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According to reports from across the state, freshman center Andre Drummond will leave UConn and enter the NBA Draft. Multiple media outlets in Connecticut have reported that Drummond will be the first Husky to leave after his freshman season and go to the NBA. Neither the school nor Drummond released an official statement, but Drummond retweeted congratulatory remarks directed to his account. According to The Hartford Courant’s Dom Amore, sources close to Drummond said he will become the first one-and-done player in Storrs history. “It’s the decision of a lifetime,” a source told The Courant. One source told the Connecticut Post’s Kevin Duffy that the postseason ban for the 2013 NCAA tournament factored heavily into his decision. Other media outlets across the state have also confirmed the
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report through sources. Drummond’s potential, size and athleticism makes him a lock for a high draft pick. The freshman came to Storrs in August after tweeting his intentions to reclassify and join the defending national champions. He struggled at times this season, but still averaged 10 points and 7.6 rebounds in 34 games, playing with a broken nose at the beginning of the season. The 6-foot-10, 270pound center from Middletown was selected to the Big East All-Rookie team. Drummond, who attended St. Thomas More and Capital Prep, was named the Preseason Big East Rookie of the Year. He was rated the nation’s No. 1 prospect by Scout.com and the No. 2 recruit by ESPNU and was the highest rated recruit to ever commit to Jim Calhoun. Drummond becomes the 15th UConn player to leave early for the pros. Nadav Henefeld left UConn after one season in 1990, but played professionally in Israel, his home country. Ater Majok spent two
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Andre Drummond, freshman center, dunks in the UConn vs. Harvard game on Dec. 8. It has not be confirmed by Drummond nor the school, but media outlets in Connecticut have reported that the player will enter the NBA Draft, based on the player’s recent tweets.
seasons in Storrs, but was only able to play in one of them. Following the 2010 season, Majok played professionally
overseas before being drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers this summer. Sophomore Jeremy Lamb
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The belief that Islamic women are oppressed is a western construction used to justify military actions of the West, said Harvard University Professor of Divinity Leila Ahmed Thursday. She pointed to the growing population of Muslim women activists who are fighting for social justice as evidence. Ahmed’s lecture, “Contemporary Trends in American Muslim Women’s ‘Feminist’ Activism,” held in the Konover Auditorium in the Dodd Center, was part of the 14th annual Gender and History Lecture Series. Ahmed explained that the term “feminist” is placed in quotations due to the fact that most women involved in the Muslim activist movements do not identify themselves as feminists. This has also been seen in other minority groups, as the feminist is typically associated with the white, middle class fight for women’s rights.
On Wednesday, April 11, the UConn chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) held its second annual reception. Members of the organization spoke about ongoing projects in Nicaragua and Ethiopia, introduced several new initiatives and thanked those who had offered guidance and support over the past year. Dean Mun Choi and Assistant Dean Marty Wood were both in attendance, along with other members of the engineering community. Andrew Silva, a fourth-semester chemical engineering major and president of the UConn chapter of EWB, took the podium to welcome everyone and explain the unique nature of EWB’s mission. Unlike other groups that seek to raise money or galvanize large groups of volunteers to address immediate concerns, Engineers Without Borders focuses on sustainability and the use of appropriate technologies to solve problems with the hope that these communities will eventually take ownership of the projects. “Our ultimate goal is to partner with developing communities in order to improve their quality of life,” Silva said. Achieving this goal requires collaboration between the members of Engineers Without Borders, UConn faculty, professional mentors and leaders in the community. Silva explained that EWB has developed a project model consisting of an initial assessment phase in which members of club interact directly with members of the community in need before the implementing any of their projects. Silva’s remarks were followed by presentations from the project chairs for the group’s two
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4th-semester chemical engineering major Ahmed placed specific focus on the Hijab, the veil worm by many Muslim women. In the West, the veil has often been seen as a symbol of oppression in Islam, but Ahmed challenged
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Harvard University Professor of Divinity Leila Ahmed lectured in Konover Auditorium about the rise of Muslim women’s activism. While the hijab is often seen as oppressive, Muslim women embrace it as a symbol of their identity.
this ideology, saying this view of the Hijab oversimplifies the covering. While in some context it may be a symbol of oppression, in others it is a symbol of personal identity that Muslim wear women wear proudly. “[The lectured showed] You have to think more deeply about issues about religion and gender and not just take what people say,” said Ginny Cousens, a 4thsemester chemical engineering major. This misconception, prominent in Western culture, specifically in America, produced what can be seen as a positive result. It brought the debate of women’s rights in Islam to the forefront of a national and a global debate, allowing Muslim women to bring forth their own form of women’s rights activism. This generation of Muslim women, according to Ahmed, is ushering in a new age for Islam.
In 2005, the Islamic Society of North America, founded in 1981, elected Ingrid Mattson as the president of the organization. She is the first woman and the first person born in North America to head the conservative group. Ahmed said that Mattson does not identify herself as a feminist, but does advocate for social rights. The acceptance of a woman as the leader of a major conservative Islamic group marks a shift in Islam, a gradual shift coming from Muslim women activists that is affecting Islam on the whole. Other women that Ahmed point to as examples of Muslim “feminist” activists included the first female president of the Muslim Student Associations, Hadia Mubarak, and Laleh Bakhtiar, who was the first American woman to translate the Koran. Bakhtiar’s translation of the verse traditionally interpreted
as telling men to beat their wives when differences cannot be resolved, instead is interpreted as telling men to leave their wives. Her translation, according to Ahmed, is yet another example of women’s growing influence in Islamic culture. Brianna Martone, a sixthsemester women studies major, commented on Bakhtiar’s translation, noting the affect different interpretations can have. Tanya Rose Lane, a sixthsemester history major, said, “I found it really interesting how [Ahmed] talked about how you can be a proud Muslim women and be an American.” Ahmed’s latest book A Quiet Revolution: The Veil’s Resurgence from the Middle East to America explores these topics further.
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BRIDGEPORT (AP) — Housatonic Community College says a security breach has exposed about 87,000 records of confidential faculty, staff and student data to potential misuse. Two computers at the college became infected with a type of malware, which is software intended to disrupt computer operations, gather sensitive information or gain unauthorized access to computer. As a result, files were potentially exposed to unauthorized access. The college says the files contained names, addresses, dates of birth and Social Security numbers. The Bridgeport college says the malware was discovered during routine scans. The computers in question were removed and will be examined.
Gov. Malloy asks mayors to lobby for education
HARTFORD (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is pushing leaders in Connecticut’s lowest achieving school districts to lobby in favor of his education overhaul proposals. The Democratic governor met behind closed doors with mayors from across the state Thursday at the Capitol Building in Hartford. After the meeting, over 20 of the mayors from these “alliance” districts, which would gain millions of dollars in funding under Malloy’s education proposals, joined the governor at a news conference. Malloy said the meeting including discussion on how these cities and towns should spend new funding to improve educational performance in their school districts. The governor told reporters he will not support a bill that fails to address certain areas in his education package. He said the bill is still being discussed informally in the legislature.
Officials highlight investments in Groton sub base
GROTON (AP) — Connecticut officials have opened an updated pier and culinary training center at the Naval Submarine Base at Groton. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman and Rep. Joe Courtney were on hand for a ribbon-cutting Thursday on a new $36 million pier that was funded by the Navy. The state has been making investments to increase the value of the sub base since it was nearly closed by the U.S. government in 2005. Courtney said the improvements increase the strategic value of the base. Courtney says the new pier can accommodate cranes or trucks to support a boat on one side without impeding work on a boat on the other side. Connecticut has committed $50 million for improvements for the submarine industry, including dry-dock facilities at Groton-based contractor Electric Boat.
Hartford hosts New Haven Day for residents, businesses
HARTFORD (AP) — New Haven residents, businesses and organizations will be gathering at the state Capitol for the annual New Haven Day event. City residents and Mayor John DeStefano Jr. will have an opportunity to discuss issues that are important to their community during Wednesday’s early afternoon event. DeStefano is expected to advocate for red light traffic cameras, local economic development projects and funding for the Youth (at) Work program, which provides employment opportunities to certain New Haven teenagers and young adults. New Haven organizations also will host information tables and the city will hand out its signature pizza at the event.
State drops second arson case against Shenkman
NEW LONDON (AP) — A state prosecutor has dropped a second arson case against a former advertising executive already serving a 70-year prison sentence for kidnapping his ex-wife and burning a house down. The Day of New London (http://bit.ly/HuBQDl ) reports that State’s Attorney Michael Regan said Thursday he won’t prosecute the case against Richard Shenkman, who allegedly burned down his ex-wife’s Niantic home in 2007. Regan says the 63-year-old Shenkman won’t outlive his prison sentence. A New London Superior Court judge later granted a defense motion to dismiss the case. Shenkman was sentenced to 70 years in January after being convicted of kidnapping Nancy Tyler in Hartford and holding her hostage in their former South Windsor home for more than 13 hours before fleeing the burning house. Tyler escaped unharmed.
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By Deepti Boddapati Campus Correspondent The Office of Undergraduate Research is hosting the 15th annual Frontiers in Undergraduate Research Exhibition Friday 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. in the North and South reading rooms of Wilbur Cross. Students from all majors and schools are presenting their research. This exhibition is the largest yet, with 198 presenters. All students, faculty, staff and members of the public are encouraged to attend. This exhibition is a great platform for student researchers to present their findings in a professional environment. It is also an opportunity for students to learn more about the varied scholarly activities of the undergraduate student body. The posters cover a wide range of topics from reverse electron transport and metmyoglobin reduction to the Bolsa Familia Conditional Cash Transfer Program in Brazil. Last year’s program featured only 140 presenters. Some poster topics featured were adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders and social interactions in affordable assisted living facilities. All of these research projects are conducted under the guidance of faculty advisers. Sponsors like the Office of Undergraduate Research, the Office of the Provost, UConn schools and colleges, and the summer Undergraduate Research Fund, as well as private donors and external grants, fund many of the participants. The Youtube channel UConnFoundation, hosts many of the award-winning presenters on its channel. Many presentations from last year can be viewed there.
Emails: Conn. struggled with TicketNetwork aid HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and his top officials struggled with state assistance to online ticket exchange TicketNetwork Inc., beginning with questions about economic development policy and ending with the arrest of the company’s chief executive on charges of a hate crime and breach of peace. Officials discussed how best to explain why millions in economic development aid were going to a Connecticut company when it could be used to attract an out-of-state business, according to emails obtained in a Freedom of Information request by The Associated Press. Seven months later, Malloy administration officials emailed among themselves about how to respond to the company’s withdrawal from the governor’s signature economic development program after Chief Executive Don Vaccaro was arrested at an Oscar party in Hartford. Vaccaro, who police said was drunk and hurled a racial insult at a bouncer, later took an indefinite leave of absence from the company. In a Feb. 29 email, Economic Development Commissioner Catherine Smith sought guidance from Andrew Doba, a spokesman for Malloy, and a spokesman for the state development agency about what to say publicly about TicketNetwork’s decision to pull out from Malloy’s First Five economic development program. “I trust our response is that we respect their decision and welcome their continued growth in the state. Right?” she asked. Doba asked the commissioner to handle the announcement of TicketNetwork’s decision to withdraw from the program and advised her to tell reporters the scandal was a one-time problem in a system that otherwise worked well. “We have solid process in place for vetting companies that take part in First Five and other
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy speaks at the State Capitol in Hartford on Feb. 8, 2012.
economic development programs,” Doba said. “No process is perfect.” Smith publicly pledged that officials would do a better job researching privately owned companies and their executives seeking state aid. Following Vaccaro’s arrest, an aide viewed a July 2011 video of Malloy and Vaccaro announcing the economic development package to make sure the governor wasn’t linked to the disgraced company executive. “I didn’t see anything notable, other than (Malloy) thanking Vaccaro for his leadership,” spokesman David Bednarz said in an email to Malloy’s senior adviser Roy Occhiogrosso and others on the governor’s communications staff. The emails are incomplete. Anthony Janotta, Malloy’s legal
counsel, said officials withheld correspondence to protect lawyer-client confidentiality and documents discussing strategy and negotiations related to pending claims. A TicketNetwork spokesman said the company wouldn’t comment on the emails or on Vaccaro. Malloy’s marquee First Five program was established last year to consolidate state tax credits to draw the first five businesses investing $25 million in Connecticut and creating 200 jobs over five years. TicketNetwork was the second company to win incentives in exchange for keeping 292 jobs, creating at least 200 full-time jobs in two years and possibly up to 600 over the next 10 years. The state pledged up to $7.75 million in loans and grants.
