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New recreation facility to be paid for in student fees once open Wednesday, September 25, 2013
The undergraduate student fee could be up to $250 dollars per semester, starting in 2016 By Jackie Wattles Associate News Editor The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees is poised to approve construction of a $100 million recreation facility that will be paid for in student fees. If the board decides to act at their meeting on Wednesday morning, it will likely approve a per-semester fee of $244 per undergraduate student and $180 per graduate student in order to fund the project. The fee, however, would not go into effect until the doors of the new recreation facility are opened, which Michael Kirk – the deputy chief of staff to University President Susan Herbst - said will likely be sometime in 2016. “That fee will (fund) everything from beginning to end: the people who work there, the equipment, the building itself, the energy and water to keep the building running and open,” Kirk said. “But nobody would pay any fees to that building until it actually opens its doors.” Kirk said there has been discussion of including a “grandfather clause” into the resolution the Board of Trustees may
pass approving the student fee. “No student who is current as of the spring of 2013 would be required to pay this fee if they’re still here in (2016),” Kirk said. The idea, Kirk added, is that only students who enroll in UConn knowing they will shoulder the fee will be required to pay it. Cynthia Costanzo, the executive director of the department of recreational services, said that of the other universities she has looked at during the planning process thus far, the overwhelming majority of them have used student fees to pay for the project. Kirk said that the alternatives, such as seeking state funds or private grants, were not feasible. The state has already committed to invest $1.5 billion in UConn over the next 10 years under the Next Generation UConn legislation passed this summer, and Kirk said “the reception we would get form the legislature (asking) for another $100 million would not be a good one.” He also added that private funds are difficult to generate for purposes outside of varsity athletics or academics. Even though a student fee is
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The per-semester student fee will fund the building, equipment, staff, energy and water. The undergraduate student fee will likely be $244, graduate student fee $180.
likely to be unpopular considering already high tuition rates, Kirk said the project is not a knee jerk reaction. “This all came about as a result of a decade’s worth of student complaints,” Kirk said. “The current facility is way past its prime. It’s too small.” Kirk and Costanzo are members of a working group involved in precursory plan-
ning before the Board of Trustees gives the project approval. Other members of their working group include Richard Gray – the executive vice president for administration – and Lara Cruickshank – the university’s master planner and chief architect. Costanzo said the current recreation facility was built in the 1950s, and at 22,000 square
feet it’s made to service fewer than 2,500 students per day. But Costanzo said usage has been exceeding those levels, and with enrollment expected to increase over the next few years, to about 25,000 from just more than 20,000 currently, it would be impossible to service the estimated 20 to 25 percent of students that will use an on-campus recreation facility. The board was presented with two options at its meeting in August: a $100.9 million, 200,000 square foot facility and an $83.2 million, 160,000 square foot facility. Costanzo said the new building would easily be able to service upwards of 5,000 students a day. “We would meet our current as well as our expected student population needs,” she said. Exactly what will go into the facility is an open question that Kirk said cannot be answered until the board gives the project a green light. But he said if it is approved, the planning process will be transparent. “We will put together a whole student committee of graduate and undergraduate students to be part of this plan-
Employers recruit students Herbst to hold and alumni at Career Fair office hours Thurs. internships while I was a student here,” Elmazi said. She said she was hoping to have one-on-one Hundreds of alumni and cur- time with recruiters, and to ask rent students visited the Student what their company could offer Union ballroom yesterday for her. PepsiCo had a strong presAll Majors Career Fair. The ence on Tuesday, with multiple fair, an annual event hosted by the UConn Center for Career recruiters on site to speak with Development (CCD), continues students. Two of the PepsiCo staff members today from 11 at the fair wore a.m. – 3 p.m. “I’m a UConn This year’s grad!” badges, event includes and said they had representatives found PepsiCo from multinathrough previous tional and nationyear’s CCD fairs. al corporations, Leslie Dickson, a Connecticut PepsiCo recruiter businesses and and 2012 UConn non-government marketing graduo rg a n i z a t i o n s . ate, said the comStudents and pany was looking Leslie Dickson alumni register strong, indetheir attendance PepsiCo recruiter for pendent people. on arrival and “It is a sales are given a name program but we’re looking for badge and a list of employers with corresponding table num- students from a whole range of bers. Employers are recruiting majors,” Dickson said. Many smaller and Connecticut for part-time and full-time work -based employers also attendas well as internships. Stela Elmazi, who graduated ed on Tuesday and will return from UConn in 2010, returned to today. A&A Office Systems, campus for the fair on Tuesday. based in Middletown, Conn., She said she didn’t attend any brought three recruiters to the career development events in fair. General Sales Manager, her time as a student, and she John Partenio, said this was the second time A&A had attended regrets it. “I have a degree in biological a UConn Career Fair. This year sciences, and a masters but no the company is looking for a one will hire me because I don’t certain kind of student. “It’s about chemistry,” have any work experience. I Partenio said. “The way they missed the opportunity to get
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“It is a sales program but we’re looking for students from a whole range of majors.”
present themselves, if they’re passive. It’s about personality, I prefer aggressive candidates.” According to Partenio, follow up emails and calls are essential for students to cement connections they make at career development events. More companies are scheduled to attend the fair today and a high student turnout is expected again. Nancy Blimes, associate director of the Department of Career Services, said over the two days, 128 employers will be in attendance. Last year, 95 companies sent representatives to the All Majors Career Fair. “It is a very diverse group of employers, ranging from business and finance to science,” Blimes said. At the fair’s conclusion today, student and alumni attendees should not consider their work done. The CCD’s guide “Preparing for the Career Fair” also contains tips for making the most of the networking opportunity in the coming weeks. The guide suggests sending thank you notes to recruiters, and creating a follow up plan to ensure continued contact with the organizations. It also encourages students to drop in to Career Services for year round advice from a career consultant or for information about the job search process. The full guide is available at http://www.career.uconn. edu.
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President Susan Herbst will resume holding office hours this year in Albert Gurdon Gulley Hall. This Thursday, office hours will be held from 1 - 3 p.m.
By Miles Halpine Campus Correspondent President Susan Herbst will be holding office hours for all UConn students to speak to her in Albert Gurdon Gulley Hall this Thursday, Sept. 26, from 1 – 3 p.m. Herbst, who has been president at UConn since 2011, is giving an opportunity for any and all students who wish to meet with her at her office located on the second floor of Gulley Hall. If interested in stopping by, students can discuss concerns they personally have, offer suggestions for improvements or ideas at UConn, comment on the school or ask any questions they may have.
Recently, Herbst was available to answer student questions on Friday, Sept. 6, when she sat down in the Student Union for an on-air interview with John Dankosky, the host of WNPR’s “Where We Live” daily call-in news program. The hour-long segment, beginning at 9 a.m., gave Herbst a chance to answer some questions from Dankosky about UConn and its relation to the state, the UConn-Hartford campus moving downtown and several other topics. However, there was also ample time for students who were in the audience to participate and ask questions to Herbst.
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Fall Career Fair 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Student Union Ballroom Presented by the Department of Career Services. The 2013 Fall Career Fair will be held in the Student Union Ballroom on Tuesday, September 24, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Wednesday, September 25, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
UConn in London Info Session 5 to 6 p.m. Laurel Hall, 205 UConn in London offers students the chance to engage with critical global issues in the areas of human rights, social justice, sustainability, women’s rights, immigrant rights, economics, health care, and education.
Bryan Adams: From Combat to College 7 to 8 p.m. Student Union Theater When he returned from the war, he struggled to reintegrate back into society and was eventually diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Currently, Bryan is a Senior at Rutgers University studying Business. –SABRINA HERRERA
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Philosophy professor to help in case against NSA
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A UConn philosophy professor is challenging the constitutionality and morality of the National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance. The professor, Michael P. Lynch, is also an author and a contributor to the New York Times blog “The Stone” and “Opinionator” online commentary section. He is an associate fellow of the Northern Institute of Philosophy at the University
of Aberdeen and the associate fellow of Arché at the University of St. Andrews. As an author, Lynch has dealt with ideas such as this before. “Two of my books have to do with the role truth and reason plays in a civil society,” Lynch said. “There is even a chapter on transparency in government.” Lynch’s disapproval of NSA surveillance, which The Guardian described as both “indiscriminate” and practiced “regardless of whether (citizens) are suspected of any wrongdo-
ing,” has led to his filing of an amicus brief. This allows for him to help the American Civil Liberties Union in their case against the NSA, ACLU v. Clapper. According to the ACLU, “The lawsuit argues that the program violates the First Amendment rights of free speech and association as well as the right of privacy protected by the Fourth Amendment.” The ACLU announced their case in light of The Guardian story stipulating that the NSA “requires” Verizon to allow them daily access to the entirety of their telephone data. The Guardian’s story was published June 5, 2013. The ACLU announced their upcoming lawsuit six days later and they filed their first brief of the case on Aug. 26. What makes this ACLU lawsuit, which challenges the NSA’s domestic spying efforts different from previous bids, such as their 2008 attempt, is that the organization claims to have had their phones tapped. An Associated Press article published Feb. 19, 2008 refers to the ACLU suit, “The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed the suit, saying the plaintiffs could not prove their communications had been monitored.” As filed in a brief by the ACLU, Lynch will function to “provide the court with an analytical and philosophical framework for contextualizing and evaluating the issues at stake
in the plaintiffs’ challenge to the collection of their telephony metadata collection by the government.” Amicus briefs are traditionally used for moral arguments, giving Lynch a more abstract role in the case. While the attorneys for the ACLU will be focusing on the constitutionality of the NSA’s program, Lynch will be speaking to its supposed harmful effects, including the issues of liberty, personal autonomy and human dignity. Lynch will assist the ACLU in articulating these points in addition to their arguments about unconstitutionality. Lynch does not view the case “solely as a political or legal concept.” He is instead focused on the idea “that the mind is essentially private.” He argues that the government’s ability to comb through millions of people’s phone records is a threat to “our very status as subjective, autonomous persons.” The ACLU originally called Lynch to discuss his New York Times piece. “They were interested to know whether I wanted to support their case,” Lynch said. “And I definitely did.” Lynch associates his primary function in the case with his primary existential purpose. “The main role I have here, both in this particular case and the wider world, is to bring the moral case to life,” Lynch said.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 28-year-old British adventurer became the first woman to row solo from Japan to Alaska, arriving late Monday at a small town in the Aleutian Islands after 150 days and 3,750 miles at sea. “I have had some of the most intense and memorable months of my life out on the Pacific, it has been brilliant and brutal at the same time,” Sarah Outen said in a statement. “And it has been a privilege.” Outen celebrated with a
bottle of champagne in Adak, Alaska, and greeted community members and supporters, her first human contact in nearly five months, as first reported by the Anchorage Daily News. “I have pushed myself to my absolute limits both physically and mentally to make land here in Alaska, and body and mind are now exhausted,” she said. She left Choshi, Japan, on April 27. It’s part of her plan for a global trek by an ocean rowing shell, kayak and bike. On Monday afternoon, Outen
came within a half mile of the Alaska shore before winds and currents started pushing her onto the rocks. Her support team decided it was safer to tow her into Adak’s small harbor. On the row, she battled dangerous seas, and her boat, Happy Socks, capsized five times. She also fought the psychological battle of being alone. In the last few days, she almost hit a cargo ship after her radar failed, and she battled cooling temperatures and
increasing darkness. Outen also tweeted about whiteout fog and exhaustioninduced hallucinations in the final, treacherous miles to Adak, the newspaper reported. But for Outen, who has a biology degree from Oxford University, seeing wildlife like albatross and whales made up for all the uncomfortable moments. According to the statement, the highlight was a shark circling her as she rowed. Along the way, she also got engaged to her longtime girlfriend back home during a satellite phone call from the middle of the ocean. She had initially wanted to row from Japan to Canada, but the punishing weather caused a course change to Alaska. Next spring, she plans to return to Adak with a teammate, Justin Curgenven, to continue to mainland Alaska by kayak. She will then bike across Canada and North America before attempting a solo row across the Atlantic Ocean to the United Kingdom. Outen’s first attempt at the crossing ended in 2012 when she and another ocean rower had to be rescued near Japan after their boats were badly damaged in a tropical storm. Before that, Outen became the youngest person and the first woman to row alone across the Indian Ocean in 2009, going from Australia to Mauritius.
HARTFORD (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is scheduled to return from a two-day trip to Seattle, where he attended an event called the Western Policy Conference with four other governors. Malloy spokesman Andrew Doba says the governor and one staff member left Monday and will return Tuesday night. Doba says that although the event was called the Western Policy Conference, it wasn’t focused on issues specific to the West. The event was sponsored by the Democratic Governors Association and the Center for Innovative Policy. Doba says the Democratic Governors Association is paying the $2,200 travel and lodging cost for Malloy and the staff member, but not for the governor’s security detail. Other governors who attended were Jay Inslee of Washington, Steve Bullock of Montana, Mark Dayton of Minnesota and John Kitzhaber of Oregon.
