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EDITORIAL: NEGATIVE ATTITUDE TOWARDS PRISONERS HURTS REHABILITATION EFFORTS Why recidivism is so high in this country and why rehab programs struggle to take effect.
SUBOG ‘turns it up’ this fall semester, gears for homecoming By Nataliya Kostenko Campus Correspondent UConn’s Student Union Board of Governors (SUBOG) has been hard at work this semester scheduling and organizing exciting and creative events for the student body. Currently SUBOG is working mostly on homecoming activities, which are primarily taking place from Oct. 6 – Oct. 12. SUBOG is also planning the annual fall concert to take place during homecoming week, featuring performances by the musical artists Timeflies and Chiddy Bang. According to Jamille Rancourt, the president of SUBOG, the organization’s goal this year “is to really turn it up” in terms of event creativity and catering to the student body. They hope to do just that with this year’s homecoming theme: “It Takes Two.” This theme features famous dynamic duos – each student organization participating in homecoming picks a duo for their own team’s specific theme. Robert Turnbull, who is in charge of Homecoming preparations within the Global House Learning Community, says this theme
“works out great for Global House” because their chosen dynamic duo – Marlin and Dory from “Finding Nemo” – is perfect for all the Australian students living there this year. Turnbull also says he has noticed “a lot of enthusiasm, particularly from the new freshmen and international students, and this gives (him) hope” that homecoming will be a big success this year. Festivities this year feature a parade, the Fall Concert, a lip-sync competition and a banner-competition utilizing the dynamic duo theme. A full list of important dates and events for homecoming week can be found on SUBOG’s website (subog.uconn.edu) for anyone who wishes to participate. SUBOG also organizes movie nights, concerts and comedy shows for students. Rancourt said that the organization has “big plans up (its) sleeves” with regards to these and encourages everyone to log on to SUBOG’s website “to check out events weekly because there is always so much going on.” A sample of upcoming events includes screenings of “The Dark Knight” and “Man of Steel” in the Student Union Theater from Sept. 19 – 22 and a per-
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formance by comedian Maria Shehata as part of SUBOG’s Fall Comedy Series on Sept. 26. There is also a Halloween trip to Six Flags’ “Fright Fest” scheduled for Oct. 19. Once they go on sale, tickets to all of these events and more can be
purchased at SUBOG’s ticket booth inside the Student Union. Rancourt also encourages everyone to follow SUBOG on Twitter (@SUBOGatUCONN) and on Facebook, because the organization primarily uses social media to communicate
the most up-to-date information about all the activities they have planned for the student body, as well as advertise their latest events and hold contests for tickets.
By Miles Halpine Campus Correspondent
Representatives from Travelers Insurance will be visiting campus Wednesday, Sept. 18th to discuss the many opportunities their company has available to students. The event will be held on the north side of Fairfield Way from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and is sponsored by Travelers Insurance and the Center for Career Development. Michael Petro, the Center for Career Development’s Assistant Director for Employer Relations, Outreach and Placement said the Travelers “representatives are members of a volunteer group within the company that consists of UConn alumni, many of whom are recent graduates, that want to stay connected and share infor-
mation on the positive experiences they are having in their early careers.” The representatives from Travelers will have a table on Fairfield Way with information on the company as well as representatives willing to talk about the company and its opportunities. The offerings available include internships and full-time work, so Petro encourages students to attend. However, the main reason he says students should go is to network. “The not-so-secret ‘secret’ to obtaining internships and jobs that you want,” Petro said, “is to network meaningfully. One-toone networking is by far the most valuable job seeking skill that an individual can develop, and the hardest part is getting started.”
According to Petro, events like Travelers’ Day provide a chance for every student, from first year through graduate student, to engage in a low-pressure interaction with a potential employer. As a significant employer and recruiter of UConn students and alumni, Travelers has many alumni that work with them and want to give back. One of the many ways they give back is by hosting events like Travelers’ Day. They also sponsor UConn Athletics. After they are done on Fairfield Way, Travelers representatives will also be a hosting “How to Navigate a Career Fair” in the Class of 1947 Room (near Bookworms Cafe) in the Homer Babbidge Library from 4 – 5 p.m.
space has a 55-foot diameter circular green in the center with a pavement surrounding it, a performance stage in one corner, and a shade structure in the opposite corner. There will also be bike racks and moveable tables and chairs, said Kent. “This one was the one that everybody thought was the best example because it’s not all green, but mostly,” said van Zelm. In the planning stage UConn requested that the square could be used for freshman orientation activities. The Co-op downtown storefront will also be able to use one side of the sidewalk for book sales. Favretti’s recommendations for the plan included not using stone
dust. He said the one time he was sued in his career was because he had used stone dust, which wore away and caused someone to sprain an ankle. Frost’s response was that stone dust was chosen because of the $1.1 million budget, and as long as the stone dust is not in an area that could be susceptible to heavy water flow, it should not be problematic. It would cost $30-35,000 more to upgrade from the stone dust. Chairman of Mansfield Downtown Partnership, Philip Lodewick, said that they would be raising more money for this project. UConn is providing $250,000 for the Town Square, according to
the Sept. 9 Town Square Design and Funding Plan. The university has been talking with Mansfield about the growth of Storrs Center since the Municipal Development Plan was approved in the early 2000s. “I like the initiative that UConn is taking to create a modern, urban type of setting in this area,” said 3rd-semester sophomore Melissa Adiran, who also said she would probably use the Town Square once it is complete. In addition to the Town Square, the Storrs Center plan involves a supermarket, more shops and a residential condominium neighborhood.
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Design approved for Storrs Center Town Square By Annie Pancak Campus Correspondent Former UConn landscape architecture professor Rudy Favretti approved the design for the Storrs Center Town Square last night at a town public hearing. Construction is set to begin in about a month with an unknown finish date, said Executive Director of Mansfield Downtown Partnership Cynthia van Zelm. Favretti said he had several things he thought the square needed before he saw the design, including being able to accommodate the square’s natural crisscross walking path, providing enough space for big events, and day to day events, creating a human ele-
ment so the building would not overpower it, and giving the square a seasonal interest. “This conceptual plan addresses all of those items exceedingly well,” Favretti said. The square will be located in Storrs Center, adjacent to the UConn campus, and in the space between Subway and the lot currently occupied by steel beams. Kent + Frost, from Mystic, is the hired landscape design firm. “The programming has been driving this design from the very beginning,” said Brian Kent, representative from Kent + Frost. He said the space would be usable for farmers markets, sidewalk sales, art shows, and concerts. Their design for the .36 acre
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Taste of the Caribbean 1 to 4 p.m. Student Union, 4th Floor The Brothers of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc. will be hosting this event in which we will be selling a entree which will consist of Spanish Rice, Jerk Chicken and a Salad. It will be in the African-American Cultural Center.
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Group praises Conn. school reform, urges more work
HARTFORD (AP) — A new report praises Connecticut’s efforts to overhaul its public education system but warns more needs to be done to close the state’s achievement gap between low-income students and wealthier students. The Connecticut Council for Education Reform, a statewide nonprofit organization, on Tuesday credited the state with embracing “common core” educational standards to prepare students for college and careers. But the group’s report said more needs to be done to expand quality preschool programs and identify and help students who are falling behind. The group, which his working to close the state’s achievement gap, praised Connecticut for linking teacher tenure to effectiveness, but said more needs to be done to increase the number of effective teachers in Connecticut. Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in 2012 pushed for the school reforms.
United Tech: Europe improving, military parts
HARTFORD (AP) — Sharp cuts in U.S. military spare parts orders are hurting United Technologies Corp.’s helicopter maker, Sikorsky, the chief financial officer said Tuesday, although he was more optimistic about prospects in Europe. CFO Greg Hayes told investor analysts that automatic U.S. federal budget cuts beginning in March could take a bigger bite out of profit in 2014 than the company initially expected. The Department of Defense is Sikorsky’s biggest customer, “and I just don’t know what’s going to happen in DoD,” Hayes said. United Technologies has said that federal spending cuts will hurt 2013 earnings by 10 cents per share. Most of that has been felt at Sikorsky, Hayes said, and the impact could be bigger next year. To compensate, the helicopter unit has eliminated 400 jobs this year. Analysts polled by FactSet predict profit of $6.15 per share for the company in 2013. Spending cuts have caused a 50 percent drop in Sikorsky’s parts and service business as the military uses up its parts inventory. But that’s a temporary situation, Hayes said. “At the end of the day, if you want these helicopters to fly, you’re going to need parts so I expect you’ll see some recovery.” There are longer-term problems, however. Sikorsky, which makes the Black Hawk, the workhorse helicopter used in Afghanistan and Iraq, also is feeling the impact of reduced U.S. military operations in Afghanistan. Hayes said that aside for Sikorsky, he’s “pretty bullish” on United Technologies’ revenue prospects into 2014. “It looks as if the economy has bottomed out,” Hayes said, referring to Europe. “We’re starting to see a recovery in commercial construction and although it’s off a very low base I think it’s very positive.” Europe accounted for 26 percent of United Technologies’ 2012 sales.
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Race affects university admissions By Rofina Johnkennedy Campus Correspondent
Dr. Preston C. Green III, professor of Urban Education at the University of Connecticut’s Neag School of Education, gave a keynote speech on Tuesday about a Supreme Court issue relevant to public university students: the factor of race in university admissions. Termed affirmative action, this plan is utilized by universities to diversify the student body. To commemorate Constitution Day, Dr. Green spoke about the controversy surrounding affirmative action, whose constitutionality is challenged by the current Supreme Court case Fisher v. University of Texas. In 2009, Abigail Fisher filed a suit against the University of Texas for denying her admission, allegedly based on her race. She cited violation of the Equal Protection Clause, part of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution that states that no state shall deny a person equal protection of the law. The U.S. District Court upheld the university’s policy,
citing the previous court case Grutter v. Bollinger, which had approved of University of Michigan Law School’s affirmative action policy on the grounds of compelling government interest in diversity. Fisher’s representatives filed petition for a review from the Supreme Court in 2011. Since October 2012, the case has remained on the Court’s calendar. Dr. Green discussed several aspects of the issue, detailing relevant court cases and the evolution of the admissions policies of UT Austin. Currently, UT Austin assures admission to students in the top 10 percent of their graduating class. Those not falling into this category will be admitted based on their academic index and personal achievement index, which includes consideration of special circumstances, socio-economic status, language spoken at home and race, among other factors. It was under the basis of the two indices that Fisher was rejected, as she did not graduate in the top 10 percent of her class. There is a real concern among supporters of affirmative action
that the overruling of Grutter v. Bollinger may decrease the number of minority students admitted to universities. Others, however, question the assertion that affirmative action promotes diversity. Aayushi Mehta, a sophomore PNB major, asserts that she is against affirmative action: “It’s not fair to reject someone who is affluent or part of a majority group through no fault of their own.” She adds: “It’s like trying to get rid of discrimination by creating more discrimination.” Diversity aside, this issue has deeper implications about the nation’s educational system. While further addressing the relevance of this issue, Dr. Green said that the “Fisher case suggests that Supreme Court will not allow the use of university’s racial preferences in admissions to correct the disparities in elementary and secondary education. Many scholars, including yours truly, have noted that an unstated purpose of university racial preferences is to address racial disparities in the education of elementary and secondary school levels.”
To eliminate the need for affirmative action, the focus would have to be on elementary and secondary schools to overcome the racial achieving gap. He noted that there is a “substantial gap as measured in standardized tests” and that closing this gap is necessary. He also said that the University of Connecticut has made “addressing [the] racial achieving gap as one if its goals” and that it is a “timely focus” on the university’s part. As for UConn’s stance on the issue, the university’s statement in the amicus curiae brief filed in 2012 asserts that while it “has no formal policy with respect to race or ethnicity in admissions,” the university strives to take “a holistic review of each applicant.” The true influence of affirmative action in universities across the nation can possibly undergo a drastic change after the Court’s ruling in the case of Fisher v. University of Texas.
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STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — An explosion Tuesday leveled a sixbedroom house in Stamford, scattering debris hundreds of feet away. Nobody was inside the house at the time and there were no serious injuries, authorities said. The homeowner was outside near a pool house on the property at the time of the explosion, according to Stamford’s director of public safety, Ted Jankowski. The homeowner was alert and conscious when emergency crews arrived and he was taken to a hospital for observation. “I thought a plane hit my house,” Charlene Heffernan, who lives next door, told The Stamford Advocate. “I have never heard anything so loud. My house shook from the top down.” Mayor Michael Pavia said the cause of the blast is under investigation, but authorities suspected gas was involved. He said a 500-gallon propane gas tank on site was under a controlled burn Tuesday afternoon. The explosion left nothing standing of the 6,000-square-foot home in north Stamford. Debris landed hundreds of feet from the house and three other homes in the neighborhood also caught fire. “The whole house was gone,” neighbor Antonio Pisanelli told The Hour of Norwalk. “There was just a big hole.” Fire and emergency personnel from around Fairfield County and New York’s Westchester County responded to the blast.
