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USG meeting addresses sexual harassment By Matt Sasso Campus Correspondent
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USG met Wednesday night for a mixture of standard senate discussion, a vote on the DREAM Act, the appointment of new personnel and a harassment training lecture from guest speaker Vanida Jenkins, program director of the Violence Against Women Prevention Program (VAWPP). Jenkins stressed the message that VAWPP is “trying to create empowered bystanders who have the courage to say something when they see something.” One in three girls and one in five boys experience sexual assault before they reach college, and one in three students are sexually harassed in some way during their freshman year of college. Of those
cases, 33 percent are physical, while the rest are nonphysical violations, such as verbal or cyber harassment. Jenkins used these statistics to try and convey the message that sexual harassment is a larger problem than some realize, and is present on the UConn campus. In an effort to makes victims stories more real for the senators, Jenkins handed out a variety of different real quotes from victims and asked the senators to stand up and read them aloud. A related issue was brought up during the public comment portion of the meeting. A student wanted to express their anger towards Senator Alexander Dellin’s comic in The Daily Campus. Dellin defended his comic in a quick manner, hoping to keep the
meeting from stalling on a non-USG issue. “I did not write any other comics or articles. I think it is a little ridiculous that people keep bringing this up at the senate, because we have more important things to do,” Dellin stated. “I made it clear if anyone has a concern they can email me and I would be happy to discuss.” A continuation of the lengthy discussion over the DREAM Act continued from last meeting. Senator Salvatore Sodaro, who represents the West residents, interviewed 122 students from his constituency and 12 other students. Of those, 91 favored the DREAM Act, 17 did not favor it, and 26 abstentions.
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President Tom Haggerty speaks at the USG meeting on Wednesday night.
Blumenthal visits campus to encourage voting By Joseph Adinolfi News Editor
ROUND THREE STARTS SOON Womens basketball looks to five new freshman to step up.
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Attorney General Richard Blumenthal urged UConn students to vote on Nov. 2 during a speech Wednesday in the North Lobby of the Student Union. Speaking to a crowd of about 75 people, Blumenthal used U.S Rep. Joe Courtney’s victory over Rob Simmons in the 2nd District in the 2006 midterm election – a victory many attribute to UConn students – as an example of why their votes matter. “[Joe Courtney] is in that office today because of University of Connecticut students,” Blumenthal said. “The difference between victory and defeat in his first election was the people sitting in your seats.” His opponent Linda McMahon’s heavy campaign spending drew criticism, with Blumenthal reminding voters “this is an election, not an auction.” “My opponent has launched a $50 million dollar attack campaign against me,” Blumenthal said. Excited students rushed to the front to shake hands with Blumenthal before he left through the Student Union’s South entrance to attend another event. “There was a huge turnout. I think he did a pretty good job. He’s got my vote,” said Robbie Steller, a 5th-semester mechanical engineering major.
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Blumental speaks to students about his campaign and the importance of voting at the Student Union on Wednesday.
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From Oct. 11 to Oct. 13, members of the UConn Votes Coalition have been registering their fellow students to vote in residence halls throughout campus. This operation has been named “dorm storming” by the ConnPIRG and uses student volunteers that are members of the UConn Votes Coalition. The coalition is an expansive group of student organizations that includes, but is not limited to, ConnPIRG, Undergraduate Student Government, SUBOG, the Residence Hall Association, the Mock Trial Society and Student National Pharmaceutical Associations. These organizations and several others are working together in getting the vote out to the students by not only helping them with voter registration, but also by showing students the importance of voting and having their voice heard on election day. This is not the first time the UConn Votes Coalition has done this event and probably won’t be the last, as it has proven to be an effective method of getting students registered to vote.
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Lt. Choi advocates equal rights in the military
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Lt. Dan Choi received a standing ovation for his presentation on the military’s ‘dont ask, don’t tell’ policy.
“I am he, whom the blind read his literature / And his words heard by the deaf,” Lt. Dan Choi shouted to an attentive audience in Arabic, then in English, “The horse and the night and the desert know me / And the sword and the spear, the scroll and the pen.” The poem, written by Arabic poet Al-Mutanabbi more than a thousand years ago, was referenced multiple times during Choi’s lecture last night supporting gay rights and the repealing of the Clinton-era “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Choi said that under “don’t ask, don’t tell” the military has discharged 14,000 soldiers from the military, which hurts national security, dismantles and damages military units and goes
against everything the country stands for. “Fighting for freedom and justice -- isn’t that what the uniform is all about?” he asked. Choi has had first-hand experience with the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. He has been in the military for 11 years and is gay himself. He is a West Point graduate, Arabic linguist, infantry officer and, because of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” an honorably discharged Iraq Veteran since March 2009, weeks after he came out on The Rachel Maddow Show. But even though he is not serving in the military any more, the values that were instilled in him still stick with him in his activism in the culture war for GLBT rights. “Stand up,” Choi said, addressing the audience in the Student Union theater. The only
reply from the audience was the sound of more than a hundred seats flipping up like swinging doors as everyone stood up. This was the second time the audience stood for Choi, but not the last, as he received a standing ovation after his roughly hour-long speech. “Repeat after me: I am somebody…I deserve full equality…right here, right now.” The audience recited the words, a common chant used by protesting GLBT activists to demand equal rights in U.S. society, according to Choi. Choi said that he wants 2010 to be the year society starts to get over its aversion to gays, lesbians, bi-sexual and transgender individuals. He said that we will all remember this year as the start of tolerance towards these individuals.
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What’s on at UConn today... Ski and Snowboard Sale 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fairfield Way
Live at the Beanery 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Benton Museum
CHIP Lecture Series 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. J Ray Ryan 204
Voter Registration 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Towers Dining Hall
Support the UConn Ski Club by buying skis, snowboards, and winter apparel for the upcoming season.
Purchase a beverage from the Beanery and listen to live musical performances on your lunch break.
Speaker Traci Mann from the University of Minnesota presents, “Will Dieting Cure the Obesity Epidemic?”
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DAILY BRIEFING Basketball team bonds with fans at Husky Run
No-steroids group fears Senate win by McMahon
HARTFORD (AP) — The head of a foundation that works to educate young people about the dangers of anabolic steroids says he’s concerned former professional wrestling executive Linda McMahon won’t be an ally if she wins a U.S. Senate race in Connecticut. Don Hooton, president and founder of the Taylor Hooton Foundation, said Wednesday that the Republican nominee and former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO hasn’t taken a strong stance against steroid abuse. He also says he doubts she’ll support efforts by the Frisco, Texas-based group to secure more federal funding for the cause. Hooton calls the WWE’s drug testing policy “a shield for criticism” in the face of overwhelming circumstantial evidence of steroid abuse. Messages seeking comment were left for WWE and the McMahon campaign.
Conn. GOP gov hopeful pledges not to raise taxes
NEW LONDON (AP) — Republican Tom Foley has pledged not to raise taxes as he faces off against Democrat Dan Malloy avoided in a debate in the Connecticut governor’s race. Malloy said Wednesday night in New London that he couldn’t make a lot of promises in the tough economic times, but he pledged not to endanger or take apart the “safety net” for disadvantaged residents. Malloy, the former mayor of Stamford, also promised to balance the state budget. Foley, a Greenwich businessman and former U.S. ambassador to Ireland under President George W. Bush, says tax increases would hurt job creation. Foley and Malloy are locked in a tight race for the seat held by Republican M. Jodi Rell, who’s not seeking re-election. Independent candidate Tom Marsh is also running.
GE: Will do some dredging to clean up Mass. river
HARTFORD (AP) — General Electric Co. said Wednesday it now agrees that some dredging of PCBs in the Housatonic River in western Massachusetts could help clean the river, but again recommended leaving the carcinogens buried. In a revised report to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, GE said so-called “monitored natural recovery” is the least intrusive method, doing little damage to the riverbed and forests in the floodplains. Critics have said leaving PCBs in the river would be little more than watching and waiting. The Fairfield, Conn., industrial and financial conglomerate also said that taking into account EPA’s assessment of public health and ecological risks and other factors - “even though GE strongly disagrees” - removing sediment “will provide the greatest benefit with the least ecological harm.” Wednesday, Tim Gray, a local environmental activist, said GE’s latest proposal will still leave industrial waste in the river.
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Members of the press speak to Kemba Walker after the basketball team’s annual Husky Run.
By Matt Sasso Campus Correspondent The annual UConn basketball team’s Husky Run was held Wednesday afternoon to support team and fan relationships, and all the team’s stars were there. The 5-kilometer run included all 13 members of the team. Add 54 fans that ran with them, and this year’s run had as good a turnout as ever, according to Sheldon Boyce, an event helper. Kemba Walker, the team’s star junior, was happy with the turnout of the run, but was jokingly
concerned about the ambition of the fans that attended. “No fans really came up to me to talk,” Walker said with a big smile. “They must think I’m a mean guy or something.” Walker then said that he believes that Shabazz Napier and Kyle Bailey are the two fastest players on the team. They each had a time of 21 minutes and 50 seconds, and 21 minutes and 12 seconds, respectively. Walker fell a minute short of them with a still impressive 22 minutes and 50 seconds. This is an important year for the team, and Walker specifically, as he starts thinking about his
NBA future. “I’m really excited about this season, it’s going to be a big year,” Walker said. Jeremy Lamb, a freshman guard from Georgia, thought the run would be a little more hectic. “It wasn’t too crazy or too hard for me,” Lamb said. “It was good for team unity though, but I thought it would be longer,” he laughed. “It was really one big circle.” Two regulars, seniors Steve Ellis and Jonathon Burros, were tired but happy about their fourth run. “It’s a good experience,” Ellis explains. “We always come for the free shirts too.”
already signed up. “The more the merrier!” McGrath said. Participants will run through Fairfield Way and the middle of campus with the hope that it will bring students’ attention to the registration tables and encourage them to sign up. “Dress up in ridiculous exercise gear,” McGrath said. “Think of cheesy 80’s exercise videos.” Ethan Senack, a 5th-semester political science and sociology major, State Board Chair of ConnPIRG and New Voter’s Project Coordinator at UConn, was disappointed but not surprised at Wednesday’s turn out. “It wasn’t very planned out, we were just going to come and run around,” Senack said. “I think it’s a tough time…[students] have classes at this time,” added McGrath.
The UConn Votes Coalition is a partnership of many student groups on campus who strongly believe voting is important, including USG, ConnPIRG, SUBOG, the Resident Hall Association and Idealists United. This year their theme is Exercise Your Right to Vote, which is the inspiration for the fluorescent sprint of UConn students through the campus. Michael Carrah, a 7th-semester political science and anthropology double major and a member of USG, has been making his way through the dorms encouraging students to register. Carrah feels there are many issues students have that can be brought to the forefront through the election. “[Voting] is an important issue for students; too many people seem not to care,” Carrah said. He also explained that many people don’t have the means nec-
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By Elizabeth Crowley Campus Correspondent The UConn Votes Coalition and USG held a fun run Wednesday on Fairfield Way to promote voter registration among UConn students. Although no participants arrived, the run will be held again on Friday. Christine McGrath, a 7thsemester political science major and chairperson of USG’s External Affairs Committee, said, “[We’re] running around making students get excited to vote and draw attention to our tables.” The Friday fun run will last from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will begin on Fairfield Way in front of the library. McGrath expects to have a larger turnout for Friday’s event because of the number of volunteers that have
Court cuts jail for plot to kill U.S. troops in Iraq Choi explains ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutchman of Iraqi decent convicted and sentenced to 25 years in the U.S. for plotting to kill American troops in Iraq will be set free late Wednesday after a Dutch court slashed his sentence. Wesam al-Delaema was not required to serve any more jail time because he has already spent two-thirds of his sentence behind bars in both the Netherlands and the U.S. — a standard policy used in the Dutch court system. As part of an extradition deal between the Netherlands and the U.S., it was agreed that his sentence would be converted to the Dutch equivalent. Ultimately, he would serve his sentence in the Netherlands after his American trial. Al-Delaema, a naturalized Dutch citizen, returned to his hometown of Fallujah, Iraq, in October 2003 after the U.S.-led invasion. There, he videotaped himself holding roadside bombs and praying that the explosives would kill American troops. In an interview broadcast on Dutch television in the same year, al-Delaema accused the U.S. and its allies of waging war on Iraq to control its oil reserves and said that he would willingly sacrifice himself for the Iraqi civilians who have died at the hands of the U.S. He was arrested in the Netherlands in 2005. Al-Delaema was held in Dutch prison after his arrest until 2007, when he was extradited to the U.S. In April 2009, he was convicted in a U.S. court and sentenced to 25 years in prison. As part of the extradition deal, he was sent back to the Netherlands in March 2010. He was sentenced to eight years in Dutch prison Wednesday, but was released because he had already served 5 1/2 years of that time.
