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Nearly 4,000 newly registered Republican voters By Jimmy Onofrio Senior Staff Writer
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Connecticut will participate in the nominating process for the Republican presidential candidate on April 24, and only registered Republicans will be able to vote. Secretary of State Denise Merrill released numbers last week on how many new voters had registered with each party since January 1, showing that over 16,000 people registered to vote, with almost half registering independent. Of the 16,402 newly registered voters, 6,991 registered without party affiliation. Another 5,182 registered with the Democratic Party, while the remaining 3,878 registered Republican. “Compared to 2008 num-
bers, these numbers represent a decline in both new Republican voters and unaffiliated voters enrolling in the party in the months leading up to the Republican Presidential Preference primary. In 2008, some 6,300 new voters registered as Republicans in the 90 days prior to the primary,” said Merrill in a press release dated March 29. Over 1,500 unaffiliated voters registered Republican in this time period in order to participate in the Republican primary, she said. Four years ago this number was about 3,600. Regarding the lower registration numbers, UConn College Republicans president Joe Gasser said, “I think that there are two reasons why we have apparently seen a lower number
of new Republicans register in 2012. First, many voters already registered with the Republican Party in 2010 around the midterms. Second, the Connecticut Republican primary occurs so late in the primary season this year (April 24) that Republicans may perceive only a small incentive to participate.” Of almost 2,000,000 registered voters state wide, 734,431 are registered Democrats, 414,539 are Republican, and 828,252 are unaffiliated. In the last presidential election, about 51 percent of Democrats and 36 percent of Republicans turned out for the primaries. There will be no Democratic primary with President Barack Obama standing for re-election. All four current Republican contenders, Mitt Romney, Rick
Santorum, Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich will appear on the ballot, though with many contests between now and April 24, one or more of the candidates may not remain in the race. Students can vote by absentee ballot in their hometowns if they applied by April 3, and unregistered voters have until April 19. College Republicans will have registration forms available for people of any party in the Student Union this week for students who wish to register. The Connecticut Republican Presidential Preference Primary will be held April 24 from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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Officer Thomas Ryba of the UConn Police Department advised students to utilize Husky Watch, always carry their cell phones and never leave belongings unattended in a Tuesday presentation on campus safety in the Student Union. The UConn Police Department’s annual Pizza with the Police event focused on commuter safety but also offered advice to the general UConn population for maintaining a safe campus. “Do you know what the No. 1 crime at UConn is?,” Ryba asked the audience. An attendee correctly answered “theft” and recounted how his
laptop was stolen when he left it unattended for a couple minutes. With the No. 1 crime at UConn indeed being larceny, Ryba stressed the need to never leave belongings unattended, to put all valuables away in a car trunk and to record model and serial numbers in case of theft. “It only takes a very short amount of time for your stuff to disappear,” Ryba said. Drug violations, DUI violations, liquor violations and burglary are the other top four crimes on UConn’s campus. “We have a low violent crime rate, but we do have crime,” Ryba said. “Sometimes, people will come to a rural environment and believe there isn’t crime here, but the truth is that there is crime.” Ryba also discussed personal safety at UConn, urging stu-
dents to use the Husky Watch program, a free escort service operated by the police department that runs from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. “Our motto of the program is that nobody should have to walk alone on campus,” Ryba said. Ryba also advised students to utilize the blue phones around campus if they experience an emergency. When activated, the blue phones automatically put a call through to 911 with an identified location. With a dispatch center located on campus, police response time averages four to five minutes. “There are over 280 blue phones on campus,” Ryba said. “And once one is activated, help is on the way.”
Ryba went on to explore pedestrian safety at UConn, saying both drivers and pedestrians need to be aware. “We have a significant amount of crosswalk accidents every semester,” Ryba said. “If you’re driving and you’re expecting that pedestrian to stop, imagine they are distracted. Maybe they don’t see you.” Ryba finished his presentation with an announcement about Spring Weekend. “There will be parking bans in some of the parking lots and some of the roads will be closed down,” Ryba said. “If you need to come to campus that weekend, factor that in.” About 40 students attended the presentation, most of them commuters. “I just wanted to stay informed,” said Giovanni Sap, a 4th-semester history major. “I’m a transfer student, so the rules are a little different here than at my old school.”
By Katherine Tibedo Staff Writer
Buckley Hall dormitory was evacuated Sunday when a firecracker set off on the sixth floor of the south tower triggered the fire alarms. Alexander Kosakowi, a 2nd-semester student, set of the firecracker, according to Captain Hans Rhynhart of the UConn Police Department. The fire department responded to the alarm late Sunday night and a short investigation determined the firecracker was the cause of the alarm and police were called in. Kosakowi, who confessed to the floor’s resident assistant, was arrested and charged with disturbance of the peace in the second degree, reckless endangerment in the second degree, and possession of fireworks. The sixth floor resident assistant Antoni Brzoska an 8thsemester math major said, “A resident set off a firecracker as an April Fool’s joke. Basically, the firemen determined that the firecracker went on this floor. The resident admitted to me that he did it and we went to the cops and he was arrested.” He continued to say that as far as he knew, the Department of Residential Life had not yet determined the consequences Kosakowi will face. BuckleyShippee Resident Hall Director Joliana Yee was unable to comment. Many of the students living on the sixth floor did not hear the firecracker go off, but those who did described it as a loud popping sound. Daniel Malik, a 2nd semester molecular cell biology major said, “It was a loud pop. It wasn’t as loud as you would think. Someone describe it as slamming a door. It was indistinguishable from the typical loud noise you hear in a dorm…It may have startled a few people, most people didn’t know what happened until we came back up.” “I just hear a loud pop,” said Matt Markelon, a 2nd-semester pre-pharmacy major. “I honestly though it was nerf guns. I didn’t know it was a firecracker, but when we went out in the hall it smelt really weird.” Jeff White, a 2nd-semester computer science major, described it the simplest terms, “It was a firecracker, it went bang.” The housing contract that all students on campus agree to forbids the possession of firecrackers in the dorms. It reads, “The possession of firearms, ammunition, and any weapons including but not limited to knives, bows, guns, BB guns, paint ball guns, soft air guns, slingshots, and launching devices, is prohibited in on-campus housing. This also extends to any projectile objects, firecrackers, gunpowder and other explosive or potentially dangerous objects.” Connecticut state law prohibits the possession of fireworks with the exception of sparklers and foundations, according to the Connecticut General Assembly’s website. Both sparklers and foundations are defined in CT law as “nonexplosive and nonaerial” devices that contain less than 100 grams for each device. In other words, anything that cre-
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LGBTQ Out to Lunch Lecture 12 to 1:30 p.m. SU, Rainbow Center This week’s lecture, “I Transcend HER,” will be presented by performance character actress MilDred Gerestant/LIGHT. LIGHT will use powerful images, poetry, education and humor to tell her “herstory.”
Black Hebrew Folk Lecture 3 to 4:30 p.m. SU, Ballroom Professor John J. Jackson Jr., from UPenn, will discuss “African Americans in Southern Israel and the Reconfiguration of an African Continent.”
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Conn. lawmakers to vote on death penalty
HARTFORD (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are once again gearing up to vote on the high-profile death penalty repeal bill. Senate President and Democrat Donald E. Williams, Jr., of Brooklyn, said Tuesday that the Senate will vote on the bill Wednesday. The proposed bill would abolish the death penalty for all future cases, but would not directly affect the sentences of current death row inmates. Democratic Sen. Eric Coleman of Bloomfield said Tuesday he is confident the repeal bill will pass the state’s House of Representatives but it will probably face more challenges in the Senate.
Conn. prison credit bill fails committee vote
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Submarine manufacturer Electric Boat in Connecticut has won U.S. Navy contracts worth $25 million for maintenance on the USS Annapolis in Groton and to support repairs on nuclear submarines and carriers at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Washington state. Connecticut Sens. Joe Lieberman and Richard Blumenthal and Rep. Joe Courtney said Tuesday the Annapolis maintenance and upgrade project will be conducted this fall at the Groton site of Electric Boat, a division of General Dynamics Corp. It’s expected to employ up to 225 workers. The Puget Sound contract will require about 60 workers.
Mother pleads guilty to sexually assaulting baby HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — An 18-year-old Enfield woman who was accused of sexually assaulting an infant has entered a substance abuse treatment program after pleading guilty to a lesser charge. The Journal Inquirer of Manchester reports that (http://bit.ly/ HdoTCr ) Kelsey Albertson pleaded guilty Monday to a risk of injury charge under a deal that could result in a 10-year prison sentence. As part of the plea arrangement, Albertson was released into the custody of the Stepping Stone treatment program. Albertson was charged in October with first-degree sexual assault and promoting a minor in an obscene performance. Police say she sent photographs of herself performing sex acts on the baby to her boyfriend.
FDA probes salmonella that has sickened 90 people
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials are investigating a growing outbreak of salmonella that has sickened 90 people in 19 states and the District of Columbia, according to a Food and Drug Administration memo. The outbreak is “rapid and expanding in number of cases,” with seven hospitalizations reported, according to a memo distributed to FDA staff Tuesday morning. No deaths have been reported to date. The salmonella may be linked to sushi and investigators are focusing on spicy tuna rolls as “highly suspect.” Reports of the foodborne illness have mainly come from the eastern seaboard and Gulf Coast, though cases have been reported as far west as Missouri and Texas. Investigators are focusing on six clusters of restaurants in Texas, Wisconsin, Maryland, Rhode Island and Connecticut.
Conn. man admits killing fellow inmate in N.J.
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A Connecticut man has pleaded guilty to killing a fellow inmate at New Jersey’s Fort Dix Federal Correctional Institution by pushing him down a flight of stairs. David Besaw faces a sentence of up to 15 years after pleading guilty Tuesday to voluntary manslaughter during an appearance in federal court in Camden. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says the 27-year-old Besaw, of Newington, Conn., had an argument with an inmate identified only as “F.F.” in November 2010. It began after “F.F.” allegedly punched the back of Besaw’s bunk while Besaw was sleeping. Besaw then allegedly followed “F.F.” into a stairwell and pushed him from behind.
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Successful interns dole out advice drawing from their experiences By Amy Schellenbaum Senior Staff Writer Many students seeking advice to make the most of their internship experience are given frustratingly vague answers based in platitudes rather than particular experiences. This was not the case for Tuesday’s panel on how to turn an internship into a job offer. While the phrase “go above and beyond” was indeed uttered by all the panelists – and by some it was said three or four times – much of the advice was pointed and all of the tips from the three students who received offers for full-time jobs after their internships were based on their own experiences. “If you really do well, they’re going to work to create a position for you,” said Laura DeWald, who interned with Cigna in 2009 and now has a full-time job there. The panel, hosted by Career Services, was composed of talent consultant for Cigna Health Insurance Allison Eastwood, two employees who were for-
mer interns for Cigna and Mary Reilly, a UConn student and Career Services employee who has a job lined up after graduation. Each person spoke on the importance of completing work thoroughly and on-time, communicating with supervisors early and often and asking to take on more work. A good intern “does their homework” before their first day, Eastwood said. She recommended reaching out to the supervisor as soon as possible to ask about dress code and any prep work or human resources papers necessary. Students looking for jobs need to be “active participants” in their internships, Eastwood said. This means taking on more work, arriving early and staying late when necessary, and forging relationships with your coworkers. Seek mentors, Eastwood said. “Everybody likes talking about themselves,” Eastwood said. Communication with your supervisor is key to getting
him or her to understand how valuable you would be as an employee, DeWald said. Keep them up-to-date about what your spending your time doing and the status of your projects. Request regular one-onone meetings. DeWald and Eastwood suggested even going as far as to suggest office social gatherings like happy hours, if the company does not have something similar in place. “You need to drive that relationship,” DeWald said. Eastwood said valuable interns add something extra to the work their assigned. For example, she said that if the project is to compose a spreadsheet, writing a brief synopsis of what you processed is particularly helpful. DeWald and Reilly stressed the idea that you need to stand apart from other interns if you want a permanent spot. “You’re going to be surrounded by interns who are working at an average capacity,” said DeWald. “If you know you’re capable of more, hold yourself to a higher standard.”
Reilly said she came in earlier than the other interns and strove to dress more appropriately, two things she thought helped her chances of getting an offer for full-time employment. “Little things like that were… worth it in the end,” Reilly said. Networking is incredibly important, the panelists agreed, but should not come before getting the tasks assigned completed. “Also, don’t be the over-networker. It’s really transparent,” DeWald said. “No one likes them.” Ben Reiser, a Cigna employee who interned at the company in 2010 and 2011, said while it’s important to stand apart from the other interns, he warned, “don’t be vicious.” “Don’t play dirty games trying to get ahead,” he said. “Managers will see that.” The next Career Services event on Tuesday and is about finding an internship late in the semester. It will be in CUE Room 134 at 3:30 p.m.
Malloy signs bill capping state wholesale gas tax HARTFORD (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed a bill Tuesday that caps Connecticut’s tax on the wholesale price of gasoline, but motorists shouldn’t expect to see lower prices at the pump any time soon. “If any politician is giving them reason to think that’s the case, they’re sadly mistaken,” said Eugene Guilford, president of the Independent Connecticut Petroleum Association. He said the average, wholesale price of regular unleaded gasoline at the state’s largest wholesale supply point, New Haven Harbor, jumped 6.6 cents per gallon from Monday to Tuesday, from $3.22 to 3.29. That erases the expected 1.7-cents-per-gallon benefit from capping the gross receipts tax when wholesale prices hit $3 a gallon. Malloy agreed that motorists shouldn’t get their hopes up. According to AAA’s Daily
Fuel Gauge Report, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded in Connecticut was $4.09 a gallon on Tuesday, compared to $3.92 nationally. “I mean the reality is we have lots of things that are impacting the cost of gasoline, not the least of which is the explosion of a number of cars in China and India and other developing lands,” he said. “The legislature decided to act and give an amount of relief, so you could either look at it as very positive or you look at it in a cynical way, you get to decide.” Proponents of the bill have said the cap on the gross receipts tax will ultimately help consumers, creating a restraint on taxes. It is one of two state taxes on gasoline. The other is a flat, 25-centsper-gallon tax. The new law also includes various provisions aimed at preventing price gouging. One reason motorists likely
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ates a flame is illegal for personal use because most of those devices are highly explosive, examples include party poppers and smoke devices. The law further states that a person who violates that law “shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than ninety days or be both fined and imprisoned.” Meaning, a person could be fined up to $100 or place in prison for up 90 days. Exceptions to this include instances when the value of illegal fireworks intended for sale exceed $10,000 or someone is killed or injured.