Ex-director of charity accused of stealing $200K
HARTFORD (AP) — The former director of a Hartford charity has been accused of using its money for personal expenses including visits to Connecticut’s two tribal-run casino resorts. A lawsuit filed by the state and its attorney general alleges Karen Lewis misappropriated more than $200,000 in funds that were intended to support a neighborhood in Hartford. Lewis was director of the now-defunct South Arsenal Neighborhood Development, Inc. from 2001 through 2009. She is accused of using its money on trips to Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun. Attorney General George Jepsen said Tuesday that such conduct cannot be tolerated. The lawsuit filed seeks the forfeiture of the money and civil penalties as well as an injunction against Lewis’ employment with other charities.
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Left: This Aug. 12 photo shows hiker Marianne Denniston walking across the boardwalk of the Little Pond marsh trail at the White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield, Conn. The wildlife sanctuary, which is set amongst 4,000 acres of fields, ponds and woodland, offers a nature museum, campgrounds, boating and bird-watching. Right: This Aug. 10, 2013 photo shows Litchfield, Conn., a town of historic buildings, galleries and restaurants, laid out along a 1770s green and dominated by the white First Congregational church and granite courthouse.
LITCHFIELD, Conn. (AP) — The demoiselle crane moved delicately across the field, arched her long, silver-grey neck and offered an elaborate bow. Then the bird, a native of Eurasia, flapped and hopped and danced over the grass in a courtship ritual that was all the more extraordinary because of where it took place — off a rambling country road a mile (1.6 kilometers) from the center of this Northeastern Connecticut town. The Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy — 16 acres (7 hectares) of beautifully landscaped aviaries and ponds — is home to hundreds of birds from around the world, including many rare and endangered species. For years the conservancy, which was founded by famed ornithologist S. Dillon Ripley in the 1980s, shunned publicity, though visitors are now welcome on weekends. Still, the bird sanctuary remains one of the secret treasures of Litchfield County, a place of pic-
turesque villages and historic inns, saltbox houses dating to the 1700s, soaring white clapboard churches, and seemingly endless rivers, lakes and meadows carpeted with wildflowers. “Litchfield County is full of hidden gems. You just have to know where to look,” says Dixie Delancy who, with her brother Dan, sells hot dogs and pulled pork sandwiches on the shores of Lake Waramaug in New Preston. The pair are a font of local knowledge and history and happily direct bikers, kayakers, fishermen and history buffs to the best spots. Delancy, an avid hiker and kayaker, writes a blog at LaksideLunch. com called “Hot Dogs and Tourism” that’s as good as any guidebook, detailing spectacular fly fishing on the Housatonic River, the old-world charms of a covered bridge in West Cornwall and the natural wonders of a 250-foot (76-meter) waterfall at Kent Falls State Park. Another local wonder, though dis-
tinctly man-made, can be found just south of the falls among the rambling gardens and 18th-century barns that make up artist Denis Curtiss’ studio and home. The massive steel panthers, elephants and giraffes that loom among the trees provide a startling sight for visitors motoring along Route 7. Curtiss, 66, a retired teacher from Cornwall, has been making the unique, cubist-style structures for decades (he says one of his biggest clients was the late singer, Andy Williams, who shipped more than 20 pieces to his home in Missouri). When home, Curtiss welcomes visitors for free tours of the place he calls “Sculpturedale”. In the heart of the county is the charming town of Litchfield itself, with historic buildings, galleries and restaurants laid out along a 1770s green and dominated by the towering white First Congregational church and stately granite courthouse. In 1978, Litchfield was designated a National Historic Landmark and today members of the local historical
society lead walking tours through the village, which features dozens of historic sites, including The Tapping Reeve Law school (founded in 1784, it was the country’s first law school), the Ethan Allen house and the Sheldon tavern where Washington supposedly once slept. The early 19th century was Litchfield’s “Golden Age,” when the town was a thriving urban and cultural center, home to the law school and the Litchfield Female Academy, one of the earliest schools for girls in the United States. Harriet Beecher Stowe, who grew up in Litchfield (her father Lyman Beecher was a minister at the Congregational church) was one of its most prominent alumnae. In the 20th century, the county reinvented itself as a haven for artists and writers. Arthur Miller, Philip Roth, William Styron and Alexander Calder all lived in towns throughout the county, and many actors, including Meryl Streep, Mia Farrow and Susan Saint James have homes here.
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Student to make documentary film on Nazi-resistant organization for IDEA Grant The UConn IDEA Grant and student Peter Logue are working together to remember those who fought Hitler and Nazism. The IDEA Grant provides up to four thousand dollars in funding, allowing for a breadth of research which would otherwise likely be unavailable. Current projects from last year’s participants include documentary filmmaking, an analysis of microfinance programs in Africa, an attempt at creating biofuel from coffee grounds and a reformation of online university writing centers. The IDEA Grant encourages all types of
intellectual pursuits, whether they be in writing, inventing, filmmaking or another avenue. Melissa Berkey, the UConn IDEA Grant’s Program Coordinator in the Office of Undergraduate Research, called the Idea Grant a: “great opportunity for students to receive funding to engage in self-designed projects and independent research.” She also recommended that prospective applicants visit http://ugradresearch.uconn. edu/get-research-funding/ idea/ for more details (the application deadline is Oct. 15). Dr. Caroline McGuire, the interim director of the Office of Undergraduate Research,
also spoke upon the IDEA Grant: “Our first group of grantees was selected in the Spring,” she said. “Those 11 students developed their projects over the summer and are engaging in intensive work this fall.” One of these students is Peter Logue. Logue, is a 7th semester English and film studies major at UConn, who, when touring the Holocaust museum in Washington D.C., was struck by the Naziresistant “White Rose” organization. “At the panels of resistance section of the museum there was one dedicated to the White Rose,” Logue said. “They were a group of six college students, and I could
therefore identify with them. They forced me to ask myself what I would have done under the circumstances. They chose to make a stand.” The stated purpose of Logue’s research is to create a documentary film that explores why the White Rose organization is hardly known in the United States. “In Germany they’re legends,” Logue said. Logue recently finished six months of research where he immersed himself in the White Rose and its young leaders, Hans and Sophie Scholl. With the help of Dr. Oliver Hiob, a former professor at UConn, and Dr. Sebastian Wogenstein, a current professor at UConn, he
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Relatives of victims of two recent high-profile mass shootings in the U.S., the Colorado movie theater rampage and the massacre at a Connecticut elementary school, traveled with activists to Washington on Tuesday to lobby again for gun control, a trip that took on new urgency in the wake of Monday’s shooting in the capital that killed 13. The trip by the Newtown Action Alliance gun law advocacy group was planned to mark roughly nine months since the Dec. 14 rampage in Newtown, Conn., in which 20 children and six educators were shot to death. It now also quickly follows Monday’s killings at the Washington Navy Yard. Members of the group also included those who lost family members in the July 2012 shooting at a movie theater in
Aurora, Colo. Twelve people were gunned down and 70 wounded. Among those traveling from Colorado were Megan Sullivan, whose brother Alex was killed in the shooting, and her father, Tom. “This is another moment where it’s just surreal that I’m even in this situation and speaking with other people who have lost their brothers and loved ones,” Megan Sullivan told The Aurora Sentinel on Tuesday. The Newtown massacre renewed momentum across the country for tighter restrictions on guns. The movement had some early successes, including laws enacted in Connecticut and Colorado, but it has since stalled. A federal effort to enact new background checks fell short in the Senate in April. And in Colorado, angered by the
state’s new laws, gun-rights activists achieved the recalls of two Democratic lawmakers in elections last week. The activists traveling from Connecticut focused their criticism on Congress as they headed to Washington, where they planned to meet with lawmakers Tuesday and Wednesday, said Po Murray, one of the founders of Newtown Action Alliance. She said the group is also delivering letters asking members of Congress to pass a background check requirement. “It’s been nine months and there’s still no action on the federal level,” Carlos Soto, the brother of a teacher who was killed in Newtown, told WFSB-TV. “We’re not gonna go away.” The Sullivans and the parents of Jessica Ghawi, who also died in the Colorado shooting, also plan to meet
with members of Colorado’s congressional delegation to lobby for a renewed push on gun control. “We’re going to keep pushing along,” Tom Sullivan said in an interview. “That’s what we do.” The activists now hope lawmakers may be motivated to act now because the killings at the Navy Yard were close to Capitol Hill. “It definitely brings back terrible feelings, and we know what the families are going through,” Newtown Action Alliance co-founder David Ackert told the Hearst Connecticut Media Group. “It exacerbates the reason we’re going, and we’re determined to get the politicians to stop looking the other way, now that it’s come to their doorstep.”
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In a Friday, April 5, 2013 file photo, Newtown, Conn., resident Jennifer Killin wipes tears on the steps of Hartford, Conn., City Hall, during a rally to urge passage of federal legislation to curb gun violence.
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contacted the University of Munich in Germany and was able to establish a relationship with the vice president of an organization aimed at keeping the White Rose’s legacy alive, Wolfgang Huber. Huber is the son of the White Rose’s mentor, Kurt Huber, a professor of philosophy at the University of Munich during WWII. Wolfgang was three when his father was executed for his treasonous work against Adolf Hitler. The UConn IDEA Grant and the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute Undergraduate Research Grant have helped Logue immeasurably in his efforts. The IDEA Grant has provided the funding for Logue to visit
A Sept. 17, 2013 report says a surge in Border Patrol agents hasn’t impaired their useof-force training but that the Department of Homeland Security needs to better track excessive force allegations.
McALLEN, Texas (AP) — A widely anticipated federal report released Tuesday on excessive force among U.S. border agents contained little discussion of use-of-force policies, but recommended improvements to training and the tracking of such allegations. The report’s biggest revelation may have been the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General could not come up with a tally of excessive force allegations against Border Patrol agents and customs officers because the agency’s databases do not allow them to be categorized that way. The report was requested last year by 16 members of Congress concerned with the case of 42-year-old Anastasio Hernandez, who died after being shocked several times with a stun gun at San Diego’s San Ysidro border crossing in May 2010. The letter lawmakers sent requesting the review said, “we are also concerned that this incident is simply part of a larger cultural problem at the Department.” The Justice Department’s investigation into his death —one of at least 19 deaths since 2010 that the American Civil Liberties Union attributes to U.S. Customs and Border Protection — continues. Two of the lawmakers who requested the review said Tuesday the report did not go far enough. U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., called the incomplete records of allegations “deeply disturbing” and said he planned to pursue redacted portions. “We expected much more content. We expected a deeper look into it,” he said. U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., said in an email that he welcomed the report’s recommendations, “but Border Patrol needs to do more to curb excessive use of force that has resulted in unnecessary deaths.” The ACLU similarly called the report a good first step, but said more was expected. CBP also has faced fierce criticism for policies that allow agents to respond to rock throwers with deadly force, a response CBP says is justified by the danger. Eight people have been killed by Border Patrol agents in rock throwing incidents since 2010, according to the ACLU. And the report found that of 185 rock assaults in fiscal 2012, agents responded with firearms 12 percent of the time. Shawn Moran, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council, a union representing agents, said they are satisfied with the agency’s use-of-force training.
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Munich for a week so he is able to conduct interviews for his documentary. Logue is adamant in his appreciation of the White Rose, and he wishes for his research to reflect their bravery: “I want to create something that people will be able to watch and get a sense for who the White Rose was and what they did,” said Logue. “I also want the audience to consider the implications of their actions, to reflect upon what these students were willing to do in the darkest days we faced.”
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Negative attitude towards prisoners hurts rehabilitation efforts
ecently, Eric Bolling of “The Five,” a Fox News program, was under well-deserved attack by the illustrious Stephen Colbert for the former’s comments regarding the suicide of Ariel Castro, convicted for 937 criminal charges among which included rape, kidnapping, and aggravated murder. While this article isn’t quite a defense of Castro, it is an attack on Bolling’s statements which posited that taxpayers saved $780,000 by his suicide. Bolling’s argument here is insensitive, even when one considers the magnitude of Castro’s crimes, and is indicative of the negative attitude towards criminals and their opportunity for reform. America wholly believes once a criminal always a criminal, and this social stigma prevents them from re-entering society successfully. With this in mind, it’s clear why recidivism, or the term to describe former felons re-entering prisons or re-arrested for similar previously committed crimes, is so high in this country and why rehabilitation programs struggle to take effect. When one in thirty-two Americans is on probation, parole or in prison and America has that largest population of criminals (you know, that popular statistic, 5 percent of the global population, 25 percent of its prisoners), one would think that the public attitude towards criminals would be more supportive. Instead, America has collectively decided to abandon these people with the idea that they are a lost cause and deserve the barest of dregs we can throw at them, leaving them to struggle both in and out of the prison system. The general neglect towards prisoners propagates the idea that they don’t deserve any further rehabilitation. While it is dismaying to hear that states are spending nearly four times as much on prisoners than education, the only way to stop it is to put more money into rehabilitation and re-entry programs. Prison reform is such a necessary measure that is often overlooked because no one will argue for felons. Society as a whole neglects the very real human component to prisoners and doesn’t consider their betterment to be worthy of the proper funds to achieve it. For example, an estimated one-in-five people in prison have a mental illness, but proper therapy and attention is often not provided to resolve these issues. If anything, the conditions and policies of the prison, such as solitary confinement or gang violence, proliferate mental illness even further. American society must halt their belittling treatment towards this large portion of the population. With the rate of incarceration as it is and the prison budget continuously inflating, we must pause to consider that perhaps another method is in order. Rehabilitation and better re-entry services are needed to keep recidivism down in this country, but we won’t get there if we refuse to see those incarcerated as human beings worth of our forgiveness and respect. It is time we change the conversation regarding prisoners, and it’s time we condemn the Eric Bolling’s attitude towards them.
