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Annual Spring Weekend kept quiet Once filled with parties, infamous weekend stopped by university
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By Katherine Tibedo Staff Writer In a press release Sunday UConn Police Chief Barbara O’Connor described this past weekend as “the Spring Weekend that wasn’t.” The description refers to the complete absence of the large crowds that marked previous Spring Weekends. An increased police presence and strict security measures were given credit for the quietness of the weekend. This past weekend contrast sharply with
Spring Weekends in the past where crowds of 10,000 to 15,000 people would gather each night over the three-day period. “The credit for this weekend passing quietly goes to UConn students, the exceptional efforts of the UConn Public Safety and Student Affairs staff as well as to our partners in this effort: state and municipal police agencies, local landlords and the town of Mansfield,” UConn President Susan Herbst was quoted saying in the press release,
“Thanks to all involved, the weekend was uneventful and our campus, this community and our students remained safe.” Overall the weekend was described as normal, even quiet, compared to any other warm weekends during the academic year. Barricades on numerous road, parking lots and pathways worked to prevent students from massing in former gathering areas such as X-lot. University personnel also worked with management of Celeron Square and Carriage House housing complexes to prevent large off campus parties. “There was very strict police
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In this 2010 file photo, students party at X-lot. The university put efforts into place to avoid similar parties in 2011 and 2012.
ROSCOE SMITH TO TRANSFER
Cigna expands on-campus internship program
HUSKIES SPRING INTO ACTION Chandler Whitmer tosses two TD passes in BlueWhite game
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Add Roscoe Smith to those leaving the UConn men’s basketball program. Smith, a sophomore forward who attend the prestigious Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, has been granted a release from his scholarship, according to multiple media outlets across the state. The university confirmed the report to The Hartford Courant, among others, on Saturday. Smith’s transfer makes it three Huskies who have left the team following this past season. Junior Alex Oriakhi, who will join Missouri next season, and redshirt freshman Michael Bradley, who would like to move closer to his Tennessee home to be with his ailing grandmother, have also transferred. Sophomore guard Jeremy Lamb and freshman center Andre Drummond have both declared for the NBA Draft. Smith saw action in 74 contests over two seasons with UConn and averaged over five points and four rebounds per game. Smith started 33 games as a freshman and averaged 6.3 points and 5.2 rebounds, while establishing himself as a key defensive cog in the Huskies’ rotation during their run to a Big East and NCAA national title. Smith grabbed four rebounds and had four blocks in the national championship game win over Butler last April in Houston. This season, however, Smith lost minutes and at one point during the year, fell out of the rotation completely. He saw time in 33 games and averaged over four points and three rebounds. It wasn’t until the homestretch of Big East play that Smith saw quality minutes consistently. The Huskies finished the season 20-14 and lost to Iowa State 77-64 in the team’s first NCAA tournament game. -Matt McDonough
Senior Week plans stress-free events for upcoming graduates
By Courtney Robishaw Staff Writer
Throughout the upcoming week, seniors at UConn have the opportunity to participate in various Senior Week events. Senior Week kicks off at the Alumni Center Sports Museum today from noon to 5 p.m., where seniors can come pick up their free senior week t-shirts, sign up for the senior block party and also get free coffee and donuts from Dunkin Donuts, according to the UConn Senior Year Experience website. Seniors will also be able to pickup their t-shirts from noon to 5 p.m. on Tuesday. There are also two information
sessions today. One is presented by Liberty Mutual and explains what auto and renter’s insurance graduates need. This will take place in the Alumni Center Great Hall from noon to 1 p.m. The second is for those thinking about moving to Boston hosted by Michael Nichols, a UConn alumnus and the Boston Alumni Chapter leader. This presentation will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Classroom Building, room 205. Tuesday is the “Secrets of UConn” bus tour at 6 p.m., meeting outside the Student Union. “We will be exploring places that are off-limits to the average student and places you never knew existed,” according
to the event listing. On Wednesday there will be a presentation for those thinking about moving to New York City hosted by Caroline Bass, a UConn alumna and NYC residential real estate expert. This will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Classroom Building in room 205. The Senior Block Party is going to take place this Thursday, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Alumni Center and admission is free. There will be food, drinks, music and great prices. “I’m definitely going to the block party since it will be really nice to see a bunch of people before we graduate,” said Brittany Schnurr, an 8th-
semester human development and family studies major. SUBOG is also hosting a senior send-off at Ultra 88 night club at Mohegan Sun Casino on Friday. Seniors at UConn are excited for this upcoming week. “I think it is really great that UConn tries to give the seniors these events, even though it is such a big school. The BBQ and the casino trip are great ideas,” said Amanda Silberstein, an 8thsemester human development and family studies major. “I’m very excited to be recognized as a senior at UConn,” said Silberstein.
Health-insurance giant Cigna announced two weeks ago that it will be expanding its On-Campus Developers Internship Program at UConn. The program recruits students in computer science and engineering and gives them opportunities to build mobile and web applications, working directly with Cigna employees. Cigna is headquartered in Bloomfield, C.T. The company partnered with UConn to develop the Cigna Innovation Lab, located on the Storrs campus, where student interns do jobs like back-end support and content management. Ten participants in the program were initially selected out of over 50 applicants. The partnership provides students with career experience and professional skills as well as raising the profile of the university. “Many of our students are interested in internship programs to gain relevant professional experience and to gain an edge while competing for jobs, but are unable to navigate the logistics of traveling from campus to companies between classes,” Dean of Engineering Mun Choi told UConn Today. The Innovation Lab provides a location on campus for students to get the same experience they would if they commuted to one of Cigna’s locations. The Lab also gives participants a foot in the door with a major local company. “In today’s difficult job market, the bonus of possible future employment with a major locally based health care provider is very compelling,” said Choi. The company also benefits for the same reason. “The internship fosters significant opportunities for local computer science and engineering students to tackle realworld challenges in our business. This program also helps advance our hiring of local talent into the Connecticut economy,” said Mark Boxer, executive vice president and chief information officer of Cigna, in UConn Today. Boxer is a graduate of UConn and currently serving as an adjunct faculty member. “We see this program as
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What’s on at UConn this weekend... Book Discussion for Students 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Wilson Hall, 124/5 Students are invited to participate in a book discussion of “Half the Sky,” the non-fiction bestseller by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.
Coming Out in Women’s Professional Soccer 6 to 7:30 p.m Bishop Center, 7 In this event, Roseann Muro, a goalkeeper coach who has coached Hope Solo among other US national team goalkeepers, is going to speak about the pros and cons of coming out .
IAU Distinguished Lecture Series 7 to 8 p.m. Classroom Building, 206 Neda Maghbouleh, Doctoral Candidate in Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara will give a lecture called Off White: A Political History of the Racial Classification of Middle Easterners in the United States.
Hebrew Lecture 4 to 5:30 p.m. Class of 1947 Room Lecture by Prof. Susan L. Einbinder, Professor of Hebrew Literature, Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, on “A Martyr and His Brother: Trauma and Poetry in Medieval Jewish Texts”
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Man charged in 1983 robbery seeks release
HARTFORD (AP) — A 66-year-old Puerto Rican nationalist awaiting trial in a record-setting 1983 robbery is seeking his release from prison on bond. A hearing will be held Monday in federal court in Hartford on the request by Norberto Gonzalez Claudio. Prosecutors say he’s too dangerous to be released because he was a leader of a group that carried out violent acts in the name of Puerto Rican independence. Gonzalez says his detention conditions are restricting his communication as he considers his defense strategy. His attorney says he has no criminal record and is a “gentle, loving man.” Gonzalez is accused of aiding the $7 million robbery of a Wells Fargo armored car depot in West Hartford. He has pleaded not guilty to charges including bank robbery, conspiracy and transportation of stolen money.
Hartford Public Library to open new wing
HARTFORD (AP) — Hartford officials are unveiling a newly renovated wing of the city’s downtown library. The improvements carried out with support from the city and the state include a new auditorium and an area dedicated to providing services to immigrants and other new arrivals to Connecticut’s capital city. The wing will be the new home of the library’s American Place program, which includes a passport office, a computer area and citizenship classes. The program at the library started in 2000 and has been a model for other public libraries around the country seeking to reach out to immigrants. Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra and library CEO Matthew Poland are expected to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday.
Health advocate Paul Farmer to deliver Yale talk
NEW HAVEN (AP) — A physician known for his work to improve health care in countries including Haiti is delivering a lecture this week at Yale Divinity School. Dr. Paul Farmer will give a talk titled “The Corporal Works of Mercy and the 21st-Century Struggle Against Poverty.” Farmer is a Harvard Medical School professor and a founding director of Partners in Health, an international nonprofit organization. He is also the U.N. deputy special envoy for Haiti. He has won several humanitarian awards and was profiled in the 2003 book “Mountains Beyond Mountains” by Tracy Kidder. The lecture on Thursday is free and open to the public.
Monday, April 23, 2012
Shays, McMahon clash in 1st televised debate Sunday
HARTFORD (AP) — The two front-runners for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate from Connecticut clashed in a debate Sunday, attacking one another over who is more capable of leading their party to victory in a solidly Democratic state. Former wresting executive Linda McMahon and former U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays shared a stage with three other contenders, but they focused primarily on each other in their first televised debate. They sparred over whose GOP credentials are stronger, who can win in November and who could best help strengthen the U.S. economy. Shays, of Bridgeport, said he knows how to win an election. He criticized McMahon for spending $50 million of her own money on the 2010 Senate campaign, in which she won the GOP nomination before losing to Democrat Richard Blumenthal. “We know Mrs. McMahon AP isn’t a fiscal conservative because she wouldn’t have Republican candidates stand prior to being introduced in a debate for the seat being vacated by U.S Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., in spent $50 million so recklessly. Norwich, Thursday, April 19 She’s not a social conservative to work and pay taxes, but they because she wouldn’t run the McMahon sounded more like a chance winning. a Democrat than a Republican “Nominating Linda or Chris is should never be allowed to business she’s in,” Shays said. McMahon, of Greenwich, in discussing a tax proposal to like rearranging the deck chairs become American citizens. McMahon said the U.S. on the Titanic. It doesn’t matter attacked Shays for votes he cast benefit the middle class. The candidates appeared on what order you put them in, the should do more to stop illewith Democrats during his years gal immigration and should not in the U.S. House, including WFSB-TV’s “Face the State.” ship is going down,” Hill said. The candidates each touted offer amnesty to those already measure to raise the U.S. debt Shays and McMahon were ceiling. The former CEO of joined by three other contend- their ability to boost job growth here, adding that the U.S. should World Wrestling Entertainment, ers: Hartford attorney Brian K. in a debate that also touched on expand its visa program to allow now called WWE, also defend- Hill, Fairfield attorney Peter education, health care legisla- more temporary workers into the country from overseas. ed her spending in the last race. Lumaj, and Southbury attorney tion and the U.S. deficit. Asked to grade the perforOn immigration, Shays took a “Congressman Shays, you Kie Westby. mance of Connecticut officials The Senate seat being vacated harder line than his rivals, saysaid I spent $50 million of in the final minutes of the by U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, an ing the U.S. should patrol the my own money. That’s true, I earned it,” McMahon said independent, has not been held border more aggressively, put debate, all of them gave Gov. before criticizing Shays for vot- by a Republican in more than up more fences and establish Dannel P. Malloy poor marks, ing for the so-called Bridge to three decades. Hill said the party English as the official language largely for raising taxes. Shays Nowhere for more than $200 needs to consider candidates of the United States. He said and McMahon declined to offer million in Alaska. “I don’t think outside the mold of Fairfield immigrants who are already a letter grade for Blumenthal’s County Republicans and focus here illegally should be given performance so far in the that’s conservative principles.” At one point, Shays said more on urban voters if it wants a “blue card” that allows them Senate.
Gov. Malloy to attend Armenian Genocide event
Student: Efforts helped but over the top
HARTFORD (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy has joined state lawmakers and others to commemorate the Armenian Genocide at an event held annually at the state Capitol. Organizers say the event pays tribute to more than 1.5 million people killed by Ottoman Turks nearly a century ago. Most historians contend the killings of the Armenians constituted the first genocide of the 20th century. Turkey refuses to call the Armenian deaths genocide. U.S. Rep. John Larson and state Rep. Christopher Wright of Bristol joined Malloy at the Saturday morning commemoration inside the Hall of the House of Representatives. Southern Connecticut State University President Mary Papazian was scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the commemoration of the killings that began with the rounding up of about 800 Armenian intellectuals on April 24, 1915.
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Meriden police kill man armed with scissors
MERIDEN (AP) — State police detectives are investigating after a Meriden police officer shot and killed a man who allegedly charged at him with a pair of scissors. The incident occurred after Meriden police responded to a call reporting a disturbance at a Maple Branch home early Saturday. Officers found the man creating a violent disturbance on the second floor of the house before moving to the third floor. Police claim that the suspect was verbally threatening and suddenly charged at officers armed with the scissors. Police attempted to retreat and one officer tried to use a stun gun that allegedly was ineffective. An officer then fired his firearm, hitting the unnamed suspect. He was pronounced dead at MidState Medical Center.
enforcement of the law,” said Robert Palermo, a 6th semester history major, “they were going past our dorms all night.” Many students acknowledged the policies were effective at keeping students from going out to large events. Ashley Difava, a 4th semester physiology and neurobiology major, said, “I felt like people were kind of scared to do anything because there were so many cops around.” The Spring Weekend tradition, which evolved over the past 40 years, was famous for its large crowds and destructive behavior. Each year the massive gatherings resulted in property damage, thefts, fires, violence, and vandalism mostly perpetrated by non-UConn students, according to Sunday’s press release. When in 2010 a non-UConn student assaulted and killed UConn student Jafar Karzoun, University officials instituted strict policies for Spring Weekend 2011 to suppress any destructive behavior and mass gatherings. Since then
the number of criminal arrest during the three-day period as decreased from 84 in 2010 to 18 in 2011 to the mere six made this year.
