Volume CXIX No. 86
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Criteria for transfer credit complicated, mysterious Difficulty transferring credits leaves students frustrated and behind schedule
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By Loumarie Roderiguez Campus Correspondent Students who take classes elsewhere or transfer in from various universities or community colleges have to check carefully that their credits will be accepted into their major or face repeating the class. Many students take courses at community colleges in order to save money. However if they plan to do so, they need to research in advance that the credit or prerequisite will count for UConn. According to Deborah Rice, the associate director for undergraduate admissions, the courses have to come from a regionally accredited institution and need to be similar in content and quality standards. Once the credit is transferred, the grade earned doesn’t count but only transfers the credit. “Students need to have a C or
better in order for the credit to transfer,” said Rice. A few colleges and universities across the nation are changing their policies in order to incorporate more transfer credits. The University of South Florida and four state colleges created a system that would reverse credit transforming and allow students to count USF credits for twoyear degrees according to an article from Tampa Bay Online. This is a result of the changing times where some students need to derail their four-year college plans or are otherwise delayed. Schools in Texas are picking up the same plan as well. UConn has specific guidelines listed online that students are recommended to follow if they plan to take courses outside of UConn and even lists the accredited institutions and classes that could be transferred. However not all courses transfer over as both credit and pre-req-
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Big changes are in store for the nation’s forests as global warming increases wildfires and insect infestations, and generates more frequent floods and droughts, the U.S. Department of Agriculture warns in a report released Tuesday. The compilation of more than 1,000 scientific studies is part of the National Climate Assessment and will serve as a roadmap for managing national forests across the country in coming years. It says the area burned by wildfires is expected to at least double over the next 25 years, and insect infestations often will affect more land per year than fires. Dave Cleaves, climate adviser to the chief of the U.S. Forest Service, said climate change has become the primary driver for managing national forests, because it poses a major threat to their ability to store carbon and provide clean water and wildlife habitat. “One of the big findings of this report is we are in the process of managing multiple risks to the forest,” Cleaves said during a conference call on the report. “Climate revs up those stressors and couples
them. We have to do a much better job of applying climate smartness ... to how we do forestry.” The federal government has spent about $1 billion a year in recent years combating wildfires. Last year was the warmest on record in the lower 48 states and saw 9.2 million acres burned, the third-highest on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s website. Insect infestations widely blamed on warming temperatures have killed tens of millions of acres of trees. Forest Service scientist James Vose, the report’s lead author, said the research team found that past predictions about how forests will react to climate change largely have come true, increasing their confidence in the current report’s predictions. The report said the increasing temperatures will make trees grow faster in wetter areas of the East but slower in drier areas of the West. Trees will move to higher elevations and more northern latitudes, and disappear from areas on the margins of their range.
uisite sometimes they transfer over as just credit or just the pre requisite which leads to students repeating the class. Justin Scarzella, a 7thsemester chemistry major and music minor faced the issue of repeating math classes since two of math classes he took at Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC) didn’t count as credit but was accepted as pre -requisite. “I had to retake pre calculus and it didn’t make any sense why,” said Scarzella. “I could have graduated on time if everything had transferred over.” Scarzella says that he didn’t know his math classes wouldn’t transfer until a friend had to explain to him that he had to research specifically which classes would transfer. When Rice was asked about why both pre requisite and credits don’t transfer she was unable to comment but said courses transfer
in as only equivalent courses and reiterated that grades don’t transfer. “The undergrad office of admission decides based on the faculty senate’s and university standards what is transferrable,” said Rice. “We look over the details of the course descriptions (from other accredited institutions), go over the syllabi and look at the quality of the content.” Christina Marrone, a 6thsemester in the accelerated nursing program was unable to attain her biology minor because many of her credits did not transfer over from NVCC. Marrone would have to retake the biology classes in order to get the bio minor. UConn only accepted certain credits into specific programs. “They accepted my physiology and anatomy only in a certain major or programs,” Marrone said. “It could become really
tricky. I just don’t understand why because the human body is the same anywhere you go. I could graduate on time but it’s frustrating because you have to retake classes that I already learned and it is same exact material at NVCC.” Marrone advices to know your major if you plan to transfer into UConn or take courses outside in order to get your money’s worth or else face retaking classes. For specifics on what classes are transferable and from what specific institutions, Rice stressed the importance of researching the classes first and going through the pre-approval process found through peoplesoft in self service. Specifics can be found on the undergraduate admissions website.
Warming bringing big changes to forests
This undated file photo from the Colorado State Forest Service shows pine trees killed by beetles near Grandby, Colo. The U.S. Department of Agriculture warns in a report released Tuesday that big changes are in store for the nation’s forests as global warming increases wildfires and insect infestations, and generates more frequent floods and droughts.
What’s on at UConn today... Blood Drive 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. SU, 304 Join the UConn Red Cross Club for our first blood drive of the semester. For more information and to schedule your appointment, please visit www.redcross. uconn.edu.
Gendered Expression in Drag 12 to 1:30 p.m. SU Rainbow Center The Rainbow Center’s Out to Lunch Lecture Series continues the semester with a presentation by Timothy Bussey, entitled, “The Expression of Femininity and Masculinity in Drag.”
Study Abroad 101 3 to 4 p.m. Rowe, 320 Learn about study abroad basics by attending this drop-in introductory information session.
Drenzer on U.S. Foreign Policy 4 to 5:30 p.m. Dodd Auditorium Professor Daniel Drenzer from Tufts will speak on, “Why the perceived benefits of U.S. military hegemony have been exaggerated.” -NIKKI SEELBACH
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A group of children from Newtown, Conn. who recently recorded a version of “Over the Rainbow” are preparing for a live appearance during the preshow broadcast for Sunday’s Grammy Awards. American Idol host Ryan Seacrest will be flying a crew to Connecticut and plans to interview the children via satellite during the E!’s “Live From the Red Carpet” preshow, said Tim Hayes, who co-produced the recording. The children also will be singing Carly Rae Jepson’s hit song, “Call Me Maybe,” he said. The group of 21 kids, some of whom attend Sandy Hook Elementary School, recorded “Over the Rainbow” last month with singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson at the Fairfield, Conn., home of Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth, two former members of the Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club rock bands. Sabrina Post, who runs a performing arts school in Newtown and directs the group, said the kids wanted to do something with their talent to honor their friends and neighbors who died in the Dec. 14 massacre at the school, and help the community heal. “This opportunity to do something positive lets the kids know that although a lot of things happen in our world that are not pleasant, like this that happened with us in Newtown, there are many giving people and wonderful things that can come out of life, so don’t get discouraged,” she said. “It teaches them to use their gifts to work through things.”
Push for assisted suicide comes to Connecticut
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A push for the legalization of physician-assisted suicide is under way in at least three Northeastern states including Connecticut, where proponents say they see strong support for allowing doctors to prescribe mentally competent, dying individuals with the medications needed to take their own lives. Lawmakers in New Jersey and Vermont are also considering legislation that would allow doctors to prescribe lethal medication to terminally ill patients in a trend that advocates say may be related to the country’s aging population. “The deep yearning for increasing autonomy for patients themselves to have a voice, I think now it’s reaching a tipping point all across the world,” said Barbara Coombs Lee, an Oregon resident and president of Compassion & Choices, a national end-of-life advocacy organization. “I think the Baby Boomer generation has something to do with that.” In Connecticut, which has banned the practice since 1969, a group of lawmakers said Tuesday that the legislature’s first public hearing on the subject would likely be held later this month. At least two bills on the issue have so far been proposed in this year’s session of the Connecticut legislature. If the state’s General Assembly votes to legalize the practice, it would be the first state legislature to do so. Oregon and Washington have passed right-to-die laws, but they did so through voter referendums. Montana’s Supreme Court has ruled that the practice of physicians helping terminally ill patients could be considered part of medical treatments. Thirty-four states prohibit assisted suicide outright. Seven others, including Massachusetts, banned it through legal precedent.
Climate change affects region’s wildlife
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A new report says climate change is having an effect on wildlife and ocean species in New England. The National Wildlife Federation’s report, “Wildlife in a Warming World,” gives a national overview of how climate change is affecting the animal world. During a teleconference call Tuesday, scientists and others said warming temperatures have caused New Hampshire’s moose population to decline because of increasing tick populations, and put the Gulf of Maine lobster population at risk. They said bears aren’t hibernating as long each year, clam-eating green crabs are proliferating and fish are moving north in search of cooler waters. National Wildlife Federation scientist Amanda Staudt, one of the report’s authors, said climate change is the single-biggest threat to wildlife.
Bridgeport settles suit over fatal fire for $825K
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Bridgeport officials have agreed to pay $825,000 to a city man whose wife and three children were killed in a 2005 apartment fire. The Connecticut Post reports (http://bit.ly/11MHF7v ) the City Council settled a lawsuit Monday night with Rihn Thach, a Vietnamese immigrant who said the city fire marshal failed to make inspections that could have prevented the deaths. Thach and his family lived on the second floor of an apartment building on Iranistan Avenue. An investigation showed the apartment had no smoke detectors, windows were barred and a possible escape route was nailed shut. Thach’s 35-year-old wife, his 14-year-old son and two daughters, ages 11 and 3, were killed. He was the family’s only survivor. Thach’s landlord pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in 2006 and received a suspended sentence.
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A golden Leibniz cookie hangs from a horses neck in front of the Leibniz University in Hannover, Germany, Tuesday Feb. 5, 2013. It is still not clear if the cookie belongs to the Bahlsen House, which reported theft in January. Someone dressed as the Cookie Monster has sent blackmails regarding the stolen cookie sculptur, The gilded bronze item was part of a statue outside German cookie baker Bahlsen’s Hannover office, and it was reported stolen last month.The thief demanded that cookies be delivered to children at a city hospital.
BERLIN (AP) — German police have recovered a cookie sculpture that may have been stolen by someone impersonating the Cookie Monster. Spokeswoman Jacobe Heers says the 20-kilogram (44 pound) gilded sculpture was found Tuesday morning outside a university. It was hanging from the neck of a horse sculpture with a red ribbon. The century-old cookie was reported stolen last month from the office of a bakery company in Hannover. A local newspaper later received a letter demanding cookies be delivered to children at a hospital. The paper also received a picture of someone dressed like Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster holding what appeared to be the stolen cookie. The Bahlsen company promised a reward of 52,000 packets of cookies for a charitable cause if their emblem turned up. No suspect has been apprehended.
