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Friday, March 23, 2012

SNIPPING FOR ST. BALDRICK’S Students donate hair to charity for wigs

By Loumarie Rodriguez Staff Writer

BUNNYHOODS AND HOCKEY Canadian comedian brings a distinct northern flavor to show. FOCUS/ page 7

ON THE RHODE AGAIN UConn heads to URI for the Kingston Regional. SPORTS/ page 14 EDITORIAL: FUNDRAISING INITIATIVES LIKE HUSKYTHON POWERFUL Students should make more philanthropic efforts on campus. COMMENTARY/page 4 INSIDE NEWS: ASSAD IN FIRM CONTROL AFTER A BLOODY YEAR U.N. estimates more than 8,000 people have been killed in uprisings against dictator. NEWS/ page 6

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The Student Union Ballroom hosted St. Baldrick’s second annual “Shaving the Way to Conquer Kids’ Cancer,” an event put together by the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH). The NRHH, an organization not affiliated with UConn that recognizes leadership and student involvement, has put together the St. Baldrick’s charity in order to spread awareness and help provide funding for further research in children’s cancer. The event ran from 4 to 8 p.m. with a line that formed before 4 p.m. as students and other volunteers waited to have their hair cut or shaved off. “We (NRHH) just felt that it’s a great event,” said

Kathryn T. O’Connell an 8th semester marketing major. O’Connell is the vice president of NRHH and organized the event. “Everyone worries about physical appearance and this is one great way to support kids dealing with physical appearance issues.” The event had 60 registered volunteers to have their hair cut or shaved and expected many walk-in participants. According to O’Connell, most of their volunteers were walk-ins last year and they hoped to have the same this year. She also said that this event began last year as part of the group’s philanthropy and felt that it would be a unique to help the community. Like last year’s event, this year had over 50 walk-in volunteers donating their hair.

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Malory Delgato, a 4th-semester psychology major, holds up a lock of hair she had cut off to donate to St. Baldrick’s. The donations received on Thursday evening will be made into wigs for cancer patients.

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Dunkin’ holds giveaway at Union

By Janeil Mason Campus Correspondent The owner of the Student Union’s newest fast food installation wants to keep UConn “running on Dunkin’.” Dunkin’ Donuts celebrated its opening with a Spring Fling Event on Thursday morning and afternoon. The event started at 11 a.m. but lines started to form an hour prior to its start. At the kickoff of the event, Dunkin’ provided 1,500 free Husky-themed doughnuts to those in line and anyone else passing through the Union’s upper level. Free mystery gift cards ranging from $2 to $100 were also gave away to the first 100 Dunkin’ customers. To spread the Husky love, Jonathan the Husky and UConn cheerleaders and dancers were present to give away free T-shirts. Owner Derek Pacheco knows that the first weekend back from Spring Break is tough, and having this Spring Fling was his way of showing how excited he is to bring the Dunkin’ brand to UConn. “Having student involvement is very important at this event, which is why we decided to give away free doughnuts; doughnuts are a part of our heritage,” Pacheco said. In addition to all the giveaways, Dunkin’ will be providing free turbo shots this weekend. Tammy Monks, an 8th-semester senior marketing major said that

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research capacity and productivity,” according to the UConn Health Center’s website. The initiative is funded by a combination of new bonding, private financing and UConn Health Center resources. “By becoming a leader in bioscience, Connecticut can again be at the forefront of an economic renaissance,” Malloy said in a statement on his website. “By capitalizing on existing assets, and by attracting new ones, Connecticut can lead the new economy in a

Candidates running for the U.S. Senate have been invited to televised debates at the UConn Storrs campus, organized and aired by FOX CT and The Hartford Courant. The first debate for the Democrats is scheduled for Apr. 9 at 1 p.m. at the Von Der Mehden Recital Hall. A Republican debate is planned for June 14. The U.S. Senate race is for the seat left open by Sen. Joe Lieberman (I). Current Democratic front runners are Congressman Chris Murphy and former Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz, both of whom will be attending the April debate. Other Democratic candidates invited to attend are state representative William Tong, outspoken AIPAC critic Lee Whitnum and former certified nurse’s aid Matthew Oakes. Former longtime U.S. Representative Chris Shays and Linda McMahon, the former president and CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, lead in the Republican realm. The roster for the June debate has yet to be finalized. Both Democratic and Republican primaries will be held Aug. 14. “As the state’s flagship public university, it’s important that UConn play a meaningful role in facilitating and contributing to public debate and political discourse in Connecticut,” said UConn spokesman Michael Kirk. “This is one of the vital missions of a university, and we’re always eager to be a showcase for democracy.” The UConn Storrs campus hasn’t hosted a similar debate in recent years, although in 2010 the university hosted gubernatorial debates between now-Gov. Dannel Malloy and Republican Tom Foley at the UConn Law School and UConn’s Stamford Campus. Both debates will be open to the

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Jonathan the Husky and an iced coffee mascot for Dunkin’ Donuts pose next to a display of doughnuts at the Union on Thursday morning. Dunkin’ Donuts gave away doughnuts, t-shirts and mystery gift cards in an effort to boost sales at their new on-campus location.

the fast food joint “hopes to continue to bring more surprise and delight opportunities to students.” The new Dunkin’ Donuts is on the second floor of the Student Union. All of the popular Dunkin’ Donuts beverages and fare will be served at the outlet along with the new Dunkin’ Donuts Smart Menu options. These healthy alternatives include reduced-fat muffins and oven-toasted breakfast sandwiches

and wraps. Chuck Morell, associate director of operations at the Student Union said, “All UConn ever wanted to do was get branded coffee operations in the Student Union and to foster great relationships with Dunkin’ Donuts.” Students are just as excited about this new Dunkin’ Donuts being in the Student Union. Mary Murphy, a 6th-semester special education major said that she is

very happy about Dunkin’s new location in the Student Union and that the Spring Fling was a way for her to further express her excitement for Dunkin’ Donuts. At the conclusion of the event, Pacheco expressed how excited he was to see the overwhelming response from the students and faculty present.

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UConn to create Genomics Institute

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As part of an effort to increase scientific exchange between the UConn Health Center and the Storrs campus, UConn has announced plans to establish a Genomics Institute in partnership with the Jackson Laboratory at the Health Center in Farmington. The new lab will incorporate many scientific fields including medicinal chemistry, robotics, genomics and pharmaceutical sciences. The lab will function as a site for research and education.

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Institute planning committee member and associate professor of pharmacy and toxicology Theodore Rasmussen said one of the functions of the lab will be to use DNA analysis to individualize medical treatments. “You can see how an individual would respond without ever giving them the treatment,” Rasmussen said. “Complete sets of really interesting human research studies are going to come out of this.” The plan to establish the Genomics Institute is moving “rapidly,” according to Rasmussen. “Ultimately, this is an

effort that has been requested by President Susan Herbst,” Rasmussen said. “Members of the upper-level administration are supporting this.” The plan to establish a Genomics Institute is the result of the developments in the partnership with The Jackson Laboratory and Gov. Dannel Malloy’s Bioscience Connecticut initiative, which focuses on furthering scientific endeavors in Connecticut. Part of the Bioscience Connecticut plan involves “renovating existing UConn Health Center facilities to increase

What’s on at UConn this weekend... Friday: Basics of Applying to Law School 2 to 3 p.m. CUE, 134 Students interested in learning how to apply to law school should attend this workshop.

Saturday: SUBOG Travel Trip All Day New York City SUBOG is hosting a trip to see “Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark” or “Avenue Q” on Broadway. Tickets for transportation and to see one of the shows are $50 each and tickets for the bus ride only are $15 each.

Saturday: 42nd Annual World Fest 1 to 4 p.m. Student Union, 330 Come to taste exotic appetizers and experience international performances by various UConn cultural groups.

Sunday: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows 7 to 9 p.m. Student Union Theatre Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson must bring down the villain Professor Moriarty in this sequel. Admission is $2.

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University of Illinois President Hogan resigns

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Less than two years after he was hired to repair the damage done to the University of Illinois by an admissions scandal and guide the school through difficult financial times, President Michael Hogan resigned Thursday under pressure from faculty unhappy with his leadership. Board of Trustees Chairman Christopher Kennedy immediately named longtime university administrator Robert Easter, 64, as Hogan’s successor, saying Easter agreed to do the job for two years. Hogan’s exit comes less than two weeks after the trustees ordered him to repair his relationship with faculty but follows months of pressure, including letters calling for his ouster signed by some of the university’s most distinguished faculty, Nobel and Pulitzer winners among them.

Metro-North worker wins $1M in injury lawsuit

NEW HAVEN (AP) — A federal jury on Thursday awarded a Metro-North Railroad worker more than $1 million in punitive damages in his lawsuit accusing the commuter railway of disciplining him for reporting an injury. The jury also awarded Andy Barati $50,000 for lost earnings, pain, suffering and disfigurement. Barati said he was wrongly fired when he reported that a jack failed and a rail tie fell on his foot, breaking a big toe. Barati’s lawyer, Charles Goetsch, said the verdict was the first under the Federal Rail Safety Act, which forbids disciplining employees who report a violation of laws or rules or a workplace injury. “It sent an unmistakably powerful message to Metro North and all railroads that retaliation against workers who report safety concerns will not be tolerated,” Goetsch said.

Bagel guru Murray Lender dies at age 81 in Fla. HARTFORD (AP) — Murray Lender, who helped turn his father’s small Connecticut bakery into a national company credited for introducing bagels to many Americans, has died in Florida. He was 81. Lender, perhaps best known from promoting Lender’s Bagels in TV commercials, died Wednesday at a hospital in Miami from complications from a fall he suffered at his home 10 weeks ago, his wife, Gillie Lender, told The Associated Press on Thursday. The couple, who were married more than nine years, lived in Aventura, Fla., and also kept a home in Connecticut. “He was courageous, strong and an example to everyone to show how one should go through life with a vision, ambition, a goal and with success,” Gillie Lender said. Lender’s father, Harry Lender, immigrated to the United States from Lublin, Poland, in 1927 and opened what would become Lender’s Bagels that year in an 800-square-foot bakery in New Haven. Two years later, he had his wife and two sons, Hymen and Samuel, brought over from Poland to join him, according to a history of Lender’s Bagels on the company’s website.

State awarded federal solar energy funding

HARTFORD (AP) — Connecticut is receiving a federal grant that will allow the state to improve its solar capacity and lower some installation costs for homeowners and small businesses that put in rooftop solar power systems. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced the nearly $481,500 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy on Thursday afternoon. The funding, to be used by the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority and its partners, aims to improve both the permit process and connectivity with Connecticut utilities. While the grant will help residents and businesses who add solar panel systems with installation costs, it will not cover hardware. Malloy said the grant will help bring the state closer to energy independence and provide cheaper energy options for residents.

Senator: Employers shouldn’t seek social media passwords

SEATTLE (AP) — A Democratic senator from Connecticut is writing a bill that would stop the practice of employers asking job applicants for their Facebook or other social media passwords, he told The Associated Press on Thursday. U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said that such a practice is an “unreasonable invasion of privacy for people seeking work.” “These practices seem to be spreading, which is why federal law ought to address them. They go beyond the borders of individual states and call for a national solution,” said Blumenthal, who first spoke to Politico on Wednesday. The AP reported this week that some private and public agencies around the country are asking job seekers for their social media credentials. The practice has alarmed privacy advocates, but the legality of it remains murky.

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Friday, March 23, 2012

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Home beer brewers seek to change alcohol laws

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — About the only thing Kevin Flynn enjoys more than drinking his home-brewed beer is sharing it with fellow beer club members at festivals and tasting competitions. So Flynn and his buddies were shocked to discover that Wisconsin law prohibits sharing homemade suds anywhere outside the brewer’s home. The law could “pretty much be the end of competitions in Wisconsin,” he lamented. “At least legal ones.” An explosion of interest in home brewing is forcing lawmakers across the country to review long-forgotten alcohol laws, some of which date back to Prohibition. Although the old rules have rarely been enforced, beer enthusiasts fear they could criminalize the rapidly growing hobby and kill scores of annual tasting events that bring tourists to small towns and cities. In Wisconsin, Flynn and other home brewers may soon be off the hook. The state Legislature last week passed a bill to allow them to transport homemade beer and wine and to share it with other adults. Brewers will still not be permitted to sell anything they make, and they will remain exempt from permit requirements and taxes. The proposal now heads to Gov. Scott Walker, who plans to sign it into law. At least 17 states have ambiguous laws on whether home brewers can transport beer or wine outside the home, according to the American Homebrewers

Association in Boulder, Colo. The patchwork of rules can be frustrating for hobbyists who would prefer to spend their time exchanging recipes for pale ale or rhapsodizing about different varieties of hops, barley and yeast. Some states – including Georgia and South Carolina – have restrictions similar to Wisconsin’s. In Kansas and Minnesota, home brewers can only make beverages for themselves or family members. Other states permit homemade beer and wine to be consumed by guests, too, as in Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho and Illinois. A few states have been slow to accommodate the trend. Utah just legalized home brewing in 2009, and Oklahoma followed in 2010. Mississippi and Alabama are the only states that still forbid it. Dan Grady of the Wisconsin Homebrewers Alliance, who led the legislative effort to revise Wisconsin’s law, said beer-makers need to be watchful in case states try to use the issue to generate money for their tight budgets. “States are under enormous pressure. It’s a revenue issue,” he said. “Everything is on the table these days.” Gary Glass, director of the home brewers association, said it’s a balancing act when considering whether to pursue a change in the law. “The question becomes, at what point does a home brewing community want to take on having the law changed if it’s not really having an impact to what they’re doing?” Glass, who organizes the

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Kevin Flynn, 46, poses with some of his home brewing equipment at his home in Caledonia, Wis.

group’s popular national conference, said he’s had trouble securing a venue in states with vague home brewing laws. The conference, which changes its location annually, brings in $500,000 to local economies. A grassroots reform effort succeeded last year in Oregon,

where the law had been similar to Wisconsin’s. Glass, who helped draft Wisconsin’s bill, said the legislation’s demise would have set a bad precedent for home brewing. “In this economy, you’re stifling an industry that’s growing,” he said. “It sounds like a bad move.”

FOXCT 9 and The Hartford Courant will broadcast debates from U.S. SENATE, page 1 public and RSVP information will be announced in the UConn Daily Digest. They will be streamed live on courant.com and ctnow. com, and they will also air on FOXCT 9. Democrats Murphy, Bysiewicz and Tong held their first debate at Mansfield Middle School in February. Ethan Senack, president of UConnPIRG, hopes the debate will increase student involvement on campus.

