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USG CANDIDATES FACE OFF DURING DEBATE By Jimmy Onofrio Staff Writer
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Candidates for President and Vice President of USG agreed that the biggest priority for USG is getting more students involved in USG affairs and ensuring that all students have a voice on campus. The candidates presented their platforms at the Presidential/Vice Presidential Debate Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Student Union North Lobby. The candidates for USG President and Vice President are: Bryan Flanaghan and Stephanie Sala, Ozzie Gooding and Kyle Gregoire, Jordan Hegel and Daniel Massaro, and Steve Petkis and Jigish Patel. One of the most important topics addressed at the debate were how USG can better use its student funds, and how it will cope with the greater demand for funds in the future. Asked, “Do you support the $5 fee increase for USG?” Flanaghan suggested that USG look at how it uses its current funds before implementing fee increases. The other candi-
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dates all supported the increase if it is used in a responsible manner, with Gregoire saying, “This will make for a more fair and equitable distribution of funds for everybody.” Petkis suggested that programs like the New York Times Readership program could be scaled back to prevent USG from running out of money. Flanaghan added that USG could add a fourth tier of student organization, between I and II, that receives some funds but not the full $12,000 a Tier II group receives. USG is currently trying to reform the way student organizations are funded. In the past, groups have been given blanket funding regardless of mission, and candidates were asked if they supported moving towards a merit-based system of apportionment. “USG doesn’t have enough resources to meet the demands. We need to give student groups the money they need, but also utilize a merit system,” Hegel
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Candidates for USG president speak to a crowd during a debate held Wednesday in the Student Union. The USG elections will be held March 5-7.
Transgender children focus of Rainbow Center lecture
By Christine Peterson Staff Writer
Haley is an 8 year old girl who loves nail polish, unicorns and sparkles, just like lots of other young girls. The only difference is, Haley used to be Harry. Yesterday in the Rainbow Center, Dr. Barbara Gurr gave a lecture with a very personal undertone about the parental view of transgender children. Her daughter Haley began at the age of three to assert that she was not a boy, Harry, but truly a girl. Because of her own experience, Gurr realized that research needed to be done in this area. Most studies have surrounded the situation of the transgender child, but Gurr has taken an interest in instead focusing on the experiences of the parents of these children. In her words “getting queered.” Gurr has been a staunch, intellectual feminist for much of her life. She has a Ph.D. in women’s
gender and sexualities studies. Her husband, however, grew up as her polar opposite, raised in a upper class, Republican, traditionalist household. Gurr’s research then follows how such a person becomes an outspoken LGBT advocate. “How did you get from this place to that place; how do we get everybody from this place to that place?” Gurr said. It is that journey that Gurr focuses on in her research: how these parents accept and affirm the major change within their family. “I have one cisgender son and a transgender daughter,” said Gurr. Cisgender refers to somebody who feels comfortable with their body’s gender. Her son, as she puts it, is very much a boy and her daughter is as “girly-girl” as they come. A couple years ago, Gurr and her family were featured on Lisa Ling’s “Our America,” taking part in a documentary entitled
“Transgender Lives.” In the clip Gurr shared with the audience, her daughter Haley, then six-anda-half, responded to the question of why she didn’t like being a boy with “It’s just not me.” Haley openly declared that she was a girl, not a boy, and she even changed her name herself, from Harry to Haley. This brought up a whole debate on how early people are aware of our genders. However, Gurr maintained focus on her and her husband’s reactions, and the reactions of other parents of transgender children. She shared that her husband was a Lutheran and a Sunday school teacher, and felt embarrassed and ashamed because it challenged his beliefs. Gurr shared that her husband now is going to Pride parades saying “We’re here, we’re queer, get used to us.” So what comes after affirming a transgender child, after the parents have gone through stages
of denial, acceptance and then full on celebration of their child’s identity? How does a family “get queered?” Gurr mentioned that when people talk about queer families, usually the LGBT individual is the adult in the family, and sometimes the adolescent. It is very rarely that a young child leads the family into being “queer.” Gurr referred to herself as a queer mother, but also stipulated that she was not a lesbian, bisexual or transgender. This is where Gurr’s research picks up, surrounding how parents and families deal with the switch to queer. Gurr conducts her research through participant observation in support groups, conferences and interviews with parents going through similar situations. “Most of them have never even heard of transgender,” Gurr said.
RI police interview major donor to sport institute
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island state police have interviewed a wellknown philanthropist who was a major donor to a sport institute under scrutiny over how it spent a $575,000 legislative grant. An assistant to philanthropist and former Hasbro Inc. CEO Alan Hassenfeld says he spoke with investigators Wednesday about the Institute for International Sport. Lori Pollock says Hassenfeld has been asked not to comment. An institute spokeswoman and state police superintendent Col. Steven O’Donnell declined to comment. Hassenfeld has said a signature purported to be his on an institute annual report is a forgery. The institute has acknowledged the signature appears forged.
Human Rights Fellow addresses post-conflict Peru By Olivia Balsinger Staff Writer
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Lisa Laplante, Human Rights Fellow at the UConn School of Law and co-founder of the Praxis Institute for Social Justice, spoke to students yesterday for a lecture entitled, “Transitional Justice in Post-Conflict Peru.” “For some reason the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission, or TRC, has not gotten a lot of recognition,” said Laplante in the beginning of her lecture. “It is an important issue to know about, though many people, especially students, do not know much about it.” Laplante has previously spent about six years witnessing the transition being made in Peru through the Truth and
Reconciliation Commission. According to Laplante, in the 1980s and 90s, Peru was plagued by great violence following political turmoil. The TRC was then formed in order to examine crimes that had been previously committed and those who were forced to disappear. Throughout the two decades of turmoil, about one million people were displaced, 40,000 children became orphaned, about 69,280 people died and there were about 6,000 disappearences. “The TRC created a process that allowed those perpetrators to be identified,” Laplante said. Laplante described Ayachundo a quaint city in Peru, as quite deceiving. It was actually where the brunt of the violence occurred during the height of the violence in Peru.
As explained in the presentation, the TRC proved to be very different than many other committees throughout history. “[The TRC] was very different than what happened in South Africa,” said Laplante. “There were smany people that were not given a trial because Peru got the amnesty law appealed.” She further explained how it is important for the country to have had a Truth Commission because it shifted the concentration from violence to a more positive outlook for the future. Laplante said of her most recent journey to Peru, “Every time I go back, I just keep thinking that it can’t get worse.” She then explained one of her most vivid memories of travelling to the country – she met a young teenager who was raped by eight policemen. The young
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Dr. Lisa Laplante, Richard D. Tulisano, Human Rights Fellow, School of Law address postconflict Peru Wednesday during a lecture.
girl spoke at one of the hearings hosted by the Peruvian Truth Commission and following her presentation, brought out her daughter, a product of the rape.
“In a lot of ways,” Lapante said, “everyone feels like a victim of the situation.”
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East Haven police commissioner faces charges
EAST HAVEN (AP) — A member of the East Haven Board of Police Commissioners has been arrested on a charge of second-degree threatening in connection with an incident involving a 14-year-old boy. The New Haven Register reports that Carl Perez turned himself at police headquarters Wednesday. Perez works as suspension officer at East Haven High School. East Haven Deputy Police Chief John Mannion says the arrest is related to a complaint filed by the mother of a student. An attorney for Perez declined to comment. Perez is one of three Democratic appointees on the fivemember board of commissioners. He was elected as the board’s vice chairman on Tuesday night, less than 24 hours before his arrest.
State applies for No Child Left Behind waiver
HARTFORD (AP) — State officials are announcing that Connecticut has applied for a waiver from the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind act, joining many other states. The Connecticut Department of Education says the state applied for the waiver Wednesday. Officials say its approval would allow the state to focus on improving student learning and closing the achievement gap. State officials have said they believe Connecticut is in a good position to receive the waiver because of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposed education reforms. The federal law requires that all students in school achieve proficiency in test scores by 2014. If schools do not meet this requirement, restrictions are placed on their federal funding. Last year, nearly half of Connecticut schools did not meet those requirements.
Police drug raid finds children living in filth
SEYMOUR(AP) — Police say five children have been removed from a Seymour home after a drug raid turned up marijuana, guns and filthy living conditions. The New Haven Register reports that five children ranging in age from 10 months to 9 years were removed from the home after police found dog feces all over the place and a strong smell of urine and feces. Officers raided the house on Knorr Avenue last Thursday and arrested three people on drug and child endangerment charges. Police say they found more than a half ounce of marijuana, drug-selling materials, two handguns, two rifles and an unspecified amount of cash. The Department of Children and Families took custody of two children, while the other three children were released into the custody of their grandmother.
Med examiner says WWII vet accidentally drowned
BRIDGEWATER, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut medical examiner’s office has ruled that a 91-year-old World War II found dead in Lake Lillinonah in Bridgewater last week accidentally drowned. The News-Times of Danbury reports that Franklin McColgin of Bridgewater was in a car accident and fell into the lake after stumbling out of his vehicle. State police say McColgin and his wife, 87-year-old Betty Lou McColgin, were returning from an afternoon of picnicking in Bridgewater Town Park when he lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree. Betty Lou McColgin broke a leg in the accident and underwent surgery at Danbury Hospital. Franklin was a retired commercial airline pilot who flew B-25s in Europe for the Air Force during World War II. He and his wife were married for 64 years.
Hartford mayor to be disciplined by lawyer panel
HARTFORD (AP) — A state panel that oversees lawyer conduct is expected to discipline Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra for a legal mistake he made while representing a client in 2007 before he became mayor. The Hartford Courant reports that the Statewide Grievance Committee is scheduled to decide Wednesday whether to approve an agreement calling for Segarra to take a three-hour course on legal ethics or professional responsibility. Segarra has admitted that he failed to file a required notice of intent to sue the city in the case of a 64-year-old woman who fell on a cracked city sidewalk in December 2006 and racked up $50,000 in medical bills for a neck injury. The mistake prevented the woman from suing the city.
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Mass. man in Wesleyan death committed 60 yrs. in hospital
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — A Massachusetts man who was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the 2009 slaying of a Wesleyan University student was committed to a psychiatric hospital Wednesday for 60 years. Stephen Morgan had been charged with murder and other crimes in the May 2009 shooting death of 21-year-old Johanna Justin-Jinich, a college junior from Timnath, Colo. A threejudge panel found him not guilty in December after a trial in which a forensic psychologist testified that he suffered from paranoid schizophrenia. His defense team had recommended that he be committed for 45 years. The state wanted the maximum of 75 years. The panel on Wednesday committed the 32-year-old Morgan to the maximum-security Whiting Forensic Institute in Middletown for six decades after Susan McKinley, a clinical social worker at Whiting, testified that a staff evaluation found that Morgan is psychotic, depressed and a danger to others. McKinley was part of the evaluation team that found Morgan suffers from what is clinically called Schizoaffective Disorder, Depressed Type. “We believe that he is still symptomatic,” she said. “He really doesn’t have a realistic idea of how his emotional or mental state led to his crime.” Morgan is taking anti-psychotic and anti-depressive medications, and he showed no visible emotion during the hearing or the judge’s ruling, sitting silently wearing gray sweatpants and a darker gray sweatshirt. He spoke once, declining an opportunity to address the judges. His attorney, Richard Brown said he and Morgan’s family hold out hope that his mental illness can be controlled.
Stephen Morgan, of Massachusetts, enters a courtroom in Middlesex Superior Court Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012 in Middletown.
“(The family) concluded that he’s no longer a prisoner, he’s a patient,” Brown said outside the courtroom. “I remember that statement. And they hold out hope that with appropriate treatment, appropriate passage of time, that Stephen will get well enough that authorities will feel comfortable putting him in a less restrictive environment.” Justin-Jinich, who would have graduated from Wesleyan last year, was shot seven times while working at a bookstore cafe near the liberal arts school in Middletown. Prosecutors said Morgan was partially motivated by anti-Semitism as he stalked and harassed the young woman, who was Jewish. Justin-Jinich’s family didn’t attend the committal hearing, but her mother sent the court a letter
urging the maximum allowable confinement, saying Morgan also threatened her daughter’s friends, Jewish students and Wesleyan students. “Morgan harassed, stalked and murdered our older daughter (sister, friend ...), Dr. Ingrid Justin wrote. “We have lost not only sweet Johanna, in all her complex loveliness, but the future we shared together. We remain devastated and forever changed.” McKinley testified that Morgan didn’t understand where the anti-Semitism remarks came from and “never uttered a bigoted remark during the evaluation over the last 60 days.” Morgan apparently met JustinJinich at New York University in the summer of 2007,police said. Justin-Jinich was working at The Red and Black Cafe inside
he said. Petkis suggested that the money instead should go to Student Health Services, saying, “the current infirmary is absolutely inadequate for a university of our size.” Hegel argued for more green space around campus, and looking at renovation as well as construction of new buildings. One series of questions addressed UConn’s relationship with the Town of Mansfield, including Spring Weekend. The candidates all agreed that the Spring Weekend moratorium is harmful to the university community, although the safety concerns are legitimate. According to Flanaghan, the administration has agreed to end the moratorium next year if Spring Weekend goes well this year. The candidates were also asked their opinion on the Storrs Center project. Gregoire called it “a great way to get the ball rolling on building a community here in Storrs.” Petkis agreed that it was great for campus, saying “USG needs to lead in pushing for more of these initiatives.” Flanaghan and Massaro both expressed con-
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Broad Street Books on May 6, 2009, when Morgan walked in disguised in a wig and glasses and shot her seven times with a handgun before fleeing. In a letter to the court, Wesleyan President Michael Smith called Justin-Jinich a “loved and admired member of our community.” “Johanna’s murder forever altered the lives of her family, friends, classmates and an entire university community,” he wrote. Justin-Jinich was a 2006 graduate of the Westtown School, a Quaker boarding school outside Philadelphia. While attending Wesleyan, Justin-Jinich filed a harassment complaint against Morgan for unwanted and insulting phone calls and emails, but ended up not pursuing criminal charges. At the trial, a police detective read aloud an email Justin-Jinich sent to Morgan in December 2008. She wrote: “I am so tired of you STALKING me. Leave me alone! ... YOU are the type of person that women take selfdefense classes to protect themselves against.” A day before Justin-Jinich’s email, Morgan wrote an email to her saying, “When you were upset about not communicating anymore, I thought it was because you needed me. But it was all stupid because I didn’t have a clue what I was doing at the time.” In her response, Justin-Jinich said she’d go to police if she ever saw him in person, and she would defend herself if necessary. Before Morgan’s arrest the day following the shooting, police announced that he left a journal in the bookstore in which he had written about killing JustinJinich, going on a shooting spree on campus and targeting Jews.
