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GUARD Dogs benefits the student body

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GUARD Dogs, a program run by the police, provides safe and free sober-rides to all UConn students on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. It also provides a fun atmosphere for its volunteer sober-drivers.

BATTLE WITH THE BULLDOGS UConn looks to remain unbeaten by Yale. SPORTS/ page 12

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By Emily Vasington Campus Correspondent On Friday night around 10:30 p.m., a group of UConn students gathered in a room at the back of Whitney, laughing, eating wings and consuming copious amounts of coffee. These are the volunteers of GUARD Dogs, who give up their weekend nights to provide a free sober-ride system to UConn

students. What is GUARD Dogs? You probably learned about the organization briefly during orientation, or perhaps you have seen the glowing signs atop the cars that patrol the streets on weekend nights. GUARD Dogs stands for Giving UConn a Responsible Driver, a name that spells out precisely what the organization hopes to accomplish. Founded in 2006 by Rebecca Auger and

Shawn Alger as a safe means of transportation for students who had been drinking, GUARD Dogs provides a free sober-ride system to all UConn students. However, unlike Husky Watch, which is run by the police, GUARD Dogs has an anonymity and no-judgment policy. Patrons can call the GUARD Dogs for a ride Thursday nights from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Friday and Saturday nights between the hours of 11

By Olivia Balsinger Staff Writer

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Republicans criticize the administration’s foreign policy.

Mansfield town chairwoman Antonia Moran speaks at Monday’s Mansfield Town Meeting when residents’ concerned were addressed.

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Amid heavy UConn student attendance, the Mansfield Town Council focused on many topics brought up by Mansfield residents and people from the surrounding areas. First to speak was Rick Hossack, who brought up a previously discussed subject about the Responsible Contractors Ordinance. His concerns regarded an increased cost to local taxpayers. At the meeting, Hossack conceded that he would like to keep the public involved in decisions regarding the Responsible Contractors Ordinance, but that he was now proud to be dealing with the contracted companies. Town Manager Matt Hart agreed that there would be future meetings to discuss issues with the companies, and that the meetings would remain open to the public. Betty Wassman also spoke, regarding the Shifrin Turbine Generating Project, and expressed her concern regarding the funding of the project. Wassman asked about the

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p.m. and 3 a.m. Current president of GUARD Dogs Adam Bartholomeo, a 7th-semester student who has been active with the organization since his first semester, describes the organization as “providing a really proactive service on campus…by cutting down on drunk driving.” Because GUARD Dogs is volunteer-run, it must rely on students to keep functioning. So why would students give up a free weekend night to spend fur hours driving around campus? It’s just plain fun. Volunteers gather at about 10:30 p.m. to prepare for the evening, which kicks off at 11 p.m. The meeting begins with a brief icebreaker, plenty of sustenance for the night ahead and then turns to the logistics. Each vehicle is staffed with two volunteers, one driver and a ride-along who coordinates the pick-ups and the paperwork. They receive calls from the headquarters with the name and location of their next pickup as they drive. Fifth-semester students Lindsay Ray and Alana Arciero, have both volunteered numerous times before. As they get in the car, they put on their iPod and begin talking eagerly about the night ahead of them. When asked why they volunteer, Arciero replied, “To help out…my peers.” Ray responded, “I’ve used [GUARD Dogs] myself and it’s always nice to give back to something that you’ve utilized.” The entire experience of GUARD Dogs is an enjoyable one that keeps volunteers coming back for the promise of free time, laughter and, more importantly, the feeling that they are giving back to the UConn community.

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town’s spending costs to date and how much the town had committed to spend, as well as requesting that additional information be made available regarding the project. She also questioned the rates that would be charged for the electricity, whether the electrical companies would be charged the regular rate that all residents pay and what would determine the cost for excessive electricity. Her concerns were not addressed directly; she was told that her requests for information would be considered. In a project update, John Paul Vinogt, the senior vice president for Masonicare, brought up the issue surrounding a need for water to be brought into the Mansfield area to support the construction of a retirement community. He stated that he conducted a presentation about their circumstances and their lack of resources to UConn but that, although there was a favorable reaction, UConn officials determined that there was no water that could be afforded to the project. Council member David Freudmann seemed to question

the need for the community or the resources. “Yours is a multimillion-dollar, highly profitable company,” he said, “You didn’t get that way by making foolish business mistakes.” Vinogt responded, “All highly successful businesses also have failures, and they do take risks at some time.” After some increasingly direct questions and answers by Vinogt, Mayor Betsy Paterson finally put the subject to rest. The rest of the council seemed to prefer not to take any part in the discussion in question. The mayor also commended many people and groups on their success during Mansfield’s ninth annual Festival on the Green, which took place on Sunday, Sept. 23rd. She said that the feeling was one of high spirits, and that she appreciated everyone that had donated their time and resources to making it such a huge success. “It really is a team effort to pull this all together,” Hart said. “It’s really, I think, become a signature event for our community.”

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Picture this: mouthwatering “cashew cheese ravioli,” “Caribbean coconut pasta salad,” and “cucumber flying disks,” all available for students in various eating areas at UConn. Sound unbelievable? Well, what may seem like a fantasy to all students’ taste buds now may become a reality with the new raw food program available to the university called SAIN. Various options through SAIN will be available at the Bookworms Café and Wilbur Café exclusively. Students are excited about new, healthful dining options for the university, as well as the locations where SAIN products will be sold. These products will be sold Mondays through Fridays. “I spend so much time at Bookworms anyways that it is nice to know these new, delicious-sounding options will be available,” said Michael Piersall, 5th-semester political science major. “It is great that the university is providing such options for us when we are studying and doing work.” Besides sounding delicious, these options are also quite healthful. The “Nut-N Honey Lettuce Wraps,” available on Mondays, and the “cashew cheese ravioli,” available on Tuesdays, are vegetarian and vegan products. “I am glad that the university is taking further steps to make the university a healthy place to get a meal,” said Paul Wildenhain, 5th-semester political science major.

Wildenhain’s opinion tends to be the same as the majority of students: excited about the increasing amount of healthful products available. Whitney Washburn, a 5thsemester physiology and neurobiology major, believes that adding the SAIN food line is another way to make the university a healthy environment. “I love that the university provides such healthy options for the students because it really provides more variety,” Washburn said. “When I came to school, I was nervous that I would not be able to eat as healthy as I did in high school. Thankfully, I have been pleasantly surprised with the amount of healthy options we have available.” Besides the new SAIN options for healthful eating, there are a plethora of other choices available for students. On the dining.uconn.edu website, each dining unit not only shows the food that they are serving that day, but also what the “healthy options” are, as well as what the nutrition information is. Each dining hall carries “healthy husky” options for students. Whitney Dining Hall, located in East campus, is also a part of a food cooperative, carrying many healthful vegetarian and vegan options, as well as locally grown food. “I know there are already so many healthy options here at UConn,” continued Washburn. “I am just excited to know with new options like SAIN, we are continuing to grow and expand in choices.”

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What’s on at UConn today... Blood Drive SU Ballroom 330 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Intro to Knitting or Crocheting SU room 304A/104 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

The 46th Annual Art Department Faculty Exhibition The Benton Museum 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The UConn Red Cross Club is kicking off the semester with a week-long blood drive. Each donation can save up to three lives and the need is constant.

Learn to knit or crochet. For more information and to register, please go to prodev.uconn.edu

The exhibition features a variety of media including painting, sculpture, illustration, graphic design, printmaking, photography and installation art.

Yiddish Tish Discussion Dodd Research Center, room 104 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. The Yiddish Tish Discussion provides an opportunity for faculty and students to practice their Yiddish listening and/or speaking skills in an informal manner.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

at 12:45 a.m. on North Hillside Road and charged with failure to drive right and driving under the influence. Welch’s car was stopped by police for failure to drive right. Police suspected Welch of being under the influence and Welch was subjected to a series of sobriety tests, which she failed. Her bond was posted at $500 and her court date is on Oct. 1.

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Groups helping Murphy in tight Conn. Senate race

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Organized labor, national Democrats, abortion rights activists and environmentalists are ramping up support for Democratic U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, who is facing an onslaught of negative TV ads and mailings paid for by his wealthy Republican foe in Connecticut’s U.S. Senate race, former wrestling executive Linda McMahon. The liberal groups say Murphy, who is not as well-known outside his district in northwestern Connecticut, needs their help as polls show him in a statistical dead heat with McMahon. “He’s going to be very dependent on others to help him,” said John Olsen, president of the Connecticut AFL-CIO and a former Democratic Party state chairman. “I think his friends have to step up a lot.”

More motherly McMahon aims for GOP upset in

NAUGATUCK, Conn. (AP) — Wealthy former professional wrestling executive Linda McMahon is shifting her image from groin-kicking CEO to grandmother in her second bid for Senate in Connecticut. The makeover seems to be working against three-term Democratic Rep. Chris Murphy, putting McMahon suddenly in reach of an upset in the Democratic-leaning state. “Voters like her more this time,” said Doug Schwartz, director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, which on Aug. 28 showed McMahon narrowing her 20-percentage point loss among women two years ago to only a 4-point deficit among that group now. But in a state where independents are the biggest voting bloc and registered Democrats outnumber Republicans 37 percent to 21 percent, Murphy is fighting back for the seat held by retiring independent Sen. Joe Lieberman.

The items below list charges filed, not convictions. All persons appearing below are entitled to the due process of law and presumed innocent until proven guilty. Individual police blotters will be taken off the website three semesters after they have been posted. Sept. 18 Wenjie Cai, 31, of Tolland, was arrested at 4:33 p.m. at Merrow Road and charged with criminal attempt and larceny in the fifth degree. Cai was taken into custody at his Tolland residence on an arrest warrant for two counts of larceny in the fifth degree and one count of criminal attempt to commit larceny in the fifth degree. The warrant stemmed from an incident involving the theft of merchandise from the UConn Co-op. His bond was posted at $7,500 and his court date was on Sept. 19.

Joseph A. Bilodeau, 27, of Storrs, was arrested at 10:31 p.m. on Middle Turnpike and charged with criminal mischief in the third degree, criminal trespassing in the third degree, interfering with an officer and larceny in the sixth degree. Police arrested Bilodeau on an active arrest warrant stemming from an incident on July 7, where Bilodeau was found to be involved in removing copper from the roof of the Knight Hospital on UConn’s Depot MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut doctor charged Campus. Bilodeau ran from the scene and with sexually assaulting about a dozen patients in his former later denied his involvement to the police. His bond was posted at $20,000 and his Clinton office is set to return to court. Court records show officials are waiting for Dr. Tory Westbrook court date was on Sept. 19. of Glastonbury to enter pleas in 10 alleged sexual assault cases and John S. Zaleski, 21, of Stamford, was one case of alleged illegal drug sales. He’s scheduled to appear for arrested at 10:43 p.m. at Coogan Crescent pretrial discussions Tuesday in Middletown Superior Court. Westbrook has pleaded not guilty in three other alleged sexual and charged with falsely reporting an inciassault cases. He is facing eight felony sexual assault charges and dent in the second degree and misuse of the emergency 911 system. Police arrested 25 misdemeanor sexual assault counts. Westbrook insists he’s innocent and remains free on bail. His Zaleski on a warrant stemming from an lawyer has said the charges allege improper touching of female incident on Aug. 21, where Zaleski falsely patients during exams at the Community Health Center in Clinton. reported an incident to the police, misusing the emergency 911 system. His bond was State officials suspended Westbrook’s medical license in June. posted at $5,000 and his court date is on Oct. 2.

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Conn. parole hearing set for Skakel

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A hearing will be held next month on whether Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel, who was convicted of killing a neighbor in 1975, should be released from prison, a state official said Monday. Skakel’s first parole hearing has been scheduled for Oct. 24, John DeFeo, executive director of the Connecticut Board of Pardons and Parole, told The Associated Press. Skakel is eligible to be released next March if the three-member board approves it, DeFeo said. Skakel, a nephew of Ethel Kennedy, is serving 20 years to life for fatally beating Martha Moxley with a golf club in Greenwich when they were 15-year-old neighbors. Skakel is a nephew of Robert F. Kennedy’s widow, Ethel Kennedy. Moxley’s mother, Dorthy Moxley, said she would oppose Skakel’s release.