“Politicians often do not take the time to talk to students,” Senack said. “They’re not respected as a voting group.” Senack said he appreciated the organizers’ decision to reserve seats for UConn students. When asked about the differences between the Democratic candidates, Senack said that while they have similar views on most policy issues, they “come from different areas.” Murphy’s Congressional voting record in Washington would help him compete against

the Republican nominee, but Bysiewicz’s and Tong’s records at the state level are also strong. Murphy is the current front runner of the Democrats, according to a Quinnipiac poll released on March 22, getting 37 percent of the sample. He is followed by 25 percent for Bysiewicz, barely nudging numbers since the last poll in September. William Tong holds a distant third at 4 percent, an improvement from 1 percent in the previous poll. Though McMahon leads

Shays among registered Republicans 51–42, Shays scored better than McMahon against all Democratic nominees in questions dealing with possible November matchups. Shays and Murphy are nearly tied in current polls, 40 to 41 percent, and Shays and Bysiewicz are even at 43 to 42 percent. McMahon fared much worse, tracking 15 percent behind Murphy and 10 percent behind Bysiewicz.

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Planning to bring UCHC, Storrs Donors enthusiastic to share support for children with cancer together will be completed in June from UCONN, page 1 way that will make us an attractive place to do business, and a state that retains and attracts top-flight, national talent.” President Susan Herbst supports the Bioscience Connecticut plan and the development of a Genomics Institute. “Bioscience Connecticut will expand and improve the capacity and productivity of our research, enabling the Health Center to double federal and industry bioscience research grants,” said President Herbst in a statement on Malloy’s website. “The new discoveries and innovations that result will produce technologies that can be transferred to industry, strengthening the competitiveness of existing Connecticut businesses and

creating new enterprises. As has been the case in similar initiatives across the country, the ultimate impact on private sector employment, personal income and State revenues will more than repay the initial investment.” The planning committee expects to complete its work by June, according to a press release from UConn Today. “It’s a work in progress,” Rasmussen said. “There have been some incredible developments in the UConn system over the past two years tied up with the life sciences. The new Genomics Institute will be an entity that brings the UConn Health Center and Storrs together.”

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from SNIPPING, page 1 “It’s great to help out with children’s cancer,” said Luis Enriquez, an 8th semester allied health major who volunteered to have his head shaved. “They are little kids who have to go through this and it’s messed up.” UConn had a group event listed on the St. Baldrick’s website, which allows those interested to make online donations and view the names of people who volunteered. At the event, there was a list of events that included cancer survivor speakers and a performance by UC Irish along with food for volunteers. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is based out of California and hosts events across the United

States. They are a volunteer driven charity committed to funding cancer research and giving survivors a long healthy life, according to their website stbaldricks.com. “Let’s shave it!” said Dan Curtis, an 8th-semester psychology major who also volunteered to shave his head. According to the foundation, 160,000 kids worldwide are diagnosed with cancer every year and one in five won’t survive. Cancer is the No. 1 disease that kills children in the United States and Canada, according to their website. “No one should be bald alone,” said 8th-semester physiology and neurobiology major George Madkour.

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Friday, March 23, 2012

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Unhappy public not sure who to blame for high gas

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Families canceling vacations. Fishermen watching their profits burn up along with their boats’ gasoline. Drivers buying only a few gallons of gas at a time because they can’t afford to fill the tank. From all corners of the country, Americans are irritated these days by record-high fuel prices that have soared above $4 a gallon in some states and could top $5 by summer. And the cost is becoming a political issue just as the presidential campaign kicks into high gear. Some blame President Barack Obama. Some just cite “the government,” while others believe it’s the work of big, greedy oil companies. No matter who is responsible, almost everyone seems to want the government to do something, even if people aren’t sure what, exactly, it should or can do. A Gallup poll this month found 85 percent of U.S. adults believe the president and Congress “should take immediate actions to try to control the rising price of gas.” An Associated Press-GfK

poll last month showed 71 percent believe gas prices are a “very” or “extremely” important matter. Chris Kaufman, who spends $120 a week on gas to travel the 60 miles between his two jobs, at the University of South Dakota in Sioux Falls and at a hotel in Vermillion, S.D., blames the price spike on threats from Iran to cut off oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz. “I think the candidates running for president need to take a good hard look at that and determine what their foreign policy is going to be for countries that threaten to do that,” he said. “It’s going to affect every single citizen in the United States.” Still, he believes the president has little control over gas prices, adding that it is commodities traders who really dictate prices. Trucker Cory Nissen of Ruther Glen, Va., agrees. “The president is nothing but a fall guy,” Nissen said as he took a break from his rig at a stop in Wilton, N.Y., earlier this week. Nissen, who is paid by the mile, said he has seen his paychecks

shrink because his employer has cut back delivery runs in reaction to the rising cost of fuel. “It needs to change and change quick,” he said. “I got bills I got to pay, and half the time I can’t pay them.” On the presidential campaign trail, Mitt Romney called on Obama last weekend to fire his energy secretary, interior secretary and Environmental Protection Agency administrator, dubbing them “the gas-hike trio.” Fellow Republican Newt Gingrich promised to roll the price of gas back to $2.50 a gallon if he is elected. Obama mocked Gingrich’s promise, saying, “They start acting like they’ve got a magic wand and will give you cheap gas forever if you elect us.” Amy Lis of Buffalo, N.Y., and her boyfriend canceled their vacation to Florida this spring in favor of a three-hour drive to Cleveland for an overnight stay and a visit to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Even that trip will cost more than $100 in gas. “It’s more than our hotel,” she said as she filled up her boyfriend’s

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David Bell gases-up at a station in Arcadia, Calif. Tuesday. From all corners of the country, Americans are poorer and angrier these days thanks to the record fuel prices that have soared above $4 a gallon in some states and could top $5 by summer.

Ford Ranger pickup. In truth, there is not a lot the president and Congress can do in the short term to push down

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NEW YORK (AP) — The famous and the unsung took to Facebook and Twitter in hooded sweatshirts Thursday in solidarity with the family of a black teenager shot to death by a Hispanic neighborhood watch captain in Florida. The spontaneous social media effort by dozens came a day after a few hundred people joined the Million Hoodie March on Wednesday night to protest the shooting of 17-yearold Trayvon Martin. They changed their profile pictures and tweeted photos of themselves wearing hoodies, many also posing the question: “Do I look suspicious?” or using the Twitter hashtag “IAmTrayvonMartin” in a show of frustration and outrage. Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Marian Wright Edelman, who heads the Children’s Defense Fund,

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — With hundreds of thousands of wounded veterans looking for work after World War II, many states offered businesses an incentive to hire the returning heroes. They created special disability funds to help pay the tab should a soldier with a missing arm or eye suffer a second, debilitating injury in a private-sector job. Over the ensuing decades, those disability funds provided aid not to only veterans, but to thousands of others with pre-existing ailments who slipped and fell, twisted their backs or blew out their knees while at work. But as a new generation of wounded warriors returns from Iraq and Afghanistan, about 20 states have shut down their special disability funds because of rising costs and others are teetering on insolvency, tearing holes in the safety net the funds were intended

gasoline prices. They are tied to oil prices, which have climbed in recent months, pushed by increased consumption from

developing nations in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East and by concerns about supply disruptions in Iran and elsewhere.

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Marian Wright Edelman of the Children’s Defense Fund poses in a gray hooded sweatshirt in Washington in support of the family of Trayvon Martin who was killed Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla.

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Fundraising initiatives like HuskyTHON powerful

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n a world where everyone is becoming more disenfranchised by the minute, it is impressive that students – traditionally on the broke end of the economic spectrum – could still find it within themselves to raise over $300,000 at this year’s HuskyTHON dance marathon. It is not only the amount raised that is impressive, but the fact that, when facing worsening economic and social conditions, UConn students came together and almost doubled the funds raised during HuskyTHON 2011. The efforts from HuskyTHON proves UConn students’ willingness to donate their time and money to good causes for the betterment of the lives of others. The example of UConn’s potential for positive philanthropy that creates a real, tangible change in other people’s lives should only be built upon further. Philanthropy is generally characterized by acts of charity and raising money for causes that promote the general welfare of others. However, as exemplified by HuskyTHON, it is not raising funds alone that can define a philanthropic act. With that in mind, UConn students should look for or create other philanthropic efforts on campus that could contribute to life at UConn, or to society at large. That being said, opportunities do not literally come knocking on a door like the 1990s Toyota “Mr. Opportunity” commercials show students should be proactive and look for opportunities in which they can lend a hand. Community Outreach, learning communities and other large organizations are great places to start. Though the involvement fair is long gone, when it comes around again in the fall, interested students should also look there for groups whose purpose is to raise funds for worthy causes. If students cannot find something that they are passionate about from these resources, they should organize their own philanthropy event. UConn students have already proved that they can do great things to help other people. Let’s not rest on our laurels, but continue to find ways to give our time and effort to improve our community together. 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.

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Presidential primaries should use bracket format

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think that we should be embarrassed of ourselves as a nation for continuing to use an irrational, erroneous and nonsensical system to nominate major-party candidates for President. The rest of the world, which follows our politics with a sort of morbid fascination, knowing all too well that they will be adversely affected by whatever blunders American voters and politicians happen to make, is owed either an apology or a promise of reform. If we are to believe the current Republican front runners for the By Christopher Kempf presidential nomination, the former is Weekly Columnist being more than taken care of by our current chief executive. So the latter is the concern this column. No rational person can look back on this year’s primary and caucus season and conclude that it was an unmitigated success. The winner of the Iowa caucus was initially declared to be Romney. Then the Iowa GOP admitted a week after the fact that the victor was actually Santorum, but enough ballots had been lost to cast into doubt whether there was a conclusive winner at all. Maine’s Republican Party declared the state’s caucus results a full week before an entire county cast its votes. Turnout across the country plummeted; Ron Paul’s supporters complained that uncounted votes for their candidate had been dumped into

every river, lake and toilet bowl from Florida to Washington; and the American voter, bless his heart, continued to delude himself into thinking his voice would be heard at the end of this farcical process. Because it may be too much to ask of our politics to abandon the delegate-convention system of selecting candidates so ingrained in our history and culture in favor of a nationwide, one-day primary or a regional system of binding, proportional selection, I would like to suggest a more palatable alternative. Maybe we should learn from the NCAA’s method of selecting a national basketball champion and apply its system to the selection of a presidential nominee. The candidates should confront each other in a single-elimination tournament, fighting it out for votes at a neutral site, making their ways through the bracket until the strongest candidate emerges as champion. This suggestion would have a dual advantage: not only would it eliminate confusion and lead to decisive results, it would also excite millions of Americans to participate in a process they already understand. Picking their President with all the sagacity and subtle divination with which bracketologists select the winner of a basketball game is easier for many to understand. I trust that if Americans can choose between McNeese State’s and St. Bonaventure’s basketball teams, they can choose between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich or Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann. Naturally, we would still root for the underdogs, like Fred Karger or Gary Johnson, as they take on the powerhouse frontrunners. However, in this unique political case, it’s

worth noting that the frontrunners too could be considered underdogs in a sense, for Romney certainly was for about three hours some decades ago in his family station wagon and Rick Santorum would actually be more fittingly called the campaign’s “on-dog.” Such seemingly minor considerations could drastically alter someone’s bracket. Think of the intrigue of this sort of political March Madness! In filling out our brackets, we would compare the polling data, campaign organizations and personal charm of opposing candidates in place of free-throw shooting or zone defense. We would skip classes and stay up late analyzing election returns and candidate debates. We could even go so far as to replace the staid Wolf Blitzer of CNN in election-night newscasts with ESPN’s Dick Vitale to imbue the campaign season with a bit of excitement. Imagine his Iowa commentary: “Uh oh, uh oh, uh oh! Are you serious? Santorum comes from behind for the win, baaay-beee! Unbelievable!” In the final stage of the tournament, the winning candidate of the Republican side of the bracket would meet the winning candidate from the Democratic side, who would almost certainly be Barack Obama, in the general election. And while I proposed this reform without any intentional partisan preference, we can’t help but recognize that when any conceivable Republican nominee ends up on a basketball court with Obama, we all know who will win.

Weekly Columnist Christopher Kempf is a 4th-semester political science major and geography minor. He can be reached at Christopher.Kempf@UConn.edu.

Hosting CIMA a positive step toward addressing climate change

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ike a home game at Gampel, UConn is in an arena of its own when it comes to climate change. The University will host CIMA: “Climate Impacts, Mitigation, and Adaptation: a Reflection On Our Future” from March 26-29. Current efforts under the Climate Action Plan (CAP), which include a goal of carbon neutrality by 2050, have focused on mitigaton, or the overall reduction in carbon emissions linked to climate change. By acknowledging ongoing and future climate changes that are predicted to affect human and natBy Tim Brogan ural systems, Staff Columnist the convention will be among the first to address climate adaptation. President Herbst will renew her commitment to the existing CAP and sign a new Adaptation Amendment as part Monday’s opening ceremony. Attendees at the North Reading Room in Wilbur Cross will then have the privilege of hearing Board of Trustees Distinguished Research Professor Gene Likens, as well as Commissioner Daniel Esty of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. CIMA week will conclude on Thursday with a presentation by Provost Peter Nicholls, followed by a lecture by climatologist Michael

Mann as part of the Teale Lecture Series at the Dodd Center. On Tuesday evening, a town discussion of local adaptation strategies will take place at the Bishop Center. Perhaps most relevant to The Daily Campus readership is Wednesday, which will consist of an interactive display, research presentations, and a green careers panel discussion, all of which are conveniently located in the Student Union. The week-long event directs our attention away from the set of distracting connotations linked to the buzzwords “climate change” and toward the science of climate change, which involves a diversity of interests. The CIMAorganizing committee is a microcosm for climate change as a local, regional and global issue, consisting of faculty from economics, physics, ecology and political science as well as representatives from the Town of Mansfield, University Communications, the Center for Environmental Science and Engineering and the Office of Environmental Policy. Due to its working relationship with government agencies and non-governmental organizations, UConn is well positioned for a leadership role. The action items in the Adaptation Amendment encourage sustainable models of growth by increasing regional

economic security and improving communication between public officials and policy makers. The expertise of its faculty and staff, the passion of its students and the quality of the research facilities will be instrumental in assessing impacts of climate change, including economic gains and losses, infrastructure vulnerabilities, health effects and the implementation of ecosystem changes. Adaptive strategies, including land-use planning, emergency response, and conservation practices are necessary to augment the current emissions reduction strategies. In our culture, words like “the economy,” “the media,” “the environment” and, yes, “climate change” are used over and over again as if they represent monolithic concepts, understood in totality. Impressed upon us is the idea that we know everything there is to know these disciplines and experts have got things under control. It’s assumed that there is a mechanism for coping with change built into our system of understanding. Say you have the flu? It is of course advisable to build up a healthy immune system to prevent the occurrence of the virus, but once you have it, you have no choice but to treat it symptomatically. You’d probably seek over-thecounter fever-reducers, decongestants and cough syrups. Don’t

worry, you’re not alone. Earth has the flu too, or something like it. A human-dominated planet, like a university, it is a high-risk setting for illness. Getting sick may not be an absolute certainty, but you keep a remedy on hand nonetheless. While mitigation is absolutely necessary to reduce further alteration of Earth’s natural processes, adaptation will ensure the symptoms — rises at sea level, variable temperatures, and changes in the frequency and intensity of storms — don’t exceed our capacity to treat them. Haven’t quite settled into a stance on climate change? Well, CIMA presents you an opportunity to learn and to ask questions and to engage in though-provoking discussion. As a physicist and chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute, Amory Lovins said, “You don’t have to believe in climate change to solve it.” In addition to stabilizing climate, the actions we take to increase energy efficiency, curb waste, and conserve water will reduce costs, improve security and health and ensure the vitality of the natural systems that sustain and buffer the impacts of our lifestyle. Staff Columnist Tim Brogan is an 8th-semester natural resources major. He can be reached at Timothy.Brogan@UConn.edu.

