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UConn graduate faces gambling addiction
By John Sherman Staff Writer
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Even state schools can be costly. Joe Turbessi, a UConn graduate, has been addicted to gambling for three years and he wants everyone to know of the costs he has paid. Turbessi’s self-published “Into the Muck: How Poker Changed My Life” was released last
October. The author cites the book as his therapy for overcoming addiction – explaining in detail throughout the book the stages of his addiction, and his struggle to escape it. Turbessi was candid about where his addiction started. “At UConn,” Turbessi said, “I got taken away [by poker] while I was away from my ‘normal’ family life.” “At first, I started with little home games in the dorms, which
ranged anywhere between $5 and $20 to play in. All that laid the foundation for my addiction.” Turbessi believes that college students – in any typical college environment - can be particularly vulnerable to gambling, and, possibly, a subsequent addiction. “I think college students are all trying to find their way and in doing so, they aren’t always interested with their general studies and requirements that they are forced to take in their first couple years of
college,” Turbessi said. “When my classes weren’t captivating my attention, poker was all around me. It was so easy to take part in at any time, especially on campus.” Statistics prove Turbessi right. Research from the Harvard School of Public Health, along with the Annenberg Public Policy Center, shows a 600 percent increase in gambling in post-secondary institutions during a four-year study from 2001 to 2005. More and
more college students are turning to gambling every year. But those statistics do not take into account an additional concern specific to Connecticut students: nearby casinos. “The casinos are so close in proximity to the campus and it is so easy to end up there at one point or another” said the UConn alum.
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WHUS to host Al-Jazeera English news program
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STORMED BY THE RED UConn loses at St. John’s, hosts Providence Sunday. SPORTS/ page 14 EDITORIAL: STUDENTS SHOULD LEARN OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM, TOO Students must balance several identities while they learn.
COMMENTARY/page 4 INSIDE NEWS: MALLOY TO CUT AGENCIES BY 30 PERCENT Governor’s new budget whittles down on costs. NEWS/ page 2
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University to host Regional Science Bowl UConn is scheduled to host the Regional Science Bowl, part of the National Science Bowl, on Saturday, Feb. 26. The competition will allow middle school students to showcase their knowledge in life, physical and earth sciences as well as mathematics. The National Science Bowl is a U.S. Department of Energy program designed to “encourage high school students to excel in science and math and to pursue careers in those fields.” It launched its first competition for high school students in 1991 and introduced the contest to middle school students in 2002. The contest now features over 4,500 middle school students. It
is also the only science competition in the U.S. sponsored by a federal agency. UConn’s Storrs campus has housed the competition for the last five years. The CLAS department sponsors the event along with the math and science departments. “The Science Bowl is truly a great opportunity, it being the only regional event of its kind in the area,” said Mary Ann Rudd, middle school coordinator. “Our expectation is to foster interest in the fields of math and science.” Two hundred students will represent 20 middle schools from Connecticut, Massachusetts and one from Vermont. The competition consists of a fast-trigger Jeopardy-style tournament, followed by a model fuel cell car contest, demonstrating both the participants’ trivia knowledge and
collaborative ingenuity. To win the model fuel cell car challenge, students will have to design, build and race their model cars. Winners will be determined by the best of time trials. “The questions are very advanced – they are by no means simple or common sense-related,” Rudd said. “ We hope that this helps the students gain much insight into the complexity of these vast topics.” A stirring double-elimination round will conclude the tournament on an exciting high note, as students strive to claim the trophy and ribbons alloted to the winning teams. All participants also receive T-shirts and medals. “It’s exciting to see so much ambition and enthusiasm for science from middle school students,” said Val Lachapelle, a 2nd-semester undecided major.
HARTFORD (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy continued Wednesday to reveal details of his new budget, pledging to provide Connecticut cities and towns with level education funding from a major state grant and reorganizing how the state’s higher-education system is governed. Malloy, who appeared with the mayors of Bridgeport, Hartford and New Haven, said he believes local communities “by and large will make out very well” in the two-year budget he is set to present to the General Assembly on Feb. 16. Malloy, a Democrat and former mayor of Stamford, said he understood the importance of making sure cities and towns receive the same amount of money they got last year under the state’s Education Cost Sharing Grant.
Local leaders have feared the aid would be slashed because the state relied on more than $270 million, in each of the last two fiscal years, from the federal stimulus program to maintain ECS. That federal funding has since dried up. “The message should be: Communities are going to be a lot better off than they might have imagined,” said Malloy, adding that he plans to reallocate state assets to fill the hole left by the loss of federal funding. The new fiscal year that begins on July 1 is expected to be in deficit about $3.5 billion, about 18 percent of estimated state spending. Malloy said he had no choice but to find money for the education grant. “To do otherwise, in my opinion, would lead to large-scale
layoffs of teachers, even larger enlargement of classrooms than might have otherwise occurred, further endangering the students in our classrooms,” he said. While it will be a local decision whether to lay off teachers this year, Malloy said he hopes the teachers’ unions will do “everything in their power” to make sure teachers don’t lose their jobs. “I’m certainly honoring my side,” he said. New Haven Mayor John DeStefano said even though they’ll be less drastic than first expected, he expects there will be job cuts in his city, including among teachers. “We still have huge financial challenges as the result of dramatically increasing cost of pension and health care plans,” DeStefano said.
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She attended Woodstock Middle School, one of 20 schools to compete on Saturday. “I hope my school does really well,” Lachapelle said. “Woodstock takes a lot of pride in its students’ academic achievement. It would be nice to see them take first place.” For today’s future scientists, an academic achievement in middle school is certainly a good starting point in a competitive job market. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m. in the Information Technology Building, with the finals starting at 4 p.m. Due to space limitations, the competition is not open to the general public, but media representatives are welcome.
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Al-Jazeera English will air this year on behalf of WHUS, UConn’s independent news network. WHUS is one of six pioneering Pacifica Radio stations that will broadcast the Arab news network. Pacificia Radio already runs Al-Jazeera English out of WBAI in New York, KPFA in Berkeley, Calif. KPFT in Houston, WPFW in Washington and KPFK in Los Angeles. Known as the “Radio for the People,” WHUS aims to bring independent news to its listeners. “WHUS is here to provide a voice to everyone,” said WHUS Operations Manager Liz Verhagen. “Al-Jazeera English will help to add to the amount of information available to students and the community. We air a lot of public affairs and independent news that doesn’t get a lot of coverage.” “Truthful news is impossible to hear in the U.S. now,” said WHUS Public Affairs Director David Haseltine. “It is great that we have this new unrepresented voice.” Al-Jazeera is headquartered in Doha, Qatar. The network is the most watched news station in the Middle East, airing in more than 100 countries worldwide. WHUS streams live on www.whus.org and broadcasts on 91.7 FM radio.
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CSUS names interim chancellor
HARTFORD (AP) — Louise Feroe has been named acting chancellor of the Connecticut State University System. Feroe, currently senior vice chancellor for academic and student affairs, was named to the post by the vice chairman of the state university board of trustees on Wednesday to take over March 1 upon the retirement of David Carter. Feroe has been with CSUS since July 2008. She is formerly president of Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. A search has been launched for a permanent successor to Carter. CSUS is comprised of Central, Eastern, Southern and Western Connecticut State universities.
State objects to moving Conn. home invasion trial NEW HAVEN (AP) — Prosecutors on Thursday objected to efforts by the second man charged with a gruesome home invasion to move his trial and remove the judge. Attorneys for Joshua Komisarjevsky last week asked to move the trial from New Haven to adjacent Fairfield County, saying Komisarjevsky had been so “demonized” during the trial of co-defendant Steven Hayes that he couldn’t get a fair trial. They said Judge Jon Blue repeatedly made gratuitous comments during Hayes’ trial. Prosecutors said extensive media coverage does not prove prejudicial publicity and that jurors would be questioned extensively under oath. They called the defense claims about Blue “legally irrelevant, factually inaccurate and a product of wishful thinking, pure speculation and mild hysteria.”
Police clear NJ woman in buttocks injection death
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police have cleared a New Jersey resident in the case of a British woman who died after receiving cosmetic injections in her buttocks at a hotel near Philadelphia International Airport. Philadelphia police Lt. John Walker said the Bergen County, N.J., woman helped arrange the procedure that led to the death of 20-yearold Claudia Seye Aderotimi. Walker said the woman is now considered a witness. Her name has not been released. Walker said the New Jersey woman wasn’t in the Hampton Inn hotel room when Aderotimi and a friend received their injections. The friends flew from London to Philadelphia on Saturday. Aderotimi died Monday after suffering from chest pains and breathing trouble. Police are looking for the woman who administered the injections. It is not clear what charges may be filed.
1 dead after pickup plows into Calif. schoolgirls
CERES, Calif. (AP) — The driver of a pickup truck ran a stop sign and plowed into a group of California junior high school students, killing one girl and injuring four others, police said as they interviewed witnesses Thursday to determine what caused the crash. The driver, whom police identified as Larry Dale Duke of Ceres, struck the students as they walked to Mae Hensley Junior High around 9 a.m. Wednesday. The victims were all 13- and 14-year-old girls. Witnesses told investigators that Duke ran a stop sign in his raised Chevrolet pickup and dragged one girl under the vehicle before stopping. “He ran over one of them like a speed bump,” Nikalas Matthews, who saw the crash, told the Ceres Courier newspaper. “You could tell he wasn’t paying attention at all.”
NYC mayor apologizes for comment at Irish event
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is apologizing for a comment he made about public drunkenness at an American Irish Historical Society event. Bloomberg says he didn’t mean to offend anyone in his comments Wednesday evening about the society’s Manhattan headquarters. He said normally when he walks by the building “there are a bunch of people that are totally inebriated hanging out the window waving.” Members of the Irish American community criticized the mayor. He says he was talking about a party the society has yearly during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said Thursday the remarks were “surprising and inappropriate” given the mayor’s long history of support for the Irish community. She says she’s pleased he apologized.
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Malloy to cut agencies by 30 percent HARTFORD(AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s new budget will whittle 81 state agencies down to 57, a plan that his administration said would save at least $10 million in the first year and streamline state government services. The new governor’s restructuring plan, first obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday, is expected to be a hallmark of his budget, scheduled to be presented to state legislators on Feb. 16. It would keep the major, wellknown agencies intact, such as the Departments of Motor Vehicles, Transportation and Revenue Services, but would merge smaller agencies and create three new entities. “He fundamentally believes that there are parts of government that don’t work well, there are parts of government that don’t work at all and the government needs to be modernized,” said Roy Occhiogrosso, Malloy’s senior adviser. Occhiogrosso said the changes were made to better coordinate state services and eliminate duplicative functions. Malloy officials acknowledge the projected $10 million in savings — a figure that does not include savings from higher education mergers — is small when compared to the state’s projected $3.5 billion deficit for the new fiscal year starting July 1. The deficit represents about 18 percent of expected spending. But Benjamin Barnes, Malloy’s budget director, said the administration hopes to generate more savings over time. “It isn’t a lot of money,” Barnes acknowledged. “What we hope to get are improved operations and the ability to generate significantly more efficiencies over time.” Barnes said the administration is leaving possible job cuts “to the discretion of the commissioners who will be taking over.” The consolidation plan cuts 27 agencies from the cur-
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, right, shakes hands with U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D- Conn., outside office at the Capitol in Hartford, Conn., Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011. Malloy and Blumenthal met to discuss ways in which they plan to work together over the course of the coming years.
rent total of 81 state agencies. After three new agencies are added, Malloy’s plan totals 57. Occhiogrosso said more mergers will likely occur in the second year of the two-year budget. He said many of the ideas came from Malloy, who consolidated city agencies when he was mayor of Stamford. Occhiogrosso said the governor also relied on recommendations from his transition team advisers as well as a legislative committee that examined ways to streamline state government. The news was met positively by both Democrats and Republicans. Sen. Gayle Slossberg, D-Milford, co-chairman of that legislative committee, said she’d like to see more details about some of the proposed mergers, such as the regional vocational-
technical school system with the Department of Education but is pleased Malloy wants to restructure state government. “A lot of these consolidations I think are useful and some of them I think we’re going to want to take a closer look at,” she said. “We know there are lots of areas where our structure is inefficient.” House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero, R-Norwalk, said he was excited by the tone Malloy has set. However, he said he wants to make sure the consolidations actually reduce the size of government. “It is up to him and us, as a legislature, I guess all of us, to make sure that this consolidation is just that — it is the reduction of the size and scope of government, it is making
it smaller, efficient and more lean,” Cafero said. Under the proposal, the Freedom of Information Commission, Elections Enforcement Commission, Office of State Ethics, Judicial Review Council and Contracting Standards Board would be placed under the new Office of Governmental Accountability. Meanwhile, the two entities responsible for training firefighters and police would be placed under the new Department of Emergency Responder Training. Also, the Department of Public Works would be merged with the various entities at the Department of Public Safety that handle building matters, such as the State Fire Marshal’s Office and elevator inspectors.
State struggles with cost Alumnus promotes gambling of jobless compensation awareness throughout the state from UCONN, page 1
HARTFORD(AP)— Connecticut lawmakers began reviewing ideas Thursday to repay $500 million the state borrowed from the federal government to help pay unemployment benefits for jobless workers. The state’s unemployment trust fund has been depleted by the deep, persistent recession as unemployment nearly doubled, to 9 percent, and the number of jobless workers seeking compensation jumped from 40,000 in 2007 to 130,000. Total borrowing could rise to about $1 billion in the coming two or three years, the state Labor Department said. At a hearing Thursday, Labor Department officials advised a committee of the legislature to change a tax formula so that employers contribute more to an unemployment fund. The agency also suggested that lawmakers consider increasing the unemployment insurance fund reserve. Numerous other states face the same problem. President Barack Obama plans to recommend short-term relief to states saddled with unemployment insurance
debt and a delayed increase in the income level that is subject to state jobless insurance taxes paid by employers. The plan would raise that income level from $7,000 to $15,000 in 2014. The Connecticut Labor Department suggested that the current $15,000 income subject to the unemployment tax be raised to $20,000 next year and to $26,000 by 2018, which would raise more revenue. The current $15,000 wage base used for tax calculations has been in effect since 1999 and is not sufficient to generate revenue to pay benefits during a recession, the Labor Department said. Acting Commissioner Dennis Murphy said the agency is not making formal proposals and does not know if Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will seek legislation that would change the financing of unemployment insurance. Carl Guzzardi, the state Labor Department’s unemployment compensation director of accounts, said jobless benefits in Connecticut are “very modest” and replace about one-third of an unemployed worker’s salary.