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — A water-heating system may have leaked gas into a tunnel beneath the headquarters of Mexico’s national oil company for more than seven months before it was accidentally detonated by a maintenance crew’s improvised lighting system, officials said Tuesday, adding fresh detail to the narrative of the petroleum giant’s worst disaster in a decade. Mexico’s attorney general said Monday night that a gas buildup was responsible for the explosion that collapsed three floors of the administrative building in Petroleos Mexicanos’ Mexico City headquarters complex, killing 37 people and leaving dozens hospitalized. He said the investigation had detected traces of methane. Methane is the primary component of most of the natural gas used for cooking and heating in homes and businesses. It also is found in coal mines, and is naturally produced by the decomposition of organic matter in sewers and landfills. Assistant Attorney General Alfredo Castillo told reporters Tuesday morning that one source of the gas may have been a tunnel that ran from a heating plant and beneath the devastated building on its way to the high-rise central tower of the complex. He said that explanation was supported by the fact that the blast blew off manhole covers over the tunnel. “There’s a connection to, as you’ve seen, a place where there are gas facilities,” Castillo said during a tour of the explosion site. “These manhole covers were found completely blown off.” Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam told Radio Formula Tuesday afternoon that investigators were still trying to determine if the gas came from an industrial leak or a naturally occurring buildup. Although most natural gas has an additive that makes it easy to smell, Murillo said that the methane from an industrial
Soldiers remove debris after an explosion at the state-owned oil company PEMEX office complex in Mexico City, Sunday Feb. 3, 2013. Mexico’s state-owned oil company says rescuers have found another body amid the rubble of a headquarters building damaged by a still-unexplained blast. The find raises the death toll of Thursday’s explosion to about 34 people.
leak in the Pemex building would have been odorless, without explaining why. Domestic and industrial natural gas is typically 90 percent methane, said Isaac Zlochower, a research chemist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who has studied explosions of methane and other flammable gases but was not involved in the probe of the Pemex blast. If concentrations of methane in the air are 5-16 percent, an ignition source can cause an explosion. “The issue is primarily to ensure that you don’t have a flammable gas air mixture in a confined space,” he said. “It’s much harder to ensure that there isn’t an ignition source.” Murillo said an independent
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contractor had told investigators that he was working with a crew of three men performing maintenance in the basement of building B2 on Thursday afternoon. The contractor said the basement wasn’t lit, so his crew had rigged illumination by attaching a crude electric cable to a power source in the ceiling. The contractor told investigators that seconds after he moved to a higher floor, “he heard a strong, sharp whistling through the corridor, coming from the area of the foundation pilings that were being worked on, and then right away he felt a strong explosion that threw him against the wall,” Karam said. The three men were found dead in the lower basement with burn marks, one with a fragment of
cable stuck to his body. Castillo said the maintenance supervisor reported that his crew had not been in the lower basement to inspect the foundations in seven or eight months. It was not immediately clear if Pemex, which is responsible for inspecting its own buildings, required more regular maintenance. A spokesman did not answer repeated calls Tuesday. Murillo said investigators were still reviewing records of building inspections to determine why Pemex had not discovered the gas accumulation. After days of speculation that the building had been bombed, Murillo said Mexican, Spanish, U.S. and British investigators looking into the blast found no evidence of explosives.
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French may start Armed British lawmakers vote leaving Mali in gang rapes in favor of gay marriage 6 tourists March
LONDON (AP) — A bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Britain cleared a major hurdle Tuesday, as lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favor of the proposals championed by Prime Minister David Cameron. The vote in the House of Commons — 400 to 175 in support of the proposed legislation — will be followed by more detailed parliamentary debates. The proposals also require the approval of the House of Lords before they become law. The process could take months, but if approved, the bill is expected to take effect in 2015 and enable same-sex couples to get married in both civil and religious ceremonies, provided the religious institution consents. The bill also lets couples who had previously entered into civil partnerships convert their relationship into a marriage. “Tonight’s vote shows Parliament is very strongly in favor of equal marriage,” Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said. “I genuinely believe that we will look back on today as a landmark for equality in Britain.” The lopsided vote was a qualified victory for Cameron, with around half of his party’s lawmakers rejecting the proposals or abstaining. Nonetheless, strong support from the leftleaning Labour Party and Liberal Democrats party ensured the Commons approval. After the ballots were counted, Cameron acknowledged that
TIMBUKTU, Mali (AP) — French troops may start pulling out of their anti-extremist operation in Mali as early as next month, handing over to a still-developing African force. The potential pending withdrawal, floated by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius in a newspaper interview published Tuesday night, came as forces from France and Chad
secured a key bastion in northern Mali, the city of Kidal. French aircraft and troops also are targeting suspected hideouts of Islamist fighters in the sparsely populated Saharan desert. There are fears that the extremists who have fled Mali’s cities during the three-week French-led operation could try to stage attacks from remote bases.
In this Monday, Dec. 19, 2005 file photo, Henry Edmont Cane, left, and partner Christopher Patrick Flanaghan kiss outisde Belfast, City Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland. The couple became the first male couple to win legal recognition for their partnership under a new British civil partnership law.
“strong views exist on both sides,” but said the result was a “step forward for our country.” Officials have stressed that all religious organizations can decide for themselves if they want to “opt in” to holding gay weddings. However, the Church of England, the country’s official faith, is barred from performing such ceremonies. That provision aims to ensure
that the Church, which opposes gay marriage, is protected from legal claims that as the official state religion it must marry anyone who requests it. Currently, same-sex couples only have the option of a civil partnership, which offers the same legal rights and protections on issues such as inheritance, pensions, and child maintenance.
In this photo taken Thursday Jan. 31, 2013, a man takes a close look at a burned-out truck in Timbuktu, Mali. Islamic militants fled from the area when French special forces parachuted in to liberate the city of Timbuktu several days ago.
World’s third largest paper company angles to stop Indonesian deforestation Plans put in effect Feb. 1 aim to preserve the habitats of threatened animals
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — One of the world’s largest paper companies pledged Tuesday to stop its suppliers from cutting down natural forests in Indonesia, a move it hopes will help preserve the threatened habitats of rare animals such as orangutans and Sumatran tigers while helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions released from carbon-rich peatland. Asia Pulp & Paper Group
worked with environmental groups Greenpeace and the Forest Trust to forge the plan that went into effect Feb. 1. It relies solely on farmed trees grown on plantations and also includes monitoring by outside groups to ensure transparency. “This is a major commitment and investment from APP Group,” company chairman Teguh Ganda Wijaya said in a statement. “We are
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doing this for the sustainability of our business and for the benefit of society. We hope our stakeholders will support our new policy, help us along the way and urge other industry players to follow.” The world’s third-largest paper-producing company had initially expected to implement its plan in 2015. But it had been heavily pressured by environmental groups to change its prac-
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Bangladesh fire hits closer to home than Americans might think
angladesh is the eighth most populous country in the world. Imagine taking everyone in Russia (the largest country in area), squeezing them into a space no bigger than Illinois, and adding nine million more. That’s Bangladesh. It’s overcrowded, polarized, and poor. It’s an industrializing nation that makes a lot of the clothes you probably can find in your closet. After China, Bangladesh is the world’s biggest clothing exporter. With $24 billion of exports, Bangladeshi garments make up 80% of that total (by comparison the United States has 1.5 trillion dollars of exports). Think about all of that when you read the next paragraph. On January 26, a fire broke out in a garment factory in Dhaka (the capital city) killing at least six and injuring ten other people. This comes just two months after the worst factory fire in Bengali history, which killed 112 workers. In the wake of so many textile industry fires, questions are being asked about Bengali labor practices. For example, the Mohammadpur building (where the fire began) was illegally built in the first place. In Dhaka’s garment districts, locked doors and unenforced safety regulations are common. Since 2006, around 700 people have been killed in fires related to the garment industry. This incident is tragically reminiscent of the Triangle Waist Shirt factory fire that happened in New York City on March 25, 1911. In that Dhaka-esque version of New York City, it was not only common to lock doors, but to also chain women (most workers in the industry were, and still are women) to their workstations to cut down on wasted time. The New York fire was the beginning of a new era of safety regulations and enforcement that cut down on industry-related deaths since then. Look closely and you’ll notice that fire doors exist in any and all commercial and government buildings (and they’re never locked). You probably already know that safety regulations in industrializing nations are sub-par. This isn’t an American issue; we can’t influence safety regulations in Bangladesh. But that number at the top of the page? $24 billion is your money. Look around the room you’re in. Some of those clothes passed through Mohammadpur. And some of the girls that died in these fires probably touched them. Wal-Mart, Target, and other costsaving super stores support regulation-liberal factories like this. Consumer behavior (i.e. our shopping behavior) can influence the way those companies, and those governments, do business. 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.
Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Mooyah corrupts my digestive system absolutely. Taking Statistics 1 in the fall of my freshman year and Statistics 2 in the spring of my senior year... that’s what I call a statistically significant error. We put liquid paper on a bee... and it died. Imagine being 100 percent naked and hearing a bunch of loud noises you don’t understand. That’s called being an animal. You wanna party? It’s $500 for kissing and $10,000 for snuggling. End of list. Is it embarrassing to admit that I’m really liking ABBA right now? Then, God made Saturn. And he liked it, so he put a ring on it. When you’re in your fifties and your music class is doing an assignment about Twitter, you’re gonna have a bad time. Opening April 2013: Wale’s Chicken Coop Everybody get up, it’s time to slam now. We’ve got a real jam going down now. Welcome to the Space Jam. Here’s your chance, do your dance, at the Space Jam. Alright. Sometimes I think there’s a monster that lives in my stomach and that’s why I’m always hungry. But Black Dynamite, I sell drugs to the community!
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Richard III happily in between truth and fiction
n October 1066, William the Bastard, the descendant of the Viking Rolf the Ganga, crossed the English Channel to take the Throne he believed was rightfully his after the death of the heirless Edward the Confessor. He killed the rival king Harold Godwinson at the Battle of Hastings and established the Plantagenet dynasty that ruled as Kings of England (among a list of other titles) until the year 1485. On August 22 of that year, after a sporadic and bloody struggle between two branches of the Plantagenet family, the Yorks and the Lancasters, By John D. Nitowski a bastard branch of House Lancaster Weekly Columnist (this is an incredibly simplified summary of the Wars of the Roses) killed King Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth Field, ending the Plantagenet dynasty, closing the English Medieval period, and establishing the famous Tudor family as the monarchs or England with the ascension of King Henry VII. After Bosworth Field, the Tudors went about consolidating their reign and set about reminding the English people what a tyrant and an all around jerk Richard III was. This started with throwing his body into a decidedly unroyal grave, repainting all his portraits to show him as a deformed monster, telling embellished stories about locking the true heirs to the Throne in the Tower of London (thus securing his ascen-
sion to the Crown), and most famously, combining all those tactics in Shakespeare’s famous play Richard III. In Richard III, Shakespeare shows the late monarch to have a hunched back and a shriveled arm. Remember, Shakespeare was writing his play in 1592, when Elizabeth I was ruling England. Do we really think that poor Billy Shakes is going to insult Lizzy’s grandfather? Especially when all she has to do is flick her wrist and off with his head? Nope. While it’s not inconceivable that Richard was deformed, it questions his mettle in battle since (obviously) no one was there, but he still wrote about Richard willing to exchange his entire country for just surviving the battle (that Elizabeth’s grandfather won), “A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!” So a lot of historical revisionism has occurred recently, questioning whether Richard III really was so terrible for England. John O’Farrell writes in An Utterly Impartial History of Britain that Richard knew how terrible child kings (like his nephew Edward V) have been for England, and chose to spare his country from another disastrous reign of a prepubescent boy in the most powerful office of the land by assuming it himself, “And once a politician has slipped into that dangerous mindset in which they equate their own advancement with the national interest, the end can justify all sorts of terrible means.” The exhumation of Richard’s remains has only enhanced this human image of him. Shakespeare’s monstrous depiction of the monarch is rather absurd: portraying the King with a hunched back and a shriveled arm. But the skeleton examined at the remains of Greyfriars Church (destroyed during the reign of another Tudor, Henry VIII) was only
abnormal for the very obvious evidence of (idiopathic adolescent onset) scoliosis. Of course, all that really proved was a skeleton buried in an ancient church with a lot of battle wounds (the skull was hacked at several times and the brain was obviously exposed) and a crippling back disease. But science is awesome. Here’s why: genealogical research tracked down Richard’s older sister’s descendant Joy Ibsen, a 16th generation great-niece of King Richard III. Ibsen, a Canadian immigrant, died in 2008 but her son Michael offered a sample of his own DNA, which revealed that Michael Ibsen and the skeleton shared a relatively rare mitochoNdrial DNA sequence. In other words, after five centuries, King Richard III can finally be laid to rest properly. Many historical revisionists (including Terry Jones’ awesome “Medieval Lives” series on Youtube) have scoffed at the theory that Richard III was malformed and that Shakespeare’s description was very simple propaganda. But the revelation that he did actually have a physical deformity is a poetic way to describe historical truth: somewhere in between black and white. This isn’t your usual column. There’s no angry rants. No controversial opinions. No, “Hey, did you think of that, society?” Just something we could take time to appreciate. I mean seriously, do we have to be angry about things all the time? It’s nice to see how science and history can copulate and make an interesting love child we can all just read and enjoy.