Sept. 19

Isabella I. Himmel, 20, of Chicago, Ill., was arrested at 2:22 p.m. on North Eagleville Road and charged with breach of peace in the second degree, giving a false statement in the second degree and falsely reporting an incident in the second degree. On Aug. 25 at approximately 1:12 a.m., Himmel reported to the UConn Police Department that she had been struck over the head with a skateboard and then sexually assaulted by several men on the UConn campus. After an extensive investigation Himmel recanted her story and told UConn Police investigators that she was not assaulted with a skateboard and was not sexually assaulted. In response to Himmel’s reported assault, UConn Police alerted the UConn community using the UConn Emergency Notification System. During the hours after the reported incident, thousands of UConn students were moving into their on-campus dormitories. UConn Police fielded several questions regarding the reported assault, the safety of the community and what steps would be taken in response to this reported assault. The concern surrounding this incident caused a disruption and alarmed the university community. Himmel’s bond was posted at $10,000 and her court date is on Oct. 1. Sept. 20 Jehad S. Alkwaifli, 21, of Bloomfield, was arrested at 10:54 p.m. on North Eagleville Road and charged with failure to drive in the proper lane on a multi-lane highway and driving under the influence. Police observed Alkwaifi’s car cross over the fog line on Route 195 several times. As the vehicle turned onto North Eagleville Road, it struck a curb and was subsequently stopped by police. Alkwaifli was suspected of driving under the influence and was subjected to a series of sobriety tests, which he failed. His bond was posted at $500 and his court date is on Oct. 1. Sept. 21 Jaimi Welch, 22, of Berlin, was arrested

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Stephenie Stewart, 22, of Bethany, was arrested at 3:23 a.m. on Hunting Lodge Road and charged with failure to drive right and driving under the influence. Police stopped Stewart’s car for crossing the double yellow line on Hunting Lodge Road. Police suspected Stewart was under the influence and Stewart was subjected to a series of sobriety tests, which she failed. Her bond was posted at $500 and her court date is on Oct. 1.

Brendan R. Roche, 18, of Hopkinton, Mass., was arrested at 2:02 a.m. on Hillside Road and charged with forgery in the second degree. Roche was found to be in possession of university property not belonging to him. After an investigation, police found Roche was also in possession of a false Connecticut license. His bond was posted at $500 and his court date is on Oct. 2. Sept. 23

Dylan J. Owen, 22, of Waterbury, was arrested at 2:01 a.m. on Alumni Drive and charged with criminal trespassing in the first degree and disorderly conduct. Police were dispatched to Garrigus Suites for a report of a physical altercation. After a brief investigation, witnesses said that Owen refused to leave the area of Garrigus Suites and caused a disturbance to gain entry into a dormitory room. While trying to gain entry into a dormitory room, Owen was confronted by a student of the dormitory and a short physical altercation took place. Owen’s bond was posted at $5,000 and his court date was on Sept. 24.

Libya appoints military officers to head militias

US judge seeks out-of-state help to stem backlog

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s top federal judge is enlisting help from out-of-state colleagues to preside over a backlog of civil cases created by a shortage of U.S. District judges. The Connecticut Post reports that Chief U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson has reached out to the chairman of the federal court system’s assignments committee. Nine judges have responded to calls for help and are coming from Ohio, Kentucky, Montana, New York City and South Dakota. Judge Peter C. Dorsey died in January, another judge is ill, the promotion of Judge Christopher Droney to the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals has created a vacancy and a senior judge is no longer taking criminal cases or conducting civil trials. President Barack Obama has nominated Hartford attorney Michael P. Shea to take the vacant federal district judgeship. The nomination requires confirmation by the U.S. Senate, which can be a lengthy process.

Stephen Quesnel, 19, of Broad Brook, was arrested at 12:35 a.m. on Hunting Lodge Road and charged with failure to drive right, driving under the influence and traveling at an unreasonable speed. Police stopped Quesnel’s car after watching it travel 45 miles an hour in a 30 mph zone and crossing the double yellow line on Hunting Lodge Road. Police suspected Quesnel of being under the influence and Quesnel was subjected to a series of sobriety tests, which he failed. His bond was posted at $500 and his court date is on Oct. 1.

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Soldiers from the Libyan National Army get ready to enter the Rafallah al-sahati Islamic Militia Brigades compound in Benghazi, Libya, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012. The compound buildings can be seen behind the wall.

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libya’s military command appointed Monday a pair of army officers to head two powerful Islamist militias in the country’s east, part of the government’s push to rein in armed factions.

The move reflects the pressure on the government to control or disband the country’s militias, many of which it had relied upon for securing Libya in the turmoil following last year’s ouster and killing of longtime leader Moammar

Gadhafi. Col. Ali al-Sheikhi, the spokesman for Libya’s joint chiefs of staff, told the news agency LANA that the chiefs of the Rafallah Sahati Brigade and the Feb. 17 Brigade, two groups that authorities had allowed to manage security in the eastern city of Benghazi, would be replaced with army commanders. Anger at the militias boiled over following the killing of the top American diplomat in Libya and three U.S. mission staffers in an assault on the consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11. The attack followed an angry protest against an anti-Islam film produced in the U.S. which has riled many in the Muslim world. Members of the radical Islamist Ansar al-Shariah militia are suspected of being behind the attack. Many of Libya’s militias were formed in the eight-month war against Gadhafi, but more groups sprang up after the end of fighting in October. With the country trying to rebuild after 42 years of Gadhafi, the groups paid little attention to successive interim leaders. They were accused of bullying citizens, operating independent prisons and holding summary trials for Gadhafi loyalists. Recently, Islamistled militias have also attacked shrines, such as tombs associated with religious figures, that they considered to be counter to their strict view of Islam.

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Romney assails Obama after US ambassador’s death New SARS-like virus detected in Middle East

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — Mitt Romney led a chorus of Republican criticism of the administration’s foreign policy on Monday, accusing President Barack Obama of minimizing the recent killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya as a mere “bump in the road” rather than part of a chain of events that threatens American interests. White House press secretary Jay Carney called the accusations “desperate and offensive” as Romney and his allies sought to gain political advantage in the latter stages of a political campaign that seems to be trending Obama’s way. The president did not comment on the criticism when he and first lady Michelle Obama taped an appearance on ABC’s “The View” that blended the personal with the political. Asked if a Romney presidency would be a disaster, Obama said the nation can “survive a lot.” He added: “The American people don’t want to just survive, we want to thrive.” The back and forth on foreign policy occurred as Romney said he was shifting to a more energetic schedule of public campaign events, bidding to reverse recent erosion in battleground state polls. After days spent largely raising campaign cash — and trying to minimize the fallout from one speech to donors last spring — he pledged to make the case for “real and positive change.” While national polls make the race exceedingly close, Obama has gained ground on Romney in many recent surveys when potential voters are asked to compare the two rivals in their ability to fix the economy. Sluggish growth and national unemployment of 8.1 percent make the economy by far the dominant issue in the race, and the two men have focused much of their time and advertising budgets on highlighting their differences on taxes, spending and plans for job creation.

LONDON (AP) — Global health officials are closely monitoring a new respiratory virus related to SARS that is believed to have killed at least one person in Saudi Arabia and left a Qatari citizen in critical condition in London. The germ is a coronavirus, from a family of viruses that cause the common cold as well as SARS, the severe acute respiratory syndrome that killed some 800 people, mostly in Asia, in a 2003 epidemic. In the latest case, British officials alerted the World Health Organization on Saturday of the new virus in a man who transferred from Qatar to be treated in London. He had recently traveled to Saudi Arabia and is now being treated in an intensive care unit after suffering kidney failure. WHO said virus samples from the patient are almost identical to those of a 60-year-old Saudi national who died earlier this year. The agency isn’t currently recommending travel restrictions and said the source of infection remains unknown. Still, the situation has raised concerns ahead of next month’s annual Hajj pilgrimage, which brings millions of people to Saudi Arabia from around the world. Health officials don’t know yet whether the virus could spread as rapidly as SARS did or if it might kill as many people. SARS, which first jumped to humans from civet cats in China, hit more than 30 countries worldwide after spreading from Hong Kong. “It’s still (in the) very early days,” said Gregory Hartl, a WHO spokesman. “At the moment, we have two sporadic cases and there are still a lot of holes to be filled in.” He added it was unclear how the virus spreads. Coronaviruses are typically spread in the air but Hartl said scientists were considering the possibility that the patients were infected directly by animals. He said there was no evidence yet of any human-tohuman transmission. “All possible avenues of infection are being explored right now,” he said. No other countries have so far reported any similar cases to WHO, he said, and so far there is no connection between the cases except for a history of travel in Saudi Arabia. Hartl said the first patient may have had an underlying condition but it probably didn’t make him more susceptible to catching the virus. Other experts said it was unclear how dangerous the virus is. “We don’t know if this is going to turn into another SARS or if it will disappear into nothing,” said Michael Osterholm, a flu expert at the University of Minnesota. He said it was crucial to determine the ratio of severe to mild cases. Osterholm said it was worrying that at least one person with the disease had died. “You don’t die from the common cold,” he said. “This gives us reason to think it might be more like SARS,” which killed about 10 percent of the people it infected. Britain’s Health Protection Agency and WHO said in statements that the 49-year-old Qatari national became ill on Sept. 3, having previously traveled to Saudi Arabia. He was transferred from Qatar to Britain on Sept. 11 and is being treated in an intensive care unit at a London hospital for problems including kidney failure. Respiratory viruses aren’t usually known to cause serious kidney problems. In Qatar, Mohammed bin Hamid Al Thani of the Public Health Department said the patient was in Saudi Arabia for Ramadan during the summer and fell ill after returning to Qatar. Doctors could not immediately identify the virus and decided he should be treated in London. A public health official, Abdullakef al-Khal, said there is no indication that the patient’s family or others were infected. “There is no special alert for now,” he said. “We are being vigilant.” David Heymann, chairman of the Health Protection Agency, said the new virus didn’t appear that similar to SARS. “It isn’t as lethal as SARS and we don’t know too much about its transmissibility yet,” he said. “If people are getting infected, they aren’t getting serious disease.”

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Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney campaigns in Pueblo, Colo., Monday, Sept. 24, 2012.

The same polls show Obama with a healthy lead over Romney when voters are asked which candidate is better equipped to handle foreign policy, and the president has not shied away from trumpeting his decision to order the secret mission by U.S. forces that killed terrorism mastermind Osama bin Laden in his Pakistani hideout more than a year ago. At the same time, Romney’s advisers say voters are more inclined to question Obama’s handling of foreign policy after the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, earlier this month resulted in the death of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

Not only Romney, but other Republicans, as well, challenged Obama on foreign policy on Monday. In a conference call with reporters, Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., the House majority leader, said: “Israel continues to find itself on the receiving end of harsh language by the president of the White House. ... There is a somewhat continued pattern of throwing Israel under the bus when Israel stands as our closest ally.” And the National Republican Senatorial Committee issued challenges to Democratic candidates in several races to “share their view” on Obama’s remarks in an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” over the weekend.

