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Invisible Children competition held By Hina Samnani Staff Writer
take a trip to soviet russia The Benton’s galleries return after a semester of construction with a new exhibit. FOCUS/ page 7
The Invisible Children chapter at UConn and the Department of Residential Life have collaborated to host the first Invisible Children Challenge at UConn. Invisible Children is an international movement that raises awareness about the ‘invisible’ war occurring in Africa, in which children in Uganda are exploited and used as child soldiers. The student chapter on campus hosts various activities that educate people about the issue and will sponsor this challenge for the semester. The challenge will start in the first week of February and will end with a benefit concert in April to raise awareness
about the Invisible Children’s organization. The benefit concert is still being planned, but musical performer Jeremy Austin Smith, the lead singer of the band See the World, is scheduled to perform. Gudrun Haider, the Residential Hall director of the Global House and Euro Tech learning communities, was the person behind this initial idea. “A couple years ago, I hosted an Invisible Children Challenge at a different institution; it was very successful and so I’m hoping to bring this event to UConn now,” Haider said. “I contacted the Invisible Children Campaign, the UConn chapter, at the beginning of the fall semester and asked them if they were interested in collaborating with me on this event. We’ve also applied for funding from the Diversity
Commission fines UConn professor Scarlet knights stopped No. 2 UConn defense stiffles Rutgers in 63-44 win. SPORTS/ page 14 EDITORIAL: SPRING WEEKEND EVENT CANCELLATION SENSELESS Events draw students away from off-campus parties. COMMENTARY/page 4 INSIDE NEWS: STUDENT INVOLVEMENT FAIR HELD IN S.U. Students move between booths to learn about clubs and activities. NEWS/ page 2
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HARTFORD (AP) — A University of Connecticut professor has agreed to pay a $2,000 fine related to consulting services he provided to former Gov. M. Jodi Rell in 2009, when she was considering a possible run for re –election. Members of the State Elections Enforcement Commission on Wednesday approved an agreement reached with Ken Dautrich, an associate professor of public policy, after determining he defrayed polling expenses that should have been covered by the Republican’s exploratory committee when he hired two UConn graduate students to work on the survey. Dautrich’s lawyer, Steven Seligman, said his client did not admit to any wrongdoing in the settlement with the commission. He said it made more sense for Dautrich to settle the allegations. If Dautrich would have fought and won the case, Seligman said it would have been a “hollow victory” for his client. “The fine he agreed to pay is infinitely less than he would have paid in legal fees for protracted litigation,” Seligman said. Dautrich did not immediately return calls seeking comment. The commission’s investigation determined that Rell’s committee treasurer was not informed that some costs of the poll were defrayed by hiring the university –funded students. Dautrich was originally hired by Rell in July 2008 as a consultant to her administration, given 26 months to come up with ideas to save money in state government and deliver services more efficiently. The project originally was supposed to cost about $223,000, but Rell officials have said not all the money was spent. But in April 2009, after Rell created a committee to explore a possible run for re –election, Dautrich, a polling expert, was informed by Rell’s chief of staff that the governor had authorized a poll to gauge public opinion about the stalled state budget process and how to respond to the General Assembly, the commission found. Rell’s chief of staff, Lisa Moody, told investigators the governor wanted private campaign funds, not public funds, to pay for the poll, which was conducted by a private telephone research firm for $6,000. However, the commission determined that the work conducted by the two UConn
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Advisory Team, and University Libraries, who have agreed to co-sponsor the event.” The challenge will encourage UConn students to form teams that will compete to raise the most funds for Invisible Children. Teams can receive points by raising donations and awareness. If a team receives a $1 donation, they will receive one point. Similarly, a donation of one book will be one point. Recruiting another team to participate and hosting movie screenings are other ways teams can get points. The last chance to get points will be the benefit concert. Teams will get a point for every person that attends the concert. “My personal goal is to get 10 teams and have about 200 people at our Benefit Concert,”
Haider said. There will be a kick-off event in McMahon Dining Hall on Feb. 1 during which the teams can ask questions about the challenge. While teams are encouraged to register before Feb. 1, there’s no cut-off for registration. Lauren Rosenthal, the vice president of the Invisible Children chapter at UConn and a 6th-semester communications and psychology major, explained that this challenge is just one of the many ways the club raises awareness. “Just as a club we try and do a lot, not just with raising money, but raising awareness,” said Rosenthal. “That’s the main goal of the global organization. We try to implement that in our efforts as well.” This past semester during
Textbook Buyback week at the UConn Co-op, Invisible Children had a book drive where students donated their unsold textbooks to children in Uganda. All money raised during the challenge will go directly to the Invisible Children national organization. Part of the money raised will be used for the Schools for Schools program, which provides facilities and supplies to schools in Uganda. Another part will be used for their early warning program, an initiative that aims to build radio towers in villages in Uganda and the Republic of the Congo that will allow villages to warn each other when the Rebel Army is coming through their area, allowing villagers to bring their children to safety.
SNOW CONTINUES TO BURY UCONN
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Students trudge by Homer Babbige Library, making their way through Storrs’ slippery snow to get to classes Wednesday. Classes were canceled Wednesday evening and several events on campus were postponed or canceled, including a USG Special Meeting on the university’s recent Spring Weekend Report. The meeting has been moved to next Wednesday.
Board of Trustees adopting international focus By Garrett Gianneschi Staff Writer There are 1,723 international students throughout all levels of UConn academics, and the university hopes to increase that number in upcoming years. The Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday said they would be adopting a more international focus for both UConn and Connecticut, according to Lenworth M. Jacobs, M.D., Academic Affairs Board Vice Chair. With the Board’s internationalization of Connecticut, Jacobs said that the most pressing question UConn had to answer was how internationalization links with job creation in Connecticut
and with the President’s plans expressed in the State of the Union Address. President Obama said in his speech Tuesday that a problem has arisen because international students are being educated in the United States and then the United States is kicking them out to go back to their countries to compete with Americans. Jacobs said that the university sees that the UConn alumni who are in important positions in domestic and internationally reaching companies and organizations within the U.S. and abroad are a valuable resource. Internationalization still seems to be in its beginning stages of development. Jacobs said that implications and budgetary issues would still need
to be worked out and the university would need to assess logistical issues such as gaining more insight into foreign curriculum, tailoring the UConn curriculum and shrinking barriers international students may face when coming to UConn. UConn graduate student studying computer science and Vietnam native Hieu Dinh said that the largest obstacles with coming to America is learning the language and culture. “People in America don’t think like people in Vietnam,” said Dinh. “The environment has changed and I need to understand that.” As for opportunities after college, Dinh said after he graduates he wants to start up a biology computing service business with his UConn professor. He
plans on staying in America for about 10 years before settling down in Vietnam. As a vehicle for the newly proposed international policy, the university is part of an international network of 23 leading research-intensive universities in 15 countries called Universitas 21, according to an International & Globalization Update by Peter J. Nicholls, provost & executive vice president for academic affairs. Some of the top universities in the 13-year-old group are University of Hong Kong, National University of Singapore and University of Melbourne. These have World Rankings of 21, 34 and 36, according to the report.
What’s on at UConn today... Video Exhibit 10 to 4:30 p.m. Benton Museum Watch a compilation of video works from around the world. See different approaches to video making and international issues artists address.
Invisible Children Meeting 7 to 8 p.m. Rome Ballroom Get involved with Invisible Children. Work to raise awareness and funds for the ongoing war in Northern Uganda and surrounding countries.
Vocal Ensemble 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Jorgensen Enjoy the musical entertainment of Sweet Honey in the Rock, an internationally known women’s vocal ensemble. Tickets start at $25.
“Due Date” 9 to 11:30 p.m. Student Union Theatre Get an early start to your weekend and join a friend to see the film starring Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis. - ELIZABETH CROWLEY
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Fire in Gulley Hall
UConn officials and staff were displaced following a fire in Gulley Hall early Tuesday morning. The building was unoccupied at the time of the fire and no one was injured according to UConn spokesman Michael Kirk. According to Kirk, the fire started around 6 a.m. The UConn fire department responded within minutes after the fire set off the building’s fire alarm. The fire’s cause is under investigation. The building located between Beach Hall and the Family Studies Building holds the offices of UConn officials including the president. Interim President Philip Austin addressed the fire during Wednesday’s meeting of the UConn Board of Trustees. “There was a fire in the basement of Gulley Hall which caused damage to IT and telephone systems,” Austin said. “Right now there are no telephone services. We are arranging to have critical personnel moved to available office space.” A spokesman from the UConn Fire Department was unavailable for comment. The building will be closed for cleaning and repair until Jan. 31 at the earliest, according to a statement from the university. - Nicholas Rondinone
Power outages on campus
Power outages on campus this past week have caught the attention of many students and added to the chaos of the harsh weather. “I was walking past the [Bookworms] Cafe and everything just shut off,” said Michelle DaBlasio, a 4th-semester environmental engineering major. “Everything got really quiet all of a sudden and then everything just turned right back on.” An anonymous submission to the InstantDaily on Tuesday read, “Two feet of snow, subzero temperature and no hot water. Where’s the power outage?...Oh, there it is.” Connecticut Light and Power, which supplies UConn’s electricity, has not stated that there are any outages in the area, but announced that the weather may have caused downed lines. “It just makes me paranoid about saving my work when I’m writing a paper,” DaBlasio said. - Keelan Freitag
Best man death leads to manslaughter charge
STAMFORD (AP) — Stamford police have charged a Massachusetts man with manslaughter in connection with the death of the best man following a post –wedding reception night of excessive drug and alcohol use. Police say 25 –year –old Joseph Papagni, of Lynnfield, Mass., is one of three men charged in connection with the death of 24 –year –old Nicholas Poti, the best man at his brother’s September wedding. Police tell the Stamford Advocate that Papagni and the other two suspects, also from Lynnfield, supplied the cocaine and prescription painkillers they and Poti took in their hotel room after the reception. All three suspects face drug charges, while Papagni also faces a
New Haven woman sentenced for slashing
NEW HAVEN (AP) — A New Haven woman has been sentenced to spend four years in prison for using a barber’s razor to slash the face of another woman during an argument. Tizzie Mack was sentenced Tuesday after conceding that the state likely had enough evidence to convict her on a first –degree assault charge. The 31 –year –old Mack received a 10 –year sentence with four to serve and the remainder suspended. The victim was slashed down the right cheek the night of Oct. 11, 2008. The victim told police she thought Mack was angry after a “falling out” with the victim’s husband. The New Haven Register reports that a tearful Mack said in court that she wants to put the incident behind her.
Man shot outside Bridgeport club dies
BRIDGEPORT (AP) — A Bridgeport man shot in the head outside a city bar last weekend has died, making him the city’s first homicide victim of the year. Police say 24 –year –old William Vargas was pronounced dead at Bridgeport Hospital on Monday night. He had been on life support since he and another man were shot outside Club Allure just before midnight on Saturday. Vargas was shot as he sat behind the wheel of a car. The other man was shot in the pelvis and has since been released from the hospital.
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Students scour the Involvement Fair By Nicholas Rondinone Campus Correspondent Students weathered the elements to learn about UConn’s student groups at the Spring Involvement Fair Wednesday afternoon. The Involvement Fair was held throughout the Student Union from 2 to 7 p.m., giving students with a tight schedule a chance to stop by. Despite the snowfall and the campus-wide e-mail from Jay Hickey, organizations set up tables throughout the Student Union to offer information to students interested in getting involved. Scheduled within the first three weeks of every semester, the fair offers an opportunity for students to get information about organizations on campus. The event featured a diverse mix of organizations grouped into categories including academic, environmental, club sports, cultural, media and fitness to name a few. Attending students were given the chance to find unique clubs including the skydiving club, the break dancing club and tierthree organizations including USG, WHUS and ConnPIRG. Becca Herman, program specialist for the Department of Student Activities, worked to bring the Involvement Fair together and notes the importance of having the event in the spring. “Spring semester is important because many freshman think the first semester is when they should get involved but many cannot do it until the spring,” Herman said. Student organizations share the belief in the importance of the Spring Involvement Fair as well. The Long River Review is a literary journal that has been
Investigation followed complaint from COMMISSION, page 1 graduate students on the survey amounted to more than $2,500 worth of labor. Questions about whether voters thought Rell deserved to be re –elected as governor or whether it was time for another candidate appeared on the poll. Ultimately, Rell did not seek another term and retired in January. The commission investigated the Dautrich matter after receiving a complaint from a former Democratic state lawmaker, Jonathan Pelto, who accused Rell of illegally accepting in –kind political contributions by having Dautrich examine the poll results. Dautrich maintains that he volunteered his services to the exploratory committee. Pelto and other Democrats have also accused Rell of misusing public funds for a focus group Dautrich conducted as part of his original government efficiency project to help Rell politically. The commission, however, voted to not take any action on the complaints about Dautrich’s work being an illegal, in –kind political contribution. Last October, university ethics investigators said Dautrich violated school policy and showed questionable judgment by using state resources for “partisan political activities.” A joint investigation by the state attorney general’s office and the state auditors into the matter is still under way.
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Students discuss a student organization at the Involvement Fair in the Student Union, Wednesday.
publishing at UConn for more than a decade. “It’s just important to get out there, see if people interested in reading and writing,” said Reed Immer, a member of the Long River Review. “People like to hear there is a literary movement on campus.” Despite the bleak weather, Herman remained optimistic about the turnout. “We had around 250 slots filled,” Herman said. “Only about 20 organizations had to cancel due to the snow, mostly because their officers were coming from off campus.”
