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Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority members and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity members are under investigation for alleged hazing of sophomore Hillary Holt and others. In an interview with NBC, Holt said she and some other women were told to lay on the floor and sizzle like bacon, hold their ankles and jump
On Mar. 9 at the University of Connecticut International Student & Scholar Services hosted it’s annual Worldfest, a celebration of the multicultural and diversity found among UConn students. The many presentations featured at the event were the work of the many cultural and ethnic clubs found on campus. “We asked the student organizations if they wanted to take part, and then they arranged for their presentations and displays,” said Mihwa Lee, Director of International Student & Scholar Services. Many different student clubs organized performances during the day including the Albanian Student Association, UConn Taiko Club, Chinese Student & Scholar Association, Nubian Foxes, UCAsianision, Tarang, Husky Hungama, Capoeira, UConn Irish and the Polish Cultural Society. The performances varied from intricate instrumental routines to elaborate dances and martial arts demonstrations. Often, the performances also included an interactive component after their main presentations allowing the audience to take part in the performance to some degree. Many student organizations spent the past few months for
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up and down, all while being forced to drink alcohol. Holt said she woke up in a hospital with her blood alcohol level at nearly three times the legal limit. The national Kappa Kappa Gamma organization is investigating the alleged incident. The case has been transferred from UConn police to the state police since the alleged incident occurred offcampus, according to univer-
sity spokesperson Stephanie Reitz. In addition to the state police involvement, UConn has started an internal investigation to determine whether any students may have violated the school’s Code of Conduct. Students who violate the Code of Conduct could receive disciplinary sanctions that range from warnings to expulsions. Student organizations can also face disciplin-
ary actions, which range from warnings to loss of recognition by the university. “The safety and welfare of our students is our highest priority,” Reitz said. “While we can’t comment on individual cases, UConn has zero tolerance for hazing and has strict regulations that prohibit this behavior in all of its forms.”
Worldfest. “We were probably practicing for about two months so far,” said Polish Cultural society member and 6th–semester Molecular and Cell Biology major, Adrian Ilinski. A broad range of international food was also available which featured dishes such as perogies, vegetable curry samosas, tamarind chutney,
chicken teriyaki and pot-sticks. Additionally, the event featured a broad range of exhibits that showcased a wide variety of cultures from around the world. Some exhibits also featured items available for purchase from their respective countries and nations. They featured the arts of their respective culture along with historical and geographic information, allowing
for various student organizations to illuminate their unique culture and heritage to their fellow students. “Many Saudi students are here in both the graduate and undergraduate level. We organized this presentation to allow us to show our friends the culture of the Saudi,” said Saudi Student Club President, Badar
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UConn Taiko Club puts on an instrumental performance at the annual Worldfest celebration, hosted by the UConn International Student and Scholar Services
The Office of Institutional Research is setting the goal to increase Student Teacher Evaluation response rates by 10 – 15 percent this spring semester. Last spring, the survey form was changed from a paper base, which it had been for well over 10 years, to an online version to save paper and eliminate inefficiencies. The survey format changed slightly, moving from a 10 to a 5-point scale and adding an “overall evaluation” component and “expected final grade” indicator. Typically, when a survey changes from a paper to an online version, there is a 30 percent variation in the response rate. The Spring 2013 response rate, the first online round, was 53 percent, yet last fall’s dropped to 40 percent. The Office hopes to bring the number to somewhere between 50 and 60 percent, which is within 15 percent of the 65-70 percent expected from paper surveys. Assistant Vice Provost for Institutional Research and Effectiveness Dr. Thulasi Kumar and other members of his team believe that publicizing and educating students about the importance of STEs will help raise response rates. “It’s not an opinion survey,” Kumar said, “You’re actually helping your faculty to improve their teaching.” All student responses are anonymous and untraceable and are purely for analysis in aggregate terms. They are seen only by the professor, department head, dean and Office of the Vice Provost. The evaluations are crucial for staff to reflect on their strengths and weaknesses, determining teacher training and which faculty members will receive tenure. Faculty that are given the overall lowest STE scores are offered help from the Institute for Teaching and Learning, where they can get instructional feedback and will be followed up with in upcoming semesters. Professors with high scores are recognized.
“Teaching is the core mission of the University. Research comes second.” Kumar said. Statistical analysis proves that no matter what grade students expect to receive in the course, their responses are very accurate and consistent among other students in the class. The survey question that has the highest predictor significance to a high overall rating is whether “the instructor’s teaching methods promoted student learning.” The Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness is strategizing to advertise in newspapers and dining halls closer to the STE period, the couple of weeks before finals. They hope to also publish a newsletter with their findings. Most faculty are not open to the idea of offering students incentives as a way to increase response rates, such as extra credit points, yet hope to incorporate STEs as a curriculum requirement. Professors commonly reserve fifteen minutes at the end of one class period to allow students to fill out the survey. Research has shown that 75 percent of students are filling STEs out outside the classroom, using laptops and tablets. Less than 10 percent of students completed the STE using a smartphone or mobile device, and the Office hopes to raise this percentage. Smartphones as a mean to complete the survey are strongly encouraged because they can be done virtually anytime, especially in classrooms that do not accommodate laptops. Exploiting this opportunity may increase overall response rates. STEs are designed to give students a say in their education, recognizing the stake they hold at the university. The online base gives students the potential to do so easily and effectively, but it is up to them to participate. “Our concern is that we want students to take it more seriously,” Kumar said.
Candidates speak out about allegations lodged at opponents By Jackie Wattles Associate News Editor
The Undergraduate Student Government candidates whose campaign manager has filed a suit with the USG Judiciary challenging the legitimacy of their opponents’ ticket spoke out about the case, saying they aren’t happy with the direction it’s headed. Kevin Alvarez, a senator who filed a case last Thursday alleging student body president candidate Carlyle Bethel and his running mate David Rifkin–who both currently serve as USG senators–violated the organization’s elections policies by accruing absences from meetings that are deemed mandatory in USG bylaws. The judiciary will likely hear the
case later this week, and results from the campus-wide vote will be withheld until a decision is made. If Bethel and Rifkin are found guilty of the charges, they will likely face disqualification from the race. Alvarez serves as the campaign manager for presidential candidate Mark Sargent, a senator and External Affairs Committee chair, and his running mate Claire Price, the current USG comptroller. But Sargent and Price made comments Friday suggesting they were not involved in building the case against Bethel and Rifkin. “It’s hard to say we don’t support Kevin (Alvarez) because he is affiliated with our campaign, but at the same time I don’t necessarily agree with his actions as of right now,”
Price said. “We’re not really happy with the turn of events, we want to focus primarily on putting our strengths forward and focus on winning on those strengths and not the weaknesses of others.” Price said she and Sargent first heard about the allegations after Alvarez had already filed the case with the judiciary. “I think a lot of people initially thought that the case was connected to our campaign. I just wanted to clarify that Claire and I had nothing to do with this case at all,” Sargent said. “We didn’t come here to win because of a case. I was part of an election last year where we won, but got disqualified.” Sargent is referring to his run for USG vice president last year along-
side presidential candidate Shiv Gandhi–the current speaker of the senate–who was disqualified after the judiciary found his campaign team guilty of violating canvassing policies outlined in the USG elections packet. Bethel also stated that he does not want the election to end in a disqualification. In an interview last Friday, he said, “It has been a culture in USG to strip the student body of its voice and strip this campus of democracy by taking every election to the court and allowing five people to decide the outcome of the elections, and we hope to avoid that this election. “I don’t have perfect attendance, as most senators don’t, but David (Rifkin) and I have been very dedi-
cated to student government and have served to the best of our abilities,” Bethel said. But Sargent and Price said they do not plan to intervene in the case in any way, and they do plan to keep Alvarez on as campaign manager. “All of these people came to us to volunteer for us and said, ‘We want to help you because this is an issue that’s important to us,’” Sargent said. “We didn’t think this (case) was going to happen. We support the idea that senators should be held accountable for their basic duties as members of this organization (…) Going forward, we plan to focus on the campaign and letting every student know what we’re about.” Price added that she agrees
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with the sentiment behind Alvarez’s case, but regretted that the timing and targeting of the case made it seem like a political ruse. “If Kevin feels something isn’t right, he’s going to stand up for it. I value that in him,” Price said. “But at the same time, we’re trying to protect the value of the election because it does seem very political. “There was nothing we could have done,” she said, referring to the filing of the case. The USG Senate recently approved changes to its elections policies that may affect the case. In December, the Elections Oversight Committee proposed implementing a new sanctioning system for candidates who are found guilty in judiciary proceedings. While candidates previously faced disqualification for any policy violation, the amended rules allow the judiciary to issue warnings and disallow use of USG resources during the campaign. However, that same round of amendments included a clause stipulating all judiciary hearings must take place outside of the voting phase, which ends today at 5 p.m. This means ceasing USG resources for the campaign will not be a viable sanction, as the hearing will not likely be until Thursday when campaigning will be long over. But the case submitted by Alvarez invokes not only campaign violations, but violations of USG’s bylaws as well. The USG Elections and Campaign Policies state: “A
candidate currently serving in the Undergraduate Student Government is required to fulfill all responsibilities required of his or her current office, including attendance at any meeting of the Undergraduate Student Government that he or she is required to attend.” The bylaws also state that missing more than two senate meetings are grounds for dismissal from the organization at the discretion of the speaker. The case submitted by Alvarez last week alleges both Bethel and Rifkin “have been absent unexcused from at least three meetings of the Undergraduate Student Government (this semester).” Official meeting minutes obtained by The Daily Campus can confirm two absences from formal senate meetings by Rifkin and one by Bethel. Speaker Gandhi would not comment on the case, but said removing senators for absences is not currently a priority of his. In October last year, Gandhi did remove three senators from their posts after each accrued more than two absences, but no senators have been ousted since. Price said had Rifkin and Bethel been in this position in October last year, “they would have been removed. There’s no doubt about it.” Voting for USG president, vice president, senate seats and ratification of proposed amendments to the organization’s constitution can be completed at vote.uconn.edu until 5 p.m. today.
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UConn firefighters prepare for emergencies. The UConn Fire Department renewed their EMT certifications last week through a 40-hour refresher course.
