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USG: Spring Weekend is ‘event fostering Husky pride’ By Kate Smith Staff Writer
Tom hubbard lets ‘Marie’ tell his story Scottish writer read exerpts from his book at the Co-op. FOCUS/ page 7
weathering the red storm UConn faces St. John’s in critical road matchup. SPORTS/ page 14 EDITORIAL: WALKERS MUST ACCOUNT FOR WINTER ROAD DAMAGES Pedestrians should remain aware when walking around campus.
COMMENTARY/page 4 INSIDE NEWS: STUDENTS VIEW HUMAN RIGHTS FILM Center for Latin American Studies holds film series on human rights. NEWS/ page 2
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Thursday, February 10, 2011
Blankets of snow covering the campus aside, last night’s Undergraduate Student Government meeting asked its members to fast-forward to the end of the semester’s notorious Spring Weekend celebrations with a statement of position regarding the event.
In the initially proposed statement of position, USG gave no explicit support to the event, both in reference to sanctioned and non-sanctioned events. But the statement did acknowledge the strain the event puts on both the university and outside entities, as well as the danger it potentially poses to students. “The student body as a whole has too many varied opinions
on Spring Weekend,” said USG President Tom Haggerty. “It would be unwise to take a position on the events because, in doing so, we’re pushing people out. We want them to be part of the discourse.” Even still, USG members debated heatedly over the lack of a decision and eventually amended the document to include that “USG supports a temporary ban on guests
who are not students at the Univerisity of Connecticut during Spring Weekend 2011…” and that “USG supports Spring Weekend as an event fostering Husky pride and promoting a sense of community to celebrate the end of the academic year.” “The statement [of position] supports reflection, education, personal responsibility and safety,” said Buckley Senator
Snow falls, removal cost spikes By Victoria Smey Senior Staff Writer The cost of snow removal at UConn has skyrocketed as a result of the record-breaking snowfall accumulation the state has seen so far this winter. In an average year, UConn spends approximately $600,000 on snow removal, according to Dave Lotreck, the facility manager for building services and landscape at Facilities Operations. But this year, UConn will spend over $1 million to ensure safe driving and walking conditions across campus. For every storm that hits Storrs, from a dusting to six to eight inches, UConn spends approximately $50,000 to $70,000 on state employees, supplies and equipment, according to Lotreck. “It is less expensive for the university if there are two 22-inch storms in a season versus 22 twoinch storms,” explained Lotreck. “Even though they both add up to 44 inches of snow, we have to clear roads and sidewalks every time it snows, regardless of how much there is.” During an average storm, 40 to 80 employees shovel and 65 people man equipment. This year, because of the relentless snow, employees have been working around the clock and sleeping overnight in the Facilities Operations building for up to three days. They only
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The sidewalk by the School of Business is roped off because it is covered by ice. Road closures, blockades, and caution tape like this are set up around campus due to snow and ice accumulation.
get around four hours of sleep at a time, Lotreck said. “The employees are paid overtime and what is called a snow and ice differential,” Lotreck said. “But by the end of the season, they are just so tired
Alzheimer’s support group started
UConn has given permission for an official affiliation between the new UConn Alzheimer’s Association and the Connecticut Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. The UConn Alzheimer’s Association held its first meeting in December and will be hosting its first fundraising event on Feb. 14. The goal of the UConn organization is to raise money, spread awareness and provide a group for people who have lost friends and family members to Alzheimer’s disease. The group’s fundraising proceeds will go to the Connecticut Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. The funds will be used to support researchers for the elimination of Alzheimer’s disease, to provide and enhance care and support for those affected and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. UConn has participated in the Connecticut Chapter Alzheimer’s Association’s events in the past. The Pep Band
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University schedules extra make-up days By Russell Blair Managing Editor
By Kimberly Wilson Staff Writer
Rebecca D’Angelo. While a USG-supported statement of position does not indicate a definitive change in the administration’s policy, it does reflect a general consensus and recommendation from the constituents that the administration takes very seriously when deciding upon new protocol for the university.
plays at the association’s signature annual event, Memory Walk. The band kicks off the event with the UConn fight song and plays for attendees throughout the event. The Connecticut Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association welcomes the affiliation between their branch and the UConn Alzheimer’s Association. “We look forward to strengthening our ongoing relationship with the university in addressing the Alzheimer’s cause,” said Christianne Kovel, senior director of communications at the Connecticut Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Patty O’Brian, north central regional director of the Alzheimer’s Association said the chapter is “excited to have our state university associated with us.” Blake O’Donnell, chief organization officer of the Alzheimer’s Association could not be reached for comment. Students who are interested in aiding the fight against Alzheimer’s disease are encouraged to attend the association’s meetings. For more information, students can visit alz.org.
of clearing snow.” No new crews have been hired this year, but two new commercial contractors have been brought in to assist with hauling snow. Dump trucks have been taking excess snow up to recycling areas and the
cornfields by W Lot. In addition to paying employees, the university also has to pay what Lotreck called “a tremendous expense” for engineers
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UConn honors alumnus with award By Ben Fechter Campus Correspondent UConn recently honored Dr. Chris P. Tsokos, a Distinguished University Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of South Florida, with the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Dr. Tsokos was also honored by the State of Connecticut House of Representatives. In an official citation in recognition of Tsokos, the General Assembly of the Connecticut House of Representatives stated, “As a dedicated and accomplished teacher, mentor, mathematician, engineer, statistician and author you have touched the lives of many throughout your professional career. Today we celebrate the presentation of your richly deserved award that recognizes your many accomplishments, your scholarship…and other activities and honors too numerous to mention.” The official citation went on to praise Dr. Tsokos by thanking him for his efforts, wishing him luck in the future and claiming that he
exemplifies the “best in our academic world.” According to the University of South Florida, Dr. Tsokos was born in Greece and emigrated to the U.S. while in his teens. Along with UConn, Tsokos has studied at the University of Rhode Island, Penn State and M.I.T. He currently teaches at USF and sits as the President of the International Federation of Nonlinear Analysis (INFA). The INFA, whose mission is “to promote, encourage, and to sustain interest in the theory, methods, and application of nonlinear analysis in a variety of distinct disciplines,” elected Tsokos as its president in 2009. The University of Connecticut cited Dr. Tsokos’s academic, philanthropic, professional and educational accomplishments after he received his doctoral degree in probability and statistics. His more than 285 research publications in academic journals were highlighted for this award, as was his position as Editor/Chief-Editor and Co-Chief Editor of more than
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With snow pounding Connecticut, UConn has experienced more snow days this semester than most students or faculty can remember. As a result, the university has offered faculty and students several options for making up for lost class time. In an e-mail released by the Office of the Provost to UConn students on Wednesday, Peter J. Nicholls, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, spelled out four different options for university faculty and professors to catch up on material. The university academic calendar has one day built in as an “emergency closing class make-up day,” Nicholls said in the e-mail. Saturday, March 26, has been set aside for teachers to schedule make-up classes. Nicholls urged teachers who planned to use pursue this route to “begin discussions with their students now so they may plan accordingly.” In light of the excessive cancellations this semester, Nicholls said that the university has set aside two more days, Saturday, April 2, and Sunday, April 3, as class make-up days. Nicholls said that instructors should inform students by Feb. 22 if they plan to use either or both of those days. Other rescheduling times offered as suggestions by Nicholls include early morning classes, such as those starting at 7 a.m., or late night classes from 6 to 9 p.m. Nicholls also said that many classrooms are available on Friday afternoons. For those instructors who don’t want to offer additional sections, Nicholls said that the Institute for Teaching and Learning will be offering assistance to teachers who wish to create online modules for their students. Such modules include voice over PowerPoint, video capture of lectures and student discussions through web chat rooms, Nicholls said. “Since online modules are available to students at their convenience, this approach would seem to avoid time conflicts,” Nicholls said. “Although this option will take a bit of effort to prepare, the ITL team stands ready to assist instructors with this option.” Nicholls closed his message by stating that teachers should try their best to make accommodations for students with other obligations and cannot make it to a make-up session. “It is critical that instructors work with students in their classes to find a make-up time that provides minimal conflict for students who have work, family commitments, or extra-curricular/co–curricular obligations,” Nicholls said. “Alternative arrangements should be offered to those students with legitimate conflicts.”
What’s on at UConn today... Art Exhibition 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Benton See “Views and Re-Views,” a collection of Soviet-era political cartoons and posters.
Lecture Series Noon to 1p.m. Monteith 119 Attend to hear Erica Chenoweth from Wesleyan University talk about Civil Resistance in the Alan R. Bennett Lecture Series
Make A Bear 12 to 3 p.m. SU Lobby Stuff a cuddly teddy bear for free; a thoughtful gift just in time to give to a loved one for Valentine’s Day.
Movie 9 - 11:30 p.m. SU, Theatre
Grab some friends and take in Love and Other Drugs, starring Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal. - LIZ CROWLEY
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Roof sags under snow at UConn Health Center
Workers at Uconn’s Health Center in Farmington were evacuated out of a warehouse building on Wednesday, according to a health center spokesman. A fire sprinkler contractor conducted an investigation of the building and revealed that the fire sprinklers were magically lower than they should have been. Further inspection proved that the weight of the snow caused sagging in the roof. Around 8 a.m. all ten employees in the building were ordered to evacuate and a structural engineer was called to the scene. No injuries were reported. Luckily, the warehouse neighbors the campus fire department, just in case. - Keelen Freitag
Episcopalian dispute goes to Supreme Court
HARTFORD (AP) — Lawyers for a local parish and the Episcopal Church have clashed before the Connecticut Supreme Court over whether the parish can keep its building and land after breaking ties with the national church. The court on Wednesday heard the case of the Bishop Seabury Church in Groton, which voted to split from the national Episcopal Church in 2007 because of changes in the church’s theology and the appointment of a gay bishop in New Hampshire in 2003. Justices didn’t rule Wednesday. The 135-year-old parish is appealing a lower court judge’s ruling that awarded the property to the state diocese and national church. Similar lawsuits have been waged across the country after parishes split from the national church. Many parishes have joined the more conservative Convocation of Anglicans in North America.
Energy retailers warm to reform drive
HARTFORD (AP) — Retail energy companies are breaking from past opposition and are now warmer to state legislation proposing sweeping changes in Connecticut’s energy industry. Jason Calabrese, a spokesman for the Connecticut Association of Retail Energy Suppliers, said Wednesday the group hopes to participate in the legislative effort. Legislation approved year, but vetoed by then-Gov. M. Jodi Rell, would have reorganized the Department of Public Utility Control, provided incentives for renewable energy, required rate reductions and set efficiency standards for appliances. Retail suppliers opposed a provision that would have allowed utilities and retailers to bill customers separately. The provision was removed, but retailers insisted on one bill, saying it was cheaper and simpler.
Developer’s father gets probation in Conn. case NEW HAVEN (AP) — The father of a developer convicted in a Shelton corruption probe has received one year of probation and a $3,000 fine for manipulating bank deposits to avoid reporting requirements. Peter Botti of Shelton was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in New Haven. The 83-year–old Botti pleaded guilty to structuring currency transactions worth nearly $100,000. Structuring involves repeatedly depositing or withdrawing amounts of cash less than $10,000. Botti’s son, James, was sentenced last year to six years in prison for tax and mail fraud stemming in part from gifts prosecutors say he gave city planning and zoning officials.
Fired Hartford cop denied special probation
HARTFORD (AP) — A former Hartford police officer accused of assaulting a suspect in custody has been denied accelerated probation by a judge and is now likely headed to trial. Rhashim Campbell had requested the special form of probation that would have kept him out of jail and eventually wiped his record clean. The former officer has been charged with third-degree assault and fabricating evidence in what prosecutors call a jail cell beating of a detainee. A judge on Tuesday ruled that the charges are too serious to grant the special probation. Campbell’s lawyer tells The Hartford Courant that his client maintains his innocence. Campbell was fired in November following an internal investigation into the alleged assault that was caught on camera.
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Students view human rights film Thursday, February 10, 2011
By Justin McCabe Campus Correspondent
The Human Rights Film Series continued on Wednesday with the documentary “Sipakapa Is Not For Sale.” The Human Rights Institute and the Dodd Research Center hosted the film with the cooperation of the Center For Latin American Studies. “Sipakapa Is Not For Sale” follows the indigenous residents of a town in Sipakapa, Guatemala as they protest foreign exploitation of a gold mine on their land. Their efforts to halt the actions of mining company Montana Exploradora and the Canadian-U.S. transnational corporation Glamis Gold are documented alongside examples of the local culture and the day-today lives of the people. The film culminates with a region-wide vote showing that the overwhelming majority of communities in Sipakapa oppose the mine. The people and their community leaders bring the results before the national government as evidence of the opposition to foreign encroachment. Turnout for the film was high, with about 60 students and a few professors in attendance. The documentary prompted interest and discussion of the story amongst the attendees afterwards. “Industrial companies are not wanted in places that they’re in, and they’re taking advantage of the indigenous people,” said Cassandra Luna, an 8th-semester political science major, adding that the film was “a reality check that no one wants us there.”
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Student view “Sipakapa Is Not For Sale” at the Dodd Research center, par of a film series hosted by the Center for Latin American Studies. The film was followed by a discussion among students and professors.
“I found it really interesting to see how people came together to vote against a multi-national corporation coming in and mining gold,” said Navina Venuri, an 8thsemester international relations major. “You always know about some sort of exploitation by the industri-
Herbal pillows cushion school stress Although the spring semester got off to a slow start with numerous class cancellations, the stress of midterm exams has already arrived. Fortunately, the Health Education Office has launched the Stop Over Stressing (SOS) program, which features a series of innovative workshops aimed to reduce test anxiety. “The goals of the SOS program are to increase student knowledge of stress management techniques and provide students with methods to reduce stress,” said Joleen Nevers, director of UConn’s Health Education Office. SOS hosted its first event, an herbal pillow workshop at the Women’s Center in the Student Union, between 6 and 7 p.m. Wednesday. After choosing a cloth and filling the pillow with dry rice, participants were able to choose from a variety of herbs to add a scent to their pillow. Each herb has its own unique therapeutic element. The smell of lavender, for example, can aid relaxation
debuting every month, according to Valerie Love, the curator for the human rights collection at the Dodd Center. The next installment, a narrative about the 1973 Chilean coup d’etat entitled “Machuca,” will be shown March 16 in Konover Auditorium.