Weekly columnist John D. Nitowski is an 8thsemester English major. He can be reached at John.Nitowski@UConn.edu.
Executive website not being used to its full potential
ast year, the White House unveiled an online petition website called ‘We the People,’ where Americans can petition the executive branch on issues they consider important. Once a requisite amount of signatures are obtained, the Oval Office will issue a statement on the issue. This is a valuable for By Gregory Koch tool democracy Staff Columnist if it is used p r o p e r l y, but both sides need to do so for it to work. Neither the White House nor the people have utilized the website to its fullest extent so far. While some recent petition responses have touched on important issues, such as legalization of marijuana, Wall Street reform and human rights violations in Sri Lanka, there have also been some frivolous petitions such as posting the White House beer recipe and even some completely ridiculous ones like building a Death Star. All of these petitions obtained the required number of signatures to merit a response. When the Oval Office is issuing statements filled with Star Wars puns on why President Obama will not order construction of a Death Star, it is
obvious that the petition site is not being put to its best use. If the American people want President Obama to take their petitions seriously, we should do the same. The Death Star petition and other frivolous ones jeopardize the success of future petitions. However, the White House needs to take the people’s petitioning seriously as well. Many of their responses have amounted to nothing more than “we will consider it” or “maybe someday.” None of the petitions have inspired new legislation. If the White House really cares about the role of the people, as they claimed when putting the site together, they should allow the people’s voice to be put into action. Of course, not all of the petitions should be implemented, but if the White House wants to show they care, they should at least take action on some of them. Otherwise, there is no point in having the website. Furthermore, because so many people are petitioning the White House, they have raised the required number of signatures multiple times, originally needing 5,000, then 25,000, and now 100,000 signatures. This significantly reduces the likelihood that the White House will have
to respond. Since raising the threshold to 100,000 at the beginning of January, no petitions have earned a response. At the time of writing, no petitions that require 100,000 signatures have achieved that lofty number. Only two active petitions of over 280 currently available to sign have a reasonable chance of reaching that number within the allotted 30 days. It will be very hard for future petitions to earn responses due to the White House’s continual toughening of the requirements. At best, the executive branch is lazy and does not want to craft many responses. At worst, it is defiant and does not want to listen to the will of the people. By creating ‘We the People,’ the White House said they wanted citizens to have a voice in the way this country is run. Unfortunately, as long as they fail to listen to the voice and make it harder for the people to express it, this plan will be a failure. However, the people are not immune from blame. If they fail to take the petition website seriously and sign petitions requesting the White House beer recipe and construction of a Death Star, it is easy to see why it is getting harder for petitions to suc-
ceed. One reason for raising the threshold is to stop frivolous petitions. However, this also makes it harder for serious petitions to succeed. When the petitions are legitimate, which most of them are, the government owes the people more than just a statement of understanding, at least sometimes. Some of the petition requests, such as outlawing defamation of religious prophets, are unconstitutional and should not be implemented. However, official action on at least some of the petitions would show that the government is listening. I’m not suggesting President Obama give in to mob rule by enacting every petition he receives, but to date, only one of the 98 petitions to gather the requisite number of signatures has had successful action taken in response. Even that didn’t promote much in the way of democracy. The White House picked a softball petition and decided to release the White House recipe for homebrewed beer. We The People deserve more than that.
Staff Columnist Gregory Koch is a 6th-semester actuarial major. She can be reached at Victoria.Kallsen@ UConn.edu.
hit 14,000. I t hasn ’ t been that high since 2007, heading toward an all - time high . J ust think of how big it would be if O bama wasn ’ t such a socialist .” –B ill M aher
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Husky Grab & Go has much to offer New campus store contains unique products
The great self-pleasure divide
By Michael McGuigan Campus Correspondent Last semester, local entrepreneur Gias Ahamad opened Husky Grab & Go, a convenience store that provides a wide array of goods and services in demand by UConn students. Located at 1232 Storrs Road, above DP Dough, Husky Grab and Go provides customers with ample parking, something Ahamad believes makes his store more convenient than competitors. Like any convenience store, Husky Grab & Go offers a plethora of goods that cater specifically to the needs of college students, ranging from ramen noodles to tobaccobased products. However, the store offers several goods and services not available elsewhere. For example, Ahamad sometimes stocks his ATM with a fiftydollar bill so customers can win thirty dollars if they make a lucky withdrawal. Husky Grab & Go also adequately stocks a wide variety of cooking supplies common-
By Imaani Cain Campus Correspondent
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Husky Grab & Go, one of UConn’s newest stores, is located at 1232 Storrs Road, sharing its complex with DP Dough, Randy’s Wooster Street Pizza and other businesses. The store offers items both common, like most snacks, and unique, like hard-boiled duck eggs.
ly used in Asian cooking in order to supply international students with the items they need to prepare meals the way they do at home. One example is the hard-boiled duck eggs that Husky Grab & Go offers. The store stocks a wide variety of tobacco products, which Ahamad insists are
cheaper than those of competitors. In addition, Husky Grab & Go will soon be adding beer to the range of products it supplies. Husky Grab & Go also offers a variety of snacks and beverages, ranging from chips to health snacks for today’s weight conscious snacker on
the go. Any size of coffee can be purchased for 99 cents. A variety of other drinks are also sold for 99 cents apiece. One such beverage carried is energy coffee, which according to Ahamad can provide the extra boost students need while studying. Husky Grab & Go also
stocks cleaning goods to allow students to keep their dorms and apartments clean and orderly. The store also stocks some basic car care products for students who drive. The store’s hours of operation are from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m.
‘The Classical World’ on display at the Benton Conn. congress-
By Loumarie Rodriguez Senior Staff Writer
The Benton is displaying fantastical beings and landscapes in their new January to March exhibit, “These Groves Were Once the Home of Fauns and Nymph: People and Places from the Classical World,” taken from the museum’s permanent collection. Located in the Center Gallery, paintings, etchings, oil paintings on wooden panels and even simple drawings line the walls, filled with mythical creatures and famous scenes from wellknown novels such as Dante’s “Divine Comedy” and the classic “Ulysses.” Detailed paintings of scenes from “Ulysses” were brought to life, such as Angelica Kauffmann’s “Calypso mourning over Departure of Ulysses” and “Penelope Weeping Over the Bow of Ulysses. The gallery is meant to show off not only classical gods, goddesses and heroes but also display the setting of classical myths and epic poetry, according to the Benton’s website. The exhibit was curated in order to coincide with the Classical Association of New England (CANE) meeting that is being held at UConn in March. CANE is an association whose mission is the study of the classical world, done through activi-
ties and resources that typically include the annual meeting, according to their website. The title of the exhibit is taken from Arcadia by Evander, King of the Tuscans, to the Aeneas in Book 8 of Virgil’s “Aeneid.” “The Aeneid” is a Latin epic poem written by Virgil dating between 29 and 19 BC that tells the story of Aeneas, a Trojan who travelled to Italy and eventually became an ancestor to the Romans, according to www. gutenberg.org. Evander was a cultural hero from Arcadia, Greece who brought the alphabet and laws to Italy. Gods and goddesses are sketched to life but with very bizarre body types that only fantastic beings could pull off. There were other unfamiliar creature sketches on display, showing off the unusual minds of the artists that created them. Whether the art display was large or small, there were many different concepts included in the exhibition, even a small photo of a mysterious looking landscape. Artists ranged from the mid 1600s up to the 1900s. Featured artists are of various ethnicities including Dutch, French and Italian. Italian painter Marco Ricci (1676-1730) had a few landscape paintings amongst the collection. The featured artists on display
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‘Penelope Weeping Over the Bow of Ulysses,’ a painting by Swiss artist Angelica Kauffmann, is one of many on display in this new Benton exhibit.
include Reginald Marsh, Pietro Testa, Angelica Kauffman, and Frederick Garrison Hall, all of whom have different types of styles and of art interpretation of the mythical creatures and
landscapes. The exhibition will be on display until March 17.
Jorgensen to host jazz quartet on Thursday
By Focus Staff Thursday night will bring another eclectic act to Jorgensen, as the Branford Marsalis Quartet is coming to town. With releases dating back to 1986, the Quartet includes Marsalis, a world-renowned saxophonist, accompanied by Joey Calderazzo on piano, Eric Revis on bass and Justin Faulkner playing drums. The Quartet has won two Grammys; the first, for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance in 1992, resulted from the group teaming up with jazz legends such as B.B. King “I Heard You Twice the First Time.” Their second came in 2000, when their album “Contemporary Jazz” won the award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album. A former student at Berklee College of Music, Marsalis has played with an extensive group of artists including Miles Davis, Sting, Public Enemy (playing saxophone on “Fight
Photo courtesy of jorgensen.uconn.edu
Pictured is the Branford Marsalis Quartet, which contains the famous saxophonist, drummer Justin Faulkner, pianist Joey Calderazzo, and bassist Eric Revis. They will perform Thursday night at Jorgensen.
The Power”), Dave Matthews Band and The Dead. Marsalis also led the Tonight Show Band on “The Tonight
Show with Jay Leno” from 1992 to 1995. The Quartet goes on stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday night.
Student tickets cost only $10, while regular prices range from $32 for balcony seats to $39 for the floor.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — As Rep. Joe Courtney watched the Oscar-nominated “Lincoln” over the weekend, something didn’t seem right to him. He said Tuesday he was shocked that the Oscarnominated film, about President Abraham Lincoln’s political struggle to abolish slavery, includes a scene in which two Connecticut congressmen vote against the 13th amendment to the Constitution, outlawing slavery. “’Wow. Connecticut voted against abolishing slavery?’” Courtney recalled hearing audience members ask. “I obviously had the same reaction. It was really bugging me.” He said a cursory Internet search confirmed his suspicions that the movie, directed by Steven Spielberg, was historically inaccurate. He asked the Congressional Research Service to investigate, and it reported that all four Connecticut congressmen backed the amendment in a January 1865 vote. A spokesman for Dreamworks Pictures, which produced “Lincoln,” did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment Tuesday. Courtney praised the film’s acting and cinematography but said artistic license does not permit it to inaccurately put Connecticut on the wrong side of history, particularly on an issue as powerful as slavery. In a letter to Spielberg, the fourterm Democratic congressman includes a tally of the 1865 vote by the state’s congressional delegation and a passionate defense of the state’s role in emancipating millions of blacks. “How could congressmen from Connecticut — a state that supported President Lincoln and lost thousands of her sons fighting against slavery on the Union side of the Civil War — have been on the wrong side of history?” he said in his letter. Courtney, who majored in history at Tufts University, asked that the movie, which stars Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln, be corrected before its release on DVD. “Lincoln,” which leads the Oscars with 12 nominations, also stars Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln and Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens. It has earned more than $170 million at the box office.
