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Interim President Phillip E. Austin, discusses housing, community partnerships and the health center at the Board of Trustees meeting held Tuesday afternoon in Rome Ballroom.
Financial Affairs approves 21 renovations By Russell O’Brien Campus Correspondent The Board of Trustees discussed the approval of various renovation projects at its meeting on Tuesday afternoon at the Rome Ballroom.
The Financial Affairs Committee approved 21 items. They included budgets for renovations to the bathrooms in the Connecticut Commons Complex, a planned practice basketball facility that will be located on Stadium Road behind the Gampel Pavilion and renovations to the floricultural greenhouse. The majority of the items approved were cosmetic renovations, such as replacing windows and renovating the facades on several buildings. The board also established the Office of Global
By Matt Sasso Campus Correspondent Witt-Kieffer, one of the nation’s largest executive search firms has been selected to aid in the search for UConn’s next president. The firm focuses on the fields of higher education, academic medicine, healthcare and notfor-profit organizations. This
will be the first time the university has worked with the firm on a presidential search. Witt-Kieffer’s website says that since 1969 the firm has grown to be the eighth largest executive search firm in the country. In 1995, the firm diversified its search practice to include education and not-forprofit organizations. In July
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really afford to hand out bonuses,” said Kovaci. He also thanked the university board members for freezing tuition increases and requested that the university allow students more of a say in the panel in charge of selecting the next university president. A tuition freeze has not been discussed yet, responded a member of the Board of Trustees, but would be strongly on the minds of the members of the Board of Trustees.
1998, Witt/Kieffer acquired Educational Management Network in Nantucket, Mass. and Nashville, Tenn., a small, but prestigious search firm specializing in education and community service and cultural organizations. The search committee is also compromised of UConn members and is led by Larry McHugh, chairman of UConn’s
Board of Trustees. “Searching for and hiring a president of a major university is a labor-intensive, time-consuming undertaking,” McHugh said. Witt-Kieffer’s role is to help us with the heavy-lifting that is involved, so the process can move forward as aggressively and smoothly as possible. Our mission is to assemble a
diverse pool of truly outstanding candidates.” When asked about how confident he is with the decision to hire Witt-Kieffer, Michael Kirk, UConn’s spokesperson, said that “the university is extremely supportive.” Kirk also stated that Interim President Phillip Austin is
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on campus. He also stated that the partnership with the town of Mansfield was moving ahead. The meeting began with a public comment session. “We appreciate everything you guys are doing for us,” Klajd Kovaci, a 7th-semester political science major, representing Jason Ortiz, a senior running for state representative, said. Kovaci thanked the board members for freezing bonuses given by former President Michael J. Hogan to his administration. “Especially in times like these, we can’t
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Programs, charged with raising the international reputation of the UConn and fostering international student and faculty ties. The Academic Affairs Committee and other committees also gave reports. Interim President Philip Austin touched on housing issues, the partnership with the local town of Mansfield and the UConn Health Center in Farmington. “Water is one of the biggest limiting factors,” Austin said while discussing the construction of new student housing. 75 percent of all students live
Michael Sohn, left, with former Republican U.S Rep. Christopher Shays in Norwalk on Nov. 4, 2008 as Shays lost his bid for re-election.
NEW HAVEN (AP) — The campaign manager for former Connecticut Congressman Christopher Shays was sentenced Tuesday to 37 months in prison for embezzling more than $250,000 in campaign funds from Shays. Michael Sohn of Fairfield apologized at his sentencing for what he called “my careless and reckless actions.” He pleaded guilty in March to charges of tax evasion and illegally converting campaign contributions to his own personal accounts. Sohn, who must surrender Nov. 30, also was ordered to pay restitution of $252,424 to Shays’ campaign and to pay $95,955 to the Internal Revenue Service for back taxes owed. The judge recommended Sohn be allowed to participate
in a 500-hour drug rehabilitation program. Sohn would be eligible for a one-year reduction off his sentence if the Bureau of Prisons accepts him into the program and he completes it. “The sentence imposed today is appropriate as this defendant, for four years, violated the trust of a U.S. congressman, campaign co-workers, and every contributor to the campaign,” said U.S. Attorney David Fein. Federal prosecutors said Sohn used the money to buy his fiancee a $13,000 engagement ring and for other personal expenses, including car repairs, theater tickets, a hotel, bed, limo, and a professional baseball game. An attorney for Shays’ campaign committee said in a letter to the court that he believes the theft was even greater than
the $252,000 cited by authorities. Sohn also used the stolen money to pay for vacations and gambling, according to the letter, which said the committee was forced to spend more than $300,000 to investigate the theft and for other expenses. U.S. District Court Judge Mark Kravitz told Sohn he not only stole from the campaign but from contributors to Shays. He noted that Sohn was paid an annual salary of about $100,000, calling it a “king’s ransom compared to what many people earn,” and said Sohn took the money to enhance his lifestyle. Sohn said in a recent court filing that he had a serious cocaine and marijuana problem at the time of the thefts, but has been drug free since his arrest.
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Backpage.com says it will not drop adult services HARTFORD (AP) — The Backpage.com classified advertising website says it will not close its adult services section despite a call to do so from several state attorneys general. Backpage.com said in a blog posting Tuesday that it will not drop the category because it has increased efforts, including working with law enforcement officials, to block ads promoting prostitution and child trafficking. Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal announced earlier that he and 20 other colleagues sent the letter to Backpage calling for the removal of its adult services because of concerns it could not effectively screen out illegal ads. Blumenthal said he plans to meet with the other state officials about Backpage’s decision. Craigslist closed its adult services section earlier this month after the attorneys general and others raised similar concerns.
Moody’s: Possible downgrade for Mohegan casinos UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Moody’s Investors Service has placed the Connecticut and Pennsylvania casino operator Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority on review for a possible downgrade over debt concerns. Moody’s senior vice president Keith Foley said Tuesday the gaming authority may find it difficult to reduce its debt in time to refinance outstanding bonds on good terms. The gaming authority operates casinos in Uncasville (UNK’ahs-vihl), Conn., and Plains Township, Pa. It announced last week it will cut 355 jobs and reassign 120 other workers in Connecticut following falling slots revenue in the last year. The Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville is one of the country’s largest tribal casinos and employs more than 9,000 people. A Mohegan gaming authority spokesman hasn’t commented on Moody’s action.
Gov. Rell seeks to ban gas pipe cleaning procedure HARTFORD — Gov. M. Jodi Rell said Tuesday she’s preparing to ban a gas pipe cleaning procedure blamed for a deadly power plant explosion in February. The announcement of Rell’s executive order came hours after a state commission created by the Republican governor recommended the state ban gas blows, the use of flammable gas to clean out piping, until new national standards are put in place. Rell’s decision to halt the practice was met with praise by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, the Washington, D.C.-based independent federal agency that investigates serious chemical accidents, including the Kleen Energy power plant explosion in Middletown. “Governor Rell has provided a model that other states and the federal government should follow,” safety board CEO Rafael Moure-Eraso said. “This unsafe practice needs to stop.” The state commission on Tuesday approved seven recommendations it will officially present to Rell in the coming days. The list includes the gas blow ban, more training for regulatory personnel and creating a coordinating council of state agencies to share information during the construction of large power plants.
World’s oldest man marks 114th birthday in US GREAT FALLS, Montana (AP) — A Montana resident believed to be the world’s oldest man celebrated his 114th birthday Tuesday at a retirement home in Great Falls. Walter Breuning was born on Sept. 21, 1896, in Melrose, Minnesota, and moved to Montana in 1918, where he worked as a clerk for the Great Northern Railway for 50 years. His wife, Agnes, a railroad telegraph operator from Butte, died in 1957. The couple had no children. Breuning inherited the distinction of being the world’s oldest man in July 2009 when Briton Henry Allingham died at age 113. Allingham had joked that the secret to long life was “Cigarettes, whisky and wild, wild women — and a good sense of humor,” according to Guinness World Records. The Guinness organization and the Gerontology Research Group each have verified Breuning as the world’s oldest man and the fourth-oldest person. Three women were born earlier in the same year as Breuning. Robert Young, senior consultant for gerontology for Guinness World Records, presented Breuning with a copy of the book’s 2011 edition that lists him as the record holder. “Walter wasn’t in last year’s edition,” Young joked. “He was too young.”
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010
DREAM Act dies with rejection of defense bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — The chance for hundreds of thousands of young people to legally remain in the U.S. evaporated Tuesday when Republicans blocked a defense spending bill in the Senate. Democrats failed to get a single Republican to help them reach the 60 votes needed to move forward on the defense bill and attach the DREAM Act as an amendment. The vote was 56-43. Arkansas Democratic Sens. Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor voted with Republicans. Majority Leader Harry Reid also voted to block the bill in a procedural move that allows the defense bill to be revived later. The DREAM Act allows young people to become legal U.S. residents after spending two years in college or the military. It applies to those who were under 16 when they arrived in the U.S., have been in the country at least five years and have a diploma from a U.S. high school or the equivalent. Several young people who would have benefited from the
legislation watched the vote from the gallery, some wearing graduation caps and gowns. Many sat stone-faced when the vote tally was read. A young woman dressed in a gold cap and gown wiped away tears. Most of the young immigrants knew victory was unlikely, but in the hours before the vote they walked the hallways of a Senate office building trying to drum up support. “I was kind of speechless. It’s something that hurt, but we are not stopping. They only gave us a chance and more time to get even bigger,” said Diana Banderas, who graduated from high school in May and plans to go to community college after earning the money she needs to attend. Republicans accused Democrats of playing politics with the defense bill and the DREAM Act. South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who has supported legislation legalizing illegal immigrants in the past, said Democrats were trying to galvanize Hispanics and ener-
gize their voters by trying to tack the DREAM Act onto the defense bill. The bill also included a measure to repeal the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays. “I don’t think anyone in the country will hold it against us for voting against their way of doing business,” Graham said. Reid, D-Nev., said Republicans were “putting partisan politics ahead of the best interests of the men and women who courageously defend our nation” by blocking the bill, which would have authorized $726 billion in defense spending, including a pay raise for troops. Sen. Dick Durbin, the majority whip, said repealing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and passing the DREAM Act were a matter of justice and fairness. “We do not in this country hold the crimes and misdeeds of parents against their children,” Durbin, D-Ill., said in reference to the DREAM Act. He has been trying to pass the legislation for about a decade.
Earlier Tuesday, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said he sent a letter to Reid and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., backing the DREAM Act. “America is the only country they know ... they deserve every opportunity to go further in life. Our country needs the benefits of their skills, their talent and their passion,” Duncan said. Congress has failed to take up a comprehensive immigration bill the past two years. President Barack Obama has been under fire in the Hispanic community for failing to keep his promise to tackle immigration reform in the first year of his presidency. Some have feared Latino voters will stay home in November because of the inaction. Graham had been working with Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., to draft an immigration reform bill but dropped out of the process as he took criticism in his state. Democrats were unable to persuade any other Republicans to take his place.
Hurricane Igor hits Canada with heavy rains ST. JOHN’S, Newfoundland (AP) — Hurricane Igor pelted eastern Canada with heavy rain Tuesday, flooding communities, washing out roads and stranding some residents in their homes. In the Pacific, a mild tropical storm formed and was expected to cross the Mexican resort area of Baja California later in the day. Forecasters issued a tropical storm warning and a hurricane watch for Igor on the coast of Newfoundland, on Canada’s eastern coast. “This is not your normal heavy rainfall flooding. It’s having a major impact,” said Chris Fogarty, of the Canadian Hurricane Centre. He said more than 200 millimeters (8 inches) of rain have already fallen in some regions in the past few hours. Dennis Shea of the province’s Emergency and Fire Services office said several communities have been cut off by high water and in some cases boats have been used to rescue people from their own homes. At least three towns,
Clarenville, Marystown and Terrenceville, declared states of emergency because of localized flooding that made roads impassable. Marystown Mayor Sam Synard said the storm was overwhelming his community’s capacity to cope. “We’ve never seen such a violent storm before,” Synard said. “We’ve lost sections of our main roads, completely washed out to sea.” Keith Rodway, a member of Clarenville town council, said parts of his town had to be evacuated. There have been no reports of injuries or fatalities. The Pacific tropical storm, Georgette, had maximum sustained winds near 40 mph (65 kph), but was expected to weaken as it moves over the Baja California peninsula later Tuesday. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Georgette was expected to dissipate by early Thursday. Georgette was located about 30 miles (45 kilometers) south-southeast of Cabo San
Water rushes from a storm drain as heavy rains from Hurricane Igor hit St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada on Tuesday.
Lucas, Mexico, on Tuesday morning and was moving north-northwest near 9 mph (15 kph). A tropical storm warning was issued for southern Baja California.
Along eastern Canada, Igor was transforming to a posttropical storm, which has a different structure from a hurricane but still packs the same punch, Fogarty said.
