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The state dropped a DUI charge, but Olander remains suspended from the basketball team RAINBOW CENTER SCREENING: ‘BI THE WAY’
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By Tim Fontenault Sports Editor UConn men’s basketball player Tyler Olander’s legal issues have been resolved, as the senior forward pleaded guilty to driving without a license on Monday in Rockville Superior Court. Despite the case being settled, Olander remains suspended from the men’s basketball program indefinitely after his second encounter with the law in 2013. Olander, who was arrested on Sept. 7, was also charged with driving under the influence and driving/towing an unregistered vehicle. However, the state has decided to drop
those charges. The Mansfield native will pay a $75 fine for driving without a license. According to a report from the Hartford Courant, Olander was driving the unregistered vehicle, which belongs to a friend, as a “designated driver” that night. Olander failed field sobriety tests, but two breathalyzer tests after his arrest showed that his blood-alcohol content was under the legal limit of 0.08. Olander was arrested in March while visiting Panama City, Fla. during spring break. He was found on private property and refused to leave when asked by police. The incident resulted in UConn coach
Kevin Ollie stripping Olander of his captaincy. Olander was also not allowed to practice with his teammates. Both of Olander’s arrests follow an incident in February involving UConn center Enosch Wolf, who was arrested after a domestic dispute in Hilltop Apartments. Charges were dropped against Wolf as a result of his successful completion of court-ordered counseling, but UConn decided to take Wolf’s scholarship away. Instead of remaining as a walkon, Wolf signed with Telekom Baskets Bonn, a professional team in his native Germany. With Wolf’s departure, Olander’s suspension and the NCAA’s ongoing investigation into the eligibility of freshman
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In this December 2012 file photo, Tyler Olander looks for a shot around a Harvard defender. Olander’s DUI charge was dropped on Monday. The breathalyzer test he took following his arrest showed he was below the legal limit.
Kentan Facey, the Huskies would have five forwards available to play if the season began right now – senior Niels Giffey, junior DeAndre
Daniels, sophomores Leon Tolksdorf and Phil Nolan and freshman Amida Brimah.
Police: Scooters must be registered UConn to work with
Malloy on veteran credits
By Kyle Constable Staff Writer University of Connecticut motorized scooter owners need to register any scooters on campus with the university, or risk being fined, according to police officials. The UConn Police Department is initiating a stricter enforcement of scooter usage on campus as a result of a new scooter policy enacted by UConn last year, according to UConn Chief of Police Barbara O’Connor and Deputy Chief Hans Rhynhart. Half of the battle is getting students to properly park the scooters, according to O’Connor. There are designated areas across the campus for scooter parking, and most are not as conveniently located as the campus’ bike racks. In addition, scooter passengers are required to wear eyewear and stay off the sidewalks, according to O’Connor. She also said that having two or more passengers ride on a one-passenger scooter is not permitted. “Our end goal is always the safety of our communities and our population,” O’Connor said. “We recognize we’re policing people who are out on their own for the first time, exercising some independence. Our officers exercise a tremendous amount of patience and latitude.” The UConn Police Department has been “engaged in an educational campaign” over the course of the first month of classes, informing scooter passengers of the rules they have to follow. However, Rhynhart made it clear there will be a transition in the near future from an educational campaign to an enforcement policy. “At some point, illegally parked scooters will be subject to tickets,” Rhynhart said. Last fall, UConn adopted a
By Alban Murtishi Campus Correspondent
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In this 2012 file photo, scooters are parked outside Gueyer Gym and Greer Fieldhouse. Motorized scooters have become increasingly popular among students in recent years, and law enforcement will now require scooter owners to reigster their scooters with the police department or face a fine.
new policy requiring all students to register their motorized scooters with Parking Services. Part of the registration process requires students to complete an online test. In a press release from the university in August 2012, William Wendt, director of transportation, logistics and parking, said students with motorized scooters should expect to walk a reasonable distance to get to class, just like any other student with a motor vehicle. “We’re treating motor bike, moped and scooter parking like a regular motor vehicle,” Wendt said in the press release. “You wouldn’t expect a car to drive on the sidewalk. You won’t be able to park near the front door of your destination in all cases. People may have to walk a block or so under the new system, but that’s normal for a motorized vehicle on this campus.”
Additionally, the police are trying to crack down on scooter thefts and attempted scooter thefts on campus. A student witnessed an attempted scooter theft on campus earlier this semester, which caught the police’s attention, according to O’Connor. Since then, two arrests have been made in relation to scooter thefts, O’Connor said. O’Connor also said this is the not the first time the police have addressed scooter issues, adding that arrests were made following scooter thefts and attempted scooter thefts on campus last fall. “We’re back with a whole new crop of students, a whole new group of scooters,” O’Connor said. “This is not the first time we’ve had this problem.”
Back from the base, or even the Middle East, many veterans are ready to go back into training, this time on UConn soil. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s new executive order intends to assist veterans on their transfer into higher education by urging campuses across Connecticut to simplify the credit transfer process. The order, which was revealed Monday, seeks to review the current process in order to make more military courses and training credits transferable to UConn course standards. Kristopher Perry, director of the UConn Office of Veterans Affairs and Military Programs, as well as a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the United States Air Force, will be working with other schools in Connecticut in order to ensure the order is enacted smoothly. This includes veterans.uconn.edu, the website of the Office of Veterans Affairs, which was created to help veterans with questions about benefits and details on social and academic programs. “If you took AP credits in high school, you wouldn’t have to take the same course
in college. This is similar to veteran credit transfer process.” UConn spokesperson Stephanie Reitz said. Much of what a veteran learns while in training is applicable to UConn curriculum. How the military teaches engineering, and how a professor teaches engineering may not be so different. The new credit review process will decide— much more leniently—just how much of that teaching is applicable. If done correctly, this could make years of military education no longer void in the eyes of Connecticut colleges. This order is aimed at all veterans, most of whom are in their mid to late 20’s. Many UConn veterans that will benefit from this program are coming home from tours in Iraq or Afghanistan. The new standards are beneficial for UConn, which currently has 900 veterans in the student body, and is looking to get the public’s attention as a place of welcoming and accepting veterans. “We have many veterans coming from harrowing situations who just want to return to their dream of higher education,” said Reitz.
Conn. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy gives a speech in Hartford on Sept. 18. The governor issued an executive order on Monday that directs Connecticut’s colleges and universities to seek ways to simplify the process for veterans to get college credits for their military education.
What’s going on at UConn today... Fall Career Fair 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Student Union Building, Ballroom The Department of Career Services is hosting its annual carreer fair geared at presenting career opportunities and ideas to UConn students of all majors.
Red Flag Campaing 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Student Union, 419 The Red Flag Campaign is a public awareness campaign designed to address dating violence and promote the prevention of dating violence on college campuses. Students can stop by the VAWPP office to design a red flag and sign the Positive Bystander Pledge.
Basics of Applying to Law School 4 - 4:30 p.m. AUST, 313 Edward Kammerer form the Pre-Law center will give Juniors and Seniors interested in applying to law school a breif workshop.
International Chat 5 - 6 p.m. McMahon Hall, International Center A “living room” style weekly meeting will cover day-to-day tips about living abroad, general information and resources. The International Center encourages students to exchange cultural experiences. –JACKIE WATTLES
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Conn. health care exchange receives key approval
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s health insurance exchange has finished testing its connection with the federal data services hub, a final step toward opening the online marketplace next month. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Monday gave final approval to the exchange, known as Access Health CT, to connect with the hub. Information from the federal databank, including Internal Revenue Service records, will be used to help determine eligibility for insurance affordability programs, as well as to confirm the identities of applicants. Open enrollment in the online health insurance marketplace begins Oct. 1. Kevin Counihan, the exchange’s CEO, said establishing the connection with the federal hub was a highly complex undertaking that involved “the utmost attention to accuracy and security.” He called Monday’s final approval “a major milestone” for the exchange.
FBI agent returns to head New Haven office
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — An FBI official with a history of investigating public corruption has been appointed as the new special agent in charge of the bureau’s operations in Connecticut. Outgoing FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III on Monday appointed Patricia M. Ferrick special agent in charge of the New Haven Division. Ferrick most recently served as acting special agent in charge of the Milwaukee Division. She has also served in Pittsburgh, Miami, Washington and Minneapolis. She worked in the New Haven office once before and was involved in the corruption case against former Gov. John G. Rowland and members of his administration. Before joining the FBI in 1987, Ferrick was a member of the New York City Police Department.
Conn. fire captain due in court on gun charge
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A New Haven fire captain charged with reckless endangerment last month after a colleague said he pointed a handgun at him is due back in court. Richard Rife is scheduled to appear Wednesday in New Haven Superior Court on the misdemeanor charge. A message seeking comment was left with his attorney. Lt. Frank Ricci told police that Rife removed the gun from his waistband and pointed it at him, then put it back in his waistband. Ricci says it happened after Rife was speaking negatively about another colleague and Ricci told him to “holster your weapon” as a figure of speech. An arrest affidavit says Rife denied pointing the gun at Ricci or having a gun in his possession at the firehouse.
FOI commission to discuss 911 tapes from Newtown
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s Freedom of Information Commission is meeting this week to consider whether recordings of 911 calls from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting should be made public. An attorney for the commission who heard a challenge from The Associated Press recommended earlier this month that the recordings be released. The full nine-member commission is holding a hearing Wednesday afternoon before issuing its final decision. Danbury State’s Attorney Stephen Sedensky III is leading the investigation into the Dec. 14 massacre of 26 people at the school in Newtown. He has argued that releasing the records could jeopardize the probe. The AP requested documents including copies of 911 calls in part to examine the response of law enforcement to one of the worst school shootings in U.S. history.
Conn. panel to consider Bass Pro Shops financing
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is looking to streamline the process for Connecticut military veterans seeking occupational certifications and licenses. The Democrat announced Monday that he signed an order requiring all state departments, boards and commissions to review and update their procedures for issuing occupational certifications and licenses and take into account relative military education, skills and training. It was Malloy’s 36th executive order. Connecticut’s Board of Regents and the University of Connecticut are also reviewing their policies to find ways to simplify how veterans can apply their military education toward college credit. Malloy said Connecticut is home to nearly 250,000 military veterans and another 9,000 residents serving in the armed forces. He said the state needs to make it as easy as possible for them to apply their special training, skills and education.
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Sept. 18 A man, 18, of Torrington, was arrested at the UConn Co-op and charged with larceny in the sixth degree. Police were dispatched to the Co-op on a report of shoplifting and arrested the man for the theft of a $102.70 textbook. His bond was set at $500 and his court date is Oct. 1. Sept. 19 A man, 20, of Storrs, was arrested at Route 195 and charged with weapons in a motor vehicle. Police observed a vehicle crossing the double yellow line and upon investi-
gation found the driver of the vehicle to be in possession of a BB gun. His bond was set at $500 and his court date is Oct. 1. Sept. 20 A man, 22, of Tolland, was arrested at F Lot and charged with carrying a dangerous weapon. While police were patrolling the F lot area, they observed a parked vehicle occupied by four males and discovered an occupant was in possession of an illegal knife (a blade exceeding four inches). His bond was set at $1,000 and his court date is Oct. 1.
Sept. 20 A man, 20, of East Haven, was arrested at Route 195 and charged with forgery in the second degree and a stop sign violation. Police stopped the man’s vehicle after he failed to stop at a stop sign and found he was in possession of a second Connecticut driver’s license that was determined to be fake. His bond was set at $1,500 and his court date is Oct. 1. Sept. 21 A man, 20, was arrested at Separatist Road and charged with criminal mischief in the
Unique scholarships give unexpected opportunities By Melissa Rosenblatt Campus Correspondent Scholarships are often handed out based on academics, athletics and financial need. However, this is not always the case, as many more unique scholarships are appearing. At certain universities, scholarships are offered without any merit involved; sometimes even because of a name or physical attribute of a student. At Arizona State University, a scholarship for a student with one brown eye and one blue eye was awarded. Another scholarship granted is the Tall Club International Student Scholarship in which a student can apply for a scholarship of up to $1,000 just because of their height. The qualifications include a height of at least 5’10” for women and at least 6’2” for men. At Duke and Harvard, students are eligible to receive a scholarship for having a certain last name or ancestor. If a student’s last name is Murphy or that student is an ancestor of a
Huguenot, a scholarship could be available. Special scholarships that are not in accordance with academics or athletics have also been created at UConn. A scholarship fund has been created to support the college costs of siblings of those killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the dependents of the adults who lost their lives or who were physically wounded, as well as students currently enrolled at the elementary school, who are accepted to the University in the future. Many notable members of the UConn community have donated to this fund, including women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma and his wife, Kathy, as well as chairperson of the UConn Foundation Board of Directors, Mark R. Shenkman. The Vegetarian Resource Group is offering two $5,000 scholarships to high school students who have promoted vegetarianism in their schools or communities. VRG says that, “applicants will be judged on
“There is a diverse selection of scholarship opportunities that you can discover here, at UConn. Just start exploring.”
having shown compassion, courage and a strong commitment to promoting a peaceful world through vegetarian diet/ lifestyle.” The Asparagus Club is also offering scholarships for students interested in a career with the food or grocery industry. These careers include supermarket management and ownership, convenience store management, food safety, food plant management and traffic management. For over 15 years, the Asparagus Club has awarded more than $850,000 in scholarships and each year awards up to 10 students with $1,500 scholarships, including the Thomas K. Zaucha Asparagus Club Scholar who will receive an extra $500 per semester in the first year of their scholarship award. Shifting away from vegetables, the American Sheep Industry Association is giving out 30 scholarships worth $1000 to students that attend the Ranching for Profit School. The Ranching for Profit school offers the knowledge, tools and insight ranchers need to build sustainable businesses. All you need to do for this scholarship is have run a minimum of 200 sheep. There is a diverse selection of scholarship opportunities that you can discover, here, at UConn. Just start exploring.