I was about 13 when someone mentioned masturbation in my church’s sex education class, but even then it was in relation to boys. The girls in my group all firmly insisted that they didn’t masturbate, that it was “gross” and something that only boys did—with the exception of one girl, who openly admitted that she did, and was subsequently looked at with thinly-veiled disgust. It was somehow assumed that girls did not masturbate, or were just entirely incapable of doing so. For girls to admit that they masturbated was to reveal something ghastly about them, and promptly ignored. There was no explanation for “self-love” or the mythical clitoris. They were snubbed entirely, as if they had no effect on women whatsoever. Even in high school, girls didn’t talk about it. A friend of mine admitted that she wasn’t even sure “where that thing even is,” but that she had never looked for it extensively because that would’ve been “odd.” Although there’s certainly nothing wrong with the exploration of the self, this speaks of a concept that’s been around for years—namely, that for women to explore their sexuality and to rely on themselves for pleasure (as opposed to men) is something that shouldn’t be encouraged. Although this could have been the result of catholic school’s idea of ‘sex ed,’ the clitoris (along with condom usage and other things that actually had to do with sex) wasn’t discussed at all. Most women feel like their masturbation habits is something that needs to be kept secret, because it has always been firmly categorized as a “masculine” habit. Boys are allowed to be in tune with their “baser” instincts, while girls are not (or if they do, they are under the pain of humiliation for doing so). There is a need for girls to hide their masturbatory habits from men (unless they’re doing it for the male counterparts’ sexual pleasure), or even from other women as a defense mechanism. Now, for the most part, the women in my life talk about their “alone time” openly, although I don’t think it’s regarded to be of the same “acceptable” level as male masturbation. This is connected to the belief of female anatomy being somehow disgusting—that vaginas and all of their corresponding parts are somehow dirty and should only make an appearance during penetrative sex. This can be seen through the hush-hush aspect of menstrual pad commercials, joking remarks of how “disgusting” vaginas are and the secretive names given to periods themselves (Tom, Aunt Dot, having the painters in, etc). Exactly why is female sexuality so feared? What about it is scandalous? True, there aren’t as many negative masturbation myths connected with women (no threat of hairy palms or infertility), but to blank it out completely is to betray a rather sinister view of sexuality and society’s views of how it should be acted upon.
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‘Waker,’ ten years later
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Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time (PS3) - 7.5/10 Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS) - 8.5/10 Dead Space 3 (360, PS3) - 8.0/10 Antichamber (PC) - 8.5/10 Skulls of the Shogun (360) - 7.5/10 Strike Suit Zero (PC) 7.5/10 Score data from Gamespot.com
Upcoming Releases February 5 Dead Space 3 (360, PS3) Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time (PS3, VITA) Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS) Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2 (360, PS3, WiiU) February 12 Aliens: Colonial Marines (PC, PS3, 360) February 19 Crysis 3 (PC, PS3, 360) Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (PS3, 360) Schedule from Gamespot.com
Fun Run iOS The game that’s sucked up hours of my life since the beginning of the summer? A free app called “Fun Run.” I’m a bit embarrassed by this fact, but I’ve got to admit the creators, a company named DIRTYBIT, have created a monster. The key to the success of “Fun Run” is its online play. It’s a simple left-to-right platformer with a dozen maps and items inspired by “Mario Kart.” Once the levels are populated by up to four racers, a madcap experience filled with anger, backstabbing and frustration unfolds over about a minute of frantic button-pressing. I can’t explain why this game is addicting, but you can be sure it definitely is. -Joe O’Leary
Gaming’s social revolution By Joe O’Leary Focus Editor Photo courtesy of zeldainformer.com
Ten years after it took the gaming world by storm in March 2003, ‘The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker’ will be remade in high definition for the Wii U. ‘Waker’ is widely considered one of the best ‘Zelda’ releases thanks to its beautiful art style and impressive variations on the series’ classic themes.
By Alex Sferrazza Campus Correspondent 2013 marks the tenth anniversary of some of the most fantastic video games in history. Back in 2003, we were treated to a slew of classic titles including “Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic,” “Beyond Good and Evil” and “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” just to name a few. One title in particular has stood above the rest not only in regards to critical acclaim and praise but also in terms of hype, criticism and controversy. The impact of “The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker,” even ten years later, has left the legend of its development and accomplishments permanently etched into our memories a decade later. When Nintendo first showed off a demo of the Gamecube’s power at an event in 2000, Zelda fans began to salivate after a tech demo featuring a fight between the Zelda characters Link and Ganondorf showed off a realistic art style rendered with the impressive
graphics of the then-new console. A year later, these fans awoke to a slap in the face when Nintendo showed off footage of the actual Gamecube “Zelda” game in development. Rather than a realistic art style, the title featured a stylized look using technology known as cel shading, giving three dimensional graphics the appearance of a hand drawn cartoon. The floodgates opened and super nerds protested the only way they know how: en masse on internet forums. They assumed that Nintendo was attempting to become more kid friendly and that this “Celda” would be sub par. They couldn’t have been more wrong. The genius of designer Shigeru Miyamoto prevailed yet again. Once critics finally played the title at E3 2002 and later upon the release of the game in 2003, they were silenced. Many felt that the title felt very similar to previous games and that the art style complimented the gameplay. Nintendo had truly made a
great game that the fans didn’t even know they wanted. Besides the insanely beautiful and incredibly unique art direction of the title, “Wind Waker” was an instant classic for far more reasons. For the first time in a “Zelda” game, gone was the familiar field over world. Rather, “Wind Waker” invited players to sail the massive Great Sea and explore the dozens of islands located within. A technical marvel, one could travel from island to island seamlessly without any load times at all. The “Zelda” gameplay was innovated with new unique weapons and by essentially turning Link into Solid Snake via the introduction of major stealth gameplay to the series for the first time. The music remains some of the franchise’s most iconic from the opening and sailing themes, to the background music of Dragon Roost Island and the Molgera boss battle, every piece was iconic. The touching story was made even more emotional by the incredibly expressive character
animation made possible by the cel shaded art style. The game was not entirely without critisism however. Some lamented the fact that the title was somewhat shorter than other installments in the franchise. Others loathed the tedious “Triforce shards” sidequest and subsequent rigorous amounts of sailing involved. On the whole however, Wind Waker was wildly praised winning over both fans and critics alike and winning numerous “Game of the Year” honors. And so ten years later Nintendo has announced that the game will be re released for the Wii U remastered in glorious high definition with “added features.” Although said features have not yet been announced, it has long been suspected that some dungeons were cut from the final game due to time constraints, making it very possible that they will appear for the first time in the re-release. Gamers everywhere will be able to return to the Great Sea in 2013.
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Games likely to follow Pentagon on women
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lara Croft. Samus Aran. Jill Valentine. Chell. In the realm of video games, it’s not difficult to identify toughas-nails women who uncover ancient treasures, blast away aliens, battle zombies and outwit malicious robots. However, when it comes to finding fictional females who take down terrorists, call in airstrikes, frag combatants and capture enemy outposts, you’d probably be more likely to walk in on a woman in the men’s room. While video games aren’t totally devoid of strong female protagonists, the interactive medium has typically only cast ladies in support roles when it comes to such popular military shoot-’em-up franchises as “Call of Duty” and “Battlefield.” Yet could the recent announcement that the Pentagon is ending its long-standing ban on women serving in combat roles in realworld battlegrounds extend to virtual ones, too? “I wouldn’t be surprised if the developers working on these shooters incorporated it as a story point in their games,” said game designer and “Sex in Video Games” author Brenda Romero. “It could make for an amazing narrative: ‘It’s her first role in combat and she’s determined to make a difference!’ Who wouldn’t want to pursue something like that and have a bad-(expletive) female soldier in a game?” Romero’s husband, John Romero, who worked on such landmark first-person shooters as “Doom” and “Quake,”
This undated publicity photo released by Epic Games/Microsoft shows a scene from the upcoming Xbox 360 video game, “Gears of War: Judgment.”
agrees with his wife. As games have evolved beyond rescuing princesses from gorillas, players have come to expect deeper levels of personalization, evidenced by the popularity of such be-whatever-the-heck-youwanna-be role-playing games as “Skyrim,” ‘’Mass Effect” and “World of Warcraft.” “I can’t see anything negative about having more choices in a game,” said Romero. “Everyone likes having more choices. There’s never been a backlash when ‘World of Warcraft’ added a new race, so I can’t imagine there would be one if a shooter added a new gender. Franchises that come out with a new version
every year like ‘Call of Duty’ strive to be topical, so I imagine they would address it.” Obviously, until now, game makers could always rely on the fact that women weren’t allowed on the front lines in real life, either. In recent years, though, longrunning shooter institutions like “Halo” and “Gears of War” have introduced female characters in both their single-player campaigns and multiplayer modes, but those are futuristic sci-fi shooters set worlds away from military games that strive for either historic or contemporary authenticity, such as the “Call of Duty,” ‘’Battlefield,” ‘’Medal
of Honor” and “SOCOM” franchises. With just a few international exceptions (like French resistance fighter Manon Batiste in 2000’s “Medal of Honor: Underground,” Russian soldier Tanya Pavelovna in 2004’s “Call of Duty: Finest Hour” and South Korean operative Park “FortyFive” Yoon-Hee in 2011’s “SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs”) playable female characters are usually absent from military shooters, even with more female gamers playing them. “Our games strive to reflect real world events and military conditions,” said Lincoln
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During the month of September in 2011, my roommate and I would habitually end each day with a two-player game of “Madden 12.” The quality of the game itself was questionable, but the quality of our gameplay was spectacular. Well, sort of. Every night, his team would inevitably force a fumble, or get a pick-six, or nail a 60-yard Hail Mary, putting his team on his back and mine on the skids. It took a full month of trying for me to finally beat him. That moment was glorious. So why did I spend a full month of my life playing a game when the odds of winning were so low? Was it so important for me to win? No, the chance to play a game every night with one of my best friends, a social experience littered with in-jokes, trash talk and the occasional drinking game, was the draw, just like it was every time I pulled the trigger on Amazon to pick up another two- or fourplayer game. For all the stereotypes of gamers being introverted, nerdy shut-ins with less social skills than Donald Trump, there’s no denying the hobby’s popularity; a Pew study released in July said seventy percent of collegeaged kids reported playing video games at least “once in a while.” And though there are plenty of wide-ranging single-player games in today’s market, including new “Legend of Zelda” and “Elder Scrolls” games, the past ten years’ technological advances, specifically concerning online interactivity, have made games more accessible to multiple players. Just look at the Wii, built off social experiences and active movement. Without anyone really noticing, video games have turned the corner in the past decade in modern society. They’ve become much more of a cultural standpoint, especially with the coming of the Internet expanding the spread of information about games both big and small across the world. “Call of Duty” and “Halo” games are grossing more at Gamestop than all but the biggest blockbusters do at the box office. “Angry Birds” and “Just Dance” are social hotbeds that are hitting quadrants not normally into games. And almost all of it is thanks to multiplayer, or at least the medium’s shift from a passive, solitary activity to a social, active one. Gaming’s new place in modern culture is sealed, and despite any detractors it’s going to continue to grow. With the Kinect, the Wii, the Move and skyrocketing budgets turning every triple-A game into an interactive movie, gaming has become an experience much bigger than picking up a controller. Whether someone’s pounding their way through a game with a room full of friends cheering them on, a couple (or couple of friends) are playing cooperative Mario, or four people are waging an allout “Mario Party” war, there’s no doubt that more is better when it comes to gaming.