Apple says more than 5 million iPhone 5s sold

U.S., Germany, France, Japan and five other countries. The sales tally is a record for any phone, but it beats last year’s iPhone 4S launch only by a small margin. Apple said then that it sold 4 million phones in the first three days. Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White expected Apple to sell 6 million to 6.5 million iPhone 5s in the first three days. He said the shortfall was largely due to limited supply. White said the phone was sold out at 80 to 85 percent of the U.S. Apple stores he and his team conAP tacted Sunday evening, and the ones that were still available were mostly Apple Inc. said Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, that it sold more than 5 million units of the iPhone 5 in the three days since its Sprint models. launch, less than analysts had expected. Online delivery times have stretched to three to four weeks. NEW YORK (AP) — Apple Inc. said Apple shares fell $9.30, or 1.3 percent, The phone will go on sale in 22 Monday that it sold more than 5 mil- to close at $690.79 on Monday. The more countries on Friday and in more lion iPhone 5s in the three days since its shares hit an all-time high of $705.07 than 100 countries by the end of the year. launch, fewer than analysts had expected. Friday as the phone went on sale in the

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For-credit internships through UConn need a swift makeover

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ne of the most powerful tools in an undergraduate’s arsenal for getting hired after graduation is getting involved with a summer internship in their field. It puts students on employers’ radars and, in the case of for-credit internships, allows students to collect UConn credits for their fieldwork during the intersession. As UConn students settle into the fall semester, now is a good time to look back and reflect on some of the flaws with the University’s for-credit internship program and make students aware of them for the future. The most egregious thing to point out about these internships is the cost versus the benefit. Students can pay upwards of one thousand dollars to participate in the summer intersession and only collect three credits from their internship. While it’s true that they could get more bang for their buck by taking other classes in addition to their internship, many students have to commute to regional campuses to do that, which would be in addition to the commuting that they have to do for their internship work. Because these internships don’t pay as a result of the student collecting college credit, this option is not viable, to the point of being impossible for many undergraduates. The question then becomes, what are students actually paying for with this seemingly outrageous amount of money? The school provides them with an internship coordinator who will supervise them either through weekly reports or phone conversations with someone at the job site. These coordinators are neither required to secure you an internship, or to put you in touch with potential employers. That is on the student and is said to be part of the job experience. In other words, the university provides paying students with a coordinator who is not required to help, but merely blow a whistle if something goes wrong. While that makes sense from the university’s standpoint, students are forced to ask again, “So, what am I paying for?” While the specifics of each internship program are different depending on the department, the university cannot continue to charge this much money and provide almost no resources to students. There are already payment methods in place within the admission system, such as the Early College Experience program for high school students, that scales back the cost based on what the students get out of the program. Why can this not be applied to for-credit internships? This field experience is invaluable to the undergraduate education. If the university wants to promote student involvement in real-world experience, they need to do more than charge an inordinate amount for it and provide nothing in return. The Daily Campus editorial is the official opinion of the newspaper and its editorial board. Commentary columns express opinions held solely by the author and do not in any way reflect the official opinion of The Daily Campus.

Monday night class is the anti-look, especially when you forget about a quiz #collegeproblems How much does a hipster weigh? An instagram. Hint to the freshman who puked outside my door this weekend: if you don’t learn to hold your alcohol, you’re never getting laid. To whoever is behind the post-its...I hate you. Prepare yourself for Ugg and Northface season Thank you to the random guy giving free hugs...I really needed it! Trying to open a snack in class without disturbing it. #collegestudentproblems My roommate is mad that the government took $2.71 in taxes from her work study paycheck. Can’t wait for her reaction when she sees the deduction on her first real paycheck. I had breakfast at Buckley this Saturday. A woman introduced herself as Mrs. Butts and I laughed. Does that make me immature? Not gonna lie, I’m kinda excited for dubstep remixes of Christmas music. What is the protocol for nominating Jonathan the Husky for president?

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Medical marijuana should be allowed on campus

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n less than a week, Connecticut’s medical marijuana program will take effect. Starting on Monday, Oct. 1, people who meet the requirements under the new law will be able to meet with their doctors and get a temporary registration certificate, allowing them to legally possess and consume marijuana for medical purposes. Chances are, some of those who register will be college students. Like the vast majority of their fellow students, many of those patients will live on college campuses. Yet while state law will allow these people to possess and conBy Sam Tracy sume marijuana to Weekly Columnist help treat a chronic illness, they will be forbidden from consuming their medicine in their own homes or anywhere near them. The law passed this year states that the laws allowing the use of medical marijuana do “not apply to … the ingestion of marijuana on any school grounds or any public or private school, dormitory, college or university property.” This is ridiculous. The law should be amended to allow qualifying patients to consume their medicine on college and university property. As the program has not yet begun, it is impossible to tell just how many students will qualify as medical marijuana patients. The new law allows marijuana to be recommended for a wide variety of conditions, specifically including “cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficien-

cy virus or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity, epilepsy, cachexia, wasting syndrome, Crohn’s disease, [and] posttraumatic stress disorder.” It also allows for more conditions to be added by the Department of Consumer Protection. While nowhere near as expansive as laws in states like California, Connecticut’s law includes enough conditions to allow for a large number of people to qualify as patients. The reason for the ban on medical marijuana consumption on university property may have its roots in the stereotype of the college stoner. But Connecticut’s law is strict enough to ensure that no recreational users are making up bogus conditions in order to get their hands on legal marijuana. College students in the program are more likely to include veterans returning from war with PTSD and wanting to re-integrate into civilian life, older students who are trying to go back to school despite their health problems. Some of these students may appear to be healthy young people at first glance, but have been silently battling terrible conditions, such as cancer or Crohn’s, for many years. There are many students who are in legitimate need of medical marijuana, and denying them medicine because of an unfair stereotype is offensive and insensitive to the suffering they have endured. Students who are medical marijuana patients will essentially be prohibited from living in on-campus housing. The law’s prohibitions on consumption on university property applies equally to classrooms, dormitories and apartments. Patients living on-campus will need to either break the

law by consuming marijuana in their home, or go somewhere off-campus to use their medicine. If they choose the latter, they will either need to stay in that location for many hours or get someone to drive them home in order to avoid the risk of driving while impaired. This makes no sense when students prescribed dangerous narcotics are allowed to possess and consume their medicine in on-campus housing. Proponents of keeping the law as-is will be quick to point out that no other prescription medicine is smoked and that the law makes sense, since students cannot smoke inside the dorms anyway. Concerns about fire safety and smoke damage are legitimate – I’m not advocating that students be able to smoke anything in on-campus housing, prescribed or not. However, the law does not just prohibit smoking medical marijuana on university property, but ingesting it in any way. There are many methods of consuming marijuana that run no risk of starting a fire or damaging rental housing, such as cooking it into food or using a vaporizer. The point of any medical marijuana program is to recognize that, when used properly, marijuana is a legitimate medicine that can treat a variety of conditions. Yet as it stands, Connecticut law draws an arbitrary and unnecessary distinction between medical marijuana and other medicines recommended to patients by their doctors. To truly legitimize medical marijuana, this distinction must be removed.

Weekly Columnist Sam Tracy is a 7th-semester political science major. He can be reached at Samuel.Tracy@ UConn.edu.

Why TV’s Barney Stinson is the voice of our generation

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n last night’s returning “How I Met Your Mother,” we arrive on the scene of resident bachelor Barney Stinson’s unlikely nuptials. While this situation contrasts with the regular antics of the character, it brings a close to Barney’s legacy as the voice of our generation. In a decade dedicated to yellBy Victoria Kallsen ing, “YOLO,” Staff Columnist I believe a character like the Barnacle is a reflection of who the younger members of society want to be: twenty-somethings in the heart of New York with no conception of love and commitment, who are devoted to this ideal of “legen– wait for it–dary!” nights and foolproof rules that will always lead to our eventual sexual satisfaction later that evening with no unfortunate side effects or “sexual souvenirs.” However, the writers of “How I Met Your Mother” have developed this bachelor stereotype much farther than the people behind “Friends” could with the very similar Joey a decade earlier: they gave Barney a real emotional center as a character and revealed that the man behind the awesome pick-up skills and exploits was a true human being after all. By doing this, the creators have sub-

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mitted their opinions on the “live for today” culture of America. To examine the character so artfully played by Neil Patrick Harris, let’s talk numbers briefly. The current median age for first marriage in the United States for men and women has been hovering around 28 and 26 for the past couple of years. Furthermore, these numbers have been increasing since the 1950s. Most people nowadays are not even looking for marriage, nor do they believe it to be necessary. According to one study, while 34 percent of participants were looking for a long-term relationship that may or not lead to marriage, 28 percent were not looking for any type of relationship at all. Many have noted this rise in remaining single and enjoying it, or only looking for casual partners. Furthermore, a grand majority of people are fine with cohabitation, and marriage just isn’t on the minds of many Americans today. This is all very well embodied in the Barney Stinson character, who begins the show in his early thirties as single and loving it. It is only in his mid to late thirties he begins to question his commitment to the single life. Perhaps these characteristics (besides the humor and charm inherent in his portrayal) are what lead audiences to iden-

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tify and accept Barney more than protagonist Ted Mosby, a hopeless romantic in his twenties, whose main focus is quite the opposite of the breakout character discussed here. With most Americans agreeing that marriage is not central to their happiness, is it any wonder that Barney is a more popular character? If this character’s emergence is so properly timed to our decade, why do later seasons of the show develop Barney into a more romantic sort of figure, leading to his first serious girlfriend after seasons of womanizing and casual sex? To me, it recalls a line from the Adam Sandler comedy, “The Wedding Singer.” When one character mentions what happened to famous bachelors Fonzie and Vinnie Barbarino, he says, “Their shows got canceled. Because no one wants to see a fifty-year-old guy hitting on chicks.” While that’s certainly an accurate statement, I feel that one shouldn’t imply that by a certain age, all of us should know commitment is the better choice. Perhaps some may realize they desire a constant or a level of stability as they get older, especially as other friends begin coupling up and getting married. But I don’t feel that’s necessarily the case here. Instead, I believe the creators,

Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, are making a statement on American youth: suiting up and playbooks must be traded for marriage. As Barney Stinson is a reflection of our generation’s wants and desires, it’s really a commentary on the bulk of our society. While the show continues the archetype of single and carefree twenty-somethings established by shows such as “Friends,” I believe this view on not only Barney’s continued bachelorhood, but also on the importance of commitment for other single characters like Ted and Robin, brings a realism to the show. Because while “Friends” never really thought it was an issue to leave Joey unpaired at the end of the show’s run, “How I Met Your Mother” instead focuses on this achievement of making a connection with another human being or “finding the soulmate,” which has been Ted’s goal since the pilot. Perhaps the message we should take away isn’t that Barney is awesome or his exploits legendary, but that family success and marriage should be the goals of dating in our 20s–however archaic and oldfashioned it may seem. Staff Columnist Victoria Kallsen is a 3rd-semester mechanical engineering major. She can be reached at Victoria.Kallsen@UConn.edu.

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Rainbow Center holds panel on bi- and pansexuality

By Zarrin Ahmed Staff Writer

In celebration of Sunday’s National Bisexuality Awareness Day, four members of the Rainbow Center’s Speaker’s Bureau shared personal stories and challenged misconceptions about bisexuality and pansexuality on Monday night. The members began by letting students and participants know that the session would focus on answering questions. By sharing their own stories about finding and accepting their sexuality, the members wanted students to not only understand the meaning of bisexuality and pansexuality, but to also feel comfortable with asking questions without trying so hard not to be rude. The speakers explained that when they were growing up, they were realizing their sexual preferences at different points of their lives. For each of the members, there was always a period of self-questioning and confusion that led

to introspection. Some were confused about whether or not their thoughts and feelings were normal. Some faced rejection from their parents. Some had to find security by facing their insecurities. “You’re sad because you’re not accepting who you are,” one panel member said. “You’ve been denying it for years.” All of the members were discriminated against by the gay community as well as the straight community, facing criticism that was even harsher by identifying as bisexual or pansexual. For this reason, most members will identify themselves differently depending on who they interact with. The speakers informed students that there is a multitude of terms, definitions and affiliations that confuse many people, and that also mean different things to different people. “There are just some people who get it and some people who don’t,” said Stephanie Jacobs, a 3rd-semester psy-

chology major and member of the panel. “I didn’t find out about the Rainbow Center till my senior year of high school and it was pretty exciting… People were inquisitive and open; it was new and interesting. I didn’t stick out like a sore thumb.” Though the speakers mostly found support and were happy to meet people who thought and felt the same way as they did, they still challenge misconceptions about bisexuality and pansexuality. One of the biggest false impressions about people who identify themselves as either or both is their hypersexuality. Despite the reality of their experiences and struggles, the members wanted to keep the discussion lighthearted and positive, instead of portraying everything in a negative light. By using humor and sharing jokes, the panel opened students up to ask questions.

