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USG Senate denies judicial nominee USG members asserted that Sen. Gooding does not meet qualifications for a Justice position By Katherine Tibedo Staff Writer When Senator Ozzie Gooding moved to have himself added to the 2012-2013 judicial nominees after having been denied, new precedent was sent in the USG Senate. He asserted that he had not been given a sufficient reason as to why his nomination was denied and, given that a fifth Justice spot remained empty, he requested the Senate fill the position with him. When asked about his qualifications Gooding called into question the qualifications of the other nominees, arguing they too would have to study procedure in preparation for their new roles – causing the Speaker of the Senate Jigish Patel to object to his statements, citing the discussion was on Gooding’s qualifications not on the qualifications of the other nominees. However, Patel’s objection was challenged forcing the meeting to pause while Chief Justice Jared Ashmore determined whether such a motion to override the Speaker could be made, as such a motion had never happened before. The Speaker’s objection was upheld and debate over the addition of Gooding’s nomination ensued, despite calls to end any debate. Senator Nicole Douglin, part of the nomination committee who denied Gooding’s application, stated that she stood by the committee’s decision. She said Gooding was unqualified for the position and had not provided him with an answer because
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she did not want to insult him. Douglin said, “I did not tell him because I did not want to be rude to his face.” She further stated this call to be nominated now forced her to be rude before the Senate, and proceeded to list the reasons she felt he was unqualified. Many senators supported that the nomination committee’s decision should not be up for question. The debate quickly became heated and room became loud and disorderly, as the debate continued over Gooding’s qualifications. In response to Douglin’s remarks about his qualifications, Gooding stated he had only been denied the nomination because of personal prejudice. He denied having missed many meetings or having left early, despite being
time of great change for UConn.” He cited the accomplishments USG made this year from sending a group to the White House to equalizing the penalties for alcohol and marijuana. He encouraged the Senate to take advantage in the coming year of the willingness of the new administration to work with the students for the benefit of the university as a whole. At the last meeting of USG this year veterans welcomed the incoming Senators. In his end of the year report, Ashmore offered some advice: “This is a public service organization. It is one thing to have pride in what you do and to have ego in what you do. We are here to serve people.”
presented minutes from other meetings noting him missing during roll calls. “I am embarrassed by USG at the moment,” said Chief of Staff Corey Schmitt. “The conversation I’m hearing is just ridiculous…I don’t believe you’re taking pride in the USG.” He promptly left the meeting. The question of Gooding’s nomination was put to vote with five senators voting in favor, ten against and nine abstaining; therefore, Gooding was not added to the nominees. The other four other nominees were approved. As it was the last USG meeting of the year, the committees, executive branch, Judiciary branch and the Speaker gave their final reports. In his State of the Senate address USG President Sam Tracy said it’s “a
Daily Campus columnist UConn will “make it pink” this Friday in response to wins national award
By Olivia Balsinger Staff Writer
A University of Connecticut journalism and political science double major and columnist at The Daily Campus has a reason to be proud. Sophomore Jesse Rifkin received first place for the 2012 Jeff Zaslow College Columnist Award. This award is given through the National Society of Newspaper Columnists Education Foundation. This award comprises that 14th annual scholarship presentation by the society. It was given in honor of an honored Wall Street Journal columnist and author, Jeff Zaslow, who died in February. Along with the award, Rifkin also received a $1,000 scholarship to further pursue his studies. In addition, Rifkin will also will be the guest of the society at its 36th annual conference, May 3-6, 2012, in Macon, Ga. Rifkin said that the society will be paying for all expenses, transportation, and lodging. Allena Berry, of Vanderbilt University, took second place in the competition and Chris Grillot, of Louisiana State University, received third place. Rifkin’s winning columns have all been previously published in the commentary section of Daily Campus. They are titled, “Charlie Womack, the guitarist at the XL Center,” “The grim future of a local bookshop,” “DC past a lesson in caution with freedom of press.” “My father told me about the contest a year ago,” said Rifkin. “I did not enter, thinking that there was no way I could win as a freshman. After all, the 2011 and 2010 grand prize winners were both seniors — Jocelyn Rousey
of Boston College and Derek Wilson of Ball State University, respectively. Now that I was a sophomore, I decided to give it a go.” Judging the competition was John Avlon. According to columnists.com, Avlon is a senior columnist for Newsweek and the Daily Beast and co-editor of the book Deadline Artists: America’s Greatest Newspaper Columns. Suzette Martinez Standring, Dave Astor and Ben S. Pollock, of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, were the semi-final judges. According to columnists.com, Alvon said of Rifkin, “Jesse Rifkin’s columns for for the University of Connecticut’s Daily Campus go beyond simple opinion writing toward the classic reported column – using individuals’ stories to frame larger issues. The result is compelling reading, deft use of interviews that allow people to tell their own stories, setting the stage for thoughtful examinations of serious issues – whether it is local businesses being squeezed out, ruminations on past college pranks that proved unwise, or the story behind the street corner musician we might walk past every day. The insight, research and reporting all combine to create great storytelling for the reader.” Pollock was also very impressed with Rifken’s columns. “Jesse employs journalism,” he told columnists.com, “In a few hundred words he captures the 82-year-old proprietor of a bookshop whose landlord is forcing her out. He fascinates with a look at a 51-year-old college newspaper prank, and interviews its editor at the time.”
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By Courtney Robishaw Staff Writer Students at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, RI are challenging others around the world to “Make it Pink” this Friday. In a YouTube video, they specifically call out UConn as one of the schools they would like to challenge to “Make it Pink.” Dr. Steve Stifano, who taught at UConn from 2006 to 2011, challenged his “Electronic Media Programming” class to create a video that would go viral on the internet and get one million views in one month. Instead of just seeing it as a project, the class decided to create a movement, spreading awareness about something that has a large impact on everyone: breast cancer. “We decided to use the assignment to actually do something that helped people and then see if we could make the idea go viral,” said Caitlin Neville, one of the students in charge of media outreach for the project. “A number of us had ties to breast cancer and when we got to talking about it, we decid-
ed to do something to support breast cancer awareness. We had a long talk about what we could possibly do and someone finally said ‘whatever we do, why not make it pink?’ and thus the whole idea was born,” she added. Part of the students’ grades will be determined by how many views they get on their video. One million views is the target for an A. So far their video has been seen by over 24,000 people across 72 different countries. “We’ve heard directly from people in places like Michigan and Pasadena, California who are planning on joining in,” Neville said. While October is breast cancer awareness month, the class asks what about the other 11 months of the year. The students at URI will be making their campus pink on Friday and encourage everyone to do so too, by wearing pink and putting up other pink things supporting breast cancer awareness, like banners, posters and balloons.
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Conn. Gov. pushes education despite poll results HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — With a substantial amount of Connecticut residents saying they disapprove of how he is handling education in the state, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is stressing the importance of his education overhaul proposals to state mayors and other municipal leaders amid negotiations with the legislature on the final version of the bill. Malloy pitched his education overhaul package to a group of mayors and first selectmen from across the state Wednesday, just hours after a new Quinnipiac University poll suggested only 38 percent of registered voters said they approve of the governor’s handling of education. Meanwhile, 43 percent said they disapprove. The telephone survey of 1,745 Connecticut voters has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 2.4 percentage points.
Voter turnout 14.4 percent for Conn. GOP primary
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Secretary of the State Denise Merrill says the statewide average voter turnout for Connecticut’s Republican presidential primary was 14.4 percent. Republicans voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who secured 67.5 percent of the vote. U.S. Rep. Ron Paul placed second with 13.5 percent. Turnout in Connecticut for the Democratic presidential primary back in 2008 was 51.1 percent. No Democratic presidential primary was held this year. On Wednesday, the secretary said figures filed by local registrars show a total of 59,969 out of 415,725 active registered Republicans in Connecticut cast ballots.
Senate: Make it tougher to close post offices
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate bill aimed at saving the U.S. Postal Service would make it harder to close thousands of low-revenue post offices and end Saturday mail delivery, even though the struggling agency says those moves are just what’s needed to reduce its massive debt and become profitable again. The measure takes steps to help the agency avert bankruptcy as early as this fall, through a cash infusion of $11 billion to pay off debt and reduce costs by offering retirement incentives to 100,000 employees. But the bill sidesteps decisions on postal closings, buying time for lawmakers who would rather avoid the wrath of voters in an election year. The Senate planned to vote as early as Wednesday on a final bill, after considering amendments that could restrict the Postal Service from further cuts to first-class mail delivery. During debate, lawmakers agreed to hold off closing rural post offices for a year, give communities new ways to appeal, prevent any closings before the November elections but also shut five of the seven post offices on the Capitol grounds.
Bus-only corridor in Conn. wins final approval
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut transportation officials say the Army Corps of Engineers has approved a final wetlands permit for the more than half-billion-dollar New Britain-to-Hartford busesonly corridor. A ground-breaking ceremony is scheduled for May. James Redeker, commissioner of the state Department of Transportation, said in a statement that Connecticut is now full-speed ahead on the 9.4-mile busway. Sen. Joe Markley, an opponent of the project, is trying to win approval in the legislature of a measure diverting money from the bus corridor to highway and rail projects. The state says the project will cut commuting time and lead to 4,000 construction jobs and 100 permanent jobs
Gingrich to end presidential campaign next week
WASHINGTON (AP) — Newt Gingrich began taking steps Wednesday to shut down his debt-laden White House bid, setting the stage to endorse one-time rival Mitt Romney next week and rally Republicans behind their apparent nominee. Gingrich had a friendly telephone conversation Wednesday with Romney and had started planning an event where he would throw his support behind the likely nominee, Gingrich spokesman R.C Hammond said. The pair agreed to work together to unite conservatives against President Barack Obama. “It’s clear Romney is the nominee and the focus should be on defeating Obama. We should not focus on defeating ourselves,” Gingrich told disappointed supporters in Kings Mountain, N.C., the morning after Romney tightened his grip on the nomination by sweeping primary contests in five states.
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Romney moves to coordinate campaign with GOP
WASHINGTON (AP) — A day after claiming the title of Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney moved aggressively Wednesday to coordinate with the Republican National Committee to intensify his fight against President Barack Obama. One-time bitter GOP rivals looked to be coalescing behind the former Massachusetts governor. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus marked the transition Wednesday by proclaiming Romney the party’s “presumptive nominee.” Romney’s campaign also appointed several senior staff members to work on an informal takeover of the committee’s national infrastructure. “We will ensure that our finance, political and communications teams are fully synchronized,” Priebus said. “I am excited that these two top-notch operations will start to integrate and present a unified team to defeat Barack Obama.” At the same time, fading Republican contender Newt Gingrich signaled that he would likely follow Rick Santorum out of the race and called on the GOP to unite behind Romney. Aides confirmed that Gingrich will leave the race next week and said he was likely to endorse his one-time rival. The dramatically shifting landscape comes as Romney refocuses his efforts on challenging Obama, raising money for the battle ahead and reconciling with a divided Republican Party. “Tonight is the start of a new campaign,” Romney said Tuesday night as he celebrated a sweep of five primaries. He blasted Obama as a man whose tenure has been marked by “false promises and weak leadership” in a
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and wife, Ann, take the stage at an election night rally in Manchester, N.H., Tuesday, April 24.
time of economic struggle. The contests were the first since Santorum conceded the race, and the former Pennsylvania senator said he intended to sit down with Romney’s representatives on Wednesday and with Romney himself in the next week or two. “Mitt Romney is going to be the nominee,” Santorum told CNN, “and I’m going to support the nominee.” Romney was attending fundraisers Wednesday and Thursday to prepare for what may be the most expensive presidential con-
test in the history of American politics. He exuded confidence Tuesday night, but faces a 10-to-1 cash disadvantage in a general election matchup against the Democratic president. Romney has at least six closed-door fundraisers in two days in New York and New Jersey. They may be among his final private meetings with donors, according to campaign officials who confirmed that Romney would begin opening some finance events to reporters as early as next week. The officials requested anonymity to discuss internal decisions.