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alized countries of the lessdeveloped countries. It’s interesting to see how people react to that.” “Sipakapa Is Not For Sale” is the fourth installment in the Human Rights Film Series, which will continue throughout the semester with a new film dealing with human rights in the Americas
and relieve insomnia while the orange scent can ease tension and cold symptoms. “The pillow can be used as a hot or cold press,” said Dayna Hine, the event host, an 8th-semester political science and women’s studies double major and human’s rights minor. “They can even be put in drawers or closets.” The aromatherapy pillows are just one technique that the SOS program will be showcasing this month. On Feb.16, students can make their own stress balls and on Feb. 23, students can learn how to make their own aromatherapy oils. All of the events are free and begin at 6 p.m. in the Women’s Center. Hine encourages students to take advantage of these highly beneficial events. “Not only do you get to come to events and relax for 15 minutes, you also learn lasting techniques that will remain useful for you,” Hine said. For other methods of coping with stress, students can visit the Relaxation Station or pick up a Relax Pack, all located in the Health Education Office under South dining hall.
from SNOW, page 1 to do stress load assessments on buildings. The engineers decide if these buildings are in danger of collapsing under the weight of snow and ice and if they need to be cleared. So far, the roofs of the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum, Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, the Undergraduate Admissions Tasker Building and a few agriculture buildings, among others, had to be shoveled off. The university also spends money on treated ice for sidewalks and roads. It does not use sand, as sand is not environmentally friendly. For each storm, Facilities Operations can use up to 16 loads of salt, which can cost about $2,000 per load, according to Lotreck. They are also looking to purchase two new sidewalk machines and a new snow blower for the front of a loader. The money for snow removal comes from operating funds within Facilities Operations. The department also has additional reserves to tap into, if necessary. But to alleviate the cost of snow removal this year, UConn is looking to receive monetary assistance from FEMA. They may receive up to 70 cents for every dollar spent, said Lotreck. Despite the cost of snow removal, Lotreck said safety is UConn’s greatest concern. “We’re trying to make the campus handicap accessible
right now, which is difficult because of ice ridges on the sidewalk,” said Lotreck. “Sometimes it looks like we haven’t shoveled or plowed, but because the campus is on a hill and gets windy, snow drifts and ice can build up in places we have cleared over the course of a few hours.” This weekend, Facilities Operations will be plowing the student parking lots everywhere except at Mansfield and Northwood Apartments to clear the remainder of the snow and free up parking spaces. They ask that students move their cars from all student lots to C Lot, F Lot, W Lot or North Garage, where parking is free on Saturday from 12:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. “It is critical that we have student cooperation,” said Lotreck. He also joked, “Don’t complain if you’re not gonna help.” Facilities Operations receives anywhere from 50 to 100 service calls per storm with requests for shoveling or de-icing. To place a work order, students can call 860486-3113 24 hours a day, seven days a week. February is typically the snowiest month in Connecticut, according to the news station WTNH. Lotreck, who originally thought that this winter wouldn’t be especially snowy since it hadn’t snowed up until Christmas, simply replied, “I hope
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Astronauts train to put feelings aside WASHINGTON (AP) — Here’s the challenge. Your wife, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has been shot in the head and is recovering, but still has a long way to go. You also have two teenage daughters and a high-profile, difficult and very public job. So given all that, how do you fly, in just a couple of months, one of the world’s most complex vehicles — the sometimes deadly space shuttle? Easy, says astronaut Mark Kelly, the Navy pilot and captain who resumed his duties Monday as commander of the shuttle Endeavour’s final voyage in April. “Ignore stuff going on in your personal life and just focus on your mission. We get a lot of practice doing that. I’ve been doing that for 24 years. “The key word there is being able to compartmentalize things,” he said. Putting aside problems and feelings in little boxes and zeroing in on the tough task at hand — compartmentalizing — is what astronauts, military officers, firefighters, surgeons and presidents do all the time. It’s a good coping technique that works, especially for people like Kelly who is dealing with a family crisis, psychologists say. Kelly explained his focusing abilities Friday at the news conference where he and NASA declared he would indeed lead the space mission he was assigned before his wife was shot in the head on Jan. 8. Giffords is going through rehab work in a Houston hospital, and Kelly wouldn’t discuss the extent of her brain damage. There are no reports she has spoken, and doctors previously have said she has limited use of
her right side. Kelly says she is making progress every day and “would be very comfortable” with his decision to return to spaceflight. Most people compartmentalize all the time on a smaller scale. But some people are naturally better at putting aside their feelings than others, or they learn how to be better at it. “They are ultimately superrational and super-logical,” said psychologist and executive coach Marilyn Puder-York, of Old Greenwich, Conn. “They access their emotions, but they don’t let their emotions control their cognition or their behavior or their choices.” Jim Lovell, commander of the Apollo 13 mission that limped back to Earth after an explosion crippled its flight to the moon in 1970, said it is a way of thinking that helps you survive: “You focus on what has to be done immediately ... One by one you overcome each crisis as they come along. “People that live on the edge and do the work that astronauts do, they look at things one step at a time,” Lovell said in a telephone interview Monday. “They look at what they want to accomplish and what steps are required to accomplish.” Experts say that for most ordinary people, this is a case of, “Don’t try this at home.” PuderYork said emotions can “come back and bite you, if you don’t process right.” Lawrence Palinkas of the University of Southern California, who has studied the psychology of astronauts and explorers, said “not everyone should simply assume that they can compartmentalize. Generally if they can, it requires more
Astronaut has 4 flutes in orbit CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Musical astronaut Catherine Coleman has plenty of flutes to pick from aboard the International Space Station. One is her own. Two belong to members of the Irish group, The Chieftains. And one belongs to the flutist with the Jethro Tull band. “A pretty well-rounded spectrum, and I am having a great time up here with them,” Coleman said. On Wednesday, she played a couple tunes for radio and TV interviewers. Space station commander Scott Kelly, meanwhile, said his twin brother made the right decision in returning to shuttle training. Astronaut Mark Kelly officially resumed training this week after taking a leave of nearly a month to care for his wounded wife, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. He will be in charge of the April flight of Endeavour. At the space station, Coleman is the only flutist among the six-member crew. So while she prefers creating music with other people, she puts flute music on in the background and plays along whenever she has spare time. The penny whistle she took up belongs to the Chieftains’ Paddy Moloney. There’s also an old Irish flute from the Chieftains’ Matt Molloy and a flute belonging to Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull. Coleman said part of her astronaut job is to share “how amazing it is up here and relate to different groups of people.” “I relate to flute players, and I
Woman pleads not guilty to 1957 infant death SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) — Judith Post says she remains haunted by a memory more than half a century old — the sight of her older sister tossing her own baby several feet and watching the infant land on the floor. Though Post tries to forget the scene, a fresh court case has forced her to confront those thoughts again. Post’s sister, Ruby Klokow, 74, of Sheboygan, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to seconddegree murder in the 1957 death of her daughter, after her son came forward to police in 2008 with stories of horrific childhood abuse. A judge determined there was enough evidence for her to stand trial after a preliminary hearing at which Klokow appeared in a red prison jumpsuit. Post, 69, isn’t sure how to react to the allegations. She told The Associated Press that Klokow regularly abused her when they were children, and she said she
once watched Klokow toss her baby daughter Jeaneen to the ground. It’s not immediately clear how that alleged incident might relate to Jeaneen’s death. “How do I feel about how she should be punished? I don’t know,” Post said, pausing for a moment and taking a deep breath. “That’s up to God.” The case is proceeding now because of James Klokow Jr. The 55-year-old went to police with stories of his mother regularly beating him, choking him and kicking him in the legs with steel-toed boots so often that he still has knee problems. He spoke of his mother breaking his arm and nose. He said she once forced him to stay in the basement for so long that he quenched his thirst by lapping water from the floor. He also described his mother covering the head of his mentally challenged younger brother and striking the wailing boy’s toes one by one with a hammer.
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But despite the physical torture, James Klokow told investigators, one of the worst pains he endured was his mother blaming him for his 7-month-old sister’s death. No charges were filed after Jeaneen’s death in 1957. Ruby Klokow told police the baby had fallen off a sofa while she was tending to a crying James. A family doctor told police the parents were “irresponsible,” but he didn’t think there was anything criminal about Jeaneen’s death. Another of Ruby Klokow’s children, Scott, was found dead in his crib seven years later under circumstances that are unclear; no charges were filed in that case. In Jeaneen’s case, an autopsy found she suffered two brain hemorrhages, a partially collapsed lung and three scalp bruises. A forensic pathologist who recently reviewed the documents testified during the preliminary hearing and said the severity of the injuries was not consistent with Klokow’s explanation.
Astronaut Scott Kelly holds a microphone for astronaut Catherine Coleman, right, while she plays the flute aboard the International Space Station.
just wanted them to understand what a cool place it was and how many possibilities there were to play music up here on the space station,” she said. Coleman said it’s different playing in weightlessness: She finds herself bumping into objects as she plays, floating, with her eyes closed. The acoustics, she said, varies from room to room. The chambers that are padded with cloth bags absorb
Funding Board amends process for student orgs from USG, page 1 “I’m very satisfied [with the statement of position],” said Haggerty. “Even with the produced amendments, I echo D’Angelo’s sentiments.” Also on USG’s docket were Funding Board amendments made funding for student organizations more stringent, but also more accessible. It was passed unanimously that groups were required to provide a roaster of participants for events given discrepancies in previous semesters on actual attendees versus proposed attendees. “We created a subcommittee of Funding Board last semester to follow up with student organizations to make sure that their actual attendance numbers matched their proposed ones,” said Funding Board Chairperson Yoana Yakova. The steps in which stu-
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the sound and aren’t nearly as bright sounding as, for example, the space station’s window-enclosed observation deck. Coleman, 50, who has a doctorate in polymer science and engineering, considers herself an amateur musician. She said it’s been “pretty neat” creating her “own little world with music” in orbit. She hopes to team up with the Chieftains and Tull flutists for a space-to-ground
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concert before she returns to Earth in May. She’s been on the space station since just before Christmas. NASA, meanwhile, is checking for any damage to shuttle Discovery on the launch pad. A measuring gauge came apart during repair work Tuesday night and may have struck the shuttle’s fuel tank. Discovery is supposed to blast off Feb. 24 for the space station after a delay of nearly four months.
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dent organizations on campus request money were also amended, making the process more efficient for both the groups and Funding Board. Before, all groups were required to meet with Funding Board to be questioned on their application, but now, only groups whose applications raise questions will be required to have that meeting. According to Yakova, oftentimes Funding Board already knows ahead of time that they plan to fund a particular group making the meeting “not entirely necessary.” Also passed unanimously was an Act Concerning Funding Board I. Out of the $288,432.80 that was requested for student activities, only $161,833.58 was funded by USG.
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12 international academic journals. Along with his many academic accomplishments, Dr. Tsokos is also founder of both the American Foundation for Greek Language and Culture and the USF Urban Scholars Outreach Program, which aims to assist AfricanAmerican and Hispanic students with their academics. At the Senate Chamber in Hartford, the General Assembly concluded by stating, “We are grateful to draw from your well of wisdom and guidance. It is our privilege to honor you with the University of Connecticut Distinguished Alumnus Award.” Dr. Tsokos resides in Tampa, Fla.
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Walkers must account for winter road dangers
t is no secret that we live on a campus meant mostly for pedestrians, and that we as pedestrians are not always conscious of how our travel habits can affect those with whom we share the road. While listening to music or gazing at a smart phone can make one’s daily walk across campus feel less tedious, it is also important to realize that at times, it can cause unaware pedestrians to become another hazard for winter drivers. Winter weather makes it a little bit harder for everyone to get around. Roads and sidewalks are slick or not fully cleared. The few dry days have been frigid and windy, and if we try to take a bus to avoid the cold, chances are we will be waiting for buses that are running up to 15 minutes behind schedule. It is equally hard for drivers. They have to worry about black ice, poor visibility at intersections and narrower streets. Drivers should not have to worry about avoiding people who don’t even bother to check if the road is clear before crossing it. Worse are those who walk in the roads behind the Field house, near South Dining Hall and Nathan Hale Inn and by the Fine Arts complex, completely unaware that there are cars, trucks and other vehicles behind them or trying to pass them, because they are so wrapped up in their phones, mp3 players or iPads. It is simple: we need to share the roads like we share the campus. No one is asking that pedestrians stop using technology in transit altogether, but if we ask that people not text while driving, it is not much to ask that pedestrians remain aware while sharing or crossing the road. Just look up once in a while, and don’t assume that a vehicle will be able to stop just because you technically have the right of way in a crosswalk. Being safe on the roads in winter is everyone’s responsibility, even if you are not behind the wheel of a car. 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.
Johnny McEntee and Caroline Doty: best beer pong team ever? To the girl in South quad beating the snow with a stick, that’s not gonna help it melt any faster. Hello UConn! Please help me find my little black dog! She’s missing around these parts and whoever finds her will be rewarded handsomely! Last seen near 44 and 195. Thanks, Huskies! Dear Dining Services, thank you for not laughing at my ID picture after all these years even though we both know I look like a constipated terrorist. Michael Ian Black has a thing for princess Leah. Geeks unite, we have a comedy show to go to! To the girl behind me who said “thanks!” before she realized I hadn’t, in fact, held the door for her: I apologize. Michael Ian Black has an uncontrollable urge to pee his name in the snow. Will he “sign” any autographs after the comedy show tonight? I only go to USG to stare at Tom Haggerty. Sorry I’m not sorry. You’d think that people who have been here long enough to live in south would know to close their shades when they get down and dirty. Why do all the apples at South look like they’ve been physically abused? I’m always really apprehensive about messaging the InstantDaily, because I’m possessed with an overwhelming fear that it might write something back. And then I’d have to log off, because I’m far to shy to start a conversation with a disembodied newspaper column. I found out Jeremy Lamb was a cool guy today when he caught me taking a picture of him while I was pretending to text and didn’t say a word.
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Super Bowl ads used pain as humor too often
his Sunday, Americans participated in the famed annual tradition of getting hyped up about the Super Bowl commercials, and then being disappointed by how average most of them were. But my biggest complaint with the advertisements this year was not mediocre quality, but the frequent use of physical pain as a comedic device. By Jesse Rifkin One example Weekly Columnist was the Pepsi Max ad, featuring a man and his wife sitting on a park bench, when an attractive younger woman jogs by and catches the man’s eye. The jealous wife chucks a Pepsi can at the woman, knocking her out cold. Upon her falling to the ground, the man and his wife quickly flee the scene to avoid suspicion. Other supposedly funny moments in this year’s commercials include: the Carmax ad, in which a cowboy in the Wild West gets shot with arrows multiple times in the chest; the Snickers ad, in which a lumberjack is knocked down by a tree; a taste-tester for the king fainting, and possibly dying, after trying a bowl of soup; and the truly inexplicable Wendy’s ad in which a man eating a Wendy’s chicken filet sandwich slaps another man in the face for no apparent reason. Not to mention, there was also last year’s cringe-worthy Super Bowl ad where a man lin-
ing up his golf swing accidentally whacks his golfing partner in the face with his five iron. Let me remind all of you that physical pain in real life is neither enjoyable nor fun. It is regrettable that such humor is being used as the focal point for so many ads, not only because it is low-brow, but also because it is mean-spirited and cruel. Violence, even joking violence, is not a laughing matter. The obvious counterargument to this is that the type of violence displayed in such a setting is comical and juvenile. It’s not real. It’s just for fun (and profit). Is that not worse, in a way? As Steven J. Kirsh expressed in his book “Children, Adolescents, and Media Violence,” such examples “sanitize the outcomes of violence. That is, victims are rarely shown suffering in realistic pain. In contrast, prime-time dramas regularly involve major acts of violence, and the pain and suffering of the victim is often highlighted.” He then goes on to point out that “research has consistently shown that animated violence influences youthful aggressive behavior.” Perhaps the real problem is not the companies using these techniques to advertise their products, nor the advertising agencies that script the ads in the first place. Perhaps the real problem lies in the American public soaking up such violent jokes like sponges. Most Super Bowl ads are shown to test audiences for feedback, allowing refinement before the spot is actually shown during the big game. People clearly must enjoy this type of humor, or else it would not test well, and thus would not continue to be aired year after year. Now don’t get me wrong – I love humor,
and I believe there are few better feelings than laughing incredibly hard. I just believe that physical pain is not something to laugh about, even when special effects are used and nobody on the set was actually hurt.