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Film to offer new look at bipolar disorder By David Wiegand Campus Correspondent The College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists, UConn Collegiate Chapter, is screening an illuminating new documentary about bipolar disorder called “Of Two Minds” on Sept. 24 in Oak Hall. This award-winning documentary, co-directed by Doug Blush and Lisa Klein, captures the lives of people living with the disorder and
gives some insight into the extreme suffering as well as the intense exaltation that it can bring. The film, as shown by the trailer, focuses on the subjective experience of the disorder, rather than on its neurological or clinical aspects, relying on firsthand accounts rather than the musings of experts. The documentary has already garnered positive attention from documentary critics,
and has been featured in multiple film festivals. The screening at UConn, running from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24, is sure to attract a crowd, as the enthralling subject matter will draw those UConn students interested in abnormal psychology and neuropathology, as well as documentary enthusiasts, and those whose lives have been touched by the disorder.
third degree and possession of alcohol by a minor. The man was observed by a witness tampering with bicycles locked to a rack outside the Merritt Building. Police picked the man up after locating him on Separatist Road and the witness confirmed his identity. Police also found the man, who was under the legal drinking age, was in possession of an alcoholic beverage. His bond was set at $500 and his court date is Oct. 1.
Sept. 22 A man, 34, of Hartford, was arrested at 126 North Eagleville Road and charged with breach of peace in the second degree. The man was being released from a previous arrest when police observed him outside the police headquarters swinging fists toward passing pedestrians and yelling profanities. His bond was set at $1,000 and his court date is Oct. 2.
Conn. Supreme Court hears Vallas case
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Did Bridgeport Superintendent of Schools Paul Vallas properly receive a waiver to state certification requirements for his job? Or did he and state education officials flout the law to make it easier for him to take the helm of the city’s struggling school district? Those were the arguments the state Supreme Court heard Monday as it decides whether Vallas should be ousted as schools chief. It’s not clear when the court will issue a ruling. Vallas, 60, a nationally known school reformer who previously led big city school districts in Chicago, Philadelphia and New Orleans, is appealing a decision in July by a lower court judge, who ruled that an educational leadership course he took to receive the certification waiver was inadequate and that he should leave his job. The ruling was stayed pending the appeal. Vallas, who didn’t attend Monday’s arguments, said in an interview later in the day that he didn’t want to get into specifics about the course he took, citing the pending court case. “The bottom line is the state laid out what the requirements were and I exceeded the state requirements,” said Vallas, who started as acting Bridgeport superintendent in January of last year. Several Vallas opponents attended the arguments including former state Superior Court Judge Carmen Lopez and parent Deborah Reyes-Williams, the two Bridgeport residents who sued Vallas and state Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor in April over Vallas’ qualifications. Lopez alleges Vallas received preferential treatment by state education officials including Pryor and was held to lower standards than other superintendent candidates. “We’re interested in holding the executive branch accountable,” Lopez said after the arguments. “And what do you do? You go to court. Because it’s only the courts that can check the power of the executive branch.”
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US edges closer to high-level talks with Iran
NEW YORK (AP) — The Obama administration edged close to direct, high-level talks with Iran’s new government on Monday, with Secretary of State John Kerry slated to meet his Iranian counterpart this week and the White House weighing the risks and rewards of an encounter between President Barack Obama and Iran’s president, Hasan Rouhani. An Obama-Rouhani exchange on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly would mark the first meeting at that high level for the two nations in more than 30 years. Such talks could signal a turning point in U.S.-Iranian relations — but also could be seen as a premature endorsement for a new Iranian government that has yet to answer key questions about AP the future of its disputed nuclear President Barack Obama speaks during a roundtable event sponsored by the Civil Society in New York Monday. The U.S. and Iran remain program. at an impasse regarding Iran’s nuclear program, but potential discussions between Obama and the Iranian president would be the first Obama advisers said no meet- of its kind in more than 30 years and a sign of thawing relations. ing was scheduled. But they added that the U.S. planned to change from previous govern- new Iranian Foreign Minister U.N. leaders’ lunch both are take advantage of diplomatic ments and their relationship Mohammad Javad Zarif joins scheduled to attend on Tuesday. But a lunch meeting would opportunities while in New York with Iran’s Supreme Leader, nuclear talks between the U.S. Ayatollah Ali and five other world powers. put Obama in the risky posiand indicated Khamenei. Zarif’s participation, which was tion of engaging Rouhani before they were not The U.S. and announced Monday, sets up knowing what the Iranian leadleaving a posits allies have the first meeting in six years er will say during his highly sible encounlong suspected between an American secretary anticipated address to the U.N. ter between that Iran is try- of state and an Iranian foreign General Assembly. Rouhani is Obama and ing to produce minister, though it’s unclear scheduled to speak late Tuesday Rouhani to a nuclear weap- whether the two men will break afternoon, while the U.S. presichance. on, though off from the group and hold dent will address the U.N. in the “I don’t think Tehran insists separate one-on-one talks. morning. that anything its nuclear Catherine Ashton, the No American president has would hapactivities are European Union’s foreign pol- met with an Iranian leader since pen by haponly for pro- icy chief, told reporters after the 1979 Islamic revolution that penstance on energy meeting with Zarif that she saw led to the ouster of the proa relationship Senator John McCain ducing and for medical “energy and determination” for American Shah Mohammad and an issue talks to move ahead with the Reza Pahlavi. However, U.S. R-Ariz. research. that is this A m e r i c a n U.S., Russia, China, Britain, secretaries of state and Iranian important,” officials say France and Germany. foreign ministers have had Ben Rhodes, On Twitter, the U.S.-educated occasional encounters. The Obama’s deputy national secu- Rouhani’s change in tone is rity adviser, told reporters trav- driven by the Iranian public’s Zarif called his meeting with most recent was in 2007, when eling with the president to New frustration with crippling eco- Ashton “positive,” and he Secretary of State Condoleezza nomic sanctions levied by the added, “Need new start under Rice exchanged pleasantYork. ries with Foreign Minister The election of Rouhani, a U.S. But it is still unclear wheth- new circumstances.” The prospect of bilateral talks Manouchehr Mottaki during a moderate cleric, has led to spec- er Iran is willing to take the ulation about possible progress steps the U.S. is seeking in order between Kerry and Zarif did meeting in Egypt. Suzanne Maloney, a former on Iran’s nuclear impasse with to ease the sanctions, including little to tamp down speculation the U.S. Particularly intrigu- curbing uranium enrichment and about a meeting between the State Department official, said ing to American officials are shutting down the underground U.S. and Iranian presidents, Obama should be wary of makwho both arrived in New York ing a bold diplomatic gesture Rouhani’s assertions that his Fordo nuclear facility. State Department officials on Monday. The most obvi- with so much about Rouhani’s government has “complete authority” in nuclear negotia- said Kerry would seek to answer ous opportunity for a direct intentions still unknown. “They have to be clear that this tions. That would be a marked that question on Thursday when exchange appears to be at a
“Removal of any existing sanctions msut depend on Iran’s halting of its nuclear program.”
is someone they wouldn’t need to dissociate themselves from shortly after,” said Maloney, now a Middle East fellow at the Brookings Institution. “When you’re talking about Iran, I think that’s almost impossible to do.” Anthony Cordesman, a foreign policy analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, agreed that a leaders meeting does come with risks. But he urged the White House to consider the positive message it would send to Iranian moderates if Obama extended a hand to their newly elected leader. “It’s absolutely vital that you take this window of opportunity,” Cordesman said. “Rebuffing Rouhani without actually listening to him is scarcely going to empower moderates in Iran.” In Tehran, meanwhile, Iran said Monday it had freed 80 prisoners arrested in political crackdowns. That could offer another diplomatic boost for the country’s new president as he arrives for the U.N. meeting. The announcement of the mass release came just hours after Hasan Rouhani departed for New York for the annual U.N. General Assembly, where he is expected to seek Western pledges to restart stalled negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. Back in Washington, senators urged Obama to reaffirm at the U.N. that, despite Rouhani’s recent overtures, the U.S. will not accept a nuclear-capable Iran. In two separate letters, top Democrats and Republicans also called on the president to make clear that the U.S. will continue tough sanctions against Tehran. “Now is not the time to let up on this pressure,” Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and John McCain, R-Ariz., wrote in one letter to Obama. “Removal of any existing sanctions must depend on Iran’s halting of its nuclear program. Conversely, the continuation or expansion of its nuclear activities will only lead to more sanctions led by the United States and our friends and allies.”
Stocks fall on concern about economy, budget NEW YORK (AP) — Concerns about the strength of the economy and the potential for a budget fight in Washington pushed down the stock market Monday. The Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell for a third straight day. The Dow jumped 147 points last Wednesday to close at an all-time high after the Fed decided to keep its huge economic stimulus program intact. But that rally has been wiped out by anxiety over a budget and debt fight in Washington over the past three days. Investors initially cheered the Fed’s surprise decision to keep its stimulus in place because the program has helped sustain a
bull run in stocks dating back to March 2009. Doubts have crept into investors’ minds, however, because the central bank thinks the economy isn’t strong enough for it to pull back the stimulus. William Dudley, the President of the Fed’s New York Branch said Monday that while the economy was improving, “the headwinds” created by the financial crisis were only easing slowly. “At first blush (the stimulus) looks positive,” said Kate Warne, an investment strategist at Edward Jones, a financial advisor. “But at second blush it says conditions weren’t as strong as we were previously thinking. Markets are now responding to that.” The Fed is buying $85 billion
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In this Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, file photo, specialist Christopher Culhane works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
percent, to $49.57 after the Financial Times reported that the bank had suffered a “significant decline” in trading revenues that would crimp its earnings. Goldman Sachs, which began trading on the Dow Monday, also fell. The stock slipped $4.50, or 2.7 percent, to $165.20. Utilities were the best performing industry group in the
S&P 500 index as investors sought less risky places to put their money. Nike and Visa, along with Goldman, also began trading on the 30-member Dow on Monday, replacing Alcoa, Bank of America and HewlettPackard. The threat of a looming political showdown over the budget also weighed on investors.
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KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — U.S. military officials at the Guantanamo Bay prison announced Monday that they will stop releasing daily hunger strike updates because they say the number of protesters has steadily dropped to a core group of 19 defiant prisoners. For months, the U.S. military has issued reports each day listing the number of hunger strikers during one of the most sustained protests at the prison on the U.S. naval base in Cuba. The prison opened in January 2002 to hold “enemy combatants” in the early days of the war in Afghanistan. Monday’s statement from a Joint Task Force Guantanamo official said the number of hunger strikers has significantly diminished since a peak in early July, when 106 inmates had joined the strike out of a then total prison population of 166. There are now 19 inmates tracked as hunger strikers among the current 164 detainees, the U.S. military said. The tally has remained the same for almost two weeks. “We believe today’s numbers represent those who wish to continue to strike,” said Army Lt. Col. Samuel House, a Guantanamo spokesman. Eighteen of those prisoners are on the “enteral feed list,” meaning they can be strapped down and fed a liquid nutrient mix through a nasal tube. According to the military’s latest figures, no hunger striking inmates are being observed in a base hospital. The U.S. military requires a minimum of three days of sustained eating and a minimal caloric intake before prisoners can be removed from the tally. The number of striking inmates began to climb in February. By April, more than half of the prisoners held at Guantanamo had joined the protest to draw attention to their conditions and indefinite detention. Hunger strikes have been a fixture at Guantanamo since shortly after it opened. One in the summer of 2005 reached a peak of around 131 detainees, when the facility held roughly 500 men. That protest led the military to adopt a policy of strapping prisoners down to be force-fed a liquid nutrient mix to prevent starvation. The sustained hunger strike this year prompted President Barack Obama to criticize the force-feedings and renew his efforts to close the U.S. prison. Amid global pressure, Obama vowed to close the prison, but Congress enacted legislation that prohibited the transfer of prisoners to the U.S. and made it harder to send them abroad. David Remes, a Washingtonbased lawyer who represents several Guantanamo prisoners, said he believes the hunger strikers achieved their objectives. “The hunger strike refocused national attention on Guantanamo and spurred President Obama to renew his efforts to close the prison,” Remes said in an email Monday.