Reckless endangerment in the second degree, a class B misdemeanor, is defined by CT law as “when [a person] recklessly engages in conduct which creates a risk of physical injury to another person.” Those charged with class B misdemeanors can serve up to 6 months in jail and/or be fined up to $1000, according to the Connecticut State Library website. Kosakowi’s court date is set for April 10th. He was unavailable for comment.
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won’t notice the cap in the fluctuating wholesale tax is the fact that prices have been on the rise and there’s volatility in the world market, said Steve Guveyan, the executive director of the Connecticut Petroleum Council. “These rules have a tendency to go into effect when prices are normally zooming up,” he said, referring to the new law. “Do it during a period when there’s absolute calm in the market, you’ll notice it immediately.” It’s unclear when the cap will fully take effect. Even though the legislation that Malloy signed takes effect immediately, Guveyan said, the wholesalers who bring gasoline to Connecticut have until April 15 to change their computer systems to comply with the new law, so long as they’re showing a good faith effort. And he said it’s unclear whether they’ll all make the changes in time.
“It’s even more challenging than we first thought,” he said. “You can’t change the software structure of an entire industry in two weeks, which is what we’re being asked to do here.” Guilford estimated it will cost the 30 to 40 affected companies thousands of dollars to re-engineer the computers. “It’s not just because the legislature said cap the tax and the governor signs the law, it automatically happens with the snap of a computer,” he said. “I think this was more about perception than reality. And it’s going to cost us a lot of money to do it.” Guilford criticized lawmakers for rushing the bill through the House and Senate chambers last week as emergency legislation, without getting input from the wholesalers. “This is what happens when you pass a piece of legislation without a hearing,” he said.
Tampa-based WellCare agrees to $137.5M settlement TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Tampa-based health care provider has agreed to pay $137.5 million to settle four lawsuits involving fraudulent Medicare and Medicaid claims in nine states. The U.S. Attorney in Tampa announced the settlement Tuesday. The suits claimed WellCare Health Plans Inc. falsely inflated the amount it claimed to be spending on medical care to avoid returning the money to Medicaid and other programs. The suits
also accused the company of knowingly retaining overpayments received and falsifying data that misrepresented the medical conditions of patients and treatments they received. WellCare will make fixed payments, plus interest, over three years to the federal government and to Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New York, and Ohio. WellCare CEO Alec Cunningham says the company is pleased matters are fully resolved.
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‘This is my family,’ woman Small business program yields 65 new jobs says in IRA tapes fight BOSTON (AP) — An attempt by British investigators to get recorded interviews with former members of the Irish Republican Army has turned into a complicated court battle. And for Carrie Twomey, the legal fight is personal. She’s the wife of Anthony McIntyre, a former gunman for the IRA who conducted the interviews for an oral history project at Boston College. Twomey has played a key role in trying to sway U.S. politicians that turning over the recordings could endanger her family. “This isn’t just some dusty old papers in a library,” Twomey says. “This is people’s lives. This is my family.” Twomey has managed to get backing from some powerful people. Seven U.S. politicians, including Senators John Kerry of Massachusetts and Charles Schumer of New York, have written letters to Secretary of State
Hillary Rodham Clinton and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder urging them to persuade British authorities to withdraw their request for the recordings. McIntyre and Irish journalist Ed Moloney, who directed the project, are asking a federal appeals court to block the handover. Arguments are scheduled Wednesday before the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston. The history project, which began in 2001 and was completed in 2006, is intended as a resource for journalists, scholars and historians after the death of the participants. But Northern Ireland police probing the IRA’s 1972 killing of a Belfast woman want access to the interviews for their investigation. Moloney says the recordings are explosive enough to damage Northern Ireland’s unity government, in which Sinn Fein represents the Irish Catholic minority.
Its stable coalition with the British Protestant majority is the central achievement of the 1998 U.S.brokered peace accord. Moloney has said that the interviewees include many IRA colleagues of Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams and that public release of the testimony could lead to a victims’ lawsuit against Adams, the conflict’s leading guerrillaturned-peacemaker. Twomey worries her husband and other former IRA members could be attacked or killed if the recordings are turned over and then used in prosecutions. Some in Ireland have already branded her husband as a “tout,” an informer, because of his role in the Boston College project, she says. “My husband isn’t an informer, nor are the people who participated in this project — it’s a history project — but police using it as evidence, that changes it dramatically and makes it very dangerous,” says Twomey, 41.
Guards to consider strike HARTFORD (AP) — Private security guards who work in several state office buildings in Hartford will decide Wednesday whether to authorize a possible strike. The Connecticut chapter of the union 32BJ is trying to organize the guards. Chapter president Kurt Westby told The Associated Press on Tuesday that nearly 50 guards will vote on the strike authorization, with results expected at the state Capitol later Wednesday evening. The guards work for SOS Security Inc. at buildings that house various agencies, including the Department of Public Works, the Office of Policy and Management, the Department of Developmental Services and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Westby said there are a total
of several hundred guards employed by at least five private firms contracted to provide security services in state buildings. There could be similar strike authorization votes taken in the future affecting workers as well, he said. “We’re prepared for similar strike authorization votes,” he said. “If the guards are met with a lot of resistance, it’s very possible there will be similar actions.” Westby said state officials should be concerned about the issues facing the private guards, who earn on average about $10 an hour and sometimes have to pay as much as $585 in copays every two weeks for family medical coverage. “If you look at privatized security guards, most of them are living in poverty. Many don’t have any benefits, health insurance and certainly not
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BLOOMFIELD (AP) — A new state program aimed at growing small businesses by rewarding those that hire the unemployed has added 65 jobs since it began in February. The Subsidized Training and Employment Program, known as STEP UP, was created during a special legislative session on jobs last October. It provides employers with six-month wage subsidies, up to $20 an hour, and training grants to small manufacturers, up to $12,500 over a six-month period. Businesses with 50 or fewer employees are eligible for the program. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy commended the program on Tuesday during a news conference in Bloomfield at Street Fleet Mechanics, which has hired two new employees under the program. “Small businesses in the
state need every critical tool we can give them to help them grow,” Malloy said. The Democratic governor said STEP UP, in which 45 small businesses have participated, is a “win-win bargain” for the state and for employers. But economist Steve Lanza, of the Connecticut Center for Economic Analysis at the University of Connecticut, said it’s difficult to make a connection between the subsidies and new hiring because many businesses are likely to hire people without them. “The criticism of these sort of things is that it simply rewards companies for something they might already be doing,” Lanza said. There were nearly 1.8 million people employed in Connecticut in February, according to state Department of Labor statistics, and there were about 150,000
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A Connecticut man who police believe is responsible for a series of rapes along the East Coast has been indicted in Virginia and could stand trial as soon as this summer. A grand jury in Prince William County returned an indictment Tuesday charging 40-year-old Aaron H. Thomas with abducting three teenage trick-or-treaters at gunpoint on Halloween 2009 and raping two of them. The indictment includes two counts of rape, three counts of abduction with intent to defile and three counts of use of a firearm during a commission of a felony, said Prince William County Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul Ebert. The rape and abduction charges carry maximum sentences of life
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Assignments should be more than just busywork
o one likes to do homework. Many students do not see the point in being piled with what often amounts to busywork that needs to be submitted after long days of lectures. Fortunately for them, there are multiple research studies on their side, including a recent study from the University of Sydney, Australia that found that students who have to complete large volumes of homework often perform worse on tests. The data specifically focuses on comparing the amount of time spent on homework in different countries related to student performance on the standardized test the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). The data suggests that assigning hours of homework each night is detrimental to test taking, while a couple hours a week has no effect one way or another. It also suggests that homework only helps students to learn in the last three years of grade school education, grades 10-12. These trends have been confirmed by other studies as well. Busywork is called busywork for a reason – it takes up time, it can be used as proof that students are learning if needed and it can be used to police students as well as cover material that is not addressed in class. But there is nothing in those reasons that outlines a benefit for the students who have to complete the work or for the teachers who have to grade the work and attempt to use it as an assessment measure. Even in universities, work should not become detrimental to the students. Assignments should be coordinated in such a way to supplement learning, and have a supplemental purpose, not function to force students to regurgitate the day’s lessons. Obviously, we are not educators and cannot pass judgment on pedagogy techniques. But when multiple studies are showing that an accepted technique is not actually proving beneficial to the educational environment, then maybe the technique should be re-evaluated. 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.
Just saw a girl heading out to party on a Tuesday... She looked like she had stepped out of a Def Leopard video... this is how you know you’ve hit rock bottom. It’s too cold in the morning for iced coffee but too warm for uggs in the afternoon. WHAT’S A GIRL TO DO?! To all the boys who still wore their No. 1 hats yesterday, my heart goes out to you... Call me maybe? Brittney Griner dominates women’s basketball because of her shot blocking ability, her height and her Y chromosome. Enjoy your championship now Brittney. UConn will be standing in your way of a repeat. I can’t tell if Fab Melo is Morris Claiborne dumb, or Morris Claiborne is Fab Melo dumb. Some teams get back to championship games for redemption. Notre Dame gets back to championship games for humiliation. Nick Fairley was arrested for marijuana possession? That’s Fairley disappointing. Has John Calipari’s championship been vacated yet? No? Bummer. You know all those problems in the world today? We wouldn’t have those problems if it weren’t for people. Think about that before you go an have 20 kids, m’kay? Thanx. Yes, I did go to the library just to sleep. Buttscratcher? BUTTSCRATCHER! Wait... the buses can talk!?! YOLO - You only love octopi. Is it just me, or was there somebody standing near the Union yesterday dressed up as a cat? Or was it a dog? Manbearpig? Where did Nike come up with those new uniforms? At the toilet store?
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Summer films and the myth of high prices
he summer movie season blasts off in a few weeks with the highest-budget blockbusters of the year. “Dark Knight Rises,” “Men In Black 3,” “The Avengers,” “Amazing Spider-Man,” and “Brave” might break box office records. However, there have been criticisms of costly ticket prices in recent years. In 1988, the national average ticket price exceeded four dollars for the first time. By 1999 it had crossed five dollars, by 2003 had crossed six dollars, by 2008 had surpassed seven dollars, and seems poised to exceed eight dollars this year. As the joke goes, “When going out for dinner and a By Jesse Rifkin movie, the dinWeekly Columnist ner used to be the expensive part.” Hold on there. Using such nominal statistics proves deceptive. Of course ticket prices are obviously going to be higher now than ever before, since inflation increases nearly all costs over time. Almost everything costs more now: groceries, cars, college tuition, even child support. (I’ve been told.) Rather, the most appropriate measure to compare tickets through time is inflation-adjusted costs. In other words, what would past prices be in the equivalent of today’s money? The answer revealed through historical perspective may shock you: our parents actually paid higher prices at the movie theater when they were our age. Here is your fun history lesson for the day. In 1933, the first year for which reli-
able consumer price index data exists, movie tickets averaged 23 cents, or $3.98 in today’s money. For the next quarter century, the inflation-adjusted cost remained virtually unchanged. By 1959, tickets had only risen to 51 cents, or $3.94 in today’s money – virtually the exact same inflationadjusted price as back in 1933. That honeymoon, long while it lasted, shattered to pieces during the 1960s. During the eight years between 1959 and 1967 alone, the inflation-adjusted ticket average more than doubled. In fact, between 1961 and 1971, the inflationadjusted price never decreased or even remained level for a single year. What exactly caused this is a difficult question to answer. Television had already become the predominant media by the time the price surge started, so it could not have been that. The amusement tax (yes – that actually existed once) was cancelled in 1953, so it could not have been that. VCR and home viewing options did not become widespread until much later, and inflation was kept relatively under control for most of that time. Regardless of what precisely caused the price increases, the changes came swiftly and dramatically. Movie prices peaked in 1971 at $1.65, or $9.16 in today’s money. A relatively steady decline followed for years. While there have been some rises and some falls since then, during the last four decades prices have never once reached the inflation-adjusted level they did in 1971. Prices last year, for example, averaged $7.96. People regularly say, “I would go to the movies more often, if only ticket prices were lower.” Is that actually true? Would lower prices mean higher attendance? The evidence suggests otherwise. Inflation-adjusted movie prices actually
decreased in 2011, for the first time since 2006. And what was Hollywood’s reward as a result? The fewest tickets sold since 1995, and the lowest rate of tickets sold per capita in the past three decades. Another piece of evidence lies in threedimensional films, the latest rage that is seemingly a requirement these days, with 38 films released in the format last year alone. “Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon” and “Thor” both received 60 percent of their ticket sales from threedimensional presentations, while “The Green Hornet” sold an incredible 69 percent of tickets that way. In other words, moviegoers were more likely to pay for the higher-priced three-dimensional ticket than for the regular-priced twodimensional ticket. So yet again, lower price did not demonstrate a correlation with greater sales. But surely the Internet, DVDs and Netflix provide alternative entertainment options such that movie theaters will have no choice but to jack up prices to stay afloat financially, right? Not so fast. Netflix has existed since 1997, and DVD sales and rentals topped those of VHS starting in 2003. Yet ticket prices, which have had plenty of time to adjust to such changes in the industry, are still nowhere near their 1971 peak. You will almost certainly go to the movies at least once this summer. When you do, keep your complaints about the ticket price to a minimum. After all, historically speaking, movie ticket prices are not nearly as high as they once were. Gasoline, on the other hand…
Weekly Columnist Jesse Rifkin is a 4th-semester political science and journalism double major. He can be reached at Jesse.Rifkin@UConn.edu.
