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UConn alumnus and journalist shares personal experiences in Turkey
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UConn defeats Michigan State 60-54 to advance to Final Four
RIOT ON FAIRFIELD WAY
Masses of students take to the streets after men’s basketball Elite Eight win, one student arrested By Alban Murtishi and Kathleen McWilliams Staff Writer and Senior Staff Writer If UConn’s rise to the Final Four after defeating Michigan State was the catalyst, then the subsequent riot that erupted on Fairfield Way shortly after the victory was the reaction. While the celebration in Madison Square Garden erupted shortly after the game was won, it was around 5:00 p.m. when the on campus celebration began. The fanfare began at North campus, with UConn students tweeting pictures of muddied and shirtless fans cheering in front of North Dining Hall. The small crowd then made its way down to Fairfield Way, and at the center of campus, the sheer noise of the cheering students reverberated throughout the south end of campus. “When it got down to the last 2 minutes and they were neck and neck we started live streaming it on our computers,” Sara Walsh, 6th semester Political Science and Human Rights major. “After winning you could hear the entire campus screaming and cheering out their windows.” By 5:30 p.m. the scene had descended into an chaos. While the circular driveway in front of the Union and Gampel had become a shoulder-to-shoulder congregation, UConn police and security trailed the perimeter of the crowd. Students cheered “Final Four!,” “I believe that we will win!” and the UConn Chant. However, this school spirit was juxtaposed with chants of “Cancel school!” and “Flip the van!” referring to the News 8 van parked on the driveway. “As a senior, it was incredible to be with other UConn students on campus celebrating the Elite Eight victory-- it brought memories of when we won the 2011 championship flooding back,” Sarah Wylie, an 8th-semester Political Science major said. Throughout the riot, the air above the students was just as crowded as the ground they cheered on. Among the projectiles jettisoned from the crowd included beer cans, toilet paper,
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Top left: UConn Police arrested a student on Fairfield way, beside the student fires started in the celebrations burn. Top right: A UConn police office tries to control the crowd when students took to Fairfield to celebrate the men’s basketball win. Bottom: Students crowd surf in front of Gampel.
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By Tim Fontenault Sport Editor
NEW YORK – His teammates swarmed together at midcourt. The fans, a good 15,000 of them clad in blue, erupted into a scream that would have taken down the roof at Gampel Pavilion. And all Niels Giffey could do was separate himself, throw up his arms and let out a scream.
“We worked really hard over the last two years,” Giffey said, fighting back tears after UConn punched its ticket to the Final Four with a 60-54 win over Michigan State. “We worked hard even when we didn’t need to work at all right, after last season and throughout the whole last season, so that kind of gives you an idea of what this whole group is about.” This latest trip to the Final
Four, UConn’s fifth since 1999 and its third in six years, comes on the back of a postseason ban due to poor academic scores near the end of Jim Calhoun’s time as coach. The sanctions could have set the program back several years. Entering the 2012-13 season, Calhoun retired, Kevin Ollie was given a seven-month interim contract and five players transferred or declared for the
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NBA. That season, one that laid the groundwork for this Final Four run, started with a 66-62 win over the Spartans, and the Huskies have not looked back. “I had faith in my players,” Ollie said, now near the end of the first year of a five-year contract extension. “I had a great coaching staff, two of my coaches coached me and got head coach experience, and my
belief in God.” After Friday’s Gampel-like crowd willed UConn to an 81-76 win over Iowa State, an even bigger Connecticut contingency showed up Sunday. Multiple trains made their way from Union Station in New Haven to Grand Central in Manhattan with the UConn Huskies chant going all the way. That energy carried into the
Garden, and it sparked UConn’s early 12-2 lead. “It’s kind of unfair,” Napier said of playing at Madison Square Garden. “We come here and we plant a lot of seeds here. And our fans come here and as we always say, it’s like a third home.” The excitement of UConn’s quick start was short-lived, however, as Michigan State
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By Marissa Piccolo Staff Writer A University of Connecticut alumna was tired of reading news coverage of the conflict in Syria, so he decided to get closer by going to the Syrian-Turkish border. “I didn’t feel like I was getting a good or full view of the conflict from the media, so I went to see it for myself,” Diego Cupolo, CLAS Journalism ’06, said. Cupolo shared his experiences as a volunteer school teacher for Syrian refugees in Turkey at a UConn4Syria event on Friday. Cupolo, an independent journalist, said he likes to immerse himself in the stories he covers, in lieu of collecting quotes and sound bites from major media sources that may be biased and deceiving. After working in Latin America, reporting the history of nations that overthrew dictatorships a few decades ago, Cupolo knew that the same situation was happening in Syria now, and he was drawn to go. Cupolo volunteered for five weeks at a school in Reyhanli, an agricultural town and refugee camp on the Syrian border, for the organization A Heart for Syria. Along the way, he documented the personal accounts of refugees through writing and photography. While in Turkey, Cupolo was able to form his own narrative of
the situation. He said although the conflict started in the name of democracy and the Arab Spring, it is now a different war. Islamist extremists manipulating the revolutionary fervor to achieve their own ends and Kurds fighting for self-determination have complicated the war on multiple levels, he said. It is a grudge match between Saudi Arabia and Iran for Middle Eastern dominance that will shape the future of the region. In general, support for the opposition and rebel forces is provided by Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and the Untied States — while Iran, China, and Russia are on the side of Syrian leader Bashar alAssad. Yet when Cupolo was volunteering in school, it was not the politics that mattered, but the children he encountered everyday. “That’s the environment I was working in: just doing arts and crafts,” Cupolo said. He did whatever he could to distract the children, who he found were naturally as energetic and playful as any American child. As one of the only people at the school from a democratic nation, teachers asked him one week to lead a school “democracy” project to demonstrate to students what their government will hopefully look like after the
war. Democracy was an abstract Cupolo added that Syrian chilconcept to students, as Syrian dren were happier everyday they leaders banned talks of self-orga- came to school and were part of nization, however he said he suc- a community and a solid foundacessfully established the school’s tion. first student council elections. Throughout the presentation, Although Cupolo did what- Cupolo introduced the people ever he could through school he met and profiled in his book, activities to relieve some tension “Seven Syrians,” and said he was from the war that has been raging taken aback by their welcome. on for three “They invite years in their you to share the backyard, little that they he acknowlhave; it’s a difedged there ferent kind of was an undeh o s p i t a l i t y, ” niable empCupolo said. tiness some After hearing of the kids so many of their harbored stories as refuthat was difgees and politificult to concal prisoners, nect with Cupolo knew he and fix. He wanted to write occasionally a book to capture had to break the magnitude up fights Diego Cupolo of the content, between stucomplications CLAS Journalism ’06 and emotions in dents who were frusa way an article trated and could not. Syria psychologically confused. It was currently has the current largest common to see students back at refugee population in the world, school after relatives had been which is the largest since the kidnapped or murdered over the Rwandan Genocide. Refugees weekend. take space wherever they can find “What do you do when some- it, whether UN-funded camps one tells you this information?” such as the one in Reyhanli near Cupolo asked, “I’m like you. I the school, or even the remains came from UConn and never had of half-bombed buildings. much death in my family.” Nearly half of these refugees are
“I didn’t feel like I was getting a good or full view of the conflict from the media, so I went to see it for myself”
children, which Cupolo believes proves just how pervasive and long lasting the consequences of this war and Syrian displacement will be. “Refugees that come out of Syria are some of the happiest people, the ones stuck here are facing the worst circumstances,” Cupolo said. “Unless you have a gun, there is no place for civilians in Syria. You’re just in the middle of the crossfire.” The village Cupolo worked in was on the border Turkish border with Syria and although conditions were much safer in Turkey than in Syria, it was still a challenging place to be a photographer. Not only were locals suspicious of a foreigner holding a large camera, but it was difficult on an emotional level as well, he said. “We have some responsibility as humans who feel emotions,” Cupolo said, “When you see this stuff happening, that’s when I get angry.” Cupolo’s book, “Seven Syrians: War Accounts from Syrian Refugees,” which includes his photography as well, is available through Amazon. com, Barnes&Noble and other retailers. Profits form his book are given to the non-profit A Heart for Syria.
Huskies come out on top in close game
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answered with a 30-11 run that carried into the second half. Down 32-23, the Huskies looked like they were about to let a dream slip through their fingers. But UConn has been in worse situations before. After all, this is a team that had to play every game last season knowing that there was no light at the end of the tunnel. “That’s why we’re here right now,” said Lasan Kromah, who is playing in his only season with UConn – and his only NCAA Tournament – after three years at George Washington. After an Adreian Payne jumper put the Spartans up nine, the Huskies desperately needed a bucket that would end the run. Cue Shabazz Napier being a hero once again. Napier, who finished with 25 points, got the ball out of the timeout and pulled up, hitting a 3-pointer to cut the lead to six. UConn scored the next nine points after that – four of them from Napier on the foul line – to take a 35-32 lead with 11:49 to go. “Coach told us to keep our composure,” Napier said. “They made their run and it was time for us to make ours. And when Coach looks at me in a certain way, I just know I got to be more aggressive, I’ve got to open shots when my teammates got me the ball, and we just kept running.” It was a back-and-forth game from thereon out. The two teams got caught in trench warfare for the final 10 minutes, a defensive battle that
took its toll on everyone, especially Payne, who limped his way to the Spartans’ locker room after the game, and Napier, who had to come out at one point because of a bloody nose. “(UConn athletic trainer James Doran) felt like I didn’t need to have a little tube in my nose,” Napier said, “and I didn’t want the tube in my nose either. So I just went back out there.” Payne cut UConn’s lead to two from the foul line with 57 seconds left, but on the next possession, Keith Appling hit Napier as he went up for a three. It was Appling’s fifth foul and Napier’s chance to pad the lead. Napier hit all three to put UConn up five with 30 seconds to play, and after Travis Trice missed a 3-pointer on the other end, Phil Nolan put a bow on the game with a twohanded dunk at the other end. “It was a heart of a champion,” Ollie said. “It was a heart of a lion, and I love these guys.” The Final Four is not unfamiliar territory for UConn, especially for Napier, Giffey and Tyler Olander, who are now in their second. But even more familiar, for this year’s Huskies at least, is their opponent in the national semifinals, a team that has won 30 games in a row since Napier clipped them with a buzzer beater on Dec. 2. UConn and Florida’s seasons have taken two separate paths since they met that night at Gampel Pavilion. For one, two early losses in a new conference seemed enough to put
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Shabazz Napier pulls up for a jumper during the game against Michigan State. Napier led all scorers with 25 points.
their season to the sword early, though it made them stronger. For the other, 30 straight victories and a full, healthy team has made it hard to look away while they play the best basketball in the country. But the rematch is not until Saturday, and for Giffey,
right now is about living in the moment, and the joyous German does not want to escape that moment just yet. “It is a little early to think about Florida,” Giffey said. “I am just trying to enjoy this win and take it all in. I am a senior so I am not looking forward to
the next game, but I am looking forward to the experience. “I am living a dream that I was trying to accomplish when I first came to the United States. It is just unbelievable right now.”