Yale crash victim’s family settles fraternity lawsuit
HARTFORD (AP) — The family of one of four Yale University students killed in a 2003 crash on Interstate 95 in Connecticut has settled a negligence lawsuit against the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. The lawsuit filed in 2005 by the family of Nicholas Grass of Holyoke, Mass., was settled under undisclosed terms this month, according to court records. The students were among nine packed into the SUV returning from a Delta Kappa Epsilon event in New York City when their vehicle slammed into a tractor-trailer that had crashed in an earlier accident. The lawsuit claimed fraternity leaders failed to provide safe transportation home from the event and the SUV driver, who was a Yale student and frat member, was sleep-deprived during the frat’s so-called hell week of alleged hazing of pledges. The crash killed the SUV driver, Sean Fenton, 20, of Newport Beach, Calif., and three passengers — Grass, 19; Andrew Dwyer, 19, of Hobe Sound, Fla.; and Kyle Burnat, 19, of Atlanta. Grass and Burnat were pitchers on Yale’s baseball team. Five other Yale students in the SUV were injured, including members of the university’s football team.
Conn. preparing for possible federal shutdown
HARTFORD (AP) — Connecticut’s budget office is working with state agencies to prepare for a possible federal government shutdown. In a letter to agency heads, released Tuesday, Office of Policy and Management Secretary Benjamin Barnes said if Congress fails to reach a budget deal there could be “significant impact” on staff and programs that rely on federal funding. He said the state might have to pay the salaries of state employees working on federal programs and cover the federal share of entitlement programs such as Medicaid. Also, Barnes said a federal shutdown could have “a serious negative impact on state revenues” this year and in fiscal year 2015, possibly undermining improvements in the state’s economy. Barnes has asked agency chiefs to provide an assessment of potential impacts and contingency plans by Oct. 1.
Man pleads guilty in Hartford gun shop theft
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to stealing a gun from a shop that legally sold a rifle used in the Newtown school shooting. Jordan Marsh, 27, of South Windsor, entered the plea to a firearm theft charge in U.S. District Court in Hartford, admitting that he stole a 5.56 mm Windham Weaponry semi-automatic rifle from Riverview Gun Sales in East Windsor on Dec. 11, days before the shooting. He faces up to 10 years in prison, with sentencing set for Dec. 17. Marsh is already serving an eight-year prison sentence on a state court conviction for trying to steal a .50-caliber Bushmaster rifle from Riverview four days after he swiped the other rifle. He also was sentenced to probation last year for stealing about a dozen guns from the same store. A message seeking comment was left for his public defender Tuesday. Riverview legally sold a Bushmaster rifle to Nancy Lanza, whose son, Adam, used it to kill 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14. Adam Lanza used different guns to kill his mother at their Newtown home and himself at the school. Six days after the massacre, federal authorities revoked Riverview’s firearms license, saying they found about 300 examples of false or misleading information on the store’s sales records. The store remains open but only sells gun accessories. Last month, Riverview owner David Laguercia pleaded guilty to federal charges of transferring a firearm before completing a background check and failure to maintain firearms records. The charges were not related to Nancy Lanza’s purchase. He is facing up to six months in prison under the plea deal, with sentencing set for late January.
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Woman becomes 1st to row solo from Japan to Alaska
In this image provided by James Sebright, Sarah Outen celebrates after arriving into Adek, Alaska on Monday, Sept. 23. Outen, a 28-yearold British adventurer, became the first woman to row solo from Japan to Alaska, arriving late Monday at a small town in the Aleutian Islands after 150 days and 3,750 miles at sea. Sarah Outen left Choshi, Japan, on April 27. It is part of her plan for a global trek.
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ning process and find out what students want,” he said. He added the committee would be formed “almost immediately” following board approval. In anticipation of this, Costanzo and Kirk said they held a meeting with the Undergraduate Student Government Executive Board – which includes Student Body President Edward Courchaine and Vice President Kara Googins – earlier this month. Courchiane and Googins have already deemed the recreation facility a priority this semester, and Kirk said the project’s planners will be open
and receptive to student input. Costanzo said priorities include providing space for club sports to practice as well as providing hardwood courts that would not be cut off from student use at various times for varsity sports practice – something Costanzo said is a source of frustration among gym-goers at the current recreation facility. But Costanzo and Kirk said there are numbers to crunch before blueprints are made. The proposed location on Farmer Brown and X Lot will need infrastructure put in to provide utilities to the facility. Kirk said the cost of this has
not been determined, nor how it will be paid for. Additionally, because Farmer Brown and X Lot are currently used for student parking, UConn’s director of transportation, William Wendt, said making up for the displaced parking is something to be considered. Though Kirk said adding parking infrastructure into the recreation facility is an option, Wendt said the construction phase would still present a problem. “It’s a big number of parking spots: in the neighborhood of 1,000,” Wendt said. “So, we’ll have to figure out
Physics dept. working on quantum computer and X-ray technology
damental questions that can be hard to appreciate in the short-run but can make a big The physics department difference in the long run,” here at UConn has been hard said Gibson, explaining that at work, researching in a when the atomic clock techvariety of different fields, nology was first developed traveling and collaborating it was for the basic reason with internationally known of making a better clock – it was only later that this sort organizations like NASA. The physics department, of research became highaccording to interim depart- demand when people realment head Professor George ized it could be used for GPS Gibson, is primarily made tracking. Another such research up of the Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, the direction for the physCondensed Matter, the ics department is working High Energy theory, and toward the construction of a the Nuclear Experimental quantum computer. This type departments; these are divid- of computer would operate based on ed into smallquantum er subcatprinciples egories. Their instead of research looks the classic into things way a comlike lasers for puter runs, freezing molbecause, as ecules, high Professor temperature G i b s o n super-cons a i d , ductivity and “Things are nuclear reacvery diftors. ferent in Gibson spethe quancializes pritum dimenmarily in optision.” cal physics, a using lasers. George Gibson c oSuch mputer His research Interim department would be group is workto ing on creathead, physics able crack any ing as short a code known laser pulse as to man and possible for freezing molecules. This is for this reason, research in useful for exploiting proper- quantum computing is fundties of molecules that cannot ed by the National Security be accessed otherwise. One Agency (NSA). The project such use for these lasers is is not near actually creatthe atomic clock used for ing such a computer, but as Professor Gibson said, the global positioning. “The GPS systems in basic research being conour phones and cars func- ducted is the foundation to tion because of laser beams build on. The atomic, molecular and sent from satellites in outer optical department is also space,” Gibson said. Gibson also said that much looking into developing of the research the depart- technology that would X-ray ment does is based in the molecules. They are hiring a new department head in the fundamentals of physics. “Basic research asks fun- spring, Nora Berrah, who
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“Basic research asks fundamental questions that can be hard to appreciate in the short-run but can make a big difference in the long run,”
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where 1,000 people are going to park during construction. We don’t have the planning process going yet, but we’re doing a lot of data collection.” The Next Generation UConn fund does have money allocated for the purpose of building another parking garage on UConn’s campus, but Wendt said that project was written into the legislation as happening further down along the 10-year NextGen timeline. But Wendt said the timeline may be adjustable. “To be honest everybody has said to me as long as it’s in the plan it can be moved to where we want it to be and when we
need it,” he said. “The important thing is that there’s money in the plan to deal with it.” Wendt said he will hold a meeting with members of the State Department of Transportation about NextGen, and he hopes “by the springtime we have some idea of what’s expected.” “This is really a year for us to do a lot of data collection and do a needs assessment to understand better how these projects are going along and who it’s going to displace,” Wendt said.
Penn Vet Working Dog Center graduates class of assistant dogs
A Labrador retriever named Socks has her cap adjusted by her handler police officer Julie Wesley during a commencement ceremony Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, at the University of Pennsylvania’s Working Dog Center in Philadelphia. Socks is going to work with Wesley for the campus police force performing duties including bomb detection.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A training center inspired by canine rescue work on 9/11 is graduating its first class of working dogs, some of whom will embark on search-and-rescue careers while others will serve as canine assistants to people with medical conditions. An excited yellow Labrador retriever named Socks was fitted with a mortarboard and tassel at Tuesday’s commencement ceremony at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center before going off to start her new job on the campus police force. Socks is among seven dogs in the inaugural class at the center, which opened in Philadelphia on Sept. 11, 2012. Cindy Otto, a longtime emergency clinician at the University of Pennsylvania’s veterinary school, wanted to honor the animals that worked so hard after terrorists struck the U.S. in 2001. “I spent 10 days at ground zero taking care of the working dogs there and recognized what an incredible gift those dogs are to our society and how important they are,” said Otto, now the center’s director. All 16 dogs currently being trained at the center are named for canines who served on 9/11.
Donated by breeders, the pooches live in “foster homes” with volunteers who care for them while they’re not learning how to sniff out explosives, drugs or missing persons. Six other dogs who graduated with Socks did not get mortarboards Tuesday because they are still awaiting permanent placements. But the pooches demonstrated their search skills on a manufactured “rubble pile” and their agility on an obstacle course. Officials said local police and fire departments have expressed significant interest in the remaining dogs, including a chocolate Lab named Thunder. The animals cost $10,000 each, with the money going to defray the costs of training. “Thunder is definitely an urban search-and-rescue dog,” Otto said. “He is bold, he is strong, he has no fear on the rubble, and he will search like a machine, which is exactly what you want in a disaster setting.” A more mellow golden retriever named Bretagne will likely become a diabetic alert dog, able to help detect when her owner’s blood sugar is getting low.
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Items left in dorms to be ‘forfeited’ By Annie Pancak Campus Correspondent
The Department of Residential Life emailed a revised version of the 2013-2014 On-Campus Housing Contract to students yesterday. An edit was made to item three, “Contract Terms and Conditions” under “Check-In and Check-Out,” letter F. The new contract reads: “Residents forfeit any and all rights to any items left in the residence facilities at the end of the contract term, or when a student is no longer assigned to the space. All items will be reused, donated or discarded. Any such items are deemed to NOT be “Abandoned Property” under Chapter 32 or “Lost and Unclaimed Property” under Chapter 859 of the Connecticut General Statutes. In the event a resident leaves his or her room in such a condition that it requires the attention of cleaning and/or facilities staff, a cleaning and/or repair fee may be assessed to the resident.” The old contract stated, “Student belongings, left in the residential facilities at the end of the contract term, or when a student is no longer assigned to the space, will be removed and recycled, or disposed. This may result in a cleaning charge of not less than $100.00.” The complete contract can be viewed online, at http://reslife. uconn.edu/housing_contract_ forms.html. The Connecticut General Statutes can be found at http://www.cga.ct.gov/2013/ pub/titles.htm. More information will be released Thursday surrounding why the contract changed and how it is different tomorrow. ResLife can be reached at (860) 486-2926, or on the ground floor of Rome Hall.
Inmates escape, stopped at hospital
WEATHERFORD, Okla. (AP) — An assistant police chief says eight prisoners who escaped in western Oklahoma did so by kicking out a partition in their transport van and driving off after their guards left the keys in the ignition. The guards stopped in Weatherford on Tuesday after at least one of the inmates fell ill. While the guards were in a hospital, the remaining inmates drove away, triggering a search by dogs and a helicopter. Six inmates were recovered quickly. Two remain at large. Assistant Police Chief Louis Flowers said two prisoners kicked out a partition and reached the front of the van. Flowers said officers are conducting a door-to-door search. One inmate is wearing a camouflage shirt and the other has a T-shirt with a teddy bear on it.
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Racist comments toward Miss America appalling and ignorant
ast week, the Miss America pageant made an important step towards cultural diversity by crowning its first Miss America of Indian descent, Miss New York Nina Davuluri. Unfortunately the glitter and glamour fell away amidst numerous tweets from around the country that mistakenly and ignorantly profiled Miss Davuluri as a Muslim or of Arab descent. While proving tweeters managed to do the impossible by forcing many anti-Miss American journalists to defend the crown, Americans not only need clarification on the ethnicity differences between the Middle East and India, but also on the fact that America is not just a white country. To first address the ignorance, many people not only jumped to the conclusion that Davuluri was of Arabian descent, but that she was therefore a terrorist. With tweets saying, “Miss America is a terrorist. Whatever. It’s fine,” among other slurs, one must be perturbed by a society that associates brown skin with terrorism. Furthermore, in an unsurprising move, most tweeters did not do their research, as Miss America 2014 identifies as Hindu, not a Muslim. As Stephen Colbert noted, “705 people on Twitter saw a woman in a bikini and thought, ‘Muslim extremist.’” There is the further question of Miss America 2014’s American roots. A simple Google search would have revealed that Miss America is actually an American citizen, despite a tweet from an unsupportive party, reading, “Miss New York is an Indian. With all do respect, this is America” and as another individual tweeted “I swear I’m not racist but this is America.” In fact, she was born in America and is the child of immigrants from Indians. Also, it would have surprised me if viewers of the competition were able to undermine her authenticity as an American citizen, considering it is part of contest rules that the contestant be an Unites States citizen. What is not a requirement in the Miss America pageant (at least in writing) is that all contestants or winners must be white. America has never been purely homogenous. Diversity in America is changing with minority groups representing half of the under-5 years old population and projections in 2043 Caucasians will no longer hold a majority. With this in mind, if Miss America, a pageant that still draws criticism from many for its potentially outdated feminine ideals, is willing to crown an Indian American and take a huge step forward in diversity, then why is the American public going to tear down such progress? It’s time for Americans to understand the difference between Caucasian and American and move forward.
