with breach of the peace in the second degree and riot in the first degree. Police arrested Martin on an active arrest warrant stemming from an incident on B Project Service Road by North Campus. On Feb. 3 Martin and several others were involved in a fight with bottles. His bond was posted at $10,000 and his court date is March 5. Thomas A. Olmer, 21, of Bolton, was arrested at 5:11 p.m., at Shoddy Mill Road in Bolton and charged with assault in the first degree, conspiracy to commit assault in the first degree, criminal attempt to commit assault in the first degree and riot in the first degree. The warrant stemmed from an incident on
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 B Project Service Road by N o r t h Campus. On Feb. 3 Olmer and several other individuals were involved in a fight with bottles. Several people involved in the fight received serious physicals injuries. His bond was posted at $150,000 and his court date was Feb. 25. Feb. 23 Dylan E. Yurgel, 20, of Coventry, was arrested at 5:38 a.m., at North Eagleville Road and charged with breach of the peace in the second degree and riot in the first degree. Police arrested Yurgle on an active arrest warrant stemming from an incident on B Project Service Road by North Campus. On Feb. 3 Yugel and several others were involved in a fight with bottles. His bond was posted at $10,000 and his court date is March 5. Feb. 24 Zachary S. Cushing, 22, of Willimantic, was arrested at 7:40 p.m., at UConn Police Headquarters and charged with breach of peace in the second degree and riot in the first degree. Cushing turned himself in on an valid arrested warrant stemming from an incident on Feb. 3 where Cushing and several others were involved in a fight with bottles on B Project Service Road by North Campus. His bond was posted at $10,000 and his court date was Feb. 25. Joseph E. Viscuso, 19, of Coventry, was arrested at 3:35 p.m., at UConn Police Headquarters and charged with breach of peace in the second degree and riot in the first degree. Viscuso turned himself in on a valid arrested warrant stemming from an incident on Feb. 3 where Viscuso and several others were involved in a fight with bottles on B Project Service Road by North Campus. His bond was posted at $10,000 and his court date was Feb. 25. Mark A. Viscuso, 24, of Manchester, was arrested a 7:40 p.m., at UConn Police Headquarters and charged with breach of peace in the second degree and riot in the first degree. Viscuso turned himself in on a valid arrested warrant stemming from an incident on Feb. 3 where Viscuso and several others were involved in a fight with bottles on B Project Service Road by North Campus. His bond was posted at $10,000 and his court date was Feb. 25.
Kyler S. Fricke, 19, of Oakdale, was arrested at 10:27 a.m., at North Eagleville Road and charged with breach of peace in the second degree and riot in the first degree. Fricke turned himself in on a valid arrested warrant stemming from an incident on Feb. 3 where Fricke and several others were involved in a fight with bottles on B Project Service Road by North Campus. His bond was posted at $10,000 and his court date is March 5.
Thomas S. Hendel, 20, of Coventry, was arrested at 5:10 p.m., at UConn Police Headquarters and charged with assault in the first degree, conspiracy to commit assault in the first degree, and riot in the first degree. Hendel turned himself in on a valid arrested warrant stemming from an incident on Feb. 3 where Hendel and several others were involved in a fight with bottles on B Project Service Road by North Campus. His bond was posted at $10,000 and his court date is March 5.
Kevin S. Foster, 20, of Southbury, was arrested at 2:48 a.m., at Storrs Road and charged wit failure to appear in the second degree. Police stopped Foster’s car on Route 195 by East Campus after he failed to obey a traffic control signal. Upon investigations officers found Foster had an active PRAWN rearrest warrant.
Feb. 25 Justin A. Mendonca, 20, of Cheshire, was arrested at 12:14 a.m., at Storrs Road and charged with a first offense of less than a half once of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, illegal distribution of a contraband substance, illegal distribution by a non drug dependent, possession of a hallucinogen, and possession of drug paraphernalia in a drug factory. Police executed a search and seizure warrant on room 606 Ellsworth Hall after receiving information that narcotics were in the room. Police discovered 7.1 grams of MDMA, known as ecstasy, 1.5 grams of marijuana, a digital scale containing drug residue, drug packaging material, and several other items used for the distribution and concealment of illegal drugs. Police determined Mendonca to be the owner of these items. His bond was posted at $70,000 and his court date was Feb. 25.
Clinton A. Yates, 31, of Old Fort, N.C., was arrested at 5:51 a.m., at North Eagleville Road, and charged with failure to appear in the second degree. Yates turned himself in at the UConn Police Headquarters on an active PRAWN warrant stemming from his failure to appear in court on Nov. 2, 1999. The 1999 court date was due to an incident on Sept. 26, 1999 where Yates was arrested for assault in the third degree.
High-stakes trial begins over 2010 Gulf oil spill
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP put profits ahead of safety and bears most of the blame for the disastrous 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a U.S. Justice Department attorney charged Monday at the opening of a trial that could result in the oil company and its partners being forced to pay tens of billions of dollars more in damages. The London-based oil giant acknowledged it made “errors in judgment” before the deadly blowout, but it also cast blame on the owner of the drilling rig and the contractor involved in cementing the well. It denied it was grossly negligent, as the government contended. The high-stakes civil case went to trial after attempts to reach an 11th-hour settlement failed. Eleven workers were killed when the Deepwater Horizon rig leased by the BP exploded on April 20, 2010. An estimated 172 millions of gallons
of crude gushed into the Gulf over the three months that followed in the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. Justice Department attorney Mike Underhill said the catastrophe resulted from BP’s “culture of corporate recklessness.” “The evidence will show that BP put profits before people, profits before safety and profits before the environment,” Underhill said in opening statements. He added: “Despite BP’s attempts to shift the blame to other parties, by far the primary fault for this disaster belongs to BP.” BP attorney Mike Brock acknowledged that the oil company made mistakes. But he accused rig owner Transocean Ltd. of failing to properly maintain the rig’s blowout preventer, which had a dead battery, and he claimed cement contractor Halliburton used a “bad slurry” that failed to prevent oil and gas from traveling up the well.
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Horse a hidden ingredient in many European foods
DUBLIN (AP) — So hungry you could eat a horse? Chances are, if you’ve regularly consumed processed-meat products in Europe, you already have. Since Ireland published surprise DNA results on Jan. 15 showing that a third of frozen “beef” burgers in Ireland contained at least a trace of horse, food scientists in more than a dozen countries have found the animal trotting into products where it was never meant to roam. Daily revelations from an ever-increasing menu of supermarket, catering and restaurant goods have taught the world one lesson: When minced up with other meat or slathered with spices, consumers cannot tell equine from bovine in the food chain. European horse has yet to be detected in any American-sold products. MEATBALLS In fairness, IKEA never did call them beef balls. The Swedish furniture giant has discovered that its signature cafeteria dish — spiced meatballs of mixed beef and pork — also might contain horse. Ikea said Monday it was withdrawing stocks of frozen “Kottbullar” meatballs from stores in 24 nations, including Thailand and Hong Kong in Asia and the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean. European countries affected were Austria, Belgium, Britain, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden. Somehow, the Swiss were spared. IKEA was keen to stress that its U.S.based meatballs were all-American and not subject to recall. BURGERS This is the product that started the January stampede to Europe’s DNA labs. Irish authorities doing a random quality check were shocked to find horse meat in frozen burgers produced for five Irish and British supermarkets, and eventually traced the source to Poland. The Irish producers’ top two customers — Burger King’s British, Irish and Danish restaurants and the British supermarket chain Tesco — quickly took their business elsewhere. PIZZA There’s something rotten in Denmark, but it’s not the meat itself. The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration says a product enigmatically described as “pizza meat” and sold by the Harby Slagtehus meat wholesaler contains cow, pig and horse. The company insists its customers in pizzerias across Denmark knew the topping contained horse, even if that little fact was nowhere on
BEIJING (AP) — Beijing hotly denies accusations of official involvement in massive cyberattacks against foreign targets, insinuating such activity is the work of rogues. But at least one piece of evidence cited by experts points to professional cyberspies: China’s hackers don’t work weekends. Accusations of state-sanctioned hacking took center stage this past week following a detailed report by a U.S.-based Internet security firm Mandiant. It added to growing suspicions that the Chinese military is not only stealing national defense secrets and harassing dissidents but also pilfering information from foreign companies that could be worth millions or even billions of dollars. Experts say Chinese hacking attacks are characterized not only by their brazenness, but by their persistence. “China conducts at least an order of magnitude more than the next country,” said Martin Libicki, a specialist on cyber warfare at the Rand Corporation, based in Santa Monica, California. The fact that hackers take weekends off suggests they are paid, and that would belie “the notion that the hackers are private,” he said. Libicki and other cyber warfare experts have long noted a Monday-through-Friday pattern in the intensity of attacks believed to come from Chinese sources, though there has been little evidence released publicly directly linking the Chinese military to the attacks. Mandiant went a step further in its report Tuesday saying that it had traced hacking activities against 141 foreign entities in the U.S. Canada, Britain and elsewhere to a group of operators known as the “Comment Crew” or “APT1,” for “Advanced Persistent Threat 1,” which it traced back to the People’s Liberation Army Unit 61398. The unit is headquartered in a nondescript 12-story building inside a military compound in a crowded suburb of China’s financial hub of Shanghai. Attackers stole information about pricing, contract negotiations, manufacturing, product testing and corporate acquisitions, the company said. Hacker teams regularly began work, for the most part, at 8 a.m. Beijing time. Usually they continued for a standard work day, but sometimes the hacking persisted until midnight. Occasionally, the attacks stopped for two-week periods, Mandiant said, though the reason was not clear. China denies any official involvement, calling such accusations “groundless” and insisting that Beijing is itself a major victim of hacking attacks, the largest number of which originate in the U.S. While not denying hacking attacks originated in China, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Thursday that it was flat out wrong to accuse the Chinese government or military of being behind them. Mandiant and other experts believe Unit 61398 to be a branch of the PLA General Staff’s Third Department
Advertising for Ikea meat balls at the parking area at an Ikea store in Malmo Sweden Monday Feb. 25, 2012. Furniture retailer Ikea says it has halted all sales of meat balls in Sweden after Czech authorities detected horse meat in frozen meatballs that were labeled as beef and pork.
the ingredients list. Government vets don’t believe a word of that.
recall of products includes meat-filled, semicircular pastries called empanadas.
SPAGHETTI BOLOGNESE Better make that “bolo-neighs.” Many of Europe’s leading makers of microwaveable frozen foods — including Birds Eye of Britain, Nestle of Switzerland, and Findus of France — found that some suppliers had mixed horse into the ground beef used for Europe’s most ubiquitous pasta sauce.
PIES You might be surprised to find horse meat hiding under a frilly layer of potato. Britishstyle cottage pies, with gravy, beef and carrots under the smashed spuds, have been withdrawn from scores of school cafeterias in England, Wales and Scotland after DNA tests found horse meat inside. France made similar discoveries in its potato-topped pie called hachis Parmentier.
PASTA Not to beat a dead horse, but Europe’s food-testing labs are indicating that any factory-made pasta product containing “beef” sauce or filling might be horse in drag. Among those caught at the DNA finish line are the frozen “beef” lasagnas of Birds Eye; Nestle’s Buitoni brand of ravioli in Italy and fusilli in Spain; and Combino-branded tortelloni and penne in Austria. France’s Comigel blamed the discovery of up to 100 percent horse in its “beef” lasagnas — sold under other brand names, including Findus and Tesco — on a complex supply chain stretching from its Luxembourg factory back via Dutch and Cypriot middlemen to Romania horse butchers. PASTRIES Thank goodness there’s no such thing (yet) as a beef doughnut. In Spain, Nestle’s
VEGETABLES Mom might tell you to eat your vegetables, but the Nestle product recall in Spain included meat-stuffed peppers. KEBABS Once you’ve blended a handful of meats, does one more really matter? The Austrians found horse in kebab meat produced by a Vienna firm, Lilla Gastronomie, that was supposed to contain a blend of only beef, pork and turkey. SAUSAGES Fry ‘er up: Despite sausages’ worldwide reputation as a favored destination for mystery meat, only Austria has found equine DNA hiding in sausages, in two brands made by Josef Freitag, aka “Joe Friday.”
