Volume CXIX No. 6
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Air Force ROTC detachement at UConn By Courtney Robishaw Staff Writer
UCONN MARCHING BAND PLAYS MUSIC BOTH OLD AND NEW UConn Marching Band performed their annual Preview show FOCUS/ page 7
HUSKIES TAKE TWO Men’s soccer improves to 3-0 after a pair of wins
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Most students have probably seen some of their fellow students walking around the UConn campus in military uniforms or have heard of Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, more commonly referred to as Air Force ROTC. But they may not know much about it. About 80 students currently make up Detachment 115 of Air Force ROTC here at UConn. The goal of Air Force ROTC is to prepare individuals to become officers in the Air Force following graduation. “Everything that we do supports our overall mission of training quality leaders in the U.S. Air Force,” said Lt. Col. Kristopher Perry, commander of Air Force ROTC, Detachment 115. The first two years of the ROTC program focus on the essential skills of followership, teamwork and problemsolving. Each cadet spends one hour per week in class learning the foundations and the history of the Air Force. Freshman and sophomore students also attend two hours of physical training a week, as well as two hours of a leadership lab, which includes military drill and leadership activities. The leadership lab is organized similarly to the basic structure of the Air Force. In between their sophomore and junior years, ROTC students participate in field training for four weeks at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. Students have a very different experience at field training versus college, as it is their first taste of military life. Everything at UConn in the leadership labs is done in a friendly environment, while field training is more of the typical high-stress military environment.
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UConn’s Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, or ROTC, prepares students to become officers in the Air Force after graduation. Students train throughout their four years of undergraduate study at Storrs in buildings like the William Hall Building, pictured above.
Timothy Mertz, a 7th-semseter nutrition major, said field training is his favorite Air Force ROTC experience thus far. He said he enjoyed learning things like convoy operations, how to defend a base, run security check points and basic combat and survival skills. Perry said field training “makes sure young people we will commission in the Air Force are prepared to think in a high stress environment like active combat.” Perry called field training a “watershed,” or life-changing, experience for Air Force cadets. Following field training, junior and senior ROTC students participate in a threecredit leadership course, as
well as two hours of physical training and two hours of leadership lab. The second two years of the ROTC program focus on learning how to be a leader, according to Perry. Sarah Peschet, a 5th-semester ecology and evolutionary biology major, said one of her favorite Air Force ROTC experiences was learning escape and evasion tactics by playing paintball. She said the upperclassmen played the role of the insurgents, while the lowerclassmen defended the base. Peschet walked onto the program one week before her freshman year, because she enjoys working with people and being pushed out of her comfort zone.
“I’ve always wanted to do something military after 9/11, even though I was only nine at the time,” she said. Perry said students choose Air Force ROTC, because it provides them the opportunity to walk on and try it out. “It provides risk-free exposure to what it is like to be in the Air Force,” said Perry. Students interested in joining can visit the Air Force ROTC program on the fourth floor of the William Henry Hall Dormitory Building or check out their website at www.airforce. uconn.edu.
Involvement fair to feature 350 organizations By Katherine Tibedo Campus Correspondent The annual fall involvement fair will feature approximately 350 student and university run organizations. It will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 5 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Field House. Kristen Carr, coordinator of Student Involvement Programs, said, “One reason [we hold the fair] is to allow students a chance to get face-to-face time with programs and program leaders.” She added that the fair is also a chance for students in organizations to further develop leadership skills and provide all students a chance to meet new people and possibly make new friends. Last year, around 5,000 students attended the fair, and Student Involvement Programs, a division of Student Affairs, expects similar numbers this year. About 380 organizations applied to be in the involvement fair over the summer. Student Involvement Programs looked at how active the organizations were and their status with the University to determine the final 350. At the fair, each organization will have half a table to showcase themselves; no performance
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Approximately 5,000 UConn students attended the Involvement Fair at the beginning of the Fall 2011 semester, pictured above. With 600 organization to choose from, students are encouraged to attened the fair and learn about their options.
will occur. Maps will be available to help students locate the organizations they are interested in. As the fair will represent only around half of the organizations on campus, information for UContact will be available for students looking for organizations that are not at the fair. UContact, uconntact.uconn. edu, is a website where student organizations can register and
put up pages with ways to contact leadership and up-to-date information on the organizations’ happenings. The website went up last year and has approximately 600 organizations on it. In addition, UContact acts as a place for organizations to post about upcoming events. For example, the home page features a virtual bulletin board that rotates through various organizations’
flyers. Underneath that, news reports posted by different organizations cycle through. A list of organizations attending this year’s fair was not yet available from Student Involvement.
A new year means a new location, services and a contract with Microsoft aiming to save students money at HuskyTech. The on-campus tech support group struck a deal with Microsoft over the summer. For an added $40 to undergraduates’ fee bills and $60 for graduate students, HuskyTech is now able to install the Windows 7 operating system or the latest version of Microsoft Office, which includes programs such as Microsoft Word and Powerpoint, on students’ computers, free of charge. Marissa Prinzbach, a 1stsemester student in the ACES program, said she saved a good chunk of change when she bought her Dell computer without the operating system this summer. “I just got a new laptop and when I went in to buy it they told me some major universities offer the operating system. I ended up saving about $200,” Prinzbach said. In previous years, only students in the engineering and business schools had access to the free software and operating system. Now it is available to any student enrolled in the university. Students may also update their version of Microsoft Office at HuskyTech, and it is available in Mac and PC versions. HuskyTech is also taking over vPC, which allows students to access software online- such as MiniTab, Microsoft Office and various media players- through a virtual desktop. “The Library Resource Commons used to have control over the project and we just supported it. Now we’re taking it over and trying to push it out to all the students,” said Jamil Larkins, a 7th-semester urban and community studies major and HuskyTech student manager. The new services HuskyTech offers comes at a transition period. After a brief and crowded stay in the library over the summer, HuskyTech made a permanent home out of the Math-Science Building on the first floor. HuskyTech workers say the move is a good thing, bringing their services closer to the freshmen dorms and making it more accessible between classes. Maggie Bergin, a clerical worker at HuskyTech, said the move was anything but simple. “We had to move from McMahon to squeezing everyone into our library location and then finally to the MathScience Building. It took an awesome team to get everything done this summer,” Bergin said. “But the new location really is more convenient.” The satellite location on the first floor of Homer Babbidge Library will remain open for service as well. Technicians say students are encouraged to stop by for any problems with their computers, such as Internet or viruses and NetID or Student Admin problems.
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FBI targets Conn. town led by fox-hunting farmer
BRIDGEWATER, Conn. (AP) — The fallout over an FBI raid in a rural town that’s been led by the same fox-hunting first selectman for nearly 30 years is revealing deeply rooted bitterness beneath the well-landscaped surface. Bridgewater First Selectman William Stuart accuses enemies of spreading falsehoods to investigators out of personal grudges. Critics accuse him of running the western Connecticut town like an autocrat and using his control of vast parcels of land, including fields used by his fox-hunting club, for his personal benefit. Some who crossed him say they have faced intimidation tactics such as a severed cow leg left outside a doorway. Stuart, 68, said in an interview with The Associated Press that he assumes he is a target of an investigation and denied any wrongdoing. He said the small town, in the green hills of Litchfield County, is in the best financial shape of any in Connecticut and his enemies are pursuing vendettas. “This hurts Bill Stuart. It hurts my health. It hurts my pride. It hurts my reputation,” he said. “But it hurts my town. It does a job on the town.” Bridgewater, an hour’s drive from New York City, has a median household income of close to $100,000. The last dry town in Connecticut, it counts actress Mia Farrow among its 1,800 residents and has been home to other luminaries including director Mike Nichols and his wife, Diane Sawyer.
Conn. to hold annual Sept. 11 memorial service
WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) — Preparations are being made for the 11th annual Sept. 11 memorial service at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. Connecticut families who lost loved ones in the terrorist attacks will be part of the service, which is planned for Monday, Sept. 10. Both Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman have invited the public to attend the event, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. Those attending are asked to arrive by 5 p.m. The names of each of the 153 victims with state ties will be read aloud and Wyman will be the keynote speaker. The U.S. Coast Guard Cadet Glee Club is scheduled to perform. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Orville Grizzle will sound Taps.
Bear captured and killed after roaming Conn. town
MADISON, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut environmental officials say they captured and killed a black bear who’s been frightening residents for several weeks. Officials at the Department of Environmental and Energy Protection say the bear was spotted numerous times in Madison and had shown rare “aggressive behavior” toward humans. Most recently, it charged a homeowner who was filming it through an open window on Aug 28. DEEP officials trapped and euthanized the bear Sunday. At least one resident fed the bear, which state officials warn against. They also say residents should keep barbecue grills clean, supervise dogs and take down bird feeders by late March to avoid problems with bears. Officials say the state’s bear population of about 500 continues to grow. Last year, there were nearly 3,000 bear sightings.
Westport man faces sentencing for bank fraud
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Westport man is facing sentencing for defrauding Citizens Bank out of nearly $7 million. The U.S. Attorney’s office says Daniel J. Lyons Jr. is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday in federal court in Hartford. He pleaded guilty to bank fraud. Lyons was president and chief executive officer of an importing and exporting business known as Greenwich Trading Company. Authorities say that in February 2007, Lyons falsified audit reports and other information when he applied to the bank for a $7 million commercial revolving line of credit. In 2009, the company filed a voluntary Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition. In court papers, his attorney described Lyons’ conduct as an aberration motivated by his inability to accept the failure of his business and how that would affect his employees and customers.
Man drowns while fishing in Conn. river
KENT, Conn. (AP) — State police say a 22-year-old man has drowned while fishing in a river in Kent. Authorities say Felix Sanchez was fishing in the Housatonic River Sunday afternoon when he was swept away by a current and went underwater. Firefighters from the surrounding communities responded to the scene. Divers found Sanchez after about an hour. The Hartford Courant (http://cour.at/NKSJvh) reports he was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. State police continue to investigate.
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The items below list charges filed, not convictions. All persons appearing below are entitled to the due process of law and presumed innocent until proven guilty. Individual police blotters will be taken off the website three semesters after they have been posted. July 9 Christine M. Lee, 44, of Willimantic, was arrested at 11:04 a.m. at UConn Police Department and charged with hindering prosecution in the first degree and interfering with an officer. Lee turned herself in on an active arrest warrant. The warrant stemmed from an incident that occurred on March 30, 2012. Lee provided misleading information and omitted key facts that hindered police in their investigation. Her bond was posted at $1000 and her court date was on July 17.
tests, which he failed. His bond was posted at $500 and his court date was on July 23. July 18 Yesenia J. Fuentes, 39, of Vernon, was arrested at 10:32 p.m. at Route 195 and charged with failure to drive right and driving under the influence. Police stopped Fuentes’s car for traveling over the double yellow lines on Route 195. Police suspected Fuentes of being under the influence and Fuentes was subjected to a series of sobriety tests, which she failed. Her bond was posted at $500 and her court date was on July 30. July 20
Margaret R. O’Neill, 20, of Hamden, was arrested at 2:57 p.m. at the UConn Co-op and charged with larceny in the sixth degree. O’Neill was observed by Co-op loss prevention staff and police shoplifting a textbook and a package of pencils worth $59.39 at the UConn Co-op. O’Neill was stopped before exiting the store and was subsequently arrested. Her bond was posted at $500 and her court date was on July 17.
Michael J. Benjamin, 19, of Taunton, Mass., was arrested at 1:27 a.m. at Storrs Road and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, illegal distribution of marijuana or controlled substance, illegal possession of marijuana or a controlled substance near a school, illegal possession of narcotics with intention to sell near a school and possession of a hallucinogenic or less than four ounces of marijuana. Benjamin was a passenger in a car stopped for several motor vehicle violations. After a brief investigation, Benjamin was found to be in possession of 6.87 ounces of marijuana, a scale, $2325 and various pieces of drug paraphernalia.