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“The current infirmary is absolutely inadequate for a university of our size,” Kyle Petkis USG Candidate the construction companies, and outsourcing of jobs to other states. A central part of Flanaghan and Sala’s platform is bringing together USG, media outlets like The Daily Campus and WHUS, and Greek life on a committee to make a concerted effort at change on campus. The administration will be more likely to respond to students’ concerns “if we approach them with a uniform front,” Sala said. Petkis argued that USG should be more active in reaching out
to those groups. “These Tier III’s do a great job advocating for what they’re supposed to be doing. USG has a lot to learn from them,” he said. He and Patel said the main focus of their campaign is “making sure college remains affordable for everyone.” They also want to improve the quality of cultural centers, creating a committee with all the centers represented. Another topic for debate was the needs of under-represented groups. Gooding said there was a need for more programs focused towards helping international students integrate on campus. Hegel and Massaro said they would mandate community outreach hours where senators will go to organization meetings. Keeping USG in touch in with students is a central focus of their campaign. Gooding and Gregoire focused most on diversity on campus, and ensuring equitable distribution of USG funds among student groups. Elections will be held March 5-7. Students can vote at vote.
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Ohio shooting suspect may have used relative’s gun CHARDON, Ohio (AP) — The teenager suspected in an Ohio school shooting struggled with a broken family and did poorly in school, then appeared to turn himself around once he was taken in by grandparents and began to attend an alternative school, longtime neighbors and friends said Wednesday. To a person, they expressed disbelief at how the quiet but friendly boy could now be a suspect in a shooting that left three people dead and appears to have involved a gun that disappeared from his grandfather’s barn. “T.J. was a very fine person,” Carl Henderson, a longtime neighbor of the suspect’s grandparents, Thomas and Michelle Lane, said Wednesday. “Nicelooking man, very friendly, spoke to you, carried a conversation with you.” The gun, a .22 caliber revolver, was noticed as missing after Monday’s shootings and fits the description of the pistol that reportedly was used to kill three students and wound two others at Chardon High School, said Henderson, a retired police officer and former Geauga County sheriff. He said he has spoken to the grandfather, Thomas Lane, about the gun. The suspect’s grandfather believes the gun is the same, “because the gun was there the day before, in the barn,” said
Henderson, 74, who says he’s been friends with the boy’s family for nearly 50 years. A law enforcement official familiar with the investigation said the gun used in the shooting, a Ruger .22-caliber Mark III target pistol, was bought legally in August 2010 from a gun shop in Mentor, Ohio.
The official, who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation, said Lane told authorities he stole gun from his uncle. It wasn’t clear Wednesday whether the gun might have been the same one missing from the grandfather’s barn. Henderson said he isn’t aware of an uncle’s
involvement with the gun. Lane, 17, admitted taking a pistol and a knife to the 1,100-student Chardon High and firing 10 shots at a group of students sitting at a cafeteria table, prosecutor David Joyce said. A police report said 33 officers from around the area responded to what was first described
NEW YORK (AP) — Apple’s market capitalization topped $500 billion Wednesday, climbing to a mountain peak where few companies have ventured — and none have stayed for long. Apple was already the world’s most valuable company. The gap between it and No. 2 Exxon Mobil Corp. has widened rapidly in the past month, as investors have digested Apple’s report of blow-out holiday-season sales of iPhones and iPads. And, more recently, Apple has raised investors’ hopes that it might institute a dividend. The company’s market capitalization was near $506 billion in late-morning trading as the shares rose $7, or 1.3 percent, to $542.41. On Tuesday, the Cupertino, Calif., company sent out invites
to reporters for an event in San Francisco next Wednesday, apparently to reveal its next iPad model. The launch of the new model was expected around this time, a year after the launch of the iPad 2. Apple is in rare company. It is the sixth U.S. corporation to reach the $500 billion milestone, and the only one to be worth that much at current prices. Exxon, now worth $411 billion, was worth just over $500 billion for two short stretches at the end of 2007. Apple’s arch-nemesis Microsoft Corp. was worth just more than $500 billion briefly at the end of 1999, and again in early 2000. It even shot up above $600 billion for one day. The company is now worth $267 billion.
Cisco Systems Inc., Intel Corp. and General Electric Co. also peaked just above $500 billion in early 2000. Cisco and Intel are now worth a bit more than $100 billion each, while GE is worth $200 billion. Exxon’s ascent to the $500 billion level was propelled by record oil prices. Cisco, Intel, Microsoft and GE were boosted by the general stock mania of 1999 and 2000, and the hunger for technology stocks in particular. Apple’s rise, by contrast, is powered by its mammoth sales and profits, which are growing at rates unheard of for a company its size. And despite its sky-high market capitalization, Apple’s shares aren’t expensive compared to its earnings. It’s worth 15 times its earnings for the last year.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — People jumped off tall buildings all around the country Wednesday, but no one got hurt. It was all part of a “leap day” promotion for an energy drink. In Atlantic City, two parachutists jumped off the top of The Water Club, the 43-story luxury hotel next to the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, landing safely in the parking lot. “That was awesome!” exclaimed Jeff Provenzano as his feet hit the ground in the parking lot, his chute still billowing above him in the stiff wind. “There was a burst of wind; 450 feet! It was awesome!” Provenzano, 35, from Arizona City, Ariz., was the first off the roof. He said he’s made about 200 such jumps around the country.
as a “shooting accidental” and was over in less than a minute. Emergency crews from four fire departments also responded, according to the report obtained by the AP through a public records request. The grandparents feel terrible about what happened and have no explanation for the teen’s alleged role in the shootings, Henderson said. Lane came from a broken family but seemed to heal over time, said Henderson, who added that the boy began living with his grandparents off and on several years ago. Lane’s father, Thomas Lane, 40, served seven months in prison in 2003 on charges of disrupting public service and felonious assault, according to state prison records. Messages were left Wednesday at numbers listed for Thomas Lane. Neighbors said he visited his son often, sometimes taking him and his sister camping or to the school to catch the bus. Russ Miller, who also lives near the Nolans, said he has known Lane since the boy was 5 or 6 years old and the grandparents for at least 35 years. He described Lane as an “easy going” person whose grades had improved since he left Chardon High School about a year and a half ago and began attending Lake Academy, a school associated with the local career center.
T.J. Lane, a suspect in Monday’s shooting of five students at Chardon High School is taken into juvenile court by Geauga County deputies in Chardon, Ohio Tuesday, Feb. 28.
Nasdaq cracks 3,000, but stocks fall
The Nasdaq composite index briefly broke through 3,000 on Wednesday for the first time since the collapse in dot-com stocks more than a decade ago. Stocks ended lower, but it was still the best February on Wall Street in 14 years. The milestone for the Nasdaq, heavy with technology stocks, came a day after the Dow Jones industrial average closed above 13,000 for the first time since May 2008. Apple, the Nasdaq’s biggest component, topped $500 billion in market value, the only company above the half-trillion mark and only the sixth in U.S. corporate history to grow so big. Apple might reveal its next iPad model next week. The Nasdaq last hit 3,000 on Dec. 13, 2000. Its last close above 3,000 was two days earlier. It was only above 3,000 for seconds on Wednesday before closing down 19.87 points at 2,966.89. The Dow lost 53.05 to close at 12,952.07. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 6.50 points to close at 1,365.68. For the month, the Dow gained 2.5 percent, the S&P 4.1 percent and the Nasdaq 5.4 percent. The last time the stock market had such a strong February was in 1998, when the S&P gained 7 percent.
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Supreme Court should hear amicus briefs
he Supreme Court agreed last week to hear Fisher v. University of Texas, a case concerning the constitutionality of the practice of affirmative action, which permits universities to consider race and ethnic background as one factor in the college admissions process. Legal scholars have predicted that the current Supreme Court’s Republican-appointed majority of conservative justices will take this opportunity to declare the practice to be unconstitutional and prohibit the granting of race-based preferences to college applicants. The plaintiff in the case, Abigail Fisher, an 18-year-old white student, was denied admission to the University of Texas because, she alleges, the university unfairly considered the race of other applicants over her academic achievements through a policy known as the “ten percent plan.” Under this system, the University of Texas would automatically grant admission to any student at a Texas high school who finished in the top ten percent of their class. Fisher ended her senior year in the twelfth percentile, thereby just missing the cutoff for automatic admission. But because other Texas high schools, especially those with student bodies composed mainly of minorities did not perform as well overall as Fisher’s, many students who did not perform as well as Fisher but still finished at the top of their class were supposedly admitted. In this scenario, many students on campus can identify with Fisher’s outrage at being denied admission and many others can identify with the students to whom the ten percent plan signifies a new and promising opportunity for education. In this case, the University of Connecticut, along with all other universities in the country, may choose to file an amicus curiae brief (Latin for “friend of the court,”) since it has an interest in the constitutionality or unconstitutionality of racial or ethnic preference in admissions. These briefs permit parties with relevant information to offer for the consideration of the court to do so without becoming litigants. We neither encourage nor discourage this university from writing such a brief. We recognize, however, that the amicus curiae brief is a potent and valuable legal tool that can influence judicial decision making. Should UConn decide to write a brief, we encourage those in charge of it to gauge the opinions and interests of all parties involved in admissions at UConn. This includes faculty, staff and students. But therein lies the power of such a brief: it permits the court to hear from all of the individuals who would be impacted by a decision of such monumental, historic importance. 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.
To the three guys in the library who just mocked me and proceeded to talk louder when I asked you to be quiet (on a quiet floor) ... please go back to high school, maybe you’ll be cool again there. Jay Hickey, who art at UConn, hallowed be thy name. Thy snow day come, thy will be done in Storrs as it is at Eastern. Give us this day a break from tests, and forgive us our laziness, as we forgive those who make us do schoolwork. And lead us not into Arjona, but deliver us from classes. Amen. I hope I survive power hour. I really hope the snow is so bad tomorrow that I don’t have to read this in the paper. Cut Jay some slack! I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who accidentally woke up at noon today. Welcome to UConn, where everything is salty. The dining hall food, the sidewalks and the engineering TA’s. Did you see that girl that fell in the snow twice today? Yeah, that was me. Pizza could always arrive just a LITTLE BIT faster. To the three guys audibly farting in the elevator in an attempt to troll me, way to be classy. What if Miss Frizzle were a UConn professor? When people wear cowboy hats, I wanna throw up. To the guy who said he was cleaning up peanut butter from a shag carpet with UConn toilet paper- I can’t help but wonder if that was literal or were you describing your butt?
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Larger government allows for more freedom
resident Obama once said he wants everybody in America to go to college. What a snob. Not all folks are gifted in the same way. Some people have incredible gifts with their hands...there are good decent men and women who go out and work hard every day and put their skills to tests that aren’t taught by some liberal college professor trying to indoctrinate them. Oh, I understand why he wants you to go to college. He wants to remake you in his image. I want to create jobs so people can remake By Ryan Gilbert their children into Commentary Editor their image, not his.” Rick Santorum, the GOP presidential candidate, recently stated this to a crowd of Tea Party activists in Michigan. This is why I’m incensed when today’s conservatives talk about freedom. Tea Party fanatics have stressed freedom as an issue in modern American life, even more than traditional conservatives. They’re willing to go beyond the politics of conventional Republicans to get the freedom they demand. They use the symbols of our American Revolution to emphasize their commitment to a radical view of freedom. Freedom from what? It turns out that freedom from taxes is not only what today’s libertarian-conservatives talk about most, but it’s also all they care about. Lower taxes are the answer to everything. Even if that were true, are lower taxes really the meaning of freedom? Republicans have been attacking gov-
ernment as hard as they can since they lost the presidency. But behind their rhetoric that freedom from government is what cutting taxes means is a whole set of policies of bigger, badder, beastlier government. Government intrusion into our private lives is bad, unless it reveals whether you are gay. Government attempts to influence our healthcare are bad, unless you would like to get a legal abortion. Government efforts to make higher education more accessible are bad, unless you register as a Republican once you graduate.
“Doesn’t freedom mean the ability to direct our lives, to influence the big decisions that affect our families, our universities, our workplaces and our communities?” What is freedom? Isn’t freedom more than having a low tax rate? Doesn’t freedom mean the ability to direct our own lives, to influence the big decisions that affect our families, our universities, our workplaces and our communities? Americans have fought for and won freedoms from the power of big business to force them to work 14-hour days, to pollute our rivers, to discriminate in pay and hiring against Americans they didn’t like, to create monopolies, to put poisons in our food. As many conservatives are so fond of saying, “freedom isn’t free.” But
those same conservatives have forgotten what the most powerful weapons are to root out, fight and defend those freedoms: education and goodwill. And conservatives now say they are unwilling to pay for those freedoms through the government agencies that protect us. Fortunately, these freedoms turn out to be important enough that Americans always, in every poll, say they are willing to pay. One of the most important American freedoms is the liberty to operate in the free market. This is not an issue for millionaires, but for average American workers. Freedom to work at good jobs with a living wage and some vacation time. Freedom from abusive bosses. Freedom from discrimination in the workplace, based on race or religion or sex or sexuality. Freedom to participate in workplace decisions. These freedoms have not been granted by grateful employers to the workers who make their businesses run. They had to be won through decades of struggle, on the job and at the ballot box. They could only have been achieved through edification, collective action, through worker solidarity, organized in unions. Republican politicians see their chance to take those freedoms away from our neighbors who do the people’s work as teachers, police officers, firefighters and garbage collectors. Americans will gain nothing if higher education is derided and the public service workers’ unions are broken. Their freedoms are our American freedoms.