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Celebrating the life and legacy of Chuck Jones, cartoonist

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t Warner Bros., he created some of the world’s most beloved cartoon characters, including Pepé Le Pew, Marvin the Martian, Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner. Later on, at MetroBy Sergio Goncalves G o l d w y n Meyer, he Staff Columnist produced the third series of the famous “Tom and Jerry” shorts and the classic 1966 television adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Indeed, you are almost certainly familiar with his work. Yet you’ve probably never heard of him. His name is Chuck Jones, and the year 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of his birth. I sincerely believe that, in light of his countless contributions to the world of animation, Jones deserves much more name rec-

ognition. To that end, I suggest that you celebrate the life of Chuck Jones by learning more about him and taking some time to enjoy his creations. Allow me to introduce you to one of the great creative minds of the Golden Age of Animation. Aside from being among the funniest cartoons ever made, Jones’s works are culturally relevant. In fact, three of his Warner Bros. cartoons (“Duck Amuck,” “One Froggy Evening” and “What’s Opera, Doc?”) are preserved by the Library of Congress on the grounds that they are “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.” I completely agree with the Library’s assessment. “One Froggy Evening,” for instance, tells the tale of a 1950s demolition worker who finds a frog inside the cornerstone of a building he has just razed. But it’s not just any frog: this frog

can sing tunes from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as well as his own original song, “The Michigan Rag.” The demolition worker repeatedly tries to turn a profit using the frog’s talent, but the frog only sings when he is alone with the worker, to the worker’s increasing (and hilarious) frustration. An especially fascinating aspect of this cautionary tale about greed is that it seems to be based on a true story. In 1897, a horned toad was placed inside the cornerstone of a building in Eastland, Texas. When the building was demolished a few decades later, the cornerstone was opened, and a live horned toad was found! This horned toad became a national sensation, and was even shown to then-President Calvin Coolidge. Whether or not Jones based “One Froggy Evening” off of this story, there is no denying that “One Froggy

» LETTERS TO THE EDITOR The Hidden Truth behind the USG Presidential Election

I’m disgusted by the smear campaign that was engineered by Stephen Petkis & Jigish Patel (President and Vice President elect). The two are indirectly responsible for publicizing the false campaign violations alleged against myself and the other candidates. Petkis and Patel used their campaign supporters Salina Abid, Corey Schmitt, Nicole and Kristen Douglin, and others to defame the name and character of not only myself, but the other presidential candidates and running mates as well. Abid, Schmitt, the Douglin sisters, and every other petitioner actively endorsed Petkis and Patel for President and Vice President of USG on their Facebook accounts, and actively campaigned on their behalf. It’s not a coincidence that their supporters were the only individuals to file complaints against all of us, conveniently accusing us of campaign violations during the time elections were taking place. This was covertly and methodically planned by the Petkis and Patel campaign to give the two an unfair competitive campaign advantage over everyone else. A lot of people fail to realize the amount of work and effort that goes into preparing a well thought out defense. While myself and the other candidates were spending our time preparing and defending accusations levied against us, Petkis and Patel were campaigning. From just after lunch time on March 6, up until around 11 p.m. we were held up preparing our defenses and in the hearings with Judiciary all the while the Petkis and Patel campaign, campaigned all day at their leisure. All of us besides the Petkis and Patel campaigns were forced to drop everything and stop campaigning, and any advantage we had was stripped from us in earning votes and reaching out to students. For example, Salina Abid accused me of improper posting, unfounded due to the fact the Holocomb office approved my fliers for posting in the residential halls and my RA also gave me permission. In fact, Abid withdrew her complaint against me and claimed “I

got tired of people in USG improperly posting fliers in my halls and I took my frustration out on you.” I wish the other petitioners had woken up and realized that filing cases against the other candidates for the incorrect and immoral reasons has hurt the credibility of USG and taken away the validity of the USG elections. I’m also appalled by the blatant lies and mischievous behavior that occurred during the election. This includes Petkis and Patel lying on their platform about being able to making tuition decrease and book prices affordable, and making points and flex passes transferable. Students can’t control any of those things, especially the price of tuition. Tuition has been set by the state to increase by nearly 4 percent over the next three years, and there is no possible way that Petkis and Patel could have been ignorant to this fact and realistically believed stating such was truth. Making points and flex passes transferable isn’t a feasible idea as well. Before the Presidential Debate, I spoke with Dennis Pierce who is the director of Dining Services. Dennis informed me that Dining Services is a separate entity from UConn and creating a transferable points and flex pass system would cut too far into their profit margins. The purpose of USG is to serve the student body, look out of their best interest, and to be honest with them. While much is at stake for the future of our beloved university, we are not real politicians and it is alarming how dirty politics entered the sphere of students. It’s atrocious how people are willing to lie and partake in devious behavior to win. While there are many things that I found distasteful about the election process, there are also some positive aspects. I was given the opportunity to talk with students about the real and important issues that affect their career as UConn Students through such events like the presidential debate and media interviews from WHUS and UCTV. Hopefully, next year the candidates will have more integrity and address attainable issues facing the student body, instead of demeaning their fellow students to win. – Ozzie Gooding

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Evening” is culturally, historically and, of course, aesthetically significant.

“... we see ourselves in Jones’s characters.” “What’s Opera, Doc?” provides another example of Jones’ cultural significance. This 1957 short introduced me to “The Ride of the Valkyries,” a famous piece by the 19th-century German composer Richard Wagner. In the 1979 Warner Bros. film “The Bugs BunnyRoad Runner Movie,” Bugs tells the audience that this short is Wagner’s 17-hour opera cycle “The Ring of the Nibelung” condensed into seven minutes. Not having seen the original cycle myself, I can’t confirm

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As a UConn alum who owes his professional life to The Daily Campus, I was disappointed to see students vote down the newspaper’s request for a small increase to its student fee. Though I understand a student’s reluctance to add to the rising cost of college, I wish those who voted ‘no’ knew the DC as I do. The paper was my inspiration and launch point for a career in journalism. Like so many others, I caught the journalism bug there, working late into the night knowing students would snap up the papers the next day. The place inspires in part because you get to create something new and unique each day, but also because you’re serving your fellow students. Make no mistake: the paper is vital to the intellectual life of the university. It’s been thrilling to see the paper thrive in print and on the web, and crushing to see it struggle with the financial realities of the new media economy. I’m convinced the paper can survive, but it needs help. Not a lot of help, mind you, just three bucks more per student each semester. The board of trustees has the ultimate authority here. I hope it makes the right decision. Save the DC. – Eric Ferreri Class of ‘95

“Ravi shouldn’t suffer for new legal precedent” mistakes a hate crime for ignorance and immaturity

Tyler McCarthy’s article in Monday’s commentary section made me sick to my stomach. If a student took video of their unknowing roommate having engaging in heterosexual acts and posted them online without the roommates knowledge, publicly shamed them, and invited friends and strangers on the Internet to watch them on a hidden webcam, and their defense of these actions was that they grew up in a homogenized society and did not know “how to deal with” their roommate’s race, nationality or religion, would your reaction be the same as to

the “wascally wabbit’s” claim, but the short certainly contains many excerpts from Wagner’s works. If you want to enjoy some good old Bugs Bunny vs. Elmer Fudd humor, and also learn a little about 19th-century German music, “What’s Opera, Doc?” is sure to please you. Moreover, Jones’s works are special because we see ourselves in Jones’s characters. Like Wile E. Coyote, who always tries to catch the Road Runner with hopelessly but humorously futile ACME devices, I always seem to make the same mistakes in life over and over again. And I must confess that I can relate to the irascible, greedy Daffy Duck more than I would like to admit. Consider “Ali Baba Bunny” (1957), for example. Bugs and Daffy are traveling underground when they accidentally arrive in a cave full of gold and jewels (as usual, Bugs decided not to “take

the Ravi-Clementi case? Apparently it would not, because this entire article ascribes to heteronormative and Totally radideals. Yes, crimes like homophobic this against the LGBT community are sadly common, and it is the terrible truth that the aggressors are not often prosecuted or brought to justice unless the victim dies, but how is that any sort of excuse or argument against prosecution? Ravi’s actions were not a way to “deal with” his roommate’s sexual orientation, they were aggressive and hateful and had devastating effects for the innocent Tyler Clementi. He could have moved out if he was uncomfortable, but instead he decided to torture his roommate because of his sexual orientation. What Dharun Ravi did was criminal, and he has been duly prosecuted. I hope Tyler McCarthy reconsiders his view on hate crimes and discrimination. – Erin Dwyer

A Response to “Birth Control Should Only Be Paid for by the Individuals Who Need It”

I was deeply disturbed by the article that ran, “Birth control should only be paid for by individuals who need it.” I felt compelled to write in and adress Douglin’s sentiments point by point, not only for the purposes of fact-checking, but also to point out the dangerous language and rhetoric she has employed here. I would begin with Douglin’s first request, that we bar any discussion about the words slut and prostitute. These words do not need to be in quotation marks, and we refuse to bar that discussion. Limbaugh’s word choice exercises exactly the rape language that many are working so hard here at UConn to eliminate. Furthermore, as a wildly liberal, raging feminist, I would never, in all my rage, use those words to describe any woman, regardless of her political affiliations. I am offended by this generalization, and frankly I find it ignorant. Next, like Douglin, I am going to “say plainly” that sex is not just for procreation. It just isn’t. Sorry. 99% of women in this country use birth control. In this sense, Douglin seems to be part of some kind of 1%. Make

that left turn at Albuquerque.”) When Bugs grabs a piece of the treasure, he looks at it for a few seconds, and then tosses it dismissively. Daffy, in contrast, screams, “It’s mine, you understand? Mine! All mine!,” and shoves Bugs into the ground. Okay, so I’m not really as greedy and bad-tempered as Daffy, but you get the point. Don’t we all wish we could be as cool, calm and self-restrained as Bugs? As Jones once said, “Bugs is who we want to be. Daffy is who we are.” In short, I implore you to learn more about this great man. And now, let me conclude this article with the legendary words of Porky Pig: “Th-th-th-that’s all, folks!”

Staff Columnist Sergio Goncalves is a 6thsemester political science major. He can be reached at Sergio.Goncalves@UConn.edu.

of that what you will. Getting to the core of Douglin’s assumptions, I will say with absoluteness, birth control is the most basic form of preventative care. Yes, it prevents pregnancy, but also staves off a myriad of other health problems. Douglin ignores this entirely. Ovarian Cysts, Anemia, Endometrial Cancers, Uterine diseases, Irregular periods, all treated by birth control. So let’s break this down. The “we won’t pay for your sex” argument eliminates this preventative care. So if you are lucky enough to be in a state where there is more than one Planned Parenthood, (there is only one in Louisiana, two in Kentucky) you can get it. But if you’re not that lucky, you’ll have to pay out of pocket for it. Also you have to go to a traditional doctor, which without insurance extremely costly. All of this because we live in a “free market” controlled by four or five pharmaceutical companies who price fix their medications, and a medical community that takes advantage of patients in order to overpay doctors. So what’s the solution? In an ideal world, I would have all preventative care paid for by the state. But that’s not happening, we live in a “capitalist” country. I put the word capitalist in quotation marks because in a free market, more than a few companies should have control of a market. That’s not capitalism, that’s straight up robbery. So I guess my point is, you can’t have it both ways Douglin. Either let the state pay for my birth control or diversify the market by putting restrictions on companies like Johnson&Johnson and Pfizer. Either way I’m going to keep having sex for recreation, taking birth control to treat my anemia and destroying the traditional family whenever I can. – Grace Collins

What is your favorite spot on campus to get coffee? – By Rachel Weiss

“I gotta go with Dunkin Donuts.”

“Dunkin’s my favorite.”

“I love Starbucks.”

“Lizzie’s, outside Monteith and Arjona.”

