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Speakers remind students to love themselves By Jason Wong Campus Correspondent

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Rainbow Center hosted the first-ever “Love Yourself” event Tuesday night as a joint effort with Active Minds. As the name “Love Yourself” might suggest, the purpose of the event was to spread a message about loving oneself. More specifically, the event hit upon the topics of loving oneself throughout mental illness as well as through the process of coming out. “Everyone’s hating on Valentine’s Day. But they don’t realize they’re missing out on loving one of the most important people in their lives – themselves.” Said Anna Ebora, a 2nd-semester psychology

major and the coordinator of the event. The event began with Lynn, a junior English, women’s studies and molecular and cell biology triple major, who is also a co-facilitator of the Rainbow Center’s Speaker’s Bureau. She started with a definition of the term LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender), and then launched into her coming-out experience as a pansexual. Pansexuality means being attracted to people regardless of gender; that is, being attracted to both men and women, but also people who identify as neither, or as something in-between. Lynn described her coming to terms with her sexuality as stressful, and admitted that it was depressing at times.

Fortunately, her coming-out process was met positively by both friends and family. The next speaker, Theresa, a 4th-semester psychology major, related her experience with tricotillomania, or compulsive hair-pulling, which started in 5th grade. At first, she was unaware that her behavior was abnormal. She found out later that it was in fact classified under OCD, self-injury or impulse controlrelated mental illness. She said it was stressful to live with at first, but that legitimizing and accepting it played a big part in her eventual happiness. Theresa recommended starting a happiness blog, and saying “I love you” to yourself in the mirror everyday. Diego, a 6th-semester psy-

chology major, spoke next about his coming-out experience. Being from a very conservative, religious family, he feared coming out to the point of intense depression, eventually leading to a stint in the mental unit of a hospital. Fortunately, although some of his family was initially upset, they accepted that being gay is part of who he is and love him and regard him as a son no matter who or what he is. Diego warned, however, that not all families react the same to coming out. He said that, though things do get better with time, to still be cautious about coming out. The last speaker was Cynthia, a Brazilian linguistics Ph.D. student. She spoke about her problems with depression,

and about how her Brazilian culture tended to skirt over mental illness as unimportant, or as “not real problems.” “Being able to mask problems, work through them, doesn’t mean they don’t exist, doesn’t mean they should be dealt with in that way,” she said. And that was a major theme throughout the event: how coping with mental illnesscoming out and finding happiness is about facing the problem and finding support. As Lexy Crnic, a 2nd-semester undecided major said, “I think [the event] was an eye-opening experience…to see people open up about their negative experiences, because you see yourself, and you grow. It’s inspiring.”

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Messages spread ‘hope, help and healing’ By Kim Wilson Staff Writer

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The UConn Suicide Prevention Committee has assembled an interactive art display in the Student Union lobby: a quilt bearing messages of “hope, help and healing.” The exhibition will be on display until Feb. 25. During an ongoing threeyear project, UConn community members wrote personal messages about their experiences and emotions regarding suicide on colorful bandanas. The bandanas have been quilted together to create a unified symbol of the impact suicide has on the lives of the UConn community. “The voices of people at UConn, including staff, faculty and students, expressed loss, hope and remembrance. It’s really quite moving,” said Barry Schreier, director of Counseling & Mental Health Services. Suicide is the second highest cause of death among college students, with approximately 1,100 college students committing suicide each year. According to Schreier, suicide is often overlooked as a major cause of death among college students. “If this number of deaths were caused by a disease, we would call in the National Guard,” Schreier said. “Suicide is viewed differently.” Previously, UConn has spon-

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As part an ongoing three-year project, UConn community members wrote personal messages about their experiences with suicide, which were formed into quilts seen here at the Student Union.

sored an annual suicide prevention week. But, the Suicide Prevention Committee has made it a priority to hold monthly events on campus for this academic year. The Suicide Prevention Committee is made up of members of 25 university groups, including student affairs and

academia, as well as the cultural centers. The committee works all year planning events, sharing important information, training first responders and engaging the campus to have discussions about suicide and suicide prevention. “UConn has taken a proactive stance regarding suicide preven-

tion,” said Schreier. Hundreds of people contributed to the bandana project to express their feelings on suicide. Students are encouraged to visit the Union lobby to view the project created by the UConn community. UConn Counseling & Mental Health Services encourages stu-

dents to use the resources they provide, such as the counseling center, which accepts after-hour phone calls. Students can visit suicideprevention.uconn.edu for more information.

ing a filibuster. He then asked Donovan and his two colleagues to clarify on Wednesday what they meant in the motion. That prompted, another of Komisarjevsky’s attorneys, Walter Bansley, to accuse Blue of trying to divide them. Authorities say Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes killed Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, 11-year-old Michaela and 17-year-old Hayley. The girls’ father, Dr. William Petit, was beaten but survived. Hayes was convicted last year of sexually assaulting and strangling HawkePetit and was sentenced to death. Authorities say he and Komisarjevsky tied her daughters to their beds, poured gasoline on or around them and set fire to their home. Hayes and Komisarjevsky have blamed each other for escalating the crime. Jury selection for Komisarjevsky’s trial is

scheduled to start March 14. Komisarjevsky’s attorneys said Blue repeatedly made gratuitous comments while presiding over Hayes’ trial, such as saying there was “good reason” that Hayes was “a man universally despised.” Komisarjevsky’s attorneys also challenged Blue’s suggestion that jurors could hug one another after hearing gruesome evidence. “A judge has to stay above the fray,” Komisarjevsky’s attorney Todd Bussert said. “That is a direct appeal to emotion. We want a judge who can stay above the fray, because that’s what the law requires.” Attorneys for Komisarjevsky want to move the trial to Fairfield County, the next county over, saying Komisarjevsky had been so “demonized” during the first trial that it was impossible for him to get a fair trial in New Haven. That motion will be heard next week.

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Judge, attorneys clash in Conn. home invasion NEW HAVEN, (AP) — Attorneys for a man charged with a home invasion that left a mother and her two daughters dead clashed sharply Tuesday with a judge, who questioned whether one of the lawyers was threatening a filibuster of jury selection. New Haven Superior Court Judge Jon Blue called Tuesday’s dispute a grave matter and said he would take it up again Wednesday. Attorneys for Joshua Komisarjevsky wanted Blue removed from his trial in the 2007 murders of the mother and her daughters in Cheshire, a wealthy New Haven suburb. Another judge rejected that request Tuesday, ruling he had showed no bias in an earlier trial of Komisarjevksy’s co-defendant. One of Komisarjevsky’s attorneys, Jeremiah Donovan, later in the day clashed with Blue over

his request to schedule jury selection four days per week instead of five so he could handle other cases and keep his law practice running during a lengthy trial. Blue said he was concerned by a statement in Donovan’s motion that said if the judge insisted on five days per week of jury selection it would be “highly doubtful that the defendant will receive the kind of focused and vigorous representation that the Constitution demands” in death penalty cases and that it could spark an appeal. As Blue pressed Donovan about what he meant, Donovan said the judge was twisting his words. Donovan said he would spend the same amount of time on the case regardless of the schedule, but he said he would urge his fellow attorneys to ask lengthy questions of prospective jurors so none is picked on days he couldn’t make it to court. Blue repeatedly questioned whether Donovan was threaten-

Suicide Prevention Quilt Project All Day Student Union Lobby This event is the summit of a threeyears long interactive art project featuring messages like ‘Hope, Help and Healing.’

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This photo provided by the Connecticut State Police shows Joshua Komisarjevsky, charged in a deadly 2007 home invasion in Cheshire, Conn. Attorneys for Komisarjevsky have asked that Judge Jon C. Blue, be removed from Komisarjevsky’s trial, set to begin with jury selection on March 14.

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NEW HAVEN (AP) — A Connecticut judge has rejected a move to dismiss charges against the second defendant in a deadly 2007 home invasion case. Attorneys for Joshua Komisarjevsky (koh-mih-sar-JEFF’-ski) argued on Tuesday that murder charges that could expose him to the death penalty should be dismissed. They say evidence showed that his co-defendant, Steven Hayes, killed Jennifer Hawke Petit and poured the gasoline and lit the fire that led to the smoke inhalation deaths of her two daughters. Judge Jon Blue rejected the request, saying there was enough evidence against Komisarjevsky to proceed to trial next month. Prosecutors say both men are equally responsible for the crime. Hayes was convicted and sentenced to death in the fall.

Man attempts to open hookah lounge in Milford MILFORD (AP) — The owner of a Middle Eastern grocery store in Milford is making another attempt to open a hookah lounge. Sammer Karout goes before the Planning and Zoning Board to discuss and possibly get a vote on his proposed business in which tobacco is smoked through a communal water pipe. Karout, who owns the Olive Tree store, opened a hookah lounge in 2009, but he was shut down by the city because he lacked the proper permits. He tells The New Haven Register he wants to do things right this time. His lounge would be open to the public and people would just pay for use of the hookah. There would be no drinking, eating or dancing and no one under 18 allowed. The board will discuss Karout’s proposal on Tuesday.

Deputy sheriff gets honor FAIRFIELD (AP) — A Fairfield County deputy sheriff is getting his name added to the National Law Enforcement Officer’s memorial in Washington — exactly 117 years to the day after his death. Deputy Sheriff Francis Pike’s name will be added to the memorial during a ceremony on May 13. It was May 13, 1894, when Pike went to the train station to arrest a suspect in a stabbing. The 38-year-old Pike suffered a heart attack and died. Police tell The Connecticut Post that Sgt. Greg Gunter uncovered Pike’s death while researching the department history. Pike was single when he died and the department is hoping to find a living relative to attend the ceremony.

Bridgeport firefighter fired

SHELTON (AP) — A veteran Bridgeport firefighter charged with dumping poison acid onto his neighbor’s water line has been fired. Fire Chief Brian Rooney says Edward Voccola “brought discredit” to the department and was fired for violating the city’s ethics code as well as city rules. The Connecticut Post reports that the 52-year-old Voccola, a 22-year veteran, was placed on paid administrative leave following his Sept. 5 arrest by Shelton police for attempted criminal assault on a person over 60 and reckless endangerment. He is free on $25,000 bond.

Fatal Hartford fire ruled arson HARTFORD (AP) — A weekend apartment fire in Hartford that left one man dead and 11 people homeless is being called arson. Chief Edward Casares says the fire on Albany Avenue reported at about 6 a.m. on Saturday is being treated as a crime. The victim was found on a bed in the front room of his third-floor apartment, but it is not believed the fire started in that man’s unit. His name was not immediately released. The building, which had apartments on the upper two floors and retail space on the ground floor, had to be condemned because of a partial roof collapse. The fire remains under investigation

Man charged with stabbing wife

WEST HARTFORD (AP) — A West Hartford man is facing charges after police say he stabbed his wife with their wedding cake knife before stabbing himself several times. Police responded to a home at about 11:20 p.m. on Saturday. Police say the couple had been having an argument when 22-yearold Louis DeJesus retrieved the knife and stabbed his wife once in the face before stabbing himself several times in the abdomen. Both are expected to survive. DeJesus is being held on $500,000 bond and is under guard in a hospital room. He is charged with first-degree assault, seconddegree threatening, disorderly conduct, unlawful restraint, violating a protective order and interfering with an emergency call.