He also noted that the run “was a flood of people at the beginning, but by a quarter-mile all the real runners and the team are gone.” Burros was pleased with the teams’ showing. “Kemba thanked everyone for coming, which was nice,” Burros said. The run attracted a lot of local media attention, but the players were all friendly and handled it well. The campus looks forward to First Night, which kicks off with Fan Fest on Fairfield Way at 5 p.m. Friday night.
from LT. CHOI, page 1 “This is the civil rights movement…It transcends religion, race, ethnicity. If one person doesn’t have civil rights, then no one has civil rights. Chalk the sidewalk, tell people to stop saying ‘that’s so gay.’ How many more people will have to kill themselves before we accept ourselves? Those people that tell us to wait or that we are uppity are the biggest obstacle for gay civil rights,” Choi said, referencing the string of suicides by young gay people, including Rutgers student Tyler Clementi and 13-year-old Seth Walsh, who hanged himself. “Those people should have known they were somebody.” Choi explained “don’t ask, don’t tell” as meaning there are three things you cannot do while serving in the military. “You cannot make a true state-
ment about being gay or bi. You cannot make an act of gay orientation. You cannot make any attempt to marry another man,” Choi said, meaning that it was not illegal for him to join the military knowing he was gay, only that it was illegal to mention it. Going off of Choi’s philosophy that if someone does not have rights, then no one does, a UConn student referenced the initial failed passage of support for the DREAM Act by USG. She asked what Choi thought of the argument that it is not USG’s place to support such a bill. “Of course it is our place,” Choi said. “Incrementalism is the same as escapism, which is the same as do-nothingism. Be uncompromising in your rights. Remember that you are on the right side of history.”
essary to register and get to the polls. For this reason, the UConn Votes Coalition provides the means to register as well as a ride to the Mansfield Community Center to vote on Election Day. But, they also offer students the option to register with their home town if they live in Connecticut and then request an absentee ballot. “We try to encourage them to register on campus because we do provide transportation and then they can vote for a Storrs, UConn representative,” said McGrath. “Our goal is 1,500 [registrations], we just got over 1,000,” commented Senack. The UConn Votes Coalition will continue to register voters by making their way through residence halls, setting up registration tables throughout campus and running
Blumenthal’s visit gets mixed reviews from students from BLUMENTHAL, page 1 Blumenthal’s message resonated with many in the audience who agreed with his talking points including allowing the health care reform law to remain and instituting tax cuts for the middle class. “I thought it was cool that he said it was an election, not an auction,” said Tom Ward, a 5thsemester political science major. Others were less enthusiastic about Blumenthal’s appearance. “There wasn’t really much to go on. It was a stump speech trying to get people to vote,” said Joseph Gasser, president of the UConn College Republicans. “It’s going to be an uphill battle to get the base to vote because
“It’s going to be an uphill battle to get the base to vote ... they’re not as excited as they were in 2008.”
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‘Crude’ documentary highlights modern human rights issues in Latin America By John Sherman Campus Correspondent
“I came here to save my people. Thank you very much” said an Ecuadorian in downtown New York. He was one of many Ecuadorians who have come to America over the past four years to denounce Chevron’s supposed environmental compliance. Joe Berlinger, famed documentary director, captured the plight of the indigenous people and their hell-bent lawyers in his 2009 film, “Crude,” which was shown in Konover auditorium Wednesday as the second film of the University’s Human Rights Film Series. The annual Human Rights Film Series is put on by the Human Rights Institute, the Dodd Research Center and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies to showcase the modern issues that challenge the living rights of the worldwide population. This year’s theme is human rights in the Americas, centering the attention of the six-film event on the lesser-known issues that plague Latin America. The sponsoring institutions, which are hoping to educate the general public, are well aware that issues considered landmark to some are totally unknown to others. “It really is just an educational opportunity for students to watch films, think about them, and then, if they want to, find other resources and do further investigation” said Valerie Love, curator for the Human Rights Collections at the Dodd
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Storming attempts are usually successful from UCONN, page 1 The process of registration is simple and quick, but also made convenient when offered in your very own residence hall. This is an event that is held every election year, and has proven to be successful. “Typically, our dorm-storming efforts are fairly successful. We generally get a large percentage of voter registrations from this event,” said Christine McGrath, Chair of the Undergraduate Student Government External Affairs Committee, as well as co-
chair of the UConn Votes Coalition. In case you missed dorm storming, you can still register to vote online at www. studentvote.org. The last day you are able to register to vote for this November’s election is Tuesday, Oct. 26, but you only have until Tuesday, Oct. 19 to mail in your registration form and until Oct. 26 to hand in the form in person at your registrar of voters office. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 2.
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Students watch the documentary ‘Crude’ at the Konover Auditorium on Wednesday.
Research Center. Berlinger’s film captures the Amazon-Chernobyl case that has only gained attention, importance and, in most cases, support since its filing in 1993. The case challenges the court in the ethics of environmental safety as well as in the morality requirements of big business. Ecuadorians claim that Chevron, the tycoon that refuses to admit any wrongdoing, conducted an inept clean-up of areas that were once acknowl-
edged by both the oil-company and the Ecuadorian government as hazardous. The catastrophic environmental damages throughout the jungles of Ecuador are estimated to cost Chevron upwards of $27 billion, if they ever have to pay. “30,000 indigenous and colonial rainforest dwellers against the U.S. oil giant Chevron” is how the film is described by its back-case synopsis. One radio interviewer in the film proclaims
gays may serve in the military but only if they keep secret their sexual orientation. Phillips wrote that the law “infringes the fundamental rights” of current and prospective service members. Gay rights advocates cautioned gay service members to avoid revealing their sexuality for fear that the Phillips ruling could be tossed out on appeal and they would be left open to being discharged. Defense Department officials would not say what was happening to current discharge cases, or even confirm how many pending cases there might be. A Pentagon spokesman, Col. David Lapan, said no written guidance had been issued to commanders on how to deal with the court order. An Air Force officer and co-founder of a gay service member support group called OutServe said Wednesday he will continue using a pseudonym out of concern that he could still be discharged. “Can I come out right now and
be OK? And if I made a statement would it be held against me?” asked the officer, who calls himself JD Smith and said he is an Air Force Academy graduate. He said service members are hoping the Pentagon will clarify the meaning of the court ruling. Warren Arbury of Savannah, Ga., said he’d love to re-enlist in the Army two years after being discharged in the middle of a tour in Iraq. But he’s being cautious and patient. “I think it’s still way too soon,” said 28-year-old Arbury, now a university student. “If I was to hear news that automatically everything would be reinstated, I’d be the first one in the door.” Arbury said he wants to know more about how the military would reintegrate gay ex-soldiers: “If I go back in I want to know, Do I get my rank back? Do I get any damages or compensation?” The uncertainty extended overseas. When asked by a reporter whether the ruling had had any impact yet, a two-star U.S. Army commander in eastern
the case a “David v. Goliath lawsuit.” But, the film cannot promise the same biblically uplifting ending as lawyers close to the situation estimate that it will be at least another ten years before the case concludes. The next film of the series, “State of Fear,” which examines Peru’s war on terror, will be shown Wednesday, Nov. 10 at the Dodd Research Center.
Ex-Officio Senator Nikita Pradhan, who represents the Residence Hall Association, said that she “brought up the DREAM Act at the last general board meeting, discussed the legislation and debate that was held at the last USG senate meeting, and received a unanimous vote in favor of the act.” The vote was held and the official results were 30 in favor, eight not in favor and one abstention, resulting in the senate’s full support for the DREAM Act being passed.
USG also recognized M. Kevin Fahey, who served as the interim advisor to USG from 2009 to 2010, with a USG commendation. Senators noted that Fahey was extremely helpful when they did not have an advisor. He was only billed to be the interim advisor for a few months, which then turned into a year. Fahey received a framed certificate, as well as a standing ovation. Tom Haggerty, USG president, quickly and officially appointed Joseph Briody and Rebecca Herman as co-advisors for the 2010-2011 academic year.
Obama considers fast appeal of gays-military order
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House weighed a quick appeal of a judge’s order abruptly allowing gays to serve openly in the military as Pentagon chief Robert Gates warned on Wednesday of “enormous consequences” for men and women in uniform if the ruling stands. A day after the federal judge in California ordered the Pentagon to cease enforcement of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law, Gates told reporters traveling with him in Europe that repealing the law should be a question for Congress - and only after the Pentagon completes its study of the issue. Allowing gays to serve openly “is an action that requires careful preparation and a lot of training,” Gates said. “It has enormous consequences for our troops.” In Tuesday’s ruling, U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips ordered the military “immediately to suspend and discontinue any investigation” or other proceeding to dismiss gay service members. The 1993 law says
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US must address rising welfare rates
his past week, the Associated Press published an article about how more and more families are starting to depend on monthly welfare benefits to purchase the barest, most budgeted food rations to feed their families. People are more often seen doing their shopping after 11 p.m., waiting for direct despot of government aid. If the growing hordes of people milling around supermarkets until welfare benefits become available in their accounts is not an indication of a desperate situation in American society, what will it take for the government to wake up and take action? This should be a call to arms for the federal and state governments. These people are not waiting to be the first to purchase the newest cell phones or gaming systems. They are trying to provide their children with the simplest of human necessities; cheap meat that can be made to stretch for long periods of time, milk and other non-perishable provisions. They are scraping pennies together to buy things such as toilet paper and laundry detergent, comparing prices between wholesalers and budgeting in ways Americans have not known since the Great Depression. According to economist David Rosenberg, government payouts – such as food stamps, extended unemployment benefits and Medicaid – are equal to 20 percent of the nation’s after-tax income, compared to 13 percent during the last half-century. To put this in perspective, one in every six Americans is receiving government assistance. This statistic is not indicitive of a recovering economy. Enrollment in these programs should be declining or leveling, not rising. This is unacceptable for a supposedly recovering economy. That the government and media continually assert that the American economy is improving while people are struggling to purchase basic necessities is abhorrent and demonstrates a blatant disregard for the needs of the people. These midnight grocery runs should be a wake-up call for our nation’s leaders. It should not be considered a new form of normal. These people work hard and scrape to get by. They deserve the same standards of living as anyone not dependent on welfare. Our system is failing and there is no clearer sign than the fact that millions of Americans buy groceries as if they were purchasing emergency rations for an impending natural disaster. How many more people need to reach this level of government dependence before we see real and effective change? 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.
Your computer crashed? Must have software made by the same people who made SquirrelMail. To the guy that fell off his skate bored in front of Gampel...HA. Are the people who wait in line for pasta bar at Towers the same people who wait in line at South? The annual UConn Husky Run, where the Huskies get in the cars of the managers and drive away after running 300 yards. An annual UConn tradition. I’m not a vegetarian because I am against cruelty to animals, I’m a vegetarian because I hate plants. I MISS TAIL GIRL! My friends were bored, so they blew up a condom and played soccer in the hallway. They called it “playing with protection.” To the folks playing with the swords outside Homer, you really entertained me as I was walking by eating a Pop-Tart. Yes, somebody always notices when you trip while walking. Every time I go to the bathroom on the fourth floor in Torrey Life Science I feel like I’m going to the bathroom in Soviet Russia. You know UConn is desperate for people to participate in the Sore Throat Study when it’s now an advertisement on Facebook. I miss my cat so much that the woodchucks outside of Arjona are starting to look like great companions.
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Paternalistic positions toward poor unacceptable
ew York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York Gov. David Patterson recently asked for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to ban the use of food stamps on beverages with more than 10 calories per eight ounces, with the exception of sugar-free juices, milk products and substitutes. This sends the message that those on government assistance somehow lack the ability and the cognizance to make their own decisions on what they should or should not eat. This clearly isn’t the case. By Cindy Luo Associate Commentary Editor People need to stop and consider why people on food stamps would be seeking sugary drinks and foods with little nutritional value in the first place. Certainly, the federal government prohibits purchasing alcohol and cigarettes with food stamps. But there’s an obvious difference – alcohol and cigarettes are illegal for those under 21 and 18, respectively, and neither provide any nutrition. But prepared foods cannot be purchased with food stamps either. This restriction poses a problem. Instead of buying a freshly prepared meal, one must turn to a frozen entrée instead. Laden with calories, but with little nutrition, it is still the most affordable. The misconceived notion that packaged foods are a “luxury” is ridiculous. Ignorance abounds due to misconceptions about food prices. Some advocate greater restrictions of
what food stamps can buy, but do so without knowledge of how difficult it is to afford a balanced diet.
“The misconceived notion that packaged foods are a ‘luxury’ is ridiculous.” Take Revisha Martinez of Denver, who was recently featured in an article in the Denver Post. If she wants to buy a peach for each member of her family from her local supermarket, it will cost her around $3. But if she buys a box of Kraft macaroni and cheese she can get 18 servings, with 400 calories per serving, for the same price. If you only have $3, you’re going to buy what will fill your family’s stomachs, even if it’s full of sodium, sugar or fat. Okay, Bloomberg. Let’s examine your “for their own good” argument. Wait, where have I heard that argument before? Let’s see. Fat shaming, slut shaming. Stop eating so much. Stop sleeping around so much. Stop…being poor so much? This is simply a variation of those: poor shaming. The poor are often falsely stigmatized as uneducated or lazy. I understand that obesity is a serious issue, but it’s not exclusive to those on welfare. So why should there be an act that specifically targets these people? It’s one thing if the mayor decided to raise the price of sodas and sweetened beverages to discourage the entire population from buying them. I’m all for raising prices on foods with little nutri-
tional value, as long as there is equal lowering of prices for healthier foods. But I’m not for forbidding one sector of society access to the same products as the others. I could care less about soda itself. I don’t think buying soda is a “right” by any means, and frankly, the soda industry could disappear and I would not shed any tears over it. But in some convenience stores, soda is cheaper than water. I can buy a two-liter bottle of soda (about 64 ounces) for 99 cents, but a 16-ounce bottle of water costs me $1.25 – basically, I can buy quadruple the amount of soda for less. Comments on a piece published about this proposition in The New York Times are mostly accusations against parents, more or less blaming them for the childhood obesity epidemic. Because obviously, if you’re poor, it’s your own fault for being uneducated or lazy – not because society has failed you in some way. Oh, and also, you don’t deserve to drink or eat what you want because you are poor. I also don’t buy the argument that it’s because taxpayer dollars go to food stamps, and that’s why taxpayers should be allowed to say that you can’t buy sugary drinks with them. If the government really wants to stop obesity, it needs to realize that adopting a paternalistic attitude is the wrong way to go about it. Classist reasoning will only further the gap between the rich and the poor.
Associate Commentary Editor Cindy Luo is a 5thsemester linguistics/philosophy and classics and ancient Mediterranean studies double major. She can be reached at Shuyang.Luo@UConn.edu.