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Sarah Kavulich, 6th-semester history major

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» SYRIA

Assad in firm control after a bloody year

BEIRUT (AP) — As world leaders close ranks against Syrian leader Bashar Assad, the U.S. president summed up the popular wisdom during a recent White House press conference: “Ultimately, this dictator will fall.” That prediction may be premature. Regime forces have retaken the major opposition strongholds, the rebels are low on money and guns, and the U.N. has ruled out any military intervention of the type that tipped the scales against Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi. Relying on the scorched-earth tactics that have kept his family in power for more than 40 years, Assad is in no immediate danger of falling. That does not mean the bloodshed is nearing an end. Syria’s rebels are turning to guerrilla tactics, such as roadside bombs and ambushes, and terrorist groups like al-Qaida appear to be entering the fray and exploiting the chaos. Assad could hang on indefinitely while an already violent conflict metastasizes into an insurgency that lays waste to the country. “The international community and the West have been standing by and watching Syria be torn apart,” Syrian activist Fadi al-Yassin told The Associated

Press on Thursday, speaking by satellite phone from the northern province of Idlib. “In the end, we worry that there will be no state left for us to build on,” he said. The U.N. estimates that more than 8,000 people have been killed since the uprising began a year ago in a grim cycle of attack and reprisal. In many ways, the successful ouster of four other leaders in the wave of Arab Spring uprisings contributed to an air of inevitability to Syria’s conflict – that the uprising must end, one way or another, with the leader’s fall. Some of the previous revolts were quick, like Egypt and Tunisia; others were long and bloody like Yemen and Libya. But in every case, a despised dictator fell. In most of those conflicts, however, there was an international willingness to get involved: President Barack Obama eventually withdrew support from his ally in Egypt, Hosni Mubarak; the U.S. became deeply involved in negotiations to extract Yemen’s Ali Abdullah Saleh; and a U.N. Security Council vote led to NATO airstrikes that were key to Gadhafi’s downfall. And uprisings that seem

unstoppable can turn out otherwise. With the help of troops from Saudi Arabia, the tiny Gulf nation of Bahrain successfully crushed last year’s protests by its Shiite majority against its Sunni monarchy. In Iran, massive protests against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009 appeared certain to force radical change. Instead, the Islamic leadership’s crackdown all but wiped the opposition from the political radar. While those two revolts were not nearly as violent as the one in Syria, they demonstrated that leaders can survive even as discontent continues. There are no prospects for international action in Syria. NATO and the U.N. have all but ruled out foreign military intervention, in part out of fears that it would only make the country’s problems worse, and the U.S. and its allies have shown little appetite for getting involved in another Arab nation in turmoil. “Nobody is discussing military operations,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday in Malaysia. Assad’s regime has built up unmistakable momentum in recent weeks, driving the rebel Free Syrian Army out of strongholds in the central city

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A vendor displays pictures of Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus, Syria, Thursday. Mounting international condemnation of Bashar Assad’s regime and high-level diplomacy have failed to ease the year-old Syria conflict, which the U.N. says has killed more than 8,000 people.

of Homs, Idlib province in the north, and most recently Deir el-Zour, in the east. On Tuesday, Syrian soldiers backed by tanks rolled from four sides into Deir el-Zour, which is about 100 kilometers (60 miles) from the Iraqi border, forcing the rebels to flee and take shelter in homes and apart-

ments after a short gunbattle. The firefight was decidedly less bloody than previous operations to oust rebels, such as the monthlong siege in Homs that devastated the Baba Amr neighborhood, killing hundreds of people and leaving much of the area in ruins. Although the rebels insist

they pulled out to spare civilians, they acknowledge they are low on weapons — making a protracted fight all but impossible to win with the odds stacked as they are now. The loss of Deir el-Zour, in particular, was a blow because the city was the easiest conduit for weapons being smuggled in from Iraq.

» AGRICULTURE

Pork industry moves to group pens at great cost

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As pork producers build new barns and retrofit old ones to give hogs more space, they say consumers opposed to keeping pregnant sows in tight cages can expect to pay for their clearer consciences with higher food prices. Under pressure from animal rights activists and sensing a shift in consumer sentiment, several major pork producers have agreed to phase out gestation crates and switch to more open pens. Major pork buyer McDonald’s Corp. recently announced its suppliers will have to stop using them as well. “The McDonald’s announcement was a tipping point in the debate about gestation stalls versus pens. ... That announcement has fundamentally changed the way people are looking at this debate,” said Dennis Treacy, executive vice president and chief sustainability officer for Smithfield Foods Inc., the world’s largest pork producer. But the move to group pens requires building new barns and renovating old ones, more labor and more training for workers. Veterinary costs can go up because sows tend to fight and sometimes injure each other. Experts say at

Suspension upheld for NY boy over violent drawing NEW YORK (AP) — Acknowledging school violence nationwide, a federal appeals court on Thursday upheld the suspension of a 10-year-old boy for a crayon drawing expressing a desire to blow up his school and its teachers. But the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan was not unanimous in rejecting the First Amendment claims of his parents. Judge Rosemary Pooler said the drawing by the fifth grader at a Montgomery, N.Y., elementary school in Orange County was obviously the work of a class clown. “It was a crude joke,” Pooler wrote. “But the First Amendment should make us hesitate before silencing students who experiment with hyperbole for comic effect, however unknowing and unskillful that experimentation may be.” The boy, identified in court papers only as “B.C.,” was suspended for six days in September 2007 after he showed his drawing to classmates. Other students laughed, though one complained to his teacher. Writing for the majority, two 2nd Circuit judges agreed that the boy deserved punishment for his response to an assignment to write about himself on a picture of an astronaut including a “wish.” The teacher at one point told students they “can write about missiles,” the court noted. It said it was in the “wish” spot that B.C. wrote: “Blow up the school with the teachers in it.”

least some of those expenses are likely to be passed on in the price of ham, bacon, chops and sausage. “We may as a society be in the process of deciding we’re more than willing to pay those costs, but people ought to know what’s involved in their decisions,” said Blake Hurst, president of the Missouri Farm Bureau and a former hog farmer. Smithfield had converted 30 percent of its company-owned farms by the end of December and is on track to meet its goal of switching all of them by 2017, Treacy said. A global food company with about $13 billion in annual sales, Smithfield expects the cost of switching to open pens to reach $300 million. Treacy said it’s too early to tell how much of that would be passed along to consumers or absorbed by the company. Putting open pens into existing barns cuts production because the buildings can’t hold as many sows, said Dave Warner, spokesman for the National Pork Producers Council. But building bigger barns to accommodate group pens is expensive, and smaller producers who can’t afford to retrofit existing barns could be forced out of business, further

reducing supplies, he said. Gestation crates typically measure about 2 feet by 7 feet, giving a sow that might weigh 400 to 600 pounds a space that’s too narrow to turn around or even sleep on its side. While animal welfare groups insist the stalls are cruel, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians say science does not provide a clear-cut answer, and that there are advantages and disadvantages to both approaches. One major reason producers switched to gestation crates is that sows in group pens tend to fight, leading to injuries and submissive sows losing out on food to more dominant animals. Feeding systems exist that reduce competition for food by letting sows eat separately, and some pen designs let them take refuge from other hogs while still providing more freedom of movement. But it takes more work to monitor the animals for injuries, other health problems and whether they’re getting enough food. And farm workers who enter group pens with sows that weigh several hundred pounds apiece have a higher risk of injury, making better train-

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Sows and boars are seen in an open feedlot on the Paul Menke farm, Feb. 27, in Clear Lake, Iowa.

ing is essential. Farm labor is expensive, and highquality labor is even more expensive, said Brian Buhr, head of the applied economics department at the University

of Minnesota. Even top quality operations making the switch experience steep learning curves, and what may seem like small cost increases per animal can add up to big expenses, he said.


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Bunnyhoods and hockey Canadian comedian brings a distinct northern flavor to show Sorry, Charley (Horses)

By Zarrin Ahmed Campus Correspondent Canadian native Kelly Taylor traveled from Saskatchewan to deliver a performance in the Student Union Theater last night that was highlighted by jokes about daily situations and life experiences. “I really liked him,” said Catherine Gihon, a 2ndsemester exploratory major. “I liked that he shared a lot of stories and the way he interacted with the audience was interesting.” Only nine months after Taylor first stepped on stage, he began headlining. Taking the comedy industry by shock when he won second place in the prestigious Just for Laughs Homegrown competition, Taylor made his mark amongst comedians that have been in the business for ten or more years. He caught the attention of big name comedic companies like NBC Universal, Happy Gilmore Productions and Jimmy Kimmel. Taylor has done a tour of Canadian colleges and was named Canadian College Comedian of the year. He’s now one of the busiest comedians on the American college scene. In just three years, Taylor has headlined at clubs as well as corporate and college events. Taylor shared a wide variety of personal experiences with his audience including dates gone wrong, trying to get rid of his smoking habits with sunflower seeds, and Canadian jokes. Despite the difficulty of performing while suffering from allergy symp-

By Lauren Cardarelli Campus Correspondent

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Kelly Taylor, a native of Saskatchewan, Canada, performed in the Student Union Theatre on Thursday evening. Taylor taught the crowd many Canadian sayings and expressions, and focused the remainder of his comedy on his awkward experiences in college and elsewhere, such as his experience auditioning for Canadian Idol.

toms, Taylor kept the crowd laughing during his whole performance. “I really liked his last joke,” Gohin said. “He related to the audience a lot, like with his camping joke. I like camping myself, but drunk camping is probably more funny.” He let the crowd in on Canadian sayings and how they call hoodies “bunny hoods,” and shared his expe-

» MUSIC

Blue grass boys prime attraction this weekend

Béla Fleck is making a grand return to Jorgensen this weekend, and this time he’s bringing his minions. The Flecktones, a countrystyle quartet, will be performing at the performing arts center on Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30, $27 and $25 based on seating area, and only $7 for UConn students. Fleck formed the quartet in 1988 in hope of initiating a bluegrass revival. Since then however, the Flecktones has gone on to dabble with other genres and create its own fusion style. Fleck and the other members have hosted hundreds of concerts around the country, and have been nominated for multiple Grammys in many dif-

Taylor played Balderdash – a game where someone tells a story that’s true and one that’s false while the audience has to guess which one is true. He first shared his experience auditioning for Canadian Idol and even sang a snippet of the song he used for the audition – a Jenga jingle. He then went on the talk about the dwarf who slept with his roommate and hid in a hockey bag.

Taylor has a hectic schedule, flying in and out of Canada and the United States, during which he watches seasons of TV shows and likes to attend sporting events. He plays hockey, admitting to the Canadian stereotype, and works on new material in clubs.

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Poets’ work covers a wide range of topics

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Julia Choffel, a creative writing professor at the University of Connecticut, and Elisabeth Frost gave a joint reading of their individual works on Thursday afternoon at the Co-op.

By Kim Halpin Staff Writer

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Béla Fleck and the Flecktones will be playing at the Jorgensen this Saturday at 8 p.m.

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riences doing laundry in college. But the kinds of jokes that crowd enjoyed the most were ones that focused on daily but awkward occurrences like choking on food or having to go the bathroom in the middle of the night. He turned these simple things into reenactments that had the crowd saying “That’s so true!” in the middle of laughter. During his performance,

ferent categories. Banjo is not a commonly applauded instrument in the contemporary music scene. But Fleck has brought the stringed machine into the spotlight by using diligence and innovative ideas. He is well-known by artists all around the world, and he has been active in fostering culture on various continents. Fleck has been playing at Jorgensen on an annual basis for the past few years. In 2010 he hosted the Africa project, in collaboration with a group of instrumentalists from Mali and Tanzania. Then last year, he joined bassist Edgar Meyer and tabla expert Zakir Hussain for a show that harbored a sold-out audience.

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Julie Choffel and Elisabeth Frost gave a joint reading on Thursday afternoon of their individual works at the Co-Op. Frost read from her work “All of Us,” which was comprised of poems titled after fortune cookie sayings. Many of them were prose poems, such as “Two Versions,” which effectively created dialogue between two versions of a work, and what each would say and want from the other. One would say, “’I want more,’ and the other keeps responding, ‘yes.’” Many of the poems that Frost read Thursday were specifically overheard stories or conversations, sometimes second or third hand. Sometimes, she admitted, she made them up. Toward the end of the event, Frost said that these cases of overhearing come from, “dinners, subways, people exchanging…stuff.” Coming from the city she added “it’s unbelievable what you hear” and “what comes into your path.” In her poem “Two Stories,” she distinguishes an A and B version. In A, the mother whose passed away wants to buried with her socks and girdle on, but the girdle no longer fits. In version B, the mother wants her ashes to be spread throughout Central Park, and the daughter must rescue the urn from curious children. There is no suggestion whether either was actually intended or if the mothers in each story were related. At the conclusion of Frost’s works, Choffel read from her collection of poetry “The Hello Delay”

and some newer pieces she is currently working on. Choffel has a diverse background in that she has lived on the West Coast, in the South and now in New England. Many of her pieces she describes as being influenced by the “cultural landscape or the people landscape.” The new poems she discussed were all entitled “Chickery,” which is a small blue weed flower that springs up especially around the highway where there is no other life. Her life was clearly injected into the poems, seen through discussions of her young daughter, who was also in attendance. Currently, Choffel is also working at the University of Connecticut as a creative writing professor. After the reading, the authors discussed why it was productive for them to give readings such as this one. “I hear my out-loud voice when I write it in my mind,” said Choffel, which continues the writing process. Frost agreed. They both were also curious on the student perspective, which was somewhat opposite. Sixth-semester English major Allison Ziebka said, “I can understand it better written, but I like hearing the author’s voice”. Brittany Bousquet, a fourth-semester English and pre-journalism major, expressed that she was glad she came, for she enjoyed both authors. “It was just nice to hear it read out loud,” she said, despite never having read their work on paper.

Kimberly.Halpin@UConn.edu

There is nothing worse than being interrupted mid-slumber with a (insert whatever curse word you see fit here) charley horse. The recent, excruciating muscle spasms in my calves come on just as quickly as they leave, and at first I blamed my half-marathon training so I took a few days off from my cardio routine. When they returned during my spring break, I chalked them up to cruise “sea legs.” But now that I’m home, rested and fully recovered, still rudely being awoken by the uncontrollable muscle cramps in the wee hours of the night, I have reached my breaking point. After doing a little research and trying out some home remedies, I think I finally have gotten the spasms in check. Sorry, Charley! Here are a few things I have found useful in terms of the forceful contractions along with treatment methods to alleviate the pain. First of all, let’s look at some of the basics. According to PubMed Health, a “charley horse” is a common name for a nocturnal leg muscle spasm, although these knotlike cramps can occur anywhere in the body when a muscle uncontrollably fails to relax. Although doctors currently do not completely understand the nighttime cramps, some alleged culprits include overused muscles or injury, dehydration and an imbalance or insufficient amount of minerals, specifically electrolytes, potassium, sodium and calcium. Certain medications or remaining in a certain position for too long of a time can trigger the pain, as ABC News reported. All of the sources I came across suggested to stop all activity if a muscle spasm presents itself during exercise. Proceed by stretching and massaging the area. Use heat to relax the muscle and ice later on to help alleviate any excess pain. Antiinflammatory medications and vitamin B12 supplements can help in related soreness. As I previously mentioned, muscle cramps are common during athletic activities in response to dehydration. If you’re experiencing charley horses regularly, it may be because you’re simply not getting enough liquids. Try adding sports drinks or even salt tablets to replenish. Another consideration would be to increase your potassium and calcium intake. Oh, so that’s why my high school field hockey coach always advised my teammates and I to eat a lot of bananas and keep a tall glass of water next to our bed at night! Change up your workouts, improve your flexibility with stretches and if severe pain persists, do not hesitate to contact your health care provider. As always, listen to your body, rest and give yourself ample time to heal. With spring in the air, take the proper precautions to stay charley horse free. They hurt like a mother and, more importantly, can interrupt those glorious REM cycles. Come on, we all need our beauty sleep!

