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Professor developing nicotine vaccination
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According to the U.S. Department of Health, an estimated 46 million Americans, or roughly 25 percent of the adult population, is addicted to cigarettes. These addictions lead to an estimated 430,000 deaths each year in the U.S. alone, with more than 70 percent of smokers wanting to quit and only 10 percent succeeding. However, that may soon change. Peter Burkhard, associate professor of molecular and cell biology at UConn, believes he has the answer in curbing nicotine addiction via vaccination. Burkhard sees smoking as a serious problem. “Seven million people are
killed by the causes of nicotine addiction each year globally. That’s like wiping out Switzerland, every year,” he said. Burkhard received a five year, $2.5 million Avant-Garde Medications Development Award in order to develop and test a nicotine vaccination. Nicotine is recognized today by many medical professionals as extremely addictive, and works by stimulating and raising dopamine and seratonin levels in the brain, two hormones responsible for feeling happy. The vaccination would act much like a virus that activates the immune system. “When you smoke, nicotine travels from your lungs to your blood, and finally to your brain, where it acts as a stimulant and
produces a good feeling, or a kick,” said Burkhard. The vaccination would effectively be able to train the immune system to recognize nicotine molecules in the bloodstream, and bind them before they can reach the brain, where the user becomes addicted or gets a “high.” Burkhard, who has previously worked on other vaccinations for diseases such as malaria, has made the vaccine work the same way a vaccine for diseases works. The vaccine would inject a virus-like particle into the bloodstream that would contain nicotine molecules. Thus, the immune system would be tricked into thinking the particle is a virus and would immediately bind the nicotine molecules by producing antibodies.
“This could work for people who are already addicted. We have reason to think it will create a stronger immune response than the other carriers tested as nicotine vaccines,” Burkhard said. While the vaccination can’t defend against the side effects of smoking such as heart disease, lung cancer and other complications, it can allow users to quit smoking by stopping the addictive nature nicotine produces. Students’ opinions of the news were positive. Andrew Glick, a 5th-semester pre-med student said, “Finding a cure to stop nicotine addiction would benefit our world tremendously for a variety of reasons. But most importantly smokers who quit are more likely to have better circulation and lung
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In this Feb. 8 file photo, then 6th-semester elementary education major, Sarah Heist, gives blood. Today is the last day for students to give blood at the Red Cross Club’s blood drive from 11 to 4:30 in the Wilbur Cross Reading Room.
New chemistry dept. head connects with WiMSE
By Katherine Peinhardt Campus Correspondent
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The new head of the UConn Chemistry Department, Amy Howell hopes to use her position to keep the program relevant. Professor Howell’s goals include a continuation of the successes of the department in recent years, including rises in grant funds, graduate students and patents. Her hopes are to perpetuate this progress, and to keep the UConn Chemistry Department as a good source of preparation of students for the work field. Professor Howell has also been connected with the Women in Math, Science and Engineering Residence Hall. As a woman climbing the echelons of the science department, this project has been extremely important to her. “I encourage all [female students] to embrace every learn-
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ing opportunity that they can. I stress striving for excellence so they can succeed in a competitive field, no matter what specific direction they choose,” Howell said. “Out of all of the professors I have had, Professor Howell is one of the most willing to do anything to get her students to understand and love organic chemistry,” Meredith Milligan, 3rd-semester biological sciences major, said. “It doesn’t matter that our class has over 200 students in it, it feels like we’re back in high school in a small class with a teacher who has plenty of time to help us understand.” Many students have expressed great pleasure with her teaching style, which is intensely focused on the understanding of the student. “She’s an amazing teacher. If you do the readings and go to class, you will understand the material and she is willing to answer any questions you
have. She is a fun and interesting person who tries her best to work around students’ schedules for review sessions and office hours. She loves what she does, which is obvious in her teaching
“She loves what she does, which is obvious in her teaching style.” – Ben Doughty, 3rd-semester pharmacy major style. She is also very welleducated and able to answer any questions about the material and most anything regarding chemistry. I would highly recommend Prof. Howell to all
students,” Ben Doughty, 3rdsemester pharmacy major, said. According to UConn’s Learning Community website, the residents have access to seminars and a WiMSE club. Howell said at the students’ disposal is a strong sense of “academic and social support for female students majoring in, or especially interested in, the math, sciences or engineering fields, including math and science education, science writing, etc. Living with students who have a similar interest and drive to succeed is a benefit for the women in this community. Students form study groups, they interact with faculty and student mentors who can provide useful information, and they create a community of friends who explore campus life together.”
What’s on at UConn today... Information Session 1 to 2 p.m. CUE, 134 Recipients of the Presidential Scholarship can find out how to apply for and use their $2500 grant.
SlutWalk 4 to 6 p.m. Fairfield Way This march is intended to stop rape culture and victim blaming for sexual assault.
Rock Concert 8 to 10 p.m. Jorgensen Rock/blues group Grace Potter and the Nocturnals will perform at Jorgensen tonight. Tickets range from $32 to $42.
Research lab to be built at UConn Health Center
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function, a decreased risk of stroke and, if early enough, a decreased risk of lung cancer. It would also rein in the excessive costs due to treating conditions due to smoking.” Matt Voghel, a 5th-semester pharmacy major said, “Anything that can help nicotine users quit early could greatly improve their quality of life later on. If the drug manages to make it through testing it would be a great day for a nation fighting nicotine addiction.” Currently the vaccination will be undergoing clinical trials. Burkhard has stated his optimism in its success and the enormous impact it would have if proven successful. “It would be huge,” said Burkhard.
HARTFORD (AP) — Gov. Dannel Malloy and an independent research laboratory based in Maine are scheduled to announce plans to build a new $1.1 billion lab at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, the governor’s office said Thursday. Executives from The Jackson Laboratory and state officials, including UConn President Susan Herbst, will announce the collaboration during a news conference scheduled Friday at the state Capitol, said Colleen Flanagan, a Malloy spokeswoman. The project will lead to 661 jobs related to research, Flanagan said. There are also 842 construction jobs projected as well as an estimated 6,200 indirect jobs. Other details of the project will be released Friday. The announcement comes after the General Assembly in June authorized $254 million in bonds to overhaul the health center complex and turn it into a bioscience research hub. Joyce Peterson, a spokeswoman for The Jackson Laboratory, declined to discuss specifics of the UConn project, but said “this will be a new operation,” when asked if employees were being moved from Jackson’s Bar Harbor, Maine, and Sacramento, Calif., facilities. The Jackson Laboratory, also known for breeding and distributing more than 6,000 strains of genetically defined mice used by 19,000 other labs in 50 countries, has 1,212 employees in Maine and 125 in California. “We’ve got amazing researchers. We’re dynamite and we’re growing,” she said, adding how the lab’s mission is to seek the genetic basis for treating, preventing and curing human diseases. On Thursday, the National Institutes of Health awarded the laboratory grants totaling $33 million for three projects that the lab says will speed disease research. Jackson researchers funded by the NIH grant plan will spend the next five years extensively testing and generating data about mice with disrupted genes. “Given the extremely high overlap between the mouse and human genomes – 99 percent of the genes are in common – the project will, by inference, elucidate the function of much of the human genome, most of which is currently unknown,” said Bob Braun, Jackson professor and chairman of research, in a written statement about the grant funding.
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Audit: Conn. agency paid benefits to the dead
HARTFORD (AP) — A state audit of the Connecticut Department of Social Services released Thursday shows the agency has made monthly cash benefits payments to welfare recipients after they’ve already died. The audit, a wide-ranging review of financial operations of the state agency covering the fiscal years ending June 30, 2008 and 2009, also found numerous other issues, a failure to consistently collect monthly premiums from clients on the state’s HUSKY and Charter Oak health insurance programs and a failure to obtain proper information to determine eligibility for cash assistance.
Judge denies mistrial in home invasion case NEW HAVEN (AP) — A Connecticut judge told attorneys for a man charged with a brutal home invasion that he would not declare a mistrial over the fact that relatives of the three people killed walked out en masse before testimony about an autopsy. The Hartford Courant reported that Jeremiah Donovan, an attorney for Joshua Komisarjevsky, sought the mistrial Thursday, one day after the relatives walked out of court. Donovan said the relatives’ departure was prejudicial to his client. The family members were aware that the state’s chief medical examiner was going to provide disturbing testimony about the deaths of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters, ages 17 and 11, Donovan said. Jurors also watched as family members left, the attorney said.
Teachers exonerated in cheating probe back on
WATERBURY (AP) — Five teachers and the vice principal of a Waterbury school are returning to their jobs after being exonerated of any involvement in a cheating scheme that artificially inflated students’ Connecticut Mastery Test scores. They were among 17 Hopeville Elementary School educators placed on paid leave during a state investigation of the tests, which drew attention when they showed the school’s students inexplicably had achieved Connecticut’s highest scores. The Republican-American reports the six exonerated educators were welcomed back to their jobs this week. The review found children were improperly coached to change their wrong test answers under a plan allegedly orchestrated by Hopeville’s principal and a reading teacher, who deny wrongdoing and face potential termination.
Ill. man accused in RI ‘erectile pumps’ scheme
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An Illinois man plans to plead guilty in Rhode Island to charges he shipped unwanted “erectile pumps” to diabetes patients as part of a Medicare fraud scheme, federal prosecutors said Thursday. Gary Winner, 49, is accused of purchasing $26 penis enlargers from an adult website, repackaging them and shipping them to patients with information claiming the devices helped “bladder control, urinary flow and prostate comfort.” Prosecutors say he then charged Medicare $284 each as part of the scheme, claiming the pumps treated erectile dysfunction. Rhode Island U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha said the Northbrook, Ill., resident also agreed to forfeit $2 million that he collected in the fraud, which began in 2005. Winner and his defense attorney did not immediately return messages on Thursday.
Judge refuses to block Kan. abortion insurance
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge refused Thursday to block a new Kansas law restricting insurance coverage for abortions, saying opponents failed to prove their claim that legislators’ real intent was to create obstacles for women seeking abortions. The law prohibits insurance companies from offering abortion coverage as part of general health plans, except when a woman’s life is at risk. Patients who want abortion coverage must buy supplemental policies, known as riders, covering only abortion. The ruling means that women seeking an abortion in Kansas will need to buy a rider or pay for the procedure out-of-pocket if their insurance policies are new or were renewed after the law took effect July 1. The American Civil Liberties Union sued the state in August, arguing that the law’s true intent was to impose an unconstitutional burden on abortion seekers, and asked that the law be put on hold during the court fight.
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Ala. immigration law stands, but cops still wary BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The police chief of a small town in the Appalachian foothills of Alabama didn’t know what to do about checking the immigration status of a Hispanic man his department recently arrested on an old warrant. So he didn’t do anything. Alabama’s strict new immigration law, which was largely upheld Wednesday by a federal judge, requires police to jail anyone who can’t prove he or she is in the country legally. Much of the law goes into effect immediately, but that doesn’t mean there will be mass roundups of thousands of illegal immigrants anytime soon. Across Alabama, police charged with enforcing the nation’s toughest law targeting illegal immigrants are trying to figure out how to enforce the law and pay for it. The police chief, Chris West, and his three officers patrol Crossville, a rural town of 1,300 people that adjoins a Hispanic community of hundreds and maybe more. The nearest jail is 20 miles away. The law is
complicated and they have little money for training. “Right now we’re waiting to find out what’s in the law, and then we’re going to start enforcing it,” he said. The law is described by both supporters and opponents as the toughest state law in the U.S. targeting illegal immigrants. U.S. District Judge Sharon Blackburn, a Republican appointee, wrote in a 115-page opinion Wednesday that some parts of the GOPbacked law conflict with federal statutes, but others don’t. Left standing were several key elements that help make the Alabama law stricter than similar laws passed in Arizona, Utah, Indiana and Georgia. Among other things, Alabama’s law requires public school officials to check the immigration status of students, though they can still attend. Authorities can hold suspected illegal immigrants without bond and state courts are barred from enforcing contracts involving illegal immigrants. It’s a misdemeanor for illegal immigrants to not have immigration papers.
Becky Robinson, a University of Alabama sophomore from Huntsville, holds a sign and chants while protesting HB-56, Wednesday.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Avoid foreign produce. Wash and peel your fruit. Keep it refrigerated. None of these common tips would have guaranteed your safety from the deadliest food outbreak in a decade, the one involving cantaloupes from Colorado. Whether it’s sprouts or spinach, turkey or hamburger; whether the government doubled, tripled or quadrupled inspections, the truth is that no food will ever be completely free of risk. And a few foods have become so risky that certain people such as children, pregnant women and the elderly may do best to avoid them altogether until growers and the government figure out how to make them safer, some food experts say. An unappetizing fact:
Although the current cantaloupe outbreak has been tied to just one farm in Colorado, it’s at least the 19th outbreak involving that melon since 1984. It’s also the first one caused by listeria, a germ that actually likes to be in the refrigerator and thrives in this fruit, which cannot be cooked unless you want to eat melon mush. Listeria also prompted a California farm to recall bags of chopped romaine lettuce on Thursday because of possible contamination, though no illnesses have been reported. The greens from Salinas-based True Leaf Farms went to an Oregon distributor and possibly at least two other states – Washington and Idaho. So what should you do if you see cantaloupe on a salad bar or
at the grocery store? Can you be sure all of the tainted stuff has been pulled from the market, since the last bad melons were shipped on Sept. 10? What if no one knows where the cantaloupe was grown? “If the store can’t tell them or the restaurant can’t tell them, I would not buy it at all,” said Chris Waldrop, director of the Food Policy Institute at the Consumer Federation of America. Laura Anderko, a Georgetown University public health expert, went a step further. “Honestly, as a nurse, I would tell people don’t eat the cantaloupe until this thing resolves itself,” she said. “This stuff happens because our system is not as tight as it needs to be.” The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
Killer cantaloupe, scary sprouts... what to do?