Once Obama’s, younger voters in play this election WASHINGTON (AP) — Once thought to be solidly behind President Barack Obama, younger voters burdened by a bleak employment picture, high gas prices and student loan debt are being aggressively wooed by the Democrat and his likely Republican challenger, Mitt Romney. In 2008, Obama had a 34-point advantage over Republican Sen. John McCain among voters under age 30. He won about two-thirds of the vote in that age group. But a new Harvard poll suggests the president may face a harder sales job with younger voters this time
around. Obama led Romney by 12 points among those ages 18-24, according to the survey. Among those in the 25-29 age group, Obama held a 23-point advantage. It’s an opening Republicans hope to exploit by focusing on young people’s disillusionment with the candidate who promised “hope” and “change.” “I think young voters in this country have to vote for me if they’re really thinking about what’s in the best interest of their country and what’s in their personal best interest,” Romney said Monday in Pennsylvania after announcing his support for an effort Obama is pushing to keep the
Columnist discusses future in writing
from DAILY CAMPUS, page 1 Jesse was not always interested in pursuing journalism. In fact, he did not enter UConn as a journalism major. “I had always greatly enjoyed reading books, newspapers, and magazines — anything I could get my hands on,” he said. My first real entry into journalism was when I started out writing a regular humor column for my high school newspaper as a 14-year-old freshman. Even though I advanced to Editor-inChief by junior year, I still did not enter college as a journalism major. I just considered writing a hobby on the side. When I really knew journalism was the path for
me was when my writings were published in the Chicago Tribune and Washington Post, both as a college freshman last year.” Jesse has served a weekly commentary columnist and Editorial Board member since his freshman year. Next year he will be the associate commentary section editor for the paper. Jesse also hopes to continue writing, perhaps as a career. “Journalism would be my topchoice profession, ideally,” he said. “I will actually be working for the Hartford Courant news department this summer, the highest-circulation newspaper in Connecticut.
anticipate erasing the Democrats’ long-held advantage among the under-30 voter group, they would like to trim it enough to help Romney win the White House. His aides and advisers have been sharpening a message that assails Obama for an economy that has young people feeling the pinch, too. The Republican National Committee is preparing to launch what it calls the Social Victory Center, which promises to turn the Facebook accounts of supporters into an outreach arm of the party. And Romney’s five telegenic sons, none of them younger than 30, are ready to reprise their roles as campaign surrogates.
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interest rate on federal student loans from doubling in July. Obama is visiting college campuses in key states this week to rally students around the proposal. “The president’s policies have led to extraordinary statistics. When you look at 50 percent of kids coming out college today can’t find a job or can’t find a job which is consistent with their skills, how in the world can you be supporting a president that has led to that kind of economy?” Romney said. “I think young people will understand that ours is the party of opportunity and jobs.” While Republicans don’t
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France raises prospect of military action in Syria
BEIRUT (AP) — France raised the prospect of military intervention in Syria on Wednesday, saying the U.N. should consider harsher measures if an international peace plan that has been shaken by violence ultimately collapses. The statement reflects mounting international frustration with daily attacks that have kept a cease-fire between troops loyal to President Bashar Assad and armed rebels seeking to oust him from taking hold. Activists said government troops killed at least 29 civilians Wednesday, including 12 killed in shelling in the central city of Hama. Rebels attacked elsewhere, killing at least four security personnel. French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said France had discussed invoking Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter, which can be enforced militarily, with other world powers. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said last week the United Nations should move toward such a step to allow for measures like travel and financial sanctions and an arms embargo. She didn’t mention military action. The U.S. has for more than a year opposed the further militarization of the situation. Any such move, however, would likely be blocked by Russia and China, which have twice used their vetoes as permanent Council members to protect Syria from condemnation and remain opposed to military intervention. Western powers, too, don’t appear interested in sending forces to another Middle East nation in
In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian honor guard soldiers carry the coffins of Syrian army soldiers who were killed in recent violence in the country, during their funeral procession at the military hospital in Damascus, Syria, Tuesday April 24.
turmoil. Instead, all parties have backed a peace plan brokered by envoy Kofi Annan that calls for a cease-fire to allow for dialogue between the regime and the opposition on a political solution to the 13-monthold conflict which has killed more than 9,000 people. That plan, however, has been troubled from the start. Syria has failed to enact key parts of the plan, like withdrawing its forces from cities, and its troops
have attacked opposition areas, killing scores of civilians since the truce was to begin on April 12. Rebel fighters, too, have attacked military checkpoints and convoys. In Paris on Wednesday, Juppe said the plan was “severely compromised” but must go ahead. “We think this mediation should be given a chance,” he said after a meeting with Syrian dissidents. He called for the full contingent of 300 observers
authorized by the Security Council to be deployed in Syria in 15 days and said Annan’s report on the cease-fire scheduled for May 5 will be a “moment of truth” on whether mediation can solve the conflict. “We cannot allow ourselves to be defied by the current regime,” he said. In New York, U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin of Russia said he told Moscow that some Security Council members said they had proof that Syria had not withdrawn its forces from cities — as Syria’s foreign minister claimed on April 21. So far, the observer’s presence has appeared to prevent violence in some areas while exacerbating it in others. The central city of Homs, shelled daily for months by government troops, has been relatively quiet since two observers took up residence in a local hotel. But activists said regime forces killed more than 30 people in the central city of Hama this week, just one day after residents welcomed observers with an anti-government rally. Now, two observers remain in Hama. Regime troops opened fire to keep residents from meeting a small observer team that reached the southern town of Tafas on Wednesday, a local activist said. The gunfire killed one civilian, and the observers left without talking to residents, Yazid al-Baradan said via Skype. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said three soldiers
Libya bans religious political parties
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libya’s ruling National Transitional Council issued a new law Wednesday that bans parties based on religious principles, the council spokesman said. The surprise move was denounced by Islamists organizing to compete in upcoming elections. Mohammed al-Hareizi said the provision, included in a law which governs the formation of political parties, was designed to preserve “national unity.” “Parties shouldn’t be based on ethnic or religious ideologies,” he said. “We don’t want the government to be divided by these ideological differences.” Islamists, like most political or religious groups in Libya, were long suppressed by former dictator Moammar Gadhafi. He was killed by Libyan rebels in October after eight months of fighting. The law comes two months ahead of the country’s first general elections to choose a 200-member assembly tasked with writing a new constitution and forming a government.
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta praised Brazil’s emergence as a global power Wednesday, urging the nation to become more involved in security efforts around the world by assisting in places like Africa. “We welcome Brazil’s growing strength. We support Brazil as a global leader, and seek closer defense cooperation, because we believe that a stronger and more globally engaged Brazil will help enhance international security,” Panetta said in a speech to Brazil’s Superior War College. “With our deepening partnership, Brazil’s strength is more than ever our strength.” In particular, he urged Brazil to work with the U.S. to help improve African militaries by conducting combined exercises and other training. U.S. officials have identified the terrorist threat coming out of Africa from al-Qaida linked groups as a growing international security problem. Panetta said the U.S. and Brazil are at a critical point in their history and a stronger partnership could be a force for peace.
But even as he sketched out efforts to improve intelligence sharing and conduct combined military exercises and joint research, Panetta pushed back against Brazilian criticism of the U.S. and urged the country to buy American-made aircraft. While his tone was largely friendly, it underscored the tensions that sometimes weigh on the relationship between the two democracies. And it comes as the U.S. frets about declining economic influence in South America, where China is steadily gaining as a top trading partner. China has surpassed the U.S. in trade with Brazil, Chile and Peru, and is a close second in Argentina and Colombia. President Barack Obama has identified this region as increasingly important to U.S. national security. And Panetta continued that argument in his remarks Wednesday, as well as during meetings in Brasilia and Colombia earlier in the week. Panetta said American and Brazilian officials must combine their technical expertise and increase information sharing about
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Thursday, April 26, 2012
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Melanie Deziel, Editor-in-Chief Ryan Gilbert, Commentary Editor Tyler McCarthy, Associate Commentary Editor Michelle Anjirbag, Weekly Columnist Chris Kempf, Weekly Columnist Jesse Rifkin, Weekly Columnist
State raising age to be tried as adult gives time to help troubled youth
efore 2010, Connecticut was one of the most regressive and punitive states with regard to juvenile crime. The old mantra of “adult time for adult crime” meant that hundreds and thousands of young criminals in this state were subjected to regular judicial procedures and punishments intended for adults at the age of sixteen. Many of these teenage offenders had never committed a violent crime, yet found themselves in adult prisons as their minds and bodies continued to develop. This state of affairs was an embarrassment for Connecticut up until 2007, when the State Legislature passed a law that has raised the age at which juveniles may be tried as adults to 17 in 2010, and to 18 earlier this year. We should reflect on and applaud this decision for having rectified a major injustice in law and in our society. Determining a specific age at which a juvenile inherits the privileges and responsibilities of adulthood is an arbitrary one. After all, it is simply not possible to determine at what point each individual reaches a certain level of maturity necessary to, for example, gamble, smoke tobacco, vote or operate dangerous machinery. But we feel that disparity in the various ages at which one gains a privilege is impossible to rationalize: why do we entrust the right to vote to someone who we do not permit to drink alcohol? Why do we entrust the ability to drive a car to someone who we do not permit to vote? As far as juvenile crime is concerned, it made no sense whatsoever to treat a 16-year-old criminal as an adult when he or she had not received any of the above privileges. Young offenders, according to the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance, are more likely to have substance abuse problems, to need special education and to have been victims of abuse or neglect. Yet before 2010, the criminal justice system was permitted to punish and imprison, through regular courts, 16- and 17-year-olds who had merely committed theft or vandalism. Our society should aim to help its troubled youth by offering them special care, education, protection from violence and poverty, not punishment. Thanks to the legislature’s action five years ago, we are now infinitely closer to that goal now than we were then. The Daily Campus editorial is the official opinion of the newspaper and its editorial board. Commentary columns express opinions held solely by the author and do not in any way reflect the official opinion of The Daily Campus.
Which one of you Facebook stalkers posted my status to the Instant Daily without telling me? Hawaii is like the little brother of the United States. You don’t really want it to tag along, but you’re both so close to each other that they’re kind of forced on you. Topanga, what kind of a name is that? Sorry for tickling you, stranger. Thought you were someone else ... and thanks for not screaming. You know it’s time for the semester to end when you’re genuinely happy that you only have a five page paper due tomorrow, and that you’re actually really looking forward to finals week. How do people not notice the big sign saying that one of the Co-Op doors is broken? Cars, bus is turning! Can someone please explain why it always smells like burning styrofoam outside of Hawley Armory every day? I need two more InstantDailys this year to fill up my door ... let’s go, home stretch Squirrels are the best. Wait, so summer is the next season? I just had coitus and it felt so good. Is there someone else on campus that loves Khia as much as I do? I don’t know if At The Pool is THAT advanced just yet. When I roll up my sleeves and see hair on my upper arms, I get so disturbed. What’s up, grandpa? Hey, so did Caroline Doty ever agree to go to that dance with that cute Jewish columnist?
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The editor’s turn to exit
I’ve never been especially good at goodbyes; I’m basically the poster boy for the “mushy type.” However, as they say, all good things must come to an end, and it’s now my turn to wax nostalgic about my time at UConn, impart some witty words of wisdom and pass the familiar torch of this weekly column to another. Everyone seems to have a different idea of what college is supposed to be about. We’ve all listened to our parents or older siblings or friends or professors tell us why college is valuable, what we should take from this experience and how these years here will influence the rest By Ryan Gilbert of our lives. Commentary Editor I’ve thought a lot about all of the different platitudes about college that loved ones (and not-so-loved ones) have divulged to me over the last few years. My parents have made it abundantly clear that college is absolutely, unquestionably, fundamentally about “getting a job.” Yet, I’ve also been told that college is about “new experiences,” and “finding yourself” and “the people you’ll meet.” Is it possible for college to be about all these things? Then again, isn’t it likely that college is about none of these things? Trust me, I’m not trying to be all hippydippy philosophical or anything like that, but I just can’t get behind the notion of prescribing certain speculative criteria to the college experience. Here’s where I stand: I have a job, I’ve had new experiences, I don’t believe I’ve found myself and I’ve
met a lot of people. Three out of four isn’t too shabby, I guess. My time at UConn has meant a great deal to me. I’ve had the fortune of pursuing a major that I’m devoted to. I’ve participated in programs, events and discussions that have opened my eyes, strengthened my convictions and challenged my most stubborn suspicions. I’ve written 32,000 words about my opinions and had them published by the third largest college newspaper in New England. I’ve laughed and cried uncontrollably more times than I can count. I’ve become close friends with some of the brightest, humorous, most strong-minded people I’ve ever met. I hadn’t really started to mourn the ending of my college experience until the afternoon I sat down in front of my computer to write this column. I had just come from lunch with a few of my friends. We talked about the ush (pronounced: th-ee yoo-zh) – too much work, what were we doing on Friday, guys are dumb, Beyoncé versus Rihanna, etc. I chose to sit down at a table outside the convenience store in the Student Union because my friend was working, and he would occasionally come out and bug me. I knew I had to write this column fast because my best friend was being presented with an award later that night, and I wanted to go support and celebrate with him. I decided to read an e-mail from my professor before I started and he ended his message with, “Make sure you
have fun these last few days. And it’s OK if you find yourself on the brink of tears from time to time.” His one line – something he probably threw in as an off-the-cuff quip – made me realize I grew up in college. I am a completely different person than the quiet, shy, uncertain introvert who stumbled onto campus years ago, anxious about finding his way around and meeting his roommates. I’m certainly not saying that after four years I know it all. In fact, I would guess that I know little to nothing about anything. Yet, I’m remarkably OK with not having all the answers. A few nights ago, my friends and I were having the inevitable “what the hell do we do now?!” chat over a few drinks. We were reminiscing over our favorite adventures we’ve had with each other, and found myself looking around at all my friends and thinking about what a lovely bunch of lost souls we all are. There’s nothing wrong with being naïve, though, it’s part of the escapade of growing up. It’s cool. That’s my gentle way of saying that yes, I am naïve – really naïve. But at least I realize that now, and can embrace it. I think it would be nice to hold onto my idealism, no matter how naïve it makes me, for at least a little while. Yep, here come the tears my professor warned me about.