Commentary Editor Ryan Gilbert is an 8th-semester journalism major. He can be reached at Ryan.Gilbert@UConn.edu.
Veterans deserve free tuition for intersession courses
hether you agree with America’s recent wars or not, I think everyone can agree that our veterans deserve a great deal of respect and assistance. Those who enlist for military service are signing up for an often dangerous, thankless, and poorly-compensated career. Their willingness to serve not By Sam Tracy only protects our counStaff Columnist try, but also allows us to maintain a military without instituting a draft, as many other industrialized nations do. And for the most part, the state of Connecticut is very good to its veterans. We have one of the best departments of Veterans Affairs in the country, including a great live-in facility in Rocky Hill. One of the most important benefits we provide to our veterans is free tuition at public colleges and universities. Any veteran, once admitted to a state school, has his or her tuition paid for by the state. This is a fantastic program, as it gives all veterans access to a college degree, which is becoming
increasingly necessary to get a decent job. With the unemployment rate for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan at 9.1 percent, compared to the national unemployment rate of 8.3 percent, providing a college education is the least we can do. However, there is one major issue with the program: it does not include summer or winter classes. State Representative Bill Aman (R – South Windsor) has introduced a bill in the state legislature to fix this issue. All Connecticut lawmakers should get behind this and make it a high priority. With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan coming to a close, we have large numbers of veterans returning from active duty and wanting to reintegrate into civilian life. This influx of veterans may strain the state university system, which is already facing record numbers of applications. Allowing veterans to take intersession courses will allow them to complete their degrees as quickly as possible, as many of them seek to do, helping them reach their goals while also easing the burden on our state schools. Granting veterans waivers for intersession fees would also
save taxpayers money in the long run. As frequently pointed out in advertisements for summer and winter courses, it is often cheaper to take a few extra courses than to stay at school for an extra semester or two. If someone only needs two courses to graduate from UConn, he or she can take those two classes for about $2,000 over the summer. If that student decided to stay an extra semester, he or she would have to pay over $4,000 in tuition. When a student is paying for their own education, intersession classes can save them money. When the state is paying for a veteran’s education, allowing them to take intersession classes can save the taxpayers money. Interestingly, the reason that veterans do not get their tuition waived for summer and winter courses lies in semantics. The laws granting tuition waivers to veterans state that the various boards of trustees, “shall waive the payment of tuition fees… for any veteran who performed service in time of war,” which seems to make sense. However, when taking summer or winter courses, students do not pay “tuition,” but instead pay a “fee.” While unclear whether
this definition was mere coincidence, or if state schools purposefully defined these as fees in order to avoid tuition waivers and scholarships from applying, it makes sense that veterans’ tuition waivers should apply for intersession courses. Representative Aman’s bill, “HB 5061: An Act Concerning Tuition Fee Waivers for Veterans Taking Summer and Intersession Classes at Public Institutions of Higher Education,” would, “require the board of trustees of the regional community technical colleges, the Connecticut State University System and The University of Connecticut to waive tuition fees for summer and intersession classes for veterans.” This bill would not only give veterans much-deserved flexibility with their education, but will also ease the enrollment burden on our public schools and save taxpayers money. Connecticut lawmakers should unite around this bill and pass it as soon as possible. Staff Columnist Sam Tracy is a 6th-semester political science and sociology major. He is the president of USG. He can be reached at Samuel.Tracy@
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To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) -- Today is a 6 -- Finish a job carefully. A solution to an old problem becomes apparent, and reviewing the cards again reveals new strategies that weren’t obvious before. Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 6 -- Wait until later to discuss an upcoming purchase ... the timing’s not right. Heed a friend’s warning. When choosing, consider the impacts on your health. Gemini (May 21-June 21) -- Today is a 6 -- Impulsiveness can cause accidents, so slow down a bit. Check your footing, and play strong. Refuse to be suppressed. Recharge batteries when low. Cancer (June 22-July 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Think it over a little longer. It should be ready to go later. Traffic’s blocked for now. Stick close to home, and take care of some lingering responsibility.
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Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is a 7 -Belt it out: You’ve got something to say, and they’re listening. You have some wonderful friends. The best things in life are free. Enjoy them with gusto. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Don’t jump the gun; listen for the timing. Step carefully, and watch where you’re going. Pay attention, and you master the dance. Now you’re jamming. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Imagine the finished product, and you can spot potential problems before they arise. If you get stuck, take a walk and think it over. Calm down to untangle.
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Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 6 -- Stay close to home, but make sure to recharge with a stroll outdoors. Don’t miss the forest for the trees. Look at the big picture. Get plenty of rest. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 7 -- At first, the task may seem impossible. Create teamwork to make it happen, and exceed expectations. Don’t forget to give thanks. There’s room for love. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is an 8 -- Keep working on it with as few distractions as possible. But don’t cut corners to get the job done. Pay attention to detail. Slow down to get it done faster.
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Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 7 -- Don’t throw your money away; be creative with what you’ve got. Open windows and let a romantic breeze fill your heart. When all else fails, use humor. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 6 -- Your family helps you to overcome a difficult situation. Lean on them more than you might normally. Thank them. They know you’d do the same. Don’t take it personally.
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Syria threatens to ‘cleanse’ rebel area in Homs BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian regime showed a new determination Wednesday to crush its opponents, vowing to “cleanse” a rebel-held district in the besieged central city of Homs after nearly four weeks of shelling. Government troops massed outside the embattled neighborhood of Baba Amr, raising fears among activists of an imminent ground invasion that could endanger thousands of residents, as well as two trapped Western journalists, who have been under heavy bombardment. A Spanish journalist who had been stuck in the area escaped Wednesday to Lebanon, the second foreign reporter to do so since a government rocket attack last week killed two of his colleagues and wounded two others. The fate of the foreign journalists has drawn attention to Homs, which has emerged as a key battleground between government forces and those seeking to end the regime of authoritarian President Bashar Assad. The government’s increasingly bloody attempts to put down the 11-month uprising have fueled mounting international criticism. The Obama administration summoned Syria’s senior envoy in the U.S., Zuheir Jabbour, over the Homs offensive. The State Department’s top diplomat for the Mideast, Jeffrey Feltman, expressed his “outrage over the monthlong campaign of brutality and indiscriminate shelling” in Homs, according to a statement. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told members of Congress on Tuesday that Assad could be considered a war criminal. U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said Syria had not yet agreed to allow her to into
Ahmed, a Free Syrian Army supporter chants anti-government slogans under snowfall on the outskirts of Idlib , north Syria, Wednesday night, Feb. 29.
the country. Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, called that refusal “shameful.” “Rather than meeting the needs of its people, the barbaric Syrian government is preparing its final assault on the city of Homs,” Rice said in a statement. “Meanwhile, food shortages are reported to be so severe that people, especially children, will soon start dying of hunger.” The U.N. and the Arab League have appointed former Secretary-General Kofi Annan as their joint envoy to Syria, but Damascus says it needs more information on his mission’s goals before it will let him in. The U.N. estimated that more than 7,500 people have been killed since the anti-Assad strug-
gle started in March 2011, when neighborhood of Baba Amr. protesters inspired by successful “Baba Amr will be under Arab Spring uprisings against control complete control in the dictators in Tunisia and Egypt coming hours and we’ll cleanse took to the streets in Syria. As all the armed elements from Assad’s forces used deadly the area,” he said, speaking on force to stop the unrest, protests condition of anonymity under spread and some SyriansDAILY took CAMPUS government protocols. UCONN up arms against the regime. 5”x5.74” Activists reported heavy Activists put RUN the total death shelling throughout Homs, raisDATES: 03/01+08/12 toll at more than PURCHSE 8,000, mostREQ of 211243 ing concern that the government them civilians. was preparing a ground invasion China urged world powers to to take back the city. provide humanitarian assistance Since the first week of to Syria, as Beijing tries to bol- February, government forces ster diplomacy while continuing have showered parts of Homs to oppose any armed interven- with daily barrages of mortars, tion in the conflict. tank shells and rockets. The vioHeightening fears of greater lence has caused many to flee the carnage, a Syrian official said city of 1 million people, Syria’s the government was planning a third-largest, while those who major offensive against the Homs remain are trapped inside.
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James Murdoch quits role at UK newspaper ONDON (AP) — James Murdoch, his credibility diminished and his future at the helm of his father’s media empire in doubt, stepped down Wednesday as executive chairman of News International, the troubled British newspaper subsidiary embroiled in a deepening phone hacking scandal. The move — which the company cast as allowing Rupert Murdoch’s younger son to focus on News Corp.’s international TV holdings — plucks the one-time heir apparent out of the crosshairs of the crisis that has spurred judicial and police inquiries and claimed the careers of several top executives. “No one is surprised at this development,” said Douglas McCabe, a media analyst at Enders Analysis. “The view is that James’ association with News International was becoming problematic and this is an attempt to move him away from it.” The 39-year-old James will remain deputy chief operating officer of News Corp., and experts said removing him from the firestorm over News International doesn’t just help with damage control. It also leaves the embattled executive in a key position at the company and places him back into the role of TV executive, where he has shone in the past. News Corp. shares set a AP 52-week high in New York after the news broke, rising 2.7 per- James Murdoch cent to $20.35 a share as Wall Street took the news as a sign that the company’s widely respected president and chief operating officer, Chase Carey, would have more say in the company than James, whose title as deputy COO is increasingly seen as symbolic. Speculation over how long James Murdoch would last at the helm of News International had been rampant since allegations of widespread phone hacking at the News of the World exploded in July. A wave of bad publicity and the loss of advertising revenue ultimately led Rupert Murdoch to shut down the 168-year-old tabloid News of the World. Murdoch also withdrew his $12 billion bid to take full control of satellite broadcaster BSkyB — a major setback to his plans for expansion in Britain. He then lost a series of trusted lieutenants with the resignation of News International’s chief executive, Rebekah Brooks, and Les Hinton, CEO of Dow Jones & Co., the News Corp. subsidiary that publishes The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires. James Murdoch found his credibility publicly challenged at a parliamentary inquiry into the scandal. But as more damaging information came to light, the younger Murdoch stayed put. Rupert Murdoch expressed full support for his son even as James Murdoch’s testimony to lawmakers — and fitness as an executive — were repeatedly called into question. James Murdoch twice had to change his story about what he knew when in the phone-hacking scandal. In testimony before Parliament last year, he insisted he was never shown a critical piece of evidence that suggested illegal practices went much further than his company was admitting at the time.
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Pop champion moves on to next stage in Tools for career after dominating at the Grammys a kitchen arsenal
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With eight Grammys and three Brits to her name, so far at least, Adele has proven herself as not only a powerhouse in global music but also a source of pride for her native land. Her career-defining album “21,” has broken as many records as it has people’s emotional resolve, officially hitting eighth in the all time official sales charts two days ago. Famously, after releasing in January of last year, the record has sold one copy every seven seconds in the UK and one every two seconds worldwide. By the time the average reader finishes this paragraph another 34 copies will have either been downloaded or picked up from an outlet. The pedigree of numbers most musicians can only dream about have helped secure Adele as one the most exciting talents in modern music. “I think people can just relate to her,” says Grace Woods, a 4thsemester English student from the University of Nottingham. “Her music is so pure and real, she makes a connection with her listeners that barely exists in most genres of music today.” Exploring the five stages of grief, ranging from the furious retribution of “Rolling in the Deep” to the melancholy acceptance of “Someone Like You,” her breakout record defines a fairly universal inevitability of life: breaking up. Her titanic success, however, has left industry analysts speechless. “It’s quite mysterious,” said Alex James, front man of legendary British band Blur, to the BBC. “Record companies can’t tell what’s going to work. I think Adele surprised everybody, even herself. But she’s brilliant. I’m proud of her.” While arguably a benefactor of fortunate timing and technology, the convenience of iTunes and other digital formats contributing massively to sales as it readily asserts itself as the de facto authority on music distribution, Adele has taken strides toward becoming a modern British icon. In a musical era saturated by
within the commercial music environment. “Times have changed now” sings Cudi in the chorus of “The Dream Time Machine” and I hope he’s right in terms of “WZRD”’s genre-blurring tendency. He echoes, “more champagne now” and with this I’d have to agree; “WZRD” is a sure-to-bescorned, charming, aesthetic and sonic success. Raise
When it comes to slicing and dicing and all things food preparation, I’m less than stellar in the kitchen. I’m still mastering the technique of “rolling” the knife as I cut an onion, making even tomato slices that don’t end halfway through the tomato, and cutting up a potato for perfectly-sized fries. Luckily, however, there are inventions out there that take all of the annoying prep work of making food and do most of the work for you. I’m usually not one to purchase something in the kitchen that I don’t truly need, but a few items in my life I have wondered how I ever previously lived without. Not only do they speed up your kitchen time so that you can focus on eating, but they do a better job than your two hands could ever accomplish on their own. When it comes to cutting up food, nothing comes close to the magic of the mandolin. I used to spent countless hours cutting up more of my fingers than whatever I was trying to cook, and then I found this nifty little tool on Amazon.com for $25, and it’s totally changed my life. A mandolin is essentially a board with a razor on it, and you run whatever you’re trying to cut across it, and it makes amazing, evenly sliced cuts. You can julienne carrots, make perfect scalloped potatoes – the world is seriously yours with this thing. If knife-work has never been your forte, consider making the mandolin your new best friend. Ever tried to make salsa, or guacamole, or smoothies, or hell, anything that needs to be pureed without an effective blender? Well, I have, and let me tell you, it ain’t easy. Enter, the Magic Bullet. I know that most college kids already know about the wonders of this spectacular invention, but I can’t stress enough how great it really is. My roommate just brought one back after winter break, and I can’t stop throwing food in there to see what I can come up with. Yes, it’s essentially a tiny blender, but that’s what makes it so great. It creates portions perfect for one person, and instead of making a huge mess with a big blender, you can screw off the top and make a cup out of the Magic Bullet. It has fewer steps, and is therefore much less of a hassle. Sometimes, even simple tasks like cooking eggs can become an ordeal for me. Either the pan doesn’t sit flush on the stove and the whites run everywhere, or I just generally suck at cooking that day. Whatever your case may be, consider investing in a $5 silicone egg “Ring Round.” Basically, you put it in the pan, crack the egg into it, and the egg cooks nice and neatly into a perfect circle. Once the whites have hardened, you can remove the ring and have an insanely easy time flipping your eggs over. You can even buy them in fun shapes like hearts, so you can surprise your boyfriend or girlfriend with a cute breakfast in the morning (you cheeseball). Cooking can either be a painful experience, or you can recognize your shortcomings in the kitchen and make your life easier by using little shortcuts. Nobody’s going fault you for needing something to improve your culinary talents, and even your mom might be impressed at the vast improvement in presentation your creations have. Wherever you need help, remember that somebody has already had that problem before, and has most likely invented something to remedy it.
