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Learning communities get $200K grant By Abigail Ferrucci Campus Correspondent
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Imagine moving into your dorm back on first day of college knowing that you and the people you are living all have similar interests. There is a foundation in Maine trying to make the transition into college easier on UConn students by giving money to the learning communities on campus.
A grant from the Davis Educational Foundation of Falmouth, Maine, is giving UConn $203,000 to begin a writing-themed learning community, according to an article published last week in “UConn Today”. Spending their first year in a learning community tied to personal interests helps students have a more positive college experience for all four years, according to program coordina-
tor Melissa Foreman. “Learning communities give UConn a small, liberal arts college feel,” Foreman said. “Learning communities help with integrating them into college and helping UConn feel like home.” Several students, including Shane McNamara, a 3rdsemester natural resources and Spanish double major, agrees with Foreman. “I signed up with the intention
of meeting other like-minded people,” McNamara said. That is exactly the experience he had living in Eco House, located in West. McNamara enjoyed the experience so much his freshman year that he chose to continue living there this year. Freshman Volancia Pagdiwala, a 1st-semester biology major, chose to live in the Public Health House, located in Watson, in Alumni.
“It is a positive atmosphere and really easy to make friends who have the same interests as me,” Pagdiwala said. In the 2010-2011 academic year, UConn has 15 learning communities and nine non-residential communities. According to “UConn Today,” the program was first begun by the First Year Experience program, and has taken off since.
Problem solving has ‘No Borders’
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Members of Engineers without Borders work with local children on their trip to Ethiopia in the summer of 2009.
By Hina Samnani Staff Writer Most students would be surprised to learn that one does not need to be an engineering major to join Engineers without Borders. “Most of our members have been engineering majors, but currently we’re trying to diversify and find English majors, Spanish majors, economics majors, marketing majors, anyone,” said Adarsha Selvachandran, a 5thsemester biomedical engineering major and the vice president of the UConn chapter of Engineers without Borders. “We need English majors to write grants for the club, we need Spanish majors for Spanish speaking countries, things like that.” Engineers without Borders (EWB) is an international organization that is devoted to alleviating poverty and raising the standard of living all across the world, and the EWB UConn chapter has
been hard at work on its current projects for the upcoming year. This past summer, EWB UConn, in collaboration with West Point Military Academy, sent four UConn students and one mentor along with four West Point cadets and one mentor to Nicaragua where they helped to build a roadway connecting the city of Granada to a small village in La Prusia. Each year, monsoon season in Nicaragua destroys the road connecting La Prusia and Granada. Students from EWB helped to stop the erosion so people could travel between places for medical emergencies. While only four UConn students were actually able to travel to Nicaragua this summer, the club has 30 active members. “We look for a lot of dedication for people that want to go—a lot of involvement in the report writing process that leads up to the trip and a lot of fundraising involvement,” said Ethan Butler, the president of EWB UConn and
a 5th semester chemical engineering major. “Most students just want to contribute and stay here. In addition to the Nicaragua project, another project that EWB UConn is currently working on is in Ethiopia. The lake in Ethiopia, Lake Koka, is contaminated with chemical waste from factories and around 17,000 people in addition to wildlife are drastically affected. Most people do not have access to clean water and are susceptible to water-borne diseases. EWB UConn is trying to create a water filtration system that can purify the water supply in Ethiopia. EWB UConn’s current fundraising project is a 5K Road Race on Oct. 10, where it will be working with the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources during the CANR Cornucopia Fest. While EWB UConn is hoping to raise money with this event, Butler said most of the club’s money comes from outside the fundraising efforts.
“We get most of our money from business donations, donations from private parties, and donations from just nonprofit organizations — rotary clubs, grant writing, things like that,” he said. “The fundraising plays a key role, one of which it gets students involved,” Butler said. “When you’re part of an organization you want feel to feel like you’re in one, and you want to do something immediately. It does raise a ton of awareness too, and brings focus to the cause which is definitely a huge role. And it also does bring some money which allows us to fund other small projects.” Adrian Reid, a 1st-semester biomedical engineering major, is looking forward to participating in the club to gain experience in engineering. “I joined mainly to gain experience,” Reid said. “This club is mostly for civil engineers and I’m biomedical, but it has engineering in it, so I’m going to get
something out of it. And definitely traveling to Nicaragua will be great too.” Aimon Iftikhar, a 3rd-semester biomedical engineering major, has been in the club since last year and joined mainly to help out people in need. “I knew the club utilized the engineering program to benefit those in great need of resources in many underdeveloped countries,” Iftikhar said. “I joined at the beginning of my freshman year and it has been pretty interesting and easy to get involved. I certainly hope to participate in one of the trips to implement the engineering strategies to benefit groups of people.” In addition to the Nicaragua and Ethiopia projects, Engineers without Borders UConn is also looking to recruiwt undergraduate researchers and to have students plan future trips.
The call for an investigation came from the submission of a whistleblower report from Attorney General Richard Blumenthal’s office to Kane in early August. Blumenthal’s report challenged the appropriateness of some of the information in the database. Although it was an office database paid for with taxpayer funds, Bysiewicz
used the records for her own personal and political purposes by uploading contact information for over 6,000 individuals related to a political campaign, Blumenthal alleged in the report. “There is no apparent legitimate state purpose for these campaign records to have been stored in the Secretary of the
State’s state database and it was inappropriate for those records to be placed into that database,” the report read. After reviewing the report and meeting with representatives from the Office of the Attorney General, Kane decided not to investigate further. “On the basis of that review and an examination of relevant
statutes, the Office of the State’s Attorney General has concluded that no criminal investigation is warranted,” he said in the letter. Bysiewicz released a statement the same day. “This…confirms what we have said all along: that the database we use is a very valu-
Kane: Bysiewicz not to face investigation
By Amy McDavitt Senior Staff Writer Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz will not face criminal investigation for a constituent database maintained in her office, according to a Sept. 17 letter from Chief State’s Attorney Kevin Kane.
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Conn. gov bans gas blow pipe cleaning procedure
HARTFORD (AP) — Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell has signed an executive order banning state power plants from conducting the type of pipe cleaning procedure blamed for a fatal explosion in February. Rell issued the order against gas blows Wednesday, a day after announcing it at the recommendation of a state commission she created to investigate the Feb. 7 blast at the under-construction Kleen Energy Systems LLC plant in Middletown. The blast killed six workers and injured 50 others. Authorities say the explosion was caused when something ignited natural gas and air during a gas blow, in which high-pressure flammable gas is blown through pipes. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has imposed $16.6 million in fines against companies involved in the explosion. The fines stem from claims of 371 safety and workplace violations.
Being Chuck Norris not easy for Conn. candidate NORWICH (AP) — Having the same name as TV tough guy Chuck Norris has its down side. Just ask Chuck Norris, a Connecticut candidate for probate judge. The 45-year-old lawyer is finding it’s hard establishing his identity. Norris, a member of the Norwich Board of Education and former chairman of the Norwich Republican Town Committee, is as different as possible from his famous namesake, a martial artist who starred on TV’s “Walker, Texas Ranger,” and several movies. Candidate Norris says frequent thefts of his campaign signs hurt his feelings, though he’s now getting over it. One gawker even asked if a “Chuck Norris for Probate Judge” sign was an ad for the actor’s next movie.
Hartford warrants sell for $706.3 million WASHINGTON (AP) — The government has raised $706.3 million from the sale of warrants it held in The Hartford Financial Services Group. It was the latest move to recoup costs for taxpayers from the $700 billion financial bailout. The Treasury Department said Wednesday that it sold 52.1 million warrants at a price of $13.70 per warrant. The government had set a minimum bid price of $10.50 per warrant for the warrants. A warrant gives the purchaser the right to buy common stock at a fixed price. The government obtained the warrants when it provided Hartford Financial, headquartered in Hartford, Conn., with $3.4 billion in support from the bailout fund in June 2009. That was done to help shore up its capital position during the financial crisis. Sales of the warrants will sever the remaining ties Hartford Financial has with the bailout fund, known as the Troubled Asset Relief Program. Financial institutions have been eager to cut all ties to the TARP to escape various restrictions, including limits on dividend payments and executive compensation. By purchasing the warrants, holders will have the right to buy an equal amount of shares of Hartford Financial stock at a price of $9.79.
No decision on Chicago mayor run for Emanuel WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says even President Barack Obama doesn’t know whether his chief of staff Rahm Emanuel will leave the administration to run for Chicago mayor. Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs says Emanuel hasn’t made up his mind, and the president is not aware of what the decision will be. Gibbs says that Emanuel’s decision-making process is happening outside of the West Wing. Emanuel has made no secret of his desire to someday run for mayor of Chicago. Longtime Mayor Richard Daley’s announcement that he wouldn’t seek re-election has raised speculation that Emanuel would leave the White House this fall to run.
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Conn. home invasion break-in ‘got out of control’
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
NEW HAVEN, (AP) — A man charged in the 2007 home invasion killings of a woman and her two daughters was devoid of emotion as he told authorities how he sexually assaulted the mother after his co-defendant told him he had to — to “square things up” — because the other man already had sexually assaulted one of the girls, a detective testified Wednesday. State police Detective Anthony Buglione said that Steven Hayes, one of two suspects charged with murder, sexual assault and other crimes in the deaths of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters on July 23, 2007, told authorities the original plan was to break into a home, tie the people up, steal their money and flee but things got out of hand. The men were caught fleeing the scene after they set the house on fire, authorities say. The sole survivor, HawkePetit’s husband, Dr. William Petit, hung his head during the testimony in New Haven Superior Court. Petit and other family members left the courthouse as a medical examiner described a painful smoke inhalation death suffered by 11-year-old Michaela. Jurors looked at autopsy photos, and some stared at Hayes, who looked forward at the judge. Buglione testified that he interviewed Hayes the day of the crime and that an emotionless Hayes, who smelled of gasoline, told him in detail what happened at the home in Cheshire, an affluent community in suburban New Haven. He testified Hayes, a paroled burglar, said he was financially desperate at the time.
Hanna Chapman, left, sister of Dr. William Petit Jr., and mother Barbara Petit embrace after the first day of the trial of Steven Hayes at Superior Court in New Haven, Conn., on Monday, Sept. 13. Prosecutors allege Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky killed Petit’s wife, Jennifer Hawke-Petit, and their two daughters, 17-year-old Hayley, and 11-year-old Michaela, in their Cheshire home in July 2007.
The detective said Hayes and his co-defendant, Joshua Komisarjevsky, who had met 18 months prior at a halfway house where they had attended alcohol and drug abuse meetings, hatched a plan to rob a home. The men ended up in a neighborhood in Cheshire, and the house they picked had a light on the rear porch, he said. Police say Hayes told them they saw a man sleeping on a couch on the porch and Komisarjevsky hit him four or five times with a baseball bat they found at the home. “He said the man started screaming and there was a lot of blood,” Buglione testified. Buglione said Hayes gave him this account: Hayes and Komisarjevsky told the beaten man to be quiet and they were only there for the money. But when they didn’t find as much money as they had hoped, they
went for more upstairs, where they found a woman and two girls. They tied them up and put pillow cases over their heads. It’s at that point the plan changed. The men found a bank book with $20,000 to $30,000 in the account and decided to take the mother to the bank and have her withdraw some of it, and Hayes went to a gas station to fill some gas containers they found at the house, police say Hayes told them. Hayes said while he took the mother to the bank, Komisarjevsky was supposed to put the family members in a car and then they would burn the house to destroy any evidence, they say. Hayes said that when he got back, Komisarjevsky implied he had had sex with the younger girl and told Hayes to have sex with the mother to “square things up,” which Hayes did,
police say. Hayes said Komisarjevsky went into the living room, where Hayes had had sex with the mother, and told him Petit had escaped and the police were coming, the detective testified. “Things got out of control,” the detective quoted Hayes as saying. Hayes said he smelled gasoline and the men grabbed some jewelry and the money and were apprehended as they fled, police say. Komisarjevsky had photos of Michaela on his cell phone, according to testimony by state forensic science examiner John Brunetti, who revealed that under cross-examination by Hayes’ attorneys. Connecticut’s medical examiner, Wayne Carver, described a painful and panic-stricken smoke inhalation death likely suffered by Michaela.