The rise and fall of Blackberry
ast week, Blackberry, formerly known as Research in Motion, announced that they would be cutting 4,500 jobs in response to over $1 billion in losses. Share prices unsurprisingly dropped 20 percent as a result. Since then, Blackberry has signed a tentative agreement with Canadian holding company Fairfax Financial, that would buy out the company and effectively make Blackberry private again. Fairfax currently has a 10 percent stake in the company, and should this deal go through, they would be buying the company out for $4.7 billion, at roughly $9 a share. While that may appear to be a lot of money, it’s almost laughBy Kayvon Ghoreshi able when you put it in perCommentary Editor spective. Less than five years ago the company was trading at $140 and was worth over $80 billion. As recently as 2009, it was named by Fortune magazine as the fastest growing company in the world. Since then, the company’s value has dropped nearly 90 percent. Adding insult to injury, this past weekend, Apple, one of the reasons that Blackberry has fallen from grace, made over $5 billion with a record-breaking nine million sales of its newly released iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. Considering Apple made more in a single weekend than Blackberry’s current
net worth, the company is definitely a former shell of itself. But how did it get there? As mentioned before, there was a time when Blackberry dominated the mobile device market, especially in the business world. Founded as Research in Motion back in 1984, the company launched its first Blackberry device in 1999, around the time when email was the Internet’s claim to fame. Blackberry made receiving emails a breeze and the keyboard was a godsend in the business world for typing out emails and other messages. For the most part, Blackberry rested on its laurels and really didn’t bother to innovate because there wasn’t a need to. Even after Apple launched the inaugural iPhone in 2007, Blackberry didn’t sweat too much because Apple was going after everyday consumers, not the business customers that were at the center of Blackberry’s customer base. No real action was taken in response to this competition, and it is ultimately what led to Blackberry’s fall. As the iPhone and Android phones began increasing in popularity, it became very clear that people were moving towards full touch screens. However, Blackberry still kept its full keyboard despite the changing tides. Eventually the company came around and introduced a line of touch screen phones, but at this point it was already too late. Blackberry had also started losing its dominance in the business world as Apple and Samsung expanded their offerings to appeal to both enterprise customers and the average teenager. This failure to envision a future outside of the business world is really what that did
Blackberry in. One of the big advantages that Apple and Google had was in their respective iOS and Android operating systems. This software push not only focused on improving the user experience, but it also focused on making the devices more than just communication tools by putting an emphasis on personal content like music, movies, and the ability to surf the web. Blackberry’s software wasn’t nearly as popular, and despite the most recent update, Blackberry 10, earlier this year, there is still a lack of content compared to its competitors. This likely stems from the fact that Blackberry got into the app market a little too late and couldn’t convince enough developers to develop for their platform, likely due to their dwindling market share. In the relatively short time I’ve had a cell phone, I personally have never owned a Blackberry device or even thought about purchasing one. While that may indicate bias, it also proves a point. I am one of the millions of consumers that has not been persuaded by Blackberry’s offerings and has turned to the greener pastures offered by the likes of Google, Samsung, and Apple. This has only become more evident with the recent downturn Blackberry has taken. Is Blackberry completely dead? Not quite yet, but with the way things are going, there really isn’t too much life left.
Commentary Editor Kayvon Ghoreshi is a 3rdsemester molecular and cell biology major. He can be reached at Kayvon.Ghoreshi@UConn.edu
Zero tolerance policies do more harm than good
What happened to the buses going down that road in front of CLAS? Remember FarmVille? My farm was sick... “I wanted to get a hot plate in my room but i felt like that might be frowned upon.” So seriously, does anyone want to sell men’s Gampel? Trust me, InDesign rage is so real Someday my someday will be today Humans are so weird. I don’t know what I find funnier, the people still wearing shorts and a tshirt or people already wearing winter coats I’m already sick of this Homecoming king and queen spamming. STOP IT. Sleep over everything. Finally it’s flannel and boots weather, I love fall! A whole bunch of international students got Jerry Springer to send them a bus to the studio... Sick one!
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arlier this month, Hunter Spain, a student at Dinwiddie High School in Dinwiddie, Va. was disciplined for wearing a shirt that, according to school officials, “was threatening to other kids.” The shirt in question featured Si Robertson, a character from the A&E series “Duck Dynasty” clenching his fist, along with one of his catch phrases, “I will hurt you physically and metaphysically.” Although Spain had no intention of hurting anyone at By Gregory Koch the school Staff Columnist and was just referencing his favorite TV show, he was disciplined under the school’s zero tolerance policy against threatening messages. This is part of a very disturbing trend of zero tolerance policies across the country. Although Spain was allowed to change his shirt and resume his studies, many students face lengthy suspension or even expulsion, as well as criminal charges, for relatively minor offenses under these misguided policies. Of course, being expelled or arrested significantly harms the future of these young students, mak-
ing them more likely to commit actions that actually harm themselves and those around them once they become adults. In March, Josh Welch, a second grader in Maryland, was innocently eating a PopTart in class. As he later explained, “All I was trying to do was turn it into a mountain.” Unfortunately for Josh, it didn’t look like a mountain, but like a gun. This earned him a two-day suspension for “using food to make a threatening gesture,” and a permanent mark on his academic record. His family tried to get the record expunged, but the appeal was denied. Ten years from now, when Welch is applying to colleges, they will see that he was suspended and may be reluctant to accept him. Lack of college education will affect his ability to get a respectable job. His entire future may be ruined because of how he chewed his Pop-Tart when he was in second grade. Faced with limited possibilities, he may struggle to get by and resort to committing actual crimes when he is an adult. If the school had instead simply confiscated the Pop-Tart and moved on with the day as normal, Josh would not be facing serious consequences for the rest of his life.
Some students face not only in-school disciplinary action but criminal charges as a result of relatively minor infractions. For instance, an unnamed high school student in Louisiana was recently arrested and charged with terrorizing and interfering with the operation of a school. For such serious charges, his offense was relatively minor. He used the Real Strike iPhone app to take video which simulated him “shooting” other students and then uploaded it to YouTube. The student told police he had absolutely no intention of hurting anyone. He said he was just frustrated about being bullied and needed to take out his anger. Nevertheless, he is now facing serious charges and is currently in a juvenile detention center. What is most disturbing about the last incident is that law enforcement arrested him not because they believed he was a threat at the moment, but because “(they) don’t know at what time that game becomes reality.” By that same logic, everyone who plays first-person shooter games should be preemptively arrested because they “might” actually go on a shooting spree at some point in the future. Law enforcement considered the student a
threat to the school because there was some small possibility that his simulated smartphone app video might someday become a reality. He received the same discipline that students who posed very real, serious, threats to the school would have faced. The school and law enforcement should handle these things on a case-by-case basis, rather than using blanket policies of zero tolerance. Of course, with serious charges on his criminal record, his chances of ever getting into college or getting a good job are completely ruined. This makes it more likely that when he gets out of the detention center he will resort to real crimes. Zero tolerance policies do not help make schools safer by stopping imaginary threats. Instead, suspending students for trivial offenses causes them fall behind, making them more likely to drop out and eventually turn to real crime. This is what the ACLU terms the “school-to-prison pipeline.” These zero tolerance policies do more harm than good to students and need to be ended.
Staff Columnist Gregory Koch is a 7th-semester actuarial science major. He can be reached at Gregory. Koch@UConn.edu
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Hands On: Students get puppetry tutorial Master of Fine Arts candidate gives interactive seminar in found object puppetry
By Emily Lewson Campus Correspondent On Sept. 23rd and 24th, Anna Fitzgerald hosted a workshop on found object puppetry: practicing proper puppet posture and demonstrating personality through movement. “I’m leading a workshop to get people excited and to find some volunteers for my show,” said Fitzgerald. A third year graduate student, Fitzgerald is one of ten in the Masters in Fine Arts Program. She is currently working on her MFA project, Reverse Cascade: a story following an old teacher, Judy Finelli. Finelli juggled as a circus performer until multiple sclerosis took over her life. While working at The National Puppetry Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center this past summer, the ideas arranged themselves in Fitzgerald’s mind. Her imagination has seen the way objects will bring Finelli’s story to life: a woman’s loss of expression when she loses her ability to move. Fitzgerald hopes to allow music to grant another dimension to her already lifefilled puppets. This performance will take place March 1st at the new Ballard Institute studio space. Becoming involved with puppets may seem difficult, but it’s not. After arriving at the Depot Campus, two friends and I joined a group of eight experienced puppeteers. They ranged from undergraduates to professionals; no matter their age or experience, we were welcomed with open arms and told to remove our shoes. The evening began by warm-
ing up the body: shrinking it down and then expanding it into objects of nature such as wood, fire, air, and water. The class then moved into “complicity” exercises: game-like activities that caused the group to act as one. This was extremely useful as we began transforming inanimate objects. “I wasn’t so sure after the warm up, but the rest of the night brought out my creative side. Creativity stems from these people, and so does acceptance. These puppeteers trusted themselves in this space and helped me to do the same,” says Luke LaRosa, a 3rd semester Urban and Community Studies and Geography double major. As we learned, there are three things a puppet must have for it to gain life: weight, gaze and breath. Take a sock, put it on the table, and give it a weight; it must be grounded with its surface, like a body is grounded. Next, let your sock look at things: people, your cell phone, and your calculus homework… Move it across the table, looking where it wants to go before it moves. Finally, have it breathe: tuck your supporting elbow close to the body and pulse the puppet with your own breath. Cause the sock to have a panic attack by taking faster breathes or demonstrate what a relaxed sock would be like as if it has no homework. Suddenly, your puppet has life; it can interact with other objects or other people; it has come alive. Once we practiced on socks, we got to sock soft and then hard objects. A scarf or a bag can be modeled into a character quite easily, but what about a
Positive body image By Imaani Cain Campus Correspondent
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Students learned the basics of found object puppetry Tuesday evening from graduate student of the Fine Arts Puppetry program, Anna Fitzgerald.
stick or a teacup? While my puppets remained quite similar to their original forms, the practiced and creative minds around me created creatures resembling ghosts, crabs, and indescribable objects vibrantly full of life. They all walked, breathed, and gazed as unique, independent creatures. Puppets may not be considered stereotypical artwork, but these spon-
taneous characters displayed incredible imagination and creativity. “They were all really nice. We arrived knowing little and left feeling creative, cared for, and collected,” said Shannon Nardi, a 3rd semester Ecology and Evolutionary Biology major, The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry is host-
ing an array of events all listed on their website at bimp. uconn.edu. Make sure to check out these amazing works of arts and the inventive minds that create them. And come experience Fitzgerald’s show, Reverse Cascade, on March 1st, 2014.
Banned Books Miss Piggy joins Kermit Week: A history of in Smithsonian collection censorship By Zarrin Ahmed Staff Writer
The annual American Library Association’s “Banned Books Week” takes place this year from Sept. 22-28, where the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom promotes awareness of the challenges to library freedom and celebrates freedom of speech. As stated on their website, the ALA “promotes the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinions even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those viewpoints to all who wish to read them.” In a country founded on principles of free speech and choice, books are frequently challenged, meaning they are removed from curriculums and libraries and their access is restricted. The main reason for banning intellectual writing is due to objections of a person or group. The ALA sees this as a threat to their founding principles and compiles a list of challenged books as reported by the media, librarians and teachers across the country, and offers support to librarians who face challenges concerning materials in their libraries. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community–librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types–in a shared support of the freedom to express views. The ALA has a website dedicated to Banned and Challenged Books where viewers can not only learn about the committees leading the campaign for awareness, but also see statistics and lists of books and authors banned by year and by decade. The top banned/ challenged books between 2000 and 2009 include the “Harry Potter” series by J.K. Rowling, the “Alice” series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor and “Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger. Statistics include reasons why
these books were banned, by whom and where. From these graphs, viewers can see the top three reasons for banning books: containing offensive language, being sexually explicit and being unsuited for certain age groups. The most objections have been raised by parents and instituted in schools, school libraries and public libraries. Though it states in Article 3 of the Library Bill of Rights that “libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment,” libraries report hundreds of challenges a year and some make it through to become a ban. The 1988 Hazelwood School District v. Kulmeier decision granted school officials added leeway for censoring classroom curriculum while ruling that officials could censor student journalists. Though the initial decision for complying with requests for bans lies within individual libraries, higher courts emphasize the First Amendment protection. Knowledge is power. The right to knowledge and access to information has been challenged globally. If you search “banned books” on Google, you will find fairly recent literature that has been banned in the United States at some point. But the restriction of information, and not just literature, occurs all over the world and impacts millions. An early example of book banning occurred in 399 B.C. when Socrates’ works were charged with corrupting the minds of youth. Though the invention of the printing press allowed for wide circulation of printed materials that restricted the banning of books, licensing laws still regulated information. Fast forward to today’s world and we see similar restrictions all over. It comes down to a fear of new ideas from those that want control.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Miss Piggy is finally joining her love, Kermit the Frog, in the Smithsonian Institution’s collection of Jim Henson’s Muppets, and Bert and Ernie will have a place in history, too. Henson’s family, including his daughter, Cheryl Henson, donated more than 20 puppets and props Tuesday to the National Museum of American History to accompany the earlier donations of Kermit, Oscar the Grouch and early Henson creations. The newest donation includes an original version of Miss Piggy and some of her co-stars from “The Muppet Show,” including Fozzie Bear, Rowlf the piano-playing dog, Scooter and the Swedish Chef. Puppets from “Sesame Street” joining the museum collection include Bert and Ernie, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Grover and Count Von Count, among others. Many of the puppets are among the first constructions of the characters. Smithsonian magazine welcomed Miss Piggy, dressed in a silver evening gown and holding a red rose, with a photo shoot. The museum allowed her to pose with Dorothy’s ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz” and wearing the real 45-carat Hope Diamond from the National Museum of Natural History. “She was very well-behaved, considering she wanted to take it home with her,” said Bonnie Erickson, who created the Miss Piggy puppet with Henson and now is executive director of the Jim Henson Legacy foundation. The gift was made on what would have been Henson’s 77th birthday and shortly after his wife, Jane Henson, died in April. Since she was diagnosed with cancer four years ago, Jane Henson spent years planning to find permanent homes for each puppet character, Cheryl Henson said. Other puppets are being donated to the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City, and to the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta.