Katie Couric opens up about battling bulimia

NEW YORK (AP) — Viewers of Katie Couric’s talk show were doubtless surprised on Monday when, during the discussion of eating disorders, Couric disclosed that she had had her own struggles with that cruel, sometimes deadly condition. “I wrestled with bulimia all through college and for two years after that,” she said, describing the guilt she felt at eating a single cookie or chewing a stick of gum that wasn’t sugar-free. But the bulk of the show was devoted to her guests, who included experts on the subject as well as its sufferers, notably singer and new “X Factor” judge Demi Lovato. During the hour, Couric said little more about her experience, which she had never before made public. “I kind of hesitated to even bring it up,” she told The Associated Press after the taping. “But I felt that if I expect people on my show to be honest, then, when relevant, I owe it to people watching to be honest myself. “I wanted to focus on my guests,” she said, “while acknowledging one of the reasons this issue is so important to me: I went through it.” It’s all part of a balance Couric is striving for on her new syndicated daytime show, “Katie,” between sharing her experiences and turning her show into a personal confessional. But in an exclusive interview with the AP, Couric, 55, shared details about the illness that first plagued her as a senior at Yorktown High School in Arlington, Va. It began, she said, when she learned she had been turned down by the college she most wanted to attend. Couric was a likely candidate for an eating disorder. “Like a lot of young women, I was struggling with my body image,” she said, “and feeling like I wasn’t good enough or attractive enough or thin enough.” She termed her figure at the time as “curvy,” and not the cultural ideal, which she identified as “five-foot-eight and weighing 115 pounds. It can be so difficult to embrace the body that you have if it

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Stephanie Jacobs, a 3rd-semester psychology major, speaker at the panel, poses in front of a rainbow flag.

Judge seeks more review of Chris Brown’s probation

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doesn’t fit with the ideal. Women get praised for being super-thin, so you keep striving to be that way.” She said her disorder “ebbed and flowed” through the years. “Some periods were worse than others, when I was binging and purging a lot,” she said. “I’d have a piece of gum that wasn’t sugarless and then say, ‘Oh! I’ve been bad,’ and then feel so terrible that I would eat and throw up. It was awful. “But what I’m describing is something so many people have gone through or are going through,” she noted, “and it’s so damaging, both psychically and physically.” Couric attended the University of Virginia, then landed her first job at the ABC News bureau in Washington, D.C. And even then, she was waging a battle with food. With the help of a therapist, she had a grip on her condition by her early 20s, though “it didn’t mean that I didn’t still have issues and feel bad about myself.” But since then, she said, “I’ve learned how to have a much healthier relationship with food, and how to enjoy my life without obsessing about food.” She said she was glad she had shared with viewers her ordeal with bulimia, “because it’s so commonplace.”

And it’s not the first time Couric has let the public in on a personal ordeal. Her audience shared her pain from the death of her husband, Jay Monahan, of colon cancer in 1998. The tragedy led Couric, then a co-anchor of “Today,” to become an advocate for colon cancer awareness and for colonoscopies. In 2000, she underwent a colonoscopy on the air. “The educational aspect far outweighed any personal embarrassment I might have felt,” she explained. “I had just lost my husband at 42 to this No. 2 cancer killer of men and women. I had a bully pulpit from which I could implore people to take steps that could potentially save their lives. It was a nobrainer.” In the future, viewers of “Katie” can expect her to confide in them again when it feels right. “I don’t think there are any huge revelations about myself that need to be shared or would be appropriate to share,” she said. “But I’m trying to strike the right balance of talking about my situation, but not focusing on it so much that I’m being put on the couch.”

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has ordered a further review of Chris Brown’s community service and travel to determine whether the R&B singer has violated the terms of his probation for the 2009 beating of thengirlfriend Rihanna. Brown appeared in court Monday for the first time in more than a year, and Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg tried to sort through Brown’s probation record and the impact of a positive marijuana result during a random drug screening. Schnegg said community service logs from Brown’s home state of Virginia were “somewhat cryptic” and additional review was needed to determine whether he had complied with his probation. A spreadsheet sent by the Richmond, Va., police chief indicated Brown had completed 1,402 hours of community service, ranging from trash pickup, to washing cars, painting and tending to stables. Brown spoke briefly during the hearing, telling Schnegg that he wasn’t required to sign in when performing his service. His lawyer, Mark Geragos, welcomed the inquiry and said he expected to show that Brown had complied with all his probation terms. The judge said Brown produced a medicinal marijuana prescription from California and that she had never ordered him not to use drugs, so the positive drug test may not have a major impact on his probation. She warned Brown that while his marijuana use may have been legal, he needed to be mindful of his public image and his sway with young fans. “You are not an average person who can sit in their

living room and do what you want to do,” Schnegg said, noting that Brown’s mother was sitting in the audience of the courtroom. “You are not only in the public eye, but you are on probation.” Brown has had several high-profile incidents that have drawn negative attention, including a bottlethrowing New York City nightclub brawl involving his entourage and a group accompanying Drake. Brown received a cut on his chin, and neither entertainer was ever charged. A woman in Miami has also accused Brown of taking her cellphone away after she tried to take pictures of him outside a South Beach nightclub, but the singer has not been charged in that incident. Schnegg urged him to be careful going forward. “You should be mindful of obeying all rules of the courts,” Schnegg said. “A lot of people look up to you — a lot of kids. What you do and what you say impacts other people.” Brown was sentenced to five years of supervised probation after pleading guilty to felony assault for his February 2009 attack on Rihanna. Before Monday, he had received positive reports from probation officials and praise from Schnegg. The judge ordered Brown to return to court Nov. 1 for another update. Virginia officials also reported that Brown may have traveled to Paris without permission, but Schnegg said she has approved most of the singer’s travel and would have to review that claim further.

This Thursday marks the release of J.K. Rowling’s newest novel, “A Casual Vacancy.” The smatter of information released over the past few months has made me excited over the prospect of the new book, but only to a certain extent. While I am wary of the new book, I’m certain that millions and millions of people will buy it, each of them hoping for a brilliant read by this fantastic author. Why am I so confident about this? Two reasons: One, “A Casual Vacancy” is an “adult book” and second, the immense success Rowling achieved through “Harry Potter.” Since the publishers at Little, Brown are classifying “A Casual Vacancy” as an adult book, the audience will primarily be adults. Perfect. All of the children who read “Harry Potter,” Rowling’s “children’s books”, that were first published in 1997 and concluded in 2007, are now adults. They will automatically flock to her new novel, desperately clinging on to the magic they grew up with. All the parents who read “Harry Potter” to their kids at night are still adults who will be happy that their child’s bard has written something for them. The simple power of aging is why everyone will buy “A Casual Vacancy.” This ensures that Rowling will still make millions even if the book is unsatisfactory. While she has yet to disappoint, the description of the book is pointing slightly in that direction. I honestly think it sounds a bit dull. I tell myself that Little, Brown doesn’t want to release a lot of information in order to generate more hype toward the book, and I hope that’s the case. I truly want to enjoy this book. I have greatly admired Rowling for years, and the proof of this lies not just in my reputation as a “Harry Potter” fan, but also in the Masuk High School 2011 yearbook, where I used her words as my senior quote. An intelligent woman, Rowling should be aware of the expectations set by her fans. I fear that people’s expectations of her will make them not appreciate the novel to its fullest extent. Readers need to read without comparing the book to “Harry Potter,” a difficult task given that a character’s name is “Barry.” And have you seen the cover? It’s just screaming Gryffindor colors. If we compare “A Casual Vacancy” to “Harry Potter,” we will severely disappoint ourselves, assuming the novel is on par with Rowling’s previous writings, and tarnish our reading experience. This is because nothing can compare to “Harry Potter.” It is its own entity, a phenomenon like no other, and it will be a rare time before something like it captivates everyone for years and years once more. Readers should open themselves to a new reading experience that isn’t fantasy and not read casually. However, it takes two. “A Casual Vacancy” should be the product of Rowling doing what she loves and wanting to share with her readers. Not a casual project she worked on and decided to publish. I will eagerly wait for “A Casual Vacancy” to arrive in the mailroom later this week and will read it as much as I can amidst studying and OWLS, not the Hogwarts kind. I only hope that my childhood idol can pass on her words and inspiration to my college self.

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Over/Under Overrated: Sweeney Todd (2007)

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Sweeney Todd is one of the few movie musicals that has won any acclaim with an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. Don’t get me wrong – the musical is good, and the music is phenomenal. I’m not dissing Sondheim here. The problem with the film is that it tries to make a morbidly funny horror musical into a faux-horror movie with some By Alex Sfazzarra singing thrown in. The openCampus Correspondent ing number “The Ballad of Sweeney Todd” is completely cut out of the movie. It’s the titular song, for crying out loud! Furthermore, they slashed huge swaths of “A Little Priest,” one of the funniest and best songs in the entire libretto. I love this musical, but the movie leaves much to be desired.

The core of a horror film is not fear, it’s drama made up of the conflicts between the characters themselves and the entities that pose harm to them. So many horror movies seem to forget this. “House at the End of the Street” is not one of them. “House at the End of the Street” tells of the story of Elissa Cassidy (Jennifer Lawrence) and her mother (Elizabeth Shue) who move to a new town. They’re told that the house next to them was the site of a double homicide, a girl who killed her parents. The girl’s brother, Ryan (Max Theiriot), now occupies the house alone. He and Elissa form a close bond, which gets her in hot water with her mother. The story on paper sounds generic and tired, but it goes beneath the surface and is told in a very unorthodox manner. When it comes to horror

films, I have two tests to determine whether or not the characters are good. One, are they stereotypes? And two, are they idiots? The characters in “House at the End of the Street” are neither. The film takes a more down to earth approach with its characters, making them realistic rather than colorful, and in this case, it was the right decision. Because the film spends so much time with the central characters, it doesn’t include, or perhaps cleverly hides, dry, rushed exposition. Why “House at the End of the Street” works is that it contains itself. There are no sprawling subplots, comic relief side characters or pointless scare diversions. The film puts all its weight into the relationship between the Lawrence and Theiriot char-

acters. The development of both is deeply melodramatic, and the drama is strong enough to make us care. Theiriot in particular gives a very good “less is more” performance, and it really adds to the sadness and misfortune of his character. And because we know this is a horror film, there’s a constant sense of mystery, which prevents the story from becoming boring. The film pulls out a twist at the beginning of the third act, both shocking and surprisingly devastating. The writing was so solid, the film probably could have worked without it. Not to say it doesn’t work with it. “House at the End of the Street” is not without its flaws. The story, especially after the twist, asks you buy into a lot.

House at the End of the Street 7/10

I bought most of it, but some minor issues remained in my head. The cinematography during the few horror scenes is incredibly cliché. Crash zooms, the flickering lights and the obvious jump scares are all present. The ending, while a good scene on its own, should have come about twenty minutes earlier. Because of the film’s incredibly slow pace, I don’t think I would be able to sit through it again. Like I said, it’s not boring, but it’s also not lively entertainment. So many horror films like to go big. Big scares, big monsters and big kills. “House at the End of the Street” is a refreshing spin from the genre norm. It doesn’t bluntly throw its horror at you to make you scream. Rather, it gently tucks its horror beneath human skin, to make you think.

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Underrated: Watchmen (2009)

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Michael Peña, left, and Jake Gyllenhaal, star in “End of Watch,” which was filmed in a neighborhood where its director, David Ayer, grew up.

