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New VP for Health Affairs appointed Torti also named dean of School of Medicine By Stephen Underwood Staff Writer
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Dr. Frank M. Torti has been named the eighth dean at the UConn School of Medicine and vice president for health affairs at the UConn Health Center. Torti, former director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center and chair at the Department of Cancer Biology at Wake Forest
University, was appointed by UConn President Susan Herbst last Friday. Torti’s announcement comes after Dr. Cato Laurencin stepped down from the post last July. Since then, a nationally comprehensive search ensued while former UConn President Philip E. Austin and Dr. Bruce T. Liang, director of the Jim and Pat Calhoun Cardiology Center at
the UConn Health Center, have been collectively acting as the dean of the School of Medicine and interim vice president of health affairs. According to an article from UConn Today, President Herbst said, “It’s a new day at Uconn. As I have said since my appointment, we have the highest ambitions for excellence, so that we may take our place among the
international pantheon of great institutions. Dr. Torti is a superb leader, and I want every citizen of this state to know that their health center simply could not be in better hands. With Dr. Torti’s guidance, we will find new cures for disease, map the future political economy of health care, and most of all, ensure that every single patient we see receives the best possible care known to contemporary science.” Torti previously served as past President of the Cancer Biology
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Gessner conveys simplistic, close-to-home view of nature By Elmira Fifo Staff Writer To go along with UConn’s snowy weather this week, the Edwin Teale Lecture series presented the lecture “In Pursuit of a New Environmentalism,” by nature author David Gessner. Aetna Creative Nonfiction award winners Alyssa Palazzo and Abbye Meyer read their works to begin the presentation. Afterwards, Sydney Plum, interim director of Creative Writing, introduced David Gessner. Gessner has published eight books dealing with various environmen-
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tal themes such as “Return of the Osprey,” which was chosen as a top-ten nonfiction book of the year by the Boston Globe. He has been published in numerous journals and magazines and was a professor of nature writing at Harvard. He is currently an associate professor of creative writing at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. The lecture was more of an impromptu conversation about new environmentalism and Gessner’s experiences with nature. He read and discussed his new work “My Green Manifesto,” in which he talks about a new way
of writing about nature. He focuses on a more “limited” simplistic view of nature and leaves behind the clichés of overly expressed love for “a squirrel.” He said that when people hear the word “environmentalism,” it seems complicated. “This missing leg is love, passion, and contact with a beautiful place,” Gessner said. He prefaced his first reading with an experience he had watching the beauty of gannets as they dove into the water. He defined the idea of “new environmentalism” as changing the way we think about the wild. “I’ve traveled
all over the world to experience the wild in nature, but have found that my wildest moments have been much closer to home,” he said. He stated that his first moment of wildness was feeling his father’s last heartbeat as he held his hand when he died; the second moment was the birth of his daughter. Ellen Castaldini from South Windsor said, “I loved how he described that you don’t have to be in a park or the Amazon to experience nature. I like that he said nature is present in a city and
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First-Year Experience courses will no longer be designated as interdepartmental because of a small change to university senate by-laws. Freshman one-credit First-Year Experience courses have long been called interdisciplinary, but the scholastic standards committee proposed that the classes be considered UNIV classes rather than interdepartmental classes. These one-credit courses, however, did not fit the definition of INTD, which, according to the Scholastic Standards Committee report, is any course that “transcends any single discipline.” Freshman FYE courses do not come from departments and schools, so the Scholastic Standards Committee moved to change Section C2e of the bylaws to encompass this new distinction. Instead of “...for general education of all undergraduate schools and colleges and specific courses open to freshmen and sophomores,” the revised text has become “the general education of all undergraduate schools and colleges, all UNIV courses, and specific courses open to freshmen and sophomores.” This distinction, according to the chairman of the committee Thomas Recchio, will impact nothing; the motion made only as a form of “housekeeping.” Because freshman first-year courses are not connected with any specific college, the teachers are not necessarily faculty instructors, instead, instructors with a special area of expertise, said Recchio. Recchio also explained that while this change is more to clear up some gray areas, old questions were raised at the
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Training Consortium, a nationally recognized collaboration of program directors from 70 different medical centers. He was also elected to serve on the board of directors for the National Coalition of Cancer Research and the Association of American Cancer Institutes. Torti expressed his gratitude in being chosen for the position in UConn Today, “I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the UConn Health Center
UConn students have the opportunity to win $1,000 and earn UConn a feature on television by participating in the “What’s Your Connecticut Story Project,” an initiative to create a new state image developed by the Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development and the Office of Tourism. Competition submissions must
have a story and a video and/ or photo that portray positive aspects of Connecticut and being a Nutmegger. The first-prize winner, chosen by popular vote, will receive a $1,000 shopping spree. If 100 UConn students submit their stories, UConn will be featured on the Visit Connecticut social media channels. The team is also hosting a sweepstake on the Facebook CT page where fans of the page can enter to win a two-night trip to Mohegan Sun and Mystic Aquarium for three.
“It’s a contest designed to encourage Nutmeggers and visitors alike to share what they love most about the state, whether it’s their first Huskies’ game, first night out on the town as a freshman or taking a ski trip to Mohawk,” according to an email from Sarah McKay, a member of Fleishman-Hillard, one of the four companies that make up the marketing team for the project. The effort will be led by Chowder Inc., a creative agency specializing in destination mar-
keting and advertising. Other members of the team include Fleishman-Hillard, South Norwalk-based Media Storm and Waterbury-based research and strategic marketing firm, The Harrison Group. The goal of the project, the first promotion of $30 million two-year marketing effort, is to “create a compelling brand identity” and “ignite pride and inspire enthusiasm about living and traveling here,” according to the email from McKay.
“We want CT residents and visitors to feel like they have a stake in what the brand campaign will become,” McKay wrote. “By collecting stories from across the state, all participants will help contribute to the new Connecticut brand. We’re very excited especially to receive stories from UConn students.” Students can submit their Connecticut stories at myconnecticutstory.com.
What’s on at UConn this weekend... Friday: Friday Art Forums 5 to 6:30 p.m. Benton Museum of Art The topic of today’s discussion is Social Justice and Civil Discourse. The event is open for museum members only, but anyone can join.
Saturday: SUBOG Day Trip All Day Boston SUBOG is hosting a day trip to see the Blue Man Group in Boston. Tickets for the bus ride and Blue Man Group are $40. Tickets for the bus ride only are $10.
Saturday: Victorian Masquerade Ball 8 to 11 p.m. Student Union, 304 The UConn Cosplay Club is hosting a night filled with food, dance lessons and games. Admission is $5.
Sunday: IronDawg Indoor Triathlon 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Student Recreational Facility This triathlon consists of 5 laps in the pool, 5.5 miles on a spin bike and a 1.5 mile run. Men and women with the best times will be crowned the IronDawg champions.
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State bill would ban altering fake guns
HARTFORD (AP) — Some Connecticut lawmakers and police chiefs are seeking support for legislation that would make it illegal to alter fake or toy guns to make them look real. Rep. Diana Urban of North Stonington and Sen. Terry Gerratana of New Britain joined police chiefs and others to discuss the proposed bill Thursday. The bill, which is still being written, would penalize people who deface imitation firearms to resemble real guns, such as intentionally removing an orange marking that’s required on fake guns. The offense would be a misdemeanor. The bill also would ban firearm look-alikes, paintball guns and BB guns on school grounds. Current federal law requires that manufacturers of toy and imitation firearms place an orange plug in the product’s barrel. This plug serves as a safety marker to differentiate between real and fake guns. Despite this requirement, instructions on how to remove or obscure this plug can easily be found online. If removed or colored over, some fake firearms look identical to real guns.
Comptroller: Conn. budget $20.7 million in deficit HARTFORD (AP) — State Comptroller Kevin Lembo says Connecticut’s current fiscal year budget is projected to end with a $20.7 million deficit. In a letter to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, released Thursday, Lembo said the state’s new Earned Income Tax Credit program for lowincome residents is generating refunds about 20 percent above budget expectations. He said if the trend continues, the tax refunds could exceed the amount budgeted by $22 million. Lembo said Connecticut’s economy “continues to show slow and inconsistent growth.” Also Thursday, state Treasurer Denise Nappier reported that Connecticut had an adequate, overall cash balance in January, even though some bond proceeds were temporarily transferred to cover some expenses.
Airport announces new delay warnings
HARTFORD (AP) — Four months after passengers were stranded for hours at Bradley International Airport for the second time in little more than a year, aviation officials on Thursday announced a new alert system they say will help prevent the problem. Federal and state transportation officials say a new digital system to inform airlines of ground delays would have prevented past problems. The system will allow Bradley to issue a “Notice to Airmen” electronically through the Federal Aviation Administration’s national system. Amy Lind Corbett, the FAA’s regional administrator for New England called it a “major step forward to help keep all parties as fully informed as possible about ground conditions” to help aviation officials coordinate airline rerouting. Bradley is now one of 55 airports in the United States using the digital system, officials said.
Suspect in teen assault extradited back to Conn. STAMFORD (AP) — A 31-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in Connecticut has been extradited from Massachusetts after having been on the run for six years. The Advocate of Stamford reports that Mario Estrada of Waltham, Mass., was returned to Connecticut on Wednesday. The former Stamford resident is detained on $250,000 bail on charges of seconddegree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor. Police say Estrada disappeared in late 2005 after the girl accused him of having sex with her at a Stamford home. Waltham police say they arrested Estrada on Christmas on a driving under the influence charge and detained him as a fugitive after learning he was wanted in Connecticut.
Malloy to begin state education reform tour HARTFORD (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is kicking off his statewide tour to discuss his education reform plan. The governor’s office said Malloy is scheduled to meet with residents in Hartford on Thursday evening to discuss “the need to fix what’s broken in Connecticut’s public schools.” The event, which is open to the public, will run from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Village South Community Room at the Center for Community Life on Wethersfield Avenue. Malloy also plans to hold public meetings in West Hartford on March 6; New Haven on March 13; and Windham on March 14. He is expected to visit New London, but a date has not yet been set. Malloy has submitted a 163-page education bill that revamps teacher tenure and attempts to help failing schools.
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Criticism grows over NYPD’s secret Muslim surveillance TRENTON, New Jersey (AP) — New York City’s Police Department is facing mounting criticism of its secret surveillance of Muslims across the Northeast, with civil liberties groups demanding an investigation and New Jersey’s governor accusing the NYPD of arrogantly acting as if “their jurisdiction is the world.” The intelligence-gathering was detailed recently in a series of stories by The Associated Press, which reported that police monitored mosques and Muslims around the metropolitan area and kept tabs on Muslim student groups at universities in upstate New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The department also sent an undercover agent on a whitewater rafting trip with college students. The tactics have stirred debate over whether the NYPD is trampling on the civil rights of Muslims and illegally engaging in religious and ethnic profiling. “They should be spending their time looking at the more specific behaviors that ought to draw their attention and make them investigate a person or a group. But simply gathering to pray or going on a whitewater rafting trip really shouldn’t be a source of suspicion,” Mary Catherine Roper, an attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, said Thursday. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has argued that the NYPD’s actions are legal and necessary in a city under constant threat of another terrorist attack like the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, and that police have the right to travel beyond the city limits to do their job. His office had no comment on the latest criticism, and
Fatima Kutty of Long Island, N.Y., a New York University senior, gathered with other students, faculty and clergy on the NYU campus, Wednesday.
the NYPD didn’t respond to a request for comment. On Thursday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie accused the department of ignoring a key lesson of Sept. 11 by not sharing information with New Jersey law enforcement agencies when it conducted surveillance in Newark, New Jersey. Christie was U.S. attorney for New Jersey in 2007 when the intelligence-gathering occurred, and he said he doesn’t recall being briefed. “9/11 was not prevented because law enforcement agencies weren’t talking to each other, they were being selfish, they were being provincial, they were being paranoid, they were being arrogant,” Christie said. “I do not want to return to those days.” Christie said New York Police
Commissioner Raymond Kelly wouldn’t want to have to explain himself if something went wrong because of a lack of coordination. During a radio program Wednesday night, Christie went even further, with some of his harshest criticism yet. He said he didn’t know whether the surveillance program was “born out of arrogance, or out of paranoia, or out of both.” He mocked Kelly as “all-knowing, all-seeing.” And he said the NYPD had a “masters of the universe” mentality. “They think that their jurisdiction is the world,” he said. “Their jurisdiction is New York City.” The NYPD has said that it informed Newark officials about the intelligence operation and that Newark police were
briefed before and after. New York officials said the NYPD officers were not making arrests or conducting searches in New Jersey, and were thus acting within their authority. Christie did not take issue with the intelligence-gathering itself, instead faulting the NYPD for what he portrayed as a high-handed attitude and a lack of cooperation. “I understand we need people doing covert surveillance to protect the people of our state and our region,” the governor said. “No problems with that. My concern is, why can’t you communicate with the people here in New Jersey, with law enforcement here in New Jersey? Are we somehow not trustworthy?”