The number of alcoholrelated calls to the UConn Fire Department has risen by 10 calls per month since last year. From Jan. 1st to March 1st of 2014 there were 511 total incidents that the fire department responded to, 57 of which were alcohol related. “We are and have been trending up in recent years,” Captain Steven Garvin of the UConn Fire Department said. Students should not be scared to call for help if they, their friend, or a complete stranger
has been drinking and may need medical attention. “It is not illegal to be intoxicated, it is illegal to be carrying a container, but the law does not call your body a container,” Lieutenant Heidi Vaughan said. The calls come from all over– dormitories, walkways and offcampus apartments, and from all types of people–friends, RAs, random passersby or even the police. Despite the increases in medical calls, the fire department remains prepared and ready to get to the aid of any student in trouble on or near campus. Every three years each employee
at the fire department must renew their certification as an EMT and this past week several firefighters went through a 40-hour refresher course. The course reviews everything from how to perform CPR to open wound care to administering EpiPens and inhalers. “The instructors, who are also employees of the fire department, review any new protocols that have come from the hospital as well,” Vaughan said. This year new advice for handling patients with back injuries has come out and was taught during the course. “It turns out that people with
target date for completion of tance, less than half a mile and a Price Chopper was set at June five minute walk from campus. 2014. At a recent update preAn adjacent building on the sented to the town council, same land, near the four-way officials from the Mansfield intersection of Storrs and South Downtown Partnership (MDP) Eagleville roads, has caused and LeylandAlliance said con- many students to question what struction on Phase Four of the will be there. Some thought it Storrs Center project started in would be a gas station or store. spring 2013 and that it will It is actually a 5,000 square be completed foot complex in summer that will be used “We’re especially 2014. as commercial The area space for interpleased that the where Price ested businessgrocery store will Chopper is es. Kathleen M. being conPaterson, combe walkable for structed will munications and many people who be known special projects live or work near- manager for as Market Square and the MDP, said by.” is located no leases have Howard Kaufman been signed for across the street from commercial LeylandAlliance this the Audrey building yet. P. Beck The town counBuilding, cil update said Mansfield’s town hall. that MDP and LeylandAlliance “The neighborhood is being are in discussion with tenants. designed to meet daily needs Price Chopper has grocery of Mansfield residents and the stores located in Connecticut, UConn community,” according Massachusetts, New Hampshire, to the Storrs Center website. New York, Pennsylvania and As of right now, the near- Vermont. The new location at est grocery store to the UConn Storrs Center, which will be campus in Storrs is currently the almost 32,000 square feet, will Big Y Mansfield Supermarket be the 9th store in the state and near Willimantic, which is about 133rd store overall. six miles of driving and ten minutes away. The new Price Chopper will be in walking dis- Miles.Halpine@UConn.edu
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut could become the first state to curb loud movies under proposed legislation that’s drawing opposition from the Motion Picture Association of America. The legislature’s Public Safety and Security Committee is considering the bill, which would prevent theaters from showing a film or preview that exceeded 85 decibels. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recommends noise should be kept below 85 decibels for workers for eight hours to minimize hearing loss. “Hopefully this will be a wakeup call to the theater owners and the MPAA to get their act together and do something that’s good for the public and still will satisfy their needs,” said William Young, a Stamford resident and chemical industry consultant who has pushed the measure. “Why they need such loud sounds is beyond me.” Jon Griffin, a policy specialist with the National Conference of State Legislatures, said he believes Connecticut would be the first state to regulate the maximum decibel level at movies. Vans Stevenson, a senior vice president with the MPAA, also said the issue is not regulated. A New York lawmaker has unsuccessfully pushed a mea-
sure that called for preventing trailers and commercials from playing louder than feature films. Dr. Robert Dobie, a professor at the University of Texas who is an expert in noise-induced hearing loss, said the 85-decibel standard is for workers’ prolonged exposure, not occasional loud sounds from a movie. “The exposure is so brief and intermittent that no one with any expertise would ever say that they have any real risk of hazard or harm,” Dobie said. “I feel quite comfortable that the exposures are not anywhere near hazardous. It’s the combination of level and duration that matters.” For comparison, the American Tinnitus Association says 85 decibels is the sound of average traffic, 80 decibels is the sound of an alarm clock 2 feet away and 100 decibels is the sound of a blow dryer. Sen. Carlo Leone, D-Stamford, said he was part of a delegation that introduced the bill at Young’s request. That way, a public hearing will help lawmakers determine how to proceed, he said. “I support the concept moving forward,” Leone said. “If there are other corrective measures without legislation and it takes care of the problem, that would be the better choice.”
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Price Chopper to open in Storrs Center by July By Miles Halpine Campus Correspondent A new grocery store in downtown Mansfield is expected to be completed within the next three months, signaling more progress and finished projects for the Storrs Center. A nearby building also being constructed in the same area is attracting some conversation among students as to what it will be for. While most of the area near Royce Circle and Dog Lane is either opened or near completion, the construction is still underway for the site where a Price Chopper will be located by the time summer begins. According to a statement released in August 2012, Howard Kaufman, Managing Member of LeylandAlliance, the developer for Storrs Center, said a lease was signed with Price Chopper to open a custom-designed supermarket in Storrs Center. “Price Chopper is planning a neighborhood market that is innovative in its design and will cater to the needs of the Storrs/Mansfield community,” Kaufman said. “We’re especially pleased that the grocery store will be walkable for many people who live or work nearby.” While the release said expectations are that the store could open as early as fall 2013, a
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back injuries are better off not on a back board, moving them is far worse than letting them move themselves,” Vaughan said. On the final day of the course, the firefighters went through testing stations where they were evaluated for their competency in each medical task they may have to perform around campus. “We need to make sure we know what we are doing,” Vaughan said, “so that when we go out to help students everything can go as smoothly as possible and nobody gets hurt.”
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Stevenson told the committee at a hearing this past week that the legislation is unnecessary and undermines voluntary standards adopted by companies and theaters that set appropriate sound levels. A standard was developed at the request of theater owners to address audience complaints about excessively loud trailers and significant steps have been taken to voluntarily reduce volume levels, the association said. “Certainly no one is going to do anything that would have a hint of being harmful,” Stevenson said. “We’ve gone to great lengths to make sure that average is in an acceptable range that is not harmful.” Young says the standard doesn’t work because it measures the average decibel of an entire preview, so it can have extremely loud portions. Young, who has been working on the issue with his colleague, Arnold Gordon of Greenwich, says their tests of previews found sustained bursts as high as 110 decibels. Young, who has a doctorate in chemistry, favors setting a peak limit. He says the sound is so loud it leaves his ears ringing. “Who wants to sit there in pain?” Young said. “These companies shouldn’t subject people to harmful sounds.”
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Two dozen injured as Southern California high school stage falls ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Investigators combed through a collapsed theater stage at a Southern California high school Sunday, trying to determine why it buckled during a performance and sent 25 students to the hospital, some with broken bones but most with minor injuries like bruises and scrapes. Police, firefighters and medics responded to a call Saturday night after the wooden stage gave way at Servite High School, an all-boys Catholic school in Anaheim. About 250 students from nearby Rosary High School, an all-girls sister school, were singing and dancing on the platform when they fell 5 feet, Anaheim police Lt. Tim Schmidt said. One girl who was on the
stage behind the collapsed area said it was the last of several performances and everyone was feeling great when things went suddenly wrong. “We were all jumping, having fun, we’ve done it five times before, and then all the sudden the girls in front of me just disappeared,” Sabrina Lee told KABC-TV as she and other performers returned to the campus on Sunday afternoon to gather belongings. “I don’t know what happened. All I knew was I turned around and ran.” Witness Stephanie Stevenson told the TV station “everyone was jumping around like crazy” when “the very front row just completely fell under. We were all in shock.” The cause appeared to be too many students on stage and too
much weight on the platform, Schmidt said. “We’re lucky that no one was seriously injured,” he said. “It was a quick, sudden collapse, and the students fell right away.” Inspectors will double-check the school’s stage permit to determine if it’s up to date. They will also review whether the permit included a weight restriction or a limit on the number of people who could be on stage. The investigation is expected to take two weeks. The stage was extended in the 1980s to provide more square footage, Schmidt said. It was the add-on that collapsed. More than 600 students, parents, faculty and alumni were in the auditorium at the time of the accident.
The students were performing in “Red and Gold,” Rosary High’s annual musical theater challenge since 1971, in which teams prepare for six weeks to put on choral, dance, drama and other performances, according to the school’s website. “Thank you for your prayers and support during this time,” Rosary Principal Judy Luttrell said in a statement posted on the school’s website after the collapse. “We ask that you continue to pray for our students. We thank you all, the Servite community, and the responders for their calm assistance.” In a statement, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange said it was “an unfortunate accident.” The diocese said an internal investigation was underway.
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AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — The chaos at the University of Massachusetts over the weekend during a pre-St. Patrick’s Day celebration brought new attention to an old problem affecting colleges across the country: How to deal with alcohol-fueled revelers during the March festivities. Celebrations near the UMass campus in Amherst spiraled out of control Saturday as police dealt with thousands of drunken and unruly people during the annual “Blarney Blowout.” More than 70 were arrested and four officers suffered minor injuries. Like other colleges and towns, UMass and Amherst officials took action to try to prevent problems. The university warned students last week that there would be an increased police presence Saturday, and Amherst police prepared for large-scale disturbances based on past problems. Six people were arrested in Amherst last year. At Penn State, the school paid licensed liquor establishments to stay closed this month during the unofficial drinking holiday known as State Patty’s Day for the second year in a row. State College, Pa., Police Chief Tom King said the strategy, along with a fraternity ban on parties, helped lead to a 75 percent decrease in arrests and citations this year compared to 2011 — the fake holiday’s heyday. In Champaign, Ill., University of Illinois and local officials have been dealing with the so-called “Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day” for years. The News-Gazette newspaper reported there were dozens of arrests and nearly 260 tickets issued for city ordinance violations in Champaign on Saturday, but no major inju-
Police detain a participant in the pre-St. Patrick’s Day “Blarney Blowout” near the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass. on Saturday, March 8, 2014.
ries. Students were told of the dangers of binge drinking and the consequences of being arrested during pre-celebration educational campaigns. In Amherst, this year’s celebrations became unruly in several areas around town despite efforts by UMass officials and local police. Amherst police Capt. Jennifer Gundersen told The Republican newspaper of Springfield that the daylong partying was “extremely disturbing and unsafe.” “Perhaps one of the worst scenes we have ever had with drunkenness and unruliness,” Gundersen said. “It is extremely upsetting. It is very dangerous.” UMass denounced the “unruly behavior” Saturday, and spokesman Ed Blaguszewski said students who were arrested will be reviewed under the school’s code of conduct and sanctions
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for Education. The Student Union Board of Governors also had it’s own unique activity at Worldfest, which was a photo booth that used a green screen to take pictures in a diverse range of international settings. The unique booth was titled “Postcards from Around the World.”
Bill attempts to target ‘knockout game’ HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are considering a bill that would increase criminal penalties for suckerpunch attacks. A bill before the General Assembly’s Public Safety Committee would make a socalled “knockout game” assault a Class D felony. It is the least serious felony, punishable by one-tofive years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine. Assailants in such attacks attempt to knock out random vic-
tims with a single punch and often place video of the attacks online. Lawmakers have scheduled a public hearing on Tuesday to hear testimony on that and other bills. Stamford police in February arrested a 15-year-old boy in connection with an attack that left a 63-year-old Stamford High School employee with several broken bones. Officials expressed concern that the incident was an example of the “knockout game.”
TACOMA. Wash. (AP) — The Northwest Detention Center locked down areas holding violent offenders as a precaution amid a continuing hunger strike Sunday by hundreds of detainees protesting their treatment and calling for an end to deportations. About 330 detainees refused to eat Sunday lunch, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said. On Saturday, the agency said 750 wouldn’t eat. The lockdown of Level 1 offenders, those with violent criminal histories, means supervision is more intensive and certain privileges are restricted, such as access to phone calls, ICE said. The agency said it couldn’t provide a number of detainees affected by the lock-
down but that they still have “controlled access” to medical and hygiene facilities. Immigrant-rights activists say a group of more than 20 detainees had been segregated in a small room. They believe it’s retaliation for leading the hunger strike that started Friday. Attorney Sandy Restrepo says the wife of a detainee talked briefly with her husband on Sunday. That detainee said he and others were confined to one cell without bathroom breaks and couldn’t move around. ICE spokesman Andrew Munoz says he couldn’t immediately comment on those reports. The center houses nearly 1,300 people being investigated for possible deportation.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel Malloy says he has signed an executive order creating a program that will use $10.8 million federal funding to bring down energy costs for Connecticut residents living in multifamily homes. Malloy says the Affordable Housing Energy Efficiency Program will fund energy conservation or renewable energy projects that will reduce energy use by at least 20 percent. The program will benefit homeowners with current mortgage with the Connecticut
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could include suspension or expulsion. Many UMass students and other young people posted their thoughts and experiences during Blarney Blowout on Twitter. Some said the police response was excessive, one person said their nose was broken by a beer bottle that someone threw and another said they were “teargassed.” Longtime Amherst resident Larry Kelley has railed against drunken UMass student partying for the past several years. He reported on Saturday’s events on his blog, “Only in the Republic of Amherst.” “Yesterday was the worst day in this town for public rowdy-ism,” Kelley told The Associated Press. “We still had a horrendous experience yesterday, horrendous.” Police from the city and university and state troopers in riot gear converged on a crowd of about 4,000 peo-
ple at an apartment complex shortly after noon. Authorities said people were destroying things, and as officers began to disperse the crowd, they were pelted with glass bottles, beer cans and snowballs. After quieting the disturbance, several thousand people assembled near a frat house. That gathering became dangerous and out of control, officials said, and when officers tried to clear the crowd, they again were attacked with bottles, rocks, cans and snowballs. Pepper spray was used to disperse the crowd because of the size and “assaultive behavior,” police said. Three officers were hurt when they were hit by bottles, and one was injured while attempting to make an arrest, Gundersen said. None of the officers were seriously injured.