“It is regrettable that such humor is being used...not only because it is low-brow, but also because it is mean-spirited.” To draw a comparison, I frequently find that stand-up comedians tend to use profanity and foul language more often when their material is not that great, at least in my opinion. The swear words are used to make up for the fact that they are not that funny. Similarly, I feel that people getting hurt is frequently used in Super Bowl ads to make up for the fact that the ad is not that funny. With 162.9 million estimated viewers for this year’s Super Bowl, my one opinion will do nothing to stop this trend. Still, with so many people worldwide watching the game and its advertisements, hopefully there are enough viewers out there to communicate their disappointment with the frequent use of physical pain as a comedic tool in the ads. There are enough people getting hit during the actual game.
Weekly columnist Jesse Rifkin is a 2nd-semester political science and communications double. He can be reached at Jesse.Rifkin@UConn.edu.
Bullying policy needs to be reconsidered
’ve recently become fascinated with the variety of reactions the issue of bullying elicits from people. After reading stories detailing the victims, perpetrators and the problems and consequences of bullying, and I’ve determined that people seem to fall into three distinct groups when they see, hear or read about it. There are those who are apathetic toward the subject because of their lack of experience or concern with it. These people By Ryan Gilbert e i t h e r don’t read Staff Columnist the stories about it or are plainly unaware that it’s even an issue. There are also those who cringe at the mere mention of the term because of the humiliating or haunting memories it still conjures for them. Many of these people are the ones who now makr “It Gets Better” videos or push for stronger national and local antibullying legislation. Finally, there are those who scoff at the matter of bullying. Some of these people swat at the issue like it’s an irritating fly that’s flown into the room and won’t get out of their faces. The truth is, these people probably were (or still are) the bullies. But some of these people might have found the struggles of being bullied to be, in the end,
uniquely rewarding and don’t think the zero-tolerance policies presently being enforced in schools are working. I am one of those people. Now, before some of you start Googling Dr. Phil’s phone number or writing your “How Quickly We’ve Forgotten Columbine” letters-to-the-editor or burning your frayed and dogeared copies of Laurie Halse Anderson’s “Speak,” let me try to clarify the point I’m making. I am not an advocate of bullying. I don’t support beating the snot out of little Wendell with the oversized bifocals or Alfalfa with the cowlick and unfortunate speech impediment. I certainly don’t support the harassment and torment of supposed or openly gay teens who are simply trying to learn and figure out who they are. I spent most of my school years with my head down, memorizing the floor tile patterns of school hallways with my hands firmly clenched around my backpack shoulder straps. For me, school-related activities like dances, games and pep rallies merely represented bonus rounds for the jackasses I went to school with to practice pitching words like “pussy” and “fag” and refining their spit-balling and pantsing techniques. I don’t believe that these memories are uniquely mine. At the time, I hated these
guys, I hated what they were doing to me and I really hated that nobody seemed to care. But the hard truth is that I don’t hate who I’ve become and I learned a great deal from those experiences. I owe my sense of humor, outspokenness and tenacity to those bullies.
“School bullies aren’t inherently evil degenerates that need to be expelled... Keeping these young people away from educational environments...isn’t going to ‘cure’ them.” The measures and policies being considered to thwart bullying are not like rain ponchos: one size doesn’t fit all. But we can agree on some of the basic tenets that should be considered. The young people being bullied should be reminded by parents, teachers, siblings and friends that reactions to bullying like cowering or crying are exactly what the bullies are looking for and only lead to more bullying. Also, the victims and witnesses of bullying must
be encouraged to report any and all harassment and torment. Bullying victims usually lack the confidence and conviction to stand up to their bullies. I know I did. But having parents, teachers and counselors around who told me how bright, funny and talented I was helped tack on a bit more armor piece by piece, day by day. School bullies aren’t inherently evil degenerates that need to be suspended or expelled. Keeping these young people away from educational environments (hopefully) designed to stoke and incubate intellectual curiosity and individual understanding isn’t going to “cure” them of their compulsion to bully. These bullies need to be talked to and they need to be listened to – really listened to. They need to be helped. The noble yet disconnected experience of sitting in front of a computer screen watching YouTube videos of strangers telling you it’s going to get better isn’t going to make anything, well, better. Just like zero-tolerance policies and terribly complex anti-bullying laws aren’t going to make it better. These kids need counseling. All of them.
Staff Columnist Ryan Gilbert is a 6th-semester journalism major. He can be reached at Ryan. Gilbert@UConn.edu
“The Catholic Church has approved a new app that lets you make confessions over your iPhone. It also raises the possibility of accidentally buttdialing God.” – Conan O’Brien
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JELLY! by Elise Domyan
Down 1 Mortgage no. 2 “De Civitate __”: “The City of God,” St. Augustine work 3 -ly word, usually: Abbr. 4 Spanish fort 5 Rich dessert 6 Food merchant 7 “The Caine Mutiny” novelist 8 Cigar tip? 9 Early Indian leader 10 Strong-arm 11 Wired for sound 12 Did a deli job 13 “Total Eclipse of the Heart” singer Bonnie 18 Camera company that merged with Konica 21 With some sauce
meat dish 50 Croesus’ kingdom 52 Exhausts 54 “Happy Days” mom, to the Fonz 55 Auel heroine 58 Altar promise 59 Fresh 60 Letters seen in many forms
Monkey Business by Jack Boyd
Across 1 Get used to it 6 PBS moderator Ifill 10 Go for 14 Martinez with three Cy Young Awards 15 By __: from memory 16 Sale modifier 17 Delta location 19 Actor Sitka who appeared in numerous Three Stooges films 20 Source of showroom shock? 22 Healthy routine 25 “Catcher in the Wry” author 26 Make __ dash for 27 Hershiser with a Cy Young Award 30 Wind instrument vibrator 31 Send 33 Battle gp. 35 Standing by for an on-air appearance 40 Bauble 41 Citi Field org. 43 Central Chinese city 46 Jazzman Stan 48 Some are named for music genres 49 Carrying limit 51 Fit for consumption 53 Risk calculation 56 Beard-preventing brand 57 Its components are hidden at the ends of 17-, 20-, 35- and 53-Across 61 Forest denizens 62 Capri, e.g. 63 Quilt filler 64 Used too much 65 USNA part: Abbr. 66 Puts in a hold
I hate Everything by Carin Powell
The Daily Crossword
Stickcat by Karl, Jason, Fritz & Chan
Aries - All work and no play sounds boring. Remember to take time to follow your passions. Better yet, play at work and work at play, for some big game. Taurus - You’re on top of the world, and others want what you have. Stop and think, when necessary. It’s a great time to socialize and to rediscover your artistic expression. Gemini - Don’t take other people’s criticism of your appearance personally. They may have a point. Go ahead and laugh at yourself (or with yourself). It’s good for you.
By Michael Mepham
Cancer - If your ideas appear clear in your head, but not necessarily on paper, don’t despair. Take a deep breath and try again. You can express them. Leo - The day has ups and downs. It might even get emotional at times. Don’t lose your temper. Focusing on work makes everything easier and gets stuff done. Later it all makes sense. Virgo - It may be difficult to focus on work today, as daydreams about your love life keep distracting. Do something routine, and indulge in some fantasizing. Libra - It’s a very busy day. You’re extremely sensitive to light and sound (which could be a good thing). Get grounded before making a big decision. Scorpio - You’re having a difficult time concentrating at work. A great partnership may result if you don’t over think it. Be willing to laugh at yourself.
Froot Bütch by Brendan Albetski and Brendan Nicholas
Sagittarius - Distractions get in the way of productivity. You could resist them or let them take you away to a place you’ve never been. What’s the deadline? Capricorn - Don’t worry about money out loud. Focus your energy on creative projects that provide instant gratification. You’ll have something to show for your time. Aquarius - Make improvements at home or at your base of operations earlier in the day. Later, things could get confusing. Think twice before you act today. Pisces - The day begins with many possibilities for selfexpression and communication. You may hit some snags later in the day. It’s nothing you can’t manage.
Pundles by Brian Ingmanson
Classic Why The Long Face by Jackson Lautier
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Tensions rise over Conn. » NATION school funding reform Rep. Giffords speaks, first time since shooting
HARTFORD (AP) — With limited tax dollars at stake, tensions are rising over how to overhaul Connecticut’s education financing methods without pitting public schools against the growing number of charter schools operating statewide. The debate played out Wednesday before the state Board of Education, which discussed and ultimately tabled a report that suggested exploring ways to reallocate some money to follow students who transfer from public to charter schools. The report could be revived this spring after Gov. Dannel P. Malloy appoints a new education commissioner and new school board members. Even if not, people on both sides expect the debate to find fertile ground among legislators at the Capitol. The debate comes as local public school districts await word on how much they will receive in state education cost-sharing money under Malloy’s budget proposal, which he is scheduled to present on Feb. 16. Malloy and legislators are searching for a way to avoid a looming $540 million, two-year shortfall in the state’s aid for local school districts. That hole was filled last year with federal stimulus money, but it runs out July 1. Against that backdrop, the state education board’s discussion about charter school funding had everyone in agreement on one point: The current system does not work, and the state needs to be held to its unfulfilled promise to pay 50 percent of local education costs. However, the idea to calculate savings from each public school student’s departure — then allocate that money to the charter school in which he or she enrolls — was criticized by some parents and representatives of education groups, who said it would hurt public school districts for the benefit
of the private charter schools and their supporters. “We need to first get the funding right for the system that educates 92 percent of our students before turning our attention to choice funding,” said Jackie Heftman, a member and former president of Stamford’s board of education. Mary Loftus Levine, policy director for the Connecticut Education Association teachers union, said sending public dollars to private charter schools would hurt districts that are already financially vulnerable — and that the worst harm would be to students who remain in their local schools by choice or because they were unable to get into the charters. “We don’t want to see our tax dollars drained and leave children behind in schools that become schools of last resort,” she said. The discussion came as the state school board reviewed a report developed over nine months by an ad hoc committee, whose members also were divided on many of the issues and could not deliver unanimous recommendations to the school board on every item. Board Chairman Allan Taylor, a member of the committee, unsuccessfully urged his colleagues to adopt the report as a way to start the conversation on improving Connecticut’s education funding methods. He said that although he recognizes the state’s current financial crisis, Connecticut education leaders need to take a longterm view of what will best help children meet their potential and improve schools statewide. “This is not a proposal to fund charter schools; it is not driven by that,” Taylor said, adding that as far as the current budget crisis goes: “Someday we will come out the other end and there will be more dollars, and we ought to have developed a better way to distribute it.”
HOUSTON (AP) — Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is able to speak: She asked for toast at breakfast one recent morning. Her ability to say even just a word, a month after being shot in the head, pleased her family, friends and doctors. It may also provide valuable clues about the condition of her injured brain. “We’re elated at this,” said her spokesman C.J. Karamargin, who added that she is speaking “more and more.” “We always knew Gabby is a fighter and that she’s not going to let this thing win. And you know, every day is proof of that.” Few details have emerged about her recovery since she began intensive rehabilitation at TIRR Memorial Hermann hospital late last month. But doctors not involved in her care said her simple request for toast could indicate higher-level cognition. The lawmaker was apparently asking for something in an appropriate context, said Dr. Richard Riggs, chair of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. “It was a desire. It was a want. It was something that
would be preferable rather than just a basic need,” Riggs said. “It was encouraging. I was very excited to see it and the fact that it was an appropriate context gives it more meaning.” Brain injury patients who regain speech typically begin to do so about four to six weeks after the incident, Riggs said. “We’re beginning to see what her true abilities will be,” he said. “We’ll also see her impairments.” Doctors said in late January that they planned to insert a speaking valve into her tracheostomy — a tube inserted into Giffords’ throat to assist her breathing immediately after the shooting in Tucson, Ariz. Her doctors have not said whether that procedure took place or whether the tube was removed since she no longer needs it. Other news organizations, including Politico, earlier reported that Giffords had asked for toast and was able to speak. Riggs said some patients can speak despite the tube. It would not necessarily have to be removed or have a valve
Giffords spoke for the first time since she was shot in the forehead, her spokesman said, yet another significant milestone in her recovery from a traumatic brain injury.
inserted to make speech possible, he said. Since Riggs has not seen or treated Giffords, he could not say how her speech
might develop and progress. Depending on the extent of the injury, its position in the brain and the patient, that can vary greatly, he said.
Skakel: I didn’t do it, Conn. trial lawyer inept
VERNON –(AP) — Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel blasted prosecutors and his former attorney during a court hearing Tuesday and insisted on his innocence in his most extensive comments since he was sentenced after his murder conviction in 2002. Skakel, a nephew of Robert Kennedy’s widow, Ethel Kennedy, spoke by video conference from prison at Tuesday’s hearing in Rockville Superior Court on a motion by prosecutors who say his new attorneys
may have a conflict of interest as they appeal his conviction. Skakel’s new appeal claims his trial attorney, Michael Sherman, was incompetent. Prosecutors say because his current attorneys represented him on earlier appeals, they may be prevented from advancing claims that they also were ineffective. The new attorneys deny that argument. Skakel, sentenced to 20 years to life in prison after being convicted of beating
a teenage girl to death with a golf club, said prosecutors “want me here for the rest of my life for something I didn’t do.” He said the fact that retired prosecutor Jonathan Benedict, who tried Skakel, showed up for the hearing “speaks volumes.” “They have disparaged me for the past 10 years, deprived me of my liberty and my child, my freedom, my good reputation, and I don’t understand their motivation in trying to take my attorneys from me,”
Skakel said. Benedict declined to comment after the hearing. The judge said the state was not trying to take Skakel’s attorneys from him. Skakel, who appeared heavier than when he was in court a few years ago for an earlier appeal, also harshly criticized Sherman. Skakel said he was shocked once he obtained new attorneys after his conviction to realize “how absolutely incompetent Mr. Sherman was in everything he did.”