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Prosecutors move to revoke Chris Brown’s probation LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors have asked a judge to revoke Chris Brown’s probation, saying there is no credible evidence he completed his community service sentence for beating Rihanna, and citing several other incidents that they say point to anger management issues. The motion filed Tuesday by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office focuses heavily on issues with Brown’s community labor in Virginia, citing numerous discrepancies and claiming the R&B singer essentially was unsupervised. Brown’s attorney, Mark Geragos, blasted the filing, telling The Associated Press that it was frivolous and defamatory and he planned to seek sanctions against prosecutors. The prosecution’s motion also notes several incidents in which Brown has lost his temper, including throwing a chair through a window after a “Good
Morning America” interview in which he was asked about his beating of Rihanna on the eve of the 2009 Grammy Awards. The report also cites Brown’s Jan. 27 fight with R&B singer Frank Ocean, including Ocean’s claim that Brown threatened to shoot him in the brawl over a parking space. Sheriff’s officials have said they are unlikely to seek charges against Brown for the recent fight with Ocean, since Ocean has posted online that he does not intend to seek criminal or civil penalties. Ocean told investigators that Brown shouted that he and his entourage “can bust on you too,” which authorities wrote was a street slang term for shooting someone. Brown is due in court Wednesday for a probation hearing. “The motion filed by the DA’s office is shameful and a disgrace,” Geragos said.
FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2012 file photo, Chris Brown performs during the 54th annual Grammy Awards, in Los Angeles.
“In essence, it calls everyone a liar in the Richmond Police Department and the Virginia Probation Department.” He claimed prosecutors ignored interviews “where sworn peace officers stated unequivocally that Mr. Brown was supervised and did all of the community service.” “I plan on asking for sanc-
tions from the DA’s office for filing in frivolous, scurrilous and frankly defamatory motion,” he said. A spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office declined to comment on Geragos’ statements. Brown’s time serving community service in Virginia has been under scrutiny for months, and Tuesday’s motion asked a judge to
order the singer to repeat his entire 180-day service sentence in Los Angeles. Brown had been given permission to perform cleanup and manual labor duties in Virginia, but LA prosecution investigators found no evidence that he completed his work as ordered. Richmond, Va., Police Chief Bryan Norwood was supposed to be supervising Brown and submitted paperwork last year indicating the singer had completed his sentence. But prosecutors cite numerous shortcomings and possible misstatements in those records, which show the singer performing double shifts in the city and at a day care center where his mother once worked. “This inquiry provided no credible, competent or verifiable evidence that defendant Brown performed his community labor as presented to this court,” Deputy District Attorney Mary Murray wrote. The records submitted by
Norwood are “at best sloppy documentation and at worst fraudulent reporting.” Richmond police spokesman Gene Lepley declined to discuss the allegations. “We believe it would inappropriate to comment on a matter that’s before the court,” Lepley said. According to the motion, officials with Virginia’s probation office told investigators that Brown’s arrangement to be supervised by Norwood was “extremely unusual” and had not been approved by the agency. No one from Virginia’s probation department oversaw Brown’s hours, the filing states. The motion notes that the only records the department has to indicate Brown was supervised were officers’ overtime sheets. Five of 21 days that officers logged overtime for Brown were spent providing security for the singer’s concerts.
Will women in games follow women in the military? from GAMES, page 6
Hershberger, marketing vice president at “Medal of Honor” and “Battlefield” publisher Electronic Arts Inc. “Women in our military games have appeared in a variety of combat and support roles. In 2011, ‘Battlefield 3’ included a female fighter pilot, and we expect to see more women appearing in combat roles in the future.” The previous installment in the successful “Call of Duty” franchise, “Black Ops II,” featured a female president, fighter pilot and a playable character named Chloe “Karma” Lynch, who served a brief but pivotal role in the singleplayer campaign. It’s unclear if Activision will take a cue from the Pentagon for the next “Call of Duty.” (Activision-Blizzard Inc. declined to comment for this story.) Sande Chen, a game writer and author of “Serious Games: Games That Educate, Train, and Inform,” said that implementing female characters in military shooters, especially in their intricate online multiplayer modes, could be a complex and expensive proposition for developers. Another gender requires new art assets, animations and sound effects, essentially doubling the work required of game makers. Adding the fairer sex could also make a game, well, not fair. “It makes a game more complicated because there are differences between men and women in battlefield situations,” noted Chen. “Women walk differently and their frames are usually smaller and more difficult to hit. Usually, game developers don’t want to give too much advantage to one character choice over another character choice. It would be interesting, but it might need to be more cosmetic in a shooter.” Could such a change also affect the audience playing these games? If developers deploy female characters to digital front lines, would even more women be inspired to play male-dominated military shooters? Not necessarily. Timothy J. Welsh, a media professor at Loyola University in New Orleans, doesn’t believe simply drafting new female characters into realistic shooters will inspire more women to enlist in these games. “People who like to play games are going to play games, and people who don’t, won’t,” said Welsh, who contributed to the book “Guns, Grenades, and Grunts: First-Person Shooter Games.” ‘’Right now, more than twice the number of women over 18 play games than boys under 17. Obviously, having to play as Nathan Drake in every game hasn’t deterred the women who make up 47 percent of the gaming population.” Brenda Romero, who recently worked on the Facebook strategy game “Ghost Recon Commander” — based on the Ubisoft Entertainment tactical shooter franchise “Ghost Recon,” which has featured women characters — is hopeful that if military shooter developers do include a female combat soldier in future editions, the squad mate with double X chromosomes doesn’t amount to just another video game vixen.
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PHOTO OF THE DAY
Fuzzy and Sleepy by Matt Silber
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Classic Side of Rice by Lauren Rice
A week later, and we still can’t feel our fingers! Students lined up for up to an hour to get their hands on a bucket full of ice cream as part of SUBOG’s annual One Ton Sundae festivities.
I Hate Everything by Carin Powell
Vegetables & Fruit! by Tom Bachant and Gavin Palmer
Procrastination Animation by Michael McKiernan
Horoscopes To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging.
by Brian Ingmanson
Aries (March 21-April 19) -- Today is a 7 -- You can start enjoying yourself around now; the odds are in your favor. Check out an interesting suggestion. Listen to your family. No need to decide yet. Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is an 8 -- A little effort restores harmony. A female soothes ruffled tempers. A balanced checkbook is only part of it. Make love and romance a priority. Gemini (May 21-June 21) -- Today is a 7 -- You’re really learning now. Consult with your team. Send off the paperwork for a raise in funding. Saving resources can be easy. Play with friends. Cancer (June 22-July 22) -- Today is a 9 -- If you can put up with an offensive tone, you can do well. You’re full of ideas for making money. Only use what you have, and keep your eye on the ball. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- The shyness is only temporary. You’re a true leader now, with increasing influence. Trust your intuition to solve any puzzles along the way. You know what to do. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 6 -Your best move could be a well-thought-out surprise. Just say what’s on your mind. You’re wiser than you may realize. Big stories are proof of that. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 9 -- You’re sociable today and tomorrow, which plays to your advantage. Friends help you open new doors and discover new treasures. You level up. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is an 8 -- You’re being tested, but there’s no need to worry. Follow your heart. You’ll do fine. Friends and finances don’t mix well for now. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 6 -- Relationships may require patience right now. Focus on what you have rather than on what you’re missing. Don’t worry. Be open to happy surprises. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is an 8 -- You can make it happen as long as you stay strong and avoid the usual distractions. Be open to new ideas, and be willing to reinvent yourself. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 9 -- Create new opportunities with your team for the next couple of days. If you don’t have a team, join one, or invent one. Focus on abundance. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 9 -- Hit the ground running to tackle projects as they come to you. There’s no time for distractions since there’s more work coming in. Allow for different points of view.
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Five lessons from Super Bowl XLVII
By Mike McCurry NFL Columnist
Quicker than Jacoby Jones in the open field, it was all over. The 2012-2013 NFL season came to a screeching halt on a punt return, when Ted Ginn was unable to take the post-safety kick back to the house in what would have been the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history. The Ravens became world champions, Joe Flacco was about to get a lot more familiar with Benjamin Franklin’s face, and Randy Moss could go back to taking whatever substance it is that makes him believe he is the greatest receiver to ever play the game. In some ways, isn’t it just dandy that there’s no more football for a while? Dan Marino can start searching for other young boys and girls out there who he may have brought into this world. Rob Gronkowski gets the opportunity to teach some dancing classes and heal his forearm in the process. And, we’ll hopefully never have to deal with Ray Lewis again. Lewis can now spend his retirement sipping on as much deer antler spray as he wants. In another sense, I’m in complete denial that the NFL has begun a six-month vacation. The league transformation from traditional pocket passers to speedy, read-option quarterbacks has been absolutely fascinating to watch. To
think that we have to turn the calendar many, many times before seeing Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson make fools out of defenses again makes me sad. Also, for as much crap as I give Ray Lewis (not to his face, of course, because I probably wouldn’t be here if that were the case), Super Bowl XLVII marks the end of an era for one of the greatest. Regardless of which animal secretion he may have placed under his tongue, Ray gets to go out a champion. The fiercest of competitors and the most impactful linebacker the game has ever seen gets to hang up his helmet with a Lombardi Trophy by his side. Steven Speilberg and Martin Scorsese could have never dreamed up an ending like this. Despite the prolonged blackout in the third quarter, Baltimore’s 34-31 championship victory over San Francisco was as good of a final game as anyone could ask for. Considering all we have to look forward to in the foreseeable future of the NFL world is Roger Goodell calling Manti Te’o’s name on draft day and, rather than the typical player-girlfriend embrace, waiting for Te’o to message his “girlfriend” online first then shake the commissioner’s hand, why not try to make Super Bowl XLVII live on forever? To honor fellow Jersey boy and new celebrity Joe Flacco’s uniform number, here are 5 things I learned from this past Sunday. In
the words of referee Jerome Boger after the thirty-four minute blackout, “Let’s go!” 1. Joe Flacco isn’t the only MVP…First off, let me get one thing off my back: who cares what the word “elite” really means when it comes to NFL quarterbacks? Joe Flacco doesn’t, that’s for sure. Flacco’s 287-yard, 3-touchdown game was the cherry on top of arguably the most impressive postseason ever by a guy under center. In the four playoff games against the Colts, Broncos, Patriots, and 49ers, he had half as many touchdowns (11, with no picks!) as he had during the entire 16-game regular season. So while sports analysts everywhere debate the true definition of “elite,” Flacco is chilling in Disney World and waiting to cash-in on a paycheck bigger than the Superdome. As for his MVP honors? He should be sharing those with the angelic Sandy Hook kids who sang “America the Beautiful” in the pregame. And I guess Beyoncé deserves some MVP votes as well. 2. Others need to take Flacco’s lead…Eli Manning said it last year, then he went out and did it. The same goes for Joe Flacco this year. Who’s going to be the next quarterback to make a crazy (at the time) assertion prior to the season regarding one’s elite status, only to really turn it on in the playoffs and walk-the-walk all the way to a Super Bowl ring? Not
only did Flacco say he was elite this past April, but he confidently proclaimed himself as the best QB in football. And while there are a couple of quarterbacks out there who I might take over Flacco to win me a game, how can you argue with his self-opinion on this day? Guys like Matt Ryan and Tony Romo should be calling up every radio station in the country and beg to be asked that question in the off-season. Brandon Weeden too, you ask? Eh, you still got no shot, kiddo. 3. That Chris Culliver fellow is a funny one…The 49ers might soon need to look into adding another wide-receiver if Randy Moss and Mario Manningham both leave, but there’s no denying that San Francisco’s roster is absolutely stacked. Though next time they reach the Super Bowl, they need to make sure that cornerback Chris Culliver sleeps through Media Day. Culliver made big news leading up to kickoff after saying that gay football players don’t belong in the NFL. Well, after getting exposed defensively by Ravens receivers Anquan Boldin and Jacoby Jones, maybe it’s Culliver who doesn’t belong in this league. He did get credited with the safety after Baltimore punter Sam Koch purposely ran out of the end zone, but something tells me that’s not going to be what people remember Culliver for in Super Bowl XLVII.