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FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — President Barack Obama’s uncle has completed a brief appearance in a Massachusetts court on a drunken driving charge. A Framingham District Court judge on Thursday scheduled Onyango (ohn-YAHN’-goh) Obama to return to court Nov. 17. Obama and his lawyer refused to comment outside court. He pleaded not guilty after he was arrested last month in Framingham. Police allege he registered a reading of 0.14 percent on a blood-alcohol breath test, above the state’s legal driving limit of 0.08 percent. Obama, originally from Kenya, is the half-brother of the president’s late father. He was initially held without bail on a detainer from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials on allega-
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma’s schools superintendent said Thursday that her chief of staff calling school administrators “dirtbags” in a personal Twitter post was a “poor choice of words” – but called a lawsuit targeting parents of special-needs children that prompted the comment vindictive and “groundless.” In her Sept. 7 posting, which was first reported by the Tulsa World, Jennifer Carter referred to a lawsuit the Jenks and Union school districts brought against the parents of special-needs students who had sued the districts. The parents claim the districts refused to grant them scholarships they believe they’re entitled to under state law. The scholarships allow parents to send their specialneeds children to private schools. The districts’ lawsuit seeks to have the law declared unconstitutional because school offi-
which has confirmed 13 deaths and 72 illnesses in the outbreak so far, has not told people to stop buying cantaloupe. However, the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration cannot even say where all of the tainted melon went, because it was sold and resold to many distributors across the nation. “When in doubt, throw it out,” is the CDC’s advice to consumers who have any cantaloupe whose origins they can’t determine. “Even if the cantaloupe is gone, you need to wash the drawer or shelf it may have been on” to make sure other foods don’t become contaminated, said Caroline Smith DeWaal, director of food safety at the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
Okla. school official Obama's uncle makes court appearance in Mass. tweets: Educators ‘dirtbags’
Onyango Obama, left, uncle of President Barack Obama, waits in Framingham, Mass., District Court, Thursday.
tions he violated an order to return to Kenya. He was released and ordered to regularly check in with immigration officials.
cials say it gives public money to private institutions. They also say the scholarship program unequally benefits parents living in wealthier areas by shaving off some of the financial burden if they decide to move their child to another school. “These public taxpayer dollars are going to private and religious schools,” said Bonnie Rogers, spokeswoman for Jenks Public Schools. Rogers noted that of the 33 private schools signed up to participate in the scholarship program, at least 31 have some sort of religious affiliation. Oklahoma schools Superintendent Janet Barresi called Carter’s text “a poor choice of words” in a statement issued Thursday, but again blamed school superintendents for suing parents “who want nothing more than what’s best for their children.”
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Defense: Amanda Knox ‘crucified’ in Italy’s media PERUGIA, Italy (AP) — An Italian defense lawyer argued Thursday that Amanda Knox is an innocent girl “crucified” in the media and wrongly convicted of killing her roommate, urging an appeals court not to be afraid to correct a mistake. Carlo Dalla Vedova told the court in his closing arguments that Knox has been the victim of a “tragic judicial case” and has spent more than 1,000 days behind bars as a result. The highly anticipated verdict in the appeals case is expected Monday. Knox was convicted of murdering Meredith Kercher, a British student in Perugia, and sentenced to 26 years in prison, while co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito was sentenced to 25 years. They deny wrongdoing and have appealed. “Knox has been crucified, impaled in a public square, subjected to the most sinister of speculations,” Dalla Vedova said. “All, regardless of their nationalities, have offended Amanda Knox.” Soon after her arrest on Nov.
6, 2007, Knox became a media sensation, depicted either as a manipulative girl-gone-wild or as a naive young woman caught up in a judicial nightmare. The media remained hooked on the case, and hundreds of reporters, cameramen and photographers have descended on the central Italian town in anticipation of the verdict. The role of the media in the four-year-long case has been a recurring theme of closing arguments of all parties. Prosecutor Giuliano Mignini has lamented what he said was media interference and an increasingly strong campaign in support of Knox. Defense lawyers said Knox had been unfairly portrayed. “This has swept away her life,” said Dalla Vedova, adding that Knox had been hit by “a tsunami, a tornado” and that her privacy had been violated. The lawyer sought to refute the prosecution’s case, saying that there was no motive for the brutal murder and insisting Knox and Kercher were friends who had quickly bonded upon
their arrival in Perugia thanks to their shared language. He said investigators were hasty in their conclusions – Knox and Sollecito were arrested four days after Kercher’s body had been found in the apartment the 21-year-old Briton shared with Knox. The lawyer maintained that a court-ordered review of DNA had demolished much of the prosecution’s case. “Today there’s very little left,” Dalla Vedova said. “A clue is not enough.” The review found that crucial DNA evidence used to convict Knox and Sollecito was unreliable and possibly contaminated – an assessment vehemently denied by the prosecution and the forensic police that conducted the original investigation. Dalla Vedova urged the court not to be afraid to recognize that the lower court that had convicted the two in 2009 had made a mistake. “That’s exactly why we have appeals – courts can make mistakes,” he said. “Nobody is infallible.” Kercher was stabbed to
Amanda Knox, center, is escorted to the Perugia court in Italy, Thursday.
death in what prosecutors say had begun as a sexual assault. Prosecutors say that a fourth person was present the night of the murder, Rudy Hermann Guede from Ivory Coast, who has also been convicted and is serving
a 16-year-prison term. Guede denies wrongdoing, but he has exhausted all levels of appeals under Italy’s judicial system. Knox and Sollecito – the American’s boyfriend at the time of the crime – insist they
spent the night at his house. Their defense lawyers maintain that Guede is the sole killer, while the prosecutors say that bruises and a lack of defensive wounds on Kercher’s body prove that there was more than one aggressor holding her into submission. Knox’s family has flown in for the last stretch of the trial, attending hearings and visiting her in prison. Members of the Kercher family, which has kept a lower profile, are also expected to come to Perugia for the verdict. “We visited her yesterday and she was rather anxious. But it was also the first time all my four daughters have been together for two years,” a tearyeyed Curt Knox, the defendant’s father, said. He said Thursday’s summations had given the court a chance to hear “a whole different story and a whole different presentation of what this case is really about.” “I think that gave her some extra strength,” he added.
Could model airplanes More bad news for bank become a terrorist weapon? customers: Debit card fees
NEW YORK (AP) — Bank of America will start charging debit-card users $5 a month to pay for purchases. The move comes as the cards increasingly replace cash and as banks look for ways to offset the loss of revenue from a new rule that will limit how much they can collect from merchants. Paying to use a debit card was unheard of before this year and is still a novel concept for many consumers. But several banks have recently introduced or started testing debit card fees. That’s in addition to the spate of other unwelcome changes checking account customers have seen in the past year. Bank of America will begin charging the fee early next year. Bank of America’s announcement carries added weight because it is the largest U.S. bank by deposits. The fee will apply to basic accounts, which are marketed toward those with modest balances, and will be in addition to any existing monthly service fees. For example, one such account charges a $12 monthly fee unless customers meet certain conditions, such as maintaining a minimum average balance of $1,500. Customers will only be charged the fee if they use their debit cards for purchases in any given month, said Anne Pace, a Bank of America spokeswoman. Those who only use their cards at ATMs won’t have to pay. The debit card fee is just the
latest twist in the rapidly evolving market for checking accounts. A study by Bankrate.com this week found that just 45 percent of checking accounts are now free with no strings attached, down from 65 percent last year and 76 percent in 2009. Customers can still get free checking in most cases, but only if they meet certain conditions, such as setting up direct deposit. The study also found that the total average cost for using an ATM rose to $3.81, from $3.74, the year before. The average overdraft fee inched up to $30.83, from $30.47 The changes come ahead of a regulation that goes into effect next month. Starting Oct. 1, the regulation will cap the fees that banks can collect from merchants whenever customers swipe their debit cards. Those fees generated $19 billion in revenue for banks in 2009, according to the Nilson Report, which tracks the payments industry. There is no similar cap on the merchant fees that banks can collect when customers use their credit cards, however. That means many banks are increasingly encouraging customers to reach for their credit cards, in hopes of reversing a trend toward debit card usage in the past several years. An increasing reliance on credit cards would be particularly beneficial for big institutions like Bank of America, which have large credit card portfolios, notes Bart Narter, a
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banking analyst with Celent, a consulting firm. “It’s become a more profitable business, at least in relation to debit cards,” Narter said. This summer, an Associated Press-GfK poll found that twothirds of consumers use debit cards more frequently than credit cards. But when asked how they would react if they were charged a $3 monthly debit card fee, 61 percent said they’d find another way to pay. With a $5 fee, 66 percent said they would change their payment method. Several banks are nevertheless moving ahead with debit card fees. SunTrust, a regional bank based in Atlanta, began charging a $5 debit card fee on its basic checking accounts this summer. Regions Financial, which is based in Birmingham, Ala., plans to start charging a $4 fee next month. Chase and Wells Fargo are also testing $3 monthly debit card fees in select markets. Neither bank has said when it will make a final decision on whether to roll out the fee more broadly. The growing prevalence of the debit card fee is alarming for Josh Wood, a 32-year-old financial adviser in Amarillo, Texas. Wood relies entirely on debit cards to avoid interest charges on a credit card. If his bank, Wells Fargo, began charging a debit card fee, he said he would take his business to a credit union.
BOSTON (AP) — Model airplanes are suddenly on the public’s radar as potential terrorist weapons. A 26-year-old man from a Boston suburb was arrested Wednesday and accused of plotting to attack the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol with remote-controlled model planes packed with explosives. These are not balsa-woodand-rubber-band toys investigators are talking about. The FBI said Rezwan Ferdaus hoped to use military-jet replicas, 5 to 7 1/2 feet long, guided by GPS devices and capable of speeds over 100 mph. Federal officials have long been aware of the possibility someone might try to use such planes as weapons, but there are no restrictions on their purchase – Ferdaus is said to have bought his over the Internet. Counterterrorism experts and model-aircraft hobbyists said it would be nearly impossible to inflict large-scale damage of the sort Ferdaus allegedly envisioned using model planes. The aircraft are too small, can’t carry enough explosives and are too tricky to fly, they said. “The idea of pushing a button and this thing diving into the Pentagon is kind of a joke, actually,” said Greg Hahn, technical director of the Academy of Model Aeronautics. Rick Nelson, a former Navy helicopter pilot who is now a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said Ferdaus would have had to hit a window or other vulnerable area to maxi-
This undated photo released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Justice shows a large remote controlled aircraft similar to what the department said suspect Rezwan Ferdaus plotted to fill with C-4 plastic explosives to use in an attack of the Pentagon and U.S. Capital.
mize damage, and that would have taken precision flying. “Flying a remote-controlled plane isn’t as easy as it actually looks, and then to put an explosive on it and have that explosive detonate at the time and place that you want it add to the difficulty of actually doing it,” he said. Ferdaus, a Muslim American from Ashland, was arrested after federal agents posing as alQaida members delivered what he believed was 24 pounds of C-4 explosive, authorities said. He was charged with attempting to damage or destroy a federal building with explosives. A federal affidavit claims he began planning “jihad” against the U.S. in early 2010 after becoming convinced through jihadi websites and videos that America was evil.
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The Daily Campus Editorial Board
Melanie Deziel, Editor-in-Chief Arragon Perrone, Commentary Editor Ryan Gilbert, Associate Commentary Editor Michelle Anjirbag, Weekly Columnist Tyler McCarthy, Weekly Columnist Jesse Rifkin, Weekly Columnist
Academic competitions facilitate effective learning
n the first Saturday of the fall semester, the University of Colorado held its first annual Windward / C.U. Code War, an all-day computer programming competition. For hours, 24 students battled to create the best solution to a programming problem. Winning, having fun and improving their skills were the only incentives. At the day’s end, students supported holding another competition next year. Other universities, including UConn, could use this dose of healthy competition for the sake of learning, regardless of monetary incentives. Many students view their skills as mere tools to a well-paying career, and in this inhospitable job market, students have little choice. Jobs are a necessity; if a graduate enjoys his or her work, that’s a bonus. These C.U. undergraduates, however, are focusing not only on the rewards of their careers, but on their personal enjoyment and the value created. Perhaps such a positive, competitive feeling is a luxury these days, but it is a sentiment that colleges should foster. In C.U.’s code war, there were no deadlines, no grades and no monetary prize. Students volunteered to be in the competition. When the competition finished, there was a winner and losers, but everyone improved their skills through participating. This attitude flies in the face of anti-competitive attitudes in academia. Despite many undergraduates’ wishes, students are not entitled to grades; they earn them. Ideally, undergraduates develop their skills to use them, not simply to receive a degree. If students do not exercise their skills outside of the classroom, they will lose them. In addition, not wanting to exercise certain professional skills may be a sign for students to reconsider their careers. UConn offers some competitive opportunities resembling C.U.’s code war. The UConn Marketing Club recently offered a competition called improv marketing. Members received a short amount of time to organize and deliver a convincing sales pitch. Again, there were no punishments for failure: learning requires failure, so why punish it? Journalism students also enjoy the occasional “sudden death” assignment, during which they have just over an hour to conceptualize a story, interview individuals and write it. Perhaps a similar competition extended over a Saturday would reduce the stress but maintain the thrill. Departments and clubs could implement events such as those mentioned above. Learning can involve more than sitting in a cramped lecture hall or listening to a teacher between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 p.m., Monday through Friday. Real learning comes from an internal desire to improve, and that passion should spill out into every day. Fun, competitive events can structure this passion and bring together like-minded people who share an equal passion for their work. UConn, love the learning. Be creative so developing skills won’t be a chore anymore, but might actually be a blast. The Daily Campus editorial is the official opinion of the newspaper and its editorial board. Commentary columns express opinions held solely by the author and do not in any way reflect the official opinion of The Daily Campus.
Am I the only one that wants CampusPD to come film at UConn? (I’ve been instructed to spell boss correctly) The USG Funding Board Chairperson is Nostradamus. He saw it coming. Like a boss. Don’t put the parentheses in. Storrs, you really know how to get a girl wet. I have an AIM just so I can submit to the InstantDaily. You still plague me InstantDaily, although I graduated, I still think of clever Instant Dailies. Am I still eligible? Note to the Administration: if you need to notify the student body, put it in the InstantDaily To the girl who laughed at me today as I carefully edged past the squirrel who ambushed me near my dorm: One day the squirrels will rule this place. Microwaved rice krispies treats: a culinary masterpiece It’s hard not to judge a 6’10” guy wearing spandex pants... even when it’s Andre Drummond. Wait, has everyone seen this YouTube video? It’s called “Friday” and it’s SO BAD. I thought I’d let everyone know they should see it today!