Miss Piggy will join Kermit the Frog at his home in the Smithsonian Institute’s collection.
“Many of these puppets have been in boxes for years. They’ve been tucked away in boxes, and we don’t want them to stay in boxes. We want people to see them and to appreciate them,” Cheryl Henson said. “There’s something about puppets. They’re not animated. ... They are actual, physical things.” Miss Piggy will go on display in March 2014 in the Smithsonian’s “American Stories” exhibit. The original Kermit and Cookie Monster will go on view in November in a special display case, and a puppetry exhibit in early 2014 will likely feature Bert and Ernie, among others, curators said. The Hensons have a longtime connection to Washington. Jim and Jane Henson met as students at the nearby University of Maryland and became performing partners before they married. They made early television commercials with their puppets and created a local TV show, “Sam and Friends,” which included the first Kermit creation. The original Kermit, made from an old coat and pingpong balls for eyes, was donated to the Smithsonian in 2010, along with other characters from “Sam and Friends.” The newest donation includes Boober Fraggle, Red Fraggle
and Travelling Matt from the 1980s show “Fraggle Rock.” The Hensons also donated a 1957 puppet called Wilkins that was made for Wilkins Coffee commercials. Erickson and others who worked with Henson gathered Tuesday at the museum for a donation ceremony and said the Muppets will have a new life among the relics of history. The puppets were never meant to be made for posterity, Erickson said, but “considering that they’re retired, they’re looking absolutely wonderful.” Fran Brill, the first woman puppeteer Henson hired for “Sesame Street,” who created the characters of Zoe and Prairie Dawn, said Henson had created a puppet family with his many collaborators. “I’m just looking at all of these characters and thinking this is the puppet family, and yet, I feel like they’re all my relatives,” she said. Curator Dwight Blocker Bowers said the puppets represent the creativity of “one of America’s great innovators.” He said Henson had extended the boundaries of puppetry, using film and television. “I love these puppets’ eyes. You can’t walk near them without making eye contact,” Blocker Bowers said. “They’re very much like an oil painting. And they have such an innocence.”
I happen to know quite a few women who worry about their bodies – specifically, their breasts. Breasts are highly sexualized in our culture, to the point there a woman breast-feeding in public is deemed to be inappropriate by many. Therefore girls frequently wonder if their own can possibly measure up. For example, there’s the matter of the boobs seen in porn. With a few exceptions, the majority of the breasts seen are large and perky and therefore perceived as perfect. However, quite a few female porn stars are encouraged to undergo plastic surgery in order to make themselves look more appealing to men. Even the nipple placement is adjusted slightly. Many porn stars (although amateur porn stars may be exempt from this action) have a piece of barely visible plastic that moves the breasts up higher on the chest, therefore giving them more ‘bounce’ and making them look fuller. Smallbreasted porn stars are usually decked out in push up bras that contain more padding than is comfortable, or else have the camera focused on other areas that aren’t seen as lacking. This projects an unrealistic body image for women and likely gives them the idea that their breasts are somehow defective for not appearing the way that they do in pornography. Breasts, as we’re all aware, come in varying shapes and sizes. However, I think that we as a society frequently neglect to tell women just how different our bodies can be. It’s normal for one breast to be a different cup size than the other, and for there to be small hairs framing the nipple. The nipple itself is not the same thing as the areola – the nipple is the protruding piece, and the areola is the surrounding circular spot that houses it. Your areolas might be larger and/ or puffier with the introduction of your period, as well as your nipples. Your boobs might sag early on (which is perfectly normal), and your nipples could either point upwards or downwards or remain resolutely centered. The profile of it may be high, moderate, low or have stretch marks. None of these characteristics are cause for concern. Your boobs, much like the rest of your body, are unique. I’ve met so many women who frequently worry their breasts, wondering if they’re up to par when a sexual situation comes to light. Honestly, when you’re getting down to it, your partner isn’t going to care or comment on them. You are fantastic and your breasts, whatever they may look like, are fantastic as well.
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Game Of The Week
GAMES Focus Favorite
Is “flower” really a game? I think the term interactive art is more appropriate. The PS3 exclusive from “Journey” developer Thatgamecompany arrived in 2009, quite unlike anything ever seen before or since. There are six levels, no score, death, or point system. You control an ever-growing string of flower petals as they soar through the wind with a tilt of your PS3 controller. The goal is simply to admire the gorgeous scenery around you, whether it be an artistic interpretation of a city, open field, or the countryside. Once you’ve seen everything, the next world opens to you. A truly emotional and moving game, a beautiful score accompanies your journey, seemingly making you control the flowers to the path of the music. Its mesmerizing, tranquil, and at times both the most relaxing and stressful thing you’ll ever play. “Flower” is an experience unlike any other.
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GTA V: game of the decade
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Stellar graphics, improved plot lines and intricate landscapes make GTA V a success
R.I.P Hiroshi Yamauchi By Alex Sferrazza Staff Writer
finally come to fruition without any of the cut content restored is disheartening. As beautiful as the HD visuals are, I feel the need to nitpick. Occasionally, the new lighting system will give Link a clay-like texture appearance, detracting from the original game’s intent of looking like a seamless hand painted cartoon. I’ll be honest with you though. If you’re a longtime Zelda fan, one whose probably played Wind Waker multiple times, there really isn’t much here for you. Unless your absolutely dying to play the title in HD, Nintendo dropped the ball by not including any major new content with the release. That said, if you’ve never played the game before, “The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD” stands as one of the finest action adventure games in history and it is not to be missed. Additionally, it’s the best reason to go out and pick up Nintendo’s struggling Wii U.
This past week Hiroshi Yamauchi, former President of Nintendo, passed away at the age of 85. Despite stepping down from President in 2002, he remained the largest shareholder until his death. Arguably the man most responsible for Nintendo’s rise in the video game business, an industry that might not exist as it does if not for Nintendo, it’s only fitting we take a look back at Yamauchi’s achievements. Joining the company long before the video game era in 1949, a young Hiroshi Yamauchi assumed the position of President following the passing of his grandfather. Far from the video game empire it is today, until the early 1980s the company was primarily known as a producer of playing cards (achieving a good measure of success thanks to a 1959 license to use Disney characters) that dabbled in various businesses. Such ventures undertaken by the company included a taxi service and Japanese love hotels. Following the success of a toy they manufactured called the “ultra hand” (designed by none other than Gunpei Yokoi, who would later develop Nintendo’s “Gameboy” handheld system and design one of the company’s largest franchises, “Metroid”), Yamauchi decided to focus on making toys. With the rise of the arcade era of video gaming, Nintendo entered the lucrative market. However, its games were not as popular in the U.S. as they were in Japan. That is, until a young game designer named Shigeru Miyamoto (who would later be known as “ the father of modern video games”), redesigned “Radar Scope” game cabinets into the smash hit “Donkey Kong”. Despite not having a background in electronics or game design, Yamaguchi was the sole decider of what products (and games) the company would release. The late president’s uncanny ability to gauge what people would want to play is credited for Nintendo’s success. Following the video game crash of 1983 (thanks to market overproliferation by Atari), the Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo’s first home console, along with its launch title the Miyamoto developed “Super Mario Bros.,” are widely credited with saving the North American game market upon their release in 1985. Yamaguchi presided over Nintendo as they innovated with the portable GameBoy handheld line, introduced 3-D polygonal graphics with the Super FX chip on the Super Nintendo and subsequently the N64, and introduced the joystick to home console controllers on the Nintendo 64. Despite losing much of Nintendo’s market share to Sony in the Nintendo 64 and Gamecube eras, under Yamaguchi’s tenure, unlike their competition, Nintendo never failed to turn a profit. Yamaguchi stepped down in 2002 (passing the role onto current president Satoru Iwata) and remained as chairman of the board right until the drop of the dominant Wii and Nintendo DS eras in 2005.. The video game industry would have never been the same without Yamaguchi’s intuition and Nintendo. And on behalf of myself and the millions of other children who grew up playing their games, I thank you Mr. Yamaguchi for all you have done. R.I.P.
-Alex Sferrazza AP
Grand Theft Auto V was released last week and is the latest installment of the popular video game series. The game grossed over $800 million in its first weekend.
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Top Purchases 1. Grand Theft Auto V PS3 2. Grand Theft Auto V Xbox360 3. The Tomb of the Sleeping Hit man Windows 4. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn 5.Madden NFL 25 Xbox360 6.Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix PS3 7.FIFA14 Xbox360 8.FIFA14 PS3 9.Madden NFL PS3 10.Pokémon X Nintendo 3DS
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By Alex Sferrazza Staff Writer Grand Theft Auto V is the biggest game to come out this entire console generation. Poised to be another massive blockbuster for developer Rockstar games (not to mention another target of criticism in the video game violence debate), is it possible that this title over 5 years in the making can live up to an unprecedented level of hype and high expectations? No it doesn’t. Remarkably against all odds, it has what any of us could have possibly hoped for. Grand Theft Auto V sets the bar for action adventure games so ridiculously high, it’s hard to imagine it being surpassed for years to come. Set in the city and surrounding countryside of Los Santos (GTA’s version of L.A.), Grand Theft Auto V features a game world larger than the maps of Red Dead Redemption, Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto San Andreas combined. A straight car drive from one end
of the map to the other takes at least 12 minutes minimum. GTA V’s world may not be the largest explorable area ever created but it is unquestionably the most densely populated game world ever created on such a scale; nothing else comes close. Los Santos and the surrounding countryside are easily the stars of the game. Words cannot describe just how expansive the world is and how many things there are to do. Full fledged “mini games” include tennis, golf and various racing events. You can go bike riding up the mountains, diving in the ocean (just look out for sharks), fly a plane, drive a submarine, see a therapist and so much more. And yes, you can even take selfies. GTA V contains three separate playable protagonists, a first for the series. Michael is a wealthy, retired, former criminal going through his mid-life crisis, Franklin, a common hustler from the hood who becomes Michael’s protoge, and Trevor, Michael’s for-
mer partner and white trash psychopath. While each character gets equal time in the spotlight, Michael is unquestionably the backbone of the entire plot. GTA V retains the same basic gameplay and principles that the series introduced back in 2001 with GTA III and subsequently refined with GTA IV in 2008. For all it’s accomplishments, GTA IV had some major flaws holding it back from achieving the seamless level of nirvana seen in GTA V. First of all, the method of switching weapons in GTA V has been pulled straight from “Red Dead Redemption,” with a seamless click wheel pop up that appears in real time. No longer do you have to akwardly fumble through the d pad. This comes along with a much improved cover and aiming system also pulled from RDR that won’t have you akwardly coming out of cover at the most inopportune moments and allows for rapid, responsive lock on aiming. Secondly, with health packs still a part of the game’s systems, if your health meter is near empty, the game will partially regenerate it, saving some precious time you would have otherwise spent looking for food or health packs. Also much like RDR, the
sive visual boost to what can only be called one of the most beautiful games ever created. The unique hand painted quality visuals have never looked better. The memorable soundtrack also receives a boost from upgrade in hardware. The new remake also utilizes the Wii U touchscreen to make swapping items in real time very simple and intuitive. For purists, the game also supports the Wii U pro controller. The combat is relatively unchanged, but considering the title had one of the most responsive and fluid combat systems ever created, that’s fine with me. Enemies can be locked onto, and whether you stick with your sword or a variety of other weapons, the system is easy to learn but will take patience to master. The remake also updates shortcomings of the original game. To combat those who complained the original title was too easy, an optional hero mode will allow you to take double damage from enemies. The original game also had some people complaining about the mildly excessive amounts of sailing involved in the game. To rectify this, a new item known as the swift sail can be obtained
midway through the quest via a side quest which doubles your sailing speed as well as automatically shifts the winds direction for you. The tedious triforce shardsfetch quest, which was required to complete the original game, hasn’t been cut. Thankfully, though, it has been greatly reduced requiring you to only find three shards, scattered across the sea, as opposed to the original eight. While it is nice to see Nintendo address the few minor qualms critics had with the original games, it is incredibly disappointing to see the lack of major new content. Nintendo has not kept it secret that Wind Waker, considered to be somewhat short in comparison to other titles in the series was originally supposed to contain more dungeons upon its release that had to be cut for time. For years, the company has discussed the possibility of remaking the title and Zelda series director Eiji Aonuma has specifically mentioned the possibility of including some of the cut dungeons in such a remake. To see the remake
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game finally features a decent checkpoint system. When you fail a mission five, 10, 20 minutes in, you no longer have to start from the very beginning. Rather the game graciously lets you “respawn” at various checkpoints. Even minor details, such as enemy A.I., make the experience much more realistic. For example, now when you point a gun at a random driver, there’s a good chance they’ll try and run you over instead of flee. This title represents the very best game design in the industry, period. It doesn’t only fix the flaws of its equally brilliant predecessor, it continues to innovate and goes far above and beyond anything we could have even hoped for. Grand Theft Auto V is Rockstar’s best game ever. From a strictly story based standpoint, the title is a brilliant and hilarious biting satire of modern American life that will be difficult to match. It features the finest, fully realized digital open world ever created. The game can easily be considered one of the best ever made. And make no mistake, you won’t have this much pure fun in any other title this year.