The weather did not stop students from attending, with large crowds milling about the union. “ I think it’s pretty consistent,” said Chelsea Miller, promotions director for UCTV. “These students are actually interested in getting involved because they came out in the snow.” Students new to the university were pleased to see that the student groups were able to set up booths despite the weather. “I found three clubs I want to join,” said Dylan Freund, a 2ndsemester biomedical engineering major. “This event definitely helps
students get involved. If it weren’t for this fair, I wouldn’t have found those clubs.” Even students further along in their college careers enjoyed attending the biannual event. “There are so many groups to chose from,” said Audrey Hoss, a 6th-semester ecology and evolutionary biology major. “It’s definitely a campus you cannot get bored on.” The involvement fair will be held again during the first several weeks of the fall semester, winter weather has proven not
Police: Shot Indianapolis officer dies INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indianapolis police officer shot twice in the face during a weekend traffic stop was declared brain-dead Wednesday as authorities worked to build their case against the career criminal suspected in the city’s first fatal police shooting in seven years. Officer David Moore had been in a coma at Wishard Memorial Hospital since Sunday’s shooting, which police blame on an ex-convict who state correction officials say had been erroneously released from jail in December. Neurosurgeon Dr. Richard Rodgers said the 29-year-old officer was declared brain dead about 6:30 a.m. after tests detected no blood flow to Moore’s damaged brain. He said Moore would remain on life support until the organ donation process was complete — a process that can take up to one day. Moore’s parents — also police officers — said during an emotional hospital news conference that they are proud of their son’s sacrifice in the line of duty and that others might live through the donation of his organs. “Somebody’s gonna get a darn good heart,” his mother, Sgt. Jo Moore, tearfully told reporters. The suspect in the shooting, Thomas Hardy, remained jailed without bond Wednesday on robbery charges stemming from a store robbery that occurred less than an hour after Moore’s
shooting. Prosecutors have until Friday to charge Hardy in the shooting. Jail officials did not know if he had an attorney. Police believe Hardy opened fire, striking Moore four times, on Sunday morning after the officer pulled over a car that had been reported stolen. The circumstances of the shooting remain under investigation. Hardy, 60, had been released on bond last month following an arrest on theft charges after his parole officer failed to enter his most recent parole information into a national database. Indiana Department of Correction spokesman Doug Garrison said the parole officer also didn’t perform required monthly checks to determine whether Hardy had been arrested. That parole officer was suspended without pay Tuesday. The corrections agency said Hardy had a criminal history dating from at least 1984, when he was sentenced to 13 years in prison on a burglary conviction. Moore’s father, retired Indianapolis police Lt. Spencer Moore, said Wednesday that he had met with prosecutors, but he declined to discuss Hardy. “I’m not going to give this guy a second of energy. I could care less about him,” he said. “This is about David and this is about this department that we love.” Indianapolis Mayor Greg
Ballard ordered the flags at all city government buildings to be flown at half-staff to honor Moore until sunset on the day of his funeral. Sgt. Paul Thompson said Moore was the first police officer in Marion County to die in the line of duty since 2004, when city Patrolman Timothy Laird was fatally shot by man who murdered his mother and then walked through a city neighborhood firing a highpowered rifle. Police Chief Paul Ciesielski said the force’s more than 1,500 officers have been shaken by Moore’s death. He said that despite the risks of law enforcement, it’s “a noble career” and Moore exemplified the best of the force. Ciesielski declined to comment on the investigation into Hardy, saying he wanted Wednesday to be about Moore. Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said in a statement that his office is working closely with the police department as it investigates Moore’s death. Moore’s mother, who has been a police officer for a quarter-century and now works as a department supervisor, said her son often joked with her that the day shifts she worked were easy compared with his night shifts. Sgt. Jo Moore said she last spoke to her son Saturday — his first day on a day shift.
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Owner: Kitten froze after waiting in cargo hold
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Heather Lombardi paid nearly $300 to fly Snickers, an 11 –week –old, 3 –pound hairless kitten, from Utah to Connecticut in climate –controlled air cargo. By the time kitten and owner united, Snickers was icy cold and couldn’t move her head or paws, Lombardi said. The kitten died a short time later. “I feel so guilty. We sat there for nearly an hour. If I’d known, I would have thrown a fit,” said Lombardi, who was flying Snickers home from a breeder. “We just sat there. We had no idea she was dying.” The Department of Transportation tracks animal deaths in transit, but no one keeps tabs on how many die of cold or heat in cargo holds or elsewhere, said veterinarian Louise Murray, vice president of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in New York City. Heat deaths are more common, Murray said, but because winter weather has been extreme this year, Murray is sure death rates have climbed. Lombardi’s $289.94 cargo ticket on Delta Air Lines included $70 to make sure Snickers was taken off the plane quickly. But Lombardi said it took 50 minutes to get the cat off the plane. Delta Flight 738 to Hartford arrived at 8:40 p.m. local time, when the National Weather Service said it was 10 degrees. Delta spokeswoman Susan C. Elliott said she couldn’t talk about specifics because the cat’s death was under investigation. “Regardless of the cause, we understand the impact the loss of an animal can have on a pet owner. We are turning our attention now to offering our condolences and discussing how we can provide some kind of restitution to support (Lombardi) during this time,” Elliott said. Lombardi and her two daughters wrapped Snickers in a coat and ran for the car, where they turned on the heater and headed for the vet. On the trip, the cat let out what Lombardi described as a “bloodcurdling cry” and went limp. Veterinarian Caroline Flower said Snickers was dead on arrival at the Connecticut Veterinary Clinic in West Hartford, a 24 –hour emergency center where she was on duty Saturday night. The cat was cold and bleeding from the mouth and nose, Flower said, all symptoms of extreme hypothermia. Without a necropsy, she can’t be 100 percent certain the cat froze to death, but it looked that way, said the vet. More than 2 million pets and other live animals are transported by air every year in the United States, according to the Department of Transportation. Between November of 2009 and October of 2010, 33 animals died, 11 were injured and
five were lost while being transported, according to the DOT. Of those, Delta reported 12 deaths, four injuries and one loss. American Airlines reported eight animal deaths, while Continental Airlines and United Airlines each reported four and Alaska Airlines three. Hawaiian Airlines and American Eagle had one each. “We carry hundreds of thousands of animals a year,” Elliott said. “Among the different animals we carry, we have zoological institutions that entrust us with some rare species and we transport all sorts of unique animals. It is unusual to have this happen.” The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees animals that are transported by air cargo, will also investigate Snickers’ death, said spokesman Dave Sacks. “We ensure the humane treatment and transport of animals. Our sole focus is to ensure airline personnel humanely cared for those animals while they had them,” Sacks said. “We look into each and every death and hold the airlines accountable.” Penalties for violations of the Animal Welfare Act range from a letter of warning to revocation of an airline’s license to transport animals, but Sacks said he didn’t know of any airline operating with a revoked animal transport license. Cargo temperature has been a particular problem in summer for “short –faced” dogs, dozens of whom died in transit between May of 2005 and May of 2010, said DOT spokesman Bill Mosley. The department issued a release recommending that owners talk to their vets before shipping short –faced dogs in air cargo. According to the USDA, Delta is one of several carriers that refuse to accept pets as checked bags during the summer when temperatures go over 85 degrees (29.44 Celsius) because the heat may threaten the lives of the animals. Heat deaths can happen very quickly, while hypothermia takes much more prolonged exposure to the cold, Murray said. But she said pets being shipped in cold weather are at risk, not only on the plane, but on the runway. Even if cargo holds are climate controlled, runways are not. The impact of cold on pets depends on body type, health, coat, where the breed was developed and for what purpose, she said. “For example, a greyhound will get colder faster than a cocker spaniel.” On most airlines, passengers can bring a small pet on board instead of putting the animal in cargo. For the money she paid to put Snickers in cargo, Lombardi said she could have flown to Utah to pick her up: “I could have bought a seat on the plane and carried her on my lap.”
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Dow Jones average falls after hitting 12,000 Wednesday NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones industrial average broke through 12,000 for the first time in two and a half years Wednesday, but a late fade kept it from closing above that level. The index of 30 prominent U.S. companies finished the day with a modest gain. Weak profit forecasts from Boeing Co. and Xerox Corp. weighed on the market. Boeing fell 3 percent after saying its 2011 profits would be hurt by production delays. Xerox fell 8 percent after saying its profit margins were not increasing. The Dow gained 8.25 points, or 0.1 percent, to end at 11,985.4. It reached as high as 12,020 in morning trading. The last time the Dow closed above 12,000 was June 19, 2008, just as the financial crisis was worsening. The Standard and Poor’s 500 index rose 5.45, or 0.4 percent, to 1,296.63. The Nasdaq composite index jumped 20.25, or 0.7 percent, to 2,739.50. Energy and materials companies gained more than 2 percent, the most among the 10 company groups that make up the S&P 500 index. Investors were pleased with President Barack Obama’s calls for lower tax rates on businesses during the State of the Union address late Tuesday, said Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at Harris Private Bank. “If he can take steps to simplify the tax codes, be it for individuals or corporations, I
think it would be a lot easier to do business,” Ablin said. The Federal Reserve said Wednesday afternoon that it was not making any changes to its $600 billion bond-buying program. The plan is meant to encourage borrowing by keeping interest rates low. The Commerce Department
said new home purchases rose 17.5 percent in December compared with November. Despite the strong one-month jump, new home sales for all of 2010 fell to the lowest level on records going back 47 years. Eastman Kodak Co. fell 18 percent. The company’s income fell 95 percent on weaker rev-
enue from its camera business and lower royalties from digital imaging. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 3.41 percent from 3.34 percent. Two stocks rose for every one that fell on the New York Stock Exchange. Consolidated volume came to 4.8 billion shares.
CHICAGO (AP) — If history unfolded differently, and Abraham Lincoln had served out his second term in the White House, could he have returned to Illinois to run for mayor of his hometown? The response might have boiled down to this: Honest, Abe, you can’t, unless you’ve lived in Springfield for a full year. That’s the issue hanging over Rahm Emanuel’s run for Chicago mayor. And it’s raising tough questions about how old residency rules should be interpreted in an era when Americans are so mobile. The Illinois laws governing municipal elections are not unlike similar laws around the country. But the unusually strict interpretation by an appellate court this week would pose difficulties for many prospective officeholders whose careers take them for a time to Washington or to other countries. The court on Monday threw Emanuel off the Chicago ballot, saying he could not run because he had been living for two years in Washington, where he was the White House chief of staff. Emanuel has appealed
that decision to the Illinois Supreme Court. But the same problem could arise for Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who once headed Chicago schools, or Emanuel’s White House successor, Bill Daley, another Chicago native. If Duncan wanted to run for mayor, “he’s out under this,” said Michael Dorf, a Chicago attorney and election law expert. “If Lincoln wanted to run for mayor of Springfield, sorry Abe.” Residency laws vary across the nation. To be mayor of New York, candidates just have to live in the city on the day they are elected. In other states, some office seekers must have been residents for five years. But the appellate court in Illinois departed this week from most previous interpretations of election law when it said Emanuel needed to be physically present in Chicago for at least a year prior to the election, regardless of why he left or whether he intended to return. Dawn Clark Netsch, a prominent Chicago Democrat who now teaches law at Northwestern University,
said that ruling would stop even Chicago’s most prominent political alum, President Barack Obama, who has only rarely returned to the city since taking office. The court’s new rationale, she added, had “never been thought of before.” The residency requirements have been on the books since 1818, the same year Illinois became a state. The legal language says a person is ineligible for an elected city office unless that person is a qualified voter in that city “and has resided in the municipality at least one year next preceding the election or appointment.” In the past, if candidates moved away, they could demonstrate an intention to return by leaving their voter registration and driver’s license unchanged and keeping a home in the area — all of which Emanuel said he did. Experts say a court has never simply ignored a candidate’s intent. “We’ve all been working under this absolute presumption based on cases of the last 50 years that intent was really the key,” Dorf said. “But the
appellate court got rid of intent totally.” Edward Foley, a law professor at Ohio State University who heads the school’s election law program, said the court’s decision to disregard intent was striking. “There is a general theme in election law that when in doubt, you err on the side of democracy,” he said. “If there is any doubt about the understanding of the statute, you interpret it so that you let the voters decide.” Both the Illinois election code and the state municipal code leave some questions unanswered. The municipal code, for example, says people who have been away serving in the military cannot be disqualified from running for office. And a person does not lose residency if he or she is “on the business of the United States.” But, Dorf said, the court concluded those provisions applied to voting, not seeking office. And, he said, while the law specifically says candidates must be residents of the city for 12 months, it does not define that, or say how many days in those 12 months a person must be in the city.
Trader Todd Ingrilli, second left, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday. The Dow Jones industrial average broke 12,000 for the first time in two and a half years.
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Spring Weekend event cancellation senseless
ast week, the Spring Weekend Task Force released a report on how to “de-escalate Spring Weekend.” The report, endorsed by Interim President Philip E. Austin, offered five recommendations to reduce crowd sizes (especially nonstudents), on and off campus during Spring Weekend, to reduce the risk and potential for crime during that time and to deter people from participating in Spring Weekend gatherings. One suggestion reads, “When possible, cancel remaining university-sponsored events associated with Spring Weekend and cancel other evening events on campus during this period, including those at Jorgensen and the Student Union.” This is counterproductive. It’s the last weekend before finals and students are going to celebrate before they hole up in the library for hours on end. For seniors, it’s the last weekend of their college career. With universitysponsored events canceled or moved, all that remains is a regular UConn weekend. With the elimination of events at Jorgensen and the Union – concerts, Late Night, etc. – the campus population has even fewer options: stay in the room, go home, or go out and party. Some students will stay in, but these will be the students that more often than not ¬- choose this option anyway. Asking them to go home instead of enjoying time with their friends before finals, summer and post-college life come knocking is even more unreasonable. This leaves students with the final option – to party. Some students choose this option every weekend, but the crowds will grow with the addition of those who would normally have gone to a concert, a movie or Late Night. These weekly UConnsanctioned events keep the off-campus and on-campus crowds at a manageable level throughout the year because they offer a variety of weekend experiences. Without options, it’s foolish to think that the crowds will shrink. Canceling or moving the events typically associated with Spring Weekend, such as OOzeball, the spring concert and Southapalooza makes even less sense. These events harbor the potential to shrink unsanctioned crowd sizes and transform the weekend into an enjoyable time for students and the community alike. Instead, the university may choose to squander this opportunity. More university-sponsored events mean more university control over who attends the events, the security of attendees and more options for students planning their weekends. A concert with popular artists will draw students away from unsanctioned events. A carnival on Fairfield Way or in the Union would do the same. Early events on Saturday and Sunday will also help. OOzeball, a 27-year tradition, has typically begun early Saturday morning. Many participating students will act more responsibly during the previous night when they know they’ve got to wake up before 10 a.m. By eliminating OOzeball or even moving it, those who would have participated now have nothing to hinder them from getting as crazy as they please. 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.