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Facts need to be agreed upon in Washington
f the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts,” said the famed physicist Albert Einstein. This advice may also make him the world’s most intelligent political commentator, which, goodness knows, we need now. Somewhere during the last decade, it seems, politicians lost the ability to think in a rational way. Washington D.C. is not broken because politicians are too opinionated; Washington D.C. is broken because politicians cannot agree on facts. Absolute facts are enough for engineers, builders, doctors, plumbers and electricians, but they aren’t good enough for politicians. No, economics may be based on logical, rational truths, but not in Washington D.C. From that black hole of reason, facts are manipulated, twisted and at times even made up. Without absoBy Arragon Perrone lute facts, buildings Commentary Editor would collapse and roads would crumble. Surgeries would be impossible because the patient would die while the surgeons argued over procedure. Economics relies on certain facts as well. One does not have to be a Harvard graduate to understand these facts, yet, our President’s top economic advisers seem unaware. And, as we know, our current economic stagnation reveals just how valuable these “geniuses” are. Calculating profit and measuring risk is complex and, therefore, may require intricate theories. Raising money and promoting good business practices are not so convoluted. You see, when a government does not have enough money, it needs to raise taxes. When a government spends too much money, it needs to cut spending. And when business taxes and confusing regulations make start-ups too expensive, causing young entrepreneurs to move to better climates, the government
reevaluates these regulations’ effectiveness. But when politicians need jobs, they are willing to twist reality. In the political world, when one controls the distribution of power, one controls reality. Nothing is too expensive for the people who print the money. Nothing is unwise for a person with a degree and a Nobel Prize to convince him that he’s always right. Certain politicians suggest that government requires more regulations and more spending. Others suggest that raising taxes on the top 1 percent of income earners is “class warfare,” even though these millionaires pay a lesser rate, with tax deductions, than the middle-class. If the public wants to continue listening to these politicians, the alleged cream of America’s intellectual crop, the public can go ahead and spend more money, refuse to cut regulations and maintain corporate welfare, and continue to see our economy collapse. Facts suggest that both mainstream republican and democratic economic policies are, well, wrong. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, our economy has gotten worse since President Bush’s bailout and President Obama’s stimulus: Poverty is up for the fourth straight year, to 15.1 percent. Youth employment (for those between ages 16 and 29) is at 55.3 percent, the lowest level since World War II ended and a 12 percent decrease from 2000. Also, the number of people without health insurance increased 0.2 percent, or 50 million people, since last year. The jump, according to CBS News reports, is “mostly due to decreases in employee-provided insurance.” It’s so comforting to know that government-run healthcare and federal spending has done the trick. On the bright side, the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act” created 2,200 jobs for the Census Bureau. At the same time, Republicans are not off the
hook. Conservatives have vehemently criticized President Obama’s proposed “Buffet Rule,” which dares to suggest that Americans who make over $1 million should pay the same tax rate as the middle-class. Currently, the wealthiest of the wealthy pay fewer taxes because of certain strategic property tax deductions. In layman’s terms, the ultra-wealthy pay less money to the government so they can spend more money on items like multiple homes. The alternative to the “Buffet Rule,” some conservatives argue, is to cut Medicare and Social Security. Without treading into the world of government social spending, this column is not to suggest that Medicare and Social Security do not need reform. As the nation is learning, the government cannot simply afford to maintain the current system. But what this column is arguing is that preferring to cut Medicare and Social Security before making the ultra-rich pay the same as the struggling middle-class (to which many UConn students belong) is not very rational. Of course, the estimated $1.5 billion in savings comes from White House projections and, as discussed above, 50 million more people are without health insurance this year. Current facts, not talking points or pundits’ opinions, reveal major gaps in both political parties’ economic proposals. Still, being quite intelligent, educated and skillful rhetoricians, they will convince you that the sky really is green. To counteract this scheme, citizens must beware the fact-changers. Embrace reason, no matter what the experts say to the contrary. Remember, when a politician finds a fact he disagrees with, he can change it.
Commentary Editor Arragon Perrone is a 7th-semester English and political science double major. He can be reached at Arragon.Perrone@UConn.edu.
Davis execution a blatant violation of human rights
he execution of Troy Davis on Sept. 21, calls into question the justice within America’s legal system. Twenty-two years ago Troy Davis was convicted of killing a police officer in Savannah, Ga. Like many others on death row, Davis cried innocent. What sets his case apart from other cases is the issue of reasonable doubt. Supporters of By Brittany Kerr Davis, such Amnesty Staff Columnist as International, are calling Davis’ trial unfair because he was not proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Davis’ trial and subsequent execution is not just an issue of legal rights but also an issue of human rights. The trial violated Davis’ human rights as outlined by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. To understand how Troy Davis’ human rights were violated, it’s important to look at the facts of the case. According to Amnesty USA, Troy Davis was accused of shooting Mark MacPhail, an officer trying to defend a homeless man. However, there are was no gun or evidence linking Davis to the crime scene. Also, of the nine
witnesses that testified against Davis, seven recanted. In light of these facts there is no way to prove Davis’ guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, which is required in any trial. An article in USA Today, “Troy Davis Executed; Supporters Cry Injustice,” points out the U.S. Supreme Court decision to have Davis “establish clear” innocence. Instead of being assumed innocent until proven guilty, Davis was assumed guilty until proven innocent.
“This case shows that America does not yet ensure the human rights of all citizens” Not only was this trial unconstitutional, but it also violated the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). This document outlines the human rights of all individuals, and was first adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1948. The declaration was in response to
the inhumane events of World War II and outlines the social, political and economic rights of an individual. Article 10 and 11 of the UDHR are most important in the discussion of Troy Davis. Article 10 states that everyone has the right to a fair and public hearing. Article 11 states that everyone has a right to be innocent until proven guilty. In executing Davis without evidence of reasonable doubt, he was deprived of a fair hearing. Also, because Davis’ attorneys were required to prove innocence, Article 11 is clearly violated. This case shows that America does not yet ensure the human rights of all citizens. According to an article in the Eastern Echo, “Execution of Troy Davis unfair,” Davis’ case gained many supporters, including prominent individuals such as Jimmy Carter and the Pope. In addition, more tjam one million people signed the petition to grant Davis’ clemency. One of the largest supporters of Davis’ case was Amnesty International. In a National Public Radio (NPR) interview with Amnesty International’s Laura Moye, she explains how Davis’ case became an international plea for clemency. There were two
other men executed in the same week as Davis. However, Davis’ case was different in that there was reasonable doubt. This case has caught the attention of the wider community because it shows a clear violation of human rights. The involvement of race within this case cannot be ignored. The Davis Case is significant to the African American community because it represents the struggles of African Americans within the legal system. As Moye pointed out, one in three African American men are caught in the criminal justice system at least once in their lives. Unfortunately, most of these men, guilty or not, are not granted a fair trial. Davis’ case points to the larger problem: unfair treatment of African American males within the legal system. Although Davis is dead, his case is evidence of the flaws in our justice system. It forced us realize that our legal system does not yet uphold the human rights of all individuals.
Staff Columnist Brittany Kerr is a 5th-semester history and individualized double major and a UNESCO student ambassador. She can be reached at Brittany.Kerr@UConn.edu
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Blowback a problem with interventionism
t a recent Republican presidential debate, Texas Congressman Ron Paul was loudly booed when he pointed out that the tragic terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 were caused by our bloated military presence in the Muslim world. “Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda By Sergio Goncalves have been Staff Columnist e x p l i c i t , ” he recalled, “and they wrote and said, ‘We attacked America because you had bases on our Holy Land in Saudi Arabia, you do not give Palestinians a fair treatment, and you have been bombing…’” At this point, the booing grew so invasive that Paul stopped and explained, “I’m trying to get you to understand what the motive was behind the bombing. At the same time, we had been bombing and killing hundreds of thousands of Iraqis for 10 years. Would you be
annoyed? If you’re not annoyed, then there’s some problem.” Despite the adverse reaction, Paul’s statements are absolutely correct. For too long, blowback, a term used by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to refer to the unintended consequences of its covert operations, has been a byproduct of our government’s foreign policy.
“...I urge our government to enhance our national security by ending its interventionist foreign policy.” In 1953, the CIA overthrew democratically-elected Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad
Mosaddegh, replacing him with a tyrant named Mohammad Pahlavi. Pahlavi ruled Iran with an iron fist until the Iranian people overthrew him in the Islamic Revolution of 1979. After the revolution, the United States offered Pahlavi asylum, prompting Iranian Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini to fear “evidence of American plotting [against the new government].” Sharing this fear, Iranian students rounded up personnel at the United States embassy in Tehran, holding them hostage from 1979 to 1981. AmeroIranian relations were never again positive. In short, our government’s policies caused Iran’s hatred of the United States. In the 1990s, President Bill Clinton periodically bombed and enforced United Nationsimposed sanctions on Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. The bombings, Paul noted in 1998, were “deliberately destroying the country.” Meanwhile, the sanctions created a situation in which “[Iraqis]
can’t feed their children; they’re not allowed to have medication. One of our private charity groups was being fined because they were trying to get medicines in to the Iraqi people.” Most importantly, Paul warned, “Our national security is more jeopardized by permitting this to happen, because we’re liable to start a war. We’re liable to have our military men killed. We’re liable to have more attacks on us by terrorists.” Three years later, Paul’s dire prophecy became harsh reality. In the 2000s, our military presence in Iraq prompted insurgents to attack our soldiers. Given the humiliation foreign occupation induces in a people, this should hardly be surprising. As CNN founder Ted Turner said in 2008, “[The insurgents] don’t like us because we’ve invaded their country and occupied it. I think if the Iraqis were in Washington, D.C., we’d be doing the same thing. We’d be bombing them too. Nobody
wants to be invaded.” I am not suggesting radical Islam is not a threat to our national security. I am well aware of the existence of radical terrorists who seek nothing short of the demise of Western society. Nevertheless, it is important to distinguish between the radicals themselves and the people they attract. To achieve their goals, the radicals, who are only a small minority of Muslims, must somehow appeal to non-radicals. The resentment our government generates by occupying foreign nations provides the perfect vehicle for radicals to persuade non-radicals to commit terrorism. As historian David T. Beito and radio host Scott Horton noted in 2007, “No matter what [Osama bin Laden] really believes, his message is one of specific complaints against U.S. policy. And it is this, as Ron Paul noted back in 1998, that makes bin Laden’s message useful in gaining new recruits for his ‘jihad.’”
I am not attempting to excuse unjustifiable attacks against the American people, and neither is Paul. As Beito and Horton note, “Nothing could excuse the acts of Sept. 11th. A Congressman identifying the motives at play is not justifying the attacks any more than when a local district attorney tries to figure out why someone has committed any other crime.” Finally, it is patriotic to criticize American foreign policy that leaves the American people less safe. To quote the nineteenth-century American statesman Carl Schurz, “Our country, right or wrong. When right, to be kept right; when wrong, to be put right.” It is in the spirit of Schurz that I urge our government to enhance our national security by ending its interventionist foreign policy.
Staff Columnist Sergio Goncalves is a 5thsemester political science major. He can be reached at Sergio.Goncalves@UConn.edu.
» LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Sexual Assault Is No Joke
The Instant Daily from 9/22 concerns me in that it seems to imply that The Daily Campus not only condones sexual assault, but finds it funny. When one says, “After the Female Orgasm lecture, I decided to be a good Samaritan by checking my roommate for breast cancer; she didn’t seem to appreciate my selflessness,” one is admitting to touching another’s breast without the latter’s permission. Yet instead of interpreting this as the misogynistic, sexual assault- condoning nonsense it is, somehow, this is passed off as a joke and The Daily Campus is telling us that we should laugh at it. This is a fundamental failure to understand rape culture and the nature of a woman’s bodily integrity and autonomy. Because of the way women’s bodies are portrayed in the media, we are often objectified in a manner that makes our bodies public property. That’s what makes people believe that they can blithely dismiss the groping of women as acceptable and entertaining, which is simply unacceptable. Some may also claim that the narrator is female (even though the narrator’s gender is not specified), and that’s why it’s funny. But this is fallacious for several reasons. First, because there is still no consent involved. It very clearly says that the roommate “didn’t seem to appreciate” being groped. Second, because gender is irrelevant: would people still think this funny if it were one man touching another man’s genitalia without permission? It’s clear that the action performed by the narrator was done without her consent, and consequently, a violation of her personal space. This is what is legally known as sexual assault, which is a crime--not a joke. I wish I could say that was the only repulsive Instant Daily from last week, but it’s not. Another one from the same day, “Lately the Instant Daily has been comparable to a freshman girl, way too easy to get into,” also is disrespectful to women. The casual dismissal of 17-19 year old women as “girls” is one part. The casual acceptance of trying to take sexual advantage of their ostensible naivete is another. The printing of these two Instant Daily submissions shows blatant disrespect for women and undermines the seriousness of sexual assault. I hope that this letter clarifies why it’s inappropriate to make light of such situations, and that such misogynistic ignorance should not be tolerated. -Cindy Luo
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Hundreds of plants, animals up for new protections BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Obama administration is taking steps to extend new federal protections to a list of imperiled animals and plants that reads like a manifest for Noah’s Ark – from the melodic golden-winged warbler and slow-moving gopher tortoise, to the slimy American eel and tiny Texas kangaroo rat. Compelled by a pair of recent legal settlements, the effort in part targets species that have been mired in bureaucratic limbo even as they inch toward potential extinction. With a Friday deadline to act on more than 700 pending cases, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service already has issued decisions advancing more than 500 species toward potential new protections under the Endangered Species Act. Observers said the agency’s actions mark a breakthrough for a program long criticized by conservatives and liberals alike as cumbersome and slow. But most of the decisions made under the new settlements are preliminary, and key Republicans vowed Thursday to press forward with their plans to put the brakes on a law they blame for jeopardizing economic growth. Still, said Patrick Parenteau, an environmental law professor at the Vermont Law School, “Here at a single glance, you see the sweep of the Endangered Species Act. They are moving through this large backlog at a fairly crisp clip now. This is the largest number of listing actions we’ve seen in a very long time, in decades.” The flurry of recent action could help revive President Barack Obama’s standing among wildlife advocates upset over the administration’s support for taking gray wolves off the endangered list in the Northern Rockies and Upper Great Lakes, among other issues. It also could set the stage for a new round of disputes pitting conservation against development. In the Southeast, for example, water supplies already
stretched thin could be further limited by constraints resulting from a host of new fish, salamanders, turtles and other aquatic creatures eligible for protections. In response to the administration’s decisions under the settlements, Republicans including U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, repeated their call to overhaul the 37-year-old endangered act. The Washington state lawmaker is planning hearings this fall into what he characterizes as the law’s failure. “The ESA is unfortunately now used as a tool in costly lawsuits where politics trump science and jobs and economic prosperity are put in jeopardy,” Hastings said Thursday. Earlier this year, citing restrictions against development and other activities, GOP lawmakers unsuccessfully sought to strip the federal budget of money to list new species as threatened or endangered. The administration is seeking $25 million for the listing program in 2012, an 11 percent increase. No projections were available for how much it would cost if hundreds more species were listed as threatened or endangered. For those already listed, a 2006 study from the Government Accountability Office found projected recovery costs ranged widely – from $125 million for the whooping crane, to $58,000 for the decurrent false aster, a type of flower. The GAO pegged the average cost for the species it examined at $15.9 million, with recoveries often lasting decades. Determining the broader costs to the economy is more difficult. Lost jobs from restrictions placed on logging or agriculture might be offset by benefits to outdoor recreational industries like boating or fishing, said Jason Shogren, a natural resources professor in the economics department at the University of Wyoming. Under the current settlements,
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Pfizer, pharmacy group warn on counterfeit drugs TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Pfizer Inc. and a pharmacy standards group are teaming to warn consumers about the risks of counterfeit prescription medicines, which endanger the public and take money from both pharmacies and legitimate drugmakers. Pfizer Inc., whose impotence pill Viagra is widely counterfeited, and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy on Thursday announced the start of an educational campaign to explain the dangers of counterfeit drugs and help people find legitimate pharmacies online. The effort includes a website called www.AWARERx. com, a video series on a new YouTube channel called www. youtube.com/spotfakemeds, and takeovers of websites counterfeiters have previously used to sell knock-offs of Pfizer medicines. Counterfeit drugs can be very dangerous, containing toxic substances such as rat poison or lead, or they can have the wrong amount of the real drug’s active ingredient. In addition, people who buy medicines from illegal online pharmacies risk financial fraud and identity theft if they provide credit card or other personal information. New York-based Pfizer, the world’s biggest drug maker by revenue, said counterfeit versions of its medicines have been sold in at least 101 countries. Sham versions of at least 40 Pfizer products have been detected in those countries, including Alzheimer’s treatment Aricept, painkiller Celebrex, cholesterol fighter Lipitor, blood-pressure drug Norvasc, antidepressant Zoloft and Viagra. Estimated worldwide sales of counterfeit medicines topped $75 billion last year, up 90 percent since 2005, according to the World Health Organization. Meanwhile, one in six Americans bought medicines on the Internet last year.