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Writer Tom Hubbard lets ‘Marie’ tell his story By Elmira FIfo Campus Correspondent
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Scottish author Tom Hubbard read selections from his novel, ‘Marie B.,’ at the Co-op Wednesday. The novel is based on the diary of Marie Bashkirtseff, the Russian painter.
Scottish writer Tom Hubbard read several entertaining passages from his book “Marie B.,” Wednesday evening at the Co-op, providing interesting descriptions and explanations about the central characters. The main character, Marie, is perhaps the most significant, as her story is based on Hubbard’s intrigue with the paintings and diary of Marie Bashkirtseff. The novel is essentially a biographically-rooted account of Bashkirtseff, whose painting provided the sole inspiration for the story. Hubbard explained that he saw her self-portrait in a gallery in June 1993 and was immedi-
ately struck by it. “I was drawn by the expression of the face, it seemed to say ‘tell my story,’ Hubbard remembered. He had always been fascinated by her paintings in general, but as he looked further into her life, he realized he had to write about it. The book related, with deep emotion and depth, Marie B.’s rebellious inclinations within her aristocracy, as well as her realization to become a painter. The first passage Hubbard read depicted a young, flighty and spoiled adolescent Marie on a ship, attempting to free herself from her overbearing governess who seems determined to restrain her from enjoyment. The passage conveyed the sense of freedom,
the desire to be admired and enjoy life, as well as her sheltered ignorance as part of an aristocratic. This introduction to Marie’s character is crucial in discovering who Bashkirtseff really was. Hubbard illustrates Bashkirtseff’s adventurous obsessions throughout her travels against the backdrop of 19th century France and Russia. He points out the grim realities of the time period and of Bashkirtseff’s life; her death from tuberculosis at a young age and her struggles as an artist and feminist. “The grotesque is what brings the comic and the tragic aspects of this novel together,” Hubbard divulged. As the novel progresses, the
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Music, literature say goodbye Gary Moore, Thin Lizzy Guitarist 1952-2011
Brian Jacques, author of ‘Redwall’ 1939-2011 By Keelan Freitag Campus Correspondent
Gary Moore, guitarist for Thin Lizzy, was gound dead in his hotel room in Spain on Sunday.
By Julie Bartoli Campus Correspondent On Sunday, Feb. 6, Thin Lizzy guitarist Gary Moore was found dead in his hotel room in Estepona, Spain. The artist was 58. It was reported Feb. 8 that the cause of death was a suspected heart attack. Moore began his career at the age of 8, learning how to churn music out of his guitar with his right hand, despite being born a lefty. At 16 he moved to Dublin and joined his first band, Skid Row. His reputation as an artist grew, and in 1973 he released his solo album,
“Grinding Stone.” The six-track having a rough patch and Moore EP raised heads and helped Moore was looking to become more of a land his role with Thin Lizzy. bluesman than a rock star. His music resume also includes His career move mirrored collaborations with George Mick Taylor’s decision to leave Harrison, Ginger Baker, the Beach the Rolling Stones in December Boys, Ozzy Osbourne and Mo of 1974. It was a giant step, Foster. Moore has been cited as but Moore made it with grace an inspiration for a variety of gui- and continued pursuing what he tarists, including Randy Rhoads, loved. In 1997 he and his girlVivian Campbell and Jack Bruce. friend Jo moved in together in Though Moore only played East Sussex, and in 1999 their with Thin Lizzy intermittently, he baby, Lily, was born. Moore’s can be heard on “Black Rose: A death is a tragedy, and our Rock Legend,” and toured with the deepest condolences go out to group frequently. He left the band his family. with no regrets in July 1979, the theory being that Thin Lizzy was Julie.Bartoli@UConn.edu
» VIDEO GAMES
Iconic Guitar Hero gets the ax NEW YORK (AP) – These days, guns are more popular than guitars, at least when it comes to video games. The company behind “Guitar Hero” said Wednesday that it is pulling the plug on one of the most influential video game titles of the new century. Activision Blizzard Inc., which also produces the “Call of Duty” series, is ending the “Guitar Hero” franchise after a run of more than five years. The move follows Viacom Inc.’s decision in November to sell its money-losing unit behind the “Rock Band” video games. Harmonix was sold to an investment firm for an undisclosed sum. Harmonix, incidentally, was behind the first “Guitar Hero” game. Game industry analysts have long lamented the “weakness in the music genre,” as they call it – that is, the inability of game makers to drum up demand for the products after an initial surge in popularity in the mid-2000s. Music games are often more expensive than your typical shoot-’em-up game because they require guitars, microphones and other musical equipment. While extra songs can be purchased for download, this hasn’t been enough to keep the games profitable.
Activision’s Guitar Hero video game is displayed at a Micro Center store in Santa Clara, Calif.
Activision’s shares tumbled after the announcement, but investors appear more concerned with the company’s disappointing revenue forecast than the demise of the rocker game. As far as investors go, discontinuing an unprofitable product isn’t the end of the world, even if “Guitar Hero” fans disagree. “In retrospect it was a $3 billion or more business that every-
body needed to buy, so they did, but they only needed to buy it once,” said Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter. “It’s much like ‘Wii Fit.’ Once you have it, you don’t need to buy another one.” “Guitar Hero” was iconic and often praised for getting a generation weaned on video games into music. But its end after a mere half a decade is a big contrast to other influential video game franchises, such as the 25-year-old Mario series from Nintendo. “Call of Duty” first launched in 2003, two years before “Guitar Hero.” In a conference call, Activision said its restructuring will mean the loss of about 500 jobs in its Activision Publishing business, which has about 7,000 employees. But the company’s overall work force numbers are not going to change much because it is hiring people elsewhere. Activision did better than expected in the fourth quarter, which ended in December, but that already was anticipated. After all, it launched “Call of Duty: Black Ops” in November. That game, which is mostly set during the Vietnam War, made $1 billion after just six weeks in stores. Its latest “World of Warcraft” game has also been doing well.
Brian Jacques, a man whose stories of Redwall Abbey had an immense impression on so many childhoods, has died. He was 71. “Mice are my favorite,” Jacques commented on his website, “because like children, mice are little and have to learn to be courageous and use their wits.” Jacques started writing fantasies involving woodland creatures when he was merely 10. He wrote a story for a school assignment about a bird that cleans a crocodile’s teeth. He continued writing for his entire life, writing 39 young adult novels, including the “Redwall” series and the “Castaways of the Flying Dutchman” series. He created characters like Lord Brocktree and Martin the Warrior, son of Luke the Warrior. He based these noble woodland creatures on his friends and family; for example, Constance the Badgermum is based on his grandmother. Over 20 million copies of his novels have been sold and an animated TV show based on the Redwall series ran for three seasons on PBS. On Monday, Jacques was
Photo Courtesy of Redwall.org
enjoying retirement in Liverpool, England, having retired from a radio host position at BBC. He was admitted to the Royal Liverpool Hospital and died from an aortic aneurysm, according to the Liverpool Echo local newspaper. He is survived by his wife, Maureen, his brother, Jim and his two sons, David and Marc.
Global green powerhouses By Becky Radolf Staff Writer
When we think of “green” cities, most people think of places like Los Angeles or Boulder, Colo. We picture either the wealthiest among us, who purchase green cars and eat at vegan restaurants, or the eco-friendly pioneers living in the woods and eating tree bark and berries. Obviously, these assumptions aren’t true, but my point is that we have a narrow scope of what it means to live in a truly eco-friendly area, and many of these cities lie beyond the borders of our nation. According to Grist Magazine, a publication that covers environmental news and green living, cities all over the world are pioneering the world of sustainability in new and innovative ways. Coming in at No. 12 is Bogotá, Colombia, whose mayor from 1998 to 2001 created a highly efficient bus transit system, according to the magazine. Not only that, but he improved sidewalks and bike trails to improve transportation methods other than driving. Car use is restricted during rush hour and gas taxes are higher, encouraging people to step out of their vehicles and hoof it to work. According to Grist, Bogotá hopes to eliminate all personal cars by 2015. London earned itself the No. 7 spot on the list of greenest cities, particularly for its “Climate Change Action Plan” initiated by Mayor Ken Livingstone. The plan uses locally generated and more efficient sources to provide 25 percent of the city’s power and will cut CO2 emissions by 60 percent in the next 20 years. Personal transportation is restricted, and those who cut their usage early are offered incentives for their hard work. Oh, and those with hybrid and electric cars get a free pass to use their vehicles. Topping the list: Reykjavik, Iceland. Pretty random, you might think, but this city is not
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A little art, a little history By Kim Halpin Campus Correspondent The William Benton Museum of Art held a Gallery Talk on Wednesday to showcase the exhibition, “Views and Re-views: Soviet Political Posters and Cartoons.” A small crowd gathered in the gallery as Paul Parzyszek first gave an overview of the history of the Soviet Union from the 1920s through the Cold War era. The background information about the different revolutions, rulers and social structures is crucial to understanding the depictions of the exhibit. Parzyszek also pointed out a key cultural sentiment of the Soviets in the way they favored bipolarization, and seeing things only in binary ways. Therefore, the posters and propaganda nearly always reflect a “good guy” and a “bad guy,” or the rich and poor, with no middle ground. Their feelings toward imperialism and capitalism were all clearly shown as overweight and ugly men that took the poor citizens’ money. John Gordon, a 2nd-semester accounting major, said that he “learned a lot about the changing opinions of the Soviets in the 20th century,” by connecting the lecture and images. The posters were made,
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Docent Paul Parzysek leads a talk on one of the Benton’s new exhibits, ‘Views and Re-views: Soviety Political Posters and Cartoons.’
many cheaply, to appeal to the undereducated peasant class. A style mimicking folk art, called Lubki, was widely used, as well as pictures that were easy to understand without captions. It is also clear that some of the posters were hastily constructed, as Parzyszek pointed out the stray pencil marks on stenciled posters that were made to be hung on windows. The change of attitudes toward the United States
throughout the 1900s is also clearly depicted in the images. Some cartoons show the U.S. as a success story of overcoming imperialism and how the U.S. and Soviets worked together to defeat Hitler. Some even imitate American slogans such as the iconic “Uncle Sam Wants You” and Rosie the Riveter. Contrastingly, others depict the U.S. as being a racist nation with poor leader-
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Members of the band ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead (or ‘the lost boys of rock music’) pose with the omen of death, the raven.
‘Trail’ produces not great, not bad album infected with indulgence By Aaron Burnstein Campus Correspondent Ever since its highly acclaimed 2002 release “Source Tags & Codes,” Austin, Texas-based art-punk band …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead has struggled to rediscover its identity. Effectively abandoned by indie rock, but ignored by the mainstream, Trail of Dead have become the lost boys of rock music. The band’s latest album, “Tao of the
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This Day in Music 1978 Van Halen released its self-titled debut, subsequently selling over 10 million albums in the U.S. alone. The record remains one of the most successful rock debuts to date, and earned Van Halen the 415th spot in Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” list. Hit singles include “Runnin’ With the Devil,” “Jamie’s Cryin” and the cover of the Kink’s “You Really Got Me.” Yet the album’s crowning reviews were less about the band and more centered around guitarist Eddie Van Halen. Ranked directly behind Jimi Hendrix in most “Greatest Guitarist” lists, Eddie earned his No. 2 position by creating a unique playing style, and showcasing it in the band’s debut. He incorporated volume swells and tapping (the longstanding Billy Gibbons invention) and chased a distinct tone. He achieved this by creating his own guitar, purchasing a 100-watt amp and having been born a guitar virtuoso. It’s no surprise that “Guitar Hero” issued a Van Halen edition in December 2009, and if the game is true to the band, I doubt any player could get through “Runnin’ With the Devil” without a lifetime of practice. – Julie Bartoli
Dead,” shows the band trying to find its way back to the magic of their earlier work. As vocalist Conrad Keely dryly expresses in the track “Cover the Days Like a Tidal Wave,” “Come back to the source.” The music on “Tao of the Dead” makes it very clear that Trail of Dead is trying to find the proper balance of simplicity and grandiosity that was present in previous works. The band ditched their major label recording contract at Interscope in late 2007 to independently record
their material, and for their latest, the band has been cut down to its original four-man line-up. They display a definitive interest in more traditional creative control, and there are certainly moments on “Tao of the Dead” in which they capture their old brilliance. But, it seems like they’re still infected from years of indulgence and overproduction. One of the core issues on “Tao of the Dead” is the progressive rock influence. While numerous bands have pulled off the crossover-progressive style quite well, in Trail of Dead’s case, it feels forced. Ultimately, it results in a number of tracks that, though not outrightly bad, are unnecessary and only provide filler. Other tracks are too long and contain a little too much in-studio manipulation. “Pure Radio Cosplay” stands as an energetic, well-composed track but has an electronic-based outro that leaves listeners with a bad taste in their
mouth. There is a similar problem with vocal manipulation in the song “Summer of all Dead Souls.” However, that isn’t to say that Trail of Dead’s more progressive moments are complete failures. The album’s closer, an epic 16-minute piece titled “Strange News from Another Planet,” works surprisingly well, containing grit, passion and an abundance of great musical ideas. Although “Tao of the Dead” does not measure up to the band’s “classic” material, it is a step in the right direction. It’s not an album that will change anyone’s mind about the band, but it contains plenty of gratifying moments fans will enjoy. Listeners will be pleased to find out that …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead still has some creative energy left, and the optimistic ones can look forward to greater improvements on the horizon.
Cut Copy’s ‘Zonoscope’ not worth the hype By Julie Bartoli Campus Correspondent This year has already been a mess of breakups, letdowns and relatively terrible albums—and it’s barely February. When the music industry hits new lows, something terrible tends to happen. It creates its own highs. Following this trend is Cut Copy’s new album, “Zonoscope.” Already named “Album of the Summer” by a variety of publications, the 12-track LP, released
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Feb. 8, is asphyxiating in its own pool of media-inspired hype. Don’t get me wrong; the album is solid, at times even brilliant. But “Zonoscope’s” inflated expectations caused a letdown. Critic after critic is verbally making love to the synth-pop creation, but after one listen, shoulders are dropping and heads are cocking to the side. If this is the anthem of summer 2011, I’ll keep the icicles hanging outside my window, thank you. “Zonoscope” opens with “Need You Now,” its most charismatic piece. The drum- kick 14 seconds in elicits the same feeling of glee that entrances listeners when Angus Young’s guitar drops nine beats into “Back in Black.” It’s a heart- stopping instant, followed by building tension behind the gleaming pops and whizzes Ben Allen (Animal Collective & Gnarles Barkley) had his hand in mixing. It’s also the single that showcases Dan Whitford at his most vulnerable, particularly when his pleading voice rises and his inhibitions lower. The next few songs are strait out of a poorly conceived ‘80s album. A cross between the Pet Shop Boys and the Human League, “Take Me Over” and “Blink and You’ll Miss a Revolution” are a blatant nod to “Don’t You Want Me.” The pieces drip with discothèque garble, simultaneously losing the mellow, heartfelt edge that
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Cut Copy’s latest album, ‘Zonoscope,’ has been thought to herald the coming of summer by a variety of publications.