George Latos, 54, of Hope, RI, was arrested at 11:32 p.m. at Route 195 and charged with failure to drive right and driving under the influence. Police stopped Latos’ car on route 195 and suspected Latos of being under the influence. Latos was subjected to a series of sobriety
Ryan N. Harris, 19, of Taunton, Mass., was arrested at 1:41 a.m. on Storrs Road and charged with a first offense of possessing less than a half ounce of marijuana, failure to drive right, failure to drive in the proper lane on a multi-lane highway, driving under the influence and driving
at an unreasonable speed. Police stopped Harris’s car on route 195 for traveling unreasonably fast, failure to drive right and failure to drive in the proper lane. Police suspected Harris was under the influence and Harris was subjected to a series of sobriety tests, which he failed. Harris was also found to be in possession of a glass smoking pipe containing marijuana residue. July 21 Terry M. Schlegel, 21, of Action, Mass., was arrested at 2:09 a.m at Marie Peters Place and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance or less than four ounces of marijuana and larceny in the sixth degree. While conducting a patrol check of Celeron Square, Police observed Schlegel urinating off the second floor balcony area. After a brief investigation, Schlegel was found to be in possession of 22.9 grams of marijuana, rolling papers, a cigarette rolling device, two metal marijuana grinders, several stolen signs and a stolen license plate out of Manchester. His bond was posted at $2000 and his court date was August 1. July 22 Eric S. Sutcliffe, 23, of Willington, CT, was arrested at 12:08 a.m. at Middle Turnpike and charged with driving under the influence. Sutcliffe’s car was stopped on Route 44 due to an active arrest warrant for the registered owner. Police suspected Sutcliffe to be under the influence and Sutcliffe was subjected to a series of sobriety tests, which he failed. His bond was set at $500 and his court date was on August 1.
JERUSALEM (AP) — One of Israel’s wealthiest businessmen may quickly be going from riches to rags, and experts warn he could drag Israel’s economy down with him. Nochi Dankner, a favorite of Israel’s business community who is often credited with helping rescue Israel’s economy at the height of a Palestinian uprising, is struggling to keep his mammoth holding company above water. IDB Holding Corp., which controls a large piece of the Israeli economic pie — a large cellphone company, a major supermarket chain, an insurance company and a cement producer monopoly, among other concerns — announced over the weekend that it may not be able to pay tens of millions of dollars of debts in the coming year. The plight of Dankner has raised concern that his bondholders could lose on their investments and Israelis could see their retirement funds, heavily exposed to IDB investments, in danger. “We are now going through difficult times. It’s not easy for any of us,” Dankner began a letter to employees last weekend. Israel’s finance minister, Yuval Steinitz, sought to douse the flames, estimating a “less than one in a thousand” chance that Israeli citizens’ pensions would be affected. Economists forecast a much gloomier picture should Dankner’s company founder. Because so much of Israel’s economy is controlled by Dankner’s holding company, Israel is in more danger than the U.S. economy was in during the credit crisis of the late 2000s, said Daniel Doron, director of the Israel Center for Social and Economic Progress. “It’s a domino effect,” said Doron. “Creditors would lose money. A lot of people would lose jobs. It would be a great tragedy.”
Red Bull heir arrested in deadly hit-and-run
BANGKOK (AP) — A grandson of the creator of the Red Bull energy drink has been arrested for driving a Ferrari that struck a police officer and dragged his dead body down a Bangkok street in an earlymorning hit-and-run, police said Monday. Police took Vorayuth Yoovidhya, 27, for questioning after tracing oil streaks for several blocks to his family’s gated estate in a wealthy neighborhood of the Thai capital. He was facing charges of causing death by reckless driving and escaping an arrest by police but was released on a 500,000 baht ($15,900) bail. Vorayuth admitted he drove the charcoal gray sports car but said the police officer’s motorcycle abruptly cut in front of his vehicle, said police Maj. Gen. Anuchai Lekbamroong, the lead investigator in the case. Bangkok’s top police official, Lt. Gen. Comronwit Toopgrajank, said he took charge of the investigation after
Vorayuth Yoovidhya, a grandson of late Red Bull founder Chaleo Yoovidhaya, is taken by a plain-clothes police officer for investigation Monday, Sept. 3, 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand.
a lower-ranking policeman initially tried to cover up the crime by turning in a bogus suspect. Comronwit himself led a team of officers to search the compound of late Red Bull founder Chaleo Yoovidhya, one of Thailand’s wealthiest men
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Days after Isaac, flooding and outages remain Nigeria uncovers
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Much of a finger-shaped parish southeast of New Orleans was still covered with floodwater Sunday and more than 200,000 people across Louisiana still didn’t have any power, five days after Isaac ravaged the state. Thousands of evacuees remained at shelters or bunked with friends or relatives. “My family is split up,” said Angela Serpas, from severely flooded Braithwaite in Plaquemines Parish. Serpas and her daughter were staying with her in-laws while her husband and son were staying in Belle Chasse, a suburban area of the parish. “This is the second time we’ve lost our home. We lost it in Katrina,” she said. At least seven people were killed in the storm in the U.S. — five in Louisiana and two in Mississippi. More than 2,800 people were registered at various state, local and Red Cross shelters in the state, down from around 4,000 earlier. State officials were uncertain how many people would eventually need longer-term temporary housing. Kevin Davis, head of the state’s emergency office, said that housing would likely include hotels at first, then rental homes as close as possible to their damaged property. President Barack Obama was to visit Louisiana Monday, a day ahead of the Democratic
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LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The roasted chickens had an unusual stuffing — $150,000 worth of cocaine, according to Nigerian police. A Nigerian mechanic who struggled in Brazil for more than six years had hoped the drugs would buy him a life of luxury in his native land, Nigerian authorities said Monday. “This was like a retirement plan for him,” said Mitchell Ofoyeju, spokesman for the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency. The accused was arrested over the weekend at the airport in Lagos after he came in from Sao Paulo with 2.6 kilograms (5.7 pounds) of cocaine, Ofoyeju said. Photos from the agency showed egg-shaped packages wrapped in gold aluminum foil and tucked into the browned chickens. The suspect, Vincent Chegini Chinweuwa, could not immediately be reached for comment as he remained in custody Monday. Nigeria is a major transit point for drugs coming from Latin America and going to Europe or the United States but recent security improvements
People stand amidst receding floodwaters from Hurricane Isaac in Scaresdale, La., Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012. More than 200,000 people across Louisiana still didn’t have power five days after Hurricane Isaac ravaged the state.
National Convention. He will meet with local officials, tour storm damage and view response and recovery efforts before addressing reporters at Saint John the Baptist Parish, the White House said. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney visited the state Friday. Obama’s Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, visited Bay St. Louis, Miss., and Slidell, La., on Sunday. “We are part of a team to make sure Hurricane Isaac is
put to rest as soon as we can for all those affected,” Napolitano said. “In the meantime, please know all of us are thinking about those in Louisiana who are without their homes or without their businesses.” Progress was evident in many places. Workers continued their return to offshore oil and gas production platforms and drilling rigs, electricity came on for hundreds of thousands of people and the annual Southern Decadence Festival, a gay pride
celebration, carried on in the French Quarter. In Baton Rouge, thousands of gamblers even gathered for the opening of Louisiana’s newest riverboat casino— an opening that was delayed three days by Isaac. Crews in the town of Lafitte intentionally breached a levee Sunday night in an effort to help flooding there subside, Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts told The TimesPicayune.
are cutting into that dubious distinction. After a Nigerian man allegedly attempted to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner in 2009, Nigeria started installing airport scanners and sought training for its agents. Ofoyeju says the scanners helped authorities identify more than 100 drug carriers last year, leading to the seizure of about 410 kilograms (904 pounds) of cocaine, among other illicit drugs. Authorities have found drugs sandwiched inside the fabric of suitcases, sewn into wigs worn by female passengers, tucked into underwear or hidden in phone chargers and even in a stethoscope, Ofoyeju said. “The list is endless,” he said. The weekend seizure may even redeem the agency’s image after the controversial arrest last year of a popular Nigerian comedian known as Baba Suwe. The agency held him for more than three weeks to monitor his bowel movements after a scanner detected what investigators believed to be drugs — but no drugs were ever found. His ordeal turned the comedian’s life into a potty-humor joke. The agency was later ordered to pay him $165,000 in
4 shot at South African gold mine in latest unrest
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African police and security guards fired rubber bullets and tear gas Monday at sacked gold miners who were attacking colleagues to block them from working, the mine owner said. Police said four people were wounded at the mine that used to be partially owned by the president’s nephew. The clash at the Gold Fields mine east of Johannesburg, reported by police and Neal Froneman, the CEO of Gold One International, was the latest violence to hit South Africa’s mines in months of unrest. Company spokesman Sven Lunsche said some 12,000 of the company’s workers “continue to engage in an unlawful and unprotected strike” that began Wednesday. He said it involved an internal dispute between local union leaders and members of the National Union of Mineworkers, the country’s largest union. After apartheid ended in 1994, South Africa pressed to share the country’s vast mineral wealth with its impoverished black majority. But the hoped-for result has not occurred. A small black elite has become billionaires off mining while most South Africans continue to struggle against mounting unemployment, deeper poverty and a widening gap between rich and poor that makes the country one of the most unequal on Earth. The mine where the violence took place Monday has previous business ties to relatives of Nelson Mandela and President Jacob Zuma — and was the site where firebrand politician Julius Malema, an avowed enemy of Zuma, pledged last week to make the nation’s mines ungovernable. South Africa’s mining unrest reached a bloody climax on Aug. 16 when police shot 112 striking workers, killing 34 of them, at
Mine workers celebrate their release at Ga-Rankuwa Magistrate’s Court, Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. The miners were among those arrested for public violence after the police opened fire on a group of striking mineworkers.
a platinum mine at Marikana, northwest of Johannesburg. The state violence was reminiscent of apartheid days and has seriously damaged the government’s image. Outrage at the police killings was exacerbated by prosecutors, who last week charged some 270 miners arrested at the scene with the murders and attempted murders of their striking co-workers — people who were killed by police. The National Prosecuting Authority was forced to retract Sunday, withdrawing the charges made under an apartheid-era law. On Monday, 91 arrested miners were released, much to the joy of their ululating
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Gay marriage debate is at crucial point in American history
he 2012 Republican National Cownvention covered a cavalcade of important and topical issues that the Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, will have to address in his run for the White House this November. However, the GOP is catching some heat for trying very hard to turn what many would consider to be the country’s biggest social issue into a non-issue. Gay rights are a major topic of discussion for this voting generation. Every great social movement begins with loud voices calling for change and reform. Unfortunately, the RNC has decided to make the issue exclusively about their own religious rights. Ann Romney discussed “real marriage,” Paul Ryan discussed “defending marriage” and Mitt Romney spoke about “honoring the institution of marriage.” Instead of making the hot topic an issue of traditional marriage versus gay rights, the debate now is centered around the rights of those who believe, either religiously or morally, that marriage is between a man and a woman. If we allow gays and lesbians to marry one another, we stomp on the rights of those people. We are supposed to find the idea of force-feeding the nation gay marriage to be unfathomable. Meanwhile, while we squabble over definitions of religious freedom and individual state rights, the entire LGBTQ community is having to put their rights on hold for an election in which the major players are afraid to talk about this issue from a point of view of protecting citizens’ basic inalienable rights. Americans are at a crucial point in our history. Already this history has been marred by the lack of women voters before 1920, racial segregation before the 1960s and Japanese internment camps in the 1940s. We are coming dangerously close to having another black mark on our nation’s report card when it comes to restricting the rights of the LGBTQ community. Every four years, our country has a chance to examine what the most important issues facing our nation are. This chance is part of what makes this country great. By choosing to skirt around the issue of gay rights by squabbling over religious rights, we essentially acknowledge that those of the LGBTQ community are less than other citizens by not affording the same rights for outdated and often illogical reasons. While no party should ever be judged based on its position on only one issue, the Republican party and candidates should be aware of the detrimental affect that their choice to avoid this issue will have on Americans who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered or questioning. 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.
Low voter turnout based on overall disapproval
f you’ve watched TV, been online without an ad blocker or read a newspaper lately, you’ve probably noticed that it’s campaign season. As it happens every few years, we’re barraged by a nearly constant stream of advertisements either for a candidate or, as appears to be more common nowadays, against a candidate. Obama, Romney and the countless Super PACs and other organizations aligned with them seem to be focused on tearing down the opponent, rather than building up their own candidate. People are frustrated by this. The By Sam Tracy two major candiWeekly Columnist dates don’t appeal to a large number of Americans, because they disagree with their policies or the negative way they’re running their campaigns. This contributes to the notoriously poor voter turnout in the United States. The 2008 election had the highest turnout in decades, and that was with only 56.8% of the voting-age population showing up at the polls. Some will claim that people not voting is evidence that they are happy with the status quo, but in a recent poll of unlikely voters by Suffolk University, less than a third said the two major parties do a good job representing Americans’ views.
