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EcoHusky’s CIMA week sparks change By Katherine Tibedo Staff Writer
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As Climate Impact, Mitigation and Adaptation week came to a close this Thursday, Ecohusky members Tim Brogan, the advertising director of EcoHusky, and Skyler Marinoff, the current and EcoHusky treasurer, reflected on the unifying theme of education and cooperation throughout the week. The week commenced with President Susan Herbst signing a pledge to commit to the new amendments to the UConn Climate Action Plan. The commitment pledge was posted at the various events. Marinoff said many students
have signed the poster board. The UConn Climate Action Plan was finalized on Aug. 31, 2009, according to EcoHusky’s website. The plan developed an organization structure for addressing the problem of climate change and the ways in which UConn can reduce its impact on the environment. The recent amendment added a section on adaptation. Marinoff, a 6th-semester environmental engineering major, said in an email, “… the university can contribute to the modification of behavior to alleviate harms associated with climate change.” The week served as a way to bring the issue of climate
change adaptation to the student body with lectures, panelists and exhibits Monday through Thursday. Brogan said in an email, “UConn needs to do a better job showing off the positive steps it has taken toward sustainability.” He said most students don’t know many of the things UConn has done to make the campus more environmentally friendly, like single stream recycling, composting machines in several dining halls and policies that require all new buildings to meet strict efficiency standards. Wednesday’s interactive Eco-footprint exhibition in
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Paul Popinchalk of Celtic Energy, left, and Dr. Gene Lukens of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies speak at a Q and A session for CIMA week on Wednesday.
Climate expert discusses global warming
MILE HIGH SHOWDOWN Huskies face Fighting Irish in Final Four once again. SPORTS/ page 14 EDITORIAL: VETERANS SHOULD FEEL AT HOME AT STUDENT UNION The Veterans Oasis is a haven for students who have served. COMMENTARY/page 4 INSIDE NEWS: MORE AUTISM REPORTED, LIKELY FROM BETTER TESTING Estimate rises from 1 in 110 to 1 in 88 Americans with autism. NEWS/ page 6
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Michael E. Mann, one of the world’s leaders in climate science, came to speak at UConn’s Thomas J. Dodd Center about climate change and the controversial subject of global warming. As the final speaker in the Edwin Way Teale Lecture series this year, Mann gave the lecture “The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches From The Front Lines”. The presentation was titled after his recent book: “hockey stick” refers to the spike in global temperature during the twentieth century due to human interference. Mann broke down his presentation into three parts: explaining climate change, dealing with the political controversies surrounding global warming and considering steps to fix the problem. “The scientific case is straightforward,” Mann said about global warming. “We know that temperatures are increasing, as to be expected with the greenhouse effect.” He explained that global warming was no hoax, describing the phenomenon as “basic physics and chemistry.” After giving an overview of
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the science, Mann explained how his findings made him a target for criticisms from politicians.“ I got a letter from congressman Joe Barton,” Mann said. “Actually, it was a subpoena.” Many politicians called the credibility of Mann’s research into question. Other politicians defended him – Mann cited Sherwood Boehlert, a Republican from New York, as a major ally. “I wish we could have this worthy debate about the solution to the problem instead of this groundhog’s day debate about whether the problem even exists,” Mann said. Mann’s appearance drew in a large crowd, with a diverse audience spanning from older viewers to high school students. Both the Konover Auditorium and the overflow viewing room filled to capacity, and the fire marshal had to remove audience members standing in the aisles. “I’ve been accused of many things,” Mann joked. “But this is the first time I’ve been accused of being a fire hazard.” Overall, Mann was well received by his audience. “Mann’s lecture was just some reassuring evidence that climate change is indisputable, and he backed up all his points,” said Mark Tropochaud, a sixteen-
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Michael E. Mann explains climate change and debunks the claims that global warming is a hoax at Thursday afternoon’s final presentation in the Edwin Way Teale Lecture series.
year-old student at E.O. Smith High School. “He was very competent in what he said and he had proof. It was inspiring how he could fight through the political difficulties.” “I think he really did a good
Conn. universities seek to increase pedestrian safety
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The automated phrase, “Pedestrians, bus is turning,” now echoes across the University of Connecticut’s Storrs campus as a warning to pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers to steer clear of the 15-ton university shuttle buses as they make their rounds. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 319 Connecticut pedestrians were killed by motor vehicle crashes in 2010, a 42 percent increase from 2009. With increasing pedestrian accidents, university officials across the state are making an effort to improve campus pedestrian safety. As of March 19, UConn’s buses are equipped with Safe Tune Alert, an audio device that “talks” to students when buses are turning and tells drivers to
watch for pedestrians via speakers. The device, triggered by a turn of the steering wheel, is part of an initiative to improve pedestrian safety on campus. “If we only save one life, it will be worth it,”said Janet Freniere, UConn’s transportation manager. In March, 2011, UConn student David Plamondon was struck and killed by a student-driven university shuttle bus. Recently, the Board of Trustees has approved a $2 million project to improve pedestrian safety on campus, including sidewalk replacement, new lights, road paving and improvements to storm drainage and snow storage on Hillside Road, the road where Plamondon was struck. “I’d be lying if I said [the installation of Safe Tune Alert] didn’t have anything to do with [Plamondon’s death]. We wanted to show we’re doing something. At the same time, this technology
was not available at the time of the accident,” Freniere said. “It has been successful so far. Students are definitely reacting to them.” UConn isn’t the only Connecticut school to have a student death due to a pedestrian/ motor vehicle accident. In partnership with the city of Danbury, Western Connecticut State University has created the White Street Task Force, a committee dedicated to increasing pedestrian safety in response to a hit-and-run incident that killed a WCSU student last November. Dong Lin, a 19-year-old WCSU student, was struck by a car and killed while crossing White Street in front of the campus, according to NewsTimes. It was not the first time an accident had occurred there. In a little more than a year, at least
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job talking to a mixed audience and presenting basic history of the science and the history of the controversy,” said geography professor Jeanne Thibeault. “He gave us a good idea on how we need to work towards solu-
tions and get onto the debate that’s really important.” For more information about climate change, visit realclimate.org.
Democrats make tweaks to Malloy’s budget
HARTFORD (AP) — A Democratic-controlled legislative committee unveiled changes Thursday to Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposed budget for the new fiscal year, eliminating his proposed mass transit fare increases, delaying some state agency consolidation plans, and trimming funds from his public education overhaul initiative. Even though Malloy is a fellow Democrat, the leaders of the General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee said the panel takes “its budget-making responsibility seriously” and felt the need to make some changes to Malloy’s revised $20 billion budget for the new fiscal year that begins on July 1. Sen. Toni Harp, D-New Haven, the committee’s co-chairwoman, said lawmakers agree with Malloy’s focus during this year’s legislative session on revamping public schools, but not necessar-
ily the level of funding he’s proposed. The committee’s budget, which passed Thursday on a 34-15 vote, reduces how much is spent on “sort of vague areas” that are supposed to produce educational improvements, she said. “What we’re hoping is we can get started with educational improvement and have a clearer plan as we move forward. But we absolutely agree, we put money there, but just not as much as the governor has,” Harp said. Malloy’s plan called for spending nearly $128.5 million in funding for the Education Cost Sharing grant, the state’s main aid program for local public schools. That includes $50 million in additional new funding. The Democrats’ revised budget reduces Malloy’s total proposal for that program by more than $8 million, trimming funds from a new, competitive funding grant to schools, and additional charter schools.
What’s on at UConn this weekend... Friday: Medieval Studies Program 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Wilbur Cross N. Reading Room In a series of lectures throughout the day, professors will discuss Robin Hood through literature, history and music. The schedule of talks can be found at http://ece.uconn.edu.
Saturday: The 2012 MFA Exhibition Begins Today Benton Museum of Art This exhibition features paintings, sculptures, videos and more created by 2012 MFA degree candidates.
Saturday: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo 8 and 11 p.m. Student Union Theatre Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara star in this award-winning thriller based on the first book in Steig Larsson’s popular series. Admission is $2.
Sunday: Men’s Baseball 1 to 4 p.m. J. O. Christian Field Enjoy the spring sunshine while you watch the Huskies take on Seton Hall.
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National NAACP President visits Capitol
HARTFORD (AP) — The president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is urging Connecticut lawmakers to pass death penalty repeal legislation this year. NAACP President Benjamin Jealous met with Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy at the Capitol on Thursday. Jealous said his organization is eager to see the death penalty abolished across the country. He said Connecticut is a key state in the NAACP’s mission to bring death penalty abolishment to the U.S. Supreme Court. To do so, he said, 26 states would need to abolish the punishment. Currently only 16 have done so. Last week the General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee voted in favor of the death penalty repeal bill that would abolish the punishment for all future cases. The bill is awaiting further action in the House.
Conn. puts spotlight on state’s only native lizard
HARTFORD (AP) — Environmental officials are trying to raise awareness of a small, shiny lizard on the state’s list of threatened species. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says the five-lined skink is the state’s only native lizard. The department is encouraging people to learn more about the animal as part of what Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation has proclaimed as the year of the lizard. The skink is also found in Vermont and Massachusetts generally in steep, rocky areas with plenty of rotten logs and loose rock slabs. They can grow to 8.5 inches long and have dark stripes with gray tails. The lizards are threatened by the loss of their habitat and invasive species. Nature lovers are encouraged to observe them from a distance and report any sightings.
Utah teens’ naked run inspired by ‘American Pie’
OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Four Utah teens armed with a BB gun told deputies they were inspired by a scene from an “American Pie” movie when they went running naked through an Ogden-area neighborhood. Authorities said Wednesday the teens were spotted streaking in the residential community about 45 minutes north of Salt Lake City at about 2 a.m. Sunday. When a deputy responded, a 17-year-old girl ducked behind a tree, while the three teenage boys kept running and were found shortly after. The teens said they brought the BB gun because they feared they would be attacked by deer during the jog. Deputies notified the teens’ parents and let them off with a warning. The 2006 film “American Pie: The Naked Mile” features a high school student who wants to join a college campus’ tradition of running a mile naked.
Apple assembly line gets pay raise, fewer hours
NEW YORK (AP) — Chinese workers who often spend more than 60 hours per week assembling iPhones and iPads will have their overtime hours curbed and their pay increased after a labor auditor hired by Apple Inc. inspected their factories. The Fair Labor Association says Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., the Taiwanese company that runs the factories in China, is committing to a reduction of weekly work time to 49 hours, the legal Chinese maximum. That limit is routinely ignored in factories throughout China. Auret van Heerden, the CEO of the FLA, said Hon Hai, also known as Foxconn, is the first company to commit to following the legal standard. Apple’s and FLA’s own guidelines call for work weeks of 60 hours or less. Foxconn’s moves are likely to have an impact across the global technology industry. The company employs 1.2 million workers in China to assemble products not just for Apple, but for Microsoft Corp., HewlettPackard Co. and other pillars of U.S. technology.
Calif woman, 65, charged with assisting suicide
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A 65-year-old woman was arrested Wednesday on a felony charge alleging she helped an elderly man kill himself last year by mixing a lethal drug dose in his yogurt. Prosecutors charged Elizabeth Barrett with illegally assisting in the suicide of Jack Koency, an 86-year-old World War II veteran who lived in a nearby retirement complex. The motive for Koency’s suicide was not immediately released, but prosecutors said he was not terminally ill, bedridden or immobile. “People are to some degree conditioned to hear about these cases when you have an elderly person who is terminally ill, who is in pain, who has zero standard of living or close to it,” said Ebrahim Baytieh, senior deputy district attorney in Orange County. “This is not that kind of case.”
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Capital gets garden store for medical marijuana growers
(AP) — A company dubbed the “Walmart of Weed” is putting down roots in America’s capital city, sprouting further debate on marijuana - medical or otherwise. Just a few miles from the White House and federal buildings, a company that candidly caters to medical marijuana growers is opening up its first outlet on the East Coast. The opening of the weGrow store on Friday in Washington coincides with the first concrete step in implementing a city law allowing residents with certain medical conditions to purchase pot. Like suppliers of picks and axes during the gold rush, weGrow sees itself providing the necessary tools to pioneers of a “green rush,” which some project could reach nearly $9 billion within the next five years. Admittedly smaller than a big box store, weGrow is not unlike a typical retailer in mainstream America, with towering shelves of plant food and vitamins, ventilation and lighting systems. Along with garden products, it offers how-to classes, books and magazines on growing medical marijuana. “The more that businesses start to push the envelope by showing that this is a legitimate industry, the further we’re going to be able to go in changing people’s minds,” said weGrow founder Dhar Mann.
Workers puts on the finishing touches to WeGrow store in northeast Washington, Thursday, in preparation for its Friday opening. A company dubbed the “Walmart of Weed” is putting down roots in America’s capital city, sprouting further debate on marijuana - medical or otherwise.
Although federal law outlaws the cultivation, sale or use of marijuana, 16 states and the District of Columbia have legalized its medical use to treat a wide range of issues from anxiety and back pain to HIV/AIDS and cancer-related ailments. Fourteen states also have some kind of marijuana decriminal-
ization law, removing or lowering penalties for possession. Nearly 7 percent of Americans, or 17.4 million people, said they used marijuana in 2010, up from 5.8 percent, or 14.4 million, in 2007, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. A Gallup poll
last year found a record-high of 50 percent of Americans saying that marijuana should be made legal, and 70 percent support medical uses for pot. Marijuana advocates also tout revenue benefits, as well as cost and efficiency savings for not prosecuting or jailing people for pot.