Basketball ticket lottery should be modified
he date was March 29, 1999. Though you had to wake for elementary school the next morning, somehow you convinced your parents to let you stay up past your bedtime. Your eyes locked on the television as Khalid El-Amin dribbled the basketball at the free By Jesse Rifkin throw line with five Staff Columnist seconds left. You held your breath as the ball soared through the air, and then screamed in celebration as UConn defeated Duke in one of the biggest championship upsets in tournament history. Now, 11 years later, you attend UConn. And although you entered the student lottery for season basketball tickets, you found out last week that you did not receive them – for the fourth year in a row. Unfortunately, this situation is all too common among the student body. The current system to select students for basketball season tickets makes about as much sense as the Electoral College or the final scene of “Inception.” Here is a suggestion for how the lottery should work instead. The entry system would still run the same way. Any student
could enter, with preference being given based on seniority. This is where the similarities with the current system would end. All home games would be categorized into “packages.” With 16 home games in the regular season, there would be four “packages,” each containing four games each. Within each package, the four games would range from predicted blowouts to predicted down-to-the-wire finishes, such as the upcoming nationallytelevised showdowns against Villanova and Tennessee. If selected in the lottery, students would be randomly assigned to one – and only one – game package. That way, any winner would be able to attend four home games. Not too bad, considering there are only six home football games each season and everybody seems fine with that. By limiting each lottery winner to attending a quarter of the home basketball games, you allow four times as many winners. Let’s give an example, using the men’s basketball schedule for this season. After everyone enters the lottery, 8,000 students are selected. Two thousand win “Package A,” featuring games versus Stony Brook,
Farleigh Dickinson, Rutgers and Providence. A different set of 2,000 win “Package B,” with Vermont, Coppin State, Villanova and Georgetown. Then a third set of 2,000 win “Package C,” with New Hampshire, Harvard, Tennessee and Marquette. And finally, a fourth set of 2,000 win “Package D,” with UMBC, USF, Louisville and Notre Dame.
“Let’s aim to reach March Madness and end October frustration.” Currently, winners who select the Gampel Pavilion and XL Center option receive tickets to all 16 home games. Why? Most winners probably don’t even attend all 16. Under my proposed system, not only do four times the number of students win, but as a result of winners having limited options of games to watch, the attendance rate would surely increase. Right now, UConn Athletics is only hurting themselves. Thousands of students are being needlessly shutout from attending the basketball games they
long to see. The negative implications are even greater in the long term. UConn’s sports teams result in millions of dollars in alumni donations. Who would donate to their alma mater when their strongest memory of college is their best friend going to a basketball game without them? Cheering the basketball team on at home is something that should be experienced by every UConn student, from the diehard fan who know that Len Jaskiewicz averaged 7.4 points per game in 1945-46, to the guy who thinks Kemba Walker is a type of exercise machine. Ever since the Hartford Whalers left in 1997, UConn basketball has been the most popular sport in Connecticut. There is nothing that students here desire more than basketball home game season tickets. While it is impossible to accommodate everybody, surely a better system should be implemented, and I believe my system is the one. Let’s aim to reach March Madness and end October Frustration.
Staff Columnist Jesse Rifkin is a 1stsemester political science and communications double major. He can be reached at Jesse.Rifkin@UConn.edu.
“A Greek billionaire is giving a million dollars to a man that ran naked in front of President Obama in Philadelphia. Obama called the stunt ‘highly immature’ while Biden called it ‘totally worth it.’” – Jimmy Fallon
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50 Like a biting remark, in British slang 51 Burn slightly 52 Novelist Murdoch 53 Pitcher Hideo 54 Chew 55 Unaccompanied 56 Flightless bird 57 Trees used to make longbows 58 Abbas’s gp.
Super Glitch by John Lawson
Down 1 Kids’ author Blume 2 Succulent plant 3 Dieters may fight them 4 Keebler cracker 5 Pushover 6 See 48-Across 7 Org. with rovers 8 __-bitty 9 Handel bars? 10 ‘20s White House nickname 11 ... ducks in __ 12 Poverty, in metaphor 13 Brightness nos. 21 Down source 22 “Kidding!”
25 Included in the e-mail chain 26 Video game plumber 27 Pianist Claudio 29 Honshu city 30 Top limit 31 Actress Durance who plays Lois on “Smallville” 32 Bad sentence 34 Former Kremlin policymaker 37 TV princess 39 Terrif 40 Former sketch comedy that used Don Martin cartoons 42 Hailed ride 43 “I wish ‘twere otherwise” 45 Airline to 29-Down 46 Slap the cuffs on
Classic JELLY! by Elise Domyan
66 Parliamentary votes, or what appears at the starts of the answers to starred clues
Carin Goes to College by Carin Powell
Horoscopes Aries - Break free of group responsibilities only after checking with your leader. Then take off in a new direction and enjoy the scenery.
Poop by Michael Badulak
Taurus - Group activities draw your attention away from a career goal. Follow your heart’s desire at least for today, and get back on track later. Gemini - You may not be thrilled with today’s assignment. The best path through the situation involves intelligent application of information. Cancer - Your desire for independence encounters obstacles in the form of demands from family members. Take care of them today and schedule your time forward.
By Michael Mepham
Stickcat by Karl, Jason, Fritz & Chan
Leo - You feel slightly offbalance when someone makes an offer that seems too good to be true. Ask questions and reserve judgment until you can consult an expert. Virgo - Your favorite person may not agree with co-workers about the best path to follow. Take responsibility for expenditures. Keep track as you go.
by Andrew Prestwich
Libra - Identify objectives early in the day. You don’t have to get everything done, but you do want to move forward. Share a treat with everyone later.
Jason and the Rhedosaurus
Across 1 *Hip-hopper who married Beyoncé (German) 5 Sturdy fabric 10 Delhi wrap 14 Movie apiarist 15 Like sandalwood leaves 16 Green Zone site 17 Gets into 18 Brewers’ kilns 19 Things you saw while out? 20 *Old stories (English) 23 “Paris, je t’__”: 2006 film 24 Charged particle 25 Nashville awards gp. 28 *Inferred cosmic substance (Russian) 33 Mythological ride 35 Derisive cry 36 Pivotal part 38 Bug, perhaps 39 Hottie 40 Easternmost state 41 “Don’t touch that __!” 42 Body art, in slang 43 High-speed raptor 44 *Séance device (French) 47 Former World No. 1 tennis player Ivanovic 48 With 6-Down, one in fear of an audit 49 “Dagnabit!” 51 *Fatal problem in Genesis (Spanish) 58 Colombia neighbor 59 Funnel-shaped 60 Architect Mies van der __ 61 Animal shelter 62 Gather 63 Intuited 64 About 65 Greet respectfully
Happy Dance by Sarah Parsons
The Daily Crossword
Scorpio - Recent activities prove most effective in conveying your passion. Now you shift from your typical assertive style toward greater optimism. Sagittarius - Whittle away at your priority list, and whistle while you work. Your cheerful disposition rubs off on everyone else for greater ease and fun.
Victory Lap by Zach Wussow
Capricorn - An older person applies considerable financial pressure. Take the philosophical high road when you respond. A gentle no could suffice. Aquarius - Reach to the bottom of your bag of tricks. An older person’s really impressed with your magic. Never reveal how you accomplished it.
Darkroom Daze by Zach Wussow
Pisces - Sometimes old logic is exactly what you need. Right now you have plenty of variables and don’t want any more. Cut off discussion to keep focus.
Froot Bütch by Brendan Albetski and Brendan Nicholas
25 miners free as Chile In US, Hispanics outlive rescue goes off flawlessly whites, blacks by years
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In this photo released by the Chilean Presidential Press Office, Chile's President Sebastian Pinera, back, greets miner Victor Segovia Rojas after his rescue operation from the collapsed San Jose gold and copper mine, near Copiapo, Chile, Wednesday.
SAN JOSE MINE, Chile (AP) — With remarkable speed - and flawless execution - one miner after another climbed into a slender cage deep beneath the Chilean earth, was hoisted through 2,000 feet of rock and saw precious sunlight Wednesday after the longest underground entrapment in human history. By midafternoon, 25 of the 33 miners, including all the weakest and sickest, had been pulled to freedom, and officials said they might even be able to bring everyone to the surface by the end of the night. After 69 days underground, including more than two weeks during which they were feared dead, the men emerged to the cheers of exuberant Chileans and before the eyes of a transfixed globe. “Welcome to life,” President Sebastian Pinera told Victor Segvia, the 15th miner out, and on a day of superlatives, it seemed no overstatement. The rescuers gained speed as the day went on. The 25th miner rescued, Renan Avalos, was brought up less than 25 minutes after the 24th as dusk was settling. They rejoined a world intensely curious about their ordeal, and certain to offer fame, jobs and previously unimaginable riches. The men made the smooth ascent inside a capsule called Phoenix - 13 feet tall, barely wider than their shoulders and
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painted in the white, red and blue of the Chilean flag. It had a door that stuck occasionally, and its wheels needed lubricating at least once, but it worked exactly as planned. Beginning at midnight Tuesday, and sometimes as quickly as every 30 minutes, the pod was lowered the nearly half-mile to where 700,000 tons of rock collapsed Aug. 5 and entombed the men. Then a miner would strap himself in, make the journey upward and emerge from a manhole into the blinding sun. The rescue was planned with extreme care. The miners were monitored by video on the way up for any sign of panic. They had oxygen masks, dark glasses to protect their eyes from unfamiliar light and sweaters for the jarring transition from subterranean swelter to chilly desert air. As they neared the surface, a camera attached to the top of the capsule showed a brilliant white piercing the darkness not unlike what accident survivors describe when they have neardeath experiences. The miners emerged looking healthier than many had expected and even clean-shaven, and at least one, Mario Sepulveda, the second to taste freedom, bounded out and thrust a fist upward like a prizefighter. “We have prayed to San Lorenzo, the patron saint of miners, and to many other saints so that my brothers Florencio
and Renan would come out of the mine all right. It is as if they had been born again,” said Priscila Avalos. As it traveled down and up, down and up, the rescue capsule was not rotating as much inside the 2,041-foot escape shaft as officials expected, allowing for faster trips, and officials said the operation could be complete by sunrise Thursday, if not sooner. The first man out was Florencio Avalos, who emerged from the missile-like chamber and hugged his sobbing 7-year-old son, his wife and the Chilean president. The last out was slated to be shift foreman Luis Urzua, whose leadership was credited with helping the men endure the first two and a half weeks without outside contact. The men made 48 hours' worth of rations last before rescuers reached them with a narrow bore hole to send down more food. No one in recorded history has survived as long trapped underground. For the first 17 days, no one even knew whether they were alive. In the weeks that followed, the world was captivated by their endurance and unity. Chile exploded in joy and relief at the first, breakthrough rescue just after midnight in the coastal Atacama desert. Car horns sounded in Santiago, the Chilean capital, and school was canceled in the nearby town of Copiapo, where 24 of the miners live.
ATLANTA (AP) — U.S. Hispanics can expect to outlive whites by more than two years and blacks by more than seven, government researchers say in a startling report that is the first to calculate Hispanic life expectancy in the United States. The report released Wednesday is the strongest evidence yet of what some experts call the “Hispanic paradox” - longevity for a population with a large share of poor, undereducated members. A leading theory is that Hispanics who manage to immigrate to the U.S. are among the healthiest from their countries. A Hispanic born in 2006 could expect to live about 80 years and seven months, the government estimates. Life expectancy for a white is about 78, and for a black, just shy of 73 years. Researchers have seen signs of Hispanic longevity for years. But until recently, the government didn't calculate life expectancy for Hispanics as a separate group; they were included among the black and white populations. The new report projecting future life spans is based on death certificates from 2006. By breaking out the longer-living Hispanics, the life expectancies for non-Hispanic whites and blacks both declined slightly, said the report's author, Elizabeth Arias of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hispanics are the largest, fastest growing minority in the United States, accounting for 15 percent of the population. An estimated 40 percent of them are immigrants, who in some cases arrived after arduous journeys to do taxing manual labor. It takes a fit person to accomplish that, suggesting that the United States is gaining some of the healthiest people born in Mexico and other countries, said Dr. Peter Muennig of Columbia University's school of public health who has studied life expectancy in different countries. Compared to the estimate for all U.S. Hispanics, life expectancy is nearly two years lower in Puerto Rico, more than two years lower in Cuba, and more
than four years lower in Mexico, according to World Health Organization figures. However, experts say that immigrant hardiness diminishes within a couple of generations of living here. Many believe it's because the children of immigrants take up smoking, fast-food diets and other habits blamed for wrecking the health of other ethnic populations. “The American lifestyle is very sedentary. That's not a good thing,” said Jane Delgado, president of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, which focuses on improving health services for Hispanics. Health researchers have seen a strong link between poverty, lack of education and life-shortening health problems. Hispanics are disadvantaged in those areas: About 19 percent of Hispanics live at or below the federal poverty level three times more than whites. As for education, fewer than 13 percent of Hispanics have a college degree, compared to 17 percent of blacks and 30 percent of whites. Indeed, past CDC studies have shown that Hispanics suffer some diseases at higher rates than whites, including diabetes and heart disease. But their
death rates from those diseases were lower, not higher. As early as 1986, some researchers had been reporting what appeared to be lower death rates among Hispanics compared to other groups in some parts of the country. But a national estimate was difficult. Calculating life expectancy is a tough task that requires analyzing extensive information about how people died and how old they were, as well as statistical modeling to predict how long people born today will live if current trends continue. Until fairly recently, there was significant uncertainty about the accuracy of death records for Hispanics. Most health records only had data on blacks and whites. U.S. death certificates didn't provide for a way to identify someone as Hispanic until 1989. Arias' new report suggests that the life expectancy for non-Hispanic blacks and whites is lower by a couple of months than was previously estimated. Specifically, life expectancy for whites born in 2006 is now 78 years and 1 month and for black, 72 years and 11 months.