The struggles of the political biologist
ast week, some of you may have seen the group of people outside the Student Union with their “Evolution Is a Lie” signs. As someone who is majoring in molecular and cell biology, hearing statements like that frustrates me, but it doesn’t bother me too much. At the end of the day, the people on Fairfield Way are Christian fundamentalists. They have no real power and only inconvenienced me for a few minutes with their yelling about how some of my classes are essentially lies By Kayvon Ghoreshi from Satan. I take a much Commentary Editor bigger issue with people in positions of power that express this kind of anti-science mentality. Take the state of Texas. Last week, state textbook review panels urged the State Board of Education to reject several proposed high school biology textbooks because they did not include arguments against Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. Karen Beathard, one of the biology textbook reviewers and a Texas A&M University nutritionist, said that she understands the strong support for evolution. However, she also says, “At the same time, this is a theory. As an educator, parent and grandparent, I feel very firmly that creation science based on biblical principles should be incorporated into every biology book that is up for adoption.” First and foremost, given its lack of
empirical data, creation science is not comparable to the theory of evolution. Secondly, the idea that evolution can be dismissed because it is a “theory” shows just how much of a lack of understanding there is among the public. In the vernacular, theory is often used to dismiss something that is wavering in support. However, in the scientific community, a theory is something that has substantial backing, has been confirmed repeatedly through observation and experimentation and is accepted by a strong majority of the scientific community. It holds a lot more water than a simple educated guess. Creation science is effectively teaching creationism and advancing a religious ideology, which has no place in a public school or a science class curriculum. The United States is one of the few developed nations where evolution is still considered such a controversial issue. How are we supposed to further our efforts in science as a nation when there are people in positions of power that won’t even accept basic premises like natural selection or the age of the planet? It is not only a burden on us in the present, but also on children that are deprived of a solid education in science as a result. It isn’t just Texas and the issue of evolution, but rather a larger issue of politicians having such disconnect with the scientific community. Last year, Georgia Congressman Paul Broun, a physician and member of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, said that what he learned about evolution and embryology in school were “lies straight from the pit of hell.” Michelle Bachmann has also been incredibly off base when it comes to scientific issues. The congresswoman, and
at one time presidential candidate, wanted to stop a vaccine because it could cause mental retardation, which was strongly negated by the medical community. She also stated that no studies could be provided to show that carbon dioxide was a harmful gas, something that has also been refuted. There are also people like Todd Akin who don’t understand how a woman’s reproductive system works and essentially make up how it would respond to rape. I don’t know if these kinds of people purposefully say these things to propel their own agenda or just failed to learn about the issue before reaching a conclusion, but either way it is not how a politician should be making policy. Politicians have had a history of dealing with scientific issues without really understanding the science. In the past there were fears of cloning when it was considered the cutting edge of science. Nowadays, that skepticism has been shifted to things like genetically modified organisms or stem cell research, and most of it stems from this fear of the unknown. Politicians likely aren’t biologists, but if they are going to pass legislation related to these issues, they should be informed and deal with facts, not religion or their own made up pseudo-science. When you consider the impact fields like genetics are having and are going to have on healthcare, our food supply, energy supply and even our economy, it is more vital than ever that the gap is bridged between the scientific community and our politicians.
Commentary Editor Kayvon Ghoreshi is a 3rdsemester molecular and cell biology major. He can be reached at Kayvon.Ghoreshi@UConn.edu
Most Congressional bills overstep constitutional limits
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rticle I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution outlines a select few powers that Congress has, known as the enumerated powers. The 19th Amendment states all powers not explicitly given to Congress belong to the individual states or the people. Therefore, we can conclude that Congress may not do anything that is not an enumerated power. Unfortunately, the majority of legislation Congress passes is not authorized by any of By Gregory Koch the enumerStaff Columnist ated powers. Many people are unaware that these laws should be considered unconstitutional. Others simply do not care. These Congressional actions must stop. The federal government should resume the limited role it had in the early days of our country and start following the constitution again. The enumerated powers are (to paraphrase) taxes, borrowing money, regulating interstate and international commerce, establishing citizenship and bankruptcy laws, coining money, punishing those who counterfeit currency, creating post offices, making patent laws, establishing federal courts, controlling US waters, declaring war, maintaining and
regulating armies and navies, controlling the District of Columbia and creating laws to enforce the aforementioned powers. Any Congressional legislation that does not fall under one of those categories is unconstitutional. Sadly, this is almost everything Congress passes. Drawing a sample from bills passed in just the last few months, many of them are clearly not authorized by Article I, Section 8. For instance, H.R. 1092, which became law on Aug. 9, names a federally operated air traffic control center after Patricia Clark. While it may not seem improper for Congress to designate names for federally operated locations, one needs to consider why the federal government is operating air traffic control centers in the first place. Although Article I, Section 8 does give Congress the authority to regulate interstate commerce, which includes air travel, it does not give Congress monopoly control over any interstate commerce industries. Regulation means passing laws to control what an industry can and can’t do. It does not mean exclusive control over that industry. While Congress would have the authority to pass laws governing air traffic control, it does not have the Constitutional authority to actually operate the air traffic control centers themselves. That should be left
up to private industries, such as the airlines, the airports, and the areas they fly over. How to best handle that would be up to the airline industry and is beyond the scope of this article. Regardless, Congress does not have the authority to monopolize air traffic control, and H.R. 1092 is unconstitutional. Even many seemingly trivial bills are unconstitutional. For instance, in April 2010, the House passed H.R. 1239 to “commend the University of Connecticut Huskies for their historic win in the 2010 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament.” I’m as big a fan of UConn athletics as anyone here, but nowhere in Article I, Section 8 does it say Congress has the power to congratulate a college basketball team, nor anything remotely resembling that. Most UConn students and alumni, if and when they heard about this legislation, appreciated the fact that Congress was recognizing their beloved Huskies on their championship. However, very few knew that Congress did not have the constitutional authority to pass this legislation, and even among those, not all of them cared. Of course, there is no need to take action against the bill’s sponsor, Joe Courtney, as it was a minor bill that would have had absolutely no effect. However, it is symptomatic of
a larger problem, which is that very few people ever bother to question which enumerated power Congress is using to pass a piece of legislation. Most unconstitutional bills have far more impact than simply congratulating a basketball team. The War on Drugs, federally imposed education mandates and laws prohibiting online gambling all have a major impact on many people’s lives and use significant tax money, meaning everyone is affected. Under a strict interpretation of the Constitution, these programs are mostly or entirely unconstitutional. However, Congress has significantly overextended its authority over the last 150 years or so, and continues to stretch their power further and further. This practice is unconstitutional and must end immediately. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court refuses to enforce the Constitution as supreme law of the land, even though it is. We pride ourselves on having the longest lasting constitution in the world, yet we do not follow it, defeating the purpose of having one. This needs to end. America must return to following the constitution and significantly reduce Congressional power.
Staff Columnist Gregory Koch is a 7th-semester actuarial science major. He can be reached at Gregory. Koch@UConn.edu and @gregoryakoch
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» GAMING RETROSPECTIVES
Gotta catch ‘em all: Looking back at Pokémon’s By Max Engel Campus Correspondent We all remember the first line of the Pokémon animé series theme, “I want to be the best, like no one ever was.” Indeed, the Pokémon franchise, in many ways, has done just that, as it is the second best-selling videogame
franchise of all time, behind Super Mario Bros. The franchise, beginning as a videogame from the mid-1990s, was created by Satoshi Tajiri and his friends at Gamefreak. As a child, Mr. Tajiri was infatuated with bug-catching, and originally wanted to be an etymologist when he grew up. When he
realized that children in the city would have a much harder time enjoying his hobby, Mr. Tajiri wanted to create a way they still could in a city environment. Even in the original franchise, there was a very diverse source of inspirations for the original 151 creatures, from Parasect being
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Although Pokémon was released in the mid-1990s, the franchise continues to be popular today. Games are still being released, including next month’s Pokémon X and Y for Nintendo 3DS.
derived from the Cordyceps fungus, Vileplume’s origins in the Rafflesia flower and Meowth’s design being drawn from a maneki-neko charm. The original games also held a myriad of programming secrets, such as Mew, who was allegedly put into the games covertly and a non-insignificant number of Nintendo staff were completely oblivious to its existence. Deeper in the game’s coding, there was a planned fight against Professor Oak himself and he would have been the most powerful trainer in the entire game. The first wave of Pokémon games had the most rumors surrounding them, mainly stemming from glitches like Missingno, which was placeholder data. In fact, Missingno’s occasional association with Rhydon was because Rhydon was the first Pokémon to be programmed into the game. One thing that some players of the older games may not have known are base stats of their favorite creatures. The speed stat, for example, dictates which Pokémon will move first. The fastest Pokémon of the original games was, oddly enough, the perfectly spherical Electrode, followed by Jolteon and Aerodactyl. Also notable is Kingler’s monstrous attack stat of 130, yet he barely
had any moves to take advantage of that stat. His signature move, Crabhammer, wouldn’t be able to work off of that stat until the fourth wave of games, in which the offensive stat (a move based on its power) was decided on a move-by-move basis. Before this, all water-type moves had their power dictated by the “special attack” stat, which was pitifully low for Kingler compared to his mammoth attack stat. Likewise, Gengar couldn’t take full advantage of the move Shadow Ball, with his 130 special attack stat, because all ghost-type moves used to be based on the attack stat. Today, the games have improved by adding more complexity to the battle mechanics; a notable example is the addition of Dark and Steel types in Pokémon Gold and Silver, or the passive abilities added in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire. Every new generation of games adds new attacks, passive abilities, methods of online play and of course, Pokémon. Next month, the sixth generation of Pokémon will begin with the X and Y versions for the Nintendo 3DS, and a new adventure will unfold once again.
Get out! Julia Louis-Dreyfus a movie star for first time TORONTO (AP) — At the suggestion that she’s the finest comedic actress of her generation, Julia Louis-Dreyfus sighs an expletive. The grandness of the statement may make Louis-Dreyfus squirm, but it’s worth considering. Think about her, as Elaine Benes on “Seinfeld,” swooning over John F. Kennedy Jr. Think about her, as Vice President Selina Meyer on “Veep,” strategically finishing a 10k race behind a disabled veteran but before a costumed contestant (“I’m not going to get beaten by a banana!”). Few comediennes have both her gift for physical comedy (furiously tearing away George Costanza’s toupee) and vocal precision (“He took it out”). In boy worlds as varied as the dating banter of “Seinfeld” and the Beltway politics of “Veep,” she’s suffered countless indignities, yet always remained feistily combative. “It’s a very joyful way to make a living,” Louis-Dreyfus remarked in a recent interview at the Toronto International Film Festival. “I kind of crave it, in a way. But it’s fun to make them cry, too.” And with that, she lets out a full-throated laugh — a brilliant, bright cackle that’s ruined dozens of otherwise good takes. (If you haven’t seen it, look up the outtakes from her police station confrontation with Jerry Stiller’s Frank Costanza on “Seinfeld.”) In “Enough Said,” which Fox Searchlight will release Wednesday, Louis-Dreyfus, transfers her comedic gifts to the big screen and, finally, gets to exercise her tear-inducing chops. “Enough Said,” she joked after the Toronto premiere of the film, her first dramatic work since doing “The Cherry Orchard” in high school. (She fell into sketch comedy as a college student at Northwestern in
Chicago, after which she joined “Saturday Night Live.” It’s also, somewhat staggeringly, the first lead role in a feature film for the 52-year-old actress. “I’ve spent the bulk of my career doing television and raising two children, who I’m still raising. So the idea of working eight, nine months on a series and then on my break going off to do another project is something I just couldn’t work into my life,” says Louis-Dreyfus. “So I didn’t, much to my agent’s chagrin.” In “Enough Said,” which was written and directed by Nicole Holofcener (“Please Give,” ‘’Lovely and Amazing”), LouisDreyfus plays a divorced Los Angeles masseuse and mother who begins dating the ex-husband (James Gandolfini) of a new friend (Catherine Keener). It’s a tender, un-formulaic romantic comedy about the distrustful stage of middle age when romantic opportunities seem like inevitable disappointment and children leave for college. “There was plenty to draw on,” says Louis-Dreyfus who, despite a career playing interminably single or divorced women, has been happily married for 25 years to “SNL” alum Brad Hall, with whom she has two sons. “I brought all of it.” “I could see how emotional she was,” says Holofcener. “She showed me pictures of (her sons), she started crying and I thought, ‘Oh, OK. This is a no brainer. Obviously she can relate to this part, and obviously her emotions are very accessible and close to the surface.’” After casting Gandolfini, Holofcener realized she had played matchmaker of two TV icons: “It’s like Tony Soprano dating Elaine Benes.” The release of the film has been bittersweet for all of those involved, coming just three months after the death of Gandolfini. Louis-Dreyfus was
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, a cast member in the film “Enough Said,” poses for a portrait on day 4 of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013 in Toronto.