Monday, March 31, 2014
Students light fires at riot “We were all smiles, soaked in beer, screaming our heads off, jumping up and down as the crowed raged on.” Sara Walsh,
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basketballs, footballs, bras, shoes and even crowd surfing students. Then suddenly, above the heads of the crowd an unknown hand was thrust into the air gripping a flaming copy of The Daily Campus. Another student proceeded to carry in more copies as fuel for the fire that would soon erupt in the center of the crowd. “At one point someone lit a rolled up copy of the new paper on fire like a torch, and like mosquitoes to the light we all gathered closer jumping up and down” The crowd began to disperse as the surrounding UConn police filed into the crowd in order to quench the flames and arrest the suspected arsonist. UConn police has yet to comment on the names and charges of the suspect. However, after the arrest, the crowd gained new energy and a rush towards the center of the smoldering remains began. Students began to circle the embers and wipe the floor back and forth ceremoniously. The ground was littered with the burning remnant of the paper and the crowd circled around it, got low and started to sway in rhythm as the energy built.” Walsh said. “Then all at once they surged in towards the left over burning mass. All sides of the circle coming together. We were pushed forward and packed so tight as people jumped and shoved all around, it was exhilarating terrifying.” After the fiery climax of the riot, police began to disperse the crowd, all of whom willingly left the scene. Although many students had been thrown up into crowd surfs, hit in the head with basketballs and beer cans and the one arrest, the actual riot had caused no major injuries or destruction of campus property. “We were all smiles, soaked in beer, screaming our heads off, jumping up and down as the crowed raged on,” Walsh said. For some, the exciting and sometimes terrifying event resulted in a new perspective of UConn culture and UConn sports. “Celebrating a UConn basketball win is as good a reason as any for me to ‘riot’-- but I also couldn’t help thinking that if the student body came out in full force like that in response to other events and issues, we could get some real change accomplished on this campus,” Wylie said.
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Students’ jobs pay off tuition at 7 work colleges
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CRAFTSBURY, Vt. (AP) — Many students spend years after college working off tens of thousands of dollars in school debt. But at seven “Work Colleges” around the country, students are required to work on campus as part of their studies — doing everything from landscaping, growing and cooking food to public relations and feeding farm animals — to pay off at least some of their tuition before they graduate. The arrangement not only makes college more affordable for students who otherwise might not be able to go, it also gives them real-life experience, teaches them responsibility and how to work together, officials said. “I love it,” said Melissa Eckstrom, of Philadelphia, who is an assistant garden manager at Sterling College in Craftsbury, Vt., where she’s studying sustainable agriculture. “It’s really satisfying to work in the garden and do all this hands-on, you know, dirty work — and I go to the kitchen and sit down for a meal and I’m like, I grew this. It can’t get more full circle than that.” With rising college costs and a national student loan debt reaching more than $1 trillion, “earning while learning” is becoming more appealing for some students. The work college program is different than the federal work study program, which is an optional voluntary program that offers funds for part-time jobs for needy students. But at the seven so-called Work Colleges — Sterling College, Alice Lloyd College in Pippa Passes, Ky., Berea College in Berea, Ky., Blackburn College in Carlinville, Ill., College of the Ozarks in Lookout, Mo., Ecclesia College in Springdale, Ariz., and Warren Wilson
College in Asheville, N.C., — work is required and relied upon for the daily operation of the institution, no matter what the student’s background. The students are then evaluated on their performance. “It’s a core component of the educational program,” said Robin Taffler, executive director of the Work Colleges Consortium. “It does not differentiate between those that can afford to pay for their education, from those that must work to cover their educational costs. And that’s a big deal. No student can buy their way out of this work program. So this essentially levels the playing field because everybody is doing a job,” she said. Eckstrom works up to 100 hours a semester at $11.10 an hour, so the pay helps with her school costs, she said. She also gets tuition credit for coming a week early for training before the start of the school year. “It’s all very helpful,” said Eckstrom, 23, who said she probably couldn’t have afforded to attend a school like Sterling otherwise. The average debt of Work Colleges graduates in 2010 was $12,121 compared to $27,710 for private nonprofit college graduates, $21,740 for public college graduates, and $33,050 for graduates of private, forprofit colleges, according to the Work Colleges Consortium. Sterling’s average loan debt is $16,800. Three of those colleges— Alice Lloyd, Berea College and College of the Ozarks — fully cover the cost of the tuition, through work, grants and donations. The schools save on operational costs by having students working on campus and running the daily operation because they
At Sterling College, enrollment was up 26 percent in the fall of 2013, while the rate of applications rose 38 percent from last March to now. The number of applications to Berea College has steadily increased from 1,362 in 2009 to 1,620 in 2013. The Work Colleges Consortium reports that 75 percent of graduates agree their college work helped prepare them for their first job and 84 percent said it helped them to get along with people with different attitudes and opinions.
Seventy-five percent of graduates agreed that their work experience helped them to understand the importance of service to others and 86 percent said it helped them to appreciate the value and dignity of work, the consortium said. Charles Elliott, of Huntsville, Tex., will be graduating this year, debt-free, from the College of the Ozarks, a private Christian school, called “Hard Work U.” He’s worked in the school’s restaurant in the kitchen learning how to cook, as a waiter in the dining room and at landscaping
and is now working in the public relations office. It’s taught him how to juggle his time between studies and work and given him experience that has helped in finding a job with a software development company. “I’ve had opportunities to work in four different places here on campus,” he said. Instead of looking like he can’t stay at a job very long, it actually shows “I’m getting much more experience in different fields,” he said. “It’s a really great thing.”
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque mayor said late Sunday that a protest over recent police shootings has turned from peaceful into “mayhem,” as officers in riot gear clashed with protesters who blocked traffic, tried to get on freeways and shouted anti-police slogans. Richard Berry said one officer was injured, rocks were thrown and at one point protesters trapped police in a vehicle and tried to break the windows, the Albuquerque Journal reported. Berry didn’t know of any arrests, and multiple messages left for the police department weren’t immediately returned. “We respected their rights to protest obviously,” Berry said, “but what it appears we have at this time is individuals who weren’t connected necessarily
with the original protest . they’ve porters took photos with smart- and held a sign that read, “APD: taken it far beyond a normal pro- phones. Activists called on vari- Dressed To Kill.” test.” ous city officials to resign, yelling “That’s what this police force Protesters took to the is about,” Elder streets in the early aftersaid. noon and stayed out late Albuquerque “We respected their rights to protest Sunday after authoripolice in riot obviously, but what it appears we ties declared an unlawgear and New ful assembly. People are Mexico State have at this time is individuals who angry over Albuquerque Police folweren’t connected necessarily with police’s involvement in lowed the 37 shootings, 23 of them marchers, and the original protest . they’ve taken it protesters were fatal since 2010. Critics say that’s far too many seen shoutfar beyond a normal protest.” for a department serving ing epithets at a city of about 555,000. officers. At one The protesters repeatRichard Berry point, a proedly marched the 2 climbed Albuquerque mayor tester miles from downtown a tall street sign Albuquerque to the on the city’s University of New Mexico, hold- late Sunday for the police chief historic Route 66 and unsuccessing signs protesting recent police to resign. fully attempted to bring it down. shootings and often snarling trafJustin Elder, 24, followed the A different protester, Alexander fic. Motorists honked, and sup- protest as a passenger in a car Siderits, 23, said he was partici-
pating because he was “fed up” with how police treat citizens. “It has reached a boiling point,” he said, “and people just can’t take it anymore.” The U.S. Justice Department has been investigating the department for more than a year, looking into complaints of civil rights violations and allegations of excessive use of force. The gathering came days after a YouTube video emerged threatening retaliation for a recent deadly police shooting. The video, which bore the logo of the computer hacking collective Anonymous, warned of a cyberattack on city websites and called for the protest march. Albuquerque police said their site had been breached early Sunday afternoon, but it was visible late in the afternoon after being offline
for hours. Earlier Sunday, police spokesman Simon Drobik confirmed the disruption was due to a cyberattack and said investigators had not uncovered the source of the hack. In the shooting on March 16 that led to the YouTube posting Tuesday, a homeless man was killed in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains on the east side of Albuquerque. The shooting was captured on video and followed a long standoff. The FBI has opened an investigation into the shooting. Last week, Albuquerque police fatally shot a man at a public housing complex. Authorities said he shot at officers before they returned fire.
In this Oct. 16, 2013 photo released by Sterling College, student Ezra Fradkin, of Amherst, Mass., works picking leeks at the Sterling College lower garden during the Fall 2013 AllCollege Work Day in Craftsbury, Vt. At Sterling and six other schools across the country are required to work as part of their education, which gives them a discount on their tuition, and some leave school debt-free.
don’t have as much staff, Taffler said. But that doesn’t mean the work program is inexpensive for the schools to operate. Some funding is available through the federal work colleges program but the schools must match it dollar for dollar. “So it is not necessarily an inexpensive program to operate,” Taffler said. The schools that offer full tuition do a lot of fundraising, she said. The “earning while learning” concept appears to have become more appealing to students as a way to pay for college.
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‘American Decency Act’ is homophobic and unconstitutional
arlier this month, conservative lobbyist Jack Burkman announced that several Republicans in Congress were planning to introduce “The American Decency Act of 2014,” which would make it illegal for openly gay players to play in the NFL unless the team “provides facilities for homosexual players which are entirely separate and distinct from heterosexual players.” This bill is unconstitutional and highly discriminatory and is anything but decent. Thankfully, it stands no chance of ever passing. All Americans should oppose it. One major problem with the bill is that it bans homosexuals from making a living in a certain way unless extreme conditions are met by the employer. Essentially, the bill requires segregation between homosexual and heterosexual players. Not only is this bad for the gay players, but it is bad for the whole team. Athletic teams build chemistry by using the same facilities and being with each other at all times. When Barry Bonds was still active in baseball, many of his teammates criticized him for frequently using different training facilities and refusing to be with the team except when absolutely necessary. Even though Bonds was one of the best players in baseball at the time, this hurt the Giants’ team chemistry and they never won anything with him on the roster. Even in 2001, when Bonds hit a record 73 home runs, the Giants failed to make the postseason. Granted, Bonds chose to use separate facilities and ignore his teammates, while homosexual players would be forced to, but it would still be detrimental to the team, not beneficial as Burkman claims. A more conservative political argument against the bill is that it interferes with the operations of a business. Republicans generally oppose intrusive government regulations in business, but that is exactly what this bill is. In fact, it is even worse than broad business regulations because it restricts one specific business. No matter what their views on homosexuality, true conservatives should oppose this bill as an unnecessary business regulation. If the bill does pass, it will likely be ruled unconstitutional almost immediately. Thankfully, there is almost no chance of that happening in this day and age. Attitudes toward homosexuals have changed significantly in the last few decades, and almost nobody would support banning them from an entire line of business. Openly gay NFL draft prospect Michael Sam tweeted that Burkman would “need a Delorian” to pass that bill, referencing the time traveling car from the “Back to the Future” movies. This bill might have passed a few decades ago, but there is no way it will pass today. The fact that the vast majority of society views it as ridiculous is a testament to how far we have come.