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‘Experimental writer’ visits Co-op The Kindle debate, Part 2
By Becky Radolf Staff Writer
The very first article to kick off “The Green Scene” essentially bashed the Kindle. I spoke of the potential hidden ramifications of when it dies and you throw it away and leave it to rot in a landfill. I still don’t trust this little machine, but it takes on a whole different meaning when it comes to textbooks. I look at my roommate’s two enormous organic chemistry books and I couldn’t help but think that squeezing that content onto a Kindle would not only save her poor, suffering back, but also save her from forking out thousands of dollars to the Co-Op. When I think of the sheer mechanics of lugging a 10-pound book around, I immediately favor Kindles pursuing world domination, starting with UConn. Then I consider all the things I actually wouldn’t be able to do on a Kindle, such as how much I mark some of my textbooks within an inch of their semesterlong lives. “I think it would be useful to have a light, portable option, but it would be difficult to have the conventional tools of being able to highlight, bookmark, et cetera,” said Kate White, a 5thsemester animal science major. How would I flip between page 27, which has the detailed picture of the Parasympathetic Activation System, and page 890, which has its definition? How would I make long and pointless reminders to myself in the margins? Defacing a kindle by highlighting the little plastic screen would probably be ineffective, not to mention a poor choice, economically-speaking. “I think the status quo is fine right now,” said Dillon Kearns, a 7th semester political science major. “There’s no need to further complicate our lives as it is. I think at some point in the future we’ll come up with something better than that stupid thing to read books on.” That trailblazing prophecy may be true, considering using a Kindle may not even save you that much money. In the summer of 2009, Kindle introduced its bigger-faced version specifically designed for academic purposes, but it cost $489 (a regular Kindle costs $359). Factoring in the cost of e-textbooks, you may end up saving some cash over the course of several semesters, but some people spend significantly less than that on their books, particularly when they get them from Chegg.com or Amazon.com What about passing your books off to your friends? There’s no way to sell a book or create a “used” book option. This would basically ensure publishing companies a monopoly and the ability to slap a single, astronomically high price on a textbook, since you can only obtain it from one place. The moral of this story is that, much like the credo of the very first article for this column, there is more to the Kindle than meets the eye. There are a few obvious advantages to simplifying and consolidating all your textbooks, but when you consider how differently you treat a textbook compared to a regular book, it couldn’t work. Or maybe you’re one of those people who doesn’t even buy the textbook, let alone highlight it. In that case, you’re the most eco-friendly person out of all of us, so keep up the good work, tiger!
By Kim Halpin Campus Correspondent Experimental writer Adam Golaski read from his new book “Color Plates” Wednesday afternoon at the UConn Co-op. Inspired by the “ridiculous” language used to describe the paintings in a Toulouse-Lautrec book, Golaski started creating stories for each painting. Although many of these original stories did not make it to the final manuscript, the process led him to write about other painters’ works, which eventually led to his book. “The process of how I write is really the experiment, and I think it worked out,” Golaski said. By creating rules and forms that are considered non-traditional, Golaski has been labeled an experimenter, although he believes it’s really his poetry that is “post-modern.” The collection of short fiction was found by many to be easily understood because the stories can stand alone without the inspirational artwork. Kara Wojick, a 1st-semester pre-education major, said, “I found the stories captivating. I really enjoyed that he called them paintings.” After giving a short description of what each painting physically expresses, Golaski then creates an individual storyline using those characteristics. “It drives the reader to find the painting, not the other way around,” Golaski says.
Increase your financial knowledge
“I think the entire concept of having a specific program that helps people of color enter nonprofits is interesting,” English said. “I didn’t realize just how underrepresented they are.”
When it comes to money, there are always plenty of people willing to give you advice. But anyone who has ever heard a faulty rumor or gotten false details about an assignment knows how dangerous it can be taking advice from others. The best way to make sure you’re getting credible financial information is to get it from someone you can trust – yourself! There are lots of simple ways to boost your financial knowledge, many of them free and available right here on campus. The more you know, the better off you’ll be financially. From saving and making wise money choices now to knowing when and how to invest in the future, a little bit of money knowledge can go a long way. Probably the easiest way to learn about the financial world is to take a class. With enrollment starting later this month, it might be worth throwing an intro class in economics, finance or another related department onto your schedule. The intro economics course, ECON1000, for example, might be a good option. The class covers the basics of economics – basic financial terms, the laws of supply and demand, economic growth, policies and more. Check with your advisor about your gen eds to see if it might be both personally and academically beneficial. Not into the extra work or already have your classes picked out? Consider joining a campus club or organization that will help broaden your knowledge on money matters. The Finance Society, for example, is designed “to assist in the professional, educational and social development of UConn students interested in finance, banking and investments,” according to their student organization profile. Joining the Residual Income Club, Accounting Society, Economics Society or Student Entrepreneurial Organization are options, too. Learn more about the available student organizations at www.studentadctivities.uconn. edu. If you aren’t interested in joining a group, you can still get yourself on the group e-mail list to get the inside scoop about events, workshops or guest speakers that might be worth your while. If you’ve got some spare time in your week or have a long ride coming up, you might want to look into some reading. There are plenty of books on topics related to personal finance, saving, investing and understanding the economy. If a full-length book is too intimidating, consider picking up The New York Times (it’s free on campus!) and browsing through their finance info in the Business Day section. If you’re more into online reading (or free reading) find a blog instead. Lots of blogs focus on personal finance topics and with all the different spins out there (saving on technology, fashion savvy saving, etc.) it’s a guarantee you will find one that fits your lifestyle. Wherever you decide to get your information, just make sure it’s a source you can trust. How you measure credibility is really up to you, but when it comes to your money, taking advice from the wrong place can cost you big time.
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Experimental Writer Adam Golaski reads from his new book, “Color Plates,” at the Co-op Wednesday.
The stories transcend the era that the painting was made in, to reflect the lives of people in the 21st century. “I liked that he mixes humor into the serious and awkward situations,” said Steve Mollmann, an English graduate student, reflecting on some of the teen situations presented in the story “Spartan Girls and Boys Exercising.” It was also apparent that Golaski loves to talk about the process of writing with his readers, and Zara Rax, an English graduate student, said
that she appreciated his “willingness to talk about the technical aspects.” He explained the lack of the original artwork to accompany his narratives and even discussed his major use of light and colors throughout the stories as products of his education. As a film student at Emerson College, Golaski drew on his knowledge of editing and rearranging film to fool around with traditional narratives. After realizing writing was the direction he wanted
to go, Golaski began reading more sophisticated writers and language poets to arrive at his work. Golaski has also published another book entitled “Worse than Myself,” which is comprised of experimental horror and is more psychological than gruesome. He is also currently on tour with John Cotter, author of “Under the Small Lights,” and will be giving another reading at Real Art Ways in Hartford in December.
Panel asks, ‘Is Chivalry Dead?’ By Jason Wong Campus Correspondent
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Davoy Fong, a 7th-semester political science and sociology major, talks to students about issues concerne gender, sexuality and the roles of men and women at the “Is Chivalry Dead?” panel Wednesday night.
The brothers of Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc. and the sisters of the ICONNic Concordia Chapter of Mu Sigma Upsilon, Multicultural Sorority Inc., held a panel entitled “Is Chivalry Dead?” in the Student Union Wednesday night. The panel’s intent was to discuss topics concerning men, women, sexuality and the views surrounding these topics. The panel started with a basic word association exercise. First, traits that were considered “masculine” in our society were bandied around, followed by traits considered “feminine.” Masculine traits tended to be very dominant, such as “strong,” “aggressive,” “breadwinner” and “unemotional.” Women, on the other hand, tended toward more submissive traits, such as “domestic,” “nurturing” and “emotional.” Following this exercise, the panel discussed what happens when a person of either sex does not confine themselves to these gender roles. According to the panel, men who do not fulfill the roles of “real men” are abused both verbally and physically,
and tend to be called “gay,” “weak” or “a girl.” Women who do not fulfill traditional gender rules are considered “feminists,” “weird” or “dykes,” the panel said. The next topic concerned why gender roles exist. Many ideas were tossed around, a few being religion, morals and ethics, the media and growing up in a “traditional” environment. For example, many religions view women as second-class citizens or do not allow women in positions of power in the clergy. Morals and ethics tend to be largely governed by religion. It was agreed that the media was also responsible for the stereotypical gender roles. People cited movies and ads that portray men as hyper-violent, and women as hypersexual. Finally, people are often raised in traditional environments where the values they are taught are those of an older generation. “Here in the U.S., we see just the two gender roles. But other countries like Sweden, they don’t necessarily do so. Why can’t we break the stereotypes here?” said Lorimar Santiago, a 7th-semester human development and family studies major.
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Rainbow Center hosts founder of The Pipeline Project
By Brian Zahn Senior Staff Writer Clarence Patton, founder of The Pipeline Project, which oversees the inclusion of ethnic minorities in LGBT non-profit organizations, spoke at the Rainbow Center’s Out to Lunch lecture series Wednesday. Fleurette King, director of the Rainbow Center, addressed the crowd before Patton began his presentation by reminding everyone that Lt. Dan Choi would be speaking in the Student Union at 4:30 p.m. It was extremely timely, due to the recently issued injunction ruling the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy unconstitutional. Patton explained The Pipeline Project in his opowerpoint presentation, describing its goals as a recruitment, retention and leadership advancement effort for LGBT rights. “Our shorthand for that is affirmative action for the gay industrial complex,” Patton said. Despite working with the New
York City Anti-Violence Project for 12 years, Patton recalled receiving criticism for not having a diverse enough staff. “I’m the only African-American executive director in New York City. Isn’t that enough?” he remembered thinking. Patton explained his reason for starting The Pipeline Project as being because, “There’s not enough people of color in the LGBT movement,” adding that the ones that are there tend to leave sooner than whites in the same position. According to Patton, only 4 percent of executive directors of LGBT organizations are people of color. Patton believes this is “clearly a deficit.” The reason this is especially problematic to Patton is because it’s bizarre to him for organizations to be lacking diversity in a movement that stresses diversity. Patton had a particular interest in forming a network of LGBT interns who could eventually integrate themselves into the LGBT movement.
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Clarence Patton, founder of The Pipeline Project, speak at the Rainbow Center
“Some of our interns did what we hoped they would do, which is get hired or restructure their organizations to include them,” Patton said. Elise English, a 7th-semester molecular cell biology major, was present at the lecture.
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Valencia’s new album not their best By Matt Yost Campus Correspondent
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Valencia’s “We All Need a Reason To Believe” was a poppunk masterpiece. With it’s painful yet optimistic recollection of lead singer Shane Henderson coping with the death of his girlfriend, absolutepunk.net critic Drew Beringer was accurate in stating that the band could “breathe new life into pop-punk.” “Dancing With a Ghost,” the newest album from the band, isn’t as fresh or innovative as fans could expect. The band has certainly shifted its focus towards creating more mainstream pop-rock, but while many bands would fail miserably with mainstreaming their music, Valencia is fairly successful. While the record isn’t nearly as groundbreaking as the previous release, it’s still an enjoyable and consistent pop record. Album opener “Dancing With a Ghost,” one of the first singles off of the record, is an incredibly bouncy and energetic album opener. While many will be caught off guard by the top-40 sound Valencia are going with,
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This Day in Music 1955 Buddy Holly opened for Bill Haley and his Comets in what would be his landmark debut. The audience included Nashville talent scout Eddie Crandell, who immediately set Holly up with studio time for his first demo. After forming his back up band, “The Crickets,” Holly began recording. Within a year and a half he slammed out dozens of trademark singles, including “That’ll Be the Day,” “Peggy Sue” and “Words of Love.” Then tragedy struck. Holly was killed in the infamous 1959 Winter Dance Party plane crash, coined by Don McLean as “The day music died.” He was 22, just married and soon to be a father. Despite the tragedy, Holly will forever be known as one of the earliest pioneers in music. He was amongst the first group of inductees to the rock and roll hall of fame, and ranked 13 in Rolling Stone’s “50 Greatest Artists of All Time.” He is an innovator, a creator, and an inspiration to musicians today, including E.O. Smith’s very own Rivers Cuomo. “Woo-ee-oo, I look just like Buddy Holly.”
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Valencia’s newest album, “Dancing With a Ghost” dropped on Oct. 12.
they are competent enough to handle the change maturely. The following track, “Spinning Out,” is equally catchy, but lacking in the lyrical charm of previous Valencia albums. The simple optimism of the latest record was inspiring and fresh for the genre, but the band isn’t
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going to break ground with its new lyrics. This record feels like, lyrically, Valencia could use some work. This record does demonstrate some diversity in the band’s songwriting abilities. Valencia has demonstrated that it isn’t one of the “scene” bands that will disappear after one or two solid albums; the band has the ability to continuously put out solid tracks. Beyond the aforementioned tracks, “Days Go By” and “Still Need You Around” are great, for both Valencia fans and newcomers. Still, while the experiences Shane went through are traumatic, the band needs to take new inspiration for song topics.
While the record is certainly a good one, it falls short of being a great one. There is a pang of disappointment that resonates with the listener throughout the record – a chord struck in previous efforts that are lacking in their newest release. The record is by no means lazy, but it isn’t exceptional; it feels like Valencia is making a stronger effort to get a wider (and well-deserved) fan base. While there is nothing wrong with that effort, the band is capable of making something stronger than “Dancing With a Ghost.” For now, it’s a solid collection of pop tunes sure to tide fans over until the next release.