I thought it was just a myth...but I actually saw a man wearing Uggs today. How many different ways can the dining halls possibly use chicken tenders? Dear Mr. Burton, we are not able to provide you with 3 million dollars at this time, however if you accept snowflakes... Snowpocalypse- a chance for UConn students to come together to worship Jay Hickey for the Snow God he is. My twin and I both got into the InstantDaily yesterday. Get on our level. JAY HICKEY: IF WE DON’T GET A SNOW DAY I’M GONNA...oh wait. I can’t do anything. Never mind. If south doesnt get rice krispies soon I just might go crazy. Jay Hickey only has to work on snow days. I see a conflict of interest here. If I get in the InstantDaily but no one gets the paper because of snow, did I really get in? I have got such a huge snowner right now.
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Cool it on covering an election 2 years away
he Super Bowl is coming up next week. By a show of hands, how many of you will watch? Everybody? That’s what I thought. Now, how many of you will watch the pre-game show? A few of you? Okay, that’s reasonable. Now, how many of you will only watch the pregame show, but not the actual game? Nobody? By Jesse Rifkin Yet the equivaWeekly Columnist lent of exactly that is occurring in our political system. In the past two weeks, two people, Chris Murphy and Susan Bysiewicz, have declared candidacies for the next Senate election in Connecticut. These two announcements were front-page stories, even though the Senate election is to be held on Nov. 6, 2012. That is 649 days away. That is 15,576 hours away. That is 934,560 minutes away. The news is being dominated by announcements of candidacies for elections that will be held 56,073,600 seconds from now. That in and of itself is not such a bad thing. After all, it should be news that somebody is running for Senate. The problem is when such news is publicized with more prominence than the critical decisions being made in the Senate right now. Richard Blumenthal has been a Senator
for 22 days. Can you tell me something he has done during that time, even one vote he has made or one issue he has promoted? Probably not, because the news of what he is doing is taking a backseat to the fact that two years from now, somebody else could be doing exactly what Blumenthal is doing right now.
“Focus less on the campaigns of the candidates, most of whom will not be elected anyway.” The news needs to focus more on elected politicians currently in office, and focus less on the campaigns of the candidates, most of whom will not be elected anyway. Just a quick heads up: prepare to be subjected to endless campaign coverage for the next two years. And it is not as though anything substantially new or different will happen. All the candidates from both parties will run commercials non-stop on television during the nightly news and paternity tests of Maury, saying things like “I grew up in a small town” and “I understand that folks are struggling,” while an American flag waves in the background – or possibly an Armenian flag if somebody screws up in post-production. Then they will show a black-and-white picture of their opponent scowling, while saying something like, “While his com-
pany was busy laying off workers, my opponent pocketed $900 trillion.” Then they will say, “But I will be fighting for you,” while on-screen. there will be a photo montage of various people in hardworking occupations such as firefighters, police officers, construction workers, elementary school teachers, secretaries, horse racers, white rappers, bungee cord testers, planted audience members, professional hit men, etc. The ad will end with a final shot of a smiling picture of the candidate, with superimposed text reading “[Insert name] for U.S. Senate.” Note: that last example is only valid if the candidate running is legally named [Insert name]. Sound familiar? That is because this happens every single election, every single time, with almost no exceptions. The odds are, 2012 in Connecticut will not be the exception. My point is simply this: yes, it is important that the public be made aware of who is running for office and the initial announcement probably is worthy of front-page news. But more attention should be given to those who are actually in office making important decisions that affect our country and the world right now. After all, you wouldn’t watch the pre-game show but miss the actual Super Bowl. Especially when the halftime show is the Black Eyed Peas.
Weekly columnist Jesse Rifkin is a 2nd-semester political science and communications double. He can be reached at Jesse.Rifkin@UConn.edu.
Skilled writers: Better luck next Times
nooki is a New York Times Bestselling author. I’ll give you a moment to let those eight simple yet mind-boggling words sink in. Are you still with me? Okay. Yes, it’s true that our favorite “Jersey Shore” cast member recently joined the ranks of such distinguished authors as Hilary Duff, Lauren Conrad and Nicole Richie. Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi’s novel, “A S h o r e Thing,” By Ryan Gilbert hit bookStaff Columnist shelves on Jan. 4 and currently sits at No. 24 on The New York Times Bestseller list. If spending a few weeks on New Jersey’s shoreline getting drunk, sleeping with strangers, vomiting in bar restrooms and finally being offered a book deal by publishing giant Simon & Schuster isn’t the new “American Dream,” then I don’t know what is. Maybe you think I’m being too hard on Snookers. You might be thinking, “Why shouldn’t a young reality television star who’s known for her obsessions with pickles, the beach and juice heads be awarded the opportunity to become a published author?” Because I still doggedly believe that ingenuity, hard
work and devotion should be the rungs on the ladder to success and reward. Not the gym, tanning and laundry. The co-authors of the novels “written” by Hollywood starlets, reality television personalities and former governors of Alaska, understandably, don’t get the same degree of attention in the weeks leading up to their books’ release dates. Yet most of these co-authors are experienced dedicated journalists and creative writers who have been slugging away and paying their career dues for years.
“The egotistical and irresponsible misfits that make up the cast of...‘Jersey Shore’ should not serve as models for success.” Elise Allen helped Duff with her novel, “Elixir,” and has been a professional writer for 15 years. Lynn Vincent co-wrote “Going Rogue” with Sarah Palin and spent 11 years at WORLD Magazine as an investigative reporter. Valerie Frankel, the coauthor of “A Shore Thing,” is a successful novelist and awardwinning journalist who blogs for
The Huffington Post. These are writers who attended college, sharpened their skills and took the craft of writing seriously as they trained to be professionals. The Associate Press recently reported a study done by sociologists Richard Arum of New York University and Josipa Roksa of the University of Virginia that claimed “45 percent of students show no significant improvement in the key measures of critical thinking, complex reasoning and writing by the end of their sophomore years.” In their new book, “Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses,” Arum and Roksa also report that “half [of students surveyed] did not take a single course requiring 20 pages of writing during their prior semester, and one-third did not take a single course requiring even 40 pages of reading per week.” In other words, nearly half of us aren’t even trying. I’m concerned we’re entering into – or are already knee-deep in – a whiny and narcissistic era of “if so-and-so can do it, then why can’t I?” If Sarah Palin can run for vice president of the United States, then so can I. If Mark Zuckerberg can be a hacker-turned-billionaire, then so can I. If Snooki can write a book, then so can I. Instead of committing ourselves to the
rigorous challenges of academic excellence, we’ve become preoccupied with achieving our own 15 minutes of fame, 15 minutes that we plan on milking for everything they’re worth. We’ve convinced ourselves of the idea that life is a game of luck and we just need to be at the right place at the right time. Relying on dumb luck is just that: dumb. Are Snooki, The Situation and JWoww lucky to have been thrust into the spotlight and subsequently rewarded with opportunities to write books, appear on DVDs and shill products like alcohol, clothes and vitamins? Sure, you could say that. But the egotistical and irresponsible misfits that make up the cast of MTV’s “Jersey Shore” should not serve as models for success. Bloomberg reported that 6.7 percent of the world’s population has a college degree. If you’re someone who banks on luck when it comes to life’s big decisions, instead of keeping your fingers crossed, you should spend your time at UConn doing everything you can to ensure you join that 6.7 percent.
Staff Columnist Ryan Gilbert is a 6th-semester journalism major. He can be reached at Ryan. Gilbert@UConn.edu
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Sagittarius - An emotional release leaves you feeling cleansed by the tide. Put a great new idea into practice as soon as you can. The results are virtually immediate. Capricorn - Team members need to draw creative threads together to finalize a project. If someone else takes charge, that works better for you. Relieve stress with treats. Aquarius - A personal habit could get in the way of creative communication. You don’t need to come up with all the ideas yourself. Group members contribute. Pisces - Later in the day you feel fulfilled. Change was managed with little stress, and new opportunities open as a result. Stay in the flow.
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Suspect who fled into Ore. woods avid outdoorsman
WALDPORT, Ore. (AP) — A man who fled into the wilderness along the Oregon coast after allegedly shooting a police officer is an avid outdoorsman who designs his own camouflage clothing, his brother said Wednesday as police searched for the suspect on a small peninsula. David Anthony Durham has evaded capture since Sunday, when police say he shot and critically wounded Lincoln City police officer Steven Dodds during a traffic stop. A three –day manhunt has turned up few clues, other than Durham’s dog Huckleberry, who was found Wednesday. Newport Police Chief Mark Miranda says it’s possible Durham is holed up in a vacant coastal vacation home. Police have searched more than 250 homes, but aren’t searching those that are locked without the owner’s permission. “He’s probably waiting for us to leave, but we’re not leaving,” Miranda said. “Even if he is a survivalist, he can only survive for so long. He may like to eat bugs and stuff, but that gets old.” Durham’s brother, Michael, said his brother liked to camp but wasn’t a survivalist. He had no military background. “He wasn’t some anti –government nut expecting a collapse,” said his brother Michael Durham. “He had the outdoorsman skills like anybody who spends time outdoors should have.” Michael Durham says his brother lost touch with reality several months ago after taking pain medication for an injured shoulder. David Durham seemed especially struck by a recently
released movie about aliens invading a remote Alaskan town, making its resident disappear. “David, my brother, had thought it was a documentary,” Michael said. “It made us do a double –take.” Police issued a warrant on Tuesday for Durham, 43, on charges including attempted aggravated murder. The search has focused on a neighborhood and the woods in a peninsula in Waldport, where residents have said most of the houses are rentals or vacation homes, unoccupied during Oregon’s blustery coastal winter. Durham’s acquaintances knew him as a friendly neighbor on rural Sauvie Island in Portland and avid landscaper who was also a volunteer firefighter. His landlady, Kristi Fazio, told The Associated Press that Durham was always wearing camouflage fatigues when he showed up at her door to pay the rent. But six months ago, he was moved to “inactive service” within the Sauvie Island Fire District for unspecified emotional problems. He started slipping deeper into a depression after a breakup, friends said, and entertained paranoid fantasies about being pursued by police. On Friday, co –worker Christina Cowan told the Oregonian that he didn’t show up for work, didn’t call, and co –workers couldn’t find him. On Sunday night, Dodds pulled over a 1984 Dodge truck driven by a man police believe to be Durham on a coastal highway. A dashboard camera video hasn’t been released, but at some point during the encounter, Dodds, 45, was shot more than once.
Oregon State Police SWAT team members search a home in the Bayview community Wednesday, in Waldport , Ore. Police are searching for 43-year-old David Anthony Durham suspected of shooting and critically wounding an officer on the Oregon coast.
Dodds managed to call in the shooting to dispatchers despite his wounds. Durham sped south on Highway 101, with the Pacific Ocean less than 200 yards to his right and the thick beginnings of the Siuslaw National Forest on his left. Police haven’t released the time of Dodds’ call, but Miranda said a police chase didn’t begin
until he reached Newport, 25 miles south. Police alerted an off –duty Lincoln County sheriff’s deputy, who lived near Waldport. She laid a spiked strip in the road that shredded the Dodge’s tires. Though three cars were in pursuit of Durham, he managed to climb out of the truck and, dressed in full green camouflage, escape into the woods.
His dog Huckleberry followed him but apparently became separated from him and was found Wednesday. Miranda said he isn’t sure how Durham escaped, but said officers in pursuit “wouldn’t just bail out” of moving cars, and probably assumed the defensive positions made famous in movie standoffs, with guns drawn,
ducking behind car doors. Inside the truck, police found weapons. They’ve refused to say how many or what kind, but shortly after running from the police, Durham is believed to have fired on a crab fisherman off the coast of the peninsula. The fisherman suffered a minor shrapnel wound to his forehead that isn’t considered serious.
Davos expert says hiding less information is best
DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — What are the lessons of WikiLeaks? The secret-spilling site has been the subject of the debate at the World Economic Forum, and one respected historian on Wednesday urged businesses and governments to think hard about what information really needs to be protected, and then protect it better. “I do not believe that the online world ... means that there can be no secrecy and everyone will know everything about everyone,” said Timothy Garton Ash, a professor of European Studies at Oxford University. However, he added, “it makes much more information easily available. Every organization should think very hard about what it is you really need to protect. You’re probably protecting
a whole lot you don’t need to. And then do everything you can to protect that smaller amount.” Garton Ash took part in the deliberations over what to publish at Britain’s Guardian newspaper, one of several papers around the world that went through the recent WikiLeaks cables and applied journalistic criteria to what should appear. He spoke at a closed session at the World Economic Forum where participants wrestled with the thorny questions surfaced by the explosion of online information and the WikiLeaks phenomenon in particular: What about covert operations? Or delicate diplomatic maneuverings which if exposed midway could fall apart, costing lives and treasure? During various conversations
at the conference, which opened Wednesday, some delegates felt maximal exposure was needed by people who often do not trust their governments. Some argued that even businesses might benefit from maximal transparency, sacrificing the possible competitive advantage of secret research to a sort of crowdsourcing method of research and development. Others argued that diplomacy does need a veil of secrecy to do good works. WikiLeaks, in recent weeks, has published 2,658 U.S. diplomatic cables to its website — just over 1 percent of the 251,287 State Department cables it claims to have in reserve. In an AP interview this week, its founder Julian Assange said that along with the Guardian, the New York Times, Spain’s
El Pais, France’s Le Monde and Germany’s Der Spiegel have yet to go through all of the cables, although he didn’t say how many of the files remained unread. He said he hopes to enlist as many as 60 news organizations from around the world in a bid to help speed the publication of its massive trove of secret U.S. diplomatic memos. WikiLeaks has been accused by senior U.S. officials of reckless disregard in the way it publishes documents, but Assange said — with a few exceptions — he was so far satisfied with the process. Garton Ash said WikiLeaks presented the world with a classic trade-off — in this case between the values of transparency and privacy. “Clearly there is a public
interest in the confidential conduct of diplomacy, of public business, indeed of business altogether, not to mention private life. There’s also a public interest in knowing what is being done in our name. These conflict, and you have to strike a balance. its classically done by the separation of powers between a responsible free press and government.” Daniel Domscheit-Berg, a former spokesman for WikiLeaks who has fallen out with Assange, told a closed forum that the group concluded that transparency had to be enforced — that the topdown approach of government decided what should be secret was not working. In an interview with AP, he agreed that the question of what to publish straddled a very fine line.
