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UConn Huskies thwart the U.S. Minutemen
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Ukraine orders new military operation in the east
Supreme court upholds Michigan affirmative ban Volume CXX No. 111
SCOTUS rules 6-2 the state’s ban on race-based admissions is constitutional AP — A state’s voters are free to outlaw the use of race as a factor in college admissions, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a blow to affirmative action that also laid bare tensions among the justices about a continuing need for programs that address racial inequality in America. The 6-2 decision upheld a voter-approved change to the Michigan Constitution that forbids the state’s public colleges to take race into account. That change was indeed up to the voters, the ruling said, over one justice’s impassioned dissent that accused the court of simply wanting to wish away inequality. The ruling bolsters similar voter-approved initiatives banning affirmative action in education in California and Washington state. A few other states have adopted laws or
issued executive orders to bar race-conscious admissions policies. Justice Anthony Kennedy said voters in Michigan chose to eliminate racial preferences, presumably because such a system could give rise to race-based resentment. Kennedy said nothing in the Constitution or the court’s prior cases gives judges the authority to undermine the election results. “This case is not about how the debate about racial preferences should be resolved. It is about who may resolve it,” Kennedy said. He stressed that the court was not disturbing the holding of a 2003 case from Michigan —which gave rise to the 2006 Constitution change — permitting the consideration of race in admissions. A Texas affirmative action case decided in June also did nothing
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Jose Alvarenga, center, BAMN (By Any Means Necessary) national organizer, and joined others reads a statement from the organization on the campus of the University of Michigan regarding the Supreme Court’s ruling Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Ann Arbor, Mich. The justices ruled 6-2 that Michigan voters had the right to change their state constitution in 2006 to prohibit public colleges and universities from taking account of race in admissions decisions.
Three more charged in $80M Conn. drug heist
Nathan Hale BEHIND THE NAME
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The Nathan Hale Inn, shown above in this 2013 file photo, bears the name of a Connecticut native who was named the state hero and became an American Revolution hero, speaking the famous phrase: “I only regret I have but one life to give for my country.”
By Sten Spinella Staff Writer There are two buildings on the Storrs campus that the University of Connecticut has named after Connecticut native and American hero, Nathan Hale. Hale was a Connecticut man through and through, born close to the Storrs campus in Coventry in 1755. He attended Yale University and after graduating was a schoolteacher in East Haddam. In East Haddam, the middle school and high school are named after Hale, and the schoolhouse he once taught in is a tourist attraction. But what makes Hale so noteworthy?
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Although he was named the state hero of Connecticut in 1985, it was a grave error that secured his spot in American military history. The date was Sept. 10, 1776. General George Washington was in need of a volunteer spy who could acquire information leading up to the prospective Battle of Harlem Heights. Captain Nathan Hale offered his services. Reportedly, Hale was willing to become a spy because of his feeling of futility, borne out of a lack of action during his time as captain. Although spying was viewed as work to be done by subordinates, and Hale’s friends advised against it, Hale took the job because he felt a duty to do so.
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Three Florida men who federal authorities say stole about $80 million in prescription drugs from an Eli Lilly warehouse in Connecticut have been charged with conspiracy and theft, the U.S. attorney’s office announced Tuesday. The 2010 theft from the warehouse in Enfield — believed to be the largest theft in the state’s history — included thousands of boxes of Zyprexa, Cymbalta, Prozac, Gemzar and other drugs, authorities say. Two other men previously were charged in the case. The U.S. attorney’s office Tuesday identified the three new defendants as Yosmany Nunez, 41, also known as “El Gato,” of Southwest Ranches; Alexander Marquez, 40, of Hialeah; and Rafael Lopez, 49, of Miami. Nunez’s attorney declined comment; an attorney for Marquez did not immediately return a message left for comment. Yoel Molina, an attorney who represented Lopez in Florida said, “The evidence will support our position he’s an innocent man.” Nunez, Marquez and Lopez, all three Cuban citizens, were arrested last week in Florida. Amed Villa of Miami pleaded guilty last year to theft and conspiracy charges in the case. He is awaiting sentencing. His 39-year-old brother, Amaury Villa, pleaded not guilty in Connecticut and is awaiting trial. The new indictment alleges that between January and March of 2010, Amaury Villa, Nunez, Marquez and Lopez and one other person conspired to steal pharmaceuticals
from the Eli Lilly warehouse. Authorities say Villa, Nunez and others traveled from the Miami area to Connecticut to gather information for the heist. They allege that Lopez and another person traveled to Flushing, N.Y., and purchased tools to break into the warehouse then went to Connecticut. On March 13, 2010, Marquez drove a tractor-trailer to the warehouse parking lot, authorities say. Later that evening, Villa and a co-conspirator used a ladder to climb onto the roof of the warehouse then cut a hole in the roof and dropped down into the building and disabled the alarm, prosecutors say. With the truck backed up to the loading dock, Villa and others loaded up about 49 pallets of pharmaceuticals, the indictment says. Lopez allegedly was nearby and talking by cellphone with a co-conspirator who was inside the warehouse, the indictment says. Authorities allege Marquez then drove the truck to Florida, where he met up with Villa, Nunez, Marquez and a co-conspirator, and they unloaded the drugs and put them in a storage building in the Miami area. Authorities say some of the stolen drugs were recovered Oct. 14, 2011, in a search of a storage facility. The three men are charged with one count of conspiracy, which carries up to five years in prison; four counts of theft from an interstate shipment, each of which carries up to 10 years; and one count of interstate transportation of stolen property, which also carries up to 10 years.
Ring prices make tradition a trade-off
By Sten Spinella Staff Writer
With the end of school approaching, another senior class will be graduating, and, ostensibly, buying their class rings. Senior class rings at the University of Connecticut are sold by and bought from Jostens, a powerful ring and graduation apparel dealership based in Bloomington, Minn. The company is so powerful, in fact, that only three days ago, the Federal Trade Commission rejected their $486 million buyout of American Achievement Group Holding Corp, a competitor in their field. “A combination of two of the three leading manufacturers would have led to higher prices and lower quality for the students and their parents who purchase these rings,” read a press release by the FTC. With that said, UConn students can buy rings with prices ranging from $239 to $1,000. The least expensive is alloy, which is a combination of nickel and chromium. A touch more expensive is sterling silver. A level up from that is a material made of a combination of copper, gold and silver. The most expensive rings are gold, which consist of 10, 14, or 18 karats. With an increase in karats comes an increase in the purity of gold, and an increase in price. Students can purchase rings at graduation fairs, at booths set up in places like the school bookstore or can order them online. While class rings are oftentimes purchased via the online option, Jostens representative Janine Malicki thinks this foolhardy.
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SCOTS rules 6-2 to uphold admissions law
Students walk through the Ann Arbor campus of the University of Michigan on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Ann Arbor, Mich.
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to undermine that principle, Kennedy said. In a separate opinion siding with Kennedy, Justice Antonin Scalia said Michigan residents favored a colorblind constitution and “it would be shameful for us to stand in their way.” Strongly dissenting from the majority, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said the decision trampled on the rights of minorities, even though the Michigan amendment was adopted democratically. “But without checks, democratically approved legislation can oppress minority groups,” said Sotomayor, who read her dissent aloud in the courtroom Tuesday. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sided with Sotomayor. Michigan voters “changed the basic rules of the political process in that state in a manner that uniquely disadvantaged racial minorities,” Sotomayor said. Judges “ought not sit back and wish away, rather than confront, the racial inequality that exists in our society,” she said. She is one of two justices, along with Clarence Thomas, who have acknowledged that affirmative action was a factor in their college and law school admissions. Sotomayor attended Princeton University and Thomas is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross. They both attended law school at Yale University. Thomas is a staunch opponent of racial preferences. At 58 pages, Sotomayor’s dissent was longer than the combined length of the four opinions in support of the outcome. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Stephen Breyer, Samuel Alito, Scalia and Thomas agreed with Kennedy. Responding to Sotomayor, Roberts said it “does more harm than good to question the openness and candor of those on either side of the debate.” Justice Elena Kagan did not take part in the case, presumably because she worked on it at an earlier stage while serving in the Justice Department. University of Notre Dame law professor Jennifer Mason McAward said the opinions by five justices point “to a much more nuanced and heated debate among the justices regarding the permissibility and wisdom of racial preferences in general.”
In 2003, the Supreme Court upheld the consideration of race among many factors in college admissions in a case from Michigan. Three years later, affirmative action opponents persuaded Michigan voters to change the state constitution to outlaw any consideration of race. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the issue was not affirmative action, but the way in which its opponents went about trying to bar it. In its 8-7 decision, the appeals court said the provision ran afoul of the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment because it presented an extraordinary burden to affirmative action supporters who would have to mount their own campaign to repeal the constitutional provision. The Supreme Court said the appeals court judges were wrong to set aside the change as discriminatory. But Sotomayor took up their line of reasoning in her dissent. She said University of Michigan alumni are free to lobby the state Board of Regents to admit more alumni children, but that the regents now are powerless to do anything about racesensitive admissions. Breyer parted company with other liberal justices Sotomayor and Ginsburg, voting to uphold the Michigan ban because it effectively took power from faculty members at the state colleges and gave it to the voters, “from an unelected administrative body to a politically responsive one.” Unlike the conservative justices whom he joined Tuesday, Breyer said he continues to favor “race-conscious programs” in education. Black and Latino enrollment at the University of Michigan has dropped since the ban took effect. At California’s top public universities, African-Americans are a smaller share of incoming freshmen, while Latino enrollment is up slightly, but far below the state’s growth in the percentage of Latino high school graduates. The case was the court’s second involving affirmative action in as many years. Last June, the justices ordered lower courts to take another look at the University of Texas admissions plan in a ruling that could make it harder for public colleges to
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
ECSU Prof. apologizes for remarks HARTFORD (AP) — An adjunct English professor at Eastern Connecticut State University apologized Tuesday for comments he made about congressional Republicans that drew the ire of the state GOP’s chairman and led the House minority leader to demand an apology from the floor of the House of Representatives. In a written statement, Brent Terry said he “allowed my own political opinions to color the discussion” during a creative writing class on Monday. “I regret the language I used and I apologize to any students in the room who were offended,” he said. “As a liberal arts university, Eastern is known for encouraging debate and discussion about a host of social and political issues. My role in my own classroom is to keep the debate lively yet respectful. I did not meet that standard yesterday, and for that I am truly sorry.” In an audio tape of his remarks posted online, Terry said if Republicans take control of Congress, “colleges will start closing” because “they don’t think money should go to giving you people dangerous ideas about how the world should be run.” Terry also spoke about “racist, misogynist, money-grabbing people” who want things to “go back to — not to 1955, but to 1855” and don’t want blacks,
Brent Terry, an adjunct English professor at Eastern Connecticut State University, reads poems from his book to a students at the university in a video posted on YouTube. Terry apologized yesterday for remarks that offended Republican leaders in Connecticut.
Latinos, older people and young people to vote “because generally, people like you are liberal.” House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero Jr., R-Norwalk, took the unusual step of speaking out during Tuesday’s House
session about Terry’s comments. Cafero said lawmakers are allowed to make a “point of personal privilege” to defend themselves if they believe they’ve been attacked. Cafero said he is a firm believ-
er in academic freedom, but took offense “as a Republican, as a parent and frankly as a citizen of the state of Connecticut that we would have in our public universities a professor who would make such a comment.
owner named Consider Tiffany, who was alive during the revolution. His account of the war effort was recently found and examined by historians. Many of his claims have been substantiated. Essentially, Hale admitted he was an American spy to Rogers when Rogers approached Hale in his home and toasted to American independence, and the American congress as well. Hale soon opened up to Rogers about his mission, thinking Rogers a comrade and fellow revolutionary. Now, the first rule of being a spy is to never admit you’re a spy, but Hale had had little to no training at all, and the concept of a spy was much less defined in the times of the revolution. Part of Tiffany’s account reads “[The British] detected several American officers, that
were sent to Long Island as spies, especially Captain Hale, who was improved in disguise, to find whether the Long Island inhabitants were friends to America or not. Colonel Rogers having for some days, observed Captain Hale, and suspected that he was an enemy in disguise; and to convince himself, Rogers thought of trying the same method, he quickly altered his own habit, with which he Made Capt. Hale a visit at his quarters, where the Colonel fell into some discourse concerning the war, intimating the trouble of his mind, in his being detained on an island, where the inhabitants sided with the Britains against the American Colonies, intimating withal, that he himself was upon the business of spying out the inclination of the people and motion of the British
troops. This intrigue, not being suspected by the Capt., made him believe that he had found a good friend, and one that could be trusted with the secrecy of the business he was engaged in; and after the Colonel’s drinking a health to the Congress: informs Rogers of the business and intent.” Rogers then reported Hale, according to Tiffany, and he was promptly arrested. His last words were supposedly: “I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.” After his death, Hale he became a legendary figure in American folklore and one that is celebrated on UConn’s campus with the Nathan Hale Inn and at Hilltop dormitories at Nathan Hale Hall.