Adele poses backstage with her six awards at the 54th annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 12, 2012 in Los Angeles. Adele won awards for best pop solo performance for “Someone Like You,” song of the year, record of the year, and best short form music video for “Rolling in the Deep,” and album of the year and best pop vocal album for “21.” The singer is already on her way back to the studio.
R&B, rap, hip-hop and dance, the average UK Top Ten predominately consists of popular American artists utilizing the same technological wizard in an attempt to thrive in a financially competitive market. It is a trend that has bred a degree of resentment among factions of music lovers now fed-up of the universal application of techniques such as auto-tune; the online protest that got Rage Against the Machine to Christmas number 1 in 2009 ahead of X-Factor winner Joe McElderry, a testament to their ire. It’s because of this that, for many, Adele has been idolized as a testament to “proper music,” her popularity in the USA all but sweetening the
deal for British music fans used to the dominion of Katy Perry, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, etc. “I don’t even really like her music,” says David Emm, a 4thsemester engineering student of the University of Cardiff. “But I can still appreciate her talent. I definitely cheered for her at the Grammys. There is no one else is flying the flag for Britain as high as she is right now.” As well as for her musical talent, Adele has been widely praised, both at home and abroad, for her down-to-earth, distinctly British attitude. Upon winning the coveted Song of the Year award at the Grammys this year, Adele openly wept and held her heart on her proverbial
sleeve. Her comment “I’ve got a bogey coming out me nose” was a celebrated one in Britain and her London hometown, where a self-deprecating sense of humor reigns supreme. Adele, as well as being a musician, is fast developing into a symbol for British music lovers of what they wished music could be. Her widely celebrated use of crafted melodies and heartfelt lyrics for many harkening back to an age where the likes of Queen and the Beatles ruled. Whether new artists can follow in her wake remains to be seen, but the truth remains that very few, outside of established acts such as Coldplay, have as strong a global presence as she does.
So what’s next for the fast emerging modern superstar? Following her success at the Brits last week, Adele wrote on her blog that she was set to return immediately to the recording studio. This, in conjunction with her earlier statement that she will be taking a five year break from music, has lead many to speculate that she is working on recording the title track to the upcoming new Bond film, “Skyfall.” The marriage of a contemporary British icon with one of the nation’s oldest will no doubt be a tasty prospect to her ever-growing legion of fans.
“The Dream Time Machine” is well representative of everything that is good about “WZRD”. Unlike the previous track, “The Dream Time Machine” refuses to consider genre for a second. Cudi and Dot use subtle bass and guitars in entirely new ways, accompanying hip-hop sounding synths and heavy drums to take their audience to a new place musically and aesthetically. The third track is upbeat yet relaxed; beautiful and ethereal. Cudi’s voice is soft, scruffy, tough, honest and sincere, and though he has limited range, his voice works incredibly well here. “Love Hard” takes things back to an alternative, experimental style of rock. Cudi’s lyrics aren’t bad and he plays with the chorus in a way that is interesting, but nothing extraordinary. “WZRD” keeps it up with “Live and Learn,” which surreally sounds like a blend of Kid Cudi and Black Sabbath during the Ozzy years, an odd combination. Both tracks at first seemed mediocre, but grew on me the more I listened. Cudi and Dot proved they can make a rock song and showed us all that they can play instruments on the album’s first half, but it isn’t until after the midway point that the duo truly begin to use their newly acquired talents to make interesting, unique, and fresh music.
“Brake” and “Teleport 2 Me, Jamie,” the album’s two singles, put a halt to the purely rock-genre pairing that proceeded them. “Brake” is a cool song; its slow, distorted guitar melody aligns well with Cudi’s lingering, long vocal tones. “Teleport 2 Me, Jamie,” like “The Dream Time Machine” cuts genre out of the conversation. It’s a lonely and haunted, spacy, and ultimately gorgeous track that appeals to the ears and heart alike. While the lyrics are repetitive, they work within the confines of the song to amplify both its effect and feeling. “WZRD”’s cover of Nirvana’s “Where Did You Sleep Last Night?” is a personal favorite. The track is driven by slow drums, and a steady cleaner guitar. Cudi’s vocals shine and the combination of music and vocals, again, create a functioning atmosphere within the song. Reminiscent of Cobain’s original with its nightmarish imagery and bluesy sound, “Where Did You Sleep Last Night?” gets a soulful boost from Cudi that ultimately makes it a successful and emotional cover. “Efflictim” follows as a more subtle alternative to most of “WZRD”’s other tracks. Un-amplified guitar and background violins provide a quiet setting for Cudi to command the track with vocal authority. Dot comes in on the
piano at the halfway point to nail the coffin shut on another pleasing, genre-bending song. “Efflictim” is another personal favorite. “Dr. Pill” seems out of place and breaks up the lull of the album’s later half. An inherently loud and heavily distorted track, it acts as a rather unpleasant shock to the system. While the sound is obnoxious and Cudi’s lyrics are oddly, un-rhythmically rhythmic, this track provides an interesting self-reflection on addiction.
my second, I was feeling benign and by my third, I had decided that for some reason, I really liked “WZRD.” People rarely take risks like Dot and Cudi did with “WZRD.” It paid off; they sound pleased with the result and after a run through or two, I think listeners will be equally satisfied. While it might get smacked by critics, “WZRD” demonstrates individuality, sincerity, and uniqueness that is becoming endangered
Cudi takes risks to display wide range of emotions By Tom Teixeira Staff Writer
What do you get when Kid Cudi takes a two year hiatus from recording music and in the meantime recovers from cocaine addiction, stops smoking marijuana, reconnects with “Day n Night” producer Dot Da Genius, casually picks up guitar and bass while Dot learns to play those two instruments, plus the piano and drums and then finally publicly expresses an intent to “never rap again?” You get “WZRD”, a self-titled debut album by Kid Cudi and Dot Da Genius. “What is ‘WZRD’ exactly?” is a much harder question to answer. I’ll use a complete track-by-track breakdown to dig at a proper answer. “WZRD” begins with a distorted rock keyboard before bells, a deep, groaning guitar, a techno-sounding drum beat, and an eerie scratching synth noise finish off the album’s instrumental introduction “The Arrival.” “High Off Life” comes up next and brings with it a more classic rock sounding guitar, accompanied with Cudi lyrics about being “High Off Life”. The vocals and music are merely average, and the tone seems unintentionally insincere and flat. Call me cynical, but it sure sounds on this track like “The Man On The Moon” is having a lot less fun now that he is grounded.
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“Upper Room” closes out “WZRD” nicely. Again, Dot and Cudi drop an unconventional gem. In a traditional sense, this song is totally out of whack. The rhythm seems off and the lyrics are scattered. The chorus really saves the track in that it sounds something like a musically communicated thought; it’s classic, unconventional, epic, spacey, unafraid Kid Cudi. On my first listen, I was cautiously pessimistic. By
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Don’t kill me for this, but I have next to no knowledge of the rap group Chiddy Bang. My roommate enjoys their music, so I’ve heard snippets here and there. All I really know is that they make some fantastic samples, though I’m biased because they love to sample some of my favorite alternative bands including Passion Pit, Grizzly Bear and MGMT, and they concoct brilliantly catchy choruses. Their new album, “Breakfast,” is the first real exposure I’ve received to their sound, and I have to say I’m a convert. It delivers with songs just as, if not more, catchy than their previous work, and fulfills the promise they’ve shown through the mixtapes I’ve never heard all the way through. The real gem of the album has to be “Mind Your Manners,” which excels mostly thanks to an absolutely infectious sample of the Swedish group Icona Pop over the chorus. The borrowed vocals boast,
“Take a look and you’ll see/There is no one like me,” and though rapper Chidera Anamege’s flow isn’t completely unique (specifically reminiscent of B.o.B., at least in my opinion), I have to agree that
current through going throwback. Sampling a bouncy, fun piano hook and some soulful vocals from the famous singer’s era, the song’s got rambunctious energy and is incredibly catchy, which is the hook of
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the swagger he carries through the track and the album, backs him up when he says that Chiddy is “pretty much amazing.” “Ray Charles,” the album’s lead single, follows the lead of “Otis” from Jay-Z and Kanye’s “Watch the Throne” by staying
most of Chiddy Bang’s songs. Their music isn’t incredibly deep; the lyrics don’t require nearly as much encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture like some of their fellow newer rappers, but they’re just pleasing to the ear. Of course, they have snuck a few great jokes
find an identity outside of Tyler’s magnanimous shadow. To achieve this, he has swapped out Left Brain’s gaseously threatening beats, which had combined with Hodgy’s spitefully adolescent flow in “Blackendwhite” to create a fun, yet patently Odd Future, record filled with the rape and copkilling lyricism which had originally made Tyler such a person of interest. Instead, Hodgy has turned to an unaffiliated crew of high-profile producers, includ-
a billow of marijuana smoke. On “Lately,” Flying Lotus’s jazz-infused electronica quietly plays hopscotch around Hodgy’s angst, providing a celestial ambience that entrances the listener. On production value alone, this album is worth the download. Despite the elegant canvas which he has been supplied, however, one laments some tracks which could possibly have been more enriched by rappers such as Curren$y or A$AP Rocky who have occupied the J Dilla-inspired
in there that are indecipherable for those not in the know; I busted out laughing when I heard Anamege drop the Lil’ B reference “Get the Based God/Call Ellen on him.” “Breakfast” is packed with earworms, songs that can’t leave your head no matter how you try. “Happening” is another addicting, incredibly happy song that sounds strangely like B.o.B.; its sample almost apes the Rivers Cuomofeaturing hook of “Magic,” but that was an instant classic the moment it hit eardrums. Comparing Chiddy Bang to a No. 1 artist who’s known for his great beats is a compliment in my book, and their new album is a giddy, fun romp through twelve tracks (and an intro and interlude). I still don’t know exactly what a Chiddy Bang is, but what I do know is that “Breakfast” will be a great addition to the beginning, end or middle of your day. Tracks to listen to: “Mind Your Manners,” “Happening.”
that were close to our hearts. On the 1993 song “Put Me Down,” she sings “you always put me wrong/cause you’re always putting me down/I can’t take this anymore/ I decided to leave.” In comparison, “Roses”, has nothing feminist about it and nothing political; it’s a mature sounding album about romantic love. For example, on promotional track “Show me the Way,” O’Riordan begs her significant other to show her the way when she goes astray. This is not the Cranberries my sister and I grew up with; we grew up with “I’m Free to Decide,” a feminist ballad, and “Dreams,” an ethereal song of teenage love. Even though the theme of O’Riordan’s music has shifted, the nature of her music has stayed the same. The Cranberries still deliver that hushed, ethereal rock music with skill, but the youthfulness and intensity present in their past music is sorely lacking. Tracks to listen to: “Show Me the Way,” “Conduct.”
There are big risks to starting a cover band. First of all, there are high standards in imitating a famous archetype. Second, there’s the expectation to be creative. And lastly, there’s the stigma that all cover bands are made up of lazy, failed musicians who are way past their prime. Nevertheless, everyone loves a good cover band. Two weeks ago the Pink Floyd Experience descended upon Jorgensen to play “Wish You Were Here” and other Roger Waters’ classics. According to one university employee, the concert was even better than the ones Pink Floyd hosted in the ‘70s and ‘80s. The Experience successfully captured the essence of exalted songs like “Money” and “Comfortably Numb.” Every bit, from David Gilmour’s saxophone solos to Richard Wright’s layered keys, were spot on when compared to the original Floyd compositions. On the other hand, the band added in some instrumental variation on “Time” and “Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)” to prove its legitimacy as a unique entity. Such boldness, especially on a signature piece like “The Wall,” can enrage or gratify an audience. But in the case of the Experience, it seemed to do the latter. Classic rock is one of the most accessible genres for cover bands. Dread Zeppelin is hated by few and adored by many for taking Led Zeppelin songs and giving them a reggae beat. What makes the group more interesting is that their front singer is a delirious Elvis impersonator with defective dance moves and perfect pitch. This band has been extremely successful over time, as it has had multiple record deals and guest spots on soundtracks and primetime shows. The lesson learned from Dread Zeppelin and its charming antics is that a little humor can go a long way. Parody bands are a whole different breed of music, but they can also appease a band’s groupies. Another common tactic for cover bands is to find strength in numbers. Take Dark Star Orchestra for example, which is modeled after the Grateful Dead. The group took over the Dead’s music after Jerry Garcia died in 1995 and in the past 15 years, has played almost 2,000 shows. Dead fanatics follow the cover band from coast to coast as it goes on its annual tours. Even original members have applauded the Orchestra’s replicas by making on-stage appearances during the group’s concerts. One of the most well-known mimic bands in recent years is Badfish. The group considers itself to be a tribute to Sublime, and has been extremely popular with fans who became interested in Bradley Nowell’s music after his death. A typical Badfish set list includes all the hits: “Smoke Two Joints,” “Santeria,” “Garden Grove” and “What I Got.” But the band also plays more obscure songs by Nowell, and sometimes tosses in a few random covers of Led Zeppelin and Bad Religion. The vocalists for Badfish sound much more juvenile than the California punkers in Sublime. Besides this characteristic however, the bands are nearly identical. There’s no doubt that the original group lost a lot of its personality after it adopted Rome Ramirez as its new lead singer. Consequently, Badfish gives Sublime diehards the chance to be nostalgic for the true, carefree nature of the band that they know and love.