This undated image provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows a Casey’s June beetle.
This undated file photo provided by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department shows a Texas kangaroo rat.
only 13 new animals and plants have reached the final step and been added to the almost 1,400 species on the government’s threatened and endangered list. Also, not every species made the cut to take the next step. Roughly 40 rejections have been meted out, including for plains bison, the giant Palouse earthworm of Idaho and Utah’s Gila monster. Those rejections are subject to court challenges. Among species that advanced for further consideration are 35 snails from Nevada’s Great Basin, 82 crawfish from the Southeast, 99 Hawaiian plants and a motley cast of butterflies, birds, fish, beetles, frogs, lizards, mussels and more from every corner of the country. Some have languished for decades on a “candidate list” of species the government says warrant protection but that it lacks the resources to help. Friday’s deadline was established in a pair of settlements approved by U.S. District Judge Emmett Sullivan on Sept. 9. Those deals resolved multiple lawsuits brought against the Fish and Wildlife Service by two environmental groups, Arizonabased Center for Biological
Diversity and New Mexicobased WildEarth Guardians. WildEarth Guardians’ Mark Salvo said the agency’s actions so far lend credence to claims that the affected species were in serious trouble. “The science supports protecting these species,” he said. “They were obviously in peril, and our agreement with the agency was intended to allow it to finally address these listings.” Fish and Wildlife Service director Dan Ashe praised the deal and referred to the Endangered Species Act as a “critical safety net for America’s imperiled fish, wildlife and plants” in a statement provided by his office. Agency spokeswoman Vanessa Kauffman said much of the work to comply with the settlements was well under way before the deals were finalized. The settlements also contained provisions aimed at limiting the number of petitions that can be filed by the two environmental groups if they want additional animals and plants considered for protections. Kauffman said that would free up agency staff to spend more time on species recovery.
This undated image provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows a Pagosa skyrocket plant.
Noah Greenwald with the Center for Biological Diversity said the Fish and Wildlife Service was making “substantial progress.” “This is what we were looking for – starting to move species out of the pipeline into listing, and getting more species into the pipeline to get them under consideration,” he said.
Under the settlements, the Fish and Wildlife Service put off until later decisions on some of the more contentious species, including greater sage grouse, the Pacific walrus and Sonoran desert tortoise. Those could have wideranging implications for oil and gas drilling, grazing and, in the case of the walrus, potentially climate change policies.
Cat with two faces lives 12 years, sets record
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Frank and Louie the cat was born with two faces, two mouths, two noses, three eyes – and lots of doubts about his future. Now, 12 years after Marty Stevens rescued him from being euthanized because of his condition, the exotic blueeyed rag doll cat is not only thriving, but has also made it into the 2012 edition of Guinness World Records as the longest-surviving member of a group known as Janus cats, named for a Roman god with two faces. “Every day is kind of a blessing; being 12 and normal life expectancy when they have this condition is one to four days,” Stevens said, stroking Frank and Louie’s soft fur as he sat on her lap purring. “So, he’s ahead of the game; every day I just thank God I still have him.” Frank and Louie’s breeder had taken him to the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, where Stevens was working at the time, to be euthanized when he was just a day old. Stevens offered to take him home, but experts told her not to get her hopes up. Janus cats almost never survive, and most have congenital
A cat with two faces, named Frank and Louie, one name for each face, is held by the cats owner, who identified herself only as Marty, at their home in Worcester, Mass.
defects, including a cleft palate that makes it difficult for them to nurse and often causes them to slowly starve or get milk in their lungs and die of pneumonia. The condition is the result of a genetic defect that triggers excessive production of a cer-
tain kind of protein. But Frank and Louie did not suffer from most of the common Janus problems. Stevens used feeding tubes to nourish him for three months, hoping that would also save him from the danger of choking on food going down
two mouths. It turned out she didn’t have to worry about him choking, because Frank and Louie used just one of his mouths to eat. “The condition itself is very rare, and I think that the fact that this cat became an adult,
a healthy adult, is remarkable,” said Dr. Armelle deLaforcade, an associate professor at Cummings and head of the emergency services section. Colleagues at the veterinary hospital told Stevens that trying to raise Frank and Louie might not be good for him – or her. Still, she “stood firm and stood by the cat, and I’m really glad she did because this cat really has fewer problems than many cats that have very normal anatomies,” deLaforcade said. Frank and Louie’s two faces have a complicated relationship. Both noses work, but one mouth does not have a lower jaw and isn’t connected to his one esophagus, so he can’t eat with it. Stevens discovered that only after the cat got an MRI later in life. The animal can see out of only two of his three eyes. The middle one can’t even blink and makes Frank and Louie appear to be staring even when his other eyes are closed. Frank and Louie does not seem to be bothered by his condition and has developed a friendly personality. The breed is known for its soft and silky fur, docile temperament and penchant for relaxing in a person’s arms like a rag doll.
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Spoken Word poet Jason Carney’s performance captivates audience Fall allergies won’t blow over soon By Lauren Cardarelli Campus Correspondent
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Spoken Word poet Jason Carney presents his craft in the Student Union Art Gallery Thursday evening. Carney’s performance was characterised by unmetred, conversation-like speech in order to convey topics such as race, gender and class.
Carney derives artistic power from the inclusion of life experiences in poetry
By Amanda Farley Campus Correspondent
Spoken Word poet Jason Carney took stage last night in the Student Union Art Gallery with works ranging from the discussion of his “revolutionary” mother to a persona poem about the Statue of Liberty to a prayer to women. He even read a couple sex poems. Carney performed 12 poems to about 30 students and a handful of faculty members. He talked about race, class and gender through his spoken word performance. He
said his topics were “not controversial” and that they were “stuff that needed to be talked about.” “I enjoyed hearing his views and his passion for poetry and his family. He shared his poetry as he would share his stories and connected with the audience,” said Carl Dean Jr., a counselor at the Student Support Services. Carney has performed at over 400 universities over the past 12 years. He first took the stage at an open mic night when he was 26 years old. Carney had been writ-
ing poetry for years before then, however. He performed because he “wanted an outlet to express” himself and to meet other poets. Carney grew up in Texas, raised by his mother, “the revolutionary.” A stint at a psychiatric hospital changed his life, he said. He learned that “one simple act of kindness can make an impact on your life.” “He is a good poet, you can see how he is making an impact on lives and wants to genuinely help people make a difference, but I was offended
Defy authority: Go out and read a banned book this week
By Loumarie Rodriguez Staff Writer Removing books from shelves can be spurred by complaints from parents and other public officials. In 1982, activist Judith Krug tried to stop this censorship with the creation of Banned Books Week. Today, organizations such as the American Library Association (ALA), the American Booksellers Association and the American Society of Journalists and Authors sponsor BBW to spread awareness of censorship, with the intention of drawing “attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society.” Banned Books Week is also endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. This year’s Banned Books Week began Sept. 24 and ends Oct. 1. Posters advertising BBW can be found around Homer Babbidge library and the Co-op. Many cities and towns, including a few in Connecticut, have banned books within their school systems and local
libraries. A case against “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain was made in Manchester in 2008, but after careful review the book returned to classrooms. Similar cases have occurred in West Haven, Norwalk and a few other Connecticut towns. “It’s asinine that ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ is still being banned,” said Patrick O’Donnell, a 5th-semester English and history double major. “Race is in our American literature canon. It’s like rewriting Shakespeare.” Each year there is an updated list of books being challenged or banned. Some of the main reasons books are challenged or banned are because the book contains sexual content, derogatory words or is unsuited for specific age groups, according to www.ala.org/books. Commonly banned or challenged titles include “And Tango Makes Three” by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson, “The Twilight Series” by Stephanie Meyer, “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison, “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Chocolate
War” by Robert Cormier and many more. During BBW, there are events held across the nation in many local school and libraries in order to help spread awareness. A special YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/bannedbooksweek) was created to promote the event by www.bannedbooksweek.org, encouraging readers from around the world to read excerpts from their favorite banned books. Lisa Somma, a 5th-semester human development and family studies major, said, “Banning classic books is taking away information and knowledge from kids on our country’s past history.” “I think for children there should be censorship but as they get older people shouldn’t keep them in a state of ignorance,” said Skye Gallagher, a 3rd-semester math major. “In high school and college it’s important to learn the lessons that books teach. Themes in the books can relate to real life.” For a full list of books be sure to check out www. bannedbooksweek.org.
with his use of swear words,” said Erica Melaragno, 7thsemester accounting major. Carney brought his friend and fellow Spoken Word artist Katie Wirsing on stage to perform one of her poems about her turbulent relationship with her “Catholic, conservative grandmother.” After Carney’s performance, he gave the audience a chance to ask questions about his past and inspirations. His inspirations come from the “news, media and my kids.” He left the audience with advice for future writers:
“Number one, read as much as you can. And number two, write every single day.” He told the audience that his therapist once said, “Ignorance takes generations to weave out.” Carney lives to weave ignorance out for his family and the people he meets from his performances and the poetry slams he attends. If readers would like to learn more about Jason Carney or when he is performing again, check out his Facebook page.
If you’re not from the area, you might be confused about the buzz about “The Big E.” First and foremost, it’s the largest fair to come to the east coast, and has been an annual event for the past 94 years. It’s named was changed from “Eastern States Exposition” to “The Big E” in 1968 when the traditional fair that is known today began to emerge. The fair runs for 17 days, from Sept. 16 to Oct. 2, making this the last weekend to check it out. Entrance tickets are $15 and parking $10, but bring lots of extra money for entertainment, shopping and most importantly, food. With over 140 different food booths, the fair caters to all pallets. Unique to the Big E is the “Craz-E Burger,” a bacon cheeseburger on a sliced glazed donut. They are also famous for their Big E Cream Puffs and Big Éclairs. There are kettle corn booths by the dozen, fried dough, corn dogs, apple cider donuts and much, much more. One of the most famous exhibits is the Avenue of States. Each of the New England states’ capital build-
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ings are represented with commodities unique to that state inside. Local business owners can sell crafts, produce and clothing that helps to represent their native state. The Maine building is prized for its baked potatoes that can be fixed any way you like, and there’s always plenty of Ben and Jerry’s to be had in the Vermont building. If you’re looking for seafood, check out the Rhode Island building for crab or lobster. The Storrowton Village Museum is modeled after a historic 19th-century town and is a great learning experience. Old-time craftsmen and craftswomen display their talents on the lawn in front of the house, and shows are put on at the gazebo. There are also plenty of shows to watch during the day, many for free. The Big E Super Circus performs three times a day at 1, 4 and 7 p.m. and includes jugglers, trapeze artists and elephant shows. Horse shows are performed daily and the Draft Horse Show is specifically this coming weekend. Concerts are also commonly held on weekend nights. Blake Shelton’s concert for Friday night is
Last Sunday night, I was flicking through the channels in the third quarter of the Patriots game, and I came across an old Nike advertisement from the early ‘90s. The commercial highlights the achievements of different athletes over the years, and in between clips, you see an average man running with his Nikes on. He keeps a consistent, focused pace throughout the commercial. At the very end, the Nike symbol flashes across the screen with words underneath, “There is NO finish line…” Although I understood the principle of the quote, I couldn’t get those five frustrating words out of my head. Is it just me, or is that cliché rather depressing!? There’s no finish line? Well then why the hell are we running? I’d like to think with a definite certainty that there is a finish line! It may not be clearly defined, but there is an essential life goal that we’re all searching for and reaching for. If there wasn’t, then you wouldn’t be reading this right now, because chances are you wouldn’t be in college. The bigger concern, then, is how do we reach that finish line? How can we achieve the best in our personal relationships? How can we earn enough to save money and gain financial freedom? How can we find inspiration within ourselves and pass that light on to everyone we meet? And how, most importantly, can we be the most successful,
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The Big E is in town again
By Kim Halpin Staff Writer
Runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing, headaches, congestion...fall allergies are in full swing and boy, am I sick of it. I now understand the sense of yearning expressed in all those television commercials to “Live Claritin Clear.” Judging by my wheezing classmates, I am not alone in my misery. In fact, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), hay fever affects nearly 40 million American adults and children. Woah, now that’s a lot of tissues! So let’s get down to the basics. What are allergies? According to the AAFA, “allergies are diseases of the immune system that cause an overreaction to substances called ‘allergens.’ Allergies are grouped by the kind of trigger, time of year or where symptoms appear on the body.” For those triggered by pollen-producing plants, listen up! ABC News recently reported that this allergy season will be one of the longest and most intense to date due to the wet weather and resulting stagnant water. Research has also shown a correlation between the increase in longevity of allergy season with the climate change, blaming global warming for longer seasons, more plants and therefore more pollen. Now isn’t that just splendid? As if it couldn’t get any
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worse, the annual research project of the AAFA, known as The Asthma Capitals, ranked New Haven 19th on the list of “most challenging places to live with asthma.” Hartford also made the list, coming in at No. 40. If you are like 10 to 20 percent of of the American population, are currently suffering from a ragweed allergy, I have some good news and some bad news. The bad? Your incessant snot-filled sinuses will continue to plague you until the first frost – which is expected to be late this year. The good news is that I have mustered up three easy tips to help alleviate your symptoms. Here they are:
from LEARNING, page 7 fulfilled and happiest people we can be? These are all tough questions, and for every person the answers are different. But there is a basic philosophy that applies to all human kind. This philosophy doesn’t just consist of beliefs or values or ideas. The supreme power resonates in our attitudes. These attitudes transform our actions and essentially define our successes and failures. This philosophy becomes a way of life. As you’re reading this, you may be thinking, “who the hell is she is talk to me about ways to better my life?” How does she know anything? Well, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a professional on the matter. I don’t have a Ph.D. in psychology and I haven’t published any renowned self-help books. But over the years I’ve made a lot of mistakes and therefore have learned invaluable life lessons. I can only hope that by sharing some of them, I can help others avoid the ones I’ve already made. I’ve also had the chance to meet some amazing people, see some incredible places and be captivated by some infatuating instances of inspiration. Each one has made me realize that changing yourself for the better is just as easy as changing the world for the better. It all starts with one step, one attitude and one heart. Through this column, I will try and answer a tiny sliver of the questions above by providing insight as to how you can achieve the best in your life. Each tip will slowly and surely help improve your mind, heart and soul in the present and hopefully the future. I can’t get you to the finish line, but I can and will provide you with as many secrets as I can to ensure a successful life.