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Hale, whose espionage persona was “Dutch schoolmaster,” found initial success gathering information on British troop movements. After the attack on Manhattan Island, though, British troops were told to be cautious of spies like Hale and American sympathizers. As is the case with many of the facts of Hale’s narrative, there are differing accounts of his capture. One says it was William Howe, a British General, who, after questioning Hale, found documents on him that proved him to be on the American side. Another, more recent account says that Hale gave himself away to a British soldier posing as an American patriot, Robert Rogers. The story comes from a store-
Seniors divided on value of class ring
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She explained that when Jostens is set up on campus, “we give great deals and add packages that aren’t offered online.” But why, exactly, do students buy, or refrain from buying, senior class rings? Eighthsemester Natural Resources major Nico Garcia said that he originally was not going to buy a ring, but he quickly changed his mind upon UConn’s national championship triumphs. “I honestly think I’m going to get one just because it’s the same class as Shabazz,” Garcia said. Eighth-semester theater major Marisa Desa had a differing opinion. “I am not going to be getting a senior class ring, because I just really don’t like them,” Desa said. “I think they’re pretty ugly actually. Plus, they are so expensive!” Jostens representative Malicki proposed a contrary viewpoint. “I think a student would buy a class ring because they spent
four years at the college and they’d like to represent their hard work and their efforts,” Malicki said. “From my perspective, I don’t think students realize they can purchase a really nice ring for under $500.” Just before speaking with Malicki, a female student had a long interaction with the Jostens employee. She approached the table tentatively, admitting that she did not plan on buying a class ring. Once she started looking through the catalogue and examining the rings though, she found the exact design and price that she wanted. She thanked Malicki profusely for her help after making the purchase. That is when Malicki said that she believed students usually do want to buy class rings, but the toughest part is making that first step towards the booth. The “Spring Ring Event” continues today, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the UConn Co-op.
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This UConn class ring manufactured by Josten, on sale by Ebay user Fast Cash Money Man for $1,299, is made of 10 karat gold. While many students see the value of the ring tradition, others question whether its heafty price tag is worth it.
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Ukraine orders new military operation in the east
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, left, shakes hands with acting Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, April. 22, 2014. Vice President Joe Biden told Ukrainian political leaders Tuesday that the United States stands with them against “humiliating threats” and encouraged them to root out corruption as they rebuild their government.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s acting president ordered security forces to resume operations in the country’s east on Tuesday after the bodies of two people allegedly abducted by pro-Russia insurgents were found and a military aircraft was reportedly hit by gunfire. The developments — just hours after U.S. Vice President Joe Biden left the Ukrainian capital — raised fears that last week’s international agreement on easing Ukraine’s crisis was unraveling. The accord calls for all sides to refrain from violence and for demonstrators to vacate public buildings. It does not specifically prohibit security operations, but Ukraine suspended its so-called “anti-terrorist operation” after it was reached. Pro-Russia insurgents who have seized police stations and
other public buildings in eastern Ukraine are defying the call to vacate, saying they were not party to the agreement by Ukraine, Russia, the United States and the European Union. In a statement, acting President Oleksandr Turchynov said the two bodies found Tuesday in Slovyansk bore signs of torture. One of the victims was a member of the city council and a member of Turchynov’s party, he said. Terrorists “are beginning to torture and kill Ukrainian patriots. They are impudently rejecting the calls of not only our country but of all the world’s society when they demonstratively mock the decisions taken in Geneva,” he said. “These crimes are being done with the full support and connivance of Russia,” Turchynov added.
The acting government, which took over after President Viktor Yanukovych fled to Russia in February, says Russia is behind the unrest in eastern Ukraine which it fears Moscow could use as a pretext for an invasion. Last month, Russia annexed Crimea weeks after seizing control of the peninsula. The Defense Ministry said gunfire hit an observation plane over Slovyansk but the aircraft landed safely without injuries. Standing alongside Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Biden called on Moscow to encourage pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine to vacate government buildings and checkpoints, accept amnesty and “address their grievances politically.” Biden said Russia needs to act “without delay,” adding, “We will not allow this to become an
open-ended process.” Yatsenyuk was harsher in his characterization of Russia. “No country should be able to behave like an armed bandit,” he said. “Russia should stick to its international commitments and obligations. They should not behave as gangsters in the modern century.” Also on Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in a phone call with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov also cited mounting evidence that separatists are continuing to increase the number of buildings under occupation and take captive journalists and other civilians. The State Department said Kerry urged Russia to tone down its rhetoric and engage diplomatically in the east with the Ukrainian government and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
Backers, opponents of Michigan ban react to ruling
DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court decision Tuesday upholding the state’s ban on using race as a factor in college admissions comes as the University of Michigan has been taking steps to reach out to minorities and make them feel welcome on campus. Blacks made up just 4.6 percent of undergraduate students last fall, a figure that has dropped since voters in 2006 said race couldn’t be used as a factor in the selection process. Nearly eight years later, the Supreme Court said the Michigan constitutional amendment will stand. “To take away the rights of minorities is a shocking decision,” said George Washington, a Detroit lawyer who challenged the law. “With this, and the voting rights decision last year, it’s clear the Supreme Court is undoing the rights gained by blacks and Latino people in the 1960s and 1970s.” The university declined to make officials available for an interview. It released a statement from President Mary Sue Coleman, who said the school would use “every legal tool at our disposal to bring together a diverse student body.” Asians make up 13 percent
of undergraduates, well above rounding communities when buses the state’s Asian population, and aren’t available. Hispanics represent 4.4 percent. Jennifer Gratz of Fort Myers, Leaders of the Black Student Fla., was involved in the camUnion have proposed ways to paign for the constitutional amendincrease black enrollment and ment and said the Supreme Court enhance the campus for minori- decision is a “great victory” for ties. They include lower housing Michigan voters. She sued over costs for low-income students, bet- the university’s racial preferencter promotion es in 1997 after of emergency being rejected for financial assisadmission. tance and Gratz, who is improvements white, recently at a multiculchallenged a tural center. black Detroit high The group school senior to wants black a debate about enrollment affirmative action to be 10 perafter Brooke cent, which Kimbrough is closer to appeared at a George Washington rally to complain the state’s 14 percent black not getDetroit Lawyer about population. ting accepted to The university the University of last week said Michigan with a it’s had good conversations with 3.6 grade-point average and a 23 the group and is upgrading the on the ACT. multicultural center while a site Attorney General Bill Schuette, for an additional center is being who defended the amendment at explored. the nation’s top court, praised the The university also is making 6-2 decision. money available for transporta“We need to have diversity in tion between the campus and sur- our campuses ... across the state
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Bill to prevent Conn. from taking fracking waste should be passed
his month, the Connecticut legislature judiciary committee approved a bill that would prevent waste from hydraulic fracturing– commonly known as “fracking”–from entering Connecticut. The waste from fracking consists of thousands of gallons of water pumped through shale deposits underground in order to push oil and natural gas to the surface to be mined. The wastewater is highly toxic, containing heavy metals and other dangerous chemicals and is possibly radioactive, according to one state senator. Fracking waste is currently unregulated by the federal government. While Connecticut doesn’t have any shale deposits suitable for natural gas drilling, there is a possibility that the state could house the waste from fracking. We have three companies with plants capable of processing fracking waste in Connecticut. Hopefully, the legislature will pass the bill and prevent fracking waste from becoming an issue in our state. The bill still has a ways to go before it’s passed–it has to make it through the state senate and house and be signed by Gov. Malloy before it becomes law–but it deserves to be passed. Fracking is incredibly detrimental to the environment, dangerous to humans and its waste could be a huge issue in the event of a spill. Lawsuits over environmental damage–particularly contamination of drinking water–have been filed against drilling companies in New York and Pennsylvania, the two states closest to Connecticut with large shale deposits. One of the issues with this ban is Gov. Malloy’s clean energy initiative. Some say a ban on fracking waste in Connecticut would be hypocritical because we’ve been promoting the use of natural gas as a cleaner, more efficient alternative to oil. Despite our “clean energy” push and Malloy’s agenda, it’s important that Connecticut sends the message that it takes the environmental consequences of fracking seriously. The waste is still unregulated and under-researched, so the state should proceed with the utmost caution. We can also help set a precedent around the country of addressing fracking waste seriously. The state has a duty to protect both the environment and the health of its residents. Connecticut should prevent the environmental damage that fracking has already caused other states while we have the chance.
A $60,000 ‘education’ for criminals
ast month, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York announced a groundbreaking plan to offer college courses to prison inmates in the state. There was immediate uproar from both sides of the aisle and in a rare move, Cuomo retreated and announced he would not proceed with the bold new program. Except it wasn’t a new plan at all – up until 20 years ago, the U.S. had a robust system of college and vocational courses available to prisoners. The system helped inmates get back on their feet after they were released and reduced recidivism. There’s no good reason the By Kristi Allen programs were Associate Commentary Editor removed and they should be reinstated for both ethical and practical reasons. As a “correctional” program, our prison system is literally failing – two thirds of all inmates return to prison after they’re released. The ‘tough on crime’ policies that were popular in recent decades have largely proved to be failures, counterintuitively encouraging more crime and recidivism. The removal of college courses from prisons was one of these “tough on crime” policies. In 1994, congress passed and President Bill Clinton signed the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act. One of its provisions prevented prisoners from taking advantage of Pell Grants to take college courses. At that time, there were 350 college degree programs for inmates in the U.S. By 2005, that number had fallen to 12. New York State even
passed a law explicitly prohibiting prisoners from receiving state tuition aid. Now, Governor Cuomo wants to spend an extra $5,000 per inmate per year to provide college programs. Programs like these have been very successful at reducing recidivism. The average cost to incarcerate someone for a year in New York state is about $60,000 (just about the cost of one year at NYU), so return on this investment would be very quick. But that’s not the way we think about crime and justice in the U.S. Our attitude towards criminals has given us plenty of crime to get tough on. According to The Sentencing Project, the U.S. prison population has increased 500 percent over the past thirty years. Crime rates have been falling for the past two decades, but needlessly harsh policies such as mandatory minimum sentencing for minor drug offences have created a boom in prison population. Bill Keller, in his column for the New York Times, voiced an important aspect of the issue- the conflict between punishment, rehabilitation and public safety. We lock up criminals to keep them off the streets, but 95 percent of them will eventually be released and the majority of those will commit a crime again. Many politicians oppose rehabilitation programs because they don’t like the idea of “Club Med for inmates”, as one New York lawmaker put it, but rehabilitation directly correlates with public safety. It is not only safer for the public, but far cheaper to rehabilitate prisoners instead of creating career criminals. As for punishment, prison is harsh enough already. If you go to jail, it’s more likely than not that your life will be ruined. Upon being released from prison, you’ve wasted time and gained no experience or education. Your job prospects are poor. You’re ostracized from society and often financially insolvent. This is all
after you’ve supposedly “paid your debt to society.” Harsh sentencing designed to act as a deterrent also ignores socioeconomic motivations for crime. I always found it ironic that it was the conservative movement that got behind these ‘tough on crime’ policies. People languish in jail for years, completely at the expense of taxpayers. They’re denied the opportunity to contribute to the economy. For every year that a prisoner is kept in jail, it becomes less likely that they’ll become a productive member of society on release. Those pushing for harsher sentencing seem to forget that if you want to punish someone with the justice system, it’s going to cost law-abiding citizens money. This plan is not a $60,000 education. It’s a $5,000 expense designed to stave off a much larger financial and social cost down the road. Of course, there were many people who disagreed that this program was a justified expense, mostly on the grounds that it wasn’t fair for law-abiding citizens who worked hard to attend college to subsidize criminals’ education. Sure, it’s not fair. But it’s cheaper than paying for a lifetime in the corrections system, and it’s your money. A RAND Corp. analysis showed that prisoners who participated in these programs were 43 percent less likely to return to jail. So, for $65,000 instead of $60,000, rehabilitation was nearly twice as successful. This program should have broad bipartisan support, because it’s simply the cheapest, smartest and most socially effective option.
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Should Japan amend Article 9 of its constitution?