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HARTFORD. (AP) — Highways and airports have operated as usual for several weeks following back-to-back storms that dumped several feet of snow on Connecticut, but commuters on the New Haven rail line must wait until March before service returns to normal. The system along Connecticut’s shoreline uses trains dating to the early 1970s and many overhead electric lines going back more than a century. As a result, Metro-North Railroad, one of the nation’s busiest commuter systems, has been hit hard this winter, infuriating some commuters waiting for delivery of new trains. “Commuters aren’t angry; they’re livid.” said Jim Cameron, chairman of the Connecticut Metro-North/Shore Line East Rail Commuter Council. Howard Permut, president of Metro-North, said on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s website that the weather has had a “devastating impact” on the New Haven line. Metro-North has imposed a reduced schedule that began Feb. 7 and is set to end March 4, cutting service by about 10 percent. Snow has forced Metro-North to pull trains off the tracks and send them to the shop. Because of their design, the trains draw in snow, forcing repairs to motors, brakes that freeze and doors jammed by snow and ice. Nearly 150 cars, or about 40 percent of railway cars, are out of service each day, Permut said. “Every day repaired equipment goes into service and every day more weather-damaged cars arrive in need of repair,” Permut said. The Commuter Council has scheduled a meeting Wednesday evening in Stamford to air complaints and seek information from Metro-North about its service cutback. “We want those commuters

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Authorities work the scene where an Amtrak train struck a FedEx delivery truck that became stuck on the tracks Jan. 18, 2010, in Wallingford. No injuries were reported. A mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain iced over roads from Delaware up into northern New England on Tuesday, making for a messy morning commute.

to hear from Metro-North why they did what they did and what they’re doing with what they have,” Cameron said. Branch lines that feed into the main New Haven line have been particularly affected by the weather and reduced service. Buses are transporting commuters as rail cars are pulled from service, increasing traveling time for Roger Cirella, a paralegal who commutes from his home in Ansonia to work in East Norwalk, from about an hour to as much as 90 minutes. “It’s getting better every day because it’s warming up and they’re fixing the antiques,” he said. Gov. Dannel Malloy met Thursday with Permut and said in a statement that the final stage of testing of the new cars, called the M8, is scheduled to begin shortly. He expects the state Bond Commission, which he leads, to approve financing for

the final 38 cars. “I’m not pretending this will solve all of our problems - it won’t,” he said. “But I don’t have the luxury - nor do I have the inclination - to wait around and let someone else deal with this.” His predecessor, Gov. M. Jodi Rell, launched the state’s purchase of new cars for the New Haven line in 2005. Up to 380 cars, at a cost of $2 million to $3 million each, are to be ordered. Connecticut is to pay two-thirds and Metro-North pays the remainder. Twenty-four cars have been delivered, but they must go through extensive 4,000-mile testing lasting more than a year. Commuter activists have criticized the state for the slow-moving delivery of the cars. The first were to be delivered in 2009, but Kawasaki, the Japanese manufacturer, was hampered by production delays. Deliveries

scheduled to occur by the end of 2010 came and went as the cars continued being tested. “Where are the new cars?” Cameron asked. “There’s a complete lack of transparency and candor on the part of the Department of Transportation and Metro-North.” Kevin Nursick, a spokesman for the Department of Transportation, said the agency hoped the first cars would have been delivered by the end of last year but did not promise delivery by then. And even if the M8 cars were in service, they, too, would have been halted on tracks inundated by snow, he said. If testing is completed successfully, new rail cars could be in service in a few weeks, with all 380 on the tracks by the end of 2014, Nursick said. “There is some light at the end of the tunnel,” he said. “The cavalry is literally on the way.”

Film tells Hitler’s ‘Downfall’ By Ben Fechter Campus Correspondent

The Honors Program and Honors Council held a viewing and discussion of the film “Downfall” yesterday, which dealt with the topic of Adolf Hitler’s final days at the end of World War II. The event was held in CLAS and was led by David Richards, associate professor of the Human Rights Institute and the Department of Political Science. The discussion revolved around the question of being able show an evil historical figure as a human being. Richards described the movie as being from the point of view of Hitler ’s last secretary, Traudi Junge. Junge typed Adolf Hitler’s last will and testament and was reportedly playing with the children of Joseph Goebbels (Hitler ’s righthand man) when Hitler committed suicide. Although Trunge was present in the bunker in Berlin on Apr. 30, 1945 when Hitler killed himself, she was able to escape Germany. She was eventually arrested by the Soviets in late 1945. After

being interrogated by the Americans, Junge was freed and allowed to return to Germany. Junge died from cancer in February of 2002. The film, directed by Oliver Hirshbiegel and released in 2004, consists mostly of German actors including Christian Berkel, who played a Nazi in “Valkyrie” and “Inglorious Bastards.” “Downfall” has an incredibly strong presence in pop culture, as a clip went viral on YouTube. Any simple search leads to a video involving a hysterical Hitler being mistranslated for the purpose of a humorous mockery. A few videos involving this famous clip of Hitler include “Hitler’s Reaction to the 2 Girls 1 Cup Video,” “Hitler’s reaction to the Death Star being destroyed” and, most famously, “Usain Bolt breaks 100m World Record and Hitler reacts.” The 2011 Honors Program Event Series continues today with the Lunch Bunch with Doug Cooper at noon at Buckley. The Honors Program is currently open for admission for students who are looking to enhance their undergraduate education. To apply, a continuing student must have at least a

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In this April 20, 2007 file photo, Indian Point nuclear power plant’s containment silos rise above the skyline along the Hudson River in Buchanan, N.Y. New York is among three northeastern states that sued federal regulators Tuesday, for allowing nuclear power plants to store their radioactive waste at reactor sites for up to 60 years after each plant closes down. Connecticut and Vermont are also plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

NY, VT, Conn. suing NRC over nuclear waste storage WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Three northeastern states sued federal regulators Tuesday for allowing nuclear power plants to store their radioactive waste at reactor sites for up to 60 years after each plant closes down. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said the lawsuit was meant “to keep the pressure on the federal government to come up with a longterm solution” to the problem of nuclear waste storage. “I am committed to forcing the feds to take the hardest look possible at the risks of long-term, onsite storage, before they allow our communities to become blighted and our families, properties, and businesses threatened by radioactive waste dumps for generations to come,” Schneiderman said. President Obama is supporting construction of more nuclear plants as a way to fight dependence on foreign oil. But funding has been cut for a proposed high-level radioactive waste facility in Nevada, with no alternative named. “You certainly can’t proceed to expand nuclear power, as the

federal government is proposing, without dealing with this issue,” Schneiderman said. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission ruled in December that toxic nuclear waste could be stored in pools or dry casks at the nation’s 100-plus nuclear sites for 60 years after a reactor shuts down. Until then, the limit was 30 years. Commission spokesman Neil Sheehan said Tuesday that the NRC did numerous studies supporting the safety of such storage. But the lawsuit, which was joined by Connecticut and Vermont and filed in Washington, said the NRC violated federal laws requiring a site-by-site review of health, safety and environmental hazards. Schneiderman said the NRC ruling “essentially says they can just push off the issue about what to do about nuclear waste far, far into the future without ever conducting an environmental impact statement, without analyzing the effects on the communities around these facilities.” He said any studies the NRC did “don’t comply with federal

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Danny, a west highland white terrier, gets groomed backstage during the second day of the 135th Westminster Dog Show, Tuesday, at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Facebook. Some were basic: Why has a golden retriever never won? Why do handlers hold treats for dogs in their mouths?

“You’re watching TV and working on your laptop and we want to be interactive with what’s going on live.” – David Frei Westminster host Others, a little more specific: “My standard poodle is a reading therapy dog and I was wondering why he can’t help me in math? I know that he notices if he doesn’t get the same amount of dog biscuits as the other dogs.” “You’re watching TV and working on your laptop and we want to be interactive with what’s going on live,” Frei said. Westminster has nearly 49,000 friends on Facebook, and Susi Szeremy of the kennel club’s social media team said 4,000 more joined during Monday night’s telecast. There are about 2,400 followers Tweeting along — lit-

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NEW YORK (AP) — Sitting high up in section 118, Linda Melvin kept her eyes fixed on the Gordon setters competing on the floor at Madison Square Garden. A seat away, her daughter fixated on her cell phone. Krista Piller was busy posting on Facebook: “Wants a big dog to win the WKC dog show this year.” “I’ll being putting up more, too,” Piller said. From the stands, to the green-carpeted rings to backstage, people were a-twitter Tuesday — iPads, Blackberries, Droids and then some at an event that started in 1877. Signs of social media were everywhere at the Westminster Kennel Club show. Proving, in fact, that it is indeed possible to teach an old dog show new tech tricks. “It is now uploaded!” exclaimed Lorraine Shore of Sequim, Wash. In town with a pair of German pinschers, her peeps worldwide could see on YouTube how her favorite pooches fared. “From Germany to Australia to California, people are waiting for my postings,” she said. “People who have never been here, now they’ve experienced Westminster.” Judge Paolo Dondina of Italy was set to pick the best in show shortly before 11 p.m. Tuesday. The top sporting, working and terriers will b chosen earlier in the evening. Already in the best-of-seven ring are a bearded collie, a Pekingese, a Chinese shar-pei and a Scottish deerhound, all group winners Monday night. Among the owners showing early Tuesday: Brig. Gen. Rhonda Cornum, an Army surgeon who was shot down from a helicopter during the Persian Gulf War and briefly held as a prisoner of war. She was at the Garden showing a Gordon setter. Cornum was clear on which was more difficult, ascending in the show ring or in the military. “No question, it is dogs,” she said. David Frei, now in his 22nd year of hosting the Westminster telecast, hoped to have time to answer on air questions that dog fans submitted through Twitter and

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TV characters should subvert stereotypes

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lthough the acceptance of characters of different sizes and weights on TV seems to be growing, shows often fall back into the pattern of upholding tired tropes instead of subverting stereotypes. Take “Glee,” for example. Recently, a new character was introduced, one whose body type is far from the recognized “ideal” that society has deemed acceptable for TV, and whose physical attributes are not conventionally attractive. On the one hand, having this character be visible and accepted by the other glee club members is good. On the other hand, though, “Glee” takes many potshots at the character’s expense. First of all, the character, who is heavy, is apparently a state champion in wrestling. One can only presume that this is a crack at her size. The next running joke is her love of candy, as one of the conditions that she uses when asked to join the glee club is to be provided with an abundant supply of Cadbury Crème Eggs. Is it really necessary to have these characteristics to remind the audience that yes, this girl is a larger size than the other white female characters on the show? Although “Glee” toes the line between a somewhat offensive and an honest portrayal of their other characters, such as the character that uses a wheelchair, the gay character and the characters that are racial minorities, this is one line which is crossed. TV shows such as “More to Love” and “Mike and Molly” have brought a portrayal of heavier body types, but both still use their characters’ sizes as a gimmick. At the end of the day, the characters’ physical appearances should not be the focus of the show. Overweight people are not exhibits to be gawked at. They are the ones who face some of the severest stereotypes in society and on TV. Instead of upholding these stereotypes, TV shows should work to portray these people as no different than any other person. Size doesn’t determine the quality of a person, and there is little reason to keep mentioning it through snide references to food or activities stereotypically associated with heavier people. The Daily Campus editorial is the official opinion of the newspaper and its editorial board. Commentary columns express opinions held solely by the author and do not in any way reflect the official opinion of The Daily Campus.

I’m not sure what’s more challenging to avoid: the ice on the sidewalks or the leaks on the basketball courts at the gym. Either way, well done UConn. Is it bad that the only reason why i convinced my boyfriend to get a Twitter was so i could keep tabs on what he’s doing all the time? To the goddess in lime green at the gym, care to run in front of me again sometime? Uggs and basketball shorts, seriously? I love how the anti-Valentine’s Day celebration black roes identified the angry single girls. Never go to singles night on Valentine’s Day...you will miss quite a few classes. I’M GOING TO SEE KE$HA ON HER “Get $leazy” tour. I wonder if its B.Y.O.G. Three cheers for leftover Valentine’s Day chocolate in the dining hall! To the girl giggling obnoxiously for 45 minutes on the fourth floor of the library about how to spell Kaplan instead of studying, best of luck on your exam. I’d like to say thank you mother nature for freezing the snow you melted yesterday and to my Uggs for having the traction of a sled...I’ll be icing my arm for days. If Enosch Wolf wore the No. 3 jersey, he would be a Wolf in Lamb’s clothing.

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Conn. tax increases don’t help middle class

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ll Connecticut residents, be warned: if you think life in this state is expensive now, get ready. Governor Dannel Malloy’s new budget plan calls for drastic increases in state income, gasoline, cigarette and alcohol taxes. According to the Hartford Courant, it is “one of the largest and most wide-ranging tax increase proposals in Connecticut history.” For Connecticut residents, particularly the hard-hit middle class, the budget plan means something simpler and starker. It means having less money to pay for ballooning college tuition costs, By Arragon Perrone less money to pay Weekly Columnist off private debts and less money to provide for the family while searching for a new job. In short, the budget may close the deficit, but it won’t help Connecticut’s middle-class families get out of the recession. Instead, it merely makes matters worse for them, and provides even more incentive to leave this state forever. The facts paint a grim fiscal picture for families. Under the new plan, income taxes would increase as follows: 3 percent for joint-filers earning under $20,000; 5 percent for those between $20,000 and $100,000; 5.5 percent for the $100,000 and $200,000 range; 5.75 percent for the $200,000 to $400,000 range; 6 percent for the $400,000 to $600,000 range; 6.25 percent for the $600,000 to $800,000 range; 6.5 percent for the $800,000 to $1 million range; and 6.7 percent for those earning over $1 million. The sales tax would increase from 6 percent to 6.25 percent for the first time since the state income tax was created in 1991, though it would not cover food sold at supermarkets and grocery stores. The gasoline tax would increase by 3 percent, and a pack of cigarettes would go up to $3.40. Residents would also lose the sales tax

deduction on clothing, haircuts and non-prescription drugs under $50. The proposal also calls for the elimination of the sales-tax-free week and the $500 property tax credit. The only silver lining may be for the poor and for tourists: poor families, those earning less than $21,500 annually, would get up to $1,700, and an additional $25 million will be spent on tourism.