all fouled out. When the final buzzer sounded the Huskies were victorious as jubilation poured over the student section. It was a great feeling singing the UConn fight song loudly and proudly as long faced Providence fans quickly exited the arena. The celebration did not end here, as the UConn faithful steamed into the concourse as chants of “Let’s Go Huskies,” filled the air in the crowded space. Providence fans could only look on as we filled into the parking garage to head back to campus. One might wonder why a group of UConn students would ever leave the friendly confines of Gampel Pavilion to cheer on the Huskies when they can watch the games among the home crowd. While watching games in Storrs is always a great way to support the team, it doesn’t compare to taking a road trip to show
others how much school spirit UConn actually has. When you see a game on the road, anybody wearing your team’s colors is a friend and everybody else is a foe. Going to away games can build camaraderie with the people around you, more than if you saw a game in your home arena. Sports are one of the few things in life today that divide us and unite us at the same time. I have one more year left on this campus and I am already looking forward to next year’s road trip, wherever it may be. I hope to see you all there.
By Joe Crisalli Campus Correspondent
Ravens' running back Bernard Pierce celebrates after the Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII.
4. John is better than Jim, plain and simple...The Battle of the Brothers was a bit one-sided, and the coaching advantage goes to the Ravens’ John. Sure, his idea to try a fake field-goal was a bit odd, but taking the safety at the end was brilliant. As for Jim, his overall game management and the play-calling on the last possession (I know that’s not ALL on him) was just second-rate. Still, that didn’t stop John from calling his defeated brother the “best coach in the NFL.” John is much more mature too, you see.
5. Ray Lewis has more to thank than God…In addition to Lewis constantly praising the Lord and thanking Him for the Ravens’ good fortunes, Ray should consider thanking the following people as well: Anquan Boldin, who had as many touchdowns in the playoffs (4) as in the regular season; Rahim Moore, “safety” of the Denver Broncos; Culliver; and, for the hell of it, Beyoncé.
Morrissey: College sports road trips are unforgettable Huskies place eighth in latest AHA Power Rankings
from GOING, page 12 As most of you know by now UConn had a difficult time on the boards to say the least and in the waning minutes of the second half it looked like the game could go either way. I had asked my roommate what happened last year when the Huskies were defeated on the road and he replied, “We grabbed our jackets and got the hell out of there.” I began to think about what the Friars’ fans would do to us if we lost this game, after we were some of the loudest folks in the building, I can assure you there would have been nothing holy about it. That fear quickly went away in the last couple of minutes of the overtime period, thanks in part to a great performance by UConn’s bench after Tyler Olander, Enosh wolf and DeAndre Daniels
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Here are most recent rankings for the Atlantic Conference. 12. Sacred Heart (0-24-2, 0-172) The Pioneers have lost their last two games 7-4, and 6-3 to Robert Morris, and are winless with about one month left to play in the regular season. 11. Army (7-13-4, 7-8-4) With a most recent 8-0 loss vs. division rival Mercyhurst, the Black Knights are 1-3-1 in their last five games, and have allowed 20 goals in those games. 10. American International (6-14-5, 3-11-5) The Yellow Jackets have played close games as of late with a total goal differential of four in their past five games. 9. Canisius (10-13-5, 9-8-5) Canisius has allowed 19 goals in their past five games, and are 2-3 in those contests. The Golden Griffins
will face division leading Niagara next on Feb. 7th. 8. Connecticut (11-12-3, 8-9-2) UConn is 2-2-1 in their last five games, with a most recent 7-1 loss to division foe: the Rochester Institute of Technology. Bentley is up next on the schedule for the Huskies. 7. Robert Morris (14-9-2, 9-85) The Colonials were 1-3 before two straight victories over Sacred Heart, and have been inconsistent as of late. 6. Rochester Institute of Technology (9-12-5, 7-8-4) RIT recently played two close games to division leading Niagara before taking one out of two games vs. Connecticut. The Tigers will face Robert Morris next on Feb. 8th. 5. Bentley (11-13-1, 9-9-1) After winning three straight decisions, Bentley has lost three straight games, 6-4, 2-1 and 2-1, to Niagara and Holy Cross. 4. Air Force (11-10-6, 9-6-4)
Air Force won four straight games vs. division opponents Sacred Heart and Robert Morris before going 0-1-1 vs. American International in their last two games. 3. Mercyhurst (13-10-2, 11-6-1) The Lakers won their last decision vs. Army 8-1 and have scored 16 goals in their last four games, where they are 2-1-1. 2. Holy Cross (14-10-2, 10-7-2) Holy Cross has split each of their last three series’1-1 vs. Niagara, Bentley, and Canisius. The crusaders will face division rivals in Connecticut, American International, Army, and Sacred Heart for the remainder of the regular season. 1. Niagara (17-4-5, 16-1-2) With only one blemish on their Atlantic Conference record, the Purple Eagles are 7-1-1 in their last nine games, and are winners of three straight. Niagara will face Canisius next on Feb. 7th.
U.S. to face Honduras in first match of World Cup Qualifying Hex By Miles DeGrazia Soccer Columnist After successfully topping their third round group for World Cup Qualification the USMNT (United States Men’s National Team) has just one final hurdle to navigate between them and the 2014 FIFA World Cup, a six-team double round robin qualification stage known affectionately as 'The Hex'. CONCACAF’s (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Associations of Football) fourth and final round of World Cup qualification is a sixteam tournament, in which each team plays every other team home and away. This round of qualification is called the 'Hexagonal' or just 'The Hex' because of the six
teams taking part. For the USMNT, the Hex, and particularly away matches have always proved a difficult task but a perfect 4/4 all time record in qualification from the Hex shows it’s not an impossible one. This time around qualification begins in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Wed. at 4 p.m. and ends in Panama City, Panama, on October 15th. In between the USMNT will also face Costa Rica, Jamaica and their bitter rival Mexico, against whom they have scored just one away goal all time in World Cup qualifiers. While many faces for the USMNT remain the same from four years ago, Tim Howard is still between the sticks, Captain Carlos Bocanegra will continue to marshal the back four, Michael Bradley will run the match from the central midfield and Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore will try to score the goals; two key faces have changed. US soccer poster boy and USMNT playmaker Landon
Donovan has been absent from the USMNT since August 15th due to somewhat of a mid-life crisis. In Oct. of 2012, Donovan said that he needed to take a break from his soccer career due to mental and physical exhaustion, abstaining himself from future selection for the USMNT. With no Donovan, the USMNT has lost its creative lynchpin for the last decade and will look to Graham Zusi, Sacha Kljestan, Eddie Johnson and José Francisco Torres not to replace his creativity but to try to minimize his absence. Donovan’s absence will also make head coach Jürgen Klinsmann’s first Hex, that much more difficult. Klinsmann, who’s navigating his first World Cup qualification process as a Head Coach was appointed in July of 2011 after Bob Bradley failed to win the CONCACAF Goal Cup earlier that month. In his first ever WCQ (World Cup Qualifier) as Head Coach, the USMNT barley squeaked by
Antigua and Barbuda a nation that has a population equivalent to Danbury, Connecticut, 3-1. Following the win, the USMNT earned a 1-1 draw in Guatemala, then lost 2-1 in Jamaica. Earning four points in their first three matches the USMNT were on the verge of not qualifying for the World Cup for the first time since 1986. But Klinsmann maximized home field advantage in the final three matches to secure nine points and advance the USMNT to the Hex. Klinsmann is now staring down an extremely tough Hex qualification process with three of the first four matches taking place away from home, mirroring third round qualification. Unlike in the third round Klinsmann knows he cannot afford to get going half way through qualification with the others teams being much stronger than Antigua and Barbuda and Guatemala.
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Eastern Conference Power Rankings By TJ Souhlaris NBA Eastern Conference Columnist 15) Orlando (14-34; Previous rank: 12)—Not that the Magic was going to be any sort of Eastern Conference power this season, but regardless of the team you root for it’s difficult to see a team so decimated by injuries. The Magic has lost its last 10 games and it doesn’t look like things are getting better. On the bright side, center Nikola Vucevic looks like he’ll be more than serviceable at the 5 for the Magic in the future. 14) Charlotte (11-36; PVS: 13)—The Bobkitties have the league’s worst point differential (-8.4) and also give up the secondmost points per game (103 per contest). Charlotte was 7-6 when I wrote about them in this space before winter break; since then they’ve won four of their last 34 games. I’m not sure if I should feel bad for the hex I put on Charlotte or if I should feel impressed with myself. I’m leaning toward the latter. 13) Washington (12-35; PVS: 12)—Don’t get too excited Wizards fans; you’re only at 13 because
Orlando and Charlotte are playing at unspeakably horrid levels right now. Two weeks ago I predicted that the Wiz wouldn’t end up in the Eastern cellar because point guard John Wall would make a difference. In Wall’s 14 games this season, D.C. is 7-7, including victories against Atlanta, Denver, Chicago and the playoff bound Los Angeles team. Although their teams are awful this season, I’m still going to tune in for Wall’s duel with Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving on Mar. 12 to see what the healthy Kentucky alum can do against everybody’s favorite young point guard. 12) Cleveland (14-34; PVS: 15)—The Cavaliers have gone 4-2 since my original power rankings column which is because one of two things: a) Byron Scott gets a subscription to The Daily Campus and used it as a motivational tool for his young team or b) Irving has put the team on his back like Greg Jennings and is averaging 28.3 points per game over the last 14 days. Which pill do you choose, Neo? 11) Toronto (17-31; PVS: 11)—The Raptors acquired former Storrs standout Rudy Gay a week
ago in an effort to grab a fringe allstar caliber player to build around. The real question lingers: Is Gay good enough to be considered a team’s first option? If you take a peek at his numbers so far this season (.413 from the field, .314 from three and a 1-1 assist-to-turnover ratio), that answer is clearly no. Perhaps a change of scenery is what Gay needs to flourish. 10) Detroit (18-31; PVS: 10)--#FreeAndreDrummond. That is all. 9) Philadelphia (21-26; PVS: 9)—In typical Andrew Bynum fashion, the prize of Philly’s offseason said “February is the target, I guess,” for his 76ers debut. This does not sound like a man that wants to play this year. I envision Bynum giving a similar answer to his friends when they ask him what movie he wants to see from RedBox. “Andrew, you want to rent John Carter or Battleship?” “…Battleship is the movie, I guess.” 8) Boston (24-23; PVS: 7)— Paul Pierce was quoted recently as saying he’s like King Leonidas in the movie 300 because he wants to “go to war with what we got.” I’m really hoping The Truth didn’t
watch the last 15 minutes of that film. I discussed blowing up the Celtics in my column last week, but I’d be remiss not to mention that landing Eric Bledsoe in any trade would induce an elated blackout. 7) Milwaukee (25-21; PVS: 8)—Ever since interim coach Jim Boylan took over the Bucks after Scott Skiles was fired, Milwaukee has played at an elevated level. Forward Ersan Ilyasova, who was only averaging about 10 points per game under Skiles, is now contributing about 16 points per contest under Boylan thanks to a bump in minutes since the coaching change. The Bucks are also one of only three Eastern Conference teams with a winning record both on the road and at home. 6) Atlanta (26-20; PVS: 6)— Atlanta has played in the most overtime games (four) in the NBA without a loss. I’m not sure what this means. If the Hawks can stay undefeated in overtime games, their fans will have a silver lining from yet another season where their team makes the playoffs and does nothing in them. Treading water seems to be ATL’s favorite exercise.