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Network stability is a vital piece of a modern college campus
mong the most common complaints of UConn students is the infamous UConn-Secure Wi-Fi network, which is no stranger to occasionally creating a frustrated student population. Last week, the network crashed for a couple of hours, limiting Internet access. This isn’t a one-time event. Rather, it’s something that happens a little too often. It is vital that UConn maintains and improves its network infrastructure as it moves forward. This isn’t just so students can get back to Facebook or Twitter, or other activities that may be deemed frivolous. While it is true that a network crash can prevent access to these things, it also prevents access to services that are relatively crucial. Students can lose access to email or tools like Dropbox and Google Drive, which could house important assignments, projects and notes. Most research is also done online now, as evidenced by the library’s emphasis on shifting to computers as opposed to traditional books, and plenty of assignments require an Internet connection to be submitted. This can also interfere with lectures if professors require Internet access for lecture slides or other lecture materials, such as videos. Students may also not be able to access lectures or e-books that are necessary for a particular class. Wireless printing also becomes unavailable for whatever period of time the network is down, and even a short crash can create problems if students are in the middle of online examinations or the ever-precarious course selection process. It isn’t just about network reliability, but also making it easier to use. Things like SafeConnect, although necessary for the network, can create problems for students and prevent them from connecting, even though security may be up to date and there is no reason for access to be denied. In general, UConn should be working toward creating a more connected campus. There has already been significant progress in utilizing new technologies. However, this technology is only as good as the ability to access it. It’s understandable that the network may need maintenance, but this can be planned for times when students aren’t going to be in dire need of an Internet connection. Network crashes cannot be planned for. It would be beneficial to the university to invest in creating a better and more reliable network infrastructure as it moves toward becoming a more connected campus.
Spoilers can ruin meaningful bond between viewer and show
ith the finale of “Breaking Bad” just days away, I’m prepping for my personal mourning of a show that carried me out of the dark days of my “LOST” mourning period. It is also a time to turn to a discussion on spoilers, and why you all need to need to calm down with casually tweeting and posting about who died and who did what and who shot J.R.type shenanigans. It’s time to come to terms with the fact that spoilers are a rude and inconsiderate way of conducting yourself as a By Victoria Kallsen fan. Some studies have shown Weekly Columnist that spoilers can “enhance” the work itself, but those studies often do not take into account the personal level one can share with television or film. As an intense follower of all things media, I must personally advocate for more strict spoiler alert enforcements and a more mindful attitude toward spoilers themselves. My immersion into nerd culture was with the aforementioned “LOST,” where reading a spoiler for the show would have been as devastating as contracting tuberculosis (or perhaps that mysterious Sickness on the show itself). However, I was lucky enough to watch the show in real time and in the pre-Facebook, pre-Twitter days. The general lack of carelessness regarding spoiler post-
ings on social media has made it impossible to even consider attempting a quick checkin, lest you’ve faced with sudden spoilers regarding the demise of certain beloved characters. For example, last spring when I was behind on “Downton Abbey,” I checked Facebook where my own father had posted an article whose headline spoiled the season finale for me in a devastating way. If anything, it made the ultimate reveal that much harder to deal with because I spent the last 20 minutes of the show just sobbing uncontrollably even though nothing had happened yet. (My roommate was very concerned, but I just have a lot of feelings.) The oft-cited research in this matter is a study that was done using short stories where some respondents were told the ending before reading while others were not. While many enjoyed the story spoiled as much or even more so than unspoiled, many aren’t noticing that those surveyed have very little emotional attachment to the story in question and they also elected to be a part of survey that could spoil something for them. The real issue is when spoilers are unsolicited and thrust upon you with the justification this ‘research’ brings. Don’t you know my deep emotional connection to “Veronica Mars” can’t be quantified and dismissed so despondently? Still, we all know those people who don’t like the intense anticipation and for whom the knowledge of the ending relieves them of such tension. That’s great, by all means, read the last chapter of a book before you read it. However, don’t subject others to your soulless depraved act by announcing to everyone the ending of “Harry Potter and the
Half Blood Prince.” For some of us, the art is in the reveal and the anticipation, even if there is enjoyment in the details post-twist, such as with a re-watching of “Fight Club.” Still, that first taste of horror when one realizes all your dreams have died in a painful episode of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” is a sadness like no other. (You wouldn’t even know which one I’m referring to, because Joss Whedon rips our hearts out in several). Spoilers aren’t something you can judge another person’s opinion on. If you have a story with a great reference to an “Angel” episode that aired in 2000 (as I always do), it’s still polite to ask, “Hey, do you mind I if spoil this for you?” Perhaps this person has been yearning to watch the tantalizing spin-off to “Buffy” or has a deep penchant for moody vampires who complain about having a soul. You should always ask, as was recently evidenced when a complete stranger, upon hearing my conversation with friends regarding Targaryen family names, decided he was within his full rights to discuss the Red Wedding. If he had merely asked, he would have discovered my friend wasn’t there yet in the books, and such a reveal could wait. While I’ll have to continue to be careful on Twitter and Facebook, it’s time to stop casually discussing events of shows and films as if everyone had enough time to stay on top of them all and not get spoiled. (I mean, I’m far too busy writing about TV to watch TV, right?
Weekly Columnist Victoria Kallsen is a 5th-semester mechanical engineering major. She can be reached at Victoria.Kallsen@UConn.edu and @Oh_Vicki.
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enator Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., introduced a new bill called the Free Flow of Information Act of 2013, to the U.S. Senate on Sept. 12, which he claims would protect journalists and their sources from federal subpoenas in the event they report classified information to the public. In reality, the ratification of this bill would effectively grant the government the ability to determine who is a journalist and therefore subject to protection and who is not. By Dan Gorry The paradox Staff Columnist that arises from this bill poses the following question: If the government can decide who gets to exercise their First Amendment rights and who doesn’t, is the press actually free? Now it’s not as if a “Shield Law” for people is not vitally necessary; 40 states provide journalists protection from statelevel subpoenas, but no protection from federal subpoenas that currently exists. As David Greene of the Electronic Frontier Foundation points out, most of the people indicted for disclosing federal secrets have had to rely on a “reporter’s privilege” to avoid trial. But this “privilege,” collo-
quially known as the right to free press in the Constitution, is often superseded by the grand jury subpoenas, and in the case of U.S.A. vs Jeffrey Alexander Sterling the Fourth Circuit of Appeals ruled that the First Amendment did not apply at all. There are two ways in which the shield law is provided to citizens. The best way is through a “functional definition” that grants protection to anyone collecting information for disclosure to the public, and the other is a “status definition” in which protection is provided to those few affiliated with a media organization. Senator Barbara Feinstein, D-Calif., whose political views are often ripped straight from the fascists’ handbook, wanted to add an amendment to the bill which would explicitly define journalists as salaried employees of state-sanctioned media entities who meet a stringent minimum of previous employment history. Unfortunately for Feinstein, Schumer and the other members of the Senate Judiciary Committee like their authoritarianism to creep instead of sprint, and so a compromise was reached in which “covered journalists” can be anyone who practiced journalism, salaried or not, for at least three consecu-
tive months in the last five to 20 years. The most amazing part of this compromise was the addition of a judicial discretion provision in which the presiding judge can dismiss the case if they find that the newsgathering was done in a “lawful and legitimate manner.” In theory, this would grant justices the ability to free citizens, who might not be journalists, from tyrannical prosecution; but seeing as how nine of the bill’s 21 sponsors signed the Patriot Act, and another provision was added explicitly barring Wikileaks or people like Edward Snowden from protection, the most amazing thing about this new version of the bill is that apparently someone on the Senate Judiciary Committee has such a guilty conscience they needed to at least pretend like they weren’t violating the First Amendment. Black’s Law Dictionary, the legal equivalent of the Oxford English Dictionary, states that “a constitutional right is a right that had been guaranteed by the United States Constitution that cannot be violated by laws or by Congress.” The First Amendment is equally unequivocal in barring Congress from abridging the freedom of speech or of the press, and so any “Shield Law” that does not employ an extremely
broad interpretation of the functional definition is inherently unconstitutional. Furthermore, any future attempts at crafting legislation to protect journalists should focus on examining the content of what was disclosed instead of the merits of the person who made the disclosure. Organizations like Wikileaks and people like Edward Snowden are attacked by a system that was specifically designed to target those who were not preapproved by the state apparatus; if the mechanisms for determining legitimate disclosures of state secrets were guided by an investigation of the veracity and public benefit provided by such leaks, we would have a system that better exemplifies the free society we all wish we enjoyed. The revelation of U.S. military personnel wantonly murdering Iraqi citizens in droves as well as the outing of the NSA’s Orwellian violations of privacy are more deserving of protection than any of the propagandist swill published by The New York Times or The Wall Street Journal.
Staff Columnist Dan Gorry is a 7th-semester political science major. He can be reached at Daniel.Gorry@ UConn.edu
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Sept. 23 is observed as Celebrate Bisexuality Day within the LGBT community. In celebration, the Rainbow Center held a screening and discussion of “Bi The Way,” a documentary that explores young American bisexuals as well as different attitudes towards the orientation. Released in 2008, “Bi The Way” follows the lives of people who not only identify as bisexual, but also those who have experimented in multigender relationships and sex analysts who study the spectrum of attraction. One subject is an 11-year-old boy who has been questioning his sexuality since his father came out as gay following his birth. Another is a young woman who is expelled from her home by her father after her sexuality is exposed. The film places a spotlight on the difference of attitudes between generations, with one commentator dubbing today’s young adults as the “whatever” generation in regard to sexual preference. Another aspect of the feature focused on the scientific debate on whether bisexuality even exists. Skeptics can be found even within the LGBT community. Dan Savage, an openly gay writer of the nationally known sex advice book, “Savage Love,” appears in the film to denounce bisexuality as synonymous with closeted homosexuality. A study took place at Northwestern University in which bisexual males were revealed to have only been sexually aroused by homoerotic por-
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The Rainbow Center was established in 1998 to provide a place of support for those struggling with their sexual or gender identity.
nography, although the study was debunked following the film’s release. The film also provides the explanation that sexual attraction, romantic attraction and emotional attachment operate in different circuits of the brain, meaning people cannot be attracted to one gender sexually and another romantically. The film was presented by Lynn Alexander, a 7th-semester women’s gender and sexuality studies major, who led a discussion on the film and its themes after the screening. She says
she likes to show the film for the occasion because, “It shows a range of different ages, races and people from all walks of life. It doesn’t stereotype. There was a different relationship spectrum. There were people in a monogamous couple as well as swingers.” Alexander also commented on how a majority of the film took place in the rural south, which showed more progressive attitude than is commonly believed. Ben Martin, a 9th-semester English and theatre studies
major said about the film, “I really liked how the video presented us with a wide range of individuals, genders and sexualities that all fall under the term bisexual. The knowledge that the term can be used in an amorphous of situations is comforting to me because even in the LGBTQ community there tends to be idea you need to be either a hard line gay or a hard line straight.” Alexander discussed the difficulties faced by those who feel attraction to more than gender.
The spectrum includes not only bisexuals, but also pansexuals, polysexuals and homo and hetero-flexible. Alexander said bi-phobia exists in both straight and gay communities. “In our society we have this script that makes us believe we should only be attracted by one gender. What multi-gender attraction does is it rewrites that script. You get a lot of people who aren’t comfortable with that middle ground.”