Researcher: Meth decline not linked to campaign BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A new study concludes that a multimillion-dollar advertising campaign to deter youths from trying methamphetamines has failed to speed up a long-standing decline in the drug’s use. Economics researcher D. Mark Anderson of the University of Washington said Tuesday that abuse of the drug already was on the decline because of more aggressive law enforcement before the high-profile Montana Meth Project began in 2005. Identical programs have since been launched in seven other states: Arizona, Idaho, Illinois, Wyoming, Colorado,
Hawaii and Georgia. Using billboards and other advertisements that link meth abuse to teen prostitution, crime, self-injury and death, the campaign has been trumpeted as a success by many politicians and law enforcement officials. It was started by software billionaire Tom Siebel and has cost about $50 million to date, including $13 million in Montana, said Nitsa Zuppas, executive director of the Siebel Foundation. Funding has come from both private and government sources. But Anderson’s study in the September issue of the Journal of Health Economics calls into
question whether the advertising money is being well spent. Anderson compared Montana meth usage trends between 1999 and 2009 with trends in neighboring states and the nation. “When I control for the fact that meth has not only been decreasing in Montana over a long time period but also pretty much everywhere else, I find no effect from the project,” he said. That conclusion attracted quick criticism from campaign supporters, including former Montana U.S. Attorney Bill Mercer, who said arrests of meth dealers held steady through most of the last decade until the ad campaign
reduced demand for the drug. Montana Meth Project director Bill Slaughter faulted Anderson’s conclusions and said Anderson had failed to consider drops in meth-related crime and workplace use of the drug by adults. “(Anderson) takes a couple of points of comparison and concludes the meth project has not had an impression,” Slaughter said. Supporters also argued that the decline in meth abuse has accelerated since the campaign was launched. Between 1999 and 2005, the number of youths reporting they had used meth fell 39 percent. Between 2005 and 2009, the drop was 63 percent.
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Republicans block bill to lift US military gay ban WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked legislation that would have repealed the law banning gays from serving openly in the U.S. military. The partisan vote was a defeat for Senate Democrats and gay rights advocates, who saw the bill as their last chance before November’s elections to overturn the law known as “don’t ask, don’t tell.” With the 56-43 vote, Democrats fell short of the 60 votes needed in the 100-member chamber to advance the legislation. It also would have authorized $726 billion in defense spending including a pay raise for troops. Senate Democrats attached the repeal provision to the defense bill in the hopes that Republicans would hesitate to vote against legislation that included popular defense programs. But Republican legislators opposed the bill anyway, thwarting a key part of the Democrats’ legislative agenda.
Now, gay rights advocates say they worry they have lost a crucial opportunity to change the law. If Democrats lose seats in the upcoming elections, repealing the ban could prove even more difficult — if not impossible — next year. “The whole thing is a political train wreck,” said Richard Socarides, a former White House adviser on gay rights during the Clinton administration. Socarides said President Barack Obama, who voiced support for the measure in his 2008 campaign, “badly miscalculated” the Pentagon’s support for repeal, while Democrats made only a “token effort” to advance the bill. “If it was a priority for the Democratic leadership, they would get a clean vote on this,” he said. Democratic Sens. Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor both sided with Republicans to block the bill. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, also voted against the measure as a pro-
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked legislation that would have repealed the law banning gays from serving openly in the U.S.military. The partisan vote was a defeat for Senate Democrats and gay rights advocates, who saw the bill as their last chance before November’s elections to overturn the law known as “don’t ask, don’t tell.” With the 56-43 vote, Democrats fell short of the 60 votes needed in the 100-member chamber to advance the legislation. It also would have authorized $726 billion in defense spending including a pay raise for troops. Senate Democrats attached the repeal provision to the defense bill in the hopes that Republicans would hesitate to vote against legislation that included popular defense programs. But Republican legislators opposed the bill anyway, thwarting a key part of the Democrats’ legislative agenda. Now, gay rights advocates say they worry they have lost a crucial opportunity to change the law. If Democrats lose seats in the upcoming elections, repealing the ban could prove even more difficult — if not impossible — next year. “The whole thing is a political train wreck,” said Richard Socarides, a former White House adviser on gay rights during the Clinton administration.
Socarides said President Barack Obama, who voiced support for the measure in his 2008 campaign, “badly miscalculated” the Pentagon’s support for repeal, while Democrats made only a “token effort” to advance the bill. “If it was a priority for the Democratic leadership, they would get a clean vote on this,” he said. Democratic Sens. Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor both sided with Republicans to block the bill. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, also voted against the measure as a procedural tactic. Under Senate rules, casting his vote with the majority of the Senate enables him to revive the bill at a later date if he wants. Republican Sen. Susan Collins had been seen as the crucial 60th vote because she supports overturning the military ban. But Collins agreed with her party colleagues that Republicans were not given sufficient chance to offer amendments. Reid allowed Republicans the opportunity to offer only one amendment to address their objections on the military’s policy on gays. Collins said she planned to vote against advancing the bill unless Democrats agreed to extend debate so that her colleagues could weigh in on other issues. Jim Manley, a spokesman for Reid, said the senator would be
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cedural tactic. Under Senate rules, casting his vote with the majority of the Senate enables him to revive the bill at a later date if he wants. Republican Sen. Susan Collins had been seen as the crucial 60th vote because she supports overturning the military ban. But Collins agreed with her party colleagues that Republicans were not given sufficient chance to offer amendments. Reid allowed Republicans the opportunity to offer only one amendment to address their objections on the military’s policy on gays. Collins said she planned to vote against advancing the bill unless Democrats agreed to extend debate so that her colleagues could weigh in on other issues. Jim Manley, a spokesman for Reid, said the senator would be willing to allow more debate on the bill after the November elections. “Today’s vote isn’t about arcane Senate procedures,” Manley said. “It’s about a (Republican) pattern of obstruct-
A button on the jacket of World War II veteran Paul Goercke, chaplain at the Alexander Hamilton American Legion Post 448, is shown at their office in San Francisco, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010. According to its website, the Alexander Hamilton Post 448 is the only post whose membership is predominantly Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered.
ing debate on policies important to the American people.” An estimated 13,000 people have been discharged under the
law since its inception in 1993. Although most dismissals have resulted from gay service members outing themselves, gay rights’
groups say it has been used by vindictive co-workers to drum out troops who never made their sexuality an issue.
Italian police seize $30M from Vatican in probe VATICAN CITY (AP) — Italian authorities seized euro23 million ($30 million) from a Vatican bank account Tuesday and said they have begun investigating top officials of the Vatican bank in connection with a money-laundering probe. The Vatican said it was “perplexed and surprised” by the investigation. Italian financial police seized the money as a precaution and prosecutors placed the Vatican bank’s chairman and director general under investigation for alleged mistakes linked to violations of Italy’s anti-laundering laws, news reports said. The investigation is not the first trouble for the bank — formally known as the Institute for Works of Religion. In the 1980s, it was involved in a major scandal that resulted in a banker, dubbed “God’s Banker” because of his close ties to the Vatican, being found hanging from Blackfriars Bridge in London. The Vatican expressed full trust in the chairman of the bank, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, and his director-general, identified by the Vatican directory as Paolo Cipriani. It said the bank had been working for some time to make its finances more transparent to comply with anti-terrorism and antimoney-laundering regulations. “The Holy see is perplexed and
surprised by the initiatives of the Rome prosecutors, considering the data necessary is already available at the Bank of Italy,” it said in a statement. Gotti Tedeschi told staterun RAI television that he was “humiliated and mortified” by news of the probe, which he said had arrived just as he was implementing new transparency procedures at the bank. News reports circulated more than a year ago that Italian investigators were scrutinizing millions of euros worth of Vatican bank transactions to see if they violated moneylaundering regulations. In Tuesday’s case, police seized the money from a Vatican bank account at the Rome branch of Credito Artigiano Spa, according to news agencies ANSA and Apcom. The bulk of the money, euro20 million ($26 million), was destined for JP Morgan in Frankfurt, with the remainder going to Banca del Fucino. According to the reports, the Vatican bank had neglected to communicate to financial authorities where the money had come from. The reports stressed that Gotti Tedeschi wasn’t being investigated for laundering money himself but for a series of alleged omissions in financial transactions. Prosecutors declined requests seeking confirmation
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applied ethics produces more wealth,” he wrote in a July piece for the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano. “Ethical behavior means lower costs — just thinking about control measures alone — and allows for more value thanks to transparency and trust, which alone produce more certainty and fewer risks.” News of the investigation came just after Benedict wrapped up a difficult trip to Britain and as the Vatican still reels from the fallout of the clergy sex abuse scandal.
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Delayed rape trials mean more attacks
hen someone is attacked, he or she is victimized for the first time by the attacker. When it takes several years before the attacker is arrested and brought to trial, that person is victimized again by the justice system. Sept. 14 marked the beginning of the trial for a sexual assault said to have occurred in September 2008 between Alumni Drive and Hilltop Apartments. The suspect in this case, Robert O. Morgan, was arrested in August 2009 and was charged not only for this attack, but also for an attempted rape that happened on June 2, 2009 on Horsebarn Hill. It took almost a full year to arrest the alleged attacker, and in this time he had the chance to attack someone else. Now, the trial has finally started an additional year after his arrest. Unfortunately, this is not the exception to trials, but the rule. In Connecticut, there have been as many as 35,000 DNA samples backlogged, remaining untested for months or even years. If a suspect is named in a case, it takes about three to six months to process DNA; if not, it can take an additional three months. Morgan was arrested 11 months after the attack took place – and he had allegedly attempted to rape another woman nine months after his first attack, police say. His DNA was linked to both attacks, and one can’t help but wonder why his DNA couldn’t have been processed before the second attack. The survivors of these attacks already endured assaults. Why must they endure an inefficient justice system as well? There are the possible future victims to consider as well. According to a study performed by psychologist David Lisak at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, nine out of 10 college rapes are committed by repeat offenders. This is not some rare case removed from our campus, but something that happens all too frequently. Lisak also believes that universities need to have accountability for what happens on their campuses. He states that colleges rely too much on “teachable moments” instead of treating assaults like the criminal matters they are. He concludes by saying that these aren’t kids who made bad choices, but “these are predators.” That being said, the justice system alone cannot be held accountable, but rather a universal shift in perspective is necessary. Universities, investigators and labs must work together to treat these attacks as the serious and pressing issues they are. Only with the cooperation of all of these parties will the survivors finally be enabled to see justice served, and move on. 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.
Why does nobody at UConn understand the concept of double doors? There are two doors for a reason people! Although chemistry is essential for life, it is undoubtedly the reason my life sucks. I get that 2:30 feeling about two minutes and thirty seconds into every class. I’m not in the mood for jokes today, InstantDaily. There’s nothing funny about filibustering debate on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. I don’t care how cold it is in the mornings, do your hands really need to be stuffed down your pants? Does the football team know that the first four games are not considered preseason in college? Facebook is telling me that my anniversary with my girlfriend is coming up. It’s a nice thought, but when will it recommend a gift? To the girl who exclaimed “Boozeday Tuesday!” in the chem building yesterday: that means you have a problem. Just hearing the word GLEE makes me vomit in my mouth a little. It’s so funny to watch a professor get excited over sexual imagery in poems. To the boy and girl exiting the Union handicap bathroom this afternoon: props, I may steal your idea. Hey, BBtix, it’s “sophomore,” not “sophmore.”
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Political apathy: a student epidemic
olitical apathy is a common problem among educated, college-age students. Even in 2008, Barack Obama’s youth surge reached only 48.5% of 18 to 24-yearolds. For many students, lack of transportation is an easy but weak excuse on Election Day. others, By Arragon Perrone For h o w e ver, Weekly Columnist philosophical but flawed reasons keep them from voting: “I’m just one person. My vote can’t count;” “Realistically, politicians are self-serving and power-hungry” and “I don’t want to vote for someone like that;” “What happens in Washington D.C. doesn’t affect me;” and “Politics just doesn’t interest me, but did you hear that Octomom is on welfare?” Ultimately, nothing can stand in the way of a citizen who wants to express his or her constitutional right to representation. College students, especially, have the clear, academic minds that the nation desperately needs to elect qualified candidates. If college students choose not to vote, they hurt themselves and give other, less informed minds the ability to decide. Regarding the first complaint, every single vote does count. In 2006, Democrat Joe Courtney beat incumbent Republican Rob Simmons in the 2nd District (the eastern part of the state, including Storrs) by only 83 votes. The Washington Post cited UConn as one of the driving forces behind Courtney’s election. With more than 20,000 residents and such thin historic margins, this campus is a major political decider. When elections come
down to a few dozen votes, each voter makes a difference. The second claim, that politicians are dishonest, power hungry and have little redeeming qualities, has persisted for centuries. This is an easy statement with which to degrade politicians, but, when observed rationally, it’s nonsense. Yes, there are politicians who are corrupted by the allure of power.
“Every tax increase and budget cut has a potent effect..” But there are as many politicians, if not more, who defend civic virtue. Some politicians are corrupt, just as some businessmen cheat customers and some actors cannot act. But no reasonable person would discredit Bill Gates and Meryl Streep simply because Bernie Madoff and Lindsay Lohan exist. Another misconception is that elections, including the government’s financial policy, do not impact the university. On the contrary, every tax increase and budget cut has a potent effect. If taxes go up, students may not be able to afford a UConn education. With the recession’s aftershocks threatening another tuition hike, the problem would be compounded. At the same time, cuts in federal support of higher education, coupled with dwindling state support, may present an equally grim picture. In all, the policies and economic philosophies of the nation-
al parties will have broad yet personal impacts on every student in Storrs. How one votes may influence how one lives. Then there is the group that simply does not care. To them, voting is like an extracurricular activity without medals and trophies. This group fails to realize that politics requires the same grueling concentration, persistence and group effort necessary for any sports team to succeed. As in sports, people come together for a cause they share and are willing to dedicate long hours, hard work and mental preparation to achieve victory. What better reason is there to support or rally for than principles? And while sports’ points change the outcome of the game, in the political arena, votes change the world. Not voting hurts only the non-voter. Those who choose not to vote choose to be voiceless. They effectively state that their rights and liberties are not worth taking a stand. In doing so, many educated opinions are lost from the public square. Instead, the door is left open for irresponsible but easily-swayed voters to decide an election. Unlike the otherwise intelligent citizens who opt out, this latter crowd can be herded in on the buses of special interests. This scenario can be prevented if wise, knowledgeable college students take part in the electoral process and, in doing so, keep less educated minds from controlling the outcome.