Changes to bylaw wording attempts to clear up misunderstanding from FYE, page 1 meeting, surrounding issues such as voluntary teaching. “With the FYE courses, there’s no credit for teaching them, it’s voluntary,” said Recchio. This designation then between INTD and UNIV cleared some air around the subject. “There was residual misunder-
standing back some ways that gets raised when this issue comes onto the center floor,” Recchio said. Before, FYE courses were grouped together with specific department courses, following the same course-approval process. The problem with this was the lack of connection FYE courses had with the departments. The motion that
passed on Monday will give UNIV courses their own course approval process, distinct from the colleges. Now, UNIV courses will be “proposed by and administered by university units that report to the chief academic officer and are not academic departments,” according to the report. “They are separate but parallel,”
Recchio said. While only three words were changed in the existing bylaws, this new division will help separate between INTD courses and the new UNIV courses, though this change will have little effect on the general student population.
Torti, students looking forward Gessner: Nature can be both to working together thilling and peaceful from NEW, page 1 and the School of Medicine. Governor Malloy’s Bioscience Connecticut program and the state’s partnership with Jackson Laboratory are nothing less than transformational. Working together, Connecticut and the university will change the bioscience landscape and grow the region’s economy. I look forward to working with everyone to ensure that this outstanding academic medical center reaches its full potential.” He holds a BA and MA from John Hopkins University, with his MD from Harvard Medical School graduating cum laude. A former fellow at Stanford University, he held the title
of executive director for the Northern California Oncology Group and belonged to the Northern California Cancer Program serving as its associate director. “As a future UConn med school student, I am very excited about Dr. Torti’s appointment. I am happy that our school and state will have such an outstanding clinician, scientist, and leader directing our future,” said Andrew Glick, a 6th-semester double major in healthcare management with an individualized major. Torti is scheduled to begin his active duties on May 1, with an annual starting salary of $780,000.
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from NATURE, page 1 all the parts that make it up.” Gessner pointed out that “there is something lingering beneath the every day.” He broadened the definition of environmentalism in this way by focusing on the “human wild.” Even so, the experience of being submerged into an actual natural environment also has its thrills. He talked about his experience in the Gulf after the oil spill, and said how even though it was not pure, he could still find the joy and peace in it. Oftentimes, the stories like the one about the oil spill are told in “sweeping, simplistic generalizations,” Gessner
explained. His approach was to take a small part of something and from that, gain momentum to apply it to a grander scale. Another member from the audience, Steve Langford, reinforced one of Gessner’s points, saying “I like how you don’t have to change the world to make a difference; you just take care of one little part.” At the end of the lecture, Gessner read a bit of the last part of his book and ended with a simple idea; nature is a part of all of us. “I feel like I’m in the right place when I go to watch the birds near the marsh at home,” he said.
Corrections and clarifications In the Thursday, March 1 article, “USG candidates face off during debate,” the pull quote should have been attributed to Steve Petkis, not Kyle Petkis. Steve was also the person who worked with administration to possibly end the Spring Weekend moratorium, not Bryan Flanaghan as the article stated.
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Santorum campaign hoping for some help from Gingrich
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Short on money and staff, Rick Santorum needs help to remain a viable threat to front-runner Mitt Romney in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. One strategist hopes it will come from another rival, Newt Gingrich. Top adviser John Brabender says Santorum’s future may depend upon Gingrich leaving the race. The former House speaker is showing no signs of bowing out, certainly not before next week’s Super Tuesday voting. “If we could ever make this where we have all the conservatives and tea party supporters behind us as one candidate against Mitt Romney, we’ll win the nomination,” Brabender said Wednesday as the Santorum campaign recalibrated after finishing a disappointing second in Michigan’s primary. Santorum and Gingrich are appealing for support from the same bloc of conservative voters. In Michigan, where Gingrich didn’t actively compete, the former speaker earned more than 6 percent of the vote. Romney beat Santorum by roughly 3 percentage points. As Super Tuesday nears, Gingrich’s campaign is focusing on Georgia, the state he represented in Congress for 20 years, and a handful of other delegaterich states. A Gingrich spokesman confirmed Wednesday that there’s been no pressure from Santorum’s camp to leave the race. Santorum went out of his way to compliment the former House speaker Wednesday at a rally in Knoxville, Tenn., as he recalled the impact of President Ronald Reagan and others early in his political career. “I even give credit to Speaker Gingrich when I was think-
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Animal welfare groups reacted with outrage Wednesday after the Iowa Legislature made the state the first to approve a bill making it a crime to surreptitiously get into a farming operation to record video of animal abuse. The groups have urged Gov. Terry Branstad to veto the measure that was overwhelmingly approved Tuesday by the Iowa House and Senate, arguing that the measure would prevent people from publicizing animal abuse. “The intent behind the legislation is to put a chilling effect on whistleblowers on factory farms,” said Matthew Dominguez, a spokesman for the Humane Society of the United States. “It begs the question of, what exactly does animal agriculture have to hide?” Legislatures in seven states – Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York and Utah – have considered laws that would enhance penalties against those who secretly record video of livestock, though the efforts have stalled in some states. The Iowa measure would establish a new penalty for
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ing of running for the House of Representatives, as a great educator as he is,” Santorum said. “It was important for me to understand who we are. Reagan did a lot of that education, and give Newt credit for doing a lot more.” Asked if Santorum needs Gingrich to drop out, Brabender replied, “We either need that or we need Gingrich’s supporters” to shift in Santorum’s direction. Even if they did, the Santorum campaign remains underfunded and understaffed. Volunteers play key roles for the campaign in states where Romney has had professional operations for weeks. Santorum is running a “MacGyver campaign,” Brabender said, a reference to the scrappy television hero who seemingly conquered every situation with a Swiss Army knife and duct tape. But success on Super Tuesday – it features elections in
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‘Bully’ rating does not fairly reflect its content
he new documentary “Bully” takes on the issue of bullying in American high schools, depicting real scenes of school bus torture, schoolyard violence, administrative indifference and the tragic fallout in explicit detail. Now, the Motion Picture Association of America has made sure that most American high school students won’t be able to see the film: It’s slapped the doc with an R rating. That’s a problem for producer Harvey Weinstein, who had lobbied for a PG-13 label so he could tour the film in middle and high schools. The MPAA admitted that the documentary “can serve as a vehicle” for student discussion around bullying, but insisted that the film nevertheless “contains certain language” that requires it be rated R. The result? Teenagers will be barred from watching a documentary about what teenagers actually say and do to one another. MPAA ratings are voluntary, but filmmakers fear that releasing an unrated film spells box office failure, as many movie theaters won’t show films that don’t undergo the regulatory process. “I have been through many of these appeals, but this one ... is a huge blow to me personally,” Weinstein said. He’s not alone. According to Weinstein, Alex Libby, one of the bullied teens featured in the film, also “gave an impassioned plea and eloquently defended the need for kids to be able to see this movie on their own, not with their parents, because that is the only way to truly make a change.” The MPAA has a squad of untrained anonymous raters, who are meant to represent regular American parents, but are really free to impose their own backwards values on the rest of the population. These untouchable judges rate gay sex as more explicit than straight sex, view sexual content and crass language as more troubling than horrific violence, are directly influenced by members of the clergy and are not necessarily even parents of teens. “Bully” is the first unambiguously feel-good film in recent memory to take a stand against the MPAA’s rating system, and to do so in the name of children’s welfare, not just artistic freedom. Because “Bully” is a film that parents will actually want their children to see, it stands a chance to make a serious dent in the MPAA’s stranglehold over movie ratings. Harvey Weinstein should withdraw from the MPAA, and other major film producers should join him. Parents are right to be concerned about the content their children are watching. What they don’t need is an anonymous lobby of other parents to decide what’s good and bad for them, especially if it means stopping their kids from watching a film as important as this. The Daily Campus editorial is the official opinion of the newspaper and its editorial board. Commentary columns express opinions held solely by the author and do not in any way reflect the official opinion of The Daily Campus.
To the person that said that cowboy hats make them want to throw up, well you can kiss my natural born, Redneck to the bone, ever-lovin’ country… #cherryyumdiddlydip Can somebody tell me HOW the turtles just KNOW to swim toward the ocean?! When Ne-Yo suggests I grab somebody sexy and tell them, “Hey,” I ordinarily just wrap my arms around myself and gingerly say, “Hey.” To the girl who walked out of CB, grabbed a handful of snow off the ground and ate it last night....I saw you. Today at my congressional office we got a letter written by Jesus. I’m still sitting shiva for RLG’s perfect attendance record. Dressing up for my senior portrait makes me feel like I’m in the business school. Duck testicles look quite appetizing. Ring ring ring ring ring ring ring banana bread. It’s so a-peel-ing. There are few things more frustrating than people who pronounce the word “frustrating” as “fustrating.” There’s an R in that word, boo boo. So for you this is just a good time, but for me, this is what I call life. MMMMM.
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Profane words should not be censored
2007 advertisement for Bud Light, nominated for an Emmy Award for Commercial of the Year, depicts an office of foulmouthed workers whose tendencies toward profanity are greatly exacerbated when they learn that funds from the office “swear jar” will be used to purchase a communal supply of lite beer. While it represents a long tradition of humorous commercials intended to promote that particular brand of low-calorie libation, it is also By Christopher Kempf illustrative of a fascinating social pheWeekly Columnist nomenon: obscenity. There is apparently something so offensive about certain words in our language, we feel they deserve censorship. We mutilate those words with dashes, stars or electronic tones to obscure them and surround the words with disapprobation to prevent their utterance in the first place. Consider what is often regarded as the worst vulgarity in the English language. It begins with the letter F and ostensibly depicts a sexual act. It is a word with numerous usages and nuances of meaning; it is used as a noun, a verb, an adjective and an interjection. Most of the time, the word is employed to mean something other than its original meaning. It has become a catch-all descriptor and a potent linguistic weapon. So what is it about that one syl-
lable, those four letters, that merits it being stricken from writing and speech? The justifications for censorship of the infamous “F-word,” or any other profane words, are not grounded in reason. These arrangements of letters and spoken sounds are not magic spells. They have no power of themselves to corrupt or insult or debase. They only gain their meanings through the social and grammatical context in which they are used, like all other English words. Indeed, there seems to be a sort of mysticism surrounding these words that is not befitting of a modern society. It is considered more socially acceptable to perform the action implied by a certain four-letter word beginning with S than to use the word that refers to it; but why is using the word “rape” far less offensive than the action itself?
“It begins with the letter F and ostensibly depicts a sexual act.” If we were to seek to eradicate vulgarity as it is expressed through “swear words,” the least effective course of action we could pursue is to censor those words. Censorship does not work. The suppression of an idea, of an opinion or even of a word only arouses greater curiosity and wider circulation of the censored thing. When a penalty is introduced for uttering forbidden words, the swear jar fills to the brim with quarters. My concern with profanity is not that certain words represent malicious or immoral
concepts or ideas – we have thousands of English words at our disposal which do a much better job of that – but that their overuse could crowd out the use of more accurate or descriptive ones. The English language provides its speakers with more resources in terms of vocabulary and phrasing than most others, and it is a shame that those resources should be overlooked in the urge to use a provocative word. If the so-called dirty words are to be used at all, they should be used judiciously and sparingly, where the word’s social connotations will empower the author or speaker to arouse a certain desired effect in his audience. But even if offensive words are used gratuitously, their censorship runs contrary to the values of a society that prides itself on free speech. Everyone should have the ability to curse like a sailor if they so choose. I believe that all of those words that so-called decency discourages me from naming are no different from any of the other words we use, in that they should be all accorded the equal protection of freedom of speech. One cannot, however, control the perceptions of others. Using profanity confers upon the speaker or writer the responsibility to determine whether the use of those words will be effective and expedient – or foolish and destructive. But I think we should have enough respect for people to permit them to assume that responsibility in full by removing all of these nonsensical, irrational obstacles to the use of language.
Weekly Columnist Christopher Kempf is a 4th-semester political science major and geography minor. He can be reached at Christopher.Kempf@UConn.edu.
Americans must regain suspension of disbelief
ometime in January, I was on StumbleUpon and found the trailer for the movie “The Divide.” It was new at the time. Being a fan of apocalyptic fiction, I was thoroughly excited as the trailer showed nuclear blasts, a frantic effort to survive and the psychological collapse of eight survivors in a New York City basement. In short, it looked awesome. Where I made my mistake was scrolling By John Nitowski down to the comments on Staff Columnist the page. The main gripe people had about the movie (remember, it was just the trailer) was that a nuclear blast would actually cause an electromagnetic pulse and wipe out the power supply, leaving the survivors in the dark. And clearly, those survivors had the lights on. Suddenly, the movie became so unrealistic that it was unwatchable. Though I couldn’t help but think that a movie in the dark is a radio show. And if director Xavier Gens wanted to make a radio show, he wouldn’t have spent the money on cameras, lights and all those technicians to work in an essentially dead medium.