Since overcoming his addiction, Turbessi has made it his goal to spread awareness about problem gambling. He has worked with both the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling and the National Council on Problem Gambling by speaking about his personal jour-
“ESPN has been guilty numberous times of building up the poker scene...” – Joe Turbessi Uconn Graduate ney in hopes gamblers will ante up a little more cautiously. Turbessi is not anti-gambling. He does, however, have many concerns – which he addresses in his book – about the way gambling is
portrayed in the media. “ESPN has been guilty numerous times of building up the poker scene to be larger than life, and making it seem easy to break into,” Turbessi said. “I thought that because I was a math major and understood the game, there was no reason why I couldn’t be one of those guys who dropped out of school and made poker their life.” ESPN has offered expanded coverage of The World Series of Poker since 2003. “Into the Muck” has received mostly good press, especially from those who are familiar with problem gambling. The book is a must-read for some, as it has recently become required reading for some college students at UMass - Amherst. In promotion of his book, and in promotion of his cause, Turbessi will be speaking at Southern Connecticut State University and Eastern Connecticut State University during National Problem Gambling Awareness Week, which will be held from March 6 -11.
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In Thursday’s edition, the end of Victoria Smey’s article was cut off. Here is the last paragraph in full: “Lotreck, who originally thought that this winter wouldn’t be especially snowy since it hadn’t snowed up until Christmas, simply replied, ‘I hope they’re wrong.’”
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Jim Jones sued in NY over video with topless women
NEW YORK (AP) — Two Texas women say they turned up topless in a Jim Jones video without their permission, and they’re suing the New York-based rapper over the “Summer Time” shots. Sharie Johnson and Samantha Stotts filed a lawsuit against the rapper Wednesday in New York, saying their privacy was violated by the shots in his “Summer Time” video, in which Jones and various others cavort on a tropical beach while he proclaims that he “can’t wait for the summer time.” Lawyers for Jones didn’t immediately return telephone messages Thursday. Johnson and Stotts, two Houston-area friends in their 20s, were on a hotel’s private beach last May in Miami Beach, Fla., when they noticed the “We Fly High” rapper’s film crew and an entourage, their lawyer, Taso Pardalis, said Thursday. “They weren’t too impressed” and didn’t know who Jones was, Pardalis said. The women initially didn’t realize they were being recorded and covered up or darted away when they did, Pardalis said. While one shot appeared to be a close-up, it was made from farther away, he said. They were aghast when a friend spotted the video online and alerted them this winter, the attorney said. Johnson, a college stu-
dent who works at a doctor’s office, and Stotts, who has worked in real estate, want unspecified damages and want to stop the videos from being disseminated. Both Johnson and Stotts are now expectant mothers, he noted. At least some copies were apparently removed from YouTube on Thursday after getting more than 30,000 views. Representatives for YouTube owner Google Inc. didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail inquiry Thursday. Jones, 34, is one of the Diplomats, a Harlem-based rap crew that also counts Cam’ron, Juelz Santana and Freekey Zekey among its members. Jones had one of the topselling rap songs of 2007 with “We Fly High”; his other hits include “Pop Champagne.” In 2009, he starred in “HipHop Monologues: Inside the Life and Mind of Jim Jones,” an off-Broadway play that chronicled his life on the road and on the streets. He had a brush with the law in a swanky setting in December 2008, when he punched a friend of R&B crooner Ne-Yo’s in the face in the Louis Vuitton store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. Jones pleaded guilty the next year to a misdemeanor assault charge and was sentenced to time served – the few hours he was in custody after turning himself in to police.
1 World Trade Center courts Chinese
NEW YORK (AP) — The quest for tenants to fill office space at the World Trade Center site’s signature skyscraper has gone global – all the way to China. A Chinese real estate company is the first – and only business – to ink a lease at 1 World Trade Center, the iconic 1,776foot tower under construction at ground zero. The building, with its height, state-of-the-art technology and international symbolism, has generated “tremendous interest” among Chinese companies seeking to move overseas, developer Douglas Durst told The Associated Press on Thursday. “It’s going to be the tallest building in the city,” he said. “Everybody is going to know where they are when they say they’re in the World Trade Center.” Durst, a $100 million stakeholder in the project and the developer responsible for leasing it, is traveling to Shang Zhi, China, this weekend to meet with business leaders. During a recent trip to China, executives were intrigued by the building, formerly known as the Freedom Tower, he said. 1 World Trade Center is set to open in 2013; more than 50 stories of the 104-story tower have been built. It is one of five towers once planned for the site, along with a Sept. 11 memorial, transit hub and performing arts center. Vantone Industrial of Beijing finalized a lease in 2009 for about 200,000 square feet, out of about 3 million square feet of office space. Conde Nast has tentatively agreed to anchor several floors of its media empire in the tower, but the lease isn’t finalized. Federal
Plea agreement could shed light on arms trade ROCHESTER, New York (AP) – A sudden plea agreement in a federal prosecution of a trio of international weapons dealers has heightened momentum in a case that could shed light on the illicit global arms trade, including irregularities in U.S.backed shipments of assault rifles to Iraq. Gun dealer Karl Kleber, a German national who had been living in Portugal, pleaded guilty Wednesday in a U.S. district courtroom, admitting to violating federal arms laws in a scheme to import banned Chinese assault rifle parts. On Thursday, a second suspect, British arms dealer Gary Hyde, pleaded innocent to the charges, nearly two weeks after he, Kleber and a third suspect were each indicted on two arms trafficking counts.
Kleber agreed to provide information to prosecutors and testify. His cooperation, along with tapes investigators culled out of more than 21,000 conversations from his wiretapped phones in Germany, threatens to expose the inner workings of a group of companies whose collaboration in gray-area weapons deals around the world has long frustrated authorities and arms trade experts. Kleber appeared before U.S. District Judge Charles Siragusa in an orange prison jumpsuit with his hands manacled. Asked by Siragusa whether he would be willing to point a finger at the other suspects, Kleber said, “I’m prepared to do that.” When the judge pressed him on why he committed the crimes, Kleber replied, “Money.” The investigation stretches from
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and state agencies also have agreed to lease office space. But Durst is seeking worldwide interest in a symbolic skyscraper with a name that was always internationally known. “It’s a very well-known building in China,” said Ya Xue, president of the China Center, an organization started by Vantone that acts as a resource for Chinese companies coming to the United States. “The people in China, they recognize the landmark building.”
China to Portugal and involves authorities in Britain, Germany and other countries, but prosecuting the case in the U.S. signals that tough American arms-trafficking laws provide the strongest venue to pursue illicit weapons charges. Arms traffickers often skirt detection by operating in countries that have weak oversight and laws regulating weapons transactions. “These guys have been under the radar for years in the Balkans, Eastern Europe and other places that are major sources of guns that destabilize nations and prop up dictators,” said Hugh Griffiths, an arms trafficking expert with the Stockholm International Peace Institute. “But to go after them legally, you need strong laws and enforcement, and the U.S. remains the best place to find that.” Kleber pleaded guilty to one count of aiding in a scheme to disguise the banned Chinese assault rifle parts as Bulgarian-made. Prosecutors said he faces up to five years in prison. Hyde, 41, of York, England, posted $50,000 cash bond Thursday, a condition allow-
ing him to be released locally on electronic monitoring. Paul Restorick, 61, of Kent, England, is not yet in U.S. custody. Hyde and Restorick each face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Authorities are rarely able to counter a questionable arms deal on the front end, but arms trade experts cited a recent WikiLeaks release of a 2008 U.S. diplomatic cable that showed the British government blocking a major arms sale to Libya by a company owned by Hyde. York Guns, where Hyde is managing director, tried in October 2008 to persuade British authorities to license the company to ship 130,000 Ukranian-built Kalashnikov rifles to Libya. The sale was blocked, according to U.S. diplomats in Tripoli, because British officials feared the guns might wind up with hostile governments or armed rebels inside neighboring Chad or Sudan. “It shows you how clueless some of these dealers are,” said Oliver Sprague, Amnesty International’s London-based Arms Program director.
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York Guns was not cited in the U.S. indictment against Hyde in New York. “Although Gary Hyde is managing director of York Guns Ltd., no allegations have been directed towards York Guns Ltd. and no inquiries have been made of the company by the U.S. authorities,” the company said in a statement from Karen Boldison, Hyde’s assistant. Instead, the U.S. case against the three men revolves around two other British companies that allegedly conspired in the August 2008 importing of a shipment of 5,000 Chinese AK-47 assault rifle drum magazines that were disguised as Bulgarian-made. According to a plea agreement between Kleber and prosecutors in the western district of New York, the AK-47 parts shipment originally had been intended to be sold in 2007 for a “subcontractor in connection with a United States Department of Defense contract to supply military goods for delivery and use in Iraq.” According to Kleber’s plea agreement, Restorick, who headed British-
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Students should learn outside the classroom, too
s students, we must balance several identities. Certainly, we attend school to learn, but we must not forget that we are citizens of our nation and of the world. According to the British newspaper The Guardian, Sue Caldwell, a teacher at a North London high school, was suspended from her position for allegedly encouraging students to skip school to protest rising tuition fees. This was a highly relevant issue for any prospective university student, and attending a protest would have been beneficial in terms of investing interest in future civic engagement. Education may begin in the classroom, but it certainly does not end there. While students should not be missing school on a regular basis, there are opportunities in which they would be better served making their voices heard on an issue that has the potential to directly impact their lives. If the protest is regarding an especially important issue to students, the likelihood of them being able to engage fully in a lecture when they know there is a protest is occurring concurrently is slim. Their attention would be better suited elsewhere, and with the accomplishment of their civic duty (exercising their freedom of speech), they can concentrate on their student responsibilities (attending class). Although Caldwell denies the allegations, she should not have been suspended, even if they were true. Teachers should not be punished for informing students about pertinent protests and events. The situation here involves more rules because the students are minors, but at least for college and university students, there should not be an issue. That is not to say that instructors should be telling students to miss class on a regular basis. Nor should they push a particular political agenda. Sometimes, practical experience is the best teacher. When students mobilize for a cause, they can make their voices heard. Complaints about the younger generation’s apathy are abound, but this need not be the case. Teachers, as guides to students, have the ability to help them find a balance between their roles as students and as functional members of societies. They have the potential to adapt these events into teaching experiences, enacting a positive experience instead of one framed around “playing hooky.” The ultimate burden lies on the individual student. Some may see these opportunities as sanctified skip days, but their actions affect only themselves. But by trusting students and allowing them the to make choices free from fear of punishment, they can be encouraged to make the most out of their learning experiences. 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.
St. Johns just scored again. The Big East says welcome, Kemba. I go to the gym for two reasons: to try and look more attractive to girls and be fit in case of a zombie apocalypse. But I think the second reason is going to end up hurting the first one. So Joey Homza lost his student ID card, but if you find it he’ll feature you in the next episode of the Campus Daily. To the kid who came in late to my POLS class – I’m sorry I couldn’t stop looking at you, but you’re my new crush. Sincerely, your secret admirer. My girlfriend got caught for shoplifting. I guess I have to buy her a Valentine’s Day gift after all. To the girl that I gave a cup of mints to at McMahon, I will be yours if you will be mine! Lunch today? When my friend puked on the lifesize poster of Kemba last night, I should have taken it as an omen. Today, I found out Deena from “Jersey Shore” and my mom go to the same gym. Win. No matter how much you try SUBOG, Spring Weekend > Winter Weekend. To the random girl I gave the bear I stuffed: I forgot to ask for your number! Send something to the InstantDaily so I can meet you again, whoever you are!
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NBC must appreciate how far tech has come
emember the ancient days of AOL dial-up? Yeah, neither do I. But thanks to an entertaining video that was not intended for our viewing, now we do. Last week, an NBC employee posted offair footage of the Today Show from 1994, where the hosts pondered the question of “What is the Internet?” The footage is hilarious and as a result, immediately went viral. Shortly after, the worker was fired. According to an AOL News article, he “had a history of distributing material without permission.” But in addition to being fired, this NBC employee should By Taylor Trudon also be thanked. Commentary Editor It is humorous to watch former Today Show hosts Katie Couric, Bryant Gumbel and Elizabeth Vargas attempt to understand what we call today the World Wide Web. They struggle to decipher what the “@” symbol means and scratch their heads over “that massive computer network, the one that’s becoming really big now.” Let the hilarity ensue. Despite how funny the video appears to be, NBC is not laughing. The network released a statement citing that the individual responsible for leaking the video violated company standards for posting the video without permission. Many are in disbelief that someone could be fired over the posting of such an innocent video, leading them to wonder, “Where is NBC’s sense of humor?”
I can understand why this employee would be fired. As harmless as his actions may have been, he took material that was not his and then uploaded it on the Internet for the entire world to view. Soon-to-be college grads, this is NOT something you want to do for obvious reasons. For that, he deserved the consequence he brought upon himself (especially given his “history” that NBC has insinuated). NBC or not, this could be considered grounds for firing at almost any company.
“The video – no matter how many laughs it incites – is testimony to our accomplishments as a society.” It’s unfortunate that the NBC employee lost his job. The video – no matter how many laughs it incites – is testimony to our accomplishments as a society. We have gone from an age when we questioned if we “need a telephone to operate the Internet” (not anymore, Katie!) to living in a world in which we couldn’t imagine life without it. Just as fossils serve as historical records for archeologists, this video that was collecting dust somewhere in an NBC office is proof of the leaps and bounds we have made in technology. Of course Couric and the other hosts sound ridiculous trying to make sense of this big, complex, confusing concept known as the Internet, but that’s because no one knew about it 17 years ago. But in addition to using the video as a means to poke fun at their ignorance (which was essentially ours as well), we should find
both appreciation and amazement in how far our society has progressed. Regardless of whether or not the video was uploaded with permission, it speaks volumes about how far we’ve come and where we’re going. Not only is it great publicity for the network (and no doubt for Couric as well), but also it holds a meaning deeper than simply comic relief. It’s a reminder of how frequently we take for granted the luxury of the Internet—of how I am able to write this column while reading my e-mail, checking my online banking account, updating a Twitter status and listening to Nicki Minaj on Pandora right now. We appreciate the Internet because it’s difficult to function without it, but like almost anything we value in life, we can appreciate it even more when we take a trip back down memory lane when it was still practically a figment of our imagination. So, while NBC may still be stewing about their video going viral, I thank this employee. Although he should probably refrain from uploading any videos online at his future jobs, the video served not only as a convenient procrastination tool, but also put our progress into perspective. But no worries NBC, I’m sure in 2028 we’ll find videos of us dumbfounded over the idea of those strange, oversized, electronic book-like things. Just a head’s up: they’re going to be called iPads—and it’s going to be just as funny to watch.