‘Belle & Sebastian Write About Love’ on new album By Aaron Burnstein Campus Correspondent After a brief hiatus allowing the members to take part in other projects, chamber pop group Belle & Sebastian have reunited with their most recent release, “Belle & Sebastian Write About Love.” Though it’s an album that throws very few curveballs, Belle & Sebastian continue to demonstrate proficiency in songwriting and musicianship. The album begins with a refreshingly groove-oriented pop sound in tracks like “I Didn’t See it Coming” and “Come on Sister,” which feature excellent drumming and tastefully restrained guitar and piano parts. Both songs, as well
as several others throughout the album, feature strong use of synth parts. Initially the synth feels a little unusual, considering Belle & Sebastian’s inclinations towards an acoustic set, but it begins to feel more natural after repeated listens. However, the real gem of the album is the first single and titletrack, “Write About Love.” It’s an energetic power-pop song that features wonderful guest vocals from Corey Mulligan (a pleasant surprise, seeing as she’s known more as an actress than as a singer). It definitely makes for the album’s catchiest tune. The other highlight is the quirky “I’m Not Living in the Real World.” It’s a goofy and somewhat experimental track that provides some
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Members of the band Belle & Sebastian.
welcome diversity. The only downside is that a good portion of the album has lapsed into predictability. While none of the tracks are outright offensive, some tend to be a little on the “adult contemporary” side of things (“Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John” has Norah Jones on guest vocals. ‘Nuff said.). Their mistakes are not unforgivable, however. The fact of the matter is that you can’t be a genius all the time. Belle & Sebastian have certainly had their fair share of masterpieces
(“If You’re Feeling Sinister” or “The Life Pursuit,” anyone?), and “Belle & Sebastian Write about Love” will likely fall by the wayside. Overall, “Belle & Sebastian Write about Love” shows that the band still has some good songwriting left in them. It’s not an album that will blow anyone’s mind, but Belle & Sebastian haven’t lost it yet, and they have plenty of new pop gems to offer fans.
perhaps most closely related to the country-themed storytelling on “The Introduction is Arriving.” Lynch gives some insight into his musical models on tracks like “The Experience of Understanding,” the apathetic lyrics and somber instrumentals of which ooze the influences of super-band Oasis and on “Every Measure and Space,” which is airy and wondrous. As one might imagine, it drifts cohesively into “When the Illusion Is What It Seems,” a track slightly reminiscent of the subdued yet dark energy of Joy Division. The standout from the album, though, is arguably “A Heavy Heart on an Empty Stomach,” which harkens back to the 1999 single from British alternative band Placebo, “Every You Every Me,” and opens with an
interesting funk-folk conglomeration. His lyrics are honest and straightforward on “Heavy Heart,” where he sings,“I don’t know what’s in between/All the spaces and the seams/But I know I’ll always dream/And that this is all I need.” Lynch’s vocals don’t exactly leave much to the imagination, but what he lacks in range there, he makes up for everywhere else. A selftaught musician, Lynch has played all of the guitars, pianos, and drums on each of his seven albums, which he recorded in his own studio. “The Infinitive Definitive” marks the journey of a man dedicated to his craft in every stage of its development – its inception, its progress and its budding success.
Unknown Component gets even more vague By Faithlynn Morris Campus Correspondent Formed in 2002 and originally based in Iowa City, Iowa, Unknown Component is the brainchild of musician Kevin Lynch, who has already released six independent albums under the moniker. On “The Infinitive Definitive”, the latest album
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from Unknown Component, Lynch sets himself aside from his contemporaries with a strong combination of impassioned production and introspective lyrics. One of the earlier tracks on this effort, “Collections of the State” is a rainy day song, much like the rest of the album, with a few spots of sunshine in the form of up-tempo piano breaks. It is
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What do people sing about nowadays? Stereophonics’ album title “Language. Sex. Violence. Other?” is an allencompassing answer in and of itself. So is Justin Timberlake’s solo album, which is named “Future Love/Sex Sounds.” As songs about “eenie meenie miney mo” and honeys that “pow pow with their booties” dominate the radio stations, it’s difficult to imagine that musicians write reflective material any more. A topical ballad, which is a song that contemplates about current day issues, can be eternal. It lingers in the minds of those who listen to it. As time passes it festers until it bursts. When the heart of the song, the purpose of the words and the author spills out, prompting a perpetual change in its host. These ballads define the way that society thinks and acts. Even more importantly, they make society change the way that the higher powers think and act. I never really considered the significance of topical ballads until I enrolled in the “Sing and Shout” class here at UConn. While I noncommittally interpreted lyrics about leaky faucets and adulterous wives, I was immediately drawn to activist Janis Ian after being introduced to her song, “Society’s Child.” Ian authored the song when she was only 13 and used it to demonstrate the dividing lines that were drawn between white and colored people in the post-Civil Rights era. “Baby, I’m only society’s child, when we’re older things may change, but for now this is the way, they must remain,” sings Ian. Talk about powerful stuff right there. The past few decades have been about change and reconstruction. But what’s going on in the world today? Where are the Bob Dylans, the Bonos and the Billy Joels of our generation? Truth is, they are around. They just haven’t been prominent or influential enough to be the front-page news story. With Bono still at the helm, U2 is still actively churning out music. The band hasn’t been releasing anything as political as “Sunday, Bloody Sunday,” “Mothers of the Disappeared” and “Walk On.” But a recent track “Cedars of Lebanon” and the unreleased single “Mercy” are proof that U2 has not completely caved into pacifism. Rise Against, a band that has grown out of the Chicago punk scene, recently tackled environmental issues on its 2009 album, “Appeal to Reason.” Furthermore, the music video for one of its most successful songs, “Prayer of the Refugee,” is set against a backdrop that depicts the corrosive relationship between humans and nature. Jack Johnson has also been an avid advocate for the green movement. The singer donated all of the proceeds from his summer concert tour to environmental charities. One of the receiving ends was an oil spill relief fund. While his newest release “To the Sea” did not provoke much public outrage, it did appeal to environmentalists in some respect. The music on the album is lorelike as it recreates Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea” in a softer context. The lyrics romanticize nature to such a degree that Johnson seems like a modernday Walt Whitman. “I aint trying to hear my number, though it could be the next one called. Told my family I’d be home but Iraq’s trying to prove me wrong.” These lyrics come from 4th25’s song “Matter of Time,” which was featured
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‘Valley of Smoke’ unique and engaging
Thursday, October 14, 2010
By Aaron Burnstein Campus Correspondent
Intronaut, along with bands such as Isis and Baroness, has come to be part of a rare breed of metal bands that are accepted by the so-called “indie community.” Intronaut may be a sludge metal band at heart, but their strong math-rock and postrock influences allow them to be more accessible to people who would otherwise have no interest in metal. But that’s not to say that they’re a band without teeth. On Intronaut’s latest album, “Valley of Smoke,”
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they consistently demonstrate their ability to blend raw, vicious sludge with tasteful melodies and soundscapes. One of the greatest problems that affects metal and metal-related genres is a lack of understanding for dynamics. Too many bands simply don’t know when to turn the aggression down. Part of Intronaut’s appeal is their keen awareness of loud-soft contrast. During the heavy portions of their tracks, Intronaut can level an arena, but during the mellower segments, they craft a sophisticated and fascinating web of sound that enthralls the listener
and leaves them wanting more. Additionally, vocalist Sacha Dunable does an excellent job of switching between harsh and clean vocals, helping to add to the power and elegance of Intronaut’s sound. But even though the vocals, guitar and bass are exceptionally showcased over the course of the album, the band’s real, not-so-secret-weapon is drummer Danny Walker. The clockwork precision that is demanded of the drummer by the songs’ structures is a real undertaking, but Walker accomplishes it all with style, groove and some pretty mighty
fills. There’s a real art to drumming so frantically, yet still giving the sound character. The level of skill demonstrated is truly impressive. Despite Intronaut’s uniqueness among other bands, their sound is not always singular within the context of the album. The only major issue with “Valley of Smoke” is that the songs can become rather homogenous in sound. However, the talent of the band and the quality inherent in their songwriting makes it a forgivable error. Overall, “Valley of Smoke” is an accomplished release that
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writing. With the release of “The Age of Adz”, however, I find myself even more confused about whether or not I am okay with the change Sufjan has applied to his sound. “The Age of Adz” almost deserves an artistic title entirely separate from Sufjan Stevens. The album bears virtually no resemblance to his previous albums, lyrically or aesthetically. Listeners expecting another soothing effort from the artist should look elsewhere. In fact, at many
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well lives up to Intronaut’s reputation. Their blend of classy, introspective sounds with some of metal’s more violent elements is tastefully done and has something to offer to both metal and non-metal fans.
Instrumental skill and innovative songcraft make their most recent release and intelligent an engaging listen.
points in the album, it’s quite noisy and stirring, which will certainly turn many off. What is most quizzical about the album is that, while very few tracks really strikes a chord, the album will still draw in listeners. It’s difficult to turn off because, while unexpected, it’s also fascinating and ambient. The album certainly doesn’t have the lasting power established on “Come On Feel The Illinoise,” but certainly will stick with listeners throughout the entire album. The biggest issue with the album is that Sufjan seems to disregard his listeners in terms of album arrangement. He immediately tosses his listeners into his new experimental attempt, with the strange “Too Much” and “The Age of Adz.” By the time “The Age of Adz” is halfway through, however, Sufjan reveals that he does have a solid grip on
the sound he is experimenting with. Later tracks “Bad Communication,” “Vesuvius” and “All For Myself,” however, sound like a more accessible transition from earlier Sufjan Stevens to the new sound he is trying out. By the album’s conclusion, after multiple hearings, I’m still indecisive about whether or not I consider the album on par with his previous releases. It can be said, though, that creatively it is bursting at the seams, and is a very competently made album. I am no longer as frustrated with his creative turn as I was when the announcement was made. While it can be said that fans will certainly be hoping for a return to form for Sufjan, all should be encouraged to try “The Age of Adz” out, as many will certainly find its quirky charms appealing.
Sufjan Stevens’ new album goes in a new direction When Sufjan Stevens’ “The Age of Adz” was announced earlier this year, he explained that he was abandoning his minimal sound and storytelling-songwriting and focusing on a more electronic influence for his newest record. I was one of many who were extremely disappointed with the announcement; after all, the main draw to Sufjan is his emotional and soothing song-
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Musician Sufjan Stevens.
Fresh and Onlys ‘Play it Right’
By Julie Bartoli Campus Correspondent
Because they were lo-fi, they got a bad rap. Because they were naive, they got a bad rap. Because they were just another California-based, basement studio indie outfit, they got a bad rap. Because they look like a pack of wolfmen, they got a bad rap. But now none of those things matter, because The Fresh and Only’s new album proves that their talent is undeniable. “Play It Right,” the boys’ third LP, has taken them from the ranks of underground festival hoppers to musical geniuses. Released on Tuesday, Oct. 12, the album is an 11-track masterpiece bearing a cohesive, moody rock sound. Timothy Cohen has truly outdone himself, opening with a Morrison-esque piece titled “Summer of Love.” The song
oozes with jangly guitars and vintage riffs, and could easily have fit in blasting through turntables during the real Summer of Love. The next track, “Waterfall,” has a surfrock vibe, and Cohen’s vocals are much clearer. “Tropical Island Suite,” with its distortion and simple-but-solid chord progression falls into an unexpected but completely appropriate punk outlet, which somehow fits right in with its rock brethren. However, the real innovation comes through in “I’m All Shook Up,” “I’m a Thief,” and “Red Light, Green Light.” Underneath Cohen’s effortless lyrics and Gibson’s pounding on the drum set, there is a well-defined roots rock beat that takes listeners back to the Elvis Presley period. The songs have a 50’s-era swing to them, a swing that’s been alienated for well over 60 years, though there is absolutely nothing wrong with it.
The Fresh and Onlys are refreshing. They’re sensual and youthful, like the indie artists of today, but beneath all that they’re just a group of old souls trying to give their listeners a conceptual music sound that somehow incorporates 12 different genres. What we needed was a freeform rock and roll revival. And they did that. From somewhere in the boroughs of their dimly-lit San Francisco sprawls, these guys got together and sat around playing an obscure mixture of Little Richard, Bo
the only celebrity willing to lend a voice to the important cause. Neil Patrick Harris, an openly gay actor in Hollywood, gave his advice for overcoming social obstacles. “When you get older, you’ll find that people are actually drawn to individuals with different points of view, who are proud of who they are and make interesting and unique and different choices for them,” Harris said. His message was broadcasted through MTV, and encouraged anyone struggling with being different to “stand tall and be proud of who you are.” On Oct. 4, Larry King Live played host to a discussion on teen bullying featuring stars like comediennes Kathy Griffin and Wanda Sykes, and former *NSYNC member Lance Bass. Sykes’s message to bullies across the country, “Get a life,” was simple and straightforward. Even journalists are using their outlet to spread the word of acceptance. CNN host Anderson
Cooper utilized his program, Anderson Cooper 360°, to shed light on the individuals who succumbed to teasing they faced from peers. He also conducted profiles on adding anti-bullying tactics to school curricula. UConn students contributed input on the epidemic as well. Will Nelson, a 5th-semester economics major, says it’s the community’s responsibility to intervene. “The bullies really aren’t the ones who should be blamed, it’s the town’s and the school’s negligence that drove them to such extremes,” he said. Joey Homza, a 7th-semester social media and communications major, was greatly influenced by the recent news. “I was really shocked and bereaved to hear the multiple reports of suicide. It hit close to home personally, and it certainly highlights last week’s suicide prevention movement,” said Homza. A media figure on campus himself, Homza is welcome to celebrities using their power.
Diddley, The Buzzcocks, The Seeds, The Beach Boys and The Doors until their fingers ached. They listened to shoegaze, and pulled inspiration from jazz and skiffle. They ignored the indie-pop trap, or worse, the mainstream black hole, and they did something that hasn’t been done in far too long. They rocked. And they weren’t too light on the roll, either.
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Atlanta police: TI helped talked down suicidal man
ATLANTA (AP) — Police got unexpected help talking a suicidal man down from an Atlanta skyscraper on Wednesday when rapper T.I. showed up. Officer James Polite says the hip-hop star joined the crowd outside the 22-story office building in midtown Wednesday and told officers he wanted to help. Police said the man agreed to come down in exchange for a few minutes face-to-face with T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris. “I told him it ain’t that bad. It’ll get better, to put the time and effort into making it better,” T.I. said in a phone interview with The Associated Press. “I just reminded him know that I know. It looks bad right now, but it can turn around.”
T.I. said he heard about the situation on the radio and drove to the building to help. He recorded a video of himself on a cell phone and rescue workers took it to the man to prove the rapper was really there. The Atlanta native said the man seemed to be “beat up by life.” The suicidal man, whose name wasn’t released, was taken to a hospital. The good deed follows recent legal trouble for the rapper, who is due in court Friday for a parole hearing after being arrested on suspicion of drug offenses last month in Los Angeles. He’s on supervised release after spending a year in prison on federal weapons charges.
than the President, so why not use the influence to do some social good?” Anybody struggling to find acceptance or support is wel-
come to call the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline toll-free, at 1-800-273-8255.