There are plenty of things to complain about with this movie, but really? The lights? That was people’s main problem with the movie before it even hit theaters? As an aspiring fiction writer and film critic, I can only imagine the questions Internet commentators would have asked had they existed in the better parts of the 20th century. For example: if “Star Wars” takes place in a Galaxy far, far away, then why do humans exist at all? The genetic probability of anything close to bipedal human beings in such a distant place is virtually zero. It should come as no surprise that “Star Wars” is still a classic film, but the same questions were asked about James Cameron’s “Avatar.” Instead of putting on a costume and fighting people, why doesn’t Bruce Wayne try to help advance Gotham City by providing work or education for the masses? Advancing socio-economic programs has proven to have better effects on a population’s crime rate then turning it into a vigilante-ridden war zone. And why the “bat” thing? If Batman hadn’t been built as a cultural icon since the Pulp Era, he wouldn’t stand a chance against Tyler Durden. Why didn’t Frodo just fly to
Mt. Doom on the back of those eagles that Gandalf uses to escape Isengard in the first movie?
“... I can only imagine the questions Internet commentators would have asked had they existed in the better parts of the 20th century.” To answer the “Lord of the Rings” question above: because there were Ringwraiths that would kill the eagles, and it’s about the journey, not the goal. “The Lord of the Rings” disappeared from our cultural conscience for a while, so these questions were asked and joked about, but Tolkien has become a staple of the fantasy genre. Even critics of the fantasy, space opera, and superhero genres can’t argue with the power they hold over our imagination. And yet, nothing new is allowed. We were once able to suspend our disbelief about all of these wholly unnatural things
(bat costume? A city-planet? Middle-Earth?) because even if we didn’t have much of an imagination, we could still support the creative minds of others by believing their story for as long as they were telling it. There is still plenty to gripe about. I’d argue that the Free Peoples of Middle-Earth had terrible military strategists and the whole war doesn’t make sense, or that Batman should get a good therapist, or even that the whole Jedi “religion” stops being a religion when people are being visibly choked by “the Force,” but it doesn’t really matter that much. At the end of the day, they are works of fiction, and I still enjoy them. “The Divide” would never have achieved the classic status that the above movies have become, but it might have received a little more credit than it actually got if people weren’t nearly as skeptical about every little thing. Have we lost our so much of our imagination that we won’t let a little bit of magic happen? Staff Columnist John Nitowski is a 2nd-semester English major. He can be reached at John.Nitowski@UConn.edu.
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Tracy encourages write-in candidates for USG elections
ello, UConn! Student Body President Sam Tracy here with some updates on what your student government is up to. USG elections are coming up next week, we just had our presidential debate and By Sam Tracy next week’s Staff Columnist elections will include a vote on a fee increases for USG, The Daily Campus and Nutmeg Yearbook. As you may have heard, joint elections will be held next week, from 9 a.m. Monday to 9 a.m. Wednesday. They will include elections for USG and other campus groups such as the Co-op Board of Directors. There are many elected positions open for USG, including President and Vice President, Comptroller, and 35 senate seats (including academic, class
and multicultural and diversity senators). We have four duos running for president and vice president, one person on the ballot for comptroller and only 14 people running for senate. However, one important thing to note is that USG allows write-in candidates, meaning that it is very possible for write-ins to be elected to the Undergraduate Student Senate. In order to run as a write-in, all you need to do is spread the word about your candidacy and get people to write your name in the text box on the online ballot. Many positions have fewer candidates than seats, so it can be very easy to run a successful write-in campaign. Becoming a senator in USG is a valuable leadership experience and a great opportunity to help improve your school as part of the official voice of the student body. Fortunately, we have a very
exciting race for president and vice president. I am not running for re-election and four pairs are competing for the open position: Steve Petkis and Jigish Patel, Bryan Flanaghan and Stephanie Sala, Ozzie Gooding and Kyle Gregoire and Jordan Hegel and Daniel Massaro.
“In order to run as a write-in, all you need to do is spread the word about your candidacy and get people to write your name in the text box on the online ballot.” USG held its presidential debate on Wednesday night, at which the candidates squared off on university issues and discussed what they would do if elected. Because it was snowing, I realize that it was difficult for
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That’s great ... now show me the evidence
I am a daily reader of the commentary in The Daily Campus; I think it is important to see what other students are talking about around campus as well as the varying opinions. However, an opinion is only as good as the facts which one can use to support it. Unfortunately, lately I have seen a disturbing trend in Ryan Gilbert’s columns: His last three articles (“Online commenters victims of societal change,” “The art of agreeing to disagree lost online,” and “Larger government allows for more freedom”) have lacked any form of factual evidence and with the exception of the long Santorum quote from this week’s article, he failed to have a single quote
- unless you count the ones he made up. I see what he’s trying to get at in each of his articles but he is simply not providing the evidence to back up what he saying. Maybe it is because the evidence doesn’t exist, but I would like to give him the benefit of the doubt that he is not just a mad man and that he has formed these opinions in some realistic manner. It would be beneficial for everyone if he could back up his opinions with legitimate sources and actual evidence, not just his personal experiences. Perhaps Ryan should start by looking up what the actual beliefs of a Libertarian before he claims that “freedom from taxes...[are] all they care about.” – Stephanie Blasnik
many students to make it to the Student Union at night to see the debate. Luckily, the entire debate was filmed by UCTV and the footage is available at its website, uctv.uconn.edu. I highly encourage you to learn about all of the candidates and to vote in joint elections next week.
As I said, there will be three referendum questions on fee increases for student organizations: USG, The Daily Campus and the Nutmeg Yearbook. This is a unique opportunity to directly vote on your own student fees
Re: Larger government allows for more freedom
I am writing this in response to the March 1 column “Larger government allows for more freedom” by Ryan Gilbert. In the column, Mr. Gilbert viciously attacks those on the right who would disagree with him. That in itself would not be the problem if he had not done it with such ignorance. For instance he states, “Freedom from taxes is not only what today’s libertarian-conservatives talk about most, but it’s also the only thing they talk about.” The entire statement is just plain ignorant of an entire political faction (which, despite what the column would lead you to believe, is quite separate from the Republican Party). To
and is also a major responsibility, as the vote will greatly affect the futures of these student-run organizations. More information on all three referenda is available at elections.uconn.edu. On the topic of USG’s fee increase, more than two-thirds of USG’s budget goes toward funding student organizations to host events on campus and attend competitions and conferences. These groups include Club Sports, political organizations, academic clubs, cultural groups and more. Since its last fee increase four years ago, the number of student organizations has gone from about 400 to more than 560 (a 40 percent increase), straining USG’s budget and making it impossible to fund groups at previous levels. In order to keep adequately funding groups, USG needs more money, so it is requesting a fee increase of $5 per semester
say that an entire political faction made up of thousands of people only has opinions on a single issue is just ridiculous. Mr. Gilbert also asserts that Republicans b e l i e v e “Government intrusion into our private lives is bad, unless it reveals whether you are gay.” Last time I checked, the Republicans aren’t gearing up for a witch-hunt to find people who are gay. Nor do I see a big rush of Republicans proclaiming that “Government efforts to make higher education more accessible are bad.” (In fact if you look at the quote Mr. Gilbert cites from Rick Santorum earlier in the column, you would notice that the Republican candidate says nothing about opposing education being more accessible, but opposes forcing everyone to go to college). What I do see is someone throwing around inflammatory remarks that
(bringing its fee from $40 to $45, a 12.5 percent increase). USG does not pay any of its members, meaning that all of its money goes right back to the students. A vote for USG’s fee increase is a vote to continue supporting student organizations, keeping UConn an enjoyable place to live and learn. As always, please contact me if you have any questions, concerns or ideas for improving UConn. My open office hours, held in SU 219, are Mondays from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 9 to 10:30 a.m. You can also email me at email@example.com.
Staff Columnist Sam Tracy is a 6th-semester political science and sociology major. He is the president of USG and can be reached at Samuel.Tracy@UConn.edu.
seem to have no basis behind them. Perhaps the most disturbing comment in the entire article is “And conservatives now say they are unwilling to pay for those freedoms. Fortunately, these freedoms turn out to be important enough that Americans always, in every poll, say they are willing to pay.” So Americans are willing to pay, but conservatives are not? Last time I checked, being conservative does not rescind my American citizenship. Being conservative and opposing a larger government does not make someone un-American. What seems un-American to me is making such ignorant attacks on fellow Americans and refusing to try to understand their point of view. –Bianca Sousa
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What campus issue is most important to you for USG elections? – By Rochelle BaRoss
“The most important issue for us in keeping college affordable for everyone by doing things such as lowering tuition.”
“Opening facilities such as the Classroom Building, Shenkman Training Center, and Burton Football Complex for students and student organization to use.”
“Parking and safety for students on campus.”
“We want UConn students to have a voice. Right now we don’t have one, and we want to show administration that we do.”
Steve Petkis and Jigish Patel
Jordan Hegel and Daniel Massaro
Kyle Gregoire and Ozzie Gooding
Bryan Flanaghan and Stephanie Sala
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Texas drought twists migrations of birds
MAD ISLAND, Texas (AP) – Strange things are aloft in the bird world. Endangered whooping cranes flew 2,500 miles from Canada to Texas, where they usually spend the whole winter. Instead, they pecked around for a short time and flew back. In Nebraska, other cranes never left. Some ducks just kept flying south – all the way to Belize in Central America. And a snowy owl was spotted near Dallas, only the sixth time that’s ever happened. Throughout the winter, scientists have noticed these and other examples of bizarre bird migrations – a result, they believe, of flocks becoming desperate for food and habitat becoming increasingly scarce because of the stubborn drought in Texas. The unusually mild winter in the Northeast and Midwest has even persuaded some birds they could stay put, fly shorter distances or turn back north earlier than normal. “We have birds scattered all over the place looking for habitat right now,” said Richard Kostecke, a bird expert and associate director of conservation, research and planning at the Nature Conservancy in Texas. The concerns go beyond a few lost flocks. Migratory birds often use the winter months to rest, eat and gain energy for the long journey back to their nesting grounds, so biologists can only guess at the effects of this season’s peculiar movements. What will happen if the birds’ diets are altered or if they expend too much energy? What if they fail to migrate at all? Will they still be able to breed after a stressful winter? “You may see a cascade of impacts,” Kostecke said. “We don’t know exactly where things will end up.”
A young male Vermillion Flycatcher perches on a branch, Friday, at the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge near Anahuac, Texas.
Roseate Spoonbills, pink, and white ibis graze in the reeds of Mad Island, Texas, Wednesday, Feb. 15.
In a typical winter, the Texas Gulf Coast is packed with tens of thousands of birds – songbirds, waterfowl, catbirds, gnatcatchers, warblers and other migrants. But this year, an annual count done just before Christmas found the population had dropped steeply. The number of water-dwelling birds was down significantly. Geese, for example, were 61 percent below their 19-year average. Dabbling ducks dropped 43 percent, diving ducks 60 percent and spoonbills 74 percent. Part of the problem is lack of food. The drought – the worst one-year dry spell in Texas history – parched thousands of acres of wetlands along the coast, a habitat that is normally rich with fish, seafood, berries
ural basins as habitat, there were 15,000 birds this year, compared with 36,000 last winter. But many apparently sought refuge in the state’s prairie areas, where biologists spotted 1.2 million ducks this year compared with about 885,000 last year. The unexpected population shifts weren’t limited to waterfowl on the coast. Surveys show inland species are on the move, too. They were observed in greater numbers near the Gulf, probably because their usual homes offered little food. So they kept flying – all the way to the coast, where they hoped to find more mice, snakes and other small prey. The disruption in natural migration comes with risks, even for the birds who survive into the spring. Birds that switch migratory paths may be
and insects. At the Nature Conservancy’s Mad Island preserve alone, wetlands have been depleted from 1,100 acres to a mere 200 acres. Habitat provided by rice paddies will also probably decline because many farmers are not expected to get water for irrigation. And with so little rain, freshwater is scarce. Lucky for the birds, they can fly. “God gave birds wings for a reason: to pick up and find what they need,” said Dave Morrison, the small game director at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. A mid-winter population survey revealed that overall numbers were down about 3 percent compared with last year. In the rainstarved Panhandle, where ducks typically rely on water-filled nat-
But the first census found many of the birds weren’t even on the coast. Only about two-thirds of the cranes were spotted. One family, or about a half-dozen cranes, reached the Gulf, then turned around to spend the winter at Granger Lake about 225 miles north. A few others were seen in unusually mild Nebraska. The rest are missing. “They may show up on later censuses, or they may be scattered out in different places where they’re finding good resources,” Kostecke said. Scientists plan to monitor the bird population to study the longterm consequences of this season’s migratory patterns. Experts in Belize are sharing notes with counterparts in Texas, who are talking to other specialists in the northern United States and Canada.