Commentary Editor Taylor Trudon is an 8thsemester journalism major. She can be reached at Taylor.Trudon@UConn.edu.
Science must take precedence in media coverage
ne of the most profound expansions of human knowledge was announced last week – and almost no one took notice. It offered us the opportunity to put aside human differences of race, class and ideology and to gape in the renewed wonder By Chris Kempf of a universe now Staff Columnist slightly less dark and mysterious – and we chose instead to marvel at the Super Bowl, or the weather, or the political struggles of our time. Why, in the face of the maddeningly complex universe, which has posed so many yet-unanswered questions central to the human race’s existence, do we choose to ignore it so often? In a column placed deep within the front section last week, the New York Times reported that NASA’s Kepler satellite had discovered 1,235 possible planets within four months. If most of these candidates are confirmed as planets by statistical tests, as early results suggest, the number of planets known to man would triple. Moreover, since Kepler’s telescope only surveyed about .25 percent of the night sky,
further exploration of the universe with current technology would yield, according to a NASA astronomer, 400,000 planetary candidates. The Kepler project’s most thrilling discovery, however, was the identification of 54 planets “in the so-called habitable zones of stars dimmer and cooler than the Sun, where temperatures should be moderate enough for liquid water.” For the first time, astronomers are beginning to identify planets that are similar to the Earth in terms of mass and chemical composition. Though it is obviously too soon to tell whether any of these planets actually hold any significant quantities of water or whether the conditions there are actually conducive to the existence of life, the possibility exists that there might be life elsewhere in the solar system. We certainly shouldn’t be expecting contact with extraterrestrials any time soon because of this discovery. The Kepler 11 system, the closest solar system to Earth which contains some of these Earth-like planets, would take hundreds of thousands of years to reach with conventional spacecraft. It cannot be seen from anywhere on Earth, and its charac-
teristics cannot be ascertained via direct observation. Why does it matter, then?
“For many, the mere prospect of life existing antwhere outside of our planet deeply offends...” The importance of this discovery is that it prompts us to re-evaluate what we view to be our position in the universe. But as we have seen by the rather underwhelming reaction to the reports about the Kepler project, it seems as though we fear its implications too much to consider it in much depth. For many, the mere prospect of life existing anywhere outside of our planet deeply offends the religious sensibilities that define humanity’s place in the grand pageant of existence. Religious belief, for many billions of people around the world, does not necessarily discourage fascination about the universe, but it certainly
implies that the answers have already been made known. There exists a more general problem, however, common to the human race in general regardless of religious belief – fear. The idea that so much of the universe is beyond our reach, control or comprehension is deeply troubling. After all, we have enough trouble getting our own affairs in order, so why should we worry about anything else? I understand that thoughts about humanity’s place in the universe are restricted to those with the luxury of having had their basic needs for survival met. I don’t mean to harangue anyone devoted to solving the problems of humans here on Earth first, for those people will likely prove to be far more important to humanity than most of the socially-absent-minded philosophers. But in light of these new discoveries, the questions “Are we alone?” and “What does it all mean?” now require more complex answers than ever before.
Staff Columnist Chris Kempf is a 2ndsemester political science major with a minor in geography. He can be reached at Christopher.Kempf@UConn.edu
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This Valentine’s Day, don’t contribute to slave labor
alentine’s Day is coming up and I’m sure many of you are scrambling to think of something nice to give to your special someone. For the low-budget college students, something on the cheaper side would By Grace Malloy be preferable. A heartStaff Columnist shaped box of assorted chocolates would be a perfect gift, wouldn’t it? Who doesn’t love delicious, melt-in-yourmouth chocolate? Men with a bit of cash in their pockets are often keen on buying their sweethearts a sparkly diamond ring or necklace for Valentine’s Day. We’ve seen enough Kay Jewelers commercials to know that nothing says “I love you” like a diamond. So when picking out a Valentine’s Day gift, you should choose between any varieties of chocolate or diamond jewelry, right? Not necessarily. There is a darker side to chocolate and diamonds that is far from romantic. In West Africa, slaves are forced to work on cocoa plantations and are beaten by overseers. They aren’t fed enough food and are overworked. They are locked up at night and if they try to run away, they are killed. There are similarities in the diamond indus-
try. In Sierra Leone, child slaves are used to mine diamonds. These children are forced to work without pay, and the diamonds they mine end up in our department stores at a cheaper cost. “Blood Diamonds” is a term used that refers to the diamonds mined in war zones that are then sold to finance the war. There are people who aren’t fully aware of these atrocious human rights violations, but there are also those who are aware but choose to turn a blind eye. Because it is happening far away, it seems foreign and abstract. We don’t feel effected by it the way we would if we saw someone get murdered right before our eyes. So we don’t feel all that guilty about buying a box of Nestle chocolate. But we should. Ignorance is an ugly trait. We do not personally know the people who are brutally exploited so that we can eat our chocolate and wear our diamonds. We have never spoken to them or looked them in the eye. But they exist, and they suffer and die for us. To ignore that fact is cruel. The least we can do is help them by refusing to buy the products they are forced to produce. We live in a capitalist society where corporations have an enormous amount of power and can do as they please without being monitored. They profit from exploitation and,
therefore, they give little to no thought concerning human rights violations for which they are directly or indirectly responsible. So, it is our responsibility, as consumers, to make sure those corporations that make use of slave labor pay for their actions. It is a power of which we have rarely taken advantage.
“The more we allow corporations to exploit people, the worse it will get. Don’t contribute to the problem.” We do not have to boycott chocolate or diamonds completely. But we should not buy products made by companies that are known to exploit innocent and helpless people around the world. If you want to buy chocolate that is slave-free, then buy chocolate labeled as fairtrade. In the Fair Trade System, purchasers of products, like chocolate, pay a little more and buy from producers that do not use slave labor. You can also buy organic chocolate, which is made by companies like Newman’s
Own. Organic farms are monitored to make sure they are ethical in their labor practices. When it comes to diamonds, it is much harder to determine if they are “crueltyfree.” Diamonds that originate from Canada do not involve slave labor. The Voluntary Code of Conduct for Authenticating Canadian Diamond Claims is adhered to by participating retailers. It requires them to track the progression of a diamond from the mine to its retail destination. Retailers who follow the code must provide consumers with details about the diamond they are buying. It’s true that buying chocolate, diamonds and other products that don’t involve slave labor requires a bit more effort and money. I argue, however, that it’s an extremely small price to pay. The more we allow corporations to exploit people, the worse it will get. Don’t contribute to the problem. This Valentine’s Day, be conscious of the products you buy.
Staff columnist Grace Malloy is a 6th-semester management major. She can be contacted at Grace. Malloy@UConn.edu
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Did you know that the British actually do use the word “loo?” Following our reading of the article, “Adjusting to UConn after studying abroad” on Feb. 7, we were shocked by its appalling falsehoods. Coming from a UConn student who studied abroad in England for six months and a Welsh student studying abroad at UConn, we were absolutely horrified by the number of inaccuracies in Ms. Fifo’s article. We find it extraordinary that a student who claims to have studied in Wales for four months does not know the basic geography of the United Kingdom. For one, it is not Wales, England, it is Wales, UK. The Welsh become very offended by this huge misconception. Fifo incorrectly uses a common Welsh quote, “It’s like saying Canada is part of the US.” This refers to when Wales is considered part of England, NOT when referred to as part of the UK, because it IS part of the UK. This distinction gives the Welsh their identity, so to mix it up is extremely insulting. This “cultured” student goes on to destroy European geography as well. Clearly, Rome is not a coun-
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try, yet she identifies it as one in the article. This issue of international ignorance is something that Dom Tromans’ article “By trivializing foreign ideas, US shows cultural naiveté” published on Jan. 23 addressed. This lack of knowledge of the world outside of the United States displays apathy; it is something that international students notice and do not appreciate. Merely acknowledging people’s correct nationality starts the journey to becoming a global citizen. – Brooke Smith and Rhiannon Roberts
Feb. 4 editorial ‘Scandalous shows’
I have to disagree with the editorial “Scandalous shows can be a springboard for talk.” I am a college student and although sex is apart of mainstream society it should not be pushed upon to today’s youth. Sexual intercourse is something that should be shared between two individuals. The MTV show “Skins” objectifies this and puts images of negative behaviors into teen’s heads, making them think that these behaviors are ok. Even though teens are having sex and doing drugs at younger ages, the show “Skins” only portrays these things as acceptable. By taking “Skins” off the air it will send a message deeper then a sit down talk with a parent would do. If kids were listening to there parents they
wouldn’t be having sex and doing drugs in the first place. The issue is the media is constantly bombarding teens with negative images, so by taking them away their behaviors would change. To compare “Jersey Shore” and “The Real World” to “Skins” is ridiculous because teens know that these “reality stars” are eighteen and older. While the characters on “Skins” are thirteen years old, making them able to relate more to those individuals. It is obvious that banning the show will not stop the actions of today’s youth but it will send a clear message that the actions that “Skins” portray are not ok. Teens are at the most influential times in their lives, and to popularize negative images of sex, drugs and partying is detrimental to them. On the other hand, parents can only tell their kids so much because they’re influenced by the actions of others and what society tells them to become. By taking “Skins” off the air it will help to better shape the generations to come. – Ariel D.
Cindy Luo’s Feb. 7 column
Cindy Luo’s Feb. 7 column “‘Protect Life Act’ a malevolent misnomer” is an unfortunate consequence of the writer’s self-admitted tendency to be “visceral, scathing and “angry.” She feels that her
strong opinions on H.R. 358 are not “unfounded,” but they certainly are. Even the most cursory reading of the legislation she references would have remedied her grave misunderstanding of the issue. The third paragraph on the first page of the bill explicitly and plainly exempts “incest” or “danger of death” to the mother from the legislation. Therefore, there is no need (if ever there is one) to “angrily lambast” the “anti-choicers” who are, in Luo’s eyes, not fellow Americans worthy of civilly debating and conversing with, but “abhorrent and anti-women” and, for good measure, anti-women’s rights. Perhaps before Ms. Luo writes another pro-abortion column, she should first read up on the topic at hand and then reread Mr. Perrone’s piece from last week about the importance of civil discourse on this issue. Meanwhile, the pro-life community awaits her apology. – Joseph Gasser
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What would you write on a personalized candy heart? – By Wynne Hammerman
“I don’t love you, I L-U-V you.”
“Don’t eat me!”
“Baby you want the world? Open your mouth.”
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Philly DA charges priests, teacher with assault
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two Roman Catholic priests, a former priest and a Catholic school teacher were charged Thursday with raping young boys, while a former high-ranking church official was accused of transferring problem priests to new parishes without warning anyone of prior sex-abuse complaints. The charges stemmed from a two-year grand jury investigation into priest abuse in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the second such inquiry in the city. In the rare, if not unprecedented, move, the grand jury charged Monsignor William Lynn with endangering children in his role as secretary for clergy under former Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua. Lynn, 60, had a duty to protect children in the five-county archdiocese and refer priests with known sexual problems for rehabilitation or prosecution, District Attorney Seth Williams said in announcing the charges. “He instead lied to parishioners and went out of his way to reassign priests without telling pastors or principals . that they were pedophiles,” Williams said. Lynn’s defense lawyer said the two endangerment counts should not apply because Lynn did not have any children under his care. He also questioned the merits of the counts, which carry a maximum 14-year prison term. “We certainly don’t concede for a moment that he knew he was putting children at risk,” lawyer Tom Bergstrom told The Associated Press. While American dioceses have paid hundreds of millions of dollars to abuse victims to settle civil lawsuits in recent years, criminal charges in clergy sex abuse cases have been rare. People who were molested as children often wait for decades before gaining the courage to come forward — usually long after the statute of limitation for criminal charges has run out. A small number of accused clergy have been prosecuted and convicted since 2002, when the clergy sex abuse crisis erupted in the Archdiocese of Boston. However, no bishop or church administrator has been taken to trial over their failures to protect
children from accused priests. Lynn featured prominently in a scathing 2005 grand jury report that found 63 priests in the Philadelphia archdiocese had been credibly accused of child sexual assault over several decades while local church officials turned a blind eye. Frustrated prosecutors then concluded, though, that they could not file any criminal charges because the statute of limitations on the crimes had expired. Pennsylvania has since revised laws to give child sex-assault victims more time to report abuse, while the archdiocese under Cardinal Justin Rigali has pledged to refer credible complaints to law enforcement. The current case, referred by the archdiocese, involves two victims, one of them a boy who was allegedly abused by two priests and his sixth-grade teacher at St. Jerome Parish, starting when he was a 10-yearold altar boy in 1998. The Rev. Charles Engelhardt, now 64, and the Rev. Edward Avery, now 68, both raped the boy in the church sacristy after Mass, the report charged. Engelhardt also allegedly gave the boy wine and showed him pornography. He later told Avery about the encounter, prompting Avery to demand that the boy perform a striptease act after Mass, followed by oral and anal sex, the report said. Bernard Shero, now 48, his sixth-grade teacher the next year, raped him during a ride home from school, then made him walk home, the report said. The victim, later plagued like many abuse victims by depression and substance abuse, reported the attacks years later. Avery had been on the church’s radar since at least 1992. That’s when a 29-year-old medical student told the archdiocese that Avery, who frequently moonlighted as a disc jockey at city nightclubs, had abused him in the 1970s and 1980s. Avery was sent to six months of sex-offender treatment, although his parish was told the leave was for unspecified “health” reasons, the report said. Despite the center’s recommendation that he be kept away from adolescents or other vulnerable minors afterward, Lynn recommended him for a position at a parish with an adjacent elementary school, authorities said.