Observational studies show Mediterranean-style diets cut heart risks
Pour on the olive oil, preferably over fish and vegetables: One of the longest and most scientific tests of a Mediterranean diet suggests this style of eating can cut the chance of suffering heart-related problems, especially strokes, in older people at high risk of them. The study lasted five years and involved about 7,500 people in Spain. Those who ate Mediterranean-style with lots of olive oil or nuts had a 30 percent lower risk of major cardiovascular problems compared to those who were told to follow a lowfat diet but who in reality, didn’t cut fat very much. Mediterranean meant lots of fruit, fish, chicken, beans, tomato sauce, salads, and wine and little baked goods and pastries. Mediterranean diets have long been touted as heart-healthy, but that’s based on observational
In this Thursday Jan. 17, 2013 file photo, a woman buys fruit at a market in Barcelona, Spain. Mediterranean diets have long been touted as heart-healthy, but that’s based on observational studies.
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studies that can’t prove the point. The new research is much stronger because people were assigned diets to follow for a long time and carefully monitored. Doctors even did lab tests to verify that the Mediterranean diet folks were consuming more olive oil or nuts as recommended. Most of these people were taking medicines for high cholesterol and blood pressure, and researchers did not alter those proven treatments, said one study leader, Dr. Ramon Estruch of Hospital Clinic in Barcelona. But as a first step to prevent heart problems, “we think diet is better than a drug” because it has few if any side effects, Estruch said. “Diet works.” Results were published online Monday by the New England Journal of Medicine and were discussed at a nutrition conference in Loma Linda, Calif.
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responsible for collection and analysis of electronic signals such as e-mails and phone calls. It and the Fourth Department, responsible for electronic warfare, are believed to be the PLA units mainly responsible for infiltrating and manipulating computer networks. China acknowledges pursuing these strategies as a key to delivering an initial blow to an opponent’s communications and other infrastructure during wartime — but the techniques are often the same as those used to steal information for commercial use. China has consistently denied state-sponsored hacking, but experts say the office hours that the cyberspies keep point to a professional army rather than mere hobbyists or so-called “hacktivists” inspired by patriotic passions. Mandiant noticed that pattern while monitoring attacks on the New York Times last year blamed on another Chinese hacking group it labeled APT12. Hacker activity began at around 8:00 a.m. Beijing time and usually lasted through a standard workday. The Rand Corporation’s Libicki said he wasn’t aware of any comprehensive studies, but that in such cases, most activity between malware embedded in a compromised system and the malware’s controllers takes place during business hours in Beijing’s time zone. Richard Forno, director of the University of Maryland Baltimore County’s graduate cybersecurity program, and David Clemente, a cybersecurity expert with independent analysis center Chatham House in London, said that observation has been widely noted among cybersecurity specialists. “It would reflect the idea that this is becoming a more routine activity and that they are quite methodical,” Clemente said. The PLA’s Third Department is brimming with resources, according to studies commissioned by the U.S. government, with 12 operation bureaus, three research institutes, and an estimated 13,000 linguists, technicians and researchers on staff. It’s further reinforced by technical teams from China’s seven military regions spread across the country, and by the military’s vast academic resources, especially the PLA University of Information Engineering and the Academy of Military Sciences. The PLA is believed to have made cyber warfare a key priority in its war-fighting capabilities more than a decade ago. Among the few public announcements of its development came in a May 25, 2011 news conference by Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng, in which he spoke of developing China’s “online” army. “Currently, China’s network protection is comparatively weak,” Geng told reporters, adding that enhancing information technology and “strengthening network security protection are important components of military training for an army.”
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Lincoln historical inaccuracy should have been avoided
ow important is it for a film to be historically accurate? “Lincoln,” which won Daniel DayLewis the Academy Award for Best Actor on Sunday, has been making headlines the past few weeks after Congressman Joe Courtney noted the film portrayed Connecticut’s representatives as being split on whether to abolish slavery. In fact, the actual 1865 vote on passing the Thirteenth Amendment was four Connecticut votes for, zero votes against. Clearly this was a fairly minor error, but for a film that spent years consulting historians for maximum historical accuracy, down to such easily-overlookable details as faithfully recreating Lincoln’s watch, we agree with Courtney that this is one element they should have been correct. The actual roll call on the Amendment was incredibly close, only passing by two votes over the required threshold. Without those two votes, who can say how much longer it would have taken America to finally get around to ending its gravest human rights abuse? But the filmmakers’ need to portray almost every individual state has being internally divided on the issue does an injustice to those states which stood tall and strong against the injustice of slavery. Connecticut was firmly against the slavery. It was the country as a whole that was not. Similar complaints have been noted against the Best Picture winner, “Argo,” in which the culminating climactic scene featured a car chase down an airport runway as American hostages escaped from Iranian terrorists. The actual 19791980 hostage crisis did occur, but in fact that car chase never happened at all. The fictions in “Argo” are apparently much more frequent than in “Lincoln,” with several additional scenes in the film that were entirely fictitious. Courtney has asked “Lincoln” director Steven Spielberg to alter the scene when released on DVD later this year. We would support that request (although it is certainly not worth raising a big furor if this fails to occur). If a film is supposedly “based on a true story,” then it should be as much as possible based on a true story. 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.
Soooo if Bigggggg Mike had a sidekick, what would his name be? Liiiiiitle Tony? Usually Syracuse waits until March to underachieve. Guess it came early this year. A cute girl with a nice butt got on the tread mill in front of me at the gym while i was biking. My thoughts? Pedal faster. I’m not fat...I’M SOLID. Sometimes I feel like I really need to get back on the horse and start being productive again. But most times I stop being so critical and just keep watching Netflix. Syracuse loses and I’m happy. Now all I need is a nice little UConn win to make the week complete. I need to think of more words that rhyme with headache so I can adequately portray my feelings in my Monday poems. Reasons why you should check your email: My friend Mike saw a post warning about Bigggggg Mike on his girlfriend’s wall and was wondering what he’d done wrong. I’ve decided that a T-Pain song will be my wedding song. I don’t know which one, I just know it needs to be autotuned. If you could have one of the letters in your name be multiplied by six, which would it be? I would definitely be Big Jessssss. #can #someone #please #explain #hashtagging #every #word #to #me because it looks ridiculous and tacky. I didn’t know athletes could be put on injured reserve when it comes to university talks.
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Marijuana debate has reached a tipping point
hether you’re watching television, listening to the radio, reading the newspaper or just looking at your Twitter feed, chances are you’ll see a story about marijuana policy. Only years ago, marijuana was a fringe issue that drew giggles from reporters and silence from politicians. Today, it’s one of the leading issues in our national debate, and it’s clear which way the political winds are blowing. The American marijuana policy debate is at a tipping point. One of the most visible examples of this major shift is the passage of By Sam Tracy recreational mariWeekly Columnist juana legalization by popular vote in Colorado and Washington. Last November, citizens of both states approved referendums to legalize marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol, allowing the state to set up a regulatory process to allow for the production and distribution of marijuana to adults over 21 years of age. State lawmakers are now implementing the laws, drafting the exact regulations with input from the drug policy, business and public health communities. Many states are attempting to replicate those victories, with legalization bills introduced in the state legislatures of Hawaii, Maryland, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. It’s too early to tell how likely any of these bills are to pass, but these unprecedented numbers of proposals are a victory themselves. Allies of drug policy reform are no longer afraid to show themselves, and are stepping up to
start this important debate with their fellow or medicine aside, there have also been lawmakers. numerous victories in adjusting the overly However, if any of these bills pass, harsh penalties for possessing the drug. the states will simply join Colorado and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg Washington in wondering whether the feder- recently announced that those found in posal government is going to allow legalization session of personal amounts of marijuana to be implemented. The will immediately get a Obama Administration court date, rather than has the choice to either first having to spend a “A recent poll crack down and enforce night in jail. the federal ban in these Outside the realm of shows that 51 states, or allow them to government, it’s clear percent of Americans proceed with legalizathat marijuana is becomtion and only use feding more of a mainstream support legalization, eral resources against issue. Morgan Freeman those in violation of recently lent his famous compared to only both state and federal voice to “Breaking the law. Many organizations Taboo,” a documenta30 percent in are working to convince ry film portraying the opposition.” President Obama to disastrous effects of the take the former route, war on drugs. A new and some lawmakers in organization, Marijuana Congress are trying to Majority, has been remove the federal prohibition altogether. formed with the sole purpose of showcasAs I wrote two weeks ago, Representative ing the fact that most Americans support Jared Polis (D-CO) has introduced a bill reforming our marijuana policies. that would leave all marijuana policy up to Looking at public support for marijuana the states. A recent YouGov poll shows that legalization, one immediately notices that 51 percent of Americans support allowing younger voters are the most supportive. these states to implement legalization, com- While there is a definite generational split pared to only 30 percent in opposition. on the issue, this does not mean that This gap is even larger when it comes to progress is inevitable. All of the victories medical marijuana enforcement. The same outlined above were not due to shifting poll shows that Americans support exempt- demographics in the voting population, ing medical marijuana patients from federal but thanks to the hard work of dedicated law by a 35-point margin. This illustrates advocates. Marijuana policy is at a tipping the rapidly growing support for the idea, point, but continued progress is only poswhich is currently law in 18 states and being sible if people learn more about the issues considered for passage in an additional 15. and communicate their views to key deciTo top it all off, the first medical marijuana sion makers. dispensary in our nation’s capital is set to begin operating this April, and is getting a Weekly Columnist Sam Tracy is an 8th-semester political science major. He can be reached at significant amount of positive press. Legalization of marijuana for recreation Samuel.Tracy@UConn.edu.
Michael Cera and the quest for losing your virginity
ichael Cera’s virginity loss cliche is an example of how our conception of masculinity affects what a male must accomplish in order to achieve manhood, and this viewpoint is detrimental to men for a variety of reasons. As the patron saint of all awkBy Victoria Kallsen ward teenage boys, Staff Columnist Michael Cera has always fascinated me since I’m the girl who falls for a sidekick. For this reason, Michael Cera captured my heart in 2007’s “Juno,” also starring the delightful Ellen Page, where Cera managed to impregnate said female lead. Thusly, as I watched every other film starring him over the years, I came to the conclusion that the quest for Cera’s character in every film was to get the girl and lose his virginity to her. But really. Now that I’ve pointed this out to you, you’re thinking about it, and know that’s pretty close to accurate. It’s not a perfect theory, as Cera does not go all the way with the love interests of “Arrested Development,” “Superbad” and “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist.” However, at least in the
latter two, it is implied that such an act will eventually be accomplished. We’ll have to wait until May to see if George Michael eventually wins not-cousin, Maeby. Still, winning the girl is the entire point of his films, so much that I’m beginning to be concerned he’s a male Katherine Heigl or Kristen Stewart. Now, this is all well and good. Like I’m super-proud of you for all of your successful sexual encounters. Yet, it says a lot about the ideals that we hold of masculinity. Virginity loss for Michael Cera and characters like him is an accomplishment. Yes, that’s great; I’m certainly not here to write an article on not having sex. Still, there’s also the suggestion that Cera can’t be a fully realized male adult figure, until his v-card is expired. Think about it. How do we characterize men who choose not to be sexually adventurous or even wait until marriage? Let’s call them the “purity ring” men. For example, the Jonas Brothers made headlines back in the day when they were wearing their purity rings, but were often ridiculed for it. It recalls Alec Baldwin’s sketch on SNL with the famous trio, where he, the “fourth Jonas,” implies his activities with the ring were a
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little too lewd. It’s especially bad when you compare them to virgin queens Taylor Swift and Demi Lovato, who receive praise for their wholesome family-friendly images. What it comes down to is that gender is, in many ways, a social construct. The word limit on this article prevents me from adequately defending this point on all angles, but we’ll use it here to say that it is socially created ideal that men need to lose their virginity in order to attain their manhood. There’s nothing biological to say that this accomplishment makes you more or less worthy of your masculinity. You’re just able to reproduce; kudos. In fact any compulsion one has to increase their masculinity and everything about masculinity is completely created by the society we live in. If it wasn’t socially constructed, then how have women been able to change their own socially constructed image where for thousands of years they were too delicate to do much of anything? How does masculinity hurt men is ultimately the question you should ask yourself. Some studies have shown that men with higher “femininity” scores have better heart health. I believe
masculinity is the reason statistics say women are 70 percent more likely to have depression according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Women are just more likely to admit they need the help. (This fact is much better outlined in Terrence Real’s “I Don’t Want to Talk About It,” if you would like more information.) The fact of the matter is even if women are so much more likely to have depression, men are 3.75 times more likely to commit suicide according to official U.S. suicide data. So where does this leave us? It leaves us to question the ideas we see in media, something I know I frequently ask of you. I don’t want a patriarchal society that forces men to live to a standard of masculinity they or we may not agree with. It is humorous to see Michael Cera piddle along, trying to lose his virginity so haphazardly. Yet, we still must consider what this says about masculinity and how that affects the men in our society. Otherwise, the consequences may not be as entertaining. Staff Columnist Victoria Kallsen is a 4th-semester mechanical engineering major. She can be reached at Victoria. Kallsen@UConn.edu.