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main projects in Nicaragua and Ethiopia. The Nicaragua project addresses issues of soil stabilization, water diversion and flow control in order to improve road conditions in La Prusia, a small town that suffers from severe flooding during the rainy season. The Ethiopia project focuses on water purification in a small rural village in Mojo, Ethiopia. Currently, the drinking water contains dangerous levels of flouride and is contaminated by industrial fluids. The team working on the project has recently applied for a grant of $15,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency and will be making their first initial assessment trip in August. Ethan Butler, an eighth-semester chemical engineering major, spoke about his work with the Humanitarian Water Purification
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Two USC students remembered by friends LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ming Qu was a day shy of his 24th birthday and had plans to return to China at the end of the semester to work. Ying Wu was progressive and thoughtful, friends said, always up for being part of a good gag. Both had traveled from Beijing last spring like many international students had before them, eager to earn their master’s degree in electrical engineering at the University of Southern California yet somewhat wary of what life in Los Angeles would provide. A portrait of the pair emerged Thursday as police tried to locate the gunman who killed the students while they sat in a BMW in the midnight rain about a mile from campus. Investigators said the attack on Wednesday might have been part of a robbery or attempted carjacking, but other possibilities have not been discounted. No arrests have been made, and police were looking at video surveillance tapes taken from cameras in the neighborhood to see whether the footage contains any new evidence. Police have not yet released a description of the gunman who fled on foot. A press conference has been set for Friday when authorities plan to announce a $125,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the shooter. The shooting garnered attention half a world away as China’s state television repeatedly played a report from Los Angeles with one of its reporters examining the crime scene. Speculation swirled on China’s social media sites, saying the two students were from affluent families because of the BMW that some media outlets reported as being newly purchased. The Chinese public is acutely sensitive to a widening gap between rich and poor.
Victims’ families boost Conn. death penalty repeal HARTFORD (AP) — The vote to repeal Connecticut’s death penalty brought a moment of triumph for Elizabeth Brancato, a lifelong opponent of capital punishment despite the murder of her mother in 1979. Brancato had lobbied lawmakers for years, becoming more resolved against capital punishment as she met families of other victims frustrated by endless appeals. She also started a blog to highlight the voices of other victims’ relatives in favor of repeal that she felt were overshadowed in the debate. She was at the statehouse Wednesday night as the state legislature gave final approval to a bill that will make Connecticut the 17th state to repeal capital punishment. A week earlier, she was in the gallery when it cleared its biggest hurdle with an early morning vote in the state Senate. “It was one of the best moments of my life,” Brancato said. Brancato is among roughly 180 relatives of crime victims who pushed for repeal in private meetings with lawmakers, via petition drives and at news con-
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Dr. William Petit Jr., left, whose wife and two daughters were killed in a 2007 home invasion in Cheshire and his sister Johanna Petit Chapman, right, listen to speakers at a committee hearing on legislation to repeal the death penalty at the Legislative Office Building.
a turning point for me.” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, a Democrat, said he will sign the bill into law as soon as it reaches his desk, making Connecticut the fifth state in five years to repeal the death penalty. The legislation will apply only to
future cases and not the 11 men already on the state’s death row. In more than half a century, Connecticut has executed only one person — serial killer Michael Ross, who volunteered for the lethal injection in 2005. Brancato, a Torrington resi-
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Barack Obama’s high command had demanded that Rosen apologize, while the Democratic National Committee disavowed her comments and her, reflecting the acute sensitivity of both parties about alienating any sub group of female voters. The multimedia furor erupted Wednesday night when Rosen said on CNN that Ann Romney, whose husband is worth millions, never had to work to pay the bills and should not be her husband’s surrogate on women and the economy. “His wife has actually never worked a day in her life,” Rosen said. “She’s never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of women in this country are facing.” The backlash was brutal and swift. David Axelrod, Obama’s top campaign strategist, tweeted that
Rosen’s comments were “inappropriate and offensive.” The president’s campaign manager, Jim Messina, said Rosen should apologize. And the Democratic National Committee downplayed any connection to Rosen or her firm. “What she said was absolutely out of bounds,” said DNC Executive Director Patrick Gaspard on MSNBC. “Ann Romney is someone who obviously has worked hard to raise five good boys and she’s made some tough choices in her life, I’m certain. Families should be absolutely out of bounds in this discussion.” He added: “Hillary Rosen is absolutely not a paid adviser to the DNC or to the Obama campaign, absolutely not.” Romney’s campaign quickly assembled a conference call for reporters with the campaign’s
female surrogates, who said Rosen’s comments pit women who make different choices in a difficult economy against each other. “The Democrats see them as the key to this election, the Democrats are saving their vitriol for highly successful Republican women, people like, sadly, Mrs. Romney,” said Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo. “The Democrats continue their politics of division that President Obama himself said he’d change.” Some of the Republican response was divisive, too. “Many, many people in the Democratic Party view the choices that Ann Romney made as the greatest threat to feminism,” Sabrina Schaeffer, executive director of the Independent Women’s Forum, said on the same call.
Ann Romney fires back at never-worked charge
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ann Romney fought back Thursday against a Democrat who suggested she’s no economic expert because she “hasn’t worked a day in her life.” Raising the five Romney sons, she said, was such a full-time job that her husband, Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney, considered it more important than his work as the family breadwinner. “He would say, ‘My job is temporary...Your job is a forever job that’s going to bring forever happiness,” Ann Romney told Fox News, wading into a multimedia furor over comments by Democratic consultant Hilary Rosen. “Mitt respects women that make those different choices.” Rosen apologized to Ann Romney later Thursday for her “poorly chosen” words. “As a mom I know that raising children is the hardest job
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New York Times program too important to be cut
uring last month’s campaign for Undergraduate Student Government officers, each of the four tickets running for President and Vice President were asked during the debate to name one program currently receiving USG funding that they would seek to cut first. There seemed to be little controversy on this matter – all of the candidates expressed their willingness to cut UConn’s New York Times Readership Program. This program, which began in 2008, currently supplies certain locations – the library, South dining hall and the Student Union, for example – with a total of 600 copies of the New York Times daily. Though purchasing upwards of 50,000 newspapers represents a significant drain on the USG’s budget, we feel that it is a program of critical importance to the student body and should not be quickly or willingly sacrificed to budget cuts. The New York Times Readership program is perhaps the program currently receiving USG funding that benefits the most UConn students on a daily basis. For those who actively seek to understand and analyze current events, reading the day’s copy of the newspaper is an essential part of one’s daily routine. Even for those who are not quite so interested in the news, the presence of a stack of newspapers in the library or at the entrance to a dining hall serves as a reminder or encouragement to spend at least a few minutes reading the front page or glancing the headlines. And for the devoted few who fill out the day’s crossword puzzle or read art and literature reviews, the program is irreplaceable. We urge USG above all to consider the great value that having merely hundreds of copies of The New York Times on campus provides to the approximately 20,000 students residing and studying here. But we recognize that the USG is in a tough budgetary situation, and if cuts to the New York Times Readership Program must be considered, we suggest that some solutions may be possible that do not diminish students’ access to the news. It may be advisable to stop delivering newspapers to the Student Union or the Co-op, where it is more likely that a non-student, who does not pay for the program, will pick up a copy. USG may also wish to look into providing comprehensive Internet access to the New York Times’ website, which is increasingly obstructed by paywalls for those who do not subscribe. But in all considerations, USG must first recognize the importance of newspapers to students and protect the program that provides them from unnecessary cutbacks. The Daily Campus editorial is the official opinion of the newspaper and its editorial board. Commentary columns express opinions held solely by the author and do not in any way reflect the official opinion of The Daily Campus.
#Brony2012 “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It)” is a prime example of raging on the same page. Just missed the bus..damn inaccurate GPS. What if allergies are just the trees and plants brewing up that mysterious killing gas like from M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Happening,” but they have yet to have gotten the correct formula? Do you love this stuff? Are you high right now? Do you ever get nervous? Are you single? I heard you had relations with your girl, is it true? You gettin’ money? You think them characters you with is with you? Bo Burnham was the most racist, sexist, homophobic, offensive thing I have ever seen. It was wonderful. I chase squirrels. #thinkingimaliteralhuskyproblems I was just at Store 24. I’m going to miss it so much, you guys. #oneforthehomies Are InstantDaily submissions with hashtags the new thing? #NoTrendingInANewspaper Trapped in the Closet is the greatest hip-hopera of all time. Screw YOLO, Hakuna Matata’s the only motto I need. No Broadway ditty is closer to my heart than the one you just heard: Day B’Day. Hasa diga eebowai.
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Racism is everywhere in American society
n the past two weeks, the Trayvon Martin case – an interaction and a reaction between two people in Sanford, Fla. - has come to represent the nature of racism and profiling and difference in American society today. Everything about the killing lends itself well to symbolic representation and imagery. When Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) took the floor of Congress last week wearing a hoodie over his suit and tie, the connection between Martin’s death and the eruption of racism as a talking point of American social and political consciousness in our minds was instantaneous. The consumpBy Christopher Kempf tion of Skittles has now become an act Weekly Columnist of political protest. Without the benefit of conclusive evidence, millions of Americans have come to a conclusion about the possible culpability of George Zimmerman and the victimhood of Trayvon Martin. When we stake out moral claims on the bodies of these two men, demanding that justice be done and that a death be avenged, we externalize the racism and hatred present in our own lives and pretend that a controversy in a Florida town will win the battle for one side or the other. What we often fail to recognize is that we live in a society that is so fundamentally racist, sexist, bigoted, xenophobic and other-
fearing, to echo Cornel West, that every cultural interaction that takes place within it becomes tinged with the stain of irrational, instinctive hatred. Racism need not take the form of Nazi salutes or violent hate crimes, however. Indeed, so much of the racism that pervades our society today is of a much more subtle, unstated variety. Consider the election of Barack Obama, the first black president of the United States. When news of his November 2008 victory broke, many celebrated it as a turning of the tide against historical currents of racism in America, or at least an important breakthrough. But as a nation, we must ask ourselves, are more whites willing to move to black majority neighborhoods as a result of Obama’s election? After Obama beat McCain, did fewer whites lock their car doors or clutch their valuables when seeing a black man walk past? Did black men and women suddenly suffer less pay discrimination, stereotyping or profiling on Jan. 20, 2009? This national symptom of translating our own prejudices into tidy, morally potent symbols is indicative of a disease that afflicts the most minute power relations in our society. It is impossible to, all at one moment, to erase centuries of slavery, oppression, poverty and violence that characterized race relations in America for so long – indeed, those legacies may never be erased. We should have the boldness, moreover, to look beyond this all-too-common black-white binary thinking that constrains our discourse. George Zimmerman had a Hispanic mother. Barack Obama had a white mother. By the middle of this century, almost all Americans will look in some way
like Zimmerman and Obama – people of complex identities. Furthermore, we need not limit ourselves to race to perceive an explosion, a democratization of difference in our society – more and more, people are finding that they conceive of themselves as neither totally male nor totally female, neither totally heterosexual nor totally homosexual, and neither an assimilated American nor a cultural separatist. We stand unable and unwilling, nonetheless, to accommodate and accept any significant measure of difference in our lives without first instinctively erecting those barriers between the self and the other that we are continually taught by social experience to construct. When we strip away the rhetoric of equality-of-opportunity, of liberalism, of democracy and elections that hangs like a shroud over our society, we reveal a nation languishing under quiet apartheids mandated not by law, but instilled in us nonetheless by the cultural traditions of our history and our unequal social positions. We are the very racists we decry. Those historical wounds of hatred will continue to fester until we can critique our own thoughts and actions as those of bigoted social beings – however involuntary they might appear to be – and turn those innumerable “–phobias” and “–isms” against themselves. The first step, after all, is admitting that we have a problem.
Weekly Columnist Christopher Kempf is a 4th-semester political science major and geography minor. He can be reached at Christopher.Kempf@UConn.edu.