Bevilacqua agreed, but sent him instead to a different parish, St. Jerome. Rigali succeeded Bevilacqua in 2003 and soon afterward deemed the medical student’s abuse claims credible. He removed Avery from his priestly duties that December. “That was five years too late to protect Billy (a pseudonym for the altar boy) — and who knows how many children,” the report said.
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James J. Brennan, a a 47-year-old priest.
Edward V. Avery is shown. Avery, a 68-year-old former priest.
Charles G. Engelhardt, a 64-year-old priest.
Monsignor William Lynn, the former secretary of clergy under Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqualine .
According to the report, Bevilacqua could not be charged because there was no evidence linking him to the alleged cover-up of the assaults against these two victims. His lawyer told investigators the 87-year-old retired prelate suffers from cancer and dementia. While investigating Engelhardt, authorities came to charge his predecessor at St. Jerome, the Rev. James J. Brennan, with raping a 14-year-old boy. The alleged abuse occurred during a leave of absence
Brennan requested in 1996 to deal with what he called his own childhood sexual abuse, the report said. The victim, a member of St. Andrew Church in the Philadelphia suburb of Newtown, later attempted suicide, the report said. Lynn and other church officials had also been aware that Brennan, now 47, had a prior history of impropriety with minors, the report said. And, even today, 37 accused
priests in the archdiocese work in assignments that put them near children while complaints are investigated or, in some cases, deemed not credible, the grand jury found. “We would have assumed, by the year 2011, after all the revelations both here and around the world, that the church would not risk its youth by leaving them in the presence of priests subjected to substantial evidence of abuse. That is not the case,” the report said.
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Jordan Sims has an impressive family history of quality hockey
By John Shevchuk Staff Writer
“Before I could even walk, my dad would take me out on the ice with the team he was coaching and push me around.” These are the words any hockey lover lives to hear. Freshman UConn hockey player Jordan Sims described his childhood as exactly that. Sims is the son of Allan Sims, a former professional hockey player, who has suited up for New England’s two favorite hockey teams: the Boston Bruins and the Hartford Whalers. In 1973, Allan Sims signed with the Boston Bruins to start his professional career. He was expected to play with the Boston Braves, the Bruins’ AHL affiliate. He performed so well in Bruins training camp that he made the team and played 77 games in his rookie season, playing defense alongside hockey great Bobby Orr. The Bruins headed to the Stanley Cup Playoffs that year, only to fall to the Philadelphia Flyers. The following year, Sims played another full season as a Boston Bruin. For the next three years he teetered between the AHL and NHL, before joining the Hartford Whalers in the NHL expansion. Sims played two full seasons with the Whalers, spanning from 1979 to 1981 where he earned is NHL high of 52 points in one year. He suffered knee injuries at that time, from which he never fully recovered. He played several more seasons with the Los Angeles Kings organization and finished his career overseas in places including Germany and the United Kingdom.
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UConn forward Jordan Sims skates with the puck during the Huskies' 2-1 loss to Air Force on Jan. 21.
He finished his professional player career in 1989 with the Fort Wayne Komets, an IHL team, before beginning a coaching career that he continues to this day. Sims head-coached the Komets through four successful seasons, earning one championship. Following the championship, he was hired as an assistant coach for the Mighty Ducks in the mid1990s. The San Jose Sharks then hired him as head coach for one season. He is back to coaching the Fort Wayne Komets today, a team he has won two championships with
in the past four seasons. As a coach, Al Sims introduced his young son to the sport of hockey at a very young age. "I loved going into the locker room with my dad and seeing all the players. I enjoyed this very much and it was the beginning of my love for hockey," Jordan said. "Obviously hockey was in my life non-stop, but my parents pushed me to play other sports as well and never put pressure on me to play hockey." Jordan grew up in Fort Wayne, Ind. as his dad continued his coaching career and moved from team to team.
Jordan Sims would eventually play for the Langley Chiefs, a British Columbia Hockey League team based out of Langley, BC. Sims finished the year with 15 goals and 19 assists before coming to UConn to begin a college hockey career. "In the end though hockey was what I loved to do and having somebody like my dad who played at the highest level really helped me," Jordan said.
Despite overall struggles, men's team has quite a few quality results to point to
By Danielle Ennis and Mac Cerullo Staff Writer and Sports Editor Although the men’s hockey team has had its share of losses this season, there are a few highlights that we can’t forget.
Oct. 9, 2010: UConn at No. 7 Maine – 3-3 T The start of their season was an outstanding one. The Huskies opened the season against heavily favored Maine, who was ranked No. 7 in the nation. UConn fell behind, as expected, but began to claw its way back late in the game. Goalie Garrett Bartus was sensational in net, stopping 40 shots to keep the game within reach. His efforts were not in vain, as sophomore Sean Ambrosie put home the tying goal late in the third period, shocking the 4,149 fans in attendance. "It took a total team effort, starting from the net out to battle at a place like Alfond Arena and come out with a tie," said coach Bruce Marshall after the game. "We had opportunities to win, but killing a 5-on-3 in overtime against the No. 7 team in the nation is a gutsy performance."
Oct. 28, 2010: UConn at No. 13 Union – 3-3 T Off to a 1-1-1 start, the men's hockey team was outperforming
expectations following a dismal showing last year. A game on the road against No. 13 Union was supposed to be an execution, but like the Maine game, Union got more than they bargained for. The Huskies fell behind 3-0 early, but the offense came to life in the second. Freshman Jordan Sims scored twice in the period, and the Huskies as a whole scored three to tie the game. For the second time in four games, UConn was able to fight back against a national power and escape unscathed. Recent successes After securing the tie against Union, the Huskies began to lose their momentum, and since that point they have struggled. In that time, however, the Huskies have earned a couple of quality wins. Wins against both Mercyhurst and Niagara, both ranked in the upper half of the AHA standings, were big victories for the Huskies. At the Toyota UConn Classic, which took place over winter break, the Huskies took care of business in the first round against fellow AHA opponent Holy Cross. The Huskies won 2-1, jumping Holy Cross in the AHA standings in the process. UConn went on to fall short in the championship, losing to Princeton 2-1. Despite the result, finishing in second place in the tournament
Head Coach Bruce Marshall 23rd season at UConn Career Record: 309-362-64
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UConn forward Cole Schneider skates with the puck during UConn's Nov. 11, 2010 game against AIC.
was a solid finish. Most recently, the Huskies showed off their offense in their 5-5 tie against Air Force, but no game demonstrated the Huskies offensive game better than their last game against Sunday's opponent. Dec. 10, 2010: UConn at Sacred Heart – 9-3 W Perhaps UConn's best performance of the year came against Sacred Heart. The Huskies offense exploded in the second period when UConn scored six unanswered goals. Cole Schneider broke a 2-2 tie with
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his seventh goal of the year, and the floodgates opened after that. It was the second game in a row that UConn scored at least eight goals in back-toback games. With the big stage at Rentschler Field, the Huskies would like to put up a similar result in front of a big crowd. Regardless, this weekend’s outdoor game will surely be the highlight of the season.
conference championship game by BU in a 2-1 heartbreaker. This year’s squad has shown resiliency and determination after a woeful 1-7-1 start to the season. They will have their hands full this weekend against a talented Providence College team coming off of a tough 4-2 loss at the hands of BC last Sunday. Despite being fourth in the conference, the Friars are currently ranked No. 9 in the nation, which speaks to the depth of the Women’s Hockey East. “Providence is a physical team that likes to take chances,” Linstad said. “We need to
Leading Scorers: Goals:
1. Andrew Olson - 11 2. Sean Ambrosie - 10 3. Billy Latta - 9
1. Cole Schneider - 16 2. Three tied with - 12 5. Jordan Sims - 11
1. Cole Schneider - 24 2. Sean Ambrosie - 22 3. Billy Latta - 21
Garrett Bartus - (8-13-4) - 3.61 Goals Against Avg. - .902 Save Percentage
Women's hockey has rebounded from 1-7-1 start to climb up HE standings
UConn forward Brittany Murphy skates during the Huskies' Oct. 9, 2010 game against Clarkson.
2 - Alex Gerke 3 - Tom Janosz 4 - Chris Waterstradt 5 - Grant Scott 7 - Jordan Sims 8 - Matt Miller 9 - Justin Hernandez 10 - Daniel Naurato 11 - Miles Winter 12 - Bobby Reiners 13 - Evan Carriere 14 - Jim Gallagher 15 - Sean Ambrosie 16 - Billy Latta 17 - Rui Encarnacao 18 - Chris Spicer 19 - Corey Jendras 20 - Marcello Ranallo 21 - Jason Krispel* 22 - Brian Reagan 23 - Brant Harris 24 - Cole Schneider 25 - Josh Bernard 26 - Stevie Bergin 27 - Jeff Sapieha* 28 - Brad Cooper 29 - Garrett Bartus 30 - Matt Grogan 33 - Andrew Olson* 35 - Rob Behling
use our speed and make them chase us.” Attendance at games for women’s hockey has been steadily increasing throughout the season, and this is a trend the team hopes to see continue, especially for the historic game on Sunday. “I hope there is a ton of people enjoying this unique opportunity,” Linstad said. “I know it would be great to have the crowd behind us.” The puck will drop at Rentschler on Sunday at 4 p.m., following the men’s hockey showdown with Sacred Heart at 1 p.m.
Season at a glance: - Overall: 8-16-4 - AHA: 8-11-2 (10th Place)
Recent Results: Feb. 5 - vs. Army - 5-3 L Feb. 4 - at Army - 4-2 W Jan. 29 - at Holy Cross - 4-0 L Jan. 28 - at Holy Cross - 4-2 L Jan. 22 - vs. Air Force - 5-5 T (OT) Jan. 21 - vs. Air Force - 2-1 L Jan. 15 - at Robert Morris - 4-2 L
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Comedian takes chances with big payoff Live while you love and love while you live
It’s worth buying in to Groupon
By Amy Schellenbaum Associate Managing Editor As a guest speaker for my Intro to Theater class, a professional costume maker wanted to prove to us how much you could say about a person just by looking at his or her clothes. Four unfortunate volunteers stood on the von der Mehden stage and listened as the eccentric woman drew embarrassing conclusions about their personal lives based on their attire. One girl was wearing jeans and a sweatshirt. The woman concluded that she obviously had a boyfriend because she had stopped trying. Yes, she actually said that. And the girl actually did have a boyfriend. With Valentine’s Day coming up, I knew I wanted to write something about relationships and health, and apparently so did The New York Times. Gretchen Reynolds wrote in an article published Wednesday that studies have shown people in committed relationships are less likely to keep up with their fitness routines and goals. The idea is far from groundbreaking. It’s intuitive because it’s engrained in our culture that, once many people find partners, they “let themselves go.” This was the logic the guest speaker in my class used to assess the girl in a baggy sweatshirt. Relationships and social activity, romantic or otherwise, have long been linked to increased mental, emotional and physical health. Reynolds mentioned an “elegant series of experiments” that showed rats who had ample social time between exercise experienced an amplification of brain power after exercise, while rats in solitary confinement did not. This is just one example of how surrounding yourself with loved ones may lead to a healthier, more fulfilling life. But when it comes to physical fitness, relationships can be detrimental. Dating usually means calorie-dense fare – heavy pasta dishes, ice cream, popcorn and alcohol, just to name a few of the most typical dating eats. Portion control disappears after a few outings during which you watch your boyfriend scarf two orders of tikka masala and a
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RomComs rock your Valentine’s Day
By Steph Ratty Staff Writer Imagine a Valentine’s Day without any conversation hearts, Cupid window clings, throngs of heart-shaped boxes of Russell Stover chocolates or greeting cards outfitted with “roses are red, violets are blue…” rhymes. Is it possible? Even video store shelves are lined left to right with reminders to either celebrate relationships (or, in some cases, mourn them) on Valentine’s Day. For many single or taken women, the holiday is forever incomplete if not accompanied by a romantic DVD with Hollywood’s most charismatic heartthrobs. In the past decade, Hollywood has churned out a plethora of box office hits, but it has more notably produced dozens of romantic comedies that stand as staples for many women.
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Michael Ian Black, star of several vh1 programs as well as the comedy shows “Stella” and “Michael and Michael Have Issues” amd the movie “Wet Hot American Summer” performs a standup comedy set at Jorgensen on Thursday night.
Michael Ian Black takes no prisoners in comedy show By Loumarie Rodriguez Campus Correspondent SUBOG kicked off Winter Weekend with a comedy show by Michael Ian Black, who performed at the Jorgensen Theater last night. The opening act was comedian Adam Lowitt, the supervising producer of “The Daily Show with John Stewart.” Commenting on the current frigid weather, Lowitt asserted that it is too cold in Connecticut to have an uprising like the one in Egypt. He also poked fun at the fact that UConn will be hosting a speed dating session. He related a story about a date he had been on, adding, “Not a
speed date, an actual date.” He asked if there were any singles in the audience and, after a brief cheer, he responded with, “Feel free to clap with your tears.” Lowitt joked about the fact that Clorox bleach has its own Twitter. He question who would follow bleach and wondered what it could possibly have to say. He ended his routine by recounting his great defeat in celebrity ping-pong and lamenting the loss. Black is known for his commentary on VH1’s “I Love the…” series and has also appeared in movies such as “Wedding Daze” and “Wet Hot American Summer.” He joked that he has never
heard of Storrs despite living in Connecticut and commented on how much he dislikes air travel. He told stories of the stunts he pulls to both keep himself entertained and make sure that other fellow passengers are just as miserable as he is. Black told stories about a wide variety of topics, many of which came with unexpected endings. He spoke of his honeymoon in Amsterdam and an awkward encounter in a special coffee shop that left him walking like a panda bear for several hours. He ended with a story about a scary doctor’s office visit. He also took advantage of opportunities to pick on audi-
ence members whenever it was comically appropriate. “He put on a great spin on ordinary situations with a twist of sexual humor,” said Lindsey Rasie, an 8th-semester marketing major. “I thought it was really good and I felt the comedian was really relaxed,” said Adam Blum, a 6th-semester economics and political science major.