“Need You Now” had. The comeback rolls in with the 15-minute masterpiece “Sun God.” It’s cleaner, breathable and retro without becoming overly nostalgic. High-end production is key, but unfortunately, leaving this single as the finale was a mistake. “Zonoscope” becomes a borderline-average album sandwiched between two incredible songs. Don’t go into the record expecting the best thing since “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” “Zonoscope” isn’t revolution-
ary, it won’t “save” any genre of music, and it sure as hell won’t be your soundtrack for sunbathing and backseat makeouts. Take the record for what it is: a group of Australian buzzboys trying their hand at ‘80sstyle new wave and coming out with an old-school vintage-pop set that might suit the mood for a reminiscent night of stripPokémon. And cool your hype, man.
Britney Spears gives me a stomach ache, Katy Perry makes my eyes water and Fergie has me clutching my ears, especially after her banshee-like performance at Super Bowl XLV. I am not a fan of pop princesses, but regardless of my vendetta against mainstream singers, there are a select few artists whom I do respect. These individuals, while being overexposed on the radio, continue to be entertaining even after hundreds of replays. Since the world became obsessed with her hit singles “Poker Face” and “Bad Romance,” Lady Gaga has taken over the radio waves. Gaga has the voice, the dance moves and the shock factor to be a real pop queen. She is engaging not only through her music but through her bizarre pseudo-personality as well. The media is always buzzing about the singer, whether it is about her “meat dress” from the 2010 MTV Music Awards or about her supposed bisexuality. And while some may deem Gaga inappropriate and psychotic, the fact of the matter is that she isn’t afraid to express herself. In the end, Gaga may be ridiculed for attending a NY Mets game in a skimpy outfit, but even bad press is press. As long as she has people talking about her, Gaga is doing exactly what she set out to do with the release of “The Fame” – she has become infamous. Like millions of other Americans, I am disappointed in Christina Aguilera for messing up the words to the national anthem at this year’s Super Bowl. But while my reverence for her has dwindled, I still feel that it’s necessary to celebrate her accomplishments as a musician. Aguilera has won over both mainstream listeners and rebellious anarchists with her outstanding voice. In 2002, she also set the stage for pop seductresses with the semi-erotic music video for the song “Dirrty.” She followed up that steamy performance last year by playing the part of a hustling dancer in the movie “Burlesque.” But Aguilera has the right to be trashy in such instances. She countered songs like “Dirrty” with heartfelt ballads such as “Beautiful” and “Castle Walls,” on which she collaborated with T.I. Her voice can makeover the most ridiculous pieces and turn them into hit singles. “If you wanna be with me, baby there’s a price to pay, I’m a genie in a bottle, you gotta rub me the right way.” If it weren’t for Aguilera, these words would never be as legendary as they are now. Finally, I am going to grudgingly admit that Taylor Swift is a good musician. It is exasperating that all of her music is about high school romance and teenage heartbreak. But at the same time, Swift’s songs are easy to relate to, and her naïve and humble demeanor is refreshing. Plus, the 21-year-old pop-country sensation has instrumental talent, as she often accompanies her vocals with a sequinencrusted guitar. Although Swift won’t be turning up on my iPod playlist anytime soon, I don’t mind that she has become America’s pop sweetheart in recent years.
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Lohan pleads not guilty Cold War Kids go corporate to felony theft charge By Joe O’Leary Staff Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Lindsay Lohan pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony grand theft of a $2,500 necklace – the most serious charge yet filed against the troubled starlet who has wrestled with drug and alcohol abuse for years. “You’re in a different situation now that a felony has been filed,” Superior Court Judge Keith Schwartz scolded Lohan after she entered the plea through her attorney. “Everybody else has to follow the law. You’re no different than anyone else. So please, don’t push your luck.” Saying it appeared Lohan had violated her probation in a 2007 drunken driving case, Schwartz set bail at $40,000 and warned that if she was accused of breaking the law while free, he would have her held without bail. Lohan, 24, posted bail and was released about an hour after the hearing. She spoke little during the arraignment, except to acknowledge her name and that she understood the charge and possible consequences. Lohan could face up to three years in state prison if eventually convicted of stealing the necklace in January from a Venice Beach store. The “Mean Girls” star has remained in the spotlight throughout her legal problems. Wednesday, she was met by a swarm of photographers and TV cameras when she arrived at the courthouse in a white dress and sunglasses. Until now, Lohan has struggled with the terms of her probation in the DUI case but has not been charged with other crimes. The former Disney star has been a courthouse regular since May, when another judge determined she had violated her probation by missing weekly alcohol education classes. She was sent to jail and rehab after missing a hearing then granted early release from both facilities. Within weeks, howev-
Cold War Kids’ first album, “Robbers and Cowards,” helped them gain fame with an interesting sound. A blues-and-jazz influence made its mark across their debut, as songs like “We Used to Vacation” or “Hospital Beds” left a dark impact on the charts they managed to reach. The band’s new release, “Mine is Yours,” shows that four years is a lot of time for change, especially for a small band who may have needed money in that timespan. The band has almost completely cleaned up its sound, and is
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Actress Lindsay Lohan, center, arrives at the LAX Airport Courthouse in Los Angeles Wednesday to be arraigned on a felony grand theft charge that prosecutors say they will file over a charge for a stolen $2,500 necklace.
er, she failed a drug test and was briefly returned to jail before spending the next three months in rehab. Lohan’s three stints in jail in the past three years have all been shortened by overcrowding and the fact that she could not be held without bail on a misdemeanor. The jewelry case is not Lohan’s only legal concern. Prosecutors in Riverside County are considering whether to charge the actress with battery for an altercation with a rehab worker at the Betty Ford Center in December. The worker was fired after giving an on-camera interview to celebrity website TMZ, but district attorney’s spokesman John Hall has said the allegation against Lohan
was under review. Schwartz was the third judge in seven months to warn the actress she was facing serious jail time if she broke the law. Defense attorney Shawn Chapman Holley said Wednesday that Lohan was interested in an early disposition program where she could work out a deal to keep the case from going to trial. Holley also said Lohan has received good reports from her probation officer and had not failed any recent drug screens. Prosecutor Danette Meyers rejected the idea that Lohan has been well-behaved. “A good probationer doesn’t pick up a new case,” Meyers said. Another hearing was set for Feb. 23.
Space serenade: Astronaut has 4 flutes in orbit CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – Musical astronaut Catherine Coleman has plenty of flutes to pick from aboard the International Space Station. One is her own. Two belong to members of the Irish group, The Chieftains. And one belongs to the flutist with the Jethro Tull band. “A pretty well-rounded spectrum, and I am having a great time up here with them,” Coleman said. On Wednesday, she played a couple tunes for radio and TV interviewers. Space station commander Scott Kelly, meanwhile, said his twin brother made the right decision in returning to shuttle training. Astronaut Mark Kelly officially resumed training this week after taking a leave of nearly a month to care for his wounded wife, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. He will be in charge of the April flight of Endeavour. At the space station, Coleman is the only flutist among the six-member crew. So while she prefers creating music with other people, she puts flute music on in the background and plays along whenever she has spare time.
much more studio-processed. The days of spunky blues-pop that sounds like it came from a hole-in-the-wall bar is over for these guys. Not all is bad in the land of corporate contracts for the Kids, though. With a cleaner sound, a lot of what might have fallen through in earlier releases gets the forefront. Many songs lend a feeling of peace in their driving guitar riffs, though their endlessly repeating patterns get old fast. Most of the problem with “Mine is Yours” comes from the overwrought lyrics of lead singer Nathan Willett. At first listen, through his serene, powerful
In this frame grab from video shot on Wednesday and made available by NASA, astronaut Catherine Coleman, right, holds her flute aboard the International Space Station during an interview.
The penny whistle she took up belongs to the Chieftains’ Paddy Moloney. There’s also an old Irish flute from the Chieftains’ Matt Molloy and a flute belonging to Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull. Coleman said part of her astronaut job is to share “how amazing it is up here and relate to different groups of people.” “I relate to flute players, and I just wanted them to understand what a cool place it was and how many possibilities there were to
play music up here on the space station,” she said. Coleman said it’s different playing in weightlessness: She finds herself bumping into objects as she plays, floating, with her eyes closed. The acoustics, she said, varies from room to room. The chambers that are padded with cloth bags absorb the sound and aren’t nearly as bright sounding as, for example, the space station’s window-enclosed observation deck.
session because I think it’s what justice requires in this case,” Pershing County Deputy District Attorney Bryce Shields told The Associated Press. In a separate but related case, Vandenbroucke agreed on Jan. 31 to plead no contest to careless driving and pay more than $1,400 in fines and damages after she drove a rented motorhome into the edge of Reno’s landmark downtown arch on Labor Day. Vandenbroucke was on her return trip from the festival that attracted more than 50,000 people to the ancient lake bed when she ran into a fire hydrant, which then damaged the arch that pro-
BBC case fuels TV debate
LONDON (AP) – One colleague offered her hair dye. Another told her “it’s time for botox.” A third said her wrinkles could be a problem in this new era of high-definition TV. Veteran TV presenter Miriam O’Reilly was eventually taken off air, and she decided to fight back – challenging the venerable BBC in a closely watched age-discrimination case. Last month, a British employment tribunal ruled in her favor in a decision that provides fodder in a growing debate about agediscrimination in TV and film. “The worldwide trend is to move away from age-based decisions in employment,” said Martin Levine, a professor of law and gerontology at the University of Southern California, especially as many countries end mandatory retirement ages. “I don’t think any industry, even TV and film, are strong enough to stand up to these trends,” he said in an interview. Some media experts believe rapidly aging societies and rising retirement ages in the developed world may slowly start reshaping expecta-
Spider-Man joins the Fantastic 4 NEW YORK (AP) — With the Fantastic Four whittled to three after last month's death of the Human Torch, Marvel's longtime super group is changing names and adding a familiar face. Spider-Man, New York's web-slinging guardian, is joining the group newly renamed The Future Foundation. Starting in FF No. 1, he'll join with Mr. Fantastic, The Thing and the Invisible Woman in a bid to protect the Marvel universe from new threats, Marvel said Wednesday. The first issue is due out March 23.
Lesser NV drug charge in model’s case RENO, Nev. (AP) – A Hong Kong fashion model arrested twice during her trip to the Burning Man counterculture festival last summer likely will escape without any jail time after a Nevada prosecutor decided Wednesday to reduce the final charge she faces to simple drug possession. Rosemary Vandenbroucke, 28, originally was charged in September with furnishing a controlled substance when a sheriff’s deputy said he saw her offer ecstasy to someone at the festival in the Black Rock Desert about 100 miles north of Reno. “I’m going to reduce the charge to just a simple pos-
voice (another of the band’s strengths), the lyrics seem marvelous. At second glance, they fall apart. The album’s opening lines are “You were changin’ colours like the leaves in fall / I was savin’ up for the long winter.” Sounds nice, right? It does, but it has no substance. These lyrics are metaphorical failures, as they overblow the entire song’s purpose. Throughout the album, Willett muffs and misses lyric after lyric, completely failing to derive a point. The problem here seems to be the band’s reliance on a new producer, the same one who worked on the last two chart toppers by Kings of Leon. It appears the band is all ready to sell out as soon as it can; why else would the members sacrifice the group’s intriguing sound to follow in the footsteps of rock and roll’s biggest bluesrockers? Give “Mine is Yours” a spin, but don’t focus too hard. Actually, just skip it, and listen to “Golden Gate Jumpers” from the second album instead.
claims Reno the “Biggest Little City in the World.” The model and singer most popular in Asia and Europe was scheduled to appear on the drug charge at a preliminary hearing in Pershing County Justice Court in Lovelock on Wednesday, but her lawyer Tammy Riggs waived her right to that hearing. Her arraignment has not been set yet in state district court in Pershing Count about 80 miles east of Reno. Riggs said she was aware the charge would be reduced but emphasized that Vandenbroucke has not agreed to any sort of plea deal and that none was in the works as far as she knew.
tions about the kinds of faces people expect to see on the screen, opening the door to more roles for older people in visual media. “Age has long been a blind spot because of the cult of youth surrounding TV,” said Charlie Beckett, director of the London School of Economics’ media think tank, adding the O’Reilly case is just the kind of “wake-up call” TV companies need regarding the age of the audience they serve and its expectations. Shifting demographics will change how TV companies such as the BBC interpret their markets, their identity and their brand, he said – the only question is when. On Jan. 14, the Employment Tribunal in London found that O’Reilly, a BBC-TV veteran, had been the victim of age discrimination when she was dropped in March 2009 from “Countryfile,” a rural affairs TV show the British Broadcasting Corp. was redesigning and moving to prime time. Most, but not all, of the presenters who replaced O’Reilly, then 51, were younger than she was. During the case, witnesses
testified about TV’s relentless demand for “refreshing faces” and “spring chickens.” O’Reilly told the tribunal she was stung by her colleagues’ offhand comments about her need for fixers such as hair dye and botox. The BBC apologized to O’Reilly and offered to discuss future job opportunities with her, but the tribunal did not order it to pay damages.
Two US cities take top 10 spots in race for sustainability from GLOBAL, page 7 playing around when it comes to going green. According to the magazine, the city has started using hydrogen buses and its heat and electricity come from renewable geothermal and hydropower sources. By 2050, Reykjavik will use absolutely zero fossil fuel, putting it on track to be the greenest city in Europe. Don’t think the United States is slacking in the sustainable race. Austin, Texas came in at No. 15, San Francisco took the No. 8 spot and Portland, Ore. came in at an impressive No. 2. Grist Magazine said Portland has “comprehensive plans to reduce CO2 emis-
sions” and pushes for green building initiatives. It has also greatly improved public transportation and bike lanes to keep people from using cars. Even better, Portland boasts 74 miles of hiking, running and biking trails, so people can get moving and become healthier. Maybe the green trend will eventually spread to every city, but these first several deserve major kudos for kicking things off. With more and more areas jumping on the bandwagon, it’s only a matter of time before living cleanly is unavoidable – even easy– because wasteful practices are no longer an option.
Benton presentation changes views of Soviet Russian history from A LITTLE, page 7 ship. Many presidents such as Truman are showcased as being irresponsible and as identifying with Hitler. Not all posters depicted what people in the U.S.S.R. thought of the world, as some were intended to satirize Soviet officials. For example, one piece shows the head of the propaganda department spooning propaganda out to naive citizens. Dmitri Moor also was known for satirizing
the czars, became the main cartoonist for a communist newsletter. “After the presentation, my impression of the Soviets is different,” said 2nd-semester business major Dan McKenna. “It’s such a complicated history.” The story of Soviet ideas and strategic goals are complex, but well presented in the Benton’s exhibit.