5) Brooklyn (28-19; PVS: 3)— Nets fans finally got what they wanted, as center Brook Lopez was added to the Eastern Conference all-star roster after Rajon Rondo’s knee had the quietest explosion in NBA history. BK’s next three games are definitely winnable (home vs Bad Los Angeles, at Detroit and at Washington), but seven of their final eight games in February are against teams with winning records. 4) Chicago (29-19; PVS: 4)— Chicago guard Nate Robinson, who is filling in for Kirk Hinrich, won Eastern Conference Player of the Week last week. So at least something productive came out of the Isiah era, Knicks fans! It’s comical to watch head coach Tom Thibodeau reluctantly place Robinson in the lineup, only to have the Lilliputian point guard go off. Even though the Bulls are only averaging 93 points per game, they’re still in great shape to make a run in the playoffs—with or without Derrick Rose. 3) Indiana (29-19; PVS: 2)— For all of the love that teams like Oklahoma City, Utah, Miami and Denver get for home-court advantage, the Pacers have quietly
put together an eye-opening 19-3 record at their Canseco Fieldhouse. Related: Indy plays 20 of its final 34 games in Indiana. 2) New York (31-15; PVS: 5)—Remarkably, the Knicks have steadfastly refused to falter this season. New York has only lost four games by 10 points or more in 2012-13, which is incredible considering the Knicks lost four games by 10 points or more in their five-game playoff appearance last season. I still think that Indy would defeat New York in a seven-game series if it started today, but nothing out of this team would surprise me at this point. 1) Miami (31-14; PVS: 1)— LeBron James is averaging 26.7 points per game to go along with 8.3 boards and 7 assists. James is also shooting .555 from the field, which is more than 65 points better than his career shooting percentage. Although Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony are both having incredible season, the MVP award is Bron’s to lose at this point.
floor. “She’s a senior and when she’s playing well and enjoying it like she did tonight I want her to get every last bit out of it that she can,” said Auriemma. “I want her to experience it because it’s the last time. So when it’s bad I want to get her out because I don’t want her to suffer and when it’s good I want to leave her in because I want her to enjoy it.” UConn took a comfortable 62-17 lead into the locker room at halftime and would only continue to build off of their commanding lead until the end of the game. All five of UConn’s starters finished the game with 11 points or more and six Huskies finished the night with double figures. The Huskies made 15 of the 23 three-pointers they attempted which is second for the most three-pointers in game in team
history. Center Stefanie Dolson, who played in her first game back after missing the game against St. John’s, scored 15 points, including one three-pointer. After the game Dolson said that she was happy to see her teammates shoot well from behind the arc. “We just did a great job of either turning them over or getting easy transitions,” said Dolson. “When they made a shot we got the ball out quickly and ran our offense quickly. To see them shoot the ball that well gives us a really good feeling this time of year.” The Huskies will be back in action this Sunday when they face DePaul at Gampel Pavilion. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPNU.
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Muffet McGraw fittingly earned another milestone victory close to where she grew up. McGraw became the 13th coach in Division I history to reach the 700-victory plateau with No. 2 Notre Dame's 59-52 victory over Villanova on Tuesday night. Her career record is now 700-257 in 31 years coaching (612-216 in 26 years at Notre Dame). McGraw played for Bishop Shanahan in nearby West Chester and collegiately for St. Joseph's. Her first head coaching job was at Archbishop Carroll High School in Radnor, literally down the street from Villanova. "You know, I feel so blessed, I'm so incredibly lucky to be coaching at Notre Dame and to be surrounded by such class
people, all of the players that have come through the last 25 years, the administration, all of the assistant coaches, everyone at Notre Dame has treated me so well," McGraw said. "It did mean more winning at Villanova. My whole family was here and we had about 100 people here, and it was so excited to see so much green. There was a lot of green out there. It did kind of feel like a home game." This wasn't an easy victory for the Irish (21-1, 9-0 Big East). "This was a difficult game for us, it's always hard for us to play against Villanova, they just have such a patient offense and we want to go, we want to score 80 points and they really slowed us down," McGraw said. "I thought Natalie Achonwa
played really well. I thought all of our guards played well. It was really important for us to have other players step, and we're capable of having that up as a team." Natalie Achonwa scored 19 points and had 11 rebounds to lead the Irish. Kayla McBride added 16 points and Skylar Diggins had 14, shooting 4 for 17 from the field. The Irish never trailed, though the game was momentarily tied 19-19 with 5:17 left in the half on Rachel Roberts' 3-pointer. Notre Dame regained control of the game by closing the half on a 10-2 run to enter halftime leading 29-21. Villanova did get within 48-46, on a Devon Kane's 3-pointer with 4:45 left in the game, but the Irish scored 11 of the final 17 points to seal the win.
Huskies move to 21-1 with win over Marquette
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like this and you still have to work on being more consistent and being someone that my teammates can count on every night.” Marquette scored the first three points of the game but it was all UConn after that as the Golden Eagles turned the ball over three times in the first three minutes. Things did not improve for Marquette as they missed their next nine shots. The Huskies were able to capitalize on the Golden Eagles’ misfortune by making 12 straight shots which included two back to back three pointers from UConn guard Caroline Doty. Doty went a perfect 4-4 from three point range in the 21 minutes she was on the court. Auriemma had no problem leaving Doty in the game due to her positive performance on the
McGraw gets 700th win with victory over Villanova
TWO Wednesday, February 6, 2013
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Men’s Basketball (15-5) Today St. John’s 7 p.m.
Feb. 10 Seton Hall Noon
Feb 13. Syracuse 7 p.m.
Feb. 18 Baylor 9 p.m.
The number of players on the women’s basketball team that have missed a game due to injury or illness this year.
» That’s what he said
Women's track and field ties for fifth at Invitational
“It’s just mindboggling to me what they’ve done. I know it’s probably helped football, but it’s killed every other sport in my mind.” -SMU men’s basketball coach Larry Brown on realignment
Feb. 21 Cincinnati 7 p.m
Feb. 16 Villanova Noon
Feb. 16 Rutgers 4 p.m.
Stat of the day
By Spencer Oakes Campus Correspondent
Women’s Basketball (21-1) Feb. 10 Feb. 12 DePaul Providence 3:30 p.m. 7 p.m.
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The UConn women’s track and field team returned from the Armory Collegiate Invitational with a top 5 finish. The women tied for 5th place at this past weekends meet with the University of Arkansas and Texas A&M University. There were four individual top five finishes from the team; senior Brigitte Mania (800m, 3rd place), senior Victoria Flowers (weight throw, 4th place), Senior Ilva Bikanova (high jump, 3rd place), and Junior Natasha McLaren (high jump, 5th place). Also, the relay teams turned in great performances, including the 4x200 team placing 2nd, the 4x800 team placing 3rd and the Distance Medley Relay team placing 5th. However, according to Coach Bill Morgan, this meet was not a complete success. “Aside from the Distance Medley Relay, it certainly was not one of our best performances,” Coach Morgan stated. “For the caliber of meet I would have thought better performances would be achieved.” The Distance Medley Relay team stood out not only to their coach, but to the national ranks as well, as they are now ranked 6th nationally. The team consists of senior Shauna McNiff, juniors Celina Emerson and Brigitte Mania, and sophomore Lindsay Crevoiserat. Although Victoria Flowers finished 4th in the weight throw, Coach Morgan is not worried about his All-American. “This is the only meet she has not responded well,” Morgan stated. “Sometimes you just have a bad day of performing and that’s it. I’m not worried about Victoria.” Also, while UConn placed two jumpers in the top 5 at the high jump, Coach Morgan was not overly thrilled with the results. “I think having 2 All-Americans, expectations would be for national level performances,” Morgan explained. “This has not occurred at this point, but I am hopeful things will change.” Expectations for the Women’s Track and Field team at the University of Connecticut are always high, and simply placing in the top 5 isn’t always an accomplishment. But according to Coach Morgan it was a great way for the team to realize their weaknesses. “The high level of competition exposed some of the concerns we need to address. I believe those of us who are honest with our efforts and motivations will move forward.”
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Feb. 23 Seton Hall 4 p.m.
Men’s Hockey (11-12-3) Feb. 8 Bentley 7:05 p.m.
Feb. 15 Holy Cross 7:05 p.m
Feb. 9 Bentley 7:05 p.m
Feb. 16 Holy Cross 7:05 p.m.
Feb. 22 Army 7:05 p.m
Women’s Hockey (3-22-3) Feb. 12 Feb. 9 New Northeastern Hampshire 7 p.m. Noon
Feb. 16 Boston College 2 p.m.
Feb. 17 Boston College 2 p.m.
Feb. 23 Boston University 3 p.m.
Men’s Track and Field Mar. 2 IC4A Championships All Day
Women’s Track and Field Feb. 16 BIG EAST Championships Alll Day
Feb. 17 BIG EAST Championships All Day
Men’s Swimming & Diving AP
Feb. 16 UConn Open TBA
Feb. 9 Colgate 1 p.m.
Women’s Swimming & Diving Feb. 9 Colgate 1 p.m.
Feb. 16 UConn Open TBA
Softball Feb. 15 FIU Tournament 11 a.m.
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Marquette women’s basketball coach Terri Mitchell looks on during her team’s loss to No. 3 UConn at Gampel Pavilion.
THE Storrs Side Faris joins three Huskies on Wade Trophy watch list By Tim Fontenault Staff Writer The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and State Farm added UConn women’s basketball guard Kelly Faris to the Wade Trophy watch list on Monday. With Faris now on the list of 33 players, the Huskies have four candidates for the award, more than any other team in the country. Faris is in the midst of a noteworthy season. The senior guard is averaging 10.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.7 steals per game during the 2012-13 campaign. Faris joins junior center Stefanie Dolson, junior guard Bria Hartley and sophomore forward Kaleena MosquedaLewis as potential winners of the national player of the year award. Dolson, Hartley and Mosqueda-Lewis were among the 25 players selected in the preseason for the initial watch list. Faris was joined by seven other additions to the watch
list: Kelsey Bone of Texas A&M, Gennifer Brandon and Layshia Clarendon of Cal Berkeley, Tianna Hawkins of Maryland, Chelsea Hopkins of San Diego State, Niveen Rasheed of Princeton and Meighan Simmons of Tennessee. State Farm and the Wade Trophy Coalition award the trophy to the country’s top player throughout the season, but also consider whether a player serves a positive role model on and off the court. Faris was one of five members of the women’s basketball team honored during Tuesday night’s game against Marquette for earning at least a 3.0 grade point average during the fall semester. Faris obtained a 4.0 GPA during the fall semester. The list of candidates will drop from 33 to 12 finalists in March. A winner will be announced at the WBCA National Convention, which will convene as part of the NCAA Women’s Final Four in New Orleans.