“Middle-class families are already suffering under the weight of economic pressures...” Meanwhile, the state budget is projected to increase by 2.4 percent each year over the next two years, from $19.28 billion currently to $20.2 billion. Such drastic tax increases, particularly on the middle-class, are no way to improve the state’s economy. Roy Occhiogrosso, the governor’s senior advisor, has said that “the middle class is being asked to do a little bit more.” But how much more can the state expect from the middle class? Too many families have already begun to consider leaving the state. On state college campuses, including UConn’s, the majority of students wonder how they will ever afford to raise a family here. Unemployment remains stubbornly high at 8.6 percent. And according to a February 2010 report by UConn’s Connecticut Center for Economic Analysis, “[t]here is no job recovery in sight.” The budget proposal does not create the “shared sacrifice” the governor has called for. State employee unions remain well-protected.

As reported by the Courant, because of a 1997 deal between then-Governor Rowland and the Democratic-controlled legislature, “state employee unions do not have to agree to any changes in their benefits...until 2017.” The budget does not address this issue, though the governor and other lawmakers need to do so in the future. In this tough economic situation, public as well as private workers need to bear the burden to get this state out of its financial mess. Defenders of the budget proposal who believe that tax increases are the only way to close the deficit and improve the state economy are incorrect. The budget proposal could have gone a long way to helping middle-class families by ordering local governments to either freeze or reduce property taxes. Furthermore, the privatization of Bradley International Airport (a subject the proposal does not address) would save the state money while shifting control to the free market, which is better suited for dealing with economic issues than the state. Unfortunately, increasing the power of the free market is not popular in this state, so little progress will likely occur in that area. Middle-class families are already suffering under the weight of economic pressures: high unemployment, high costs of living, high tuition costs, high gas prices and high taxes. The current budget proposal promises zero relief. It only promises worse. The goal of this budget may be to improve the livelihoods of Connecticut’s citizens, but its implementation will have the opposite effect. If the budget does not help the citizens, then what good is it for?

Weekly columnist Arragon Perrone is a 6th-semester political science and English double major. He can be reached at Arragon.Perrone@UConn.edu.

Spread the word to end the word

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hink of someone who abides faithfully to all social expectations and avoids offending others – someone like Johnny Knoxville. The actor and star of MTV’s famed “Jackass” series is the poster boy of political correctness, right? Hopefully you’ve caught on to my unrealistic portrayal of Knoxville, who is more like the antithesis political correctness – most people who launch themselves onto moving cars and practice selfBy Tim Brogan mutilation are not exactly Staff Columnist in line with social norms. Therefore, you might be surprised to know that Knoxville is an outspoken supporter of the “Spread The Word To End The Word” campaign, a movement to abolish the use of the “R” word as a pejorative in popular conversation. He’s an unlikely advocate for censoring the inappropriate use of the word, something many consider to be an onslaught of political correctness that projects us towards a mundane, exceedingly restricted world where no one is free to make a joke. In this case, the slippery slope prophecy fails to provide us with an accurate depiction of reality, serving only to evade the real issue. Consider the words of Pearl

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Strachan, who said, “Handle them carefully, for words have more power than atom bombs.” Is she detached from reality, or can the illconsidered use of words have profound, psychologically destabilizing effects? I’m inclined to believe the latter, and Winston Churchill is one my side.

“...it has nothing to do with political corectness; it’s about the people you hurt...” He said, “By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach.” What does harm my stomach is the feeling inside me when someone – a complete stranger or a close friend – utters the word “retard” or “retarded” in my presence. Most of the time, the person does not intend to be derogatory or insensitive. Still, it’s not easy to persuade people to reconsider using the oftrepeated slur. When asked politely to reconsider their word choice, people get oppositional, a normal reaction to feeling cornered. But let’s not create a facade where the person who says the “R” word is the victim. Rather, let’s consider the real vic-

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tims, those who are the least likely hurt anyone or put anyone down: those with mental disabilities. I beg to ask the question, is it really that bad to be told not to refer to these people – or any people for that matter – in an unjustifiably negative way? Should we really have to be told at all? In a 2007 speech delivered at Fremd High School in Illinois, then – senior Soeren Palumbo posed a question that I, too, am confronted with. He concluded his speech with an anecdote about his sister, who battles a mental handicap and even has scars from brain surgery to prove it. Before observing a standing ovation, he asked, “So why am I doing this? Why do I risk being misunderstood and resented by this school’s student body?” I’ll give you my answer, because it’s the same as his, only I need you to envision Christmas of last year. I walk into my grandmother’s festive apartment and my attention is diverted to a miniature town, lit up with vibrant colors, displayed on top of an immediately visible dresser. When I’m able pry my eyes away, I see my aunt Mary Ann embracing our beloved golden retriever, Max in a vigorous hello, overtly similar to the way I greet him. At dinner, she thoroughly enjoys Mom’s marshmallowtopped sweet potato casserole, so much that she scraps her

plate clean and holds her fork up in the air, anticipating the next serving. “The Sound of Music” plays in the background and she becomes uncharacteristically vocal, seemingly breaking free from whatever inner shell that may have existed. She sings the words to her favorite songs by memory, just like we all do. All that differentiates her is a mental disability. Because she is unable to speak for herself, I’ll be her unwavering voice. It’s time we seek to understand and accept all humans as humans and reverse this new wildfire of inequality that’s sweeping across society, fueled sometimes by outright hate, but most of the time by blind indifference. Knoxville shows us that it has nothing to do with political correctness; it’s about the people you hurt – whether intentionally or not – when the “R” word is laced with negative connotations into your conversations. Believe it or not, it boils down to exclusion. We need to exclude from our jokes and unrelated conversations one of society’s most vulnerable groups of people, thereby including its members in our idea of universal human rights.

Staff Columnist Tim Brogan is a 6th-semester natural resources major. He can be reached at Timothy.Brogran@UConn.edu

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Federal investigators overstated the strength of the scientific evidence against a late Army researcher blamed for the anthrax mailings that killed five people in 2001, a panel of scientists said Tuesday after an 18-month review. However, the panel didn’t contradict the FBI’s conclusion that the Fort Detrick, Md. researcher was behind the letters. The National Research Council committee held a briefing in Washington on its 170page report, which examines the novel microbial forensic techniques used by the FBI to determine that Bruce Ivins acted alone in making and sending the powdered spores. The panel faulted government assertions that the mailer must have had a high level of technical skill and that the parent material of the anthrax strain used in the attacks had to have come from a flask that Ivins alone maintained. “We find the scientific evidence to be consistent with their conclusions but not as definitive as stated,” said Lehigh University President Alice P. Gast, who chaired the 16-member panel. The FBI said in a written statement that its conclusions were based on a traditional investigation as well as scientific findings. The agency said the science provided leads but alone rarely solves cases. “The FBI has long maintained that while science played a significant role, it was the totality of the investigative process that determined the outcome of the anthrax case,” the agency said. Gast declined to comment on the guilt or innocence of

Ivins, who died of an apparently intentional Tylenol overdose in 2008 as the U.S. Justice Department prepared to indict him for the attacks. He had denied involvement, and his lawyer and some colleagues have maintained he was an innocent man hounded to self-destruction. Early last year, the FBI formally closed its investigation into the anthrax letters that unnerved a nation still reeling from the 9/11 attacks, saying it had concluded that Ivins planned and executed the mailings by himself. Five people died in October and November 2001 from anthrax inhalation or exposure linked to the letters. They were a Florida photo editor, two postal workers in Washington, a hospital employee in New York City and a 94-year-old woman in Oxford, Conn. Seventeen others were sickened. Postal facilities, U.S. Capitol buildings and private offices were shut for inspection and cleaned by workers in hazardous materials suits from Florida to New York and elsewhere. Investigators have acknowledged that the case against Ivins, who worked at Fort Detrick in Frederick, is circumstantial. Still, Jeff Taylor, the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, said in 2008 that prosecutors could prove to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt that Ivins was responsible for the attacks. The FBI asked the congressionally chartered council to validate its use of new and emerging science in the investigation. The panel said the science didn’t support the Justice Department’s statement in a 2010 report that “the anthrax

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy understands the state budget he’s about to present won’t be popular given the acrossthe-board tax increases on pedicures to paychecks, yet the new Democratic governor maintains that his proposal is what Connecticut needs to solve its fiscal woes “What we’ve crafted here and what I would recommend to the legislature here . is a way to undo over time some of the damage which has been done (to the state),” Malloy said Tuesday, a day before his scheduled address to the General Assembly. Malloy is already fielding criticism about the tax increases he’s proposing — $1.5 billion in the first year of the two-year budget. The minority Republican legislative leaders said they were disappointed that Malloy did not propose more spending cuts, agency consolidations or the selling of some state assets before he turned to taxpayers to help cover a deficit estimated between $3.2 billion and $3.7 billion. House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero Jr., R-Norwalk, said he’s concerned that overall state government spending under the governor’s proposal would climb from $19.3 billion this year to $19.7 billion next fiscal year starting July 1, and up to $20.2 billion in the following fiscal year. Cafero said that won’t sit well with taxpayers, who face proposed increases in the state’s sales, income and gas taxes, as well as an end to sales tax exemptions for numerous services and products such as haircuts and nonprescription drugs. Malloy’s staff stressed that spending in the general fund — the state’s largest account — is slightly lower than this year. Spending was increased in other accounts for various reasons, including triggering more federal reimbursement. “The average person out there says, ‘I was told that taxes would be the last resort. Are you telling me that you’ve done everything,’” asked Cafero, who said he’s been deluged with calls from constituents, angry about Malloy’s proposed tax package. “I think there’s a lot left on

the table here in terms of agency consolidations, shrinking the size of government, making it more efficient in savings,” said Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, R-Fairfield. “There’s a lot to be concerned about here.” Malloy said he understands people don’t like their taxes being raised. He said he doesn’t like it either. Yet, the governor said the increases make more sense than borrowing money to cover the state’s operating costs in deficit times, a practice done in past years. “Do you think the people of Connecticut believe that we should borrow today to cover operating expenses . and hand that over to somebody else? I don’t believe they believe that either,” Malloy said. “There is no easy decision to this.” The plan to be presented Wednesday calls for raising taxes by $1.5 billion in the first year, cutting spending by about $800 million and finding savings with the state employees worth $1 billion. Malloy gave no details on what types of savings he’s expecting. However, the budget is not expected to include massive layoffs. Benjamin Barnes, the governor’s budget director, said less than 150 positions will be eliminated. There are about 45,000 full-time state employees. Asked if the savings from state employees, which are supposed to include some concessions that must be negotiated, are doable, Malloy said the state has little choice. “We have been on an unsustainable track for a very long period of time and we have, in many ways, in a blitheful fashion, have ignored that reality,” said Malloy, adding how the state needs to do what’s necessary to put Connecticut “in a sustainable mode” with state employees. Malloy said talks have already begun with state workers, but the State Employee Bargaining Agent Coalition, which includes leaders from 13 state employee unions, said those discussions have not touched on collective bargaining issues. “State workers have already begun working with the administration to produce savings and efficiencies that don’t damage, and in fact enhance

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Bruce Ivins shows Ivins handling “cultures of the now infamous ‘Ames’ strain of Bacillus anthracis” at his lab according to the text of the message. Federal investigators overstated the strength of the scientific evidence against a late Army researcher blamed for the anthrax mailings that killed five people in 2001, a panel of scientists said Tuesday after an 18-month review. However, the panel didn’t contradict the FBI’s conclusion that the Fort Detrick, Maryland researcher was behind the letters.

mailer must have possessed significant technical skill,” an assertion that narrowed who could have been responsible. Various experts told the panel it could have taken anywhere from two days to several months to prepare the spores. “Given uncertainty about the methods used for preparation of the spore material, the committee could reach no significant conclusions regarding the skill set of the perpetra-

tor,” the report states. The report also challenges investigators’ conclusion that the parent material of the Ames strain of anthrax spores used in the attacks came from a flask labeled RMR-1029 that was created and solely maintained by Ivins. “The scientific link between the letter material and flask number RMR-1029 is not as conclusive as stated” by the Justice Department,

the report says. The committee and investigators agreed, though, that spores from the flask would have required one or more intermediary growth steps to become the material in the letters. The report reveals that the FBI pursued a possible al-Qaida link to the mailings by trying without success to grow anthrax from swabs and swipes taken from an unspecified overseas site at which a

terrorist group’s anthrax program was allegedly located. The samples had tested positive for Ames anthrax — false positives aren’t unusual — but wouldn’t grow spores, according to sketchy information in a newly declassified document that the FBI gave the committee in December or January. The committee said the methods used in the inconclusive tests should be explored in more detail.