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n the aftermath of the World War II, the Allied authorities and Japanese legislators created a new constitution for a post-war Japan. Part of the Constitution was Article 9, a section renouncing Japan’s right to wage war and barring Japan from maintaining a military. Regardless, Japan still maintained selfBy Theodore Terpstra a defense Staff Columnist force postWWII that was, for legal reasons, technically part of the national police. This force was equipped with tanks and warplanes like in any nation’s military. Today the Japanese Self Defense Force is trying to modernize in order to face potential threats from nations such as North Korea and China, but Article 9 makes it difficult for the JSDF to create a formidable force. Some Japanese are more receptive to the idea of amending or abolishing Article 9 today than they were in the past. The United States also is more receptive to a change of Article 9, especially as China starts to spend more money on defense than in
previous years. The best way to guarantee Japanese national security for the future is to amend Article 9 and allow Japan to expand Self Defense Force’s military capabilities. Yonaguni Island, located near Taiwan, is home to 1,500 Japanese. As of earlier this month, the island is also home to one Japanese radar station, part of a new Japanese defense initiative emphasizing a response to China’s military buildup. The purpose of the new radar station is to monitor Chinese ships and aircraft, as this island, like many islands Japan controls, is considered to be vulnerable to Chinese intrusion. Intrusions upon Japanese territory are somewhat frequent; in 2012 Japanese warplanes responded to incursions by Chinese warplanes a total of 415 times. Japanese waters are the hardest to secure. With 18,600 miles of coastline to protect, Japan has begun the process of expanding their navy, already the fourth largest in the world. Instead of aircraft carriers, the Japanese government is forced to commission smaller and less capable helicopter carriers, due to the restrictions of Article 9. Meanwhile China has an operational air-
craft carrier, the Liaoning, with additional aircraft carriers planned. While Japan’s helicopter carriers are modern and capable ships, they will be at a disadvantage if pitted against the new Chinese carriers. In order to defend the Japanese islands, Article 9 must be amended to allow for a stronger navy. The United States has long been an advocate of expanding Japanese military power. In the late 1980s to early 1990s the US encouraged Japan to expand their military force in order to help counter the Soviet Union. Now the US is encourage Japan to expand their military for another reason. While the United States has pledged to come to Japan’s aid if the nation is ever attacked, the US does not recognize some of the islands Japan claims as part of its territory. These disputed islands are likely to be flashpoints for any future conflict between Japan and its neighbors. There is a possibility that Japan could then get involved in a small scale conflict and the US would not be required, nor feel especially obligated to get involved. For this reason, Japan must act as if no security agreement exists
between the US and Japan. As the US draws down its military force at home and abroad, Japan has no choice but to take on a greater role in the region. This week President Obama will visit several Asian nations, among them Japan. One of the key issues President Obama and Prime Minister Abe of Japan will most likely talk about would be the issue of Japanese national security. The US has 50,000 troops in Japan and has recently announced plans to send to additional destroyers to assist in the protection of the Japanese mainland from ballistic missile threats. While cooperation between the two countries will always remain strong, there are not guarantees that more pressing issues, such as problems in Afghanistan or Ukraine will distract the US’s attention. It is best if Article 9 is repealed so that the Japanese can take on more responsibility for their defense.
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Photographer shares how conflict photography can be a tool for peace Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Stephen Dupont shares his war experiences in Afghnaistan
By Zarrin Ahmed Staff Writer Though Stephen Dupont has worked as a war photographer for many years, integrating himself into the lives of soldiers and of civilians, he considers himself an “anti-war photographer.” On Tuesday afternoon, Dupont presented his work to an audience in the Dodd Center as part of an event titled “Generation AK: The Afghanistan Wars, 1993-2012.” Dupont took the audience through many of his collections, projects and assignments. “As a photographer, the only way to get into the situation was to embed,” he said, showing pictures of those affected by war, including an American nurse holding an Afghani child, marines taking a smoke break and curious civilians surrounding a humvee. Dupont’s words were scarce sometimes, providing locations and descriptions but allowing the viewers the time to feel the effects of the pictures. When Dupont did speak about his own experiences and opinions, he spoke honestly. Displaying a picture of American troops evacuating wounded Afghanistan soldiers, he said he was surprised at how well Americans treated them. Another picture showed troops from the United States 173rd Airborne burning the bodies of two Taliban militants in 2005. This experience, what he saw, he described as a “terrible thing” and a “grave mistake.” Dupont said he knew that it was against Islam to burn Muslim bodies. He spoke about the anti-Islamic broadcast-
ings the troops sent out into the valley for all to hear. He knew it was an important incident, and the pictures went viral on the web and were published in magazines. As a result–what Dupont called the “positive spin off”–changes were made to United States foreign military policy. Cultural handbooks were made, talking about respect and sensitivities, and distributed to the troops. “I am constantly looking for ways to say no to war,” Dupont said. “It’s very much a message.” Dupont said he strives to take pictures that hold that message. But he also said that his photographs are not “about the war, it’s about the people.” Dupont said he finds power in simplicity; in just looking at someone; in creating testimonies to another’s thoughts and memories. These are reasons he said he loves portraiture. In 2009, he created “Why Am I a Marine?” Dupont called it an exercise that aimed to humanize the Marines, something he felt was necessary because it was a new approach to the war and it was dignifiable to the young men. He took a Polaroid camera, documented everyone in the platoon, and left his diary with the “boys” for a few days, with that one question posed to them. They each wrote an entry next to their pictures. Having spent weeks with heroin addicts and mentally insane people in Afghanistan, photographing the brothers Reza and Hussain for the collection titled “Stoned in Kabul” in 2007, Dupont took on another portraiture project. This time he shot
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Stephen Dupont spoke on Tuesday on his experiences photographing conflict how war photography can advocate for peace.
portraits of random people on the street for a collection titled “Axe Me Biggie!” “You cannot lose the war in the eyes of the people,” he said. In three hours, he took one hundred pictures of one hundred people, capturing pride and other human emotions. Dupont showed video footage and the pictures he took during a suicide bombing in 2008. As both a victim and an observer, he described the horror of the situation, but allowed the audience to see it for themselves in the pictures of dead bodies just moments after the explosion. In a question and answer ses-
sion that followed the presentation, Dupont spoke about the effect of war and admitted that he is always affected by it. One way that he said he is able to cope with the traumatic things that he’s seen is by realizing the truth of the situation and breaking it down. He said he starts with the civilians, and their reality. The civilians live in war and lose loved ones. Their suffering, Dupont said, is nothing comparable to his own. He knows that he willingly puts himself into war as an observer, and has the ability to take himself out. He spends time with his family and spends time surfing to help cope, but returns
to Afghanistan. “It was a country going through horrific and important events in their history,” Dupont said, “and I saw that, and I felt that.” Dupont’s presentation is part of a larger, week-long event hosted by The Human Rights Institute called “A Week in Humanities: War and Its Meaning.” On Thursday there will be events from 12:30 p.m. until 4 p.m., and on Friday there are events from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information the events are listed on the Humanities Institute page on the UConn website.
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Students celebrate Earth Day with educational tables on recycling, waste management and ecology. Students enjoyed Dairy Bar ice cream and a number of vendors to celebrate the environmentally conscious holiday.
Concert Band honors seniors in final performance
Friends and families supported the University of Connecticut Concert Band in Von der Mehden Recital Hall on Tuesday night, cheering for the seniors and one of the conductors during one of his last times leading the band. From the tuning of a single violin to the entire band, the sound of each instrument filled the auditorium. The band took up the entire stage, consisting of 73 members and 15 different instruments. Conductor Marvin McNeill gathered applause as he took center stage to begin the concert. Like something out of the Roaring 20s, “Beltway Jam” is a ‘50s tune that played off the idea of a traffic jam.
With multiple overlapping layers of sound, some not entirely in harmony, the band created a sense of chaos and business–something Jack Stamp, the composer, imitated a Washington D.C. traffic jam. The next number, lead by Andrew James, was titled “Caccia and Chorale.” It began with chimes that picked up the entire band drastically. Then, it dropped into a part floating from flute to clarinet, then out to the rest of the band in a slow build up to a full sound. The song ended on a gentle note. Before McNeill took the stage again, children hummed along to the tuning of the instruments in between each song. “Songs of Paradise” comprise of five hymns, the first of which is “Come, Saints.” With a slow start
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to part two, “Home of the Soul” followed a dream-like and soft tune. “Someone is Waiting For Me” held hints of early gospel music, with tones that were strong and faith filled. The fourth movement, “The Pilgrim’s Song” held early hints of gospel music, with sounds that were strong and faith filled. The fourth movement, “The Pilgrims Song,” rang messages of sorrow and discovery, giving way to the triumphant sounds of the last movement titled “I Have Found At Last.” Dr David Mills led the second part of the concert with “The Glory of the Yankee Navy.” After him, conductor Michael Black took the stage. “Amazing Grace,” written by John Newman, a slave ship captain who later turned to the
study of Christian theology, and into an abolitionist, filled the hall. McNeill finished the concert with the last two songs. Separated into four movements, the composition “Elements” began with “Air” and sounds that either floated and hovered, or picked up quickly and died down all over again, just like wind. Called a petite symphony, each movement only lasted a couple of minutes. “Water” flowed with majestic and serene sounds that rose like waves and were iconic of the grandeur of the element. With quick and quirky notes, “Earth” provided sounds of marching, or even skipping, along. Lastly, “Fire” began with a pop and rumbling, large and deep sounds showing the power of fire. Notes spread throughout the
band quickly, like a wildfire. Before the final song, McNeill thanked the crowd for coming out. He said the ensemble as “such a thrill to work with,” pointing out that many of the students aren’t music students, and many of them played throughout March Madness. He gave special mention to Black, who was conducting his last concert, and asked the graduating seniors of the group to bow. The concert finished off with a ‘60s tune called “Ride” by Samuel R. Hazo, in a tribute to the composer of the first piece of the night, “The Beltway Jam” by Stamp.
After what seems like a decade of winter, we appear to be moving straight into warm weather. I’m certainly happy about that, but what isn’t as welcoming is the old stream of anxieties that comes from emerging after a long winter. Both friends and family have complained about the winter weight-gain and how it has rendered their bodies useless for crop tops and cut-offs. There are constant murmurings of getting into X-Fit going running, as well as speed diets and enrollment in a Pilates class that will only end in tears and empty wallets. It’s a bit much just to be able to fit into a swimsuit for the beach. Of course, given our society’s preoccupation with thin bodies, it’s not really such a strange concept at all. I’ve witnessed all body types force themselves to prepare for the beach. It’s likely because swimsuit sizes aren’t really made for bodies that are on either side of the spectrum—in fact, they don’t seem to keep women’s bodies in mind at all. I’ve had very thin friends despair over bikini bottoms that dig into their hips, and curvier friends grumble over the same issue. However, there is a disparity here: it seems to be an unspoken law that overweight people (whether female or female-identifying) cannot wear bikinis, whereas thin people are readily encouraged to. Although both types of people have their own battles with body image issues, I think we can all agree that the scale definitely tips in the favor of thinner people. Larger people who want to wear bikinis should be encouraged to do so. However, I’m as aware as anyone else that there aren’t too many websites that cater to bigger sized clothing. The one-pieces that they offer seem to be catered to a much older crowd, rather than undergraduates. Nevertheless, there are websites that offer cute bikinis for those who want to embrace them. Modcloth offers an old-school pin-up style, while ASOS offers a trendier array of bikinis. A friend alerted me to a fat acceptance website called Gabifresh, which sells a cute line of bikinis in lime, hot pink and a scintillating galaxy print. There’s also a movement within the body acceptance and body positive communities to remake the definition of what constitutes as a “beach body.” While numerous magazines encourage women to lose weight quickly and spend their entire lives at the gym, Anna Guest-Jelley, mastermind behind the site CurvyYoga, says that all that’s required for a perfect beach body is, “to have a body and take it to the beach.” The same could be said for crop tops and short shorts: if they’re something that you want to wear, then you should do it. The idea that fashion and comfort is limited to a certain body type is absurd. Of course, it’s not always as simple as “just doing it.” There are stares to overcome and cruel whispers. Someone might even come up and tell you pointblank that they don’t care for your body in those clothes. Even worse, they might try to couch it in concern and ask you if you’re sure that you’re “comfortable” at all or if you want to cover up at all. These are usually masked as the critic having “good intentions” or “just looking out for you.” You might feel a bit bad, but it’s important to keep your head up and soldier on. So, put on that crop top. Wear that bikini to the beach. And, as Latrice Royale once said, “look sickening and make them eat it!”