“What do you do about subjective interpretations? You cannot avoid that. It depends on thorough work. It’s very helpful the more primary source documents you can put out with a story.” He said he concluded several months ago that WikiLeaks was too ambitious and wanted to do much itself — despite its recent partnering with media organizations. “It’s trying to be the mechanism to receive documents (and) to publish the documents. It’s too much responsibility and too much power.” He added that one of his areas of disagreement with Assange was his conviction that the best thing was to provide documents to news agencies and not individual newspapers.
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Hidden gems found at the Benton
By Kim Halpin Campus Correspondent Wednesday afternoon, as part of a regular series, the William Benton museum of Art hosted a “Treasures from the Vault” art talk. Admission is free and each month a new collection is featured from within the Benton’s compilation of works. These pieces are not works that are normally presented in the gallery, giving students a unique opportunity to view them and learn about the artist. This week’s discussion, led by Amy deFlumere, focused on Fairfield Porter, the American painter and art critic. Four of the eight pieces by Porter the Benton owns were on display and showcased his focus on
landscapes and natural subjects. Porter was raised by a wealthy family who owned various properties in New England, including Spruce Island off the coast of Maine and multiple houses in South Hampton. These properties served as the setting in a majority of his works, including the ones displayed at the Benton. He began painting in watercolors. He explored new colors for landscapes such as the pink coral seen in some of his seaside views. Porter rarely painted family or friends but, when he did, his subjects are painted with a look of anticipation. Although he was well immersed in art culture and frequently wrote about the popular phases of art, Porter never got into abstract expressionism or
cubism. If part of his painting were to be taken out of context it would be difficult to tell what it was expressing, but holistically it is not challenging to find the conveyed image. The wide, long brush strokes that Porter favored toward the end of his career were the closest he ever came to abstraction. One suggestion as to why he did not follow his contemporary trends is because Porter came from such an affluent family. He was not relying on his work to sustain his livelihood, and therefore did not have to produce what would have sold in a gallery at the time. Porter painted until 1978, when he passed away in his South Hampton house.
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Buying green without knowing it By Becky Radolf Staff Writer
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Docent Amy deFlumere led the ‘Treasures from the Vault’ talk at the Benton Wednesday. The talk highlighted pieces created by American painter and art critic, Fairfield Porter.
Take a trip to Soviet Russia
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The William Benton Museum of Art reopened its exhibition galleries after last semseter’s construction, introducing a new exhibition called ‘Views and Reviews: Soviet Political Posters and Cartoons.’ The works will be shown at the Benton until March 20, when they will move to another location. The Benton is the fourth of five museums the exhibition will be showcased.
The Benton Museum’s galleries return with new exhibit after a semester of construction By Harrison Paup Campus Correspondent From now until March 20, UConn students are encouraged to time-travel through the William Benton Museum of Art’s exciting exhibition, “Views and Re-Views: Soviet Political Posters and Cartoons.” Works date from 1919 to the 1980s and depict not only the glorification of industrial Soviet workers, but also parody American capitalists and Nazi officials. Touring
from the David Winton Bell Gallery of Brown University, this exhibit is currently at its fourth of five planned locations. The exhibition is free for all students. Due to limited space available, the exhibition required modification before opening. Though originally curated by Jo-Ann Conklin and Abbott Gleason of the David Winton Bell Gallery, upon arrival at UConn, Assistant Curator Eve Perry was charged with the task re-curating the piec-
es. Perry had to ultimately eliminate half of the works, choosing those she felt were “representative of the overarching themes” of the exhibit she chose that effectively demonstrate the “visual devices” as intended, she said. To walk among the pieces is to encounter a “loose chronology,” as the works gracefully loop around each other in time. Perry said the works enforce the ideas communicated while emphasizing the notion that their agendas were not iso-
Obama impressed with military families
CHICAGO (AP) – Michelle Obama says whenever she’s feeling bad or sorry for herself she thinks of America’s military families. Obama is to appear on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” on Thursday. In quotes provided Wednesday by Harpo Productions, Obama says “I suck it up because of these families.” The first lady says she’s impressed by the strength, pride and courage of military fami-
lies. She says their “willingness to sacrifice without complaint” moves her. The episode of Winfrey’s Chicago-based talk show also includes journalists Tom Brokaw and Bob Woodward as they and Obama share the stories of American military families. Obama says she also finds military families resilient. She says it’s hard to get their message out because “they never ask for help.”
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lated, but rather, occurred because of the development of political thought in the USSR. The fact that the pieces are not placed strictly within the boundary of chronology allows their messages a sense of timelessness, and begs the viewer to consider their context in life in general, rather than in narrow history. Some pieces were also placed according to their medium, use of color, or relative size (large posters by the artist Gustav Klutsis are given prime wall space
simply because they are bigger than most of the other works), ensuring that the aesthetic integrity of the exhibit is maintained throughout. In walking through the exhibit, several artists certainly stand out against others. Dmitri Moor’s black and white cartoon prints, for instance, are particularly eyecatching. Featuring dramatic foreshortening and caricature representation, the large areas
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Will Smith's daughter to star in ‘Annie’ remake
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Another child of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith is set to star in the remake of a Hollywood classic. Ten-year-old Willow Smith is set to play the title role in “Annie.” The film is being developed by Overbrook Entertainment, which the Smiths co-own, along with Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter and Sony Pictures. Last year, 12-year-old Jaden
Smith starred in a remake of “The Karate Kid,” which raked in $343 million worldwide. Sony’s Columbia Pictures first brought “Annie” to theaters in 1982. The movie was based on the Broadway musical in which an orphan’s life is transformed when she goes to live with the wealthy industrialist Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks.
I see more and more women nowadays looking at beauty product labels to check the ingredients and if they test on animals. I commend the shift to a more eco-friendly lifestyle and the collective realization that many green products are just as good – and often better – then their chemical-laden counterparts. These green companies, however, span beyond just hair care and makeup. Back in April of 2010, Forbes released a list of the 10 greenest companies in the world. Maybe you didn’t even know you supported these companies, or maybe you’ll be inspired to switch. Topping the list is Intel, which bought 1.4 kilowatthours of renewable power, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Using biogas, biomass, geothermal, small hydro, solar and wind sources, renewable energy composes over half of Intel’s total amount consumed. Next time you buy a desktop, consider purchasing funneling an estimated $100 million into green energy. Next time you’re looking for some inexpensive new clothes, consider heading over to Kohl’s before you step inside Marshall’s or T.J Maxx. Kohl’s uses 100 percent renewable power, and even has a “Kohl’s Green Initiative” that provides “an integrated approach to longterm resource sustainability in all their resource endeavors,” according to its “Green Scene” website. Kohl’s was awarded the Green Power Leadership Award by the EPA in 2007 and 2008, plan to install solar power in 100 stores in six different states and currently operates 63 environmentally-friendly stores. Take that, Target. Even Wal-Mart made its way on to the list, with 8 percent renewable energy. That may seem like a low number, but consider that only 2 percent renewable energy is required to qualify for the EPA’s program called the Green Power Partnership.. Wal-Mart said in 2005 that it is working toward 100 percent renewable energy (although they haven’t put a deadline on this goal). For now, WalMart installed turbines in several stores and have launched several programs to seek out green energy sources that cost as much or less than traditional sources. Even the biggest coffee snobs shouldn’t stick their noses up at Starbucks, as the company uses 25 percent renewable energy from wind power. Not only that, but it only uses fair-trade practices for its coffee beans, meaning it takes part in ethical trading and responsible growing practices. By 2015, Starbucks aims to have 100 percent recyclable cups and sleeves. They even have deforestation programs in Sumatra, Indonesia and Chiapas, Mexico, according to an article on fastcompany.com. I’ll treat myself to a caramel macchiato for that. Even if going green is a PR stunt or a fad for companies, all that matters is that these large conglomerates are finally making changes. The ones truly dedicated to sustainability, like the top 10, will eventually stand out, but their precedents encourage even small businesses to make changes for the better.
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By Aaron Burnstein Campus Correspondent Deerhoof’s latest release, grandly titled “Deerhoof vs. Evil,” is yet another fascinating release by a talented and unique band. The music sounds glitchy, even jarring at times, but each track is pieced together with a surprising level of elegance. Though “Deerhoof vs. Evil” is not the band’s first time around the block, the band has not lost
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their sense of innocence and wide-eyed wonder. Their latest album does not break any new ground for the band, but it doesn’t really need to. Deerhoof is a band that has the luxury of being naturally unusual. Though their style has not greatly varied between their albums, it is so innately strange and otherworldly that to force a change would ruin the band’s integrity. “Deerhoof vs. Evil” is a “don’t mess with success” type of album. Their sound still
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Originally scheduled to fly home from his concert in Sydney, Australia, Little Richard instead opted to take a ferry. That very plane fatally crashed into the Pacific Ocean Jan. 27th, which Richard saw as a sign from God. In return, he gave up rock and roll that very day and enrolled in Oakwood College, with intentions of getting a degree in divinity. This decision was made at the height of his career. Unfortunately, Richard could not have picked a worse time to take up preaching. Within the next couple of years, all major artists of the rock and roll scene met their demise. Chuck Berry was put in jail, Elvis Presley joined the army and Buddy Holly passed away along with Richie Valens and Big Bopper in the 1959 crash known by Don McLean as “the day music died.” Rock music would remain stagnant until Beatlemania erupted in 1963.
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out and a lot of voice distortion and screaming. It’s not hard to see the entire album as “Doolittle” B-sides. Whether this is a positive or negative thing for Cage is still up in the air.
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The eclectic pop band Deerhoof’s newest album, ‘Deerhoof vs. Evil,’ lives up to the band’s prior releases. One key to its success is lead vocalist Satomi Matsuzaki (far right).
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Shakespeare once wrote, “What’s in a name?” Despite the meaning behind Shakespeare’s wise words, names are pretty important in the music business. Artists take on flashy aliases such as “Legend,” “The Edge” and “Kid Cudi” to shed their mediocre roots. Some bands pick and choose between interesting combinations of words, for example: Barenaked Ladies and Foo Fighters. Still others pick seemingly random pseudonyms that gradually become accepted as household names, like The Beatles and Pink Floyd. On the other hand, a few bands are successful in picking a name that effectively epitomizes their members and their music. Michael Stipe chose R.E.M. as the title for his band by randomly choosing a word from the dictionary. This was a big improvement from Cans of Piss, which was close to becoming the band’s calling card in 1980. Little did Stipe know that the term R.E.M. would become the definition of the alternative rock style that became wildly popular in American culture during the ‘80s and ‘90s. In scientific terms, REM stands for rapid eye movement, which is the portion of the human sleep cycle during which intense dreaming occurs. In a way R.E.M.’s music is similar to this subconscious phenomenon. The band’s music lingers between a state of reality and hallucination. Songs such as “The Great Beyond” and “Nightswimming” allude to dreamy revelations, especially when paired with their music videos. Moreover, the lead singer’s echoing voice is reminiscent of a trance-like condition. Ultimately, Stipe’s “wheel of fortune” move with the dictionary was a lucky pick that proved to be quite beneficial for his band’s success. Now let’s look at another band whose nomenclature turned out to be a measure of its prosperity. What does lead sound like? It sounds like the sound of a bullet hitting the floor. What does a zeppelin sound like? Noise; lots and lots of noise. Led Zeppelin has made dropdead gorgeous music for many decades now. The band has stretched the limits of organized sound by refining heavy wrong with creative genius. With John Bonham’s cutting-edge beats, Robert Plant’s storytelling abilities, Jimmy Page’s wild riffs and John Paul Jones’ steady bass, the British quartet was responsible for hardening rock and turning it into a rebellious genre. Led Zeppelin was the perfect name for the group, as it connoted the kind of polished chaos that a song like “Kashmir” contains. Modern-day folk star Clarence Greenwood releases his music under the alias Citizen Cope. His earthy songs are not only sentimental, but they also contain critical commentary about social issues. For example, his song “Brother Lee” speaks of racial equality and urban decay in a very poetic manner. The name Citizen Cope furthers Greenwood’s transitive perspective, as his music is relevant to the common American. Cope fits his folk-hero image, since dealing with struggles is one of his cherished themes. Names aren’t everything. But names for certain bands and artists they make or break a career and greatly influence public response, as much as I hate to contradict Shakespeare.
feels fresh and the songs are still well-written. Stylistically, Deerhoof is a difficult band to break down. Their blend of synth, pop, noiserock, math-rock and shoegaze defies basic classification. Perhaps the easiest comparison to make would be Animal Collective. Both bands share a love for jaunty electronics, but the difference is that Deerhoof does a much better job at not overusing musical ideas. Some listeners may find Deerhoof’s movement from one sound to another a little too fast, but that habit is not without its benefits. Overall, it keeps the listening experience much more engaging than it would be otherwise. Deerhoof is definitely skilled at not allowing their music to drag. One of Deerhoof’s most powerful weapons is undoubtedly their vocalist, Satomi Matsuzaki. Her playful, quirky delivery,
reminiscent of Japanese idol pop, always holds the songs together, no matter how experimental the compositions seem. Her voice is not a crutch, however. Deerhoof is a technically proficient band with an ear for the unconventional, but they are neither flaunty nor overindulgent. Everything fits. The album is less of a straightup rocker than previous works, but that’s not a bad thing. What is lacking in bombast is made up for in elegant compositions. Despite the noise and the weirdness, Deerhoof is a band that understands pop. They push the envelope at times, but each song holds together as a melodically accessible piece. Ultimately, “Deerhoof vs. Evil” unfolds like a dream. Each track is a strange and wonderful experience that leaves the listener feeling sad that it’s over.