Tax, spending cuts top GOP campaign-year ‘Pledge’
Gasser: database misuse eroded public trust
WASHINGTON (AP) — Six weeks before midterm elections, House Republicans vowed to cut taxes and federal spending, repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law and ban federal funding of abortion as part of a campaign manifesto designed to propel them to victory in November and a majority in the next Congress. The “Pledge to America,” circulated to GOP lawmakers Wednesday, emphasizes job creation and spending control, as well as changing the way Congress does business. It steered clear of controversial issues such as Social Security and Medicare, big drivers of deficit spending. It pairs some familiar Republican ideas – such as deep spending cuts, medical liability reform and stricter border enforcement – with an anti-government call to action that draws on tea party themes and echoes voters’ disgruntlement with the economy and Obama’s leadership. “Regarding the policies of
the current government, the governed do not consent,” reads a preamble to the agenda. “An arrogant and outof-touch government of selfappointed elites makes decisions, issues mandates, and enacts laws without accepting or requesting the input of the many.” Republicans are favored to add substantially to their ranks, perhaps enough to seize control of the House. Details of their plan emerged as President Barack Obama tried to reintroduce voters to his health care overhaul law, a signature issue of his first two years that Americans don’t much like or understand. Democrats, who pursued overhaul for decades, have been surprised by its unpopularity. GOP leaders are set to go public with their plan Thursday at a hardware store in suburban Virginia, choosing a location outside the nation’s capital that’s in keeping with the plan’s grassroots emphasis. It calls for every bill to
cite its specific constitutional authority, a vote on any government regulation that costs more than $100 million annually and a freeze on hiring federal workers except security personnel. It also has a “read the bill” provision mandating that legislation be publicly available for three days before a vote. Officials have described the agenda as the culmination of an Internet- and social networking-powered project they launched earlier this year to give voters the chance to say what Congress should do. The “America Speaking Out” project collected 160,000 ideas and received 1 million votes and comments on the proposals, they said. Much internal debate ensued among party leaders, rankand-file lawmakers and GOP activists about the contents of the agenda, including whether it should include a reference to “family values” – which some strategists argued could alienate the independent voters Republicans are courting.
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able tool to help provide constituent service and manage the many Constitutional and statutory functions of this office,” the statement said. Representatives from Bysiewicz’s office declined further comment. While using more taxpayer funds to pursue a criminal investigation may not be worthwhile, what Bysiewicz did was “plainly unethical,” according to UConn College Republicans president Joseph Gasser. “They’re on point in saying there doesn’t need to be a criminal investigation because everything has already been exposed,” said Gasser, a 3rdsemester political science major. “Just because it wasn’t illegal doesn’t mean it wasn’t wrong. It was a violation of public trust and improper use of [Bysiewicz’s] authority, which has been wpretty well documented.”
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Violence in east Jerusalem clouds peace efforts
JERUSALEM (AP) — Crowds of Palestinian youths violently rampaged in east Jerusalem Wednesday following the shooting death of a local man, clouding fragile peace efforts even as the Palestinian president signaled he may back away from threats to quit negotiations if Israel resumes West Bank settlement construction. At one point, Israeli riot police stormed the hilltop compound known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary – the most explosive site in the IsraeliPalestinian conflict, and the place where the last Palestinian uprising began almost exactly 10 years ago. That uprising – which killed thousands of people over some five years of violence – erupted after a failed U.S.-led peace effort at Camp David. Wednesday’s outburst comes less than a month after the sides resumed peace negotiations, at a tense moment when those talks are already facing possible collapse over Israel’s plans to end its 10-month slowdown of construction in the Jewish settlements of the West Bank. The “moratorium” on construction was declared last November under intense U.S. pressure to help coax the Palestinians into talks with the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who – despite having accepted the principle of a Palestinian state – inspires very little faith in the Palestinians. Netanyahu said all along that the measure would end on Sunday – and the Palestinians have threatened to walk away from the talks if this occurs. The impasse and looming deadline have created a palpable tension that has built
An Israeli police officer wearing a gas mask walks past a car set on fire by Palestinian rioters during clashes outside Jerusalem’s Old City, Wednesday, Sept. 22. Violence erupted after a 32-year-old Palestinian laborer was killed by a private security guard watching over Jewish families in the Silwan neighborhood in east Jerusalem.
throughout the week. On Monday, Israel’s deputy premier made a public call on the Palestinians to abandon their demand, casting such a move as a mutual “compromise” in which Israel might retain some of the restrictions. On Tuesday, Israel’s military chief warned that a collapse of the talks could well lead to violence. Meanwhile, the Israeli political system braced for either outcome. If Netanyahu backs down and extends the freeze, troubles with his pro-settler coalition partners are likely and he would have to persuade the centrist Kadima party to join the coalition. If he doesn’t and the talks break down, Israel’s international standing would suffer – alongside the possibility of
renewed violence with the Palestinians. A glimmer of hope arrived from the United States, where Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas indicated a possible softening of his position in a Tuesday night address to prominent American Jewish figures. “I cannot say I will leave the negotiations, but it’s very difficult for me to resume talks if Prime Minister Netanyahu declares that he will continue his (settlement) activity in the West Bank and Jerusalem,” Abbas said, according to a transcript of the event obtained by The Associated Press. The Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations later said Abbas’ comments had been misconstrued and Abbas was still ready to walk away. “The position of the presi-
dent is still the same,” Riyad Mansour said. But he stopped short of a denial, and the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace, which sponsored the meeting, said the comments were recorded and Abbas was speaking in English. In Israel the story led news reports – before being overtaken by the ominous outburst of violence. Clashes erupted in the Silwan neighborhood shortly after a 32-year-old Palestinian man was killed by a private Israeli security guard watching over Jewish families in the area. About 70 ultranationalist Jewish families live in Silwan, amid some 50,000 Palestinian residents. Israeli police said the man, Samir Sirhan, had a criminal
record and was shot overnight after a group of youths pelted the guard with stones. But residents said that Sirhan, a father of five young children, was unlikely to have participated in the violence. They also noted he was killed at about 4 a.m., an unlikely time for stone throwing. After the shooting, rioting spread throughout Silwan and to the nearby walled Old City, intensifying during the man’s funeral. Young men and boys with their faces covered with T-shirts to avoid identification set fire to garbage bins and tires, sending plumes of smoke across the crammed neighborhood. They hurled concrete chunks and rocks at paramilitary police and demanded revenge. “We will defend you with our blood and
souls, martyr,” protesters chanted. Police responded by firing off rounds of acrid tear gas, which wafted through the area. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said police moved into the disputed compound after stone throwers attacked Jewish worshippers at the adjacent Western Wall, the holiest prayer site for Jews. A Muslim eyewitness on the compound said the clashes were brief. The area was crowded with people for the beginning of the seven-day Jewish festival of Sukkot – one of the three Jewish pilgrimage festivals during which Jews in biblical times would flock to Jerusalem. Rosenfeld said the stone throwers fled into the Al Aqsa Mosque, Islam’s third holiest site, and after a standoff for several minutes, riot forces pulled back without further incident. A teenage boy held the hand of Sirhan’s four-year-old son Sultan, taking him to where clashes were taking place. Later he walked among the protesters waving a large Palestinian flag. “Kill the Jews!” he chanted, at the prompting of an elderly relative. In other unrest, Palestinian youths overturned three cars with passengers inside, in one case dragging a man out of his vehicle and stabbing him. They smashed the windows of five buses, forcing passengers on one of them to flee, and a paramilitary police jeep was set on fire and destroyed. Ten Israelis were wounded, including the stabbing victim who was seriously hurt, police said. Palestinian medics said 14 people were lightly hurt. By early evening, sporadic riots were still taking place.
Obama defends, refines US approach to world aid UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday defended U.S. aid to impoverished people even during sour economic times at home yet promised a sterner approach, favoring nations that commit to democracy and economic revival. Addressing world leaders, Obama offered no new commitments of U.S. dollars, but rather a blueprint of the development policy that will drive his government’s efforts and determine where the money flows. His message was that the United States wants to help countries help themselves, not offer aid that provides shortterm relief without reforming societies.
“That’s not development, that’s dependence,” Obama said. “And it’s a cycle we need to break. Instead of just managing poverty, we have to offer nations and people a path out of poverty.” Obama spoke at a major anti-poverty summit convened by the United Nations, one day ahead of his main speech to the U.N. General Assembly. The president is in the midst of a three-day trip to the U.N. for its annual meeting. World leaders on Wednesday were wrapping up an intensive review of the poverty reduction goals adopted 10 years ago, a highly ambitious effort that has yielded mixed results. The mission is to cut extreme pov-
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He aimed to show toughness in setting demands of recipient nations. “The purpose of development ¬– and what’s needed most right now – is creating the conditions where assistance is no longer needed,” he said. “So we will seek partners who want to build their own capacity to provide for their people.” He said the U.S. will not abandon countries that need lifesaving help. But he made a plea to developing countries to show responsibility: “We want to help you realize your aspirations. But there is no substitute for your leadership.” International aid organizations praised Obama’s commit-
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No debate at UConn is unacceptable
here are less than six weeks before the November elections and UConn has yet to offer a debate at its Storrs campus. This is unacceptable. The administration and USG should work closely to make a debate happen. UConn is home to over 29,000 students, most of whom will be able to vote. UConn is also the state’s top public university, the place where many present and future state residents are educated. It is the perfect place to hold a debate regarding issues that directly impact students. A debate will also allow students to hear and interact with candidates face-to-face. Students are smart, independent thinkers. Making candidates accessible provides an opportunity to see candidates’ traits, arguments and temperament without commentary. It will make students more astute, well-versed voters. This is the year for an on-campus debate. The 2010 election offers the most competitive choices for state and national office in twenty years. The race for Sen. Christopher Dodd’s seat, between former CEO Linda McMahon and state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, is in the national spotlight. An on-campus debate would draw attention to UConn in a refreshingly positive way. It will show UConn for what it is supposed to be – a place where ideas flourish and the expression of these ideas is nurtured, regardless of political party. Some steps have been taken in the right direction. Today, UConn will host a debate at the law school in Hartford between the attorney general candidates – Republican Martha Dean, an Avon lawyer, and Democrat George Jepsen, the former state Democratic Party chairman. This is a great idea and is more appropriate for the law school. In the future, however, a debate should be held at the main campus where more students are likely to attend. Candidates and current politicians have already begun to come to campus, but have received sparce coverage and only last-minute attention. Last Sunday’s meeting of the Connecticut Union of College Republicans attracted Republican governor and lieutenant governor candidates Tom Foley and Mark Boughton, as well as second district congressional candidate Janet Peckinpaugh. On the same day, Dodd was in the Rome Ballroom. Joe Courtney, incumbent Democrat from the second district and Peckinpaugh’s opponent, has spoken to the UConn College Democrats. Additionally, McMahon is scheduled to hold a rally on Oct. 14. However, only in Dodd’s case has the university leadership been directly involved. It is good that individual organizations are taking the lead, but the university is better equipped to advertise and organize events. UConn has many facilities that could handle a debate, including Gampel, Jorgensen and the Student Union. The time crunch may make it difficult to organize around the candidates’ and the campus’s schedule, but there is room for flexibility. The university should lay out plans for a debate immediately. An on-campus debate is not inconsequential. It is a priority, a rare opportunity to hear multiple viewpoints argue for Connecticut’s future. Every student deserves to experience this at least once in his or her lifetime, and the university would be remiss if it let this opportunity go to waste. 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.
There’s nothing worse than standing at a urinal focusing on your “line of fire” and then watching helplessly as your right headphone falls out and swings right through it. To the guy in front of me, I heard you question whether sex with a peanut butter jar was worth it. My car would not stop beeping at me until I strapped in my 2500–page pharmacotherapy textbook – apparently it weighs enough to be a person. Sitting in class today while my professor lectured poorly I thought if I had 50 minutes left to live id spend it in this class because it feels like an eternity. My roommate spent 10 minutes stomping around the room and roaring like a dinosaur because he said the play “Oedipus Rex” reminded him of a T-Rex. All my classes talk about viscous fluids, rigid members and the ultimate load. I don’t think I’m mature enough for engineering. If I wake up and see this in the InstantDaily, I’ll go to class. If not, it’s back to bed. To the person saying an overwhelming amount of people forgot how to skateboard this summer; there is merely an overwhelming amount of cleverly placed pebbles. To the kid who got pantsed in the Hilltop quad tonight ... yes my roommate and I saw ... keep doing those squats!
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Dining at UConn is underappreciated
love food. Therefore, I love the dining halls. I’ve been to every single one, even Buckley. Some people on campus think that having a meal plan and eating in the dining halls are not excellent experiences. I beg to differ. Setting foot in any of the dining units is – dare I say it – magical. There are a variety of reasons why I enjoy eating in dining halls. First and foremost is that I am lazy. Who in their right mind wants to cook dinner every night if they don’t have to? Without a meal plan, you not only have to cook, but plan meals. I love to check the online menus for dinBy Cassie Schmidt ner in Towers and South just Weekly Columnist to see which has the better entree, but that’s as far as my planning goes. Walking in to find food ready to eat is much more satisfying than watching food cook and then eating it. I will never move off-campus for this very reason: instant gratification. I also thoroughly enjoy the food that the dining halls make. Having transferred from one of Princeton Review’s worst ranked colleges for food services (Flagler College), I understand inedible “food.” Let me tell you, we have it great at UConn. There are so many options and all of them are delicious. Sometimes, I can’t even choose. Mondays at Towers
are always tough; it’s between quesadillas and mac ‘n cheese. Dessert is the same story. There’s always ice cream (Dairy Bar varieties if you’re smart and eat at Whitney) and many other delectable treats to pick from. Don’t even get me started on the hot chocolate machine. I’ve never had anything as tasty as the vanilla cappuccino it makes. Especially when I put a scoop of the ever-present vanilla ice cream in it.