Pakistani insurgency poses threat to global community
s the final stages of the US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan approach, a Taliban insurgency within the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of neighboring Pakistan grows ever more dreadful. Pakistan’s FATA district, which is the eastern most province sharing a 1,640 mile long border with Afghanistan, is a largely autonomous territory predominately populated by the Pashtun ethnic group. In 2004, Pakistan’s dictator Pervez Musharraf sent the Pakistani Army into the FATA district By Dan Gorry for the first time Weekly Columnist since the country’s 1947 inception. The Pashtun people–who inordinately make up the majority of Afghanistan’s population and the Taliban’s membership –believe the Pakistani Army incursion is an attempt to subjugate the Pashtun tribes as they have never accepted the British imposition of the Durand Line, which split the tribes between two states. The ensuing conflict between Pakistani security forces and the Taliban has become known as the War in North-West Pakistan, and the elusive prospect of peace between the two sides poses a serious existential threat to the whole global community. The FATA district serves as the base of operations for the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which is commanded by recently elected Amir Maulana Fazlullah. The TTP provides shelter and logistical support for Mullah Omar’s Afghani Taliban as the frus-
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arms. They elaborate that the U.S. raid of Osama’s Abottabad compound has prompted the Pakistani military to begin transporting the country’s nuclear materials around in unmarked vans with the intent of confounding U.S. intelligence agencies, and you can probably guess how poor of an idea that is with an active insurgency spilling out across the state. The TTP and its al-Qaeda allies have been tantalized by the prospect of acquiring one of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons for over a decade, as is evidenced in the testimony of two Pakistani nuclear scientists, Suleiman Asad and Muhammad Ali Mukhtar, who confessed in 2001 to having trained individuals from both insurgent groups on how to construct a crude nuclear device. Should the insurgency get their hands on such a device, they will undoubtedly deploy the weapon in Mumbai or some other population center of India, which has a chance of setting off a chain-reaction of mutually assured destruction. Fortunately, an ongoing peace summit is being conducted in the FATA district between the Pakistani government and insurgent factions. Pakistani President Nawaz Sharif has come under significant political pressure to quell the violence, and serious doubts remain that his administration can even enforce any peace-agreement, but President Sharif cautioned that a failure of diplomacy would only result in an escalation of the conflict. The U.S. and the international community as a whole would be wise to lend all the assistance President Sharif needs in constructing and maintaining a peace-agreement or the consequences of continued conflict could be unfathomably catastrophic.
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tration of coalition efforts in Afghanistan is considered a fulfillment of both organization’s central goal of combating imperialism, but the Afghani Taliban do not reciprocate aid in the TTP’s quest for independence from Pakistan. One of the TTP’s other major goals is the imposition of fundamentalist Islam, and the often violent tactics employed to coerce the local population into submission have resulted in the formation of a 30,000-strong anti-Taliban militia called Lashkar. The militiamen within Lashkar view the TTP as a violent gang of meddling foreigners, but to further incentivize Lashkar in their fight the Pakistani and U.S. governments have offered to construct $5 billion worth of infrastructure within the FATA district. The U.S., in particular hopes that the successes–albeit temporary–of its locally staffed anti-insurgency Iraqi Armed Forces can be reproduced with Lashkar in Pakistan. A significant obstacle to this end is the continued CIA Drone War in Pakistan, which has killed up to 951 civilians according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, as the drone campaign is universally opposed by the local population due to often indiscriminate targeting of innocents and the drone campaign’s propensity for shifting locals’ sympathies towards the TTP. So why is the War in North-West Pakistan of any consequence to the global community? Well, to answer that you have to factor in Pakistan’s status as a nuclear-armed power along with its chronically weak civil state. Jeffrey Goldberg and Marc Ambinder point out that as much as the Pakistani population fears the Islamist insurgency, which has victoriously driven its offensive into Pakistan’s other provinces, of greater concern is the possibility that Washington sends in forces to capture Pakistan’s nuclear
ith President B a r a c k Obama’s job approval ratings continuously in the low 40 percent range, and support for his signature healthcare overhaul at all-time lows, Senate Democrats up for reelection have imposed on them the burden of defending unpopular president with unpopular policies. Many of these Democrats have sought to distance themselves from their party leader, asking him not to campaign for them directly. And they have adoptBy Paul DaSilva ed a slogan: “mend it, Staff Columnist don’t end it”—referring to their goal of correcting individual provisions of Obamacare rather than repealing it. This dynamic, coupled with the historical propensity for minority parties to excel during midterm years may just be enough for Republicans to earn the six seats they need in the Senate, and achieve a majority. And election forecasters, including Nate Silver, the editor of FiveThirtyEight.com who predicted the 2012 election with precision, have indicated that the GOP is right on the cusp of doing exactly that. Henceforth, I will provide you with a synopsis of the 2014 election landscape, along with some thoughts on whom I consider most likely to win. Right off the bat, the
Republicans should be able to secure three of these six seats they will need. In these states, long-time Democratic incumbents are retiring, namely Jay Rockefeller in West Virginia, Tim Johnson in South Dakota and Max Baucus in Montana. Mitt Romney won these states by 27 percent, 18 percent and 13.5 percent respectively, and the President has become even more unpopular since the 2012 election, holding approval ratings in the mid-thirties or lower. Current polls have the Republican candidate up in double digits, and all three GOP candidates are very solid choices to put up against any Democratic opponent. If Republicans lose any of these three seats, they almost certainly will fail to win the Senate. So after taking those three seats, Republicans will need three more. Their best chance as of today is any combination of Alaska, Arkansas, North Carolina, Louisiana, and Michigan. Sen. Mark Pryor’s seat in Arkansas appears to be the most vulnerable for Democrats, since first, Pryor’s approval ratings have tanked in recent months to the low thirties; second, the GOP has an excellent candidate in Tom Cotton; third, Obama’s approval rating in the state is at a paltry 32 percent; and forth Romney won in a landslide in 2012, by 24 points. Pryor will have an exceedingly difficult task in convincing Arkansas voters that he and Obama have
dissimilar positions on core policy, since it is only natural for voters to view the relationship between the President and his majority senators as inextricable. Moreover, I don’t see how Republicans earn a majority without defeating Pryor. So we can now count this as four earned seats. The remaining states will be only marginally more competitive, with polls currently indicating either a slight Democratic advantage (Sen. Mark Begich in Alaska and Sen. Kay Hagan in North Carolina), or a slight Republican advantage (Rep. Bill Cassidy over Sen. Mary Landrieu in Louisiana and former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land over Rep. Gary Peters in Michigan’s open election). If the GOP is in fact the victor in the forenamed Senate elections, they will only have to win two of these seats, which is an entirely plausible task, especially considering Romney had won each of these states in the general election, with the exception of Michigan. The most salient question is will the electorate be more reminiscent to 2010, where the Tea Party inspired fervor in the GOP’s base and thus produced a robust turnout, while many Democratic voters exhibited apathy two years after the epochal election of Obama; or will the electorate be closer to 2012, where the impressive get-out-the-vote efforts by Democrats surprised many political observers, and
resulted in the reelection of the President? This time around, given the national unpopularity of the President, and the disgust of many on the left over the botched healthcare rollout, it appears that the former may be the more likely scenario. Of course, things can change before the elections in November, which can alter the landscape. Republicans can repeat mistakes of the past and nominate a poor candidate; though this seems to (hopefully) not be the case this time, since Tea Party groups are showing more prudence in their endorsements. Or a colossal event may occur that could abruptly improve Obama’s approval ratings. The U.S. could get into war with Russia, for example. But outside of these two confounding variables, the Republican Party will pick up several seats in the Senate at the very least, and very well could earn a majority. If this is the case, which I am here predicting, Obama will be further reduced to a sub-lame duck status, or he will radically have to change his legislative approach, and take up some Republican policy ideas, in a Bill Clintonlike fashion. It’s early still. But the momentum appears to be going only one way.
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By Emily Lewson Staff Writer YouTube hit-sensation The Piano Guys entertained a sold out crowd at the Jorgensen Cabaret on Friday, March 28. With just a piano and a cello, Jon Schmidt and Steven Sharp Nelson mixed different music genres that span centuries. Their musical talent and stage presence had all audience members laughing and clapping along. Started in 2011, the group’s founder, Paul Anderson, looking for a creative way to sell pianos from his store, started The Piano Guys. Having recruited Schmidt, the pianist, and concurrently Nelson, the cellist, Anderson saw the potential and closed up shop by the end of that year. With The Piano Guys’ popularity, Anderson didn’t have time to sell pianos anymore. The group also includes music producer Al van der Beek and producer–videographer Tel Stewart. Together, these men have created a sensation. In the past few months alone, The Piano Guys’ success is incredible. They have performed on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “The Today Show.” Their YouTube channel receives 500,000 new views a day. They have 440,000 fans on Facebook and they are selling out across the U.S. as well as throughout Europe. It might be hard to imagine how a pianist and a cellist could create all this hype, but don’t let the classical instruments confuse you. Schmidt and Nelson are not ordinary musicians. They reintroduce classical music by pairing it with current hits. Plus, their music videos put pianos in places pianos are not supposed to go, creating stunning views. “Code Name Vivaldi” is the perfect example of their unique sound. By combining music from the “Bourne Identity” soundtrack with Vivaldi’s Double Cello Concerto, the group creates an epic spy thriller theme song. The pairing video takes on the setting and feel of the Bourne movies. As a whole, the music and video are entertaining and unique; it captivates your full attention. As exceptional as their video is, their show is equally impressive. The
him that she hopes he dies of AIDS. Carlos tries to fix their relationship, but after realizing that Júlia is still in love with him and he cannot rekindle their marriage after living with another man for three years, he again leaves and returns to Pedro. In the last version of the story, Carlos still lives with his mother and has a variety of one-night stands with different women in an attempt to find the “perfect woman.” Carlos seems to instantly find flaws in every woman he meets, and eventually joins a dating service that promises to match him with his soul mate. He is paired with Júlia, an artist who his mother disapproves of, but in this scenario, they ultimately end up together. Although a foreign film with an experimental style, the film has a lot to say about the nature of love and human relationships. Tejas Parekh, a 6th–semester Psychology major, said, “the movie sends a good message about love having no boundaries or set definition. It’s not about traditional love, but rather the variety of different ways love can take shape.” Gloria Kim, a 4th–semester Biology major agreed, saying, “I thought the film was interesting because it wasn’t your typical American happily ever after movie, it was very realistic and showed a raw, uncensored look at relationships.” The film was part of the Rainbow Center’s Rainbow Cinema series, which screens films tackling LGBTQ issues every Saturday.