Drug offenders should not be denied financial aid
n an effort to decrease drug abuse, the Higher Education Act was amended in 1996 to include the Aid Elimination Penalty, which forbids students with drug convictions from receiving federal financial aid for their education. Though well-intentioned, this policy has been ineffective at reducing rates of illegal drug use among students and has had dangerous unintended consequences. Congress By Sam Tracy s h o u l d Staff Columnist r e m o v e the Aid Elimination Penalty in its entirety. The main goal of the Aid Elimination Penalty is to reduce illicit drug use and, in this respect, it has been a complete failure. Most surveys show that rather than decrease, illicit drug use among youth has actually slightly increased since the passage of the amendment in 1996. While it is but one of a group of laws aimed at reducing drug use, it is clear that the amendment and its fellow anti-drug laws have been ineffective at actually reducing the amount of people who use drugs. It makes no sense to continue using it to deny students federal financial aid.
Not only is the amendment not working, it’s actually hurting thousands of people. Due to the extent of drug use in America, the Aid Elimination Penalty has proved to be farreaching, barring 41,000 students from receiving aid in the 2003-2004 academic year alone. This disproportionately affects students from low-income families and does not affect their high-income peers, whose families can pay in full for a college education despite a drug conviction. The amendment is also disproportionately applied against racial minorities. This is not because racial minorities use drugs more (in fact, research shows that they use drugs at rates similar to whites), but due to problems inherent in the “War on Drugs,” blacks and Hispanics make up 74.4 percent of federal drug charges, while making up only about 28 percent of the national population. While the language of the law includes provisions that can restore an individual’s financial aid after a period of one or two years, the United States Department of Education claims that one-third to one-half of students who leave college for a year will never return to higher education. While the law seems to be temporary on its face, in
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practice it is a permanent end to tens of thousands of students’ educations. Being effectively barred from education does not cause individuals to stop using drugs, and
“While the law seems temporary on its face, in practice it is a permanent end to tens of thousands of students’ educations.” may even lead them to continue or increase their drug intake. Also, the lack of a college education may make individuals more likely to engage in criminal activity and rely on public support programs such as public housing or food assistance, both of which burden taxpayers. It is also worth noting that drug convictions are the only crime that a student can lose their federal financial aid over. Students who have been con-
victed of assault, arson, theft, rape, or any other crime may be at risk of suspension or expulsion by their schools, but will still continue to receive their Pell grants, Stafford loans or other forms of aid without interruption. This demonstrates that the amendment is a prime example of anti-drug legislators arbitrarily creating penalties to appear tough on drugs, wrongly portraying drug use as a more heinous offense than violent crimes. When looked at it as a whole, the Aid Elimination Penalty actually has the effect of preventing large numbers of lowincome students and students of color from completing their college degrees, while not reducing rates of illicit drug use among college students. It is a failed policy that is hurting more than it is helping and actually reinforcing the problems that lead to drug abuse, crime and poverty. Because of this, the Aid Elimination Penalty must be removed from the Higher Education Act as soon as possible.
Staff Columnist Sam Tracy is a 6th-semester political science and sociology major. He can be reached at Samuel.Tracy@UConn.edu.
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Horoscopes by Brian Ingmanson To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) -- Today is a 7 -- It’s a very lucky moment for love: go ahead and ask. It could be perfect brilliance, pure genius, an idea of innovation or scientific elegance. Go out on a limb. Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is an 8 -- Consider all possibilities. Love suffuses the air, fragrant with springtime. Surround yourself with art, nature and beauty ... you’ll be well rewarded. Plant a seed. Gemini (May 21-June 21) -- Today is an 8 -- You’ve got everything you need. You’re surrounded by abundance, when you stop long enough to recognize it. Friends help you advance. Clean up messes as you go. Cancer (June 22-July 22) -- Today is a 9 -- Accept generous payment for your work. You earned it. Your curiosity awakens. Explore your neighborhood. Begin a new project. Get into the inner workings. Study.
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Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is a 9 -- Let your partner take the lead. Have faith. It’s a very beneficial moment. Make a promise you’ll love keeping. Consider the numbers; abundance can be yours. Let it flow to you. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Get out and dig in the dirt! Count your assets. Your work improves your credit. Get the family to help. You’re very lucky now. New seeds sprout. You’ve got it all. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Share your dreams with someone who might like to participate. Rejuvenate an old bond. Romance might tickle your fancy. Discover buried treasure.
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Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 9 -- As Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.” It can start with you and a dream for the world. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 9 -- Learn the facts so that you can find a solution and make a difference. Let your genius out. More responsibility leads to more satisfaction. It’s a game worth playing.
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Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is an 8 -- Fine-tune your environment, and your atmosphere improves greatly. Your protective nature blooms and bears fruit. Far horizons beckon. Connect your networks. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 7 -- Your community provides you with more than you realize. Take special care of your environment. Share the love. Invest in the future for young people. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is an 8 -- Realize a vision for a world that works for everyone. Share acknowledgment all around. Speak your heart in romance. Walking or bike riding reinvigorates.
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Newspapers erect pay walls in hunt for new revenue
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Newspapers are returning to a business strategy that served them well in the heyday of street-corner newsboys shouting the front-page news. They’re enticing people with a little free online content before asking them to pay up. After years of offering news for free, a growing number of newspapers around the country have launched so-called metered pay walls, which give readers a few free stories online before requiring them to sign up for a digital subscription. About 300 newspapers have adopted such plans, which usually give subscribers some mix of Web, smartphone and tablet computer access. “A lot of our customers are telling us, ‘that’s fair,’” says Rob Gursha, vice president of consumer marketing at the Star Tribune, a 300,000-circulation daily in Minneapolis. In November, the newspaper began charging people as much as $1.99 a week for online access after they have looked at 20 stories for free. If a reader pays for the Sunday newspaper in print, however, online access can be as little as 30 cents a week. Nearly 20,000 readers have signed up. For newspapers like the Star Tribune, it’s a second chance at digital success. As the Internet gained in popularity in the 1990s, newspapers decided to give away news on their websites while continuing to charge readers for print editions. By keeping online
editions free, publishers hoped to gain enough readers to attract Web advertising. But as readers flocked to free news on websites, many of them canceled their print subscriptions. And online advertising hasn’t generated enough revenue to make up for the combined declines in print subscriptions and print advertising. Fewer than a quarter of the nation’s 1,350 daily newspapers charge for online access so far, but industry executives are increasingly optimistic pay walls can boost digital revenue. Newspapers take different approaches and have different price structures. Some set a limit on the number of stories and some on the number of page views. But there’s little doubt executives are hoping pay walls will spur a turnaround in the industry. As publishers and media executives gather in Washington this week at the Newspaper Association of America’s annual meeting, the question of how to increase digital revenue is front and center. Attendees will take part in panel discussions and lectures such as “New Revenue Models and Strategies” and “Reaching Young Readers: Digital Tips From the Digitally Savvy.” They’ll trade notes on how to develop applications for tablet computers and smartphones. And they’ll talk about ways to derive new forms of revenue from tablets and e-readers such as the iPad and Kindle.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — For years, hundreds of Texas ranchers have made big money on exotic antelopes, with hunters paying up to $10,000 to bag just one dama gazelle, a rare animal with short horns curving outward. Starting on Wednesday, however, the U.S. government will stop allowing anyone to hunt the dama gazelle or two other exotic antelopes native to Africa, the addax and the scimitar-horned oryx. The move to give the animals full protection under the federal Endangered Species Act is being praised by animal-rights groups that abhor such hunts and has upset the ranchers whose efforts have led to a rise in the numbers of those exotic animals. The ranchers say they won’t be able to afford the upkeep for their antelopes — but they also can’t legally kill the entire herds or release them. Texas has the largest population of the animals in the world — far more than even their native Africa. In 1979, Texas had less than three dozen scimitar-horned oryx, just two addax and nine dama gazelles, according to the Exotic Wildlife Association. But by 2010, the state had more than 11,000 scimitar-horned oryx, about 5,100 addax and nearly 900 dama gazelles, according to the association Knowing that the new regulations were set to take effect, some ranchers have sold their exotic antelopes. But prices have dropped by up to 40 percent and will drop an additional 50 percent after Wednesday, said
Charly Seale, executive director of the Texas-based Exotic Wildlife Association. The ranchers can apply for federal permits to continue the hunts, but most are refusing because they say it’s government intrusion. Seale said just 10 percent of ranchers have sought the permits. Others are so irate they’ve threatened to kill the herds or just set them free, but that may not happen because both options are illegal under the federal act, Seale said. “They are very prolific and had been valuable because a lot of people wanted to hunt them,” Seale said. “We’ve built our herds with our own money, and we increased an extinct population, one of the biggest conservation efforts in the world. And now they’re telling us we can’t do it? It’s ridiculous.” The scimitar-horned oryx, which has horns up to 4 feet (1.2 meters) long curving toward its back, was declared extinct in the wild in 2000. Five years later, the three species were listed on the Endangered Species Act, but they were exempt from the no-hunting rule by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Now the rule is being enforced so the animals won’t be killed in “canned hunts,” said Priscilla Feral, president of the Connecticut-based Friends of Animals that successfully challenged that exemption. “The ranchers care about offering them in trophy hunts on property from which they cannot escape,” Feral said. “They only live so they can die. To call that conservation is ludicrous.”
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Transgender pageant hopeful wants rule change LOS ANGELES (AP) — A would-be Canadian Miss Universe contestant who was born male said Tuesday that a rule requiring contestants to be born as women should be dropped, whether or not she gets a chance to compete. “I do not want any other woman to suffer the discrimination that I have endured,” said Jenna Talackova, who underwent a sex change four years ago. Her attorney, Gloria Allred, displayed a copy of Talackova’s passport, which lists her as female, as do her birth certificate and driver’s license. “I am a woman,” Talackova said. “I was devastated and I felt that excluding me for the reason that they gave was unjust. I have never asked for any special consideration. I only wanted to compete.” Talackova, 23, of Vancouver was born male. Her sex change led organizers in Canada to disqualify her from the 61st Miss Universe Canada pageant in May. The pageant’s New York based parent group, the Miss Universe Organization, run by Donald Trump, said in a statement Monday that Talackova can compete “provided she meets the legal gender recognition requirements of Canada, and the standards established by other international competitions.” The statement did not provide
In this image provided by Miss International Queen via YouTube, Jenna Talackova, of Vancouver, British Columbia, speaks during a video interview at the 2010 Miss International Queen Competition in Thailand. The transgendered blond that was kicked out of the Miss Universe Canada pageant is urging her supporters to sign an online petition calling for her reinstatement.
specifics. Talackova and Allred called the statement confusing and urged Trump to definitely state that she will be allowed to compete and to represent Canada in the Miss Universe contest if she wins. They also called on him to eliminate the rule. “She did not ask Mr. Trump
to prove that he is a naturally born man or to see the photos of his birth to view his anatomy to prove that he was male,” Allred said. The Associated Press requested comment from Trump, and an assistant said a statement would be released sometime Tuesday.
The lawyer did not permit Talackova to go beyond her statement or say whether she would compete if granted permission to do so while the rule remains in force. Allred also said that legal teams have been formed in Canada, New York and California to consider Talackova’s legal options.
BOSTON (AP) — A couple of months before Election Day in 2010, the Massachusetts lottery began running a TV commercial in which it pronounced itself “the most successful state lottery in America” and boasted of providing a bounty of money for roads, schools, police and firefighters. The ad did not mention that the lottery was overseen by then-state Treasurer Timothy Cahill, who was running for governor. Cahill did not appear in the commercial. It did not even mention his name. This week, though, Cahill was indicted along with two aides on charges they illegally used the taxpayer-funded ad to promote his campaign for governor. The case represents the first test of a 2009 Massachusetts ethics law that is considered one of the toughest such measures in the nation. While state Attorney General Martha Coakley, who brought the charges, portrayed the episode as a clear-cut misuse of office by Cahill, defense attorneys warned that the case could open up politicians to prosecution for just about any act that could enhance their careers. “Don’t all elected officials calculate the politics whenever they take actions or not take actions?” said Max Stern, president of the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. “It seems to me they do that all the time. They’re political animals.” In announcing the charges Monday, Coakley said text messages and other evidence showed that the ad was crafted in consul-
tation with Cahill’s election staff after focus groups for the campaign found that promoting his management of the lottery could help him get elected. Coakley said the $1.5 million ad campaign represented the bulk of the lottery’s $2 million advertising budget for the year. “The timing, amount budgeted and coordinated messages of the lottery ads all point to a decision made by Treasurer Cahill to abuse his position of trust and put his own political ambitions over the best interests of the taxpayers,” Coakley said. Cahill, a former Democrat who ran for governor as an independent and came in a distant third, said Tuesday that he did nothing wrong. If convicted, he could get up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine on the ethics charge. “Knowing what I knew then and even what I know today, we’d do it again,” the former treasurer said. He added: “We will fight these charges and do whatever we have to do to clear my name and my reputation.” His lawyer, E. Peter Parker, argued that Cahill was dutybound to run the commercials after attack ads by the Republican Governors Association undermined public confidence in the lottery and hurt sales. “Treasurer Cahill had an obligation to maximize lottery revenues. He and the lottery made the right choice to run the ads,” Parker said. The ad pointed out that since 2003 — the year Cahill took office — the lottery had provided $6.4 billion to cities and
towns. “That’s the result of a consistently well-managed lottery,” the ad said, “and luck has nothing to do with it.” It is not unusual for politicians to arrange elaborate billsignings, insert themselves into press releases taking credit for all sorts of achievements, or appear in public service announcements paid for with taxpayer dollars. Because of that, defense attorneys warned that the case against Cahill could make it difficult and perilous for politicians to draw a line between campaigning and the performance of their official duties. “The principle is there that any official act that involves the expenditure of public resources — however slight — if it’s done for a political purpose or even in part for a political purpose, could be subject to criminal prosecution,” Stern said. “It’s a very messy and murky area and undoubtedly will be problematic.” The 2009 measure, prompted by a corruption case that brought down the speaker of the Massachusetts House, toughened state law by making it a crime to knowingly use one’s official position for “unwarranted privileges.” Previously, such violations were punishable only by civil fines imposed by the state Ethics Commission. The law also bars lobbyists from giving gifts to state lawmakers, prohibits legislators from accepting gifts of “substantial value,” sharply increases penalties for bribery and strengthens the Ethics Commission.