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NY Fashion Week ready to turn up the glam factor
Set-up for the 2011 fall fashion shows at New York’s Lincoln Center Wednesday. The expectation from insiders is that the fall collections to be shown at New York Fashion Week, eight days of previews starting Thursday for retailers, editors and stylists, will put back some of the fun in fashion that was absent during the economic downturn.
NEW YORK (AP) – Fashion is about to get fun again. The fall collections that debut starting Thursday at New York Fashion Week promise glitz, glamour, sparkle and shine – basically a full turnaround of what was offered during the recession. Minimal basics only go so far, designers say, and if they want consumers to continue the shopping spree they started last year, they need to offer fashion-forward items people don’t already have in their closets. “People are looking for newness,” says Elie Tahari. “They are looking for longer lengths, longer skirts worn with crocodile boots and a simple turtleneck. The message we’re trying to convey now is about luxury, about dressing up and looking beautiful.” He adds: “If people are spending money, they want something they feel is special.” Glittery gold, for example, is already proving to be a strong color this year for his Tahari label, so he’s continuing it through the new season. Retailers, editors and stylists
The Edge’s Malibu proposal pulled from agenda LOS ANGELES (AP) – California’s coastal development agency has postponed voting on U2 guitarist The Edge’s plan for a cluster of mansions overlooking Malibu at the musician’s request. Staff for the California Coastal Commission recommended that officials reject The Edge’s project its meeting on Thursday. The proposal led by the musician, whose real name is David Evans, includes five multilevel homes ranging from 7,220 to 12,785 square feet to be built on a ridgeline in the Santa Monica Mountains overlooking Malibu. Project designers say the homes will be Gold LEED Certified and the guitarist has said the mansions will be some of the most environmentally sensitive ever designed in the world. But the green pitch has not gotten very far with neighboring residents, environmental groups, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and even the National Park Service, which raised concerns about biological and visual impacts in such sensitive habitat. “We believe the intensity of this project – in terms of the amount of new construction, location relative to surrounding habitat and topography, scale
U2 guitarist The Edge.
of grading and significance of infrastructural improvements – is unprecedented for single family residential development in the Santa Monica Mountains,” wrote Woody Smeck, the agency’s Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area superintendent in a letter to the commission. Staff for the California Coastal Commission, the coastal development agency whose permission is critical for the project to move forward, issued its recommendation on Monday saying the board should reject the project
because it destroys habitat and disrupts public views. The Edge and four other investors asked the commission to postpone voting on the project, which is now expected to be taken up during the April meeting. Project manager Jim Vanden Berg seemed surprised by the staff’s decision, saying the architects had redesigned each of the homes in order to fulfill staff recommendations. “That said,” he said. “I believe we can work with the staff to clarify misunderstandings, and all the owners look forward to a fair hearing in front of the Commission.” The guitarist, who owns other property in Malibu, partnered with high-end global hotel developer Derek Quinlan to buy the property in 2006 for $9 million. He later listed the lots for $7.5 million. The project proposes to dig an access road up the mountain behind the exclusive Serra Retreat neighborhood, where stars such as Mel Gibson and Britney Spears have called home. Renderings show organic design features such as a pool that encircles one of the homes like a moat and another house that would wrap around an existing pile of boulders.
Promises, promises: Charting anti-obesity progress
WASHINGTON (AP) – Michelle Obama had doubts about making a campaign against childhood obesity one of her signature issues. “I wondered to myself whether we could really make a difference, because when you take on a problem this big and this complicated, at times it can be a little overwhelming,” she said in a recent speech. The anti-obesity campaign Mrs. Obama calls “Let’s Move!” celebrates its first anniversary Wednesday. Is it making a difference? In some ways, yes. In others, it’s much too soon to tell. Advocates who have worked on the issue for a long time say the first lady’s involvement is raising awareness about the potential future of the U.S. as a nation of fat, unhealthy people unless the trend is reversed, and Mrs. Obama has been doing it in ways that they can’t. “She has been a spark plug,” said Nancy Brown, chief executive of the American Heart Association. Mrs. Obama has addressed governors, mayors, school groups, food makers and other constituencies, urging them to build more bike paths and playgrounds, to serve healthier school lunches and to make and sell more food that’s better for you. She has visited schools across the country to see what changes they are making, from planting fruit and vegetable gardens modeled after her own celebrated White House plot to opening
“I wonder to myself whether we could really make a difference... ” Michelle Obama First Lady salad bars in their lunchrooms. And she’s worked herself into a sweat at exercise clinics with kids, including on the White House South Lawn. Her year of effort has led to promises of change from beverage makers, food manufacturers and most recently, and perhaps notably, Walmart, the country’s largest retailer, to cut the levels of salt, fat and sugar in their products. Lasting change will take years of effort, though, and some doubt it will happen at all. “I’ve been through so many of these enormous announcements by food companies about how they’re going to profoundly change the way they’re doing business and they don’t,’ said food expert and New York University nutrition professor Marion Nestle. “So it remains to be seen.” Mrs. Obama said when she launched the campaign that it will benefit future generations by helping children born today become adults at a healthy
weight. The issue is picking up momentum, she said. “We are seeing a fundamental shift in our national conversation about how we make and sell food,” the first lady said at an appearance in Washington with Walmart executives for their announcement last month. “That’s something that wasn’t happening just a year ago.” Walmart promised to reformulate thousands of its storebrand products to reduce sodium, sugar and fat, and push its suppliers to do the same. The company also pledged to cut fresh fruit and vegetable prices, build stores in areas without grocers and develop a logo for products that meet its health criteria. Walmart’s grocery business accounts for about 15 percent of the U.S. grocery industry. “All this will take some time,” Leslie Dach, an executive vice president at Walmart, said in an interview. He said Walmart worked with Mrs. Obama’s office for about a year to win her approval. A new child nutrition law aims to make all school food more nutritious by letting Washington decide what kinds of foods may be sold on school grounds, including in vending machines and at fundraisers. The law also increases by 6 cents the amount of money the government reimburses schools for providing free lunches, but some advocates say that’s hardly enough.
get a preview of more than 100 runway collections over eight days starting Thursday, as New York kicks off the catwalk season that will then move on to London, Milan, Italy, and Paris. There was a very quick retreat from showiness when the stock market dropped so sharply in 2008, but the evolution to the simpler silhouette would have happened anyway, says Sari Sloane, vice president and fashion director for the boutique chain Intermix. Starting with the spring looks that will start trickling into stores, there’s a renewed sense of optimism. Sloane says even if the holiday season weren’t as strong as it was, fashion probably would have looked for the next big thing after the simplified silhouette. “The cycle of fashion comes to a head with a trend,” she explains. So, what happens after cozy cardigans? “I think we’re ready to be dressed up,” Sloane predicts. Rebecca Minkoff says what’s selling for her at retail now is embellishment, novelty and
whimsy. Customers are looking for items that look expensive, even if they’re not. However, there’s still a balance to be had with not being ostentatious. “I don’t know if fashion will – or should – be that way again when it was literally dripping in gilded gold. I’m not sure that reflects a time we want to go back to,” says Lela Rose. Her collection never went the fully no-frills route, either, but the shift in the economy as well as an evolution of fashion tastes, had designers pulling back for a while out of good taste, she says. But the moment has shifted to a point where it’s OK to embrace “dressing up and turning out,” she says. Her favorite item for her Sunday fashion show is an ivory-to-gray ombre dress with feathers all over the body. “I hope we’re ready for some more glitz and glamour. I keep pushing it!” adds Georgina Chapman, designer of celebrity favorite Marchesa. “Our customer loves a bit of fantasy and escapism.”
Lawsuits in Fla., England related to Elvis music
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Elvis Presley Enterprises said it’s suing men in Florida and England on claims of copyright infringement and illegal sale of a DVD and CD box set of recordings and footage of the singer’s performances. Meanwhile a third person, Europe-based DJ Spankox, is disputing a British court ruling against him in a trademark infringement lawsuit filed by the company. The Memphis-based company said Wednesday it filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in the Chancery Division of the High Court in England and Wales against Joseph Pirzada, alleging he is the source of the box set. The set includes footage from a 1977 television special called “Elvis in Concert” and raw footage of Elvis in Omaha, Neb., and Rapid City, S.D., according to the company, which owns copyrights on those materials. Company lawyers and computer experts, with authorization by the court, searched Pirzada’s home Jan. 25 for evidence of the sale and distribution of the set. An e-mail sent Wednesday to a recording company that lists Pirzada as its owner was not immediately returned. On Feb. 2, Elvis Presley Enterprises sued Bud Glass, who has previously published an Elvis book and DVD series, on claims he illegally sold and distributed the Pirzada box set in the United States. An e-mail sent to Bud Glass Productions on Tuesday afternoon was not immediately returned. The lawsuit was filed
Elvis Presley poses with his Gibson J-200 guitar in an MGM studio publicity photo from the 1950s.
in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Florida. Elvis Presley Enterprises has been known to go after entities it claims have violated its copyright and licenses. The company manages the dead singer’s music publishing assets and a worldwide licensing program. The company said it’s considering filing additional lawsuits against others involved the manufacture, sale, and release of the box set and other bootlegs. “Elvis Presley Enterprises will not tolerate infringement
of our intellectual property rights,” said Jack Soden, CEO of the corporation. In more court action, Elvis Presley Enterprises said it won a judgment in the England and Wales chancery court against Agostino Carollo, known as DJ Spankox. The company had sued Carollo, alleging breach of contract and trademark infringement related to a Christmas remix album that included the company’s trademarks, logos and photos.
Author infuses humor, personality, sentiment into novel from WRITER, page 7 tragedy of it shines through until the end. Despite the sad ending, Hubbard stressed that it was in part a comic novel as well. There were funny aspects seen through Marie’s unpredictability and desire to break free from the confines of society. Another humorous piece was illustrated in the next passage, in which Marie’s father is a young man. Hubbard did a splendid job of imitating a posh British accent to convey her father’s character and voice as he described the young father’s recklessness. Although a well-respected landowner, Marie’s father was inclined to rendezvous with women and spent many nights drinking in taverns. These humorous details helped ease the tension of the historically troubled backdrop and illustrate wonderful characterizations of the father and of Marie’s determination to assert her individuality. “I felt like he really made it relatable by talking about rebelliousness in
the father,” agreed Will Dunlop, a 6th-semester English major. It definitely highlighted Hubbard’s comedic strength. The last two passages Hubbard read described Marie’s last night in the Ukraine, when she came upon a thicket that opened up to a beautiful depiction of a grassy field with white columns. She was so exhilarated by the image that she wished to paint it, but realized her skill was not honed enough to truly capture its beauty. This inspired her to become serious about her art and she enrolled in an art school in France. In the last few passages, Hubbard also recounted her transition into a feminist when he read Marie’s attempt to convince a Scottish friend to go with her to a meeting discussing women’s rights. The passages also recount her encounter with working class people and her adjustments to that as well as her relationship with her mentor Jules Bastien-Lepage, who was also incredibly ill. These characters were related
in entertaining accents, from Scottish to Russian to French. One of his students, 1st-year English graduate student Katie Panning said “he gives personality to the characters and a good performance.” Becky Chawder, also a 1styear English graduate student, agreed that she was there to support him, adding that she also “enjoyed the accents of the characters and the values portrayed by them. This incredible book took many years to be published. Hubbard began it in 1995 and it was published in 2007. It took so long due to “practicality,” Hubbard explained. In addition to writing, he had to find a way to earn a living, continue to pursue academic endeavors and maintain a family. He continued, “I had to try and juxtapose my writing career with the other aspects of my life.” The book is inspiring and creative and something to be appreciated.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Club Sports council meets for the first time this semester
By Aaron Kasmanoff-Dick Campus Correspondent
The Club Sports Council met for the first time this semester Wednesday night. The council is responsible for overseeing the almost 1,000 students who participate in club athletics at the UConn. The council is made up of the executive board and a representative from each of the 38 club sports recognized on campus. One major issue covered was the recent damage to equipment owned by the Timber Team and the Archery Team. Both teams share storage space at the Ratcliff Hicks School of Agriculture. The building was flooded several weeks ago because a water pipe burst and much of the teams’ equipment was destroyed. The wooden axe handles used by the timber team became brittle and prone to breaking. According to an archery expert recruited by the team, the 15 or
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so bows used by the team have become so brittle that there is a 50 percent chance that they will explode upon firing. After the matter was brought to the council’s attention. A total of $1,000 was allocated to each club to allow them to purchase replacements for the equipment lost in the flood, which lasted for four days. The Archery Club needed to buy enough equipment to finance the tournament they are holding on campus next weekend. The council also announced that the speaker at the annual club sports lecture to be held at the Jorgensen Theatre on campus this semester will be Rick Barnes, who will speak on “The Complete Athlete” at 6:45 p.m. Club sports T-shirts and sweatshirts will be on sale at the event, which is mandatory for athletes participating in a club sport on campus. The council also voted to support the club hockey team, which exceeded its budget by
$900, due to unforeseen costs related to the expensive nature of securing practice and game time on the ice. The team was able to receive about half of the money guaranteed from club sports, as well as a promise to pay for one quarter of the total if the team can raise the remainder. The meeting ended in a “Scorem,” in which teams across the campus were able to share information about their performances in the past semester. Several teams, including women’s ice hockey and women’s softball, reported winning records for the season. Wrestling and skydiving added notices about future competitions they are planning to attend. The club baseball team is looking to travel to the University of North Carolina in two weeks for spring training.
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G-Town hands Syracuse third straight home loss, extends winning streak to seven SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP)—John Thompson III ‘OK, you closed down Manley, but they’re your looked skyward and exhaled. Finally, a win on ancestors. No one in your lineage is going to win at hallowed ground. the new place.’ Me and the man upstairs, I’m glad Austin Freeman had 14 points to lead four he lifted whatever he sprinkled over the top of us.” Georgetown players in double figures and the Georgetown (19-5, 8-4 Big East) extended 11th-ranked Hoyas rallied late to beat No. 12 its winning streak to seven games and handed Syracuse 64-56 on Wednesday night, giving Syracuse (20-5, 7-5) its third straight home loss, Thompson his first win in the Carrier only the third time that’s happened in Dome in six tries. coach Jim Boeheim’s 35 years. Now, he has something to talk about Georgetown trailed by six early in the with his dad, who became persona non second half, then rallied for a 44-40 lead grata around here when his Hoyas upset Georgetown 64 on a 3-pointer by Freeman as the game Syracuse 52-50 in the last game at old went back and forth. But when C.J. Manley Field House on Feb. 12, 1980. It Syracuse 56 Fair’s layup with 6:36 left gave Syracuse snapped the Orange’s 57-game winning a 53-49 lead and the Carrier Dome was streak in the intimidating building, and the elder rocking, the Hoyas weren’t intimidated in the least. Thompson boldly declared in his postgame press conThey tied the game at 55 on a wide-open ference: “Manley Field House is officially closed.” 3-pointer from the right wing by Hollis Thompson Those words created one of college basketball’s with 3:47 left and Freeman followed with a fast most heated rivalries and they still ring in his break layup after a Syracuse turnover. son’s ears. Kris Joseph and Brandon Triche missed from “That’s one of the most talked-about moments in 3-point range for the Orange, and Jason Clark this conference. This is my seventh year in the Big sneaked inside twice in a row for layups to give East and this is my first win up here,” Thompson Georgetown a 61-55 lead with 2:05 left and said. “I’ve been thinking the last couple of years, Syracuse couldn’t rally. The Orange’s last basket some kind of way the man upstairs is going to say, was that layup by Fair.