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Video raises doubts about gunman’s story
MIAMI (AP) — Newly released police video of a handcuffed George Zimmerman may be important for what it doesn’t show: No obvious cuts, scrapes, blood or bandages. No clearly broken nose. No plainly visible evidence of a life-and-death struggle with Trayvon Martin. As the furor over race and selfdefense raged on in Florida and around the U.S. on Thursday, Martin’s family and supporters seized on the footage to dispute Zimmerman’s claim that he shot and killed the unarmed black teenager after the young man
attacked him. While cautioning that the video is grainy and far from conclusive, some legal experts agreed it does raise questions about Zimmerman’s story. The video was made about a half-hour after the shooting Feb. 26. “It could be very significant,” said Daniel Lurvey, a former Miami-Dade County homicide prosecutor. “If I were the prosecutor, it would certainly be Exhibit A that he did not suffer any major injury as a result of a confrontation with Trayvon Martin.” Zimmerman attorney Craig
UNH implements bold, permanent signage across campus from CONN., page 1 four people have been struck by vehicles and injured while crossing White Street, according to a Feb. 23 article published on newstimes.com. White Street is not owned by WCSU, but university representatives are collaborating with Danbury’s Engineering Department and city officials to make the road safer, according to Paul Reis, the vice president for finance and administration at WCSU and the co-chair of the White Street Task Force. On university roads, the task force has installed new signage and crosswalks, has lowered the speed limit on University Boulevard and
is encouraging the use of a pedestrian overhead bridge instead of the street, Reis said. “It’s an issue that we take very seriously,” Reis said. The University of Hartford took proactive measures to reduce pedestrian risks last year, according to Lieutenant Mike Kaselouskas of the Department of Public Safety at UNH. These safety measures include raised crosswalks that serve as speed-bumps, double-sided fluorescent signage, permanent pedestrian crossing signs and flexible signage. “We go above and beyond crosswalk requirements,” Kaselouskas said. “We’re being proactive.”
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Sonner said on NBC’s “Today” show that the footage appears to support his client’s story in some respects. “It’s a very grainy video. ... However, if you watch, you’ll see one of the officers, as he’s walking in, looking at something on the back of his head,” Sonner said. “Clearly the report shows he was cleaned up before he was taken in the squad car.” Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer in the town of Sanford, told police he shot the 17-year-old Martin after the young man punched him in the
nose, knocked him down and repeatedly slammed his head against a sidewalk. The Sanford Police Department video begins at 7:52 p.m., about 35 minutes after the shooting, as Zimmerman arrives at the station. It shows Zimmerman’s head and face as he gets out of a police car. There is no sound on the video. There is no obvious wound on his head or blood on his clothing, and there are no indications of a broken nose – which Zimmerman’s lawyer has insisted he suffered. He walks briskly, smoothly and unassisted.
Research about eco-footprint on display at Student Union from ECOHUSKY’S, page 1 the, coordinated by Marinoff, showed ways personal habits could impact the environment. Research done by students and professors on wide-ranging topics related to CIMA were also on display in the Student Union north and south lobbies. Overall, both Marinoff and Brogan deemed the week a success. “Optimism has permeated each event during CIMA week, every guest speaker remarked over the commitment to change that UConn and the Mansfield community has shown,” Brogan said. Students looking to get
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Ala. civil rights museum exhibiting lesbian photos
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Founded to teach about human rights and the fight for equality during the days of racial segregation, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is introducing a new topic: Lesbian awareness in the South. The museum opens a new exhibit Friday night featuring photographs of lesbian couples and families living in the Deep South. Some women are depicted arm-in-arm or embracing with their faces fully visible. Others who weren’t comfortable being identified publicly are pictured with their backs to the camera. Some photos include the women’s children. The 40 images are stark and plain. Shot against a white background, there’s nothing but the women and their kids to draw viewers’ eyes. Two women are shown in military uniforms with their faces to the side; two female ministers were photographed in clerical garb. The women are young and old; While one couple is kissing there’s nothing sexual about the photos, and everyone is fully clothed. Organizers say the exhibition is meant to encourage civil dialogue about inclusion and equality in Birmingham, once a flashpoint of conflict and violence in
the civil rights movement. The museum is down the street from the spot where firefighters used water hoses to douse young civil rights demonstrators in 1963. While lesbians are the focus of the exhibit, titled “Living in Limbo: Lesbian Families in the Deep South,” professional photographer Carolyn Sherer said her work also is meant to encourage greater inclusion for gay men, bisexuals and people who are transgendered. “We’re hoping to start a conversation about equality for everyone,” said Sherer. She has never before acknowledged her homosexuality publicly, but the exhibit includes a photo of her and her partner. Alabama is a deeply conservative state, and Sherer expects some “push back” once people begin filtering through the exhibit, located beside galleries that document the struggle for civil rights in the 1950s and ‘60s. School groups tour the institute almost daily. The art exhibition, which runs through June 11, is the first at the 20-year-old Civil Rights Institute to feature homosexuals. The longtime president of the museum, Lawrence J Pijeaux Jr., said Thursday he has received more
than 125 emails in support of the exhibit and just one complaint. “I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the reaction,” said Pijeaux. As he spoke, a museum director hung the final portraits ahead of the opening. Sherer, who grew up in Birmingham, said she was inspired to do something to encourage greater understanding and acceptance of lesbians after a friend died. The woman’s female partner met resistance from the family when she tried to get clothes and other items from the home the couple had shared, Sherer said. “That galvanized my resolve to go ahead and address my own identity as a lesbian,” she said. “This is really my coming out story.” Armed with an idea and a camera, Sherer said she approached friends in the lesbian community and asked them to let her take family portraits for display at the museum. “Most of my friends would not do this even with their backs to the camera,” she said. But a few did agree, and word of the project spread along with some of Sherer’s initial photos: Soon, the dam broke and women agreed to be
Photographer Carolyn Sherer looks at her group of photographs of lesbian families on Thursday at the Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham, Ala.
photographed. Anna Koopman said she and her partner, Hanne Harbison, attended a photo session with their 9-month-old son Amon after getting a couple emails about the project. Koopman said she and Harbison had to overcome some
initial doubts about being photographed as a family, but she is glad they did. “It felt really monumental. It felt really courageous on the part of the artist, and it felt really great for us to stand up and be seen as part of this,” said Koopman. “Who we
are is love and commitment and caring, and we were very excited to be counted in that regard.” While the downtown institute is best known for its focus on civil rights, Pijeaux said the exhibit fits its overall theme of promoting human rights.
More autism reported, likely from better testing
ATLANTA (AP) — One child out of 88 in the U.S. is believed to have autism or a related disorder, an increase in the rate attributed largely to wider screening. Advocacy groups seized on the new number as further evidence that autism research and services should get more attention. “Autism is now officially becoming an epidemic in the United States,” said Mark Roithmayr, president of Autism Speaks, at a news conference where the new figures were released Thursday. The previous estimate was 1 in 110. The new figure is from the latest in a series of studies that have steadily raised the government’s autism estimate. This new number means autism is nearly twice as common as officials said it was only five years ago, and likely affects roughly 1 million U.S. children and teens. Health officials attribute the increase largely to better recognition of cases, through wider screening and better diagnosis. But the search for the cause of autism is really only beginning,
and officials acknowledge that other factors may be helping to drive up the numbers. “One thing the data tells us with certainty – there are many children and families who need help,” said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the agency that released the estimate. For decades, the diagnosis was given only to kids with severe language, intellectual and social impairments and unusual, repetitious behaviors. But the definition of the disorder has gradually expanded, so that now “autism” is also shorthand for a group of milder, related conditions, including Asperger’s syndrome. Still, Melissa Miller, a St. Petersburg, Fla., mom whose daughter, Chelsea, was diagnosed last year at age 2, said many people misunderstand the disorder. “I think many people hear ‘autism’ and think ‘Rain Man,’“ she said, referring to the 1988 movie featuring Dustin Hoffman as an extremely socially impaired autistic man. “The autism spectrum is so vast
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and all of our children are different. Many of them don’t rock back and forth or have savant skills. They are sweet, affectionate, intelligent, goofy – and exhausting – kids,” Miller said. There are no blood or biologic tests for autism, so diagnosis is not an exact science. It’s identified by making judgments about a child’s behavior. Meanwhile, there’s been an explosion in autism-related treatment and services for children. In 1990, Congress added autism as a separate disability category to a federal law that guarantees special education services. School districts have been building up autismaddressing programs since. The CDC study is considered the most comprehensive U.S. investigation of autism prevalence to date. Researchers gathered data from areas in 14 states – Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah and Wisconsin. They looked specifically at
8-year-old children because most autism is diagnosed by that age. They checked health and school records to see which children met the criteria for autism, even if they hadn’t been formally diagnosed. Then, the researchers calculated how common autism was in each place and overall. An earlier report based on 2002 findings estimated that about 1 in 150 children that age had autism or a related disorder such as Asperger’s. After seeing 2006 data, the figure was revised to about 1 in 110. The estimate of 1 in 88, based on 2008 data, is about 1.1 percent of kids that age. The study also found that autism disorders were almost five times more common in boys, while a growing number of black and Hispanic children were also reported to have them. And an increasingly large proportion of children with autism have IQs of 85 or higher, it said — a finding that contradicts a past assumption that most autistic kids had IQs of 70 or lower.
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Veterans should feel at home in Student Union
very American citizen owes a great amount to those who have served in our military. In late January, UConn demonstrated a commitment to honoring young veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts by establishing the Student Veteran’s Oasis, a lounge for veterans who have returned home and sought to further their education on the Storrs campus. The lounge is a meeting space with a flat-screen television and three private study carrels with computers. There are many who may want, or need, to be in a place where they can share their experiences with others who can relate. In addition, the lounge offers relaxation and group counseling programs for those who may want to share thoughts about their service or work through any issues that they might have. On March 21, the university held an event to celebrate the Oasis, which had already become wildly successful among UConn veterans, many of whom had already been taking advantage of the seclusion and community that had developed there. The Student Veteran’s Oasis shows a very powerful commitment on behalf of the university to those who have served our nation. The Oasis lounge is UConn’s way of saying they recognize the position students are in when they return home from service and that they’re willing to help the process of returning home as much as they can. There are roughly 200 veterans studying at the Storrs campus and almost 350 veterans study at UConn plus its regional campuses. These students situations are, in many ways, drastically different from other students’. While this does not inhibit their ability to succeed and thrive in an environment of academia, it is important for the university to recognize any struggles they may encounter being back. The Student Veteran’s Oasis lounge is a UConn’s way of doing their part to pay back the debt that all citizens have to veterans of the U.S. armed services. The recognition of these students’ courage and worth ethic is something that should be highlighted much more often than it is. Unfortunately, that isn’t always possible. Veterans deserve a place where they can feel comfortable and be recognized for what they accomplish. Students should be proud, not only of their veteran classmates, but of their university for not neglecting an easily overlooked group of people. 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.
Is a single classroom in Monteith a montooth? UConn students are too cool for sidewalks. Has a professor ever gotten in the InstantDaily? I want to be the first. Talking buses, awkward library doors, it’s cold out. Can we get some work done now? I wonder if the InstantDaily cringes every time I send a submission. Like this InstantDaily if you’re tired. Comment if you’re wide awake. Share it if you’re out partying all night. You’re reviving me, bigs. Swedish pop music is nuts. Absolutely sick. Going to my last themed party of my college career tomorrow as Babs Bunny, I just felt like you should know. I’ve been in like 20 times...is there a magic number I have to hit before I get a response? That awkward moment when you’re sitting in class, hoping that no one realizes that you don’t have a bra on. Why isn’t Melissa Manchester the Spring Concert performer? Relieving stress with spontaneous dance parties. I really don’t know any other way. I’m so stressed. I’m going to drink my weight in alcohol now. It was nice knowing you, InstantDaily. Nothing tickles me bones like learning about how fast dirt sinks in water!