Weekly Columnist Arragon Perrone is a 5th-semester English and political science double major. He can be contacted at Arragon.Perrone@UConn.edu.
Known politicians speak to empty rooms
n Sunday, I attended a meeting of the Connecticut Union of College Republicans (CUCR). Several state and federal By Tyler Moree c a n d i Staff Columnist d a t e s s p o k e about their election goals. and noted the importance of staying informed and being involved in CUCR and the political process in general. The problem was that these candidates were speaking to an almost empty room. Concurrently, Sen. Dodd (D-CT) made an appearance at another venue on campus. I didn’t even know about Dodd’s appearance until Sunday when someone mentioned seeing a lone sign about the event in front of South residence halls. There was no advertising preceding Dodd’s visit or publicity regarding the CUCR meeting, which shows a failure on the part of the
university and its students to raise awareness about these important events.
“I don’t know whether to be saddened, outraged or disgusted by the apathy that has seemed to infect our campus.”
The only knowledge I had of the CUCR meeting was through a Facebook invite. While looking at the event page on Facebook, several things popped out at me. First, more than 250 people were sent invites. Out of those people, 204 didn’t reply to the invite or stated they weren’t attending, 33 said they “might attend” and only 41 were listed as “attending.” Out of those 41, I recog-
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nized at least five who were workers on one of the candidate’s campaigns or were candidates themselves. At the actual event, there were barely 20 people in attendance to listen to the guest speakers, not including the candidates. Maybe it’s because of the lack of advertising for these events on campus, but I don’t know whether to be saddened, outraged or disgusted by the apathy that seems to infect our campus regarding the political process. Each of the candidates at the CUCR meeting, from Mark Boughton to Catherine Marx, remarked how wonderful it was to see so many young people at the meeting. I hope that was just a standard part of their speeches; in my experience with the CUCR, we get more people at meetings near finals time than we had at Sunday’s session. The blame for this lack of enthusiasm in the politi-
cal process on campus, at least in relation to these two events, can be attributed to the inability of college students to get excited about politics when it isn’t time to elect a president, as well as the lack of advertising. Considering the Facebook event page stated that the lecture portion of the meeting was open to anyone interested, I would have thought that there would be more publicity for it. I’m not sure if the attendance at this meeting was just an anomaly or if the campus as a whole is uninterested in our government. I hope that it’s the outlier in this situation, because if our generation is expected to run this state and country one day, I would be scared to trust anyone who is that apathetic to our political process.
Staff Columnist Tyler Moree is a 3rd-semester history major. He can be contacted at Tyler.Moree@UConn.edu.
CANDIDATE C HRISTINE O’D ONNELL SAYS SHE ADMIRES THE FEMALE WARRIORS FROM ‘L ORD OF THE R INGS ’ BUT SHE ’ S AGAINST WOMEN BEING IN THE MILITARY . S O WOMEN CAN ’ T FIGHT THE T ALIBAN , BUT THEY CAN FIGHT THE CAVE TROLLS OF M ORDOR .” – C RAIG F ERGUSON
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Carin Goes to College by Carin Powell
Grande 25 Bops 26 ‘50s Red Scare gp. 27 Kitchen meas. 28 Saintly circle 31 One going down 32 Assure victory in, slangily 33 Gut it out 34 Cut out, say 35 Bridge assents 37 Take by force 38 Container allowance 39 Keyboardist Saunders who collaborated with Jerry Garcia 43 Range rovers? 44 Loc. with billions in bullion 45 “__ girl!” 46 Island where Robert Louis Stevenson died
47 Furry Endor inhabitants 48 Hawaii’s Pineapple Island 49 Pickles 50 Speak formally 54 War, to Sherman 55 Hardly a big ticket-seller 57 Sewing circle 58 T or F, on tests 59 Karachi’s country: Abbr.
Super Glitch by John Lawson
Down 1 Eponymous German brewer Heinrich 2 Caribbean color 3 “Don’t worry about it!” 4 River isle 5 Surgical coverage? 6 Raccoon ___, “The Honeymooners” fraternal group 7 Like some echelons 8 Printemps month 9 Joe-__ weed: herbal remedy 10 Like smart phones, e.g. 11 Vacuum shown lifting a bowling ball in TV ads 12 Tilting pole 13 1997-2006 UN leader 18 Goya’s “Duchess of __” 22 Prefix with scope 24 Sch. near the Rio
JELLY! by Elise Domyan
Across 1 Cabo locale 5 Fall, as home prices 10 Havana howdy 14 Distant start? 15 Insured patient’s med cost 16 Mideast nation 17 *Coconut dessert 19 State bordering eight others: Abbr. 20 Krazy of comics 21 Backsliding event? 22 Tourist attraction 23 *Facetious name for a fund-raising circuit entrée 27 Some campus sisters 29 Big repair bill reaction 30 “Hee Haw” prop 31 Kuwaiti currency 33 Fairy tale legume 36 Where it’s laughable to see the answers to starred clues 40 Old curse word 41 Overhangs 42 Canal that Sal worked on, in song 43 Stud farm stud 44 Groundbreakers 46 *Mixer holder 51 Mindful 52 Rankles 53 TV channels 2 to 13 56 Lisa’s title 57 *Yellow slipper? 60 “Agreed!” 61 Put an __: stop 62 Janis’s comics mate 63 Sale caution 64 County northeast of London 65 Oceanic flora
Happy Dance by Sarah Parsons
The Daily Crossword
Dissmiss the Cynics by Victor Preato Nothing Extraordinary by Thomas Feldtmose
By Michael Mepham
Victory Lap by Zach Wussow
Aries - Someone at work obsesses over issues that have no place in the project. Respond sympathetically, but keep everyone moving in the right direction. Taurus - Narrow your vision without losing track of the bigger picture. That way, you communicate all the necessary details and retain the scope. Gemini - Maintain a detailed checklist of everything that needs to get done. Others go in different directions but arrive at the same goal. Cancer - You feel compelled to speak your mind now. With more than one target, you have plenty of pointed comments to choose from. Shoot at your own peril. Leo - Pay attention to the details of bookkeeping. You may obsess over balances and due dates. Handle today’s problems today and let others wait. Don’t worry; be merry. Virgo - Pointing your friends in the right direction may require more than sticking your finger out. They may need inspiration and encouragement. Libra - Co-workers have similar ideas about what should happen, but very different styles of communicating those thoughts. Resolve mixed emotions. Scorpio - If you attend a meeting today, be sure to take more than just your outline with you. Others want to understand the underlying principles. Sagittarius - The inner workings of your family dynamics include intuition or psychic ability. Someone has a deeper sense of what needs to happen now. Capricorn - Someone assumes the role of teacher and proceeds to lecture you. The critical tone does nothing to help. Tell a joke to lighten the atmosphere. Aquarius - The challenge today is in defining your goal. Take time to apply logic to your considerations. That way, energy from enthusiasm powers you. Pisces - Someone’s in an obsessively picky mood, and you’re the target. You could take it personally but don’t. It’s not about you. Don’t react.
Poop by Michael Badulak
Pundles and Droodles by Brian Ingmanson
Why the long Face by Jackson Lautier
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New tea party: energy, money and detente with GOP WASHINGTON (AP) — Tea party activists and the Republican establishment are quickly joining forces for the fall elections as fresh cash and energy flow to the upstarts. Separate tea party groups still squabble over roles for Republican insiders within the movement, but the conservative activists and GOP stalwarts have reached a truce for the common goal of defeating Democrats, heeding calls for unity from Republicans including Sarah Palin. One group — the nonprofit Tea Party Patriots — on Tuesday announced a $1 million donation from an anonymous donor, a shot of cash to be spent before the election on voter mobilization efforts. The Tea Party Express is preparing to assist specific candidates, building on its targeted advertising campaigns during primary races in Delaware, Alaska and Nevada.
Meanwhile, the Republican Party and GOP-allied outside groups are already helping some tea party-backed candidates, most notably Sharron Angle who is seeking to unseat Senate Majority leader Harry Reid in Nevada. “Ultimately, that’s what we all hope happens, as citizens,” said Tea Party Patriots co-founder Mark Meckler. “The political parties support the candidates that the people support, not the other way around.” It’s hardly unusual for opposing forces to coalesce after primaries to confront the opposition party. But the vigor with which tea party activists went after longtime Republican office holders — such as Sen. Robert Bennett in Utah and Rep. Mike Castle in Delaware — had raised the prospects of a rift that would be difficult to heal. But Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the head of the
Obama’s aunt says US obligated to make her citizen BOSTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s aunt, who lived for years illegally in Boston before being granted asylum in May, said the United States has an “obligation” to grant her citizenship. “If I come as an immigrant, you have the obligation to make me a citizen,” Zeituni Onyango told WBZ-TV in an interview that first aired Monday. Onyango came to the U.S. from Kenya in 2000 and was denied asylum by an immigration judge in 2004. She was granted asylum earlier this year by the same judge who said she could be in danger if she returned to her homeland. She said she had intended to return to Kenya but fell critically ill and was hospitalized. When she was discharged, she was penniless and lived in a homeless shelter for two years. She told The Associated
Press in an exclusive interview last December that she was paralyzed for more than three months because of an autoimmune disorder called GuillainBarre syndrome and had to learn to walk again. “To me, America’s dream became America’s worst nightmare,” she told the TV station in her first interview since being granted asylum. It was after her illness, she said, that she was assigned public housing. “I didn’t ask for it; they gave it to me,” she said. She said she resented being used to attack her nephew, who has never intervened in her immigration case. “Don’t drag my child into it,” she said. She said she feels as if she’s been treated as “public enemy No. 1” since her residency status went public.
National Republican Senatorial Committee, was offering plenty of salve Tuesday. “I think the tea party’s been a very constructive movement in American politics,” he said. “People are tired of everything thrown at them from Washington, and they are not going to take it anymore. We have embraced their enthusiasm and their energy in the Republican primaries and now we’re strongly behind all the Republican nominees, including a number of candidates who are very actively supported by the tea party movement.” To be sure, the tea party and the Republican Party are far from strangers. Start with the movement’s financial backing. The Tea Party Express, a group formed by a longtime California GOP consultant, has raised more than $5 million and financed about $2 million in advertising to help candidates.
Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell, addresses supporters during a Tea Party Express news conference in support of her election bid, in Wilmington, Del., in this photo taken Tuesday.
The organization was an offshoot of a political action committee created to support John McCain’s Republican presiden-
tial run in 2008, and its chief strategist is Sal Russo, a Sacramento Republican operative who has worked for nearly 50 years
helping run party campaigns, including those of Govs. George Deukmejian of California and George Pataki of New York.
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Getting to know you
Can you be friends with your ex? By Alessandra Petrino Campus Correspondent
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Staff and students take part in the International Chat at the International Center in the Student Union on Tuesday. The weekly event covers topics to help international students familiar with the Storrs campus and it’s surroundings. This week’s chat centered on how to handle car accidents and being pulled over.
International Center continues weekly ‘Chat’ sessions to acclimate international students to Storrs By Jason Wong Campus Correspondent The International Center hosted an International Chat Tuesday evening. The chat covered topics such as how to handle car accidents/ being pulled over, all while savoring pigeon peas, a Puerto Rican rice dish, and Indian Lemon rice with Indian Chai tea to wash it down. Graciela Quinones-Rodriguez, a facilitator at the UCONN Counseling and Mental Health
Services, said the International Chat is a joint effort between Counseling and Mental Health and the International Center. “[International Chat] is a wonderful opportunity for students to meet others…to learn how to deal with winter, practice English…it helps break the feeling of isolation,” QuinonesRodriguez said. There were students from all around the world at the Chat, from China, Iran, Jamaica and more. Michelle Wallen, a nontraditional student studying Spanish,
Winfrey Network. A joint venture of Winfrey’s Harpo Inc. and Discovery Communications Inc., it will replace the Discovery Health channel.
D’Onofrio back on ‘Criminal Intent’ for season 10 LOS ANGELES (AP) – “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” is coming back for its tenth – and possibly last – season with former star Vincent D’Onofrio on board. USA Network said Tuesday that D’Onofrio, who left the series after season eight, will return as police Detective Robert Goren.
Chat, the International Center provides many other services, including advisors who counsel students and scholars on subjects ranging from U.S. immigration to cultural adjustment matters. It also provides Advocacy & Referral Services, Immigration Workshops, and Coffee Hour, a weekly café that features guest speakers and presentations on important international student topics, every Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. The International Center also organizes several cultural activities such as WorldFest, a multi-
cultural festival that celebrates the diversity of UConn campus life. WorldFest takes place during the spring semester and offers food, entertainment, and cultural student organization exhibits from all around the world. The International Center also provides cultural programming; like organizing bus trips to Boston, New York City and Newport, hosting special holiday events and parties and participating in Cultural Explosion during Homecoming Week.
