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Executive pay sparks USG debate Volume CXX No. 109
Portion of USG budget approved
By Jackie Wattles Associate News Editor The Undergraduate Student Government considered changes to its bylaws that would make president, vice president, comptroller, committee chairs and senate speaker paid positions. The senate ultimately tabled those changes for consideration later on, but approved other minor changes to the bylaws. Senator Jake Broccolo, a South Campus senator, worked with Bylaws Committee Chair Colin Ng, as well as other USG executive members and committee chairs, on working executive compensation into the bylaws. Broccolo was among eight USG members that attended the annual Conference on Student Government Association earlier this semester in College Station, TX. “At COSGA we saw about 18 other student governments, and the majority of them have compensation,” Broccolo said. “Seventy-seven percent nationwide are compensated in some way. From what I’ve seen with the executive here at UConn and the work and hours they put in, I think they deserve it.” The version of the compensation proposed to the senators Wednesday suggested paying
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Edward Courchaine, USG President, presides over the organizations final formal meeting, during which a controversial bill that would compensate executive members was debated.
$3,500 to the USG president each semester; $3,000 to the vice president, comptroller and senate speaker; and $2,500 to committee chairs. All executive members, including the chief of staff, would also receive meal
cards worth 200 points — but it caps all executive compensation at $54,000. Broccolo said he arrived at the numbers by calculating they would be “class three” university employees, who are paid
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Students smash vehicles in the center of Fairfield way in front of the Student Union. The event was hosted by Zeta Beta Tau, who holds the event annually. This years Car Smash fund raiser was sponsored by Vineyard Vines.
By Ellie Hudd Campus Correspondent Students lined up for the opportunity to take sledgehammers to crumpled metal at Zeta Beta Tau’s annual Car Smash fundraiser, held Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fairfield Way. A small donation gave participants the opportunity to take a few hits at a bright blue 2000 Dodge Stratus, which was already in pretty bad shape at the start of the fundraiser. $1 bought participants one hit; $2 bought 3 hits, and $5 bought participants a full two minutes to hit the car. “We bought the car from T+B
Motors for next to nothing,” said Parker Klorczyk, a member of ZBT and younger brother of the late ZBT alumnus whose memory the event seeks to honor. The proceeds from the fundraiser, which has become a popular source of stress relief for many students, go to the Christian Klorczyk Scholarship Foundation. Klorzyc is a ZBT alumnus who passed away in 2011; ZBT’s inspiration for the fundraiser came from their late brother’s passion for cars. “He loved cars,” said Brendan Pozsgai, a 6th-semester management information systems major and ZBT member. “So we do this in his memory.”
The Scholarship Foundation provides two scholarships: one to a student enrolled in the UConn School of Business, and another to a student at Waterford High School, Klorzyc’s alma mater. The fundraiser, set up outside the Student Union, “attracts a lot of attention,” Pozsgai said. Pozsgai went on to say that the fundraiser has been successful in “raising awareness and getting our name out there as an organization.” This year’s fundraiser was sponsored by Vineyard Vines.
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The University of Connecticut Undergraduate Student Government approved funding requests for 384 on-campus organizations, doling out more than $686,000 of the organization’s $1.5 million budget. Student fees fill USG’s coffer — every undergraduate pays $96 to the organization each year. In turn, USG allocates a portion of its funds to various “Tier II” organizations — which range from cultural groups to club sports — to fund travel costs, competition fees, event costs and sports equipment. At its Wednesday meeting, the USG Senate approved funds for 384 of the 467 total Tier II’s that applied for funds, issuing $686,000 of the total $959,000 requested. USG operates on bylaws that outline types of Tier-II expenditures that are funded in full (called category A and B requests) and those that are funded in part. Category A requests include funds
from between $10.30 to $12.35 per hour. Broccolo used the $12.35 figure and calculated that the president would put in about 20 hours per week for 14 weeks of the semester. As the changes were writ-
ten, compensation would not take effect until the 2015-2016 academic year. The proposed changes also outline a web of oversight for the members who would receive compensation,
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research and scholarship, undergraduate education, graduate education, teaching effectiveness and public engagement. Examples of this are spaces that allow people to come together and collaboration. “Our goal is to make campus more cohesive,” said Doug Voigt to UConn Today, another executive member of SOM. “We want it to be friendly to bicyclists and pedestrians and we want to utilize all the spaces that already make it special.” Both sustainability and logistics of traffic are being taken into account. UConn’s Director for University Planning Beverly Wood says that throughout this initial assessment phase, the three main themes that have emerged for the plan are excellence, pride, and investment. “In the near term, we will be focusing on STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) facilities, both research and undergraduate, and student life projects such as residential, recreation, health and wellness, to keep pace with potential expanding enrollments,” Wood said. For the long term, the Master Plan will be sure to assess the land holdings of UConn is expected to hold in the future and how it will affect day-today campus life. “The first challenge is to develop a plan that reflects the best of everyone’s vision for the campus of the future. We have a diverse community with many ideas,
and our planning challenge is to have a common vision that reflects everyone’s aspirations,” said Wood. “Beyond the planning, the challenges ahead include implementing the plan including the construction of major new facilities while keeping the campus operating at the same time. We will be feeling the growing pains for several years, but the campus will enter a new era when the projects are completed.” Currently, the major problems with UConn’s design is an aging infrastructure that will need to be rebuilt, and lack of organization and clarity on campus. The design must improve the experience of campus both functionally and aesthetically. Wood emphasized that the Master Plan will be better if the UConn Community participates in its development. There will be two town hall meetings in the Konover Auditorium before the semester ends, on April 29 at 3 p.m. and April 30 at 1:30 p.m. At the beginning of the fall semester, a draft of the master plan will be then presented to the campus community. “We are looking forward to hearing everyone’s ideas, and when today’s students come back as alumni in 20 years hopefully they will see many of those ideas built out on the campus. This is a unique opportunity to influence the future of UConn,” said Wood.
University reveals new master construction plan Last week on April 9, university officials introduced a first look at UConn’s new Master Plan for 2014. The Master Plan is an outline that will guide the physical development of UConn for the next 20 years, and aims to help it grow as a flagship university. Architectural, design, and engineering firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) will be joining on as partners. SOM has been involved with major development projects at other colleges and universities such as Yale, Stanford, the University of North Carolina and the Ohio State University. Lisa Gould, director and coleader of SOM’s Integrated Education, Science and Health division launched an initial assessment in January that will conclude by the end of the year. “We have spent the last several months talking to people, learning about UConn, and gaining an understanding of what’s important to those who work and study here,” said Gould to UConn Today, “and we’re ready to move into a nine-week alternative phase where we’ll begin to look at real options for the future. Over the summer we’ll develop and refine our vision, and then we’ll come back in the fall with a draft of the overall master plan.” SOM hopes to create a design that supports the key components of UConn’s academic plan, which are excellence in
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for events that are open to the student body and blood drives hosted by Red Cross. Funding requests that are typically cut include travel expenses and hotel stays for groups that attend conferences and competitions around the country, which are funded at 75 percent. USG Funding Board Chair Parth Rana said this semester’s funding process was not atypical. “We did cut recording, mix and mastery and duplicate CD’s for a capella groups,” Rana said. “In the cases where there’s a per-CD charge, we tended to keep the (funding) down to one copy.” Typically, a capella groups have used USG funds to pay for CD copies to hand out to members of the student body. Rana explained that it is stated in USG bylaws that the organization should not fund anything related to networking or
career development, which he and USG Comptroller Claire Price felt the free CD handouts represented. “Just because we did it in the past, doesn’t mean we have to continue to do it,” Price said. “I think it’s healthy to stop and take a look at our funding decisions and make sure they’re in accordance.” As of the Wednesday meeting, USG has still only spent about 40 percent of its annual budget. Price added that the student services committee is the only committee to have spent its total budget so far this semester. But the fiscal year does not end until June, and Price said there are a number of spending initiatives still in the works — including the acquisition of a cottage on the Depot Campus, that the organization would use to store equipment its funds purchased for club sports teams.
As the academic year approaches its end, Comptroller Price — who will serve as student body vice president next year, and Chairperson Rana — who will serve as comptroller — are looking to hand off their roles and step into new ones. Though funding board chair is yet to be determined, Rana said he is confident he is leaving the committee in good hands. Rana said the funding board has not traditionally been a popular committee, but that it saw surge in popularity this semester, and he was impressed by the work ethic and commitment of its members. “I never expected to have so many people stay on board and stay so active,” Rana said. “I do believe they can run it on their own — they will be in good hands next year.”
Lecture details the constitutions effect on the English language By Jessica Griffin Campus Correspondent ALEX SFERRAZZA/The Daily Campus
Senator Chris Murphy visits Rowe Hall during a town hall meeting. Murphy discusses work with students Miles Halpine and Marissa Piccolo , who are also contributors for The Daily Campus
By Nicholas Shigo Campus Correspondent Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy, Democrat, answered constituents’ questions and heard their suggestions on the national budget at a town hall meeting yesterday in Rowe Hall. Murphy hopes that meetings like this one will help get people involved in the issue he sees as central: the mounting national debt, which, according to his presentation, is at approximately $680 billion in 2013. According to Murphy, spending is expected to grow towards Social Security, medical aid programs and interest on the national debt. Murphy worked with the Concord Coalition group to present the Principles and Priorities workshop to University of Connecticut students and residents of Eastern Connecticut outside the university. The Concord Coalition is a non-partisan group committed to educating the public about what causes federal budget deficits, and the consequences to the American people through the use of interactive presentations about cutting deficit spending. Workshops similar to this one have been hosted across the country according to Chase Hagaman, New England regional director of the Concord Coalition. “The great thing about this exercise is it covers a wide swath of policy,” Hagaman said. Spending was divided into categories that incorporate military spending, health care and social security, taxes and general government spending. Attendees were divided into groups of five or six and given a workbook filled with yes-or-no decisions regarding U.S. spending policy, giving citizens a hands-on experience of fiscal issues.
As groups voted on the issues, their decisions added or subtracted the spending needed for the program to a hypothetical U.S. budget. Because groups consisted of both students and older Connecticut residents of differing party identity, discussions on certain issues were often divisive. The intergenerational dialogue is one part of the program that Murphy encourages. “Issues affect seniors differently than students,” Murphy said. “But seniors were once students and students will soon be seniors.” Students and older attendees seemed most divided on spending for Medicare and Medicaid, as well as on subsidies granted through the Affordable Care Act. Murphy and Concord Coalition representatives hope that attendees learned about what causes increases in national debt and expel any misconceptions about the subject. As groups discussed the issues, Murphy moved between them, listening to their conversations and votes. Murphy uses events like these to gauge what is important to his constituents. “It’s helpful for me to see how people are struggling with questions,” Murphy said. “I think people really enjoy the chance for an interactive discussion about the budget. After the groups finished discussing and voting on the issues, Murphy asked the groups how much they managed to decrease the deficit by. Every group but one managed to decrease spending in their hypothetical budget by approximately two trillion dollars, with one group increasing it by about that amount. He then asked groups what topic generated the most discussion. Disagreements on whether to cut spending on the military or Social
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Security, and whether funding should be granted to programs such as Federal Emergency Management Agency were common. Most in attendance thought the event was a good way to learn about the funding issues of the federal government and join in the conversation with others across party lines. “It was really interesting,” said UConn alumni Ben Shaiken. “I’m a Democrat and paired with half Republicans, and it was surprising what we agreed on.” Shaiken said that his group, which consisted of three older Republican voters and three Democrats in their twenties, agreed on most decisions regarding taxes, but disagreed on issues regarding the government’s support of those in dire economic situations. “I think it was definitely really educational and gave people a sense of how difficult the funding process is,” Shaiken said. Some were not so enthusiastic about the workshop. Robert Vogel, of East Lyme, enjoyed the student perspective on issues, but thought the questions were loaded in a way that directed participants to conclusions about the issues. “Some questions were more confusing,” Vogel said. “They did not bring light to the process, but brought a fog to it.” Hagaman and his co-presenter Chad Laurie, Concord Coalition policy analyst, said that the event had a great mix of young and older participants, but the results were surprisingly consistent. They enjoyed hearing the different perspectives and experiences that the varied demographic brought to the discussions. “The event went really well,” Hagaman said. “It was exactly what we wanted to happen.”