Lauren.Cardarelli@UConn.edu


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Summer salads shall satisfy certainly How the IN STYLE

By Megan Toombs Campus Correspondent

As the weather heats up, it’s time for cool, refreshing spring salads. One spring salad I particularly love features apples and caramelized walnuts. You can also add strawberries to this salad, especially good in the summer. Here are the simple instructions to making this delicious seasonal salad.

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Spotify Spotify is one of the more cost-prohibitive apps we’ve recommended. While it’s free initially to download, the premium service costs $10 per month. But Spotify’s premium service is one of the best online music services around. Basically, a premium Spotify account allows you to listen to more than ten million songs off the company’s server. I, personally, am a music junkie, with more than three thousand songs on my iPhone, but Spotify’s ease-of-use and huge selection has made me a convert, at least until my free month of service ends. Search for anything; a song, an artist or even just a keyword, and you’re immediately greeted with a huge list of songs, all of which will start automatically upon selection. The quality is good to great, depending on your connection; it’s like a controllable Pandora. My favorite part, however, is the app’s inter-connectivity with Facebook. Every song you listen to, if you want, is broadcasted onto your Facebook page. Whether you want to show your indie prowess, your love of Top 40, or in my case, an intricate knowledge of one-hit wonders from the 80s, you have the opportunity. Downloading the app gives you two days of free service, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t try it out.

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Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 5 minutes Time: 20 minutes Here’s what you’ll need for the salad: – Lettuce of your choice – Caramelized walnuts – Cucumber – Apple – Strawberries (optional) Here’s what you’ll need for the dressing: – Dijon mustard – Olive oil – Balsamic vinegar – Salt – Pepper

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Salads and healthy dressings are both very easy to assemble. Including nuts and fruit in the salad also boosts nutrition content and benefits.

To start, you will need to caramelize your walnuts. This takes about five minutes. It is very easy to do but adds a nice little touch to your spring salad. In a saucepan on medium high heat, add two tablespoons of brown sugar, one teaspoon of olive oil and a half cup of walnuts. When the sugar starts melting, stir it until the walnuts are coated. Then transfer the walnuts to a piece of wax paper to cool for another couple of minutes. Make sure the walnuts are

separated so they do not dry and become clumps. This makes more than enough walnuts for several salads, but these keep and are nice to have if you’d like to use them as toppings on salads for another day or two. Now you can set to work making your dressing. I always make more than necessary because you can keep this in a jar or plastic container out on the counter to use when you need it for other salads later on. Start with two tablespoons of olive oil and one teaspoon of balsamic vinegar. At this point, you can add in half a teaspoon of minced garlic. Stir, and add in a little bit of dijon mustard to thicken the dressing. Taste your dressing and adjust it to your liking. When you have it as you like it, season with salt and pepper and set aside to later put on your salad. Now take a serving of your choice of lettuce. I chose to make this salad with a mixture of iceberg lettuce and romaine, but it would also go well with arugula or butter lettuce. Wash and cut your lettuce so you have bite-size pieces. Place the lettuce in a bowl. Now wash and cut your cucumber to include what you deem appropriate for your salad. Wash your apple. I used half of a small apple for one serving, but I did not include strawberries. You can use a quarter of an apple if you choose to use strawberries in your seasonal salad as well. Finally, throw in a couple of caramelized walnuts and add in your dressing. Mix well and serve!

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» CAMPUS CUISINE

How to get out of the hamburger rut

By Kim Wilson Senior Staff Writer Like unicorns to a small child, the inevitability of college weight gain exists only in your imagination. If you believe in it, however, it can become all too real. And unlike unicorns, gaining weight isn’t pretty or magical. Fortunately, my love of running combined with an intense phobia of the UConn buses has staved off any possible college weight gain. This is quite a feat, since I love food. But I also credit dining services with providing healthy options at every meal and listing the nutrition facts of all their food items. Dining services offers healthy food at every meal. Yes, dining services puts out hamburgers, french fries and carb-laden pasta at virtually every meal. But they also offer fresh vegetables, fruit, eggs and protein-packed lean meats. Let’s face it, the unhealthy stuff in the dining halls is typically the once-frozen, overprocessed food that harkens back to the days of elementary

school lunch or hospital grub. If you want to make the most out of your dining hall experience, keep an eagle eye for the healthier, tastier options and incorporate them into your meals. I swear they exist. There are only so many times you can be lectured on how to eat healthy. Nobody needs or wants to hear it again. I’d just like to point out the fact that healthy foods do exist among the dining services food lineup. There is no need to resort to the classic hamburger and french fry routine just because the menu isn’t tickling your fancy at the moment. There are several precautions you take take avoid falling into the greasy food trap day after day. Use technology: I am proud to admit that I have the UConn Dining Services menus as an app on my iPhone. During boring moments in class, I often enjoy planning my meals ahead of time. It makes it easier to navigate the dining halls when I actually get there because I know what I want and generally where I can find it. Sometimes, I may even go a little off-course to go to a dining hall that is serving the

foods I prefer. In the dark days before my iPhone, I still went on the dining services website at www.dining.uconn. edu to plan out my meals and, if I was feeling extra diligent, looked up the nutrition facts, which are also provided. Fill your plate with green: UConn dining halls typically offer an impressive array of vegetables at lunch and dinner and fruit during breakfast. I always fill up a clear cereal bowl with a colorful array of fruits or veggies to accompany my meal. Sometimes the produce is disappointingly limp and past its prime, but it is mostly crisp and fresh. The salad bars offer fresh broccoli, cauliflower, red and green peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes and more, depending on the day. I love the North Dining Hall salad bar because it frequently has delicious and refreshing sugar-snap peas, an item that is not found in most dining halls. Whitney Dining Hall usually has alfalfa spouts, another rare and tasty vegetable on campus. If you aren’t a fan of the raw versions of veggies, the dining halls always offer cooked vegetables as a side.

Look at the nutrition facts: Dining services has devised a simple way for students to assess the nutritional value of the substances they’re filling their plates up with. If you don’t want to hold up the line by scrutinizing the whole nutrition facts card, look for the symbols that identify foods as healthy choice (tomato), less sodium (salt shaker) or local routes (recycling symbol). I am wary of the fact that the moderately greasy potatoes served at breakfast are labeled as Healthy Husky foods, but they taste great with scrambled eggs, so live and let live. Employ these strategies to effectively navigate the dining halls and find the meals that you want to eat. Dining Services offers hidden gems of good, healthy food if you know where to look. Now you know, and knowing is half the battle. The rest is up to you to take the time to expand you dining hall horizons and seek the foods that you and your body enjoy eating.

Kimberly.Wilson@UConn.edu

The overrated Wizarding World of Harry Potter By Alex Sferrazza Campus Correspondent Ever since it opened back in June 2010, countless people have annoyed me by saying how excited they were to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Universal Orlando Resort. After recently visiting Florida and experiencing the popular tourist attraction for myself, I found myself witness to one of the most overhyped and underwhelming theme park experiences of my life. Folks, this is what the Harry Potter theme park is really like: First of all, the Harry Potter Theme Park is not even an entire theme park, but rather one of the many different themed areas of Universal’s Islands of Adventure park. If your sole intention of visiting the park is to experience the Harry Potter world, you’re going to be paying $85 for an adult park admission ticket to experi-

ence a whopping total of three of the parks 25 or so attractions. Granted, that ticket includes the ability to visit all other attractions in the park and the price is comparable to those of nearby Walt Disney World. However, while there are a few other spectacular attractions at Islands (the Spider-Man ride comes to mind), there is a large number of cookie-cutter Six Flags-esque thrill rides. This is rarely seen at the Disney Parks, whose attractions are generally far more theme-based and meticulously designed. Considering the similar ticket pricing, Universal is an absolute rip-off. The actual Wizarding World of Harry Potter contains only three rides, two of which were part of the park more than a decade ago and were only re-themed to fit into the new setting. The first of these is an unimpressive kiddie coaster called Flight of the Hippogriff and the second is

a high-thrill dueling coaster called Dragon Challenge. Both are themed in little more than name only as the actual rides scream of Six Flags. This brings us to the only ride actually built by Universal for the new area, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. The queue for this line brings guests through a small recreation of the iconic Hogwarts Castle (complete with moving portraits) before guests board the ride. This dark thrill ride stands as the absolute best attraction at the Universal Orlando Resort. Guests board the ride vehicle and follow Harry through numerous dangers in and around Hogwarts. Featuring spectacular animatronics and effects, the ride is the one bright spot of the entire Harry Potter area. As such, I had to wade through a two-hour line so I only rode it once. The

» WIZARDING, page 9

Hundreds blew up

By Jamil Larkins Campus Correspondent

Brand recognition is one of the easiest ways for a small company to really make an impact on consumers. When done correctly, mascots, logos and jingles are perfect tools to make a product and company stand out from the rest. McDonalds has its Golden Arches, Starbucks has its Siren, and in the world of streetwear, The Hundreds has Adam Bomb. This whimsical little explosion has propelled The Hundreds to the top of the urban fashion market and has made the company one of the most recognizable brands in the country. The Hundreds is a very unique organization. It was co-founded in 2003 by Ben and Bobby “Hundreds” as a two-part lifestyle project. The Hundreds is a clothing line and online magazine. Today, the creators of The Hundreds take pride in their brand being the very first “social merchandising” company. Their internet marketing tactics have proved to be genius in the transformation of the brand. The Hundreds’ apparel is inspired by the skate culture of Los Angeles and Southern California, a trend seen in most popular streetwear brands. A mix of skate, surf, street, and

“America is a superpower and all, but at the end of the day it’s not God, it makes mistakes.” Monqedh Razzaq Iraqi army officer

hip-hop, The Hundreds has grown into more than just a skate company. Famous for their graphic tees, they also have introduced a lot more cutand-sew products, denim products, footwear and eyewear. Though unconfirmed, Bobby Hundreds has claimed that The Hundreds is responsible for bringing back the trend of the snapback hat in recent years. In a little more than 8 years, The Hundreds has become international thanks to their eclectic following and smart marketing. The Adam Bomb logo is known all over the world, but domestically it revolves around the four flagship shop locations in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Santa Monica. Only licensed Hundreds retailers and boutiques carry the products in stores, so the exclusivity of some products is maintained. Celebrities such as Lil’ Wayne, Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, Kenan Thompson and Jay-Z have been spotted rocking the Adam Bomb logo. As a clothing line, The Hundreds is now stocked in more than 400 locations around the world. As an online powerhouse, its website and blog gets more than 1 million views per month. Bobby Hundreds has more than 50,000 Twitter followers, and the brand has no plans to stop its momentum. The Hundreds has always been a direct and personal reflection of not only skate culture, but urban culture in general. It comes as no surprise that The Hundreds sits atop the most popular streetwear companies.

Jamil.Larkins@UConn.edu


Friday, March 23, 2012

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Film festival discusses forms of A look at North Korean accordionists behind A-ha oppression against women By Brendon Field Campus Correspondent As part of the ongoing “Half The Sky” event series, which discusses and spreads awareness of various forms of oppression against women around the world, two documentaries were shown in the Dodd Center Thursday evening. Psychologist and former college professor Mary Howard also held a question and answer session after the films were shown. The first film, titled “Defending Our Lives,” was a short composed of interviews of several women who were victims of spousal abuse. Each woman explained how their relationships began, how it led to violence and how they tried to escape from it. Several women explained that the police were unhelpful due to fact that they were married to their attacker. Each story ended with the woman killing her husband in self defense, or defense of their child, and how they were now serving prison sentences for murder and manslaughter. There was also footage of two victims giving a lecture, one giving a list of over twenty Massachusetts women who were murdered by their spouses or boyfriends in less than a year. The film had a large impact on several students. Jennifer Vartiaco, an eighth-semester nutritional science major, said, “[‘Defending Our Lives’] is gut wrenching, especially when you hear how they were beaten, how they were violated, in front of their kids. They lived in fear.” Caitlin Davies, an eighth semester allied health sciences major felt the same, saying “I always thought Massachusetts was on those issues. But I guess not.” She also said she was pleased to see a film where the victims

took a stand and fought back. She stated she supported the women in their retributive actions, and believes society and the courts should do the same. The second film was called “Highway Cortesans.” It was filmed of the course of six years in the Bachara village of Central India. Traditions of the village, deriding from the Cortesans, a group of royalty entertainers, had made it so the first born daughter of every family works as a prostitute. Currently, multiple women in each family work as prostitutes on a highway to sustain their families. The film follows the lives of several women, one of which is attempting to exit the tradition and who eventually becomes a schoolteacher. R.J. Anderson, a second semester history major, commented on the presentation as a whole, “It’s one of those things that go unseen because it’s unpleasant and people don’t like to talk about it.” Noting the film’s examination of oppression both domestic and abroad, David Pereira, a second-semester illustration major, commented on how far the United States has progressed but still have the same problems with the rest of the world. Several students stated that the issues of oppression are severely overlooked. Precious Humphrey, a fourth semester mechanical engineering major, said, “It goes to show by how many people attended.” Approximately fifteen people were present for the screening. Pereira said, “All these events are going on around campus, but few are giving much care.”

Brendon.Field@UConn.edu

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» CD REVIEW

‘The King is Dead’ but the Decemberists are live

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‘We All Raise Our Voices to the Air’ was recorded during a 2011 summer tour to promote their most recent album, ‘The King Is Dead’. AP

In this Feb. 25, 2012 photo, students rehearse with accordions in a practice room at the Kumsong school in Pyongyang, North Korea.