Mark Burnett set to produce a talk show for OWN NEW YORK (AP) – TV producer Mark Burnett is creating a weekday talk show for Oprah Winfrey’s forthcoming cable channel. The network said Tuesday that the show will have a panel format and feature multiple hosts. The show doesn’t have a name yet and is scheduled to premiere in January. The talk show was first reported by The New York Post. Burnett, who can count “Survivor” and “The Apprentice” among his many credits, was already signed by the new network to produce a show that will search for the next big TV personality. Winfrey’s cable network will launch on Jan. 1. Its full name is OWN: The Oprah
said, “The International Chat is a great place for me to meet fluent Spanish speakers for help, and it’s a great place to meet adults.” Charlie Xue, an English teacher from China, is here at UConn as an exchange visitor for the second time. He has been here for three weeks so far, and is scheduled to be here for three months. “It is a good chance to meet people and have fun,” Xue said. “It is also a great place for students to carpool or rideshare.” In addition to providing space and sustenance for the International
“Criminal Intent,” part of the “Law & Order” franchise created by Dick Wolf, started on NBC. Eight new episodes will air in 2011 and are intended to wrap up the series, USA Network said. But a USA executive and Wolf indicated that might change. An air date for “Criminal Intent” wasn’t announced.
Drug case delays Paris Hilton from entering Japan NARITA, Japan (AP) – Japanese officials kept Paris Hilton at Narita International Airport for a second day Wednesday while they decide whether she will be admitted to the country after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor drug charge in Las Vegas. The 29-year-old celebrity was stopped by immigration authorities upon her arrival in Japan on Tuesday, one day after her plea, according to an e-mailed statement by Hilton’s representative, Dawn Miller. Hilton spent the night at an airport hotel after being questioned by officials. She was scheduled to appear at a news conference in Tokyo on Wednesday to promote her fashion and fragrance lines, but that appearance was canceled. “We interviewed her yesterday and we may interview her again today. We are continuing the immigration process to determine whether she can enter Japan or not,” said Kazuo Kashihara, an immigration official at Narita. He declined to give a reason for the delay, but under Japanese law, immigration authorities are empowered to deny entry to those who have been convicted of drug-related offenses. Officials at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo declined to comment. The front desk at her hotel said calls to
her room could not be connected. Tokyo was the first stop on Hilton’s planned Asia tour, during which she planned to visit Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and open a new retail store in Jakarta, Indonesia. Both countries have strict anti-drug laws and immigration procedures, and it was unclear whether Hilton would continue her travels. Miller’s statement said Hilton was disappointed with the scrutiny by Japanese authorities. “Paris was contractually bound to her business trip and didn’t want to let down her brands and many Asian fans,” the statement said. “She intended on fulfilling her contract and is trying hard to do the responsible thing, but this is beyond her control. She is very disappointed by tonight’s events.” Hilton appeared with Nicole Richie on the series “The Simple Life” and has since starred in another reality series and minor films. The Asia trip had been planned before Hilton’s arrest last month in Las Vegas, when an officer found a small amount of cocaine in her purse. She pleaded guilty Monday to drug possession and obstructing an officer and was placed on informal probation for one year. The terms of her sentence did not restrict travel overseas. “We have no legal basis
U.S. socialite Paris Hilton waves on her arrival at Narita Airport in Narita, east of Tokyo on Tuesday.
to restrict her from traveling throughout the United States or throughout the world,” Clark County District Attorney David Roger said. Hilton’s sentence also requires her to complete a drug program, pay a $2,000 fine and serve 200 hours of community service. Her attorney said Monday that she planned to complete the service by volunteering with animal advocacy groups and children’s hospitals.
We’ve all been there at some point – that moment when your heart is breaking or you’ve just broken the heart of someone you cared so deeply about, but all you can wonder is “what’s going to happen now?” Sometimes a person may even have to endure hearing that ohso-famous, but dreadfully heartwrenching line, “I hope we can still be friends.” But is it really possible? Can you be friends with your ex? The ending of a relationship is never easy, no matter how long you’ve been with a person or how mutual the decision to break up was. That pang of despair from the loss of your boyfriend or girlfriend isn’t easy to cope with. But sometimes the worst part of a breakup is where you stand afterwards. There’s always that possibility that with the end of a relationship may come the end of a friendship because sometimes an ex isn’t just a significant other, but also a best friend. But if two people decide not to cut all of their ties with one another, the journey to friendship with an ex can be a bumpy road. Mat Williams, a former UConn student now enrolled at Western Connecticut State University as a 5th-semester history major, said “It’s definitely possible to be friends with your ex. Not everybody can do it though.” And that seems to be a valid answer, considering the end result of a relationship is circumstantial. “It’s possible to be friends with your ex, but depending on how serious the relationship was, you most likely can’t do it right off the bat after the relationship ends.” Williams said. But the choice to be friends with an ex has much more to consider than what it is at face value. If you continue to be friends with an ex, where are the lines drawn? How close is too close? “I’ve always drawn the line in the same place as where it was with all of my other friends. I told them that even though we weren’t dating anymore, I still really care for them and wanted to be friends, but it’s not as if I’d let them run my life anymore,” Williams said of his own experience, adding, “I’d listen to what they had to say and their input just like I would with any other friend, but it no longer would carry that extra weight since we weren’t dating anymore.” Finding the way back to the “friend zone” doesn’t happen overnight. Becoming capable of once again being friends depends a lot on the basis of the original relationship. Kayla Ramsey, a 7th-semester English major, agreed. “I think if the people in the relationship have a friendly bond as well as a romantic bond, it’s possible to be friends,” she said. “If a relationship is based on trust and honesty, and not just a physical attraction, I think it’s definitely possible to keep that trust even after a relationship ends, but I don’t think every couple can be friends after a relationship ends because not all relationships are based on more than just physical attraction.” So, clearly it is possible to be friends with an ex, but what happens then? What happens when you start a new relationship? Does the new significant other have a say in the friendship with your ex? Do you have a say in their friendships?
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FIFA Soccer 11 (X360)
feels in place the game and is important to the story. Multiplayer is another pleasing part of the game, as first and foremost, the menu system has been revamped. Players now have access to neat sets of menus with a clear and intuitive layout that makes matchmaking, map customization and other aspects of competitive and cooperative multiplayer much easier to set up, online and offline. Halo: Reach contains varied yet familiar game play, an epic story to suit the series’ scope and feel, the return of game music so wonderful you feel compelled to buy the soundtrack album. Essentially, Halo: Reach is not merely another awesome game in the Halo”series. It’s Bungie’s ultimate Halo triumph, a wellfitting send-off for a beloved shooter franchise after nine wonderful years.
While I was testing out the quality of the Playstation Move device demodisc for my review next week, a something rather interesting happened. One of the demos was for Kung Fu Rider. After the demo, I said, “Ok, this is definitely one of the games that uses the move peripheral terribly, but it’s goofily charming enough for me to put in for the $15 download.” But here’s the kicker: Kung Fu Rider isn’t a downloadable game. It’s a retail game with the Blu-Ray disc and case treatment for $40. Knowing this, I realized two things: a) I’m not going to even look at this game until its hits its inevitable bargain bin status and b) It’s crazy that I now have severe standards for a game to be worth a retail release. After all, this is coming from the guy who paid for the $30 retail release of “Alien Hominid” for the PS2 six years ago. Fast forward a few years, when Xbox Live started to get heavy on the downloadable games with Alien Hominid, a game that screams $10 download. Even this year, I looked at the Wii game, A Boy and His Blob, and asked myself whether this game was more worthy of being put on a disc than Cave Story. Is that a bad thing? Absolutely not. If it wasn’t for this new golden age of downloadable games, we wouldn’t have masterpieces like Geometry Wars or Limbo. For many years, game developers have had to develop games with the quality that seems worthy of $50 or so. These two ways to purchase games have allowed Mass Effect 2 to have all the presentation and lasting value worth $60, and Castle Crashers to have just enough arcade-y goodness to last $15. It also allows developers to get a bit “artsy” with games like the controversial PSN game Flower. All us gamers have a far greater sense of value-for-yourbuck now that games range from being free on the iPhone app store to $60 for a PS3 or Xbox 360 game. To be honest, part of me wishes that these two formats will continue to be the way to buy video games in the future. But it’s only inevitable that I’ll look back at this era with nostalgia when all games are bought in memory gigs. An era where developers have better focus on what makes a full-priced retail game (well, most of the time anyway,) and smaller developers can make some short and innovative fun like “Splosion Man.”
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Upcoming Releases Sept. 24 NHL 2K11 (Wi) Sept. 27 Samurai Warriors 3 (Wii)
Sept. 30 Final Fantasy XIV (Win) Oct. 1 EyePet (PSP) Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. 2 (Win)
Super Mario All-Stars (SNES) To celebrate Mario’s 25th anniversary in Japan, Nintendo is re-releasing Super Mario All-Stars with some collector’s edition goodies (though a US release is still unknown). With that in mind, I decided to dig out my SNES and the game for some nostalgic fun with great results. Re-releasing this decades-old compilation seems odd to release again for the Wii, but since it contains four of the greatest platformers of all time – Super Mario 1, 2, 3, and The Lost Levels - with a retro-bliss Super Nintendo level of polish, its value is still priceless. - Jason Bogdan
The new standard for retail games By Jason Bogdan Campus Correspondent
1. Halo: Reach (X360) 9.5/10 2. Plants vs. Zombies (X360) 8.5/10 3. King’s Bounty: Crossworlds (PC) 8/10 4. DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue (PS3) 7.5/10 5. R.U.S.E. (PS3, X360) 7.5/10 6. R.U.S.E. (PC) 7/10 7. The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest 7/10 8. Mafia II: Jimmy’s Vendetta (PC, X360), 6/10 9. Legend of the Guardian: The Owls of Ga’Hooles (PS3, X360) 6/10 10. Racquet Sports (PS3) 4/10
Sept. 28 Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light (PSN, Win) FIFA 11 (All platforms) Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock (PS3, Wii, X360)
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Halo: Reach, a prequel to the rest of the Halo games, features Spartan armour (above), a throwback to the first game, as well as new weapons and vehicles.
Halo series prequel achieves perfect score for varied play, epic story By John Tyczkowski Campus Correspondent Halo: Reach is another triumph for Bungie after the mixed reception that met Halo: ODST, and a fitting end to the distinguished line of firstperson shooters. As far as game play is concerned, the core of the Halo trademark mechanics, the tactical yet run-and-gun style, remains intact. ODST makes its mark, with the inclusion of night vision visor. Since Halo: Reach is a prequel, its Spartan armor is a throwback to the first game, with slow-recharging shields and the need to scrounge for health packs. Also, dual wielding is nowhere to be found, but its loss is softened by the inclusion of armor abilities. These consist of seven reusable powers such as a jet pack and sprint ability. Also, new weapons and vehicles have been added to each side.
The campaign takes roughly 10 hours to play through, depending on the difficulty. Its feel draws from the Call of Duty series and the Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter series as well as previous Halo games. This is because you are part of a squad of Spartans, and you have access to military options
not present in later games. Level design is wide open, and the scenery varies from vistas reminiscent of the Halo rings’ landscapes, to cities, and even to a starship in orbit. Perhaps the biggest change is the addition of a space combat segment that feels like Wing Commander meets Ace Combat. While brief, it still
Halo: Reach X360
The Good -The classic Halo game play returns
- Armour abilities add new depth to campaign and multiplayer - The story and soundtrack got better
The Bad -Remapped buttons may cause short-erm trouble
- Friendly AI is vastly improved, but not free from flaws - It’s Bungie’s last Halo game
New Professor Layton avoids sequel trap By Jason Bogdan Campus Correspondent Before I began playing through this third installment of the Professor Layton series. I pondered whether I could enjoy it as much as I did the original. By the end, I had so much fun going through dozens upon dozens of great puzzles wrapped around the best storyline in the series to date that I completely forgot any form of sequel-itis. Time travel is the name of the game in this new adventure for the gentlemanly-as-always Prof. Layton and his eager-to-learn apprentice, Luke. After a scientific attraction gone awry and a letter sent to Luke allegedly by his future self, the duo eventually find themselves in an entirely different
form of London, with numerous questions to answer. By the end of this 10 to 12 hour story, without spoiling anything, familiar faces are seen and dramatic plot twists are stumbled upon, all leading to an action-packed and genuinely heartfelt ending. But what’s a Professor Layton game without hundreds of puzzles to solve? It’s hard to imagine that, after two other games full of challenging brainteasers, Level 5 still has some greats in store. It didn’t take too long before my intelligence was humiliated by some great tests of strategy and clever wordplay masking common sense. Even though I can’t wait to see the Layton series use the upcoming 3DS for some more eye-popping puzzles, there were still plenty of riddles that made me
say, “that was pretty clever” out loud. This sequel also has its fair share of improvements that a sequel should have. For example, the three new minigames (especially
the picture book side quest) are much better than the tea-themed scavenger hunt of Diabolical Box. And in terms of the series’ noteworthy anime cutscenes and voice work, Level 5 seemed to use all
Professor Layton and the Unwound Future DS
The Good - Best storyline in the series, greater amount of anime
- If you want some clever puzzles to solve, this game will satisfy your need
The Bad -You can still cehat the “picarat” reward sustem by get-
ting a bad score on a puzzle and using up hint coins - If you don’t like “Professor Layton,” why are you reading this in the first pace?