THE Pro Side Shoulder injury may force Cardinals’ Carpenter into retirement By Andrew Callahan Senior Staff Writer Long-time St. Louis Cardinal Chris Carpenter is doubtful to pitch this season and perhaps ever again due to the same nerve injury that sidelined him much of last year. While Carpenter was able to return from a mid-summer surgery to make six starts in September and October, the former All-Star continues to feel the ill effects of the nerve damage. He has been all but ruled out by the Cardinals for 2013. Described as numbness and bruising in his right shoulder, Carpenter’s latest injury is one of many career trips to the disabled list. St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak made an announcement about the starter’s lingering symptoms on Tuesday and said he will receive further medical attention. However, he was not hopeful Carpenter would be contributing to the team’s upcoming season. At 37 years of age, Carpenter is seen as one of the best hurlers in the history of the Cardinals, particularly in the post-season. Over 18 career playoff starts, the ace notched a 10-4 record with an even 3.00 ERA. Even recently in his mid-30s, the Exeter, NH native
tossed almost 50 innings of work in the last two post-seasons, picking up a 3.08 ERA and a 5-2 record. Carpenter’s best seasons came during his second and third summers pitching in St. Louis over 2005 and 2006. Having left the Toronto Blue Jays as a free agent in the winter of 2002, the tall righthander sat out the 2003 season with a torn labrum. A mediocre 2004 campaign was then followed with a sparkling year that earned him the 2005 Cy Young. He set career bests with a 2.83 ERA, 213 strikeouts, 241 innings pitched and seven shutouts that all amassed to a 21-5 record. The subsequent season, Carpenter played a major role in the Cardinals’ 2006 World Series championship with another strong year on the mound. His last start was a Game 3 win over the AL champion Detroit Tigers, featuring eight scoreless innings of three-hit ball. Roughly two months later, St. Louis rewarded him with a fiveyear $65 million contract. He is scheduled to become a free agent after this season.
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Going behind enemy lines
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
EAGLES’ WINGS CLIPPED Huskies beat Marquette at Gampel Pavilion By Tyler R. Morrissey Associate Sports Editor
Tyler Morrissey In sports, battle lines between fans are clearly drawn up as you root for your team and despise the opponent with every fiber of your being. This past Thursday myself and about 44 other UConn fans ventured behind enemy lines to see the UConn men’s basketball team take on Providence at the Dunkin Donut Center in Rhode Island. I have been to numerous UConn basketball games before but until last Thursday I had never seen one on the road. This was the second time in recent memory that a group of UConn students invaded the Dunk to see the Huskies take on the Friars. Last year I was unable to attend and I jumped at the opportunity to go this year. The trip from Storrs to Providence is not too bad as long as you don’t mind dimly lit state roads, but nonetheless getting there and parking was not an issue. Upon entering the arena you are greeted by the Friars mascot, which in my opinion would terrify any small child. The concourse level was not that bad, as there were plenty of places to grab a beer or a hot dog before finding your seat. The strangest part was receiving all the dirty looks from those decked out in Providence black, which was not that many, even though Providence athletics dubbed this game a “black out.” The arena could have had more lighting which made the players’ names and numbers hard to see at times. Say what you want about the XL Center, at least illumination is not a problem. Other than that I thought it was a fine venue to watch a basketball game. As it got closer to game time, more and more white t-shirts filled section 117 of the Dunkin Donuts Center. There were a couple Providence fans around us, but they quickly moved their seats, which in retrospect was a good decision on their part, as they were deep in the heart of what was now an outpost for UConn Country. After the ball was tipped, I knew we were about to be a part of something special. It felt just like home for a few moments as the UConn student section began to cycle through our normal chants like we were back in the front row at Gampel Pavilion. The Huskies got off to a pretty good start which only added fuel to the fire in section 117. Providence fans began to take notice and started to hurl insults our way. This was something that I expected but I couldn’t help but feel weird as one “gentleman” a few rows ahead of us began to make obscene gestures and proceeded to tell us that we were all high school dropouts. Nonetheless his insults were more amusing than hurtful. Not all of the Friars’ fans were as low class as the groups around us. Quite frankly I think some of them were more entertained by our actions than offended. I noticed many fans snapping photos of our section throughout the game and Providence fans even began to cheer louder for their team to try to outdo us.
» MORRISSEY, page 10
The No. 3 UConn women’s basketball team defeated the Marquette Golden Eagles 94-37 in a game where the Huskies could not be stopped from behind the arc. Sophomore Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis led the Huskies with 22 points on the night, just five short of her career high of 27. Lewis also shot well from behind the arc, sinking five of the six that she attempted. Head coach Geno Auriemma was pleased with the performance of Lewis and strived to keep her on the court as long as he could. “When she’s in the game, it’s almost like I never want to take her out,” said Auriemma. “You talk about somebody I never want out of the game; I never want her out the game, ever. Tonight she didn’t commit one foul. I want it to be like that all year.” UConn guard Bria Hartley also posted one of her best performances of the season, as she tied her career high of 20 points in a game. Hartley also grabbed four rebounds on the night and is looking to continue to be consistent for the rest of her teammates for the rest of the season. “It picks you up a lot and you just have to build off it,” said Hartley. “You can have one game like
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UConn senior guard Caroline Doty looks to drive during the Tuesday night’s 94-37 win over Marquette. Doty finished the gamewith 12 points.
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Offense comes alive as UConn scores 94
By Matt Stypulkoski Staff Writer
Even as record performances go, this one was a spectacle. The game may not have been close, but when the UConn women took on Marquette, Gampel Pavilion buzzed with each made shot. That’s because most of those in attendance had never seen an offensive explosion like they witnessed Tuesday night. The Huskies set new records and posted career-high numbers in bunches, but perhaps the most impressive tally was the one posted from long range, as they poured in 15 of their 23 three-point attempts of the evening. “Ever since they put the line in, I’ve always thought that – we had a goal for the longest time to take at least 20 [three-point shots] a game,” UConn Coach
Geno Auriemma said after the game. “I think you should use that as part of your offense as much as you use getting the ball in the lane or getting to the free throw line and I think if you don’t get to take advantage of the three-point line then you’re missing out on a great opportunity to score points.” Auriemma’s team has certainly taken advantage of the arc so far this season, as entered the game No. 5 in the country with an average of 8.9 three-point field goals made per game. “We have unbelievable talent to shoot from the outside, we really focus on it in practice” senior Caroline Doty said of the three-point shot’s importance to her team. “I mean if we make our shots from the outside, they’re going to have to pressure us and then we can get the ball inside and we have unbelievable posts. So if we do
our deal with the threes, it’ll open up the lane.” Junior center Stefanie Dolson echoed that sentiment. “Every time they touch the ball – if their shots are going in like they are – the defense is just going to spread out and get up on them,” Dolson said. “You know, it opens up the lane for us to post up and for them to drive the basketball; and it makes rebounding a lot easier since they all go in.” Multiple Huskies matched or came close to their career-high numbers for shots made from behind the arc, as Bria Hartley and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis both drained five and Doty converted four from range. As a trio, they combined to shoot 82 percent on 17 attempts from behind the arc. “It feels great, to be honest,” Hartley said of hitting shots at such a high clip. “Especially in
Red Storm enter the game at 14-8 overall and are ninth in the conference at 6-4. UConn is two spots ahead of them at 5-3 (15-5 overall). Neither team is far off the pace set by conference leading Syracuse, who is 7-2 in Big East play. “We have a good record in the Big East and we still have an opportunity to win a (regular season) conference championship, which is very elusive,” said Ollie. “We always have that goal in mind. It is the first and foremost goal for any season.” For freshman Omar Calhoun, the pressure of playing at Madison Square Garden is heightened. The Brooklyn native was recruited by St. Johns and is “close friends” with many players on the Red Storm squad. “I’m not really nervous but it is a bit different from a regular game,” said Calhoun, who is averaging 10.7 points per game in his rookie campaign. “Every little kid dreams of playing at Madison Square Garden.”
St. John’s, who had a five game conference winning streak broken in their last game against Georgetown, is led by D’Angelo Harrison’s 18.9 points per game. They also have one of the conference’s elite shot blockers in Chris Obekpa, who is averaging 4.5 blocks per game. The Huskies are coming off back-to-back overtime victories against Providence and USF, respectively. Against USF, UConn survived after scoring only 15 points in the first half. The victory swung them back in the Big East mix, and despite the postseason ban Ollie reiterated that this team still has much to play for. “We still have an opportunity to win the conference championship, we still have this great university that you represent, and you still have your team, and you still have yourself that you are representing and we are making sure that we emphasize that,” said Ollie.
that second half, I didn’t think there was a shot that I was going to shoot that wasn’t going to go in, especially when you made that many in the game. It’s a great feeling.” Even Dolson chipped in with her fifth career three-pointer. “It’s always fun to get one,” Dolson said. “It was fun; I got to add my one to the 15. I would have felt really out of the loop if I didn’t get one.” The Huskies were hitting outside shots with such regularity, that Auriemma actually called off the dogs at one point in the second half, saying he wanted to focus more on getting the ball inside and scoring in the paint for the rest of the game. The strategy worked, as his squad posted 30 points in the paint on the night, helped in large part by the Golden Eagles being forced to respect the three-point shooters standing
behind the arc. Though they were able to hit 65 percent of their shots from range Tuesday, Auriemma said afterwards that he recognizes the potential pitfalls of shooting so many threes all of the time. “Some nights you’re going to make five, and other nights you’re going to make 15,” Auriemma said. “But in less you take them, you’ll never know.” Ironically, in the Huskies only loss of the season, against Notre Dame, they shot the same number of threes as they did against Marquette, 23, but hit just five. The three-ball is an important part of the UConn strategy, and making them down the stretch in big games could be vital to how much the team succeeds during the remainder of the season.
Huskies to face St. John’s in last trip to MSG By Peter Logue Staff Writer
The UConn men’s basketball will travel to Madison Square Garden for the last time of the season on Wednesday night to take on St. John’s. The game will tip off at 7:00 p.m. Due to the postseason ban, UConn is not able to play in the Big East tournament held annually at the Garden, which adds an extra storyline to Wednesday night’s conference game for the Huskies. “It is going to be a special game,” said head coach Kevin Ollie, who referenced the postseason ban. “Not to put any added pressure on it, but it is a great place to play. I wish we were able to play in the Big East tournament, but we are going to relish in this opportunity and it is a tremendous honor that we will take with respect.” St. John’s is having an impressive season and is currently right in the mix of the Big East regular season standings, as are the Huskies. The
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UConn freshman guard Omar Calhoun goes to the rim in UConn’s 69-64 overtime victory over South Florida on Sunday. The Huskies face St. John’s today at Madison Square Garden.