Deputy District. Attorney. David Walgren, holding a bottle of propofol, questions Alberto Alvarez, one of Michael Jackson’s security guards, during Conrad Murray’s involuntary manslaughter trial in downtown Los Angeles this Thursday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — One of Michael Jackson’s bodyguards had barely stepped into the singer’s bedroom when he heard a scream. “Daddy!” Jackson’s young daughter cried. A few feet away, the singer lay motionless in his bed, eyes slightly open. His personal doctor, Conrad Murray, was trying to revive him when he saw that Jackson’s eldest children were watching. “Don’t let them see their dad like this,” Murray said, the first of many orders that bodyguard Alberto Alvarez testified Thursday that he heeded in the moments before paramedics arrived at Jackson’s home in June 2009. What happened next — after Alvarez said he ushered Jackson’s eldest son and daughter from the room — is one of the key pieces of prosecutors’ involuntary manslaughter case against Murray. According to Alvarez, Murray scooped up vials of medicine from Jackson’s nightstand and told the bodyguard to put them away. “He said, ‘Here, put these in a bag,’” Alvarez said. Alvarez complied. He placed an IV bag into another bag, and then Murray told him to call 911, Alvarez said On the third day of the trial, prosecutors tried to show that Murray, who has pleaded not guilty, delayed calling authorities and that he was intent on concealing signs that he had been giving the
singer doses of the anesthetic propofol. Alvarez said he thought Murray might be preparing to take the items to the hospital, but didn’t question him. The bags never made it to the hospital, and prosecutors claim Murray repeatedly lied to emergency personnel and did not tell them he had been giving Jackson doses of the drug as a sleep aid. If convicted, Murray, 58, could face up to four years in prison and lose his medical license. Defense attorney Ed Chernoff questioned whether there was enough time for Alvarez to shield Jackson’s children, survey the room and stow away the drugs in the brief period that phone records show he was in the home before calling emergency responders. The bodyguard insisted there was, telling the attorney, “I’m very efficient, sir.” Chernoff was not convinced, questioning whether 30 seconds was enough time for the dramatic sequence to play out. Alvarez assured him that it was. The defense attorney also challenged Alvarez’s recollection, asking whether the collection of the vials happened after paramedics had come and whisked Jackson to a nearby hospital. Alvarez denied it happened after he called 911. Chernoff questioned why Alvarez didn’t tell authorities about Murray’s commands to bag up the medication
immediately after Jackson died, but instead waited until two months after the singer’s death. The bodyguard said he didn’t realize its significance until seeing a news report in late June in which he recognized one of the bags detectives were carrying out of Jackson’s mansion. The burly Alvarez became emotional as the 911 call was played for jurors. Jackson’s mother, Katherine, appeared distraught and her son, Randy, huddled next to her and put his arm around her. She did not attend the afternoon proceedings. After hanging up with dispatchers, Alvarez said he performed chest compressions on Jackson while Murray gave the singer mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. The doctor remarked it was his first time performing the procedure. “’I have to,’” Alvarez recalled Murray telling him, “’because he’s my friend.’” Alvarez recalled seeing Murray at the hospital where Jackson was taken and sitting next to the emergency room. “’I wanted him to make it,’” Alvarez quoted Murray as saying. “’I wanted him to make it.’” Alvarez’s testimony allowed Walgren to present jurors directly with a bottle of propofol that they’ve heard much about throughout the previous two days of the trial.
Independent documentary film explores life through humor
By Brendon Field Campus Correspondent What is it about lunatics that is so fascinating? There are thousands of enigmatic people in this world; real, fictitious, famous and ordinary; that are idiotic, unpredictable, outrageous and even dangerous. Yet, we often come to view their antics as a source of entertainment. This is expressed through the documentary film, “Shut Up, Little Man,” the story of two elderly alcoholic roommates whose profane and over the top arguments became something of a pop cultural phenomenon. “Shut Up, Little Man” tells the story of two young men, Eddie Lee Sausage and Mitchell Deprey, who move to a rundown apartment complex in San Francisco in the 1980s. Upon moving in, they encounter their two loud and obnoxious neighbors, Raymond Huffman and Peter Haskett. These two would constantly fight, shouting the most offensive, inappropriate and even threatening phrases that came into their minds. Their topics of dispute ranged
from the rent money to their war wounds to nothing at all. Out of a mix of anger, curiosity and a desire of revenge, Eddie and Mitch place microphones at their windows and record their every word. I’d like to quote a sample, but nothing that they say is appropriate for print. Eddie and Mitch come to find Pete and Ray highly humorous and decide to share their “material” with the world as part of the “art,” Audio Verite. The film documents the spread and growth of “Shut Up, Little Man” from cassette tapes, to an album, to a play and what almost became a movie. Thousands of people found their recordings hilarious, and Pete and Ray quickly became comedic icons, without ever realizing it. The film also studies the medium of Audio Verite, actual monologues and dialogue recorded without the speaker’s knowledge. It’s a medium that became increasingly popular with the rise of YouTube. In a way, “Shut Up, Little Man” is the forefather. The entire premise of two argu-
ing neighbors has a fairly low ceiling, and I was impressed with the film’s ability to keep itself fresh throughout. It constantly turned onto a new road that I didn’t realize existed. “Shut Up, Little Man” serves to humor as much as inform, with many attempts to incorporate Ray and Pete’s fights in as many situations as possible. Therefore, the film’s success lies in one critical element: is it funny? Well, I found it funny, but that may be because I’m a young adult male who is also amused by Lewis Black and “South Park.” The film is definitely not for everyone, and the first word to pop into my head is “offensive” rather than “amusing.” That being said, “Shut Up, Little Man” is completely aware of this, and even embraces it. And if one does find “Shut Up, Little Man” funny, it’s extremely funny. I can’t exactly say why; I don’t think anybody can. The humor is furthered by the film’s excellent visual transitions, which often involve the recorded audio dubbed over a video, the best of
which involved a speech by Adolf Hitler. I was surprised to find that the humor never got stale, especially seeing as several clips were used multiple times. Although humor is the center of the documentary, it goes so much deeper. The film not only explores the evolution of “Shut Up, Little Man” as a franchise, but also the actual lives of Ray and Pete, beyond their vexed outbursts. All Eddie and Mitchell knew was that they both drank for a living and there was a human skull in view from their doorway. Here we had two people, who despised each other in every possible fashion. Peter was gay, and Ray was constantly making homophobic slurs. How is it that they lived together for years? The film certainly doesn’t forget about the human side of the situation and goes to great lengths to make sure Ray and Pete are more than just caricatures. It touches on all possible subjects concerning each of the shareholders, including the legality and morality of Eddie and Mitch’s actions.
In the end “Shut Up, Little Man” left very few unanswered questions, except for the ones they admitted not knowing the answer to. That, in my opinion, is the sign of competent documentary. “Shut Up, Little Man” properly uses it resources to go beyond most pop culture documentaries; that is it shows more than slide shows and talking heads. The film is structured well, and the final act delivers a level of emotion, which was the last thing I expected to see. It really added to the entire experience. Living in a college dorm, I can relate to Eddie and Mitch extremely well, residing next to people that don’t find it wrong to bellow and wake me up at 2 a.m. Sometimes I’m mildly amused, and other times I want to fire off a gun in their general direction. But my neighbors are not Raymond Huffman and Peter Haskett, and “Shut Up, Little Man” has made me greatly appreciate that.
UCTV rolls out new programs
By Jason Wong Staff Writer
It’s a celebrated time of year – no, not the spring concert. It is UCTV’s Premiere Week, October 3 to 9. UCTV has more than 150 student volunteers working on original programming in the categories of sports, news, and entertainment, as well as a new category, the UConn Student Public Access Network. UCSPAN will bring in guests for lectures, comedy shows and concerts. All that content will be available free for streaming and downloading on the UCTV website. The sports section will be cover-
ing UConn’s sporting events in three separate programs. “Marco Mania” is a sports game show in which three contestants are tested on a new sport each week. The winner can win up to $15 to DP Dough. “EMANews is a sports talk show hosted by former football players Emmanuel Omokaro and Armando Jimenez, which will feature wellknown athletes like Andre Drummond and Shabazz Napier. Finally, “UC Sports” will recap the week’s sporting events with highlights and interviews with athletes. News offers a biweekly broadcast that focuses on UConn and the surrounding community. UCTV News also offers
a “World Highlight” segment, which focuses on science news. Entertainment will be featuring additional news and comedy, as well as an original UConn sci-fi series, “Past Temps.” It will also feature a zombie apocalypse show, “The Survivors.��� UCTV offers advertising for all student activities for free. They can be contacted at advertising@uctv. uconn.edu. Finally, UCTV, for the first time, will be producing a full-length feature film about a group of UConn students trying to avoid the macabre activities of a campus serial killer. As part of Premiere Week, students can stop by the UCTV table at the
Student Union Monday from 4 to 6 p.m. and Tuesday from noon to 2 p.m. for information and free giveaways. Students can also keep an eye out for the mascot, TV head guy, who will walk around campus at random times during the week with free handouts and schedules. UCTV is open to feedback and new ideas, which anyone can submit at email@example.com. UCTV content can be viewed both on its website, uctv.uconn.edu, or on Channel 14, where only student-made content is broadcasted to the Storrs campus 24/7.
Keep Clean Although you may not realize it, while enjoying the great outdoors your skin, hair, clothing and footwear collect pollen. Tracking allergens back into your home can further aggravate flair-ups and heighten symptoms. Dr. Mehmet Oz suggests showering and changing your clothing to rid of any irritants. According to Fox News, your pillowcases and pajamas are prime pollen and mold suspects, so remember to wash them frequently. Air quality is also important. Keep the air you breathe clean by filtering it (with air conditioning and/or dehumidifiers) and shutting your windows may also help. Medication Over-the-counter, nondrowsy antihistamines work well, “whatever the cause,” as claimed by the AAFA’s website. I’m partial to brands with a decongestant in it to help ease sinus pressure. You may also want to try nose spray or eye drop remedies. Before you purchase or use medicated treatment, consult your doctor and consider getting tested to better target your triggers. Au Naturel It may be intimidating, not to mention gross, but using a neti pot to rinse away built-up mucus and allergens is one of the most efficient ways to relieve congestion. Yes, I have used one before and it is uncomfortable, but neti pots help clear out your sinuses unlike anything else. Fill one up with saline water, tilt your head to the side over the sink and pour the salty liquid into your nostril. I’m sure you can guess what happens from there. It is not pretty but it works, and that’s all that matters.
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already sold out, but tickets for Reba’s show on Saturday night can still be purchased online or at the fair. These open-air concerts are a great way to finish off your Big E experience. It wouldn’t be a fair without carnival rides, and the Big E is certainly not lacking in that department. There are plenty of rides for all levels of thrill seekers, and even two Ferris wheels. Classic carnival games like ring tosses, and gallery shooting are abundant. The vendor stalls are interesting to walk along and ogle the new and classic products. Pedestrians are sucked into trying the newest and greatest inventions and are memorized by the intricate craftsmanship. With so many vendors, food booths, informational houses and fair rides, the Big E is definitely worth the drive into Massachusetts.
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Verdi’s ‘Nabucco’ returns to Met after absence
In this Sept. 23 photo provided by the Metropolitan Opera, Maria Guleghina performs the role of Abigaille during the final dress rehearsal of Verdi’s “Nabucco,” at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
NEW YORK (AP) — Maria Guleghina walked to the front of the stage, blew kisses to the crowd over and over and kept tapping her right hand against her heart. A diva curtain call from the golden age. The Ukrainian soprano returned to the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Verdi’s “Nabucco” as Abigaille on Tuesday night, a famously difficult role she sang when the staging debuted a decade ago. With
penetrating, thrilling high notes, she dominated the entertaining revival and was rewarded with a standing ovation. Most famous for “Va, pensiero,” the chorus of Hebrew slaves, “Nabucco” was Verdi’s third opera and his first hit, with a propulsive overture and tuneful music. Temistocle Solera’s libretto tells the biblical story of Nebuchadnezzar, the Babylonian king who conquered the Hebrews and destroyed the
temple in Jerusalem. Declaring himself both king and god, he goes insane and Abigaille, who is thought to be his oldest daughter, take power, By the end of the night, Nabucco regains his faculties and his throne, and Abigaille commits suicide — but before dying urges Fenena (Nabucco’s actual daughter) be reunited with Ismaele, the nephew of the king of Jerusalem. Earlier, Abigaille had sentenced Fenena to death.
Whether standing near the top of John Napier’s massive, rotating set in regal robes or running about like a warrior, Guleghina was commanding in a role sung at the La Scala premiere in 1842 by Giuseppina Strepponi, who later became Verdi’s second wife. This was a woman who loved power in a maledominated society. If the pitch on some notes was uncertain, it was compensated by her ferocious intensity.
NEW YORK (AP) — Robert Loughlin, who painted a square-jawed man he dubbed “the brute” around New York City and sold vintage furniture to art world stars, died Tuesday. He was 62. Loughlin was fatally struck by a car near his home in North Bergen, N.J., as he crossed a major thoroughfare on foot, said Gary Carlson, his partner of 31 years. Loughlin was famous among designers as a “picker,” someone who visits flea markets and thrift stores looking for vintage furniture to re-sell. His buyers have included art world stars such as Andy Warhol and JeanMichel Basquiat. He also was a prolific painter with roots in the gritty 1980s street art scene. He painted his signature image, the stern face of man, on walls and objects around the city starting in the 1980s. Loughlin moved to New York in the early 1980s after reading about furniture dealer Alan Moss in New York magazine, Carlson said. Once he arrived, Loughlin became a fixture in the East Village, where he sold mid-century furniture from a truck and later a gallery. Manhattan gallerist Paul Johnson, a longtime friend, said Loughlin was “adored by the most famous designers in the city.” “He was the ultimate” at picking out vintage gems, Johnson said. “He had the best taste.” In 1994, Loughlin made the kind of find collectors dream about— a Salvador Dali painting, sitting in a Manhattan thrift shop with a $40 price tag. The painting later went up for sale at Sotheby’s. Loughlin’s own paintings had gotten increased attention of late. Johnson had collected 500 of them and hosted a show in his home last year. “He was getting opportunities now. People love his paintings,” Johnson said. “But he never wanted a gal-
lery; he never wanted the commercial side of it. He just wanted to paint.” Loughlin was born on May 9, 1949, on a naval base in Alameda, Calif., according to a biography on his website. He left school after the sixth grade to care for his siblings. In the 1960s, he lived in a geodesic dome and participated in the Berkeley riots before moving to San Francisco. In 1980, he moved to Miami Beach and to New York shortly thereafter. He opened his shop, called the Executive Gallery, in the East Village. He sold so many chairs to Warhol for The Factory that Warhol dubbed him “the chairman.” He also sold 1950s glassware to photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. “Mapplethorpe loved him,” Carlson recalled. “He’d grab him and take him into his darkroom all the time and leave me standing out there.” But Loughlin’s painting was interrupted by bouts of heavy drinking, Carlson said. He couldn’t create art when he was drinking, but the intense withdrawal wore him out. “He had that monkey,” Carlson said. The couple lived together in a vintage trailer in North Bergen. Carlson said he was the inspiration for “the brute.” The night before his death, they had visited Soho, where Loughlin posed for photos next to work by his favorite artist, Man Ray, in a dealer’s home. They also visited Moss, who Loughlin had always emulated and who Carlson called “the Mount Everest of design.” Moss said he wanted one of Loughlin’s paintings. So Loughlin found a white glazed vase from Moss’ collection and brought it home to sketch “the brute” onto it in felt-tip pen. Loughlin will be cremated and the vase will become his urn, Carlson said.