Rumors were going around in the last couple of weeks that the Backstreet Boys and the Spice Girls would be coheadlining a reunion tour. Unfortunately, the rumors sparked by BSB’s Brian Littrell, who said, “We are actually in early talks about doing a world tour together with the Spice Girls,” have been obliterated. Even though they aren’t touring with the Spice Girls, the Boys are currently getting ready for a world tour, starting in the UK and then heading back over to Canada and eventually in June they’ll be in the US for some dates. Ladies, I know both groups probably played some sort of role in your childhood, but I’m not sure these tickets are something you really want to spring for. Even though you probably won’t have tickets close enough to tell, it’s evident that their popularity in the late 90s is nearing on 20 years ago. They certainly aren’t the strapping young men they used to be, but hey, I think they’ve aged well. They just look like a bunch of guys that are well into their 30s that are dressed like teenagers, singing songs that you thought were lame when you were a teenager. So where’s the appeal? It’s in the name. The last time you probably listened to any Backstreet Boys or Spice Girls was likely in satire. Even though on the outside you’re laughing with your friends saying “Oh man, I can’t believe we liked this when we were little kids,” on the inside you know that it’s catchy and you secretly know all the words. It’s about the nostalgia. Fifteen years from now, One Direction will be a bunch of has beens and they’ll go on tour and the girls that are 11 now (and some of you that are 21) will be buying their tickets for more money than they’re worth. I’m not saying that if someone handed me a free ticket to the Backstreet Boys today, I wouldn’t go, because, honestly, I probably would. If it were the Spice Girls, probably not. Unfortunately, as a boy, listening to the Spice Girls as a little kid made you ‘uncool,’ so they hold much less nostalgia for me. On top of that, they’re definitely showing their age. They’re all beautiful women, and girls that can sing get me every time, but both groups are obviously just desperate for money and attention. But the reality is that is doesn’t matter because we all succumb to our nostalgic desires whether it’s music, TV, movies, video games, toys. Hence why I write this column every week. If you’re an N*Sync fan and feel left out this year, don’t feel bad, I left them out mostly because some of them are somewhat successful. Well, mostly JT, but Joey Fatone had his 15 extra minutes of fame while on “Dancing with the Stars,” and Lance Bass gets pulled out as a joke on pop TV and movies now and again. Tickets for the Backstreet Boys are already on sale. The closest show to UConn is up in Mansfield, MA. Regular tickets are $99.00 and VIP packages approach $600. I kid you not.
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The Piano Guys lived up to their YouTube legend at their Friday night performance. The group was charismatic and interacted with the crowd throughout their set.
two sat and played their instruments, but it was more than that. Between songs, they would fight out their cello-piano rivalry, joking around with another. They’d tell stories that put the audience into fits of laughter. They’d imitate animal sounds with their instruments. Simply, the two clowned around, while making incredible music.
At one point, Schmidt and Nelson decided to have some fun. They played a mix of “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin; they named it “Don’t Worry, Be Psycho.” When combined, the songs sound like a new theme for an old horror film. It was daunting, and amazing. As a whole, The Piano Guys had an
easy-going, relatable attitude despite their otherworldly musical talents. They connected with the audience and won over Jorgensen when they announced the men’s basketball win over Iowa State. Friday night at the Jorgensen Cabaret was a good night to be a UConn Husky.
Never play same genre twice Film’s ‘uncensored look’ at love
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Jorgensen’s latest performers, The Punch Brothers played a wonderful array of sounds, music, and genres Saturday. Formed in 2006 The Punch Brothers have since been redefining bluegrass. With Chris Thile on mandolin, Gabe Witcher on fiddle/ violin, Noam Pikelny on banjo, Chris Eldridge on guitar, and Paul Kowert on bass, the group has a powerful folk influence. Along with the equally talented Aoife O’Donovan as their opener the, Punch Brothers gave a powerfully entertaining performance for a large audience full of people who love their work. The Punch Brothers and Aoife O’Donovan fall into a category of music that defies genre. The most common label for their music is progressive bluegrass, a wide reaching subgenre of bluegrass that often involves importing music from other genres or styles of music. Even with such a broad genre of music as their most common, the Punch Brothers played a number of songs that fall under completely different genres. In fact during this performance the Punch Brothers never seemed to play the same genre of music twice in a row. The Punch Brothers could not settle on a genre jumping from folk to country/western, classical to bluegrass, chamber music, indie folk, indie rock, even folky rock. Trying to define their music under these genres is not entirely fair because every Punch Brothers song brings something to the table that no single genre can by itself. What the Punch Brothers bring to an audience and the world of music is not just a wide variety of genres and originality in sound, but also a mastery of their
This Saturday, the Rainbow Center hosted a screening of the Brazilian film “Amores Possíveis,” which translates into English as “Possible Loves.” Released in 2001, the comedy-drama was directed by Sandra Werneck and won the Latin American Cinema Award and the Sundance Film Festival the same year. The film begins with Júlia (Carolina Ferrz) standing up Carlos (Murilo Benício) at a movie theater in Rio. Flashing forward fifteen years the audience is shown three different scenarios of how their lives could have unfolded. The film effortlessly transitions between three potential storylines. In the first, Carlos is now a lawyer and married to a woman named María, and he runs into Júlia for the first time since she stood him up. In this version, Carlos falls for Júlia and tells her that he has left his wife for her. However, he is reluctant to confront his wife and after an awkward encounter between Júlia and María, Júlia realizes that he has been lying to her. At the end of this story, Carlos tells Júlia that although he loves her, he cannot leave his wife. In the second scenario, Júlia is his ex-wife. They have had a childtogether, but Carlos has left her for Pedro, one of his soccer buddies. Their current relationship is rocky at best, as Júlia expresses her hatred of him for leaving her, often hurling a variety of homophobic slurs and, at one point, telling
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The Punch Brothers consist of mandolin, fiddle/violin, banjo and bass players and perform a variety of genres, including bluegrass.
instruments. They often burst into unbelievable solos showing off skills only a recording can usually give. The speed and complexity at which the musicians played was only dwarfed by what seemed to be completely improvised outbursts of music. Paul Kowert substantially blew the audience away by playing notes on his bass one normally associates with a violin. It is the control over the sound they produce that makes them so talented and entertaining Their rapport with the audience was worth noting as well. A few simple jokes, the nods and remarks to each other on stage, asking the
audience to sing along or “dance in their seats” all added to the charm of the Punch Brothers. Chris Thile, who is also the lead vocalist for most of their songs, specifically graced the audience with overwhelming charisma. If you have a desire to hear more campfire folk songs, then Aoife O’Donovan is a wonderful talent that you cannot ignore. If you want something more symphonic and energizing, then Punch Brothers is exactly that. The only problem you are bound to face is that both musical groups are too incredible live to ever miss out on.
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Fiercely mediocre 12th season By Alex Sferrazza Staff Writer
1. The Voice (NBC) - 4.1 2. The Voice (NBC) - 3.6 3. Scandal (ABC) - 2.9 4. How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - 2.9 5. Blacklist (NBC) - 2.7 6. Dancing with the Stars (ABC) - 2.6 7. Resurrection (ABC) - 2.5 8. Survivor (CBS) - 2.4 9. NCIS (CBS) - 2.4 10. Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) - 2.4 Ratings from TVbytheNumbers.com Week ending March 25
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Same old song and dance. As the 12th season of “Family Guy” continues, “Fresh Heir” stands as yet another run of the mill episode of the series that, while never reaching a true high note, never truly becomes unwatchable. It’s barely average, but to be fair, if there’s one show on television that can put out an “average” episode without making the audience feel like they just wasted a huge chunk of time, it’s “Family Guy.” The episode starts out with an unusual team up. Chris begins hanging out with his grandfather Carter after Peter continues to neglect his son. The pair really hit it off, and as a result, the wealthy Carter decides to leave Chris as the sole beneficiary of his will, as Chris is the first person to tell him that he is not interested in his money. Counting on inheriting Carter’s money upon his death, Peter hatches a hare brained scheme to marry Chris in Photo courtesy of fox.com Vermont in an attempt to obtain his son’s The latest episode of “Family Guy” proved to continue the mediocre level of content seen throughout season 12. eventual wealth. Yes, the plot is as convoluted as it sounds. But to be honest, considering this is “Family Guy,” it’s not the most sode, the subject matter leading to some has a decent premise and doesn’t rely outlandish thing we’ve ever seen on the rare chances for Green to really deliver solely on cutaway gags to get a laugh out show. Unfortunately, the writers don’t some fairly heavy material as the char- of the audience. The story has some genuinely funny moments in its own right. really have all that much to run on acter. Some solid jokes are hidden away in Additionally, I’d like to believe that I this time around. After the initial shock the episode and the “Annie Hall” parody wouldn’t be so critical of the episode if it humor that comes with a father attemptin the closing scene stands as weren’t so similar to every other outlanding to marry his own son, the the best among them. A brief ish “Peter gets a crazy idea” episode I’ve remainder of the related gags Family Guy gag with Meg and Peter is already seen on the show. It’s your typiare extremely predictable and also quite brilliant, so I won’t cal “Family Guy” fare, and you either so outlandish they barely manspoil it here. love it or hate it, bottom line. age a chuckle. The first act of On the whole, “Fresh Heir” the episode, however, was suris far from one of the worst prisingly original for the show episodes and while it’s not with Carter and Chris’s team up providgreat, it’s a valiant effort from a season ing some genuinely funny moments. Seth Green offers up one of his very which overall has shaped up to be a cut Alex.Sferrazza@UConn.edu best performances as Chris in the epi- above the past few. The episode at least
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What I’m Watching Underrated: Cosmos
If you haven’t seen FOX’s new show “Cosmos,” it’s worth your time to check out. The show has been revitalized from the 80’s version “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage.” The new host, Neil deGrasse Tyson, was inspired as a child by the 80’s host, Carl Sagan, and felt that hosting the show was a good way to honor that friendship. Episodes cover the origin of life and evolution, tracing history from the beginning of the universe. They not only utilize true historical record, but also the cosmic calendar to help put in perspective the amount of time that is encompassed in the universe’s history. -Kim Halpin
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Despite the simplistic cartoons, creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon create a meaningful cartoon on Cartoon Network’s [adult swim].