Conn. governor’s budget receives mixed reviews the critical services and public structures needed to turn the economy around,” according to a statement from SEBAC. Malloy’s aides, in defending the spending levels of the budget, said the governor wanted to offer a budget that sets money aside to begin adhering to new accounting principles that tell a realistic story of the state’s finances, does not defer next year’s payments to the state pension plans, leaves behind a surplus in both years to address other fiscal holes and to satisfy bond rating agencies, and maintains a safety net for the needy. “He will not shred the safety net. He’s not going to do it,” said Roy Occhiogrosso, the governor’s senior adviser. “That would change the face of Connecticut in a way that would render it unrecognizable.”

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Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, right, answers a question during a news conference as U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D- Conn., left, looks on outside his 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.


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Visiting lecturer highlights transition from ‘motion pictures’ to ‘modern cinema’ By Kim Halpin Campus Correspondent David Bordwell, a film studies professor from the University of Wisconsin, gave a lecture entitled, “How Motion Pictures Became the Movies” on Tuesday afternoon. “I was excited to see the man himself,” said film professor Martin Rosenstock of UConn. Bordwell is the author of 16 books concerning film study, and he is well known for his cognitive theories of films. His lecture at UConn however, focused on his argument that the period between 1908 and 1920 was the most crucial in developing what we now think of as “our movies,” or modern cinema. This was the period of theatrical theaters being transformed into movie halls and of movie culture with Hollywood stars emerging. The silent moving picture shows had been no longer than 15 minutes long now grew to the hour to two-hour events common today. Bordwell argues that the transformation from theatrical shows to modern cinema is from the advent of editing techniques. The way that the actors handle the space that they have to work with and realization of camera angles dramatically alters movies during the period. By enabling the camera to penetrate the actors’ space, the wide camera shots typical of pre-1910 movies, which suggested a camera merely recording a play, are eliminated and close-ups become dominant. This is described as continuity style and allows actors to give more subtle performances,

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David Bordwell, Jacques-Ledoux Professor of Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Bordwell gave a lecture on how the period of 1908-1920 was arguably the most influential time period on the shift to modern filmmaking in the Class of 1947 room in Homer Babbidge Library Tuesday afternoon.

unlike the previously overlydramatic scenes reminiscent of plays. The Bourne movies were Bordwell’s example here; think of the quick cutting from face to face. The actors now also have only one eye line to pay attention to, and that is where the camera sits. Bordwell demonstrated how a young boy in a 1911 film moved position in the shot so that he is always visible to the camera lens. “This would have never been an issue in theater,” he explains.

The advent of continuity editing also enables the director to change shots for compositional purposes. Emotions are more easily displayed and unsightly backgrounds, useful in some shots, can be removed in others. As Bordwell describes, this is because our minds cannot keep track of all the objects in the background, and our eyes focus only now on the characters. Rethinking the spatial organization was key to Bordwell’s argument. He states that char-

acters now dictate the layout of a scene, not the camera position, which allows characters to turn toward each other in natural stances. This technique of continuity was actually manufactured in the early 1900s, and was continued due to small screen size making wide shots difficult to see. However, even with growing screen size now available for movie theaters and home televisions, Bordwell says filmmakers are on a path of dependence and

will not be able to go back to only widescreen shots. Devin O’Hara, a 4th-semester English major said that even though he’s not a film major, it will make him rethink the way he watches movies. “In the future, I’ll be looking at the actors’ relationships to each other,” he said English professor Martha Cutter presented the lecture although she could not attend and the English and American Studies departments funded it.

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Computer crushes the competition on ‘Jeopardy!’ He followed that with bangon responses Franz Liszt, dengue fever, violin, Rachmaninoff and albinism, then landed on a Daily Double in the “Cambridge” category. “I’ll wager $6,435,” Watson said in his pleasant electronic voice. “I won’t ask,” said host Alex Trebek, wondering with everybody else where that figure came from. Watson knew what he was doing. Sir Christopher Wren was the correct response, and Watson’s total vaulted to $21,035 as the humans stood by helplessly. The trio will return on Wednesday, when their second game is aired. The overall winner will collect $1 million. The bouts were taped at the IBM research center in Yorktown Heights, N. Y., last month.

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In this undated publicity image released by Jeopardy Productions, Inc., contestants Ken Jennings, left, and Brad Rutter and a computer named Watson compete on the game show “Jeopardy!” in Yorktown Heights, N.Y.

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CBS News’ Lara Logan recovering in U.S. hospital after ‘brutal’ attack in Cairo NEW YORK (AP) — CBS News correspondent Lara Logan was recovering in a U.S. hospital Tuesday from a sexual attack and beating she suffered while reporting on the tumultuous events in Cairo. Logan was in the city’s Tahrir Square on Friday after Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak stepped down when she, her team and their security “were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration,” CBS said in a statement Tuesday.

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NEW YORK (AP) — The computer brained its human competition in Game 1 of the Man vs. Machine competition on “Jeopardy!” On the 30-question game board, veteran “Jeopardy!” champs Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter managed only five correct responses between them during the Double Jeopardy round that aired Tuesday. They ended the first game of the two-game face-off with paltry earnings of $2,400 and $5,400, respectively. Watson, their IBM supercomputer nemesis, emerged from the Final Jeopardy round with $35,734. Tuesday’s competition began with Jennings (who has the longest “Jeopardy!” winning streak at 74 games) making the first choice. But Watson jumped in with the correct response: What is leprosy?

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The network described a mob of more than 200 people “whipped into a frenzy.” Separated from her crew in the crush of the violent pack, she suffered what CBS called “a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating.” She was saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers, the network said. The Associated Press does not name victims of a sexual assault unless the victim agrees to it. She reconnected with the

CBS team and returned to the U.S. on Saturday. The scene last Friday in Tahrir Square — ground zero of 18 days of protests that brought down Mubarak — was primarily one of celebration — people wept, jumped for joy, cheered and hugged one another. Some soldiers stationed at the square ran into the crowd, and the protesters lifted them onto their shoulders. Other troops stayed at their posts, watching in awe. There were fireworks, the sound of car

horns and even some shots fired in the air. The attack on Logan, CBS News’ chief foreign affairs correspondent, is one of at least 140 others suffered by reporters covering the unrest in Egypt since Jan. 30, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. An Egyptian reporter died from gunshot wounds he received during the protests. A week before Friday’s attack, Logan was detained by the Egyptian military for a day,

along with a CBS producer and cameraman. They returned to the U.S. after their release, and Logan went back to Cairo shortly before Mubarak left. Logan joined CBS News in 2002. She regularly reports for the “CBS Evening News” as well as “60 Minutes,” where she has been a correspondent since 2006. She has reported widely from Iraq and Afghanistan, and other global trouble spots. CBS said it had no further comment on Logan’s assault.

In a society where the meaning of certain words are constantly changing depending on the year, on media influence or whatever rap artist has decided to use a word in absurd ways, defining something as complex as a relationship is becoming more and more difficult. Words such as “beat,” “busted” and “grenade” are now associated with meaning “ugly,” while the words “pound,” “smush” and my personal favorite phrase, “get it in,” are now used in place of the word “sex.” Yet, as the years pass, generation after generation creates a new nomenclature which may be favored by some and hated by others. As our technology changes, our language changes in turn to keep up with the times, resulting in slang terms, short hand and old words with new definitions. Now, in a world where Facebook rules live, it’s not uncommon to have a friend’s “relationship status” be listed as “it’s complicated,” or “in an open relationship.” Then we can always throw in the good ol’ “friends with benefits” label. Yet, with each of these relationship labels, there comes a connotation. When one hears, “friends with benefits,” what comes to mind is two friends that have a verbal or non-verbal agreement that it is acceptable to fool around with each other but not have all the mushygushy romantic stuff. “In an open relationship,” tends to mean two people have come to the agreement that due to certain complications, whether it be distance, or something else, the two will be “together,” but are allowed to see other people if they so choose without the other flipping out. And then there’s the “it’s complicated” status, which tends to mean someone messed up big time, and the other is still debating on whether or notto accept the apology, or so I’ve concluded. But how does one define a real, no label, “relationship?” When asked to define relationship, 22-year-old Alex Spitzenberger described it as, “an interpersonal interaction between two people that is on a far greater level than just normal human interaction, which goes for friends and dating relationships.” As for a romantic relationship, Spitzenberger said, “Being involved in a romantic relationship gives you the ability, as a human, to empathize with whoever the relationshp is with and understand their feelings and emotions on a level that is not available in casual interaction.” He went on to add, “This is a hard question, I could ramble about it. It’s so open to interpretation. What one person finds satisfying might be taboo to another and their relationship’s method of operating.” “There are so many different types of relationships,” said Taylor Schaum, a 6th-semester communications major. “It depends on the personalities of the people in the relationships and the amount of effort they’re willing to put in.” Clearly, defining a relationship in this day and age, isn’t as easy as we would hope. A relationship can’t simply be defined as a “strong connection between two people” or as “connecting with someone on a personal and physical

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“Stacked,” and adventure game full of Russion stacking dolls, is developer Double Fine’s latest release full of adventure, puzzles and hidden abilities to find.

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Double Fine’s latest game offers adventure lovers a good time By Jason Bogdan Staff Writer How we survived through so many decades without a legitimate video game revolving around Russian stacking dolls, we’ll never know. I mean, it’s the purest kind of puzzle, and the video game genre has used practically every other puzzle

for an app. But now, we can finally sleep peacefully at night knowing that the charming developer, Double Fine, has used that quaint, foreign toy to make an entertaining download title. Though you might not get such a charming vibe once you read the premise. In the game, you play as Charlie Blackmore, the smallest stack-

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ing doll of them all in a happythough-impoverished family of chimney sweeps. But, after the nefarious Baron forces his entire family to slavery, along with the majority of orphans, it’s up to the center piece to save them all with his unique ability to possess the other, bigger hollow figurines. It’s a bleak setting, but it only seems natural for the developers behind the witty and funny dialogue of Costume Quest and Brutal Legend to make even this story without a hint of despair and to even have a few belly laughs. But back to Charlie’s disturbing power. He goes about stopping the child labor by taking over the correct stacking doll to open all the right doors and free all the right important people. So, for example, when you need to escape a trapped room, you can take over a pidgeon doll and fly out, or possess a fireman and take care of the fire blocking the secret exit. But just going for the default doll is just half the fun. There are all sorts of dolls with useful abilities like seduction, fire conducting and even fun

ones that do jazz hands for a good chuckle. There were multiple ways to solve the puzzle (including ways that combine the pile of stacking dolls that Charlie possesses) that made me go back and see what new ways I can distract that guard or mess up an art exhibit. The graphic style certainly has a BioShock vibe, and even has all the cutscenes in silent-film format to have that old-timey charm. Surrounding all of this is a soundtrack of orchestral pieces that won’t “wow” anyone, but is pleasing throughout. Unfortunately, like Double Fine’s Costume Quest, the game itself doesn’t really have enough depth to make it fully worth the $15 price point. It has plenty of side quests to earn achievements and trophies, but I was able to beat the story in five hours. Even so, that five hours was such a wholly fun experience that I still recommend it for people with a few bucks to burn or Playstation Plus users who can just get the game for free.

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Dead Space Extraction a good addition to the series By Jason Bogdan Staff Writer

Psychonauts (PC) In my mind, the very best game that developer Double Fine has made is their first, the superb platformer Psychonauts. It’s a fun adventure featuring the up-and-coming psychic-user Raz saving the day by literally entering other people’s minds to solve a mystery and to obtain the skills to become one of the legendary Psychonauts. The actual gameplay was good enough, without being too brilliant or bad. But it was just what it needed to tell the bizarre, hilarious and touching tale with no sour points. To this day, the incredible writing, characters and presentation make it one of my top 10 favorite video games.