‘Cage’s’ new album: the elephant in the room By Joe O’Leary Staff Writer Last autumn, I had the good fortune to see both Cage the Elephant and the Pixies in concert. I know it doesn’t seem like it makes sense to start off with this, but I’ll get to it. Cage opened for Silversun Pickups at a concert hall in Providence, and I was in the front row. While the band was a little drunk and a little sloppy, their energy was palpable. Lead singer Matt Shultz screamed and sang his heart out, and the band built their sound over their set, finally releasing it all
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on their last songs and winning me over in the process. I saw the Pixies the next month, and while I was ecstatic about seeing my favorite album, “Doolittle,” played live coverto-cover, I had all but forgotten about Cage. But, they had the Pixies on their mind. On Cage’s Facebook page, the Pixies are their first listed influence. This is fitting, as their second release, “Thank You Happy Birthday,” sounds like a lost Pixies album. While it’s a bit derivative of the Boston alt-gods’ sound, and is fairly uneven from beginning to end, the new sound is interesting. At the very least, it’s a big change from their selftitled release’s blues-punk fusion, which failed as much as it succeeded. A lot of the songs have specific sources they’re derived from, and it’s obvious the band’s been a little too inspired at times. Many songs, including early standouts “Aberdeen” and “Shake Me Down,” follow the Pixies’ famous “loud-quiet-loud” style. The former, while a fun, rocking song, blatantly steals the Pixies’ famously whiny guitar lines. Both songs have patterns that more than resemble a few singles from the earlier band, like “Gigantic” from “Surfer Rosa” or “Bossanova” release, “Dig For Fire.”
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Cage the Elephants guitarist Jared Champion jams in front of fans. The band’s newest album, ‘Thank You Happy Birthday,’ is reminiscent of the Pixies.
Other darker songs, like scene-kid take-down “Indy Kidz,” morality tale “Always Something” and twisted rocker “Sabertooth Tiger,” also feel second-hand. They’re obviously inspired by some deeper Pixies cuts, with driving, rampant rhythm through-
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Some wine with your iron?
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Samuel Beam - or, better known by his stage name Iron & Wine - was inspired by a ‘Beef Iron & Wine dietary supplement he once saw in a store. He’s come a long way since then, releasing his latest album ‘Kiss Each Other Clean’ - the first in more than three years.
Iron & Wine’s long-awaited album worth listening to over and over again By Julie Bartoli Campus Correspondent This album sucks! I can’t believe Sean Beam would do this to himself— or even worse, to us. He completely sold out. This is 12 tracks of radio-friendly pop-rock. It’s not folk, it’s not indie, and it’s nothing like his last three albums. Until the day I die, I’ll remember Jan. 25 as the worst day of my life. I knew Warner Bros. would do this to Beam; I called it from the beginning. He should have stayed with Sub Pop. Sub Pop let him whisper over a basic, sometimes borderline tedious line of acoustic guitar, bass and drums.
What’s with the synthesizer on “Me and Lazarus,” and the timely saxophone over Beam’s clear, newly-projecting vocals? Who does Sean Beam think he is? “Tree By the River” is just as disappointing. It sounds like something nostalgic and poignant, straight out of late
‘70s AM radio. I would totally listen to it in my Honda Civic if I didn’t hate Iron & Wine so much for changing its sound. And, “Half Moon” is just a dreamy, throbbing guitar over Beam’s previously unheard falsetto, mixed with backing vocals from Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow
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Taxi!” It’s not brilliant— it’s stupid. The old Sean Beam wouldn’t have had backing vocals. The guitar also wouldn’t have been quite so charismatic and enthralling. As for the last song, “Your Fake Name Is Good Enough for Me,” what was Beam doing? It’s a seven-minute finale of lyrical whiplash infused with elements of jazz, hard rock and psychedelics that build up tension until the last 60 seconds, when every sound flows into another and leaves you gasping for air while simultaneously wishing it could go on longer. Hold up. Play that again. No, not just the last song. The whole thing.
Destroyer ‘cheeses’ around with ‘Kaputt’ By Aaron Burnstein Campus Correspondent Dan Bejar, the main creative force behind Destoyer, is a challenging character to decipher. It seems that Bejar’s entire oeuvre is based on the idea that it’s cool to be a little cheesy. After all, he’s been making glittery, glamorous art pop for well over a decade, in spite of the fact that he looks like a hobo. Destroyer’s lat-
est release, “Kaputt,” brings their sound dangerously close to easy-listening material, but Bejar’s cool-cheesy principle makes it work. “Kaputt” moves away from Destroyer’s more chamber pop-based work on “Trouble in Dreams” and “Destroyer’s Rubies” in favor of an electronic-based sound. Drum machines and synth lines abound, but the frequent use of wind instruments, acoustic guitars and Bejar’s flowing
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melodies create an interesting combination of the organic and artificial. The melodies deserve particular emphasis. No doubt a talented pop songwriter like Bejar has a great sense of melody, and his songwriting continues to shine on “Kaputt.” As far as the album’s cheesiness is concerned, it’s the wind instruments that round out the equation. Mellow grooves, dreamy synths and a lonely saxophone make “Kaputt” sound a little like smooth jazz - if smooth jazz was not a completely intolerable genre of music. There’s even a little jazz flute on the song “Suicide Demo for Kara Walker.” Ultimately, the great melodies and charisma of Bejar keep the songs together. If there is any flaw to Bejar’s songwriting, it’s that his influences tend to show through a little too strongly.
Bejar has diversified his music a little more since the heavily Bowie-esque 2001 release “Streethawk: A Seduction.” The David Bowie influence is not gone altogether, but there are some excessively obvious nods to other bands: New Order, Roxy Music and Broken Social Scene all come to mind. But to give credit where credit is due, his influences are wellchosen, and Destroyer’s songs succeed as original works rather than inferior imitations. “Kaputt” may not be Destroyer’s best work, but it shows a band capable of innovation in surprising ways. The album is classy, delicate and introspective, while still managing to sound incredibly grandiose. Overall, “Kaputt” is the tense and melancholy sounds of a brief but passionate love affair.
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Motley Crue singer avoids media for Vegas DUI plea LAS VEGAS (AP) – Motley Crue singer Vince Neil avoided the media and quietly pleaded guilty Wednesday to driving drunk last summer near the Las Vegas Strip in a case that drew denials that he received preferential treatment. A temporary judge who took the plea before reporters arrived sentenced Neil to 15 days in the Clark County jail and 15 days on house arrest under terms of an agreed-upon plea deal that spared him a trial on a misdemeanor driving under the influence charge. Neil could have faced up to six months in jail if convicted. Court officials said the 49-year-old rocker was ordered to begin serving his sentence Feb. 15, a week after his 50th birthday. Neil and his lawyers, Richard Schonfeld and David Chesnoff, appeared 90 minutes early before Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Pro Tem Gerry Zobrist, court officers said. Media members arriving for a scheduled 9 a.m. plea learned that Neil had come and gone. “My understanding is he came in early and they just moved it up,” said court spokeswoman Mary Ann Price, who was in the courtroom for Neil’s appearance. Neil said nothing more than “guilty” to the charge against him, Price said. He was also fined $585 and ordered to attend drunken driving abatement school and to view a victim impact video online. Chesnoff told The Associated Press the case was moved up at his request because he was due in family court across town on another case. “There is no preferential treatment,” Chesnoff said, noting that the judge – not the prosecutor – granted the time change. “I got the normal professional courtesy a lawyer gets when he has a scheduling conflict.” The attorney also referred to a prepared statement on Neil’s behalf issued after the plea deal was reached Jan. 18. It said the rocker took responsibility for his actions and would learn from the experience. Clark County District Attorney David Roger denied Neil got a break. He pointed to
the sentence of 30 days of jail and home detention. “He pled guilty to DUI,” Roger said. “The vast majority of people facing a first offense DUI in Nevada don’t face jail time.” Judges exercise discretion in scheduling, and other cases involving other defendants and lawyers at the Clark County Regional Justice Center have been heard before or after published times. But allegations of preferential treatment have been made before against Roger and Chesnoff. Chesnoff is an A-list Las Vegas defense lawyer whose clients have included celebrity socialite Paris Hilton, the Hells Angel motorcycle club, boxer Mike Tyson, entertainer Bruno Mars, recording mogul Marion “Suge” Knight and other local and national notables. Roger is a low-key lawand-order prosecutor perhaps best known for winning felony convictions against O.J. Simpson and five accomplices in a 2007 armed robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas casino hotel room. Simpson is serving nine to 33 years in state prison. Roger won a third term in November despite an opponent’s efforts to link campaign contributions from Chesnoff to a plea deal by Hilton last September that reduced a felony cocaine possession charge to two misdemeanors. Hilton, 29, was sentenced to one year probation, fined $2,000 and ordered to complete a drug program and 200 hours of community service.
From US capitalism to Nazism, Soviet posters, cartoons poke fun from TAKE, page 7 of black on only white pop out, more effectively communicating messages like “The Red Army keeps the capitalist pigs penned up,” 1934. Some posters, like a Gustav Klutsis entitled “Long live the World October,” 1933, will recall for American students the variety of posters with which they are most likely familiar - film posters. Klutsis pioneered the use of photomontage in Soviet graphic arts, producing a work that dynamically utilized the veritable faces of the Soviet’s revered workers upon images of the masses and a globe. To more effectively reach the Soviet everyman, these images not only reflected his face, but spoke to the technological superiority of his country. Similar in composition and execution to movie
advertisements, it is certainly worth examining whether our own everyday romantic comedy DVD covers are as persuasive. If for no other reason, UConn students should visit this exhibit to see the surprising historical depiction of Americans as top hats. Throughout the cartoons and posters, top hats appear on the heads of goofy villains meant to symbolize capitalism. The top hat-wearing caricatures were often of well-known American businessmen like J.P. Morgan. The striking ability of a small black accessory to so effectively represent a culture’s identity begs the question: What will come to symbolize contemporary American students in the future?
Next ‘Treasures From the Vault’ talk to be held Feb. 23 from HIDDEN, page 7 The next “Treasures From the Vault” art talk will be held on Feb. 23 at 12:15 p.m. After the construction that closed the Benton last semester, the gallery on the upper floor is once again open. Currently on display in the gallery is “Views and Re-Views: Soviet Political Posters and Cartoons.” The stark red and black that dominate these works are apparent in the posters and cartoons, which were utilized as propaganda notices and massproduced for Soviet citizens
during World War II and the Cold War era. It is an exhibit that can be appreciated by more than just art aficionados. Students interested in history or political science may also appreciate it. A new addition to the museum is a video art studio where nine films are currently being shown as part of Project 35. These videos were made by artists from around the world and have brought a more modern art form to the Benton.
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» THE OSCARS
Questions of truth circle Oscar favorites
Top row: (Left) Jesse Eisenberg portrays Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg (right) in ‘The Social Netowrk,’ which is up for eight nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor for Eisenberg. Bottom: (left) King George VI waves with the royal family to celebrate the end of World War II in 1945. On the right, Colin Firth portrays the king in ‘The King’s Speech,’ dominating the Oscars with 12 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor for Firth.