It’s safe to say that a majority of people stay home because they don’t like their options, not because they think both candidates will do an equally fine job. One way to increase voter turnout would be to include “none of the above” as an option on Connecticut ballots. This ballot option would serve as a catch-all for voters who are not pleased with any of the candidates, and would help demonstrate just how many citizens are willing to vote if they like one of their choices. In the long run, this option may drive politicians to reach out more to independent voters, rather than their highly partisan bases that will vote for them no matter what. It may also lead to less negative political campaigns, as high negativity may drive voters to select “none of the above” rather than switch from one candidate to another. This isn’t exactly a new idea. There are already multiple countries that include a “none of the above” option on their ballots, including Greece, Spain, Colombia, Ukraine, and Bangladesh. The state of Nevada began including “none of the above” as an option in 1978, with the reasoning that voters also have the right to voice their disapproval of all the candidates. However, a feature of Nevada’s law was that “none of the above” could not win an election. Even if the option received the most votes (which had never happened in a general election but had happened in a few primaries), the “real” candidate with the most votes would be declared the winner. This provision led U.S. District Judge Robert Jones to strike
down the option just a few weeks ago, on the grounds that the option disenfranchised voters by providing them an option that could never win. If Connecticut were to adopt a “none of the above” option, it would need to be able to win. This begs the question, what would happen if it did? Fortunately, other countries have already worked this out. If “none of the above” were to win, then no candidate would take the office, and the nominations window would be re-opened. New candidates would have the opportunity to get on the ballot (old candidates would be allowed to re-apply as well), and a special election would be held. We already have this infrastructure in place in Connecticut – there were many special elections for state representatives and state senators in 2010, when some Democratic elected officials resigned their posts to serve in Governor Malloy’s administration. Of course, this would not solve all of the problems with our democracy. There are a lot of other policies that would help increase turnout and make our politicians more accurately reflect the public’s views – making Election Day a state holiday, allowing Election Day voter registration and implementing instant runoff voting, to name a few. But allowing citizens to vote “none of the above” is a step in the right direction.
Weekly Columnist Sam Tracy is a 7th-semester political science major. He can be reached at Samuel.Tracy@ UConn.edu.
Libertarian ideas growing strong in American political culture
My political science professor’s official advice to Mitt Romney: Be more like Bruce Wayne. I was really excited about having Labor Day off. Then I remembered I don’t have class on Mondays anyway. Weekends like this really make me wish they were building a beach downtown instead of a Moe’s...who am I kidding I can’t wait for Moe’s. Was their a massive funeral today in Husky Village, or is it just the end of sorority recruitment and everyone had to wear a black dress? North has been really stepping it up with the cardboard pizza this year. I feel like teargassing hundreds of rowdy college kids would make any situation worse, just saying. Cow tipping to country music on Horsebarn Hill. #IdeasForMyFirstDateWithTaylorSwift When did I get homework? There’s a tornado coming to UConn again? What was all that talk about safest part of the country again? This new smoothie place in the Union is the best thing to ever happen to my taste buds, and the worst thing to ever happen to my thighs. Lil Wayne, you disappoint me. 4 DAYS TILL GAME DAY BABYYY!!!!
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hen the Libertarian Party was founded in 1972, the vast majority of Americans viewed their ideas as strange, or even kooky. After all, they supported legalizing same-sex marriage and marijuana. These positions were unheard of at the time. In fact, I was recently speaking to a longtime libertarian who recalled a conversation he had with one of his friends, By Gregory Koch a homosexuStaff Columnist al, during the early days of the party. The member supported legalizing same-sex marriage. The other man did not. This is an example of how unusual libertarianism was at the time. It is very hard to imagine that same conversation taking place today. A July 2012 survey by Pew Research showed that a plurality of Americans now support marriage equality, with 48 percent expressing support, 44 percent opposing and 8 percent undecided. Even as recently as 2004, 60 percent of Americans were opposed. Back in 1972, that number was much larger, so clearly a majority that nobody even bothered to conduct surveys. Yet the Libertarian Party supported same-sex marriage and continues to do so to this day. Similarly, the Libertarian Party has always advocated an
end to the War on Drugs. In since 1972. Colorado may 1972, this was a very unusu- legalize marijuana on a state al position. As with same-sex level this November. Oregon marriage, there are no surveys and Washington will hold reffrom that time period, because erendums on the subject as a very large percentage of the well. Meanwhile, six states and population would have opposed the District of Columbia curlegalization. Forty years later, rently recognize same-sex marColorado has a riage. Maryland ballot measure and Washington to legalize marieach passed laws juana throughout legalizing samethe state. In an sex marriage this October 2011 year, but oppoGallup survey, nents managed 50 percent of to delay enactAmericans supment until after ported legalizreferendums. ing marijuana. One more state, If someone in will also Gregory Koch, Maine, 1972 had said hold a referendum Staff Columnist this November. It that someday, a majoris therefore posity of Americans sible that by the would support end of the year, legalizing marijuana, they nine states, or almost 20 perwould have been ridiculed. At cent of the nation, will have the time, this was precisely full marriage equality. the reaction to the fledgling The Libertarian Party’s Libertarian Party. long-held ideas are growing in For 40 years, the Libertarian popularity. It is safe to say Party has held liberty-minded that they are no longer constances such as marriage equal- sidered “kooky.” In fact, the ity and legalized marijuana. For opposite trend is happening – the better part of that time, these libertarian ideas are starting stances were highly unusual to become mainstream. Ron and as far from mainstream as Paul, the 1988 Libertarian canpossible. Nobody, other than didate for president, ran in the the Libertarian Party, sup- Republican presidential priported these policies. Nobody mary in 2008 and 2012. In even mentioned these policies, 2008, he was simply viewed because there was no need. as a minor candidate who was Everyone agreed about them. nothing but a sideshow to Mitt However, times have changed Romney, Mike Huckabee and
“The existence of its political base shows how far libertarian ideas have come.”
John McCain. In 2012, more people learned to accept libertarianism and Paul managed a third-place finish in the Iowa caucuses and a second-place finish in the New Hampshire primary. Paul is hardly the only successful libertarian today, however. Barbara Howe, the Libertarian Party candidate for governor of North Carolina, polled at 9 percent in a July 2012 survey by Public Policy Polling. North Carolina recently passed a constitutional referendum banning same-sex marriage in the state, but many voters were upset by the result. Therefore, it is natural that otherwise conservative voters would turn to someone like Howe, who shares their fiscal conservatism, but also supports marriage equality. The existence of this political base shows how far libertarian ideas have come. The Libertarian Party is gaining ground on a national level as well. For the first time ever, they have a presidential candidate with previous executive experience – former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson. With a former governor running on the Libertarian Party line, it is clear that their ideas have gone mainstream. Staff Columnist Gregory Koch is a 5th-semester actuarial science major. He can be reached at Gregory.Koch@UConn.edu.
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Members of the clarinet section of the UConn Marching Band provide a rousing rendition of UConn’s favorite songs at the Band’s annual Preview Show.
By Zach Lederman Campus Correspondent The famous UConn Marching Band, directed by Dr. David Mills, performed their annual Preview Show at the Sherman Family Sports Complex, Saturday, Sept. 1 at 8 p.m., where they presented the songs that will be played at each football game. The campus was alive this past weekend, as the expressive and harmonious sounds of the marching band’s music filled the air. The band arrived at 7 p.m. for a rehearsal, which, along
with the main show, was free and open to the public. Once the rehearsal was finished, fans filled the bleachers as the three drum majors, Jason Reider, Chris Rizzio and Jeff Ventres, began to conduct the show. The band performed mostly modern pieces in the four-part program, such as Katy Perry’s “Firework,” Lady Gaga’s “Pokerface” and Nickelback’s “Burn it to the Ground,” but made sure to mix in some classic, True Blue UConn songs, like the Huskies’ Fight Song and “Old Connecticut,” UConn’s Alma Mater.
Michael Clarke Duncan, actor, dead at 54
Alongside the band, of course, were the baton twirlers and the UConn Color Guard, both of whom are just as much a part of the marching band as the musicians, and help change it from a musical performance to a full-on musical extravaganza. Not to be outdone in terms of showmanship, however, the band itself engaged in a myriad of fun dance moves, as well as some singing along to their favorite songs. Katie McWilliams, a 3rd-semester English and history major, said, “The way that all the different groups can come and work
together is amazing. It really shows how much spirit and pride they have for their school. They’re not just standing there, playing their music and twirling their batons; they’re getting into the feel of it and having fun. It’s inspiring.” The lineup received mainly positive feedback from the fans, with a few mixed opinions. Jeff Labella, a 7th-semester psychology major, said, “Overall, it sounded really good, and some of the songs they chose were great, but I would’ve liked to hear more of a mix. Maybe some more of the
classics.” However, some fans felt that the music wasn’t modern enough. Jonathon Elmer, brother of a UConn student, felt that, “most of what they’re playing is old stuff. Let’s hear some songs from this year.” Playing the role of the neutral party, McWilliams said it was, “varied enough that it will appeal to everyone.” Fans of the UConn Marching Band can see them perform next on Saturday, Sept. 8 at Rentschler Field, when UConn plays North Carolina State.
Rainbow Center highlights transgender issues
Michael Clarke Duncan (center) died Monday morning of a heart attack. His career spanned serious films like “The Green Mile” and fun ones like “Kung Fu Panda.”
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Clarke Duncan, the hulking, prolific character actor whose dozens of films included an Oscar-nominated performance as a death row inmate in “The Green Mile” and such other box office hits as “Armageddon,” ‘’Planet of the Apes” and “Kung Fu Panda,” is dead at age 54. Duncan died Monday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he was being treated for a heart attack, said his fiancée, reality TV personality Rev. Omarosa Manigault, in a statement released by publicist Joy Fehily. The muscular, 6-foot-4 (1.96 meter) Duncan, a former bodyguard who turned to acting in his 30s, “suffered a myocardial infarction on July 13 and never fully recovered,” the statement said. “Manigault is grateful for all of your prayers and asks for privacy at this time. Celebrations of his life, both private and public, will be announced at a later date.” Duncan had a handful of minor roles before “The Green Mile” brought him an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor. The 1999 film, based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, starred Tom Hanks as a corrections officer at a penitentiary in the 1930s. Duncan played John Coffey, a convicted murderer with a surprisingly gentle demeanor and extraordinary healing powers. Duncan’s performance caught on with critics and moviegoers and he quickly became a favorite in Hollywood, appearing in
several films a year. He owed some of his good fortune to Bruce Willis, who recommended Duncan for “The Green Mile” after the two appeared together in “Armageddon.” Duncan would work with Willis again in “Breakfast of Champions,” ‘’The Whole Nine Yards” and “Sin City.” His industrial-sized build was suited for everything from superhero films (“Daredevil”) to comedy (“Talledega Nights,” ‘’School for Scoundrels”). His gravelly baritone alone was good enough for several animated movies, including, “Kung Fu Panda,” ‘’Delgo” and “Brother Bear.” Among Duncan’s television credits: “The Apprentice,” ‘’The Finder,” ‘’Two and a Half Men” and “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.” Born in Chicago in 1957, Duncan was raised by a single mother whose resistance to his playing football led to his deciding he wanted to become an actor. But when his mother became ill, he dropped out of college, Alcorn State University, and worked as a ditch digger and bouncer to support her. By his mid-20s, he was in Los Angeles, where he looked for acting parts and became a bodyguard for Will Smith, Jamie Foxx and other stars. The murder of rapper Notorious B.I.G., for whom Duncan had been hired to protect before switching assignments, led him to quit his job and pursue acting full-time. Early film and television credits, when he was usually cast as a bodyguard or bouncer, included ’A Night at the Roxbury.”
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Tiresia, played by both Clara Choveaux and Thiago Telès, is a transsexual woman who is given the gift of second sight upon being blinded.