By Matt Gantos Staff Writer If you are ever brave enough to venture in Cartoon Network’s late night line-up, [adult swim], maybe you’ve caught one of their newer programs called “Rick and Morty.” The show was co-created by Dan Harmon, the creator of “Community.” Harmon is known for a sadistic attitude toward society and cultural norms, which creates the large majority of his appealing content. For those of you who haven’t seen the show, it follows a 14–year–old boy named Morty Smith and his family’s excursions largely created by their collective stupidity and facilitated by Morty’s scientific genius grandfather Rick. Even though Morty is supposed to be an average boy struggling his way through high school, his grandfather is constantly pulling him out of class for adventures. The
adventures usually spawn ably similar. from Rick attempting to colThe latest episode, which lect some sort of rare item, or aired on March 24, actually best some group of alien life broke the mold from the rest forms that usually involves of the episodes. Most of the space travel, interdimensional time, Rick and Morty are on worm holes or some sort of adventures together, but this crazy gadget that could never time, Rick and Morty’s sister exist in real-life. Summer has a co-plot going Having a scientific genius on while Morty tries to confor a grandpa sounds fun vince his father that Pluto was right? Wrong. Despite being no longer a planet. incredibly intelligent, Rick Summer has just gotten a is also an irresponsible alco- new job at a store that sells holic who constantly berates items that give you some sort the educational system and of benefit but also a curse. the general American way of Rick deduces that this is the life–though he has work of the devil, some pretty valid and quickly develRick & Morty points. ops a facility to Constantly in a remove the cursstruggle of pride es from the items with Morty’s using science. father, Rick’s sonThe larger underin-law, Jerry tries to be a lying theme that the writers responsible parent but con- are trying to get across is stantly fails due to his own that “the devil” is no longer insecurity. If you have ever applicable to so many unforwatched “Archer,” Jerry is tunate circumstances because voiced by Chris Parnell, a.k.a now science gives people the the voice of Cyril Figgus. opportunities to work around Their characters are remark- and survive them. More
importantly, people feel like they can do whatever they want regardless of the circumstances because medicine and science can pull them out of the water. If you take the time to actually watch the show for more than what it is on the surface, a sloppily drawn and unattractive cartoon full of a bunch of nonsense and imagination, you can clearly see that Dan Harmon and co-creator Justin Roiland, who does the voice of both Rick and Morty, are not merely interested in creating some slapstick humor cartoon. It’s much deeper than that. So far the show has been incredibly successful and already renewed for a second season by [adult swim]. If you only watched the first episode and decided it wasn’t for you, give it another try, the rest of them are wonderfully creative.
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Housewives spoof rather realistic My recent television binge watch is “The Real Husbands of Hollywood.” The show features Kevin Hart, Robin Thicke, Nelly, J.B. Smoove, Nick Cannon and other various celebrity guest stars. The show mirrors the alleged real life reality shows that show real housewives. The celebrities play fictitious versions of themselves as they live the Hollywood lifestyle and constantly clash over nonsense. The show is a comedy meant to parody reality television and celebrity lifestyles. What’s scary is, the fact that the show is not very different from the actual reality shows it parodies. While a lot of people judge these shows, their characters and their lifestyles, nobody really seems to have a huge problem with them. On the opposite hand, when the show features men behaving in this manner, it suddenly is unacceptable. What does this mean? Society has a strange double standard where men cannot behave in this manner, but women can. These real housewife shows feature women conforming to extremely negative female stereotypes and while they are judged, nobody has a problem with it. We laugh at men behaving in this manner as it is done for the sake of comedy, but the entire show revolves around Kevin Hart’s behavior and its unacceptability. Whether the writers intended to or just got lucky, this show has managed to expose a major double standard. Ignoring the lifestyles on these shows, we should address the problem at hand. Why does nobody bat an eye at women behaving stereotypically? Has society accepted this as true? Perhaps they have, as all these reality shows, which I’m sorry to tell you are probably scripted, only really accomplish one thing–giving women a bad name. In order to make reality more interesting, the producers and writers need to fill it with drama and conflict so people will watch. It obviously must seem realistic, so they create dramatic situations out of everyday little things. These shows not only lead to self-fulfilling prophecies as it teaches young women to behave in this manner, but it teaches men that these stereotypes are true. In the year 2014 where we have a women campaigning to be President of the United States, I think it is time that we reevaluate these stereotypes and examine why we would want to broadcast them as real across the country.
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Comedy and stunning Review of ‘Review’ positive vocals capture audience By Brendon Field Staff Writer
we’ve come to expect from TV documentarians, but he is quickly revealed to be naïve, desperate and for some reason beyond all principles “Review” stars comedian Andy Daly as Forrest of sense–way too in love with his job. He also MacNeil, a professional critic who prefers to seems to completely lack self-awareness and review parts of the human experience rather than awareness of the obvious exploitation coming music or movies. He hosts a television series from his fans. The character draws some simiwhere viewers request what they want him to larities with Michael Scott from “The Office,” torture himself with, and he accepts, no matter and Daly’s swings from cringe-worthy awkwhat. So far this includes becoming addicted to wardness to extreme silliness are as smooth as cocaine, going to prom, and divorcing his wife. Steve Carell’s. But the show and its humor aren’t After a misadventure, MacNeil will return to his completely centered on MacNeil. Frequent and studio to rate the experience on a five star scale, funny appearances from his ex-wife and son, as and half a star seems to be the most well as his production crew, give the common result. show some needed balance. Review Conceptually, “Review” sounds “Review” also is in interesting spin perfect for a recurring segment on a on the mockumentary sitcom. One sketch program or a mini-show that of the few to favor a smaller cast gets played during three minute gaps with one standout character, it’s hard in programming, but it adapts itself to to call any of it cliché. The moving the half hour format quite well. Each camera allows for visual humor in the episode is divided into two or three segments, background, the editing is tight and MacNeil’s but they do interconnect, and character arcs play narration provides for strong ironic setups. out over multiple episodes. In the most recent With writing on the level of other recent gems episode, MacNeil is assigned to have sex with a on Comedy Central such as “Workaholics” and celebrity, but after failing miserably and spend- “Broad City,” “Review” definitely has the humor ing $70,000 to go on a date with Ashley Tisdale, to keep viewers interested. And with a seemingly he takes on his next task of being Batman with endless amount of subject matter for MacNeil to apathy and defeat. endanger himself with, it looks to have the mileThe critical element of the show is Daly him- age as well. self, who succeeds in being both the straight man and the bombastic wild card. He (as MacNeil) begins the show with the rigid determination Brendon.Field@UConn.edu
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The UConn Opera Theater produced their second opera of the semester last weekend, “The Barber of Seville.” Although the show was in Italian, the audience could follow along with the translation on monitors.
By Ashley Maher Campus Correspondent The UConn Men’s Basketball team was not the only group to have a winning performance on Sunday March 30. That same day the UConn Opera Theater presented their matinée showing of “Il Barbieri Di Siviglia” also known as “The Barber of Seville,” an Italian comedic opera written by Gioachino Rossini, known for being a light and funny opera. The cast did not fail to put together a fantastic show that kept the audience amused by the comedy, as well as impressed with the grand vocal performance. The main cast kept the audience in constant laughter and in awe of their vocal abilities. The opera featured a story about star-crossed lovers Count Almaviva, played by Spencer Hamlin, and Rosina, played by Meghan Ryan. Count Almaviva disguises himself as a poor student named Lindolo and sets out to win over Rosina so that she will love him for who he is and not because of his status or wealth. But, this plan becomes difficult when Almaviva finds that Rosina is the ward of Doctor Bartolo played by Anthony Leathem and is awaiting a marriage to him while having very little freedom otherwise. The opera progresses with Almaviva finding help from the local barber Figaro, played by Ryan F. Burns, and the two of them create a wild, hysterical plan to finally win
the heart of Rosina and swoop her away from her marriage to Bartolo. All the while, the vocal talent of the entire cast kept the audience captivated. With incredible range and technique, Meghan Ryan wowed the audience and perfectly captured the sassy and love-struck Rosina. Burns, Hamlin and Leathem also showed the strength and power of their voices with astounding solos. Although the opera was sung completely in Italian, the words to the music were displayed in English on monitors that hung on either side of the stage, which helped audiences grasp the entire effect of the play. The opera proved to be a grand success, and most impressively, the entire act was put together in only eight short weeks. The UConn Opera Theater performed two opera productions this year, “The Barber of Seville” being the second of the two. For a first time opera viewer, like myself, “The Barber of Seville” proved to be a great introductory taste to the art form due to its light and funny themes. I highly recommended it for those who are looking for a first time opera experience. The UConn Opera Theater created an incredible performance and although this Sunday was the last of their performances of this particular opera, this is a must see group, whose future productions will also be sure to impress.
Cello student shows off skills By Emily Lewson Staff Writer On Saturday, von der Mehden featured Matthew Nichols’s senior concert. Nichols is an 8tht-semester cello performance major. He studies under Michael Nicolas, a recent addition to the teaching staff at UConn. In the past, he has also received instruction from Leigh Hamilton, Yun-Yang Lin, and Dr. Katie Schlaikjer. Nichols has performed with various groups on campus including UConn Symphony Orchestra and several other chamber groups. After perform-
ing the Lalo cello concerto with the Symphony Orchestra in December 2012, Nichols was selected as the winner of the 2012-2013 UConn Concerto Competition. Outside of UConn, he also serves as the principal cello of the Willimantic Orchestra. They have an upcoming performance, their Spring Concert, in the Shafer Auditorium at 3:00 pm on May 4. For his senior concert, he played three compositions by Johan Sebastian Bach, Dmitri Shostakovich and Edvard Grieg. The first piece, Suit No.4 in E-flat Major, BWV 1010, demonstrated Nichols true mastery of his instrument. The composition is known to be one of Bach’s most demanding suites because E-flat is an uncomfortable key to play in. Nichols was forced to extend his left hand in unnatural positions. Before beginning the second piece, Nichols introduced his pianist accompaniment, Allan Conway. This talented musician is well known at the UConn
Storrs campus as he works with the Concert Choir, the Opera Theater and the University Orchestra. Conway assists with Performance class, Literature and Diction class and individual lessons. Together, Nichols and Conway began Sonata in D minor for Cello and Piano, Opus 40. A colorful piece, it was one of Shostakovich’s earlier works, composed in 1934. For the final part, IV Allegro, the pianist and cellist begin by alternating and then merging. It creates an exciting and emotional piece. Nichols and Conway played it with great depth. This piece was followed by a short intermission. When everyone filed back in, Nichols and Conway returned to the stage to finish with Sonata in A minor for cello and piano, Opus 36. From start to finish, the final performance was close to half an hour. As a whole, the concert was a demonstration of Nichols’ talents on the cello.
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PHOTO OF THE DAY
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UConn coach Kevin Ollie turns his ear towards the crowd as he cuts down the net at Madison Square Garden, following the Huskiesâ€™ 60-54 win over Michigan State in the East Region championship game on Sunday.