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GAMES Focus Favorite “Gears of War”
Have you ever been playing a game, just wishing that it contained more chainsaws? If so, then I strongly suggest you check out one of my favorite classic games of the last generation, “Gears of War.” In “Gears,” you play as Marcus Fenix, an ex-soldier locked up in prison for initially undisclosed reasons. But, when humanity once again comes under the threat of the vicious Locust Horde–a bizarre, mutantlooking race hell-bent on exterminating humanity. There’s not really that much to say about “Gears” that you probably can’t discern for yourself in the description I just gave. It’s an extremely fun, bloody, action-packed shooter that even the most hardcore fps-veterans will enjoy. It’s pretty old now, so you can probably find a cheap copy for the XBox 360 or PC. -Zach Lederman
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‘My Little Pony’ gets a video game make over with ‘Legend of Equestria’ By Zach Lederman Staff Writer
It’s not often I get to play a game that is still so early in its development stage. Last weekend, during the game’s open-server session, I had the opportunity to play “Legends of Equestria,” a new pony-based MMORPG that is currently in pre-alpha stage of development. For those unfamiliar with the term, this effectively means that the game is still in its infancy, and very highly under development. However, from what I had the chance to play, I’ve got some really positive feelings about what we’re going to see in the coming months. As I said earlier, the game is pony-based. They’re not real ponies, of course – they’re of the smaller variety. Yes, “Legends of Equestria” is the world’s first “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” based MMORPG. There’s a catch however. It is an independent project, unaffiliated with Hasbro and the “My Little Pony” brand. What this means is that to avoid copyright infringement, the game does not actually reference the show itself in any way. Any and all characters from the show have been removed and replaced with new original characters, and all locations have had their names slightly altered. For example, Ponyville is now called Ponydale. Enough about the legal details though – let’s talk about the game! As with most MMOs, everything starts with your character. I actu-
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Although “Legends of Equestrua” is in its alpha mode, the game shows immense promise for “My Little Pony” fans.
ally found the character customization system in LoE to be quite fulfilling. Everything from hairstyle, height, cutie mark and eye color was totally customizable. The major choice is choosing which of the game’s three races to play as – Pegasus, earth pony or unicorn. I went with Pegasus, as the ability to fly seems more interesting than magic or playing as a regular earth pony. In addition to serving as the game’s choice of race, it also serves as choice of class. Your combat abilities depend entirely on which race you’re playing as. For example, the Pegasus has the ability to create tiny hurricanes and send them at their enemies. From there, you’re plopped down into one of the game’s three starting areas: Cloudtropolis, Ponydale or Cantermore, depend-
ing on your pony’s race. At that point, you’re given complete freedom to explore the areas to your heart’s desires. The areas, despite maintaining their separation from the show, actually replicate pretty well. In Ponydale, for example, I was able to visit a replica of Twilight Sparkle’s house, as well as Applejack’s Apple Orchards. Unfortunately, this is where the game really starts to show how in-development it is. To put it bluntly, there’s not really anything to do, past exploring your favorite places from the show. There’s no tutorial or indication of what you’re supposed to do. It took me a long time just to find my first quest, which ended up being the only one I ever ended up finding, despite my long search. Sadly, I was not able to experi-
ence any combat during the openweekend, so I cannot really comment on it personally. I did notice some other players regarding that it felt buggy and difficult, so take that as you will. But remember, this isn’t even an alpha-stage game yet. The fact that a group of independent developers, working only on a volunteer-basis have gotten this far is astounding to me. I can’t wait to see what “Legends of Equestria” becomes in the coming months. Currently, the game’s servers are offline while development continues, though it is likely there will be another open-server weekend in the coming months.
‘Episode I Racer’ is a Pocket Rocket Zachary.Lederman@UConn.edu
“Star Wars: Episode I Racer” isn’t a modern game, but it packs a punch with a fast paced racing game that hasn’t gone of out of style in the over 10 years.
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By Max Engel Campus Correspondent Many fans of “Star Wars” games may recall that shortly after the release of “The Phantom Menace” in 1999, “Star Wars” game developer LucasArts released a videogame based on the podracing scene in the film, in which jet-powered chariots embark on a death race for a massive first-place purse. The game released for the PC, Nintendo 64 and later the Sega Dreamcast is fondly remembered as being a 60-framesper-second, high-speed dash that was almost as demanding of the player’s reflexes as if the sport was real. I had a lot of fun playing the PC version, but I also had a version of the game that fewer people remember, in which you too can race the Boonta Eve Classic…in all of eight-bits. That’s correct, there was a Gameboy Color version of “Star Wars: Episode I Racer,” and on paper, it may seem like an easy cashgrab, but I found that the game doesn’t try too hard to emulate the other versions, and instead finds a mid-point in agile action spreading across the galaxy and using comparatively limited hardware. Unlike its more advanced version, the
Gameboy Color version only has five planets with four courses each. Fans of Oovo IV and Ord Ibanna will be disappointed, but the likes of Mon Gazza, Tatooine, Malastare, Ando Prime and Baroonda remain. The vast majority of the racers from the advanced version are also kept in as well, although some racers will become blatantly outclassed as you unlock more racers. I personally found Ben Quadinaros, the racer that didn’t even pass the starting line in the film, to be among the better racers in the game; his racer possesses a top speed surpassing that of Sebulba’s, a character you will likely unlock last. There are some interesting game mechanics applied to the two most notable racers of the game, the aforementioned Sebulba and Anakin Skywalker. The latter will actually have a higher top speed as you unlock more racers, though his cruising speed will remain at the crawling pace of just under 600mph. As for the former, you can only challenge him once you’ve unlocked all the racers for one of the planets. You can use him to unlock other racers, but if you lose while using him, he flees from the racer selection–accompanied by the Gameboy’s attempt at recreating his voice– and you’ll have to challenge him again to get him back.
As for the actual racing, the races are pointto-point rather than circuit-based races in the advanced versions. The field is sparsely populated by the racer you choose and the rival you challenge; quite lower than the 12 or so racers from the console versions. The developers seemed to do their best at integrating certain aspects of the console versions; one example that stuck out to me was how there are parts of the track surrounded by lava in the tracks based on Baroonda. Going off-track onto the lava can greatly damage your racer in both versions. Both versions also give you the ability to repair your racer mid-race at the cost of some speed during the repair. Overall, the Gameboy Color version of “Star Wars: Episode I Racer” feels like an honest effort to bring an intense racer to a handheld with comparatively limited power. The developers seem to have known that the GBC wasn’t the N64, but the game’s quite enjoyable considering the hardware limitations. Besides, it’s pretty amusing to hear “Duel of the Fates” using an eight-bit soundchip.
Coulson denies hearing hacked Daniel Craig message
LONDON (AP) — Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson on Tuesday denied a claim that he listened to a hacked voicemail left by actress Sienna Miller for James Bond star Daniel Craig. Coulson and six others are on trial on charges stemming from the revelation in 2011 that the News of the World regularly eavesdropped on the voicemails of people in the public eye. The scandal led Rupert Murdoch to shut the newspaper and pay mil-
lions in compensation to hacking victims. Ex-reporter Daniel Evans, who has pleaded guilty to phone hacking, testified earlier this year that he played Coulson the message from Miller in 2005. Prosecutors have suggested illegal hacking was the source of a story about an affair between Miller — then dating actor Jude Law — and Craig. Defense lawyers say the information may instead have come from a relative of Law.
Coulson said the meeting Evans described had not taken place. He added that he was “absolutely not” aware of phone hacking by private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, who was employed by the newspaper. All seven defendants deny wrongdoing. Coulson, who served as Prime Minister David Cameron’s communications chief after leaving the News of the World in 2007, denies conspiring to hack phones and conspiring to pay a police offi-
cer for a royal phone directory. Coulson said Tuesday that he “rubber-stamped” a request for a 1,000 pound cash payment for the directory, but did not believe they money was for an illegal purpose. Jurors were shown a 2003 email to Coulson from royal editor Clive Goodman, warning that getting caught making the payment meant the police officer “could end up on criminal charges, as could we.”
As I sat down to write my second to last column of the year, I found myself thinking, “what trend in the video game industry do I absolutely hate?” After approximately 42 seconds of soulsearching, the answer was obvious: multiplayer centric gaming. For years now, companies across the boardhave been shipping big budget FPS titles to a market with generally poor singleplayer modes. The campaigns of many recent titles in franchises ranging from “Call of Duty” to “Battlefield” and “Medal of Honor” can almost unanimously be at best described as mediocre, and at worst, unbearable. This problem is a result of publishers realizing that many gamers today buy certain titles solely for the multiplayer mode. There’s no problem with that. But as one of many who play single player titles almost exclusively, I don’t think its fair to charge consumers a full $60 for what is half a game. Perhaps, I’m a bit in the extreme here. Full disclosure: I’m the type of gamer who plays MMO’s like “Star Wars: The Old Republic” alone and bought “Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare” solely for its single player component. If you decide to focus solely on a multiplayer experience that’s fine, but don’t expect me to shell out the same amount of cash required of a more “complete” experience. Additionally, the past few years has seen a number of single player centric titles include a multiplayer component in an attempt by publishers to keep gamers playing their titles longer. Titles such as the 2013 “Tomb Raider” and recents entries in the “Assassin’s Creed” series are prime examples of this. While each title’s primary focus is to provide a well produced single player experience - which they do - they inexplicably contain unnecessary cookie cutter multiplayer modes which stand as nothing more than a complete waste of time. Without providing gamers with a worthwhile experience, not only are they unlikely to engage with a title’s multiplayer mode, but precious development resources are wasted. These resources could have been put to better use improving the core single player experience or better yet, if developers are so concerned about keeping gamers invested in their titles, they could have been used to fast track the development of the game’s inevitable sequel. Some development studios including Irrational Games and Rocksteady are ahead of the curb in this regard. Each chose not to include a multiplayer mode in “Bioshock Infinite” and “Batman: Arkham City” respectively in an effort to keep the studio focused on the core single player experience. There’s nothing inherently bad about titles which include both single and multi player modes so long as the quality of the finished product is consistent. There are a select few titles out there that manage to provide gamers with a high quality single player campaign in addition to an exceptional multiplayer experience that adapts the campaign’s gameplay components successfully to a multiplayer setting. Fans of titles such as “Halo 4,” “Portal 2,” “Uncharted 2: Among Thieves” and “The Last of Us” should know exactly what I’m talking about.
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‘Wicked’ composer, others fight sheet music piracy NEW YORK (AP) — By now, some young musical theater fans have received an email from Stephen Schwartz asking them to stop illegally downloading sheet music from any of his shows. Or anyone’s show, for that matter. The award-winning composer of the Broadway smash, “Wicked,” wants people to know that it’s stealing. “You wouldn’t walk into a music store and walk out with a piece of music under your arm. So why would it be acceptable to do it online,” Schwartz told The Associated Press Monday at an antipiracy awareness event hosted by the Dramatists Guild. He added, “I just went to the first of the Web sites that I’m going to be emailing, and I typed my name in to see how many individual pieces of sheet music that were available for free of mine — over 11,000. “I didn’t know I had that many pieces of music,” said an astonished Schwartz. The event proved to be a summit of musical theater composers that included Jason Robert Brown, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Amanda Green, Stephen Flaherty, Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman, and others. Many of them sat in a room across the hall from the organization’s headquarters hunched over computers, writing letters to offenders as a projection screen showed the organization’s Twitter activity. The idea of reaching out to sheet music pirates began a few years ago, when composer and Dramatists Guild member Georgia Stitt found out during a talk with students that her husband’s sheet
music was being illegally downloaded. Stitt is married to “Bridges of Madison County” composer Jason Robert Brown. Brown took to a letter-writing campaign to ask illegal downloaders to stop. “About three or four years ago, when Georgia had told me about it and I got on the Internet, I saw a whole list, about three or four hundred people pirating my sheet music that day, and I said ‘I’m just going to write them,’” he said. While that doesn’t entirely solve the problem, Brown feels getting an email from a Broadway composer carries enormous clout. “If Stephen Sondheim had written to me when I was 20 years old, when I was 16 years old, I would have had an aneurism,” Brown said. “It’s more of a reason to take somebody seriously. You’re not going to listen to your mother about it, or your teachers, but maybe you’ll listen to someone that you respect when they say to you, ‘This hurts me.’” Miranda, composer of the Tony-winning “In the Heights,” feels most of the people illegally downloading music are unaware of the impact on the artist. “Musical theater artists, we thrive on productions and we thrive on sheet music. That’s our bread and butter,” he said. “We’re not ranked iTunes artists. We create for live productions, so we suffer more than most in this era where you can download anything.” Dramatist Guild committee chair Craig Carnelia is leading the fight in shutting down these illegal Web sites, as well as bringing
awareness to the problem. “There are more songs being stolen than being sold... there are people that believe that intellectual property should belong to everyone, but for the most part, it’s people that don’t really understand that by doing this, they’re taking from the very people they revere, and damaging the business they hope to become a part of,” Carnelia said. The Anti-Piracy Committee was founded in 2010. Since then, it has produced numerous resources for writers, as well as “Someone Wrote That Song,” a musical PSA with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Carnelia. The committee has not assigned a dollar value to the sheet music illegally traded, but feels it’s significantly impacting the livelihoods of composers and lyricists. Well-known composers have tens of thousands of pieces of music available for download. Carnelia said he’s seen thousands of pieces of his material being offered for free. “On one site, there are some composers like Sondheim that have 30,000 being offered,” Carnelia said. Sheet music generally sells for $5 to $10. But some sell as low as 99 cents. “Hands on a Hardbody” lyricist and composer Amanda Green understands why young people just want to get their hands on some music. But she feels it’s important to let them know of that it hurts the composer’s livelihood.