The good and the PRLACC displays Latino art bad of the MPAA for Hispanic Heritage month By Randy Amorim Staff Writer
While filming “Live Free or Die Hard,” the producers decided to alter the production and aim for a PG-13 rating rather than the R rating that belongs to the previous “Die Hard” entries. Bruce Willis was furious: he publicly stated that he did not approve of the decision, and he did not like that this seemed to be the current trend in the industry. He said that it seems nowadays to be a courageous thing to make an R-rated movie. Willis eventually recanted his initial statements and said he was more pleased with the final product than he expected, but there’s nothing wrong with what he said. Today, it really appears risky to make an R-rated movie because of the way the industry works. There is a huge jump between the R and PG-13 movie rating. In an action movie, a PG-13 rating means that whenever somebody gets shot or hit, or really any sort of violence is shown, there can only be a small amount of blood, and it cannot be seen for more than a second. Also, any extremely violent acts cannot even be implied or demonstrated in most cases. For fans of action this is a big difference, as you often cannot see much of the action you want to see. In dramas, the rating relates not only to violence, sex and language, but themes as well. If a film’s subject matter becomes too “adult” or too strong for a young audience, the film will receive an R rating. Even if the film “Prisoners” had toned down its violence, censored all its harsh language and trimmed down any other questionable scenes, it is unlikely a film with such mature and disturbing themes would ever receive a PG-13 rating. It makes sense to aim for a PG-13 rating since—generally speaking—these types of films make a lot more money. Adult audiences hardly ever go out to the theaters, but the PG-13 audience of young adults goes more often than anyone else.
Not to mention when you make a movie like “Batman,” you tap into both audiences, while an R rating restricts the younger audience from attending even when they are interested. However, the aim for the rating can ruin the quality of the film. “Live Free or Die Hard” was probably not too damaged, but other films can be. “The Conjuring” was meant to be PG-13, but the MPAA said the film was too dark and too adult to receive a PG-13 rating. If they had not chosen to stick with the R rating, they would have had to make extensive cuts and potentially ruin the film. Another problem that seems to be raising a debate lately is the NC-17 rating. What’s the difference between R and NC-17? Besides the fact that most theaters do not show NC-17 movies because they are not as profitable, an R-rated movie allows you the option to bring your children, while an NC-17 film is deemed so bad that theaters will not allow parents or any adults to bring children. Is this necessary? Sadly, it is because no matter how graphic the film, every R-rated movie I go to has small children inside it. Yet, does this work? It bars the film from most adults because an NC-17 is difficult to find and once the film is released as an unrated director’s cut or as an NC-17 on DVD, how can we stop children from seeing it? Its effectiveness is really only temporary and stops adults from seeing it. Often it only censors violent movies, but in films like “Saving Private Ryan,” or “Shame,” the graphic scenes are necessary to the message of the film. Even in films like “Evil Dead” that received extensive cuts, the quality and film’s effectiveness in thrilling audiences are ruined, and it stops more adults than kids from seeing it. Is the rating necessary? Maybe not, but I cannot think of another system or really another way to stop bad parents from showing their kids the movie.
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By Nathan Seper Campus Correspondent Most art galleries often display the art of working professionals. Of course, most people would gladly take the art of workers. However, in this case, an art gallery has chosen to display student art projects rather than projects from professional artists. On Monday, the Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center (PRLACC) opened its art exhibit in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, however it decided that instead of showcasing the work of local artists, it would showcase the work of UConn’s Latino students. “This specific year we showcased student work,” said Jen Morenus, assistant director of the PRLACC. “I think it is a fantastic way to feature our students work.” But the focus isn’t necessarily student but Latino student work. “The purpose is to showcase the art work of our Latino students as well as showcase the talent of the students.” said Fany Hannon, director of the PRLACC.
Kevin Young, a 5th-semester fine arts major (sculpture concentration), showcased an interesting work “Self Portrait, Ode to David Hule.” It was a picture of a human head being dissected into different layers. One layer showed the skin, the next layer showed the skull. The final layer showcased instead of a brain cortex three animals, which according to the artist represented different meanings. The snake, which according to some can be considered evil, was in his words “wisdom,” the owl represents spirituality and the wolf represents independence. There was also a copy of that same picture. However the only difference between the copies was that one said “Peruviano,” (Peruvian, which is Young’s background), and one titled “Americano.” “When I came to America, I would be labeled Peruvian, but when I went back to Peru, I would be labeled American,” said Young. “It’s based around Latino identity.” Latino art is varied, and the art gallery proved no excep-
tion. “I think it’s really cool how this gallery shows a bunch of spectrums of different art techniques,” said Joey Ferraro, a freshman. Kiana Gonzalez, a 5th-semester art history major, also understood this, and decided to create abstract watercolor art paintings, and displayed several of them on a wall. “Watercolor is my favorite medium, I decided to do these paintings, because they went in a different direction from my old style,” said Gonzalez. Many of these paintings were indeed abstract. An example was “After the Rain,” in which the only distinguishable object in a red and orange background was a rain cloud. “I was tired of looking for references,” said Gonzalez. “Abstract became a refuge for my mind.” In a sense, the art gallery isn’t merely about Latino art; it is about finding our identity, and finding the style of art that makes a person unique. “I strongly believe in empowering the students,” said Hannon.
The ‘beach reads’ enjoyed while laying by the ocean are shifting into books read while sipping on a pumpkin latte after apple picking. The publishing world is already making headway into the new season of books. While it’s disappointing that warm weather and long sunny days are fleeting, new novels should make up for that loss. From the numerous books that have already been released this fall to those upcoming, here are the three I’m eager to explore. A year doesn’t pass without the publication of a new Nicholas Sparks novel. His latest New York Times bestseller, “The Longest Ride,” is certain to be the perfect love story to give you a smile this semester. The tales of an elderly couple and a college-aged couple are depicted throughout this novel. Despite the decades between each couple, they are somehow brought together. Notorious for sappy love stories, the mysteries in Sparks’ novels are often overlooked. I find his books are often a pleasant combination of “aww” moments coupled with surprise. It is the mystery, relationships and carefully crafted plots that distinguish Sparks from other authors in the love story genre. He always reminds readers about what is truly important in life when we get caught up in minutiae. He hasn’t disappointment me yet so I look forward to reading the newest edition to his repertoire. I was a junior in high school when I read “The Catcher in the Rye” for the first time. I never read any of J.D. Salinger’s other novels but I had often heard about his reclusive nature. Now, four years after my first exposure to Salinger’s work, “Salinger” by David Shields and Shane Salerno has been published. This biography attempts to piece together Salinger’s life and offer an explanation for his lifestyle. He always raised an abundance of questions, mainly beginning with why did he stop publishing in 1965? The publishing may have stopped but the writing never ended. Hidden in a vault, manuscripts of Salinger’s writing from 1965 to his death were found. Five new works from his manuscripts are to be published from 2015-2020, causing this biography to arrive at the perfect time. After reading his life story, readers may have a greater understanding and appreciation for Salinger’s writing. I’d love to read this biography to see what I missed during my first exposure to this great American author. On Oct. 22, the “Divergent” trilogy by Veronica Roth comes to a close. “Allegiant” will hopefully answer all the questions that have been brewing in readers’ minds. Creativity and imagination has always been plentiful in Roth’s previous books. Engrossing from the very first page, it will be difficult to leave the unique, dystopian world behind. However, we can breath a sigh of relief when the cliffhangers and suspense are resolved. I’m always interested to see how authors conclude a series. They must ensure that the various storylines are tied up and that readers find the answers they have been searching for. I don’t know what to expect but I do know that I will be reading “Allegiant” as fast as I can, unable to put it down. These books and many others will be a much need reprieve from studying for the first round of exams. Reward yourself by picking up a book that isn’t a textbook this autumn. Even though it isn’t beach weather anymore, reading a good book while curled up with a blanket can be just as relaxing.
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By Randy Amorim Staff Writer “Prisoners” represents the mature, intelligent and gripping thriller that everyone says filmmakers should make more of, but hardly ever finds success at the box office. The film succeeds in holding the audience on the edge of their seats until the very last second. While I enjoyed Riddick, the film felt a bit long at two hours. “Prisoners” managed to keep me from checking my watch or wondering how much time was left in the film. Although it is an exceptional thriller, what makes “Prisoners” so much more is the questions it asks, the answers it then gives us, the actors’ and actresses’ outstanding performances and the themes of religion, human nature, morality and punishment that it presents. In arguably the best performance of his career, Hugh Jackman plays Keller Dover, a contractor who has just experienced every parent’s worst
nightmare when his daughter and his neighbor’s daughter vanish without a trace on Thanksgiving afternoon. The only clue they have is a mysterious RV parked on the street earlier that day. When police find the RV, the unintelligent driver Alex (Paul Dano) tries to run and crashes it. Unfortunately, he has the IQ of a 10-year-old and speaks in creepy whispers, and there is no physical evidence to link him to anything, so he is let go. Jake Gyllenhaal plays Detective Loki, in a performance equal to, if not better, than his role in last year’s “End of Watch.” Loki is a lonely man who becomes so involved in this case that we see him try everything to solve it, and it tears him apart. Both Dover and Loki do not want Alex to be released from custody, but they cannot stop it. Although they are on the same side, Dover views Loki as his enemy because Loki is always giving him bad news, and Dover does not believe he is
handling the investigation well. Dover assaults Alex as he leaves the police station where Alex whispers to him in his creepy voice, “They didn’t cry until I left them.” After following Alex, Dover sees him strangle his aunt’s dog and hears him sing the same tune the girls were singing on Thanksgiving. Dover kidnaps him and binds him to a furnace in an abandoned building he owns, and the torture begins. The film consists of two narratives put together. On one side, we see Dover and his struggle to keep his family strong. Dover leaves the house to torture Alex for days, demanding he tells him what he knows. Alex doesn’t talk and Dover has to make it worse and worse. Motivated by anger, revenge and the desire for his daughter, he takes it as far as he can, but he finds he cannot go as far as he may need to in order to get answers, and he struggles simultaneously with his guilt of not keeping his daughter safe
and of the torture. The other side of the film depicts Detective Loki struggling to piece the case together and the toll it takes on him when he continuously comes across dead ends and worries he will not find the girls alive, or maybe even at all. The title comes from the literal positions as prisoners of the two kidnapped girls and all the kidnapped victims we meet throughout the film, as well as the prisoner-like position of the police and the parents trapped in a race against time to find the missing girls. Every character in the film is imprisoned in one way or another. “Prisoners” is a very dark film and is not intended for an immature audience, but those who can handle this adventure will not be disappointed. It probably won’t win a single award or maybe even receive a nomination, but of this year so far, this is one of the most Oscar-worthy films I have seen.
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Cate Blanchett delivers a dark, Oscar-worthy performance in what is otherwise an average dramatic film effort. Longtime film director Woody Allen’s latest film “Blue Jasmine” doesn’t quite reach the heights of his 2011 effort, “Midnight in Paris,” but thanks to a remarkable performance Blanchett, it is a more than worthy use of time. “Blue Jasmine” chronicles the story of Jasmine Francis (Blanchett), a once-wealthy New York socialite, as she attempts to build a new life for herself in San Francisco. Moving in with her sister, Ginger (Sally Hawkins), Jasmine attempts to enter the professional world and re-enter the dating scene. However, ever since the collapse of her former life in New York, she has been prone to
panic attacks and remains somewhat off. In flashbacks, we witness scenes of her former life and subsequent collapse as a socialite still married to her former husband, Hal (Alec Baldwin). The film’s most entertaining moments are drawn from witnessing Blanchett’s remarkable performance as Jasmine, witnessing the character draw herself deeper and deeper into her own psychosis. Seeing Jasmine go from a fairly normal person to an alcoholic prone to talking to herself is truly haunting. A particular scene in which she rambles on about her past to her unaware nephews in a pizza parlor perfectly illustrates the level of mental instability the character exhibits. However, gentlemen be warned, if you are the type that dreads nothing more
than hearing a woman complain about her problems, this is most definitely a film you would be advised to avoid. Not too much can be complained about on the acting front. Compared to Jasmine, for the most part all other characters play “straight roles,” simply serving their places in Jasmine’s tangled web of a life. Comedian Louis C.K. has a minor role as a love interest for Ginger. Although brief, his appearances provide the film with some much needed comic relief. Alec Baldwin’s safe performance as a shrewd businessman is an absolute cakewalk for the actor that just finished up seven seasons of portraying Jack Donaghy on NBC’s “30 Rock.” Bobby Cannavale, who plays Ginger’s boyfriend, and Sally Hawkins do an amicable job of
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portraying a love/hate working class couple. Much of my criticism can be pointed directly to Allen. The film may only be one hour and 38 minutes long, but it moves at a painstakingly slow pace. It feels as though the entire amount of story the film takes up could have been told in half the time it took Allen. The amount of exposure for all of the characters is far greater than necessary. And it would not have hurt one bit to have added a bit more comic relief. That said Allen has created a truly mesmerizing character in Jasmine, who is fantastically portrayed by Blanchett. A smooth jazz soundtrack perfectly complements an otherwise rather depressing drama. It’s not a revolutionary piece of film, but it will keep you relatively entertained for an hour and a half.