“There’s nothing wrong with being naïve,
though, it’s part of the escapade of growing up. It’s cool.”
Commentary Editor Ryan Gilbert is an 8th-semester journalism major. He can be reached at Ryan.Gilbert@UConn.edu.
Affordable care act does not benefit young people
wo years after its passage, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, dubbed “Obamacare,” is currently awaiting a decision by the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of its provision that every American be required to purchase health insurance. If the provision is struck down, either the entire bill will be struck down or more likely, the By Thomas Dilling Justices will determine Staff Columnist portions of the bill that are dependent on there being mandated coverage and strike those down. Many of these provisions, as I will explain, are counter to the interests of young people and ought to be a reason for young people to oppose the law. Healthcare spending follows what is called a pareto distribution – 20 percent of people make up 80 percent of the costs and 5 percent of people make up 50 percent of the costs. Young people disproportionately make up the low-cost or no-cost individuals in that distribution. In fact, out of the 5 percent of people who make up 50 percent of costs, only 13 percent of
them are under 35, despite 50 percent of the population fitting into that age group. The natural age distribution of non-Medicare medical costs, according to Oliver Wyman, is five to one. That is, the oldest non-Medicare age group normally consumes about five times more healthcare services than the youngest age group. However, in 2014, the Affordable Care Act is set to massively alter the underwriting process to eliminate or regulate many factors from consideration in the determination of premium pricing. One such regulation is that the age-rating ratio will be mandated to become 1:3. This means that the oldest nonMedicare age group can only be charged three times as much as the youngest age group despite them consuming five times as much in health services. In effect, this is a subsidy for older people at the expense of younger people, and will necessarily increase the premiums of young people. Oliver Wyman projects that the effect on premiums for ages 18-24 will be a 45 percent increase. As many have probably heard, the Affordable Care Act also allows what it calls “adult-children” (young adults up to age
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26) to remain on their parent’s plan if they aren’t employed and are uninsured. For these people, parents will see the increased premiums instead, but young people with jobs or young people over the age of 26, are facing increased premiums. The individual mandate requirement, if ruled as constitutional, forces young people to pay the increased premiums. Without the mandate, the increased premiums would potentially be unsustainable because of adverse selection. That is, healthier young people who aren’t seeing the benefit of insurance to justify the cost will be more prone to drop out of the market, further increasing costs to the remaining young people, creating a cycle. According to Milliman, even if the individual mandate is upheld, requiring young people to pay increased premiums, there will still be another form of adverse selection in which young move into “catastophic” plans that offer less benefits at a lower cost, allowing the individual to selfinsure for more routine care. Furthermore, the upcoming 2014 regulations on underwriting not only perverse the age-pricing of insurance but also eliminate the ability to price insurance based on medical status or gender. This
will result in even more perverse pricing for men, who are the disproportionately younger sex, as well as distribute the costs of select higher health risk participants to the entire pool, further increase costs for most. These too lead to adverse selection of the disaffected individuals, just as with age-pricing limits. Any provision that increases the cost of premiums even if not specifically targeting young people also increases the price of insurance, which disproportionate burdens young people who are, on average in lower paying jobs. One such provision was the elimination of maximum lifetime benefits in 2010, increasing the cost of those insurance plans, which are held by 59 percent of workers and 89 percent of individually insured, according to Kaiser. Higher insurances prices have a decrease in wages which are forced with an individual mandate and result in higher dropout rates without one. These effects of the individual mandate should be reconsidered regardless of the constitutional challenge result. Staff Columnist Thomas Dilling is an 8th-semester biological sciences major. He can be reached at Thomas.Dilling@UConn.edu.
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Thursday, April 26, 2012
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I Hate Everything by Carin Powell
Stickcat by Karl, Jason, Fritz and Chan
Monkey Business by Jack Boyd
Froot Buetch by Brendan Nicholas and Brendan Albetski
Horoscopes by Brian Ingmanson To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) -- Today is a 6 -- A lucky break opens a new door. You can sell your idea now. You may need to upgrade workplace technology. There’s a solid profit potential. Listen carefully to family. Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 5 -- Take every opportunity to share your love with your partner. Don’t leave it unsaid. Assess cash flow, and seek professional advice if useful. Keep your fingers on the budget pulse. Gemini (May 21-June 21) -- Today is a 6 -- Your partner fields an opportunity. Send off the paperwork for a raise, a better job or an increase in funding. Go ahead and go for it! Take on more responsibility. Cancer (June 22-July 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Write down your thoughts, even if they don’t make any sense at first. Adapt to the changing winds and hit the open seas full speed ahead.
Editor’s Choice by Brendan Albetski
#hashtag by Cara Dooley
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- You’re the king of the jungle, especially this weekend. Your capacity to adapt is enviable. Share your luck with friends. Replenish your reserves. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 6 -- You’re especially sensitive this weekend. Use the circumstances to build something new and extraordinary. Your best move may be a well-thought-out surprise. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 6 -- Read poetry with friends, and get an energy boost. Open your heart to surprises of the positive kind. Write a love letter and seal it with a kiss.
Superglitch by John Lawson
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 7 -- There’s a lot to learn, and all it takes now is to have an open mind. Be willing to explore new fields, even if you’re intimidated. Be respectful. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 7 -- It’s adventure time! Travel and romance look awesome for the weekend. To your amazement, the overall outcome is brilliant ... even if armchair escapes are your mode. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is a 6 -- Peace and quiet may be the best medicine now, but don’t forget a dose of sun. Feed your brain with new ideas. Recharge your batteries. Include love in multiple forms.
UConn Classics: Same Comic, Different Day Rockin’ Rick by Steve Winchell and Sean Rose
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 7 -- The weekend’s dipped in love and romance. Dancing, maybe? Don’t be afraid to share your true self. New responsibilities come new rewards. Boost your electronic capability. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is an 8 -- Someone appreciates your crazy and expressive side. Enjoy peaceful moments and busy ones. The whirlwind of activity gives you extra energy.
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Thursday, April 26, 2012
NYC mayor vetoes wage bill
Watson buying generic drugmaker Actavis for $5.6 billion
PARSIPPANY, N.J. (AP) — Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc. is buying another generic drugmaker, Switzerland’s Actavis Group, for about $5.6 billion in a move that will make Watson in the world’s third-biggest generic drugmaker. Watson, which has seen its profits surge since it started selling an authorized generic version of cholesterol blockbuster Lipitor in December, is now No. 4 globally. It had expected around $5.4 billion in revenue this year. It plans to pay for Actavis with term loan borrowings and the sale of new debt. Privately held Actavis operates in more than 40 countries and sells more than 1,000 products. The companies said its revenue totaled $2.5 billion in 2011. Watson said the purchase should close during the fourth quarter of 2012, pending approval from regulators. If Actavis meets performance goals in 2012, its shareholders could get up to 5.5 million shares of Watson. Watson CEO Paul Bisaro said in a statement that the deal will boost its position in Russia and Central and Eastern Europe, and complement its products in the U.S. After the deal is complete, more than 40 percent of Watson’s generic drug revenue will come from outside the U.S., and Watson said it believes it will be able
to reduce its annual costs by $300 million the three years after the deal closes. Watson reported $4.58 billion in revenue in 2011, up 29 percent from the previous year, on sales of generic versions of drugs like Lipitor, the pain drug Kadian and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder treatment Concerta. It also expanded its business by buying generics maker Specifar Pharmaceuticals of Greece in May. That deal was valued at $563.1 million. Watson also makes brand-name products like the enlarged-prostate drug Rapaflo. In December, Watson announced it is partnering with Amgen Inc., the world’s biggest biotechnology company, to create “biosimilar” versions of several biologic medicines for cancer. Those drugs would be sold under a joint Amgen/Watson brand. Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. of Israel is the world’s largest generic drugmaker, with $13 billion in generic drug revenue in 2011. Sandoz, a unit of Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG, was No. 2 with $10.7 billion. Mylan Inc. of Pittsburgh had around $8 billion in sales for the year. Actavis is headquartered in Zug, Switzerland. It has around 10,000 employees to Watson’s 6,700. Watson is
In this Thursday, April 19, 2012 file photo Nestle’s CEO Paul Bulcke speaks during the general meeting of one of the world’s leading food and beverage company, Nestle Group, in Lausanne, Switzerland. Nestle SA announced a deal Monday, April 23.
based in Parsippany, N.J. Watson shares climbed $4.01, or 5.8 percent, to $73.70 in aftermarket trading. The stock is up 19.1 percent since March 21, when it was first reported that Watson was in talks to buy Actavis. After the deal was announced, Moody’s
Investors Service backed its credit ratings on Watson but lowered its outlook to stable from positive. Fitch Ratings said it will downgrade Watson if the deal proceeds as planned because the deal would increase Watson’s debt to $6.8 billion from $1.1 billion.
Speaker: House to vote Friday on student loans Sturgeon health is new threat to fishing industry
WASHINGTON (AP) — In an escalating election-year clash, the House will vote Friday on a $5.9 billion Republican bill preventing interest rates on federal student loans from doubling this summer, paid for by cutting money from President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law. Thursday’s abrupt announcement by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, came with Obama and Democrats clamoring daily for congressional action to prevent the current 3.4 percent interest rate on subsidized Stafford student loans from automatically increasing to 6.8 percent on July 1. That increase, set by law unless Congress blocks it, would affect 7.4 million students at a time when both parties are competing for the votes of young adults and their parents who must foot college tuitions. Each is also trying to show voters that it knows best how to shield people from pain inflicted by the weak economy. With Obama engaged in a series of campaign-
style speeches in recent days about the need to block the interest rate boost, Republicans came under even greater pressure when Mitt Romney, the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee, announced Monday that he, too, favored the move. Also taking the offensive were Senate Democrats, who introduced legislation Tuesday blocking the increase for a year. Senate Republicans said they backed the idea of freezing the interest rate but opposed a tax on some private corporations that Senate Democrats would use to pay for it. Until Boehner’s announcement of Friday’s vote, Republicans had nothing tangible they could vote for to demonstrate their support. At a hurriedly called news conference, Boehner told reporters that Obama has been “trying to invent a fight where there wasn’t and never has been one” and said, “We can and will fix the problem without a bunch of campaign-style theatrics.”
BOSTON (AP) — The health of the ancient Atlantic sturgeon has emerged as the latest problem for a New England fishing industry already facing serious threats to its future. On Wednesday, regional fishery managers discussed protecting sturgeon, two months after federal officials listed the fish in the Gulf of Maine as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act. Four other East Coast populations of the imposing, prehistoric fish were listed as the more serious “endangered” at that time. Fishermen are forbidden from targeting sturgeon, but the list-
ings could still lead to tough new fishing restrictions, such as closing new areas. That could happen if regulators determine so many sturgeon would be accidentally caught by fishermen chasing other species that it would jeopardize the sturgeon’s existence. The prospect of more restrictions comes as fishermen in the Gulf of Maine face a 22 percent cut in the catch of the key cod species in May, with potentially catastrophic cod cuts looming in 2013. They’re also getting shut out of a prime pollock area for two months, starting in October, to protect harbor porpoises.