By Katie McWilliams Campus Correspondent The Rainbow Center hosted its first “Cinema Saturday” event on Saturday afternoon. The event, coordinated by Chris Richard, a 5th-semester psychology major, aims to present a new issue every week through the medium of film. “I designed ‘Cinema Saturday’ for the Rainbow Center by reading summaries on IMDb, and I tried to pick an ‘L’ film, a ‘B’ film, and so forth for each week. I want to discuss different issues every week,” said Richard. This week’s film was “Tiresia,” a 2003 film from France, which describes the tragic life of a transgender individual. The main character, Tiresia, is a transgender prostitute who is picked up by a young man and held hostage without the hormone injections that preserve her femininity. As her physical appearance transitions back to masculinity, her captor violently blinds and abandons her in the French countryside. Caught in between male and female, Tiresia inherits the gift of prophecy and uses it to benefit many local people. The film appeared to have had an enormous impact on the handful of students in attendance, with its depictions of hormone treatment for transgender individuals and the
violence surrounding them. Emily Guidry, a 5th-semester English major in attendance, enjoyed the film, but from a social activist perspective. “I thought it was a very somber look at the identity issue that transgender people have to face. It opened my eyes,” said Guidry. “These issues really do exist. I just read an article on the number of homeless transgender teenagers in New York City and the violence they face.” Stephanie Lumbra, a 5th-semester physiology and neurobiology major, agreed with Guidry’s statement about the reality behind the movie. “There was something to do with human trafficking. Tiresia says she had no choice, that in Brazil all the kids in her slum were little boys that become women and then prostitutes,” she said. Given the realism behind the film, students who attended the event were eager to discuss the connotations behind the film, not only for transgender individuals, but for the entire LGBTQ community. When the discussion turned to the importance of the film in the real world, Guidry asserted the film’s importance outside of the LGBTQ community. “Amongst the LGBTQ there’s
room for movement, but in particular a lot of transgender issues slide under the rug,” she said. Richard agreed, saying that the film’s depiction of Tiresia’s identification with male and female at different points in the film is a groundbreaking idea for modern society. “It would be revolutionary to think that transgender individuals would be comfortable being in between genders, not one polarity or another,” he said. The film’s controversial content served not only as a wake-up call for students, but as a starting point for discussion of sensitive issues. “It was really heavy, controversial and shocking, but sometimes that’s what we need to start thinking. We’re desensitized. This brings us to awareness. If we keep ignoring the subject, we’ll never talk about it,” Richard said about the film. Richard hopes to provoke thoughts and conversation with each event, and bring awareness of LGBTQ issues to students on campus. The next event takes place on Saturday Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. in the Rainbow Center. The film “Stonewall Uprising” will be shown.
Judging by the amount of books I brought with me to UConn (books to read for fun, not textbooks), I was very optimistic about the amount of time I would have to read. After receiving the syllabus for each of my classes, I feel that, unfortunately, much more time will be spent reading about science than fantasy adventures. However, I will try, as I always do, to read as much as possible this semester and not forget the joys that reading for fun can bring. Here are the books I hope to power through. The books I am aiming to read first this semester are “The Hunger Games” series. I read “The Hunger Games” and saw the movie but somehow, I missed reading “Catching Fire” and “Mockingjay.” I know, I don’t understand how I missed reading the rest of the series either. I thought the first book was excellent, and I could hardly put it down. Knowing how much everyone enjoyed the rest of the series makes me look forward to completing it even more. Last fall was my first semester of college. There were so many different things happening all at once and so much to adjust to that it was a little overwhelming. I found solace in “The Book of Awesome” by Neil Pasricha and I was careful to ensure that the sequel, “The Book of (even more) Awesome” was packed when I moved in for round two. Pasricha’s writing is extremely entertaining and makes you appreciate the little things that can often be overlooked. Over the summer, I was in the mood for reading a classic, so I reread “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, which I had originally read in high school. I was thinking about other books I read in high school that I might want to reread and realized that in all my English classes, I was never assigned a book by John Steinbeck. Since he is such an important figure in American literature and I like to consider myself a well-read person, I feel this is a major gap in my reading that needs to be filled. While at a used book sale, I bought a copy of “East of Eden” and look forward to experiencing his writing. The last book I brought with me is “The Tiger’s Wife” by Téa Obreht. One of The New York Times 10 Best Books in 2011 and a finalist for the National Book Award, this novel comes with credentials ,and with that, high expectations. Since critics praised the novel so heavily last year, I felt compelled to discover the cause of the hype. The back of the book only has one small paragraph explaining what the book is about but that is enough to intrigue me. I sincerely hope that I will be able to read all of these books this semester, and more. Each book I brought with me is completely different from the others, which will help mix things up as the semester progresses. Hopefully I’m not the only one who brought books for fun with me to college and reading, as I wished for in my column last week, can carry on past the summer.
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“The King’s Speech” was the most manufactured Oscar-bait that Hollywood has seen in a long, long time: period costumes, famous historical figures and great performers who aren’t challenged by the material. You can argue the plot was decent, but it was a bit ridiculous when boiled to its core. By Alexdown Sfazzarra Campus “SeeCorrespondent how a king saved everyone from Nazis by barely making it through a speech!” No. Colin Firth is good. He didn’t really deserve Best Actor for this. Tom Hooper is OK. He didn’t deserve an Oscar either, though at least he’s adapting “Les Miserables” and doing us a service. This didn’t deserve Best Picture.
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Shia LaBeouf stars as the gofer Jack in the movie “Lawless.” He is pictured here clutching at his side, stumbling away from a shooting.
By Brendon Field Campus Correspondent “Lawless” is one of those films that at its core works fairly well. However, when examined more on the surface, specifically concerning what we see and hear, it has several issues. The question is whether or not those issues are enough to sink the film as a whole. “Lawless” tells the story of the Bondurant family, a group of brothers who run a bootlegging business during the Prohibition Era. They consist of the gruff and intimidating Forrest, played very well by Tom Hardy, the loose cannon Howard, played by Jason Clarke, and the gofer, Jack, played by Shia LaBeouf. LaBeouf’s reputation has plummeted over the last few years, but he proves here that he can act. He fits into his roles naturally, and I can always take his characters seriously. Jack is the central character of the film, trying to prove his worth to his less-than-empathetic brothers. His arc develops well, and he is interesting and relatable enough to be the lead.
Other characters includes Forrest’s girlfriend, Maggie, played by Jessica Chastain, who I still feel, despite playing a strong role in the plot, was not given enough to do. Jack’s close friend Cricket is played by Dane Dehaan, who is definitely an actor to watch. There is also the villain, a lawman named Charlie Rakes, played by Guy Pearce. I just do not know what to make of him. His performance is very strong, and his deadpan manor is certainly creepy, which makes the character memorable. But his physical appearance and demeanor are such a contrast to the rest of the cast that he comes off as artificial and cartoony. The story of “Lawless” is fairly straightforward. The Bondurants try to run their Moonshine business and have to deal with the shady world of organized crime and the police trying to shut them down. The film moves at a strenuous pace, and you invest enough in the characters so that it never becomes boring. Action scenes are
frequent, and “Lawless” doesn’t hold back when it comes to violence. When combined with the strong gravity of the cast, the violence creates several suspenseful and even horrifying moments. However, “Lawless” manages to walk a fine line between grim and lively, and it makes for an entertaining experience. The primary problem with “Lawless” is how it is cut. It does not always display what it should, and it sometimes shows the unnecessary. Sometimes scenes end 30 seconds too early or begin several seconds too late. There is a montage midway through the film that contains several moments that deserved a full scene. This is especially clear after it is revisited and revealed to be a plot point. There are also a few too many scenes of not much happening and music playing in the background. “Lawless” has a decent soundtrack, but it relies on it far too much. The secondary cast is large, and it can be difficult to tell
who is who. The film captures the era and location well, but did they have to make everybody wear the same beige clothing? At times, characters seem to completely drop out of the story only to reenter abruptly an hour later. As a whole, it feels sloppy and rushed. I think one of the reasons why these problems are so noticeable is “Lawless” suffers from being ordinary. It does not break new ground or take any risks, which takes away from the engagement. The film is often good, but it is never better than good. I am faced with one simple and one difficult question. The simple one is: Should you see “Lawless”? Yes, you should. Should you pay upwards of ten dollars to see “Lawless”? It is a close call but I am going to say no. There is nothing here that has not been done better elsewhere, which you can watch for free. But five months down the road, when perusing Netflix or Red Box, give “Lawless” a look. It deserves at least that.
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Underrated: 127 Hours (2011)
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Natasha Calis plays Em, a young girl who is possessed by a demon in Jewish lore. The film was inspired by the real-life story of the Dybbuk box, and by a similar film “The Exorcist.”
By Loumarie Rodriguez Campus Correspondent
Though it was nominated for six Oscars, “127 Hours” was robbed when it walked away empty-handed. James Franco’s emotion as trapped hiker Aron Ralston, Danny Boyle’s sense of claustrophobia in his directing, the emotional gut-punch of seeing Ralston’s family and friends in his flashbacks while he tries not to die, the sleek camerawork to make the arm-cutting scene as tame and yet horrifyingly graphic as possible... the movie comes together around a simple subject and finds endless drama. It is a future classic that hasn’t received its acclaim yet. -Joe O’Leary
It should be common sense by now, after watching so many horror movies and reading so many scary stories, to never pick up those mysterious objects on the side of the road. These ugly or odd objects rarely lead to anything good. It should also be drilled into our brains to not investigate when you hear a strange noise. However, time and time again, curiosity gets the best of us. We find the same scenario being repeating in “The Possession.” The main question we should ask is what kind of father buys a dark, creepy-looking box for his young daughter that she happens across at a yard sale? Not to mention that there is ominous-looking Hebrew script written all over the box. Just looking at the antique box, we can tell there is something very wrong with it. This man is
obviously not winning any fatherof-the-year awards. From the point where they buy the box, things go into a downward spiral comparable to “The Exorcist.” However, the movie puts a Judaic twist on the proceedings, diving into the background of what the Jewish culture does when someone within their community becomes possessed. The box, or Dybbuk, as it is referred to in Jewish culture, is typically a wine box. In this case, it contains an evil spirit looking to take over an innocent soul. The daughter, Emily (Natasha Calis), and her father, Clyde (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), try to figure out how to open the box. But in the dead of night, Emily manages to open the box by herself. The spirit is released and slowly takes over Emily’s body, making her act animalistic.
At first, the only things Emily discovers in the box are an unnaturally large dead moth and a few other strange objects. But then the spirit takes an aggressive approach, causing chaos for the already struggling family. Throughout the movie, there is a great buildup to a horrifying situation that you hope never to encounter in real life. The films keeps making sudden jump transitions to this scene. However, the buildup is cut short. You are expecting more from the scene due to the buildup, but are then let down when not enough is shown. The movie also features “The Closer” star Kyra Sedgwick, playing Emily’s mother and Clyde’s ex-wife, Stephanie. Stephanie is oblivious to Emily’s transformation, until she is nearly killed during a horrifying encounter with her daughter. Stephanie and
The Possession 6.5/10
Clyde then turn to a unique rabbi, Tzadok (Matisyahu), for help. The American reggae singer, playing the only person willing to risk exorcizing Emily, adds a touch of humor to the movie. ‘The Possession’ will certainly make you reconsider whether or not moths are safe to be around, especially after a chilling scene in which Emily’s room is completely engulfed by moths. Despite the great horror elements, however, “The Possession” is ultimately your typical save-the-innocentfrom-evil sort of film, and the odd transitions downgrade the film. But overall, it is a decent horror film, uniquely incorporating something other than the usual Christian beliefs about exorcisms and possessions. The surprising ending is symbolic of the idea that evil never dies.