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The Oscars postmortem: the good, the bad and the mediocre
By Joe O’Leary Focus Editor Fifty-two weeks, hundreds of films and twenty-three categories later, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have inaugurated the eighty-fifth Best Picture, “Argo,” into the annals of history. Overlong, slightly disjointed and surprisingly enjoyable, the 85th Academy Awards have come and gone but showed a few glimpses into what Hollywood’s doing right and wrong in the modern age. Seth MacFarlane, the television kingpin turned movie superstar, turned in an aboveaverage hosting job, reviving the presentation from the past few years. His humor was directly in line with his hugely successful TV shows, crass and sarcastic. A “Django Unchained” joke that referenced Chris Brown and Rihanna’s famous relationship problems was an early gem, though he leaned too hard on sexist and religion-based humor, enough that the jokes became noticeably mean or forced. “Argo” was the biggest success of the night, overcoming Ben Affleck’s snub for Best Director to take three Oscars including the big prize, Best Picture. The lack of a runaway success left “Life of Pi” as the overall winner with only four awards and allowed six of the nine Best Picture nominees to take home at least one statue. The philosophical tiger flick won a huge upset when Ang Lee’s “impossible” tale of survival and beauty beat Steven
Host Seth MacFarlane, right, and actress Kristin Chenoweth perform a song dedicated to the “losers” during the finale of the Oscars.
Spielberg’s supposed shoo-in “Lincoln,” perhaps because the latter’s old-guard style of filmmaking seemed too old-fashioned (it was more of a history lesson than entertainment, but it got two other awards). Daniel Day-Lewis became The Best Actor with his third statue for his portrayal of Lincoln, his other awards for “There Will Be Blood” and “My Left Foot” give him the most ever for a single actor. It’s also the first time a Spielberg acting performance has won an Oscar. Jennifer Lawrence won a deserved Best Actress
for “Silver Linings Playbook,” solidifying her position as Hollywood’s hottest actress, and she won over any hearts she hadn’t yet when she tripped on her way up to the stage. With “Catching Fire” and an “X-Men” sequel coming in the surprisingly near future, she’ll remain red hot for years. Anne Hathaway’s performance in “Les Mis” winning Best Supporting Actress was destined from the moment she accepted the role; the more interesting story is with the Actor, Christoph Waltz for “Django Unchained.” Two Tarantino movies, two Oscars,
two of the finest German characters ever put to film. And he won this one over four other former winners. Tarantino got his statue for the Original Screenplay of “Django,” a slight upset that makes me feel really smug about having a copy of the script for more than a year, while “Argo” took home Adapted Screenplay, probably the first time the award’s gone to an adaptation of an article from Wired Magazine. There was a rare tie in Sound Editing, which went to both “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Argo,” preventing
the Osama Bin Laden revenge story from going home emptyhanded; it’s been about twenty years since a category has tied, and it’s only happened six times in total, making the confusion on stage seem like a perfectly normal reaction. The billion-dollar Bond flick “Skyfall” and the super-spy’s film history were given a lavish celebration. Relating to the show’s theme of film’s greatest musical hits (“Chicago,” “Dreamgirls” and “The Sound of Music” were among the musicals referenced during the show), Shirley Bassey and Adele’s respective performances of “Goldfinger” and “Skyfall” were perfect representations of the mood, allure and power that music can add to film, though they weren’t too dedicated to the theme. But there was no way Adele wasn’t getting an Oscar for the song. She’ll EGOT before we know it. The rest of the night was fairly uninteresting. Some fun stuff happened on stage: presenters looked great and not-sogreat, some gimmicks and montages filled time, and the show ended just before midnight – as expected. An appearance from MacFarlane’s character Ted was a well-animated surprise, and while the humor was sometimes flat, it was fun to watch. That’s a good way to sum up this year’s Oscars: a competent celebration of a great year in film.
J.J Abrams to direct new ‘Star Wars’ Previews for upcoming spring blockbusters movie; ‘Star Trek’ to hit theaters first By Joe O’Leary Focus Editor
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By Alex Sferrazza Campus Correspondent Hot on the heels of the announcement that he will be the director of the upcoming “Star Wars: Episode VII” J.J. Abrams is easily the most talked about filmmaker in Hollywood these days. With all of the hype surrounding the “Star Wars” announcement, its very easy to forget that the director already has a major science fiction film coming out in a few months. This picture is none other than the next installment of the legendary “Star Trek” franchise, “Star Trek: Into Darkness.” The sequel to Abrams’ wildly acclaimed and Oscar Winning 2009 quasi-reboot “Star Trek”, “Into Darkness” follows the continuing adventures of the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise as they explore the outer reaches of the galaxy. If 2009’s “Star Trek” and Abrams’ follow up directorial feature “Super 8” are any indication, expect “Into Darkness” to be a spectacular, well paced, dramatic action adventure film. This is not your father’s “Trek.” While 2009’s “Star Trek” absolutely paid a won-
derful homage to the original television series and films with its humor, impeccable casting and sense of adventure, it was, by design, less philosophical and and more action oriented in order to appeal to a wider audience. Not only did it work, but “Star Trek” became what no Trek film had become before, a blockbuster earning over 380 million dollars worldwide. The entire main cast reprises their roles from the first film. “Into Darkness” stars Chris Pine as Captain James T. Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Commander Spock, and Zoe Saldana as Lieutenant Uhura. Being a J.J. Abrams production, details are extremely tight on the films plot. However based on the released trailer, as well as the ten minute preview of the film that was shown before an IMAX presentation of “The Hobbit,” expect a much more dramatic and personal film this time around (in addition to the expected state-of-the-art special effects and production design). In some exciting news for film buffs, “Star Trek Into Darkness” was shot in part with IMAX cameras, thankfully con-
tinuing a trend used in recent films by certain action filmmakers including Christopher Nolan in “The Dark Knight Rises,” and Abrams’s collaborator Brad Bird in “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.” As those privileged enough to have viewed these films in IMAX theaters very well know, the difference and clarity provided by the format are undisputedly superior. Academy Award winning composer and frequent Abrams’ collaborator Michael Giacchino will return to score the film, following up on his spectacular effort on the score to 2009’s “Star Trek.” Director J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek: Into Darkness” will undoubtably be one of the must-see blockbusters of the summer. With the “Star Wars” announcement, the future of the “Star Trek” franchise remains uncertain; all the more reason to cherish “Into Darkness” even more. Boldly head towards a theater near you when “Star Trek: Into Darkness” opens in theaters May 17, 2013.
As of Friday, the hard, cold winter and its lack of anything resembling a good movie will be well in the dust. March is coming to the box office like a lion, but don’t expect any lambs to make appearances; the spring has more than a few major hits on the way before the blockbusters of May send us to summer. March 1: “21 and Over,” “Jack the Giant Slayer,” “The Last Exorcism Part II,” and “Phantom.” The big question mark here is “Jack the Giant Slayer,” Warner Bros. and New Line’s adaptation of the classic fairy tale, starring “Warm Bodies” actress Nicholas Hoult. While it’s overcome an early postponement and poor trailers, it’s unknown whether the nearly $200 million adventure will be the epic tale it advertises itself to be, much less ever turn a profit. “21 and Over” is a low-budget raunchy, R-rated flick looking to ape the success of “The Hangover,” though it’ll probably perform more like “Project X,” which made about $50 million on the same weekend last year. It looks trashy and idiotic, but there’s always an audience there. “The Last Exorcism” was wellreceived and was hugely profitable, but its ending was not sequelfriendly. Add in recent horror competition like “Mama” and “Dark Skies” and it’s probably not going to make waves. “Phantom” is a low-budget submarine thriller getting a last-minute wide release, but don’t expect much more than a B-movie out of it despite featuring Ed Harris and David Duchovny. March 8: “Dead Man Down,” “Oz The Great and Powerful” Disney’s latest big-budget March tentpole after the smash-hit “Alice in Wonderland” and the not-smash-hit “John Carter,” “Oz The Great and Powerful” features an all-star cast including James Franco, Michelle Williams and Mila Kunis and an inspired idea: a prequel to “The Wizard of Oz,” one of the most cherished films in history. Expect Disney’s latest to have a monster opening weekend, as its mix of the wonderous quirks of Oz and a serious tone should
prove to be Sam Raimi’s latest hit after the original “Spider-Man” trilogy. “Dead Man Down” is co-produced by WWE Films, a surprising credit on what appears to be a promising sleeper hit. The director did the original Swedish “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” and his follow-up here looks visually striking and violently stylish. Add in a cast featuring Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace, who reteams with her “Dragon Tattoo” coworker, and it’s clear that the film’s worth a look. March 15: “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” and “The Call” This is probably going to be an off week. Halle Berry’s “The Call” honestly doesn’t deserve much of a look; from its marketing, it’s a broad, predictable abduction story where Berry eventually saves an abducted girl from a serial killer or something after a bunch of telegraphed drama. “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” starring Steve Carell and Jim Carrey, should be a can’t-miss comedic hit, but the marketing leaves a lot to be desired. Early reviews say it’s a very fun story about Carell and Alan Arkin’s supporting character where Carrey only appears for 20 minutes, so look past the trailers. March 22: “Admission,” “The Croods” and “Olympus Has Fallen” This week should improve on the last, though we’re a bit too far out to know exactly how it’ll end up. “Admission,” a Tina FeyPaul Rudd romantic comedy set at a college, looks to be another crowd-pleasing dram-rom-com from Focus Features, though it’s tough to call whether it’ll be a big hit or a small success. “The Croods” is Dreamworks’ latest animated release, and has a couple of firsts attached to it. It’s the first of their films to be distributed by Fox, which should lead to a huge marketing blitz, and it’s their first film after “Rise of the Guardians” underperformed badly enough in the winter to pull down Dreamworks’ stock value. Ouch. They need this one to be a success, though no one knows if it’ll be enough of one to right the ship. “Olympus Has Fallen” is the first of this year’s White House-under-
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Post-midterm books to read
It’s that time of year again: midterm season. Whether you’ve already taken your exams or they are quickly approaching, you might need something to look forward to. Are you stuck in a class that you hate? The topic too hard, the professor too boring, lectures too confusing? If the semester is stressing you out or if you’re at a loss as to what to read when you actually have free time, here are some books whose upcoming releases I found noteworthy. If your midterms are done and you’re looking for a way to relax, go to the bookstore and purchase a copy of Jodi Picoult’s newest novel, “The Storyteller.” Released today, Picoult writes another gripping novel dealing with a variety of relationships and complex, thought provoking issues. Typical of her other books, the narration cycles between the different characters’ perspectives but this time, they tell a Holocaust story. Sage, a baker, befriends an elderly man who then asks her to kill him because he was a Nazi. Further adding to the complications of this request is that Sage’s grandmother is a Holocaust survivor. Picoult never fails to captivate readers and leave them shocked by an unexpected ending. “The Storyteller” should be no different. “Virus Thirteen” is the debut novel by Joshua Alan Parry. Reminiscent of the film, “Contagion,” “Virus Thirteen” is a scientific thriller. It is a fictional account of a married couple, James and Linda, who work at a biotech company together. When a bioterrorist attack releases a superflu that becomes a pandemic, the two must separate in their lines of work. Linda retreats to underground labs to help develop a vaccine while James, out in the world, realizes the company is facing a major threat. Having recently changed my major to Pathobiology, this topic is extremely interesting to me. When “Virus Thirteen” hits stores on March 26, hopefully a pandemic won’t hit with it. Almost four years have passed since the last Robert Langdon adventure written by Dan Brown. On May 14, Brown is back with a new journey for this popular character. Titled “Inferno,” Langdon must use Dante’s epic poem, also called “Inferno,” to save the day while in Italy. For a professor of symbology at Harvard, Langdon consistently manages to find himself in convoluted situations. Brown’s novels always display the extensive research he has conducted to produce such factual mysteries. His books teach you something new, like how to write a secret code or inspire you to travel to another part of the world. Based on past experiences, I know that the minute I get my hands on Brown’s newest work; I won’t be able to put it down. I find the release of a new book to be exciting, especially if it is a book written by an author whose novels I regularly read. Counting down the days until a copy of the book can be mine to read, I then revel in the first time I crack open the book, releasing that new book smell. These are only a small handful of the dozens of books that will be published in the next few months. Find something you’re interested in to help motivate and relax you when the semester is wearing you down.
