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UConn self-imposes APR sanctions By Matt McDonough Sports Editor
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UConn has proposed selfimposed penalties in hopes of being allowed to play in the 2013 NCAA tournament, according to an Associated Press report. Amongst the penalties proposed is reducing the number of games it will play next season. The school is currently barred from the 2013 tournament due to low academic progress rate scores. The reduction would total four games, according to a statement from associate director of athletics, Mike Enright. Under normal NCAA rules, the Huskies would play 27 regular season games and a threegame preseason tournament. Under the proposal, UConn would play 26 total games in the regular season instead of 30. So the Huskies would schedule 23 games and the three-game Paradise Jam. “We believe that we have made a very compelling case to the NCAA and will be deeply disappointed if our request for a waiver, from the 2013 men’s basketball postseason ban, is denied,” said President Susan Herbst in a statement. “Our team’s academic performance improved tremendously in 2010-11, and in the fall 2011 semester. We developed a new long-term academic plan for our
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Jim Calhoun responds to a play during the UConn’s 70-67 loss at home to Cincinnati on Jan. 18, 2012. UConn is proposing self-imposed penalties in hopes that the NCAA will allow the program to compete in the 2013 postseason despite poor academic performance.
team, and it has already shown positive results.” UConn would also forfeit Big East profits they would earn for participating in the national tournament as well as preventing coach Jim Calhoun from meeting with recruits off-campus during the fall of 2012. UConn, who applied for a waiver last month from the new rule approved in the fall of 2011 that would bar them from playing in
the postseason, hopes the current players aren’t penalized due to APR shortcomings by previous teams. “It is unfortunate that our current men’s basketball student-athletes could be punished for the problematic academic performance of other students -- students who have not been enrolled at UConn for over two years,” Herbst said in the statement. “That decision would be
unfair to innocent young people, which is baffling to us. Regulatory bodies should not change rules retroactively. The NCAA should focus on the future, so that people have the chance to work toward positive change. They should not dredge up the past, and then hurt innocent parties of the present..” “On a personal level, and as an educator, I would be very sorry to see such harsh punish-
USG recommends funding changes
By Jimmy Onofrio Staff Writer Student organizations can expect a major change in the way they receive their funding, if changes recommended by USG’s Funding Policy Task Force go into effect. At the USG senate meeting Wednesday night, Senator Ed Courchaine outlined the recommendations of the task force. Courchaine said that after analyzing the way other schools fund their student groups, they found that UConn was not handling its funding as well. “Nobody does this the way we do it right now. It doesn’t work for schools of our size and our budget,” Courchaine said. He said the current system is fiscally irresponsible, and USG is required to fund almost any request for funds. USG appropriates almost $1 million in funds every academic year, and Courchaine said that student groups have developed an image of the funding board as an ATM. Clubs “feel entitled to every dollar they ask for,” he said. In attempting to formulate a new method for funding, the task force looked to other comparable universities around the country. If the task force’s proposals are adopted, organizations will be required to submit a request for funding at the end of spring semester, which will cover the
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Undergraduate Student Trustee Brien Buckman speaking at the USG Senate meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012.
next academic year. This annual budget will be the primary source of student funding. Additionally, a reserve fund will exist to cover the costs of new groups that did not have an opportunity to participate in the spring budget process. A detailed rubric is still in development, but Courchaine said the funding board would fund only certain percentages of organizations’ expenses. In looking at other schools, the task force found that groups
were not given all the money they asked for. A question and answer session will be offered next week by the funding board to address concerns with the new system. Courchaine urged USG to push the policy this semester, saying it “can and should be done for next year.” USG President Sam Tracy discussed what USG has done in the first few weeks of this semester. He said that enough signatures have been collect-
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ed on the petition for a fee increase, and the issue will be on the ballot next election. Currently, USG gets $40 from every student each semester; if the ballot measures passes it will go up to $45. Tracy also congratulated USG on their work with the marijuana equalization petition, declaring it a “major victory.” Another issue addressed at the Senate meeting was the UCTV “Evil Blue Light” video that has been causing anger around campus over the last week. Matt Toscano, an organizer with SlutWalk UConn who is also involved with the Women’s Center, said that a new group, Revolution Against Rape, has been formed on campus and will be issuing a call to action to USG later in the semester. The Academic Affairs Committee has also discussed adding a Violence Against Women Protection Program training session into FYE classes. After prolonged debate, the Senate passed a statement of position regarding rape culture on campus. In the statement, USG supported UCTV’s response to the video and “supports working with any and all interested parties to help eliminate rape culture, which is seen as a culture that is implicit in allowing rape to occur, at the University of Connecticut and
With over 200 programs in 65 different countries, there are a plethora of opportunities for students at the UConn who want to travel abroad during their university career. The study abroad fair in the Rome Ballroom last Wednesday afternoon gave students the opportunity to see what programs are available for upcoming semesters and the summer. The study abroad program has flourished immensely within the last few years, according to Dorothea E. Hast, the Assistant Director for the Office of Global Programs and Study Abroad. Hast said that about 20 percent of the undergraduate population is now going abroad, which has been a great jump for the last five years. The office’s next goal, she said, is to have 30 percent of students go abroad. “We send students all over the world on many kinds of programs,” Hast said. “Our UConn programs in London, Paris, Granada, Florence and Cape Town are enormously popular.” She continued that summer UConn faculty led programs, such as those to Iceland, Copenhagen, Salamanca, Toulouse, London, Florence, and China, are also pop-
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ment of the outstanding young men on our current basketball team,” Herbst continued. “I believe that it would be wrong to punish these students, caught in the fallout from a sudden passage of new rules – rules that did not exist when they enrolled at UConn. That would be a fundamental injustice to our team and to our university.” According to the AP, UConn also said exhibition games would be eliminated from the schedule and all hours that would be spent on the basketball court would be dedicated to school work, including extra study halls, tutor sessions and adviser meetings. The AP also reported that Calhoun and a current or former NBA player would travel to “inner-city” schools for five academic importance sessions.” “My thanks go out to so many wonderful professionals at UConn who have made great strides in our academic approach over the past few years, as well as to our students, whom we treasure, along with our dedicated faculty and coaches. And I cannot think of many people in this world who have improved the lives of young men more profoundly than Jim Calhoun, our Hall of Fame coach, and highly-valued member of this university community.”
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy called on lawmakers Wednesday to help him create an economic revival in Connecticut, now that it appears the state’s flagging economy is starting to improve. He urged them to work together to create more jobs and overhaul the state’s public education system, including teacher tenure. A little more than a year after taking office amid a massive $3.5 billion budget deficit, Malloy proclaimed that his administration and the General Assembly have brought “positive, far-reaching, meaningful, and systematic change to Hartford” and helped to add 9,400 new, private sector jobs last year.
Feds: Police captain had horrific child porn stash NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A former Granby police captain investigated child pornography while he secretly amassed one of the largest child porn collections in Connecticut, federal prosecutors say. David Bourque was caught with more than 26,000 images and videos of child pornography on his computers that showed the sexual abuse of young boys, including infants and toddlers, prosecutors say in court filings Tuesday in preparation for Bourque’s sentencing Friday. “The defendant amassed an enormous collection of photographs and videos that document and memorialize the sexual abuse of children,” they wrote. “All are extremely disturbing; some are especially horrific.” In addition, they claim, Bourque spoke to an FBI agent at a conference about infiltrating platforms pedophiles use. Bourque pleaded guilty last year to receipt and distribution of child pornography. He faces 17 to 20 years in prison at his sentencing. His lawyer, Richard Brown, said Wednesday that he would respond in court to the prosecution’s characterization of his client’s behavior.
Anti-death penalty advocates deliver postcards HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Advocates against Connecticut’s death penalty are upping their lobbying efforts by beginning delivery of over 4,700 postcards to lawmakers on opening day of the legislative session. The Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty began distributing the postcards on Wednesday. The group’s executive director, Ben Jones, said the postcards contain signatures from local residents who oppose capital punishment. Jones said the organization stepped-up lobbying efforts after repeal legislation failed to come up for a vote in the Senate last year. Judiciary Committee chair, Rep. Gerald Fox III, of Stamford, said legislators will discuss death penalty repeal in the coming weeks, but he’s unsure what direction these discussions will take.
Judge tosses case seeking rights for orcas
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge in San Diego on Wednesday dismissed an unprecedented lawsuit seeking to grant constitutional protection against slavery to a group of orcas that perform at SeaWorld parks, saying the 13th amendment applies only to humans. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Miller stopped the case from proceeding two days after he became the first judge in U.S. history to listen to arguments in court over the possibility of granting constitutional rights for members of an animal species. “As ‘slavery’ and ‘involuntary servitude’ are uniquely human activities, as those terms have been historically and contemporaneously applied, there is simply no basis to construe the Thirteenth Amendment as applying to non-humans,” Miller wrote in his ruling.
Washington state lawmakers pass gay marriage bill
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state lawmakers voted to approve gay marriage Wednesday, setting the stage for the state to become the seventh in the nation to allow same-sex couples to wed. The action comes a day after a federal appeals court declared California’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional, saying it was a violation of the civil rights of gay and lesbian couples. The Washington House passed the bill on a 55-43 vote. The state Senate approved the measure last week. And Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire is expected to sign the measure into law next week. Democratic Rep. Jamie Pedersen, a gay lawmaker from Seattle who has sponsored gay rights bills in the House for several years, said that while he and his partner are grateful for the rights that exist under the state’s current domestic partnership law, “domestic partnership is a pale and inadequate substitute for marriage.”
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Are the disabled limited?
By Christine Peterson Staff Writer
What thoughts arise when we consider sexuality among the intellectually disabled? More than a few of us probably think it moral deviant or unsafe for various reasons. This Wednesday, Assistant Professor Michael Gill brought up the biases and issues that surround real-life situations of intellectual disabilities pertaining directly to sexual relations. Gill, who works with the Woman’s Studies program here at UConn, began by having the audience consider what sexual limitations there should be, and on who. Who should not be allowed to be sexual and why? Gill imparted the definition of disability to the group yesterday, with emphasis on the difficulty of accurately defining it. “Disability means different things in the classroom, the courtroom, and the Hollywood cinema,” said Gill. There are two ways to define disability: a medical model, and a social model. The medical model, according to Gill, is primarily focused on the diagnosing, treating, and curing and/or rehabilitating the subjects with impairment. The main point of the medical model is that disability is based on the individual and the individual’s body. The flipside then becomes the social model, which deals less with the individual and more as disability as a social issues. A person is only disabled as long as the environment makes them so. Gill gave the “Ramp Illustration” as an example. If there is a ramp on a building, then the people in wheelchairs are no longer disabled. In the social model, society isolates and excludes the impaired, making them disabled. “Impairment is distinguished from disability,” Gill said.
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Assistant Professor Michael Gill discussed sexual limitations society places on the intellectually disabled at a lecture in the Rainbow Center on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012.
Gill continues by telling the crowd that because disabled people are distinguished from non-disabled people, they then become an oppressed group much like any other minority. Intellectually disabled people were the main focus. This group of individuals is described as being lower in intelligence than the average citizen, based primarily on I.Q tests and GPAs. These tests, however, as Gill says, are biased against class, race, and ethnicity. When people are then diagnosed as “mentally retarded”, a now outdated term, they are assumed to be incompetent and unable to make meaningful decisions. Many professions, Gill says, resort to the mental age of the individual, which does not take into account the physical body, and the sexual desires and needs accompanying it. The question Gill puts forth is “Who can be sexual?” Gill reiterated that the definition of disability depends on society. Up until very recently, there still existed sterilization laws in certain states in the
U.S., which gave guardians the right to sterilize the disabled. It was only when disability rights groups found out about these cases that they were even made news. “Individuals with intellectual disabilities are active agents in their sexual development and lives,” said Gill. In America’s past history, the mentally disabled have been sent to institutions and most early sex education was based on harm reduction and prevention of abuse. It was also common to think the mentally disabled are sexually promiscuous, especially women. Men would be viewed as abusers, and women as vulnerable to abuse. Even today there are moral assessments that individuals should not be sexual. Among professions and “able-bodied” people, it causes a certain discomfort. “There are three ways to approach sexuality in people with intellectual disabilities: eliminate sexual expression, tolerate sexual expression, or
Study abroad and exchange programs flourish from STUDY, page 1 Florence, and China, are also popular and exciting. The UConn exchange programs are also growing, Hast said, not only because are they the cheapest study abroad option, but because they allow students to study in their majors and minors at very prestigious universities. “Our focus on the establishment of exchange partnerships reflects a new trend in the role of Study Abroad on campus, moving it closer to the core of undergraduate education and integral to internationalization initiatives and efforts that are being planned and implemented here at UConn,” said Hast. “We want our business majors to learn about business practices in the Pacific Rim by studying at the National University of Singapore or the University of Hong Kong. We want our science students to study within cutting edge science departments in universities such as the University of Nottingham in England.” UConn’s recent acceptance into the Universitas 21 program, which is an international network 23 leading research-intensive universities in thirteen countries, will both provide opportunities for students with exchanges and research.
The purpose of the program, according to the website, www. universitas21.com/about, is to “to facilitate collaboration and cooperation between the member universities and to create opportunities for them on a scale that none of them would be able to achieve operating independently or through traditional bilateral alliances.” For 2012, the Office of Global Programs will fully fund the participation of three students and one faculty to the U21 Undergraduate Research Conference, organized by Waseda University in Japan, four to five students and one faculty to the U21 Summer School, organized by Technologico de Monterrey, Queretaro Campus, Mexico, and two students to the U21 Social Entrepreneur Corps in Guatemala. “I really am looking forward to travelling abroad because I hope to meet a lot of new and interesting people, said Caroline Cacciola, 4th semester Anthropology and Spanish double major, who plans on studying abroad her Junior year. “Studying abroad through a UConn program is the same as UConn tuition, which is makes it even easier.” For the cost of UConn tuition, or for out-of-state students who
would pay the New England rate, students can study for a semester or academic year at of one of 50 universities in Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand or Latin America. “ [Studying abroad] was a life changing experience that will change my life forever,” said David Berliner, 8th semester journalism major, who travelled abroad to Greece in the Spring of 2011. “ I saw things may have never seen otherwise, and made friends who I couldn’t imagine living without.” Hast said that is important to being planning early for study abroad. “Studying abroad is something students should start thinking about soon into their college career,” she said. “That being said, the application process is not difficult and students have plenty of time to finish an application for a summer program for this summer.” Important upcoming deadlines for study abroad are March 1 for all summer programs and March 15 for fall and academic year programs. For further information, check out the Study Abroad website at studyabroad.uconn.edu. and make an appointment with a study abroad advisor.
cultivate sexual expression,” said Gill. The current built environment, according to Gill, restricts the intellectually disabled and if this is so, how can people work to help reform it? Sexual ableism deals with restricting the sexuality of mentally disabled people, assessing certain criteria to determine if they are “able sexual citizens.” Courts use intellect, gender conformity, and moral issues to determine for a person’s sexual rights should be regulated. “Some people think you need a certain I.Q to be sexual,” said Gill. Where’s the cut-off point then? Gill asks the audience where do we begin to determine a person’s sexual rights and the validity of their “sexual citizenship?” “Right now it is limited, but an intellectually disabled person’s sexuality should be celebrated, not regulated.”