At this point I can really just take or leave the lightgun genre. It’s certainly given me plenty of fun hours at the arcade scene. But at home, where you pay more attention to the screen, is when I always realize that there’s hardly anything to it other than pulling the trigger. When Dead Space Extraction was released on the Wii a few years back, though, Visceral Games seemed to do the genre justice by making a game that was mostly

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a thematic sequence, using the actual shooting sparingly enough to keep the repetition from showing. But let’s face it, most Dead Space fans won’t buy a Wii to play the great prequel to the original game. Thanks to the Playstation Move, though, you can buy the game on the PS3 with an extra HD polish and the great price of $15 via download. Or you can be like me and just buy the Limited Edition press of Dead Space 2 for the PS3 that has this game on disc for free. The story itself is separated into 10 lengthy chapters. Just a few weeks before Isaac comes to survive the Ishimura, we get to see just how The Marker went and messed everything up before the whole scene is filled with corpses and those deadly Necromorphs. The escape situation with the survivors that you follow weaves quite a long-winded tale, but the voice acting is mostly good, and the story itself has plenty of intriguing moments, even if there are nonexistent scares. However, you’ll have to go about it at their pace, not yours. It’s an on-rail, light-gun based shooter, meaning that you’ll go

at your character’s pace, slow or fast. Admittedly, it’s a bit annoying every time you miss a chance to Kinesis-grab an ammo pack because your guy just loves shifting his perspective at an unpredictable speed. And you also can’t save the game within the level, so if you quit out, then you’ll have to start the whole chapter again. It’s a flawed experience for sure, but at its best it’s a blast. Using the Dead Space aspects like the spare ammo, stasis/

kinesis abilities and all those unique weapons make this on-rails shooter a lot of fun, whether alone or with a friend. And since you can get this game now for a solid $15 dollar download or free with the firstprint of the PS3 version, there’s plenty of incentive to dust off those Move wands and enjoy a modern-day light-gun game done right.

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- The story will tie into the upcoming Dead Space 2 DLC. - This on-rail spinoff is actually well put-together - If you get the PS3 version, that has this great prequel included for free

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- The developers still didn’t add the ability to save progress in-level - When you miss an opportunity to get important ammo because you can’t control your pace, it reminds you why on-rail shooters are a rarity

No one should have been surprised when Activision officially pulled the plug on the Guitar Hero franchise last week. As widely popular as the music genre was for the past few years, at some point it had to end like every other fad out there: suddenly and due to lack of interest. There will probably be some more efforts from the imitators and hopefully from Harmonix. For now, though, people will have to stick with Rock Band 3 and DJ Hero 2 for quite some time. But it was quite a ride while it lasted, wasn’t it, folks? I still remember the day when I saw the video on GameSpot where Harmonix showed off the first Guitar Hero months before its release in 2005. I instantly thought it was just how music games should be made in the West. But like most people, I never imagined it would grow to become the juggernaut of success that it turned into. But after so many Guitar Heros, Rock Bands and terrible imitators that resulted in many plastic instruments per household, at some point something had to give. Because DLC songs have become far more rampant in the Rock Band 2 era, the desire to find out the songs (the very soul of the game) in the sequels faded. And despite whatever other instruments came out, the various new types of challenge modes and the enticing appearance of The Beatles, in the end it’s all about pushing colored buttons. And testing your timing skills hardly has enough potential depth to make the yearlysequel work. That really is why Activision shouldn’t have taken the “Hero” licence. Their current system of putting out games that they can milk once or twice a year has earned enough revenue from the likes of Call of Duty and SpiderMan for head honcho Bobby Kotick to swim in it Scrooge McDuck style. So once their Guitar Hero cow started to sag, they canned the whole thing, despite their DJ Hero franchise just catching steam. Harmonix is still running, but since the Hero games broke popularity for all rhythm games (a genre that only the company makes), they lost Viacom and have recently went through some staff cuts. In other words, it seems like no developer right now is in the condition to force stores to sell big video game boxes. But will the craze ever return? Activision may have announced that they won’t release any music games in 2011, and Harmonix is currently under a spell of layoffs and broken contracts, but that doesn’t mean we won’t ever see a return of the Guitar Hero that made everyone so excited five years ago. In this, the console generation? Probably not. But if the developers can make a music game with great song distribution and a sequel rate that doesn’t make us all sick of it by the third-or-so entry, then perhaps we will one day want to buy a fake guitar all over again.

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Taking a closer look at the Wii By Lucas Ma Campus Correspondent If you’ve read any of my previous articles, it’s apparent that I don’t think too highly of the Wii. Its gimmicky motion sensor controllers only led to an embarrassing number of titles aimed toward the casual audience: games which offered no story and depth, only a colorful assortment of mini-games. Sure, they’re fun for a few hours, but how people can play them for weeks on end is beyond me. After being fed up with seeing nothing but games like “Wii Music,” I finally unplugged my Wii without a second thought. However, a number of games exclusive to Wii recently caught my attention and, after playing them for a period of time, I began to have second thoughts about this family-friendly console. Even more surprising, the games I found to be most appealing weren’t actually full games, but Wiiware, a bunch of downloadable, short-length games. A personal favorite of mine, titled “Bit. Trip Runner,”

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has you control a guy who is constantly running and it’s your job to avoid numerous obstacles, including rocks, stairs, UFOs and much more to the beat of the music. The concept is very simple. Each button on the Wii-mote corresponds to an action: jump, kick, slide and more. Combine this with charming 8-bit-style graphics with an incredibly catchy chiptune track and you have yourself an extremely addicting Wii game. Yet in all honesty, I don’t think my description does it justice: I strongly suggest everyone checks this title out. Now, I know what you’re all thinking, “this sounds awfully like a casual game,” and I would have to agree with you, but that’s only because the concept of the game sounds so simple. But execution is not. Every action in-game has to be extremely precise. If you’re off the beat with your actions, you’ll hit an object and it’s back to the beginning. No checkpoints. No lifebars. This could get frustrating, but not once when I was playing did I get angry. This was simply

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because the music was just too good. Furthermore, having a game like this appeal to a casual gamer is unlikely since it doesn’t sport “next-gen graphics,” online play, excessive gore and other typical characteristics that draw in the clueless crowd. I find that Wii titles are most enjoyable when the developers don’t think they have to incorporate the motion sensors just because they’re there. While games like “Madworld” and “No More Heroes” do use the sensors during gameplay, the reason why they’re still fun is because the developers didn’t make them the selling points. Instead, they focused on elements like story or in-depth mechanics, which lead to more complex gameplay. This, I think, can immerse any gamer more than just flailing their arms. Fortunately, it looks like more and more companies are beginning to recognize this, and if more games that are as fun as “Bit. Trip Runner” are on the way, then it might be time to retrieve my Wii from the depths of my basement.

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Hip-hop artist Common gave an inspirational speech at Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts Tuesday evening.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Billy Ray Cyrus says the Disney TV show “Hannah Montana” destroyed his family, causing his divorce and sending daughter Miley Cyrus spinning out of control. In a December interview published in the Feb. 22 issue of GQ Magazine, Cyrus said he wished the show that launched his daughter to pop stardom had never happened. “I hate to say it, but yes, I do. Yeah. I’d take it back in a second,” Cyrus said. “For my family to be here and just be everybody OK, safe and sound and happy and normal, would have been fantastic. Heck, yeah. I’d erase it all in a second if I could.” Cyrus and his wife, Tish, filed for divorce in October. They have three kids together — Miley is the oldest — and two from Tish’s previous marriage. Billy Ray Cyrus said when he asked about the rumored video footage of his daughter smoking from a bong at her 18th birthday party in December, he was told it was none of his business. He refused to attend the party, saying it was wrong to have it in a bar. Cyrus, a native of Flatwoods, Ky., had his own success as a country singer beginning in the early 1990s with his huge hit “Achy Breaky Heart.” Cyrus says in the interview that he tried too hard to be a friend instead of a parent to his daughter. He said he is scared for Miley and compared her current path to those of other stars whose lives ended tragically, including Kurt Cobain, Anna Nicole Smith

NEW YORK (AP) — Music executives must be wondering how they can translate interest in the Grammy Awards into sales figures. The Nielsen Co. said Sunday’s telecast of the Grammys on CBS was seen by 26.7 million people, up about a million from last year and much more significantly from 2006 and 2008, when the music awards show had around 17 million viewers. For the second year in a row, the Grammys topped Fox’s “American Idol” in public interest. The Grammys are much less an awards show than a performance show, and stars such as Eminem, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Lady Antebellum, Cee Lo, Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan and Arcade Fire performed on Sunday night. Meanwhile, music sales continued to decrease in 2010, with digital purchases not making up for the drop in album sales. Former “Friends” actor Matthew Perry attracted a healthy audience to check out his new ABC sitcom, “Mr. Sunshine,” last week. The show’s 10.5 million viewers was second only to “Modern Family” on ABC’s schedule last week, Nielsen said. Fox’s “Chicago Code” also had a strong debut, with 9.4 million viewers on Fox last week. The Fox comedy “Traffic Light” barely got out of the garage, however, with 4.6 million viewers for its premiere. CBS won the week handily,

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In this April 23, 2009 file photo, singer and actress Miley Cyrus, left and her father musician Billy Ray Cyrus, arrive for the British Premiere of the film ‘”Hannah Montana”, at a Leicester Square cinema, in London.

and Michael Jackson. “I should have been a better parent,” Cyrus said. “I should have said, ‘Enough is enough — it’s getting dangerous and somebody’s going to get hurt.’ I should have, but I didn’t. Honestly, I didn’t know the ball was out of bounds until it was way up in the stands somewhere.” He said his entire family was baptized before leaving

Tennessee for Los Angeles to protect themselves from evil, and he believes Satan is attacking his family. “It’s the way it is,” Cyrus said. “There has always been a battle between good and evil. Always will be. You think, ‘This is a chance to make family entertainment, bring families together ...’ and look what it’s turned into.”

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Mick Jagger performs at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, in Los Angeles. The Grammys were watched by 26.7 million people this year.

averaging 13.1 million viewers in prime-time (7.9 rating, 13 share). Fox averaged 9.3 million viewers (5.3, 9), ABC had 6.9 million (4.3, 7), NBC had 5.7 million (3.6, 6), the CW had 1.8 million (1.1, 2) and ION Television had 1.3 million (0.9, 1). Among the Spanishlanguage networks, Univision led with an average of 3.5 million viewers (1.8 rating, 3 share). TeleFutura had 1.3 million (0.6, 1), Telemundo had 960,000 (0.5, 1) and Azteca and Estrella each had

240,000 viewers (both 0.1, 0). NBC’s “Nightly News” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 9.9 million viewers (6.4, 12). ABC’s “World News” was second with 8.8 million (5.8, 11), and the “CBS Evening News” had 6.4 million viewers (4.3, 8). A ratings point represents 1,159,000 households, or 1 percent of the nation’s estimated 115.9 million TV homes. The share is the percentage of in-use televisions tuned to a given show.

Comparing to past can help define relationships from DEFINING, page 7 level” or more simply, “dedicating yourself to someone who you can have sex with.” “Sex and the City’s” Carrie Bradshaw probably hit the nail on the head when she said, “What ultimately defines a relationship is another relationship.” In order to give definition to something as complex as a romantic relationship, one must be able to compare it to something else. To one person, establishing that two people are “boyfriend and girlfriend”

is the only way to define a relationship, while to someone else, spending time with another person in a more intimate way than you would a friend is a relationship. Though we live in a society that chooses to place labels on everything in order to understand it, perhaps sometimes that isn’t possible. Maybe the only way to understand what really defines a relationship is to simply feel that it is one.