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is teetering on the verge of interfering with the free market and alienating employers, Mayor Michael Bloomberg warned Wednesday as he railed against legislation being pushed by the City Council that would boost wages offered by some companies that receive city benefits. The two bills “are a throwback to the era when government viewed the private sector as a cash cow to be milked, rather than a garden to be cultivated,” the mayor said at City Hall before vetoing one of the measures. “When it comes to creating jobs, government is not the architect of the economy — that’s the private sector’s job. Government is the steward,” said Bloomberg, a billionaire businessman who was himself a New York City employer for years as he built up the financial information services company that carries his name. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn promised the council would quickly override the mayor’s veto of the so-called prevailing wage bill, which would guarantee wages of more than $20 an hour for some building-services workers at properties that receive city subsidies of more than $1 million and in large buildings in which the city leases significant space. The council is expected to pass another bill next week that would guarantee a socalled “living wage” of $10 or $11.50 an hour to employees of companies directly receiving at least $1 million in city assistance. Quinn said the council would also override the mayor’s promised veto of that bill. The mayor said the city would then challenge both measures in court.
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The Salk polio vaccine field trials involving 1.8 million children begin in McLean, Virginia.
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Thursday, April 26, 2012
‘People don’t hear this every day’
What I’ve learned
PHOTO COURTESY POOR OLD SHINE
The six-person band Poor Old Shine has a handcrafted, honest sound and a conviviality that saturates their shows. The folk-rock band’s music has a bluesy feel. The Daily Campus spoke to members of the band.
UConn band Poor Old Shine brings Appalachian folk-rock flair By Tom Teixeira Staff Writer Poor Old Shine is like a relaxing afternoon during finals week; at first, the experience might seem strange, but it ultimately reveals itself to be new, exciting and totally unique. The band, composed of UConn students and recent graduates, features Chris Freeman on banjo, Max Shakun on guitar and pump organ, Antonio Alcorn on both mandolin and guitar, Brian Conlon on drums/percussion, Sam Goodale on violin and Harrison Goodale on bass. Their genre-blurring style of rootsbased, bluesy, Appalachian folk rock displays a simple, handcrafted sound that packs real sincerity and honesty. A bunch that operates more like
a home-town little-league baseball team or gang of high-school misfits than the pretentious, inaccessible image of the overly egotistical college rock band, Poor Old Shine exudes a simple conviviality that defines their shows. I got a chance to sit down with the band earlier this week as they prepare for their next show at Pub 32 in Storrs on Friday. The Daily Campus (DC): When and why did you adopt the name Poor Old Shine? What does it mean? Poor Old Shine (POS): It comes from a traditional song that we sing called “Ain’t No More Cane” DC: The Band? POS: Yeah, The Band did a version [of the song]. DC: So they’re one of your influences, who else has influ-
Summer signals a rush of albums from all genres By Purbita Saha Focus Editor The first half of this year has provided slim pickings in terms of valuable new music. Mixed tapes by Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller have received more hype than recent titles by Jason Mraz and Madonna. Meanwhile niche-driven artists have emerged as simple cliches after returning from lengthy hiatuses. The Shins provided a mediocre reward for its long-standing fans with “Port of Morrow” and the once-famous Snow Patrol barely made a splash with “Fallen Empires.” May, however, is looking to bring about a change of climate for the music industry. Rock ‘n’ roll will be getting its charisma back with this week’s release of Jack White’s “Blunderbass.” In a few days, blues beauty Norah Jones will offer up more tales of nostalgia, while the alternative virtuosos from Silversun Pickups will start to scream their pains away. May 1 is also when Rufus Wainwright gets back into the game and Marilyn Manson tests out a more villainous alias. Classic rock will dig its roots into this decade as Santana, Willie Nelson, Carole King, Patti Smith and Paul McCartney all unleash new albums or re-releases. The band Beach
House will set indie hearts alight with 10 transcendental tracks. And finally, southern belle Carrie Underwood and rumpled serenader John Mayer round out the month with two sets of songs about whiskey and heartache. Other much-awaited titles include Chris Brown’s “Fortune” and Smashing Pumpkins’ “Oceania.” Brown is looking to rebound after sustaining charges of domestic abuse in 2009. Despite his marred reputation, the rapper hit the radio hard last season with a giddy rap battle called “Look at Me Now.” “Fortune” is set to come out on July 3. It will feature 15 tracks, many of which are solos by Brown. The deluxe edition will include an extra three songs, plus a collaboration between Brown and Khalifa. Meanwhile, Billy Corgan is determined to continue the legacy of the Pumpkins with a 13-track record that has been described as an album within an album. The singer and guitarist has spoken extensively about the new title, saying that it is a way for him to escape the controversy of his old band. He also said that it is his best effort since “Mellon Collie,” which was nominated for seven Grammys in 1997. There is
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enced you musically? POS: Some of our favorite bands are The Band, John Prine, Woody Guthrey and Pete Seger. Current bands we’re influenced by are The Low Anthem and The Avett Brothers. DC: How would you describe your sound? POS: The style comes from old Appalachian mountain and bluegrass music. We like the way that this kind of music seems really accessible to people the first time they listen to it we try and make that accessibility more prominent by the way we make our own hand made CD covers. Every part of our music feels as hand crafted as opposed to the electronic music that is becoming more popular today. DC: So keeping your style in
mind, what kind of atmosphere can people expect to find at Pub 32 on Friday? POS: A lot of foot stomping and sing alongs for sure. High energy? It’s gonna be high energy, we hope people get out of their seats and dance, but if they wanna sit back and have a few while they’re hanging out they can. So basically [our shows are] like high energy foot stomping sing alongs. DC: So I’m sold, but I’ll ask you a tough question, what about the general population? Why should people come see you guys perform? Or listen to your music in any capacity for that matter? POS: People don’t hear this every day. It’s a kind of music that isn’t necessarily on the radio every day, but is very
Students debut Hitchcockinspired films By Joseph Kirschner Campus Correspondent Motivated by four of Alfred Hitchcock films, the students in Bob Smith’s American Film course will be debuting their own pieces on Saturday night at 7 p.m. in von der Mehden Theatre. Michael Cyr, Mariya Fernandez, Sarah Maher, TJ Stolzenberg and Georgia Williamson created the first film, which was inspired by Hitchcock’s 1935 British film “The 39 Steps.” Next Kalena Milluzzo, Ryan King and Alex Linski will reveal their film that was inspired by Hitchcock’s 1951 movie “Strangers on a Train.” The next showing will be Kevin Anderson, Matt Casso, Greg Contolini, James Morganti and Dave Ritter’s film that was inspired by H i t c h c o c k ’s 1954 film “Rear Window.” Last but not least the fourth film of the series will be Kevin Dowling-Logue, Anthony Gennetti, Hackson Gibbon, Jerry Hewitt and Michael Marrero’s film, which was inspired by
Hitchcock’s 1960 film “Psycho.” Although the titles have been kept secret until their debut date, the students will be giving an introduction for each film before the showing. All student directors will be available after their film premieres to answer any questions the audience might have about that particular film. Each film will have a running time between 15 and 30 minutes.
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Five students will show a film inspired by “Rear Window.”
easy to get into. If people are interested in something new or already like folk music, then give us a shot. DC: What sets it apart? Why is it so easy to like? POS: In today’s culture it’s hard to find such handcrafted music. Everything [we make] is live and real, and even in our recordings we don’t use any digital editing. It’s all recorded in analog. DC: What are your plans for the future? You have a CD out, tell me about that. Are you planning another? POS: We just finished a new EP in February called “Treadless Soles”. We recorded it at an analog studio called Dirt Floor Recording Studio in Chester.
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It’s been a fun year of writing Girl vs. Food, and now it’s time to take a look back and reflect on all the things I’ve gotten and hopefully you’ve gotten out of the column. Just kidding. But seriously, while I may not spend an hour pondering all the different types of cheeses I’ve written about here, I’ve definitely taken a new perspective on food, both around UConn and on a broader scale. First of all, I genuinely regret not trying out more of the farmers markets around here. There’s one that goes on every Saturday right near E.O. Smith, and I’ve never managed to haul my butt there. If you find yourself back at UConn next semester, don’t do yourself the same disservice; check out the local food, because it’s probably far better than what’s at South dining hall. Speaking of dining halls, if I’ve preached one thing to my poor friends all four years I’ve been here, it’s this: eat at Whitney. But don’t just walk into Whitney on some random day, because you might find yourself there on tempeh night, and that’s a big thing to jump into for someone who’s not used to it. Instead, look at the menu on dining.uconn.edu, and find a day where there’s a meal you’d like. When you try it, you’ll see how much better the food is at Whitney than any other dining hall because most of it is local. They have an amazing salad bar, the most incredible chocolate milk you will ever taste and just generally fresher food. It’s not for everyone, but it’s worth a shot. Eating at Whitney will also expose you to vegan and vegetarian foods. I grew to love them my freshman year because it opened up a whole new world of things to try. Furthermore, go easy on the drunk munching. Not only will you feel like a beached whale in your bed in the morning, but if you’ve ever tried some of the places around here when you’re sober, you’ll realize how mediocre some of them actually are. I won’t name any names, but I’ve had one too many cold slices of pizza that I somehow thought were incredible when I came home from the bar. Finally, for the love of God, learn to cook. If I follow a recipe, it’ll come out just fine, but I really struggle with winging it in the kitchen. I gravitate toward the same spices and same few combinations (stir fry has become my best friend), and I know I’ll eventually need to learn how to make more meals. You can’t live off chicken and pasta your entire life, so learning how to marinate meat, how to make different types of ethnic cuisines and what to pick off the spice rack is such a valuable set of skills. I envy my mother, who can make completely new meals in less than 30 minutes, while I have to resort to a Lean Cuisine when I can’t stomach another piece of baked chicken. Basically, learn to get comfortable with food, because it’s always going to be in your life and there’s going to be a time where you’re expected to know a thing or two about it. Nobody likes a picky eater and nobody’s going to say anything to you at the dinner party when what you cooked taste like burnt rubber. Be open to new foods and know what the hell you’re doing in the kitchen. Armed with those two traits, you’ll be unstoppable.