Celebrities speak out against bullying and speak up for suicide prevention
By Stephanie Ratty Campus Correspondent
The recent escalation of teen suicide rates in the United States has been covered by news affiliations from coast to coast, but now celebrities are stepping up to show their support. “This needs to be a wakeup call to everyone that teenage bullying and teasing is an epidemic in this country,” said television personality Ellen Degeneres in her video address to the public on Sept. 30. Her video was posted in response to the suicide of Tyler Clementi, a Rutgers University student who took his own life to escape constant homophobic bullying from his roommate. Similarly devastating stories have arisen over the past few weeks with teens, some as young as 13, cutting their lives short as a result of vicious bullying and prejudice in schools. Degeneres has landed hundreds of thousands of hits on the online video, but she is not
“If you are famous for the right reason, you can gain a following more powerful than any politician’s. A musician can amass a million more fans
In this Oct. 5, photo, school buses bring students home from Hamilton Middle School in Cypress, Texas as Brian Carter, left, Sharon Ferranti, foreground right, and others stand on a corner with signs to protest the treatment of Asher Brown, an eighth grader at the school who killed himself at home on Sept. 23, 2010. His parents blamed his suicide on two years of bullying they say he had suffered at the school. A spate of teen suicides linked to anti-gay harassment is prompting school officials nationwide to rethink their efforts against bullying _ and in the process, risk entanglement in a bitter ideological debate. The conflict: Gay-rights supporters insist that any effective anti-bullying program must include specific components addressing harassment of gay youth. But religious conservatives condemn that approach as an unnecessary and manipulative tactic to sway young people’s views of homosexuality. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Karen Warren)
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Positive HIV test halts LA porn shoots
LOS ANGELES (AP) — More than half a dozen pornographers in California's multibillion-dollar adult entertainment industry have halted production after an actor tested positive for HIV — and more shutdowns were expected. Vivid Entertainment Group and Wicked Pictures were among the companies that announced production halts as a precaution. "From Vivid's perspective, there was no question that when we heard this, we immediately shut down production and said let's get the facts and evaluate them before we move forward," Steven Hirsch, the founder of Vivid, one of the largest makers of adult films, said Wednesday. "Adult entertainment companies act responsibly, and no one wants to see another person test positive if there's anything they can do to stop it," he said. Actors in movies by Wicked Pictures use condoms. Still, company president Steve Orenstein said two shoots were on hold and future production depends on further HIV test results from a clinic that serves the industry. PinkVisual Productions is also slated to halt production for at least a few weeks. Adult Video News reported additional shutdowns at Hustler Video, Digital Playground, Jennaration X Studios, Girlfriends Films and Kick Ass Pictures. The identity and gender of the HIV-positive actor have not been released by the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation, the clinic where the case was discovered. The
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clinic was working to identify and test on-screen partners of the actor. Los Angeles County public health officials and state occupational health officials have said the widespread lack of condom use on porn sets puts performers at risk of contracting HIV and other diseases. Adult film producers have said viewers find condoms to be a turnoff. Last year, a woman tested positive for HIV after making an adult film, and in 2004 an HIV outbreak affecting several actors spread panic in the industry and briefly shut down productions at several California studios. In recent years, advocates and health officials have tussled with porn producers and free speech advocates over the use of condoms in adult films. State workplace safety officials at Cal/OSHA are considering strengthening rules designed to prevent transmission of disease by requiring the use of condoms in the films. Health and workplace safety officials say they have called on the clinic where the case was discovered to share redacted records that would indicate an infected worker's employment history, but the clinic has not complied. Lawyers for the San Fernando Valley clinic said it was in full compliance with reporting and privacy laws, and health officials have overstepped their bounds in the past. The lawyers said in a statement Wednesday that a Northern California judge has gone so far as to stop state officials from getting identifying information because it violates medical pri-
vacy regulations. HIV is spread most often through sexual contact but can also be contracted through sharing contaminated needles for drug use, infected blood products, or by babies born to or breast-fed by infected women. HIV is the cause of AIDS, an immune disease that gradually destroys the body's ability to fight illness. In an average month, Vivid spends $250,000 to shoot four movies, which require a total of 12 to 15 days of shooting, Hirsch said. The company currently has a stockpile of unreleased movies, and it would take months without any new production activity to affect Vivid's release schedule, he added. Mark Kernes, senior editor at Adult Video News, said he expects most production companies to shut down until it's known who had contact with the person known to have HIV. It's unclear how the industry's bottom line might be affected by halted production because many companies such as Vivid could sustain sales with backlogs of unreleased titles, Kernes said. Like other entertainment industries, adult film makers have been hurt by the recession and the Internet, where pirating and free downloads often cut producers out of a profits. Last year, in a tongue-incheek complaint about the sour economy, Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt and Girls Gone Wild chief executive Joe Francis called for a $5 billion federal bailout. They said adult DVD sales and rentals decreased 22 percent.
Discussion addresses gender
Jonas Brothers cancel Mexico show due to violence MEXICO CITY (AP) — Disney stars the Jonas Brothers have canceled a concert scheduled in the Mexican city of Monterrey because of security concerns. Concert promoter Live Nation says the Oct. 21 concert was canceled due to "a series of unfor-
tunate events" in Monterrey and out of concern for fans. Monterrey is Mexico's richest city and long one of its safest, but a wave of drug violence has shocked residents. More than 400 people have been killed this year in the state of Nuevo Leon, where Monterrey is located.
than any president or any CNN anchor can. Although there is a plethora of issues that can be discussed through the medium of music, modern-day artists skirt by the most important themes when writing their lyrics. It’s a discouraging thought, but Bob Dylan was right: these times really are a-changing.
The panel ended with a final discussion about LGBTQ issues. Lesbians and gay men are often switched into the opposite gender roles, and are discriminated against everywhere, including in the United States military. There was a consensus among the panel that such discrimination was wrong and that everyone should do their part to combat it by taking offense to statements such as “that’s so gay.” “Chivalry is not just about pulling out chairs and opening doors for women; it’s about seeing a problem with the world and acting to change it,” said Davoy Fong, a 7th-semester political science and sociology major, who led the panel.
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Phillies offense, often overshadowed by pitching, can still outslug teams too
PHILADELPHIA (AP)—These Phillies can swing the bats, too. Lost in the hype over Philadelphia’s outstanding pitching is a star-studded offense loaded with talent. The Phillies’ lineup includes seven players who’ve been All-Stars, two former MVPs and five guys who’ve hit 30 homers. The one regular who’s never made an All-Star team—catcher Carlos Ruiz— happened to lead the club in hitting with a .302 average this season. So while everyone raves about Philadelphia’s three aces and San Francisco’s equally tough starters, the hitters take a back seat and quietly go about their business. They’re not letting all the talk about how pitching is expected to dominate the NL championship series intimidate them. “I’m not even going to bring a bat with me,” Shane Victorino quipped. “I’m done.” Game 1 of the NLCS is Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park. All the focus has been on the marquee matchup between Tim Lincecum and Roy Halladay. The reigning two-time Cy Young Award winner against the front-runner to win it this year. Then it’s Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels, though not necessarily in that order, pitching the next two games for the Phillies against Matt Cain and Jonathan Sanchez. “That’s baseball. I don’t care who’s on the mound, I’ve got to go out there and try to get hits, whether it be Lincecum, whether it be Cain, whether it be Sanchez,” Victorino said. “You know we’ve got to go out there and try to score runs. “It’s going to be an interesting little series. We know what we’re up against. Are we going to do anything differently? Yeah, we need to hit. But I think as long as you get a ‘W’ at the end of the day, whether it be through good pitching or good hitting, that’s what it’s about.” The two-time NL champions used to rely on their hitting and outslugged teams in the past. This year, pitching carried the Phillies to their fourth straight division title. The offense slumped and was inconsistent all season, but injuries were a major factor. Six of the eight regulars spent time on the disabled list, including significant stints by Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley. As a result, everyone except Ruiz had a decline in production. Still, with sluggers such as Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth in the middle of the
order along with Victorino, Utley, Rollins, Ruiz, Placido Polanco and Raul Ibanez, the Phillies are feared despite their final stats. “We’ve got the talent to be an offensive team, which we’ve been for the last four or five years,” manager Charlie Manuel said. “And this has been, this definitely has been a down year, the numbers kind of speak for it. But at the same time, we’re very capable of busting games open and putting up more offense. I expect us to score more runs.” Overall, the Phillies finished fifth in the NL in average (.260), second in runs (772) and fifth in homers (166). They led the league in runs (820) and homers (224) last year. They were tied for second in runs (799) and first in homers (214) in 2008 when they won the World Series. They were first in runs (892) and second in homers (213) in 2007. “Our offense is pretty offensive-minded every night, no matter what,” said Werth, who had 27 homers and 85 RBIs after hitting 36 and knocking in 99 last year. “I think we feel we’re going to go out and score a bunch of runs every night, even though we haven’t done that a whole lot this year. We still have that type of attitude.” Injuries were such a problem that the eight regulars have yet to play three straight games this season. Barring anything happening in workouts this week, they’ll finally make it to three in a row in Game 1 against Lincecum. Losing Rollins, the offensive catalyst, for nearly half the season hurt Philadelphia. When Rollins, the 2007 NL MVP, is on his game, the Phillies are hard to stop. But he batted just .243 in 88 games and lost his job as leadoff hitter to Victorino in the postseason. Utley, the No. 3 hitter, missed 47 games and finished with a .275 average, 16 homers and 65 RBIs—all career lows. Howard’s numbers also dipped dramatically and he only missed 19 games. Howard had 31 homers and 108 RBIs after averaging 49.5 homers and 143 RBIs over the previous four years. But this was the year of the pitcher in the majors. Only two players hit 40 homers. Albert Pujols led the NL with 42. Jose Bautista led the AL with 54. “We can score more runs,” Manuel said. He’ll settle for one run more than the Giants in every game of the NLCS.
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Vikings' wide receiver Randy Moss, formerly of the New England Patriots, catches a touchdown pass during the Vikings' 29-20 loss to the Jets on Monday.
Trading Randy Moss: A good idea or a huge mistake? from SHOULD, page 14 first week of the season, I am surprised this move didn’t come about sooner. Moss is notoriously known for having a poor attitude, and it seems that coach Belichick and the owners had enough of his antics. Dave: It’s true that Randy Moss may have had a few altercations with teammates and coaches during his three-year stint with the Patriots. But did they ever really affect the performance of the team on the field? With Moss, the Patriots compiled an overall record of 42-14, including the playoffs. Oh yeah, and there was the 2007 season where Randy Moss caught 23 touchdowns throughout the season and helped the Patriots reach a 16-0 regular season mark, only to lose in the Super Bowl to the New York Giants. He caught 50 touchdowns over three years with the Patriots, and compiled more than 3,800 receiving yards. This is a future Hall of Fame wide receiver who was by far the best receiver on his team, and one of the best in the NFL. Without Moss, the Patriots offense is going to change enormously. Wes Welker will become a main focal point. His resume shows that he is capable of carrying the load. But can he do it without Randy Moss? When Randy Moss is on the field, he often attracts double coverage, leaving Wes Welker with room to make plays. Without Moss, I guarantee that Welker’s game will not be as productive. He will see heavier coverage, and the Patriots will need to find other means of an offensive game. The return of Deion Branch to the Patriots does help fill the void Moss left,
but let’s be honest, Branch is an older player and is no Randy Moss. In regards to the run game, BenJarvus Green-Ellis took over as the primary back when Fred Taylor got injured. In his defense, he’s having a good season for the Patriots. But he still has not proven that he can bring a solid run game for his team night in and night out. With the departure of Randy Moss, the Patriots will have a difficult time keeping up with teams such as the Jets, the Steelers and the Ravens. I expect them to struggle mightily and possibly miss the playoffs without their lone downfield threat. Making this trade was a huge mistake. Dan: In 2007, the Patriots coined the phrase, “humble pie,” trying to not lose focus during what was almost a perfect season. Randy Moss could do with remembering that lesson. The Patriots’ offense will function fine without Randy Moss. Tom Brady has always been known as a quarterback who likes to spread the wealth, throwing to a number of different receivers almost every game. Green-Ellis is off to a strong start in his first full season with the team, so look for him to become a more integral part of the offense with the departure of Moss and the loss of Kevin Faulk. The Patriots are not ready for another Super Bowl run this season, even if they had retained Moss. A young defense combined with an even younger secondary are once again the main focus of the defensive-minded Bill Belichick. Without the distraction of Moss, the Patriots are ready to go back to that winning formula of a potent defense and a strong offense that won them three Super Bowls in the early 2000s.
Stypulkoski: Avery gets a taste of his own classless medicene
unsportsmanlike conduct penalty to include face guarding after first period, the Isles’ James that game, an addition known as Wisniewski was spotted by tele- “the Avery rule.” And this tendency on the vision cameras barking at Avery part of the NHL to act quickly and miming a lewd gesture in after these types of shenanihis direction. Despite being in attendance at gans continued on Tuesday, as the game, NHL Commissioner Wisniewski was suspended for Gary Bettman declined to com- two games and subsequently ment on the incident, saying docked just short of $80,000 only that, “My guess is hockey in pay. Although Wisniewski opted operations will do what needs to not to directly address the issue be done.” when asked about his suspenBut Avery reacted to the gesture when asked about it after sion, I’m sure he felt the gesture was well worth its price. the game. If you ask anyone that fol“It’s pretty obvious what the lows the NHL who the most guy was doing,” Avery said. “But I’m sure nothing will hap- annoying, agitating and angerpen to him, because nothing ing player in the league is, a ever happens. It’s interesting, slew of names come to mind. he’d get a warning for some- But you can be sure that Avery will be the name that gets menthing like that.” You would think Avery of all tioned the most. And players people would have known better apparently feel the same. In a to assume such a gesture would poll of nearly 300 NHL players go unnoticed. After all, Avery that was conducted in 2007, has been down this road plenty about 66 percent of players of times before. In an inter- named Avery the “most hated view in December of 2008, the player in the league.” So, despite the steep cost of always-dramatic Avery quipped that Dion Phaneuf, a defense- the gesture, I would be willing man for the Calgary Flames, was to bet that Wisniewski feels picking up his “sloppy seconds,” like giving Avery a taste of his leading to a prompt indefinite own medicine was more than suspension from the league. worth the repercussions. And, Avery is also the guy who unof- although he’ll have to spend ficially has a rule named after the next two games watchhim for putting his hands in ing his team from the stands, front of Devils’ goalie Martin he can always just bring his Brodeur and blatantly disregard- laptop with him and enjoy his ing the puck during a 2008 play- newfound YouTube stardom off game against New Jersey, in over and over again. an attempt to “screen” Brodeur. The NHL quickly amended its Matthew.Stypulkoski@UConn.edu
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Huskies fall to Sacred Heart
» WOMEN'S TENNIS
By William Penfield Campus Correspondent
The UConn women’s tennis team fell to Sacred Heart on Tuesday, 4-3, in their first dual match of the fall season. In the loss, junior Alexa Gregory had a strong showing, winning her singles match against Sacred Heart’s Darcy Demers 6-0, 6-3. Gregory partnered with sophomore Abby McKeon to win their doubles match 8-7. McKeon also won her singles match, downing Kristina Chao 6-2, 6-1. “It definitely feels good to be able to help out my team in the best way I can,” Gregory said. “But we play as a team. We win and we lose as a team together.” Freshman Lucy Nutting continued her successful season, defeating Delaney Downing 6-2, 6-1 in singles action. Freshman Jennifer Learmonth and senior Emily Herb both dropped their singles matches after successful first sets. Learmonth fell to Kate Donnelly 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 and Herb fell to Elizabaeth Harrington 4-6, 7-6, 7-5.