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9 designers and models vie for spot on Oscar stage BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Nine fashion designers need your help to make their Oscar dreams a reality. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is again hosting its Oscars Designer Challenge, where emerging fashion designers can win a chance to have one of their original gowns worn by a trophy model during the Academy Awards telecast. Oscar fans and fashionistas can see the dress contestants online and vote once daily for their favorite until Monday. The winning gown — and the model wearing it — will appear onstage during the Oscar ceremony. Designer Clay Sadler said seeing his floor-sweeping, creamcolored creation on the big show “would be a lifelong dream.” “Even as a child, I would watch the Oscars and say, ‘One day I will have a dress on that stage,’” Sadler said Tuesday after displaying his dress alongside those of the eight other contest finalists at a fashion show at academy headquarters. Now in its third year, the Oscars Designer Challenge puts a glamorous aspect of the show directly into fans’ hands and gives up-and-coming fashion designers unprecedented exposure, said coordinator Toni Pickett. Pickett’s team perused sketches submitted by more than 30 designers to select the nine finalists vying for Oscar’s spotlight. “For those who don’t have the ability to contact celebrities, this can help spring-

board them to the next level,” she said, adding that one of last year’s finalists, Oday Shakar, went on to design the black, backless dress Sandra Bullock wore to the 2010 MTV Movie Awards. “It was her comeback dress,” Pickett said. Shakar was discovered by the star’s stylist through Oscars Designer Challenge. This year’s contestants come from all over the country, and their submissions range from simple and sleek to bold and dramatic. One body-skimming black gown, designed by James De Colon, looked like it was made of liquid metal, with feathers covering the neckline and forming a little tail in back. It wasn’t the only black, feather-trimmed design. Chicagobased Borris Powell said he was inspired by the Oscar-nominated film “Black Swan” to create his asymmetrical satin dress decorated with 25 hand-stitched feather pinwheels. Natalia Romano was inspired by the Oscar statuette itself. The 22-year-old designer, who also has a ready-to-wear collection, submitted a gold mermaid gown adorned with taffeta petals from shoulder to hem. “It’s an honor just to be nominated,” she said of participating in the design competition. “To be chosen would mean I have a global platform to show my talent.” Angela Avanesyan, 23, said she also hopes being a part of Oscars Design Challenge will help her get noticed. Inspired by nature and the way rocks look after it rains, she created

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(Left) Model Kalyn Hemphill, wearing a dress by designer Zoe Hong, walks the runway during the 83rd Academy Awards Oscars Designer Challenge fashion show at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, Calif., Tuesday. (Center) A model wearing a dress by designer Katelyn Bischof. (Right) A model wearing a dress by designer James De Colon.

a silvery strapless gown with crystal beading at the bust and strips of color in shades of gray at the hem. Another young designer, Katelyn Bischof, who recently graduated from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, created a one-shoulder silver confection trimmed with gold appliqués and finished with a

bold chiffon bow. Other contestants submitted more straightforward designs. Sadler’s dress, which he called “Harlow,” was made from flowing silk charmeuse, with tiny rhinestone details on the straps. Model Lisa Malambri called it “simple yet elegant.” Designer Octavio Carlin used plum silk chiffon to cre-

ate his sleek submission: A draped, body-hugging gown with a flowing skirt. He said he chose the color because it goes well with Oscar gold, and he shaped the silhouette with Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman in mind. One sleek black dress had silver beading on the bodice and an asymmetrical leather

strap. Another beige creation was trimmed with natural mica minerals. The winner of Oscars Design Challenge will also be invited to attend the show, but no word yet on what they’ll be wearing. The 83rd annual Academy Awards will be presented Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre and broadcast on ABC.

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Iranian Director Asghar Farhadi attends a photocall about the movie ‘ Nader and Simin, A Seperation’ at the International Film Festival Berlinale in Berlin on Tuesday.

BERLIN (AP) — An Iranian director is competing at the Berlin film festival with a portrayal of a disintegrating marriage that highlights a clash between traditional and modern ways of living and thinking. Asghar Farhadi’s “Nader and Simin, A Separation” screened on Tuesday. Farhadi was honored as best director in Berlin two years ago for his previous movie, “About Elly.” The new film chronicles the events that follow a wife’s unsuccessful petition for a divorce, which she seeks when her husband refuses to leave Iran with her and her daughter. He worries about leaving behind his father, who suffers from Alzheimer’s. The wife then moves out

and the man hires a pregnant, pious young woman who agrees to take care of his father, without telling her husband. One afternoon, a blazing argument is followed by the woman suffering a miscarriage — setting in motion a chain of events that shakes the family and sees the characters repeatedly dragged into court. “One of the aspects of this film is the struggle between those who are led by tradition and those who are led by a more modern aspect of life,” said Farhadi, speaking through an interpreter. That can be seen both in the wife’s struggle with her husband over the family’s future and in the worries of the care giver, who is seen seeking religious advice on

whether she can change a male patient’s clothes. Farhadi said a high divorce rate in Iran is one side-effect of a “great wish to be more modern.” But he insisted his film is as much more universal than an Iranian story. “It’s about the human being and his weaknesses and faults,” said actress Leila Hatami, who plays the wife in the film. “Nader and Simin” is one of 16 movies competing for the festival’s top Golden Bear award, which will be awarded on Saturday. Iran has been in the spotlight at this year’s event due to the absence of one of the jury’s official members, Iranian director Jafar Panahi, who was sentenced last year to six years in jail on charges

of working against the ruling system. He is also banned from leaving Iran, shooting films or scriptwriting for 20 years. “I think no director anywhere in the world has not felt sorrow and sadness,” Farhadi said of Panahi’s plight. Farhadi’s film was followed by a contrasting competition entry: American actress-filmmaker Miranda July’s second movie as a director, “The Future.” The quirky relationship tale follows a month in the life of a couple who are about to adopt a sick cat and it’s narrated by the cat. “It’s hard to talk about longing and love in a new way,” July said of that decision.

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Reggae star’s trial on drug charges enters 2nd day TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The case against Grammy-winning reggae star Buju Banton hinges on one man: Alexander Johnson, a former cocaine transporter turned federal informant who has earned over $3 million helping the government in drug cases in recent years. Johnson testified during Banton’s trial Tuesday, telling the jury how he and the singer met in 2009 in the businessclass section of a Madrid-toMiami flight and how, over drinks, they began chatting about the cocaine trade. This is Banton’s second trial on several cocaine charges, including conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine. The first trial, held last year, ended in a mistrial after the jury deadlocked. If convicted, he faces life in prison. Johnson said Tuesday that after his eight-hour flight, he went to his superiors at the Drug Enforcement Administration to alert them that he would meet with Banton, whose given name is

Mark Myrie, and tape record phone calls and meetings. For several hours Tuesday, Johnson described multiple meetings with Banton in Florida, and prosecutors played tapes and phone calls. In one meeting, held at the now-defunct restaurant Bova Prime in Fort Lauderdale (formerly co-owned by convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein), Banton could be heard asking Johnson if he had any contacts for buying cocaine. As Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” played loudly in the background, Banton said, “I give you my money, you buy, you sell.” Both Johnson and prosecutors say that Banton never put any money into any drug deal, nor did he make any money. Drug Enforcement Administration agents recorded the singer inspecting the cocaine and tasting the drugs with his finger on Dec. 8, Preston said. His co-defendant, Ian Thomas, gave the undercover officer $135,000 on Dec. 10; he has since been arrested and pleaded guilty to drug charges.

Banton was not present for the Dec. 10 drug deal — he was at home in South Florida — but he “took a substantial step” in committing the crime by helping negotiate the deal, Preston said. Banton’s attorney, David Markus, said his client did not participate in a conspiracy to sell cocaine and said there is no evidence to link Banton to the Dec. 10 transaction or any of the other charges. Banton was full of talk — and no action — when it came to plans with Johnson and the others, the attorney said. “He never, ever wanted to be part of that drug deal,” Markus said. Markus cross-examined Johnson Tuesday afternoon and called into question his veracity — Johnson has declared bankruptcy and is currently having problems with the IRS, according to court testimony. Markus also portrayed Johnson as aggressively trying to lure Banton into the drug transaction by calling the singer numerous times over

several months. During one meeting, Banton said he had drank too much red wine, and wanted water. Johnson asked him if he wouldn’t like something else — and Markus asked Johnson Tuesday if Johnson wanted the singer to drink more so he would let his guard down. Johnson nodded and said, “It’s part of the game I’m playing.” Johnson added that he tried to make Banton feel like part of his family. It is unclear why Banton — who has had more No. 1 hits than Bob Marley and is a wildly popular singer in his native Jamaica and elsewhere — would immediately trust a stranger. During one meeting, Banton told Johnson: “Do you know what’s happening right now? Lotta snitches.” Johnson replied, “The snitches are all over the f------ place.” Banton added,”I’m even scared myself. To be discussing this.” Testimony will resume Wednesday.

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In this Oct. 13, 2003 file photo, Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton poses at the Source Hip-Hop Music Awards in Miami.


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Obama lauds Medal of Freedom recipients

Russell, Musial receive award

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President Barack Obama reaches up to present a 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom to basketball hall of fame member, former Boston Celtics coach and captain Bill Russell, Tuesday, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama recognized one former president and 14 artists, athletes, civil rights activists, humanitarians and others Tuesday with the Presidential Medal of Freedom for contributions to society that he said speak to “who we are as a people.” This year’s recipients, who include German Chancellor Angela Merkel, “reveal the best of who we are and who we aspire to be,” Obama said at a White House ceremony. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation’s highest civilian honor. It is given in recognition of contributions to U.S. national security, world peace, culture or other significant public or private endeavors. He said Merkel, who was not present, dreamed of freedom as she grew up in what was then East Germany. “And when the wall finally crumbled and Germany was reunited, she broke barriers of her own, becoming the first East German and the first woman to become chancellor of Germany,” Obama said. He said Merkel’s story is an inspiration to people around the world. Obama said Merkel will be making an official visit to the United States soon and he looked forward to presenting the award to a “trusted global partner and a friend.” Some of the loudest applause was reserved for George H.W. Bush, the former Republican president who has devoted nearly 70 of his 86 years to public

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service, starting when he joined the Navy on his 18th birthday. He served as a congressman from Texas, U.N. ambassador, Republican Party chairman, U.S. envoy to China, director of central intelligence, a two-term vice president and one term as the 41st president. “His life is a testament that public service is a noble calling,” Obama said. Bush’s wife, Barbara, and their children listened from the front row. “His humility and his decency reflect the very best of the American spirit. Those of you who know him, this is a gentleman.”

“His life is a testament that public service is a noble calling.” –Barack Obama, United States President A particularly touching moment occurred during the presentation for Dr. Tom Little, an optometrist who was murdered by the Taliban last August in Afghanistan. His wife, Libby, accepted and Obama rubbed her back as a White House military aide read her husband’s medal citation. Among the other medal recipients are: —Maya Angelou, an

author and poet who wrote and recited one of her works at former President Bill Clinton’s inauguration. —Warren Buffett, chairman and chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway. The famed investor is known as the “Oracle of Omaha” for a business savvy that has helped him become one of the world’s richest men. Buffett is also a philanthropist and a leader of an effort challenging the country’s wealthiest people to step up their charitable giving. —Jasper Johns, an artist whose work has dealt with themes of perception and identity. He is considered a major influence on pop, minimalist and conceptual art. —Gerda Weissmann Klein, Holocaust survivor and author who founded Citizenship Counts, an organization that teaches students to cherish being American citizens —Yo-Yo Ma, a world renowned cellist and 16-time Grammy award winner who is known for his interpretations of Bach and Beethoven. He played at Obama’s inauguration and at other White House events. —Sylvia Mendez, a civil rights activist of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent —Bill Russell, the former captain of the Boston Celtics professional basketball team and first black man to become an National Basketball Association coach. —Jean Kennedy Smith, a member of the Kennedy political clan and former ambassador to Ireland.

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» FOOTBALL

UConn running back Frey leaves program

By Russell Blair Managing Editor

Redshirt junior running back Robbie Frey announced Tuesday that he will not return to the football program for the 2011 season. Frey was the most experienced player returning to the Connecticut backfield and was expected to compete for a starting role with USC transfer D.J. Shoemate. Frey, from Lehighton, Pa., will graduate in May with a degree in history and political science. Frey has one of eligibility remaining after redshirting the 2007 season, but indicated that he plans to enroll at a Division II college and play there for the 2011 season while he pursues a graduate degree. “This is a personal and life decision for me,” Frey said. “I was going to be able to begin my

graduate studies at UConn this fall and play another season for the school. I want to thank everyone associated with the university, who gave me the opportunity to come back for the 2011 season.” In 2010, Frey ran the ball 75 times for 389 yards, his most productive season in a Husky uniform. Frey also became a prominent kick returner for the Huskies, returning 21 balls for 620 yards in 2009, including a 100-yard touchdown against Rutgers. Last season, Frey returned 13 kicks for 408 yards including a 95-yard score in the Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma. The Hartford Courant reported Tuesday that Frey will be enrolling at Kutztown University, about 40 miles from his hometown, to pursue a teaching degree. The Courant reported that Frey will graduate from Kutztown in 18

months and be certified to teach high school social studies in Pennsylvania. At UConn, it would have taken two or more years, the Courant said. Behind Shoemate on the depth chart there are several question marks for the usually run-oriented UConn offense. Sophomore Martin Hyppolite and senior Jonathan Jean-Louis saw time at linebacker and running back last season and might see carries next year. Kelmetrus Wylie, who suffered a season-ending leg injury, would have been a contributor but is choosing to graduate in May, rather than return for another year. Behind Shoemate, Hyppolite and Jean-Louis will be a pair of incoming freshmen, Deshon Foxx and Max DeLorenzo.