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Dwayne Johnson stars as John Matthews, a father desperate to reduce his son’s jail sentence for a first-time drug offense.
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By Randy Amorim Campus Correspondent “Snitch” has been marketed as a fast paced action thriller, but it is nothing of the sort. it is an emotional drama aimed at bringing attention to real life social issues. The film focuses on the mandatory sentencing laws that are designed to force even small time first time offenders to snitch on their accomplices, with the goal of the DEA being to eventually work up the ladder and stop the drug trade. In theory we can all support this, but the film shows us the reality it brings about. The majority of those arrested are young first time offenders, many of whom were merely naïve. Dwayne Johnson plays John whose son is not a drug dealer, but agreed to hold a package filled with ecstasy for a lifelong friend to impress his girlfriend. What he didn’t know was that his friend had been arrested and set him up in order to reduce his sentence. Not knowing any drug dealers or anyone to snitch on, he is looking at a mandatory ten years, which his lawyer tells
him could be thirty under some legal loophole. John then starts trying to find drug dealers to create a bargaining chip for his son’s freedom which sets up the film’s premise. I liked Johnson’s performance and give him credit for breaking typecasting and trying something new. In fact, I’m even referring to him by his name now instead of “The Rock.” There’s a scene where he is pulled out of his car and beaten down by a group of drug dealers and another where a gun is pointed in his face and he looks away in fear and puts his hands up. Instead of expecting him to jump up and kill everyone after an intense struggle like we do in his other films, he excels at bringing this fearful everyman to life and reminding us that no matter how big you are you’re going to be scared when pushed into uncomfortable situations for the first time. They even have him wearing several layers to try and hide his muscles. This might work on Bruce Willis, but not on someone Johnson’s size.
Still, Johnson works, and he takes this very seriously, but perhaps rather than try and turn him into an everyday man they could have picked a real everyday man to create a more believable thriller. Or maybe we should just be thankful that Schwarzenegger or Stallone did not try to turn this into some ridiculous vehicle for them to undermine real life issues that Johnson is taking seriously. It works well as a social issue film, but it could be stronger. It feels like nothing more than a very good after school special. If we change the son to his daughter and the best friend who set him up to her boyfriend we basically have a Lifetime movie. The son is assaulted in prison, and since we know what happens in prison to young men, we all assume the worst. However, we get no specifics and do not see this happen. If the point is to show teens the dangers of getting involved with drugs why not show us the scene and the possible consequences rather than imply it?
“Snitch” works well as a dramatic thriller, but it really is missing something to make it more than just a good time with some reallife value. The few action scenes are good and I mostly enjoyed them because they were extremely realistic. The acting and everything else works as well, but it’s missing something more and I just don’t know what it is. I had no problems with the directing, but perhaps a different director could have brought something to the table. Talking with people after the movie, I found that while some did not like the movie, they still said they would show it to their children to warn them. “Snitch” succeeds in bringing about the emotional response it wants from you and it may even change your mind about Dwayne Johnson as an actor. It’s just missing something and has potential to be more. You’ll enjoy it a lot in the moment, but won’t be talking about it years later.
‘Dark Skies’ full of clouds without silver lining Maurilio.Amorim@UConn.edu
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Keri Russell stars as Lacy Barrett in sci-fi/horror film ‘Dark Skies.’
By Loumarie Rodriguez Senior Staff Writer
Sin City (2005)
If given the option to be haunted by ghosts or aliens, the better choice is go with ghosts as according to “Dark Skies,” aliens will financially and socially ruin your life. At least ghosts are cheap and tend to keep the activity only in the privacy of your home. “Dark Skies” basically mimics every aspect of a typical scary movie, minus all the thrills and scares. There is the extremely slow start, false build up and cheap scares. The only difference is they replaced the paranormal entities with aliens. Even the cheap scares lacked the element of surprise since they were all spoiled by the TV commercials however, they manage to hit the mark with every scary movie cliché. As usual the kids are used as scapegoats, at first, when the
problems begin. The husband doesn’t believe that anything is wrong even though the evidence is obvious. You also can’t forget that popping pills solves everything as the wife drugs herself when things become too intense. The movie follows a normal family that lives in a picturesque neighborhood in the suburbs. However, this family has some serious drama behind the scenes. The father has been unemployed for some time and is desperately searching for a job. The mother is stressed with her job since she has to take care of the bills and the oldest son is going through his awkward and angry preteen years. The only member of the family without a problem is the six year old son. If anything the movie was more of a dramatic Lifetimestyle movie since things go from
bad to worse. These aliens apparently don’t understand that humans have bills to pay and they caused so much financial trouble that it was stressful to watch. They cost the mom her job since these aliens have taken over their brains and control her to break down while at work. They give the oldest son a seizure so a hospital bill, force them to install an expensive security system in their home, wastes their food and a lot more. To top everything off their neighbors and friends are turning away from them with all the strange things happening. At this point in the movie ghosts and demons are suddenly looking friendlier. For reasons unknown, the writers had to add a really awkward and corny preteen romance scene, which was weird to sit
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through. Also, there were some disturbing scenes in order to demonstrate that the aliens had control of their minds, but they were poorly executed and tried too hard to look freaky when, in reality, it was almost a bit silly. Another oddity within the movie was during the night scenes as the camera followed character’s gaze you could tell that there was a flashlight connected to the camera. “Dark Skies” was, overall, predictable as the climax attempted to delude audience into thinking one way when in reality it seem clear what was coming. The next set of writers attempting to take on the alien genre should either get very creative or take some inspiration from 2002’s “Signs” at least that movie made an attempt at a unique plot.
2013 unusually good Oscars
The Oscars were presented Sunday night, and in case you missed it, “Argo” won Best Picture, Seth MacFarlane hosted and Jennifer Lawrence tripped and fell on her overdone dress. It’s time for the obligatory post-show review, for which I was prepared to open a wholesome can of snark and sarcasm. But I don’t think I’ll be able to seeing as I was pretty impressed with the show, and ended up eating several slices of humble pie after getting two of my six predictions correct. And seeing as the odds were 1–50 on the ones got right, it’s not much of an achievement. Giving Seth MacFarlane the hosting job was certainly a risk on the Academy’s part, given his shameless and vulgar brand of humor. On stage, MacFarlane held nothing back and while many of his jokes pushed the envelope, they killed. It was one of the funniest Oscars I’ve seen, and it helped that MacFarlane was both really into it, and kind of aware of how out of place he was. The opening bits with William Shatner were fantastic, the presenter introductions all worked and on a night that played tribute to movie musicals, they couldn’t have picked a more appropriate host. Other show highlights include a James Bond tribute with a great performance of “Goldfinger” by Shirley Bassey who, at 76, still has the pipes. A good number of musical performances, including ones by Catherine Zeta-Jones and the “Les Miserables” cast, sounded much better Sunday night than they did in the actual movie. A lot of presenters played it straight, with the biggest exception being Mark Wahlberg and MacFarlane’s character Ted. Their jokes were great and their presentation saw only the sixth tie in Oscar history. Also, how do you top Bill Clinton appearing at the Golden Globes? Having Michelle Obama appear and present the award for the Best Picture. Which was not only a moment of pure awesome, but a really clever move on the Academy’s part as the top three Best Picture contenders were about triumphs of the American government. And regarding last week’s column about the Oscars vs. the Golden Globes; verdict reached, Oscars win. As for the awards, there were several upsets and several predicted upsets that didn’t happen. Christoph Waltz beat out four legends to take home his second Oscar in three years. Ang Lee beat out Steven Spielberg for Best Director, whose “Lincoln” really didn’t do well, winning only twice with 12 nominations. Jennifer Lawrence beat out Emmanuelle Riva and Jessica Chastain, winning Best Actress and the very young age of 22. It was nice to see the technical awards divided up rather than go to one or two films as we’ve seen in recent years, although most of them should have gone to “Cloud Atlas.” And I promise this is the last time I will ever mention the masterpiece “Cloud Atlas.” The only thing that I saw worth complaining about were the animation awards. First, “Brave” should not have won, and I can’t help but feel it did so solely because it was made by Pixar. This is also the sec-
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The Onion apologizes for offensive actress tweet NEW YORK (AP) — The Onion is apologizing for calling the 9-year-old star of “Beasts of the Southern Wild” a vulgar and offensive name on Twitter, an attack that led to a firestorm online. The satirical newspaper on Sunday referred to Quvenzhane Wallis with an expletive intended to denigrate women. The Onion was lambasted overnight and asked for forgiveness Monday. “It was crude and offensive — not to mention inconsistent with The Onion’s commitment to parody and satire, however biting,” The Onion CEO Steve Hannah wrote on Facebook. “No person should be subjected to such a senseless, humorless comment masquerading as satire.” Hannah said the offensive tweet was taken down within an hour and the newspaper has “instituted new and tighter Twitter procedures” to ensure it will never happen again. Those responsible would be disciplined,
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he added. “Miss Wallis, you are young and talented and deserve better. All of us at The Onion are deeply sorry.” A message sent to Quvenzhane’s representative seeking comment wasn’t immediately returned Monday. She was the youngest-ever actress nominee at the Academy Awards. The Onion’s original tweet brought some calls for the fake news organization to publicly identify the writer of the tweet, vows to refuse to retweet its material, and requests from outraged consumers to email The Onion to complain. Oscar host Seth MacFarlane also joked about the young star during the ceremony. Some found the quip offensive, albeit not to the degree of the outrage over The Onion’s tweet. MacFarlane joked that “it’ll be 16 years before she’s too old for” George Clooney. Despite the attack, Quvenzhane
had some reason to stay positive Sunday. By the time she’d arrived at the Oscar telecast, she could boast that she had been cast to play Annie in a contemporized adaptation of the Broadway
musical and the “Little Orphan Annie” comic strip to be directed by Will Gluck. It wasn’t the first time The Onion has gotten into hot water for trying to push its humor. Last
Niccol stepped his game up like he did for “Gattaca.” The Tyler Perry movie needs next to no discussion. He tells Christian morality plays about truth and justice; they’re flawed but have a devoted audience who see the good among the bad. April 5: “Jurassic Park 3D,” “Evil Dead” Dodgson! We’ve got Dodgson here! Seemingly, no one would care, but the classic 20-year-old dinosaur epic deserves recognition for the waves of change it brought to Hollywood, and how better to remember it than a $20 IMAX 3D ticket? Watching it at home for free, of course, but this revamp of a classic should be pretty legit. The “Evil Dead” remake, with its tongue-slitting demons, looks to be a competent violent remake of the 1981 classic. Will Jane Levy from “Suburgatory” and her cast bring the laughs, though, or will this be a grimdark film that misses the mark? April 12: “42,” “Scary Movie 5,” and “Oblivion” IMAX release As you can tell, the offerings get slim in April. There’s a bit of
money to be made in the month, but audiences disappear once the blockbusters of May open. “42” is a Jackie Robinson drama featuring Harrison Ford; its trailer suggests it’s going to be a decent biopic but not much more. “Scary Movie 5” looks pretty terrible, a low-budget reboot of the never-classic but somewhat funny franchise destined for mediocrity. The real story: Tom Cruise’s “Oblivion,” the rare April blockbuster that’s spending a week in IMAX theaters on the 12th before hitting all theaters a week later. Cruise effectively plays a human WALL-E, a janitor cleaning Earth long after its waste has made it uninhabitable. The film looks beautiful and is directed by “Tron: Legacy” Helmer Joseph Kosinski, who has an eye for visual flair. April 19: “jOBS” Yeah, a weak week here means the Steve Jobs quickie biopic starring Ashton Kutcher is the only release of merit. Don’t expect it to be anything other than formulaic; early reports are that while Kutcher doesn’t embarrass himself, he doesn’t exactly shoot for an
Oscar. Wait for the Aaron Sorkinscripted film that’ll hit screens in a year or two. April 26: “The Big Wedding” and “Pain and Gain” The former is Lionsgate’s attempt at countering the maleoriented action of the blockbuster season with a romantic comedy. With a stacked cast including Robin Williams and Robert DeNiro, it may rise above the typical paint-by-numbers films of April… or it might join them. Michael Bay’s “Pain and Gain” may unofficially start the blockbuster season a week early, as it features Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as bodybuilders who try to throw their weight around in robberies but quickly get in over their heads. Bay was in low-budget mode here, as it only cost $22 million, but this one might share its leads’ muscles at the box office. May 3: “Iron Man 3” It is going to make a lot of money.