On April 16, the spring 2014 visiting Neag professor Michael Gardiner gave a talk about the state of English literature and its relationship to history and the constitution. Gardiner is a professor of English and comparative literary studies at the University of Warwick and has a considerable education in English. In addition to this, he is author of six books involving English literature, has diverse research interests such as the Euro-Japanese exchange and the quest for Scottish independence. The focus of his speech was the influence of constitution and the state of society on English, as a language, a discipline and a form of literature. He spoke extensively about the history of credit and the Financial Revolution in England, as well as wartime influences during World War II. In
distinctive in the current atmosphere of increasing tuition and student loans in many nations. He discussed the difficulties English students face in today’s society, one that is less accepting of humanities students. According to Gardiner, criticisms made of students of English included that there is little tangibly produced by their education. Gardiner argued, however, that the study of English “is production itself,” in that, it produces a new perspective in the person of study. He points out that it is difficult, however, to reconcile this quest for knowledge with the prospect of thousands of dollars of debt combined with difficult job prospects. Gardiner’s discussion raised the question of the current state of studying humanities in a university setting, and whether or not there are fewer and fewer humanities students as tuition and fees rise.
with representation on the Board of Trustees, students have the most vested interest in ensuring the efficiency, economy, and operational excellence of the university,” the resolution reads. The bill (H.B. 5494) is cosponsored by Rep. Greg Haddad (D-Mansfield), whose district encompasses Storrs, as well as four other members of the Connecticut House of Representatives. The bill must still clear the senate and be signed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy before it’s implemented. USG also heard an annual report from the organization’s Accessibility Advisory Committee. Chairperson Romanna Romaniv said the committee-conducted surveys, interviews and research at peer institutions with the goal of gaining an “understanding of the internal perception of advocacy and accessibly of the Undergraduate Student Government in regards to membership and internal affairs.” The report outlines more than 30 recommendations aimed at addressing “what characterizes the internal environment of the organization, member expectations of the organization and if those expectations are met, and what impacts member retention rates of
the organization,” according to the document. Transparency has long been a buzzword among USG officials and candidates, and the recommendations report includes a number of efforts to increase outreach to the student body. It suggests the chief of staff take on an additional public relations role in the organization, and take control of advertising and media contact. Many of the key suggestions pertain to the organization’s elections. “The Committee has observed that members of the organization perceive the election process as cutthroat intense and prolonged,” the report reads. “We recommend that a Town Hall Meeting, open to the public during the 1st semester be held on the topic of elections; featuring previous candidates with the goal of providing insight to all possible feature candidates. This public meeting will increase the organization’s transparency.” The report taps the executive branch to spearhead carrying out the recommendations. Next semester, that will be Student Body President-Elect Mark Sargent and Vice President-Elect Claire Price.
USG seeks to empower voice of students with additional seat
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The Undergraduate Student Government passed a bill Wednesday voicing formal support for a bill currently making its way through the Connecticut General Assembly that would add another undergraduate student seat to the university’s board of trustees. Currently, there is one voting seat on the board reserved for an undergraduate member. Michael Daniels, a former USG Senate member, currently fills that seat. USG President-Elect and Chairperson Mark Sargent, of the External Affairs Committee, pushed for the legislation and gathered support among some Connecticut house members. He said because the undergraduate student body is much larger than the graduate student body, it makes sense that undergraduate should have more representation on the university’s highest-level decisionmaking body. The bill passed the house on Wednesday, and the USG Senate piggybacked on the legislative momentum by passing a formal endorsement of the bill. “Out of all of the stakeholders
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terms of constitution, he emphasized the uniqueness of the British Constitution in that it is not written down anywhere. This allows a certain amount of fluidity to the way that British law can be structured, which is unavailable to nations with written constitutions. “The difference is the writtenness and so the historical accountability of these claims,” Garner said. Thus, during a time when France was being torn apart by the French Revolution, some literature in England represented the sentiment of appreciation for the flexibility of constitution in England. Gardiner also touched on the influence of modern events on imagery in literature- a prime example being country landscapes being prevalent during World War II. The second part of Gardiner’s discussion addressed education and the discipline of English. In Scotland, a college education is currently free, and although this may change, for now it is very
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tapping the USG Judiciary with ensuring the executive members are fulfilling their duties. It also opens up a pathway to file a case against members who are “displaying substantial evidence of negligence,” giving the judiciary the right to strip an executive member of his or her pay. Because the proposed changes were tabled, it could be voted down before it goes to the senate floor again. But discussion among senators indicated they will work on the logistics informally and reconsider the changes at the next formal senate meeting either on April 30 or next fall. However, the final formal senate of the semester is typically a hectic one, as the organization must induct new senators and essentially hold two separate meetings in one night. But Chairperson Kailee Himes said waiting until next fall would be unwise. “It would make sense to consider this change now, while the executive committee members in the room have experience, rather than trying to consider this next semester when the executive members are new,” Himes said. The current executive members did state Wednesday how much time they typically spend working on USG-related tasks during the week, which ranged from a max of 35 hours for president and comptroller during a busy time of year, to a low of 15 hours a week. Some senators have already indicated they disagree with putting executive compensation in the bylaws, and recommended changes of this caliber should be put in the USG Constitution — which must be approved via referendum by the entire student body. “It’s the students’ money, it’s a question the students should
answer,” Senator Kevin Alvarez said. Other Tier III organizations — including The Daily Campus — do compensate its members. But some senators said they support the bill but worry about the reaction of the student body to a “Congress-like” scenario where USG members would essentially approve payments they could one day receive. Changes to Section XXI of the bylaws, which outlines how USG programs operate, were also considered, only to also be tabled. This section used to list specific positions and duties of controlling members of those programs. However, D e p u t y Speaker and Chairperson of the USG B y l a w s R e v i e w Committee Colin Ng said these titles were rarely used in practice. He pointed to Guard Dogs, a sober rides that has been USG’s most well known program, as an example of the futility of the laws. The Guard Dogs program was suspended in December. “For Guard Dogs the program was defined and positions were defined, and that fell through,” Ng said. “We had to redo it. This (change) gives programs the flexibility to establish its own board of directors without predefined definitions.” Changes to the bylaws that were formally approved establish an Executive Senior Staff, which would include a chief of staff, communications director and event planner. While not all of the roles are new, the bylaw changes seek to formalize what is essentially the president’s cabinet. Each of the senior staff positions is to be appointed by the president at the first meeting of the fall semester.
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With his attorney, Shannon Lopez, left, beside him Kevin Edson is arraigned in Boston Municipal Court, Wednesday, April 16 2014, in Boston. Edson was arrested Tuesday near the Boston Marathon finish line carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker on the anniversary of the bombings.
BOSTON (AP) — The arrest of a man with a rice cooker in his backpack near the Boston Marathon finish line led police to step up patrols Wednesday, while organizers sought to assure the city and runners of a safe race next week. The actions of the man, whose mother said he had a mental disorder, rattled nerves as Boston prepared for the annual race, but authorities said they did not consider it a security breach. Officials also expressed confidence in heightened security measures for Monday’s event while acknowledging the challenge of protecting an estimated 1 million spectators and 36,000 runners across 26.2 miles and eight Massachusetts communities. Security plans include thousands of uniformed police, hundreds of plainclothes officers and about 100 strategically positioned video cameras that will monitor the crowds. Police also strong-
ly discouraged spectators from bringing backpacks. “I believe this will be the safest place on the planet on April 21,” said Dave McGillivray, the longtime race director for the Boston Athletic Association. Boston police detonated the suspicious backpack Tuesday night, along with a second backpack that was later found to have been left behind by a journalist covering the day’s remembrances, Police Commissioner William Evans said. Neither bag was determined to have explosives. The 25-year-old suspect, Kevin “Kayvon” Edson, was arraigned Wednesday on several charges including threatening battery and possession of a hoax device. Bail was set at $100,000 and a judge ordered that Edson be evaluated at a state psychiatric hospital. Evans said that Boylston Street, where the finish line is located and where twin bombs killed
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bill currently under consideration in the state legislature would be a major step forward for renewable energy in Connecticut if passed. The bill would set up two pilot solar energy programs that would allow people who aren’t able to put solar panels on their own homes enjoy the benefits of solar energy. The plan, called “shared solar” aims to take advantage of optimal locations for solar fields. Panels would be set up where there was room and good conditions, and homeowners who were interested could pay a subscription fee for the solar energy. The energy generated by the panels would go directly into the grid, but those who paid for it would receive a credit on their electric bill. The plan would allow residents who can’t put solar panels on their own homes to support green energy. An estimated 80 percent of Connecticut residences can’t support solar panels for a number of reasons. Shady areas, roofs with skylights or other obstructions and rented residences like apartments or condos where residents don’t own the roof can’t be used for solar energy. Through shared solar, residents would be able to combine their resources for the benefits of cost savings and greener energy. One of the proponents of the bill, Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, D-Westport, said “the idea of shared solar – where a number of entities can pool their interests and create larger solar fields and everybody benefits - is inevitable in my view.” He is one of the shared solar advocates who thinks the bill should provide for more than just two pilot projects. Shared solar has been tried in 10 different states, with 15 projects currently underway in Massachusetts. Some lawmakers say the bill would be an unnecessary burden on those who aren’t interested in solar energy and that many of the details about how solar sharing works with the grid have yet to be worked out. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Connecticut Light and Power and United Illuminating all opposed the bill in hearings over concerns that the solar fields would become unregulated utilities. While these concerns are all worth addressing, they shouldn’t stop Connecticut from pursuing shared solar energy. It’s a practical approach the renewable energy that should help bring the state into the future.