Alarm on cruise ship in Indian Ocean as fire breaks out VICTORIA, Seychelles (AP) — The worst moments for Gordon and Eleanor Bradwell came immediately after the alarm sounded. Eleanor rushed to their cabin to get a life vest. Gordon was pushed in another direction. The scent of smoke grew stronger aboard the disabled cruise ship. Then the lifeboats dropped. The Athens, Ga., couple – married 50 years last June – couldn’t find one another. “Those were the worst moments,” said Bradwell, a former alumni director at the University of Georgia. The Costa Allegra docked in the Seychelles on Thursday, three days after a fire broke out in the ship’s generator room, leaving passengers without working toilets, running water or air conditioning in a region of the Indian Ocean where pirates are known to prowl. Cabin temperatures reached 100 to 110 degrees, forcing passengers to sleep on deck chairs. “Things became very primitive,” Bradwell said, a far cry from what the couple had expected when they embarked on the $8,000 multi-week cruise. The blaze came just six weeks after another luxury liner, the Costa Concordia, capsized off Italy, leaving 32 people dead, a fact that was on many passengers’ minds. Both ships were operated by Costa Crociere SpA, which is owned by Floridabased Carnival Corp. When the ship’s alarm sounded around 1 p.m. Monday, passengers knew it wasn’t a drill. They had already had one, and knew that the short-short-long wail meant to prepare to disembark. Passengers couldn’t see the fire, but they could smell and see smoke. Crew members extinguished the blaze within an hour, but the alarmed continued to wail for two more hours. Some passengers panicked, shouting out family members’ names. It was two hours before the Bradwells were reunited. Capt. Niccolo Alba told a news conference Thursday the
fine for a couple years, but they could die later if they follow the same path only to find that their destination has become much warmer or colder than expected. One of the biggest concerns is for the whooping crane. There are only about 300 of these majestic, 5-foot birds left in the wild. This endangered flock, which scientists and the federal government have been working to revitalize for decades, flies every year from its nesting grounds in Wood Buffalo National Park in Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast. In 2009, the year of the last major drought, an estimated 23 birds died, probably because they were unable to find enough of the high-protein blue crabs and wolf berries to eat in Texas. Scientists were concerned the same thing could happen again.
Passengers of the Costa Allegra cruise ship look for their baggage upon their arrival at Victoria’s harbor, Seychelles Island, Thursday.
emergency response went relatively smoothly. The average age of the 627 passengers on board was 55, said Guillaume Albert, head of Creole Travel Service. Many of the older passengers in particular had trouble with the sweltering heat. Back in Georgia, the Bradwell’s daughter, Karen Bradwell Cobb, received two calls Monday from the cruise operator to update her on the ship’s situation. “Initially when I got the call it was very stressful and I teared up,” she said. “But because my parents are such seasoned travelers I felt like they would be OK. The main concern for me and my brothers was the piracy issue.” The waters off East Africa are Somali pirate territory. The attacks crippled the Seychelles tourism industry after wary cruise companies stopped coming to the island paradise in 2009. Cruises have since returned, and Costa Vice President Norbert Stiekema said Thursday that anti-piracy measures were in place on the Allegra, though
he wouldn’t detail what they were. A Seychelles official said earlier that armed guards were traveling on board. Cobb said the cruise company called her with an update again on Tuesday. On Thursday, at
around 2 a.m. Georgia time, she received a fourth call. “Hey!” her father joyfully shouted into an Associated Press reporter’s phone. “We wanted to let you know that everything is OK.”
Disney retooling obesity exhibit after complaints
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Walt Disney World is retooling an Epcot exhibit on childhood obesity after critics complained it was insensitive to obese kids and reinforced stereotypes. The interactive exhibit, Habit Heroes, featured animated fitness superheros Will Power and Callie Stenics and supersized villains Snacker and Lead Bottom, who eat junk food and watch too much television. Critics said the exhibit reinforces stereotypes that obese children are lazy and have poor eating habits. Doctors say obesity can sometimes be attributed to genetics and certain medications, and food can be used as a coping mechanism. “We’re appalled to learn that Disney, a traditional hallmark of childhood happiness and joy, has fallen under the shadow of negativity and discrimination,” the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance said in a statement. “I was really disturbed to see the most negative habits were attached to really fat bodies,”
Peggy Howell, a spokeswoman for the group, said after viewing a companion website. “These pictures further the stigma against people of higher body weight.” The exhibit was closed shortly after its unofficial opening in February, the Orlando Sentinel reported Thursday. The official opening has been postponed indefinitely. Blue Cross and Blue Shield partnered with Disney to create the exhibit. Blue Cross spokesman John W. Herbkersman said the exhibit was meant to be helpful. “Our goal is to ensure that the attraction conveys a positive message about healthy lifestyles in a fun and empowering way,” Herbkersman said. “To work on further improving and refining the experience, the attraction is closed for the time being. We look forward to officially opening it soon.” Added Disney spokeswoman Kathleen Prihoda: “That’s why we have a soft opening. So we can open it up to others and listen. We’ve heard the feedback.”
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President Woodrow Wilson signs the Jones-Shafroth act, granting U.S. citizenship to the inhabitants of Puerto Rico.
Dr. Seuss – 1904 Mikhail Gorbachev – 1931 Jon Bon Jovi – 1962 Chris Martin – 1977
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An electrifying performance ArcAttack mixes science and music with Tesla coils and guitars By Deepti Boddapati Campus Correspondent ArcAttack, a band who played on “America’s Got Talent” and electrocuted Mythbuster Adam Savage (while he was in a protective metal cage), electrified the audience in Jorgensen yesterday by playing rock music with lightning. Employing the same principles which create thunder, ArcAttack played hits like the Star Wars theme song and “Iron Man” by Black Sabbath, along with many original compositions. The show started with a brief introduction of the science that makes their music possible. With the aid of a quirky robot, and a self-possessed Google hating super computer, ArcAttack presented everything from electrons to capacitors in an informative, entertaining way. After preparing the audience in this fashion, Arcattack started up the two giant Tesla coils they had on stage and started playing. The Tesla coils transformed the entire room into a pair of speakers and capacitors. When the electric charge built up past the capacity of the coils to contain it, it arced across trying to reach any conductive surface. The air around the coils acted like an insulator, taking energy and forcing the lightning to emit heat and light. This rapid heating caused the air to vibrate, creating sound. Most of the time, the nearest conductive surface was the ground, but in the middle of the show it was a guitarist in chainmail. Joe DiPrima, the leader, was that brave soul. Wearing a Faraday suit and
Eat, drink, travel safely this Spring Break By Lauren Cardarelli Campus Correspondent
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Joe DiPrima, a member of ArcAttack, wears a Faraday suit to protect himself while playing a guitar that attracts electricity to it and himself. ArcAttack combines science with music by explaining the principles behind the show before launching into the full concert.
playing a specially modified guitar, he stood in-between the towering Tesla coils playing “Iron Man” while bolts of electricity repeatedly hit him. He was, of course, entirely safe; the metal suit around him guided the electricity in a safe path around him, not through him. As long as the metal around him provided lesser resistance than his body, the electricity would not hurt him. In the last part of their show,
ArcAttack redefined the meaning of shocking their audience by allowing audience members to enter a metal cage which they then electrocuted with music. The volunteers were safe in the cage, but the experience was still enough to make one’s hair stand on end. The cage worked on the same principles as the previously mentioned Faraday suit, and guided the electricity around those inside. It was even safe
Ice and snow not a deterrent to UConn orchestra’s performance
By Joe Kirschner Campus Correspondent Despite icy roads and snow flurries, a decent sized crowd was determined to see a great show Thursday night in Von Der Mehden Recital Hall as they watched the members of UConn’s orchestra perform, hosted by Music at UConn. The orchestra played three soul-soothing pieces by Giuseppe Verdi, Wolfgang A. Mozart and Maurice Ravel. The three pieces took about an hour and a half to perform. The crowd contained people of all ages. Some members of the audience were shocked to see the amount of people there, such as the mother and father of 2nd- semester music education major Spencer Morgan, who plays the viola. Mr. and Mrs. Morgan said that there’s usually a large amount of students in the audience, but they did notice that more adults than usual attended the show. To start the performance, Paul McShee, a graduate assistant earning his MA in music in orchestral conduction, conducted the first piece by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) titled “Vespri Siciliano Overture.” Musicians played attentively as they carefully watched the conductors. The members of the orchestra played a variety of instruments such as the violin, cello, drums and numerous brass instruments. This piece was calm at some points and lively at others, but was, overall, a piece to enjoy. The women of the orchestra were dressed in black dress pants and blouses, while the men wore shirts and ties to make this formal occasion seem elegant and sophisticated. As the show continued to the second piece by Mozart, “Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra,” the crowd prepared for the highlight of the show, the performances of professors Julie Rosenfeld on the violin and Robert Meyer on the viola. As the professors walked on stage, they were welcomed by both the orchestra stomping their feet and the audience clapping. Standing facing both the crowd and their orchestra they played their instruments with ease and professionalism
as they performed. Dr. Cheung Chau, who orchestrated the last two pieces, conducted the orchestra to perfection. The third and final piece by Maurice Ravel (1875 – 1937), “Daphins et Chloe Suit No. 2,” was played very well by the orchestra. It was played with powerful emotion and fines that sent chills and goose bumps through the audience. It was a magnificent experience to watch and listen to. Jeff Ventres, an 8thsemester music education major, said this piece was very exciting because of the trade off between winds, strings and brass, adding that the fanfares kept things exciting. Ventres also said that the whole idea of this piece wass to portray a dance with an ending so exciting and exuberant that it makes listeners want to jump out of their seats. Robert Barney, a 6th-semester bass trombone major who also performed, said he likes to play with strings, a bigger group and also a different conductor. Barney said that this performance was bittersweet because this is one of the last times he will be able to perform under Dr. Chau’s conducting; he has planned to move on from UConn’s music program after this semester. Julie Rosenfeld has been a professor of violin with the university for three years and looked very happy onstage playing with her students. Rosenfeld, who wore a black dress with a sparkling multicolored jacket, said it was inspiring to play with her own students, and that the piece also inspired her because she was able to do it with everyone involved. Robert Meyer also noted that performing with the UConn music students was something he truly enjoyed doing because he has to teach during the semester and is not often afforded the opportunity to play. As the show ended, Rosenfeld and Meyers took three bows to accept their applause. Dr. Chau, the conductor, also took a bow. This was a great show which was wonderful entertainment for the audience as well as the UConn community.
to touch the inside of the cage, since the electricity would not prefer a human over metal. But to watch the bolts of lightning shoot towards you and feel the waves of ozone it flung towards you (the electricity split oxygen molecules and temporarily turned them into ozone) was still frightening. The power of the bolts, according to Steve Ward, was enough to hurt and burn a person, but thus guided it created music. Ward
joined ArcAttack to make science fun and facinating for, and judging by the amount of curious questions after the show, it seems ArcAttack suceeded. ArcAttack can be found at www.arcattack.com and on Facebook at http:// www.facebook.com/pages/ ArcAttack/183126608415462.