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The Super Bowl entertainment this year was a major flop, but which act Rutgers stuns Villanova on was a bigger disaster? The Black Eyed Peas or Christina Aguilera last second four-point play
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Carmine: Gay’s tears were probably filled more with anguish than anything else. When Aguilera flubbed the line, Green Bay’s head coach Mike McCarthy and two of his players reacted like most people did during that embarrassing moment: they looked at one another with a look on their face that said, “wait, she said what”? After that they cut to some of America’s heroes watching overseas. It was a slap in the face to our soldiers. At least the halftime show gave us appearances by Slash and Usher. Miles: I find it difficult to label a mistake that was undoubtedly tied to the nerves of performing in front of 111 million people as a slap in the face to the entire nation. I think Guns N’ Roses fans are more likely to feel that way after being subjected to that horrible rendition of “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” which undoubtedly will end up in Axl Rose suing somebody. The addition of Usher seemed forced and awkward. I understand that Slash can arouse interest in
fans who don’t like the Black Eyed Peas, but isn't Usher in the same market? Carmine: The halftime show was able to include some of the biggest performers of the last few years, thus attracting a wide range of people and giving a majority of viewers something they liked. Aguilera should be used to performing in front of large crowds by now; she has been doing it since she was 10 years-old. It would have been one thing if Fergie missed a lyric in “Let’s Get It Started,” but Aguilera made up her own line in our National Anthem. It was nothing short of disrespectful. Miles: The sad fact about every Super Bowl is that more non-fans watch it than football fans and what did they take away from their only football game of the year? The NFL must hate their fans. I can only imagine what some 48-year-old man from Green Bay thought about that performance. I may not enjoy pop music, but I can always respect a talented performer. I feel bad that Aguilera, in the biggest performance of her life, messed up the lyrics, but that was only a 10 second mis-
take. The Black Eyed Peas subjected 111 million people to 12 minutes of perhaps the worse musical performance I’ve ever seen. Yes, the light show and choreography were very cool, but that is like having a cake that is just made of frosting. It just leaves you with a stomachache Carmine: In summation, what Christina Aguilera did on Super Bowl Sunday was not only the most upsetting event that day, but also a desecration to our great nation. Instead of singing “O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming,” she sang “What so proudly we watched at the twilight’s last gleaming.” She mixed up two different lines of the song to create an incorrect lyric. Aguilera had a great chance to revive her career, but instead she joined the ranks of Carl Lewis and Roseanne Bar in National Anthem infamy. Our forefathers would not stand for this kind of disrespect, nor did they fight for our freedom just to have a washed-up pop star offend the nation by remixing our National Anthem; Francis Scott Key is rolling over in his grave right now.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP)— and the celebration was on. Jonathan Mitchell’s four-point Fisher had 23 points, went 5 play with less than a second of 7 from 3-point range and had remaining capped a career- 10 assists and five steals, but he high 25-point performance had a miserable final 7 seconds. and gave Rutgers a He made one of two 77-76 victory over free throws with 6.3 No. 9 Villanova on seconds left, leaving Wednesday night. Villanova (19-5, 7-4 Mitchell, who was Big East) with only a 77 three-point lead. He hit coming off a career- Rutgers best 24 points in a Villanova 76 Mitchell as he shot with loss to Notre Dame, .8 seconds to go, giving hit a 3-point shot the Scarlet Knights (13from about 25 feet and was 11, 4-8) a chance at the win. fouled by Corey Fisher. After a Rutgers came in on a fourVillanova timeout, Mitchell, a game losing streak and two 74 percent free throw shooter, of those were to top-10 teams hit the tiebreaker. (Pittsburgh and Notre Dame). Fisher’s length-of-the-court The Scarlet Knights had lost inbound pass was caught by three straight and seven of eight Maurice Sutton as he fell out of to Villanova, including an 81-65 bounds. The Rutgers students Wildcats win on Jan. 2. Villanova had won two poured on the court—nothing like the football fans did after a straight after a two-game loswin over Cincinnati in 2006— ing streak.
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DeGrazia: Players should play for their own country
from THE NOT, page 14 Robinho and Kaká. The Brazilian side selected for the 2003 Gold Cup was a de facto under 23 team and thus Motta’s two caps do not count as participation in the full national team in an official competition. This means that Motta is now eligible to play for the Italian national team due to his grandfather’s Italian heritage. Originally, many people thought this ploy was used so it would be easier for him to participate in the 2010 World Cup, as Italy’s squad was much weaker than Brazils’. But the extremely conservative Italian manager Marcello Lippi selected an aging squad which included only one player born beyond the shores of Italy, Argentineborn Mauro Camoranesi. This is just one example in a long list of players who have chosen to represent nations other than their country of birth. Almost every national team has fielded a player who was born somewhere else; even the brilliant 2010 World Cupwinning Spain squad was using players that, given the choice, would probably rather represent Catalonia than Spain. Most football fans have no problem allowing players to follow their family’s wishes and represent the nation from which they may have emigrated. The problem is when these rules are relaxed, as they have been the last few years. There are six qualifying actions that allow a player to play for a national team; being born there, having your parents born there, having your grandparents born there, growing up there for the majority of your life before the age of 15 and living there as a citizen for more than two years continuously. These laws all serve a purpose, and I believe they are good rules which allow the players to stay in touch with their family’s roots. The problem is when nations begin to abuse the naturalized citizen route. The 2011 AFC Asian Cup may have been enough to force this issue to the forefront of future FIFA meetings. The host nation of Qatar – yes, the same Qatar that is hosting the 2022 World Cup - was widely criticized for including nine naturalized players from nations like Brazil, Uruguay and Ghana in their 23-man squad. Right now, not much is stopping any rich nation from paying a young player to not accept a full international cap from their birthplace and instead relocate, at any age, to a different nation to live and play in that nation’s domestic league. In theory, some lesser footballing nations with a lot of money could, instead of investing in youth development, just go and “persuade” the best U-17 AND U-19 players from anywhere in the world to play for them when they get older. Many football fans view International football as the last remaining untainted aspect of the game. With clubs like Manchester City, Chelsea and Real Madrid all spending upwards of $100 million in the last year (Cristiano Ronaldo cost Real Madrid over $125 million alone), it seems that many working-class fans are unhappy due to the financial side of the game. During the next few years, a line will be drawn in the sand, and FIFA will have to take a stand when it comes to players’ national allegiances. As football fans, we all enjoy the transfer drama in the summer and in January and we all enjoy supporting our club team no matter where they play, but the biggest sporting event anywhere in the world is still the World Cup, and that is where the most passion is on display. People travel half-way across the world to watch three 90-minute matches to support their team and their nation. And when their national anthem plays and the crowd sings it out loud, let’s hope it’s not one of the players’ first times hearing it.
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Rudy Gay (left) and Hasheem Thabeet (center) were two highly touted recruits who panned out well in Storrs. Curtis Kelly (right) was one who did not. Kelly wound up transferring to Kansas St., where he is a senior this year.
Basketball recruiting, an inexact science
By Mike Ferraro Campus Correspondent
Since 2002, the men’s basketball team has been able to sign nine five-star recruits, according to rivals.com. The nine players include Kemba Walker, who is currently leading the resurgent Huskies after being predicted to finish 10th in the Big East when the season began. He is also one of the leading candidates for Player of the Year and has come through in clutch moments throughout the season. Nate Miles, on the other hand, is an example of a highly touted recruit who wound up flopping because he violated a restraining order becoming far more trouble than he was worth. Alex Oriakhi, another five-star recruit who burst into the national spotlight after the Maui Invitational tournament, has been a key figure in the Huskies success this season. Walker and Oriakhi have stepped up as leaders on this current Huskies roster, which is littered with young players. In 2006, the Huskies signed Stanley Robinson who became one of the greats for
the Huskies, but the Huskies fell short of winning the National Championship when they were defeated in the 2009 NCAA tournament by Michigan State in the Final Four. Also in that year, the Huskies signed Curtis Kelly. But Kelly only played one season with the Huskies before transferring to Kansas State. In 2005, Andrew Bynum committed to the Huskies but decided to go pro instead. He has since won two NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and is currently caught up in the Carmelo Anthony trade rumors. In 2004, Rudy Gay, who would be named co-winner of the Big East Freshmen of Year award, was also one of four finalists for the Naismith College Player of the Year Award. In 2006 he led the Huskies to the Elite Eight, where they were upset by No.11 seed George Mason, still a sore wound for Huskies fans. In 2003, Charlie Villanueva committed to UConn and helped them win the National Championship in 2004. In 2002 Rashad Anderson committed to UConn and Jim Calhoun nicknamed him “the Dagger” for always making the clutch shots when they were needed. So, out of the recent five-star recruits, most
of them had very successful careers at UConn, with Bynum (going pro) and Kelly (transferring) being the exceptions. In the same period, UConn has signed 14 four-star recruits. Here, there were not many misses but they still managed to develop great players. The successes at UConn were Josh Boone and Marcus Williams, before he was thrown off the team for stealing laptops with teammate A.J. Price, who also had a tremendous career with the Huskies. A few more successes were forward Jeff Adrien, Hasheem Thabeet, and Jerome Dyson who all had great careers with the Huskies. Current players on the Huskies that were four-star recruits include Jeremy Lamb, Shabazz Napier, Roscoe Smith and Jamal Coombs-McDaniel. Some of the four-star recruits that flopped were Marcus Johnson, Doug Wiggins and Darius Smith. Ed Nelson, Marcus Williams and Josh Boone all had good careers at UConn, but they won’t be remembered as UConn greats. The Huskies signed 16 three-star recruits from 2002 to the present, where some of the recruits had more difficulty then the others. These recruits have been hit or miss on
their ability to perform and play well. Some that didn’t fare so well were Marcus White, Antonio Kellogg, Robert Garrison, Jonathan Mandeldove, Jamaal Trice, Ben Eaves and Scottie Haralson. Some players that are on the current lineup are Tyler Olander, Charles Okwandu, Donnell Beverly and Michael Bradley – who is currently redshirting this season. Some successes are Hilton Armstrong, who was 2005 Big East Defensive player of the year; Ryan Thompson, a member of the 2004 National Champion team; Denham Brown, known for being a clutch performer; and Craig Austrie, who had an outstanding career at UConn. Finally, there was Gavin Edwards, who was a bench player for the first three seasons, but made his senior season one to remember. Unfortunately, we all know what happened last year. The Huskies have recruited many high profile players in recent years, and I believe this trend will continue. Calhoun has already secured a committment from point guard Ryan Boatright, and several others could follow soon.
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Freshman Jeremy Lamb takes a shot during UConn's 66-58 loss to Syracuse on Feb. 2.
The Huskies, 18-4 overall and 6-4 in the Big East, are coming off a 61-59 victory at Seton Hall. UConn had to overcome a 14-point second half deficit to avoid the upset. Calhoun told reporters he used some choice words to help spark the comeback. “He was tough,” Walker said. “We needed it though.” First-year St. John’s coach Steve Lavin has already begun a swift turnaround. The former UCLA head coach has led the Red Storm to a 13-9 record, including an even 5-5 record in the conference. The Johnnies have beaten three ranked teams, No. 13 Georgetown, No. 9 Notre Dame and most notably then-No. 3 Duke 93-78 Jan. 30 at the Garden. “We’re taking the game very seriously because they can beat some teams,” Walker said. He also noted that St. John’s margin of victory over Duke exemplified how tough the Big East really is. Walker, who is from the Bronx and played at the Manhattan-based Rice High School, is once again returning to New York City. “Anytime I play in the Garden, it feels like the first time playing in it,” Walker said. “It’s always special being home and playing in front of friends and family.” Walker said he needed 20-25 tickets to satisfy the demand from his friends and family. “It should be fun,” said freshman Jeremy Lamb. “This will be my first time going there. It should be fun and it will be a good experience.”
Cerullo: Johnny McEntee is becoming a web sensation from JOHNNY, page 14 frame. Every time you see the ball leave his hand, and then travel to wherever it’s going in its entirety, so you know there’s no special effects or trickeration going on. The bottom line, Johnny McEntee is an absolute champ. The throws that he makes in the video are so mind boggling that it makes me wonder why we didn’t see more of him this past year. Zach Frazer must’ve had his own video where he knocks the hat off of an assistant coach from 60 yards away with his off hand while wearing a fat suit. If I’m McEntee, the very first person I show that video to is coach Paul Pasqualoni. If you want to leave a good first impression on the new coach, and what better way to do that than by hitting the two goalposts while balancing a football on your foot, then taking that one and hitting the crossbar.
After watching that, Pasqualoni’s probably going to want to see some truly sickening stuff out of quarterbacks Mike Box and Michael Nebrich this Spring. Even if Pasqualoni hasn’t seen it yet, plenty of other people sure have. In just two days, the video has gone viral, garning thousands of hits on Youtube. The video has also been featured on the Hartford Courant’s website, YahooSports.com, Around the Horn and PTI. Yet this video will likely be the first time that many people at UConn have even heard of McEntee, since he has rarely seen the field since joining the program. So for the uneducated, here are a few facts. Johnny McEntee is from Fullerton, Calif, and next season he will be a redshirt junior. In high school, he played quarterback at Servite High School, where he was teammates with running back D.J. Shoemate. After USC was hit with NCAA sanctions, it was McEntee who
reached out to Shoemate and helped convince him to transfer. Since then, McEntee has become the most famous UConn quarterback in history to never throw a pass in a live game, but more notably, Johnny McEntee was named Time’s Man of the Year in 2006 (though admittedly, he did share the honor with a few people.) So what’s next for McEntee? Hopefully a sequel, preferably one where he and Shoemate team up – just like in the old days. They could call it “Straight Outta Servite” or something. Or Pasqualoni could put him on the field for a couple snaps against Fordham next year blindfolded and see what happens. It couldn’t end any worse than some of the passing plays we’ve seen here over the years. Follow Mac Cerullo on Twitter at @MacCerullo.