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Five teenagers in school uniforms hold accordions. On the wall is a giant painting of the secret mountain hideout of their nation’s founder, Kim Il Sung. Small red stickers on their instruments mark them as gifts from Kim Jong Il. Yes, this is North Korea. But as they grind their accordions into song, what comes out is no somber ode to either of the late leaders. Instead, as more than 1.5 million YouTube viewers already know, it’s one of the poppiest of 1980s pop songs, A-ha’s “Take on Me.” The three young men and two women perform with gusto, swaying to the music, tapping their accordions and clapping their hands overhead. Their catchy cover, recorded in December, became a sensation as it challenged the

world’s preconceptions about North Koreans. After taking their arrangement to Norway to perform at an Arctic arts festival, lead player Choe Hyang Hwa and fellow band members gave The Associated Press a peek into their lives at the Kumsong school in Pyongyang. Outside, a gaggle of students marched across the school yard in twos, arms thrown around one another and lunch pails swinging from their hands. They walked past a huge mosaic depicting North Korea’s founder, Kim Il Sung, and his son and successor, Kim Jong Il, with students working at computer terminals. Inside, one young woman received a private lesson on the kayagum, a traditional Korean stringed instrument, while her teacher played a traditional drum called a janggo.

paging opener “The Infanta” begins, the band never looks back. There’s some countryThe Decemberists aren’t your rock twang on “King Is Dead” average band. With six albums tracks “Calamity Song” and and more than a decade under “Rise to Me” before the band their belts, they’re one of the digs into its finest stories. indie scene’s finest success- “The Soldiering Life” is foles, but they’re quite unique. lowed by what Meloy calls “a Where other rock bands sing song about joint-suicide,” “We about current life and relation- Both Go Down Together,” and ships, the Decemberists are a tale of love amid internationcontent with a ten-minute epic al espionage, “The Bagman’s called “The Mariner’s Revenge Gambit.” The band’s like no Song.” It’s about an orphan other on this album, as eviboy who chases his step-father denced by their disturbing but across the sea in the name of killer rock song “The Rake’s vengeance. It comes complete Song.” A horrible tale of infanwith an accordion solo, and ticide from their rock opera it’s one of their jauntier songs. “The Hazards of Love,” it still They’re a bit more out-there manages to rock hard with an than Coldplay, to say the least. infectious drumbeat and bass “The Mariner’s Revenge blast. I have to admit my bias here, Song” and 19 other select cuts from the band’s recent summer considering I saw the band on tour while tour make they were up “We All recording Raise Our this album. Voices To We All Raise Our Voices to the However, The Air,” Air that does their new not change live album. The Decemberists how great While the 3/13/12 the album setlist does 20 tracks really is. favor their The band most recent really plays a l b u m their hearts “The King /10 out, and it’s Is Dead,” especially there’s a evident in smattering their beauof tracks from their entire discography, tiful three-song tale of love including one that lead singer and loss “The Crane Wife” Colin Meloy calls “the worst and their toe-tapping rendition song I’ve ever written. (It’s of “Mariner’s Revenge Song.” awful, but it leads into their The two songs together take up most triumphant track, “O 28 minutes of the album, but the band doesn’t stop to rest Valencia!”). A bit more background about (except for the crowd particithe group before I delve into pating in the latter, pretending the tracks: the Decemberists to be swallowed by a whale). are a country-rock band with Other hits, including most of indie influences. Imagine a “The King Is Dead,” are mixed harder-rocking Arcade Fire into the second disc with some with banjos. They’re fond of very deep cuts, including a few story-telling, with a concept off their very first album, now album and a concept EP under ten years old in 2012. “We All Raise Our Voices To their belts, not to mention their dozens of self-contained story- The Air” is a wonderful introtelling tracks. Colin Meloy has duction to The Decemberists, a voice you’ll either love or and at the same time it’s a hate, and the band’s lyrics are prize collection for fans. The wordy to the point of preten- mix of new tracks, old favortion. They’re not for every- ites and some lesser-known body, but there’s a reason their cuts is great for newbies and fans are fervent, and if you like indie scholars alike. As the their addition to the “Hunger seasons slowly turn to sumGames” soundtrack, you’ll mer, this album’s sunny brilliance demands a listen. love this live collection. “We All Raise Our Voices To The Air” opens with a dud of a joke and a false start from Meloy, but once their ram- Joseph.O’Leary@UConn.edu

By Joe O’Leary Senior Staff Writer

9.5

Wizarding World rides unwittingly alienate target demographic from OVERRATED, page 8 ride will also definitely scare small children and, considering that the franchise has fans of all ages, this may be a real disappointment for families. The rest of the Wizarding World is rather lackluster. You can see the engine of the Hogwarts’s Express, but it doesn’t move. You can buy “Every-Flavor Beans” (jelly beans) for a whopping $10. Pumpkin Juice (apple juice with pumpkin flavoring) sets you back $5. “Butterbeer” consists of cream soda and whipped cream. The gift shops are stocked with all kinds of Harry Potter merchandise, from time-turners to wands. Not only is there a 30-minute

wait to get into the shops, but a vast majority of the merchandise has been available on “The Noble Collection” website for many years. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter may seem like the theme park event of a lifetime on paper, but take it from me, as excellent as the “Forbidden Journey” ride is, it is absolutely not worth the visit and price as the rest of the experience is sorely disappointing. There are talks of expanding the Harry Potter experience in the future, but for now, especially in this economy, if you are considering a visit I have just one piece of advice: forget about it.

Alex.Sfarrazza@UConn.edu


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Comics

Friday, March 23, 2012 I Hate Everything by Carin Powell

Royalty Free Speech by Ryan Kennedy

Side of Rice by Laura Rice

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 -- Confusion could interrupt your tranquility and well-being. Slow down and take it easy to protect your health. When confronted with limitations, sidestep them or have some tea. Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 7 -- Your idealism may get shaken today, or there may be disruption around some of your groups, clubs or organizations. Patience. Wait for more details. Gemini (May 21-June 21) -- Today is a 6 -- If things don’t line up in your career, find shelter in the arms of a loved one. Receive affection, but also give it. It goes both ways. Share gratitude. Cancer (June 22-July 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Together you get more accomplished. Share ideas and write down procedures. Trouble with papers could frustrate. Cooperate to handle urgencies, and let the rest wait. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- You may feel like withdrawing or hiding when it comes to love and creativity. Don’t let a little misunderstanding deflate the fun. Try compassion; forgiveness is divine.

Procrastination Animation by Michael McKiernan

Mensch by Jeff Fenster

Nothing Extraordinary by Thomas Feldtmose

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- You’re on a roll at work and bringing in the bacon. Check financials. Untangle misunderstandings with your partner by repeating back what you heard. You can solve it. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- There’s traffic on the communications highway. Set backup plans for important projects. Stand for service and health. Patience and courtesy get things moving.

One Thousand Demons by Bill Elliott and Rachel Pelletti

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is an 8 -- Complete as much work as possible early on to allow for unexpected snafus with travel or a writing/publishing project. Later, put on something comfortable, and dance it all away. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is an 8 -- If things get confusing at home, slow down and repeat back what you heard ... chances are, it got mixed up. Keep messes to a minimum and mechanical equipment in good repair. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is an 8 -- Mercury’s retrograde returns to Pisces in your third house of communication, scrambling daily travel, family ties and self-expression. Check pressure levels. Take it easy. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 7 -- Maintaining a philosophical outlook keeps you powerful through any communication breakdowns, especially regarding finances. Go over statements twice. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 7 -- Whatever happens, don’t take it personally ... it’s unrelated. Don’t get stuck in your head about what others might think. It becomes clear later. You know who you are.

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Friday, March 23, 2012

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Sports

» COLLEGE BASKETBALL

UNC coach still unsure about Marshall

AP

UNC's Kendall Marshall shoots the game-winning three pointer against NC State Friday March 9. Marshall's status is now uncertain.

» ROWING

The UConn women’s rowing team will travel to the Cooper River in Camden, N.J. this weekend to race in the Murphy Cup. The first and second varsity eight-boats will compete against 18 other schools in the first regatta of the spring season for the Huskies. Coach Jen Sanford-Wendry said that she would give the first varsity eight-boat another chance this weekend with the same lineup, although she didn’t rule out moving rowers from the second varsity up to the first varsity. Sanford-Wendry said “If they can make the final and show some good progress I would consider keeping the line-up the same otherwise we’ll have to

was fouled on a drive against Creighton. He had surgery Monday to install a screw in the wrist and got his cast off Wednesday. He wore a black brace Thursday and was keeping his arm elevated above his heart to help speed the healing. The wrist is improving with each day, Marshall said, but his range of motion has to improve and the pain has to decrease before he’ll be ready to play again. He has not practiced since getting hurt and said he hasn’t tried dribbling. “I don’t want to put my hand in danger of getting hurt, and also a big thing is I want to be able to help my team while I’m out there,” Marshall said. “If I can’t help my team while I’m out there, I’m not going to push to play.” Marshall is averaging about eight points and 10 assists for the Tar Heels (31-5) in the Midwest Regional. He has scored in double figures for six straight games and has been the team’s most irreplaceable player at the helm of its fast-

paced attack. The Dumfries, Va., native is a second-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference pick who has 351 assists in 36 games, the best season total in league history and fourth most in NCAA history. “Kendall Marshall is the best point guard I’ve ever had in several areas,” Williams said. “One is after the other team scores, he can attack with the basketball and pitch ahead, and we can lay it up while everybody is still celebrating, hoping their girlfriend is watching them run back down the court. He can attack you after you score better than anybody. He pitches ahead better than anybody I ever had. He thinks pass first, second, third, fourth— maybe not fifth, but at least the top four.” But he is not irreplaceable, Marshall said. If he is unable to play, freshman Stilman White or versatile senior Justin Watts would handle the point guard duties, and Marshall has spent the last two days encouraging them and giving them advice.

» NFL

UConn travels up Cooper River By Jimmy Onforio Staff Writer

ST. LOUIS (AP)—North Carolina point guard Kendall Marshall watched his teammates from the side of the court, cradling a basketball and occasionally giving it a bounce or two with his good hand. It might be the closest he gets to handling the ball for the Tar Heels. Marshall said he would not be able to play if top-seeded North Carolina’s game were Thursday night because of his broken right wrist, and coach Roy Williams said he has a “strong, strong inclination” that his most irreplaceable player will not be in the lineup for Friday’s game against 13thseeded Ohio (29-7). “I just know the kid tells me he can’t brush his teeth yet. How the dickens can he play a basketball game if he can’t brush his teeth?” Williams said Thursday. “I mean, he can go out there with bad breath, but you’ve still got to be able to play the dadgum game.” The left-handed Marshall was hurt Sunday when he

make some changes” before the team’s home race on March 31. In a match over spring break at Miami, the boat finished the 2000-meter race in a time of 7:14, but Sanford-Wendry is confident that they can get the time under the 7-minute mark. She said the second varsity crew is strong but has some “technical issues.” UConn’s opponents will include Marist College, who beat UConn in the Head of the Fish Regatta in the fall, Big East rivals Rutgers, Pittsburgh, and Villanova and other schools from around the Northeast. The Murphy Cup will be an early gauge for the team in the spring season. UConn will host Trinity, Marist and Coast Guard Academy in a home meet next weekend.

James.Onforio@UConn.edu

David Carr re-signs with Giants EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP)—David Carr is perfectly content being Eli Manning’s backup and knows his chances of playing aren’t the best in the world. As for the other team that plays in MetLife Stadium and its developing situation at quarterback? Different story. But as for the New York Giants, Carr—who officially re-signed Thursday despite not throwing a pass in either the regular season or the playoffs of their championship season—is just fine with everything, thank you. “I’ve said it before, these guys, you play ball in high school, you play ball in college and there’s really not a better locker room that I’ve been in, and that’s including those times,” Carr said. “It’s a great environment. Guys keep you humble. They keep it loose. No one takes themselves too seriously, and with all the

egos and all the good football players, you’d think that would be a problem. But there’s really not that issue in this locker room. “That’s why I like to be a part of it. It makes it very easy to come back.” Carr and the Giants tentatively reached their agreement last week but needed time before announcing it. It is for one year, and $925,000. Carr was Manning’s backup quarterback in 2008 and `09. He played in three games the first season and in six games in 2009 and in those two seasons, he completed 33 of 42 passes (78.6 percent) for 340 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. He played in San Francisco in 2010 before rejoining the Giants last summer. He and incumbent Sage Rosenfels competed for the backup job until Rosenfels went on the injured reserve list because of back problems.

“It’s just natural for me,” Carr said of the Giants’ offense. “I feel really comfortable in it. I’ve run this for the majority of my career, partly with Chris Palmer who was here before, and now with (Kevin Gilbride and Manning) for my fourth year. So it’s very familiar to me. I feel really comfortable here. I know that if given the opportunity and put in the position to play on this team, I would do well. “That’s also a comforting feeling knowing that if you get into the game, you’re in there, first of all, with the world champions, so how can you go wrong? And secondly, to know that you’re going to go out there and succeed is also a positive.” Carr was selected by the expansion Houston Texans with the first choice in the 2002 NFL Draft. He played five seasons in Houston and one with the

Carolina Panthers before joining the Giants. In his 10-year career, Carr has completed 1,351 of 2,264 passes (59.7 percent) for 14,433 yards, 65 touchdowns and 71 interceptions. He has been sacked 266 times, including a record 76 as a rookie in 2002. Carr said last season was special, especially with the Giants posting wins over the Jets and Dallas in the final two weeks of the regular season to win the NFC East with a 9-7 record. “Honestly, when we got in the playoffs, I didn’t think we were going to lose just because of the talent level that we have in this locker room,” Carr said. “If we could get on the same page ever at some point during the season, I knew we’d be all right because honestly, I haven’t been around a team like this before—physically, mentally. It’s a mentally tough football team.”

» MLB

Expectations high for Kansas City Royals entering new season KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP)— The snickers have gone quiet. The jokes seem to be over. In their place, fans in Kansas City whisper in hushed tones questions that reveal hopeful enthusiasm for the first time in years. Can these young kids really compete? Will the Royals finally end a maddening playoff drought? Is it possible a team largely devoid of experience will actually produce? “This team can be real good,” first baseman Eric Hosmer said, providing his answer to all those questions in one definitive statement. “We’re confident in here

that we can be a real good team. We just want to get going and see what this season has for us.” So does everyone else in Kansas City. The Royals haven’t made the postseason since winning the World Series in 1985. Ronald Reagan was president, there was a war on drugs rather than a war on terror, and some newfangled machine called Nintendo changed the way America’s youth spent its time. In the intervening years, the Royals lost 100 games four times, and their best finish in the division was second—once doing so with a dubious 70-74

record. Managers and general managers have been hired and fired, youth movements have started and fizzled, and players long past their prime made Kansas City one last stop in the twilight of their careers. So forgive folks for being a bit skeptical that this current group of youngsters, despite all their impressive pedigrees, will be the ones to finally change the script. “Ultimately, we’re the Kansas City Royals, and we want to earn respect,” veteran pitcher Bruce Chen said. “We want to show them we can play, that there won’t be any

easy series. We want to show them we’re in town and that we mean business.” They started to do that toward the end of last season, when one of the best farm systems in big league history started to sprout major league players at an astonishing rate. Hosmer was the first big name to make his debut. The big first baseman went from Class A Wilmington to the Royals in less than two years, and validated the confidence placed in him by club brass by batting .293 with 19 homers and 78 RBIs in 128 games last summer.

AP

Kansas City Royals pitcher Felipe Paulino works during the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels.

» NFL

RB Michael Bush joins the Bears LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP)—Michael Bush is joining the Chicago Bears, perhaps to team with Matt Forte and give the team two hard and effective runners who can alternate punishing defense. Or maybe in a more visible role should Forte hold out after he earlier was slapped with the franchise tag. Bush played four seasons for the Oakland Raiders, gaining 2,642 yards (4.2 yards per carry) and scoring 21 touchdowns. The powerful 245-pound back had his most productive season in 2011, setting career highs in rushes (256), yards (977), touchdowns (7), receptions (37) and yards receiving (418). He mostly was a backup to Darren McFadden but had nine starts last season when McFadden was injured. “I was told that the rotation will be very good,” Bush said in a conference call after signing a four-year deal the Chicago Tribune reported was worth $14 million, with $7 million guaranteed. “I think there are enough carries to go around.”