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Jump into the java jive courtesy of UConn Dining Services
By Kim Wilson Senior Staff Writer UConn Dining Services dishes out the good, the bad and the “what is that?” food at every meal. Whether eating at dining halls, the Union or one of the cafes on campus, most students consume campus cuisine every day. This column is dedicated to reviewing the different foods provided by UConn and shaping you into an official UConn Dining Services connoisseur. An independent entity from the university, Dining Services offers vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, international, organic, comfort and health foods. They even take requests for recipes. The food may not be five-star and gourmet, but at what other time in your life will you have such a variety of foods to feast on and not have to cook it yourself? We have it pretty good. Let’s start by looking at a dining services staple that students from all walks of life appreciate, coffee. This nectar of the gods is often a college student’s savior for a long day, a late night or an all-nighter. While visions of Starbucks’ caramel macchiatos or Dunkin Donuts’ Dunkaccinos may dance in your head, it’s Omar Coffee that is readily available to students in your nearest dining hall. You can leave behind your dreams of perfectly brewed, deliciously roasted blends, because Omar Coffee is sure to fall flat in comparison. Not great yet not terrible, Omar
Coffee from a dining hall is inconsistent at best. You may find a brew too strong or weak, but it’s nothing that can’t be helped by some milk and sugar or a little creamer. If you drink your coffee black, you’re out of luck. The seasonal brews and flavored coffee can add a bit of variety to your mug, but the variety of flavors between the brews are minimal. Omar Coffee is the workhorse of the coffee world – it gets the job done but isn’t too fancy about doing it. At the end of the day, I thank my lucky stars for having mass amounts of caffeine available at my convenience. If you need an intense sugar rush, the cappuccino and hot cocoa machines located in the dining halls are perfect. The labels on the machines claim they serve “a world of indulgent flavor,” but I beg to differ. More of a sugary semiliquid sludge than a drink, the products of these machines are pretty scary on their own. However, mixed with about two parts water or with coffee, the molten cappuccino or hot cocoa sludge becomes a sweet drink or a delicious flavoring for a coffee fusion. If you really want to be frivolous and spend some of those oh-so-valuable points, the Union Cafe and the five other cafes on campus can whip up specialty drinks like Almond Joy, Milky Way or Snickersflavored coffee. The iced versions are sometimes tastier than the hot, but the ice takes
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I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for Spring Break. I can already smell the sweet aroma of SPF, taste a tropical cocktail on my tongue and feel the warmth of the sun’s rays soaking into my incredibly pasty skin. You with me? Before you zip up your suitcase and board that plane, there are a few precautions you should bear in mind to ensure a safe, healthy and fun vacay. Cheers to that. Clink! Eat. Yes, you’ll most likely be living in your bikini or swim trunks if you’re going somewhere warm, but that does not mean you should be skipping meals to compensate. With sun and booze involved, eating throughout the day is imperative to keep you fueled for all the fun activities you have planned. (I am hoping to go parasailing for the first time!) To jumpstart your metabolism and boost energy, make sure you get a hearty breakfast into your system, even if you’re not the biggest fan of the morning meal. I always pack a few of my favorite protein bars for emergency quick fixes. Portion control and healthy noshing do exist on vacation, if you choose to participate. All-inclusive overindulging can get ya, so be weary of how much and what you’re filling up on. For bloat-less bellies, watch your sodium, gassy food and carbonated drink consumption. Eat frequent, small meals and do so SLOWLY! Don’t forget to take advantage of healthy, local cuisine, like fresh fruit! Eight glasses a day. Of water, that is. Drinking lots of H2O will keep you hydrated while limiting your risk for heat exhaustion. Alternate alcoholic beverages with water to pace yourself throughout the day and night and remember, if you’re traveling outside of the country, choose bottled over tap. At the very least, discomfort can stem from contaminated drinking water and, let’s be real, that is NOT fun. Travel/booze buddy. It’s always a good idea when traveling with a large group to have a mutual understanding with a friend that you trust about all things safety. Although you ultimately are personally responsible for playing smart, it is good to have a buddy if you’re vacationing in a group. Also, bring a list of your fellow beach bums so no one gets left behind! Protect yourself for fun in the sun. Sunburns, sun poisoning and the consequences of over-exposure down the line are total party poopers. Avoid putting that kind of damper on your trip by lathering up on your sunscreen and reapplying throughout the day, especially if you’re swimming. Girls, try purchasing makeup with SPF in it for an extra layer of protection and if you’re really worried about getting that bronze glow, look for self-tanners or extenders. Many have sunscreen in it! Along the lines of “protection,” use it (come on, do I really need to spell it out for you?) and be mindful of who is handing you drinks. Only a few more days stand between us and our Spring Break! Remember to be safe, smart and healthy. Happy packing and bon voyage!
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LIFE & STYLE The Bucket List
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Smoothies start your day sensationally By Megan Toombs Campus Correspondent I wanted to make a green smoothie this morning for me and my boyfriend. Usually I make green smoothies the same with spinach leaves, romaine lettuce, orange juice, and a banana. That recipe is super simple and tastes great. But today I wanted to play around a little bit and see what kind of green smoothie I could create. The final creation was a spinach and berry smoothie.
Parkour Why settle for walking on sidewalks or any other sort of conventional movement as the best way to get from point A to point B? Created by David Belle in France in the late 1990s, parkour challenges that notion directly and focuses on the quickest and most efficient movement through an environment. It usually ends up utilizing obstacles in that environment to that end via a combination of gymnastics and acrobatics. However, the concept parkour is based can trace its roots to the Georges Hébert, a French naval officer. After observing the skill of indigenous warriors during his travels, Hébert came to believe in a total body exercise emphasizing the total incorporation of the environment to facilitate movement. Nowadays, the sport is seen in a variety of different situations, from the film world, to video games, to most recently the military. -John Tyczkowski
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GroupMe Group projects are an important fact of life in college. There’s always that one partner who never shows up, or you can never get in contact with them. Now, with GroupMe, they’ve got no excuse. Dedicated to the group-texting service that shares its name, the GroupMe app makes it easy for you to keep in touch with friends. Just add them to a list, send out an introductory message and however many of you there are can keep in contact easier than ever. Of course, messages are going out to a group, so be careful what you’re sending. And the app has a bad habit of confusing groups, but that just means you should look before you send, a great lesson to remember. You’ll get a lot of notifications, so be ready for constant buzzing during a conversation, but again, as long as you’re actually getting the messages, that’s also not a bad thing. Use GroupMe for friends, projects, workshops or whatever else you have that requires a lot of people to stay in constant contact. It works well and your grades will probably thank you for it.
Makes 2 smoothies (3 cups) Time: 10 minutes So here’s what you’ll need: - 1 cup of orange juice - 1 banana - Five strawberries - Large handful of raspberries (about 12 to 15) - One huge handful of spinach (about 2 cups)
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Smoothies are a filling and highly nutritious meal while also being low in fat and very easy to prepare.
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First place one cup of your orange juice into the blender. This will make a nice, thick smoothie. If you like your smoothies with more liquid, I would add more orange juice. Now you will do all of your prep work to get your fruits and vegetables ready for the blender. Wash your large handful of spinach leaves thoroughly to remove all dirt, sand or
grit. Then cut off the stems from the leaves. Wash your strawberries well and then cut the tops off. Cut your strawberries in half. Now wash your raspberries well. At this point, everything has been washed and cut and is ready to go. Place your spinach leaves, banana, strawberries and raspberries into the blender with the orange juice. Blend on high for about two minutes to make sure everything is well blended and there are no chunks throughout the entire smoothie. Then pour and enjoy! This smoothie is low in fat, highly nutritious and extremely filling. You can see the basic nutrition information below, but let me give you a few more details about this smoothie. In addition to the more than 700 milligrams of potassium, one serving of this smoothie will also give you almost 60 percent of your daily value of vitamin A, almost 24 percent of your vitamin B-6 and 125 percent of your vitamin C.
Classic rock shows to see this spring break
By Jamie Dinar Campus Correspondent Not everyone goes away for Spring Break. Sure, the warm weather and tropical breeze may seem nice compared to the Connecticut cold, but you can still enjoy yourself while staying up north this year. The New York City nightlife is riveting. The amount of excitement here is phenomenally larger than in any other city in the country, so naturally there will be an overwhelming amount of shows throughout the week. Friday night, our first official night off, the week starts with OAR in New York City at the Bowery Ballroom. Last year, they came to UConn and blew students away. The band hasn’t produced a new album
since last summer’s “King,” so hopefully will they be playing a wide variety of songs rather than focusing on new material. Allman Brothers Fans are in luck. The band is commencing their Beacon Tour this week, with shows March 3, 9-10 and 13-17. Hardcore fans from all over U.S. and Canada travel to New York for these shows. To fans, this is known as the “Beacon Run.” Since 1989, the band has sold out the Beacon Theater 188 times, and has since been recognized as one of the most influential bands of the concert industry at the Billboard Touring Awards. Last year marked their 200th show there, so this year is like a whole new century of shows. Gomez, an English indie rock band, may be lesser known, but they are steadily
gaining a reputation. They have appeared in music festivals such as Bonaroo and Lollapalooza, and their names have appeared headlined next to superstar bands, such as Pearl Jam and Dave Matthews Band. Their journey to New York begins March 11 at the Bowery Ballroom. Another exciting act who have gained colossal fame in America this year is the Black Keys, whose newest album “El Camino” came out a few months ago. However, if this is the show you want to see – good luck. The Madison Square Garden show on March 12 sold out within 15 minutes of being released. If New York is too far, Boston has a few pretty decent shows. Van Halen is making an appearance on Sun March 11
at TD Garden. This show is particularly exciting because “A Different Kind of Truth,” Van Halen’s first studio album in 14 years, was released Feb. 7. This is the first album produced since reuniting with lead vocalist David Lee Roth. Donovan Frankenreiter will be in Boston March 18 at Paradise Rock Club in Boston. With tunes just as mellow and easy as long-time friend Jack Johnson, Frankenreiter may be the thing to calm your nerves just before hitting the books the next day. As long as there are cities and people who want to share their music, there will always be something to do. It may not be a beach but it certainly is a different kind of exhilaration.
‘Housewives’ actress says she was stunned when hit
In this July 27, 2011 file photo, actress Nicollette Sheridan poses for a portrait at during The Television Critics Association 2011 Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nicollette Sheridan told jurors on Thursday that she was shocked and humiliated after being struck in the head by the creator of “Desperate Housewives” on the set of the hit ABC show. The actress was the first witness called during her trial alleging that she was fired after a dispute with creator and executive producer Marc Cherry. She is seeking more than $6 million in damages. At the request of her attorney, Patrick Maloney, the actress demonstrated the blow by striking her lawyer in court. Sheridan contended it was a hard blow, although attorneys for Cherry and ABC claimed it was a light tap meant to give the actress some direction for a scene. Sheridan told jurors that Cherry appeared stunned after the hit and later apologized to her. Wearing a navy blue suit and white blouse, Sheridan split the day testifying about the show’s early years and the dispute with Cherry and its aftermath. Her character Edie Britt was
killed off in the show’s fifth season, when she was earning $175,000 an episode. By then, she also had been granted a portion of the series’ profits by that point and was slated to earn $250,000 an episode if she remained on the series through the seventh season. She testified that although Cherry had left her character’s fate in doubt at the end of seasons three and four, he never mentioned killing her off until after he hit her and was cleared by ABC executives of wrongdoing. Cherry and ABC have denied wrongdoing and said they will present evidence that the decision to kill off Britt was made months before his argument with Sheridan and had to be approved by top executives at the network. The scene that led to the dispute between Sheridan and Cherry was originally not meant to include the actress’ character. Her role was added after several revisions and was a short scene in which Britt needled her onscreen husband about how to write a love song.
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Sneakers: All about the journey or the destination?
By Jamil Larkins Campus Correspondent
Collecting sneakers is way more than just a hobby. In 2012, this often expensive collection has turned into an addiction for some people. Acquiring these exclusive shoe releases to add to one’s collection is no different than the craze of collecting Pokemon cards in most of this generation’s youth. Though shoes are far more expensive, the parallels are easy to see. Hunting down these rare pieces, getting your hands on them by any means necessary and deciding whether to lock them away in a safe or keep them out for all to see are the three main stages of collection. With sneakers specifically, many collectors rarely even wear them once acquired. Similar to the craze around the “Concord” Jordan release of this past Christmas season, the past week we saw another very popular and chaos-inducing release. In accordance with NBA AllStar Weekend in Orlando, Fla., Nike released a special “Galaxy” series of signature sneakers. These sneakers featured a variety of space themes, playing along to the host city of Orlando and the nearby Kennedy Space Center. The most sought-after of these shoes was the Foamposite model, an already very popular shoe with enthusiasts around the country. Personally, I think the shoes are hideous, but that’s beside the point. People looking to grab a pair of these $220 kicks were camped outside of stores and boutiques a full week. After fighting through riots and mobs to get these sneakers, many people sprinted toward their computers to sign into eBay and put them up for sale. That is, of course, if they didn’t sell them already before leaving the store’s parking lot. One of the main reasons for people camping out to get these shoes is not to wear them personally, but to sell them soon after release to capitalize on the inflated re-sale values. I was completely baffled when I saw these shoes going for as high as $6,000 in online auctions. For the non-businessmen waiting in line, these shoes are musthave items. Is it a status boost to own a pair of these expensive and exclusive sneakers? In the minds of the non-owners, it absolutely is. Owners of these sneakers get grouped into a certain “class,” even more so if they are publicly showing off their purchases. Sneaker culture is one not very easily understood when looking in from the outside. Similar to people camping out for the newest iPhone from Apple or the newest Elmo doll in a toy store, the prize is only half the battle. The journey to get that product is often where the character of the individual shows. When riots or violence occur, it casts a negative shadow on not only the people involved, but also the demand for the product in general. When people camp out for days with strangers who share a common love for something, I’m completely okay with that. Friendships are made and networks are built. It’s more than just a sneaker at that point – it’s a memory and piece of history. That is partly the reason why some of these Jordan and Nike shoes never actually see the light of day, similar to an autographed and framed sports jersey would from your favorite player. I’d never get caught camping out for $200 sneakers I’d never wear in public, but for those who do, I understand. The obvious reward comes through the final prize, but the memories for these lovers of the sneaker culture thrive in the process it took to acquire their prizes.
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up a fair amount of container space that could otherwise be filled with coffee. At $3.60 for an iced specialty drink and $3.80 for a hot, these concoctions can be deadly to your points account. If you don’t have points, I recommend that you make friends with a person who does and woo them to get a specialty drink for you. With enticing flavors and typically well-made blends, these drinks
can be a treat to treasure for the five minutes it will likely take you to gulp them down. I suggest that you do not purchase regular coffee from the cafes unless it is a matter of convenience. The cafes all serve the same Omar Coffee as the dining halls, and typically don’t have flavored creamer or cappuccino machines to spruce up the coffee. UConn Dining Services apparently understands our
campus-wide caffeine addiction, providing students with coffee sources all over campus. You can harness the power of caffeine and manage to stay awake during your classes by bringing a thermos of Omar Coffee from the dining hall or stopping by a cafe to get a tastier, though more expensive, treat.