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Free press is not as free as many in the U.S. would like you to believe
eporters Without Borders recently released its 2014 World Press Freedom Index and the United States fell 13 places to 46th on the list. This puts America behind several nations well-known for their lack of free press, including former Soviet republics such as Lithuania. According to the report, reasons for the drop include the seizure of the Associated Press phone records by the Department of Justice in order to identify the source of a leak and pursuit of whistleblowers like Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden. Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison in August for leaking classified information which exposed massive government wrongdoings. One file was a video of American soldiers laughing while shooting Iraqi civilians from a helicopter. Another revealed that many inmates were being detained indefinitely at Guantanamo Bay without any evidence of them being involved in terrorist activity. Manning’s conviction came shortly after Edward Snowden was forced to flee the country after leaking documents showing mass surveillance by the NSA. At the time, Reporters Without Borders issued a statement saying “The disproportionate sentence for Manning hits hard at whistleblowers and shows how vulnerable they are. The Army is sending a clear message to them and to all journalists who dare to report whistleblowers’ disclosures: the United States will strike back severely at anyone who uncovers information of public interest concerning the exercise of public powers.” Although the government has long tried to prosecute whistleblowers and those who publish the leaked documents, it has rarely succeeded until recently. In 1971, the Washington Post and the New York Times began publishing the Pentagon Papers, classified documents which demonstrated that Lyndon Johnson and the rest of the executive branch had, to quote the Times, “systematically lied, not only to the public but also to Congress” about the Vietnam War. The federal government tried to stop publication and the case wound up before the Supreme Court. In the majority opinion, Hugo Black ruled that publication could continue, writing “Only a free and unrestrained press can expose deception in government… Far from deserving condemnation for their courageous reporting, the New York Times, the Washington Post and other newspapers should be commended for serving the purpose that the Founding Fathers saw so clearly.” All charges against the leaker, Daniel Ellsberg, were eventually dismissed. In only about 40 years, press freedom has fallen dramatically. Not only are leakers sentenced to lengthy prison terms or forced to flee the country, but press records are seized by the federal government to identify the source of the leakers. Although most states have “shield” laws protecting journalists from these searches, no such law exists on the federal level. The United States’ large drop in press freedom is deeply disturbing. When the government can suppress information on abuses, it allows those violations to continue indefinitely. A free press means a free country, and with the press getting less free, it brings the rest of our freedoms down with it.
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Washington’s abandonment of veterans is abhorrent
wo weeks ago, the veteran community was dealt dual setbacks from the hands of the United States government. On Feb. 24, the first bit of dire news came in the form of the Pentagon’s $495.6 billion budget proposal for 2015, delivered by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, which heralded an Army personnel reduction from the current 522,000 soldiers to a pre-WWII level of 450,000 by 2019. An additional 30,000 troops will need to be cut if the Pentagon continues to By Dan Gorry face budget Weekly Columnist restraints from Congress, and contained within this overarching budget proposal is a series of cuts to active-duty as well as veteran’s benefits, including a steep Tricare fee hike. A mere three days later, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who serves as Chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, watched with crushing disappointment as his veterans’ assistance bill–which enjoyed unanimous endorsement from virtually every military assistance organization in the country–was rejected 56-41 because Senate Republicans had previously required a supermajority of 60 votes to pass. Both of these calamities only further demonstrate the callous treatment that veterans face from the government and they are made all the more inexcusable when compounded with recent revelations of Washington’s grotesque misconduct. The new Pentagon budget is undoubtedly a “breach of contract,” as American
Legion Deputy Director Joe Grassi described, which is marked by a mandated increase in out-of-pocket expenses for healthcare costs, an annual active duty pay raise cap of one percent, and the consolidation of Tricare’s trio of available options into what will inevitably be some singular bureaucratic abomination. Amy Bushatz of Military News points out that an active-duty military family caring for a child with disabilities pays a current average of $1,000 a year, but the new budget will quintuple this annual cost to $5,000. MOAA Deputy Director for government relations Mike Barron elaborates that Sergeant Rank personnel will have to pay close to $5,000 out of pocket, a cost that alone pushes them below the poverty line for a family of three. Sanders’ bill would have addressed many of the long-standing hardships that veterans uniquely face, but also could have significantly offset some of the damage imposed by the new Pentagon budget by providing some $21 billion in assistance to America’s 21.2 million veterans and their families. Sanders’ bill was actually already paid for in full, as it just reallocated funds originally appropriated for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, but Republicans attacked it by saying that it was a gross misuse of taxpayer money. In reality, this bill provided vital assistance to retired veterans, tuition aid in the tens of thousands for each veteran in a public university, increased assistance programs for sexual assault victims, finally granted healthcare assistance to Vietnam veterans who had long been stigmatized because of a misunderstanding of the nature of PTSD and would have reduced the federal deficit by $1.34 billion, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The miserly tactics of the Pentagon and Senate Republicans comes at a time
when more than 8,000 veterans take their own lives a year–more than the total number of U.S. lives lost in both Iraq and Afghanistan–at an average rate of 22 individuals a day, which is nearly twice that of civilians. Chronic pain, bodily disability, the lingering effects of PTSD and an unforgiving job market have pushed some 60,000 veterans into complete homelessness, whereas roughly 2.3 million veterans are currently living below the poverty line. Drug addiction amongst veterans has become rampant with nearly twice as many veterans overdosing every year than civilians, predominately through the use of opiates, which the Journal of the American Medical Association tied to the Veterans Affairs’ inordinate opiate prescriptions to veterans suffering from mental health issues. One of the more damning revelations of late was a study in the journal “Environmental Research,” which found that U.S. Air Force reservists had been exposed to significantly harmful levels of Agent Orange that lingered on aircraft used in Vietnam. The Department of Veterans’ Affairs has previously rejected reservists who sought treatment for their exposure, but this study conclusively demonstrates they are owed direly needed healthcare assistance as mandated by the Agent Orange Act of 1991. Though I applaud the Armed Forces for finally taking America off a permanent war-footing, the way they have gone about making change is frankly repugnant. Rather than wasting $1.5 trillion on Lockheed Martin’s defective F-35’s, I can think of 21.2 million recipients who have more than earned our assistance.
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West needs stronger response to Russian transgressions
ensions on the Crimean peninsula were high Saturday after about 100 armed gunmen stormed a military office in the city of Simferopol. Incidents like these show just how precarious the situation in Crimea is. One incident could quickly become a flashpoint, igniting a larger conflict. Yet with the situation as serious as it is, the United States and the European Union have yet to take concrete action. Both the United By Ted Terpstra States and Staff Columnist the EU should focus their efforts on making the occupation of Crimea the costliest mistake Russia has ever made. This cost must be imposed through economic means, as a military response is implausible. To put it plainly, the United States has no military options. Aside from a handful of fighter aircraft in the Baltic States and one or two U.S. Navy ships in the Black Sea, the United States has no military assets in the region. For comparison, Russia has 25 ships in the Black Sea and over 15,000 troops in
Crimea. A military response from the United States is not only unlikely, but also not possible. Yet Russia is hoping for a military response, not from the United States, but rather from Ukraine. In 2008, Russia invaded the small nation of Georgia. Days before the Russian invasion, the Georgian military launched an offensive into South Ossetia, a region inside of Georgia that wished to become an independent state. By initiating the conflict, the Georgians allowed Russia to justify its invasion as a defensive action to protect the people of South Ossetia. In Ukraine, Russia is trying to create a favorable pretext for war similar to the 2008 Georgian conflict. By isolating Ukrainian military forces in Crimea and seizing Ukrainian military installations, Russia is attempting to provoke Ukraine into taking military action. If Ukraine responds, Russia can then claim that Ukraine fired the first shots and the conflict that followed was simply the Russian response to a Ukrainian offensive. However, the Ukrainian leadership is much more measured than the aggressive Georgian leadership was in 2008. Instead of a war, there is a
standoff, as Ukraine recognizes that any military response would play into Russia’s stratagem. So what should the West do to end the occupation? First and foremost we must make it clear that Ukraine will never be allowed to join NATO. Allowing Ukraine to join NATO would exacerbate Russia’s fear of the military alliance and be seen by Moscow as encirclement. Russia is already wary of the West’s intentions after years of American efforts to build a ballistic missile defense system in Eastern Europe. The West must try to understand the Russian perspective of the world. Next, the United States should make good on its threat to kick Russia out of the G8. Putin values Russia’s standing as an economic power. Expulsion from the G8 would send a stronger message than sanctions ever will. Greater isolation of Russia would shrink their influence on the world stage and show Moscow that unilateral military action is a dangerous route to igniting a new Cold War. Lastly, as Henry Kissinger noted in a piece for the Washington Post, the United States and Europe need to realize that demonization of Putin is not
a policy. There is no concerted policy for dealing with Putin’s transgressions, instead the West moves from crisis to crisis without any strategy. Crisis management is not a policy. The United States and its allies must recognize that Putin is a strategist and respond in kind. So far, the American response has been weak. Visa bans and limited sanctions are not going to affect Putin’s strategy. There also seems to be a dangerous possibility that many nations in Europe fail to recognize the severity of Putin’s actions and, in the coming weeks or months, allow relations with Russia to return to normal. The United States has to consider the global message that would be sent if Putin is allowed to seize Crimea with little repercussions. China may feel emboldened to take a stronger stance on Taiwan and disputed islands in the South China Sea. North Korea could feel similarly about their disputed territories. Now is not the time to make idle threats or muster a weak response. Both the stability of the world and American interests are at risk.
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The Irish Baroque Orchestra performed at Jorgensen Sunday afternoon, bringing songs from 18th century Ireland to Storrs. This is the first of two Irish concerts at Jorgensen this week, as Danú will perform on Friday night.
By Zarrin Ahmed Staff Writer The Irish Baroque Orchestra filled the stage at Jorgensen Sunday afternoon. The orchestra performed songs that were a portal through time. Most were composed and played in 18th century Ireland, specifically in Dublin. Giving birth to the convergence of many composers all over Europe for inspiration and patronage, Dublin cultivated what is now called “Ireland’s
Golden Age.” The culture of the period was heavily suppressed at the time due to English domination and the ongoing struggle for basic rights for Catholics and dissenting Protestants. The performance featured solos from artistic director Monica Hugget on violin. Hugget has worked with baroque music for over three decades, pioneering the formation of ensembles and directing not only the Irish Baroque Orchestra but also the Portland Baroque Orchestra (centered
in Portland, Oregon). Her impressive musical history includes acting as the Artistic Director for the The Julliard’s School Historical Performance Program and founding Sonnerie, a world-renowned orchestra. Hugget took control of the stage for the first few songs, playing short, upbeat jigs. Additionally, Irish harpist Siobhan Armstrong joined the show to play a gentle and slow tune. For the next song, she was joined by Pete Whalen, a bassoonist and a cellist and
pianist. Composers whose work was featured in the show included Pepusch, Giminiani, Carolan, Dubourg, Pasquali, Vivaldi, Cornelius Lyons and Handel.