Forte, who sprained his knee in early December and missed the final month of the season but went to the Pro Bowl, has not been able to get a long-term deal from the Bears. He was given the franchise tag, meaning he will make $7.742 million next season if there is no new contract reached. Forte went to Twitter to express his opinion of the signing of Bush, saying he had been “disrespected.” “There’s only so many times a man that has done everything he’s been asked to do can be disrespected! Guess the GOOD GUYS do finish last,” his post read. Forte finished 2011 with 1,487 yards from scrimmage and 997 rushing in his fourth season. He averaged 4.9 yards per carry. He was the first Chicago running back to make it to the Pro Bowl since Neal Anderson following the 1991 season. Bush said he can relate to how Forte feels. “It’s just one of those things where you want to be rewarded for your success. I understand, but that has nothing to do with

me,” he said. “My job is to come here and play ball. If he wants to hold out, I know what he’s going through. I’m just going to be there doing what I’m supposed to do.” Bush said he also visited the Bengals and was planning to go to Seattle before agreeing with the Bears. Re-signing with the Raiders wasn’t much of an option because there not much communication. “I haven’t heard too much from them …” he said, adding he understands the business side of football. “I’m not upset with them.” Under new general manager Phil Emery, the Bears have been busy. They traded with the Dolphins for talented but troubled wide receiver Brandon Marshall and they signed backup quarterback Jason Campbell along with special-teams contributors Blake Costanzo and Eric Weems. They also re-signed defensive end Israel Idonije, defensive back Tim Jennings, tight end Kellen Davis, backup quarterback Josh McCown and safety Craig Steltz.


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Friday, March 23, 2012

Sports

» COLLEGE BASKETBALL

No. 4 Louisville upsets No. 1 MSU

PHOENIX (AP)—Gorgui Michigan State (29-8) started Dieng swatted away the West slow and never got going against Region’s top seed to send Rick Louisville’s amoebic defense, Pitino into another regional final. shooting 28 percent while being Chane Behanan scored 15 outscored 20-14 inside by the points and Dieng anchored leaner Cardinals. Louisville’s stifling defense Dieng finished with five points, with seven blocked shots, help- nine rebounds and had three ing the Cardinals knock off top- steals. Peyton Siva overcame seeded Michigan State 57-44 a rough shooting night—four Thursday night in the points on 2-of-9 shootWest Regional semiing—with nine assists. finals. Draymond Green Louisville (29-9) Louisville 57 had 13 points and 16 smothered the NCAA in his final 44 rebounds tournament’s best- MSU game for Michigan shooting team with its State and Brandon matchup zone, getting good pres- Wood added 14 points. sure from its guards up top and This sweet matchup of top prosome big swats by Dieng, one of grams featured two of college the nation’s top shot-blockers. basketball’s best short-preparaThe Cardinals relied on 3-point tion coaches. shooting in the first half and went Pitino has used his speed-theinside the second to befuddle the opponent-up system to reach the Spartans, earning a trip to the Final Four five times, becomWest final against Marquette or ing the first coach to lead three Florida on Saturday. different schools to the nation-

BASKETBALL

al semifinals. Once past the NCAA tournament’s first week, he’s had a knack for guiding his team farther along the bracket, advancing to the regional final all 10 times he’s gotten a team to the semifinals. Tom Izzo has been supremely consistent in 17 years at Michigan State, building teams that can handle the rigors of the Big Ten or switch to greyhound mode when the opponent plays fast. He’s been as consistent as any coach in the game, leading the Spartans to the Final Four six times, including the 2000 national title, and 10 trips to the regionals round the past 15 years. Izzo played the right hand the last time these two basketball brains met, taking the Spartans to the 2009 Final Four after they found a way to break Louisville’s pressure. Pitino had something up his sleeve this time.

AP

Michigan State University players react after being upset 57-44 by Louisville in the Sweet 16 Thursday night in Phoenix.

Auriemma: Our defense is very good this Blain: Bringing in Tim season, but just how good remains to be seen Tebow is a bad idea

from ON THE RHODE, page 14

“I know our defense is good. Can we shut anyone down? That remains to be seen,” said Auriemma. The defense depends on an unlikely freshman who has made an impact in the Huskies’ line-up in the latter half of the season. Geno said he’d be more definitive and succinct in his explanation of their defense if he could predict Kiah Stokes’ playing level on Sunday. “If I knew that Stokes could play 25 minutes lights-out basketball on both ends of the court, I could tell you. Penn State is big and athletic so I’m trying to get both Stokes and Dolson in for rebounding,” said Auriemma. “Stokes can be the key. If she plays the way she played the first couple nights, we can be a different team.” Hartley, who has emerged as a leader on the court in her second year at UConn, is also what sets the tone for UConn’s

success at each game. “Bria Hartley has made progress every day and learned more about the game of when to and when not to, but she’s never lost her confidence. She goes hard all the time so when the big games come, she doesn’t have to change anything,” said Auriemma. “Some people don’t know what to do when the big game comes; it’s never the case with her.” Looking forward to the weekend’s game and the possible future at the Final Four, Auriemma is at disbelief on both ends of the spectrum: “It’s been a real headscratcher. I can’t believe some of our struggles and how much our inexperience shows. But, at the same time, I’m surprised at how well we’ve played defensively to win 31. I can’t believe how well we’ve done some things. It’s mind-boggling seeing them do those things wile so young and inexperienced.”

Danielle.Ennis@UConn.edu

from A TEBOW, page 14

ED RYAN/The Daily Campus

UConn's Caroline Doty handles the ball at the top of the key while being defended by a Kansas State player. The Huskies will face Penn State this weekend.

Both UConn and Syracuse feature potent offenses from RIVAL, page 14

RACHEL WEISS/The Daily Campus

Junior Midfielder Morgan O'Reilly sprints up the field with the ball and a Quinniapiac defender chases her during a game on February 25. This weekend, the Huskies play Syracuse.

Cerullo: Who knows what's next for UConn basketball?

from THE DOMINO, page 14 They are headed to the NBA, and it’s unrealistic to expect that either will graduate in four years. Even if either of them does come back, it would likely be for only one more year, but why would they stay? Say they leave. What happens next? During the Cold War, the Domino Theory stated that if one state fell to communism, the surrounding ones would as well. Oriakhi is now gone, and if Lamb and Drummond go too, who will be next, if anyone? Could Roscoe Smith go? He may face a battle for playing time with Tyler Olander, DeAndre Daniels and perhaps even Michael Bradley this upcoming season. For that matter, what if Daniels doesn’t progress this offseason, and God

forbid Ryan Boatright decides to set sail someplace else? I take solace in the fact that the Domino Theory wound up being a bust in the Cold War, because UConn needs its players now more than ever. The fact that anyone else who transfers would all have to sit out a year is somewhat comforting, but who knows at this point? All I know is that with players like Shabazz Napier, Smith, Boatright, Daniels, Olander and Niels Giffey, UConn can survive a postseason ban. If Lamb or Drummond decide to stick around for some reason, then maybe next year will even be fun in a “we have nothing to lose, so screw it” kind of way. Follow Mac Cerullo on Twitter at @MacCerullo.

Michael.Cerullo@UConn.edu

The two high-powered offenses are led by three of the top attackmen in the Big East. Syracuse’s Tumolo and sophomore Alyssa Murray both rank in the top 10 in the conference in goals, assists and points per game. UConn senior M.E. Lapham is on a hot streak. She has nine goals and three assists over the last two games and needs just 10 goals to become UConn’s all-time leading scorer. She is also ninth in the country with a 3.43 goals per game average. The captain is 7 for 7 on free position shots this season. The Huskies are last in the Big East averaging 18.71 turn-

overs per game. But Syracuse has only caused an average of three turnovers per game in 2012. After losing in the 2011 Big East Championship semifinal last year to Loyola, the Orange were picked to finish second in the Big East Coaches’ Preseason Poll. Connecticut was picked to finish sixth. Despite a pair of hat tricks from Lapham and Lauren Kahn, the Huskies gave up 11 second-half goals and a 17-9 loss to Syracuse last season at the Carrier Dome. UConn came close to finally beating the Orange in 2007 but fell at home 18-16 in double overtime.

Daniel.Maher@UConn.edu

Or what will Santonio Holmes think? He is already frustrated by the amount of balls coming his way. Just imagine his reaction when Tebow comes in the wildcat and his main job will be to throw blocks. He might just walk out of the huddle again. What about Sanchez? The Jets front office has repeatedly expressed that he is “their guy” and now they pull a stunt like this? Sure, Tebow will be the backup and Sanchez will talk about how excited he is to work with him, but no matter how you look at it, this takes the ball out of his hands at least a little bit. Not to mention the Jets just committed big money to him. Or how about Jets fans? They can be some of the most irrational human beings on the planet (that’s probably why they are Jets fans to begin with). What do you think is going to happen when Sanchez throws two interceptions in the first game? Or when Sanchez has a 3-and-out on the first drive? You’re going to hear Tebow chants like you’ve never heard before. Does anyone think the most emotionally fragile quarterback in the NFL can handle that in what will certainly become a make-or-break year for him? Is a quarterback who completes 47.3 percent of his passes, had a QB rating last year of 72.9 and

at best runs the wildcat offense really effectively worth that sort of downside? Jets fans know nothing but a sorry history filled with poor management. Add this move to the list. It makes absolutely zero sense from any standpoint whatsoever, and to make matters worse, Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum had a dispute with the Broncos’ brass about Tebow’s compensation and, as a result, are paying more money to the Broncos. Remember Drew Stanton? The Jets signed him as a backup a week ago for half a million dollars and he wants out now that Tebow is in town. There’s money down the drain. When interviewed on Boomer and Carton yesterday, Tannenbaum said the move was purely a “football decision” and has nothing to do with media presence. Judging by the boisterous nature of the Jets in the past (see Hard Knocks, Rex Ryan, Joe Namath, etc.) I’d say he’s lying through his teeth. It is, and always has been, a sad day to be a Jets fan. So now, as Jets fans, we have no choice. What’s done is done. As ridiculous as it may sound, we have no choice but to let it play out. So put on your green and white, get down on one knee with your head resting on a clenched fist, and Tebow.

Darryl.Blain@UConn.edu

"I don't know is on third" from HUSKIES, page 14 But Testani is not a natural third baseman, and is still working on making the transition defensively, though he is the stronger option from an offensive standpoint, according to Penders. Penders is still uncertain of who he will start as third over the weekend. “I don’t know … I’ll probably take a look at batting practice on Friday. That’ll enter into it,” Penders said. The Huskies will also have

catchers Joe Pavone and Alex DeBellis split time over the weekend behind the plate, as Pavone continues to work his way back to full strength after missing all of last season with a knee injury. The last time UConn faced West Virginia was in the 2010 season. The Huskies swept that series, taking all three games in Morgantown. The Mountaineers have won five of seven coming into the weekend, while UConn has dropped four of their last five.

Matthew.Stypulkoski@UConn.edu

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San Francisco adds Ginn, Manningham SAN FRANCISCO (AP)— Ted Ginn Jr. could only watch the NFC championship with a bum knee, seeing Mario Manningham catch a key touchdown pass for the New York Giants and his replacement punt returner for San Francisco botch two returns that ultimately led to the 49ers’ loss. After testing out free agency, Ginn is back for another season in San Francisco and ready to take back his role as returner. He gets to play with Manningham, too. The 49ers signed Ginn to a one-year deal Thursday hours after officially announcing the addition of Manningham with a two-year contract. The team later announced it signed quarterback Josh Johnson to a two-year deal

to back up Alex Smith. Ginn visited Detroit, Minnesota and Baltimore before staying with a 49ers team that has already added Manningham and Randy Moss to a thin receiving corps. With those two newcomers, along with Michael Crabtree back, Ginn might not get a whole lot more chances to catch the ball this year. “I was happy with my role,” he said. “When you’re playing a game like this, you have to be a team player. That’s what I am first. Everybody wishes they could get a ball or two more. That’s being a human being.” Ginn had 19 catches for 220 yards last season and just 31 in two years with San Francisco when his biggest contributions came as a returner.

He averaged 23.6 yards per kick return and 12.7 on punt returns with three total touchdowns. His absence was felt during the NFC championship game when Kyle Williams’ muff set up Manningham’s go-ahead touchdown catch in the fourth quarter and his overtime fumble led to the field goal that sent the Giants to the Super Bowl with a 20-17 win. It all provided a crushing end to what had been a spectacular season for the 49ers. “Everybody said it’s Kyle’s fault. But that’s not right. It’s a team game,” Ginn said. “I talked to him that day. I tried to tell him to keep his head up and stay positive.” Williams and Ginn are part of a much-improved group of receivers from the unit last season that

had only player, Crabtree, catch more than 20 passes in the regular season. Manningham agreed to the deal last Saturday when the 49ers were in the thick of the race to sign Peyton Manning, the four-time NFL MVP and older brother of Manningham’s former quarterback with the Giants—two-time Super Bowl winner Eli Manning. Manning ended up signing with Denver and the Niners brought back Smith. “I wanted to go there and I knew that Peyton Manning was going to go somewhere. I thought he was coming to the 49ers but he didn’t,” Manningham said. “He went to Denver. Good luck to him with that. I wish the best for him. We got Alex Smith and I know he’s a great player.


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The Daily Question Q : “What do you think of the transfer of Alex Oriahki?” A : “It’s funny that our punishment for our low APR will directly hurt our APR.” –Joe O’Leary 6th-semester journalism major.

» That’s what he said

“We could lose Sunday, or we could go to the Final Four and win a national championship.”

Thanks, Chipper!

Baseball (7-11) Tomorrow West Virginia 5 p.m.

March 24 West Virginia 3 p.m.

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» Pic of the day

March 25 Penn State NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen 4:34 p.m.

March 25 West Virginia 12 p.m.

March 27 Hartford 3 p.m.

March 28 CCSU 3 p.m.

March 24 Seton Hall 2 p.m.

March 25 Seton Hall 12 p.m.

March 27 Sacred Heart 2:30 p.m.

April 1 Rutgers 1 p.m.

April 7 Columbia 1 p.m.

April 14 Notre Dame 11 a.m.

Softball (7-10) Today Fairfield 3:30 p.m.

March 24 Seton Hall 12 p.m.