Actress Quvenzhane Wallis arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday Feb. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles.
Upcoming spring movies to see ... and to skip
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attack action flicks starring Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman, it was rushed to theaters specifically to beat “White House Down,” hitting in June with Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx. It’ll probably be an average actioner at best judging by its iffy CGI, but the jury’s out. March 29: “GI Joe: Retaliation,” “The Host,” “Tyler Perry’s Temptation” The “GI Joe” sequel was pushed from last June to this March, supposedly to add 3D and extra Channing Tatum. More likely, it’s because the film was rushed and a total piece, meaning extensive reshoots and editing were necessary. In its new form, especially in IMAX, it should be pretty eye candy, but don’t expect any more substance than you’d get from two kids playing with GI Joe action figures. “The Host” is an interesting test of Stephanie Meyer’s popularity, as it’s an adaptation of her first non-“Twilight” novel starring the young expert actress Saoirse Ronan. Don’t expect this one to be any good unless director Andrew
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year, the site attracted public ire for an image that showed an airliner about to crash into Chicago’s Willis Tower. Despite an outcry, the Onion’s marketing director refused to back down.
ond year in a row where the presentation was so bad I shut off my TV for a couple seconds. This year we had Paul Rudd and Melissa McCarthy do some sort of voice acting joke which fell flat on its face and made no sense. Last year Chris Rock all but said animation didn’t deserve to be part of the ceremony. Here’s an idea, get somebody to present who actually cares about the genre: Tim Curry, Jim Cummings, Kath Soucie, Wes Anderson, Don Bluth and Ralph Bakshi are still alive, why not them? All in all, this year’s Oscars were unusually good. The awards went to deserving people, not much was predictable and MacFarlane put on an unorthodox yet superb show. I can’t wait to see how the 2014 Oscars don’t live up to it.
Iran scoffs at Oscarwinning ‘Argo’
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian officials on Monday dismissed the Oscar-winning film “Argo” as proCIA, anti-Iran propaganda, but some young, moderate Iranians welcomed it as a fresh view of recent history. The movie, based on the escape of six American hostages from the besieged U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979, has not been screened in any Iranian theaters. But many Iranians have seen it nevertheless. In downtown Tehran, bootleg DVDs of “Argo” sell for about 30,000 rials, or less than $1. The movie has set off a spirited debate that exposed a generational divide. Iranians who took part in the 1979 Islamic Revolution picked apart the portrayals of Tehran at the time. But those too young to recall the events had a different view. “I want to know what the other side is saying,” said Shieda, a 21-year-old University of Tehran student, who gave only her first name for fear of a possible backlash for speaking with foreign media.
Tehran City Council member Masoomeh Ebtekar — who was one of the students who occupied the U.S. Embassy and acted as the spokeswoman for the captors— says the film exaggerates the violence among crowds that stormed the compound in November 1979. Fifty-two Americans were held hostage for 444 days, but a handful of Embassy staff were sheltered by the Canadian ambassador. Their escape, using a fake movie as a cover story, is recounted in “Argo.” Ebtekar insists the hostagetakers were mostly students. But other accounts suggest militants and members of the country’s powerful Revolutionary Guard were involved. Iranian Culture Minister Mohammad Hosseini criticized the film. “The movie is an anti-Iran film. It is not a valuable film from the artistic point of view. It won the prize by resorting to extended advertisement and investment,” he said, according to the official IRNA news agency.
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Kevin & Dean Adam Penrod
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Study Abroad options are available in all shapes and sizes to UConn students. Here, an information session is given on Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems program in Florence, Italy. I Hate Everything by Carin Powell
Lazy Girl Michelle Penney! Monkey Business by Jack Boyd
by Brian Ingmanson
Aries (March 21-April 19) -- Today is a 7 -- You’re ready to take charge. Make new contacts while filling present orders. Stick to practical solutions. Remember to say “please” and “thank you.” Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 7 -- Think it over. You’ve got some things to handle, and planning can save time. Is there anything you can delegate? Complete old stuff to gain space. Gemini (May 21-June 21) -- Today is an 8 -- There’s no point in blaming others. You can dig yourself out of a hole. Use the right tools. Your team can come to the rescue. Thank them and celebrate. Cancer (June 22-July 22) -- Today is an 8 -Don’t let the stress of the test or challenge get you irritable. You can be very convincing now. Stand up for what you believe in. It could even be fun. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is a 6 -- Your wanderlust intensifies. Travel and romance both look good for the next few days. The challenge: spend the same as you would at home. Day trips satisfy. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 7 -Your actions could rub someone the wrong way. Don’t let circumstances dim your brilliance. Balance the different aspects of your life. Get plenty of rest. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- What you’re learning seems to contradict what you already know. You can figure out what works for you and use it to your advantage. Don’t rush. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is an 8 -- You’re getting busier, and while that’s a good thing, don’t burn yourself out. Take plenty of breaks to stretch and rest your senses. Breathe deeply. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is an 8 -- Get projects complete around the house, and clean up an old mess. Don’t get into a losing argument. Feed your romantic senses later in the day. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is a 7 -- Your capacity to communicate and concentrate is increased. Listen closely. Today you can solve old riddles. A stroll out in nature inspires. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is an 8 -- Not everything goes according to plan, but that doesn’t stop you from going for it, especially where work’s concerned. Do the best with what you have. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is an 8 -- Let your loved ones build up your confidence. They have faith in you, even when you doubt yourself. Try some of those moneymaking ideas.
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Women's lacrosse defeats Iona in opener
By Erica Brancato Campus Correspondent
The UConn women’s lacrosse team dominated in their opening game of the season, beating Iona 12-2. Lauren Kahn led the team with four goals in the game. Kacey Pippit scored three goals, Morgan O’Reilly scored two, and Catherine Gross, Shannon Kerr, and Sarah McBride each scored one goal to help lead UConn toward their first victory of the season. Morgan O’Reilly scored the first goal of the game within three minutes of draw. O’Reilly was assisted by Catherine Gross. Almost a minute later, with 26:30 left in the half,
Kacey Pippitt scored unassisted to bring UConn up to a 2-0 lead. The Huskies third goal was scored by Catherine Gross and assisted by Lauren Kahn. With 22 minutes left in the first half UConn’s Lauren Kahn scored her first goal of the game, giving UConn a 4-0 lead. By halftime UConn scored five more goals, two from Kacey Pippitt and Lauren Kahn and one from Morgan O’Reilly, giving the Huskies a 9-1 advantage. The second half of the game seemed to be much more relaxed for UConn. They were more confident and satisfied with their lead on Iona. With 22 minutes left in the game, Lauren Kahn scored her fourth goal of the match, making it an even 10-1 lead.
Iona’s Kylie Gregory scored their second goal in attempt to start momentum for her team, but UConn’s Shannon Kerr quickly matched it with a goal two minutes later. Sarah McBride ended UConn’s scoring streak with a goal leaving the Huskies with a 12-2 advantage and a mere three minutes remaining in the game. UConn was dominant in all aspects of the game. The Huskies had 32 shots on goal, while Iona had only 14. Wjile each team having 24 turnovers, UConn picked up 32 ground balls compared to Iona’s 25. The Huskies goalkeepers Shannon Nee and Marya Fratoni each played one full half in the game. Nee recorded one save and let in one goal, while Fratoni had two
saves and let in one goal. Iona’s Maria Ortiz played the full 60 minute game and recorded 11 saves against the Huskies. UConn will be traveling to Chestnut Hill, Mass. this Wednesday to play their next game against Boston College. During the last two seasons Boston College defeated UConn 19-11 and 11-8. So far this season Boston has played three games, and has an overall record of 2-1. Boston has defeated Holy Cross 17-8 and Vanderbilt 13-8, but fell to Ohio State 15-8 in their most recent game. UConn will be put to the test as they try to keep their perfect season alive.
Beal scores 20 points as Wizards defeat Raptors for third straight win
Former UConn star Rudy Gay goes for a shot over former Husky Emeka Okafor on Monday.
TORONTO (AP) — Bradley Beal scored 20 points, Nene had 11 points
and nine rebounds, and the Washington Wizards beat the Toronto Raptors 90-84
on Monday night for their third straight victory. A.J. Price and Martell Webster each added 12 points for the Wizards, who won for just the fifth time in 27 road games this season. Washington's road record is the worst in the NBA. John Wall had 10 points and seven assists, and Emeka Okafor had eight points and 13 rebounds as the Wizards won for the 14th time in 23 games. The third overall pick in last June's draft, and the Eastern Conference rookie of the month in December and January, Beal has scored 20 points or more in four of the past six. DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points and Kyle Lowry had 18 for the Raptors, who had won six of their previous seven. It was a rough night for Toronto's Rudy Gay, who missed his first six field goal attempts before scoring on a driving dunk one minute into the fourth quarter. Gay shot 1 for 11 and finished with seven points, one more than his season low, set Dec 22 at Houston when he played for Memphis. A three-point play by DeRozan cut Toronto's deficit to 79-72 with 3:38 left. Thirty seconds later, Gay was fouled with a chance to cut it to five but he missed the second free throw. Nene answered with a dunk and, after a basket by
Lowry, Trevor Ariza made a layup to make it 83-75 with 2:13 remaining. DeRozan made a pair of free throws with 1:57 left, but could only make one of two when he went back to the line with 1:04 remaining, leaving Toronto down 83-78. Wall nearly lost the ball at midcourt on the next possession but kept the play alive by calling timeout. After the stoppage, he streaked in to score a layup, giving the Wizards an 85-78 edge with 45 seconds left. Back-to-back 3 pointers by Lowry cut it to 89-84 with 7 seconds to go, but Garrett Temple sealed it by making of two at the line. Okafor led all scorers with six points in the first quarter, including a fast-break slam dunk in the final second that gave the Wizards a 17-16 lead. Beal scored seven points in the second and Price had five to give the Wizards a 40-32 lead at the half. Toronto's 32 points at the break matched its season low. The Raptors also had 32 first-half points in an 88-82 loss to Memphis on Feb. 20. Lowry's 3-pointer with 4:14 left in the third tied it at 49-all, but Washington scored the next seven points and closed the quarter on a 14-5 run. Beal scored nine in the third as the Wizards took a 63-54 lead into the fourth.