SUBOG held its annual outdoor movie, “The Hunger Games,” this past Sunday, Sept. 1. It is one of the year’s most acclaimed and culturally impactful films, still maintaining relevance five months after its release. Back when it first came out, several people, I amongst them, dismissed the film as a rip-off of “Battle Royale,” a Japanese film that pitted schoolchildren against one another in a battle to the death. A friend of mine told me I should not call it a rip-off without first seeing it. Because I failed to see “The Hunger Games” during its theatrical run, I attended the screening over the weekend. Now I can safely say that “The Hunger Games” is not only a rip-off of “Battle Royale,” it is a very poor man’s “Battle Royale.” First, to defend the notion of accusing a film of being a ripoff without seeing it, I define a rip-off as something that uses a known but uncommon concept or premise, but has less meat on the bone. The watered -down nature of “The Hunger Games” became apparent once it was given a PG-13 rating. “Battle Royale” contained brutal, graphic violence, which displayed the horror of the situation. “The Hunger Games” consisted of cutaway, off-screen deaths, shaky camera fight scenes and painfully obvious confrontational scenes, all of which lasted about ten minutes. The rest of the time we were treated to characters meandering through a generic forest. “Battle Royale” is an action film; “The Hunger Games” is a schmaltzy soap opera that desperately wants to be an action film. One of the reasons “Battle Royale” was so interesting was it balanced its cast. There was not really a lead character, so you did not know who was going to live or die. Because we got to know more characters, it made the idea and sight of them killing each other more emotionally devastating. In “The Hunger Games,” we know from the beginning Katniss is going to live and we dare not give anyone but the love interest and space filler any development lest they begin to gain our empathy. Wasn’t one of the primary thematic elements of the “The Hunger Games” how sadistic the world had become, now look at teenagers slicing each other’s throats as entertainment? This theme would have been a lot stronger if we were treated to brutal fights to the death and cold-blooded murder, because we would have become the audience in the film. After all, to enjoy the film is to enjoy the bloodbath. Actually, when you look at it that way, you can also make the argument that it is a rip-off of “The Truman Show.” “Battle Royale” succeeded because it was raw. It promised a gruesome, disturbing and strangely exhilarating experience, and it delivered. “The Hunger Games,” on the other hand, feels processed, a predictable story with a single dimension that it doesn’t even bother to explore. In the end, I suppose being a rip-off of something doesn’t matter, as long as the product holds up on its own. “Battle Royale” is a good film; “The Hunger Games” is not.
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‘Paranorman’ supernaturally good
By Zarrin Ahmed Campus Correspondent
Stop-motion animated comedy “Paranorman” impresses even adult critics with its spectacular visuals and witty allusions. Released nationally on Aug. 17, ‘Paranorman’ was created by Laika Entertainment, the same people behind the equally visually-appealing “Coraline.” The film scored over $14 million on its opening weekend, earning third place in the box office behind “The Expendables” and “The Bourne Legacy.” The story revolves around Norman Babcock, a young boy trying to survive middle school in a town called Blithe Hollow. Why the title, “Paranorman”? Norman can see and talk to ghosts, including the ghost of his grandmother, who stays in his living room; this subjects Norman to the ridicule of the entire town. In a town obsessed with a certain witch that cast a curse on them centuries ago, the only person who believes in Norman’s abilities is a chubby redhead named Neil.
Though the movie is intended for children, it contains occasional swears and inappropriate references that made adult audience members in the screening I attended chuckle. It makes tributes to horror thrillers like “Halloween” and “Friday the 13th,” contains a
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jay-Z’s entrance said it all: He bounced up and down on top of the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, mimicking Rocky before he took the stage in front of nearly 50,000. His song “Made In America” played in the background. Jay-Z, like Rocky Balboa, has a rags-to-riches American dream story, and the 42-yearold entertainer — who grew up in the Brooklyn projects and released his debut album in 1996 — shared some of that through songs in his 90-minute set Saturday night at the Budweiser Made In America festival. He entered from the back of the stage after running down the steps to perform “Public Service Announcement.” That
was followed with the night’s first cameo: a prerecorded video with President Barack Obama. Obama urged the crowd to vote this fall. He also said JayZ’s story is “what Made In America means” and added that he enjoys listening to the rapper’s music on his iPod. Jay-Z headlined the first night of the two-day festival he curated, performing hits like “99 Problems,” ‘’Dirt Off Your Shoulder,” ‘’Big Pimpin’” and “Empire State of Mind.” The event is the first of its kind for the entrepreneurial JayZ, who is married to superstar Beyonce and owns a music management company, fashion line, nightclub and restaurant; he’s also a co-owner of the Brooklyn Nets. “Since you were so good to
From left to right, Alvin, Courtney, Mitch, Neil and Norman make their way through their zombie-ridden town.
good amount of potty humor and does not skimp on scary movie details. Parts of the
movie even made me jump, and I am certain that the sight of corpses and death easily scared young children. What made the movie so enjoyable for me, however, was the multitude of strong messages behind the comedy and the visuals. At the core of
the movie is a feeling of genuine rage at the idiocy of the mob mentality and the tendency to terrorize and ostracize those who refuse to blend in. My favorite scene is one that audiences have to really pay attention to in order to catch. It is a 10-second scene where zombies are shocked at the things they see around them – gluttony, pop culture, strip clubs, immodesty, the crazy cartoons that children seem to enjoy and more. Adding to the message against the need to blend in, these symbols also present a different perspective on things that we have come to accept as a culture. Of course, “Paranorman” is primarily a comedy, which it also does a terrific job at, with a mix of both subtle and potty humor that is sure to please an audience of all ages. All in all, “Paranorman” is a movie I would not hesitate to watch again and again, especially during the fall and around Halloween.
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Jay-Z performs at the “Made In America” music festival on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Charles Sykes/ Invision/AP)
me, Philly, I’m going to be good to you tonight, Philly,” Jay-Z yelled. Rappers Pusha T and Big Sean hit the stage, and Kanye West followed, receiving an electrifying roar from the crowd. They performed a medley of hits, such as “Mercy,” ‘’Dance” and
“Can’t Tell Me Nothing.” Jay-Z also brought out his former protégés and Philadelphians Freeway, Chris and Neff, as well as Memphis Bleek. Common, 2 Chainz and Swizz Beatz also made appearances. The scene was colorful and energetic, as thousands of music
fans shifted from the three stages on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to watch Skrillex, D’Angelo, Passion Pit, Janelle Monae, Calvin Harris and 10 other acts. Sunday’s line-up includes Pearl Jam, Run DMC, Odd Future and Drake, who was in the crowd Saturday night.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A co-founder of popular file sharing website The Pirate Bay was arrested in Cambodia at the request of Sweden, where he faces a one-year prison term for violating copyright laws, authorities said Monday. Cambodian authorities arrested Gottfrid Svartholm Warg on Thursday at a home he had rented in the capital, Phnom Penh, said national police spokesman Kirth Chantharith. “He is being detained in Cambodia and we are waiting to expel him,” Kirth Chantharith said. Cambodia has no extradition treaty with
Sweden but has requested details of Svartholm Warg’s crime in order to process his handover, he said, adding that Cambodia would act as quickly as possible. Svartholm Warg and the site’s three other founders were convicted in 2009 by a Swedish court of assisting copyright infringement by helping millions of the site’s users to illegally download music, movies and computer games. All were sentenced to one year in prison and ordered to pay 30 million kronor ($3.6 million) to entertainment companies, including Warner Bros., Sony Music Entertainment, EMI and
Columbia Pictures. Svartholm Warg failed to show up at an appeal hearing in 2010. At the time, his defense attorney told the court he had received text messages from Svartholm Warg’s mother saying her son had fallen ill in Cambodia and would not appear in court. The appeals court reduced the prison sentences for the three other co-founders from one year to between four and 10 months and raised the amount they have to pay in damages to the entertainment industry to 46 million kronor ($6.5 million). All four defendants denied the charges, arguing that The Pirate Bay doesn’t actually host any copyright-protected material itself. Instead, it provides a forum for users to download content through so-called torrent files. The technology allows users to transfer parts of a large file from several different users, increasing download speeds. Kirth Chantharith said a group of Swedish officials was scheduled to arrive in Cambodia on Monday or Tuesday to present documents concerning the case and discuss procedures for returning Svartholm Warg.
Cambodia arrests Pirate Bay co-founder
» From The Writer’s Desk
Poetry for Engineers
By Jason Wong Staff Writer
The first thing I have to do in this article is apologize, because its title is somewhat misleading. This is not an article written solely for engineers. However, it is written for people that I think the concept of the engineer rather aptly describes – that is, people who are perplexed by the idea of poetry, see no value in it and/or are daunted by the prospect of reading or writing it. In a nutshell, how does someone more comfortable with quantifiable certainties approach the admittedly whimsical and ethereal nature of poetry? The simplest way to describe poetry is this: a piece of writing that emphasizes emotion through the use of rhythm and style, for example, meter and rhyme scheme. But poetry is so much more than that. It is an expression of feeling, a written intensity meant to expose the aches, the laughter and the diverse sentiments of the human condition. How else could we talk about the exquisite sorrow of life and death, if not with poetry? How else to talk about the clear blue of a tropical ocean, or the cruel, life-giving heat of the sun? How else to talk about love lost? What better way is there to deal with our existential crises? In poetry, we find the strength and inspiration to take the road less traveled. Poetry helps us woo the people who, to quote Shakespeare, make us “scorn to change [our] state with kings.” What more, in good conscience, could we ask of it? Now, on to a more practical line of thought: how to read and write poetry, for those of you who are in a class that requires you to do so in order to satisfy a general education requirement. Reading and writing poetry does not have to be an extraordinarily difficult or frustrating endeavor. There are a few tricks that I find dramatically simplify the ordeal. First, remember that “form supports function.” If a poem has a traditional form, things like rhyme scheme, meter and how the stanzas are arranged can be very telling of the poem’s meaning. For instance, a sonnet is almost certain to be a love poem of some kind. Picking a format for a poem is like using a formula: as long as you stick to it, you will have something at least decent at the end. Second, when reading, discern what is literally happening in the poem, and then ask yourself what it all symbolizes. A poem is not generally a story, but it will make use of story elements to express its meaning. Metaphor is a good example of this. Think about what that old and withered tree in line 16 is really about. Finally, think about the tone of the poem. Is it joyful? Angry? Melancholy? Tone can color or even change the meaning of a poem, and I consider it to be the most telling part of poetry. At the end of the day, I cannot persuade you to read or write poetry for fun. What I hope I have done is made a compelling case for its value, and perhaps gotten you in the mindset needed to succeed in that general education poetry class you are taking this semester.
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Procrastination Animation by Michael McKiernan
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Horoscopes by Brian Ingmanson Aries (March 21-April 19) -- Today is a 6 -- You’re entering a two-day profitable phase. New evidence threatens complacency. A breakthrough develops regarding your perspective on money and finances. A friend inspires your dream. Share the results.
Kevin & Dean byAdam Penrod
Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 5 -- You’re on top of the world, and you know it. Finishing what you promised is most impressive. Over the next few days, redesign your situation for the better. Gemini (May 21-June 20) -- Today is a 7 -- Dress the part. Following the rules helps. Patience is required today, so take your time. You don’t have to choose yet. Encourage your team, which has brilliant ideas. Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- Today is a 5 -- You’re entering a cooperative period. Communicate straight up, without arrogance, gullibility or fear. Find a way to work smarter in teamwork, and then bask in the sun with friends. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is a 5 -- Fierce competition could lead to career advancement. A female supplies key information. There’s a test coming, and you may need to turn down an invitation. Encourage someone. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 6 -- Look into the future and imagine where you want to be, then start taking the necessary steps to get there. You could be like Merlin, and live backwards into the present. Visualize it. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 5 -- Make love a priority. You can solve any problem through partnership. Listen and learn. Count coins and pay bills for the rest of this period. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 7 -- Stay out of somebody else’s argument. Delegate to a worthy partner for awhile. Work can be fun, too, you know. Infuse meetings with imagination.
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Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 6 -- Postpone expansion (translation: add to your savings). You’re entering a work phase, and your status is going up. Avoid distractions. Postpone travel and launching new ventures. Gather information. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is a 6 -- It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it ... extra points for being gentle. Today and tomorrow are good for fun and games. Keep track of winnings. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 5 -- Be a gracious host and leader, even if there’s a disagreement. Your home and family could require more attention. Check instructions again. Let friends know what you’ve discovered. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 5 -- Plan carefully. Don’t try a new trick now. Find another way to work smarter to provide the requested services. Push past old barriers. You can do it.