“Setting foot in any of the dining units is – dare I say it – magical.” I also like just sitting in the dining hall. Obviously I eat, but sitting for 45 minutes after finishing my meal is superb. After pasta bar, you need that time to sit and simply digest. No one tries to push you out or take your seat. You’re free to sit and enjoy others’ company, to do the crossword by yourself or just sit and do nothing. Sitting anywhere else on campus and being completely idle leads to inevitable stares and quizzical looks. Why
would anyone just be sitting outside the library? You’d have to be on your phone or reading a book to avoid judgment. But the dining hall is a judgment-free zone. Sit alone staring out the window all you want, everyone else is trying to eat dinner, not look at you. But you don’t have to eat alone. Swipe someone in! Your poor, meal plan-less friends who moved into the apartments need a good meal once in a while too. Flex passes are a precious commodity and using one for someone else and not your own Grab-N-Go shows that you really care. Alhough, I do love a Grab-N-Go meal – especially those brownies that are individually wrapped. It’s just another instance of how great having a meal plan is. So consider all of this. There are many pros to eating in dining halls, and not a single con, at least that I can see. The day I graduate will be a sad one; there won’t be any more Sunday sundae bars to look forward to or free, endless fountain soda. Bor the time being, I’m going to live it up and swipe into the dining hall so many times that the magnetic strip stops working.
Weekly Columnist Cassie Schmidt is a 7th-semester dietetics major. She can be contacted at Cassidy. Schmidt@UConn.edu.
Conn. should increase stem cell research
omething has the potential to cure cancer, birth defects, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and arthritis. Millions of federal dollars were poured into making that a reality. Then, on Aug. 23, that abruptly stopped. And the impact on UConn is huge. They are called stem cells, By Jesse Rifkin and their Staff Columnist potential benefits are enormous. In March 2009, President Barack Obama issued an executive order granting federal money for stem cell research, saying “research involving human embryonic stem cells and human non-embryonic stem cells has the potential to lead to better understanding and treatment of many disabling diseases and conditions. Advances over the past decade in this promising scientific field have been encouraging, leading to broad agreement in the scientific community that the research should be supported by federal funds.” But in August 2010, Judge Royce Lamberth ruled the Obama order unconstitutional. He issued a preliminary injunction, preventing any federal dollars from going
toward stem cell research. While the Court of Appeals temporarily lifted the injunction in September, the issue still remains. What does this have to do with UConn? A lot. According to a Hartford Courant article, UConn research submitted 44 proposals for stem cell funding this year. These include “research into a cancer vaccine and efforts to derive bone or cartilage from human embryonic stem cells, which could have implications for treating bone injuries.”
“Stem cell research funding is too important to be left solely to the The article explains why reducing state funding would have negative consequences. “[UConn] researchers say cutting or postponing the funding would be counterproductive, making it more difficult to recruit or keep top scientists in the state. They say it would send a bad signal about Connecticut’s commitment to a program they credit with creating jobs, fostering startup companies, and putting state researchers in a position
to capture millions of dollars in federal grants.” Marc Lalande, chairman of the Department of Genetics and Developmental Biology at the UConn Health Center, agrees. “Stem cell research... has the potential to unlock the greatest scientific and medical discoveries ever, and UConn is well positioned...to continue to be a pioneer in what will be the most important research area of the 21st century.” If the White House can no longer fund stem cell research, the burden is on the states. Unfortunately, in 2009, Gov. Jodi Rell proposed transferring $10 million of state money intended for stem cell research into the general fund instead. In November we will elect a new governor. Where do the candidates stand on this issue? I asked this question Democratic candidate Dan Malloy during a question-andanswer session on campus Sept. 5. “Connecticut is no longer the epicenter of that emerging science. We have got to be more aggressive when it comes to stem cell,” he said. Republican candidate Tom Foley told the Connecticut Mirror he has reservations about using state money to fund stem cell research, while acknowledging it is not something he has examined closely.
“That’s what the private sector is for, if you are talking about coming up with new technologies and innovation,” Foley said. “. I am not sure why Connecticut is subsidizing it, because I think the private sector would pay for it if they were left free to do it.” With budget deficits as they are, state spending cuts are crucial. But I believe there are a few areas in which state spending should actually increase. And in my opinion, stem cell research funding is too important to be left solely to the private sector. As of 2009, only five other states – New Jersey, California, Illinois, New York and Maryland – allow public funding of stem cell research. Connecticut has the potential to become a world leader in this field, but only if we do not pass it up. The next governor should not hinder scientific progress, and should instead increase state funding for stem cell research. Millions of people are suffering with incurable diseases, and we could be saving their lives.
Staff Columnist Jesse Rifkin is a 1st-semester political science and communications double major. He can be contacted at Jesse.Rifkin@ UConn.edu.
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Thursday, September 23, 2010
Carin Goes to College by Carin Powell Super Glitch by John Lawson
34 Whole alternative 35 Falling star 36 Allergic reaction 37 Place to see grass skirts 38 Poorly planned 39 Bank offering, for short 40 Powder container 44 Animation 45 For all to see 46 Native of NE India 47 Pitcher known as “Tom Terrific” 48 Escape __ 50 Crowded 52 Valuable violin 54 “You __?” 55 Pout 56 Conceived, as an idea 57 Barely manages, with “out” 58 Muslim’s duty 59 Source of lean meat
JELLY! by Elise Domyan
2 Assault 3 Homered, say 4 Thirsty 5 Overseas network, with “the” 6 Polis leader? 7 Commandment pronoun 8 Hiker’s stopover 9 Rustic ways 10 Jessica of “Sin City” 11 People-wary, as a horse 12 Turk. neighbor 13 Byrnes of “77 Sunset Strip” 21 Dreaming, perhaps 22 Not just a 26 Space 27 Sea side 30 1969 Super Bowl 31 Colony dweller 32 Secure, as a ship’s line 33 Tick cousin
Horoscopes Aries - Today you spend time dealing with the people involved, rather than the work. Use your talents to help each person reach their potential.
Poop by Michael Badulak
Taurus - Use today for planning in every area of your life. Set aside time in the next few days to begin the actions you’ve come up with. Allow it to unfold. Gemini - Take advantage of the opportunity to exercise imagination without pressure for concrete results. Think it through to the logical end. Cancer - You find yourself at cross-purposes with other family members. It’s all talk and very little action today. That’s okay in the larger scheme of things.
By Michael Mepham
Classic Stickcat by Karl, Jason, Fritz & Chan
Leo - You and a partner develop imaginative possibilities for using available resources. Happiness comes from developing viable choices. Then draw one from a hat. Virgo - Today you discover that you have more irons in the fire than you realized. How to get it all accomplished? Prioritize based on intuition. Keep or change promises.
by Andrew Prestwich
Libra - Where romance is concerned, X marks the spot. Leave clues for someone to follow. The two of you will laugh out loud before day is out.
Jason and the Rhedosaurus
Down 1 Unearths
Scorpio - You need to multitask to accomplish your personal goals while completing something at work. Spark one idea with magic and polish off another. Sagittarius - Animal magnetism provides unique ideas for a creative home project. It could involve building a doghouse or redecorating the bedroom.
Victory Lap by Zach Wussow
Capricorn - Train your mind to take note when you have a million ideas. You may not be able to communicate all of them immediately. So save some for later. Aquarius - At first, all you can see is a huge mess. Imagine that things find their own place. All you have to do is carry them. Do it on automatic. Pisces - Creative efforts produce more cash now. Don’t let yourself wander off task with imaginative ideas. Stick to the plan and build a strong foundation.
Froot Bütch by Brendan Albetski and Brendan Nicholas
Milksteak and Jellybeans by Alex Dellin
Across 1 A teaspoon, maybe 5 It may involve splashing 9 Old hat 14 Quechua speaker 15 Return from the Alps? 16 Sticky resin used in paint 17 Hot quaff 18 Love god 19 “Thelma and Louise” car 20 “Oh, yeah?” 23 __ manual 24 Canadian sentence enders? 25 Start using 28 High degree 29 Prone 33 “Carnival of Harlequin” surrealist 34 Angler’s accessory 35 Silas Marner, e.g. 36 “Oh, yeah!” 41 Garden bulb 42 Sharp ridge 43 Repose 44 Journey 46 Merit badge org. 49 Quarterback’s cry 50 Time in a pool 51 Willow tree twig 53 “Oh, yeah ...” 58 Virile one 60 Cranny’s partner 61 First name in Indian music 62 Church chorus 63 Tackle box item 64 Mars counterpart 65 Opinion giver 66 Cravings 67 Word with cheap or bike
Happy Dance by Sarah Parsons
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Thursday, September 23, 2010
Patrol: Tour driver smoked pot
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A tour bus driver smoked marijuana heavily for several days before falling asleep at the wheel and crashing in Utah, killing three Japanese tourists and injuring 11 other passengers, according to an arrest report released Wednesday. Yasushi Mikuni, 26, was charged with 10 felony counts of negligent driving under the influence and one misdemeanor charge of having marijuana residue in his system. Mikuni also faces misdemeanor logbook violation and unsafe lane-change charges in the rollover bus crash Aug. 9 on Interstate 15 near Cedar City. Mikuni is a Japanese citizen who lived in Las Vegas. He flew to Salt Lake City and drove the bus to Las Vegas before setting out the next day for a tour of national parks – with seven hours sleep, nicotine gum and energy drinks, the Utah Highway Patrol said. “The main reason we feel this accident happened was that he was driving too many hours and didn't have enough sleep the night before,” Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Ryan Bauer told reporters in a teleconference call Wednesday from Cedar City. Investigators don't believe Mikuni was impaired while driving, Bauer said. But Utah law doesn't allow a driver to have even a trace of an illicit drug in his or her system and “that's something he's going to have to answer for,” he said. Mikuni was arrested Monday in Cedar City after volunteering to travel from Las Vegas for an interview with investigators. That saved Utah prosecutors from having
In this Aug. 9, 2010 file photo, firefighters work at the scene of an accident in which a van that had been carrying Japanese tourists from Las Vegas to Bryce Canyon rolled on Interstate-15 just north of Cedar City, Utah. An arrest report says a 26-year-old driver smoked marijuana heavily for several days before falling asleep at the wheel of the tour bus that crashed in Utah, killing three Japanese tourists and injuring 11 last month.
to issue an arrest warrant and extradite him from Nevada, Bauer said. Mikuni was accompanied by his father and a brother, and they also visited the accident scene with troopers. “It's pretty obvious he's feeling terrible about this,” Bauer said. Mikuni, who was living in Las Vegas on a work and education visa, could face up to 50 years in prison if convicted on all of the felony negligence charges. Those 10 charges stem from the deaths of three passengers and the
serious injuries the accident caused seven of the other passengers. Bauer said Mikuna had a lawyer but the sergeant didn't know the attorney's name. Jail officials said they had no record of the lawyer. None was listed on a court docket. Mikuni, who escaped the accident with minor injuries, was driving for Canyon Transportation Inc. of the Salt Lake suburb of Sandy. He picked up the group of 14 Japanese tourists in Las Vegas for a four-day tour of Utah's national parks and Arizona's
Grand Canyon, according to troopers and tour organizers. The bus had made a stop at Zion National Park and was en route to Bryce Canyon National Park when it rolled over. Hiroki Hayase, a 20-yearold man from Osaka, Japan, was killed in the crash, along with Junji Hoshino, 38, and his wife Junko Hoshino, 40, from Shinjuku, Japan. Canyon Transportation declined comment, referring the AP to a Salt Lake City lawyer who wasn't available. Bauer said no charges have
been filed against the Utah bus company, but it faces a federal inquiry for operating across state lines without a license. Bob Kelleher, the Utah administrator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, has said the bus company wasn't supposed to do business outside of Utah. It typically picked up passengers from Salt Lake City's airport for short rides to ski areas, he said. The status of that investigation wasn't immediately clear on Wednesday.
Canyon Transportation supplied the 2006 Ford E350 shuttle bus and driver to other tour operators who organized the trip. One of those organizers, Keith Griffall, CEO and co-owner of tour organizer Western Leisure Inc., has told the AP he was unaware that Canyon Transportation lacked the proper federal license. Griffall said his company and Nippon Travel Agency in Tokyo were among several companies that helped organize or provided customers for the tour.