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Robbie Frey looks upfield during his kickoff return for a touchdown in the Huskies’ 48-20 loss to Oklahoma in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. It was Frey’s last game with the program, as the running back left the team Tuesday.

Pasqualoni’s staff complete with spring on the horizon By Michael Ferraro Campus Correspondent When Randy Edsall left as head coach of the UConn football team and Paul Pasqualoni took over a couple weeks later, we all knew that the coaching staff would be different. It was only natural for Pasqualoni to go after former assistants that served under him in Syracuse and possibly go after coaches who served with him in the NFL. Replacing Joe Moorhead as offensive coordinator will be George DeLeone, who will also serve as the team’s tight ends coach. DeLeone graduated from UConn in 1970 and has served as a football coach ever since. It should be no surprise that DeLeone was one of the first people hired on Pasqualoni’s staff. In his 40 years of coaching football, DeLeone has served on the same staff as Pasqualoni for 25 of those years both professionally and collegiately. Moorhead was retained as quarterbacks coach. Replacing Todd Orlando as

defensive coordinator will be Don Brown who will also serve as the team’s cornerback’s coach. Brown held the same position at the University of Maryland for the past two seasons. He has been head coach at three different universities including Plymouth State, Massachusetts and Northeastern. One of the several coaches who were retained is Hank Hughes, who will be entering his 10th season on the Huskies staff. Hughes will serve as assistant head coach and will continue to coach the defensive line. Another member from the Edsall staff that will remain with the team is Matt Cersosimo, who has been the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator. Mike Foley will return for his fifth season as offensive line coach. Darrell Perkins will be the safeties coach; his first season with the Huskies was in 2010. Former NFL linebacker Clayton White will be the special teams and running backs coach. Professionally, White played for the New York Giants as a line-

backer from 2001 to 2002, and he finished his playing career in 2003 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Last season White coached the defensive backs and was co-special teams coordinator for Western Kentucky. There, he helped the Hilltoppers lead the Sun Belt Conference in total defense. Before his one-year stint at Western Kentucky, White served as an assistant coach on Jim Harbaugh’s Stanford team from 2007 to 2009. Jon Wholley, who will be coaching the linebackers this season, graduated from UConn in 2004. Wholley, originally from Southington, was a member of the football team from 2001 to 2004 as a walk-on running back. From 2006 to 2008, Wholley served as a graduate assistant coach on the offensive side of the ball. Andrew Breiner will serve as the offensive graduate assistant, and Shane Fogarty will serve as the defensive graduate assistant. The Huskies will have a lot of experience on the coaching staff, and that will come in handy

because of the transition that has taken place so far. There are four coaches on the staff that have served as a college head coach, for a total of 42 seasons between them: Pasqualoni, 19 seasons (Syracuse 1991-2004, Western Connecticut 1982-86); DeLeone, four seasons (Southern Connecticut 1976-79); Brown, 12 seasons (Massachusetts 200408, Northeastern 2000-2003, Plymouth State 1993-95); Foley, seven seasons (Colgate 1986-92). There are four coaches on the staff that have served as coordinators on the FBS level: DeLeone, Brown, Hughes and Moorhead. There are 196 combined seasons of college coaching on the staff: DeLeone has 37, Foley 32, Hughes 30, Pasqualoni 29, Brown 29, Moorhead 11, Cersosimo nine, Perkins nine, White seven and Wholley three. One thing is for sure: There will be no shortage of coaching experience on this coaching staff.

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UConn football coach Paul Pasqualoni speaks to the crowd at the UConn men’s basketball game against Villanova in January. The new coaching staff is complete.

UConn looks to end four-game McDonough: Sports ahead of society, losing streak against Georgetown Robinson and Russell ahead of their time

from FREE, page 14 1-4, with their only win coming at home against lowly DePaul. Now at third in the Big East, Georgetown represents a critical hurdle that UConn must overcome if the Huskies hope to earn a double-bye in the Big East Tournament. UConn is currently in a tie for fifth in the conference, the top four finishers receive double-byes. “The biggest thing is your trying to get a feel for everyone else in the league,” Calhoun said. “They’re all tied with us. We’re all tied with each other, I think the three teams that have separated themselves, clearly Pittsburgh has done that, Notre Dame has done that and I think Georgetown with eight-straight wins at this particular time of year has done that.” UConn will come into the game looking a lot better than they did prior to Sunday’s game. After los-

ing three out of four games, including an 89-72 pasting at St. John’s, the Huskies rebounded nicely on Sunday when they played a complete game against Providence. The Huskies will need to go out and prove that Sunday was no fluke. “It was just eye opening,” said Jeremy Lamb on the difference between the Providence game and the St. John’s game. “We came out real focused, our body language was real good, so we just have to come out and get it done.” Like Providence, Georgetown boasts an impressive roster of talented offensive players, led by Big East Player of the Year candidate Austin Freeman. Freeman, a senior guard, ranks third in the Big East with 18.5 points per game. He is doing so very efficiently as well, maintaining an impressive 52.5 field goal percentage, good for sixth in the conference. But unlike Providence,

Georgetown boasts a solid defense as well, particularly around the rim. Georgetown ranks second in rebound defense in the Big East, behind only Pitt, with an average of 30.7 rebounds allowed per game. To compare, UConn is ranked 13th in the conference with 36.3 rebounds allowed per game. UConn will have to overcome recent history as well. The Huskies have lost their last four meetings against Georgetown, including last year’s disappointing 72-69 road loss. In that game, UConn had a 40-21 lead at one point, only to see the lead disappear over the course of an excruciating second half. Calhoun called last season’s loss “the most heartbreaking loss this year, it’s not even close.” Tipoff in Hartford is set for 7 p.m.

Michael.Cerullo@UConn.edu

from RUSSELL, page 14 In 1963 while King made his famous “I have a dream” speech, five black Boston Celtics were living the dream and becoming the first all-black starting five in NBA history. What is more American than five black guys playing in front of a largely white fan base representing an Irish heritagenamed team? Bill Russell, the 11-time world champion was the star of the Celtics’ dynasty in the 1960s. Yesterday, Russell took a trip to the White House and received a medal of freedom from the first black president in American history, Barack Obama. Not only was Russell a starter on the first all-black starting five in the NBA, but he was also the first black head coach in professional sports. When

Auerbach retired, the Celtics tabbed Russell as player-coach in 1966, where he won two championships in his three seasons as the headman in Boston. This also was the first time a black coach had all black starters on the floor. He is tied for the most championships of any athlete in North American sports history. The NBA Finals’ Most Valuable Player award is named after Russell. Although Russell endured racial hardships in the whitedominated city of Boston, he felt the need to represent the Boston Celtics. Russell also had problems with white fans, media members and teammates like Robinson did. Russell did not attend his Hall of Fame induction or the ceremony to retire his No. 6 in the rafters of the old Boston Garden. He reconciled and attended a reretirement ceremony at the TD

Garden and through the last two decades has been visible in Boston and has supported the Celtics and their fans. Although there were race problems with Russell and the rest of the nation during the turbulent 1950s and 60s, he has become a symbol like Robinson and deservedly received the medal of freedom from Obama. While I obviously know that many black Americans, besides Russell and the late Robinson, made extraordinary strides to equalize society, many black athletes also need to be honored and remembered this month. People can’t forget the contributions that sports and athletes made to civil rights. Forget just helping the Civil Rights Movement, they may have even started it.

Colin.McDonough@UConn.edu

Zielinski: With no clear favorite, consistency will determine champ

from CONSISTENCY, page 14 and assists per game. Likewise, Griffin continues to draw more attention from defenses, and although his performance has been steady, he is rarely given space on the floor, as he is the focus of every team’s defensive game plan. Add to the equation an injured Eric Gordon, who, by the way, is the team’s leading scorer, and an injured Chris Kaman, the team’s second leading rebounder, and the Clippers’ recent failure becomes more understandable. Clearly, injuries are a catalyst in declining consistency, as they not only shift a team’s rotation they also shift a team’s success, as illustrated by the Clippers. Furthermore, consider the NBA’s best and worst teams. On one hand, we have the San

Antonio Spurs, whose consistency of play has only been rivaled by their consistency regarding the lack of recognition they get in NBA circles. With the best record in the league, it is no surprise to find the Spurs in the top 10 of league scoring, rebounding, passing and defending. Altogether, the Spurs spread offensive and defensive responsibility better than any other team in the league, and in turn, their success has been unmatched. Equally important for the Spurs is the development of DeJuan Blair, who has evolved from a rookie with potential to a solid post presence, which only improves Tim Duncan’s effect. On the other side of the equation, insert the Cleveland Cavaliers. Yes, with Lebron

James leaving no one expected much from Cleveland. But no one expected the train wreck that is the Cavaliers’ season. Like the Spurs, the Cavs spread the scoring responsibilities decently, except for the fact that they aren’t scoring at all. Ranked in the bottom 10 teams for almost every major statistic, the Cavaliers represent the exact opposite of the Spurs. Perhaps the most telling statistic is only one Cavalier, Anderson Varejao, has started every game he has played. Even so, Varejao has only played in 31 of the team’s 52 games. Aside from a recent win over the Clippers, no end seems to be in sight for the Cavaliers, whose only consistency is the fact that their season will be consistent with the

worst seasons of all time. Finally, let us examine the major playoff contenders. First, we turn to the Boston Celtics. The consistency of Rajon Rondo has elevated the Celtics to the top spot in the East. The Celtics also play great team defense, leading the league in scoring against. If they can avoid a big injury down the stretch, look for the Celtics to make a deep run. Fittingly, the Celtics recently defeated the Miami Heat, whose early season struggles have been rectified due to increasing consistency amongst team chemistry, and the play of Miami Thrice. The Heat have also played great defense down the stretch, and with players returning from injury, look to remain a major player in the title race. Similarly, consistent play from superstars Dwight Howard

and Derek Rose have Orlando and Chicago respectively just barely trailing in the Eastern Conference race. Turning to the Western Conference, the Lakers’ consistency has fluctuated, resulting in back-to-back losses to Orlando and the Bobcats, a game in which they trailed by 28 at one point, after looking like the reigning champs only a week before in their triumph over Boston. The Dallas Mavericks, winners of 11 of 12, are currently firing on all cylinders. But let’s not be so quick to forget the forgettable span of play the Mavericks experienced without star Dirk Nowitzki. Told you, I wasn’t kidding about the injuries. All in all, with the All-Star break approaching, the NBA buzz

is approaching its highest levels of the season. Undoubtedly, the trend can be expected to remain constant, with competition in the East and the Spurs’ quiet dominance in the West sure to continue. More importantly, the central question in the league is now turning to who will be the last team standing (finally, someone changed the record on Carmelo). In a season with historic levels of competition, shifting into cruise control until the playoffs, as we’ve seen the Celtics and Lakers do in the past, seems to be a futile strategy. No distinct championship team has emerged yet. But when one does, I assure you, consistent play down the stretch will determine of this year’s champion.

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Men’s Basketball (19-5) (7-5) Feb. 24 Marquette 7 p.m.

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Mar. 2 West Virginia 7 p.m.

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What's On TV NBA: Nets at Celtics, 7:30 p.m., CSN It is Eastern Conference-leading Boston’s final game before the All-Star Break. The Celtics will look to improve to 40-14. Boston most recently defeated Miami on Sunday. Guard Delonte West is expected to return. West coincidentally broke his wrist against New Jersey earlier this year. The Nets are 17-39 this season.

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NBA: Nuggets at Bucks, 9 p.m., ESPN The reeling Nuggets enter the matchup losers of its last seven of ten and four of five games. With the trade deadline less than one week away, Carmelo Anthony is still on Denver as the rumor mill continues to churn.

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Anthony has averaged 30 points in his last seven games at Milwaukee. The Bucks enter the game 21-33 overall.