Lacrosse (6-1) March 24 March 30 Syracuse Georgetown 4 p.m. 1 p.m.

Men’s Track and Field March 31 UConn Invite All Day

April 4 LSU Invite All Day

April 10 Husky Decathalon 2:30 p.m.

April 11 Husky Decathalon 2 p.m.

April 14 Dog Fight All Day

Women’s Track and Field March 30 Raleigh Relays All Day

March 31 Raleigh Relays All Day

April 7 UConn AllRegional All Day

April 13 Sea Ray Relays All Day

April 14 Sea Ray Relays All Day

Tweet your answers, along with your name, semester standing and major, to @DCSportsDept. The best answer will appear in the next paper.

» NFL Geno Auriemma

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“How many games this season will Tebow start for the Jets?”

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– Geno Auriemma on how he thinks the Huskies will do in the NCAA Tournament.

Women’s Basketball (31-4)

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In this AP file photo, then rookie Chiper Jones prepares to take the plate for the Atlanta Braves. Jones announced that he will retire at the end of the season.

Luck enjoys spotlight at Stanford pro day

STANFORD, Calif. (AP)—Andrew Luck smiled, joked with teammates and looked more comfortable than anybody on a jam-packed Stanford practice field for the school’s pro day. Leave it to everyone else to stress about their draft position. Projected to go No. 1 overall to the Indianapolis Colts in the NFL draft, Luck relished the Stanford spotlight for a change Thursday as one of a dozen former Cardinal players who tried to impress more than 125 league scouts and executives. Of more importance to the quarterback was making his teammates shine, even if it meant braving the elements on an unseasonably chilly and windy day on The Farm. “I think I’m in a very unique position. I feel very fortunate,” Luck said. “Obviously nothing is set in stone, but I should be drafted pretty high. Maybe a pro day is not going to hurt or help me as much as some other guys on our team. So I wanted to go out there and maybe show the strength of some of our receivers. If that means I go out there and throw a ball that I don’t really want to, maybe I’ll do it for those guys.” He did. Luck completed 46 of 50 passes, and three of those incompletions were drops by his receivers, including a perfect 70-yard-plus spiral that Chris Owusu mishandled in the end zone—the final pass of the day, requested by scouts to test Luck’s arm strength, which might be about the only thing some have questioned. “Maybe arm strength isn’t his weakness after all,” joked tight end Coby Fleener, who could be one of four Stanford players selected in the first round along with guard David DeCastro and left tackle Jonathan Martin. Only Alabama, projected to have at least five, might have more names called in the first round when the draft begins April 26 at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. One spot not in question is the top pick. Colts owner Jim Irsay, who was not in attendance, has been adamant that Luck is likely his next franchise quarterback. Indianapolis released rehabbing four-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning—who has since signed with Denver— in large part because it would’ve owed Manning a $28 million bonus and because it has the chance to draft Luck, largely considered the most proready quarterback since Manning in 1998. The Colts did send a small contingent to Stanford that didn’t include Irsay, general manager Ryan Grigson or coach Chuck Pagano. Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder and coach Mike Shanahan were among those at Stanford, and Luck said he met with them a night earlier.

Rowing March 31 Tomorrow Coast Guard Murphy Cup Coventry All Day All Day

April 6 UMass All Day

April 14 April 15 Knecht Cup Knecht Cup All Day All Day

Men’s Tennis March 25 March 31 April 1 Bryant Georgetown Villanova 12 p.m. 11 a.m. 10:30 p.m.

April 10 Marist 3 p.m.

April 12 St. John’s TBA

Women’s Tennis Today Seton Hall 2 p.m.

March 25 Bryant 12 p.m.

March 31 April 1 Georgetown Villanova 11 a.m. 10:30 a.m.

April 4 Rutgers 2:00 p.m.

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THE Storrs Side Huskies in Sweet 16 and UConn baseball heads to Morgantown By Carmine Colangelo Staff Writer Game to Follow: UConn Women’s basketball vs. Penn State. On Sunday, the Huskies will take on Penn State in the Sweet Sixteen. The Huskies, who are the No. 1 seed in the Kingston region, are coming off a commanding 72-26 victory over Kansas State. The Huskies were led by guard Bria Hartley, who scored 13 of her game-high 16 points in the first half. Both guard Tiffany Hayes and center Kiah Stokes led the team with nine rebounds each. The Lady Lions, who are the No. 4 seed in the region, are coming off a 90-80 victory over LSU. These two teams will square off this Sunday at 4:34 p.m. in Kingston, R.I. The game will be played on ESPN 2. Wish We Were There: UConn Men’s baseball at West Virginia. Today the Huskies will begin a three-game weekend series against the Mountaineers. The Huskies are coming off an 8-0 victory against Yale on Wednesday in their home opener. Starting pitcher Pat Butler threw

seven shut-out innings for the Huskies, allowing just three hits and striking out a season-high six batters. Second baseman L.J. Mazzilli hit a two-run homerun in the first inning, his sixth of the year. Mazzilli has now hit a homerun in four straight games, as well five homers in his last six games. The Huskies record now stands 7-11 this season. The Mountaineers are 9-2 this season after defeating Akron 12-7 on Tuesday. The series will start today at 5 p.m. in Morgantown, W.V. Number of the Week: 66. UConn women’s lacrosse goalkeeper, Brittney Testa, leads the Big East this season with 66 saves. Testa also has a league leading .545 save percentage and ranks second with a .896 goals against average. On Saturday the Huskies will host No. 2 Syracuse in their Big East Opener. The Huskies are 6-1 this season, while the Orange’s record stands at 4-2. The game will begin at 1 p.m. on the turf field in the George Sherman family complex.

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» MLB

Washington Nationals want to keep Phillies fans away TAMPA, Fla. (AP)—Move over Red Sox-Yankees, there’s a new rivalry brewing in baseball. The Washington Nationals are tired of Phillies fans taking over their ballpark, so they’re trying to ban those red-clad rowdies from purchasing tickets for the first series between the teams in May. Last month, the Nationals launched a “Take Back the Park” initiative designed to lock out Phillies fans. The team made tickets for a three-game series on May 4-6 available only to season ticketholders and local fans who reside in Washington, D.C., Maryland or Virginia. “Our campaign ignites what should be a natural rivalry between a great young team in Washington and an established veteran team in Philadelphia,” Nationals chief operating officer Andy Feffer told The Associated Press. “This is an opportunity to give our fans the chance to make Nationals Park uniquely ours—it’s our park, our team, our town and our time, and we want the hometown

crowd to be here to be a part of it.” The initiative received more attention in Philadelphia than in D.C. It was frontpage news in the Philadelphia Inquirer and a hot topic on sports talk radio. “The Nats, their manager and their fans are doing a lot of squawking for a team that has accomplished nothing,” said Glen Macnow, afternoon host on 94-WIP FM in Philadelphia. “Win a couple of games, show you’ve got more than just potential and get back to us.” The ticket campaign was just the start. Some of the Nationals then started talking trash in spring training. Manager Davey Johnson said he prefers his starting rotation over any in the league, adding that his top three pitchers match up with Philadelphia’s star-studded cast. There aren’t many who would choose Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann over Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels. But the Phillies weren’t offended.


» INSIDE SPORTS TODAY

P.13: Luck works out at Stanford pro day. / P.12: Louisville upsets Michigan State. / P.11: UNC coach still unsure about Marshall.

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The domino effect

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ON THE RHODE AGAIN

UConn heads to URI for the Kingston Regional

By Danielle Ennis Staff Writer

Mac Cerullo

The first domino has fallen. On Wednesday, word came out that Alex Oriakhi will transfer to another school for his senior year, setting in motion what will likely be a series of similar announcements in the coming weeks. According to his father, Oriakhi is transferring because of the looming postseason ban, and since the school’s penalty for low academic performance encompasses the remainder of his eligibility, he will be able to transfer without having to sit out a year. It’s not clear where he’ll go next, but the only sure thing is that he won’t be allowed to transfer to another Big East school. Beyond that, nothing is certain. Given the circumstances, I can respect Oriakhi’s decision. When you’re a college athlete you need to have something to play for, and with the postseason ban next season, there would have been nothing left for him here. Despite his upand-down performance at times, Oriakhi has been a pivotal piece of the UConn program for three years, and the team would not have won the national championship last season without him. I wish him nothing but the best. That being said, it’s really a shame that it came to this. Alex Oriakhi would have graduated from UConn, and now he won’t because the NCAA is punishing UConn for not graduating enough players. How’s that for irony? The solution is aggravating the problem. It’s important to note that Oriakhi is a different story from Jeremy Lamb and Andre Drummond, who will probably be the next dominoes to fall.

» CERULLO, page 12

A Tebow disaster in NY By Darryl Blain Tri-State Sports Columnist

Mark Schlereth said it all in an interview on ESPN Radio with Stephen A. Smith. “This is going to be an abject disaster.” I don’t think I can say it any better. The locker room ended the season last year in a state of complete disarray. The star receiver didn’t like the quarterback, the lineman didn’t like the receiver, the third string quarterback wouldn’t keep his mouth shut, the seasoned hall-of-fame running back said it was the worst locker room he’s ever seen, and to top it off, the head coach had no control over what was happening. Now the circus is plus one. New York, welcome Tim Tebow: the sports media’s subject numero uno. Cornerback Antonio Cromartie said before the deal was even done, “We don’t need Tebow. We sell out every home game let him go to Jacksonville Tampa or Miami. Our wildcat offense can b [sic] ran by J. Kerley or Joe McKnight we straight [sic].” When he is your voice of reason you have true problems. But he’s right. All Tebow will do is run an overrated style of offense that the Jets can’t run effectively in the first place.

» BLAIN, page 12

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After a rout in their second round game against Kansas State, the Huskies travel to Kingston, Rhode Island for a Sweet 16 match-up vs. No. 4 Penn State. Tip-off is set for 4:34 p.m. The Lady Lions defeated LSU 90-80 in the second round to advance to the regionals. This is the first Sweet 16 appearance for Penn State since 2004. Last year at this time, the Huskies were set to take on their conference rival Georgetown. Both teams had the advantage of having played each other twice prior to the NCAA tournament. Facing a Big Ten 31-4, 13-3 opponent they haven’t yet seen in-season means less is known about their opponent when heading onto the court. “I like that they don’t know as much about us as those teams did 26-6, 13-3 last year. And we don’t know as much about Sun., 4:34 p.m., them as I’d like to know, ESPN2 but I like the fact that we know little because we Ryan Center can get caught up sometimes,” said Coach Geno Auriemma. “I’d like to think we’re not always an easy team to prepare for, so even though they have a week, I like that they don’t know us. I like it a lot.” The Lady Lions are led by Pennsylvania native Maggie Lucas, a sophomore guard who played at Germantown Academy, the same school that Caroline Doty graduated from. In their high-scoring win over LSU last week, Lucas scored 30 points.

UConn center Kiah Stokes handles the ball while being pressured by a Kansas State defender during Monday night’s blowout win over the WIldcats. This weekend, the Huskies will face the Nittany Lions.

» AURIEMMA, page 12

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

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» BASEBALL

Huskies begin their Big East schedule

By Matt Stypulkoski Staff Writer

The UConn baseball team will begin its Big East regular season title defense this weekend when it travels to Morgantown to take on West Virginia. The Huskies and Mountaineers will face off in a three-game weekend series starting Friday evening in the conference opener for both teams. While UConn won the Big East regular season title last season, West Virginia finished in seventh. In the preseason coaches’ poll, the Huskies were chosen to finish third this year, while the Mountaineers were pegged at 10th. But in the early-going, West Virginia has had the better start

to the season, getting off to an 11-12 start, while UConn has stumbled out of the gate and come into conference play with a 7-11 record. But the Huskies have momentum, as they knocked off Yale in their home opener on Wednesday 8-0; they got one of their best pitching performances of the season from Pat Butler and the offense was clicking. “If we play like we played [Wednesday] I think we’ll be in good shape this weekend,” Butler said. But going into the weekend, Coach Jim Penders has some decisions to make regarding who will be playing in the series. No. 1 starter Brian Ward is currently fighting through what Penders called “dead arm,” and is doubtful for the

weekend series. With that in mind, David Fischer – who normally comes out of the bullpen for the Huskies – is a possibility to start on Friday, though Penders said that is still not completely decided. Anthony Marzi will take the mound in the second game of the series on Saturday as usual, but the Sunday starter is also still up in the air, though it will be either Jordan Tabakman or Jared Dettman, according to Penders. Third base is also a question mark for Penders as the Huskies’ normal third baseman Tim Martin is currently sidelined with a shoulder injury. That has left sophomore Mike Friel and freshman Jon Testani in a platoon at the position.

» I DON’T, page 12

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LJ Mazzilli follows through on a swing during a game against St. John’s last season.

» LACROSSE

Rival No. 2 Syracuse comes to Storrs By Danny Maher Campus Correspondent

coming off an 18-7 win over No. 18 Towson. Syracuse’s only losses have come The UConn lacrosse team to No. 10 Virginia and an opens up the conference slate overtime loss to top-ranked tomorrow against one of the Northwestern. top teams in the country, No. 2 The only common opponent Syracuse at 1 p.m. at the George in 2012 the two rivals have J. Sherman Family shared thus far is Sports Complex. Boston College. Led The Huskies (6-1) by junior Michelle are off to one of the vs. Syracuse Tumolo’s 10-point best starts in the proeffort, Syracuse 1 p.m. gram’s history and are defeated BC 23-12 on on a four-game win Feb. 21. UConn’s lone Sherman streak including a loss on the season was Complex 17-4 in their last timeto BC, a 19-11 loss on out over Sacred Heart. March 2. Syracuse (4-2) The Orange swept enters the game with its the Week 5 women’s lacrosse highest ranking in program awards. Tumolo earned Big history, No. 2 in the latest East Offensive Player of the Intercollegiate Women’s Week for the second consecuLacrosse Coaches Association tive week after a career-high (IWLCA) poll. Syracuse is 8 points and 5 goals against

LACROSSE

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Senior attacker M.E. Lapham cradles the ball while a Quinnipiac defender draws near.

Towson. Junior Becca Block was named Big East Defensive Player of the Week after helping anchor the Orange defense that allowed less than 10 goals for the third time this season. Syracuse has only allowed more than 11 goals once this year and boasts a 9.49 goals against average. Sophomore Alyssa Costantino and freshman Kelsey Richardson have split time in net for Syracuse. The duo put Syracuse second in the Big East in saves and save percentage. The Orange are only behind Connecticut and junior goalkeeper Brittney Testa. Testa’s 66 saves are best in the Big East and her .545 save percentage is second in the nation.

» BOTH, page 12


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