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elsewhere.” Chair of the External Affairs Committee Ethan Senack briefed the Senate on the Committee’s Legislative Agenda. He said the committee is looking to start a role model program at E.O. Smith High School, in an effort to improve the image of students in the local community as well as providing students with service opportunities. This semester, the committee will push the state government to increase state support for the university, and improve programs designed to help UConn graduates find jobs in Connecticut. Other external affairs projects include easier voting for students on campus (a popular idea on IdeaScale, a USG website which accepts proposals from people interested in seeing changes), revitalization of the XL Center and promotion of more public transportation options for students without cars on campus. The senate also passed an act aimed at improving the quality of academic advising.
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Romney’s Tuesday losses show conservative doubts
ATLANTA (AP) — Mitt Romney still can’t seem to win over the bulk of the conservatives who make up the bedrock of the Republican Party. Despite primary victories that have established him as the GOP presidential front-runner, his stunning trio of defeats this week laid bare the difficulties that still could undercut his path to the party’s nomination — and hamper him in the general election to follow. Not that he would acknowledge as much Wednesday. “I don’t think the conservative base changes its mind day to day,” Romney told reporters, dismissing the notion that he’s got a problem with the party’s core supporters. “The places where I campaigned actively, we got actually in some respects record support from the conservative base.” Such denials aside, Tuesday’s threestate caucus sweep by Rick Santorum illustrated the degree to which many conservative voters remain skeptical of Romney’s commitment to the GOP base’s principles, especially given what some of them see as his history of shifting priorities. And he hasn’t been able to sell them on his main argument — that he’s the most likely in the primary field to beat Democratic President Barack Obama. “The more confidence the strong con-
servatives have in the alternative candidates, the more Romney’s lack of strength in those categories starts to show itself,” said Iowa Rep. Steve King, a conservative who has been publically neutral in the nomination race. To rebound, Romney is working to make his chief rivals — all of them running to the right of him — unacceptable in the eyes of conservatives by casting them as big-spending Washington insiders. “A lot of us feel that the Republican Party lost its way in the past,” Romney said Wednesday. “Republicans spent too much money, borrowed too much money, earmarked too much, and Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich have to be held accountable.” Romney, who has struggled to win tea party support, also is appealing directly to the movement saying that it formed because Americans were unhappy with incumbents. “In this race, I’m the only guy that hasn’t spent time in Washington,” Romney said. “And Senator Santorum and Speaker Gingrich, they are the very Republicans who acted like Democrats. And when Republicans act like Democrats, they lose. And in Newt Gingrich’s case he had to resign. In Rick Santorum’s case, he lost by the largest margin of any Senate incumbent since 1980.”
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks to the traveling press corps after arriving in Atlanta, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012.
The former Massachusetts governor who governed as a moderate chalks up his weak showing Tuesday among the GOP’s most devout activists in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri to his
Time Warner sees growth after Harry Potter movies
NEW YORK (AP) — Time Warner Inc. got a boost from its movie studio and cable TV networks in the last three months of the year, and the company expects growth to continue in 2012 even with the end of its lucrative Harry Potter franchise. Fourth-quarter net income grew slightly as revenue increased 5 percent. Adjusted earnings for the quarter and the growth forecast for this year topped Wall Street’s expectations. Time Warner, which owns Warner Bros., HBO, CNN, Time and People magazines and other media properties, also raised its dividend by 11 percent and said it plans to expand a stock buyback program. Its stock rose 1 cent to close at $38.11 Wednesday. Over the past 52 weeks, the stock price has ranged from $27.62 to $38.62. The stock briefly hit a new high at $39.24 in trading Wednesday morning. Time Warner released “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” on home video on Nov. 11, contributing to higher revenue at the Warner Bros. studio. That growth came even as the quarter was compared with a period that included the November 2010 theatrical release of the next-to-last installment of the series. That movie, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1,” went on to sell nearly $950 million in box office tickets worldwide. With the series ending, the company needs new ways to sustain growth. Time Warner said midnight IMAX screenings of the new Batman movie in July were already selling out. The company was also expecting heavy interest in the first of two “Hobbit” movies and “Dark Shadows” from director Tim Burton. The company said growth in adjusted earnings should be in the low double-digit percentages
this year. Adjusted income was $2.89 per share in 2011, meaning it could range from $3.18 to $3.32 in 2012. Analysts were expecting $3.16. And Harry Potter remains alive through theme parks. Comcast Corp.’s Universal Studios is building a Harry Potter attraction inside its existing Hollywood theme park and expanding one in Orlando, Fla. Time Warner expects significant increases in licensing fees starting in 2014. For the fourth quarter of 2011, Time Warner’s net income rose to $773 million, or 76 cents per share, compared with $769 million, or 68 cents per share, a year earlier. Adjusted for one-time items, the company earned 94 cents per share. That beat Wall Street’s expectations of 87 cents per share, according to a survey by FactSet. Revenue grew to $8.2 billion from $7.8 billion a year ago and beat analysts’ expectations for $8.06 billion. Revenue in the television business grew 5 percent to $3.5 billion. The company saw a 16 percent increase in content revenue, including licensing fees from HBO shows such as “Sex and the City” in the U.S. and “Game of Thrones” abroad. Subscription revenue for HBO and other cable channels increased 5 percent, and advertising revenue increased 2 percent. An NBA lockout, which delayed the start of the pro basketball season, hurt advertising. Although the company said fan enthusiasm has returned in the current quarter, some advertisers have already shifted their money elsewhere. Warner Bros. revenue grew 7 percent to $3.9 billion on stronger home entertainment and video game releases and new subscription video-on-demand agreements. That was offset partly by lower revenue from theatrical releases and television licensing fees.
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Proposed legislation for student loan debt buys valuable time
tudent loan rates are at their lowest level since 2007, but that will soon change unless Congress takes action. This July, Congressional legislation that lowered the rate for subsidized Stafford undergraduate loans will expire. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-CT, has proposed legislation that would cap the rate at its current 3.4 percent. Without this legislation, that rate would increase to 6.8 percent. Undergraduate students live in a much different world than in 2007. Tuition is much higher nationwide. For the 2007-08 academic year, UConn’s in-state tuition was $6,816 and outof-state tuition was $20,760. Now, in-state tuition is $8,256 and $25,152 for non-residents. Meanwhile, students find themselves in an increasingly precarious financial situation. Employment has plummeted since 2007, causing many parents and working students to lose jobs. The economy is improving, but slowly. Employment is going up and more businesses are hiring, but it’s premature to expect students to pay the same amount they did before the economy collapsed. Rep. Joe Courtney, whose district covers the University of Connecticut, promoted his legislation in an article on The Huffington Post. “A college degree is becoming more essential than ever,” he writes. “In 1980, the gap between the lifetime earnings of a college graduate and a high school graduate was 40 percent. In 2010, it was 74 percent. By 2025, it is projected to be 96 percent,” Courtney added. Undergraduates attend college so they can later earn a better living, not so they can be burdened by debt that prevents them from earning such a living. Their only alternative is to opt out of higher education, but data shows that doing so is not feasible. Without a bachelor’s degree, people would find themselves in a job market with all the doors closed in their face. Preventing a rate hike has its cost. According to CNN, “Extending the 3.4 percent rate would cost $5.6 billion a year.” The federal government would shoulder this cost, which ultimately falls upon taxpayers. Investing in students, however, will protect society in the long-run. Today’s students are tomorrow’s workers. Adults with good jobs and less debt are better able to pay the government’s bills than adults with mediocre jobs and mountains of debt. Courtney’s legislation is a positive step forward. The rate cap will not solve students’ financial problems, but it does gives students time. Right now, time is what the economy needs. One day students will have to pay a hike, but a stronger economy will make the odds of affording that hike a lot better. 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.
You would think our athletes would act more...athletic... and walk instead of riding their mopeds around campus. InstantDaily, all I wanted to do was eat my breakfast in peace. But no, I had to read about semen’s top speed and bj horror stories on the front page of the focus section. Why yes, I am taking up 3 seats on the bus. Y’know, I keep trying to eat healthy and then Northwest has to go and serve barbecue bacon pizza with blue cheese. BBQ. BACON. PIZZA. What else am I supposed to do besides take half the pie? To the girl who found my phone in the gym parking lot, thank you for turning it in. Your reward: “Sex John” for the night. Are parkour videos still popular? To the boy hating on Pre-med girls, if you were nice to them instead of complaining, you might actually meet some smart girls for once. Dear neighbor, I don’t mind your bed hitting my wall for 2 hours straight, but please replace the frames that fell off my wall and broke in the process. I read the InstantDaily about Jeff Adrien and then my newspaper caught on fire. What does the InstantDaily look like in human form? Hell, what does it look like in virtual form?
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Colleges shouldn’t comfort comfortable
n recent months much has been made of the academic problems plaguing young men. The New York Times’ John Tierney and an Op-Ed called “To All the Girls I’ve Rejected” by Jennifer Delahunty Britz, Newsweek, The New Republic, The Washington Post and scores of other news media outlets have run alarming portraits of young men not attending college, moving back in with their parents, lacking career ambitions, lacking academic success and so forth. But the most alarming notion to worm its way By Ryan Gilbert Associate Commentary Editor out of this media frenzy is the idea that colleges and universities have now begun admitting young men who are less qualified than their female counterparts in order to maintain a gender balance on their campus. “Few of us sitting around the table were as talented and as directed at age 17 as this young woman,” wrote Britz, the dean of admissions and financial aid at Kenyon College in Ohio, in her Times piece concerning a young woman who was nearly rejected from the college. “Unfortunately, her test scores and grade point average placed her in the middle of our pool. We had to have a debate before we decided to swallow the middling scores and write ‘admit’ next to her name. Had she been a male applicant, there would have been little, if any, hesitation to admit. The reality is that because young men are rarer, they’re more valued applicants.” The biggest problem with all of this is
that there is truly no excuse for young men. Affirmative action programs, their merit and fairness aside, were designed to correct a social wrong, to compensate for a group that was previously discriminated against and placed in a lower social position. But how can one make the case that males, especially white middle-class males, have had anything but all doors open to them?
“In many cases, these are males born with a silver spoon, or at the very least a bronze one, in their mouths and a ticket to career success.” The pantheon of history is filled with male intellectual role models: Successful, powerful and rich men run the largest corporations, the great majority of the United States government is composed of white males, almost every head of state across the world is a male and a majority of college and university professors are male as well. There is no glass ceiling for men and there is no discrimination. In classrooms, males monopolize class time, and teachers call on them more. Nothing in a young, white male’s experience has ever taught him that he is incapable, inferior or incompetent.
Rather, middle-class males have had every door held open for them, and have practically been shoved through by overeager, doting parents. In many cases, these are males born with a silver spoon, or at the very least a bronze one, in their mouths and a ticket to career success. Any academic underachievement is simply the result of their own smugness, their own lack of ambition and their own disconnect with the system. Women have worked too hard, have struggled for too long, and have been too undervalued in almost every aspect of American society to have American colleges universities hold them to a higher standard when it comes to admissions. It’s the worst sort of backhanded discrimination after decades of progress. It’s an utterly unacceptable practice to weigh and value male applicants over females, simply for gender balance. A vastly unequal gender ratio might make a school slightly less desirable to both women and men, however, it’s a small price to pay to ensure that decades of hard work by women, in achieving social and academic equity, is not discarded to accommodate young men who are, to put it simply, not as deserving. Dragging under-qualified and lessdeserving males kicking and screaming through college does no one a favor, including them. If the university system needs to be reformed to maintain the interest and engagement of young men then let that be the solution. However, college admissions should and must be completely gender blind, enforced and backed by federal law. Any less would be more complacency.
Associate Commentary Editor Ryan Gilbert is an 8thsemester journalism major. He can be reached at Ryan.Gilbert@UConn.edu.
Take responsibility for what you’re eating
t has been proven many times over that consumers such as you or I are becoming quite unaware of the increasing separation, in terms of physical distance as well as knowledge, from the food that comprises our diets. This is a simple consequence of the tremendously intricate division of labor of modern societies: each of us is, or will be, By Chris Kempf responsible for fulfillStaff Columnist ing a very discrete, specialized function in the world economy. Self-sufficiency, like malaria and despotism, has been almost completely eradicated from the world’s industrial and developed nations. It is simply more efficient for the production of food crops to be entrusted to a few multinational corporations and a few factory farms than for each one of us to grow, process and prepare all of the foodstuffs that we intend to eat every day of the year for the whole of our lives. But, as is often the case, such a manifestly rational system as agribusiness can turn out to be ultimately irrational in its consequences. As the film
“Food, Inc.” points out, industrial slaughterhouses and factory farms repress workers’ and animals’ rights; produce inordinate amounts of pollution; are prone to contamination by dangerous bacteria and encourage the epidemic of obesity through the sale of very inexpensive and very unhealthful food. These latent effects of the mass-production of our sustenance are so great and detrimental that they could not have been ignored for long, I am certain that, by now, nearly every American has some level of awareness of the hidden costs of food’s mass production.