One of the most stylistically unique and innovative storytellers working in Hollywood today is Wes Anderson. His direction is comparable to that of Tim Burton and Richard Linklater, in that all of his films cannot be mistaken for anyone else’s work, and the effect on audiences can be polarizing. But quality aside, Anderson’s methodology is nothing short of fascinating, and it begs to broken down. When watching an Anderson film, it is hard not to create an internal checklist of his recurring themes and features. They include large casts, one of whom is Bill Murray, family relations, magic realism, autumnal colors and outsiders as protagonists. He also possesses a compulsive attention to detail, using the scenery to tell the story as much as the characters. His sets have been compared to dollhouses, often showing rooms on a twodimensional plane. His transition to stop motion animation with “Fantastic Mr. Fox” was so successful because the film was literally a diorama over which he had complete control. His mantra also appears to be influenced by literature. “The Royal Tenenbaums” was actually structured as a book, with chapter headings presented as pages and a narrator completely separate from the story. The work of Ernest Hemingway is a possible influence. Much of his dialogue, like Hemmingway’s, is short and declarative; using long back-and-forth conversations for development. It’s also hard not to think once about “The Old Man and the Sea” while watching “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.” All of Anderson’s films have phenomenal soundtracks, both original and adapted. He has an uncanny ability to apply the perfect song to a scene, but he never blends music and dialogue. He clearly illustrates what he wants us as an audience to be focusing on, and the music is always meant to be part of the foreground, and in a sense it is dialogue itself. Then there are the characters. Nobody in a Wes Anderson movie is normal. All characters have a set of quirks, which throughout the story he collectively celebrates. Max Fischer, the main character of “Rushmore,” was a teenage social mogul with an impossible spectrum of artistic and social talents. But the surreality that surrounds Fischer is what makes him so interesting. He creates people so original because there is no way any of them could exist, but he is able to fit them flawlessly into human skin. They also appear to inhabit another dimension where social restraints on emotional discussion don’t exist. I would say that takes away from the story’s realism, but that was never his intention. Anderson desires to, and succeeds in, bringing out the warmest and sweetest component of human emotion, even when his characters are a bunch of forest animals. But the component of the Anderson formula that’s the most striking, as well as the most cinematically admirable, is his editing and cinematography. He favors direct shots, with the actors looking straight at the camera. In “Moonrise Kingdom,” the camera seems to bounce back and forth between characters with every sentence. The camera only moves when he is giving an overlay of the setting, and his constant cutting makes every shot appear as its own fragment. The two words to best describe it are “stiff”
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Surf industry hopes surf parks will expand sport Tuesday, September 24, 2013
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Trove of Mich. folk music unearthed in archive
A surfer rides the machine-made wave at Wavehouse San Diego Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, in San Diego.
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Some of surfing’s biggest names aren’t just catching waves. They’re also talking about making them. Surf parks — massive pools with repeating, artificial waves — are the latest buzzword in the surf community, as everyone from top athletes to retailers look for ways to expand the sport, boost sales and create a standardized way to train that could help surfing earn an Olympic pedigree. “Mother Nature stipulates that surfing only can occur where waves can be born. When man takes his hand to forming the waves, it unlocks the potential of surfing anywhere. And that is the most powerful thing,” said Doug Palladini, president of the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association. This month, dozens of industry leaders, surfers and investors met in Laguna Beach in Southern California for the first annual Surf Park Summit to spark inter-
est in a business proposition that could breathe life into a sport that struggled during the recession. About 50 percent of independent, mom-and-pop surf retailers — the heart and soul of surf culture — shut down worldwide during the recession and those that survived face an increasingly saturated market that is limited by geography. Enter the dream surf park, a 2-acre wave pool capable of generating anything from tiny beginner ripples to 10-foot barrels every minute, with every wave the same. Customers would pay by the number of waves to learn the sport or refine their technique and learn new tricks. The prospect has surf board manufacturers and apparel retailers salivating at the thought of new markets for surf gear and clothing in land-locked places like Kansas or Nebraska. But parks would also be prime real estate for sponsored surfing competitions that would draw
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both eyeballs and dollars. At the summit, speakers tossed out tantalizing whatifs: A national surfing league, much like the NBA, with feeder teams and city affiliations. Live, televised surfing competitions staged with predictable waves in a massive surf arena. Some even believe surf parks could propel the sport into the Olympics, a dream that has so far proven elusive. “Without man-made waves, there will not be Olympic surfing,” said Fernando Aguerre, president of the International Surfing Association. “It’s the ultimate wave-sharing that you can imagine.” Olympics aside, everyday surfers who already live near the beach say even they would use the parks as a supplement to the ocean, to refine their skills on a consistent wave or get in a few rides when the natural surf is bad. “In a park, you can always get in a perfect position, the wave will always be perfect and you can really work on your surfing,” said Cliff Char, 54, who’s been surfing 15 years near his hometown of Seal Beach. Detractors, however, worry that in the rush to surf parks, the sport will lose its soul. Betting on artificial waves, they say, will sanitize and commercialize a pastime the most passionate surfers describe as a solitary, rugged pursuit where athletes and nature commune. They say the sport will lose sight of its culture and history if the next generation learns to rip on chlorinated water. “The problem is, ‘surf culture’ is about so much more than just riding a wave. It is about having a genuine respect and connection with the ocean,” said Zac Heisey, a surfer and freelance writer who addressed the debate on his blog, In The Name of Surfing. Others are concerned that the energy required to power waves big enough for surf parks will contribute to global warming. Momentum around surf parks has been growing since the 1960s, but fewer than a dozen serious parks currently exist
in locations from Florida to Malaysia — and cost and wave technology have always been stumbling blocks. That technology has now advanced enough to make parks economically viable, but operators will need to build near large population centers and make the pool the centerpiece of a larger development to make a profit, said Tom Lochtefeld, owner of Wave Loch, a wave technology company. Some of the biggest and best-known include Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon in Florida, Wadi Adventure in United Arab Emirates and Wavegarden, a private research and development site tucked away in Spain’s Basque country. A park that would attract serious surfers would run between $15 million and $25 million to build and need to be at least 2 acres in size to allow surfers to paddle in, Lochtefeld said. With current technology, the energy price tag for one hour of waves could be up to roughly $500, he said. Other wave companies have said they can produce waves for $1 a wave, said Matt Reilly, director of operations and marketing at Surf Park Central, which put on the summit. “It comes in as how you operate a park and that’s a question that hasn’t been answered by anybody,” he said. Despite the challenges, history is filled with examples of extreme, outdoor sports that have been tamed for the masses. Before chair lifts, ski bums had to hike up mountains to ride down and rock gyms made rock-climbing possible miles from any mountain, said Dan Harmon, a development manager with Select Contracts, which builds and operates leisure and sport projects worldwide. “They’re places to train, they’re safe, controlled environments that allow people that initial introduction and that is absolutely key,” said Harmon, whose company operates United Arab Emirates’ wave park. “If we can get them in, then we can get them hooked.”
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit is famous for its music, from the Motown hits of the 1960s to the cutting-edge punk of Iggy Pop to the rap of Eminem. Little known, though, is that Michigan was also fertile ground for folk music, brought to the region by immigrants in the early 20th century and played in the logging camps, mines and factory towns where they worked. Legendary folklorist Alan Lomax discovered the music in 1938 when he visited the Midwest on his famous 10-year cross-country trek to document American folk music for the Library of Congress. A trove of his Michigan recordings is now being publicly released for the first time by the library, coinciding with the 75th anniversary of Lomax’s trip. The release is causing a stir among folk music fanciers and history buffs. “It was a fantastic field trip — hardly anything has been published from it,” said Todd Harvey, the Lomax collection’s curator at the library in Washington. The Michigan batch contains about 900 tracks and represents a dozen ethnicities. Lomax, son of famous musicologist John A. Lomax, spent three months in Michigan on his research, which also took him through Appalachia and the deep South. He drove through rural communities and recorded the work songs and folk tunes he heard on a large suitcase-sized disc recorder powered by his car’s battery. The trip was supposed to cover much of the Upper Midwest, but he found so much in Michigan that he made only a few recordings elsewhere in the region. The collection includes acoustic blues from southern transplants, including Sampson Pittman and onetime Robert Johnson collaborator Calvin Frazier; a lumberjack ballad called “MichiganI-O” sung solo by an old logger named Lester Wells; and a similar lament about life deep in the copper mines of the Upper Peninsula called “31st Level Blues,” performed by the Floriani family, who were of Croatian descent. The 250 disc recordings of about 125 performers, along with eight reels of film footage and photographs, reflect the rich mixture of cultures in Depression-era Michigan, where immigrants fleeing poverty and persecution in Europe and the South came seeking jobs. Natives of French-speaking Canada, Finland, Italy, Croatia, Germany, Poland, Ireland and Hungary perform the songs, which represent 10 languages. John and Alan Lomax’s archives at the library’s American Folklife Center encompass 10,000 sound recordings and 6,000 graphic images, documenting creative expression by cultural groups around the world. Most famous were the field
recordings made in the South, including those of Leadbelly, Muddy Waters and Son House. “This fills in a big chunk of the top half of the middle section of the country,” says Laurie Sommers, an ethnomusicologist who serves as Michigan’s program coordinator for the Lomax project. “Now you have the stories and the sounds of sailors, miners and lumberjacks, ethnic communities who came to work ... and brought their traditions with them.” One example is Exilia Bellaire, a woman from the Upper Peninsula community of Baraga who recorded “I Went to Marquette.” It’s sung in a mixture of French and English, and Harvey said the song is one of many that “captures (what) occurs when cultures interact with one another.” Lomax’s Michigan research proved to be challenging. Thieves twice broke into his car and stole equipment and films, and performers would hound him for money or liquor in exchange for recording them. He frequently requested more money from headquarters, in part, he wrote, because “songs in (Michigan) absolutely require beer.” The recordings weren’t released at the time, in part because the late 1930s were a time of growing suspicion of non-English speaking immigrants in the United States, said Sommers. Now, the library is releasing a podcast and an e-book, and the University of Wisconsin is releasing a multi-CD set. A traveling exhibit with live concerts will begin Sept. 30 in Mount Pleasant, about 120 miles northwest of Detroit. Sampson Pittman Jr., 77, son of the blues artist Lomax recorded during his final Michigan session, said it’s fascinating for him to hear the collaborations between Frazier, whom he called “Uncle Calvin,” and the father he lost at 8 years old. “I started out playing the kind of music I heard him playing,” said Pittman, who has carried the torch as a longtime blues guitarist. “They would tell these stories through the music.”
The Wes Anderson formula
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and “blunt,” although I mean neither negatively. The effect he creates is the removal of a layer of separation between the film and audience; which is why the pathos in his films is strong. It’s a technique I’ve seen backfire on inferior filmmakers, but Wes Anderson understands balance, and how to keep all of his stylistic efforts present yet under control.
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Aries (March 21-April 19) -- Today is an 8 -- Work through an intermediary, for greater impact. Let a partner negotiate. Discover hidden treasure by spending time at home. Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is an 8 -- Reason and emotion argue to a standstill. Get quiet, and meditate on it. Study. Take on more responsibility without compensation, and you’ll be amply rewarded later. Gemini (May 21-June 21) -- Today is a 9 -- Anticipate resistance, and, if there isn’t any, fly ahead faster. A prepared response gives confidence. Communications from a distance provide clarity. Consider the bottom dollar. Cancer (June 22-July 22) -- Today is a 9 -- Travel’s not advised today. Don’t confront authority directly, but be prepared to defend your position. Budget for future plans, and then reach for them. You’ve got the power.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- You may find yourself in a maze of confrontations, contradictions and disparities. In the end, it’s your imagination that carries you in the right direction. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- There’s plenty of room for misunderstandings now, but nothing you can’t handle with your sense of humor. You can easily diffuse the situation. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is an 8 -- Avoid confusion in interactions by creating the necessary structure. Sometimes the best strategy is to keep quiet. You’d rather play than work now. Spending time outdoors rejuvenates. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 6 -- Don’t try out a new idea yet. Even though a loved one is anxious for home improvements, don’t take out any loans. Learning is tons of fun, and cheap. Business heats up. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is an 8 -- Think of a new service to provide. Focus on work now and be wonderfully productive. Don’t get distracted by other people’s anxieties. Offer food and comfort. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is an 8 -- You’re lucky in love now, and you like it. Enjoy some good social time while you can, as things are going to get very busy soon. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is an 8 -- A child holds the knowledge that you need to complete your next mission. Be playful in your labors and work hard when playing. Romance blossoms. 30-Down in the crossword is “be a”
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Leave your money in the bank. Let your partner know the score. Get out of the house and around town, preferably in good company. Don’t focus on stressful situations.