Pulitzer Prize winners draw controversy
n Monday afternoon, the 2014 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced, honoring the best works of journalism and other writing in the year 2013. The most notable winners came in the Public Service journalism category, where The Guardian and the Washington Post were jointly honored for publishing leaked documents about the secret NSA surveillance program. The Guardian was also cited for “helping … to spark a debate about the relationship between the government and the public over issues of security and privacy.” This was also by far the most controversial award handed out this year due to the illegal nature of the leaks. Edward Snowden, the former NSA employee who provided the documents, was forced to flee to Russia after being charged with espionage and other crimes. H o w e v e r, both publications deserved the award and should be commended for their By Gregory Koch actions, in spite Weekly Columnist of the fact that Snowden illegally provided the documents. This is not the first time the Pulitzers have drawn controversy for awarding their public service prize to articles involving leaked documents. In 1971, the Washington Post and the New York Times published the Pentagon Papers, revealing multiple abuses by the United States government during the Vietnam War. As they did with the NSA leaks, the government argued that the Pentagon Papers would damage
national security. However, the Supreme Court ruled that publication could continue. When it came time to hand out the Pulitzers the following spring, there was significant debate as to whether the Pentagon Papers should win any award. In the end, the New York Times won the Public Service prize, and the Pentagon Papers are today considered one of the most significant works of journalism in American history. Similarly, the documents leaked by Snowden revealed massive intrusions on the privacy of American citizens. Prior to publication, the government had continually denied that this surveillance was happening. The leaks proved that not only was the government spying on its own citizens without warrants, but that it had lied about it. Regardless of whether the surveillance program is appropriate, Americans have the right to know what is going on in their own country. Furthermore, a majority of Americans are strongly opposed to this surveillance program, thinking it goes too far. Most people consider it an unnecessary invasion of privacy. As a result of the leaks, there has been significant pressure on the government to end the program, and it has gathered at least moderate support from some politicians. There have already been several proposals to scale the NSA surveillance back, and many Americans feel these plans do not go far enough. As a result, we are having an important discussion about the balance between national security and privacy, a discussion we would have never been able to have if not for the work of the Washington Post and The Guardian. Many supporters of the NSA program are unhappy that journalists would be rewarded for publishing classified information. They feel that if anything, the journalists should be punished, and certainly not given the
most prestigious prize in American journalism. However, the Supreme Court has ruled in the Pentagon Papers case that publication of these leaked documents is protected by the First Amendment. The words of Hugo Black in the majority opinion 42 years ago still apply today. “To find that the President has ‘inherent power’ to halt the publication of news by resort to the courts would wipe out the First Amendment and destroy the fundamental liberty and security of the very people the Government hopes to make ‘secure.’” In other words, when the government is allowed to suppress news that reveals its wrongdoings, it will inevitably lead to tyranny. Black went on to say that rather than being worthy of condemnation, the newspapers who published the Pentagon Papers “should be commended for serving the Purpose that the Founding Fathers saw so clearly. In revealing the workings of government that led to the Vietnam War, the newspapers did precisely that which the Founding Fathers hoped and trusted they would do.” If you simply substitute “NSA surveillance program” for “Vietnam War” in that quote, it will precisely apply to the current situation. The Founding Fathers guaranteed freedom of the press so the media could expose government wrongdoings. The Washington Post and The Guardian deserve their Pulitzer for what may be the most significant work of American journalism since the Pentagon Papers.
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Justice Stevens got the Second Amendment wrong This change in seasons from spring back to winter in less than 24 hours has given me the worst cold. #ThanksSusan I like to refer to my apartment as where the Gremlin’s roam. My job search is so desperate I’m willing to apply to the site that lists jobs for other people. If you got $1 burittos at Moe’s and $1 pitchers at the bar, you are doing college the right way, The heater in my room will not turn off. #EastProblems “You need to come back to UConn on the Sunday after finals.” “Why?” “I don’t know that whole graduation thing.” Taking a Q class though. Looking forward to spending the day at Fenway with you on Friday. Only three nickel night’s left at Ted’s for those keeping score at home. Should I bring all my winter clothes home this weekend?
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ohn Paul Stevens, former Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court has written a new book titled “Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution.” An excerpt from his book recently appeared on The Washington Post, in which he outlined a planned amendment that would, in his view, clarify the original intent of the Framers. The amendment currently reads, “A well regulated Militia, being necBy Brian McCarty essary to the secuStaff Columnist rity of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.” Stevens argues that the prefatory clause concerning militias restricts the clear and unambiguous guarantee of the right to keep and bear arms in the operative clause. He would amend the Second Amendment to read, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms when serving in the Militia shall not be infringed.” This interpretation, far from clarifying the Framer’s intent, serves only to pervert and distort it to something utterly unrecognizable from what was
passed by Congress and ratified by the States. One of Steven’s interpretive statements is correct, however. The Bill of Rights protections were intended to protect the rights of the States from federal invasion. The Second Amendment did not place any restrictions on the States. Should the people deem it necessary to restrict the right to bear arms for their safety and happiness, they remain free to do so absent any restriction in their State constitution. Stevens’ other arguments are patently absurd. He contends that the Founders intended Congress to have a general power to disarm the people, excluding such times as when the people are serving in the militia. This places absolute discretion on whether the people may be armed in the federal government. Suppose the people decided to organize the militia and demanded arms. The federal government could easily deny them such a right and the people would be helpless to resist as they have already been disarmed. This would give the federal government a monopoly of arms, leading to precisely the type of tyranny the Founders earnestly opposed through the Second Amendment. Abundant contemporary sources disprove the claims
made by Stevens. Noah Webster remarked, “The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States.” Webster clearly believed that every individual, “the whole body of the people”, were to be armed. In addition, he was speaking in the context of conflict between the people and a regular federal army. He cannot possibly have believed the right to bear arms to be exercised at Congress’ discretion. George Mason wrote that Great Britain had attempted to disarm the people, as “it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them. But that they should not do it openly; but to weaken them and let them sink gradually, by totally disusing and neglecting the militia.” Mason obviously believed that the militia was an important institution necessary to protect the liberties of the people from tyranny. While Justice Stevens implies that the lack of modern militias essentially makes the Second Amendment moot, Mason’s quotation illustrates quite the alternative. The disappearance of militias and increased reliance on a regular army should make us more zealous in protecting
the right to keep and bear arms from federal encroachment, not less. In Federalist 46, James Madison refers to “the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation.” Countless additional supporting evidence can be found. Clearly, the belief that the American people were to be in possession of arms at all times, not merely when in actual service in the militia, was widespread among the Founders. The widespread belief that militias are no longer necessary does not make the Second Amendment a nullity. The Founders would likely argue that militias continue to be necessary to the security of a free State. Our gradual rejection of militias and reliance on a standing army would make the Founders more worried about the preservation of the people’s liberties, not less. Stevens’ argument that the prefatory clause acts as a waiver of the vital liberty contained in the operative clause should the militias come into disuse betrays a willful disregard for the beliefs and principles of the Framers.
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On Wednesday, April 16th, acclaimed photographer Richard Termine came out from behind the lens to discuss photographing live performances. As part of the Puppet Forum Series, his talk, “Puppets Through the Lens: Photography and the Performing Object,” was held at the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry in Storrs Center.
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On Wednesday, April 16th, acclaimed photographer Richard Termine, came out from behind the lens to discuss photographing live performances. As part of the Puppet Forum Series, his talk, “Puppets Through the Lens: Photography and the Performing Object,” was held at the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry in Storrs Center. Termine began the night with an in-depth introduction, followed by basics for others pursuing the field and ended the evening with his experiences in the photography business. Growing up in Middletown, Conn., Termine has always engaged with puppets. His elementary and junior high school days
found him constantly interacting with different still life objects to create and manipulate characters. “There is a magic of puppets and dolls that have always been important to me,” Termine said, “It was a passion from the start.” Coming into his high school days, Termine was visiting UConn when he became involved with his first puppet production. It was Carol Tompson’s “A Love for Three Oranges,” which opened the Puppeteers of America Festival in 1970. This encouraged his love for puppets and connected him to the Puppet Art program. In time, Termine would graduate from UConn with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Fine Arts. Following his graduation, Termine had difficulty landing the job he desired. He worked a
series of odd jobs, spanning from teaching at theater departments to stitching in the Muppet workshop. Eventually, Termine made his way into the Muppet workshop, where he stayed for nine years. With this break, the puppeteer grew more interested in photography and its correlation to live performance. “Stills and photographs are the best way to promote your work,” Termine said, who speaks from experience, as he now judges puppetry propositions on the board of the Jim Henson Foundation, “A picture is worth a thousand of the most eloquent words.” The advancement into photography granted Termine a pass into a new world. With his knowledge he now photographs events from Carnegie Hall to “Blue’s Clues.” He has been the Production
Photographer on “Sesame Street” and “The Muppets” for twenty years. This new field is critical to selling artwork and many UConn puppeteers were eager for his advice. “A good photo has an event,” Termine said. “A puppet comes to life through movement, and that is what you must capture.” While Termine willed puppeteers to capture the puppet just right, he also encouraged proper technique for the viewer’s experience. “The viewer’s connection with the camera is strong. What the eye captures and what technology sees is very different,” Termine said. “You must anticipate the movement; predict where it is going to go.” With a photographic mind,
Termine admits that his technological side of photography is limited. He does not know that aspect as well, but he makes up for it through good contacts and perfecting his knowledge. “This job is a commitment. My evenings must be kept clear because if that phone rings, I need to be off to an event,” Termine said. “It’s a great commitment though, because it is also magic.” To see some of Richard Termine’s pieces visit the Ballard Museum, which is currently exhibiting his work, or check out his self-named website. Be sure to stop by for the BIMP’s next Puppet Forum on April 30th at 7:30 p.m.
Steelworkers harrassed due to gender and sexuality By Carles Lopez Penalver Campus Correspondent This past April 16, 2014, Anne Balay, English professor at the University of Indianapolis, gave a lecture titled “Steel Closets: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Steelworkers,” the latest lecture from the Sexuality Studies Spring Symposia Series. Even though there has been a great deal of legal and social victories on behalf of gay rights in the United States, some gay workingclass Americans still have to hide in order to protect themselves from violence, and harassment. The lecture focused on the hardships of being a gay, lesbian, or transgender steel mill worker in the United States. Balay started wondering about gay steelworkers while driving passed steel mills everyday in her hometown of Indiana, and after not being able to find anything in the government funded River of Steel Archive, she went to the locals. Balay started her research by frequenting a gay bar in a steel-milling town in northwestern Indiana to get to know the bartenders and regular visitors. Balay was able to interview and record 40 gay steelworkers from the area: 2o males and 20 females. Most of the names, races and ages of the people interviewed were changed in
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This past April 16, 2014, Anne Balay, English professor at the University of Indianapolis, gave a lecture titled “Steel Closets: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Steelworkers,” the latest lecture from the Sexuality Studies Spring Symposia Series.
order to keep them safe from further harassment. During her lecture, Balay recounted multiple stories from her book Steel Closets about the interviewed steelworkers. One of the stories in Balay’s book spoke of the lack of governmental protection of people based on their sexuality. An individual interviewed by Balay, whose alias in the book is Nate, was a former steelworker who
was fired after shortly after the company found out he was gay. Balay offered a variety of stories that portrayed the harassment and violence gay steelworkers suffer. Brenda, a lesbian steelworker suffered from sexual harassment from a coworker multiple times, who would continuingly tell Brenda that she should try to be with a male. This coworker went to such extreme that he even
attempted to rape Brenda, but was stopped by a third coworker. Balay also spoke about how most gay male workers had to hide their sexuality while at work. One example she gave was of a middleaged gay worker who lived over an hour away from his job in order to ensure his safety while working at the mill. Balay also explained that the hours of steelworkers are
harsh, and allow little to no time for social life outside of the mill, leaving gay workers no place to form a community. Overall, Balay’s lecture Steel Closets: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Steelworkers showed the hard reality of gay rights in the United States.