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HOROSCOPES Today's Birthday (03/31/14). Happiness and fun flavor this year. Career is furthered through education and communication skills. Your purpose and passions are becoming clearer. Express what you love to grow your partnerships and bank account. Upgrade your domestic bliss this spring, with summer social buzz leading to a professional launch around August. Refine your image around October. Support a partner's joy. To get the advantage, check the day's rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) -- Today is a 6 -- You're thinking about romance and beauty. Imagine the possibilities. Let a family member handle a problem at home. Delegate a task you hate. Connect with someone interesting. Add some spice to the package. Slow down to get farther.
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Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 5 -- Take short term, local actions, without force. Paying dues leads to more income. Make a list of what you need. Let someone else win an argument. Being right provides no satisfaction. Patience and flexibility allow greater ease. Gemini (May 21-June 20) -- Today is a 5 -- Make love, not war. Be careful with sharp instruments. Argue privately, if you must. Your attentions linger close to home. Resist the temptation to spend frivolously. Talk to friends for consensus. Share from your heart. Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- Today is a 5 -- Change your work habits. A new trick doesn't work, and it could cause a breakdown. Postpone chores, and put in the correction. Make a key decision, and a good impression. Tell friends you'll see them later. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is a 5 -- Don't save in a sieve. Study the situation. There's another possible problem here. Be prepared for physical labor, with discipline. Revise the language to suit the audience. Reward yourself... fall in love all over again. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 5 -- Don't rush into anything. You're building your family fortune, and things don't go as planned. New problems develop. Avoid reckless spending. Make sure all the pieces fit. Stash valuables in a safe place. Concentrate on your love. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 6 -- Unexpected situations arise, and actions seem to deviate from the itinerary. Revise agreements. Sell more to old clients. Your popularity is growing. Take it slow and easy with travel and big expense. Partnership provides the key. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 6 -- Take care of your mind, body and spirit. Pursue peace and privacy with inexpensive pleasures, like tea under a tree, or fragrant bath crystals. Restore your energies. Let your emotions flow naturally. Love your lover. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 6 -- Play to see who can have the most fun while managing urgencies. Delegate what you can. Pamper yourself. Take it slow, especially around sharp corners. You feel loved and appreciated. Be nice. Share popcorn at family game night. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is a 6 -- Proceed with caution, one step at a time. Don't get stopped by old fears, but don't rush, either. Get something for your home. Take time to hear everyone's considerations. Repay a favor with delicious flavors. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 5 -- Consider the consequences before diving into action. Wait for more data. Think it over, and figure the costs. The more you learn, the better you look. Craft the message with care. Create something of beauty. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 6 -- Take small, persistent actions close to home. Little profits add up, and cash flow arises through community connections. Challenge authority, respectfully. A smile dissolves a confrontation. Make a request. Hold onto your winnings. Your love returns magnified.
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Softball gets first two wins in the AAC By Spencer Mayfield Campus Correspondent
The UConn softball team earned their first victories in the American Conference this weekend by defeating Memphis 4-1, and 9-6 in a rain shortened affair on Saturday. Despite the rain, the Huskies’ bats came alive, as they were able to snap a nine game losing streak and start their home schedule with two much needed victories. The first game was a pitcher’s duel early as both teams were left scoreless after three innings. The Huskies threatened to score in the bottom of the third inning, but Heather Fyfe was thrown out at the plate by Memphis center fielder Lindsay Crowdus while attempting to score on an Audrey Grinnell single. The Huskies broke through
for their first run in the fourth inning when Jacklyn Dubois scored on an RBI double from Lexi Gifford. UConn tacked on another run in the fifth inning after Fyfe singled and was bunted over to second base by Maddy Schiappa. Alyssa Gardea pinch ran for Fyfe and scored on a single from Emily O’Donnell. The Huskies added two more insurance runs in the sixth inning when Valarie Sadowl hit a solo homerun and O’Donnel hit a sacrifice fly that scored Taylor Townsend. Lauren Duggan had one of her best outings for the Huskies this year. Duggan threw seven innings, only allowing Memphis to score one run in the seventh inning. Duggan kept hitters off balance all day. After surrendering a walk in the second inning Duggan went on to retire the
next nine straight batters. Once UConn gained the lead Duggan never looked back. Duggan battled her way out of trouble in the seventh inning to shut the door on Memphis’ comeback attempt after allowing a lead off homerun. In the second matchup, Memphis got on the board first when Katelyn Callahan allowed a homerun to Goodwin in the second inning. The Huskies responded right back in the bottom of the inning when Sadowl hit a two–run homer that scored Alyson Ambler. Memphis tied the game back up in the top of the third inning when Jaye Smith scored on an error. Both teams went scoreless until the fifth inning when the weather became a factor. The Huskies were able to plate seven runs in the fifth inning
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UConn's senior pitcher Katelyn Callahan looks to propell the team and continue their winning streak in the American Athletic Conference.
as Memphis pitcher Christian Novak struggled to grip the ball in the rain. UConn needed twothirds innings from Abler and
one-third inning from Doty in order to secure the victory in the sixth inning as Memphis scored four runs to make it a nine to six
game. The umpires ended the game due to rain.
Lacrosse continues their win streak UConn seniors look to guide the with a win against Temple Saturday Huskies in a chance to make history By Elan DeCarlo Campus Correspondent The UConn lacrosse team defeated Temple Saturday to extend their five game winning streak. In their Big East opener, the Huskies defeated the Owls (3-7) 15-9 to improve to 6-4 on this season. UConn got tremendous production out of senior Lauren Kahn, sophomore Katherine Finkelston and sophomore Carly Palmucci, who each netted three goals. UConn’s Kahn, put the Huskies on the board with 23:59 left in the first half to even the score at one. Her unassisted goal was the first of three straight for Connecticut, which built a 3-1 lead in the first ten minutes of the contest. Assistant Coach Chelsea Gamble noted that the offensive explosion came as a result of increased focus and risk–taking. “As an attacking group, our
unit began to believe in each other individually and started to take more risks. Those risks being shots on goal, takes to cage, which led to us finishing,” Gamble said. The team’s ability to control transition was the key to the victory. “We really stepped up for us in the transition which led to our control of the ball. The overall team game was there, working for each other to open up lanes, and capitalizing,” Gamble said. Kahn continued to lead UConn’s offense in the first half, assisting on Finkelston’s second goal to give the Huskies a 5-4 lead, and she later scored with a minute to go in the half to give Connecticut a 7-4 lead at the break. The senior midfielder, who leads the Huskies this season with 38 points, finished Saturday with seven points as she tied a seasonhigh with four assists to go along with her three goals. Two quick goals from
Palmucci to start the second half secured the game for UConn. Temple hung tough throughout the half, getting a solid contribution from sophomore Nicole Tiernan, who finished the day with four goals. The other Huskies to register goals Saturday were Kacey Pippit and Alyson Fazio, who each scored twice, and sophomore midfielder Madalyn Pimental who scored her fourth goal of the season in the second half. The Huskies look to continue their hot streak against Rutgers. In order to keep their focus throughout the streak, Coach Gamble said, “Staying in the present will allow us to have fun and enjoy the game. Doing that let’s us play harder, working for each other and winning games.” UConn plays Rutgers in Piscataway, New Jersey at 7 p.m. on Saturday April 5.
from DON'T, page 12 “I thank Coach [Calhoun] for always being there. I thank my AD and my president, that gave me an opportunity and signed me for that one‑year deal and then extended me during the season and their faith in me,” Ollie said. These people weren’t the only ones who had faith in Ollie, Shabazz Napier, Niels Giffey and Tyler Olander– three members of the 2011 title-winning squad–stuck around for Ollie after the rest of his players departed for either the NBA or other schools. Now they are headed for their second Final Four with a chance to make history. “Hopefully we can be the first class to win two national championships and get Coach Ollie his first,” Olander said. “I don’t think there’s a more deserving coach and a more deserving program than this team that we have. It’s what
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UConn looks to keep their post season winning streak alive as they take on Florida.
we preach every day and I think we deserve it.” Ollie, meanwhile, said he “just wants to make these kids better people.” “If we can do that and win a
national championship on the way, that’s good,” he added.
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» NCAA BASKETBALL
Michigan's defense comes up short against Kentucky
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Michigan's Caris LeVert sat at his locker with a stone-cold expression Sunday night. He couldn't believe Kentucky's Aaron Harrison managed to get that 3-point shot just over his left hand. He couldn't believe the ball actually went in, and, like just about everybody else inside the Wolverines locker room, he couldn't believe this is how Michigan's historic season would end — a few inches short. "I felt like I touched it," LeVert said after the Wolverines lost the Midwest Regional championship game 75-72 on Harrison's 3-pointer in the closing seconds. "He hit a tough shot." Sunday's finish was yet another blow for a program that has fallen just short so many times before. In 1976, they lost the national championship game to Indiana — the last unbeaten team in men's basketball. In 1993, they lost the title game when Chris Webber mistakenly called a timeout when the Wolverines had none. A year ago, Michigan lost the Big Ten
title when Jordan Morgan's lastsecond shot rolled off the rim in the regular-season finale. Threw weeks later, Louisville beat Michigan 82-76 in the national championship game. On Sunday, LeVert came within a fingertip of deflecting Harrison's winning shot. Instead, the ball dropped cleanly through the net, leaving Michigan (28-9) with only a half-court heave to force overtime. The shot from Big Ten player of the year Nik Stauskas wasn't close, leaving last year's national runner-up and this year's Big Ten regular-season champs short one more time. "It's going to happen to you where you're going to make the shot sometimes and it's going to go against you sometimes," Stauskas said. Perhaps the cruelest irony was that until Aaron Harrison heated up late, it looked like the Wildcats (28-10) would win this game a completely different way — inside. They outscored Michigan 46-36 in the paint and had nearly as many
offensive rebounds (17) as defensive rebounds (18). Michigan finished with 24 rebounds, 14 on the offensive end. Things went from tough to bleak just 25 seconds into the second half Morgan went to the bench with his third foul. Kentucky wasted no time taking advantage, getting Julius Randle's dunk, Dakari Johnson's layup, a short runner from Randle and a putback from Alex Poythress all in a 99-second span to take a 45-39 lead. Coach John Beilein refused the temptation to reinsert the foul-prone Morgan, and eventually the Wolverines steadied themselves and rebuilt a 55-51 lead. But the bigger, stronger Wildcats answered with an 11-0 flurry that included eight inside the paint to take a 62-55 lead. When the Wolverines adapted by clogging the middle, Harrison took advantage from the perimeter and forced the Wolverines into chasing the rest of the night. "Kentucky's a good team, and when they're hitting 3s, they're
Sophomore leader Bobby Melley lifts UConn past Rutgers in weekend series from RAIN, page 12 If there was one thing Marzi was not short on in game one, it was run support, as the Huskies’ racked up three multi-run innings – most notably a five-run bottom of the fifth – en route to the 11-4 victory. “It’s a lot easier to pitch with a lead, especially early on. So (sophomore first baseman Bobby) Melley’s three-run double helped me out a lot,” Marzi said. “After that you’ve just got to worry about throwing strikes. Those guys will get themselves out and it also just takes all the energy out of their dugout, so getting up is huge.” Melley continues to mash Fresh off being named
to the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll last Monday, sophomore first baseman Bobby Melley extended his offensive hot streak against Rutgers, finishing the shortened series having gone 4-for-5 with six RBI’s, a home run, a double, three walks and three runs scored. “We need him to hit, and he’s definitely stepped up,” Penders said of Melley and his growth from last season. “I think he’s stepping up into a leadership role.” Penders said Melley – who now ranks in the top 10 in the conference in on-base percentage and putouts – has continued to be perhaps the Huskies’ most consistent performer on both offense and defense, and that his
cerebral approach has shown in his recent success. “He’s got an idea about how to play the game, he knows the intricacies of the game, he’s got a good feel even on defense, he knows where he’s supposed to be at all times, you don’t have to tell him more than once and sometimes you don’t even have to tell him once,” Penders said. “He’s usually in the right spot, he’s got a good feel for baseball. So it’s nice to have a guy like that gives you kind of a calm in the infield. There’s a lot of guys that could learn a lot by following Bobby at the plate right now.”