Frank Lloyd Wright tower opens for public tours
The alternating round and square floors of the SC Johnson Research Tower designed by Frank Lloyd Wright as evening approaches in Racine, Wis.
A bipolar doctor probes the brain on ‘Black Box’ NEW YORK (AP) — ABC’s brainy new medical drama “Black Box” does a neat trick: It dares viewers to imagine for themselves the cost-benefit ratio of addiction, and does it without taking a firm stand. It does it in the person of lovely, top-of-her-field Dr. Catherine Black, known as “the Marco Polo of the Brain,” who helps patients navigate a range of neurological disorders. She also secretly wrestles with one of her own: She’s bipolar. Meanwhile, she’s addicted to the mind-expanding, sometimes rapturous but ultimately dangerous effects of skipping the meds that keep her “normalized,” and letting her condition run full tilt. “This show is not a generic examination of bipolarity — not at all,” says series star Kelly Reilly. “This is about one woman who is an addict to her disease. The disease is treatable. But it calls for a lifetime of commitment and rearranging medications to see what works and what doesn’t work — and fighting the battle of deciding whether or not you want to take them.” Premiering Thursday at 10 p.m. EDT on ABC, “Black Box” pulls a 180 on the plague of addiction: Catherine Black must Just Say Yes to the drugs that will keep this wild child tamed. Yet sometimes she just can’t. Or won’t. She is played by the English-born Reilly, who co-starred with Denzel Washington in the film “Flight,” appeared in the two “Sherlock Holmes” films headlined by Robert Downey Jr., and starred in “Above Suspicion,” a British TV crime drama. One recent day on Stage B at New York’s Silvercup Studios, Reilly met with a reporter in her character’s office in the tony Neuroscience Research and Treatment Center, aka The Cube, where Black and her colleagues probe the brain’s mysteries. The show also stars Terry Kinney as the NRTC chief of staff, Ditch Davey as a womanizing neurosurgeon on the team, David Ajala as Catherine’s restaurateur boyfriend and Vanessa Redgrave as Catherine’s shrink. “This is not a life that’s ever going to be straight and narrow for Catherine,” says Reilly. “It’s always going to be a bit wobbly: Is she gonna go off crazy again, or is she going to try to toe the line? She’s a
rule-breaker by nature who takes risks. But I think she longs for what normal might feel like.” The series was created by Amy Holden Jones, whose credits include the films “Mystic Pizza” and “Indecent Proposal.” And she comes to “Black Box” well prepared, having as a girl been “home-schooled in bipolar,” as she puts it: Her father was a practicing physician until he was 70 despite being manic-depressive and suffering periodic breakdowns. “There are highly functional bipolar people,” Jones says, and the condition is more common than is generally suspected. “You may think your only experience of it is on ‘Homeland,’” she says, referring to the Showtime thriller whose CIA heroine suffers notably from bipolar disorder. “But that’s probably not the case.” You may know someone who’s bipolar and keeping it private, she says. Jones agrees that “Black Box” isn’t just a show about an illness. “The series has an addiction metaphor,” she says. “And the high does provide a gift.” “It’s an incomparable asset,” says her fellow executive producer, Ilene Chaiken (“The L Word”). “It makes Catherine the great doctor she is. But that doesn’t mean the condition isn’t also tragic and painful.” In the pilot, Catherine travels from New York to address a medical group — a barnburner of a speech she writes and delivers while strategically skipping her meds. Still tripping afterward, she takes her chauffeur back to the hotel to play, then hallucinates flying over San Francisco through a Van Gogh-worthy starry night. This sort of thing poses serious risks for a woman in a high-level job and a committed relationship. And while she struggles with her personal tug of war, Catherine is up to her ears in patients beset by a wild range of complaints (all of them documented cases, according to the show). One sufferer peers in the mirror and sees a walking corpse. Another, who is legally blind, hallucinates visions in dazzling color. Another has a best friend and relied-upon companion who doesn’t exist.
RACINE, Wis. (AP) — Frank Lloyd Wright fans will get their first look at one of his most unusual buildings, an industrial tower with a tree-like design, when a home products company opens its former research and development center to the public this spring. The 15-story tower at SC Johnson’s headquarters in southeastern Wisconsin is regarded as one of the country’s most important examples of cantilevered architecture. The first floor looks like a tree trunk, with second and higher floors springing off the core like branches. The design may have helped inspire SC Johnson scientists. Within eight years of its 1950 opening, they developed four of the company’s most successful products — Raid bug killer, Glade air freshener, Off insect repellant and Pledge furniture polish. “They really felt like they were in a creative environment,” said Gregory Anderegg, the company’s global community affairs director. Wright described the 16-million-pound structure as having a “taproot” design, with a circular core supporting its entire weight. The building is divided into seven levels, each with a square main floor and a round mezzanine above it. Scientists could shout to each other through the open space and send tools or supplies up or down with a dumbwaiter. The outer walls are made up of glass tubes that let in natural light while blocking out the industrial landscape that surrounded the building when it opened.
Sean Malone, CEO and president of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, described the tower as an “iconic building” and one of the 20th century’s great works of architecture. Scientists were still working in the tower when Anderegg started with SC Johnson in 1979. They moved out three years later when the company opened a new research and development center nearby. The facility then sat mostly empty until this year when SC Johnson finished a five-year, $30 million renovation of the research tower and adjacent administration center, also designed by Wright. Both buildings will be included on free tours beginning May 2. H.F. Johnson Jr., the third generation of his family to lead the company, hired Wright to build the administration center in the 1930s. The architect’s career was in a lull following a scandalous love affair in which he left his wife for a family friend. The SC Johnson project and Fallingwater, the groundbreaking home built for a prominent Pittsburgh family about the same time, brought him back into the limelight, where he remained until his death, Malone said. The administration center that opened in 1939 introduced open-floor-plan offices, with employees seated in a single great room. Pillars that are 21 feet tall (6.4 meters) support the roof. That allowed Wright to use glass tubing for exterior walls and bathe the room in natural light. He carried the idea over to the research tower and installed 60 miles (96 kilome-
ters) of glass tubes between the two buildings. The architect described the great room as a “corporate cathedral” and designed the research center as its bell tower, Anderegg said. As in his other buildings, Wright also designed the furnishings, including three-legged chairs that had be to converted to four legs to stop workers from toppling over when they reached for something on their desks. SC Johnson rescued equipment and supplies from storage to arrange the research tower as it was in its heyday. Visitors to the complex also can take in a new art exhibit focused on Frank Lloyd Wright’s homes in Spring Green, Wis., and Scottsdale, Ariz. The exhibit done in partnership with the Milwaukee Art Museum and Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation includes nearly a half-hour of the architect’s home movies. The SC Johnson buildings help to create a Wright corridor that stretches from the Chicago area to southwestern Wisconsin, Malone said. Travelers can see Wright’s home and studio as well as the celebrated Unity Temple in Oak Park, Ill.; visit SC Johnson headquarters and Wingspread, the residence Wright designed for the Johnson family, in Racine, Wis.; and then head west to Taliesin in Spring Green, where the architect moved after leaving Chicago. Additional Wright buildings can be found along the way in Milwaukee and the Wisconsin capital of Madison.
Zoo launches ‘endangered song’ to help save tigers
WASHINGTON (AP) — Indie rock band Portugal. The Man and the Smithsonian’s National Zoo released an “endangered song” Tuesday for Earth Day to demonstrate the dwindling number of about 400 Sumatran tigers left in the world. The new song, “Sumatran Tiger,” was recorded on 400 polycarbonate vinyl records that will degrade and self-destruct after a certain number of plays. So the only way to save the song is to digitize and “breed” it by sharing the music through social media, organizers said. AP The song was released to A Sumatran Tiger at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. 400 participants to share, including celebrities, politicians, policy makers and conage that humans have done, everything from servationists. It’s being circulated by the zoo, global warming, oil companies, everything,” the band and advertising agency DDB New Carothers said. “We just thought this was a York. very original and very cool way to get the Pamela Baker-Masson, a spokeswoman for word out about endangered species in general the zoo and the Smithsonian’s Conservation and a specific endangered species that people Biology Institute, said the music campaign is might just not know about.” a new way to show how endangered tigers are The song carries a subtle message about in the wild and is meant to “inspire action.” conservation, he said. It was an untitled song Sumatran tigers are listed as critically written some time ago about Alaska’s wildlife endangered and could go extinct due to poachthat the band reworked and finished with the ing and habitat loss. The Smithsonian is part of title “Sumatran Tiger.” the Global Tiger Initiative that aims to double “It started with growing up in Alaska and the number of wild tigers by 2022. having a lot of those themes of the general cliZach Carothers of the Portland, Ore.-based che of ‘you don’t know what you have ‘til it’s band said they’re asking radio stations and gone’ kind of idea,” Carothers said. other musicians to help spread the word about The Smithsonian created a website to help tiger conservation. Several members of the track the song’s progress. band are from Alaska and grew up with a love for the environment and wildlife. We’ve been able to actually see the dam-
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HOROSCOPES Today's Birthday (04/23/14). Mercury enters Taurus today, encouraging calm reflection. Stop and consider what you really want this year. Learning comes easier, and communications builds partnership, collaboration and community. Research, travel and explore over springtime. Physical efforts (exercise, digging in the dirt, building and crafting) reap rewards. Creativity inspires home improvements after August. Career and finances thrive with organization. Infuse your world with love. To get the advantage, check the day's rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging.
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Gemini (May 21-June 20) -- Today is a 5 -- Keep your communications stable, consistent and solid this month. Provide support at home and work. Grab a good deal quickly. Stay out of arguments, controversy and upset. Recite a prayer or mantra to cool a tense moment. Avoid risky business or expensive propositions. Quiet study time soothes. Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- Today is a 5 -- Community and group efforts thrive by weaving together resources, talents and support structures over the next month, with Mercury in Taurus. Avoid distractions and upset today... tempers could flare. Keep to practical facts. Work on existing projects, and launch new ones later. Slow and steady does it. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is a 5 -- Your communications skill advances your career this month, with Mercury in Taurus. Avoid debate, risk or spending today, and maintain momentum to complete a project. Plans change. Stand firmly for your commitments, with flexible scheduling. Think fast with surprises, but keep actions measured rather than impulsive. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 5 -- Gardening and outdoor activities satisfy this month, with Mercury in Taurus. Fall in love with a fascinating subject. Negotiate turns and maneuvers carefully. The way forward may seem blocked, and shortcuts dangerous. Take it slow, flexible and gentle. Provide peace and calm. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 5 -- Base financial decisions on fact rather than fantasy this month. Update plans and budgets with conservative figures. A conflict with regulations or authority could arise, impeding the action. Others may lose their cool... keep yours. Favor private over public. Let love guide your actions. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 5 -- Someone has a hair-trigger temper... avoid setting them off. Private actions go farther, with less friction. Dance with changes as they arise, without impulsive reactions. Mull over consequences first. Reassure one who needs support. Stick close to home and clean up. Play peaceful music and serve tea. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 5 -Breakdowns and obstacles slow things. Get multiple bids for major repairs. Take extra care with kitchen utensils. With Mercury in Taurus, edit your communications this month for solid impact. Plan, prepare and research before presenting. Private actions close to home on existing projects get farther. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is a 5 -- It's easier to express your love for a month with Mercury in Taurus. Plant seeds hidden in messages. Proceed with caution today, despite chaos. Old beliefs get challenged, obstacles arise and thwarted intentions distract. Avoid upset by working quietly. Don't get singed in all the fires. Hunker down. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 5 -- With Mercury in Taurus for a month, have your home express what you love. Resist the temptation to over-spend. Reschedule travel and new project launches. Work quietly to complete a job, to minimize conflict. Rest and recharge, while assimilating new changes. Take it easy. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 5 -- Consider the impact of your words before speaking, with Mercury in Taurus for a month. Ground arguments in fact. Avoid conflict today by keeping a low profile. Slow the pace, and anticipate resistance. Use discretion. Stay off the roads. Use extra care with tools.