It may not have been Fenway Park or Heinz Field, but Rentschler Field put on Connecticut’s version of the “Winter Classic” this past weekend in East Hartford. As part of the Whalers Hockey Fest, which continues through this week, the UConn men’s and women’s ice hockey teams took delight in the opportunity to play an outdoor hockey game at the home of the UConn football team. The men won its game 3-1 over Sacred Heart in front of nearly 2,000 fans. The Pioneers traveled far from Fairfield County, bringing their student section, band and mascot waving red towels. Two SUBOG buses brought students from Storrs to East Hartford. The Huskies’ student section chanted back at Sacred Heart’s, with the UConn pep band enhancing the atmosphere. Coach Bruce Marshall and the players said that the day was special and that they felt it was important

that they won the outdoor contest. The women weren’t as fortunate, and fell to rival Providence 4-3. Although there were not as many fans, the game provided a program builder for the women’s team as well. It was one of the biggest days for UConn hockey in quite some time. The ramifications for hosting such an event may not be felt for quite some time as well. Having an outdoor hockey game on a school’s resume sure doesn’t hurt on the recruiting trail. Although there doesn’t seem to be formal plans for another Whalers Hockey Fest next season, it would be great for the UConn men and women’s hockey programs to host another outdoor game. Not to mention, the NHL may have their radar on Connecticut again if anyone wants the Whalers to return.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Titans head coach Mike Munchak has filled his second coordinator job by hiring Chris Palmer, a former head coach with the Cleveland Browns who spent last season coaching in the UFL. The Titans announced the hiring Tuesday afternoon, shortly before Munchak is due to introduce his new defensive coordinator Jerry Gray. Munchak said in a statement through the team that he talked to a number of candidates and that Palmer fits what he wanted. “Chris has a wealth of experience as a coordinator and a coach,” Munchak said. “He is a great teacher of the game and has been around a variety of good coaches and winning football programs. He has helped develop many good quarterbacks and understands what that process is like, as he raised their games to a high level over time.” That quality is very crucial for the Titans who plan to either release or trade Vince Young this offseason after five seasons with the franchise. The Titans want to draft a new quarterback and likely add a veteran as well. Palmer spent last season as head coach of the United Football League’s Hartford Colonels. But he was head coach of the Browns for two seasons as an expansion franchise in 1999-2000, and he also spent seven seasons in the AFC South as offensive coordinator with Jacksonville and Houston. He helped Mark Brunell post his highest passer rating of his career in 1997 at 91.2, and he was the first coordinator for the Texans as an expansion franchise working with David Carr. He was quarterbacks coach with the New York Giants between 2007 and 2009 working with Eli Manning, including their Super Bowl run when Manning was named the game’s MVP. Palmer worked with Bill Parcells with the New England Patriots between 1993 and 1996 as wide receiver coach and quarterback coach. He started working in the NFL with the thenHouston Oilers as the wide receiver coach between 1990 and 1992 — when Munchak was still a player for the franchise. They’ve known each other for 21 years, and Palmer called Munchak an outstanding player and terrific coach. “I am excited to be joining the staff. Offensively, I am very impressed with the personnel they already have in place, but it doesn’t matter what level you are talking about — high school, college, pro — you are only going to be as good as your quarterback, and that will be something we work on,” Palmer said. Palmer also was head coach at Boston University and New Haven in the college ranks. He even spent two years as an offensive coach for the USFL’s New Jersey Generals and a year with the Montreal Concordes of the Canadian Football League.

THE Pro Side With Super Bowl over, the NFL Draft hype begins By Dan Agabiti Staff Writer Brodeur out with sprained MCL New Jersey Devils’ starting goaltender Martin Brodeur has a sprained MCL and Devils’ coach Jacques Lamaire expects him to miss at least three games. Brodeur sprained his MCL during the first period on Feb. 6 against the Montreal Canadiens. His ailment had originally been labeled a sprained right knee. Although he is listed as day-to-day, Brodeur has not practiced or played since the injury occurred. Brodeur has 13 wins on the season. Four of them were shutouts. The backup, Johan Hadburgh, who replaced Brodeur to start the second period in New Jersey’s 4-1 win against Montreal, is 3-0 since the injury happened. Leafs trade Kris Versteeg to Flyers The Philadelphia Flyers acquired forward Kris Versteeg in a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs. In exchange for Versteeg, the Leafs get first and third-round draft picks in 2011. It is the second time in less than a week that the Maple Leafs have made a trade. Last week, they sent Francois

Beauchemin to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Joffrey Lupul. The Leafs acquired Veersteg in the offseason from the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. After half of a season at the bottom of the standings with the Leafs, he finds himself back on a winning squad. The Flyers lead the Eastern Conference with 77 points. Versteeg, the 24-year-old from Alberta, has 136 points in 223 games this season and will earn close to $3.1 million next season in the last year of his deal. Philadelphia saw some of what Veersteg is capable of in last year’s Stanley Cup final and is looking forward to seeing the difference he can make for their already-deep lineup. Vancouver on top Based on standings points and ESPN’s power rankings, the Vancouver Canucks are the NHL’s best team. The Canucks’ standings supremacy should come as no surprise. They lead the league in points for and points against. On special teams, they convert on 25 percent of their power plays. Come playoff time, the Canucks are going to be the favorite to win the conference and the Stanley Cup final.

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Colin McDonough A lot of people say sports are not important. If sports are not important then why is the world of athletics far more progressive than the arena of say, politics? Why did some owners and fans stop caring about skin color before most senators, governors and voters did? In fact, sports can be argued to be more important to the fabric of society than anything else. In 1947, Branch Rickey signed Jackie Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers, thus breaking baseball’s color barrier. The second baseman did have to deal with threats, insults and racial discrimination throughout his career, as did the other black ballplayers that joined Robinson over the next two decades. He faced opposition from white fans, players and even white teammates, but he was still able to play in the big leagues. This was 16 years before John F. Kennedy’s landmark speech on equal rights and 17 years before Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. More than a decade before the federal government officially recognized blacks and whites to be equals, Major League Baseball had already done so. Did Robinson’s impact stop on the baseball diamond? No. He marched on Washington with his son in 1963. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said Robinson was “a legend and a symbol in his own time.” No disrespect to the great King, but didn’t Robinson’s time for progress come before King’s?

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» MEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING

UConn prepares for the Big East Championship By James Huang Campus Correspondent

By Chris Zielinski NBA Columnist Consistency: A word synonymous with practice, as well as every coach’s wish. It is an integral part of success in the NBA. We’ve all heard the age-old saying, “Practice makes perfect,” and it unquestionably holds true, regardless of what Allen Iverson might try to tell you. Although I won’t venture so far as to say practice guarantees consistency or perfection, it surely improves a team’s likelihood of achieving these things. As we’ve seen in the current season, success in the NBA often comes and goes, with few teams maintaining a winning performance throughout the season. A few have come close, while many have faltered. What drives these performance variations, you ask? The answer is simple: consistency. Let’s consider Exhibit A: A young, explosive team in the Western Conference., after a horrid start, seemed to be on track to enter the playoff race, only to have everything fall apart again. If Bob Barker was hosting, he would inform us that the team behind Door One is the Los Angeles Clippers. After a tragic 1-13 start, the Clippers rode the Blake Griffin express back to becoming respectable and competitive. The young team played a high-energy, up-tempo game, led by Griffin’s above-the-rim insanity and Baron Davis’s veteran leadership. But the clock struck midnight on this Cinderella story, as the Clippers have dropped seven of eight and fallen out of playoff contention. The culprit? Diminishing consistency. The Clippers have fallen off in a multitude of categories, including points, rebounds

After a brief skid, the Huskies stopped the bleeding on Sunday night by pulverizing Providence. But tonight they’ll have a chance to send a real statement throughout the league as they face the Big East’s hottest team. No. 13 UConn (19-5, 7-5 Big East) will host No. 9 Georgetown (20-5, 9-4 Big East) tonight at the XL Center in Hartford. It will be the first meeting of the year between the two teams. Jamal CoombsMcDaniel will not start, according to coach Jim Calhoun. Calhoun said that he would prefer to start the two bigs [Oriakhi and Okwandu] and then go to CoombsMcDaniel off the bench, 19-5, 7-5 as he did on Sunday. “I like the feeling of that spark off the bench and I’d like to play him more at the four, but if I do that I can’t start the big guys, and I might want to do that,” 20-5, 9-4 Calhoun said. “The only is whether we Tonight, 7 p.m. question start Roscoe or Jamal [at small forward] and put XL Center one of them [Oriakhi or SNY Okwandu] at the four…I talked to Jamal about it, he said ‘If you give me 31 minutes, I don’t care,’ which is a great answer, by the way.” Georgetown enters the game on a tear, riding an eight-game winning streak that includes road wins at Villanova and Syracuse and a win at home over Louisville. Its recent string of successes could have been predicted prior to the season, but has been a surprising turn after the Hoyas started Big East play

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A UConn men’s swimmer does the breaststroke in a meet against Yale on Feb. 5. The Huskies compete for the conference championship today.

The UConn men’s swiming and diving team prepares to take on the second half of the Big East Championship starting on Wednesday afternoon and going all the way to Saturday in the Ralph R. Wright Natatorium in Louisville, Ky. Without a doubt, this will be one of the most important and intense competitions the team will have this year. The Big East Championship is the culmination of a season of hard work. With the divers’ performances concluded, it is a very suspenseful time leading up to the swimming competitions. “Our team is swimming very well heading into the championships. Our goals are to swim as

fast as possible with our best effort of the year,” said coach Bob Goldberg. “The entire Big East Conference will be there. We are wary of all the teams. The conference championships are a three day meet. You can follow online at the Big East web site.” Fans, swimmers, and divers can all keep track of the men’s swimming and diving progress on the Big East website and the website for the UConn Huskies. This will be the biggest meet for all the swimmers. There are many swimmers at the meet and all of them have had decent times. Needless to say, top-end swimmers such as sophomores Jeremy Ramshaw and Kyungsoo Yoon will have extremely intense competitions in their respective events, such as the 200 individual medley or

500-yard freestyle. Other swimmers who will have very competitive races will be freshman Keith Piper and sophomore Joseph Glowacki. All in all, this will be a very intense competition for the Huskies and they will be taking on talented and hardworking swimmers from all the other Big East schools like Louisville and Pittsburgh. One can’t know what results to expect from all of these fine young men swimming their hearts out against each other for the glory of their schools, but its guaranteed to be a sight to see and remember. All of UConn can definitely support the team and hope that they emerge victorious.

James.Huang@UConn.edu

» WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING

After a layoff, Huskies compete for conference

By Carmine Colangelo Campus Correspondent The UConn women’s swimming team will return to the pool this weekend for the first time in nearly two weeks for the Big East Swimming Championships The last time the swimming team competed was Feb. 5 against Yale, where they hosted the Bulldogs on senior day the last game of the regular season for the Huskies. The Huskies went on to beat the Bulldogs 168-132 in a closely-contested event, which saw a clutch performance from junior Caitlin Gallagher, as well as strong performances from sophomores Jordan Bowen and Mary DeMarrais. Now, with the regular season

at a close, the 6-2 Huskies will challenge the rest of the Big East this week at the Big East Swimming Championships in Louisville, Ky. In Big East competition this year, the Huskies were 3-1. All the Huskies’ Big East victories came pretty handily this season, with wins over Georgetown, Rutgers and Seton Hall with scores of 257-96, 224-129 and 187-108 ,respectively. Their lone Big East loss came at the hands of Villanova, who beat the Huskies 200-153 earlier this season at the Big East Four Team Meet. Coach Bob Goldberg said previously that although he was upset with the loss to the Wildcats, the Huskies will look to the Big East Championships as their chance for revenge.

Last weekend the Huskies’ diving team traveled to Louisville for their half of the Big East Championships. For the Huskies last weekend, sophomore Danielle Cecco finished in fourth place in the 1-meter dive and sixth place in the 3-meter dive. Cecco had the strongest performance of the day for the Huskies; all other performers did not make it out of the preliminaries, except for junior Kelly McCauley, who finished in eighth place for the threemeter consolation dive. The Big East Swimming Championships will begin today in Louisville. It’s a four day event, which will conclude on Saturday Feb. 19. LAURELIN MATULIS/The Daily Campus

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A UConn women’s swimmer does the backstroke in a Feb. 5 meet against Yale. The Huskies travel to Louisville for the Big East championship today.


The Daily Campus: Feb. 16, 2011