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Beckham helps White Sox beat Twins 4-2 ISU Johnson shines in return CHICAGO (AP) â€” Hector Santiago was unexpectedly thrown back into the stopper role on Monday night. This time the converted closer was needed to help end a skid. He did. Santiago won in his first major league start and Gordon Beckham hit a two-run homer as the Chicago White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 4-2 on Monday night. After falling out of sole possession of first place in the AL Central on Sunday night following a 1-6 road trip and being swept by the Tigers, the White Sox won the first of a 10-game homestand. They moved a game up on Detroit, which lost to Cleveland 3-2. "Hector did a great job. You ask him to start, a guy that's gone from being a closer and being in the bullpen. He got sent down and stretched him out. This is a big one," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "You're asking him to stop a losing streak and he pitched a great game." With the White Sox playing at night on Sunday, Santiago was sent back home ahead of the team flight. "I got home last night and watched the entire game. I watched every inning. I knew what today meant and I knew today was a big game especially after the game was over and we lost," said Santiago. "I knew I had to come out and be ready and give ourselves a chance to win." Many of the White Sox players watched the Tigers' last out before going out to stretch while manager Robin Ventura practiced his putting in his office. The White Sox have won eight straight at home and 22 of their last 27 at U.S. Cellular Field. Jamey Carroll hit his first home run in three seasons for the Twins, who are 25 games below .500. Santiago (3-1) pitched fiveplus innings and allowed one run on three hits. He struck out six and walked three. Santiago started the season as the White Sox closer and later moved to a
Chicago White Sox's Gordon Beckham, right, celebrates with A.J. Pierzynski after hitting a two-run home run in the second inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins.
middle reliever. The rookie was sent to Triple-A Charlotte to be stretched out as a starter. "It's been fun because you never know what you're going to do," said Santiago. "One day you're closing, the next day you are in long relief, next day coming in against a lefty. Now I'm starting. It's just fun, you never know what to expect. The other day I threw an inning, 'You're done, you are starting Monday.' I was like, 'OK,' kind of shocking but ... It's kind of exciting because you never know what is going to happen." Santiago took Gavin Floyd's turn in the rotation who is out with a sore right shoulder. Addison Reed pitched a scoreless ninth for his 25th save in 29 chances. The White Sox needed six relievers to secure the win. Home run leader Adam Dunn was 1 for 3 with a double after missing Chicago's previous two games with an oblique strain. Twins starter Samuel Deduno (5-3) allowed two runs over six on six hits. He struck out three and walked three. A.J. Pierzynski led off with a single in the second inning, two outs later, Beckham hit an 0-2 pitch from Deduno over the left-field fence for his 13th of the season. "I wanted to throw a changeup on the outside, instead it was inside," said Deduno. "That was the mistake."
Carroll hit his first home run since Aug. 9, 2009, with one out in the fifth inning to cut the White Sox lead to 2-1. The long ball for Carroll snapped a streak of 1,348 at-bats without a homer, which was the longest active streak in the majors. The home run was pulled down the left field line. "I was just hoping it would stay fair. When I rounded first I saw the umpire give the signal," said Carroll. Ben Revere robbed Kevin Youkilis of extra bases in the fifth with a running catch on the left-center warning track. Santiago got help from reliever Nate Jones and Donnie Veal as they stranded Darin Mastroianni at third in the sixth inning. Youkilis doubled with one out in the seventh off Minnesota reliever Kyle Waldrop. Then with two outs Youkilis scored on Paul Konerko's single to extend the lead to 3-1. Youkilis earlier snapped out of an 0-for-19 skid and was 2 for 3 on the night. Joe Mauer doubled in the eighth off reliever Matt Thornton and scored on Justin Morneau's single to get Minnesota back within one run. Beckham gave the White Sox an insurance run with his third RBI of the game in the eighth. Alexei Ramirez hit a two-out single then stole second and scored on Beckham's single.
AMES, Iowa (AP) â€” Iowa State running back Shontrelle Johnson was forced to confront the possibility that he'd never play football again. Johnson has bounced back from months spent worrying about an ailing neck to be in the best shape of his life. Johnson, who missed much of 2011 following a scary neck injury in early October, celebrated his return on Saturday with the best outing of his career. Johnson rushed for a personal-best 120 yards on 18 carries as Iowa State beat Tulsa 38-23. Johnson and fellow junior James White will split carries on Saturday when the Cyclones (1-0) play at rival Iowa (1-0). "It's a good feeling. I wasn't 100 percent sure if I'd be able to play again," Johnson said Saturday. "But I got the word from the (doctors) and it felt good to be back out with my boys." Johnson was so quick and fluid against Tulsa that it made it easy to forget just how close he was to quitting the game. Johnson opened 2011 as Iowa State's starter, and after a couple of slow games he broke out with 108 yards in a 44-41 triple OT win over the Hawkeyes. But 10 carries into his game against Texas on Oct. 1, Johnson went for a block, got popped in the wrong spot and went down. Johnson lost sensation in his hands and feet for about 10 seconds and was ruled out for the rest of that game. Johnson tried to make it back onto the field in subsequent weeks, but in late November he relented and had surgery on a bone joint in his neck. Though the surgery went as planned, he needed months of therapy and rehabilitation before Johnson would even know if he'd be cleared to play. After deliberating with his mother about his future,
Iowa State's running back Shontrelle Johnson (21) runs for first down between Tulsa's line backer Matt Luetjen (40) and defensive back Demarco Nelson (20) during the fourth quarter.
Johnson pledged to do all he could to rejoin the Cyclones. But he missed all of spring practice and most of Iowa State's summer activities before being cleared just before the start of fall camp in early August. About all Johnson could do in his time away from the team was work out. So Johnson packed on a few extra pounds of muscle onto his 5-foot-9, 190-pound body. "It was definitely a hard time for me, being around the program and football and not being able to take part in anything," Johnson said. Iowa State strength and conditioning coach "Yancy (McKnight) did a great job with me working at speed and trying to get a little stronger, put on a few pounds, just focusing on things I could do in the weight room, and I think it makes a big difference on the field." Johnson's successful return has helped make Iowa State's backfield as deep and as talented as it has been in recent memory. White had a breakout season following Johnson's injury, earning honorablemention All Big 12 honors in 2011, and 240-pound junior Jeff Woody excels in short-
yardage situations. White had 54 yards on 10 carries against Tulsa as the Cyclones coaching staff used the hot hand in Johnson, but the pair will likely share the load this season. "There's two guys now, and Shontrelle is a special player," Iowa State quarterback Steele Jantz said. "We look forward to what he can do for us." Johnson has always been one of the more outspoken and charismatic players on Iowa State's roster. Coach Paul Rhoads said that Johnson's attitude and on-field demeanor have remained intact despite all he's been through. "I don't think there was ever any doubt in Shontrelle's mind that he was going to play. You're very thankful as an individual going through all that to get a second opportunity. There's no question he is," Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads said. "When he put his helmet back on and started playing the game again, there was no change in Shontrelle Johnson's style of play."
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A difficult time for Sox fans with another poor season By Carmine Colangelo New England Sports Columnist Excepting the most incredible September in baseball history, the Boston Red Sox are out of the playoffs. Again. For the third season in a row, the Red Sox have failed to make it to October following seasons that were filled with glimmers of hope, but ultimately ended in bitter defeat. In a word, it has been a depressing three years. I have only lived through 21 years of Red Sox history, but it feels like I have been through it all. I can vividly recall going to games up until the age of 14 and hearing New York Yankees fans chant the ever-painful “1918.” I was not alive in 1978, but I have been told the stories
enough times to feel like I was sitting in Fenway Park on that disappointing October day when Yankees shortstop Bucky Dent’s homerun earned him a special moniker in Boston. I was born four years after Bill Buckner let that ground ball roll through his legs in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, but I think I saw that video replayed more times than people have seen the “I Like Turtles” kid on YouTube. In 2003, I finally lived my own painful moment of Red Sox history. Staying up late for game seven of the ALCS, I thought the Red Sox had their chance to break that awful curse. Instead, Aaron Boone cemented himself in baseball lore and shattered the dreams of Red Sox nation with a walkoff homerun in the bottom of
the 11th. I had never, as a sports fan, felt as defeated. It was one of the most painful things I have ever watched, and I have watched a live hip replacement surgery on an operating room floor. Luckily, the pain was shortlived. A season later, in the most dramatic fashion possible, the Red Sox finally reached the holy land. After what looked like an inevitable sweep at the hands of the rival Yankees, the Red Sox went on to win the next four games and proceed to the World Series, where they swept the St. Louis Cardinals in four games. The 86-year-old curse of the Bambino had been broken. In 2007, just three years after that, the Red Sox won it all again. Now, five years after their last World Series victory, the
Red Sox have failed to make it to the playoffs in three of the past five seasons. The last three years have all ended abysmally. In 2010, the Chicago White Sox mathematically eliminated them from the playoffs late in September. In 2011, after looking like the best team during the summer, the Red Sox had the biggest September collapse in baseball history, dropping 11 of their last 14 games and blowing a nine-game lead for control of the AL East. 2011 ended like a bad breakup with the firing of Terry Francona, the manager for both the 2004 and 2007 championship teams. This year, the circus that was Bobby Valentine’s clubhouse may have done more damage to the team than last year’s falling-out. It felt more like watching an episode of the
“Real World” than baseball, given all the drama and rumors that have divided the team. Camaraderie was the staple of the 2004 team, but not one ounce of it could be found this year. Players did not even want to sit near Valentine on the bench. Where is the Red Sox team I used to know and love? What happened to being the “dirt dogs” or the self-proclaimed “idiots”? What happened to the good old-fashioned fun, like when Pedro Martinez was taped to a pole in the dugout? It makes me miss being part of the lovable losers. I used to watch nearly every game on TV. This year, I barely watched them, and when I did, it was between the cracks of my fingers as I covered my face in disgust.
What is most interesting about the Red Sox situation is how winning can change the feel of a franchise. One moment the Red Sox were the lovable losers and the butt of every sports joke, but with one of the strongest fan bases in sports. After winning two championships in a decade, however, losing is no longer an option, and seasons that do not end with a championship become a failure. There is no looking back, now that winning has become a part of the culture again. It is time for a fresh start, it is time for a little faith and, most importantly, it is time for the Red Sox to reclaim the togetherness that made fans fall in love with this franchise.
Jets are facing plenty of questions entering the season FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Doubts, uncertainty and lots of questions. That's what the New York Jets are facing as they begin preparing for their regular-season opener against the Buffalo Bills. Is the offense really that inept? Can Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow co-exist? What exactly will Tebow's role be? Has Mike Tannenbaum provided Rex Ryan with enough talent to return to the playoffs? Always confident, Ryan has said this might be his best Jets team. Now, they all get to prove it. "All that work that you've done, all the work that the players have done, the lifting and all the meetings and things, it's for this," Ryan said Monday. "It's not to win a preseason game. It's to be at your very best when the regular season starts." The Jets went 0-4 in the preseason and scored only one touchdown — last Thursday
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night at Philadelphia with all the backups and third-stringers in the game. With Tebow expected to give a boost to new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano's offense, the Jets showed little to ease fans' fears that they'll be able to put up enough points to be a playoff-caliber squad. New York became the first team since the 1977 Atlanta Falcons to go through its first three games without getting into the end zone. Whether it was Sanchez or Tebow, the offense just couldn't punch it in, and the Jets have been criticized for it for weeks on message boards, sports talk radio and by the media. For games that didn't count. "It was kind of strange," rookie wide receiver Stephen Hill said. "Like you just said, it is preseason. The games start this weekend, and we're looking to put on a show." The way things went in the
preseason, two touchdowns would qualify as a scoring barrage. Not that Ryan is concerned with any of that. "I don't care about how many we score," Ryan said. "I just want to have one more point than the Bills do, and that's every week. It doesn't matter. The defense has to hold them to this, the offense has to score — we don't care. It's all about getting one more point than the opponent and that's it. "If that means we don't score a touchdown and we still win, we'll be happy and the Jets fans will be happy." But they might still be a bit uneasy. That's why the defense is going to have to be up to the task of dominating opponents and closing out games. Ryan and defensive coordinator Mike Pettine have had some terrific units with the Jets, but they believe this one has the chance to be special.
New York Jets quarterbacks Mark Sanchez, left, and Tim Tebow watch from the sidelines in the second half of a preseason NFL football game.