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Aries (March 21-April 19) -- Today is a 5 -- It's all about action today (with a Grand Cross in cardinal signs), but the one who initiates loses. Test before pushing ahead. It could get tense. Watch your step! Mercury enters Taurus, beginning a phase of pruning, trimming and adjusting. Clear out old branches for new growth. Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 5 -- Keep communications grounded in facts this month, with Mercury in Taurus. Postpone travel, risk and expense today... it could get explosive. Take it slow to avoid waste and accidents. Complete old projects, and stay flexible with changes. Support your networks and it comes back to you.
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Former UConn professor and well-known author Sam Pickering read selections from his newest collection of essays Tuesday at the Co-op in Storrs Center.
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Houston's Harden trying to be better in Game 2
Houston Rockets' Dwight Howard (12) shoots a free throw against the Portland Trail Blazers during overtime in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series Sunday, April 20, 2014,
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden missed 20 shots, including two in the final seconds of Houston's Game 1 loss to Portland in overtime. Now the key word for the Houston star entering Game 2 on Wednesday night is better; he must play better, and the Rockets must be better when it comes to their ball movement. "I wasn't really driving and attacking and being aggressive like I needed to be," he said. "I think when I get into the attack mode everything else opens up, the assists come and the easy layups come and whatnot. So I've got to be more aggressive." The Trail Blazers know they aren't going to keep Harden from shooting. He's averaging 16.5 attempts a game this season. But their plan is to make every shot he takes as difficult as possible. "That's what he does and we just need to make them difficult," Portland coach Terry Stotts said. "We need to contest them and do as good a job as possible. ... He's going to get his shots, but we've got to find him in transition, we've got to limit his attempts at the rim, do it without fouling, all of those things." Harden still managed to score 27 points in the opener of the first-round
series. That caught the attention of the Trail Blazers, and LaMarcus Aldridge said they have to make sure Harden doesn't "go off" against them in Game 2. The question is how they will do that? "Just try to stay close to him because he's very good in transition," Aldridge said. "He's very good at that pull-up 3, he's good at getting to the line, just trying to make all of his looks tough and don't give him any space." Rockets coach Kevin McHale was quick to point out that the problems his team had on Sunday certainly weren't limited to Harden. "It was just a lot of settling for shots," McHale said. "Just looking at their faces, they were almost all hyperventilating. They were all jacked up and juiced up to go and we didn't play very well." Another big problem for the Rockets was their defense. Aldridge set a career high with a franchise playoff-record 46 points. "We were really cognizant of trying to take the 3-point line away, probably too much so," McHale said. "We didn't dig, we didn't help. We didn't do a lot of things." Houston has promised adjustments in Game 2 to deal with Aldridge. McHale
was cagey when asked what he planned to do, but did say that the Rockets could double-team him more. Dwight Howard is working to make sure the Rockets not only play better on Wednesday night, but that they also keep a good attitude. He's pointed out to his teammates that his Orlando team lost its first game in the postseason in 2009, and then went on to the NBA Finals. "We lost a game we should have won but we've got a brand new game," Howard said. "The series is not over ... there's no need to put our heads down. Just stay together. We didn't let any negative thoughts get in our head. Don't let this one game dictate how we're going to play for the rest of the series." Howard has known Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon for more than five years and has been working with him after practice this week. They also have been chatting about what the Rockets need to do to get back on track after the tough loss in Game 1. "The Dream has been talking to me the last two days about just playing the game," Howard said. "When you think about winning so much that's when you're uptight and that's when you tend to mess up."
Blues hope history won't repeat against Blackhawks CHICAGO (AP) — The St. Louis Blues don't want their recent playoff history repeating itself. The Blues face the Blackhawks in Game 4 of their opening round series at Chicago on Wednesday night. The Blues lost 2-0 in Game 3, but still lead the series 2-1. But the Blues' series against the defending Stanley Cup champions seems to be unfolding as it did last season when they took a 2-0 lead against Los Angeles and then dropped the next four games. "Within our walls, I don't think anyone is even thinking about last year," defenseman Barret Jackman said. "The media comes in and you get all the comparisons. "But really it's about what we're doing now. We're playing good hockey. We're playing against a team that is very hungry and has a lot of good experience." But it's hard not to see the parallels. Last season, the Blues used their tight defensive style to pull ahead of the Kings in their opening postseason round by grinding out a pair of 2-1 wins in St. Louis. It seemed as if the Blues, hungry for a deep playoff run, had set the tone. But the Kings won Game 3 in Los Angeles 1-0 behind goalie Jonathan Quick, and used that as a springboard to four straight victories.
Fast-forward to 2014. The Blues posted two 4-3 overtime wins in St. Louis last week to jump ahead of the Blackhawks, but Chicago trimmed the series gap to 2-1 on Monday night with a 2-0 win as Corey Crawford was perfect. Blues forward Alexander Steen said after the game it won't happen again. "Last year is last year and this is this year," Steen said. "We're playing a different team. We're focused on what we're doing now and not what we've done in the past." The Blues were better than Blackhawks for most of Monday's game. St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock was almost beaming after the game when said his team had delivered it best effort so far in the series. "I said last night we played good, but not good enough," Hitchcock said on Tuesday. "I thought we were 80 percent in and if we're going to beat them tomorrow or win, we're going to have to make stronger commitment in our game. Hitchcock knows from experience what his team is up against — the defending Cup winner for the second straight year. "You're not knocking off just a team in the league, it's a different animal," Hitchcock said. "You're knocking off the defending champion. "They're not the defending champion
because they have skill. It's because they've got resolve. You're trying to beat their resolve." So the Blues hope to double down, focus on every one-on-one battle shiftafter-shift, and be even tighter against Chicago. They'll probably still be without injured forward David Backes, although Hitchcock told reporters, "We'll let you know tomorrow." The Blackhawks hope to match that, while sparking more offense against the Blues' smothering coverage. Coach Joel Quenneville said Tuesday that it's "very likely" that top forwards Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews will again be together on a line with Bryan Bickell for Game 4. "I thought the line was effective last night, Quenneville said, "(Although) they didn't get the production together with some the chances that looked like they could have finished. "We know playing St. Louis there's not a lot of scoring chances, there's not a lot of room. You've got to be willing to play a tight game, but those guys can generate a little more." Kane says he's excited to play with Toews. Usually the two are separated to give Chicago more offensive balance, but Quenneville put them on the same line in last season's playoff run to jumpstart the Blackhawks' attack.
Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (2) keeps St. Louis Blues left wing Alexander Steen (20) from getting a shot on goal as goalie Corey Crawford (50)
Valcke: Don't waste time at Brazil World Cup stadium
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Curitiba later Tuesday and said there is "still lots to do inside and outside" the Arena da Baixada stadium. He was not happy that 27,000 seats were yet to be installed and said it's crucial the venue is finished in time for a test event on May 14. "We have to make sure all is working on the 14th of May because there will be no other choice," Valcke said. The other stadium yet to be completed is the Arena Pantanal in the wetlands city of Cuiaba, where officials said Tuesday that the official inauguration will not happen this weekend as scheduled because of a delay in the delivery of some 5,000 seats. The venue's opening should happen in mid-May. Valcke will be in the city on Wednesday. "There is not a single minute we can waste, because there is still a lot of work to do to," Valcke said after checking the construction work at the Itaquerao. "We are running against time, but yes, the stadium will host the opening game and, yes, we will organize the opening game and all the other games in this stadium." There will be five other World Cup matches in Sao Paulo, including one of the semifinals. The FIFA test event at the Itaquerao is a Brazilian league match on May 17 or May 18, about three weeks before the opener. Only 50,000 tickets will Storrs Opening be sold even though the opener We are now accepting applications for will hold nearly 70,000 people. Part Time positions in all departments FIFA usually wants three test including: events at venues used in tournaments such as the World Cup. "I can tell you that it will Starbucks Meat be a very tight schedule over Food Service Seafood the next weeks in order to be Bakery Produce ready for the opening game, and more important, to be ready on Deli time for us to test the stadium," Night Crew Valcke said. Before the FIFA test, Come Join a Winning Team!! Corinthians is expected to host We offer flexible scheduling, career other minor events. A match opportunities and part time benefits. between construction workers will be played on May 1 for To apply visit our website at about 10,000 people, and an www.pricechopper.com exhibition between Corinthians EOE teams from past and present is planned for May 10 for about 20,000 fans.
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Durant looking for answers against Tony Allen
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kevin Durant is tired of hearing about Tony Allen's defense. Durant scored 36 points, mostly against Allen, in Oklahoma City's loss to Memphis in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series. It wasn't a typical Durant performance, though — he made just 12 of 28 shots, and his usual smoothness and efficiency were absent as the Grizzlies beat the Thunder 111-105 in overtime Monday night to tie the series at a win apiece. Durant, the NBA's scoring champion, went on the defensive Tuesday afternoon. When asked about Allen's effort, he paused five seconds and chuckled before answering. "He's good," Durant said. "He's good at dodging screens. He's physical. Everybody plays the same way with me, though." When asked about Allen a few minutes later, a more agitated Durant again paused before responding. "It's not like I'm just totally getting locked down," Durant, who is averaging 34.5 points in the series, said. "He's making it tough. It's not like I'm just nonexistent. I don't know what you guys have been watching. He's just making me work, like everybody else will." Allen has been getting on people's nerves for years. The 10-year veteran was on the NBA's All-Defensive first team in 2012 and 2013 and was on the second AP team in 2011. Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts after a dunk late in the fourth Before the series began, Durant called quarter of Game 2 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series
him one of the best perimeter defenders in the league. Allen gives up 5 inches to the 6-foot-9 Durant, but he makes up for it with toughness, speed, quickness, strength and unpredictability. Memphis coach Dave Joerger said Allen executed his part of Memphis' game plan against Durant perfectly in Game 2. Though Durant scored his points, he never found a rhythm. Tayshaun Prince started the game, but Allen played 35 minutes and got most of the time against Durant. Joerger hopes his stopper can deliver a repeat performance Thursday in Game 3 in Memphis. "I know it is a cliché, but you just try to make it tough, and that's what he's doing," Joerger said of Allen's performance against Durant in Game 2. "Trying to make it tough before the catch — that's important — to make a guy uncomfortable and not get it in spots where he's comfortable." Allen said he's getting a lot of help. The bigs behind him — 7-1, 265-pound Marc Gasol and 6-9, 260-pound Zach Randolph — clog the lane and erase his mistakes. Gasol was the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year in 2013. "Kevin Durant is the leading scorer in the league, an All-Star, probably one of the greatest in the game right now," Allen said. "But it's just a competition at the end of the day, and basically, the game is not about me. It's about the Grizzlies coming in here and basically playing grit-and-
grind basketball, holding our hat on the defensive end." Allen's teammates allow him to take chances. He got a critical steal in the final minute of regulation against Durant on Monday and finished the game with four steals. "As much as Tony is doing on the ball, which is tremendous, he also has communication behind him," Joerger said. "Those guys are telling him: 'I've got your right. I've got your left.' It's hard to play a guy like that just by yourself out there on an island, which he does a lot." Oklahoma City center Kendrick Perkins, who played with Allen in Boston, said Allen is underrated. Though Allen averages just 8.1 points per game in his career, that number doesn't measure his value to a team. "He don't stop," Perkins said. "He's going to keep coming. He's fast. He's faster than what a lot of people realize. And he gets real small on screens, so if you screen him, he does a good job of getting on a guy's hip and recovering." Allen is known for his willingness to play a physical style, but Joerger said there is more to his success against Durant than that. "I wouldn't say he is just mugging him all over the place," Joerger said. "That's why I said last night after the game that 'Try to push him out to spots' doesn't mean a physical push. It can just be dancing sometimes."