Friendship blossoms Independent student art exhibition space threatened into romance By Zach Lederman Staff Writer A fetching feminine friendship turned softly sexual was displayed this past Saturday during the Rainbow Center’s weekly Rainbow Cinema presentation. This week’s film was, “I Can’t Think Straight,” a 2008 film dealing with a friendship between two young women that slowly develops into something more than either ever considered. The film stars Lisa Ray as Tala, an upper class Palestinian woman who is engaged (for the fourth time) to a young Jordanian man. Sheetal Sheth plays Leyla, a young British-Indian woman and aspiring writer living under the roof of her strictly conservative mother. It is made quickly apparent that both girls yearn to escape from the tight clutches of their respective mothers. Tala’s mother, vain, obsessed with familial appearances and highly antisemitic, frequently clashes with her daughter’s a-religious and prohumanitarian viewpoints. Leyla feels constantly pressured by her mother to get married and start a family, something that Leyla is very hesitant to do, wanting to make a life for herself first. Leyla’s boyfriend, Ali, is a childhood friend of Tala, and it is through him that the two girls meet in London, where Tala lives and works. Quickly they strike up a friendship, despite disagreements over religion, race and culture. Tala brings Leyla to various events around England that Leyla would not attend otherwise, including polo matches and ceremonies at Oxford. It is during the trip to Oxford that the two women realize their feelings for each other go much deeper than friendship. The
two strike up an affair. While Leyla, who quickly ends her relationship with Ali, is eager to pursue a relationship, Tala is not so sure. She is initially unwilling to break off the wedding and disappoint her parents once again. It is because of this that she ends their budding relationship and temporarily goes back to Jordan to get married. But all is not lost for poor Tala and Leyla. On the very day of her wedding, Tala realizes that nothing is more important than true love, so she breaks off her engagement once again before traveling home to be with the girl she loves. Overall, “I Can’t Think Straight” was a fantastic film that I felt really helped to highlight issues that LGBTQ teens face from a different cultural perspective than those that we’re usually used to seeing. So many films focus on white teens living in a western culture dealing with these issues, rather than adults like Leyla and Tala, both of whom are used as a fusion of eastern and western cultures. Jay Beaulieu, an employee of the Rainbow Center and second semester molecular and cell biology major agreed with this idea. “The film was great, and it felt like a real break from typical LGBT films, which are usually very white-centric,” Beaulieu said. “The blend of religious and personal beliefs was also quite interesting, especially the frequent references to the anti-Semitism of Tala’s family.” Though there is no film next week, due to spring break, films will resume on Saturday, March 29, at 2 p.m. with the film, “Possible Loves.”
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This Sunday, 6th semester UConn student Julianne Norton showed her independent art exhibit at the Benton Beanery. The exhibit, titled in Hebrew with an English translation, “to stitch, to echo” consists of five pieces, which were created using a variety of tools, including acrylics, ink and pen. The title refers to the purpose of the exhibit as well as the inspiration behind it. Norton lists her mother’s embroidery as well as wood knots, water ripples and fingerprints as various influences in her work, saying that she finds peacefulness in organic repetition. As an international relaASHLEY MAHER/The Daily Campus tions major, much of Norton’s UConn student Julianne Norton showcases her work at the Beanery. She says that her art academic work is dedicated to postmemory, which she is inspired by organic repetition. describes as the imaginative recreation of memory by generations descend“It’s good to see a student artist have the ing from those impacted by cultural or collec- opportunity to display their work as if it were tive trauma. Each piece includes an original in a museum.” Sara Georgas, a 2nd semester poem that offers the viewer a framework with art major said. “Most of the time the Benton which to interpret the relatively abstract works. displays professional artists upstairs, so it’s Although she was happy to be able to display great to see that they have a space dedicated to her work at the Beanery, Norton expressed her student work.” discontentment with the fact that she may be Norton also explained that the student gallery one of the last student artists to be able to do so. in the Student Union, the only other place on “One of the reasons I went for this space campus where UConn students can exhibit their is because it’s a really great opportunity for work, is also in danger of being eradicated, and students to be able to show their own original even now is a poor venue for artists, as it is out work,” said Norton. “It’s a really valuable space of the way on the third floor and is often dedibecause it is one of the only places on campus cated to use by the cultural centers. that offers support for student artists, which is “What’s great about the Beanery wall is that so important.” other students can stop by and look at the work 6th semester marketing major Lucas Lee, while they get a coffee,” said Norton, “and it’s who curated the event, added to this, saying, really one of the only ways for UConn students “It’s really great to see student work on the to be able to interact with the art community.” Benton wall, but with Dining Services taking Although it debuted on Sunday, the exhibit control of the Beanery next year, I’m not sure if will be up and available for viewing through the tradition will be able to continue.” March and into early April. Many of the guests seem to agree with this Brian.Passeri@UConn.edu sentiment.
With rumors of “Space Jam 2” floating around, I got in the mood to re-watch the original, and man it never gets old. “Space Jam,” released in 1996, follows NBA star Michael Jordan’s strange journey from basketball star, to baseball flop, to savior of Looney Land. Poking fun at Jordan’s baseball career was always one of my favorite aspects of the movie. At one point, one of the sportscasters comments “Baseball bat? Get this guy a tennis racket,” as Jordan strikes out. The rumors about the sequel seem to be that LeBron James will be starring in the type of role that Jordan played, which has a lot of people pleased, and others incredibly angry. Does it make sense? If you ask me, absolutely. LeBron is one of the most recognizable players in the NBA right now. He is still young, and the man has charisma, no doubt about it. Jordan didn’t necessarily do a bad job acting. His performance was far above an awkward commercial endorsement that many athletes do, but LeBron has that sort of outgoing personality that could really work for a kids film. I’m also interested to see what the plot is like. Previously, the aliens from Moron Mountain invaded Looney Toon Land to enslave them as an attraction for their amusement park. At the end of the film, they lost, overthrew their dictator of a boss, and became somewhat friends of the Looney Toons. So what is at stake now? Will new characters be introduced? Do the Monstars come back for a rematch? And how is James even involved? I hope he doesn’t get sucked down a golf hole. The writers at Warner Bros. are a creative bunch, and I’m sure they’ll do a good job. If it’s not the Monstars it’ll likely be another new character because even the villainous characters, like Elmer Fudd and Sylvester, were on the good guys in the original. One thing that would absolutely sell me on “Space Jam 2” would be a Bill Murray reappearance. In the 1996 film, after the big game Murray realizes that he wasn’t cut out for basketball as he had thought he was, despite his conversation earlier in the movie with Jordan about being able to overcome the odds despite being white. Jordan counters with Larry Bird as an example, with whom they are playing a round of golf. Murray then counters, “Larry’s not white. Larry’s clear.” These are the kinds of jokes most movies can’t get away with these days, especially a children’s film, nor are they considered tasteful. But who takes Bill Murray seriously anyway? If a sequel is going to be a reality, then it has a lot of hype to live up to. Most people agree that sequels are often mistakes. But the Looney Toons are not new to remakes, and their new batch of cartoons is actually pretty good. There’s one thing that is
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don’t want to see the show go and I would very much miss it, but is there really more to see or do with this show apart from just making me laugh? If the answer is yes, I will gladly sit through more seasons. If not, perhaps it is time to end before the show is not funny anymore. In the meantime, there is still a lot of fun to have in Pawnee, but I can’t shake the feeling that maybe we should all take a hint from Leslie’s current dilemma in the show and begin to wonder when the right time to move on from Pawnee is.
The problem with the entertainment industry today is that no matter how good of an idea you may have, chances are something similar has already been done. This of course does not immediately ruin any project, but it creates a problem. Writers, directors, stars, producers and studios do not want to be written off as something people have already seen. Often this means marketing the material in a certain manner or making changes. We usually never see the final product look anything other than familiar territory. Yet, every now and then a show will come along that takes the same material we have seen before and makes it its own and by doing so makes us forget that we may have seen something similar. There are a lot of television shows about detectives and law enforcement solving and investigating crimes or murders. A lot of these try to be their own, but end up falling back on clichés. My newest favorite show is HBO’s “True Detective.” The show’s awkward title did not intrigue me. Its pilot episode introduced the story of the two main detectives in multiple timelines over the course of twenty years investigating a satanic ritualistic murder when it occurred, then later wondering if the killer is still out there. While the story seemed interesting, nothing about it, aside from its well written characters, really jumped off the screen as groundbreaking. It was rather slowly paced in the beginning as well. What kept me hooked was the involvement of big stars like Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. We’ve all seen mismatched detectives work together before, but rather than try and force the material to be different, the writers just ran with the familiar territory and made it their own. By playing with this relationship and crafting it into their vision despite us all having seen similar things done before, the writers have actually managed to make it their own thing. The dynamic between the two detectives may have appeared at first to be clichéd, but it has been so well-done that I am willing to guarantee in the future it will become what similar clichéd works will be compared to. The same can be said about the story. It may not have appeared to be going anywhere groundbreaking or original at first and it could be argued that without the show’s overall mythology and mystery, it hasn’t. However, the writers have managed to create an investigation inside their world that is so intriguing and well done that it stands on its own two feet and makes audiences forget that they have ever seen a similar work. At first it seemed to be just another investigation of a religious serial murder. There was actually a similar crime scene in the pilot of “Hannibal.” However, it has now set the standard for how similar shows will be judged. It is hard to break clichés and formulaic material because audiences may immediately dismiss it. However, if these things can be embraced and made into their own unique vision as they have on “True Detective,” then material can ultimately become its own thing. Just because there aren’t many original ideas out there, doesn’t mean that something cannot be original or good.
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FOX’s new version of the 80s show “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” gives audiences a tour of our universe.
Week ending March 2 immensity of the universe. Tyson’s telling of Giordano Bruno’s story was done through 2-D animation reminis“Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” pre- cent of classic Disney films and was dramiered last night, and it was brilliant. The matic without being exaggerated. And while show is a documentary series done as a his explanation of the Cosmic Calendar follow-up with much the same style as the might make you feel small, it also makes wildly popular original 1980 series present- you feel like you’re a part of something ed by astrophysicist Carl Sagan. This time amazing. around, Neil deGrasse Tyson, “We are made of star stuff,” also an astrophysicist and wellTyson said. Cosmos known science popularizer and As an English and economics communicator, is the presenter. major, I’m not big on studyIn terms of style the first epiing science. But after watching sode of the series, “Standing Up this episode, I truly lamented in the Milky Way,” was very that I had not chosen to study similar to the original series. astronomy. Tyson had a way of Tyson leads the audience on a tour of the exposing the grandeur of the universe withuniverse aboard a “ship of the imagination,” out being pretentious that made the viewer much like Sagan did. Through it, Tyson believe they were part of something magshared the birth of Renaissance Italian nificent. Moreover, the visual effects, far Giordano Bruno’s vision of the universe more impressive than their 80s counterparts, as an unlimited expanse of space and time complemented Tyson’s narration perfectly. and segued from there into an exploration The musical score was fantastic also in that of the Cosmic Calendar to demonstrate the it complemented Tyson’s narration without
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What I’m Watching Shark Tank Underrated: “Shark Tank” gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their business to a panel of “sharks” that can put up capital in exchange for an equity stake in the business. The imagination of American inventors and entrepreneurs is astounding, and never fails to entertain. Last week, a married couple that had invented “squeaky knee” pants for toddlers were on. They had squeaky toys in the pants to alert parents where their child is and to protect the kid’s knees. They didn’t get funding. Watching which sharks make offers to the contestants are just as interesting. Sometimes a bidding war ensues, while other times, no one is willing to participate. The sharks can be brutal, but they’re only being honest. -Kim Halpin
overshadowing it. I expect “Cosmos” to appeal to a wide audience, not just those who are already interested in science. My only real complaint about the first episode is that the opening was a little slow, but the rest of the episode really made up for it. My only other minor point of contention is that Tyson’s “ship of the imagination” looks like a Sith warship out of “Star Wars.” I have high hopes for this show. If every subsequent episode of “Cosmos” is as good as this first one was, I will be on the edge of my seat every Sunday night watching it. We’ve all heard the numbers that American students’ scientific literacy is falling behind that of other nations. Our own Committee on Science, Space, and Technology doesn’t even require that its members be scientists. I have hopes that the show will spark generations of people’s curiosity about science and improve their scientific literacy.