the space in that tiny DS cartridge to have a much greater deal of both. They even updated the memo part of the puzzles where you can make notes in different drawing colors and sizes to solve riddles more fluidly. In the end, Professor Layton and the Unwound Future is actually a good example of how to make the third entry of an already established formula. If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t like a lighthearted mystery led by one cool gentleman while solving all sorts of challenging puzzles, then this game still won’t win you over. But if you’re a Layton fan or a newcomer looking to solve a fine puzzle, then this game, the greatest yet of the series, is well worth the price of play.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
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US consecrative candidate haunted by old TV clips
NEW YORK (AP) – Old television appearances are coming back to haunt tea party-backed U.S. Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell. A few days after HBO’s Bill Maher played a tape from 1999 in which the conservative Christian activist said that she dabbled in witchcraft while in high school, Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly said that he had tapes of “crazy stuff” that O’Donnell, the Republican candidate for Senate in Delaware, said during appearances on his program. O’Donnell rode the backing of the ultraconservative tea party movement to a surprise victory in Delaware’s Senate primary last week. Her win over longtime Republican officeholder Michael Castle turned her from a political footnote into a national figure whose words drew interest outside of her tiny state. O’Reilly did not play video Monday night on “The O’Reilly Factor,” but both he and Maher have similar goals: booking O’Donnell on their shows now she’s the political star of the moment. Maher jokingly referred to his request as a hostage crisis, saying he’ll show other clips from O’Donnell’s 22 appearances on “Politically Incorrect” during the 1990s unless she agrees to come on his current show, “Real Time with Bill Maher.” Maher said he’d prefer a new appearance to old clips. “Christine and I have always had, I thought, a good, adversarial relationship and I just thought (an appearance) would be good for her and good for
us,” Maher told The Associated Press in an interview. “I wouldn’t be mean to her. You can’t be mean to her.” Even though they disagree politically, Maher said that “I like her a lot” – hence her repeated appearances on “Politically Incorrect.” He said he believed O’Donnell could be more successful as a politician than Sarah Palin. O’Donnell’s “ideas are just as loony, but she’s not nasty,” he said. “She’s nice. She’s got that Reagan thing going for her.” O’Donnell canceled scheduled appearances on Sunday morning TV news talk shows after Maher aired the old clip Friday. Her spokeswoman said an appearance on Maher’s show is unlikely for the same reason she backed out of the other shows, because of a need to stick to Delaware. “The focus is not on that,” said the spokeswoman, Hayley McConnell. “The focus is on talking to Delaware residents and pushing ahead with the campaign to get a win in November.” O’Donnell should be wary of Maher even if he professes fondness for her, said Brent Baker, a vice president for the conservative media watchdog Media Research Center. He said it’s not “good manners” to go back and select old clips to embarrass the candidate. “She loses either way,” he said. “But at this point, it’s coercion: ‘come on my show or else I will screw you over.’ That’s kind of caving into blackmail there.” O’Reilly made no overt threats, saying on his Fox show Monday night that he was trying to be fair to O’Donnell.
Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell delivers remarks at Values Voter Summit in Washington on Friday.
“She’s been on this program a number of times, and we have some kind of crazy stuff that she said,” he said. “We’re not going to play it yet. I don’t think it’s relevant yet. We’d still like Ms. O’Donnell to come on ‘The Factor.’ I’m not in the business to injure her.” O’Reilly said on his show that “the more they do this to O’Donnell, the stronger she’s going to get.” Maher said he wouldn’t reveal what O’Donnell talked about in other “Politically Incorrect” appearances, but he said he didn’t believe her 1999 comments about witchcraft
were particularly damaging. “If I really thought I was hurting her, I wouldn’t do it,” he said. “I don’t think she should be in Congress, but I don’t think there is anything on the tapes that is going to hurt her.” It’s not clear who actually owns the tapes to his old programs, but Maher said he had them. He doubts others have access to them; they would have had to record the shows, keep those tapes for years and transfer them for use digitally. “I’m pretty much the keeper of the flame,” he said. “It’s lucky I’m a hoarder.”
US dad sorry for storming school bus, threats LAKE MARY, Florida (AP) – A father tearfully apologized Tuesday for acting like a bully himself when he stormed onto a school bus to confront students he believed were harassing his 13-year-old daughter who has cerebral palsy. James Willie Jones is seen angrily gesturing and yelling at students and the bus driver on video taken by an onboard camera. Footage of the tirade has drawn thousands of views on YouTube, sparked numerous comments on social media sites – many of them supportive – and become a topic on national talk shows. A day after saying he was sorry in a written statement, Jones held an emotional news conference in which his voice cracked as he said no parent should copy his behavior.
James Willie Jones, center, and his wife Deborah McFadden-Jones, right, along with their attorney, Natalie Jackson talk to reporters at the Spirit of Truth Worship Ministries in Lake Mary, Fla., on Tuesday.
“At that time, I was a bully. And I apologize again for that,” said Jones. “If you see the tape, I feel like I was backed up against the wall as a parent.
I just didn’t know where else to go. We definitely don’t want to promote that. “We don’t want vigilantes going on buses, threatening kids,
because kids have rights too.” Jones was charged last week with disorderly conduct and disturbing a school function for the Sept. 3 tirade in Sanford, just north of Orlando. He later posted $2,000 bail and was ordered to stay away from the driver and county school buses. His attorney, Deianna Brown, said she is hoping to get the charges dropped or reduced, and she’s offered to have her client give speeches against bullying as community service. Jones, 42, had also apologized for his behavior in a statement to The Associated Press on Monday, saying his daughter suffers from cerebral palsy and he “could not stand by and helplessly watch her suffer.” He said Tuesday she will not return to the middle school.
Spokeswoman: Aretha Franklin’s son severely beaten DETROIT (AP) – Aretha Franklin’s son was severely beaten at a gas station in Detroit, the singing legend’s spokeswoman said Tuesday. Eddie Franklin, who is in his 50s, was attacked Monday night, Gwendolyn Quinn said in a statement. A witness said two men and a woman may have been involved in the attack, according to the statement, which did not identify the witness or address a possible motive. Quinn told The Associated Press early Tuesday morning she didn’t have any information beyond the written statement. A woman who was with Franklin told police she went into the gas station and when she returned, he had been attacked, police spokeswoman Eren Stephens said. The woman then drove Franklin to a hospital, dropped him off and headed to a police station to file a report, police said. Quinn’s statement said Franklin was undergoing surgery early Tuesday, but Detroit police said he wasn’t at the hospital when investigators stopped by.
They were told Franklin “walked out on his own,” Stephens said. The AP left multiple messages for Quinn on Tuesday, seeking updated information. A hospital spokeswoman confirmed someone named Eddie Franklin was treated there but wasn’t able to offer details. Stephens said it wasn’t entirely clear what had happened and investigators want to talk to Franklin. “We really need to talk to him, because he’s the one who was assaulted,” she said. “We would advise him to come in and make (a report), but it’s voluntary.” Aretha Franklin, 68, known as the Queen of Soul, is one of the most honored musicians in American history, having won numerous Grammys, the National Medal of Arts, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Her hits include “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” ‘’Chain of Fools” and her signature song, “Respect.” Eddie Franklin was considered a suspect in a 2002 arson fire at his mother’s
Judge: Jury won’t get some charges in Smith case LOS ANGELES (AP) – The judge in the Anna Nicole Smith drug conspiracy trial, who has repeatedly criticized the prosecution’s case, indicated for the first time he will block some of the charges from going to the jury. Superior Court Judge Robert Perry told lawyers Monday he was preparing a lengthy written analysis of statutes in the case and would consider motions by the defense next week to dismiss all charges. However, he told defense lawyers to be prepared to begin their case because, “I think there are some charges that will likely survive in some form.” Perry did not specify which charges might be dismissed. He has said he believes some of the charges were in conflict with state law. The judge has previously said he did not think testimony from prosecution witnesses supported two of three conspiracy charges against the defendants. Dr. Sandeep Kapoor, Dr. Khristine Eroshevich and Smith’s boyfriend-lawyer Howard K. Stern have pleaded not guilty to providing opiates and sedatives to an addict and other charges. They are not charged with causing the model’s overdose death in 2007. Perry has also raised questions about the legal definition of addiction. He said he was inclined to tell jurors that an element of the charge of prescribing to an addict must be that the defendant prescribed a drug for non-therapeutic purposes, meaning they were feeding an addiction rather than treating an illness. In Smith’s case, the defense has stressed that she had chronic pain, seizures, migraine headaches, fractured ribs and other complaints that required treatment. Pain management expert Dr. Perry G. Fine testified Monday that Smith’s doctors never diagnosed her as a prescription
Anna Nicole Smith.
drug addict. Testifying for defendant Kapoor, Fine said he reviewed Kapoor’s records and those of doctors who preceded him in treating Smith for pain. “There was nothing, nothing, nothing that said a diagnosis of drug addiction was ever made in her case,” he said. Perry has repeatedly instructed jurors to ignore definitions of addiction they hear from the witness stand. He stepped in again during a cross-examination by Deputy District Attorney David Barkhurst about whether Smith’s treatment at the Betty Ford Center in 1996 for selfdescribed alcohol and Vicodin addiction meant her doctors should have known she was an addict. The judge told the jury, “There has been testimony in this trial that there is a difference between addiction, dependence and tolerance.” Fine was allowed to testify for the defense before the prosecution rests its case because of a scheduling conflict. Prosecutors were expected to call two more witnesses against Kapoor before resting their case.
Michael Douglas attends NYC ‘Wall Street’ premiere
Actors, from left, Shia LaBeouf, Michael Douglas, Carey Mulligan and Josh Brolin attend the premiere of ‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps’ at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York on Monday.
NEW YORK (AP) – Michael Douglas has channeled the confidence of ruthless corporate raider Gordon Gekko while walking the red carpet at the New York City premiere of his latest film, “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.” The Academy Award-winning actor recently announced he’s being treated for throat cancer. He posed for photos Monday night with co-stars including Shia LaBeouf (SHY’-uh luhBUF’) and Carey Mulligan and director Oliver Stone. He didn’t
give interviews. LaBeouf calls the 65-yearold Douglas a “wolf.” He notes Douglas showed no signs of weakness while making the “Wall Street” sequel, which opens Friday. Stone says “it’s a struggle” and “it’s tough,” but Douglas is “fighting.” Stone also directed the original “Wall Street” in 1987. The movie featured Charlie Sheen as a stockbroker hungry for success. Douglas won an Oscar for playing Gekko.
Deciding to remain friends after breaking up is tricky from CAN, page 7 AP
Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, is seen in Detroit in February. Her son, Eddie Franklin, was attacked Monday night.
10,000-square-foot suburban Detroit home, but Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox’s office never charged him. Eddie Franklin’s lawyer at the time, William Mitchell III, described him Tuesday as someone who needs a lot of “support care – people to get
him around from this place to that place” but did not explain exactly what that meant. “Mrs. Franklin is very, very, very, very, very protective of him,” Mitchell added. Eddie Franklin also is a singer, having recorded in the past with his mother.
“That’s a little tricky,” Williams said. I mean, everybody is different, but I’d say the new girlfriend has a little bit of power. She can’t come out and tell you that you can’t hang out with your ex, though. She has to respect the fact that while you guys used to have something, it’s no longer there, and you’re just friends.” The decision to stay friends with one another after a breakup is a question that has much
to think about. Considering how the relationship started, as well as how the relationship ended, aids in this decision. One must remember that this decision can later be affected, when you bring a new person into your life. Sometimes your own comfort with the idea of staying friends with your ex isn’t the only person’s comfort that needs to be considered. Sometimes, it may be better to just cut all ties.
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010
‘Dancing With the Stars’ Cher ending Vegas show Feb. 5 TV’s opening night winner NEW YORK (AP) – Forget Bristol Palin and The Situation. It’s the folks at ABC who are dancing. The 21 million people who watched Monday’s two-hour “Dancing With the Stars” made it the clear winner on the opening night of a new television season, the Nielsen Co. said on Tuesday. After a long, slow summer, CBS and NBC had some good news, too. The “Dancing With the Stars” debut was up 18 percent over last season’s opener, Nielsen said. Veteran shows usually aren’t growing like that at this stage of their career, said Marc Berman, an analyst for Media Week Online. “They put together a very good cast of characters,” he said. CBS’ remake of “Hawaii Five-0” dominated in the 10 p.m. hour, with the night’s second biggest audience at 13.8 million people. ABC’s “Castle” at that hour had a strong showing with 11.2 million people, Nielsen said. NBC’s much-hyped mystery “The Event” also had 11.2 million viewers, a strong sampling that nearly doubled the audience for “Heroes” at the beginning of last season. Curious viewers also gave a good start to the new CBS comedy “Mike & Molly.” Its audience of 12.2 million people is considered strong retention out of the season premiere of “Two and a Half Men, which had 14.5 million viewers. The night’s biggest loser – and we’re not talking about excess weight – was probably Fox’s new “Lone Star,” which may be on life support after getting only 4.5 million viewers and losing more than half the audience that watched “House” in the time slot before it. “Lone Star” ‘’declined significantly in the second half
LAS VEGAS (AP) – Cher’s final curtain on her headline show on the Las Vegas Strip is set for Feb. 5 after about 200 shows. Officials at the Caesars Palace hotel-casino said Tuesday that tickets for Cher’s final run of shows starting Jan. 11 will go on sale Saturday.