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Thursday, September 23, 2010
Rainbow Center gets artsy
By Brian Zahn Campus Correspondent When Nels Highberg was working at an art gallery 30 years ago, he was fascinated by the “culture wars” of the time surrounding gay and lesbian artwork and expression. Highberg, an Associate Professor of the Department of Rhetoric and Professional Writing at the University of Hartford, was the guest lecturer yesterday in the Rainbow Center’s weekly “Out to Lunch Lecture Series.” Highberg spoke of his research about these wars in his lecture, “1990: National Attacks on Representations of Gender and Sexuality.” “So much of the stuff that I’m interested in hinges around the year 1990,” explained Highberg. Highberg dived right into his lecture by discussing the photography of Robert Mapplethorpe. Mapplethorpe, who was married to singer Patti Smith before coming out of the closet, first began shooting non-candid photos with a Polaroid camera before expanding to more expensive models. “He photographed a lot of things that he thought were beautiful, and did it so we could see the beauty. Most people would not normally see the same beauty that he did,” said Highberg, before showing a Powerpoint presentation of some of Mapplethorpe’s work. Mapplethorpe’s work juxtaposed photos of flowers with sexually explicit and homoerotic images. When Mapplethorpe’s work, which was positively received in Chicago and Hartford, was shown in an exhibit in the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati, the police indicted Dennis Barrie, the director, with obscenity charges. The charge was led by Senator Jesse Helms of North Carolina, who was fighting a war on nudity in art, especially if it didn’t abide by “the right values,” according to Highberg. Highberg contrasted
Mapplethorpe with the artist he said he had done the most research on, David Wojnarowicz. Wojnarowicz, who was kicked out of his house as a 16-year-old for being gay, had to rely on prostituting himself to make money, whereas Mapplethorpe had studied at the Pratt Institute. Wojnarowicz was handed a camera by one of his clients, a married man, and told to take photos. He was eventually discovered by The Village Voice, which launched him into national prominence. “My artwork is aggressive, because I want people to pay attention to the issues,” said Wojnarowicz, whose partner died of AIDS-related complications, according to Highberg. When Wojnarowicz’s partner died, he left behind pornographic magazines with which Wojnarowicz made his “Sex Series,” a series of photos of public, outdoor places with insets of people having sexual intercourse. Highberg interpreted this series as there being a need in the 1990s for people to start having dialogue about what happened in private, as it was affecting the public sphere, and people were beginning to die, because of the onset of the AIDS crisis. Donald Wildmon, of the American Family Association, came across Wojnarowicz’s work, and put selected photos in a pamphlet to be sent out to several people in order to frame an attack on family values, according to Highberg. Wojnarowicz felt misrepresented, as the photos were close-ups of the pornographic insets from the “Sex Series,” and sued Wildmon, who wrote an extensive letter to 200,000 ministers, claiming he, as well as family values, were being attacked, as well as family values. “I’m impressed with Wildmon’s rhetoric,” said Highberg. “I think he was excited to be sued, because he was making some serious money from this.” Highberg’s lecture also mentioned the NEA Four, a group
You might not be as vegan as you think
By Becky Radolf Staff Writer
Making the switch to being a vegan – someone who does not consume or use any products that contain animal products – is undoubtedly a huge lifestyle change, and an admirable one at that. Walking by those big tubs of ice cream, leaving the gooey cheese off your sandwich and skipping the omelet bar line can be difficult, and making the change takes some extreme dedication. Even all these measures may not be enough. Animal products are lurking in the most obscure places, sneaking their way into your foods, your beauty products, and your clothing, even when you thought you had escaped them completely. Ever heard of Amino L-cysteine? Me neither, but it’s creeping into your baked goods. It’s a product derived from animal hair and feathers, and it can be found in the ingredient lists of bread and crackers. Breads enriched with whey protein or omega-3 fatty acids also don’t fall into the veganfriendly category since whey is a milk product and omega3’s can contain fish oil. Scan your bread labels carefully for these ingredients, but chances are a bread with a laundry list of chemicals shouldn’t be entering your stomach anyway. One of the most ambiguous categories of food where you would never expect to find animal products (with the exception of milk chocolate) is candy.
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Get concert tickets, don’t get played
By Melanie Deziel Associate Focus Editor
Did you hear?! Your favorite band or musician is coming to town! They’re only here for one night and your second favorite band is opening and it’s going to be the best show ever! Half the tickets are already sold-out, dude, come on! What do you do? Most of us rush to the Internet and buy up the first seats we can find on any random website with the word “tickets” in the URL. We usually find out later that we paid triple what our friends paid, too. Do your wallet and your signed poster collection a favor and check out these tips for scoring concert tickets without getting played. Many big name shows will STEVE SWEENEY/The Daily Campus have some opportunity for free Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Professional Writing at the University of Hartford Nels P. Highberg, gave a lecture in the Rainbow tickets. While its not something Center Wednesday afternoon on influential artists from around 1990 whose work dealt with cultural issues concerning the depiction of you want to bank on, calling gender and sexuality in art. in to radio stations non-stop or videotaping yourself doing of four performance artists who being deeply affected by it when I tant in the ecology and evolu- an impression could land you were selected by the govern- was younger,” said Fleurette King, tionary biology department, went some free tickets, as well as ment’s National Endowment for director of the Rainbow Center. to the lecture because she was a some other perks, at no cost at the Arts for a $20,000 award, King mentioned that she was not photography and women’s studies all. It’s a good place to start, if nothing else. but were vetoed by chairman aware that the film had received so double major. When the you wind up being John Frohnmayer due to pressure much national attention. “I don’t believe LGBT perfrom Helms. Highberg finished up his lecture spectives will be heard unless caller nine instead of caller The last artist mentioned in the by saying, “I don’t hear about gay there’s funding,” said Barbeau, 10, your next course of action lecture was Marlon Riggs, a docu- or lesbian artists getting that much who concluded that 1990 was an should be to head straight to the source. The fewer middlementary artist, who made a docu- attention anymore.” “interesting year.” mentary called “Tongues Untied” When asked if this is partially Highberg said his interest in the men there are to make profit about the subculture of African due to attitudes shifting for the bet- year 1990 is due, in large part, off resale, the cheaper the ticket American gay men. ter, Highberg conceded that 1990 because “we’re still feeling the can be for you. Buying from the venue directly is generally the “Tongues Untied,” which fea- might have been the “beginning effects today.” tures no nudity, was derided by of the end in terms of provo“I’d like to see Linda McMahon cheapest way to get tickets. While it sounds extreme, it critics such as Pat Buchanan as cation,” and mentioned that the put on the spot about policy, “pornographic,” and caused an LGBT community is currently because she’s been vague so far. may even be worth it to drive outrage after airing on PBS. Riggs fighting for marriage and military I’d like someone to ask her, ‘Will to the physical box office rather pointed out that every subculture rights, asking, “Are we pushing you vote to take away rights, or than to buy the tickets off the venue’s website. Many venues was as entitled to public space as for assimilation more than staying keep them?’” said Highberg. will charge a “convenience fee” the overarching hierarchy. culturally diverse?” or “service charge” for buying “I remember Tongues Untied and Beth Barbeau, a program assis- Brian.Zahn@UConn.edu online, often on a per ticket basis. If you’re buying more than one ticket or the fee is more than a dollar or two, you may be better off hopping in the car than hopping online. Don’t forget to ask if they back. This means you can take photos and HD-quality videos offer discounts. Buying several and conduct video chats with tickets at once may turn out to other owners of the new Touch be cheaper than buying several separately. Perhaps they have a and latest iPhone. The cameras bring the multiple show pass of some sort Touch to a whole new level. or a deal if you bring along a Before, it was a slick multi- printed flyer, Internet coupon or media player that could access call ahead to get on a VIP list. the Internet and download Showing a membership card for apps over Wi-Fi. Now, it’s AAA or a student ID can somea potential replacement for times knock a few bucks off the a simple point-and-shoot — price too. If you get the dreaded news though, sadly, it still lacks a flash — and a better a com- that this dream show is “sold out,” don’t rush to your room munication tool. Using FaceTime on the Touch to listen to the band’s saddest Both photos AP (Above) New Apple iPods from left, the Shuffle, Touch and Nano in San Francisco, is pretty sweet. Sure, video chat ballad just yet. Now you can Wednesday. (Below) a customer tests the new Apple iPod Shuffle on display at an Apple has been around for a while, head to the Internet and let the Store in Palo Alto, Calif. and it’s already available on middleman make a small buck the iPhone 4. But there’s still off your unrelenting passion for something awesome about hav- the performer. Make sure you ing video chat right in your are heading to a reputable ticket pocket, assuming you are in sales site, like Ticketmaster, a Wi-Fi hotspot. Since the where the tickets go from the Touch doesn’t have a phone venue to the vendor to you. Any number that people can call more in-between (that is, venue for a FaceTime chat, you must to vendor to random guy who choose which e-mail address then sells to you) will result in (or addresses) people can use way to much profit for someone else and reduced reliability. to reach you. If you’ve checked every The Touch also comes with Apple’s new Game Center app, website and called every radio which lets you keep track of station to no avail, you may be your gaming scores and play thinking, ‘I should have bought those advance sales tickets I games against friends. I had fun playing the fruit- saw online last month!” Take slicing game “Fruit Ninja” that thought and throw it out camera included on the previ- music and viewing photos. against my iPhone-brandishing the window. In many cases, selling ous Nano since I don’t like IPod Touch ($229-$399): As colleague Peter in New York, having options taken away with the last iPod Touch, the but it wasn’t seamless. We both “advanced tickets” just means from me. But after a little new version is much like an noticed delays in seeing what that they are selling you a ticket that they don’t even have yet. while I totally forgot about iPhone without the phone — a the other had just done. it. It would have been neat if great alternative if you want to Still, you’ll have plenty of Generally, they are likely hopApple at least kept the video avoid a two-year service con- time to challenge others and do ing to get tickets from the venue playback option, but such tract, especially since the phone everything else: The Touch’s (or another vendor) in the near a small screen — about 1.5 part is often derided as the battery is rated for up to 40 future. Even if they do end up inches diagonally — is hardly iPhone’s weakest suit. hours of music or seven hours getting tickets as they hoped, ideal for watching episodes of Like the iPhone 4, the new of video playback, and I got you may still end up with seats “Glee.” The old screen, at 2.2 Touch has a gorgeous, super- over 13 hours out of it when that are much worse than what inches, was diminutive but did sharp display that is great for doing everything from play- you were expecting or promthe trick if I needed a video fix surfing the Web and watch- ing games to perusing Apple’s ised. And, of course, you may end up with no ticket at all when on the fly. ing videos. It’s stocked with iTunes Store. Apple says the Nano, which Apple’s newest mobile procesIPod Shuffle ($49): At first it falls through. Even once you’ve stopped comes with 8 or 16 gigabytes sor and comes with 8, 32 or 64 glance, the new iPod Shuffle of storage, should give you up GB of storage. looks suspiciously like an older kicking yourself, you still find to 24 hours of music playback; The new iPod Touch also version of the same gadget, yourself ticket-less. What do I got close to 15 hours from a follows the iPhone 4’s lead by with its circular control panel you do? You go to the concert single charge when listening to adding cameras in the front and and wee rectangular body. » AVOID, page 9
Apple’s new IPod Nano, Touch and Shuffle dazzle
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — By now, Apple’s introduction of new iPods each fall is about as surprising as kids going back to school. And, as usual, many of the changes CEO Steve Jobs announced this month were expected, such as the addition of cameras to the iPod Touch. But Apple Inc. took some risks this time with its lineup, too. It cut the video recording and playback features from the Nano to shrink it while adding a touch screen, and went back in time stylistically to rework the tiny Shuffle. The results, as expected, are awesome across the board. IPod Nano ($149 or $179): The latest Nano has gotten the biggest makeover of the bunch, trading in its rectangular body for a small square and eschewing the traditional iPod click-wheel controls in favor of a touch screen flanked by a few buttons. I thought that having such a teeny touch screen — about 1.5 inches diagonally — would be annoying. It turned out to be slightly irksome at first but nearly as intuitive as the old click wheel once I got used to swiping it to find my way around. If the old Nano said, “Take me with you,” the new Nano screams, “Only a fool would leave me at home!” It’s less than half the size of the old Nano and fits in even the smallest pocket. And it finally comes with a built-in back clip, so you can attach the player to your shirt or pocket when you’re exercising or walking around. Adios, expensive clip case. The built-in pedometer, introduced on the last Nano, seems like a better idea now that the gadget has a more portable body. You also don’t need to worry whether you’ve clipped it on upside down, as Apple smartly included a feature that lets you flip the screen’s orientation by twisting two fingers on the screen. I thought I’d miss the video
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The five members of Maroon 5, whose newest album, “Hands All Over,” was released Tuesday.