“...an active understanding of our consumptive behavior toward food is urgently needed.” It is right for these concerns to be voiced as prominently as they have been in the exposés of Eric Schlosser and the participatory journalism of Morgan Spurlock, but I feel that their calls to action will go unheeded so long as we continue to permit the produc-
tion and preparation of our food to take place thousands of miles away from home by unknown workers and machines working with unknown ingredients. We cannot act otherwise so long as food remains this alien to us: an active understanding of our consumptive behavior toward food is urgently needed. As a culture, we have lost sight of what it takes to grow a tomato or raise a turkey or bake a loaf of bread. While it is good that our daily existence need not be concerned exclusively with sustenance, as it was for the vast majority of human history, what we put into our bodies three – or more – times per day is so essential to the quality of our existence that it deserves more thought and participation. None of the problems with food production and consumption that we currently face will be solved until we demand to take personal control and responsibility for what we eat. This active approach toward food may take many forms. Start cooking regularly for yourself or for your family. Learn exactly what it is that you’re putting on your plates. Set up a garden in your backyard. Learn what it takes to protect crops from
pests and to ensure that they grow properly, and learn how much time and labor goes into the food you’re preparing. If you have the space, start raising some small livestock – chickens, hens, or turkeys, perhaps. Learn how to raise and properly care for the animals, and whether you’re willing to slaughter them when the time comes. When our connection with food takes on a much more personal and emotive character, we will find that we are unwilling to settle for high fructose corn syrup, that we sympathize with marginalized workers in agribusiness, or that the choice between keeping certain animals as pets and eating others is not one that we are willing to make any longer. We cannot expect governments or corporations to adequately look after our health and welfare when it comes to food – they have become so intertwined that the concerns of the people have been greatly marginalized. Therefore the time has come, to bite the hands that feed us and to learn what it takes to feed ourselves. Staff Columnist Christopher Kempf is a 4th-semester political science major. He can be reached at Christopher.Kempf@UConn.edu.
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Cuba looks to kids to recover faded boxing glory
HAVANA (AP) — Lazaro Perez jabs rhythmically at his rival in a steamy Havana gym, dancing, feinting and punctuating each blow with a grunt. After the final bell, he thrusts a weary arm skyward in triumph, and a proud smile spreads across a face still years from feeling a razor’s scrape. Perez has just become Havana’s first under75-pound (34-kilogram) boxing champion in a new age category for 9- and 10-year-olds. Boxing-mad Cuba is putting its athletes in the ring earlier than ever. The idea is that those who start young will have a critical edge in the sport’s motions and techniques when they start competing more seriously down the road. It’s part of a top-to-bottom shake-up aimed at restoring Cuban boxing to its former glory after the national squad returned from the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing without a gold medal for the first time in 40 years. “I started boxing to follow in my father’s footsteps,” said Perez, a small and wiry 9-yearold in black boxing shorts and blue T-shirt. “I’m not afraid. I’m fast, and I really like it. I want to be great like (Olympic and professional champion Yuriorkis) Gamboa, the boxer I admire most, and win lots of medals like (Felix) Savon.” It’s not uncommon for children this age to enter the ring these days. The International Boxing Association sanctions competitive boxing for 15 years and up, but lets national federations set their own rules for younger children. A spokeswoman for USA Boxing said competition starts at 8 years old in the United States, and many begin training at 7. Since competition in Cuba’s new age class began last year, hundreds of boys have been boxing in tournaments like the Jan. 21 city championship at the Rafael Trejo gym in Old Havana,
with its splintering wood bleachers and discolored walls. There are strict rules to keep competition safe for the preadolescent pugilists. A doctor examines them before each fight and referees watch the action closely. Bouts are limited to three 50-second rounds. Only straight punches are allowed, and fighters are supposed to keep their distance. Headgear is mandatory, as in all organized amateur boxing. “At this young age we teach the basic movements, the basic punches and defense,” said Jo De Vrieze, a Belgian-born coach who trains children in the Cerro district of the Cuban capital. “The idea is that the youths arrive at higher levels with a more advanced technical base.” It’s a far cry from the “Rumble in the Jungle” or the “Thrilla in Manila,” but don’t tell that to the kids, or to the parents who crowd the stands and cheer each bout like an Olympic final.
Perez’s father, also named Lazaro, yelled encouragement and advice to his son during the title match: “Let’s go!” ‘’Get him!” ‘’Watch your defense!” he cried, head bobbing and fists pumping as if he were in the ring himself. “Right here is the future of Cuban boxing,” the elder Perez said. Amateur boxing is second only to baseball as a national sport in Cuba, and it’s a point of pride among islanders that their country of 11 million people usually punches above its weight in medal counts during international competitions. But the island’s economic difficulties keep the Boxing Federation from funding its programs at the levels other countries do, and make it hard to replace decrepit equipment and facilities. Meanwhile, some top fighters have defected to turn pro, including Olympic and world champions Gamboa and Guillermo Rigondeaux, sapping
NEW DELHI (AP) — India has decided to buy 126 fighter jets from France, taken delivery of a nuclear-powered submarine from Russia and prepared for its first aircraft carrier in recent weeks as it modernizes its military to match China’s. India and China have had tensions since a 1962 border war, and New Delhi has watched with dismay in recent years as Beijing has increased its influence in the Indian Ocean. China has financed the development of ports in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Myanmar, and its recent effort to get access in the Seychelles prodded New Delhi to renew its own outreach to the Indian Ocean island state off western India. With its recent purchases, running into tens of billions of dollars, India is finally working to counter what it sees as aggressive incursions into a region India has long dominated.
“The Indian military is strengthening its forces in preparation to fight a limited conflict along the disputed border, and is working to balance Chinese power projection in the Indian Ocean,” James Clapper, the U.S. director of national intelligence, told a Senate committee last week. India has created new infantry mountain divisions and plans to raise a strike corps aimed at countering aggression by China. Their border still has not been set despite 15 rounds of talks, and patrols frequently face off on the ground. Analysts say that although the probability of a conflict between the two Asian giants is remote, a short, sharp conflict in the disputed Himalayan heights can’t be ruled out. “Over the last couple of years, the Chinese have been acting more and more aggressively in the political, diplomatic and military arena,” said retired Brig. Gurmeet Kanwal, direc-
tor of the Indian army-funded Centre for Land Warfare Studies in New Delhi. Indian leaders and defense strategists have fretted as China modernized its forces and extended its military advantage over India. For some in India, countering China is taking precedence even over checking longtime rival Pakistan. “Of late, there has been a realization (in India) that China is the real danger of the future,” Kanwal said. The drive to modernize Indian forces was long overdue as much of the equipment was obselete Soviet-era weapons, and the orders for fighter jets, naval frigates, helicopters and armaments have made India the world’s largest importer of arms. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said India accounted for 9 percent of all the world’s weapon imports in 2010, the latest year for which figures were available.
In this photo taken Saturday Jan. 21, 2012, Abraham Fernandez, right, and Andy Lopez exchange punches during their match at a championship tournament in the Rafael Trejos boxing gym in Old Havana, Cuba.
India upgrades its military with China in mind
the national team of experience and talent. Four years after Cuban boxers won five gold medals at the Athens Olympics came the Beijing fiasco. Cuba had another subpar performance at the World Championships in Italy the following year, and hit rock-bottom in 2010 at the Panamerican Championships, when host Ecuador toppled Cuba from its long-held throne as best in Latin America. Humiliated sports authorities vowed a total overhaul to get Cuban boxing back on track. The first move was to bring in a new coach, Rolando Acebal, who renewed emphasis on discipline, rigor, toughness. “The change was decisive,” said Savon, a heavyweight legend who hung up his gloves in 2000 and now works for the Boxing Federation. “Under Acebal, some things reappeared that had gotten a little lost.”
In scientific coup, Russians reach Antarctic lake
MOSCOW (AP) — Opening a scientific frontier miles under the Antarctic ice, Russian experts drilled down and finally reached the surface of a gigantic freshwater lake, an achievement the mission chief likened to placing a man on the moon. Lake Vostok could hold living organisms that have been locked in icy darkness for some 20 million years, as well as clues to the search for life elsewhere in the solar system. Touching the surface of the lake, the largest of nearly 400 subglacial lakes in Antarctica, came after more than two decades of drilling, and was a major achievement avidly anticipated by scientists around the world. “In the simplest sense, it can transform the way we think about life,” NASA’s chief scientist Waleed Abdalati told The Associated Press in an email Wednesday. The Russian team made contact with the lake water Sunday at a depth of 12,366 feet (3,769 meters), about 800 miles (1,300 kilometers) east of the South Pole in the central part of the continent. Scientists hope the lake might allow a glimpse into microbial life forms that existed before the Ice Age and are not visible to the naked eye. Scientists believe that microbial life may exist in the dark depths of the lake despite its high pressure and constant cold — conditions similar to those believed to be found under the ice crust on Mars, Jupiter’s moon Europa and Saturn’s moon Enceladus. Valery Lukin, the head of Russia’s Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, said reaching the lake was akin to the Americans winning the space race in 1969. “I think it’s fair to compare this project to flying to the moon,” said Lukin, who oversaw the mission and announced
its success. American and British teams are drilling to reach their own subglacial Antarctic lakes, but Columbia University glaciologist Robin Bell said those are smaller and younger than Vostok, which is the big scientific prize. “It’s like exploring another planet, except this one is ours,” she said. At 160 miles (250 kilometers) long and 30 miles (50 kilometers) wide, Lake Vostok is similar in size to Lake Ontario. It is kept from freezing into a solid block by the more than two-mile-thick crust of ice across it that acts like a blanket, keeping in heat generated by geothermal energy underneath. Lukin said he expects the lake to contain chemotroph bacteria that feed on chemical reactions in pitch darkness, probably similar to those existing deep on the ocean floor but dating back millions of years. “They followed different laws of evolution that are yet unknown to us,” he said. Studying Lake Vostok will also yield insights about the origins of Antarctica, which is believed by many to have been part of a broader continent in the distant past. And the project has allowed the testing of technologies that could be used in exploring other icy worlds. “Conditions in subglacial lakes in Antarctica are the closest we can get to those where scientists expect to find extraterrestrial life,” Lukin said. Drilling through the ice crust in the world’s coldest environment brought major technological challenges. Temperatures on the Vostok Station on the surface above the lake have registered the coldest ever recorded on Earth, reaching minus 128 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 89 degrees Celsius). Conditions were made even tougher by its high elevation, more than 11,000 feet (3,300 meters) above sea level.
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Chuck D chucks conformity Getting freaky with food
Rapper applauds commitment to education, individuality
By Colin Neary Campus Correspondent Chuck D, the brute force behind conscious hip-hop group Public Enemy, once declared: “Hip-hop is the CNN of the hood.” He has been a raptivist for more than two decades, and suspects that the CIA has monitored him since the album “It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back” went platinum in 1988. Chuck conversed with an audience of 100 in the Student Union theater on Wednesday night, and expanded on the 10 fundamental recommendations he has for those living in the 21st century. “The cheapest price to pay is attention,” he said. “Paying somebody no mind may be just as cheap, but could be costly in the end.” Chuck encouraged students to listen to their elders, but cautioned to be selective about what they took to heart. “For the past 15 years older people have been crazy, and made bad scenarios for the youth,” he said, and saluted the audience for their dedication to education. “The colle-
giate person is being defaulted by the hierarchy. How does a society that will send 18-25 year olds to fight in a desert continue to tell them that they ain’t grown?” Intellectualism versus anti-intellectualism was also a focal point of the selfdescribed “vibe session.” “Why not be the smartest you can be?” he asked. “Have peoples’ minds been swept away by mass consumption? If you try and gain knowledge of self, you have to pay up the yin-yang.” Chuck encouraged the audience to not keep their intelligence under wraps and not dumb themselves down in the moment. “Think about a 20-year period of smart people not wanting to show off their intelligence across the continental U.S., and you land in the middle of 2012.” Chuck warned that individuals are becoming a passive vessel for a culture of massconsumption. “The remote control has turned humans into the ones being turned on by the television. Can the hip hop generation surpass 140 characters, be more than ‘Twidiots,’ or get our face in
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Remission,” “Malefic Dowry” and “Wintered Debts” meet somewhere in the middle. They all shine with moments of brilliance that are immediately snuffed out. The first four minutes of “Authentic” are heinously catchy; the following nine are needless filler. “Malefic Dowry” would have been the perfect folk ballad if Barnes didn’t throw off the flow with his fifty-cent words. Of Montreal never shied from experimentation. 2010’s “False Priest” alone divulged into funk, R&B, psychedelics and avant-garde all on one LP. But what made past albums cohesive was not sonic consistency—it was the way Barnes never took himself too seriously. There was a sense of curiosity and naiveté in each track. He wasn’t trying to prove anything; his progression was driven by genuine interest. “Paralytic Stalks” is contrived and jaded. The songs are ego-driven, tedious, throwaway, or meant for a past album. The fun is gone. R.I.P. George Fruit.
I’ve never been totally convinced about the magical powers of food as an aphrodisiac, but some people need all the help they can get. With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, a few ideas to help get that special someone in the mood might be the little boost a hopeful romantic needs. Maybe it’ll send a significant other – or someone you hope turns into that – into a furious frenzy of passion, or maybe it’ll just send them to the bathroom. Either way, it’s worth a shot. One of the most common foods that earns the aphrodisiac title is the oyster. Because of its high zinc content, oysters are speculated to raise sperm count and boost libido. The problem is that there’s a high chance that whoever you’re bringing out to dinner to shove oysters down his or her throat in hopes probably doesn’t want to slurp them down. In that case, it might be better to go a more traditional route during dinner, and have the lucky person you brought out eat something with garlic in it instead. Garlic has a component called allicin, which increases blood flow to…well, you know where. But who wants to be locking lips with someone who just shoved a clove of garlic in their mouth? Aphrodisiacs come with pros and cons, apparently. There has to be one without the side effects of stinky breath (garlic), stinky pee (asparagus is another aphrodisiac) or just generally unappetizing features (oyster). Fear not, hopeless romantic, because chocolate is considered one of the greatest aphrodisiacs of all. Yes, there’s actually a reason you’re buying the lucky lady a huge heart-shaped box of the stuff, and you have the phenylethylamine in chocolate to thank for that. Nicknamed “the love chemical,” it releases dopamine in the pleasure centers of the brain. This is also why you can catch people gorging themselves on it when they had a hard day at work. Chocolate also contains tryptophan, with triggers the release of serotonin, inciting you to feel calm and relaxed. So, do yourself a favor and order the chocolate cake to split at the end of dessert. It might change the whole course of your night. There’s a whole host of other foods that are considered to be aphrodisiacs, such as basil, figs and avocado, but there’s one substance in particular that is the be all, end all of things that make you horny when you put them in your stomach. That magic substance: alcohol. This might seem like a cheap shot, but it’s simply the truth. Alcohol lowers the inhibitions of the drinker, so going to a bar or ordering a few glasses of wine at dinner may not be such a bad idea. In the world of aphrodisiacs, champagne is considered to be “the drink of love” when it comes to alcohol. Maybe it’s the association it has with celebrating, but moderate quantities of it will boost libido. Now, I’m not saying that you should be feeding your date liquor and garlic in massive quantities in hopes that he or she will sleep with you. I’m merely offering suggestions about how to make this Valentine’s Day a fun time for couples everywhere. But be warned: if the person on the other end of the table isn’t feeling it, no quantity of figs or garlic they consume is going to change that. Just kindly pay your portion of the check and head to Ted’s instead.