Feb. 14 is Singles Awareness Day By Jason Wong Campus Correspondent The date is looming nearer; Feb. 14, the much anticipated Singles Awareness Day, more colloquially known as Valentine’s Day. This is a day where those of us who are single come together to revel in our single relationship statuses. The celebration of Single Awareness Day can take on many, many forms, and the list below is by no means complete. Feel free to engage in other appropriate Singles Awareness Day activities that come to mind on that
glorious holiday. The Annoyance: Those trite romantic comedies that people like to watch around this time for some reason. You know, those movies habitually starring Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Aniston–the actors that don’t actually have talent. The Countering Activity: Get a bunch of friends together and watch some horror movies; the gorier the better. Granted, the acting in these movies is hardly better than in romantic comedies, but at least you get to see messy disembowelment, and possibly even a real heart. Ah, irony. The Annoyance: The unre-
alistic standards of love that Hollywood spoon-feeds us with the aforementioned romance movies. The Countering Activity: Watch the first 10 minutes of Twilight. If you can get through it without vomiting in your mouth, you’ll realize that Hollywood love is not worth the resulting trauma. The Annoyance: Everything decorated with enough pink, red and frilly white lace to satisfy even a Lady Gaga outfit. The Countering Activity: Perhaps an all-black ensemble of some kind? I understand black is very slimming.
The Annoyance: Those couples that choose to spend the day engaging in ostentatiously public displays of affection because apparently Feb. 14 legitimizes that activity. The Countering Activity: Buy a box of heart-shaped chocolates. Then, throw the contents at these offending couples at your leisure. Be sure to use nut-free candy to avoid allergic reactions, and brownie points if you use stale chocolate or band candy. Those things are like rocks.
Last week I talked about ways to save on Valentine’s Day and this week, I’m talking about one website that can help you save all year-round. It requires a little bit of back story first. Last summer, I intended to move to Washington D.C. for an internship. When the internship fell through, I decided to move down there anyways, half out of spite and half because I was already so excited. I ended up getting a job at a café just outside of D.C.. Though I would definitely have preferred an internship or even a higher paying job, I certainly learned a lot. While ringing out customers one day, I errantly pressed a button labeled ‘Groupon,’ which caused the total amount due to drop dramatically. I voided the command, but later inquired about the button. Apparently it was an old deal they had running with “some website.” My interest was piqued. That night, I hopped on my computer and threw “groupon” into Google. It took me to Groupon.com, a website that would soon become a bookmarked and well-loved favorite. Giving just a little bit of basic information, like your location, earns you access to coupons specific to your area. The coupons come in all forms. Many times the coupon is purchased at a much lower rate than it is worth, like “$30 for $60 worth of merchandise” or “$16 for a $25 gift card.” They offer coupons for everything from take-out to photography sessions, from spa treatments to pole dancing lessons, from scuba diving to flowers and more. So how does it work? Groupon posts a “Daily Deal” for your area on its website each day. It also posts a minimum number of buyers required. Anyone who is interested commits to buy the coupon and, as long as the minimum number is reached before the deal time runs out, everyone who committed gets a voucher they can print or bring on a mobile device to claim their savings. But don’t worry: if you commit to buying the voucher and the minimum number isn’t reached, you don’t have to pay. It just means that there isn’t enough interest to make it worth it for the merchant, so Groupon moves on to a new deal. Risk free savings! I was really into the site last summer and I signed up for the email list, which sends you the Daily Deal for your area. I must admit that I didn’t opt in for too many, but that was mostly because I didn’t have the money. Several times, though, the Daily Deal alerted me to a neat business in the area that I later tried. I would never have known about them otherwise. (A creperie, several cafes and restaurants and a spa were among them.) At the time, Groupon did not have any Connecticut deals, so I couldn’t share the wealth with my family and friends back home. Since then, Groupon has added Daily Deals for Hartford and for Fairfield County, so there is sure to be savings that you can take advantage of. And, if you aren’t from Connecticut, head to the website and check your home state. Groupon has more than 150 locations in the U.S. If you want to stay clued in to the savings but don’t want to get the emails every day, you can follow your area’s deals on Twitter. For Hartford Daily Deals, follow @GrouponHartford or @ GrouponFairfld. You can also download a Groupon app for your iPhone, Android phone or Blackberry or head to Facebook. com/groupon to stay in the know.
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There will be much music
from LIVE, page 7 basket of naan without gaining an ounce. If I sound bitter, it’s because I am. Pretty soon, evenings you used to spend at your spinning class devolve into “Law and Order” marathons with your sweetie and enough RoniZonis to last you a lifetime. But doing active things with your beau/ broad can be so much more fun than watching yet another episode of “Chuck.” A story by Julie Deardorff of the Chicago Tribune, published in October 2009, said that because exercise is “a proven mood lifter, can clear your mind, improve your sex drive and diffuse stress,” it can be the key to a truly blissful, healthy and more satisfying love life. There are myriad active, romantic things you can do with your loved one. One such activity is indoor rock climbing. Not only do you have fun and burn calories, but it also relies on effective communication and a lot of trust if your partner is belaying – keeping the tension in your line to prevent falling. Taking a martial arts or boxing class together is also a good idea. You learn self-defense with a partner you already know. Plus, and maybe this is because I’m weird, I really, really love punching the heck out of things. I try to get out doing something active with my boyfriend when possible. During the summer, we walk to the park and he kicks my butt at handball or we go for a hike. We play soccer with his 9-year-old brother and sometimes struggle through a few rounds of Dance Dance Revolution. If you’re lucky and have a partner interested in dancing, iceskating or yoga, then those are all good options as well. Most health magazines have couples workouts on their websites if you want to just straight up work out. It can be a good bonding experience as you laugh because you can’t figure out a move or make fun of the person on an exercise video – P90X is great because it kicks your butt and Tony is really easy to laugh at. Finally, I can’t write a story about ways for couples to get active without at least mentioning getting sweaty between the sheets, but I think you guys can figure out how that strengthens a relationship on your own.
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Student musicians perform at NOVA Musica, an event in von der Mehden in Thursday night. The groups were conducted by Stan Renard.
Romantic comedies can act as model for your weekend from ROMCOMS, page 7 In 2002’s “Maid in Manhattan,” Jennifer Lopez and Ralph Fiennes gave working women everywhere hope that one day, a prestigious politician may sweep them off their feet into a whirlwind romance. The film plucked Jennifer Lopez’s character from working as a hotel maid, and turned her into a fashionable socialite. With the help of some soulful friends and the support of her adorable young son, Lopez showed Fiennes her true self and in the end was (surprise!) accepted into his heart. The film boasts some great personalities, but is so painfully predictable that it’s no wonder women can recite whole scenes from memory. 2003 brought along a slightly better storyline with “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.” Kate Hudson starred opposite Matthew McConaughey as a journalist trying to further her career by showing women how to rope a man in and dump him soon after. Naturally, the story unfolds that McConaughey has
a similar task at hand, and the two fall for each other, despite their ulterior motives. While the predictable plot does eventually unfold, Hudson’s comedic timing adds a twist to a movie otherwise found in the bargain bin. One movie that can always be counted on for a Lifetime Valentine’s Day movie marathon is 2005’s “The Wedding Date.” Debra Messing plays a single woman headed forEngland for her baby sister’s wedding. Unwilling to be the “old maid” of the wedding party, she spends thousands and hires sexy Dermot Mulroney as her “rent-a-date” for the week. People swoon over her handsome American date, and everything goes according to plan, until familial drama erupts and puts a damper on the budding romance that was emerging between Messing and Mulroney. As one could probably guess, the pair is able to overcome the drama and Messing never has to spend a dime to keep her trophy man. The movie’s cheesy moments gain redemption with the steady
supply of British accents and Michael Buble-infused score, which tend to seal the deal for many women. Alas, in 2010, filmmakers established a cast list for the record books with “Valentine’s Day.” The movie, which follows several intertwined love stories in California on V-Day, was expected to be a box office smash. Instead, the flick floundered. The movie jumped around too much and carried a shallow script, especially with frames of young lovebirds Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner. Even studs like Ashton Kutcher and Bradley Cooper couldn’t save the film, though they did offer some eye candy for when the Russell Stover ran out. Valentine’s Day is just a few days away, but if candlelit dinners and moonlit walks don’t sound appealing, it might be time to stock up on the predictable yet addicting romantic comedies that drive people wild on the most loving of holidays.
NJ ‘Boardwalk’ judge: Hands off butt billboard ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The judge who wrote the book “Boardwalk Empire,” now an HBO series about vice-ridden Prohibition-era Atlantic City, has ordered the state’s transit agency to keep its hands off a billboard that shows a nearly naked showgirl’s backside. The highway sign promotes a stage show at Resorts Casino Hotel, which has adopted the Roaring ‘20s as its new theme, in part to capitalize on the show’s popularity. On Thursday, Superior Court Judge Nelson Johnson ordered NJ Transit and its advertising agency not to touch the billboard until a hearing can be held March 10 on what to do about it. Casino owner Dennis Gomes says the sign doesn’t hurt anyone. “I’ve got five kids and they’ve seen butts all their lives and they all turned out fine,” he said. “When you go to the beach, you see women in G-strings all the time. In Europe, they go topless. I really don’t understand what all the fuss is about.” The fuss started shortly after Feb. 1 when Resorts rented the billboard on the Atlantic City Expressway, over a NJ Transit train station, to advertise “Moonshine
Follies.” In case anyone missed the subtlety, the word “moon” is highlighted just to the right of the model’s rear end. The show is designed to evoke a Roaring ‘20s vibe, which is what Resorts has staked its future on after its previous owners nearly had to close it because of financial problems. “We have this 1920s show being specially created for us with beautiful women with great bodies in it,” Gomes said. “It’s all about the music and dancing of the ‘20s. “There was a whole social revolution going on in the 1920s, particularly regarding women,” he said. “They were dancing in public, which they had never been allowed to do before.” Gomes said he and his marketing team knew not everyone would love the billboard, but that’s the point. Gomes is known in the casino industry for using outrageous promotions and wacky stunts to generate publicity for his casinos. The most famous involved a tic-tactoe-playing chicken that competed against customers when he ran Atlantic City’s Tropicana Casino and Resort a few years ago.
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Party over for ‘Guitar Hero’
NEW YORK (AP) — “Guitar Hero” made ordinary people feel like rock stars, and its plastic guitars have redefined how people consume music and entertain themselves at house parties for the past half-decade. Yet its demise hardly marks the end of music games. The video game genre remains popular; it has just evolved. Many people these days play music-inspired games on the iPhone, such as “Tap Tap Revenge,” and dance games designed for Microsoft’s Kinect motion-sensing controller, which hit stores just last fall. With sales declining, the company behind the iconic “Guitar Hero” games decided it couldn’t justify churning out new versions that weren’t selling as well as they did in their heyday just a few years ago. Activision Blizzard Inc. said Wednesday it will halt development on the franchise, which made its debut in 2005. “Guitar Hero” doesn’t require any real music skills, just some hand-eye coordination. Wouldbe rock stars tap color-coded buttons on fake guitars in time with chords that appear on the screen. Players can pick from a broad selection of songs, with some versions, such as “Guitar Hero: Metallica,” playing tribute to specific bands or genres. The games offered social entertainment before “social” became a technology buzzword, and at the height of their popularity even gave music sales a boost. Activision’s decision to shutter “Guitar Hero” comes less than two months after Viacom Inc., the media conglomerate that owns MTV, sold the money-losing development studio, Harmonix, behind the “Rock Band” franchise. That game lives on for now. But the future of Harmonix could lie in “Dance Central,” one of the most popular and wellreceived games for Kinect. The game, which needs no controllers of any kind, has players follow
increasingly complex choreographs to songs like Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” and Salt -N-Pepa’s “Push It.” It might just be the next big thing, just as “Guitar Hero” was five years ago. “When music games first came out, they were a revelation. It was like nothing anyone had ever seen,” said Scott Steinberg, CEO of video game consulting company TechSavvy Global. “They essentially helped make gaming more social, more affable to new audiences.” At one point, the games were even seen as the savior of the music industry, because they got a generation weaned on video games buying music again. “The Beatles: Rock Band,” which launched with much fanfare in 2009, was seen exposing the iconic pop band to a whole new audience. Though it sold well, the game didn’t live up to lofty expectations that painted it as almost the second coming of the Beatles. “Companies took advantage of a moment in time to cash in on the craze,” Steinberg said. This, he added, might have hastened the demise. The game makers put out new versions of the games each year, expecting them to sell better each time. Activision added “Band Hero” and “DJ Hero” to the fold, the former focused on a younger, family-friendly crowd and the latter on players more into turntables than arena rock. “Rock Band,” meanwhile, spawned “Lego Rock Band,” “Green Day: Rock Band” and others. In the U.S., “Guitar Hero” sales reached $2.47 billion as of the end of 2010, according to the NPD Group, a market research firm. Sales of the “Rock Band” property, meanwhile, hit $1.28 billion in the U.S. In comparison, Activision’s “Call of Duty: Black Ops,” which went on sale last November, made $1 billion worldwide in six weeks. Sales fizzled in the past couple of years, weighing down the entire video game indus-
In this Jan. 9, 2009 file photo, gamers play Guitar Hero: Metallica during a demonstration of Activision’s Guitar Hero game at the International Consumer Electronics Show Friday, in Las Vegas. It was a wild ride, but after enjoying the height of its popularity in the mid-2000s, “Guitar Hero” is being discontinued by its maker, Activision Blizzard Inc.
try. Sure, people are still playing “Rock Band” and “Guitar Hero,” rocking out in dens and living rooms around the world. Bars even hold karaoke nights with patrons playing the games instead of singing into a traditional karaoke machine. But playing does not equal buying. Once you’ve shelled out $150 for a game and the attached instruments, you probably won’t do it again next year. While the games sold without instruments too, and extra songs have been available to download, this wasn’t enough to keep the games’ momentum going. New choices popped up. “Tap Tap Revenge,” an addictive iPhone game that has players tap tiny balls in time with music, has been downloaded more than 50 million times, in all its iterations. Some versions are free, others cost 99 cents,
with extra songs available for sale, generally two for $1. The Walt Disney Co. bought the game’s maker, Tapulous, in July. Bart Decrem, Tapulous’ cofounder, called the demise of “Guitar Hero” a “bummer, because in many ways (the game) started it all.” But the world is changing. Instead of buying $50 games to play on game consoles, many people have turned to cheaper, bite-sized iPhone games and to “FarmVille” and its various copycats on Facebook. “Tap Tap Revenge,” which recently launched its fourth version, shows no signs of slowing down, Decrem said. The game even briefly overtook the runaway hit “Angry Birds” on Apple’s free app store after it launched Dec. 20. “Music games, rhythm games, have been around since sticks and logs,” said Stephen
Jacobs, associate professor of interactive games and media at Rochester Institute of Technology. “(They) are not going away by any stretch of the imagination. But like with many ‘new’ games, when you are lucky in the industry you hit a chord, you hit a moment, and you are the thing. And that moment generally only lasts for a brief moment in time.” Cliff Elion, president and creator of Simi Valley, Calif.-based “You Rock Guitar,” said he wasn’t entirely surprised to learn of the end of “Guitar Hero.” His game is inspired by “Guitar Hero” but seeks to bridge the gap between video games and real music by teaching people how to play real guitar. “’Guitar Hero’ targets people who imagine they are guitarists. We are targeting people who want to become guitarists,” he said. The
audience for real-life guitar is likely smaller, though; Elion wouldn’t disclose sales figures, though he said the company is growing. “The emotional power of music is huge,” Decrem said. Though “Guitar Hero” may be playing its last song, Decrem said music is far from being in a crisis. “Certain business models around it are in crisis, whether that’s “Guitar Hero” or selling MP3s,” he said. “It’s incumbent on us game makers, people who love music and technology to invent new entertainment experiences that get people connected to music and build a business around it.” Shares of Activision, which is based in Santa Monica, Calif., fell 94 cents, or 8 percent, to close at $10.75 on Thursday. The decline was due to a disappointing earnings outlook from the company, which has a history of beating analysts’ expectations.