Wind Waker an impressive return for Legend of Zelda By Alex Sferrazza Staff Writer “The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD” marks the triumphant return of one of the crown jewels of the Nintendo GameCube library. When “The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker” was unveiled to the public at E3 2002, it received a hostile reaction from fans everywhere because it sported a unique cel-shaded art style, giving the title the resemblance of a cartoon, a far cry from the realistic visuals fans were anticipating. Dubbed “Celda” at the time, the title launched in 2003 and the backlash became nonexistent. Ultimately, the art style worked out great and the game itself was predictably fantastic. It’s 11 years later and Nintendo has given us a chance to return to the great sea, this time with a fresh coat of paint. Containing a bucket full of charming and memorable characters, one of the best stories in the series’ history and an ending the ranks among gaming’s all time bests, “Wind Waker” is the complete package. “The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD” gives an impres-
The Legend of Zelda Wind Waker HD 9/10
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Blast from the Past: Remembering and Revisiting the Animorphs series ByJingyuan Fu Campus Correspondent Almost everyone born in the ‘90s has read Animorphs. Most of them probably weren’t hardcore people who read all 54 main books along with all the tie-ins like I was, but I can guarantee that at one point in all our childhoods we stumbled upon a book that had some kid turning into some weird animal on the cover. Yeah, those books were Animorph books. On paper, Animorphs was virtually indistinguishable from some of the other “Wake up, go to school, save the world” stories that were so popular in the ‘90s. A bunch of kids run into a dying alien one night, he tells of an invasion instigated by a group of less friendly aliens and gives them the power to turn into animals and kick alien butt after school: same old same old. In practice, though, the series went a little differently. The early books did have an episodic feel to them, sure, but as the story went on it began to get more complicated. It stopped being just about Animorphs v. Yeerks as more players were thrown into the game. As the end of the series approached, the small skirmishes between the kids and the enemy turned into an all-out war. Really, the Animorphs series had everything a kid could want: interesting characters, rising stakes, and the belief that we could definitely save the world if only our parents would let us skip school once in a while. More importantly, it instilled in some of us a healthy sense of… “We can’t tell you who we are. Or where we live.” Uh… “So we don’t trust anyone. Because if they find us…” Paranoia.
Sustainable Shopping: Buying Locally By Kelsey Sullivan Campus Correspondent
The Animorphs series, penned by K.A Applegate, sold over 35 million copies between the years of 1996 and 2001. The stories are a blend of Science Fiction and Fantasy that focus on the transformations of young children into powerful evil-alien fighting animals.
The basic premise of Animorphs is that a group of early teens had to fight against parasitic slugs that could possess anyone without people noticing any difference. For adults who might have chanced upon the book, it was an interesting concept. For imaginative kids, it meant that along with trying to figure out exactly where places like Hogwarts and
Narnia were, we were also terrified that one day our parents and the government would be replaced by slimy creatures. Animorphs didn’t stop there, though. It quickly becomes obvious that author K. A. Applegate has no qualms whatsoever with depicting moral gray areas and disturbing themes in a series targeted toward children. Each main
character is Pandora’s Box of personality defects and neuroses that are only exacerbated by the trauma of war. Applegate makes it clear that the heroes of the story are essentially child soldiers, and must make dubious moral decisions (such as committing genocide) in order to simply survive. Nor are the aftereffects of battles ignored, as nearly all the characters suf-
fer from some sort of PTSD by the end. Overall, the Animorphs series was an excellent adventure series and an even better deconstruction of an adventure series. Next time you swing by the local library, maybe pick one up—for nostalgia, or perhaps to discover something new.
By Darragh McNicholl Campus Correspondent
“Humble Bundle” that offers a wide variety of popular AAA games with the same pay what you want deal. Specifically, the “Humble Origin Bundle” offered “Mirrors Edge,” “Dead Space,” “Dead Space 3,” “Crisis 2,” “Battlefield 3,” “The Sims 3,” “Burnout Paradise,” “Medal of Honor,” “Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 – Uprising” and “Populus.” These 10 games created the most popular “Bundle” for humblebundle. com raising over ten million dollars from two million people. The average amount spent per person on the entire “Bundle” was $4.93. The latest “Humble Bundle” had just as big a selection too with titles such as “Brütal Legend,” “Eets Munchies Beta,” “Mark of the Ninja” and “Trine 2.” The other six titles were offered with a $4.86 minimum and included “FEZ,” “Bastion,” “Limbo,” “FTL: Faster Than Light,” “A Virus Named Tom” and “Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken.” Bought separately, all of these games would cost over $195, and that doesn’t include the game soundtracks that come with the “Bundle.” The “Humble Bundle” is a rare opportunity to choose how much you want to spend on not just one, but several games. Incredibly a new and just as rare opportunity appears every two weeks as a new “Humble Bundle” is released. You choose the amount of money, you choose the destination of the money and then you can choose which of your brand new games you want to play first.
Humble Bundle: A Way to Game and Give on a Budget
How much would you be willing to pay for a set of five to 10 computer video games and their soundtracks? Now, how much of that would you want to give to a charity? The “Humble Bundle” miraculously gives you the opportunity to answer these questions. On a semi-regular basis humblebundle.com offers a set of games, and several of their soundtracks, that can be bought at a “pay what you want” price. Once you decide how much you want to spend on the set of five to 10 games, you can then choose how much of that money will go to the game developers, a charity of the “Humble Bundle’s” choice and to the “Humble Bundle” site itself. After approximately two weeks, a new “Bundle” of games will be offered and you can make those same decisions all over again. Often humblebundle.com will add games to the latest “Humble Bundle” that will require a minimum payment, usually around $5. This is the only set price that ever appears on a “Humble Bundle,” and it is always the follow up to a set of about five games that were already being offered at the price of your choosing. The games themselves usually consist of indie games, such as “Cave Story,” “Braid,” “Hotline Miami” and a vast multitude of others. On Steam, each game would come to no less than $5, but a lot of them have prices ranging up to $15. On many occasions, though, there is a
When it’s time to pick up some hardware supplies or grab a bite to eat, most of us feel better when we can take our business to a unique and reliable local business rather than a cookie-cutter box store or restaurant. Local businesses contribute to community character and keep wealth within the community (for more details, see my previous article). The question is, why is it that big businesses seem to prosper while our local businesses continue to struggle? The primary culprit is policy. While it is always good practice to be a conscientious consumer and to strive to buy products locally, the truth is that individual shopping behavior alone is not going to fundamentally change the economy. True reform can only be done through the legislative process. Stacy Mitchell, senior researcher for the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, addresses this mission in her compelling article “Towards a Localist Policy Agenda.” Despite many recent indications of positive local community growth, Mitchell explains our policies are still skewed towards promoting big business development over small business development. For example, she states, that while the number locally owned grocery stores have actually increased in the past few years, “their overall market share has shrunk from about 25 to 20 percent in the last decade. Meanwhile, we’ve experienced massive consolidation in the rest of the food system. Walmart was a small player in the grocery industry 15 years ago, with only about 4 percent of grocery sales. Today it captures one of every four dollars Americans spend on groceries.” Mitchell said that this disparity is not a reflection of what American consumers really want but is a product of corporate policy agendas. “Most people have only a dim idea of the degree to which this goes on. They assume that local businesses are failing because they can’t compete, but, to a large extent, it’s because the game is rigged,” she sates. Although this claim may seem dramatic, a recent study published by the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen provides the data to back it up. The June 2013 study Lax Taxes reveals that over the past several decades corporate profits have soared while their contribution to national income taxes has steadily dropped. Through a variety of loopholes and perverse tax incentives, corporations are actually raking in profits at an all-time high despite the economic downturn that the rest of the country is suffering. In fact, a report in 2011 (referenced in Lax Taxes) found that “78 Fortune 500 companies paid no taxes in 2008, 2009, or 2010.” And according to a June 18th article in the Huffington Post, U.S. corporations are withholding $1.7 trillion in offshore locations. Happily, and perhaps surprisingly, the federal government may actually be taking action against this unfair aid to mega corporations. Three bills have been proposed for this fall, all of which either intend to close tax loopholes or act to impose new taxes on businesses that have been avoiding them. These are the Cut Unjustified Tax Loopholes Act, the Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act and the Wall Street Trading and Speculators Tax Act. Supporting these bills represents an opportunity to level the economic playing field for small businesses, and to make corporate giants play by the rules. It may well be worth your time to write your representative!
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Merchants sell jewelry, tapestries and other items on tables on Fairfield Way.
UCONN CLASSICS: THESE COMICS ARE SO OLD INDIANA JONES DUG THEM UP AND BROUGHT THEM TO THE D.C. HOROSCOPES
Jason and the Rhedosaurus by Andy Prestwich Classic Mensch by Jeff Fenster
Classic Lazy Girl by Michelle Penney
Aries - As T.S. Eliot said, “To make an end is to make a beginning.” Like a chimp, let go of one vine to swing on to the next. Don’t look down, but straight ahead. Taurus - Your energy and resourcefulness move projects ahead powerfully, despite your feeling decidedly antisocial. It’s fine to dig in to the work. Be open to changes for the better. Gemini - You’re planning an adventure of discovery. Doors are opening. You may feel like hiding out before taking this leap toward fulfilling a purpose or dream. That’s okay. Cancer - Find your spiritual side, and listen. You have the energy, resources and ability to generate something you’ve been wanting. Release selfdoubt and pessimism.
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Leo - Unless distracted by introspection and self-criticism, you can really move a group project forward. Imagine its intention fulfilled, despite any negative inner comments.
Libra - Projects are moving forward, propelled by animated, creative conversation. Don’t listen to inner cynicism. And get a second opinion before making financial choices. Scorpio - You’re grounded, energetic and resourceful. Projects are really rolling. Don’t go so fast that you run over someone. Be open to something new for an unexpected bonus. Sagittarius - Get out and do something with a friend or sibling. Meet for coffee; go for a day trip or an afternoon hike. Let them talk you out of any lingering insecurities. Capricorn - You get a lot done today. Something you’ve been looking for may suddenly appear. Go ahead and get it, but consider the long-term implications of big purchases. Aquarius - You’re the king of the jungle. But remember that your species can’t survive because of you alone. We’re all in this together. Devote attention to others. Pisces - There are too many unanswered questions. Some parts of life seem dark and gloomy, while others are bright and colorful. Focus on the latter. Despite their age these comics are still excellent.
Virgo - There’s this constant dance going on to balance work and home life. Don’t be tempted by risky ventures, but rather aim to spend time peacefully managing obligations.
by Brian Ingmason
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McCurry: What Week 3 told us about the teams around the league
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as receiver Doug Baldwin. On Sunday, it was quarterback Andrew Luck that brought his college coach back to the good old days in Palo Alto. Luck didn’t throw a ton in the Colts’ 27-7 victory, but he didn’t need to— Indy inflicted enough pain on San Fran’s D via the running attack. Luck, Bradshaw and Richardson collected a rushing touchdown each, and the way Bradshaw was moving you’d have thought he was a Stanford grad too. As for the 49ers, the problems lie far deeper than Sherman, Baldwin, and Luck. Colin Kaepernick has had two straight brutal outings, the wide receiving core is very bland without Vernon Davis, and their best defensive presence, Aldon Smith, has entered rehab and may be inactive until November. 3. The bye week couldn’t come at a better time for Packers RB’s. Known as a definitive pass-first offense, it should open some eyes that Green Bay is tied for second in the NFL with a 5.3 yards per carry average. If you’ve actually watched the Packers at all these first three Sundays, you’d know that anyone who comes out of that backfield has been licking their chops. Still, many questions remain about that running back trio, enough questions, perhaps, that the extra week of rest has been perfectly timed. Eddie Lacy, the rookie and former Alabama bruiser, has been sidelined with a concussion after totaling 72 total yards and a TD in his professional debut. James Starks was next up, and he was handling the rock beautifully (132 rushing yards and a score versus Washington) before bowing out of the recent Bengals game with a knee injury. Enter Johnathan Franklin, another rookie who shined bright upon seeing action for the first time until he received his “Welcome to the NFL moment” in a way that no youngin’ ever should. With four minutes remaining and Green Bay up three in Cincinnati territory, they elected to go for it on 4th and 1 in an attempt to further run clock and seal the win. Franklin, who impressed with elite quickness and good cut skills, would be the last person I’d ever want in a grind-it-out, potential gamechanging, short-yardage situation. He didn’t just get stuffed, he fumbled, and the Bengals picked it up
and ran it back for the decisive touchdown. Franklin will continue to get his reps down the road, but it’s time that Lacy returns and wears out defenses a la Marshawn Lynch. The upcoming bye week could be crucial for Lacy and Starks to return to decent health. 4. The New York Giants are a dysfunctional group. Besides Victor Cruz strengthening the argument that he’s a top-3 playmaker in football, have the Giants shown any signs of digging out of their 0-3 hole? Let’s break it down. Eli Manning leads the NFL with 8 interceptions. New York is 32nd out of 32 teams with 133 rushing yards, at a clip of 2.7 yards per run. David Wilson, a supposed transfixing blur in the open field (OK, he does show flashes of it), has yet to break out for a run of over 20 yards. And, if he did, knowing the woes of the offensive line, the gain would probably be nullified by a holding penalty. Speaking of that O-line, do they even care about protecting the two-time Super Bowl MVP under center? Manning was sacked seven times on Sunday (that’s probably even more than Sweet Pea). Hakeem Nicks, finally healthy and averaging over 20 yards a reception, was shut out against the Panthers, and so were the Giants, who lost 38-0. Defensively, Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck are spending too much time doing commercials, and too little time in the face of Tony Romo, Peyton Manning, and Cam Newton. The secondary has been on fire in spurts and has gotten others burned, but how much can you really expect from them when they’re on the field so often? To me, what’s most alarming are Eli’s blockers, and Eli himself. New York has prided itself on winning the battle of the trenches for so many years, and so far it’s just not happening. When Manning is not sacked, he’s usually knocked down. “We have to find ways to slow down the pass rush,” he said. “Whether that is running the ball with screens or getting the ball out quicker.” Um, you think? The front five isn’t going to magically improve anytime soon. Use Wilson, Cruz, Nicks, and even Rueben Randle— your best playmakers—and get the ball out quicker than Bears coach Marc Trestman preaches. Make an adjustment. Brady, Rodgers and Peyton all do it. 5. The Browns deserve a
standing ovation. And you can stay standing for Jordan Cameron. Cleveland has all but given up on second-year quarterback Brandon Weeden, who incredibly is the same age as Aaron Rodgers. The bigger head-scratcher is why they would even draft an almost thirtyyear-old QB in the first round, but we’ll save that for another article. I don’t totally disagree with the trading of Trent Richardson— maybe they’ll learn that it’s childish to waste a first-round pick on a back, especially when that back is from Alabama—but the fact that they got no immediate player in return signals that the focus is on the future, not 2013. For a squad that makes the Bad News Bears look like blue-chip prospects, the Browns shocked many on Sunday and beat the Vikings 31-27. My pregame notes included the following: no idea how Cleveland will score, but at least Brian Hoyer will have Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron (assuming they don’t get traded before 1 p.m.). It turns out that Gordon and Cameron were all Hoyer needed, as the two combined for 212 yards and 4 TDs. A closer look at the box score makes me smirk even more at the Vikings. Hoyer was undrafted, and although he was intercepted thrice, he completed huge throws down the stretch. Cleveland’s leading rusher on the afternoon was Josh Aubrey, another undrafted dude, a rookie and, drumroll please, a defensive back. While nobody in their right mind would ever question Gordon’s talent, failed drug tests and attitude issues put him in the supplemental draft. Which leads to this question: Has an NFL team ever previously recorded a win in which their leader in passing yards (Hoyer), rushing yards (Aubrey), and receiving yards (Gordon, with 146) were all not selected in the NFL Draft, as in the one at Radio City Music Hall? Trivia buffs, get crunching. 6. Ron Rivera’s seat gets a shade cooler, at least for one week. Rivera, for those who don’t know, is the Panthers head coach. It is Year three on the job, and the strong knock on him has been a failure to win close games. On Sunday he didn’t have to sweat much as Carolina rocked the Giants. With the Panthers off Week 4, it might even be practical to catch a whiff of Rivera’s
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) throws a pass against the Oakland Raiders in the first quarter of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, in Denver.