a big admirer of the actor before working with him: “I thought he was sort of dreamy,” she says. “James was very much like the character, Albert, that he plays in this movie: very dear, thoughtful, self-effacing kind of guy,” she says, choking up. “It’s lovely for his legacy and even for his family to have this performance documented because
it shows him as this loving, dear man, which he was.” Like Gandolfini, LouisDreyfus could easily have been pigeonholed for her famous TV role. “The test is always time,” says Jerry Seinfeld. “When your talent is thin, you get cycled through the machine fast. When your talent is deep, like hers is,
Put it on before getting it on By Imaani Cain Campus Correspondent
In the past few weeks, I’ve heard way too many times that condoms are optional for sex. The excuses are always something along the lines of “they just don’t feel comfortable”, or “the feeling isn’t the same” – I’ve even heard “they don’t fit me.” (Helpful hint: condoms can stretch to cover the majority of your forearm, which is about nine inches. The average size of a penis is four to six inches; if a man protests that whatever heat he’s packing isn’t a match for any condom available, he’s either a liar or a contender for Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. A guy who promises that he’ll “pull out” isn’t one to be trusted. Although birth control (if used regularly) does help with decreasing a chance of pregnancy, it doesn’t entirely obliterate that possible leftover percentage. Any amount of ejaculation can contain sperm (even pre-cum), and unless you’ve got $40 to shell out for the morning after pill every time you have sex, it’s better, easier and less expensive to ask your partner to wear a condom. There’s also a chance you can contract an STI, if you’re not in a monogamous relationship (and even if you are – people cheat) or you practice casual sex. Oral sex with multiple partners should require condoms and dental dams as well; there are flavored ones available pretty much everywhere. The average condom is thin, even if it’s extrastrength (and you can purchase ultra-thin if you so please, which is about 25 percent thinner than standard condoms), and therefore shouldn’t be an irritant during sex. You shouldn’t feel much of anything when you have a condom on – at least, not in a negative sense. The sensations experienced during unprotected versus protected sex are equal. There is nothing incredibly tantalizing or erotic about not wearing a condom, unless the chance of giving your partner a disease, an infant and/or the chance to get a costly abortion turns you on. I’ve had some girl friends tell me they don’t use condoms because “it hurts.” You might have a latex allergy, but even then you should still use them – nonlatex condoms are readily available. One such brand is “Lifestyles Skyn,” which also comes in varying sizes. Lambskin can work as well, although they aren’t as effective at preventing pregnancy and are zero help against STIs. I’ve also heard ladies say that they don’t carry condoms with them, even if they’re expecting to have sex – make sure to carry a few with you, for both you and your friends. Condoms run about $5 for a pack, and are completely free at the Health Center and the Rainbow Center. Cheapness and laziness are as much of deterrents to sex as the condoms you profess to hate. Be safe, be considerate, and be careful.
you get a much longer ride — which is very obvious to everyone at this point.” It would be hard to overstate the importance of LouisDreyfus to “Seinfeld.” Nearing casting her, Seinfeld declared to co-creator Larry David: “If this deal works out and we get her, we’re going to be very wealthy.” Imaani.Cain@UConn.edu
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Until this week’s launch of “Grand Theft Auto V,” there was little debate as to what was hands down the most ambitious game of this generation. After dominating the sixth console generation with “Grand Theft Auto III,” “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City” and “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas,” the bafflingly titled “Grand Theft Auto IV” launched in summer of 2008 to wild acclaim and numerous perfect scores. It currently stands as one of the highest critically scoring games of all time. Starring immigrant and hitmn Niko Bellic, the Oscar-worthy plot pairs him with an unforgettable slew of friends and enemies as he tries to make his way in America. More serious than its predecessors, the title succeeds in creating a truly modern masterpiece. With the power of the HD console generation, Rockstar North was able to create a living, breathing world in Liberty City, (the franchise’s take on NYC). The city was crafted so intricately that it would be easy to just drive around and frolic for hours on end, with a seemingly never-ending series of possible events to encounter. It was also the first GTA title to let gamers share the open world experience online together. Even a five years later, it remains nothing less than an absolute classic. -Alex Sferrazza
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Top Purchases 1. Grand Theft Auto V PS3 2. Grand Theft Auto V Xbox360 3. The Tomb of the Sleeping Hit man Windows 4. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn 5.Madden NFL 25 Xbox360 6.Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix PS3 7.FIFA14 Xbox360 8.FIFA14 PS3 9.Madden NFL PS3 10.Pokémon X Nintendo 3DS
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The inspiration that led to The Legend of Zelda Wind Waker By Darragh McNicholl Campus Correspondent The 2003 GameCube classic, “Wind Waker” is one of the most beloved games from “The Legend of Zelda” series, with a novel art style and world to explore, it breathed new life into the already incredible series. Ten years later Eiji Aonuma has worked his hardest to do the same for “Wind Waker” itself with “The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD” for the Wii U. Aonuma, a head designer for “Wind Waker HD,” is known as a designer for many of the “Legend of Zelda” games, such as “Ocarina of Time,” “Majora’s Mask” and even the original “Wind Waker.” Having done several interviews, Aonuma wished to dispel any fears that “Wind Waker HD” would fail to meet the standards of the original. In an interview with Polygon.com Aonuma mentions his own history with upsetting remakes, “I too was one of those Star Wars fans who saw the HD ‘Star Wars’ and was a little bit disappointed because it wasn’t my ‘Star Wars.’ I understand those feelings and I understand the possibility of it happening. So it’s something we’re aware of.” His own experiences have driven this remake to be something all fans will love, both new and old. Aonuma desired to keep the changes in “Wind Waker HD” subtle. Other than the beautiful HD graphics, new controls for the Wii U and a difficult Hero Mode the player may not notice the many improve-
Video game violence By Alex Sferrazza Staff Writer
The Legend of Zelda’s creator, Eiji Aonuma, spoke with Polygon.com this week about his vision for the franchise, his inspiration, and the future of console gaming.
ments unless they play the original “Wind Waker” along side it. “I didn’t want to change what made the original so much fun,” he said in the interview with Polygon. “Basically, the overall image of the game, including the story and the flow hasn’t been affected, wont be impacted, but we certainly made adjustments so the rhythm doesn’t drag.” His goal was to “optimize” the original, not change it; to create a smoother experience than the original “Wind Waker” could offer at the time. Along with “Wind Waker HD” Nintendo is develop-
ing two other “Legend of Zelda” games all of them being headed by Eiji Aonuma himself; “A Link Between Worlds” for the 3DS and an untitled game for the Wii U. In fact this untitled Wii U game lead to the creation of “Wind Waker HD.” Testing the graphic capabilities of the Wii U, Aonuma made several old “Legend of Zelda” games HD. They found that “Wind Waker’s” graphic and art style was greatly enhanced by the Wii U’s visual capabilities. “I really felt like it could breathe new life into this already existing space, this already existing experience,”
Aonuma said. As a test subject, “Wind Waker HD” has taught Aonuma and his team a lot about the capabilities of the Wii U. As its own game, Aonuma and his team have worked to make “Wind Waker HD” the smoothest and most beautiful version that the original “Wind Waker” can be. “Wind Waker HD” is not so much a remake as a desire to perfect an already landmark game in the “Legend of Zelda” series.
action RPG franchise which combines classic characters from the “Final Fantasy” video game series, classic characters from various Disney films and original characters to present a mash-up quite unlike anything the industry has ever seen before or since. Developed by Japanese developer Square Enix “Dragon Quest,” “Final Fantasy,” “The World Ends With You”), the series revolves around hero Sora, as he fights the forces of darkness while encountering various “Disney” and “Final
Fantasy” characters and worlds. The original title (presented here in its “Final Mix” iteration, with bonus content), already a graphical showcase upon its release in 2002, still holds up today as a stunningly beautiful artistic achievement, made all the better thanks to the more powerful and HD capable Playstation 3 hardware. Combined with a well written story, fantastic musical score and well done voice acting (which features many of the original Disney voice actors), the game can be called nothing less than a labor of love. The combat system is also fun, and its action oriented style makes the game far more accessible than the typical slow pacing of a JRPG. It is far from perfect, however, with camera issues and combat “flow” problems sure to arise. That being said, its age is incredibly apparent. Mouth movements don’t exactly match up with dialogue. The platforming is floaty and can be a real nuisance. The game starts off excruciatingly slowly before the pace is picked up and the real action begins. And while well written, the plot can become somewhat convoluted. “Re: Chain of Memories,” the PS2 remake of the GBA title “Chain of Memories” adapts the same impressive visuals and presentation of its other PS2 counter parts. Unlike in “Kingdom Hearts,” you do not fight enemies in real time, but are rather taken to a separate battle screen after they
are encountered. This interrupts the pacing, and when combined with out of place card mechanics, the game is drastically slowed down. And while its plot is essential to the overall series arc, the somewhat tedious gameplay, makes it only a much play for super fans of the series. “358/2 Days” is barely included in the compilation. By that, I mean you are presented with hours of cutscenes from the game in the form of some type of film, but the actual game itself is unplayable. This is a huge disappointment, its not explicitly stated on the box that the game isn’t included, and it overall makes the compilation feel rather incomplete. The package of the game includes a half baked art book. And by book, I mean a few pages of admittedly great artwork bound to a hardcover game case. Kingdom Hearts remains as charming and novel an idea as it did when it originally launched well over a decade ago. If you have yet to jump on board the series, there is no better place to start than with this HD compilation, the games have simply never looked better. However, if your a longtime fan and looking for a worthy helping of fan service, you’ll be left wanting more from what is overall an underwhelming compilation, and at $39.99, an overpriced one at that.
Kingdom Hearts impressive, but not enough for long time fans By Alex Sferrazza Staff Writer The Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD ReMix compilation, available exclusively on Playstation 3, brings together HD remastered versions of the classic Playstation 2 titles “Kingdom Hearts” and “Kingdom Hearts: Re Chain of Memories,” along with the cutscenes from the Nintendo DS entry “Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days.” For the uninitiated, “Kingdom Hearts” is a long-running Japanese
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Kingdon Hearts 1.5 HD Remix takes the classic Playstation game and gives it a much needed update.
Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix
As more and more people are playing video games, it’s not too surprising that violent and adult-themed games are becoming more heavily scrutinized by the public. After a series of despicable shooting incidents this past year, people are pointing fingers at violent video games than ever before. Much like the “war” against comic books in the mid-Twentieth century, people not familiar with video games have begun to use the medium as a scapegoat for violent behavior in children and young adults. There is a partial truth to this. Studies have shown that gamers of all ages are inclined to act more aggressively after playing an action-heavy game. However, the games people blame for “corrupting” children, are neither designed nor intended for children. Shooter video games such as Activision’s “Call of Duty” series, can be filled with graphic violence and are absolutely not made for children. The acclaimed “Grand Theft Auto” series goes a step further by including varying amounts of violence in addition to drug usage and adult sexual content in their titles. These games, much like an “R” rated film, are designed with an adult audience in mind, and as such are designated with an “M” or Mature Rating, ensuring that no one under the age of 17 can purchase the item. Much like films, they are creative works of art. Some titles designated with the “M” rating don’t even fit the description of “violence for the sake of violence.” 2013’s “The Last of Us,” for example, can be a brutal experience, but it is all in the best interests of serving a narrative so exceptionally crafted that the experience can be equated with the viewing of an Oscar-worthy film. As a former employee at multiple retailers that sold video games, I can tell you that it was nearly impossible to sell an “M” rated title to someone under 17. Employees at most major retail chains (including my employers) are required to ID all people attempting to buy “M” rated video games (the fines to sell to a minor are so exuberant, it’s not even worth the risk). In all my time in retail, I never witnessed anyone under 17 successfully purchase an “M” rated game on their own. When I worked in retail, it would not be uncommon for children as young as seven to bring their parents to purchase a game like “Call of Duty” or “Grand Theft Auto.” It seems that one of the most discussed solutions to the problem is to make it more difficult for minors to get their hands on adult-themed games. But the truth is, many parents willingly purchase these games for their children, despite the rating, with little regard to the content they are allowing them to experience. To combat this spread of ill will towards games in general, two things must occur. First (and unlikely), those of older generations who have unfamiliarity with the medium must familiarize themselves with games in general, so not to group games in general into a negative connotation. And second, the only way to stop children from playing games inappropriate for their age group is to better warn parents of the possible consequences of exposing children to graphic content at young ages, and hope that they make the right choices for their children.
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A brand new direction for Seinfeld Star from GET OUT page 5 Elaine was added after the pilot, but she quickly asserted herself as one of the boys. In the tradition of Lucille Ball, Louis-Dreyfus never shied away from looking foolish for comedic effect, even sinking to that lowest of lows: flirting with Newman.” Armando Iannucci’s Washington D.C. satire “Veep” has proved to be the great, foulmouthed bookend for LouisDreyfus’ sitcom life. She’s currently nominated for an Emmy for her performance, having won it last year. Her Selina is perpetually, desperately a step behind the D.C. gossip mill. “She’s vain, she’s frustrated, she’s ambitious, she’s self-centered, ego-maniacal, fundamentally very lonely and behaves desperately as the result of all of the above,” says Louis-Dreyfus. But “Veep,” currently shooting its third season, only runs in 10-episode bunches, allowing Louis-Dreyfus more time for film work. “Enough Said” may be just a beginning. “It’s not like they’re easily plucked from trees, these kinds of really interesting, distinct films with roles for people my age,” says Louis-Dreyfus. “But I have a feeling I’ll do a few more films, to tell you the truth.”