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At his lecture Wednesday, rapper Chuck D encouraged students to listen to their elders, but cautioned to be selective about what they took to heart. He told the audience to be proud of intelligence to keep from being a passive vessel for mass-consumption.
Spanish-speaking theater group to perform today By Joseph Kirschner Campus Correspondent
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Actors in Cuer2 perform 2010’s show. The troupe is set to perform today at the Union.
The Peruvian theater group Cuer2 will be performing two plays Thursday in the Puerto Rican and Latin American Cultural Center in the fourth floor of the Student Union. They will be playing their first play called Interruptor (2008) at 2:30 and Hebras (2010) at 3:30. Cuer2, which was founded in 1999 by their director, stars actors Jose Louis Urteaga and Roly Dávila who, along with director Roberto Sánchez-Piérola, are from Líma, Peru and have been touring the United States for
about a month making stops at the Flamboyán Theater in N.Y., The College of Wooster in Ohio and Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. Their two plays, which will be performed in the union, will showcase their abilities as actors and how they relate to social issues of today. Interruptor is performed as a comedy that interprets how the group has critiqued social media and how it relates to the cause of separation of human relationships, while Hebras is a silent play which uses only physical theater techniques to get the idea of how human relationships work and how people in them interact with
each other. Spoken in Spanish, these plays are meant for anyone who likes theater and would like to interpret them because of their theatrical ability to showcase a piece of the dramatic arts. Their name Cuer2 should be read as cuer-dos which literally means “sane” in English. The members of this group are actors who are very passionate about what they do and take theater seriously. The United States Cuer2 tour will end in Hartford tonight.
Few hits on ‘Paralytic Stalks’ does not redeem Of Montreal’s dud of an album By Julie Bartoli Senior Staff Writer “Paralytic Stalks” promotional build-up had me thrown. A side of Kevin Barnes was revealed that I’d never seen before. Every interview read something like: Interviewer: So, tell me about your new album. Barnes: It’s very dark, very personal. Interviewer: What about the sound? Barnes: It’s unlike anything we’ve done before. We garnered influence from (namechecks handful of 20th century composers). Interviewer: Interesting. Do you think your fans will enjoy it? Barnes: Nah. Interviewer: Huh? Barnes: Most of them just aren’t going to “get it.” Interviewer: Oh. I’m well aware that Barnes is self-deprecating – he’s his own worst critic. That’s what has kept Of Montreal evolving since 2004’s “Satanic Panic.” But Barnes didn’t sound critical; he sounded pretentious. Perhaps those interviews were his safety blan-
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Of Montreal released its latest album, “Paralytic Stalks” Tuesday. The best tracks are “We Will Commit Wolf Murder” and “Dour Percentage.”
kets, in case the album was ill received (“I already told you, you wouldn’t get it”). Realistically, I don’t think statements like “I understand that certain people, some people aren’t interested in that they don’t look to music to
provide that kind of stimulation,” (via Consequence of Sound) are a precautionary measure. They’re arrogant. And honestly, I guess I didn’t “get it.” “Paralytic Stalks” plays like nine tracks of half-formed ideas haphaz-
ardly thrown together. Songs like “Gelid Ascent” and “Exorcismic Breeding Knife” drone aimlessly. Their lack of center makes them unmemorable, unless of course you can’t forget the violin gone horribly wrong on “Exorcismic.” On the other end is “Dour Percentage,” the album’s official single. It’s a fantastic pop/wave song, reminiscent of Dexy’s Midnight Runners. But along with “Spiteful Intervention,” it doesn’t fit on the album. Both tracks are too accessible for “Paralytic Stalks,” and they sound commercial next to the ostentatious numbers that they’re sandwiched between. “Authentic Pyrrhic
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New techniques appreciated in Metallica’s tracks Coming in under the radar, Metallica’s “Beyond Magnetic” EP contains four previously-unreleased tracks from their 2008 studio album, “Death Magnetic.” As the name suggests, the two albums basically go hand-in-hand; this EP allows Metallica fans to complete their collection by purchasing the “missing pieces” of “Death Magnetic.” Fans aren’t receiving mere mash-ups of songs from the band’s 2008 album, however. All “Beyond Magnetic” tracks are highly different from each other, and each is a distinct, identifiable song. Despite its hilarious name, the first track, “Hate Train,” doesn’t have the dark and heavy sound one would expect from most Metallica songs. Regardless, it’s still very fastpaced and hard rock-oriented, and has great vocals by lead singer James Hetfield. “Hell and Back” is one of the lighter songs from this EP, with nice acoustic subtleties in the first minute or so. It’s still clearly a Metallica song in tone, but it’s difficult
to compare it with anything that the band has done in the past. There isn’t anything like this in their catalogue thus far, although the solo work here by lead guitarist
truly stellar solos halfway through the song. Throw in some superb percussion work by drummer Lars Ulrich, and you’ve got yourself one hell of a track.
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Kirk Hammett sounds somewhat similar to that of “The Unforgiven III” from “Death Magnetic.” Regardless of the song’s unusual sound, “Hell and Back” is a good addition to the album’s complete discography. “Rebel of Babylon” is where Metallica really shines. Hetfield’s vocals on this track are arguably some of the best he has ever recorded. He really pushes himself, showcasing his full vocal range. Hetfield and Hammett’s combined guitar work is excellent throughout, culminating in some
The only song that lacks polish is “Just a Bullet Away.” While not a bad song by any means, it’s still pretty disappointing for one main reason: Hetfield’s vocals. Time and time again, Hetfield has proven that while he doesn’t have one of the best voices in rock and roll, his vocal range and pitch complement the material nicely. Unfortunately, that is not the case here. Something is definitely off about Hetfield’s vocals, as they just don’t match up with the pace of the song during the chorus. I’ve never heard his singing clash
Save A Life” in 2005, which was certified double platinum by the Record Industry Association of America. It went platinum in Australia,
their latest album. The 17-track album opens with “Heartbeat,” a song that has been gaining popularity with its upbeat and piano-
this badly with the instrumental backing before. Eventually, an interesting change reminiscent of the acoustic section from “Master of Puppets” occurs halfway through. This goes nowhere, however, leading to more substandard vocals and disappointing the listener in the process. The saving grace of “Just a Bullet Away” is the excellent guitar work and percussion by Hammett and Ulrich, respectively. Again, it’s not a bad track, but I expect more from Hetfield than this – it sounds like he’s fighting against the tempo of the song half the time. Metallica attempted some interesting new techniques on these tracks, and thankfully, they were successful for the most part. The end result is an enjoyable addition to “Death Magnetic,” yet still sounds differently than anything that the band has previously recorded. Although the $5 price tag may not be the best for a four-track EP, I would definitely recommend this purchase to anyone who is a fan of the “Death Magnetic” album or Metallica in general.
‘Scars and Stories’ keeps band in The Fray
By Zarrin Ahmed Campus Correspondent The latest Fray album “Scars and Stories” stays true to the usual Fray-sound listeners are accustomed to, but doesn’t fail to showcase the group’s talent. Their new album follows the formulaic music The Fray puts out, something that could similarly be said about artists such as John Mayer, and Snow Patrol. Their use of the piano as the lead instrument of their music has had them compared to the likes of Keane and Coldplay, and is an element of The Fray that won’t see an end. Lead vocalist and pianist, Isaac Slade, has also been made a symbol of the band with his simple, emotive, and falsetto vocals. Along with bass and rhythm guitarist Joe King, lead guitarist Dave Welsh and drummer Ben Wysocki, Originating in Denver, Colo., The Fray was formed by schoolmates Slade and King in 2002. The band achieved success with the release of their debut album “How to
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Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. They reached national fame with “Over My Head (Cable Car)” and worldwide fame with “How to Save a Life,” a song that was a top five single in seven different countries. The Fray’s self-titled second album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album and certified gold in the United States. Needless to say, The Fray has left its mark in the music industry and continues to do so with
driven sound. The next song in the album, “The Fighter,” follows the same pattern with overpowering cymbals and love-hungry lyrics like “maybe we were meant to be lonely,” “Run for Your Life” is a slower song filled with heavy palm muted guitar chords while “48 To Go” features the same feel and tempo but with open chord strumming. It’s interesting how The Fray pulls off the same sounds but with different techniques.
“Scars and Stories” features poppy songs like “Turn Me On,” slower-tempo songs such as “The Wind,” and songs that have strong orchestras like “I Can Barely Say.” Some songs show the artists that have influenced Snow Patrol – the vocals in “1961” strongly reminded me of Radiohead’s “Idioteque.” The last four songs on the album are bonus tracks beginning with their own adaption of Yeah Yeah Yeah’s “Maps.” I personally enjoyed their more lighthearted rendition, but not as much as I love both the acoustic and regular version by the original artist. They also covered “Ready or Not” by the Fugees, “Why” by Annie Lenox, “Boulder to Birmingham” by Emmylou Harris and “Streets of Philadelphia” by Bruce Springsteen. The musical range of these artists and the way The Fray was able to adapt the songs to fit their unique sound impressed me. Any artist that pays tribute to The Fugees gets bonus points in my book.
Foxy Shazam produces a bombastic rock album By Zach Fisher Campus Correspondent
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Who does Eric Nally think he is? On the cover of the aptly named “Welcome to the Church of Rock and Roll” he looks like some guy you’d find singing in a David Bowie cover band at your local bowling alley. Way back in 2010, when Nally’s band, Foxy Shazam, hit the mainstream with their self-titled album, I thought Nally was a supercilious fraud; a guy that has all the bravado of a rock ‘n roll icon but none of the talent or fame. My opinion changed when I listened to “...Church of Rock and Roll,” which may be the most fun, eccentric and bombastic rock record I’ve heard in a long time. Right off the bat it’s apparent that this is Nally’s show. On the opening track, while belching out an impressive falsetto that should have Freddie Mercury licking his lips in his grave, he plays an
angry yet optimistic preacher screaming at his witnesses, “You’re all suckers, a flock of sheep / I’ll be your shepherd, follow me.” Foxy Shazam’s first single “I Like it,” is a hilarious, raw Led Zeppelinesque ode to Nally’s love for black women’s aesthetics. He proclaims, “That’s the biggest black ass I’ve ever seen, and I like it a lot.”
The Darkness, produced “Welcome to the Church of Rock and Roll.” “Holy Touch” and “Last Chance at Love” in particular explode with energy and big choruses that will be stuck in your head for days. “Forever Together” and “The Streets” hit visceral chords. In the former Nally seems to be talking to his son about being away on tour and
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As a whole, the record is reminiscent of Queen’s glittery pop sensibility and The Darkness’s playfulness, which make sense given that Justin Hawkins, the lead singer of
having to cope with the challenges of living out his dream. It’s the slowest song on the album but it never becomes stale or boring, thanks to Nally’s gift for a memorable
melody. “The Streets” veers close to Lady Gaga territory but takes a turn with a Springsteen-inspired bridge where Nally, accompanied by a piano, sings about family issues. In “I Wanna Be Yours” and “Wasted Feelings” Foxy Shazam are at their simplest form. The guitar lines flow through the entire songs while staying true to the album’s eccentric and playful tone. If I had to psychoanalyze them I’d say that Foxy Shazam seems to be holding back their creativity for fear of straying from the aesthetics of the classic rock era of the 1970’s. Regardless, they have assembled eleven songs that fit together better and create a cohesiveness that was missing from prior Foxy Shazam albums. “Welcome to the Church of Rock and Roll” might be the album that garners them mainstream attention – and turns Nally into the rock god he clearly wants to be.
If I were to host the Grammy after party This year, the Grammy after party is being held at my place. By using some sort of wizardry and magic, I will transform my apartment into a multi-floor cabana that boasts a holographic dance floor, heated Olympic pool and 100-foot-long wet bar. The event is invite-only of course. No one will be allowed in other than award winners, runner-ups, Sir Paul McCartney, Lil’ Brit and the InstantDaily. Here’s a play-by-play of how the night will pan out: Kanye West will arrive first, only to leave and reenter after everyone else has been situated at the party. He will strut in on a carpet made of stale fish filets, to a mash-up of “Power” and “Who Gon Stop Me” that for some reason will freeze up on the words “egotistic,” “gifted” and “haters.” After seeking out compliments on his studded man dress and matching gladiator sandals, West will take over the DJ booth. His playlist will consist entirely of his own singles, plus a few songs by Kid Cudi, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Common and Paris Hilton. He will then make toasts to himself until he is so inebriated that he falls asleep in a bathtub, cradling Beyonce’s Grammy trophy. Adele’s reception will be much more understated than West’s. Dressed in all black, some will mistakenly think that she stopped by on her way back from a funeral. She will be carrying around a dryerase board as to avoid using her voice for social purposes. She will also be carrying with her a voodoo doll of the boy who inspired songs such as “Hiding My Heart” and “Set Fire to the Rain.” Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon will make a brief appearance during the night. He will be wearing a sweat suit and will have put cornrows in his beard for the occasion. At first, many of the guests will try to interact with Vernon. But the loud atmosphere will drown out his soft falsetto, making it difficult for anyone to carry out a conversation with him. Luckily, a few of the artists will have brought their dogs, which will instantly be drawn to Vernon’s above-frequency tone. The Black Keys will prove to be the most popular attraction at the party. Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney will roll up in a some sort of a vintage car, and will proceed to dispense their nerdy charm on all who approach them. Every so often they will pull out plastic toy guys and pretend to shoot each other in a dramatic fashion. This role playing will amuse everyone except Bruno Mars, who will think that his plan to drop a bag of grenades on the dance floor will have lost its novelty. Finally, Lady Gaga will sneak into the event as her greased-up, Dylan-esque counterpart. After sidling up to all the beautiful women at
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Party would be very memorable if I hosted from IF I, page 8 the party she will shed her leather jacket and dirty Levis to reveal a bikini made of lettuce. She will then set up a portable shower next to the pool and take a bath in Italian dressing. Unfortunately, the vinaigrette will drip into her eyes, causing them to tear up and turn red. The next day the tabloids will be full of stories on how Gaga broke down after being rejected by the lead singer of Megadeath and Katy Perry in the same night. The media will subsequently dub my party as the most memorable, star-studded fest of the year. I will not have the time to field any interviews however, for I will be too busy planning my postRazzies bash in April.