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Dolphins get extra day to prepare after 3-0 start MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — As the Miami Dolphins prepare for a rare prime-time appearance next Monday night at New Orleans, the extra day between games will be welcome. It gives the Dolphins a few additional hours to enjoy being 3-0, more time for an injurydepleted defense to mend, and another practice to address serious problems with pass protection. The surprising Dolphins took another step toward ending their streak of four consecutive losing seasons by rallying past Atlanta 27-23 Sunday. "We're making the most of the present, and hopefully we can snowball that into the future," said long snapper John Denney, whose nine years with Miami give him locker room seniority. The Dolphins have won their first three games 12 other times, and none of those teams finished with a losing record. Nine of them made the playoffs, and Miami's quick start has stirred speculation about a run to the postseason. Such optimism is a big change in South Florida, because the
Dolphins haven't been 3-0 since 2002, and they've reached the playoffs only once since 2001. That's why they haven't played in prime time much lately. But a buzz about the Dolphins is building, and to sustain it they'll need to address issues on both sides of the ball. Injuries have left uncertain the status of four defensive starters, including Pro Bowl end Cameron Wake, and shaky blocking threatens the health of quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Wake was sidelined Sunday after he hurt his left knee in the first quarter. Tests determined he avoided serious injury, but it's uncertain whether he'll be available against the Saints. "We're going to wait and see how the week progresses," defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle said Monday. "We have a long week here ahead of us, and I think we'll make that determination at the end of the week." Linebacker Koa Misi left Sunday's game with a shoulder injury, and defensive tackle Paul Soliai (knee) and cornerback Dimitri Patterson (groin) sat out. Even so, the defense was at its
best down the stretch, a testament to Miami's improved depth. "You never want anybody to go down, but you know it's bound to happen in this game," cornerback Brent Grimes said. "You have to have people step up." Wake's injury means the Dolphins may be forced to accelerate the development of top draft pick Dion Jordan, who came off the bench in the first three games. The No. 3 overall pick from Oregon saw his most extensive action Sunday, including when Miami forced consecutive three-and-outs by high-powered Atlanta in the second half. "We're seeing more and more of Dion, and he's getting better," Coyle said. "We want to expand his role. He showed things in the game Sunday which lead us to believe we can keep feeding him more." Miami's struggling offensive line was also at its best late, protecting Tannehill on every throw as he went 9 for 12 to lead the game-winning 75-yard touchdown drive. But Tannehill endured five sacks earlier, giving him 14 this season, three more than any
Vikings owners ordered to pay $84.5 million by New Jersey ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A judge in New Jersey on Monday ordered Minnesota Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf and their cousin Leonard Wilf to pay $84.5 million to two former business partners who she previously ruled they had defrauded in a 1980s real estate deal. The ruling from Superior Court Judge Deanne Wilson covered compensatory and punitive damages to plaintiffs Josef Halpern and Ada Reichmann. It also includes a redistribution of real estate profits dating to the lawsuit's initial filing, in 1992. Attorneys for the Wilfs promised an appeal. Wilson ruled last month that the Wilfs had committed fraud, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty, and violated the state's civil racketeering laws. In a stinging rebuke, Wilson said then that Zygi Wilf demonstrated "bad faith and evil motive" in his trial testimony. "We believe this decision will
not stand on appeal," said Peter Harvey, an attorney for the Wilfs. He, along with Vikings spokesman Lester Bagley, once again vowed the legal troubles would have no bearing on the Wilfs' ability to meet the Vikings' $477 million commitment on the $1 billion football stadium planned for downtown Minneapolis. Zygi Wilf leads an ownership group, which includes Mark Wilf, that bought the Vikings in 2005 for $600 million. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton pushed hard for taxpayer funding of the stadium and often stood with the Wilfs at news conferences. But after Wilson's first ruling, Dayton said the lawsuit highlighted business practices by the Wilfs that "are far from the legal standards for doing business in Minnesota." The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, which is supervising the stadium project, quickly launched
a review of the Wilfs' finances and legal troubles, to ensure they could still meet the Vikings' $477 million commitment to the nearly $1 billion stadium. Taxpayers are covering the rest. That review wrapped up earlier this month and found the Wilfs should have no problem meeting their commitment even in the face of the heaviest possible fines. The attorney who conducted the review described the Wilfs' wealth as "significant." The team is also eligible for an NFL loan of up to $200 million, and the stadium legislation lets them receive money from stadium naming rights and from seat licenses for season-ticket holders. Halpern, of Brooklyn, N.Y., and his sister Reichmann, of Toronto, had said the Wilfs cheated them out of their share of profits from a 764-unit apartment complex in Montville, N.J. Halpern had been the complex's longtime manager.
Miami wide receiver Brandon Gibson reaches for the goal line against the Falcons on Sunday. The Dolphins started 3-0 on the season for the first time since 2002 with a 27-23 win over Atlanta.
other NFL quarterback. He's on pace for 75 sacks, one shy of the league record, but probably wouldn't last the full season if that pace continues. The sacks have been a team effort that goes beyond the line, offensive coordinator Mike Sherman said, including play-
calling mistakes for which he took the blame. Tannehill has held onto the ball too long at times, and the running back or tight end has missed a block on occasion, Sherman said. "We're giving up a lot of sacks, more than we ought to give up," he said. "But it's not all on the
offensive line." The Dolphins' statistics make their record a head-scratcher. They've been outgained by 158 yards, and their rushing attack (3.3 yards per attempt) and run defense (4.7) are both significantly worse than last year, when they went 7-9.
'Pacman' Jones arrested for disorderly conduct CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones was accused by police of making offensive comments while drunk during a traffic stop early Monday and was given a disorderly conduct citation. Jones, who has had a spate of legal troubles, was arrested around 2:30 a.m. after the vehicle he was in was pulled over for driving 60 mph in a 45 mph zone on a highway in Cincinnati, State Patrol Lt. Anne Ralston said. The driver was cited for drunken driving while Jones was cited for disorderly conduct. Both charges are misdemeanors. Jones and the driver were released and have court hearings set for Friday. Jones' agent and his attorney did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment on Monday. Ralston said Jones said something during the traffic
stop that was "likely to be offensive or to cause inconvenience, annoyance or alarm to persons of ordinary sensibilities." Jones was arrested on an assault charge in June after being accused of hitting a woman at a nightclub. He has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial. Jones also was arrested in July 2011, when he was accused of being disorderly, shouting profanities and trying to pull away as officers arrested him at a downtown bar. As part of an agreement to settle that case, he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct and was sentenced to one year of probation and 50 hours of community service. Last year, Jones was ordered to pay $11 million to two Las Vegas strip club employees injured in 2007 when a gunman claiming he was doing Jones' bidding
opened fire outside the club after Jones and his entourage were kicked out. A club manager was paralyzed from the waist down, and a bouncer was wounded. Jones said he had no role in the shooting and pleaded an equivalent of no contest to misdemeanor conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct. The gunman is serving four to 10 years in prison. Jones was the sixth overall pick in 2005 but repeatedly had off-field issues with his team, the Tennessee Titans, resulting in suspensions. He missed the 2007 season on suspension and sat out the 2009 season when no team was interested in him. The Bengals gave Jones another chance, and he has taken advantage of it, developing into their third cornerback and punt returner. Jones played in Sunday's 34-30 win against the Green Bay Packers.
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When the Patriots play in London, they lose a home game that could potentially impact their position in the playoffs. While 2-0 in London, the Patriots have only lost seven times in the regular season at Gillette Stadium since 2008. If they had lost either of those games and didn’t have a chance to rebuttal at home, it could possibly have a negative impact come January, especially in the competitive AFC home-field advantage battle. Playing in London doesn’t give a game any extra flair for the United States viewership. All fans watching on TV will see is the two teams on the field, their fantasy scores, the beer in their left hand and the chicken wing in the right. And if the NFL thinks they are going to pull the average English
sports fan away from real football, they are probably smoking some strong stuff. Sure, the average price of a Premier League ticket to see one of London’s three top clubs – Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham – is about $150, according to BBC, but soccer is as vital to the English culture as the NFL, Honey Boo Boo and teenage Disney stars that go crazy are to Americans. The NFL games in England have drawn crowds that range from 76,000-85,000, with fans coming in from all over England to see the game, but keep in mind that this is a one-time thing every year. Will 85,000 people realistically show up eight times or more each season? It is hard to believe that a full-time London team would be able to draw higher attendances and better ratings than the royal wedding or the christening of whatever the baby’s name is. Another question that seems to have slipped the mind of many is what division the London team would play in. The divisions are dictated by region, with North, South, East and West divisions in each conference. Let’s say it is the Jaguars that pack up and leave. Would the NFL have them play in the AFC East and move the Dolphins to the AFC South? What about the simple fact that players and coaches would have to uproot their families and move them to a completely different country? Would players be willing to move across the Atlantic Ocean for their careers? Would they be comfortable raising families in a different country? In 10 years, the NFL could very well have expanded to London and even Toronto or Mexico City. But the league has a lot of work to do between now and then to prove that such expansion is possible and worth the time and money that would be required. They can give it their best shot, but like Billy Cundiff, the NFL will probably miss wide left.
Fontenault: NFL team in London would never work Teams that play in London lose a home game during the season, meaning they are playing seven home games, eight away and one neutral site (yes, we are using college sports terms when talking about the NFL). The league’s argument is that the teams going to England struggle with attendance at home, and the seven-game home schedule allows them to sell cheaper season tickets. That may be fair, but then why is a team like New England going to London? At the end of the 2013 regular season, the Patriots will have played 215 consecutive home games – including preseason and postseason – in front of a capacity crowd, a streak that dates back to 1994.
Sunday, September 29 at the University of Connecticut, Route 195 and North Eagleville Road in Storrs. Exhibits and demonstrations 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Alumni Sale 11:00 a.m. Alumni Auction 1:00 p.m. Come spend a fun and informative day at your College of Agriculture and Natural Resources! • Do the Cornucopia Challenge scavenger hunt • Enter a drawing to win a kayak • Take a guided hike in the UConn Forest • Talk to our scientists • Learn about black bears in Connecticut • Watch the Cornucopia Cup polo match • Take a hayride • Bring your ailing plants to be diagnosed by the Plant Doctor • Enjoy the chicken BBQ • Bring a half cup of garden or lawn soil for a FREE pH test and limestone recommendations • Get information on pet adoption from Our Companions Domestic Animal Sanctuary • See antique farm equipment and horse carriages • Visit the farms • Have an ice cream cone at the Dairy Bar • and much more!
Admission is FREE and EVERYONE is invited! Visit www.cornucopia.uconn.edu for more information.
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Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Schiano, Bucs face long road back from bad start
Tampa Bay cornerback Darrelle Revis celebrates after a defensive stop in a game against the Saints on Sept. 15. Unfortunately for Revis and his Bucs teammates, there has been little to celebrate over the course of their 0-3 start to the season.