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The UConn women's lacrosse team defeated Iona 12-2 for its first win of the season.
Giants, White Sox tie in Arizona
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Madison Bumgarner is no fan of the twist, a minor flaw in his windup that eventually got worse before it started getting better. Bumgarner threw two scoreless innings in his first outing since the second game of the World Series, postseason hero Marco Scutaro had two hits and drove in a run and the San Francisco Giants played the Chicago White Sox to a 9-9 tie Monday. Paul Konerko had two hits for the White Sox, who played to a tie for the second straight day. Hector Santiago allowed three runs on five hits in his two innings. Bumgarner walked one, struck out one and allowed two hits in an outing he deemed the first step to continued adjustments. "I didn't plan it," Bumgarner said of his motion. "I just started twisting around until I looked like Hideo Nomo." Giants catcher Buster Posey said it was never that bad, and it could lead to other positive adjustments. "It looked like he was not twisting as much," said the reigning NL MVP. "The goal with that is for consistency to both sides of the plate. I thought he looked good today. I've caught him when he's had a good move to first. Maybe with less of a twist he might get that old move back. He's pretty deceptive to runners when he's right." Bumgarner noticed he was turning too much toward the end of last season and began to work on it then. By the time he made his World Series start, a two-hitter
over seven innings in a 2-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers, he was on the way to recovery. "It helped being able to contribute," Bumgarner said. "I knew I still had a lot of work to do. I just gradually got off. There were a few other small things I worked on and it will take a while before it feels just right." He didn't know what to expect until he was back on the mound facing big league hitters in a real game situation. "I need to control the running game a little more," Bumgarner said. "Last year I was so slow to the plate Buster didn't have much of a chance to throw anybody out." Santiago, who was impressive during four starts in September and October, said he's not taking anything for granted. "I came to spring training fighting for a job," Santiago said. "I'm like everybody else here. Nothing is guaranteed to me." Even should there be no room in the starting rotation, Santiago feels comfortable in whatever role he will be assigned. "I'm pretty wide," he said. "I can adjust to anything." He entered the game just wanting to throw strikes and get ahead of hitters. He walked one and struck out one. "I threw all my pitches and it felt like I threw everything where I wanted," said Santiago, who was 2-0 with a 1.86 ERA in four starts last year.
Huskies drop first Big East match By Michael Peng Campus Correspondent In its first Big East conference match of the season, the UConn men’s tennis team dropped a contest to the Georgetown Hoyas, 7-0, last Friday at the East Hartford Tennis Club. The loss drops UConn’s record to 1-3 on the season, and is also the third consecutive defeat by a 7-0 score for the Huskies, while the Hoyas got their first win of the season as they improved their record to 1-5. “I think our effort and fight on the court were not reflected by the score,” junior Ryan Carr said. “We had a lot of close matches out there and I was very proud of how the team conducted themselves and fought all the way to the end. Everyone showed great heart.” The Huskies started off well in doubles competition, as Carr and sophomore Wayne Harrell were able to win their match at the No. 1 spot, 8-5. However, the team wasn’t able to secure the point in doubles play as the No. 2 and No. 3 duos dropped their matches by the same 8-5 score. “We had some good opportunities,” head coach Glenn Marshall said. “But we had a two-game
swing in one match where we lost our serve and they held easily, and we just couldn’t recover from that late in the match.” As for Carr and Harrell’s efforts, Marshall said, “They played well last weekend in Florida, and have been grooving together and doing very well as a team and understanding each other, they complement each other well. Wayne has a big serve and great volleys, and Ryan is more of a backcourt player who sets up the point. So they’ve been coordinating good efforts and attacks in the last couple of matches.” The Huskies weren’t able to rally back in the singles play as they dropped five out of the six matches. The lone win came at the No. 3 spot from freshman Mark HoSang. “Mark played against some really strong players and showed his true potential as a freshman,” Marshall said. “We had good fights and good efforts, but we didn’t quite seal the deal on some of the sets to clinch them, which is something we need to work on.” The Huskies will look to end their three-match slide next Friday as they take on the Quinnipiac Bobcats.
Corasaniti: UConn not wasting this season from DESTINATION, page 12 Considering that they have showed up strong against ranked opponents this season (and considering that each team above the Huskies in the standings right now in the standings has a much more difficult final stretch), a title like that could easily be in reach just seven days from now. UConn may not have a real destination this season. They may not be playing for much more than a year’s worth of pride and development towards an even greater goal in twelve months. But in life and in sports, it’s
always more about how you get there than the place you are trying to get to in the end. Is this season a missed opportunity for the Huskies? Maybe. But given the hand dealt, and enjoying the sights we’ve seen and the road laid out ahead for the team in the weeks and seasons to come, you can bet that the season hasn’t been a wasted one, and that the destination is as clear now as it has even been in the past.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Georgetown's Porter continues to shine
By Michael McCurry NCAA Basketball Columnist
Weekend Headlines With all the astounding events that transpired this past weekend in college basketball, it would be an injustice to concentrate on just one moment. Sure, I could use this whole column to describe my irrefutable love for Otto Porter, the man who singlehandedly sliced up the Syracuse Orange. I could go on an essay-length tangent about Kendall Williams, New Mexico’s point-guard who dropped 46 points (in other words, as much as the entire Syracuse roster had on Saturday) against a really, really good Colorado State squad. I could even talk solely of bubble teams: the ones who drastically improved their NCAA Tournament chances over the weekend (North Carolina, Villanova, Temple), the ones who didn’t (St. John’s, Alabama, Iowa), and those whose résumés continue to keep me up at night (St. Mary’s, Kentucky, Virginia). I could do all of those things individually, you see. Or, in a move that is more proficient than a Kemba Walker step-back jumper, I could combine all the insanity into one. Without diminishing the legends of Mr. Porter or Mr. Williams, that is what I did. With that, let the weekend headlines begin.
Otto-Matic The fact that Georgetown’s Otto Porter scored 33 in a win over Syracuse alone is staggering. But wait, there’s more. Porter tallied eight rebounds, two assists, and five steals to go along with his career-high 33 points. He had 20 more points than the next highest scorers in the game, C.J. Fair and James Southerland. No other Georgetown player scored over seven points. Of the 36 total made field goals between the Hoyas and the Orange, Porter had a third of them. But wait, there’s still more. The soft-spoken sophomore from a quaint Missouri town had more points than the entire Syracuse starting five (32). He drilled five triples (Syracuse made four as a club), connected on seven two-pointers, and was a perfect 4-4 from Dwight Howard’s least favorite vacation spot. Porter had 16 points in the first half and 17 in the second. And, in what’s probably the coolest stat of them all, he was solely responsible for making a Carrier Dome full of a record-high 35,012 patrons sound like your local library. Otto Porter was knocked for never having played AAU ball. He has been knocked for being too passive, too unselfish (Kobe, I’ll explain later), and too laid-back. Now, the lone knocking directed at Porter is at his doorstep, in the form of NBA front-office executives. His Hoyas are 21-4 overall, winners of nine
straight, and now lead the Big East by a full game. Porter is not purely a big reason why; rather, he is the reason why. And I’ll have the privilege of seeing him live, Wednesday night, in Gampel Pavilion. No Magic in Hinkle This Time My Thursday night was devoted to Hoosiers, as I was captivated once again by Jimmy Chitwood’s silkysmooth jumper, Norman Dale’s coaching antics, and Hickory High’s ultimate Cinderella story which culminated in a state title. Irrefutably one of my top-5 all time movies, I still shake my head in amazement when I remember it is Hinkle Fieldhouse that hosts the championship game at the end of the film. Yes, mind you, the same Hinkle Fieldhouse that is home to the present-day Hickory Huskers: the Butler Bulldogs. As I prepared to watch the Saint Louis-Butler game at Hinkle on Friday night, I knew there was no way Brad Stevens and his guys were going to lose. Lose is just what Butler did, though. St. Louis won the game 65-61, completing a season-sweep of the Bulldogs in a victory that put them atop the Atlantic-10 league standings. It is becoming more and more apparent that the Billikens, who like Georgetown has reeled off nine consecutive wins, may have some magic of their own. At the very least, they are playing with a heavy heart due to the death of former coach Rick Majerus.
St. Louis is as balanced as they come, with six players averaging between 7.1 and 12 points per game. They yield 58 points per game to opponents, a number that is tops is the A-10 and 14th nationally. Heck, Brad Stevens went as far as calling the Billikens a Final Four team. And, if anyone knows anything anymore, it’s Brad Stevens. As of Monday night, ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi had St. Louis as a No. 9 seed in the NCAA Tournament. I think it’s time for an updated bracket, Joe. Who Does Kendall Williams Think He Is? I knew that Kendall Williams was good. I saw him score 17 points in a win over Davidson in a tip-off marathon matchup back in November. He put up 15 points and 5 assists a week later versus UConn to help New Mexico capture the Paradise Jam title. The Kendall Williams that showed up at Colorado State, however? Yeah, I have no idea who that guy is. His previous season-high scoring output before Saturday was 24 (twice), while the most trifectas he hit in a game was four in a win at Cincinnati. That all changed against a Colorado State frontline that leads the nation in rebounding. 46 points and 10 three-pointers later, the whole nation is now somewhat acquainted with the Lobos’ 6-foot-4-inch junior point. (Note: Williams didn’t even play the whole
Indiana remained No. 1 for the fourth straight week. Meanwhile, the little school from Spokane with the funny name moved up one spot to its highest ranking ever, surpassing the No. 3 position it enjoyed last week and for the final two weeks of 2003-04. "It's a special thing to be recognized at this time of year," guard Mike Hart said. "We've got 30 games under our belt. That says a lot. It's not just a few games." That sentiment was echoed by coach Mark Few. "The polls mean a lot more this time of year than they do in November, December, even January," Few said. "All of us are being judged on the true body of work. It's definitely rewarding. "It establishes us as a national program, which I believe we have been for the last 10 years. This group has done a great job of competing at that level, winning games
at the highest level." While the West Coast Bulldogs made some news at the top of the poll Monday, Louisiana Tech, the Bulldogs from Down South, moved into the rankings for the first time since a 13-week run in 1984-85, their only appearance in the poll. Louisiana Tech, which is 25th this week, was led back then to a ranking as high as No. 7 by a forward named Karl Malone. Gonzaga around that time had a point guard named John Stockton. They went on to become one of the greatest combinations in NBA history with the Utah Jazz, were members of the Dream Team and both were inducted in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Stockton's son, David, is a reserve guard for this year's Gonzaga team. David Stockton said this edition of the Zags has its eye on March Madness.
Otto Porter (22) has played himself into consideration for Big East Player of the Year.
game, as he was benched in the second half for a stretch with four fouls!). New Mexico, with six top50 RPI wins to their credit, has the potential to ruin your bracket come March if slept upon. Of course, if Williams continues to put up Jimmerlike numbers in the Mountain West Conference, the Lobos may just shut down your entire office pool. Do We Really Need More of the SEC? The Southeastern Conference might be the kings of college football, but when it comes to the hardwood they are the servants building the moat outside the castle. With only one lock for the NCAA Tournament (Florida), the SEC is behind midmajor leagues (albeit great ones) like
the Mountain West and Atlantic-10 in conference RPI. Mississippi State and Auburn have 16 wins together on the year. So why, oh why, did the basketball gods punish us this weekend with bonus SEC hoops? Four of Saturday’s seven SEC games went into overtime. Tennessee and Texas A&M played four extra sessions, with the Vols eventually prevailing. LSU beat Alabama in three-overtimes, one that cripples the Tide’s chances at an at-large bid to the NCAA’s. The only other one worth mentioning? Kentucky over Missouri. I’m very thankful that one ended after one OT.