Gen Eds prevent students from getting ahead
here is one thing I absolutely love about the springtime. No, it doesn’t have to do with the beautiful weather, the people tanning at West Campus, or even the sudden approaching of exams. If you guessed enrolling into classes for next semester, you are a winner. There is nothing I’d rather be doing on a Friday morning than picking what classes I will be taking in the fall especially when the process, which should take five minutes, takes By Joel Cintron about 30 minutes if you’ve Staff Columnist prepared ahead of time. Let’s not forget the joy of sending emails to professors you do not know for those coveted permission numbers. OK, OK, let’s be real. The whole process of enrollment is more painful than Jeremy Lamb leaving UConn to enter the NBA Draft. But there is one aspect of attending a university such as UConn that is more aggravating: general education requirements. I hate having to take classes in college that I basically took in high school just to fulfill requirements needed to graduate. Then why do we take them? In simple terms, we take Gen Eds to prove that we
are intellectually competent at the university level and to make us more “worldly” in terms of knowledge. This way when I am older and people are confused about what the definition of antimatter is at the dinner table, I can correctly answer: antimatter is a negative form of matter not found on earth. Even though this is irrelevant to the dinner we would be eating or our lives for that matter, at least I will be able to educate them. The night would be saved and I would be the hero. But let’s be honest, the reason why Gen Eds are instituted in universities is not for our general welfare, although that is a positive consequence… I guess. The real reason is as part of an American capitalistic institution: Gen Eds are enforced to make money. Think about it. We have to take courses in Areas A-E. Then we have to take two classes (each) in three more Content Areas. And don’t forget the three Quantitative Competency courses you have
to take if you are a liberal arts major. Essentially, you are paying for two years of Gen Eds rather than using those classroom hours to work on the major that you’ve declared. Add costs for room and board, a meal plan, the books that you have to buy for each course, the paper or computer for notes, and the pens or pencils for taking those notes and you will arrive at a grand total of WTF. I didn’t even get to the bad news. Tuition is set to increase 6 percent for the next two years, while scholarships and grants are being cut. That means loans will become a necessity unless your parents are well-endowed. But hey, at least UConn will be able to hire more faculty to lower the student to teacher ratio while my funds see more red than my Calculus exam. But I am majoring in international relations, not engineering, so
“Essentially, you are paying for two years of Gen Eds rather than using those classroom hours to work on the major that you’ve declared.”
why do I need to know how to find sine, cosine or tangent? I already know enough math to count money, add up my fee bills, and calculate a price with tax. What more do you want from me? Just to be clear, I do believe in learning other subjects and expanding knowledge. However, we should have the freedom to choose what courses we take outside our major as paying students. We are the consumers of the business known as higher education, a business that does not guarantee a career after we graduate. So many students turn to graduate school or medical school to further their chances of getting a good paying career that can support them (and pay off loans). My solution is to lower the amount of General Education requirements needed to graduate. Also, make it more flexible. If there is one thing I have learned from being a student, it is that people tend to retain knowledge and receive better grades in classes that interest them. The system needs to be fixed, for the financial and mental well-being of all students. Staff Columnist Joel Cintron is a 6th-semester international relations major and president. He can be reached at Joel.Cintron@UConn.edu.
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Altruistic individuals: hapless suckers, all of them
couple weeks ago when I was waiting for my psychology lecture to begin, I ran into one of my friends and started talking. I then went to my lecture. Afterward, I decided I wanted to get some By Fariya Naz breakfast at Staff Columnist the Union. When I reached down for my wallet, which contained my license, debit card, dorm keys, id card, insurance card and my cell phone, I realized it was nowhere to be seen. I began to panic and started searching in the place where I sat before I went into lecture. Nothing was there. As I was freaking out, I was able to ask the main desk if they had a brown wallet. Lo and behold, there it was. The contents of the wallet were secure – I even found some cash that I
forgot was still in there. For the rest of that day, I was in a really good mood. I held doors a little longer and smiled at strangers knowing that any one of them could be the person who returned my wallet. Someone did something good for me and I wanted to return the favor. Each small action had the potential to help someone in some small way and after each kind gesture, I felt a little bit better. Having eaten at all of the dining halls on campus without having anything stolen has not convinced me to leave my bag at a table. On that day, however, I felt I could trust my UConn peers a little more. I felt a sense of unity and I wanted to convey it in some way to others. Feeling good made me want to do good, which in turn made me feel good again – it was an endless cycle. I once was an optimist who
believed that people are innately good. They do good things for the simple reason of making others happy. With time, I have learned more about motivations and admittedly have grown cynical in regards to the concept of pure altruism. Was the person who returned my wallet actually just a genuinely good person? Or did that person return my wallet to feel good about him or herself? Is an individual selfish if he does something in the hopes of making him or herself feel good? These questions reminded me of something I read a while ago. In “The Selfish Gene” by Richard Dawkins, many kinds of birds fly in groups. They take turns keeping watch for predators. Why do birds do that? The danger of domain decreases on an individual level if there are more birds. If the look-out sees a predator and runs without
signaling, there would only be one bird flying, increasing its domain and inevitably becoming prey. In that instance, all of the birds might be able to get away if they all fly together. Almost all living things are social creatures that work better in groups. Group interactions are so important that we have an entire field of study devoted to them. For the social psychology section of my class, we discussed how companies donate to charities and how they usually have an ulterior motive. Although they may not be donating solely to be helpful, some people who deserve to be helped ultimately receive it. Do motivations really matter when the outcome is positive? Dawkins used a theoretical model consisting of a class of people called Grudgers, who partake in reciprocal altruism
and rose to the top by holding grudges against the Cheaters, who never returned favors. Suckers, another class of people, helped others indiscriminately and were therefore, exploited. Suckers would end up dying out because no one ever helped them, cheaters would be out of luck once the Grudgers realized they were being cheated. In this model, the Grudgers would have the most successful genes. Evolutionarily speaking, they would survive longer than both Cheaters and Suckers. Dawkins might have been right in the animal world, but in our world, I can see some people choose to only be useful when someone is useful to them. Some people also receive help from everyone, but do not return a favor, either out of choice or circumstance. These kinds of people can get through life, but they will not have the sat-
isfaction of doing good for the sake of doing good. Lastly, the suckers, who in my mind make real friends and are successful because they help everyone. If nothing works out, at least they know they did the right thing. Overall, I am thankful that the suckers of our world will not die out. People can have all sorts of reasons for doing the things they do – whether it is to feel good about themselves or to get something out of it later. I just hope that for every Grudger or Cheater, we have a Sucker, because without them, this world would only have insincere people. Lastly, if the person who returned my wallet is reading this, thank you so much for being a Sucker. Staff Columnist Fariya Naz is a 2nd-semester psychology and cognitive science double major. She can be reached at Fariya.Naz@UConn.edu.
» TOTALLY RAD/TOTALLY BAD Totally rad
Garden salsa Sun Chips exist on this campus.
Totally saw it coming
That one girl who always cries at parties crying again.
Summer is still deceptively far.
Does just the mention of the word “internship” make anyone else sick?
Where’s the most awkward place you got mud from playing OOzeball? – By Jonathan Kulakofsky
“The seam of my short shorts.”
“In between my toes ;)”
“Oh, you know....”
Hasan Zaidi, 4th-semester mechanical engineering major
Lydia Kowinko, 6th-semester history and economics major
Parag Bhuva, 8th-semester anthropology and psychology major
Walker Miller, 2nd-semester biomedical engineering major
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Pennsylvania egg Skittles joins food brands farm ‘deplorable’ at center of tragedy PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Humane Society of the United States said Thursday an uncover operation by the group at a central Pennsylvania egg farm found hens suffering in severely overcrowded cages, along with mummified bird carcasses, thick layers of dead flies and other “deplorable” conditions. The group’s six-week probe in February and March at a Kreider Farms facility in Manheim found many of the
birds did not have enough room to spread their wings and were sick or injured, said Josh Balk, the society’s director of corporate policy for farm animal protection. Investigators found dead hens composing alongside birds still laying eggs, birds partially stuck in cages, and the strong ammonia smell that occurs when chicken manure is allowed to build up, Balk said. “Their quality of life is miserable day after day after day,”
Josh Balk, a spokesman for The Humane Society of the United States, speaks during a news conference in Philadelphia.
said Wayne Pacelle, the society’s president. “This situation is intolerable.” Pennsylvania is the nation’s third-largest egg producing state. Kreider Farms is among its largest egg producers, supplying eggs, milk and other products to retail stores in the mid-Atlantic region. Ron Kreider, the company president, called the probe “a gross distortion of Kreider Farms, our employees and the way we care for our birds.” “We are leading the industry by tearing down old, traditionalstyle egg houses and replacing them with new, state-of-the-art facilities,” Kreider said. “More than 80 percent of our chickens are housed in larger, modern cages. By comparison, 80 percent of U.S. caged egg production still houses birds in older, traditional style cages.” The Humane Society also is calling for more support of federal legislation that would improve conditions for hens. Among other things, the legislation would require phasing in new housing for hens that would provide the animals more space and contain perches and nesting areas.
Florida serial killer executed for girl’s 1983 death
STARKE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida inmate was put to death Thursday, nearly three decades after the murder of 17-year-old Lynn Elliott, whose failed escape attempt ended a string of rapes and slayings that shook the quiet coastal town of Vero Beach. David Alan Gore, 58, was pronounced dead at 6:19 p.m. Thursday after receiving an injection at the Florida State Prison, officials said. Authorities said he made a final statement in which he apologized to the family and said he hoped they would find peace, adding he was not the same man he was then. In all, Gore killed four teenage girls and two women, authorities say. Elliott’s murder was the only one for which he was sentenced to death. Elliott’s parents had said as Thursday’s execution time approached that this was the day they have been waiting for — a
date many thought should have come years ago, considering there was no doubt he committed the crimes and he had shown no remorse for the killings. “For us it’s been a nightmare, because I just turned 81. I was beginning to think that I might die before he went,” said Carl Elliott, the girl’s father, recently. Jeanne Elliott almost did die. About two years ago she was in a coma, and doctors told her son to begin making funeral arrangements. She suddenly began recovering, and she said she believes it was because of her wish to see the 58-year-old Gore die first. Gore met with a spiritual adviser earlier Thursday and was visited by his mother and an ex-wife. He was calm and cooperative, said Department of Corrections spokeswoman Ann Howard. The U.S. Supreme Court denied a final appeal less than two hours before the scheduled
execution. The justices rejected an argument that Gore’s death sentence should be lifted because a prior appellate attorney failed to locate a key witness for a claim that his trial lawyers were negligent during the case’s penalty phase. On July 26, 1983, Gore and his cousin Fred Waterfield picked up Lynn Elliott and her 14-year-old friend hitchhiking to Wabasso Beach north of Vero Beach. They took them at gunpoint to Gore’s parents’ house. Waterfield left and Gore raped the girls, who were bound in separate rooms. Elliott freed her legs and ran naked from the house, hands still tied behind her back. Gore, also naked, chased her, drug her back toward the house as she kicked and screamed and then shot her twice in the head. Police were called after a boy witnessed the murder. Gore was caught and the other girl rescued.