Watchmen is a film that did not win any truly outstanding By Maurilio Amorim awards on the national scale, Campus Correspondent and today is considered a subI first heard of “End par movie by most everyone, ofWhen Watch,” I assumed it was including those who read the going to be another one of those cheap “found footage”graphic novel beforehand. style films. I was so wrong. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to “End of Watch” is arguably enjoy this film to its fullest the best “found footage” film without having done that. and the best cop film ever Admittedly, it doesn’t do a good made. If you’ve never seen job explaining a lot of things. a “found footage” film, it’s basically where the audience Still, Jackie Haley’s amazing sees everything through the performance as Rorschach can’t characters filming with a video camera. Most of them be denied, and Jeffrey Dean just cheap horror films Morgan as the Comedian was are attempting to make money great. I think a lot of people by passing off the events just couldn’t get past the blue as a true story. This is the first film to use this style for phallus in the room. something else. It’s used to - Jason Wong make us believe the action

is all real, but that’s because while the footage is fake, it is real in the sense that this is the story of every police officer out there risking their life fighting crime. It could be any of them rather than Jake Gylenhaal. The film is extremely well directed. Coincidentally, director David Ayer’s last film was “Street Kings,” another story of LAPD cops. However, in that film we see how deep the corruption really goes in that department, and there isn’t a single good cop. There are just layers of how bad or corrupt they are. “End of Watch” gives us the complete

opposite message by showing us nothing but heroic men and women risking their lives and upholding justice. The film follows a year in the life of two LAPD officers. We see through their eyes all the violence and disturbing things they witness in their day-to-day lives, as well as the brotherly relationship between these two partners willing to die for each other. The two cops, Jake Gylenhaal and Michael Peña, make this movie. The chemistry between the two is really funny. I was constantly laughing at Gylenhaal and Peña just goofing around with each other. The two

End of Watch 8/10

work so well together, you almost believe they’ve been friends for years. This probably won’t get a single Oscar nomination, but the directing, acting and just the overall film really deserve some recognition. “End of Watch” manages to do what every great movie does. It makes you forget that you’re in a theater or on your couch, and it makes you laugh, cry and fear for the lives of characters who never existed and even when it’s over, keeps that feeling in you. This is one of the best films of the year, hands down.

Maurlio.Amorim@UConn.edu

Top 10 animated films: a unique genre

By Brendon Field Campus Correspondent

I love all types of film. But like everybody, I have my biases. For me, one genre stands out and that’s animation. It’s a style that is creatively unlimited and that adds new dimensions to familiar forms of storytelling. Rather than giving just a list of animated movies you should see, I’m going to do something much more personal, because animation has had an enormous impact on me. Here are my Top 10 Favorite Animated Movies. Alright, ten just isn’t enough. Here are some runners up: “Mary and Max,” “The Secret of Kells,” “Robin Hood,” “The Plague Dogs,” “Castle In The Sky,” “Fantasia” and “Vuk.” 10. “Finding Nemo.” Really, this slot on the list goes to almost everything by Pixar, with “Finding Nemo” just edging out the pack. It’s simply a wonderfully charming road movie with unforgettable characters. What makes it rare amongst animated movies is that it’s performance-driven. This film would have not been nearly as funny or sweet if it wasn’t Albert Brooks and Ellen DeGeneres in the booth. I think we’ve all seen this one so little else needs to be said. 9. “Grave of the Fireflies.” The story of two orphaned children trying to survive in the firebombings of World War II in Japan is one of the most emotionally involved and devastating things one will ever see. From beginning to end it wraps you in the bond between a brother and sister: their struggle, their desperation and ultimately, their demise. This is a shining example of the visual power that just isn’t found in live action. And I honestly feel a little sick putting it on a list of my favorites. 8. “Waltz with Bashir.” This film brilliantly utilizes animation to tells surrealistic and fantastical war stories, the twist being that they’re all true, at least in the minds of those who tell them. The story is so bizarre it can only be presented in a style taken as fantasy. The film shows the effects of war on the battlefield as well as inside the human subconscious. It also goes deeply into psychological ethics regarding total war, sadism and posttraumatic stress disorder, all while keeping your jaw to the floor with its stunning visuals. This, I feel, is what the movie “Apocalypse Now” wanted to be. 7. “Spirited Away.” This is a movie that pushes the boundaries of fantasy itself. I have never, nor will I ever, see something this creative, imaginative and wondrous. Every single character, scene, motion and tiny piece of the background is memorable. It takes us on a journey into a world so marvelous we can’t think. All we can do is sit and let it wash over us. I dare not describe in detail any fraction of its story or setting, as no set of words can do it justice. Next week, I’ll have the upper half of the list. Stay tuned!

Brendon.Field@UConn.edu


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‘Curve’ lacks luster onscreen

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Baseball scout Gus Lobel, played by Clint Eastwood, has a drink with Johnny, a rival baseball scout, played by Justin Timberlake.

By Alex Sferrazza Campus Correspondent “Trouble with the Curve” is the story of Gus Lobel, an elderly baseball scout played by Clint Eastwood, who makes his first onscreen appearance since 2008’s “Gran Torino.” While struggling with his age and a contract that is set to expire in a few months, Gus takes his daughter Mickey (Amy Adams), a single 30– something aspiring lawyer who is expecting an imminent promotion along on a scouting trip to a small town. Here, they try to reconnect with one another. Along the way, another young baseball scout and old friend of Gus, Johnny (Justin Timberlake), attempts to pursue a romantic relationship with Mickey. The film marks the solo directorial debut of Robert Lorenz, an assistant director and producer who has worked with Eastwood on numerous projects, including “Letters from Iwo Jima” and “Invictus.” The film takes a sharp turn

about halfway through. While the film’s plot had been leaning toward one of a daughter trying to take care of an elderly parent, we are suddenly subjected to Mickey gushing out towards her father about a supposed closeness they never shared. The shift is rapid and interrupts the film’s flow. The romantic subplot is mediocre. The characters don’t really seem to fall in love and only go on one date throughout the course of the entire film. What is most infuriating about the romantic plot is its conclusion. Near the end of the film, Johnny storms out on both Gus and Mickey for supposedly tricking him into giving the Red Sox a false scouting tip, costing him a chance at a broadcasting job with the team he’d been hoping for. However, a few short minutes later, he appears out of the blue and reconciles with Mickey with

next to no words exchanged as to how he arrived and where his career is now headed. This is all after a single date. The film’s biggest problem is perhaps its inability to discern when it should return to either Gus’ story or the romantic plot. The result is a film which never reaches a satisfying emotional conclusion in either story arch. The audience’s overall feeling at the film’s climax isn’t cheerful, or a sincere heartfelt joy, but rather an “oh, okay, that’s what happened” feeling. Eastwood’s performance is superb, making Gus a character who has lingered on past his years but is unwilling to cope with his advanced age. Amy Adams delivers a good performance, as her chemistry with Eastwood is rather believable. Justin Timberlake, of course, plays a pretty boy again, and well

Trouble With the Curve 7/10

you can’t fix what ain’t broken. John Goodman also does well in a minor role. Beyond the occasional humorous remark from Eastwood or the few baseball references that the avid fan will catch, humor is practically non-existent in the film. In short, “Trouble with the Curve” is, at its core, a runof-the-mill father-daughter story, not spectacular, not awful. A romantic side plot that, in the end, doesn’t truly add anything to the film is tirelessly included. The cast performs well enough and the films flaws lie within in its inconsistent directing. While the film as a whole is unremarkable, its true accomplishment is its featuring the great Clint Eastwood in his first non-directorial lead acting role in decades. Here, the veteran actor delivers a flawless performance, which should most certainly be commended when award season rolls around.

Alexander.Sferrazza@UConn.edu

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Clifford the Big Red Dog feted on 50th birthday

NEW YORK (AP) — School kids sang “Happy Birthday” and Scholastic unfurled a huge banner worthy of a big red dog from the roof of its headquarters Monday to fete Clifford, the beloved book and TV character, for his 50 years of nudging kids to read. His creator, 84-year-old Norman Bridwell, took questions from a few dozen firstand second-graders during a webcast beamed live into more than 5,000 classrooms around the country from the party held outside the downtown building as tourists snapped photos from atop open-air double-decker buses stuck in traffic. And Bridwell’s real-life daughter, the all-grown-up Emily Elizabeth, spoke to reporters of her special place in publishing history as the inspiration for the perky, blond girl who shares her life — and 90 books worth of adventures — with the gawky, big-hearted Clifford. She was just a year old when her father, a struggling artist from Indiana, and his wife, aptly named Norma, were trying to eke out a living in New York. It wasn’t going well when Norma suggested he try his hand at illustrating children’s books. Norma came up with the name Clifford, based on an imaginary friend she had as a girl. But Bridwell’s 10 paintings for kids were roundly rejected. One staffer at a publisher told him if he wanted to work on children’s books, he’d have to write one of his own. His story eventually landed at Scholastic at a time the company was just starting in the trade fiction market. Clifford is now one of Scholastic’s most successful endeavors, with more than 126 million copies in print in 13 languages, a TV show and a multitude of products. “I remember my mother was visiting from Indiana,” Bridwell said, lounging in a chair and munching some fruit after the festivities. “The baby had been crying

all night and this woman called from Scholastic and said we’ve got this book here, ‘Clifford the Big Red Dog.’ We’d like to publish it. I never expected it to be accepted. My wife said after the first book, ‘Well, you could do more of these,’ and I said, ‘Don’t count on it. This is just a fluke.’” Mayor Michael Bloomberg is a fan. He declared Monday as Clifford the Big Red Dog Day, though he wasn’t on hand for the party. Bridwell, who lives on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, had a simple vision when he dreamed up Clifford: He wanted to write about a dog as big as a horse. What he wound up with is a dog bigger than a house who shared some of the characteristics of kids. Clifford happens to be red because that’s the color of the jar of paint Bridwell had nearby. “I don’t really understand it,” he said of Clifford’s enduring nature. “Whether it’s his color, or if it’s the fact that he’s clumsy, like a lot of kids are clumsy. And a lot of kids would like to be forgiven for their mistakes, and Emily always forgives him when he makes a mistake.” Bridwell had no particular teachable moment in mind. He just wanted to entertain kids. Later, Scholastic gave Clifford “10 Big Ideas” that include matters of human and dog decency: sharing, respect, believing in oneself and helping others among them. “I said to my editor, I think after about the second or third book, ‘Maybe I should be putting messages into this.’ And she said, ‘Well you’re not a message person. Just give them something that’s fun to read.” At the time, 1962, recalled Norma, paperback children’s books weren’t so easy to find, and “a lot of kids couldn’t have books because they were too expensive.” For her part, the 51-yearold Emily Elizabeth of Carlisle, Mass., cites Clifford as part of the reason she became a preschool teacher.

movie, “A Separation” — the first such prize for Iran. Tehran officialdom welcomed the Oscar, especially as Farhadi beat an Israeli film and three others in the foreign language category, describing it as a conquest for Iranian culture and a blow for Israel’s perceived outsized influence in America. But Iranian hard-liners were also upset by the movie’s exposure of the troubles in Iranian society through the story of a collapsing marriage. Iranian authorities have long had an uneasy relationship with the country’s filmmakers and influential clerics have often denounced the domestic cinema as dominated by Western-tainted liberals and political dissenters. Earlier on Monday, Javad Shamaghdari, head of the government-controlled cinema agency, said the Oscars should be boycotted until the organizers denounce the anti-Islam film entitled “Innocence of Muslims,” which has prompted outrage

among Muslims around the world. At least 51 people, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, have been killed in violence linked to protests over the film, which also has renewed debate over freedom of expression in the U.S. and in Europe. Also Monday, many Internet users in Tehran and other Iranian cities reported having no access to their Gmail accounts. The difficulties come a day after Abdolsamad Khoramabadi, a member of the government body responsible for Internet oversight in Iran, said authorities would block access to Google services, including Gmail and the Internet giant’s search engine, in response to the film posted on YouTube, which is owned by Google. There were no reported problems accessing Google’s search engine in Iran on Monday.