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Cameron’s voyage brings film back to its roots
arlier this week, filmmaker and director James Cameron became the first human in more than fifty years – and only the third ever – to visit the deepest point in the world’s oceans. And it was also earlier this week that the first photographs and video footage from the bottom of the Marianas Trench were released from Cameron’s voyage. It is difficult to believe that such a desolate and otherworldly underwater landscape as is found in the Challenger By Christopher Kempf Deep could exist anywhere on this Weekly Columnist planet – and it is perhaps even more incredible that ordinary people here in Storrs and around the world could share in Mr. Cameron’s adventure thanks to his decision to travel with video cameras. The first visitors to the Marianas Trench dove to the bottom in 1960 in a U.S. Navy submersible – but their landing on the ocean floor disturbed so much sediment that their view of their submarine surroundings was completely obscured. But Cameron did not encounter this problem. The short fragments of video footage that have so far been released are clear, earnest and utterly haunting – and in this way we cannot help but share in the wonder and astonishment that the viewers of the very first films felt in
the 1890s. Cameron owes a great, if unconscious, debt to Louis and Auguste Lumière, two of the pioneers of film. Their great innovation was to create a camera that not only produced a very sharp image and a lifelike frame rate, but also could record, process and project film anywhere due to its relative lightness – the Lumière brothers’ “cinématographe” weighed only 11 pounds. Because the 15-foot roll of film had to be cranked by hand through the mechanism in order to record, films were limited to a duration of about 50-seconds and, of course, were recorded without color or sound. The brothers believed that their invention would best be put to use in recording 50-second snapshots of actual events as they unfolded and show them to audiences that might not be able to see those events in reality. Accordingly, the first Lumière “actualités” depicted men playing cards, workers leaving a factory, a train pulling into a station and a snowball fight in a city street, among many others. The first directors were, however, limited not only by time, but by the fact that once they started filming, they could not change the camera angle, zoom in or out or pan side-to-side. Cameron shared many of these constraints from the limited perspective of his deep-sea submersible – most of the special effects, camera movements and animations that characterize his famous films are rendered impossible by filming beneath seven miles of water. In 1896, the Lumières sent out dozens of cameramen all around the world with their lightweight cinématographes to docu-
ment interesting scenes for production and distribution back in France. Many of these cameramen visited unknown locales in inhospitable regions and captured film of indigenous cultures, exotic landscapes and of multitudes staring with rapt fascination into the lens of the camera, preserving for humanity some record of an experience, a vantage point that could not be replicated as historical change swept the globe. Since the cameraman could control very little about the recording, what he captured on film was as close to a snapshot of reality as was possible. It is this century-old tradition of documentary filmmaking that I believe James Cameron’s dive into the Marianas Trench embodies and typifies. Far from his blockbuster productions “Avatar” and “Titanic,” the film from his voyage is silent, stark and overwhelmingly humbled by the limitations of his presence in the environment which he captured on film. We can only be thankful that because it was a film director who visited that strange and remote submarine frontier, we can gain some understanding of a place we could never hope to visit in person while sitting at a computer or before a television. But we must also share in his sense of the uncanny – seven miles below sea level, there is nothing available to stare into the camera save the reality of an absolute and unlimited darkness.
Weekly Columnist Christopher Kempf is a 4th-semester political science major and geography minor. He can be reached at Christopher.Kempf@UConn.edu.
Drug-free school zone reform is necessary
onnecticut law creates much stricter penalties for drug possession and sale if they happen within 1500 feet of a school, where it requires a mandatory minimum sentence of one or three years, depending on the exact violation. The areas within this radius are commonly referred to as “drug-free school zones,” which seem undeniably good at first glance. However, these policies in their current state are doing more harm than good – ensnaring casual drug users who are in no By Sam Tracy contact with Staff Columnist schoolchildren, wreaking havoc on inner-city communities and having the opposite of their intended effect in some cases. Connecticut should reform its drug-free school zone laws, shrinking the zone to 500 feet from a school, and only apply it when the school is in use by students for classes or extracurricular events. Many residence halls at UConn are actually in a school zone. Since E.O. Smith is nearly on campus, its school zone includes Buckley, Shippee and part of South. This means that if a student is caught with a small amount of marijuana in his or her dorm room, he or she can be
(and often is) charged for possession in a school zone. This carries a mandatory minimum sentence of one year, which is certainly too harsh for such a violation. While students often receive this charge, they are rarely, if ever, convicted of it – the harsh penalty leads most students to “lawyer up,” spending thousands of dollars on legal fees in order to have the charge dropped. Applying this law to people who just happen to live near a school, and are not coming into contact with schoolchildren while using or selling drugs, is a disturbing and unjust consequence of the current policy. While it is unfortunate that some UConn dorms fall within a school zone, the truly terrible thing is that almost the entire city of New Haven in a school zone. Due to its high population density, there are many schools throughout the city, located right near residential and commercial areas. Drawing circles with a 1500-foot radius around them on a map of New Haven creates an image of dozens of overlapping circles, leaving very little
untouched. This means that most people live within a school zone, and can be given a mandatory minimum sentence for possessing drugs for personal use in their own home. The ridiculous thing about all of this is that if everywhere is in a school zone, nowhere is. The entire point of drugfree school zones is to prevent p e o p l e from selling drugs to children, or using drugs near them. But if the same strict penalty is imposed throughout an entire city, then there is no reason for people to sell drugs right next to a school. Rather than reducing the amount of drug activity around schools, the existence of such huge school zones actually may be increasing the tendency of drug dealers to sell to minors. Drug-free school zones have a laudable goal, but need to be reformed in order to work. Shrinking school zones to a smaller radius, around 500 feet, would let the law accomplish its goals, by providing a stark
“... if everywhere is in a school zone, nowhere is.”
difference in penalties for drug violations near or away from schools. It would also reduce the collateral damage felt by people who possess drugs in their own homes with no intention of providing children with illegal substances. A current proposal in the state legislature, “S.B. 244: An Act Concerning the Enhanced Penalty for the Sale or Possession of Drugs Near Schools, Day Care Centers and Public Housing Projects,” attempts to solve the issues faced by city residents. The Act would shrink school zones to 200 feet, but only in cities with populations over 60,000. This would help reduce the collateral damage in cities, but would not correct the issues at UConn or other smaller communities across the state. In order to be truly effective, school zones in cities of any size must be shrunk. This reform will go a long way towards protecting youth from being coerced into drug abuse, while also protecting responsible drug users from harsh penalties intended for those who sell drugs to children. Staff Columnist Sam Tracy is a 6th-semester political science and sociology double major and president of USG. He can be reached at Samuel.Tracy@UConn.edu.
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Charging students tuition based on major is wrong, unfair
ome universities have begun to use differential tuition instead of standard tuition. Schools like the University of Tennessee and the University of Virginia have noted that some degrees should be worth more By Fariya Naz than others. Staff Columnist Majors such as business, engineering, and nursing have a higher pay back tendency than other disciplines such as philosophy. Differential tuition would force students who are taking a major geared towards a well-paying career to pay more tuition fees. Although this idea certainly has its merits, there are too many technicalities for this to be considered a good alternative. When students come to college, more than half of them do not know what they want to do
and many change their majors at least once. It would not be fair to charge someone a lower fee if he or she fulfills classes needed for a major that is worth more. If that were the case, I could come to an institution under a cheap major, take all of the gen eds that I would need to become an engineer, perhaps, and switch my major right before graduating. They might charge me extra for switching, but it would still be cheaper. Along with that, there is no guarantee in the job market. They say nurses and engineers have secure jobs, but the competition is always increasing and outsourcing anything technology related has become a norm in our day. If I pay extra to major in business because I know there is a demand for it now, there is a chance that four years from now, when I receive my degree, the need for business majors might
be dead. In fact, there might be so many business majors that I cannot get a job or afford the loans I took out to pay for college. Futures are worth investing in, but specifying which majors should have to pay more should depend on something else. It might be a better idea to charge a graduation fee depending on the demand of the degree that one is graduating with. Perhaps students who earned poor grades in high school, but somehow made it into college, should have to pay more since the alternative is true—students with good grades in high school receive scholarships and sometimes do not pay anything to be here. Also, there are higher chances of students giving up on becoming engineers or nurses because it is too difficult. They might switch their majors and will have paid extra just to end up
» LETTERS TO THE EDITOR On the Trayvon Martin case
As is true with other developing news stories, the reading public and the news media must be careful not to
jump to conclusions in the Trayvon Martin case. Particularly concerning about this situation is that facts seem so scarce. Major news outlets, CNN among them, cite “reports” by other news agencies which themselves cite alleged statements by unnamed “authorities” upon
without a job at the end. There are many ways for students to lose with differential tuition and if the students lose, the universities also lose.
“They might charge me extra for switching, but it would still be cheaper.” Needless to say, one cannot put a price on education. However, it is possible that some students’ educations are more valuable than others’. One cannot expect to make the same kind of money as a puppeteer as a doctor. Hypothetically speaking, why should the puppetry major pay expensive tuition so that the premed student can have the best faculty and hands
which conclusions about the shooting are based. These news agencies have propagated the story that George Zimmerman chased down Martin and then killed him in cold blood (read: because he was black), a scenario yet to be corroborated by witness testimony, police reports, or any other means. CNN has referred to Zimmerman as Martin’s “assailant” while failing to cite any authoritative evidence to prove that Zimmerman “assailed” Martin and
on experience in state of the art labs? Further, puppetry instructors will not be paid as much as the nursing, business and engineering professors. It is not fair that someone pays extra to enhance the education of someone else while he gets left behind in the dust. Differential tuition will not be good for America as a whole. I might be talented at math and science and I might aspire to be an engineer or doctor, but I cannot afford it. This might hinder my decision making when I get to college. I will have no choice but to choose a more affordable major. America will lose many engineers this way. The best way for college tuition to be fair is to take into account the average salary that comes with the career opportunity of various programs. If the puppeteer is going to make less, he should pay what he can
was not defending himself. Columnist Jimmy Onofrio?s March 27 article (“Martin rally protests Totally rad mentions a petition against racism”), circulated by Al Sharpton with millions of signatures on it calling for George Zimmerman’s arrest. We do not live in a society where the many have license to tyrannize the few, where a vicious mob mentality and waving pitchforks are sufficient proxies for due process and the rule of law. If our Florida’s elected state repre-
afford. The wealthy businessman can afford to pay more to his college, and that is what he should do. Even then, the method for determining tuition would still be a grey area. What are the odds that we are going to end up with jobs in the fields that we graduated in? Business companies are looking for art majors who can think outside of the box to increase revenue with unique branding as an example. The system that we have now is working, but a better system would be the one that rewards us for challenging ourselves. College may be a business, but all good businesses know that in order to be successful, they must keep their customers happy and satisfied. Staff Columnist Fariya Naz is a 2nd-semester psychology and cognitive science double major. She can be reached at Fariya.Naz@UConn.edu.
sentatives have crafted a self-defense law that is not unconstitutional and the police enforced it faithfully and correctly in this case, then there is no cause for Zimmerman to be arrested, no many how many public opinion polls indicate that he ought to be. – Joseph Gasser President of the UConn College Republicans
» TOTALLY RAD/TOTALLY BAD
There might be no song in world history better than “Call Me Maybe.”
I don’t have TIME for a haircut.
It’s getting cold again, guys.
Deleting someone from your life that had to GO.
Finals await you.
Totally saw it coming
What’s the best April Fool’s joke you’ve ever played? – By Wynne Hamerman
“Saran wrap my friends’ toilet bowl.” Jon Abrado, 8th-semester communications major
“Putting a homeless person in my friends closet so that’s what he wakes up to instead of his alarm.” Lizzy McNevin, 8th-semester communications and sport promotion major
“Tie the sink hose so that when my roommates turn it on they get soaked and have to change.” Matt Gencarelli, 8th-semester resource economics major
“Turn the shower head facing out so it sprays the person when they turn it on.” Alexa Mach, 6th-semester elementary education major
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Rumors roil Haiti amid political uncertainty
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — One senator warned of a panic. Another said things were going to be hot. Neither gave any details, but that didn’t matter: Within minutes of their comments on the radio, hundreds of shops closed, schools canceled classes and seemingly everyone rushed home. Port-au-Prince, a city of 3 million people, abruptly shut down. There were radio reports of injuries in the scurry home and even a few shootings. This month’s scare was another example of how Haiti’s national grapevine, the “teledjol” – Creole for “telemouth” – can quickly add yet more chaos to this already messy country. It’s also a reminder of just how fragile Haiti remains a year after presidential elections marred by violent protests paralyzed the capital and halted reconstruction efforts following the 2010 earthquake. Haiti has long been vulnerable to radio-fanned rumors, driven by the lack of reliable information, widespread illiteracy and a government with a long history of being opaque. Now, there are new elements, including social media outlets such as Twitter adding to the fray, as well as what appears to be an orchestrated effort to undermine President Michel Martelly, who has been in office for nearly a year. “We take the teledjol very seriously,” said Marvel Dandin, a popular talk show host with the privately owned Radio Kiskeya. “Most of the time it has something true but you have to dig for it. You also have to confirm it.” The latest rumors – a product of political agitation, really – come at a delicate time in Haiti following Prime Minister Garry Conille’s sudden resignation last month because of behind-closed-doors sparring with Martelly. Rumors persisted for weeks that the two were on the outs; Conille, a newcomer to Haiti’s dagger-in-the-back politics, downplayed the disputes until he resigned four months
In this March 26 photo, fishermen listen to news on a radio as they rest in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The Caribbean country has long been vulnerable to radio-fanned rumors, driven by the lack of reliable information and widespread illiteracy.
after assuming the post. The gossip continues to churn as Martelly looks increasingly vulnerable. The first-time politician enjoys the backing of international partners but seems to have only a few Haitian institutions under his thumb. He has no official prime minister and only a caretaker government in place and few allies in Parliament. The national police department is run by a seasoned official with whom Martelly has strained relations, Mario Andresol. Rumors abound that Andresol plans to resign from his post, a claim he has denied. Worried diplomats want a
prime minister in office. They also want the government to clear out several old army bases taken over by a motley band of armed men who hope Martelly will honor his campaign goal of restoring the defunct military. Internal security updates refer to the ex-soldiers and their young followers as “paramilitary elements.” The rumor mill functions, some say even thrives, in large part because the Haitian government has long withheld information, leading people to gaze in wonder at the political theater unfolding before them. Unlike previous administrations, the Martelly government cranks out
Hemingway shows soft side in newly public letters
BOSTON (AP) — Ernest Hemingway shows a tenderness that wasn’t part of his usual macho persona in a dozen unpublished letters that became publicly available Wednesday in a collection of the author’s papers at the Kennedy presidential library. In a letter to his friend Gianfranco Ivancich written in Cuba and dated February 1953, Hemingway wrote of euthanizing his cat “Uncle Willie” after it was hit by a car. “Certainly missed you. Miss Uncle Willie. Have had to shoot people but never anyone I knew and loved for eleven years,” the author wrote. “Nor anyone that purred with two broken legs.” The letters span from 1953 to 1960, a year before the prize-winning writer’s suicide. Whether typed or written in his curly script, some of the dispatches arrived on personalized, onionskin stationery from his Cuban villa Finca Vigia. The author also wrote from Europe, while on safari in Africa, and from his home in Idaho. The two men met in a Venice
This photo released by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston on Wednesday shows a portion of an Aug. 6, 1953, letter handwritten by Ernest Hemingway to his Italian friend Gianfranco Ivancich.
hotel bar in 1949, bonding despite a two-decade age difference because they’d both suffered leg wounds in war. “I wish I could write you good letters the way you do,” Hemingway wrote in a January 1958 letter from Cuba. “Maybe it is because I write myself out in the other writing.” Experts say the letters dem-
onstrate a side to Hemingway that wasn’t part of his persona as an author whose subjects included war, bullfighting, fishing and hunting. The Kennedy library foundation bought the letters from Ivancich in November, and Hemingway Collection curator Susan Wrynn met the nowelderly gentleman in Italy.
press releases, half a dozen by the day, but they contain few specific details. Government spokespeople seldom pick up their phones. “Too much is kept close to the vest when it comes to government regulations and policy decisions,” said Jocelyn McCalla, a Haiti-born political analyst and former director of the National Coalition for Haitian Rights. “Haiti’s not an open society and so information is power.” McCalla recalled how Rene Civil, a longtime supporter of two-time President JeanBertrand Aristide, announced on radio last month that the former leader was about to be arrested.