Maroon 5’s third album, “Hands All Over,” a new angle By Faithlynn Morris Campus Correspondent Maroon 5’s new album “Hands All Over” is described as “a killer hybrid of rock, pop, funk and R&B” in a press release on the abnd’s website. And it’s right. Though the California band got a bit of a slow start in the music business (its 2002 debut didn’t make waves until the 2004 release of its biggest hits to date, “This Love,” and “She Will Be Loved,”) the release of its third studio album shows that they have no intentions of slowing down. A departure from the soul– infused sounds on the multi– platinum “Songs About Jane,” and stylistically more of a continuation of their sophomore album “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long, Hands All Over” showcases the Los Angeles– based quintet’s gift for seamlessly fusing genres together
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and creating songs that everybody can appreciate. The new disc’s first single, “Misery,” – the video for which features a perfectly styled Levine escaping the oh-so-scary wrath of a weapon-wielding, denimclad model – is reminiscent of the up tempo songs on “Soon Before Long,” like the singles “Makes Me Wonder,” “If I Never See Your Face Again,” and the hidden gem, “Little of Your Time.” The titular track is a guitar – heavy rock ditty and “Give a Little More” is as funky as it is sexy. Levine’s unique vocals consistently bridge the gap between pop and R&B à la one of his contemporaries, Robin Thicke, and an influence for both, Prince. With help from legendary producer Mutt Lange, who has worked with acts as huge and varied as AC/DC, Shania Twain and Celine Dion, “Hands All Over” is certainly very well made, but not spotless. The
band bores on the lackluster “Just a Feeling” and completely misses the mark on the over–ambitious “Get Back in My Life,” which opens with these genius lyrics: “You are relentless/I am defenseless/You beat me senseless/I just don’t get this.” Yeah…us either. Still, Levine is as honest and open as he’s ever been, drawing on love and loss as inspiration once again for this album. A somber tale of heartbreak and a surprisingly fluid collaboration with country superstars Lady Antebellum, “Out of Goodbyes” is easily one of the best tracks on the album. The impressively honest “Never Gonna Leave This Bed” shines as well; the acoustic version (featured on the deluxe edition) is equally solid, with beautifully lilting melodies playing over a steady, hard bass and lyrics both poignant and vulnerable. While the tracks are missing the rawness that was so capti-
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vating on “Songs About Jane,” they still get the job done.
Selena Gomez’s ‘A Year Without Rain’ far too dry By Aaron Burnstein Campus Correspondent
Rumors about Paul McCartney’s death began circulating in 1967, however, in 1969, they broke as a national scandal— arriving in the form of a cover story for the Northern Star Newspaper. Titled, “Clues Hint at Possible Beatle Death,” the article stated that Paul McCartney had been killed in a 1966 car crash, and replaced by a look-a-like. The paper indicated that several albums left clues pointing toward McCartney’s demise. On the cover of “Abbey Road” Paul was missing his shoes, and in “Sgt. Pepper’s,” his jacket read “O.P.D.” (Officially Pronounced Dead). Yet, the most blatant hint was uncovered backmasking in “The White Album’s,” “I’m So Tired”. Played backwards, John’s incoherent mumbling said, “Paul is a dead man. Miss him, miss him, miss him.” Though the crash was real, the story was fiction. McCartney sustained minor injuries, and the Beatles incorporated the subsequent rumors into their albums. Most believe staging Paul’s death was the Fabulous Four’s way of showing turmoil within the band. Others think it was a practical joke. For whatever reason, the stunt deserves recognition. It brought elements of excitement, mystery, and anti-establishment into rock and roll that have long since been lost. Without the Beatles, however, they may never have existed. Miss them, miss them, miss them.
Snubbing record labels, embracing the Internet By Purbita Saha Staff Writer
1. “Kaleidoscope Heart,” Sara Bareilles 2. “Recovery,” Eminem 3. “NOW 35,” Various Artists 4. “Teenage Dream,” Katy Perry 5. “Asylum,” Disturbed 6. “Audio Secrecy,” Stone Sour 7. “Interpol,” Interpol 8. “My World 2.0,” Justin Beiber 9. “Dark Is The Way, Light Is A Place,” Anberlin 10. “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam (Motion Picture Soundtrack) ” Various Artists
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Despite the fashionable criticism of the numerous Disney channel teen pop idols, Selena Gomez’s first release, “Kiss & Tell,” was actually a very solid pop album. Unfortunately, a year later she and her backing band The Scene have turned out “A Year Without Rain,” which seems to validate those criticisms. The album is the very definition of sophomore slump. The energetic and engaging sound of her previous music has given way to tepid, cookiecutter efforts.
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Perhaps the root of the problem is that Selena Gomez is playing catch-up. As far as the Disneypop artists go, her popularity is overshadowed by Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato. In an attempt to match the appeal of those artists, Selena Gomez has taken an approach that doesn’t quite suit her style. “A Year Without Rain” is more of a dance hall album than the rock-influenced “Kiss & Tell,” however it does not work in the way it was intended. Most of the songs seem uninspired and lack vigor. Even when the album does manage to provide some liveliness, songs like “Off the Chain” and “Summer’s Not Hot” sound like they would be more at home on Dance Dance Revolution than they would be at clubs or on the radio. There are still some good tracks, though, such as the Gaga-esque “Spotlight” and the energetic “Rock God” (which is a rather refreshing song in an album with a critical absence of energy). Some tracks touch upon some good ideas but cannot escape certain flaws. “Ghost of You” is a decent ballad, but seems doomed to become high school dance fodder. “Intuition” has a good melody, but is regrettably ruined by male pseudo-rap guest vocals that sound nothing short of embarrassing. The remaining tracks are not particularly noteworthy. They
Disney starlet Selena Gomez at this years VMA Awards.
will likely make their rounds among the pop community, only to be ignored and dismissed after a few months. The enthusiasm and infectious melodies that quality pop music strives for are simply absent. Nothing really sticks. The majority of the songs
lay somewhere between forgettable and annoying. Hopefully she will find her niche again in the future, but “A Year Without Rain” is a thoroughly unrewarding listen.
The Internet has revolutionized the way we listen to music. In pop culture nowadays you hear about “Bieber fever” and “Gleeks” – both which have risen in fame due to the advent of iTunes and YouTube. Of course, with the open medium of the Internet, illegal sharing has become a problem. Artists like Radiohead have decided to combat this problem by using the “honesty box” tactic and by giving the power of the music industry to the people. In an article for the September issue of the Index on Censorship magazine, Radiohead bassist Colin Greenwood explained why his band decided to release the album “In Rainbows” sans studio backing. In 2007 the band completed its contract with Electric Musical Industries. It also finished recording “In Rainbows,” which was soon to be its seventh full release. The band members and their manager decided to take full ownership of the new tracks by avoiding the middleman. Radiohead did something that no other band had done before. It put “In Rainbows” on the band’s web site. To download the album fans could pay any or no sum of money. Many took advantage of the freebie, but about two-thirds of the listeners paid an average of about $6. The download was only available for two months. After mid-December the band put out a boxed version of “In Rainbows” to accommodate the listeners who had limited access to technology. According to Greenwood’s article in “Index of Censorship”, this form of self-release had many benefits. The spontaneity of the big reveal generated a lot of interest among music fans. It also allowed Radiohead to interact with its audience. Another good aspect of working without a record label is that the band was able to keep a tight seal on its music. “The success of keeping the music off the net until release proved very powerful,” said Greenwood. “In Rainbows” was not leaked as most other new releases are. It also wasn’t shared as much through illegal torrents. According to Greenwood, by letting the buyer choose the value of the album, artists can prompt people to stop sharing music illegally. Such ideologies can prevent damage to artists, the music industry and the consumer population, as well. Radiohead is considering self-release for its newest album, as are many other artists. Nine Inch Nails is a well-established band in the music industry that has been label-free for many years. Even old-timer Dolly Parton has been an avid supporter of self-release. The key to shedding the record label, however, is financial security. Only wealthy artists can afford to take the leap of faith and adopt revolutionary tactics such as the “honesty box.” Radiohead is blessed with a high level of fan loyalty, which yielded generous profits for the band after the release of “In Rainbows.” But fledgling musicians cannot expect to have the same success when letting listeners decide on the price tag for their music. Self-release is beneficial to novices because it is a way for them to get their music out in the public forum.
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Zac Brown Band delivers with new album, “You Get What You Give” By Mac Cerullo Sports Editor The Zac Brown Band’s first major label release, “The Foundation,” earned a Grammy nomination for Best Country Album and also spawned four No. 1 singles on the country music charts. Needless to say, expectations were high for their new release, “You Get What You Give,” which was released on Tuesday, and though it may not surpass its predecessor, it certainly is in the same general ballpark. The album has a healthy variety to its sound, ranging from traditional country to a funky country-rock sound that is guaranteed to get you in a better mood. The song “Knee Deep,” the second track on the album, is definitely an example of the latter. It’s an upbeat and cheerful song about relaxing on a beach without a care in the world. It only figures that Jimmy Buffet is featured on
the song, singing about buying a boat and sailing away. It’s exactly the type of song you would expect to find Jimmy Buffet in. One thing that remains consistent throughout the album is Zac Brown’s powerful voice and outstanding acoustic guitar play, backed up by
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the rich sound of Jimmy De Martini’s fiddle. Whether it’s on the uplifting first track, “Let it Go,” or on “Colder Weather,” a pleasant but mellow song about self-discovery and hardship. Even if you’re not into country, one song that you absolutely must listen to is “Whiskey’s Gone,” a brilliant song about a guy who won’t leave the bar even after being cut off. The lyrics are hysterical and the song itself is a lot of fun to listen to. Easily two of the best songs on the album are the lead single “As She’s Walking Away” and the longer “Who Knows.” “As She’s Walking Away” is the lead single for good reason. Country superstar Alan Jackson is featured on this sure-to-be-a-hit track. “Who Knows,” on the other hand, will probably never end up on the radio, given that it is over 10 minutes long and features an instrumental bridge that is several minutes
long on its own. But don’t be intimidated by it’s length. “Who Knows” is a microchasm of the album as a whole – fun, exciting, and fulfilling. The best way I can describe it is that it’s like a classic country jam, almost something you might expect to hear from O.A.R. The album as a whole is definitely satisfying. The Zac Brown Band brought their “A” game and delivered on their second major label release. However, unlike “The Foundation,” the album didn’t completely grab me the first time I heard it. It’s hard to describe, but it seems to lack that “it factor” that made “The Foundation” as great as it was. But that’s just the difference between a great album and an outstanding album, and “You Get What You Give” is definitely a great album, and you should check it out.
Avoid paying too much for concert tickets from GET, page 7 anyways. That’s right – I’m talking about scalpers. Like radio contests, scalpers are never something to count on, but hoping for scalper tickets is a good option when you’ve got nothing else to go
on and its getting down to the wire. Contrary to popular belief, the scalpers do not always inflate their prices. In fact, if you wait until the last minute you may get an incredible deal from a scalper terrified of getting nothing for their tickets. Wait until the opening
act starts to play, for instance, and you’ll see the panic on their faces. Now, my friends, act only mildly interested in getting into the show, get your haggle on and you ust might get the deal of the century on a ticket into your dream show. If your last-minute scalp-
ing plan falls through then you’re no worse off than you were before. But, while you’re there, pick up those box office tickets for when your second favorite performer rolls into town next month.
Colombian president supports Shakira at NYC concert
NEW YORK (AP) — The president of Colombia might be in New York for the U.N. General Assembly, but he also found time to attend a concert by Shakira. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, along with the former president of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, Queen Rania of Jordan and actor Jim Carrey, came out to Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night to watch the hip-swiveling Shakira perform before an energetic crowd. “It’s really an honor for us,” Shakira said, thanking the president of her homeland for attending. The bilingual singer kicked off her show with a slow groove to “Pienso en Ti” — wearing a hot pink ensemble that covered most of her body, revealing only her face and some of her blond curls — while she sang and gave hugs to people in the crowd. She walked to the middle of the stage, tore off the ensemble to reveal a shiny gold top with black tights and knee-
high boots and performed the thumping “Why Wait.” “I’m here to please you!” she yelled. “Remember tonight I’m all yours.” The 33-year-old continued with rock-filled versions of “Te Dejo” and “Whenever, Wherever,” then sang lyrics from EMF’s 1990s hit “You’re Unbelievable.” The crowd got rowdy during the electric guitar-fused “Si Te Vas” and the explosive “She Wolf.” Bt the highlight was Shakira’s cover of Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters.” Wearing a silver tank top, a flowing maroon skirt and no shoes, the singer belted the drum-filled jam, also highlighted by the violin. That was followed by a sensual Shakira dancing to the beat of the drum, then falling to the floor — and dancing again. Shakira brought four fans onstage and gave them a dance lesson while others waved the Colombian flag throughout the show, which lasted for nearly two hours.