Hesitant rapper breaks away from group
By Billy Lambert Campus Correspondent When Los Angeles-based rap collective “Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All” thrashed their way into the public spotlight about this time last year, acrimonious member Hodgy Beats was relegated to a sort of limbo. Though he featured prominently in charismatic figurehead Tyler the Creator’s debut album “Goblin” (culminating in a few accompanying verses onstage at “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon”), many fans who knew of Tyler but were not indoctrinated fully into the macabre subculture of the group were prone to overlook the promising young rapper, whose whimsically evil collaboration with in-house producer Left Brain under the name Mellowhype had turned out the critically-praised album Blackendwhite. Spawned from this juxtaposition is Hodgy’s free “Untitled EP.” The 9-track effort is decidedly brief (only one track exceeds three minutes), but marks his first solo output since “The Dena Tape,” an egregious compilation most useful as a testament to how much Hodgy has developed as a rapper. Despite his rapid maturation, however, the Untitled EP carries with it an ambition that has yet to be fulfilled in any of his works: to
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ing rap veterans Juicy J, The Alchemist, Thelonious Martin and low-key electronic artist Flying Lotus. In terms of quality, Hodgy Beats certainly got what he asked for from his new comrades, as every beat on this EP is outstanding. The Alchemist’s beat for “Cookie Coma” transports you to a New Orleans speakeasy on
sphere for longer while also doing it better. Hodgy’s biggest downfall has always been his lack of lyrical imagination, and verses such as “my sources are anti-dormant/ never snorin’” on “Bullshittin’” will leave you, well, snoring. That is not to say there aren’t some moments where he does find his comfort zone. The Theloniouscrafted “In a Dream” pairs a ghost-
had a continuous flow of Cranberries music to immerse myself in, so when I learned of the release of “Roses” in 2012 I was
tic bite. On earlier albums O’Riordan takes on some serious world issues, such as the war in the Balkans, women’s rights and abusive
ly beat with a bare-boned Hodgy lamenting a self-destructive relationship. A song like this comes out just as creepy as those from Hodgy’s murderous persona in Mellowhype, but with infinitely more emotional gravity attached. Ironically, the two other standouts from the album, “Samari” and “Higashi Loves You,” were not influenced by any of the aforementioned production giants. “Samari,” with its bubbly bamboo flute rhythm, allows Hodgy to rap fast and fun, with absurd lyrics like “trail like a tail on a fuckin‘ horse” complementing his boyishly taunting voice. “Higashi Loves You,” apparently self-made, takes on much the same vein, though his playful cadence comes a bit more slowly over the spaciousness of the track. Though the credits on this album are star-studded, this is a free album, and Hodgy Beats seems to be experimenting as much as he is making a statement. Though he may not be ready to expand upon the territory Odd Future has carved out for itself, there are certainly glimpses of personality, as dark as they are bright, which he may someday be able to exploit. Then, hopefully, as many people will be listening to him as they do Tyler. Tracks to listen to: “In a Dream,” “Samari,” “Ave.”
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By Kathleen McWilliams Campus Correspondent I remember the first time I heard of the Cranberries; it was exactly four years ago during my freshmen year of high school. My mom had been playing this absolutely fantastic, but also kind of unusual album all week and I took an instant liking the lead singer’s airy and slightly rough voice. In fact, I should really say that I was hypnotized by Dolores O’Riordan’s voice, because I literally only listened to the 1993 “Everybody Else is Doing It Why Can’t We” on repeat for the next few weeks. It was the first time I realized that rock music could be experimental and still retain the qualities that make it rock music. My first experience with the Cranberries is similar to what I imagine most people’s first experience with Florence Welch, of Florence and the Machine, must be like. Their music is so unconventional and different, yet extremely likable and almost familiar. Naturally, because of the band’s immense popularity in the 1990s, I haven’t
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incredibly excited. Normally I don’t get too excited about a new release from my blastfrom-the-past bands, but the Cranberries are modern enough that I didn’t think that their album could disappoint. The album itself has few disappointments, but is wholly unremarkable. O’Riordan’s voice has held up to her usual standard and the softness remains, but very few tracks exhibit her abilities at their finest. The most disappointing thing lacking from the album is caus-
relationships. This album lacks passion and emotion in the lyrics, which is a serious problem for me. Part of the reason I fell so in love with O’Riordan was because she was a romantic and feminine, but also a feminist and nothing brought her down. My sister and I, who went through our Cranberries phase together, listened to O’Riordan for hours on end, not only because the music was great, but because she empowered women and spoke to issues
Flattery & fame via imitation
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CHRISTMAS IN FEBRUARY?
Ja Rule sings about pain and prison time By Zarrin Ahmed Campus Correspondent After numerous delays, the 13-track sequel to Ja Rule’s break-out album, “Pain Is Love” dropped on Feb 28. Having served a 28-month prison sentence for tax evasion, Ja Rule followed through with a sequel to his 2001 album “Pain is Love.” “Pain Is Love, Vol. 2,” or “Pil 2” for short, features producers from the original “Pain is Love” album along
tears,” Ja Rule says on the opening track, which leads to “Real Life Fantasy” featuring Anita Louise. Other tracks like “Drown” and “Parachute” exhibit the reality of an icon that has stumbled, but reminding listeners of the heights he has fallen from. Not straying from the center of what “Pil 2” is about, Ja Rule and producer Seven Aurelius managed to give another peak at rock star life that preceded his stage of reflection and challenge
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Hillary Kenyon, a 6th-semester natural resources and economics major, takes in the fresh snowfall outside of West dormitories Wednesday afternoon. Classes after 3 p.m. were cancelled due to tepid conditions and even the bus service was curtailed later on in the evening. Luckily, The Daily Campus was still in business for the night.
340-ton rock begins rolling to LA LOS ANGELES (AP) – After months of preparation, a massive boulder has begun its 105mile journey to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The 340-ton chunk of granite that acclaimed earth artist Michael Heizer selected to be the centerpiece of his latest creation left a dusty rock quarry in Riverside late Tuesday. The boulder will make a circuitous journey through nearly two dozen Southern California cities to the museum’s backyard, where it is to become the focal point of Heizer’s “Levitated Mass.” The artist plans to have the rock placed over a 456-foot-long trench in such a way that when
museum visitors walk underneath it will appear to be floating in the air above them. But first it has to get to LA from Riverside’s rural Jurupa Valley, where Heizer came across it six years ago and, as the story goes, said, “That’s the one.” Dozens of people were on hand to bid farewell to the rock. “People were coming and going all day,” museum spokeswoman Miranda Carroll said. She said the quarry even hosted a barbecue Tuesday night for museum staff and others involved with the move. Museum officials say the reclusive artist, who has spent much of the past 40 years build-
ing “City,” a Mount Rushmoresized project near his home in the central Nevada desert, envisioned “Levitated Mass” even before that. But he couldn’t really proceed until he found the right rock. What he found was two stories high, teardrop-shaped and so heavy and bulky it took a specially built flatbed trailer the length of a football field to transport it. The trailer, equipped with 44 axels, built to hold at least a million pounds and powered by 550- to 650-horsepower engines in the front and back, will be accompanied by as many as 60 people who will
clear a path for the rock and make sure it doesn’t smash into anything going around turns. It will travel no faster than 5 to 8 miles per hour and only late at night and in the early morning. The trip is expected to take 11 days, with the rock scheduled to roll up to the museum’s back door sometime before dawn on March 10. The curious can follow the rock’s progress on Twitter or through the museum’s website and blog. “We’re going to keep everybody updated as to where it’s parked each day,” said Carroll.
with singles “Falling to Pieces” and “Spun a Web.” It’s been eight years since some official label work from Ja Rule with R.U.L.E. marking the end of his 19992004 Billboard and mainstream reign. Ja Rule’s seventh studio album is arguably his most personal and emotional album to date. Having already risen to hip-hop stardom, selling an excess of 30 million records worldwide and giving us hits like “Always On Time,” “Holla, Holla,” “Between Me and You” and “Put it On Me,” Ja Rule gives us a glimpse of his internal battles with fame. From the beginning of the album, the bold statement is made literally and musically with “F**K FAME,” the first track in the album. Letting fans see through his dark shades, he provides a perspective that allows listeners to connect fully and identify with not only the artist him-
self, but the man behind the music. “I’m crying everyone’s
through “Black Vodka” and “Superstar” – tracks that invoke images of when Ja Rule took the clubs and airwaves by storm. The album in its entirety is a pure unedited reflection of life by a human being whose experiences include victory, defeat and rebirth. In such a way, this is a kind of communication in which an artist can convey thoughts and feelings through struggles and achievements with fans. The writing and lyricism are easily the strongest points of the “Pain is Love 2” album. Ja Rule has never been the best technical rapper or known for witty word play, and that doesn’t change in this album. But the subject matter is fresh and full of the type of wisdom that only pain and bad experiences can bring. Tracks to listen to: “Spun a Web,” “Black Vodka.”
Lady Gaga at Harvard
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) – Pop star Lady Gaga descended on Harvard University with some powerful friends Wednesday to launch her new foundation aimed at empowering young people. The singer was joined by Oprah Winfrey, spiritual leader Deepak Chopra, and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to kick off the Born This Way Foundation that Gaga’s mother and inspiration will help steer. Gaga spoke to more than 1,100 students from several states, faculty and invited guests at Harvard, urging the young audience to “challenge meanness and cruelty.” “I believe that if you have revolutionary potential, you must make the world a better place and use it,” she said. She reminded them that there is no law to make people be kind to one another and added: “I wish there was because, you know, I’d be chained naked to a fence somewhere trying to pass it.” Late Wednesday, Gaga’s representative said the singer has made a $1.2 million personal contribution to the foundation, named after her 2011 album and hit song. The song promotes self-empowerment and has become an anthem for gay pride. Winfrey said she supports the foundation because its message aligns with many of her core beliefs, including kindness, compassion, empowerment and acceptance. The famous talkshow host interviewed the singer on stage about the foundation. Gaga, who has said she was the victim of bullying as a teenager, said the idea for the foundation grew out of the dialogue created after “Born This Way” was released. She said she received an onslaught of letters and emails from people who said such things as, “I want there to be more tolerance in the universe. I want there to be more acceptance.”
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Britain criticizes Davy Jones, lead singer of Olympic threat
The Monkees, dies at age 66
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Davy Jones, the diminutive heartthrob who rocketed to the top of the 1960s music charts by beckoning millions of adoring fans while singing the catchy refrains of The Monkees, died Wednesday. He was 66. His publicist, Helen Kensick, confirmed that Jones died of a heart attack near his home in Indiantown. Jones complained of breathing troubles early in the morning and was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, said Rhonda Irons, spokeswoman of the Martin County Sheriff's Office. In a 911 call released Wednesday night, an unidentified woman anxiously pleads "Ambulance, please, hurry!" His home was about 27 miles from the hospital and a fire rescue unit rushed him to the hospital. Jones' moppish long hair, boyish good looks and his British accent endeared him to legions of screaming young fans after "The Monkees" premiered on NBC in 1966 as a made-for-TV band seeking to capitalize on Beatlemania sweeping the world. Aspirations of Beatleslike fame were never fully achieved, with the TV show lasting just two years. But The Monkees made rock 'n roll history as the band garnered a wide American following with love-struck hits such as "Daydream Believer" and "I'm a Believer" that endure to this day. Born in Manchester, England, on Dec. 30, 1945, Jones became a child star in his native England who appeared on television and stage, including a heralded role as "The Artful Dodger" in the play "Oliver." He earned a Tony nomination at 16 when he reprised that role in the show's Broadway production, a success that brought him to the attention of Columbia Pictures/Screen Gems Television, which created The Monkees. Hundreds turned out for auditions, but the young men who became the Monkees had no idea what ultimately awaited them. "They had an ad in the newspaper," Jones recalled on NBC's "Today Show" last year, "and then we all showed up." "The Monkees" was a band clearly patterned on the Beatle's film "A Hard Days Night," chronicling the comic trials and tribulations of a rock group whose four members lived together and traveled to gigs in a tricked-out car called the Monkeemobile. Mike Nesmith, Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz starred with him. Each part was loosely created to resemble one of the Beatles. At 5-feet-3 inches, Jones was by far the shortest member of the group – a fact often made light of on the show. But he also was its dreamboat, mirroring Paul McCartney's role in the Beatles. And as the only Briton among the four, Jones was in some ways the Monkees' direct connection to the Beatlemania still strong in the U.S. when the TV show made its debut. In August 1966, the Beatles performed in San Francisco, playing their last live set for a paying audience. The same month, the Monkees released their first album, introducing the group to the world. The first single, "Last Train to Clarksville," became a No. 1 hit. And the TV show would caught on quickly with audiences, featuring fastpaced, helter-skelter comedy inspired as much by the Marx Brothers as the Beatles. It was a shrewd case of cross-platform promotion. As David Bianculli noted in his "Dictionary of Teleliteracy," ''The show's self-contained music videos, clear forerunners of MTV, propelled the group's first seven singles to enviable positions of the pop charts: three number ones, two number twos, two number threes."