Britney Spears announces Las Vegas residency
NEW YORK (AP) — After months of rumors and hint-dropping, pop icon Britney Spears revealed what she called her “(notso-) secret” news — she’s heading to Las Vegas. The 31-year-old pop star confirmed a two-year residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Tuesday. “Britney: Piece of Me” will debut Dec. 27, just in time for Las Vegas’ massive New Year’s crowds. Spears announced 16 dates, but she will perform 50 shows each in 2014 and 2015. Spears was flown to a dry lake bed in the Nevada desert for the pre-dawn announcement. About 1,300 people had been bused to the remote location in the wee hours of the morning, and were waiting for her dressed in Britney Spears T-shirts or the singer’s signature schoolgirl look from her “... Baby One More Time” music video. The Grammy-winning singer’s confirmation about the residency comes after much online speculation, including some of her own Vegas-themed tweets. She said in an interview on “GMA” that the show will feature her greatest hits as well as new material. “I’m definitely ready,” she said in a taped interview, adding that she’s training five hours each day. Spears’ helicopter hovered in the desert above her fans, who were holding giant cards that formed a 10-story-tall picture of her. The singer stepped off the aircraft and said she was feeling sick. After a second — and live — interview with “GMA,” she headed back to the helicopter, barely smiling and offering little more than a wave. A tweet about the experience later showed up on her Twitter profile. “Y’all that will be the last time u EVER see me in a helicopter. Love u @GMA & that was INCREDIBLE but helicopters are not for this girl :(,” it read. Tickets for “Britney: Piece of Me” go on sale Sept. 20. Prices range from $59 to $179. The show will take place in an “intimately-sized” theater with nightclub touches, including table and bottle service. Spears, who debuted on the music scene in 1999, has released seven platinum-plus albums. She has more than a dozen Top 10 hits, including “Toxic,” ‘’Gimme More” and “Oops!... I Did It Again.” She released a new song, “Work (Expletive),” this week. It’s from her untitled eighth album, due out Dec. 3, which will include songs about her ex-fiance Jason Trawick. “They suck,” she said. “Breakups suck.”
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London Fashion Week closes after flurry of shows
LONDON (AP) — There were bursts of sunshine yellow, blooms evoking tropical gardens, and lots of pastel confections: As the rest of us unpack our warm coats and hunker down for the wintry season, the fashion elite are already looking ahead to the trends for the spring shown at London Fashion Week. The 5-day style event wound down Tuesday after a whirlwind of next season’s womenswear preview shows, from the commercially driven big fashion houses like Burberry Prorsum, Tom Ford and Paul Smith to young and emerging talents such as Peter Pilotto and Christopher Kane. Although London is known for being the most eclectic and unpredictable of the fashion capitals, there were a few themes that emerged from the dozens of runways. Romance was in the air for many designers, with many catwalks awash in pretty pastels, petal appliques and floral prints and embellishments. All shades of pink were popular. Temperley London went for the kind of classic old Hollywood glamor it relishes, with grand silk ball gowns and matching opera coats in shades of rose, powdery carnation pink, and rich fuchsias, while at Burberry feminine sheer lace pencil dresses in sugary pastels were worn with soft cashmere sweaters and coats for a sophisticated and sexy look. Preen chose to feature a bright neon pink, which appeared on plastic and rubberized dresses and raincoats. Volume was big, too, with many trapeze shapes and floorsweeping gowns and wide-leg trousers seen at shows including Mulberry and Erdem. This being London, many designers were impossible to fit into any talk of trends. Vivienne Westwood produced a collection featuring her signature draped dresses and tailored separates, though those designs were sidelined by a modern dance perfor-
A model wears a design created by Ryan Lo of Fashion East during London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014, in Regent’s Park in central London.
mance with an environmentalist message by model Lily Cole. Christopher Kane, known for his quirky and imaginative designs, showed futuristic dresses that looked like they could be Star Trek costumes and floral prints that looked like biology text book illustrations. Bay Garnett, a stylist for British Vogue, said that Kane and Meadham Kirchhoff, which showed Tuesday, stood out as two of her highlights of the week because they were so creative.”It’s so imaginative. It’s the kind of eclecticism, the kind of spirit of Britishness, I think,” she said. Asked which looks she expected to see copied in shops in spring, she said: “I haven’t gotten that far yet. I’m just looking around and taking in the ideas.” Many in attendance must be
thinking the same, as they pack up and head for two more weeks of preview shows in Milan and Paris. McCartney ditched the catwalk and took her audience to the gym instead for her new season sportswear collection for Adidas. The British designer had her models wear cropped sweatshirts, stretch bodysuits and daisy print shorts in bright yellow, aqua and tropical lime as they danced, cycled and performed aerial yoga. A team of four synchronized swimmers sporting black bathing suits with side cutouts even put on a performance in a small swimming tank. “I love it. They are amazing. It’s not the kind of thing you see at London Fashion Week is it?” McCartney said. McCartney, who showcases
her main womenswear collection in Paris, has been designing high-performance sports gear for Adidas since 2005. Her brand got a big boost in international recognition last year when she won plaudits for her Union Jack-inspired designs for Britain’s home team at the 2012 London Olympics. “Some people just wear black on black, put their head down and get on with their sport and then get changed,” she told The Associated Press. “To me this is a celebration of who you are when you’re working out, and not sacrificing in any way your style.” Anglo-French design duo Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff’s show rounded off the week with a typically theatrical collection that mashed up Victorian lace, beautifully tailored blazers, whimsical apron
dresses and lots of quirky accessories. Set to a soundtrack more fitting for a horror movie — heart beat pumping, the sound of scissors snipping and other disturbing noises — the designers sent out models in doll-like blouses and slips, wide brim hats and polka-dot chiffon dresses. Shiny, oversized leather coats in black, gold or snakeskin and gloves that reach up to the shoulders added to the artfully chaotic mood. Meadham Kirchhoff has a big fan base among the fashion crowd for their creative and uncompromising designs, but several pieces here — like the intricately embellished gold pleat skirt and the black blazers that opened the show — are also surprisingly wearable.
Billionaire Broad says his LA museum will be free LOS ANGELES (AP) — Billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad said Tuesday he’s hit on a failsafe way to expose the most people possible to his collection of priceless contemporary art: He’s going to let everybody in for free to the $140 million museum he’s building in downtown Los Angeles. Broad made the announcement during a hard-hat tour of the block-long, three-story building that is going up next door to the Walt Disney Concert Hall. To be called The Broad, it is scheduled to open toward the end of next year. “Art is very inspirational,” the philanthropist and passionate collector told The Associated Press during a brief interview before Tuesday’s tour. “Art helps people be more creative in their thinking.” The new museum, meanwhile, continues a Broad-led transformation of a once-rundown neighborhood just south of City Hall. The area has seen a large park and numerous new and refurbished upscale residences and restaurants in recent years, as well as the Frank Gehry-designed Disney Hall, which Broad also helped get built. “I’ve always believed that every city needs a vibrant center, and it occurred to me 50 years ago when we came here that Los Angeles was missing a vibrant center,” the 80-yearold Michigan native said of his adopted hometown. The philanthropist, whose wealth is estimated by Forbes at $6.9 billion, made a fortune in real estate as co-founder of homebuilder Kaufman & Broad and later as founder of the investment firm SunAmerica.
Billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad speaks during a presentation at a hard-hat tour of his half-completed museum, “The Broad,” in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013. Broad said he wants to make his vast, collection of contemporary art accessible to the largest number of people possible by making admission free to the $140 million museum he’s building in downtown Los Angeles.
After selling the latter for $18 billion in 1998 he turned his interests largely to philanthropy, focusing on art, education and other areas. He was the founding director, and in recent years has been the financial savior, of the city’s Museum of Contemporary Art, which is located directly across the street from his new museum. When MOCA was in danger of going under five years ago, Broad bailed it out with $30
million. With his own impressive cntemporary art collection to be located just across the street, there has been some concern MOCA will be overshadowed, but Broad dismissed that. “The people who are attracted to here are also going to go to MOCA,” he said. “MOCA’s going to have the benefit of our large audience.” Also, while admission to The Broad will be free, the museum will occasionally
charge for special programs, and MOCA members will get a break on the price. Broad’s collection includes nearly 2,000 pieces, among them multiple works by such heralded artists as Andy Warhol, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman, Roy Lichtenstein and others. The building, designed by architect Elizabeth Diller, will all but be a work of art in itself, Broad said. It will feature a porous, concrete veil
sheathed in glass that will provide both natural light and a view of some of the works from the street. Unlike at most museums, people will even get a glimpse of works not on display but housed in the vault, which will have portals that visitors can look through. “It’s beyond my satisfaction,” Broad said with a smile when asked if he’s satisfied with the building’s progress. “It’s everything we ever dreamed of.”
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Aries (March 21-April 19) -- Today is an 8 -- There’s passion in the air today. It could be an artistic awakening, calling you to create. Or it might be a more personal connection. Words come easily. Indulge.
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Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 6 -- Don’t hold back. You have no trouble getting the message across. Express your deepest feelings. Leave your money in the bank. You won’t need it anyway. Gemini (May 21-June 21) -- Today is an 8 -- Be careful what you wish for. Others want to do what you ask. Now’s a good time to consult with your partner. Someone’s sharing kindness. Spread it around. Cancer (June 22-July 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Stop putting it off, and get what you need for your home! You’ve been making do, and it’s time to break down and get it. Direct action is called for.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Listen to your core values. There could be a big change at home. The money will come for what you need. Let your community know, and put it in action. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- You may not like to admit it, but you are probably avoiding responsibility somewhere. Check what your true commitments are. Prioritize those. Reschedule the rest. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 9 -- It’s a good time to ask for money. How’s that marketing campaign going? Express the value. Get very clear about it. Do it all for love. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is an 8 -- Let go of a presupposition, and abandon yourself to romance. What if you had no idea how it was going to be? Embrace the mystery. Discover harmony. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is an 8 -- Love is in the air (and not only in a romantic way). Bring passion and creativity to your work, and to your play. What you have to say is important. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 9 -- A new collaboration with a family member is possible, even if it requires some time to work things out. Set up a long-term plan. Words come easily now. Write a love letter. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 9 -- Your finances are on the upswing. If you play the game and choose your next moves well, you could also move ahead in love through open and clear communication. *Go sit on a bench and read a book right now.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is a 9 -- Send support to someone on the front lines today. Even simple words of encouragement go a long way. Whatever the battle, let them know you’re on their side.