Iran official says will boycott 2013 Oscars

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s culture minister said Monday that his country will boycott the 2013 Oscars in the wake of the anti-Islam video made in the United States that denigrates the Prophet Muhammad. An Iranian film won an Oscar in the foreign film category in February. But Mohammed Hosseini said the Islamic Republic would not field an entry for next year’s awards due to the low-budget video he dubbed “an intolerable insult to the Prophet of Islam,” the semiofficial ISNA news agency reported. Hosseini urged other Islamic countries to also boycott. He confirmed that the committee in charge of selecting Iran’s entry has already picked “Ye Habbeh Ghand,” or “A Cube of Sugar” — a film about a family wedding turning into a funeral when the groom’s relative dies — to compete for best foreign film. Iranian director Asghar Farhadi won the 2012 Oscar for best foreign film for his


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Comics

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Kevin & Dean by Adam Penrod

Horoscopes by Brian Ingmanson Aries (March 21-April 19) -- Today is an 8 -- Things will be easier for a couple of days before they get trickier again. Enjoy what you have right now, especially your friends. Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is an 8 -- Dive into an extremely productive Monday. Focus on the task at hand, and hide from distractions. You’ll be amazed at how much you can get accomplished. Gemini (May 21-June 20) -- Today is a 6 -- Go for it: Step out of your comfort zone. One thing that you try doesn’t work, but something else does. More work equals more pay. Quiet meditation lifts spirits.

Shapes by Alex Papanastassiou

Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Take a deep breath, and let your partner do the talking. The best things in life are still free. Financial planning seems easier. Friends give you a needed boost. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Costs could be higher than expected. Someone you trust helps you see a financial leak so you can plug it. It will require negotiations and compromise. It turns out to be easy.

Classic I Hate Everything by Carin Powell

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 9 -- What you do for others now counts double. Focus on doing a great job and completing projects today and tomorrow. But don’t rush your decisions. Listen carefully. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 9 -Don’t let others dampen your creativity and enthusiasm. Make key decisions so you can start the project. Don’t get stopped by regulations. You’re bigger than that. Pay bills. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is an 8 -- You’re gaining confidence. Spur others in the right direction, gently. Sand the rough edges. Do the research to set the right price. Don’t overlook domestic chores. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 7 -- Moods fluctuate. A short stroll around your neighborhood or park helps recharge your batteries. Throw your hat over the fence that you know you want to jump.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO DRAW OR MAKE GAMES FOR THE DAILY CAMPUS COMICS?!

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is a 9 -- You’re entering a mentally active cycle. Imagination takes over, especially about creating new ways to make money. A window may be closing, but a brighter one opens. Keep a lid on the spending. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 6 -- Notice what’s blocking your path. Clear the way or just jump over it with ease, and gain accolades. Great wealth can be yours. Accept encouragement. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is an 8 -- Postpone fun and games for now, and focus on keeping your promises. It doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the process. Others admire your work. Don’t buy gifts yet.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

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Sports

Pats' coach Belichick wanted FG explanation FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – All Bill Belichick wanted was an explanation. He'll probably end up with a fine. Wrapped up in an intense game with fellow AFC power Baltimore, the coach of the New England Patriots grabbed the arm of a replacement official after the Ravens won 31-30 on a last-play field goal Sunday night. Belichick had an angry look, but didn't pursue him. He was much calmer on Monday. ''When the game was over I went out and I was really looking for an explanation from the officials as to whether the play was under review,'' he said. ''I did try to get the official's attention as he was coming off the field to ask that, but I really wasn't able to do that.'' The usually laconic Belichick discussed at length the incident that followed Justin Tucker's 27-yard field goal, which capped Baltimore's comeback from a 30-21 deficit in the fourth quarter and dropped the Patriots (1-2) to their first sub-.500 record in nine years.

The kick appeared to go just inside the top of the right upright or slightly above it. Belichick said a field-goal kick is not reviewable if it goes above the top of an upright, but is reviewable if it goes below the top and to either side of it. ''I saw our players waving that it was no good and I saw the officials giving the signal that it was good,'' he said. ''I just wasn't sure from where I was standing whether the ball, when it went over the crossbar, was above the upright or in between or not in between the uprights. ''So I didn't know whether or not that play was going to be under review or whether it wasn't.'' His contact with the official was very brief, but the NFL is taking a hard line against coaches while it has locked out regular officials in a labor dispute. On Monday, it fined Denver Broncos coach John Fox $30,000 and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio $25,000 for arguing with replacement officials a week ago. NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson

said he is reviewing the conduct of Belichick and the Ravens' John Harbaugh. In his postgame news conference Belichick said he didn't expect to get fined. On Monday, he didn't mention the possibility of a fine or having touched the official. ''I've coached in this league a long time and never been penalized, never had any incidents with officials or anything like that,'' he said. ''I have never meant any disrespect or in any way tried to abuse or be disrespectful to the officials and the job that they do. I was just trying to get an explanation for, obviously, an important call. ''That's the No. 1 thing between coaches and officials. It's always at the forefront. It's just communication of what's going on, what's happening.'' Back in 2000, Belichick's first season as New England's coach, his communication with referee Johnny Grier resulted in the Patriots and Miami Dolphins returning to the field for the final play after about 35 minutes in the locker rooms.

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Ravens' players celebrate after Justin Tucker's 27-yard game-winning field goal that sailed over the right upright was called good.

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BCS commissioners target sites for first playoff final

(AP) – BCS conference commissioners have identified candidate cities to host the first championship game in college football's new postseason system, and the four current BCS bowls will be among the choices. The current BCS games the Fiesta, Rose, Orange and Sugar bowls - are about to enter an exclusive negotiating period. BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock said Monday in a statement that the commissioners will begin talking to those organizers from those games immediately about the possibility of hosting the first national championship game to be played under the newly developed four-team playoff

system on Jan. 15, 2015. He did not identify other cities, but ESPN.com reported earlier Monday that the Georgia Dome in Atlanta and Dallas Cowboys Stadium would also be considered. The original playoff plan called for open bidding for cities hoping to host the first national championship game in the new postseason format that will replace the Bowl Championship Series. But with the first game 28 months away, and semifinal sites still to be determined, along with other details to be worked out, the commissioners decided to expedite the process. The plan still calls for open bidding to determine the sites

of subsequent title games. The Rose Bowl, played in Pasadena, Calif., and the Orange Bowl, played in Miami, will be among the sites that host the national semifinals on a rotating basis for 12 years, starting with the 2014 season. Five more sites will be picked, and the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz., and the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans are expected to be among them. In years in which those sites do not host a semifinal, they will host a high-payout bowl game. Atlanta, home of the Chickfil-A Bowl, and Arlington, Texas, site of the Cotton Bowl, are also strong contenders to land spots in the rotation. Both of those cities, along with Houston and San Antonio,

are in the running to host the new bowl created by the Big 12 and the Southeastern Conference. New Orleans is also in the running for that game, and is considered one of the favorites to land it, along with Arlington. The site of the so-called Champions Bowl is expected to be announced next month. Hancock did not specify when a site for the first national championship game in the new format will be announced, only that it would be ''moving ahead over the next few weeks.'' He did say the selection process for the rest of the semifinal sites and subsequent championship games will begin ''late this fall.''

Men's tennis sweeps Hartford By Bea Angueira Campus Correspondent The men's tennis team swept the Hartford Hawks at home on Thursday, Sept. 20 in an impressive 7-0 victory. In doubles, Jacob Spreyer alongside Wayne Harrell defeated the first tandem for the Hawks 8-4. Wei Lin and Zac McEntee beat the Hawks with a tremendous 8-0. Captain Ryan Carr and Mark Hosang defeated Hartford 8-3. In singles play, sophomore Jacob Spreyer defeated Hawk Jordan Badanko in a tough-fought match. Spreyer gained the first set 6-7, dropped the second set 6-4 then took the match 10-8 in a tight tiebreaker. "It was a good first match as

a team,” said Spreyer after his match. “We played well from top to bottom and our youngsters are really looking good. My match was tough. I wasn't playing my best tennis, but when you can't direct the wind, you just have to adjust the sails and keep fighting." Also playing singles were Lin, Carr, Harrell, Teddy Margles and Andrew Ginzberg, all sailing smoothly through their matches with determination. "We have four new freshman and a sophomore transfer, so half of the team is new players,” said Coach Glenn Marshall. “All of the new players are very good players, and it will bring a tremendous amount of depth to our team."

Carmine.Angueira@UConn.edu


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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Sports

Brees wants consistency for struggling Saints

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Saints' QB Drew Brees is wrapped up by Redskins defenders during Week 2. New Orleans has struggled to find onsistency due to the suspensions stemming from their bounty scandal.

METAIRIE, La. (AP) -- Drew Brees readily acknowledges he is an eternal optimist - and won't buy into the notion that an 0-3 record is proof the Saints are doomed without suspended coach Sean Payton. When he reviewed video on Monday of New Orleans' collapse in a 27-24 overtime loss to Kansas City a day earlier, he took note of how much the Saints' performance for much of the first three quarters, when they took a 24-6 lead, resembled the club that made it to the playoffs in each of the past three seasons. ''The encouraging thing is that you want to see improvement every week. I'd say the first three quarters of that game was certainly an improvement over the first two weeks,'' Brees said. ''It starts really with consistency. We've had moments where offensively we were playing like we play - defensively, play-

ing like they want to play. We just haven't been able to put together any complete performance yet and it's caused us to fall a little bit short. ''I'm confident we will get that fixed because we have to, and because we're three games into the season and we don't want this thing to get away from us. So there's a sense of urgency. The time is now.'' The Saints still believe they have playoff-caliber talent on the roster. Most key players have returned from the squad that went 13-3 in 2011. Of course, New Orleans is missing Payton because of his season-long suspension in connection with the NFL's bounty investigation. Heading into the season, the Saints said they were well equipped to handle Payton's absence because his ''formula for success'' had become ingrained in them over the past several seasons.

UConn men's cross country finishes second at Ted Owens Invitational; young runners shine in second meet of season By Abby Mace Campus Correspondent For the second time this season, Ryan McGuire led the University of Connecticut’s cross country team to a secondplace finish at the Ted Owens Invite on Saturday. McGuire covered the eight-kilometer course in 25 minutes, 55.31 seconds to secure a third-place finish, while Jordan Magath maintained his position as the squad’s No. 2 runner with a sixth-place effort in 26:03.45. As a team, UConn challenged for the win but fell just short as Northeastern, paced by individual champion Wesley Gallagher, bested the Huskies 43-58 at New Britain’s Stanley Quarter Park. However, the remaining eight teams in the 10-team field proved no match for the Huskies, who outscored

third-place finisher Hartford by 60 points. Host Central Connecticut State University (CCSU), the only regionally ranked program at Saturday’s invite, finished a dismal sixth, 82 points behind UConn. McGuire and Magath repeated their race tactics from last week's Minuteman Invite, as both athletes ran with the front pack. While both runners got off to a fast start, Gallagher surged midway through the race and McGuire and Magath couldn't respond. The middle kilometers were more difficult for the top two Huskies Saturday, especially compared to the Minuteman Invitational. But both athletes worked hard to finish strong. Despite the weakness during the middle kilometers of the race, they also showed significant improvements over their performances from the 2011 Ted Owens

Invite. "McGuire and Magath were 30 to 45 seconds faster than last year, which is very encouraging," Miller said. Connecticut’s runner-up performance at the Ted Owens Invite is especially commendable, considering that the team relied heavily on its inexperienced runners – particularly freshmen – who were new to competing at the collegiate level, as well as new to racing the eight-kilometer distance. The team’s usual third, fourth and fifth scorers, seniors Joe Clark and Tim and Alex Bennatan, opted to forgo the race in order to train hard through the weekend. Although the Huskies still had frontrunners McGuire and Magath, the following three of the five scoring spots were left for the underclassmen to fill. The young Huskies rose to the challenge. Freshman Alvaro Chavez recorded a spectacular

debut as the third UConn runner to cross the line with his 14th-place effort and a time of 26:35.85. While Miller knew Chavez would have a strong performance, he didn't know just how good he was going to be. "Chavez did even better than in training and in practices," Miller said. "He showed he can compete at a high level." Sophomore Steve Vento and freshman James Agati were the final two scorers for the Huskies, finishing in 24th and 26th place, respectively. Also part of UConn’s top seven on Saturday were freshmen Dan Murnane (34th place) and Zach Patsy (64th place). Rounding out the Connecticut contingent was freshman Phil Caldwell in 65th place.