Has the time come for ‘Parks?’ By Maurilio Amorim Staff Writer When NBC put “Parks and Recreation” on temporary hiatus, nobody was angrier than me. As a long-time fan of the show, I could not wait for it to come back. Throughout its run, “Parks and Recreation” has managed to remain one of the smartest and funniest comedies on television. While the show is still providing big laughs and plenty of entertainment from its now famous characters, it is all beginning to feel just a bit too familiar. I still find myself entertained, but I am questioning the future of Pawnee. I was afraid that the show would go downhill after Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones left. I don’t think the absence of their characters has affected the quality in any way, but the storyline is the real problem. It’s not that the current plot line is necessarily uninteresting or a turn off, but it used to be so much more. In past seasons, we saw a lot of interesting character arcs and stories unfold in Pawnee, but this season we don’t really have that much going on. In fact, it feels more like the writers are just throwing out ideas to keep the characters in daily shenanigans rather than pushing them anywhere like they used to. It may not drag like the current plot line of “How I Met Your Mother,” but it isn’t necessarily as gripping or exciting as it used to be. Perhaps there is more to come and the story will progress, but at the moment it is somewhat stale. Since Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones left there
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With the loss of two main characters this season, it might be time for the producers of “Parks and Recreation” to quit while they’re ahead.
haven’t been any noteworthy on its story or jokes to keep episodes, but the show is still fans watching, the show has funny. The characters we love always relied on its strong are still themselves characters and conand still manage tinue to do so. This to do enough to Parks and Recreation in itself is enough keep me more than to make up for the happy. What always dry story line and made “Parks and keep me happy. Recreation” stand Every show out as a comedy reaches a certain apart from its satirical and point where the question allegorical storylines was its must be raised whether there over the top characters. The is more to do and the show performances feel so real and should go on, or if the produceach character feels like a per- tion should quit while they’re son we not only could actu- ahead. It seems that this may ally meet in real life, but most unfortunately be the appropriof them are characters we ate time to raise this question want to meet. Rather than rely for ‘Parks and Recreation.’ I
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Looking at the world ‘Suits’ through Google Glass By Alex Sferrazza Staff Writer
By Emily Lewson Staff Writer The hit show “Suits” returned Thursday night, finishing out its third season. While the episodes had been sub-par before its break, the returning episode, “Burning Secrets,” is an emotional and beguiling hour. Although unusual for the show, “Buried Secrets” brought in a special guest: celebrity and Olympian Michael Phelps. The necessity of Phelp’s character in the storyline is debatable. However, his name certainly captures a certain audience and will boost viewing numbers. “He is playing himself: Michael Phelps,” Patrick J. Adams (who plays Mike Ross) told “Access Hollywood.” “The only man who can play Michael Phelps is playing Michael Phelps.” Photo courtesy of cultureby.com Adams continued to explain that the guest appearance was more typical of “Entourage” Olympian Michael Phelps made a guest appearance in “Suits’” recent episode “Buried Secrets.” and so “Suits” tends to shy away. However, Phelps was very interested in appearing, “He was such a fan of the show and such to watch. that he never went to Harvard (or any other) a big supporter of the show that we were While Harvey and Scottie engage in flirty law school. In the mid-season finale, Louis excited to have him on and there’s a lot of courtship, Mike Ross and Rachel Zane discovered Mike’s file was missing from the heart there,” Adams said. (Meghan Markle) grow more serious. After Harvard file cabinet. This information drives Phelps plays into the unfolding relation- last episode saw Rachel’s decision to stay Louis to inquire about Mike’s past. ship of Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) in New York, the couple decides to move “He’s gonna come after Mike,” Adams and Dana Scott (Abigail Spencer). In an in together. They enjoy each other and their said, “[Louis] is coming after Mike hard attempt to prove herself as a worthy lawyer, happiness is pleasant to watch. While they and obviously we’re going to have to move Scottie lands Phelps as a clihave been simple characters in quickly and do everything in our power to ent, a feat Harvey was unable to the past, Mike and Rachel are keep him from figuring it out.” Suits accomplish. Despite this career beginning to grow as a couple. As the drama unfolds Louis grows more highlight, Scottie’s romantic relaAs Mike faces the lawyer who intense and more invested in Mike’s past. tionship with Harvey causes difhandled his parents’ case, Rachel When juxtaposed to the other plotlines’ ficulties in her future at the firm supports him as he relives pain- bliss, Louis’ suspicions became increasingly of Pearson-Specter. ful memories. With her support, unnerving. Risking her career, the ScottieMike rediscovers his father’s As a whole, the show covers a gamut of Harvey romance returns. This time it seems love for life and for his mother. This love emotions. Audiences are sent on an enjoydifferent. Scottie is finally able to draw out transcends into his relationship with Rachel able roller coaster: soaring through the highs Harvey’s emotional side. Honesty becomes and is beautiful to watch. of true love and experiencing the lows of a foundation in their relationship. However, As Mike learns about his family values, grief. The many storylines intermingle perthe two banter and flirt as coyly as ever. They Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman) digs deeper into fectly. Next week’s episode will hopefully have become TV’s sexiest couple. Scottie’s Mike’s background. The show’s basis lies continue this entertaining return of “Suits.” return to the show has brought back romance in the fact that Mike has a photographic and confidence; she is a whirlwind and a joy memory, allowing him to cover up the fact Emily.Lewson@UConn.edu
Barry’s Occupy Walnut Street Ice Cream Flavor). However, unlike other shows which rely The 25th season of “The solely on this sort of humor, Simpsons” continues with its when “The Simpsons” does so, latest episode “Specs and the it feels a bit off. While the City.” The masters of pop cul- story eventually ended on a ture satire offer up their par- somewhat touching note, most ody of “Google Glass” in the of the episode’s plot was sigepisode in the form of Oogle nificantly lacking again with Goggle glasses, which Mr. various rapid-fire gags getting Burns has generously gifted to most of the laughs. the employees of the Springfield A minor subplot involvNuclear Power Plant. Homer ing Bart having to give a and the rest of the crew soon Valentine’s Day card to every become inseparable from the member of his class including devices much to the annoyance Nelson the bully was intriguing of those around them. Marge at first but got old incredibly eventually has had enough and quickly. forces Homer to give up his The couch gag was funny, pair. Unbeknownst to the work- if not somewhat predictable. ers, the devices simply serve Homer keeps electrocuting as a means for Burns to spy himself, attempting to grab a on them in their six pack of Duff that daily lives. This Bart has placed on Simpsons works to Homer’s the electric wire. advantage after he I think the biggest discovers he can issue “Specs and the spy on Marge who City” has is standhas started wearing ing as a poster child Homer’s pair. for critics who lambast “The This isn’t the first time “The Simpsons” for having run out Simpsons” has done a tech of ideas. While I would argue parody show – last season fea- against that statement, this epitured a hilarious iPad spoof, sode indeed calls upon every the MyPad – and it’s not the hallmark we’re used to seeing best either. The concept is full in the show without surpassing of potential and while the writ- us with something new. The ers do an admiral job in the pop culture parody gags are episode mocking how absorbed solid here as they always are, modern society is with these but for the most part, the epidevices, I feel as though the sode features a distinct lack of concept could have been great- heart. “Specs and the City” is ly expanded upon from more far from the finest work we’ve seen from the show, but it’s not than just simple sight gags. This wasn’t a bad episode truly terrible. by any means and enough gags are put in place to ensure constant amusement ( i.e. Jen & Alex.Sferrazza@UConn.edu
Successful educators impart musical wisdom at conference By Darragh McNicholl Campus Correspondent This past Saturday the UConn Collegiate Chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) held a mini-conference for music education majors in the Gentry building. The event, titled “Behind the Scenes of a Successful Program: a Professional Development Day for Aspiring Music Educators,” involved three music educators presenting on a variety of subjects important to the field of music education. The conference gave aspiring music educators the opportunity to hear about many of the topics and questions that exist in music education from people succeeding in the field. The first music educator who presented was Wayne Pierce, who is affiliated with wiredwinds.com. His presentation was titled “Technology Tools for Today’s Music Educator.” Much like the website, Pierce’s presentation focused on the everexpanding use of technology in music and music education. The presence of technology is difficult to avoid when teaching music nowa-
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days, but Pierce advised many websites, texts, and organizations that can be helpful for aspiring music educators. Aaron Burgess, a Director of Bands at E. O. Smith High School, presented on the necessities of landing a job. This universal topic focused on landing a job as a teacher in the school of music department and contained many valuable tips and tricks. The final presentation, by Ned Smith discussed the questions that music educators need to constantly ask themselves in order to best teach their students. “How is music different from any other activity warranting a place as a separate subject?” and “What do you ultimately believe is important about music that makes it worth sharing with students?” are two questions Smith asked. The goal is to reevaluate how music needs to be taught, and for the educators to gain their own philosophies about why music matters. “I want to sensitize people to the beauty in the world around them through sound.” said Smith, remarking on his own goals as a music educator. He taught aspiring music
educators that they need to have philosophies on music and education alike. They need to know how to work with others in the field of education, and how to plan ahead so that they can change the curriculum or their teaching style to best for their students needs. Valerie Stickles, president of the Uconn NAfME chapter, ended the miniconference by saying that “these conversations don’t need to stop.” Music education is a subject worth discussing at any moment and for anyone–educators and other citizens alike. How music education is approached, in what setting it can best be done, and the ever increasing presence of technology are all topics that matter to a society that views music as an influential art form. STEVE QUICK/The Daily Campus
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At 50, landmark libel case relevant in digital age
person to lean on New York Times v. Sullivan, a case decided 50 years ago Sunday, and the cases that followed and expanded it. The Sullivan case, as it is known among lawyers, stemmed from Alabama officials’ efforts to hamper the newspaper’s coverage of civil rights protests in the South. The decision made it hard for public officials to win lawsuits and hefty money awards over published false statements that damaged their reputations. In the decades since, the justices have extended the decision, making AP it tough for celebrities, Courtney Love wasn’t even born when The New York Times won a landmark libel politicians and other case at the Supreme Court in 1964, but it helped her prove she shouldn’t have public figures to win libel suits. to pay $8 million for a troublesome tweet about her former lawyer. Newspapers, magaWASHINGTON (AP) — Singer zines, radio and televiCourtney Love hadn’t been born and tweet- sion stations were the primary means of ing was reserved for birds when The New publishing when the Sullivan case was York Times won a landmark libel case at decided. Today, the case applies equally to the Supreme Court in 1964. new media such as Twitter, Facebook and But when a California jury decided blogs. Because of the ease of publishing recently that Love shouldn’t have to pay $8 online, more people may claim the protecmillion over a troublesome tweet about her tions granted by the decision and others former lawyer, she became just the latest that followed.
“It seems reasonably clear that the protections afforded by Sullivan and the cases that came after it apply to both media and non-media speakers,” said Lee Levine, a First Amendment lawyer who co-wrote a recent book on the case. “Technology has afforded everyone — and not just people who can afford to buy a printing press or own a broadcast station — the ability to disseminate information to the world. That has increased the opportunities for those people to publish defamatory statements to a very broad audience,” Levine said. Levine said it’s unclear whether that opportunity will lead to more libel suits, cases brought over the publication of false information that injures someone’s reputation. More ways to communicate could mean more suits, or there could be fewer because people may discount what they read online, and it may not be worth suing individuals who don’t have corporations’ wealth. Or there may be other explanations. “Today one of the reasons I think we don’t have as many libel cases is not just because the Sullivan rule is so widely accepted by everyone, but in a digital world there’s so much greater opportunity for response,” said Bruce W. Sanford, a Washington-based First Amendment lawyer. If one person says something untrue online, the person being spoken about has many more avenues to reply, agreed David Ardia, a University of North Carolina law
professor and the co-director of the school’s Center for Media Law and Policy. In the 1960s, the only way to respond to libel and “reach an audience was to get into the same newspaper, and that’s no longer the case,” he said, adding that the “megaphone” of the Internet is available to everyone. The Internet was a long way off when the Sullivan case began in 1960. It started when the Times published a civil rights group’s full-page ad, with the title “Heed Their Rising Voices,” that described the brutal treatment of civil rights demonstrators in the South. Egged on by a local newspaper editorial urging all Alabamians to sue, a Montgomery, Ala., city official named L.B. Sullivan claimed his reputation had been sullied by the ad’s errors, though neither he nor any other official was named in it. Under state law preceding the Supreme Court decision, Sullivan won a judgment of $500,000, and the Times faced millions more in other suits. The legal peril prompted the Times to pull all its reporters out of Alabama at a time of keen news interest in the civil rights movement. Sullivan ultimately lost at the Supreme Court. Justice William Brennan, writing for a unanimous court, acknowledged that published errors can harm a person’s reputation. But Brennan, himself ambivalent about reporters even as he emerged as a defender of press freedoms, and his colleagues also decided that it should be tough for public officials to win libel suits.