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McCurry: a look around the league after Week 2 -sist of the Falcons, Saints and Ravens, with the New Orleans tilt appearing on Monday Night Football. In the ever-weak AFC, a wildcard spot is ripe for the taking for the Fins—if they’re prepared to make the big jump now, that is. 3. The Texans must have been attending church a lot lately. There lies a very thin line between being 2-0 and 0-2—if you think I’m kidding, see what the Bucs have to say on the matter. While Tampa Bay is one dramatic loss away from being turned into a movie script, Houston has stolen wins from San Diego and Tennessee in consecutive weeks, and they don’t plan to apologize anytime soon. The verdict is still out on whether Arian Foster and J.J. Watt have been praying a lot recently, but it seems like everything is bouncing in the Texans favor in crunch time. Down eight to the Titans with under two minutes to go, QB Matt Schaub got a chance to redeem himself after throwing a killer pick-six. He did just that, hooking up with Andre Johnson for 21 yards on the sideline—Houston challenged the incomplete pass call and won it—before handing the rock off to Foster for both the TD and the tying two-point conversion. In OT, Schaub produced more magic on a drive that starred Hopkins making play after play. After joining the league in 2002, the Texans finally possess a No. 2 wideout that can free up Johnson on the outside. That’s what happens when you go to church. 4. The rookie WR class is going to be a good one… I’ve already expanded on DeAndre Hopkins and just how valuable he will be in Houston for years to come, but how about his classmates? Hopkins was the 27th overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft, and two picks later the Vikings nabbed Cordarrelle Patterson, a jack-of-all-trades type from Tennessee who was supposed
to ease the loss of Percy Harvin. On the opening kickoff versus the Bears in Week 2, Patterson took it to the house for 105 yards. He is still developing as a prototypical wide receiver, but there has only been positive feedback regarding his progression thus far. The first of the three wide outs drafted was Tavon Austin, who went 8th overall to the Rams. Austin scored 2 TD’s against Atlanta, the first of what should be many connections between him and Sam Bradford. In 2012, it was rookie QBs (Andrew Luck, RG3, and Russell Wilson) and RB’s (Alfred Morris, Doug Martin, Trent Richardson) who burst onto the scene, while the guys who line up on the outside took a little time to develop. 2013 appears to be the dawn of a new day. While the trio mentioned above have experienced a smooth transition from the college ranks, the ride has been a bit bumpier for hyped prospects like Geno Smith and Montee Ball. 5. Sunday was Redemption Day for the usual suspects. Many fantasy football owners were left speechless post-Week one, wondering when in the world their top pass-catchers were going to start performing up to their usual standards. They didn’t have to wait all that long, as Week Two in the NFL could be best described as a redemption period for a few top-flight wide receivers. Dez Bryant, for example, exploded for nine grabs, 141 yards, and a score after being held to a mere 22 yards against the Giants. Calvin Johnson, arguably the most gifted athlete and the biggest offensive threat in the NFL, was inexplicably limited to 37 yards in Week One. In Arizona on Sunday, Megatron reverted back to his customary self, although his monster 116-yard, 2 TD stat line was not enough to beat the Cardinals. Mike Wallace, a prima donna who can make A-Rod look humble every now and then, played like he should be unemployed in an opening victory over the Browns. He bounced back in a large way,
totaling collecting over 100 yards Bilal Powell and the Bills’ Fred and a TD—actually looking like Jackson—neither of whom is the a man who deserves the mam- definitive starter, mind you. Heck, moth contract that he signed with Rice has three less carries than Miami. Lastly, James Jones mer- Bernard Pierce, also known as its a shout-out on this list for Rice’s backup! Taking into con11-catch, 178-yard clinic, both of sideration all of the factors, which which are career highs. Normally includes Rice aggravating a hip a red zone camper (he led the on Sunday and the Ravens havleague with 14 TD hauls in 2012), ing to play from behind versus Jones played role reversal with Denver, my head is still spinning Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson in utter confusion. Like Flacco, for a change—this coming after Rice led his respective position in not recording a single catch in attempts in the playoffs, totaling Week One. 21 carries per outing. In 2013, 6. It would be best for the he is barely reaching 21 carries Ravens to head back to the in two games! He’s the best and drawing board. most-consistent playmaker on that Scan the current leaders in pass- roster, and there’s even more of ing attempts per game right now, a reason to feed him this seaand you’re more than likely to rec- son after Baltimore lost Anquan ognize the typical gunslingers near Boldin to the 49ers and Dennis the top. Drew Brees, the Manning Pitta to the medical room. Flacco brothers, and Tom Brady all crack has a mightily powerful arm, but the Top-10, and it’s inevitable that the true strength of the Ravens lies guys like Matthew Stafford, Aaron in a balanced attack. If they can’t Rodgers, and Matt Ryan will join realize that and continue to put them shortly. Now, look more Rice in handcuffs, you can kiss a closely at the numbers, and please return to the Super Bowl goodbye. make sure you are sitting down 7. Dark days lie ahead for when your eyes flicker upon No. MJD. 1: Joe Flacco. Um, Joe Flacco? What do Ron Burgundy and Did Carson Palmer, like, change Maurice Jones-Drew have in his name or something? A few common? They’re in a pickle. For thoughts: Yes, besides the period MJD, the light at the end of the in which the lights went out, I tunnel is only going to dim further. watched the most recent Super The Jaguars RB strained a tenBowl very cleardon in his ankle in ly. I witnessed Week Two against Flacco have a the Raiders, makpostseason for ing him anything the ages, play but a sure commodelite, mistakeity for Week Three. free football, Come to think of it, and raise the if he does get the championship thumbs-up to play MVP trophy. on Sunday, it may NFL Columnist be his pride that But, although Flacco did lead Mike McCurry on strains a tendon all playoff QB’s or two. Not only Seahawks' home does Jacksonville in attempts, he averaged just 32 field advantage. meet up with the throws a conSeahawks, but they test. Through have to travel across two weeks this year, that amount the country to do so (see below). has swelled to almost 50. Then You tell me what’s better: getting you have Ray Rice, a top-5 NFL continuously stuffed by Seattle’s running back, who has fewer D in a laugher, or sitting out and at rushes right now than the Jets’ least pulling up NFL RedZone on
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said Tuesday he doesn't know if he'll be disciplined for his profane rant about Cornhuskers fans two years ago, adding that he expects most will continue to support him. An audio of Pelini's tirade leaked to the website Deadspin has Big Red fans buzzing. Pelini issued an apology in a statement Monday night and reiterated it during the Big Ten coaches' teleconference on Tuesday. Chancellor Harvey Perlman has expressed disappointment in Pelini but declined to comment when asked if the coach would be disciplined. Athletic director Shawn Eichorst said he was "disheartened." Pelini said he has met with Eichorst and spoken on the
phone with Perlman about the audio. He did not elaborate. The Huskers play FCS South Dakota State on Saturday in Lincoln. "I fully anticipate coaching this weekend," Pelini said after practice. "I'm the head football coach until someone says different." Pelini said on the teleconference he was shocked by the release of the audio, though he indicated he knew a potentially damaging audio existed. Pelini said he might lose some fan support, but that he was confident many would understand that his comments were made during what he thought was a private conversation before his radio show after the Huskers' 34-27 win over Ohio State in October 2011. "I think I've built up enough
points with our fans over the last five years in how I've conducted myself, how I've run this program and what we've done with this program to earn some forgiveness for something that was made in a private setting," Pelini said. "People will understand this isn't how I feel about the fans. I've said it over and over." The Deadspin audio caught Pelini speaking off air with Husker Sports Network playby-play man Greg Sharpe and associate athletic director for community relations Chris Anderson. Pelini criticized fans who left the stadium in the third quarter, when the Huskers trailed 27-6. Nebraska's comeback was the biggest in program history. Pelini also used profanity while criticizing two Omaha World-Herald sports writers.
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“It has become the scariest road game in sports, period.”
the cellular? At least, if the ankle does sideline him, he’ll finally be able to see some scoring this year—by his fantasy team, that is. 8. The Seahawks have the best home field advantage in sports. I’m a self-admitting stat buff, so here are some for you to chew on: The Seahawks haven’t lost a game at home since December 24th, 2011. In 8 wins in their friendly (opponents think otherwise) confines last season, they beat the likes of the Packers, Patriots, Vikings, 49ers and Cowboys. The 14-12 victory over the Packers, the same one that was aided by the replacement referees, marked the only time in 2012 that Aaron Rodgers failed to reach the end zone. The previous two occasions that Seattle has hosted the 49ers, with the latest installment of that rivalry coming this past Sunday, they’ve outscored San Francisco by a combined 71-16. Causally, in Colin Kaepernick’s young but already illustrious career, his two worst performances (based on completion percentage and QBR) have taken place at CenturyLink Field. It has become the scariest road game in sports, period. And oh, by the way, that defense ain’t too shabby either. 9. DeSean Jackson is sizzling. In last week’s N.F.L. column, I mentioned LeSean McCoy and how big of a year I’m projecting for Shady. Now, in another segment of “Bash Andy Reid,” it’s DeSean Jackson who I’m singling out as being another perfect suitor for Chip Kelly’s offense. I leave you with one final stat: In 2012, Jackson, a notoriously dangerous playmaker, had nine offensive plays of 20+ yards over the course of the entire season. Through two weeks this year, he has already cashed in on six plays for over 20 yards. Anyone care to get #ChipKellyEffect trending until January?
Bo Pelini unsure if he'll be disciplined for rant at fans
Men's tennis ready for home opener By Matthew Zampini Campus Correspondent
The UConn men’s tennis team will take on the University of Hartford Hawks on Wednesday in their first home match of the fall. The matchup sets up an intriguing storyline early in the season. Newly appointed head coach for the Huskies, Michael Louis, spent two years at Hartford coaching the men’s and women’s team before coming back to his alma mater this year. Louis still has a good relationship with the players and staff at Hartford but he knows it is all business tomorrow for him and his players. “I know with all the outside
stuff in terms of myself, I know the guys are trying not to let that get in the way but they’re trying to get focused in on winning and taking care of their jobs on the court,” Louis said. At the Brown Invitational last weekend, the Huskies had some problems closing out matches and that was one thing Coach Louis wanted his players to improve on coming into the matchup with Hartford. “I think our competiveness is there, but really recognizing those situational moments in a match where you need to step up a gear, focus in and fight a little bit harder,” Louis said. For the Hawks, this will be their first match of the season.
Last Spring, the Hawks posted a 3-18 record and lost in their opener in the American East Conference Tournament. Even with the losing record they had last season, Coach Louis knows it is not going to be an easy match. “They are a better team than they have been in the past,” Coach Louis said. “They have added some depth to their lineup. I expect them to be deeper, more competitive then what they’ve been in the past. I know our guys at UConn are going to have to come focused, its not going to be a match where I would expect our guys to take for granted.”
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In this Aug. 31, 2013 file photo, Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini watches a replay during an NCAA college football game against Wyoming in Lincoln, Neb.
Pelini had dressed down one of the writers in his postgame news conference that night for writing
what he thought was an overly critical column about quarterback Taylor Martinez.
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life hero for all those things he does outside the confines of a ballpark. So no, maybe I’ll no longer watch him close out 50-plus games in a season or log the final out of a World Series. After all, despite his strong performances, his slowed velocity, increase in blown saves and decrease in innings pitched remind us all that he has, of course, passed his best, strongest, most durable days on the mound. But the end of his pitching days won’t mean we’ll no longer see him make saves. No, rather, they’ll just be of a more practical kind. Saving kids in Panama from an uneducated life. Saving the poor from a cold, lonely Thanksgiving. Saving those who wander their way into churches he helped build from a wayward life. For that kind of save, he is still very much in his prime. Follow Matt on Twitter @M_Stypulkoski.
Field hockey to host No. 7 UMass By Erica Brancato Staff Writer
The No. 4 UConn field hockey team will face No. 7 UMass tonight in their push to remain undefeated this season. Tough competition lies ahead in this next stretch of games, where the Huskies will face UMass, Rutgers and Villanova. This will be a significant test for UConn to prove to the American Athletic Conference that they are a dominant force. “UMass is a top 10 team,” head coach Nancy Stevens said. “They have outstanding players, well coached.” The Minutewomen are an overall 6-1 this season, only losing to No. 6 Syracuse this past weekend. Midfielder Brooke Sabia will be the major threat for UConn’s defense this game. She has a total of eight goals along with 33 shots on goal, leading the Minutewomen offensively this season. The team’s success comes as no surprise for the Huskies. UMass has historically been a challenging opponent for UConn. However, in the past two seasons, UConn has seen success against UMass. In 2012, UConn beat UMass 2-0 in Amherst and in 2011, UConn dominated UMass 4-1 on their home turf. “Every game has been close with them in recent history,” coach Stevens said. “So we expect an exceptionally close and exciting game.”
Baseball resumes, near site of Navy Yard shooting WASHINGTON (AP) — The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff greeted players in the Washington Nationals clubhouse before the game, handing out blue-and-gold Navy caps. Manager Davey Johnson and his players held those caps from Adm. James Winnefeld over their hearts during a pregame moment of silence, disturbed only by the sound of a hovering helicopter. Baseball was played in the nation's capital Tuesday, just a short walk from where a gunman killed 12 people at the Navy Yard military instillation. It was another attempt from the world of sports to restore normalcy when things really aren't normal. "There's nothing we can do to replace the lives that were lost yesterday," Nationals outfielder Denard Span said. Fans arrived via the Navy Yard subway station, although they were sparse in number because Monday's game was rescheduled on short notice. The USS Barry, anchored in the Anacostia River and the Navy Yard's top tourist attraction, was easily visible from the players' parking lot. The U.S. and team flags were at half-staff on the center field concourse. Then, at 1:07 p.m. on a cool, late summer day, the first pitch was thrown. The Nationals were back in their regular "curly W" caps, and soon fans
were cheering an inning-ending double play by the home team's defense. It was back to work, playing the first game of a daynight doubleheader. "It hit me hard," Span said, "because this is right across the street from our stadium. Just to know that we come here every day for work, and you drive by the Navy Yard all the time." Much of the chaos that engulfed the ballpark 24 hours earlier was gone. The stadium's parking lot had been used as a staging area for relatives on Monday, when even Johnson was asked for extra ID to get past an armed guard. "When we got to the field (Monday), every guy on the team was like, 'We need to get this game somehow cancelled' just because it's so close over there, right across the street," Braves third baseman Chris Johnson said. "They're using the parking lots for stuff. The probably don't want traffic down here. And the last thing we want is cheering going on when there's people hurting right across the street." By contrast, fans saw no overt signs of extra security at the ballpark on Tuesday. "It's a shame that our society has got to be worried about that kind of stuff, but I feel pretty safe here today," said Nationals fan Kevin Neale of Rockville, Md. "I'm glad to be at the ballpark. Sorry for all the people who had families and who had
to deal with that yesterday. It's just an unfortunate situation." Yet, Monday's events were inescapable. Nationals starting pitcher Dan Haren said, "we were all thinking about it all game." "I really, really wanted it bad," Haren said. "Just fired up. People are watching, and to make people feel good, I really wanted the game bad." Ian Desmond claimed his team drew from the nation's strength. "We're a resilient group, like America." Desmond said. "We're not going away. We'll be here." Introducing the moments of silence — they were held before both games — the Nationals public address announcer said Washingtonians and Americans "remain united" before asking fans to remember "all those affected by yesterday's senseless act of violence." Also, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper tweeted a photo of his Navy cap and told fans to "Be sure to wear your blue and gold to the game today!" "Today I took a little pulse around the clubhouse, and everybody's ready to get going," Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "It seems like always in the United States every time we get back to normal — the sooner we get back to normal — the healing process starts. We get going again."