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Country star Jason Aldean works out with the Braves
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Jason Aldean circled the bases, touched home plate and collapsed next to the batting cage, pulling his cap over his face. “After lunch, let’s come back and do it again,” Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez joked. Sprawled on the ground and struggling to catch his breath, Aldean replied, “No, I’m good.” The country music star got a chance to live his other dream Thursday, working out for more than two hours with his favorite baseball team while trailed by a crew filming it all for a TV reality show. Aldean didn’t make the team — with cameras rolling, Gonzalez and general manager Frank Wren told the singer he had been “cut” after the workout — but by all accounts the former high school player held up well alongside such stars as Chipper Jones, Dan Uggla and Brian McCann. “Not bad,” Jones said. “He’s a little more athletic than we’re used to seeing from our normal celebs.” “He’s the best celebrity I’ve seen, by far. Not even close,” the manager said. “You can tell he’s got a little background in baseball.” Wearing uniform No. 9, Aldean started out taking grounders at first base, scooping up a few low throws. Then he got some solid wood on the ball during his turn in the batting cage, his longest drive landing on the warning track and short-hopping off the fence. Finally, he joined the team for baserunning drills, tailing along at the end of the pack. Aldean was taping a segment for the reality show “Day Jobs,” which airs on the country music cable network GAC. Normally, the show follows artists as they return to jobs they held before becoming famous, but he had no
desire to go back to his old line of work. “I was a delivery guy for Pepsi,” he said. “That was not cool. I was not going back and doing my old job. I worked too hard to not have to do that anymore. So they said, ‘What about we do kind of a dream job deal with you, where you get to do something with the Braves?’ I was like, ‘Now that I would be into.’” The 35-year-old Aldean was born and raised in Macon, Ga., about 75 miles south of Atlanta. “I’ve been a fan of this team for a long time,” Aldean said. “I grew up watching ‘em. To get to come out and do this today is a big honor for me.” Except for an occasional game of softball, Aldean’s athletic career ended after he played first base at Windsor Academy in Macon. But he’s still got pretty good skills with the mitt. “Sometimes you just close your eyes and hope it finds your glove,” Aldean quipped. “But I was pretty comfortable over there.” The gap between him and the pros was a lot more pronounced in the batting cage. “It almost looks like they’re barely swinging and the ball just jumps off their bats,” Aldean marveled. “But that’s why they do this for a living and why I don’t. It’s a little intimidating getting up there hitting in front of those guys.” Recalling the movie “Major League,” Aldean felt a little like the Wesley Snipes character Willie Mays Hayes, a speedy outfielder who was punished every time he hit the ball in the air. “I had a lot of popups,” Aldean said. “I started to drop down and do some push-ups.” Aldean’s most recent album, “My Kinda Party,” received Album of the Year from the Country Music Association and was nominated for a Grammy. He plans to release a new album in October.
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Friday, March 2, 2012 I Hate Everything by Carin Powell
Royalty Free Speech by Ryan Kennedy
Procrastination Animation by Michael McKiernan
Editor’s Choice by Brendan Albetski
Horoscopes by Brian Ingmanson
To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) -- Today is a 7 -- Mercury enters your sign today, bringing communication confidence. The next two days are good for making changes at home. Stick to the core message. Replenish reserves. Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 7 -- Listen and learn. Your concentration’s especially keen. You’re earning admiration from someone you respect. Keep a low profile this evening to recharge. Gemini (May 21-June 21) -- Today is an 8 -- Choose to learn skills by which you can profit. Social networking opens doors. Brevity is the heart of elegance. Do what works. Keep your word. Watch the bottom line. Cancer (June 22-July 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Someone’s paying attention; accept their love fully. Balance studies with socializing. Your words have power today, so use your charm for good.
Side of Rice by Laura Rice
Mensch by Jeff Fenster
Nothing Extraordinary by Thomas Feldtmose
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Education looks good on you, and you can’t get enough. You can find a great opportunity. You’re an intellectual warrior in the fun zone. Go ahead and make plans. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- You’ve got great ideas for home improvement, with action and intellect lined up around creativity and romance. Light candles and have a dinner party. Get artsy.
One Thousand Demons by Bill Elliott and Rachel Pelletti
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Show respect and gain love. Your charm captivates. Put it in writing, and send it out. Keep the deadlines, play by the rules,and new bonus opportunities arise. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 9 -- Your self-discipline is impressive. You’re getting more attractive and others are taking notice. How will you use your charm? Think long term. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 6 -- You’re being pushed to take action. Meditation clears up the doubts and makes it easier to make a decision. Don’t discuss personal matters yet. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is a 7 -- Go over the instructions again. There’s a tendency to want to do it all at once, which could be challenging. Let other people help. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is an 8 -- Figure out new ways of making money, and get into the action without delay. Find a quiet space where it’s easier to concentrate. Get some rest. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 7 -- Words of love flow with extra ease today. Say it with flowers, maybe, to add color to the poem. Share music that speaks your heart with your muse.
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Atlantic Hockey playoffs begin By Carmine Colangelo Staff Writer
Cole Schneider led the Huskies with two third-period goals as part of a come-from-behind win. The Golden Griffins ended this The UConn men’s hockey team season with a 10-20-4 record. In will begin postseason play today conference play, Canisius went as they host conference opponent 10-14-3, finishing in ninth place in Canisius in the opening round of the Atlantic Hockey Association. the Atlantic Hockey playoffs. In their most recent weekend The Huskies, who series, the Golden clinched home ice Griffins split two games advantage against against Mercyhurst. American International The Golden Griffins College last weekend, won the first game 2-1 will host the Golden vs. Canisius against the Lakers at Griffins this weekend. 7:05 p.m. home, but fell 5-0 in Today will mark the following game. Freitas Ice theThe third time these teams Huskies finished have met this season. the 2011-12 regular Forum The Huskies took the season with a 13-17-4 series sweep, winning record. In conference both games. play they finished in eighth place On the weekend of Jan. 14, with a 12-12-3 record, giving the Golden Griffins hosted the them home ice advantage in the Huskies in a weekend series at first round of the playoffs. They the Buffalo State Sports Arena in secured this position last weekend Buffalo, N.Y. The Huskies opened in a two game series against the that series with a 6-2 victory. Six Yellow Jackets. different Huskies scored in this Last Friday the Huskies found game, giving the team their ninth themselves in Springfield, Mass., win of the season. The following hosted by the Yellow Jackets on day, the Huskies earned their tenth their senior night. Three different victory, winning 4-3. Forward Huskies scored in the game, result-
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UConn's junior defenseman Tom Janosz moves the puck along the boards during the Huskies' Feb. 17 matchup against Iona. This weekend, UConn begins the Atlantic Hockey playoffs.
Seniors have mixed feelings on last game from ON THE, page 14 Cochrane began dressing for games last season. Cochrane appeared in games in Hartford against Holy Cross and St. John’s this season. Saturday he will put a UConn jersey on for the final time in the regular season. His father, Peter Sr., died of brain cancer during Cochrane’s freshman year in 2008. He said as he walks out of the tunnel with his family, he’ll think of his father. “I’m really not sure what I’ll be feeling,” Cochrane said. “It’s definitely going to be a great experience being honored, but I’m sure I’ll be a little sad that my time on
the team is coming to an end and that my father won’t be there and wasn’t able to see any of things the team and I accomplished.” Cochrane said that he has had a lot of good memories and experiences in the last two seasons, but obviously the national title sticks out the most. “Favorite UConn memory has to be being on stage when we accepted the trophy after winning the national championship last season,” Cochrane said. Cochrane, a Newtown native, grew up watching UConn basketball and rooting for the Huskies. The past two years he hasn’t had to watch UConn on television or
in the stands. He’s been on the bench and played in games for the Huskies. “Spending most of my childhood in Connecticut, I’ve always been a UConn basketball fan,” Cochrane said. “I’ve got to play with and meet a lot of great people, so it’s an experience I’ll carry with me for the rest of my life.” Ben Stewart will also be honored with Bailey and Cochrane. Ethan Waite, a senior walk-on, who played against St. John’s on Dec. 31, will return next season. The game begins at noon and the seniors will be honored.
coach Muffet McGraw said. But the Huskies could come together and regain the fight that some players know they have in them. Then there’s the dark horse that is St. John’s. The No. 18 Red Storm has won its last eight games and, every year, the teams that are the most dangerous are those that enter on a hot streak. At this point, Auriemma is pessimistic about his team’s chances. “I don’t really care about the Big East Tournament at this point,” Auriemma said Monday night. “If it’s us, great. If it’s [Notre Dame], great. We’re not good enough
to win the Big East Tournament probably, so it doesn’t matter to me who wins it.” UConn guard Tiffany Hayes knows that if there were ever a time where senior leadership is needed, it’s now. Sunday night at 8 p.m., the Huskies play their first game of this year’s Big East Tournament in Hartford. “We can’t just talk about it,” Hayes said. “We gotta do it. I know we have [fight in us] but we gotta learn how to dig down and get it when we need it.”
Hayes: We can't just talk about it from LOOKS, page 14 This year’s tournament is up for grabs. Of the top-three teams – Notre Dame, St. John’s and UConn – any one of them could realistically win it. Notre Dame could continue its winning ways, getting even hotter off of the confidence boost from its first-ever win in the XL Center, proving to the conference that UConn is not the unbeatable juggernaut it usually is. “I think everybody in the country probably feels like they’re in UConn’s shadow,” Notre Dame
ing in a 3-3 tie. The tie clinched home ice in the first round of playoffs against the Golden Griffins. The following day, the Huskies returned home to host the Yellow Jackets for their senior night. Senior defensemen Brad Cooper snapped his 33 game scoreless streak with a hat trick on senior night. The Huskies outshot the Yellow Jackets 40-23 in the game as part of a 5-3 victory. The Golden Griffins are led by forwards Kyle Gibbons and Taylor Law, who are tied with a teamhigh 11 goals. Gibbons leads the team in points as well as assists with 26 and 15 respectively. Husky forward Cole Schneider leads the team with 18 goals and 35 points. His 17 assists are only second to forward Billy Latta, who has 18. Goaltender Garret Bartus ends the season with a 2.58 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage. He also leads the NCAA Division I men’s hockey with 1000 total saves this season. The game will begin today at 7:05 p.m. in the Mark Edwards Freitas Ice Forum.
Huskies to compete in Charleston, SC
By Brendon Prescott Campus Correspondent
The UConn softball team will head into the Charleston Southern Tournament on Friday March 2 with a slightly disappointing record of 1-2. The Huskies go into the game having not played since Feb. 18 and have experienced cancellations in the Georgia Softball Classic against both Buffalo and Winthrop due to inclement weather. The women will take on the 4-5 Wisconsin Badgers in the opener of the tournament and the Kansas Jayhawks in the second game of a doubleheader. UConn looks to keep the bats going strong and bounce back from their previous 9-7 loss against Tennessee Tech on Feb. 18. Leading the charge for the Huskies is senior outfielder Amy Vaughan, who has had six hits in ten at bats since the start of the season including two home runs and 12 RBI’s. Adding to the defense will be starting pitcher, junior Kiki Savariano, who aims to lower her shaky ERA of 6.23.
Head coach Karen Mullins looks to add to the Huskies record in her 29th season as coach at UConn. Mullins is no stranger to victory. Her coaching record of 812-554-5, and a record of 802-544-5 in her 28 seasons with the Huskies makes her one of the 43 head coaches in NCAA history to reach the 800-win milestone. The Badgers come into the tournament with an overall record of 4-5. Wisconsin is coming off of consecutive loses to the University of Maryland and Florida State. The Badgers will receive offensive help from Mary Massei who is tied with Molly Spence and Whitney Massey for the most RBI’s on the team. Massey and Spence look to add power to the attack with one home run apiece. The Jayhawks roar into the tournament on a 12-2 record, making their way into the tournament on a 12 game winning streak, losing only their first two games of the season to opponents Troy and TennesseMartin in the Southeastern Lion Classic from Feb. 10-12. Kansas will receive help from their seniors Marissa Ingle and Leah Dabier.
Amy Vaughan hopes to pick up right where she left off last season and lead the Huskies to victory. Last season as a junior Vaughan was third on the team in RBI’s and had three home runs and a perfect fielding percentage. She was named to the 2010-2011 Big East AllAcademic team and started in all 49 games last season. Vaughan had three hits in the 9-7 loss against Tennessee Tech on Feb. 18. Tennessee Tech came into the game with a record of 3-5 but left with a victory on nine runs 15 hits and four errors. The Huskies scored seven runs on only seven hits and made two errors of their own. Despite the loss, Tennessee had played in more games than the Huskies due to inclement weather. Mullins hopes that the time off to practice will make for a fresher team come March 2. The Huskies will open up the tournament at 9:00 a.m. in Charleston and will play their second game immediately following the conclusion of the first at 11:00 a.m.