tough to beat," LeVert said. The sophomore guard and his teammates got a firsthand look at just how tough. First Harrison hit a 3 right in front of the Kentucky bench to make it a five-point game with 2 minutes left. After the Wolverines tied it on Morgan's tip-in with 27 seconds left, Beilein wasn't going to let the Wildcats get another point-blank look. "The way that this game got to this point, even though James Young hit the two (3s) in the first half, was it was all about dribble penetration, playing off the penetration, getting the rebound above the rim," Beilein said. "We weren't going to let them beat us in the stairs." Coach John Calipari expected that strategy and advised Harrison during a timeout that if he stepped back to create space, he'd get a good look. Harrison followed the plan, forcing LeVert to contest on the move — and he came up just a little short. "It hurts," LeVert said, acknowl-
Kentucky's Alex Poythress, top, blocks a shot by Michigan's Caris LeVert in the first half.
edging he'll have to watch the game tape to determine what went wrong. "Having a guy like J-Mo (Morgan) who put his blood, sweat and tears into this team,
coming up short, knowing that you could have did it, that you could have made an extra play for him, that kind of hurts."
Temple snapped men's tennis' three game winning streak on Saturday By Eugene Joh Campus Correspondent
The UConn men’s tennis team fell to a 6-8 record this past Saturday. They lost to Temple University at the Manchester Racquet Club in Manchester, Conn. The Huskies looked to continue a three-game win streak and bring themselves to an even record, but dropped four singles matches and a doubles match to the Owls before play was called on the No. 2 singles match. Before that match was called, junior Jacob Spreyer was leading Temple’s Kristian Marquart 7-6, 3-4. In doubles action, Spreyer teamed with freshman Chris Toner in the No. 2 doubles match, defeat-
ing Temple’s Nicolas Paulus and Hicham Belkssir 8-3. Playing the No. 4 singles match, Toner was able to take a set on his opponent on Saturday, responding to losing the first 3-6 by winning the second 6-3. In the ensuing sudden-death tiebreak, Temple’s Filip Stipcic wrestled the match away, winning it 6-3, 3-6, 1-0. Junior Wayne Harrell dropped his No. 1 singles match to Temple’s Nicolas Paulus 6-4, 6-3, but picked up a win in the #1 doubles match, teaming with senior Ryan Carr to beat out Temple’s Hernan Vasconez and Filip Stipcic 8-5. Carr was also in singles action, getting hampered in the first set by Temple’s Hicham Belkssir in the No. 3 singles match en route to a
0-6, 2-6 loss. In a very tight No.1 doubles matchup, junior Joshua Palmer and freshman Parker Goldstein were edged by Temple’s Kristian Marquart and Vineet Naran, losing the pro-set 8-7. Goldstein was also in the #5 singles match, losing a tight first set 7-5 to Temple’s Hernan Vasconez. A single break proved to be the difference once again in the second set, as Goldstein dropped the match 7-5, 6-4. The Huskies look to rebound as they host Bryant University this Wednesday, Apr. 2, at the UConn tennis courts. The meet is set to begin at 3:30 p.m.
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Stat of the day
» That’s what he said
The number of points Shabazz Napier scored to lead the Huskies in an upset win over Michigan State University.
Dodgers set payroll record at $234M
““His will to win — you could just see it” -Michigan State University’s sophomore Gary Harris on Shabazz Napier’s performance in UConn’s upset win.
April 5 NCAA Final Four Florida 6:09 p.m.
» Pic of the day
A dunk to seal the deal
Tomorrow NCAA Tournament Regional Final Texas A&M 9:30 p.m.
Golf April 12 and 13 Rutherford Collegiate All Day
Lacrosse (6-4) April 5 Rutgers 7 p.m.
April 11 April 13 Georgetown Marquette 4 p.m. Noon
Baseball Tomorrow Boston College 3 p.m.
Softball Tomorrow Boston University 4 p.m.
April 17 Louisville 4 p.m.
April 19 Cincinatti 12 p.m.
April 4 Bryant 3 p.m.
April 5 Stony Brook 4 p.m.
April 6 Bryant 4 p.m.
April 6 Houston 11 a.m.
April 8 UMass 5 p.m.
April 9 Providence 3 p.m.
April 2 Yale 3 p.m.
(5-20) April 5 Houston Noon
Men’s Track and Field AP
UConn Niels Giffey scores in the second half against Michigan State in a regional final at the NCAA college basketball tournament on Sunday.
April 3 UConn Decathalon 2 p.m.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers set a record with an opening-day payroll of $234 million Sunday, according to a study of big league contracts by The Associated Press. The New York Yankees were a distant second at $199 million, ending their streak of six straight openers above the $200 million mark. The Yankees had topped the opening-day salary list for 15 straight years and had set the previous mark of $230 million last season. The Dodgers spent more than five times the total of the Houston Astros, who at $45 million were last for the second straight year but vastly above their $27 million outlay on opening day last season. Miami, at $47 million, repeated in 29th place. “I think we’ve all noticed,” San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said of the Dodgers’ spending splurge. “We can’t get caught into it. I’ve always preached this to the players: There’s no point in looking at what other clubs are doing or who they have, their assets, this and that. It’s what you believe in yourself and your focus always has to be on your club.” Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke ended Alex Rodriguez’s 13-year streak as the highest-paid player, earning $28 million, including a prorated share of his signing bonus. He’s followed by Philadelphia’s Ryan Howard and Cliff Lee at $25 million each, the Yankees’ CC Sabathia at $24.3 million, and Seattle’s Robinson Cano and Texas’ Prince Fielder at $24 million apiece. The average salary was $3.95 million for the 853 players on opening-day rosters and disabled lists, plus two players serving suspensions who earn part of their salaries. That was up 8.2 percent from last year’s opening average of $3.65 million, the steepest increase since 2006. More than half the players — 486 — earn $1 million or more. And that doesn’t even include two big-money deals in the lead-up to Sunday night’s North American opener between the Dodgers and San Diego: In a pair of agreements Friday, Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera earned a $292 million, 10-year contract that adds eight additional seasons and $248 million to his existing deal, and young Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout reached a $144.5 million, six-year agreement that starts in 2015. MLB’s median salary, the point where an equal number earn above and below, is $1,475,000 — up from $1,262,500 at the start of last season. Average and median salaries decline over the course of the season as veterans are released and replaced by younger players making closer to the minimum, which is $500,000 this year. The players’ association calculated last season’s final average at $3.39 million, about $60,000 more than Major League Baseball’s figure. The AP’s figures include salaries and prorated shares of signing bonuses and other guaranteed income for players on active rosters, disabled lists and the restricted list. For some players, parts of deferred money are discounted to reflect current values.
Women’s tennis defeates Men’s track and field light it up Seaton Hall in close matches this weekend at the Spring Invite
Women’s Track and Field April 5 UConn Invitational All day
Sophomore Srna Stosljevic also earned two wins for UConn this weekend, winning in the #1 singles and doubles The UConn women’s tennis matches. Playing in the No. 1 team battled to a victory over singles match, Stosljevic took Seton Hall University this out Seton Hall’s Chloe Sher in past weekend, splitting the straight sets, 6-4, 6-2. In No. six singles matches with the 1 doubles, Stosljevic teamed Pirates before clinching the with senior Lucy Nutting to doubles point to get the win cruise past Seton Hall’s Sher in New Jersey. With the win, and Rocio Portela, dropping just one game to take the Huskies move to the pro-set 8-1. 5-9; the Pirates drop Nutting, who also to 10-6. played in the No.4 Senior Jennifer singles match, Learmonth was was beaten out by instrumental in the Seton Hall’s Julian Huskies’ victory, as Keenan, 4-6, 2-6. she earned two comeIn yet another confrom-behind victotested match, Shea ries; one of them was fought the tiebreaker of the » Game Recap Flanagan back in her No. 5 match. In the No. 3 doubles match, Learmonth singles match against Seton and her partner, senior Marie Hall’s Madison Shoemaker, Gargiulio, found themselves leveling the match at a set down 4-7 to Seton Hall’s apiece after dropping the first. Hannah Liljekvist and Anna Flanagan was unable to mainGuryanova. After forcing a tain the comeback, however, tiebreak by leveling the score falling behind by two breaks at 7-7, the Huskies’ senior duo in the decider en route to a closed out the match by win- 3-6, 6-3, 1-6 loss. The Huskies next return ning it 7-4 for an 8-7(4) victory. With the meet tied at 3-3, home as they host Rutgers Learmonth dropped the first University this upcoming set in her winner-take-all #6 Thursday, Apr. 3, at the East singles match to Seton Hall’s Hartford Tennis Club. The Alex Landert 4-6, before com- meet is set to begin at 1 p.m. ing back to win the next two sets and take the match 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 to seal a Husky vicEugene.Joh@UConn.edu tory.
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What's On TV NHL: Panthers vs. Devils, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN After the Devils’close loss to the Islander’s Saturday night, New Jersey is chomping at the bit to snap this two game losing streak. The Panthers, however, are in the same boat as they lost to Florida 4-1 on Saturday. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m.