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Rangers snap skid with win over Rays
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus homered and drove in three runs each and the Texas Rangers snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 7-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night. The Rangers pulled even with the Rays at the top of the AL wild-card race. The Rangers, who held the No. 1 wild-card spot or the AL West lead for most of the summer, won for only the fourth time in 17 games. Kinsler hit Jeremy Hellickson's first pitch for his 12th home run, breaking a streak of seven homerless games for the Rangers, their longest in 23 years. The 1-0 lead marked the first time Texas has led in a game since its last victory, on Sept. 8. Kinsler added a two-run single in the Rangers' four-run third, driving in three runs on the first two pitches he saw from Hellickson (11-9). Andrus followed with his third home run of the season to put the Rangers up 5-0. Alexi Ogando (7-4) won in his first start since Aug. 13, giving up two hits in five innings. He had made four relief appearances after spending three weeks on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation.
Harvey opts for rehab over surgery
NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Harvey will try to rehab his injured elbow without reconstructive surgery, a move the young ace hopes is going to keep him on the mound for the New York Mets next season. Tommy John surgery remains a possibility. Harvey will soon begin a throwing program designed to last as long as six to eight weeks. If he feels pain or other symptoms that hinder his pitching, he likely will need the operation, which probably would likely sideline him for the entire 2014 season. The decision was announced Tuesday evening at Citi Field, one day after Harvey was examined by Dr. James Andrews to get a second opinion on his right elbow. The 24-year-old pitcher was diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament by Mets doctors on Aug. 26. Harvey said Andrews tested his elbow and told him he believed it was "very stable." "I've never had actual pain," Harvey said. "For me it just felt like, why jump into surgery?" At a news conference just a few minutes before the Mets played the San Francisco Giants, general manager Sandy Alderson said that if Harvey eventually needs Tommy John surgery, trying the throwing program first will not prevent the righthander from returning for the 2015 season. Stunned by the news last month, Harvey said he would do everything he could to avoid surgery. He spoke with other pitchers who had similar injuries and didn't require the operation, including Philadelphia right-hander Roy Halladay. Harvey was so encouraged that a day after his diagnosis, he tweeted that he would be back on the mound next April. Still, the Mets maintained that no decision would be made for a few weeks, until the swelling subsided and Harvey was re-examined. In the meantime, he was shut down for the rest of the season. Tommy John surgery has become a common procedure for pitchers, with a great many making successful comebacks after their damaged ligaments were replaced. The recovery and rehabilitation, however, usually takes at least a year. "I'm still very optimistic," Harvey said. Harvey started the All-Star game for the National League on his home field in July. He is 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA and 191 strikeouts in 178 1-3 innings.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Week 3 Fantasy Football advice By Jared Herlands Fantasy Football Columnist
Start ‘em: Knowshon Moreno ran away with the starting running back spot Sunday afternoon after a sizzling performance of 93 yards and two scores. Coming into the 2013 season, the Broncos backfield was a mess with the three-headed committee of second-round draft pick Montee Ball and promising youngster Ronnie Hillman. However, with Hillman’s ball security issues and Ball failing to effectively pass block as well as
losing a crucial fumble in the end zone in week one, Moreno has established himself in the starting slot for week three. After doubling the snaps in week one of Hillman and Ball and asserting himself in week two playing on 46 of 76 snaps in the dominating win over the Giants, Moreno is a legitimate flex option this week. Start this experienced back with confidence against an Oakland defense that hasn’t completely proven itself yet this year. Sit ‘em: After two disappointing starts of 45 and 28 total yards respectively, Maurice Jones-Drew hasn’t exactly
been the fantasy stud many had hoped for drafting him in the first few rounds this year. Coming off a left ankle “tendon sprain” and being limited in practice this week facing a Seattle Seahawks defense that has given up the fewest fantasy points to running backs this season, it may be time to consider finding someone to replace MJD for week three. It is painful to sit MJD when he is normally a RB1/RB2, but he doesn’t have much flex appeal in week three against Seattle who held Frank Gore to just 16 yards Sunday night. Expect MJD and the Jaguars to get
stuffed on the line throughout the game and to not get going as much as normal in the passing game. This Seattle defense is impenetrable; it is difficult to start anybody with confidence at this point against them. Waiver Wire Find: Eddie Royal has exploded onto the fantasy scene thus far. With five touchdowns in just two games, if this legitimate threat is somehow available in your league, grab him before someone else does. It is normal to rush to pick up the new fantasy studs in the first couple weeks, but unfortunately most of them end up disappointing. Royal isn’t
going to become a contribution to that list. Royal is on pace for 40 touchdowns this year, although he won’t keep this absurd 2.5 touchdowns a game pace up, he is definitely worth a bench spot at the least. With Donario Alexander on injured reserve and Malcolm Floyd out this upcoming Sunday with no timetable for a return, Royal has emerged as Phillip Rivers’ go-to man, particularly in the red zone. Royal isn’t going to become a bust as long as he stays Rivers’ go-to guy.
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Huskies. It marks the first time UConn lost two matches in a row since consecutive losses to West Virginia and Providence in October 2008. The loss will presumably push the Huskies further down the national rankings, as they fell from No. 3 to No. 12 after their loss to Bradley. UConn returns home for another tough test Saturday night. The Huskies will take on the No. 10 St. Louis University Billikens at 7 p.m. at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium.
Lack of offense dooms Huskies yet again
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UConn freshman Kwame Awuah dribbles the ball between Bradley defenders in the teams' match on Saturday, Sept. 14. The Huskies were upset by the Braves at home and by Syracuse last night on the road.
Adria Beso helped lead several scoring efforts throughout the match, but Syracuse goalkeeper Alex Bono finished the evening with five saves in the shutout. Overall, the offensive struggles plaguing the Huskies so far this season continued at Syracuse. The Huskies still have only two goals over five games and have not found the back of the net in the past three. UConn’s loss comes only three days after a 1-0 home loss to Bradley University, the first loss of the season for the No 3
3 goals for Ronaldo, 2 for Rooney as Champions League opens
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his second Champions League hat trick to lead Real Madrid over Galatasaray 6-1 Tuesday night, and Manchester United, Manchester City and title holder Bayern Munich all opened with victories. Ronaldo scored in the 63rd and 66th minutes of the Group B game, then added a goal in stoppage time in Istanbul. It was the 22nd club hat trick for Ronaldo, his first in Europe's top club competition since Oct. 3 last year at Ajax. "Things could not have started better for us in this season's Champions League," Ronaldo said. "Scoring six goals is really good, it will give us a lot of confidence." Karim Benzema had two goals and Francisco "Isco" Alarcon one for Real, which gave new signing Gareth Bale a start. Madrid goalkeeper Iker Castillas started a competitive match for the club he captains for the first time since Jan. 23, when he broke a bone in his left hand. Relegated to the bench last spring by coach Jose Mourinho and earlier this season by new coach Carlo Ancelotti, Casillas was replaced by Diego Lopez in the 14th minute, three minutes after he injured his ribcage
area in a collision with defender Sergio Ramos. "Casillas has had bad luck and I hope he will be recovered in three or four days," said Ancelotti, without giving details of the injury. Wayne Rooney scored twice to reach the 200-goal mark for Manchester United in a 4-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen, the three-time champions' first match in the competition since David Moyes replaced Alex Ferguson as manager. Robin van Persie also scored for the Red Devils in the Group A match, and Simon Rolfes and Omer Toprak had goals for the visitors. Rooney played with his head bandaged because of a gash sustained during a collision with teammate Phil Jones during training on Aug. 31. Only Bobby Charlton (249), Denis Law (237) and Jack Rowley (211) are ahead of Rooney on United's career scoring list. "I've concentrated on working hard to get my head down, to get myself fit and ready for the season," Rooney said. "I'm delighted with the way I've come back and delighted I'm back playing and scoring goals. It's great the reception I get here and hopefully I can repay (the fans) with performances and goals like
tonight." City won 3-0 at the Czech Republic's Viktoria Plzen in Group D on goals by Edin Dzeko, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero early in the second half. In the group's other game, Bayern beat visiting CSKA Moscow 3-0. "We played well, especially in the first half," said Guardiola, who won the competition twice with Barcelona before replacing Josef Heynckes at Bayern lasty summer. "I'm very proud. The first game back after winning the Champions League is never easy." David Alaba, Mario Mandzukic and Arjen Robben scored for Bayern, which beat Bundesliga rival Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final last May. "I could hear from fans today, 'Finale, Finale,' but let's keep our feet on the ground. We need to go step by step," Robben said. "It's early in the season. The most important thing is to concentrate on ourselves, improve as we go on." Juventus rallied on Fabio Quagliarella's 54th-minute goal for a 1-1 tie at Copenhagen, which got a 14th-minute goal from Nicolai Jorgensen in the Group B match. Shakhtar Donetsk won 2-0 at
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, right, and Karim Benzema, during the Champions League Group B soccer match against Galatasaray, in Istanbul, Turkey, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013.
Real Sociedad in Group A on a pair of second-half goals by Alex Teixeira. In Group C, Paris SaintGermain routed Olympiakos 4-1 behind two goals from Thiago Motta and one each from Edinson Cavani and Marquinhos. Vladimir Weiss had tied the
score in the 25th minute for the hosts. Benfica beat visiting Anderlecht 2-0 as Filip Djuricic and Luisao scored. American midfielder Sacha Kljestan played the entire match for the visitors and was given a yellow card in the 76th minute.
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What's Next Home game
The number of minutes since the UConn men’s soccer team last scored a goal.
Oct. 12 USF TBA
Oct. 19 Cincinnati TBA
Oct. 26 UCF TBA
Kill returns to work, won’t talk about health
» Pic of the day
Men’s Soccer (2-2-1) Oct. 2 Temple 3 p.m.
Sept. 27 USF 7:30 p.m.
» That’s what he said - Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick on his former coach prior the Chiefs’ visit to Philly this Thursday
Sept. 28 Buffalo 3:30 p.m.
Sept. 21 St. Louis 7 p.m.
Stat of the day
“Andy Reid is a man who will go down in history, in my book, as one of the greatest coaches of all time and one of the greatest men I’ve ever met.”
Football (0-2) Sept. 21 Michigan 8 p.m.
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Oct. 5 UCF 7 p.m.
Oct. 9 Rutgers 7 p.m.
Women’s Soccer (5-3-0) Tomorrow Sept. 22 Sept. 26 La Salle Georgetown SMU 7 p.m. 1 p.m. 7 p.m.
Sept. 29 Houston 1 p.m.
Oct. 4 UCF 7 p.m.
Field Hockey (5-0-0) Today UMass Noon
Sept. 22 Rutgers Noon
Volleyball Sept. 20 UNH 12:30 p.m.
Sept. 28 Villanova Noon
Sept. 29 Oct. 4 Princeton Providence 2 p.m. 12:30 p.m.
Sept. 20 Dartmouth 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 21 Minnesota Noon
Sept. 21 URI 5 p.m.
Sept. 27 SMU 7 p.m.
Men’s Tennis Sept. 22 Boston University 1:30 p.m.
Today Hartford 3 p.m.
Sept. 24 Siena 3 p.m.
Sept. 27 UConn Invitational All Day
Sept. 28 UConn Invitational All Day
Women’s Tennis Sept. 28 Army Invite All day
Sept. 27 Army Invite All day
Sept. 29 Army Invite All day
Toronto Blue Jays Adam Lind lies on the ground after being tagged out at home by New York Yankees catcher J.R. Murphy during the eighth inning in a baseball game in Toronto on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013.
Oct. 1 Quinnipiac 3 p.m.
Oct. 3 UMass 3 p.m.
Women’s Cross Country Sept. 21 Ted Owen Invite 11:45 a.m.
Oct. 12 New Englands 3 p.m.
Oct. 19 Wisc. Adidas Inv. Noon
Oct. 25 Nov. 2 CCSU Mini Conference Meet Champ. 4 p.m. TBA
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jerry Kill has worked hard to embrace his epilepsy, becoming an outspoken advocate for research of the condition that can include seizures without a moment’s notice. Now that the season is in full swing, Kill is trying to keep the focus on his team — even after another seizure caused him to miss the second half of a victory over Western Illinois on Saturday. Kill declined to speak directly about his health at his weekly press conference on Tuesday, trying to turn the page and get his team prepared for San Jose State this weekend. “I’ve done talked about all those other things enough,” Kill said. “This game’s not about a head football coach. This game is about the players and that’s how we’ll approach it today.” Kill suffered his fourth game-day seizure in three seasons during halftime of the game against Western Illinois. It was the third time he hasn’t been able to finish a game because of it. While the seizures can be shocking and unsettling to witness in person, it appears the Gophers have steadily adapted to their coach’s situation. They are no longer fazed by hearing that their coach is on his way to the hospital and no longer distracted when they look over to the sideline and Kill is nowhere to be found. “We’re used to the routine, as bad as that sounds,” defensive back Brock Vereen said. “There’s a sense of confidence in our staff and knowing that as bad as it may look sometimes, he’s going to be fine.” The Gophers were able to steel themselves on Saturday and respond against an overmatched opponent, turning a tight game into a runaway in the second half as they cruised to a 29-12 victory. As they have before, Kill’s long-time assistants stepped into bigger roles and made the transition so seamless that some players weren’t even aware that Kill wasn’t around. “That’s not to take away what coach Kill does with us,” Vereen said. “But these coaches have been with coach for a while. We’ve been with coach for a while. If you were in there at halftime, you would never know there was an issue going on.” Kill is on record saying he believes it is unacceptable to consistently miss portions of game due to seizures. He’s said, most recently with the Star Tribune in August, that he would walk away if he ever came to the conclusion that the stresses of the job and the physical toll it was taking was too much for him to bear. But he gave no indication that he was anywhere near that point on Tuesday, when the team started preparing for San Jose State. He said he’s given no consideration to coaching from upstairs — “It wouldn’t make any difference,” Kill said. “That’s all I’ll tell you.” — and that he will continue to lean on his trusted assistants, including defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys and offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover, to pitch in when he needs them.