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McCartney’s newest album is good background music By Kathleen Williams Campus Correspondent As a classic rock purist, I’m often hesitant and extremely skeptical to venture into the world that veteran rock and roll musicians have built for themselves. I’m especially reluctant to experience the often cliché and inevitably uncreative music that the last two remaining Beatles have produced. With that in mind, I knew exactly what I thought I’d be getting into when I agreed to not only listen to Paul McCartney’s new album, “Kisses on the Bottom,” but to also review it. After several listens of the 14 tracks of popular American Classics, I’ve come to the conclusion that Paul McCartney has lost the famous McCartney charm and rock and roll prowess, in favor of a softer, less artistic vibe. The Valentine’s Day themed album boasts 13 covers of popular American favorites, such as Nat King Cole’s “It’s Only a Paper Moon” and one original tune, “Valentine.” The record
delivers but not in the way I’d expected. I’m perpetually stuck, like many other Beatles fans, in the 1960 McCartney brilliance that produced mega-hits “Hey Jude” and “Maxwell’s
minimal and sparse. More often than not, McCartney’s sturdy, if less magnificent voice is solely accompanied by a lonely piano, a fuzzy bass line, and sometimes a whistle or a trumpet. The min-
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Silver Hammer.” It’s a difficult transition, bridging the gap from punchy and enthusiastic McCartney to smooth, jazzy McCartney. That said, it is the perfect album for after dinner cocktails, slow dancing or an evening alone with a book. The slightly shaky vocals of each piece are the focus with the backing music being extremely
imalist style of the recordings compliments the style of the vocals well, but does not make for particularly interesting listening. The lyrics are equally bland and unremarkable, but again well suited for casual background music. In fact, the only song fitting for the Feb. 14 tribute album is “ Valentine,” an ode to a depend-
able and loyal lover, written by McCartney himself. The song is backed by full orchestra and includes a more interesting musical foundation with harps and a lead guitar featuring into the piece. It could even be said that it is the only song on the album where I could distinguish the fact that it was Paul McCartney singing, not say an older sounding Michael Buble or a Frank Sinatra or even a Harry Conick Jr. Because the songs are so familiar and the voice of McCartney fairly mediocre, it could be anyone crooning the popular classics. Nothing in the performance screams ‘Paul McCartney’. In short, this album has its time and place. It’s nothing anyone under the age of 55 would particularly enjoy, but if you’re looking for an anniversary gift for your grandparents, by all means this album could be just what they’re looking for to put on after a hard day’s night of Bingo, line dancing and bridge.
Beach Boys to start party early at Grammys
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Get the sunglasses and tanning oil out: The Beach Boys are reuniting at The Grammys Awards for their first live performance in more than two decades. The original lineup of Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks will be joined by Grammy nominees Foster the People and Maroon 5 in a special performance. A news release Wednesday also says The Civil Wars, Diana Krall and Joe Walsh have been added to the performance lineup and Common, Reba McEntire and Diana Ross will be presenters. The Beach Boys announced late last year that they would reunite to celebrate their 50th anniversary with a new album and tour. The Grammy Awards will be broadcast live Sunday night on CBS.
Operator of radical Muslim site to plead guilty
McLEAN, Virginia (AP) — A Muslim convert from New York who ran a website that posted threats against the creators of the television show “South Park” is expected to enter a federal guilty plea, his attorney said Wednesday. Jesse Curtis Morton, also known as Younus Abdullah Mohammad, was charged last year with communicating threats and has been in custody since he was arrested in Morocco in October. A plea agreement hearing in U.S. District Court in Alexandria has been scheduled for Thursday. Morton’s law-
yer, James Hundley, confirmed Morton will plead to three counts, including conspiracy and communicating threats. Each count will carry a maximum sentence of 5 years, Hundley said. Last year, another operator of the Revolution Muslim website, Zachary Chesser, was sentenced to 25 years in prison. He admitted he posted threats against the “South Park” creators for an episode that supposedly defamed the prophet Muhammad. Chesser went even further, twice trying to travel to Somalia to join the ter-
rorist group al-Shabab. On his second attempt, he traveled with his infant child in tow on the theory that he would appear less suspicious to authorities. Chesser’s lawyer portrayed his client as a drifting teenager who latched on to activities and philosophies with a freakish intensity. Before converting to Islam, he participated in high school sports and later joined a Korean breakdancing team at his school. He spent years as a vegetarian and dabbled in Buddhism. He became so fascinated with Japanese anime that he spent four years studying
Japanese and traveled to Japan on a school trip. And, when he became infatuated during his senior year with a Muslim girl, he converted to Islam. He quickly drifted toward a radical, fundamentalist interpretation of the religion. An FBI affidavit states that Chesser and Morton met in person only once and coordinated closely in trying to craft statements that would threaten and terrorize the South Park creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, but could also be plausibly protected under constitutional
guarantees of free speech. Specifically, the two crafted a statement that said “it is likely the creators of South Park will indeed end up like Theo Van Gogh,” a Dutch filmmaker who was murdered in 2004 for making a movie that was perceived as insulting to Islam. Hundley said free speech issues were certainly a part of the case, but that his client ultimately made the decision to plead guilty. “It’s a speech case,” he said. “Is this free speech or speech that crosses the line into criminal conduct?”
Chuck: consciousness should not be ‘a curse word’ from CHUCK D, page 7 a book and off Facebook?” He encouraged the audience to challenge information as much as possible, and not be overwhelmed by the onslaught. “Don’t buy a phone that is smarter than you. There is nothing worse than a dumb motherf***er with a smart-ass phone.” “We live in a nation with a short memory,” said Chuck in reference to the Newt Gingrich campaign. “Common sense is not common anymore because it is not common, and has been replaced by common nonsense. The human being is unique due to our logical rationale and deductive reasoning.” He acknowledged that many Americans are not keen on history or geography. “When people don’t know about their past or where they are on a map, they have been turned into slaves. Only 27
percent of Americans have passports. Most Americans are clearly not trying to learn from an international experience.” Chuck encouraged the audience of hip-hop heads to define that which they love and not hide behind uninformed opinions. “Hip-hop was not the alpha to music coming out of the black community,” he said, and referenced the legendary Don Cornelius, the host of Soul Train who died on Feb. 1. “Soul Train gave a visual aspect to black music, and Don Cornelius brought legitimacy to hip hop in the late 1980s.” “Celebrity is the virtual drug of America. I wonder when they will start sprinkling the ashes of dead stars in Ciroc,” he said. “Some people go straight up to the penthouse of fame, and when they come sliding down peo-
ple tell them to go see Chuck on the second floor.” Chuck lamented the fact that there is no artist development anymore, and that major labels are starving for hit singles, even if they promote black on black crime. “Consciousness has become a curse word,” he said. “KRS-One, The Roots or Common may move 200,000 units, but you never hear them on the radio. The element of self-hate was always in the black community, but most music before N.W.A. was love music.” Chuck mentioned the Occupy Movement as a response to the defaulted promises he mentioned earlier. “President Obama is a good driver with a bad car,” he said in reference to the economic recession. He also criticized Americans at large for being predominantly apathetic and silent on racist issues, such as the discrimi-
nation against those attempting to cross into the southern U.S. illegally. “While the rest of the world is figuring out how to ‘get it in,’ America is building more prisons. We already have 2.5 million imprisoned in America – more than anywhere else in the world combined – and now we are building facilities to hold 5 to 7 million. Martial law is popping up its head, and the prison-industrial complex is expanding.” “Music should be gracious, not brag about opulence 99 percent will never see,” he said. “While we’re watching the throne, how can we catch what is thrown? Who is going to help the people?” he asked. He concluded with the admission: “Truth is truth no matter what I think. When you leave here, please don’t clap for me, clap for yourselves.”
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Fashion Week's first trend: Red for heart-health NEW YORK (AP) – Red is Christie Brinkley's color. The veteran supermodel returned to the runway Wednesday night for the Red Dress Collection fashion show, an annual New York Fashion Week kickoff event that aims to draw attention to women's heart health by putting celebrity catwalkers in a parade of gowns by some of the country's most famous designers. Strutting to "Uptown Girl," she was all smiles in her Pamella Roland gown — even after a little stumble on the dress's hem. Brinkley is a supporter of the Heart Truth campaign, headed by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, and has participated in this event before. This year, though, she hesitated before deciding to don a dress again. Her own mother is suffering from serious heart disease, having experienced five strokes and a heart attack, and right now Brinkley says she feels like she should be spending quality time with her parents.
But they're the ones who actually nudged her to do it, she said in a teary telephone interview Tuesday. "My parents understand more than anyone about the importance of getting the right care. They're proud of me that I've reached a place where I can give back." Something else she's learned from them is to maintain a healthy lifestyle with daily exercise and a careful diet. That wasn't always easy when she was a young model, jet-setting from place to place and trying every fad diet that came along, said Brinkley, now 58, but she's learned the best way to have the good life is to live it. "I make time for this. I used to always put myself on the back burner, but I want to be strong and able for my kids, myself and my parents." She said she also finds strength and camaraderie within the modeling world, and she hopes the first-time "models" at the Red Dress show will feel that way, too. "I've always felt the catfight
thing is a cliche, but especially when we're all together and subject is the heart, we're all united." Jennifer Nettles of the country band Sugarland said after the show that she enjoyed the experience but stuck to her strategy of not looking at the monitor while she was walking in her V-neck David Meister gown with a high slit. "I was afraid of falling," she said. "It's my first time modeling — at New York Fashion Week! Why not start big?" she said. Minka Kelly looked like a seasoned pro in a sequincovered wrap dress by Diane von Furstenberg and Gloria Estefan in Narciso Rodriguez. It's a parade of great dresses, and red looks good on so many people, said Marchesa co-founder G e o rg i n a Chapman. Marchesa once again lent a dress for the event, worn by model and actress Rebecca Romijn. "I love the color red. It's such a passionate color and it's a fabulous color when
you want to make a splash," Chapman said. If she were on the catwalk, she said she'd probably wear it with black heels or neutral makeup. "There's no matchy-matchy with red," she advised. "I especially love to wear black with a hint of red." Jenna Elfman, making her Red Dress debut, wore a strapless Alberta Ferretti. "I love fashion, I love performance, I love charity," she said in an interview before the show. She said she has wondered what models think about while they're strutting in front of hundreds of people, but her mantra was going to be "take big steps." "Thank God I'm tall," Elfman said. "I will get to the end much faster." Brinkley's advice to the newbies was simple: "You can't take a bad step when you're on that runway. You're there supporting this worthwhile, meaningful cause. And if you slip and fall, you'll make the news and spread the word even more."
Fashion models organize to fend off abuses of the business
NEW YORK (AP) – Models are more than just pretty faces. They're often overworked, underfed and underage independent contractors with little say when things go bad behind the scenes. Many are just teenagers far from home, in some cases earning as much in a day as their poor families back in Russia and Eastern Europe do in a month. As a result, many fear speaking out about sexual harassment, unscrupulous booking agencies, demands to alter their bodies, lack of backstage privacy and punishing stretches with little sleep. "Modeling is precarious freelance labor," said model Sara Ziff, who was discovered at 14 walking home from her New York City high school. "We have very little job security. It's also a winner-takesall market. There's only one Gisele. Basically, it's a labor force of children who are working in a very grown-up business." In hopes of changing things, Ziff has founded The Model Alliance, dedicated to improving the working conditions of models and persuading the industry to take better care of its young. Among other things, Ziff has set up a confidential system for models to report inappropriate conduct or other abuses during New York Fashion Week, which opens Thursday. She is also working on a Models' Bill of Rights. Backed for now by anonymous donors, the Alliance was launched Monday and has a board of directors and an advisory board drawn from the worlds of law, labor and entertainment. Ziff, who has more than a decade on the runway and has served as the face of Tommy Hilfiger, Banana Republic and Stella McCartney, has enlisted some of her famous model friends, including Shalom Harlow, Doutzen Kroes and Coco Rocha, one of the first to speak frankly about eating disorders in the trade. Ziff, 29, also has the support of the powerful Council of Fashion Designers of America. The trade group gave her fledgling nonprofit a boost when it issued its annual pre-Fashion Week plea to designers and model wranglers to keep photographers at bay when models are changing backstage and to keep girls under 16 off the runways by checking IDs. It's not the first attempt to improve the working conditions of models. A union, The Models Guild, was founded in 1995 along the lines of the Screen Actors Guild, but it faltered a few years later for lack of members.
This Sept. 10, 2006 file photo shows a very thin model on the runway at the Rosa Cha spring 2007 fashion show in New York. The Council of Fashion Designers of America hosted a panel discussion Tuesday
In this Sept. 27, 2010 file photo, American model Sara Ziff poses for a photo in Paris. Ziff, who began her decade-long career at age 14, has created the Model Alliance, to improve the working conditions of models and convince the industry to take more care with its young. The alliance was launched Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, ahead of New York Fashion Week and has the support of the powerful Council of Fashion Designers of America.
Ziff's alliance isn't a union but an effort to persuade models to take control in an industry where they're often treated as a commodity — "like choosing a gallon of milk at the deli," she said.