“Regardless of whether it’s true, for at least 15 minutes he’s got power,” McCalla said about Civil. Haitian officials said no criminal charges had been filed but the rumor proved useful to the Aristide camp. It likely galvanized several thousand Aristide supporters to rally two days later on his behalf in Port-au-Prince in the biggest anti-Martelly protest since he took office last May. It was also the biggest pro-Aristide demonstration since the former leader returned last year from seven years in exile in South Africa. Opposition leader and former Port-au-Prince mayor Evans Paul went on local radio Saturday to denounce what he
said were plans for the United States and other countries to arrest Aristide and Guy Philippe, the head of a revolt that exiled Aristide during his second term, in 2004. U.S. Embassy spokesman Jon Piechowski said nothing of the sort was planned. “This is totally baseless and ridiculous,” Piechowski said. The rumors are so prevalent that when something amazing does happen, people don’t believe it. When former dictator JeanClaude Duvalier suddenly returned from exile in France last year, many didn’t believe it even as he made his way through customs and the event was covered live on television. Perhaps the biggest piece of scuttlebutt engulfing the country is whether Martelly, a former globe-trotting musician who once lived in a gated suburb of West Palm Beach, Florida, holds dual nationality, which would make him ineligible for office under Haiti’s Constitution. On March 8, he sought to quash the rumors as he held aloft eight old Haitian passports. A bemused U.S. Ambassador Kenneth Merten looked on. “All the talk is finished,” tweeted Vladimir Laguerre, the government’s foreign press liaison. “You were asking for the passport, here’s the passport.” Still, that wasn’t enough to tame the teledjol that day. Sen. Joseph Lambert had already told radio reporters that Portau-Prince would see a “panic” within 48 hours. He didn’t say how he knew this and journalists didn’t challenge him. The outspoken Martelly critic, Sen. Steven Benoit echoed that sentiment, speaking just before Martelly led his news conference. “There are too many things that can happen in the next couple of hours,” Benoit told Scoop FM without elaborating. By then, thousands of people spilled into the streets. Traffic snarled to a standstill. Radio reports of panic-related injuries and shootings followed.
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A delightful performance Moscow Festival Ballet ‘effortlessly’ reinterprets Tchaikovsky classic Fit apps for fab results
By Deepti Boddapati Campus Correspondent
Thursday night, the Moscow Festival Ballet brought the classic “Swan Lake” to life for a full crowd at Jorgensen. The show started with the mellifluous composition of Tchaikovsky winding through the speakers while dancers mysteriously moved behind a purple curtain. The music rose and fell until suddenly, the curtain was whisked away revealing a bright scene. Dancers dressed in bright colour pirouetted to life on a colourful stage. It was a splendid court as the dancers celebrated their handsome prince’s twentieth birthday as the ballet’s story began. The dancers celebrated gaily, leaping gracefully to the swells of the triumphant music. The mastery of all of the dancers was evident in this scene. They pirouetted and jumped with grace and made the dance seem effortless. While Prince Siegfried is celebrating with his court, his mother, the regal queen, walks in. She tells him that his childhood has now ended, and announces that it is time for him to find a bride and start the next part of his life: one of a king. She presents him with a crossbow and leaves him to enjoy the festivities. He returns to the revellers and the audience is regaled by the antics of the skirt-chasing Jester and old Steward. Soon the celebrations are over as swiftly as they had started, replaced by the blue gloom of Swan Lake, and the Prince enters to test his new crossbow. While the Prince is wandering in the gloom, the evil magician Rotbart appears in a puff of smoke, unseen by the
By Lauren Cardarelli Campus Correspondent
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Members of the Moscow Festival Ballet perform a scene from Tchaikovsky’s 1876 work “Swan Lake”on Thursday night to a full crowd at the Jorgensen.
Prince. He menacingly follows the unwitting Prince until the Prince stumbles upon the ethereal, white clad Odette. Enchanted by her beauty, he follows her wandering the forest till he finally catches up with her and her many swan companions. Slowly he earns her trust until she finally tells him of their predicament. Haltingly, she tells him that Rotbart has cursed her and her companions to live as swans
unless the curse is broken by true love. However if one was to falsely promise her, she and her companions would be cursed forever. Moved by her beauty, the prince kisses his middle and index finger and raises them to the heavens, swearing that he will undo her curse. Overcome with joy, Odette and her companions dance with the Prince until suddenly it is sunrise and she is forced to flee before she
‘No boundaries’ in Tatara’s comedy show
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Comedian KT Tatara performs at the Student Union Theatre on Thursday night as part of SUBOG’s biweekly comedy performances. Tatara’s performance was characterized by race and gender jokes.
By Zarrin Ahmed Campus Correspondent Touching on topics like gender roles and race, comedian KT Tatara starred on the Student Union Theater stage on Mar. 29 as a part of SUBOG’s biweekly comedy performances. Tatara performs across the United States at college campuses, providing logic-based opinions on timeless topics like race and gender roles. He currently lives in Los Angeles where he frequently performs at comedy clubs. In 2006, Tatara was featured as one of the top “Faces of Comedy” at the world-renowned Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, Canada. He’s been invited back to the festival several times. In 2008, he starred in one of the festival’s comedy specials titled “The Colour of
Funny.” Making appearances on Comedy Central’s “Live At Gotham,” Showtime’s “Live Nude Comedy,” and shows like “Greek” and “How I Met Your Mother,” Tatara has made an impression not only on the standup comedy scene but on television as well. Tatara had no problem getting situated with audience as soon as he walked onto the stage, singling out late comers and putting them on the spot by asking questions like “What animal would you be?” and “What is your favorite ice cream flavor?” He also showed his confidence on stage by making jokes about his appearance and race: he pointed out how young he looked and the stereotypes associated with being both white and Japanese. As stated in his bio on
Tatara’s webpage, he addressed race with logic and witticism. Joking about how people try to avoid racism, Tatara pointed out the hypocrisy in being politically correct for one race but not for others. He made references to recent occurrences, like the Jeremy Lin “Chink in Armor” incident, and explained why he didn’t find that racist because he knew the origin of the quoted term. So although he spent a lot of time covering race, he wasn’t necessarily cracking racist jokes. “He has no boundaries,” said Tyler Palmese, a 2ndsemester history major. “He didn’t have any fear when telling jokes because things like race and gender don’t concern him. His entire bit
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takes on her swan form. The scene ends with the Prince bewildered at her abrupt departure with the bat-like Rotbart shadowing him ominously in the gloom. The ballet was gripping and fascinating, even to first time attendees. The physical control and grace of the dancers was marvelous. The choreography created by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov was perfect with the composi-
tion. Although there was no dialogue, the story was clearly presented in their gestures and expressions. The swan-like grace of Ekaterina Egorov, who played Odette, told the story of the cursed princess perfectly. Fifty dancers strong, the Moscow Ballet wove a beautiful tale and created an enchanting night.
Online magazine editor describes challenges and rewards of Internet Age publication
By Alexandra Ball Campus Correspondent Thursday evening, the UConn Creative Writing Program held an event called “Writers Who Edit, Editors Who Write” in the UConn Co-op. The featured speaker was Rebecca Morgan Frank, the founder and editor-in-chief of Memorious. org, an online literary journal. Additionally, Morgan has recently published “Little Murders Everywhere,” her first book of poems. In her introduction, Dr. Sydney Plum, interim director of the Creative Writing Program, said Morgan’s poetry was “Less like a beautiful girl than an avenging angel…it is nonetheless true that they will break your heart.” Her poems encompass a variety of subjects; some are about personal experiences, others focused on cultural topics and still others seemed completely abstract. However, all employ haunting and powerful imagery, which justifies the comparison to an “avenging angel.” Morgan also wrote a number of poems about religious and political upheaval in the Philippines during the last century, and said that her next book is entitled “The Last Time I Saw Manila.” She explained that she has family from the Philippines, a personal connection that is evident through the poems’ emotions. These poems have been praised by poet Marilyn Hacker, who called Morgan “a poet as sure in craft as historical vision.” When discussing Memorious.org, Morgan said, “The paths of editing and writing have been hand-in-hand.” She worked on college literary magazines as a graduate
student, and wanted to create that same sort of community of writers, readers and editors outside of a collegiate setting. Her decision to produce an online magazine was unusual at the time of its founding, and Morgan explained that this decision was motivated by a lack of funding. However, she wanted to ensure it could be taken as a serious publication. “I needed there to be readers, and I needed there to be opportunities for the writers,” she said. While being online has posed some difficulties, the rise of social networking has allowed them to reach more readers and contributors than ever before. Speaking to the students in the audience, Morgan said that through the Internet they have access to more opportunities to find internships or get their work published than ever before. Running an online literary journal is not an easy job, and Morgan admits that she has “learned along the way.” Despite challenges, Memorious. org has become one of the most prominent literary publications online, and was granted the honor of being the first online magazine to have an “anniversary reading” at the annual conference for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs. Throughout her presentation, Morgan emphasized that Memorious was not just created to as a way to share new literary work, but to also foster a sense of community. “Writing can be a very solitary process. When you invest yourself in others’ work, you’re on a larger roller coaster, and it’s much more fun.”
Like many, I’m addicted to my iPhone. No longer is it just a mode of communication, but technology has afforded my cellular device to act as my calendar, radio, connection to the social media world, confidant and, most recently, my training cheerleader. Who doesn’t love being complimented after a tough workout? Thanks to some recent downloads, I now track distances, progress, etc. with the swipe of my fingertip and can even brag to friends by linking it to my Twitter and Facebook. With all the health and fitness apps available nowadays, it’s hard to comb through the masses to find the best one for you. That’s why I’ve come up with a top five list for those techies interested in getting a little handheld fitspiration. 1. Nike+ GPS: I put this first because I personally cannot get enough of it. The Nike+ GPS app not only maps out your route, it also records your pace with accelerometer technology so you track your run’s progress mid-stride, as well as over time (it logs your best runs so you can break times and distances). Voice feedback updates you on how you’re doing every completed mile, plus you can create PowerSongs to accelerate through. Ps: It’s free! 2. Couch-to-5K: Just starting to get off the couch now that spring is finally here? This app is definitely for you. New runners, follow the training plan — motivated by a customizable, interactive coach — of 20 to 30 minutes, three times a week over a nine week span and you will be completing 3.1 miles in no time! The gradual progress is tracked in detail for you both on your phone and on Active. com. Exclusive discounts for local 5K’s are also offered. If that doesn’t get you moving, I don’t know what will! 3. M y F i t n e s s P a l : Logging your meals and exercise has never been easier. This free app and synced online membership supports any diet, has over a million items in their database and shares both tips and encouragement along the way. By creating a personalized diet profile, you can customize your goals, customize exercise routines (recording sets, reps and weight) and enter personal foods or recipes for easy tracking. Besides being featured in publications like Shape, Family Circle, New York Times and USA Today, MyFitnessPal was named Wired Magazine’s Editor’s Pick for Lifestyle Apps. Ok, so did you download it yet or what? 4. Fooducate: Created by dietitians and concerned parents, this app uses your phone’s camera to scan UPC barcodes to translate confusing manufacturer mumbo jumbo and analyze the nutritional panel for healthy grocery shopping. My favorite part of the Fooducate app is that it helps users make better choices by comparing products and presenting healthier alternatives. As their iTunes description says, “Fooducate is like having a dietician on speed dial.” 5. Fitness Buddy: Looking to change up your regimen and add in some new moves? How about over 1700
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LIFE & STYLE The Bucket List
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Drink Of The Weekend
Want to join the Focus crew? Come to our meetings, Mondays at 8 p.m. You don’t get the glory if you don’t write the story!