LONDON (AP) – A threat by Britain's largest labor union to disrupt the London Olympics with strikes is "unacceptable and unpatriotic," Prime Minister David Cameron's office said Wednesday. Len McCluskey, the head of the Unite union, suggested its members could stage walkouts during the 2012 Summer Games to oppose the Conservative-led government's sharp austerity cuts. The union says it represents 200,000 public sector workers. He was quoted as telling The Guardian newspaper that the July 27-Aug. 12 London Olympics are a justified target for those opposing spending cuts and job losses. "It is completely unacceptable and unpatriotic what he is proposing," Cameron's spokesman Steve Field told reporters. "Most people in this country, including members of that union, think the Olympics is a great occasion for the country and wouldn't want to see anything happen that would disrupt it in any way." Both Cameron and Ed Miliband, head of Britain's main opposition Labour Party – which receives significant financial backing from Unite – condemned
the threat of industrial action. "Any threat to the Olympics is totally unacceptable and wrong," said Miliband. "This is a celebration for the whole country and must not be disrupted." Cameron urged Labour to turn down money from the union in response to its Olympic threat. McCluskey said that no plans had yet been drawn up for specific action during the Olympics but that any activity could "absolutely" include strikes. "I believe the unions, and the general community, have got every right to be out protesting," he was quoted as telling the newspaper. "If the Olympics provide us with an opportunity, then that's exactly one that we should be looking at." He said that the "idea the world should arrive in London and have these wonderful Olympic Games as though everything is nice and rosy in the garden is unthinkable." John Armitt, the chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority, urged Unite not to take action. "Len and his colleagues have a right to make their point, but I hope they don't feel the need to disrupt other people's pleasure during the summer," he said.
Lennon and McCartney's homes to be preserved
(Top) Davy Jones and the Monkees jam at Applebees parks first concert in Lexington Ky. Jones, the diminutive heartthrob singer who rocketed to the top of the 1960s music charts by beckoning millions of adoring fans with the catchy refrains of The Monkees, died Wednesday. He was 66. (Bottom) The Monkees, from left: Micky Dolenz, Mike Nesmith, Davy Jones and Peter Tork get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles.
Yet after the show's launch, The Monkees came under fire from music critics when it was learned that session musicians – and not the group's members – had played the instruments on their recordings. They were derided as the "Prefab Four," an insulting comparison to the Beatles' nickname, the "Fab Four." In reality, Jones could play the drums and guitar, and although Dolenz learned to play the drums after he joined the group, he also could play guitar, as could Nesmith. Nesmith also wrote several of The Monkees' songs, as well as songs for others. Tork, who played bass and keyboards on the TV show, was a multi-instrumentalist. The group eventually prevailed over the show's producers, including music director Don Kirchner, and began to play their own instruments. Regardless, the group was supported by enviable talent. Carole King and Gerry Goffin wrote "Pleasant Valley Sunday," and Neil Diamond penned "I'm a Believer." Musicians who played on their records included Billy Preston, who later played with the Beatles, Glen Campbell, Leon Russell, Ry Cooder and Neil Young. Young tweeted Wednesday that he was saddened by Jones' death. "The Monkees were such a sensation that it was a thrill for me to have
them record some of my early songs," he added. The group also released the 1968 film "Head," derided at the time as a psychedelic mishmash notable only for an appearance by Jack Nicholson. It has since come to be considered a cult classic by Monkees fans. After two seasons, the TV series had flared out and was canceled after 58 episodes in the summer of 1968. But The Monkees remained a nostalgia act for decades. And Jones maintained that the stage was the only place he truly felt at home. "Even today, I have an inferiority complex," he told the Daily Mail in an interview last year. "I always feel I'm there at the window, looking in. Except when I'm on stage, and then I really come alive." After the TV show ended, Jones continued to tour with the other Monkees for a time, sometimes playing the drums at concerts when Dolenz came up front to sing. Many also remember Jones from a widely seen episode of "The Brady Bunch" that aired in 1971, in which he makes an appearance at Marcia Brady's school dance. In the episode, Marcia Brady, president of her school's Davy Jones Fan Club, promised she could get him to appear before her classmates. The group eventually broke up over creative differences, although it did reunite from time to time for brief tours
over the years, usually without Nesmith. In 1987, Jones, Tork, and Dolenz recorded a new album, "Pool It." And two years later, the group received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. On Wednesday, flowers were placed on Jones' own Hollywood star nearby as fans mourned. All four of the Monkees came together for a 1996 album, "Justus," and a subsequent TV movie "Hey, Hey, It's The Monkees!" that saw them still living in the same house and still traveling in the Monkeemobile – just like old times. Tork spoke of his former bandmate in an interview Wednesday night, saying "He was one of the funniest men and most talented I have ever known." Nesmith said in a statement "David's spirit and soul live well in my heart, among all the lovely people," using a phrase from a Beatles song that seemed to again cement the two groups' ties. Jones, who is survived by his wife Jessica Pacheco and four daughters from previous marriages, continued to make appearances on television and stage later. But it was the fame of The Monkees that pulled him back to that era time and time again. On his website, he recalled during auditions for the show when all four men finally were put together in a scene. "That's it," he recalled everyone around him saying: "Magic."
LONDON (AP) – The childhood homes of former Beatles John Lennon and Paul McCartney, where the pair wrote some of their early songs, will be preserved, the government said Wednesday. Lennon's house in south Liverpool and McCartney's nearby row home will be granted a grade 2 listing, which means they cannot be altered without the permission of local officials, said Britain's Heritage Minister John Penrose. The decision means the homes of one of Britain's greatest songwriting teams will be protected for generations to come. Their work has long been associated with the northern port city Liverpool, particularly because of songs like "Penny Lane" and "Strawberry Fields Forever" that celebrated their childhood haunts. Lennon lived at a comfortable 1930s duplex house called "Mendips" in 251 Menlove Ave. from 1945 to 1963 with his aunt and uncle after his parents separated when he was five. McCartney lived in nearby Forthlin Road for nine years from 1955. The two musicians held early practice sessions for their first band The Quarrymen while living at these houses, and wrote The Beatles first number one hit, the raucous "Please Please Me," at Lennon's home. Preservation group The National Trust has already restored the houses to look as they would have done when Lennon and McCartney were growing up. In a statement Wednesday, Lennon's widow Yoko Ono said: "Mendips always meant a great deal to John and it was where his childhood dreams came true for himself and for the world." The preservation order was granted by English Heritage, a government-sponsored body that decides which buildings to preserve. It decided not to preserve the childhood homes of Beatles lead guitarist George Harrison and drummer Ringo Starr. Emily Gee at English Heritage said Lennon's and McCartney's homes had been preserved because "they were scenes of huge amounts of rehearsal, of composition of songs, really intense creative hubs."
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Trial for 'Desperate Housewives' firing begins LOS ANGELES (AP) – Nicollette Sheridan should receive $6 million for being killed off "Desperate Housewives" after the show's creator slapped her, her attorney said Wednesday, as a defense lawyer argued her onscreen demise was a natural part of television. The dueling characterizations of a dispute between Sheridan and "Housewives" creator and executive producer Marc Cherry were presented to jurors in opening remarks of a case that will offer glimpses into the behind-the-scenes maneuvers of a hit TV show. Sheridan, 48, was scheduled to be the trial's first witness on Thursday. Her wrongful termination and battery trial centers on whether her complaints about Cherry's slap – described by her attorney as a hard whack, and a defense lawyer as a tap meant to give artistic direction – led to her character Edie Britt's violent demise and the loss of her $175,000-an-episode job. Mark Baute, Sheridan's
attorney, claims her character was killed off only after ABC, which airs the series, cleared Cherry of wrongdoing. He told jurors that determination was made after a sham investigation and the plotline was hastily planned. Cherry and ABC have denied all wrongdoing. Adam Levin, who represents Cherry and ABC, said he would present evidence that the decision to kill off Sheridan's character came months before the on-set dispute and was made after consulting the highest ranks of the network's management. He noted that Sheridan did not suffer any physical injuries and denied Baute's accusations that Cherry or other show employees tried to cover up the dustup between the producer and Sheridan. Sheridan dabbed her eyes and hugged Baute after his opening statements, which described her as waging a battle against Cherry and ABC virtually alone. "This is a man hitting a woman in the head – hard – without her consent," Baute said.
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Steelers plan to release WR Hines Ward
Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward stands on the sidelines during the fourth quarter of a game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Hines Ward's constant, ear-toear smile tucked behind a black facemask has been a lasting image for Pittsburgh Steelers fans the past 14 seasons. They won't see it again. At least, not in a black-andgold uniform.
The franchise's all-time leader in just about every meaningful receiving category will be released sometime in the next two weeks said president Art Rooney II on the team's website on Wednesday. "We had a conversation today with Hines Ward and informed
him that we plan to release him of his contract prior to the start of the 2012 NFL calendar year," Rooney said. "Hines has been an integral part of our success since we drafted him in 1998, and we will forever be grateful for what he has helped us achieve."
A four-time Pro Bowl selection and MVP of the 2006 Super Bowl, Ward will finish his Steelers career with 1,000 catches, 12,083 yards and 85 receiving touchdowns. He helped Pittsburgh to three AFC championships and a pair of Super Bowl wins. The former "Dancing With the Stars" champion — who spent last weekend working the red carpet at the Oscars — doesn't appear ready to put away his cleats just yet, however. While saying "this isn't how I wanted this chapter of my career to end," Ward vowed to return for a 15th season next fall. "I do feel that I still have more football left in me and I am looking forward to playing in the NFL, again, this upcoming season," Ward said in a statement. A third-round pick out of Georgia, Ward developed a reputation as one of the league's best blocking wide receivers, a trait that endeared him to the blue-collar fan base of one of the league's marquee franchises. Ward was pretty good at catching passes too, particularly in the postseason. He helped the Steelers to their fifth Super Bowl in 2006 catching five passes for 123 receiving yards and a touchdown in a 21-10 win over Seattle. "He has meant so much to this organization, both on and off the field," Rooney said, "and we appreciate his efforts
over the past 14 years." Just not enough to bring Ward, who turns 36 next week, back at $4 million next season. The Steelers are in the midst of a roster-wide salary purge and a youth movement at receiver. By the end of the 2011 season, Ward found himself on the sidelines for long stretches as youngsters Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown turned into quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's favorite targets. Both receivers topped 1,100 yards receiving and combined for 10 touchdowns, while Ward had just 46 catches for 381 yards and two scores. It was the worst reception total since his rookie year (15). Ward took the demotion in stride and relished the role of elder statesmen. Wallace, Brown and Emmanuel Sanders credited Ward for helping mature both on and off the field. All three players hoped Ward would come back for one more go, but understood they were nearing the end of an era. "We all know the direction in which we're going with the receiving corps," Sanders said last month. "But, like I said, Hines is still a great addition, just the knowledge he brings to the room. You can't pay for that. You can't coach that. He just brings that well being of how to be a pro into the room." Now the corner locker he's held for more than a decade is vacant. "Enjoyed playing with
mvp86hinesward learned a lot! Was a great mentor for me! You define a "Steeler",'' Brown tweeted after the announcement. In a franchise built on the churning legs of Franco Harris, Rocky Bleier and Jerome Bettis, Ward blossomed into one of the league's most reliable receivers while serving as a security blanket for everyone from Kordell Stewart to Tommy Maddox to Roethlisberger. Ward has six 1,000-yard receiving seasons, and just missed two more, posting 975 in both 2005-06 and 2006-07. He also returned eight kicks for 210 yards. "Hines' accomplishments are numerous," Rooney said, "and he will always be thought of as one of the all-time great Steelers. "We wish him nothing but the best." In his last game as a Steeler, a 29-23 postseason, overtime loss to the Denver Broncos on Jan. 8, Ward did not record a catch. The final pass thrown to him in a Steeler uniform came on Pittsburgh's final drive when Roethlisberger tried to hit Ward running down the sideline. Denver defensive back Champ Bailey knocked it away, leaving Ward to face an uncertain future. He may end his career in a different city, but Ward left little doubt where his heart lies. "I gave my heart and soul for (the fans) every down and I will always bleed black-and-gold," Ward said.
Rondo leads Celts past Bucks Westbrook, Thunder best 76ers
BOSTON (AP) — Rajon in 26 minutes for Boston, which Rondo had 15 points, 11 rebounds returned to .500 with its second and 10 assists to record his third straight win. triple-double of the season and Ersan Ilyasova had 25 points lead the Boston Celtics to a 102-96 with 10 rebounds and Drew victory over the Milwaukee Bucks Gooden scored 23 for the Bucks. on Wednesday night. Brandon Jennings Rondo had six had just six points rebounds and five to go with his eight assists in the third Boston 102 assists, but he pulled quarter, when the up for a fast-break Celtics went on a Milwaukee 96 3-pointer that made 20-4 run to turn a it 98-93 with 79 secfive-point deficit into a double- onds to play. digit lead. The Bucks cut it to Ilyasova hit a putback that cut it two points in the final minute, to 98-96 before Garnett sank a pair but Kevin Garnett made four free of free throws with 14.4 seconds throws in the last 15 seconds to left. The Celtics gave Jennings a clinch it. layup but he missed it, and he also Garnett scored 25 points with 10 missed a 3-point attempt before rebounds, and Chris Wilcox came Garnett grabbed the rebound and off the bench to grab 13 rebounds went back to the foul line for two
more free throws. Brandon Bass, making his second consecutive start because of Jermaine O'Neal's wrist injury, scored 16 points with seven rebounds for Boston. Milwaukee led 60-55 with 8:34 left in the third quarter when the Celtics scored the next 12 points and 20 out of 24 to open an 11-point lead. Both teams were playing for the second consecutive night following the All-Star break. The Bucks were coming off a 119-118 victory over the Washington Wizards earned when Ilyasova tipped in Jennings' miss with 2.2 seconds left. Boston, which took a five-game losing streak into the break, beat Cleveland on Tuesday to hold onto eighth place in the East.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — game losing streak. Kevin Durant scored eight of Coming off his MVP perforhis 23 points down the stretch mance in the All-Star game, to lead the Oklahoma City Durant struggled a bit. The twoThunder to a 92-88 victory time scoring champion shot 7 of over the Philadelphia 76ers on 18. But he made key baskets and Wednesday night. free throws and R u s s e l l added a clutch Westbrook had steal late in the 22 points and 13 OK City 92 game. rebounds and James Sixers coach 88 Doug Collins was Harden added 16 Philadelphia points as the NBAback on the bench leading Thunder overcame a after watching the fourth quarseven-point deficit in the fourth ter of the 97-68 win at Detroit quarter and won their sixth from the locker room because straight game. he was dizzy. Collins said he felt Andre Iguodala and Jrue great and that the dizziness was Holiday each had 18 points for caused by dehydration. the Atlantic Division-leading For a while, it seemed the 76ers, who beat Detroit on Sixers were going to give Tuesday night to snap a five- Collins another reason to feel
better. Following a timeout by the Thunder, Iguodala's steal led to a jumper by Holiday that put Philadelphia up 84-77 with 5:31 remaining. But the Sixers missed their next 10 shots and Oklahoma City took advantage. Durant hit a jumper and 3-pointer. His free throw with 3:20 left tied it at 85. Serge Ibaka put the Thunder up 87-85 on a pair of free throws with 1:53 remaining. A free throw by Kendrick Perkins made it 88-85. After Lou Williams missed a 3-pointer, Perkins missed two free throws with 20.4 seconds to go. But Durant's steal at the other end and a free throw put the Thunder up 89-85.