Learmonth and Herb also teamed up for doubles action but were unsuccessful, dropping their match 8-4. The past successful doubles duo of Nutting and sophomore Lauren Wilmarth fell in their 8-6. Wilmarth also dropped her singles match 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 to Gabi Kaldan. The Huskies will look to improve their doubles play so they will be able to capture the important doubles point in future matches. “Our doubles were a little down Tuesday. We have definitely played better doubles this fall,” Gregory said. “We are all going to need to start fast and play better doubles against Quinnipiac. They are a strong team and we are going to need to bring it in order to start ahead with that first doubles point.” The Huskies return to action next Wednesday when they host Quinnipiac University. The match will be held at the tennis courts on campus beginning at 2 p.m.
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A member of the women's tennis team makes a serve during a match on Oct. 14, 2009.
Favre's elbow the latest problem for Vikings QB
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP)—Brett Favre’s latest problem is his elbow. With the NFL investigating whether he sent lewd photos of himself to a Jets game hostess while he played for New York in 2008, Favre said Wednesday that his cherished, league-record streak of 289 straight starts could be in danger if the pain in his right elbow gets any worse. The 41-year-old quarterback did not practice with Minnesota on Wednesday, preferring to rest the tendinitis that flared up noticeably on Monday night in the Vikings 29-20 loss to the Jets. “I don’t want to play just to play,” Favre said. “It’s kind of a funny injury. It could flare up and get worse.” It’s even more adversity for Favre this season, which so far has been anything but a repeat of last year’s charmed run to the NFC title game. How bad is it? On Wednesday, local TV station WCCO posted video of Favre getting hit in the groin by a stray football during a warm up before practice started. Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Tuesday there is no timetable for completing an investigation into a Deadspin report that Favre sent inappropriate messages and photos to Jenn Sterger in 2008. And the Vikings are off to a 1-3 start heading into what they call a must-win game against Dallas on Sunday. “I don’t rank them,” Favre said on Wednesday when asked how the allegations measure up to other issues he’s dealt with in his career. “I’m thrilled to be here and have an opportunity to lead this team to the Super Bowl. … There’s still a lot of football left. I feel very confident in a lot of ways. “You go through different things in your life. Football is a very tough sport, mentally and physically. Last year was great. Almost too great. But I woke up this morning and was very eager to get over here. Moreso than last year at this time, to get this
Vikings' quarterback Brett Favre reacts after failing to convert on fourth down during the fourth quarter of Monday's 29-20 loss to the Jets.
back on track. I feel confident that (the team) will right itself in the end.” In 20 years in the NFL, Favre has been through tough times before. From his addiction to pain killers early in his career, to his wife being diagnosed with breast cancer, and through the death of his father, Favre has always managed to keep his focus on the game, often delivering some of his best performances along the way. “I think he’s really handling it well. I really do,” said Vikings kicker Ryan Longwell, a close friend of Favre’s from their days together in Green Bay. “The guy is so resilient and has his priorities straight, and I think in the midst of a tough, tough situation, across the board, I think he’s handled it really well.” Favre said on Wednesday that it was his elbow, not the investigation, that hampered him against the Jets.
He completed 14 of 34 passes and grabbed his arm several times as he tried to rally the Vikings. He threw three touchdowns in the second half, but also sealed their fate with an interception that was returned for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Coming off the most accurate season of his career, Favre missed several wide open receivers on throws “that I could have made blindfolded” were it not for the pain in his elbow. “You’re not going to make every throw but I would have made some of those throws,” Favre said. He insisted yet again that the allegations from a Deadspin report played no factor in his performance. Favre said his preparation and focus “may even be better” now than it’s ever been. Vikings coach Brad Childress said he’s “worried about both” Favre’s physical condition with the elbow injury and his men-
tal state with the investigation ongoing. But he also said that he feels that way about all of his players after the slow start for a team that began the year with Super Bowl aspirations. “I am not overly concerned about where he’s at with whatever he’s got going on in his life,” Childress said. “I don’t mean to minimize it. It is what it is. But I see a guy that is here ready and prepared and doing the work. I don’t see ill effects from that.” His teammates are rallying around their leader, the man they prodded to return for one more run at a title. “I respect the guy so much, and I’ve seen him go through a lot over the 14 years we’ve been together,” said Longwell, who was one of three Vikings to visit Favre in Mississippi in August. “And certainly we realize he stuck out his neck for us when we went down there and we certainly are not going to turn now at this point.”
Auriemma says freshman likely to make early impact on team from ROUND, page 14
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Freshman Michala Johnson speaks to a reporter during the team's media day at Gampel yesterday.
“I’m going to have to step up in a lot of different places, especially shooting,” Farris said. “I have to be more of a threat scoring.” Farris will hopefully receive help from the freshmen, who have become a tight knit bunch already. “We’re always together,” said Samarie Walker. “When we are together we have so much fun. I think it’ll take a little bit of time, but by the second or third week of practice we’ll be good.” Auriemma wants the freshman to step in right away and help the team, because, as always, the goal remains the same.
“The goal is to make sure we have the best team in the country,” Auriemma said. “The rest will take care of itself.” UConn’s early season schedule has tough matchups, including a game against Final Four opponent Baylor. The Huskies are 11 wins away from breaking the UCLA’s men’s basketball consecutive wins record. But, the team isn’t thinking about that. “Each year our goal is to win six games in a row in March,” Auriemma said. “If the record was that important to me, I wouldn’t have made the schedule like that.”
Braves waste no time, hire Gonzalez to replace Cox
ATLANTA (AP)—The Braves didn’t even wait 48 hours to introduce Bobby Cox’s replacement. No need. Fredi Gonzalez was Atlanta’s manager-inwaiting almost as soon as Cox announced that 2010 would be his final season. In what was nothing more than a formality, Gonzalez took over Wednesday as the team’s new manager, succeeded the fourth-winningest skipper in baseball history. Gonzalez said he’s not worried about following in Cox’s large footsteps. The Braves’ manager since 1990, he led the team to an unprecedented 14 straight division titles and the 1995 World Series championship. After missing the playoffs the last four years, Atlanta returned as a wild card this season. Cox’s managing career ended Monday night when the Braves, devastated by injuries, lost to San Francisco in Game 4 of the NL division series. “Our goal is simple: We want to keep putting flags on that facade up there,” Gonzalez said. “I don’t think there’s a person alive that’s going to replace Bobby Cox. We just want to continue the winning tradition and go from there.” Gonzalez’s return to the Atlanta, where he served as Cox’s third-base coach from 2003-06, has been widely expected ever since he was fired in June by the Florida Marlins. “This is perfect for us on so many levels,” said general manager Frank Wren, who didn’t even bother interviewing another candidate. When Cox decided late last season to retire in 2010, the Braves came up with about 15 possible candidates and had the 46-year-old Gonzalez at the top of the list right from the start— even though he was managing the Marlins. “He was on our radar before he was available,” Wren said. “We thought there may come a time when we were going to have to ask the Florida Marlins for permission to talk to their manager. We really thought Fredi was the best candidate for us.” Gonzalez apprenticed under Cox before leaving to take over as Florida’s manager, a post he held for 3 1/2 years. He had a record of 276-279 with the Marlins, one of baseball’s lowest-spending teams. Florida fired Gonzalez on June 23, a month after he benched star shortstop Hanley Ramirez for a lack of hustle—a move that many believed angered owner Jeffrey Loria.
The Marlins said they changed managers because the team needed a boost, but the switch to Edwin Rodriguez didn’t help much. Florida was 34-36 when Gonzalez was dismissed and ended up 80-82, third in the NL East. Gonzalez said he never thought that disciplining Ramirez would become such a big deal, perhaps contributing to him losing his job but drawing praise from around baseball. “That’s the way I was brought up,” he said. “I know the way the game should be played. If you don’t do something, you’re going to lose those 24 other guys. For me, it was just a simple thing to do.” Cox kicked off the changing of the Braves guard by holding a farewell news conference of his own at Turner Field, reminiscing about a career that will surely earn him a spot in Cooperstown. He plans to work on his golf game and do a little traveling, but he’s mainly looking forward to not having to live by a schedule. “I don’t really have a bucket list,” he said. Cox will remain with the team as a consultant and looks forward to spending time at spring training, but he’s going to be mostly in the background—just as he was at Gonzalez’s news conference, sitting to the left of the new manager at the end of the table. This is Fredi’s team now. “I don’t feel any outside pressure because I’m the next guy after Bobby,” Gonzalez said. “It never crossed my mind to shy away from being that guy. Somebody’s got to do it. I’m honored they asked me to do it.” Less than two weeks after Gonzalez was fired by the Marlins, he was at Wren’s lake cabin in east Alabama for a daylong interview. A few days later, team president John Schuerholz met with Gonzalez. Finally, in September, the top two Braves officials held one more formal interview with Gonzalez and knew they had the right guy. “He’s got a great personality,” Wren said. “Players gravitate toward him. They like playing for him. It’s important that guys like playing for you, because they’ll usually play even better. We’ve seen him over the course of time. Managing at the major league level is different, but we saw what he did at Florida. He ran a good game.” Cox chimed in, saying it’s not going to be that tough for Gonzalez to put him own stamp on the job. “Walter Alston was replaced by Tommy Lasorda,” Cox said. “Tommy did a great job and they forgot all about Walter Alston. That is what’s going to happen here.”
Cerullo: Despite six-month layoff, I managed to survive the Husky Run from NOT, page 14 the whole 5K. Luckily, the players figured that out, too, and after about two minutes, most of them slowed down to a crawl. The last I saw of most of them was a group of five players jogging in the middle of Hillside Road, blocking an increasingly lengthy line of cars. Down by South Eagleville Road, I encountered my next seven-foot carrot, Charles Okwandu. He was really in the zone, I could tell when I tried to ask him about the guys blocking traffic. All he said was “Oh yeah?” Such focus. I didn’t want to mess with that in case he decided that he needed to pick it up a notch. I was pretty winded by then, anyway, so I ran ahead while I had the strength. Good call. By the time I made the turn by the church down at North Eagleville, he was nowhere to be seen. Victory was mine. I didn’t see any other players for the rest of the race. As I trekked up Hilltop and then around back towards the finish line, the thought briefly raced through my mind that maybe I actually beat all of them, after all. That was the plan, but there’s no way I was going to actually pull it off, right? Go figure, as I cross the finish line, I see the whole team just hanging out, including
Okwandu, who certainly came nowhere near me again after I passed him. This could only mean one of two things. Either Calhoun has somehow taught the players how to teleport, or the team decided they were too cool to run the whole thing. Obviously they cut a few corners at some point. Even in my state of exhaustion, I knew that. But before I left, I wanted to at least hear one of them admit it. So I walked over to Okwandu and asked for an explanation. What did he say? This isn’t an exact quote (remember, I could hardly stand at this point, much less hear things clearly) but he said something along the lines of "You know man, in the second half I just really picked it up." How can you be mad at someone who says THAT after you accuse them of cheating to their face. I didn’t feel nearly as bitter after that. But just for good measure, I still ended up talking freshman Niels Giffey into throwing his teammates under the bus. “Yeah… a few of them cheated,” he said. I went home exhausted, sweaty, and sunburned… yet satisfied. Follow Mac Cerullo on Twitter at @MacCerullo.
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Nov. 27 Cincinatti TBA
Men’s Soccer (9-1-2) Oct. 16 St. John’s 7:00 p.m.
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Oct. 19 Oct. 22 Oct. 27 Oct. 30 West Notre Dame Georgetown Pittsburgh Virginia 8:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m.
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Women’s Soccer (7-5-2) Oct. 22 Tomorrow Oct. 17 West Notre Dame Depaul Virginia 4:30 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 28 Oct. 24 Big East Pittsburgh Tournament 1:00 p.m. TBA
Field Hockey (10-2) Oct. 17 Princeton 2:00 p.m.
Oct. 20 Boston University 3:00 p.m.
Oct. 23 Syracuse Noon
Oct. 22 Seton Hall 7:00 p.m.
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Nov. 6 Oct. 30 Big East Rutgers Tournament 1:00 p.m. TBA
Oct. 24 Oct. 30 Rutgers Depaul 2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.
Oct. 31 Notre Dame 2:00 p.m.
Women’s Hockey (0-2-0) Tomorrow Colgate 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 16 Syracuse 4:00 p.m.
Oct. 23 MinnesotaDuluth 3:05 p.m.
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Oct. 30 Boston College 1:00 p.m.
Men’s Tennis Today Oct. 20 Regional Quinnipiac Championship 2:00 p.m. New Haven
Oct. 29-31 Conn. College Championships TBA
Women’s Tennis Oct. 21 Regional Championship Dartmouth
Oct. 20 Quinnipiac 2:00 p.m.