Texas rule bans hunting Ethics case in Mass. worries defense attorneys of rare exotic antelopes Ranchers allowed just 10-15 percent of their herds to be killed each year, said Seale, who has a South Texas ranch with exotic animals. The dama gazelle is the rarest of the three, but hunters still shelled out big bucks for the others — up to $5,000 for the chance to bag a scimitar-horned oryx and $7,000 for an addax, known for its long, thin, spiralshaped horns. Because trophy hunters have known that the hunting ban was approaching, they have flocked to Texas ranches in recent months, thinning the herds even more. But ranchers — even those with other exotic animals that are not affected by the rule — say they’re left with few options. The herds are too expensive to feed without the hunting revenues, and obtaining a permit means the government can make unannounced inspections. “We’ve applied for permits, but the process is cumbersome,” said Aaron Bulkley, owner of the Texas Hunt Lodge, which has 23 ranches northwest of San Antonio. “This rule will have a major impact to our business. There is no fix to this.” Only a few animal sanctuaries for such animals exist, and “they don’t want 100; they want two or four,” Bulkley said. The Exotic Wildlife Association plans to send about two dozen of the animals to a nature preserve in Senegal. The rule will not only hurt the $1.3 billion exotic animal industry in Texas but will cause the scimitar-horned oryx population to be reduced to 1,000 in a decade, Seale said.
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Redefining the sexy standard Drag Show encourages dialogue about gender
Where to do the dirty before you graduate
By William Lambert Campus Correspondent Fourth-semester physics major Tabor Crumrine couldn’t help but ask the question during UConn’s annual Drag Show. “Was that a woman?” The inquiry, placed incredulously after RuPaul’s Drag Race veteran Jujubee’s stellar first performance at the Student Union Theatre last night, could have been easily posed following any of the show’s other performers, all who made questions of sexuality and gender completely irrelevant. “I thought it shook the feelings I have about genders,” said J.T. Kelleher, a fourthsemester Allied Health major. Indeed, each performer put on a show equal parts sensual and jovial during the two-hour event, the girls effortlessly dancing away a few technical miscues with a smile and a stroke. Leah London, the first act of the show, epitomized the goodwill: despite a delayed
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Students gathered at the Student Union theater Tuesday night to watch numerous acts take the stage in the annual UConn Drag Show. Performers adopted new identities, such as Leah London, Kesha Valentino and Chanel Coture.
beginning due to makeup and song malfunction, she and her four backup dancers performed wonderfully, London herself utilizing both male and female innuendos to take the crowd’s breath away. From then on, it never returned, as Jujubee’s emotional performance brought with it
the disrobing and accompanying clap of the crowd which would prove ubiquitous in other performances. “I actually really love the fact that they’re just so confident,” said Yessame Alemu, a second-semester student. This was never more true than for Hartford native
Chanel Coture, who’s enthusiastic back and hair-flipping was never more meaningful than when the hair came off, revealing a Coture still just as powerfully feminine. Next act Kesha Valentino, while following up Coture’s fast-paced Nicki Minaj/Willow Smith beats with a soulful
ballad, was just as powerful. Valentino completely channeled her Aretha Franklin in a golden dress straight out of the grammy’s, her face conveying the emotion of the piece. The crowd was again treated, though, to some androgynous
entitled “The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo: Film through a Feminist Gaze,” was led by 8th-semester political science and human rights double major Sandra Han, and was attended by about a dozen other students. The small group was well suited to the informal discussion that dealt with uncomfortable yet important topics about gender roles, sexuality and violence against women as portrayed in the movie. “I’m here for Women’s Studies class, but I’m actually really interested in this,” said second semester French major Brigitte Cruz. “I saw the movie and thought it was really interesting.” The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo took the world by surprise in 2009, when the Swedish movie
industry released the first installment of the long awaited film adaptations of Stieg Larsson’s bestselling trilogy. In December 2011, Hollywood introduced its version of the movie, starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, shocking American audiences nationwide with its graphic content and disturbing story line. The movie’s success was a key reason the Han decided to discuss the themes in the movie, explaining that “originally we were going to show feminist films, but every film sends a message and because everyone knows this movie, it’s such a blockbuster hit, it’s interesting to take something everybody knows about and think about it critically. Think about what it says about feminism, sex-
uality, violence against women, and gender roles.” The discussion opened with a viewing of the trailer of the popular movie and audience reactions to the content revealed in the short film clips. Several students had neither seen the movie nor read the book and were shocked by the content presented in the trailer, which included scenes of sexual intercourse, rape and violence against women. Of the students who had the seen the movie, 6thsemester English major, Krystle Doucette, expressed her shock at seeing the film for the first time. “I haven’t seen anything this vivid ever and I watch Law and Order: SVU,” said Doucette. “I have guy friends who walked out during the rape scene.”
The discussion opened up after the viewing of the trailer, with students looking at a picture of protagonist Lisbeth Salander from the movie, hunched over lighting a cigarette. “What does this picture say about her?” asked Han. “Is she hot? Can you tell she’s a woman?” The general consensuses of the following comments were that Salander could not be identified as a woman, looked very masculine, and was most definitely not ‘hot.’ Students were then asked to examine the gender roles in the movie and look at who is the hero or heroine of the film. Students agreed that Salander’s intelligence, independence, and
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‘Dragon Tattoo,’ through a feminist perspective
By Kathleen McWilliams Campus Correspondent As social media becomes more widespread and films are more readily available to people across the world, it is incredibly important to consider the many images that are constantly being thrown at us every second of the waking day. While many of the images we see on a day to day basis are harmless and tame, the majority of images circulating the web or mobile network have a message about whom or what they portray. This idea that every image tells a story and has a purpose was one of the main points of the discussion hosted by the Women’s Center on Tuesday evening. The discussion,
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‘Half the Sky’ GameStop disowns GameCube film festival to highlight ‘UConn Reads’
By Purbita Saha Focus Editor This week the Contemporary Art Galleries (CAG) of UConn will be holding a film festival in relation to its debuting exhibit “Half the Sky: Visualized.” The name of the series is “Half the Sky: Unscreened” and it will be held from today to Friday at 6:15 p.m. in the Art Building Arena Gallery. Most of the feature films are a part of the UConn Human Rights Institute’s movie library, and all of them are focused on the topics of sex trafficking and violence on a global scale. Both the CAG film screenings and exhibit are in response to the selection of Nicholas Kristof’ and Sheryl
By Alex Sferrazza Campus Correspondent
WuDunn’s “Half the Sky” as the conversation piece for the UConn Reads program. The book is a national bestseller and has prompted much discussion about oppression against women in various countries. The movie that will be shown in the Arena Gallery tonight is a 2010 adaptation of the novel “Women without Men.” The titles for the remainder of the week include: “The Devil Came on Horseback,” “Don’t Ask Why” and “For A Place Under the Heavens,” “The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo” and finally, “Born Into Brothels.” All screenings are free and everyone from the UConn community and beyond is welcome to attend.
Well Nintendo fan boys (myself included), the inevitable moment you’ve all feared is indeed upon us. No, Shigeru Miyamoto is not retiring, but GameStop has announced that as of April 2nd they will no longer be accepting trade-ins for any Nintendo GameCube merchandise. It’s not as though this announcement is unexpected. Much is GameStop’s policy, once a release window is in sight for a company’s new console; the current console’s predecessor is removed from their stores. When the PS3 and Wii were announced to be released in fall of 2006, GameStop stopped the trade of PS1 and N64 merchandise. Alas, the cycle has continued and now we must look back at that little gem of a machine the Nintendo GameCube. Launching back on November 18, 2001 in North America the GameCube entered the sixth-generation console race against the Sega Dreamcast, Sony Playstation 2, and Microsoft Xbox. Featuring a stellar launch window with great titles including “Star Wars: Rogue Squadron II,” “Luigi’s Mansion,” “Wave Race: Blue Storm,” “Pikmin,” and “Super Smash Bros. Melee,” Nintendo’s little box started off strong but ultimately was not able to capture to large market share seen its predecessors the NES and SNES and its successor the Wii. Even after the Dreamcast ceased production in 2002, the GameCube only managed to sell just over 20 million units in its lifespan. Only a few million shy of the Xbox but a far cry from the more than 150 million PS2’s dished out. Why did the GameCube fail exactly? There are far too many reasons to single out a particular one for blame. First of all, GameCube games ran on custom-
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GameStop announced it will no longer accept trade-ins for Nintendo GameCube products. April 2 marked the change in policy.
designed optical discs that could only store a fraction of the data that could be held in a DVD. Second of all, the Xbox and later the Playstation 2 featured multiplayer games with online play. While owners of these systems were free to enjoy the likes of “Madden,” “Halo 2,” and “Star Wars: Battlefront II,” Nintendo only utilized the Cube’s Broadband capabilities for “Phantasy Star Online” and hardly anything else. The Cube was absolutely unable to compete on the online front. Most probable, however, was Nintendo’s
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While having sex in a bed is intimate and in short, comfortable, doing the act in all the places you shouldn’t be is just downright exciting. The unparalleled rushes of adrenaline, followed by the post sense of shared satisfaction are priceless sensations only said sex can evoke. Though my personal checklist spans many a naughty locale, (in hindsight my elementary school parking lot was more wrong than it was naughty) though my elite “Mile High Club” membership is a timeless accomplishment for which I remain incredibly proud. Since my ceremonious club induction, I’ve actively searched for equivalent locations to add to my list. Unfortunately, nothing, so far, has compared. With graduation quickly approaching for the class of 2012, I’ve made it my mission to accept my diploma knowing full well that I’ve accomplished much more than just a degree and a laundry list of positions and activities to help decorate my resume. Which is why, rather than wallow in self pity and fear for what’s next, you and your partner should openly discuss every surface and location you’d like to leave your (steamy) mark. In the off chance you have trouble deciding or agreeing on locations, I’ve put together a list of places for you to relish an orgasm.
1. The Library: With over 3.6 million volumes of books you’ve never opened, do the literature a favor and allow it to set the stage for a little academic intercourse. As you transform your study room into an adult-like play pen just remember to keep your voice (and potential moans) down.
2. Gampel Pavilion: Score big and go home with your own national championship title this year! Having it in one of the 10,000 seats will make this season feel a little less lackluster.
3. The Student Union: With over four floors, six cultural centers, a game room and our own Television and radio stations, the options inside the heart of student activity are merely endless. Sex in the Union is by far the easiest and most creative way to “get involved” at UConn.
4. A Classroom Building: Taking your final exams knowing you did the dirty in that building (or that room) is bound to boost your confidence both before and during your test.
5. Horse Barn Hill: Allow yourself to get completely engulfed in all the beautiful smells this school has to offer and do the nasty among UConn’s most scenic view. At the end of the day, be crazy. Graduate with no regrets and go big before you go home.
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GAMES Upcoming Releases April 11 Naval War: Arctic Circle (PC) Legend of Grimrock (PC) World Gone Sour (PS3, X360) Skullgirls (X360) The Splatters (X360)
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April 12 Men of War: Condemned Heroes (PC) Anne’s Doll Studio: Tokyo Collection (DS) April 13 Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir (3DS) Fez (X360) Schedule from Gamespot.com
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Budget Gems: Persona 3 Portable
I rarely return to an RPG upon completion, no matter how much I enjoyed my initial play-through. In general, I don’t see the point when I’m already familiar with the outcome. However, some games have managed to hold my interest even after I’ve beaten them, one being “Persona 3 Portable” for the PSP. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I’d like to state what I think are the most important aspects to a game: story, character development and gameplay. If I ever need an example of how these are done right, I’ll point to “Persona 3.” Its story is engaging, with characters you love and others you love to hate. The game plays as a traditional dungeon crawler with turn-based combat, but it never feels repetitive due to the constant challenge that the game offers. Furthermore, collecting and fusing personas feels rewarding, since it’s a noticeable sign that one’s character is getting stronger. I currently have 80 hours clocked into “Persona 3,” and I’m still going strong. The high replay value could be because the game offers a male and female protagonist, each with slight differences in perspectives, yet even if such an option didn’t exist, the story is so appealing it would have merited another play-through regardless. Atlus recently reduced its price by 50 percent on PSN, and if you spend as much time as I have on this game, that’s money well-spent.
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The gaming community has reason to be excited for the release of Ken Levine’s follow up, “Bioshock Infinite.” The original game was released in 2007 to a rave reception from gamers.