“It was terrible, there were 100 cops for no reason.” Dennis Shoemate 8th-semester Sociology Major While the policies of the University achieved the goal of preventing mass parties many students felt the University went beyond what was needed. “I felt like it was beneficial but over the top,” Jason Meier, a 2nd semester human development and family studies major. “I can see where they’re coming from,” said John Lajoie an 8th semester elec-
trical engineering major, “but it does feel like they’re treating use like children, like we need to be protected from ourselves.” However, not all students felt the strict regulations were as effective as they could have been. Ryan Fitzmaurice, a 2nd semester undeclared major, said, “I feel like it made people who wouldn’t drink more likely to because there was nothing else to do.” “It was terrible,” said Dennis Shoemate an 8th semester Sociology major, “there were 100 cops for no reason. It took away from not only Spring Weekend but also what we could do as a student body.” Herbst was quoted in the press release saying she hopes the destructive Spring Weekend tradition is replaced by a more positive one in the future. She said, “We look forward to engaging in a discussion on campus about new, more positive end-of-semester studentcentered traditions that can take the place of the ugly, destructive gatherings that can to dominate this event over time.”
Cigna hosts similar programs throughout state
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giving talented students a first step en route to a long and successful career in technology,” he said. Brittany DePoi, a sixth-semester biomedical engineering and computer science and engineering double major, is one of the interns selected to participate in the program. “It is very exciting to be a part of a program that gives me hands-on training and experience that prepares me for the future,” she told UConn Today. She said working with a combination of UConn students and Cigna program supervisors has been extremely helpful and that the relationships she makes in the lab will help her move forward with her career goals. Cigna also operates a similar program at Eastern Connecticut State University, where it piloted the experience last fall. Four interns from Eastern’s program have been hired by Cigna since its inception. The company intends to expand the internship program both at UConn and Eastern as well as other colleges in Cigna’s markets.
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Iowa paper devotes front page to fighting bullying (AP) – In a rare and forceful act of advocacy, an Iowa newspaper devoted the entire front page of its Sunday edition to an anti-bullying editorial after a gay teen committed suicide. Relatives have said 14-yearold Kenneth Weishuhn Jr. suffered intense harassment, including threatening cellphone calls and nasty comments posted online, after coming out to family and friends about a month ago. He died April 15 from what the local sheriff’s office described only as a “selfinflicted injury.” The Sioux City Journal’s front-page opinion piece calls on the community to be proactive in stopping bullying and urges members to learn more about the problem by seeing the acclaimed new film, “Bully,” which documents the harassment of a Sioux City middle school student. It notes that while many students are targeted for being gay, “we have learned a bully needs no reason to strike.” “In Kenneth’s case, the warnings were everywhere,” the editorial said. “We saw it happen in other communities, now it has hit home. Undoubtedly, it wasn’t the first life lost to bullying here, but we can strive to make it the last. Editor Mitch Pugh said the newspaper has run front-page editorials before but has never devoted the entire page to one. “A lot of newspapers shy away from putting editorials on the front page, but we feel we have to be a strong advocate for our community,” he said. “And if we don’t do that, we’re not sure who else is.” Weishuhn’s mother, Jeannie Chambers, told the Journal last week that she and the rest of the family knew he was being
In this April 20, photo, Holly Ann Haley, 4, gets vaccinations at the doctor’s office in Berlin, Vt. Vermont continues to be embroiled in a debate over ending the philosophical exemption that allows parents to have their kids skip the immunizations required for most children to attend school.
Vt. debates letting parents say no to vaccines
This image shows the front page of The Sioux City Journal’s Sunday, April 22, edition, featuring a full-page piece to an anti-bullying editorial after a gay teen committed suicide.
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Spring Weekend crackdown was effective but too intense
he university’s crackdown on Spring Weekend seemed to yield results, regardless of how discontent students may have been. UConn police only made six arrests between Thursday and Saturday nights, compared to 84 arrests in 2010. However, it would be a positive step to reign in the exceedingly large enforcement mechanisms in the future, beginning next year. Beginning in 2013, three-quarters of the undergraduate student body will have no concept of the wild and crazy UConn Spring Weekend that once was. Next year’s juniors, sophomores, and freshmen will retain no true understanding of what the weekend used to be, when fights and vandalism ran rampant. When the idea among students of a necessity to “bring back Spring Weekend to its glory days” dies down to near-nothingness, it will be time for the university to pull back. Next year could be that time. The university’s current intentions are to make life as difficult as possible for non-UConn students, who have traditionally caused most of the problems during Spring Weekends past. So the university banned non-students from eating in the dining halls, for example. However, the attempted crackdown has perhaps ventured into “overkill” territory for UConn students themselves. For example, the library closed early, the Student Union and all dining halls closed after 7:15 p.m. and the movie theater not playing its traditional weekend films, life was made unnecessarily difficult for UConn students, who had done nothing wrong and committed no crime. UConn has seemingly achieved their goal of setting a precedent for a toned-down version of Spring Weekend. There have fortunately been no deaths such as the tragic loss of Jafar Karzoun two years ago following an off-campus fight with a non-student. Still, there is surely a more appropriate balance to strike between the anarchy of years past and the penitentiary of years recent. Now that “the myth of Spring Weekend” appears to have been lost among a great deal of the student body, a more beneficial balance for all should be implemented. With that, Spring Weekend would never again become a dangerous haven for lawbreakers or a public relations disaster for the universities, but a nonviolent and fun atmosphere for all involved during the final period of carefree relaxation before final examinations begin. The Daily Campus editorial is the official opinion of the newspaper and its editorial board. Commentary columns express opinions held solely by the author and do not in any way reflect the official opinion of The Daily Campus.
That gato is blown out. Instead of wasting all that money on cops to stop people from going into Carriage, UConn should’ve used the manpower to prevent our basketball players from leaving. Just because Susan Herbst is a lightweight doesn’t mean she should cancel Spring Weekend. Apparently two out of three IDs from the people in my car was enough at the checkpoint for the cops! Students aren’t the only ones phoning it in around this time of the semester. One day I am going to learn the words to the fast part of “Electric Slide.” April showers bring May flowers. But until now we’ve had little rain but I’ve seen plenty of May flowers. Was my entire childhood a lie!? If Spring Weekend was celebrated on a climatical basis (similarly to religious holidays following a lunar calendar) we’d be able to trip up the cops. Last year, it would’ve been next weekend. Two years ago, this weekend. This year, should’ve been last weekend. Beware cars ... the bicyclists are coming. My toboggan team went home this weekend, its hard to train by myself. I think that the other 40 UConn students taking the Peter Pan 4:00 express bus from New York on Sunday can rally behind this: “Dear Peter Pan: Get your sh*t together.” I guess you could call this a lazy Sunday. I’m quite slow tonight...
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The art of protest has been lost
ast week students of the UConn campus were subject to a brutally misguided attempt to change the opinions of pro-choice advocates with the Center for BioEthical Reform’s G e n o c i d e Aw a r e n e s s Project. The project was essentially a rally of people’s pro-choice convictions that used shock value to By Tyler McCarthy compare it to genoAssociate Commentary Editor cide. This column is not meant to pontificate on the tasteless and offensiveness of this “protest,” that horse has been beaten to death and then some. Instead, this column will focus on what demonstrations like this mean for the effectiveness of protests in the future. It has been a landmark year for protests in general. As a result, the country has spent a lot of time analyzing and reviewing the effectiveness of gathering in one place to use the loudest voice possible to get a message through to the country’s national consciousness. Protests can work if handled properly. If they didn’t, the seating arrangements on the UConn busses would look drastically different and certain water fountains would be inaccessible to many of our students. After all, that is what a protest is meant to do, to use unconventional means to wake people up to what is happening.
Unfortunately it would appear that our generation isn’t as capable of successfully pulling this off anymore. Take, for example the recent controversy on campus. Due to the hopeless feeling of impotent fury created by the Genocide Awareness Project, a group of pro-choice and outraged people picketed the billboards demonstrating the UConn community’s lack of interest in having the Center for BioEthical Reform’s rally on the campus. Take a mental step backwards for a moment and realize what had happened. A group was so offended and upset by a protest that they felt compelled to protest said protest. The issues were there but the focus of everything was the way in which the Genocide Awareness Project was making its point, not about abortion law in the country. To be clear, this column does not ridicule those who picketed the billboards because they did indeed have a valid point to make and demonstrated what a protest should be like. Unfortunately for them, the setting put a bit of a damper on the seriousness of their message. This column only means to highlight the circumstance that led to the absurdity of having to protest what was essentially a protest. No side was able to effectively get their message across (although one was trying much harder than the other) because the issue was about the event itself. Our generation has been marred by an inability to make protesting about an issue rather than about the event. This year alone has seen its share of weak protests. For example, the two most prominent are the Wikipedia shutdown in response to SOPA
and the Occupy Wall Street movement. In the case of Wikipedia, the big story was not about the dangers of the SOPA bill passing but rather the protest that shut down the world’s most popular research site. Then there was the Occupy movement, which started strong but ended with the “change something” equivalent of slowly letting air out of a balloon. There was a time when the 20-somethings of the world were capable of using their right to protest to give an issue a voice. Unfortunately, today that voice only says that we’re capable of protesting. No one can actually claim to know what someone’s intentions are when protesting, but it would seem that it is becoming less and less about the issues and more about the ability to do something. Where once young people were working with a highly effective tool to provide change to society, protesting has become this perfunctory gesture to react to something. Protests are a tool for change, not just attention. Our generation should not only feel embarrassed that we’re losing this tool but it should feel worried as well. We have the means to reach out and organize more than ever before and with that power, we’ve achieved nothing but weak or failed attention grabs, leaving us no closer to change than when they began. It’s not time to radicalize, it’s just time to get our heads on straight and treat protesting like the tool it is as opposed to our go-to reactionary measure.
Weekly Columnist Tyler McCarthy is a 6th-semester journalism and English double major. He can be reached at Tyler.McCarthy@UConn.edu.
The future shines bright for motivated UConn grads
raduation looms. I have my cap and gown and am in the process of wrapping up my last few projects and papers. My applications for internships and jobs are sent out, and I am eagerly awaiting reply. In my circle of friends two dispositions have cropped up: the first is looking forward to graduation, and the second is terrified of the world ahead. Despite the anxiety that comes with concluding any By Devin O’Hara semester and Staff Columnist the ambiguity of my future employment, I can say that I most definitely belong in the former camp. I have made the most of these last four years. I made new friends, and I lost some old ones. I drank too much, and I ate too much. I learned science, math, writing and history. I discovered what I was good at, and I learned what I’m no good at. I challenged myself, and I failed myself. I hooked up, and I abstained. I lost a god, and I found another. I fell in love, and I fell out of love. I entered school a libertarian, became a Marxist and am now somewhere
in the comfortable middle. In short, I have done a lot of growing up, but I can’t stand to think that these four years will make up “the best years of my life.”
“I made new friends, and I lost some old ones. I drank too much, and I ate too much ... I lost a god, and I found another. I fell in love, and I fell out of love.” I have finally arrived at the point where the atmosphere at
UConn is stifling. I’m ready to assume my own agency, to really start my own life. I want to be responsible for my decisions and bear all of the consequences of my actions. College is, after all, the testing ground before real life kicks in, but now I have done all the growing up I can. I want a career and a home. I want to wear a tie to work and come home after a fulfilling eight-hour work day. I want to raise a family with somebody that I love. However, I talk to some in my graduating class who, two weeks out, are still aimless, haven’t applied anywhere, and seem wholly without ambition. They are, if you’ll allow a bit of hyperbole, academic zombies. They mindlessly spend Thursday through Sunday night in a drunken haze, they have never read any of the assigned books for class, nor have they really applied themselves to anything besides a beer-pong match. They are, for all intents and purposes, the walking dead of this campus. I am fortunate that I did not become infected. Yet it baffles me as to how there can be two radically different experiences of college. I don’t feel like I am anymore
capable of handling the experience than my counterparts, but it has had a radically different effect on my life. There are too many possibilities for me to begin to guess at the reason I feel so successful, so ready to move beyond college. Instead I’d rather advocate for those a year or two behind me. In the remaining time that you have left, be sure to become involved. Challenge yourself and you will be rewarded. If there is one thing that college allows you to do, it’s to make mistakes before you venture into the so-called real world. You will be rewarded with direction, with passion and with maturity. You won’t have the opportunity to pine over your four years as an undergraduate because your life ahead of you will be full of excitement and progress. In short, make sure that you leave this university with more than just a degree and an increased alcohol tolerance. Leave with a vision, leave with excitement and leave with a clear future ahead of you.