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Tremendously tasty iced tea trumps By Megan Toombs Campus Correspondent Have you ever sat at a Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts enjoying a tea latte or perhaps an iced coffee? I, like many of you, have. I started thinking about how many calories, grams of fat and sugar were in my chai tea latte. Even more than that, I wondered how much money we spend a week on buying coffee or tea at these places. So, I decided there must be a way to be able to enjoy these drinks in a healthier way and on a healthier budget. This is a recipe for my solution to this little problem we all seem to have: a homemade iced tea latte.
Train Surfing So far, all of the activities listed here each week are dangerous, but still perfectly legal. Train surfing adds an extra layer of extremeness to the mix: it’s illegal as well as life-threatening. This activity is as exactly as heinously self-explanatory as it seems: jump on top of a train, or grab hold of the sides, and hang out for dear life as the train roars down the tracks. If you’re particularly bold you can try walking around on top of the cars as well, or moving from car to car. Train surfing is an especially popular sport in South Africa, where it even spawned a 2010 documentary entitled “Surfing Soweto”. It’s also found most commonly in Indonesia and throughout Europe. To date there have been hundreds of fatalities and injuries from train surfing. Germany and the UK have been especially vigilant in attempting to dissuade youth from the practice by launching massive advertising campaigns. The Daily Campus does not endorse nor support train surfing in any way, shape or form. -John Tyczkowski
Retweet “Thought I was watching a Tyler Perry movie for an hour before I realized it was an unplugged TV set.”
-Megan Amram, writer and comedian
Camera+ This week I took a look at the “Camera+” iOS app from developer “tap tap tap.” Mindblowingly simple, and perhaps destined to be overlooked by the iOS device’s pre-installed camera application, this app is a small purchase for a lot of great quality content. The “Camera+” app is simply a much better camera application than the one that comes pre installed with iOS devices. The main draw of the application is its ability to keep a flashlight running while taking a still photo. This makes taking pictures in poor lighting easier. The flash for the standard iOS camera app does not constantly stay on. This results in blurry and unidentifiable images. The app also comes with some handy builtin editing and presentation tools. Adding a border is just one tap away. The app also includes a simple upload button and, unlike the iPhone’s preinstalled app, it allows simple uploads to Facebook. You can also add photos to your main photo library. The app’s only downside is its lack of ability to shoot video so it’s probably a good idea to hold onto the standard camera app for that. All in all, the “Camera +” app, at $.99, is a minor purchase for a whole lot of added convenience. I highly recommend it.
Time: 15 minutes Makes 4 cups Here’s what you’ll need: –3 tea bags of your choice (like earl grey or chai tea) –1 cup of boiling hot water –3 cups of cold water –Milk of your choice –Sugar or honey to sweeten
Iced tea is extremely easy to make at home, and will save you hundreds of calories, over 20 grams of sugar, and over 1 gram of fat less than a Starbucks iced tea.
Boil the hot water. Once the water is ready, pour it into a pitcher. Add your tea bags to the pitcher and let steep for a couple minutes or until you get the desired color and strength of tea. You can also use two tea bags if you prefer less steeped tea. On the other hand, you can use four tea bags if you prefer very strong tea. Adjust as you see necessary, but three tea bags for four cups worked well for me. Then remove your tea bags and add the cold
amongst young males. All three of these mediums also have the advantage in that they can do things literature can’t; primarily, they have visuals and audio. They also can be enjoyed with friends, and mobile devices now make it possible for them to be experienced outside the home. Another cause is marketing. Books hardly ever receive any form of advertisement. They seem to be the only industry that hasn’t utilized the commercial aspects of the internet, which promotes everything from prescription drugs to contractors. I’m sure a database of some kind exists, but it certainly is not well known. Quality also matters heavily to consumers and the only place where books are reviewed are in major newspapers, which also don’t catch the attention of young people today. The best form of marketing for books is word of mouth, which is exponentially less effective when fewer people read. It’s also very difficult to find a single book that one would enjoy. One walks into to a bookstore to find thousands of barely distinguishable novels,
with nothing to set them apart but a hundred word description and cover art. Time is also a contributing factor. School and work take up a large portion of our lives and much less time is left for solitary leisure than what used to be. Books are undoubtedly the biggest time commitment of any form of entertainment. When it can take up to 15 hours to finish a standard novel, some would consider it not worth the investment. The argument can be made that many video games take just as long, if not longer, to complete. However, video games have the advantage of being an interactive experience, whereas books are much more passive. Going back to quality, if one sees a bad movie, they waste two hours. If someone reads a bad novel, even if they don’t finish it, the time spent is much greater. There is also the matter of adaptations. The few books that do achieve widespread acclaim or popularity are quickly converted into films. “The Help” was available for only a year before production began on the movie. This
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water to the pitcher. I placed this pitcher of tea in the fridge so that when I was in the mood for an iced tea, I could simply pour the tea into a glass, add a couple ice cubes, a splash of milk and sweeten it with a little sugar. This tea is also nice because it will keep in the fridge so you can make it ahead of time to have when you want a cool, refreshing and caffeinated (or un-caffeinated if you prefer) drink. Making this at home will surely save you a couple dollars that would have gone to your coffee shop of choice and those dollars add up. What’s even nicer about this alternative are the health benefits. If you make this recipe and sit down with your serving of brewed tea, having added a tablespoon of milk and a packet of granulated sugar, your tea has just nine calories, 1.5 grams of sugar, and 0.1 grams of fat. Now let’s say you sit down at home with the same tea latte from Starbucks. Assuming you order a “short,” which is one serving of eight ounces and not a tall (12 ounces) or a grande (16 ounces), you will be ingesting 120 calories, 21 grams of sugar, and 1.5 grams of fat. The tea you can make at home has 111 less calories, 19.5 less grams of sugar, and 1.4 less grams of fat. Though we all run around and go to these places for coffee or tea because of time and convenience, it is actually more beneficial for your health and your wallet if you make that same drink at home.
Are books on the way out?
By Brendon Field Campus Correspondent
When comparing the habits of Generation Y to those of our parents and before, there are several distinct differences. One is that we do not read for pleasure as much as past generations. Books are hardly considered a popular form of entertainment among people in their teens and 20s, while a half-century ago it was just the opposite. So why do people today turn away from literature in favor of other mediums of entertainment? One of the more obvious reasons is competition. While novels competed with television and films for most of the 20th century, the latter two have expanded greatly over the past decade. Nearly everyone has cable or satellite TV and there is a channel to appeal to everyone’s specific taste. The current film industry now produces many more movies intended for a teenage audience. Video games have also been introduced and have almost become the staple form on entertainment
raises a valid question: why read a popular book when you know it will soon be a film, which requires much less time and effort to view? The flow of adaptation also seems to only go one way with very few novelization of film and television. Lastly, I think education system may play a role. Middle and high school, as well as college students have been required to read certain pieces of literature for ages, with the idea that students are supposed to learn from and also enjoy literature. But perhaps an opposite effect is occurring. If students are being forced to read book after book that they may not take pleasure in, and then having to analyze and write about said book, they may be turned off altogether. Combine this with the lack of marketing and existence of competition, our generation may be exposed to nothing but books we dislike without realizing there exists pieces literature that we would enjoy. Instead we opt for sources of entertainment that aren’t
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“Avatar” translates perfectly to graphic novel By Alex Sferrazza Campus Correspondent The television program “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” was a smash hit for Nickelodeon when it ran from 2005-2008. Garnering a large following of devotees, young and old, the persistent fan support convinced Nickelodeon to create a sequel series, “The Legend of Korra,” which premieres next month. Taking place more than 70 years after the original series “Korra” will no doubt be leaving some fans with burning questions in regards to the ultimate fates of the original series’ characters. This is why Nickelodeon has partnered with Dark Horse comics to create a graphic novel direct sequel to the original animated series. “The Promise Part 1” is the first in a trilogy of graphic novels that take place directly after the defeat of Fire Lord Ozai at the conclusion of the series. The comic
was written by Eisner Award winner Gene Luen Yang with direct story involvement from “Avatar” creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. No cheap third-party writers here, the story is the real deal. The comic starts off with some comic panel recreations of the very final scenes of the “Avatar” series, and soon skips ahead a year in time. The Fire Nation and Earth Kingdom are deciding what to do with the Fire Nation Colonies now that the war was over and Fire Lord Zuko is escaping assassination attempts while visiting his father in jail hoping to learn the location of his mother. The art of the comics is amazing. The style is simplistic, but at the same time, very colorful and inviting. The art style looks like it was pulled right out of the series itself. The plot itself, while obviously not as intricate as say “Watchmen,” is engaging and feels like an excellent extension of series. The storytelling is still
approachable enough for younger readers as it seamlessly weaves back and forth between dramatic, serious, comedic and humorous scenes. Some lines (especially from Sokka) remind me so much of the character’s dialogue in the series that I found myself hearing their voices in my head as I read the lines. In fact you may find yourself at times thinking you are reading the storyboards for new episodes. The art and writing are just that good. The comic suffers from a somewhat short length but it’s rather reasonable price point accommodates this. While it will be a tough read for the passive comic fan, it is must-read material for “Avatar” fans both casual and hardcore, who will appreciate it for what it really is: A love letter to the fans whose support has kept the series popular (despite M. Night Shyamalan’s efforts.) Here’s looking forward to Part 2!
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Trayvon Martin and the Hood of Suspicion By Jamil Larkins Campus Correspondent
By now, almost the entire country has heard the story of the tragic killing of Trayvon Martin. Whether conservative, liberal or undecided, every person aware of the incident has formed their own opinions. The social unrest and backlash this has caused in not only the African-American community but general American life has been unprecedented. Media and public officials have compared it to the killing of young Emmett Till. Even with vague similarities on the surface, it would be unfair to compare the two completely different eras of American history. We haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of evidence surrounding phone calls, witness reports or medical attention, but everyone in America knows one thing: Trayvon Martin was wearing a hoodie when he was killed that evening. George Zimmerman, the shooter of Martin, has gone on record as saying that seeing Martin walking through the neighborhood with his hood up at night made him “suspicious.” Public controversy surrounding this mindset has gone viral. Some people have even accused Zimmerman of committing a hate crime. If Martin was actually a young caucasian male named Timothy Martin, would he still be a suspicious kid wearing a hoodie? It would be completely unfair to make that assumption even though some citizens have questioned the racial undertone of this murder. I have been most intrigued from a social standpoint at how controversy surrounding one simple article of clothing has given a local murder national attention. Everyone has had their own opinion. Conservative journalists and television personalities Geraldo Rivera and Bill O’Reilly have both gone on record saying that it was both Martin’s fault and his parent’s fault for allowing Trayvon, as a young black teen, to wear a hoodie in public. On the other hand, celebrities such as Lebron James, Roland Martin and Jamie Foxx have taken to the internet to post pictures of them wearing hoodies to combat opinions given by people such as Rivera and O’Reilly. This correlation of hoodies to being “thug” and “crime” related clothing has been a socially constructed scapegoat for years. Have some individuals experienced robberies and crimes by people with their hoods up? Absolutely. Do some people wear their hood simply to keep warm or protect themselves from the rain? Of course. The term “hoodlum” had to come from some single person’s opinionated experiences, as does every slur, label, stereotype and insult. Both Muhammad Ali and Rocky Marciano wore a hood every time they stepped into the ring for a fight. From Mark Zuckerberg to Jay-Z, celebrities today have hoodies in their everyday fashion. Hoodies are being sold in Walmart, Macy’s and even at Neiman Marcus. Even in our own community, hoodies are a staple of teenage and college-age fashion throughout every racial and ethnic background. But why now? Why has Zimmerman and his public relations team pointed out a teenager’s hoodie as the simple cause for suspicion? The hidden face and the conceal-
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Judge ends Lohan’s probation, gives back freedom
Lindsay Lohan arrives for a progress report on her probation for theft charges at Los Angeles Superior Court Thursday. Lohan will update a judge on her progress on strict probation requirements that have had her doing cleanup duty at the county morgue and attending regular psychotherapy sessions since late last year.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lindsay Lohan’s days as a criminal defendant could be over — if she can behave herself. A judge on Thursday ended the longrunning probation of the problem-prone actress in a 2007 drunken driving case after a string of violations, jail sentences and rehab stints. The 25-year-old actress will remain on informal probation for taking a necklace without permission last year, but will no longer have a probation officer or face travel restrictions and weekly shifts cleaning up at the morgue. Lohan, wearing a powder blue suit and black blouse, let out a sigh of relief as she left Judge Stephanie Sautner’s courtroom, possibly for the last time. “I just want to say thank you for being fair,” Lohan told the judge. “It’s really opened a lot of doors for me.” The judge said she wasn’t going to lecture the actress, but gave her some parting advice.