The new lineup of stars, from left, Brandy, David Hasselhoff, Jennifer Grey, Kurt Warner, Margaret Cho, Kyle Massey, Audrina Patridge, Rick Fox, Florence Henderson, co-host Brooke Burke, Bristol Palin, and host Tom Bergeron, pose for a photo in Hollywood.
hour,” Berman said. “Whoever did tune in didn’t stay with it.” Only two days after its premiere on Sunday, HBO announced that it was ordering a second season of the prohibition-era drama “Boardwalk Empire.” The show was seen by 4.8 million people on Sunday, the biggest debut of an HBO series in six years, Nielsen said. Behind the one-two punch of pro football and “America’s Got Talent,” NBC won the final week of the summer TV season, averaging 8.9 million viewers (5.5 rating, 10 share). CBS averaged 8 million viewers last week (5.0 rating, 9 share), ABC had 5.2 million (3.3, 6), Fox had 3.9 million (2.4, 4), the CW had 2.2 million (1.4, 2) and ION television had 1.3 million (0.3, 1). Among the Spanishlanguage networks, Univision led with 3.8 million (1.9 rating, 3 share), Telemundo had 790,000 (0.4, 1), TeleFutura had 690,000 (0.3, 1), Azteca had 150,000 and Estrella 130,000 (both 0.1, 1). NBC’s “Nightly News”
topped the evening newscasts with an average of 7.8 million viewers (5.2, 12). ABC’s “World News” was second with 6.9 million (4.7, 10) and the “CBS Evening News” had 5.2 million viewers (3.5). A ratings point represents 1,159,000 households, or 1 percent of the nation’s estimated 115.9 million TV homes. The share is the percentage of in-use televisions tuned to a given show. For the week of Sept 13-19, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: NFL Football: N.Y. Giants vs. Indianapolis, NBC, 23.1 million; “Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick,” NBC, 18.46 million; “America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday), NBC, 16.46; “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 14.6; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 13.54 million; “Football Night in America,” NBC, 13.48 million; “Survivor: Nicaragua,” CBS, 12.23 million; “Outlaw 9/15,” NBC, 10.68 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 10.4 million; “Undercover Boss,” CBS, 8.71 million.
The last show ends a three-year residency for the iconic singer known for over-the-top costumes, elaborate showmanship and hits spanning several decades. Cher’s departure from the 4,300-seat Colosseum theater will come about one month before Celine Dion returns
March 15 to start her second engagement. Her first fiveyear run grossed more than $400 million. “Cher at the Colosseum” features dancers choreographed by Doriana Sanchez and costumes designed by Cher’s longtime designer, Bob Mackie.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
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Broncos say no signs receiver McKinley was suicidal ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Denver Broncos coach Josh McDaniels said in a tearful news conference Tuesday that nobody in the organization saw any hint that wide receiver Kenny McKinley was suicidal before he took his life. “We’ve all seen him recently. He’s been the same person every time we see him. Liked junk food and chips and things like that,” McDaniels said. “He was in the cafeteria, or in the training room, when we were seeing him the last so many weeks here. Nothing that would alarm us to anything like this.” McKinley’s body was discovered by a female friend Monday afternoon when she returned to his Centennial home less than four miles from the team’s headquarters after running an errand with his young son, Keon. Arapahoe County Coroner Michael Dobersen said Tuesday that McKinley, 23, died of a gunshot wound to the head. He said a preliminary investigation “suggests the wound to be self-inflicted.” The team gathered Tuesday morning and met with grief counselors to help them deal with the death of their friend, who was on injured reserve after hurting his left knee in August and requiring surgery for the second time in eight months. The players decided to leave McKinley’s locker in place for the remainder of the season as a shrine to their teammate with an infectious smile who was always quick with a joke. Linebacker Wesley Woodyard
A sign left outside Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, honors Denver Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley, whose body was found Monday at his home. Arapahoe County Coroner Michael Dobersen said Tuesday that McKinley, 23, died of a gunshot wound to the head.
said McKinley was his usual joking and jovial self in recent weeks, something his college teammates agreed with after he visited the South Carolina campus earlier this month. McDaniels said the Broncos will observe a moment of silence Sunday before their game against Indianapolis and players will wear white decals with the No. 11 in navy on
their helmets. McKinley was part of McDaniels’ first draft class and McDaniels said nobody’s been more excited to get that phone call than McKinley was. He said he saw McKinley less than two weeks ago in the team cafeteria and saw him smiling as usual. “You could see all of his teeth. Usually could,” McDaniels said.
that’s the last thing we remember, that huge smile.” Woodyard said nobody saw any signs that their friend was hurting on the inside. “Every memory that we have of Kenny is a joke and a big smile,” Woodyard said. He said the Broncos will prepare for their game against the Colts with heavy hearts. “We’ve got to play with him
Bruins looking for more from winger Lucic BOSTON (AP) — If the NHL were college, Milan Lucic would be a senior. So just like a student on the brink of graduation, more will be expected from the Boston Bruins winger in this, his fourth year in the league. It’s also the first of a three-year deal worth a reported $4.083 million per season. He signed the contract last spring. “I feel like I have the ability to help contribute to this team a little bit more,” Lucic said on Tuesday after practice at TD Garden. “I still, in my three years, haven’t been able to hit the 20-goal mark and I feel like that’s a realistic goal for me this year and that’s a personal goal that I should be able to meet. In saying that, I shouldn’t just be thinking that way. If I just start thinking goal, goal, goal and just getting points, that’s when my play kind of starts to suffer. “I think if I’m just moving my feet and playing physical, everything else tends to fall into place. I think after playing now, going into my fourth year, what I want to do is try to be the best player on the ice on a more consistent level. I think that’s a challenge for myself and that’s what I’m looking forward to doing this year.” Lucic entered the league as a 19-year-old in 2007, scoring eight goals. He increased that total to 17 his second year, but dropped off to nine last season. The major obstacle for Lucic in 2009-10 was the injury bug, which limited him to just 50 games. A broken finger kept him out of 13 games in the fall, and he suffered a high ankle sprain Nov. 25 and didn’t return until Jan. 7. While he played well in spurts, Lucic
“I don’t have any memories that are really negative about Kenny, because of the spirit he had.” Woodyard said he saw McKinley a week and a half ago when the receiver was retrieving some items from his locker at Dove Valley. They ribbed each other, as usual. “He had a big smile on his face. He just walked out of the building,” Woodyard said. “And
on our shoulders and in our hearts,” Woodyard said. “So, I think that’s something that’s going to allow us to continue to push through this week.” This is the third time in four years the Broncos are dealing with the death of a teammate under stunning circumstances. Cornerback Darrent Williams, 24, was slain in a drive-by shooting on New Year’s Day 2007, and three months later backup running back Damien Nash, 24, collapsed and died after a charity basketball game in St. Louis. McKinley’s agent, Andrew Bondarowicz, said family and friends are at a loss to explain the death of a young man “who had such a love for life.” “Everybody has their explanations, their own theories. Whether it was injuries, no one’s going to know for sure,” Bondarowicz said. “It’s a tough situation all the way around. “Some people speculate that it was his being injured, some said it was financial challenges. ... It’s a tragic situation.” Bondarowicz said funeral arrangements were pending. He also said he’s been in touch with team and the players’ association about setting up a trust fund for McKinley’s son. McKinley was a fifth-round draft choice out of South Carolina in 2009. He remains South Carolina’s all-time leading receiver with 207 catches for 2,781 yards. He returned to the school earlier this month, watching the Gamecocks beat Georgia 17-6 and visiting with his college coach, Steve Spurrier.
acknowledged in the spring that he had a tough time learning how much he could push himself when he wasn’t 100 percent. He felt limited in what he could do. After four days of on-ice workouts this training camp, Lucic said he’s feeling better every day. “I don’t have to tape it anymore, which is a good sign,” he said of his ankle. “I’m not going to lie. I did not like taping it one bit. That was probably the hardest thing to adjust to when I first came back, was the tape. And you’re going to have the restricted movement because you’re locked into that one position. So, like I said, at the end of last year, I felt like I was playing real well in the Philadelphia series and I was skating real well. In that series, I was moving my feet and I was skating real well and I think that’s why I was able to produce offensively.” Lucic was solid in the playoffs with five goals and four assists in 13 games. Coach Claude Julien is looking for that to carry over. “I think it definitely slowed him down. I think anyone who has been injured twice, with not minor but major injuries, certainly it takes its toll,” said Julien, whose team lost in the second round to Philadelphia, despite winning the series’ first three games. “So it was a tough year for him. We acknowledge that. At the same time, it’s kind of an opportunity to redeem himself and bounce back with a good year here. Getting off to a good start is important. I think he trained hard this summer to get into shape, and if he’s scoring goals, that’s a good sign.”
Clausen to start for Panthers CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A day before his 23rd birthday, Jimmy Clausen received a job promotion he seemed destined for since before he entered high school: NFL starting quarterback. In a rapid ascension made possible by Matt Moore’s six turnovers and Carolina’s 0-2 start, Panthers coach John Fox announced on Monday the second-round pick from Notre Dame will start Sunday’s game against Cincinnati. “I’ve dreamt it for my whole life, to be a starting quarterback in the National Football League,” said Clausen, who went unbeaten in high school and was one of the nation’s top college recruits before playing in the Notre Dame spotlight. “It’s real exciting, but at same time it’s a job. You’ve got to go prepare.” Clausen, whose stunning fall to 48th overall amid concerns about his attitude was one of the top stories of April’s draft, will take over the NFL’s 28thrated offense as Carolina seeks to avoid a second straight 0-3 start. “We’ve just not been getting it done,” said Fox, facing his own uncertainty in the final year of his contract. “Jimmy is a guy we think highly of. I thought he made the most of his
opportunities Sunday. We’ll see how it goes this week.” Clausen’s promotion was accelerated by Moore’s dismal start to the season, a steep fall from his strong 4-1 finish as a starter last season that helped pave the way for sevenyear starter Jake Delhomme’s release in March. “I’m not happy with it. I understand, I accept it. But it’s definitely not what you want to hear as a player,” Moore said. “I’ll be behind Jimmy as the weeks go on.” Moore threw three end zone interceptions and lost a fumble before leaving with a concussion in a Week 1 loss to the New York Giants. After being cleared to return Sunday, Moore threw an interception and lost another fumble before getting yanked early in the fourth quarter of the 20-7 loss to Tampa Bay. Moore has led Carolina on only two touchdown drives, completed just 41 percent of his passes and has a passer rating of 41.8. It comes after the Panthers became the first team in at least 14 years to not score an offensive touchdown in the preseason. It’s nothing like the end of last season, when he threw eight touchdown passes and one interception. The undrafted,
fourth-year QB from Oregon State entered this year 6-2 as a starter When asked what’s gone wrong, Moore shook his head and replied, “I wish I knew.” He rejected the argument his demotion was inevitable when Clausen fell to the Panthers in the draft. “I don’t think my thoughts were headed in that direction at all,” Moore said. “I was confident, I still am. I know I can play. Unfortunately, the last two showings haven’t been great. This is the option we have and they went with it.” Fox, who stubbornly stuck with Delhomme last season despite his 18 interceptions until he was sidelined with a broken finger, had a quick trigger this time. Moore completed just 6 of 16 passes for 125 yards and a touchdown against the Buccaneers. It included overthrowing rookie David Gettis for what would’ve been a touchdown. Tight end Dante Rosario couldn’t hang on to a slightly overthrown ball that likely also would’ve gone for a score. “There were some plays out there that we left, no doubt,” Fox said. “We’ve got to be able to make those in game situations. Talking to the team today, we’ve got to spark our offense,
Steelers’ Dixon needs surgery, QB in doubt
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich during the first quarter of a preseason NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, in Pittsburgh on Aug. 14, 2010.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Steelers’ starting quarterback Sunday at Tampa Bay will be a player who was cut last weekend or another who was all but ignored during training camp. No matter, coach Mike Tomlin said, either Byron Leftwich or Charlie Batch will be expected to play well enough to win until Ben Roethlisberger returns from his four-game suspension. The Steelers’ once quarterback-heavy roster thinned out even more Tuesday when Dennis Dixon was lost indefinitely with a torn meniscus in his left knee. Dixon is expected to have surgery Wednesday and could go on the injured reserve list, which would end his season after two starts — and two victories. Dixon’s injury turned out to be more serious than suspected on Sunday, when Tomlin said he could have re-entered a 19-11 victory at Tennessee to hand the ball off if necessary.
Dixon was hurt while scrambling for 21 yards late in the first quarter. He stayed in for two more plays, including an 8-yard run, then was lifted on the next possession and didn’t return. “He planted his leg in the ground and cut inside, and said it felt a little unstable at that point,” Tomlin said Tuesday. “Adrenaline and things of that nature, particularly when it’s a nonimpact injury, it takes a while before you realize that something’s amiss.” The fear of exposing Dixon to injury while running was one reason he was limited him to only a couple of carries in the season-opening 15-9 victory over Atlanta. Because Leftwich still was recovering from a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee — he was cut Saturday to free up a roster spot, then returned on Monday — Batch played the final three
quarters at Tennessee. It was Batch’s first extensive game action since 2007. Batch was the No. 4 quarterback during voluntary workouts and training camp and received almost no work with the starters before playing against Tennessee. If Leftwich hadn’t gotten hurt in the final exhibition game Sept. 2, Batch might have been cut. Now, there’s a chance he could start if Leftwich’s knee can’t hold up in practice, although Tomlin expects it will be fine. “He’s been able to comfortably get through some workouts,” Tomlin said. “Workouts are different from practice, of course, and games, particularly the unanticipated movements that come with football, but we feel comfortable with where he is. We’re going to proceed through the week and see how this thing sorts out.” The Steelers traded with
Tampa Bay to reacquire Leftwich immediately after Roethlisberger was suspended in April for violating the NFL personal conduct policy. Leftwich was the backup when the Steelers won the Super Bowl two seasons ago and has an extensive knowledge of the playbook. He also throws the deep pass better than Batch, and starting him would increase the chances of involving deep threat receiver Mike Wallace in an offense that has yet to score a touchdown in regulation. The Steelers beat Atlanta 15-9 on Rashard Mendenhall’s 50-yard touchdown run in overtime, and their only scoring in Tennessee came on four field goals by Jeff Reed and an Antonio Brown kickoff return. The Steelers also may be without right guard Trai Essex (ankle) against Tampa Bay (2-0). If he can’t start, undrafted free agent Doug Legursky would start.