NEW YORK (AP) — Pop stars are lining up to make their debut in Facebook games from online game maker Zynga. First came Dr. Dre and Lady Gaga. Next week, an avatar of singer Enrique Iglesias will join “CityVille,” Zynga’s most popular title. Starting Tuesday, “CityVille” players on Facebook will be able to interact with Iglesias’s character when he visits their cities. They’ll get to collect items the singer is known for and watch previews of his newest music video. Zynga declined to give financial terms of the deal or say whether it plans more celebrity integrations, citing the fact that it is in a typical “quiet period” before its planned initial public offering. The San Francisco-based company filed registration papers in July for an IPO, and it’s expected to make its public debut this fall. Iglesias said his team approached Zynga with the idea for a game integration and was involved from the beginning on the design and deciding what characters could do. They can collect virtual hats, boots, bling and a speed boat — representing the time Iglesias lived in Miami and owned one. “I thought the fans would get a kick out of it,” he said. “CityVille,” which is available on Facebook and the fledgling Google Plus, lets players build up and run virtual cities complete with farms, buildings and all sorts of infrastructure one would find in a real city. The game is free to play; Zynga makes money by charging for virtual items players use to decorate their cities and to get ahead in the game. The Iglesias tie-in will be available only on the Facebook version
of the game. “It’s the first time Zynga has had such an entertainer being an integral part of the game,” said Scott Koenigsberg, director of business strategy for “CityVille at Zynga. Iglesias said he has played “CityVille” — once. He has an addictive personality and, since being inseparable from Nintendo’s “Mario Bros.” as a child, has stayed away from video games, he said. “I know that if I start playing it, I won’t get any work done and I’d just be on it all the time,” he said. “CityVille” players have made the game the most popular application on Facebook, ahead of a social version of “The Sims” from Electronic Arts. According to research firm AppData, “CityVille” has more than 71 million monthly users, compared with more than 62 million for “The Sims Social.” Facebook, meanwhile, has more than 800 million monthly users worldwide. In addition to the Iglesias avatar and special items, the game will feature a new single featuring rapper Pitbull, “I Like How It Feels.” Players will also be able to unlock a building called “Euphoria Arena” — referring to Iglesias’ current tour and album. The virtual arena will stay in their cities even after the Iglesias promotion ends on Oct. 10. Iglesias said it was important to interact with fans, especially younger ones, in new ways especially with the problems facing recording companies. That’s where social media comes in. “For me personally (record labels) are still essential,” he said. “But every day it’s becoming more and more about the artist dealing directly with the fans.”
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Friday, September 30, 2011 I Hate Everything by Carin Powell
Toast by Tom Dilling
Royalty Free Speech by Ryan Kennedy
Editor’s Choice by Brendan Albetski
Horoscopes by Brian Ingmanson To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) -- Today is an 8 -- New beginnings arise with the new month. It’s time for growth and expansion. Trust your intuition. Move quickly for best results. Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 9 -- You’re entering a transformational cycle. Listen to your intuition and to new ideas from old friends, but don’t believe everything you hear. Consider a long trip or adventure. Gemini (May 21-June 21) -- Today is an 8 -Like a good improvisational actor, don’t deny the other actor’s reality. Instead, build on it to create partnership. You may even invent something truly hilarious. Cancer (June 22-July 22) -- Today is an 8 -With patience you create great productivity. The key: avoiding distractions. Get yourself into a peaceful work environment, and watch your creativity soar. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Love is a many-splendored thing, and it’s within your reach. Your creative side flourishes, and new projects come to fruition. Communicate over long distances for added impact.
Mensch by Jeffrey Fenster
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- It’s best to stay at home now. If you have to travel, make sure to double-check reservations. Be prepared so you can react quickly to any changes. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 9 -Your ability to concentrate will be enhanced marvelously for the next two days, which is especially useful since there’s so much work. A surprise discovery opens a new door. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 9 -- You’re in the middle of financial turmoil. Use it to your advantage to increase your income. Don’t lose what you’ve got to get more. Seek out hidden opportunity.
Nothing Extraordinary by Thomas Feldtmose
UConn Classics: Please Pass in Your Essays Rockin’ Rick by Stephen Winchell and Sean Rose
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 9 -- You’re in charge today, especially at home. Maintain optimism about a new leadership role, and your view gets fulfilled. You provide something that’s truly appreciated. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is a 7 -- Research and new ideas flourish, so put your thinking cap on. A friend has a piece of the puzzle to contribute. Write it all down, and schedule actions. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is an 8 -- Get out and play! Your social life is calling. Make the most of any publicity, and use your networks to get your message out. Take advantage of a new plot twist.
Phil by Stephen Winchell and Ben Vigeant
Procrastination Animation by Michael McKiernan
Super Glitch by John Lawson
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is an 8 -- You’re full of brilliance, and you have an appreciative audience. Make room for lots of points of view. Direct traffic, maybe. Accept well-earned compliments.
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Cerullo: Red Sox fans shouldn't dwell on lost Pitt beats up No. 16 USF 44-14 season, rather look forward to the future
» NCAA FOOTBALL
PITTSBURGH (AP) — third straight week and instead South Florida's national show- poured it on against the sloppy, case turned into Ray Graham's inconsistent Bulls (4-1, 0-1). coming out party. The Pittsburgh running back USF came in off to their rushed for 226 yards and two fourth 4-0 start in its last five touchdowns as the Panthers seasons. All that September dominated the 16th-ranked promise, however, dissolved in Bulls 44-14 on Thursday night. the fall. None of the previous Graham's 13-yard touchdown hot starts ended with a Big East gave Pitt (3-2, 1-0 Big East) title and a Bowl Championship the lead for Series berth. good late in the The Bulls were first half and his hoping this is the 8-yard sprint up Pittsburgh 44 year they finally the middle early break through. 14 They survived in the fourth South Florida quarter sealed it against Notre as the Panthers broke a five- Dame in the season opener, takgame losing streak against ing advantage of five turnovers ranked opponents. to stun the Fighting Irish in Pitt kept USF's BJ Daniels South Bend. under wraps all night. One of Romps over Ball State, the nation's top duel-threat Florida A&M and UTEP folquarterbacks couldn't get it lowed. The Bulls viewed their going with his arm or legs. trip to Heinz Field as a chance Daniels ran for 43 yards __ to show the nation they're a almost all of it coming on a last- legit threat to perennial confergasp drive — and completed ence power West Virginia. 18 of 36 passes for 223 mostly On Thursday, it was Pitt that ineffective yards. looked like the real thing. Tino Sunseri threw for The Panthers have flirted 216 yards and a score for with respectability this season the Panthers, who avoided a under new coach Todd Graham. second-half meltdown for a They led Iowa by 17 points in
the second half and Notre Dame by five in the fourth quarter only to falter both times. Todd Graham put the onus on his players, saying the problem with the offense is "they're just not running it." He quickly backtracked, taking responsibility for the lack of impact plays. His solution? Give the ball to his do-everything running back. Ray Graham did it all, even returning kicks for the first time this season. If he wasn't making something out of nothing behind an injury-ravaged offensive line then he was making one-handed grabs on passing routes. Even LeBron James was impressed. The NBA star called Graham a "beast" on his Twitter feed. Graham had some help from an unlikely place. Sunseri, chastised by his coach for holding onto the ball too long during last week's loss to Notre Dame, showed Daniels wasn't the only quarterback who could make plays with his legs. The junior ran for 47 yards in the first half, taking advantage when the Bulls keyed on his backfield mate.
» WOMEN'S HOCKEY
from IT'S OVER, page 14
important thing right now is Yale.” Then he got serious. “All of them, you go in there, you see them, the game is over for them. It’s over!” Doudou Diouf said, pointing to his teammates on the other side of the Shenkman Facility. “The fans, it’s going to be fun for them, that’s what they want, they want to come and have fun and then go out and celebrate, but we don’t have this time to celebrate, because the schedule is really close, we have to fight, and we have to get ready.” Then he slammed his fist on the table and said, “Right now, I’m going to go to sleep, and then get ready for Yale.” He could have just as easily said the same thing had the team lost, only replacing “celebrate” with “dwell on it” or “feel sorry for ourselves.” The fact is, it doesn’t matter. Win or lose, the only thing left to do after any game, whether you’re a player, coach or fan, is to look forward, because living in the past will only serve to distract you. That’s what Red Sox fans need to do now.
This was a huge and catastrophic collapse, one that will be felt for a long time. But it’s over; nothing can be done about it now. People will compare this collapse to 1978, 1986 and 2003 and say that the whole team needs to be blown up. I made the ill-advised choice of picking up yesterday’s copy of The Boston Globe, and predictably, there was Dan Shaughnessy calling it the greatest choke in baseball history and saying that Terry Francona and Theo Epstein need to be fired. What a joke. People like Shaughnessy need to get a grip, and that’s why I’m glad he’s only paid to make suggestions and not to make actual decisions. Right now what the Red Sox need to do is take a step back, take a deep breath and make the moves necessary to get the team back into the playoffs. Cutting loose Epstein and Francona out of anger would be a huge mistake that would have long-term ramifications. Just because this season was a failure doesn’t mean the team should go sabotaging the next four or five seasons in the heat of the moment. I understand why Shaughnessy
is so angsty though – the man literally wrote the book on “The Curse” and has made a career out of blowing things out of proportion. But the fact is that Boston fans have seen two World Series championships in the last eight years, along with five other championships in the past decade. There’s no reason to go back to the old “woe is me” attitude that was so pervasive in the past; we’ve had it pretty good. This one hurt, and all Red Sox fans are going to need to take a few days to heal. But once the initial pain goes away, there will still be the Patriots, the Bruins and the UConn men’s basketball team. Then, after that, a whole new baseball season with a fresh start, new faces and the promise of a better ending. I don’t need to remind you that the Bruins Stanley Cup run this summer followed up a pretty horrible choke job in 2010 too. So I’m going to follow Doudou Diouf’s lead. Right now, I’m going to go to sleep, and then I’m going to get ready for the Patriots vs. Raiders game this Sunday.
UConn kicks off new year at home against RPI By Tyler Morrissey Campus Correspondent
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A women's tennis player returns a shot in this photo. The Huskies will be playing the Fairfield Doubles Invitational this weekend in Fairfield, Connecticut.
The UConn women’s hockey team will face off this weekend against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in games on Friday and Saturday. The Huskies are coming off a 2-2 tie with the McGill Martlets in an exhibition game played at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum last Friday. McGill was a tough first opponent for the Huskies as the Martlets were coming off a championship just a season ago. “We introduced some new schemes and concepts, so for us to stay with it and not panic has been important," said head coach Heather Linstad. "There is a learning curve because we’re a young team but it’s still early and it’s a long season.” UConn tied the game with a late goal by sophomore Maggie Walsh with just 18 sec-
onds left remaining in the third period. The game also featured two goaltenders as Senior Alexandra Garcia and Sophomore Nicole Paniccia both shared net minding duties. As of today, coach Linstad has not named who will be starting in goal against RPI. “Both goal tenders are good players and both have their own different styles. It comes down to how the team plays in front of each goalie,” Linstad said. During the game against McGill, the Huskies were able to establish a solid penalty kill as they stopped six Marlet power play opportunities. The penalty kill has been one of the things UConn focused on during practice this week. “In order to win a hockey game you have to win the five on five battle, but also the special teams battle as well, We have made some adjustments in practice this week and hope our penalty kill creates some scoring opportunities for us,” Linstad said.
RPI is coming off a victory in exhibition against the Toronto Junior Aeros. Rensselaer also scored a late goal in the third period with just ten seconds left to propel them to the victory. RPI plays out of the very competitive ECAC hockey league and were picked to finish 8th in the twelve-member conference. When UConn takes the ice this weekend, the Huskies will look to their seniors and young talent to perform. “Keep an eye on our captains, especially Sami Evelyn who was recently moved from defense to center. She will make a huge difference and help out the offense. Rebecca Hewett will do well on the blue line and we hope our freshmen and sophomores step up and play well,” said Linstad. Friday night’s game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m., while the puck drops on Saturday’s game at 3:00 p.m.