Two big Best Picture contenders, ‘The King’s Speech’ and ‘The Social Network’ based on true stories (AP) - The Oscar race for best picture is widely expected to come down to two films, both of which are dogged by questions of veracity. Neither “The King’s Speech,” which led with 12 nominations, nor “The Social Network,” which reaped eight nominations, have been held back by any discussion over their truthfulness. They are two of the most acclaimed movies of the year and each has performed solidly at the box office. But the days leading up to the Feb. 27 Academy Awards will likely include much parsing over the films’ debatable accuracy. Myth-making, of course, has long been Hollywood’s trade. But “The King’s Speech” – for sanitizing a sensitive history – and “The Social Network” – for dramatizing a freshly contemporary tale – offer interesting cases. Questions over “The King’s Speech” have been more muted, but sounded loudest in England, where the country’s royal his-
tory is better known. The film stars Colin Firth as the stammering King George VI, who reluctantly took the throne after his brother, Edward VIII (Guy Pearce) abdicated. To be sure, “The King’s Speech” is primarily a story of personal triumph and friendship (Geoffrey Rush plays George’s speech therapist). But its backdrop is World War II and the pacifist times leading up to it. Some have criticized the film for not representing Edward as the Nazi sympathizer he was. Winston Churchill (a briefly seen Timothy Spall) was also sometimes blinded by his friendship to Edward. George, too, at one time supported Neville Chamberlain’s policy of appeasement toward Hitler. In a column Monday for Slate.com, Christopher Hitchens wrote that the movie “perpetrates a gross falsification of history,” applying “Vaseline” to the lens to hide the more sordid truths of the
royals and appeasement. “This is not a detail but a major desecration of the historical record – now apparently gliding unopposed toward a baptism by Oscar,” wrote Hitchens. The New Republic judged the film “inaccurate, entirely misleading, and, in its own small way, morally dubious.” This debate has yet to dominate the conversation on “The King’s Speech,” which has typically focused on Firth’s fine performance. Even if the film’s politics are lacking, Firth’s George VI seems to be true to his personality. “The Social Network,” on the other hand, has already gone through much hand-wringing over its accuracy since being released in October. At its debut, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin declared, “The movie’s true,” while Facebook labeled it “fiction.” Sorkin did not have the cooperation of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (played by
Jesse Eisenberg) in penning his script, and his depiction is critical. Zuckerberg is shown as a brilliant visionary, but also a power-hungry, back-stabbing hacker motivated by social acceptance and girls. Director David Fincher has said accuracy is important, but that the stakes are less for “The Social Network” than they were for his 2007 film, “Zodiac,” about the San Francisco serial killer. “When you’re talking about a movie like ‘Zodiac,’ you’re talking about people who are shot and stabbed to death,” Fincher said. “And when you’re talking about this movie, you’re talking about people who had their feelings hurt. It’s a sliding scale.” Zuckerberg has pointed holes in the film, claiming that it got his personality and motivation completely wrong. He has been with the same girlfriend since before starting Facebook. “It’s pretty interesting to see what parts they got
Country hall of famer Charlie Louvin dies at 83
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Charlie Louvin, half of the Louvin Brothers duo whose harmonies inspired fellow country and pop singers for decades, died early Wednesday due to complications from pancreatic cancer. He was 83. Brett Steele, his manager, said the Country Music Hall of Fame singer died at his home in Wartrace, Tenn. Louvin will have a private funeral Sunday in Nashville, Steele said. Louvin was diagnosed with cancer last year and vowed to fight it. He underwent unsuccessful surgery to remove the tumor, but continued to schedule performances and even put out an album. He was one of several stars invited to a welcome home performance of the Grand Ole Opry last year after floods damaged the Opry house. “I’m not afraid of dying,” Louvin told The Associated Press in 2010, a few days after
the diagnosis. “We’re all going to do that. And I’ve had 83 years of almost uninterrupted good health, so I know that’s not by accident. So I’ve been blessed that long, and I could use a couple more.” The unique sound of Charlie and his brother, Ira, was highly influential in the history of both country and rock and they were inducted into the hall in 2001. Among their hits were “I Don’t Believe You’ve Met My Baby,” which was No. 1 in 1965, “When I Stop Dreaming,” ‘’Hoping That You’re Hoping,” and “You’re Running Wild.” The brothers decided to disband their duo in 1963. Ira died in a Missouri car accident two years later. Charlie later recalled that differences in personality and Ira’s drinking created friction between them, but said they probably would have reunited if Ira had lived. Charlie Louvin recorded
regularly after his brother died, most recently releasing “The Battle Rages On,” a collection of war songs, last winter. His biggest solo hits were “See the Big Man Cry” in 1965 and “I Don’t Love You Anymore” in 1964. The Louvins influenced harmony acts from the Everly Brothers onward. Emmylou Harris had a hit with their “If I Could Only Win Your Love” in 1975. The Notting Hillbillies recorded the Louvins’ “Weapon of Prayer” in 1990. Interest in his music resurged as Louvin reached his 80s. In 2007, his first studio album in years, “Charlie Louvin,” boasting appearances from artists like George Jones and Elvis Costello, was nominated for a Grammy as best traditional folk album. A year later, his “Steps To Heaven” was nominated as best Southern, country or bluegrass gospel album. It was one of two
albums he put out in 2008; the other was “Charlie Louvin Sings Murder Ballads and Disaster Songs.” Louvin said in a 1979 Associated Press interview that he and his brother, reunited, would have become country music superstars.
right and what parts they got wrong,” Zuckerberg said on “60 Minutes.” “They got every single T-shirt that they had the Mark Zuckerberg character wearing right. I think I actually own those T-shirts.” Even Sorkin seemed to come around to Zuckerberg. Accepting his Golden Globe for best screenplay, he delivered a message to the Facebook CEO, who has since donated $100 million to the Newark, N.J., school system. “I wanted to say to Mark Zuckerberg tonight, ‘If you’re watching, Rooney Mara’s character makes a prediction at the beginning of the movie,’” said Sorkin. “’She was wrong. You turned out to be a great entrepreneur, a visionary and an incredible altruist.’” For “The Social Network,” the debate seems to be over, with both sides waving white flags. For “The King’s Speech,” now thrust emphatically into the
role of Oscar front-runner, it may be just getting started. The best picture category includes two other real life tales: Danny Boyle’s trapped mountain climber drama “127 Hours” and David O. Russell’s boxing saga “The Fighter.” Both have a more direct relationship with the source material, and conclude by showing the real McCoy: Micky and Dicky Ward in “The Fighter”; Aron Ralston in “127 Hours.” Academy Awards history abounds with based-on-atrue-story winners, made with various degrees of authenticity: “A Beautiful Mind,” ‘’Shakespeare in Love,” ‘’Titanic,” ‘’Schindler’s List,” ‘’Amadeus,” ‘’Gandhi,” ‘’Patton,” ‘’Lawrence of Arabia,” ‘’The Life of Emile Zola,” among others. For “The Social Network” and “The King’s Speech,” it may well come down to not what movie is more accurate, but which is the better film.
Tori Amos writing musical for UK National Theatre
LONDON (AP) – A musical by singer-songwriter Tori Amos and a new play from Mike Leigh are among productions being staged by Britain’s National Theatre over the next year. Amos has written music and lyrics for a play based on “The Light Princess,” a 19th-century fairy tale by Scottish writer George MacDonald. The theater announced Wednesday that it will be staged at the London venue early in 2012. Writer-director Leigh, who was nominated for an Academy Award this week for the screenplay to his film “Another Year,” has started work with an ensemble of actors on a play that as yet has no script and no title and is due to open in September. Leigh’s plays, like his films, are developed collaboratively during rehearsals.
“I have absolutely no idea what’s in his mind,” said the venue’s artistic director, Nicholas Hytner. Leigh staged a play about Jewish identity, “Two Thousand Years,” at the National in 2005. Other season highlights include “One Man, Two Guvnors,” an updated version of 18th-century comedy “A Servant of Two Masters” featuring “History Boys” and “Gavin and Stacey” star James Corden, which opens in May. There is also a new and so far untitled play by Irish writer Conor McPherson – the author of “The Weir” and “Shining City” – that opens in October. The same month sees the opening of “Collaborators,” a play by John Hodge – writer of the screenplay for “Trainspotting” – that imagines a meeting between Soviet leader Josef Stalin and longbanned writer Mikhail Bulgakov.
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Point/Counterpoint: Jimmer Fredette of BYU and Kemba Walker, who wins player of the year? from WHO SHOULD, page 14 points. So not only does Fredette face as many worthy opponents as Walker, but he shows up in these games with monster performances. On the other hand, 12 of the 18 teams UConn has played have a .500 record or better, slightly lower than BYU, and teams defeated by the Huskies such as UMBC and Farleigh Dickinson have a combined 7-31 record. And, if records are really in question, two of the top teams in the Mountain West Conference have better records than everyone in the Big East. Matt: Records aside, there is no bigger dogfight than the Big East conference schedule. The season-long grind is unlike any other conference slate in America. With that said, although Fredette will have his opportunity against No. 4 and undefeated San Diego State, the strengths of the Big East conference will always outweigh the Mountain West. Two Big East teams are in the top five, four in the top 10 and seven are in the AP Top-25 poll. Although BYU’s 19-1 is slightly better than UConn’s 17-2, the Huskies’ in-conference and out-of-conference schedule is as hard as anyone else’s. Walker has chances to improve his credentials against Louisville, Syracuse, St. John’s and Georgetown until the conference tourney. Quenton: When determining the Player of the Year, it should be about the statistics and not which conference that player competes in. While the Big East is more competitive, the Mountain West also still has its fair share of worthy opponents. Also, Fredette shouldn’t be penalized because of schedule when he has no authority over which teams he’ll compete against on a nightly basis. But
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at the end of the day, regardless of opponent, each player has to go out and perform and Fredette has shown that he can do just that. He leads the country in scoring at 26.7, and if it wasn’t for a few blowouts where he sat out most of the second half, it might be higher. He’s increased his field goal and free throw percentage from last year, and he’s also averaged five or more assists in 10 games this year, which shows that he’s more versatile than he’s given credit for. So while there’s debate about conference toughness, the actual statistics don’t lie with Fredette. Matt: Walker means the most to his team. No other team in the nation relies on a player like UConn does with Walker. As evident in the Pittsburgh game, while Walker exhausted himself in a loss, other players stood around waiting for him to make magic happen. Walker’s 42-point outburst against Vermont was called “special” by coach Jim Calhoun. Walker has had just that, a special season, and no matter how far the Huskies go, it should end with a trophy in his hands. Quenton: Fredette has lead BYU to a 19-1 record, which was a start nobody expected from this team. Fredette’s production has been phenomenal, but because BYU doesn’t get the same exposure as UConn, his statistics go unnoticed. Fredette has done everything for his team, and the fact that BYU is in the top 10 warrants giving Fredette the Player of the Year award. Matt: It’s nice that little BYU is having a good season and Fredette is a great player, but Walker plays with the big boys. Unlike 2004, when Jameer Nelson and Emeka Okafor shared the award, 2011 belongs solely to the top dog: Kemba Walker.
» NCAA BASKETBALL
No. 21 Georgetown defeats St. John’s 77-52
WASHINGTON (AP)— “They played with a hard St. John’s coach Steve Lavin edge, an aggressiveness, a paysensed a “payback kind of men- back kind of mentality,” Lavin tality” from Georgetown’s top said. “Kids have a lot of pride at players, who were seeking to this level, and I’m sure Freeman, avenge one of their toughest Clark and Wright had a mindset defeats of the season. that they wanted to get back at Lavin knew what he was the Johnnies.” talking about. It was a loss at Justin Burrell had 12 points Madison Square Garden ear- and eight rebounds for St. lier in the month that started the John’s (11-8, 4-5), losers of Hoyas’ January slide, and on five out of six after starting 3-0 Wednesday it was a 77-52 rout in conference play. The Red over the Red Storm that finally Storm were playing the seventh brought No. 21 Georgetown game of a brutal eight-game back to .500 in the Big East. stretch against Top 25 oppo“We know we didn’t play nents, a streak that began with well at St. John’s, offensively the win over Georgetown. St. and defensively,” said John’s has lost 32 in Georgetown’s Chris a row on the road to Wright, reflecting on ranked teams, its last the 61-58 outcome win coming in 2002. in New York on Jan. G-Town 77 Dwight Hardy, 3. “We just were off. a team-high St. John's 52 averaging We wanted to really 14.7 points entering come out here and the game, went 4 for beat them, and beat them on the 16 from the field and finished boards, and beat them defen- with 10 points. Justin Brownlee sively and get a lot of stops and went 4 for 10 and had nine get out and run. Yeah, it was points, and Paris Horne was definitely a payback game.” limited to 21 minutes because Jason Clark scored 16 of foul trouble. The Red Storm points on 5-for-5 shooting and shot just 34 percent against a Hollis Thompson responded to Georgetown team that spent his demotion from the start- most of its seven-day break ing lineup with 15 points and between games concentrating six rebounds. Austin Freeman on defense. added 14 points and Wright had “We really got after it, playsix assists for the Hoyas (15-5, ing a lot of 3-on-3,” Wright said. 4-4), who shot 51 percent to win “And I think 3-on-3 might have their third straight. The turn- been much tougher than it was about that started last week with today, and that helped us out. New Jersey wins at Rutgers and We were all fired up to play.” Seton Hall had a homecoming Thompson, a sophomore foras emphatic as the two-handed, ward whose play has been as rim-hanging dunk by Thompson inconsistent as Georgetown’s that pushed the lead to double as a whole, wasn’t in the startdigits for the first time late in ing lineup for the first time the first half. this season. Freshman Nate
St. John's forward Sean Evans defends Georgetown forward Hollis Thompson.
Lubick, making his first collegiate start, promptly committed four turnovers in the first half and finished with six points and six rebounds, while Thompson went 5 for 6 from the field and had his most rebounds in five games. Asked why he made the switch, coach John Thompson III said: “Just ‘cause I wanted to.” The coach said it “turned out OK” and said it was possible he might continue to use Hollis Thompson off the bench. Hollis Thompson said he’ll go along with whatever his coach wants. “Coach obviously knows what he’s doing, so when he tells you you’re not start-
ing, it’s for the best of the team,” Hollis Thompson said. “Whatever’s best for the team, I’m going to support.” The Hoyas’ fortunes this season also rise and fall with Freeman, the Big East preseason player of the year who scored only six in the loss at St. John’s and followed it with poor-shooting, 11- and 12-point games in losses to West Virginia and Pittsburgh. Freeman roared back to score 25 against Rutgers and 28 against Seton Hall. He was only 5 for 13 from the field on Wednesday, but he had three 3-pointers and converted one into a four-point play as he was knocked over backward while making the shot.