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Wednesday, September 21, 2010
Wigginton’s HR helps Orioles beat Sox
BOSTON (AP) — Ty Wigginton hit a tie-breaking three-run homer in the seventh and Brad Bergesen pitched six strong innings to lead the Baltimore Orioles to a 9-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night. Wigginton drove his 21st homer of the season just inside the Baltimore 9 right field foul off Scott 1 pole Boston Atchison, who came in after Clay Buchholz allowed one unearned run and four hits in six innings. Bergesen (8-10) gave up one run and five hits as he allowed three runs or fewer for the ninth time in his last 10 starts. Buchholz lowered his ERA from 2.48 to 2.39, second in the AL to Seattle's Felix Hernandez at 2.35. Atchison (2-3) allowed three hits and retired just one batter. Wigginton's homer made it 4-1, and the Orioles added a run in the eighth on Robert Andino's sacrifice fly and four in the ninth off Jonathan Papelbon. Boston took a 1-0 lead in the
second on Daniel Nava's RBI single. Baltimore tied it in the sixth when Adam Jones, who had singled, scored from first with two outs on an error by second baseman Marco Scutaro when a very high popup by Felix Pie ticked off his glove and fell behind him. The Red Sox had a chance to go ahead in the bottom of the sixth when Jed Lowrie walked with two outs and Ryan Kalish hit a drive to deep right-center. But the ball bounced into the stands for a grounds-rule double, forcing Lowrie to stop at third. Nava then took a called third strike. Cesar Izturis led off the top of the seventh with a single and was forced at second on a grounder by Brian Roberts. Nick Markakis singled and Wigginton hit Atchison's first pitch to him for a homer. The Red Sox threatened in the seventh with two outs and runners at first and third, but David Ortiz struck out for the 54th time in 170 at-bats against lefties when he looked at a third strike from Michael Gonzalez. Bergesen allowed one hit in his last three innings, Kalish's
double in the sixth. In his last start on Sept. 15, a 3-1 win over Toronto, he pitched his third career complete game. His ERA over his last 10 starts is 2.31. Buchholz struck out five and gave up four hits and three walks but allowed runners in each of his innings. In three of them, he again showed his knack for working out of trouble by stranding runners at third base. Opponents are hitting .168 with runners in scoring position against him, the lowest average in the AL. Notes: In his last four starts against Baltimore, Buchholz has allowed one earned run and 17 hits in 28 innings for a 0.32 ERA. ... The Orioles are 29-17 with Buck Showalter as manager after going 32-73 under Dave Trembley and Juan Samuel. ... For Boston, Adrian Beltre went 0 for 4 with three fly outs to right and a groundout to second, while J.D. Drew went 0 for 4 with three groundouts to second and a fly out to right. ... Baltimore is 16-7 in its last 23 games overall and 9-8 against Boston this season. ... Scutaro has reached base safely in 10 straight games.
Red Sox pitcher Scott Atchison, right, walks back to the mound as Baltimore Orioles’ Ty Wigginton rounds third on his three-run home run in the seventh inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010.
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Gary Wilburn carries the ball in the Huskies' 62-3 win against Texas Southern on Sept. 11 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. Wilburn, a cornerback, saw action returning punts against the Tigers.
“I liked his progress,” Edsall said. “I think it’s just one of those things where we feel that he’s got a chance to maybe give us a little bit more.” Difton will be starting in place of Isiah Moore, who Edsall said would still play this weekend, as well. Quarterback Zach Frazer praised Difton for his work ethic and said that he expects Difton to take advantage of the opportunity this week. “I like Dif, I think he’s a good guy. He’s an interesting character on the team, but when it comes down to working hard and stuff, he’s one of the guys you can rely on,” Frazer said. “I feel confident with him working with the offense and I’m confident throwing to him.” Edsall made the announcement at his weekly press conference, when he also announced a number of other changes to the depth chart. Redshirt freshman Shamar Stephen will get his second career start at defensive tackle, while Kendall Reyes will move over to defensive end. Trevardo Williams will back
up Reyes, and, according to Edsall, will play when the Huskies get into passing situations. “I thought Shamar Stephen did a good job,” Edsall said. “I think he’s a young man that, with work, will keep getting better.” In terms of constantly switching with Williams in passing situations, Stephen said that Edsall prepares the team well for quick personnel changes. “Coach brings this mentality of running guys on and off the field. He just screams at us all day to keep running,” Stephen said. “It’s pretty intriguing but it brings a good mentality for us and we play hard on and off the field, so I think it’s a good push for us.” Edsall also said that Jerome Junior will start again at strong safety, that Mike Lang will replace Jordan Todman as kick returner and that freshman Taylor Mack will be the punt returner.
McDonough: UConn's current commercial is not cutting it, should involve more students
Callahan: 2010 NFL season is full of excitement so far, many storylines to follow
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the top of the Wilbur Cross building being painted blue. It shows a farmer and a professor, then the commercial takes a turn for the worse. A girl holding a surfboard with palm trees, two generic guys in suits, and then, inexplicably, a gentleman with two children in UConn attire standing in front of the Golden Gate Bridge while it’s tinted blue. That’s usually the spot where I can’t hold in my laughter any longer. The Golden Gate Bridge is not in Connecticut. It is 3,000 miles away. I have been to San Francisco, and if you asked people on the street what UConn was, half of them would probably answer with a territory in Canada. Furthermore, the Golden Gate Bridge would never be painted blue, even if a UConn graduate singlehandedly fixed the San Andreas fault, preventing the impending destruction of the “City by the Bay.” I understand that they are showing alumni making impacts across the country in different business environments, but how does a picture of California, or two guys standing in front of office building, make someone want to come to Storrs? It finally shows some students, in the dark with blue faces. One kid throws a blue glow stick above Wilbur Cross and Gampel Pavilion into night sky to paint the moon blue. Then it finally comes to a mercifull end after thirty seconds of awkwardness. Most college commercials show panoramic views of the campus, or a nice shot of the
student union. I guess its tough to show a lot of current footage of the campus, because most of it is covered with blue construction fences, but at least show activities a student can do while going to school at UConn. Instead of a random farmer, I want to see students that I will recognize walking around campus. I have so many pet peeves with the specifics with the commercial itself most of all that they do not show enough current students or acknowledge the fact that UConn has famous athletic teams. Whether the university likes it or not, UConn is known for having championship basketball programs and Division 1 athletics. I’m not asking for Jim Calhoun to talk for thirty seconds about UConn, although that would probably be better than the current commercial, but at least show some fans with blue and white chests at a men’s basketball game. A return to a previous commercial starring Emeka Okafor studying would not be a bad idea. If the university showed current prominent athletes in the world of academia and sports, it would be a nice touch. Most of the time, when you see a commercial for UConn, it is during a football or basketball game anyway. Showing some scenes from the student section, or a dunk or a touchdown may not be enough to make our commercial a good one, but it can display the reason why most kids think of UConn in the first place.
Now, I can’t tell you how your relationship with your favorite team is doing, but what I can say is that you and the 2010 NFL season are getting along great. In fact, thefirst few weeks could not have been scripted better. So in case you had an epic time without her last night and can’t remember where you left off, this is how it went. Two Thursdays ago you picked her up at around 8:30 p. m. After a not-so-brief session of small talk with her parents (pre-game unveiling of the Super Bowl banner), you and she were on your way to kick off week one. Your first drive together went better than anyone could have foreseen and was truly a masterpiece. You had Drew Brees-like precision with your quick wit and obedience of the speed limit. As you neared the restaurant, you scored big for an unofficial seven points. Before you knew it, the conversation began to slow from an exciting shootout to a sluggish, defensive debate about what to order for an appetizer. Your elderly waiter, a man of great indecision, retreated back and forth between your table and the exit, unsure of whether he’s going to stick around or retire. He eventually stuck with the job, but his shift was up as you managed to secure a solid victory and select the appetizer. It was a blowout bowl of New England clam chowder, courtesy of a chef with three Super Bowl rings and a supermodel wife. Later on, the only thing to spoil your lovely evening was referee Gene Steratore walking by and announcing that your date is not a catch. He said she needed to maintain her good qualities throughout the dinner and she failed to do
so. But no matter what the zebra alleged, you and your friends knew your girl was most certainly a catch and she’s one to hold on to. The movie you saw afterwards was the NFL’s production of “West Side Story.” In a compelling tale of two hard-hitting gangs, the Jets and Ravens, the AFC foes traded blows until the bitter end. In that sad ending, Jets leader Mark Sanchez was left for dead against a swarm of blitzes, as the Jet fan base sat in tears knowing they’d lost their true love: an undefeated Super Bowl season. Date number two rolled around and things were turned up a notch. Your date told you she wants to take things to the next level in terms of parity, and, lucky for you, that’s exactly what she got. On a stroll through the park, you witnessed a flock of Falcons overwhelm a group of disorganized Cardinals who got flat-out destroyed, leading to 1-1 records for each of them. Walking further, you ran into a jogging Vince Young who said he’s been benched again after falling to the Steelers and committing seven turnovers. Before you could reply with a “Man, you really suck,” James Harrison came out of nowhere and chased Young away. The Titans are, of course, now 1-1. The Broncos, Seahawks, Jaguars, Chargers, Ravens, Bengals, Eagles, Raiders, Patriots, Jets, Redskins, Colts and Giants eventually followed suit. Finally back on her doorstep with the sun setting on week two, it was time for the goodnight kiss. Of course, this is the NFL, so very few things go as expected. Shouts of “Uncle!” from next door interrupted your moment as Peyton Manning had brother Eli in a 38-14 headlock, refusing to let up. As
Dolphins' receiver Brandon Marshall tries to avoid the tackle by Minnesota Viking cornerback Antoine Winfield in first-half action of their game on Sunday Sept. 19, 2010.
the two of you shook that off, you turned back to see 49ers head coach Mike Singletary with his pants down, demonstrating his classic motivational tactic from two years ago. Thanks, coach. So, you may not have gotten the goodnight kiss, but better things await you. Whether your team is 2-0, 1-1 or the Rams, this season is far from over. And I bet you’re just itching to find out what happens next. Quick hits Despite starting 0-2, 49ers have reason to be content with themselves. They hung with the world champions until the final seconds, despite four turnovers, a safety and, all told, a lot of bad luck. Alex Smith looked great and their division appears impeccably bad. The next two Dolphin games
will have an enormous impact on the AFC East. With games against both the Patriots and Jets in primetime, Miami could take control of their fate or fall far behind. The Vikings and Cowboys look terrible. Everyone knows that. But the Vikings had two games against legitimate playoff contenders, whereas the Cowboys should’ve handled both their contests. If there was ever a huge week 3 game, Dallas at Houston is it. The suicide of Broncos wide receiver Kerry McKinley is truly tragic. The 2nd-year pro died in his home following Denver’s 31-14 victory last Sunday from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family.
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The Daily Question Q: Which NFL team has had the most unexpected start to its season? Miami Dolphins, because who would’ve thought their porous A: “The defense would stifle Favre’s normally potent arm?” Dan Kagan, 5th-semester business major
Home: Rentschler Field, East Hartford
– Ravens’ coach John Harbaugh on being fined after making contact with an official.
Sept. 25 Buffalo Noon
Oct. 2 Vanderbilt Noon
Oct. 8 Rutgers 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 23 Louisville TBA
Oct. 29 West Virginia 8:00 p.m.
Oct. 5 Maryland 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 9 Seton Hall 7:30 p.m.
Men’s Soccer (5-0-1) Sept. 24 USF 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 28 Sept. 24 Boston Marquette College 8:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m.
Vick named Eagles’ starting quarterback
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Michael Vick has been named the Philadelphia Eagles’ starting quarterback, a day after coach Andy Reid said it was Kevin Kolb’s job. It wasn’t immediately known why Reid reversed his decision on Tuesday. The team announced the move in a text message, and Reid was to discuss it at a news conference later in the day. Kolb missed the last six quarters because of a concussion, and Vick played well in his absence. Kolb was cleared to practice and was expected to run the first-team offense on Wednesday. Vick threw for 175 yards and one touchdown and ran for 103 yards in a 27-20 season-opening loss to Green Bay. He had 284 yards passing and two TDs in a 35-32 win at Detroit on Sunday.
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Jets’ Edwards admitted drinks before DWI stop
Oct. 3 Oct. 8 Seton Hall Marquette 4:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
Field Hockey (6-1) Sept. 24 Providence 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 26 Boston College 1 p.m.
Oct. 2 Louisville Noon
Oct. 6 Oct. 9 Yale Georgetown 7:00 p.m. Noon
Volleyball (2-8) Sept. 24 New Hampshire 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 26 Villanova 2:00 p.m.
Oct. 8 Oct. 1 Oct. 3 Louisville Cincinatti Syracuse 7:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
Men’s Tennis Sept. 29 Sept. 24 Siena UConn Invite 3:00 p.m. TBA
Oct. 1 Bucknell Invitational TBA
Oct. 8 Quinnipiac Invitational TBA
Oct. 12 Sacred Heart 2:00 p.m.
Women’s Tennis Sept. 24 Army Invite TBA
Oct. 1 Bucknell Invite TBA
Oct. 6 Oct. 12 Oct. 20 UMass Sacred Heart Quinnipiac 2:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m.
Men’s Cross Country Sept. 25 Oct. 9 Oct. 16 Oct. 22 Oct. 30 Ted Owens N.E. Leopard CCSU Meet Big East Invite Championship Invite 4:00 p.m. Championship Noon Noon 10:00 a.m.