Rays beat Orioles on Loney 9th inning leadoff home run ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays are confident they'll play at Tropicana Field again this year. Wil Myers tied it with a tworun single on a jarring play in the seventh inning then pinchhitter James Loney stunned the Orioles with a leadoff homer in the ninth, and the Rays completed a four-game sweep that put a serious damper in Baltimore's wild-card hopes with a 5-4 victory Monday. "You can feel it, you can't necessarily describe it, but it's there," Rays manager Joe Maddon said "You know that your guys have that vibe going on. It's a good feeling." The win pushed the Rays a game ahead of idle Cleveland for the top AL wild card. Baltimore fell five games back of the Indians with six games to go for both teams. Tampa Bay would host the wild-card game Oct. 2 if it could hold its position. The Orioles also lost All-Star third baseman Manny Machado to a leg injury in the top of the seventh. Machado's left leg buckled when he stepped on first base running out an infield single. He was taken off on a stretcher. Baltimore manager Buck Showalter had no immediate update on Machado's injury as
the team awaited test results. Machado will undergo an MRI on Tuesday. "It's horrible," Maddon said. "That guy there, to me, Baltimore has really ascended over the last couple years and I really believe he's been at the cornerstone, the keystone of that whole thing. Hate to see that. This is a young man, a tremendous talent. You can see the effort level with them. This young man blows out his knee, possibly. You can see how badly they wanted it, too." "It feels pretty good, obviously, to win the game like that in the last game of the regular season at home ... it's a special feeling," Loney said after Tampa Bays' regular-season finale. With the bases loaded, two outs and trailing 4-2 in the seventh, Myers, a rookie, sent a flare behind second base. Second baseman Alexi Casilla, who entered the game in the eighth, made a fully extended diving catch but he collided with Nick Markakis, racing in toward the ball from right field. The ball came loose and two runs scored. Casilla hit his head on the play, but remained in the game. However, he left one inning later. "I probably should have taken him out but I didn't know
what he had hit until between innings," Showalter said. "He's going to get a CAT scan and stay overnight here, not travel. He got a little foggy-headed between innings and had to come out of there." "I'm not a doctor or anything, but when he was out there, I could have sworn he was knocked out," Markakis added. "He kind of looked dazed and confused. I thought about doing a slide, saw him out of the corner of my eye, tried to pull up and get out of the way. It was just bang bang, him coming full speed, me coming full speed. It was like trying to stop a train on a dime. It's tough." Hitting for Sean Rodriguez, Loney lined an 0-1 pitch from Tommy Hunter (6-5) down the right field line. Joel Peralta (3-8) pitched a perfect ninth for the Rays, who have won nine of 12. Chris Davis hit his major league-best 52nd homer for Baltimore. After Matt Wieters was thrown out attempting to stretch a leadoff double into a triple in the eighth, Nate McLouth turned a bunt to the first base side off reliever Jamey Wright into a double. Wright worked out of the jam by retiring the next two batters.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets are going back to push-ups for penalties. That means whenever a player commits an infraction on the practice field, everyone out there — from coach Rex Ryan to owner Woody Johnson — needs to drop and give 'em 10. Meanwhile, the penalized player will just stand and watch. "I want him to notice who he's affecting," Ryan said Monday. "He's affecting all of us. I think that's where it's like, 'Oh, OK.' After you've done a few of those, you're like, 'Really, you got a penalty again?' And they'll get on each other. "There's a little bit of accountability, especially if you look and the owner's knocking them out." The Jets (2-1) beat the Buffalo Bills 27-20 on Sunday, despite committing a team-record 20 penalties. They also became the first team to get called for that many penalties and win since the Browns beat the Bears in 1951 despite being penalized 21 times. That's a distinction the Jets aren't particularly proud of. "We don't want our team to be associated with penalties, no question," Ryan said. "That's not who we are. I want a physical football team, but I also want to be the least penalized team in the league, not the most penalized team. "It's not acceptable." That's why Ryan and his staff brainstormed and put a few measures in place that would help cut down on the mental errors, although he only would
reveal the mandatory push-ups. He tried the same thing in 2010 when penalties were a problem, and the team improved in that area. "We don't want to look like Jack LaLanne or somebody," Ryan said with a smile. According to the team's official site, the Jets committed 63 penalties in their first eight games in 2010, but had just 40 in the second half of that season as the push-ups were put in place. And, yes, the owner was right there with the players. "Woody knocks those things out pretty good," Ryan said with a laugh. "I'm the one that struggles, but I've got the strings for arms." While it might seem funny, the Jets know the penalties are no laughing matter. Not when they almost handed the game away to the Bills. "Those are self-inflicted wounds and we've got to correct them," defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson said. "We know that those penalties can hurt us in the long run." By the numbers, the Jets thoroughly outplayed the Bills Sunday in every aspect. They rolled up 513 yards of total offense — the most during Ryan's four-plus years — and it was the first time New York had 500 or more yards of total offense since 2000. It was also the first time in team history the Jets had a 300-yard passer, a 100-yard rusher and two 100yard receivers. Bilal Powell ran for a careerhigh 149 yards on 27 carries, and is second to Tennessee's
Chris Johnson in rushing in the AFC. "Man, oh man, he was outstanding," Ryan said. On defense, the Jets sacked EJ Manuel eight times, including two by Wilkerson. But, it all was almost wasted by the frustrating mistakes. It took Geno Smith's 69-yard touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes in the fourth quarter to bail out the Jets with the goahead score. "I don't think any game's going to be 100 percent perfect or pretty," right tackle Austin Howard said. "The fact is, the 'W' goes in the win column. That being said, we understand that there's a lot of stuff for us to learn." Smith outplayed Manuel, the only quarterback drafted ahead of him in April, finishing 16 of 29 for 331 yards and touchdown passes to Holmes and Stephen Hill. But, he also had two interceptions, giving him six in three games. "It just can't happen," Smith said. "I have to find a way to eliminate those. It comes with time and patience, but I'm pretty sure I'll get there at some point and time." Sooner rather than later, the Jets hope. And that goes for everyone, not just Smith. "We've done some good things as a team, but obviously we're not near where we need to be even in our execution of things," Ryan said. "The penalties, man, we know we can fix it. "And it needs to start this week."
Jets getting creative to curb penalty problem
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are winless and have scored one touchdown in the past two games, yet coach Greg Schiano remains confident the team has what it takes to be successful. Schiano reiterated Monday that Josh Freeman is his starting quarterback and that he also has the "utmost confidence" in offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan. The Bucs (0-3) have lost eight of nine games dating to last season, when they failed to make the playoffs for the fifth consecutive year. History says it will be difficult to snap the streak this year. Since the NFL adopted a 16-game schedule in 1978, just five of 161 teams that have started 0-3 have gone on to earn a postseason berth. That includes the 1982 Bucs, who finished 5-4 in a strikeshortened season. The 1998 Buffalo Bills, who went 10-6 before losing in the wild-card round, were the last team to do it. "The NFL has a lot of ups and downs, and starting off 0-3 is not one of the downs you want to get caught in," defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said. "It's defi-
nitely difficult, but we have 100 percent confidence that we can bounce back from this." The have scored 34 points in three games, 27 by the offense. The team's last offensive touchdown — a 5-yard pass from Freeman to Kevin Ogletree came during the opening quarter of a 16-14 loss to New Orleans, and the scoring drive covered just 35 yards. Schiano said the team's offensive woes aren't solely related to the play of the struggling Freeman, who was 19 of 41 passing for 236 yards, no touchdowns and one interception during Sunday's 23-3 loss at New England. The Bucs are tied with Jacksonville for fewest offensive TDs in the league with three. Oakland also had three entering its game Monday night against Denver. "He's done some good things, and he's done some things he'd like to change and we'd like to," said Schiano, who didn't fly home with the team Sunday, remaining behind to check on his dad, who became ill during the game. "But it's the whole offensive unit. We need to be more precise,"
added Schiano, who returned to Tampa on a later flight. "We need to coach more precisely. It's everybody involved. ... If we just do our jobs, we'll score a lot of points." Freeman threw for more than 4,000 yards and 27 TDs a year ago, helping the Bucs set a franchise record for points scored. So, the slow start to this season was unexpected. Schiano said little "details," which he declined to be specific about, are stopping the offense from performing like it's capable. Penalties, dropped passes and other mistakes have been a factor. "Nothing surprises me in this game, ever," the coach added of the struggles. "Disappointed, yes — not discouraged. We'll get it." This is the 12th time the Bucs have started 0-3, and the 1982 strike-shortened season was the only time they've rebounded to finish with a winning record. Schiano feels the team has "good players, proven methods, good schemes and good coaches" and can turn the season around by sticking with the plan he brought to Tampa Bay from Rutgers in 2012.
NBA to have 'nickname jersey' night MIAMI (AP) — So long, James, Allen, Pierce and Garnett. At least for one game, King James, Jesus Shuttlesworth, The Truth and KG may be headed to the backs of NBA jerseys. Some members of the Miami Heat have been told the NBA is considering having them and the Brooklyn Nets wear "nickname jerseys" in at least one of their four matchups this season. The NBA has not announced the plan, but teams apparently have been aware of the likelihood of it happening for at least several weeks. "It shows growth in our league and it shows we do adapt to what's going on around us," said Allen, the Heat guard who plans to wear Shuttlesworth on
his jersey, a nod to his character from the "He Got Game" film. "And we're still kids, playing a kids' game. Even though we're now men playing a kids' game, we still remember where we come from. Everybody had a nickname and it's a way to let the fans in a little bit more." Players were asked to submit what names they would want on the jerseys. Four-time NBA MVP LeBron James is expected to wear "King James." Heat guard Dwyane Wade would have any number of nicknames to choose from, with "Three" — both his jersey number and championship-ring total — being his current favorite. Brooklyn forward Paul Pierce has been called "The Truth" for
many years, and fellow new Nets forward Kevin Garnett has long been known by his initials. The Heat and Nets are among the preseason favorites in the Eastern Conference, which Miami has won in each of the past three seasons. Miami forward Shane Battier — who wasn't exactly thrilled about the nickname idea — said he wanted to wear "Batman" on his jersey, though was told that Warner Brothers holds the rights to that name, and other players have also had to deal with copyright-related issues with their suggested monikers. Battier said he'll go with "Shaneo" instead. "Fans will like it and so will a lot of the players," Allen said. "Guys will get a good kick out of it."
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The number of points the UConn football offense team has scored in the second half of their three games this season.
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Oct. 19 Cincinnati TBA
Oct. 26 UCF TBA
Nov. 8 Louisville 8:30 p.m.
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Oct. 5 UCF 7 p.m.
Oct. 9 Rutgers 7 p.m.
Oct. 12 Memphis 7 p.m.
Women’s Soccer (6-4-0) Sept. 26 SMU 7 p.m.
Sept. 29 Houston 1 p.m.
Oct. 6 USF 1 p.m.
Oct. 11 Temple 7 p.m.
Oct. 6 Boston College 2 p.m.
Oct. 11 Louisville 6 p.m.
Oct. 4 UCF 7 p.m.
Oct. 6 USF Noon
Oct. 8 Sacred Heart 7 p.m.
Sept. 28 UConn Invitational All Day
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Field Hockey (7-0-0) Sept. 28 Villanova Noon
Sept. 29 Princeton 2 p.m.
Volleyball Sept. 27 SMU 7 p.m.
Oct. 4 Providence 12:30 p.m.
Sept. 29 Houston 2 p.m.
Men’s Tennis Today Siena 3 p.m.
Sept. 27 UConn Invitational All Day
Women’s Tennis Sept. 27 Army Invite All day
Sept. 28 Army Invite All day
Sept. 29 Army Invite All day
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Between the UConn Co-Op and Gampel Pavilion sits Jim Calhoun Way. The road - previously called Stadium Road was renamed following an event to honor the longtime basketball coach on Sunday.
Oct. 1 Quinnipiac 3 p.m.
Oct. 3 UMass 3 p.m.
Women’s Cross Country 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
Nov. 15 East Regional 11 a.m.
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TORONTO (AP) — Toronto goaltender Jonathan Bernier says an event like a big brawl can help bring a team together. The Maple Leafs’ rivalry with the Buffalo Sabres hit another level in Sunday’s preseason game. The wild melee included one player coming off the bench and a rare goalie fight. Bernier says that while the club doesn’t want any of its players suspended to start the season, he’s pleased that teammates stepped up for each other. Maple Leafs forward David Clarkson is expected to receive a 10-game ban for leaving the bench. Bernier even dropped gloves with Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller. A scrap between Toronto’s Jamie Devane and Buffalo’s Corey Tropp raised the tension, and the melee began when Sabres tough guy John Scott tried to pick a fight with Toronto star forward Phil Kessel. TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed left wing Mason Raymond to a $1 million, one-year contract. The 28-year-old Raymond had 10 goals and 12 assists in 46 games for Vancouver last season. He was in Toronto’s training camp for a tryout after going unsigned over the summer. Raymond likely will play on the Leafs’ third line. Toronto announced the contract on Monday. General manager Dave Nonis said in a release that the team feels Raymond fits in well and will have a significant role. EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers have been stuck in rebuilding mode for some time, but the hope this season is that this youthful bunch — laced with first-round picks — returns to a place this franchise used to dominate. The postseason. Indeed, the Oilers — a once-dynastic franchise — has not qualified for the playoffs in seven straight seasons. But there is a benefit to Edmonton’s on-ice failings: The Oilers have been able to stockpile highend talent in defenseman Justin Schultz and forwards Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Nail Yakupov, Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle. Many inside and outside the organization believe Edmonton’s collection of talent will eventually lead the Oilers back to a Stanley Cup, which would be their sixth. For now, though, a playoff berth would do just fine. Edmonton opens against Winnipeg on Oct. 1. SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose Sharks will be without forward Raffi Torres for the start of the season because of an injured right knee. Torres was injured in a collision with Anaheim forward Emerson Etem on Friday night. Torres and the Sharks will decide in the next few days whether he needs surgery. If he rehabs the injury, he might miss only the first month. If he needs surgery, he would likely be sidelined for three to four months. The Sharks were counting on Torres to provide energy and physical play this year. His acquisition late last season provided a needed spark to the team before he was suspended for the final six playoff games for an illegal hit on Los Angeles forward Jarret Stoll. The Sharks signed Torres to a three-year, $6 million contract in June.