My plan for today’s column was to write about foods that are best served chilled or at room temperature, as the weather was warming up and it seemed spring was well under way. Even though that’s sadly not the case, today’s column will still be about cold food. After all, the cold isn’t all bad. Besides the obvious standards like ice cream, fruit and (potato, pasta) salad, there are actually plenty of foods that are served cold and are delicious. The first food that pops into my head when I think “best served cold” is gazpacho. Gazpacho is a usually tomato-based soup that is traditionally served in Spain and Portugal, and of course, it is traditionally served cold. Gazpacho is a very refreshing soup, and thus is usually served in the summer. Despite its relative simplicity, there are a few varieties of gazpacho worth mentioning. In Rota, gazpacho is often made with less water than is typical, which can give it the consistency of cream or dip. In Extremadura, gazpacho is more of a puree, thickened by the addition of bread crumbs. Other versions of gazpacho include stewed meat and/or large pieces of vegetable. Another great food that is served cold is ceviche, a seafood dish popular in Central and South America. It is typically made from fresh raw fish cured in citrus juices, such as lemon or lime, and spiced with ají or chili peppers. Additional seasonings, such as chopped onions, salt and coriander, may also be added. I had the opportunity to try ceviche for the first time this past weekend, and it blew me away. It was served as a sort of dip for these fried plantain chips, and the sweetness of the chips combined well with the savory tastes of the spices and raw tuna. Of course, like any food with raw seafood, there is a risk of food poisoning, so when you do eat it or prepare it yourself, make sure that the proper precautions have been taken to minimize risk. If you’re looking for something a little less adventurous, give tabbouleh salad a try. It’s of Levantine Arab origin, and is generally made with bulgur (a cereal food made from several different wheat species), tomatoes, finely chopped parsley, mint and onion, and seasoned with olive oil, lemon juice and salt, although there are various other variations such as adding garlic or lettuce, and using couscous instead of bulgur. Anyway, I hope you seize the opportunity when the warm weather finally decides to stick to try some of the foods that I’ve described above. They’re well worth your while, and I can guarantee you’ll discover that revenge isn’t the only dish that’s best served cold.
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‘Testimony’ is Hip-Hop/R&B’s happy medium By Emily Herbst Staff Writer “Testimony” takes off like a lot of entry-level R&B albums: a soft, Drake-y intro littered with piano and girly appeal, making its first impression as your typical “slow-jam” set list. What follows, to our surprise, is a lot deeper. R&B and occasional hip-hop artist August Alsina opens his adolescent wounds in “Testify,” giving way to a painful reflection on absent fatherhood, poverty, dropping out of high school, and even becoming suicidal. He claims this as his opportunity to “testify,” thus setting the frank and sensitive mood for the rest of his thoughtful tracks, much like stories, to come. The singer frequently switches musical lanes, yet always returns to his uniquely R&B comfort zone, scattering in the occasional riffs and runs that makes us love all that is August Alsina. Just 21, the hip-hop/R&B artist has turned heads in the last six months, most frequently with the release of “I Luv This Sh*t (Feat. Trinidad James)” from his mixtape “The Product 2” from this summer, which was later remixed with Chris Brown and Trey Songz following its massive acclaim. Maintaining a low-key mood with most tracks on the slower side, and a couple bangers in between to prevent us from napping (“Ghetto,” “Numb”), “Testimony” proves itself an above-average first studio album. “Testimony”’s collaborations run the genre gamut, from Fabolous to Pusha to Rick Ross. Jeezy makes an
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“Testimony” takes off like a lot of entry-level R&B albums: a soft, Drake-y intro littered with piano and girly appeal, making its first impression as your typical “slow-jam” set list.
appearance on the second If there’s one thing the track, “Make It Home,” an young R&B crooner preachunusually innoes, it’s to stay on cent spot for your grind; his his famously message is eviharsh, rougher dent in tracks Testimony flow in rap. The like “Grind & track follows Pray/Get Ya August Alsina the trend with Money (Feat. 4/15/14 the telling of Fabolous).” 15 tracks Alsina’s “street Alsina follows stories,” with both of these both regret and laws and urges hope. The conhis girl to do /10 clusion is fairly the same, while depressing, but Loso lays down real; the singer some bars about prepares for power couples a life potentially cut short: and paying the bills. The “but if I don’t make it home substance, while valuable, tonight, tell my mama that I gets a tad redundant on the love her/leave some flowers EP—the one major--but still for my brother, girl I love forgivable--weakness. “You ya.” Deserve” and “No Love” are
two of the other sleepers. “Kissin’ On My Tattoos” gets a little closer to mastery of the R&B ballad, but slightly underwhelming production seems to curb its finalization. “Ghetto” makes a quick return to club-worthiness, but the buzz soon fades and doesn’t quite pick up again until six tracks later, on “Numb” (Feat. B.O.B. and Yo Gotti) and of course—“I Luv This Sh*t,” the one with most listeners have been familiarized. The most “hiphop” of all the songs on the album, these three are likely to win over both the laidback R&B lovers and head-bumping hip-hop fans alike.
Ian Anderson continues Ingrid Michaelson to make great music avoids genre busting By Brendon Field Staff Writer
Only two years gone from “Thick as a Brick 2,” the follow up to his band’s landmark progressiverock album from 1972, Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson returns with “Hono Erraticus.” The third installment is another-genre contorting box of assorted musical chocolates in the “Thick as a Brick” chronology, detailing the adventures of Gerald Bostock, who served as protagonist in the two previous albums. “Homo Erraticus” combines rock, progressive, folk and metal styles, with a complex layering of instruments. Weighty guitar or piano riffs will be accented by synthesizers, accordions and woodwinds, which pay brief four to eight bar visits before temporarily exiting the stage. “Homo Erraticus” favors mostly up-tempo stop-andgo arrangements; with melodies that run up and down scales like excited children. In terms of sound, it closest resembles “Thick as a Brick 2,” or “Roots and Branches,” an often overlooked “Jethro Tull” album from 1995. But it also comes closer to the heyday work of Yes and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, than any of Anderson’s previous work— even in the golden age of Jethro Tull. Having been making music for nearly 50 years, Anderson knows how to weave a progressive tune. The guitar, piano and bass intermingle perfectly, and Anderson’s dazzling flute solos always kick a song into high gear. Transitions are always solid, and none of stranger segments overstay their welcome. The guitar work is primarily electric, although the album’s two acoustic songs, “Heavy Metals” and “In for a Pound” are whimsical standouts. Anderson and the group both produce melodies that are typically robust and larger than life. Even on their worst songs, the tune is unique and identifiable in the opening chords. While consis-
tent, the arrangements on “Homo Erraticus” aren’t as diverse as some of Anderson’s previous works, with several tracks in the album’s first half feeling interchangeable. Several instrumental interludes boil down a flute racing against a guitar. The production also feels a bit restrained, some of the music seems apprehensive of being everything it can be. If anything is more signature than Anderson’s flute work, it’s his lyrics. He combines stream of conscious imagery, pop culture monikers, tongue in cheek japes and thoughtful social commentary, into eclectic poetry. The album begins by taking us through history with the opening track, “Doggerland,” which recalls man’s journey through the ancient era of civilization. “The Engineer” is a portrait of England during the Industrial Revolution. “Per Errationes Ad Astra,” the majority of which is just Anderson speaking unaccompanied, is absolutely fascinating. The cryptic nature of Anderson’s music is park of what makes it worth coming back to. The only song that falls flat lyrically is the disappointing “Enter The Uninvited,” which is about the rise of materialism and popular entertainment. In this track Anderson simply lists many of his references, “Star Trek, Baywatch, Friends, Sopranos, West Wing, Mad Men, Walking Dead,” rather than putting them into a more poetic syntax. He also offers a reason “American Pie” is praised over “We Didn’t Start the Fire.” While it appears Jethro Tull will never put on a studio album again, Anderson keeps the spirit of his former band alive, and both “Homo Erraticus” and “Thick as a Brick 2” show he’s willing to combine the legacy of the past with the realities of the present. I think “Homo Erraticus” is the weaker of the two, but it’s still a healthy dose of progressive stew that blends many of the genre’s most savory ingredients.
are continued in the next song “You Got Me,” which features a guest performance by Storyman. Genre busting has become a Guest artists have become more musical trend these days, par- and more prevalent in recent ticularly among female pop stars years, but Michaelson uses them searching for a more mature effectively in her album, so they sound. Very rarely do these efforts complement the music instead of truly succeed, however — far too acting as mere gimmicks. The album continues with often the artist simply just slaps on some superficial changes and “Warpath,” a song that begs to be calls it a day. Luckily, Ingrid performed in concert, “Handsome Michaelson’s newest album Hands” and “Time Machine,” Lights Out avoids such laziness, which has a fiery sound backed producing a unique blend of inno- by a saxophone that underscores vative music that explores new how this album departs from Michaelson’s previous style. lyrical themes. Gone are the bouncy, syrupy Songs like “One Night Town” (a songs of the past, to be replaced duet with Mat Kearney), “Open by a smoother sound that relies Hands” and “Ready to Lose” more on careful construction may be more familiar to older fans, as they are of background very much retread music. The album on older themes starts off with the on love and song “Home,” heartbreak, but which has obviLights Out “Afterlife” and ous synth-pop Ingrid Michaelson “Over You” reveal influences, but is 4/15/14 yet another facet also layered with of Michaelson’s 14 tracks drums, flutes exploratory style and harmonies with a rich power that complement ballad. and emphasize /10 The last song, the strengths in “Everyone is M i c h a e l s o n ’s Gonna Love Me voice. “Home” is Now,” is another followed by “Girls piece that is more Chase Boys,” the album’s only single so far, which reminiscent of the older albums, owes more to the dance music but Michaelson has already made style but retains Michaelson’s her versatility clear in the previous songs. By creating a unique older themes on love. Michaelson then proceeds with but harmonious blend of older “Wonderful Unknown,” one of the and newer themes and styles, and more daring songs in the album collaborating with a variety of by far. Musically, the song sounds songwriters and singers, Lights almost like a Beatles single, and Out has done what few albums the lyrics are about self-discovery can. It showcases aspects of and plunging into the indefinite. Michaelson’s hidden talent while It’s obvious that losing her voice also retaining the more familiar for a few months in 2013 has both styles so older fans do not feel affected Michaelson’s outlook on alienated. The result is a genulife and her vocal style, which inely brave effort that will attract now sounds darker and more listeners everywhere. robust in contrast to the previous airy tones. Themes of exploration Jingyuan.Fu@UConn.edu
By Jingyuan Fu Staff Writer
If you haven’t seen the video that went viral this morning of kids between the ages of 5 to 12 trying to figure out what a Sony Walkman is, stay away and preserve your sense of youth. Watching the video this morning, I found myself reflecting on all the different types of portable music technology and I realized that it has been 10 years since I got my first iPod. Scary. Unless you haven’t taken full advantage of the internet, you’re pretty familiar with the concept of the “Kids React To…” videos. Whether its lemons, funny videos or outdated technology, the videos are hilarious and the segment about the Walkman was equally funny. The kids thought it was a tape recorder, a boom box or simply couldn’t make head or tails of it. The black box covered in buttons that most kids are unfamiliar with (rewind, radio) was chunky and so heavy that most of the kids thought it was cumbersome. It reminded me how technology doesn’t age well. On music devices now, we expect a certain level of technology. Even the first generation iPods were free of the clunky push down buttons the Walkman had. The click wheel allows simple easy access to your music and the touch screen functions of modern iPods allow you to access your music at the touch. The buttons that baffled the kids in the video are completely obsolete in modern technology. Even TVs have streamlined buttons and some even have touch screen remotes. For the entirety of a 12-yearold’s life the simplicity of a touch screen or click wheel was the method to access music. Stylistically, iPods are sleek and compact. The Walkman weighed 14 oz. and was made of cheap black plastic. If you dropped your Walkman while jogging, it would crack. Though iPods have less durability with the touch screens, at least the iPod Classic and Mini were made of metal that would hardly dent after being dropped down a full flight of stairs. As I watched the video, I couldn’t help but reminisce about my own history with portable music devices. I started out with a Walkman, one of the original from the 80s, that actually had to plugged into the wall to work. It was portable as far as the cord went. I had a huge pair of my Mom’s old over the ear headphones which doubled as speakers. I’d hang them on my headboard or the chain of my ceiling fan and blast Queen at all hours of the afternoon. Later, my sister received a portable CD player for her birthday and boy, was I jealous. You could put a CD in and pretty much go anywhere. For a few years I shared it with her (Thanks Caroline!) or stole it more likely (sorry Caroline!). I’m always of the opinion that technology can’t get any better. What is the next step for music technology? You tell me.