Men’s Cross Country Oct. 16 Nov. 13 Nov. 20 Oct. 22 Oct. 30 Leopard Regional IC4A CCSU Meet Big East Invite Championship Championship 4:00 p.m. Championship 10:00 a.m. 11:45 a.m. All Day
Women’s Cross Country Tomorrow Rothenberg Race All Day
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Rowing Oct. 23 Head of the Charles All Day
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP)—Tom Brady isn’t sure how the New England Patriots’ offense will change or opposing defenses will play now that Randy Moss is gone. The quarterback does know he’s tired of talking about the departure of one of the NFL’s most dangerous deep threats. After answering six questions Wednesday about the trade of Moss to the Minnesota Vikings one week earlier, Brady was asked a seventh: Did something stop working to cause Moss to get traded? “I’ve moved on. We all have,” he said in his first group interview since the deal. “I really don’t want to talk about it anymore.” Brady preferred to talk about the receivers who remain and the return of Deion Branch, who was traded by Seattle on Monday four years after the Patriots sent him to the Seahawks. “The relationship I have with Deion on the field has always been a great one. There’s always been a natural chemistry,” Brady said. “I hope that we’ll be able to rely back on that a little bit.”
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Oct. 31 Head of the Fish All Day
Washington Capitals right wing D.J. King (17) fights with New York Islanders left wing Trevor Gillies (14) during the first period of Wednesday’s matchup.
SAN DIEGO (AP)—The San Diego Chargers have turned out the lights on the player known as “Lights Out.” Outside linebacker Shawne Merriman, once one of the most-feared players in the NFL, was placed on the injured reserve list with a calf injury and a “minorinjury designation” on Wednesday. Merriman must be released once he’s healthy, the team said. Technically, the Chargers could re-sign the controversial player. That almost certainly won’t happen, though, because general manager A.J. Smith hasn’t been a fan of Merriman’s celebrityleaning lifestyle. Known as “Lights Out” because of his onceferocious hits, Merriman had 39 1/2 sacks in his first three seasons. He’s had only four in the three seasons since then due to a variety of injuries. He was suspended for four games in 2006 after testing positive for steroids. Even missing the four games, he had 17 sacks that year. Merriman blamed the positive test on a tainted supplement, which he never identified. He also brought unwanted attention off the field. He was arrested just before the 2009 season after reality television star Tila Tequila accused him of battery and false imprisonment at his suburban San Diego home. No charges were filed, and Merriman and Tequila settled dueling lawsuits.
The DC chats with Kwame Watson-Siriboe
play, kicking faster, reacting. But over the course of the season I’ve gotten better and gotten more comfortable with playing quicker and Recently The Daily Campus being comfortable on the ball. had a chance to catch up with forDC: What’s been your favorite mer UConn men’s soccer standout thing about the MLS thus far? Kwame Watson-Siriboe. W-S: My favorite thing about DC: What was your favorite playing in the MLS, I guess it’s a memory playing soccer at UConn? dream, you know, being a profesW-S: My favorite memory would sional soccer player, having peobe, I don’t just have ple ask you for your one, I have a couple, autograph when you so I mean one of my go places and being favorite memories taken care of when you was last year scortravel. ing the game-winDC: If you could say ning goal against St. anything to the students John’s. And I think playing on the UConn the next one would soccer team right now be winning the Big what would it be? East Championship W-S: I would say in 2007. enjoy: enjoy soccer, DC: What was and enjoy college, A multi-part series your favorite memobecause if you lose ry overall at UConn? a love for the game, W-S: I don’t even though [when] know, it’s weird. I don’t really you’re in college it’s more comhave just one memory because, petitive, when you get to the pros you know, going to school, it’s going to be harder because hanging out with all the bud- people are fighting for the same dies – Cha, Julius, Akeem. It’s spot that you are. But you also kind of; having a good team; have to be willing to fight and I don’t really have just one enjoy what you’re doing. memory. DC: What do you miss most DC: How has the transition from about college life? college soccer to the MLS been? W-S: I guess just the friends. W-S: The transition hasn’t been You know, having friends on the bad. At first, during preseason, team and outside the team, being you’re getting used to the speed of able to go over to the dorms,
By Eric Ploch Campus Correspondent
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
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Kwame Watson-Siriboe won the team’s Most Improved Award in 2007, and was named 2009 Big East Co-Defender of the Year along with earning First Team Big East All-Conference honors.
play FIFA, hang out, you know, go to football games and stuff like that. DC: At what point did you think, ‘I could play professional soccer?’ W-S: I guess I thought or had aspirations to play when I was younger. But I think more and more people started to tell me I had the ability and potential to play professional soccer. But I hadn’t really thought, I never really thought that I would be playing professional soccer. It just kind of fell into my lap, where everything kind of worked out. DC: Who do you look up to or has had the biggest impact in your life?
W-S: I would actually say a lot of people, my father being one, my grandfather, my coaches, you know coach Reid, coach Fauckner, coach McDunnen. I think a major person that played a part in my life was coach Wess, our strength and conditioning coach at UConn, because when times are hard we wake up to practice at 5:30 in the morning in the spring. He keeps us going to try to get the best out of us every day. And when things aren’t going well, he sits us down and tells us, you know, life’s gonna be good, enjoy what you’re doing.
» INSIDE SPORTS TODAY
P.13: The DC catches up with Kwame Watson-Siriboe. / P.13: Chargers shut down Merriman. / P.12: Braves hire Gonzalez to replace Cox.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
ROUND THREE STARTS SOON
Not so cool runnings
Women’s basketball looks to five new freshman to step up
By Colin McDonough Senior Staff Writer
During Wednesday’s media day for the UConn women’s basketball team, the players and coaching staff had more questions than answers. The defending national champions and the winners of 78 straight games welcome five freshmen to Storrs, and the group will have to make an immediate impact. “I think there’s a big void to fill, from the two classes before this,” said coach Geno Auriemma. “The freshmen are going to have to play a huge role on what happens this year.” Although the Huskies lost Tina Charles and Kalana Greene to graduation and Caroline Doty to an injury, Maya Moore returns for her senior season. Moore played under Auriemma while he coached the U.S. National Team this summer, missing preseason workouts with the team. “I don’t think it’ll effect the chemistry but as far as the conditioning, it’ll take a little bit of time,” Moore said. “I’m just making sure I’ll be physically ready.” Although the former Player of the Year missed lifting and running with her teammates, Moore had a memorable experience with Team USA. “It was awesome,” Moore said. “Just being around the pros, they’re the best in the world for a reason, and I was really able to get a chance to learn from them.” While Moore missed workouts, it was a chance for players like Lorin Dixon, Kelly Farris and Heather Buck to become leaders to the group of freshman. “Other people started stepping up when Maya wasn’t here,” Dixon said. “But I’m glad she’s back.” Dixon and Moore are the only seniors on the team, and Farris, who was a freshman standout last season, plans to help Tiffany Hayes in making up for the loss of Doty.
Yesterday, I finally overcame my motivation deficit. Since running the Boston Marathon back in April, I’ve done everything in my power to avoid running at all costs. Not consciously either mind you, but whenever there was a time over the summer or at school when I had nothing else going on, I’d find a way to talk myself out of it. But for the annual Husky Run yesterday, I found it within myself to get off my lazy butt and go run a couple miles. It’s amazing what the prospect of competing against the men’s basketball team can do for your motivation. Or maybe it was the free T-shirt. It could have been that too. Either way, I made my way down to Gampel yesterday afternoon after class and got myself in the zone. The mission: wreck the basketball team. Leave them in the dust. As a sportswriter, I find myself chasing athletes around all the time, so just once, I thought it was high time they got to chase me for a change. When 2 p.m. rolled around, I quickly realized that my body wasn’t what it was six months ago. I was feeling it pretty early, and it didn’t help that the team raced out of the gate at a blistering pace, one that I knew I wasn’t going to be able to maintain for
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» CERULLO, page 12
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Maya Moore sits during an interview at the women’s basketball team’s media day yesterday at Gampel Pavilion.
TIMBER TEAM Oriakhi says investigation Top diva »Shannon Strong breaks world record won’t affect team tastes his own medicine By Aaron Kasmanoff-Dick Campus Correspondent
By Matt Stypulkoski NHL Columnist Amid the Columbus Day festivities and NHL matinees, one moment stood out from Monday’s games’ several slick goals and flashy saves. That moment occurred during a break in the action of the Rangers and Islanders game in Long Island, and was one that has probably been a long time in the making. Whenever Ranger Sean Avery gets involved in a YouTube moment, he is almost always the antagonist in the incident. But this time, he was on the other end of the stunt. After a scuffle broke out in front of the Islanders’ net during the
» STYPULKOSKI, page 11
It is a scientifically-proven fact that being a lumberjack is the coolest profession in the world. Anyone who’s seen the show “Axe-men” can attest that sawing down trees takes a huge amount of skill, strength and guts. Here on campus, lumberjacks and lumberjills of all skill levels train and compete in the art (and science) of chopping wood. They practice at the Horsebarn Hill Arena three times a week: on Mondays from 5:15 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesdays from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., and on Fridays for as long as they can. Being a timber sports athlete takes more than just the ability to chop wood. Endurance, strength and speed are necessary to compete at a high level. The team spends a significant time in practice on condition-
ing for a difficult season. This Saturday, the best of the best competed in the STIHL Timbersports Series World Championships on ESPN2. Held in the village of St. Johan, Austria, this competition draws greats from all over the world to show off their skills at lumberjacking. Despite their achievements, these professional athletes are more than equaled by UConn timber team coach Shannon Strong. At the Underhand Chop, an event in which the athlete stands on a twofoot long log and uses an axe to chop through it, there is no one in the world who comes close. The Underhand Chop is a dangerous event in which accuracy and confidence are vital to success, as almost every swing of the axe cuts in to the log close to fractions of an inch away from the athlete’s own feet. In this event, the competitor chops halfway through the log, then
turns around and finishes the cut faced in the opposite direction. Strong’s time this past weekend was just under 16 seconds, the fastest time ever for a woman in this event. Strong coaches both the men’s and women’s teams on campus, competing both individually and with the team. The Timber Team will be competing in various fairs and meets this year, with most of the intercollegiate competition coming in the spring. “I am still exhilerated from the world record,” Strong said. “When I think about it, it makes me smile and want to train harder for next year. I am also more confident training the timber team. Its a win, win relationship.” With such an accomplished coach, it can be assured that the UConn team will continue to find success in the coming season.
STORRS (AP) — Connecticut forward Alex Oriakhi and the rest of his teammates are not paying much attention to the NCAA investigation that has enveloped the men’s basketball program. Speaking after the annual Husky Run, a three-mile jaunt around campus designed to get the team ready to open practice this weekend, Oriakhi said the investigation is merely a distraction for a team that still has high hopes for the coming season. “I just play basketball, work out and try to get myself better,” Oriakhi said. “Thinking about that isn’t going to help, so I don’t think about it.” UConn officials are heading to Indianapolis on Friday for a hearing before the NCAA committee on infractions. Last week, the school released a report admitting major recruiting violations and imposing its own sanctions, including two years’ probation
and the loss of one scholarship each of the next two seasons. Coach Jim Calhoun did not attend the run on Wednesday, the first public event since that report was released, leaving associate coach George Blaney to field questions about the probe and how it has affected the program and its leader. “He’s handled it great,” said Blaney, who acknowledged that the investigation has taken up a lot of Calhoun’s time. “He’s as upbeat as ever about this team.” The Huskies go into Friday’s first practice with a roster that includes six freshmen, and lower than normal expectations after an 18-16 season that ended in the NIT. Senior guard Kemba Walker, the team’s captain, expects to surprise a lot of people. “Last year we came in all bigtime and stuff,” Walker said. “It’s humbling for us this year. We’re just going to go out and play basketball, win games and have some fun.”
Should the Patriots have kept Randy Moss? Yeah!
By Dave Marinstein Campus Correspondent The Patriots made a huge mistake in trading Randy Moss. Since he arrived in 2007, he has caught 50 touchdown passes while compiling more than 3,800 receiving yards. The team also went 42-14 during that time. While Moss and the team may have had a potentially distracting contract dispute, there is nobody else in the organization who can replace Moss as a deep threat for Tom Brady and the Patriots offense. The team will suffer without him. AP
Randy Moss was extremely productive for New England...
Dave Marinstein: With the 2010 NFL season underway, many questions are beginning to be answered. The New York Jets, who were the talk of the league after making huge acquisitions such as Santonio Holmes and LaDanian Tomlinson and being selected as the focus of this season of HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” seem to be legit contenders. Brett Favre is back and older than ever. And the San Francisco 49ers are not as good as everyone thought they would be. But, a little over a week ago, another question arose. That is, why would the Patriots trade Randy Moss? This move is extremely confusing. The 12-year veteran wide receiver had a better than average start to the season and seemed to be gelling with the offense as usual. Sure, there was controversy involving a contract extension, but it didn’t seem that
any real problems were brought up from that. When the trade went down, there was immediate confusion. Why would the Patriots trade their star wide receiver and their only real downfield threat? I’m not quite sure, but I am sure that it will lead to struggles in the Patriots offense. Dan Milot: It is hard to argue with the numbers that Randy Moss put up during his time in New England. Fifty touchdowns and a trip to the Super Bowl made him a fan favorite in Foxboro. But what a lot of fans don’t know is what a toxic and vile influence he was on the Patriots locker room. Contract disputes and a supposed confrontation with Tom Brady led to the receiver’s prompt removal from the Patriots’ system. After Randy’s media circus during the
» TRADING, page 11
By Dan Milot Campus Correspondent
Despite his impressive numbers, the Patriots needed to cut Randy Moss loose. Between his vocal frustration with his contract and his feud with quarterback Tom Brady, Moss had become a cancer in the locker room and a distraction to his teammates. Contrary to popular opinion, the Patriots’ offense will continue to function fine without Moss, especially now that the distractions that swirled around him have followed him out the door. With Brady at the helm and a core group of young receivers to throw to, the Patriots won’t miss Moss.
... but was he too much of a distraction?