"One beautiful 13-year-old can be substituted for another beautiful 13-year-old," added Susan Scafidi, who heads the Fashion Law Institute at Fordham University and is on the Alliance's board of direc-
tors. A draft of the Models' Bill of Rights includes demands that all jobs and castings involving nudity be subject to informed consent, and that no model under 17 be asked to pose nude or semi-nude. It also calls for booking agents not to lie about the ages of the models they represent and for agents to work with parents of high school-age models to draw up an on-the-job education plan. The Alliance also wants changing areas that are offlimits to photographers and is asking for more transparency in the way money is handled. Elettra Wiedemann, the 28-year-old daughter of actress and model Isabella Rossellini, recalled her own start in the business at age 14. She took part in a panel discussion Tuesday hosted by the CFDA's health initiative, begun in 2007 to address unhealthy eating and the debate over how thin is too thin for models. "I did experience when I first started modeling a lot of pressure from my agency in Italy. They asked me to get a breast reduction. They asked me to get a nose job. They constantly critiqued my weight," she said. "You go through a period of sadness and anger and self-loathing, and then I just decided, 'You know what, I'm much more than just a number on a scale.' I chose to have a boundary for myself." In 2006, at least two models died of complications linked to eating disorders, which prompted some in Europe to try to ban ultra-skinny models from the runway. Efforts have been more modest in the U.S. The CFDA held workshops on eating disorders and recommended that designers offer healthier snacks backstage and require those with eating disorders to seek professional help if they want to continue modeling. In the past few years, sunkeneyed, skeletal "heroin chic" has given way to a sportier, healthier look among some designers and labels. The majority of models never hit it big, never starve themselves to hospitalization or death and never fall prey to sexual predators with cameras or a casting couch. But some end up working for clothes instead of cash, spend years in debt to their booking agencies for travel and living expenses as they jet around the world, and struggle with depression and other fallout from little sleep and poor eating habits. What will it take to achieve widespread reform? "Part of it is educating the public to see things differently," Ziff said.
Christie Brinkley during the Heart Truth Red Dress fashion show in New York, Wednesday.
Heels so high, sometimes the models fall down
In this Feb. 15, 2009 file photo, a model falls down on the runway while modeling the fall 2009 collection of Herve Leger by Max Azria during Fashion Week in New York.
NEW YORK (AP) – New York Fashion Week begins Thursday, and amid all those images of sleek models showing off the newest designer creations are sure to be a few pictures of something far less glamorous: Models falling down. It's not an uncommon sight at the shows, where young women strut the often slippery catwalks to thumping music on impossibly high heels, so high that the occasional tumble is all but inevitable. Sometimes models can even sense they're risking a fall, and they'll take the heels off, hold them in one hand, and tiptoe the rest of the way down the runway, keeping their heels elevated so the
clothes drape the way the designers intended. But every now and then, a walk down the runway ends in an outright fall, and the models either pick themselves up and continue on their precarious way or slip the shoes off to finish what they started barefoot, hoping nothing more than their pride is hurt. And what's the response from the high-powered audiences of celebs, buyers and editors who gather at the Lincoln Center tents for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week? No scorn or heartlessness here; instead, the assembled fashionistas typically applaud whenever a model who's stumbled dusts herself off and carries on.
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Miller, Sabres blank Bruins, 6-0 European mid-season review part two By Miles DeGrazia Futbol Columnist
Buffalo Sabres' Christian Ehrhoff, not shown, scores on Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, during the first period of an NHL game Wednesday,.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — With Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff nursing three broken ribs and watching from the press box, goalie Ryan Miller made 36 saves to earn his second shutout in three games in a 6-0 win over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night. Jason Pominville scored twice, set up both times up by Ville Leino, and helped Buffalo improve to 4-0-1 in its past five. Tyler Ennis had a goal and assist, and Drew Stafford, Christian Ehrhoff and Patrick Kaleta also scored for Buffalo, 5-0-4 in its past nine home games. The Northeast Divisionleading Bruins fell to 5-6-1 in their past 12 games. Boston, which won at Washington
on Sunday, hasn't won two straight victories since beating Winnipeg and Montreal on Jan. 10-12. Bruins starter Tuukka Rask didn't last 22 minutes before being pulled after allowing three goals on 10 shots. Tim Thomas gave up three goals Buffalo on 19 shots. The Bruins had Boston a goal disallowed midway through the first period, when referee Rob Martell ruled Rich Peverley interfered with Miller before Milan Lucic redirected in a shot from the point. The Sabres rediscovered their offense by scoring a season-best six goals in regulation. They had been held to two goals or fewer 15 times in
20 games. The offensive outburst came with assistant coach James Patrick filling in for Ruff behind the bench. Ruff was forced to watch from upstairs to nurse his sore chest after being hurt during practice on Monday, he was upend6 when ed from behind by 0 defenseman Jordan Leopold. Making his first appearance at the arena since being hurt, Ruff arrived in the press box about 15 minutes before the opening faceoff. Before goalie coach Jim Corsi closed the door to the booth, Ruff told The Associated Press that he was doing "OK." And then with a big smile, Ruff added, "I'm vertical."
Fußball-Bundesliga: The tightest league in all of Europe is the German Bundesliga, where first and fourth are separated by just a single point. Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, and Schalke 04, are all level on points with 37, and Borussia Mönchengladbach sit just one point behind the trio on 36. The Bavarian giants Bayern Munich started the season ominously when in his first league match newly acquired goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer made a costly error allowing the only goal in a 1-0 loss to Borussia Mönchengladbach. Injuries have been the main downfall for Bayern so far as key players Daniel Van Buyten, Arjen Robben and Bastian Schweinsteiger all have been sidelined for significant time this season. Bayern will need all three back if they hope to win the Bundesliga for a record 23rd time. Defending Champions Borussia Dortmund have debunked the myth of the sophomore slump, sitting behind Bayern Munich only on goal differential at the half way point. After keeping hold of all their key players in the summer, Dortmund struggled to find their Championship form starting the season 2-1-3 (win-drawloss) in their fist six. Since then Dortmund have been slowing assembling a title challenge going unbeaten in their last 11, including a 1-0 win in Munich against
Bayern, and a 2-0 win at home vs. Schalke. Despite coming in 14th last season and losing German national team goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, Schalke have made a resurgence under Horst Heldt. Schalke employ and all ex-Real Madrid strike force with KlaasJan Huntelaar, who led UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying in scoring, and Raúl. The two have combined for 21 goals, the best tandem in the league. Another bounce back team in the German top flight has been Borussia Mönchengladbach. Gladbach finished 16th last season, and only survived relegation when they defeated VfL Bochum in the relegation playoff. This season with new manager Lucien Favre, Gladbach has utilized a very small squad, only using 15 different players, with star player Marco Reus, attacking midfielder, who has unfortunately already agreed to join Borussia Dortmund in the summer for €17.5 million. Serie A TIM: In Italy it has been nine long years since a team not from Milan has won the Scudetto, but this season Juventus and Udinese have mounted quite the title challenge. After back-toback 7th place finishes in the last two seasons, Juve are now the only undefeated team in one of the big five leagues in Europe. Former bianconeri legend Antonio Conte has stepped into a head-coaching role and has flourished in his new job. Former AC Milan midfield genius Andrea Pirlo joined Juve in the summer and has become a key player operating right in
front of the best defensive unit in Italy. Just one point behind Juve are defending Champions A.C. Milan. In spite of a poor, 1-2-2 start by the Rossoneri they have slowly climbed up the table going 11-2-1 leaving them in second. Highlighted on the schedule for AC Milan is the second Derby della Madonnina of the season against Inter Milan on May 6th, which will undoubtedly have a huge impact on the title race. Udinese are unlike their more traditional title rivals in more aspect then one. An unorthodox 3-5-2 formation, utilizing lighting fast counter attacks highlighted with the deadly finishing ability of Antonio Di Natal, joint top leading goal scorer, has allowed Udinese to mount a title challenge despite losing Alexis Sanchez, Gokhan Inler, and Cristian Zapata, before the season began. Inter Milan got the award for the worst start of any big club in Europe single handedly because of Gian Piero Gasperini. After a revolving door of managers during the 2010-2011 campaign Inter looked for some stability and instead got even more unsteadiness as Gasperini attempted to use a 3-4-3 formation. Inter started a disastrous 2-2-5 leaving them in 17th on October 29. Since then Inter are 8-0-1 including a 1-0 win over AC Milan in the Derby della Madonnina.
Holmes staying put with Jets
Red Wings run home streak to 18
DETROIT (AP) — Drew scramble in front. After Justin Miller and Henrik Zetterberg Abdelkader's shot from the scored in the third period, and slot was stopped by Nikolai the Detroit Red Wings extend- Khabibulin, the Edmonton ed their home winning streak goalie appeared to think he to 18 games with a 4-2 victory had the puck frozen. But it over the Edmonton Oilers on was behind him, sitting tanWednesday night. talizingly in the crease, and The Red Wings overcame Miller was able to poke it in two more goals by Edmonton's the net. Sam Gagner to move within Zetterberg added an insurtwo wins of the NHL ance goal with 5:16 record of 20 straight to play, beating home victories, Khabibulin from a set by the Boston angle to the Detroit 4 tough Bruins durinptorg goalie's right. the 1929-30 sea- Edmonton 2 The Red Wings, son and matched who have the by Philadelphia in league's best over1976. The Bruins also won 19 all record, played the first of in a row in Boston during the six consecutive home games. 1970-71 season. They will host Anaheim on Johan Franzen and Cory Friday night. Emmerton also scored for Franzen opened the scoring Detroit, but Gagner answered on a power play, positioning with a pair of goals to tie the himself in front of Khabibulin game. He has eight goals and and redirecting Ian White's six assists in four games. shot from the point with 6:42 After Gagner's power play remaining in the first period. goal made it 2-2 with 11:37 It was Franzen's 21st goal of remaining, Miller scored his the season. 11th of the season amid a Emmerton made it 2-0 early
in the second, scoring on a backhander from in front after Abdelkader tried to jam the puck past Khabibulin. Detroit outshot the Oilers 20-9 through two periods but led only 2-1 thanks to Gagner's breakaway goal. It appeared Edmonton's Ben Eager might fight Jonathan Ericsson in front of the benches, but when Gagner took a lead pass and cruised alone into the Detroit zone, Eager spun away to join his teammate on the rush. Gagner has had at least a point in five straight games, including his four-goal, fourassist effort against Chicago on Thursday. He scored again in the third period to tie the game and give him 13 goals this season. Joey MacDonald made 15 saves for Detroit, earning his first win of the season in only his third appearance. Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said regular starter Jimmy Howard (broken finger) is unlikely to be back this weekend.
New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes pulls in a touchdown pass during the second half of an NFL game against the Washington Redskins.
NEW YORK (AP) — It appears Santonio Holmes is sticking around — just as the New York Jets said he would. By remaining on the roster through the second day of the NFL's waiver period Tuesday, the talented but troublesome wide receiver will get $15.25 million in guaranteed money over the next two seasons. A clause in Holmes' five-year, $45 million contract, signed last offseason, kicked in Wednesday morning. Holmes' future appeared murky with the Jets after a tumultuous season in which he feuded with quarterback Mark Sanchez and the offensive line, and was benched during the season finale in Miami for arguing in the huddle. Still, owner Woody Johnson, general manager Mike Tannenbaum and coach Rex Ryan all insisted that Holmes would remain with the team despite the squabbles. Holmes, already guaranteed his salary for next season, had a $7.5 million guarantee for the 2013 sea-
son kick in after Tuesday. While the Jets could still theoretically cut him or try to trade him, the financial commitment makes that an unlikely scenario. So, New York is stuck hoping that Holmes can work out his issues with his teammates — primarily Sanchez — and return to the playmaking form that Ryan and the Jets became so enamored of when they re-signed him last July. "To dismiss some of the good things that Santonio has done for the two years he's been here, he's been a tremendous player for us," Ryan said on Jan. 2. "He's won a ton of games for this franchise. And he's been a good teammate." Johnson said a few weeks ago that the team intended to bring Holmes back, and it had nothing to do with his big contract. "He may be one of the best players we've ever had here," Johnson said. "I think you could look at his talent level as extraordinarily talented." Holmes, acquired from
Pittsburgh in 2010 for a fifthround draft pick, played a key role in the Jets' run to their second straight AFC championship game two seasons ago. But things turned sour for the former Super Bowl MVP this past season. He openly criticized the Jets' offensive line for not giving Sanchez enough time to throw downfield, and ESPNNewYork. com reported that the two clashed at a late-season meeting. Several players questioned Holmes' captaincy throughout the season. The capper came during the Jets' loss to the Dolphins, when former offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer benched Holmes after he argued with teammates in the huddle. The television broadcast caught Holmes being restrained by tight end Dustin Keller on the field as the wide receiver and right tackle Wayne Hunter yelled at each other. Holmes sat on the bench sulking late in the game while the Jets came up short in a bid to beat the Dolphins.
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» NCAA BASKETBALL
» NCAA BASKETBALL
No. 2 Syracuse edges No. 11 G'town Whitey, Kansas beat Baylor, 68-54 WACO, Texas (AP) — Jeff Withey scored a career-high 25 points and Kansas went ahead to stay during a stretch without Thomas Robinson as the seventh-ranked Jayhawks had another convincing victory over sixth-ranked Baylor, winning 68-54 Wednesday night. After a 14-3 run over the final 4½ minutes of the first half with Robinson on the bench to take its first lead, Kansas (19-5, 9-2 Big 12) scored 14 consecutive points early in the second half to take complete control of the game. Kansas The Jayhawks, coming off a 74-71 Baylor loss at fourth-ranked Missouri on Saturday, grabbed a share of the Big 12 lead with the Tigers. Baylor (21-3, 8-3) was 17-0 with the longest winning streak in school history before a 92-74 loss at Kansas just more than three weeks ago. The Bears followed that with a one-point home loss to Missouri, where they play their next game Saturday. Kansas had lost two of its previous three games, but still hasn't lost consecutive games in more than six years — a span of 228 games since January 2006.