Staff Columnist Devin O’Hara is an 8thsemester English major. He can be reached at Devin.O’Hara@UConn.edu.
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The Daily Campus, Page 5 I Hate Everything by Carin Powell
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Horoscopes by Brian Ingmanson To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) -- Today is a 7 -- You’re very persuasive now ... it’s a good time to ask for money. Send out a promo piece. Express your creativity and affection. Practice your game. Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is an 8 -- Your place is best for the party. Keep team communications channels open. Music soothes any jagged edges. Meet with important people. Set down strong roots. Gemini (May 21-June 21) -- Today is a 6 -- Accept a bonus. Now’s the time to consult with your partners. Get something you’ve always wanted. Be careful with the wording. Set your course in that direction. Cancer (June 22-July 22) -- Today is a 5 -- You’re looking very good. Service is the key to your success. Don’t spend more than you make. Having a good time doesn’t have to be costly. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is a 6 -Give your words of support to someone who needs them. Write down your ideas and crazy thoughts for future reference. Enjoy a perfectly gorgeous moment.
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Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 9 -- Listen to a brilliant idea, and put it into practice. The money is available. Gather the fruits of your labor, and plant new seeds for the future. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Get a financial deal in writing. Keep your poker face ... reveal your hand later. Document the facts, and take care with the presentation. Show your team some appreciation.
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Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 6 -- Create your own reality with your speaking. What are you talking about? Express love. Ask for money, even. Learn a lot from an in-depth conversation. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 6 -- An older person offers words of wisdom. Listen for the gold. Revisit your plans for the long-term future. Your patience and vision get rewarded.
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Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is a 6 -- Your wit is quite attractive. Check your potential for expansion and fulfill it. Practice truly makes perfect, with patience. Try something new. Meet a neighbor. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 7 -- Finish old business and take a leap. Don’t forget to bring a good friend along for the ride. Let go of your worries, lift your arms up in the air and smile. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 6 -- Choose your commitments again and be empowered. Your instinct is strong now. You discover you’re more powerful than you thought. Transformation awaits.
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Hollande, Sarkozy heading to French vote runoff
US, Afghanistan reach deal on strategic pact KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. and Afghanistan reached a deal Sunday on a long-delayed strategic partnership agreement that ensures Americans will provide military and financial support to the Afghan people for at least a decade beyond 2014, the deadline for most foreign forces to withdraw. The pact is key to the U.S. exit strategy in Afghanistan because it establishes guidelines for any American forces who remain after the withdrawal deadline and for financial help to the impoverished country and its security forces. For the Afghan government, it is also a way to show its people that their U.S. allies are not just walking away. “Our goal is an enduring partnership with Afghanistan that strengthens Afghan sovereignty, stability and prosperity and that contributes to our shared goal of defeating al-Qaida and its extremist affiliates,” said U.S. Embassy spokesman Gavin Sundwall. “We believe this agreement supports that goal.” After 10 years of U.S.-led war, insurgents linked to the Taliban and al-Qaida remain a threat and as recently as a week ago launched a large-scale attack on the capital Kabul and three other cities. The draft agreement was worked out and initialed by Afghan National Security Adviser Rangin Dadfar Spanta and U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker. It must still be reviewed in both countries and signed afterward by the Afghan and American presidents. U.S. forces have already started pulling out of Afghanistan, and the majority of combat troops are scheduled to depart by the end of 2014. But the U.S. is expected to maintain a large presence in the country for years after, including
In this Monday, July 25, 201! file image made available from the Afghanistan Presidential Palace, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, center, shakes hand with new U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan.
special forces, military trainers and government-assistance programs. The agreement is both an achievement and a relief for both sides, coming after months of turmoil that seemed to put the entire alliance in peril. It shows that the two governments are still committed to working together and capable of coming to some sort of understanding. “The document finalized today provides a strong foundation for the security of Afghanistan, the region and the world and is a document for the development of the region,” Spanta said in a statement issued by President Hamid Karzai’s office. Neither Afghan nor U.S. officials would comment on the details of the agreement. A Western offi-
cial familiar with the negotiations said it outlines a strategic partnership for 10 years beyond 2014. Reaching any agreement is likely to be seen as a success given more than a year and a half of negotiations during which the entire effort appeared in danger of falling apart multiple times. Since the beginning of the year, U.S.-Afghan relations have been strained by an Internet video of American Marines urinating on the corpses of presumed Taliban fighters, by Quran burnings at a U.S. base that sparked days of deadly protests and by the alleged killing spree by a U.S. soldier in a southern Afghan village. Tensions were further heightened by a spate of turncoat attacks by Afghan security forces on their
international counterparts. White House National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said President Barack Obama expects to sign the document before a NATO summit in Chicago next month, meeting the deadline set by the two sides. Many had started to worry in recent weeks that Karzai and Obama would miss that goal as talks dragged on and Karzai continued to announce new demands for the document. Much of the disagreement was about how to handle activities that the Afghan government saw as threatening its sovereignty, in particular, night raids and the detention of Afghan citizens by international forces. Those two major issues were resolved earlier this year in separate memorandums of understanding.
PARIS (AP) — Socialist Francois Hollande and conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy are heading for a runoff election in their race for France’s presidency, according to partial official results in a vote that could alter the European political and economic landscape. French voters defied expectations and handed a surprisingly strong third-place showing to far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, who has run on an anti-immigrant platform aimed largely at Muslims. That could boost her influence on the French political scene, hand her party seats in parliament and affect relations with minorities. With 75 percent of the vote counted, Hollande had 27.9 percent of ballots cast and Sarkozy 26.7 percent, according to figures released by the Interior Ministry after final polls closed. Le Pen was in third with 19.2 percent of the vote so far. In fourth place was leftist firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon with 10.8 percent, followed by centrist Francois Bayrou with 9.2 percent and five other candidates with minimal support. Turnout was also surprisingly high, projected by polling agencies at about 80 percent, despite concern that a campaign lacking a single overarching theme had failed to inspire voters. Hollande, a 57-year-old who has worried investors with his pledges to boost government spending, pledged to cut France’s huge debts, boost growth and unite the French after Sarkozy’s divisive first term. “Tonight I become the candidate of all the forces who want to turn one page and turn another,” Hollande, with a confidence and stately air he has often lacked during the campaign, told an exuberant crowd in his hometown of Tulle in southern France. Sarkozy said he recognized voters’ concerns about jobs and immigration, and “the concern of our compatriots to preserve their way of life,” he told supporters at his campaign headquarters in Paris’ Left Bank. Ten candidates faced off for Sunday’s first round of voting, a referendum on Sarkozy at a time when many French voters are worried about high joblessness and weak economic prospects and the president is seen as too cozy with the rich. The top two candidates head to a runoff May 6. The race is on now to sway Le Pen’s voters for the decisive second round. Le Pen herself told AP last week that she was not going to give instructions to her voters. While Sarkozy has borrowed some of her anti-immigrant rhetoric and campaign themes of national identity, Le Pen has repeatedly criticized Sarkozy and says he is a has-been with no chance of returning to office. The Socialist camp — not a natural ally for Le Pen — reached out to her voters after Sunday’s result. “We also have to think of those who are angry,” because they feel forgotten and humiliated by Sarkozy’s first term, Socialist Party chief Martine Aubry said. Sarkozy ally and Foreign Minister Alain Juppe, asked by the AP about Le pen’s score, said, “We have to speak to these French people — that doesn’t mean doing a party-to-party accord, surely not. Their aspirations must be taken into account, and NS has largely done that by developing certain themes like a Europe that protects us against some mishaps of globalization.” Le Pen rails against Europe, what she claims is the Islamization of France and the “system” of bankers and decision-makers that she says is ruining France. She said Sunday that the “battle of France has just begun.”
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Performing for awareness When beer meets science By Joe Pentecost Staff Writer
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The Social Justice Awareness Concert took place on Sunday afternoon, where patrons enjoyed an afternoon of music, food and vendors. Student and local organizations tabled including: Engineers without Borders, Active Minds and the NAACP. The event concluded Social Justice Awareness Week, which ran April 16-22. Left: The Herd. Right: Jasiri X.
Bono, Hutcherson win GLAAD Awards
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chaz Bono picked up a pair of trophies at the GLAAD Media Awards. The 43-year-old transgender activist and author was honored with the outstanding documentary prize and Stephen F. Kolzak Award at the 23rd annual Media Awards for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. Bono won along with directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato for “Becoming Chaz,”
the OWN documentary that chronicled his gender transition. Bono, who was the first-ever transgender contestant on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” last year, was also given the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which is given by GLAAD to a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender member of the entertainment community. Past winners have included Ellen DeGeneres, Rufus Wainwright, Wanda Sykes, John Waters and
Melissa Etheridge. Other honorees at Saturday night’s ‘s ceremony at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles were ABC’s “Modern Family” for comedy series, Focus Features drama “Beginners” starring Ewan McGregor and supporting actor Oscar winner Christopher Plummer for wide-release film, and Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva” and TV Land’s “Hot in
‘Dinosaur’ glows on Jorgensen stage
Cleveland” in a tie for individual TV episode. “The Hunger Games” star Josh Hutcherson won the Vanguard Award, which lauds efforts to increase visibility and understanding of the gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender community. Earlier this year, he began working with the anti-bullying campaign Straight But Not Narrow. The 19-year-old actor is the youngest recipient to ever
win the Vanguard Award. The awards salute fair, accurate and inclusive representation of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives in the media. Other winners from among this year’s 35 categories were previously honored at a March ceremony in New York, while the remainder will be presented at a San Francisco ceremony in June.
‘Game’ actors’ talents shine
By Jason Bogdan Senior Staff Writer
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“Darwin the Dinosaur: A Glow in the Dark Adventure” came to the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday afternoon, as part of the Jorgensen Children’s Series sponsored by Bank of America.
By Loumarie Rodriguez Staff Writer The Jorgensen Center for Performing Arts held their last show for the season called “Darwin the Dinosaur: A Glow in the Dark Adventure” that lit up the theater with an array of colors yesterday afternoon. There was a special stag set up that was completely painted black in front of the main stage. This special stage allowed for the lighting effects to more vibrant during the show. Using a series of special lights called electroluminescent wires the show displayed many different dinosaurs, fish and even flowers using these lights. The performers all dressed in black ran around the stage and created a spectacular display of color. Although they reveled themselves at the end during curtain call they still vanished into the darkness of the stage to perform one last dance using the animals. There were no words spo-
ken during the show but only loud music to convey emotions and explain the details of the story. The story of Darwin the Dinosaur consisted of an unusual character who created Darwin. However Darwin is soon lost in the wild. His creator is desperate to find him while Darwin encounters a series of different creatures. Along his adventure he comes across a gangly ostrich that teaches him to dance. He also finds some flowers that are accompanied with quirky music. Where there is an innocent dinosaur there is always a mean, scary and a very large T-Rex who takes out anything in his path. He has a random Star Wars light saber battle with Darwin that consisted of slow-mo moves typically found in “The Matrix” towards the end of the show, which the audience didn’t see coming. There were two very large dinosaurs that took up most of the stage and pterodactyls that looked as if they were flying
into the audience. There were many kids in attendance that were wowed at the many colors displayed as well as the brightness of the show. They also had the opportunity to play a few dinosaur related games before the show began in honor of the last Children’s Series Event of the year. There were two matinees shows of “Darwin the Dinosaur” that began at 1 and 3 p.m. The show had equal parts of body puppetry, dance, and the light show. The creators of the show were Ian Carney and Corbin Popp who met on Broadway. They managed to engineer a show all the while thinking of how to create light weight and flexible characters that wouldn’t be too much of a strain on the actors. “Darwin the Dinosaur” and the rest of The Jorgensen Children’s Series were sponsored by Bank of America.