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MUSIC Finals Playlist:
“Primavera” Ludovico Einaudi
Album Of The Week
“Chevaliers de Sangreal” Hans Zimmer
“Rebellion (lies)” Vitamin String Quartet
“Alone in Kyoto” Air
“La Folia” London Symphony Orchestra
“Divenire” Ludovico Einaudi
“Paradise” Vitamin String Quartet
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Jack White’s solo debut can’t match past prowess
By Joe O’Leary Senior Staff Writer
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Thursday, April 26, 2012
Jack White is the closest thing rock music has to a renaissance man. Rising to fame in the early 2000s with his garage-rock duo White Stripes, he then branched off with forays into southern rock with The Raconteurs from 2006-2008, then alt-rock with the Dead Weather starting in 2009. No matter who he’s lined up with, the man runs on rock and roll. Apparently, three bands just aren’t enough to contain the man, as he’s broken off from the Dead Weather for his solo debut, “Blunderbuss.” White’s problem, of course, is that he’s left such a wideranging, impressive discography that the second-tier songs on “Blunderbuss” just don’t hold a candle to what’s come before them. They’re serviceable, sure, and some are almost fantastic; unfortunately, though it’s listenable, the album just isn’t very vital stacked up against “White Blood Cells” or “Consolers of
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the Lonely.” Which isn’t to say it doesn’t start out strong. The album’s front-loaded with some fun songs that have some bluesy groove and Raconteurs-esque harmonies, as well as White’s classic guitar lines that jump frenetically up and down the fretboard. “Missing Pieces” is a fun jam with a great organ solo (a White album hasn’t had this much ivory-tickling since the Stripes’ “Get Behind Me Satan”), while “Sixteen Saltines” has some enjoyably nonsensical lyrics over some crunching chords; it sounds like Meg White’s basic-buthearty drumlines had a baby with the Raconteurs’ folk/ blues style. That’s the issue with
UConn is an extraordinary school: brilliant students, exceptional athletes and boundless opportunities. But ever since I’ve been a freshman I’ve been disappointed in its lack of recognition for music. I don’t mean to say that the people here are short on talent. The Fine Arts department plays host to a cast of highly accomplished singers and instrumentalists, and local folk assemblies always bring out a bevy of banjo players, fiddlers, Photo Courtesy AMAXON.COM flutists and harmonicists. The Jack White’s solo album “Blunderbuss” sounds like a sub-par blend of past endeavors. marching band and pit band “Blunderbuss,” though; so and while there’s some dominate the football and basmuch of White’s former work interesting new directions ketball games with their flawis audible across the album like some country twang on less delivery, while the a capthat it just sounds like a not- the album-title-borrowing pella groups provide a free treat entirely-successful blending “Blunderbuss,” the album for our ears and neurons on a of the three groups. Most of doesn’t go far enough to nearly weekly basis. Yet at some point in time, its entertainingly complicat- sound unique. UConn needs to take it to the ed lyrics sound like “Icky next level. Karaoke nights at Thump”-era Stripes songs, » LAST, page 10 Late Night and Teds are great, but I can only hear “Sweet Caroline” and “Baby” so many times. When I don’t get my mandatory concert fix I start to crave the false warmth of spotfirst turn off with This Machine. It the other side of the spectrum are lights, the thrilling lull between sounds like the title of an album of tracks, “Rest Your Head” and “Sad sets, even the sweaty undersome angsty and perpetually petu- Carnival,” which are surprisingly tones of the crowd. And though lant teenage punk band struggling out of character with their relaxing there are plenty of opportunities with their place in society, not and provocative nature. Then there to see artists perform in Boston an album created by forty some- are tracks like “I Am Free” that and Providence, it’s necessary thing year old veteran musicians. simply cause snorts of derision at for UConn to foster concert the barely masked sentimentality culture right on campus. When it comes to music, and weepy nostalgia. As if the previous few songs did Jorgensen is the saving grace of not cover enough musical territory, this university. Just as it caters This Machine the band, notorious for emulating to the community with worldThe Dandy Warhols a different style every few years, renowned exhibitionists, it 4/17/12 goes back to their aggressive alter- comforts the student body with native indie roots on tracks “Enjoy contemporary artists. Over the 12 tracks Yourself” and “Set vs. The Wow! course of the past three years, Signal,” with the thumping beat the performance center has also forced me to widen my perand grungy vocals. /10 To say that the album is eclectic spective on the arts. It has fed is an understatement; each group me with samples of classical, of tracks has a personality of their jazz, folk, international, opera, own and none of them seem to Celtic, bluegrass...the list is big The title aside, the album was not fit together in any logical order. and bulky, but it’s always somenearly as horrible as I anticipated. At the very least the album is a thing that I’ll store in the back The Dandy Warhols actually demonstration that, after seven- of my mind. More importantly, produce a few songs with poten- teen years in the business, a band it has taught me that adventurtial, but for every song that deliv- can keep its original act together ing is the key to carpe diem. ers there are three that just fall without straying too far from its I’m not ashamed to admit that flat. Track “16 Tons,” is a vain original course. In the case of the I’ve gone to Jorgensen concerts attempt to test the folk rock waters Dandy Warhols, this means that by myself, simply because they now dominated by the Civil Wars the album has a few golden tickets, were too alien for the most darand the Black Keys and sounds but the remaining tracks are com- ing of my friends. It was worth it, even though I looked like a atrocious. The vocals are grating, pletely unremarkable. friendless stray before, during the background music jarring and and after the shows. cataclysmic and the whole product I wish I had discovered is just head ache inducing. On Kathleen.McWilliams@UConn.edu Jorgensen right when I got to Storrs. I feel like I missed out on a lot during my first year as a student, being trapped in the SUBOG bubble. But after rioting to Lupe Fiasco on Jorgensen’s hardwood floor, I knew there was something grand about the place. The Another example of an artist listen to Dvorak’s Serenade in E acoustics, the aura, the hospithat keeps classical music fresh major, the Tempe de Valse is sim- tality, and the sense of freedom and relevant is Ludovico Einaudi, ply stunning and the Moderato is – I can’t believe it took me so an Italian pianist and compos- breathtakingly calm and serene, long to go back. Once I went er. Einaudi composed wonder- or Elgar’s Serenade in E minor, back though, I went back with ful music that is both moving which sounds like smooth ocean a vengeance. Sophomore year I danced and beautiful. His compositions waves. These four pieces, are not to Girl Talk and his frenzy, always feature a solo piano and only four pieces of acclaimed are backed by a solo string instru- classical music, but are exciting beamed at Ingrid Michaelson’s quirkiness and reminisced ment, usually the cello or a full and suitable for studying. orchestra. His music is intricate With these ideas in mind, create to Third Eye Blind classics. and delicate, but also very inter- a finals playlist that will help you Junior year I drank in Rufus esting and lively. on your way to success. Keep the Wainwright’s dreaminess, revIn terms of classical music, music calm and interesting, and eled in the harmony between a there are lots of incredibly inter- throw in some classical to help banjo, bass and a set of tablas esting and exciting classical piec- with memory retention and recall. and basked in the grandeur of the Canadian Tenors. And for es. Gustav Holst’s piece, Mars, is fantastic and loud. If you’re in See Kathleen McWilliams’ my final year at UConn I pulled need of music to keep you awake, playlist in the sidebar on this out all the stops. I dragged anyone I could find to the and Gluck’s Fury Dance will also page. Vienna Symphony Orchestra, keep you alert and on your toes with the fast pace and vigorous » JORGENSEN, page 10 bass line. To keep things calm, Kathleen.McWilliams@UConn.edu
‘This Machine’ a mixed bag with few promising tracks By Kathleen McWilliams Campus Correspondent Usually when I hear that a band hails from the capitol of hip, Portland, Oregon, I get really excited. Maybe it’s because back in 2010 I discovered that most of my favorite bands just happened to call Portland home, such as The Decemberists, The Shins and Blitzen Trapper, just to name a few. After my discovery I came to the conclusion that there’s just something about Portland that churns out amazingly talented and original musical groups. A Portland band could do no wrong in my eyes. That said, my naiveté made me ignore the fact that the laws of physics clearly state that for every action there is an equal but opposite reaction and for every amazing band, there is an equally mediocre or even awful band to accompany it. The Dandy Warhols fit the mediocre bill perfectly. While I’m not a fan of the band, I don’t abhor them either. Formed in 1994, their lack of popularity and acclaim, but also their lack of severe criticism permanently labeled them as a one hit wonder. Their one hit, to date, “Bohemian like You” is truly a wonder when compared to the rest of the bland material on
their eight other albums. With its jaunty guitar line and nonchalant, yet lusty, vocals, it’s the kind of song that inspired me to think that maybe every song would be that good. With this in mind, I had extremely high expec-
tations for the content on their other eight albums, however, my expectations were unceremoniously dashed by their unoriginal and therefore uninteresting array of music. Following my disappointment, my expectations for their latest album, “This Machine” were on the floor and I clicked the play button knowing full well there was a chance that the album would be an eleven track torture session. The first thing I notice about an album is the title and that was the
For an effective finals study session, Classical music is key
By Kathleen McWilliams Campus Correspondent
With finals right around the corner, it’s time to bust out some serious studying music. Studies have continuously shown that classical music improves memory retention and increases recall ability, but most students don’t take advantage of this helpful tip. Maybe it’s because listening to loud music helps keep most students awake during the early hours of the morning, or maybe it’s because classical music is perceived as boring to many students. Whatever the reason, there are ways to keep classical music loud and interesting to help with studying and increase your exam scores. For example, make a playlist
of your favorite pop songs as performed by the Vitamin String Quartet. The Vitamin String Quartet is a group from the Los Angeles area that performs amazing string covers of many musical groups including Lady Gaga, Eminem, Arcade Fire and Led Zeppelin. Their covers are interesting, true to the original and incredibly dynamic. In the same vein as the VSQ is the Piano Tribute Players, a piano version of the quartet. They also cover everything from pop music to reggae to indie rock. These covers are also true to the originals, but are a little more delicate than the VSQ’s bombastic and energetic interpretations. Their music is more suited to calmer and relaxed listening during stressful moments.
To Albert N. Jorgensen, with love
Thursday, April 26, 2012
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‘Traveling by Moonlight’ is as pleasant, simple as its name Mitchell and Harris’ latest album, “Traveling By Moonlight” is no misnomer – with smooth vocals and light upbeat music, it’s the kind of music that one would travel by moonlight to. I was first intrigued by the album cover – a simple, impressionist painting of a tree in the light of the full moon. The artist and album name are done in simple, uppercased, golden letters. But it was the music itself that caught my attention and affirmed my suspicions that this was a feel good and happy album. Starting with “Run From the Ocean,” the album kicked off with a fast paced guitar and female vocals from Anna Mae Mitchell. The lyrics enforce the title of the album even more, speaking of drives to the country and running
to Colorado. I knew it was a good sign when the first song of the album made me want to go out for an adventure especially during this time of year. Mitchell provides vocals and plays acoustic guitar in Mitchell and Harris. Her partner, G. Pat Harris plays upright and electric bass, provides vocals and plays harmonica. As states on their official website, “their music maintain ties to traditional Americana while creating freshness through musical curiosity and exploration with the inclusion of jazz, classical and world music influences.” Though the duo comprises the forefront musicians, seven other musicians contributed to the album as well. This includes James Anderson on violin, Carter Arrington on electric guitar, D.R. Commander on piano, Graeme Francis on percussion, Paul Glasse on mandolin, Aaron Goldfarb on acous-
tic and electric guitar and Wayne Salzmann on drums. The varieties of instruments the artists use are an indication of the many influences and styles of music they bring into their own music. That variety is seen with the different paces of each song; some with more pop influences, others with traces of country and folk. “New Day” followed “Run From the Ocean,” keeping it’s upbeat tempo. But the next few songs took a slower toll, though they kept the same message of leaving home and travelling. If there’s one criticism about the album, it’d have to be songs like “Home” and “Spring” where Mitchell’s voice is the sole focus. I appreciated the musicality of Harris more than I did Mitchell’s singing, but that’s not to say she isn’t a terrific soprano. Overall, I liked the album
CHICAGO (AP) – Oscarwinning actor Sean Penn gave an emotional speech Wednesday urging the world community to help Haiti as he accepted an award from a gathering of Nobel Peace Prize laureates for his humanitarian work in the earthquake-ravaged country. “It’s an overused phrase I know, but I trust you know its genuine today, I am humbled. I’m trembling and I like it,” Penn said after accepting the 2012 Peace Summit Award from former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, who was joined on stage by the Dalai Lama and former Polish President Lech Walesa. Penn has become a major player in efforts to rebuild Haiti after the January 2010 earthquake that devastated the island nation, flattening
thousands of buildings, killing more than 300,000 people and leaving at least 1.5 million homeless. He used his speech at the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates to urge the world community to remember Haiti and invest in the country’s future and President Michel Martelly, who took office in May 2011. “We have a very short window to support this team of the Haitian people’s choosing,” Penn said. Papers in Penn’s hands shook and he became emotional at times during his speech as he described conditions in Haitian refugee camps or told the story of a Haitian police officer who lost his family in the earthquake. Penn also warned that if Haiti fails it could become a harbor for narcotics traf-
ficking and terrorism near the United States. Penn is the first non-Haitian to be designated an ambassador-at-large for Martelly. The actor is CEO of the J/P Haitian Relief Organization, a rapidly growing and increasingly prominent aid group. The organization manages two camps that are home to about 18,000 people. Penn spends at least half his time in Haiti. “He actually exchanged his home in Malibu for a tent,” Udo Janz, United Nations high Commissioner for Refugees, said when he introduced Penn to accept the award. “Think of it as the Oscar for your humanitarian commitment Sean.” Penn won his first Academy Award for Best Actor in 2003 for “Mystic River” and his second in 2009 for “Milk.”
LAS VEGAS (AP) – Martin Scorsese has become so enamored with 3-D filmmaking that he expects to use the technology in all his future projects. The Academy Awardwinning director of “The Departed” told a crowd of theater owners at the CinemaCon convention in Las Vegas on Wednesday that he wishes his landmark films “Raging Bull” and “Taxi Driver” had been three-dimensional. Scorsese is so convinced of the power of 3-D, he said he only saw “Hugo,” his first 3-D movie released to critical acclaim last year, once in 2-D. “There is something that 3-D gives to the picture that
takes you into another land and you stay there and it’s a good place to be,” he said. Scorsese spoke at a filmmaking panel alongside director Ang Lee, who won an Oscar in 2006 for the gay cowboy love story “Brokeback Mountain.” Scorsese and Lee are among a growing crop of prominent directors who claim 3-D technology is the future of filmmaking. Scorsese said the added dimension of digital films allows movie fans to feel a stronger connection to the story and actors on screen. He recalled filming “Hugo” and watching as Sacha Baron Cohen, who portrayed a stern train station inspec-
NEW YORK (AP) – People magazine has named Beyonce as the World’s Most Beautiful Woman for 2012. The 30-year-old singer tops the magazine’s annual list of the “World’s Most Beautiful” in a special double issue. The announcement was made Wednesday. Commenting on her selec-
tion, Beyonce tells People: “I feel more beautiful than I’ve ever felt because I’ve given birth. I have never felt so connected, never felt like I had such a purpose on this Earth.” Beyonce, who is married to rapper Jay-Z, gave birth to a daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, in January.
By Zarrin Ahmed Campus Correspondent
Katie Couric to launch new Web show for Yahoo, ABC
Actor Sean Penn addresses the crowd after receiving the 2012 Peace Summit Award from Mikhail Gorbachev, former President of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic.