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Local band The Oddbodies discusses their career goals
By Brian Richman Campus Correspondent
Deep in a Norwalk apartment, amongst the smell of put-out cigarettes and the indie-punk sounds of the Palma Violets, I find Jack Kelly, Joe Burns and Chris Parisi who make up the mellow punk trio called The Oddbodies. DC-So, the name? JK- I guess it was my idea. Basically, there’s this thing in my family where we name all of our pets from characters in “It’s a Wonderful Life,” which is my favorite movie, and it’s really important to my family. There’s this one character named Clarence Oddbody, who’s an angel and before I landed on the name I thought, ‘All our pets are named after characters from ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ why shouldn’t my band be too?’ so I went through a bunch of names from the movie and I saw Oddbody and I thought that was cool he’s a weird angel and we’re all pretty weird, I wouldn’t call us angels, but we’re certainly weird. JB- That’s where it came from? JK- Yup, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” just made it into a punk thing. It sounds really punk. JB- I didn’t know Clarence had a last name. JKYup, Clarence Oddbody, Angel First Class. JB- Wow, I never noticed that. DC- Why do you guys create music? JK- Ultimately I think it comes down to we’re not really great at anything else. JB- Hey man speak for yourself, I walk really well. JK- We’re these super average stupid dudes that don’t really know how to do a whole lot, except for music and so I think we’d be doing ourselves a disservice by not doing it. JB- We like art. I think it’s
our version of art. CP- It’s just about having a good time, like we always have fun when we play. JB- I’ve never disliked playing music. JK- But you’ve disliked playing bass ironically. JB- I dislike the stigma of the bass player, I’ve come to appreciate the bass more in the last year or so. DC- Which would you guys say was your best show? What made it your best? JK- My vote is going to go to the first UConn show. I thought that was the best because we were finally playing in the element where we’ve always wanted to play and where our music fits and people reacted to it really well. JB- I really enjoy playing at a party because when you go to all of these weird teen centers or bars no one is partying there. No one is drinking or enjoying themselves really because it’s castrated fun. When you put a bunch of kids in a basement with no one to tell them what to do they are more likely to mingle and dance and look foolish, but that’s kind of what it’s about. DC- You guys have quite a bit of history for such a young band. With Joe returning do you feel your relationships, be it musically or personally, are now stronger because of that separation? JK- I would say so, I think it’s always really been us three even since the days of our old singer, Vincent, it’s always been us. JB- Well I always hung out with you guys, I just didn’t like Vincent. JK- I know, but he’s a great kid JB- I like him now, I did not like him. JK- We just didn’t fit musically and that’s fine, not everybody does, but the fact that you came back and now we’re doing our own thing, we’ve crafted songs together.
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‘Transcendence’ shows dystopian future of human consciousness and computer intelligence
We all have similar style and inspirations and stuff and that’s hard to find, people that like the same things that you do while being different at the same time. Like Chris here has his 60s psychedelic weirdness, 90s alt-rock kid over here (JB), and then, I don’t know, I’m pretty altrock too. JB- The 90s were dope. JK- Oasis and Nirvana for AP me. And Hendrix. As clichéd This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Morgan Freeman Cillian Murphy, and Rebecca Hall in a scene from “Transcendence.” as they are, but there’s a reason they’re clichéd. But (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Peter Mountain) we’ve gotten a butt ton better (AP)- HAL has come a long his mind alive, his loyal, cerely animated by the frightthen, like 2010 for example. way. sycophantic wife and fellow ful questions it poses about JB- We played really well First, we had Scarlett researcher Evelyn (Rebecca computing power and interat the last show. I could hear Johansson as a human-like Hall) uploads Caster’s brain connectedness. everything. operating system. Now, to a PC with PINN hardPfister, making his directoJK- Except for the fact that Johnny Depp has been ware. Helping her is their rial debut after years as a cinyou gave me a bass with the uploaded. If the singularity good friend and colleague ematographer often teamed A string tuned down half a — when artificial intelligence Max (Paul Bettany, serving with director Christopher step. You neglected to tell surpasses human smarts — is as narrator). Nolan (a “Transcendence” me that, Joe Burns. And as indeed coming, at least it has But as anyone with an producer), doesn’t exhibit soon as I started playing it decent taste in movie star iPhone knows, software a sure hand with dialogue I thought ‘this is so wrong’ avatars. updates can be tragic. The or a feel for the rhythm of but I had no idea what was First-time director Wally transfer is finished just as his narrative. Neither does wrong with it. Pfister’s “Transcendence” Caster dies. Soon enough, the the film have the distinctive JB- When I put my bass isn’t so much the “Him” to screen flickers to life, first form of his prior photogradown the machine head must Spike Jonze’s “Her” as it’s a with a few typed words and phy work, most notably “The have gotten bumped. more dystopian vision of the then seemingly Caster’s full Dark Knight.” (In imagery, JK- Yea, when you were meeting of human conscious- personality, in voice and pixel “Transcendence” pales in going for one of the ten ciganess and computer intelli- form. comparison to the sumptuous rettes you grabbed during the gence. It turns out that when Alert to their plan, anti-tech sci-fi of the recent “Under the set. That was so annoying; computers get sophisticated, activists (led by Kate Mara) Skin.”) you know how hard it was But, as in Nolan’s worse things can happen than are simultaneously descendto keep you playing your Joaquin Phoenix getting his ing. In the chaos, Max begins “Inception,” Pfister, working instrument? feelings hurt. to realize they’ve created a from a script by first-time JB- I was just really cravBut whereas “Her” was high-speed Frankenstein screenwriter Jack Paglen, ing a cigarette. I always came playful and personal about — an epiphany lost on the shows an instinct to drive in at the right time man. familiar futuristic concepts, mourning Evelyn, who flees the genre elements toward JK- Yes you did. “Transcendence” is clunky after uploading Caster to the a more personal story. Alright last question; what and lifeless. It’s like the Internet. He immediately “Transcendence” ultimately do you guys want to accommovie version of a paranoid spreads across the Web (he hinges on the relationship of plish? TED talk. calls Evelyn on her phone) Caster and Evelyn. The excelJK- I’d like to conquer the In the early scenes of and begins seeking more lent Hall, looking a bit conUCONN DAILY CAMPUS world. fused by what she’s gotten “Transcendence,” Dr. Will computing power. 5”x5.74” JB- I’d be down for that. Caster (a disappointingly It takes a long time for herself into, does her best to RUNHold DATES: Like own everything? sleepy Depp) is a TED-style “Transcendence” to build to emotionally ground Pfister’s massive global shows. PR# master of the universe, speak- this moment, when perhaps it increasingly unfocused and JK- Well we don’t have to ing confidently in front of should have begun here in the heavy-handed story. invade the globe, just play Just as in science, noble large video screens to eager first place. But it feels like all around it. Just being able listeners about neurology and a suddenly intriguing cross- intentions can lead talented to play our music around the artificial intelligence. But roads. Where will this terrify- artistic minds astray, too. world and support ourselves “Transcendence,” a Warner there are also protesters to ingly digital Depp go? just by doing that, that’s his potentially all-powerful If you answered: to a desert Bros. release, is rated PG-13 what I want to do. invention: the Physically town to build an underground by the Motion Picture JB- No, I want everything. Independent Neural Network data center for development Association of America for I want the world. (PINN), an early artificial of radical tissue regenera- “sci-fi action and violence, intelligence propelled by a tion techniques, guarded by some bloody images, brief room full of computers that a creepy army of network- strong language and sensualBrian.Richman@UConn.edu Caster believes could, among connected, superhuman zom- ity.” Running time: 119 minother things, cure cancer. bies — then your algorithms utes. Two stars out of four. An assassination attempt are more advanced than mine. with a radiation-laced bulYet the urgency and intellet leaves Caster with weeks ligence of “Transcendence” to live. Desperate to keep isn’t artificial. It feels sin-
EcoHusky holds clothing swap to recycle
April 22, 2014 7 p.m. Betty R. Tipton Room student center
By Brian Passeri Campus Correspondent
North Dakota native Chuck Klosterman is The New York Times best-selling author of six books of nonfiction and essays (including “Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs” and “I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains”) and two novels (“Downtown Owl” and “The Visible Man”), all of which focus on American popular culture. He has written for GQ, Esquire, Spin, The Washington Post, and The Guardian, and currently covers sports and popular culture for ESPN and The New York Times Magazine. Klosterman’s visit will include a question-and-answer session and a book signing following the lecture presentation.
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Today's Birthday (04/03/14). Life seems especially sweet this year. Both solar and lunar eclipses launch your partnership (4/15) and prosperity (4/29) to new levels this month. Barriers resolve. Your creativity thrives. Beautify your home and throw parties this spring. Summer fun leads to autumn romance. You're clear about what's important. Savor love with your dearest ones. Soak it in. To get the advantage, check the day's rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging.