Everyday objects may contains animal products from VEGAN, page 7 Marshmallows and Jell-O both contain gelatin, a product made from animal bones. Any food or candy containing lard (pie crusts, many fried frozen foods, cookies, candy and everything else dangerously delicious) are a no-no; lard is pig fat and that’s definitely not vegan. Even some food coloring can slip onto the prohibited list. Red food coloring is generally made from cochineal. If being vegan doesn’t deter you from eating this, learning what cochineal actually is will. Ready? It’s a parasite native to South America and Mexico. Yes, it is made from insects and that should be a food group strictly confined to “Fear Factor.” Hidden animal products don’t just creep into what you
eat – they can be around your house, too. First, any product that doesn’t have a label that says something along the lines of, “This product was not tested on animals,” most likely was. Many soap products are made with sodium tallowate, which is just a fancy name for animal fat. If you’re ever not sure of an ingredient in a product or a food, it never hurts to do a quick Google search before you buy anything. Do your homework if you commit yourself to the lifestyle of eliminating animal products from your life. Being a vegan isn’t about depriving yourself of everything you once loved, but rather exploring new options and choices that suit you and your new lifestyle too.
Internet proves to be valuable tool for music industry from SNUBBING, page 8 But beyond that, the independent classification of label-free music should be reserved for the veterans of the industry. As television and radio become more devoted to popular, mainstream songs, music in the niche genres is becoming more digitized. In this
transition, some of the more classic elements of music have been lost. At the same time the Internet has lead to progress, such as the termination of the middleman. Efficiency of online music depends on how adaptable and creative an artist is willing to be.
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Thursday, September 23, 2010
John Gotti agrees to movie about his life
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hollywood has produced no shortage of movies and TV shows about the mob, but this one's coming straight from the most high-profile source imaginable: John "Junior" Gotti has sold the rights to his life story. The 46-year-old son of the late, legendary Gambino crime family leader, "Dapper Don" John Gotti, has agreed to a deal with the independent production company Fiore Films. Financial details weren't made available because of a signed nondisclosure agreement, but a film about Gotti's life is in the works with a production budget of $15 million. Gotti was tried four times since 2005 for racketeering, with each trial ending in a hung jury. He was released from prison in December after serving nine years in a previous racketeering case. He has said he left the life of organized crime in 1999. These days, he's simultaneously working on a book and a screenplay with actor-writer Leo Rossi, which should be done by the end of the year. Casting should be announced around then, too, with shooting scheduled to begin in March. Fiore Films CEO Marc Fiore said Sylvester Stallone is among the people who've expressed interest in being involved both as director and star. "I didn't realize how many fans the Gotti family had," Fiore said. "I'm getting calls from people we probably would not be able to speak to yet because of the infancy of our company." Gotti said he chose this company because it was local and because it would let him tell his story. "It's going to be filmed in New York, I've been working on it in New York, we can be an active player in the situation from start to finish," Gotti said Tuesday in a 30-minute, rare interview with The Associated Press. "They were willing to hear my thoughts and they assured me the script would be
John "Junior" Gotti, the now 46-year-old son of the late, legendary Gambino crime family leader, "Dapper Don" John Gotti, has agreed to a deal with the independent production company Fiore Films.
absolutely accurate, the script would be fair." Gotti said previous movies about his family were mostly false because they relied on accounts from journalists or government agents. The HBO movie about his father, "Gotti" from 1996, was probably the most accurate of them all, he said, "and even that missed the mark by at least 40 percent." "The opportunity presented itself to clear up a lot of inaccuracies," Gotti said. "Now, to do it for the big screen, which I'd never imagined, automatically it's appetizing. "This is not a mob story. That's one misconception," he continued. "This is a father-son story." Gotti said he envisions the film beginning with the final meeting he had with his father in 1999, when he told the senior Gotti he was walking away from the business. At the time, his father was suffering from throat cancer and serving a life sentence in prison for racketeering; he died in 2002 at age 61. The younger Gotti himself was
being incarcerated at the time for bribery and extortion. "It was the first time we'd had contact in seven years — the first time we'd touched each other in seven years," he said. And because it was a government-ordered meeting, all 90 minutes of it were captured on tape. "Anyone sitting and watching that last video between a father and a son, there's no way they can walk away with dry eyes," he said. As for casting, he says he doesn't care who plays him. Gotti said Armand Assante's portrayal of his father in the HBO movie was "70 percent accurate ... I never saw him flail his arms or kick garbage cans." "This man spent the last 10 years of his life in solitary confinement, alone. He spent the last month of his life chained, shackled to a bed, emaciated by cancer," Gotti said. "The man stayed true to his code to his last breath." Gotti says he's never seen "The Sopranos," but he understands the fascination with the
"Godfather" trilogy — at least, the first two films. "People love it because it's so different from the average, everyday American family, yet maybe not so different," he said. "I make dinner and my family has to be there every Sunday ... I don't care what they do the rest of the week, that's what we do. We're a pretty normal family with kids running all over the place. We have opinions, we have arguments, we have joy." These days, Gotti is at home in the Long Island town of Oyster Bay, N.Y., with his six children who range in age from 4 to 20. (His youngest, Joe, was born on the first day of jury selection in his third trial.) He said he makes the kids breakfast every morning before his wife takes them to school. Then he showers, heads to his home office and writes. "Every day I wake up, I'm blessed," he said. "If you told me tomorrow I have terminal cancer and I've got a month to live, I'm ahead of the game. I'm blessed."
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Broncos try to focus on football
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos returned to work Wednesday, trying their best to focus on football 48 hours after the suicide of teammate Kenny McKinley. “It will be a tough week and all the guys handle it differently, but the one constant is everybody’s going to be preparing and playing with a heavy heart,” quarterback Kyle Orton said. “Kenny will be in all of our thoughts.” And in the thoughts of many across the NFL and in college who knew the 23-year-old wide receiver known for his fierce competitiveness and incessant smile. Tennessee Titans tight end Jared Cook, who was McKinley’s roommate for two years at South Carolina, said he was going to ask for time off next week to attend his friend’s funeral. Like so many others, Cook said there were no warning signs of trouble with the wide receiver, who according to Arapahoe County sheriff’s investigators, shot himself in the head Monday with a .45-caliber pistol. “Kenny was scared of guns,” Cook suggested, adding, “No red flags were brought up. It was just out of the blue.” McKinley’s Broncos teammates decided to leave his locker in place for the remainder of the season as a shrine to their teammate who had been on injured reserve following left knee surgery last month. There will also
“Every team is different, but that’s not an easy thing to get through,” Colts coach Jim Caldwell said. “I think when you’re out on the field, your focus in on what you’re doing, and when you’re off the field, you’re grieving. Also we have a way, I think, to make this game, the way it is, become all-consuming, and I think something like this also makes everybody
think about their priorities a little more, as well.” Broncos coach Josh McDaniels said the team will hold a private memorial at team headquarters with McKinley’s friends and family on Friday. Some members of the organization will fly to the funeral Monday in Austell, Ga., near McKinley’s hometown of Mableton. McKinley’s father, Kenneth
McKinley, told The Associated Press that services at the Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral will be open to the public. McKinley died Monday of a gunshot to the head at his home near the Broncos’ practice facilities a day after returning to Denver along with his 1-year-old son from Columbia, S.C., where he had watched his alma mater’s 17-6 win over Georgia on Sept. 11. A sheriff’s report released Tuesday says an investigator learned that McKinley, a secondyear pro who played sparingly as a rookie, had been depressed over a knee surgery he had a month ago. The elder McKinley said his son told him he was ready to start his rehab, which was scheduled to begin Tuesday, but was dejected at first when he tore cartilage in his surgically repaired left knee early in training camp and then was placed on IR Aug. 5 “I knew he was devastated that he was injured because he was really looking forward to having an outstanding year this year,” Kenneth McKinley said. Although the sheriff’s report quoted one investigator as saying McKinley had talked about killing himself and that nobody believed he was serious, current and former teammates, his father and one of the female friends who found his body, Brittany Boyd, all said they didn’t see any signs he was suicidal.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis will not play against the Miami Dolphins (2-0) on Sunday night because of his strained left hamstring. “I want to be out there with them, but I can’t,” Revis said Wednesday. “I’m just going to take my time and get back to 100 percent.” Revis did not practice, and coach Rex Ryan said the AllPro would not even travel with the Jets (1-1) to Miami. Instead, he will stay back at the team’s facility to receive further treatment on the hamstring. “He’s itching to get back,” Ryan said, “but it’s too risky of a proposition to put him out there.” Revis said he’s getting progressively better each day, but he and the team decided he would not be ready in time to play Sunday. Linebacker Calvin Pace will also not play against the Dolphins after missing the first two games of the regular season with a broken right foot. All-Pro center Nick Mangold (right shoulder) and backup offensive lineman Wayne Hunter (shin) spent practice on the stationary bikes, but Ryan expects them to play. Linebacker Jason Taylor was limited while wearing a brace
on his injured left elbow, but is also expected to play against his former team. Revis was limited in practice last week with tightness in the hamstring, but said he felt completely healthy heading into the game against New England on Sunday. He immediately grabbed at his leg after Randy Moss made a spectacular, onehanded 34-yard touchdown catch in front of him with 53 seconds left in the first half of New York’s 28-14 win. Revis was examined on the sideline, and then taken to the locker room for treatment. He didn’t return and watched the second half in the trainer’s room. On Monday, Revis would not rule himself out for the Miami game, but acknowledged that it could take him a week or two to heal. He said it would be the first game he has ever missed at any level. “I’m just relaxed,” he said. “I’m dealing with the hamstring thing right now. There’s no point in getting emotions in it. I’ll just root my team on and watch them win.” Revis pulled the same hamstring last summer and missed two preseason games, and has said that injury was worse. So, he knows it was smart for him to sit out the second half against New England as well as this week.
“I know from previous hamstrings that if I continued to play that game, it probably would have gotten worse,” Revis said. “Then, I probably would’ve been out way more weeks than I could be coming up.” Revis missed all of training camp while holding out for 36 days in a contract dispute, and acknowledged last week that it likely played a role in the injury. With Revis out, Antonio Cromartie will move across the field and step into his spot while rookie Kyle Wilson draws the other starting assignment. “I’m sure Cro’s probably going to get a pick this weekend,” Revis said with a laugh. Cromartie, who shut down Moss after Revis went out, will primarily be matched up with Brandon Marshall on Sunday. The two went up against each other several times in recent seasons when Cromartie was in San Diego and Marshall was in Denver. Cromartie was also part of a Chargers secondary that gave up 18 catches by Marshall in 2008. “I’m definitely looking forward to that matchup,” Cromartie said. “It’s my ninth time facing him, so we know each other well. I’m just looking forward to the challenge.”
Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker, center, completes drills during practice at the football team’s training facility in Englewood, Colo., on Wednesday. The Denver Broncos returned to work Wednesday, 48 hours after their teammate, Kenny McKinley, committed suicide.
be a moment of silence Sunday before their game against Indianapolis and players will wear white decals with No. 11 in navy on their helmets. Players said the gregarious, lanky receiver who left behind a toddler son would be on their minds at kickoff. “Absolutely. He was a brother,” Denver linebacker Mario Haggan said. “He was a fraterni-
ty member. He was on our team. He helped us win games last year and we expected him to be back after the (rehab). “He’ll definitely be on my mind. He’ll probably be on my mind ‘til I go under.” The Colts are tragically familiar with this type of grief. They had to deal with it when thencoach Tony Dungy’s son killed himself in December 2005.