Huskies looking for their fifth straight title from OFF, page 14
Championship meet, at which UConn sent six athletes to the national meet the following week, the Huskies relied on the likes of then freshman Tiffany Daley, who helped the 4x400m relay team take second, sophomore Ana Groff,who won the 500m by a hair over fellow Husky Imani Sudlow, and then sophomore Shauna McNiff,who took fourth place in the mile with a 4:52.04. Last week at the NEICAAA Championships, these Huskies proved that they are still in position to help the Huskies take another crown at ECAC. McNiff set the school record in the 3,000m with a time of 9.26.96 en route to victory, Daley grabbed second place in the 400m with a 55.23 and Groff took the 500m title with a very fast meet record time of 1:13.37. The championship season will continue this Friday for both the men and women’s team in Boston, where both teams are hoping to continue the success they have had at this stage of the championship season. The IC4A Championship meet for the men and the ECAC Championship meet for the women will be the team’s final test before the NCAA Championships the following weekend in Idaho.
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NBA's 2nd half headlines showing promise
By Chris Zielinski NBA Columnist
Orlando center Dwight Howard reacts at the end of the game against the Milwaukee Bucks.
With All-Star Weekend firmly in the books, the NBA shifts back into high gear. For the teams who maneuvered the early portion of their schedule with success, the second half provides a chance to expand upon this success. On the other hand, teams who stumbled out of the blocks are relieved to have an opportunity to restart the engine and rewrite the script during the latter half of the season. Regardless of which category teams find themselves in, one thing is for sure: the second half of the season will prove decisive. Along the journey to the title, there are several headlines with a critical influence over the season’s conclusion. Expect the following five storylines to take center stage: Dwight Howard’s Trade Circus: The uncertainty surrounding the Orlando Magic superstar center has continued to find its way into daily conversation. The further the season progresses, the more it seems Howard will remain
with the Magic for the remainder of the season. However, a deadline deal is never out of the question, and with the Lakers openly interested to a deal, seeing Howard switch coasts would hardly be a surprise. “Should I Stay or Should I Go” has officially become Howard’s theme song, and now it is time to watch it unfold. New York Knicks Identity Crisis: After surging back into playoff contention thanks largely in part to the efforts of Jeremy Lin, a new question now surrounds the Knicks: can they keep it up? With a healthy Carmelo back in the rotation and newly added J.R. Smith finally becoming comfortable with his role, all signs are likely to point up. Yet, chemistry, which has plagued the Knicks before, continues to be a concern going forward. Can Lin and Carmelo coexist? If so, the results could be amazing, but failure to do so could put the playoffs in jeopardy. Los Angeles Changing of the Guard: A revitalized Clipper team seemed to have grasped the title of LA’s best team, only to a lose key compo-
nent of its backcourt to injury in Chauncey Billups. Thankfully, the team has signed Kenyon Martin to fortify its frontcourt, but the team is still struggling to deal with Billups’ injury, going 5-5 since his exit from the rotation. On the other hand, the Lakers have rebounded from early season mediocrity, though Kobe’s recent injury and constant trade talk have created a troubled locker room. Two weeks ago, the debate was over, and the Clippers were LA’s power team. However, recent events have stirred the pot, you can expect the intercity competition to continue throughout the season. Durant, Westbrook, and the Thunder: The Thunder’s first half performance has created serious buzz around the team’s title chances. Driving the attention is none other than the team’s dynamic duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Showing serious maturity from last year’s disappointing playoff run, Durant and Russell have coexisted successfully this year and the results have been remarkable. Need proof? Look no further
than the tandem’s 91 point performance against Denver. The Thunder are young, talented and deep. However, with any young team, the knock is that they still lack playoff experience. Can the Thunder weather the storm and claim the NBA’s top prize? No one knows for sure, but expect the Thunder to be a major player when June rolls around. Heat on the Heat: Predictable? Maybe. True? Absolutely. The headline that has secured its spot at the front and center of the NBA guarantees to be a focus down the stretch. Almost already assured a playoff spot, the question now shifts to how the team will perform in crunch time. Have they peaked too soon? Will Lebron finally take over as the team leader and take the final shot? Is the bench strong enough to support the “Big 3?” Undoubtedly, these questions, and several others, will continue to surround Miami, and only time will tell if this is their year.
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Knicks storm back, beat Cavs UConn prepares for battle with BU
NEW YORK (AP) — Jeremy with 2:52 left in the third quarLin had 19 points and 13 assists, ter, then dominated the fourth Carmelo Anthony scored 22 and quarter to send the Cavs to their the New York Knicks turned third straight loss. around the game with their Antawn Jamison had 23 reserves to beat the Cleveland points and 10 rebounds for the Cavaliers 120-103 on Cavaliers, beaten Wednesday night. at home by Boston Steve Novak had 17 on Tuesday, givpoints off the bench New York 120 ing them losses as the Knicks turned Cleveland 103 on consecutive a 17-point deficit into nights to two of an easy win, outscorthe teams within ing the Cavs 71-42 in the second reach for a playoff spot. half. They capped a 10-5 month, Kyrie Irving had 22 points their first 10-win February since and seven assists. going 10-3 in 1996-97. The interesting point guard The Knicks didn't lead until matchup between the No. 1 pick Novak made consecutive and the guy who wasn't picked 3-pointers to put them up 75-74 was about even. Irving seems
headed toward the Rookie of the Year award and has led the Cavaliers into playoff contention, but he and most of the rest of the NBA have been obscured by the player he said has "been on ESPN every single day." Irving seemed to have little interest in discussing Linsanity. He said he didn't really speak to Lin when they both played in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday at the All-Star game and repeated the same basic answer when asked about his counterpart, saying Lin was a great story, great point guard, and was leading the Knicks to wins. Now it's up to 10 in the last 13 games, and back to .500.
Callahan: NASCAR is not a sport
Greg Biffle (16) and Matt Kenseth (17) lead a pack of cars in the early laps of the Daytona 500.
from NOT SO FAST, page 14 sports professional is A) the extraordinary physical skills of its’ participants and B) the fact that rich people pay said participants to use them over and over. But, holding your bladder for a good 4-6 hours doesn’t make you an athlete. If this was the case, I should’ve gone pro at age ten over a cross-country family roadtrip. Putting your foot down and destroying the legal speed limit doesn’t make for sport either. I can’t publicly claim to excel at this but let’s just say if that did make me an pro athlete, the state of Connecticut once upon a time owed me $183, instead of it being the other way around. The car is the one exerting everything and achieving that needed speed. Don’t believe me? Then, explain how in early 2010 Denny Hamlin, a pro driver with Toyota, tore his ACL and still competed in every race that year? Mind you, this kind of tear keeps athletes in all other sports out of commission for a MINIMUM of 8-10 months. There are those who say the strategy and maneuvering within NASCAR is greatly understated. Give me a break– I can read my
fuel guage with one eye open and can tell when my hood is on fire with both closed. Hopping from the right lane all the way to the left on the highway might be a tad more trying, but I think I can get the job done. Furthermore, type ‘NASCAR strategy’ into Google. The first four links you’ll find refer to Rick Santorum. Now that should tell you something, if not for the fact that the Republican hopeful’s own strategy looks to be working as well as filling up with diesel to save a couple bucks does. There’s simply not much to the idea, as incidentally explained by Kenseth after his big win on Monday: “…it just came down to whoever was in the front at the end,” Well I’ll be darned. Now, it’s not only the organization’s proclamation of being a sport that’s less than entirely truthful. The acronym NASCAR– National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing– is inherently incorrect. The vehicles used aren’t stock cars at all, or in other words automobiles that haven’t been modified since their original factory production. They’re solely made to go faster than hell! When these cars do slow down to speeds of around purgatory, it’s
often not due to any individual malfunction; rather a malfunction within the system. You see, each race is conducted by a few on-site administrators who, purely at their discretion, can slow down the race with the waving of a green flag. From 2001-2007 we saw (or napped through) an deliberate increase in the number of green flags on race day. Simultaneously, we bore witness to more crashes. The yearly counts have leveled off since ‘07, however many wonder whether the instruction to slow down was intended to make races more competitive. The whole reason for more crashes was because of the diminished space to maneuver during caution laps, which allowed the gap between first and last to shrink and bunched up the field. What would you say if in Game One of the World Series, your team gets out to an early lead (Mets fans, really stretch your imagination here), the umpire calls time and instructs the starting pitcher to lob underhand for the next five pitches? Bang. Two hard hit doubles and three long balls later, your team’s lost their lead and any sort of momentum. God forbid if while lobbing, the pitcher’s left leg is crashed into by a screaming line drive and he’s out for the series. Thanks, chief. So what do you say now about a ‘sport’ whose heralded participants are not the actual players? Whose title is an outright lie? And whose competition, the essence of any sport, race or game, is tinkered with and subsequently sullied? Finally, I had a good friend back in middle school that would go back and forth with me all day as to whether or not her beloved figure skating was a sport. I thoroughly explained to her that although it was an Olympic event, there was no clear cut way to win and thus it wasn’t a sport She never gave in, so in case you’re on the same ice as her, here’s one last lap to convince you: If NASCAR is a sport, so is the National Spelling Bee. If NASCAR is a sport, then you can ‘study abroad’ in Maine. If NASCAR is a sport then…. then…. zzzzzzzzzzzzz……..
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After their their weekend match with Boston University, the Huskies will return on March 20 to take on Fairfield in their home opener.
By Nathan Zielinski Campus Correspondent After an average 8-8 start last season, coach Glenn Marshall and the UConn men’s tennis team have not gotten off to the start that they wanted to this season. The team traveled to West Point, N.Y. in early February to face Stony Brook and Army. The UConn men were outscored by a combined score of 12-2 in both matches and were shutout by Stony Brook. With five seniors returning this spring season, one of them needs to step up in order for this team to become a more formidable opponent. Senior Dave Adams might be the man for the job. Adams won
three of his four matches that weekend and will definitely be the catalyst for this team if they want to recover from the shaky start this season. The six-footsix right-hander plays the typical big man’s tennis game, and his arsenal includes a huge serve as well as the ability to control a point from behind the baseline. Sophomore Ryan Carr could also be crucial to the team’s success this spring. Carr is fresh out of Fairfield Prep and is ready to change the dynamic of this tennis team. Carr contributed to the other point the team scored against Army by winning his no. 5 singles match in three sets. Shorter in stature, at around six feet, Carr is more of a mechani-
cal, strategic player and his biggest attribute may be his mental toughness and maturity. After almost having a month off, the squad’s first chance to turn their season around comes March second at Boston University. This is a huge opportunity for the team as the Boston men’s team has dropped their last five matches. With Adams’ leadership, and the emergence of Ryan Carr this would be a great start for the turnaround. The next chance for you to the see the Huskies in action back at Storrs is March twentieth against interstate opponent, Fairfield.
Flashy or fundamentals? You decide from WHAT, page 14 run of dominance. I wouldn’t exactly call the Bulls too flashy; I don’t see guys like Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng or Rip Hamilton making the top 10 regularly. Interestingly enough, however, is that none of those teams you mentioned have won a title with their current squad. I’m not saying these teams aren’t talented, because I’d be foolish to think that, and I’m also not saying that flashy players can’t win titles (see: Jordan, Michael). But, you can take Griffin and his insane dunks. If I’m trying to win a championship, I’m taking a guy like Kevin Love over Griffin 100 times out of 100. Harrison: I’d happily take Blake Griffin on my team to win a championship, especially if he’s getting lobs from Chris Paul all game. And I would much rather my opponent shoot contested threes than throw down dunks at a ridiculously high field goal percentage. Since Paul
has paired up with Griffin this year to create this flashy duo, the Clippers winning percentage this season is nearly double what it has been in the past four years. Championship aside, the Clippers are one of the most exciting teams on TV. The Spurs are playing great basketball, but their boring style of play doesn’t captivate the attention of fans in the same way. TJ: That’s the thing though: Paul has flash, absolutely. But he’s also the best point guard in the world and is a top five NBA player any way you look at it. That’s why they’re winning. It’s not like Griffin just started to Mozgov people this year. And if you truly appreciate basketball, the Spurs will get your attention; the way they artfully pick apart defenses, set picks, play defense is beautiful. I’d compare it to some of the new films that have come out. “Avatar” brought people to the movies and was nominated for Best Picture, but ultimately fell short to “The Hurt
Locker,” a film that failed to enter the top five in the weekend box office in any week while it was in theatres. Just because some people don’t watch it doesn’t mean it’s not better. And the Spurs’ style of basketball has proved that time and time again. Harrison: “Flashiness” goes hand in hand with the kind of talent that Paul brings to the table, there’s a reason that other players aren’t out there doing the same thing. And out of the entire population of people who watch NBA, only a small percent are in-tune enough with the game of basketball to appreciate what the Spurs do every season. The fact is that a large chunk of viewers tune in every night to see Blake Griffin posterize his opponent, not to see Tim Duncan bank it in off a jump shot (sorry Timmy I love you). NBA ratings are higher than they have been in a long time because of the show that these new age players are able to put on for us lucky fans night in and night out.