NEW YORK (AP) — Katie Couric is launching a weekly Web series for Yahoo News and ABC News about health and lifestyle issues. The series, “Katie’s Take,” will premiere Tuesday on Yahoo. Yahoo Inc. formally unveiled the show Wednesday at a presentation to advertisers in New York. Couric left the anchor chair of the “CBS Evening News” last year. She is currently a special correspondent for ABC News. She is launching a syndicated talk show, “Katie,” this September. In a statement, Couric said she is “happy to have found a place in the digital world where I can cut through fads and trends.” Yahoo and ABC last year partnered to share content, with articles from Yahoo News appearing on ABC News’ website, and video from ABC News going to the Internet portal. Yahoo also announced several more original online series in its continuing push to offer hours of premium video content. Matthew Weaver and Chris D’Arienzo, the creators of the musical “Rock of Ages,” are developing a musical comedy with a working title of “Dancing With Myself.” The company is also developing a talk show with Jeff Goldblum planned for July, a series titled “Stunt Nation” with host Sal Masekela and four other shows targeted at male audiences. Yahoo’s most highly anticipated series, the animated sci-fi “Electric City,” produced by Tom Hanks, is to debut later this year.
tor, leaned forward on set, and the motion that created on a monitor. “He sort of came right off the screen and we sort of felt like we were little kids again,” Scorsese said. Scorsese said he never thought he would have the opportunity to make a 3-D film. He said conquering the technology was challenging at first, but he ultimately decided to experiment as much as possible and watched 3-D versions of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Dial M for Murder” and “The House of Wax,” the 1953 horror film, for inspiration. “Hugo,” based on Brian Selznick’s award-winning “The Invention of Hugo
Cabret,” an illustrated novel about a Parisian boy and a broken automaton, won several technical Oscars at this year’s Academy Awards and earned the most nominations, including a best director nod. “It’s like seeing a moving sculpture of the actor and it’s almost like a combination of theater and film combined and it immerses you in the story more,” Scorsese said. “I saw audiences care about the people more.” Scorsese and Lee lamented how inaccessible 3-D technology is to low-budget or independent filmmakers. Lee, whose “Life of Pi” 3-D fantasy adventure is set to be released in December,
nology should consider how color movies have taken over the industry. The 3-D craze allows filmmakers to accomplish the original goals of cinema, Scorsese said. “The minute it started people wanted three things: color, sound and depth,” Scorsese said. “You want to recreate life.” Lee also urged theater owners to continue investing in their movie houses. Adapting to digital projectors has been a challenge for some small and independent theater owners. “Keep them open,” Lee said. “Especially with 3-D, this is a new era coming. We have to keep up with it.”
“She’s just the cutest thing,” says the Grammy winner, who sings to her daughter and claims to “love” changing diapers. Does Blue resemble mom or dad? “She looks like Blue,” the singer says. “She’s her own person.” “The best thing about hav-
ing a daughter is having a true legacy,” she adds. “The word ‘love’ means something completely different now.” Other celebrities on the list include Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman and Jessica Pare of “Mad Men.”
Actor Sean Penn receives award for work in Haiti
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‘Traveling by Moonlight’ by Mitchell and Harris was released in November 2011.
a lot for its unique and lighthearted music.
Scorsese says all his future movies will be 3-D
Beyonce named People’s most beautiful woman
said learning to tell a story with the multidimensional technology required everyone on set to reimagine the boundaries of film, including the lowliest crew members. “The technology improves so fast. Like every three months you are behind,” Lee said. “The learning curve is really humongous.” Scorsese compared 3-D to the rise of color movies. He said as a film student at New York University in the early 1960s, he was shocked when he heard predictions that all future movies would be filmed in color. He said anyone harboring doubts about the rising influence of 3-D tech-
Beyonce graces the cover of People magazine’s special issue naming her the World’s Most Beautiful Woman for 2012.
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POS to tour Santigold makes a comeback with Jorgensen cities in the ‘Master of My Make Believe’ makes students cultured, more Southeast By Trevor Begnal Campus Correspondent
from 'PEOPLE,' page 7 We feel that because it was recorded for the most part live and with absolutely no computers that it really catches the kind of sound we go for. In addition, we are currently working on a full length CD but there’s no release date set yet. DC: What’s the summer look like for you guys? POS: We have been working with another artist, Jonah Tolchin, and we will be putting together a tour this summer to Michigan and around the Midwest. DC: Any dates yet? POS: We have tours set for next fall to Nashville, and other cities around the Southeast. We’ll be at Michigan Folk Galore Festival on June 30th in Jackson, Michigan and we have tons of shows in Connecticut and across New England that people can find on Pooroldshine.com. We will still be playing in the area next year, but won’t necessarily be a UConn based band by then. DC: Looks like a busy stretch for you guys, any plans to slow down? POS: No. DC: Just thought I’d ask. POS: Valid question. Poor Old Shine also said that they love to play house concerts. You can contact them via email at pooroldshine@ gmail.com. Their hand-made CD’s, the covers of which are made from re-used dining hall cereal boxes, are available on their website, www.pooroldshine.com. You can also find them on Facebook, Spotify and Twitter. They perform this Friday at Pub 32 in Storrs at 8 p.m., the show is 18+ and there is no cover at the door.
It seems these days the only female acts that have any sense of longevity are overtly sexual pop stars that sing songs about getting drunk and finding men, and then there is Adele. There’s no question that 2011 and much of this year has been dominated by dance music and I think I speak for a majority that it’s time for a little bit of diversity. Female MC's never really had or received the same recognition as their male counterparts. Leading the way for future generations, Missy Elliot, Lil Kim and Queen Latifiah presented a powerful and raw type
of material that was easily seen on the same level as the male rappers of the time. Since then we’ve had Nicki Minaj with distorted vocals and Dr. Luke produced tracks put her in the Ke$ha league if anything. There are few female MC’s that have a solid balance between the two because for most artist it’s the option of mainstream success or staying true to your roots. If you are looking for an artist that can balance the two and still puts out great music look no further than Santigold. Originally going by the name Santigold, this Brooklyn native Santi White, who released her debut record four years ago, revisits her original formula
Passion Pit, Maroon 5 to release albums at summer's end from SUMMER, page 7 still a lot of mystery to who else was involved in the making of the album. But secrecy is Corgan’s strong suite, and it will hold Smashing Pumpkins’ fans over until “Oceania’s” release on June 19. The tail-end of summer is also brimming with potential masterpieces. Media critics are looking forward to Passion Pit, Aesop Rock and Cat Power’s latest works, while mainstream listeners are seeking out satisfaction in
Ludacris and Maroon Five’s freshest releases. Even Linkin Park is trudging along, striving to match its former greatness in “Hybrid Theory.” The next few months will yield a substantial mix of old and new artists who are trying to make waves in an otherwise sluggish music scene. Keep your eyes and ears should be open so that the gems don’t end up slipping away with the summer rays.
mixed with hypnotizing island rhythms. Inspired by a recent trip to Jamaica and with the help of the likes of Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Diplo and Switch, “Master of My Make Believe” has brought Santigold back into the limelight. In the 36 minutes of the record it’s evident it has its fun and playful moments like typical Santigold fashion but then it also provides a sense of rawness and acerbity. Clear standouts on “Master of My Make Believe” are tracks “Go,” along with “Dispatch Youth,” “Fame,” and the solem,“Riot’s Gone.” If you are an avid Santigold fan as am I, and want a resurgence of her
older stuff, definitely check out “Look at these Hoes” and “Big Mouth,” where the production basically mimic that of her debut record if not brings it to the next level. Unlike her self titled debut record, which was overall upbeat and playful, “Master of My Make Believe” is a hard-hitting effort truly exposes Santigold’s artistry in the avant-garde pop genre. With a brilliant record and opening up gig for the Red Hot Chili Peppers this summer, this may Santigold’s perfect opportunity to spread this artistry with the masses.
Last half of Jack White's 'Blunderbuss' falls flat from JACK WHITE, page 8 “Hypocritical Kiss,” with a huge emphasis on piano and White’s layered vocals, is the album’s highlight, as it actually progresses into a complicated, enjoyable melody with a complicated drumline and some great swagger in White’s vocals, and that attitude carries over to “Weep Themselves To Sleep.” However, the latter half of the album falls well short of its promising start, as when he’s not aping early Stripes low-fi sound on tracks like “I’m Shakin,” White relies far too much on puns and
tongue-twisters on second-rate cuts like “Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy.” The tracks can be jaunty, poppy or country-fried, but they’re not substantial. It’s hard to get over the fact that while they’re not bad, if White had paired up with Meg White, Brendan Benson or Alison Mossheart, they’d be even better. As good a musician as White is, “Blunderbuss” will leave his fans wanting more, but not in a good way. Instead, they’ll be wishing he were back with one of his many bands.
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Grace Potter, Eroica Trio, Jake Shimaburkuro, Flecktones, Pink Floyd Experience, and my favorite, Anoushka Shankar. Albert, you’re swell . There’s a canyon full of people that I could and should thank, but instead I’m dedicating this to you. You’ve molded me into a cultured and progressive college graduate. In my time at UConn I’ve converted a handful of people to be Jorgensen disciples; it’s the least I could do.
It’s time to put the headphones aside and put this column to sleep. R.I.P “Downbeat.” Rally inner peace.
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Yankees' Pineda ruled out for the season
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — New York Yankees starter Michael Pineda will miss the entire season because of a tear in the labrum of his right shoulder. The Yankees said the righthander will have arthroscopic surgery Tuesday in New York and be out for about a year. "It's a loss," manager Joe Girardi said Wednesday. "He was a guy that we were counting on this year. We traded for him, and unfortunately he's hurt." New York acquired Pineda from Seattle in January, giving up top catching prospect Jesus Montero to get the 23-year-old All-Star pitcher. Pineda felt weakness in his shoulder during an extended spring training game Saturday, which came three weeks after he had problems in a spring
training start. The tear was discovered in a medical exam after that. When Pineda experienced discomfort in the back of the shoulder during spring training March 30, the initial diagnosis was tendon inflammation in his right shoulder. Girardi said Pineda wasn't quite himself during spring training, but that the 6-foot-7, 260-pound pitcher was making his starts and doing his bullpens without any complaints of pain. "He just felt like his arm was weak, so it explains why it was weak now," Girardi said. "When and where and how and what we did doesn't matter now. What we have to do is more forward and try to get this kid healthy." Pineda was 9-10 with a 3.74 ERA in 171 innings last year as a rookie for the light-hitting
Mariners. He's now going to miss an entire season, and possibly more. "It's hard because you get a chance and you realize your dream and you have a good first year and you're looking forward to taking the things that you've learned from your first year and applying them to the second year, and you get hurt. It's a frustrating time," Girardi said. "Our job is to make sure that we keep him focused on his rehab and we get him back for next year." The manager expressed optimism that Pineda would return healthy because he's young and strong. "He does have youth on his side," Girardi said. "And he doesn't have a ton of mileage in his arm as a younger player. That bodes well for him." The Yankees revealed the
extent of Pineda's injury on the same day that 39-year-old lefthander Andy Pettitte made his third minor league start in his comeback from a one-year hiatus. Pettitte allowed three earned runs and seven singles in 5-plus innings for Double-A Trenton. He struck out three and walked one, throwing 59 of his 81 pitches for strikes. Pettitte is still expected to make one or two minor league starts before possibly rejoining the Yankees. Girardi said he felt the Yankees would be OK with the rotation for now because he believes "our guys can pitch. That's the bottom line, guys just have to get it done." As for Pettitte's eventual return, Girardi feels like so many others who assume that "Andy's going to be the Andy when he left."
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman listens to a question about injured pitcher Michael Pineda during a news conference in Trenton, N.J.
Blain: Keep your passion alive Penfield: Thank from PURSUING, page 14 is a good thing, for better or worse. I’ll illustrate my point. I’m a Jets fan, and a diehard one at that. It’s a miserable existence and those who are not diehard Jets fans will never fully understand the day-in, day-out torment we few endure watching our team fall short every year. Despite that fact, I can say with certainty that I would have it no other way, because the day (should it ever come) that the Jets win the Super Bowl will be one of the best and most memorable days of my life. It will take one day to erase all the bad days of my fandom. I know that sounds absolutely insane, but can it really be too farfetched if hundreds of thousands, maybe millions, feel the exact same way? And that is exactly the beauty of it all. Anyone more emotionally invested in sports than others will receive the amazing feelings that go along with their rooting
interests’ successes. They will tell their kids, their kids’ kids, and if they’re lucky enough, even those kids’ kids about the incredible things they saw and times they had watching the game, and that really is a beautiful thing. It doesn’t matter whether you like the Yanks or the Sox, the Jets or the Pats, Michigan or Ohio State – that is why sports are so easy to watch and love. Even if you don’t feel the same way about it, that’s fine, because it’s flexible like that. Any level of interest is acceptable. So that is what brought me to writing for the Daily Campus. Everyone should have their passions in life and find ways to keep them alive, sports or otherwise. While I am leaving UConn to pursue a different passion, sports will always be one for me. I hope you all keep your passions alive as well.