“You need to live your life in a more mature way, stop the nightclubbing and focus on your work,” Sautner said. She reminded Lohan that she will remain on informal probation until May 2014 in the necklace case and could face up to 245 days in jail if she gets into trouble again. Still, the end of probation left Lohan looking relieved. She hugged her attorney, Shawn Holley, before leaving the courtroom, and was beaming by the time she walked past the rows of cameras waiting for her outside the courthouse near Los Angeles International Airport. Sautner’s regimen of morgue duty, therapy and monthly court dates helped Lohan weather the drunken driving case. The judge opened the hearing by calling the case “endless.” Lohan is now free to focus on her career for the first time since May 2010, when she missed a court appearance and was later jailed for failing to complete
the terms of her sentence. The “Mean Girls” star has struggled with the case and her career since the two drunken driving arrests in 2007. She had small appearances in films and did some modeling but came nowhere near her heyday as the star of Disney films and movies aimed at teens and young adults. Her career is already showing signs of a comeback. She is due to guest star on an upcoming episode of “Glee,” recently hosted a highly rated but criticized episode of “Saturday Night Live,” and is set to star as Elizabeth Taylor in a television movie. “Lindsay is already talking about her next few projects,” her spokesman Steve Honig wrote in a statement after the hearing. “She is ready to start the next chapter in her life and get back to work and doing what she loves to do — making movies.”
Author Harry Crews dies in Florida at 76
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Author Harry Crews, a hellraiser and cult favorite whose hard and crazy times inspired his extreme, but comic tales of the rural South, died Wednesday in Gainesville, Fla. He was 76 and had suffered from neuropathy, said his exwife, Sally Ellis Crews. “He had been very ill,” she told The Associated Press on Thursday. “In a way it was kind of a blessing. He was in a lot of pain.” Thanks in part to motorcycle accidents and nerve damage in his feet, he had walked with a cane in recent years. But his career remained active. An excerpt from a forthcoming memoir had been published in the Georgia Review and there was talk of reissuing his books, many of them out of print, in digital editions. He wasn’t widely known, but those who knew him— whether personally or through his books — pledged eternal; devotion. A wild man and drunken sage in the tradition of Charles Bukowski and Hunter Thompson, he wrote bloodied, freakish stories drawn directly from his own experiences, including boxing and karate. Crews sported a tattoo with a line from an E.E. Cummings poem, “How do you like your blue-eyed boy Mister Death,” on his right bicep under the tattoo of a skull. “My nose has been broken I think six times,” he said in an undated interview with the online magazine VICE. “For a long time I never knew which side of my face it was gonna be on from year to year. But I liked boxing for a long, long time and I like karate and I like blood sports. I like a lot of things that are really not fashionable and really not very nice and which finally, if you’ve got any sense at all,
you know, are totally indefensible. Anybody who is going to defend much of the way I’ve spent my life is mad.” Crews wrote 17 novels, including “Feast of Snakes” and “The Knockout Artist”; numerous short stories and novellas and the memoir “A Childhood.” He also taught graduate and undergraduate fiction writing workshops at the University of Florida from 1968 until his retirement in 1997. He liked to say that once he had written 500 words, he considered it a good day’s work. In a 1992 interview with Tammy Lytal and Richard D. Russell at Memphis State University in Memphis, Tenn., Crews said about writing, “If you’re gonna write, for God in heaven’s sake, try to get naked. Try to write the truth. Try to get underneath all the sham, all the excuses, all the lies that you’ve been told.” Crews was born June 7, 1935, in Bacon County, Ga., the son of a sharecropper. His father died in his sleep before Harry was 2, a tragedy that would haunt him long after. In “A Childhood,” published in 1995, Crews wrote about growing up in poverty and without books, except for the Bible. He remembered the shame of having to move around. “Ever since I reached manhood, I have looked back upon that time when I was a boy and thought how marvelous beyond saying it must be to spend the first 10 or 15 years of your life in the same house — the home place — moving among the same furniture, seeing on the familiar walls the same pictures of blood kin,” he wrote. “But because we were driven from pillar to post when I was a child, there is nowhere I can think of as the home place.”
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forced upon us and where we are allowed to choose. Is literature as a form of entertainment in an inevitable decline, or just doing many things wrong? It may certainly be the former, but I would hope not. If books can find a way to throw themselves onto the main stage and hold their own against films and games, they have a chance. Books are often called last century entertainment, and the times are beyond them. This isn’t true, and it’s up to the literary industry to prove it false.
was based around topics like gender and ethnicity, topics that many would view as controversial. However there was never a moment in which I felt uncomfortable because you knew that he didn’t care, which made me not care and therefore enjoy the comedic aspect of the jokes.” The second part of his act included jokes about gender roles, and he began by asking the audience if they thought men or women were more mature. After hearing the audience’s different responses, he shared that he thought both were equally immature but in different ways. Most of his jokes were aimed at how ridiculous women could be, since he “pays attention to women, not men.” Before he ended the show, he promoted his YouTube channel where he’s put up videos, music videos, and podcasts. He then serenaded to a female volunteer in the audience, singing a song about a couple’s one-month anniversary.
Literature’s problems due to decline or missteps?
Hoodies cause needless social suspicions and stereotypes from TRAYVON, page 8 ment of identity is one of the reason hoodies have caused so much suspicion socially. If that is the case, then everyone wearing dark sunglasses or driving with tinted windows should be labeled criminals or “suspicious.” Is everyone wearing a suit jacket and glasses a professor? Are workboots the automatic trigger to label someone a construction worker? Do some people see me as a criminal because I’m walking around campus wearing a black hoodie today? A single article of clothing was the root of both a viral injustice campaign and a key factor surrounding the motives behind the murder of an unarmed young boy. The country has been reminded that some people still judge and form strong opinions about others simply by how they look. No matter what the future developments in this tragedy play out to be, we as citizens must never forget that appearance still does matter in our visually sensitive and conservative culture.
Jokes about race and gender abound
App allows you to target specific body areas for your workout from FIT, page 8
exercises? This app offers that and then some, including HD videos. Simply pick an area you want to target, like core, arms or chest, and follow the detailed, user-friendly instructions. Like the previous apps discussed, you can track improvement along the way but what’s super sweattastic is the fact that you can build and save your workout routines utilizing any equipment imaginable. This is a workout buddy who definitely enhance your gym experience.
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Friday, March 30, 2012 I Hate Everything by Carin Powell
Super Glitch by John Lawson
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 an 8 -- The forseeable future is good for making changes at home. Set juicy goals for yourself. Pull together as a team. Whistle while you work, and feast after. Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is an 8 -- All of a sudden, everything starts making sense. Old puzzles get solved. Consider your friends’ suggestions, but it’s okay to turn down an outrageous request. Gemini (May 21-June 21) -- Today is an 8 -- A new assignment brings in new revenue, and the temptation to spend it all could arise. Rake in the dough, but count it first. Save some for repairs. Check for changes. Cancer (June 22-July 22) -- Today is an 8 -- You’re stronger and more confident. Meditate on the value of compassion. Come up with a new future vision. Others encourage you to a challenge. Travel later.
Procrastination Animation by Michael McKiernan
Royalty Free Speech by Ryan Kennedy
Nothing Extraordinary by Thomas Feldtmose
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Follow through on details for the next few days. Be sensitive to a loved one’s wishes. Invent a new story. It’s important to show you care. Call home if you’ll be late. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 9 -Things are getting fun. Friends want you to play almost all the time these days. The invitation says “dressy.” Invent your own style. New options surface. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Stay attentive, as new opportunities are worth listening to. Choose wisely. Tune out the static. You and a partner can win. Learn as you teach.
One Thousand Demons by Bill Elliott and Rachel Pelletti
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 9 -- The day promises to bring you many surprises, for the good and for the bad. Accept a challenge and learn from your failures. A loved one teaches you. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 9 -- Work on the chores that you’ve been avoiding but that you know you really ought to complete. You have a keen sense for finances now. Research the pros and cons before deciding. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is a 9 -- Work out strategy with someone who’s opinion you value. Logic is only one side. Clarify things by listing the facts. Look at emotional factors, too. New ideas arise. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 9 -- When it rains, it pours. Make the most out of publicity. Add efficiency to your work to withstand any storm. Don’t gamble or get distracted. Take advantage. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 9 -- You’re entering a romantic phase. Find a quiet place to complete your projects where you’re less likely to be disturbed. Avoid risky propositions. Keep your promises.
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‘Trust’ and ‘Calipari’ rarely share a sentence NEW ORLEANS (AP)—The words “trust” and “John Calipari” rarely turn up in the same sentence for a very good reason. Here’s why, beginning with the most recent examples and working backward. The Kentucky coach took a seat in the interview room Thursday at the Final Four and was asked how he gets his kids to play so unselfishly. That’s an impressive coaching feat with any team at any time, no matter what you think about Calipari, his checkered past or the way he recruits high-schoolers who are already NBAcaliber athletes and will never be students. But it’s even more impressive this season; even by Calipari’s exacting standards, these Wildcats are loaded. Freshmen Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist very likely will be the first two players taken in next summer’s NBA draft, and a third, sophomore Terrence Jones, could be gone before the middle of the first round. Three more—freshman Marquis Teague, sophomore Doron Lamb and Darius Miller, one of only two seniors—could be playing in the pros by this time next year as well.
Calipari began his reply by pointing out that seven different players led his team in scoring this season and that no one averages more than 11 shots per game. And then, as a subtle way of highlighting his own contribution, he also noted that those seven Wildcats now so willing to share the ball came into the program as the man on their high school teams, each averaging 25 points or better. Actually, only two of them did. It’s an easy thing to get wrong, yet Calipari does that often with set pieces. He starts with a fact, then embellishes it slightly, then the more times he repeats the story, the exaggerations grow like Pinocchio’s nose. The latest one would be easy to overlook, too, if it weren’t for his too-clever-by-half reply to a question a moment later. On Monday, two senior citizens—one a Louisville fan and the other a Kentucky fan—got into a fight at a dialysis center in Georgetown, Ky. The story made the local news that day and took off from there. With Kentucky playing its bitter rival in Saturday’s first semifinal, Calipari was asked about it Thursday, and
here’s his verbatim response: “Tell me what incident. I’m not, like, I don’t read, I’m not … A senior citizen at dialysis? The Louisville fan punched out a Kentucky fan? I’m disappointed,” he said finally, breaking up the room. Good stuff. But what’s really funny about it is that Calipari told his team about it two days earlier. Saving your best material for a wider audience hardly qualifies as a real sin. It would be easy to look past, too, though it does make you wonder what other stories he’s told, especially since Calipari pleaded ignorance when real sins were being committed at his two previous head-coaching stints: first at UMass, where the NCAA caught Marcus Camby taking cash and favors from agents; and then at Memphis, where the NCAA caught someone else taking Derrick Rose’s SAT exam. Both schools wound up forfeiting the Final Four appearances that Calipari led them to, pulling down banners already hanging in the rafters, vacating dozens of wins and handing
back some serious cash. He wound up with bigger jobs at higher pay in both instances. Those could just be coincidences, of course. And even those members of the profession who swear in private that Calipari is a cheater concede he’s the best recruiter in their ranks and a very good coach on the floor. He might have a tough time filling out a pickup game with peers who would be thrilled to see him win it all or even a dinner reservation with those who think this Final Four appearance—like the last two— won’t eventually be vacated. But if any of that bothers Calipari in the least, he hasn’t let on. He was a disaster during a brief stint in the NBA, but he’s carved out a very comfortable living and the biggest piece of turf in the college game by setting up what amounts to a finishing school for pro prospects. He gets kids to share the ball by letting them move it around until they get a favorable matchup, which is what the NBA is about every night and why, with all that talent, he still wins nearly every night at the college level. And he makes it all look so easy.
New IBM CEO revives Augusta membership debate
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP)—The appointment of a new chief executive at IBM has revived the debate over Augusta National’s all-male membership just one week before the Masters. IBM hired Virginia Rometty as its CEO this year, which could mean a break in recent tradition if Augusta sticks to its history of never having a woman as one of its roughly 300 members. The last four CEOs of IBM all belonged to the club. However, a woman has never worn an Augusta green jacket since it opened in 1933. “I think they’re both in a bind,” Martha Burk said Thursday evening from Washington. It was Burk who led an unsuccessful campaign 10 years ago for Augusta to admit a female member, demanding that four companies drop their television sponsorship because of the discrimination. Hootie Johnson, club chairman at the time, said Augusta would not be pressured to take a female member “at the point of a bayonet.” “IBM is in a bigger bind than the club,” Burk said. “The club trashed their image years ago. IBM is a corporation. They ought to care about the brand, and they ought to care about what people think. And if they’re not careful, they might undermine their new CEO.” Augusta National declined comment, keeping with its policy of not discussing membership. Billy Payne, who ran the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, took over as club chairman in 2006. He said that day the home of the Masters “has no specific timetable” for admitting women. The question was raised at the 2007 and 2010 Masters, and both times, he said membership issues were private. Rometty succeeds Sam Palmissano at IBM, which runs the Masters’ website from the bottom floor of the media center. According to a list published by USA Today in 2002, the previous three CEOs also were members— Louis Gertsner, John Akers and John Open. Johnson wound up doing away with television sponsorship for two years to keep the Masters’ corporate partners out of the fray. Burk doesn’t believe it should be that simple this time. “What IBM needs to do is draw a line in the sand— `We’re either going to pull our sponsorship and membership and any ancillary activities we
support with the tournament, or the club is going to have to honor our CEO the way they have in the past,”’ Burk said. “There’s no papering over it. They just need to step up and do the right thing. “They need to not pull that argument that they support the tournament and not the club,” she said. “That does not fool anybody, and they could undermine their new CEO.” Burk said she would not be surprised if IBM pressured Rometty to say she doesn’t want to be a member. IBM has not commented. “Really, I don’t think it’s her responsibility,” Burk said. “It’s the board of directors. They need to take action here. They don’t need to put that on her. They need to say, `This is wrong. We thought the club was on the verge of making changes several years ago, and we regretfully end our sponsorship to maintain her credibility and the company brand.’ “ The debate returns just in time for one of the most anticipated Masters in years. Tiger Woods finally returned to winning last week at Bay Hill and is considered one of the favorites, along with U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy. Eight of the top 20 players in the world ranking have won heading into the first major of the year, a list that includes world No. 1 Luke Donald and Phil Mickelson. Now comes a sensitive issue that dogged the tournament a decade ago, and might not go away easily. Augusta National does not ban women. They can play the golf course, but no woman has worn an Augusta green jacket, a status symbol in business and golf. Rometty is said to play golf sparingly. Her greater passion is scuba diving. The new CEO has been named to Fortune magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” for the last seven years, and was at No. 7 a year ago. She started with IBM in 1981. “We have a face, we have a resume, we have a title and we have a credible reason to do it that doesn’t involve Martha Burk,” she said. Burk said she is no longer chair of the National Council of Women’s Organizations. She had planned to step down until the first flap with the Masters began in the summer of 2002. Now, she said she runs the Corporate Accountability Project for the council, a project born from her battle with Augusta.