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Horoscopes Aries - Don’t be too harsh on yourself today. If you have difficulty concentrating, distance yourself from the problem and try again later. Things shift.
Dismiss the Cynics by Victor Preato
Taurus - Strive for financial harmony. Living well doesn’t have to mean large expenses. Find balance between work and play. True wealth may lie in time spent with love. Gemini - You may feel critical of yourself today, but you’re really doing a great job with the tools you have. And it’s only getting better. Ease up. Cancer - You “can’t get no satisfaction” today. Stop being so critical, and give yourself permission to daydream. It’s okay if you want to be by yourself.
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by Andrew Prestwich
Jason and the Rhedosaurus
Leo - Work is important for you today, but it might get uncomfortable, especially if you listen to the critics in your head. Acknowledge all you’ve accomplished. List successes. Virgo - Today, you fit the picture of the absent-minded professor. It’s not all bad. You can actually access talents that are normally kept hidden, like your own genius. Libra - Today’s emotions are positive, with great rewards for the seeds you planted earlier. Don’t kick back yet. Keep planting for future harvest. Scorpio - You get bored easily today. Think about trying something new, letting go of old habits and generating new possibilities. What could the future hold? Sagittarius - Don’t be too harsh on yourself or on your friends. They’re really trying to help you, by pointing out your blind spots. It amplifies your vision. Capricorn - Try not to break anything. Take special care of your health today. Slow down if you need to. Feed your soul. Watch a good film or take time for music. Aquarius - Plug a drain on your resources. A glitch in communication sets you back. Just make sure to clean it up, for workability. Reinvent the goal. Pisces - You can take “no” for an answer. It doesn’t mean the next one won’t be “yes.” After a long day, you’re ready to relax, and “no” could actually be freeing.
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Why The Long Face by Jackson Lautier
Friday, February 11, 2011
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Kobe rallies Lakers past Allen, Celtics
BOSTON (AP) — Kobe Bryant scored 20 of his 23 points in the second half, and the Los Angeles Lakers spoiled Ray Allen's record-setting night by beating the Boston Celtics 92-86 in an NBA finals rematch on Thursday night. Allen became the NBA's career leader in 3-pointers in the first quarter, but Bryant later put him on the bench in foul trouble during his big second half that rallied Los Angeles from an early 15-point deficit. Pau Gasol added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who split the regular season series with their biggest rivals and got a sorely needed victory against one of the league's top teams. Andrew Bynum, the subject of trade rumors in the never-ending Carmelo Anthony saga, finished with 16 points and nine rebounds. Allen hit two 3-pointers in the first quarter to pass former Indiana Pacers star Reggie Miller (2,560), who was sitting courtside calling the game for TNT. But he made only one more and had 20 points after scoring 12 in the first quarter. Paul Pierce had 15 points for the Celtics, who came in shooting an NBA-best 49.7 percent and
Boston Celtics Ray Allen celebrates after hitting a 3-pointer against the Los Angeles Lakers to break the NBA record for 3-point baskets, during the first quarter in Boston.
shredded the Lakers for 60 percent shooting in their 109-96 victory at Los Angeles on Jan. 30, but went cold after a strong start in this one and finished at 40 percent. Bryant scored 41 points in that loss, but seemed headed nowhere
near it after taking only three shots in the first half. He had a quick flurry out of halftime, then had eight points in the final 4:51 to help the Lakers hold on. Lamar Odom finished with 10 points, 12 rebounds and one
headache for the Lakers, who moved to 3-0 on their sevengame Grammys road trip that continues Friday in New York. Down eight at halftime, Los Angeles return from the locker room with a 10-0 burst, and it
was back and forth the remainder of the third quarter. The Lakers scored six consecutive points late in the period, the last two in painful fashion after Odom tipped in Gasol's miss, then their heads collided as they
turned to run downcourt. Los Angeles led 72-68 after three. Sporting a large bandage on his forehead, Odom opened the fourth with a 3-pointer, but the Celtics were only down three midway through the period before Bryant made two jumpers and a layup to push the lead to 88-79 with 3:12 remaining. Boston got back within five, but Bryant found Gasol for a bucket underneath, then finished with off with a jumper with 48 seconds to play. It gets no easier for the Celtics, who host Miami on Sunday in a showdown of Eastern Conference powers. Allen tied the record with his first 3-pointer with 4:14 left in the first quarter, but missed on the next possession with the crowd ready to roar. He nailed the record breaker with 1:48 to go, taking a pass from Rajon Rondo as he trailed on a delayed break and pulling up from the right wing for a 22-14 lead. Allen had 12 points in the period, then was honored during the break with a loud, standing ovation. He hugged Miller, then his mother before going into the crowd to see his family. A video montage in the second quarter showed highlights from his earlier years in Milwaukee and Seattle.
UConn golf team gears up for spring season
By Dan Huang Campus Correspondent As spring approaches, one team to look out for is our men’s golf team. The squad is led by coach Dave Pezzino, a New Haven native, in his fourth season as head coach. The team unofficially kicked off its spring season with the Nutmeg Match on Feb. 5th. The Nutmeg Match is an alumni game hosted by UConn and was held at Jonathan’s Landing Golf Course in Jupiter, Fla.
Junior golfer Jeb Buchanan, a rising star from Loudonville, N.Y., is excited to start the season. “Every time I tee it off, I look to win. We’ve got a really good team this year and we should compete for the Big East title,” said Buchanan. “Notre Dame is the top ranked team in the Big East and they’re the team to beat.” Coach Pezzino credits his senior captains, as well as Buchanan, for stepping up and getting the team ready to compete. “Matt Dubrowski and Jeremy Troy are our
senior captains and also The junior from Winsted, the leaders of the team. I Connecticut won the New don’t believe E n g l a n d in going with Intercollegiate three captains, G o l f but Jeb’s also Association done a great Championship job as a leader this past fall. and I expect Coach Pezzino him to be a said of Vaccari, captain next “ A d a m ’ s year,” said already got – Jeb Buchanon one win and Coach Pezzino. his mentality is Both Coach UConn golf captain where it needs Pezzino and to be to play Buchanan at a high level. point to junior Adam Vaccari as a player He’s got a good short game primed for a breakout season. and I can see him having a
“We should compete for the Big East title.”
good spring after winning a tournament already.” The first tournament that the Huskies will participate in will be the Match Play, held in Tampa, Fla. The Huskies will then play in tournaments in South Carolina, Puerto Rico, Florida and Rhode Island, before heading back to Florida for the Big East Championship. “Playing in the Caribbean Invitational Tournament in Puerto Rico is the tournament I’m looking most forward to,” said Brian Hwang, a junior golfer from Hauppauge, N. Y. However, Hwang has
no reservations when saying that the most important tournament will be the Big East Championship. “Our goal is to win the Big East Championship and play in the NCAA Championship,” Hwang said. “We’ve never won the Big East Championship before and it would be a great accomplishment if we could be the first UConn team to do so,” added Buchanan.
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Friday, February 11, 2011
UConn set to compete in Big East championship
By James Huang Campus Correspondent The UConn men’s swimming and diving team prepare to compete in the first part of the Big East Championship in the Ralph R. Wright Natatorium in Louisville, Ky. starting this Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon. They are going into this competition feeling confident and motivated. With a record of 7-1 and an excellent coach in Bob Goldberg, UConn should have little to no trouble with
their rivals in the conference. freestyler, Janelle AtkinsonThe way their season has Wignall, the future of this team been so far, the Huskies had is very bright and Big East 2011 an excellent regular at Louisville is only season and the Big the start.” East Championship is The Big East another chapter. Championship is a “This season our seven-day competeam has seen drastic tition between all Big East improvements; posimemChampionship conference tive attitude and menbers. It is split into All Day tal focus have been the two parts, with the keystone of our team’s Louisville, Ky. first going from success,” sophomore Friday to Sunday Jeremy Ramshaw said. afternoon. Then the “With support from an teams can relax and excellent coaching staff includ- practice for two days before ing Olympic fourth place 400 finishing the second part of
the Championship from next Wednesday through Saturday. The competition will be better and of greater intensity, but other than that it’s like a regular dual meet, with all of the same events for the swimmers and divers. The Huskies have been in tough situations before and they have been able to come through with victories.
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The Huskies swim into the Big East championship this weekend.
Huskies riding momentum into conference championships
By Carmine Colangelo Campus Correspondent
first place finishes out of 18 total events. Now with all that in the past, the Huskies’ next big challenge With the regular season in is the Big East Championships, the books, the UConn wom- which will begin today in en’s swimming and diving team Louisville, Kent. The Big East looks to the postChampionships are season in hopes of divided into two diffinishing off the ferent sections, which 2010-11 season with will run over two sepaa strong postseason. rate weekends. This Big East Last weekend the weekend is exclusively Huskies finished Championship a diving meet, and the their season with following weekend will All Day a final home game be exclusively swimagainst Yale. The Louisville, Ky. ming events. Huskies beat the This year, the Huskies Bulldogs 162-138 are 3-1 in the Big East. on senior day, finTheir three wins came ishing the regular season with a from beating Georgetown, very respectable record of 6-2. Rutgers and, most recently, Their last meet saw strong Seton Hall. The Huskies beat performances from junior these teams with scores of Caitlin Gallagher, who had a 257-96, 224-129 and 187-108, clutch late victory, as well as respectively. Their lone confersophomores Jordan Bowen, ence loss came from Villanova Mary DeMarrais and Danielle at the Big East Four Team Meet, Cecco. The Huskies had seven where the Huskies fell 200-153
Blair: Andy Pettite was consistent throughout Hall of Fame career from PUT, page 14 There’s no way Andy will be a first ballot Hall of Famer, and I reckon his admittance will likely come down to the wire. But when all is said and done, you can’t talk about those great Yankee teams without mentioning his name. A decade or more from now,
in the same hot summer heat in which he won 203 games in pinstripes, here’s hoping the southpaw from Texas makes one last trip to the Empire State, to be enshrined forever alongside all the other great Yankee hurlers before him.
Huskies can't keep up with Red Storm, will try to bounce back Sunday
from STORMED, page 14 “This game was bigger because they were a Big East team,” he said. “You know the Big East is tight and we moved up the ladder. This game was more because of moving up in the standings. Beating Duke helped our resume more.” Hardy came out of the game in the second half and Lavin told him not to get comfortable. “Coach said, ‘You’re scorching the nets. You’re going to take a quick blow and get right back out there,” Hardy said. The Huskies (18-4, 6-5) had trouble all game with St. John’s matchup zone, which trapped ballhandlers repeatedly. They rarely
attacked the basket, passing the ball around the perimeter and usually settling for a rushed jumper. “We have faced 160 straight minutes of matchup zone,” Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun said of a four-game stretch that has seen the Huskies go 2-2. “We should have an idea by now.” They don’t. “I don’t know,” Connecticut’s Kemba Walker said when asked why the Huskies have trouble with the matchup zone. “That’s why we’re struggling against it. I’m sure we’ll see a lot more of it.” This was the second straight blowout of the Huskies by St. John’s. The Red Storm beat the Huskies 73-51 in the first round of last year’s conference tournament.
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at the hands of the Wildcats; an interesting matchup in the championships because Head Coach Bob Goldberg is very hopeful of getting revenge against the Wildcats. The Huskies’ diving squad is a roster of four divers, headed by Cecco, who has dominated both the one-meter and threemeter dives all season long. The other divers on the squad are fellow sophomore Nicole Borriello, junior Kelly McCauley and senior Jessica Hovancik. All these divers come into the Big East Championship with prior experience from past Big East Championships. Last season Cecco came in third for the one-meter dive at the Big East Championship and earned AllBig East honors for her performance; McCauley and Borriello both finished 21st and 22nd, respectively, in the preliminaries.
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UConn beat Yale in its final home meet last weekend. The Huskies will try to duplicate their performance in the Big East champoinship.
TWO Friday, February 11, 2011
The Daily Question Q: “Will the Cardinals re-sign Albert Pujols?” “I don’t know anything about baseball but I couldn’t see Albert Pujols A: playing anywhere else.”
- Cavaliers’ coach Byron Scott on if he’s worried about his job security.
Feb. 27 Cincinnati 12 p.m.