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Thursday, September 23, 2010
Blackburn pitches Twins past Indians 5-1
MINNEAPOLIS (AP)—A division title secured, the Minnesota Twins are not letting up. The Twins rested most of their regulars and beat the Cleveland Indians 5-1 Wednesday behind the pitching of Nick Blackburn to complete a three-game sweep. Minnesota, which clinched its sixth AL Minnesota 5 Central title in nine years late Cleveland 1 Tuesday, started the day one game behind the New York Yankees for best home record in the league. “With home-field advantage still at stake, these guys are going to play,” manager Ron Gardenhire said. “It doesn’t matter who I put out there, you’re going to get a great effort. That’s the way is around here. … I expect that of all of them and I think they expect that of themselves.” Blackburn (10-10) became the sixth Minnesota pitcher to reach double digits in victories, allowing one run and five hits in seven innings. Jose Morales drove in three runs and Alexei Casilla had three hits for Minnesota, which has won nine of 11 and improved its record at new Target Field to 52-25. The Twins
have sold out 74 straight home games and set a season home attendance record with 3,063,327, topping their 1988 mark. Carlos Carrasco (1-1) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings for Cleveland, which lost its 90th game. Gardenhire said Francisco Liriano will get the start when Minnesota opens the AL playoffs next month. “He’s been winging it pretty good,” Gardenhire said. Liriano is 14-8 with a 3.44 ERA in 29 starts, including 6-1 in his past 10. The left-hander will have six days’ rest between his final regular season and first playoff starts. Carl Pavano is scheduled to pitch Game 2, followed by Brian Duensing. Blackburn will be the fourth starter if the Twins use a fourman rotation. “I’m not going to be mad if I don’t make the rotation, I’ll just be disappointed in what led up to me not being there,” said Blackburn, who retired his last 13 batters, getting his final one when he stopped Chris Gimenez’s grounder with a foot and threw to first. “To be able to come back and throw the ball the way I am right now is definitely big for me, a
good confidence builder. It kind of reminds me that I can be successful at this level and get guys out,” he said. Blackburn was 1-6 with a 10.05 ERA in 10 games before his July 30 demotion. He has pitched at least seven innings in six straight starts since being recalled from Triple-A, allowing 10 earned runs in 45 2-3 innings. Opponents are hitting .213 against him in that stretch. “In the first place, you have to pitch with confidence and he’s doing that,” Gardenhire said. “His changeup came back to him and he used it a lot when he was down there. That gave him a good feel.” Blackburn gave up all five of his hits in the first two innings, including Shelley Duncan’s RBI single in the first. Blackburn struck out Jayson Nix with two on in the first, and Drew Sutton hit into an inningending double play with the bases loaded in the second. “The whole story in the series was basically that we struggled offensively to push runners across the plate and give our guys some breathing room,” Indians manager Manny Acta said. “We didn’t do that and they showed why they won the division.”
Hard work and early mornings a fact of life for men’s club crew
Francisco Rodriguez charged with seven counts of criminal contempt
from EARLY, page 14 officially belongs to the NCAA varsity women’s crew squad, is filled from one end to the other with rowing machines. Each is called an Ergometer, and simulates the motion of rowing for crew. The machines can be set to different resistances, and have electronic gauges to measure, among other things, speed and distance. Cottrill works up a sweat with the team and works on his form. While the ERG room is set for this evening’s practice, on other days the team hits the weight room for some lifting. During the season, which takes most of the fall semester, the team will be on a similar schedule almost every weekday. Oftentimes extra practices are added on Saturdays and Sundays. The lifestyle of a team member is one of early mornings and even earlier bedtimes. In order to function at practice, Matt is often asleep by nine or 10 on the days before an early practice. However, if the success he’s enjoyed so far is any indication, Matt will be watching an awful lot of varsity teams in the water from over his shoulder as UConn crosses the finish line.
Minnesota Twins’ Alexi Casilla slides into third with a triple against Cleveland Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco during the first inning of the Twins’ 5-1 win over the Indians on Wednesday.
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Goalkeeper Jess Dulksi takes a goal kick during the Huskies’ 5-0 win over CCSU on Sun., Sept. 12.
Dulski heads into match against Red Storm looking for fifth shutout from RED, page 14 by a stalled offense of their own. Only two players for St. John’s have scored in this season’s eight games, and the team has yet to tally two scores in a single game. Forwards Runa Stefansdottir and Amy Marron are the lone offensive threats for the Storm, accounting for nine of St. John’s 13 points. Stopping the duo will be up to the likes of senior defenseman Kacey Richards and goalie Jess Dulski. Dulski has posted four shutouts so far this season, including two in her last three games. If the Red Storm continue to lack the firepower necessary to put pressure on the UConn defense, the responsibility for a Husky win may fall entirely to the Storm’s slumping offense. Junior forwards Melissa Busque and Jess Shufelt have to this
point led the way, after they each enjoyed big weekends earlier this month, scoring three and four goals respectively. Midfielders Annie Yi, Elise Fugowski and Linda Ruutu have each completed at least one assist this year, with Fugowski piling a team-high three. In their last game at home against Providence, the trio of veterans destroyed the middle of the Friar defense, taking the ball multiple times straight up the field toward the net. Despite this advantage and a considerable lead in possession time, the Huskies’ attack yielded no scoring that night. Things will not come any easier when they face St. John’s goalie Kristin Russell, who owns an impressive 0.85 goals against. The game at Morrone Stadium is set for 7 p.m.
Roche: Five reasons to get into the League Cup
from IT’S TIME, page 14 best teams playing in the top flight – in this case the Premier League – join the competition. For some, the League Cup is enjoyed, but for most it is a contest which is overlooked or in some cases even lamented; seen as a reprieve from the scintillating football which is brought about by top flight opponents in other competitions like the UEFA Champions League. It is to those supporters I present five reasons to get excited about League Cup football. Renewing old rivalries To anyone who’s seen the film “Green Street Hooligans,” or “Football Factory” if you’re not into the whole Elijah Wood thing, you know that there exists intense rivalry in European football; rivalry that not only exists between clubs, but fans as well. Given that European football leagues utilize the relegation and promotion system, there are clubs with fierce rivalries that haven’t met in years because they play in different tiers of the league. The League Cup offers a platform for such rivals to take place, which can make for some of the best matches of the season. Upsets For a supporter of a club that plays in a lower division, this is an opportunity to see your team play against some of the best players in Europe. Drawing one of the league’s giants in most cases just means a trip to one of the more glamorous stadiums that Europe has to offer and the chance to hear your club’s name in the same sentence as Rooney, Ronaldo or Messi. But, some supporters may be lucky enough to see their side reign victorious against one of the best teams in Europe, as English Second Division side Coventry City’s supporters witnessed in 2007 when they shocked Manchester United 2-0 in a third round matchup.
Young talent League Cup matches can be somewhat dull if you support one of the major sides in Europe, and if you’re reading this article, that’s probably the case. I’m not going to try to compare a League Cup competition to that of a Champions League fixture, because that would be unfair. However, one way in which managers throughout Europe have been utilizing matches in these competitions is giving some of their younger players experience in big-match environments. Did your club pick up a 19-year-old phenom from Ghana this summer and you haven’t even seen him on the team sheet yet? Odds are this will be his senior team debut. Confidence-booster for a struggling side Even though the season is only a few weeks old, some teams are already beginning to slip into the bottom half of their league’s tables. A League Cup match against a lesser opponent can often be just what an elite club needs to hit their stride. Although this could easily backfire if your club loses to one of a lower division, odds are the result will be rather one sided, and who doesn’t love a good 5-0 thrashing? Legitimate chance at hardware for smaller clubs Even though these competitions are not as highly regarded as a league or Champions League title, winning one is still a major accomplishment, especially for some of the smaller clubs. Just ask any supporter of Middlesbrough, now in the Second Division, and they’ll tell you how they won their only major cup title ever – defeating Everton, Arsenal and eventually the Bolton Wanderers to take the 2004 League Cup.
NEW YORK (AP)—Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez was charged Wednesday with seven counts of criminal contempt for sending his girlfriend dozens of text messages begging for forgiveness, violating a restraining order issued after he was accused of attacking her father at Citi Field. Rodriguez did not enter a plea at his arraignment. He posted the $7,500 bail almost immediately and left Queens court without speaking. A new protection order was issued barring him from contacting Daian Pena and her family. The 28-year-old reliever was accused of grabbing Pena’s father, 53-year-old Carlos Pena, hauling him into a tunnel near the family lounge beneath the team’s new
ballpark and hitting him in the face after a game Aug. 11. Rodriguez was told to keep away from Carlos Pena and his daughter. But a week after he appeared in court, he sent her two text messages and kept going, sending 56 in all. Assistant District Attorney Scott Kessler said Rodriguez understood he wasn’t supposed to contact her, but did it anyway simply because he felt like it. Kessler also said that the pitcher has a history of abuse, mentioning a previous case where he was accused of assaulting Pena in Venezuela. “He’s not naive or loving. He’s manipulative and controlling,” Kessler said. Pena never responded to the messages, which included 17 sent
in one day alone, Kessler said. The messages started out contrite, but got progressively angrier. “Thank you for sinking me turning your back, take good care of my children … and now I see that your were with me because of the money …” he wrote in the final message on Aug. 23, according to Kessler. Rodriguez could be jailed if he has any further communication with Pena. The restraining order is in place until at least February. Defense attorney Christopher Booth said in court that the case wasn’t about Daian Pena, and ordering Rodriguez to keep away from her and their twins confused the situation. He said his client wasn’t clear he wasn’t supposed to try to resolve the issue.
Cerullo: UConn, Charter Cable and SNY need to work out a deal soon so students can watch games
from WHERE’S, page 14 being the part of the state serviced by CharterNortheastern, which includes UConn. Here’s what I don’t get: How is it that 98 percent of people in Connecticut, along with all of New York City and several million other people, have access to all this programming, and yet the students who are actually on campus don’t? It’s ludicrous to think that the only way for UConn students to watch last weekend’s football game was to go to the Student Union Theater. There has to be an explanation, right? Luckily, the same Sept. 15 press release that listed the 98 percent statistic also included the contact information for Charter, and instructions on how to ask for SNY. “To contact Charter, Please Call: (508) 8531515,” the press release says. “You will be connected with an automated line. Press “0” once, then “0” again to reach an operator. Please ask to speak with a local manager responsible for making the decision to add SNY to the local
channel lineup.” I called Charter to ask for an explanation, and the manager I was referred to, Tom Cohen, explained to me that Charter and SNY are in negotiations, and that the major issue at the moment is finding the right price that is fair to everybody. Because every cable customer pays for its content, the issue is finding the balance between those who want SNY versus those who couldn’t care less, and that matters because the latter would still have to pay for it anyway. The question I still have after hearing this is, if negotiations between Charter and SNY were going to be necessary, then why not include them in the original negotiations? A deal could have been reached much earlier if the three sides came together in the first place, perhaps even in time for the school year. At this point though, that doesn’t really matter. At least we know this much, SNY is coming soon – supposedly.
While Sabathia has a big edge in wins, Hernandez leads in most other major statistics from WHO, page 14 Andrew: A pitcher’s job in the American League is to give his team the best chance to win by limiting the opposing club. It’s not to outright win the game. You can only win by scoring more runs, and in the AL, pitchers don’t hit. Therefore, the qualifications for the AL Cy Young award don’t revolve around win totals, but rather, how well a pitcher stops opponents. Felix does that better than CC, without question. Mike: Which Sabathia has done by having 25 quality starts, only three less than Felix. He has only thrown nine less innings than Felix and he has shown that he can hang with Felix. CC has only walked five more batters than Felix. His ERA is .7 higher, but given that he pitches against the Rays, Red Sox and Toronto, which leads the league in home runs and has Jose Bautista – who has 49 home runs – I think CC has been just as dominant.
Andrew: But just as you said, Felix has thrown more innings and still performed better! By all accounts, he does a better job than Sabathia at limiting opponents. He should get the Cy Young, no questions asked. Regarding your AL East point, it’s actually moot. Against AL East opponents, this is Felix: 6 games, 5-0 W-L, 49.1 IP, 0.55 ERA, 53 Ks. Against the weaker AL West, this is CC: 6-1, 50.2 IP, 1.25 ERA, 37 Ks. Mike: But that must mean Felix has struggled against other opponents, because if he is so dominant against the AL East, he is clearly having problems against other opponents. He’s 7-11 against everyone else while CC is 14-5, so what does that say about Felix? CC has won and been dominant against everyone, not just against the AL East. Felix has struggled in the AL West going 2-6 and it was not because he didn’t have run support, while CC is 6-1 against “King Felix’s” own division. Andrew: For the last time,
wins and losses aren’t the true measure of a pitcher. Felix plays for the lowliest offense in the league while CC is backed up by the best lineup in the majors. You don’t get wins if your teammates don’t score and the Yankees have scored 300 runs more than Seattle! So should we punish Felix for that fact and spit in the face of reason when he’s a better pitcher by every more meaningful and accurate category? No. Hell, I could get five wins for the Yankees if I started. Mike: While wins and losses might not be the true measure of a pitcher, they still have to account for something because winning 20 games is not something any pitcher can do. Zack Greinke won the AL Cy Young last year on an awful team but still managed 16 wins, yet Felix has a chance to be .500 or less. It is hard to hand him the Cy Young because it hasn’t given to a pitcher with so few wins in almost 60 years.
TWO Thursday, September 23, 2010
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The Daily Question Q: Are you anxious about the UConn football team’s 1-2 start? A: “Yeah, I’d like to see them in the Pinstripe Bowl.”
How do you think the football team will do against Buffalo this weekend?