By Alex Sferrazza Campus Correspondent It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost five whole years since game designer Ken Levine and his studio Irrational Games released the multi-“Game of the Year” award winning classic “Bioshock” back in 2007. Introducing players to the Underwater City of Rapture, players were sent on a fantastic voyage filled with excellent First Person Shooter combat, a healthy dose of RPG elements and a story so good that it would make many Hollywood heavyweights look foolish by comparison, “Bioshock” became an iconic step forward for the medium. Its influence in art design, ambiance and plot development can be seen in many titles since it’ release including the likes of “Batman: Arkham Asylum” and “Portal 2”. Needless to say, the entire gaming community is absolutely giddy with excitement over Irrational
Game’s follow up almost acting “irrational” in anticipation. And they’ve been given plenty of good reason to do just that. “Bioshock Infinite” is an entirely new game from Irrational Games built from the ground up. Despite the “Bioshock” name in the title, the game is neither a sequel nor prequel to the original game. “Infinite” takes place in an entirely new setting with completely original gameplay and characters. While it will still retain the “feel” of “Bioshock,” “Infinite” will be an entirely original game in its own right. “Bioshock Infinite” takes place in the early 20th century atop the floating American City of “Columbia.” Designed to be a utopia much like Rapture, the player must fight enemies and, if necessary, civilians to rescue a girl named Elizabeth from her prison in the city. The companion character of Elizabeth, despite her rather “inviting” features, is another in a recent trend of having
strong female characters in games. In preview footage she is seen as more of an ally rather than sidekick of player protagonist Booker DeWitt. Using her special abilities, she is able to warp reality and the elements to assist the player. We’ve also seen her very human characteristics in footage from tearfully talking to Booker and helping an injured citizen to making humorous quips, Elizabeth may well turn out to be one of the most fullyrealized characters in videogame history. The game will also contain spectacular action set pieces. From gunning down enemies with pre- WWI artillery to avoiding destruction by zipping around on Columbia’s roller coaster ziplineesque skyway, all of the heavy action pieces look amazing. The Songbird, presumably the game’s villain, is a giant mechanical bird (bearing somewhat of a resemblance to “Bioshock’s” Big Daddies) that looks frightening,
sounds terrifying and I can’t wait to beat the heck out of it. The art style and music of the game fit right into the 1910’s theme and look incredibly inviting. Everything from the heavy pro-American propaganda posters to the layout of the parks looks fantastic. For hardcore players, the game also features a “1999” mode, drastically increasing the difficultly to the level of seen in games of old (such as Irrational’s 1999 classic “System Shock 2”) by allowing the player to make permanent choices in upgrading their characters that cannot be undone. Featuring a gorgeous new world, compelling characters, and what looks like and hopefully will be amazing gameplay and combat mechanics “Infinite” is not to be missed. And judging by all the anticipation, it won’t be. “Bioshock Infinite” launches this fall for PS3 and Xbox 360. Don’t miss it!
More than a ‘Super Smash Bro’
By Jason Bogdan Senior Staff Writer Kid Icarus: Uprising is a hard game to review. Not because of the story, graphics, music or even the gameplay itself; they’re all positively fantastic. But the one core aspect of this game that will divide players between the ones who can’t get enough of this game and the others who find it to be an exercise of frustration ultimately depends on whether they find a comfort zone for the controls. The reason for this is because the standard layout has you holding the 3DS on your left hand with your right handling just the stylus the entire time. It’s a good thing every copy comes with a 3DS stand to hold onto the system, otherwise left arm fatigue would be a commonality. And left-handed gamers will also have the trouble of moving with the face buttons or use the Circle Pad Pro. And sadly, left-hand mode is all the Circle Pad Pro could be used for without any support for dual-stick mode. At this point, you’re probably asking yourself why even bother with this game at all if the way the game is played will have mixed reactions. Well, the reason is simply because the method behind the madness actually does have weight to it. In the two shooting game styles that this
game has for both on-air and on-foot, having your one hand directly focus on the circle pad and the shoulder button for shooting, while the other works with the touch screen for the best aim reticle/camera controls, makes for an incredibly fun game to play. Even when I was playing without the stand and my arm was screaming at me, even an hour-long break felt like forever. And with everything about this game also on fire, most people will do whatever it takes to find a place to comfort their arm while playing. From the style of the menus, tutorials, unlockables, and presentation in general, you don’t need to look up that this game’s developers, Project Sora, also were behind the Super Smash Bros. games. And just like that classic franchise, the replay value on this game is just incredible from all the hidden goodies and reward systems involved. Thankfully, Project Sora didn’t make mistakes of the surprisingly addictive online multiplayer in this game that found in ‘Smash Bros. Brawl.’ Much praise should also be given to the storytelling of ‘Kid Icarus: Uprising.’ All the character dialogue is greatly voiced in a script that is just the epitome of fun. There’s a compelling plot, but the highly self-referential and hysterical banter that goes on between heroic angel Pit, his goddess employer Palutena,
Kid Icarus: Uprising
-You probably never heard of Kid Icarus aside from Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but the abundance of hilariously endearing characters here will make this franchise turn unforgettable -It has the Project Sora touch similar to Smash Bros. Brawl with astounding amounts of unlockables and replayability. -As far as shooters go, Kid Icarus: Uprising is at the top of its game. -The music and stereoscopic graphics are wonderful stuff.
-It all comes back to the elephant in the room that is the control scheme. It’s workable, for sure, but when you play this game on the bus where there isn’t any resting place for your arm or anywhere to put the 3DS stand included with the game, arm fatigue will be inevitable. Not exactly good for a game that’s supposed to be “portable.” and all the flamboyant boss enemies is the kind of constant entertainment that you just don’t see in other games these days. I absolutely love this game, top to bottom, which is all the more depressing that the control scheme will be too much
for other players to handle. But if you’re willing to give this game a chance and have a pillow handy to rest your left arm while playing stand-less on the couch like I did, Kid Icarus: Uprising will be a real treat.
There are rarely any massive understatements than to say that the used game empire that GameStop wrought has been an inconvenience for the actual companies that make and publish the games. Even though getting a used game can be a great way to save money in this troubling economy, it isn’t any financial boost for the likes of Electronic Arts or Ubisoft when all the used game profits are solely going to GameStop and all other trade-in retailers. The way developers have been trying to entice players to buy their games new has been by including online passes that would cost an extra fifteen dollars for the people who bought games like “Mass Effect 3” for the five to 10 dollar discount for buying it used at GameStop. And between all the “Special Edition” bundles and all the convoluted online-specific ways that EA and Ubisoft have been obsessing over, you could say the game developers have made the buying process more complicated as a result. Meanwhile, the big companies behind the game systems themselves have been recently rumored to attempt to bring GameStop down to Earth. It was around late January when Kotaku put up an article where “sources” have confirmed that the next Xbox, currently codenamed “Durango,” will use some kind of method built in to refuse playing used games. Whether it’s merely a side effect to the rumors that the Durango won’t even have a disc drive is also unknown, but interesting nonetheless. And just last week, Kotaku posted a story with “sources” talking about the next Playstation being codenamed the “Orbis,” to be ready for Holiday 2013, and that it will also be an “anti-used game” system. For the past two game generations, the popularity in selling your used games to buy another person’s used games has always been both prevalent and controversial. And with all the movements that the developers, publishers, and rumored-to-be game console manufacturers, it seems like the pressure is becoming more and more strenuous on the GameStop business model. The main question at hand here is whether there really needs to be all this drama. All it really might take is for GameStop to actually put some of the profit the retailer gains from the used games right back to the game companies like it would if the game were sold as new. And yet, that obvious solution still hasn’t been tried out. But then there’s also the matter of debate when it comes to the ever-growing implementation of digital distribution for games that automatically takes away any opportunities for used game implementation. As great as it may sound, I personally believe that the world isn’t ready for that yet. Because people who have fast online speed are incredibly rare, the matter of having enough
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from USED, page 8 memory space on hard drives is as iffy as ever, and the Cloud memory storage still has some bugs to work out like on the Xbox 360 right now, the notion of having an all-digital game console is still too far out of reach. But for now, it seems like the Playstation Vita has got a good trend going on. Not only are the digital releases put out on the same day as the physical copies, it actually costs a little less to download most of the available retail games as well. It’s that kind of simple-yet-poignant methodology that should be used more often; otherwise, the trend of having speculated “anti-used game” hardware and convoluted online mode setups won’t end any time soon for this debate.
strength portrayed her as the heroine of the film, despite the fact that Blomkvist, the film’s other protagonist, played by Daniel Craig, is featured more predominantly on both movie posters. Han encouraged students to look for example of sexuality through the film, such as how Salander is portrayed as bisexual and how Blomkvist sleeps with multiple women throughout the film. The audience decided that such behavior for a male was acceptable and almost expected and male members of the discussion expressed their approval at Blomkvist’s promiscuity. The discussion then turned to the presence of violence against women and how the main plot of the movie is to solve the murders of about a dozen women, who were all murdered brutally, and Salander’s own experience with abuse at the hands of her guardian. Han questioned audience members about how beneficial such depiction of abuse is in the media,
GameCube console and games pushed aside by GameStop from GAMECUBE, page 7 growing reputation as the console for kids. Despite featuring a number of acclaimed and exclusive Mature-Rated games including, “Killer 7,” “Eternal Darkness,” and (at the time) “Resident Evil 4,” the average “hardcore” gamer never really embraced the Cube. This is both due to the fact that major Mature games made for the Xbox and Playstation 2 including the blockbuster “Grand Theft Auto” series were never ported to the GameCube and the console’s most heavily marketed games were established kids franchise hits such as “Super Mario” and “Pokémon.” Nonetheless, despite its small market share, the GameCube went on to achieve great things in its lifespan. From innovations like GameBoy Advance/ GameCube connectivity, and the bongo controllers used for the system’s “Donkey Kong” games to clas-
sic titles including three “Legend of Zelda” games, “Wind Waker,” “Twilight Princess,” and “Four Swords Adventures,” “Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door,” “Mario Kart: Double Dash” as well as many titles mentioned earlier, the Cube was absolutely no disappointment to Nintendo fans. “Metroid Prime,” released exclusively for the GameCube in 2002 and stands as the 7th most critically acclaimed game of all time on review aggregator site ”Gamerankings.” And so we come to the end of an era. The GameCube had a great run and now with GameStop closing up shop. We have 20+ years of hunting down her old titles on EBay to look forward to. Here’s to playing “Melee” till’ 2:00 a.m. 30 years from now. I wouldn’t miss it for the world.
cautioning students that “there are positives and negatives about this situation.” Most students agreed that the portrayal of violent crimes against humanity can raise awareness and bring a cause that often gets dealt with under the table to the forefront, but many members expressed disproval about the glamorization of violence in the film and mainstream media. The last question Han posed was whether students would consider it a feminist film, saying that she believes “it has many feminist themes, but no one would ever categorize it as a feminist film because the word feminist is such a turn off to most people.” Most students agreed with Han, expressing their approval for the message that violence against women is unacceptable and there is not just one type of female victim. Of the discussion members only three people identified themselves as feminists, including Han. “It took a long time, I didn’t understand what being a feminist meant,” said Han of her personal experience. “I started
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Students gathered at the Women’s Center on Tuesday evening to discuss the feminist perspective of the recent blockbuster hit, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”
interning here for the fortieth anniversary [of the women’s center], we’re working on new programs, small ones like today’s discussion, and larger
ones. I just want more opportunities for students in the Women’s Center; I think most people think it’s really closed off, but it’s a resource for any-
one regardless of their gender, race, political party, it’s about equality for everyone.”
Students discover ‘Solace’ with Irish author at Co-op reading
By Aaron Burstein Campus Correspondent On Tuesday April 3, acclaimed Irish author Belinda McKeon visited the UConn Co-op for a reading and question and answer session. The event was held at the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences in the Stern Lounge, which was nearly filled to capacity. The talk focused on McKeon’s award winning 2011 debut novel, “Solace.” McKeon is a graduate of Trinity College in Dublin with an M.F.A. in fiction from Columbia University. Prior to “Solace,” McKeon wrote several short stories and plays, working as a commissioned playwright for the famous Abbey Theatre in Dublin. She also works as a journalist. McKeon began the talk with a discussion of old-world Ireland’s presence in contemporary Ireland, which is a major focus of “Solace.” Though she has lived and worked in major cities like Dublin and New York City, McKeon’s family has roots in the rural Irish countryside. Solace was inspired when visiting her parents in the countryside. Outside a restaurant, she saw a young man leaving while holding a baby, and felt he represented a merging of fast-pace urban lifestyle and the slowspace rural environment. When she began to write the novel, she found the main character to be a fictionalized version of that man she saw. As she began the readings, she brought up some of the novel’s main ideas. According to McKeon, “each generation is split in cultural, traditional and societal moirés,” and she sought to “look at the inherited experience of both Irelands.” Her main character, Mark, was intended to be “a look at this familiar Ireland through different eyes.” Throughout the novel, Mark finds that, in many ways, “he was a lot less different from his father than he himself would have liked to believe.” McKeon read three selections from “Solace,” one each from the beginning, middle, and end sections. “”I thought she picked some good passages to read from the book,” said Chris Fecteau, a 6th semester English major, “She really understood the climate and setting of her novel.” Following the readings, McKeon answered some questions from the audience. She discussed Ireland’s European Union status in detail, which had particularly strong implications in terms of the late ‘90s Irish economic boom during which “Solace” takes place, despite the fact Ireland has been an EU member since 1973. “European identity seemed like a designer label we could suddenly afford,” she remarked. At that time, old-world imagery was an unwanted reminder of a past era, from modern Irish perspective. When asked about her start in writing, McKeon responded, “I knew from a very early age I wanted to be a writer.” She was constantly writing fiction throughout her young life, and
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Irish author Belinda McKeon entertained a question and answer session at the Co-op Tuesday afternoon regarding her book, “Solace.”
when seeking a career, she supplemented creative writing with work in the field of journalism. Prior to her first novel, McKeon wrote numerous plays and short stories. “When I was 24 or 25 this novel started to gestate.” Ashley Taylor, an 8thsemester English and classics major, remarked, “I think it’s really insightful for students who want to become writers to hear writers reading from their work.” At the end of the talk, a number of students and faculty stayed behind for book signings and some additional questions.
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Drag performances showcase a new kind of sexiness from DRAG, page 1 sexiness by fellow Hartford native Essence, her mock representations of oral sex on a member of the crowd riling the rest of the crowd as she shed her black and studded business attire for a pink top and sparkly spandex. The final two acts before the intermission, Bella Lucia and Natasha Rose, were each eccentric in their very own way. Lucia showed just how sexy Cruella Deville might have been before she turned to a life of abducting dalmatians, her killer gold belt and fur vest combination a perfect complement to her patently runway walk. Rose was in her own category completely, sporting a dress covered in operating flashlights which only served to further accentuate her chilling blue eyes. The intermission itself was an affair just as innocently fwun and independent as the
performances themselves, as members of the crowd showed off their own moves after the beckoning of show MC’s Dave and Andrea, who both displayed a chemistry which brought easy laughter between acts. The second half of the show, though shorter than the first, brought back the faces of the first, though in a different light. Chanel combined the corset of an early century peep show with leopard print to put on another kinetic performance, while Rose wore a surreal one-piece to another fantastic performance. Perhaps Lucia’s final performance was most indicative to the show as a whole, dancing, loosely and energetically, to the Katy Perry chorus: “this is the part of me that you’re never going to take away from me.”