his brothers, the drunken-uncletype Robert and the sophomoric Renly, Stannis is a fascinating There is absolutely nothing to Baratheon kin with nothing but foresee while watching HBO’s victory in his mind, even if he hit series, “Game of Thrones.” must be crazy enough to employ After an incredible first season a shady sorceress and pray to a and start to the second season new god to obtain it. with numerous deaths among Elsewhere, Theon leaves the the main cast and enough twists Starks to search for battle help and turns to make each episode from his distant, surly family drastically different from the that abandoned him years ago. last, the only thing that can be He was always an interesting done is to just soak in whatever character in the first season for satisfying and horrifying events trying to find his identity among come along. the Stark clan, but reuniting with And if the first three episodes his actual blood ties brought of the current second season plenty of captivating scenes for were any indication, this vulgar him. There was a brilliant scene practice of unpredictability is in the latest episode where he still an absolute blast. Picking up couldn’t send the warning letter right where the previous season to Robb Stark, knowing that he left off, the Stark and Lannister will just fall in the same awkcontinue their revenge-fueled ward loop as he was in before. war, the Night’s Watch are on All of which led to him being their quest to figure out what baptized back into the Greyjoys is going on beyond the Wall in an emotionally poetic cerand Daenerys and her dwindling emony that rightfully had little followers unsurprisingly remain dialogue. shell shocked after the Dothraki And then, of course, there’s alliance literally went everybody’s favorGame of Thrones ite character: Tyrion in flames. Even with more violent times Lannister. The brilHBO ahead, “Game of liant performance 9 p.m. Thrones” is still the of such an eccentric most intense drama character in a tragic on TV right now. setting is the reaAnd with this show son why actor Peter still adapting all the Dinklage won an sex and gore from the original Emmy for his performance the George R.R. Martin books that previous year and is now feaonly a premium channel like tured on the cast list. Thankfully, HBO can allow, to delve any Dinklage didn’t let any of this deeper to the goings-on with sudden fame get in his head and the incest, murdered infants and can still brighten up any scene absolute monsters of human like the sun. beings would go far beyond It speaks volumes when what’s allowed in this newspa- every other actor is doing such per; let alone any basic water- a sublime job with the mastercooler talk. ful script given to them. Every But what I can talk about person working on this show are the new storylines added clearly knows how great of a on. (The former) King Robert’s show they’re crafting, which is older brother, Stannis was only exactly what gives it the heart barely referenced in season one, that makes “Game of Thrones” but now him and his “iron king- continue to be so special. dom” are here and ready to slash some armies. Compared to Jason.Bogdan@UConn.edu
While many students probably look back and wish that their major could’ve been EngiBEERing, the closest you can currently come to at UConn is being a part of the Chemical Engineering course, “Biokinetics of Fermentation.” Under the guidance of Professor William Mustain, the six-student class combines a technical engineering approach with the hobby of homebrewing through lectures and experiments centered on the chemistry behind beer. The scope of the course covers the chemistry behind brewing operations from grain to glass, but perhaps most interestingly investigates the effects of temperature adjustments to the enzyme and sugar formation during the mashing process. Mashing, the process taking place immediately before the brew kettle and hop additions, is the crucial step of the brewing process in which grains are mixed with hot water to yield a sweet liquid called ‘wort’ with many fermentable sugars (which later are converted into alcohol). Though there are an incredible number of simple and complex sugars produced during this process, students in CHEG 4995 focus on only six sugars, including household names like sucrose, fructose and dextrose. The experimentation carried out focuses on the formation of these sugars based on the adjustments of mash temperature. While the findings indicate differing levels of sugar concentration (efficiency) based on the mash temperature, there are also drastic implications for the taste of the final product. By subtly changing the mashing temperature by a few degrees, the final product can vary from very lightbodied (think light lager) to a more substantial, “chewier” beer (think hearty brown ale or porter). Now you’re probably thinking that these lucky students can enjoy the beers of their labor after all the work is done. Unfortunately, this is not the case–and it took some convincing of UConn Administration to prove it. Though all of the equipment was purchased by UConn Chemical Engineering Department, it certainly raised some eyebrows when invoices were requested for grain mills, brew kettles, wort chillers and malted barley. To comply, course requirements dictate that all wort must be disposed of after each experiment. Due to the absence of yeast, this means that beer is not actually being produced. But this doesn’t mean that the knowledge gained throughout the course cannot be applied on a larger scale. In fact, students in the course have teamed up with Thomas Hooker Brewing Co. in Bloomfield, Conn. to take samples of their Blonde Ale mash in order to compare industrial sized implications of temperature changes in sugar formation to findings on a smaller scale in the Chemical Engineering Lab. Ultimately, this provides a good scope for applying classroom studies and experimental findings to larger scale applications in industry.
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In this photo provided by CBS, singer Lionel Richie, left, joins host David Letterman on the set of the “Late Show with David Letterman,” on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, in New York.
1. Pawn Stars (HIST) - 5,381 2. Pawn Stars (HIST) - 5,210 3. Swamp People (HIST) - 4,958 4. Legend of Korra (NICK) - 4,548 5. SpongeBob (NICK) - 4,391 6. WWE Entertainment WWE Raw (USA) - 3,940 7. WWE Entertainment WWE Raw (USA) - 4,230 8. SpongeBob (NICK) - 3,966 9. American Pickers (HIST) - 3,939 10. SpongeBob (NICK) - 3,824 Numbers from TVbytheNumbers.com Week ending April 15 (Numbers of viewers x 1000)
What I’m watching “The Stanley Cup Playoffs” An entire season has come down to just 16 teams, as the NHL playoffs continue across North America. This weekend three teams were eliminated from the quest for the Stanley Cup. The Nashville Predators defeated the Detroit Red Wings, the Philadelphia Flyers knocked off the Pittsburg Penguins. In overtime last night, the Los Angeles Kings eliminated the Vancouver Canucks, a cup favorite. Also this weekend the Chicago Blackhawks kept their Stanley Cup hopes alive with an overtime win over the Phoenix Coyotes. Meanwhile in the Eastern Conference, the Boston Bruins will play a Game 7 in Boston on Wednesday night to decide who will advance to the next round. - Tyler Morrissey
David Letterman’s humor helped define a genre, should be enjoyed By Alex Sferrazza Campus Correspondent David Letterman has been a staple on American late night television for over 30 years, a milestone he passed in February 2012. The only other person who can also claim that title is the late, great Johnny Carson, Letterman’s mentor. Earlier this month, Dave also turned 65 years old. This makes the man whose show at one time was dominated by an audience of college-aged students a senior citizen. Although Dave is much older now than he was back when his original show, “Late Night with David Letterman,” premiered on NBC on Feb. 1, 1982; his fans all over the country are relieved that Dave is still Dave, pushing out the same jokes that made him an icon in the first place. Considering these recent milestones in Dave’s life it is only fitting to take a look back at one of the
very best broadcasters of our time; David Letterman. Born in the state of Indiana, a young Dave Letterman ventured out to California to pursue a career in stand-up comedy. Dave eventually achieved his dream of being booked as a guest on the “Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.” Following his first appearance, Dave made many more, eventually leading to him securing a job hosting a late night show on NBC following Johnny’s “Tonight Show.” “Late Night” was considered by some to be almost an “anti-talk show.” While Dave did feature an announcer, a house band led by longtime sidekick Paul Shaffer and the standard guest interviews, Dave’s comedy segments varied from the odd to the awkward but always amusing. He pioneered the pre-taped segment which would feature Dave doing various things to annoy people (including yelling that he was not wearing pants through a
megaphone out a window, while the “Today Show” was airing outside the building. It was also not uncommon to see a random person such as a hobo or “staff member” walk onto the set while Dave was talking and begin harassing the host. Of course Dave’s signature piece was the “Top Ten Lists,” which could often be something as odd as “Things that rhyme with peas.” After infamously being passed over for the “Tonight Show” gig by Jay Leno following Carson’s retirement, Dave and his staff moved to CBS where he began the rival and still-living “Late Show with David Letterman.” While Jay Leno has consistently beaten Dave in ratings, Dave’s show has won the Emmy award for variety six times to Leno’s one, and has been nominated every year from its inception until 2009, whereas Leno hasn’t been nominated since 2003. By Dave’s own admission, Leno’s denim clothing and fascination
with fixing cars has more mass appeal than Dave, alluring to the “everyman” in America. While his jokes tend to be safe and his interviews bland, many Americans feel more comfortable watching Leno. Comedy fans know who the real genius is, and Dave’s fans remain among the most loyal anywhere. Dave doesn’t seem to mind either: Upon hearing that his show had fallen to third place in the timeslot, Dave, always a self-depreciating humorist, commissioned a billboard which proudly stated “No. 3 in Late Night.” Dave recently signed a twoyear contract extension with CBS so viewers have at least two more years to enjoy his antics. I’d advise you all to watch him while he’s still here, because Dave won’t be on TV forever. You owe it to yourself to see as much of the man’s zany comedy while you still can.
A wedding filled with suspense
By Deepti Boddapati Campus Correspondent
A royal wedding was announced in the New York Times on Apr. 13. This wedding between Princess Cadence and Captain of the Equestrian guard Shining Armor, has been a highly anticipated event since December when fans of “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” caught wind of it. The wedding occurred on April 21 and was more delightful to witness than any other royal wedding of the year. “My Little Pony” has traditionally been a franchise associated with young girls. The toy ponies with brush able hair were never targeted towards its current fan-base: adults, many male, called “Bronies.” Although the older generations were intolerable, the newest incarnation “Friendship is Magic,” created by Lauren Faust, attracted many adult fans. “Friendship is Magic” is an innovation in the world of
programming meant for girls and in cartooning. The diverse character base provides more options for girls to identify with than ever before. For example, although the tagline of Rainbow Dash in generation three was that she always “dresses in style,” the current Rainbow Dash is an aspiring athlete who despite her outward arrogance, is unwaveringly loyal to her friends and kingdom. The crisp, Flashbased animation is a delight to watch for many cartoon enthusiasts. There are also many pop culture references meant only for the adult audience including a shot for shot remake of the end of Star Wars. Now ending the second season, the show’s creators have established a good rapport with the Bronies. Some of the staff is regularly in contact with the fans via twitter. So when Hasbro, the company who owns “My Little Pony,” promised a great second season finale the fans took its word for it.
The season finale which aired last Saturday was a suspenseful, epic fantasy. The episode starts when the main character Twilight Sparkle receives a letter from the capital city of Canterlot inviting her to the wedding of her brother Shining Armor. Understandably, Twilight is outraged that she didn’t receive the news directly from her brother, but through an invitation. The rest of the main six characters overlook this in the excitement of being included in the wedding planning. When they arrive at Canterlot, they notice a protective barrier and increased security. Twilight’s brother explained that a threat was made against the capital, and therefore requires him to stay in the city keeping the barrier functional. Twilight forgives her brother, but notices that Princess Cadence, the bride and Twilight’s old foal-sitter, is not exactly as she remembered her. It seemed that Cadence had changed from
being kind and gentle to being bratty and demanding. The rest of the characters attribute this to stress and normal bride behavior, but Twilight pursues her suspicions and finds a terrible secret about the bride; a secret which threatened not only Canterlot but all of Equestria. The hour-long finale left the viewer in suspense till the very end. With a powerful “love conquers all” message, it gave many of the audience shivers down their spines. At times it was a little too dark for the original audience of young girls but it was balanced by the light humour. Despite this, heartrending scenes like the “This Day” aria communicated a depth of feeling usually unexplored in cartoons. The amazing season finale promised by Hasbro disappointed no one, and leaves fans wondering what could be next.
Last week, I wrote about TV shows that you should catch up on this summer. Here are some shows that have just recently hit the small screen and that you should add to your list of shows to watch. Move aside “Glee” and “American Idol;” there is a new musical series called “Smash” that aired on NBC on Feb. 6. The musical drama was (surprisingly) produced by Steven Spielberg and focuses on a Broadway depiction of the life of Marilyn Monroe. The show contains some brand name stars such as Debra Messing, Jack Davenport and Katherine McPhee. Currently in its first season, “Smash” may not be as big of a hit as “Glee,” but it certainly has potential. The show received numerous positive reviews, which convinced NBC to renew the series for a second season. ABC Family has created many “cute” family dramas throughout the years and they bring us yet another one with “Jane by Design.” The show is a comedy-drama that focuses on Jane Quimby, a teenager who lands a job in the prestigious fashion industry under the false assumption that she is an adult. With the help of her best friend Billy, Jane tries to balance high school with the adult world. However, she soon realizes that high school is a job in itself. The show sounds like another “Hannah Montana” in which Miley Cyrus balances her duties as a pop singer and high school student. This makes sense, considering the DisneyABC Domestic Television network created “Jane by Design.” The show is currently in its first season and can be caught on ABC Family. Jack Bauer, from “24,” will always be my favorite TV agent. No other character will ever come close to the amount of awesomeness with which Kiefer Sutherland played the role of Bauer. Sutherland is back for another action packed series called “Touch” in which he plays a father of a child with very special abilities. The supernatural thriller is broadcast on the FOX network and premiered on Jan. 25 of this year. The show was originally met with positive reviews but after a few episodes, it seemed clear that it is no “24.” Fans of Sutherland, however, should be sure to check out this show. I absolutely loved Don Cheadle in “Hotel Rwanda,” so I was very excited when “House of Lies” came out in Jan. 2012 on Showtime. In contrast to the seriousness of “Hotel Rwanda,” “House of Lies” is a comedy series that portrays the lives of management consultants who do everything they can to close business deals. Besides Cheadle, other actors in the show include Kristen Bell (from “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”), Ben Schwartz and Josh Lawson. One of the reasons that “House of Lies” has garnered the attention of many viewers is the chemistry between the actors that create a hilarious comedy about surviving in the cutthroat business industry. There are numerous other shows that have recently premiered on TV such as “Good Christian Belles,” which is similar in plot to “Desperate Housewives,” and “Alcatraz,” which is perhaps the next “X-Files,” that are also worth tuning into.