NEW YORK (AP) — It could’ve been Starbursts, Twizzlers or Sour Patch Kids. But when Trayvon Martin was fatally shot, he happened to be carrying a bag of Skittles. The 17-year-old’s death at the hands of a neighborhood watchman in February ignited nationwide protests and heated debate about racial profiling and “Stand Your Ground” laws. For Mars Inc., the privately held company that owns Skittles, the tragedy presents another, more surreal dimension. Protestors carried bags of the chewy fruit-flavored candy while marching for the arrest of shooter George Zimmerman. Mourners pinned the bright red wrappers to their hooded sweatshirts at memorial services. On eBay, vendors sell $10 T-shirts with the words “Justice for Trayvon Martin” printed over a cartoon-like rainbow of pouring Skittles. Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company —the unit of Mars that owns Skittles— issued only a brief statement offering condolences to Martin’s friends and family, adding that it would be inappropriate to comment further “as we would never wish for our actions to be perceived as an attempt of commercial gain.” Skittles isn’t the first popular food brand to find itself at the center of a major controversy. The terms “the Twinkie defense” and “don’t drink the Kool-Aid” became part of the vernacular decades ago in the wake of tragic events. More recently, Doritos made headlines when it was reported that the corn chips were Saddam Hussein’s favorite snack. The cases show how millions of advertising and marketing dollars can be rendered powerless when a company’s product is swept into a big news story. Hostess Brands Inc., which owns Twinkies, says it does not have any archival information on how it handled the popularization of the term “the Twinkie defense.” The phrase was used derisively by the media during the trial of Dan White, who fatally shot San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and city supervisor Harvey Milk in 1978. White’s lawyers cited his poor eating habits as a sign of his depressed state. As for “don’t drink the KoolAid,” younger generations may not realize the phrase has its
Jajuan Kelley, of Atlanta, wears a Skittles wrapper over his mouth during a rally in memory of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed 17-year-old who was killed by a Florida neighborhood watch captain while returning from a convenience store with a bag of Skittles and an iced tea, in Atlanta.
origins in the 1978 mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana, where Reverend Jim Jones led more than 900 members of the Peoples Temple to drink a grape flavored drink laced with cyanide. The powdered mix used to make the concoction was actually the lesser known Flavor Aid. Even so, executives at Kraft Foods Inc., which owns Kool-Aid, decided to let the matter go, rather than set the record straight. “It would be like spitting into the wind at this point — it’s just part of the national lexicon,” says Bridget MacConnell, a Kraft spokeswoman. “We all try to protect the value of our brands. But this one just kind of got away from us. I don’t think there was any way to fight it.” MacConnell added that KoolAid remains a popular drink and that the Jonestown tragedy has not overshadowed the brand. In 2005, Doritos became fodder for late night comedians when it was reported that Saddam Hussein loved the chips. A U.S. military guard quoted in a GQ magazine story said the deposed Iraqi dictator originally obsessed over Cheetos and got “grumpy” whenever guards ran out of the finger-staining treats. Saddam forgot about Cheetos only after guards gave him Doritos as a substitute one day. “He’d eat a family size bag of Doritos in 10 minutes,” the guard said. A spokesman for PepsiCo Inc., which owns Frito-Lay,
says the matter was a “nonissue” for the company. Although it didn’t get as much attention, the article also noted Saddam preferred Raisin Bran Crunch for breakfast, telling a guard, “No Froot Loops.” As difficult as it may be for companies to weather controversy, the uncomfortable attention doesn’t spell the end of a product. Hostess and Kraft say they don’t have information on whether the “Twinkie” and “Kool-Aid” catch-phrases had an impact on sales. But both brands clearly survived. Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company declined to say whether the Martin case has had an impact on Skittles sales. Even so, it is one of the most popular candies in the U.S. Sales grew 7 percent over the past year to $213.8 million, according to SymphonyIRI, a Chicago-based market research firm that tracks sales at supermarkets, drug stores and mass merchandise outlets, excluding Walmart. The best approach for companies is to maintain a low profile, says Katherine Sredl, an assistant professor of marketing at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. That’s particularly true in the Martin case, where any action by Mars could be interpreted as insincere or opportunistic. Fate can swing in the other direction too, of course. Companies can become the beneficiaries of unexpected positive press, usually when celebrities are spotted consuming their products without being paid for an endorsement.
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It’s Bo’s show
21-year old performer produces songs, poetry, stand-up routines By Stephanie Ratty Staff Writer Comedian Bo Burnham rolled into Jorgensen Tuesday night like an expletiveinduced wave, ready to extinguish the candles set at each cabaret-style table that filled the auditorium. A faithful crowd of both college and high school students followed the 21-year old performer, packing the theater and listening as Burnham revealed a set chock full of new material. Opening for Burnham was magician and comedian, Derek Hughes. The Rooftop Comedy-featured entertainer warmed up the audience with a variety of card tricks and illusions, all lined with a slick element of sarcasm. Hughes earned the crowd’s approval and even won over a skeptic in the crowd before welcoming Burnham to the stage. Dressed in shiny red track pants and a simple gray hoodie that he quickly shed for an all-black ensemble, Burnham started the performance with a musical dance montage. He effortlessly transitioned from one segment to the next, interacting with both the audience and his dramatic voiceovers. After a quick hello to the crowd, Burnham transitioned to his trademark material and took to the piano for “Deep,” a song that applied hypothetical scenarios with unexpected analogies. His lyrics showed skill for making crude statements utterly enjoyable, as the crowd roared with applause at each verse. From comparing his artistic process to a birth canal, to rhyming “me either” with “meat cleaver,” Burnham’s haphazard lines had viewers on the edge of their seats.
“It’s not like immature humor, it’s smart humor,” said Emily Majeski, a high school student who made the trip from Massachusetts with her friends just to watch Burnham perform. Known for his satirical musical numbers and blunt remarks, Burnham continued the show with several rounds of crowd interaction and more songs. He even conducted an audience “story time” in which he read a Shell Silverstein-inspired rhyme. The piece was wildly explicit, but earned cheers and laughs throughout the theater. Several songs and comic voiceovers later, including “Andy the Frog” and another about separating his right and left-brains, Burnham transitioned to poetry. He fluidly rolled off lines about why old people have saggy skin and a girl with a beard whom nobody understands, while rustling a nearby set of chimes. After a quick techno stint about his jammed answering machine, Burnham flirted with the crowd by asking about UConn’s mascot and rivals. When the response was, of course, Syracuse, Burnham didn’t miss a beat with an insult for the Orange; “They don’t see the emotional value in Pixar movies!” Before a well-received encore, Burnham left the audience with a song about love songs, claiming artists today use the most vague language possible to relate to the widest audience. He used lyrics like “I love your hands, your fingerprints are like no other,” to “I love your eyes, their bluish, greenish, brownish color.”
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The final three pack plenty of events
Tofu has its merits too By Lauren Cardarelli Campus Correspondent
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Comedian Bo Burnham strikes an epic pose Thursday night at the Jorgensen. Burnham, 21, performed a set of predominantly new material combining music, poetry and classic stand-up comedy routines.
Rock music adaptation of nineteenth century German play tackles numerous difficult themes
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Bernadette Peters, a Tony Award-winning star famous for her main roles in “Annie Get Your Gun” and “Follies” comes to the Jorgensen Friday and Saturday night.
A still scene from ‘Spring Awakening’, the latest musical production by the Connecticut Repertory Valley Theatre, which opens tonight at the Jorgensen Centre for the Performing Arts.
By Purbita Saha Focus Editor Only three more weekends left till finals. It’s time to revel in the weekend before holing up in the library for six straight day. There are a variety of events that are occurring on campus these next few days, so enjoy them while you can. Bernadette Peters, Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., Jorgensen UConn student tickets: $10, Non-UConn student tickets: $15, Regular tickets: $34, $38, $45, $55 Jorgensen’s last cabaret of the semester will be featuring musical aficionado Bernadette Peters. Peters is a Tony Award-winning star who is famous for having the main roles in “Annie Get Your Gun” and “Follies.” She has also been on multiple television shows and has recorded numerous albums, many of which have
been nominated for Grammys. Additionally, she has won a Golden Globe Award, endowing her with a trifecta of artistic achievements. Peters will be performing a diverse set of American classics and both on and off-Broadway signatures. Previous reviewers of her shows have called them magical and intimate. An LA Times reporter said, “There are singers and there are actresses; there are entertainers and there are stars. And then, there is Bernadette Peters.” Relay for Life, Friday 5 p.m. to Saturday 8 a.m., Memorial Stadium Relay For Life, a popular national fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, is coming to UConn. According to organizer Andrew Beard, the opening ceremony will be at 5 p.m. and will
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By Jason Wong Staff Writer “Spring Awakening” previewed to a packed auditorium at the Jorgensen Theater Thursday night. The show is a rock musical adaptation of the controversial 1892 German play of the same title by Frank Wedekind. Set in late 19th-century Germany, it tells the story of German teenagers learning about sexuality. The musical itself bluntly portrays abortion, homosexuality, rape, child abuse and suicide; it holds little regard for socially appropriate topics, and in many ways is a cautionary tale. The rock musical makes use of contrast between the music and the events occurring onstage. While the characters wear traditional German garb of the time (vests, suspenders and high socks for the men, frilly dresses and petticoats for the
women), the music is decidedly contemporary, making heavy use of the electric guitar. The stark contrast gives the show’s numbers a great deal of power, eliciting visceral reactions from the audience. Another method the show uses to succeed is its choreography. The actors’ stomping of their feet against the wood of the stage combined with the sharp, harsh movements of their hands over their bodies gave the audience a lot of angst to digest. In addition to the choreography, the blocking and use of levels in the show contributed to its dramatic presentation. Will Graziano did a fantastic job portraying Melchior, especially so in the scenes of great emotional turmoil. His rendition of “Left Behind” brought tears to the eyes of many in the audience. Similarly, Michaell Improta’s portrayal of Moritz was brilliant in execution; it was
both shocking and wonderful. The character Wendla, played by Marisa Desa, was both amazingly real, and her performance, whether the scene was bright or somber, was perfect. Collen Labella’s and David Pfeiffer’s portrayal of The Woman and The Man respectively was flawlessly done. Together, they were able to make their characters ideal representations of the oppressive, patriarchal society that was 19th-century Germany. Alyson Danielczuk impressed me with her rendering of Martha. The character’s rage, her angst – everything that motivated the character’s actions was felt keenly by those in the audience. Despite the lack of expensive props, the show was more than realistic enough to suspend disbelief. The use of a fog machine during moments of strife, the
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I love tofu. Although I kicked my vegetarian lifestyle to the curb three years ago, soy products have remained a staple in my diet. Hate the texture? Don’t know where to begin when preparing it? I was right there with you, but don’t let that intimidate you. Tofu is versatile and nutritious, rich in protein and antioxidants, among other things. Although naturally bland, it can taste great as it absorbs virtually any spice or marinade you choose to cook it with. Soy products are especially great for our demographic, since they are relatively inexpensive, especially compared to meat and seafood. Plus, they have a decent shelf life. I always keep a container of it in my fridge in case of an emergency. So let’s start with the basics. Tofu is made from the curds of soybean milk and, depending on the amount of natural coagulants used, comes in different textures, ranging from silken to extra firm. Its neutral taste provides endless opportunities for healthy, satisfying and flavorful dishes, serving as a meat, egg or dairy substitute. A common misconception is that tofu is tedious to work and cook with. On the contrary, is simple to use, although there are a number of ways to make it. When using extra-firm, firm or soft textures, start by draining the water from the package. Nasoya, famous for their soy-based products, advises to then place the tofu on a plate between paper towels and press for 10-20 minutes, to add firmness, with a few cans or heavy pan. Keep in mind that some recipes may suggest you freeze and thaw your tofu instead. After the “pressing” step is complete, your tofu is ready for cooking or can be eaten as is. I typically bake it in the oven for a lean, crispy treat. Simply cut the block into cubes and lay them on baking sheet, lightly sprayed with nonstick cooking oil, at 400°F. Flip occasionally to allow the nuggets to evenly brown on the edges for about a half hour. They are perfect as a croutonlike salad topper. A heated skillet with a little bit of oil is another simple but healthy way to prepare tofu. Dice up or even scramble the soy product, as you would ground meats, by crumbling it with clean hands or a fork. Add in some sautéed veggies for a healthy stir fry element. Getting ready for summer cookouts? Consider throwing larger portions on the grill, like a steak, or skewer tofu cubes alongside your shish kabob favorites with a BBQ glaze. To lighten up dips, desserts, smoothies and soups, consider swapping silken tofu in for dairy or eggs. Yep, the possibilities are endless, as are the health benefits! As Nasoya’s website reads, “Tofu is low in fat and calories, has zero saturated fat, cholesterol-free, rich in protein and provides bone-healthy minerals, like calcium, potassium and magnesium.” I challenge you to give tofu a go, even if you weren’t a fan in the past. Soy products are filling, great to incorporate into your diet and budgetfriendly. Who knows, maybe you’ll fall in love and find a new diet staple!
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LIFE & STYLE The Bucket List
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Wonderfully wholesome wontons wow By Megan Toombs Campus Correspondent In the mood for Asian food? Try making wontons! Think crab ragoon meets potstickers; this is more or less a combination of the two. Take the fried crunchy wrap on the outside of the crab ragoon and combine it with the inside of your meaty potsticker, and you have a meaty delicious wonton! I found this recipe from Toni Fiore, the host of the TV show “Delicious TV’s Totally Vegetarian,” and it did not disappoint. This is relatively quick to make and requires few ingredients. It can also be made as an appetizer to be shared with friends or for dinner. If you’re having it as an appetizer, you could serve it with homemade sushi, stir fry vegetables or even fried rice. If having it as a main dish, miso soup would go well with it.
Wingwalking Back during the birth of flight in the early 20th century, some people decided that flying through the sky in canvas and aluminum wasn’t dangerous enough. They then proceeded to play around on moving planes’ wings. It’s difficult to pin down its exact origins, but American Ormer Locklear is widely regarded as the world’s first wingwalker. He helped pioneer the art for the US Army Air Corps, performing inflight repairs and inventing the concept of inflight refueling. The 1920s saw an explosion of wingwalkers at flying circuses and barnstorming events. The first few years of the sport saw 8 deaths before correct techniques were fully solidified. Due to the stock market crash and subsequent Great Depression, wingwalking and flying circuses died out and has never regained its former popularity, except for a few resurgences during the 1970s, and more recently, a revival in the UK in the 2000s.