deodorant. Carolina could easily be 3-0 rather than 1-2 at the moment, as losses to Seattle and Buffalo were nail-biters. Rivera couldn’t have asked for a better, more-dominating all-around performance out of his guys the game before a bye because, if they had lost, the media would’ve had another whole week to speculate whether a coaching change was coming. The proverbial hot seat became a little more comfortable to sit in, thanks to Newton’s four total touchdowns and the defense’s seven sacks, and now the Panthers have an opportunity to go on a roll. Post-bye, they have the Cardinals, Vikings, Rams, and Bucs, four winnable matchups, and a 4-game series that could determine if Rivera stays on as coach throughout January. Chances are, especially on the road, the fourth quarter will be the determining factor in some of those instances. Shall Rivera reverse the curse, it wouldn’t be crazy for Newton to envision his first playoff appearance. 7. There resides in New York a fun team to watch, and it’s not the Giants. I can just imagine you thinking hard, trying to figure out who I’m referring to when I say “a surprisingly entertaining New York football team.” Utilizing process of elimination, one can rule out the Giants. With C.J. Spiller slumping,
the Bills aren’t fun unless wide out Stevie Johnson is taunting every opponent in sight. Is there anyone else in NY? Syracuse? Hmm, maybe you mean futbol? Calm down, peeps, and don’t kill your brain. Even though they technically play in Jersey, the mystery squad is the New York Jets. For starters, the defense is solid— mainly that front seven—and the offense has been coming along nicely. I don’t believe the Jets are playoff-bound, per say, but they’re developing into what I like to call a schedule groan: no one is going to want to play them soon, even the superior teams. Geno Smith will still suffer growing pains, as all rookie QB’s not nicknamed RG3 do, but his upside is apparent—and scary. Smith had 331 yards on just 29 attempts in Week 3, showing supreme confidence in whipping the deep ball to Santonio Holmes (5 for 154 and TD) and Stephen Hill (3 for 108 and TD). Bilal Powell rushed for 149 yards, and each run was more impressive (and hard-nosed) than the one before. If it wasn’t for the Jets racking up 168 penalty yards, they would’ve opened up the floodgates. I have a lot of friends who support the Jets, and for years I’ve been able to belittle them with Sanchez jokes. Sanchez’s hairdo still makes for solid jabs, but his days are over. This is becoming Geno’s team, accompa-
nied by a revitalized Holmes and a defensive front screaming with potential. And that’s fun. 8. The Broncos and the Seahawks are the two best teams in football. Both covered gigantic spreads in Week 3 wins, as neither Denver nor Seattle took the foot off the gas against an inferior opponent. Denver has the NFL’s best offense, and the best defense in the league is located in Seattle. I could write a book on a possible Super Bowl matchup between the two. But hey, it’s Week 3. Justin Blackmon hasn’t even played yet (then again, same with Von Miller). 9. Week 4’s best will be captured in primetime. Looking ahead to Week 4, the top matchups of the weekend take place Sunday and Monday night. Sunday Night Football pits the Patriots against the Falcons, the same Falcons that could fall to 1-3 if, say, Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola return to the field. On Monday night, the upstart Dolphins travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints. I don’t care if the Dolphins lose by 40—they’re for real. They won’t lose by 40, though. And man, I can’t wait to check out that Saints defense. Will Rob Ryan finally be on a winning team?
49ers move forward without linebacker Aldon Smith SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Carlos Rogers understands a key piece of San Francisco's defense is missing with the absence of Aldon Smith, yet the veteran cornerback is determined to make sure it never becomes an excuse for the team's recent poor play. The 49ers are moving forward without their star linebacker and sacks leader as he begins rehab for substance abuse and an indefinite leave from the team. He played in Sunday's 27-7 loss to the Colts, but is gone now following his second DUI arrest in 20 months last Friday morning that also included suspicion of marijuana possession. Smith apologized Sunday night. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio has no idea how long Smith might be away, and that seems to be the case all around. "I think it's a distraction to whoever wants to think about it, to whoever wants to pay attention to it," Rogers said Tuesday. "When I get out there on the field and play, I'm thinking about playing whatever team, I'm not thinking about Aldon and whatever situation went on with him. We're going to continue our meetings, we're going to continue to go on the field and practice, whether he's here or not. That's the only thing we can do. For each individual, if you continue to worry about Aldon and let that be a distraction, let that say, 'Oh, this team's not going to be the same because Aldon's not here,' then it will be a distraction." While everybody in the locker room is rooting for Smith's recovery, his fellow defenders are now focused on getting the most from the guys who will take over for him: Dan Skuta and Corey Lemonier, among others. "We believe he'll be healthier,
and not just as a football player but as a normal human being, and we wish him the best of luck," safety Donte Whitner said. "But we believe that the guys who are going to back him up — Skuta and Lemonier — they're going to go in there and they're going to do a great job. Everybody else has to pick up their play with Aldon not being out there." A defense that has been so dominant stopping the run in recent years suddenly ranks a surprisingly low 29th in the league, with opposing offenses running against the NFC champion Niners (1-2) at every chance. "We've let a couple of them pop, which we haven't done in the past which skews the statistics," Fangio said. "And we've been in games where they've been able to hand it off a high amount of times. So, I think it's a combination that we haven't been as sharp and the type of games we've been in." Expect the St. Louis Rams to do more of the same Thursday night without Smith, and perhaps also fellow All-Pro Patrick Willis as he nurses a groin injury. And the 49ers will miss the menacing, swarming presence of Smith, who set a franchise record with 19 ½ sacks last season in helping San Francisco reach the Super Bowl. Skuta, signed to a two-year contact after he had 26 tackles last season and a team-leading 17 tackles on special teams for the Bengals, is ready to help fill a huge void — knowing how well Aldon Smith and Justin Smith complement each other on an imposing front seven. "I've always paid attention to how they played together," Skuta said. "They did a great job in there together with communication and all their different stunts. If we get that opportunity, I'd like to do that stuff,
too. I think I would fit in and do the same type of thing." While San Francisco's defense committed five penalties leading to first downs for Indianapolis, Whitner said he heard from the NFL on Monday that his hit on Ahmad Bradshaw on the Colts' first snap shouldn't have been a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty for a helmet-to-helmet tackle and he won't be fined. Whitner thought he clobbered Bradshaw in the shoulder area, and said the league agreed. "They called and our coaching staff talked to the league and they said it wasn't a penalty and I wouldn't be fined," Whitner said. "Especially after seeing what (former teammate) Dashon (Goldson) is going through, I was relieved." For now, Rogers remains confident the 49ers will bounce back Thursday night and regain the defensive swagger that has carried this team so far the past two seasons. "Our team, GM, the coaches, the owners, they put a good team together, put up good starters, put up good backups," Rogers said. "So that next person's got to come in and play to the level of him or better than him. It's hard to say that being how good Aldon is, one of the best defensive players in the league, but we've got to pick up the slack and rally around the person who's his backup. Even with Pat, if he's out, everybody's got to pick up their slack and just continue to work and get better and not let it be an excuse. If it does, we're going to continue to fall and continue to lose games." With Smith's departure opening up a spot, the 49ers on Tuesday promoted cornerback Darryl Morris to the 53-man roster and signed linebacker D'Aundre Reed to the practice squad.
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AP Sources: NBA set for Good news for Orioles: Machado didn't tear ACL NY-NY All-Star in 2015 NEW YORK (AP) — The 2015 NBA All-Star weekend will be split between two New York arenas, with Madison Square Garden to host the game, two people with knowledge of the plans said Tuesday. Barclays Center in Brooklyn will host the Saturday skills events, the people confirmed to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the plans were to be announced at a press conference Wednesday. Commissioner David Stern, Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will attend the press conference, along with officials from Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center. The league has been working with the Knicks and Nets for months on the plan to split the events. The New York Post first reported that MSG would host the Sunday night
game. The league last split sites for its midseason showcase in 2010, when the Saturday events were in the Dallas Mavericks' arena and the game was held at the Cowboys' stadium. The slam dunk and 3-point contests are the highlights of the Saturday night events. The game last came to Madison Square Garden in 1998 and has gone exclusively to warm-weather cities in recent years. Now it will come back to New York a year after the city hosts the Super Bowl and show off two top arenas. MSG is one of the most famous arenas in sports and has undergone a three-year renovation project. The $1 billion Barclays Center opened a year ago and has quickly landed many top entertainment events. The 2014 All-Star game is set for New Orleans.
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles and Manny Machado couldn't have asked for a much better diagnosis on his injured left knee: The third baseman avoided tearing any major ligaments and could be running in six to eight weeks without surgery. An MRI on Tuesday revealed Machado has a torn medial patellofemoral ligament. He will rest the knee until the swelling subsides and then go through a light rehabilitative program. "The MCL is fine, the ACL is fine," Orioles head trainer Richie Bancells said. "All those major ligaments are fine. This is a smaller ligament." The injury occurred Monday during Baltimore's game at Tampa Bay. Machado was running out a single and stepped awkwardly on the inside of the base. He tumbled to the ground and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher. The Orioles feared Machado tore his ACL, which would have kept him sidelined into the 2014 season. "I was relieved because
it's a good report," said Dan Duquette, executive vice president of baseball operations. "If everything falls into place like we think, this is something he could recover from with rest. Of course, he's out for the rest of the season, but he will be able to come back and play next year." The 21-year-old Machado had played in every game this season and was an integral part of team's success. He's batting .283 with 14 homers, 71 RBIs and 51 doubles. Machado's teammates were horrified when he fell to the ground Monday. "To see a kid that young to go through what he went through at the end of such a phenomenal season, my heart broke for him," second baseman Brian Roberts said. "He'll be back 100 percent, no doubt in my mind. Coming back, it's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when. Certainly, he's got age of his side. He's got a lot of great things going for him, and hopefully he comes back better than he's ever been. At the time, though, it was demoralizing for all of us."
The news that the injury was far less severe than expected was met with relief in the clubhouse and throughout the organization. Machado, a former No. 1 draft pick, has been an integral part in the Orioles' high quality of play over the past two seasons. "It's good news for the clubhouse," manager Buck Showalter said. "As much for the person as what it means.