Huskies travel to South Bend and Colangelo: Moore, McCluster and » MLB DePaul for weekend showdowns Casey should get your attention Rays, Rangers meet again from UCONN, page 14
goals per game and has no players with more than two goals on the year. Still, the Blue Demons have been competitive in nearly every game they’ve played in – thanks largely to a 1.53 goals against average. None of the team’s losses in Big East player have been by more than a goal, including last Thursday’s game against then-No. 14/15 Marquette, which DePaul took to overtime before falling 2-1. As a result, Ruutu insists that UConn will not take the Blue Demons lightly, even despite their record. “The fact that they are winless so far in the Big East does not affect our approach to that game. It is extremely important for us to win that game regardless of their record,” Ruutu said.
opportunity we can get – which means not allow them to have time in our defensive half.” “We haven’t concentrated on their individual players,” said midfielder Linda Ruutu. “Everyone on our team knows she is a talented player but we have not given her extra attention coming into tomorrow’s game.” Following Friday’s game against the Irish, the Huskies will head one state over to the west, where they will take on the DePaul Blue Demons (2-8-1) Sunday at 2 p.m. DePaul enters the weekend winless in the Big East, with its only point in conference coming in a 1-1 road tie against Louisville. Unlike Notre Dame, however, the Blue Demons’ struggles have been primarily on the offensive end. The team is averaging just 0.76 Ryan.Tepperman@UConn.edu
from WEEK 4, page 14 The Bucs had four sacks, an interception and two fumble recoveries last week against the Falcons. This Sunday the Buccaneers will match-up against the Colts, whose offense has been struggling without Peyton Manning. Available in 65 percent of Yahoo! leagues, Tampa Bay could be a good sleeper pick off of the waiver wire. Lance Moore: Last week in the Saints’ victory over the Texans, Moore had nine receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown. Although the Jaguars have a strong secondary, the Saints still have Drew Brees, and with Marques Colston most likely missing a third consecutive game, Moore will be a solid target for Brees. Dexter McCluster: If your team was absolutely ravaged by the injury to Jamaal Charles, fear not because there is another Chiefs player that could end up being a nice addition to your team. McCluster is a very fast running back with great hands, making him
a dual threat and doubly important in points per reception leagues. McCluster leads the league with 6.6 yards per rush. He also has dual eligibility in both the wide receiver and running back positions, making him an even more valuable fantasy player. McCluster is available in 40 percent of leagues and will most likely disappear soon in your league if he is not picked up off of waiver wires soon. James Casey: The Texans’ fullback may be a virtual unknown outside of Houston, but his stats last week demanded some serious attention. Casey had only one rush for 11 yards, but also had five receptions for 126 yards and a touchdown. Casey is becoming an important part of the Texans’ offense and may develop a much bigger role, given the uncertainties with their running game at the moment. He also has dual eligibility at both running back and tight end and is available in nearly 85
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers had to win their last six games in the regular season to earn home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs this time. Just to get into the postseason, Tampa Bay had to overcome a nine-game deficit in the final month and a seven-run deficit in the final game. "Right now there's nothing that we don't think that we can't do. ... We believe," Rays manager Joe Maddon said Thursday, a day before the opener of a rematch of last year's AL division series. "We definitely have a strong belief system going on right now, regardless of how we can look at these other teams that we have to play, and maybe there's areas that they appear to be stronger than we, and probably are." A tired Tampa Bay team arrived last Thursday at Rangers Ballpark, where the defending AL champion Rangers were already working out after getting to fly home from Los Angeles
rather than having to go to Yankee Stadium. Scrambling for a rested starter, the Rays will turn to rookie Matt Moore in Game 1. The 22-yearold lefty was among baseball's top prospects in the minors, and showed why last week in his first start in the majors — five scoreless innings at Yankee Stadium, with 11 strikeouts. Moore has pitched only three times in the big leagues, for a total of 9 1-3 innings. But he'll have this advantage: Texas hitters have never faced him. When the Rangers and Rays met in the playoffs last season, the visiting team won every game. That's the only time that has ever happened in the major leagues. "You're talking about two teams that don't really care where they play," Rangers designated hitter Michael Young said. "It should be a fun series. You're talking about two teams that are playing extremely well heading into the postseason."
In 2011, a Red Sox collapse for a new generation
BOSTON (AP) — "Fire away," Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein told reporters at the start of his season-ending news conference. And then, because he's seen how things go in Boston when a team doesn't live up to high expectations, he added, "Not literally." A day after the Red Sox completed an unprecedented September collapse, Epstein told reporters at a somber and largely deserted Fenway Park on Thursday that the entire organization shared the blame for blowing a nine-game lead in 25 days and promised his full effort in figuring out what went wrong. "The bottom line is, we failed. And our owners deserve better, the fans deserve better and we
have to fix it," Epstein said. "We're going to take a look in the mirror and see if we're the ones to fix it." The Red Sox led the AL East for much of the season and held a nine-game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays in the wildcard race on the morning of Sept. 4. But Boston went 7-20 in September to blow the lead and miss the playoffs entirely, a collapse that wasn't complete until closer Jonathan Papelbon blew a one-run lead with one strike to go against Baltimore on Wednesday night and the Orioles won 4-3. Just minutes later, the Rays completed their comeback from a 7-0 deficit against the New York Yankees and clinched the wild-card berth.
"A very quiet day in Boston after a terrible, terrible month for the fans. Night after night they came, they tuned in. Rain, quiet streets," Red Sox owner John Henry wrote on Twitter. "Congratulations to the entire Tampa Bay organization on a miraculous, but well-earned passport to the postseason." Henry did not respond to a request for comment, and coowner Tom Werner said he was "still absorbing last night's collapse." But it was not just one night of failure that doomed this team. The Red Sox lost their first six games and opened the season 2-10, but they went a major league-best 81-42 from then through Aug. 31 to take a comfortable lead in the play-
off race. As it slowly disappeared, players insisted they would pull out of the slide in time; but Epstein and manager Terry Francona both acknowledged on Thursday that they saw signs of trouble. "A lot of things went wrong and a lot of things had to go wrong for us to blow the lead, and they did. But I don't think they were completely unforeseen," Epstein said. "The bottom line is we didn't find a way to stop the slide." Francona said he called a team meeting earlier in the month in Toronto — even after a 14-0 win. He did not specify what he saw, but said "normally, as a season progresses, there's events that make you care about each other."
"With this team, it didn't happen as much as I wanted it to. I was frustrated about that," he said. "You don't need a team that wants to go out to dinner together. But you need a team that wants to protect each other on the field and be fiercely loyal to each other on the field." Those problems bubbled to the surface in September, when the Red Sox failed to win consecutive games. Boston finished 90-72, one game behind the Rays and seven behind the archrival New York Yankees; the nine-game lead was the biggest ever held in September by a team that failed to make the playoffs. "I think we'll be dissecting that forever," Epstein said.
Only a handful of players appeared in the cardboard boxfilled Red Sox clubhouse on Thursday afternoon, including Jonathan Papelbon and John Lackey; they did not speak to reporters. Upstairs, Epstein told reporters everything will be evaluated over the offseason, including the front office and the coaching staff. But Epstein said he would not make a scapegoat of Francona, who led the team to World Series championships in 2004, ending the franchise's 86-year drought, and in 2007. The front office, owners and coaches have already begun meeting to figure out what went wrong, Epstein said, and "nobody blames what happened in September on Tito."
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Friday, September 30, 2011
» FIELD HOCKEY
No. 2 UConn to host visiting Louisville By Peter Logue Staff Writer
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Senior midfielder Ali Bankmeyer gains possession for the Huskises in an earlier match this season. Bankmeyer has tallied six goals and three assists over nine starts.
The No. 2 UConn field hockey team jumped from fourth to second in the latest national poll and will put its new ranking to the test when the team hosts Louisville Saturday at noon. The Huskies, whose record stands at 8-1, are coming off of a commanding 4-1 victory at home against UMass on Wednesday night. They were sparked by Marie Elena Bolles, who posted a goal and two assists. The sophomore leads the team with 20 points. Louisville knocked off UConn in overtime last season, and they are putting together an impressive year so far with a 7-3 record. It will be the third Big East conference
game of the season for the impressive 0.89 goals allowed Huskies, who will try to stay per game average. She has unbeaten in conference play. posted four shutouts on the “Louisville is a more direct season, including both of the team than UMass, so we are Big East conference games going to try some different against Villanova (6-0) and presses against them to try to Providence (4-0). absorb their offense,” The Huskies are said coach Nancy hoping to continue Stevens after the their winning ways victory over UMass. at home. Over the “Right now we are past five seasons, playing the best of the vs. Louisville the Huskies have season so it is a great a George J. accumulated time to play a very 57-5 record on Sherman strong conference their home turf. opponent.” The players and Family While Bolles has Stevens attributed Complex paced the Huskies on this success to the offense, their defense comfort of playing has also been rockright in the middle solid, anchored by goalie of campus as well as having Sarah Mansfield. Mansfield, one of the nicest facilities in who was last year’s Big East the country. Goalkeeper of the Year, leads The Cardinals are led up the league this season with an front by a pair of offensive
threats, Hayley Turner and Elizabeth Vance. Turner leads her squad in both goals and assists with seven and five respectively. Vance meanwhile, isn’t fair behind with a total of twelve points off only seven shots. Louisville is coming off a split weekend, that saw a 3-1 victory over New Hampshire and a close 2-1 defeat against Syracuse. A major key for the Huskies will be to get off to a fast start as the Cardinals have done that all season–outscoring their opponents 18-3 in the first period. Following their match with Louisville, UConn will travel to Yale on Sunday to take on the Bulldogs.
» MEN’S HOCKEY
Huskies open 2011-12 campaign with exhibition
By Peter Logue Staff Writer
season and was named to the AHA AllRookie team. He was recently featured in an article on insidecollegehockey.com, where it was stated that his future playThe UConn men’s hockey team, led ing professional hockey was bright. by a loaded sophomore class, will play However talented the younger players their first and only exhibition game may be, the team knows that it will rely on Saturday night when they heavily on its senior leaderhost Ryerson. The Huskies are ship. ranked fifth in the American “Our seniors are always the Hockey Association preseason ones that will make or break poll, their highest placement a team because they’ve expesince 2006-07 when they were vs. Ryerson rienced the highs and lows ranked fourth. of what goes into four years 7 p.m. UConn is looking to build of hockey,” said coach Bruce off one of their strongest sea“They know how Saturday Marshall. sons in recent memory. They precious their time on the ice reached the AHA semifinals Mark Freitas is.” last season, leaving them only The team voted to name Sean Ice Forum two games away from makAmbrosie captain and Marcello ing the national tournament. Ranallo and Corey Jendras They are returning eight of the nine top assistant captains. scorers from last year’s squad, and the “The team is usually pretty good at current sophomores accounted for an knowing which guys will help them impressive 121 points last season. through tough times,” said Marshall. Highlighting the Huskies offense will The Huskies will be anchored in the be sophomore Cole Schneider. The for- goal by one of the nation’s top goalward led the team with 33 points last tenders, Garrett Bartus. The junior was
second in the country in saves last year with 1085, which was also a new UConn single-season record. Ryerson, who are members of the Ontario University Athletics conference, will make the trek to Storrs from Toronto to give both teams a chance to work out the final kinks in their training. The Huskies have had less than a week to officially practice as a team. “Its kind of hard because our official first day of practice where we can be on the ice everyday is Saturday so we’ve been limited by rules and guidelines,” Marshall said. “To say we’re really going to focus on our power play or penalty kill, we just haven’t had time to implement that stuff yet.” The Huskies open the regular season on Oct. 7 at Bowling Green and will be on the road for the first five games of the year. They do not return home to the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum until Oct. 27 when they will host Holy Cross.
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Brad Cooper moves the puck back on January 22, in a 5-5 tie with Air Force. Cooper notched six assists a year ago, in addition to the second-best plus-minus on the team.
Volleyball looks to rebound against pair of Big East foes By Matt Stypulkoski Staff Writer
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Following losses to conference opponents Louisville and Cincinnati last weekend, the Huskies return home hoping to dig themselves out of an early hole. This weekend will be their first action against Big East oppositon at home.
The UConn volleyball team will take on Marquette and Syracuse at Gampel Pavilion this weekend as they try to turn things around after a disappointing road trip to open conference play a week ago. After being swept by both Cincinnati and Louisville last weekend, the Huskies will look to end a season-high three match losing streak on Saturday. And after falling to 0-2 in the Big East with the losses, coach Holly Strauss-O’Brien knows just how important this weekend is for her team. “Every weekend in the Big East is important to, you know, well win first of all. Especially because we’re at home. Winning on the road is always tough, I think we have to take advantage of the fact that we’re at home this weekend, and we’re playing
two teams that are really good,” Strauss-O’Brien said. One of those tough teams that the Huskies will face is Marquette, who was 10-4 as of Thursday afternoon, won their Big East opener last Sunday against South Florida by a score of 3-1 and have one seven of their last eight. The Golden Eagles are also 3-1 on the road so far this year, so they should prove to be a tough test for the Huskies. Syracuse, on the other hand, enters the weekend coming off of two straight losses a week ago, as they dropped their Big East opener to South Florida 3-2 last Friday, and followed it up with another five set loss against Niagara on Sunday. But despite their recent struggles, the Orange still sit at 9-6 on the season. Like the Orange, the Huskies also enter the weekend with an above-.500 record on the season at 8-7, despite having troubles as of late. However, StraussO’Brien thinks there are a few
things her team will need to improve on if they hope to have a successful weekend. “We need to pick up our transition game, our dig-to-kill game, so our overall defense, you know, getting some more blocks and more digs per set,” StraussO’Brien said. Strauss-O’Brien also feels that for her team to be get back on the winning track, they will have to settle in and play more towards their strengths and their style of play. “We’re really good when we are putting pressure on the opponent from the service line” Strauss-O’Brien said, “We’ve got to play like a team. We’ve got to come out with some intense emotion and everyone needs to do their part…we’re a team that if everyone shows up and does their part, we take care of business as a whole.”
Blidi Wreh-Wilson to miss Huskies’ final non-conference game from BRING, page 14 do that then you’re going to have to able to throw the ball. I don’t know how people perceive us right now, but we’ve got to move in that direction.” A new weapon has emerged in the passing game in the form of Nick Williams, who the team likes to call their own “little Wes Welker.” Williams caught two balls against Buffalo for 113 yards and a touchdown. “He is a little small,” McEntee said. “But he makes up for it with his shifty-ness. It is always nice to have more options out on the field.” The Broncos are the second consecutive Mid-Atlantic conference team the Huskies will face after Buffalo last week, a conference they have had success against over the years. Since joining the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, the Huskies are 14-1 against the MAC with their only loss coming in overtime to Ball State in 2002. Western Michigan is no slouch, losing by
just four points to No. 24 Illinois last Saturday on the road. “We’ve got a very worthy opponent this week,” Pasqualoni said. “Western Michigan played really tough last week against Illinois, had a chance to win that game. They play a physical style of football. For where we’re at right now, this will be a pretty good test for us.” One aspect of the Western Michigan offense that could be a problem for the Huskies is the passing game with starting corner Blidi WrehWilson sidelined with a strained MCL. “They’ll come in here wide open and throw the ball around pretty well,” Pasqualoni said. Bronco quarterback, Alex Carder, put up impressive numbers last week against Illinois, 306 yards with two touchdowns, and the pressure will be on fifth-year senior Gary Wilburn to step in for Wreh-Wilson and shut down him down. “I think that, personally, Gary Wilburn is one of the best athletes on this team,” Pasqualoni said. “He’s an older guy. He’s a senior. He’s
total capable of playing that position.” Wilburn has no doubts that he will be able to step in right away and get the job done. “It’s a great opportunity for me,” Wilburn said. “I think I bring another dimension of athleticism to the team. I can go out there and dominate a receiver. It is my time to step up and take the most I can from this.” The Saturday afternoon game will be the Huskies last tune-up before they hit the road to start their Big East schedule in Morgantown against West Virginia. A good performance would go a long way in the confidence department heading on the road to face the Mountaineers. “We’ve got a little bit of work to do yet,” Pasqualoni said. “Certainly on offense. I think we’ve got the pieces in the right place now. I think we are moving in the right direction. This will be an important weekend for us.”
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Redshirt junior quarterback Johnny McEntee throws upfield against Iowa State two weeks ago. McEntee has since won the quarterback job for the Huskies.