After the first half-ending spurt for a 33-30 lead, Withey had a turnover to start the second half before Pierre Jackson came away from a scrum on the floor with the ball for a Baylor layup. Kansas then scored 14 points in a row, a stretch started by Withey's layup before he added a three-point play. Withey then had a steal that led to a pull-up jumper by Robinson, who didn't play the final 5:26 of the first half after his second foul. Robinson then made a 3-pointer. Tyshawn Taylor's 3-pointer with 16:30 68 left pushed Kansas to 54 a 47-32 lead. In the Jan. 16 game against Baylor, Taylor and Robinson had combined for 55 points and both matched career highs for field goals made. Taylor had a career-best 28 points in that game and Robinson had 27. Taylor finished 19 points this time, his ninth consecutive game with at least 15. Robinson had 15 points with 11 rebounds. Jackson led Baylor with 16 points, while Quincy Acy and Cory Jefferson had 11 each. Withey had already matched his previous career high of 15 on a free throw with 2:30 left in the first half to get Kansas
Georgetown's Mikael Hopkins is pressured by Syracuse's Michael Carter-Williams during the first half of the Big East showdown last night.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — ball out of bounds at the other Kris Joseph scored a career-high end, Scoop Jardine fed Joseph 29 points, hitting a go-ahead in the left corner, and he buried 3-pointer in the final minute of his career-best sixth 3 of the overtime, and No. 2 Syracuse game with 29 seconds left. beat 12th-ranked Georgetown Jardine sealed it by forcing 64-61 on Wednesday night to a turnover by Jason Clark with give coach Jim Boeheim his 4.9 seconds to go, allowing 880th career win. Syracuse (24-1, Boeheim took sole 11-1 Big East) to possession of third remain unbeaten place all-time in Syracuse 64 at home at 16-0. Division I, one more Georgetown (18than North Carolina's Georgetown 61 5, 8-4), had won Dean Smith, but it five of six enterwasn't easy against the Orange's ing the game. rival. Fab Melo had 11 points, The game was tied at 55 seven rebounds and six blocks after regulation, and freshman for Syracuse, which won despite Otto Porter scored the first four being dominated on the glass points of overtime for the Hoyas, 52-35. Jardine finished with swishing two free throws and eight assists. hitting a baseline jumper to give Porter led Georgetown with Georgetown 61-59 lead with 14 points, Clark had 12 and 2:19 left. Hollis Thompson 10. Dion Waiters tied it with The 87th meeting between a pair of free throws for the the staunch rivals — Syracuse Orange, and after Porter lost the leads 48-39 — had added signif-
icance. With Syracuse's impending move to the Atlantic Coast Conference, it might have been the last time the teams meet as Big East foes in the Carrier Dome. It turned into one to remember for the crowd of 27,820. Syracuse held Georgetown, second in the Big East from long range, to 5 of 21 (23.8 percent) from beyond the arc. Syracuse, which trailed 31-27 at halftime, scored the first eight points of the second to gain the lead. After that, neither team led by more than three points until Dion Waiters energized the Orange. He fed Melo under the basket for an underhand layup, and after Melo blocked a shot by Mikael Hopkins, Waiters drove the lane and passed back out to Joseph, who drained a 3 for a 54-48 lead with 4:36 left. Clark came right back for the Hoyas, hitting his first 3-pointer of the game 14 seconds later
Campero, Huskies face four games left from FEELING, page 14 against Vermont and one game each against Harvard and Brown. “It made me feel really good, especially because I was able to tie a few games, and it felt good to have early on in my career,” Campero said. Campero’s rookie season has not come without setbacks. In a game against Boston College on Jan. 21, Campero suffered a separated shoulder. “I ran into a girl in the high slot and received numbing shots in the locker room,” Campero said. She did return to finish the game but would end up miss-
ing the next two games against Providence. She made her return this past weekend, when the Huskies took on Northeastern on the road and UNH at home. In the game against the Wildcats, in which the Huskies prevailed 6-3, Campero had one point when she assisted on a goal from line mate, freshmen Emily Snodgrass. “That line has been very consistent this year,” Linstad said. As the hockey season comes to a close, Campero takes a lot of pride playing hockey for the Huskies, “It’s very rewarding to go home and people know you’re a UConn hockey player,”
Campero said. UConn will play four more games in the regular season, as they take on Boston College in a home and home series this weekend followed by another home and home series against the Boston University Terriers. Campero will look to continue to bring success to her teammates and to the Husky offense in these remaining games, but she has already made quite the name for herself early on in her playing career. “I’m having as good a first season as you can hope for,” Campero said.
within 30-25. He then blocked a shot by Jefferson, which led to a 3-pointer by Conner Teahan. Withey set his new career high when he made a tying layup with 1:34 left, and added to it in the second half. The Jayhawks never led until Teahan's 3-pointer in the final minute made it 33-30. Baylor worked the already raucous sellout crowd into a frenzy by scoring the first seven points. Kansas coach Bill Self called timeout less than 2 minutes into the game. The opening play was an alley-oop pass from Jackson to Perry Jones III for a slam dunk. Jackson then penetrated for a short floater after Withey was called for an offensive foul away from the ball. The Bears were up 7-0 when Jackson had another assist, a bounce pass to Quincy Miller for a 3-pointer from the right wing. Neither Jones, the preseason Big 12 player of the year, or Miller had another field goal. After making their first three shots, Baylor missed the next five and Kansas got even at 7-all when Withey made two free throws with 14:42 left after being fouled while trying to grab a rebound of his own miss. The Bears pushed back ahead
Miami or Chicago? Take your pick from WHO, page 14 Thibodeau. Miami is the more durable team, and their only significant injuries this season have been Dwyane Wade’s feet. And they still have gone 8-1 in his absence! This season more than ever, avoiding injuries are going to be key, and as long as the Heat keep evading the injury bug, the Bulls have no chance. Danny: But the Bulls have kept winning (21-6) despite not having every player healthy. Also, if the 2011 NBA Finals taught us anything, (the same NBA Finals in which this same Heat team lost) it is that team basketball and contributions from everyone leads to success. The Bulls are led by the best point guard in the league, Rose, but have different team leaders in each of the major stat categories. While the Heat have LeBron James or Dwyane Wade at the top of each category, it is not necessarily a bad thing but what if one of these two players go down or are in a slump? TJ: Dallas was the definition of a team, but if LeBron gave
the Heat anything in the Finals, Miami would have won. If LBJ and/or Wade goes down, Miami has an underrated supporting cast. Chris Bosh seems to be playing more confident, and this year’s Miami squad possesses something the ‘10-‘11 team didn’t have: a healthy Udonis Haslem and his eight boards per game. Mix them with the elevated play of Mario Chalmers and a spark off the bench in rookie Norris Cole, and that’s a tough team all-around. Danny: I would still take the Bulls’ proven and veteran supporting cast with the likes of Rip Hamilton, Ronnie Brewer and Carlos Boozer. And also, have the Heat learned from last year? LeBron in the 4th quarter was about as scary as a kindergartener. There was no go-to guy to take the final shot. The old saying is “defense wins championships,” and so far the better defense has been Chicago, who allows only 88.4 points per game. As for the Heat, they have allowed 95.4 ppg, which places them in the middle of the pack in points allowed.
TJ: But the way Miami scores (103.3 per game, 2nd in the league) they can combat their middle-of-the-pack defense by simply scoring more. Chicago also has played a fairly weak schedule so far, as opponents have a combined .474 winning percentage, so that defensive number is inflated. LeBron might not be scary in the fourth quarter, but Miami is leading their opponents by an average of nine points per game through three quarters. Even James finds it hard to choke that away. Danny: If anyone can win with a stellar offense and a mediocre defense, it might as well be this Miami team but I have to go with the history. The Heat have been poor defending the three all year, allowing opponents to shoot 36.3 percent from three point land. I do not think the Heat will be able to hold up against the top 3-point shooting teams such as Atlanta, Boston and Orlando. The Heat finished 6-6 against those respective teams last season; a .500 record against the top teams will not win the Eastern Conference.
Callahan: Pierce holds special place in recent NBA history from NO ONE, page 14
Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) takes a shot against Washington Wizards guard Nick Young (1) during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, in Washington. The Celtics won 100-94. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
in 2008 and his current place as one of the game’s best over the last decade. Then again, not to take away from Paul, there were better players that took the court during that time. Likewise there are guys who can boast more All-Star games or All-NBA team picks. Fewer can talk about winning a title and or having a nice Finals MVP trophy sitting at home. But, they’re there. The thing is, Pierce amassed his Hall of Fame resume bullet points over a journey that in my opinion is being greatly understated and thus, unfortunately shortchanged. Since his draft selection in 1998, Pierce has called one city home. He’s battled for one franchise, for one jersey, for one team. And considering the long stretches of considerable adversity he endured, there ought to be something to said in context and detail for his loyalty but more importantly, his entire career path. First, today’s pro sports culture has watched the practice of allegiance to one city or franchise, grow into something darchaic and now very much overlooked. An athlete playing out his career with a single team has seemingly gone the way of playing word games in-person and even remotely significant snowfall in Winter. Think about it– right now there is little to no talk about Peyton Manning returning to the Colts next season, even though he plans to play. The discussion instead revolves around Manning as the most sought after free agent in NFL history. Free agency is exciting and loyalty simply isn’t as heralded anymore.
But, Pierce has passed on the allure of more money elsewhere, being courted by other clubs and ultimately, deviating from his greatest goal of winning in Boston. Now sure, even two current NBA players can match him in this aspect and those mentioned earlier; namely, Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant. Yet, the story of Pierce’s journey follows a far different script than either of the theirs. He never enjoyed the comfort of playing alongside other greats until 10 title-less years had passed and yet, never once requested a trade when the going got tough. Neither can stake that same claim. Nor having experienced many of the things that awaited a younger Paul Pierce’s during his first years in the NBA. As a third-year pro in September of 2001, Pierce was violently assaulted while attempting to separate a fight at a Boston-area nightclub. He suffered eleven stab wounds before having a bottle smashed clean over his head. Soon thereafter the young Celtic underwent lung surgery and other emergency treatments. Fast forwarding months later, he hadn’t missed a single start all season and had led the Celtics to their first playoff appearance in seven years. Before their eventual fall in the Eastern conference finals, Pierce showcased two of the biggest things to propel him to greatness: captaining comebacks and clutch shooting. Down 21 points in a pivotal Game 3 with twelve minutes to go, the Celtics stormed back for the largest 4th quarter comeback in NBA playoff history. Pierce dropped nineteen over the final
quarter and six years later, would lead the largest comeback ever in an NBA Finals in a game four win over the Lakers. Though Boston struggled mightily over five losing seasons between the two series, Pierce kept performing. In 2003, trade rumors swirled upon the installment of Danny Ainge as general manager, whose only valuable trade piece was Pierce. When not facing double teams, the perennial all-star went toe-to-toe withTracy McGrady, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant and posted numbers above his season averages. Even during the particularly hopeless campaign of ’05-‘06, the Celtic captain notched his still career-high of fifty points– while going against James. Over the 2006-2007 season, Pierce missed his first significant time as a pro and as a result the historic franchise suffered unseen lows. However, in his spot time the captain still all-star numbers. The following year, Pierce’s ailments and the franchise’s losing troubles were solved the addition of Garnett and Allen, amongst others. The dominant, defensiveminded Celtics of old were back. In the second round of the playoffs, Pierce poured in 41 points going against LeBron James in a do-or-die game seven. Then, the eventual Finals MVP locked down that year’s regular season MVP, Kobe Bryant, over six games. Boston routed LA 131-92 in the final game back home, led by its captain. Following the rise of banner 17, Pierce missed just one game during the ’08-‘09 regular season and had his team back to the Promised Land in 2010. The team’s surprising post-season run to the Finals
included another victory over the no. 1 seed Cavaliers, led by LeBron James. Yet, last season the Celtics faltered to the new power of the east, the Miami Heat, driven by a new Big Three. At this time, Pierce is still playing and trade rumors have once again begun to pick up. But even if he’s shipped off, Boston’s alltime second-leading scorer can also lay claim to being second in games played, fifth in total assists and seventh in rebounds. Mind you, this is the same franchise to employ Hall of Famers Bird, Bill Russell, John Havlicek, Tommy Heinsohn, Dave Cowens and Bob Cousy. Finally, another all-time great, who hails from a much different field, once posed to us ‘What’s in a name?’ In this, none other than Bill Shakespeare assessed the superficiality of a label and determined that what is, is, regardless of name. To me, that’s a pretty damn, good point. But for Paul Pierce, I’m glad Shaq didn’t come up with anything different because the nickname fits pretty damn well. He’s never been the best player in the world. He’s not even the best player in franchise history. But he’s a great player who’s molded a Hall of Fame career through exceptional dedication, even in tumultuous times. Pierce remained faithful to his core belief in hard work and devoted the people who believed in him at the start. That is admirable. That is honorable. That is greatness. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is nothing short of The Truth.
TWO Thursday, February 9, 2012
What's Next Home game
Feb. 18 Marquette 12 p.m.
Feb. 20 Villanova 7 p.m.
Feb. 26 Syracuse 9 p.m.
Women’s Basketball (20-2)
» That’s what he said
Feb. 18 St. John’s 7 p.m.
Feb. 20 Pittsburgh 7 p.m.
Feb. 17 Bentley 7:05 p.m.
Feb. 18 Bentley 4:30 p.m.
» Pic of the day
Where’d the ball go?
Feb. 25 Marquette 5 p.m.
Feb. 24 AIC 7:05 p.m.
Women’s Ice Hockey (4-19-7) Feb. 11 Boston College 1 p.m.
Feb. 12 Boston College 2 p.m.
Feb. 18 Boston University 2 p.m.
Feb. 19 Boston University 3 p.m.
Feb. 25 Hockey East Quarterfinals
Men’s Swimming & Diving Feb. 11, 12, 15, 16 Big East Diving Championships All Day
Women’s Swimming & Diving Feb. 11, 12, 15, 16 Big East Diving Championships All Day
Tweet your answers, along with your name, semester standing and major, to @DCSportsDept. The best answer will appear in the next paper.
Calhoun to miss third straight game
Men’s Ice Hockey (13-13-2) Tomorrow Feb. 11 Sacred Sacred Heart Heart 7:05 p.m. 4:30 p.m.
“Will Jim Calhoun pace the sidelines for UConn again?”
» QUICK HITS
Home: Gampel Pavilion, XL Center
Feb. 11 Feb. 13 Georgetown Oklahoma 4 p.m. 9 p.m.
Next Paper’s Question:
–Marissa Valletta, 6th-semester sociology major.
– UConn on its proposal to reduce number of men’s basketball games next year in exchange for allowance to compete in the post-season.
Home: Gampel Pavilion, XL Center Feb. 15 DePaul 7 p.m.
The Daily Question you proud to see Kemba Walker playing on the parquet Q : “Were floor in Boston?” was awesome. So many people in Kemba jerseys and UConn gear – A : “Iteveryone we met at the game appreciated our being there to support him.”