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No. 2 Notre Dame beats Duke, wins ACC
Notre Dame players including Taya Reimer (12), Jewell Loyd (32), Natalie Achonwa (11), Michaela Mabrey (23) and Ariel Braker (44) celebrate after winning the ACC title.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Jewell Loyd scored 18 of her 26 points in the second half, and No. 2 Notre Dame capped its perfect first run through the Atlantic Coast Conference by beating No. 10 Duke 69-53 on Sunday night in the league tournament final. Kayla McBride added 25 points to help the top-seeded Fighting Irish (32-0) — last year's Big East champions — win their second consecutive conference tournament and extend the best start in school history with their third victory over the Blue Devils in five weeks. Haley Peters had 18 points and Elizabeth Williams finished with 17 points and 16 rebounds for the secondseeded Blue Devils (27-6), who shot 44 percent but had 20 turnovers. They reached the ACC title game for the sixth time
in seven years under coach Joanne P. McCallie, but were denied their second straight championship and fell to 1-9 in the series. Duke's best chance to claw back into the game came when Ka'lia Johnson went to the line with her team down 10 with 2:23 left. But she missed the front end of a one-and-one, McBride followed with two free throws, and after a turnover, Loyd hit a fast-break layup to put Notre Dame up 65-51 and send the Irish on their way to their seventh tournament title in their third different league. They won what's now known as the Horizon League six times before winning the Big East on their way out of that conference. Ultimately, the two Blue Devils most capable of keeping up with Loyd — guards Chelsea Gray and Alexis
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — This was a fitting way for Aaron Craft to close out his final home game. The hard-nosed point guard led Ohio State's voracious defense down the stretch — even diving for a big rebound in the final 25 seconds — helping the Buckeyes rally past No. 22 Michigan State 69-67 on Sunday. "Probably the poetic justice way to end the game was the way he did it," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. "I give him a lot of credit for that." A lot of Buckeyes made big plays down the stretch as the Spartans went scoreless for the final 4:30. Ohio State (23-8, 10-8 Big Ten) scored the final four points. The Spartans (23-8, 12-6) had the ball with the game tied at 67, but Adreian Payne lost it to Craft with just over a minute left for Michigan State's 16th turnover. Payne finished with 23 points. Shannon Scott's 14-foot jumper
Craft and former Buckeye Jared Sullinger. With the ball bounding loose, Craft went to the floor to control it like a defensive back pouncing on a fumble. The senior was tied up on the play, but the possession arrow favored the Buckeyes with 24.8 seconds remaining. Craft, who has suffered through a poor shooting year, then was fouled with 20.9 seconds left. He clanked the first but made the second for his 12th point. The Buckeyes were 19 of 31 at the line for the game. They made two of six foul shots over the final 90 seconds, with Craft's free throw pushing the lead to two. Gary Harris, who scored 12 points for Michigan State, grabbed the rebound and dribbled to the other end but his off-balance attempt with 2 seconds left was off. Payne crashed the boards but Lenzelle Smith Jr., Ohio State's only other senior, tipped the ball away just before the buzzer sound-
ed. "I just wanted to keep (Harris) from getting to the basket and try to contest his shot as much as possible," Craft said. "He got a move, got a shot off, and luckily it was short and Lenzelle did a phenomenal job of tipping the ball so Adreian couldn't tip-dunk it to make it go into overtime." LaQuinton Ross had 22 points for the Buckeyes, who had lost their last two games. Both Ohio State and Michigan State are headed for the Big Ten tournament this week, and then will move on to the NCAA tourney. Denzel Valentine added 11 points for the Spartans (23-8, 12-6), who have lost seven of 11. Izzo was upset that Michigan State was called for 22 personal fouls to 12 against the Buckeyes. The Spartans were hamstrung by foul trouble all game and Harris, Branden Dawson and point guard Keith Appling each finished with four fouls.
Jones — were on the bench in sweats with season-ending knee injuries. Loyd, who averaged 19 points in the two previous wins over Duke, had a hand in six of the nine baskets during a 19-4 run early in the second half that put Notre Dame in control. She hit two 3s and knocked down a jumper from the free-throw line before her quick pass set up McBride's jumper in the lane that put the Irish up 38-32 and drew a timeout from Duke with 16:19 left. Loyd also had a highlightreel layup off a half-court pass from Lindsay Allen, and her three-point play with 12:05 left pushed the lead to 49-36. Duke pulled within eight with just under 9 minutes left before Michaela Mabrey swished a deep 3-pointer that restored Notre Dame's dou-
ble-figure lead. By that point, the Irish were well on their way to yet another double-digit win: 30 of their 31 victories were decided by at least 10 points. They beat Florida State by 26 in the quarterfinals before their 35-point semifinal romp against No. 14 North Carolina State. The Irish became the first school to go 19-0 through ACC regular-season and tournament play since Duke in 2001-02 and 2002-03. That included three onesided wins over the league's preseason favorite, Duke. Notre Dame won the previous two by a combined 32 points, including a 21-point drubbing on Feb. 2 that marked Duke's first ACC loss at Cameron Indoor Stadium since 2008 and an 11-point defeat in South Bend two weeks earlier.
Craft's Senior Day capped by win over No. 22 Spartans went in and out, but Ohio State's Amir Williams — a Michigan native — was fouled on the rebound. The junior, a target for fans who are critical of what they believe is lethargic play, hit the second of two free throws with 37.2 seconds remaining. Izzo called a timeout to draw up a play, but it was the Buckeyes who drew up a better one. "We drew the play that they ran against Wisconsin; we actually went through it at shootaround today," Ohio State coach Thad Matta said. "It was like, 'Chances are, fellas, they might try to run this again.'" With Williams stuck inside on a screen, athletic Sam Thompson took two quick steps to close quickly, applying pressure to the 6-foot10 Payne on a 3-pointer with 27 seconds left. "I had to adjust my shot in the air and it came up short," said Payne, an Ohio native who played AAU ball on the same team with
Aaron Craft (left) tries to strip the ball out of the hands of Keith Appling Sunday afternoon.
But for most of the game, it was Ohio State which took the ball inside or drove to the hoop. "I didn't like the way all my guys were on the bench," Izzo said. "I didn't like the way we were playing, afraid to foul and afraid to move. We scored enough points to win, we shot well enough to win.
They drove the ball and we couldn't keep them in front of us. But I've got two of my best defenders on the bench. There were some bright spots, but a disappointing loss." Craft had four steals to give him 328, breaking a tie with Illinois' Bruce Douglas to become the Big Ten's career leader.
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The Boston Bruins' domination of the Florida Panthers continued. Well, the Bruins are beating just about everyone lately. Torey Krug scored the goahead goal in the third period and the Bruins won their season-high fifth straight with a 5-2 victory over the Panthers on Sunday. Chad Johnson made 20 saves, and Chris Kelly, Jarome Iginla, Patrice Bergeron and Andrej Meszaros also scored for Boston. Bergeron also had two assists for the Bruins, who are 7-0-3 during a 10-game stretch on the road, their longest such point streak since 2010-11. The Bruins have taken 14 of 16 from the Panthers, including eight straight by a combined 33-10 score. Boston is now in first place in the Eastern Conference. "We've worked hard to get ourselves back at the top of the conference," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "By the looks of it, it'll probably be a battle right until the end." Jimmy Hayes scored both goals for Florida, and Roberto Luongo stopped 37 shots. The Bruins broke a 1-1 tie on Krug's goal with 12:22 left the third. Krug took a pass from Brad Marchand in the slot and backhanded it past Luongo.
"It seemed like their guys were a little bit tired and I thought I could jump up and beat a couple of guys," Krug said. "March made an unbelievable play and I was lucky enough to put it in." Three goals were scored in a span of 52 seconds later in the third, two by Boston. The Bruins stretched their lead to 3-1 on Bergeron's goal with 6 seconds left on a power play. His one-timer went between Luongo's pads at 11:21. "It was a big game for us. I think we played a solid road game and we came out with the two points," Bergeron said. The Panthers closed to 3-2 when Hayes found a loose puck in front and jammed in between Johnson's pads for his second goal at 11:42 for his first career multigoal game. The Bruins made it 4-2 on Iginla's goal 31 seconds later when his wrist shot went over Luongo's shoulder at 12:13 for his 20th of the season and 550th career goal. Iginla moved into sole possession of 26th on the NHL's career goals list. Longtime Bruins forward John Bucyk is 25th. Kelly scored an empty-netter with 1:02 left. The Bruins beat the Panthers for the second time in six days, including a 4-1 loss on Tuesday in Boston.
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Kahn scores OT winner against James Madison By Eddie Leonard Campus Correspondent
The UConn women’s lacrosse team beat James Madison University 14-13 in a double overtime thriller Sunday at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex. UConn was down 5-2 in the beginning of the game, but they came storming back with three straight goals, two from Katherine Finkelston and one from Jacqueline Jordan. Connecticut and JMU exchanged goals for the remainder of the half and the game was tied at eight at intermission. UConn continued to build momentum in the second half after Finkelston scored her fourth goal of the game off of a rebound on a free position. UConn coach Kathleen Woods said Finkelston’s play boosted the team’s morale.
“Katherine was excellent,” Woods said. “She stayed in the moment and took the openings that she was given. She had a quick release on all of her shots which helped her be successful.” UConn’s Kasey Pippitt gave the Huskies a two-goal lead after she scored her second goal of the game with 24 minutes left in the match. The Dukes retaliated with a run of three goals from Taylor Gress, Amy Roguski, and Ali Curwin. Curwin’s goal gave the Dukes a 11-10 lead. However, Connecticut’s Lauren Kahn tied the game at 11 less than a minute later. Kahn’s teammate Ally Frazio then scored what looked to be the game–winning goal. Connecticut had a one goal lead with 3 minutes remaining. Connecticut’s defense held strong for three minutes as the Dukes raided the offensive zone.