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Former Super Bowl MVP sues NFL
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49ers coach Jim Harbaugh talks during an interview at the NFL owners meeting in Palm Beach, Wednesday. Many former players are now suing the league.
Add 1992 Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien to the ever-growing list of former players suing the NFL because, they say, more should have been done to inform them about concussions and more can be done now to help them. The former Washington Redskins quarterback is among more than 120 players who are plaintiffs in a recent addition to the dozens of lawsuits pending in federal court in Philadelphia. Rypien has dealt with depression and has problems remembering simple things, including conversations with his girlfriend—so they record themselves talking. He said he had two diagnosed concussions during 11 seasons in the NFL, which included a championship with the Redskins, and stints with the Cleveland Browns, St. Louis Rams, Philadelphia
Eagles and Indianapolis Colts. But he also says there were more than 20 hits that left him feeling “not in touch with my body.” During a telephone interview Thursday, Rypien recalled absorbing a big hit late in a game—“You get dinged, and you feel your head ringing, and your teeth chatter,” he said—and then going to the sideline and being told by Redskins coach Joe Gibbs late in a game to run a play called “50 Gut.” “I go, `What? We don’t have that in our playbook,”’ Rypien said. “Of course, it was, like, a routine play that we ran time and time again. But I couldn’t remember. I was thinking of my high school or college playbook. My mind wasn’t in the right playbook.” And yet, Rypien said, he finished that game and then “was back at practice on Wednesday.
And there were no tests. … All those things add up.” Hundreds of players have been suing the NFL since last year in the wake of a growing body of scientific evidence connecting repeated blows to the head and long-term brain damage. Most of the cases have been brought together before a judge in Philadelphia. Rypien’s suit seeks medical monitoring for former players, so they can be checked for cognitive problems and then get proper care. The NFL has said it did not intentionally seek to mislead players and has taken action to better protect players and to advance the science of concussion management and treatment. “Hopefully, I can get some help in the next 10 years,” Rypien said, “so my quality of life isn’t relegated to something I don’t want.”
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UConn hosts Bryant next on tap for UConn first tournament of this season By Carmen Beatriz Angueira Campus Correspondent
By Jimmy Onforio Campus Correspondent
and am really looking forward to seeing how our varsity four’s and novice do since for many of them this will be their first The UConn womens rowing race of the season.” Only the team hosts its first home meet of varsity eight-boats traveled to the spring season this Saturday, the Murphy Cup and only three facing Coast Guard Academy boats raced at Miami. and Trinity College on Coventry Both agreed that racing at Lake in Coventry at 7:30 a.m. home provides an advantage. This is the third race for the “We’re all very excited to be team, after a match in Miami racing at home. over spring break It’s a great feeling and last week’s when all of our Murphy Cup in friends and famCamden, N.J. ily can come out The varsity and support us,” eight-boat was said Doolittle. At hoping to make the same time, some improveSanford-Wendry ments over last said, “2000 week’s performeters is 2000 mance, where meters, so I don’t they placed in think we’ll be the top 12 but —Coach Jen doing anything weren’t able to different from Sanford Wendry any other weekmake the final race. Coach Jen end.” Sanford-Wendry Current weathsaid that rough er predictions conditions on the suggest the teams lake this week prevented the might have to battle snow or team from getting in as much sleet in the early morning. If practice time as they would have not, the conditions are sure to liked. After last week, she was be cold and unfriendly. The considering shifting some row- weather didn’t deter Doolittle, ers between the first and second who said, “It should be a great varsity boats. Due to the lack day, and we’re looking for some of practice time, she said, “We wins across the board.” may end up with the same lineThe races in Coventry are ups from last weekend, reason open to the public and will being they have rowed together begin at 7:30 a.m. UConn will the most and will probably be also have a home meet next the most prepared.” weekend against Massachusetts Team captain Andriel at the same location. Doolittle said, “I feel pretty confident going into this weekend James.Onforio@UConn.edu
“We're all very excited to be racing at home. It's a great feeling...”
The UConn womens’ tennis is back on track and ready to take on Bryant University on Tuesday after starting the season with losses to Army and Stonybrook in the season opening games. They were defeated by both Marquette and West Virginia in Milwaukee, and then traveled to Cincinnati where they dropped matches against Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. On March 15, the losing streak came to an end, as the team obtained a 7-2 overall victory over Colgate. The women then traveled to California for spring break and swept No. 19 San Diego in a 5-2 victory. Back on the east coast, the team continued their winning streak, defeating Providence and obtaining their sixth straight victory over Seton Hall. The expectations for
UConn’s No. 1 tandem, Jennifer Learmonth and Maxene Weingberg, were set high, and despite the losses, the duo encountered many tough matches. In singles, senior Alexa Gregory demonstrated her dedication in her last season as a Husky. She struggled but fought for each point and each match. During the spring break trip to San Diego, Gregory claimed victories in her singles matches as well as in doubles play with her partner, Lucy Nutting. Back on her home court, she won against Providence and Seton Hall in both singles and doubles matches. On Tuesday, the women will face Bryant University in what will be their last home game of the spring season. In the past two years, the Huskies have been able to grab wins over the Bryant Bulldogs.
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UConn's Emily Herb hits a ball from the baseline for UConn. Next week, the Huskies face Bryant University Tuesday.
Rain suspends first round in Houston
HUMBLE, Texas (AP)—Angel Cabrera and Carl Pettersson took advantage of early tee times to beat Thursday’s rain and share the early lead in the Houston Open. Cabrera and Pettersson shot 7-under 65 in calm conditions to set the pace before the first round was suspended by a thunderstorm. Only 51 players completed play before the horn sounded at 1:27 p.m. Tournament director Steve Timms said the storm dumped about 1 1/4 inches of rain, leaving shallow ponds on many of the fairways. “You just can’t play under the rules of golf with that much casual water,” Timms said. Grounds crews fanned out across the course late in the afternoon, and Timms was optimistic that Redstone would be playable when the first round was scheduled to resume at 7:30 a.m. on Friday.
“Let it drain overnight, and it will be just fine,” Timms said. Ricky Barnes and Jeff Maggert completed their rounds in the morning and were one shot off the lead. Brian Harman also was 6 under, but had three holes left. Defending champion Phil Mickelson, Fred Couples and Ernie Els, who needs a victory to qualify for the Masters next week, were playing their front nines when play was suspended. The Houston Open became the run-up event to the Masters in 2007. Timms is hoping to finish the tournament by 5 p.m. Sunday to accommodate not only television, but also the players heading to Augusta. “We do everything we can operationally to hit that window,” Timms said. The morning groups enjoyed sunshine and calm conditions.
Pettersson birdied four of the first six holes, then reached the par-5 eighth in two and two-putted to reach 5 under. He added birdies on Nos. 11 and 15, then found the greenside bunker with his approach on No. 17 en route to a bogey. Pettersson missed cuts the past two weeks at Innisbrook and Bay Hill and blamed poor iron play. He changed his setup on the range Tuesday and hit 16 of 18 greens in regulation Thursday. “I felt confident with that, but that doesn’t always relate to good play,” he said. “But I felt like I was striking the ball well again, and I told myself just to play aggressive and shoot at the pins and see what happens.” The big-hitting Cabrera birdied three of the four par 5s, and rolled in a 22-foot, downhill birdie putt on the 18th hole.
Notre Dame and UConn well acquainted Scarlet Knights boast heavy offensive weapons from MILE, page 14
from HUSKIES, page 14
It was after this game that Auriemma questioned whether or not this team had the capability to grind out tough wins. After that loss, Auriemma likened his team to a type of fighter that wins only by intimidating opponents. He said that if his team punches, but the other team backs down, then the Huskies keep punching. But if the Huskies start punching and an opponent punches back, then they fall apart. “You don’t win championships doing that,” Auriemma said. Fast forward a month and a lot has changed. UConn stayed tough in two games in big spots, and Auriemma thinks his team has accepted the fact that there are no current legends to carry the mantle for them. If they want to succeed, it will be a team effort. “All of a sudden you look up and there is no Tina Charles, no Renee Montgomery, no Maya Moore, and you start to figure out that this is our team and we’ve got to win it,” Auriemma said after the Big East Championship Game. “Sometimes that is a
The only common opponent UConn and Rutgers have shared thus far is Fairfield. UConn beat the Stags 13-10 on March 10 and the Scarlet Knights defeated Fairfield 11-10 in their last game on March 24. Senior Ali Steinberg leads Rutgers with 19 goals and 19 draw controls. She is also tied for the Big East lead with eight free position goals. In the Big East opener last season, Steinberg scored an unassisted goal with six seconds remaining to down the Huskies 10-9. Senior Danielle Mascera has yet to record a goal this season, but is second in the conference with 16 assists. Midfielder Lauren Sbrilli has 15 goals, two of them gamewinners, in 2012. Junior Lily Kalata is in between the pipes for Rutgers. Her 9.59 goal against average is second in the Big East, and she has 48 saves this season.
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UConn guard Bria Hartley dribbles up the court as a Kentucky defender pursues her during the Elite Eight matchup Tuesday in the Ryan Center in Kingston, R.I.
scary feeling. You don’t know if you can do it or not. Tonight and last night, they weren’t looking for Maya or Tina or Renee. They looked at each other and said this is what we’ve got.” While UConn continues to play as a unit and prove itself as an elite team despite its youth, Notre Dame continues to play its best basketball of the season and will not go down easily. The Fighting
Irish defeated the Maryland Terrapins by 31 earlier this week in their Elite Eight matchup. Once again, these two teams find themselves playing one another in the Final Four. The stage is set, and once again, it’s going to be some great basketball. Last time it was Indianapolis. This time, it’s Denver. It’s on.
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UConn's senior midfielder Megan Lally cradles the defender with a defender close by. This weekend, the Huskies take on two Big East opponents.
TWO Friday, March 30, 2012
What's Next Home game
The Daily Question Q : “Who will win the NCAA women’s basketball national championship?” A : “If Danny Almonte can’t win a title, Griner can’t either. Huskies got it.” –Brian Zahn, Associate Managing Editor.
» That’s what he said – Women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma on how he feels about the Huskies reaching the Final Four.
Women’s Basketball (32-4) Home: Gampel Pavilion, XL Center
April 2 UMass 3 p.m.
April 4 Boston College 3 p.m.
April 3 UMass 4 p.m.
April 6 Villanova 4 p.m.
April 14 Notre Dame 11 a.m.
April 20 Cincinnati 3:30 p.m.
Softball (13-11) Tomorrow March 31 April 1 Notre Dame Notre Dame Notre Dame 12 p.m. 2 p.m. 11 a.m.
Lacrosse (6-2) Today Georgetown 4 p.m.
April 1 Rutgers 1 p.m.
April 7 Columbia 1 p.m.
Men’s Track and Field Tomorrow 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 Today 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
Tomorrow Coast Guard Coventry All Day
This image taken with a fisheye lens show the Superdome Thursday, March 29, 2012, in New Orleans. The Superdome is the site of the 2012 NCAA Final Four men’s college basketball tournament.
Rowing April 6 UMass All Day
April 14 April 15 May 5 Knecht Cup Knecht Cup New Englands All Day All Day All Day
Men’s Tennis Tomorrow April 1 Georgetown Villanova 11 a.m. 10:30 p.m.
April 10 Marist 3 p.m.
April 12 St. John’s TBA
April 14 Sacred Heart 12 p.m.
April 5 St. John’s 3 p.m.
April 7 DePaul 10 p.m.
Women’s Tennis Tomorrow April 1 Georgetown Villanova 11 a.m. 10:30 a.m.
April 4 Rutgers 2 p.m.