Dior exhibit set to trace 60 years of film fashion PARIS (AP) — Christian Dior is set to take a high-heeled stroll through cinema history next month in a retrospective that traces the design house's close links with the fashions — and fickleness— of the silver screen. The exhibit, "Stars in Dior," will feature a rare collection of some 50 Dior gowns, worn by actresses including Grace Kelly, Olivia de Havilland and Elizabeth Taylor, both on and off the screen over six decades. "For Dior, cinema was so important — not many people know, but that's where it all started. In the beginning, he first designed costumes for ballet and film," exhibit curator Barbara Jeauffroy-Mairet said Tuesday. The show, at the Christian Dior museum in the designer's childhood home in Normandy, will also present an entire section dedicated uniquely to GermanAmerican actress Marlene Dietrich, a fashion icon and Dior client since 1947. Known for her androgynous
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style, the collection will feature insightful documentary evidence about the star, such as telegrams, bills and receipts for men's sweaters she ordered from the house. Dietrich, a close friend of the designer, once famously refused to star in an Alfred Hitchcock film unless he created the costumes, according to Jeauffroy-Mairet. "She declared, 'No Dior, No Dietrich,' and this exhibit really shows how headstrong she was." The curator also said some of the 10 Dietrich ensembles will highlight how unique and daring she was when it came to her wardrobe. Spread over three floors, the multimedia exhibit will additionally connect the dots between film and fashion with movie clips and posters. There will be behind the scenes footage from a recent TV advertising campaign called "J'adore Dior," featuring Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron alongside images of other Hollywood legends including Kelly and Marilyn Monroe.
Museum charts society's obsession with Titanic SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) — Somewhere between the black Titanic teddy bears and the pale Iceberg beer, the Titanic Barbie doll and the "Tubtanic" bath plug, the global obsession with the story of the doomed ocean liner began to border on the absurd. A new museum opening April 10 in the English port city of Southampton has taken this into account, explaining how the world has reported, retold, and sometimes become utterly fixated on the fateful night in April 1912 that saw the White Star liner sink beneath the waves. "We're looking to tell a different part of the Titanic story," said city council member Mike Harris, speaking Tuesday at a preview event for Southampton's recently built SeaCity Museum. The museum had plenty of material to draw on. The ship is at the center of one of the world's best-known tales and one of the best-selling films in Hollywood history. Nearly 100 years to the day since it went down, claiming 1,514 lives, the demise of the reputedly unsinkable ship continues to fascinate, launching films, books, television mini-series and — here and elsewhere — museums. SeaCity's first temporary exhibit, "Titanic: The Legend," looks at how the circumstances of the ship's voyage has turned into a global obsession. A world map charts some of the 1,160 Titanic memorials spread across 34 countries, including India, Croatia and Russia. Screens broadcast clips from five different Titanic films, from James Cameron's global blockbuster "Titanic" to the 1912 silent film, "In Night and Ice," which appeared only weeks after the ship sank. The merchandise appeared almost as quickly. The exhibit carries examples of German plush toy maker Steiff's black "mourning bears," bought as a symbol of solidarity with the victims. Cheaper were the "in memoriam" postcards bearing pictures of the luxury cruiser. Recent years have seen the proliferation of more varied offerings — from jigsaw puzzles to video games and more. The Titanic brewery, founded in 1985 in the English town of Stoke-on-Trent, offers a range (or "fleet") of Titanicthemed ales, including "Steerage," ''Lifeboat" and "Capt. Smith's," an homage to the hometown hero who went down with the ship. Beer not to your taste? Use a "Gin and Titonic" mold to make ship- and icebergshaped ice cubes for your cocktails. The product's tag line: "Sink one in your
A man looks at a painting of the Titanic by George Fraser, when he saw the ship in Southampton in 1912, on display, at SeaCity Museum in Southampton, England,Tuesday, April 3, 2012. The new museum will open in the City of Southampton on April 10, 100 years after the ill fated Titanic sailed from the City's docks.
drink." SeaCity — which scoured the Internet for many of its items — came up with a wide range of kitsch. The "Tubtanic" bath plug lets you splash along with a toy version of the ocean liner as you wash your hair. There are paperweights, in case you'd like the sinking ship to anchor your "In" tray. The Titanic-branded golf balls, one imagines, can help excuse a disastrous swing. Titanic memorabilia collector John Creamer put it best in his written introduction to one of the exhibits.
"There's some weird stuff out there," he said. The Southampton museum — built on the site of a disused court building — is merely the latest in a string of Titanic offerings to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the doomed ship's voyage in April 1912. Last Saturday, Belfast opened its impressive 100-million pound ($160 million, €120 million) Titanic Belfast visitor center to celebrate the city where the ship was built.
Palin and Couric: No drama on morning TV showdown
NEW YORK (AP) — Viewers who fantasized about potshots being volleyed between Sarah Palin and Katie Couric were disappointed Tuesday morning. Both women did their own thing in their respective morning-show guest spots. Palin was the much-hyped guest co-host on NBC's "Today," going head-to-head against former "Today" anchor Katie Couric, who this week is subbing on "Good Morning America" at her current workplace, ABC. Greeting Palin, host Matt Lauer joked that as part of the "Today" team, she was briefly including herself in the "lamestream media" she often rails about. But Couric, with whom Palin has a particular beef after a bruising 2008 interview as the GOP vice presidential candidate, went unmentioned. The closest reference to that face-off, which took place when Couric anchored the "CBS Evening News": Palin was first glimpsed Tuesday on the "Today" show couch with her face buried in newspapers. It was a goodsport nod to an embarrassing moment from the Couric interview, when Palin couldn't name any newspapers she regularly read, instead replying that she read "all of them, any of them that have been in front of me over all these years." Over on "GMA," Couric was having fun in a video of taking a tour outside ABC's Times Square Studio, where, at Madam Tussauds, she approached a wax statue of her former "Today" sidekick Al Roker and inquired, "How's the weather in your neck of the woods?" If Couric is a veteran in the morning-show world, Palin, who briefly was a local-TV sportscaster and currently is a contributor to Fox News Channel,
In this photo combo former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, left, and Katie Couric, right, are shown. Palin was the much-hyped guest co-host on NBC's "Today," going head-to-head against former "Today" anchor Katie Couric, on Tuesday, April 3, 2012.
displayed natural poise as part of the "Today" crew. She participated in a partyplanning segment with actressreality star Tori Spelling and in a conversation with experts on raising teenage girls. She joined in the "Today's Professionals" panel with Dr. Nancy Snyderman, Star Jones and Donny Deutsch. Addressing the question whether Ashton Kutcher has the acting chops to portray Apple mastermind Steve Jobs in an upcoming biopic, Palin said, "Do any of you here have experience with people being paid a lot
of money to pretend like they're you?" She was talking about the recent HBO film "Game Change," in which Julianne Moore portrayed her in the 2008 campaign. "I didn't see the movie," the former Alaska governor hastily noted, "and I wouldn't waste my time seeing the movie." On the topic of whether the pregnant Jessica Simpson is being unfairly criticized for her weight gain, Palin made no bones about what she would have thought about anyone targeting her with such criticism: "I would have
wanted to punch 'em in the neck." Before stepping in as a guest co-host, Palin sat down with Lauer in the show's first hour in a more familiar role: talking about conservative politics. Though she didn't sound too gung-ho about the prospect of Mitt Romney as the GOP presidential candidate, she insisted that anyone is better than Barack Obama in the White House. Anybody, she said, "would be infinitely better than what we have today." "I would warn voters to never put their faith wholly in an indi-
vidual politician," she cautioned, "because a politician will disappoint you. But have faith in what that politician stands for, what their record represents." When Lauer asked her why voters should put Obama out of office when recent signs suggest things are improving under his economic policies, Palin replied, "They aren't getting better fast enough." Palin's appearance is part of a nonstop campaign waged by "Today" to protect its 15-year winning streak over "GMA," a fight intensifying as the audience
margin between the two rivals steadily erodes. Palin's booking appeared to be a counterpunch after ABC announced Couric's weeklong morning show return on ABC. Another much-plugged feature was "a big NBC announcement" by ubiquitous TV personality Ryan Seacrest. Originally set for Tuesday's show, it was delayed until Wednesday as Seacrest recovers from elbow surgery. In hyping Palin's appearance, NBC promised she would "reveal a different side" than viewers have seen before.
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Not so easy to cheer for Tiger anymore
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — He could have used the 23 minutes to practice his putting, or check out the new slope on the 16th green. It might have been enough time for a quick lunch in the player's lounge, or a friendly chat with first round playing partner Sang-Moon Bae. But there were questions to be answered, stories to be told. Tiger Woods understands this as well as anyone, so he dutifully headed to the interview room in the Masters media center to face the inevitable onslaught of queries about his game and his life. A few hours earlier, Rory McIlroy sat in the same room and talked about the final round meltdown last year that would have destroyed a lesser golfer. He was alternately serious and charming, especially so when he talked about a conversation he had with Greg Norman about losing a heartbreaker at Augusta National. "Sorry. I wasn't born," McIlroy said at one point, drawing laughter when asked if he and Norman discussed a near miss in the 1980s. A tough act to follow, not that Woods even tried. He had his script, and he was sticking to it. The questions were mostly friendly, the responses entirely sterile. An attempt at telling a story about his first Masters with Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus had already been told many times, and seemed mostly an exercise in filling the time he was forced to stay in his chair. That, too, was surely in the script. Better to fill time than to let one question slip in about how he had managed to overcome the emotional turmoil of his past to regain his position as the favorite to win his fifth green jacket this week. His game is back, yes. That was perfectly clear two weeks ago when he wore down the field the way Woods always used to in his prime to win for
the first time on the PGA Tour since a shocking sex scandal derailed his career and his life. Took a while, and it came with a new swing. But it sure looked a lot like the same old Tiger we used to know and love. He's not so loved anymore, though you wouldn't know it by the crowds who cheer his every shot. Maybe they just love his game. A survey by Nielsen and E-Poll's N-Score, which measures endorsement potential, showed only 17 percent of respondents said they like Woods, compared to 52 percent who thought Phil Mickelson was appealing. Hardly surprising, because Mickelson feels genuine when he speaks. He's engaging when it comes to fans, and he signs everything put in front of him. Woods doesn't, and he's got a sordid past to boot. Winning another green jacket isn't going to change that, even if it drives up ratings for CBS. His bag used to be sponsored by major brands like Buick and AT&T. Now it carries the name of an obscure company that makes energy and vitamin supplements that dissolve under your tongue. Nike still stands behind him, but other corporations who once stood in line hoping to get his signature on an endorsement contract want nothing to do with him. An occasional foray into a group of fans to sign autographs notwithstanding, he still comes across as aloof and arrogant. Two years ago, Woods sat in the same interview room, talking about his life and his comeback after months away from golf because of the scandal. He claimed he had learned his lesson, and vowed to be a more humble player. There was no such attempt at introspection on Tuesday. He deflected the only question about his comeback by saying he was happy to be playing
again in his 18th Masters at a place he finds so special. His other answers were so banal that even his favorite journalists couldn't bring themselves to write them down. Want some insight into Woods? You're better off reading the new book from his former instructor Hank Haney than listening to Woods himself. Haney didn't exactly deliver any bombshells, but he offered up enough to anger Woods to the point where he got into a confrontation recently with a writer who had the temerity to ask about it. That's the Woods of old, and that may be the only Woods who can win. He's got an insatiable desire to be in control, whether on the golf course or in delivering the message of the day to the media and what remains of his fan base. It's not so easy anymore, but nothing is. Woods is an old 36 and if he wants to win at least five more majors to break the record of 18 set by Jack Nicklaus he needs to begin winning them again now. But there's a new generation of players who are not afraid of challenging him, and he hasn't won a major in nearly four years. Still, when the Masters begins Thursday it will be surprising if Woods' name isn't on the leaderboard. He's been playing the tournament half his life now, and knows the course so well he finished fourth the last two years despite not having confidence in his rebuilt swing. More importantly, the old swagger has returned. Being in contention won't be good enough. "I'm here for the green jacket," he said. Indeed, it could be a win for the ages. A fifth Masters title, and the start of a march toward the record book. Just don't expect everyone to be cheering.
Tiger Woods, right, chats with Sean O'Hair on the third green during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament Tuesday.
Ellsbury, Pedroia help Red Sox win spring finale
Jacoby Ellsbury reacts after scoring of an exhibition baseball game against the Nationals.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia sure looked ready for the regular season Tuesday, combining for four hits, four RBIs and four runs before taking the rest of the afternoon off, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Washington Nationals 8-7 in the exhibition finale for both clubs. With a crowd of 30,568 at Nationals Park on a cloudless afternoon, Boston took a 6-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth. Washington's three-run seventh gave it a 7-6 edge, before the Red Sox tied it in the eighth. The visitors then went up 8-7 in the ninth on Jason Repko's RBI double down the right-field line off reliever Henry Rodriguez,
who hadn't allowed a run in his previous 11 innings this spring and took the loss. Repko, the center fielder, threw out Ian Desmond at the plate for the game's final out. Alfredo Aceves, a candidate to replace the injured Andrew Bailey as Boston's closer, pitched a scoreless eighth for the win. Bailey will have reconstructive ligament surgery on his right thumb on Wednesday and could miss much of the season. Chorye Spoone threw the ninth for the save. Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz cruised through four perfect innings before allowing Adam LaRoche's leadoff single in the fifth and, four bat-
ters later, Wilson Ramos' threerun homer. Desmond started Washington's sixth with a solo shot. Ramos added an RBI single in the seventh. The game's first 18 batters were retired in order before Ellsbury singled to left-center off Edwin Jackson to open the fourth. And then the hits kept on coming — for both teams — including Pedroia's RBI double to the left-field corner. After advancing to third when Adrian Gonzalez flied out to left, Pedroia came home on David Ortiz's groundout for a 2-0 lead. Boston tacked on four more runs in the fifth. Ellsbury delivered an RBI single to right,
then scored on Pedroia's tworun double to right. That was it for Jackson. The right-hander, signed as a free agent after being a member of the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals, went 4 2-3 innings, allowing six runs, five hits, one walk and one wild pitch, with two strikeouts. Gonzalez added a run-scoring single off lefty reliever Sean Burnett. Ellsbury and Pedroia each went 2 for 3 and scored twice before sitting in the sixth inning. Pedroia drove in three runs. Buchholz went 5 2-3 innings and gave up four runs and four hits. He didn't walk a batter and struck out five.