The Daily Roundup » NBA
Sloan steps down as head coach of Jazz
» Pic of the day
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Hall of Famer Jerry Sloan stepped down Thursday after 23 seasons and 1,127 wins as head coach of the Utah Jazz. Longtime assistant Phil Johnson, who also was in his 23rd season with the Jazz, also resigned. Sloan said during a news conference that stepping down was his decision and that the team had tried to talk him out of it. But he said it’s time to move on. Jazz assistant Tyrone Corbin will be the next coach. The moves come on the heels of an emotional 91-86 loss Wednesday night to the Chicago Bulls, Utah’s 10th in the last 14 games. Sloan, the longest-tenured coach in the four major professional sports, hinted that something was in the works after delaying his postgame press conference Wednesday night for more than 30 minutes because of what he said was a meeting with Jazz general manager Kevin O’Connor. Sloan said he made his decision to leave early Thursday.
Not all that Jazz
Women’s Basketball (23-1) (11-0) 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) Today Tomorrow 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)
» NFL Panel votes to replace snow-damaged Metrodome
Feb. 19 Feb. 20 Feb. 19 Tomorrow Feb. 13 Hockey East Providence Providence Northeastern Northeastern Tournament 2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. TBA
Men’s Track and Field Today 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
Men’s Swimming and Diving Today Feb. 16 Mar. 11/12 Big East Big East Zone Diving Championship Championship All Day All Day All Day
Mar. 24 NCAA Championship All Day
A fan holds up an old Jazz jersey of Chicago Bulls’ Carlos Boozer as Boozer walks by during a game against the Utah Jazz during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Salt Lake City.
Mar. 17 NCAA Championships All Day
Mar. 11/12 Zone Diving All Day
Team 4Pittsburgh 8Notre Dame 11Georgetown 9Villanova 16Louisville 10UConn 12Syracuse Cincinnati 25West Virginia Marquette St. John’s Rutgers Seton Hall Providence South Florida DePaul
What's On TV NBA: Lakers at Knicks, 8 p.m., ESPN The Lakers will face their rivals in the Carmelo sweepstakes at Madison Square Garden. Los Angeles is coming off a game with arch rival Boston and the Knicks will try to get a marquee win at home.
Women’s Standings AP
NBA: Heat at Celtics, Sunday, 1 p.m., ESPN In the battle of the Big Threes, Miami heads to Boston to try to take the lead in the Eastern Conference.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The landlords of the Metrodome voted unanimously Thursday to replace the snow-damaged roof of the venerable stadium, opting for a more time-consuming fix that could disrupt the Minnesota Vikings preseason schedule. The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission approved a recommendation from engineers who said they worried that simply repairing several torn panels of the stadium’s Teflon roof wouldn’t be enough to prevent another failure. Commissioners said they hoped the job would be done by Aug. 1 at an estimated cost of $18.3 million, with almost all of it expected to be covered by insurance. The NFL’s preseason schedule hasn’t been released, but the typical mid-August start could be affected if the roof work takes longer than the commission hopes. In a statement, the Vikings said they support the roof replacement but said it “is not a longterm stadium solution” for them. They said they intended to continue pursuing state legislation to pay for and build a new stadium. The roof collapsed in the early morning hours of Dec. 13 at the tail end of a snowstorm that pounded the region for about 24 hours straight. TV cameras stationed on the field captured footage of the roof giving way and snow pouring onto the field.
BIG EAST Standings THE Weekend Ahead
Women’s Swimming and Diving Today Big East Championships All Day
E-mail your answers, along with your name, semester standing and major, to firstname.lastname@example.org. The best answer will appear in the next paper.
“I’m the right man for the job,”
Men’s Basketball (18-4) (6-4) Feb. 24 Marquette 7 p.m.
“Should Rentschler Field host an outdoor hockey game every winter?”
» That’s what he said
Away game Gampel Pavilion, XL Center
Feb. 13 Feb. 18 Feb. 16 Providence Georgetown Louisville 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.
Next Paper’s Question:
— Will Kimball, 6th-semester economics and political science major
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The Celtics are battling injuries but the starting line up is in tact and will try to mprove to 3-0 against the Heat.
Team 2UConn 8Notre Dame 10DePaul 16Georgetown Marquette Rutgers 17West Virginia St. John’s Syracuse Providence Pittsburgh Providence South Florida Cincinnati Villanova Seton Hall
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Compiled by COLIN MCDONOUGH
Rentschler’s ‘Winter Classic’ is the one students should attend By Matthew McDonough Associate Sports Editor Storrs Side: Games to attend: The men’s basketball team takes Providence on Sunday night in Storrs at 7 p.m. But this weekend, the basketball teams take a backstage to the hockey programs. The men’s hockey team takes on in-state rival Sacred Heart on Sunday at Rentschler Field. That’s right, the Rent is now home to hockey thanks to the “Whalers Hockey Fest” put on by the AHL Connecticut Whale and Whalers Sports and Entertainment. Following the men’s game, the women take the ice. The Huskies play Providence at 4 p.m. at the Runway. It will be a unique experience for players and fans. Outdoor hockey hasn’t been played at UConn since the old rink that predated Freitas Ice Forum in Storrs. The UConn Ice Rink at least had a roof on it. These two contests will be played in strictly the elements with a Winter Classic college feel. Game to follow up on: The UConn women’s basket-
ball team travels to Providence Saturday. Tip-off is 2 p.m. The Huskies are coming off a sixpoint win at West Virginia on Tuesday and ride an 11-game win streak into Rhode Island’s capital. The game will be held at Alumni Hall on campus, rather than the Friar men’s basketball team’s off-campus home, the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Pro Side: With the NFL season over, and no dreadful Pro Bowl to worry about this weekend, the sports world turns to the NBA. This Sunday’s matchup is the most anticipated in a while. No, it’s not the first Celtics-Heat game this year with Kendrick Perkins in the lineup. It’s the Wizards at the Cavaliers. Cleveland is 8-45 and Washington is 0-25 on the road. The Cavs are reeling, currently dropping an NBA-record 26 straight. Cleveland plays tonight, but most likely, something will have to give in this matchup made for the toilet.
» INSIDE SPORTS TODAY P.13: Sloan steps down. / P.12: Men’s swimming heads to Big East. / P.11: Ray Allen sets 3-point record, Celts blow lead versus Lakers.
Friday, February 11, 2011
Put Pettitte in Cooperstown
STORMED BY THE RED
UConn loses at St. John’s, hosts Providence Sunday
Earlier this month, longtime Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte decided to hang up his cleats and call it quits. Unlike some recently “retired” veterans – I’m looking at you Brett Favre – I have reason to believe it’s for good. But don’t fret Yankees fans, I believe Pettitte will be back in New York in due time, enshrined for eternity in Cooperstown. Simply put, Pettitte was a dominant force in the toughest division in baseball for more than a decade. Pettitte racked up the most wins in major league baseball from 1995 to 2009, and his 148 victories from 2000-2009 were the most during that timeframe, too. Pettitte never won a Cy Young, but his consistency must be lauded. In 16 years in the bigs, Pettitte never had a losing season. In 1996, at the age of 24, he led the AL in wins with 21 and finished second in the Cy Young voting. But where Andy really shined was the postseason. Pettitte holds the record for most postseason victories, going 19-10 in 42 postseason starts. In the Yankees’ 2009 run to the World Series, Pettitte won three series-clinching games in the ALDS, ALCS and World Series. To put the cherry on top of his 2009 campaign, Pettitte won the game that clinched the AL East for the Yankees that year. Pettitte was never the team’s No. 1 starter, but you can’t fault him for that. Pitching behind the likes of David Cone, Roger Clemens and Randy Johnson, Pettitte thrived at being the No. 2 or No. 3 guy in the rotation. With journeyman Bert Blyleven making the Hall in 2011, there’s a good case for Pettitte to wind up there, too. Blyleven may have 47 more wins than Pettitte, but he has 112 more losses, too. Also, Blyleven’s best years came on a Minnesota in the early 70s and late 80s, a team that made the playoffs only three years when Blyleven was pitching for them. Sure, the Yankees were great when Pettitte was on them, but that was because of him, not in spite of him. The only mark on Pettitte’s record is the fact that he used performance-enhancing drugs. But unlike some of the other superstars who have been accused of using steroids, Pettitte handled the situation remarkably. He admitted to using HGH to help recover from an elbow injury, and never tried to skirt the media. Pettitte didn’t try to play on anyone’s sympathy, admitting that he made a mistake and apologizing to the fans. Contrast that with the ESPN special where Alex Rodriguez tearfully admitted before a national audience to taking PEDs. Pettitte’s name isn’t going to be the first off the tongue of anybody when you ask them to name the most elite pitchers of the last 15 years. Pitchers like Pedro Martinez, Roger Clemens, Greg Maddux or John Smoltz are sure to be the first to be named. But outside of Maddux, did any of those pitchers have the longevity of Pettitte? Not to mention that Pettitte has the intangible commodity of doing all of this while being a left-handed pitcher. Stats don’t tell the whole story. Felix Hernandez won the AL Cy Young in 2010 with a 13-12 record, but his dominance was unquestioned. Anybody that watched the Yankees in the 1990s knew that Pettitte was, more often than not, good for a win. He didn’t do it flashy, he wasn’t the No. 1 guy in the rotation, but in the era of Maddux, Clemens and Martinez, to borrow from DJ Khaled, all Pettitte did was win.
» BLAIR, page 12
NEW YORK -- If you’re a top 10 team and you have plans on visiting New York, avoid Madison Square Garden. Dwight Hardy scored a career-high 33 points and St. John’s took command in the second half in an 89-72 victory over Connecticut (No. 9 ESPN/USA Today, No. 10 AP) on Thursday night, the Red Storm’s fourth win over a top-13 team this season at the Garden. Hardy, who was 10 of 17 from the field and 5 of 8 from 3-point range, was coming off a 32-point effort in a loss to UCLA on Saturday where he was 13 of 24 overall and 3 of 6 on 3s. “I was in a zone,” he said using the shooter’s term for being hot, “and when I’m in a zone, I kind of black out.” It was UConn that seemed to black out, especially during the second half when the Red Storm outscored the Huskies 54-41. D.J. Kennedy matched his season high with 20 points and had 11 rebounds for St. John’s (14-9, 6-5 Big East), which added Connecticut to a list that includes then-No. 13 Georgetown, then-No. 9 Notre Dame and then-No. 3 Duke. The Red Storm are 6-1 at the Garden, their second home court. Hardy ranked this game even above the 93-78 rout of Duke in front of a sellout crowd.
St. John’s Paris Horne (23) and teammate D.J. Kennedy (1) block a shot by Connecticut Huskies’ Kemba Walker in the first half of a 89-72 UConn loss Thursday night in New York.
» HUSKIES, page 12
» WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
No. 2 Huskies travels to Providence for road test By Colin McDonough Senior Staff Writer
stuck together,” Moore told the Associated Press after the win. “Not for a second did anyone doubt that we were going to After a tough road win make our run and come away against No. 17 West Virginia, with the win. I was really the No. 2 UConn women’s bas- pleased to see that, especially ketball team stays on the road at a really tough place to play.” and plays Providence Saturday The Huskies were held to afternoon at Alumni Hall. The their lowest point total of the Huskies needed 27 season, with only points from Maya two players in douMoore to defeat ble figures. UConn the Mountaineers will look for more 57-51 on from Bria at Providence output Tuesday night in Hartley and Tiffany Saturday, 2 p.m. Hayes on Saturday. Morgantown. UConn was trailHayes and Hartley Alumni Hall ing at the half for combined for 10 CPTV the second time this points total against season. Although the Mountaineers. it was only a twoThe Friars are point deficit, it was mostly 11-11 overall and are in 11th Moore who carried the Huskies place in the Big East with a to victory. Stefanie Dolson was 4-6 record. Providence is ridthe only other UConn player in ing a two-game winning streak double figures, with 10 points. with wins over Seton Hall and Dolson also added five blocks Villanova. Prior to their short and caught a pass from Moore streak the Friars lost a 14-point in crunch time to hit a mid- game to West Virginia, the range jumper. Huskies’ last opponent. “I thought that was a really Symone Roberts and Mikgood sign to see the way we Khida Hankins are Providence’s
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Tiffany Hayes drives the lane for a lay up during UConn’s 89-66 victory over DePaul last Saturday. Hayes and the Huskies face Providence Saturday.
leading scorers. They are the only two Friars averaging double figures on the season, scoring 10.3 and 10.2 points per game, respectively. Although UConn will try to stop Roberts and Hankins, Moore will look to put up some more points. The senior, who already holds the school record for career points, is 22 points away from the Big East career scoring record. The mark is held by former Louisville player Angel McCoughtry with 2,779 points. Moore averages 24.6 points per game on the season. Auriemma’s tie up for auction
A game-worn tie by coach Geno Auriemma is currently available on eBay. There are four days left on the current purple tie that benefits the late Kay Yow’s Cancer Fund. Auriemma will auction all eight game-worn ties from the month of February to help support the breast cancer fund.
Men’s track competes in Lafayette-Rider Invite By Mike McCurry Campus Correspondent With championship season right around the corner, the UConn men’s track and field team will head to New York City this weekend for the Lafayette-Rider Invitational. The competition, which will be held at the state-of-the-art New Balance Track and Field Center, is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. on Friday. The Huskies will use the meet as a final tune-up before next week’s Big East Championship. Kevin Steinberg, one of the best sprinters on the squad, said the emphasis in practice this week was to get rest and stay fresh.
“This is a good meet to hav right before the Big East because it is a little less competitive than some of the previous ones we have had,” Steinberg said. “The last couple of practices have been about how ‘Less is More.’” UConn has been no stranger to New York, as the Huskies have had meets at the Armory each of the past four weekends. Last Saturday, at the New Balance Invitational, team captain and All-American Mike Rutt placed second in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:49. Rutt, who was going up against some of the fastest athletes in the country that day, knows the schools this Friday will not be as talented. That being said, the senior
says he and his teammates still must put their effort forward. “We are all looking to work on a few things to get ready for next weekend,” Rutt said. “It is important that we carry the momentum we have going into the Big East Championship.” Freshman Darnell Cummings, a promising young runner, echoed the same sentiment while also keeping in mind the main objective. “It was a good recovery week for the team and we took it a little easy to make sure we were well-rested,” Cummings said. “The ultimate goal for us is to win both the indoor and outdoor championships.” JIM ANDERSON/The Daily Campus
Chris Whyte and the Huskies compete in the Lafayette-Rider Invitational this weekend.
Friday, February 11, 2011
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Local product Ali Vakos is making an impact in her freshman year
By Dan Huang Campus Correspondent
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ROSTER 3 - Kiana Nauheim
- Defense, Fr.