Greg Contolini, 5th-semester undecided major
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“I never imagined it would turn out this way, but here we go.”
Edwards apologizes, practices day after arrest
Home: Rentschler Field, East Hartford – Steelers back-up quarterback Charlie Batch on starting this weekends game at Tampa.
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) Tomorrow USF 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 28 Sept. 24 Boston Marquette College 8:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m.
» Pic of the day
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP)—New York Jets receiver Braylon Edwards has apologized to his teammates, coaches, family and fans, a day after he was arrested for drunken driving. Edwards practiced with the Jets on Wednesday and later released a statement through the team. “I would like to apologize to my family, my fans, Mr. (Woody) Johnson, Mike Tannenbaum, Rex Ryan and my teammates. I will respect the process that is in place and will fully cooperate with the league,” he said. “I am truly happy to be a member of the New York Jets and I hope I have the opportunity to retire here. I now have to regain the trust of my teammates, the organization and the fans. Tannenbaum said Tuesday night that Edwards would be active Sunday night against Miami.
I make it rain!
Women’s Soccer (4-3-2) Oct. 1 Sept. 26 Today Rutgers Syracuse St. John’s 7:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
Kevin Towers takes over as GM in Arizona
Oct. 3 Oct. 8 Seton Hall Marquette 4:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
Field Hockey (6-1) Tomorrow 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) Tomorrow 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 Tomorrow Sept. 29 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 Tomorrow Army Invite TBA
Oct. 1 Bucknell Invite TBA
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, N.Y.
Golf Oct. 18 NEIGA Champ. All Day
Rowing Oct. 3 Oct. 23 Head of the Head of the Riverfront Charles All Day All Day
Liverpool stand-in captain Sotirios Kyrgiakos reacts against Northampton Town during their English League Cup soccer match in Anfield, Liverpool, England on Wednesday.
PHOENIX (AP)—Arizona Diamondbacks managing general partner Ken Kendrick and president Derrick Hall had no problem with the job Jerry Dipoto did as interim general manager. Thought he handled himself quite well, actually. But when Kevin Towers expressed his interest in the job, it was hard to turn him down a second time. The Diamondbacks hired Towers as executive vice president and general manager on Wednesday, bypassing the highly regarded Dipoto for a man they turned down five years earlier. “It was a difficult conversation to let him (Dipoto) know that we were going in a different direction because I know his heart was in it and he wanted this position so badly,” Hall said. “Jerry is going to be a general manager and has proven he can handle it, but in our current situation we felt that Kevin Towers is the right man for this position to turn this thing around right now.” The Diamondbacks essentially went with experience over promise to rebuild a team that has stalled in last place the past two seasons. A former pitcher in San Diego’s farm system, Towers was the architect of a Padres team that won four division titles and reached the 1998 World Series during his 14-year tenure as general manager. Towers made a name for himself as an adept talent evaluator, particularly with pitchers, picking up players like Mat Latos and Jake Peavy with late-round picks, scrap-heapers like Luke Gregerson and Heath Bell from other teams.
Oct. 6 Oct. 12 Oct. 20 UMass Sacred Heart Quinnipiac 2:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m.
Sept. 27-28 Oct. 11-12 Oct. 16-17 Hartford Connecticut Northeast Hawks Inv. Cup Invite All Day All Day All Day
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Oct. 31 Head of the Fish All Day
Oct. 19 NEIGA Champ. All Day
Patriots RB Faulk out for year with knee injury
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP)—New England Patriots all-purpose running back Kevin Faulk has done nearly everything except grab headlines. He finally made one this week and it brought him to tears: Torn Knee Ligament, Out For The Season. Faulk, one of the team’s most valuable players, said Wednesday he would have surgery in about a month. He left unanswered the question of whether he would play again after being hurt on Sunday. “I got the question asked of me by my son when I got home on Monday. ‘Is that it for me?’ ” the 12-year veteran said with a laugh. “I said, ‘son … I’m going to do my best to rehab and see what happens from there.’ The 34-year-old Faulk was placed on injured reserve. He is the only Patriots player who was with the team when Bill Belichick became coach in 2000, ushering in an era in which injury information is guarded very closely. But Faulk was very forthcoming when he told reporters swarming at his locker that he had a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Then he lingered to discuss his feelings. “I’m not sad anymore,” he said.
New England Patriots running back Kevin Faulk talks to reporters about missing the remainder of the season due to a torn right anterior cruciate ligament, at the NFL football team’s facility in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday.
“I think when it first happened … I was sad, cried a whole lot. But, hey, it’s life. You’ve got to deal with it. You get knocked off the road sometimes. It’s how you get back on and who you are as a person” that matters. Faulk hurt his right knee less than two minutes into the fourth
quarter of the 28-14 loss to the Jets when he ran wide to the left and was brought down near the New York sideline when cornerback Drew Coleman hit him on the knee. He lay flat on his stomach then slid his upper body up with both knees still on the ground as Patriots medical per-
sonnel rushed across the field. He knew right away it was a bad injury. “I think the frustration during the course of walking from their sideline to our sideline kind of showed a little bit,” said Faulk, who threw his mouthpiece as he headed to his bench.
» INSIDE SPORTS TODAY
P.13: Patriots RB Faulk out for season. / P.13: Kevin Towers becomes Arizona GM. / P.11: Jets CB Revis out against Miami.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
RED STORM’S A BREWIN’
Where’s my SNY?
UConn to face St. John’s tonight at Morrone Stadium
By Andrew Callahan Staff Writer
When I first heard that UConn had struck a deal with SNY, I was pretty excited about it. A deal like this meant more football and basketball games on TV, and getting that kind of exposure throughout Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania couldn’t be bad for recruiting either, so it seemed like a slam dunk to me. That is, until I got to school, and SNY was nowhere to be found. At first I figured that SNY would be added once classes started, but after the first week, it still wasn’t in the lineup. Now, over a month into the year, the UConn student body still can’t watch SNY, despite the fact that it was the only way students could have watched this past weekend’s football game. What’s even worse is that we’re practically the only ones still left out in the cold. In the initial announcement on Aug. 5, athletic director Jeff Hathaway said that the deal would increase UConn’s local audience from just over a million homes to well over eight million, 12 million if you include homes that are serviced by satellite providers. In a press release issued on Sept. 15, the school announced that 98 percent of homes in Connecticut now have SNY, with the remaining two percent
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» CERULLO, page 12
Alexander Dumas once wrote that life is a storm and what defines a person is what he or she does when the storm comes. Currently bogged in 200 consecutive minutes of scoreless play, and with the St. John’s Red Storm coming to town, the UConn women’s soccer team is ready to show what they’re made of. A team built on a top-notch attack and a sturdy defense, the Huskies have recently seen their electric scoring ability get seemingly unplugged. After a 0-0 double overtime tie with Providence last Friday, 4-3-2, 0-0-1 they know their opportunity to start conference play on the right foot is still there. But this opportunity is fleeting. “We’ve been unlucky the past few years but the way this year started it looks like it hope3-4-1, 0-1-0 fully might have turned Thurs., 7 p.m., around,” said grad student and midfielder Morrone Annie Yi. “We’re a good Stadium team but we’ve got to be aggressive, especially with Big East play coming up.” From here on out their schedule consists entirely of games against Big East opponents, which will provide for both exciting action and a difficult level of competition. The Red Storm, although off to a subpar start of 3-4-1, bring to Storrs with them a favorable history against the Huskies. They’ve claimed victory in each of the last three matches versus UConn but are currently troubled
» DULSKI, page 12
Early risers: The men’s club crew team
Midfielder Annie Yi dribbles the ball down the field during the Huskies’ scoreless tie against Providence on Sept. 17.
It’s time for the League Cup
By Aaron Kasmanoff-Dick Campus Correspondent
By Jon-Paul Roche Futbol Columnist
It’s 4:30 a.m. The sun hasn’t yet risen over campus, but sophomore Matt Cottrill is already awake and ready to go. Cottrill is a member of the men’s crew club team here on campus, and will be starting on one of the two varsity eightman boats that will compete for UConn this year. He leaves his dorm in Connecticut Commons and is waiting at the Student Union loading dock by 5 a.m., where an upperclassman will take him and his fellow teammates to Coventry Lake for morning practice. The morning air is chilly and the wind on the water will feel like ice. By 5:30 they are on the lake, working through drills in the early morning darkness. “On any typical morning we could be rowing as many as 20 kilometers,” Cottrill said. He joined crew at the start of his freshman year, and has
This past Tuesday marked the beginning of the third round of the Football League Cup, more commonly known as the Carling Cup. For those who aren’t as familiar with this competition, the League Cup is a sevenround single-elimination competition played out by the top 92 teams from the various tiers of English football. This format refers specifically to the League Cup of England. However, similar competitions exist in most leagues across Europe, such as Spain’s Copa del Rey and Italy’s Coppa Italia. The third round of this competition is significant to most of us, as it is the round where the
» ROCHE, page 12
been working hard each day to become competitive. This is a harder task than for most club athletes, as UConn crew competes freely against many varsity collegiate programs. This weekend the team will take on Riverfront in a dual meet, and the following weekend the team will compete in the Head of the Riverfront Regatta. Looming on the horizon is the largest college athletic event of all time and the team’s first major test - The Head of the Charles Regatta. Held in Boston on the Charles river, this three-mile-long race attracts over 8,000 competitors and almost 300,000 spectators each year. It’s a race against both other teams and the clock, taking place on Oct. 23 and 24. Crew is a sport of physical endurance and toughness, requiring a great amount of skill and co-ordination. While the effort is individual, the boat only moves well if every rower is in sync with each other.
This requires more than just blind obedience to the calls of the coxan, who shouts out the strokes. Precise attention must be paid to form, otherwise the oars will slip in and out of the water, slowing and destabilizing the boat. Rowers are strapped by their feet into a sliding seat which allows them to drive the oar through the water with both the legs and the back. Large red blisters eventually form on the hands from gripping the oars (gloves are not allowed) and the athletes must be able to stay in a hunched over, cramped seated position for what is often hours at a time. Matt gets back on campus in time to attend his 8 a.m. classes, and collapse for a quick nap before lunch. By 6 p.m., Matt is in the Field House ERG room with the team. Tucked in amongst the varsity locker rooms, the ERG room, which
» HARD, page 12
Photo courtesy of Matt Cottrill
The UConn men’s crew novice four before the Dad Vail Regatta in the spring of 2010. From left to right, Matthew Cottrill, Connor O’Neill, Eric Dunn and Curtis Driehuizen.
Who should win the AL Cy Young Award? Felix Hernandez
By Andrew Callahan Staff Writer Let me tell you a story. One MLB season, there was a pair of fantastic starting pitchers who did their best every 5th game to do what pitchers do: get hitters out. Now, one of the pitchers, the hefty lefty, played for an allstar lineup that scored tons of runs and got him wins, while the young prodigy played for a terrible team but got outs in a more efficient, dominant and productive way than hefty lefty did. Who’s the better pitcher? Yeah, I’d go with the kid, too. AP
Felix Hernandez has the edge in most stats...
Andrew Callahan: Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you King Felix. The best pitcher in all of the major leagues, Felix Hernandez is an outright dominant force when on the mound, no matter who’s at the plate. When comparing his Cy Young candidacy against CC Sabathia’s, compare no further. His superior control, ERA, WHIP, strikeout total and fielding independent stats make him the clear choice. Mike Ferraro: CC Sabathia is the unquestioned king of New York and is the top of the class of American League pitchers. While “King Felix” has been a dominant force when on the mound, when is the last time he pitched in a game that actually mattered? CC Sabathia is pitching some of his best baseball in the middle of pennant race, which could decide home field advantage in the American League.
Andrew: The criteria for winning the award given to the best pitcher in the AL has nothing to do with playoff races. How can you say CC is at the top of the AL class when he’s not even top five in ERA, strikeouts, walks given or baserunners allowed? By the way, Felix has got him covered in all those and more. He’s the better pitcher this year. Mike: Not to mention CC Sabathia has won 20 games this year, something that has not been done in the American League in 2 seasons. Also, no Cy Young award winner in history that was a starting pitcher has had a .500 or losing record, which “King Felix” could end up having. While CC Sabathia does not have the same ERA, WHIP, or Strikeout total as Felix, his numbers are still staggering.
» WHILE, page 12
By Mike Ferraro Campus Correspondent
CC Sabathia should be the American League Cy Young award winner, because of the fact that his record is 20-6, something that hasn’t been done in the American League in two years. It is also because, time and time again, he has shown that he delivers when it really matters. His numbers are also staggering, even though they aren’t as good Felix Hernandez’s. Sabathia is sixth in ERA, first in winning percentage, seventh in SO, ninth in WHIP and 10th in walks.
... except for wins, Sabathia is 20-6 on the season.