» NCAA BASKETBALL
Baylor tops ND for title DENVER (AP) — Brittney her fourth foul. With Peters Griner came up big for Baylor, on the bench, the Bears built scoring 26 points and grab- their lead back up by dumpbing 13 rebounds to help the ing the ball into the 6-foot-8 Lady Bears finish off an unde- Griner, who showed off her feated season with an 80-61 wide array of shots as she win over Notre Dame in the arched hooks and jumpers national championship game over the smaller Irish players. Tuesday night. From there, the Bears went Baylor became the on a 33-11 run to first team in NCAA seal the title. history to win 40 Griner scored 17 games. Even more of her points in the important to the half, even 80 second Lady Bears, the team Baylor with two, sometimes cut down the nets for Notre Dame 61 three, defenders the first time since hounding her at all 2005. times. For the Fighting Irish (35Notre Dame was led in 4), a second straight trip to scoring by Skylar Diggins, the title game ended in heart- who had 20 points. Natalie break. They lost 76-70 to Novosel, one of the top Irish Texas A&M last season. scorers, had a rough night. Odyssey Sims chipped in 19 She finished 0 of 11 with five for the Bears, while Destiny points. Williams added 12. The teams met in the preThe Irish cut a sizable defi- season WNIT final on Nov. cit to three points early in 17, with the Lady Bears winthe second half, only to have ning in Waco, Texas, 94-81 Devereaux Peters called for behind Griner's gem of a an illegal screen, which was game when the junior cen-
ter scored 32 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked five shots. This time, the stakes were much higher — and Griner responded again. All season long, both Baylor and Notre Dame have focused on the slogan "Unfinished Business." Griner & Co. even have wristbands with the phrase on it. Coach Kim Mulkey said the team used the same motto the year the Lady Bears won their only championship. The senior-laden Irish came a game short, again, of being the first Notre Dame team to win the women's crown since 2001. Baylor is the seventh women's team to go through a season unbeaten, but the first in the NCAA-era to go 40-0. Before the game, Griner entertained the crowd with a series of dunks, including a one-handed throw down, a double-pump slam and another in which she hung on rim.
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Claiborne and the Wonder of the Wonderlic By Chris Zielinski Sports and Society Columnist
LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne runs through drills during a pro day workout in Baton Rouge, La.
When it comes to life, tests are quite common. They come in all shapes and sizes, both mental and physical, and with varying degrees of difficulty. As we mature, most of us develop a better association with the mental tests, most notably standardized aptitude tests. For the everyday student, the SATs and/or ACTs are commonplace, with GREs and GMATs having greater ties to those seeking higher education. Interestingly enough, the sports world has their own set of aptitude tests to properly gauge prospects and develop an understanding of their mental capabilities. Although many individual athletic tests deserve mentioning, only one aptitude test truly warrants the spotlight. The Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Test, usually referred to simply as the Wonderlic, is a pre-draft aptitude test given to draft eligible NFL prospects. According to ESPN, the Wonderlic test includes fifty questions which must be answered within the twelve minute time limit. In total, the Wonderlic helps test the knowledge of a prospect, painting a picture of their ability to read defenses, understand plays, and essentially dissect the game at a pro level. In the history of the test, the spotlight is often on quarterbacks. Many are familiar with Ryan Fitzpatrick’s scintillating performance, as well as Vince Young’s historically bad performance. Likewise, Dan
Marino’s subpar performance only created confusion after his Hall of Fame Career unfolded. Simply put, the point is that quarterbacks are put under the most scrutiny when it comes to the test. It is for this reason why it is so shocking that another player at another position is the one generating all the buzz this year. The alluded to player is none other than the draft’s top cornerback, Morris Claiborne. Claiborne, a member of the LSU Tigers, has widely been recognized as the top talent at the position and his recent combine performance only cemented that status. However, following Claiborne’s recently Wonderlic test, this all might change. Rumors have started to circulate that Claiborne scored a four out of fifty on the test, giving him a score of 8 percent, one of the lowest scores of all time. So what exactly does Claiborne’s score mean? The answer is multi-faceted, but after some consideration, is relatively clear. First and foremost, Claiborne will not be going to law school. No offense, but I don’t think he’s all that worried seeing as he has an entire NFL career ahead of him. On a more serious note, the test does create some concern about Claiborne’s aptitude. However, Claiborne has never been labeled as an unintelligent or incapable defender, and one would be naïve to think he would start doing so. More importantly, Claiborne comes from LSU’s defensive system, which is commonly recognized as one of the more
complex defensive schemes in the collegiate ranks. Finally, according to Mel Kiper Jr., an ESPN draft expert, Claiborne has performed fine in his team interviews, which solidify his solid character and should eliminate most, if not all concerns surrounding him. Altogether, it is never a good thing to be historically bad. Don’t think for a second Claiborne and his camp aren’t slightly taken aback. They guarantee to go into full court damage control and put a positive spin on the story. Nonetheless, it is arguably a blessing in disguise, as Claiborne will now be pushed to ensure he is always studying film to avoid any future doubt of his intelligence. Finally, the lesson Claiborne has taught us all is that when you are being recruited for a certain job, or position as in his case, that a job description demands certain qualities. In Claiborne’s case, a team will be looking for him to bring his physical attributes and willingness to played motivated defense. Under significantly less demand will be Claiborne’s aptitude skills. In contrast to the cerebral nature of the quarterback position, Claiborne’s cornerback position relies more on instinct and natural talent. All in all, Claiborne’s career ensures to be one worth watching, and with the right team and system, he could land in the Hall of Fame and his Wonderlic experience will be a thing of the past.
Huskies fall in dog fight against Bryant at home
By Nate Zielinski Campus Correspondent
On a day where the wind played a huge factor, the match’s momentum swayed back and forth throughout. In the number one doubles slot Scott Warden and Jacob Spreyer mounted a huge comeback against their opponents. The duo found themselves down early 5-0, but after a plea from Spreyer to “just get on the scoreboard”, they rallied back and took their match 9-8, stunning their emotional Bryant counterparts. Dave Adams and Wei Lin fell 8-2, and the pivotal No. 3 doubles match that featured Ryan Carr and Matt Burns was nothing short of controversial. In a game that the Huskies could have won the match and taken the coveted doubles point a Bryant player called a close ball out, and Carr
was outraged. Bryant went on to win the match 9-8 in a tiebreak and went 1-0 early. The singles matches were a different story for the Huskies. Dave Adams got the team off to a quick start punishing his opponent with his power, and won easily in straight sets. “We just came together as team after the doubles loss and stayed positive” said Adams. Lin also won his singles match in straight sets. After a tight first set, he simply outclassed his opponent in the second set winning 6-0. When asked what his strategy in the second set was and what weakness he exposed in his opponent Lin replied “to keep the rallies longer, and make him use his backhand.” The number five and six slots in the singles matches went to Bryant University and they were able to regain the lead 3-2. The only two matches left to be decided were the number one and two
slots. Warden and Spreyer got off to a great start as well as they both took the first sets of their match. However, Bryant’s Zach Morris was able to rally back and outlasted Warden in a pivotal game in the third set to go up 4-2 and take the wind out of the sails of UConn’s comeback. Morris went on to take it 6-2 and rendered Spreyer’s match insignificant. Spreyer also fought hard in his three set thriller but fell to the gritty Dana Parziale 7-5 in the third. The Huskies ultimately fell short and lost the match 5-2. If the team shows up with this competitive spirit for the rest of the season, they should have no problem with the rest of their schedule. Their next chance to redeem this tough loss is away at Marist University on April 10.
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Jacob Spreyer shows off his backhand in the Huskies' loss to Bryan at the UConn tennis courts on Tuesday afternoon in Storrs.
Pasqualoni hoping team stays healthy Nova hit hard once again
from HITTING, page 14
The time frame is very limited and during this time the early corrections in a player’s game are crucial. The Huskies have put a strong focus on fundamentals and techniques as well as the individual reps that players need to take. Apart from the techniques and getting the players back into a football routine, another concern for spring practices is health. Just like in every sport, health is always an important factor in a team’s success. There have been no major injuries at practice, however yesterday at practice many players were soon walking around in protective boots and slings. “We try to take care of our team and our teammates in
the spring,” said Pasqualoni, who tries to keep his players off of the ground during practice in hopes of minimizing injury. For those who are hurt however, they are never out of practice.
– Paul Pasqualoni UConn football coach
rehabbed by the training staff during practice in hopes of accelerating that process. When they are not doing physical activity, players are still strengthening their minds by learning the playbooks, attending meetings and watching the practices. “We’re kind of getting to the point of spring football where you’re trying to see improvement each practice,” said Pasqualoni. “You’re hoping to see good focus, good assignment, less mistakes, less mental errors and better technique. I know today the guys practiced pretty hard. The key is that you come out here each day with the focus and passion to get better at your position.”
Players who are hurt are
“We try to take care of our team and our teammates in the spring...”
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) Pineda, Phil Hughes and — Maybe the Yankees' starting Freddy Garcia competing for pitching isn't so deep, after all. three jobs behind CC Sabathia Ivan Nova was hit hard again and Hideki Kuroda. Then Andy Tuesday in his final exhibition Pettitte ended his retirement, start, a 7-6 loss to the Mets in giving them seven people for the first spring training game five jobs. between the rivals since 1996. Since Pettitte's surprise Struggling with his fastball announcement on March 16, location, Nova gave up five Pineda has gone on the disruns, eight hits and abled list because two walks in 2 2-3 of inflammation of innings. His ERA shoulder tendon. Mets 7 aNova rose to 8.06. has not resem"Today was one Yankees 6 bled the pitcher who of the worst days of went 16-4 last seamy life," Nova said. son and became New "I wasn't pitching right. I felt York's No. 2 starter by October. good today, but I couldn't throw "Sometimes you feel right, my fastball for strikes and I and you're not," Nova said. couldn't locate my pitches, and "It's spring training for me right I don't feel good about that." now, so I just have to look forThe Yankees entered spring ward to the season." training with six pitchers for Nova hit Ruben Tejada and five slots, with Nova, Michael Andres Torres with pitches
Despite some shortcomings, there's no place like Storrs
from DEVIL'S, page 14 The parties at UConn are not as good as they used to be. I know you could write an entire news story on the reasons for this, but if I were a freshman or sophomore, I may think of pulling an Alex Oriakhi and transfer. Sometimes I feel like UConn has an identity crisis. No, not because the state of Connecticut is split between Boston and New York, but because the Huskies have too
many logos. The football team’s blocked “C,” the men’s basketball team’s interlocking “UC,” the women’s basketball team’s “C” with a basketball and baseball’s “C.” And oh yeah, there’s Jonathan the Husky. Most schools have one or two logos, and fans throughout the nation recognize their brand. I’m not so sure if you showed our logos to somebody from California or Florida, that they’d actually know it was the same university. UConn needs to
consolidate logos. My idea is that we continue to use the husky as our main logo. Baseball can keep their “C” logo, but the football team and women’s team should lose their C’s. The UC and the husky will be our main two logos. I think the husky is a necessity and the UC logo adheres to the name UConn the best. Playing intramural sports has been a lot of fun in college. My only question: If referees can grade you on sportsmanship, then
why can’t athletes grade refs on how they officiated the game? I can’t wait until all the construction that was started three years ago is complete. UConn will look great, but I’m tired of seeing blue fences all around campus. Could UConn be a lot better of a place? Yes. Is there any other place I would’ve wanted to be the last four years? No.
while facing the Mets' projected starting lineup plus designated hitter Scott Hairston. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he has not seen any dropoff in Nova's fastball, which reached 93 mph. "At times he's thrown as hard as I've seen him," Girardi said. "He's frustrated with the way he's throwing the ball but he won a lot of games for us last year. He has that in his hip pocket, and he knows what he has to do." Girardi said the poor outing might have been a result of Nova having trouble using his legs on a 91-degree day. "You try not to get too caught up in spring training," Girardi said. "You want to know how the ball is coming out of the guy's hand. And up until today, I thought it was coming out really pretty good."
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“Who do you think is the World Series favorite?”
“Grizzly Adams did have a beard.”
–Anthony Bodetti, 8th-semester finance major
» That’s what he said – Saints’ running back Pierre Thomas on the Seahawks’ new NIke uniforms.
April 9 April 11 Quinnipiac Brown 3 p.m. 3:15 p.m.
April 7 Villanova 4 p.m.
April 10 UMass 4 p.m.
April 11 Quinnipiac 3:30 p.m.
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April 14 Notre Dame 11 a.m.
April 20 Cincinnati 3:30 p.m.
April 22 Louisville 1 p.m.
April 27 Villanova 4 p.m.
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By Darryl Blain Staff Writer
April 10 Husky Decathalon 2:30 p.m.
April 11 Husky Decathalon 2 p.m.
April 21 Larry Ellis Invitational All Day
April 14 Dog Fight All Day
Women’s Track and Field April 7 UConn AllRegional All Day
April 13 Sea Ray Relays All Day
April 14 Sea Ray Relays All Day
April 21 April 26 Princeton Penn Relays Invite All Day All Day
April 14 April 15 Knecht Cup Knecht Cup All Day All Day
May 5 April 22 Holy Cross New Englands All Day All Day
Rowing April 6 UMass All Day
Men’s Tennis April 10 Marist 3 p.m.