4 - Jody Sydor*
- Defense, Sr.
5 - Casey Knajdek
- F/D, So.
7 - Ali Vakos
- Forward, Fr.
8 - Brittany Murphy - Forward, Sr. 9 - Nicole Camardo
- Defense, Jr.
10 - Stephanie Raithby - Forward, Fr. 11 - Jaclyn Camardo - Forward, Jr. 12 - Jenny Saxon
- Forward, Fr.
13 - Jennifer Chaisson - Forward, Sr. 14 - Carli Pridmore
- Defense, So.
15 - Sami Evelyn
- Defense, Jr.
18 - Rebecca Hewett - Defense, Jr. 21 - Kelly Horan
- Forward, So.
22 - Jenna Welch
- Forward, Fr.
24 - Taylor Gross
- Forward, Fr.
27 - Jocelyn Slattery - Forward, Fr. 28 - Maggie Walsh
- Defense, So.
35 - Claire Francis
- Goaltender, So.
37 - Nicole Paniccia
- Goaltender, Fr.
81 - Maude Blain
- Defense, So.
Alexandra “Ali” Vakos of the women’s hockey team was recently named the Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Month by the Hockey East for her performance in the month of January. The upand-coming freshman forward is a native of Hamden and is one of only two Connecticut natives on the squad. Coming to play for the Huskies was seemingly a nobrainer for Vakos. “I liked the campus a lot, as well as the coaching staff. When I met the team, I liked them as well. It’s a huge plus that the campus is close and my family can come to our games,” said Vakos. Family is an integral part of Vakos’ life. “My mom is my biggest inspiration. She’s worked hard for everything she has. She’s a successful nurse and mother, and she’s always been there for me.” Growing up, Vakos attended school away from home to play hockey. But, the same thing that brought her away from home also helped the family bond. Vakos comes from a large family and all her cousins play hockey. Her younger brother Paul is also a good hockey player in his own right, leading Hamden High School to two state championships. He now plays at URI. On the ice, Vakos’ freshman campaign has been a tale of two seasons. Through the first 18 games of the season, she had only four points. Coach Heather Linstad even sat her for a game against Robert Morris on Jan. 8, a game that the Huskies lost 3-1. The next
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Ali Vakos readies to make a pass during UConn's 4-1 home loss to Boston University on Jan. 29.
day, Vakos responded brilliantly, scoring a goal and assisting on two others, in a 6-2 win over Robert Morris. “She had to sit a game because I didn’t think she was playing as well as she could. I give her credit for responding the way that she did. We as a staff have high expectations for her and I think she’s done a great job of accepting these expectations,” Linstad said. Vakos caught fire in January, scoring six points in four straight games against Robert Morris, Vermont and Maine. “I was excited that I won Rookie of the Month, but obviously my teammates played a huge
part in my success,” Vakos said. Coach Linstad has been impressed by what Vakos brings to the table. “As a freshman, it’s hard to always know what your role is but I think she has done a good job creating chemistry with her teammates and line mates. She’s been successful in the second half after a slow start to the season. I think she has become more consistent. She’s a good teammate and is earning the respect of the upperclassman with her play. As a resident of Connecticut, she wants to represent her state and hopefully lead us to national recognition,” Linstad said.
coach Heather Linstad thought her team needed to focus on. “I still think we are a young team without much play in the league,” Linstad said after the game. “We were a lot more relaxed in the first period with the lead, but later on we started to worry about giving up goals rather than getting a third goal. We’re still learning that in order to win, we have to score three goals a game...we need to capitalize more than we did.” Later in the season, during a road game against the Eagles, the Huskies lost a tough 3-2 match in overtime. Considering the team’s youth and inexperience, forcing overtime twice against the best team is a good start. However, Linstad is not shooting to tie games and will not let the team use their youth as an excuse. “I’m sure they would like to use age as an excuse, but that’s not the reason we have been inconsistent so far,” Linstad said. “I don’t care if you’re a freshman or a senior, you play because you love the game and you are supposed to play good.”
* Denotes Team Captain
Head Coach Heather Linstad 11th season at UConn 19th season overall Career Record: 314-234-73
Leading Scorers: Assists:
1. Taylor Gross - 11 2. Horan/Murphy - 8 4. Jennifer Chaisson - 7
1. Sami Evelyn - 13 1. Jennifer Chaisson - 13 3. Maude Blain - 10
1. Jennifer Chaisson - 20 2. Taylor Gross - 19 3. Horan/Evelyn - 16
Alex Garcia - (9-15-2) - 2.61 Goals Against Avg. - Five shutouts
Season at a glance: - Overall: 12-16-2 - Hockey East: 8-7-2 (3rd Place)
Recent Results: Feb. 6 - vs. Northeastern - 2-2 T Feb. 4 - at Boston College - 3-2 L Jan. 29 - vs. Boston University - 4-1 L Jan. 28 - at Boston University - 2-1 L Jan. 22 - at Maine - 3-1 W Jan. 21 - at Maine - 3-0 W Jan. 15 - vs. Vermont - 1-0 W
Women's hockey is third in the Hockey East, despite losing record
83 - Alexandra Garcia - Goaltender, Jr.
Off the ice, Vakos says she is enjoying her time at UConn. Described as outgoing and a character in her own way by her coach, Vakos’ top activities include hockey and supporting the women’s basketball team, her favorite UConn team other than her own. Although she is currently undecided on her major, a future job as an FBI agent would definitely be an agreeable option for Vakos. As for the present, Vakos has her sights set on only one goal: leading her team to a Hockey East title.
Five in a row Between Jan. 9 and Jan. 22, UConn played five games and won every one of them. The five-game winning streak included a win against Robert Morris and series sweeps against conference foes Vermont and Maine. Over the course of that streak, they outscored their opponents 15-3.
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Taylor Gross skates during the Huskies 4-1 home loss to Boston University on Jan. 29.
By Dan Agabiti Staff Writer In spite of their 12-16 record, the UConn women’s hockey team is in third place in the Women’s Hockey East standings. Even with a winning percentage below .500, they are in contention for a good seed in the conference tournament, but will have to win at least one of their games against Providence this weekend to keep their position. Their season has had some some good moments and few that the team would like to forget. The highs have reached as high as important conference wins and the lows have fallen so far as back winning only one of their first nine games. Coming close to slaying the giant Three times this season, the Huskies
have faced Boston College when the Eagles were in the top ten. Twice, regulation time ended with a tie score and both times, the Huskies had the lead. During the first, a home game on Oct. 30, the Huskies were entering the game with a three-game losing streak in which they were outscored 19-1 and it seemed as though Boston College would only add to the pain. The Huskies scored the first two goals of the game during the first period, but the rest of the game was dominated by the Eagles. Boston College tied the game with goals in the second and third periods taking the game into overtime, which ended without either side conceding a goal. While disappointed that her team was unable to finish off Boston College, the game was a good indication of what
Garcia, Vakos and Horan, Gross! Four Huskies have won a Women’s Hockey East monthly or weekly award. Most recently, freshman Taylor Gross was named WHEA rookie of the week of Jan. 31. Gross scored her team-leading 11th goal of the season on Sunday, with the game-tying goal 5:08 into the third period against Northeastern. Freshman Alexandra Vakos received a monthly honor for January. The WHEA awarded her rookie of the month honors for her three goals and three assists. Back in November, sophomore Kelly Horan won WHEA’s Pure Hockey Player of the Week award for scoring both of UConn’s game-winning goals against New Hampshire on Nov. 13 and Nov. 14. The most decorated player for the Huskies this season has been junior goaltender Alexandra Garcia. Three times, Garcia has earned WHEA defensive player of the week honors; twice in January and once in November For the month of Nov., she was named goaltender of the month for her four victories including two shutouts against New Hampshire and Vermont.
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P.2: Jordan Sims has an impressive pedigree. / P.3: Women’s hockey jockeys for league positioning. / P.3: Hamden native Vakos heats up.
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Friday, February 11, 2011
UCONN HOCKEY SPECIAL
“It’s great for recruiting reasons, and the parents and kids in the program are excited, and the alumni are excited, and we’re going to have buses available to get the students there from Storrs. The students have been great about going out to the football games and enjoying themselves, so we’re hoping this is a once-in-a-lifetime thing for them to do that they’ll jump on as well.” BRUCE MARSHALL, MEN’S COACH
Courtesy of the Connecticut Whale
Huskies host Sacred Heart
The completed outdoor hockey rink at Rentschler Field in East Hartford will host over 30 games played at the high school, collegiate and professional level over the course of the Whalers Hockey Fest event. UConn Hockey Day is this Sunday, and the men’s and women’s teams will play a double-header.
There’s no excuse to miss this
There are probably better things to do on a Sunday. Sleep in after a long Saturday night would be one. Stay warm and hang out inside would be another. There are plenty of reasons to skip the men’s and women’s hockey games this Sunday at Rentschler Field, but no excuse to miss this event. It is not often that hockey programs get the opportunity to take part in an event like this, let alone UConn’s program. Outdoor events like this are meant for Michigan, Minnesota or North Dakota. Not Connecticut. In fact, the only reason Boston College and Boston University were able to play outdoor hockey last season was because the rink was set up for a bigger event at Fenway Park: the Winter Classic between the Bruins and Flyers. Although Sunday’s event is only possible because of the AHL’s Connecticut Whale and its ownership group, it’s still uncommon for teams like UConn to get the chance to host a game in the elements. The men’s team had a surprising start, but they have since fallen on the normal hard times. Then again, their players aren’t under scholarship. The women started out miserably this season after being Hockey East runner ups last year and just missing the NCAA tournament. Now they are back in the thick of things, in third place in the conference, but still sport a sub .500 record. Neither the UConn’s men nor the women’s hockey team are ranked in the top 10 or compet-
ing for a national championship. No BCS bowl berth will be clinched at Rentschler Field this Sunday. The men play in-state foe Sacred Heart in an Atlantic Hockey matchup at 1 p.m. The women follow with a 4 p.m. contest against Hockey East opponent Providence. It’s no Bean Pot, but then again, has the Bean Pot ever been played in such a unique and special setting as this? This will not be an annual event. This will not make recruits want to come to play for the Huskies and make the hockey programs in Storrs a national hub for the collegiate game. But this should make people want to go to a hockey game. It should make students want to check out the hockey teams if they haven’t been to a game yet. It should make fans want to freeze their tails off on Rentschler’s metal bleachers watching men and women play some puck. This is a once-in-a-college opportunity to see your school host an event that’s taken the college and professional game by storm. It’s not pond hockey, but it’s a throwback atmosphere. Until Freitas Ice Forum was built, the UConn Ice Rink was home to the hockey team. It had a roof. That’s about it. The wind would gust through the outdoor rink, the same one current men’s coach Bruce Marshall played in as a Husky. For two teams that play second and third fiddle to almost every other team on campus, they deserve this. They deserve a moment that will last a lifetime. They deserve a good crowd, with a student section, Sunday in East Hartford. People should want to go. There should be no better thing to do on a Sunday.
men’s hockey team will play outside since the last game of the 1998 season. “We are very excited about This weekend’s main event is playing in this game it is going at Rentschler field. But we’re to be a great experience and very not talking football – enjoyable,” said senior it’s hockey. captain Andrew Olson. After weeks of buildIn their last matching a rink on the field, up on Dec. 10, 2010, Rentschler is ready UConn pummeled vs. Sacred the Pioneers 9-3 at for the historic event. Sunday the men’s Fairfield. Heart hockey team will take Allowing more on Sacred Heart as part Sun., 1 p.m. than five goals a of the Whalers Hockey Sacred Heart’s Rentschler game, Fest. The game will defense ranks last in Field begin at 1 p.m. the nation. The pioUConn played neers also rank last in hockey outdoors from 1960- penalty kill. The Huskies offense 1998 before their jump to will look to take advantage of Division I and the building of their opponent’s weak defense. Frietas Ice Forum. UConn’s power play scoring This will be the first time the ranks 20th in the country.
By Danielle Ennis Staff Writer
Goaltender Garrett Bartus is leading the nation in saves with 842, the only goaltender in the country with over 800 saves. Pioneers’ goalie Steve Legatto is eighth in the nation with 716 saves. “We just need to play our game,” Olson said. “All the coaches preach that if we play our game and take care of the things we need to take care of we will win the game.” The Huskies (8-16-4, 8-11-2 AHA) sit in eighth place in the American Hockey Association standings with 18 points. Sacred Heart (4-19-5, 4-12-5 AHA) is tied for last in the league with 13 points. UConn is starts off the weekend with a 7:05 p.m. game on Friday night at Sacred Heart.
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UConn senior captain Andrew Olson.
Faceoff against the Friars By Peter Logue Campus Correspondent
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UConn women’s hockey captain Jody Sydor.
This weekend is perhaps the most important one of the season for the UConn women’s hockey team, and not just because they will be playing at Rentschler Field for the first time in program history. The showdown at the football stadium will be UConn’s contigent of a home-and-home series with Providence College. The Friars currently sit at fourth place in women’s Hockey East standings, only one point behind the third-place Huskies. The game at Rentschler is part of the 10-day Whalers Hockey Fest – an event thrown by Howard Baldwin, Sr., founder of the Hartford Whalers.
Throughout the 10 days, fans standings to get the bye or at will be treated to professional, least have home ice advantage prep school, high school, youth in the quarterfinals.” league and college games. The top six seeds in the conFor coach Heather Linstad ference play for the Hockey East and her team, the excitement Championship, and an automatic of participating in the berth into the NCAA Whaler Hockey Fest Tournament. The top has had to take a backtwo seeds receive a seat to the enormous bye into semifinals, playoff implications while the three and vs. Providence four seeds host the of the two games. “I believe the team Sun., 4 p.m. quarterfinal matchis excited about the ups. Entering the Rentschler weekend, UConn (12outdoor game, but we know that Saturday 16-2 overall, 8-7-2 Field is a very important Hockey East) is eight league game,” Linstad points behind Boston said. “At this point, we know College and nine behind conferwe are one of three teams to ence-leading Boston University. secure a spot [in the conferLast season, UConn was ence playoffs], the other two knocked off in overtime in the being BC and BU. But we want to continue to move up in the » WOMEN’S, page 2