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Friday, March 2, 2012
UConn baseball heads to Mississippi
By Darryl Blain Campus Correspondent
The UConn baseball team heads to Starkville, Miss. this weekend to compete in the Mississippi State Tournament and attempt to put an end to its early season woes. The Huskies start today at 11 a.m. with a double-header against Lipscomb and Mississippi State, and then move on to play Lipscomb again tomorrow and Mississippi State on Sunday. Left-handed ace Brian Ward is set to start the first game. Ward has been more than reliable on the hill, starting the season with 2 wins in 2 starts and posting a 1.26 ERA. Unfortunately for the team, he is the only pitcher with a winning decision on his stat sheet so far. Leading the offense for
UConn so far are senior first baseman Ryan Fuller, with an average of .421, and freshmen center fielder Eric Yavarone, who is batting .400. Both players have started all six games so far and will be looking to continue their success as the team looks to increase theirs. The two opponents for the Huskies this weekend have a combined record of 10-4, with Mississippi State boasting six of those wins. The Huskies need these wins in order to get some momentum going and get back in the rankings. Fielding is of some concern for UConn. The Huskies lost their most recent game to Rhode Island by a score of 2-0 despite not surrendering a single earned run. The starter for UConn, Anthony Marzi, threw 6.2 innings of hitless baseball to add to the impact
the errors had on the game. Outfielder Billy Ferriter was day-to-day with a hamstring injury last weekend, which ended up keeping him out of the lineup entirely for the three-game stretch. Ferriter hit .284 last year for the team. Coach Jim Penders could not be reached for comment on his status. The first game start was originally scheduled for 2:30 p.m., but was bumped up due to “high probability of severe weather conditions in the Starkville vicinity Friday afternoon and evening,” according to Mississippi State Media Relations. The other Friday game for the Huskies was also moved up, going from 6:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday games remained unchanged.
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UConn pitcher Anthony Marzi delivers a pitch to the plate at New Britain Stadium during an April 22 game of last season against Georgetown. Just like last year, the Huskies have started off struggling.
After postponements, Huskies finally play By Danny Maher Campus Correspondent
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UConn senior M.E. Lapham keeps her eye on the ball during the Huskies' Feb. 18 game against Iona earlier this year. This weekend, the Huskies prepare for Binghamton.
Blaney: I think Stewart could have played for me at Holy Cross
from STEWART, page 14 “He gives you a great effort every single day, he’s very physical, he doesn’t back off anything,” said associate head coach George Blaney. “Most days the walk-ons play a lot of defense. He’s gone against Hasheem Thabeet, he’s gone against Andre Drummond, he’s gone against Alex Oriakhi, Gavin Edwards, he’s gone against some really good people and done a great job.” Stewart described Calhoun’s practices as some of the toughest around, saying that Calhoun will find a way to get the best performance out of you, even if that means yelling and stomping his feet. He recalled one instance back during his sophomore year when the team was working on a defensive drill, and he didn’t put his hand up after former UConn forward Stanley Robinson pulled up for a three, 12 feet behind the arc. Robinson made the shot, and Calhoun stopped the drill. “He said, ‘You know it doesn’t matter if you’re a walk-on or a scholarship player, if you’re blue or you’re green, you’ve got to get your hand up and play defense. You’re expected to play defense and that’s what you’re going to do,’” Stewart said, quoting Calhoun. “I left out some expletives on that speech but I’ll definitely always remember that, that was the first time he really yelled at me.” Stewart is originally from Denver, Colo., where
he starred at Kent Denver High School. He was initially recruited to play basketball by local Division II and Division III schools, but soon got Division I attention after Dartmouth, Harvard and Wisconsin started calling. “My original plan was I was all set on going to the University of Wisconsin, I made an official visit there, I was speaking to the coach out there,” Stewart said. “As the recruiting deadline kind of approached they kind of dropped me and they weren’t really talking to me, the coach was not being responsive at all, so luckily I had applied to UConn just in case.” Stewart said his high school coach had once played with Blaney and the two were still close, so he was able to use that connection to get to know Blaney and eventually earn a spot on the team. “I liked him as a player before he got here because he was tough,” Blaney said. “He was always strong enough and tough enough. He was a little undersized for the way he plays, but he’s been a great addition for us.” At 6-foot-5 and just over 200 pounds, Stewart never had a realistic chance of becoming a regular contributor at UConn. However, Blaney said that in a different program Stewart could have been a capable Division I player. “I think he would have played for me at Holy Cross, I think he’s that good a player that he would have played at a different level,” Blaney said. “His size really hurt him
here, but he’s certainly been everything that we thought he would be in terms of helping us become a better team.” Despite that fact, Stewart said he is happy with the way his career unfolded at UConn. In May he will graduate with a degree in business administration with a focus in entrepreneurship, along with four years worth of memories as a Husky. “I’ve considered myself to be extremely blessed and fortunate to have been through what I’ve been through,” Stewart said. “Being a walkon can be a little tough at some times, you have to go through all of the motions at practice, you really don’t have as long of a leash as some of the guys on scholarship so you really have to go out and bust your ass and really prove yourself, and I’ve been doing that for four years and I’m really happy with what I’ve accomplished.” Saturday will be a special day for Stewart. Not only because it will be his last game at Gampel Pavilion, but also because it will be the first time his parents will be able to make the trip from Colorado to watch. Whether or not they will get to see Stewart actually play, however, will naturally depend on how the game goes. “The plan is always to go in and blow the team out so that I can get a couple of minutes here and there,” Stewart said. “I always stay optimistic, I think there’s a chance.”
A pair of postponements pushed the game between UConn (2-0) and No. 17 Boston College (2-1) to Friday at noon. The game was originally scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, but was moved to Thursday afternoon due to inclement weather. The game had to be rescheduled again, since the conditions at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex were not suitable for play. After the Huskies’ complete their final game of the season, opening three-game home stand, UConn will head west to Binghamton to take on the Bearcats (0-1) UConn has won both of its alltime meetings with Binghamton, including an 11-9 win in Storrs. Due to the rescheduling of the Boston College game, the Huskies will need to win back-toback games in consecutive days for the only scheduled time this season in order to continue their unbeaten start to the season after
wins over Iona and Quinnipiac. Senior M.E. Lapham extended her scoring streak to 41 consecutive games after erupting for six goals in the 18-6 win over Quinnipiac Feb. 25. Sophomore Lauren Kahn added four goals and goalkeeper Brittney Testa had six saves in the victory. Testa was named the Big East defensive player of the week for the second consecutive week. Lapham is just 26 goals shy of breaking the school record for goals scored. The Bearcats lost their season opener at home, 16-12 to St. Francis (Pa.) Feb. 26. Binghamton held a 9-7 lead late in the first half but could not overcome a ninegoal performance from St. Francis (Pa.) junior Danielle Conwell. Binghamton ranked last in the America East in 2011 in goals, assists and points and finished the season with a 4-13 overall record. In nine years of the program, Binghamton has an all-time record of 27-123. Binghamton head coach Tony Zostant returns seven starters from last year’s team, including senior Lis Zuern, the Bearcats’
most balanced attacker from last season. Zuern led the team with 49 points on 35 goals and 14 assists. Zuern had three goals on five shots in the losing effort vs. St. Francis. But with the loss of the top two scorers from last season, Binghamton must rely on a new crop of midfielders including Katherin Hunsberger, Allie Sabitus and Casey Bulman. Each of whom, along with defender Kristen Stone, had two goals in the season opening loss. The departure of Lauren Scott, who finished third in the America East in save percentage in 2011, will force the Bearcats to lean heavily on freshman goalie Kara Pafumi. Pafumi hung in tough in her first game between the pipes as she recorded nine saves. After the Bearcats face the Huskies on Saturday, they will begin a three game road trip beginning with a game at Marist on March 7. UConn will stay on the road after and face the University of New Hampshire on March 7.
Cerullo: Huskies' bubble hasn't burst yet from HERE ARE, page 14 But the most important fact for UConn is that that last fact will play no bearing in the selection process whatsoever. This is a fact that has been overlooked by most people and is probably the most important fact of all. We aren’t dealing with football and the NCAA tournament selection committee isn’t like the BCS. Late season losses don’t count more than early season ones do, and at the end of the day, every team will be judged by its entire body of work. And once you get past the fact that the team has played like a bunch of bums for the past two months, UConn’s complete body of work isn’t actually that bad. Still, you would think that there would be a few more teams out
there with a good enough body of work to knock the Huskies out of consideration. As it happens, most of the power conferences are having down years, so there aren’t as many mid-tier teams to compete with. Just look at the Pac-12, talk about a dumpster fire. The point is, as much as it seems like the Huskies have done everything in their power to torpedo their NCAA tournament prospects, the numbers suggest they’re still safe. We can argue whether or not the Huskies actually deserve a tournament bid until the cows come home, but the book isn’t closed on this season yet. Tomorrow, the Huskies have a winnable game at Gampel against a Pittsburgh team that has underachieved even worse than UConn has. We’re talking about a team that is 16-14, 5-12 in the Big East and lost to DePaul.
Yes, THAT DePaul. If the Huskies can’t beat Pittsburgh at Gampel to close out the regular season, then you could argue that they should just ban the team from the postseason early. College basketball is a crazy sport, and for better or worse, this season is going to come down to the wire. One last fact for you all to chew on: our good old friend and athletic director Jeff Hathaway is now the head of the tournament selection committee. I’m thinking the team needs to beat Pittsburgh, and win a game or two in the Big East tournament for good measure, just in case Hathaway is feeling vengeful. Follow Mac Cerullo on Twitter at @MacCerullo.
Blain: Jets have a lot to fix with the draft from TANNEMBAUM, page 14 How many times can one fan honestly put up with a blocking tight end constantly missing blocks and committing penalties (Mulligan), or the all-too-familiar scene of their safety with his back turned to the line of scrimmage attempting to chase down the opposing tight end who just burnt him deep worse than a sunscreen-less day at the beach? I won’t get into the mistakes Wayne Hunter made, but I’ll leave you with the fact that he led the team in penalties and was second in sacks allowed. There are so many problems; Bart Scott is aging and systems are demanding more coverage, not his strength, Santonio Holmes absolutely quit on his team in the final
game, Sanchez’s job is constantly being questioned by fans, the Jets are lacking a No. 2 receiver since everyone and their mother know Plaxico Burress wants no part of returning and a bevy of others. Tannenbaum’s circus, indeed. So just like in his true fashion, Tannenbaum has been very keen on how he words his thoughts with the media, and we can only judge his decisions. First, the questionable: keeping Holmes and Hunter. Wayne Hunter stinks. Let’s face it. He is just flat out awful. Unless they really improve on him, he just doesn’t play at the level of a starting lineman. Holmes has an attitude, and any true fan would be furious with his actions. Whether he’s worth the trouble remains to be seen.
The good moves: Cutting Matt Mulligan and replacing Schottenheimer with Sparano. Schottenheimer was lessthan-popular with Jets fans for his play calling on offense, and that’s being generous. Sparano may or may not work out, but the certainty here is that a change of scenery was needed. As I alluded to before, Mulligan sorely needed to be cut. So here we stand, about a month and a half before the draft, many problems unaddressed. The state of the Jets is not good. Tannenbaum needs to make some changes, and those changes need to result in a restored playoff berth for the Jets very soon. If not, this circus may need a new ringleader.
TWO Friday, March 2, 2012
What's Next Home game
The Daily Question Q : “What kind of madness will March bring for UConn teams?” A : “The kind that causes me to binge eat.”
Next Paper’s Question:
“Who has a better chacnce of winning the Big East Tournament? The women’s or men’s basketball team?”
–Dan Agabiti, 6th-semester journalism major.
» That’s what he said – UConn guard Tiffany Hayes on how the team must play to perform during the Big East Tournament.
Home: Gampel Pavilion, XL Center
» MLB AP
» Pic of the day
TBD Big East Tournament
You must be kidding me.
Women’s Basketball (26-4) Home: Gampel Pavilion, XL Center
March 4 Big East Tournament XL Center
Men’s Ice Hockey (14-17-4) Tomorrow March 10 Atlantic Hockey Atlantic Hockey First Round Quarterfinals
March 16 Atlantic Hockey Semifinals
Men’s Swimming & Diving March 9 NCAA Zone Diving All Day
Women’s Swimming & Diving March 9 NCAA Zone Diving All Day
Baseball (2-4) March 10 Illinois 11 a.m.
March 2 March 3 March 9 Today Lipscomb Mississippi St. Mississippi St. Oklahoma 2:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 2 p.m.
Softball (1-2) Today Wisconsin 9 a.m.
March 2 Kansas 11 a.m.
March 3 Charles 11 a.m.
March 4 Kansas 1 p.m.
March 9 San Diego St. 2:30 p.m.
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Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma, center, associate head coach Chris Daly, left, and assistant coach Shea Ralph react during the second half of their team’s 72-59 loss to Notre Dame Monday night.