TWO Friday, September 30, 2011
Home: Rentschler Field, East Hartford Oct. 8 West Virginia Noon
Oct. 15 South Florida TBA
The Daily Question Q : “What word would you use to describe this year’s Boston Red Sox team?” A : “WHYYYYYY?!?!?!?!?!” – Alex Giner, 7th-semester psychology-english double major.
» That’s what he said -Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein reflecting on his team’s 2011 season.
Oct. 26 Pittsburgh 8 p.m.
Nov. 5 Syracuse TBA
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Women’s Soccer (4-4-2) Oct. 7 Oct. 9 South Marquette Florida 2 p.m. 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 2 DePaul 2 p.m.
Oct. 14 Pittsburgh 7 p.m.
Field Hockey (8-1) Tomorrow Louisville Noon
Oct. 2 Yale 2 p.m.
Oct. 7 Georgetown 3 p.m.
Oct. 9 Virginia 11 a.m.
Oct. Princeton 2 p.m.
Oct. 4 Hartford 7 p.m.
Oct. 7 South Florida 7 p.m.
Oct. 11 Fordham 7 p.m.
Oct. 8 Quinnipiac All Day
Oct. 9 Quinnipiac All Day
Oct. 12 Bryant 2 p.m.
Volleyball (8-7) Tomorrow Marquette 2 p.m.
Oct. 2 Syracuse 2 p.m.
Men’s Tennis Oct. 3 Hartford 3 p.m.
Oct. 7 Quinnipiac All Day
Women’s Tennis Oct. 2 UMass 2 p.m.
Oct. 7 Bowdoin College 2:30 p.m.
Oct. 12 Bryant 2 p.m.
Oct. 15 New England’s All Day
Oct. 16 New England’s All Day
Men’s Cross Country Oct. 8 Oct. 15 Oct. 21 New England Conn. College CCSU Mini Champ. Champ. Meet TBA TBA TBA
Oct. 29 Big East Champ. TBA
Nov. 12 NCAA Northeast TBA
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — No team enters this postseason under more pressure than the Philadelphia Phillies. Expectations are so high in the City of Brotherly Love that anything less than a World Series title will be considered a failure by fans, players and management. Yes, it’s boom or bust for these Phillies, who are a long way removed from being known for losing more games than any franchise in professional sports. “Our main goal is to get to the World Series and win it,” pitcher Roy Oswalt said. Their road begins Saturday against the wild-card St. Louis Cardinals at Citizens Bank Park. Led by their Four Aces, the Phillies cruised to their fifth straight NL East title and led the majors in wins – 102 – for the second straight season. They set a franchise record for wins in a season, and achieved several accomplishments along the way. None of that matters. All they care about is having a victory parade down Broad Street for the second time in four years. “Our ultimate goal is to win the World Series,” starter Cliff Lee said. “We still have a lot of business to take care of.” Lee’s arrival in Philadelphia raised expectations to all-or-nothing proportions. The All-Star lefty stunned the baseball world last winter when he spurned the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers and took less money to return to the Phillies, who traded him away in December 2009. Lee joined reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels and Oswalt to form one of the best starting rotations in recent history. They didn’t disappoint. Lee was 17-8 with a 2.40 ERA and a major-league leading six shutouts, twice falling one out shy of another shutout. Halladay went 19-6 with a 2.35 ERA and a majors-best eight complete games. Hamels was 14-9 with a 2.79 ERA. Oswalt started and finished strong, but struggled in between mainly because of back problems. He had his first losing season, 9-10, and his 3.69 ERA was his second-worst. But he was impressive down the stretch, and has always pitched well in the playoffs. It is said that strong pitching wins championships, which is why the Phillies are strong favorites to go all the way.
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi responds to questions during a baseball news conference for the AL division series, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011, at Yankee Stadium in New York.
The Weekend Ahead UConn takes on St. Johns’s and football heads to Buffalo By Carmine Colangelo Staff Writer Game to Attend: UConn football vs. Western Michigan. After beating Buffalo 17-3 last week in N.Y., the Huskies return home to face Western Michigan. Quarterback Johnny McEntee took a majority of the snaps for the Huskies last weekend, going 12-for-21 in the air with 213 yards and two touchdowns, the first two of his career. Nick Williams also had a big game for the Huskies, as the junior wide receiver had two catches for 113 yards and a touchdown. With the win, the Huskies improve to 2-2 on the season as well as 1-1 on the road. The Broncos are coming off of a 20-23 loss against Illinois last Saturday. Their record also stands at 2-2 on the season. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Game to Follow: UConn men’s soccer at Louisville. The No. 1 Huskies will look to remain undefeated
this season as they square off against the No. 8 Cardinals in Louisville, Ky. on Saturday. The Huskies are coming off of a double overtime victory against Yale on Tuesday. With only 1:01 left in the second period of overtime, senior back Nickardo Blake netted a goal after freshman Allando Matheson’s header deflected off of a Yale defender, Blake was able to kick in the rebound from 12 yards out. With the win, the Huskies are now 9-0-0 this season. The Cardinals stand at 6-2 and are coming off of a 1-0 loss against No. 11 Notre Dame. Number of the Week: 23. Sophomore forward Taylor Gross led the UConn women’s hockey team in points last season as a freshman with 23. After recently being slated as fifth in the preseason poll for the Hockey East, the Huskies will begin their season today as they host RPI at 7 p.m.
With eye on clock, NBA owners, players seek deal NEW YORK (AP) — They don’t have a deal yet, and they are just about out of time. After some two years of onand-off negotiations, that’s about all NBA players and owners agree on. The gaps in their financial proposals have been so great that they sometimes decide it’s best to just talk about something else. Now they have to figure it out quickly. Without at least getting very close to the framework of a new collective bargaining agreement this weekend, hopes of the 2011-12 season starting on time would be all but lost. “We realize that the calendar, the clock, the watch, whatever you want to say, is running out in terms of starting our regular season on time. So we’re going to try to get some things done this weekend and see what we can do,” said the Lakers’ Derek Fisher, president of the players’ association. The owners’ labor relations committee and the union’s executive committee — perhaps joined by some All-Stars — will meet Friday and have committed to keep talking throughout the weekend. Both sides have cautioned that bringing back the
large groups after as series of discussions among smaller parties doesn’t mean they are close, but rather that more voices are required to consider the crucial decisions. There are 11 owners and nine players on the committees, including All-Star Chris Paul, who may try to bring along friends such as Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James that are scheduled to join him Saturday in a charity game in his hometown of Winston-Salem, N.C. It’s doubtful the presence of the superstars makes much impact — Anthony acknowledged this week that “we really don’t know how powerful we are at this moment” — but opening up the room beyond the top negotiators has backfired before. Talks broke down last time the large groups were together on Sept. 13, but Commissioner David Stern said he and union executive director Billy Hunter believe it’s necessary to summon them again with the Nov. 1 opener at stake. “If we’re at a period of enormous opportunity and great risk, the larger the group that is assembled to focus on that, the better from my perspective,” Stern said.
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P.13: NBA players and owners press on. / P.12: Field Hockey takes on Louisville. / P.11: Women’s Hockey opens new season.
Friday, September 30, 2011
BRING ON THE BRONCOS
Huskies host Western Michigan at the Rent
By Willy Penfield Staff Writer
After a month of constant stress and worry, it’s finally over. The Red Sox are dead, done in by their own futility. The way it ended was a perfect microcosm of the whole season. When the Rays were down to their last strike, they came back from the dead to tie it up. When the Red Sox were down to their last strike, they gave up two doubles and the lead to one of the worst teams in baseball. Then, minutes later, the Rays walked off with the win and the wild card in extra innings. Both teams got what they deserved. I wondered how I’d react if the worst came to pass, but now that it has, I have to admit that I’m surprised by the thought that keeps coming to my mind. After last Saturday’s big win over St. John’s, the men’s soccer team had every reason to be excited. It was a huge win over a hated rival in front of an enormous sellout crowd. But at the postgame press conference, Mamadou Doudou Diouf said something that really caught me off guard, and it wasn’t so much what he said, but how he said it. “Next game is Yale, right now we’re thinking about Yale,” he said. A reporter started to ask him about the upcoming Big East games, but Doudou Diouf interrupted him. “I’m not thinking of that right now! It’s not
» CERULLO, page 11
Week 4 Fantasy Advice By Carmine Colangelo Fantasy Football Columnist It was another wild week for fantasy football: the Bills are in first place, some fantasy studs went down with injuries and we watched an underdog make his way from the hopeful reality television winner to a gamewinning wide-out who made his mark in Cowboys history. Here’s a list of some key pickups for your team this week as we move into the fourth week of the season. Pickups: Torrey Smith: The rookie from Maryland had a monstrous game last Sunday for the Ravens, catching five balls for 152 yards and three touchdowns. That’s good for an average of 30.4 yards per reception, with his longest being 74 yards. With Lee Evans still banged up, Smith could be a great option for Joe Flacco since Anquan Boldin and Ray Rice will be the focal points for the Jets’ defense this Sunday. Smith is available in about half of Yahoo! leagues. Kendall Hunter: Although Hunter did not have an impressive game last week by any means – nine rushes for 26 yards and a touchdown – a key injury will make him a significant player this week. Frank Gore went down with an ankle injury, so it’s likely that Hunter will get a lot of touches. The 49ers are playing Philadelphia this weekend and the Eagles have given up the second most fantasy points per game to running backs this season, so expect Hunter to have a chance for a big game. He is available in 80 percent of Yahoo! leagues. Tampa Bay Defense: Defense may be one of the most overlooked positions in fantasy football, along with kickers and tight ends, but in a close matchup a strong defense can be the difference between a loss and a win.
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The UConn Huskies (2-2) will host the Western Michigan Broncos (2-2) Saturday at Rentschler Field as they try to win consecutive games for the first time this season. Also for the first time this season, the Huskies know who their quarterback will be for the game, as head coach Paul Pasqualoni believes Johnny McEntee has separated himself from the competition. “There’s no question 2-2, 0-0 that Johnny stepped up last week,” Pasqualoni said. “He managed the game very well. He identified the defense and got the ball out really quick. He’s clearly moved ahead.” Despite being named 2-2, 0-0 the starter, McEntee Sat., 3:30 p.m., knows that he still needs to improve on some Rentschler aspects of his game Field heading into Saturday. “I felt a little more in a rhythm,” McEntee said. “I still made mistakes that people don’t really notice when they are watching. I still have stuff I need to fix.” Offensively, the Huskies may need to rely on McEntee more with the running game struggling and DJ Shoemate still not 100 percent healthy as he got zero carries against Buffalo last week. “When you can get Western Michigan to respect what you’re doing in the pass, you can get them to back up,” Pasqualoni said. “I think you then have an excellent chance to run the ball. If you can’t
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Cornerback Dwayne Gratz moves upfield after an interception against Iowa State. Gratz will be relied upon with the abscence of Bildi Wreh-Wilson.
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» MEN’S SOCCER
No. 1 Huskies visit No. 9 Cardinals
By Dan Agabiti Senior Staff Writer
Coming off of a 1-0 win against Yale Tuesday night, a win that took 109 minutes to earn, the Huskies travel south this weekend to take on their toughest challenge to date. Saturday night, UConn will put its perfect, 9-0 record on the line against its conference foe, the Louisville Cardinals on the road in a match-up of Top-10 teams. The Cardinals enter the game with a 6-2 record on the season. Their only two losses have come on the road in Chapel Hill, N.C. against UNC and South Bend, Ind. against Notre Dame. Both teams are currently ranked in the Top-11 and the Cardinals lost both games by a combined two goals. “Well, Louisville is good,” coach Ray Reid said after Tuesday night’s win. “That’s who we’re worried about now and that’s just
another challenge for us.” But regardless of the opponent, UConn takes each game with the same approach; one of discipline in practice and focus on what the team needs to do to come away with a win. “We just need to treat our next game like it’s any other one,” junior Max Wasserman said Tuesday night. “We just need to stay focused in practice this week... 10-0 is a lot better for us than 9-0 is though.” For the Huskies, Tuesday night’s win was the sixth game the team had played–and won–in 16 days and fatigue was starting to become a factor against the Bulldogs. Reid described the players as being “beaten up.” “I had suffered a toe injury earlier in the week and sat out the first half,” Wasserman said. “But I told coach that if he needed me to play, then I’d go in...[The toe] feels fine and I’ll be ready to go against
Louisville.” “I give these guys credit though, it took 109 minutes, but they did it,” Reid said. “We’ve played a grueling schedule. I think they were fatigued [Tuesday night.] This is a tough sport.” Historically, extra time matches have not been kind to the Huskies. Grinding through tough games is important. “We never won a game in extra-time last year,” junior forward Stephane Diop said Tuesday. “This was a really important win, we have no easy games.” Reid knows that tough wins like Tuesday’s and exhausting stretches are what not only makes squads better, but makes them more prepared for other challenges. “Moving forward with the rest of our schedule, nights like [Tuesday night] give us confidence,” Reid said.
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Freshman forward Allando Matheson battles for the ball last Tuesday in a 1-0 victory over Yale. The Huskies return to Big East play tomorrow against Louisville.
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UConn primed for fight with the Irish By Ryan Tepperman Staff Writer
7:30 p.m. and will air live on ESPNU. Although the Fighting Irish have had a disappointing season The UConn women’s soccer thus far – they’re 4-5-2 on the team (4-4-2, 1-1-2 in Big East year (1-2-1 Big East) and fell play) will head to out of the rankings Great Lake territory this week after beginthis weekend, where ning the year at No. 1 they will try to get – that hasn’t changed their conference the UConn players’ record back over the mindsets heading into vs. .500 mark. showdown. Notre Dame their After tying both “I’m really excited Saturday to play them because Louisville and Cincinnati 2-2 at they’ll definitely be 7 p.m. home last weekour hardest competiend, Huskies find 91.7 WHUS tion,” said freshman themselves in 7th midfielder Riley place out of the eight-team Houle. “Just like us, any team American division of the Big can lose if they’re not preEast entering tonight’s game pared to play, which I assume against the defending national happened to them. [But that] champions, Notre Dame. doesn’t mean they’re still not The game will begin at one of the best teams compet-
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Sophomore midfielder Devin Prendergast splits a double team gainst Cincinnati in a 2-2 double overtime tie Sunday.
ing in Division I soccer.” Notre Dame’s struggles so far haven’t been for a lack of offense, as the team has 24 goals in its 11 games. Senior forward Melissa Henderson, a 2010 AllAmerican and the Hermann Trophy runner-up, has led the way with 11 goals and three assists. She’s currently tied for first in goals in the Big East with Marquette’s Maegan Kelly, and her 25 total points ranks second (also behind Kelly). Despite Henderson’s offensive prowess, Houle said she won’t be UConn’s main focus heading into tonight’s action. “I don’t think we’re focusing on stopping Melissa Henderson,” she said. “We’re focusing on stopping Notre Dame’s attack at the soonest
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