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‘30’ continues to ‘Rock’ ‘Family’ no more » CARTOON
By Alex Sferrazza Campus Correspondent
“30 Rock” is destined to go down as one of the greatest comedy series in television history. The most remarkable thing about the show is not its consistent excellence, but instead, its abysmally low rating. The show, now in its sixth season, has been nominated for the primetime Emmy Award for best comedy series five times, winning three of them. It is incredibly rare for a show to be this acclaimed and to run for this long and still have such a small audience. Featuring constant pop culture references with a large ensemble cast of wacky characters the show almost acts like a live-action version of “The Simpsons,” so on paper it would appear this to be a recipe for instant success. While we can never pinpoint why exactly its mass popularity Photo courtesy of tvguide.com is non-existent, those of us who A still from “Today You Are A Man” from season 6 of NBC’s “30 Rock” featuring Jack McBrayer as Kenneth Parcell and Kristen Schaal do view the show understand its as Hazel brilliance. This week’s episode features acts as a child version of herself have a fake celebrity breakdown I once described “30 Rock” two main story arcs. The first complete with glasses. was absolute comedy gold from to a friend as such: “The first features Jack Donaghy (Alec Meanwhile, Jenna (Jane breaking down on the “Today three seasons are flawless, but the Baldwin), as he attempts to set Krakowski), helped by Tracy Show” to pulling a “Kanye” at a fourth and fifth have a few rough up his mentee Liz Lemon (Tina (Tracy Morgan), is attempting to spelling bee. I absolutely lost it episodes.” I am incredibly glad to Fey) with a date, dishave a fake celebrity during the latter. say that halfway through the sixth approving of her cur30 Rock breakdown in order to Liz’s storyline was also filled season, it too has so far also been rent boyfriend. Liz regain the attention of with the usual excellent pop- absolutely flawless. “30 Rock” NBC is encouraged by her her former boyfriend culture references. From the is at the top of its game and this 8:30 p.m. boyfriend Chris to Paul. The two engage hilarious conversation with episode is an excellent example attend. Upon meeting in multiple attempts. the little girl about “To Kill a of just that. Please watch this her date, Liz is pleasThe acting in this Mockingbird” to the expected show right now, because with the antly surprised to see episode is top notch, “Star Wars” reference (this time current ratings it doesn’t look like that he is busy on the particularly by Jane in the form of a Princess Leila it’ll be here for much longer. phone while she gets to converse Krakowski as Jenna. Seeing her outfit for toddlers), every line with his young daughter, who time after time again attempt to was a home run. Alex.Sferrazza@UConn.edu
Beer classes teach enjoyment
from SCIENCE, page 7 Overall, the Biokinetics of Fermentation course offers students a great opportunity to learn more about the intersection of brewing and science. Though the class is only avail-
able to a small segment of the campus, perhaps it is a small step in the right direction of having a “Beer and Wine Appreciation” course at UConn, as exists at many other institutions. Regardless, courses like this help to further raise
awareness of the truly incredible blend of art and science of brewing, adding legitimacy and furthering popularity for a growing industry. Cheers!
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Now, the longtime fans are now paying the price with episodes where things like abusive boyfriends leading to murder, What I always find funny children with cancer and insurwhen a TV show is said to have ance fraud are expected to be “jumped the shark,” is that the laughed at. It’s not like an actual context of what the term is named dark comedy where the writafter is hardly the worst TV event ing is tongue-in-cheek enough ever. Yes, it was insipidly stupid to not be taken seriously. The when the Fonz jumped over that atmosphere is now incredibly shark in “Happy Days.” But it’s serious and awkwardly dramatic not like that goofy event turned in “Family Guy” with jokes popthe rest of the show reprehen- ping up as appropriately as a clown making a balloon animal sible. I bring this up because lately, at a funeral. Meg getting made FOX’s insanely popular animat- fun of in episodes like “Seahorse ed sitcom, “Family Guy,” has Seashell Party” leads to several been given that kind of critique scenes that show how cruel and over the past few seasons. The one-note the Griffin family is. truly abhorrent path the show But, hey, Stewie makes random has been going on strongly in its odd comments here and there ninth and current tenth seasons relating to nothing while Meg doesn’t deserve the “jumping the pours her heart out, so that makes shark” title, however. There’s it funny, right? Granted, “Grumpy Old Man” going downhill, and then there’s falling rock bottom continuously and “Welcome Back, Carter” were decent during the ninth for years. Keep in mind that I have per- and tenth seasons, but that’s sonally always loved “Family the extent of it. Everything else Guy.” I thought the show was seems to mostly manifest into better than ever when it was a black hole of anti-comedy. It resurrected from cancellation for doesn’t even have all the random its fourth season, and it contin- cutaways that it used to. There ued on its slew of funny epi- are just a few per episode that sodes with quotable lines for mostly make fun of how “Family Guy” used to always seasons since then. Family Guy have random cutaway But then, the gold FOX jokes. There are no started to turn to rust 9 p.m. words… during the second half At this point, you’re of the eighth season; probably wondering followed by the show why I’m even watchgoing to HD in season ing this show anynine with nothing but more. Call it masochdespair in its wake. While people can blame the con- ism, but how low “Family Guy” tinuously mediocre spinoff, “The continuously gets just fascinates Cleveland Show,” as its needless me. It just makes me want to existence aired around the same be there when FOX somehow time for siphoning off the Seth allows an episode so offensive Macfarlane original, that’s only and unfunny that the show will half true. The reality is that this be immediately cancelled for is a day fans have been dreading good, contract or not, and we (and likely has been met much can all move on and turn to the earlier) since the fourth season old DVD sets. Not only is such a started. We all bought the DVDs scenario seeming more possible and couldn’t accept a cancella- every week, it also feels soon. tion because “Family Guy” still hasn’t lost its luster. Jason.Bogdan@UConn.edu
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Monday, April 23, 2012
Remembering the 'last Airbender'
By Alex Sferrazza Campus Correspondent
Nickelodeon's newest show "The Legend of Korra,” premiered April 14. The new show from creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko serves as a sequel series to their original show "Avatar: The Last Airbender.” Therefore we found it fitting to take a look back at the show that started it all. No one could've foreseen the massive success of the hit television show. The show premiered in February 2005 on Nickelodeon, a channel known for having all of its shows feature episodes that could be viewed in any order and for not featuring series finales. This was all done in an effort to improve ratings of re-runs. That is one of the reasons why it was so shocking to see Nickelodeon air a show that would feature not only a definitive end to the story but also one that must be
seen in sequential order in order to be understood. Nonetheless, Nickelodeon picked up a show that did just that and it became a success that no one could've imagined. Enter the world of the "Avatar.” Featuring a mythological version of Earth, the world was divided into four nations, each nation corresponding to one of the four elements: water, earth, fire and air. Certain members of each nation known as benders could "bend" their nation's respective element to manipulate it to move and form according to their will. Only the Avatar, a single individual, had the ability to bend all four elements and it was their duty to keep peace in the world. Blurring the line between Japanese Anime and American Animation, the show set the benchmark for all future animated action shows; an accomplishment remembered all the more fondly today in a time
where more and more kids shows are produced with subpar flash and generic computer animation. The bending of the elements corresponded to martial arts. Every bender was animated performing an entirely separate martial art for his or her element. The backgrounds and settings were all incredibly detailed and varied, from the walls of the city of Ba Sing Se to the ice fortress of the Northern Water Tribe, everything looked stunning. The music was all composed originally by musical duo "The Track Team,” from sweeping orchestrations, to subtle Asianinspired background music, the duo truly brought the realm to life. The ever-enduring main theme and the ominous music for Princess Azula's theme in particular stand out as masterpieces. As great as the production values were, it was the incredible story and cast of characters
that cemented the series among the all time greatest. In 61 short episodes, we saw Aang, a 12-year-old boy emerge from frozen ice to his defeat of the world's greatest tyrant. Along the way we saw various characters emerge, from the comic relief of Toph and Sokka, to the deadly seriousness of Prince Zuko. From the optimism of Katara to the evil villainy of Azula, the characters were unforgettable. The journey cemented its place as a mythology among the likes of Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings.” The show not only introduced us to an amazing story but also gave us a glimpse into an entire imaginary world conceived from the creators. Thank goodness we're given the chance to return to it again in "The Legend of Korra.” Just like its predecessor, this show must not be missed.
'Hunger Games' fever makes archery cool for kids NEW YORK (AP) — In schools and backyards, for their birthdays and out with their dads, kids are gaga for archery four weeks into the box office run of "The Hunger Games" and less than 100 days before the London Olympics. "All of a sudden sales of bows have, like, tripled," said Paul Haines, a salesman at the Ramsey Outdoor store in Paramus, New Jersey. A manager there made a sign for the hunting department: "Quality bows for serious archers and girls who saw the movie," he said. Archery ranges around the country have enjoyed a steady uptick among kids of both sexes since the movie began cleaning up at the box office March 23, though heroine Katniss — a deadly shot with an arrow — seems to resonate more with girls. "Katniss is so inspiring," said Gabby Lee, who asked for archery lessons for her 12th birthday in February after reading the wildly popular book trilogy by Suzanne Collins. "I'm not very sportsy," she offers, but now she belongs to a youth archery league near her Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, home. "It feels really good because I'm usually the girl who sits and reads." While some young archers have been doing it for years, motivated by generations of hunters in their families, the parents of others love it for its focus, independence and because they, too, have kids not drawn to more typical team or contact sports. At 7, Christa Mattessich is too young for the gruesome dystopian world that thrusts 16-yearold Katniss and her fellow child tributes into the arena for a battle to the death, a battle Katniss wins thanks to the archery skills she honed while hunting game in the woods of her native District 12. But Christa loves archery just as much and has been shooting for about two years at the same range as Gabby, Targeteers Archery in Saddle Brook, N.J., said dad Anthony Mattessich in Oakland.
"I'm an avid bow hunter," he said. "At her age, with other sports, they're just running with each other and chasing a ball, then the ice cream truck comes and that's that. For archery, they're a little bit more dedicated." Abbey Fitzpatrick in Sandy Creek, New York, turned 11 on April 10. She also asked for and received her own bow and arrows for her birthday. "It's black. It really looks like Katniss's bow," Abbey said. "She was so brave and very heroic in the games." Like more than 2 million kids in nearly every state and several other countries, Abbey did archery in gym class this year as part of the decade-old National Archery in the Schools Program that trains teachers in the sport and offers discounts on equipment. "There's a lot of buzz among young people about archery right now. They want to shoot bows and arrows so badly they're willing to follow the rules," said Roy Grimes, the
organization's president. In Michigan, enthusiast Robert Jellison teaches seventhgrade science and has incorporated archery through NASP into his lessons on kinetic and potential energy, eye-hand coordination and the properties of pulleys and levers. Jellison was invited in March with some of his students to perform a demonstration at the local library as part of a "Hunger Games" reading. "Some of the kids there went out that day and signed up for archery," he said. "A lot of people look at archery as, 'Oh, you know, is it a real sport?' All of a sudden there's all this excitement." Bobbi Bowles owns archery shop K.C.'s Outdoors with her husband in Spicewood, Texas, outside Austin. Sales of equipment have doubled in the last few weeks, she said, and they're adding beginner classes to accommodate more new recruits young and older. At the Austin Archery Club,
"The movie is sending a lot of people our way who are interested in archery, the crossbow and survival skills," said a director, Roy Wenmohs. "At a recent tournament we had about 10 young people, from ages 10 to 15," he said. "About half were new. Last year we had three." Games of a different sort are hoping for a "Hunger Games" bump come July, though kids in North America looking to catch Olympic archery will likely be sleeping during live competition. "We're thrilled with the awareness and the excitement that 'The Hunger Games' has brought to the sport of archery," said Denise Parker, CEO of USA Archery, the U.S. training and selection body for the Olympics, Paralympics, Pan American Games and other world events. "We're already receiving feedback from our youth clubs that interest in archery programs in their areas is up significantly," she said.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Country music legend Willie Nelson helped unveil a statue honoring him in downtown Austin by singing his new song "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die" on Friday, a date long reserved to celebrate marijuana use. The faint smell of marijuana smoke wafted through a crowd of about 2,000 people as Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell accepted on the privately funded statue as a gift from a private arts group. Organizers said they didn't intentionally choose April 20 for the event, but once they found out, they scheduled the unveiling at 4:20 p.m. as a tongue-in-cheek reference to
Nelson's openness about his marijuana use and advocacy for its legalization. The statute stands in front of the Moody Theater, where the Austin City Limits Studio is now located. Nelson, a 10-time Grammy Award winner who has sold more than 40 million copies of his 150 albums, appeared on the first episode of the public television show in 1974. "He is the man who more than other made Austin the live music capital of the world," Leffingwell said. Nelson was born in Abbott, a tiny town about 120 miles north of Austin, but he has lived in Texas' capital city since 1971. Longtime friend and fel-
low singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson congratulated Nelson, saying he couldn't have imagined the city honoring Nelson during the early days of what became known as the Cosmic Cowboy movement in music. Nelson, who wore black jeans, a black T-shirt and a black cowboy hat, is notoriously shy about such honors. Before he began performing, with his sister Bobbie Nelson on piano, he thanked the organizers and joked with the crowd that had gathered to watch the ceremony. "What time is it?" he joked as the clock approach 4:20 p.m. "I feel it's getting close to something."
LOS ANGELES (AP) — History is littered with murderers inspired by art: Charles Manson believed the lyrics to the Beatles' "Helter Skelter" were a prophecy that ignited a killing spree. John Lennon assassin Mark David Chapman was obsessed with the book "Catcher in the Rye." For Anders Behring Breivik, like Columbine High School shooter Eric Harris, it was video games. Breivik revealed to an Oslo court on Thursday that the popular military game "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare" and the online role-playing game "World of Warcraft" helped condition him for his bombing and shooting rampage that left 77 people dead last summer in Oslo and at a Labor Party youth camp on Utoya island.