NCAAB: (1) UConn vs (3) Texas A&M, 9:30 p.m., ESPN The UConn women’s basketball team continues their quest to Nashville tonight. The one thing stopping the Huskies is Texas A&M. Athough most people would write this game off, the Huskies trailed BYU for most of Saturday’s first half. UConn looks to keep their perfect season alive and join the men’s basketball team in the Final Four. Tip is set for 9:30 p.m. AP
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By Matt Kren Campus Correspondent The UConn men’s track and field won in the second UConn Spring Invite. Nine different members won events, which extends the huskies hot streak from the indoor season. Starting in the 800 meter, the Huskies had the top two competitors with freshman Michael O’Donnnell winning with a time of 1:54:32 followed by sophomore Nicholas Bertoline in second. Joining the pair were junior Philip Caldwell and junior James Agati, » Game who finished first and second respectively in the 1500 meter run. Other first place finishes were earned by freshman John Landis in the long jump, freshman Demario Gray in the high jump, freshman Craig Hunter in the pole vault, freshman Randall Wall in the 110 meter hurdles and sophomore Aeron Sykes in the 400 meter hurdles. Domination was the theme of the day as the Connecticut “A” and “B” team took first and second place respectively in the 4x400 meter relay. Earning points for the A team were sophomore Aeron Sykes, senior Paul DeSalvo, sopho-
more Justin Doehr, and freshman Patrick Hayes and for the B team, sophomore Kris Horn, sophomore Robert Hovanec, freshman Craig Hunter, and sophomore Harley Lacroix. Joining in on the domination were the athletes who competed in the discus throw, whereas seven huskies placed in the top ten. Senior captain Eric Masington, who had a throw of 55.29 meters, took first place as freshman Matthew Graziano, senior Samuel Smith, senior Jesse Chapman, senior Sean Walsh, sophomore Patrick Meyer, and sophomore Kris Horn also placed in the top ten. Recap Rounding out the top five finishes were freshman Kris Horn with fourth in the javelin throw, sophomore Stephen Vento with second in the 10,000 meter run, sophomore Oluwatosin Edwards with third in the hammer throw, sophomore Harley Lacroix and freshman John Landis with fourth and fifth in the 200 meter dash and junior Amanze Williams with a second place finish in the triple jump. This week the Huskies will be hosting the UConn Decathlon on April 3-4 at home.
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Proud to be a Husky
Monday, March 31, 2014
DON’T COUNT US OUT Shabazz Napier leads UConn past Michigan State to the Final Four By Mike Peng Senior Staff Writer
It’s a great time to be a Husky. From Bridgeport to Mystic, as far north as Enfield and Storrs and back to Madison Square Garden you could hear the collective sound of jubilation as the UConn Huskies made it back where they belong, the pinnacle of men’s basketball, the Final Four. This weekend, senior guard Shabazz Napier cemented his name with other UConn greats like Ray Allen, Tate George, Rip Hamilton and Kemba Walker. Off his 25-point performance, Napier and the rest of the Huskies are heading back to the Final Four for the first time since 2011. With the outstanding play of Napier and the solid performance of Ryan Boatwright and DeAndre Daniels the Huskies have been an offensive juggernaut in March with no signs of slowing down. UConn is the first No. 7 seed to reach the Final Four since Virginia accomplished the feat in 1984. It seems like a long time ago that we were talking about postseason bans and the pains of conference realignment. After getting screwed by the ACC, look where we are now. The view from the top of the college basketball world is pretty nice, despite the fact that we have to share it with three other teams. One of those teams is UConn’s next opponent, Florida. The Gators have not lost a single game since their loss to UConn on Dec. 2, when Napier once again proved to be the hero when it mattered most. While all of UConn country basks in the glory of the Huskies’ rise to the top, there’s another UConn team that has been on top since last April. The women’s basketball team plays tonight for a chance to go to their seventh straight Final Four. The Huskies took down No. 12 BYU 70-51 to advance to the Elite Eight and must now get by a perennial tournament favorite in Texas A&M. The Huskies had their first close call of the year when they were only leading BYU by one point at the half. But as always, UConn was able to rally and bury the Cougars in the second half, like they have done to so many teams in the past. For the first time in a long time, it feels like March Madness on campus. The feeling of excitement is in the air, and UConn white and navy apparel is on the backs of students as they move about. We are on the cusp of something special here in Storrs. There’s potential for both the men’s and women’s basketball team to make the Final Four for the first time since 2004. We all know what happened that year. It’ a great time to be a UConn student. Cherish these next few games, especially if you are a senior. Kevin Ollie said it best after the Michigan State game: “How about them Huskies?”
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NEW YORK – One step at time, Kevin Ollie climbed up the ladder under the rim of Madison Square Garden with a scissor in hand. Once at the top, he urged the UConn fans in attendance to cheer louder as he cut off a piece of nylon hanging from the basket. That’s what happens when you take your team to the Final Four in your first NCAA Tournament appearance as a head coach. “It’s a great time when you can get on that ladder, but I was really taking my time,” said Ollie after his Huskies topped Michigan State 60-54 Sunday afternoon in the Elite Eight. “One step at a time. And that’s what you got to do to get up top of the ladder. You can’t skip no steps. And the last two years we didn’t skip no steps. We took one step at a time.” The last two years were also some of the most dark and troubling periods for UConn basketball. After a postseason ban by the NCAA in 2013 and Hall-of-Fame head coach Jim Calhoun stepping down to retire, UConn looked fragile and on the verge of falling from the grace of a three-time national champion. Instead, Ollie took over the team and managed to hold this national powerhouse together by doing something not even Calhoun was able to do: reach the Final Four in his first NCAA Tournament appearance as the head coach of the Huskies. Ollie though, remained grateful – as he has always been – despite the immediate success. “You can’t take it for granted,” he said. “I thank Coach [Calhoun] for giving me this opportunity. I knew what I had, though. I had faith in my players. I had a great coaching staff… I knew God was going to give me a way out of no way. And I thank Him for this opportunity.”
The UConn men’s basketball team celebrates it’s huge upset over Michigan State Univeristy. The Huskies advance to the semifinal game of the Final Four as they take on Florida. UConn will take on Florida Saturday at 6:09 p.m.
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UConn to play A&M for a shot at the Final Four By Matt Stypulkoski Associate Sports Editor
LINCOLN, Neb. – Considering the stature and success of the UConn women’s basketball program, streaks are a common occurrence. Fortythree straight wins, 21 straight Sweet 16s, nine straight Elite Eights. All of those span more than just one season, almost all of them span more than a single player’s career. On Monday, when the top-seeded Huskies (37-0) take on No. 3 Texas A&M, another of those illustrious streaks will be put on the line for a chance at a seventh straight Final Four. “At the moment, you’re not really thinking about it,” Stefanie Dolson said. “Obviously we don’t know the streaks that we’re a part of our can be a part of. But in the long run you definitely do reflect on the fact that you’re a part of such a big legacy and so much history in this program.” In order to add another chapter to that growing UConn record book, the Huskies will have to get past the Aggies. Texas A&M (27-8) comfortably pushed its way past No. 7 DePaul,
84-69, on Saturday to make its third Elite Eight. But the Aggies were able to win that game running a mostly small lineup, often throwing four guards at the Blue Demons to match up. Monday, the rotation of players will have to change in order to account for UConn’s size inside. “We don’t have to worry about 5-foot-11” [Jasmine Penny of DePaul] anymore,” Aggies coach Gary Blair said. “Now it is 6-foot-5 and 6-foot-4 [Dolson, Breanna Stewart and Kiah Stokes] on the other end. My four guard lineup will go out the window now. We will try and put as many trees as we can in there against UConn.” Considering the rough nature of the Huskies’ 70-51 win over No. 12 BYU, Blair will also have to contend with a team that figures to be hungry to correct its mistakes. “That’s one of the really great challenges of this tournament,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “You don’t have time to dwell on what just happened and it’s a quick turnaround to play a completely different team than we played last night.” For Dolson, Monday night’s game
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UConn’s Moriah Jefferson looks to direct the Huskies past Texas A&M tonight at 9:30 p.m. UConn looks to continue their winning streak.
will be the 150th of her career, which ties Kayla Pederson of Stanford for the most games played in NCAA history. In all but two of those 150 games – both of which came during her freshman year – she’s gotten the start. “Being able to be consistent for that long of a period of time,” Dolson
said, “and having Coach trust me that much to start me that many games is pretty cool.” This is the third straight year that UConn will play Texas A&M. The two teams played a home-and-home in Dec. 2011 and Nov. 2012, with the Huskies taking both meetings by an
given that the Scarlet Knights play their home games on turf instead of on grass, a trickier and more temperamental surface. “Rutgers is used to [the weather] too, but they play on a nice artificial turf field and we don’t, so we’ve got to embrace the fact that we don’t and they’re not used to it,” Penders said. “I thought [Rutgers] was the tougher of the two teams in the first game, and that’s something that’s really hard to stomach in this program. We need to be a little bit tougher with the elements.” After getting through game two without a hitch, the two teams were only able to reach the bottom of the first inning in game three, which was halted and planned to be
resumed on Sunday morning. But Mother Nature thought differently, and proceeded to dump nearly three inches of rain across the state, overpowering the already–soaked field and extinguishing any hope of completing the series. Marzi posts seven strong innings Senior left–hander Anthony Marzi drew the start for UConn in game two of the series on Saturday, going seven strong innings and earning his third win of the season. The game marked the second consecutive start in which Marzi has lasted seven frames, with the southpaw last doing so on March 22 against South Florida. Marzi finished with perhaps his best line of the season to date, tossing six strikeouts –
average of 30.5 points. Tip-off is set for 9:30 p.m. and the game can be seen on ESPN. The winner will travel to Nashville, Tenn. for the Final Four on April 6.
Rain didn’t bring down the baseball series against Rutgers By Jack Mitchell Staff Writer In a weekend series marred by two halted games, a rain delay and less-than-desirable field conditions, the UConn baseball team (12-12, 2-3 the American) split a pair of conference games with Rutgers (9-13, 2-3 the American), losing 7-5 in game one before riding a wave at hits and runs to an 11-4 victory on Saturday afternoon. Weather proves fickle once again March in New England – perhaps every baseball player’s least-favorite four words – upheld its notoriously unpredictable reputation last weekend, as spitting rain, steel gray skies and tem-
peratures in the 40s made for miserable playing conditions. UConn head coach Jim Penders said he was unhappy with the way his team handled the adverse playing conditions in the first game of the series, which was halted in the top of the seventh inning on Friday and then resumed and finished Saturday morning. “We let [the weather] affect us, I thought. On certain plays, there was an infielder or two that I thought was letting it affect them, and that can’t happen,” Penders said. “It’s not like we’re not used to this. We’re used to this, and you have to find a way to embrace it.” Penders said he thought the Huskies could have better used the weather to their advantage instead of to their detriment,
giving him a team leading 38 on the season – along with two runs and no walks. He didn’t surrender a hit until the top of the fifth inning, finishing the game having allowed five. “He gives us leadership on the mound, he’s a very deliberate kid. He’s not real quick when he’s on the mound, he can get into ruts and funks, and he didn’t get into any real ruts and funks [on Saturday], and we needed that, we needed him to pitch a clean game,” Penders said of Marzi’s performance. “No walks, that might be a first for him. He was very good, and it was exactly what we needed to give us a chance to rebound from a terrible first game.”
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