"It's March when we have been validated in the past, and that's the next step," Stockton said. But he admitted the players and fans were relishing the ranking. Guard Kevin Pangos cautioned that it is an ethereal honor. "It can change in a flash in case we lose a game," Pangos said, adding that players were well aware of the carnage at the upper reaches of the poll in recent weeks. "It makes us aware it can happen to us at any time." Gonzaga's remaining regular season games are at BYU on Thursday and at home against Portland on Saturday. Louisiana Tech coach Michael White is another who has his eyes on March, even though his team cracked the poll for the first time in more than a quarter century. "It's not a goal we set out to accomplish," White said. "What we're really striving for is an NCAA
tournament berth. But this is something that can't be taken away from them, so I'm happy for them." The Hoosiers, who have been ranked No. 1 for a total of 10 weeks this season, received all but one first-place vote from the 65-member national media panel. Gonzaga got the other No. 1 vote. Duke moved up three spots to third and was followed by Michigan and Miami, which dropped from second after falling to Wake Forest, the Hurricanes' first Atlantic Coast Conference loss this season. Kansas is sixth, followed by Georgetown, Florida, Michigan State and Louisville. Saint Louis, which beat Butler and VCU last week, moved into 18th in the poll, the Billikens' first ranking since being in for one week last season. Colorado State, which was 22nd and lost twice last week, and VCU, which was 24th, dropped out.
Indiana remains No. 1, Gonzaga moves to No. 2 in this week's Associated Press poll
Elias Harris (with ball) and Gonzaga climbed to No. 2 in the latest AP poll.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gonzaga has been in 14 NCAA tournaments, five of which ended with an appearance in the Round of
16. But no Gonzaga team has ever before been ranked No. 2 in The Associated Press' Top 25, as the Zags were Monday.
Huskies looking for second straight win tonight Women's track and field wins New England from FINAL, page 12 time series with Pittsburgh. The last time that the Huskies lost to the Panthers was on Feb. 24, 1993. Another Husky who has continued to excel on the floor this season has been junior Stefanie Dolson. Dolson is now first in the nation in field goal percentage at 60.9 percent. She is ranked just above Texas A&M’s Kelsey Bone at 59 percent. Dolson has found success over Pittsburgh, as the 6-foot-5-inch center averaged 10 points and six rebounds in the previous two games she played against the Panthers. Pittsburgh (9-17, 0-13 Big East)
is coming off close 72-70 loss to Georgetown, when the Hoyas scored the game winning points with 0.7 seconds remaining in the game. The Panthers are led by their leading scorer, 5-foot-7-inch guard Brianna Kiesel. So far this season, Kiesel is averaging 14.9 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. The Panthers have struggled mightily against Big East opponents this season, after losing 31 straight games in conference play. In the Big East this year, Pittsburgh has shot .336 percent from the field, while their opponents have shot .423 percent against the Panthers’ defense.
Head coach Geno Auriemma said that it’s very difficult to win in the Big East Conference and sometimes teams get into a rough cycle, such as the one the Panthers are currently in. “It’s hard to win period in our league,” Auriemma said of Big East Conference cycles. “If you get into a bad cycle it’s hard to snap out of it.” Tip-off between Pittsburgh and UConn from the XL Center in Hartford is scheduled for 7:06 p.m. and the game can been seen live on SNY or heard on WTIC 1080.
Swimming and diving prepares for Big East meet By Sarah Levine Campus Correspondent At the current moment, the UConn men’s swimming and diving team is warming up, getting used to the pool, and preparing for a grueling four days of tough competition at the Big East Championship in the Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis. The meet begins on Wednesday, Feb. 27th with diving and relay events, and concludes on Sunday with a senior ceremony and several final events. The Huskies will compete against tough conference teams such as Louisville, Notre Dame, and Pittsburgh, as well as Georgetown, Cincinnati, Seton Hall, Villanova and Providence. Notre Dame and Louisville are likely to be major players at the championship. Last year, the Irish took home first place and will without a doubt be looking to repeat this year and earn their sixth trophy since 2005. Swimmers from Notre Dame and Louisville, last year’s runner up, set 12 meet records in total at the 2012 competition.
Louisville currently holds the No. 1 spot for most meet records in history. Pittsburgh and West Virginia nabbed third and fourth place last year, followed by the Huskies in fifth place out of the 10 teams. The 2012 competition was sprinkled with success for the Huskies, as the men and women’s team combined to break 20 school records and post 92 personal bests. Notably, Kyungsoo Yoon set a school record when he came in fourth in the 50-yard freestyle finals with a time of 20.37 seconds. Sawyer Franz also netted two new school records in the 400yard IM and the 1650-yard freestyle. Lachezar Shumkov also broke records with his 1:59.69 finish in the preliminary rounds of the 200-breastroke, while diver Grant Fecteau had an impressive fifth place finish in 1-meter diving. The Huskies will look to improve on last year’s meet in Indianapolis. “Every year you go in training as hard as you can with the goal of being as good as you can be, and that’s what we’ve done. Probably anywhere from third
to sixth is realistic on where we should be,” Coach Bob Goldberg said. According to Goldberg, the team has a “shot at it if [they] swim well enough.” The team has been swimming and diving well in practice, and most athletes seem to be getting over previous injuries and illnesses, making them “probably the best [they’ve] been for most of the year,” Goldberg said. He does not expect that the travel time or four-day long format of the meet will take a toll on any of his athletes, simply because they are all accustomed to championship level meets and have prepared sufficiently. Starting tomorrow, the Huskies will use their try to hold their own against the powerhouses of the Big East. They will attempt to make an impact in the Day One events that include diving, the 200-yard medley relay and the 800-yard freestyle relay. “The whole season is invested in this one big weekend,” Goldberg said. The Huskies will attempt to validate that investment starting at noon tomorrow in Indiana.
By Spencer Oakes Campus Correspondent The UConn Women’s Track and Field team returned from the New England Championships with a first place finish for the eighth straight year at the meet. The team captured eight first place finishes at the meet, which was held in Boston. The Huskies finished with 149.33 points as a team, which was 95 points higher than the second place team, Providence College. Senior Victoria Flowers
continued her dominant 2013 Indoor season with first place finishes in the weight throw and in the shot put. Flowers, who is ranked seventh in the nation in the weight throw, has now won gold in the last two meets for the weight throw. Senior Jasmine Cribb took first place in the high jump. Right behind her was senior Ilva Bikanova and junior Natasha McLaren, who tied for second place. Other first place finishes included the 60m hurdles, the 400m, the 500m and the 1000m. One event that stood out
was the first place finish in the 4x400m relay. Sophomores Brianna Allen and Nyanka Joseph, along with seniors Tiffany Daley and Celina Emerson combined in the effort for the Huskies. Coach Bill Morgan’s team will compete on March 2nd and 3rd as they travel to contend in the ECAC Championships in Boston.
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March 2 Cincinnati 2 p.m.
March 6 USF 9 p.m.
March 9 Providence Noon
Women’s Basketball (25-2) Today Pittsburgh 7 p.m.
March 2 South Florida Noon
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—Tennessee guard Jordan McRae on how he felt after the Vols’ four overtime game against Texas A&M.
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March 4 Notre Dame 7 p.m.
Men’s Hockey (16-13-3) March 1 Sacred Heart 7:05 p.m.
March 2 Sacred Heart 4 p.m
March 8 Atlantic Hockey Playoffs 7:05 p.m.
Baseball (3-3) March 1 Ohio State 1 p.m.
March 2 Central Michigan 1 p.m.
March 8 Sam Houston State 7:30 p.m
March 3 Stetson 3 p.m.
March 9 Sam Houston State 5 p.m
Softball (5-4) March 1 March 1 March 2 March 2 March 3 Penn Villanova Ole Miss UCF Penn 9:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 4 p.m. 11:30 a.m.
Men’s Track and Field March 2 IC4A Championships All Day
Women’s Track and Field March 2 ECAC Championships Alll Day
Men’s Swimming & Diving Tomorrow BIG EAST Championship TBA
Feb. 28 BIG EAST Championship TBA
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Feb. 28 BIG EAST Championship TBA
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Griner’s 15 points leads No. 1 Baylor to win
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Brittney Griner scored 15 points, tied her seasonhigh with 15 rebounds and blocked seven shots to lead top-ranked Baylor to its 25th straight victory, 86-64 Monday night against Oklahoma. After sitting out the last 11½ minutes of the first half with two fouls, Griner returned and hit the first two baskets in a 10-0 run that pushed the Lady Bears’ lead out to 47-30. Baylor (27-1, 16-0 Big 12) led by at least 12 the rest of the way, Griner moved past Connecticut’s Maya Moore into fourth in career scoring in women’s basketball. Only Jackie Stiles of Missouri State, Patricia Hoskins of Mississippi Valley State and Lorri Bauman of Drake have more than Griner’s 3,045 points. Aaryn Ellenberg had 19 points to lead Oklahoma (19-9, 9-7). Morgan Hook had 15 points and nine turnovers. The Sooners’ two post players, Nicole Griffin and Joanna McFarland, combined to go 4 for 23 from the field. After watching her team’s lead shrink from 16 to four while she was out, Griner quickly put the Lady Bears back in control as the national player of the year is accustomed to doing. Campbell had a pair of baskets during a string of eight straight Oklahoma points that got the deficit down to 57-45 midway through the second half, but Griner stopped the surge with a turnaround jumper in the lane. She also had a layup to start an 8-0 response by the Bears that restored
the lead to 69-48. Destiny Williams chipped in 16 points and Odyssey Sims had 13 points and six assists. The Lady Bears stumbled with six turnovers in the first 5 minutes, then cleaned up their act to put together a 13-0 run that included a 3-pointer, a fast-break layup and a jumper from the left block by Jordan Madden for a 19-4 edge with 13:25 to go in the first half. But Griner picked up her second foul about 2 minutes later, and coach Kim Mulkey put her on the bench for the rest of the half. Griner fouled out for just the second time in her college career in the first meeting between the teams this season, even though the Bears were already firmly in control by then, and Mulkey took no chances putting her back in. About 30 seconds after Griner’s second foul, frontcourt partner Brooklyn Pope was called for charging for the second time and also came out. Baylor didn’t make a basket for the first 5 minutes after Griner exited, and Oklahoma took advantage of seldom-used substitutes Kristina Higgins and Sune Agbuke to go on a 14-2 run to get the deficit down to 24-20. Even then, Mulkey didn’t make a move to bring Griner back in, and instead it was freshman Alexis Prince that scored eight points over the final 4 minutes of the half to keep the Bears in front 37-30 at halftime. Oklahoma fell to 0-16 against No. 1 teams.