Abigail.Mace@UConn.edu

Colangelo: Triple Crown is even more impressive in this era from HEADLINE, page 14 simply from the point of athletic ability. Nowadays, getting the Triple Crown is about as easy as playing blindfolded Jenga in an earthquake. This is probably why there has not been one in almost 50 years. Another possible reason why there has not been one in so long could be the introduction of the designated hitter in 1972. Now a vital role for teams in the American League, his role is to simply hit the ball. He does not play the field; he only hits. Specialty players have developed roles in a team’s offense. It is hard enough to lead the

league in a single category, but try getting all three when there are players who hit specifically for average or power. Look at the last two decades alone. A player might be leading in home runs or RBIs, but winning the Triple Crown is impossible when guys like Ichiro Suzuki, Joe Mauer and Larry Walker were all perennial batting leaders who posted averages over .350 on more than one occasion. Since 1998, these guys alone combined for eight batting titles. Impressively enough, Cabrera has been able to lead the American League in batting for the last two years. Last year, he won the batting title with a .344 batting average. This season,

Women's tennis approaching middle of season, Big East Championships from UCONN, page 12 but fell short in the first round to FairleighDickinson 3-6, 1-6. In the singles second flight, Nutting made it as far as the quarterfinals, receiving a bye and defeating Army 6-1, 6-4 along the way. In the quarterfinal match, Nutting lost a tough match to Fordham 4-6, 6-7(2). Also, receiving a bye in the first round was Stoŝljević, who then fell in the Round of 16 to Fordham 2-6, 4-6. In the singles third flight, Gargiulo, McKeon, and sophomore Natalie Robson all fell in the first round, though McKeon lost in an epic, three-set match against Army, falling short 5-7, 7-6(4), 4-10. Following their losses, Gargiulo and Robson advanced to the semifinals of the consolation rounds in the flight, with strong showings in each round. In the singles fourth flight, Burgess and Bergman both fell in their first round

matches, but performed extremely well in the consolation rounds. Burgess advanced to the consolation semifinals, while Bergman advanced to the consolation final round, ultimately beating out Army to win the consolation bracket. Overall, the performance by the Huskies again highlighted good signs for this year’s squad. As the team approaches the halfway point of the fall season next week, there is still much to be done in preparation for the spring season and a run at the Big East Championships. The next match for the team will be the first of two dual matches held on UConn’s tennis courts, the first being against the University of Massachusetts on Wednesday, Oct. 3rd. “We are showing promise going into fall season dual matches, and I am excited about our strong line up,” said Stoŝljević.

Kyle.Constable@UConn.edu

he is hitting .331 with 42 home runs and 133 RBIs. Unless anything incredible happened last night, Cabrera leads .008 over Mike Trout and Mauer, who are both hitting .323. Cabrera is currently tied for the home run lead with Josh Hamilton and is 10 RBIs ahead of him. If Cabrera can pull this off, it will be one of the greatest single seasons of all time. If he wins the award, he will be in the company of Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, Lou Gehrig and Jimmie Foxx, forever cementing his place in baseball lore. Not too shabby. Cabrera has also been building himself an impressive Hall of Fame resume on the way, too, with a .318 career batting

average, 319 home runs and 1117 RBIs. With the season ending on Oct. 3, there are only 10 days left for Cabrera to win the award. This one is going to go down to the wire, especially with Hamilton on his heels for the home run title. We are all given the chance to watch something truly special here. We can all be witnesses to a piece of baseball history that may not happen again during this lifetime. The next 10 days will likely be filled with drama, intensity, anguish and potential celebration. This is another reason why sports are so great.

Carmine.Colangelo@UConn.edu

Women's cross country surprises at Ted Owens Invitational By Jackson Mitchell Campus Correspondent It was a weekend of pleasant surprises for the UConn women's cross country team as the squad cruised to a fourth-place finish at the Ted Owens Invitational at Central Connecticut State University. Leading the way for the Huskies was senior Brigitte Mania, who finished in 6th place with a personal best time of 18:07 in Saturday's shorter-than-normal 5K race. Following Mania was sophomore Tierra Brody, who finished 16th with a finishing time of 19:02, freshmen Katherin Vodopia and Lauren Williamson, finishing 26th and 27th, respectively, and freshman Emily Howard, who rounded out the Husky starting five with a time of 20:11. Coach Andrea GroveMcDonough went into the race knowing that her top runners would not be participating, but she still had a specific attack plan in mind. Grove-McDonough had a handful of runners on the team that had experienced some sort of snag, whether it was an injury, an illness, or perhaps simply not being in regular season form. The coach wanted to use the Ted Owens race

as an opportunity for those runners to receive some experience in a regular season event, as well as to scout out what type of depth she has to work with going forward. "Honestly, I was very pleasantly surprised. It sounds bad to say that I was going into [the meet] with low expectations, but I was going into it with low expectations," Grove-McDonough said. "A number of kids in that group had had some sort of little setback here or there in the first month, and had missed blocks of training. Basically, it was a group of comeback kids that surprised me." Leading that group of "comeback kids" was Mania, who thoroughly impressed GroveMcDonough by setting a new personal best in the 5K. Mania suffered a stress fracture last spring, which forced her to redshirt. Due to the lengthy rehab process, she couldn't resume training until July of this year. But despite her setback in cross country, Mania brings intriguing talent to the team, given her ability and proven success in the 4x800 relay, the indoor 1,000meter and the 800-meter events.

Jackson.Mitchell@UConn.edu

What is harder to replicate is Payton's knack for recognizing mismatches, or his game-day intensity and instincts. Saints players acknowledged Monday there is no doubt they miss Payton, whom they consider a great coach. But they also stressed there's nothing they can do about the fact he won't be around, and they have to keep working until they figure out how to win without him. ''We're definitely struggling a little bit,'' guard Jahri Evans said. ''Sean Payton is a big part of this team since I've been here, but he's not here now, so that's something we can't dwell on or expect him to walk through the door because it's not going to happen. We have to just go out there and get it done.'' Interim coach Aaron Kromer does not want the Saints to respond to their season-opening skid by pressing too much, so he gave players Monday off,

though many showed up at team headquarters anyway, if only to do some lifting and conditioning, and to pick up video of Sunday's game to review on their own. ''They needed a rest after that long game just to refuel,'' Kromer said. When practice resumes on Wednesday, the Saints will look to build on a number of things they did well against Kansas City. The defense showed improvement, allowing only one touchdown while producing three turnovers and three sacks. ''I see a group of men that really poured their heart out (Sunday) in an attempt to win this football game,'' defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo said. ''I think that people that cheer for us and everybody here should realize that.'' The Saints did allow a whopping 273 yards rushing, but kept

Alvarez will be tough for the Bulldogs to stop from BATTLE, page 12 happens to be UConn’s strength, as they have only been able to score five goals in their first eight matches, which translates into the 187th ranked offense in Division I soccer. No one on the team has scored more than one goal, which means UConn will be unable to focus all their attention on one key player. In addition to trying to score goals, Yale will also have to deal with stopping senior captain Carlos Alvarez, the reigning Big East Player of the Week. Alvarez was given the award after scoring two goals and two assists during matches last week against Boston College and St. John’s. This is not Alvarez’s first individual award this season. Even before he kicked a ball he was named a Soccer America Preseason All-American and

earned a spot on the All Big East Preseason Team. Last season when the two teams played, it took UConn 109 minutes to breech the Yale defense as UConn squeaked by 1-0 in extra time. Defender Nicardo Blake scored the lone goal during a scramble in front of the Yale goalmouth following a corner kick. UConn did dominate the match, out-shooting Yale 25-9, but failed to convert chances into goals, which was a major problem for the team last season. After playing Yale on Tuesday night, the UConn men’s soccer team will face the No. 4 ranked and unblemished Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium on Saturday night in a match that has been sold out for over two weeks.

Miles.DeGrazia@UConn.edu


TWO Tuesday, September 25, 2012

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What's Next Home game

Away game

Oct. 6 Rutgers TBA

Oct. 13 Temple TBA

Sept. 29 Notre Dame 7 p.m.

Next Paper’s Question:

“Will the U.S. or European team win this year’s Ryder Cup?”

–Brian Zahn, Managing Editor of The Daily Campus

» That’s what he said – Dolphins RB Reggie Bush tweeted after finding out that the knee injury he sustained Sunday is not serious.

Oct. 19 Syracuse 8 p.m.

Nov. 3 USF TBA

Oct. 3 Oct. 6 Georgetown Marquette 3p.m. 8 p.m.

Recap of the weekend in UConn sports

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Reggie Bush

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Oct. 9 Iona 7 p.m.

Women’s Soccer (6-4-1) Sept 28 DePaul 5:30 p.m.

Sept. 30 Notre Dame Noon

Oct. 5 South Florida 7 p.m.

Oct. 7 Marquette 1 p.m.

Oct. 11 Pittsburgh 7 p.m.

Oct. 6 Louisville Noon

Oct. 13 Georgetown Noon

Oct. 12 Cincinnati 4 p.m.

Oct. 14 Louisville 2 p.m.

Field Hockey (9-0) Sept. 28 Providence 7 p.m.

Sept. 30 Boston University 5 p.m.

Volleyball Sept 29. St. John’s 2 p.m.

Oct. 3 UMass 6 p.m.

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Oct. 6 Notre Dame 2 p.m.

Oct. 7 DePaul 3 p.m.

Men’s Cross Country Oct. 6 N.E. Champ. Noon

Oct. 13 Conn. College Invite TBA

Oct. 19 CCSU Mini-Meet 3:30 p.m.

Oct 26. BIG EAST Champs TBA

Nov. 9 NCAA North East Regional TBA

Women’s Cross Country Sept. 29 Griak Invite 1:10 p.m.

Oct. 7 New England Championships Noon

Oct. 12 Oct. 19 Wisconsin CCSU MiniInvitational Meet 11 a.m. 3:30 p.m.

Men’s Swimming and Diving Oct. 13 Oct. 20 Homecoming- Fordham And Alumni Meet Bucknell Noon TBA

Oct. 26 Army TBA

Nov. 3 Rutgers, Villanova and Georgetown 4 p.m.

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Tweet your answers, along with your name, semester standing and major, to @DCSportsDept. The best answer will appear in the next paper.

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Strokin’ Away

Men’s Soccer (7-0-1) Today Yale 7 p.m.

The Daily Question many touchdowns will UConn quarterback Chandler Q : “How Whitmer throw this year?” A : “Passing’s not what we’re best at.”

‘’Received some great news today! Praise the Lord!’’

Football (2-2) Sept. 29 Buffalo Noon

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Steve Stricker practices his putting on the 8th hole at Medinah on Monday. Stricker is a part of the U.S. Ryder Cup team that begins competition against the Europeans on Friday.

Field Hockey: The No. 5 Huskies defeated the No. 15 New Hampshire Wildcats with a score of 3-2 in a double overtime victory this past Friday night. Chloe Hunnable scored two, goals including the game-winner. The Huskies then played the Villanova Wildcats and defeated them 1-0 this past Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia. With this victory, the Huskies have now improved to a record of 9-0 for the season and 2-0 in the Big East. Football: The Huskies lost to the Western Michigan Broncos with a score of 30-24 this past Saturday afternoon in Kalamazoo, Mich. With the loss, the Huskies currently have a season record of 2-2. Softball: The Huskies competed against the Providence Friars this past Saturday at home as part of their fall schedule. Men’s Cross Country: The Huskies came in second place at the CCSU Ted Owen Invitational on Saturday afternoon in New Britain. Junior Ryan McGuire finished second with a time of 25:56, leading the team to a second-place finish. . Women’s Cross Country: The Huskies came in fourth place at the CCSU Ted Owens Invitational on Saturday afternoon in New Britain. Senior Brigitte Mania finished in sixth place with a time of 18:07, leading the team to a fourth-place finish. Men’s Soccer: The No. 2 Huskies defeated No. 13 St. John’s with a score of 3-0 this past Friday night at home in front of a sellout crowd. With this victory, the Huskies improved to a record of 7-0-1 and are now 1-0 in the Big East. Carlos Alvarez scored two goals and had an assist to lead the team. Women’s Soccer: The Huskies lost to No. 19 Georgetown with a score of 4-0 this past Friday afternoon in Washington, DC. The Huskies then played the Villanova Wildcats and defeated them with a score of 2-1 in a double-overtime victory on Sunday afternoon at Villanova. With this victory, the Huskies have now improved to a record of 6-4-1 and are now 2-2 in the Big East. Women’s Tennis: The Huskies performed in the Army Invitational this past weekend in West Point, New York. Women’s Volleyball: The Huskies defeated the Villanova Wildcats with a score of 3-1 this past Friday night in their Big East opener at Gampel Pavilion. The Huskies then played the Georgetown Hoyas and defeated them with a score of 3-1 this past Sunday afternoon. With this victory, the team has now improved to a record of 11-6 for the season and went undefeated in the first weekend of conference play for the first time under head coach Holly Strauss-O’Brien.