Time: 35 minutes Here’s what you’ll need: –24 wonton wrappers –6 sausage patties –1 cup of finely chopped scallions (about 6 scallions) –3 tablespoons of soy sauce –1/2 to 1 teaspoon of toasted sesame oil (to taste) –1/4 to 1/2 cup of canola oil or vegetable oil (for frying)
Wontons take a bit more effort to make than the average college food, but are well worth the time, and go well with a variety of Asian foods.
A couple of things to note about the above mentioned ingredients: wonton wrappers can be found at any grocery
house resident Greg Veitch has methods to make things easier. “I eat almost exclusively at Whitney because they have a wide selection of vegetarian food,” Veitch said. “In addition they have a beast salad bar. It’s ecologically more responsible to be a vegetarian because growing vegetables is far less ecologically destructive than raising meat. Most little decisions that we make have a larger impact than the larger ones we make.” Jennifer Silverstein is a vegetarian who has been living in eco-house for three years. Silverstein refuses to eat animals because she doesn’t want to harm other creatures. “I’ve been a vegetarian for
eight years since I was 12,” she said. When asked about how college affected her lifestyle, she said “I have been eating more fruits and vegetables and less carbs. ”Silverstein also eats mostly at Whitney, saying that “other dining halls have less vegetarian options, and the food is fresher at Whitney.” When questioned about what she does to get protein she said “beans, rice and pretty much any soy product is filled with protein.” She recommends that that vegetarians eat a variety of foods to get their nutrients. “Non-vegetarians can have a set selection of food which will
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At Bat MLB.com’s “At Bat” iOS app is a must-have for all baseball fans. You can purchase the app for free and keep tabs on all the scores around the league, but to get the bulk of features you’ll have to pay extra. Don’t worry; the payoff is worth it. A monthly cost of $2.99 or seasonal fee of $14.99 is required to unlock some of the extra features of the app. This includes the ability to listen to all MLB games broadcast on the radio anywhere in the country. You are also given the ability to watch one MLB game live on your device for free every day; however, the teams chosen for the free game are always random. If you are a subscriber to MLB. TV, you can catch up to all out-of-market games on your device, but this is again dependent on your subscription plan with an additional fee required. You can view a “Pitch Screen” for all games as well, which shows a still image of a baseball field and live updates on everything from who’s on base to the last pitch thrown. You can also see video highlights and the biggest clips from games moments after they occur. Overall, “At Bat” is must-own material for any serious baseball fan.
store in the refrigerated produce section. I found them at Grand Union just off campus. For the sausage patties, you can choose to have them as they are or use the alternative; vegetarian “sausage patties.” These patties look and smell the same as real sausage, but instead are made of a combination of vegetables. Either one will work well in this recipe. Start by washing and chopping your scallions. Then toss your scallions into a medium mixing bowl. Crumble the sausage patties into the bowl with the scallions. Add in your three tablespoons of soy sauce and your toasted sesame oil. Once everything is in your bowl, mix well. The actual recipe said to wait thirty minutes for the sauce to settle in with the scallions and sausage, but I only waited ten and it didn’t seem to affect the taste, which was quite delicious. Now it’s time to get your wonton wrappers out. Take a spoonful of your sausage and scallion mixture and place it onto the center of the square wonton wrapper. Wet the edges of the wonton wrapper with your choice of either water or an egg white. I just used water, and that worked well for me. Fold the wonton wrapper in half and then take the edges and fold them into the center where your meat and onion mixture is. Do this for the
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Eco-friendly lifestyles a step to awareness
By Deepti Boddapati Campus Correspondent Imagine living in a dorm with no paper towels in the bathrooms, and where leaving the lights on is uncool. This is exactly the community at EcoHouse, a learning community in West Campus. Eco-House is populated by many people living alternative lifestyles. Ranging from vegan, to vegetarian, to an eco-friendly diet, the students who live in EcoHouse live healthy lives filled with awareness of their impact on the world. Being a vegetarian can be difficult but 2nd-semester eco-
give them all their nutrients but it’s not the same with vegetarians, we need variety,” she said. Kaleigh Flock is a sophomore living in Eco-House for her second year. When asked about the lack of paper towels she said it “was an easy adjustment to make. It’s a little thing that makes a big difference.” Flock tries to conserve resources wherever possible and also said “Living in EcoHouse makes it much easier for me to be eco-friendly because everyone around me is also ecofriendly and aware.”
Plight of child migrant workers in the US explored
By Kathleen McWilliams Campus Correspondent Thursday afternoon at the Student Union Theater, the Dodd Film Series presented the final film in their 2011-2012 film series. The year-long event sponsored by the Human Rights Institute, the Center for Caribbean, Puerto Rican and Latin American Studies, the Rainbow Center and the Humanities Institute, showed a thought provoking film that related to human rights and global Issues every week. This week’s film, “La Cosecha,” or “The Harvest,” explored the lives of three child migrant workers in the United States. The film took place over the span of a year, following three families as they traveled from one end of the country to the other and faced every hardship imaginable. The film’s director, Robin Romano, joined the audience for the screening, a question and answer session and a dinner after the event. Romano, a filmmaker and photographer, has directed two prolific documentaries on the subject of migrant workers including “La Cosecha” and another documentary solely focused on child labor across the world, “Stolen Childhood.” Romano has given TED talks on the matter, worked directly with human rights advocacy groups such as Goodweave and Amnesty International, and was a finalist in the Cinema for Peace Foundation’s film competition. The film opened with a series of statements saying that, “In some countries, children work 14 hours, seven days a week. Many of these children are 12 years old and younger.” This shocking introduction was followed by the even more ground-
breaking statement that “the United States is one of those countries.” Immediately, the stage was set for Romano’s dramatic and compelling documentary that exposed one of the most appalling aspects of the American economy. The film began in El Cenizo, Texas with the story of twelveyear-old Zulema Lopez, an American girl of Mexican heritage, who started working in the field when she was only seven years old. Romano and his crew followed Zulema and her family as they picked onions in Texas, sometimes in 100-degree weather with little to no breaks, then to Michigan where the Lopez family migrated to pick cucumbers, strawberries and apples during the later summer months. The documentary showed not only the hard labor that migrant workers need to accomplish, but the terrible conditions they live in. Migrant children can, at best, attend school only a few months of the year and because of this few rarely make it to high school, let alone graduate. Romano pointed out, both in the film and his discussion, that migrant children drop out of school at a rate four times that of normal children. As Perla Sanchez, the third migrant worker that Romano interviewed, observed, migrant working is a vicious cycle. Because migrant children need to help support their families by working in the field they are unable to complete school and are stuck without a diploma and the opportunity to make a better life for themselves. The film continued to discuss the lives of the three children Romano focused on and explored serious issues about American labor laws. Migrant workers, including child laborers, are subjected to the most
dangerous conditions in any area of labor. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, agriculture is the most dangerous occupation for children in America. Not only are the working conditions appalling, with intense heat and a scarcity of breaks for workers, but migrant workers are exposed to dangerous chemicals, which may lead to pesticide poisoning. Victor Huapilla, the 16-year-old migrant worker from Quincy, Fla., had to cover plants in treated plastic during the film, and recounted his story of pesticide poisoning, which he had caught from the chemicals used on the plastic covers. The film ended on an inherently tragic and depressing note, with the migrant families accepting their positions in the world, noting that there is no place for them to go other than the fields. This sad and realistic acceptance of reality was heightened by the three kids expressing their hopes and dreams. Sanchez said she wanted to go to college and be a lawyer to help people in her situation, while Victor noted that he wanted to live a simple and happy life with his family. Zulema, the most wizened and hardened of the three, said she did not have dreams, that she’s still working on them. With these conditions and situations for children in place, one has to wonder why such conditions are condoned by the federal government. During the question and answer session, Robin Romani said that the children and the adult migrant workers “exist outside of any kind of modern legal framework.” This is not because of their immigration status, since many migrant
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Olympic uniforms: look good to play good
By Jamil Larkins Campus Correspondent
The term “look good to play good” has always been one that I personally have abided by. In reality, your appearance when engaging in anything doesn’t give you any physical benefits. No shoe can make you run faster and no jersey can increase your strength. However, mentally, appearance plays a huge part in the confidence of both athletes and non-athletes alike. If a team or individual feels confident about their uniform and themselves before stepping onto the field or court, then part of the battle has already been won. This ideology has made its way all the way to the biggest and most renowned international athletic stage: The Olympics. High-fashion designers and athletic wear companies have teamed up to make sure their home countries have the best uniforms and gear for the bright lights of the 2012 Olympic Games. In recent years, Polo Ralph Lauren has been the official outfitter of many United States Olympic Teams. The first year this official partnership began was at the 2008 games in Beijing. A brand synonymous with luxury sportswear, Polo will continue to sponsor America during the upcoming 2012 games in London. A fixture within American “elite,” Ralph Lauren has always incorporated patriotic themes of red, white and blue into the Polo line, so this pairing and design process integrated cohesively. As always, the American teams who opt out of the Polo uniforms will be sporting the newest designs from Nike. Giorgio Armani is the designer of choice for the athletes of Italy during this summer’s games. Armani teamed up with the sportswear giant Reebok to create a unique line of uniforms named “EA7.” A recent video was released with a detailed look at EA7 featured on Italian gymnasts, basketball players, fencers and more. One of their campaign slogans, “bringing Italian style to the world of sport,” will serve as some aesthetic inspiration for the Italian national teams in London. One specific Italian team has taken a different route. The sailing team’s uniforms and ships will be exclusively designed by Prada. Certainly not a bad way to separate your team from the rest of the country. The Olympic Games this summer are being held in London, England. Therefore, of course the home country’s uniforms must be noteworthy. Linking up with Adidas to outfit the British athletes this summer is designer Stella McCartney. Though sharing a similar color scheme to the United States, the British uniforms feature abstracted elements of the Union Flag. In a recent interview about the uniforms and the flag with BBC, McCartney said, “something that was very important to me was to try and use that very iconic image but to dismantle it and try to soften it, break it down and make it more fashionable in a sense.” Not every nation has the same caliber of athletes. However, the one thing that each participant of the Olympic games shares is the pride of their home country. Uniform design is something that definitely add confidence to the athletes and gives local fans some added stylish incentive to support their country’s teams.
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Enjoy wontons Burnham’s final as an appetizer song touches on or main dish fiscal responsibility from WONDERFULLY, page 8 and hip-hop
other twenty-three wrappers. Then place your canola or vegetable oil in a large, heavy skillet. You should have enough oil to cover almost half an inch of your pan. Set this on high heat and when hot, gently place in your wontons to fry. After about two to three minutes, your wontons should be golden brown. Take them out and place them on a dry paper towel to cool and let some of the oil drain off. Enjoy warm as an appetizer or as your main dish!
Students shocked by conditions of child workers from PLIGHT, page 8 workers were born in the United States, but because the Federal government does not legislate for agricultural safety. “These children suffer. They do not have the protections that other American children enjoy today,” said Romano. Fourth-semester Spanish major, Dezanii Lewis, was shocked by the conditions the children worked in, “They’re kids, I never had to do anything like that. When I was that age I was playing with my brother with action figures, the closest I came to that was making mud pies.” Fourth-semester human development and family studies major Tiana Burdick had a similar reaction. “ I thought it was sad that children are treated this way in the US, you don’t think about it happening here,” she said. Lewis was also inspired by the story and said, “I’m not a poli-sci major, but if I was I would be pushing for this to change.”
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from IT’S BO’S, page 7 Burnham’s final song about fiscal responsibility and overtly sexual hip-hop music had the crowd cheering up until he exited the stage and long after. “He’s not just a comedian,” said second-semester political science major Michael Langley, “he’s an entertainer.” Langley and his friends agreed that one of the night’s high notes was when Burnham cursed directly at their table in the front and center of the theater, and when he threw an entire deck of cards at the girls seated next to them. Former Central Connecticut State University student Jennie Caez has followed Burnham’s work since 2006, and was thrilled when her shout out was turned into a joke during the evening. “I thought, ‘did that really just happen?’” said Caez. Caez also commented that Burnham’s musical introduction is usually her favorite part of the show. Burnham was previously dubbed the youngest comedian to be featured on Comedy Central Presents when his episode debuted shortly after his eighteenth birthday in 2008. Of performing at UConn, the quirky comedian said it was a beautiful atmosphere and theater with an excellent sound system. He was brought to Storrs to perform on behalf of the SUBOG Comedy Committee, headed by senior Aaron Roscoe. The next SUBOG event will be a lobster and chicken bake on April 19.