Baseball: The Huskies competed in the UCF Tournament in Orlando, Fla. this past weekend, playing in a total of three games. They had a rough start on Friday night with a 7-3 loss to UCF. The Huskies rebounded in their other two games. They defeated Troy with a score of 13-8 on Saturday afternoon. They concluded their tournament play with a thrilling 1-0 victory in 11 innings over Texas Tech. With one loss and two victories, the Huskies now have an overall record of 3-3. Men’s Basketball: The Huskies defeated the DePaul Blue Devils with a score of 81-69 this past Saturday night away in Rosemont, Ill. Junior Shabazz Napier led the Huskies with 28 points. Sophomore Ryan Boatright and freshman Omar Calhoun put in 17 points each. With this victory, the Huskies now have an overall record of 19-7 and a conference record of 9-5. Women’s Basketball: The No. 3 Huskies defeated the Seton Hall Pirates with a powerful 90-30 victory this past Saturday afternoon on Senior Day at home in Gampel Pavilion. Sophomore Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored her 1000th career point and senior Kelly Faris achieved the same feat, becoming the 37th and 38th players in UConn history to reach 1,000 career points. With this victory, the Huskies have an overall record of 25-2 and a conference record of 12-1. Men’s Ice Hockey: The Huskies competed against the Army Black Knights this past Friday and Saturday in West Point, N.Y. The Huskies were successful in sweeping the weekend series. They defeated the Black Knights with a score of 4-3 on Friday night and then defeated them with a score of 6-3 the following Saturday night. With this sweep, the Huskies now have an overall record of 16-13-3 and a conference record of 13-10-2. Women’s Ice Hockey: The Huskies competed against the Boston University Terriers in two matches this past Saturday and Sunday in Boston. This was their last weekend series of the season before the Hockey East Tournament. The Huskies competed Saturday afternoon away and lost with a score of 7-5. The Huskies then competed again the following Sunday afternoon on Senior Day at home and lost 4-2. With these two losses, the Huskies finish their regular season with an overall record of 3-28-3 and a conference record of 1-19-1. Women’s Lacrosse: The Huskies kicked off their 2012-13 season with a strong 13-2 victory over Iona this past Saturday afternoon away in New Rochelle, N.Y. The Huskies performed well offensively with junior midfielder Lauren Kahn scoring six points and senior midfielder Morgan O’Reilly scoring four points. They also performed well defensively with goalkeepers Shannon Nee and Marya Fratoni both doing a great job. The Huskies now have an overall record of 1-0. Softball: The Huskies competed in the FAU Strike-Out Cancer Tournament in Boca Raton, Fla. this past weekend, playing in a total of five games. They were successful Friday afternoon and night in beating Towson with a score of 6-2 and beating Florida Atlantic with a score of 3-2 in eight innings. They were partly successful Saturday afternoon with a 1-0 victory over Northern Illinois and a 2-1 loss to Providence. They concluded their tournament play with a 1-0 loss to Northern Florida on Sunday morning. With three wins and two losses, the Huskies now have an overall record of 5-4. Men’s Tennis: The Huskies lost to the Georgetown Hoyas 7-0 this past Friday at home. The Huskies now have an overall record of 2-3. Women’s Tennis: The Huskies competed in two matches this past Saturday and Sunday. The Huskies lost 6-1 Saturday afternoon against Stony Brook in West Point, N.Y. The Huskies then competed against the Army Black Knights this past Sunday morning and lost 5-2. The Huskies have an overall record of 1-4. Men’s Track: The Huskies competed in the New England Championships this past Friday morning and all day Saturday in Boston. The Huskies did well on Friday with junior Cory Duggan claiming an individual title in the pole vault, Josh Faboyede claiming an individual title in the weight throw, and sending twelve members to the finals. The Huskies followed through with a great performance on Saturday, achieving three individual titles and a first place finish in the school’s 4x8 relay to capture their eighth consecutive New England Championship Crown. Women’s Track: The No. 23 Huskies competed in the New England Championships this past Friday and Saturday in Boston, Mass. The Huskies did well on Friday with senior Victoria Flowers achieving her fourth career New England weight throw title, senior Ana Groff setting a new meet record in the 500-meter dash, and sending 14 members to the finals. The Huskies followed through with a great performance on Saturday, capturing its eighth consecutive New England Championship Crown.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Destination still clear
THE FINAL SHOWDOWN UConn takes on Pitt in final home game By Tyler Morrissey Associate Sports Editor
You would think that with the strong emphasis put on immediacy in today’s world, there would also be a greater emphasis put upon enjoying the present. But unfortunately in life, and in sports, too much time is either spent reveling in the glory days or waiting for something new to happen. In terms of this season for UConn’s men’s basketball team, nothing has upset me more than the attention given to everything that isn’t the right here and right now of this season. To many people, UConn’s postseason ban has marred this year as a wasted one, good for working out the kinks for a team with solid potential but nothing more. Without the optimal destination, the journey is essentially meaningless. But then what are we supposed to do; just close our eyes and wait it out until the team can play for something meaningful again? It was a dream seeing Calhoun coach and watching future draft picks and defending champions play last year, but as far as my two years at UConn go, this season is easily the more satisfying one. Just think for a second of the things this year has brought that we haven’t seen even in UConn’s championship seasons. For one, Kevin Ollie has been everything the team and its fan base have needed this season and more. Can you imagine the pressure put upon a guy replacing the man that essentially built the program that he’s now taking over? And to make it even better, Ollie couldn’t want to be here any more than he already does. “They can ban us from the postseason. They can ban us from the Big East Tournament,” said Ollie on Feb. 13 after UConn’s win over then No. 6 Syracuse. “But they can’t ban us from getting better and loving each other.” Is there anything else you would rather hear from a head coach? And nicely complimenting Coach Ollie are the guards who have been leading the team on the court in Ryan Boatright and Shabazz Napier, who have made UConn’s frontcourt one of the most exciting to watch in all of college basketball this season. Who knows, maybe Napier will enter the draft after this season, taking full advantage of his so far amazing junior year stats. I truly hope he hangs on for one more year, but if he leaves, then I can easily say that I’ve been blessed as a sports fan in getting to watch the combination of Boatright and Napier run UConn’s offense. There are four games left for UConn this season, with Georgetown’s visit to Gampel tomorrow night kicking off the final stretch. And personally, I am more excited for this stretch of games than any other in the last 18 or so months. In this four-game stretch, UConn could still realistically take home the Big East regular season crown.
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The No. 3 UConn women’s basketball team (252, 12-1 Big East) will play their final home game of the season at the XL Center tonight when the Pittsburgh Panthers come to Hartford. The Huskies are coming off a dominating 90-30 victory over Seton Hall on Senior Day, in a game where senior guard Kelly Faris and sophomore forward Kaleena MosquedaLewis each scored their 25-2, 12-1 1,000th career point. Faris and MosquedaLewis are the 37th and 38th members of the 1,000-point club and are looking to continue their success against a struggling Panthers’ team. 9-17, 0-13 “We’re human so it’s hard to say were going Today, 7 p.m., to approach every single game exactly the same SNY but that’s the goal,” XL Center Faris said. “You have to come out every day in practice with the mindset that whatever were doing in practice is going to be the hardest thing we’re going to go through, so it doesn’t matter who were going to play next it’s supposed to be easy. So our hardest opponent is usually in practice and ourselves at times we become out own worst enemy.” UConn enjoys a 40-9 strangle hold in the allJOHN KULAKOFSKY/The Daily Campus
Bria Hartley and the UConn women’s basketball team will play their final home game of the regular season on Tuesday night at the XL Center against Pitt.
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Nation missing chance to see UConn play
By Carmine Colangelo Staff Columnist
The UConn men’s basketball program has made us some of the most spoiled fans in all of college basketball. In the last 15 years, UConn has won three national championships, been to four Final Fours, seven Elite Eights, won five Big East Championships and six regular season conference championships as well. Not to mention we have been witnesses to some of the greatest college basketball players to ever grace the courts of Gampel Pavilion and the XL Center respectively. For most of us still attending UConn, we were fortunate enough to witness a National Championship victory in 2011. It is a sports fan’s fantasy that many talk about, but few get to experience. I still remember that night like it was yesterday. As Jeremy Lamb grabbed that final rebound and brought the ball past mid-court as time expired, it was over, UConn had become National Champions
for the third time in my lifetime. As I ran out of my Carriage House apartment into the street, the smell of burning couches filled the air and the deafeningly beautiful simplicity of the call and response from the “UCONN - HUSKIES” from hundreds of students and fans could be heard in the neighboring towns. The simple joy of high-fiving and celebrating with familiar faces and strangers alike is a beautiful moment for sports fans. Not to mention it was the first time I saw someone get hit with a stun gun. It was mostly awesome because I was not the one being shocked by 200 kilovolts, but I digress. Unfortunately, I will not get to relive this experience this year. Curse you, APR ban. Despite the fact that UConn (197, 9-5 Big East) could end the season with more than 20 wins or finish the regular season among the top five in the Big East, there will be no postseason. No chance for a tournament run or a bevy of upsets, just an abrupt ending to the season on March 9 after
the Huskies play Providence at Gampel Pavilion. It is like having your speech cut off by the Jaws theme song at the Oscars. It is not only a shame for us as UConn students, but also for the nation as well, denying the Huskies an opportunity for a potentially great tournament run. The stage has been set for it too. An underdog team with a first year coach that has overcome nearly every obstacle possible to get this far, you could not ask for a better storyline. Not to mention the nation is denied the chance to see Shabazz Napier, who is having a season with late game performances that mirror the legendary Kemba Walker. UConn has had five games go into overtime this season, winning four of them. In those five games, Napier has scored 46 points in overtime alone. Napier has shot 9-for-14 from the floor in that extra time, including 8-of-12 from 3-point and 20-for-22 at the free throw line. If that is not the recipe for late
East [Championship].” The Huskies claimed five first place titles over the two day competition, their most in a single meet this season. Junior Cory Duggan took first place in the pole vault with a record breaking leap of 5.26 meters. The leap not only broke the New England Championship record previously held by Duggan’s older brother, Kyle, but also broke the UConn school record. “To put it simply, it was a long time coming,” Dugan said. “Ever since last year’s outdoor season, I knew I had the tools to jump higher. One of my goals for this indoor season was to take down the school record and label myself as the best and highest pole-vaulter to come through UConn.” Before the meet, Duggan even told his teammates, coach and brother that he was going to break the mark. “Some people would say that’s really cocky or arrogant, but I was
really just confident in myself, and the work I put in over the season to follow through on my promise,” Duggan said. Claiming another of UConn’s first place finishes was sophomore Selwyn Maxwell Jr., who ran a personal-best 7.87 seconds in the 60 meter hurdle. Not to be outdone, junior Kyle Twombly finished first with a personal best of his own in the 500 meter race, finishing in 1:03.25. Sophomores Philip Adams, James Agati and Alexander Levine also teamed up with freshman Nicholas O’Leary to take first place in the 4x800 meter relay with a time of 7:33.83. Rounding out the Huskies slew of first place finishes was senior Josh Faboyede, who had a fling of 19.27 meters in the weight throw. Maxwell Jr. and Twombly were just two of 12 Huskies to set personal bests at the meet.
game heroics and potential tournament classic moments, then I do not know what is. Napier could have done some incredible things in the postseason this year, nothing short of legendary. Anyone who said they thought the Huskies would have a year like this at the beginning of the season would be a complete liar. I like many others, was worried from the start. Losing Lamb and Andre Drummond to the NBA Draft as well as Alex Oriahki and Roscoe Smith to transfers was only compounded by the retirement of Hallof-Fame coach Jim Calhoun. However, Kevin Ollie and this team made us believers with a win over Michigan State. Follow that with wins over Syracuse and Notre Dame and this Huskies team was one to be reckoned with. Despite the lack of depth in the front court and the rebounding woes that can ruin a team in the Big East, the Huskies were nothing short of resilient this season. That is why it is so vitally important for every student on this campus to support this team for the remainder of the season.
With only four games remaining on the schedule, the Huskies will have two more home games. Two final chances to watch the 2012-13 Huskies in action. Both games, Georgetown on Feb. 27 and Providence on March 9, will be played at Gampel Pavilion, leaving no excuse why the 23-year-old arena should not be filled to the brim in the student section. I expect both of these games to sound and feel like a playoff game because we, as UConn students, owe it to this team. They did not quit when times were tough and neither should we as fans. These final games could be an incredible ending to a season that never was. The Huskies might be banned from the postseason, but should not change a thing. If anything, that should make the fans want to come out and support this squad even more. A nice spiteful slap in the face to the NCAA. What began as a forgettable season ended up being one that we should never forget.
Track and field wins New England Championship
By Nicholas Danforth Campus Correspondent
The UConn men’s track and field team overwhelmed their competition en route to their eighth consecutive New England Championship over the weekend. Going against some of the best opposition in the New England area, UConn scored 164.5 total points at the meet, 67 points more than the second place team, Rhode Island College. Only one other school was able to post as many points as UConn’s margin of victory, as Northeastern University finished in third with 74. It was UConn’s 19th New England Championship title in the last twenty years. “The team competed really well,” Head Coach Gregory Roy said. “Actually, we were a little sharper than we were at the Big
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The men’s track and field team won the New England Championship meet this weekend.
“[Winning the New England title] really is just the icing on the cake to our season,” Duggan said. “I’m really happy for the guys on the team and the coaches who were tabbed the Big East Coaching Staff of the Year.”
The Huskies will look to continue their championship season as they head to the IC4A Championships in Boston, Mass. this weekend.