“The defense was key for us today,” Woods said. “They have gained a lot of confidence on the defensive side of the ball.” The final 10 seconds was when the game got wild. UConn had a 12-11 lead with 10 seconds left. JMU would draw two penalties in the final 10 seconds and earn themselves two free shots. The Dukes were able to capitalize on the second attempt. The referees counted the goal but then the goal was waved off due to illegal stick controversy. “After a goal is scored, the shooter must drop her stick,” Woods said. “In this case, however, multiple JMU players dropped their sticks after the goal. One of the sticks had an illegal pocket and the controversy was over if it was the shooters stick or not.” After 15 minutes of review, the referees reversed the call for the second time and decided
to count the goal. The bizarre ending resulted in a tie with two seconds left and the game went to overtime. UConn’s Jacqueline Jordan scored first in overtime but Leah Monticello was able to score a goal for the Dukes with 11 seconds left to force a sudden death second overtime. Kahn took it on her shoulders to lead the Huskies in the second overtime. Kahn ran through three defenders and scored the game winning goal 23 seconds into the second overtime. “This overtime win is a huge momentum game for us,” Woods said. “ We have had a lot of close battles and tough losses early this season. It is huge that we know that we can compete with the best teams in the country.” UConn’s next game is Friday against Oregon. The game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
UConn to face Louisville for last time as conference rivals in third conference final
In fact, nearly all of UConn’s six losses came during a threeyear stretch–from Feb. 13, 2005 to Feb. 5, 2008–in which Rutgers won five of eight games. Outside of that period, when the programs
consistently battled for conference championships, the rivalry has been rather toothless; the Huskies only other loss came in 1998. UConn’s win in the latest edition was fueled by a hot performance from behind the arc. The
Huskies hit nine of 13 3-point shots in the first half, including their first five of the game, to grab a large early lead. Meanwhile, Rutgers went long spells where it looked as though the hoop had a lid–they shot just 28 percent and all but seven of their points in the first half came from inside the paint. Within seven minutes, UConn grabbed its first 20-point lead and held a 50-19 edge at the half. “That entire first 20 minutes was probably about as good of basketball as I can hope for, especially in the postseason,” Auriemma said. The torrid scoring pace did slow substantially after the break, however, and the Scarlet Knights actually won the second half. The reduced UConn production was due in part to the struggles of their bench, which failed to score until there was 4:04 left in the game and managed only five points. On the other hand, the starters
all had stand-out days. Breanna Stewart scored a game-high 22 points for the second straight day. The sophomore forward also recorded her 100th assist of the season in the first half; she recorded just 35 assists during her freshman campaign. “I think it’s kind of helped her get her game to a different level,” Stefanie Dolson said. “Last year she might have just shot the ball and rebounded and that was it, but now she’s getting other people open, she’s getting the passes to them. It just makes her a more all-around player.” Rutgers was led by Briyona Canty’s 16 points. The Huskies will face No. 2 seed Louisville for a chance at their 19th conference tournament title Monday at 7 p.m. on ESPN. UConn won both regular season meetings by a combined 37 points.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Wichita State's still perfect. And proudly awaiting a No. 1 seed. After the nation's only unbeaten made another putaway run in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament title game, guard Fred VanVleet fired back at doubters who cast aspersions on a schedule ranked 113th in the nation. "You can debate what you want to debate. Facts are facts, truth is truth," VanVleet, the conference player of the year, said after the second-ranked Shockers beat Indiana State 83-69 on Sunday to go to 34-0. "We're not into debating how good or great we are or how bad somebody else. "That's for barber shop talk and coffee table arguments. We're not into that stuff. If they feel that way, it's on them. And nobody that's arguing about it is on the selection committee." Players wore championship T-shirts that proclaimed Wichita State the winner on the front but on the back had a bracket with Indiana State winning. "They'll get us the right ones eventually," guard Ron Baker said. Over the last two days of the tournament, coach Gregg Marshall predicted a return trip to St. Louis, for the second and
third rounds of the Midwest Regional. "We know the routine, we know the hotel. There won't be any ooh, aah moments," Marshall said. "It will be just business as usual." VanVleet scored 22 points including several key baskets late and the Shockers got their typical strong ensemble effort. "Every one of them's a handful," Indiana State guard Jake Odum said. "We were right there but they're unbeaten for a reason. They stayed composed, they hit tough shots, they earned it." Tekele Cotton added 20 points — with four 3-pointers — and Baker had 14 points for the Shockers (34-0), who got tested in the second half before putting the title game out of reach with a 13-0 run capped by two 3-pointers from VanVleet that put them up by 18 points with 5:38 to go. "I didn't have enough timeouts to stop the runs, but that's what they do," Indiana State coach Greg Lansing said. "That's why they're undefeated. That's why they're hoisting the trophy." Wichita State matched the NCAA record for victories to start the season by UNLV in 1990-91 with its third straight convincing tournament win
after going 18-0 in the conference regular season. The Shockers won their first conference tournament since 1987. "We're not flawless," Marshall said. "Our record is flawless. We've got great players. They've taken us on an unbelievable ride to this point." Manny Arop and Justin Gant had 18 points apiece for second-seeded Indiana State (2310), which has one of the closer calls against Wichita State with a seven-point loss at home in early February. Arop totaled 12 points the first two tourney games. "Hopefully we'll get into the NIT," Odum said. "We'll see if we can make a splash there." The Shockers had runs of 17-0 and 24-0 while beating Missouri State by 25 points in the semifinals. Wichita State's last nine victories have all been by double digits. The Shockers have won 12 of 14 in the Indiana State series. "They do not have weaknesses," Lansing said. "If anybody could see one, I'd like to hear it." VanVleet scored 13 points in the final 6 minutes and was named to the all-tournament team along Cleanthony Early and Cotton, who was voted the tourney MVP. Odum also
made the team along with Evansville's D.J. Balentine, who scored 61 points in two games. The only way the Valley could get two teams in the NCAA tournament was if Wichita State lost. The Shockers earned the conference's automatic bid after going to the Final Four as a No. 9 seed and Valley tourney runner-up last March. Wichita State got some early breathing room with an 11-0 run for a 23-11 lead not long past the mid-point of the first half, and led by at least nine points the rest of the half while taking a 39-29 halftime lead. Darius Carter led the way off the bench with nine points and five rebounds in 9 minutes. VanVleet hit a layup and Baker had a three-point play in the opening minute of the second half to open a 15-point gap, then Wichita State went cold missing eight straight shots while Indiana State scored nine straight points to shave the deficit to six. Indiana crawled back within five points twice, the last time on two free throws by Jake Odum with 10:20 that made make it 55-50. Indiana State cut the gap to eight points with about 3 minutes left but VanVleet hit a 3-pointer and made two layups the rest of the way.
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UConn center Stefanie Dolson goes to the bucket against Rutgers Sunday afternoon. Dolson and the Huskies beat the Scarlet Knights to set up a date with Louisville in the AAC final.
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UConn midfielder Lauren Kwasnowski fends off a James Madison defender during Sunday's game at the Sherman Family Complex. The Huskies won 14-13 in overtime.
Lady Vols win SEC title
DULUTH, Ga. (AP) — Tennessee's late-season surge has produced another Southeastern Conference tournament championship and perhaps a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. Meighan Simmons scored 17 points, including two go-ahead free throws with 1:45 remaining, and No. 6 Tennessee edged 12th-ranked Kentucky 71-70 on Sunday to win its 17th SEC tournament title. The Lady Vols (27-5) have won seven straight, including a win over No. 5 South Carolina to close the regular season. "I think we've come on strong at the end of the year," said secondyear coach Holly Warlick after her first SEC tournament title. Asked if she thought her team deserved consideration as a No. 1 NCAA seed, Warlick said "I would think so." Tennessee came back from double-digit deficits in each of its three SEC tournament wins. Kentucky led by 10 points in the first half and kept small leads most of the second half. "I would really like to lead by
double digits early if we could," said Warlick, wearing a white SEC championship cap after the game. Simmons, who struggled with her shooting from the field throughout the tournament, made the two free throws to snap a 63-63 tie. The free throws gave the Lady Vols only their second lead of the second half, and they didn't trail again as Simmons added a layup and two more free throws in the final 22 seconds. Isabelle Harrison had 16 points as Tennessee claimed its record 17th Southeastern Conference tournament title, including four in the last five years. Kentucky (24-8) played in its fourth final in the last five years but still hasn't won the tournament since 1982. DeNesha Stallworth led the Wildcats with 21 points. The Wildcats trailed by four before Jennifer O'Neill sank three free throws with 0.7 seconds remaining to cut Tennessee's lead to one point. Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell said the plan was for O'Neill to miss the third free throw with the hopes Kentucky would grab the offensive rebound.
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Nebraska shocks No. 9 Badgers LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Shavon Shields and Terran Petteway scored 26 points apiece, and Nebraska beat No. 9 Wisconsin 77-68 on Sunday night to bolster its resume for an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament. The Cornhuskers (19-11, 11-7) won for the 10th time in 12 games to clinch fourth place in the Big Ten for their highest conference finish since 1997-98. The Badgers (25-6, 12-6) had their longest conference win streak since 1940-41 end at eight games. Shields made a couple free throws, Ray Gallegos hit a 3 and Shields dunked in transition to start a 12-1 run that turned a 52-48 deficit into a 60-53 lead with 5 minutes left.
By the time it was over, Nebraska's student section had emptied and the party had started on the court. Frank Kaminsky led Wisconsin with 14 points. Nigel Hayes added 12, Josh Gasser had 11 and Ben Brust finished with 10. The Huskers, looking for their first NCAA tournament appearance since 1998, picked up a second win against a top-10 team for the first time since 1993-94. Their other one was at thenNo. 9 Michigan State on Feb. 16. The Huskers won 11 conference games for the first time since 1965-66. Nebraska also finished with a Big Ten-best 15-1 home record by defeating the conference's best road team.
Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall waves to fans after cutting down the net after the Missouri Valley Conference tournament championship Sunday in St. Louis.
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“You get into the boxing ring and they look to knock you out in the first 10 minutes.” -Rutgers women’s basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer on UConn
Including Monday, UConn and Louisville have now met five times in either a conference or national championship game.
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The UConn men’s track and field team competed in the IC4A championship in Boston this weekend, a three day meet which is there last team meet for the season. For the first time this year, the Huskies finished second in the meet with 54 points, tying with Albany and trailing first place Cornell by 22 points. The first two days of the event are considered one day as the competitors are trying to qualify for a spot in the finals on Sunday. After day one of the event, the Huskies had eight out of 10 of their competitors qualified for the final heats on day two and both relay teams qualified as well. Senior captain Darnell Cummings and sophomore Robert Rhodes both set top qualifying times in their respective events, the 200-meter dash for Cummings and the 500-meter dash for Rhodes. Freshman Patrick Hayes also qualified for the 200-meter dash, along with sophomore Trelonni Elliot who earned a spot in the 60-meter dash, senior Kyle Twombly and sophomore Robert Hovanec who qualified in the 400-meter and senior Paul DeSalvo, who posted a qualifying time in the 800-meter run. Some field events were scored on day one, as the Huskies were led by sophomore Harley Lacroix who had a third place finish in the triple jump which was good enough for six points for the Huskies total. During the second day, most of the events were scored including the 500-meter dash. Sophomore Robert Rhodes placed first, earning 10 points for the team. Rhodes beat his qualifying time in the final event, earning 10 points for the team and beating the second place competitor by over a second. Cummings finished second in the 200-meter, earning eight points for the team, while in the 400-meter senior Kyle Twombly and sophomore Robert Hovanec got sixth and ninth respectively, both earning points. In the 800-meter dash senior Paul DeSalvo finished in 7th, in the mile run, freshman Michael O’Donnell got eighth and in the two team events, 4x400 relay and distance medley, UConn received 5th and 7th. In the field events, the Huskies who earned points in the pole vault were senior captain Cory Duggan who earned eight points in second place and freshman Craig Hunter who earned five points in fourth. In the shot put, senior captain Eric Masington earned four points in the team as he finished in 5th place with a throw of 17.25 meters. With a lot of competitors not competing this week, including NCAA-bound sophomore Alvaro Chavez, the team finished off the season on a high note with a second place finish in the IC4A and a first place finish in the inaugural AAC championships.
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Wichita State’s Ron Baker (31) and Tekele Cotton (32) celebrate during Shockers’ win over Indiana State in the championship game of the Missouri Valley Conference. Wichita State enters the NCAA Tournament with a 34-0 record.
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What's On TV Women’s Basketball: No. 12 Baylor vs. No. 7 West Virginia, 9 p.m., FS1 West Virginia made a statement on March 2, going to Waco and shocking Baylor, asserting themselves as a force to be reckoned with in March.
once again, this time in the 10th inning, to beat UConn 2-1. Anthony Marzi made his fourth start of the season, tossing 7.1 It was a tough weekend in innings, allowing four hits and Gainesville, Fla. for the UConn three walks. The Huskies were baseball team. able to outhit the Gators but left UConn dropped all three con- 12 base runners stranded. Vinny tests to the Florida Gators in Siena drove in the only run for extra innings over the weekend, UConn and also went 2-for-4. falling to 4-8 on the season. Mahoney entered the game in The Huskies have gone to extra the 10th inning and surrendered innings in six out of their 12 the game winning run by hitting games. Florida’s Zack Powers with the On Friday, a pitchers bases loaded to bring duel broke out between home Buddy Reed. U C o n n ’s Jordan For the third time Tabakman and Florida’s in as many days, the Logan Shore. Both Huskies were defeated pitchers didn’t allow in extra innings, this more than a hit an inning time in a much higher through six innings. scoring affair. Tabakman turned in his Taylor Gushue went Recap best performance of the 2-for-3 with three runs year, not allowing a run batted in to help the while on the mound for the first Gators beat the Huskies 6-5, time this year. completing the weekend sweep. The best opportunity of the Blake Davey led the way for the game came when the Gators Huskies going 2-for-3 with two loaded the bases in the seventh runs and a run batted in. inning. David Mahoney came in The extra inning on Sunday the game for UConn to relieve proved to be beneficial for Siena, Tabakman and was able to work as he was able to extend his hit out of the jam by forcing a fly streak to 17 games, dating back out to keep the game scoreless. to last season. The deadlock was finally broThe Huskies are next out on ken in the 11th inning when the diamond on Wednesday when Casey Turgeon delivered the they will travel to Bridgeport, only run of the game, notching Conn. to take on the Pioneers of a two-out single that scored Josh Sacred Heart. Tobias from second base. Saturday was more of the same between the Huskies and Gators as Florida was able to walk-off Matthew.Zampini@UConn.edu
Eight days later, the rematch is upon us, as the Mountaineers square off with the Lady Bears in the Championship Game of the Big 12 Conference. If West Virginia can beat Baylor again, the Mountaineers have a shot at the last No. 1 seed.