“It will result in the economic equivalent of a postseason ban without harming the students the NCAA is trying to protect.”
Men’s Basketball (15-7) Feb. 11 Syracuse 1 p.m.
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Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin (32) goes up for a shot against Cleveland Cavaliers’ Semih Erden, from Turkey, in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, in Cleveland.
By Mac Cerullo Managing Editor
UConn men’s basketball coach Jim Calhoun will not coach in this Saturday’s game at No. 2 Syracuse. Calhoun has missed the last two games because of a battle with spinal stenosis, a painful lower back condition. “I’m feeling better, but as of now, I wouldn’t be able to coach,” Calhoun said in a statement on Tuesday. “I’m trying to get the best assessment in order to find the best solution.” Calhoun has vowed to return to coaching once his condition alleviates, but at this time it is unclear exactly when that will be. The Big East conference officially announced yesterday the addition of Memphis to the conference, which will begin competing in all sports starting in the 2013-14 academic year. In addition to Memphis, the Big East had previously added Houston, Central Florida and Southern Methodist University from Conference USA, who will also join in 2013 as full members. Boise State and San Diego State will arrive from the Mountain West Conference as football-only members in 2013, and Navy will arrive as a football-only member starting in 2015. Once Navy arrives, the Big East will have a full roster of 12 schools in football, allowing the Big East to host a conference championship game. In other sports, including basketball, the Big East will have 17 teams. “This is an exciting day for Tiger athletics,” said Memphis athletics director R.C. Johnson in a statement to UConnHuskies.com. “Many years ago we set as a departmental goal the task of being the best that we could be in every athletic endeavor. With today’s invitation to join many of our friends in such a prestigious conference means we have achieved one of our top missions.” Charlotte Bobcats rookie guard Kemba Walker has been selected to participate in the NBA Rising Stars Challenge, better known as the Rookies vs. Sophomores Game, during the NBA’s All-Star Weekend. Walker will join fellow rookies Kyrie Irving (Duke), Ricky Rubio (Spain) and Kawhi Leonard (San Diego State) as they take on a sophomore roster that includes All-Star Blake Griffin along with other notable players like John Wall, Evan Turner and Landry Fields. Walker is averaging 12.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game as a rookie so far this year. Women’s hockey freshman forward Emily Snodgrass was named Hockey East/Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week. It is the second time this season that Snodgrass has earned the honor. Over the weekend, Snodgrass scored two goals to help lead the Huskies to a 1-1 weekend. In the Huskies’ 6-3 win over UNH, she tallied a goal in the third period to help pad the lead. She also assisted on a goal by senior Sami Evelyn. The more you know.
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Billups vows to return Cavs’ Irving concussed CLEVELAND (AP) — Chauncey Billups will only watch as the Clippers continue their promising season without him. This isn’t going to be easy. With his left leg encased in a plastic protective boot and a newly issued crutch standing nearby, Billups sprawled across a few seats Wednesday inside Quicken Loans Arena as his teammates went through their first pregame shootaround since their veteran guard and leader suffered a season-ending injury. Billups tore his Achilles tendon, prematurely ending his first season with Los Angeles and 15th in the NBA. He won’t let it be his last. “My career is definitely not over,” the 35-year-old said. “I’m not going to crawl out of this league. I’m going to go out on my own two feet. I will be back.” Billups’ season came to a stunning end in Orlando on Monday night, when he crumpled to the floor without being touched. After missing a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter, Billups took one step toward the loose ball when his leg buckled. As play went the other way, Billups assessed his injury and knew right away something was terribly wrong. “When I first went down, it
felt like someone kind of kicked me,” Billups said. “But when I tried to get back up and step on it, I didn’t feel anything and I knew it was something I had never felt before and I knew it was bad.” Tests taken Tuesday at the Cleveland Clinic confirmed the Achilles tear, a serious injury requiring eight months of recovery time. Billups returned to Los Angeles on Wednesday. Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said Billups will meet with a specialist before it’s decided when he’ll have surgery. The loss of Billups is a significant blow to the rising Clippers, who have become one of the league’s top attractions with All-Stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin and a solid supporting cast. A punching bag for decades, they have even threatened to steal home turf away from the Lakers in Los Angeles. Billups had been a huge addition for the club, which claimed the five-time All-Star in December after he was waived by the New York Knicks under the league’s new amnesty clause. He was averaging 14.9 points and four assists, modest numbers. But it was his impact in mentoring Paul and Griffin that made Billups invaluable.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers rookie Kyrie Irving has his first NBA injury — a concussion. The star guard, who has lived up to being the No. 1 pick in this year’s draft, was kept out of Wednesday night’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers with a head injury. The team did not disclose Irving’s concussion until moments before tip-off. There is no immediate timetable for his return. The Cavaliers said in a release that Irving was kneed in the head during the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s game at Miami. He complained of a headache after the game and that it worsened overnight and while he warmed up on the floor Wednesday. Irving was evaluated by Cleveland’s medical staff, and team physician A.J. Cianflocco diagnosed the 19-year-old with a concussion shortly before the game. Coach Byron Scott did not mention Irving’s injury or the fact that he was struck in the head during his pregame media briefing. Ramon Sessions started at point guard in place of Irving, who had started each of Cleveland’s first 23 games. Irving is averaging 18 points and 5.1 assists and has made sev-
eral clutch fourth-quarter plays for the Cavs. He was selected to participate in the “Rising Stars” game during All-Star weekend next month in Orlando. Scott said that while Irving has had a strong start to his pro career, there are too many quality point guards in the Eastern Conference to warrant him making the All-Star team. Reserves for the squad will be announced on Thursday. “He’s definitely raising some eyebrows,” Scott said. Irving’s injury prevented him from matching up with Clippers guard Chris Paul, who believes the Cavs have a budding star. “He’s really good with the ball and his decision-making and stuff like that. He can really play,” Paul said. Paul played for Scott in New Orleans and said Irving is fortunate that he’s being groomed by the coach. “There couldn’t be a better situation for him than starting off his NBA career playing for Coach Scott,” Paul said following the Clippers’ morning shootaround. “He is really going to let him go and give him an opportunity to learn on the go. Coach Scott led me to Rookie of the Year and it looks like he’s about to do it again.”
» INSIDE SPORTS TODAY
P.13: Calhoun won’t coach Saturday. / P.12: No. 2 Syracuse tops No. 12 G’town in OT. / P.12: No. 7 Kansas handles No. 6 Baylor.
Thursday, February 9, 2012
FEELING RIGHT AT HOME
No one but The Truth
Freshman, Conn. native Campero finding success By Tyler Morrissey Campus Correspondent
Andrew Callahan Nicknames are a funny business. School bullies, tabloids and grandparents love them to death. Whereas others, myself included, would like nothing better than to kick their pet names to the cliché curb. Of course, whether or not any moniker sticks isn’t decided by either side, it’s usually up to everybody else. When it comes to nicknames in sports there are few figures that loom larger and give more than Shaquille O’Neal. Now retired, the 7’ 1” center used to share this passion by spreading his good words to others at such a rate that would make even the most diligent Jehovah’s Witness feel emasculated. Over the years, Shaq also gave himself many great titles, but the finest nickname ever bestowed by The Big Aristotle was for a once hated rival–Boston Celtic Paul Pierce. “Take this down.” O’Neal told a Boston reporter after a 2001 Celtics-Lakers game. “My name is Shaquille O’Neal, and Paul Pierce is the [expletive] truth…I knew he could play, but I didn’t know he could play like this. Paul Pierce is the truth.” Shaq, aka The Big Daddy, Cactus, Shamrock and Conductor, is one more thing– 100 percent, (expletive) right. Now, it’s been well-documented that the Celtics’ days as a first-rate title contender are likely gone due to the aging decline of Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. Similarly, Pierce’s days as the center of attention were over, upon the formation of the Big Three in the summer of 2007. However two nights ago, the spotlight returned full blast. After knocking in a third quarter three-pointer against the clawless Bobcats, No. 34 became the No. 2 scorer in Boston franchise history. Pierce jumped Hall of Famer Larry Bird and received elongated standing ovations both during game play and the subsequent timeout. Having taken a minute to comprehend all that’s led up to his momentous milestone, a piece of me wants to be up clapping for him still. Here’s why: Regardless of your rooting NBA interests, it is frankly criminal to deem Pierce’s career accomplishments as something short of outstanding. You can talk about the nine All-Star games, four All-NBA team selections and two NBA Finals appearances. Or perhaps the Finals MVP award he took home
» CALLAHAN, page 12
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Playing Division I sports in your home state is not something that every student athlete gets to experience, but for freshmen Kayla Campero, she is able to do just that. Campero is forward on the women’s hockey team hailing from Wallingford, Conn. She played hockey in high school for Choate Rosemary Hall, which has one of the top schools for high school hockey in the state. “I started skating at the age of four and started playing hockey at age five or six,” Campero said. In her years playing with Choate, she won four varsity letters and, during her junior year, led her team to an undefeated regular season. In her senior year her team finished with a record of 21-4. Campero was also a four time letter winter in softball, where she played two Western New England championship teams in 2008 and 2009. When looking for a college, Campero found a home in UConn. “I liked that it was close to home and it seemed like a good fit overall,” Campero said. In her rookie season with the Huskies, Campero played on the fourth line and was not a starter, but quickly rose through the depth charts and found herself on UConn’s top line. “It took a lot of hard work, and I had to figure out what the coaches wanted from me,” Campero said. Campero has put up some impressive numbers this year thus far. She is one of the team’s top goal scorers with six goals and also has 11 points for the Huskies. “She’s a young kid and once she found her niche in the lineup, she has done well for us. She makes an effort and is accountable in the defensive zone,” said head coach Heather Linstad. One of the highlights of her season this year was a four goal scoring streak in two games
» CAMPERO, page 12
Freshman forward Kayla Campero battles for possession of the puck along the boards during the Huskies recent home game against Providence.
» TRACK AND FIELD
Huskies prepare for Big East championships
By Michael Corasaniti Staff Writer With the Big East Championships rapidly approaching for both the men’s and women’s track and field teams, they have one more hurdle to clear this weekend when they face their final tastes of regular season competition. After an impressive second place finish at the Sykes and Sabock Challenge Cup last weekend, the Huskies race off to the Armory in New York City for the Rider/Lafayette Invitational. Leading the charge for UConn will be sophomore high jumper Noel James, who was just named Big East Field Athlete of the
Week. “I feel like we’re making strides in the right direction,” said James. “Our goal is a Big East championship and I think we’re in the right place for that right now.” James also has high hopes for himself for this weekend’s meet. “This weekend if I can get the school record [in the high jump] I’ll be happy,” said James. “I’m confident I can hit that.” The men’s team seems to be at an ideal place at this point in the season. Prior to last weekend’s second place finish at Penn State, the Huskies rallied off two straight team victories at the Great Dane Invitational and Boston
Indoor Games. According to junior field specialist Ben Waruch, all the boys need to do at this point is to keep progressing the way they have been all season. “Everybody seems to be on the right path and doing what they need to be doing at this point,” Waruch said. “This weekend we just need to do the same thing: keep progressing. It’s all up to us now.” Waruch went on to discuss how important it is for the team to compete in such a competitive environment as the Armory in New York City. “It’s a great meet for all of us being at the Armory,” Waruch said. “It’s good to get used to running in that kind of atmosphere leading up to
Big East.” While some of the women’s team has the weekend off in preparation for the Big East Championships next weekend, some athletes will be heading up to the Valentine Invite in Boston. “This weekend we’re all just looking to keep growing as a team and getting more PRs before championships,” said senior distance runner Heather Wilson. Wilson was just named Big East Track Athlete of the Week for her performance at the New Balance Collegiate Invite last weekend where she led the Huskies with an NCAA Championship qualifying time in the 800m and a solid performance in the
team’s 4,000m DMR. She will not be running this weekend, but remains confident that the women’s team (who jumped four spots in the national rankings this week to No. 20) is ready for the Big East Championships next weekend. “I think we’ve been improving each week,” Wilson said. “We’re ready to take that next step at Big East next weekend.” After this weekend’s meets, the men will head to Boston while the women head to New York City for the team’s respective Big East Championship meets.
Who will win the Eastern Conference regular season? Miami Heat By TJ Souhlaris Campus Correspondent The Miami Heat will top the Eastern Conference and take the number one seed. With LeBron James having possibly the quietest 29-8-7 in the history of basketball, and Dwyane Wade slowly coming along after an injury-riddled first third of the season, the Heat will be a terror to play in the postseason. Miami also seems to be the more durable of the two squads. Add up these factors and Miami will finish atop the conference. The playoffs, however, could be a completely different story. Can the Heat capture the No. 1 seed...
» POINT/COUNTERPOINT TJ: As much it pains me to take LeBron James’ side, the Miami Heat are going to win the Eastern Conference. The main reason is because of this season’s MVP right now, James. LeBron is putting up individual numbers (29.0 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 6.8 apg, along with a career-high .551 shooting percentage—up 40 points from a year before) that haven’t been seen in the NBA since a guy named Jordan was playing. If he can keep up this torrid pace, the Heat won’t have a problem winning the East. Danny: No question LeBron is on a mission and is having a spectacular season but he is not the only one having a great year. How about last year’s league MVP, the biggest star in Chicago since Jordan is Derrick Rose. His numbers are not as flashy
as James’ but still is sixth in the league in scoring and eighth in assists. But Rose is surrounded by countless number of role players, which make the Bulls the better team. The Bulls have nine players averaging at least 7 ppg, while the Heat only have six. TJ: Chicago does have depth, but I think those numbers point directly to Chicago’s problem this season: staying healthy. Luol Deng is playing with the same wrist injury as Kobe Bryant, and starting shooting guard Rip Hamilton has only gotten on the floor 11 times this year. In fact, Chicago has already had 10 different starters this year, with bench-warming studs like Omer Asik, Kyle Korver and John Lucas getting starts from Tom
» MIAMI, page 12
By Danny Maher Campus Correspondent
It is quite clear that the top two teams in the Eastern Conference are the Bulls and Heat. The Heat took a 97-93 win over the Bulls on January 29, but with three regular season meetings remaining, I believe led by Derrick Rose, the Bulls will not only win the remaining games with the men from South Beach but they will also win the Eastern Conference. This will clinch the Bulls number one seed and home court advantage throughout the playoffs.
...or will Rose and the Bulls do it again?