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Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 6 -- Apply discipline to your communications for the next few days. Get your message out. Test it on your friends first, and use their feedback for modifications. Money's coming in, and easily goes back out. Don't fund a fantasy. Spend on practical necessities. Gemini (May 21-June 20) -- Today is a 6 -- You're in the spotlight today and tomorrow. Use your power responsibly. Discuss financial implications, and negotiate a win-win. Hold out for what's right. Friends contribute their expertise and experience. Learn something new. A hunch could get profitable. Accept the applause with a bow. Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Today and tomorrow favor contemplation, study and quiet productivity. Remain obsessed with details. Present or collect expert testimony. Listen to partners, and take notes. Your assessment nails it. Prepare documents. Reassurance arrives from far away. Ask for more and get it. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is a 6 -- Study the situation. Do the homework you've been avoiding. Let go of obligations that you can delegate. How much control do you really need? Good news presents new options. Talk it over with the related parties. Get friends involved. Follow a family tradition. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 5 -- Make plans for major changes at home. Today and tomorrow are good for testing ideas. Gather feedback, and take notes. Talk it over with the ones affected. Use your own good judgment. Avoid stepping on toes, or it could get awkward. Keep a wide view. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 6 -- Things fall into place today and tomorrow. An old dream could be newly possible. Plan an adventure. Study options and strategies. Travel conditions improve. Let your partner do the talking, despite your charm. Notice any barriers or limitations. Think about the long haul. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 6 -- The next few days favor financial planning. The more care you take with details, the better you look. Find ways to save. Collaborate and share resources with a partner. Provide great service, and earn respect. Opposites attract. Stay true to your heart. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 6 -- Review instructions, confirm reservations, and listen to suggestions. You and a partner can stir things up today and tomorrow. It could even get romantic. Stay flexible with changes or temporary confusion. Delegate or reschedule if needed. Get an expert opinion. Share responsibilities. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is a 6 -- It gets busy today and tomorrow. A new project demands attention. Work more and increase profits. It may require compromise. Postpone a trip, and meet virtually rather than in person. Search for practical data, and share it. Record thoughts and feelings in your journal. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 6 -- New assignments keep coming in. You're motivated by the money. Keep your head down and focus. Get your friends involved. Make more time for fun today and tomorrow. Play with family and friends, and practical solutions arise in the process. Express your love. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 6 -- Today and tomorrow are good for making changes at home. Invest in efficiency. Clean up a mess. Get partners involved, and test new structures. Make material improvements. Challenge authority to get to the truth. Stick to your principles. Have your home reflect your passions.
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Baseball takes on Temple after early-week rainout
By Matt Zampini Campus Correspondent The UConn baseball team will welcome the Temple Owls to J.O. Christian Field in an American Athletic Conference matchup. Both teams sit in the middle of the conference standings and are looking to make a move up to better their positions. UConn was scheduled to play the Fairfield Stags on Tuesday but due to rain, the game was cancelled. The Huskies will be back on the diamond for the first time since winning two of three games
against the Cincinnati Bearcats last weekend. The Huskies (17-17, 4-4 American) currently sit in fourth place in the conference standings, not far behind is the Owls (10-18, 5-7 American), who sit in sixth place. Temple was scheduled to play the University of Delaware on Tuesday but they were also rained out. The Owls have lost three of their last four games heading into the weekend matchup against the Huskies. Redshirt senior Robert Amaro leads the Owls with a .311 bat-
ting average, 28 runs batted in and two home runs. Amaro has been a bright spot for Temple’s struggling offense this season. The Owls are amongst the leagues worst in offense, ranking last in batting average (.249), hits (226), runs (126) and home runs (5). Temple will have to find a way to score runs against UConn’s very deep pitching staff, which ranks second in the American with a 2.71 ERA, if they want to be successful this weekend. It was a great week for UConn junior Blake Davey, who was named the American Conference
Player of the Week and also the National Player of the Week by collegesportsmadness.com. Davey has carried the Huskies offense this season with seven home runs and a very impressive slugging percentage of .593. Since senior captain Tom Verdi has returned to the starting lineup, the Huskies have won three out of four games and have seemed to have rallied behind their captain being back out on the field and in the lineup. Verdi has been batting leadoff for the Huskies, a place that he is comfortable and used to hitting.
He is batting .211 since returning to the starting lineup and has scored five runs. Before returning to the lineup, Verdi was kept out with a wrist injury. UConn and Temple have split the first six games of the all-time series. Thursday will be the first meeting of the squads since the 1977 NCAA District I Playoffs. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.
NBA season takeaways NBA Western Conference year-end awards By Spencer Mayfield NBA Columnist
The NBA regular season came to a close last night and this year the Eastern Conference was rather disappointing. The bottom half of the league was just not competitive, especially compared to the Western Conference. Although the competitiveness was down, this season was not lacking in storylines. Let’s take a look at the three of the biggest takeaways from this season. 1.) As much as we want them to, Miami does not care about the regular season. This team does not care about seeding, or your little regular season “statement games”. All that matters to them is what happens in the playoffs. And rightfully so: this team turns it up to another level come playoff time. The Heat were swept by the Brooklyn Nets this year but if these two teams meet in the playoffs it will be a completely different story. Miami’s main concern with this group during the regular season will always be remaining healthy for the real prize. 2.) Carmelo Anthony needs help and he is going to have to leave New York to find it. It is hard to categorize this season for the Knicks as anything short of a disaster. They
never had a real point guard; Iman Shumpert did not make the jump the team expected and J.R. Smith has been a huge letdown. The Knicks did hire Phil Jackson to be their President of Basketball Operations but that may not be enough to lure Anthony to stay. Realistically, the Knicks will not be able to improve much next season due to the way their contracts are set up. I don’t see Anthony wasting another season in New York when he can go somewhere in free agency and try to win immediately. 3.) Tanking is horrible for the game of basketball. This year’s draft is supposed to be loaded with talent and as more players declare each day there is no denying that fact. However, teams losing an absurd amount of games in order to improve their chances at a good draft pick is bad for the league. The Philadelphia 76ers tied the NBA record for most consecutive games lost in a row this season but they don’t even own the worst record in the league. That belongs to the Milwaukee Bucks. There is no easy solution to this but it becomes difficult to watch games where teams benefit more from losing than winning.
By Eddie Leonard NBA Columnist
The NBA season is coming to an end. So before the playoffs begin, here are some predications for the NBA regular season awards. Kevin Durant is the clear MVP favorite for the 201314 NBA season. Durant did everything this year. He averaged a league best, 31.9 points per game, grabbed 7.4 rebounds per game, and dished a career-high 5.5 assists per game. Durant also scored 30 or more points in 12 straight games in January, while averaging 35 ppg during the streak. Lastly, he scored at least 25 points in 41 straight games, which is third most all time. Don’t get me wrong, LeBron James is still the best player on the planet, but the best player this season was Kevin Durant. The Rookie of the Year award was tough for me. The pick was easy; the hard part was I had give the reward to a player who was on a team that embarrassed the NBA with tanking. Michael CarterWilliams, of the Philadelphia 76ers, is the man I am referring to. Carter-Williams averaged nearly 17 points, six rebounds, six assists, and two steals per game during the season. However those
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numbers are a little deceiving because Carter-Williams was the only real player on a team that’s goal was to lose every game possible. So his stats may be a little inflated, but for a rookie, those stats are extremely hard to argue with and he deserves the award. The Sixth Man of the Year award is definitely not going to J.R. Smith; I can tell you that. Taj Gibson of the Chicago Bulls should receive the award because of all the effort plays he makes on a nightly basis. Gibson does everything on the floor when he is given the opportunity. Gibson has averaged careerhighs in minutes, points and assists this year. Gibson is the spark off the bench the Bulls have relied on all season. Along with Joakim Noah, Gibson helped carry a left for dead team all the way back to fourth place in the Eastern Conference. The Most Improved Player award was the easiest award to choose. Anthony Davis should be the recipient of the award with no doubt in my mind. Sure, Davis was the No. 1 overall pick from Kentucky just two years ago, but look at the numbers. He averaged nearly 13 points, eight rebounds, and two blocks per game in his rookie year. However this year, he is averaging nearly 21 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks per contest. Davis has truly blossomed as the leader in New Orleans and I am sure in a couple years he will be one
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, right, shoots over Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Sunday, April 13, 2014.
of the leaders in the NBA. Gregg Popovich is my pick for Coach of the Year because once again, San Antonio is in first place. Every year critics say they are too old and every year the Spurs prove them wrong. Popovich is so special because he dealt with injuries to his core group the entire season. The minute one starter returned another would get injured. Popovich was able to get his team for another grueling season after coming five seconds away from winning an NBA title. Joakim Noah is the leader of one of the most feared
defenses in the NBA, the Chicago Bulls. Noah is so unique as a big man because he can run with point guards off the dribble and off pick and rolls, while also having the ability to stay with posting big men in the paint. Noah is the product of a great defensive scheme in Chicago run by Tom Thibodeau, but to his credit, the scheme begins with Noah. There is no doubt in my mind that Noah should be the Defensive Player of the Year this year.
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Thursday, April 17, 2014
UConn alum George Springer called up by Astros HOUSTON (AP) — Highly touted prospect George Springer is making his major league debut on Wednesday night, batting second and playing right field for the Houston Astros. He's the first of a group of top prospects expected to help the Astros back to respectability after three straight 100loss seasons. But he's trying not to put too much pressure on himself. "I have to understand who I am as a player and I understand what I can do, and just go out there and treat this like it's any other game ... and try to help the Houston Astros win," he said. The 24-year-old outfielder had 37 homers and 108 RBIs with 45 stolen bases combined in Double-A and Triple-A last year. He was off to a strong start in Triple-A this season, too, hitting .353 with three homers and nine RBIs. There was a buzz around the ballpark on Wednesday with Springer's arrival.
The hashtag 'SpringerDay' was trending on Twitter in Houston and fans were excitedly tweeting all day about his debut. General manager Jeff Luhnow was a little giddy about Springer's call-up, too. "We don't want to rest all our hopes on one player, but he's a pretty good player and there's more behind him," Luhnow said. "If he does well, I think it will lift our team (which) is now struggling a little bit and lift our city's spirits and give us hope that there's more like him coming. That's exciting. That's what we've been working for." Springer was selected 11th overall by the Astros out of UConn in the 2011 amateur draft. Manager Bo Porter said he will be Houston's everyday right fielder. "When you look at ... the production in which he's been putting up and if you
look at the woes we've had offensively and trying to get our offense going and having a guy of his caliber that we can plug into our offense, he can definitely help," Porter said. Springer knows people are looking for big things from him, but is careful not to get caught up in the hype. "The goal at the end of the day isn't about the future, it isn't about me, it isn't about anybody else, it's about the Houston Astros and that's to go out and win," he said. His parents flew in from Connecticut to be at Wednesday's game and his father raved about his namesake. "You're going to see some pretty special things out on the field ... his whole approach to the game," the elder George Springer said. "And he has a smile that's as infectious as it is contagious, and I'm looking forward to seeing it myself because I'm a baseball fan, too."
Houston Astros' George Springer slides safely into home in the seventh inning against Rojos del Aguila de Veracruz's during a spring exhibition baseball game March 30.
Jets sign former Titans RB Chris Johnson Men's tennis NEW YORK (AP) — Always fast on the field, Chris Johnson is looking to quickly prove his critics wrong. The New York Jets signed the former Titans running back Wednesday, a little over a week after he was officially released by Tennessee. Johnson met with the Jets all day Tuesday — the first team he visited — and stayed in town to watch the Knicks-Nets game in Brooklyn before signing Wednesday. The Jets announced the move, but didn't release terms. In a text message to The Associated Press, Johnson confirmed it was a two-year deal. "I have a fresh start," Johnson told The Tennessean. "Now I am going to go out there with a chip on my shoulder. I know a lot of people are doubting me." Johnson was told by the Titans of their decision April 4, ending a six-year stint in Tennessee during which he became one of the NFL's most exciting running backs. The former 2,000-yard rusher will team with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell to give coach Rex Ryan and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg a deep and dangerous backfield. The Jets also have Mike Goodson, who is dealing with legal issues and recovering from torn knee ligaments. "I've always been a big fan of the Jets," Johnson told the team's website. "There was some thought into this, but just at the end of the day, I was comfortable here. I just felt like it was the right situation." While his days as a workhorse running back — he carried the
ball over 300 times in each of the 2009 and 2010 seasons — might be over, Johnson could be the perfect complement to the bruising Ivory and versatile Powell. In Mornhinweg's first season as offensive coordinator, the Jets finished sixth in the league in rushing last year with Ivory and Powell sharing the load. Despite the solid production, New York still entered the offseason aiming to improve the position with a big-play runner. That's exactly what they're hoping to get in the speedy and durable Johnson, who turns 29 in September and is only the sixth player to rush for 1,000 yards in each of his first six seasons. "I see this as a team on the rise," Johnson told newyorkjets. com. "This is a winning team." But there have been questions about whether he'll ever be the same player who rushed for 2,006 yards in 2009, when he earned his "CJ2K" nickname. Johnson finished with 1,077 yards — the second-lowest total of his career — and a career-worst 3.9-yard average last season. He also rushed for 100 or more yards just twice. The Jets held Johnson to just 21 yards on 15 carries in their 38-13 loss last season at Tennessee, but Johnson gouged them for 122 yards on 21 carries, including a career-best 94-yard touchdown run, in 2012. The splashy move is reminiscent of the one the Jets made in 2010, when they signed an aging LaDainian Tomlinson, who turned out to be a useful role player. While being deliberate throughout free agency, general manager
heads to first AAC Championships
By Eugene Joh Campus Correspondent
In this Nov. 13, 2011 file photo, Tennessee Titans' Chris Johnson celebrates his touchdown run against the Carolina Panthers during the fourth quarter of the Titans' 30-3 win.