Rather than being one of the league's powerhouses after being a win away from the Super Bowl in both 2009 and 2010, the Jets are now underdogs in many people's eyes. "I feel like it's been like that since I've gotten here," DeVito
Virginia Tech edges Georgia Tech in OT
from HUSKIES, page 12 seconds of regulation ticked off the clock, Dartmouth’s Colin Heffron streaked down the field and found Brad Jacobson on a cross. Jacobson netted home the equalizer with just six seconds remaining. “I think we thought we had the game finished,” Wasserman said. “We broke down and the guy got the cross off with six seconds left. That can’t happen.” Head coach Ray Reid said the team does need to work on finishing, but that it will take time and experience. “It’s like a Hail Mary in football where all you have to do is smack it down. We did not handle that situation well,” Reid said. “In overtime, this group showed a lot of resiliency and that they have some fight in them.” Since 1997, UConn is an incredible 156-27-15 at home under Reid, and the current senior class has lost just twice in Storrs. On Monday, UConn traveled to Michigan State and won 1-0 in their first road game of the year. Matheson was the hero again as he scored the game’s only goal in the 51st minute after a rebound from a Spartan defender. Seniors Jossimar Sanchez, Wasserman and Alvarez all received yellow cards over the final 22 minutes. Goalkeeper Andre Blake made all five saves and recorded his 17th career shutout. With the pair of wins, the Huskies improve to 3-0-0 on the season. On Friday, the Connecticut Huskies host the Washington Huskies at 7 p.m. The game will be shown nationally on Fox Soccer Channel. In 2010, Fox Soccer Channel came to Storrs as UConn battled Notre Dame to a scoreless tie.
"This is the best defense I've been around — ever," said defensive lineman Mike DeVito, entering his sixth season with the Jets. "This defense is incredible, so we're excited to get started and we love proving people wrong. That's our M.O." Because of all the questions surrounding the offense, many media members have New York finishing around 8-8 or 9-7 this season — and that's even with the defense playing at an ultrahigh level. Some say it will all come down to how the defense performs and if it can carry the offense all season. "We plan to be the best," DeVito said. "It doesn't matter what anybody else is doing. We plan to be the best defense. We plan to not let up scores and we plan to go out there and shut down offenses. That's our deal, so nothing else matters. Not what anyone says or does. It's all about what we're doing."
Virginia Tech defenders take down Georgia Tech quarterback Tevin Washington (13) during their game in Blacksburg, Va.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Cody Journell kicked a 17-yard field goal in overtime and No. 16 Virginia Tech beat Georgia Tech 20-17 on Monday night. Georgia Tech got the ball first in overtime, but quarterback Tevin Washington threw the ball away under pressure and was intercepted.
Tevin Washington's 10-yard touchdown pass with 44 seconds left in regulation had given the Yellow Jackets a 17-14 lead. Logan Thomas then drove the Hokies and Journell's 41-yard field goal tied it at the end of regulation. After Washington's turnover in overtime, needing only to
score to win, the Hokies got runs of 6 and 18 yards from Michael Holmes, before Journell spared them another crushing loss in a big early game. The Hokies trailed 17-14 until Journell, who had earlier missed from 38 yards, made his first kick. Until his overtime mistake and Journell's clutch kicking, Washington was primed to be the star of the game. Georgia Tech's run-first quarterback hit Deon Hill with a 10-yard touchdown pass with 44 seconds remaining, stunning the sellout crowd in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams. Four plays earlier, Washington was flushed from the pocket on a fourth-and-6 play from the Hokies 37, and after eluding a pass rusher, he found B.J. Bostic with three defenders around him for a 19-yard gain on the right sideline to keep the drive alive. The Hokies, who had gone ahead on Thomas' 42-yard scoring pass to Demitri Knowles with 7:46 to play, got the ball back and drove to the Yellow Jackets 24 with 6 seconds remaining.
The Yellow Jackets used a timeout to try to ice Journell, but his kick sailed went through the uprights to tie it at 17. Fans, most of whom came clad in orange, didn't even wait for the officials to signal the kick good, but took their cues from the reactions of those with a better view and were already celebrating having scored more points in the last 7:46 than the first 52:14. Before the offensive flurry in the fourth quarter, the game was a punting contest that turned on a punt that went awry. Georgia Tech had managed just two first downs when Hokies freshman punter A.J. Hughes set them up with a mistake. Dropped back in punt formation near midfield, he let a snap go through his hands and scrambled to fall on it for a 22-yard loss. The put the Yellow Jackets at the Hokies 24, and three runs tied it. On the 12-yard touchdown, Robert Godhigh went wide around the left side, dodged defenders, broke several tackles and scored easily, making it 7-7 just 26 seconds into
said. "That's just the way it's been here. I feel like it's something that motivates. I mean, we know the team we have and the guys we've got on the field and we're excited to get going. The confidence is there. You can feel it."
Corasaniti: Nationals are dramatic from WRONG, page 12
Nationals need to start thinking dramatically. Maybe even a little too dramatically. Let’s say that Strasburg doesn’t get shut down, and goes on to win three to five crucial games in late October to give the Washington Nationals franchise its first-ever championship. With all due respect, and with hopes that Strasburg has a long, fruitful career, let’s say that he blows out his arm in Game 6 of the World Series, requiring more surgery. Let’s say he never gets more than eight wins in a season after this. Will it be worth it? Would the Nationals and National fans of the future mind that they lost years of potential success when they have a beautiful “2012 World Series Champions” banner in their outfield? Or would they rather give up on this season, and take a chance that maybe (although very likely) their team will be good for years to come? This thinking may be a little dramatic, but it is how a championship team should be thinking.
Bolles and the defense lead field hockey to a 2-1 victory By Erica Brancato Campus Correspondent The UConn women’s field hockey team beat Penn State 2-1 on Friday to hold their undefeated record of 3-0 to the start off this season. The team has had early success thanks to its leaders, Marie Elena Bolles and the cut-throat defensive line. Bolles opened the season with three goals, three assists, and 14 shots on goal, proving to be the main threat for opposing teams. “I recruited her because she’s a 400-meter runner – she ran in the Penn Relays,” Head Coach Nancy Stevens said. “When Marie Elena takes off, when you get that kind of speed, I think you can outrun people. We rely a lot on the counterattack, and
we can do that because we have Marie Elena.” Bolles proves that athleticism is a key factor in the game; both her speed and skills on the field give her the upper hand against any competition. Last year alone, Bolles was the fourth highest scorer on the team and scored at least one point in 12 of the team’s opening 13 games. Without a doubt, this 2011 AllBig East First Team player will charge ahead and continue to dominate. Without a strong defense, you have no offense. Clearly, the Huskies have the best of both worlds. “We did start four seniors at back, so we had that level of experience and poise under pressure. Sarah [Mansfield] is a first-team All-American in goal
as a junior, so you know that level of goalkeeping,” Stevens said. The familiarity and knowledge on the field, along with Mansfield’s seven shut-outs last year and an overall record of 39-5 coming into the 2012 season, the defense is a brick house. It will be a battle for any team to get past the defense, let alone the goalie. This fall season is looking bright for the field hockey team. Their fantastic start and consecutive wins are great ways for them to prepare for future games. With a loaded starting line-up and a secret weapon on offense, the UConn Huskies just might be the team every opponent wants to beat.
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Junior Marie Elena Bolles has stepped up as a leader for the UConn field hockey team.
TWO Tuesday, September 4, 2012
What's Next Home game
Sept. 15 Maryland 12:30 p.m.
Sept. 22 Western Michigan 1 p.m.
Sept. 9 BU 7 p.m.
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Oct. 6 Rutgers TBA
Sept. 14 Harvard 4 p.m.
Red Sox lose 7th in a row
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Sept. 21 St. John’s 7 p.m.
Women’s Soccer (2-2-1) Sept 9 Central Connecticut 1 p.m.
Sept 5 Marist 7 p.m.
Sept 13 Syracuse 7 p.m.
Sept. 16 Sept. 21 St. John’s Georgetown 1 p.m. 7 p.m.
Field Hockey (3-0) Sept 8 Michgan 2 p.m.
Sept 9 Albany 2 p.m.
Sept 15 Rutgers Noon
Sept. 21 New Hampshire 7 p.m.
Sept. 8 NebraskaOmaha 11 p.m.
Sept. 8 Northern Illinois 3:30 p.m.
Sept. 7 New Orleans 1 p.m.
Sept. 4 Hartford 7 p.m.
Sept 16 Yale 2 p.m.
Sept. 7 Missouri State 8:30 p.m.
Men’s Cross Country Sept. 22 CCSU Invite 11 a.m.
Sept. 15 UMass Invite TBA
Oct. 6 N.E. Champ. Noon
Oct. 13 Conn. College Invite TBA
Oct. 19 CCSU Mini-Meet 3:30 p.m.
Women’s Cross Country Sept. 8 Dartmouth Invitational 11:30 a.m.
Sept. 22 CCSU Invite 11 a.m.
Sept. 29 Griak Invite 1:10 p.m.
Oct. 7 New England Championships Noon
Men’s Swimming and Diving Oct. 13 Oct. 20 Homecoming- Fordham and Alumni Meet Bucknell Noon TBA
Oct. 26 Army TBA
Nov. 3 Rutgers, Villanova and Georgetown 4 p.m.
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Andy Roddick celebrates after beating Italy’s Fabio Fognini in the third round of play at the 2012 US Open tennis tournament.
Murray beats Raonic to reach US Open quarterfinals NEW YORK (AP) — Andy Murray's superb returning muted Milos Raonic's big serving. Murray served strongly, too. Did basically everything well, really. Still seeking his first Grand Slam title, Olympic champion Murray reached the quarterfinals at an eighth consecutive major tournament by beating 15thseeded Raonic 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 on Monday night. Murray called it "by far, my best match of the tournament." Raonic was equally impressed by Murray's all-encompassing performance. "He took me out of the match," Raonic said. "Not too much I could do. He just did a lot of things too good today." The third-seeded Murray converted 4 of 12 break points and never faced one. After weathering six aces across Raonic's first three service games, Murray only allowed eight the rest of the way. "You start to see things after a few games. He started serving a lot of big serves. I was just trying to react as quickly as possible," Murray said in an on-court interview at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
"Sometimes they fly past you, sometimes you get a racket on them — and I got a racket on them." Raonic's 14 aces were less than half as many as he accumulated in any of his first three matches this year at Flushing Meadows, when he hit 30, 30 and 29. "I used a lot of variation tonight. Milos has a huge game, massive serve. I had to guess on some of the serves," Murray said. "I got lucky a few times." Next for Murray is a match against No. 12 Marin Cilic. Murray leads their head-to-head series 6-1, but his only loss to Cilic came at Flushing Meadows in the fourth round in 2009. "Really interesting for me. Another big challenge. Andy's obviously playing really well," Cilic said after his 7-5, 6-4, 6-0 victory over 50th-ranked Martin Klizan of Slovakia earlier Monday. "When I feel well," Cilic added, "I feel I can match up with anybody." Murray probably thinks the same way, especially with the confidence boost he picked up with his gold medal last month.
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– Jets head coach Rex Ryan after his team failed to win a preseason game. Sept. 29 Buffalo Noon
Next Paper’s Question:
–Nicholas Montalti, 7th-semester finance major
Men’s Soccer (3-0-0) Sept 7. Washington 7 p.m.
The Daily Question was the biggest surprise of the first week from college Q : “Who football?” State’s Le’Veon Bell after he carried the Spartans to a big A : “Michigan win over No. 24 Boise State.”
“If that means we don’t score a touchdown and we still win, we’ll be happy and the Jets fans will be happy.”