UCTV brings a behindthe-scenes look to ‘Spring Awakening’
By Jamie Dinar Campus Correspondent
UCTV is collaborating with the Connecticut Repertory Theater and the UConn drama department to create a behindthe-scenes documentary of CRT’s new show “Behind the Curtain: Spring Awakening.” The documentary started as an initiative for UCTV to work more closely with various other groups. It is Chelsea Miller’s job, as the Productions Manager at UCTV, to think of more ways to collaborate with UConn students. Miller, who produced the documentary along with Cristobal Ortega, the director of photography, spent endless nights in Spring Awakening practices. “Cris and I went to film at their first rehearsal on March 5th not really knowing what to expect,” said Miller. “We’ve been filming at two to three rehearsals per week every day since.” UCTV’s enthusiasm has expanded the project. What was supposed to be a short feature evolved into a threepart webisode series leading up to opening night. It is currently under discussion whether or not a longer version will be released by the end of the semester.
“The biggest challenge for us has been trying to find a way to tell the story of this massive process,” said Miller. There are over 20 hours of footage, which must be segmented into 2-3 minute clips. This is the first large-scale, complex production UCTV has attempted. As a senior, Miller enjoys working on “Behind the Curtain” because it is a culmination of all the skills she has learned in her four years at UCTV. She hopes that this production will lead to future projects between UCTV, CRT and other groups around campus. UConn’s own “Spring Awakening” is opening tonight, Friday, April 13th, at 8 p.m., directed by Vincent J. Cardinal, head of the department of dramatic arts. Marisa Desa, Will Graziano, Michael John Importa and Molly Martinez play the lead roles. The show opens tonight and is playing April 13-15 and April 25-28. “I am so excited to see Spring Awakening. I saw it on Broadway a few years back and fell in love,” said David Mordzynski, a fourthsemester business major, “but I am even more excited to see the documentary.”
Lighting and staging just as important as acting to storytelling
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combination of lights and the movement on the stage were just as integral in reminding the audience of their angst-ridden teenage years as the actors’ performances. Not only is the musical itself well-written and relevant, the show is performed with ridiculous talent and hard work. Its message in today’s heavy political discourse about social
issues is all the more significant. One could say that one of the show’s most important overarching themes is that social concepts like sin and shame do more harm than good. As Frank Wedekind said, “Search fearlessly for every sin, for out of sin comes joy.”
Southapalooza, UConnaroo, A cappella concerts and more from FINAL, page 7 be followed by a survivorship lap. Activities will include an inflatable sports dome, Fried Dough truck, cotton candy, tie dying and feather pieces. Gift-card and basket giveaways will also take place. “People can come at any point in the night with their friends to donate and see some of our constant entertainment schedule composed of live performances and acapella groups,” Beard said. Southapalooza, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., South quad Layers of mud have already been poured out on the South Campus lawn. Three-hundredplus teams have signed up for the annual Oozeball tournament, but only one will win the glory and the money after a long day of volleying and eating mud. Those not playing can cheer on their friends and enjoy carnival rides such as the mechanical bull, a rock wall and the bungee run. A DJ will be providing the soundtrack for the afternoon, while Dining Services will be supplementing a standard fare of burgers and hot dogs. World Record Knockout Game, Saturday, 2:30 p.m., Armory Take part in history’s largest game of knockout, or just sit back and watch history be made. Five UConn students have arranged for judges from the Guinness World Records franchise to determine whether Storrs will be the site of the biggest game ever. More than 379 people will need to play the basic
basketball drill in order for the record to be broken. Registration is fee, although donations to Girls Educational & Mentoring Services foundation are recommended. The knockout champion will receive autographed, game-day sneakers from Kemba Walker.
UConnaroo, Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Student Union Plaza
Chicago hip-hop artist Na Palm will lead a team of local and underground artists at this year’s UConnaroo event. The 10-hourlong concert is being presented by Husky Records and Team’d Up Entertainment for free. It will include DJs, rock bands, self-proclaimed rappers and a lot more.
Guest Artist Recitals, Friday 7:30 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m., von der Mehden recital hall
The Community School of Arts is hosting various musicians at von der Mehden. They will be covering classical compositions during two recitals, both of which are free to students and the public. A capella concerts all weekend
See A Complete Different Note Friday at 8 p.m., The Chordials Saturday at 5 p.m. and The Rolling Tones Sunday at 3 p.m. So much a capella, so little time.
Catch Focus on Mondays! 8 p.m. at the Daily Campus Building Music, movies, video games, it matters not, all are welcome!
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Friday, April 13, 2012 I Hate Everything by Carin Powell
Royalty Free Speech by Ryan Kennedy
Side of Rice by Laura Rice
Editor’s Choice by Brendan Albetski
Horoscopes To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging.
by Brian Ingmanson
Aries (March 21-April 19) -- Today is a 7 -- Consider the possibility of being lazy, but not so much that you miss new opportunities when they come knocking at your door. Be ready to expand and grow. Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 7 -- All is not as it appears. Work could be complicated by delays, and a lack of funds could threaten plans. Close review of the finances provides choice. Gemini (May 21-June 21) -- Today is a 9 -- Humility grants grace. The next two days present extra opportunities for partnership. Work out strategies, delegate who does what and manage it all as a team, with love.
Mensch by Jeff Fenster
Cancer (June 22-July 22) -- Today is a 7 -- There could be a conflict between public and private obligations. Changes may be required. It’s getting busy, and there’s more work coming. Keep track of expenses. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is a 6 -- Doing the homework increases your chances for success. You’re entering a romantic phase, full of pleasures, social life, children and creativity. Things seem easy.
Procrastination Animation by Michael McKiernan
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Your home and family call for your attention. Rebuild old bridges. Write a love letter or a poem. There’s plenty of money, and none to waste. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 9 -- Be patient with someone who isn’t, and be entirely honest with yourself. It’s a good exercise, to paraphrase Sigmund Freud, whose birthday is today. Notice your feelings.
One Thousand Demons by Bill Elliott and Rachel Pelletti
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 6 -Anything is possible, if you set your mind to it. Save the right amount of energy for sustained success. The more you do, the more you’re in demand. Hand out business cards. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 6 -- Avoid making big decisions today, or at least weigh your options carefully. Your attention to detail is enviable now. Choose privacy over public venues. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is a 7 -- Spend more time at home but not necessarily alone. Your friends offer support and love when you need it. Think and grow rich together. There’s creativity afoot. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 7 -- Now’s a good time to go over your accomplishments and goals. Go for what’s next, even if it requires a change in plans. Surround yourself with friends this evening. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is an 8 -- Challenges may show up at your doorstep. You could bravely incorporate them into your plan and emerge a hero. Don’t deplete your resources. It all works out.
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Saints name Vitt as interim head coach
NEW ORLEANS (AP) Sean Payton handed over control of his team to Joe Vitt once before and the Saints have decided to do it again. The Saints Thursday named Payton's trusted second-in-command their interim coach, despite the fact that Vitt will miss a third of the season for his role in New Orleans' bounty system. For his part, Payton received a season-long suspension - which begins Monday; Vitt, who takes over Monday, was handed a six-game suspension. Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said in his announcement that the team will address at a later time how to divvy up Vitt's responsibilities during his six-week absence. ''It is important that we keep Sean Payton's philosophy front and center during this season,'' Loomis said. ''Sean has been the driving force behind the tremendous success our team has enjoyed during the past six years, his leadership will be missed. But we need to set a course of action that gives us the best chance to win this season without our head coach. ''We considered a number of great options to handle Payton's duties both internally and externally, but believe this will provide the most seamless transition for our players and our coaching staff, allowing our offensive and defensive staffs to remain intact with the fewest changes,'' Loomis continued. ''This is the same structure we used last season during Sean's knee injury.'' Vitt, who carries the titles of assistant head coach and linebackers coach, briefly stepped in as acting head coach last season when Payton broke his leg. Vitt also was interim coach with St. Louis in 2005 before joining New Orleans as part of Payton's very first staff in 2006. Vitt will be able to oversee the offseason training program and training camp before stepping
aside for the first six weeks of the regular season. The NFL played no role in the decision-making process. ''It's the Saints' decision,'' NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said, adding the team did not have to get approval from the league to make Vitt the interim coach. Loomis said the Saints expect to have a plan laid out for Vitt's absence by training camp. ''We are fortunate to have a great veteran coaching staff well equipped to handle this challenge,'' Loomis said. ''Joe and Sean have worked closely together to build our program, one of the most successful in the NFL in the past six years, and I have the fullest confidence that Joe will continue that success that Sean has brought us.'' The Saints' assistants who can pick up the slack during Vitt's absence include: offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael, offensive line coach Aaron Kromer and new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. - Carmichael joined the Saints in 2006, began calling plays after Payton's injury last season. Payton allowed Carmichael to continue calling plays through the final 10 regular season games of 2011 as the Saints went 9-1 and broke numerous NFL offensive records. - Kromer oversees the running game, will be entering his fifth season in New Orleans and like Carmichael has been mentioned as an up-andcoming head coaching candidate around the NFL. - Spagnuolo was a head coach in St. Louis the past three seasons and defensive coordinator for the New York Giants' 2007-08 Super Bowl winning team. The decision gives Saints players a measure of certainty and direction as the Monday opening of the offseason training program approaches.
In this Nov. 6, 2011, file photo, New Orleans Saints assistant coach Joe Vitt walks the sideline during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in New Orleans..
Bob Griese: There were no bounties in my day
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Former Miami Dolphins quarterback Bob Griese said there weren't bounties on quarterbacks in his day. That's because back in the 1970s, knockout attempts were so routine they didn't merit extra payment. ''Everybody would try to get the quarterbacks out of the game back then,'' Griese said. ''They weren't getting paid for it. They would just try to knock you out.'' The NFL recently punished
the New Orleans Saints heavily for running a bounty program that paid players to injure opponents. Before being honored with a Thomas A. Brady, M.D. Lifetime Achievement Award on Thursday, Griese said the notch in the belt for a hard hit was enough for defensive players. He said the emphasis back then was on contact rather than forcing fumbles. ''In today's game, these defensive ends come around, if they've got a blind shot at you, they're not going to try to hit you in the
back and try to take you out of the game, they're going to slap the ball out of your hand,'' the Hall of Famer said. ''Back then, Deacon Jones was coming, Ben Davidson was coming, all those guys. They were saying 'I got (Joe) Namath last week, I got Griese this week.''' Jones got his knockout in 1972 while playing for the San Diego Chargers. Jones and Ron East broke Griese's ankle and caused him to miss most of the regular season. Griese returned to lead
the Dolphins in the playoffs and helped them become the first and only team to go unbeaten and win a Super Bowl. Griese knows it never was personal. ''It wasn't malicious, it was just hard hitting,'' he said. ''There were no bounties. They kind of knew that if you knock the quarterback out of the game, you had a pretty good chance of winning.'' Now, the former Purdue University quarterback says the game is safer.
''The game has evolved and the rules have changed,'' he said. ''It's what people want. It's because the rules have changed and they are protecting the quarterback. You don't want your quarterback knocked out. You want him in there every week, all season long, so you're not watching some third-string guy wishing you had Peyton Manning in there.'' That undefeated season still brings back fond memories for Griese. He said he recently spoke with Don Shula, who coached
the Dolphins back then, and they reflected on how long their record has stood. ''We were just together the other day, and we were just kind of looking at each other and saying, 'Can you believe it's been 40 years?''' The New England Patriots nearly went undefeated and won a Super Bowl after the 2007 season. Griese remembers watching the Giants' Super Bowl-winning touchdown drive that kept the Dolphins alone in the record books.
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Friday, April 13, 2012
St. John's broke out of early slump
from BRAVING, page 14
After a slow start to the 2012 campaign that saw the St. John’s bats only hitting .210, the Red Storm have found their stride as they are batting .309 in their past 24 games. Part of this success comes from Bret Dennis, who posted the best batting average in the lineup at .571 in his freshman year. Dennis’ performance has also earned him a spot on the weekly Big East honor roll for his performance last week as he hit 7-11, with three multi-hit games. Sophomore Frank Schwindel is also coming off a big performance for the Red Storm, after he batted 4-5 and recorded five RBIs against Hofstra. The last time these two teams squared off on the diamond, UConn prevailed 8-2 in April of last year. First pitch for game one is scheduled for 3 p.m. this afternoon. Game two will take place on Saturday at noon, with the series concluding on Sunday at 3 p.m.