April 12 St. John’s TBA
In this undated photo provided by the Seattle Seahawks, the NFL team’s new uniform design with home colors is shown, modeled by Seahawks linebacker Jameson Konz.
April 14 Sacred Heart 12 p.m.
April 19 Big East Championships All Weekend
Women’s Tennis Today Rutgers 2 p.m.
April 5 St. John’s 3 p.m.
April 7 DePaul 10 p.m.
April 14 Hartford 12 p.m.
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The UConn baseball team fell short in their comeback effort at Boston College yesterday, losing by a score of 8-5. The Huskies are now 15-13 overall, while Boston College improved to 13-15. A big concern for UConn is that the return of ace left-hander Brian Ward from arm fatigue has not gone smoothly. Yesterday was no exception, as Ward surrendered five runs in just 1.2 innings of work. In the two games he’s pitched since returning to action, the sophomore from Milford, Conn. has given up 11 runs (eight earned) in just 5.2 innings, as opposed to the 10 runs he surrendered in his first 22 innings this year. The five runs scored in the second inning for the Golden Eagles caused UConn coach Jim Penders to take out Ward and allow B.C. 8 reliever Ted Hurvul to get UConn 5 the last out of the inning. Scoring stayed quiet for an inning and then in the top of the fourth the Huskies struck back with two runs of their own on a pair of two-out RBI singles by left fielder Eric Yavarone and center fielder Billy Ferriter. In the fifth inning, L.J. Mazzilli continued his stellar season with a leadoff home run, his seventh of the season. The two-out rallies continued in the sixth for UConn with RBIs for first basemen Ryan Fuller and another one from Mazzilli, this time on a double to right center to tie the game up at five. However, the comeback efforts were not enough as the Golden Eagles answered back in the eighth with three runs off Pat Butler, who was coming off a two-game win streak before finding himself on the losing end of the decision yesterday. The final would remain at 8-5, as the Huskies couldn’t muster up any runs in the top of the ninth. Penders had planned going into the game that both Ward and Butler were going to split time and that Ward would get the start and pitch about two to three innings. “He needs to get back on the mound and get some innings today,” Penders said before the game. Penders also made it a point to put Butler in relief of Ward whether his start went well or not. The Huskies currently sit in a three-way tie for the lead in the Big East standings and will be looking to continue their strong in-conference play on Friday at Pittsburgh for the first game of a threegame weekend series.
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THE Storrs Side
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Hartley among those honored as WBCA/State Farm All-Americans
As last day of regular season approaches, playoff race heats up
By Andrew Callahan Senior Staff Writer Prior to her team’s heartbreaking 83-75 Final Four defeat to Skylar Diggins and Notre Dame, sophomore point guard Bria Hartley was picked alongside Diggins for a prestigious honor. One of fifteen player selections, Hartley helped comprise this season’s All-American squad as voted by the Women’s Basketball Coaches association. Senior teammate Tiffany Hayes did not make the club, but was named third-team All-American by the Associated Press. Hartley averaged 13.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists over her sophomore season and totaled 18 points in the semifinal loss. The North Babylon, N.Y. native extended a school streak that has seen at least one Husky named to the team since the 2007-08 campaign. UConn has now seen 15 players receive selections and totaled 25 honors over the years. Others on this season’s team included Diggins (Notre Dame), Elena Delle Donne (Delaware), Brittney Griner (Baylor), Glory Johnson (Tennessee), Shenise
Johnson (Miami), Chiney Ogwumike (Stanford), Nneka Ogwumike (Stanford), Odyssey Sims (Baylor) and Alyssa Thomas (Maryland). The second-year guard finished the regular season third on the team in points per game but led her squad in that category over NCAA tournament play and against ranked opponents. Hartley finished with a season-high 25 points in road losses to No. 1 Baylor and No. 3 Notre Dame over winter break. She was lauded heavily by coach Geno Auriemma post-game Sunday night for her performance. “I just think the world of her,” Auriemma said. “She’s just got something special in her approach to the game. No matter how much you want to get on her, no matter how much you get after her for what you want her to do or how you want her to do it, she’s exceptional at fighting back.” Next season, Hartley and the Huskies will be joined by top recruits Breanna Stewart, Morgan Tuck and Moriah Jefferson.
By Jimmy Onofrio Senior Staff Writer This Saturday will be the last day of the regular season for the NHL, and while teams like Buffalo, Washington, San Jose, Dallas and Colorado are still fighting for the last seed in their conferences, the playoff picture is starting to clear up. Keeping in mind that some teams might change positions with these last few games, here is a brief look at two exciting potential matchups. Flyers vs. Penguins These two teams have occupied the four and five spots in the East for the past few months and are virtually guaranteed to face each other in the first round. They will have met three times since March 18, including the season finale in Pittsburgh on Saturday. The Penguins score more than anyone behind leading scorer Evgeni Malkin. Claude Giroux, the league’s third-leading scorer, anchors a Flyers offense that is second in scoring. Six goals were scored in the third period of last Sunday’s meeting alone. The bad blood between these in-state rivals will only heighten the intensity of
this potential matchup. Kings vs. Blackhawks The Western Conference is still difficult to predict, with a number of teams within just one or two points of each other, but if the standings hold this matchup would pit a high-powered Chicago offense against Los Angeles and Milford native goalie Jonathan Quick, who sports a 1.89 GAA. In four meetings this season, the Kings are 3-1 with two shutouts, but Chicago has been hot lately, going 10-2-2 in March after a rough February. The Hawks’ Jonathan Toews has been out with a concussion but should be back come playoff time. Corey Crawford has mainly been handling netminding duties for Chicago, but Ray Emery has held his own in the net as well. With the caveat that Los Angeles finishes with a home-and-home against San Jose, a team battling for its playoff life, and Phoenix could very well gain enough points to displace them as the third seed, this potential matchup would definitely be an exciting one from out West.
» INSIDE SPORTS TODAY
P.13: Baseball falls at Boston College. / P.12: Column: The Wonder of the Wonderlic / P.11: Baylor wins national championship.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
HITTING THE HALFWAY POINT
Pasqualoni brings intensity in spring camp
By Carmine Colangelo Staff Writer
Colin McDonough As graduation draws closer, I’d like to be able to file my final list of petty grievances with UConn. If you agree or disagree with me in this public forum, let me know. Last year I wrote a column on the old UConn commercial. There was a different ad on television this year. I loved seeing some current students get the spotlight and the majesty of Gampel Pavilion, but they still should add more on athletics. Kemba Walker or Maya Moore would’ve added a nice touch. This isn’t a news flash but UConn may never, ever be a major factor in college football. Also, football games will never be a major factor on campus. I know that they need people to show up, and East Hartford is a central location for people in the region to come watch the Huskies. But for the students’ sake, it’d be better if Rentschler Field had been built closer to campus. Students will leave at the end of the third quarter forever. I know you want all your fans to stay from start to finish, but students want to get back to campus and it is a very long day from Storrs to the Rent and back during fall. UConn wanted more bang for its buck, instead of more students in their seats during the fourth quarter. Side note: I want UConn hockey to join Hockey East. It’d make great sense with our New England heritage. What wouldn’t make sense is playing home games at the XL Center for an extended period of time. Frietas Ice Forum would need to be improved to provide an on-campus hockey environment, where students could shout blasphemies at Boston College for years to come. Susan Herbst and Warde Manuel are the two figures leading the school and athletics programs into the future. They need to step up and walk the walk for our school. We aren’t in the ACC, the men’s basketball team is still out of the NCAA tournament next year and there are fields and facilities to be built. Conference realignment, building the basketball facility, improving J.O. Christian Field, the Hockey East situation and the APR of our men’s basketball team are all key issues. I realize the pair doesn’t make all the decisions on these, but as the two in charge, we need Herbst and Manuel to come through for us. If they can, they’ll create quite a legacy. I wrote a column on this too, so I won’t bore you, I’ve done enough of that the last two years, but when classes are in session, all basketball games should be played at Gampel Pavilion. When students are on Thanksgiving or Winter break, the Huskies can play in Hartford. That should be the way to do it. It would help the students have more fun at games, and help home court advantage. It’s a nobrainer. Schools like Pitt, Florida and of course Duke, seat students in the lower bowl along the team benches or press row. It looks cool on television and although I’ve never been to a venue like those, must create a louder environment. UConn should do this. It is another classic example of caring more about revenue than the students. Kids would love to get the best seats in the house, and I guarantee they wouldn’t need a “Stand Up Gampel” or “Stand Up Hartford” chant to get into the game. Yes, there are great UConn fans from throughout Connecticut who are loud and proud in their lower bowl seating. But there are also empty seats at times and it would be a reward for the members of the student section to be able to fill the lower sections.
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With the annual Blue and White game steadily approaching, the UConn football team has been putting in the work early during their spring practices. Yesterday marked the seventh practice for the Huskies, who are nearly half-way done with their 15 spring practices. They practice every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in the Mark R. Shenkmen Training Facility. Thursday will mark the half-way point, being their eighth practice and they will have two remaining scrimmages on top of that before the spring game. Before they get there however, it is taken one at a time and Tuesday’s Notebook day practice was described as intense by head coach Paul Pasqualoni. “It was pretty intense today,” said Pasqualoni. “They are trying hard to get better… I was pretty pleased today with their motivation to come out here and get better.” Pasqualoni stressed the importance of these spring practices as a way for players to better refine their skills before the season begins. He believes that these practices are important for a player to master his position and fix the mistakes now. “If you don’t get it done and don’t set a foundation in the spring and then come back in preseason and pick up where you left off, the mistakes are uncorrectable during the season,” said Pasqualoni. “That is the philosophy of the spring.”
Paul Pasqualoni watches during the first day of the team’s spring practice, Tuesday, March 20.
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UConn stays undefeated at home, beats UMass By Brendon Prescott Campus Correspondent The UConn softball team knew that freshman Emily O’Donnell had the talent it took to become a star, but no one would have suspected that she would play such a vital role for the Huskies in her freshman season. Yesterday, O’Donnell lifted the Lady Huskies to victory over UMass Amherst on a tworun home run in 6th UConn inning against one of UMass the best pitchers in the nation, Sara Plourde. O’Donnell is one of the big reasons why UConn now has a four game home winning streak and moves to an overall record of 14-14 (3-3 Big East). In the top of the first inning, it was the Minutemen who
grabbed the advantage, when Center fielder Cyndil Matthew crossed home plate for an unearned run following a Husky error. UMass added to their lead in the third inning on two singles and a double to make the score 2-0 going into the 4th inning. It was the second half of the game where the Huskies made their opportunities count. Sophomore catcher Andrea Huelsenbeck scored the first Husky 5 run on a RBI-single by Amy DeLuca. 3 senior In the bottom of the fifth inning, junior Marissa Guches singled to the left fielder who mishandled the ball. This allowed the Huskies to bounce back and score two runs, taking a 3-2 lead over the Minutemen. In the top of the sixth UMass
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The UConn softball team defeated UMass at Burrill Family Field in Storrs on Tuesday afternoon by the score of 5-3.
responded with two hits, enough to score a run and tie the game up 3-3 going into the bottom of the sixth. DeLuca began the bottom of the sixth with a walk, but was unable to move from first base as the Minutemen recorded two quick outs. Then O’Donnell stepped up to the plate. She sent the second pitch flying over the fence in center field for a walk off two-run home run to give the Huskies the edge over UMass. O’Donnell is no stranger to home runs this season, as this was her seventh thus far. Despite the fact that Plourde gave up only three hits in the game, she earned the loss as UMass falls to 16-11 (4-0 A10). The win went to Husky hurler Kiki Saveriano , who moved to 9-7, while Plourde fell to 15-9.
Love a worthy MVP, UConn in good company
By Colin and Matt McDonough Sports Editors
The last five national champions since 2008 are as follows: Kansas, North Carolina, Duke, UConn and Kentucky. What great company. The five different champs combine for 20 national titles. The last time five different champions had that much tradition was from 1992-1996. Duke, North Carolina, Arkansas, UCLA and Kentucky combine for 29 championships. Whether you consider UConn a blueblood, or in the nouveau riche category, that is an impressive list of schools right there. – Is this Kentucky team one of the best ever? Probably. Only two losses, one of those coming on a buzzer beater, an incredible line up and an impressive tournament run through teams like Indiana, Baylor, Louisville and Kansas makes the Wildcats a team that will be continued to be talked about. But in
the first 12 years of college basketball this century, there could be a good argument of which team is the best of the young century. Along with the 2012 version of Kentucky, we have the 2001 Duke squad, 2004 UConn, 2005 North Carolina and 2007 Florida as others in the debate. Who ya got? – The fact that 14 of Rajon Rondo’s 18 career tripledoubles have come on national television isn’t a bad thing. It may show that Rondo plays up and down to his competition, but doesn’t that bode well for the Celtics and their fans come playoff time? Every game is on ABC, TNT or NBATV. – Early Twitter photos from the unveiling of the new NFL uniforms from Nike show little change in most of them. It’s a good thing that Nike didn’t turn every NFL team into Oregon. Nike did screw up one team, however. The Seattle Seahawks new uniforms may be the worst in the history of professional sports. The different color jersey and pant combinations, as well as the new-age hel-
» TWIN’S TAKE
met style screams college football. The jerseys by itself are eyesores. Pete Carroll might dig them, but if I’m Matt Flynn, I’d feel like I left the Packers for an Arena League team. – Kevin Love deserves serious consideration for MVP. LeBron James and Kevin Durant may be the frontrunners for the award, especially with both the Heat and Thunder having stellar seasons. Although he is on a worse team and in a smaller market with less exposure, Love’s statistics are MVP-worthy. If he leads the Timberwolves to the playoffs in the absense of Ricky Rubio, give him the MVP. – Tonight, Major League Baseball in the U.S. gets underway with the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals visiting the new-look Miami Marlins. Remember, the Cardinals look different than last year too. It’s going to be odd to see Albert Pujols in an Angels uniform for years to come. – How is Ryan Leaf getting arrested news? It’d be bigger news if he threw a touchdown pass in the NFL.
Based on Kevin Love’s numbers, he deserves MVP consideration.