Women’s Cross Country Oct. 9 Oct. 15 Oct. 23 Oct. 30 Sept. 25 N.E. Rothenberg CCSU Mini Conf. CCSU Invite Championships Race Meet Championships All Day All Day All Day All Day Syracuse, NY
Golf Sept. 27-28 Oct. 11-12 Oct. 16-17 Hartford Connecticut Northeast Hawks Inv. Cup Invite All Day All Day All Day
Oct. 18 NEIGA Champ. All Day
Rowing Oct. 3 Oct. 23 Head of the Head of the Riverfront Charles All Day All Day
Oct. 31 Head of the Fish All Day
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Women’s Soccer (4-3-2) Oct. 1 Sept. 23 Sept. 26 Rutgers Syracuse St. John’s 7:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
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Oct. 19 NEIGA Champ. All Day
The new monument to the late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner stands after its unveiling before the Yankees’ baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium in New York on Monday.
THE Storrs Side UConn football needs to rebound from slowest start since 2002 By Colin McDonough Senior Staff Writer The UConn football team isn’t used to starting off the season slow. After Saturday’s 30-16 loss at Temple, the Huskies were off to their worst start since 2002, their first season in the FBS. UConn lost their first two games of that season to Boston College and Georgia Tech, before beating Buffalo to start 1-2 after three games. The Huskies’ 1-2 start this year is particularly surprising, considering the high preseason expectations UConn entered the season with. Receiving one first place vote, and being picked to finish fourth overall in the Big East preseason poll, were both firsts for the program. In a highly anticipated season opener at Michigan, the Huskies fell flat on national television to early Heisman hopeful Denard Robinson. The 30-10 loss was disappointing but understandable, and after a 62-3 blowout win versus FCS opponent Texas
Southern, it may have seemed UConn righted the ship. Enter the Temple Owls. The last two meetings with Temple ended in heartbreak for the Owls, and although coach Al Golden said he wasn’t thinking about the last two stinging losses to the Huskies, Temple sure played like they were. UConn gave up too many big plays and suffered their second straight road loss. Coach Randy Edsall said it is still early in the season, however, there is still reason for concern. In each of their two losses, the Huskies have surrendered 30 points, and have had defensive lapses leading to big scores. While their offense moves the football, it can’t punch it in the end zone. Although Big East play is still three weeks away, if the Huskies don’t play more consistently, their conference title hopes may fade like UConn did in the fourth quarter Saturday.
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Jets star wide receiver Braylon Edwards told a police officer he’d been partying and drinking before being pulled over in his luxury SUV, but he suggested letting him leave the car and go home, prosecutors said as he was arraigned Tuesday on drunken-driving charges. A solemn Edwards was released without bail in a case that could compound his legal troubles while he’s on probation after a fracas in Cleveland last year. He declined to discuss the drunken-driving arrest as he left a Manhattan courthouse, thronged by reporters. “There will be plenty of time to talk. I’ll address everybody,” said Edwards, wearing a black T-shirt and fashionably torn gray jeans. Defense lawyer Peter M. Frankel said Edwards was exhausted and focused on getting back to his team. “Obviously, this is very difficult for him,” Frankel said. “Without question, absolutely, he understands the seriousness of the situation, and he is committed to getting back on the football field and doing what he does best for the Jets.” A breath test showed Edwards had a bloodalcohol level twice the legal limit after he was stopped on Manhattan’s West Side around 5 a.m. Tuesday, prosecutors said. Chief police spokesman Paul Browne said officers on the lookout for such violations as overly tinted windows stopped Edwards because his Land Rover’s windows were too dark and then noticed a strong smell of alcohol.
THE Pro Side Cowboys and Vikings off to disappointing starts to 2010 season By Dan Agabiti Staff Writer For the Dallas Cowboys, a key factor in their 0-2 start has been a lack of offensive production. The Cowboys’ offense looked dismal in the preseason. Their first touchdown did not come until late in the second quarter of their third game. In fact, the 19-yard pass from Tony Romo to Miles Austin was the only touchdown the starting offensive unit scored all preseason. In spite of that lackluster start, few were ready to dismiss the Cowboys, because, after all, preseason games are nothing but glorified exhibitions. But now the games matter, and Cowboys fans might want to show some concern at the team’s 0-2 start. Their running back duo of Marion Barber and Felix Jones has combined for a mediocre 115 yards. Only 22 backs in the league who have surpassed that total alone. It is not just the running game that is struggling; Romo is off to a bad start as well. He has thrown as many intercep-
tions, two, as he has touchdown passes. For Dallas, the problem is simple: they need to reignite their offense. The solution, however, might prove to be more difficult. The Detroit Lions are no stranger to last place in the NFC North. But at least for now, they have the 0-2 Vikings accompanying them. For the Vikings, the problem is Brett Favre. So far, Favre has thrown four interceptions and only one touchdown pass. As has been said before on a plethora of occasions, it might be time for Favre to pack it up and retire. Favre has bounced back from bad starts before, and it will be worth watching to see if he is able to do it again. For now, the offense will have to rely on running back Adrian Peterson. In spite of only scoring one touchdown so far this season, Peterson offers the best chance for Vikings to maintain possession of the ball, and in doing so, possibly get a win.
» INSIDE SPORTS TODAY P.13: Vick named Eagles’ starting QB. / P.12: Red Sox lose to Orioles / P.11: Bruins want more from Lucic
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
CALLING FOR BACKUP
New commercial necessary
Endres and Kuraczea reinstated after suspensions
Mac Cerullo Sports Editor
Quarterback Cody Endres and offensive guard Erik Kuraczea have been reinstated to the football team after serving a suspension for violating athletic department policies. Endres, who started six games last year when starting quarterback Zach Frazer went down with a knee injury, is slotted in the No. 2 position on the depth chart, along with redshirt freshman Michael Kuraczea started five Notebook Box. games for the Huskies last year before going down with a knee injury against Notre Dame last season. He will back up Mathieu Olivier this weekend at the left guard spot. Edsall said that he had talked to both players on Sunday and told them where each stood. He asked if they had learned something through their experience. “I was satisfied with their response,” Edsall said. “There was remorse, they understood in terms of how much they not only let themselves down, let their families down and most especially let their teammates down. I would expect both of those young men to be better young men for this. It should have never happened in the first place, it’s a suspension that should have never taken place, but I think both young men will be better for this and I’ll be extremely disappointed if it wasn’t that way, and now they’ve paid their penance, and we move forward, and they try to work their way back to where they were on this team.” Neither player has been able to participate in any team functions during the course of their suspensions, but each has been able to work out on his own or with the strength coaches in order to stay in shape. Edsall said that he expects both players to be in good shape despite the suspension.
Aside from the fact that the UConn football team has started the year out with a 1-2 record, there should be something more disconcerting as a Huskies fan: the school’s commercial. In my opinion, UConn’s commercials have been disappointing since “Great Pick” last decade. I have watched college football and basketball games for 15 years, and this year’s ad promoting blue.uconn.edu may be one of the worst college commercials I have ever seen. If anyone knows anything about the advertising campaign or has any clue as to why UConn has a commercial like this, then please e-mail me. There may be background guidelines or issues that I am unaware of, but going by the thirty seconds itself, if I were a high school senior deciding on where to go to school, UConn may lose points and fall spots on my list, or at least give me a good laugh heading into my freshman year. I don’t know if you’ve seen the commercial, but it is very similar to the last two versions of our school ad. It starts with a close up of the new Connecticut license plates featuring a Husky logo and spelling, “HSKEEZ,” while the fight song is blaring. It’s a nice advertisement for the new license plate design being sold in Connecticut. A young woman drives her car down a country road that looks close enough to Mansfield and proceeds to paint the grass and road blue. Then it shows two students standing near Swan Lake with
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A date with the NFL
Difton gets his shot
Randy Edsall announced yesterday that sophomore wide receiver Dwayne Difton will get his first career start at wide receiver this weekend against Buffalo. FILE PHOTO/The Daily Campus
Men’s golf finishes fourth at Adams Cup
By Andrew Callahan NFL Columnist
By Tommy Cassell Campus Correspondent
Look around – we’re two weeks into the NFL season and what have we learned? To be quite frank, not a lot. Some teams look good, some look bad and one team looks like the Rams. A couple squads have befuddled us by laying stinkers after terrific performances in week one (hello, Tom Brady and co.) Others incurred endless dread following their opening games, but then opened eyes during week two (what’s up, Jets?). The playoff picture is still very far away and things are wide open. But, while we may not be able project far into the future, there is still some useful information at hand. Oddly enough, this scenario appears to be much like after a first and second date. First off, we’ve seen some things we know won’t change: the Lions losing, the Steelers playing tough defense and Peyton Manning shredding up some poor secondary. Similarly, one could observe a set of pretty eyes, a beautiful smile or a terrifying pair of man-hands Secondly, we have the things that could change, but only with some work: committing stupid penalties, porous run defense and untimely pass drops. Or take for example, nagging, stealing french fries off your plate or the inability to whisper during a movie.
The UConn men’s golf team finished fourth at the 2010 Adams Cup of Newport following its third round 10-over-par, 298, on Tuesday. Defending Adams Cup champion, Jeb Buchanan, once again led the charge for the Huskies in Newport with a 6-overpar, 222, to tie for 12th among 87 other golfers. His performance, according to head coach David Pezzino, was an impressive feat from the junior. “[Buchanan] was sick as a dog all weekend, but he battled out there and put up some good scores for us,” said Pezzino. “At Newport, you need good ball
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Quarterback Cody Endres passes the ball in a 38-25 win over Louisville on Oct. 17, 2009.
striking and putting and that’s [Buchanan] to a tee.” Buchanan held the lead after Sunday’s first round of play, with a 1-under-par 71. But with rounds of 76 and 75, Buchanan and the Huskies fell out of contention as University of Central Florida (868) took home the Adams Cup team and individual first place honors. Although the team’s goals were not reached, coach Pezzino knows the players can learn from its weekend in Newport. “We had some bigger goals for this tournament. We were in a position to make a move [Tuesday], but unfortunately that’s just golf,” said Pezzino. “I thought it was a tournament in the right direction for us as a team because we’d talked about playing one shot at
time, and for the most part we did that. Unfortunately, we didn’t come out on top.” The Huskies matched their first round total of 298 on Tuesday, after faltering on Monday with a score of 301. West Florida (886) and Central Connecticut (893) finished in front of UConn as its final round score was the highest among teams who finished in the top seven. With a total score of 897, UConn registered its second consecutive fourth-place finish. UConn started off the fall with a fourth-place finish at the Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate. Sophomore Brian Hughes finished in a tie for 12th with Buchanan. Senior Chris DeLucia’s final round of 76 put him in a tie
for 24th, with last tournaments leaders, Jeremy Troy (T-40) and Matt Dubrowski (T-74), rounding out the rest of the scores. “Golf is different than other sports because it is played on a course that is completely different every time out,” said coach Pezzino, “So the game plays different each time out, making it important to keep good course management everywhere you play.” The Huskies’ results weren’t exactly what the players and coach wanted, but the team finished ahead of fellow Big East opponents Villanova and Seton Hall. The Wildcats finished in seventh place, followed next by the Pirates in eighth place. With only a week to prepare for
next weekend’s Hartford Hawks Invitational at Bull’s Bridge Golf Club in South Kent, Conn., coach Pezzino will use the same five players he used for the Adams Cup in hopes of finding consistency early this fall, consistencies that will help the Huskies reach their goals, one shot at a time. “Our expectations are to stay with the whole ‘one shot at a time’ mantra,” said coach Pezzino. “Its like when basketball coaches talk about focusing on one play at a time, so being able to put that in our repertoire is a challenge, but we are going to focus on that and hopefully post some good scores from here on out.”
Yanks beat Rays, extend lead to 2.5 games NEW YORK (AP) — Nick Swisher homered off James Shields to key a fiverun burst New York 8 in the first nning Tampa 3 iand the New York Yankees beat Tampa Bay 8-3 on Tuesday night, opening a 2½-game lead over the Rays in the AL East. The Yankees cut their magic number for clinching a playoff spot to four over Boston. The Red Sox played Baltimore. Tampa Bay nicked Phil Hughes (17-8) and relievers Javier Vazquez and Joba Chamberlain, but never quite got the big hit it needed while stranding 10 runners.
Ahead 7-3, Chamberlain escaped a bases-loaded jam in the eighth by striking out pinch-hitter Brad Hawpe and getting John Jaso on a liner to center. Chamberlain finished for his third save. New York has won the first two in this four-game series, and pulled even at 8-all with the Rays this season. Robinson Cano blooped an opposite-field, two-run double to left in front of a diving Carl Crawford for a 7-3 lead in the seventh. Derek Jeter doubled home a run in the eighth. Shields (13-13) started against the Yankees for the sixth time this season. He had done well in his previous outings, but this time they figured him out in a hurry. It’s a pattern
that’s troubled the Tampa Bay rotation for the last few weeks — aside from ace David Price, Rays starters have struggled A bright moon hung over the right-field facade when the game began, and Swisher hit a rocket into the bleachers on Shields’ sixth pitch for his 27th homer. Jorge Posada hit an RBI single with two outs, Lance Berkman boomed a two-run double and Curtis Granderson’s single made it 5-0. Shields backed up the plate on Granderson’s hit, and slammed his pitching hand into his glove and shouted at himself. Big Game James had a word, too, for plate umpire Mike Everitt in the third after Posada reached on a hit by pitch.
Jorge Posada follows through on a first-inning RBI single off Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher James Shields in a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York on Tuesday.