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The Daily Question Q : “What do you think Peyton Manning’s next move should be?” A : “Take notes from lil bro Eli. He’s got twice the #superbowlswag”
» That’s what he said – Former Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward on his release from Pittsburgh.
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Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin reacts to a play in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Marquette, Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, in Cincinnati. Cincinnati won 72-61.
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Men’s Basketball (17-11) March 3 Pittsburgh Noon
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Men’s track and field graduate Mike Rutt will compete for Team USA later this month in the 2012 IAAF World Championships held in Istanbul, Turkey after placing second in the 800m race at the USA Indoor Championships. Rutt ran the 800m in 1:49.90, beating out Mark Wieczorek by sixth tenths of a second. The IAAF World Championships will be held from March 11-13. Rutt, along with former UConn standout and teammate Brian Gagnon, compete with New Jersey New York TC. Gagnon also competed at the USA Indoor Championships, placing fifth in the 1,500m run with a time of 3:52.81. “Mike Rutt and Brian Gagnon are continuing their extraordinary careers professionally competing for the NY NJ Track Club, under the tutelage of Frank Gagliano, one of the great middle distance coaches of all time,” UConn men’s track head coach Greg Roy told UConnHuskies.com, “Mike’s performance in making the Team USA is an expected byproduct of his continued development.” Former UConn women’s hockey standout defenseman Cristin Allen was named to the Hockey East’s 10th Anniversary Team on Wednesday, along with former teammate Jaclyn Hawkins, who was selected as an honorable mention. Allen, who graduated in 2010, was the team MVP her senior year and helped lead the Huskies to the Hockey East Tournament final, where the Huskies were upset by Boston University. She was an All-Hockey East First Team selection that year, and was also named Defenseman of the Year. She was also an All-Hockey East Second Team selection as a junior, and she ranks seventh in UConn history with 73 career points on 14 goals and 59 assists. Her assist total is also good for second in program history. Hawkins, who graduated in 2008, is the program’s all-time leader in points, goals and assists. She was the Hockey East and USCHO Rookie of the Year and also a two-time All-Hockey East Second Team selection. UConn women’s basketball forward Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis was named the Big East Freshman of the Week for the eighth time this season on Tuesday. Mosqueda-Lewis averaged 20 points and three rebounds per game as the Huskies went 2-1 on the week, beating Marquette and Pittsburgh on the road before returning home to face Notre Dame, where the Huskies lost 72-59. Yesterday’s lacrosse game against Boston College was postponed due to inclement weather. The game has been rescheduled to today at 4 p.m.
» NCAA BASKETBALL
USF tops No. 19 Louisville, 58-51
No. 6 UNC beats Maryland, 88-64
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) out by 28 points at Kansas in — Jawanza Poland scored 16 December and 20 at Marquette points and South Florida ruined in January. No. 19 Louisville’s senior night In the most recent surge, with a 58-51 victory Wednesday none of the games has been night that gives the Bulls the pretty. Still, the Bulls keep winsignature win they have des- ning while never scoring more perately sought for their NCAA than 65 points in their current tournament resume. streak, including a 46-45 win South Florida (19-11, 12-5 over Cincinnati coming into Big East) has won six of this one. seven since a 30-point loss at With the game tied at 41, Georgetown and was consid- both sides scrapped through an ered on the bubble ugly sequence. with a game remainLouisville’s Russ ing at home against Smith missed a 58 3-pointer long on West Virginia on USF Saturday. break, Louisville 51 athe 4-on-3 The Cardinals (22Bulls snagged 8, 10-7) had won their the rebound and 10 previous home finales. Their had a 3-on-2 advantage, but two starting seniors made the Robertson missed a follow-up biggest contributions with Kyle dunk that had coach Stan Heath Kuric and Chris Smith scoring putting his hands on his head in 16 points each. disbelief. But the Bulls went 8 of 10 He would start smiling soon from the free throw line in the enough. final minute to seal the victory. Augustus Gilchrist scored, Toarlyn Fitzpatrick scored Robertson made an acrobatic 11 points and grabbed seven play off a miss by Gilchrist by rebounds, while Ron Anderson bouncing it off the backboard Jr. grabbed eight rebounds and and putting it back in to give Hugh Robertson added seven the Bulls a 45-42 lead with 3:59 for a team that’s grown by leaps left. Poland hit a 3 that pushed and bounds since being blown the lead to six points.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) leading scorer at 21 points per — Tyler Zeller had 30 points in game, finished with 16 for the his final home game to help No. Terrapins on 4-for-18 shooting. 6 North Carolina beat Maryland North Carolina led by 13 88-64 on Wednesday night. points in the first half and by 11 John Henson added 19 points at halftime before blowing the for the Tar Heels (26-4, 13-2 game open with a 16-0 run over Atlantic Coast Conference), who the final 12 minutes. led all game to set up a matchup Reggie Bullock added 12 with No. 4 Duke this weekend to points for the Tar Heels, while determine the league’s regular- Harrison Barnes finished with 10 season championship. on 3-for-8 shooting. Zeller went just 5 for 12 from With the win, the Tar Heels the field, but finished can finally turn their with his best scoring attention to Saturday performance in an night’s game at Duke’s 88 Cameron ACC game thanks to UNC Indoor the number of times he Maryland 64 Stadium. went to the free throw North Carolina has line. Zeller made 20 won six straight games of 23 attempts, breaking Tyler since the Blue Devils snapped Hansbrough’s Smith Center the Tar Heels’ school-record record for made free throws in 31-game home winning streak a game and finishing one shy on Feb. 8. That game that ended of matching the program’s and with freshman Austin Rivers ACC’s all-time mark. burying a 3-pointer at the buzzer, In addition, Kendall Marshall capping Duke’s comeback from added eight assists to set UNC’s 10 down in the final 2½ minutes. The teams entered the week season record. Nick Faust had 17 points to tied atop the league standings. lead the Terrapins (16-13, 6-9), The Blue Devils won at Wake who shot just 37 percent and got Forest on Tuesday night to take no closer than six points early in care of their part, then the Tar Heels did the same 24 hours the second half. Terrell Stoglin, the ACC’s later.
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Thursday, March 1, 2012
OFF AND RUNNING
Not so fast, NASCAR
Huskies head to Boston for indoor championships
By Michael Corasaniti Staff Writer
Andrew Callahan I have a remarkable streak going with one of our country’s most popular pastimes. It goes like this: Every time I watch the Daytona 500, the first finisher is always the same. I kid you not. Without fail, I can count every time on the winner to be constant. The first thing I see when the last lap starts for every single race is… sleep. Yes. I cannot watch a full NASCAR race and never have I been able to. My attempts over the years to sit and enjoy have consistently been thwarted by Mr. Sandman. No matter how hard I try to sell myself on the particular race, the result is never remembering how big the margin of victory is, but rather the pool of drool. Semi-jokes aside, NASCAR finally opened its season in Daytona last Monday and declared a winner in Matt Kenseth. I caught the crashes on Sportscenter and prior to nodding off that night (semiseparately from my recent TV viewing), recalled yet another long-standing streak of mine: The belief that NASCAR is far from real sport. You might disagree or even be a fan, I get it. But, you’d be wrong. The kind Mr. Webster, who settles these matters of definition, says that sport is “physical activity involving physical exertion and skill, governed by a set of rules in which an individual or team competes against another or others.” Now, you could try to perfectly fit NASCAR under this heading–just like you could a raging rhino into a litterbox. Tere are indeed racing teams and they strive to win simultaneously. But if that same kind of physical exertion–driving a car and periodically fixing it– constitutes sport, don’t millions upon millions and their mechanics unknowingly participate as athletes in sport every day? Think about all a NASCAR driver has to do. Operate a car, maneuver it properly and take X amount of left turns before everyone else does. If something goes wrong, they one must acknowledge the issue, communicate with his/her crew and get them to fix it. That’s it. All of the real skill and physical exertion is done is by the cars. There is simply no racing without them within the NASCAR field. What makes professional
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One week after dominating their respective New England Championship meets, both the men’s and women’s track teams are setting their sights on continuing their streaks in the third round of the track and field championship season. The UConn men’s track and field team is coming off their seventh consecutive NEICAA Indoor Championship after finishing almost 25 points ahead Rhode Island, who received second, and almost 50 points ahead of third place Southern Connecticut. Now, the team’s goal is to capture the IC4A Championship crown in Boston, a meet they have won every year since 2008. Last year, some of the Huskies’ most important point scorers were then sophomore Noel James, who leapt to second place in the high jump, then junior Kyle Duggan,who took second place in the pole vault, and then sophomore Tim Bennatan (who took fifth place in the 800m with a 1:50.32). This year, these athletes have continued to be key pieces in the grand scheme of things for the men’s team. In their last time’s competing, Bennatan took third place in the 800m with a 1:49.02 at the New England meet, Duggan took first place in the pole vault at the Rider-Lafayette Invitational and James took second place in the high jump with a leap of 2.14 meters at New England’s. The women’s side of the track has enjoyed similar bouts of success at this point in the championship season recently. Last year, the women grabbed their fourth straight ECAC Indoor title after finishing with 96.5 points (almost twice as many as second place Cornell). After coming off of an extremely dominant New England Championship meet, at which they finished almost 50 points ahead of second place Sacred Heart, it is hard to think that the Huskies will not claim their fifth ECAC title this weekend in Boston. Last indoor season at the ECAC Indoor
The Huskies will look to capture their fifth consectutive title at the IC4A championships in Boston. They’ve enjoyed two successful rounds this championship season, including last weekend’s showing at the NEICAA Indoor championships.
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» NCAA BASKETBALL
Cincinnati upsets No. 7 Marquette 72-61
CINCINNATI (AP) — JaQuon Parker scored a careerhigh 28 points in a take-it-tothe-hoop attack on Wednesday night, leading Cincinnati to a 72-61 victory over No. 8 Marquette that embellished the Bearcats’ NCAA tournament chances. The Bearcats (21-9, 11-6) have won six of their last eight, including home victories over then-No. 17 Louisville and Marquette (24-6, 13-4). The Golden Eagles had won five straight, including a 95-78 drubbing of the Bearcats in Milwaukee on Feb. 11. The rematch was a total reversal. Cincinnati repeatedly drove through Marquette’s defense for layups, with Parker lead-
ing the way. Dion Dixon added 21 points for the Bearcats. Cincinnati’s front line dominated with nine blocks, including seven by Justin Jackson. Darius Johnson-Odom scored 18 points, and Jae Crowder added 17 points and 12 rebounds for Marquette, which never got the lead under double digits in the second half. Cincinnati improved to 5-3 against ranked teams this season. It was Cincinnati’s most lopsided win over a top 10 opponent since it beat No. 4 Louisville 101-80 on Feb. 22, 2003. Marquette sat three starters, including Johnson-Odom, for the first half of a 61-60 win at West Virginia on Saturday, punishment for violating unspeci-
fied team rules. All were back against Cincinnati. The Bearcats honored seniors Dixon and Yancy Gates before the final home game. Gates set a tone early, getting five rebounds before picking up his second foul on a charge at the 16:16 mark. Even without Gates, Cincinnati dominated the boards — it had a 10-3 advantage early — while pulling out to a 19-11 lead. Dixon had a pull-up jumper, a layup and a finger-roll basket during a 10-0 run. Marquette made its first three shots — all from behind the arc — but missed nine of its next 10, including two air balls. Cincinnati blocked seven shots in the first half, six by Jackson.
Cincinnati’s Yancy Gates pulls a rebound away from Marquette’s Jamil Wilson and Vander Blue
What is the best way to win a basketball championship? Fundamentals By TJ Souhlaris Campus Correspondent Even though an up-tempo, flashy style of basketball is more entertaining to watch, fundamental hoops will always win in the end. There isn’t a better example of this than the San Antonio Spurs dynasty over the last 15 years. With fundamental superstars David Robinson and Tim Duncan, the Spurs have won four titles over the last decade and a half and have made deep playoff runs nearly every year. Flanked by often-overlooked players such as Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker, the Spurs figure out ways to win without putting out the most athletic lineup. Is sound basketball better for winning...
» POINT/COUNTERPOINT TJ: As much as I love watching teams like the Clippers play their electric style of basketball, fundamentals such as defense and rebounding will always win championships. The San Antonio Spurs have been preaching this ever since a lanky Tim Duncan arrived in Texas fifteen years ago. The Spurs don’t look for the sexiest name in the draft; they’ll gladly take their chances on overlooked guys such as Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker. If you look back in NBA history, rarely will you ever find an up-tempo team come away with the title; teams like last season’s Dallas Mavericks, the new-Big 3 Celtics and the most recent edition of the Lakers show that flashiness takes a backseat when it comes to hoisting the Larry O’ Brien trophy at season’s end.
Harrison: I can’t deny that the Spurs have been getting it done year after year with their old school “fundamental” style of basketball. They are however, among the last of a dying breed. Look at the leading teams in each conference right now – The Oklahoma City Thunder; with their high-flying acrobatics of Westbrook and Durant; the Chicago Bulls; and their circus act led by Derrick Rose, Lob City; and its fan-favorite tandem of Paul and Griffin and then the Miami Heat; running the court with chosen one King James at the helm. The Spurs are up there too, but with their aging roster it’s only a matter of time. TJ: I’d agree that the Spurs are likely in the twilight of their
» FLASHY, page 12
By Harrison Pollack Campus Correspondent
The game of basketball is a forever-changing sport. Thirty years ago NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar awed fans with his famous “skyhook,” while today, fans tune into to see spectacular alleyoops by Lob City’s Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. As the NBA ages, we see athletes pushing the limits of the game further each year. Teams like the Los Angeles Clippers, with young superstars like Paul (26) and Griffin (22), represent the future of the league and a new, exciting era of basketball.
...or the high-flying ways of the new age?