Lamb is averaging 10.1 points and about five rebounds a game. He and former UConn commit and current DePaul forward Cleveland Melvin are in competition for Big East Rookie of the Year. “I haven’t really thought about it,” Lamb said. “Of course that would be a great accomplishment... I’m gonna stay focused on what we’re doing now.” Lamb said that after a humbling first half of the season spent on the bench, he has gained confidence – specifically in his floater. He said his dad calls him after every game, whether he plays well or poorly, to tell his son he believes in him and to be aggressive. Calhoun said Lamb is one of the nicest kids in the program and at times needs to lose some humility. Calhoun told Lamb that he needs to show the country how good he is. So far he has. And as for Lamb, he’s already well on his way to accomplishing his not-so-lofty preseason goals. “I wanted to average double-digit points,” Lamb said. “That was the only thing. I wanted to come in and get stronger.” UConn will need to keep getting stronger as a team. Freshman Niels Giffey was invited to the junior national team in Germany. Calhoun said in a conversation between the two, that Giffey said “he never thought anything would be like this,” referring to the grind of the Big East. The grind continues tonight as the Huskies begin another grueling conference stretch.
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TWO Thursday, February 10, 2011
The Daily Question Q: “Should the Nuggets trade Carmelo Anthony to the Lakers?” because that would be a stupid decision on the Nuggets’ part to A: “No, trade him to another Western power.”
— Calvin Lopez, 6th-semester electrical engineering major
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Away game Gampel Pavilion, XL Center
- Timberwolves’ PG Ricky Rubio on his poor shooting percentages in Europe.
Feb. 24 Marquette 7:00 p.m.
Oh that’s gold, Digger.
Feb. 26 Feb. 14 Feb. 19 Feb. 22 Feb. 12 Providence Oklahoma Notre Dame Seton Hall Georgetown 2:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.
Men’s Hockey (9-14-4) Tomorrow Feb. 13 Sacred Sacred Heart Heart 7:05 p.m. 7:05 p.m.
Feb. 19 Feb. 25 Feb. 18 Bentley AIU Bentley 7:05 p.m. 7:05 p.m. 7:05 p.m.
Women’s Hockey (12-16-2)
Feb. 11 Feb. 19/20 Feb. 25/26 May 15 May. 26 Lafayette-Rider Big East New England IC4A NCAA Invitational Championship Championship Championship Championship 5:00 p.m. All Day All Day All Day All Day
Women’s Track and Field June 9 Feb. 19/20 Mary 5/6 May 26 Feb. NCAA Big East ECAC NCAA 25/26 Champ. New England Championship Regional Championship All Day Championship All Day Championship All Day
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ESPN College Basketball analyst Digger Phelps bursts out laughing during yesterday’s Big East matchup between Notre Dame and Louisville. Phelps, along with Bobby Knight (right, not pictured), were part of a television broadcast of the game.
By Eric Ploch Campus Correspondent
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What's On TV NCAA Basketball: No. 10 UConn at St. John’s, 7 p.m., UConn looks to avoid falling back into a rut after a big comeback win over Seton Hall last weekend. But they face a tough challenge from St. John’s, who crushed Duke at MSG earlier this year. Overall, the Red Storm are 13-9 on the year and 5-5 in the Big East.
NCAA Basketball: Illinois at Minnesota, 9 p.m., ESPN Two Big Ten powers collide as Illinois and Minnesota face off on ESPN. Both teams are hovering right around .500, and have some ground to make up in the Big Ten race.
DALLAS (AP)—Ticket-holding football fans who ended up with no seats or what they considered bad views of the Super Bowl have filed a class-action lawsuit against the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys and team owner Jerry Jones. The federal lawsuit filed Tuesday in Dallas— just two days after the big game—alleges breach of contract, fraud and deceptive sales practices on behalf of people who ended up watching the game on TV at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, or had seats the lawsuit labeled “illegitimate.” The NFL had announced just hours before the Green Bay Packers played the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday that about 1,250 temporary seats were deemed unsafe, and the league scrambled to find new seats for about 850 people. The remaining 400 were forced to watch from standing-room locations around the stadium. One plaintiff is a Steelers fan from Pennsylvania who was among the 400 with a ticket but no seat. The other is a Cowboys season ticket holder who claims many of Jones’ biggest-spending fans were stuck in metal folding chairs without a view of the stadium’s giant video board. Spokesmen for the Cowboys and the NFL had no comment Wednesday.
Sounders pick up O’Brian White
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP)—Former Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier has transferred to Miami. Forcier signed an aid agreement on Wednesday, making the transfer official. Under NCAA rules, he will not be eligible to play for the Hurricanes until 2012. Forcier completed 219 of 365 passes for 2,647 yards, with 17 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 20 games for the Wolverines. He announced his intentions to transfer last month on Twitter, and was academically ineligible for Michigan’s trip to the Gator Bowl. Michigan went 9-11 in games in which Forcier played. He appeared in eight games this past season as Denard Robinson’s backup. Still, it’s a significant pickup for first-year coach Al Golden, who wanted to add two quarterbacks in this year’s recruiting class. Miami figures to have senior Jacory Harris and sophomore Stephen Morris vying for the starting job in 2011, with little depth after that. Miami was 7-6 last season.
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The season has been somewhat disappointing for both teams, but a win tonight could help jump start a run in the tough Big Ten conference.
double teams from opposing defenses, he was selected fourth overall to Toronto FC of the MLS. After two years, he made After a four-year career during 33 appearances and scored four which he shattered records as a goals and was selected in the Husky forward, O’Brian White 2010 MLS Expansion Draft to was hopeful he would have a Vancouver Whitecaps FC. shot at going pro when the 2009 White was a member of the team MLS draft came around. White for less than three hours, as he was selected with was shortly traded to the fourth overSeattle Sounders FC, all pick to Toronto where he hopes to FC and has since make the most of his bounced around the newest opportunity. league to two sepa“I’m really excited rate franchises. because when you As a youngster, have a team with White grew up in guys who are hunJamaica but moved to gry to prove themCanada as teenager. selves, that’s a good While there, White thing,” said Chris developed an unherHenderson, Sounders A multi-part series alded set of skills that FC technical direcdrew in coaches from tor. “With O’Brian around the nation, including UConn White, he may feel that things coach Ray Reid, to whom White weren’t clicking in Toronto, but later gave a commitment. now there’s a clean slate. He’s a During his time in Connecticut, guy who can play off the forwards, White went down as one of the top he can play strictly up top and he players in program history. During had great games against us last his junior year he was a national year. He’ll get the ball and conleader in goals while on his way to nect and then he’ll sprint into the winning both the Soccer America box. If the service is right, he is Player of the Year Award and the a guy who could get a bunch of prestigious Hermann Trophy. goals, and he proved it in college. After returning for his senior Getting a guy who is willing to season, a year in which White work, willing to listen and looking was constantly the product of to try and make a difference with
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
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O’Brian White makes a pass during a game against Syracuse in 2007.
a second chance is a good thing.” In their latest training game against conference rival Real Salt Game, White tallied one goal in a 3-3 tie. Most important, Sounders Head Coach Sigi Schmid was impressed. “He scored a goal. He is big and strong and once he gets a guy on his hip it’s tough for them to get the ball off of him,” Schmitt told The Seattle Times. He’s still working into his fitness, that’s why we kept him today at 30 minutes but I think once he recovers and once his legs
really get under him I think he is going to be somebody, like I said earlier, we are going to have more joy on him as we move forward in Seattle. But he is certainly playing well. He scored a goal again today so that’s a good thing.” With a full roster and a team trying to make it a U.S. Open Cup three-peat and win an MLS Championship, they may have found just the firepower they need in this UConn alum.
» INSIDE SPORTS TODAY
P.13: O’Brian White joins the Sounders. / P.12: A history of basketball recruiting. / P.11: Club Sports Council holds first meeting.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
WEATHERING THE RED STORM
Johnny Mac, California cool
UConn faces St. John’s in critical road matchup
By Matt McDonough Associate Sports Editor
Mac Cerullo Apparently Caroline Doty isn’t the only Husky on campus with a few tricks up her sleeve. On Tuesday, a video of Johnny McEntee completing several outrageous throws was posted on YouTube. And if you haven’t seen it yet, please do yourself a favor and check it out right now. I’m not exaggerating when I say that it’s one of the most incredible videos I’ve ever seen. Some of the throws that McEntee makes don’t even seem possible, like the one where he throws the ball into a trash can from a loft over 40 yards away. Then there’s the one where he throws the ball into the far hoop at Gampel from way up in the back where Ryan Curry (the shirtless dancing kid) usually sits. He also throws several perfect routes to a live receiver while blindfolded. And just to mix it up, he also helps his friend sink the 8-ball in a game of pool, knocks the dominos sign off the top of a delivery car and even takes up skeet shooting. Best of all, all of the throws are captured clearly in the
A crucial stretch in the No. 10 UConn men’s basketball season begins tonight, when the Huskies make the short trip over to Madison Square Garden for a 7 p.m. date with St. John’s. It is the first game of a stretch that includes foour games in eight days. Coach Jim Calhoun said the stretch may seem very difficult, but will not make it a pressure-filled week. “We try to take it one game at a time and fight through some of the bumps in the road,” 18-4, 6-4 Calhoun said. The last time UConn and the Red Storm played, it was one of the more embarassing performances by the Huskies in the Calhoun era. The Johnnies defeated UConn 73-51 in New 13-9, 5-5 York City in the opening Tonight, round of the Big East tournament. It ended 7 p.m., ESPN the Huskies’ nine-game New York winning streak over St. John’s and marked its fifth straight first-game exit from the Big East championship. “It was painful,” said Kemba Walker. “Nobody wants to go to the Garden and get killed the way we got killed. It’s going to be in the back of our minds, of course. It’s a new year and we’re playing well. We want to go in there and get a win. It’s a big game for us.” Prior to that woeful performance, the Red Storm hadn’t defeated UConn since February 2002. St. John’s leads the all-time series between the Tri-State schools 33-27 and is 17-8 at home.
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The not-so beautiful game
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Kemba Walker drives through the lane during UConn’s 66-58 home loss to Syracuse on Feb. 2. Walker scored a season low eight points in the loss.
» UCONN HOCKEYFEST
By Miles DeGrazia Futbol Columnist
Whaler Hockey Fest begins today
On Feb. 8, in the Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund, Germany, Italy will take on Germany in an international friendly. This game may seem like just another pointless international friendly, but this match features the same teams in the same stadium that met in the magical 2006 World Cup Semi-Final, in which Italy won 2-0, en route to collecting their fourth World Cup title. Despite the history surrounding this match, it is being over-shadowed by one man; Thiago Motta. The Brazilian-born Inter Milan central midfielder will make his Azzurri debut in Germany, despite already representing Brazil twice. Motta, who is now 28, represented Brazil in the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup (The North American equivalent of the Euros) in a squad which featured players like Maicon, Alex, Diego,
By Dan Agabiti Staff Writer
Finally, after months of hype, anticipation and excitement, the Whalers Hockey Fest 2011 begins. Today, the Simsbury High Girls take on the West Hartford Girls in the first game of Hockey Fest at Rentschler Field. This game will be the first in what promises to be an exciting hockey festival. The announcement was made last June that two weeks of hockey would be played outdoors at Rentschler Field in East Hartford from Feb. 9 to Feb. 22. Since the announcement was made, there has been a buzz about the event. Over the event’s two-week span, players of junior, high school, prep school, collegiate and professional caliber will take to the ice rink at Rentschler Field. Both UConn hockey teams will
» DEGRAZIA, page 12
be playing during a day dubbed “UConn Hockey Day.” This Sunday, the UConn hockey teams play a double-header starting at 1 p.m. The men will face off against Sacred Heart first. Afterwards, the women take on Hockey East foe Providence College in a game that’s very critical to the Huskies’ standing in the conference. UConn women’s hockey coach Heather Linstad has been speaking about her team’s outdoor game at press conferences in Hartford since December. “There is a lot of hype and press that goes into an event like this,” Linstad said. “There is a lot of preparation to do, and there are a lot of press conferences involved in something like this. We are excited about it.” UConn, Sacred Heart and Providence are not the only teams who get the chance to play at
Rentschler Field. Other collegiate hockey teams to be featured in Hockey Fest include Trinity, Wesleyan, Army and AIC. Saturday, Feb. 19, is the most anticipated day of the two-week event. First in the triple-header, Army takes on AIC in a men’s hockey battle. Following that, the famous Hartford Whalers and Boston Bruins alumni suit up and take the ice in the Legends Game. F inally, the Connecticut Whale and the Providence Bruins take the ice in a highly anticipated match, which Howard Baldwin, Sr., founder of Whalers Sports and Entertainment, is very excited about. “I feel that this game will be the best attended in AHL history,” Baldwin Sr. said.
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The outdoor rink at Rentschler Field is illuminated by the stadium lights at night.
Which act was the bigger Super Bowl debacle? The Black Eyed Peas By Miles DeGrazia Campus Correspondent
After Aaron Rodgers took one last kneel, people kept talking. And no, they were not talking about Troy Polamalu’s lackluster performance, Big Ben’s struggles in the first half or Clay Matthews’ outstanding play. Oddly enough, neither ESPN, nor Fox Sports talked about this; TMZ and E! News were the main catalysts. I’m talking about the atrocious halftime show put on by the Black Eyed Peas. When fans are subjected to such a terrible performance on the premiere night of the NFL and American sports, it is not just a black eye for the league but for the entire nation. The Black Eyed Peas were pretty bad...
Miles: The most common gripe about the halftime show hinged on one thing: the Black Eyed Peas can’t sing. Now this may be a shock to pop lovers everywhere, but almost every pop act in America is created by studio “magic,” and when they are forced to play live, they just cannot recreate the same sound they have on an edited and manipulated album. I understand the need for mass appeal for such a big audience, but I think most people can agree that that was an abysmal performance. Carmine: Although the Black Eyed Peas may not have sounded their best, they are still a Grammywinning, hit- making, world famous hip-hop group that played some of its biggest and most popular songs on an interesting stage with good choreography. They attracted many viewers. Aguilera,
however, disrespected not only the 111 million people who watched the Super Bowl and the 103,219 in attendance in Dallas, but also the 310 million citizens of America. Miles: It should take more than one mistake to disrespect the entire nation. Sure, she messed up the lyrics, but at least her vocal ability is unquestioned and even brought Steelers CB William Gay to tears. The halftime show, which was a 12-minute cringe-fest could only have been perceived as good if you had your TV on mute or were already drunk. Yes, the light show was cool, but it was only a distraction from the appalling music. If you want a cool light show with electronica music, at least do it right and get Daft Punk.
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By Carmine Colangelo Campus Correspondent
Before every major game, according to the tradition, someone is selected to sing the Star Spangled Banner. It is a special moment when we as Americans are gathered as one to honor and celebrate our great country in song. Anticipating a bone-chilling rendition of our National Anthem to fire up both the players and fans before the Super Bowl, we were instead subjected to Christina Aguilera, whose butchering of the Star Spangled Banner disrespected our great nation, making it one of the most deplorable actions to ever take place on one of sport’s and entertainment’s biggest stages.
... but Christina Aguilera assaulted America.
The Feb. 10, 2011 edition of The Daily Campus.