» MEN'S TENNIS
UConn takes on Sacred Heart
By Nate Zielinski Campus Correspondent
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UConn's left handed pitcher Anthony Marzi delivers a pitch to the mound during the Huskies' April 1 game against Seton Hall.
The Huskies men’s tennis season is starting to look like a broken record. The men give it their all, stay in it until the end, but come up short. The Huskies traveled to Marist, on Tuesday and the early part of the match made it seem like the Huskies were ready to turn their season around. Matt Burns and Ryan Carr fell short, losing 9-7, but the other two doubles matches went in favor of the Huskies. Dave Adams and Wei Lin took control of their match and won 8-5, while Jacob Spreyer and Scott Warden were able to cruise to an 8-4 win in their No. 1 doubles match. Winning two out of three doubles matches resulted in the Huskies taking an early 1-0 lead. However, the singles matches did not unfold the way the Huskies were hoping for. Lorenzo Rossi of
Marist continued his hot streak and was able to take Warden in straight sets. Spreyer made a valiant effort, but it was not enough for the win as he was a tiebreak away from forcing a third and decisive set. Marist won all of the other singles matches, except for one. Senior standout Dave Adams was able to win in straight sets by a score of 6-4, 7-6. The Huskies need to get back to a grind-it-out mentality and make the match as long as possible, since that’s when they play their best. The Huskies’ final matches will occur at home in Storrs on Saturday, April 14th. UConn will take on Sacred Heart, who are coming off three tough losses including a 7-0 beat down by Fairfield. The Huskies want to end their season on a high note and this matchup gives them a great shot to do so.
McCurry: Dodgers are on the rise, as are David Freese and Evan Longoria from WHO'S HOT, page 14 It is an honor for me to be writing about Major League Baseball this spring, but let's make it clear that I am an awful baseball player and, unlike Bayless, will not even vaguely attempt to hide my athletic weaknesses. I think I hit a grand total of two balls into the outfield in seventh and eighth grade. I was a solid pitcher up until about age twelve, when my fastballs started to get mistaken for presents under the Christmas tree. When the coach put me in the outfield, I looked more lost out there than Alfonso Soriano. So while Skip may get bad déjà vu when watching Westbrook play, I'll play it safe and call myself a poor man's Jason Bay. Even before I hung up the cleats for good, professional baseball has always been an intense passion of mine. There is no experience quite like going to the ballpark with Dad or some friends, buying $15 hot dogs and seeing the best in the business in action. As a Mets fan, sometimes seeing the “best” has implied rooting
for random minor leaguers, but at the end of the day there is nothing sweeter to me than seeing the Daniel Murphys and Lucas Dudas of the world coming up clutch at the plate. OK, maybe hearing that Joba Chamberlain’s career lies in peril after a trampoline accident is pretty sweet, too. Enough about Joba, though. The title of the column is “Stock Up, Stock Down” and amazingly has nothing to do with Bernie Madoff. “Stock Up” is those who are hot lately and may be rising in the ranks, while “Stock Down” talks about guys that really need to get back on track. Before Ozzie Guillen professes his love for Adolf Hitler, let’s get down to business. STOCK UP: The Los Angeles Dodgers MLB commissioner Bud Selig had to step in last year and take control of the financial crisis started by Frank McCourt. Matt Kemp was able to tune out the distractions en route to an MVP-caliber season (.324 average, 39 homeruns, 126 RBI), but the Dodgers were out of playoff contention in the early sum-
mer. Nowadays, there seems to be a little magic in the air, and I’m not just alluding to NBA legend Magic Johnson headlining a new group of owners that recently bought the team. Yes, Kemp is still hitting the cover off the ball, but so is fellow outfielder Andre Ethier (.348 average two homers, 10 RBI’s). The Dodgers have the true definition of an ace in Clayton Kershaw, and Chad Billingsley has been fantastic in his first two starts. In a division consisting of a struggling Giants squad and a Rockies team that has a 49 year-old pitcher as its #2 starter, Los Angeles leads the NL West at 5-1. For now, all is well in Dodgerland. David Freese Before the playoffs last year, the Cardinals third-baseman could have gotten into a college frat party without being recognized. After being both NLCS and World Series MVP, that is no longer the case. Unlike rapper Vanilla Ice, Freese is far from a one-hit wonder and plans to stay a while. Leading the majors in RBI while only trailing Miguel Cabrera in home runs? That’s
Cerullo: The guy who called out the Saints should be applauded, not loathed by all from IT WASN'T, page 14 Personally, I think he should be applauded. There’s a reason that Roger Goodell cracked down on the Saints as hard as he did. Even beyond just the obvious public relations implications of the situation, what the Saints were doing was horrible. People who play in the NFL have real lives, and the scars they suffer during their playing days don’t just go away once they retire. People who sustain concussions as players often battle depression and memory loss after retirement, and stories of players who struggle to walk because of chronic back or knee problems are not uncommon. The retired players have been fighting for better medical benefits for years. The bounty program could have ruined players’ lives. Gregg Williams, the former Saints defensive coordinator who ran the program, talked about targeting Michael Crabtree’s ACL and Frank Gore’s head before the Saints’ NFC Divisional Playoff game against
the San Francisco 49ers. Do you honestly believe that Frank Gore’s livelihood is worth the $1,500 the Saints’ player would have received for taking him out? Football may be a violent sport, and injuries do happen, but there is no need to put a price on people’s health and well-being. As far as the notion of betraying his co-workers, I believe that hiding the truth only serves to empower those who are abusing their power. If what the Saints were doing was acceptable, there would have been no need to hide it in the first place. I do hope that this situation doesn’t end up hurting Cerullo in the long run; he has a new family and two daughters to care for. Luckily, he is currently in the final stages of becoming the new Director of Football Operations at Princeton University, according to the Hartford Courant’s Desmond Conner. Good for him. It would be a real shame if he and his family had to suffer for what he’s done. Follow Mac Cerullo on Twitter at @MacCerullo.
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what I like to call an encore. Evan Longoria If there was not an “n” in his first name, Longoria’s stock would constantly be rising. Then again, Eva Longoria supposedly failed to match-up with Tony Parker’s high standards. All joking aside, Evan’s season is off to a blazing start. After hitting a career-low .244 last season, Longoria is the league-leader in batting average and is riding a ten-game hitting streak dating back to last year. Tampa Bay has arguably the best pitching rotation is baseball. While Longoria is not going to keep hitting at a .471 clip, all he needs to do is be consistent and serve as the anchor for a rather pedestrian lineup. Red Sox, Yankees, take notice: Longoria is back. STOCK DOWN: Ozzie Guillen Take a team like the Texas Rangers, and besides promising $56 million to a guy named Yu, they are pretty much the same ballclub that suffered a World Series defeat this past October. Next, compare the Marlins from last season to now. What you have is two entirely different fran-
chises. Rather than using the name of their state, the Fish would now like to be known as the “Miami Marlins.” Gone is manager Jack McKeon, and here to stay is the electric Jose Reyes and three solid arms in Mark Buehrle, Carlos Zambrano, and Heath Bell. Miami has a new state-ofthe-art ballpark to call home, and the players all attended a DayGlow show in the offseason that led to their exotic uniforms. Even rightfielder Mike Stanton, one of the brightest young hitters in the National League, goes by “Giancarlo” Stanton now. Yeah, he says that’s his name given to him at birth, but then again Rex Ryan says the Jets are going to be Super Bowl champs every year. One thing that has not changed, sadly, is the big fat mouth of newly appointed coach Ozzie Guillen. Long story short, Ozzie praised Cuban president Fidel Castro in an interview and made it clear he admires him. Did Ozzie just blatantly forget that many Cuban citizens fled to Miami in fear of being murdered by Castro? Or was it the alcohol in Ozzie’s
system that caused the slipup, the same alcohol that the skipper admits to grow fond of every night following a tough loss? Either way, Ozzie may be thankful for only be considered a “stock down” candidate. I would not be surprised if he loses his job within the next month. Skip Bayless Seriously, Skip, you need to be punished for your lies. I know Jalen Rose is trying his hardest to destroy your credibility as an analyst, but I have something better in mind. I think Tim Tebow, the same guy that you have a shrine of in his closet, needs to tweet a couple lines defaming you and excommunicate you from both the Catholic Church and the sports desk. That will definitely teach you a lesson for next time. I’m not ignoring the fact that Kevin Durant threw a jab your way saying you know nothing about the game, but then again Durant is not all that intimidating. A word of advice: just challenge KD to a bench-press competition.
TWO Friday, April 13, 2012
What's Next Home game
April 14 St. John’s 1 p.m.
April 15 St. John’s Noon
April 17 Fairfield 3 p.m.
April 20 Rutgers 3 p.m.
Tomorrow USF 12 p.m.
» That’s what he said
April 17 Rhode Island 4 p.m.
April 18 DePaul 1 p.m.
April 22 Louisville 1 p.m.
April 27 Villanova 4 p.m.
April 29 Loyola ` p.m.
UCF to appear before NCAA
» Pic of the day
Men’s Track and Field Tomorrow Dog Fight All Day
April 21 April 26 Larry Ellis Penn Relays Invitational All Day All Day
April 27 April 28 Penn Relays Penn Relays All Day All Day
Women’s Track and Field Today Sea Ray Relays All Day
April 14 Sea Ray Relays All Day
April 21 Princeton Invite All Day
April 26 April 27 Penn Relays Penn Relays All Day All Day
Rowing Tomorrow April 15 Knecht Cup Knecht Cup All Day All Day
April 22 Holy Cross All Day
May 11 Dad Vaiil Regatta All Day
May 12 Dad Vail Regatta All Day
Men’s Tennis Tomorrow Sacred Heart 12 p.m.
Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) and center Keith Aucoin warm up before Game 1 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Boston Bruins.
April 19 Big East Championships All Weekend
Women’s Tennis Tomorrow Hartford 12 p.m.
April 19, 20, 21, 22 Big East Championships All Weekend
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THE Storrs Side UConn takes on USF and Husky named player of the month By Carmine Colangelo Staff Writer Game to Attend: UConn softball vs. USF. The Huskies will be looking to improve their conference record as they take on Big East opponent USF. The Huskies have been on a roll lately, winning four of their last five games and improving to 17-15 this season. Although the Huskies lost 5-4 on Wednesday at Quinnipiac, they won the previous four, including a three game sweep against conference opponent Villanova last weekend. The Huskies now go into this series with a 6-3 record in the Big East, good for sixth place in the conference. The Huskies have their work cut out for them, however, as the Bulls sit atop the Big East with a perfect 11-0 record. The teams will play a three-game series at Burrill Family Field this weekend. On Saturday the Huskies will play in a double-header with the first game starting at noon and the second game at 2 p.m. They will finish the series up on Sunday at 11 a.m. Game to Follow: UConn
baseball at St. John’s. Today the Huskies will open up a threegame series against their conference opponent the Red Storm in hopes of improving their Big East standings. Similar to the softball team, the Huskies have won four of their last five games, improving their record to 19-14 this season. Three of their four wins were Big East victories, all coming against Pittsburgh. The Huskies are now tied for first with the Bulls in the Big East at 8-1. The Red Storm are fourth in the Big East at 6-3 and are also 19-14 this season. The first game will start today at 3:00 p.m. They will play again Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at noon. Number of the Week: 10. Forward Cole Schneider for the UConn men’s hockey team won the Atlantic Hockey Association’s player of the month. In five playoff games Schneider scored 10 points on five goals and five assists. Schneider, who also holds the Huskies single season points record with 45, has signed a professional two-way contract with the Ottawa Senators.
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» COLLEGE SPORTS
Lacrosse (7-4) Tomorrow April 20 Notre Cincinnati Dame 3:30 p.m. 11 a.m.
“What are your thoughts on the first weekend of Stanley Cup action?”
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Ice Ice baby!
April 15 USF 11 a.m.
Next Paper’s Question:
–Dan Agabiti, senior staff writer
–Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade on whether or not olympians should be paid.
Softball (17-15) Tomorrow USF Noon
The Daily Question Q : “Who is your pick to take home the Stanley Cup?” A : “Not Pittsburgh after that nice choke job on home ice in game one.”