DeGrazia: Defending champion Chelsea looks to get back on track from EUROPEAN, page 14 results, though, and have begun to separate themselves in the Premiership. Defending champions Chelsea started the season flying and then came crashing down to earth. Lack of squad depth really hit the Blues hard this season as they failed to sign replacements for major players who left in the summer. Sitting in fifth place at one point, fourth place Chelsea will now need to try and close a 10-point gap to become champions. Other London clubs Arsenal and Tottenham have both been a breath of fresh air in an otherwise cagey Premier League campaign. The Gunners signature win came Dec. 27 at the Emirates when they defeated Chelsea 3-1, and the Spurs have been called the most exciting team in Europe, led by Gareth Bale, Luka Modrić and Rafael Van der Vaart, a trio of emerging stars. This season has been filled with some major surprises: five-time European champions Liverpool, who at one point were in 19th but now sit in 11th; Aston Villa, who have finished sixth the past three seasons, sitting just six points above relegation; and Sunderland, who just sold ST Darren Bent for £18
million, are in sixth. This has been called the most exciting and unpredictable season in a decade and I am sure the last five months will not disappoint. In Spain, two-time defending champions Barcelona sit four points clear of Real Madrid while the rest of the pack fight for third. Despite the Catalan giants losing four major players in the summer — Rafael Márquez, Zlatan Ibrahimović, Thierry Henry, and Yaya Touré — and only adding two in David Villa and Javier Mascherano, they put on one of the greatest displays in recent history when they completely dismantled Real Madrid 5-0 at the Camp Nou. Barca have only suffered one loss this season, a home match against newly promoted Hércules, while Los Blancos’ solitary loss was the El Clásico match vs. Barca. For the second summer in a row, Real Madrid made major additions in their squad bringing in Ángel di María, Pedro León, Sami Khedira, Ricardo Carvalho, and Mesut Özil for around €75 million. Villarreal, led by Americanborn Italian Giuseppe Rossi, lead the pack chasing the big two with Valencia and Espanyol sitting in fourth and fifth. A big surprise in La Liga has been
Atlético Madrid and Sevilla really struggling. Atlético, who won the 2010 Europa League, will look to Diego Forlán and Sergio Agüero to fire them into a Champions League position. In Italy, the defending European champions Inter Milan have had a nightmare honeymoon to their treble- winning 2010 season. Manager José Mourinho left the Nerazzurri just five days after lifting the Champions League crown and soon after Inter hired former Liverpool boss Rafael Benítez. Benítez struggled to get adjusted to Italian football, leaving Inter sitting in fifth place, and despite winning the Club World Cup, was sacked on Dec. 23. AC Milan have taken full advantage of their neighbors’ shortcomings and lead the scudetto chase by four points. AC Milan’s two major summer transfers, Zlatan Ibrahimović and Robinho, have played a key role in the Rossoneri revival and are both major reasons why the team sits in first place. Two Roman clubs, AS Roma and SS Lazio, sit in third and fourth respectively with Napoli in second. Two- time European champions Juventus sit in the last Europa League position in sixth. The biggest surprise anywhere
in Europe has to be Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga. Sitting 11 points clear of second place Bayer Leverkusen, Dortmund, who boast the second highest average attendance anywhere in the world (Barcelona are first) have stormed out of the gate and have never let up. Last season’s Champions League runners- up Bayern Munich have been hit hard by the injury bug and have not coped well leaving them in fourth. Wingers Franck Ribéry and Arjen Robben have only been able to make 11 starts combined and Captain Mark Van Bommel has just been transferred to AC Milan, heaping more pressure and responsibly on Bastian Schweinsteiger. Hannover 96, who are captained by American right back Steve Cherundolo, are looking for their first foray into the Champions League and are third at the halfway point. Schalke and Werder Bremen, who finished last season second and third, are now 10th and 14th respectively, and will need a miracle to even finish in a Europa League position. The most competitive league of the big five is in France, where the top nine teams are separated by just 10 points. Lille lead at the half waypoint with three teams four points behind. Lille are the best attacking team in Ligue 1 and have one of the best young players in the world in Belgian wonder kid Eden Hazard. Paris Saint-Germain, Stade Rennais and Olympique Lyon are all on 34 points and are separated by just goal differential. The most popular club in France, Olympique Marseille, lifted their first title in 18 years last season and now are six points off the leaders in fifth. Bordeaux have continued their downward spiral after winning the title in 2009, finishing sixth last season and are in 10th at the midway point. No matter what league you follow or which team you support, one thing all football fans know is that nothing is decided in the first half of the season. A team can hit a rough patch of form and throw away a 10-point lead, a key player can go down and never be the same again, or a manager could make that key acquisition that changes his teams’ fortune. With all the domestic cups in full swing and the Champions League and Europa League knockout stages starting in a few weeks, it’s hard to find a team in Europe not still fighting for silverware.
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Thursday, January 27, 2011
Rink construction begins at Rentschler Field
By John Shevchuk Staff Writer The home of the UConn football team will become the home of the men’s and women’s hockey teams in an incredible double header on Feb. 13. Under the direction of Howard Baldwin, a hockey rink will be built at Rentschler field to host a series of games revolving around the Whaler’s Hockey Fest. The rink will stand for about two weeks before being dismantled. Tickets for the two games went on sale last Thursday. Tickets will be sold in a package which includes admission to both games. There are two price levels for the games. There is a general admission of $10, senior or youth for $5, and student tickets for $5. Students can also purchase bus tickets which will operate the same as they would for a football game.
In addition to the midfield rink, Rentschler will also undergo other significant changes. Like football games, the parking lots will open early for tailgating. Parking on Rentschler property will be free of charge. The most significant change is that re-entry will be allowed. In between games, fans will be able to return to their cars to warm-up or participate in additional tailgating. Upon re-entry fans will have to go through security as they would at a football game. The UConn men will take part in the first game of the day at 1 p.m. They will play AHA opponent Sacred Heart University. The women’s team will play at 4 p.m. against Providence an ECAC opponent. Tickets can be purchased at uconnhuskies.com and at the athletic ticket office. Courtesy of the Connecticut Whale
Cerullo: Hathaway should step up and rename Burton Complex after Jasper Howard from THE DONOR, page 14 the reasons. Burton has donated $7 million to the school, and apparently he’s upset because he wasn’t adequately involved in the coach search, and because it resulted in the hiring of a coach he doesn’t like. So because of that, he wants his money back, and unless Jim Calhoun has anything to say about it, I say give him every dime back. And if he wants his name taken down from the beautiful building that currently bears his name, that’s fine with me too. I can think of a better name anyway. How’s the Jasper T. Howard Memorial Football Complex sound to you? Think about it, Howard represents everything the UConn football program stands for. He played hard, he played with energy and he loved the game of football. What does Burton represent? Entitlement? Petulance? The role of big money on college athletics and the shadowy influence it has on the game? Personally, I think this should be a no-brainer. By naming the multi-million dollar football facility after Howard, you not only ensure that his name is never forgotten, but you make a clear and resounding statement about who the program values most, the players who work hard every day - not the suits who twiddle their thumbs, observing from the luxury boxes. Well, the few who are left anyway.
If there’s any reason why Hathaway might not name the building after Howard, it’s this. Hathaway needs new donors, and he needs them badly. The program’s donor list has been shrinking steadily for the past five years. Mike DiMauro of The Day of New London wrote an excellent article on this phenomenon, and how it can be traced back to the departure of Paul Pendergast in 2006. Pendergast used to be the Senior Associate AD of Development, and his whole job was to work with donors, connect with new ones and secure funding for the athletic department. But after his departure, Hathaway never filled his position. Donations have been falling ever since. Hathaway obviously isn’t any good at dealing with boosters. If he was, then the Burton debacle could probably have been avoided. Regardless, Hathaway needs to take a step back and refocus. The first thing he should do is to appoint someone to Pendergast’s old post, so that the school doesn’t lose any more big donors in such an open and ugly manner. And then after that, he should turn this negative situation into a positive by renaming the Burton Complex after Jasper Howard. The Jasper T. Howard Memorial Football Complex, it has a nice ring to it doesn’t it?
Club sailing team outraces the competition in New Orleans
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The members of the club sailing team receive their trophy for winning the Sugar Bowl Regatta.
from CLUB, page 14 levels.” Competition is held at both an Upper Level, for experienced sailors, and a lower level for novices just trying to get their Sea Legs. The Blub competes at both levels. A fourman team, plus a coach, travel to each Regatta. There can be many competitions in different places that the team is part of on any given weekend. “I remember last semester there was one weekend we had a team in Maine, one in Boston and one at Avery Point.” The team competed in more than 20 Regattas
this past semester. “Anyone can join, if they’re willing to learn,” Pracon said. The team also hosts its own competitions at their Avery Point sailing Headquarters. Each race draws 10 to 20 rival schools. Sailing begins at 8 a.m. and usually lasts until it’s too dark to see. Since many schools come from far away, all teams borrow the boats of the host team, so the race is decided purely on seamanship and skill. Many Regattas are two-day events, and can be highly competitive.
An artists rendition of what the completed rink will look like at Rentschler Field. The rink will stand for two weeks, and will host a UConn men’s and women’s game on Feb. 13.
» NCAA FOOTBALL
Brooks scores 20, Friars top No. 8 Villanova
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP)— on Saturday night and had beaten Winning twice in five days over the Friars in their last eight meetranked teams is very impressive ings since a loss on Feb. 11, for an unranked school, espe- 2004. But Villanova’s top two cially after going 12 years with- scorers, Corey Fisher and Corey out consecutive victories over Stokes, only had seven points Top 25 clubs. each and the team shot a seasonWith a pesky defense and care- low 32.5 percent from the field. ful ball handling, Providence Its three losses have come in its accomplished that feat worst shooting games. on Wednesday night The Friars weren’t with an 83-68 win much better, hitting over No. 8 Villanova only 37.3 percent of just four days after their shots but outscorupsetting No. 19 Providence 83 ing the Wildcats 31 Louisville 72-67. Villanova 68 to 14 on free throws. “We proved that we Brooks sank just 4 of can compete against 15 field goal attempts the best in the country when we and missed all eight 3-pointers play our hardest,” Friars coach but hit 12 of 14 free throws. Keno Davis said. “He still was getting to Marshon Brooks led Providence the line and was able to fight with 20 points after scoring a team- through that,” Davis said. high 27 against Louisville. The rest of the Friars made 8 “It’s definitely a big deal,” of 18 shots from 3-point range, Brooks said. “We knew it was while the Wildcats missed their going to be tough playing two first seven and finished at 4 of 22. nationally ranked teams.” “We got shots but we took the The last time the Friars won first shot every time,” Wright back-to-back games against said. “It wasn’t selfishness. It ranked teams they beat ninth- was the way they played us.” ranked Purdue 87-82 on Dec. Against Syracuse on Saturday, 27, 1998, and No. 23 Pittsburgh Villanova hit 50 percent of its 83-68 three days later. shots while Wayns and Fisher The Friars (13-8, 2-6 Big made 6 of 7 from behind the arc East) had gone 51 weeks and 17 in the first half. On Wednesday, games without a conference vic- Wayns was 2 for 4 on 3-pointers, tory before beating Louisville but Fisher missed all four of his but now have won two straight. attempts and Stokes went 1 for 9. On Wednesday, they never The Wildcats just couldn’t trailed, led 34-25 at halftime and overcome the Friars tight manstayed in front by at least seven to-man defense. the rest of the way. “It was a smart way to play The cold-shooting Wildcats us,” Wright said. (17-3, 5-2) couldn’t mount a Davis figured he didn’t have serious comeback, never scor- much choice. ing more than four straight “Man-to-man is what you points until 2:22 remained and want to be the cornerstone of the game was out of reach. your defense,” he said. “They “Almost every shot we took can light it up. It wouldn’t have was contested,” Villanova coach been a good game for us to go to Jay Wright said. “We got behind any true zone.” and couldn’t create any good Providence committed just shots for ourselves.” seven turnovers in the game and Villanova was led by Maalik stretched its nine-point halftime Wayns with 18 points and lead to as much as 18 on a 3-pointAntonio Pena with 17 points er by Bryce Cotton that made the and 15 rebounds. score 74-56 with 2:50 left. The Wildcats were coming off Providence charged into a 6-0 an 83-72 upset at No. 3 Syracuse lead on 3-pointers by Gerard
Coleman and Vincent Council, who each scored 16 points. It was 8-4 before Villanova tied it 8-all when Pena converted offensive rebounds. But when Duke Mondy sank a 3-pointer just 5:52 into the game, Providence had the lead for good, 11-8. An eight-point run capped by Council’s basket made it 24-14 with 6:16 left in the half. Providence opened the second half with five straight points for a 39-25 lead. Villanova cut that to seven on Pena’s jumper with 10:07 to play that made it 50-43. But two free throws by Cotton and a layup by Kadeem Batts built the lead up to 54-43. Stokes, who had missed his first 11 shots, finally connected when he made a 3-pointer with 8:54 remaining that made it 54-46. But that was much too little, much too late as the Wildcats continued
Strong defensive effort key in UConn’s 7th-straight win since first loss
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six meetings by more than 20 points a game. Even with both teams undefeated in the conference and first place in the Big East on the line, the game didn’t have that same intensity to it as so many of the past contests between the teams have. UConn and coach Geno Auriemma, who has been vilified by Rutgers fans for years, was actually cheered during pregame introductions. Neither team gave the fans, who braved a snowstorm to show up, much to cheer about early as offense was at a premium. While the two teams rank near the top of the nation in defense, the lack of scoring was more due to poor execution. Sykes was the only bright spot for the Scarlet Knights as she had 11 of the team’s first 13 points. She
was matching Moore shot for shot. UConn’s senior All-American had 10 points in the first half, including a 3-pointer that made it 17-15 with 8:58 left in the period. With the game tied at 17, Connecticut clamped down defensively, holding Rutgers without a basket for nearly 6 minutes. The Huskies couldn’t really take advantage of their sparkling defense, only extending the lead to 25-20. UConn led 25-22 at the half despite shooting just 28 percent (9 for 32) from the field. Then the Huskies took over, going on the run to start the second half. Sykes finally ended the spurt with a tough fallaway jumper on the baseline. Rutgers cut it to 42-29 on Monique Oliver’s layup, but UConn answered with a layup by Stefanie Dolson and another 3-pointer by Hartley to end any hopes of a comeback.
Providence’s Marshon Brooks reacts following the end of the first half of last night’s game.
to miss shots and failed to make key stops. Until Saturday, the Friars had not won a Big East game since beating then-No. 19 Connecticut on Jan. 27 last year, also their last victory over a team ranked in The Associated Press Top 25. Brooks, who turned 22 on Wednesday, was asked where this birthday ranks with his others. “No. 1,” he said. “No. 1.” There are some more low numbers coming up for the Friars. After their next two games, they face No. 21 Georgetown and No.5 Connecticut. “Coming off our game against Louisville, if it’s ever possible to have some momentum on a one-game win, we did,” Davis said. “We felt a little less pressure as a team. We were able to knock off Louisville.”
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The Daily Question Q: “Who will win the NFL MVP award?” “Tom Brady because he was the best player in the regular season.” A:
– Calvin Lopez, 6th-semester electrical engineering major
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Feb. 2 Feb. 10 Feb. 5 Syracuse Seton Hall St. John’s 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
– Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers on the criticism of Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.
Feb. 13 Providence 7 p.m.
Jan. 29 Jan. 31 Feb. 5 Cincinnati Duke DePaul 2:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m.