Strong defense leads Patriots to 3-0 record FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Rob Ninkovich feared his career might be over before the New England Patriots gave him a chance in 2009. He hurt his knee as a rookie three years earlier, was waived four times and had no backup plan if his NFL hopes ended. But since joining the Patriots, he’s been sacking quarterbacks and keeping runners from getting outside. He’s a key to a veteran defense that has helped the Patriots to a 3-0 start while the offense has endured growing pains. “We’ve played a lot of games together,” the end said Monday. “So (there’s) communication, everyone being in the right spot and doing their job. Are there things that we need to work on? Sure. “So throughout the year we’re going to just continue to get better and work hard to be a great defense.” Ten defensive starters are back from last season. The only newcomer is tackle Tommy Kelly, who spent his other nine seasons with the Oakland Raiders and has fit in well. The Patriots are tied with the Kansas City Chiefs for fewest points allowed (34). Seven came on a fumble return, so the defense has given up just three touchdowns. But they’ve played three of the NFL’s weaker teams, the Buffalo
Bills, New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The challenge is much tougher next Sunday night at Atlanta. “Atlanta is a big challenge, but so was Tampa,” coach Bill Belichick said. Not nearly as big. The Patriots haven’t faced a quarterback as talented as Matt Ryan of the Falcons. He was third in the NFL with a 68.1 completion percentage and sixth in passer rating after Sunday’s games. The first three quarterbacks the Patriots faced were EJ Manuel (19th in rating), Geno Smith (31st) and Josh Freeman (33rd). All three have a completion percentage below 60 percent. New England’s offense made progress in the 23-3 win over the Buccaneers after two shaky games. Two rookie wide receivers started, with Kenbrell Thompkins catching two touchdown passes from Tom Brady, and Aaron Dobson making seven receptions. Ninkovich knows what it’s like to be struggling. He played just eight games in his first three seasons, with New Orleans and Miami. Each cut him twice before the Patriots signed him on Aug. 2, 2009. He’s developed so well that he just signed a three-year extension worth more than $15 million with $8.5 million guaranteed through
Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins brings down Tampa’s Kevin Ogletree. New England’s strong defense has led it to a 3-0 record despite the offense’s struggles.
2016, his agent, Craig Domann said. “Coming in, I was living out of a Rubbermaid bin just with clothes and (I’d) throw it in the back of my car and drive from city to city,” Ninkovich said. “It’s nice to actually have a home for longer than a year.” The lowest point came when the Saints cut him on July 30, 2009. “Oh, it might be over for me,” he thought. “So then I came here, and it wasn’t.” Ninkovich played mostly on special teams in 2009, but in 2010, he began a starting streak that is now 42 games, including the postseason.
“I think that my skills fit this scheme well,” he said. “I can play (defensive) end, and I can play linebacker.” Against Tampa Bay, he had five tackles and shared a sack. The Patriots allowed 323 yards but no touchdowns and stopped the Buccaneers four times on fourth down inside the New England 40-yard line. “A fourth down stop is just like a turnover,” said cornerback Aqib Talib, whose third interception of the season led to a field goal on the final play of the first half. “We could have tackled a little better. We got good pressure on Freeman, though, so we played all right.”
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Tuesday, September 24, 2013
KEEPING IT PERFECT
Undefeated men’s tennis takes on Siena College By Matt Zampini Campus Correspondent
Tim Fontenault I love him to death, but I try not to be like our Associate Sports Editor, my roommate, Matt. In some ways, this is an easy contest. I’m better looking. My football team isn’t the Jets. And I’m not from New Jersey. But as much as I hate to admit it, I’m almost as much of a cynic as he is. I can always find something to complain about, but it’s not like I always need to look for something that grinds my gears. It just happens, and it seems to be happening more and more these days. The NFL likes to get on my nerves a lot, and this weekend will provide another opportunity for that. So about that football game in London on Sunday… Wait, I meant Saturday. There’s a huge game in London on Saturday, as Chelsea travels across the city to White Hart Lane to take on Tottenham Hotspur. That’s going to be worth waking up at 7:30 a.m. for. Unfortunately, I was talking about American football, the sport with 300-pound monsters slamming up against each other while wearing body armor and then disengaging six seconds later before a oneminute break. That’s right, the universe turns its attention to Wembley Stadium on Sunday, when the 0-3 Minnesota Vikings take on the 0-3 Pittsburgh Steelers. Yes, the NFL is going to London. This Sunday will mark the seventh game at Wembley Stadium as part of the NFL International Series. Unfortunately for NFL fans and Wembley Stadium, the league will be back in London on Oct. 27 when the San Francisco 49ers take on the NFL’s representation of Buzz Killington, the Jacksonville Jaguars. “Wow, I’m about as likely to care about an American football match at Wembley as West Ham and Millwall fans are to settle their differences,” said the average English lad. Why does the NFL think this is a good idea? There is no doubt that the league handsomely rewards any team that makes the trek across the pond to play on what will likely be a muddy field in the pouring rain. But at the same time, is it worth it?
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The UConn men’s tennis team will put its undefeated record on the line on Tuesday afternoon against the Saints of Siena College. The Huskies (2-0) have started off the year perfect. After shutting out the University of Hartford in the opening match, they went on to battle back against Boston University to keep their undefeated record alive. Tuesday could be the toughest match of the year so far for the Huskies. The Saints come into Storrs with a 2-1 record. Their two wins came against Saint Francis (N.Y.) by a score of 6-1, and Wagner 7-0. A reason for UConn’s early success has been the duo of senior captain Ryan Carr and junior Wayne Harrell. Carr and Harrell have been playing doubles Preview together since last season and have developed a chemistry that has propelled them to two victories to start this season. They won both of their doubles matches by a score of 8-3, never been in jeopardy of dropping a point for their team. The two freshmen for the Huskies have impressive thus far as well. Parker Goldstein and Chris Toner have had an impact right away, playing solid tennis and winning points for the team. Toner has won both of his matches by not dropping a set 6-4, 6-0 and 6-4, 6-1. Goldstein has won both of his 6-3, 7-5 and 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (5). They also won a doubles match together against Hartford. The Huskies will take on Siena at 3 p.m. at the UConn Tennis Courts.
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The UConn men’s tennis team, which sports an undefeated 2-0 record after beating Hartford and Boston University, takes on Siena College on Tuesday.
Arsenal tries to fill hole with Mesut Özil If any player could be the final piece of Arsenal’s puzzle, it would be Mesut Özil. Arsenal missed out on many big players this summer, but Arsene Wenger was able to convince the German to leave Real Madrid. Is he worth $68 million? While that is debatable, he is what Arsenal needed, other than a striker that they have been searching for years. As Olivier Giroud continues to heat up and Theo Walcott continues to strive to replace Thierry Henry, Özil brings plenty of poise and experience to the Gunners’ midfield. At 24, his improvisation in the midfield is superb. Already we’ve seen the German tear apart defenses, and while Arsenal’s finishing certainly needs improvement–the tools are there. With a magical left foot and a killer service, the 24-year-old is able to carve up defenses. Certainly, he has great vision, but is he the one to bring Arsenal a top of the Premier League or even Europe?
Doubtful, just as Marouane Fellaini and Gareth Bale will not single-handedly bring glory to their clubs. And yet again, we’re left wondering what Arsenal should do with an abundance of strength in their midfield. If anything, Özil’s presence in the center of the park will only make Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey more complete players. The German will make those two look better, as he will be a distraction on the pitch, allowing for additional room to operate between the two. Not to be misunderstood, Özil is a dream player for Arsenal, but whether he is a permanent solution to the Gunners’ trophy problem is another question. While Champions League play has been secured regularly for Wenger’s side, they lack an out-andout striker for Özil to feed the ball to. It would be unfair to say that Arsenal have become a little more direct with Giroud up front, but the potential connection between he and Walcott could be one to watch for as the season progresses. And Wenger certainly believes in
out of reach of UConn goalkeeper Andre Blake. The kick was the result of a UConn handball inside the penalty box. UConn’s back line once again proved indispensable as it shut down the Billikens for the entire game sans the penalty kick. Michael Mercado, who last week earned conference defensive player of the week honors for his play against Bradley and Washington, again helped lead a solid defensive effort. Slump breaker Saturday night’s game was an indication that UConn’s offense may finally be getting off the ground. The Huskies finished with 17 shots overall compared to just four from the Billikens. “That’s a very good St. Louis team,” UConn Head Coach Ray Reid said. “We were dangerous tonight and I thought we came to play.” Senior forward Mamadou
Doudou Diouf was out of the line- Florida on Sept. 27 before heading up Saturday night with a leg injury, to Philadelphia to play Temple on but the freshman performances by Oct. 2. Larin and Decker were enough to “They’re two tough teams,” seal the win for the Huskies. said head coach Ray Reid. “South “It doesn’t matter who scored Florida’s very good, Temple’s very the goals, we just need to good, we’ve just got to score goals,” said Reid. put today behind us and “It doesn’t matter if it get ready for Friday.” was freshmen or sophoReid said Diouf mores, they were two could be back in the great goals.” lineup as soon as next The Huskies had week against South not won a match since Florida. their 1-0 Sept. 6 victoThe quotable Cyle ry over visiting Boston Larin Notebook University. Since then, UConn’s offense has the Huskies have tied No. only improved with 6 Washington 1-1 and dropped two each passing game this season, straight matches against Bradley and that was even more evidenced University and Syracuse. Saturday night with some strong Away from home chemistry on the attacking side of The Huskies will not return to the ball for the Huskies. The major Morrone Stadium until their Oct. breakthrough came with Larin’s 5 match against Central Florida. goal in the first half, which he said Until then, UConn will head to was a genuine result of the team’s down to Tampa to play South gelling on offense.
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his new midfield, further adding to Arsenal’s hopes of a Premier League title push. “He is 25 in October. He’s already a great player, as you say. There’s room now between 25 and 30 for him to become a dominant player and to make a step up from that,” Wenger told The Guardian. Wenger is correct –maybe Real Madrid let a youngster leave the nest too early. The Galaticos let Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder leave, and look how their careers turned out. It’s safe to say that while his career in North London could prove to be a successful one, all players want silverware. Cesc Fabregas did, Alex Song did and even Robin van Persie did. Followed with the belief of his manager, Ramsey and Wilshere can also be potential benefactors from Özil’s creativity. Wilshere, whom Wenger has hailed to becoming England’s next Bobby Moore, can benefit from the German’s presence. Taking into account his relatively mediocre performance against
Arsenal’s new signing, Mesut Ozil, carries the ball against Stoke City this weekend. But was his $68 million tranfer fee worthwhile?
Marsaille in the Champions League group stage, he left room for Ramsey to work. Ramsey dominated the midfield for large portions of the match and constructed inch perfect passes to both Theo Walcott and defender Bacary Sagna. Without question, it appeared that Ramsey was at the heart of everything in the match, and if Özil remains true to the cause in North London, he may see everyone
around him get better. Although a dangerous player, Özil can be a non-factor in some matches. This is not dangerous in a sense that Arsenal will not get their money’s worth, but rather dangerous in the sense that the Gunners may finally be firing on all cylinders.
Huskies break through, break slump against No. 10 Billikens By Mike Corasaniti Senior Staff Writer The UConn men’s soccer team was in need of a victory after a winless three-game stretch and came through with a dominant 2-1 win over the visiting No. 10 St. Louis University Billikens. Freshman Cyle Larin stepped up on offense for the Huskies (3-2-1) with a breakthrough goal 17 minutes into the game. It was Larin’s second goal of the season, his first since UConn’s season opener against St. Francis. Then with a free kick almost 10 yards outside the penalty box, freshman Ethan Decker sunk a shot deep into the top left corner of the net 51 minutes into the game for his first goal as a Husky. UConn let up its only goal of the night with less than 20 minutes left in the game when St. Louis’s Alex Sweetin sent a penalty kick just
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Cyle Larin carries the ball against St. Louis. His goal Saturday broke the Huskies scoring drought.
“I just attacked the net and placed it to the right and it came naturally to me,” Larin said. “Last week’s games it wasn’t coming naturally
to me. Against this team it came naturally.”