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THE Storrs Side Baseball takes on Seton Hall and Final Four is in Denver By Carmine Colangelo Staff Writer Game to Attend: UConn men’s baseball vs. Seton Hall. Today, the Huskies will begin a three-game series against the Pirates with a double-header at noon. The Huskies bring a sixgame winning streak into this game after defeating Central Connecticut 7-4 on Wednesday. During this streak, the Huskies scored 59 runs in those games, averaging nearly ten per game. In his return to the line-up, second baseman Tim Martin hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the first. LJ Mazzilli, who started his second game in a row at shortstop, extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a single in the bottom of the fifth. The Huskies’ record now stands at 12-11. They are also 3-0 in Big East play and are looking to extend that against the 12-12 Pirates. The game will began at noon at J.O. Christian Field. Game to Follow: UConn women’s basketball vs. Notre Dame. The Huskies have made it to their fifth straight Final Four this year and will face their
Big East rival Fighting Irish on Sunday. The Huskies defeated Kentucky 80-65 on Tuesday, winning their 13th regional title. Guard Tiffany Hayes led the top-seeded Huskies with a game-high 22 points to go along with eight rebounds and three steals. Center Stefanie Dolson added 13 points to go along with eight rebounds, five assists and three blocks. The Huskies will now travel to Denver, Colo. to take on the Irish for the third time this season. The Huskies dropped the first two meetings 74-67 and 72-59, but has won the most recent one, defeating the Irish 63-54 in the Big East championship. The game starts at 6:30 p.m. this Sunday and will be aired on ESPN. Number of the Week: 397. Right fielder Marissa Guches for the UConn women’s softball team currently has a teamhigh .397 batting average. On Wednesday Guches hit her fifth home run of the year in a 3-0 shut-out against No. 30 Boston University.
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Mulkey diagnosed with Bell’s palsy
The stage has been set
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April 1 Notre Dame NCAA Tournament Final Four 6:30 p.m.
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“I would feel better about this team than any team I’ve had since 1991, our first Final Four team.”
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WACO, Texas (AP)—Kim Mulkey’s voice echoed loudly from the court as the fiery Baylor coach shouted instructions and encouragement to her players during their final on-campus practice before leaving for the NCAA Final Four. Mulkey had promised to make no changes in how she will coach the undefeated Lady Bears this week, even after learning that she has Bell’s palsy, a form of facial paralysis. And she showed it on Thursday, with her voice clearly audible from practice nearby as the team prepares for Sunday night’s semifinal showdown with Stanford. “When I smile it’s crooked and when I talk, and talk loud, the hollowness in my hearing is weird,” Mulkey said. “But it’s not going to keep me from hollering.” Mulkey disclosed the diagnosis before practice, unveiling and then discussing a potential distraction for the team. She said she first noticed a strange feeling in her tongue while in Des Moines for the NCAA regional last weekend. Things got worse Wednesday when the coach had what she described as a weird feeling in her mouth while eating, then saw in a mirror on her way to practice that her left eye was drooping and her smile was crooked. Concerned that the symptoms could be the onset of a stroke, Mulkey checked with team trainer Alex Olson, and he advised her to get immediate attention. The diagnosis of Bell’s palsy came after she saw two doctors and had an MRI that ruled out a tumor or a stroke. “I know that I will recover,” Mulkey said. “It will take some time to recover and it may get worse before it gets better.” Olson said Mulkey is being treated with anti-viral medication and oral steroids to reduce the inflammation of the facial nerve that causes the problem. It can take weeks or months for symptoms to subside. The Lady Bears are two wins away from their second national championship under Mulkey and the NCAA’s first 40-win season. In the other semifinal Sunday, also featuring No. 1 seeds, Connecticut plays Notre Dame. The Lady Bears left for Denver after practice Thursday. Baylor advanced to the Final Four, its second in three years, with a 77-58 win over Tennessee and coach Pat Summitt on Monday night. Summitt announced in August she had early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type. It is unclear if the 59-year-old Summitt, whose 1,098 career victories are the most by any coach in NCAA basketball history, will return for a 39th season.
Smaller shortstops coming back en vogue in MLB MINNEAPOLIS (AP)—It was the summer of 2002, and shortstops ruled Major League Baseball. Joe Torre, who managed the New York Yankees at the time and was in charge of picking the American League reserves for that summer’s All-Star game, looked at a new breed of big, power-hitting shortstop that was revolutionizing the position and couldn’t seem to choose one over the other. So he chose them all. Texas Rangers star Alex Rodriguez was voted a starter by the fans, and Torre added Derek Jeter, Oakland’s Miguel Tejada and Boston’s Nomar Garciaparra to the roster. He then threw in slick-fielding veteran Omar Vizquel—the lone Cleveland Indian on the team and the only traditional player at his position— giving Torre an unheard of five shortstops in the game. “It’s pretty exciting that you can take five shortstops and realize what offensive forces they are, in addition to their defensive skill,” Torre said at the time. The area of real estate between second and third base had for nearly the entirety of MLB’s long and storied history been occupied by little guys with names like Pee
Wee, Pesky and Ozzie—quickfooted, sure-handed and not much of a threat with a bat in their hands. Luis Aparicio, all 5-feet-9 and 160 pounds (1.76 meters and 73 kilograms) of him, only hit 10 home runs and better than .280 once in his 18-year career. But he started more All-Star games at shortstop for the American League than any player other than Cal Ripken, Jr. Back-flipping wizard Ozzie Smith played in 12 straight All-Star games for the National League—with the Padres and Cardinals — without hitting more than six homers in a season. Sure there have been exceptions along the way—Ripken in Baltimore, Barry Larkin in Cincinnati. But many thought A-Rod, Jeter, Tejada and Garciaparra—all at their peaks at the same time— represented a sea change at the position, paving the way for bigger, stronger hitters to take over one of the most important spots on the diamond. Those four combined to hit 133 homers and drive in 468 runs that season, one of many power-packed seasons for the group from the late 1990s well into the 21st century.
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How’s it gonna work?
Friday, March 30, 2012
MILE HIGH SHOWDOWN
Huskies face Fighting Irish in Final Four once again
By Dan Agabiti Senior Staff Writer
Mac Cerullo It has long been speculated, but now the idea that the UConn men’s hockey program joining the Hockey East conference is starting to look more and more realistic. College Hockey News reported earlier this week that Hockey East officials were visiting UConn this week and that the school was prepared to commit additional resources to hockey. This news came after UConn hired a consulting firm to evaluate the program late last year, following the Hockey East conference’s decision to add Notre Dame as its 11th member for the 2013-14 season. I wrote back in January that I thought UConn and the Hockey East would be a great fit, and I still feel that way now. The issue now, as it was then, was where the team would play, and if the team would get the scholarships it will need to compete against Hockey East competition. Reports have indicated that upgrading the program would add $2 million per year to the athletic department’s budget, which would include the 18 scholarships necessary for the players. It has also been suggested that school officials would prefer to build a new on-campus hockey arena to replace the Freitas Ice Forum. The XL Center could be used as a temporary solution where the team would play bigger-name opponents while Freitas would host less-marquis home matchups, similar to the way the men’s basketball team splits its home games between Hartford and Gampel. If the school is willing to foot the bill and can raise the money, I’m all for it. The only problem is, where is the money going to come from? It’s not as simple as just raising the money, because right now the school is also trying to raise money to build the basketball training facility, as well as new stadiums to replace Morrone Stadium and J.O. Christian Field. Then again, Paul Pendergast has pretty much opened the floodgates of donations since he returned to UConn last summer. I don’t know how he does it, but the guy seems to have that touch that makes rich Nutmeggers want to throw millions of dollars at him. Just look at the $4-million dollar donation he got from the Werth family for the basketball facility, or the $3-million dollar pledge he got for the soccer field. The bottom line is, there are challenges that will need to be overcome, but the interest between the school and the conference is mutual, and if it can be done, the school will be better off because of it. Connecticut is a hotbed of hockey. We have a great athletics department and the resources to compete with the best schools in the country. Not only that, but we have great fans who have grown up with hockey and appreciate the sport. Hockey may never be as big as basketball here, but it doesn’t have to be. Just look at the soccer team – that program has cultivated one of the biggest and most passionate fanbases at the school and it does it during football season. There’s no reason why hockey can’t become the soccer of the winter season, all it needs to do is follow the soccer program’s formula. Reach out to fans, foster a great atmosphere and win. I think the Hockey East would be a great thing for UConn, and I’ll be looking forward to hearing something more official in the coming months. Follow Mac Cerullo on Twitter at @MacCerullo.
The city of Denver is not big enough for the two of them. Only one can reach the Championship Game. For the fourth time this season and the eighth time in two years, the UConn Huskies and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will face off against one another. Sunday night at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN, the rivalry continues. This will be the fourth time since last year that the two teams see one another in the postseason. The Huskies boast a 2-1 edge, but when you see a team that frequently on that high of a level, 33-4, 13-3 there’s no such thing as an advantage. The last time these two teams met was March 6 in the Big East Championship Game in Hartford. The Huskies bested the Irish 63-54. “We did something 34-3, 15-1 completely different Sun., 6:30 p.m., for the Big East chamthat helped ESPN, Pepsi pionship us change the game,” Center, Denver UConn coach Geno Auriemma said to the Hartford Courant. “I don’t know if we can make a whole lot of changes between now and then. In some ways, there is some comfort in knowing that you don’t need to prepare as much because you know them so well.” On Feb. 27, the Irish had beaten the Huskies 72-59 in a game where UConn completely collapsed late.
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UConn guard Kelly Faris drives to the hoop with a Kentucky defender guarding her during the Elite 8 game Tuesday. The Huskies face Notre Dame Sunday night in the Final Four.
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UConn to take on Seton Hall Pirates at home By Matt Stypulkoski Staff Writer
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UConn’s freshman outfielder Eric Yavarone drops a bunt during UConn’s game Tuesday against Hartford. This weekend, the Huskies face the Seton Hall Pirates.
The UConn baseball team will look to extend its current sixgame win streak this weekend as Seton Hall comes to town for a Big East weekend series. The Huskies pushed their win streak to six with a 7-4 home victory over Central Connecticut on Wednesday. That win brought UConn to 3-0 at home for the season, and the team will hope the trend continues against the Pirates. The last time these two teams faced off, Seton Hall knocked the Huskies out of the Big East Tournament in Clearwater, Fla. on the way to the tournament title. However, despite the two teams’ recent history, coach Jim Penders does not believe that revenge will be a factor for his Huskies in the series. “That’s last year. The uniform’s the same but the players
in them aren’t always the same,” Penders said. “Certainly there’s a little added incentive, but I don’t think we’re going to need that on Friday.” But Penders did say that UConn has a tough matchup with the Pirates as they play a style that has given the Huskies a challenge so far this season. “They can really, really pitch. we’re going to have to come out and try to get a couple early – we’re going to play for one run early,” Penders said. “They do a really good job of playing base to base, a lot like the West Coast teams that have given us some trouble in the past – we’ve got to be able to field bunts.” The good news for Penders and his team is that some of their injured players should be back and available to play in the series. Shortstop Tom Verdi has missed the last two games due to illness but should be good to start by Friday. LJ Mazzilli, who has been
playing shortstop in his absence, will be able to move back to his usual second-base position. The Huskies’ ace southpaw Brian Ward should also be back on the hill this weekend after sitting out last weekend due to a case of “dead arm.” David Fischer, who picked up his second win of the season in a start against West Virginia last weekend, will take the ball again for UConn on Friday, followed by Anthony Marzi on Saturday and Ward on Sunday. The Huskies (12-11 overall, 3-0 Big East) will look to keep pace with Louisville, South Florida and Notre Dame over the weekend, as they currently sit in a four-way tie atop the Big East standings with those squads. The Pirates went 1-2 in their opening series against instate rival Rutgers and are 12-12 on the season.
Huskies prepare for Scarlet Knights and Hoyas By Danny Maher Campus Correspondent After having their four-game win streak snapped Saturday against Syracuse, the UConn lacrosse team looks to get back on the winning track with a pair of conference road games against No. 13 Georgetown and Rutgers this weekend. UConn (6-2, 0-1 Big East) will look to rebound after their worst loss of the season at the hands of No. 2 Syracuse. Leading goal scorer M.E. Lapham was a non-factor in the 20-8 loss. She still ranks second in the Big East in goals with 25 and third in points with 33. Lapham is also just nine goals away from becoming the program’s leading scorer. Junior Chelsea Hauswirth has six goals and three assists this season and will play close to her hometown of Crownsville, Md.
Goalie Brittney Testa will look to rebound in this weekend’s games after allowing 12 goals in just 34 minutes in Saturday’s loss to Syracuse. She still leads the Big East with a 50.7 save percentage and has 69 saves. The Huskies will take on Georgetown today at 4 p.m. in Washington D.C. Georgetown (5-4, 1-1 Big East) defeated cross-town rival American University 17-11 on Tuesday. Junior midfielder Kelsi Bozel notched four goals and an assist to lead the Hoyas. Bozel has 19 points on the season and leads the team with 21 draw controls. Georgetown’s four losses have each come to ranked opponents. The most impressive win came on March 17, when the Hoyas handed then second ranked North Carolina their first and only loss of the season in a come from behind 9-8 victory.
UConn will try to slow down Georgetown’s Sophia Thomas. The junior midfielder has 21 goals, three of them game-winners. Thomas scored the goahead goal with less the three minutes remaining to defeat UNC. The attack is led by junior Dina Jackson and freshman Caroline Tarzian. The pair has combined for 31 goals and nine assists in 2012. Tarzian boasts the team’s best shot on goal percentage at 76.5 percent. Last season, Connecticut allowed Georgetown to score four unanswered goals in the final minutes of the second half and fell 14-12. On Sunday, UConn will head north to face Rutgers (5-3, 0-0 Big East) at 1 p.m. The Scarlet Knights will open up their conference slate Friday vs. Notre Dame.
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UConn senior attacker Kiersten Tupper cradles the ball during a UConn lacrosse game. The Huskies take on Rutgers and Georgetown this weekend.