In this April 13, 2012 photo, Nicole Donzella of Fair Lawn, N.J., 15, participates in the youth archery league at Targeteers Archery in Saddle Brook. In schools and backyards, for their birthdays and out with their dads, kids are gaga for archery a month after the release of "The Hunger Games." Archery ranges around the country have enjoyed a steady uptick among kids of both sexes in the movie's lead-up, though 16-year-old heroin Katniss Everdeen, the archery ace seems to resonate with girls more than boys. Donzella uses an eye patch to help line up her target.
Disney studio chief quits after 'John Carter' bomb
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Disney movie studio boss Rich Ross stepped down on Friday, taking the fall for at least a couple of over-budgeted bombs as Hollywood shies away from taking risks on big blockbusters. His resignation comes after two years in a row of nasty March surprises, ironically both having to do with the Red Planet. Last year it was "Mars Needs Moms," a creepy animated movie that lost $70 million. This year, it was "John Carter," a sci-fi action movie set on Mars that resulted in a $200 million loss for Disney. Ross, 50, said in a memo to staff that he no longer believed his role as chairman of Walt Disney Studios was "the right professional fit." The move was not surprising to analysts, coming a few months after studio marketing chief MT Carney also departed because of a string of lackluster releases. Disney CEO Bob Iger, who said last summer that big-budget movies were getting "increasingly more risky," thanked Ross for his years of service. The Walt Disney Co.'s stock rose 27 cents to close Friday at $42.35. Disney's most successful movies recently have been made by studios it has bought, including "Toy Story" maker Pixar, which releases "Brave" in June, and Marvel, which will release the much-buzzed "The Avengers" overseas next week. Under the Touchstone brand, Disney also distributes movies made by Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks production company, including "War Horse." Fixing problems at the studio is seen as crucial for the company, because movies launch characters that are developed into Disney toys, theme park rides, books and video games. For example, "Cars Land," an attraction based on the Pixar movies, will open at Disney California Adventure in June. "For Disney, it feeds a lot bigger value chain," Sanford C. Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger said. "This is a more significant move for investors of Disney than it would be at other companies." Although some of Ross's troubles stemmed from films put into production by his predecessor, Dick Cook, analysts said his inability to prevent big losses was what led to his exit. "At some level he takes responsibility for not fixing them or shutting them down," Needham & Co. equity analyst Laura Martin said. "They need to lower the risk of entry and build franchise films from that base. Not go all in, hoping it works out." Part of the estimated $250 million budget on "John Carter" can be attributed to the notion that the movie could become a multi-part series, as it was based on a trove of books by the late Edgar Rice Burroughs. The series began with "A Princess of Mars" in
1917 and carried through to the posthumously published "John Carter of Mars" in 1964. The movie starring Taylor Kitsch had a budget that rivaled what 20th Century Fox spent on "Avatar." But "John Carter" made only $269 million at box offices worldwide while "Avatar" took in $2.8 billion. After splits with theater owners and marketing expenses, Disney has said "John Carter" would cause a studiowide loss of $80 million to $120 million in the January-March quarter. Ross had taken the job just two and a half years ago with a mission to cut costs and develop new hits. He had brought "High School Musical" and "Hannah Montana" to TV audiences when he headed Disney Channels Worldwide. Ross spent much of his early tenure at the studio cutting costs and canceling projects that weren't seen as important to the Disney brand. He shut down the San Francisco-area motion-capture facility used to digitally animate Jim Carrey's Scrooge character in "A Christmas Carol," sold the award-winning Miramax label to outside investors, and cut such movies as "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" and "Wild Hogs 2" from the development slate. Last year, he suspended production on "The Lone Ranger," starring Johnny Depp, until its budget was trimmed. But those efforts were overshadowed by movies that were released but failed to excite big audiences, including "Prince of Persia," ''Prom," ''Secretariat" and even "Winnie the Pooh." Ross told staff in a memo Friday that "the best people need to be in the right jobs, in roles they are passionate about, doing work that leverages the full range of their abilities." "I no longer believe the chairman role is the right professional fit for me." Iger wished him well in a statement. "Rich Ross's creative instincts, business acumen and personal integrity have driven results in key businesses for Disney," Iger said. "I appreciate his countless contributions throughout his entire career." Ross's resignation is effective immediately. Disney did not name a successor. A couple possible candidates for elevation at the studio are John Lasseter and Ed Catmull, who together built Pixar from a computer imaging company into an animated movie powerhouse. After Disney's acquisition in 2006, the men have top jobs overseeing animated movies at Pixar and Disney. The men have helped Disney's animated films move "in the right direction," according to Don Peri, the author of a couple books on Disney animators including "Working with Disney." He declined to speculate on whether they would make good studio heads.
Video games have come under scrutiny before, as when Columbine High School shooter Eric Harris avidly tinkered with the first-person shooter "Doom." Activision Blizzard Inc., maker of Call of Duty and World of Warcraft — two of the world's most popular video games — did not immediately comment on Bleivik's statement that the games helped him train. Video game companies have long argued that their games are forms of entertainment that are no different than movies or television. And fans of each of those genres have taken their obsessions to a different level by mimicking what they've learned for real-life nightmares. Here are five examples of media over the past 40 years that have sparked terrifying atrocities:
— "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare." Breivik testified Thursday that he prepared for his attacks with this popular first-person shooter created by Activision Inc. developer Infinity Ward. He said he used the shoot-'em-up war simulator to practice "target acquisition" with the game's virtual holographic rifle sight, a type of laser used to aim at foes. — "The Sopranos." After being arrested for the murder of their mother, Jason Bautista and his half brother told police in 2003 that the idea to chop off her head and hands to hide the crime was lifted from an episode of the HBO mobster drama in which Tony Soprano kills an associate and has his head and hands removed before the body is dumped.
Willie Nelson unveils 'Call of Duty' latest fiction to statue of himself on 4/20 inspire nightmare
Monday, April 23, 2012
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DC Preview: 2012-13 NFL Season Through the gates: Weeks 1-7 The playoff push: Weeks 8-17 Schwartz-Harbaugh rematch Thanksgiving line-up includes Patriots at New York Jets highlights second week By Joe Crisalli Campus Correspondent A few days ago, the NFL released its 2012 schedule. With a ton of personnel changes to teams’ rosters, this 2012 season may turn out entirely different than the last. We’ve seen star players get released. We’ve seen star players get traded. We’ve seen star players get stuck with the franchise tag. We’ve seen star players leave teams through free agency. One thing that we have not yet seen which will be a game changer for such teams as the Indianapolis Colts and the Washington Redskins is the NFL draft. The 2012 NFL draft, which will take place on April 26th, will help to determine where future stars go and make certain teams relevant and watchable again. With each week in the NFL season comes new opportunities for players to shine, and I will try to choose one game per week in the 2012 NFL schedule where I think that players will shine and make those games more appealing to NFL fans. Don’t get me wrong, every week there’s a chance of sunshine for every team, and almost every game can be intriguing, but I can only pick one…. Lets begin with week one, a fresh start to a new season, and when every team starts out with the same record. It will be strange to see certain players take the field in dif-
ferent uniforms, but week one will only be a preview of what the 2012 season entails for those players and the rest of the NFL. Although the first Sunday in the NFL season will be the first time we will see quarterback Peyton Manning in a Denver Broncos uniform, and both Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III take the field in NFL uniforms, the game to watch will be between the reigning champion New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys. In regular season play since 2008, the G-men are 6-2 against the Cowboys, and throw in the fact that the Giants ousted the Cowboys to make the playoffs in 2011 you’ve got a fantastic opening night game. Week 2: I could say the rematch between Jim Schwartz and the Detroit Lions and Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers which ended so gracefully last season is the game to watch, but it’s not. I’m sure it will be a great game, but how could you turn down an NFC North Division matchup between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers? The Jay Cutler led bears, now reunited with wide receiver Brandon Marshall is a lethal combination, but so is any receiver combination with stud Aaron Rodgers. This could be Cutler’s year to prove he is the next top tier quarterback, and I look for a shootout in Green Bay on Thursday night football. Week 3: New England Patriots vs. Baltimore Ravens.
A rematch from a 2011 playoff matchup that ended with a missed 32 yard field goal by Raven’s kicker Billy Cundiff is sure to be a grudge match and certainly a game to watch. Week 4: The New Orleans Saints visit the Green Bay Packers this week, and the New York Giants visit the Philadelphia Eagles. Giants/ Eagles is definitely a game to watch, but Saints/Packers is the game to watch. It will be a rematch from the instant classic that started off the 2011 season and it will definitely be an interesting game. Week 5: Peyton Manning and the Broncos visit Tom Brady and the Patriots. Yeah, I’m definitely watching this game. How is this game not in primetime? Go Broncos. Week 6: The San Francisco 49ers get their rematch with the New York Giants, and the Broncos face off with the San Diego Chargers, but I’m a little more interested in Lions vs. Eagles. This matchup could be one to get used to. (Playoffs cough cough) Week 7: Aside from Redskins/Giants and Lions/ Bears, I am most certainly watching the New York Jets take on the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Where will Tim Tebow be by now in comparison to Mark Sanchez? Who knows, all I can say is J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS.
By Joe Crisalli Campus Correspondent Week 8: The Patriots face off with the St. Louis Rams in London, but I’d rather watch…Atlanta Falcons vs. Philadelphia Eagles. The Broncos do play the Saints on Sunday night football, but I’ve got a funny little feeling about the Falcons/Eagles. Week 9: Carolina Panthers vs. Washington Redskins. Why? Well, Cam Newton vs. RG3 that’s why. (Barring any crazy decision at the NFL draft by the Redskins). Week 10: Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints, or Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles. I don’t know, maybe I’ll just watch the Houston Texans vs. the Chicago Bears on Sunday night football, but this could be the week Andrew Luck wins his 4th, 5th, maybe even 6th game with the Indianapolis Colts. I feel obligated to watch Luck at least once in his rookie season, I’m watching him this week vs. the Jaguars on Thursday night football. Week 11: Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers. Nuff said. Week 12: Turkey Day Games! Houston Texans at Detroit Lions, Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys, and New England Patriots at New York Jets. Yum. Week 13: The Steelers do travel to Baltimore for a rematch of week 11, the Cowboys do play the Eagles at
home, the New York Giants do visit the Washington Redskins on Monday night football, but I am more interested to see the Houston Texans vs. the Tennessee Titans. Weird, I know, but I would like to see if the Texans are as good as they are supposed to be at this point in the season. Week 14: Oh what do you know, the Texans play the Patriots, but the Lions also play the Packers, the hopefully playoff bound Broncos play the Raiders, and the Saints play the Giants, but the matchup to watch is the San Diego Chargers vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers. The last time these two teams faced off in the regular season was in 2009 and ended in favor of the Steelers, 38-28. 2009 was also the most recent visit to the playoffs for the Chargers, but was short lived after a 17-14 loss to the New York Jets in the opening round. I don’t know why the Chargers and Steelers don’t play each other very often, but it’ll definitely be a get together worth watching. Week 15: So here’s when the playoff implications really start to kick in. Although the matchups aren’t as captivating as I would like, there is still one matchup I will be tuning in on. The Denver Broncos visit the Baltimore Ravens, and this will be a matchup worthy of a playoff atmosphere. It will be exciting for sure, Go Broncos. Week 16: There are a couple of games to choose from
here, but I’m going with the Chargers visiting the Jets on Sunday night football. Hopefully at this point, the Jets quarterback situation is settled and there is no turmoil in New York, but nothing is a given when it comes to the Jets. Maybe the Chargers make a late season push towards the playoffs, and maybe Tim Tebow and Mark Sanchez are getting along in unison; that’d be great. Week 17: There’s an array of division rival games to watch here, and it’s the last week of the season before the playoffs so why not try to catch them all? At least try to watch the games that mean something. Now all of this is subject to change, and these are all just preliminary choices of games to watch for the 2012 NFL season. There is definitely a possibility of key players being injured in certain games, and other players providing sparks on teams that are not thought highly of, but either way it’s exciting just to know that the NFL season is right around the corner. Major League Baseball fans, like me, will enjoy the baseball season. National Hockey League fans, like me, will enjoy the NHL Playoffs. National Basketball Association fans, like me, will enjoy the NBA playoffs. To those of you, who are solely devoted to the National Football Season, sit tight.
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Monday, April 23, 2012
Bobby Valentine skating on thin ice
By Willy Penfield New England Sports Columnist
Is it too early to fire Bobby Valentine? We are not even out of April and Bobby Valentine has done enough to piss of Red Sox Nation to the tune of them chanting “We want Tito” at the 100th Anniversary of Fenway this past Friday. Of course, it is still early in the season but nothing he has done to this point has given me confidence that he is the right man for this job. For one, he has shown an inability to manage the bullpen by leaving relievers in too long and not leaving starters in long enough, highlighted by letting Daniel Bard pitch to Evan Longoria 107 pitches into the game after giving up a fourpitch walk the to previous batter. Longoria’s at-bat ultimately ended up in a second consecutive four-pitch walk that brought in a run.