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intramural football. Without change, I would have never basked in the joy of the 2011 Men’s Basketball National Championship or the football teams first ever BCS Bowl game, even if they did lose 48-20. Without change, I would have never met so many great people that will stay in my life until the day I die. And without change, I would have never become the man that I am today. For that, I thank you UConn. You truly gave me the best four years of my life. And I hope I helped give you some of the best years of your life with my $30,000+ a year. Don’t spend it all in one place, unless it is on basketball recruits. Just kidding.
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Thursday, April 26, 2012
Bruins fall 2-1 to Capitals
Washington Capitals right wing Joel Ward, center, is congratulated by teammates after his goal during overtime of Game 7 Wednesday.
BOSTON (AP) — Joel Ward slammed home a rebound at 2:57 of overtime to give Washington a 2-1 victory over Boston on Wednesday night, sending the Capitals to the second round of the playoffs and ending the defending Stanley Cup champion Bruins' hopes of a repeat. Rookie Braden Holtby stopped 31 shots for Washington in Game 7 — the seventh onegoal game of the series. Matt
Hendricks scored the Capitals' other goal. Tyler Seguin scored, and Tim Thomas made 26 saves for Boston. It was the first time in NHL history that a playoff series had seven games determined by one goal. Four of the games went to overtime, and two others were decided with less than two minutes left in regulation. Hendricks scored midway
through the first period, and Seguin tied it in the second. It stayed that way through a scoreless third, with Washington killing off a penalty in the final 3 minutes to send the game into overtime. Patrice Bergeron had a chance to win it in the first minute of the extra period, but he couldn't get off a solid shot from Holtby's right. Two minutes later, the Capitals broke into the Boston
zone with former Bruin Mike Knuble leading a 2-on-1. Knuble shot, and Thomas left the rebound out where Ward could reach it with his backhander. The building fell silent as the Capitals celebrated just their third postseason series win since a run to the Stanley Cup finals in 1998. Some fans littered the ice with debris, but the Bruins waited for the postgame handshake. Thomas, bringing up the rear, gave Holtby a tap on the shoulder and said, "Great job, kid." No team has repeated as Stanley Cup champions since the Detroit Red Wings in 199798. The Capitals earned more than 100 points in the previous three seasons, leading the NHL with 121 in 2010, but had little to show for it once the postseason started. They won just two series over that span and have not made it out of the Eastern Conference semifinals since 1998, when they made it to the Stanley Cup finals but were swept by Detroit. This year's regular season wasn't as successful. But the playoffs have a chance to be even better. Entering the postseason as a No. 7 seed, the Capitals won three times in Boston — they also won Games 2 and 5 — to earn a berth in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Their second-round opponent won't be determined until after Game 7s Thursday night between Ottawa and the New York Rangers, and Florida and New Jersey. The Bruins needed an unprecedented three Game 7s to win the Cup last year, including the 4-0 victory over Vancouver that gave the Original Six franchise its first title since 1972. Thomas also had a shutout in the Game 7 win over Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference finals. But that streak ended midway through the first period when Carlson shot from right point and Hendricks tipped it past Thomas' right shoulder to give the Capitals a 1-0 lead.
Nuggets top Thunder, avoid no. 8 seed
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Ty Lawson scored 25 points, Kenneth Faried added 13 points and 10 rebounds, and the Denver Nuggets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 106101 on Wednesday night to ensure they won't be the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Kevin Durant scored 32 points to extend his lead in the NBA scoring race, leaving Kobe Bryant in need of 38 points Denver in his season fina- OKC le Thursday night against Sacramento to claim his third scoring title and prevent Durant from becoming the seventh player to win three in a row. Both are averaging about 28 points per game. LeBron James, who has sat out two of Miami's last three games to rest, would need to score 83 in his finale to have a chance. Lawson's free throw with
4:11 remaining put Denver up 96-95, and the Nuggets wouldn't trail again. With a win Thursday at Minnesota, Denver would be the No. 6 seed and face the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the playoffs. If the Nuggets lose and Dallas wins at Atlanta, Denver would fall to No. 7 and have a rematch with Oklahoma City. The Thunder beat Denver 4-1 in the first round of last year's playoffs. 103 Durant had downplayed the 101 importance of winning the scoring title, but the Thunder at least gave him a fighting chance to win it down the stretch. Durant sat out the fourth quarter after playing 32 minutes in a close game against Sacramento a night earlier, but this time he returned with just over 8 minutes left after Denver had scored eight straight points to go up 88-86 following Lawson's driving layup.
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant goes up for a dunk in front of Denver Nuggets' JaVale McGee during the third quarter of the Nuggets-Thunder game Wed.
Bulls beat Pacers Huskies and Hawks face INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kyle Korver scored 20 points to help the Chicago Bulls defeat the Indiana Pacers 92-87 on Wednesday night and inch closer to claiming the top overall seed in the NBA playoffs. The Bulls ended the Chicago game needing just a Indiana win over Cleveland on Thursday or a loss by the San Antonio Spurs to clinch the top seed. Carlos Boozer had 16 points and Joakim Noah had 14 points and 14 rebounds for Chicago. Derrick Rose finished with 10 points on 3-for-11 shooting in 27 minutes. Chicago won the season series with the Pacers 2-1. Lance Stephenson had a career-high 22 points in his
first career start for the Pacers, who rested Danny Granger and Leandro Barbosa because they were locked into the No. 3 spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Chicago led 49-36 at halftime after shooting 50 percent from the 92 field and outrebound87 ing the Pacers 25-16. The Pacers shot just 5 for 21 from the field in the second quarter and were outscored 17-12. Indiana went on a 7-0 run early in the third quarter to cut Chicago's lead to 55-47 and force a timeout. The Bulls hung tough, and a fast break layup by Richard Hamilton pushed their lead back to 67-54. Chicago led 67-59 at the end of the third quarter.
off today at 4 p.m.
from DOUBLE, page 14 critical for a St. John’s team fighting for the Big East playoff lives. However, with the likes of senior left fielder Amy Vaughn (.333 batting average, 12 home runs) leading the way at the plate and junior hurler Kiki Saveriano (2.98 era to go with her 11 wins) killing it on the mound, the Huskies should not have too much of a problem bouncing back and taking care of Hartford as the season comes closer and closer to an end. Today’s contest against the in-state rival will begin
at 4 p.m. at Burrill Family Field. The match-up will be UConn’s last non-conference game of the year. The Huskies will conclude their regular season this weekend with a three-game set against Syracuse in Storrs. The Huskies are working to hold on to the sixth spot in the Big East standings before the Big East Championship tournament begins next week. They have gone 4-7 since an April 7 win over Villanova, before which they had won 16 of 22.
Student Broadcasters shine bright at WHUS from WHUS, page 14 with an individualized major in sports promotion and media. He was the second-longest tenured student-broadcaster. Junior Carson Dunn brings one of the most consistent and professional presences on-air. He returned home to his native Seattle on a trip to the west coast covering the baseball team this past spring break. Senior Colin Hensel leaves the department after calling the women’s basketball Big East tournament in his first full year of broadcasting. Colin’s first inning of baseball play-by-play led off with a home run on the second pitch. One of the premiere playby-play men in the department, Dan Zoller failed to disappoint in any broadcast over his career. A passionate New York sports fan, Dan leaves UConn looking to build a career in sports media. Genna Sperling was the longest tenured student-broadcaster this year. A Cherry Hill, NJ native, Genna will be sorely missed in the department for her remarkable passion and positivity over the years. Nicknamed “The Natural”, John Ponziani joined the department this spring and splits his time as captain of the club baseball team. He’s already shown great promise as a broadcaster. Storrs native John Tuite has called games at WHUS since 1982 and broadcast in 36 different states. He can be heard doing the public address for UConn football and basketball games. In his spare time, he is the lead voice for men’s soccer. A transfer from another sports talk show on WHUS, Joe Costa has gone above and beyond in his first semester of contributing to the department. Freshman and Kansas City Royals fan Jon Scannell called only a handful games this year but quickly picked up the technical aspects of running the board and will be relied upon next year. Referred to almost exclusively as “The Baron,” Josh Baron grew leaps and bounds to become one of the lead broadcasters for next year. He has been described as “the absolute nicest guy” in the department.
Awarded ”Most improved” at the banquet, JR Dowd worked his way towards becoming a solid play-by-play announcer. His first call came in the second half of a women’s basketball game at Syracuse. A compliment of "quick wit" would do injustice to department comedian Sean Gantwerker who kept everyone laughing and on his or her toes. His knowledge of the game of basketball is likely to land him job in an NBA front office. Big-time New Jersey Devils fan Spencer Warshauer quickly asserted himself in an episode of Sports in your Kitchen, the station’s weekly sports talk show. He’s been able to call hockey, baseball and softball thus far. Thrown immediately into the fray at the beginning of the year, senior Steve Zocco emerged as one of the strongest broadcasters this year. His easygoing and fun on-air style rubbed off on others and always produced a remarkably enjoyable broadcast. Freshman phenom Will Moran has done incredible work covering the men’s hockey team since late Fall as the leading hockey broadcaster. His knowledge and playby-play skill shine through his every call. Likewise to the college athletes they cover, the student-broadcasters almost all figure to go pro in something other than what they pre-occupy themselves with now. Even more similarly, they’ve come together over this past year to do something special being the making memories for others and sharing the magic of sports. Through their broadcasting, they have become married to those times we all cherish, just as Buck, Breen and Shulman were. And in sharing the magic of sports, they’ve created some of their own, which figures to carry on for a bright future. Daily Campus senior staff writer and WHUS co-sports director, Andrew Callahan, contributed to this story. For further information, comments or questions, Andrew and Chris can be reached at sportsdirector@ whus.org.
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What's Next Home game
April 28 Louisville 1 p.m.
April 29 Louisville 1 p.m.
April 28 Syracuse 12 p.m.
» That’s what he said – Suspended Saints coach Sean Payton on coaching his son’s youth team this coming Fall.
May 5 Cincinnati 3 p.m.
May 5 Cincinnati 6 p.m.
April 28 Syracuse 2 p.m.
April 29 Loyola 1 p.m.
Former soccer star Masley, 50, passes
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April 29 Syracuse 12 p.m.
Men’s Track and Field TBA UNH/ UMass All Day
May 4 Big East Champs All Day
Women’s Track and Field Today Tomorrow April 28 Penn Relays Penn Relays Penn Relays All Day All Day All Day
April 29 Brown Invite All Day
May 4 Big East Champs All Day
Rowing May 11 Dad Vaiil Regatta All Day
May 12 Dad Vail Regatta All Day
May 13 Big East Championships All Day
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“Class of 2012: Give us one bold UConn sports prediction for next year.”
The Daily Roundup
Lacrosse (9-5, 2-3) Tomorrow Villanova 4 p.m.
Next Paper’s Question:
–Sean Gantwerker, 8th-semester english major.
Softball (21-22, 9-10) April 26 Hartford 4 p.m.
The Daily Question of 2012: What was your favorite sports moment the Q : “Class last four years?” Hamilton’s performance in the first round of the 2008 home A : “Josh run derby. Redemption story in the old Yankee Stadium.”
“I look forward to cutting the oranges, hauling the Gatorade and watching my son play every game.”
Baseball (23-18, 11-4) Tomorrow Louisville 6 p.m.
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes waits on the mound to be pulled by manager Joe Girardi in the third inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Wednesday.