THE Storrs Side UConn honors basketball seniors and baseball faces Lipscomb By Carmine Colangelo Staff Writer Game to Attend: UConn men’s basketball vs. Pittsburgh. On Saturday, the Huskies will host the Panthers in their final game of the season, with playoff implications on the line. The 17-12 Huskies are coming off of a disappointing 72-70 loss against Providence on Tuesday. The loss put the Huskies in 10th place in the Big East with a 7-10 conference record. The Panthers come into this game fresh off an 89-69 victory over St. John’s on Wednesday, snapping a five game losing streak. The Panthers are 16-14 this season and stand 13th in the Big East with a 5-12 record. This will be the first time these teams have played each other since the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament last season. The game will be played in Gampel Pavilion this Saturday at noon. Game to Follow: UConn baseball vs. Lipscomb. Today, the Huskies will open up the Mississippi State Tournament against the Bison in Starkville,
Miss. The Huskies are 2-4 this season after going 1-2 last weekend at the Cougar Invitational, the second straight weekend the Huskies have gone 1-2 in a tournament. The Huskies opened up the tournament with a 7-2 win over Xavier, but lost to the College of Charleston and Rhode Island. Freshman Jordan Tabakman will be taking the mound against the Bison, his first career start for the Huskies. The Bison are 4-4 this season and are coming off of a 9-8 home loss against Tennessee Tech. The game will start today at 11:00 a.m. Number of the Week: 600. Senior Amy Vaughn currently the leads the UConn women’s softball team with a .600 batting average. Vaughn also leads the team in hits, home runs, and runs batted in. The Huskies will play today against Wisconsin in the Charleston Southern Tournament in Charleston, S.C. The Huskies will play Saturday and Sunday this weekend, against Charleston Southern and Kansas respectively.
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“I know we have [fight in us] but we gotta learn how to dig down and get it when we need it.”
Men’s Basketball (17-11) Tomorrow Pittsburgh Noon
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Yankees plan to lower payroll
Under baseball’s new labor contract, the luxury tax threshold will be at $189 million after the 2013 season. By getting under the threshold, the Yankees would be eligible to get some of their revenuesharing money back. “Is it a requirement with baseball that we hit 189? No, it’s not a requirement, but that is going to be the luxury tax threshold and that’s where I want to be,” Steinbrenner said Thursday. “I don’t think it’s an unrealistic goal. My goals are normally considered a requirement.” Steinbrenner said this season’s payroll is around $210 million. He thinks the Yankees can be successful at a lower level with a strong player-development system. The Yankees were hit with a $13.9 million luxury tax last season. New York’s final 2011 payroll was $212.7 million for the luxury tax, which uses average annual values of contracts on the 40-man roster and includes benefits. Using salaries and prorated shares of signing bonuses, the Yankees were at $216 million. “I’m just not convinced we need to be as high as we’ve been in the past to field a championshipcaliber team,” Steinbrenner said. “We’ll see who comes off (salary-wise) in the next couple years.” The luxury tax threshold is $178 million this year and next, then rises to $189 million for 2014-16. Significantly, a market disqualification test for revenue sharing is phased in, gradually making teams in the 14-15 largest markets ineligible to receive money. Those funds go back to the teams that pay, as long as they are under the tax threshold. As for this year, New York has a number of promising prospects, including pitchers Dellin Betances and Manuel Banuelos. “We’ll see how these young kids perform towards the end of this year and into next year,” Steinbrenner said. “The young kids are going to play a big part of being able to lower this payroll. I am going to need some of these young pitchers to step up.” Steinbrenner again reiterated that he’s not planning to work on any in-season contract extensions. “Right now I just want to get through this season before we talk to anybody,” he said. Steinbrenner gave his support to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, who had a difficult personal offseason. Cashman’s wife filed divorce papers last month, a day after prosecutors charged a woman with stalking him and extorting money over an extramarital affair. “I’m not going to get into personal situations of employees,” Steinbrenner said. “It’s not Yankee business. I can only say that we’re here to support him.” As for the upcoming season, Steinbrenner is upbeat about the defending AL East champions. “I’m excited,” he said. “I think we’ve got, on paper, definitely a better team than we did last year.
THE Pro Side The Heat take on the Lakers and Arsenal faces Liverpool By Dan Kagan Campus Correspondent Game of the Week: Miami Heat (27-7) at Los Angeles Lakers (20-14) The Heat will travel to the Staples Center Sunday to face a Los Angeles team that has undergone a mediocre February stretch, going 7-5 in its last 12 games. Kobe Bryant, who had been diagnosed with a concussion after a mild bit of contact with Dwayne Wade in Sunday night’s All-Star game, was cleared to play Wednesday night and will be playing versus Wade, James and Miami’s high-powered offense. While Bryant (28.4 ppg) and James (27.4 ppg) are sure to be the focus of attention, the play of Chris Bosh, who put up and impressive 20 points and 10 rebounds versus Sacramento and a 25-point, 8-rebound performance against the Knicks, may prove to be crucial. Viewers can see the game on ABC at 3:30 p.m.
Game to Watch: Arsenal (14-8-4) at Liverpool (10-6-9)
The Reds have struggled as of late, losing or drawing their last three matches, and will look to bounce back Saturday at home versus an Arsenal team that is also slumping. The Gunners, however, will look to reverse a 3-2 decision versus Swansea during their visit to Anfield. Those soccer fans willing to wake up and watch the game on ESPN2 at 7:45 a.m. can catch Robin van Persie, an EPL top goal scorer with 28 goals, take on Liverpool veteran Stephen Gerrard in a heated matchup that could prove crucial in the fight for Premiership position.
Number of the Week: 3.8 The number of the week, 3.8, is the average difference in assists per game between Jeremy Lin (5.8 apg) and Rajon Rondo (9.6 apg). Lin and the Knicks will look to overcome this gap on Sunday as they battle Boston for Atlantic Division supremacy at the TD Bank Garden. Catch the game at 1 p.m. on ABC.
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P.13: Huskies to honor seniors. / P.12: UConn baseball heads to Mississippi. / P.11: Atlantic Hockey conference playoffs begin.
Friday, March 2, 2012
Here are the facts Mac Cerullo After the Huskies nearly beat Syracuse this past Saturday, I thought they were a lock to make the NCAA tournament, and it seemed like most people thought that way too. But then the team lost to Providence, and everything went straight to hell. Most of the national pundits declared UConn “done” and said that a CAA team or some other mid-major should get the Huskies’ spot. The local media struck a less condemning tone, but the message wasn’t too far off. “The Huskies’ bubble has nearly burst and the team faces a real risk of being stuck in the NIT” was the general refrain. But what’s interesting is that according to many analysts’ projections, the Huskies are still safely in the tournament field. ESPN’s Joe Lunardi had the Huskies in the field in his most recent Bracketology from Wednesday night, and not even as one of the “last four in.” Not only that, but UConn was ahead of South Florida, even taking into consideration the Huskies’ loss at Providence and the Bulls’ win at No. 19 Louisville. So what gives? Where do the Huskies really stand? Here are the facts. UConn is 17-12 on the season with a 7-10 record in the Big East. The Huskies’ RPI is 30, and the team has the No. 1 strength of schedule in the country. The Huskies are 0-5 against the top 25 teams in RPI, but 6-2 against teams ranked between No. 26 and No. 50. The Huskies have wins over No. 20 Notre Dame, No. 22 Florida State and Harvard, who have been ranked for much of the year and received five votes in the last poll. The Huskies have also lost games at Rutgers, Tennessee and Providence. At one point the Huskies were 12-1, but the team has gone 3-9 in its last 12 games.
» WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
March Madness is upon us again
By Dan Agabiti Senior Staff Writer
looks like anything that you could possible imagine,” Auriemma said. “Three guys have absolutely no idea of what you’re talking After Monday night’s 72-59 about in the huddle. At that point, loss to Notre Dame, coach Geno it’s pointless.” Auriemma was clearly In the final 7:33, distraught about his UConn did not score team’s play. So disa single point, turntraught, that he decided ing what was a close to pull his starters with game into another late3:11 remaining in what game collapse for the Big East seemed like a winnable Huskies. Tournament game. The last time UConn On paper, the took on Notre Dame, 8 p.m. Huskies were still within South Bend, a simiSunday in striking distance of lar thing happened. The the Fighting Irish, but Huskies blew a lateAuriemma had seen game lead, resulting in enough by that point. overtime. The Fighting “If you only knew how many Irish took advantage of the extra times we come out of a time- time and beat the Huskies 74-67. out and do absolutely nothing that “This team has not improved,”
Auriemma said after Monday night’s loss. “Since the last time we played Notre Dame, I would have thought we would have made great strides. We haven’t.” In spite of some late-season woes, the Huskies still finished comfortably as the No. 3 in the conference’s regular season standings, earning them a double-bye. This means that the Huskies’ first game of the tournament, which starts Friday, is not until Sunday. It’s the first time in several years that the Huskies enter the Big East Tournament as an underdog to win it. This year’s UConn team is young, sloppy at times and even its coach doesn’t think the players have the fight in them to win this type of tournament.
» HAYES, page 12
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UConn guard Brianna Banks matches up against Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins during a Feb. 27 game.
UCONN ON THE PROWL
Huskies to take on Panthers on senior day
By Colin McDonough Associate Sports Editor
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Kyle Bailey and P.J. Cochrane will dress in a UConn uniform for the last time at Gampel Pavilion tomorrow against Pittsburgh. The two senior walk-ons will be honored in the Senior Day ceremony prior to the Huskies’ game against the Panthers. “I’m sure there will be a lot of emotions,” Bailey said. “I have done 17-12, 7-10 this all the years I have been in school and now it is finally coming to an end. Some of my greatest memories have been in basketball and I have been around really great teammates and coaches. It is going to be hard to 16-14, 5-12 know that is all coming Sat., Noon, ESPN to an end.” Bailey has played in 11 Gampel Pavilion career games, including three this season against Columbia, Maine and Holy Cross. Bailey has been on the team the last four seasons, which has included a Final Four appearance in 2009 and a national championship in 2011. Bailey has been with UConn for some of the program’s most important moments. Along with Kemba Walker, Charles Okwandu and Donnell Beverly, Bailey is one of four UConn players ever to be on two Final Four squads. “The National Championship was by far the best moment, but I think that goes without saying,” Bailey said. “A.J. Price’s 36 points against Marquette was a really great game to back in the 2009 season and then the Final Four run that we had. But I think when we beat No. 1 ranked Texas at Gampel was one of the most exciting and loudest games I have been a part of.”
UConn senior walk-on Kyle Bailey warms his hands during his introduction on First Night. Bailey, along with seniors P.J. Cochrane and Ben Stewart, graduate in May.
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Tannenbaum Circus Show By Darryl Blain Tri-State Sports Columnist Jets’ general manager Mike Tannenbaum may have one of the toughest jobs in football right now. He must take one of the most self-destructive teams in recent memory and decide which pieces to keep, which pieces to get rid of and which pieces to fill in the gaps with this offseason. He will have to navigate the draft and free agency with tight salary cap space. He hasn’t always done a great job. Heck, some of his decisions have been questionable at best, like the Brett Favre experiment or drafting Vernon Gholston. This offseason has been no exception to the hit-ormiss style of Gang Green’s front office guru. Looking back, many Jets fans would most likely associate three names with a penchant for mistakes and a very terrible overall season performance. I’m not saying the downfall of the Jets is limited to the three of them, but here they are: Matt Mulligan, Eric Smith and last but not least, Wayne Hunter. These three names do not resonate well with Jets fans everywhere, and understandably so.
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Stewart reflects on career as walk-on By Mac Cerullo Managing Editor
Players react after Ben Stewart scores a basket during an NCAA Tournament game against Bucknell.
As the Huskies were putting the finishing touches on a dominating win over Bucknell in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last year, coach Jim Calhoun looked to junior walk-on forward Ben Stewart and told him to go in. Stewart had only seen three minutes of action all season, and even though the Huskies were ahead by 30, he played like he would never see another minute again. Stewart was all over the court, grabbing an offensive rebound and playing smothering defense every time an opposing player came his way. As the clock began to tick down, he posted up on a Bucknell defender and yelled for the ball. He got the ball, forced his way inside and scored. The bench went crazy, cheering as if he had just hit a game-winning shot
at the buzzer, and Stewart just smiled. Years of hard work had finally paid off. “It felt crazy,” Stewart said after the game. “Scoring your first basket in the tournament, that’s what kids dream about.” To this day, that basket remains Stewart’s only career score. Now a senior, Stewart has been with the program as a walk-on for four years, and tomorrow’s game against Pittsburgh will be his last home game at Gampel. “It’s a weird feeling,” Stewart said. “Just being a part of the program for four years, all the Gampel games I’ve played and all the things that I’ve seen, it’s all coming to an end this weekend.” As a walk-on, Stewart’s has been a part of two Final Four teams, including last year’s national championship squad. But his contributions to the Huskies are not always obvious. He rarely sees action during
Photo courtesy of UConn athletics
A player profile picture of Ben Stewart.
games, but he is a key presence during practice, where he is expected to work just as hard as everyone else, and often is tasked with guarding the scholarship big men to help prepare them for the next opponent.
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