John Idzik has now signed arguably the three best players available at their positions in Johnson, quarterback Michael Vick and wide receiver Eric Decker. New York also showed early interest in free agency in running backs Maurice Jones-Drew and Donald Brown, but they signed elsewhere. The Titans cut ties with
Johnson, making him a free agent, to avoid paying the $8 million he was due for this season, along with the final three seasons left on the $53.5 million contract he signed in September 2011. Johnson, who set several franchise and NFL records during his time in Tennessee, repeatedly said he wouldn't take a pay cut this offseason.
The UConn men’s tennis team will travel to Memphis this Friday to take part in the first-ever American Athletic Conference men’s tennis championships. UConn, entering as the seventh seed, takes on the second-seeded University of South Florida Bulls in their first round match-up. The match is set to begin at 9 a.m. “We’re just looking to play to our ability,” UConn head coach Michael Louis said. “All we can do is make sure that we compete.” Heading into the tournament, the Huskies sport an 8-11 record, finishing the regular season with two consecutive wins over Sacred Heart and Southern New Hampshire University. UConn finished the season with just one AAC meet contested, in a losing effort against Temple University. USF enters the tournament with a 15-6 record, finishing the regular season with a loss to Memphis. The Bulls have faced two AAC opponents this season, Central Florida and Memphis. “We finished the regular season pretty well, so we’re definitely heading in the
right direction,” Louis said. “We’re not working on anything specifically (for the tournament), just want to continue playing well until the end.” For Louis, a former captain of the UConn tennis team in 2004-05, the tournament marks the end of his first season as the head coach of his alma mater. “We finished with an 8-11 record (this season), and we want to improve that next year,” Louis said. “The level of competition was high this year… but our sights are on the future now.” The Huskies still have the opportunity this season to put an exclamation point on Louis’ debut with solid play in the inaugural AAC championships. Standing between them and that opportunity are USF, UCF, Temple, Southern Methodist, Louisville and host team Memphis. “My job is to challenge this team to get better every day and have them challenge me to do the same,” Louis said. “Coming in my first year, this is a dream come true. There’s no other place I’d rather be coaching.”
Boston Marathon organizers confident of safe race BOSTON (AP) — The arrest of a man with a rice cooker in his backpack near the Boston Marathon finish line led police to step up patrols Wednesday, while organizers sought to assure the city and runners of a safe race next week. The actions of the man, whose mother said he had a mental disorder, rattled nerves as Boston prepared for the annual race, but authorities said they did not consider it a security breach. Officials also expressed confidence in heightened security measures for Monday's event while acknowledging the challenge of protecting an estimated 1 million spectators and 36,000 runners across 26.2 miles and eight Massachusetts communities. Security plans include thousands of uniformed police, hundreds of plainclothes officers and about 100 strategically positioned video cameras that will monitor the crowds. Police also strongly discouraged spectators from bringing backpacks. "I believe this will be the safest place on the planet on April 21," said Dave McGillivray, the long-time race director for the Boston Athletic Association. Boston police detonated the suspicious backpack Tuesday night, along with a second backpack that was later found to have been left behind by a journalist covering the day's
remembrances, Police Commissioner William Evans said. Neither bag was determined to have explosives. The 25-year-old suspect, Kevin "Kayvon" Edson, was arraigned Wednesday on several charges including threatening battery and possession of a hoax device. Bail was set at $100,000 and a judge ordered that Edson be evaluated at a state psychiatric hospital. Evans said that Boylston Street, where the finish line is located and where twin bombs killed three people and injured more than 260 others last year, was not in lockdown when Edson walked down the street barefoot in the pouring rain, wearing a black veil and paint on his face. Along with the rice cooker, a robot mask was also found in the backpack, officials said. "That individual, like anyone, had the right to basically walk up the street," Evans said. Because he was acting suspiciously, however, police quickly intervened, he said. According to a police report read aloud in court Wednesday, Edson told an officer: "I knew what I was doing, it was conceived in my head. It's symbolism, come on. The performance got the best of me." Joie Edson said her son had battled bipolar disorder for many years and that his men-
tal state had recently deteriorated. His lawyer, public defender Shannon Lopez, said he was diagnosed with mental illness at 19 and that a doctor said Edson showed signs of being off his medication recently. The finish line will not be closed to the public until the morning of the race, Evans said, but police planned to increase visibility in the area over the next several days. In seeking to discourage spectators from bringing backpacks, police said those carrying them are likely to have them searched. "This year, we can all understand that someone is going to feel anxious, nervous, to stand next to someone with a backpack," said Kurt Schwartz, the state's undersecretary of public safety. "Why do that this year?" Spectators were advised to tell a police officer or call 911 if they see anything they consider suspicious along the route. Evans said undercover officers with special training will be working the crowds looking for suspicious packages or anyone "who might be up to no good." He also said police plan to limit the size of the crowds on Boylston Street, and if they appear to be getting too large, people will be asked to move to other locations to view the race. But he added that police do not want to create undue anxiety, either.
Women's tennis travels to Tampa By Eugene Joh Campus Correspondent The UConn women’s tennis team will travel to the University of South Florida this Thursday, as they compete in the first-ever American Athletic Conference women’s tennis championships. UConn, entering as the ninth seed, faces off against the eighth-seeded University of Cincinnati Bearcats in the first round. The match is set to begin at 9 a.m. The Huskies finished the regular season with an 8-11 record, including three consecutive wins to end the season against Georgetown, Villanova and Marist. UConn com-
peted in four AAC meets this year, losing all four, including a 6-1 loss to Cincinnati in February. The Bearcats finished their season with a 9-13 record on the season, including three consecutive losses to end the season against Marshall, Marquette and DePaul. Cincinnati has competed in three AAC meets this year, compiling a 1-2 record. UConn looks to continue its winning ways and play the spoiler in the inaugural American championships this weekend. In the first round, the Huskies look to avenge a loss to the Bearcats early in the season. UConn junior Maxene Weinberg looks to exact revenge on the
Bearcats, after losing in their first meeting in three sets. In that matchup, Weinberg took the first set from Kelly Poggensee-Wei 6-3, but was unable to hold on to the advantage. Weinberg would drop that match 6-3, 3-6, 1-6. UConn, Cincinnati, Central Florida, Houston, Louisville, Memphis, Rutgers, South Florida, Southern Methodist, and Temple all convene in Tampa, Fla. to vie for the title of first-ever champions in the American Athletic Conference. The tournament finals are scheduled to begin on April 20.
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Baseball Today Temple 3 p.m.
Softball April 18 Temple 1 p.m.
-New Jets running back Chris Johnson
(17-17) April 19 Temple 3 p.m.
April 21 Central Connecticut 3 p.m.
April 22 UMass 3 p.m.
April 19 Temple Noon
April 22 Bryant University 3 p.m.
April 23 UMass 4 p.m.
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Yankees unveil plaque for Nelson Mandela
“There was some thought into this, but just at the end of the day, I was comfortable here.”
April 18 Temple 1 p.m.
The number of UConn players in Major League Baseball following George Springer’s Wednesday call-up.
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Nosedive to despair
Golf April 19 and 20 Rutherford Collegiate All Day
Lacrosse (8-5) Today Louisville 4 p.m.
April 19 Cincinnatti Noon
April 26 Villanova 1 p.m.
Men’s Track and Field April 19 UConn Home Meet TBA Manchester City’s Edin Dzeko is tackled by Sunderland’s Wes Brown during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Sunderland. The 2-2 draw likely ended the Citizens’ Premier League title hopes.
Women’s Track and Field
Soccer roundup: Madrid wins Copa del Rey
April 17 and 18 Mt. Sac Relays All day
What's On TV NHL: Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues, 8 p.m., NBCSN ST. LOUIS (AP) — Just as last spring, the St. Louis Blues have the higher seed but the unenviable task of facing the defending Stanley Cup champion in the first round of the playoffs.
For the Blues to prevail against the Chicago Blackhawks in a matchup of 100-point teams and long-time rivals with Game 1 Thursday night, coach Ken Hitchcock says they’ll need standout play from goalie Ryan Miller.
NHL: Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Rangers, 7 p.m., CNBC NEW YORK (AP) — It’s Broadway vs. Broad Street for the first time in 17 years. It doesn’t matter if these longtime rivals are in the Patrick, Atlantic, or newly formed Metropolitan Division, when the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers clash, it is every bit of a backyard brawl. The Rangers come into the latest best-of-seven, first-round playoff series with a bit of an edge, having secured home-ice advantage by finishing second in the Metropolitan — two points ahead of the third-place Flyers.
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees honored Nelson Mandela on Wednesday night during their rain-delayed celebration of the legacy of Jackie Robinson, another icon of social change. The grandson of South Africa’s first black president, Zondwa Mandela, and Robinson’s widow, Rachel, helped unveil a plaque commemorating Mandela’s 1990 speech at the old Yankee Stadium. It hangs next to the tribute to Jackie Robinson in Monument Park beyond center field at the current ballpark. Robinson broke the color barrier in the major leagues in 1947 with the Brooklyn Dodgers. The ceremony was pushed back a day to Wednesday because the game between New York and the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday — Jackie Robinson Day around baseball — was postponed by rain. The plaque features a portrait of Mandela and a dedication. “Able to fill the shoes of our grandfather. That is not why we are here. It’s simply symbolic to the fact that we all make up a piece of his magnificent work. I and family, just like all of you who are here, are just a custodian of his legacy,” Zondwa Mandela said before the ceremony. “The efforts of the Robinson family, the efforts of our grandfather, should continue to give us a sense that the efforts of today are not supposed to reflect on our experience today,” he continued, “but rather that they are for the lives to follow, the generations to come.” Yankee captain Derek Jeter presented the Mandela family and Rachel Robinson with a replica of the plaque at home plate prior to the game. It reads: “Nelson Mandela 1918-2013. Nobel Peace Prize winner and global leader whose timeless efforts dismantled apartheid in South Africa. As President of his country, he would use South Africa’s enthusiasm for sports as a unifying force for reconciliation. On June 21, 1990, he made a memorable visit to the original Yankee Stadium and proclaimed, “You know who I am. I am a Yankee.” “In words and deeds, he became an inspirational leader to the world. Dedicated by New York Yankees, April 15, 2014. Presented to Mandela family from New York Yankees.” More than a dozen notable figures, including members of the Mandela and Robinson family, South African government representatives, past and present politicians and labor leaders, Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner, and singer and activist Harry Belafonte attended a pregame news conference.