By Mac Cerullo Managing Editor
Tim Masley, a former standout defenseman on the Huskies’ 1981 national championship men’s soccer team, died Wednesday in Ghana, according to a Hartford Courant report. He was 50 years old. It’s unclear at this point how Masley died; the U.S. State Department confirmed his death but did not provide any details. Masley played at UConn from 1979-82 and was a captain in his senior year. He was also a starting defenseman for the men’s soccer team in the 1981 national championship game against Alabama A&M, where he famously stopped a shot on the goal line. Years after graduating from UConn, however, Masley found himself entangled in a complicated fraud case in which he and five other people were indicted. He spent time at the Allenwood Federal Prison in Pennsylvania as a result. A former coach described Masley as a tremendous athlete and highly coachable. The 2012 U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team, already loaded with UConn alumni, added another Husky to its roster when it named Ashja Jones as the final member of the team. Jones currently plays for the Connecticut Sun in the WNBA. She played at UConn from 19992002 and won two national championships with the team. During that stretch, her teams went 136-9 overall and won the Big East regular season and tournament title all four years. Jones will join former Huskies Sue Bird, Swin Cash, Diana Taurasi, Tina Charles and Maya Moore on the team, along with Geno Auriemma. The school’s top student-athletes were honored on April 12 as the school hosted its annual awards dinner. Two athletes received the event’s highest honor, the Donald Kinsman award, presented annually to the student athletes who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement during their time at UConn. This year’s recipients of the award were senior Diana Filipek of the rowing team and senior Ali Aserlind of women’s swimming and diving. Filipek has been a part of the rowing team for each of her four years at UConn, and this past fall she was a part of the varsity eight boat that played third in the Head of the Charles this past fall. Aserlind competed in the backstroke and the mid-distance freestyle during her four-year career; competing in the Big East championships every year. She was also a team captain as a senior. The more you know.
2011-2012 Barclays Premier League all-stars By Miles DeGrazia Campus Correspondent The 2011-2012 Barclays Premier League season has just three matchdays left and that means it’s time to reflect and analyze the last nine months of football and determine who the 11 stand out performers of the year are. Goalkeeper Shortlist: Joe Hart, Manchester City. Tim Krul, Newcastle United. Wojciech Szczęsny, Arsenal. Joe Hart has been by far the stand out goalie this season. Starting every single match and keeping 15 clean sheets, Hart has become more than just a great shot stopper improving on his positioning and organizational skills making him of the worlds best. Right Back Shortlist: Branislav Ivanović, Chelsea. Micah Richards, Manchester City. Kyle Walker, Tottenham Hotspur. Micah Richards is a powerful marauding defender who suits Manchester City’s playing style perfectly. His power and speed help him shut down opposition wingers and also allow him to join in the
attack when City dominate possession. Center Back Shortlist: Daniel Agger, Liverpool. Fabricio Coloccini, Newcastle United. Jonny Evans, Manchester United. Rio Ferdinand, Manchester United. Vincent Kompany, Manchester City. Thomas Vermaelen, Arsenal. Jonny Evans and Vincent Kompany have been the two most consistent center backs for the two best defenses in the league so their inclusion is simple. Evans, who has been a solid squad player for Manchester United since 2008, was handed a consistent starting position when club captain and FIFA World XI Player Nemanja Vidić went out injured, and has performed spectacularly. Vincent Kompany has been a brick wall for Manchester City and a major reason why the have the best defensive record in the league. Great in the air and tough in the tackle Kompany represents the quintessential soccer defender. Left Back Shortlist: Leighton Baines, Everton. Ashley Cole, Chelsea. José Enrique, Liverpool. Leighton Baines is our first inclusion not playing for a club in Manchester. Baines
may not be the most physically gifted player but his overall technical play highlighted by his amazing crossing prowess makes him a great defender. Right Midfield Shortlist: Clint Dempsey, Fulham. Juan Mata, Chelsea. Antonio Valencia, Manchester United. Clint Dempsey has had a phenomenal season, ending up in the top four for both the PFA’s and FWA’s Player of The Year. Dempsey is fourth in the league with 16 goals and also has six assists in an otherwise lackluster Fulham team. Central Midfield Shortlist: Leon Britton, Swansea City. Michael Carrick, Manchester United. Luka Modrić, Tottenham Hotspur. Scott Parker, Tottenham Hotspur. Alex Song, Arsenal. Yaya Touré, Manchester City. Saying Michael Carrick divides opinion is putting it lightly, but in the modern game where possession is king Carrick is one of the best. His shielding of the back four, positioning, and reading of the game are unmatched in the English game. Yaya Touré earns his place in the ToTY despite missing a month of matches during January, while away at the African Cup
of Nations. Gifted with physical prowess and technical ability Touré has been the driving force forward in City’s powerful title challenging side. Left Midfield Shortlist: Gareth Bale, Tottenham Hotspur. David Silva, Manchester City. Stéphane Sessègnon, Sunderland. David Silva has pretty much taken the burden of being the creative force for the Manchester City team for the entire season. Silva who has been involved in all but two League matches this year is leading the league in assists with 13 and also has six goals. Striker Shortlist: Emmanuel Adebayor, Tottenham Hotspur. Sergio Agüero, Manchester City. Demba Ba, Newcastle United. Wayne Rooney, Manchester United. Robin Van Persie, Arsenal. Yakubu, Blackburn Rovers. A strikers job in the put the ball in the back of the net and simply enough Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie are doing the best job doing this. Two very non-tradition number 9 ½’s link up play and finishing ability make them both world class.
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Thursday, April 26, 2012
Pursue your passions
UConn drops two at St. John’s, heads to Hartford
By Michael Corasaniti Staff Writer
Darryl Blain This will be my last column. Not just my last column as a Husky writing for the Daily Campus, but my last column period. Unlike most of my colleagues, I didn’t come here to study journalism, and I will be leaving UConn with a business degree. I am not telling you this to give you a sappy farewell or because I am giving you a self-serving background of my academic life, but I am telling you this to illustrate my point: I am doing this for the pure love of reading about, writing about and watching sports. In the grand scheme of how the world works and what is important, sports don’t quite fit in at the top of the list with politics and current events, but they do have their place. Sports do a lot of things. They inspire, captivate, disappoint and uplift, sometimes in ways that other things aren’t capable of. There are few greater feelings on this planet than seeing one of your teams win a championship. It’s pure ecstasy, and that’s why I love sports so much. The phrase “calm down, it’s just a game” is like hearing nails on a chalkboard to me. I understand that it isn’t a life-or-death matter, but having part of your soul invested
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Winds of change
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The UConn softball team does not have much time to rest after their road doubleheader against St. John’s. They return home today for a one game set against the Hawks of the University of Hartford. The Hawks (8-35, 3-9) should not prove to be Connecticut’s toughest opponent of the season as the Huskies wrap up their nonconference schedule before Syracuse rolls into town this weekend for a three-game set. Hartford has currently won four out of their past seven games after taking all three games in a set with the Retrievers of UMBC at home but then dropping a 3-4 extra inning affair to Quinnipiac. However, the Hawks had lost a whopping 23 games in a row, including seven games in which they were run-ruled. This is not to say in the slightest though the Hawks are lacking options that could provide some trouble for the Huskies in the one-game set. On the mound for the hawks will be senior Binghamton, N.Y. native Siera Sheehan. Sheehan has been tough for the Hawks all season, including a pair of complete game victories against UMBC late last week. On the season, Sheehan has upheld a 4.16 era and earned seven wins. At the plate, the Huskies will have to look out for the likes of freshman catcher Peyton Fisher, who is currently leading the team with a .270 batting average. Sophomore second baseman Amber Andrews should also prove to be a tough out this afternoon, as she has 33 hits and a .260 batting average to her name coming into the contest. The Huskies though should have plenty of firepower in them to bounce back from a tough two-game set with St. John’s. The Huskies lost a heartbreaker in the first game of their set in New York when St. John’s broke a 5-5 tie in the bottom of the seventh with a one-out single up the middle by sophomore first baseman Jackie Reed. The win was
Junior Kim Silva fields a ball in the Huskies’ second game against DePaul in a midweek doubelheader on April 18th.
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WHUS Sports: The voices of UConn sports
To be honest, I never thought I’d be writing any column in my life, let alone a farewell column, so this isn’t exactly easy. But I guess I will start with a big thank you to UConn. When I arrived here just four short years ago from a small town in Massachusetts, where my entire high school class was smaller than most of my lectures here in Storrs, I was sure I would hate it. Not because I didn’t like the school, because I did, or else I wouldn’t have enrolled here, but because I hated change. However, it turns out change was just what I needed. Without change, I would have never got an email from the annoying UConn listserv that included details on how to join the Daily Campus. Without change, I would have never lived two doors down from UConn legend Kemba Walker freshman year. Without change, I would have never enjoyed the 90-degree temperature on the fourth floor of Arjona, even in the winter. Without change, I would have never been able to enjoy the smell of fresh cow manure on campus when the weather got warm. Without change, I would have never known what it was like to storm the court at Gampel Pavilion after an underachieving UConn team knocked off No. 1 Texas. Without change, I would have never been one of the lucky ones to experience a REAL UConn Spring Weekend before it became a weekend for campus and state police to flex their muscle. Without change, I would have never quarterbacked the Wet Dream Team to a 0-4 record in
Photo courtesy of Valerie Turco/WHUS
The 2011-2012 WHUS Sports department showing all members except students Andrew Gionfriddo and JR Dowd and community member Alex Giner. The group of 22 broadcasters combined to cover nearly every UConn sporting event this year, both home and away.
By Matt and Colin McDonough Sports Editors Pluck any great sports moment from your memory and these people could name the broadcaster that called the game just as quickly as the athletes who played in it. They’d tell you that when Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks disposed of the favored Miami Heat in the NBA finals, Mike Breen told you the tale. When Albert Pujols and the Cardinals won an epic seven game World Series, Joe Buck brought you the drama. When Indiana topped No. 1 Kentucky on a buzzer-beater in this year’s greatest college basketball game, Dan Shulman was the one shouting in bliss. But for any extraordinary UConn sports moment, that sto-
ryteller could’ve been any one of this select group. Who are these folks, exactly? They are members of the sports department at WHUS, the student radio station here on campus, aka the voices of UConn men’s and women’s soccer, football, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s ice hockey, baseball and softball. Currently broadcasting through 91.7 FM to the southern New England area and an online stream to anyone worldwide, WHUS Sports covered the Huskies decades before they received commercial coverage and grew into renowned programs. Yet, this year, WHUS went beyond covering all Husky home games and select road contests. Collectively, worked to grow into something truly special.
Captained by co-directors Andrew Callahan and Chris Jones, 20 students and three community members combined to broadcast better than 90 percent of all UConn soccer games, greater than 85 percent of all basketball contests, more than half the football and men’s hockey seasons and all but two baseball games from coastto-coast. The station had long been the sole full-time carrier of men’s and women’s soccer and this year committed to coverage of the baseball team. “Without the help from past sports directors building the sports department to where it was, we wouldn’t have been able to make the strides we did,” Jones said at a department banquet last Tuesday. Each broadcast consisted of two or three people that often served as both play-by-play announcers and color analysts
over the course of a game. Preparation for each game involved learning player backgrounds, statistics, team trends, recent history, conducting interviews and on occasion, breaking down film of opposing teams. Time spent preparing for a game typically mirrored the estimated time the given game would last, meaning sometimes students would spend over three hours (and occasionally more) doing research. “I simply could not be more proud of all of you,” Callahan told his group. “What we do is cover teams and what you’ve done as a department is become one. We really appreciate all the hard work you’ve put in and even without a single one of you, this wouldn’t have been possible to the leaps and bounds we made this year. You have been a part of something truly special.” Local media, opposing athletic communications staffs, opposing fans and even a national media critic at Sports Illustrated, have lauded certain broadcasts over the last year. Each on-air performance this year posed a trivia question to listeners and invited listener feedback, which was received consistently from as far as California. Through a bevy of emails, phone calls, booked flights and hotels, road trips and a supportive athletic communications department, away game coverage had never been greater at WHUS. Trips this year included visits to every Big East school (with the exception of Marquette) and calls in the states of Texas, Oregon, Colorado, Oklahoma North Carolina, Illinois and others. Over the years, WHUS has called UConn games in nearly all the 50 states and broadcast in
19 this year alone. Sean Gantwerker, a senior who completed his first full year of calling games this past semester, attested to the work done by the group at the end of the year banquet. “This has honestly made for the best year of my college career and probably my entire life,” Gantwerker said. Each of the members was honored individually Tuesday for their contributions and will be shortly here: Co-directors Callahan and Jones worked relentlessly to expand coverage this year and improve their lot of student broadcasters. Each are stellar play-by-play announcers in their own right and enjoyed the great fortune of calling the women’s Final Four as sophomores. They look to make even greater improvements next year. Adam Bacall is a 2nd-semester freshman soon to intern with the Trenton Thunder. He’s possesses an incredible eye for the game of baseball. Alex Giner is one of three community members in the department who can often be heard calling men’s hockey games. Players on the team know of and can recite his goal calls. Freshman Amber Kountz called her first hockey and softball games this spring and will be interning at ESPN this summer. Andrew Gionfriddo is a graduating senior deemed as the “Most prepared.” He’ll soon be working as a high school English teacher for “Teach for America.” Known for his passionate play-by-play calling all UConn sports, Brian Libes graduates
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