BRUSSELS (AP)—Former No. 1 Justine Henin retired from tennis for a second time Wednesday, citing a lingering right elbow injury that cut short her comeback from a glittering career that included seven Grand Slam titles. “I have undergone several tests the past few days, confirming that my elbow has sustained a lot more damage during my adventure in Australia,” the 28-year-old Belgian said on her website. She made the announcement five days after losing to Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 7-6 (8) in the third round of the Australian Open. “The past few weeks, there was a little bit more pain every day, but I thought my willpower would prevail. Today, the tests and my doctors are adamant,” Henin said. She was ranked No. 1 when she abruptly announced her retirement in 2008, only to return 20 months later and reach last year’s Australian Open final. She partially tore a ligament in the elbow in a tumble at Wimbledon last year and hasn’t been the same since.
Men’s Hockey (8-13-4) Tomorrow Jan. 29 Holy Cross Holy Cross 7:05 p.m. 7:05 p.m.
Feb. 5 Feb. 4 Army Army 7:05 p.m. 7:05 p.m.
Feb. 11 Sacred Heart 7:05 p.m.
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Goodell: $1 salary if there is NFL work stoppage
Feb. 4 Tomorrow Jan. 29 Feb. 12 Feb. 6 Boston Boston Boston Northeastern Providence College University University 1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m.
Men’s Track and Field Jan. 29 Feb. 5 Feb. 11 Feb. 19/20 Feb. 4 Saturday Night Collegiate Giegengack Lafayette-Rider Big East at the Armory Invite Invitational Championship Invite 5:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. All Day
Women’s Track and Field Feb. Jan. 28/29 Feb. 4/5 Feb. 5 Feb. 19/20 25/26 Penn St. New Balance Giegengack Big East Invite Invite Champ. New England Invite All Day All Day All Day Championship 2:00 p.m.
Men’s Swimming and Diving Feb. 11 Jan. 29 Feb. 16 Tomorrow Feb. 5 Big East Bucknell Big East Bucknell Yale Championship Championship Invitational 1:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. All Day Noon All Day
Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk, drops Florida Panthers center Marty Reasoner during the first period of last night’s game between the Bruins and Panthers.
Josh Ford drafted by Sounders
Feb. 16 Feb. 11 Jan. 29 Tomorrow Feb. 5 Big East Big East Bucknell Bucknell Yale Champi onship Championships Invitational 6:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. All Day All Day All Day
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What's On TV NCAAB: Michigan at No. 25 Michigan St., 7 P.M., ESPN Michigan travels to No. 25 Michigan St. for a battle of in-state, Big Ten powers.
Winter X Games 15: Day 1, 9 p.m., ESPN Winter X Games 15 kicks off in Aspen, Colo. tonight. More than 200 athletes will be competing in the games, which will feature various skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling events. AP
NEW YORK (AP)—NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will cut his salary to $1 if there is a work stoppage after the collective bargaining agreement expires in March. Goodell, who makes about $10 million a year including bonuses, said in a memo to his staff Wednesday that chief negotiator Jeff Pash will do the same. Pash makes nearly $5 million a year. Goodell also has asked the league’s compensation committee to delay any bonus payments to him until after a deal is reached with the NFL Players Association. “Let me emphasize that we are fully committed to doing everything possible to reach a new collective bargaining agreement without any disruption to our business,” Goodell said. “The entire senior leadership team stands with me in its commitment to resolving the CBA issues with the player’s union. “While several other executives have also volunteered to make additional reductions to their compensation, I have asked them not to take that step at this time as we continue our negotiating efforts.” NFL owners opted out of the agreement in 2008. Union chief DeMaurice Smith has predicted the owners will lock out the players after the March 4 expiration of the contract with the league. Smith tweeted in reaction to Goodell’s pledge: “NFL executives reducing salaries in the event of a lockout? If we have a deal by Super Bowl, I’ll go down to 68 cents.”
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Women’s Swimming and Diving
Michigan St. isn’t having the type of season they had hoped for, and they need a boost after the dismissal of Korie Lucious from the team. The Wolverines hope to capitalize, and drop the Spartans to 12-8, seriously damaging their tournament hopes.
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Former No. 1 Justine Henin retires again
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Feb. 8 Feb. 12 West Providence Virginia 2:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
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Women’s Basketball (19-1) (8-0)
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“I’ve known Jay for a few years now and know what kind of competitor he is. I thought it was disrespectful, some of the stuff said about him.”
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This is the 10th straight year the Winter X Games will be held in Aspen.
leading them to two state championships. He was introduced to the program through his brother former UConn starter Stanley Ford. For many college athletes, once It will be a long process if Ford their college playing days are num- is able to make the Sounders squad, bered, it’s time to sit down, look and even more difficult to crack for a job and prepare for the world the starting lineup, as former U.S. that’s ahead of them. National Team keeper UConn senior goalKasey Keller currentkeeper Josh Ford’s ly sits as the Sounders life for the next sevstarter. eral months will be In an interview with ruled by soccer. Dave Clark on sounIn the 2011 MLS deratheart.com, Ford Supplement Draft, said, “To watch Kasey Josh Ford was selectKeller when I was ed in the first round, young and now be No. 11 overall, to the able to play with him Seattle’s Sounders feels great. Even just MLS Club Team. today watching him I A multi-part series This past season, learned a lot. About Ford ended one of the movement and techmost stellar careers in nique and how clean program history. Ford was named he is. I’m inspired to be a good the 2010 Big East Goalkeeper of goalkeeper like that. From being the Year and New England Soccer underneath him and just watching News Player of the Year. Ford that’s one step in the right direction.” was also named to his first AllFord is one of four keepers on American team after setting four the Sounders, who have big plans school records while in Storrs. Ford for the upcoming year. currently ranks first in program his“This is the year now you’ve tory in wins, ties, consecutive starts got to step forward,” Seattle coach and shutouts. Sigi Schmid said. “We’re one of Ford was also a captain while in four teams that have made the high school, playing at Liverpool playoffs the last two years. But in High School in New York and four playoff games we scored one
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UConn goalie Josh Ford readies to kick the ball back into play during his senior season.
goal. So, we need to score more goals in the playoffs.” “This is the year that if we don’t accomplish some of the things that we feel we can accomplish, you’ve got to start looking at breaking up that core, so this is an important year.” If Ford makes the team, it should be an eventful season as he joins the Sounders in not only MLS action, but also in the CONCACAF Champions League and the U.S.
Open Cup. Ford also joins former UConn soccer players Toni Stahl, O’Brian White and Julius James in the league to name a few. After five years on the UConn campus, the hard work, dedication and spirit that Ford showed each and everyday on the field will hopefully be rewarded with the ultimate American soccer player’s dream, a professional contract.
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P.13: Former Husky Ford drafted to MLS. / P.12: Rink construction begins at Rentschler Field. / P.12: Providence upsets No. 8 Villanova.
The donor debacle
Thursday, January 27, 2011
SCARLET KNIGHTS STOPPED No. 2 UConn’s defense stifles Rutgers in 63-44 win
Mac Cerullo Robert G. Burton, the football program’s biggest donor, is disassociating himself from UConn, and if that’s not enough, he also wants his $3 million back and his name taken down from the Burton Family Football Complex. It’s a shocking and disappointing development, but what’s more disappointing is the way the news broke. A stomach churning, six-page letter from Burton to athletic director Jeff Hathaway was made public, and to say it was ugly would be a vast understatement. “I believe that you are not qualified to be a Division I AD and I would have fired you a long time ago,” Burton said. “You do not have the skills to manage and cultivate new donors or the ability to work with coaches.” And it only got worse from there. Everything about this situation is bad, from the implications of Burton’s departure to
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European midseason review By Miles DeGrazia Futbol Columnist Despite sleet and snow remaining on pitches from Merseyside to Munich, the European football season marches on. Out from a winter hibernation come La Liga, Serie A, the Bundesliga and Ligue 1, after a short break. This winter break essentially marks the season’s midway point, and is a great time to reflect and digest the previous five months of football. We start in England where Manchester United sits at the top of the table at the season’s midway point. United have been dubbed the “unconvincibles,” as they remain one of only three (the others are FC København and FC Porto) undefeated teams in Europe, but have been heavily criticized for never really hitting top gear. Led by Bulgarian hitman Dimitar Berbatov, leading the league with 19 goals, United started slow, drawing six of their first 11 matches. They continued to grind out
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PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Tiffany Hayes scored 18 points, Maya Moore added 17 points and 16 rebounds and No. 2 Connecticut broke open a close game by scoring the first 13 points of the second half to beat Rutgers 63-44 on Wednesday night. Bria Hartley had 15 points for UConn (19-1, 8-0 Big East), which has won seven straight since its record 90-game winning streak came to an end against Stanford on Dec. 30. The Huskies have won 58 consecutive conference games, with the last loss coming at Rutgers on Feb. 5, 2008. UConn led 25-22 at halftime before quickly running off the first 13 points of the second half. Moore started the spurt with a 3-pointer just 11 seconds in. A 3-pointer by Hartley, pull-up by Moore and 3-pointer by Hayes made it a 16-point game less than 3 minutes later. Rutgers didn’t get within 13 the rest of the game. April Sykes provided much of the offense for Rutgers (12-7, 5-1), scoring 20 points. There was a time a few years ago when this matchup was the showcase game in the conference. The teams would meet twice a season, and Rutgers was a thorn in UConn’s side. But the Huskies have dominated lately, winning the last
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Maya Moore and Stefanie Dolson battle with Rutgers’ Khadijah Rushdan for a loose ball during the Huskies’ 63-44 win over Rutgers.
Club sailing wins Sugar Bowl Regatta over winter break By Aaron Kasmanoff-Dick Campus Correspondent The UConn football team weren’t the only ones headed to a BCS Bowl over break. The Allstate Sugar Bowl Regatta has for 77 years been a part of the festivities in New Orleans. And on Dec. 30, 2010, the UConn Huskies club sailing team took first place. The team scored 57 points in the win over 13 other teams participating, some highly ranked. Each team entered two two-man “Lark” boats in the competition. The boats switch off, participating in two races before turning it over to the other boat. A course is set up in the water – in this case the lukewarm waters of a winter Lake Ponchartrain. Scores are awarded based on the speed and skill with which the course is completed. The lower the score, the better the team’s performance. The event was a commanding victory for the squad, which is not yet nationally ranked. Tulane University, the second place team, fin-
ished with 87 points. The UConn team, which is a club sport, is currently ranked 19th out of the 34 sailing teams in New England – widely considered to be the most competitive region in the country. Of the national top 20 rankings, 11 can be found in the New England Region. The team races and practices out of Avery Point, but is composed entirely of UConn Storrs students. The 10 “Larks” the team owns are old. They once belonged to Harvard. “The funny thing is we weren’t even sure we would be able to race,” said team president Brian Pracon. The team, which flew to the event from JFK International Airport in New York City, was delayed five hours because of the heavy snowstorm that took place just after Christmas. “Our pilot hadn’t even gotten to the airport yet,” Pracon continued. “We only made it to New Orleans at 4 a.m., and grabbed a few hours of sleep before the race.” Lack of sleep wasn’t an issue for the four-man UConn
team. From the beginning, first place finishes poured in. “We came in really confident, and after the first few races the results were coming in, and we realized, we have a good shot of winning this thing,” Pracon said. The A boat finished first in 7 of their 13 races, and the B boat won 5 of 13. Winning is a serious matter for the growth of this club sport on campus. “When I came to school here, there were only like four members in the sport,” said Pracon, who has sailed competitively since his freshman year at Xavier High School in Middletown. “Now we have over 40, and we’re always looking for more.” Getting into sailing as a sport may seem intimidating, but long time experience isn’t always necessary to succeed. “People who have never sailed before college have come through our club, get into it, and by the end of the year are racing at the highest
Courtesy of Brian Pracon
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Kerry Duffy and Sean Andrew of the club sailing team ride in their lark at the Sugar Bowl regatta.
Who should win National Player of the Year? Kemba Walker
By Matt McDonough Associate Sports Editor Kemba Walker had his lowest point total of the season in Tuesday’s road win over Marquette. Even in one of his worst shooting performances of the season, the nation’s secondleading scorer, at 24.4 points per game, still made a huge impact. Walker should be the runaway winner of the Player of the Year award, leading No. 5 UConn to a surprising 17-2 record thus far. While Jimmer Fredette is having a nice season at BYU, a mid-major in basketball, the Huskies’ floor general is relishing the national stage and making UConn a national title contender. JIM ANDERSON/The Daily Campus
Kemba Walker has led the Huskies to a 17-2 start...
Quenton: While Kemba has had a wonderful season for the UConn Huskies thus far, Jimmer Fredette is the Player of the Year in college basketball right now. Kemba may have emerged as the frontrunner this season in Maui, but Fredette has more than caught up with his production. Fredette has only scored under 20 points four times this year, and is averaging 36.6 points in his last three games, including 47 at Utah and 42 at Colorado State on Saturday. He’s averaging 41 percent from 3-point range, shooting 90 percent from the charity stripe and his range is infinite. Matt: Fredette should not move to the frontrunner position solely because of his production. The Player of the Year should be based on production against quality opponents. Although Fredette’s point averages are bet-
ter, Walker has hit four gamewinners this season. He has led the team to victory against No. 7 Villanova, No. 12 Texas, No. 8 Kentucky and No. 2 Michigan State. He was the MVP of the Maui Invitational with 90 points over three days. Fredette hasn’t performed on the big stage like Walker, let alone against tough competition like that. Quenton: Many knocks against Fredette for POTY say that BYU hasn’t faced the opposition Walker and the Huskies have through the season. Fifteen of the 20 teams BYU has faced have a .500 record or better; three teams are in the top 25 and five teams have a 15-5 record or better throughout 20 games. In the five games against these five opponents, Fredette has averaged 29
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By Quenton Narcisse Campus Correspondent
Differentiating Kemba Walker’s skill set from Jimmer Fredette and his talents should be easy to determine to the naked eye. Walker is a slashing guard with infinite quickness, who’s turned his once-inept shooting stroke into a masterpiece. Fredette is the crafty YMCAesque player who’s not as flashy or quick, but always finds a way to score, and possesses neverending range coupled with enormous elevation on his shot. Fredette is the Player of the Year in college basketball. Fredette is leading the nation in scoring at 26.7 and is averaging 35.5 points on the road.
... but Jimmer Fredette is the nation’s top scorer.