VALENCIA, Spain (AP) — Gareth Bale raced down the field, avoided a defender and rolled the ball under goalkeeper Jose Pinto in the 90th minute, giving Real Madrid a 2-1 win over Barcelona on Wednesday night and its 19th Copa del Rey title. Angel Di Maria put Real Madrid ahead from a counterattack in the 11th minute, but defender Mark Bartra scored on a header off a corner kick in the 67th, the first time Real goalkeeper Iker Casillas allowed a goal in this season’s tournament. Neymar hit a post in the 90th for Barcelona, which was eliminated from the Champions League last week and lost at Granada last weekend, making a league title unlikely. “Obviously this is not a good moment. It has been a hard week on all fronts,” Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino said. MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City was held to 2-2 tie by visiting Sunderland, a result that could put the Premier League title out of reach. Fernandinho gave City the lead in the second minute, but Sunderland built a 2-1 lead when Connor Wickham scored on a volley in the 73rd minute and a counterattack in the 83rd. Samir Nasri tied the score in the 88th for City (22-6-5),
which is six points behind first-place Liverpool (24-55) and four behind secondplace Chelsea (23-5-6). City has five games left, while Liverpool and Chelsea have four apiece — including a meeting at Anfield on April 27. “I think we are more mentally tired than physically tired,” City manager Manuel Pellegrini said. “Remember this team, two years ago, were six points behind the leaders and ... won the title at the end. So it is difficult, but it is not the last game we play.” American forward Jozy Altidore dressed for Sunderland for the first time since March 31. He has not appeared in a match since March 26. U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard and Everton lost 3-2 at home to Crystal Palace, ending the Toffees’ sevengame winning streak and damaging their chances of finishing fourth and earning a berth in next season’s Champions League. Palace built a 2-0 lead on goals by Jason Puncheon in the 23rd and Scott Dann in the 49th. After Steven Naismith cut the gap in the 61st, Cameron Jerome made it 3-1 in the 73. Kevin Mirallas scored for Everton in the 86th. Everton (19-6-9) is fifth, one point behind Arsenal (207-7). “We wanted to win so much
Real goalkeeper Iker Casillas lifts the trophy at the end of the final of the Copa del Rey between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia, Spain, Wednesday.
that we stopped being ourselves,” Everton manager Roberto Martinez said, “and that is what we have to learn from.” FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Defending champion Bayern Munich cruised to its 20th German Cup final by beating second-division Kaiserslautern 5-1. Bayern will seek its 17th title in the May 17 final in
Berlin against Borussia Dortmund. Bastian Schweinsteiger opened the scoring in the 24th, Toni Kroos doubled the lead in the 32nd and Thomas Mueller converted a penalty kick in the 50th. Simon Zoller scored for the visitors in the 60th, and Bayern got goals from Mario Mandzukic in the 78th and Mario Goetze in injury time.
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ENDANGERING THE HAWKS Softball beats Hartford in blowout fashion By Spencer Mayfield Campus Correspondent
Erica Brancato Grady Sizemore’s second at-bat for the Boston Red Sox on Opening Day was a home run into right field. Sizemore last home run was July 15, 2011, but his second hit after two years out of baseball was a homer. After being out of baseball due to several injuries and numerous surgeries on both knees and his back, Sizemore has had a fantastic start. Although he has only played 11 games this season, his skills look promising and he has been an asset to the defending World Series champions thus far. In the 11 games Sizemore has played this season, he has racked up two home runs, four RBIs and a stolen base. Although the season is still very early, to be healthy and playing on this level is a huge plus for the eight-year veteran. Sizemore recently lifted the Red Sox over the Yankees with a three run home run in the sixth inning to win the game over his former Indians teammate CC Sabathia. The centerfielder’s three-run homer lifted the Sox to a 4-2 win over their rivals. Sizemore’s performance against the Yankees shows a glimpse of who he was before his injuries. In his 2005-2008 seasons with the Cleveland Indians, Sizemore was considered to be one of the most dynamic players in baseball. Over that four year span he totaled 107 runs, 325 RBIs and 115 steals. He was also a three time All- Star, a two time Gold Glove award winner and a Silver Slugger award winner in his prime. According to ESPN, Sizemore, then 23 years old, became the youngest player ever to have more than 90 extra-base hits and more than 20 stolen bases in a season. He led the league in runs scored with 134 and doubles with 53, while playing in all 162 games that 2006 season. However in 2010 and 2011, his injuries started to show. Unlike most seasons where he was a dominant factor in both hitting and outfield, Sizemore was in and out during the season due to reoccurring injuries. He also had a total of four steals in his last season of baseball, which was extremely low for his averaged 19 steals a season. With Sizemore looking healthy and eager to play the Red Sox may possibly have made a great decision with such a risky player. If Sizemore is kept healthy, he will continue to help the Red Sox succeed this season.
Atlanta gets MLS team
ATLANTA (AP) — Major League Soccer announced its newest team Wednesday, unveiling an expansion team for Atlanta that will begin play in 2017 at the city’s new retractable roof stadium. The team will be owned by Arthur Blank, who also owns the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons. He donned a traditional soccer scarf and was serenaded by a burgeoning fan group that calls itself “Terminus Legion,” a reference to the city’s former name. “We’ve been working on soccer for over 10 years now,” Blank said. “This has been a dream of ours.” The team’s name has not been determined. Blank said he will get input from the fans before deciding on the new moniker. The team will play at the new $1 billion stadium to be built next to the Georgia Dome. While primarily designed for the Falcons, Blank was eager to line up an additional revenue source for the new facility and stressed that it will be soccer-friendly, with stands that are designed to retract to accommodate the larger pitch and new technology that will close off the upper sections to create an intimate atmosphere.
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UConn softball took down Hartford 12-1 on Wednesday afternoon. The Huskies improved to 10-29 with the win against their in-state rivals.
The UConn softball team defeated the Hartford Hawks 12-1 yesterday in a non-league matchup. The Huskies offensive explosion was led by sophomore left fielder Heather Fyfe, who went two for three on the day with a grand slam and five RBIs. Freshman pitcher Kayla Doty set the tone for the Huskies on the mound. Doty kept the Hawks batters off-balance all day—only allowing two hits. “I think she [Doty] had a good outing,” Coach Karen Mullins said as she notched the win. “We were pleased that she was ahead in counts and did a nice job pitching to hitters.” The UConn offense got going in the bottom of the second inning when Townsend singled and Fyfe reached on an error. Two batters later, Emily O’Donnell hit a three-run home run, scoring both Taylor Townsend and Fyfe. The Hartford offense responded in the top of the third inning with a solo homerun from Marisa Ferguson. That would be it for the Hawks offense as they were held hitless the rest of the ballgame. The Huskies loaded the bases in the top of the fourth inning for Alyssa Gardea, in hopes of breaking the game open. Hartford pitcher Lexi Wilkerson walked Gardea, and Alyson Ambler scored. The bases remained loaded for Fyfe, who launched a grand slam to give UConn a seven run lead. UConn added four more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, when Dominique Pinto hit a three-run triple, and Fyfe followed that with an RBI single that scored Pinto. Coach Mullins was pleased with the way the offense was able to explode against the Hartford pitching. “It was nice to see us put some runs on the board,” Mullins said. “Emily got all of a pitch and Heather hit a big grand slam so it was really nice to see us put some runs on the board, it’s exciting.”
Softball has offensive explosion against Hawks
By Dan Madigan Campus Correspondent
The UConn softball offense turned in their best performance of the season, in a 12-1 five inning mercy win over instate rival Hartford. The Huskies had seven hits on the day, including two from Alyson Ambler and a three-run home run from Emily O’Donnell. However, it was Heather Fyfe who stole the show, turning in one of the best offensive performances of the season. The sophomore outfielder, from Bedford, N.H., went 2-3 with five RBI, four of which came from a long grand slam in the bottom of the third, where the team tacked on five runs to help break the game open for the Huskies. “It felt good to put something on the board and help
out the team and see the whole team come together today,” Fyfe said. After hitting her first collegiate home run, Fyfe singled in her fifth RBI of the day in the bottom of fourth, knocking in Dominique Pinto. Fyfe’s five RBI output brought her season total up to seven. Fyfe attributes the team’s phenomenal offensive performance to keeping things simple and just enjoying playing the game that they love. “Honestly just relaxing and having fun is something that we’ve been really stressing as a team lately. We need to go back and have fun and remember we’re here because we love it. I just took that mindset into the game today along with the rest of the team,” Fyfe said. After a freshman season where she managed only one hit in seven at bats, Fyfe has
flourished with more playing time this season, helping the team offensively and defensively. She is third on the team in batting average, and has yet to make an error in left field. The Huskies certainly followed through with their mindset by putting up a season high 12 runs. The 12 runs were the most UConn has scored in a game since a 11-3 mercy win over Providence last season. Heading into a crucial three-game home stand versus in conference opponent Temple, Fyfe and the Huskies will need to turn in more offensive performances, like their outburst against the Hawks, to escape from the bottom of the American Athletic Conference standings and improve their seeding in the AAC Tournament.
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UConn managed seven hits against the Hawks, in a 12-run outburst that led to an easy win. The Huskies were paced by sophomore Heather Fyfe, who had two hits and five RBIs.
Lacrosse takes on Cardinals in conference matchup By Elan DeCarlo Campus Correspondent
Coming off a weekend at home where they split two games, the UConn Huskies (8-5) are on the road to face off against the Louisville Cardinals (10-3) in their biggest conference game of the season. Over the weekend, UConn dropped its match against Georgetown 11-10. The loss to the Hoyas broke its sixgame winning streak. On Sunday, the Huskies bounced back strong to defeat the Marquette Golden Eagles 11-10. The weekend’s split brought their Big East conference record to 3-1. They travel to Louisville for a match against the best team in the conference. “This is big challenge for us, one of the biggest games of the year. It’s a good test for our team. Louisville is a strong conference team,” Coach Katie Woods said. Coming off a busy weekend, Woods noted that the team was well rested and ready to go.
“This is an easy one to get up for,” she said. Louisville has been on a tear lately, winning its last six games. Its offense has been clicking on all cylinders, averaging 17 goals per game over the stretch. In order to win, UConn will have to find a way to slow down the Cardinals’ attack. In their victory over Marquette, starting goaltender Shannon Nee was benched at halftime. Backup Marya Fratoni stepped up in relief, finishing with two saves and only four goals allowed. Woods said the decision as to who will start be made game time, but noted the team has great confidence in both goalies. Louisville is undefeated in conference play. A Husky victory will bring UConn to first place in the Big East, as they would hold the tiebreaker over Louisville, both would be 4-1. UConn faces Louisville Thursday at the University of Louisville Lacrosse Stadium at 4 p.m.
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UConn lacrosse travels to Louisville for a marquee Big East Conference matchup on Thursday. The Huskies enter the game at 8-5 and vying for first place with the Cardinals.