Men’s Basketball: Gonzaga vs. Saint Mary’s, 9 p.m., ESPN For the last five years and seven of the last 10, the West Coast Conference Championship Game has been another chapter in the conference’s most prominent rivalry. This year, Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s play in the Semifinals. The Gaels’ struggles this season have been most obvious against the Bulldogs, who won the two regular season games by an average of 25 points. Gonzaga won 75-47 in the last meeting on March 1.
Baseball swept by Gators Softball drops to 2-10 in weekend trip to Florida over difficult weekend
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By Dan Madigan Campus Correspondent The UConn softball team picked up three wins in four games at the Winthrop/ Adidas Invitational in Rock Hill, S.C this weekend. The Huskies were originally slated to take on Youngstown State and Winthrop Friday, but both games were rained out. UConn’s game against Winthrop was canceled, and the Youngstown State game was moved to Sunday morning. UConn started the weekend with one of its best performances all year, defeating Eastern Kentucky 3-2 in eight innings. The Huskies were powered by a stellar complete game from pitcher Lauren Duggan, who struck out five and allowed only two hits. Alyson Ambler hit a two run home run in the fourth to give UConn a 2-1 lead. Eastern Kentucky later tied the game in the bottom of the seventh, forcing the game into extra innings, where Taylor Townsend knocked in the game winning run in the top of the eighth to give the Huskies their second win of the season. UConn continued their
winning ways in the second game of the day by beating Wright State 8-1. It marked the first time that the Huskies won back-toback games this season. The Huskies were able to extend their winning streak to three games by defeating Youngstown State 3-2. The streak soon came to an end after a 7-2 loss to Norfolk State in the final game of the weekend. Freshman Kayla Doty gave up four earned runs on nine hits over four innings pitched to drop to 0-2 on the season. Although the pitching was not as good as it was the day before, it wasn’t UConn’s only issue. Norfolk State pitcher Jamie Schulle was able to keep the Husky offense at bay to win her third game of the season, going the distance and striking out five. UConn could only muster two hits in 26 at bats while stranding eight runners on base. The loss dropped the Huskies to 3-1 on the weekend and 4-10 overall. The Huskies resume play next Friday at the Michelle Smith Spring Break Tournament in Clearwater, Fla.
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CARDS ON THE TABLE UConn, Louisville to meet for AAC title Monday night
Tyler Morrissey At the start of every sporting event in America, the national anthem is played. Fans rise from their seats or bleachers to listen to the patriotic hymn and pay tribute to the country. America and sports are so intertwined, but the one sport perhaps that is most associated with the United States is baseball. Most people don’t know that a class is offered on– campus that teaches students about “America’s National Pastime.” The other day I learned that the playing of the national anthem before sporting events began at a Cubs game. One day at Wrigley Field, a band played the Star Spangled Banner after it was announced that the allies had recorded a major victory during a battle in WWWI. We are so used to hearing the National Anthem before basketball games, hockey games and football games, but I’m sure that a lot of us never stopped to ask why we do this? Before Sept. 11, 2001, I feel like many people just went through the motions when the Star Spangled Banner was played. Stand up, take off your hat and face the flag. When I was younger, I was usually looking for the hot pretzel vendor, but all that changed with time. It’s important to take a moment or two before each game to honor those who served and those currently serving our nation in foreign lands. Without their sacrifice we wouldn’t be playing ball on American soil. That brings me back to sports. There is no better moment, than when a soldier returns home from active duty and surprises his family with a reunion on a baseball diamond or other playing surface. Go ahead and look for some of these moments that were captured on YouTube and keep a tissue box within arms length, some of them are pretty emotional. As baseball season approaches with each passing day, I cannot wait to hear the familiar sounds of spring like the crack of the bat and the smacking of the ball in the catchers mitt. I also can’t wait to hear the National Anthem through the p.a. system at Fenway Park. It not only symbolizes our love for the country, but also our love for the game. If you were to ask somebody from another country what sport or activity symbolizes our country the most, their answer, most likely, is baseball. Even though the game has spread to places like Japan and the Caribbean, it’s still our game and it will always be our game. Baseball is a game built on tradition, much like America was centuries ago. So the next time you are at your favorite ballpark, take a moment during the national anthem and appreciate the fact we can enjoy our games in peace away from the dangers that other nations face on a daily basis. In the meantime, baseball fans can hope it gets warmer as the number of days to opening day gets smaller. It won’t be long now before we hear those famous words, play ball. Follow Tyler on Twitter @ TylerRMorrissey
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UNCASVILLE – It was a fitting end to a conference rivalry that was rarely close and never all that contentious in its most recent years. Top-seeded UConn (33-0) skated to a 83-57 win Sunday in the final matchup before No. 4 Rutgers (22-9) exits for the Big Ten Sunday afternoon to book its place in the American 33-0, 18-0 Athletic Conference women’s basketball tournament final. “We’ve traditionally done pretty well in tournaments,” Auriemma said of the inaugural AAC Tournament. “And it’s 30-3, 16-2 appropriate, I think, AAC that we’re in the Championship finals.” Though both Geno Game, 7 p.m., Auriemma and C. Vivian Stringer have ESPN stated their intentions to keep playing one another despite the conference shakeup, the series–at least as a conference rivalry–temporarily ended the same way as most of the previous 39 games between the two programs. The Huskies lead the all-time series 33-6 and have won 13 straight against the Scarlet Knights dating back to March 3, 2008. In
UConn forward Breanna Stewart goes up for a layup against Rutgers during the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference Tournament Sunday afternoon at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville. The Huskies beat the Scarlet Knights 83-57 to advance to the championship against Louisville.
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No. 19 Huskies blown out by No. 11 Louisville LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie marveled at a championship-level performance on Saturday. Unfortunately for the 19thranked Huskies, it came from No. 11 Louisville in an 81-48 loss that featured season lows on many levels. UConn (24-7, 12-6 American Athletic Conference) posted worsts for points and shooting, hitting 29.4 percent (15 of 51). Its 76-64 loss to Louisville in Storrs, Conn., was the season’s only other doubledigit loss. “Louisville took advantage of everything we did,” Ollie said of the defending national champions, who earned a share of the AAC title with the win. “They played like champions and we didn’t.” Connecticut finished the regular season fourth and will play host Memphis in a tournament quarterfinal
Thursday night. Louisville got the No. 2 seed after losing a coin flip with Cincinnati and will face the RutgersSouth Florida winner in the quarterfinals. DeAndre Daniels led UConn with 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting and had eight rebounds. Shabazz Napier had nine points and nine rebounds but shot just 2 of 13, including 1 of 10 on 3-point attempts. Napier knows the feeling of being a champion. He was a key reserve as a freshman on Connecticut’s third national championship team in 2011. His poor outing followed Wednesday’s 69-63 win against Rutgers where he made a career-high seven 3s in his final home game. “We just didn’t keep our composure when we needed to,” Napier said. “It just
resulted in us getting embarrassed out there.” The Huskies missed their first seven shots and didn’t get their first field goal until Daniels hit an eight-foot jumper more than 6½ minutes into the game. Louisville (26-5, 15-3) responded quickly with two fast break buckets to lead 17-5 with 12 minutes remaining in the first half.
let that affect our defense. Once we’re not scoring, we just have to keep playing defense and rebounding. If we do that we can stay in the game but we didn’t do that tonight.” UConn trailed 30-18 at the break, its lowest first-half output after previously scoring 22 in the opening 20 minutes of its 61-56 comeback win at South Florida on Feb. 26. Despite winning seven of eight coming in, Saturday marked the latest in a string of lowscoring efforts for the Huskies. They haven’t surpassed 28 points in the first half in four of their last five games and have not scored 70 in regulation in their past seven contests. Louisville, on the other hand, posted its second straight 80-point game. Montrezl Harrell had 20 points and 11 rebounds,
UConn shot just 20 percent (5 of 25) in the first half and committed 10 of its 22 turnovers. Napier missed all six of his shots before halftime. “At the beginning, everybody got down because we weren’t really scoring,” Daniels said. “I feel like we
and Russ Smith recorded a career-high 13 assists as the Cardinals swept the season series. UConn dropped to 0-4 at the KFC Yum! Center, losing three to Louisville along with Jim Calhoun’s final game as Huskies coach when they fell to Iowa State in the 2012 NCAA tournament. Advancing in the conference and NCAA tournaments will require marked improvement from what the Huskies showed against Louisville. “We’re at the bottom right now,” he said. “This is the worst we could ever play. But guess what? As bad as we’ve played, we can turn it around. So, I’m not giving up on this season. This season is not over yet, but I told them if we play like this we have two games and then everybody can go to spring break.”
Huskies get last laugh in one-sided rivalry with Rutgers By Erica Brancato Staff Writer
UNCASVILLE – The UConn women’s basketball team advanced to the American Athletic Conference tournament final as they defeated Rutgers 83-57 in their last match up as conference opponents. Next season Rutgers will be moving to the Big Ten conference, but the Huskies will see the Scarlet Knights throughout the regular season as non-conference opponents. UConn and Rutgers have met eight times prior to this game in the Big East tournament including four times in the final. The Huskies are 7-1 and 3-1 in the finals against the Scarlet Knights, and this tournament was no different as Rutgers struggled to keep up with UConn’s game pace. The Huskies opened up with fire as they went on a 13-0 lead not allowing Rutgers to score for
the first four minutes of the game. UConn held the Scarlet Knights to a mere 19 points in the first half. It took Rutgers 14 minutes to get into double-digits as UConn dominated the court with five blocks, three steals and 50 points just in the first half. “I thought the way we started the game was about exactly the way you want the games to start,” head coach Geno Auriemma said. “I thought we came out aggressive, we got out in transition, we moved the ball great… that entire first 20 minutes was as good of basketball I can hope for, especially in the postseason.” Stefanie Dolson made history as she surpassed Ann Strother to clinch the No.12 spot on UConn’s scoring list. Dolson has racked up 1,700 career points throughout her four years at UConn. She also moved to second place in career starts and No. 10 in career minutes after six minutes of play in the first half.
Breanna Stewart also continued to make records this game as she racked up her 100th assist this season. Compared to last season with just 35 assists, Stewart has made a tremendous improvement. She joins Maya Moore as the only two Huskies with 500 points, 250 rebounds, 50 steals and 50 blocks. “When we are going like that and playing really well, we know we can go on really big runs at a time,” senior Bria Hartley said. “I think when we play like that it’s fun, we are having a great time out there and we are really enjoying it. We want to keep playing like that the rest of the way.” UConn surpassed Rutgers with ease, showing that when the Huskies are hot it is impossible to cool them off. Their frontcourt and backcourt were both top notch as Rutgers struggled to survive. The Huskies advance to the conference finals on Monday as they play Louisville for the third time
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UConn guard Bria Hartley goes up for a layup against Rutgers Sunday afternoon.
this regular season. The Huskies and Cardinals will battle it out as they compete for the conference title. “You don’t really get caught up in the name of things because we saw how that can change. If it’s a preseason tournament at home, a thanksgiving tournament on the road, if it’s a conference tournament,” Auriemma said. “We have
traditionally done really well in the tournaments. I think it’s appropriate that we are in the finals. We have to prove over the first five months that we are the best team in the league so we should be playing tomorrow night.”