THE Storrs Side
THE Pro Side
Men’s soccer drops nine spots in rankings following loss to Bradley
Tampa Bay Buccaneers off to a rough start, set to face Pats next
By Dalton Zbierski Campus Correspondent The UConn men’s soccer team fell nine spots in the latest NSCAA rankings in the aftermath of last Wednesday’s draw against No. 10 Washington and Saturday’s home loss versus unranked Bradley. Third nationally in last week’s coaches’ poll, UConn now finds themselves outside of the top ten for the first time in a year. With last night’s match against Syracuse standing as the Huskies’ first visit away from Storrs and the friendly confines of Joseph J. Morrone Stadium for the season, converting shots will be significant in turning the tide from here on out. In the draw with Washington, UConn outshot UW 11-6. The Bradley game featured a similar story. The Huskies totaled 14 more shots than their opponents, but failed to shoot on goal until the 68th minute. Despite being favored in the
matchups, UConn walked away from both meetings without victory. Capitalizing on opportunities will statistically be the remedy as UConn begins their conference slate. Next Friday’s game in Tampa, Fla. against USF will provide the Huskies with their first taste of conference action as members of the newly formed American Athletic Conference. They’ll follow their trip to Florida with home games against AAC foes UCF, Rutgers and Memphis, for the first time as conference rivals. A third of the way into what still appears to be a promising season, UConn looks to avenge last year’s premature postseason exit will a strong conference performance. The opportunity for such success will certainly present itself as September turns into October.
By Scott Carroll Staff Writer The Tampa Bay Buccaneers haven’t gotten off to the greatest start in 2013, starting 0-2 with losses to the New York Jets and the New Orleans Saints by a combined score of 3 points. Things took another turn for the worse when Darrelle Revis, Pro Bowl cornerback, decided to critique the coaching style of Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano. FOX Sports’ Mike Garafolo initially reported that Revis was unhappy with Schiano’s strict coaching style in comparison to his former head coach, Rex Ryan, who ran a very laid back program. Revis is not the first person to challenge Schiano’s “militaristic” approach to coaching. Early in the 2012 season Schiano sent his defenders on an all-out blitz while Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning attempted to knee the ball and finish off the game. The play sent Giants’ head coach Tom Coughlin in to a conniption. After the game Coughlin said, “You don’t just, you jeop-
ardize the offensive line, you jeopardize the quarterback. Thank goodness we didn’t get anyone hurt–that I know of.” Revis did make a statement yesterday that he met with Schiano to clear the air and that the poor start had merely frustrated the defender. This isn’t the first time that Revis has held himself higher than the team. In 2010 Revis held out of training camp, and very nearly the regular season, in order to ascertain a more valuable contract. The holdout turned into a media circus as was publicized on HBO’s “Hard Knocks.” This scenario begs the question, is this another example of Revis becoming a side show for a competitive team or is it Schiano once again using his overzealous Rutgers football tricks that don’t translate to the NFL? The Buccaneers will face off against the New England Patriots on Sunday. We will see if the duo can co-exist.
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
UPSET IN UPSTATE N.Y.
Huskies drop consecutive matches for the first time since 2008 By Mike Corasaniti Senior Staff Writer
Fourteen hours, 100 bucks and a missed homework assignment–that’s what a Sunday trip to Fenway Park cost me. I have never spent anything more wisely. Sunday night in Boston was the latest stop in the Mariano Rivera Farewell Tour, a victory lap of the league’s ballparks that, while sometimes a bit excessive, has been engineered to pay tribute to a man that by all accounts has been the most dominant closer in baseball history. Of course, as a kid that grew up 45 minutes west of a New York dynasty, that ceremony was bittersweet. The ability to see Mo one final time was a blessing. Watching him leave felt reminiscent of the emptiness that accompanies a sudden breakup. As he took his final steps into the visiting dugout, a childhood hero disappeared. The stunning part about Rivera is that despite his age, 43, his dominance has barely diminished. Through Monday, he’d put together 43 saves–the fifthbest total of his career–over the course of 60 appearances, with still a dozen games to play. That his cutter, now clocked in the high-80’s to low-90’s, is still effective at shattering bats and producing results is a part of his mystique. And that’s exactly what makes his retirement so difficult to swallow for all fans. Simply put, the man can still pitch. But, even more is the fact that after 19 years, he no longer wants to. No, instead, he wants to put the “grace and class” that earned him this season-long fawning of baseball to work. As Mariano Rivera walks away from the game, he walks toward a greater goal–his faith and his charity. In the opening stages of retirement, the final man ever to wear No. 42 has said that helping others will become priority No. 1. Suddenly, those churches he has been building behind the scenes, the poor and hungry he’s been helping to feed, the young that he’s been helping to educate–all of those people will have Mariano’s undivided attention. Imagine for a moment the amount of good that a man who has already done so much might be able to do as baseball fades from his life. Throwing a baseball may have been his greatest talent, but it has never been his biggest passion. The happiness of others, above all things, has always been paramount. And now that he’s at the end of his days on the field, it’s a safe bet to say he’ll be able to do plenty more work off it. As he walked across the mostly empty diamond on Sunday night, Mariano tipped his cap to the Fenway faithful in one final gesture of appreciation. I, in turn, removed my own hat, head nodding, watching his greatness walk off the field in person for the final time. Yes, in that moment, I recognized my childhood hero was fading away. But, more importantly, I realized that Mariano Rivera had long since become more than what 8-year-old me had first loved about him on the field. Over the years, “The Sandman” has become far more of a real
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The UConn men’s soccer team has faced more than their share of challenges in the last seven days and has come out on the losing side of the past two. The No. 12 Huskies (2-2-1) were unable to overcome a first half Syracuse goal in their first game away from Storrs this season, losing 1-0. The Orange (4-2-0) entered Tuesday night’s match following a 3-0 home loss to No. 4 Notre Dame but were able to hang with every offensive opportunity the Huskies put together. The Huskies had three corner kicks in the first 20 minutes of the game while not letting up a single shot from the Orange. But Syracuse freshman Alex Halis finally broke through the UConn defense halfway through the first half with his fourth goal of the season putting the Orange up 1-0. The Orange appeared to go up 2-0 after a collision with UConn goalkeeper Andre Blake and a Syracuse goal from freshman Chris Nanco. However, a foul was called for the collision and the goal did not count. UConn had seven corners in the match, including one that lead to a near header goal from freshman Cyle Larin but just missed. Senior Mamadou Doudou Diouf and junior
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UConn’s Edir DaGraca controls the ball during the team’s match against Bradley on Saturday, Sept. 14 at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. The Huskies have now lost two straight games after their loss Tuesday night against the Syracuse Orange.
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Nine facts learned after Week 2 of NFL By Mike McCurry NFL Columnist
The days leading up to Week Two of the NFL season were filled with rash anticipation, as fans and pundits alike were straight giddy about the prospects of Broncos-Giants and 49ers-Seahawks. Whereas the Manning Bowl and the latter NFC West showdown resulted in one-sided cakewalks, they were bailed out in the drama department by less-heralded matchups, a lot of which came down to the final moments. Of 16 games, exactly half of them were decided by four points or less—and that doesn’t include another thriller between the Texans and Titans, which culminated in a walk-off DeAndre Hopkins touchdown in overtime. Between rookie wide receivers (Hopkins included) having a
field day, a couple of stud running backs having injury scares, and what is quickly becoming the biggest home-field advantage in all of sports, there’s a lot to cover concerning Week Two. Therefore, allow me to present the second version of N.F.L.— “Nine Facts Learned”—which, for the newbies, is a column entailing nine things I’m pretty sure I know after consuming all of the action. Why should you place your faith in me to deliver you league-wide coverage, you ask? Well, picture me being glued to the television each Sunday (and Thursday, and Monday) the way Seahawks cornerbacks were glued to Anquan Boldin. Need I say more? 1. Tom Brady needs his recognizable weapons back, and quickly. Brady was a frustrated man on Thursday night, and quite
frankly I’m not even sure he gets that crabby upon waking up with bedhead. Regardless, I believe he had every right to behave how he did. Through two games, both narrow wins over rebuilding squads with rookie quarterbacks, Brady’s completion percentage (52.7% percent) is third worst in the NFL, ahead of only Blaine Gabbert and Josh Freeman. So why aren’t Patriots fans calling for Brady’s head, much in the same way that Florida residents are gunning for Gabbert’s or Freeman’s? For one, New England is still 2-0 (and even if they were 0-2, it’s TomFreaking-Brady). Secondly, remember who Brady is playing pitch-and-catch with, or rather pitch-and-drop. If owner Robert Kraft built a statue outside Gillette Stadium of rookie wideout Aaron Dobson, the reallife version of Dobson would
still have the coarser pair of stone hands. Dobson, combined with fellow rookie Kenbrell Thompkins, have somehow only caught 9 balls despite being targeted 31 times. Julian Edelman has been reliable, but Brady must be counting down the minutes until his top two threats, Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski, return. Even though those two are question marks with their injury history (word on the street is that when Amendola was shipped from the Rams to the Patriots this offseason, the package was labeled “very fragile”), at least Brady recognizes the names on the back of their jerseys. 2. We’re about to find out if the Dolphins are for real. Let’s not leave the AFC East just yet. While New England has gotten off to a 2-0 start, they are not alone atop one of the weakest divisions in football.
That is because the Dolphins, anchored by Ryan Tannehill and a refined defense, have kicked off the year by winning at Cleveland and at Indianapolis. Tannehill, often the forgotten man in the sophomore QB class, has outplayed two of his peers on back-to-back Sundays—first Weeden and then Andrew Luck. In Indianapolis, he went for 319 yards and a touchdown, finding Mike Wallace early and often and opening lanes up for the running attack. Miami’s defense, led by defensive end Cameron Wake and linebacker Philip Wheeler, has been just as good. The Dolphins get to head back home with their undefeated record, but it is in the next month or so that we will learn whether they are legitimate contenders. Weeks 3, 4 and 5 consist of the Falcons, Saints and
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Valencia lifts Orioles to 3-2 win over Sox
Baltimore Orioles outfielders Nate McLouth, right, and Adam Jones celebrate the team’s 3-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox in a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013.
BOSTON (AP) — Danny Valencia tripled to stop closer Koji Uehara’s streak of 37 consecutive outs in the ninth inning and Matt Wieters’ had the go-ahead sacrifice fly as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox 3-2 on Tuesday night. The Orioles overcame a 2-0 deficit on Brian Roberts’ runscoring groundout in the fifth and Chris Davis’ 51st homer of the season in the sixth that tied the score 2-2. Davis broke the club record set by Brady Anderson in 1996. Uehara (4-1) fell four outs short of Bobby Jenks’ major league record for a reliever of 41 consecutive retired batters set in 2007 and Mark Buehrle’s mark for all pitchers of 45 in 2009. The run was the first off Uehara in 30 2-3 innings and ended a streak of 27 scoreless outings since July 9.
Valencia led off the ninth with a triple to center and pinch-runner Alexi Casilla scored easily on Wieters’ fly to right. The Red Sox managed just three hits, a leadoff homer by Dustin Pedroia in the first, a double by Mike Carp in the second and a single by Jarrod Saltalamacchia with one out in the ninth off Jim Johnson. But Johnson retired the next two batters for his AL-best 46th save. Tommy Hunter (6-4) got the win with a perfect eighth. The Orioles threatened in the eighth when Nate McLouth singled and took third on Manny Machado’s AL-leading 51st double with no outs. But Craig Breslow replaced Brandon Workman and needed just six pitches to get out of the jam. With the infield in, he got Davis and Adam Jones to ground out to shortstop Stephen Drew as
the runners held then retired Nick Markakis on a fly to left. The Red Sox took a 1-0 lead on Pedroia’s ninth homer of the season. Left fielder McLouth didn’t even move as it went deep into the seats above the Green Monster. They made it 2-0 in the fourth with the help of two errors by a team that had made just 43 all year. With one out and third baseman Machado playing in short right field on the shift for Saltalamacchia, he charged a hard grounder and let it get by him for an error. Drew then walked before a double steal put runners at second and third. Xander Bogaerts followed with a low liner to left field that McLouth charged. The ball hit off his glove for an error and Saltalamacchia scored. Bogaerts was credited with a sacrifice fly.