Valentine’s failures don’t end with the on field stuff, he’s already messing with the lockerroom by telling the media that Kevin Youkilis wasn’t all in so far this season. Naturally, the Red Sox clubhouse came to Youk’s defense and Bobby V is now on the fast track to losing his clubhouse faster than any manager in baseball history. After what happened in September last season, losing the clubhouse this early on in the season is something that Valentine does not want to happen. I didn’t like the hire when it happened and I don’t like it now. Boston’s dismal start cannot be blamed on just Valentine. There is only so much he can do. The players have to bear a large portion of the blame since they are the ones on the field. The pitching staff, bullpen and starters alike, have been miserable and with the absence of Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl
Crawford and the offense has not been getting it done. The abysmal perfotmance of the players this early on in the season isn’t even what concerns me most. It’s the fact that after they blew a nine-run lead and let up two-consecutive seven run innings, not a single one of the team “leaders” took questions from the media. Instead they sent out Mike Aviles and Matt Albers to do the damage control after the loss. One may not think this is a huge deal, but to me it shows that the clubhouse still lacks the leadership it needs and may not be much different from the same clubhouse that plagued last September and lost Terry Francona his job. Perhaps we will all look back on this and laugh when the Red Sox clinch a playoff spot in September but until then, “We want Tito!” AP
Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine walks back to the dugout after removing pitcher Alfredo Aceves in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees in Boston, Saturday, April 21.
Baseball offense shines in Storrs, Dodd
featured a few different heroes at the plate as well. With UConn trailing 7-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning, junior Stanley Paul hit a double. Tim Martin It was an up and down weekend and L.J. Mazzilli would add doubles of offensively for the UConn baseball their own to cut the Scarlet Knights lead team, after defeating Rutgers 9-8 twice to just one run. Paul would come up clutch again on Friday and falling to the Scarlet with another double to score shortstop Knights on Sunday Tom Verdi to tie to score at seven. 15-0. Both teams would tack on a run In game one on in the 9th inning to send the game Friday, first basemen into extra innings with the score Ryan Fuller had a career tied 8-8. Martin would single in day at the plate, hitting the bottom of the tenth inning as 4-5 with five runs batted Paul would score from second in. Two of those four base to give the Huskies the walk hits were home runs, Notebook off victory. “Stanley was great, with one in the first he’s a great competitor; he’s learninning and one later in ing and tries really hard,” said head the eighth inning. Fuller’s homer in the coach Jim Penders. eighth would score two runs to eventuOn Sunday, the Huskies played at ally win the game for the Huskies 9-8. their home away from home, Dodd Fuller did not record any hits in game Stadium in Norwich; however, the contwo of the double-header, but he did hit fines of Dodd Stadium soon turned into a double in game three at Dodd Stadium a house of horrors as UConn lost 15-0. on Sunday. He currently is hitting .338 “I felt like guys were trying, we had on the season, which is the third best on good energy, but once we got down the the team. body language suffered, and guys were Game two of Friday’s double-header
By Tyler Morrissey Staff Writer
still trying but in between pitches, there were hanging heads and slumped shoulders, that can’t happen,” said Penders. The Huskies only managed eight hits over nine innings and left nine men on base in the shutout loss. “They got on us early, I hit the ball hard today just right at people,” said junior centerfielder Billy Ferriter. Ferriter hit 1-5 in the game on Sunday, had a combined four hits in the double header on Friday. Freshman leftfielder Eric Yavarone and Mazzilli each hit 2-4 at the plate in game three. The Huskies have a short break before their next game, when Bryant University comes to Storrs on Tuesday. “Offense comes and goes, you just need to get back in the cage and work on staying in the middle of the field and getting on top of the ball. We were hitting way too many lazy fly balls today,” said Penders. UConn had 11 fly outs and 12 ground ball outs in the game on Sunday. Tuesday’s game is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. at J.O. Christian Field.
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UConn pitcher Dan Feehan fires a pitch on April 1. The Huskies dropped two out of three this weekend at Rutgers.
Double-header sweep leads Huskies
from RUTGERS, page 14
After the Scarlet Knights stretched the lead to 7-2 in the sixth, the UConn offense came to life in the seventh inning. Left fielder Eric Yavarone started the Huskies’ rally with a leadoff single to left before Stanley Paul came in to pinch hit for right fielder Anthony Aceto. Paul roped an RBI double to plate Yavarone, and after a Billy Ferriter flyout to left, Martin pushed him in with an RBI single. Mazzilli contin-
ued the attack for UConn as he one-hopped an RBI double off the wall in left center field, then stole third base and was plated by a Fuller sacrifice fly to cut the Rutgers lead to 7-6. In the eighth, shortstop tom Verdi ripped a double down the left field line to lead off the inning, and Paul again came through in the clutch as he brought him around to score with a 2-out double into the left to knot the game 7-7. Both teams managed to tack on a run in the ninth inning, and the
game went into extras tied at eight runs apiece. In the bottom half of the tenth, with runners on first and second and one out, Martin singled to right field to bring in Paul for the winning run, giving the Huskies a 9-8 win in wild fashion. “A lot of fight, a lot of fight in both games,” Penders said. “I thought we did a really good job of just grinding it out. Those were two Big East wars, they were ugly. We have to win ugly and we did it twice again today.” In the final game of the week-
Dan Agabiti: Blue-White
Friends are forever from CHANGING, page 14 I’m not sure if they know this, but it’s through observing them that I learned more about finding sources for stories than I did in all of my journalism classes combined. The two of them might joke about hating reporting, but in their own goofy way, they are as good at it as anybody I’ve ever observed. Also, if you ever get the chance, ask the McDonough’s about the time former UConn QB Zach Frasier got pissed at them for not giving him their pizza. It’s legendary. During every meeting, the sports editor and associate editor sit at the ledge in the front of our conference room, while everyone else sits at the conference table in front of them. Then, every year, the sports department has a ceremony that I like to call “The passing of the ledge,” during
which the current department heads hand the ledge over to the new editors. I’ve witnessed two of them before and it’s crazy to think that this time, I will be the one to whom the ledge will be handed over. After seeing three quality journalists seated at that spot, it’s beyond humbling to think that I will be in that position. I have no idea how I’m going to handle tonight. To be honest, it will be weird sitting on that ledge and seeing everyone else seated at the conference table. Mac, Matt and Colin have no reason to worry, though. There will always be a space on that ledge for them. Follow Mac on Twitter @MacCerullo, Matt @ McDTwin1 and Colin @ McDTwin2.
from WHITMORE, page 14
The teams had some restrictions, however. “We didn’t show too much because it was on TV and we didn’t want to give anything away,” DeLorenzo said. Redshirt senior running back D.J. Shoemate was unable to play as a shoulder injury forced him to end his collegiate career. He was still on the sidelines for the white team. “It was fun. It’s always going to be hard watching your boys go out there and play the game that you love,” Shoemate said. “Of course I want to go out there and contribute physically, but it’s good to be a part of it and to be able to end this experience here in the Rent.” Seen as a leader of the team during his two– year tenure as a Husky, Shoemate spoke to the running backs unit before the game. “I just try to tell them to cherish this game. You never know when it’s going to go. You never know when you’re not going to play again,” Shoemate said. “I told them I appreciate all the memories. I really appreciate what you guys have done for me in helping me grow as a person.”
end – which was played at Dodd Stadium in Norwich – the Huskies were far from sharp, as they gave up 18 hits and three costly errors in the field while managing just eight hits of their on the afternoon in a 15-0 drubbing by Rutgers. After the Scarlet Knights loaded the bases on two singles and a hit by pitch, things began to come undone for UConn starter Anthony Marzi as Rutgers pushed across six runs on the inning. The defense was also a problem in the inning as third baseman Mike Friel threw the ball away attempt-
ing to come home with the bases loaded, and allowed two runs to score on the play. Penders was far from pleased after the final out, calling it “a terrible baseball game in every aspect.” In addition to his comments on the game itself, Penders had plenty to say on the pros and cons of his team playing games at Dodd. “It’s different, it’s not a true home game,” Penders said. “I love that we’re treated royally here, the hospitality is incredible and the guys do a great job getting
the field ready for us and making it feel as much like home – but it’s still not home. You’ve got to get on a bus – our bus was late getting there today – and it’s just another thing that you have to deal with.” With the 2-1 record over the weekend, the Huskies improved to 11-4 in the Big East and 23-17 overall. UConn returns to J.O. Christian Field on Tuesday at 3 p.m. to play Bryant.
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox are moving Daniel Bard to the bullpen — temporarily, at least. With rain washing out Bard's scheduled start against the New York Yankees on Sunday night, manager Bobby Valentine said Bard will skip his turn in the rotation and be available in relief. But when the Red Sox need a fifth starter, it will be Bard. “As the plan is now, he's our fifth starter,” Valentine told reporters Sunday after the postponement. A day after the Yankees overcame a nine-run deficit with backto-back seven-run innings to beat Boston 15-9, the finale of their three-game series was postponed by rain. The Red Sox called the game about five hours before the scheduled 8:05 p.m. first pitch — no doubt because of rain that was falling all day and expected to continue through the night. But it didn't hurt that the Red Sox could use the day off. “It's been a tough week. If I had to rate them all, this is one of the
toughest,” Valentine said Sunday. “When you're 4-10, it's not easy to say that everything is going perfectly. But I think they're good players, high quality, and we're going to win a lot of games.” Bard did well as the setup man last year, but after closer Jonathan Papelbon signed with Philadelphia the Red Sox opted to bring in Andrew Bailey for the ninth inning and move Bard into the rotation. Now that Bailey is injured — and Alfredo Aceves and Mark Melancon have struggled — the call for Bard to take over as closer is growing louder. Valentine said everything would be considered. “I don't know that there are changes right now that we're ready to make,” he said. Bard has made two starts, one bad and one better, but he lost both and has a 4.63 ERA so far this year. Valentine said he would like to use Bard in the eighth inning because he's comfortable with the role. Jon Lester is already in Minnesota to start Monday night's
game against the Twins, and he'll be followed in the rotation by Josh Beckett, Clay Buchholz and Felix Doubront. Bard's next turn would be Friday. The Yankees were expected to push the rotation back a day, with scheduled Sunday starter CC Sabathia going Monday instead at Texas and Hiroki Kuroda to face Yu Darvish on Tuesday. The Yankees pounded the Boston bullpen for seven runs in the seventh inning and seven more in the eighth, their biggest rally after a nine-run deficit since April 18, 1950, when they trailed the Red Sox 9-0 after five innings and went on to win 15-10. The Detroit Tigers rallied from an 11-1 deficit to beat the Washington Senators 18-12 on June 12, 1938. “To come back in the 7th inning being down 9-nothing to the Red Sox, to be able to get the win, that's a big win for us,” said Nick Swisher, who hit a grand slam and had six RBIs. “That's all I can really say. I really don't know what else to say.”
Yankees-Red Sox game postponed
TWO Monday, April 23, 2012
What's Next Home game
The Daily Question Q : “Which NHL first-round series will be the last to end?” hoping the Rangers-Senators, because I’m definitely praying A : “I’m that New York forces a Game 7 and wins that game at MSG.”
April 27 Louisville 6 p.m.
April 28 Louisville 1 p.m.
April 25 St. John’s 3 p.m.
April 26 Hartford 4 p.m.
“How do you feel about Roscoe Smith’s announcement to transfer?”
» That’s what he said
– UConn head basketball coach Jim Calhoun. April 29 Louisville 1 p.m.
May 5 Cincinnati 3 p.m.
April 28 Syracuse 12 p.m.
April 28 Syracuse 2 p.m.
Nadal finally beats Djokovic
» Pic of the day
So long, Roscoe
Lacrosse (9-5, 2-3) April 27 Villanova 4 p.m.
April 29 Loyola 1 p.m.
May 3 Big East Tournament TBA
Men’s Track and Field April 26 April 27 April 28 Penn Relays Penn Relays Penn Relays All Day All Day All Day
TBA UNH/ UMass All Day
May 4 Big East Champs All Day
Women’s Track and Field April 26 April 27 April 28 Penn Relays Penn Relays Penn Relays All Day All Day All Day
April 29 Brown Invite All Day
May 4 Big East Champs All Day
Rowing May 11 Dad Vaiil Regatta All Day
May 12 Dad Vail Regatta All Day
May 13 Big East Championships All Day
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UConn forward Roscoe Smith pounds his chest during the 2011 National Championship game in Houston. Smith announced that he is transferring from UConn this past weekend to play basketball elsewhere.