Football (1-0) Sept. 8 N.C. State Noon
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SEATTLE (AP) — Shaky lately at the plate and on the mound, the Boston Red Sox had problems in the field Monday that extended their longest losing streak of the season. The Red Sox committed two key errors and the Seattle Mariners took advantage in a 4-1 win that handed Boston its seventh loss in a row. “I think they are tired,” Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said. The Red Sox have dropped all seven games on their road trip and have been outscored 58-16. Clay Buchholz (11-5) went seven innings, giving up three earned runs and six hits while walking one and striking out eight. “Clay gave us the start we needed today. We scored first and I thought that was going to be it, we were going to snap out of it,” Boston catcher Ryan Lavarnway said. “But we can’t allow what happened in that inning to happen.” Seattle scored four times in the fourth, helped by the Red Sox. Buchholz got in trouble after Franklin Gutierrez beat out an infield single. He then walked Kyle Seager and, on back-to-back pitches, gave up RBI singles by John Jaso and Justin Smoak to right that put Seattle ahead 2-1. The Red Sox fell apart after that. Eric Thames lifted a shallow fly ball to center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury and Jaso tagged up, broke for home and then stopped. Ellsbury’s throw, however, bounced away from Lavarnway, and Jaso restarted and scored. “I wish they had given me that error,” Lavarnway said. “Jacoby is trying to get that guy out. He’s doing exactly what he should have and I played it into an in-between hop. I need to go out and smother that ball — absolutely need to keep it in front of me.” Miguel Olivo singled and Carlos Peguero hit what looked like a double-play grounder to shortstop Jose Iglesias. The ball slipped in Iglesias’ hand, missing the force at second, and he threw too late to first for an error that let Smoak score. Valentine said Iglesias “was just being too quick, lost the handle.” “We made the miscues that gave them two runs and that’s all she wrote,” he said. Buchholz became the first Boston starter in four games to reach the fourth inning. “Given the fact that we’re not really playing good baseball right now, not finding a way to win in all aspects of the game, it’s pretty tough,” he said.
Pro Side National’s Strasburg will be shut down for the season By Brendon Prescott Staff Writer Biggest Disappointment: Strasburg to be shut down Bad breaks just keep piling up for Stephen Strasburg, the young Nationals starter. After his fantastic performances this year, with a 15-6 record and a 2.91 ERA, Strasburg will not be able to finish his amazing season due to a post-surgical schedule for his fragile elbow. This means trouble for both the Nationals and Strasburg. Not only is he missing the end of the season and the playoffs, but his absence will likely significantly hinder his team’s chances of being a World Series contender. Strasburg’s final start of the year will come on Sept. 12 and, after that, the best team in baseball may not be as great as it once was. Biggest shock: Andy Roddick to retire following the U.S. Open Few people don’t know the name Andy Roddick, the aggressive, confident and hard-serving American tennis star. Roddick announced earlier this week that the U.S. Open will be his final major tennis tournament. Roddick’s 12-year career accolades
include an overall career record of 609-211 and a Grand Slam title. Roddick won the 2003 U.S. Open by defeating Juan Carlos Ferarro of Spain and also finished that year atop the overall rankings. On top of that, Roddick competed in four other Grand Slam title matches, in each of which he finished runnerup to perhaps the greatest tennis player ever, Roger Federer. Game of the Week: Red Sox vs. Athletics If there were ever two teams on the opposite ends of the baseball spectrum right now, they would be the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics. The Red Sox have fallen to the bottom of the AL East, while the surging A’s have won nine games in a row. The A’s showcased their power last Friday when they beat the slumping Red Sox by a dominant score of 20-2. The A’s came out with 19 hits, with home runs by Josh Donaldson, Brandon Moss and Josh Reddick. Not only was this game impressive to watch, but it also showcased both the promising future of the Oakland A’s and the dire condition of the Boston Red Sox.
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Wrong State of Mind
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
HUSKIES TAKE TWO
Men’s soccer improves to 3-0 after a pair of wins
By Danny Maher Staff Writer
Mike Corasaniti It is slowly but surely getting to be about that time, the time that everyone in baseball has been waiting for: the day the Washington Nationals shut down their ace, Stephen Strasburg. If you haven’t heard about the situation, here is the watereddown version. Strasburg burst onto the baseball scene two years ago when he struck out 14 Pittsburgh Pirates without issuing a walk. He went on to deliver a few more gems before being placed on the disabled list. It was ultimately determined that he would require Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ligament. The surgery usually requires about a year to a yearand-a-half of recovery time, so Strasburg ended up missing the entire 2011 campaign. Fast-forward to the 2012 season and Strasburg is pitching like the incredibly hyped phenom he was two years ago. He is currently 15-6 with an ERA under 3.00 after striking out nine Cardinals over six innings in his last night out. With the Nationals in first place in the NL East and owning the best record in baseball, it would make sense that the Washington management would be happy to ride their young star’s success well into the postseason and ultimately to a World Series appearance – the first time a Washington club would play for a title since 1933. But unfortunately for Stephen Strasburg and the rest of the National organization, management has dubbed Sept. 12 as his last start of the season, so that he doesn’t throw too many innings and reinjure his repaired ligaments. In a vacuum, the decision definitely makes sense. Pitchers often come back from, and sometimes only find their niche after, arm injuries and surgeries. But rarely, if ever, do pitchers come back from two injuries, making the men in charge of Strasburg’s playing time nervous that his career could be a short one. What the Nationals need to realize, however, is that this is no time to be thinking with their heads; rather, they need to start thinking a little dramatically. Since the creation of the franchise as the Montreal Expos in 1969, the team has made the World Series all of one time: in 1981, when they lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Championship Series. Now, let’s just compare the 1981 Expos with the 2012 Nationals. Both teams have/had a lot of promise, but both teams came up a little short (assuming that without Strasburg, the Nationals will falter come October). The attitude after both seasons was/will be, “We did not meet our potential this year, but there is nothing saying that we will not be back next year.” Back in 1982, this notion was very plausible. With a team stacked with young powers in Gary Carter, Andre Dawson and Tim Raines, everyone was expecting the Expos to be the “team of the “80s.” The only problem was that Montreal struggled to do any better than first place, and hasn’t made the postseason since that 1981 run. Fast-forward to the 2012-2013 offseason. The Nationals lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS, thanks to a pitching implosion, and are now looking forward to next year. There is nothing saying that they won’t be a first-place team once again. The problem is the lack of a guarantee, which is where the
» CORASANITI, page 10
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It took overtime for the No. 5 UConn men’s soccer team to defeat Dartmouth 2-1 on Friday. Five minutes into the extra period, sophomore Allando Matheson squeaked a pass through a pair of Dartmouth defenders to junior Mamadou Doudou Diouf, who lined up and drilled a shot into the bottom right corner of the net. In celebration, Diouf jumped into the stands and was swarmed by teammates and fans. The win over Dartmouth, last year’s Ivy League co-champion, extends Connecticut’s home-unbeaten streak to 27 games. Neither team could get on the board in the first half, but the Huskies clearly dominated, outshooting the Big Green 10-2 in the first 45 minutes and 16-9 for the game. UConn nearly broke the scoreless tie in the 22nd minute when newcomer Adria Beso floated a pass from the corner to a diving Diouf, whose attempt was off-target. But the rebound went straight to senior Carlos Alvarez, who quickly fired another shot that was saved by Dartmouth goalkeeper Noah Cohen. In the 41st minute, Beso pinpointed a pass to Alvarez, cutting toward the left goalpost. His one-timer shot went just wide of the target. Ten minutes into the second half, senior Max Wasserman’s free kick from the corner found Matheson’s head and then the back of the net, giving the Huskies a 1-0 lead. Matheson notched a goal and an assist in 69 minutes off the bench. “I was just working to get on the end of it because we all know we play better once we get that first goal,” Matheson said. Several Dartmouth attempts were squandered and the UConn team and fans prematurely chalked up another win. But as the final
Junior forward Mamadou Doudou Diouf chases down a ball during a game last season. Diouf has scored two goals, leading the men’s soccer team to a 3-0-0 record to begin the season.
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Sophomore Matheson leads Huskies past Dartmouth
By Miles DeGrazia Staff Writer Sophomore forward Allando Matheson put in a “man of the match” performance, Friday, Aug. 31, notching a second half goal and assist to propel the No. 5 ranked UConn men’s soccer team to a dramatic 2-1 overtime victory over Dartmouth. The win gives Uconn an unblemished 2-0-0 record, while Dartmouth starts off the season 0-0-1. Starting the match well, UConn dominated much of the possession in the first half but could not breech the cohesive defensive unit presented by Dartmouth. Early in the second half UConn earned a set piece opportunity 35 yards from goal, which they took full advantage of with right back Max Wasserman serving up a perfect cross for substitute Matheson to head in and give UConn a 1-0 lead. The next 30 minutes followed
the same script as the first 50, UConn maintaining most of the ball possession and passing it around in the Dartmouth half, looking for that pinpoint pass to cut open the tightly-knit Dartmouth defense. But late drama was in store for the crowd of 3,705, with Dartmouth leveling the match with just five seconds left, taking full advantage of UConn’s uncharacteristic pushing men forward late, despite already having the lead. “I think we kind of thought we had the game finished, and well, it wasn’t,” said Wasserman. “We kinda broke down. Six seconds left, it can’t happen.” In overtime, it took UConn less than 300 seconds to win the match, as Matheson stole the ball from the Dartmouth center back just outside the Big Green 18-yard box. He calmly slid the ball to strike partner Mamadou Doudou Diouf, who placed the ball into the side netting, giving UConn a 2-1 victory.
Coming off the bench, sophomore forward Allando Matheson was the spark that UConn needed. Holding up play well and being a physical presence upfront, Matheson was the perfect target man to supplement the crosses that UConn turned to late in the match. “We all know we play better once we get that first goal, so that’s all I was thinking about,” said Matheson. “The two [Dartmouth] center backs played very well all night, but I figured if I got a run on them I could out jump them, but if I was standing still, they would probably get the best of me. And once I got them on the run it was over.” Coach Ray Reid also had high praise for Matheson. “Obviously he changed the game for us, not just the goal and the assist, but just his play. [It] was probably his best play in two years,” said Reid. Reid also noted the importance of playing in mentally taxing matches early in the season.
something we had never practiced. We have bright kids on the team. We had about seven minutes to map it out and they went out and they executed.” The adjustments paid dividends for the Huskies, as it allowed them to get out in transition more effectively, leading to quality scoring chances throughout the half. Then, 45:55 into the contest, senior midfielder Alicia Angelini found Bolles with a pass in transition, and she promptly leveled the score at 1-1. Just over five minutes later, the Nittany Lions surrendered a corner, and again, Bolles managed to hit the back of the net. The corner was taken by graduate student Katherine Baker, and the ball found its way to Chloe Hunnable at the top of the striking circle. Hunnable ripped a shot from just inside the circle, and a lurking Bolles got a piece of it to beat Penn State keeper Ayla Halus
and gave UConn a 2-1 lead, much to the delight of Stevens. “Marie Elena was brilliant – she’s our breakaway threat,” Stevens said. “She had a worldclass tip on the goal, to score the winning goal for us.” With just under three minutes remaining in the game, the Nittany Lions had their best chance to tie the game. Whitney Reddig took a penalty corner for Penn State and found Amy, who had a chance to score her second goal of the night from just inside the top of the striking circle. Mansfield blocked away her shot to help preserve the victory. For the No. 6 Huskies, the win was their first against a ranked opponent on the season. It was their second against the Nittany Lions in the last two seasons, the first coming in the Elite Eight last season, also in comeback fashion.
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The No. 5 men’s soccer team host Washington on Friday. The game will be nationally televised on Fox Soccer Channel.
“Look at the resiliency of the group, to give up a goal with six seconds left and then to win the game again, you got to say this group is pretty resilient, pretty mentally tough,” said Reid. The UConn men’s soccer team
will face Washington next Friday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m., in a nationally televised match, which will be seen on Fox Soccer Channel for their NSCAA Game of the Week.
Field Hockey holds off Penn State
By Matt Stypulkoski Staff Writer
Junior Marie Elena Bolles put home two goals and junior goalkeeper Sarah Mansfield made six saves in a 2-1 UConn win over No. 9 Penn State. The Nittany Lions jumped out to an early lead just 11:14 into the game when Kelsey Amy beat Mansfield off a penalty corner, one of four corners for Penn State in the first half. After the halftime break, the Huskies tightened up defensively, which head coach Nancy Stevens attributed to the team’s ability to adjust at the half. “Paul Caddy is the associate head coach and he made some tactical changes at halftime that were really brilliant and really, I think, lifted the team and really helped us to win this game,” Stevens said. “We went from playing with four backs to four in the midfield and it’s actually
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UConn field hockey defeated No. 9 Penn State 2-1 on Friday. The Huskies host Michigan on Saturday.