Ducks, Getzlaf have to respond to physical Stars
DALLAS (AP) — Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf was asked about the Dallas Stars trying to get under his skin or into his head with their physical play in Game 3. "Trying to hit my head how about?" the already stitched-up and visor-protected Getzlaf responded Tuesday. " I don't know about get in my head. I don't have enough room for them to get in my head. Trust me." Getzlaf said it was obvious by the Ducks' 3-0 loss in Dallas, after a pair of one-goal victories at home to start the series, that they need to compete "a little bit harder." He also talked about playing "within the rules of the game" in Game 4 of the best-of-seven series Wednesday night. The Ducks clearly took exception to how physical the Stars came out in their first home playoff game in six years, especially against
the Anaheim captain who took a puck to the face in the series opener before attending the birth of his third child. There were plenty of scrums in Game 3, including one stoppage late in the second period with Anaheim's dynamic scoring duo of Getzlaf and Corey Perry were exchanging punches with different Dallas players. Antoine Roussell delivered a left to Getzlaf's head. "I think our guys Corey and Ryan have done a good job turning the other cheek, quite frankly," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "When you start getting suckered in a place that you've got a big bar to protect your jaw, you've got to fight back or eventually it's going to get hurt more. Unfortunately, that's what happens. ... It's playoff hockey. You do what you do. You pinpoint that guy's weakness and you go after it."
Dallas coach Lindy Ruff said he watched most of the physical situations from Game 3, and he didn't see anything more than playoff hockey that he expects to get even more physical as the series progresses. At times, he said, he felt Anaheim got the benefit of calls — the Ducks did have five power plays in Game 3. "I think that they're going to be trying to be harder on our guys, and our guys are going to be ready for it," Ruff said. "We're going to try to be harder on their guys, and I don't think we crossed the line in any means. Not at all." Roussel said he was just trying to prevent a goal before the confrontation with Getzlaf. "Emotion gets in the way I guess," Roussel said after the Stars' optional skate Tuesday. "I saw Roussel, a little bit of a light wash to the face, but it wasn't a punch until he got hit with six punches," Ruff said.
Getzlaf knows the best response for the Ducks will be to score goals and win Game 4. "We've got to be smart, but I think everyone's got to dig deep here," center Andrew Cogliano said. "There's a lot more, a lot of room for us to play harder. The bottom line is they played hard (Monday) night. They got under guys' skin, they played playoff hockey and I don't think we did that. I think we played a regular-season game. ... We need to bear down and come to the rink ready to battle, ready to fight hard and we'll go from there." Stars captain Jamie Benn said his team won't be changing its game because of anything Anaheim is saying or claiming. "We're going to play the same way," he said. "We're going to focus in on their top guys, and find a way to shut them down."
Michelle Wie ready to ride momentum from last win
Michelle Wie, center, dances the hula after winning the 2014 LPGA LOTTE Championship golf tournament at Ko Olina Golf Club, Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Kapolei, Hawaii.
DALY CITY, Calif. (AP) — A beaming Michelle Wie explained her oversized visor as a necessary new addition after recently discovering wrinkles at age 24, then good-naturedly defended her unique, hunched-over putting stroke because Jack Nicklaus uses it. Improved sun protection and short game aside, Wie is riding high after a comeback win in her home state of Hawaii last week. Now, she returns to familiar ground in the Bay Area looking to build on her first LPGA Tour victory in nearly four years when she competes in the inaugural Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic — just up the freeway from her alma mater, Stanford. After arriving in town early Monday, Wie took a power nap before visiting the university, where she "wanted to hug every single freshman I saw." She enjoyed a tour of new athletic facilities and is determined to represent Stanford well in her first visit back to San Francisco since graduating in the spring of 2012. "I really believe we are a bunch of nerds, but at the same time we're kinda cool," Wie cracked Tuesday, referring to Stanford's Nerd Nation theme. "It's awesome. I'm so proud I'm a Stanford grad." Wie is thankful for all the friends and
family who cheered her in Hawaii, and appreciates those who will be here this week ready to root her on again. Even her fellow golfers were quick to offer hugs and congratulations to the former teen phenom who had become starved for a win. "It was unbelievable. I had so much fun," Wie said. "I was just overwhelmed with emotion and overwhelmed with the support that I got, and all the love I received afterward." Even her competitors say it's hard to root against Wie, so well-respected and liked on and off the golf course. "She's a smart girl. There aren't very many girls who have completed four solid years at Stanford while playing on the LPGA Tour," world No. 2 Suzann Pettersen said. "That takes a huge effort. For her to finally be able to concentrate on golf fulltime has helped her golf, for sure. If you ask me, Michelle has underachieved. She has every shot in the bag." Pettersen herself hopes for a rally of sorts at Lake Merced Golf Club this week. This marks her first start since she was forced to pull out of last month's Kia Classic with a back injury and missed the past three events, with a prescription of rest to let herself heal.
"I'm here, which is a good sign. I never would have been here if I wasn't feeling good," Pettersen said. "I love the Bay Area. It's definitely one of my favorite spots in America after New York." Pettersen's pants were muddy after players went through practice rounds on a cool, blustery day not far from the Pacific Ocean. World No. 1 Inbee Park is thrilled to sample the city's fine cuisine. "I love seafood, so everywhere I go here I get to experience seafood," she said, after already trying the famous clam chowder. The 24-year-old Wie returns to the Bay Area along with the LPGA, which hasn't hosted an event in the region since the 2010 CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge at Blackhawk Country Club in suburban Danville. Organizers and club officials hope the tournament is here to stay at Lake Merced Golf Club, which takes the big stage starting Thursday in the $1.8 million event. In Kapolei, Hawaii, on Oahu, Wie rallied to beat Angela Stanford by two strokes to capture the LPGA LOTTE Championship. It marked her first win since 2010 and first since graduating from Stanford.
Mavs need Nowitzki rebound to get even with Spurs
Dirk Nowitzki missed from several of his usual spots as Dallas blew a lead in the fourth quarter of its playoff-opening loss to San Antonio. The Mavericks star even flubbed a glorified layup, the most surprising of all the misses when Dallas went without a meaningful basket for the final 8 minutes of the 90-85 loss to the Spurs. Now Nowitzki has to bounce back from one of the worst playoff games of his 16-year career when the Mavericks play at San Antonio in Game 2 on Wednesday night. It's hard to imagine Dallas knocking off the team with the NBA's best record as long as Nowitzki has 11 points on 4-of-14 shooting. It was his lowest point total in the playoffs in seven years. The Mavericks aren't imagining it. "Dirk is our least concern," said backup guard Devin Harris, who led Dallas with 19 points in the opener. "He is going to get his shots and we know he's going to make them." The Spurs tend to make it harder on the pure-shooting 7-footer, crowding him at the 3-point line and bumping him when he gets closer to the basket. When Nowitzki had plans to take over in the fourth quarter with post-up moves, the
Spurs blindsided him with a second defender and forced a turnover. That sequence came during a 14-0 San Antonio run that wiped out an 81-71 Dallas lead. "We basically stayed with him a lot of times and we didn't help," said Spurs center Tiago Splitter, who shares most of the defensive load on Nowitzki with Boris Diaw. "That makes the other guys have to work a little bit more. So it wasn't just me and Boris." This is how it's always been the six times the Mavericks and Spurs have met in the playoffs since Nowitzki came to Dallas. The Spurs find a way to take Nowitzki out of the game. The Mavericks look for a way to make him a factor again, knowing it won't be easy. "I don't think they're going to leave me much on pick-and-roll coverage all series," Nowitzki said. "I can't just sit out there and measure the wind and shoot." The last time Nowitzki scored 11 points in a playoff game, he came back with 50 against Phoenix in 2006, when the Mavericks topped the Suns in the Western Conference finals before Miami beat them for the title. That's unlikely to happen again because the 35-year-old Nowitzki no longer carries that kind of offensive load. Instead, he
shares it with a variety of options led by guard Monta Ellis. He rarely shoots 26 times a game as he did back then — and coming off a bad game isn't going to tempt him. "You don't want to overthink it," said Nowitzki, who has had several clunkers during Dallas' current 10-game losing streak to the Spurs. "You don't want to go completely crazy and just hoist everything you see because some of those shots are contested. They've got to be within the flow and within the rhythm of the game." Dallas coach Rick Carlisle is sure those shots will be. "The thing about all-time great players is that it's not about one day coming in and saying, 'Hey, I'm going to go harder today' or 'I'm going to be more aggressive today,'" Carlisle said. "He's had the same approach every day for 16 years." And the Spurs have had the same game plan. "Even some days we do a good defense and he's going to still make shots," Splitter said. "If he has that kind of day it's hard. All you've got to do is pray that the ball doesn't go in." The Mavericks are hoping it does. Otherwise it figures to be a short series.
Dallas Mavericks' Monta Ellis, front, is fouled by San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard (2) as he tries to score during the first quarter of Game 1 of the opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in San Antonio.
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Stat of the day
» That’s what he said
The number of years that the “Tug of War” was considered an Olympic event (1900-1920)
Sale relieved injury doesn’t appear serious
“Kentucky will always have a special place in my heart, but growing up as a kid, there’s always been my dream to play in the NBA.”
-Julius Randle on entering the NBA Draft
Today Quinnipiac 3 p.m.
Softball Tioday UMass 4 p.m.
April 26 Louisville 1 p.m.
April 25 Louisville 6 p.m.
May 2 April 30 Holy Cross Memphis 5 p.m. 7:30 p.m.
April 26 Rutgers Noon
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April 27 Rutgers Noon
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April 30 Boston College 3:30 p.m.
Golf April 27-29 American Athletic Conference Championship All day
Lacrosse (9-6) April 26 Villanova 1 p.m.
May 1 Big East Semifinals TBA
Men’s Track and Field April 25 and 26 Penn Relays TBA AP
New York Yankees’ Jacoby Ellsbury is booed by fans as he walks to the plate for his first at-bat during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, April 22, 2014.
Women’s Track and Field
DETROIT (AP) — Chris Sale figures his arm injury could have been a lot worse. The Chicago White Sox believe Sale has a strained muscle in his throwing arm, and the ace left-hander was officially put on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday. There does not appear to be any ligament damage. “Yesterday was as good a news as we could have possibly gotten,” Sale said Tuesday. “I think just with kind of the way spring training and the year has unfolded for a lot of pitchers, maybe I (was) a little bit more nervous, just because you don’t know.” Matt Moore, Kris Medlen, Patrick Corbin and David Hernandez are among the pitchers who have been dealing with significant elbow problems this year, and Sale doesn’t appear to be joining that hard-luck group after undergoing an MRI. “First words out of the doctor’s mouth was, ‘The UCL looks excellent,’” Sale said. “I heard UCL was excellent, and I walked out. It’s about all I needed to hear.” Sale said this is similar to an issue he dealt with in 2012, and he “absolutely” expects to be back once he’s eligible to come off the DL. The move is retroactive to last Friday. The White Sox recalled left-hander Charlie Leesman from Triple-A Charlotte to start in Sale’s place against the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night. Chicago also assigned right-hander Frank Francisco to Charlotte after a stint at extended spring training. He signed a minor league deal April 14. The White Sox have already been dealing with their share of injuries this year. Outfielder Adam Eaton is day to day with a left hamstring strain, and infielder Conor Gillaspie was out of the starting lineup Tuesday with what he described as a minor issue with his left hand. Second baseman Gordon Beckham is out with a strained left oblique, reliever Nate Jones has a strained left hip, and outfielder Avisail Garcia was lost for the season with a torn labrum. So the White Sox can deal with Sale’s injury if it’s a relatively minor one. “You’re always concerned when somebody says they’re feeling something different than they normally do,” manager Robin Ventura said. “There’s just a relief that’s there, and you can tell by the way he’s walking around today and talking, he feels pretty good.” The 25-year-old Sale is 3-0 with a 2.30 ERA on the season. He threw 127 pitches in a loss to Boston on Thursday, but he wasn’t about to put too much blame on that for his injury. “Obviously, this early in the season, it could have something to do with it, but I don’t put too much emphasis on pitch count,” Sale said. “Who’s to say if I’d have thrown 18 less pitches that it would have been any better?”