By Dalton Zbierski MLB Columnist
As of Sept. 23, five teams have clinched playoff berths. Consider for a second the fact that Major League Baseball consists of thirty teams. With less than seven days remaining in the regular season, twelve teams are still in playoff contention. That’s over a third of the league. Weird. Four of those teams – the Red Sox, A’s, Braves, and Dodgers – have won their divisions and the St. Louis Cardinals at the very least secured a spot in a play-in Wild Card round game. Boston has looked dominant over the course of the last four weeks aka when this column started. They’ve won 20 out of 27 since a late August meeting with the N.L. West champion Dodgers in Los Angeles. The Red Sox will continue to compete in hopes of clinching the best record in the American League and home field advantage through
the playoffs. to inform you that your ball clubs Who are the seven teams that were eliminated last week. have yet to pop champagne and In the National League the realize the end result of eleven Dodgers and Braves have months’ hard work? As men- clinched their divisions. The tioned by MLB.com’s Postseason Cardinals, Pirates and Reds Probability Standings, in the all contend for the NL Central American League the Detroit crown. St. Louis has guaranteed Tigers, while having not yet themselves a playoff spot while clinched, have a 100 percent the Reds and Pirates appear to be probability to celebrate a play- a lock to do the same. Cincinnati off berth. Tampa Bay has a 90 and Pittsburg both sit two games percent chance to clinch a wild behind the St. Louis in the standcard spot and Cleveland has a 73 ings. While Nationals are mathpercent chance to do the same. ematically still alive, their chancRangers’ fans lose hope each day es look slim. The losers of the but as of last night their odds to three-way race in the Central are play in two weeks stood at 35 likely to face off in what will be a percent. The Royals only have a much-anticipated single elimina2 percent chance at clinching and tion Wild Card round elimination will, bearing the unforeseeable, game. It’s that time of year folks, be eliminated within the next embrace it. few days. For UConn students in support of either the Yankees or Orioles, I hope I am not the first Dalton.Zbierski@UConn.edu
far are ranked 14th overall in passing yards allowed per game (231). The Bengals have not allowed a 300 yard passer for 18 straight games which included Aaron Rodgers last week but the emergence of Josh Gordon helps Cameron. Look for Cameron to have about 10-15 points this week, as his red zone presence, and 6-foot-5 frame, will benefit quarterback Brian Hoyer who is going into his third start. Player to Bench- Eli Manning (Quarterback New York Giants) Just like the team he plays for, Eli has gotten off to a miserable fantasy season through the first three weeks accounting for three points in Week 3. The Giants are 0-3 this year as they have no rushing attack and an injured offensive line which let up seven sacks last week against the Carolina Panthers. This directly affects Eli as no running attack allows the opposing defense to drop back in coverage and disguise formations that could lead to all out blitzes against Manning. So far this sea-
son, he has eight interceptions which lead the league and only five touchdown passes. Although Eli had 28 points in week one, he dropped to 10 in Week 2 and is projected for nine points, 230 yards, one passing TD and eight yards rushing in Week 4 against the Chiefs. Fantasy owners should be weary of this matchup since the Chiefs are ranked fifth in net passing yards allowed per game (185), secnd in points allowed (11.3) and are ranked first in turnovers forced with four interceptions and five forced fumbles. On the road at Arrowhead Stadium, a notoriously loud stadium, look for Eli to struggle against one of the top defenses in the NFL. Player to Add- Kenbrell Thompkins (Wide Receiver New England Patriots) Through the first three games, Thompkins has nine receptions for 130 receiving yards and two TDs. In the 23-3 win against the Bucs in Week 3, he caught three passes for 41 yards on seven targets with two touchdowns, accounting for 16 fantasy points.
Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado is taken off the field on a stretcher after injuring his left leg while running to first base on a seventh-inning single on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013
They all have really come to respect Manny and the way he carries himself." Machado has earned the respect of those from other teams by the way he carries himself on the field. "A guy like him, everything he does is right," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "The approach to the game, the effort he gives. He's in a different category."
MLB playoff race heats up as season draws to a finish, AL Wild Card remains close
Tampa Bay Rays' James Loney follows through on a sixth-inning, two-run double off New York Yankees starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda in a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013.
Pacers, George agree to new contract INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Paul George wanted to keep playing in Indiana. Larry Bird made sure he wasn't going anywhere. The Pacers star forward agreed Tuesday to a long-term contract, according to a person with knowledge of the deal who spoke on condition of anonymity because it won't be officially announced until Wednesday. Terms were not immediately available, but he is eligible for a five-year deal worth between $80 million to $90 million, depending on the salary cap. George's rookie deal was set to expire after next season and the 23-year-old All-Star almost
certainly would have been one of most attractive players on the free-agent market. There was speculation the Los Angeles area native might return to California and team up with Kobe Bryant to restore the luster to the Lakers proud franchise. But publicly and behind the scenes, George repeatedly said his sole intention was to win a championship with the Pacers. Bird was so determined to get the deal done before training camp opened Saturday that he left his golf clubs at home Monday instead of playing in the annual Pacers Foundation outing. Instead, he returned to the office to continue negotiating.
Jones is rehabilitating a knee injury and has not played since the season opener. Harbaugh says he scolded Jones and addressed the team. He says, "It's not something we want to be known for. ... It's nothing to be proud of. I'm kind of disappointed in that sense."
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enters the weekend 1-2, and South Florida, which sits at 0-3, as the next two lines on its schedule is encouraging as well. A pair of victories in those winnable games – the Huskies are 16-4 against the Buffalo and have beaten USF three of the past four years – could bring the Huskies back to within reach of a postseason berth. “It’s definitely a great feeling to know that we can still turn the season around,” Brown said. “Because it’s still early in the season, we have nine games to play and to know that we still can make a run to a bowl game is good.” Injury Update Right tackle Kevin Friend,
Fantasy Football Week 4 recommendations By Matthew Kren Fantasy Football Columnist
Player to start- Jordan Cameron (Tight End Cleveland Browns) Following his six catch performance for 66 yards and three touchdowns versus the Minnesota Vikings on the road, Jordan Cameron has emerged as a legitimate top five tight end and red zone beast. He is available in 25.2 percent of ESPN leagues, which is astonishing considering his 49 fantasy points through three weeks is third most for a tight end since 2001. This year Cameron has amounted 20 receptions for 269 yards and four touchdowns. Fantasy wise, Cameron is a guarantee for much needed points as in each three games this season he has either had 95 yards or more, or a touchHarbaugh did not provide down every game. His fantasy details of the altercation. The number this year, according to coach did say Jones "went a standard point system is as through everything today follows, 16, nine and 24. The that he was supposed to go next matchup for the Browns is against the Bengals, who so through."
Baltimore Ravens WR Jacoby Jones 'fine' after altercation OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Baltimore receiver Jacoby Jones is doing well after being involved in an altercation on a chartered bus. Ravens coach John Harbaugh says the incident occurred early Monday morning and that Jones is "fine." TMZ reported Jones and his teammates were returning from the District of Columbia after celebrating offensive lineman Bryant McKinnie's birthday when Jones was hurt.
It’s that time of year again folks. Fall, autumn, that strange, inconsistent season shadowing in the footsteps of summer – call it what you call it. Baseball fans or not, we all knew it’d come. I’m just glad to see it. The weather’s cooling, my allergies are finally leaving me alone, classes despite exams are becoming comprehendible and…. oh yeah, we’re only two weeks away from the start of the 2013 MLB Playoffs. Who though will compete in those brisk October games? And will it even be brisk in the cities in which those games are to be played out? The answers to those questions are neither predictable nor concrete.
wide receiver Shakim Phillips and linebacker Graham Stewart all missed the loss against Michigan due to injury. Cornerback Taylor Mack also left the game early with a stinger. While Pasqualoni was not willing to say whether or not each player will be back in the lineup on Saturday, he did say that he is “optimistic on all of them.” “We’re going to find out more this afternoon,” he said. “And we’ll find out more as the week moves on.” Pasqualoni did add that there have been no new injuries either as a result of the Michigan game or in practice early this week.
This was a major confidence for the young rookie who along with Aaron Dobson was targeted in week two 17 times but only catching five. Since the departure of Wes Welker, Aaron Hernandez and injury to Gronkowski, Tom Brady has not had a lot to work with, but the Week 3 performance for Thompkins could be a sign of things to come. With Rob Gronkowski possibly coming back in four along with Danny Amendola in the near future, defenses will put extra coverage and a spy on the tight end position and seek to double Amendola in the slot, leaving Thompkins in single coverage. The Patriots week four opponent is the 1-2 Atlanta Falcons who are ranked 19th in points allowed per game and 25th in net passing yards allowed. Thompkins is still available in 65.1 percent of ESPN leagues, he is predicted for 58 yards and one TD which is 11 points, and could be the difference between a win and a loss.
TWO Wednesday, September 25, 2013
What's Next Home game
Oct. 12 USF TBA
Oct. 19 Cincinnati TBA
Oct. 26 UCF TBA
Nov. 8 Louisville 8:30 p.m.
Oct. 2 Temple 3 p.m.
The number of MLB no-hitters broken up in the ninth inning this season. Three have come with two outs.
» That’s what he said
Emmert says change coming for NCAA
- New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia said after injury forced him to sit out the remainder of the 2013 season.
» Pic of the day
I got it!
Men’s Soccer (3-2-1) Sept. 27 USF 7:30 p.m.
Stat of the day
“I know a lot of people have written me off and said that I’ve thrown too many innings, whatever, whatever, but I’ll still be here and still be accountable and still be the guy that signed up for 2009.”
Football (0-3) Sept. 28 Buffalo 3:30 p.m.
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Oct. 5 UCF 7 p.m.
Oct. 9 Rutgers 7 p.m.
Oct. 12 Memphis 7 p.m.
Women’s Soccer (6-4-0) Tomorrow SMU 7 p.m.
Sept. 29 Houston 1 p.m.
Oct. 4 UCF 7 p.m.
Oct. 6 USF 1 p.m.
Oct. 11 Temple 7 p.m.
Oct. 6 Boston College 2 p.m.
Oct. 11 Louisville 6 p.m.
Oct. 6 USF Noon
Oct. 8 Sacred Heart 7 p.m.
Field Hockey (7-0-0) Sept. 28 Villanova Noon
Sept. 29 Princeton 2 p.m.
Volleyball Sept. 27 SMU 7 p.m.
Sept. 29 Houston 2 p.m.
Oct. 4 Providence 12:30 p.m.
(8-6) Oct. 4 UCF 7 p.m.
Men’s Tennis (3-0) Sept. 27 UConn Invitational All Day
Sept. 28 UConn Invitational All Day
Sept. 29 Oct. 4 UConn Quinnipiac Invitational Invitational All Day All Day
Oct. 5 Quinnipiac Invitational All Day
Women’s Tennis Sept. 27 Army Invite All day
Sept. 28 Army Invite All day
Sept. 29 Army Invite All day
New York Yankees right fielder Vernon Wells watches as fans reach for a solo home run by Tampa Bay Rays’ Matt Joyce in the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, in New York.
Oct. 1 Quinnipiac 3 p.m.
Oct. 3 UMass 3 p.m.
Women’s Cross Country Oct. 12 New Englands 3 p.m.
Oct. 19 Wisc. Adidas Inv. Noon
Oct. 25 Nov. 2 CCSU Mini Conference Meet Champ. 4 p.m. TBA
THE Storrs Side
UConn baseball hosts annual Alumni Game By Dalton Zbierski Campus Correspondent
Nov. 15 East Regional 11 a.m.
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As self-proclaimed “Dead Men Walking,” the bottomseeded Connecticut Huskies shocked collegiate baseball last spring leaving Clearwater, Fl. the improbable champions of the final Big East Tournament. Five months later they remain at work. Practicing six out of seven days a week, the current group of Huskies look to follow in the footsteps of last year’s squad with ambitions of repeating last May’s success–success that was years in the making. On Sept. 22, UConn Baseball hosted their annual Alumni Game at J.O. Christian Field in Storrs. The players who currently don the hooked “C” faced off against alumni who once walked the same path. Although the current group of Huskies defeated their elders 9-0, the game stood for more than a simple scrimmage. Redshirt Junior RHP Carson Cross–whose 2.44 ERA in 2013 made him the 24th round pick of the Pirates in this year’s draft–offered his perspective on a day that blended past and present. “Coach Penders talks
about the program as a family, we don’t use the word family lightly. This is the fourth alumni game I’ve been a part of and that becomes clearer each year,” Cross said. He struck out the side allowing no hits in his one inning pitched. Senior LHP Anthony Marzi–who tossed two scoreless innings in the exhibition– said about Sunday’s festivities, “Once you finish playing here everybody goes different ways. Some play pro ball, others get real jobs… this game gives you a chance to catch up. It shows you how deep the program’s tradition really is.” Perhaps redshirt Junior RHP Jordan Tabakman, summarized the day best. “It’s an honor. It’s the first time this year we get to play against someone other than our own teammates so you want to compete and win. But it’s also special to play against former players who led us to where we are today. Seeing the number of guys that come back to play and help us get better is incredible. It goes to show how special our program is.”
GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) — President Mark Emmert said Monday he expects “a lot of change” for the governance structure of Division I sports over the next year. “I’ve said publicly on a number of occasions the only thing everybody agrees on with Division I governance is that it doesn’t work,” Emmert said during his opening remarks at a meeting of more than 100 Division I faculty athletics representatives. He later said NCAA directors are looking at the next six to eight months in particular. “I think the board anticipates a lot of change,” he said. “They’re going into their October and January meetings expecting to look at a whole different governance model for Division I. So it will be significantly different.” The NCAA’s annual convention is in January. The board hopes to adopt proposals at its meeting next April, and then have a special meeting for the full membership next summer. The discussion focused on transparency and the public perception of the NCAA. Emmert has received sharp criticism for months, for everything from the unprecedented sanctions handed to Penn State for the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal to the botched investigation of alleged misconduct in University of Miami athletics. He, and the NCAA in general, have been singled out by conference commissioners, professional athletes and even current college football players. Houston Texans running back Arian Foster, who says in an upcoming documentary he accepted money while at Tennessee, recently called the NCAA a bully. Some college players wore patches Saturday with the letters APU, standing for All Players United, to call for NCAA reform. Additionally, SEC Commissioner Mike Slive suggested last week that the NCAA’s rules on governing agents are part of the problem amid reports of possible problems at Alabama and Tennessee. “I haven’t talked to Mike about it, so I can’t speak for him,” Emmert said Monday. The third-year president is fully aware of the public’s perception of the NCAA. Emmert said the board and other NCAA officials have concerns about that. The public sees him as more of a commissioner of a professional sport, which Emmert said is not the case. He said getting people to understand the NCAA is more than just him or the board of directors — decisions are driven by the hundreds of member schools — is a difficult task. “To think that the president of the NCAA has ever been anything like the commissioner of baseball is ludicrous,” Emmert said, “but yet that would be the most popular perception I suspect that people have of what my job is.” The discussion did touch briefly on whether the NCAA would consider creating a new big-school Bowl Division — in essence, splitting up the current Division I. A packet distributed at the session called “Principles and Model for New Governance Structure” suggests that FBS institutions and conferences that are more closely aligned in issues and athletics resources form a new division.
THE Pro Side
Shaquille O’Neal buys part of Sacramento Kings By Scott Carroll Staff Writer
Shaquille O’Neal is now a minority owner of the Sacramento Kings and gave his new city a new nickname in the process, dubbing the capital of California “Shaqramento”. However, O’Neal has had his run-ins with his new team before as the Kings and Los Angeles Lakers went at it constantly in the previous decade. The Kings were defeated by the Lakers in the 2000, 2001, and 2002 playoffs. Each of these years, O’Neal’s Lakers would go on to win the championship. O’Neal’s most famous altercation with the Kings didn’t even come on the court, but rather in a locker room interview. “I’m not scared of the Sacramento Queen. Write it down,” said O’Neal. Shaquille O’Neal apologized for this memorable quote given during another dominant year for the “Big Diesel.” “I apologize if you see me around town, come give me a hug, give me a kiss. I’ll do whatever you want,” said O’Neal during the press conference to announce his ownership. O’Neal hopes to bring his on court and off court presence north
to Sacramento and help the struggling franchise move forward from their recent implosion. This isn’t O’Neal’s first business venture. He has recently started a brand of soda called “Soda Shaq” that is sold in Seven Eleven. According to an interview with The Chronicle of Higher Education in January, O’Neal owns 40 24-Hour Fitness Clubs, 155 Five Guys restaurants, a jewelry and clothing line and nightclubs, among other things. Let us also not forget that O’Neal had his own reality show called “Shaq Vs.” where he would take on top athletes and experts from all fields, such as Michael Phelps in swimming and Rachael Ray in cooking. Early in his career O’Neal starred in “Kazaam,” in which he plays a rapping genie, and released three rap albums entitled “Shaq Diesel,” “Shaq Fu,” and “You Can’t Stop the Reign.” O’Neal was also sworn in as a reserve deputy officer in Miami during his stint with the Heat. Shaquille O’Neal has certainly done a bit of everything in his life. It doesn’t appear that this venture into minority ownership will be anything he can’t handle.
» INSIDE SPORTS TODAY
P.11: Storrs Side/Pro Side / P.10: Good news for Orioles: Machado didn’t tear ACL/ P. 9: 49ers move forward without Aldon Smith
N(ine) F(acts) L(earned)
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
CHARGING INTO BUFFALO Huskies ready to hit the road to take on the Bulls
By Mike McCurry NFL Columnist Raise your hand if, three weeks into the NFL season, you predicted that the Chiefs and Dolphins would still be undefeated. Now, keep that paw held high if you foresaw the Giants having the second-worst point differential in the league, behind only Jacksonville. Really, someone seriously still has their arm up? Either they’re a Kansas City native who spends the weekends clubbing in Miami in order to forget a past fling from the Big Apple, or they’re lying. But hold on a moment Jacoby Jones, is there not one more possible alternative that could explain this conundrum? Ah, yes, maybe a certain female who goes by “Sweet Pea” is behind this, hopefully not with a glass bottle in her possession, though. Too soon, you say? I don’t think so. Whether or not you have been exposed to the bizarre story featuring an altercation between Jones and the entertainer “Sweet Pea”—one that could best be described as “from Dancing with the Stars to seeing stars”— understand that there is still much to be rehashed concerning Week 3. How about Ahmad Bradshaw, stealing the show for the Colts after Indianapolis dealt a first-round pick to land Trent Richardson, a move that would surely bury Bradshaw on the depth chart? Speaking of that seismic deal, did you catch the leftover gang of misfits in Cleveland beat the Vikings on the shoulders of Brian Hoyer? Plus, there is a mildly exciting team to watch in New York (er, technically Jersey), and it’s not the Giants. 1. Andy Reid and Alex Smith are having a blast on “The Redemption Tour.” Although “The Redemption Tour” may sound like the perfect name to get Beliebers (I can’t believe I just wrote that word in a column) or Drizzy Drake devotees all fired up, it’s actually the labeling I have derived for the Chiefs’ head coach-quarterback duo. The Eagles lent a helping hand to Michael Vick back when he was abusing animals, only to later throw Reid to the wolves after 14 seasons, six division titles, and five appearances in the NFC Championship. How do you repay a franchise that turned their back on you? For now, beating them 26-16 on their home turf will suffice. The Chiefs defense had five takeaways, Jamaal Charles did whatever he wanted, and Kansas City improved to 3-0 for the year. By the way, it isn’t just the Eagles that Reid is getting revenge on, it’s the entire NFC East. KC will be going for their third win over an NFC East opponent in as many weeks, as they host the Giants in Week 4. Meanwhile, Alex Smith, who already has an enormous chip on his shoulder after getting fleeced by the 49ers, threw 3 interceptions last season against those same Giants in a blowout loss. It’s a toss-up between Reid and Smith as to which cares for New York less, but this much we know: the Chiefs aren’t a fluke, and The Redemption Tour is just getting started. 2. Professor Jim Harbaugh is getting schooled by his pupils. When 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh was at Stanford, he had some mighty fine players that, with his teaching, blossomed into current NFL stars. Nowadays, it’s Harbaugh who’s being educated. In Week 2, San Francisco was smacked by Seattle, a squad comprised of former Stanford Cardinal Richard Sherman, the best cornerback in America, as well
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By Matt Stypulkoski Associate Sports Editor
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UConn’s Chad Christen attempts a field goal during last Saturday’s game against the Michigan Wolverines. The Huskies came up three points short of pulling off the upset. UConn will travel to Buffalo, N.Y. this Saturday for its first road game.
After a crushing loss in the late stages to thenNo. 15 Michigan, the UConn football team is back at work as they continue to push for the season’s first victory. Next up: the Huskies’ first road game of the season, at Buffalo. For many of the players on the traveling squad, including some starters such as fullback Matt Walsh and safety Obi Melifonwu, this will be the first road game of their careers. That abundance of youth and inexperience is cause for “concern about how (UConn) will travel,” according to head coach Paul Pasqualoni. Of course, those players unaccustomed to being on the road have the benefit of the advice of their more veteran teammates. “All I can tell them is that it’s the same thing,” redshirt junior running back Lyle McCombs said. “You know, even though we’re traveling, at the end of the day it’s all football. So keep doing what you’re doing, keep working hard.” Redshirt junior safety Ty-Meer Brown added: “(It’s important) for the young guys to know that the older guys are going to be in their corner, so they can go out and play with the utmost confidence on the field and don’t hesitate and don’t slow down for anyone.” Optimism in the face of defeat Despite the fact that Michigan’s come-frombehind victory robbed UConn of a chance to grab its first win and a potential cornerstone game for the program, the Huskies have remained upbeat throughout the early part of the week. In part, that’s been aided by the fact that they can draw so many positives from the close call. “We have the right mindset,” McCombs said. “We know that even though we just suffered a tough loss and we are 0-3, we still have everything to accomplish this season.” The fact that UConn has Buffalo, which
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Men’s tennis sweeps Siena to stay perfect By Matthew Zampini Campus Correspondent
The men’s tennis team continued their hot start to the season on Tuesday by shutting out Siena College 7-0. The Huskies were dominant once again winning every match. UConn has now won three matches in a row, and lost none, looking very impressive. “I was happy with the win,” Coach Michael Louis said. “It is always good when you end up on that side, but collectively we have a lot of work to do. The good thing is we have a lot to work with as a team and as a squad. So we’re definitely going to hit it hard during practice in the coming days to get ready for our tournament this weekend.” The Huskies sent out Wayne Harrell and Ryan Carr once again as the No. 1 for doubles. They were victorious 8-2. Chris
Toner and Parker Cohen played in the No. 2 slot for doubles and they earned a 8-6 victory. Zac McEntee and Joshua Palmer played the No. 3 spot, defeating their opponent 8-5. By winning all three matches, the Huskies earned one point for their team score. Junior Wayne Harrell has played at the No 1. Spot for UConn so far and has been remarkable. Harrell made fast work of his match, winning 6-1, 6-1. “I feel really confident,” Harrell said. “I felt like I was playing well, I made a lot of balls on the court, I was being aggressive and played the tennis I wanted to play, I thought I did well today.” “Wayne has been great,” Coach Louis said of his No. 1 player. “He really has been putting in the work. Wayne’s got a lot of talent; he’s got all the tools. What I am most proud of for him is
that he has really been putting the work in mentally to try and stay focused at the task at hand and I think it shows.” Freshman Chris Toner and senior Ryan Carr also continued playing well as the No. 2 and No. 3 players for the Huskies. Toner won his match 6-3, 6-3 and Carr won his match 6-4, 6-4. Sophomore Andrew Ginzberg played the No. 4 for UConn notching a victory 6-4, 6-3. Freshman Parker Goldstein and sophomore Zac McEntee filled the No. 5 and No. 6 spots for the Huskies, each winning 6-3, 6-1 and 6-1, 6-0 respectively. Coach Michael Louis is off to a tremendous start as his first year at head coach and is enthusiastic about his team. “The guys have been great,” Coach Louis said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better group of guys, I am proud of them and I know they are going to continue
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UConn senior Ryan Carr in action during a match this season. The Huskies have gotten off to a 3-0 start after their win over Siena on Tuesday, Sept. 24.
to work.” The Huskies will look to continue their hot start this weekend as they host the UConn
Invitational at the UConn Tennis Courts.
NCAA to restore Penn State football scholarships HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Penn State will gradually get back football scholarships taken away over the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal, the NCAA announced Tuesday, crediting the university for making significant improvements to its athletics programs. Five scholarships will be restored next year and 15 more will be phased in until the school reaches the limit of 85 in 2016-17, a season earlier than the school had agreed to, college sports’ governing body said. The NCAA said the unanimous decision by its executive committee was based on the recommendation of former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell, who has been serving as Penn State’s athletics integrity monitor. “This action provides an opportunity to recognize Penn State’s significant momentum,
while also providing additional opportunities for studentathletes,” said Wake Forest University president Nathan Hatch, chair of the NCAA’s Division I board of directors, which endorsed the decision. The penalties came amid heavy criticism of university leaders’ response to complaints about Sandusky. Penn State and the NCAA agreed to the penalties by entering into a consent decree more than a year ago, shortly after Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of sexual abuse. They also require the school to pay a $60 million fine and serve a four-year ban on postseason play. The NCAA also eliminated 112 wins by the football program. Penn State president Rodney Erickson called the restoration of scholarships particularly welcome news for student-athletes who want to attend Penn State.
“As we promised throughout this process, we are committed to improving all our policies, procedures and actions,” Erickson said. The NCAA said it also may reduce the postseason play ban, depending on the university’s future progress. Mitchell said it was premature to say which other sanctions might be changed. “This was a positive response to positive action, and as to the future, we’ll have to make judgments in the future,” Mitchell told reporters in a conference call. He said the decision was particularly warranted by the actions of Erickson and other university leaders “in the face of considerable opposition within the Penn State community.” “Over time, their actions led to a circumstance where it became clear to me that their response was positive in the
face of difficult circumstances,” Mitchell said. Mitchell said he recommended the restoration of scholarships, but the specific elements were decided by the NCAA and Big Ten Conference. “It is the mechanism most directly targeted to students, student-athletes,” Mitchell said. “I felt it was an appropriate place to provide the relief.” Earlier this month, Mitchell issued a report on the first year of his service as monitor, crediting Penn State for notable progress that included implementation of 119 recommendations made last summer by former FBI director Louis Freeh, who directed the school’s investigation into the scandal. The family of former coach Joe Paterno issued a statement calling the decision welcome news. Paterno died from lung cancer in January 2012, weeks
after the arrest of Sandusky on abuse charges and two administrators on allegations of a criminal cover-up. A lawsuit by his surviving family members and others against the NCAA is pending in county court near State College. Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year state prison sentence for sexual abuse of 10 boys, including incidents inside Penn State athletics facilities. A state appeals court recently heard oral argument in his quest for a new trial. The Nittany Lions are 3-1 and do not play this week. In response to the NCAA announcement, coach Bill O’Brien said his staff was pleased for the players, who, he said, have “proven themselves to be a resilient group of young men who are able to look ahead, focus and overcome adversity.”