‘’It’s a lot of things you do for the Olympics - a lot of jerseys you sell. I do think guys should be compensated.’’
Baseball (19-14) Today St. John’s 3 p.m.
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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Officials from the University of Central Florida will be in Indianapolis on Friday for a hearing with the NCAA to determine whether the school’s selfimposed penalties are sufficient following an investigation into major recruiting violations within its football and basketball programs. A delegation from UCF that includes President John Hitt and new athletics director Todd Stansbury will appear before the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions two months after implementing several penalties in response the allegations notice the school received in November saying the Knight’s athletic programs were involved with runners for sports agents, and cash payments and gifts to recruits. UCF’s self-imposed sanctions include: Three years of probation, the vacation of all men’s basketball victories for 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11, reducing its scholarships by one each of the next two years in basketball, and the reduction of recruiting days by both basketball and football coaches. Hitt was unavailable for comment about the hearing, and Stansbury is declining to comment because the infractions occurred prior to him taking over. But UCF spokesman Grant Heston released a statement to The Associated Press that expressed optimism about the meeting. ‘’UCF has worked with the NCAA transparently and collaboratively, enhanced our athletics compliance efforts and self-imposed significant penalties,’’ the statement said. ‘’We look forward to discussing these issues with the committee and answering its questions thoroughly.’’ The NCAA won’t comment on open cases, but typically it takes at least two months after the hearing before it renders a final decision. Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky is currently serving on the committee, but NCAA spokesman Erik Christianson confirmed that members with direct connections to schools are automatically recused from those cases, per committee policy. Keith Tribble resigned as UCF’s athletic director in November, along with football assistant coach David Kelly after the NCAA cited both for unethical conduct for involvement Ken Caldwell, a reputed recruiter for a professional sports agency, and associate Brandon Bender had with school officials and athletes. In addition, UCF basketball coach Donnie Jones was suspended by Hitt for three conference games last season. O’Leary was not cited for wrongdoing in the NCAA’s allegations’ report, but has since received a letter of reprimand as part of UCF’s self-imposed penalties, along with Jones and assistant men’s basketball coach Darren Tillis.
Indians sign OF Johnny Damon to one-year contract CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Indians may have found a boost for their stagnant offense. The team has reached agreement on a $1.25 million, one-year contract with free agent outfielder Johnny Damon, a person familiar with the deal said Thursday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Indians had not yet announced the agreement. Damon is 277 hits from 3,000 and was looking to catch on with a team to prolong his career. Damon needs hits to reach the milestone. The Indians simply need hits. Agent Scott Boras has worked out a deal with Indians general manager Chris Antonetti, who has been looking for a player to help a Cleveland team off to a 1-4 start and batting just .176 - worst in the majors. Damon can play both left and center field and will give manager Manny Acta another option in his lineup and outfield until Grady Sizemore returns from the disabled list. Sizemore, who underwent minor back surgery last month, is not eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list until June 3. Damon could provide a stopgap, or if he
produces, the Indians may want to keep him for the entire season. The 38-year-old Damon, who confirmed the deal was near completion earlier in a text message to the AP, can make another $1.4 million in performance bonuses based on plate appearances.. Now that the agreement is in place, Damon, who can play left field or center, must pass a physical. And although he’s in excellent shape, Damon will likely need some time to get ready to play after not going to training camp. He hasn’t faced major league pitching since last season. Damon played with Tampa Bay - his sixth AL team - in 2011. He batted .261 with 16 homers and 73 RBIs in 150 games, 135 as the club’s designated hitter. The Indians are Damon’s fourth team in four years. The Indians need someone to ignite their lineup. Cleveland went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position during a 10-6 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday. The Indians set a season-high for runs and hits but didn’t get any in the clutch. Afterward, Acta said he wasn’t concerned about the slow start.
» INSIDE SPORTS TODAY
P.13: Indians sign OF Johnny Damon. / P.13: UCF to appear before NCAA board. / P.11: Saints name Vitt interim head coach.
Friday, April 13, 2012
It wasn’t me
BRAVING THE RED STORM
Huskies travel to New York to take on St. John’s
Mac Cerullo Just in case anyone was wondering, let me put any speculation to rest. No, I am not the New Orleans Saints’ “BountyGate” whistleblower. But what if I was? What would you all think of me? Would I be a hero? Someone who exposed something terrible and helped bring justice to the people who thought they were untouchable? Or would I be a snitch, a pariah, someone with an axe to grind? Since reports came out yesterday that Mike Cerullo, a program aide in the UConn football program who was formerly a quality control coach for the New Orleans Saints, was the whistleblower to the NFL about the Saints’ bounty program, the reaction has trended in both directions. The initial report on CBSSports.com said that filmmaker and author Alan Donnes pointed the finger at Cerullo during an appearance on America’s Radio News Network on Tuesday. The report went on to say, “Donnes described Cerullo as a disgruntled former employee who couldn’t find work after being let go after the 2009 season… Donnes said Cerullo believed Sean Payton and Gregg Williams blocked Cerullo from getting a job in the NFL.” I had the opportunity to meet coach Cerullo for a column I wrote last semester, and while I wasn’t able to get ahold of him by print time for this column, one thing we discussed then seemed ironically relevant today. Since we have the same name, we joked that it was a shame nobody sent me any juicy emails intended for him by mistake. “Too bad I wasn’t involved in any scandal,” he said. Whether its fair or not, he’s involved in one now. But if it’s true, and Cerullo was a whistleblower that brought the Saints bounty program to light, then what should we make of it? Is he a hero or a snitch?
By Tyler Morrissey Staff Writer
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The UConn baseball team will take on the defending Big East regular season champions, the St. John’s Red Storm, on the road for a three-game series. Recently, the Huskies saw their four-game winning streak come to an end at the hands of Brown University. The Brown Bears defeated UConn in walk-off fashion by a score of 8-7. In that game, junior centerfielder Billy Ferriter continued his dominance at the plate, recording two RBIs and 19-14, 8-1 hitting 3-5. Junior second baseman L.J. Mazzilli has also been a key component to the UConn lineup, leading the team in eight different categories on offense including runs scored with 31 and hits with 46. In the game 19-14, 6-3 against Brown, Mazzilli went 1-4 at the plate and Fri., 3 p.m., Queens, N.Y. hadOnonetheRBI. mound, junior Scott Oberg leads the Huskies in ERA, posting a 1.76 ERA in the 13 appearances he has made this season. He also has recorded eight saves on the year. Freshman Jordan Tabakman remains undefeated this year with a record of 3-0 and an ERA of 3.66. The Red Storm come into the weekend series after a convincing 16-3 victory over the Hofstra Pride. That victory improved St. John’s to 19-14 overall on the season, which is the same record that UConn carries into this series. Currently, the Red Storm sit in fourth place in Big East play, with a record of 6-3. Their three Big East losses came at the hands of three different teams, Villanova, West Virginia and Rutgers.
UConn’s outfielder Billy Ferriter hits the ball during a UConn game against Seton Hall on April 1 of this season. The Huskies take on St. John’s this weekend.
» ST. JOHN’S, page 12
South Florida comes to Storrs for series By Mike Corasiniti Staff Writer
» CERULLO, page 12
Who’s hot and who’s not? By Mike McCurry MLB Columnist
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Huskies’ junior shortstop Brittany Duclos makes a throw during an April 7 game against Villanova.
For the moment, forget about Arkansas football coaches crashing motorcycles, high school hoops stars trying to get UCLA back to its glory days, and trying to predict whether Andre Drummond will become the next Kwame Brown or Dwight Howard. The craziest sports news of late does not even involve players, but rather an egotistical, self-centered analyst whose claim to fame is starring on an ESPN2 show called “First Take.” In case you’ve been living under a rock or inside Prince Fielder’s belly for the last couple days, I’m referring to Skip Bayless and his somewhat foggy recollection of his personal basketball career. After comparing his old self to Russell Westbrook and boasting about being a good shooter, it turns out that good ole Skippy averaged a whopping 1.4 points his senior year of high school. Somewhere, even that Danny Almonte kid is shaking his head at all the lies.
» MCCURRY, page 12
» WOMEN’S TENNIS
UConn seniors honored
By Carmen Angueira Campus Correspondent This Saturday, the UConn women’s tennis team will have their “Senior Day” in honor of senior captain Alexa Gregory. The match will be against the University of Hartford Hawks at 12 p.m. on the Huskies’ home courts. The women have a current season record of 6-10, while the Hawks have a devastating 0-9 spring season record. In the fall, the Huskies and Hawks had several encounters at tournaments and invitationals. In the Fairfield Doubles Tournament, Gregory, along with freshman Natalie Robson defeated Hartford’s Hayley Gilean and Ashley Haren 8-2. In the Quinnipiac Invitational,
Gregory was defeated in the singles seed by the Hawks’ Abby Liu, 6-1, 6-0. Husky junior Lauren Wilmarth obtained a strong victory over Jess Galik, 6-0, 6-1. In the last invite of the season, the New England Invitational, Hartford’s, Liu repeated a win over Gregory with a score of 6-2, 6-2. Wilmarth again was able to make a powerful victory over the Hawks at 6-1, 6-0 final score. Also bringing home a win over the Hawks was Abby McKeon, who obtained a 6-0, 6-0 win over Emily Wihoft in seed No 6. This match against Hartford will be the womens’ final encounter of the season and Alexa Gregory’s last game as a Husky.
The University of Connecticut softball team returns home this weekend after a disappointing loss to Quinnipiac for a threegame set against Big East rival South Florida. The Huskies (17-15, 6-3) are enjoying a very successful month-long stretch, having won 16 of their last 23 since a 10-8 victory over Butler at the Bayer CropScience Classic in Fresno, Calif. But the Huskies will not be entering this weekend’s match-ups with any momentum, necessarily. The visiting Bulls (38-5, 11-0) are coming straight off of a 5-0 home victory over Providence that proved to be the team’s
school record 18th straight win. Highlighted by two wins over teams in the top 25 and two undefeated tournament appearances, the Bulls are enjoying a very successful season so far. The team is led on the mound by dominant sophomore hurler Sara Nevins (23-2) who was recently selected as one of 25 finalists for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award. Nevins so far this season has already tossed a perfect game, two no-hitters and kept a nation-best 0.58 ERA. The Bulls can also be a force with the bat, as they boast six starters with a .300 or better average at the plate. Sophomore first baseman Stephanie Medina (.331 bat-
ting, .525 slugging) and junior infielder Kenshyra Jackson (32 RBI, .569 slugging) highlight the firepower coming into this weekend’s match-ups. The Huskies will have to rely on those that have kept the team hot during the past few weeks, including veteran outfielder Amy Vaughn, whose .357 batting average, 31 runs batted in and nine homers have led the team for essentially the entire season. Junior Marissa Guches (.327, .505 slugging) and freshman Emily O’Donnell (30 runs, .660 slugging) will also be looking to continue their strong offensive seasons against the tough South Florida pitching.
Huskies travel to North Carolina State University
By Tim Fontenault Campus Correspondent
Following a seventh-place finish last weekend at the Rutherford Intercollegiate, the UConn men’s golf team will head to North Carolina this weekend to compete in the Wolfpack Spring Open, hosted by North Carolina State University. A big storyline for the Huskies, who had their best finish of the season last week, will be whether or not freshman Chris Wiatr can replicate or better his fourth-place finish in the 78-golfer field last time out. Wiatr shot 11-over-par during the three-
round tournament and had the highest finish of his career. “I’m feeling confident after my finish last weekend,” Wiatr said. “The conditions were very difficult and to have placed in the top five was definitely a breakthrough for me.” Six rounds of more than 80 strokes hurt UConn during last week’s tournament. The Huskies only lost to Bowling Green by 21 strokes and with so many of the team’s other rounds between 73 and 77 on the weekend, the poor rounds cost the team a chance at the win. Inconsistency has been a storyline all year for the Huskies. However, as Wiatr explained, the ability is there to get over the hump.
“I feel like we have a great opportunity this weekend at NC State to win, but it’s going to take some great golf,” Wiatr said. “The thing about our team is that we have all played well this spring, but often during different weeks. I think that our work off the course with Coach Pezzino and Coach Wortmann is allowing us to be able to peak at the right time, which is a great feeling as we prepare for our conference championships and post season play.” This is UConn’s last tournament before the Big East Championship, which begins April 29 in Orlando.
Published on Apr 13, 2012