Philadelphia wraps up series is six games
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — the first five games. He settled Claude Giroux had his coach call down in Game 6 and gave up him the best player in the world. only Evgeni Malkin’s goal in the Giroux needed one shift to second period. prove that claim is more than The Flyers had stormed out to hometown hype. a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven He flattened Sidney Crosby series before Pittsburgh won two only 5 seconds into the game, bur- straight. A day before Game 6, ied his sixth goal of the series past Flyers forward Scott Hartnell Marc-Andre Fleury 27 seconds called out his defense and later, and led a Philadelphia Flyers Bryzgalov and said it was their charge into the second round. turn to win a game. Giroux wrapped up a domiThe Flyers delivered with 40 nant series with a blocked shots. goal and two assists, “Guys were sacIlya Bryzgalov had rificing their bodies his first outstandblock shots and 5 to ing effort in net and Philadelphia were paying the price the Flyers beat the Pittsburgh 1 taking hits to make 108-point Pittsburgh plays,” Hartnell said. Penguins 5-1 on “It was awesome to Sunday to win their Eastern see.” Conference opening-round series Bryzgalov was at last the shutin six games. down goalie the Flyers expected “G is a very special player,” when they gave him $51 million Bryzgalov said. “There’s not to steady one of Philadelphia’s very many players like that in the weak links. He outplayed Fleury world.” and helped the Flyers advance to Giroux strapped the Flyers to the conference semifinals for the his 24-year-old back and gave the third straight season. Flyers an opening shift to rememFleury had seemingly pulled it ber. In a series where no lead was together after some awful efforts safe, the Flyers scored the first in Games 2 and 3. He steadied the three goals and made it stand Penguins in a Game 5 victory and behind stout defense and stellar had the Penguins feeling confiplay out of Bryzgalov. dent about sending the series back Bryzgalov allowed 20 goals in to Pittsburgh for Game 7.
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The Daily Roundup
“For 25 years we haven’t had a losing season and we’re not going to start now.”
Softball (21-20, 9-8) April 25 St. John’s 1 p.m.
Next Paper’s Question:
–Ryan Tolmich, 4th-semester pre-journalism and psychology major
Baseball (23-17, 11-4) Tomorrow Bryant 3 p.m.
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MONACO (AP) — Rafael Nadal finally managed to beat Novak Djokovic in a final, thrashing the top-ranked Serb 6-3, 6-1 on Sunday to win the Monte Carlo Masters for the eighth consecutive year and end a run of seven straight defeats to his rival in title matches. Nadal was hardly troubled by Djokovic in this one and broke the Serb’s serve five times in a one-sided affair on clay to win his 42nd straight match at Monte Carlo. It was his first title since last year’s French Open and the 47th of his career. “I always loved this tournament since I was a kid. One of my dreams was play here,” Nadal said. “It’s a historic tournament (where) you see all your idols when you are a kid playing here.” The 25-year-old Nadal thrust his hands in the air after clinching victory in style with an ace that flew past the beleaguered Djokovic, who beat Nadal in an epic Australian Open final this year. “If you see the finals I win here, all the finals are against probably top-six players,” Nadal said. “That’s something that makes the victories even more difficult.” Nadal now leads their head-to-head series 17-14, but it was his first win against Djokovic since an early match at the 2010 ATP Finals in London. The Serb had beaten Nadal in three consecutive Grand Slam finals and handed him his only defeats on clay last year. “Winning against Novak in (the) final after losing a few ones is important for me,” Nadal said. “My level of tennis was high during the last four matches.” Nadal was also relieved to come through the tournament without further aggravating his troublesome left knee, having rested it and had treatment for three weeks before coming to Monte Carlo. “I am very happy because my knee is not limiting (my) movement. I can run 100 percent,” Nadal said. “You have pain, but (if) you feel you can run to every ball, (then) the pain never is a problem.” Nadal has won a record 20 Masters titles, putting him one ahead of 16-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer. Djokovic, who has been playing through grief since the death of his grandfather Thursday, said he felt emotionally drained and was unable to summon the mental strength he needed to dig deep against Nadal. “I definitely don’t want to take away anything from Rafa’s win. He was a better player,” Djokovic said. “But it’s a fact that I just didn’t have any emotional energy left in me.” Djokovic’s grandfather was buried back home in Serbia on Saturday.
THE Pro Side Phil Humber pitches a perfect game for the White Sox By Darryl Blain Staff Writer Game of the week: Phil Humber earns his place in baseball history After what had been a disappointing career for a former top prospect, Chicago White Sox pitcher Phil Humber finally inserted his name forever in the history books of baseball by throwing the twenty-first perfect game in the history of the sport. The unforgettable outing came on Saturday at Safeco Field where the White Sox topped the Mariners 4-0. Most fans previously remembered the 29-yearold pitcher for his involvement in the Johan Santana trade that saw him being shipped from the Mets to the Twins. Humber’s career record before Saturday was 11-10. Big Letdown: Red Sox blow 9-0 lead the day after Fenway’s 100th Not only did the Red Sox allow their arch rivals to spoil the centennial celebrations of the famed Fenway Park. They topped the disappointment off by blowing a 9-0 lead by surrendering two
consecutive 7-run innings in the eighth and ninth Saturday and ended up losing 15-9. The comeback tied the franchise record for the Yanks, thanks mostly to two Mark Teixeria home runs and a Nick Swisher grand slam. The loss brings the Red Sox record to 4-10 on the season, and a mere 11 for their last 41 games, dating back to the beginning of their collapse last year. Wish we were there: Bruins force Game 7 in OT As the defending champs were on the brink of elimination in Washington yesterday in suddendeath overtime, a hero in the form of Boston’s Tyler Seguin received a pass from Milan Lucic and put the puck through the net to give himself his first point of the series and give his team a fighting chance at moving on. The Bruins never trailed throughout the entire game, but it took them 3:17 into the extra time to put in the winner. Game 7 will be played in Boston on Wednesday, and it should be a good one, as all six previous games have been decided by one goal.
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Monday, April 23, 2012
Changing of the ledge
HUSKIES SPRING INTO ACTION Chandler Whitmer tosses two TD passes in Blue-White game By Greg Keiser Staff Writer
Dan Agabiti Two years ago, almost to the day, I decided to go to our Daily Campus banquet as a freshman. It was pretty intimidating, to be honest. The only people I really knew were from the sports department, so I just kind of stayed in that small social circle. I had some neat conversations with the other guys in the department, but now what I remember most was a picture that was taken. From left to right in that photo were Matt McDonough, Mac Cerullo, myself and Colin McDonough. That group was set to be the future of the sports department for the next three years. Mac and Matt were Sports Editor and Associate Sports Editor the next year, the following year—this year,—the department was headed up by Matt and Colin and next year, I will be editor with Tyler Morrissey as the associate. The more I think about that picture, the less it becomes a foreshadowing photo and the more it becomes a memorial shot with three of the guys to whom I owe a lot. Those three are the reason that I’m able to take up the department next year. It was under Mac that I first learned how to design the pages of the sports department during my sophomore year. When I say that was rough, I mean that was rough. I would get in at 6 p.m. and I wouldn’t finish until around 2 a.m. every time. Not only that, but the work I was doing was horrid. In a span of three weeks, I miswrote a football score as 5-4, forgot to change a photo caption—so the caption for a men’s soccer player appeared as though he were a woman—and then I wrote Mac’s byline as “Sports Writer,” a combination of Staff Writer and Sports Editor. To my defense, the last one was not entirely a false title. During almost every Monday night department meeting when he saw what I inadvertently screwed up the previous night, Mac would face-palm and chuckle, saying “Damnit, Dan!” But, what I did get right was beyond simple from a design standpoint. My pages had almost no variety to them and almost every Sunday night’s sports section looked the same. It was just plain bad. Despite screw up after screw up, Mac helped me out when I needed it and instead of always harping on what I messed up— which was a lot—he showed me what I was doing right, which made a ton of difference. Matt and Colin are two writers who really do not give themselves enough credit regarding the quality of work they do. I always used to read their game stories and features to see how it’s done and even this year, I still did. Matt’s story that he wrote last year on Tim Brown’s recollections of growing up with Jasper Howard brought me to tears in Whitney Dining Hall. The story was sports journalism at its finest. If you ask me, those two are so good at writing because over their entire DC career, Matt and Colin McDonough have been a boss at talking to athletes for articles and building connections with the players. It’s amazing how well they’ve been able to get inside stories and interviews for their pieces. I literally have no idea how they do it and it’s something that I’ve always really respected about them.
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UConn football returned to the gridiron this past weekend for it’s annual Blue and White game. UConn’s blue team was defeated 14-5 in the contest by the UConn white team.
UConn’s white team defeated UConn’s blue team, 14-5, Saturday afternoon at Rentschler Field in front of an estimated 5,500 people, concluding this spring football season. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Chandler Whitmore threw a pair of touchdown passes to redshirt senior tight-end John Delmonte and redshirt freshman tight-end Sean McQuillan in the second and fourth quarters, respectively. Whitmore finished 18 for 27 with 187 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, proving to have the best day of the many quarterbacks involved in the fall’s expected competition. White’s sophomore Michael Nebrich and blue’s redshirt senior Johnny McEntee and freshman Casey Cochran are also competing. “Chandler did well, made a lot of plays and they got the W,” said redshirt freshman running back Max DeLorenzo. “He definitely proved himself today.” In the first quarter, redshirt junior kicker Chad Christen put the blue team out in front with a 36–yard field goal. In the next possession, on a 3rd and 32 on blue’s seven yard line, redshirt senior defensive tackle Ryan Wirth sacked Nebrich for a safety to make the score 5-0. Wirth finished with 4.5 sacks and seven total tackles. In the second quarter, the white team drove 52 yards for a touchdown as time expired in the second quarter. Whitmore connected with Delmonte in the end zone to put white up 7-5 after the extra point. Whitmore tossed McQuillan a touchdown pass in the back right of the end zone and a good extra point in the fourth quarter to make the final score 14-5.
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Blue-White game shows promise “I just wanted to go out there and have fun with the guys,” said quarterback Michael Nebrich. “I think I did that so I had a great On Saturday the UConn football time with it.” Nebrich, who split team held its annual Blue vs. White time with Chandler Whitmer on spring football game at Rentschler the White team, completed 5 of 9 field, giving the public their first passes for 48 yards. When asked look at the Huskies before they start about the mood of the game, he the 2012 season in the fall. said it was a combination of fun As 5,500 of the and hard work. “You UConn faithful have to have your time lined the lower secwhen you’re serious and tions at Rentschler you have to have your set field, the atmosphere time when you can have was uplifting. The your fun, but I think it’s wonderful smell of a combination of both.” grilled food filled the Although the general Notebook parking lot from the consensus amongst the tailgaters and Husky players and fans was that fans of all ages that got to cheer the spring game was a fun time, on their favorite players. The for one player, the sentiment was mood was the right combination more complicated. of competition and fun. “It’s always going to be hard “I had some jitters early, but watching your boys go out there once you get out there and hit they and play the game that you love,” all go away and you are playing said running back DJ Shoemate, football,” said running back Max who’s football playing career DeLorenzo, who played in his first unfortunately ended this year due spring game ever this year as a to nagging shoulder injuries. “Of red shirt freshman. “It was great.” course I want to go out there and DeLorenzo finished the game with contribute physically, but it’s good six rushing yards and nine receiv- to be a part of it and to be able ing yards for the Blue team, which to end this experience here in the lost 14-5 to the White team. Rent,” said Shoemate.
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Shoemate, who was a transfer from USC in 2010, originally hurt his shoulder on Sept. 16 in the 24-20 loss against Iowa State last year. In an interview with Desmond Conner of the Hartford Courant, Shoemate explained how he both dislocated and separated his shoulder against the Cyclones, which ended his 2011 season. Shoemate reinjured his shoulder and had arthroscopic surgery a few weeks ago. Although he could not play in the spring game, he still wore his jersey on the sidelines and cheered his teammates on. Before the game, Shoemate had some words of wisdom to share with Huskies young running back unit. “I told them I appreciate all the memories. I really appreciate what you guys have done for me in helping me grow as a person. With that being said go out there and kick the defenses butt, whether you’re on Blue or White. Go out there have fun together and cherish this moment… I just tried to tell them to cherish this game,” said Shoemate. In last year’s spring game Shoemate impressed Husky fans with 110 rushing yards on 19 carries and a touchdown.
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UConn redshirt senior quarterback Johnny McEntee runs the ball in this past weekend’s Blue and White game.
Huskies take series from Scarlet Knights By Matt Stypulkoski Staff Writer
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UConn’s Ryan Fuller watches his hit in the outfield on the April 1 game against Seton Hall.
The UConn baseball team took two out of three from Rutgers at home this weekend, but not without plenty of drama during the series. In the first game, the Huskies jumped out to a 7-1 lead on the Scarlet Knights in large part due to a 2-run homer by first baseman Ryan Fuller in the first inning and a 3 for 3 start to the day by left fielder Tim Martin. But Rutgers began to creep back into the game in their half of the sixth, when Huskies’ starter David Fischer lost con-
trol of his pitches and hit two batters, walked two – including one with the bases loaded – and also recorded a wild pitch in the inning and the Scarlet Knights closed the gap to 7-4. Rutgers eventually wrestled control of the game with an 8-7 lead. In the bottom of the eighth inning, Martin lead off with a walk, and second baseman LJ Mazzilli advanced him to second on a ground out to third base. With the tying run on second, Fuller came to the plate and sent a pitch from Rutgers’ Charlie Law deep to left field and over the fence to reclaim the lead for the Huskies. Reliever Scott Oberg sent the Scarlet Knights down in order
in the ninth to preserve the victory and improved to 4-0 on the season with the win. “One of his biggest games,” Coach Jim Penders said of Fuller after the game. “I mean next to the Clemson game last year where he got some huge knocks of us down there to win us a championship – I thought [this afternoon] was probably his second best game as a Husky.” The second half of the doubleheader was no less chaotic, as Rutgers jumped all over emergency starter Brian Ward and quickly jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the first three innings.
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