Syracuse tied with UConn atop conference By Erica Brancato Campus Correspondent As the UConn field hockey team’s season begins to heat up, so do their competitors for the Big East tournament. The six teams played eight games this weekend for some big wins and also a few upsets. The No. 6 Georgetown Hoyas took an early lead against the No. 2 Louisville Cardinals on Friday, slipping in two goals within the first 11 minutes of the match. The Hoyas couldn’t hold on to their lead, losing 4-2 to the Cardinals. Louisville attacked Georgetown’s two goalies that played this game, Briana Pereira and Emma Hamstra, with 22 shots on goal compared to Georgetown’s three. The Hoyas continued their stifling downward spiral on Sunday, losing 7-1 to Miami. The first four consecutive goals were scored by Miami, giving them an early 4-0 lead well before halftime. Miami’s 18 penalty corners, compared to Georgetown’s three, resulted in three of the seven goals

FIELD HOCKEY

Big East Roundup

for the victory. No. 5 Villanova was severely outplayed by our own UConn Huskies, losing 1-0 in their game on Sunday. UConn outshot them 28 to one and had 12 penalty corners. compared to Villanova’s one. Yet out of the 15 shots on goal, Villanova’s goalie Alex Diekmann saved 14. The No. 4 Rutgers Scarlet Knights played two games this weekend, winning one game and losing the other, to bring their season record to an overall 5-5. Rutgers started their weekend off with a tough loss against the No. 1 Syracuse Orange on Friday. With three goals in each half, Syracuse beat Rutgers 6-0. Yet Rutgers managed to bounce back, beating Cornell 4-3 in overtime Sunday. Regulation time was evenly matched between the two teams. But in the overtime period, Rutgers dominated the

field. Christie Lonsky’s second goal of the game, a rebound from her own shot, led the Scarlet Knights to their third overtime victory this season. No. 3 Providence lost 3-2 against Boston College on Sunday, bringing their record to an overall 5-3 on the season. The first two goals were scored by Chapin Duke and Virgynia Muma to give Boston a 2-0 lead at halftime. Providence fought back early in the second half with a goal scored by Steph Guglielmo at 39:10, but couldn’t keep the pace up enough for a comeback. The No. 2 Louisville Cardinals had a successful weekend, beating both Rutgers and Kent State. On Sunday, Kent State scored their first goal three minutes into the game off a penalty corner. Louisville was quick to respond. Five minutes after

“With such a huge win this weekend, Syracuse is UConn’s top competition.”

Kent State scored, Louisville got their own penalty corner and added in their first goal of the game to tie the score at 1-1. In the second half, Louisville added in four more goals to defeat Kent State 6-1. Syracuse, tied for the No.1 spot with UConn, advanced their undefeated record of 9-0 with a huge win against Princeton on Sunday. Syracuse’s two second-half goals left Princeton with their very first loss of the season, leaving Syracuse and UConn as the only two unbeaten teams remaining in NCAA Division I. Syracuse’s goalie Leann Stiver had six saves in the game, shutting out not only the nation’s top-scoring offense but also the nation’s top scorer, Kathleen Sharkey. Syracuse outshot Princeton 16-10, proving their dominance as a team. With such a huge win this weekend, Syracuse is UConn’s top competition. Such stiff competition from all the Big East teams will result in an exciting rest of the season and a battle until the very end.

Erica.Brancato@UConn.edu


» INSIDE SPORTS TODAY

P.11: Syracuse tied with UConn in field hockey / P.10: Saints need more consistency / P.9: Bill Belichick wanted explanation on FG

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BATTLE WITH THE BULLDOGS UConn looks to remain unbeaten against Yale By Miles DeGrazia Staff Writer

Mike Corasaniti It’s been a while since I have been able to brag about being a Mets fan. It’s not that I have ever had any issues staying loyal; the Mets have been my team since I’ve been able to understand the game of baseball. But when mediocre to not-so-great seasons begin to pile up, it becomes difficult to find a specific rallying point fighting for third place aside to give the fan inside of me some optimism. It didn’t cross my mind that the player to give me hope would be a 37-yearold knuckleballer from Tennessee. R.A. Dickey, one of the few bright lights for the Mets this season, is enjoying the best season of his career. He is near the top in all three pitching Triple Crown categories (wins, ERA, strikeouts) and is responsible for almost a third of the Mets wins this season. But how can one pitcher, on a team with nothing to play for for a sixth straight season, provide something to root for? When it comes down to it, every fan needs a rallying point. Dickey may not be the most conventional rallying point out there, but it is pretty amazing that some old journeyman is inexplicably gunning down batters and winning games with some weird pitch. That alone is enough to give fans and supporters reason to say, “Well, we really suck this year, but at least Dickey could still win the Cy Young.” The Mets, who haven’t had a Cy Young Winner since Dwight Gooden won 24 games in 1985, have indeed made it a little difficult for fans to keep rooting late into September, with October baseball always out of reach. One of the most difficult things about this season in particular is that the first couple of months offered so much promise. New York was flirting with first place in both the division and the Wild Card, up until the All-Star Break, David Wright was hitting what seemed like .400 through June and Johan Santana tossed the first nohitter in franchise history. But now, after the Mets and their bullpen unraveled into a below-average team, Dickey has become the clear face to stand behind. Forget about his incredible back-story. You still have a pitcher that should be in the twilight of his career performing as one of the most unhittable pitchers in all of baseball. Truthfully, if it wasn’t Dickey, it would be somebody else. Maybe we would be hoping that Wright finishes the season over .300, or maybe fans would simply adopt the “wait ‘till next year” mentality. But this year, it is Dickey. And that is something pretty special for fans of all teams. It proves that hope can be found even in the strangest of places, that a dominant force can come out of a terrible team. Everybody needs a rallying point, even and especially if that rallying point is a 37-year-old knuckleballer from Tennessee.

Michael.Corasaniti@UConn.edu

JESS CONDON/The Daily Campus

UConn goalkeeper Andre Blake takes a goal kick against St. John’s on Saturday night. Blake and the Huskies travel to New Haven Tuesday to take on Yale.

The No. 2 ranked University of Connecticut men’s soccer team faced interstate rival Yale University Tuesday night in New Haven, in their second-to-last non-conference match of the season. After opening Big East play with a 3-0 win over No. 13 ranked St. John’s, UConn will look not just for a win against Yale, but to keep a clean sheet and continue their impressive scoring form. After only scoring six goals in their first five matches (a span that saw the team go 5-0-1), UConn has scored 11 in the last 3, including a 6-0 outburst against Harvard. With 17 goals so far this season, UConn has the fourth best attack in the Big East, behind Syracuse, Villanova and Marquette. Even more impressive than the teams scoring prowess is their outstanding defensive record. With just two goals allowed so far in over 720 minutes of soccer, UConn has statistically the tightest defense in the Big East, just ahead of Marquette, who has allowed four goals so far. Yale comes into the match against UConn with mixed success so far this season. It’s been a real roller coaster start to the season, with Yale losing three of their first four before winning three of their last four to earn an overall record of 3-3-2. With losses to Central Connecticut State University, Albany and Fairfield, it’s clear that Yale has not faced a team with as much ability as UConn so far this season. Yale’s weakness also

» ALVAREZ, page 10

Miguel Cabrera’s Triple Crown push has me hypnotized

By Carmine Colangelo Staff Columnist

Miggy, Miggy, Miggy, can’t you see, sometimes your swing just hypnotizes me. I just love your batting ways, I guess that is why you hit home runs all day. All terrible “Hypnotize” remixes aside, Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera is on the verge of making some serious baseball history. If all things go accordingly, Cabrera could end the season with the American League Triple Crown, putting the finishing touches on an epic season for the Tigers’ third baseman. For those of you who do not know, the Triple Crown is awarded to the player who leads the league in batting average, home runs and runs batted in. It is one of the rarest awards in sports and has become one of the hardest feats to accomplish in baseball. Since 1878, only 15 hitters have won the Triple Crown. The last winner was former

Boston Red Sox great Carl Yastrzemski in 1967. Fifty-five years ago, the Hall of Fame outfielder finished the season with a .326 batting average, 44 home runs and 121 RBIs. To get a little perspective on how tough the award is to win nowadays, in 1878, outfielder Paul Hines of the Providence Grays won the first-ever Triple Crown. Hines batted .358 with four home runs and 50 RBIs that season. His stat line would sound somewhat more impressive if there were still only 60 games played in a season. Baseball has come a long way since its beginnings in the 19th century. As the game has evolved, so have its players. Players are not built like Babe Ruth anymore, with big bellies and stumpy little legs. Well, except for Pablo Sandoval, but that’s beside the point. The point is, players are not what they used to be and neither is baseball. That is why this award is so incredible. Hitters like Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner and Rogers Hornsby

AP

Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera is in the midst of a Triple Crown chase. Only 15 players have ever achieved the feat, and the last to do so was Carl Yastrzemski in 1967. Cabrera currently leads the league in two of the three categories, and is tied for the lead in the third.

have been replaced by sluggers like Josh Hamilton, Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder. Pitchers cannot throw complete games on a regular basis like

they used to 100 years ago because the game has intensified. It is doubtful that 1901 Triple Crown winner Nap Lajoie saw anything as fast as

an Aroldis Chapman 100 mph four-seam fastball. Today’s players have come a long way

» COLANGELO, page 10

UConn women’s tennis reaches seven quarterfinals at Army Invitational By Kyle Constable Campus Correspondent In the most competitive contest so far this season, the Huskies showed strength and determination at the Army Invitational last weekend in West Point, NY, besting their performances from last season. The women’s tennis team had a strong showing at the tournament, advancing several individuals and tandems into the quarterfinal rounds of the competition. Sophomore Maxie Weinberg advanced to the quarterfinals in the first flight of singles, while advancing with her partner, junior Jennifer Learmonth, to the quarterfinals of the “A” flight doubles. Junior Lucy Nutting, in the second flight of singles, also advanced to the quarterfinals. In the “B” flight of doubles, the teams of freshman Alex Bergman and senior Abby McKeon, as well as junior Marie Gargiulo

and freshman Srna Stoŝljević, advanced to the quarterfinals. Bergman also advanced to the final consolation round of the fourth flight singles and won. In the doubles “A” flight, Weinberg and Learmonth advanced to the quarterfinals, receiving a bye in the first round and defeating Army 8-4 in the Round of 16. In a hardfought quarterfinal match, the pair fell to Quinnipiac 2-8. Sophomore Emilie Burgess and Nutting advanced to the Round of 16, winning their first match 8-5, but ultimately falling to UMass 3-8 in the next round. In the doubles “B” flight, Bergman and McKeon won their first match against Stony Brook 8-4, but fell in the quarterfinal round to UMass 2-8. Gargiulo and Stoŝljević narrowly defeated Army 9-7 in the first round but also came up just short in the quarterfinal round against FairleighDickinson 3-8. “I felt that I played well,

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The UConn women’s tennis team had it’s best weekend of the season so far at the Army Invitational, reaching the quarterfinals or beyond in seven events.

considering this was my second college tournament experience,” said Stoŝljević. “I am excited to continue doing well and competing with my teammates.”

In the singles first flight, Weinberg defeated Quinnipiac in 4-6, 6-4, 10-5 opening match, advancing her to the quarterfinals. Facing Stony Brook proved to be too much

for Weinberg, though, falling short 0-6, 1-6. Learmonth also competed in the first flight,

» WOMEN’S, page 10

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