Kentucky freshman Julius Randle to enter NBA
April 25 and 26 Penn Relays All day
What's On TV MLB: New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox, 7 p.m., ESPN
This will be the second game of the three game series as Jacoby Ellsbury makes his second start as a New York Yankee in Fenway Park. Michael Pineda is expected to get the start on the hill for the Yankees and John Lackey is expected to get the start for the Boston Red Sox. AP
NHL: Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues, 9:30 p.m., NBCSN
The Chicago Blackhawks bounced back in the third game of the series, cutting the Blues’ lead in half with a goal from their camptain, Jonathan Toews. The Blackhawks will look to do the same again in the Madhouse on Madison as the Chicago fans look to cheer their fans on to victory. All games have been decided by one gaol in this exciting series.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky forward Julius Randle took a lot of time and talked to a lot of people before deciding to leave after one season for the NBA draft, where he is expected to be among the top five selections. With five days left before the deadline for underclassmen to declare, the 6-foot-9 Dallas native announced the decision many expected even before he arrived as part of Kentucky’s best recruiting class ever. Projected as a lottery pick from the outset, Randle solidified his draft stock by leading Kentucky (29-11) to the NCAA final behind a string of double-doubles despite being double- and triple-teamed. Randle averaged 15.0 points and 10.4 rebounds and was voted to The Associated Press’ All-American third team. With Tuesday’s announcement, he joins guard James Young, who said last week that he would enter the June 26 draft. “Kentucky will always have a special place in my heart, but growing up as a kid, there’s always been my dream to play in the NBA, and there’s no better opportunity for me to achieve that goal than now,” Randle said at a news conference attended by his mother, Carolyn Kyles, and teammates Alex Poythress and Willie Cauley-Stein, who rode in on a scooter. Decisions remain for three more freshmen — twin guards Aaron and Andrew Harrison and center Dakari Johnson — along with sophomore forward Poythress,
who didn’t talk about his future Tuesday. But Randle’s announcement was the most anticipated, even though Kentucky’s fan base was resigned to him becoming the latest of the program’s “one and done” players. Randle’s steady low-post play led to positive feedback from league executives about his NBA potential. After spending the past couple of weeks talking with his family, Kentucky coach John Calipari — who didn’t attend the news conference — teammates and others, Randle made the decision many expected. His next step is hiring an agent. “It wasn’t something that we said we were going to do overnight,” Kyles said of the decision-making process. “We prayed about it and talked about it for a while and decided this is the best decision for him. ... “It was important to know their feedback, if they thought he was ready to go out there and contribute to a team. The positive feedback, there was enough of it coming from coach Cal that we felt this was the right thing to do.” Added Randle’s mentor, Jeff Webster, “I just wanted to hear him say it, that this is what he wanted to do.” Considered the best player of Kentucky’s much-heralded eightman recruiting class featuring six high school All-Americans, the 250-pound Randle was initially described by Calipari as the “alpha beast” of this talented group. The Wildcats overcame a
Kentucky’s Julius Randle, bottom right, announces he will leave after one season to enter the NBA draft during a news conference in Lexington, Ky., Tuesday, April 22, 2014.
stretch-run slump to reach the NCAA championship game before they lost 60-54 to Connecticut. Randle had 10 points, six rebounds and four assists in the final, but the Huskies’ defense kept him from being a threat in the paint. The left-handed freshman led the Wildcats in rebounding and scoring and posted a nation-leading 24 double-doubles in spite of opponents’ work in limiting his options near the basket. Calipari said in a statement that Randle “was Shaq’d all year — in every way,” referring to defenses applied to former NBA great Shaquille O’Neal. “I cannot wait to watch him shine at the next level.” Randle scored nearly half of his 599 points from the foul line, as he often had to muscle his way through double teams. He
also provided one of Kentucky’s season highlights in late February with a game-winning putback in the final seconds of a 77-76 overtime victory over LSU, one of many hard-fought games for a gifted yet inexperienced Wildcats squad that needed all season to come together. Through it all Randle remained a steady force with physical play that reinforced speculation that he would be among the top players chosen in June. “I came here to win a national championship. I came here to mature on and off the court, and I did that,” Randle said. “I came (up) one game short of winning a national championship, we did as a team. But everything we went through this year was just an experience I’ll never forget. That alone kept me at peace.”
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Big 12 coaches discuss state of college football
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The mercurial state of college football could be summed up by listening to Big 12 coaches respond to questions Monday as spring practices draw to a close. What was once an opportunity to discuss X’s and O’s, the hotshot freshman or a new starting quarterback instead became a discussion of whether players are employees, the perils and merits of transfers, and the money associated with the new format for college football’s playoff. Perhaps nobody in the Big 12 is better able to characterize the changes to the game than Bill Snyder, who took over at Kansas State in 1988 and has been witness to the shifting landscape. Take the issue of whether players are university employees, a hot-button issue after players at Northwestern sought to form a union. A regional director for the National Labor Relations Board has said that they meet the definition of employees under federal law. The university has filed an appeal, saying it provided “overwhelming evidence” that players are “students first.” Players are set to vote by secret ballot Friday on whether to form a union. “I haven’t thought about it that way,” Snyder said. “I consider them to be young men going through a stage in their life where they’re trying to formulate a foundation to be successful in life. I don’t see it any other way right now.” Oklahoma coach Bob Stoop was even more succinct: “If they’re employees,” he argued, “I guess you get to fire them, and I never want to do that to a young man.” “I look at them as part of our family in a way,” Stoops said, “and that we’re here to support them and help them in every way possible, and help guide them and help them get their education and develop them to be as good of athletes as they want to be.” One of the arguments made by players in support of becoming employees, and thus getting paid for playing, is the significant time demands of big-time college football. It is no longer enough to put in practice time and film study during the season. Rather, the game has become a year-round endeavor, and players often put in longer hours during spring and summer workouts. Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy recalls his offseason in the 1980s, when he was a quarterback for the Cowboys. There were still offseason workouts, but mostly “we hung out at the pool.” “We didn’t have near the time commitment these guys have. They put in tremendous work,” Gundy said. “It’s a choice they make. They go out on their own in the summer, they put their time in. I think it’s a great teaching tool for them in life. You’re’ only going to get out what you put into something, and these guys learn about discipline, structure and accountability.” Naturally, when players are investing most of their free time, they want to see results. And that has led to an increase in the number of transfers in recent years. Kansas coach Charlie Weis, who has accepted several highprofile transfers since his arrival in Lawrence, said it is not enough for players to engage in a “fire drill” simply because of their place on the depth chart. But he believes the NCAA should give players the freedom to move between schools when there’s been a change in coaching staff or philosophy. “I think that every situation is unique,” Weis said. As for the new playoff format, which has replaced the long-derided Bowl Championship Series, most coaches said they don’t believe it will change the way they operate. The Big 12 is generally among the toughest conferences in the country, and Gundy and others believe that winning it will usually be enough to land among the four teams chosen for the new semifinals.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
GONE IN 60 SECONDS UConn Huskies thwart the UMass Minutemen By Scott Carroll Staff Writer
The UConn Huskies defeated the UMass Minutemen 8-5 in a battle of New England schools yesterday. Callahan Brown took the hill for UConn, making his first career start for the Huskies. He went just over five innings allowing four runs, two of which were earned, while letting up one walk and striking out five. The Minutemen got things started early in the bottom of the first inning with two runs. Two UConn errors led to two Minutemen base runners, who were batted in on a single by Adam Picard. The Huskies would answer in the top of the third inning with a two out rally. After a single by senior shortstop Tom Verdi and sophomore third baseman Bryan Daniello was hit by a pitch, junior right fielder Blake Davey singled to drive home Verdi, giving the Huskies their first run of the game. Next at the plate was Bobby Melley who smashed a double to the outfield, scoring Daniello and Davey and giving the Huskies their first lead at 3-2. UConn struck again in the bottom of the fifth, as Davey came through again with a three-run home run over the right field wall to put the Huskies up even further 6-2. The Minutemen added two runs in the bottom of the sixth, but UConn struck again in the next half inning when Max McDowell hit a basesloaded double to score two Huskies. The Minutemen scored the final run of the game in the bottom of the eighth as Picard went deep to bring the game to its final score of 8-5. The win brings the Huskies’ record to above .500 at 20-19. UConn’s next game comes against Quinnipiac today in Hamden, Conn. at 3 p.m. STEVEN QUICK/The Daily Campus
UConn outfielder Griffin Garabedian slides head first back to first base during a UConn loss to the Temple Owls at home. The Huskies defeated the Umass Minutemen yesterday.
Huskies do away with the bulldogs By Spencer Mayfield Campus Correspondent
The UConn softball team went to Bryant University yesterday and defeated the Bulldogs 10-2 in a non-conference matchup. The Huskies picked up their 12th victory of the season and their third win in their last five games. Senior Katelyn Callahan started for UConn on the mound and pitched five innings, gaining her second win of the season. The right hander allowed four hits and two runs while striking out five and only walking two. The Huskies got on the board early against Bryant and never looked back. Junior infielder Emily O’Donnell hit an RBI single that scored sophomore infielder Valerie Sadowl for the first run of the game. Sophomore outfielder Heather Fyfe also added an RBI single that scored senior outfielder Maddy Schiappa. O’Donnell later scored on a sacrifice fly from sophomore infielder Lexi Gifford. Both teams went scoreless in the second inning before UConn once again rallied in the third.
The Huskies got a run off of an RBI double from Fyfe who later came around to score on a single from sophomore infielder Jacklyn Dubois. The big hit during the inning was a two-run double from Dubois that gave UConn a seven run lead. Bryant was able to get two runs off of Callahan in fifth inning but that would be it for their offense on the day. UConn added three more insurance runs in the top of the 7th to cap off a huge offensive day. Fyfe once again had a strong offensive showing for the Huskies. She totaled two hits in four at bats along with two runs scored and two RBIs, improving her season average to .302, the second highest on the team. Sadowl also continues to lead the Huskies offensively. She finished with three RBIs on the day as well as two walks and one run scored in the lead-off spot. The Huskies return to the field on Thursday when they will square off against New England rival UMass at 4 p.m. at Burrill Family Field.
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UConn’s Heather Fyfe trots home while her teammates cheer her on. The softball team defeated the Bryant Bulldogs yesterday at the Bryant homefield to improve to 12 wins on the season.
Mets ace Matt Harvey off Twitter after photo flap NEW YORK (AP) — The picture Matt Harvey tweeted of himself making an obscene gesture on his way into surgery caused such a stir that the injured New York Mets ace shut down his Twitter account. Harvey confirmed he posted a photo Tuesday morning that showed him raising the middle finger on his left hand as he was about to undergo Tommy John surgery exactly six months ago. Harvey said his mother took the picture and he posted it on Twitter because he was excited to mark the milestone and wanted to have a little fun. “I guess that was how I felt going into surgery, realizing that it was going to be a pretty long process ahead of me. So it was all fun and games,”
Harvey said in the dugout before the Mets played the St. Louis Cardinals. “I guess that was my way of saying that I was going to try and beat the process.” The pitcher said he won’t apologize for simply showing the playful side of his personality. “I’m not going to apologize for being myself and, you know, having a good laugh at a funny little picture,” he said. “But I’ve kind of had enough with Twitter and I guess not being able to show your personal side, and I’ll keep those pictures to myself.” The photo generated plenty of attention online, and the Mets said they asked Harvey to take it down because they deemed it inappropriate. Harvey decided to delete his
Twitter account entirely. “Honestly, I didn’t think there was anything officially wrong with it,” he said. “I know you listen to the radio and you hear a lot of rap music, and (it has) things that are a lot worse than what I was showing — a genuine excitement and a little bit of laughter towards a picture that I was looking at this morning. But I guess to stop the controversy deleting the Twitter was an easy out of not worrying about it anymore.” It’s not the first time Harvey has raised eyebrows on social media or butted heads with the Mets. After some commotion this spring, the club agreed to let him rehab in New York when the team is home this season, rather than in lonely Port St.
Lucie, Fla. “It wasn’t me trying to bring bad press to the New York Mets or anything like that. You know, it was my account. I felt like it was a funny picture, but obviously it was taken the wrong way so I took it down,” Harvey said. “I guess after so many times you get of not being able to show some fun or some laughs and things I thought were funny, and people who do know me and know that I 90 percent of the time are probably joking around when it comes to stuff like that, I felt like it was time to shut her down,” he added. “I think when you can’t really have fun anymore on a social media account, I think it comes time to get rid of it and, you
know, I’ll have my fun with my friends and teammates who do know me for who I am.” Harvey is making 20 throws at a time on flat ground at this stage and said his rehabilitation is going well. “I feel great. My arm feels unbelievable,” he said. Harvey said of course he would like to return before the end of this season, but “obviously the biggest thing is maybe not coming back this year and being healthy, but being healthy for the next couple years.” “I just passed the sixmonth point, so for any of that discussion to even happen, it’s still a long ways away,” he said.
Published on Apr 23, 2014